Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

Illamasqua Lies Cream Blusher
Illamasqua Lies Cream Blusher

Illamasqua Lies Cream Blusher ($26.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “light pearly pink.” It’s a light pink with a pearly, frosted finish and subtle, warm yellow undertones. It actually reminded me of MAC Veronica’s Blush, only in a cream form. NARS New Order is cooler-toned. MAC Flower Fantasy is slightly darker.

It’s going to work more as a cream highlighter on light-medium and darker complexions than as a blush, because it’s just a very pale, light color. Lightly tapped and patted on the higher planes of the face, it creates a glossy, high-shine look and reflection. For anyone who prefers subtler highlighters, I wouldn’t recommend this, but for those who want a more dramatic highlighter, this works nicely.  It does slightly emphasize pores in low light, but with more lighting or when you’re outdoors, it reflects so well that you don’t see the pores.  When I trialed it, Lies wore for eight hours without fading (or melting or sliding around).

It looks like it’s out of stock at Sephora at this very moment, but it’s part of the permanent range so it should be restocked For our international readers, it is also available directly from Illamasqua.

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It's really easy to apply, and you can control the strength of the highlight by applying more or less. Lighter skin tones may find it adds some natural flush to their cheeks, but most skin tones will find this highlights without adding much color.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Monday, April 1st, 2013

NARS Super Orgasm Blush
NARS Super Orgasm Blush

NARS Super Orgasm Blush ($29.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “peachy pink with gold glitter.” It’s a golden-shimmered, warm pink with gold glitter. It is Orgasm with glitter particles. I think that this appears slightly lighter with a stronger sheen, though. As a result, all the dupes for Orgasm apply to Super Orgasm–minus the glitter. bareMinerals The Natural High is slightly warmer in its base color (less pink). Guerlain Blush G Serie Noire is slightly deeper and pinker. Benefit Sugarbomb is much, much lighter (and sheerer). Rock & Republic Call Me is slightly less pink. Milani Dolce Pink is more frosted/sparkly. Tarte Glisten is similar–slightly darker.  MAC Springsheen is also similar.  This older post is a good comparison reference for coral blushes.

I’m not a fan of NARS’ glittery blushes (or their eyeshadows). In general, while glitter is absolutely fun, it needs to be something that stays in its place, rather than heading for parts unknown. Unfortunately, the glitter in Super Orgasm does just that: gets everywhere else after you’ve applied it to your cheeks. The glitter doesn’t stick or adhere to the powder, so it is like applying loose glitter to your cheeks. A lot of the glitter does seem to get trapped in the brush or disperse in the air, but I did get some on the cheeks. The texture of the blush is slightly gritty, given the glitter content, but the underlying color is soft and smooth. It seemed to have a higher frost content, though, and it did emphasize pores just slightly. Super Orgasm wore for seven hours well but was slightly faded after eight.

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Super Orgasm

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Between Super Orgasm and Orgasm, I'd go with the latter, because the glitter added to the blush really doesn't add anything positive.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4/5

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Sunday, March 31st, 2013

Too Faced Sweetheart Beads Radiant Glow Face Powder
Too Faced Sweetheart Beads Radiant Glow Face Powder

Too Faced Sweetheart Beads Radiant Glow Face Powder ($32.00 for 0.80 oz.) is supposed to be “inspired by nature’s most flattering pink and golden-light at dusk … to impart a lit-from-within radiance.” When all the heart-shaped beads are swirled together, the resulting color is a warm champagne-shimmered tan with a slightly frosted, shimmery finish. Chanel Sable Beige is similar but less orange. NARS Miss Liberty is lighter. NARS Satellite of Love is very similar but has more golden shimmer/sparkle.

Based on Too Faced’s description of this product, it seems to be designed to use all-over rather than as a very targeted, specific highlighter. In practice, I don’t think it is workablef or allover, and the reason is that it emphasizes imperfections in the skin from having too much frost/pearl in the beads. I thought it was a highlighter, actually, because it appears frosted on the skin and emphasized the pores along my cheeks. I don’t think it’s flattering used allover or as a highlighter on cheeks. Though the color is supposed to be buildable, it required several layers just to get it to kind of show up on my medium complexion. The beads just don’t want to give up product, so it wasn’t as easy to apply as I had hoped. The wear is average; six hours of good wear but noticeable fading after eight hours. The texture is slightly gritty from the sparkle and shimmer, and it never fully smooths out.

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Too Faced Sweetheart Beads Radiant Glow Face Powder Review, Photos, Swatches

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It's not buildable enough to be a good highlighter, but then it's not subtle enough to work all-over. The finish emphasizes pores and imperfections of the skin's texture, so it doesn't enhance the complexion.

Product

6.5/10

Pigmentation

7/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

6.5/10

Application

3.5/5

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Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Illamasqua Disobey Blush
Illamasqua Disobey Blush

Illamasqua Disobey Blush ($26.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “matte bronze.” It’s a medium-dark brown with subtle warm undertones and a matte finish. Too Faced Bronzed & Poreless is warmer–more orange. Burberry Summer Glow is warmer, richer, and has a satiny finish. Urban Decay Naked Flushed Bronzer is warmer. MAC Nude on Board is shimmery but similar in color.

It has a soft, finely-milled texture that applies smoothly and evenly onto the skin. It doesn’t look powdery applied, and it blends out easily because of how soft the powder is.  The pigmentation is very true-to-pan, and it is also buildable and can be sheered out, so it’s a matter of preference whether you want the color to resemble the pan or something softer.  The color on my medium complexion is warming but subtle, so it may be a better bronzer pick for lighter complexions.  However, this has only a subtle warmth to it, so it could also work as a contouring shade.  As a light contour, it is quite nice and shadowy enough to work as a contour.  Disobey wore for eight hours on my skin without fading, and after nine hours, there was some minor fading that was visible.

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The color on my medium complexion is warming but subtle, so it may be a better bronzer pick for lighter complexions. However, this has only a subtle warmth to it, so it could also work as a contouring shade.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

Too Faced Bronzed & Poreless Pore Perfecting Bronzer
Too Faced Bronzed & Poreless Pore Perfecting Bronzer

Too Faced Bronzed & Poreless Pore Perfecting Bronzer ($30.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “matte bronze.” It’s a medium tan with warm, orange undertones and a matte finish. Urban Decay Naked Flushed Bronzer is slightly browner. Burberry Summer Glow is warmer, darker, and satiny.

The formula is supposed to add warmth and radiance to the skin while minimizing “the appearance of pores, fine lines, and imperfections.” The texture is incredibly soft, finely-milled, and velvety. It’s so soft that it is a little powdery, so I recommend using a light touch and a soft brush with the product to minimize excess powder kick-up. The powder is effortless to apply; blends instantly and easily.  It sits beautifully on the skin and gives it a softer, smoother appearance overall; it never looks powdery, and it definitely helped to soften the [appearance of] texture of my skin.  Bronzed & Poreless wears well, too, and I had no trouble getting a nice and long nine hours of it without fading.

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Too Faced Bronzed & Poreless Pore Perfecting Bronzer Review, Photos, Swatches

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I think this color is a fabulous pick for someone with light to light-medium coloring--on my more medium complexion, it was very subtle and does tend to get lost with my skin tone.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Monday, March 25th, 2013

Burberry Summer Glow Warm Glow Natural Bronzer
Burberry Summer Glow Warm Glow Natural Bronzer

Burberry Summer Glow Warm Glow Natural Bronzer ($48.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a warm-toned, orange-tan with subtle golden shimmer. Urban Decay Naked Flushed Bronzer is slightly lighter and less warm-toned. MAC Nude on Board is lighter, browner. MAC Comfort has more of a sheen but is very similar in color.

It has warm, golden tones to it, so it will do better on naturally warm-toned complexions, as it may turn too orange-y on pinker skin tones. The finish has a soft sheen to it along with a few bits of gold shimmer, but it translates well on the skin without emphasizing pores or imperfections. The color payoff was good; true-to-pan and buildable, which is where the soft, finely-milled texture came in handy. It can be worn at full strength or blended to a softer, sheerer color, depending on your preference and skin tone.  Summer Glow added golden warmth and a gentle glow-y sheen without looking burnt (at least, on my skin tone).  It wore for eight hours without fading, and after nine hours, there was only a touch of fading along the edges.

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Summer Glow

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It has warm, golden tones to it, so it will do better on naturally warm-toned complexions, as it may turn too orange-y on pinker skin tones. The quality of the bronzer is fantastic, while the color may not be supremely flattering on every skin tone.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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