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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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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Sunday, March 24th, 2013

Bobbi Brown Pastel Pink Blush
Bobbi Brown Pastel Pink Blush

Bobbi Brown Pastel Pink Blush ($25.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “pink rose.” It’s a light-medium, cotton candy pink with blue undertones and a satiny finish–not quite matte but not quite a full-on sheen. NARS Gaiety is cooler-toned, bluer-based. NARS Angelika is darker, sparkly. MAC Pink Tea is more shimmery. MAC Peony Petal is cooler-toned. Tarte Dollface is a touch lighter. Bobbi Brown Nude Pink is more muted, slightly lighter.

Normally, I like Bobbi Brown’s blush range for a formula that’s mostly matte, pigmented, and blendable, but Pastel Pink was so dry and stiff. This was another shade from the collection that I had to scrape off layers of color just to get a “heavy” swatch of color.  I really had to swirl and pack on the color to get enough payoff to show up on my skin tone for photographs and testing. If you have any scratchy brushes, I’d recommend using it with this, because it will help dig into the product to yield more payoff.  While I can appreciate that fairer skin tones often prefer a blush that’s not so intense so they can use it with ease, the texture makes this one hard to use even if all you want is soft color.  It’s not very blendable and really needs to be buffed and worked into the skin as it has a tendency to stick and look splotchy.  It lasted for seven hours well, and after eight hours, there was noticeable fading.

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I felt like I was in the twilight zone, because this blush almost felt as if I were trying to swatch from a plastic pan of color instead of a pan of powder. It did not want to yield anything! The texture is just so dry and stiff that it makes it such a total pain to use.

Product

4/10

Pigmentation

5.5/10

Texture

4/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

2.5/5

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Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

NARS Sin Blush
NARS Sin Blush

NARS Sin Blush ($29.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “berry with gold shimmer.” It’s a gold-shimmered plum with a frosted finish. It’s less red, more plum compared to NARS Oasis. MAC Plum Foolery is lighter but similar. MAC Vintage Grape is purpler. theBalm Cabana Boy is similar–perhaps a smidgen lighter.

Sin is like a plummy version of NARS Orgasm, because both of a golden shimmer/sheen that alters the underlying base color. It’s slightly cool-toned, but the golden shimmer adds warmth and makes it appear almost neutral in tone on the skin. It had great pigmentation, so it should show up well on most skin tones. The texture was soft and finely-milled. The finish is softly frosted on the skin after it is applied and blended out. There was a very, very slight emphasis of pores but it was hardly noticeable and the resulting glowy sheen was luminous without being oily. Sin wore just over eight hours well but started to fade after nine hours on my skin.

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Sin is like a plummy version of NARS Orgasm, because both of a golden shimmer/sheen that alters the underlying base color. It's slightly cool-toned, but the golden shimmer adds warmth and makes it appear almost neutral in tone on the skin.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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