Monday, January 27th, 2014

Clinique Cheek Pop Blush
Clinique Cheek Pop Blush

With Cheek Pop Blush, Clinique hit a home run. Every single shade has been high quality, richly pigmented, and effortlessly blendable. They’re all fantastic, and I can recommend them each equally–it’s a matter of your preference on color, but you can’t go wrong formula-wise. It’s not often that a brand puts out a new formula that’s as impressive as this offering but to be consistent across the shades? so infrequent.

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Clinique Cheek Pop Blush
Clinique Cheek Pop Blushes

Monday, January 27th, 2014

Clinique Plum Pop (04) Cheek Pop Blush
Clinique Plum Pop (04) Cheek Pop Blush

Clinique Plum Pop (04) Cheek Pop Blush ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a cool-toned, plummy pink with blue undertones and a satin finish. It is lighter, less pink, and cooler-toned compared to Berry Pop, though applied they look more similar than dissimilar! Guerlain Cherry (02) (LE, $42.00) is a cream blush and has less of a sheen. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Blush (LE) is more shimmery. Tarte Dollface (P, $26.00) is lighter, more matte. Urban Decay Quickie (LE) is brighter, matte. NARS Angelika (P, $29.00) is more matte. MAC I’m the One (LE, $21.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Florida (LE, $21.00) is brighter, darker, and a cream product. See comparison swatches.

Plum Pop has an incredibly soft but smooth, even color application, and it delivers color as intense or as sheer as your heart desires. Deeper skin tones won’t feel like they’re spending ten minutes to layer on the product while fairer complexions can easily use a lighter touch/brush and blend and sheer away the product with ease. The finish is luminous, glowy, but very natural; it looks like a cream blush when applied–never powdery–and applies like one, as the way it blends and smooths over the skin is incredible. Plum Pop lasted well for eight hours on my skin before starting to fade away along the edges.

I’ve spotted them online at Nordstrom as well as Sephora.

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10/10

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10/10

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10/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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5/5

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Sunday, January 26th, 2014

Clinique Berry Pop (03) Cheek Pop Blush
Clinique Berry Pop (03) Cheek Pop Blush

Clinique Berry Pop (03) Cheek Pop Blush ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a vibrant, medium-dark fuchsia pink with blue undertones and a satiny sheen. NARS Coeur Battant (LE, $29.00) is brighter, cooler-toned. Tom Ford Beauty Narcissist (LE, $55.00) is more shimmery. NARS Desire (P, $29.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler-toned, matte. MAC Florida (LE, $21.00) is more magenta, cooler-toned, cream product. Burberry Hydrangea Pink (P, $42.00) is redder, darker. See comparison swatches.

Berry Pop makes us three for three so far–and there’s one more shade to review!–and it’s been such a pleasant experience testing a truly impressive formula. It’s intensely pigmented with buildable and blendable color; there’s no doubt that this is going to be a more intense blush, so it’ll work well across all skin tones, but fairer skin tones may want to use a light hand and more feathery brush (or a stippling brush). The texture is soft and smooth, feels more like a cream than a powder (but definitely a powder), so the color can easily be sheered out for a softer, flushed look or applied more dramatically for true-to-pan color. It has a soft, satiny finish that’s naturally luminous but not overly shimmery or frosted. Berry Pop wore nicely for eight hours before starting to fade along the edges.

I’ve spotted them online at Nordstrom as well as Sephora.

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10/10

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10/10

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10/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Sunday, January 26th, 2014

Hourglass Radiant Magenta Ambient Lighting Blush
Hourglass Radiant Magenta Ambient Lighting Blush

Hourglass Radiant Magenta Ambient Lighting Blush ($35.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “golden fuchsia.” It’s a light-medium, warm-toned pink with a satin finish. Hourglass Diffused Heat (P, $35.00) is lighter, less pink. Dior Corail Bagatelle (763) (LE, $43.00) is darker, less pink. NARS Love (LE, $29.00) is a smidgen darker. Tarte Crave (LE, $26.00) is brighter. Too Faced Melt Into Spring (LE) is darker. Bobbi Brown Pink Coral (LE, $26.00) is brighter. Chanel Revelation (63) (P, $38.00) is a cream product, pinker. MAC Royal Sunset (LE, $21.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches

The finish is less shimmery/sparkly compared to Diffused Heat. Speaking of that shade, this is darker, but when they’re applied, there is not much of a difference. If you have a cooler complexion, you might see more of the pink tones of Radiant Magenta come forward. The texture of the powder is soft, finely-milled, but it can be somewhat powdery to work with. On the skin, it did not look powdery or cakey, even as I layered and built up the intensity (I am normal-to-dry). The way this powder feels is much like the Ambient Lighting Powders. It is nicely pigmented with buildable, even color, and it’s easy to blend out the edges or sheer out the color if you’ve over-applied, as it is a very forgiving powder that yields a soft, luminous sheen that does not emphasize pores. When I wore this shade, the color wore well for eight hours before I started to see signs of fading.

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9.5/10

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10/10

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9/10

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8.5/10

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Sunday, January 26th, 2014

Hourglass Diffused Heat Ambient Lighting Blush
Hourglass Diffused Heat Ambient Lighting Blush

Hourglass Diffused Heat Ambient Lighting Blush ($35.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “vibrant poppy.” It’s a soft, light-medium pink with warm, peach undertones and a subtle sparkle and luminosity. Tarina Tarantino Feather (P, $25.00) is a touch pinker and has a stronger sheen. Dior Corail Bagatelle (763) (LE, $43.00) is darker. bareMinerals Swoon (LE, $19.00) is warmer, less pink. MAC Lured to Love (LE, $25.00) is less pink, more shimmery. NARS Day Dream (LE, $29.00) is darker. Physicians Formula Warm (P, $11.99) is a bit darker. MAC Supercontinental (LE, $21.00) is slightly darker. MAC Legendary (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

The new formula, which is available now through Hourglass directly for all and on Sephora for VIBs as a preview until February 1st (with full release on February 21st), is supposed to have “depth and dimension” unlike traditional blush, be “lightweight and airy,” and have the “perfect balance of pigment and powder.” Hourglass says it uses “an advanced ‘miscelare’ technique,” which means to mix in Italian (per Sephora) and is how the marbled effect is achieved.  The blush is also supposed to have “buildable color.”  It does bring to mind the concept of a lot of baked formulas on the market, but I think the texture is softer and more finely-milled than most.

The texture is very soft and delicate; it feels exactly like the Ambient Lighting Powders. In an all-over powder, I don’t mind what can sometimes veer on powderiness, but in a blush, it can be easy to overload color onto the blush and then onto the skin. I wish it was slightly firmer or less powdery, which would minimize waste and make it more foolproof to apply. If you are really fair, I highly recommend using a light hand, perhaps a stippling brush, and feel out the process–a regular blush brush might prove dense and pack on too much color. I used Tom Ford’s Cheek Blush Brush to apply, which worked well, because I’m of a medium complexion, but I also used a lighter hand initially and found it applied a good amount of color from the get-go.

Diffused Heat has good color payoff, and the color was buildable, blendable, and could be sheered out to whatever intensity desired.  It’s not a blush that needs to be packed on (though this is a lighter color, period, so it may not show up on all skin tones) to get true-to-pan color.  The powder had such a soft, silky feel to it that made blending out the edges of the blush easy and left the blush looking natural on the skin. I wore this yesterday, and it lasted well for eight hours before starting to fade.

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9.5/10

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10/10

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9/10

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8.5/10

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Saturday, January 25th, 2014

Hourglass Diffused Heat Ambient Lighting Blush
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes

Here’s a quick sneak peek at two of the Hourglass Diffused Heat Ambient Lighting Blush! I bought all six on Friday (they haven’t arrived yet!), and two press samples arrived earlier this afternoon so I photographed them right away.  I’m wearing both now and should have reviews up for them tomorrow.

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