Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Inglot #401 HD Pressed Powder
Inglot #401 HD Pressed Powder

This June, Inglot released HD Illuminizing and Sculpting Pressed Powders. Normally, I prefer to only wear one product at a time so you can easily see each color, but the HD Illuminizing Pressed Powders are really more like finishing or pressed powders, rather than a standalone highlighter. It’s hard to really see them on their own, so I’ve tried to pair them with a coordinating Sculpting Powder. The formula on both shades was very soft and finely-milled, but they are powdery and a lot of excess powder gets kicked up when your brush touches the powder’s surface. I don’t think either powder looks powdery or cakey applied to the skin, but there is some product waste and the compact/palette will get messy. I wish the powders were the same shape/size, because I could see putting them together in a palette together for personal use or being able to stack each set on top of each other in same-shaped palettes.

Inglot #401 HD Illuminizing Pressed Powder ($15.00 for 0.19 oz.) is a very light, pale pink with subtle, cool undertones and a semi-matte finish. There seems to be just the slightest bit of micro-shimmer scattered through the powder, but applied, it really looks mostly matte. The texture of this is incredibly soft but very powdery (more powdery than the Sculpting Powder). I think my skin tone swallows this shade up quite a bit, so unfortunately, I don’t think you can glean much from the photo of it applied. Even though it doesn’t seem to visibly change my skin color or tone, it does give the skin a slightly smoother look–very finished. It seemed to last about seven and a half hours on me. Despite its lightness, I didn’t feel like it looked chalky on me (but it may on deeper complexions). Hourglass Ethereal Glow (P, $35.00) is slightly warmer, darker. MAC Pink Buttercream (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Inglot #504 HD Sculpting Powder ($18.00 for 0.23 oz.) is a medium-dark, rosy taupe with subtle, neutral-to-warm undertones and a satin-matte finish. It had good color payoff, but the texture is more powdery, so it doesn’t “stick” quite as well. If you normally wear a liquid or cream foundation, and then apply it, I think you won’t notice the texture so much. It is very blendable, though, which is a must for a contour powder. It wore well for eight hours on me before fading. NYX Taupe (P, $5.00) is similar. Chanel Notorious (LE, $43.00) is darker, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Makeup Geek Hanky Panky Blush
Makeup Geek Hanky Panky Blush

Launching June 15th, Makeup Geek Blush ($9.99 for 0.15 oz.) will launch with thirteen shades. Here’s a sneak peek of the upcoming shades! I’m working my way through testing them for wear, and you’ll see reviews soon. Thanks for your patience

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Sunday, June 8th, 2014

Make Up For Ever #515 HD Blush
Make Up For Ever #515 HD Blush

Make Up For Ever #515 HD Blush ($26.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as “tangerine.” It’s a brightened, medium orange with warm, red undertones and a satin finish. YSL Corail Affranchi (07) (P, $40.00) is more muted. YSL Orange Fougueux (04) (P, $40.00) is redder. Maybelline Coral Burst (LE, $5.99) is powder. NARS Taj Mahal (P, $29.00) is lighter, shimmery, powder. NARS Rotonde (LE, $41.00) is lighter, powder, matte. MAC Optimistic Orange (LE, $21.00) is redder. Inglot #45 Face Blush (P, $10.00) is powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The HD Blush formula is a soft, creamy, lightweight, and extremely blendable. You need that blendability because it is also a highly pigmented formula, but it can easily be applied with a light hand for sheer color or built up for true-to-pan color. The texture feels creamy initially but dries down to a powder as you apply and blend it into the skin, but the powder dry down is still blendable, so you never feel like you have to hurry. #515 wore well for nine hours on me before starting to fade slightly. This is the last shade I had to review, and you can read all my past reviews for other shades here.

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Thursday, June 5th, 2014

Surratt Beauty Guimauve Artistique Blush
Surratt Beauty Guimauve Artistique Blush

Surratt Beauty Guimauve Artistique Blush ($32.00 for 0.20 oz.) is a light, subtly cool-toned pink with a satin finish. On me, it looks almost warm-toned, because the natural yellowness of my complexion come through, but if you have naturally cooler-toned skin, it will appear more true-to-pan applied. Dior My Lady (002) (LE, $60.00) is darker. Dior Rose (001) (LE, $56.00) is slightly darker, warmer. Urban Decay Blush (P) is brighter, darker. NARS Sex Fantasy (LE, $29.00) is cooler-toned, lighter. Chanel Inspiration (64) (P, $38.00) is warmer, cream. MAC Stay Pretty (P, $23.50) is darker. MAC Well Dressed (P, $21.00) is a touch brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The texture of the blush is like creamy silk; it’s so soft and finely-milled that it almost feels like a cream blush, but it is, in fact, a powder. Despite its softness, it doesn’t feel or turn powdery. It was easy to apply and blend, but this shade was less pigmented than others in the range. The color was buildable to about mostly true-to-pan opacity if desired, but unless you’re fair, you’ll need at least two layers to get it to show up on your skin. As the blush is blended on the skin, the finish becomes luminous and glowing but doesn’t emphasize pores. On me, this shade wore well for eight hours before it showed signs of fading.

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Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

Make Up For Ever #510 HD Blush
Make Up For Ever #510 HD Blush

Make Up For Ever #510 HD Blush ($26.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as “raspberry.” It’s a rich, raspberry red with subtle cool undertones and a satin finish. Chanel Chamade (67) (P, $38.00) is lighter, pinker. Kevyn Aucoin Neolita (P, $37.00) is darker, powder. NYX Desert Rose (P, $5.00) is lighter, powder. MAC Keep It Casual (LE, $20.00) is redder. Chanel Rouge (LE, $43.00) is powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

As I mentioned previously, I’m generally a fan of Make Up For Ever, and their newer HD Blush range is one of my favorite cream blush formulas on the market. It feels like a lightweight, thin cream going on but dries down to powder as it is blended into the skin, but it remains blendable even in its “powder” form, which is why it’s so easy to work with. It’s very pigmented, so you can go light or heavy, depending on your preference, though it is forgiving if you’ve used too much. #510 was incredibly pigmented, and it wore well for nine hours before fading but seemed to stain just very slightly (for about an hour and a half after I removed it). You can read my reviews for other shades here.

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Monday, June 2nd, 2014

Troy Surratt Cantaloup Artistique Blush
Troy Surratt Cantaloup Artistique Blush

Troy Surratt Cantaloup Artistique Blush ($32.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as a “golden melon.” It’s a pop of yellowed orange with a soft, satiny sheen. Guerlain Orange Blush (LE) is more matte, darker. Givenchy In Vogue Orange (P, $44.00) is darker. MAC Honey Jasmine (LE, $21.00) is darker, more orange, less yellow. NARS Taj Mahal (P, $29.00) is darker, more shimmery. MAC Fresh Honey (LE, $25.00) is similar. MAC Blazing Haute (LE, $25.00) is a bit more muted. Inglot #45 Face Blush (P, $10.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The description for the formula is short: “Flushed cheeks with an aura of vitality. Naturally glowing finish. Shades range from demure to provocative.” I think what is most noteworthy about the formula is really the texture; it is incredibly soft and silky but not powdery–almost like a cream as it is so buttery and smooth. I was very surprised at how soft and lightweight the blush was, even after the tester had been swatched many, many times by otherse (they often get hardened over time because of the natural oils we have on our fingers). It applies nicely to the skin with even, smooth color that blends easily and really nails that “naturally glowing finish” aspect. There’s a little luminosity to the color that breathes life into the face but never emphasizes pores. The color had good pigmentation and was buildable to true-to-pan color, if desired. On me, Cantaloup lasted eight hours before starting to fade.

The packaging is specifically designed as minimalistic, as they’re meant to be slotted into the brand’s compacts. It is sturdy enough to be used as is, but it is a thinner plastic, so if you do a lot of traveling, a compact might be a worthwhile investment. A large compact fits three blushes; a small compact fits two. It would be nice if they had a more mega-sized version for at-home use, perhaps less so for traveling.

The Surratt Beauty range is carried exclusively at Barneys, so it wasn’t until this past April when I was out of town and happened to be near a Barneys, that I was able to check out the Surratt range (it was actually quite unplanned, and my wallet is still recovering!). I bought this, along with other things (more to review and share soon, hopefully); you can purchase online or call Roger Toledo at Barneys in Scottsdale, AZ at 602-337-6010.

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