Sunday, July 14th, 2013

MAC Harmony Blush
MAC Harmony Blush

MAC Harmony Blush ($21.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “muted rose-beige brown [with a Matte finish].” It’s a muted, medium-dark brown with a matte finish. It is slightly warm-toned, but it isn’t orange. NARS Madly is slightly darker and more shimmery. MAC Coppertone is warmer, brighter, more orange. Burberry Earthly is browner, less warm-toned. See comparison swatches.

Harmony has long been used by MAC fans as blush, bronzer, and contour, so it can be a very multi-tasking product in your stash, depending on your skin tone and preferences.  I remember this was my go-to for contouring when I was in college, and I only put it down when MAC came out with Sculpt, which is grayer and more neutral.  It nice, buildable color payoff that went on true-to-pan but could be applied lightly for a softer application.  The texture was smooth, finely-milled, and blendable on the skin.  Harmony wore well for almost eight hours and then started to fade.

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8.5/10

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Saturday, July 13th, 2013

Hourglass Radiant Light Ambient Lighting Powder
Hourglass Radiant Light Ambient Lighting Powder

Hourglass Radiant Light Ambient Lighting Powder ($45.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “golden beige powder.” It’s a subdued, light-medium peach-orange with golden shimmer. Because of the type of product it is, it sheers out considerably to mostly translucent powder that adds warmth and radiance. NARS Miss Liberty has a similar coloring but has larger shimmer/sparkle. Chanel Lucky Stripes is more pigmented and works as a bronzer/highlighter. See comparison swatches.

The texture is very soft and finely-milled; feels like silk and blends out smoothly, but it is a very soft powder so there is some excess powder that gets dislodged while brushing against the surface. Hourglass’ Ambient Lighting Powders are supposed to mimic different types of light, generally giving skin a softer, smoother look with subtle glow Radiant Light is supposed to “[enhance] the overall complexion with believable, subtle warmth.”  That’s exactly what it does:  it gives skin a gentle warmth while having a soft-focus effect that makes skin appear smoother than it actually is.  Because this is a powder, for my normal-to-dry skin, it also sets my foundation and prolongs the wear of my foundation by an hour (like a setting powder), even though it’s not claimed to do so. I suspect on very fair skin that this may be like a soft bronzer.

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It gives skin a gentle warmth while having a soft-focus effect that makes skin appear smoother than it actually is.

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Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

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Thursday, July 11th, 2013

Bobbi Brown Nude Beach Sheer Color Cheek Tint
Bobbi Brown Nude Beach Sheer Color Cheek Tint

Bobbi Brown Nude Beach Sheer Color Cheek Tint ($26.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “golden pink bronze.” It’s a rosy bronze with a champagne shimmer. , which looks almost plummy. Because it’s just a wash of color, all of the shades that are similar are much more pigmented and are also powder blushes. Bobbi Brown Nude Beach (a powder) is very similar but matte. NARS Lovejoy is more plum. bareMinerals The Indecent Proposal is also more plum. See comparison swatches.

Based on the actual tint of this, it’s not going to be particularly useful on medium or deeper complexions–it gets completetely lost on my skin tone, which is just a smidgen lighter than true medium. Instead, what you see is mostly a dewy sheen but no visible color. On a fairer complexion, I think you’ll see a glorious tint of plummy bronze–should be quite lovely–but be wary of the wear time, especially if you have an oilier skin type (I’m normal-to-dry). The sheen (and I could see some of the shimmer bits upclose) lasted a mere four hours, and it’s best applied over bare skin. It didn’t play well with liquid foundation after a few hours and caused it to look a bit patchy.

All in all, I love the concept. The consistency is gel-like and glides on so well without skipping, and being sheer and just a tint, it’s impossible to overdo and effortless to blend. It would be nice if it was slightly more buildable, so it could be usable for a variety of skin tones, and it could use improvement on wear time, as I felt like it never set–it was always a bit wet and slightly tacky.

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It would be nice if it was slightly more buildable, so it could be usable for a variety of skin tones, and it could use improvement on wear time, as I felt like it never set--it was always a bit wet and slightly tacky.

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Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

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Sunday, July 7th, 2013

Chanel Delice (78) Joues Contraste Powder Blush
Chanel Delice (78) Joues Contraste Powder Blush

Chanel Delice (78) Joues Contraste Powder Blush ($43.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a pale, aqua-shimmered white highlighter. In the promo photos, it looked more minty green, and in real life, it looked nearly white except for a very faint hint of green–but at a glance, it looked mostly white. Giorgio Armani Moonlight White #1 is similar. Chanel Lumiere Sculptee de Chanel is less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

I worried that such a pale color would turn chalky or ashy against my medium skin tone, but it actually worked quite well as a highly reflective, shimmered highlighter, so I was happy to see it will be something that not just very fair complexions can use. The texture was soft, finely-milled, and easy to blend on the skin. In the photo below, I wore it on top of my cheek bones and lightly on my nose and brow bone. It is somewhat buildable, so you can go from a very translucent, almost finishing-like effect to a more obvious shimmer-sheen finish (like I wore on cheeks). A heavier application did emphasize pores slightly that was visible at a close distance but not from afar, while a lighter application gave a soft all-over glow without emphasizing any imperfections. It lasted well for seven hours, and after eight hours, it looked slightly patchy.

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Friday, July 5th, 2013

bareMinerals The Adrenaline Rush Color Boost
bareMinerals The Adrenaline Rush Color Boost

bareMinerals The Adrenaline Rush Color Boost ($29.00 for 0.30 oz.) is described as a “luminous golden ivory, natural matte pink, [and] matte rosewood.” Together, they swirl to create a soft, muted peach color with a mostly matte finish. MAC Adored is lighter. MAC Blush All Day is pinker, more muted. MAC Legendary is pinker. MAC Immortal Flower is brighter. MAC Light Year is more shimmery. Giorgio Armani Coral Bliss is a bit brighter. See comparison swatches.

The formula is supposed to provide a “subtle hint of fresh, radiant color” and have “luminous, stay-true buildable color.” They’re right on the money about subtle color, and I would only recommend this for light-medium and fairer complexions, because it really just gets lost on my skin tone (which is medium) and I had to pack it on to get anything to show, which defeats the purpose of something subtle and luminous as it ends up looking powdery and heavy. I think it would have been great for bareMinerals to launch two shades–one for lighter complexions, another for deeper ones. The texture was soft, finely-milled, but rather powdery so you may want to tap your brush lightly so it doesn’t have too much product on it. Applied like a normal blush, it didn’t look powdery on the skin, though I didn’t really see any luminous sheen as it looked really quite matte. It seemed to wear well on me for eight and a half hours.

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hey're right on the money about subtle color, and I would only recommend this for light-medium and fairer complexions.

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9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

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Application

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Thursday, July 4th, 2013

Physicians Formula Warm Happy Booster Glow & Mood Boosting Blush
Physicians Formula Warm Happy Booster Glow & Mood Boosting Blush

Physicians Formula Warm Happy Booster Glow & Mood Boosting Blush ($11.99 for 0.24 oz.) is a warm, light-medium coral-pink with a soft, sparkling sheen. MAC Simmer is more intense, darker. Edwared Bess Secret Affair is more orange. theBalm Frat Boy is pinker, less shimmery. NARS Deep Throat is a bit darker. MAC Supercontinental is warmer, less pink. MAC Legendary is lighter. MAC Flaming Chic is less shimmery. Chanel Fleur de Lotus is a bit warmer, brighter.
See comparison swatches.

The formula is supposed to give a “soft iridescence to highlight contour and add radiance to cheeks.” It had good color payoff that was buildable from sheer to semi-opaque but it may get lost on medium-dark to darker complexions. The texture was soft and smooth, and it was easy to blend it on the skin. It had a sparkling finish, so there were a few visible bits of sparkle, but it is rather fine so it didn’t seem to emphasize pores on my skin. It wore well for eight hours when I tested it, and it started to fade just before nine hours of wear. The powder is scented with violet, but I didn’t notice it once applied, only in the pan.

It comes in four shades, and I plan to review Natural as well, but I haven’t tested that one yet. But I did take photos, and between the two, there is not a major difference. If you have cooler undertones, I expect you’ll see a more notable difference, because Natural is warmer with less pink, but on my warmer, medium skin tone, it was hard to tell the difference between the two on (so just a heads up–I will do a full review of Natural once I’ve had a chance to wear it!).

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