Friday, March 15th, 2013

Burberry Misty Light Glow Natural Blush
Burberry Misty Light Glow Natural Blush

Burberry Misty Light Glow Natural Blush ($42.00 for 0.24 oz.) is a pale, light-medium pink with subtle cool undertones and a matte finish. MAC Stay Pretty is slightly darker and cooler-toned. MAC Rosy Outlook is lighter and warmer. Illamasqua Naked Rose is similar but darker. MAC Launch Away is a touch lighter. MAC Oh So Fair is slightly warmer-toned.

The texture is incredibly soft and velvety–finely-milled, smooth, and sits nicely on the skin without being powdery or emphasizing imperfections. It’s blendable, and buildable, but it is a lighter shade, so it is better suited for light to light-medium complexions. On my medium skin tone, it is very subtle and adds a faint rosiness. It wore well for eight hours, and it started to fade after nine hours.  The texture and feel of Burberry’s blushes is amazing, but this color is less universal compared to some of the other shades in their catalog so medium and darker complexions may want to look to another shade.

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The texture and feel of Burberry's blushes is amazing, but this color is less universal compared to some of the other shades in their catalog so medium and darker complexions may want to look to another shade.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, March 14th, 2013

NARS Orgasm Highlighting Blush
NARS Orgasm Blush

NARS Orgasm Highlighting Blush ($29.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “peachy pink with golden shimmer.” It’s a warm, medium pink with a stong golden shimmer-sheen. 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 don’t know if there is a more well-known blush than NARS’ Orgasm. For some, it is a holy grail shade, and others can’t see why others love it so. It’s coral-ish, gold-shimmered, and not too dark (or too light), so I can see why it appeals to a lot of people. On the other hand, darker complexions usually find that Deep Throat is more up their alley, and anyone who doesn’t love a lot of shimmer and sheen isn’t going to love the finish on Orgasm.  It had good color payoff but is not as intense as other NARS’ blushes (part of that is simply that it is a lighter color).

It has a high shimmer content, but it translates well onto the skin and smooths and evens out as you blend the color on the cheek, so rather than shimmer, you see more of a golden sheen.  Orgasm has a soft, finely-milled texture that is just ever-so-slightly powdery.  It blends and applies easily, and it is rather forgiving.  It wears around seven and a half hours on me, and after eight, it starts to fade around the edges.

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Orgasm

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For anyone who loves shimmery, pink-based corals, Orgasm is a classic shade worth checking out. I wish it wore just a bit longer, though!

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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Thursday, March 7th, 2013

NARS Oasis Highlighting Blush
NARS Oasis Blush

NARS Oasis Highlighting Blush ($29.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “sparkling pink champagne.” It’s a softened, reddish-plum with a hint of golden shimmer that translates to a shimmer-sheen when applied to the skin. NARS Debbie Harry #1 is similar but has silver sparkle. theBalm Cabana Boy is slightly less red (more plum).

This blush is nicely pigmented, and you should have no trouble building up color to true-to-pan payoff or going for something softer and sheerer. There are a few bits of golden sparkle but they seem to get lost before they even hit the skin, as I couldn’t detect them on the skin. Instead, there was a faint golden sheen that was quite lovely on the skin as it did not emphasize pores.  Oasis should be flattering across skin tones, because it’s not too dark or too light, not too warm or too cool-toned.  The texture is soft, finely-milled, and very blendable on the skin.  It applies evenly and sits well on the skin, and then it wears well–a solid eight hours and only minimal fading after nine hours.

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Oasis should be flattering across skin tones, because it's not too dark or too light, not too warm or too cool-toned.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Sunday, March 3rd, 2013

NARS Nico Highlighting Blush
NARS Nico Blush

NARS Nico Highlighting Blush ($29.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “natural glow.” It’s a lightly warmed-up, pale beige with a subtle sheen. When I tried thinking of potential dupes, I wasn’t finding any. The closest I could come up with was theBalm Solid Gold, which is really much yellower and frosted.

I actually think Nico was one of the first few NARS products I ever purchased, and it may have been one of my first NARS blushes. It was recommended to me as a brow highlighter, actually, and as a light wash of color for lids. As a blush, it doesn’t quite work on my skin tone. Nico is a shade that you’ll love or never have a use for, and it’s really going to depend on your skin tone and how you want to use it. It’s categorized as a blush, but I think it might be better suited as a NARS “Highlighting Blush.”  As you can see on my skin tone, it’s very nearly my skin tone–just with a sheen, so it does give me a slight “glow” when worn on the cheeks.  I do prefer it (on me) as a brow bone highlighter, because I feel like you can see it better, and it sometimes looks a bit powdery when I’ve worn it on cheeks.

The texture is very soft and finely-milled, and I’d recommend using softer bristles with it, as it can be powdery with a denser blush brush (the “scratchier” the brush feels on your skin, the more powder gets dislodged from the pan).  Nico lasts seven hours on my cheeks, and then it starts to look a bit patchy towards the eight-hour mark.  I’ve worn this of and on throughout the years, and when my cheeks are more normal, it can be quite nice, but it definitely isn’t as flattering if my cheeks have any dryness. I think for those with oilier skin types, it might work well as a highlighter as it shouldn’t look too dewy or glowy (which can sometimes make oilier skin types look oilier).  The sheen does not emphasize pores, which is the best part about it, though–it’s all sheen, no shimmer or frost.

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The texture is on the powdery side, which can make it look less flattering on drier skin types as well as be easy to over-apply. It is soft and very blendable, so if you apply too much (and it looks powdery), it can be smoothed and blended away.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

NARS New Order Highlighting Blush
NARS New Order Highlighting Blush

NARS New Order Highlighting Blush ($29.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “sheer highlighter with golden shimmer.” It’s a pale, cool-toned, blue-based pink with golden sparkle and a golden shimmer-sheen finish. MAC Veronica’s Blush is warmer, less sparkly. NARS Undress Me is a grayer pink and has silver sparkle (that is more like glitter in particle size).

Despite NARS’ great success with Albatross, their other Highlighting Blushes have a high dosage of sparkle and shimmer that doesn’t bind with the underlying powder/blush color, so a lot of the sparkle gets lost, looks unflattering on the skin, and sometimes travels for parts unknown. New Order has a powdery, almost gritty, texture, as a result of all the sparkle that just seems to sit on top at all times. If this had no sparkle but just a level of golden sheen, I think it would work better.

The pigmentation is as described–sheer–and will add some pink on lighter complexions (like a blush) while perhaps brightening on deeper complexions.  When it blends out, it’s mostly just sparkle/shimmer and the pink coloring fades away.  This shade wore six and a half hours, and then I only saw remnants of sparkle.  This is my second pan of New Order, and while the texture was still on the powdery side, it wasn’t nearly as dry as my original New Order.

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If this had no sparkle but just a level of golden sheen, I think it would work better. Instead, it tends to read "disco ball," rather than glowing or luminous. It highlights... imperfections, unfortunately.

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4/5

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Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Disney Jasmine Storylook Palette
Disney Jasmine Storylook Palette

Disney Jasmine Storylook Palette ($55.00 for 0.79 oz.) contains both eyeshadows and cheek products all housed in a slide-out palette. I’ve split the review into two parts, and this one features the remaining five eyeshadows as well as the blush and bronzer. You can read part one for the first ten eyeshadows.

Lapis is a darkened blue with a hint of green (just enough to make it slightly teal around the edges) and a mostly matte finish. Like Blue Oasis, it was incredibly powdery, which contributed to sheerer color and excessive fall out. This color was more buildable, but it is still fast to fade. Milani Olympian Blue is bluer, brighter. Illamasqua Burst is tealer. Urban Decay Haight is close in color but frosted.

Mystical Wonder is a medium-dark violet purple with blue undertones and a frosted finish. It had so-so pigmentation–not totally sheer but definitely not opaque. It was a little dry in texture. Urban Decay Blue Bus is darker. MAC Blue Orbit is bluer and lighter.

Rajah is a brightened, medium orange with a softer, golden oraneg shimmer-sheen over a pearly finish. It had fantastic color payoff with a soft, smooth feel and application. MAC Chessa is quite a bit lighter. MAC Fresh Daily isn’t as bold/bright. MAC Rule is more muted and matte.

Arabian Sunset is an orange-red with a golden sparkle and sheen. This shade was powdery, and the gold sparkle doesn’t bind with the actual color, so it mostly ends up underneath the eye or stuck between your brush’s bristles. Guerlain Coup de Foudre #2 is lighter. Guerlain Terra Azzurra #3 is redder. MAC Dynamo is more muted.

Bazaar is a warm-toned, medium brown with strong orange/tan undertones and a satin finish. It had decent pigmentation but was somewhat powdery. Inglot #357 is darker and matte. MAC Soft Brown is less orange and matte. MAC Tete-a-tint is a bit lighter and matte. Urban Decay Beware is a touch darker, less warm-toned.

Thrilling Chase is a reddened plum with very subtle golden shimmer that translates as a barely-there sheen. It has more of a satin-finish as a result. The color payoff is amazing–super intense and rich–with a soft, buttery texture that’s very blendable. NARS 413 BLKR is a cream product, but it is still rather similar (no gold shimmer). NARS Seduction is a touch darker, but if you go with a lighter application, it’s hard to tell on. bareMinerals The Indecent Proposal is more plum, less reddened. MAC Stratus is a touch more muted and has a stronger sheen. It’s also similar to NARS Mounia, just warmer, and to NARS Oasis, which is slightly less red (more plum).

Golden Sands is a warm, orange-toned, medium-dark brown with a golden-copper frosted finish. Like the blush, the color was nicely pigmented, and the texture was soft, smooth, and easily to apply and blend. It is very frosted, though, and as a result, does emphasize pores and imperfections in skin texture. I see this being a love/hate product for some, since it may be too orange/warm for them. Wet ‘n’ Wild Carnaval in Rio is darker, less shimmery. Estee Lauder Topaz Chameleon is darker, browner. Guerlain Terracotta Mosaic browner, less shimmery.

For an in-depth review on the products, please refer to part one. As a summary: the palette is good but not fantastic–Sephora didn’t knock this one out of the park, and for me, the Cinderella Storylook palette was better and more consistent. Jasmine’s palette suffered from some powderiness in a handful of shades, which then created problems with color payoff, wear (fading), and/or blendability.

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Disney Jasmine Storylook Palette (by Sephora) Review, Photos, Swatches (Part 2)

B+
The palette has a few shades that miss the mark, though the majority of the palette is good overall. With the problematic shades, powdery textures, some fading during wear, and lack of color payoff were noted. The blush/bronzer actually out-perform all of the other products in terms of pigmentation, texture, and wear.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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