Saturday, August 31st, 2013

MAC x Antonio Lopez Face/Coral Palette
MAC x Antonio Lopez Face/Coral Palette

MAC x Antonio Lopez Face/Coral Palette ($46.00 for 0.45 oz.) contains an iridescent powder (0.12 oz.), blush (0.13 oz.), and beauty powder (0.20 oz.). It’s a limited edition palette that releases on September 12th. I can’t remember the last time a full-sized Iridescent powder came out (to my recollection, which is not infallible, there were some in Fafi, which were $21 a pop and contained 0.28 oz., and blushes were $17.50 then, so my guess is these would be around $24), and then blushes are typically $21.00 for 0.21 oz. and beauty powders are typically $24.00 for 0.35 oz. So the palette contains $9.00 worth of iidescent powder, $13.00 worth of blush, and $13.71 worth of beauty powder–a total value of $35.72. You pay for convenience and variety, but if you only used one or two shades, you might consider finding similar products individually.

Star! is described as a “peachy gold with pink and yellow pearl.” It’s a light golden beige with warm undertones. It had semi-sheer pigmentation, which is as expected. It had some gold sparkle, but it seemed to disappear before it was applied. This shade wore well for six and a half hours but was patchy after seven hours. It did emphasize pores slightly.
NARS Nico gives a similar, but more flattering, glow to the skin. MAC Soft & Gentle is more beige, metallic. Chanel Lumiere d’Artifices Beiges is darker, warmer. See comparison swatches.

Passion for Colour is described as a “mid-tone coral [with a Satin finish].” It’s a coral-orange with a subtle sheen. It had fairly good color payoff, and it was easy to blend and apply to the skin. It wore well for seven hours and looked somewhat faded after eight hours. Edward Bess Secret Affair is slightly darker. Tom Ford Love Lust is more shimmery. Aveda Hibiscus is pinker. MAC Ripe for Love is more orange. MAC Supercontinental is pinker. See comparison swatches.

Smooth Harmony is described as a “medium golden bronze.” It’s a medium-dark, orange-brown with a golden sheen. (I don’t remember Smooth Harmony being this orange.) The color payoff was just so-so, and it was somewhat powdery. It wore well for six and a half hours, but it had noticeably faded after seven and a half hours. Physicians Formula Light Bronzer is more orange. MAC Fresh Honey is darker, more orange. MAC Blazing Haute is similar. Dior Pink Glow Bronzer is less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

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Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight The Celestial Powder
Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight The Celestial Powder

Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight The Celestial Powder ($44.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a pale, golden beige with a frosted sheen. Becca Moonstone is slightly yellower, while theBalm Lou-manizer is a touch darker. Illamasqua Aurora is similar but a cream product. See comparison swatches.

The selling point of this product is its texture: silky-smooth, buttery, and incredibly finely-milled. It’s a product that delivers a true sheen of a finish–it’s not sparkling, shimmery, or glittery in any way. It can be applied as a subtle, barely-there glow or as something more metallic, almost wet-looking, with a denser brush. For a really lovely result, I liked using a fan brush across the tops of cheek bones. It wore well, lasting eight hours and only looking slightly faded after nine and a half hours but no patchiness, and didn’t emphasize pores or any imperfections on the skin. Because the texture is so soft, it’s a cinch to blend and buff the product into the skin for a nice glow. It’s a lot like Chantecaille Rose Petals, which I adored, but warmer and more beige/yellow than pink.

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Sunday, August 18th, 2013

Benefit Rockateur Box o' Powder
Benefit Rockateur Box o’ Powder

Benefit Rockateur Box o’ Powder ($28.00 for 0.17 oz.) is described as a “rose gold.” Rose gold is a fairly apt way to describe it; it’s a mix of pink, beige, and brown with slight warm undertones and a satiny shimmer. It is darker than rose gold to me; and of course, the low shimmer makes it less shiny and metallic. There is a very sparkly overlay that can be brushed away after one use (or, if you prefer, brushed away before using). MAC Taste Your Senses is a cream product, less shimmery. Edward Bess Secret Affair is lighter, pinker. Tom Ford Love Lust is more shimmery, pinker. Urban Decay Naked Flushed is more matte, pinker. MAC Stereo Rose is slightly lighter, more shimmery. MAC Light Year is lighter, more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

The texture is softer than any Box o’ Powder I’ve tried, and frankly, the texture feels quite different than the other shades, too. It is sumptuously soft and velvety, and it almost feels like an incredibly finely-milled baked product.  It has a baked feel, but it’s more finely-milled and smoother than traditional baked products. It’s rather like Laura Mercier’s Illuminators and Estee Lauder’s Gelees.  The color payoff was true-to-pan and buildable, so it could be applied at full intensity or applied with a lighter hand for something softer.  It has a very subtle satin finish that becomes more and more glow-inducing as it gets blended and buffed into the skin.  When I wore it, Rockateur lasted well for eight hours and started looking faded after nine hours of wear.  I didn’t notice it emphasizing pores or skin imperfections.

Just a heads up: this contains significantly less product than other Box o’ Powders (which are 0.25 or 0.28 oz. usually) at 0.17 oz., though the price is the same.

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Saturday, August 17th, 2013

MAC Glamour Feast Cremeblend Blush
MAC Glamour Feast Cremeblend Blush

MAC’s Indulge Collection (online at MAC now, online elsewhere and in-stores on August 22nd for North America locations) features two new and limited edition Cremeblend Blush shades. Both shades had good color payoff that was true-to-pan and buildable, so you could get intense, rich color or softer, sheerer color–whatever desired. The consistency of the Cremeblend formula is lightly creamy but not heavy, and they set in about fifteen minutes. The wear varies between six and eight hours (for me), and I was able to get seven hours of wear out of Glamour Feast and just over six hours of wear with tease your tastes.

Glamour Feast Cremeblend Blush ($21.00 for 0.19 oz.) is described as a “deep rose.” It’s a rosy,r eddish plum with a natural finish–slightly glowy but not too luminous. It had good color payoff that was buildable, and the consistency was medium in thickness and creamy, so it was easy to blend out the color. NARS Realm of the Senses #2 is powder and warmer. NARS Seduction is powder and darker. NARS G-Spot is more shimmery. NARS Oasis is powder and pinker. NARS Dolce Vita is powder. See comparison swatches.

Tease Your Tastes Cremeblend Blush ($21.00 for 0.19 oz.) is described as a “soft neutral pink.” It’s a medium peach with a hint of rosiness. It has a natural finish–not too dewy, not matte. It had buildable color that was true-to-pan if desired but could also be sheered out. NARS Gilda is more orange, powder. MAC Fleet Fast is pinker, powder. MAC Early Morning is more orange, powder. MAC Ladyblush is lighter, pinker. Burberry Blossom is slightly pinker, powder. Chanel Presage is more orange, brighter. Marc Jacobs Irresistible is more orange, powder. Edward Bess Secret Affair is more coral. Urban Decay Naked Flushed is slightly darker, matte, powder. See comparison swatches.

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Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

Bobbi Brown Pink Coral Blush
Bobbi Brown Pink Coral Blush

Bobbi Brown Pink Coral Blush ($26.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “bright nectar.” It’s a pink-coral with a matte finish and warm undertones. NARS Soulshine #1 is pinker. Edward Bess Secret Affair is warmer. Tom Ford Flush is brighter, more orange. NARS Deep Throat is more shimmery. MAC Supercontinental is lighter, more orange. Chanel Fleur de Lotus is warmer, more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Not to be confused with Pink Coral from the Shimmer Blush range (which is numbered 8, and this is 31, for total clarity) that has been out for sometime, this is new for fall. The new shade for fall is also limited edition, and it’s very un-fall like (relative to what we typically see), which is always nice. The texture is soft, finely-milled, and slightly powdery. Though powdery, it does blend out easily and applies evenly; it also doesn’t look powdery on the skin (which is most important). It had fairly good color payoff, but the powderiness made it readily sheer out on drier skin. Pink Coral wore well for seven and a half hours, but it was noticeably faded around the edges after eight hours of wear.

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Thursday, August 8th, 2013

Marc Jacobs Irresistible (210) Shameless Bold Blush
Marc Jacobs Irresistible (210) Shameless Bold Blush

Marc Jacobs Irresistible (210) Shameless Bold Blush ($30.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a medium apricot orange with warm, tangerine undertones and a satin finish. NARS Soulshine #2 is warmer, more orange. Chanel Presage is richer, cream. NARS Gilda is slightly darker. Chanel Tweed Brun Rose is lighter. Chanel Frivole is matte, more intense. See comparison swatches.

The formula is supposed to “[bring] unprecedented vibrancy to your cheeks” with “pure, unadulterated color.” It will be available in nine shades when it launches on August 9th (midnight). Of all the products I’ve tried from the range, the blush was the one that was just so-so. The texture was somewhat dry and stiff, though it still managed to have decent to good color payoff.  It applied unevenly and took some buffing and eventually blending around the edges with additional foundation to soften the edges and make it look even. There was also a slight emphasis of pores.  I don’t think I’d go as far as call it “pure, unadulterated color.” It’s buildable, but it looks softer and more muted swatched than it does in the pan. It lasted well for seven hours and had showed signs of fading after eight hours of wear.  This is the only shade I’ve tried in the formula, so it may be the odd one out (or may be par for the course–time will tell!). The price point actually seemed quite reasonable and lower than one would expect, given the price points of other products in the range.

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The texture was somewhat dry and stiff, though it still managed to have decent to good color payoff. It applied unevenly and took some buffing and eventually blending around the edges with additional foundation to soften the edges and make it look even.

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