Friday, June 24th, 2011


MAC Semi-Precious Pearl Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Semi-Precious Pearl Mineralize Skinfinish Swatches, Photos, Reviews

MAC Semi-Precious Pearl Mineralize Skinfinish ($28.00 for 0.22 oz.) is described as a “beige champagne base with inner circle of white, plum, and bronze.” The center splotch is an russet bronze with heavy shimmer and slightly frosty finish. The outer ring is a pearly, white gold that’s a little sheer as it is mostly shimmer and sheen as opposed to color. Together, they swirl and create an ambery bronze with a white gold sheen. It adds a little warmth with a high sheen on my cheeks; there is some color, but it is light. With an even lighter hand, I could see this working well as a highlighter or just-barely-there glowy sheen.  I would like to know why these are 0.22 oz. as compared to 0.35 oz. for previous mineralize skinfinishes.

The center portion is a bit like MAC Honey Rose, just a little hint of gold instead of pink. It has more red in it than Guerlain Terra Inca Sublime Radiant Powder.  I think the versatility of this particular shade will make it easier to dupe yet harder for me to give you possible dupes, because it really depends on just how heavy you go with the outer ring of color, since it’s so light, it can greatly alter the shade.

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Pearl

B+
I see Semi-Precious Pearl working well as a highlighter, and I think this is a shade many are going to gravitate towards. It's easy to wear, should flatter many skin tones, and has that glowy sheen many look for in a mineralize skinfinish.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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Friday, June 24th, 2011


MAC Semi-Precious Goldstone Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Semi-Precious Goldstone Mineralize Skinfinish Swatches, Photos, Reviews

MAC Semi-Precious Goldstone Mineralize Skinfinish ($28.00 for 0.22 oz.) is described as a “brown base with inner circle of rosy pink, white, and gold.” The center splotch creates a soft peach with a hint of pink and gold sparkle, while the outer ring is a warm, medium-dark bronze with gold shimmer. When mixed together, they create a softened bronze with a hint of orange and gold sheen set off by gold sparkle. On cheeks, it gives a bronzy glow and the sparkle doesn’t seem to translate much, so it is primarily shee. It seems more flattering than past mineralize skinfinishes, too, as I don’t feel like all I see are pores. I would like to know why these are 0.22 oz. as compared to 0.35 oz. for previous mineralize skinfinishes.

It’s more pigmented with a heavier sheen than Chanel Bronze Rose, with a similar color (but slightly sheerer and with shimmer) to MAC Sun Power. I think MAC Pink Power is going to get you close, but it will be with less sparkle, perhaps less of a dirty color, if you mixed within the compact.

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MAC Semi-Precious Goldstone Mineralize Skinfinish Swatches, Photos, Reviews

B
It works best as a bronzer; it's not too warm, but the slight orange tint may make it more appropriate for warmer skin tones.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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Friday, June 24th, 2011


MAC Feeling Flush Mineralize Blush

MAC Feeling Flush Mineralize Blush Swatches, Photos, Reviews

MAC Feeling Flush Mineralize Blush ($23.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “melange of pink, deep blue-pink, and soft brown.” It swirls together and creates a plum-tinged pink with blue undertones and a satin sheen. The mineralize blushes from this collection have a very different texture than past mineralize blushes. These have the texture of the In the Groove mineralize eyeshadow trios–very silky smooth, soft, and really no frost or grittiness.  The overall feel is reminiscent of Chanel’s Joue Contrastes (not quite as silky).  These feel even softer and have less of a sheen the the less frosted side of the In the Groove mineralize blush duos.

Feeling Flush has good color payoff, and it’s very blendable on the cheeks. It’s a shade that will flatter darker skin tones and cooler skin tones best.  I tend to get six hours of good wear with the mineralize blushes before they begin to fade.

It’s a lot less vibrant and fuchsia compared to MAC Her Blooming Cheek, plummier and less fuchsia compared to Full Fuchsia, and pinker than MAC Overdyed. It’s actually more like a mix of Full Fuchsia and Dirty Plum.   It’s a lot less red compared to Amazon Princess, not really similar.  It is comparable to Band of Roses with slightly less sheen, maybe a little bluer.

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Feeling Flush

B+
I think mineralize blush fans will enjoy the difference in texture, while those who tended to stay away from mineralize blushes because of their often frosty finishes will find these a welcome surprise.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

4/5

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Monday, June 20th, 2011


Burberry Tangerine Natural Blush

Burberry Tangerine Light Glow Natural Blush ($42.00 for 0.24 oz.) is new for spring/summer, and it is a darkened, pink-tinged peach with a mostly matte finish. The Light Glow line is designed to deliver softer, more natural color, so the pigmentation level on this blush is right on target–the color payoff is there but it’s not intense or overdone.  Initially, it seemed like it was too close to Burberry’s Russet, but this is pinker, less brown. It’s not as plum as MAC Darkly My Dear Blush. It’s pinker than Chanel Espiegle, which comes across as more of a true peach in comparison.

It’s called Tangerine but there’s no accompanying official color description, and this is kind of tangerine, but it’s not the first color I’d think of when I hear the word “tangerine.”   I think it’s close enough, and with the way it’s muted down, in line enough not to merit any point deductions.

It’s a soft, easy-to-wear color on both warmer and cooler skin tones, because it’s very much a natural color, and it applies softly without being invisible. I found it impossible to overdo blush with this product, which makes really easy to use. It has a soft, finely milled texture that allows for effortless blending. You won’t have to worry about diffusing harsh lines at all, because the color stretches and blends with a seamless result.  It wears for around eight hours over foundation before beginning to disappear.

I think Burberry has done a stellar job on packaging their line, because they provide the heft of high-end with a metal compact that has the brand’s signature check printed on the outside (as well as on the powder itself).  Many high-end brands like Chanel and Dior house the majority of their products in plastic, and for $42, it’s nice to see something else.  It’s compact, sturdy, slim and portable.  It comes with a nice-sized mirror along with an angled brush (that’s actually soft enough and shaped well to make it usable).

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Tangerine

A+
For a more natural look, Burberry's Light Glow Natural Blush line is one of my favorites. The powder is so silky smooth and easy to blend that it makes the natural look a cinch to achieve.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Monday, June 13th, 2011

theBalm Betty Lou-Manizer
theBalm Betty Lou-Manizer

theBalm Betty Lou-Manizer Bronzer

It seems like every brand has put out a new and (for the most part) awesome bronzer this year, and theBalm is no different. theBalm Betty-Lou Manizer ($24.00 for 0.30 oz.) is described as “a silky smooth pressed powder that can be used as a bronzer, eye shadow, and all-over shimmer.” It’s supposed to diffuse light while providing subtle warmth to the skin.

Betty Lou-Manizer is a dirty bronze with a warm, golden shimmer-sheen. The shimmer is incredibly fine, while the sheen is glowy and reflective. If you’ve tried out theBalm’s other powder products, you’ll find the texture is consistent–silky smooth with rich color payoff. It has such a fine texture that it applies well to skin, because it practically melts onto the skin and looks natural and never powdery.

It’s packaged well, too. The compact is a nice size with a mirror on the inside, and the compact itself is sturdy and fits well in the hand. The ingredients are also listed on the back of the compact, which is a nice touch, because I know that I don’t keep the boxes around for long (straight to the recycling bin!).

I actually found the effect to be quite comparable to Guerlain’s Terracotta Mosaic Powder. theBalm’s has a more noticeable shimmer/brighter sheen, while Guerlain’s is a little softer, more orange with less brown, but on the cheeks, the differences are minimized.

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Betty-Lou Manizer

A+
I see this working best on warmer skin tones, and this is a bronzer that should work well for darker skin tones, too. The golden sheen will provide the warmth and glow, while the actual color will give that sunkissed effect.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Thursday, June 9th, 2011

Guerlain Terracotta Mosaic Compact
Guerlain Terracotta Mosaic Compact

Guerlain Terracotta Mosaic Compact

Guerlain Terracotta Mosaic Compact ($69.00 for 0.98 oz.) is a mega-sized face and body bronzer with Guerlain’s signature Gs intertwined in a mosaic pattern. This is certainly more of a collector’s item, particularly in light of the price tag, though you get nearly an ounce of bronzer.

It is a mix of champagne gold, warm, terracotta brown, and dirty bronze. The champagne gold is an overspray, which does go away after a few uses. I scratched at the surface, and it does seem like the lighter brown and darker brown shades go all the way through and both have a very slight shimmer-sheen laced through the product. When applied, it gives a warm, golden bronze glow with a satiny sheen (the swatches are shown after the champagne gold overspray was removed). It should work well with light to medium-dark skin tones, and best with warmer complexions.

The color is different from the Terra Inca Sublime Radiant Powder, which is a rosier bronze, less orange, and it has a much more metallic and high-shine finish. The Sublime Radiant powder felt more like a highlighter, while the Terracotta Mosaic powder feels more like a traditional bronzer.

I found the scent of this bronzer to be overwhelming–it is a very strong, heavy scent, and to me it’s like a floral baby powder. I just can’t do it. From the minute I opened the compact, it took over. It’s nowhere near as strong when worn, but I did catch a few whiffs of it through the day. It’s unfortunate, because the bronzer wears well (eight hours) and gives me a nice golden glow and sheen.

For me, I thought this looked prettier in the online photos I saw than in person; I had to hold it a few feet away to see the design pop as much as it seemed to online–so I am curious to hear what others think on the design. I think the Sublime Radiant powder is a better use of your money (it’s $70, though half the size), because it’s a more unique color and product, plus it’s packaged in such a lovely way–this compact is lightweight plastic.

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Mosaic

A
The scent was a deal breaker for me--I wouldn't repurchase it for myself. It's a good bronzer with a really soft texture that lays beautifully on the skin, but the price tag will keep many away.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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