Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

MAC Center of the Universe Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Center of the Universe Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Center of the Universe Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Center of the Universe Mineralize Skinfinish ($29.00 for 0.24 oz.) is described as a “coral with gold shimmer.” There is absolutely nothing about this that says coral… nothing even suggests it exists in the product at all! Where’s the pink? the red? Even the online “swatch” on MAC’s website shows the same pattern and coloring that my product actually has (thought maybe my veining was causing the problem). It’s a mix of metallic gold, coppery bronze, and orange, which, when swirled together, creates a medium-dark tan brown with gold shimmer. It’s very similar to the lighter side of MAC A Little Bit of Sunshine–swirled, this shade is a bit darker, because half of it has a darker brown color. MAC Sun & Moon is a little darker, less orange. MAC My Paradise looks somewhat similar on, but it can look redder. MAC Glorify is darker, more bronze. Estee Lauder Topaz Chameleon is much darker, browner. MAC Golden Lariat is similar, slightly more golden.

Depending on how heavily you concentrate on the golden shade, you may have a soft shimmer finish or something more metallic.  The shimmer from the golden color doesn’t seem to be too sparkly, though it doesn’t bind together perfectly, so it’s not completely smooth.  This was one of the sheerer shades out of the four from this collection.  It’s very warm-toned, too, with strong orange tones.  I see this working best on light-medium complexions with warm, yellow undertones.

Yesterday was interesting, as I crammed four cheek products on my face, because with eight products needing anywhere from six to eight hours of testing, it’s hard to test all eight and get you reviews the next day!  I went with two stripes on each cheek (going vertically) and left a small gap between the two colors, which made me look a little like a zebra, but it worked out.

The reason I really want to test as many of these as possible is because they don’t wear very well on me typically, but occasionally, there are some shades that wear better than others.  Center of the Universe wore for about six hours before it started to fade and separate.  I have normal-to-dry skin, which is mostly normal now that it’s summer.  Not great wear for me, so it was a let-down, but it is what I typically experience with Mineralize Skinfinishes.

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Center of the Universe

B-
This was one of the sheerer shades out of the four from this collection. It's very warm-toned, too, with strong orange tones. I see this working best on light-medium complexions with warm, yellow undertones.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4/5

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Sunday, June 24th, 2012

NARS Amour Highlighting Blush
NARS Amour Blush

NARS Amour Blush

NARS Amour Blush ($28.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “peachy pink.” It’s a darkened pink-tinted coral. It doesn’t read peachy-pink to me, which tends to be a lighter, warmer color. The finish is matte. Illamasqua Dixie is brighter, less pink. Tarte Blissful is more orange, slightly lighter/softer. theBalm Frat Boy is slightly lighter. MAC Posey is very close, perhaps pinker. MAC Fleet Fast is more coral and has golden orange shimmer. On my cheeks, it looks more pink than coral, but it’s not strictly pink.

The texture of this is drier, stiffer–not really difficult to work with, it just has a thinner, drier texture, so it’s not a really dense blush. You wouldn’t describe it as buttery, for instance. Some powders are really buttery and dense, others are still soft and finely-milled, but they’re thin and feel drier. Amour is the latter.  It packs plenty of pigment, so you can go from subtle tint to full-on color with a tap of the brush, but you won’t have to worry about applying too much too quickly (not like Exhibit A).  The drier texture does mean that you need to spend a little more time blending the color, and because of the matte texture, it can be easier to apply over completely dry foundation (if you’re using liquid).  When I tested Amour to see how long and well it would wear, I was able to get seven hours of good wear; after eight hours, there was some fading along the tops of my cheeks.

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NARS Amour Blush Review, Photos, Swatches

B+
Amour is dark pink-coral blush that's more pink than coral. It can be used sparingly or built up for a more intense cheek color, so it works well paired with more dramatic eyeshadow or alone with just a little eyeliner.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

4/5

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Friday, June 22nd, 2012

NARS Albatross Highlighting Blush
NARS Albatross Highlighting Blush

NARS Albatross Highlighting Blush

NARS Albatross Highlighting Blush ($28.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “sheer, light golden sheen.” The base color is a a pale, almost cool-toned ivory and then it has a healthy dose of light-medim gold shimmer-sheen. MAC Lightscapade doesn’t have as strong of a golden sheen, and it has a slightly pinker base color. MAC Chez Chez Lame is more golden and beige. MAC Too Chic is more beige and uniform. theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer is much more golden.

I swear, I thought I reviewed this product previously, but I couldn’t find one! I’m in the process of reviewing all of NARS’ permanent blushes (including re-reviewing some shades), and Albatross is the first one up. It’s part of the Highlighting Blush series, which are blushes designed to illuminate the skin rather than add lots of color. This shade has won numerous distincts, even winning awards in Temptalia’s Readers’ Choice Awards over the years, for its highlighting prowess.

On my skin tone (about medium in color with warmer, yellower undertones), Albatross isn’t the most flattering on its own–that cooler ivory base color gives me a washed out look. On the flip side, cooler skin tones from light to medium could wear this alone and have it be much more flattering. When it’s paired with another blusher, it is more flattering across a greater number of skin tones, because that lighter base color mixes with your blush color, so it doesn’t look as pale or as cool-toned.

There’s a nice balance of glow and sheen without emphasizing pores and the natural texture of the skin.  The way it reflects gives it a very creamy, luminous look–definitely more along the lines of a sheen than a frosted or shimmery look.  It can be used as a barely-there highlighter or more intensely, depending on whether you’re going for a low-key cheek or wearing it alone.  When I wore Albatross to test out the wear, it managed seven and a half hours of excellent wear and looked a bit faded after eight and a half hours.

The texture is soft and silky without being too dense or dry–you don’t have excess powder being kicked up when you go to use it, but you don’t have to stab at it to get enough product onto your brush.  I like using a small stippling brush to apply it lightly, or a small, tapered face brush for a more concentrated application.

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Albatross

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Cooler skin tones from light to medium could wear this alone and have it be very flattering. When it's paired with another blusher, it is more flattering across a greater number of skin tones, because that lighter base color mixes with your blush color, so it doesn't look as pale or as cool-toned.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Monday, June 4th, 2012

Tom Ford Savage Cheek Color
Tom Ford Savage Cheek Color

Tom Ford Savage Cheek Color ($55.00 for 0.28 oz.) is dirty red-brown. It’s hard to describe it, because it looks red, technically, but red brings images of bright, ruby reds to mind, whereas this is a much more muted red with a lot of brown to bring down the intensity. There’s a very faint sprinkling of gold shimmer that’s barely noticeable once applied. MAC Buddy Up is similar but browner. NARS G-Spot is very similar but has a different finish. NARS Oasis is much more plum.

What I like about Tom Ford’s blush range is the texture, and then after that, the buildable nature of the color itself. The texture is ridiculously soft, smooth, and feels dense, buttery–it almost feels like a cream blush because of how finely-milled and dense it is. You can build the color from a sheer flush to a more intense, true-to-pan color, if so desired. It doesn’t go on heavily, so you do not have to fear applying it, but it’s easily intensified without having to pack on the product. I continue to be impressed by the overall wear of the formula, too; Savage wore for a superb nine hours and was barely faded after ten.

This shade would be lovely on medium and medium-dark complexions in particular. It’s barely warm-toned, so it should be flattering on both warm and cool complexions, too. The only thing not to like is the price–at least Tom Ford gives plenty of product for the hefty price tag; it’s higher than average and definitely not skimpy. For reference, MAC blushes are 0.21 oz. and NARS blushes are 0.16 oz. each.

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Savage

A+

This shade would be lovely on medium and medium-dark complexions in particular. It's barely warm-toned, so it should be flattering on both warm and cool complexions, too. The only thing not to like is the price--at least Tom Ford gives plenty of product for the hefty price tag; it's higher than average and definitely not skimpy.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Saturday, June 2nd, 2012

MAC Weekend Getaway Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour
MAC Weekend Getaway Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour

MAC Weekend Getaway Lip & Cheek Colour

MAC Weekend Getaway Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour ($20.00 for 0.43 fl. oz.) is described as a “cool rose.” For some reason, I really want to describe this as a strawberry pink! It’s a subtly cool-toned medium-dark pink. As a blush, it add a pop of pink or built up to more true-to-pan color. Tom Ford Wicked looks a bit more plum. MAC Lovecloud is a smidgen lighter. Illamasqua Seduce is a darker pink. MAC Feeling Flush has more purple in it. Urban Decay Afterglow is very similar. On lips, it’s an opaque subtly blue-based medium pink. MAC Please Me is more yellow-toned. Le Metier de Beaute Fiji is less cool-toned. Revlon Carnation is darker. MAC Cheers All Around is just slightly pinker. Rimmel Dizzy is a smidgen darker.

For an in-depth review of the formula, please see this post. The main takeaways were that as a blush, this yields a dewy finish that might be just the wrong side of dewy for some, but it may be the perfect recipe for those with drier skin; as a lip color, the finish is more like a satin matte, and it has a slightly clingy nature that works as a way to make the color lightweight and very natural-looking.

When I trialed this yesterday for wear, it wore for seven hours as a blush and five and a half hours as a lip color, which was definitely on the longer end out of the eight shades of the new formula.  Weekend Getaway isn’t so cool-toned that it won’t flatter warmer complexions; there’s a subtle brightness in the overall color that makes it seem really effortless and appropriate for summer looks. Out of the eight, this one was my favorite–and it so pleased me to find it was one of the longer-wearing shades, too.

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Weekend Getaway

A-
Weekend Getaway isn't so cool-toned that it won't flatter warmer complexions; there's a subtle brightness in the overall color that makes it seem really effortless and appropriate for summer looks.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Saturday, June 2nd, 2012

MAC Relaxation Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour
MAC Relaxation Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour

MAC Relaxation Lip & Cheek Colour

MAC Relaxation Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour ($20.00 for 0.43 fl. oz.) is described as a “warm pink.” It looks more like a subtly cool-toned light-medium pink. It reads cool-toned when I wear it as a blush and as a lip color. As a blush color, it’s rather light and spring-like. MAC Pink Tea is pinker. Bobbi Brown Nude Pink is similar but matte. NARS Gaiety is much bluer-toned. NYX English Rose is comparable. Make Up For Ever #4 is pinker, brighter. On lips, the coverage is opaque, and the color seems less cool-toned but definitely doesn’t look warm against my skin tone. MAC Lazy Sunday is lighter, more white-based. MAC Snob is cooler-toned. MAC Enchantee is more muted. MAC Dress It Up is fairly close.

For an in-depth review of the formula, please see this post. The main takeaways were that as a blush, this yields a dewy finish that might be just the wrong side of dewy for some, but it may be the perfect recipe for those with drier skin; as a lip color, the finish is more like a satin matte, and it has a slightly clingy nature that works as a way to make the color lightweight and very natural-looking.

Relaxation will work best on lighter skin tones, but light-medium to medium skin tones may be able to work it, depending on the look they’re going for and what else they pair the blush with. It’s a smidgen too pale for my personal liking on my medium complexion (around NC30 at the moment). Yesterday afternoon, I tested the wear of this and Weekend Getaway (coming up next!), and this shade lasted just over six hours on my cheeks and four hours on my lips.

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Relaxation

B+
Relaxation will work best on lighter skin tones, but light-medium to medium skin tones may be able to work it, depending on the look they're going for and what else they pair the blush with.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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