Saturday, August 3rd, 2013

Caudalie Divine Legs Tinted Body Lotion
Caudalie Divine Legs Tinted Body Lotion

Caudalie Divine Legs Tinted Body Lotion ($38.00 for 3.4 fl. oz.) is supposed to be a “l’ightweight tinted body lotion to give legs a touch of sun without the use of a self-tanner.” This is a very temporary product that’s really a one-and-done after a day, as it washes off with water (which means it is not waterproof, it’s not even water-resistant).  It’s not what you’d reach for if it was rainy, you were heading to the beach or pool, and so forth.

I am absolutely not an expert on self-tanner, as I’ve used less than half a dozen in my lifetime, and I’m just not motivated to rush out and try them all. I just don’t look at my skin color and feel wanting of a tan or deeper or more golden color all-over, or else maybe there are so many other wants (acne-free skin for eternity, brows that never need tweezing, and so on) that this one is a low priority. Frankly, I’m still struggling to apply an all-over body moisturizer still on a regular basis! When I received this, I figured I’d photograph it and give it a whirl–it looked pretty, wasn’t a real commitment, and if I hated it, I could wash it off right away. (I am forever scarred from The Wedding Planner scene where a bride comes in with self-tanner gone wrong on her face.)

Divine Legs is warm, golden, and has slight yellow-red undertones. It has soft copper and gold pearl in it, which is very fine, so they don’t look like chunks of glitter or large sparkle on the skin and instead give off a subtle sheen. My arm is light-medium (about NC20), and you can see that it definitely deepens, darkens, and warms up my skin by three or four shades. What I liked most was that it was very quick to dry down (it’s nearly instant), and it didn’t feel tacky at any point during the wear.  I applied it all over my legs with my hands, and I didn’t see any streaking, even around knees and ankles. The consistency is thin, but not quite watery, so it spreads out easily, but it does have quite a tint.

I feel like it’s a good fit for someone who doesn’t want to commit to a real tan for long but would like their legs (or another body part) to match the rest of their body for a special occasion. It’s expensive, given it’s a one-time use lotion, so at this price point, a true self-tanner might be a better investment and more practical, especially if you would use this regularly. I must admit, I do like the way warms up my coloring, but personally, I’d want something with less tint and isn’t quite as yellow-toned. (Any recommendations?)  It lasts until I shower, and I didn’t have any transfer on clothes.

It is scented with Caudalie’s signature Divine, which is described as “grapefruit, rose, pink pepper, vanilla, cedar, and white musk.” I must be the only person on the planet who doesn’t like it, as the Divine Oil’s scent is much revered. It’s a warm, woody floral; slightly sweet from the vanilla, then peppery and warm and woody (the cedar). All notes that should sing to me, but it just doesn’t for me (I think peppery sweetness doesn’t do it for me)–the scent is strong enough that I can smell it when I’ve only applied the lotion to my legs. It doesn’t have a lot of projection, so your neighbor down the street won’t catch whiffs of it, but if you’re sensitive to scents, it may be too strong for you. It does continue to linger for six hours or so on me.

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It's really easy to apply, doesn't streak, and feels foolproof to apply (because I am a beginner myself, and I didn't have any trouble!). There's only one shade available, and it may lean too dark or too warm for some, but it washes off with water and doesn't require any scrubbing to remove, so its a nice temporary way to add color to the body.

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Saturday, August 3rd, 2013

Guerlain Madame Rougit 4-Colours Blush
Guerlain Madame Rougit 4-Colours Blush

Guerlain Madame Rougit 4-Colours Blush ($67.00 for 0.28 oz.) is described as “raspberry, pale pink, beige, and coral” that are supposed to be used together to “illuminate and highlight” with a “velvety finish.” It contains shades of light-medium, slightly cool-toned pink with a soft, frosted sheen; barely-there pale pink (I couldn’t get this one to show up well individually at all); pink-coral with a matte finish; and an orange-coral with a subtle gold pearl. Swirled together, it creates a medium-dark pink-coral with subtle warm undertones and a barely-there satin finish–not totally matte but low shimmer. theBalm Argyle is lighter, cooler-toned. Edward Bess Bed of Roses is slightly cooler-toned. theBalm Frat Boy is warmer. MAC Divine Desire is more frosted, cooler-toned. Dior Pink Happiness is slightly warmer. Chanel Rose Initiale is similar. Benefit Bella Bamba is similar in color but very shimmery. See comparison swatches.

The texture is soft, finely-milled, and blendable on the skin, and I experienced the best texture, feel, and color payoff when everything was swirled together and applied. Individually, the shades were less impressive with some being decent and one being particularly sheer and a little dry. The description of the blush is somewhat contradictory, because it is called a blush, but then it’s for illuminating and highlighting, which would usually mean sheerer color, so it seems like it’s maybe a combination of both.  Updated: The big thing I noticed is that the color payoff is much better after the raised circles get brushed down–I think it’s really the pattern that makes the payoff initially disappointing, because when your blush brush gets in there and in-between all the crevices, it’s not an issue applying it to the skin. Honestly, it doesn’t make sense the way it looks individually and then comes together with so much more color payoff.

The individual shades are not very large, so they don’t lend themselves well to individual application (and it is designed to be used together). I would say you’re be better off trying to use it as two halves, and then swirling and mixing as you please. If you want a cooler coloring, stay on the lower bottom shades; if you want something warmer, focus on the upper right of the palette. It lasted eight hours well on my skin when I wore it yesterday (you better believe I ripped open my order as soon as it was dropped off, ha!), and it had some faint signs of fading after nine hours. Because of the mostly matte finish, it did not emphasize pores, and as the texture was soft but not powdery, it sat quite nicely on the skin.

It comes in a glossy black, rectangular compact that opens with a full-size mirror underneath the lid, and then the blush compartment lifts up to reveal a pink-bristled, rounded brush. The whole thing comes with a “suedette pouch.” The powder is violet-scented, and it’s noticeable when I open the compact, but I didn’t notice it when applied. This palette definitely brings back memories of Blush G Serie Noire, and while there are some similarities (both are a blend of pink an coral), the finish is very, very different, as Blush G was a high-shimmer, high-frost product with a strong, golden sheen and a lighter pink base. Blush G was also more versatile and could easily be darkened or lightened, depending on which sections you applied from. The texture was also softer and more buttery–though this one is certainly soft and not at all stiff, it’s just a bit drier in a way. I like Blush G more, because I think it is more versatile, but I can see the more matte finish of Madame Rougit  appealing to many.  It’s disappointing, given Guerlain’s past face powders (many of which have become holy grails for people) and the price point.

P.S. — I’m going to keep playing with this one over the weekend, because I’m not having some of the issues that several of you have had. I’m concerned, as obviously that points to signs of inconsistent quality during production, and the last thing I’d want to do is recommend a product (well, I don’t recommend this!) that might be an outlier. I might even order a second one and see if that is better/worse. As always, thank you for sharing your experiences :)

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The texture is soft, finely-milled, and blendable on the skin, and I experienced the best texture, feel, and color payoff when everything was swirled together and applied. Individually, the shades were less impressive with some being decent and one being particularly sheer and a little dry. The product seems to get better--softer and more pigmented--after the pattern is brushed away, which does take a few uses.

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8/10

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7.5/10

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9/10

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Friday, August 2nd, 2013

Bobbi Brown Summer Pink Sheer Color Cheek Tint
Bobbi Brown Summer Pink Sheer Color Cheek Tint

Bobbi Brown Summer Pink Sheer Color Cheek Tint ($26.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “sheer bright pink.” It’s a slightly cool-toned, medium pink. Applied to my medium skin tone, it gives just a hint of pink–very natural and subtle. I suspect this will be harder to see on deeper skin tones and then potentially bolder on fairer complexions. Chanel Affinite is slightly darker. Edward Bed of Roses is cooler-toned and a powder product. MAC Weekend Getaway is cooler-toned. Illamasqua Seduce is more plum. See comparison swatches.

Bobbi Brown Sunlit Nude Sheer Color Cheek Tint ($26.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “golden pearl pink.” It’s a warm-toned, medium-dark bronze that sheers out to more of a golden bronze shimmer and sheen. Against my medium complexion, it’s a barely-there highlighter and adds a dewiness to the cheek without much color or visible sparkle (but that does mean it doesn’t emphasize pores!). Based on the sheerness and tint level, I only see this working for fairer complexions. MAC Bootcamp Bronze is more orange. MAC Worldly Wealth is darker, powder. MAC Glorify is more metallic, darker. See comparison swatches.

I reviewed Nude Beach earlier, and my major issue was the wear time, which was what my concern was with these two as well. The consistency is slick, almost gel-like, and easy to spread and blend out on the skin. They never set (which is why I think they slide around and fade so quickly), and they remain slightly tacky throughout the wear. Both Summer Pink and Sunlit Nude just don’t last on the skin–on bare skin, they’re gone by the fourth hour, and over foundation, they stay on a bit longer but look patchy after three hours. They work best on bare skin, as they don’t seem to cooperate with foundation. If applied to bare skin, then foundation layered over, it doesn’t turn as patchy as quickly, but for anyone with skin darker than fair, this way means you get virtually no color, because the foundation completely masks the underlying tint. I very much wish these more buildable, so they could be used and worn by medium or darker skin tones–that desire has no impact on the rating, of course.

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Thursday, July 25th, 2013

NARS Soulshine Blush Palette
NARS Soulshine Blush Palette

NARS Soulshine Blush Palette ($41.00 for 0.42 oz.) consists of three shades that can be used individually or swirled together. Like Realm of the Senses, the texture of all three shades was very soft and finely-milled; almost buttery, but they were somewhat powdery. Luckily, they don’t look powdery on the skin and blend and sit well on the skin instead. Be careful what brush you use, though, as some will kick up quite a bit of excess powder, which is both messy and wasteful.  This palette is more pigmented than the other one, but fairer complexions may find this one requires more caution and care, as it is easy to over-do the color.  I wore the palette together (swirled as one shade) yesterday, and it had some minor signs of fading after eight hours of wear but hadn’t turned patchy or completely faded away.

Soulshine (Together) is a warm, brightened pink-coral with a golden shimmer. It very slightly emphasized pores due to the high shimmer finish.  It is more orange-toned compared to Realm of the Senses (Together), not as pink. Physicians Formula Warm is lighter. Edward Bess Secret Affair is less shimmery. Tom Ford Lovelust is more orange. NARS Deep Throat is less shimmery, slightly less warm. MAC Fleet Fast is similar. Dior Pink Glow is more matte. See comparison swatches.

Soulshine #1 is a warm-toned, medium-dark pink with golden shimmer. NARS Realm of the Senses (Together) is warmer, less pink. MAC Simmer is a bit darker. NARS Orgasm is lighter.  See comparison swatches.

Soulshine #2 is a warm-toned, golden-shimmered orange with a muted feel–not too bright. Based on the description of “sheer golden apricot,” my guess was this was supposed to be the highlighter shade in the palette, but it’s really not that sheer–it is quite buildable.  This shade did emphasize pores slightly. NARS Gina is more matte, more beige-based. MAC Warmth of Coral is lighter, brighter. MAC Blazing Haute is yellower. NARS Luster is more orange and golden shimmered–more frosted. See comparison swatches.

Soulshine #3 is a reddish-berry with gold sparkle. It’s very pigmented and a little goes a long way.  The sparkle seems to get worked into the skin, as it appeared more as a sheen than an all-out sparkle. NARS Realm of the Senses #2 is warmer, browner. NARS Oasis is darker, more muted, more plum. NARS Dolce Vita is more plum, less shimmery. NARS Outlaw is slightly pinker. Chanel Rouge is bolder, more berry-ish. See comparison swatches.

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Like Realm of the Senses, the texture of all three shades was very soft and finely-milled; almost buttery, but they were somewhat powdery. Luckily, they don't look powdery on the skin and blend and sit well on the skin instead.

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Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

NARS Realm of the Senses Blush Palette
NARS Realm of the Senses Blush Palette

NARS Realm of the Senses Blush Palette ($41.00 for 0.42 oz.) consists of three shades that can be used individually or swirled together. The texture is soft and very finely-milled–almost to the point where it can turn powdery. I recommend using your softest brush, as any brush with stiffer bristles will turn the surface quite powdery. This is especially key if you only want to use the shades individually. The beige-ish shade was the only one that had slightly sheer color payoff, while the other two shades (and then all three swirled together) had good color coverage. One shade in this palette is supposed to be a sheerer, highlighting shade, so that would account for the sheerness in the lighter beige shade here. I’ve been wearing them swirled together for six hours now, and the color is still going strong with no signs of fading. (I will update this post when I’ve wrapped up for the night!) Though there was powderiness in the pan/texture, it didn’t show up on the cheeks; the blushes were easy to blend and sat quite well on the skin without emphasizing pores.

The formula is supposed to be new, and I felt that it was after touching and playing with it. The texture is definitely denser, softer–almost creamier in a way–than NARS traditional powder blushes are. They also seemed more blendable (generally).

Realm of the Senses (Together) is a warm, pink-coral with golden shimmer and subtle golden sparkle. NARS Orgasm is lighter. MAC Simmer is slightly pinker. NARS Deep Throat is similar. NARS Amour is similar in color but is matte. See comparison swatches.

Realm of the Senses #1 is a warm-toned pink with subtle golden shimmer. NARS Orgasm is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Simmer is darker. theBalm Frat Boy is more matte. NARS Amour is darker, matte. MAC Flaming Chic is more muted, less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Realm of the Senses #2 is a warm, reddish plum with a golden sheen. NARS Seduction is darker, more plum. NARS Lovejoy is browner, less plum. MAC Hidden Treasure is warmer, brighter. Illamasqua Allure is more matte. See comparison swatches.

Realm of the Senses #3 is a golden peach with warm, orange undertones and a frosted, champagne-gold sheen. This shade had the weakest color payoff with only semi-opaque coverage–it will be more like a highlighter for most skin tones. MAC Soft & Gentle is lighter, more champagne. MAC Bareness is darker, less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

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Realm of the Senses

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The texture is soft and very finely-milled--almost to the point where it can turn powdery, but it doesn't look powdery applied on the skin.

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Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

Chanel Revelation (63) Le Blush Creme de Chanel
Chanel Revelation (63) Le Blush Creme de Chanel

Chanel Revelation (63) Le Blush Creme de Chanel ($38.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “shimmering soft pink.” It’s a light-medium pink with warm undertones and a satiny finish, though it looks like a healthy matte. MAC Royal Sunset is a powder and is lighter, warmer. Chanel Rose Initiale is powder and not as warm-toned. See comparison swatches.

This is the last of the Chanel blushes that released this fall, and I’m so happy to find that it’s just as high quality as the other five shades I’ve tested. There’s not a dud within the range, and I think Chanel did an excellent job with this new formula. Revelation is nicely pigmented with color that is true-to-pan but can be applied as a soft, sheer layer or more heavily for richer, more opaque color coverage. I love that they’re versatile in pigmentation, so they can work for fairer complexions as well as deeper skin tones. The consistency is lightly creamy in the pan but quickly turns to powder once it touches the skin. It remains blendable, though, and it doesn’t turn powdery. This shade wore well for seven and a half hours but was noticeably faded after eight and a half hours, which is slightly shorter wear than other shades in the formula.

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Revelation is nicely pigmented with color that is true-to-pan but can be applied as a soft, sheer layer or more heavily for richer, more opaque color coverage. I love that they're versatile in pigmentation, so they can work for fairer complexions as well as deeper skin tones.

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10/10

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10/10

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10/10

Longevity

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