Saturday, February 21st, 2015

NYX Beach Babe HD Blush
NYX Beach Babe HD Blush

NYX Beach Babe HD Blush ($6.50 for 0.16 oz.) is a brightened, gold-shimmered brown with warm, reddish-yellow undertones and a frosted finish. Bobbi Brown Bronze (LE, $45.00) is less red. Urban Decay Strip Bronzer (P) is slightly darker. Too Faced Sun Bunny #2 (P) is lighter. Too Faced Sun Bunny #1 (P) is darker. Disney by Sephora Golden Sands (LE, $55.00) is darker. MAC Global Glow (P, $30.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It was nicely pigmented with color that could be applied at true-to-pan intensity. The texture was soft with a fairly silky feel that didn’t get too powdery–the least powdery shade I’ve tested so far from the new HD range–that blended easily on the skin. I also found that despite seeming rather shimmery when swatched, the finish is softer and more luminous than a true frost on the skin. It seemed to buff and diffuse especially well in practice. When I wore this blush (or bronzer), it stayed on well for seven and a half hours before fading.

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Friday, February 20th, 2015

NYX Soft Spoken HD Blush
NYX Soft Spoken HD Blush

NYX Soft Spoken HD Blush ($6.50 for 0.16 oz.) is a soft, light peach with a hintr of pink and a golden shimmer-sheen. Dior Peach Splendor (LE, $44.00) is less shimmery. Sephora + Pantone Universe Coral Pink (LE) is less shimmery. Chanel Caresse (180) (LE, $45.00) is darker. Benefit CORALista (Palette) (P, $28.00) is more shimmery . Too Faced Papa Don’t Peach (LE) is darker, more shimmery. Surratt Beauty Duchesse (P, $32.00) is lighter. MAC New Romance (P, $27.00) is slightly darker. Makeup Geek Honeymoon (P, $9.99) is pinker. bareMinerals The Many Splendors #2 (LE) is more shimmery. MAC Adored (LE, $30.00) is darker. MAC Amber Glow (LE, $27.00) is less pink. Benefit Sugarbomb (P, $28.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This is a blush that will naturally suit lighter skin tones the best as a result of being on the lighter end of the spectrum, as it will show up as more of a highlighter on medium and deeper skin tones (as it does on me). The powder was soft, smooth, and powdery, though it didn’t feel chalky. It had semi-opaque color payoff that was buildable to a degree, but it tended to soften more readily than it did intensify to opaque color. The finish is luminous without being too frosted, so it didn’t emphasize pores or the skin’s natural texture, and despite the powderiness, it didn’t look that way on the skin. It wore well for seven and a half hours before fading on me.

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8/10

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8.5/10

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Thursday, February 19th, 2015

NYX Taupe HD Blush
NYX Taupe HD Blush

NYX Taupe HD Blush ($6.50 for 0.16 oz.) is a medium-dark, taupe brown with subtle warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. Kat Von D Sombre (P) is very similar but slightly warmer. MAC Next to Skin (LE, $21.00) is lighter. Inglot #504 (P, $15.00) is cooler-toned. NYX Taupe (P, $5.00) is rosier. NARS Douceur (P, $29.00) is warmer, more shimmery, lighter. MAC Taupe Shape ($21.00) is more shimmery. Chanel Notorious (LE, $45.00) is darker, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NYX’s newest blush formula is supposed to be a “high definition, lightweight blush that blends evenly” that is “vibrant and silky.” The consistency of the powder is definitely very soft, but it is quite powdery and kicks up a lot of excess in the pan. Luckily, it doesn’t look powdery on the skin and blended out easily. The color payoff was more semi-sheer to semi-opaque with some buildability, but this particular shade wasn’t intensely pigmented. This seemed even cooler-toned compared to the regular Powder Blush version of Taupe, which may make it an even more suitable contouring shade for fair to medium-dark skin tones, but I wish it wasn’t quite so thin in texture. It also contains slightly more product (0.16 oz. vs. 0.14 oz. but costs $1.50 more) and doesn’t have talc as an ingredient. On me, it lasted for seven and a half hours before fading.

As a note, this product seems potentially extra fragile, as I received three of the blushes I ordered from ULTA completely shattered, and several readers had similar stories–but more worrying was that some readers experienced blushes breaking in their bags on the way home. That being said, I ordered a dozen or so from NYX directly and none of them arrived broken.

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Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Laura Mercier Watercolour Mist Eye & Cheek Palette
Laura Mercier Watercolour Mist Eye & Cheek Palette

Laura Mercier Watercolour Mist Eye & Cheek Palette ($58.00 for 0.332 oz.) contains six eyeshadows and two cheek colors. Everything about this palette was a disappointment. It’s a bit like wearing a bunch of faded, barely-there eyeshadows that just make your natural lid look muddied, dreary, and powdery. Both cheek colors were stiff and required a spatula to scrape off color to get anything to show up in a swatch, but I couldn’t get either to visibly appear on my cheeks. The eyeshadows are very soft and powdery, and unfortunately, most of them blend away to poor versions of themselves in practice. I was a bit surprised, because it swatched better than anticipated, but it was a mess trying to use this. The only way to salvage it would be use to a white, tacky/creamy base. The only nice thing about this is the packaging, which has “water’ droplets on the exterior (exactly like MAC’s Alluring Aquatic collection).

Mist is a muted, light-medium green-teal with strong gray and cool undertones. It had a satin finish. It had decent color payoff but was so soft that it sheered out to semi-sheer coverage. It was noticeably faded after five hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Fog is a light-medium, khaki green with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. The texture was soft yet powdery enough that it tended to blend away to a rather sheer, faded color applied to the lid in practice. It wore well for five and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Storm is a muted, overcast green with subtle, warmer undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage but was prone to sheering out to a very faded, sheerer version of itself. It only wore well for six hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Wind is a soft, muted pink-lavender with hints of gray and a subtle, warmer undertone and a matte finish. The color payoff was mostly opaque, but it had a somewhat powdery texture that made it difficult to keep at that intensity–it wanted to sheer out almost instantly. It lasted for six hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Purple Rain is a cool-toned, purple-gray with a semi-matte finish. It had so-so pigmentation with a soft texture that was somewhat powdery. It was faded within six hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Cloud is a muted, medium-dark gray with cool undertones and a matte finish. It was powdery, semi-sheer, and lasted a mere five hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sunset (Cheek Color) is a pink-peach with subtle warm undertones and a satin finish. I had to chip away at the pan’s surface to dislodge product with a metal spatula, because the surface was so firm and hard that it nearly felt like plastic. What I managed to scrape away ended up being chalky, powdery, and dry. I couldn’t get it to show up on my skin tone, but I did see a slightly chalky cast in person, though it seemed to disappear nearly instantly, because it was gone less than an hour later. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Earth (Cheek Color) is a medium-dark reddish brown with a satin finish. It had a similarly hard surface that required scraping to get any product out of it for swatching. It was powdery, dry, prone to fading, and incredibly difficult to blend on the skin. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Chanel Malice (71) Joues Contraste Powder Blush
Chanel Malice (71) Joues Contraste Powder Blush

Chanel Malice (71) Joues Contraste Powder Blush ($45.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a medium pink-coral with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. MAC Fleeting Romance (P, $23.50) is warmer. Tarte Bashful (LE, $26.00) is pinker, lighter. Surratt Beauty Ponceau (P, $32.00) is brighter. Guerlain Coral Blush (LE) is more matte. MAC Hi Jinks! (LE, $20.00) is a cream product. NYX Apricot (P, $5.00) is more matte. Clinique Peach Pop (02) (P, $21.00) is slightly warmer. Clinique Ginger Pop (01) (P, $21.00) is darker. Dior Corail Bagatelle (763) (LE, $43.00) is lighter. Chanel Intonation (69) (LE, $38.00) is brighter, cream. MAC Autoerotique (LE, $25.00) is more muted. Physicians Formula Warm (P, $11.99) is lighter, pinker. Edward Bess Secret Affair (P, $43.00) is warmer. MAC Supercontinental (LE, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Fleet Fast (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery. Dior Pink Glow Blush (LE) is less shimmery. Burberry Blossom (P, $42.00) is a smidgen darker. See comparison swatches/ view dupes.

Here’s an example of when Chanel gets it right: a beautiful, silky-smooth texture that doesn’t turn powdery and blends effortlessly on the skin with excellent color payoff that is easily built-up, sheered out, or applied at full, true-to-pan intensity. The finish is luminous with a subtle sheen that gives the skin a natural glow but doesn’t emphasize pores. It’s a color that is often made (as is obvious given how lengthy the dupe list is!), but this is a lovely iteration of it for anyone who tends to look for high-end blushes. Malice lasted for eight hours on me before fading.

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10/10

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10/10

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Monday, February 16th, 2015

Chanel Crescendo (250) Joues Contraste Powder Blush
Chanel Crescendo (250) Joues Contraste Powder Blush

Chanel Crescendo (250) Joues Contraste Powder Blush ($45.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a medium pink with subtle, warm undertones and a delicate gold sparkle over a satin finish. MAC Kindergarten Red (LE, $32.00) is lighter. Guerlain Angelic Radiance (LE, $53.00) is lighter. LORAC Underrated (LE) is similar. Tarte Irreplaceable (LE, $26.00) is darker. MAC Peaches & Cream (LE, $21.00) is darker, brighter. Make Up For Ever #210 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is a cream product, brighter. Charlotte Tilbury Love is the Drug (P, $40.00) is more shimmery. MAC Formal (LE) is lighter. Urban Decay Temper (LE) is cooler-toned. Chanel Inspiration (64) (P, $38.00) is lighter, cream. theBalm Argyle (P, $22.00) is cooler-toned. Edward Bess Bed of Roses (P, $43.00) is darker, brighter. NYX Rose Garden (P, $5.00) is warmer. MAC Lovecloud (P, $21.00) is lighter. Chanel Rose Initiale (P, $45.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chanel’s powder blush formula is supposed to have “buildable coverage” with a “silky, delicate texture” that will “impart a radiant glow.” The best parts of this new, limited edition blush is its finish, which is softly luminous on the skin, and its color payoff, which is semi-opaque and buildable to more opaque color if desired. Unfortunately, the texture is powdery and doesn’t adhere as well to skin, so it takes some work to really buff and blend the color onto the skin for an even layer of product that is nicely diffused along the edges. The powder felt silky to the touch, but it just didn’t go on effortlessly at all. On me, this shade stayed on well for seven and a half hours before fading.

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Crescendo (250)

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8.5/10

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10/10

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8.5/10

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8/10

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4.5/5

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