Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

Marc Jacobs Beauty Shameless (220) Shameless Bold Blush
Marc Jacobs Beauty Shameless (220) Shameless Bold Blush

Marc Jacobs Beauty Shameless (220) Shameless Bold Blush ($30.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “soft peach.” It’s a light-medium peachy coral with a satin finish and warm, reddish undertones. Make Up For Ever #225 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is a cream product. Hourglass Dim Infusion (P, $35.00) is a touch lighter, less shimmery. Tarte Darling (LE, $26.00) is darker, brighter. MAC Melba (P, $21.00) is darker. Chanel Espiegle (P, $43.00) is slightly warmer. Bobbi Brown Nude Peach (P, $26.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Shameless Bold Blush formula is described as a “vivid, silky blush … that delivers bold color and unprecedented vibrancy.” I’m not keen on the texture of the formula–the texture is stiff and yields little color. You really have to work your brush into the surface of the blush to get decent color out of it. If you can manage to get enough color on the skin, the resulting finish is delicate, lightly luminous, and gives skin a glow without emphasizing pores–but it’s a real struggle to get there. For a blush that describes itself as “silky” with “bold color and unprecedented vibrancy,” I can think of a dozen formulas that are far more vibrant and pigmented than this one. The color lasted for seven hours on me before starting to fade.

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Sunday, May 25th, 2014

NYX Flamingo Blush
NYX Flamingo Blush

NYX Flamingo Powder Blush ($5.99 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “baby pink with blue tone.” It’s a brightened, cool-toned, pinky-lavender with a matte finish. MAC Peony Petal (P, $21.00) is slightly darker. NARS Gaiety (P, $29.00) is more lavender. MAC Pure Femininity (LE, $20.00) is warmer. NARS Mistinguette (LE, $29.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

For someone who’s been on the hunt for a pinky-lavender with cool undertones for under $10, NYX’s Flamingo is worth considering. The texture is soft, silky, though a bit powdery, but it is easy to blend and apply to the skin. It’s buildable to mostly opaque color coverage, but it tends to apply most readily with medium coverage that can be layered for greater intensity or sheered out for a softer look. The finish is matte but not a flat, dry-looking matte, so it doesn’t look caky or powdery applied. This shade lasted for seven hours on me, which is an hour shy of the average blush on me.

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Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

MAC Hush Cream Colour Base
MAC Hush Cream Colour Base

MAC Hush Cream Colour Base ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “soft peach with icy shimmer [with a Frost finish].” It’s a warm-toned, peachy-beige with a frosted sheen. MAC Diamonds (LE, $22.00) is similar. MAC Highlighter (LE, $30.00) is a powder. Becca Guava/Moonstone (P, $27.00) is darker. Sephora + Pantone Universe Spanish Villa (LE) is lighter, powder. IT Cosmetics Hello Light (P, $24.00) is a powder. Urban Decay Glint (LE) is a powder. Tom Ford Beauty Blush Guilt (LE, $58.00) is more beige. Urban Decay Naked Flushed Highlighter (P) is a powder. MAC Soft & Gentle (P, $30.00) is a powder. bareMinerals The Love Affair (LE, $26.00) is a powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

If you’re unfamiliar with Cream Colour Bases, they’re designed to be a multi-purpose product that can be used on eyes, lips, or cheeks. They can be used under or over foundation, as a sheer “veil” of color or yield “highly dramatic” color, “depending on method of application.” Hush is part of the permanent range, so if the packaging doesn’t sway you, you can save $2 by going for the regular, black compact version instead. This shade lends itself to highlighting easily, though on fairer skin, you may see some warmth come from applying it, too. The consistency is creamy, lightweight, and very blendable. The effect is luminous, dewy, and doesn’t seem to emphasize pores. It only lasts about six hours on me, but it is a product that can take a translucent setting powder without totally getting lost, if you need better wear.

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Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

MAC Refresh Mineralize Skinfinish Duo
MAC Refresh Mineralize Skinfinish Duo

MAC Refresh Mineralize Skinfinish Duo ($33.00 for 0.32 oz.) contains two shades, which are most easily considered a bronzer and highlighter. This set of shades was less powdery than Jolly Good, but it was still slightly powdery and didn’t wear quite as long as the average cheek colors do.

Bronzer is described as a “light summer peach tan.” It’s a medium, yellowed brown with warm, orange-yellow undertones and a satiny sheen. It had fairly good color payoff, and it wasn’t too powdery, so most of the color stayed on the skin as applied, rather than disappearing when you went to blend it. The color lasted for six and a half hours before fading. MAC Delphic (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Divergent Intelligent Bronze (LE) is yellower. MAC Love, Rihanna (LE, $25.00) is more matte. MAC Hibiscus Kiss Bronzer (LE, $25.00) is darker. Burberry Copper Glow (P, $48.00) is darker, more matte. Dior Pink Glow Bronzer (LE) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Highlighter is described as a “golden pink.” It’s a champagne-peach with warm undertones with a frosted sheen. It had good color payoff, was slightly powdery, but it adhered fairly well. It does emphasize pores and any imperfections on the skin. The highlighter lasted for six hours on me before starting to look faded and patchy. Sephora + Pantone Universe Spanish Villa (LE) is lighter, cooler-toned. IT Cosmetics Hello Light (P, $24.00) is lighter. MAC Fairly Precious (LE, $30.00) is more orange. MAC Sparkling Rose (LE) is lighter. Urban Decay Glint (LE) is less warm-toned. Urban Decay Naked Flushed Highlighter (P) is less orange/peach. MAC Soft & Gentle (P, $30.00) is very similar, slightly more beige. Le Metier de Beaute Whisper (P, $30.00) is less orange. bareMinerals The Love Affair (LE, $26.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

MAC Peaches & Cream Blush
MAC Peaches & Cream Blush

MAC Peaches & Cream Blush ($22.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone rose [with a Satin finish].” It’s a medium, subtly cool-toned pink with a soft, silvery sheen. MAC Sunset Beach (LE, $30.00) is very similar, just less shimmery. Clinique Plum Pop (04) (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned. Milani Bella Rosa (11) (P, $7.99) is darker, more matte. Edward Bess Bed of Roses (P, $43.00) is lighter. MAC Weekend Getaway (LE, $20.00) is a cream product. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The finish of this gets really lovely and luminous the more the powder is blended and buffed into the skin–you can see in the swatch photo how when it is blended out, the silvery sheen becomes more pronounced, but it’s never over-the-top; it doesn’t emphasize pores or skin imperfections. It was nicely pigmented with a soft, blendable texture that never felt powdery. The color wore well and lasted for eight hours on my skin before starting to fade around the edges.

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Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

MAC Jolly Good Mineralize Skinfinish Duo
MAC Jolly Good Mineralize Skinfinish Duo

MAC Jolly Good Mineralize Skinfinish Duo ($33.00 for 0.32 oz.) contains two shades, with one portion being a very larger, more bronzer-like shade and one being smaller and more highlighter-like. The major downside to this product was really the powderiness; the texture seemed silky and finely-milled, but I had great difficulty getting the powder to adhere to the skin. As I applied it, the powder would just sweep right back off the skin and into the air. The bronzer component was less problematic compared to the highlighter, which had a slightly chunkier texture. On the skin swatch, I could blow lightly on the skin, and over half of the powder would disappear.

Bronzer is described as a “light cool beige.” It is a light-medium, muted golden brown with a satin finish. The texture was finely-milled but quite powdery, which made application troublesome, as the powder would not stick to the skin. It didn’t seem like color payoff was a problem, just that the color you applied wouldn’t stay on the skin. This is a shade that is going to best show-up on fair skin tones. You can see that the “blended” swatch almost matches the color of my forearm, which is about NC20. The color being true-to-pan is what I look for; if it doesn’t show up on my skin tone due to the lightness of the color itself, that’s not something that impacts the rating, but if it doesn’t show up due to poor pigmentation, then that would be a problem. It seemed like wear lasted for about six hours, which isn’t much shorter than average with Mineralize Skinfinish products for me (they usually wear shorter than regular powder blushes do). Urban Decay Streak Bronzer (P) is warmer, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Highlighter is described as a “soft pale pink.” It’s a light, yellow-toned pink with gold sparkle. Again, the texture was powdery, and this section wasn’t as finely-milled. I had the same issues with this shade as I did with the Bronzer shade. I didn’t find that it emphasized pores, though not a lot of the product stays on the skin, which certainly helped! It gave a very subtle luminosity to the skin. I am of a medium complexion, so it didn’t add “color” to my skin tone, just shimmer, but if you are very fair, you might see a slight pink tinge. It lasted about six hours before starting to fade. bareMinerals The Many Splendors #2 (LE) is warmer. MAC Blonde (LE, $30.00) is darker. Chanel Pink Cloud (LE, $43.00) is slightly darker, less warm-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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