Monday, July 2nd, 2012

Tom Ford Frantic Pink Cheek Color
Tom Ford Frantic Pink Cheek Color

Tom Ford Frantic Pink Cheek Color ($55.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a subtly gold shimmered light-medium pink with yellow undertones. MAC Stunner is similar but doesn’t have a golden shimmer. Benefit Hervana is slightly pinker. MAC Alpha Girl is more peach/orange. Tarina Tarantino Feather is more coral.

I’ve been particularly impressed by Tom Ford’s blush formula in the past, but I was a little disappointed in Frantic Pink. It’s not bad; it’s even really good. It’s just not as amazing as the other shades have been.  The texture is soft but very powdery, so it feels a little dry and doesn’t sit as nicely on the skin as the other shades.  It was still easy to blend, which I’d expect with such a soft texture and light color.  This one is less shimmery, though, compared to some of the other colors in the line-up.  It’s a lighter color, period, so it’s not going to show up well on medium to dark skin tones.  The color is very much what you see in the pan.  I was only able to get good wear out of this for eight hours, which is good, but other shades have yielded longer than that.

On the upside, 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.  So, if it’s a shade you’d wear everyday, it might be cheaper-per-use, but it’s still an investment.

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Frantic Pink

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This one is less shimmery, though, compared to some of the other colors in the line-up. It's a lighter color, period, so it's not going to show up well on medium to dark skin tones. The color is very much what you see in the pan.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Saturday, June 30th, 2012

NARS Angelika Highlighting Blush
NARS Angelika Blush

NARS Angelika Blush

NARS Angelika Blush ($28.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “cotton candy pink with gold and silver sparkle.” It’s a blue-based light-medium pink with larger silver sparkle and a very subtle gold sheen. MAC Peony Petal is bluer in undertone and lighter. MAC Florida is more magenta. Tarte Amused is slightly darker and more vibrant. MAC Amazon Princess is more magenta–purpler, less pink.

Even though I have warm undertones, I think this is still flattering, because it has a darker hue overall. Sometimes if it’s a paler, lighter blue-based pink, it can make me look a little dead. The texture of Angelika is soft, silky-smooth, and it’s very easy to blend and apply to the cheek. There’s no stiffness here, but it doesn’t kick up a lot of excess powder, so it is just right balance of softness. It packs plenty of color, so it will show up on darker skin tones, too, even though it’s not a deep pink blush. The silver sparkles get lost between the pan and the face; either they disappear into the ether or get trapped in the bristles of the brush, but very few wind up on the cheek.  Angelika wore close to eight hours on my cheeks with some minor fading shortly after.

For nostalgia purposes, I actually reviewed this blush two years ago here. The way this blog has evolved over the past six years is incredible, but sometimes I’m just amazed at how much can change in a couple of years, too. It always seem “The Best Way” when I do it, but clearly there’s always room for improvement!

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NARS Angelika Blush Review, Photos, Swatches

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Don't let the blue undertones fool you--this is one of the more wearable blushes in NARS' line for cool, warm, pale, and dark skin tones (and everything in-between).

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

MAC Supernova Mineralize Blush
MAC Supernova Mineralize Blush

MAC Supernova Mineralize Blush

MAC Supernova Mineralize Blush ($23.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “magenta and burnished gold melange.” It’s a brightened raspberry pink with subtle blue undertones and a subtle sheen. It contains swirls of golden peach-orange and neon magenta pink. MAC Weekend Getaway is similar in color when used softly. Tom Ford Wicked is cooler-toned, frostier, and lighter. Tarte Amused is much brighter and bluer-based. Illamasqua Seduce is similar, slightly more plum. MAC Feeling Flush is a bit lighter and cooler-toned. MAC Amazonian Princess is comparable, slightly redder. MAC Full Fuchsia is a bit more fuchsia.

This shade applied smoothly without emphasizing pores or any imperfections of my skin’s texture, but it wasn’t quite as blendable as I’d expect. It’s not stubborn, but I wouldn’t say it’s easily blended and diffused–just so-so there. It’s very pigmented, so a light hand is a must, and if you want something soft and sheer, I’d recommend using a stippling brush like MAC’s 188. Because it’s not super blue-based, it should work well across under tones, and the intense color payoff means it will be viable on the lightest and deepest complexions. Supernova wore seven and a half hours on me before starting to fade noticeably.

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Supernova

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Because it's not super blue-based, it should work well across under tones, and the intense color payoff means it will be viable on the lightest and deepest complexions.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4/5

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Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

MAC Stratus Mineralize Blush
MAC Stratus Mineralize Blush

MAC Stratus Mineralize Blush

MAC Stratus Mineralize Blush ($23.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “amethyst and gold brown melange.” It’s a plummy brown with a satiny sheen. The compact contains two swirls of darkened peach-brown and plum. This is one of the lesser shimmered shades of the cheek products in this launch. On cheeks, it looked more plum than brown, so it ended up looking more different than alike once applied than Earthshine (which almost seemed like a dupe), which is darker and much browner. MAC Buddy Up is lighter. NARS G-Spot is redder. MAC Darkly My Dear is browner. Chanel Plum Attraction is more plum, more subdued. MAC Notable is lighter and more muted.

Stratus had a fairly smooth texture without being too dry or too powdery (could be a bit more blendable), and the finish was less metallic/frosted, so I didn’t feel like it turned my pores into beacons in the night.  There was some slight emphasis but very subtle and probably not noticeable to anyone but myself up-close.  The color can be very intense, so I recommend using a light hand when applying if you have light to medium coloring; you can be less careful on deeper complexions, but it will build up very nicely and be stunning on medium-dark to dark skin tones.  When I tested the wear, Stratus wore for six and a half hours well, but it looked noticeably faded after seven hours.

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Stratus

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The color can be very intense, so I recommend using a light hand when applying if you have light to medium coloring; you can be less careful on deeper complexions, but it will build up very nicely and be stunning on medium-dark to dark skin tones.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4/5

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Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

MAC Star Wonder Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Star Wonder Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Star Wonder Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Star Wonder Mineralize Skinfinish ($29.00 for 0.24 oz.) is described as a “plummy pink with multi-dimensional pearl.” It’s a pinky-plum with a pale golden shimmer. It has swirls of champagne beige, pink-tinted plum, and a peachy-pink with yellow undertones. Illamasqua Ambition is slightly less pink, more subdued. Bobbi Brown Plum is similar but darker and has no shimmer (so it looks even darker). MAC Plum Foolery is bit more plum, less pink. Chanel Rose Temptation is significantly more plum. NARS Oasis is a smidgen darker and more plum with gold sparkle rather than shimmer. theBalm Cabana Boy is also a bit more plum than pink.  It seems like the balance of pink and plum in this is what makes it just a little bit different from shades that seem similar.

It has a fairly strong shimmer finish, so it did emphasize the pores on my cheeks somewhat. There was a very lovely glowy sheen that was flattering on, so the trade-off was almost worth the pore-emphasis!  The color is very buildable, so you can get a more intense blusher out of it if you so desire; I think it’s suitable for light to medium-dark skin tones with darker skin tones finding it to be subtle and tinting but still visible. Star Wonder had a soft, fairly smooth texture, and blended well. Quality-wise, it was neck and neck with Light Year (this one wasn’t quite as smooth but it wasn’t powdery like Light Year).  It wore for just over seven hours before starting to fade. There was slight separation after eight hours.

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Star Wonder

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There was a very lovely glowy sheen that was flattering on, so the trade-off was almost worth the pore-emphasis! The color is very buildable, so you can get a more intense blusher out of it if you so desire; I think it's suitable for light to medium-dark skin tones with darker skin tones finding it to be subtle and tinting but still visible.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

MAC Light Year Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Light Year Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Light Year Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Light Year Mineralize Skinfinish ($29.00 for 0.24 oz.) is described as a “peachy pink with gold shimmer.” It’s a light-medium peach with hints of pink and a golden shimmer-sheen. There is light peach, light-medium yellow-toned pink, and bronze. On my skin, it looks more peach, but in the pan, it seems more peach-pink. I would expect those with pinker undertones to see more peach-pink coloring (I have warmer undertones). Tom Ford Lovelust is darker, more coral. Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess is very similar.   Mine did have a peach haze over the bronze vein, which didn’t go away with a quick swipe, so it seems like the peach color ended up slightly layered over the rest of the product. I don’t think it really affects the color, since each pan is a swirl of various colors, some with larger veins than others.

Light Year seemed to embody the characteristics that I see others rave about when it comes to Mineralize Skinfinishes. It has that glowy effect that’s just a little obvious but not over-the-top and bordering on disco-ball territory. It didn’t emphasize my pores too much (just minutely), and it was very blendable.  This is a lighter shade, so it’s going to be more like a highlighting blush on light to medium skin tones, and then more of a highlighter on medium to dark skin tones.

The texture is slightly powdery, though very soft, so I liked applying it with a stippling brush like the 187 so I could still get some color but not end up with a powdery finish.  (And of course, as with anything powdery, a spritz of water, or Fix+ if you’re a fan, will take down some powderiness.)  When I tested out the wear of this, I put it on at 6AM this morning, and it’s now after 1PM–it’s slightly faded but no separation after seven hours.

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Light Year

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Light Year is just a bit on the powdery side and doesn't wear for a full eight hours, but the texture is soft, highly blendable, and looks good on the skin.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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