Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

Chanel Lumiere Sculptee de Chanel Highlighting Powder
Chanel Lumiere Sculptee de Chanel Highlighting Powder

Chanel Lumiere Sculptee de Chanel Highlighting Powder

Chanel Lumiere Sculptee de Chanel Highlighting Powder ($72.00 for 0.46 oz.) is an intricately embossed illumatinating powder that “gently highlights the skin with a sheer blend of tender pink and pearlescence.”  Of all the products I purchased from the holiday collection, I figured this was the one readers would be most interested in.

On me, it swatches as a pale beige with a soft shimmer and sheen–but it’s so light against my skin tone that it reads powdery. It applies much lighter than it looks in the pan.  When applied on cheek bones, I felt the powderiness of the product was further emphasized. I had to use either an extremely light hand and barely dust on product or blend, blend, blend it away so it looked less ghost-like. It catches the light well and seems to photograph better than it looks in real life, which emphasizes my pore size and just seems to sit on the top of skin, rather than really melt into it.

For lighter complexions, it would work better–as compared to my medium skin tone–because it will be similar to your natural skin tone and will highlight without lightening. I don’t like the powdery, almost chalky appearance it has on my skin. It wore for six hours before beginning to fade, and by the eighth hour, it was no longer noticeable.

The powder itself is soft and finely-milled, though the larger shimmer is merely an overlay, so underneath is a more refined, less shimmery, more sheen kind of finish. Because of the silkiness in texture, it is easy to blend but just doesn’t seem to lay as well on the skin as other Chanel powder products have in the past.  It’s soft but powdery and kicks up a fair amount of excess product when you go to use it.

It reminded me of a lot of the lighter highlighters I’ve come across, like MAC Lightscapade, Chanel Beiges Ombres Tissees (significantly more metallic), and MAC Too Chic.

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Lumiere Sculptee de Chanel Highlighting Powder

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The texture of this may be soft, but it's also powdery and looks that way on the skin. Despite the fine shimmer and sheen, it emphasized the pores on my cheeks.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4/5

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Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

NYX Apricot HD Blush
NYX Apricot HD Blush

NYX Apricot HD Blush

NYX Apricot HD Blush ($16.50 for 0.25 oz. ) is medium-dark coral-red with a soft, satiny shimmer-sheen. The color initially reminded me of Chanel Rouge, which is certainly redder and more intense–with a light hand, they’re comparable. It also reminded me of the original MAC Posey and MAC Mighty Aphrodite. Benefit Bella Bamba is pinker.

What I’ve loved most about NYX’s line of HD blushes is their soft, super finely-milled powders; they’re silky, blendable, and fairly buildable. It’s a formula that makes it difficult to overdo it on; you have to be deliberate about greater intensity if that’s the color you desire, but it’s not difficult to achieve a more pigmented cheek. The downside to these blushes is the wear time, which is around six hours, at which point I start noticing it fade.

For an in-depth commentary on the packaging, please see my original review.

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Apricot

B-
Surprisingly, despite its shortcomings, there is something about this product I like. It's a product I would reach for, but I recognize that it's below-average wear is a major issue. The packaging is less functional than it seems, and it's likely you're paying part of the higher price tag for that.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4/5

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Saturday, September 17th, 2011

MAC Porcelain Pink Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Porcelain Pink Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Fall Colour: Porcelain Pink Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Porcelain Pink Mineralize Skinfinish ($28.00 for 0.35 oz.*) is described as a “soft pinky coral with gold veining.” It is limited edition, but it has previously launched. It is part of the MAC Fall Colour Collection, which debuts in North America on September 29th, 2011 and rolls out internationally in October. Mineralize Skinfinishes are more akin to highlighters than anything else, but depending on the shade of the product and your skin tone, it may be used as a bronzer, blush, or highlighter. Though Porcelain Pink does have a touch of color, it looks like a highlighter on me.

It’s a coral-pink base color with a peachy-gold shimmer and sheen. I find it powdery and the shimmer to be a little on the larger side (especially compared to Lightscapade). It looks more noticeable on the skin, though honestly it looks nearly the same as Lightscapade does on my skin. Porcelain Pink has more obvious shimmer and consequently, it appears to reflect more light. I don’t find that the mineralize blushes or skinfinishes wear all day; I usually notice some fading around six hours (and I have normal-to-dry skin). On someone with much paler skin, I could see them extracting a bit more color out of this product.

Note: I am using Porcelain Pink which launched a couple of years ago (manufacturing date was in 2009), so while I anticipate the color should be the same (as much as it can, given the nature of veining of this product that can create slight color variation), there is possibility that the powder is more refined/softer. A lot of the more recent mineralize skinfinishes have seemed more finely milled, but I can’t say for sure since the one I have is older.

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MAC Porcelain Pink Mineralize Skinfinish Swatches, Photos, Reviews

B-
I'm not a big fan of the texture of Porcelain Pink; it's just not finely milled enough to give it a really refined appearance on the skin. The shimmer is almost chunky, too, so it looks more obvious when worn.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

6.5/10

Application

4/5

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Saturday, September 17th, 2011

MAC Lightscapade Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Lightscapade Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Fall Colour: Lightscapade Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Lightscapade Mineralize Skinfinish ($28.00 for 0.35 oz.*) is described as a “soft candlelit beige with multi-dimensional shimmer.” It is limited edition, but it did previously launch. It is part of the MAC Fall Colour Collection, which debuts in North America on September 29th, 2011 and will roll out internationally in October. Mineralize Skinfinishes are more akin to highlighters than anything else, but depending on the shade of the product and your skin tone, it may be used as a bronzer, blush, or highlighter. Lightscapade is definitely in the highlighter camp, as it is virtually colorless.

On me, it’s a pale beige-tinted white with mostly warm champagne shimmer. There is an underlying warmth, but it’s not truly golden, so it should be wearable on cooler and warmer complexions. Worn alone, it does lighten where I put it, so I would personally wear it in conjunction with a blush, so it doesn’t wash me out or give me corpse-esque cheeks. You can lightly dust it with a stippling brush (like the 188) for a very soft, more shimmer than powder, look as well. The texture is soft and the powder feels finely-milled. The shimmer particles aren’t too large, so it shouldn’t emphasize pores or skin imperfections.

This is likely the most anticipated item of the collection, so I do expect it to sell quickly (and probably sell out). It’s a nice highlighter, and if you like the general texture and feel of mineralize skinfinishes, you’ll like this one, too. It definitely has that softer feel with less powderiness and chunky glitter than some other shades are known for. I don’t find that the mineralize blushes or skinfinishes wear all day; I usually notice some fading around six hours (and I have normal-to-dry skin).

Lightscapade is similar in overall lightness to MAC Truth & Light and MAC Too Chic, but both of those shades are a touch more golden.

* I have a sample of Lightscapade with sample labeling, which means it does not have size information on it as saleable version would have. The mineralize skinfinishes from Semi-Precious were 0.22 oz. and the overall appearance looked the same. Mineralize skinfinishes, previously, were 0.35 oz. MAC still lists the weight as 0.35 oz. on their website–until I can confirm it is less, I’m making the assumption that the special design of the Semi-Precious mineralize skinfinishes affected the weight.

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MAC Lightscapade Mineralize Skinfinish Swatches, Photos, Reviews

B
For me, mineralize skinfinishes don't wear all day, which is their biggest drawback. I tested out Lightscapade recently and had the same wear (six hours) that I normally do. But if it's something you've had your eye on, you probably won't have time to hesitate with how MAC often under-stocks their limited edition shades.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

4/5

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Thursday, September 15th, 2011


MAC In the Abstract Highlighter

MAC Art of Powder: In the Abstract Highlighter

MAC In the Abstract Highlighter ($38.00 for 0.31 oz.) is the last of three limited edition specially designed compacts from the Art of Powder Collection, which launches on September 29th, 2011 (North America) and October 2011 (International, at select locations). Like the other products, there is a good amount in the palette.

MAC describes the highlighter as a “soft pink base with yellow gold lines and lavender and mid-tone pink dots.” It’s mostly a very pale, barely-there pink-beige, especially once you’ve worn away the gold, which does not go all the way through. I have a video review we’ll have up later today, which will show that with more detail (along with the other two products). By just using a small eyeshadow brush, I was able to brush the gold away shortly–it’s thinner than the pink striping on the Optical Bronzer but has more of an effect on the product until it’s worn away.

You might find it works better as a finishing powder or an all-over highlighter because of its subtlety. It has a finely-milled texture that’s soft and silky against the skin. It wore for around eight hours on my cheek before it seemed to fade a bit. With the gold lines intact, it works nicely as a glowy highlighter on cheeks, and the warm gold shimmer translates more into a lovely sheen that’s not too much at all (and does not emphasize pores or imperfections on the skin). Once it is gone, it’s more like a finishing powder – the slightest sheen that’s barely visible. It has more of matte appearance at that point, which is why it can work as a finishing powder–at least on light to medium skin tones.

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In the Abstract

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It's a soft, subtle highlighter--seems like a running theme in the collection--best suited for paler complexions. It worked well as a highlighter with the gold shimmer/lines but it seems to lose a lot of the sheen once that disappears.

Product

7.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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Thursday, September 15th, 2011


MAC Optical Bronzer

MAC Art of Powder: Optical Bronzer

MAC Optical Bronzer ($38.00 for 0.31 oz.) is one of three limited edition specially designed compacts from the Art of Powder Collection, which launches on September 29th, 2011 (North America) and October 2011 (International, at select locations). It contains a good amount of product, and it will take quite some time to get through it.

If you’re not feeling the neon pink, you’re in luck: it doesn’t go all the way through. It’s thicker than your typical overspray, but it definitely does not go all the way through (video is forthcoming with much excavation!). The product is the golden tan you see protruding from the compact. I gouged a chunk out of the corner, and you can see how the pink is only on the surface I also used a small shadow brush to brush back-and-forth against a line of pink and eventually it disappeared and revealed pure golden tan underneath.

The color this bronzer is a warmed-up, medium tan with a very subtle golden sheen. The sheen is almost too faint, actually! It doesn’t impart much of a glowy sheen applied, because the sheen is so subtle–which may be a good or bad thing, depending on your preference. The pigmentation is decent, but the color is on the lighter side. On my medium skin tone, it’s subtle and soft. I expect this is better suited for lighter skin tones. It does have an orangeness to it that may not work well with pinker or naturally red complexions, because it may turn ruddy.

It has a really finely-milled, soft texture, which makes it extremely easy to blend on the skin but there is some powdery dust because of the overall softness. The subtle sheen means it doesn’t emphasize pores or imperfections on the skin. The texture is almost as soft as the Studio Careblend Pressed Powder Bronzers but I find those to be softer overall (but more pigmented, and if you want something foolproof, Optical Bronzer is that).

I wore it on one cheek (had the highlighter on the other–that’s called multi-tasking!), and it wore well for about six hours before starting to fade, which is shy of good (eight hours). It’s decent but not better than MAC’s regular bronzing line-up or various limited edition releases they’ve done every couple of months. The mix of pink and tan could have made for an interesting mix or take on bronzer in general (think Chanel’s Soleil Bronzers) but was not the case here.

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Optical

B-
It's a little powdery, but it may suit lighter skin tones who are looking for a very subtle, barely shimmered bronzer--the only potential issue is it does have an orange tone to it, which may not work with those with pink undertones. The wear is below average (and I have normal to dry skin).

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4/5

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