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NARS Blissful Blush

01/08

NARS Blissful Powder Blush

NARS Blissful Powder Blush

NARS Blissful Powder Blush

NARS Blissful Powder Blush

NARS Blissful Powder Blush

NARS Blissful Powder Blush

NARS Blissful Powder Blush

NARS Blissful Powder Blush

Blissful

NARS Blissful Blush ($30.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a medium-dark plum with warm, rose undertones and flecks of gold, plum, and teal shimmer that yielded a luminous sheen. It might be one of the more complex blushes that NARS has released in awhile. According to the brand, while it’s new for fall, it wasn’t marked limited edition so we should expect to see it as part of the permanent line going forward.

From NARS’ website, their blush formula is described as “beautifully pigmented” and “soft [and] blendable.” Blissful was fairly soft–it could have been more finely-milled–but had good pigmentation that was semi-opaque in a single layer but buildable to full coverage with a second layer, which I tend to find makes for a more versatile cheek color and gives the user more control over application. There were finer and larger flecks of shimmer but they stayed largely in place throughout the day. The blush blended out well on the skin, and the shimmery finish did not emphasize my skin’s natural texture. On me, the color wore well for eight and a half hours before fading slightly.

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NARS Aya, Dayle, Kirat Audacious Lipsticks

01/06

NARS Aya Audacious Lipstick

NARS Aya Audacious Lipstick

NARS Aya Audacious Lipstick

NARS Aya Audacious Lipstick

NARS Aya Audacious Lipstick

NARS Aya Audacious Lipstick

Aya

NARS Aya Audacious Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a deep, chocolatly brown with subtle, warm undertones and a creamy finish paired with a soft sheen. It had opaque color payoff in a single layer, which applied evenly and smoothly across the lips and never tugged. The lipstick felt moderately creamy, not too thin or too thick, and sat fairly well on the lips, though there was enough slip that it was noticeable on the lips. I did not experience any feathering over the five and a half hours this shade wore for, and the formula was lightly hydrating overall.

Formula Overview

For fall, NARS released six new shades of NARS Audacious Lipstick, one of their more luxurious, but bestselling, formulas. For those unfamiliar with the range, the lipstick is supposed to have “full-coverage, creamy wear” that’s “long-lasting” and hydrating. I tend to find most of those claims to be true except that not all shades are hydrating (usually lightly hydrating to non-drying) and wear has been between four and eight hours depending on the shade with richer reds and the like wearing longest.

NARS Audacious Lipstick Aya
Aya

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ColourPop Angel Food Pressed Powder Highlighter

01/06

Colour Pop Angel Food Pressed Powder Highlighter

Colour Pop Angel Food Pressed Powder Highlighter

Colour Pop Angel Food Pressed Powder Highlighter

Colour Pop Angel Food Pressed Powder Highlighter

Colour Pop Angel Food Pressed Powder Highlighter

Colour Pop Angel Food Pressed Powder Highlighter

Angel Food

ColourPop Angel Food Pressed Powder Highlighter ($8.00 for 0.23 oz.) is as soft, light-medium pink with warmer undertones and a metallic sheen. It was richly pigmented with a smooth, soft consistency that was moderately dense but not difficult to apply or to blend out on the skin–it was dense enough just to avoid powderiness in the pan. On my skin tone, a lot of the pinkness seemed to get lost as I diffused and blended it out, but on fairer complexions, I suspect it could also be worn as a shimmering blush. The highlighter wore well for eight hours before fading.

Formula Overview

The powder highlighter is supposed to have a “high-shine” finish with “high colour intensity.” In general, ColourPop’s pressed highlighter powders have a smooth, moderately dense texture that was soft enough to be picked up easily by a brush but not kick up any powder in the pan. The formula was semi-opaque to opaque but easily sheered out for less shine and coverage if desired. There were a few shades within the range that emphasized my skin’s natural texture slightly but most did not. The wear ranged from seven and a half hours to nine hours. View swatches of all shades.

Also: the compacts do not have the shade name printed on the label, but if you pop the physical pan out, there is a label on the back of the pan–but I hope they take note and print the names on the labels going forward.

Colour Pop Pressed Powder Highlighter Angel Food
Angel Food
Angel Food
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Permanent

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
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Anastasia Brandy, Stevie, Dread Matte Lipsticks

01/07

Anastasia Brandy Matte Lipstick

Anastasia Brandy Matte Lipstick

Anastasia Brandy Matte Lipstick

Anastasia Brandy Matte Lipstick

Anastasia Brandy Matte Lipstick

Anastasia Brandy Matte Lipstick

Anastasia Brandy Matte Lipstick

Brandy

Anastasia Brandy Matte Lipstick ($18.00 for 0.12 oz.) is deep, reddish burgundy with subtle, warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. The consistency was firm in the tube, which made it pull at the lips as I applied it, but the color itself still went on extremely evenly and yielded opaque coverage in a single layer. The lipstick wore well for over six hours, left a stain behind, and was neither drying nor hydrating.

The formula is supposed to have “full-pigment” with a “smooth, ultra-matte finish.” Since the description was a little light, I also watched the brand’s video, where the formula is also supposed to be comfortable to apply and not settle in lip lines. The best aspects of the formula are how lightweight it felt on–almost like nothing on, so despite being more matte and denser, not heavy or clingy–and that most shades have been non-drying (so far).

There has been some transfer, and the finish is mostly matte but not “ultra-matte” (certainly not as flat or matte as their liquid lipsticks, as an example). Some shades have emphasized my lip lines from a texture standpoint or due to color settling into them, but it depended on the shade. The wear has ranged from four and a half hours to eight hours, and some of the richer shades can survive a moderate meal and definitely drinking coffee. I found the texture to be the drawback; the lipstick is incredibly firm and dense with little to creaminess, which resulted in an application that tugged and pulled on the lips. It was also the type of texture that caught on flakes, so regular exfoliation is key. There were a few shades that were creamier and thicker on the lips, which were more comfortable to apply, but the majority were quite firm. (They also did not get softer with use.)

Anastasia Matte Lipstick Brandy
Brandy
Brandy
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
91%
Total

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Make Up For Ever 10 Peach Star Lit Powder

01/05

Make Up For Ever 10 Peach Star Lit Powder

Make Up For Ever 10 Peach Star Lit Powder

Make Up For Ever 10 Peach Star Lit Powder

Make Up For Ever 10 Peach Star Lit Powder

Make Up For Ever 10 Peach Star Lit Powder

10 Peach

Make Up For Ever 10 Peach Star Lit Powder ($21.00 for 0.02 oz.) is a light-medium pink with warm undertones and multi-colored pearl that gave it a metallic finish. It had semi-sheer, buildable color payoff when applied with a dry brush, and it had richer, opaque coverage when applied with a dampened brush. The texture was soft, blendable, and easy to work with, despite it being a loose product, on the cheeks as well as the eyes. For using on the lips, I recommend patting lightly with a fingertip. I found the shimmer in this particular shade to be a bit larger compared to other shades, though I did not think it emphasized my skin’s natural texture. The product wore well for eight hours on my cheeks and on my eyes.

The Star Lit Powders can be used to “highlight eyes, lips and cheeks” with an “ultra-fine loose powder” that can be used “wet or dry to customize coverage intensity and luminosity.” While checking the weight on these, I noticed that the weight differs from shade to shade; this one had a mere 0.02 oz. while others ranged from 0.03 oz. to 0.09 oz. I also noticed that it appears the brand identifies what area you can use a shade on by listing an icon on the back of the jar in the shape of a pair of lips, an eyeball, and then a face (presumably for cheeks).

Make Up For Ever Star Lit Powder 10 Peach
10 Peach
10 Peach
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

Burberry My Burberry Blush Palette

01/11

Burberry My Burberry Blush Blush Palette

Burberry My Burberry Blush Blush Palette

Burberry My Burberry Blush Blush Palette

Burberry My Burberry Blush Blush Palette

Burberry My Burberry Blush Blush Palette

Burberry My Burberry Blush Blush Palette

Burberry My Burberry Blush Blush Palette

Burberry My Burberry Blush Blush Palette

Burberry My Burberry Blush Blush Palette

Burberry My Burberry Blush Blush Palette

Burberry My Burberry Blush Blush Palette

My Burberry Blush

Burberry My Burberry Blush Palette ($68.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a soft, medium pink with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had nearly opaque pigmentation in one layer but was a more forgiving blush that could be diffused or used with a lighter hand for less coverage if desired. The gold in the background of the powder was just an overspray; all swatches were done after removing the overspray.

The formula is supposed to have a “soft-as-silk” texture that yields a “blendable powder formula [that] can be layered for custom intensity.” I would describe it as a fairly pigmented blush–medium to semi-opaque coverage if used with a light hand or feathery brush–that had a more forgiving texture, so it could easily be sheered out for less coverage or intensity. The finish became more luminous the more blended and diffused the powder was on the skin, but it never appeared noticeably shimmery so it never accentuated the skin’s natural texture. The texture was smooth, moderately dense, but I had no trouble picking up product with softer brushes (like SUQQU’s Cheek). On me, it wore well for eight and a half hours before fading slightly.

Burberry Blush Palette My Burberry Blush
9.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

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