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Physicians Formula Natural Happy Booster Glow & Mood Boosting Blush

Physicians Formula Natural Happy Booster
Physicians Formula Natural Happy Booster

Physicians Formula Natural Happy Booster ($11.99 for 0.24 oz.) is a light-medium pink with strong, warm undertones–it’s not quite coral, but it’s warm enough that it starts to approach that territory. It had a soft, luminous finish that’s glow-y without being frosty. NARS Realm of the Senses #1 is darker, less shimmery. Physicians Formula Warm is actually very similar to this; it is just slightly warmer. Tom Ford Frantic Pink is lighter. Chanel Fleur de Lotus is less pink, more coral. See comparison swatches.

The texture is fairly soft, finely-milled, and applies evenly and smoothly over the skin. It’s a product that blends out beautifully and easily without any trouble–it also gets more and more glow-y as the powder is blended with the skin. There is a very small amount of sparkle in the product, so because there is not much of it, I did not see a lot of translate onto skin, which meant they did not have a chance to emphasize pores or imperfections in the skin’s texture. The formula is designed to give more of a softer iridescence with some color, which is exactly what it does; boosts the natural cheek color while adding a luminous sheen.  My only concern would be for those with deeper complexions, as it may not show up well. Natural wore well for eight full hours, and after nine hours, I started to see some signs of fading. The powder is violet-scented, but I didn’t notice the scent once applied.

Physicians Formula Happy Booster Glow & Mood Boosting Blush Natural
Natural
Natural
A

Permanent

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

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YSL Corail Fauve (12) Glossy Stain

YSL Corail Fauve (12) Glossy Stain
YSL Corail Fauve (12) Glossy Stain

YSL Corail Fauve (12) Glossy Stain ($34.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a medium-dark orange-red with a glossy finish. Giorgio Armani #402 is lighter, more muted. OCC Jealous is brighter. NARS Hollywoodlawn is darker. Chanel Exces is similar. See comparison swatches.

Corail Fauve had semi-opaque color coverage–it wasn’t quite as opaque as some of the Glossy Stains have been, but it wasn’t sheer. It gave the lips strong, noticeable color without looking heavy. The consistency feels like water initially, but it transitions into a cushion-y, gel-like consistency after five to ten minutes. When it becomes a gel, it is lightly tacky as well. The formula has a sweet, fruity scent but no noticeable taste. This shade was comfortable to wear–being neither drying nor hydrating–and lasted well for five and a half hours. The glossiness persisted for just over four hours, while the color and residual stain did well until the sixth hour, and then it started to noticeably fade from there.

YSL Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain Corail Fauve (12)

Too Faced Razzle Dazzle Rose La Creme Lipstick

Too Faced Razzle Dazzle Rose La Creme Lipstick
Too Faced Razzle Dazzle Rose La Creme Lipstick

Too Faced Razzle Dazzle Rose La Creme Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “pink rose.” It’s a lightly blue-based, light-medium pink with a creamy, luminous finish. Urban Decay Lovechild is glossier. Urban Decay Obsessed is warmer. MAC Divine Choice is similar. MAC Vivid Imagination is lighter, warmer. MAC Please Me is slightly warmer. See comparison swatches.

It had semi-opaque color payoff; seemed slightly less pigmented compared to other shades I’ve tried in the La Creme formula. It’s lightly translucent, so the natural lip color comes through, but the lighter shade does seem to make it appears just ever so uneven. Razzle Dazzle Rose lasted for three and a half hours, and it was lightly hydrating when worn. The consistency is creamy, slightly thick, and comfortable to wear.

Too Faced La Crème Razzle Dazzle Rose
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total

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Laura Mercier Cozy Rouge Nouveau Weightless Lip Colour

Laura Mercier Cozy Rouge Nouveau Weightless Lip Colour
Laura Mercier Cozy Rouge Nouveau Weightless Lip Colour

Laura Mercier Cozy Rouge Nouveau Weightless Lip Colour ($24.00 for 0.06 oz.) is described as a “creme rosy red.” It’s a plummy red–not a bright, in-your-face red, and not a true plum (too warm and red for that). It had a lightly glossy sheen that still kept it looking like a lipstick but definitely not matte. Urban Decay Manic is darker, redder. Chanel Ce Soir is lighter, pinker. MAC Grande Dame is lighter. MAC Glamourdaze is darker, more muted, more plum. Guerlain Grenade is darker, pinker. Burberry Redwood is browner, darker, less pink. See comparison swatches.

This is a recently released formula that has three difference finishes (Sheer, Matte, and Creme), and Cozy has a Creme finish, which means it’s supposed to have a “luminous finish” and “medium-to-full coverage.” The formula, in general, is supposed to be hydrating, long-lasting, and “breathable.” The real surprise is just how lightweight it feels applied–almost as if you had nothing on–and anyone who normally dislikes lipsticks because they feel heavy may want to check out this range to see if it is more to their liking. Cozy had rich, opaque color coverage, and it was incredibly comfortable to wear, as it was nicely hydrating during the five and a half hours it lasted. It also wore away really evenly, as a gradual fade, with no ring of color around the edge of the lips.  Thankfully it’s quite pigmented, because the 0.06 oz. amount is very, very small relative to other lipsticks (usually around 0.10 oz., and for this type of packaging, I don’t remember seeing 0.06 oz. before–closer to 0.08 oz. or so).

Laura Mercier Rouge Nouveau Weightless Lip Colour Cozy
Cozy

MAC Trace Gold Blush

MAC Trace Gold Blush
MAC Trace Gold Blush

MAC Trace Gold Blush ($21.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “gold with shimmer [with a Sheertone Shimmer finish].” It’s a warm-toned, gold and copper-shimmered, medium orange-brown. It has a rather frosted finish. Wet ‘n’ Wild Bikini Contest is darker, browner, less shimmery. Physicians Formula Light Bronzer is more orange, lighter. Urban Decay Baked is slightly darker. NARS Luster is more orange, warmer. MAC Center of the Universe is darker. See comparison swatches.

It had good color payoff, though not a particularly intense blush, that can easily be sheered out for a soft wash of color. On my medium complexion, Trace Gold added warmth and shimmer to my cheeks but not strong color. On fairer skin tones, I would expect to see much more color added to the cheeks, and then on deeper complexions, it will be more of a warming highlighter. The texture is soft, finely-milled, and smooth overall. When I wore it, the blush wore well for seven hours and looked somewhat faded after eight hours of wear. As this is a permanent shade, it is also available in pan-form for $17.

MAC Powder Blush Trace Gold
Trace Gold
Trace Gold
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total

Laura Mercier Sage, Slate, & Violet Longwear Eye Pencils

Laura Mercier Sage Longwear Eye Pencil
Laura Mercier Sage Longwear Eye Pencil

Laura Mercier Sage Longwear Eye Pencil ($24.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a medium-dark, olive green with yellow undertones and a matte finish. It had decent color payoff in a single stroke, and it was somewhat buildable to semi-opaque color coverage. With three or four passes, it was mostly opaque on the lash line. This shade lasted well for nine hours but looked substantially thinned out (but no smudging or migrating) after twelve hours. MAC Forever Green is more shimmery. bareMinerals 10AM is darker, slightly shimmery. See comparison swatches. Even with all of these olive green eyeliners, the matte finish makes this one stand out.

Slate Longwear Eye Pencil ($24.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a neutral, medium-dark gray–or it would be if it had any color payoff whatsoever. It had a really waxy consistency, which I expect is part of the reason why this had such poor pigmentation. No matter how many times I tried to layer it, it was always sheer and uneven. It seemed to look as bad ten hours later as it did when I initially applied it; all that waxiness kept what little applied in place, I guess. Urban Decay Smoke is similar. Urban Decay Uzi has shimmer. bareMinerals 11PM is lighter. Bobbi Brown Smoke is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Violet Longwear Eye Pencil ($24.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a medium-dark cool-toned purple with a matte finish. The consistency on this was slightly waxy with just so-so color payoff, but it was more buildable than Slate. For a purple, it wasn’t half bad. It wore well for eight and a half hours but was noticeably thinner after ten hours of wear. Urban Decay Vice is warmer and shimmery. Urban Decay Ransom is more shimmery, cooler-toned. NARS St. Marks Place is cooler-toned, more violet. Milani Perfect Purple is more shimmery. MAC Designer Purple is also more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Laura Mercier’s new Longwear Creme Eye Pencils are supposed to apply smoothly and evenly, be richly pigmented, last for 12 hours (yes, a full 12!), be “water-poof, smudge-proof, transfer-proof, and tear-resistant.” Each pencil comes with a pencil sharpener as well. They’re definitely water-resistant to water-proof overall, though I will say that it was difficult to determine the outcome of Slate when splashed with water, given it already looked faded from the get-go! I was disappointed in the texture of Slate and Violet, with Violet being salvageable, but Slate had no redeeming factors.

Laura Mercier Longwear Crème Eye Pencil Sage
Sage
Laura Mercier Longwear Crème Eye Pencil Slate
Slate
Laura Mercier Longwear Crème Eye Pencil Violet
Violet

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