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Milani Bella Rosa (11) Baked Powder Blush

Milani Bella Rosa (11) Baked Powder Blush
Milani Bella Rosa (11) Baked Powder Blush

Milani Bella Rosa (11) Baked Powder Blush ($7.99 for 0.12 oz.) is a deep, vibrant reddish-pink with a mostly matte finish. Clinique Berry Pop (03) (P, $21.00) is less red, lighter. Chanel Chamade (67) (P, $38.00) is slightly warmer (and a cream product). Tom Ford Beauty Narcissist (LE, $55.00) is pinker, cooler-toned, and more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

If you’re a big fan of richly pigmented blushes, you might fall in love for Bella Rosa, because it’s not a shy blush at all. It will apply at full intensity if you’re not careful! I recommend using a stippling brush to apply something like this if you’re looking for a softer, sheerer look. The powder has a soft, smooth, silky texture, so I expected it to blend easily, but it did take some effort to even out the color. It’s not too difficult, but when the shade is this intense, every bit counts–you really want a blendable texture. There’s a lot to like about this blush, and to see this level of pigmentation for under $10, I’m impressed. I can see this working beautifully on deeper skin tones, but with a feathery brush and touch, even very fair complexions will be able to make this work. The color wore very well for eight hours before starting to fade around the edges.

Milani Baked Blush Bella Rosa (11)
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
91%
Total

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Milani Delizioso Pink (10) Baked Powder Blush

Milani Delizioso Pink (10) Baked Powder Blush
Milani Delizioso Pink (10) Baked Powder Blush

Milani Delizioso Pink (10) Baked Powder Blush ($7.99 for 0.12 oz.) is a cool-toned, light-medium pink with strong blue undertones and a mostly matte finish. Tarte Dollface (P, $26.00) is lighter, less blue-based. Urban Decay Quickie (LE) is brighter. MAC Pure Femininity (LE, $20.00) is pinker. MAC Peony Petal (LE, $21.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

This is one of two (the second I will be reviewing shortly!) new, matte blushes for spring. It’s intensely pigmented, so you’ll want to reach for less dense brushes and use a lighter hand if you tend to be heavy handed with blush and/or you have a fairer complexion. On my medium skin tone, just knowing not to go full-force with the blush brush yielded a soft, natural application that was just enough to show up on my skin tone. I would expect this to show up more blue-based if you have naturally cooler undertones, but even my warmer complexion didn’t completely swallow up the undertones of this one (which I like!). The texture is incredibly soft and finely-milled, and the blush blends fairly well, though it’s not the most blendable formula. I would make sure to go with a softer application, then build up the color, rather than rely on blending it away. It wore well for eight hours, which was a surprise, given it is a baked formula, before it showed signs of fading.

Milani Baked Blush Delizioso Pink (10)
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
91%
Total

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OCC Pleasure Model, Seething, Vapid Nail Lacquers

OCC Pleasure Model Nail Lacquer
OCC Pleasure Model Nail Lacquer

OCC Pleasure Model Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “pink-toned pearl.” It’s a pale, warm-toned milky pink with a metallic finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage after two coats, but it was slightly streaky. The consistency was also a bit thicker than average but workable. Cult Nails Angel Whispers (LE, $12.00) has a different finish. Anna Sui Minnie Mouse Snow White (002) (LE, $16.00) has larger sparkle. Tom Ford Beauty Vapour (LE, $30.00) is whiter. Dior Lady (LE, $26.00) is whiter. See comparison swatches or view on The Dupe List.

OCC Seething Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “lingerie satin pink.” It’s a light-medium, yellow-toned pink with metallic, pale gold shimmer/sheen. This applied more evenly than Pleasuremodel, and it had almost no visible brush strokes. It was very nearly opaque after two coats. The lightness coupled with the warmer undertone made this one harder for me to dupe. MAC Ke Ai (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Cult Nails Enticing (P, $12.00) is cooler-toned, less shimmery. China Glaze Encouragement (LE, $7.50) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches or view on The Dupe List.

OCC Vapid Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “palest lavender.” It’s a very, very pale lavender (almost like a milky, lavender-white) with a cream finish. This had an impressive application, as the initial coat was almost not streaky at all, and the second coat made the resulting finish smooth and even, plus opaque. It’s the lightest lavender I’ve swatched personally, so while the following shades are the closest I can think of, they’re not very close at all. Illamasqua Speckle (LE, $17.00) has large black glitter. Zoya Marley (P, $9.00) is darker. Zoya Julie (P, $9.00) is darker, shimmery. See comparison swatches or view on The Dupe List.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Nail Lacquer Pleasure Model
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
86%
Total
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Nail Lacquer Seething
Seething
Seething
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Nail Lacquer Vapid
Vapid
Vapid
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

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Sleek MakeUP Californ.I.A. Blush by 3 Palette

Sleek MakeUP Californ.I.A. Blush by 3 Palette
Sleek MakeUP Californ.I.A. Blush by 3 Palette

Sleek MakeUP Californ.I.A. Blush by 3 Palette ($14.99 for 0.45 oz.) includes three shades of cream blush, which means there’s no worries about powder shades getting into the cream blush shades. If you love corals, this is a palette designed for you; it features a pink-coral, peach-pink, and coral-orange, so it covers all of the bases.

Newport Peach is a light-medium, pink-coral with a luminous, dewy finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was creamy, blendable, and easy to apply. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me before showing signs of fading. Hourglass Luminous Flush (P, $35.00) is a powder. Clinique Peach Pop (02) (P, $21.00) is warmer, darker, powder. Dior Corail Bagatelle (763) (LE, $43.00) is darker, powder. Tarte Crave (LE, $26.00) is pinker, powder. NARS Day Dream (LE, $29.00) is more shimmery, powder. Physicians Formula Warm (P, $11.99) is a powder. MAC Supercontinental (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, powder. MAC Flaming Chic (LE, $25.00) is pinker, powder. See comparison swatches or view on The Dupe List.

The Surf is a light, peachy-pink with gold shimmer. It applies lighter than it looks in the pan, and the color coverage is semi-sheer–though it is somewhat buildable–so if you have a medium-dark or deeper skin tone, I suspect this will work primarily as highlighter. The shimmer isn’t too large and only slightly emphasized pores if I was really looking up-close. It wore well for seven hours before starting to become patchy. MAC Lured to Love (LE, $25.00) is darker, less shimmery, powder. MAC Legendary (LE, $21.00) is darker, powder. MAC Immortal Flower (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, powder. MAC Shell Pearl (LE, $24.00) is a powder. See comparison swatches or view on The Dupe List.

OC is a medium, coral-orange with a satiny, slightly dewy, finish. This shade was more buildable on the skin, and the color coverage seemed more semi-opaque and truer-to-pan. It dried down to less of a luminous finish than Newport Peach. The color wore well for seven and a half hours before starting to show signs of fading. Fyrinnae Nordic Angel (P, $6.50) is a powder, more orange, darker. MAC Passion for Colour (LE, $20.00) is a powder. MAC Something Special (P, $21.00) is lighter, pinker. Le Metier de Beaute Coral Nymph (P, $28.00) is more orange, darker. Burberry Blossom (P, $42.00) is darker, powder. See comparison swatches or view on The Dupe List.

Sleek MakeUP Blush by 3 Palette Californ.I.A.
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total
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Sephora Spring 2014 Mirror Colorful Eyeshadows

Sephora Lunar Eclipse (98) Colorful Eyeshadow
Sephora Lunar Eclipse (98) Colorful Eyeshadow

For spring, Sephora added four new Mirror finish eyeshadows to their already-massive Colorful Eyeshadow range. These are very… un-spring-like in a way, as three of the shades are darker and smokier than the pastels we typically see during the season, so it’s a refreshing set of shades. Looking at the other shades that existed previously, they’re good choices to help round out the colors with this finish. The Mirror finish is supposed to be highly pigmented with “the highest possible shine.” Sephora’s Colorful eyeshadow formula boasts a 10-hour wear time with “an ultrasmooth, blendable texture.”

Sephora Lunar Eclipse (98) Colorful Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a gold-leaning pewter with a sparkling, metallic finish. It had fairly good color payoff, and the texture was almost cream-like and applied smoothly overall. It wore well for almost nine hours and had almost no fall out over time. bareMinerals Golden Pear (LE, $14.00) is less metallic. Dior Constellation (864) #2 (LE) is lighter, less golden. MAC Greenluxe #3 (P) is less sparkly. MAC Antique Diamond (P, $18.50) is a cream. Giorgio Armani #1 Spring 2012 #4 (LE) is lighter. Giorgio Armani #19 (LE, $33.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches or view The Dupe List.

Planet Earth (99) Colorful Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a medium-dark, olive green with green and gold micro-sparkle and a metallic sheen. It had more of a neutral undertone–not quite cool, not quite warm. It had nice pigmentation, and it applied smoothly. This shade lasted for eight and a half hours on me with very minor fall out. Ulta Sage (P, $10.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Mildew (P, $18.00) is warmer. MAC Unsurpassable (LE, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Greensmoke (DC, $15.00) is darker. See comparison swatches or view The Dupe List.

Across the Universe (100) Colorful Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a smoky, navy blue with lighter, brighter blue sparkle and shimmer and a pearly sheen. They can’t all be winners, and this one was a miss–the texture was drier, stiffer, and the resulting color payoff was semi-sheer to semi-opaque. It seemed to fade faster than the other shades as I could see some fading and some fall out after seven hours. Giorgio Armani Blue Beetle (34) (LE, $33.00) is lighter, brighter. Makeup Geek Ocean Breeze (P, $5.99) is more muted. Sugarpill Magpie (P, $12.00) is brighter. bareMinerals Controversy (LE) is lighter. See comparison swatches or view The Dupe List.

Star-Crossed Lovers (103) Colorful Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.07 oz.) is light-medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and larger pink micro-glitter and a metallic sheen. It had good color payoff, but it seemed to have chunkier glitter than the other three, so I had some noticeable fall out by the eighth hour, though the color itself seemed to do well for nine hours. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #12 (P, $9.99) is less sparkly, darker. MAC Da Bling (P, $15.00) is less sparkly, more muted. Make Up For Ever #24E (P, $20.00) is a cream product. See comparison swatches or view The Dupe List.

Sephora Colorful Eyeshadow Lunar Eclipse (98)
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total
Sephora Colorful Eyeshadow Planet Earth (99)
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total
Sephora Colorful Eyeshadow Across the Universe (100)
6
Product
6.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4
Application
67%
Total
Sephora Colorful Eyeshadow Star-Crossed Lovers (103)
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total

Sleek MakeUP Pink Lemonade Blush by 3 Palette

Sleek MakeUP Pink Lemonade Blush by 3 Palette
Sleek MakeUP Pink Lemonade Blush by 3 Palette

Sleek MakeUP Pink Lemonade Blush by 3 Palette ($14.99 for 0.68 oz.) includes three shades of blush. This particular palette has two powder blushes and one cream blush. Icing Sugar was unfortunately a huge miss in this palette–dry, powdery texture with little color payoff and was quick to fade, while Pink Mint was nicely pigmented with a lovely texture and better wear. The cream blush, Macaroon, in the middle was average in regards to wear but was easy to apply and had good color payoff. Because of just how powdery Icing Sugar is, it is very easy to get powder from it into the cream blush, so the palette can get a little messy.

Icing Sugar is a muted, medium pinky-plum with cool undertones and a silver sparkle over a satiny finish. I was quite disappointed by this blush, because the texture was dry, crumbly, and powdery, which resulted in really poor color payoff that was somewhat uneven. The powder just didn’t want to adhere or stick to the skin in any way–I packed and packed it on then blended furiously to get any color on my cheeks. The color wore well for six and a half hours on me. Revlon Haute Pink (002) (P, $9.99) is less sparkly, brighter. Tarte Dollface (P, $26.00) is less shimmery. Too Faced Raindrops on Roses (LE) is brighter. Urban Decay Temper (LE) is less shimmery, brighter. NYX English Rose (P, $15.00) is less sparkly. MAC Stay Pretty (P, $23.50) is more muted, less sparkly. MAC Pink Tea (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC Dame (P, $21.00) is less sparkly. MAC Gentle (P, $25.00) is less sparkly. See comparison swatches or view on the Dupe List.

Macaroon is a cool-toned, medium pink with a creamy, luminous finish. It is a cream blush, and it had good color payoff, and the texture was lightly creamy and easy to blend on the skin. The color lasted for just over seven hours on me. theBalm Argyle (P, $22.00) is lighter, powder. Edward Bess Bed of Roses (P, $43.00) is powder. MAC Weekend Getaway (LE, $20.00) is darker. Bobbi Brown Pretty Pink (P, $26.00) is powder. Bobbi Brown Pastel Pink (P, $26.00) is powder. See comparison swatches or view on the Dupe List.

Pink Mint is a medium-dark, muted orange with a rusty, reddish tone and a frosted finish. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was soft, buttery, and blendable. The color wore well for almost eight hours on me before showing signs of fading. (Really wish Icing Sugar had been half as lovely as this shade.) It just slightly emphasizes pores. MAC Scene to Be Seen (Inner) (LE, $30.00) is browner, more muted. NARS Soulshine (Together) (LE, $29.00) is pinker. Tom Ford Beauty Love Lust (P, $55.00) is lighter, pinker. MAC Fleet Fast (LE, $21.00) is pinker, less frosted. MAC Stereo Rose (LE, $30.00) is lighter. MAC Ring of Saturn (LE, $25.00) is darker, bolder. Burberry Blossom (P, $42.00) is pinker, less shimmery. Bobbi Brown Coral (P, $25.00) is lighter, less shimmery. Benefit Rockateur (P, $28.00) is more muted, lighter. See comparison swatches or view on the Dupe List.

Sleek MakeUP Blush Icing Sugar
Icing Sugar
Icing Sugar
6
Product
6
Pigmentation
6
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4
Application
63%
Total
Sleek MakeUP Cream Blush Macaroon
Macaroon
Macaroon
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total
Sleek MakeUP Blush Pink Mint
Pink Mint
Pink Mint
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total
Sleek MakeUP Blush by 3 Palette Pink Lemonade
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
81%
Total
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