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Guerlain Browny Clap (402) Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shine

Guerlain Browny Clap (402) Gloss d'Enfer Maxi Shine
Guerlain Browny Clap (402) Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shine

Guerlain Browny Clap (402) Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shine ($30.00 for 0.25 fl. oz.) is a medium brown with very fine white shimmer and subtle warm undertones. Urban Decay Glinda is similar–slightly more metallic. Bobbi Brown Bronzed Heather is darker, more mauve. Revlon Rosegold is more mauve. Dior Intimate Bronze has gold shimmer.

It has semi-opaque color coverage–there’s translucency that allows the natural lip color to come through–but enough color that it hides the majority of my lip freckle. The consistency is thin, non-sticky, and lightweight; it hardly feels like you’re wearing much at all. Browny Clap wears three and a half hours on me, which is shy of my four-hour average. This shade has more of a pearly finish, so it’s not as sparkly/shimmery as Cherry Swing, and it isn’t quite as shiny. The formula is hydrating and always leaves my lips feeling better than they did when I initially applied the gloss.

Guerlain Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shine Browny Clap
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

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NARS Super Orgasm Blush

NARS Super Orgasm Blush
NARS Super Orgasm Blush

NARS Super Orgasm Blush ($29.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “peachy pink with gold glitter.” It’s a golden-shimmered, warm pink with gold glitter. It is Orgasm with glitter particles. I think that this appears slightly lighter with a stronger sheen, though. As a result, all the dupes for Orgasm apply to Super Orgasm–minus the glitter. bareMinerals The Natural High is slightly warmer in its base color (less pink). Guerlain Blush G Serie Noire is slightly deeper and pinker. Benefit Sugarbomb is much, much lighter (and sheerer). Rock & Republic Call Me is slightly less pink. Milani Dolce Pink is more frosted/sparkly. Tarte Glisten is similar–slightly darker.  MAC Springsheen is also similar.  This older post is a good comparison reference for coral blushes.

I’m not a fan of NARS’ glittery blushes (or their eyeshadows). In general, while glitter is absolutely fun, it needs to be something that stays in its place, rather than heading for parts unknown. Unfortunately, the glitter in Super Orgasm does just that: gets everywhere else after you’ve applied it to your cheeks. The glitter doesn’t stick or adhere to the powder, so it is like applying loose glitter to your cheeks. A lot of the glitter does seem to get trapped in the brush or disperse in the air, but I did get some on the cheeks. The texture of the blush is slightly gritty, given the glitter content, but the underlying color is soft and smooth. It seemed to have a higher frost content, though, and it did emphasize pores just slightly. Super Orgasm wore for seven hours well but was slightly faded after eight.

NARS Powder Blush Super Orgasm
Super Orgasm

Illamasqua Daemon Eyeshadow

Illamasqua Daemon Eyeshadow
Illamasqua Daemon Eyeshadow

Illamasqua Daemon Eyeshadow (£15.50 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “bright scarlet red.” It’s a bold, medium red with subtle orange undertones–it’s almost neutral but does appear slightly warm-toned against my warmer complexion. Wet ‘n’ Wild Enter a New Realm #3 is slightly darker. Make Up For Ever #158 is cooler-toned. Make Up For Ever #99 is cooler-toned and darker.

This eyeshadow had rich, intense color payoff that was very true-to-pan, and you really didn’t need much to get opaque color. It has a phenomenal texture that’s soft but not powdery, buttery and dense, and blends out easily. This shade will stain if you apply it directly to the lid or over a thin base, so I’d recommend layering a cream eyeshadow on first, then applying this shade, if you are concerned about staining. Though for testing, I wore it alone, and it lasted for eight hours without creasing or fading.

Illamasqua Powder Eyeshadow Daemon
Daemon
Daemon
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total

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Burberry Pale Nude (03) Complete Eye Palette

Burberry Pale Nude (03) Complete Eye Palette
Burberry Pale Nude (03) Complete Eye Palette

Burberry Pale Nude (03) Complete Eye Palette ($59.00 for 0.19 oz.) contains a of muted browns, yellow, and white. The formula of the eyeshadows is supposed to be long-lasting with “vibrant color in a color-true finish.” One shade is “an illuminating base,” while two shades are more like regular eyeshadows, and one shade is designed to work more as an eyeliner.

Pale Nude #1 is a meduim-dark, golden brown with a satin finish. It had lovely color payoff and was very true-to-pan. The texture was soft and finely-milled but slightly powdery. Flower Beauty Foxy Browns #2 is darker. theBalm Allegro is more matte. Dior Golden Savannah is more frosted, slightly darker. MAC Moleskin is lighter, less warm-toned.

Pale Nude #2 is a light-medium beige-brown with a soft, frosted finish. It had good pigmentation but had a slightly powdery texture–it is not as buttery or as smooth as Burberry’s single eyeshadows. Too Faced Marzipan is lighter. Urban Decay Tease is darker, grayer. Chanel Beige Lame has more sparkle but is very similar.

Pale Nude #3 is a pale, lightly warmed-up yellow with a pearly finish. It had good color payoff, and it applied smoothly for the most part. NARS Misfit #1 is darker. Make Up For Ever #102 is slightly darker and matte.

Pale Nude #4 is a shimmering, cool-toned white with a frosted sheen. It was semi-sheer, but it had a soft feel and no powderiness to it. Guerlain Attrape-Coeur #2 is similar. Cinderella Ball Gown is also similar. MAC Crystal Avalanche is cooler-toned.

The quality of the palette, overall, is not as good as individual shades within the Burberry eyeshadow range. What makes Burberry’s single eyeshadows so compelling is how soft, smooth, and velvety they feel; the textures are buttery and dense, and the powders apply so smoothly and evenly. They melt against the skin and always lie beautifully on the lid. Here, three of the four shades had a powderiness to the texture. When I wore the palette, it wore well for seven and a half hours and there was some slight fading just after eight hours. This is a combination of colors that would best suit paler complexions, and though I would say neutral to warm complexions would find this most flattering, the cooler white eyeshadow is either out of place or may be harder to use.

Burberry Pale Nude (03) Complete Eye Palette

B-
7
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
82%
Total

Dior Cruise (230) Diorshow Mono Eyeshadow

Dior Cruise (230) Diorshow Mono Eyeshadow
Dior Cruise (230) Diorshow Mono Eyeshadow

Dior Cruise (230) Diorshow Mono Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a pale aqua blue with a frosted finish. Cinderella Glass Slipper is bluer. Dior Swimming Pool #4 is similar but bluer. bareMinerals Illusion is darker. Giorgio Armani #10 is more metallic. MAC Sky Blue is darker. Inglot #367 is matte.

The texture is soft and finely-milled, but it is also on the powdery side. My larger issue with it was the weak color payoff–no matter whether it was used wet or dry, because it looked the same both ways–and that it was sheer at all stages. I tried to layer and build up the color to no avail. The formula can be used both dry as well as wet, but I really didn’t notice any difference in finish or intensity when I used it wet. When applied with a damp brush, what I did find was that it stayed on better; I was able to see eight hours without creasing or fading (though it was always sheer). When applied dry, it had disappeared by eight hours. At present, this shade is exclusive to Saks and Dior.com.

Dior Diorshow Mono Eyeshadow Cruise (23)

Too Faced Sweetheart Beads Radiant Glow Face Powder

Too Faced Sweetheart Beads Radiant Glow Face Powder
Too Faced Sweetheart Beads Radiant Glow Face Powder

Too Faced Sweetheart Beads Radiant Glow Face Powder ($32.00 for 0.80 oz.) is supposed to be “inspired by nature’s most flattering pink and golden-light at dusk … to impart a lit-from-within radiance.” When all the heart-shaped beads are swirled together, the resulting color is a warm champagne-shimmered tan with a slightly frosted, shimmery finish. Chanel Sable Beige is similar but less orange. NARS Miss Liberty is lighter. NARS Satellite of Love is very similar but has more golden shimmer/sparkle.

Based on Too Faced’s description of this product, it seems to be designed to use all-over rather than as a very targeted, specific highlighter. In practice, I don’t think it is workablef or allover, and the reason is that it emphasizes imperfections in the skin from having too much frost/pearl in the beads. I thought it was a highlighter, actually, because it appears frosted on the skin and emphasized the pores along my cheeks. I don’t think it’s flattering used allover or as a highlighter on cheeks. Though the color is supposed to be buildable, it required several layers just to get it to kind of show up on my medium complexion. The beads just don’t want to give up product, so it wasn’t as easy to apply as I had hoped. The wear is average; six hours of good wear but noticeable fading after eight hours. The texture is slightly gritty from the sparkle and shimmer, and it never fully smooths out.

Too Faced Sweetheart Beads Radiant Glow Face Powder

D+
6.5
Product
7
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
3.5
Application
69%
Total

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