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MAC Barefaced Blush

MAC Barefaced Blush
MAC Barefaced Blush

MAC Barefaced Blush ($21.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone warm nude [with a satin finish].” It’s a medium, slightly subdued, warm brown with hints of orange/tan and a satiny sheen. NARS Silvana is warmer, lighter, yellower in tone. NARS Madly is very similar–a smidgen browner, at most. Burberry Earthy is more matte and browner. MAC Poised is rosier but if you have pink undertones, it may appear similarly on. MAC Equilibrium is browner.

It has a beautiful finish; the satin sheen gives it a glowing, pearly look that gives the skin a healthy glow without emphasizing pores. The color payoff is fantastic–true-to-pan and buildable–and should work well as a blush on fair to medium-dark complexions (it may get lost on deeper skin tones and work more as a highlighter). The texture is soft, smooth, and silky, and the powder blends out easily on the skin. It lasted almost eight hours well; there was a bit of fading along the edges but no patchiness.

P.S. — The Nudes & Metallics Collection may be frustrating to find. When it launched in PRO stores on the 18th, every store I called was sold out of over half the collection already. The online launch date has been pushed to mid-June (no specific date was given). It is supposed to be for PRO only, which may mean that it is restricted to PROs only even online, but you should be able to call MAC PRO at 1-800-387-6707 and order (for anyone, PRO and non-PRO alike) per a LiveChat I did this morning.

MAC Powder Blush Barefaced
Barefaced
Barefaced
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

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Dior Pink Glow (001) Nude Tan Paradise Duo

Dior Pink Glow (001) Nude Tan Paradise Duo
Dior Pink Glow (001) Nude Tan Paradise Duo

Dior Pink Glow (001) Nude Tan Paradise Duo ($56.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a split-pan powder that features a bronzer and blush, and each of those is split as well into a lighter and darker section. It comes with a small, domed brush (like a buffer brush) as well.

Pink Glow Bronzer is a light-medium, peach-orange with a mostly matte finish. It had good color payoff, was buildable, and the texture was incredibly soft and silky, so it was a cinch to apply and blend the bronzer on the skin. This shade wore well for eight full hours and was just starting to fade after nine. Guerlain Terra Ora is shimmery and browner. Too Faced Bronzed & Poreless is browner. Illamasqua Disobey is darker, browner, less orange. MAC Optical is less orange.

Pink Glow Blush is a subtly warm-toned, pink-coral with a subtle, satin finish. It had decent color payoff, but it wasn’t buildable to totally true-to-pan color (slightly shy of, so not terribly sheer but not opaque as it could be). It lasted eight hours well but had noticeable fading after nine hours of wear. NARS Boys Don’t Cry is bolder, brighter, and more orange. Guerlain Pink Punk is similar–perhaps a touch pinker that won’t be detectable if the two are applied and blended out. Burberry Blossom is a bit brighter. MAC Supercontinental is lighter. MAC Fleet Fast is darker. Tom Ford Flush is brighter. Tarte Blissful is somewhat brighter.

I don’t think owning both this and Dior Coral Glow is necessary. The bronzers differ the most between the two, while the blushes are more similar than not–the Coral Glow Blush is warmer and less pink (more orange) but on, it’s hard to differentiate between the two. Coral Glow’s Bronzer is yellower and darker, but applied, again, the differences can get lost if they aren’t applied heavily. The difference is going to be most visible on very fair skin and on cooler complexions, but light-medium and darker complexions will likely see less of those differences in practice.

Dior Pink Glow (001) Nude Tan Paradise Duo

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Guerlain Gold Tchlack (400) Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shine

Guerlain Gold Tchlack (400) Gloss d'Enfer Maxi Shine
Guerlain Gold Tchlack (400) Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shine

Guerlain Gold Tchlack (400) Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shine ($30.00 for 0.25 fl. oz.) is a pale gold with champagne and gold sparkle. L’Oreal Something Shiny is very similar. MAC Satin Slip has more peach-colored shimmer. Bobbi Brown Canary is a darker gold (more orange, less champagne) and much higher in shimmer content.

The base is virtually colorless (there is a yellowish tinge, but it’s hard to see it, especially once applied to lips) and then a moderate amount of sparkle and shimmer. This shade felt like it had more sparkle with less shimmer, so as the gloss wore away, I could feel a few of the sparkles. It has a thin, non-sticky consistency feels incredibly lightweight on, so it’s comfortable wear and doesn’t slide around. This shade lasted just over two hours on me, which is shorter on wear than I expected and as compared to other shades I’ve tried in the range.

I don’t expect this one to turn heads; anyone who really loves the formula or who has longed for a sheer/clear gloss with some shimmer but not all shimmer may want to consider this, but if you’re thinking about splurging on one or two shades from the range, I’d recommend one of the more unique shades in the range.

Guerlain Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shine Gold Tchlack
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
7
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

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Dior Coral Glow (002) Nude Tan Paradise Duo

Dior Coral Glow (002) Nude Tan Paradise Duo
Dior Coral Glow (002) Nude Tan Paradise Duo

Dior Coral Glow (002) Nude Tan Paradise Duo ($56.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a split-pan powder that features a bronzer and blush, and each of those is split as well into a lighter and darker section. It comes with a small, domed brush (like a buffer brush) as well.

Coral Glow Bronzer is a medium orange with peach and brown undertones (to keep it from being a full-on orange or tangerine) with a nearly matte finish. It had good color payoff, which was also buildable. The texture was incredibly silky and finely-milled, so it felt smooth and was easy to blend during application. Because it is lighter and has more yellow in it, I think it may work for anyone who finds peachy blushes and shades do well to camouflage or minimize redness found on their cheeks. This shade wore eight full hours on me, and after nine, there was a smidgen of fading. Giorgio Armani Summer 2013 Bronzer is darker, browner. Too Faced Bronzed & Poreless is a bit browner. Burberry Summer Glow is more shimmery and browner.

Coral Glow Blush is a warm-toned, medium pink-tinged coral with a subtle satin finish. It had fantastic color payoff–very true-to-pan but also buildable and blendable so you can adjust the intensity to your preference with ease. The texture was soft, silky, and very smooth; really, it was the kind and type of feel you expect and want out of high-end powders. The blush wore well for eight hours, and it wasn’t until after nine that I could see it starting to fade. NARS Boys Don’t Cry is several watts bolder an brighter, plus matte. Guerlain Pink Punk is a smidgen pinker. MAC Supercontinental is lighter. MAC Fleet Fast is more subdued and has a stronger sheen. Tom Ford Flush is very similar, perhaps a touch pinker. Tarte Blissful is a little pinker and brighter.

Dior Coral Glow (002) Nude Tan Paradise Duo

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Rescue Beauty Lounge Turn It Around Nail Lacquer

Rescue Beauty Lounge Turn It Around Nail Lacquer
Rescue Beauty Lounge Turn It Around Nail Lacquer

Rescue Beauty Lounge Turn It Around Nail Lacquer ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “dark mossy green pond [with] a vivid, glittering cast of copper shimmer.” It’s a subtly warm-toned, olive green with flecks of copper shimmer and sparkle. I felt like my yellow undertones pulled the warmth out of this polish a bit, and if you have a cooler complexion, it may not look as warm-toned. I couldn’t think of any shades that really came close to this one. SpaRitual Lithophonic is darker, not as warm-toned, and doesn’t have copper shimmer (it has green). Cult Nails In a Trance has a similar green base color but different shimmer (both in size and color). Both China Glaze Westside and Zoya Dree are creamy, olive-ish greens, with Dree being closer in tone but lighter overall–neither have shimmer so I suggest these as a base option if perhaps you have a coppery top coat you want to try pairing it with. Rescue Beauty Lounge No More War is a cream polish (no shimmer), and its base color is a little lighter and more olive.

It’s fully opaque after two coats, and if you do thinner coats, you’ll probably need three. The consistency was a little on the thin side, but the polish still applied fluidly, evenly, and smoothly. I didn’t have any trouble with it streaking, bubbling, or pooling along the edges of the nail when I applied it. It dries down to a naturally shiny finish, and the polish feels smooth to the touch. The drying time was about average. Rescue Beauty’s formula wears very, very well on me with a full seven days of wear with very minor tip wear.

Rescue Beauty Lounge Nail Lacquer Turn It Around
A+

Limited Edition

10
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
99%
Total

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Benefit Rain Check Longwear Powder Eyeshadow

Benefit Rain Check Longwear Powder Eyeshadow
Benefit Rain Check Longwear Powder Eyeshadow

Benefit Rain Check Longwear Powder Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “smoky amethyst.” It’s a cool-toned, muted purple with a smoky feel and a satin finish. Tom Ford Enchantress #3 is lighter. NARS 413BLKR #1 is warmer. theBalm rem is purpler. Giorgio Armani #27 is metallic. NARS Charade is very comparable–perhaps a smidgen darker.

Anyone who loves soft, smoky plum will like this; and if you tend to look for really bold, intense shades, you’re best skipping to another review. It had good pigmentation–enough to get close to the color seen in the pan but there was still some sheerness–and the texture was very soft, finely-milled, but also a little powdery. What I noticed was that wants to stay as a soft, slightly sheer color when applied; it doesn’t layer or build up to full color, and it softens and sheers out very readily if you use sweeping motions to blend it. I had the best results patting and lightly swishing along the edges only, because it helped to leave the bulk of the color alone. This shade lasted seven and a half hours when I wore it, but it was a little faded after eight hours.

This shade can also be found in Benefit’s Sexiest Nudes Ever Palette, which contains four eyeshadows and two Creaseless Cream Shadows for $30.00 (the eyeshadows are 0.04 oz. each, and the cream eyeshadows are 0.11 oz. each, but it’s still a way better deal than buying this eyeshadow on its own unless you LOVE this one and loathe all the others).

Benefit Longwear Powder Shadow Rain Check
Rain Check
Rain Check
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total

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