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NARS Angelika Blush

NARS Angelika Highlighting Blush
NARS Angelika Blush

NARS Angelika Blush

NARS Angelika Blush ($28.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “cotton candy pink with gold and silver sparkle.” It’s a blue-based light-medium pink with larger silver sparkle and a very subtle gold sheen. MAC Peony Petal is bluer in undertone and lighter. MAC Florida is more magenta. Tarte Amused is slightly darker and more vibrant. MAC Amazon Princess is more magenta–purpler, less pink.

Even though I have warm undertones, I think this is still flattering, because it has a darker hue overall. Sometimes if it’s a paler, lighter blue-based pink, it can make me look a little dead. The texture of Angelika is soft, silky-smooth, and it’s very easy to blend and apply to the cheek. There’s no stiffness here, but it doesn’t kick up a lot of excess powder, so it is just right balance of softness. It packs plenty of color, so it will show up on darker skin tones, too, even though it’s not a deep pink blush. The silver sparkles get lost between the pan and the face; either they disappear into the ether or get trapped in the bristles of the brush, but very few wind up on the cheek.  Angelika wore close to eight hours on my cheeks with some minor fading shortly after.

For nostalgia purposes, I actually reviewed this blush two years ago here. The way this blog has evolved over the past six years is incredible, but sometimes I’m just amazed at how much can change in a couple of years, too. It always seem “The Best Way” when I do it, but clearly there’s always room for improvement!

NARS Angelika Blush

A
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
93%
Total

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Bobbi Brown Sunset Beach Treatment Lip Shine SPF 15

Bobbi Brown Sunset Beach Treatment Lip Shine SPF 15
Bobbi Brown Sunset Beach Treatment Lip Shine SPF 15

Bobbi Brown Sunset Beach Treatment Lip Shine SPF 15 ($23.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “golden bronze.” It’s an orange-brown with a coppery orange shimmer–the finish looks very frosted. The color is mostly opaque. CoverGirl Hypnotic is darker, redder. NYX Sparkling Beige is more metallic, more shimmered. MAC Viva Glam VI is more subdued, pink-toned. Dolce & Gabbana Desert is darker, browner. MAC Infused with Glam is similar, perhaps more metallic. Guerlain Forever Beige is very similar. MAC Spiced Tea is also quite similar, perhaps more orange.

The texture of Sunset Beach isn’t quite as smooth as other shades in the range, and I think it’s due to the much higher frost content.  The others have more of a subtly shiny balm look to their finishes, but this looks a little drier. It feels that way, too. I wouldn’t describe it as dry so much as it has a thinner texture with less slip.  It still applied evenly and easily, though.  This shade only wore two and a half hours on me before fading away into oblivion, which was disappointing.  It wasn’t as moisturizing as some of the other hues I reviewed from the launch.

Like the rest of the line, it is scent- and taste-free, comes in a glossy black tube with a shiny gold interior. Each tube of lipstick is about half the size of your average lipstick, but the amount is consistent with this type of a tube/product type. I still wish brands would give you more, though. I wonder what it is about this type of packaging that they don’t seem to make it large enough to accommodate a full lipstick’s worth of product.

Bobbi Brown Treatment Lip Shine Sunset Beach
8
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4
Application
82%
Total

Ole Henriksen Herbal Day Creme SPF 15 Review


Ole Henriksen Herbal Day Creme SPF 15

Ole Henriksen Herbal Day Creme SPF 15 ($35.00 for 1.7 oz.) is designed for daily use to “protect against UV rays and environmental aggressors.” It’s supposed to moisture and yield “healthy, radiant results” without leaving any residue behind. The brand says the formula is suitable for normal, combination, and sensitive skin.

I have normal-to-dry skin, though I’m rather normal right now, which is typical for me during the summer months. I’ve been using this as my day cream for the past month, and I’ve got about one or two uses left. It comes in a plastic jar, and the cream itself has a thick, creamy consistency that feels on the richer side. What I’ve noticed is that while it feels fantastic on, it can take awhile to absorb into the skin. It consistently would take at least a half hour to sink into my skin, and until then, there was a slightly greasy feel to my skin; I could just touch it and know it wasn’t absorbed yet.

Now, I know the first thing that comes to mind is to use less product, and you totally could; it would sink in faster, and you don’t necessarily need a whole lot, but if you’re using this as a sunscreen, you absolutely do need a certain amount. Most recommendations say 1/2 teaspoon for face and neck. If you’ve never measured out what a 1/2 teaspoon looks like of your favorite sunscreen, I highly suggest you do so. You’d be surprised! So if you want to get the SPF 15 protection, you can’t skimp on the product.

It has an herbal and citrus-scent that some might love, others can hate. I like more herbal-scented products (and loathe more generically perfume-y ones, e.g. Lancome) myself, and I didn’t get strong whiffs of the scent while I wore the cream during the day. I mostly smelled it while I was applying the product to my face.

Overall, I liked the cream, and it’s something I’d consider using it again, if it had a slightly higher SPF rating.  The texture is really appealing, because it has that luxurious, rich feel and hydrates my skin excellently.  That hydration lasts all day long–my skin isn’t parched at bed time–and that’s what a good moisturizer should do. If it didn’t have SPF, it could be a really nice night cream. Based on my experience, I think this is more suitable for normal to dry skin, because it did feel a bit heavy for my skin in its more normal state.

Ingredients

Octinoxate 7.5%, Oxybenzone 2.0%, Meridamate 3.0%. Water (Aqua), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oilm, Glycerin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Squalane, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Oil, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Dimethicone, Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 80, Sorbitan Oleate, Carbomer, Potassium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Citral, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Citronellol, Eugenol, Annatto (CI 75120).

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MAC Heavenly Creatures Mineralize Eyeshadows

MAC Mineralize Eyeshadows
MAC Heavenly Creatures Mineralize Eyeshadows

MAC Heavenly Creatures Mineralize Eyeshadows

MAC Heavenly Creatures Mineralize Eyeshadows ($20.00 for 0.06 oz.) features nine shades: Aurora (peach, green, brown melange), Bright Moon (grey, silver, icy green melange), Earthly (beige, peach, cool brown melange), Invincible Light (icy white, lavender, warm gold melange), Magnetic Attraction (orange, pink, gold melange), Neo Nebula (cream, warm amethyst, warm pink melange), Sky (green-gold, turquoise, cobalt melange), Universal Appeal (gold, bronze, violet melange), and Water (yellow, lime green, blue melange).

  • Aurora is a warm, golden medium-dark brown with a soft champagne sheen. It has swirls of light yellow-toned pink, dirty olive brown, and red-brown. It’s on the sheer side when applied dry, but it’s more opaque when applied wet. Dior Aurora is slightly darker. Buxom Golden Retriever is a touch darker, more red-toned. MAC Heavenly Bliss is a bit lighter, less warm. MAC Love Connection is more frosted, so it looks a bit lighter and more metallic. Milani Fusion is slightly more metallic.
  • Bright Moon is a cool-toned silver-shimmered gray-blue. It has swirls of gray-blue, silver, and aqua-blue. When applied dry, it has good color payoff, and when it’s applied dry, it has better pigmentation and applies more smoothly. The metallic finish is more apparent when it is used wet. It looks just like MAC Frozen Blue, which might be a smidgen more silver, but they’re really close. Urban Decay Crystal is less blue.
  • Earthly is a gray-tinted medium-dark brown with a pearly metallic sheen. The swirls are gray-beige, copper, and dark brown. It has good color payoff both wet and dry. MAC Caviar Dreams is a bit darker. Bare Escentuals A-Ha is warmer, darker. MAC Magical Mist is similar but more subdued.
  • Invincible Light is a pale warm pink with a subtle golden shimmer. It’s pretty sheer when applied dry and better when applied wet, but it isn’t as smooth as I’d like–slightly gritty. It has swirls of ivory, copper, pink, and lavender. MAC Star Crystal is grayer. Bobbi Brown Black Ruby is pinker.
  • Magnetic Attraction is a coppery coral-red with subtle golden shimmer. It has decent to good pigmentation when used dry (it looks more orange), and great color payoff when used wet. It has swirls of raspberry pink, golden yellow, and coppery orange. MAC Spicy Smoke is more intense. Milani I Heart You is redder. MAC In the Sun is darker, browner. MAC Red Hot Copper is similar but darker. MAC Coppering is more intense.
  • Neo Nebula is a slightly mauve-y pink with a metallic finish. It has swirls of light pink, medium warm pink, and mauvy plum. When used dry, it’s very sheer, but when used wet, it’s smoother and more pigmented. MAC Rose Light is slightly pinker. Inglot #399 is pinker and darker. Giorgio Armani #7 is more muted. MAC Pink Union is slightly more purple and darker. MAC Circa Plum is darker, grayer.
  • Sky is a faded blue with a hint of green with a green-gold shimmer. It has swirls of light-medium green, electric blue, and cobalt blue. The color payoff is sheer when used dry, and it’s better when wet, but it’s still not fully opaque. Urban Decay Shattered is a bit more teal. Guerlain Les Ombres de Nuit doesn’t have the same gold shimmer.
  • Universal Appeal is a smoky eggplant purple with golden shimmer. It has swirls of yellowy green, dark brown, orange, and purple. When applied dry, it’s very brown and on the sheer side, while when wet, it takes on a purple hue. MAC Azuki Bean is a smidgen darker. theBalm Curvy Cami is purpler.
  • Water is a dark but muted blue-green. It has swirls of yellowy chartreuse, chartreuse, mint green, and navy blue. The color payoff is atrocious when used dry, and it’s decent when used wet. Illamasqua Android is much more opaque and intense. Urban Decay Hijack is more opaque and intense. Urban Decay Loaded is more intense, more blackened in base color.

Whenever I have Mineralize Eyeshadows to review, I think it’s important disclose that I generally do not have a lot of success with them. They always look absolutely phenomenal in the pan; they’re amazing products to photograph, but application tends to be disappointing.  I know that there are readers who, on the other hand, enjoy these eyeshadows immensely and look forward to the mineralize-themed collections that MAC puts out.  The reasons I don’t like these is:  lack of color payoff, fall out, and poor wear (fading/creasing, mostly fading). Not all shades perform the same; some are better, some are way worse.

I did three looks, where I used three shades for each one.  When I wore Bright Moon, Sky, and Earthly together, they held up so-so over time.  There was noticeable fading, slight creasing with Bright Moon after six hours, while Sky was less faded and no real creasing to speak off. Earthly was fairly faded.  I had about the same results whether I applied over bare lids or over a primer (NARS Smudgeproof). Sky stains the lid, even when used over a primer.

When I wore Magnetic Attraction, Aurora, and Water in a look, they, too, held up okay but not well.  Magnetic Attraction was the best, with only minor fading but no creasing after eight hours.  Aurora was looking faded after eight hours, while Water was barely visible–not to mention it was such a pain to apply and to get to show up at all from the very beginning. The texture and feel of Water just didn’t work well; it was a little gritty and dry.  The wear didn’t seem to improve with or without a primer; both were in the same state after eight hours.  Water also stains the skin, just as a heads up.

The last trio I used included Invicible Light, Neo Nebula, and Universal Appeal.  Invincible Light is very prone to fall out, and it can accentuate any texture on the lids, because it doesn’t apply smoothly. I was able to get plenty of color out of it by using it wet, but it did have some of its own problems.  Neo Nebula and Universal Appeal were easier to use on the lid.  However, the whole look lasted about five hours and had nearly disappeared after eight hours–and the photos are of the shades over primer (and the eye without primer looked the same).

It’s a shame that there were wear issues with these. I thought a lot of these were more blendable this time around than in previous releases.  Some shades had decent to good color payoff when dry, as well as wet.  None of it lasted a full eight hours, though, and some were nearly gone entirely after eight hours.  I don’t know if there are many products that I’m as desperate to fall in love with as MAC’s Mineralize Eyeshadows. They look gorgeous in their pots. They’re absolutely stunning to behold.  I know people love them. I want to love them, but I just can’t.

MAC Heavenly Creatures Mineralize Eyeshadows

C
7
Product
8
Pigmentation
9
Texture
6
Longevity
4
Application
76%
Total

MAC Heavenly Creatures Cremesheen Glasses

MAC Astral Cremesheen Glass
MAC Astral Cremesheen Glass

MAC Heavenly Creatures Cremesheen Glasses

MAC Heavenly Creatures Cremesheen Glasss ($19.50 for 0.09 fl. oz.) features five shades: Astral (bright yellow pink), Celestial Kiss (pale cool peach), Galaxy Rose (mid-tone violet pink), Meteoric (mid-tone vibrant coral), and Strictly Plutonic (mid-tone pink brown).

  • Astral is a bright strawberry pink with yellow and red undertones and a fine smattering of micro-shimmer. MAC Dare to Dare is a bit lighter. NARS Mexican Rose is pinker, darker. MAC Radiant Jewels is more fuchsia. Lancome Electric Pink is darker and more fuchsia.
  • Celestial Kiss is a pale peach with white micro-shimmer. Despite the lightness of the shade, it doesn’t settle too noticeably into lip lines (especially from a normal viewing distance) and applies evenly without bunching up in places or looking really milky on lips. MAC Rich & Witty is very similar but has more shimmer. MAC Passing Fancy is a little more peach. MAC Poetic License is paler.
  • Galaxy Rose is a deepened raspberry pink with the barest hint of plum. It has a creamy consistency and finish. MAC Just Add Color is similar in color but has fuchsia shimmer. MAC Radiant Jewels is bluer-based and has shimmer. NARS Mexican Rose is bluer-based.
  • Meteoric is a coral-pink with golden orange shimmer. It’s semi-opaque in color coverage and applies evenly and smoothly. MAC Star Qaulity is much more vibrant–almost neon in comparison–without any shimmer; warmer in tone. Revlon Strawberry is much, much darker and redder. Chanel Nakkar is slightly sheerer and lighter.
  • Strictly Plutonic is a rosy brown with no shimmer. It’s semi-sheer but definitely changes my lip color. Korres Natural Purple is more orange. YSL Pure Watermelon is warmer, lighter. MAC Viva Glam Cyndi is brighter and more opaque. MAC So Vain is slightly more coral, lighter. MAC Over Indulgence is browner, darker.

Cremesheen Glasses are vanilla-scented (but no discernible taste), not too thick or too thin (almost gel-like in consistency to me), and non-sticky. They come in large, clear plastic tubes with a doe-foot applicator. The tube is a bit misleading, because it seems rather hefty, but inside is a mere 0.09 fl. oz. (Lipglass has 0.17 fl. oz.)–and it’s always been a sore point with me.

I spent most of today testing out the wear of these five:  Astral wore for three hours, Celestial Kiss for two hours, Galaxy Rose for three and a half hours, Meteoric for three hours, and Strictly Plutonic for two and a half hours. The wear time is a little off-putting, especially when coupled with the lesser amount in the tube, since frequent application is required.  I usually get around four hours of wear with gloss, and I will say this batch of Cremesheen Glasses performed better (on the whole) than a lot of other shades I’ve tried.

I think they feel really nice on the lips, and though I wouldn’t say super moisturizing, my lips weren’t cracked by the end of the day.  While many shades released in this formula have been pale and milky or else so sheer there is difficulty distinguishing one from the other, these sit and lie well on the lips–they have a really juicy, natural look. They enhance and play well with one’s natural lip color. There wasn’t a lot of settling into lip lines, except some minor settling with Celestial Kiss (which is also the lightest shade in the launch).

MAC Heavenly Creatures Cremesheen Glasses

B+
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4
Application
88%
Total

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