Sunday, March 15th, 2015

Too Faced #TFNoFilter Selfie Powders Palette
Too Faced #TFNoFilter Selfie Powders Palette

Too Faced #TFNoFilter Selfie Powders Palette ($36.00 for 0.42 oz.) contains three “lightweight, finishing face powders” designed to act like photo filters in real life. The powders have a dryness to them (even though they feel soft to the touch) that make them harder to really dust on evenly as all-over finishing powders. On my skin tone, only the bronzing powder worked well; the brightening one made my complexion look yellower, but in a jaundiced kind of way, while the illuminating powder smoothed out pores, it didn’t actually add radiance–quite the opposite, as it made my skin look very, very flat and matte.

I think these are a poor imitation of some of the more cult classic finishing powders on the market. I ended up removing all of my base products and redoing it to finish out the rest of the photos I was taking for the day (for lip products and the like), since they really made me look worse rather than better and saved testing for another day entirely. (My husband actually asked, “Are you feeling okay?” when I popped into his office with the yellow powder on.)

Sunrise is described as a “brightening diffused warmth.” It’s a light-medium yellow with a satin finish. It is semi-sheer, but it’s actually more pigmented than merely translucent, and as a result, it actually turns my skin yellow. It’s not really warming on my skin tone, more sickly and either like I’m getting jaundiced or my foundation is a poor match for me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Totally Toasted is described as a “bronzed smoothing glow.” It’s a muted, medium gold-shimmered brown with warm undertones and a soft sheen. The top layer of the product was really soft and yielded more pigmentation than anticipated (what you’d expect from a bronzer, not a finishing powder), but after initially swatching it, the pan was firmer and harder, and then it had sheer color coverage. For those who like their bronzers more matte, once that top layer disappears, it applies with such translucent coverage that there’s almost no visible shimmer on the skin. The effect is subtle and does warm my skin up slightly, but if you are much darker than me, I don’t think it will do anything for your skin tone. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Moon River is described as a “cool ethereal light.” It’s a sheer, lavender-leaning white with a very subtle satin shimmer. It is translucent like you’d expect from a finishing powder, but it doesn’t provide an “ethereal glow” to my skin at all. It makes the skin appear smoother (but all of the powders did that to the same level) without adding any luminosity or glow–I actually felt like it flattened the skin to the point where you lost the natural radiance that helps done-up skin still look like skin. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Sunday, March 15th, 2015

ColourPop Cheerio Super Shock Cheek
ColourPop Cheerio Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Cheerio Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “deep cranberry in a satin finish.” It’s a reddish berry with subtle cool undertones and a gold and fuchsia micro-shimmer. Surratt Beauty Rougeur (P, $32.00) is similar. Make Up For Ever #510 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is less shimmery. Chanel Chamade (67) (P, $38.00) is lighter, brighter. NARS Goulue (P, $29.00) is slightly more muted. Kevyn Aucoin Neolita (P, $37.00) is similar. Bobbi Brown Berry (LE, $26.00) is darker. NARS Soulshine #3 (LE, $29.00) is warmer. NYX Desert Rose (P, $5.00) is less shimmery. Chanel Rouge (LE, $45.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The formula feels spongy and more like clay or play-doh than your traditional cream blush, which makes it a lot less emollient and even lighter-weight as it tends to feel, look, and blend more like a traditional powder blush than a cream one once the product hits the skin. It’s supposed to have buildable coverage with the most color payoff achieved by applying directly with fingertips and a “sheer, airbrushed effect” when used with a duo fiber brush. It may take a few attempts to get into the ease of using the formula (or you might just find your stride immediately). I’ve found the most foolproof way is to apply with a stippling or duo fiber brush (I like MAC’s 159), especially with the deeper and richer shades like this one. It had semi-opaque coverage when applied with fingers, but it doesn’t get to fully opaque color, if that’s your aim. When I was testing this shade, it seemed easier to get even coverage with a sheerer application. The finish appears a more semi-matte on the skin than shimmery, so I wouldn’t let the shimmer scare you if you gravitate towards mostly matte finishes. On me, the blush lasted for nine hours before fading slightly.

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Cheerio

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9/10

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8.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

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Saturday, March 14th, 2015

Chanel Intemporel Le Vernis Nail Colour
Chanel Intemporel Le Vernis Nail Colour

Chanel Intemporel Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “glimmering silver shade.” It’s a light-medium silver with subtle cool undertones and a metallic finish. NARS Amarapura (P, $20.00) is darker. Cult Nails Lethal (LE, $12.00) is slightly darker. China Glaze Cheers to You (LE, $7.50) is more metallic. See comparison swatches / view dupes. (I am also confident that there are a slew of dupes that I haven’t tried, as metallic silver is certainly not unique.)

The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, so it wasn’t difficult to apply two coats for opaque coverage, but the metallic finish yielded noticeable brush strokes, and those were hard to control without the steadiest of hands (of which I do not possess). The brush strokes looked worse initially, so they softened as the polish dried down, but they never went away. It lasted for six days on me before I saw a chip and noticeable tip wear, which is a day or so shorter than I usually get wish polish, including Chanel’s formula.

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10/10

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8.5/10

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Saturday, March 14th, 2015

Bite Beauty #001 Creme Deluxe Lipstick
Bite Beauty #001 Creme Deluxe Lipstick

After the poor reviews came in for Bite Beauty’s #001 (Original), they did something that few companies have done: they acknowledged the feedback, reformulated, and resent the reformulated shade to customers who purchased the original. It’s a very cool move, and it really builds a better relationship–or rather, helps salvage the relationship built–with the customer, but despite the advantages of such a move, it’s very rare to see a brand even do as much as acknowledge when a product doesn’t work well.

The reformulated #001 ($36.00 for 0.15 oz.) flickers in and out of stock. I wanted to write-up a quick update on the reformulated version: the texture is the most noticeably different aspect of the product. It is much, much less emollient and slippery, which makes it last longer and wear better, and has more weight to it, even though it is not heavy in the least. It’s not perfect; the color payoff is the same and still pulls into lip lines over time for me, but it wears for seven hours, is hydrating, doesn’t feather/bleed for me, and applied with fairly even coverage. February and March’s shades were still significantly better than this reformulated version, though, and I look forward to seeing what they bring out in April.

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8.5/10

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8.5/10

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8.5/10

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Saturday, March 14th, 2015

Clinique Pansy Pop Cheek Pop Blush
Clinique Pansy Pop Cheek Pop Blush

Clinique Pansy Pop Cheek Pop Blush ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a brightened, light-medium lavender with a hint of pink and a satiny sheen. Colour Pop Thumper (P, $8.00) is brighter, less shimmery. Colour Pop Mochi (P, $8.00) is pinker. Colour Pop Prenup (P, $8.00) is warmer. NARS Roman Holiday (LE, $29.00) is pinker, brighter. MAC I’m a Lover (P, $23.50) is lighter, pinker. Makeup Geek Secret Admirer (P, $9.99) is lighter. NARS Sex Fantasy (LE, $29.00) is lighter. Milani Delizioso Pink (10) (P, $7.99) is brighter. NARS Gaiety (P, $29.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC Unconventional (LE, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Peony Petal (P, $21.00) is darker, brighter. MAC Full of Joy (P, $21.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Oh, I can’t tell you what joy I felt when I saw Clinique released six new shades in the Cheek Pop formula (one of my all-time favorite blush products!). I ordered all of them, but three of them are on back-order, so I don’t know when I’ll have those, but I do have the other three to share! Pansy Pop is up first (seriously, a lavender? of course that’s first!). The texture was soft, smooth and very blendable on the skin, while the finish is softly luminous without being too shimmery or dewy, so it didn’t emphasize pores and gave skin a smoother appearance. It had semi-opaque, buildable coverage, but it was one of the lesser pigmented Cheek Pops I’ve come across. It wore well for eight hours on me before fading.

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Friday, March 13th, 2015

Too Faced Melted Jelly Donut Melted Liquified Long-Wear Lipstick
Too Faced Melted Jelly Donut Melted Liquified Long-Wear Lipstick

Too Faced Melted Jelly Donut Melted Liquified Long-Wear Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “dragon fruit pink.” It’s a bold, bright fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. Too Faced Melted Fuchsia (P, $21.00) is lighter, cooler-toned–more magenta. Urban Decay Crush (LE, $22.00) is lighter. Too Faced Melted Candy (P, $21.00) is redder, darker. Estee Lauder Dominant (P, $30.00) is slightly darker. Tom Ford Beauty Incorrigible (08) (LE, $49.00) is lighter, sheerer. Marc Jacobs Beauty Roll the Dice (118) (P, $30.00) is darker. Maybelline Fuchsia Flash (P, $7.49) is cooler-toned, lighter. Buxom Exhibitionist (P, $21.00) is very similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

I really like how this gives me the long-wear of a lot of liquid lipstick formulas, but it is so much more comfortable to wear, though of course, it isn’t transfer-proof. It’s intensely pigmented with totally opaque coverage with hardly any product required. The color applies evenly and smoothly without settling into lip lines. This shade lasted for eight hours on me and left a stain behind. It was comfortable to wear, as it was neither drying nor hydrating. I didn’t have any issues with the color feathering or bleeding on me, but I’m not prone to either. If you prefer a more matte finish, these are easily worn down to a satin by a light blot or by applying less product (and it’ll still be quite opaque that way).

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10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

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5/5

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