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5 True Blue Eyeshadows

5 True Blue Eyeshadows

Blue eyeshadow is such an empowering shade to wear, because it’s so often the, “No way!” shade.  It’s vibrant and intense and there are so many good ones available!  If you’re hesitant to wear blue eyeshadow, try wearing it with neutrals–perhaps a little blue in the crease or on the lower lash line.

  1. MAC Freshwater
  2. MAC Blue Calm
  3. Inglot #426
  4. Make Up For Ever #167
  5. Inglot #322

What’s your favorite true blue eyeshadow?

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Tom Ford Lovelust Cheek Color

Tom Ford Lovelust Cheek Color
Tom Ford Lovelust Cheek Color

Tom Ford Love Lust Cheek Color ($55.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a dark coral with hints of orange and gold shimmer and just a smidgen of pink thrown in. There’s plenty of pigmentation–you can sheer it out for something softer, more of a sheen with a touch of color, or apply a little more for a bolder cheek. theBalm Hot Mama (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (95% similar). NARS Deep Throat (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I802 Coral Pink (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). KIKO 111 Classic Rose (P, $12.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Sweet Vision (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Clinique Fig Pop (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Laura Geller Pink Buttercream (P, $28.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (90% similar). Benefit Rockateur (P, $29.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Guerlain Ors et Merveilles #9 (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Soulshine (Together) (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Estee Lauder Wild Sunset (P, $34.00) is less shimmery, brighter, cooler (90% similar). Laura Geller Papaya (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Passion for Colour (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Sleek MakeUP Pink Mint (P, $6.99) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Springsheen (P, $23.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). NARS Orgasm (P, $30.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Makeup Geek Romance (DC, $9.99) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). NYX Summer (P, $6.50) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Unabashed Blush (LE, $60.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Non-Fiction (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The formula is supposed to deliver buildable color, whether you want a soft glow to a dramatic look. It’s supposed to have “the comfort of a cream” with “outstanding lumiosity” and “velvety transparency.” This powder is insanely soft; it feels like velvet against the skin–so finely milled that it really does have a creaminess to it, even though it is most definitely a powder product. The shimmer is fine, not too much, and most of it translates into a sheen rather than a shimmer. My favorite part about the formula was that this blush would wear for ten hours without fading on me. It may be one of the longest-wearing blushes I’ve tried to date.

Tom Ford Beauty is a luxury brand; it’s not just high-end, it’s luxury, which means it comes with a price tag that may inspire fainting, quips about the product being made out of gold/doing your taxes, and the like. Everyone’s budget and priorities are different, which is why I removed price from the rating system–whether it’s $1 or $100, the rating means the same thing. You’ll go through your rationalization process to determine whether something is worth it or not.

Tom Ford Beauty Cheek Color Love Lust (Discontinued)
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total

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Beautiful Beginnings with Benefit

Beautiful Beginnings with Benefit

What was the first Benefit product you ever tried?  Did it pave way for a real romance or did it put you off the brand entirely?  What was the first Benefit product you purchased?  Did you love it? Hate it? Still own it?

my answer: Benefit was one of the first brands of makeup I ever tried.  I remember the two earliest being Benefit and MAC, and I can’t honestly say if one came before the other.  I do, however, remember my first big-time purchase was with Benefit.  I spent a whopping $300 there when I was in high school (when I wasn’t even allowed to wear makeup!).  They used to have a product called Show Offs, which were loose iridescent colors that you could layer on top of other products.  I also bought my first brush there during that trip, which was an eyeshadow brush–and I do still have that.  Some of the first products reviewed on the blog were BADgal Mascara, their new range of lipsticks (at the time), and Posietint.

Share your first time experiences with Benefit in the comments! 🙂

Guerlain Nahema (143) Rouge Automatique Lipstick

Guerlain Nahema (143) Rouge Automatique Lipstick
Guerlain Nahema (143) Rouge Automatique Lipstick

Guerlain Nahema (143) Rouge Automatique Lipstick

Guerlain Nahema (143) Rouge Automatique Lipstick ($35.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a vibrant coral-pink with subtle gold shimmer and a natural shine. This is the type of shade that always seems to garner compliments, even though there are a fair amount of shades that can be found in the same family. Guerlain Chamade is redder. Guerlain Bal de Mai is a bit darker and less coral. MAC Watch Me Simmer is pinker and brighter. NYX Haute Melon is a bit lighter. MAC Hibiscus is more orange. Laura Mercier Tangerine is lighter and less pink. Chanel Phoenix is much pinker. Chanel Genial is similar but doesn’t have the shimmer. Korres #18 is pinker. MAC Fresh Salmon is more golden and sheerer.

Nahema yields opaque color coverage and has a creamy, glide-on consistency that feels comfortable to wear but not slippery.  I tested this shade’s wear, and I was able to get five hours of wear.  By the sixth hour, I felt like I needed a reapplication.  One of my favorite characteristics of this formula is the luminous finish; it’s shiny without being overly glossy, and the shine lasts for at least half as long as the color itself does.  For more packaging photos, please see this post.

Guerlain Rouge Automatique Lip Color Nahema
Nahema
Nahema
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

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