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Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

Clinique Cheek Pops ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) now come in eight more shades! It’s one of my favorite powder blush formulas, so I was thrilled to see them expand the range from four to twelve, but I was even more excited to find them to be as high-performing as the original four shades. There are a lot of great things about the formula, but my personal favorite is the luminous finish that gives the skin a real glow without looking shimmery, frosted, or shiny. All of the new shades had good color payoff, long-wear, superior blendability, and were very easy to use. The weakest part of the range is how dupable many shades are, so you may find you already have similar shades in your stash from other brands. You can’t go wrong with any of the shades, and I would happily use any of the twelve. I think it’s going to come down to your own preference for color and undertone and what you might reach for more. I would love to see an almost highlighter-like shade (something champagne/beige), neutral medium rosy brown, and a cool plummy-taupe next, please and thank you!

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WARM UNDERTONES: Cola Pop (A+), Fig Pop (A+), Ginger Pop (A), Melon Pop (A-), Nude Pop (A), Peach Pop (A)
COOL UNDERTONES: Berry Pop (A), Heather Pop (A-), Pansy Pop (A-), Pink Pop (A+), Plum Pop (A), Rosy Pop (A)

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Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

Too Faced Melted Metal Liquified Metallic Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a fun, shimmer-filled formula that feels like a true lipgloss-lipstick hybrid, but it’s a significant departure from the original Melted formula. The Melted Metals have more slip and less pigmentation (though the majority are fairly pigmented) with much shorter-wear time (three to four hours, whereas the original range trended towards six to eight hours). Something I noticed was that “long-wear” was completely removed for this formula; on the original, it’s on the tube, name, and descriptions, but this one is careful to make no mention of longevity. These could be more of a true metallic in finish, as they’re more pearly, frosted, and/or glossy, though they’re more comfortable than many metallic formulas.

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Monday, March 30th, 2015

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Monday, March 30th, 2015

Too Faced Metallic Bunny Melted Metal Liquified Lipstick
Too Faced Metallic Bunny Melted Metal Liquified Lipstick

For summer, Too Faced Meltallic Bunny Melted Metal Liquified Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a brightened, light-medium pink with cool, blue undertones and pink and gold shimmer. It had semi-opaque pigmentation where the natural lip color will come through to a small degree. The texture was lightweight, fairly emollient, but still applied evenly. This shade wore well for three and a half hours and wasn’t drying.
Too Faced Metallic Dream House (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned, less shimmery, darker. Chanel Ina (450) (P, $36.00) is warmer, darker. MAC Pink Poodle (By Request) (LE, $15.00) is darker, cooler-toned. MAC Quite the Thing! (LE, $17.00) is darker, less shimmery. Illamasqua Welt (P, $24.00) is darker, more matte. Estee Lauder Cosmic Pink (LE, $22.50) is darker. Chanel Extatique (P, $34.00) is darker, more matte. See comparison swatches
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For summer, Too Faced Metallic Peony Melted Metal Liquified Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a light-medium pink with a mix of pink and gold micro-shimmer for a frosted, metallic sheen. It had good color coverage that went on evenly. It wore well for four hours and was neither hydrating nor moisturizing. On me, the gloss lasted for four hours and the shimmer does settle a bit over time. Revlon HD Petalite (540) (P, $8.99) is lighter. Too Faced Shimmering Spice Spice Baby (LE, $22.00) is darker, less glossy, warmer. NARS Stella (P, $26.00) is less shimmery. Bobbi Brown Ballerina Shimmer (12) (P, $26.00) is less shimmery. Marc Jacobs Beauty Heart Shaped (308) (P, $28.00) is less shimmery. MAC Fever Isle (LE, $20.00) is darker, less shimmery. Revlon Papaya (P, $7.49) is darker, less shimmery. NARS New Lover (P, $24.00) is less glossy, darker. Burberry Cameo Pink (P, $29.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

For summer, Too Faced Metallic Tu-tu Melted Metal Liquified Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a muted, medium pink-coral with gold and pink shimmer. It was less metallic, though still pearly, with a glossy finish. It had mostly opaque pigmentation but if you have more pigmented lips, you may still see the color change slightly. On me, it lasted for four hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. Chanel Marie (430) (P, $36.00) is darker, less glossy. Tarte Rare (LE) is lighter. Too Faced Shimmering Spice Spice Baby (LE, $22.00) is darker, warmer, less glossy. MAC Lip Blossom (P, $16.00) is lighter, brighter. NARS Stella (P, $26.00) is less shimmery. Bobbi Brown Ballerina Shimmer (12) (P, $26.00) is less glossy, lighter. MAC Morning Rose (LE, $16.00) is less glossy. Guerlain Cherry Blossom (P, $35.00) is less glossy. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Metallic Bunny

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Monday, March 30th, 2015

Rant & Rave

Share: Tell us what you love and hate about Milani!

my answer: I love that they have an extensive color and product range available, but it can be hard to find the same variety locally (in stores). I think their packaging could be less bulky/more durable.

Monday, March 30th, 2015

ColourPop Acorn Super Shock Shadow
ColourPop Acorn Super Shock Shadow

ColourPop Acorn Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “light cool-toned beige with subtle flashes of silver and gold in a pearlized finish.” It’s a light pinky-beige with cool undertones and a silver sheen. It had good pigmentation that applied evenly and smoothly while remaining blendable. The product was long-wearing and wore for ten hours without fading or creasing. Guerlain Les Tendres #1 (LE) is pinker, powder. Chanel Seduction #2 (LE) is similar, powder. MAC Smoked Cocoa #1 (LE, $16.00) is similar, powder. MAC Star Crystal (LE, $32.50) is darker, powder. Chanel Raffinement #2 (P) is darker, powder. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Hanky Panky Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “soft cool toned taupe with a matte finish.” It’s a light-medium brown with warm, peachy undertones and a satin-matte finish. It had excellent color payoff with a soft, velvety texture that was fairly blendable on the skin. The color stayed on well for ten hours. Hourglass Infinity #2 (P) is more matte, powder. Tarte Force of Nature (LE) is powder. LORAC Dusty Rose (LE) is darker, cooler-toned, powder. Makeup Geek Barcelona Beach (P, $5.99) is darker, cooler-toned, powder. LORAC Lt. Brown (P) is darker, powder. Tarte View from the Taupe (LE) is a powder.Too Faced Cookie Dough (LE, $16.00) is a powder. MAC Kid (P, $16.00) is a powder. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Downtown Super Shock Pressed Pigment ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “deep cool-toned taupe in a matte finish.” It’s a dark, cool-toned taupe brown with more khaki-like undertones and a matte finish. It was richly pigmented with a smooth, velvety texture that blended well when I applied to the eye. On me, the color didn’t crease or fade over a ten-hour period. Hourglass Atmosphere #5 (P) is darker, powder. Giorgio Armani #08 (P, $32.00) is darker, powder. MAC Lofty (LE, $16.00) is a powder. MAC Persuade (LE, $16.00) is slightly darker, powder. MAC Ashbury (LE, $16.00) is a powder. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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