Tarte Sculpted Cheeks Amazonian Clay Blush Set & Brush

Tarte Sculpted Cheeks Deluxe Amazonian Clay Blush Set & Brush

Tarte Sculpted Cheeks Deluxe Amazonian Clay Blush Set & Brush ($35.00 for 0.20 oz.) includes four, deluxe-sized blushes and a synthetic, blush brush.

The Amazonian Clay Blush formula is supposed to have 12-hour wear along with a “supremely soft” texture. There’s a lot to like about Tarte’s formula, as it is softer (sometimes dusty), blendable, and fairly smooth with good pigmentation, but for me, I rarely get 12-hour wear–I do get between 8 and 10-hour wear, though. Unfortunately, I didn’t feel that the blushes in the set were representative of the quality of the regular formula. The blushes are disappointing; two of the four were so stiff that I had to scrape off layers of product to get enough product to transfer and show on the skin as a swatch.

Genius is a muted, medium rosy mauve with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture was incredibly powdery and dry to the touch, which resulted in a color that sheered out too easily on the skin and did not want to stick to the skin evenly. It seemed to brighten on my cheeks, almost like when a matte powder darkens on the skin due to the natural oils. It lasted for seven hours on me (which is a far cry from 12).
Tarte Irreplaceable (LE, $28.00) is brighter (95% similar). Too Faced Your Love is King (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Tarte Fetching (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Cruel Intentions (LE, $8.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Tarte Amazed (LE, $28.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Estee Lauder Pink Ingenue (P, $34.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Tarte Icon (LE, $28.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). The Estee Edit Purr Pink (03) (P, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). theBalm Houndstooth (P, $22.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). NYX Mauve (P, $5.00) is lighter (85% similar). Chanel Crescendo (250) (LE, $45.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). NYX Dusty Rose (P, $5.00) is lighter (85% similar). Tarte Live (LE, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Royal is a muted, rosy brown with subtle, warm undertones and a satiny sheen. It had such a stiff texture that made it difficult to use at all; I could not get product to transfer on my brush, and I could barely get any color to transfer after jabbing a finger in the pan–I had to scrape off layers of product to loosen it from the pan, which is what I used for swatches (both on my arm and on my face). Without scraping and mangling the powder, it had next to nothing for color payoff and not enough product to blend or diffuse across my cheeks. It lasted for eight hours on me. Makeup Geek Puppy Love (P, $10.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Surratt Beauty La Vie En Rose (P, $32.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Ven Conmigo (LE, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). Laura Geller Roseberry (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Corol #2 (LE, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Plum Ombre (LE, $55.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Unearthed (LE, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals The Guest List (LE, $22.00) is warmer (85% similar). KIKO 105 Dark Rose (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Animal Instincts (LE, $22.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Tarte Deluxe Amazonian Clay Blush Set & Brush Sculpted Cheeks
C-
Product
7
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
5.5
Longevity
6.5
Application
4
Total
70%
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Urban Decay Full Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette for Holiday 2016

Urban Decay Full Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Full Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette


Sneak peek of what’s to come…say hello to Full Spectrum —18 new shades from bold brights to matte white. #ColorUnleashed #UrbanDecay

Editor’s note: More information will be posted when we receive more information from Urban Decay. They only teased the photo thus far!

Availability

First access on October 26th at Urban Decay, then at other retailers

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The Details

Full Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette | $55.00 | Limited Edition

The new palette will feature 18 new shades, plus three returning favorites–Alchemy, Hatter, and Metamorphosis.

Sneak Peek: LORAC Mega Pro 3 Palette Photos & Swatches

LORAC Mega PRO Palette 3
LORAC Mega PRO Palette 3

LORAC Mega PRO Palette 3 ($59.00 for 0.45 oz.) includes 32 eyeshadows–16 are matte, 16 are shimmery–housed in a slim, white cardboard palette. There was a one-day, early launch for Ulta Platinum members a few days ago, but the palette will launch officially on October 2nd, exclusively at Ulta. I’ll do my best to review it by the 2nd, but I am not sure if I will make it with this many eyeshadows to test for wear, so here are swatches in the meanwhile:

LORAC Mega PRO Palette 3

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Bite Beauty Creme Caramel Multistick

Bite Beauty Creme Caramel Multistick

Bite Beauty Creme Caramel Multistick ($24.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a medium-dark peach with warm, orange undertones and a satin finish. MAC Yash (P, $17.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Givenchy Beige Mousseline (101) (P, $36.00) is brighter, glossier (90% similar). MAC Lady Be Good (P, $20.00) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). Kat Von D Noble (P, $20.00) is lighter, brighter, less glossy (90% similar). NARS Biscayne Park (P, $25.00) is glossier (90% similar). Tarte Skinny Dip (P, $22.00) is brighter (85% similar). Estee Lauder Covetous Nude (P, $30.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Platform (DC, $6.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Hourglass Dim Infusion (P, $35.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Oxblood (LE, $17.00) is brighter (85% similar). Too Faced Sorry Not Sorry (P, $22.00) is cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Stark Naked (DC, $22.00) is warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Melted Nude (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Make Up For Ever #225 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Doe (P, $21.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Nude Peach (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

For an in-depth look at what the formula is supposed to do and how it performs generally, please check the overview below the rating. Creme Caramel had buildable coverage from medium to fully opaque. The texture was smooth, velvety, and just creamy enough not to tug on the skin or lips when applied directly from the tube but was a bit less emollient compared to about half the range. It worked best as a cream blush when I tested it, as it emphasized and sunk into lip lines when worn as a lip product and creased like crazy as a cream eyeshadow.

On the cheeks, the color blended out beautifully on the skin, and it was easy to spread out the color without becoming uneven or patchy. I found it equally easy to apply on bare skin as well as over (liquid) foundation. The texture didn’t fully dry down, so it had a natural, skin-like sheen, but I didn’t have issues with it moving or settling over time. It wore well for eight and a half hours as a cream blush.

On the lips, it applied fairly evenly, though it wasn’t quite as even as the majority of the range. The texture, while comfortable, settled into lip lines early on and worsened over the four and a half hours the color lasted. It felt smooth going on, and it didn’t tug. The formula wasn’t drying nor was it hydrating.

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Bite Beauty Multistick Crème Caramel
C+
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5.5
Application
4.5
Total
79%