Sephora Hey Jealousy Colorful Blush

Sephora Hey Jealousy (17) Colorful Blush

Sephora Hey Jealousy (17) Colorful Blush ($14.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “raspberry pink.” It’s a medium-dark, fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a mostly matte finish. MAC Let's Be Friends (LE, $22.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Bred for Beauty (LE) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Rhubarb (P, $22.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Milani Love Potion (07) (LE, $7.99) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). NARS Coeur Battant (LE, $30.00) is darker, brighter, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Colorful Blush formula is supposed to be long-wearing, buildable, and have a lightweight texture. My experience with the formula–generally–has shown that they’re soft, lightly powdery at times (some are worse than others) with semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage that blends fairly well and lasts seven to eight hours. There is some variance between shades, but there are some gems in the range. Hey Jealousy had rich color payoff, which is great if that’s what you want in a blush, but it didn’t really build-up–it was the type of formula where you could change your technique/tools and use the tiniest amount to get less intense pigmentation in a best case scenario. The texture was soft, smooth, and fairly blendable on the skin; it took a little extra effort to really even it out but wasn’t difficult overall. This shade wore well for almost nine hours before fading.

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Sephora Collection Colorful Blush Hey Jealousy (17)
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8
Longevity
9.5
Application
4.5
Total
84%

Anastasia That Glow Glow Kit

Anastasia That Glow Glow Kit

Anastasia That Glow Glow Kit ($40.00 for 1.04 oz.) includes four warm-toned shades that range from pale, buttery gold to copper. Each shade is 0.26 oz. and can be removed from the palette, if desired, but they are currently only sold together (not sure if they will eventually be available as pans only). Presently, it is exclusive to Macy’s and the brand’s website. According to Anastasia, these are supposed to be “metallic powder highlighters for intense luminosity” that can also be worn on the eyes. They are softer and silkier with a more finely-milled consistency compared to the Illuminators released a couple of months ago. These also have a finer shimmer and overall sheen that is less emphasizing of pores on the skin.

Sunburst is a light, yellow gold with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture that wasn’t too powdery or too firm. It applied easily to the skin without emphasizing pores but giving a high shine finish. The color lasted for eight hours before fading on me. Smashbox Glow (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Champagne (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is lighter (85% similar). theBalm Solid Gold (P, $24.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Golden Bronze is a medium-dark, golden bronze with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. This shade was intensely pigmented with a soft, lightly powdery consistency that blended out nicely. It didn’t emphasize pores for me, but it had a very metallic sheen, so it is by no means a subtle highlighter! On me, this highlighting bronzer wore for eight hours. Becca Topaz (P, $38.00) is darker (95% similar). Giorgio Armani No. 14 (P, $62.00) is less shimmery, less pigmented (90% similar). Rouge Bunny Rouge Goddess (P, $54.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Park Ave Princess (P) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Bubblyis a muted, light-medium golden beige with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It was slightly drier with a looser consistency, though it still blended well and luckily, it didn’t look dry or powdery applied. Again, the finish was quite metallic but did not emphasize pores (almost that “so reflective it looks smooth” effect). It lasted for seven and a half hours before fading. Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is darker (95% similar). Anastasia So Hollywood (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Burberry No. 02 Nude Gold (LE, $68.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Dior Glowing Nude (002) (LE, $58.00) is cooler (95% similar). Bobbi Brown 24 Karat (P, $46.00) is darker (90% similar). Laura Geller Gilded Honey (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Mimosa (LE) is darker, brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Anastasia Glow Kit That Glow
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
91%
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Sneak Peek: Looxi Beauty Highlighters Photos & Swatches

Looxi Beauty Highlighters
Looxi Beauty Highlighters

After several strong reader recommendations, I decided to check out Looxi Beauty Highlighters ($7.50 for 0.20 oz. pans or $15.00 for 0.35 oz. in compact). They had quite a few in-stock when I purchased (about a week and a half ago), though it looks like some are out-of-stock or only in-stock in compacts. I’ll be testing these over the next several weeks, but here are swatches of the 17 I bought in the meanwhile!

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Tom Ford Caviar, Midnight Violet, Sphinx Cream Color for Eyes

Tom Ford Caviar Cream Color for Eyes

Tom Ford Cream Color for Eyes ($45.00 for 0.17 oz.) has eight new shades for spring. According to Tom Ford PR, the Cream Color for Eyes shades are limited edition, though a couple of stores/counters have said differently (and some have agreed). Worth noting, the jars are different and contain less, while the price has increased; the shade released last spring was $42 for 0.21 oz. and these are $45 for 0.17 oz. The jar is slightly taller with a shorter diameter. Practically speaking, I don’t think the missing amount is going to be “felt” by the user as they have been rather large, but I was disappointed to see the squeeze on both ends–price and quantity.

The Cream Color for Eyes formula is supposed to be “ultra-pigmented” and “metallic” with a “creamy formula” that doesn’t “crease or smudge.” The majority of the shades I’ve tried in the range live up to those things–good pigmentation but can be applied sheerly (use less and/or apply with a fluffy brush) or kept opaque (a little goes a long way) with eight to twelve hours of wear (no primer). They’re blendable and dry down fast enough not to crease too easily while you’re working on them but not so quickly that they don’t budge. I did find that a couple of the new shades were more emollient than past shades and did have a longer dry down time and were harder to keep out of creases (in this review, that would be Caviar, but it seemed to eek by just fast enough to set without creasing early on).

Tom Ford Caviar Cream Color for Eyes ($45.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a dark, grayish black with silver pearl that gives it a strong sheen. It had mostly opaque coverage with a creamy, blendable texture that had a little more slip than the average shade in the formula but not so much that it took too long to dry down (so it didn’t gather in the creases as it set). The color lasted for nine and a half hours before creasing on me. Chanel Tisse Paris #4 (P) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Viseart Diane (P) is less shimmery (90% similar). Illamasqua Graphica (P) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Asphalt (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Kat Von D Santeria (LE) is lighter (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tom Ford Midnight Violet Cream Color for Eyes ($45.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a slightly muted, medium-dark plum purple with warm undertones and a frosted shimmer-sheen finish. It had opaque coverage that could be applied with a lighter touch or blended out for sheerer coverage, if desired, though it was harder to keep coverage even and sheer (I think it may be slightly too emollient). The color lasted for ten hours before creasing slightly. Makeup Geek Drama Queen (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Illamasqua Queen of the Night (P, $25.50) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Bondage (LE, $18.00) is warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Uncut (P, $18.00) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). Dior Hypnotique (881) (P, $31.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Tom Ford Beauty Cream Color for Eyes Caviar
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
97%
Tom Ford Beauty Cream Color for Eyes Midnight Violet
A
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
96%
Tom Ford Beauty Cream Color for Eyes Sphinx
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Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
9
Application
4.5
Total
90%