Clinique Pink Honey Pop Cheek Pop

Clinique Pink Honey Pop Cheek Pop Blush

Clinique Pink Honey Pop Cheek Pop Blush ($23.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a soft, light-medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and a satin sheen. Makeup Geek Spell Bound (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Physicians Formula Natural (P, $12.99) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). MAC Fun Ending (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC At Dusk (LE, $25.00) is cooler (95% similar). Giorgio Armani Daybreak (503) (P, $46.00) is darker (95% similar). CoverGirl Medium Rose (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Hourglass Surreal Effect (LE, $35.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Cheeky Bugger (LE, $22.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Overexposed (LE) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Celebrated (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Prim (LE, $28.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). NARS Liberation (Left) (LE) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Make Love Instead (P, $5.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). MAC Highlighter (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The formula is described as “vibrant yet natural-looking cheek colour that looks virtually powderless.” The texture was very smooth and dense in the pan, while on the skin, it was incredibly blendable and almost creamy in the way it sat and diffused on the skin. It had semi-opaque, buildable coverage that applied easily, as it blended out nicely along the edges. The finish was more satiny than truly luminous–it seemed to have less sheen than most of the Cheek Pops–but looked good on the skin as it did not emphasize pores or my skin’s texture. This shade wore well for nine hours on me before fading slightly.

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Clinique Cheek Pop Blush Pink Honey Pop
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
9.5
Application
5
Total
96%

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Sugar Lip Celebration | $218.00 | Limited Edition

Create a party for your lips with this set of 12, full-size Sugar Lip Treatments to nourish or tint for a show-stopping smile. It includes the Sugar Tinted Lip Treatments Sunscreen SPF 15 in shades that range from sheer rose to a sheer, pearlescent wine hue. The set also features the Sugar Lip Treatment Advanced Therapy to support antiaging and the Sugar Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15, a nourishing blend that smooths and protects lips.

  • 10 x 0.15 oz/ 4.3 g Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15 in Rosé (sheer rose), Honey (warm nude), Petal (bold pink blossom), Nude (sheer shimmery blush), Tulip (sheer hot pink), Poppy (deep pink red), Berry, (bold berry), Coral (bold coral), Ruby (sheer shimmery rouge), Fig (sheer pearlescent wine)
  • 0.15 oz/ 4.3 g Sugar Lip Treatment Advanced Therapy
  • 0.15 oz/ 4.3 g Sugar Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15

Sugar Lip Small Wonders | $29.00 | Limited Edition

Pack up and go with this travel-ready trio that preps and tints your lips to leave you with subtle to striking lip looks. This set features the Sugar Lip Polish, a gentle conditioning exfoliant, and the Sugar Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15, a nourishing blend that smooths and protects lips. The Sugar Poppy Tinted Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15 protects lips and delivers a bold, deep pink red tint.

  • 0.07 oz/ 2.2 g Sugar Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15
  • 0.28 oz/ 8 g Sugar Lip Polish
  • 0.07 oz/ 2.2 g Sugar Poppy Tinted Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15

Sugar Lip Seduction | $59.00 | Limited Edition

Create party-ready looks with the Sugar Lip Seduction. These seven Sugar Lip Treatments that nourish or tint for a show-stopping smile. Choose from a sheer rose tint to a bold pink blossom shade for gorgeous color that lets lips take center stage.

  • 7 x 0.07 oz/ 2.2 g Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15 in Rosé, Petal, Tulip, Poppy, Ruby, Berry, Fig

Sugar Rush | $56.00 | Limited Edition

This head-to-toe set features three products that gently exfoliate and nourish for smooth, soft skin. A gentle exfoliating mask, the Sugar Face Polish is made with real brown sugar that instantly softens and smooths for a more radiant-looking complexion. The original, natural sugar exfoliant, the Brown Sugar Body Polish combines real brown sugar crystals with precious oils for soft, radiant skin. The Sugar Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15 offers a nourishing blend that moisturizes, protects, and smooths the lips.

  • 1 oz/ 30 mL Sugar Face Polish
  • 7.1 oz/ 200 g Brown Sugar Polish
  • 0.15 oz/ 4.3 g Sugar Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15

Sugar Lip Entourage | $48.00 | Limited Edition

Keep these Sugar lip companions close so you can prep, protect, and perfect your lips with nourishing formulas. Sugar Lip Polish is a gentle conditioning exfoliant, Sugar Lip Serum Advanced Therapy is a serum that supports antiaging, and the Sugar Nude Tinted Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15 is a sheer, shimmery blush with a nude tint. The Sugar Rosé Tinted Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15 features a sheer rose tint, and the Sugar Nourishing Lip Balm Advanced Therapy is a lip balm that supports antiaging and has a soft sheen.

  • 0.10 oz/ 3 g Sugar Nourishing Lip Balm Advanced Therapy
  • 0.28 oz/ 8 g Sugar Lip Polish
  • 2 x 0.07 oz/ 2.2 g Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15 in Nude, Rosé
  • 0.16 oz/ 5 mL Sugar Lip Serum Advanced Therapy

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Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Modern Mercury Highlighter

Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Modern Mercury Highlighter

Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Modern Mercury Highlighter ($65.00 for 0.26 oz.) is a light-medium, rosy brown with warm undertones and soft pink and gold shimmer. Bobbi Brown Afternoon Glow (LE, $46.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Pink Quartz (P, $46.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop The Golden Child (LE, $8.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Tourmaline (LE) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Might Be (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Riviera (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

It’s a powder highlighter that features the brand’s Gelee formula, and it was released many years ago, though I do not have the original to compare this to. I can see why so many were longing for a rerelease of this one; it’s absolutely dazzling. There’s a really intricate play of sparkle and light reflecting when this is on the skin. You have to imagine that after so many years of swatching highlighters that it’s rare for a product to make me go, “Oooh, that’s incredible” but that is exactly what I did with this shade.

The texture is incredibly soft, smooth, and blendable with excellent color payoff that can be as intense or as soft as you desire. I found the formula very forgiving when it came to diffusing and blending; it worked with all types of brushes and could be worn as a subtle sheen when used with a fan brush or applied for a full, metallic glow with a denser cheek brush. On my skin tone, it adds a bit of noticeable color but not much and doesn’t run overly warm, so it reads as more neutral even with the visible color. I did not notice any emphasis of my pores or my skin’s natural texture with this on (but it doesn’t smooth the skin either). When I wore it, the color lasted for eight and a half hours on me.

Of all the products in the Victoria Beckham collection, this was the one first to sell out, and I saw that it launched this morning on Neiman Marcus (a week before it was supposed to), so happy hauling if this is the item you’ve been waiting for! 🙂 (As a FYI, Selfridges seems to have the majority of the collection in stock.)

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Estee Lauder Victoria Beckham Highlighter Modern Mercury
A+
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
100%

MAC Smoked Almond, Toast and Butter, Cordovan Liptensity Lipsticks

MAC Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Smoked Almond Liptensity Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium-dark pinky-brown with warm undertones and a creamy, lightly glossy finish. It was nicely pigmented with full-color coverage that went on smoothly and evenly. The texture felt a little firm in the tube, but it started to melt as I applied it to my lips. The consistency was a little thicker but did not feel heavy, and it did not well up in lip lines as it seemed to self-level after five minutes of wear. This shade wore well for six and a half hours and was lightly hydrating. Chanel Script (218) (P, $37.00) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Grunge (LE, $5.00) is darker (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Pink Buff (P, $35.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Bite Beauty Chai (P, $26.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever C107 (P, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Mocha (P, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar). Bite Beauty Molasses (P, $26.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Toast and Butter Liptensity Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium-dark caramel brown with warm, reddish-orange undertones and a cream finish. It had opaque color payoff paired with a lightly creamy texture that just barely tugged on the lips initially but started to melt and feel more gel-like from the warmth of the lips. On me, I was able to get six and a half hours of good wear out of the shade, though that’s not the full eight promised. Tom Ford Beauty Gustavo (LE, $35.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay 1993 (P, $17.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Choker (P, $20.00) is more muted (90% similar). Urban Decay 1993 (DC, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Tansy (P, $6.00) is brighter, warmer, less glossy (85% similar). MAC Photo (P, $17.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Cordovan Liptensity Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a dark, reddish plum with subtle, cool undertones and a glossy finish. The consistency was more gel-like and had more slip on the lips, though it was thin and lightly tacky so I didn’t feel like it slid around while worn. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, but the color distributed evenly and smoothly. This shade lasted for seven hours and left behind a strong stain. MAC Dark Side (P, $17.00) is darker (95% similar). Bite Beauty Sugared Maple (LE, $24.00) is lighter (95% similar). Bite Beauty Jam (P, $26.00) is cooler (95% similar). Inglot #293 Lipstick Cream (P, $12.00) is glossier (95% similar). Bite Beauty Bordeaux (P, $28.00) is darker (95% similar). Bite Beauty Beetroot (P, $26.00) is lighter, brighter, less glossy (90% similar). MAC Hang Up (P, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Labradorable (LE, $23.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Marsala (LE, $21.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Buxom Menace (P, $21.00) is warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Smoked Almond Liptensity Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is supposed to have “intense amounts of pigment” with a gel-like texture that melts on lips that leaves behind a satin finish and wears for “eight hours.” It’s supposed to be “comfortable” to wear, but there are no claims about hydration–and overall, they were non-drying. The majority of the range varied from semi-opaque to fully opaque in one stroke, while the texture had some body and thickness to it but was not heavy. The consistency feels firmer in the tube, but it became softer and more pliable as it warmed up against the lips. This was also true about how the color settled and looked on the lips–it tended to fill up lip lines without emphasizing them as much after thirty seconds of wear. The formula didn”t have a lot of slip, and it was actually lightly tacky, which helped it stay in place better. The wear ranged from four to eight hours with lighter shades typically wearing shorter than deeper and more intense shades. The finish was anywhere from satin to natural with noticeable sheen, sometimes glossiness, but it often wore to a satin to semi-matte finish after a few hours. The formula has MAC’s typical vanilla scent but had no discernible taste.

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MAC Liptensity Lipstick Smoked Almond
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
8
Application
5
Total
91%
MAC Liptensity Lipstick Toast and Butter
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
8
Application
5
Total
91%
MAC Liptensity Lipstick Cordovan
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
88%

Free for Haul Friday, Volume #359

Share any beauty goodies you may have picked up in the last week or so, or maybe what’s on your way or on your wish list for next week or month. 🙂

  • Haul: Holiday barrage — bareMinerals, Smashbox, Tarte, Too Faced, Marc Jacobs, Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham
  • Weekend plans: The usual — brunch and blogging!
  • Do you like staycations?: I’m a homebody, so I love being home, but practically speaking, I’m terrible at not working if I’m home, so while I like them, they’re probably not actually relaxing or much like a vacation is supposed to be!

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This week’s Mellan photo…

He used to think it was real! Missed my baby! My pet sitter sent me this photo while I was away 😍

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