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Sometimes I feel like there is not much variation on fall color schemes, like it may be one of the less inspired seasons – maybe it’s because more brands focus on holiday line-ups? I’m not sure. I love the earthy, more subdued tones of fall, so it is nice to see them.

-- Christine

Hourglass Surreal Light Ambient Lighting Edit for Holiday 2016

Hourglass Surreal Light Ambient Lighting Edit for Holiday 2016
Hourglass Surreal Light Ambient Lighting Edit for Holiday 2016


Discover the most covetable Ambient® Light yet. Introducing Surreal Light – a sheer nude powder evoking the magic hour of perfect lighting where the sun brings the softest, most flattering glow to the complexion. These never-before-released shades of powder, bronzer, blushes and highlighter are available exclusively this holiday season.

Availability

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The Details

Surreal Light Holiday 2016 Ambient Lighting Edit | $80.00 | Limited Edition

  • Surreal Light (Ambient Lighting Powder) Sheer nude powder evoking the magic hour of perfect lighting
  • Surreal Bronze (Ambient Lighting Bronzer) Neutral tan shade fused with Surreal Light
  • Surreal Glow (Ambient Lighting Blush) Pale peony pink blush mixed with Surreal Light
  • Surreal Effect (Ambient Lighting Blush) Cool, pink rose fused with a soft, warm peach
  • Surreal Strobe Light (Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder) Glimmering peach powder imparting an alluring highlight

Sephora Light Beam Microsmooth Baked Luminizer

Sephora Light Beam Microsmooth Baked Luminizer

Sephora Light Beam (02) Microsmooth Baked Luminizer ($14.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a very light beige with subtle, warmer undertones and a soft shimmer. Hourglass Incandescent Strobe Light (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, more pigmented (95% similar). Too Faced Pop of Light (P) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Laura Mercier Highlight 01 (P, $40.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (P, $44.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Revolution Radiant Lights (P, $6.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Cle de Peau Almond (16) (P, $55.00) is warmer (90% similar). Dior Cosmopolite (LE, $45.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). NARS Debbie Harry Highlighter (LE, $29.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Mystery Princess (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $41.00) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Luminous (P, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Dior Luxurious Beige (LE, $82.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Catrice Champagne Campaign (P, $5.99) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Too Chic (LE, $22.00) is more pigmented (90% similar). YSL Golden Contouring Highlight (P) is less shimmery (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The formula is supposed to give a “natural, seamless luminescence” to the skin with “natural-looking color.” The texture was smooth, firmer, and had no powder kick-up like Stardust, but it had less color payoff, too. This shade had medium coverage, and on my skin tone, it didn’t impart noticeable color and lightened the area I applied it slightly. When applied, it gave the skin a luminous glow that did not emphasize pores, and I think it is hard to overdo. On my normal-to-dry skin, it lasted for seven and a half hours before fading noticeably. This is going to be ideal for someone who is very fair to light-medium in complexion and likes a subtle, but noticeable, highlight.

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Sephora Microsmooth Baked Luminizer Light Beam (02)
B
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
8
Application
5
Total
84%

Make Up For Ever M202, M203, M204 Artist Rouge Lipsticks

Make Up For Ever M202 Artist Rouge Lipstick

Make Up For Ever M202 Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a vibrant, medium magenta pink with a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage with a velvety texture that didn’t tug, but it seemed to emphasize the texture of my lips and did not apply as evenly as it should have (it’s not as obvious, since the color is bright). It lasted for six hours but was moderately drying on me. MAC Candy Yum Yum (P, $17.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Smashbox Talk to Me (P, $21.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Melt Cosmetics Stupid Love (P, $19.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Sephora Whipped Blush (LE, $14.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Tickler (P, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). Sephora African Violet (LE, $14.00) is lighter, more pigmented, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever M203 Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a bold, bright, medium-dark raspberry red with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. Like M202, the texture didn’t feel dry or stiff going on, but it looked thin, drier, and unflattering on my lips as it emphasized the texture of my natural lips. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that covered fairly evenly. This shade wore for over six hours and left a stain behind, but it was somewhat drying as well. Colour Pop Out of Sync (LE, $5.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier (90% similar). Too Faced It's Happening (P, $21.00) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar). Colour Pop Mars (P, $6.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Lovespell (P, $20.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Dangerously Red (LE, $17.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Electric Poppy (P, $32.00) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Cougar (LE, $5.00) is warmer, glossier (90% similar). MAC To Matte with Love (P, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel La Merveilleuse (347) (LE, $36.00) is darker, warmer, glossier (85% similar). Make Up For Ever M204 (P, $22.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (85% similar). MAC Pleasure Bomb (LE, $17.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). MAC Intoxica (LE, $17.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Make Up For Ever M301 (P, $22.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC All Fired Up (P, $17.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Selfish (P, $20.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (80% similar). Colour Pop Brooklyn (P, $6.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever M204 Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a slightly muted, medium-dark raspberry red with very subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. It had nearly opaque pigmentation, and it applied evenly. The consistency was velvety but thin, and it felt somewhat clingy on the lips, which seemed to emphasize the texture of my lips. Some of the color gathered in lip lines after two and a half hours of wear, though the color lasted for five and a half hours. The formula was slightly drying to me. MAC Intoxica (LE, $17.00) is cooler (95% similar). Chanel La Merveilleuse (347) (LE, $36.00) is glossier (90% similar). MAC All Fired Up (P, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Lovespell (P, $20.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Electric Poppy (P, $32.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Tarte Selfish (P, $20.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Make Up For Ever M301 (P, $22.00) is lighter (85% similar). Maybelline All Fired Up (P, $7.99) is lighter, brighter, glossier (85% similar). Make Up For Ever M203 (P, $22.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is supposed to be long-wearing, “extremely pigmented,” and hydrating. It is available in two finishes–Cream and Matte, indicated by the C or M in the beginning of each shade’s name. The Cream formula is richly pigmented, lightly creamy without being too emollient or slippery, and go on smoothly and feel good while worn (wear ranges from four to eight hours, depending on the shade). The Matte formula is thinner and clings somewhat to lips, though it goes on nicely and doesn’t tug, and it doesn’t always look flattering on as it can emphasize imperfections on my lips but really depends on the shade, as some look great on. I found the Cream formula to be moderately hydrating, while the Matte formula was slightly to moderately drying. All shades had a slight, rosy scent to them, though I didn’t notice any taste.

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Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick M202
B
Product
8
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7.5
Longevity
10
Application
4
Total
86%
Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick M203
B+
Product
8
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
10
Application
4.5
Total
88%
Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick M204
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8
Longevity
9
Application
4.5
Total
88%

This Week’s Sales for August 22nd, 2016

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Retailer Sales/Deals

  • AlgenistBiggest Nail Event of the Year: buy 2, get 1 free; mix and match, ends 9/03.
  • b-glowing
    • 20% off It Cosmetics orders $60 or more with code 20ITGIRL, ends 8/24.
    • 20% off Makeup Category orders $60 or more with code 20MAKEUP, ends 8/31.
    • 20% off GlamGlow orders $60 or more with code 20GLAMGLOW, ends 8/31.
  • bareMinerals UKGet on the beauty list and we’ll give you 10% off your next purchase, ends 1/26.
  • Beauty.comGet your sweetheart the perfect gift and get $15 off all orders over $75 with code BEAUTY15, ends 8/27.
  • Benefit (UK)Free delivery on any order over £40 at Benefit, ends 10/03.
  • Bergdorf GoodmanFree Shipping and Returns, every day, ends 10/01.
  • BH CosmeticsExtra 10% off any 10-color blush palette with code BLUSHING, ends 8/31.
  • BirchboxJoin Birchbox's email list and get 10% off your first purchase of $35+, ends 11/17.
  • Bobbi BrownGet a Mini Mask Trio + Free Shipping with a $50 Order with code MULTIMASK, ends 8/28. Enjoy 15% off your first purchase using code WELCOME15, ends 11/06.
  • CaudalieReceive a 3-pc gift with $75 purchase! Gift includes: Premier Cru Elixir 10ml, Resveratrol Lift Serum 10ml, and Vinosource SOS Serum 10ml with ode TREATME, ends 8/29.
  • City Color10% off with code TEMPTALIA, ends 12/31.
  • Clarins (UK)Clarins launches its first beauty box, the Parisienne Box, ends 8/31.
  • ClarisonicBuy any 2 devices and save 10% with code PAIRS, ends 1/01. Enjoy 10% off your next purchase when you sign up for email with Clarisonic, ends 1/01.
  • DermStoreSave $10 when you spend $75 at Dermstore.com + get free shipping with code BEAUTY10, ends 8/30.
  • Drugstore.com20% off your first order through this link, ends 8/31.
  • Gilt CityFree for members: get $30 credit towards $75+ purchase at Clarins, ends 9/03.
  • Giorgio Armani BeautySign up for the Giorgio Armani Beauty Newsletter to Receive 10% off Your First Purchase, ends 1/01.
  • GlossierFREE TOTE BAG with purchase of Phase 1 Set, ends 1/12.
  • Kate Somerville
    • Receive a complimentary Dermal Quench Liquid Lift & ExfoliKate Mini Duo, a $49 value, with any $65+ purchase using code STEP1AND2, ends 8/22.
    • Shop the EradiKate Collection and receive TWO complimentary EradiKate-To-Go Swabs with code KATETOGO, ends 8/26.
    • Customers Will Receive a Complimentary Goat Milk Trio with any $120+ Purchase, ends 8/31.
  • KIKO20% off the Beauty Games collection with code PLAY2WIN, ends 8/31.
  • Lancome20% off any order + free shipping with code FRIENDS, ends 8/27.
  • Laura Geller25% off your entire order with code AUG25, exclusions apply, ends 8/31.
  • Marcelle10% off your 1st Korean cosmetics purchase with code 101SMILES, one time use only, ends 12/31.
  • Neiman MarcusEarn up to a $300 gift card, including beauty & fragrance purchases, ends 8/23.
  • Perricone MDSave up to 50% off on Fan Favorites, plus free shipping, ends 8/25.
  • REN10% off your first order, starts 10/31 and ends 12/31.
  • Sephora
    • Receive a Smashbox24 Hour Photo Finish Shadow Primer deluxe sample with any $25 purchase with code SPOTLIGHT, ends 8/31.
    • Choose 1 of 5 Road to Rio deluxe samples with any $25 purchase with code TROPICAL, ends 9/04.
    • Choose 1 of 2 Rebel Eye deluxe samples with any $25 purchase with code REBELDUO, ends 9/06.
    • Receive a FREE katespade new yorkWalk on Air Rollerball + LipglossDuo and Makeup Bag with any $25 purchase with code WALKONAIR, ends 9/09.
    • Choose 1 of 3 Urban Decay All NighterMatte Liquid Foundation deluxe samples with any $25 purchase with code ALLNIGHT, ends 9/09.
    • Receive a FREE Burberry Cat Lashes Mascara deluxe sample with any $35 purchase with code CATLASH, ends 9/11.
    • Receive a FREE CLINIQUE Pep-Start HydroBlurMoisturizer mini with any $25 purchase with code HYDROBLUR, ends 9/14.
    • Receive a FREE GIVENCHY Black Tote with select Fragrance Purchase with code JET2PARIS, ends 9/16.
    • Receive a FREE Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick deluxe sample in Lolita II with any $25 purchase with code LOLITA2, ends 9/18.
    • Choose 1 of 5 New at Sephora minis with any $25 purchase with code NEWCREW, ends 9/21.
    • Receive a FREE VIB Hourglass Deluxe Sample Set with any $35 purchase with code VIBICON (VIB Only), ends 9/22.
    • Receive a FREE Too Faced Mascara Melt Off Cleansing Oil deluxe sample with any $25 purchase with code MELTOFF, ends 9/23.
    • Receive a FREE Formula X Shine Top Coat Xcel deluxe sample with any $25 purchase with code TOPTHIS, ends 9/23.
    • Choose 1 of 3 IGK mini deluxe samples with any $25 purchase with code HAIRENVY, ends 9/25.
    • Receive a FREE ClarinsDouble Serum 7-day sampler as part of our August Skin Care Challenge with any $25 purchase with code AGEDEFYING, ends 9/28.
    • New sale items, like UD Spectrum for $29, Smashbox Double Exposure for $29, select Sephora Contour Eye Pencils (and lots more), ends 7/30.
  • ShiseidoReceive a 6-pc skincare bonus of your choice with the purchase of 2 qualifying skincare products, plus free shipping and samples on any purchase, ends 8/28.
  • shu uemuraReceive 2 FREE Deluxe Samples (maxi:hydrability gel & cream) with ALL orders with code TRYMAXI, ends 8/31.
  • shu uemura (Canada)$10 off $50+ orders or $15 off $75+ orders with code WEEKEND, ends 8/22.
  • Skinstore.com
    • 18% off with $79+ orders, 20% off with $99+ orders, 25% off with $199+ orders with code WINNER, ends 8/22.
    • 20% off site wide with code SAVE20, ends 8/23.
    • 20% off purchase of one beauty essential, 25% off purchase of two or more beauty essentials, full list here, ends 9/05.
  • StilaFree Stila Deluxe HUGE Mascara with all $30+ Orders, ends 8/26.
  • TargetExtra 10% off your entire purchase (some brand exclusions apply) storewide, ends 8/28.
  • TatchaReceive a FREE travel size Firming Serum with your purchase of $100+, ends 8/28. Receive a complimentary Tatcha cosmetic pouch with your purchase of 3 travel-sized treasures, ends 3/31.
  • The Body Shop40% off sitewide, ends 8/29.
  • TriaTake Up to 15% off with the Tria Beauty Olympic Buy More, Save More event, ends 9/13.
  • UltaPlatinum Perk - 5x points on all purchases, 10x points on select items/categories (list here), activate bonuses here, ends 8/22.
  • Walgreens15% OFF Orders $40+ with code 15HAPPYHEALTHY, ends 8/26. 25% off La Roche-Posay items here, ends 8/30.
Thanks to Dianne for today's question!

What’s been your go-to primer and foundation combination?

I don’t usually wear primer (it’s unnecessary for my needs), but if I do, I go for Too Faced Hangover RX with Tarte Rainforest of the Sea foundation. I have normal-to-dry skin and don’t like to touch-up. Usually if I wear primer, I’ll also use a setting powder and spray (currently, Laura Mercier Loose Setting and Clarins Fix’n Makeup).
-- Christine

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