Saturday, April 11th, 2015

ColourPop Olive Super Shock Cheek
ColourPop Olive Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Olive Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “true baby pink in a matte finish.” It’s a light-medium pink with soft, cool blue undertones and a satin finish. (And in case you were wondering, the product is named after a dog, not the color olive.) Colour Pop Mochi (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, slightly cooler-toned. Colour Pop Prenup (P, $8.00) is darker. Physicians Formula Rose (P, $12.99) is similar, powder. MAC I’m a Lover (P, $23.50) is powder/ Makeup Geek Head Over Heels (P, $9.99) is powder. Dior Rose (001) (LE, $56.00) is powder. Make Up For Ever #210 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Blush (P) is more matte, powder. Givenchy It-Girl Purple (P, $44.00) is powder. theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, powder. MAC Well Dressed (P, $21.00) is lighter, powder. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The finish is definitely not matte–there is a shimmer you can see in the swatch, which is less noticeable applied to the cheeks and blended out. I don’t find it gives a real sheen, but it keeps the finish from looking flat. The Super Shock Cheek formula is a cream-based one that is supposed to have buildable coverage that will have the most payoff when applied with fingers and less color coverage when used with brushes. It had a smooth, velvety consistency with just a little creaminess to it–these feel more like clay than your traditional cream blush–that is very blendable on the skin as it blends more like a powder, so it doesn’t look streaky. The coverage was semi-sheer to semi-opaque at best but never fully opaque. On me, it wore well for eight and a half hours before fading.

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Friday, April 10th, 2015

Urban Decay Obsessed Afterglow 8-Hour Blush
Urban Decay Obsessed Afterglow 8-Hour Blush

Urban Decay Obsessed Afterglow 8-Hour Blush ($26.00 for 0.23 oz.) is described as a “light pink.” It’s a brightened, light-medium pinky-lavender with a semi-matte finish. Clinique Pansy Pop (P, $21.00) is darker. Colour Pop Thumper (P, $8.00) is similar, cream. Colour Pop Mochi (P, $8.00) is pinker, cream. Makeup Geek Secret Admirer (P, $9.99) is a smidgen more lavender. Givenchy It-Girl Purple (P, $44.00) is pinker. theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is pinker. NARS Gaiety (P, $30.00) is similar. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Despite being one of the lighter shades in the range, it had more semi-opaque to opaque pigmentation, even though the formula is described as sheer and buildable. With a lighter hand, sheerer coverage is definitely to be had, but it leans towards more moderate color payoff. The powder had a silky, smooth feel that was a smidgen powdery at times, but the powderiness didn’t translate to the skin, as the blush looked natural and sat well on the skin. It was easy to sheer the color down or build it up, because the blush was very blendable. The color stayed on well for eight hours before I noticed slight fading along the edges.

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Thursday, April 9th, 2015

Urban Decay Big Bang, Vice, Bittersweet, Liar, Failbait Revolution High-Color Lipglosses
Urban Decay Big Bang, Vice, Bittersweet, Liar, Failbait Revolution High-Color Lipglosses

Urban Decay Failbait Revolution High-Color Lipgloss ($22.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “light neutral pink.” It’s a medium pink with cool undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It is semi-sheer with a light-medium weight consistency that feels smooth and creamy. The formula is non-sticky initially but gets tacky as it wears. This shade lasted for four hours on me and was lightly hydrating, but it applied unevenly and settled into lip lines slightly. Bite Beauty Ten (Watercolor) (LE) is darker. Dior Tiny Pink (269) (P, $35.00) is lighter. NARS Belize (P, $26.00) is lighter. MAC Hoop (LE, $15.00) is brighter. Chanel Pink Pivoine (88) (LE, $27.00) is similar. Urban Decay Flushed (P, $19.00) is more opaque, less glossy. Paul and Joe Beaute Carnaval (06) (P, $29.00) is similar. Maybelline Caramel Infused (065) (P, $8.99) is lighter. Maybelline Mauve Mystique (025) (P, $8.99) is cooler-toned. MAC Petite Indulgence (LE, $20.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay Kinky Revolution High-Color Lipgloss ($22.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “nude.” It’s a muted, medium peach-brown with warm undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It was mostly opaque and applied evenly, but some of it gathered in lip lines. The high gloss finish coupled with the pigmentation seemed to minimize how apparent that was in person (from a normal viewing distance). This shade wore well for five hours on me and was moderately hydrating. Chanel Sensuel (11) (P, $34.00) is warmer, sheerer. Maybelline Charming Cocoa (125) (LE) is darker. MAC Overspiced (LE, $15.00) is a smidgen lighter. Maybelline Nude Illusion (060) (P, $8.99) is more muted. Chanel Genie (P, $32.00) is sheerer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay Liar Revolution High-Color Lipgloss ($22.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “medium pink-nude.” It’s a rosy brown with warm undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It had almost full color coverage that applied evenly and very minimal settling into lip lines (which wasn’t noticeable except up-close and didn’t worsen over time). The color stayed on well for five hours, while the formula was hydrating. Urban Decay Kinky (P, $22.00) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Satisfaction (214) (P, $28.00) is darker. Maybelline Charming Cocoa (125) (LE) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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8.5/10

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Thursday, April 9th, 2015

Hourglass Radiant Bronze Light Ambient Lighting Bronzer
Hourglass Radiant Bronze Light Ambient Lighting Bronzer

Hourglass Radiant Bronze Light Ambient Lighting Bronzer ($50.00 for 0.39 oz.) is described as a “warm bronze shade fused with Radiant Light.” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm, yellow undertones and a soft, golden shimmer-sheen finish. Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Naked on the Run Bronzer (LE) is less shimmery, lighter. Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze (P) is cooler-toned. Bobbi Brown Bronze (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery. IT Cosmetics Warm Radiance (P, $34.00) is lighter, cooler-toned. MAC Delphic (LE, $33.00) is a smidgen lighter. Too Faced Spice (LE) is cooler-toned. Too Faced Chocolate Soleil (P) is cooler-toned. Wet ‘n’ Wild Bikini Contest (P, $3.99) is redder, less shimmery. MAC Lush Light Bronze (LE, $28.00) is darker. MAC Gold Go Lightly (LE, $28.00) is similar. MAC Sun Dipped (LE, $30.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Nude on Board (LE, $30.00) is similar. MAC Soft Sand (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery. Burberry Summer Glow (P, $48.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

As I mentioned in my review for Luminous Bronze Light, the new bronzing formula takes the “illuminating effects” of their signature Ambient Lighting powders with “bronze pigments” to give a “natural, sun-kissed glow.” The formula is supposed to have “buildable color and a radiant finish” with a “sheer, airy” feel. This particular shade is designed for “medium/deep complexions.” It was very pigmented and a little went a long way, but I’m not sure this is dark enough for very deep skin tones, though the luminous finish may help it still add some noticeable warmth/sheen, even if it doesn’t add much color. It’s rather full coverage, instead of buildable, but you can blend/diffuse it for a sheerer look as the formula is forgiving. It seemed rather sparkly when swatched, but the way it translated onto skin is almost magical, because I didn’t see a lot of sparkle, I saw the luminosity. The texture was silky, smooth and blends easily on the skin, while the sheen didn’t emphasize pores or the skin’s natural texture. It stayed on well for eight and a half hours before I noticed any fading. It was hard for me to see a noticeable difference in color when I wore both this and Luminous Bronze Light on my skin tone; the lighter shade seemed a bit less warm/more subdued, but it was a subtle difference.

Forgot to mention: the Ambient Lighting Bronzers are the same physical size as the Ambient Lighting Powders. These have 0.39 oz. in them, whereas the original powders have 0.35 oz. On a price per ounce basis, the Bronzers are $128.21/oz. and the Powders are $128.57/oz. Of course, if you look at it from more of a “per use” basis, you may feel that you stand little chance of finishing the bronzer and would have preferred it in blush-size (which costs $35 for 0.15 oz. or $233.33/oz.).

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Thursday, April 9th, 2015

Hourglass Luminous Bronze Light Ambient Lighting Bronzer
Hourglass Luminous Bronze Light Ambient Lighting Bronzer

Hourglass Luminous Bronze Light Ambient Lighting Bronzer ($50.00 for 0.39 oz.) is described as a “medium tan shade fused with Luminous Light.” It’s a muted, medium tan brown with warm, yellow undertones and a fine golden shimmer-sheen. Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Naked on the Run Bronzer (LE) is less shimmery. Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze (P) is cooler-toned. Bobbi Brown Bronze (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery. IT Cosmetics Warm Radiance (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, cooler-toned. MAC Delphic (LE, $33.00) is similar. Too Faced Spice (LE) is similar. Too Faced Chocolate Soleil (P) is cooler-toned. MAC Gold Go Lightly (LE, $28.00) is darker. MAC Sun Dipped (LE, $30.00) is similar. MAC Nude on Board (LE, $30.00) is slightly cooler-toned. MAC Soft Sand (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery. Burberry Summer Glow (P, $48.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The newest addition to the Ambient Lighting range is bronzer–just in time for summer–and is available in two shades. The formula is marketed as combining the “illuminating effects” of their signature Ambient Lighting powders with “bronze pigments” to give a “natural, sun-kissed glow.” It’s supposed to have “buildable color and a radiant finish” with a “sheer, airy” feel. This shade is supposed to be for “fair/light complexions” as it gives a “softer, candlelit warmth.” It had more semi-opaque color coverage to start, which could then be intensified to full coverage or sheered out for lighter coverage. If I wanted to dust this all-over, I’d have to use a light hand and a fan brush (something naturally feathery with little density).

When I first swatched it, I was worried about the level of shimmer, but on the skin, it is beautifully luminous and glowy–it doesn’t emphasize pores at all, and it doesn’t even look frosty. On my medium complexion, I had no trouble getting this to show up well on my skin tone, but it was surprisingly similar to Radiant Bronze Light (which is about two shades darker, but depending on application, any difference may be difficult to detect, as it was on my skin tone!). I would have loved to have seen a greater contrast between the two shades, since there are only two. The texture is silky, smooth, and seemed less prone to kicking up excess powder compared to the original Ambient Lighting Powders. On the skin, it blended effortlessly and wore well for eight hours before fading on me.

Forgot to mention: the Ambient Lighting Bronzers are the same physical size as the Ambient Lighting Powders. These have 0.39 oz. in them, whereas the original powders have 0.35 oz. On a price per ounce basis, the Bronzers are $128.21/oz. and the Powders are $128.57/oz. Of course, if you look at it from more of a “per use” basis, you may feel that you stand little chance of finishing the bronzer and would have preferred it in blush-size (which costs $35 for 0.15 oz. or $233.33/oz.).

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Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

ColourPop Rain Super Shock Cheek
ColourPop Rain Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Rain Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone lavender in a matte finish.” It’s a lightly pink-tinged, medium lavender with subtle, cooler undertones and a semi-matte finish. Urban Decay Bittersweet (P, $26.00) is darker, cooler-toned. Clinique Pansy Pop (P, $21.00) is a smidgen lighter. Makeup Geek Secret Admirer (P, $9.99) is lighter. Sephora + Pantone Universe Radiant Orchid (LE) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

This is a cream-based formula that is billed as having buildable coverage with the greatest coverage achieved by applying with fingertips and the least by using a stippling brush. It was sheer to semi-opaque, depending on your application and how much you layered, but it always appeared slightly lighter applied than it did in the pan–I think the pink tone comes through more. The texture was lightly creamy, fairly blendable, and sat well on the skin, while it lasted for almost nine hours on me. This one wasn’t quite as blendable as other shades I’ve tried in the formula, but it wasn’t too difficult to use. It is a good option for someone wanting to try purple blush but doesn’t want to break the bank!

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