Thursday, March 29th, 2012

MAC Glorify Extra Dimension Skinfinish/Highlighter
MAC Glorify Extra Dimension Skinfinish/Highlighter

MAC Glorify Extra Dimension Skinfinish/Highlighter

MAC Glorify Extra Dimension Skinfinish/Highlighter ($29.00 for 0.31 oz.) is described as a “copper with golden shimmer.” It’s a coppery bronze with a golden-copper shimmer and sheen. Estee Lauder Topaz Chameleon is very similar, but it’s just ever-so-slightly darker–with a lighter/heavier hand, you could get nearly the same color, though. theBalm Betty Lou-Manizer is slightly browner with less orange tones. Urban Decay Gilded is more orange and a bit lighter.

If you’re familiar with Estee Lauder’s Powder Gelees, you’ll know what these feel like. They’re virtually the same. I really couldn’t distinguish any differences beyond the pattern that has been emblazoned onto the product itself. It has that same complex texture that’s dry yet soft and smooth. I tried applying Glorify with MAC’s 128 brush, which is being repromoted in this collection, but I didn’t care for it–just didn’t seem to yield the right finish for me. I ended up using the 168, which worked out better for me. This particular shade has plenty of pigmentation.  To apply as a highlight, I would recommend a fan brush so you can get a soft, precise look.

I did think it was interesting that while Estee Lauder refers to it as a tribrid (three-in-one) powder, MAC only lists it as a hybrid, but then it tacks on “almost liquid” as an afterthought–so they end up being similar in description.  Given that Estee Lauder owns MAC, these are probably even closer than they seem.  Though, MAC’s seems to wear a little longer on me.

MAC actually claims that the new Extra Dimension Skinfinishes (also, confusing, that they are listed as Extra Dimension Highlighters, but the boxes say Skinfinish) last for ten–yes, ten!–hours on the skin. I didn’t even realize they had made such a huge claim until I sat down to write the full review, but thankfully I wore my testing face-of-the-day for eleven hours yesterday! The shade I tested yesterday was Whisper of Gilt, which wore surprisingly well. When I checked the highlighter after eight hours, it was still mostly intact, with just a bit of fading along the edges of the apples of the cheeks. After ten hours, there was a little more fading along the edges but a fair amount of it was still there, looking reflective and glowy. I’m testing Glorify today, and I’m only in about eight hours, and there’s the same subtle fading along the edges but overall, it still looks good.

This would be a beautiful highlighter/light blusher on someone with red undertones. Used with an incredibly light hand, it can be used as a glowy, warmed-up highlighter with a hint of bronze, but it’s more easily used as a bronzy blusher. It has a fair amount of shimmer and sheen in the finish, though, so it may not be the most practical application if you want to highlight/contour.

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This would be a beautiful highlighter/light blusher on someone with red undertones. Used with an incredibly light hand, it can be used as a glowy, warmed-up highlighter with a hint of bronze, but it's more easily used as a bronzy blusher.

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9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

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Thursday, March 29th, 2012

MAC Peony Petal Blush
MAC Peony Petal Blush

MAC Peony Petal Blush

MAC Peony Petal Blush ($20.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “bright blue pink” with a satin finish. It’s a blue-based, medium cotton candy pink with a very subtle satiny sheen. It’s not quite matte, but it’s very nearly so–maybe a modern matte, new matte, something to that effect that has just a very natural sheen. Now, this shade is a lot like NARS Gaiety, which is just slightly lighter. MAC Full of Joy is much lighter, paler, and more lilac than it is pink–but the differences are less detectable once they are applied, but you can see that Full of Joy is lighter and almost cooler-toned than Peony Petal. MAC Azalea Blossom is too purple to be a dupe. MAC Briar Rose is pinker, not as blue-based, and softer. Urban Decay Quickie is pinker and a tiny bit lighter. Bobbi Brown Nude Pink is not as blue-based–Peony Petal looks almost purple in contrast.

Color coverage is good with this shade; you can achieve a soft, sheer look without a fuss, but you can intensify the color to more true-to-pan color.  I did notice the texture if Peony Petal seemed a bit drier than the others, so the blending wasn’t as effortless as a shade like Full of Joy.  I liked that it wasn’t powdery in the pan, so there wasn’t a lot of excessive dust left behind.

This is one of the more pigmented shades out of the six, and you can easily get full color coverage if so desired, but a softer look is fairly easy to get as well. I could see this particular one not being as foolproof as some of the other shades, just because it has more pigmentation. It layers and builds up well, so you can begin application with a lighter hand and build up to ensure you get the right level of color you’re aiming for.

It felt soft to the touch without being powdery, and once applied, it blended out without difficulty when I used the 116. I’ve tested numerous MAC blushes in the past, and overall, they hold up between seven and eight hours. Out of this particular launch, I have only specifically tested Full of Joy (which stayed true to the average) but am in the process of testing Immortal Flower and Modern Mandarin to get a better average for this set of six (and at the time of writing, both have been on for four and a half hours and are still going strong).

Naturally, because of the strong blue undertones, this will compliment cooler complexions and require a little more attention to detail on warmer complexions (such as pairing it with the right eyeshadows/lip colors).  The pigmentation and color are strong and deep enough that this shade should work on deeper complexions as well, and not just as a sheer blush.

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Naturally, because of the strong blue undertones, this will compliment cooler complexions and require a little more attention to detail on warmer complexions (such as pairing it with the right eyeshadows/lip colors). The pigmentation and color are strong and deep enough that this shade should work on deeper complexions as well, and not just as a sheer blush.

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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Thursday, March 29th, 2012

MAC Modern Mandarin Blush
MAC Modern Mandarin Blush

MAC Modern Mandarin Blush

MAC Modern Mandarin Blush ($20.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “red-orange” with a satin finish. It’s a muted tangerine orange with a soft sheen. I don’t catch a lot of the red in it myself, but it’s there in a very subtle way–it’s what turns it down from being true orang. In the copy, MAC said “go hip in bright red-orange” – there’s actually a lovely muted quality about Modern Mandarin that actually makes it different than a bright pop of orange would be. Becca Damselfly has a similar softness but it’s more orange and has a golden sheen. Shades like Illamasqua Expose and MAC Optimistic Orange are too orange to be similar. Make Up For Ever #5 is the closest, though it is a touch more intense because it has a matte finish, so there’s no reflective qualities to the finish to give it a lighter look.

This is one of the more pigmented shades out of the six, and you can easily get full color coverage if so desired, but a softer look is fairly easy to get as well. I could see this particular one not being as foolproof as some of the other shades, just because it has more pigmentation. It layers and builds up well, so you can begin application with a lighter hand and build up to ensure you get the right level of color you’re aiming for.  Modern Mandarin has a soft, natural finish that’s not frosted at all, so it looks natural and luminous on the skin and doesn’t emphasize pores or other skin imperfections/textures.

It has a soft feel, and the softness translates to application, where it blends out pretty easily, though perhaps not quite as easily as the other shades.  I’d still say there was no troublesome blending with it either way.  I’ve tested numerous MAC blushes in the past, and overall, they hold up between seven and eight hours. Out of this particular launch, I have only specifically tested Full of Joy (which stayed true to the average) but this morning, I applied Immortal Flower on the apple of one cheek with Modern Mandarin on the rest of the cheek (almost like a gradient–that way I can test both shades while testing out Glorify on the other cheek).  I will update this post if the wear of Modern Mandarin falls inside or outside of that seven to eight hour average.

This shade would be especially beautiful on deeper complexions (not to say it couldn’t work on lighter ones), because it offers enough pigmentation to show up but still has that softer quality that one is usually after in a springtime blush.

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This shade would be especially beautiful on deeper complexions (not to say it couldn't work on lighter ones), because it offers enough pigmentation to show up but still has that softer quality that one is usually after in a springtime blush.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, March 29th, 2012

MAC Immortal Flower Blush
MAC Immortal Flower Blush

MAC Immortal Flower Blush

MAC Immortal Flower Blush ($20.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “bright peach.” This is an interesting color, because it looks like a soft peach in the pan, but it’s much more coral when swatched and applied to cheeks. It was a bit puzzling, in all honesty! The hue reminded me of Tarina Tarantino Feather, which is a little less pink and has a heavier shimmer. theBalm Frat Boy is more intense, but the color, when used lightly, is very comparable.

It has a satin finish, officially, but it’s almost matte. There is certainly a soft sheen to it, but it is incredibly subtle. In certain lighting, you may even think it is a matte finish! This pigmentation in Immortal Flower was not as buildable as it was in Full of Joy. There’s an underlying sheerness to it no matter how much product I applied. I would say the coverage is medium at its most intense, rather than full. MAC seemed to be aiming for a blush that was sheer and buildable, though not necessarily fully opaque.

The texture is soft, just powdery enough to allow for enough product to be picked up by the brush without having to scrape at the pan. I love how it is soft without being powdery yet still blends very easily on the skin. I suspect this is going to be one of the more popular shades out of the six from Tres Cheek, just because it has that subtle coral tint that makes it warm and wearable and perfect for summer. It was impossible to overdo on my skin tone, but it gave a nice, summery glow and flush.

I’ve tested numerous MAC blushes in the past, and overall, they hold up between seven and eight hours. Out of this particular launch, I have only specifically tested Full of Joy (which stayed true to the average) but hope to try a couple more shades. If there are any discrepancies, I’ll be sure to update the review to reflect that.

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Immortal Flower

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I suspect this is going to be one of the more popular shades out of the six from Tres Cheek, just because it has that subtle coral tint that makes it warm and wearable and perfect for summer.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Monday, March 26th, 2012

Burberry Tulip Pink Lipstick
Burberry Tulip Pink Lipstick

Burberry Tulip Pink Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a light-medium rosy beige-pink. It’s a little mauve, pink, and beige all rolled into one interesting color. Bobbi Brown Miami Coral is more orange, warmer. Chanel Candeur is much lighter, paler. Clarins Lilac Pink is a bit more lilac. Estee Lauder Night Bloom is similar but sheerer. It’s a flattering neutral pink that doesn’t lean too warm or too cool. It should complement a range of skin tones and complexions. You could wear it for work or paired with a more dramatic eye.

Tulip Pink has opaque color coverage, and though this formula often has a more luminous finish, this particular shade has a creamier look and feel with a natural shine but to a lesser degree compared to other shades (like recently reviewed Primrose Hill Pink). It’s still moisturizing, and while the consistency is a touch thicker, it doesn’t feel heavy and still sits on the lips well. This shade wore for three and a half hours.

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It's a flattering neutral pink that doesn't lean too warm or too cool. It should complement a range of skin tones and complexions. You could wear it for work or paired with a more dramatic eye.

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9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

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Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Revlon Cotton Candy ColorBurst Lip Butter
Revlon Cotton Candy ColorBurst Lip Butter

Revlon Cotton Candy ColorBurst Lip Butter

Revlon Cotton Candy ColorBurst Lip Butter ($7.49 for 0.09 oz.) is soft, light-medium pink with subtle cool undertones and golden shimmer. The golden shimmer warms it up, which minimizes the cool tones of the blue-based pink base. Chanel Charme has a similar pink color but doesn’t have the golden shimmer. Guerlain Rose Innocent is a bit lighter, more opaque, and doesn’t have any gold shimmer. MAC Fabby has more mauve in its base color. MAC Behave Yourself has a similar base color, perhaps a little more lilac.

This color is semi-sheer with the color giving lips a slightly pink tint with a healthy dose of golden shimmer and sheen. This is the kind of coverage I would expect based on how Revlon described the Lip Butter formula. The consistency is creamy with a fair amount of slip, so it glides onto lips easily but will move around a bit–with a lighter shade like this, you may see lines if you press your lips together. It also contributes to a shorter wear time of under two hours. It is a more moisturizing formula, and it is nicely hydrating for a lipstick formula–it just doesn’t replace lip balm!

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Cotton Candy

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The real downside to products with as much slip and creaminess as the Lip Butters is the wear time--and while some of the shades have been better than others, this shade really wore off quickly. If you don't mind reapplying often, it's worth checking out!

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4.5/5

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