Monday, February 18th, 2013

NARS Translucent Crystal Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder
NARS Translucent Crystal Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder

NARS Translucent Crystal Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder ($34.00 for 0.24 oz.) is described as a “weightless, translucent powder” with a “soft matte finish that looks luminous in any light.” It looks stark white in the pan, and there’s a definite sheen; a pearly finish that certainly reflects light. The texture of the powder is very unique; I don’t think I’ve ever felt anything like it. It almost feels like a cream and powder hybrid–not just a cream-to-powder product–but the texture has the smoothness of a cream but the thinness and dryness of a powder. Because of this texture, you really need to swirl and swish your brush across the surface (if you use a brush) to loosen the product.

I primarily used a powder brush to apply the product (I liked the results of MAC’s 134 best), and the powder, while it can swatch more heavily and look white and almost chalky, disappears and holds true to its translucency claim applied to the skin. There’s no powderiness in the pan or as seen on the skin. It absolutely softens and smooths out the skin’s texture and appearance. There is a faint reflective quality as an overall glowing sheen but doesn’t translate as visible sparkle or obvious particles.  It extended the wear of my foundation by an hour or so–I have normal-to-dry skin.

Even though it’s titled a setting powder, it feels more like a finishing powder, though the category is, frankly, one that I always feels blends together/overlaps where the two are often more alike than not. In that vein, Guerlain Wulong has a similar sheen and coloring, but Wulong has a stronger shimmer-sheen finish, so it gives skin a more luminous (“glowy”) appearance. We are talking degrees, not canyons, of difference, though. It has more of a sheen to its finish than Hourglass Diffused Light, which I reviewed yesterday.

One thing I noticed about the Pressed version is that you have to be really good about the brush or tool you use to apply it, because the surface of the powder doesn’t seem to react well to anything liquid/moisture/cream. It was really imperative to wait for my foundation to dry before brushing this on, because any smidgen of foundation caught on the brush (which I only used for applying the setting powder) would slightly harden the surface of the pan. There’s a very thin sponge included with the powder, and it works for application, but I found it dirtied very quickly and resulted in far more foundation transfer into the pan than preferable.

I will be reviewing the Loose version shortly after this, and while I prefer the look of the Pressed over the Loose, I really don’t like how touchy the surface of the pressed powder is and find the Loose one is easier to apply and maintain. Also worth noting: the pan of this is on the smaller size at only 0.24 oz., though physically it seemed rather large (even the Loose version has 0.35 oz.).

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Translucent Crystal

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There's no powderiness in the pan or as seen on the skin. It absolutely softens and smooths out the skin's texture and appearance. There is a faint reflective quality as an overall glowing sheen but doesn't translate as visible sparkle or obvious particles.

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10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Friday, February 15th, 2013

Chanel Rose Favorite Soft Touch Eyeshadow
Chanel Rose Favorite Soft Touch Eyeshadow

Chanel Rose Favorite Soft Touch Eyeshadow ($28.50 for 0.07 oz.) is described as an “audacious pink.” It’s a brightened, medium rosy pink with mostly neutral undertones; it looks subtly cool-toned in the pan but against my skin tone, it looks neutral to slightly warm. It has a mostly matte finish. Dior Bow is a smidgen darker and cooler-toned–Rose Favorite appears softer, less fuchsia. Guerlain Terra Azzurra #2 is cooler-toned. MAC More Amour is redder.

If you’ve always wanted a “bright pink” eyeshadow, Rose Favorite is a subtle introduction that may pain your wallet but will allow you to explore the possibilities without having full, in-your-face, kind of brightness.  It’s nicely pigmented, but there’s a soft, muted quality to the color that keeps it from being a truly bright pink (like you might expect from brands famous-for-their-brights, like Make Up For Ever and Urban Decay).  The texture is incredibly soft, almost buttery, and very, very finely-milled; there is a little excess powder that kicks up when used, but it seemed to settle quite nicely once applied to the eye.  That softness, however, lends itself to being easy blended on the eye, and it can be sheered out more readily if you don’t want opaque color.  Rose Favorite wore for eight hours well on me, and there was some very faint fading after nine hours.

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Rose Favorite

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If you've always wanted a "bright pink" eyeshadow, Rose Favorite is a subtle introduction that may pain your wallet but will allow you to explore the possibilities without having full, in-your-face, kind of brightness.

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9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

5/5

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Friday, February 15th, 2013

NARS Mata Hari Blush
NARS Mata Hari Blush

NARS Mata Hari Blush ($29.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “rose petal pink.” It’s a medium-dark raspberry pink with cool undertones and a satiny sheen. MAC Prom Princess is a touch less pink, more plum, resulting in a more muted color. shu uemura Smoky is less cool-toned. Tom Ford Narcissist is bolder and cooler-toned. MAC Supernova is redder.

This blush has really intense pigmentation, so on fairer complexions: a little goes a long way; and on deeper complexions: you’ll have no problem getting this to show up. It had a soft, finely-milled texture that made it easier to blend out the color, which is absolutely critical when you have a shade this pigmented. There was some excess powder that kicked up when I touched the brush to the blush, but I didn’t see that translate to powderiness on the skin.  Mata Hari wore for eight hours well on me, and by the ninth hour, there was some noticeable fading.

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Mata Hari has fantastic color payoff and a soft, blendable texture that works well on the skin. It wears for about eight hours well, but it is still visible after another hour.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Thursday, February 14th, 2013

Sephora Picnic in the Park (07) Eyeshadow
Sephora Picnic in the Park (07) Eyeshadow

Sephora Picnic in the Park (07) Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “shimmering grass green.” It’s a brightened emerald green with a subtle golden shimmer-sheen–but it has a definite cool undertone, more in line with an emerald green than a grass green. MAC Fresh Flare is darker. Milani Green Safari is similar–slightly darker–and a cream product. Wet ‘n’ Wild Earth Looks Small From Down Here #3 is darker, cooler-toned. Urban Deacy Graffiti is similar–slightly frostier.

Picnic in the Park had good color payoff both wet and dry, but it did apply better and with more pigment when applied with a dampened brush. The texture was very soft, smooth, and blendable.  This type of green is prone to staining, and this shade is no different; my arm was lightly stained after only having this on it for mere moments.  When I wore this shade on my lid with no primer, while it lasted a solid nine hours and only had very minor signs of fading after ten hours, there was a faint stain left behind, too.  I tried wearing it over a primer and that seemed to prevent the staining.

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Picnic in the Park (07)

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If you want to enjoy the color of the year (emerald), this is a nice version that won't (completely) break the bank.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

Clinique Broadest Berry Chubby Stick Intense
Clinique Broadest Berry Chubby Stick Intense

Clinique Broadest Berry Chubby Stick Intense ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “beige plum.” It’s a muted, reddish plum with a natural sheen–not frosted or shimmery but enough of luminosity that it doesn’t look matte. Tom Ford Casablanca is rosier. NARS Christina is darker, less warm-toned, and shimmery. MAC Brick-o-la is a touch browner. Chanel Etole is very similar in color. Chanel Rouge Orage is less plum.

One of my favorite features of Clinique’s Chubby Stick range is that they’re twist-up pencils, so there is no need to sharpen–which means there is no wasted product being sharpened off of the point! No need to freeze, just twist and go. Broadest Berry has very nearly opaque color coverage; which is great if that’s what you prefer, but the Intense range is only supposed to have medium coverage (“not quite sheer, not quite opaque–just the perfect happy medium,” according to Clinique).  Broadest Berry wore five hours on me, and it was lightly moisturizing during that time.

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Clinique Broadest Berry Chubby Stick Intense Review, Photos, Swatches

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It's a bit more pigmented than one would expect, but it applies evenly and easily, and it wore well, too.

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9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Saturday, February 9th, 2013

Sephora Girls Night Out (03) Eyeshadow
Sephora Girls Night Out (03) Eyeshadow

Sephora Girls Night Out (03) Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “metallic dark gold.” It’s a rich, molten yellow gold with bronzy brown undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. NARS Paramaribo is much less metallic, more golden, less warm-toned. Inglot #404 is more coppery. Inglot #430 is much yellower. MAC Amber Lights is browner and more coppery.

The color payoff of Girls Night Out is insane–it’s super, super pigmented with a rich, buttery texture that almost feels like a slick, cream eyeshadow. It is a softer eyeshadow, though, and when I used it, I did get some excess powder kicked up on the pan. On the eye, the color adhered well, so I didn’t see any fall out during application or later on while I wore the eyeshadow. I also expected that this was going to be dupable, but it doesn’t have enough copper/orange or gold/yellow to be close to a lot of expected shades.  Girls Night Out also wore phenomenally  it delivered on Sephora’s 10-hour wear claim with no fading or creasing after being worn for 10 hours (no primer).

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Girls Night Out (03)

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Girls Night Out is incredibly pigmented, long-wearing, and blends beautifully. It's only ding was some powderiness in the pan, as a result of having such a soft texture.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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