Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

MAC Springsheen Blush
MAC Springsheen Blush

MAC Springsheen Blush ($21.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “golden tawny peach [with a Sheertone Shimmer finish].” It’s a pinky-coral with a frosted, golden sheen and warm undertones. MAC Petal Power (LE, $25.00) is very similar. Clinique Peach Pop (02) (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. Charlotte Tilbury Ecstasy (P) is warmer, less pink. Too Faced Peachy Keen (LE) is very similar. Tom Ford Beauty Love Lust (P, $55.00) is warmer, less pink, darker. NARS Orgasm (P, $29.00) is very similar. Milani Dolce Pink (P, $7.99) is less warm-toned. Benefit Bella Bamba (P, $28.00) is darker, less golden. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Springsheen is part of the permanent range, and it’s a long-time favorite for many readers. The texture is soft, finely-milled, and smooth when applied and buffed into the skin. It applies color evenly, and it blends beautifully on the skin. It has a more shimmery finish, so I noticed very slight emphasis of pores, but I was surprised to find it more forgiving than the average blush with this much shimmer–especially as it is blended and softened, it seems to lessen. It had excellent color coverage that was buildable, while the blush wore well for eight hours before starting to show signs of fading.

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9.5/10

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8.5/10

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Sunday, March 30th, 2014

MAC Lovecloud Blush
MAC Lovecloud Blush

MAC Lovecloud Blush ($21.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “bright mid-tone pink.” It’s a light-medium, subtly cool-toned pink with a satiny sheen. This is a pink that leans blue, but it doesn’t pull so blue that it is difficult for warmer complexions to wear. The pigmentation was excellent–very true-to-pan color that was easy to achieve without having to pack it on. The texture was soft, finely-milled, and smooth. This shade wore just over seven and a half hours on me before starting to fade. Make Up For Ever #210 (P, $26.00) is warmer, cream product. Urban Decay Blush (P) is darker, more matte. Tarte Flush (P, $26.00) is slightly darker. NARS New Attitude (LE, $29.00) is darker, matte, warmer. Givenchy It-Girl Purple (P, $44.00) is more matte. Tarte Dollface (P, $26.00) is a little more matte. MAC Pure Femininity (LE, $20.00) is cooler-toned. theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is more matte. MAC Well Dressed (P, $21.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Modern Mandarin Blush ($21.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “red-orange.” It’s a medium-dark orange with warm, red undertones and a soft, frosted finish. This shade was more shimmery than the rest, and I felt like the permanent edition was just a tiny bit more shimmery than my original version (not enough to seem like a genuine difference, more like a batch variation) as well as slightly more blendable. It had great color payoff, while the texture of the powder was soft, smooth, and blendable. I really liked how consistent these blushes were across the board. Modern Mandarin managed to last eight hours on me before fading. Chanel Presage (62) (LE, $38.00) is a cream, lighter, no shimmer. Tom Ford Beauty Savage (P, $55.00) is darker. NARS Gilda (P, $29.00) is a smidgen lighter. Guerlain Peach Boy #1 (P) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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9.5/10

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10/10

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Saturday, March 29th, 2014

Giorgio Armani #100 Maestro Liquid Summer Bronzer SPF 15
Giorgio Armani #100 Maestro Liquid Summer Bronzer SPF 15

Giorgio Armani #100 Maestro Liquid Summer Bronzer SPF 15 ($64.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is described as a “radiant, sun-kissed glow.” It’s a light-medium, warm-toned brown with a very fine gold shimmer over a satin-matte finish. Divergent Intelligent Bronze (LE) is powder, lighter. Tarte Park Ave. Princess (P, $29.00) is powder, similar. Wet ‘n’ Wild Bikini Contest (P, $3.99) is powder, redder. Urban Decay Naked Flushed Bronzer (P) is powder, similar. MAC Nude on Board (LE, $30.00) is powder, lighter. MAC Soft Sand (LE, $25.00) is powder, slightly darker. Burberry Summer Glow (P, $48.00) is powder, slightly warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It felt very much like the Maestro foundation in terms of consistency: thin, almost watery, but as it dried down, it had a more velvety feel that was satiny–not shiny but not totally flat. A little went a long way, but I felt like it was more forgiving than not when applied to the skin, as it blends very easily and can be buffed down to a softer color if you overdo it. Worth noting, of course, is that against my skin tone, it isn’t too dramatic, so fairer complexions may find the learning the curve steeper. I think the product itself works well; it feels comfortable on the skin, looks natural, blends beautifully, and wears a solid nine hours before starting to fade slightly. It worked well over and under foundation as well as on bare skin. It has the same type of packaging as the Maestro foundation, which has a dropper, but I didn’t need more than one or two drops, so I think the packaging could be improved. The other downside was that it’s more of a one-size-fits-all approach, so very fair, very cool-toned, or deeper complexions may find it’s not a suitable shade for them. I’d love to see a rosy-brown and deeper bronze shade released to at least accommodate a greater variety in skin tones.

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9.5/10

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10/10

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10/10

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9/10

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5/5

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Friday, March 28th, 2014

Dior Sunset (660) Rouge Dior Couture Lipstick
Dior Sunset (660) Rouge Dior Couture Lipstick

Dior Sunset (660) Rouge Dior Couture Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “fiery red.” It’s a medium, pink-coral with strong, warm red undertones and a soft, golden shimmer, plus a glossy, luminous finish. Estee Lauder Defiant Coral (P, $30.00) is a smidgen lighter. Too Faced Bon Bon (P, $21.00) is lighter, pinker. Givenchy Rose Dentelle (203) (P, $36.00) is darker, less shimmery. Chanel Pygmalion (LE, $34.00) is sheerer. MAC Lady at Play (P, $22.00) is warmer, less glossy. MAC Hibiscus (LE, $16.00) is a touch darker. Guerlain Rouge Sensuel (LE, $49.50) is darker, redder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The look and feel of this shade is really where the luxury is; the consistency is incredibly lightweight, as it is creamy and glides on easily. It applies smoothly, evenly, and better yet, lips look soft, juicy, and lustrous. When a lipstick makes your lips look like they’re in better health–smoother, plumper, softer–you know the formula is a winner. Sunset had mostly opaque color coverage with a hint of translucency that kept it from reading too heavy. It wore well for four and a half hours, and it did leave behind a stain. The formula was nicely hydrating both during and after the color wore away, and I didn’t detect any scent or taste.

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Sunset (660)

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9.5/10

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9.5/10

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10/10

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9/10

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5/5

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Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Make Up For Ever #225 HD Blush
Make Up For Ever #225 HD Blush

Make Up For Ever #225 HD Blush ($26.000 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “peachy pink.” It’s a light-medium, muted peach with warm undertones, hint of pink, and a satin finish. theBalm Cider (P) is lighter, pinker. Hourglass Dim Infusion (P, $35.00) is powder. Tarte Darling (LE, $26.00) is darker, powder. MAC Cream Soda (LE, $21.00) is more orange, powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever’s new HD Blush formula is one of my new favorites, because it has a lightly creamy consistency that applies evenly, smoothly, and blends easily and feels and looks like a powder shortly after applying it to the skin. It’s never tacky, as it dries down to a powder-like finish, which also means it has a subtle, satin finish–nothing too dewy or luminous. This shade had very true-to-pan color payoff, though it’s a lighter shade so it will show up best on fairer complexions. On my medium skin tone, it is a soft, muted blush on me, but it wore well for eight hours before beginning to fade.

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#225 HD Blush

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9.5/10

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10/10

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10/10

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8.5/10

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5/5

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Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

It Cosmetics Pretty in Peony Vitality Cheek Stain
It Cosmetics Pretty in Peony Vitality Cheek Stain

It Cosmetics Pretty in Peony Vitality Cheek Stain ($24.00 for 0.136 oz.) is a medium-dark, pinky-coral with a gold, frosted sheen. Milani Lady Rouge (06) (LE, $7.99) has no shimmer. NARS Laos (P, $39.00) is a cream product, has no shimmer. NARS Day Dream (LE, $29.00) is lighter. NARS Soulshine #1 (LE, $29.00) is slightly pinker. NARS Realm of the Senses #1 (LE, $29.00) is lighter. NARS Realm of the Senses (Together) (LE, $29.00) is similar. MAC Simmer (LE, $25.00) is less golden. NARS Deep Throat (P, $29.00) is lighter, less pink. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Vitality Cheek Stain formula is supposed to combine the long-wear of a stain with the ease of application of a powder. The brand says it will give a “naturally pretty flush of color … [and] that lit from within glow.” Pretty in Peony is intensely pigmented with a soft, velvety consistency that feels like a really smooth, buttery powder. A little goes a long way, so if you tend to be heavy-handed or have fairer skin, you’ll want to be sure to use less and build up (and a stippling or feathery brush should help!). It applied evenly, smoothly, and blended fairly easily on bare skin as well as over liquid foundation. There is a fair amount of sheen, though, and I felt like it did slightly emphasize pores along my cheeks. The color wore well for ten hours, though, which was impressive.

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9/10

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10/10

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9/10

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10/10

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