Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Clinique Rosy Pop Cheek Pop Blush
Clinique Rosy Pop Cheek Pop Blush

Clinique Rosy Pop Cheek Pop Blush ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium pink with subtle, cool undertones and a pearly gold sheen. Chanel Crescendo (250) (LE, $45.00) is warmer, lighter, less shimmery. MAC Kindergarten Red (LE, $32.00) is lighter. Makeup Geek Love Affair (P, $9.99) is darker. MAC Peaches & Cream (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC Sunset Beach (LE, $32.00) is brighter. Make Up For Ever #310 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is darker. Tarte Fearless (P, $26.00) is lighter, less shimmery. NARS Soulshine #1 (LE, $29.00) is warmer. NARS Realm of the Senses #1 (LE, $29.00) is warmer. NYX Rose Garden (P, $5.00) is lighter, warmer. MAC Subtle Breeze (LE, $27.00) is slightly darker. Chanel Rose Initiale (P, $45.00) is a touch warmer, less shimmery. Benefit Bella Bamba (P, $28.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

In the pan, it looks similar to Pink Pop, but the undertones are different enough that one appears almost warm-toned against my complexion (the base color is cooler-toned, while the shimmer–and thus the sheen–is warmer), while Pink Pop has a noticeably cool undertone, even on me. This shade was intensely pigmented with an incredibly soft, smooth texture that was never powdery but effortless to blend. The shimmer gives the skin a glow without emphasizing pores or the skin’s natural texture. It lasted for eight and a half hours before fading became apparent.

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Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

Becca Topaz Shimmering Skin Perfector Poured
Becca Topaz Shimmering Skin Perfector Poured

Becca Topaz Shimmering Skin Perfector Poured ($38.00 for 0.19 oz.) is described as a “golden bronze pearl.” It’s a rich, gold-shimmered, copper-brown with warm, yellow undertones and a luminous shimmer-sheen finish. Kevyn Aucoin Tropical Days (P, $48.00) is lighter, less warm-toned, powder. Bobbi Brown Bronze Glow (LE, $45.00) is a powder, warmer, lighter. Becca Topaz (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, powder. Marc Jacobs Beauty Close-Up #3 (LE) is lighter, less shimmery. Disney by Sephora Golden Sands (LE, $55.00) is warmer, powder. MAC Golden Elixir (LE, $31.00) is sheerer, liquid. theBalm Betty-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is browner, powder. NARS Laguna (P, $39.00) is browner, less shimmery. MAC Gilty Bronze (LE, $29.50) is darker, less golden. MAC Global Glow (P, $30.00) is lighter, powder. Estee Lauder Topaz Chameleon (LE, $42.00) is similar in color, powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The texture is lightweight, moderately emollient, and creamy enough to blend out easily so you can achieve whatever opacity level you want but not so prone to sheering out that you can’t get opaque color. On fair to medium skin tones, this will add visible color and a shimmery luminosity to the skin, though you can blend it out enough where it adds only a slight bit of warmth. The finish is just glowing without being too dewy or shimmery, but it’s still noticeable. It’s very comparable in color to the Pressed version, though the Pressed appears more shimmery and reflective, giving it a lighter appearance overall. I don’t have the liquid (but I purchased it–just hasn’t arrived yet) to compare it to. As I mentioned in my initial review of this formula, the Pressed will give the highest shimmer coverage with excellent color coverage, while the Liquid is sheer and has the least shimmery finish (more of a dewy finish). It wore well on bare skin and lasted for eight hours before fading a bit. It also works patted or layered over foundation, and I would recommend using fingertips or a duo-fiber brush with a light-handed application, depending on what type of base products you have underneath.

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Sunday, March 8th, 2015

Maybelline Rebellious Raspberry (110) Color Elixir Lip Color
Maybelline Rebellious Raspberry (110) Color Elixir Lip Color

Maybelline Rebellious Raspberry (110) Color Elixir Lip Color ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a vibrant, medium pink-coral with warm undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It had rich, nearly opaque color coverage that applied evenly and smoothly. The texture is thicker, mostly non-sticky, and was nicely hydrating while worn. On me, it wore well for four and a half hours. It does have a strong perfume-y scent and soap-like taste. Revlon HD Strawberry Topaz (535) (P, $8.99) is warmer. Dior Magique (479) (P, $35.00) is lighter. MAC Drawn in Chic (LE, $15.00) is lighter, warmer. Marc Jacobs Beauty Paint It (202) (P, $28.00) is lighter, warmer. Giorgio Armani #519 (P, $29.00) is darker, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Maybelline Citrus Evolution (115) Color Elixir Lip Color ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a light-medium, peachy-orange with warm, yellow undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, but the color settled into lip lines from the get-go and only worsened as it wore. On me, it lasted for three hours and was moisturizing while worn. Chanel Exotique (12) (P, $34.00) is darker. Chanel Sensuel (11) (P, $34.00) is lighter. MAC Grand Pumpkin (LE, $15.00) is darker. NYX Cherry Cheesecake (P, $5.00) is darker. MAC Live It Up (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Ray of Sunshine (P, $22.00) is lighter. MAC Overspiced (LE, $15.00) is lighter. Maybelline Nude Illusion (060) (P, $8.99) is pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Maybelline Passionate Peony (120) Color Elixir Lip Color ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a light pink with subtle neutral-to-warm undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. When swatched and worn, it looked nothing like it did in the tube. It is slightly thick with a lot of milkiness, which made it pool into lip lines very noticeably. It had semi-opaque coverage, but it’s a gloss that would be better applied over a lip liner or lipstick to minimize it filling up lip lines. It lasted for three hours and was hydrating while worn. MAC Lots of Laughs (LE, $15.00) is darker. NARS Turkish Delight (P, $26.00) is darker. Maybelline Petal Plush (100) (P, $8.99) is darker, more shimmery. MAC Picture Pink (LE, $15.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Saturday, March 7th, 2015

Bite Beauty Shade 003 Limited Release Creme Deluxe Lipstick
Bite Beauty Shade 003 Limited Release Creme Deluxe Lipstick

Bite Beauty Shade 003 “Chilly Pepper” Limited Release Creme Deluxe Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “fire red/coral.” It’s a bold, bright coral-red with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. Chanel Arthur (440) (P, $36.00) is less glossy, slightly more muted. MAC Barbecue (LE, $16.00) is more orange, more matte. Maybelline Rose Rush (735) (P, $7.49) is slightly more orange. Urban Decay Sheer Slowburn (P, $20.00) is sheerer. Tom Ford Beauty Adriano (LE, $32.00) is lighter. Lipstick Queen Have Paris (P, $50.00) is redder. NARS Carmen (P, $32.00) is brighter, slightly more orange. NARS Annabella (P, $32.00) is darker. Bite Beauty Grandifolia (LE, $28.00) is slightly more orange, darker. MAC Mangrove (LE, $16.00) is more orange, lighter, matte. MAC Head in the Clouds (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker. Estee Lauder Envious (P, $30.00) is darker. MAC Cherry Glaze (LE, $20.00) is redder. Too Faced Red Stiletto (P, $22.00) is sheerer. NARS Future Red (LE, $26.00) is darker. MAC Rozz (LE, $16.00) is more matte. Tom Ford Beauty True Coral (P, $50.00) is lighter. MAC Toxic Tale (LE, $16.00) is pinker, lighter. Guerlain Gilda (P, $51.00) is darker, redder. Hourglass Muse (P, $28.00) is lighter, matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

I didn’t see any name on the exterior packaging or on the label on the bottom of the lipstick itself, so I’m not sure if “Chilly Pepper” is a brand-given name or if it was created by Sephora. It was intensely pigmented with fully opaque color in a single stroke. The consistency was lightly creamy but not too emollient, so it glided on without tugging on the lips but deposited even, smooth color without streaking. It lasted for six hours on me and left a slight stain behind. I found the formula of this shade to be slightly hydrating over time. As you might have noticed from above, there are numerous shades like it, so if you missed it, don’t fear–there are so many possibilities to satiate the need for a bold coral-red. The good news is that March’s shade delivers a high quality, richly pigmented product, though it doesn’t feel largely different (other than it being a bit thinner and less slippery) from their Luminous Creme formula (to me).

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Friday, March 6th, 2015

MAC Acai Lipstick
MAC Acai Lipstick

MAC Acai Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “vivid deep violet [with a Matte finish].” It’s a lightly brightened, medium-dark fuchsia-berry with cool undertones and a semi-matte finish. The texture was a little drier, though it didn’t drag too much when applied, but it seemed to emphasize any dryness/natural texture on the lips as it wasn’t as thick or as velvety in feel as some of MAC’s recent matte finishes have felt. It had mostly opaque color coverage that wore well for six hours but was fairly drying. Tom Ford Beauty Xavier (LE, $32.00) is lighter. MAC Fashion Revival (LE, $16.00) is darker. NARS Fanny (P, $32.00) is lighter. MAC Splurge (LE, $22.00) is lighter, glossier. Marc Jacobs Beauty Cabaret (146) (LE, $30.00) is glossier. Estee Lauder Insolent Plum (P, $30.00) is glossier. YSL Forbidden Burgundy (12) (P, $34.00) is glossier. Illamasqua Shard (P, $24.00) is similar. Marc Jacobs Beauty Little Pretty (130) (P, $30.00) is more shimmery. Urban Decay Venom (P, $22.00) is brighter. Tom Ford Beauty Violet Fatale (P, $50.00) is more shimmery. MAC Rebel (P, $16.00) is glossier. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Boca Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “soft pink nude [with a Satin finish].” It’s a light-medium, muted rosy pink with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. It had opaque color payoff that went on evenly and smoothly with a lightly creamy consistency. It lasted for five hours and was slightly drying after four hours of wear. Tom Ford Beauty Addison (LE, $32.00) is pinker. Bobbi Brown Blush (P, $26.00) is similar. NARS Barbara (P, $32.00) is glossier. NARS Anita (P, $32.00) is darker, pinker. NARS Sex Machine (P, $25.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Petite Red Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “strawberry cream [with a Satin finish].” It’s a bright, neon pinky-red with cool, blue undertones and a satiny sheen. It had mostly opaque pigmentation though it had a slightly thinner, more emollient consistency than most satin finishes (e.g. Boca). It lasted for seven hours on me, feathered slightly along the upper lip line after five and a half hours, and felt drying after six hours of wear. Chanel La Petillante (49) (LE, $34.00) is warmer. MAC Damn Glamorous (LE, $16.00) is darker, more matte, warmer. Kat Von D Bachelorette (P, $21.00) is more matte. Guerlain Provocative (863) (LE, $51.00) is more shimmery. MAC Relentlessly Red (P, $16.00) is more matte. MAC All Fired Up (P, $16.00) is pinker, more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, March 5th, 2015

MAC Linda Blush
MAC Linda Blush

MAC Linda Blush ($24.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “soft pink bronze.” It’s a slightly muted, coppery-orange with warm undertones and a satiny sheen. Colour Pop Bonus (P, $8.00) is brighter, cream. NARS Frenzy (Right) (P) is more shimmery. MAC Seduced at Sea (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery. MAC Pleasure Model (LE, $25.00) is darker. MAC Bad Girl Gone Good (LE, $21.00) is darker. NARS Soulshine #2 (LE, $29.00) is more shimmery. NARS Gina (P, $29.00) is similar. MAC Eternal Sun (P, $23.50) is darker, browner. MAC Coppertone (P, $21.00) is slightly darker, rosier. MAC Blazing Haute (LE, $25.00) is lighter. Illamasqua Expose (P, $26.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The texture is very soft, finely-milled, and blendable, though it can get a smidgen powdery in the pan, but luckily, it doesn’t translate on the skin. Applied, it gives a beautiful, luminous sheen that keeps skin looking natural and fresh without being too dewy. The finish gives a noticeable glow but doesn’t emphasize pores. It’s also very pigmented but diffuses easily for a softer flush if desired. On me, the blush wore well for eight hours before fading. This was one of the best products in the collection.

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