Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

MAC Barefaced Blush
MAC Barefaced Blush

MAC Barefaced Blush ($21.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone warm nude [with a satin finish].” It’s a medium, slightly subdued, warm brown with hints of orange/tan and a satiny sheen. NARS Silvana is warmer, lighter, yellower in tone. NARS Madly is very similar–a smidgen browner, at most. Burberry Earthy is more matte and browner. MAC Poised is rosier but if you have pink undertones, it may appear similarly on. MAC Equilibrium is browner.

It has a beautiful finish; the satin sheen gives it a glowing, pearly look that gives the skin a healthy glow without emphasizing pores. The color payoff is fantastic–true-to-pan and buildable–and should work well as a blush on fair to medium-dark complexions (it may get lost on deeper skin tones and work more as a highlighter). The texture is soft, smooth, and silky, and the powder blends out easily on the skin. It lasted almost eight hours well; there was a bit of fading along the edges but no patchiness.

P.S. — The Nudes & Metallics Collection may be frustrating to find. When it launched in PRO stores on the 18th, every store I called was sold out of over half the collection already. The online launch date has been pushed to mid-June (no specific date was given). It is supposed to be for PRO only, which may mean that it is restricted to PROs only even online, but you should be able to call MAC PRO at 1-800-387-6707 and order (for anyone, PRO and non-PRO alike) per a LiveChat I did this morning.

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This is a great neutral blush, particularly for warmer complexions, that adds a little color but nothing too dramatic. The finish is incredibly flattering, and the texture and payoff are excellent as well.

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

5/5

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Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

Dior Pink Glow (001) Nude Tan Paradise Duo
Dior Pink Glow (001) Nude Tan Paradise Duo

Dior Pink Glow (001) Nude Tan Paradise Duo ($56.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a split-pan powder that features a bronzer and blush, and each of those is split as well into a lighter and darker section. It comes with a small, domed brush (like a buffer brush) as well.

Pink Glow Bronzer is a light-medium, peach-orange with a mostly matte finish. It had good color payoff, was buildable, and the texture was incredibly soft and silky, so it was a cinch to apply and blend the bronzer on the skin. This shade wore well for eight full hours and was just starting to fade after nine. Guerlain Terra Ora is shimmery and browner. Too Faced Bronzed & Poreless is browner. Illamasqua Disobey is darker, browner, less orange. MAC Optical is less orange.

Pink Glow Blush is a subtly warm-toned, pink-coral with a subtle, satin finish. It had decent color payoff, but it wasn’t buildable to totally true-to-pan color (slightly shy of, so not terribly sheer but not opaque as it could be). It lasted eight hours well but had noticeable fading after nine hours of wear. NARS Boys Don’t Cry is bolder, brighter, and more orange. Guerlain Pink Punk is similar–perhaps a touch pinker that won’t be detectable if the two are applied and blended out. Burberry Blossom is a bit brighter. MAC Supercontinental is lighter. MAC Fleet Fast is darker. Tom Ford Flush is brighter. Tarte Blissful is somewhat brighter.

I don’t think owning both this and Dior Coral Glow is necessary. The bronzers differ the most between the two, while the blushes are more similar than not–the Coral Glow Blush is warmer and less pink (more orange) but on, it’s hard to differentiate between the two. Coral Glow’s Bronzer is yellower and darker, but applied, again, the differences can get lost if they aren’t applied heavily. The difference is going to be most visible on very fair skin and on cooler complexions, but light-medium and darker complexions will likely see less of those differences in practice.

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If you prefer pinker corals, you may prefer this over Coral Glow. I think the two are similar enough that having both isn't necessary (and more of an indulgence--a nice-to-have), since they look rather similar once applied!

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Dior Coral Glow (002) Nude Tan Paradise Duo
Dior Coral Glow (002) Nude Tan Paradise Duo

Dior Coral Glow (002) Nude Tan Paradise Duo ($56.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a split-pan powder that features a bronzer and blush, and each of those is split as well into a lighter and darker section. It comes with a small, domed brush (like a buffer brush) as well.

Coral Glow Bronzer is a medium orange with peach and brown undertones (to keep it from being a full-on orange or tangerine) with a nearly matte finish. It had good color payoff, which was also buildable. The texture was incredibly silky and finely-milled, so it felt smooth and was easy to blend during application. Because it is lighter and has more yellow in it, I think it may work for anyone who finds peachy blushes and shades do well to camouflage or minimize redness found on their cheeks. This shade wore eight full hours on me, and after nine, there was a smidgen of fading. Giorgio Armani Summer 2013 Bronzer is darker, browner. Too Faced Bronzed & Poreless is a bit browner. Burberry Summer Glow is more shimmery and browner.

Coral Glow Blush is a warm-toned, medium pink-tinged coral with a subtle satin finish. It had fantastic color payoff–very true-to-pan but also buildable and blendable so you can adjust the intensity to your preference with ease. The texture was soft, silky, and very smooth; really, it was the kind and type of feel you expect and want out of high-end powders. The blush wore well for eight hours, and it wasn’t until after nine that I could see it starting to fade. NARS Boys Don’t Cry is several watts bolder an brighter, plus matte. Guerlain Pink Punk is a smidgen pinker. MAC Supercontinental is lighter. MAC Fleet Fast is more subdued and has a stronger sheen. Tom Ford Flush is very similar, perhaps a touch pinker. Tarte Blissful is a little pinker and brighter.

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Dior Coral Glow (002) Nude Tan Paradise Duo Review, Photos, Swatches

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The texture was soft, silky, and very smooth; really, it was the kind and type of feel you expect and want out of high-end powders. Both shades had nice color payoff, were buildable and easy to blend out.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Guerlain La Petite Robe Noir (463) Gloss d'Enfer Maxi Shine
Guerlain La Petite Robe Noir (463) Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shine

Guerlain La Petite Robe Noir (463) Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shine ($30.00 for 0.25 fl. oz.) is a pink-mauve with gold shimmer. MAC Comfort & Joy has more shimmer, so it appears a bit lighter and more mauve. Bobbi Brown Naked Plum is darker, more plum.

The color is very similar to my natural lip color, so when applied to my lips, it brightens, emphasizes the pink tones, and adds shimmer while not altering the overall color too much. If you look at my lip freckle, you’ll notice that it’s actually rather hidden–there’s a hint of it coming through, so I’d classify this as a semi-sheer to semi-opaque gloss.  Guerlain described the pigmentation of the formula to vary from sheer to more opaque, which means it’ll depend on the shade.

The consistency is very lightweight with a gel-like texture that’s non-sticky and doesn’t slide around. La Petite Robe Noir lasted for three and a half hours, which is on the longer end for such a thin gloss, but about average for gloss (in my experience) overall. It was hydrating, though, and it’s definitely one of the more hydrating glosses I’ve tried. The gloss has a light floral scent and comes in a clear, flat tube with a doe-foot applicator.

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If you like your gloss lightweight, thin, non-sticky, and shimmery, then you may really enjoy Guerlain's newest gloss formula.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

5/5

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Sunday, April 21st, 2013

Maybelline Electric Orange ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color
Maybelline Electric Orange ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color

Maybelline Electric Orange ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a brighteneed, medium-dark orange with warm, reddish undertones and a subtle sheen. We’ve definitely seen this kind of orange from several brands, but this is a more budget-friendly version. MAC Fashion Nomad is more matte. MAC Morange is perhaps a touch lighter. MAC Neon Orange is not as glossy. Illamasqua Flare is matte. Clarins Clementine has a faint shimmer.

It had very nearly opaque color coverage with the merest hint of the natural lip color coming through, but it was only noticeable at a very close range. The effect of that is really that the color doesn’t look heavy on–there’s a lightness to it, even if it is bright orange!  I think that’s one of the most appealing aspects of the formula is how it doesn’t look or feel as heavy as many more matte/cream-finish shades are.  Electric Orange lasted for five and a half hours on me, and it was lightly hydrating while I wore it.  The formula had a moderately creamy consistency that enabled good glide without sliding around all over the place once applied.

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I think one of the most appealing aspects of the formula is how it doesn't look or feel as heavy as many more matte/cream-finish shades are.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

5/5

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Sunday, April 21st, 2013

Benefit Milk It Longwear Powder Eyeshadow
Benefit Milk It Longwear Powder Eyeshadow

Benefit Milk It Longwear Powder Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “pearly white.” It’s a neutral white with a pearly, metallic finish. There are a lot of similar white eyeshadows, but here were a few that I thought I’d mention specifically: Urban Decay Polyester Bride has a similar finish but is a touch less stark; bareMinerals Silhouette is less metallic; and NARS Self Portrait 2 is cooler-toned.

It had very good pigmentation, and it applied mostly opaquely when I was testing it, both on my arm as well as on the lid.  This shade had a really lovely, buttery and creamy consistency that helped it apply smoothly over the skin.  The finish is on the more metallic side, and frostier shades tend to be easier to blend, as this one was.  Depending on your skin tone, the metallic finish, combined with rich color payoff, may make this too stark, but the neutral undertone will help.  It lasted eight hours well on the lid, and after nine hours, there was very faint creasing (without a primer).

This shade can also be found in Benefit’s Sexiest Nudes Ever Palette, which contains four eyeshadows and two Creaseless Cream Shadows for $30.00 (the eyeshadows are 0.04 oz. each, and the cream eyeshadows are 0.11 oz. each, but it’s still a way better deal than buying this eyeshadow on its own unless you LOVE this one and loathe all the others).  I love the idea behind the palettes, and I think it’s great that they’re available individually, but the pricing/quantity is presenting an argument that’s difficult to ignore.

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Benefit Milk It Longwear Powder Eyeshadow Review, Photos, Swatches

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If you like this shade, I'd consider opting for the Sexiest Nudes Ever palette instead, because you'll get three more powder eyeshadows, plus two cream eyeshadows for only $10 more.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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