Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

MAC Stratus Mineralize Blush
MAC Stratus Mineralize Blush

MAC Stratus Mineralize Blush

MAC Stratus Mineralize Blush ($23.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “amethyst and gold brown melange.” It’s a plummy brown with a satiny sheen. The compact contains two swirls of darkened peach-brown and plum. This is one of the lesser shimmered shades of the cheek products in this launch. On cheeks, it looked more plum than brown, so it ended up looking more different than alike once applied than Earthshine (which almost seemed like a dupe), which is darker and much browner. MAC Buddy Up is lighter. NARS G-Spot is redder. MAC Darkly My Dear is browner. Chanel Plum Attraction is more plum, more subdued. MAC Notable is lighter and more muted.

Stratus had a fairly smooth texture without being too dry or too powdery (could be a bit more blendable), and the finish was less metallic/frosted, so I didn’t feel like it turned my pores into beacons in the night.  There was some slight emphasis but very subtle and probably not noticeable to anyone but myself up-close.  The color can be very intense, so I recommend using a light hand when applying if you have light to medium coloring; you can be less careful on deeper complexions, but it will build up very nicely and be stunning on medium-dark to dark skin tones.  When I tested the wear, Stratus wore for six and a half hours well, but it looked noticeably faded after seven hours.

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Stratus

B+
The color can be very intense, so I recommend using a light hand when applying if you have light to medium coloring; you can be less careful on deeper complexions, but it will build up very nicely and be stunning on medium-dark to dark skin tones.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4/5

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Sunday, June 24th, 2012

NARS Amour Highlighting Blush
NARS Amour Blush

NARS Amour Blush

NARS Amour Blush ($28.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “peachy pink.” It’s a darkened pink-tinted coral. It doesn’t read peachy-pink to me, which tends to be a lighter, warmer color. The finish is matte. Illamasqua Dixie is brighter, less pink. Tarte Blissful is more orange, slightly lighter/softer. theBalm Frat Boy is slightly lighter. MAC Posey is very close, perhaps pinker. MAC Fleet Fast is more coral and has golden orange shimmer. On my cheeks, it looks more pink than coral, but it’s not strictly pink.

The texture of this is drier, stiffer–not really difficult to work with, it just has a thinner, drier texture, so it’s not a really dense blush. You wouldn’t describe it as buttery, for instance. Some powders are really buttery and dense, others are still soft and finely-milled, but they’re thin and feel drier. Amour is the latter.  It packs plenty of pigment, so you can go from subtle tint to full-on color with a tap of the brush, but you won’t have to worry about applying too much too quickly (not like Exhibit A).  The drier texture does mean that you need to spend a little more time blending the color, and because of the matte texture, it can be easier to apply over completely dry foundation (if you’re using liquid).  When I tested Amour to see how long and well it would wear, I was able to get seven hours of good wear; after eight hours, there was some fading along the tops of my cheeks.

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NARS Amour Blush Review, Photos, Swatches

B+
Amour is dark pink-coral blush that's more pink than coral. It can be used sparingly or built up for a more intense cheek color, so it works well paired with more dramatic eyeshadow or alone with just a little eyeliner.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

4/5

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Friday, June 22nd, 2012

Bobbi Brown Smoky Topaz Long-Wear Cream Shadow
Bobbi Brown Smoky Topaz Long-Wear Cream Shadow

Bobbi Brown Smoky Topaz Long-Wear Cream Shadow

Bobbi Brown Smoky Topaz Long-Wear Cream Shadow ($24.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “golden shimmer pewter.” This is a sparkling purply taupe with golden copper, dark copper, and purple sparkle. Giorgio Armani #4 is much darker, more taupe. Chanel Illusoire is smokier, grayer. NARS Lhasa is similar but without the sparkle. Wet ‘n’ Wild We’re Blasting Off is lighter and doesn’t have the sparkle. Bare Escentuals Romp is purpler. MAC Shale is a bit browner and doesn’t have the sparkle.

The texture of Smoky Topaz isn’t as smooth as some of the other recently released shades, because it has more of a sparkle finish, which means the finish comes out more metallic, more frosted. It can be sheered down quite a bit, so it can look like a delicate dusting of sparkle without a whole lot of color once you blend out the color (I like fingertips or a fluffy brush for this). It’s really pretty when layered, as that is when the purply taupe hue becomes noticeable. Smoky Topaz had a wetter texture, more slip, compared to the other shades, too.

Bobbi Brown’s Long-Wear Cream Shadow is supposed to be a smooth, easy-to-apply cream eyeshadow that will last all day long without creasing or smearing. When I tested Smoky Topaz, it wore for about seven hours without creasing but there was some fading after eight hours and a few flecks of fallout, without a primer. With a primer, it was a little better, but there was still a touch of fading after eight hours.

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Bobbi Brown Smoky Topaz Long-Wear Cream Shadow Review, Photos, Swatches

B+
This is a more unique shade, and I think the finish of this gives those of us who loathe fall out but love sparkle something to be excited over. There were just a few sparkles underneath my eye after eight hours, but the color was mostly intact.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

Bobbi Brown Cool Lilac Long-Wear Cream Shadow
Bobbi Brown Cool Lilac Long-Wear Cream Shadow

Bobbi Brown Cool Lilac Long-Wear Cream Shadow ($24.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “cool shimmer pink lilac.” The color is a cool-toned, lavender-tinted pink with lilac and gold shimmer. Make Up For Ever #151 is a little lighter, less pink. MAC Boy Crazy is less shimmery. Dolce & Gabbana Jewels is a little softer.  This color is really lovely as a wash, because it brightens without drawing too much attention to the eyes.

Bobbi Brown’s Long-Wear Cream Shadow is supposed to be a smooth, easy-to-apply cream eyeshadow that will last all day long without creasing or smearing. I like applying the initial color with a firm, flat brush and then blending with a fluffier eye brush or fingertips (particularly if you’re going for a wash of color).  I had a little trouble building up the color to be opaque and even–it was mostly opaque, but it looked a bit patchy up-close.  Cool Lilac is thin, lightly creamy, and dries down within fifteen seconds.  Once it sets, you’re good to go–it stays on the lid for a full eight hours without creasing. There is some noticeable fading along the edges when I wore it without a primer, but with a primer, the fading is almost imperceptible.

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Cool Lilac

B+
This color is really lovely as a wash, because it brightens without drawing too much attention to the eyes. It's long-wearing, quick to apply, and should be flattering across skin tones.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Sunday, June 17th, 2012

Bobbi Brown Black Violet Long-Wear Cream Shadow
Bobbi Brown Black Violet Long-Wear Cream Shadow

Bobbi Brown Black Violet Long-Wear Cream Shadow

Bobbi Brown Black Violet Long-Wear Cream Shadow ($24.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “deep shimmer eggplant.” It’s a dark, smoky purple with subtle red undertones and purple, burgundy, and gold micro-shimmer. MAC Deceit is darker, browner. Estee Lauder Cyber Lilac is more silver-shimmered, not as red-toned. Urban Decay Rockstar is the closest, but it’s a little darker.

Bobbi Brown’s Long-Wear Cream Shadow is supposed to be a smooth, easy-to-apply cream eyeshadow that will last all day long without creasing or smearing. The brand recommends using a short brush (like the Cream Shadow Brush) to apply or use fingertips to blend out shade for a sheerer effect.

The texture of Black Violet was a little stiffer than other shades I’ve tried from this range–not that it doesn’t have some creaminess, it’s just a little thin and less creamy. I had some trouble building up the color payoff; it didn’t want to get more than semi-opaque when I tried it on the lid. I still had good wear when I tried this alone; eight hours with no creasing and some fading around the edges when used without a primer, and then very similar results over a primer, just a smidgen less fading.

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Black Violet

B+
I like the multi-colored shimmer, as it gives a more multi-faceted look on the lid, but I wish the color was more buildable and easier to blend out.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Saturday, June 2nd, 2012

MAC Relaxation Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour
MAC Relaxation Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour

MAC Relaxation Lip & Cheek Colour

MAC Relaxation Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour ($20.00 for 0.43 fl. oz.) is described as a “warm pink.” It looks more like a subtly cool-toned light-medium pink. It reads cool-toned when I wear it as a blush and as a lip color. As a blush color, it’s rather light and spring-like. MAC Pink Tea is pinker. Bobbi Brown Nude Pink is similar but matte. NARS Gaiety is much bluer-toned. NYX English Rose is comparable. Make Up For Ever #4 is pinker, brighter. On lips, the coverage is opaque, and the color seems less cool-toned but definitely doesn’t look warm against my skin tone. MAC Lazy Sunday is lighter, more white-based. MAC Snob is cooler-toned. MAC Enchantee is more muted. MAC Dress It Up is fairly close.

For an in-depth review of the formula, please see this post. The main takeaways were that as a blush, this yields a dewy finish that might be just the wrong side of dewy for some, but it may be the perfect recipe for those with drier skin; as a lip color, the finish is more like a satin matte, and it has a slightly clingy nature that works as a way to make the color lightweight and very natural-looking.

Relaxation will work best on lighter skin tones, but light-medium to medium skin tones may be able to work it, depending on the look they’re going for and what else they pair the blush with. It’s a smidgen too pale for my personal liking on my medium complexion (around NC30 at the moment). Yesterday afternoon, I tested the wear of this and Weekend Getaway (coming up next!), and this shade lasted just over six hours on my cheeks and four hours on my lips.

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Relaxation

B+
Relaxation will work best on lighter skin tones, but light-medium to medium skin tones may be able to work it, depending on the look they're going for and what else they pair the blush with.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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