Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

Burberry S/S15 Runway Palette
Burberry S/S15 Runway Palette

Burberry S/S15 Runway Palette ($68.00 for oz.) is described as a hybrid of a highlighter and blush. Swirled together, it’s a muted, light-medium pink with subtle neutral-to-cool undertones and a semi-matte finish. The shimmer in the lettering is an overspray, while the lighter pink and yellowed beige shades seem to go all the way through (I scraped through several layers to check). MAC Modest Blush (LE, $27.00) is darker. YSL Singuliere (1) (P, $47.00) is similar. MAC Pink Sprinkles (LE, $21.00) is darker. Surratt Beauty Guimauve (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Dior Rose (001) (LE, $56.00) is similar. Givenchy It-Girl Purple (P, $44.00) is brighter, darker. MAC Well Dressed (P, $21.00) is darker. MAC Pink Cult (LE, $21.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Launch Away (LE, $21.00) is warmer. Burberry Misty (P, $42.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It’s more blush than highlighter, especially as the finish is semi-matte with little sheen or visible shimmer. It doesn’t look powdery applied to the skin, but it didn’t highlight or reflect light from any areas either. It had a very soft, smooth, finely-milled texture that tended to kick up excess powder, though it was blendable and easy to diffuse on the skin. The color coverage was good and appears slightly lighter than the dominant pink section of the blush (as the lighter beige section lightens the overall color). It only lasted for seven hours on me before fading noticeably.

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Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

Chanel Etienne (446) Rouge Coco Lipstick
Chanel Etienne (446) Rouge Coco Lipstick

Chanel Etienne (446) Rouge Coco Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as an “intense burgundy red.” It’s a raspberry red with cool, pink undertones and a very soft, micro-shimmer and pearly sheen. It had semi-opaque color coverage, so there was translucency to the color that allowed the natural lip color to come through. The consistency had moderate slip but didn’t feather or bleed. I found the formula lightly hydrating, and the color lasted for four and a half hours on me. Tom Ford Beauty Alejandro (LE, $32.00) is more opaque, less glossy. Revlon Flirtatious (125) (P, $8.99) is glossier, pinker. MAC Love Goddess (LE, $16.00) is more matte, brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chanel Jean (454) Rouge Coco Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “deep fuchsia.” It’s a brightened, medium fuchsia magenta with strong, blue undertones and a very fine shimmer and glossy sheen. It had semi-opaque color coverage with a lot of slip, though the texture is thinner so it didn’t feel like it slid everywhere. It didn’t go on as evenly as I expected, even though it’s hard to see the visible streaks. There are a lot of similar shades to this, even with the glossier finish. It lasted for four hours on me. Maybelline Orchid Ecstasy (730) (P, $7.49) is slightly cooler-toned. Urban Decay Sheer Anarchy (P, $20.00) is darker, less cool-toned. Tom Ford Beauty Pablo (LE, $32.00) is brighter. Tom Ford Beauty Jack (LE, $32.00) is more muted, less glossy. Tom Ford Beauty Justin (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery. Urban Decay Crush (LE, $22.00) is brighter. Urban Decay Ladyflower (LE, $22.00) is more muted. MAC Boutique Pink (LE, $22.00) is lighter. MAC Lust Extract (LE, $17.00) is similar. Givenchy Rose Perfecto (209) (P, $36.00) is brighter. MAC Bold Spring (P, $22.00) is a smidgen lighter. L’Oreal Pink Flamingo (180) (P, $8.95) is pinker. NARS Goodbye Emmanuelle (LE, $26.00) is lighter. NARS Full Frontal (LE, $26.00) is more magenta. MAC Playtime (LE, $17.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Happy Ending (116) (P, $30.00) is less glossy. Givenchy Croisiere Fuchsia (309) (LE, $36.00) is darker. Maybelline Electric Fuchsia (LE, $7.49) is brighter, less glossy. Revlon Lollipop (P, $7.49) is sheerer. Maybelline Hot Plum (P, $7.49) is darker, less glossy. Maybelline Fuchsia Flash (P, $7.49) is brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chanel Erik (456) Rouge Coco Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “sparkling deep berry.” It’s a muted, medium-dark purple-berry with cool undertones and a soft shimmer and glossy finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a fair amount of translucency, though the deeper color changes the natural lip color noticeably. It pulled into lip lines over time and made them appear darker, as the color gathered there. It applied fairly evenly, but there was still room for improvement. On me, it was lightly hydrating and stayed on well for four hours. Bite Beauty Aubergine (P, $24.00) is warmer. Gucci Beauty Tiger Lily (P, $39.00) is more shimmery. Gucci Beauty Bitter Grape (P, $39.00) is similar. Marc Jacobs Beauty Cabaret (146) (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery. YSL Forbidden Burgundy (12) (P, $34.00) is brighter. Revlon Plum Velour (P, $7.99) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Little Pretty (130) (P, $30.00) is darker. Too Faced So Berry Sexy (P, $22.00) is lighter, less shimmery. MAC Rebel (P, $16.00) is brighter. Guerlain Flirt (LE, $35.00) is similar. Guerlain Bee (LE, $51.00) is more muted. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

NARS Frenzy Dual-Intensity Blush
NARS Frenzy Dual-Intensity Blush

NARS Frenzy Dual-Intensity Blush ($45.00 for 0.21 oz.) is more of a highlighter/blush concept, as the lightest shade is most similar to other gold highlighters we’ve seen in the past. The formula is a lot easier to work with dry, as it blended nicely and just didn’t take nearly as much effort to work into the skin as a damp application. If you wear foundation underneath these, I would recommend great care and some brush experimentation when using the formula damp, as using NARS’ Wet/Dry Blush Brush lifts the color and doesn’t blend the color well at all. I think this duo was a lot more flattering on the skin, as the texture wasn’t emphasized terribly (compared the first one I reviewed).

If you missed my initial review of this formula, you can find it here, but it went into more detail about the formula. As a recap, NARS is touting these as a wet/dry formula with the wet formula yielding a “translucent wash of color,” which is really the opposite of my experience, as applying either shade with a dampened brush intensifies both the color and the finish (if it has any shimmer)–this would have rated a B+ if it was described as most wet/dry formulas were (including their own Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow formula, which is damp application yields greater pigment/intensity).

Frenzy (Left) is described as a “sparkling soft pink-gold highlighter.” It’s a brightened, true yellow gold with warm undertones and a metallic finish. I don’t see any pink in the pan, whether from afar, up-close, or when swatched (wet or dry). The texture is firmly packed, and this was a shade that yielded only so-so color coverage with brushes but will yield better pigmentation if you use your fingertips. It had a luminous finish that gave the skin a sheen (and didn’t give me much color, but I’m medium in color) without emphasizing pores. It wore well for seven hours. When I applied it damp, it was more pigmented and significantly more shimmery, but it only slightly emphasized pores and wore well for eight hours. Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is very similar. Dior Transatlantique (LE, $58.00) is darker. theBalm Mary Lou-manizer (P, $24.00) is lighter. MAC Whisper of Gilt (LE, $30.00) is similar. Guerlain Terracotta Sun in the City Illuminating Powder (LE, $70.00) is darker. Chanel Mouche de Beaute Illuminating Powder (LE, $80.00) is similar. Chanel Routes des Indes de Chanel Illuminating Powder (LE, $80.00) is yellower. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Frenzy (Right) is described as a “shimmering bright tangerine orange.” It’s a medium-dark orange with warm, yellow-red undertones and a soft, pearly shimmer. The texture was softer while still being smooth. Applied dry, you’ll get semi-opaque coverage with a softer quality to it, while the finish appears more satiny on the skin. I was able to get seven and a half hours of wear when I applied it dry. When I tried using the blush damp, the color payoff was deeper and richer with a more pronounced shimmery sheen. It was harder to blend and work with when used damp, though it lasted for nine hours. MAC Style Cast (LE, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Seduced at Sea (LE, $25.00) is slightly redder. MAC Modern Mandarin (P, $21.00) is darker, redder. Sleek MakeUP Pink Mint (P, $6.99) iis darker. MAC Bad Girl Gone Good (LE, $21.00) is more muted. NARS Soulshine #2 (LE, $29.00) is similar. NARS Luster (P, $29.00) is lighter, yellower, more shimmery. MAC My Paradise (LE, $28.00) is similar when mixed. MAC Shape the Future (LE, $30.00) is darker, more orange. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Sunday, February 22nd, 2015

NARS Adoration Dual-Intensity Blush
NARS Adoration Dual-Intensity Blush

NARS Adoration Dual-Intensity Blush ($45.00 for 0.21 oz.) is one of six duos that will be available on March 4th. The lighter shade was best applied dry, as damp application resulted in such a metallic finish that it was more like a flashing, neon sign that said, “Hey, my skin isn’t perfect! I have pores! And texture!” The darker shade ended up becoming much, much more pigmented when applied damp, but it become too shimmery, and it lasted longer that way. It was easier to apply, blend, and control applied dry, though, and coverage was buildable so greater intensity was achievable with two or three passes. Wear time is fairly good regardless of application method, but I get slightly longer results with a damp application. The texture is firm, but smooth, and it doesn’t feel dry or stiff, but it seems to have a firmer press overall.

The formula is supposed to have a “weightless, luxurious texture” that can be used wet or dry. The wet application is supposed to give a “translucent wash of color,” while dry application yields “a natural glow that warms the complexion.” If you’ve tried MAC Extra Dimension Blush and MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish, the formulas are similar. Estee Lauder, Lancome, and Laura Mercier have all done cheek products with a similar wet/dry kind of formula.

Nearly across the board, there was either negligible color payoff difference between wet and dry applications, but when there was a difference, it was typically much more pigmented. The shades tended to apply with a more metallic/shimmery finish when applied with a dampened brush and emphasized pores. The fact that it was more pigmented applied damp may be great news for some, but it is the opposite of how the formula was described (which is how I rate products), so you will see that have a negative impact on the ratings. It is interesting that it was described as a wash when applied wet, as this is the opposite of the Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow formula.

With the new blush formula, NARS also added a Wet/Dry Blush Brush to their assortment of brushes. I’m trying to give the brush more chances, but I had great difficulty using it with their formula, particularly wet, where it tended to lift the product and leave the results looking patchy, even over bare skin. With enough effort and a very, barely-there touch and some fingertip blending, I could manage fairly even color over bare skin. However, it was impossible to use over a liquid foundation, as it moved and lifted the foundation in places. I far preferred using MAC’s 159 stippling brush, which worked well for both wet and dry applications. Ultra-soft brushes by Chikuhodo and SUQQU didn’t pick-up product well with this formula. Some of the deeper shades do work with those feathery, ultra-soft brushes.

Adoration (Left) is described as a “sparkling baby pink.” It’s a light-medium pink with subtle, warm undertones and white shimmer and slightly larger silver-white sparkle. The texture was firm but smooth with semi-opaque color coverage dry and mostly opaque coverage damp. It had more of a frosted finish when it was applied dry, and it very slightly emphasized pores but for the most impart imparted a high-shine sheen and lasted for seven and a half hours. When I applied it damp, it was much more metallic and emphasized every pore and imperfection, but it wore well for eight and a half hours. The effect can be luminous without being emphasized by patting translucent or flesh-colored powder over it. MAC Just a Wisp (P, $27.00) is less shimmery. Makeup Geek First Love (P, $9.99) is less shimmery, cooler-toned. MAC For Your Amusement (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery. MAC Azalea in the Afternoon (LE, $27.00) is less shimmery, warmer. Physicians Formula Rose (P, $11.99) is warmer. Lancome Moonlight Rose (LE, $42.00) is less shimmery, lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Adoration (Right) is described as a “shimmering hot pink.” It’s a medium-dark pink with subtle, cool undertones and a satiny sheen. Applied dry, it was semi-sheer and buildable, with a more satin-like finish that gave the skin a lovely glow that didn’t draw attention to pores, and it lasted for eight hours on me. Applied damp, it was intensely pigmented with nearly opaque coverage from the get-go, and you’ll want to apply the smallest amount and build-up, or else you’ll have a lot of work ahead of you. The dampened application intensifies the sheen, but it doesn’t turn metallic, so it still gives a glow without emphasizing the texture of the skin, and applied this way, the blush lasted for nine hours. Makeup Geek Love Affair (P, $9.99) is warmer. MAC Peaches & Cream (LE, $21.00) is similar. MAC Sunset Beach (LE, $32.00) is similar. YSL Fuchsia Desinvolte (01) (P, $40.00) is less shimmery. Clinique Berry Pop (03) (P, $21.00) is brighter, cooler-toned. Illamasqua Peaked (P, $26.00) is more muted. Chanel Affinite (65) (P, $38.00) is lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Wicked (P, $55.00) is cooler-toned, more muted. Tom Ford Beauty Narcissist (LE, $55.00) is cooler-toned. NYX Bourgeois Pig (P, $5.00) is less shimmery. MAC Supernova (LE, $27.00) is similar. See comparison swatchesview dupes.

P.S. — I am testing the wet and dry application for each shade, so one duo is the equivalent of testing four blushes, and while I will work diligently through the six, I may not get be able to test all of them before the official release date (it really depends on how long each shade wears and whether I can test more than one shade per cheek per day!)–just as a heads up.

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Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

Bite Beauty Caramel Butter Cream Lipstick
Bite Beauty Caramel Butter Cream Lipstick

Bite Beauty Caramel Butter Cream Lipstick ($28.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “fleshy nude.” It’s a muted, medium peach with a hint of beige and brown. The color had warmer undertones with a luminous sheen. It had mostly opaque color payoff, but the texture had a bit more slip than some of the other shades in the range, which led to a slightly streaky application. On me, this shade stayed on well for four hours and was nicely hydrating. MAC Soft Pout (P, $23.00) is lighter. Bite Beauty Amaretto (P, $24.00) is lighter, more matte. Charlotte Tilbury Hepburn Honey (P, $32.00) is warmer. Givenchy Beige Caraco (107) (P, $36.00) is lighter. Givenchy Beige Mousseline (101) (P, $36.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Naked 2 (P, $22.00) is lighter. Edward Bess Forbidden Flower (P, $32.00) is warmer. NARS Isola Bella (P, $25.00) is brighter, more matte. MAC Posh Tone (P, $22.00) is similar. MAC Delectable (LE, $16.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bite Beauty Cream Butter Cream Lipstick ($28.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as an “almond nude.” It’s a muted, medium yellowed beige with warm undertones and a soft shine. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that applied with some streaks and had a tendency to pull into lip lines over time. This was one of my least favorites due to its performance. It lasted for three and a half hours, but it was nicely hydrating. MAC Soft Pout (P, $23.00) is similar. Bite Beauty Amaretto (P, $24.00) is more matte, pinker. Charlotte Tilbury Hepburn Honey (P, $32.00) is brighter. Givenchy Beige Caraco (107) (P, $36.00) is brighter. Too Faced Melted Nude (P, $21.00) is more matte, lighter. Maybelline Truffle Tease (930) (P, $7.49) is similar. MAC Sensual Sparks (LE, $16.00) is similar. Givenchy Beige Mousseline (101) (P, $36.00) is pinker. Marc Jacobs Beauty Severine (112) (P, $30.00) is similar. Urban Decay Naked 2 (P, $22.00) is similar. NARS Biscayne Park (P, $25.00) is more matte. MAC Posh Tone (P, $22.00) is darker. MAC Delectable (LE, $16.00) is more matte, darker. MAC Wholesome (LE, $16.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Monday, February 16th, 2015

Tom Ford Beauty Crushed Indigo Eye Color Duo
Tom Ford Beauty Crushed Indigo Eye Color Duo

Tom Ford Beauty Crushed Indigo Eye Color Duo ($60.00 for 0.13 oz.) consists of a white with a bluish iridescence and a blackened navy blue. I want to like it, but I find the lighter shade can be finicky to apply, as it tended to thicken and bunch up (almost flake off from the pan) when used damp. If used dry, the color payoff was sheerer and less metallic, but dry application was the most forgiving. The darker shade was easy to use either damp or dry, and it remained blendable even when applied with a dampened brush.

Crushed Indigo (Left) is a brightened white with a blue iridescence that gives it a cool-toned, bluish-violet sheen. It had a metallic finish. Applied dry, it was semi-sheer, and applied damp, it was semi-opaque. The product would thicken and clump together when applied with a damp brush if you weren’t careful. It lasted for eight hours before fading. Urban Decay Roadstripe (LE, $18.00) is similar. Makeup Geek Ice Queen (P, $5.99) is less iridescent. Make Up For Ever ME122 Snow (P, $21.00) is brighter. Make Up For Ever D200 Crystalline Mauve Turquoise (P, $21.00) is similar. theBalm A3 (LE, $16.00) is grayer. Disney by Sephora Sick of Swimmin’ (LE) is less metallic. Tom Ford Beauty Cobalt Rush #1 (P) is less metallic. MAC Crystal Avalanche (P, $15.00) is less metallic. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Crushed Indigo (Right) is a blackened navy blue with lighter and darker blue shimmer for a soft, frosted finish. The texture was soft but a little dry, and the color payoff was semi-opaque to opaque (dry to damp), but it was a very buildable formula. On the skin, it was blendable and easy to work with. The color wore well for nine hours before fading. Guerlain Les Nuees #1 (LE) is less shimmery. MAC Vivacious Vacuum Cleaner Bag (LE, $15.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever ME224 Navy Blue (P, $21.00) is brighter. NARS Giove (P, $29.00) is warmer. NARS Ubangi (P, $25.00) is a cream product. Dior Cosmos (281) (P, $31.00) is warmer, cream product. Disney by Sephora Midnight (LE) is similar. Clinique Massively Midnight (P, $17.00) is brighter, lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Emerald Lust #4 (LE) is brighter, lighter. Urban Decay Goddess (LE, $18.00) ios similar. MAC Lunar (LE, $19.50) is brighter, lighter. bareMinerals Shaken Not Stirred (P) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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