Friday, March 14th, 2014

theBalm Eyeshadow Pans
theBalm Eyeshadow Pans

#37 is a dark, neutral-to-cool-toned brown with a soft, pearly sheen. It had fairly good color payoff, and the texture was really soft and easy to blend. It wore well for nine hours on me. MAC Phresh Out #5 (LE) is darker. Urban Decay Bewitch (LE, $18.00) is slightly warmer. MAC Smut (P, $15.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

#38 is a pale, warm-toned yellow with a frosted finish. It had excellent pigmentation, and the texture was soft, buttery, and smooth. This shade lasted for eight and a half hours before fading. Tarina Tarantino Wonderful #1 (P) is similar. Makeup Geek Bling (P, $5.99) is darker. Dior Golden Flower #2 (LE) is less frosted. Disney by Sephora Charming (LE) is similar. MAC Short Shorts (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Nylon (P, $15.00) is a smidgen yellower. See comparison swatches.

#39 is a medium-dark brown with warm, red undertones and a silver sparkle. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and blendable. I did have some minor fall out over time, but the color itself lasted for eight hours. Sleek MakeUP Flora (P, $9.99) is darker, browner. Makeup Geek Country Girl (P, $5.99) is lighter. NARS Naiade (P) is less sparkly. theBalm C4 (LE, $16.00) is less red. Inglot #122R Bottom (P, $6.00) is darker. Guerlain Turandot #2 (LE) is less sparkly. See comparison swatches.

#40 is a brightened, yellow gold with a metallic finish. It had so-so pigmentation, as the texture was a little stiffer to work with. This shade managed to wear for seven and a half hours before it started to fade. theBalm D1 (LE, $16.00) is similar. Disney by Sephora Gus Gus (LE) is darker. NARS Goldfinger (P, $24.00) is lighter. Chanel Topkapi #4 (LE) is darker. bareMinerals Rising Star (LE) is similar. Inglot #403 (P, $6.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches.

#41 is a golden beige with soft, warm undertones and a frost finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was fairly smooth and easy to work with. This color wore well for almost eight hours. theBalm D3 (LE, $16.00) is a smidgen more gold. NARS Hollywoodland (P, $24.00) is a cream product. Dior Night Golds #5 (LE) is darker. bareMinerals Aspire (P) is yellower. See comparison swatches.

#42 is a dark green with gold shimmer and warm undertones paired with a soft, satin finish. It had really nice pigmentation, and the texture was soft and smooth. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours. Clarins Forest #3 (LE) is darker. theBalm D4 (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Dior Bonne Etoile (384) #1 (LE) is more shimmery. Make Up For Ever #84 (P, $20.00) is darker, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

#43 is a muted, medium-dark, blue-teal with a mostly matte finish–there is a little iridescent sparkle that sits on top. It had so-so pigmentation, as the texture was slightly dry and powdery. I had good wear for eight hours before it started to fade. theBalm C2 (LE, $16.00) is very similar. MAC Dynamic Duo 3 #2 (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Cool Heat (LE, $15.00) is brighter. Inglot #338 (P, $6.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches.

#44 is a light-medium, neutral-to-warm toned brown with a matte finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff, as the texture was a little powdery. The color managed to wear well for seven hours before fading became apparent. Tarina Tarantino Hollyhock (LE) is darker, more shimmery. theBalm C3 (LE, $16.00) is very similar. Urban Decay Rewind (LE, $18.00) is darker. NARS Yamal (LE, $24.00) is similar. MAC Omega (P, $15.00) is warmer, darker. See comparison swatches.

There are forty-four shades of eyeshadows available in pan-form from theBalm, which launched at the beginning of this year. They can be purchased at their San Francisco store or by calling 415-817-1800. Each eyeshadow pan is available for $6.50 and comes in a cardboard sleeve. The 9-pan palette is $8.00, while the 16-pan palette is $10. If you fill either the 9- or 16-pan palette up at the time of purchase, they will run you $44.00 (normally, $66.50) and $64.00 (normally, $114.00) respectively. Each palette is made out of thick cardboard–same as theBalm’s eyeshadow palettes have been in the past–and come with full-sized mirrors on the top flap. For more information about sizes, the palettes, and a general overview of the custom palette/eyeshadow pan system, please read this post. You can view swatches all of them in the Swatch Gallery here or view photos and swatches on theBalm’s Eyeshadow Single product page.

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Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Milani Tea Rose (08) Rose Powder Blush
Milani Tea Rose (08) Rose Powder Blush

Milani Tea Rose (08) Rose Powder Blush ($7.99 for 0.60 oz.) is described as a “light rose.” It’s a muted, almost dusty, medium pink with subtle cool undertones and an ultra matte finish. NARS Laos (P, $39.00) is darker, warmer. Too Faced Melt Into Spring (LE) is lighter, warmer. Guerlain Madame Rougit (LE, $67.00) is lighter. MAC Mocha (P, $21.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

This was the best-performing shade of the new-for-spring set of four, but it was still disappointing and frustrating to use due to the dry, powdery texture. It’s a powder that seems soft but almost turns into a loose powder with the lightest touch. This shade didn’t feel as chalky as the other three, even though it still has a lot of powdery excess and had trouble adhering to bare skin. It needs some sort of emollient base (moisturizer, oilier skin, liquid/cream foundation, etc.) to help it stick to the skin. Otherwise, bare skin is an uphill battle, as the blush goes on unevenly, looks splotchy, and is very sheer (because so little of it stays on the skin). Over foundation, I was able to get the color to stay, and with some work, blended and even enough that it was presentable. What managed to stay on bare skin almost seven hours, and wear was definitely improved over foundation–more like eight to nine hours. I’m so used to blushes that have no problem applying to the skin, whether bare, powdered, or fully made-up with primer and foundation, including some by Milani.

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Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Milani Love Potion (07) Rose Powder Blush
Milani Love Potion (07) Rose Powder Blush

Milani Love Potion (07) Rose Powder Blush ($7.99 for 0.60 oz.) is described as a “dark rose.” It’s a medium-dark, fuchsia pink with a matte finish and cool, blue undertones. Clinique Berry Pop (03) (P, $21.00) is more shimmery. Milani Bella Rosa (11) (P, $7.99) is warmer. NARS Coeur Battant (LE, $29.00) is more pigmented. Tom Ford Beauty Narcissist (LE, $55.00) is more shimmery. MAC Prom Princess (LE, $21.00) is lighter, more shimmery. MAC Florida (LE, $21.00) is a cream, cooler-toned, brighter. See comparison swatches.

The formula is supposed to be a “luxurious matte blush” that has a “micro-milled … powder.” The product is so incredibly powdery and chalky–even the lightest tap of the brush to the pan creates a lot of excess powder getting everywhere. The powder doesn’t adhere well to bare skin; it was quick to blend away on my normal-to-dry forearm, and it was only moderately better on my face, which is normal at the moment. If you wear a liquid or cream foundation or some sort of emollient base, you can get the pigment to stick better, but blending this shade was somewhat challenging. It did not appear as splotchy as Lady Rouge, but it wasn’t easily blended. I highly recommend using much, much less than you think and gradually building up the color to the desired intensity. When I wore this shade, the color lasted well for seven and a half hours before showing signs of fading and some patchiness.

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Saturday, March 1st, 2014

Milani Coral Cove (05) Rose Powder Blush
Milani Coral Cove (05) Rose Powder Blush

For spring, there are four new and limited shades of Milani Rose Powder Blush ($7.99 for 0.60 oz.) available. The formula is supposed to be a “luxurious matte blush” that has a “micro-milled … powder.” I’ll have reviews for all four as I work through testing them, but here’s the first one I tried…

Milani Coral Cove (05) Rose Powder Blush ($7.99 for 0.17 oz.) is described as a “bright coral.” It’s a brightened, orange-coral with a matte finish and warm undertones. Make Up For Ever #410 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is a cream product, more orange. Dior Corail Bagatelle (763) (LE, $43.00) is slightly shimmery. Chanel Intonation (69) (LE, $38.00) is a cream product, darker. MAC Autoerotique (LE, $25.00) is more muted. Tarte Crave (LE, $26.00) is pinker. NARS Day Dream (LE, $29.00) is more shimmery, pinker. Too Faced Melt Into Spring (LE) is pinker. Bobbi Brown Pink Coral (LE, $26.00) is lighter. Edward Bess Secret Affair (P, $43.00) is more shimmery. Tom Ford Beauty Flush (P, $55.00) is brighter, more shimmery. Dior Pink Glow Blush (LE) is more shimmery, more orange. See comparison swatches.

While soft, the texture is extremely dry, powdery, and feels rather chalky. It seems like there is a lot of talc in this product, and it’s absolutely something I noticed straight off the bat. If you have dry skin, the powder doesn’t adhere well–it will pick and choose the rare spots it sticks, and subsequently, it looks quite patchy and uneven. For example, my forearm is normal-to-dry, and the powder was troublesome to swatch. On my face, which is normal at the moment, I had slightly better results as more product adhered to the skin (more natural oils for the blush to stick to). This is a blush that really needed a base underneath, such as foundation, to apply decently. Despite how chalky and powdery it felt in the pan, with a good base, it did not appear powdery applied to cheeks. Coral Cove is moderately pigmented; it seems intense, but it tends to sheer out very readily due to the powderiness. It blends decently but does need some extra patience and buffing to get just right. When I tested it, the color lasted for seven hours.

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Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Revlon Racy Rose (008) Blush
Revlon Racy Rose (008) Blush

Revlon Racy Rose (008) Blush ($9.99 for 0.17 oz.) is a a warm-toned coral with a hint of pink and a frosted sheen. NARS Love (LE, $29.00) is more matte. MAC Lured to Love (LE, $25.00) is lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Frantic Pink (P, $55.00) is pinker. MAC Legendary (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery. MAC Born to Love (LE, $21.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

I wish I could say I had much better luck with this shade over Haute Pink, but this shade had a lot of similar issues. The formula is described as an “ultra-soft, silky powder [that] adds a natural flush of color to your cheeks.” The color is “buildable” with a “soft satin finish.” In order to get any color payoff to really show on the skin, I had to scrape off layers of the powder, as it is very firmly packed into the pan. It’s incredibly stiff in the pan, so you need something that will dislodge the powder off the surface, like a rough/scratchy brush you don’t like much or, in my case, a metal spatula. The finish of Racy Rose is more frosted than Haute Pink, so I did have some trouble with the powder emphasizing pores. The color lasted for six and a half hours before showing signs of fading. The color range is really pretty and would be a nice alternative to high-end blushes, but the texture of the powder makes it difficult to use, both in terms of just getting color onto the skin as well as blending it out.

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Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

Revlon Adorned Colorburst Lipgloss
Revlon Adorned Colorburst Lipgloss

Revlon Adorned Colorburst Lipgloss ($7.49 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a vibrant, bright fuchsia-red with cool, blue undertones and fuchsia shimmer. It’s incredibly pigmented with rich, full color coverage in a single pass. It lasted for five hours and was moderately hydrating when worn. This is one of the best glosses I’ve ever come across–it is spectacularly pigmented, wears well, and is comfortable to wear to boot. Burberry Pink Sweet Pea (LE, $27.00) is more muted. Estee Lauder Violet Rain (LE, $22.50) is more metlalic. See comparison swatches.

Bejeweled Colorburst Lipgloss ($7.49 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a light, neutral-to-cool milky pink with barely-there micro-shimmer. Unfortunately, the milky consistency settles into lip lines and applies unevenly. It had semi-sheer color coverage. It lasted two and a half hours on me. Maybelline Petal Plush (100) (P, $8.99) is lighter. MAC Picture Pink (LE, $15.00) is lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Sugar Pink (P, $45.00) is pinker. Urban Decay Obsessed (P, $19.00) is similar. NARS International Velvet (LE, $26.00) is also similar. MAC Fresh Air (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Fashion Scoop (P, $20.00) is sheerer. Chanel Imaginaire (P, $32.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches.

Embellished Colorburst Lipgloss ($7.49 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a deep reddened burgundy with subtle warm undertones and fuchsia shimmer. It was semi-opaque on lips–it added bold, noticeable color, but there was a translucency that enabled the natural lip color to come through. There was some settling into lip lines, but it applied evenly for the most part (no splotches or bunching up). It lasted for four hours on me. Maybelline Caviar Couture (050) (P, $8.99) is more berry-hued. MAC Lust for Life (LE, $15.00) is deeper, more shimmery. Chanel Crushed Cherry (P, $29.50) is redder, brighter. Bobbi Brown Aubergine (P, $24.00) is browner. See comparison swatches.

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