Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Charlotte Tilbury Champagne Diamonds Colour Chameleon Eyeshadow Pencil
Charlotte Tilbury Champagne Diamonds Colour Chameleon Eyeshadow Pencil

Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon Eyeshadow Pencil (£19.00 for 0.06 oz.) were definitely the one formula/product I was excited to test from the new range, as it was getting non-stop raves across the blogosphere. I think whether they work magic for you will depend on how you prefer to use jumbo eyeshadow pencils; if you use them as an all-over wash, you’ll probably like these. If you want to wear them together, not as much, and if you want to wear shadow on top, even less.

They worked best alone, slightly blended and sheered out. They feel amazing when swatched on the arm, but they weren’t as lovely on the eyes–and it did vary across the ultimate texture of the shade. I found that they looked dry on the lid, and instead of traditional creasing, it looked cracked instead in the crease area after seven hours of wear (which is short for me). When I tried to wear the three shades I purchased together, blending was a major challenge. I ended up stippling the lighter color where the two met straight from the pencil, which helped some. The least flattering (in terms of texture on the lid, nothing to do with the color or my skin tone) was Champagne Diamonds, as it made my lids look wrinkly and dried–like it was clinging to the skin–while the most flattering was Smoky Emerald, which was also the creamiest of the three I put my hopes into.  Applying powder eyeshadow on top only worked so-so if it was a sheer layer of the pencil, but it if was a more opaque layer, then eyeshadow seemed to go on unevenly and was difficult to blend.  Most appear to really love these pencils, so my experience seems to be in the minority, and they may be worth trying if they’re accessible.

Charlotte Tilbury Champagne Diamonds Colour Chameleon Eyeshadow Pencil (£19.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a warm, champagne-shimmered peachy beige with champagne sparkle. Too Faced Cheers! (LE) is lighter, powder. Maybelline Barely Brazen (P, $6.99) is more champagne-hued, less sparkly. MAC Rich Glance (LE, $21.00) is more beige. Urban Decay Sin (P, $20.00) is pink-tinged. Milani Champagne Toast (P, $6.99) is lighter, less sparkly. MAC Summer Haze (LE, $21.00) is less sparkly, powder. Make Up For Ever #30E (P, $20.00) is less sparkly, slightly pink-tinged. See comparison swatches.

It was mostly opaque on the lid, but it does need to be slightly layered or blended to be even and opaque. The consistency was slightly creamy, and it didn’t drag or pull at lids when applied, but when it is blended, the sparkles seem to move around and some fall out below the eye (and this did happen during wear, too). It dries down almost immediately, so there is little time to blend it out–I found I had to layer a little bit more on the edges to give some blendability to the color. As a wash of color, applied as a more sheer shade, it worked better as it didn’t leave the lid looking dry/wrinkled, and then opacity wasn’t an issue.

Golden Quartz Colour Chameleon Eyeshadow Pencil (£19.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a warm, golden, medium-dark brown with gold sparkle. Makeup Geek Utopia (P, $6.99) is more sparkly. Chanel Initiation (827) (LE, $36.00) is lighter. MAC Divine Decadence (LE, $15.00) is more red-toned. Urban Decay Deeper (LE, $18.00) is a powder. MAC Venetian Tarnish (LE) is similar. MAC Tempting (P, $15.00) is a powder. bareMinerals Ritzy (LE) is a powder, not as golden. See comparison swatches.

In a single pass, it had fairly good color payoff, and it was buildable to opaque color in two layers. The consistency was lightly creamy–slightly creamier than Champagne Diamonds–and applied more evenly on the lids. It did, though, dry down almost instantaneously, so blending it was somewhat troublesome. I didn’t have fall out with this shade when I was blending or later on while I wore it.

Smoky Emerald Colour Chameleon Eyeshadow Pencil (£19.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a deep, dark, warm-toned forest green with subtle micro-shimmer and a pearly sheen. Giorgio Armani #25 (LE, $33.00) is cooler-toned, powder. Urban Decay Bender (P, $18.00) is lighter, powder.MAC Vintage Coin (LE) is very similar, slightly lighter. See comparison swatches.

This shade was the most pigmented of the three, and it was also noticeably more emollient–creamier, easier to apply, and remained blendable for about fifteen seconds before drying down. It was also the most flattering, as it did not cling to lids and leave them looking wrinkled/dry.

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Sunday, November 17th, 2013

Illamasqua Fusion Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Fusion Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Fusion Nail Varnish (£14.50 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “khaki gold glitter.” It’s a deepened, muted, olive brown with golden olive shimmer and sparkle. It was mostly opaque in two coats, and the consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin. It dried a little faster than average, but it still had a naturally shiny finish without a top coat. Chanel Mysterious (601) (P, $27.00) has no shimmer and is greener. Rescue Beauty Lounge Scrangie 2.0 (LE, $20.00) is lighter. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Ripley (P, $10.00) is lighter, greener. SpaRitual Lithophonic (LE, $10.00) has green shimmer, is greener overall. See comparison swatches.

Perseid Nail Varnish (£14.50 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “galactic black glitter.” It’s a blackened purple with green-teal micro-shimmer and larger holographic, hexagon-shaped glitters. It’s nearly opaque after two coats of polish, but the consistency is quite thick. It’s a polish that tends to pool along the edges. About half of the glitter seems caught underneath the polish, so it gives the finish a more uneven/bumpy look. It took two thick coats of top coat to smooth it out, and it still didn’t seem entirely smooth. I think this polish looks very interesting in the bottle, and on the nails, less so, but I only saw some of the dimension on the nails when I was outside and the sun was shining–otherwise it looked very black and lost a lot of the character.  The good news is that I don’t have anything like it, so it is a more unique shade from what I can tell–but the formula needs work.

Illamasqua’s Nail Varnish formula wears as long as ten days with minor tip wear but no chipping–it’s one of the longest-wearing formulas I’ve come across.

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Thursday, November 14th, 2013

Anna Sui x Minnie Mouse Rock Song Makeup Kit
Anna Sui x Minnie Mouse Rock Song Makeup Kit

Anna Sui x Minnie Mouse Rock Song Makeup Kit ($50.00 for 0.24 oz.) includes three eyeshadows (0.10 oz. total) and a full-sized lipstick (0.14 oz.). The eyeshadows are housed within a bow-shaped, red-hued palette with black detailing, with a dual-ended applicator (sponge-tipped and brush)–you might think it’s four, but the silver shade is just repeated. The lipstick is full-sized and comes in a decorated, round tube with the lipstick bullet in the shape of Minnie Mouse (more or less). The lipstick was the best part of the set, and the eyeshadows were just so-so; the colors are, of course, very basic so many will have similar shades in their stash, but the color payoff was more semi-sheer to semi-opaque than richly pigmented. The three-way split pan is also rather small, and an eyeshadow brush (like MAC’s 239) just barely fits within. The tin, though, is nice, and it’s roomy and easily reused for whatever you desire. I was worried that while the aesthetic was appealing that the actual products wouldn’t be quite as impressive, and unfortunately, that was the case.

Pearl White is a pale white with a soft, frosted finish–almost cool-toned but not quite. It had decent color payoff, and the texture was soft but a little powdery. This is a staple shade, so there are a lot of really, really similar shades — see comparison swatches.

Ice Silver is a light-medium silver gray with a soft, frosted finish. It was sheer, and the texture could have been a little silkier–it felt a bit dry or stiff. There are plenty of similar shades to this one, but I will note that it is the softer frost that makes this slightly different as many silvers run frosted/metallic. Sleek MakeUP Pretty in Paris (LE, $9.99) is more metallic. Kat Von D Holy Bible (LE) is lighter. Giorgio Armani Silver Chafer (35) (LE, $33.00) is darker. Too Faced Jailbird (LE) is darker. NARS Ramatuelle #1 (LE, $24.00) is similar. MAC White as Snow (LE, $32.50) is more sparkly. Guerlain Les Aquas #4 (P) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Diamond Blue is a medium blackened blue with medium-dark blue micro-sparkle. The texture of this one was drier, somewhat stiff, and the resulting color payoff showed that–as it was semi-opaque but noticeably more muted/softer than as it appeared in the pan. Applied, it looks mostly black (as this type of finish often loses its shimmer when applied!). Too Faced Starry Night (LE) is darker. Kat Von D Oddfellow (LE) is also darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Mod #2 (P) is similar. Sugarpill Stella (P, $12.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Minnie Mouse (01) is a brightened, orange-red with warm undertones and a lightly luminous sheen. It reads a lot like a poppy red. The texture of the lipstick was creamy and lightweight, while the formula was comfortable wear, lasted for five and a half hours (plus a stain), and was lightly hydrating. It was mostly opaque, but it had a translucency that gave it a very lightweight look–not like a heavy, opaque cream–though it entirely covered my lip freckle! MAC Night to Remember (LE, $15.00) is similar. NARS Mysterious Red (LE, $25.00) is more matte. Maybelline Infra-red (LE, $7.49) is redder, brighter. MAC Must Be Red (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Cockney (P, $15.00) is a touch darker. Guerlain Genna (LE, $49.50) is slightly more orange. See comparison swatches.

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The lipstick was the best part of the set, and the eyeshadows were just so-so; the colors are, of course, very basic so many will have similar shades in their stash, but the color payoff was more semi-sheer to semi-opaque than richly pigmented.

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Monday, October 21st, 2013

MAC Stroke of Midnight/Warm Face Palette
MAC Stroke of Midnight/Warm Face Palette

MAC Stroke of Midnight/Warm Face Palette ($49.50 for 0.295 oz.) is a warm-toned palette with products for eyes, lips, and face. It contains three eyeshadows (0.028 oz. each), two lipsticks (0.024 oz. each), one iridescent powder (0.176 oz.), and one eye pencil (0.015 oz.). The products represent a a total value of $44.09 –$16.80 worth of eyeshadows, $7.20 worth of lipsticks, $15.09 worth of iridescent powder, and $5 worth of eyeliner. Over time, as more and more brands churn out mega palettes for the holidays all around $50 or so, and I wish MAC would step-up the value (or reduce the cost) of their holiday sets and kits.  Golden and Showstopper were the major misses here, as neither performed well; while Myself wears away quickly and Coffee is uncomfortable to use.

Golden is described as a “muted golden tan-beige with shimmer.” It’s a softened, medium orange-brown with golden shimmer. The texture of this was strangely dry and almost crumbly/chunky. It flaked away and didn’t bind together well. The color payoff was so-so but it tended to sheer out/blend away as the product didn’t stick to the skin well. What did apply lasted six and a half hours. Too Faced Chocolate Soleil (P) is browner. Wet ‘n’ Wild Bikini Contest (P, $3.99) is similar. NARS Laguna (P, $36.00) is more golden.MAC Soft Sand (LE, $25.00) is darker, browner. See comparison swatches.

Myself is described as a “light dirty mauve with traveling pearl [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a pale, muted pink with neutral undertones and a golden sheen. On lips, it lightens the natural color and has semi-opaque color coverage. It wore for two hours. MAC Sublime Pleasure (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Flair for Finery (LE, $15.00) is also similar. MAC Feed the Senses (LE, $15.00) is darker. Revlon Pink Lemonade (P, $7.49) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Love Talk is described as a “mid-tone cool nude [with a Cremesheen finish].” It’s a plummy brown with neutral-cool undertones and a luminous sheen. It had mostly opaque color coverage and wore for four hours. It was a smidgen drying–but this is typical of Cremesheen finishes for me, though I know others do not have any issues with this finish! Bobbi Brown Soft Nude (P, $24.00) has more plum in it. MAC Viva Glam VI (P, $15.00) is more frosted, less brown. Guerlain Chant d’Aromes (P, $35.00) is more shimmery. Bobbi Brown Uber Suede (P, $24.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Tenderly is described as a “soft warm pink with frost [with a frost finish].” Though it has pink tones, it translated to more like a neutral-cool pale beige with a warmer, golden sheen. It had so-so color payoff. NARS Mississippi Mermaid (LE, $24.00) is similar. Disney by Sephora Scuttle (LE) is warmer. MAC Dew (LE, $15.00) is similar. Dior Fairy Golds #1 (LE) is also similar. See comparison swatches.

After Dusk is described as a “mid-tone rosy pink with pearl [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a rosy plum with a frosted, metallic sheen. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was soft and smooth. theBalm Just This Once Jamie (P, $16.00) is browner. MAC Performance Art (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Universal Appeal (LE, $21.00) is less warm-toned. MAC Trax (P, $15.00) is purpler. MAC Star Violet (P, $15.00) is darker. Chanel Harmonie du Soir #3 (LE) is less metallic. See comparison swatches.

Showstopper is described as a “deep blackened brown [with a Matte finish].” It’s a cool-toned, deep dark brown with a matte finish. The only problem is it doesn’t look like much applied, because it had such poor color payoff and a really stiff, dry texture that made it difficult to apply and blend. Too Faced Dark Chocolate (LE) is warmer. Tom Ford Beauty She Wolf #1 (LE) is similar. bareMinerals Boardroom (LE) is similar. MAC Set to Dance (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Midnight Flurry (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Diamond Dove (LE, $15.00) is similar. Inglot #329 (P, $6.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Coffee is described as an “intense bronze.” It’s a chocolate brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation, but the texture was a bit dry. It was uncomfortable to apply to the lash line, as it tended to skip and tug. The color wore well for almost eight hours with minimal fading. Bobbi Brown Chocolate (LE, $24.00) is similar. Urban Decay Demolition (P, $19.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Rich Experience (P, $20.00) is more neutral-toned. See comparison swatches.

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Golden and Showstopper were the major misses here, as neither performed well; while Myself wears away quickly and Coffee is uncomfortable to use. It was a disappointing palette overall.

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Saturday, October 19th, 2013

MAC Divine Night Mineralize Eyeshadow Duos
MAC Divine Night Mineralize Eyeshadow Duos

MAC Divine Night Mineralize Eyeshadow Duos ($23.00 for 0.06 oz.) are available in six new and limited edition versions. Each version contains two shades. The areas are large enough to fit normal eyeshadow brushes in, so they can be used individually.  The majority of the shades wore about seven hours with some fading present at that point, while a few had fall out alongside the shorter wear time.  I think on the whole, these eyeshadows seemed more pigmented than other Mineralize Eyeshadows, and some of them had a softer, denser texture–but a few were a little drier and stiffer to work with.

Captivating #1 is described as a “deep gold.” It’s a light-medium, yellow gold with a frosted, metallic finish. It had good color payoff when applied dry or damp–when applied damp, it was smoother and less powdery. It showed some signs of fading after six hours of wear. theBalm D1 (LE, $16.00) is more metallic. Chanel Convoitise (90) (LE, $36.00) is lighter. Sephora Collection French Riviera (04) (P, $13.00) is darker. theBalm Snobby (P, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Dreammaker (LE, $15.00) is less frosted. MAC Sweet & Sour #1 (P, $21.00) is similar. L’Oreal Gold Imperial (LE, $7.99) is more metallic. L’Oreal Eternal Sunshine (P, $7.99) is also more metallic. Lancome Eternal Gold (P, $24.50) is more metallic, warmer. See comparison swatches.

Captivating #2 is described as a “bright white gold base.” It’s a stark, white gold base–there’s the stark white base with a pale gold shimmer-sheen that seems to get pulled out if you blend out the shade. The texture was a little chunky and loose. Applied dry, it was powdery, chunky, and dusty, and then applied damp, it was less powdery and dusty, but it didn’t smooth out. It showed some signs of fading after seven hours of wear. MAC Greenluxe #2 (P) is more metallic, darker. Disney by Sephora Charming (LE) is darker. Urban Decay Vanilla (LE, $18.00) is similar. MAC Short Shorts (LE, $15.00) is smoother. bareMinerals Breathtaking (P) is less warm-toned. See comparison swatches.

Exquisite Ego #1 is described as a “soft white champagne.” It’s a light, peachy-beige with a frosted, metallic sheen. It had decent color payoff applied dry but was more pigmented when applied damp. The texture was slightly powdery. It showed some signs of fading after seven hours of wear. Kat Von D Precious (LE) is less metallic. MAC Vanilla Diamond (LE, $21.00) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #2 (P) is similar. Disney by Sephora Scuttle (LE) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Flow (LE, $18.00) is similar. MAC Summer Haze (LE, $21.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Exquisite Ego #2 is described as a “bronze base.” It’s a coppery orange with warm undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. It had good color payoff both wet and dry; it was slightly powdery when applied dry but was nice when applied damp. There’s no shortage of dupes for a shade like this. It showed some signs of fading after seven hours of wear. LORAC Gold (P) is similar. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #4 (P) is more orange. Bobbi Brown Tiger’s Eye (LE, $21.00) is browner. NARS Isolde #1 (P, $24.00) is similar. MAC Campfire (LE, $32.50) is richer. bareMinerals Bragging Rights (LE) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Gilded Night #1 is described as a “black with pearl.” It’s a soft black with silver shimmer. Applied dry, it’s sheer and dry; applied damp, it is somewhat more pigmented but still significantly softer and more muted than it appears in the pan. It showed some signs of fading after seven hours of wear. Too Faced Starry Night (LE) is darker. Sephora Collection Animal Instinct (01) (P, $13.00) is similar. MAC Dark Dare (LE, $21.00) is less sparkly, darker. Burberry Dark Spice #1 (P) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Gilded Night #2 is described as a “bright gold with silver pearl base.” It’s a bright, light-medium yellow gold with a frosted, sparkling finish. It had a chunky consistency in the pan, so it was difficult to apply it smoothly, even when applied with a dampened brush. It had good color payoff, though. It showed some signs of fading and fall out after seven hours of wear. Kat Von D Sunset Blvd. is lighter. (LE) CoverGirl Melted Gold (320) (P, $4.99) is lighter. Disney by Sephora Triton (LE) is similar. Chanel Cool Gold (LE, $34.00) is a cream product. Maybelline Gold Rush (P, $6.99) is a cream product. MAC Goldmine (P, $15.00) is yellower. bareMinerals Surreal (P) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Past Midnight #1 is described as a “soft white pink frost.” It’s a pale, subtly cool-toned, light pink with a metallic finish. It is sheer when applied dry, and it was more opaque when applied damp. It showed some signs of fading after seven hours of wear. Kat Von D Instaglam (LE) is similar. MAC Dare to Bare (LE, $21.00) is less metallic. MAC Good Fortune (LE, $16.50) is a cream product. Giorgio Armani #29 (LE, $33.00) is darker. bareMinerals Glitterati (LE) is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Past Midnight #2 is described as a “blackish purple with violet pearl base.” It’s a violet purple over a blackened base with a satiny sheen. It had very sheer pigmentation when applied dry, and when applied damp, it was semi-opaque but still not great. The texture was very dry and a little stiff to work with. It showed some signs of fading after six hours of wear. Sleek MakeUP Bliss in Barcelona (LE, $9.99) is brighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Tease #1 (P) is similar. theBalm All the Way Annie (P, $16.00) is also similar. theBalm Lavish Latoya (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Rockstar (P, $18.00) is darker. NARS High Society #3 (LE, $24.00) is more matte. L’Oreal Perpetual Purple (P, $7.99) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Tonight’s Temptation #1 is described as a “royal blue.” It’s a medium-dark blue with a soft, frosted sheen. It had so-so color payoff applied dry, but it was much more pigmented when applied damp. The texture was soft, not too powdery. It showed some signs of fading after seven hours of wear. Sephora Collection My Boyfriend’s Jeans (19) (P, $13.00) is purpler. Urban Decay Radium (P, $18.00) is lighter. MAC Love Cycle #2 (LE, $21.00) is richer. MAC Blue Sheen (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC Deep Truth (P, $15.00) is less cool-toned. MAC Switch to Blue (LE, $18.50) is lighter, cream product. See comparison swatches.

Tonight’s Temptation #2 is described as a “black with pearl base.” It’s a dark black with a soft silver shimmer. It is more intense than the Gilded Night #1. It was sheer when applied dry, and then it was semi-opaque when applied damp. It showed some signs of fading after seven hours of wear. Too Faced Starry Night (LE) is similar. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Mod #2 (P) is similar. CoverGirl Molten Black (300) (P, $4.99) is also similar. Bobbi Brown Lava (LE) is darker. NARS Night Breed (LE, $24.00) is darker. MAC Blacklit (LE, $18.50) is a cream product. Chanel Mirifique (P, $36.00) is more sparkly, cream product. See comparison swatches.

Until Dawn #1 is described as a “purple taupe.” It’s a subtly gray-tinged, caramel brown with a frosted, slightly metallic, sheen. It had sheer color payoff when applied dry, but it was a lot more pigmented applied damp. This shade was somewhat powdery. It showed some signs of fading after seven hours of wear. Edward Bess Cosmic Bliss #3 (P, $30.00) is darker, cooler-toned. Edward Bess Dusk (P, $30.00) is darker. Urban Decay Stray Dog (LE, $18.00) is similar, slightly darker. Bobbi Brown Heather Brown (LE, $29.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Until Dawn #2 is described as a “soft gold base.” It’s a muted, yellow gold with warm undertones and a frosted, slightly metallic, sheen. It had a slightly powdery, somewhat chunky, consistency. It had sheer pigmentation when applied dry, and it was more opaque when applied damp. It showed some signs of fading after seven hours of wear.  Sleek MakeUP Meet in Madrid (LE, $9.99) is similar. theBalm Iron Maid-in (P, $16.00) is yellower. Milani Drenched in Gold (P, $6.99) is a bit yellower. Dior Night Golds #4 (LE) is very similar. See comparison swatches.

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Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

MAC Centre of Attention Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Centre of Attention Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Centre of Attention Mineralize Skinfinish ($33.00 for 0.26 oz.) is a two-in-one product that features a section that’s described as a “24 carat gold shimmer” and a larger area described as a “pastel peachy pink with fine pink shimmer.”  This was the least impressive Mineralize Skinfinish of the three, because the texture of the inner shade is quite gritty and chunky; it’s a very loose, glittery shade, so that flaw reaches everywhere–glittery bits visible on the cheeks, sheerer color payoff, and is just an unflattering texture against the skin.  I don’t have huge, huge pores (maybe you disagree!), but the texture of both the inner and outer (as well as swirled together) all emphasize pores to some degree with the outer shade emphasizing pores the least (only slightly).  For newer readers, MAC’s Mineralize products tend to be shorter-wearing on me, which is one of my biggest complaints about the formula overall; and Centre of Attention is no exception with the swirled shade almost completely missing-in-action after seven hours.

Centre of Attention (Inner) is a glittery, yellow gold with strong, warm undertones, and a soft, frosted finish–with lots of glittery bits. It is a chunky, glittery shade, so the texture is somewhat gritty and rough. The glitter seems very loose, too, so it tends to flake away from the color and gets everywhere. This was patchy on me after six hours of wear and the glitter has traveled to various points on my face. Guerlain Terracotta Sun in the City Illuminating Powder (LE, $70.00) is more metallic, less yellow. Chanel Mouche de Beaute Illuminating Powder (LE, $80.00) is less yellow. Chanel Routes des Indes de Chanel Illuminating Powder (LE, $80.00) is lighter. bareMinerals The Shining Moment (LE, $26.00) is lighter, less glittery. Bobbi Brown Gold (LE, $39.00) is similar. Bobbi Brown Party (LE, $42.00) is yellower, less glittery. See comparison swatches.

Centre of Attention (Outer) is a pale, pearlescent of pink-tinged beige with a soft, pearly finish. It was very soft and a little powdery, and it does sheer out a lot. I would recommend applying this wet or over liquid foundation while still slightly damp to maximize adhesion to the skin This was almost entirely faded on me after seven hours of wear. NARS Debbie Harry Highlighter (LE, $29.00) is lighter. MAC Porcelain Pink (LE, $23.50) is darker, pinker. MAC Light Sunshine (LE, $24.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Centre of Attention is a light-medium, yellow gold with a frosted, metallic sheen. It’s less glittery than the inner shade alone, but the gold from it definitely alters the coloring of the outer. It’s just a slightly smoother, less chunky version of the inner shade. MAC Whisper of Gilt (LE, $30.00) is similar in color. Chanel Mouche de Beaute Illuminating Powder (LE, $80.00) is darker. bareMinerals The Shining Moment (LE, $26.00) is yellower. Bobbi Brown Gold (LE, $39.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

The big takeaway from this is the inner shade is very glittery, which tended to have a loose, obvious appearance on the skin–it was just bits of gold glitter all over the cheek when the inner shade was worn alone or when it was mixed with the outer color.

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This was the least impressive Mineralize Skinfinish of the three, because the texture of the inner shade is quite gritty and chunky; it's a very loose, glittery shade, so that flaw reaches everywhere--glittery bits visible on the cheeks, sheerer color payoff, and is just an unflattering texture against the skin. Centre of Attention, swirled together, was almost completely missing-in-action after seven hours.

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