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Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

Giorgio Armani Maestro Bronzer
Giorgio Armani Maestro Bronzer

Last year, Giorgio Armani Maestro Bronzer ($64.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) launched in Sun Kiss (100), which I really loved as a formula. It was limited edition, but this summer, it’s back along with two more shades (one lighter and one darker) and seems to be permanent. I remember last year that I wished for a rosier and deeper shade for darker skin tones, and now we have one lighter and darker! The formula is thin, almost watery, with a velvety feel that has a more satin finish to it–if you’ve tried the Maestro line at all, the texture is very in line with the rest of the range. It sits extremely well on the skin, whether bare or over/under foundation, and it blends out easily and lasts for nine to ten hours. The only thing I’m not keen on is the packaging, which uses a dropper to dispense the product. One bottle contains a mega-ton of bronzer, so it’ll take a long time to get through a bottle, and I’d rather a half-size option for $40 or so instead (same with the brand’s Fluid Sheers).

Giorgio Armani Sun Glow (90) Maestro Bronzer ($64.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is a light-medium brown with soft, yellow undertones and a very, very fine golden shimmer-sheen that gives it a more satin finish. It was very pigmented but blendable and easily sheered out if desired. This color doesn’t show up much on my medium skin tone, so it would be better for fairer complexions or for mixing with foundation to add an all-over glow. It lasted for nine hours on me. Make Up For Ever #20M (P, $36.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer. MAC Golden Rinse (LE, $35.50) is cooler. Giorgio Armani Sun Kiss (100) (P, $64.00) is darker. MAC Sun Dipped (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker.See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Giorgio Armani Sun Kiss (100) Maestro Bronzer ($64.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is medium brown with warm, yellow-red undertones and a very fine, golden shimmer that creates a more satin-like finish on the skin. It had rich color coverage in a single drop, and I use about one to two drops per cheek at most (you really don’t need much at all!). It blended out beautifully and wore for nine hours on me. MAC Golden Rinse (LE, $35.50) is lighter, cooler. Hourglass Luminous Bronze Light (P, $50.00) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Sun Dipped (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery. Make Up For Ever #25I (P, $36.00) is more shimmery. Make Up For Ever #20M (P, $36.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Colour Pop Carry-On (P, $8.00) is warmer. Giorgio Armani Sun Glow (90) (P, $64.00) is darker. Becca Topaz (P, $41.00) is less shimmery. Becca Topaz (P, $41.00) is less shimmery. Too Faced Dark Cocoa (P, ) is warmer, less shimmery. Urban Decay Naked on the Run Bronzer (LE, ) is more shimmery. Wet ‘n’ Wild Bikini Contest (P, $3.99) is more shimmery, warmer. Urban Decay Naked Flushed Bronzer (P, ) is less glossy. Divergent Intelligent Bronze (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter. (, $0.00) is warmer, less pigmented, better quality, glossier. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Giorgio Armani Sun Bath (110) Maestro Bronzer ($64.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is a rich, coppery brown with fine gold shimmer that gives it a satin finish overall. The texture was blendable, thin, and easily sheered out, if desired. It was richly pigmented and a little went a long way. On me, the color wore for almost ten hours before fading slightly. Guerlain Moyen Brunettes (05) (LE, $75.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Guerlain #02 (P, $53.00) is cooler. MAC Billionaire Bronze (LE, $29.50) is less shimmery, darker. Clarins Splendours (LE, $35.00) is lighter, warmer. Le Metier de Beaute Sun Drenched (P, $55.00) is warmer. MAC Sun Dipped (LE, $30.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Sun Glow (90)

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Sun Kiss (100)

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Sunday, May 24th, 2015

ColourPop Mondays in Malibu Super Shock Shadow Set
ColourPop Mondays in Malibu Super Shock Shadow Set

ColourPop Mondays in Malibu Super Shock Shadow Set ($30.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a set of six cream eyeshadows that range from gilded bronze to warm green to red-brown. The set is limited edition, and the shades aren’t available individually. Overall, it was high-performer set of shades, and they worked well together. The set does run on on the shimmery side, so if you prefer more matte shades, then this might not be a good fit for you. I did notice that a few of these are similar to other shades from the brand, so you may want to check your stash.

Gecko is described as a “soft opalescent silvery green with pink duochrome finish.” It’s a muted, light gray with a flash green to pink duochrome, which is subtle on its own. It can get amplified when blended over a deeper shade or layered over a black base (as duochromes often play well with). I couldn’t tell you why, but I have found great difficulty in capturing in the duochrome finishes of ColourPop’s cream products, no matter what angles I’ve tried to twist my arm, the duochrome is hard to see in a photo. It’s a weaker duochrome in person, but it is visible in person, just not a strong one. The texture was smooth, lightly creamy, and blendable on the skin and lasted for ten hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Snakebite is described as a “mid-tone warm gold with an ultra-metallic finish.” It’s a brightened, light-medium golden copper with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It is extremely reflective and one of the more metallic shades I’ve tried from the brand. The color payoff was true-to-pan and intense, while the consistency applied with smooth, even coverage that blended well. It wore for ten hours without fading or creasing. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Sand Swoon is described as a “true pastel pink softly sprinkled with gold flecks in a satin luxe finish.” It’s a light-medium, warm-toned pink with a mostly matte finish and then a dusting of gold sparkle that sits more on top of it. It had good color payoff that went on smoothly and evenly. The texture is a smidgen drier compared to the more metallic shades like Snakebite, but it wasn’t dry. The color lasted for ten hours without fading or creasing, but it seemed like most of the glitter had dropped. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Prickly Pear is described as a “warm-toned plum with tons of gold and pink glitter in a metallic finish.” It’s a muted, pinky plum with warm, brown undertones and gold, mauve, and copper flecks of shimmer and larger gold and pink glitter. It had semi-opaque coverage from its base color with a healthy dose of glitter, which did have some fall out when you worked with it (particularly when blending out an edge — if I patted it on, I didn’t see fall out). The texture was a little more emollient, and this shade sheered out a bit more readily than others. It lasted for nine hours without fading or creasing, but there was a little bit of fall out over time. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Mirage is described as a “soft sage green with a champagne gold sheen in a pearlized finish.” It’s a medium, golden green with a pearly shimmer-sheen finish. The texture was lightly creamy with some slip and felt more emollient (or “wet” to the touch) as seems to be a trend with the pearlized/ultra-metallic finishes. It had nice pigmentation that was easy to blend and apply to the lid. It stayed put for ten hours with no fading or creasing on me. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Hot Tamale is described as a “reddish brown with soft copper sparkles in a satin luxe finish.” It’s a rich, dark brown with warm, red undertones and a soft dusting of copper and gold shimmer. It was intensely pigmented with a beautifully creamy, easily blended consistency that covered well and lasted for ten hours without fading or creasing. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Mondays in Malibu

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Friday, May 22nd, 2015

Sephora Ultra Violet (18) Ultra Shine Lip Gel
Rose Petal, Fresh Peach, Deep Rose, Ultra Violet, Pretty in Pink, Fresh Mango

Sephora Ultra Violet (18) Ultra Shine Lip Gel ($14.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is a brightened, medium fuchsia-pink with cool, blue undertones and fine lighter fuchsia and violet pearl. It had mostly opaque coverage that went on very evenly and smoothly with a glossy shine. The gloss wore well for four and a half hours and was nicely hydrating while worn. The gloss has a lightweight texture that has a very creamy, gel-like feel that is mostly non-sticky and has a sweet, vanilla caramel scent. Make Up For Ever 207 Candy Pink (P, $19.00) is lighter, less shimmery. Marc Jacobs Beauty Whip It (304) (P, $28.00) is slightly redder. Revlon HD Pink Ruby (515) (P, $8.99) is brighter, darker. Revlon Adorned (P, $7.49) is darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty Boom Boom (210) (DC, $28.00) is very similar. Burberry Pink Sweet Pea (LE, $29.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Sephora Pretty in Pink (23) Ultra Shine Lip Gel ($14.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is a medium-dark, pink-coral with warm undertones and a very light dusting of fine gold pearl. The shimmer is minor and hardly noticeable, but if you detest shimmer in all forms, then I’d look elsewhere. It had mostly opaque pigmentation that went on fairly evenly and smoothly. The gloss stayed on well for four and a half hours while also being moisturizing. Maybelline Rebellious Raspberry (110) (LE, $8.99) is warmer. Revlon HD Strawberry Topaz (535) (P, $8.99) is warmer. MAC Red Blazer (LE, $15.00) is pinker, more shimmery. Dior Wonderland (575) (P, $35.00) is slightly warmer. Illamasqua Follow (DC, $22.00) is pinker, less shimmery. YSL Grenade Pepite (No. 15) (P, $32.00) is pinker, sheerer/ Giorgio Armani #519 (P, $29.00) is less shimmery. MAC Star Quality (LE, $20.00) is pinkerwarmer, less shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Sephora Fresh Mango (26) Ultra Shine Lip Gel ($14.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is a medium orange with warm, reddish undertones and a fine gold pearl. Again, the shimmer in this shade is fine as well as only a dusting. It had semi-opaque color payoff that went on evenly for the most part. It lasted for four hours and was hydrating while worn. Becca Papaya/Topaz (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, darker. MAC Laundry List (LE, $15.00) is slightly darker. Chanel Exotique (12) (P, $34.00) is lighter. MAC Grand Pumpkin (LE, $15.00) is lighter. NARS Wonder (P, $26.00) is darker. MAC Teen Dream (LE, $20.00) is lighter, pinker. Guerlain Tangerine Vlam (P, $30.00) is darker. Burberry Coral (P, $29.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Ultra Violet (18)

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Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

ColourPop Highly Waisted Super Shock Cheek
ColourPop Highly Waisted Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Highly Waisted Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “soft golden peach with pink and gold duochrome.” It’s a light-medium, yellowed peach with pink and gold shimmer that shifts to a distinct pearly pink sheen when the light catches the cheekbones just-so. Tom Ford Beauty Pink Glow #4 (LE, $55.00) is pinker. Becca Opal (P, $38.00) lacks the duochrome. NARS Jubilation (Right) (P) is darker, no duochrome. MAC Uplifting (LE, $27.00) is similar in color and finish but doesn’t have the same pink tint. Becca Guava/Moonstone (P, $27.00) is darker, no duochrome. MAC Fairly Precious (LE, $30.00) is more frosted, but it has a slight pink tone to it that makes it one of the more similar shades, though it isn’t a duochrome either. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

This shade had good color payoff, though it wasn’t completely opaque when applied with fingertips unless layered. The texture was smooth, lightly creamy, thin, and lightweight, which made it very blendable on the skin and easily wore over bare skin or on top of your base products of choice. That thinner texture makes it easy to skim the product across the surface of the skin without disrupting base products underneath. Highly Waisted has a visible duochrome, which gives a real pink-gold coloring at times, but for medium complexions or darker, I’d recommend wearing a blush or bronzer to coordinate, or else it appears as if there is almost no color on the skin, while fairer complexions will likely get light warmth even when viewed straight-on. It’s a shade that may be a highlighter on some skin tones and a highlighting blush on others. It had a noticeable, lightly metallic sheen, but it didn’t emphasize pores or the skin’s natural texture. On me, it lasted for eight and a half hours. The duochrome finish made this highlighter one of the more unique ones I’ve come across.

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Highly Waisted

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Sunday, May 10th, 2015

ColourPop Butterfly Beach Super Shock Cheek
ColourPop Butterfly Beach Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Butterfly Beach Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “soft peach with highlights of gold and silver.” It’s a rich, coppery bronze with warm, reddish undertones and a metallic sheen. It was intensely pigmented and applied easily with fingertips or a duo-fiber stippling brush. Despite the really metallic sheen, it didn’t emphasize pores, but it may be too reflective/shiny for some. This shade wore exceptionally well and seemed to stay in place for nine and a half hours with barely any fading detected. Laura Geller Ballerina (P, $24.00) is a powder, less metallic. MAC Superb (LE, $30.00) is darker, not quite as warm-toned. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Wisp Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “golden champagne.” It’s a golden bronze with warm undertones and a golden, metallic sheen. It had good color payoff–opaque with fingertips and then sheerer depending on how feathery/dense your brush is–and as described. The texture is lightly creamy, smooth, and extremely blendable on the skin. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me before fading. Colour Pop Most Necessary (P, $8.00) is more orange. Colour Pop Butterfly Beach (P, $8.00) is darker, more red-toned. Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment (Original) (P, $26.00) is lighter. Colour Pop Double Dip (LE, $8.00) is lighter. Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is less shimmery. NARS Frenzy (Left) (P) is lighter, powder. Kevyn Aucoin Tropical Days (P, $48.00) is darker, powder. Too Faced Snow Bunny (P) is warmer, powder. Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is a powder. Urban Decay Gilded (P, $26.00) is darker, powder. MAC Global Glow (P, $30.00) is darker, powder. MAC Whisper of Gilt (LE, $30.00) is lighter, powder. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Butterfly Beach

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Thursday, May 7th, 2015

ColourPop Sticky Sweet Super Shock Cheek
ColourPop Sticky Sweet Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Sticky Sweet Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “deep violet with pink duo chrome finish.” It’s a plummy purple with warm, reddish plum undertones and cooler-toned pink and violet micro-shimmer to give a more pearly, metallic sheen. Urban Decay Rapture (P, $26.00) is lighter, warmer, less shimmery. Tarte Embraced (LE, $26.00) is lighter, pinker. IT Cosmetics Magical in Mauve (P, $24.00) is darker, less shimmery. theBalm Cabana Boy (P, $21.00) is darker, less shimmery, warmer. MAC Plum Foolery (P, $21.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

You know that I had to go for the purple shade first, right? (It also helped that as the darkest shade, it was the one I naturally swatched last — always swatch lightest to darkest to avoid staining of the skin!) The new highlighters appear to be the Super Shock Cheek formula, just with a “Pearlized” finish. It’s a cream blush formula with more of a cream-powder hybrid texture, as the product is spongy but not conventionally creamy nor does it have the slip of your traditional cream blush formula. The texture of the Pearlized shades of the Super Shock Cheek formula seemed to have a more emollient feel to them compared to the other Super Shock Cheek shades, which is actually similar to how I feel about the more pearly/metallic finishes in their cream eyeshadow range as well–they just have a wetter feel, even though they still feel and look more like powder once the product hits the skin. The coverage is supposed to be buildable, and you’ll get the “highest amount of coverage” by applying with fingertips and the sheerest when applied with a duo fiber brush.

Sticky Sweet is buildable from semi-sheer to mostly opaque with a very blendable consistency that diffused nicely when skimmed across the cheeks. There’s a noticeable sheen in person that is somewhere between pearl and metallic, but it somehow managed not to emphasize the skin’s texture (though it’s not going to smooth it out!). On me, it wore well for nine and a half hours before fading. It’s another winner for ColourPop, and I’m very much looking forward to working my way through the rest of the Pearlized blushes/highlighters to see if they all hold up as well. Now, if only they’d do eyeliner next!

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Sticky Sweet

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