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Sunday, March 29th, 2015

ColourPop More, Please Super Shock Cheek
ColourPop More, Please Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop More, Please Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “vivid fuchsia with a violet-blue duochrome in a pearlized finish.” It’s a bright, fuchsia magenta with cool, blue undertones and silver and violet pearl. Colour Pop Pie (P, $8.00) is more matte. Colour Pop Homie (P, $8.00) is purpler, matte. Colour Pop Pegacorn (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, more muted. Colour Pop Fantasy (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, purpler. Colour Pop Slave2Pink (P, $5.00) is more shimmery. Make Up For Ever S852 Neon Pink (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned, matte. Too Faced Monaco (P, $16.00) is similar. Urban Decay Jilted (P) is purpler. Sugarpill Smitten (LE, $13.00) is cooler-toned. Fyrinnae Superstar (P, $6.80) is more shimmery. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The Super Shock Cheek formula is a cream-based blush that will have the most intense pigmentation when applied with fingertips and lesser, more buildable coverage when used with a brush (the more feathery or less dense the brush, the sheerer the coverage). A little goes a ridiculously long way when it comes to this shade, as it is intensely pigmented: a mere pat of the fingertip on the surface is enough for semi-sheer coverage. The shimmer is a lot more visible on the skin than it has been in other shimmery blushes I’ve seen from ColourPop, so it’s nice to see the finish actually show up on the skin. It had a wetter, more emollient and cream-like consistency compared to other Super Shock Cheek shades I’ve tried, which made it easier to apply and very, very blendable on the skin, but it didn’t slide all over the place. This shade wore well for almost ten hours on me.

P.S. — ColourPop just tweeted that they’re doing a 24-hour flash sale on their foursomes (now $16, regularly $20) and the Not a Box of Chocolates (now $24, regularly $30).

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More, Please

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Saturday, March 28th, 2015

Clinique Cola Pop Cheek Pop Blush
Clinique Cola Pop Cheek Pop Blush

Clinique Cola Pop Cheek Pop Blush ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a rich, medium-dark reddish-berry with subtle warm undertones paired with a luminous finish. Make Up For Ever #510 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is lighter, cream. NARS Goulue (P, $29.00) is lighter. Kevyn Aucoin Neolita (P, $37.00) is cooler-toned. Bobbi Brown Berry (LE, $26.00) is darker, cooler-toned. NARS Soulshine #3 (LE, $29.00) is more shimmery. NARS Taos (P, $29.00) is slightly warmer. MAC Hidden Treasure (LE, $21.00) is warmer. MAC Keep It Casual (LE, $22.00) is cream. Chanel Rouge (LE, $45.00) is cooler-toned. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

This is such a beautifully intense shade that is so forgiving and blendable that it is going to be a real versatile product, regardless of whether you’re very fair or much deeper in color. I think the subtle warmth of it helps it straddle the fence for warmer and cooler skin tones, too. It had very rich, true-to-pan color payoff, but it’s the smooth, velvety texture that makes it easy to work with. The color blends easily over the skin for smooth, even, and glowing rosy red cheeks. It has that same luminous sheen that gives the skin a healthy glow without emphasizing pores or having really obvious shimmer or frost. This particular shade wore longer than a lot of the other Cheek Pops at nine and a half hours. I’m so glad Clinique has added this really rich, deep hue to their line-up (which has trended towards softer shades).

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Cola Pop

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Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Clinique Rosy Pop Cheek Pop Blush
Clinique Rosy Pop Cheek Pop Blush

Clinique Rosy Pop Cheek Pop Blush ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium pink with subtle, cool undertones and a pearly gold sheen. Chanel Crescendo (250) (LE, $45.00) is warmer, lighter, less shimmery. MAC Kindergarten Red (LE, $32.00) is lighter. Makeup Geek Love Affair (P, $9.99) is darker. MAC Peaches & Cream (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC Sunset Beach (LE, $32.00) is brighter. Make Up For Ever #310 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is darker. Tarte Fearless (P, $26.00) is lighter, less shimmery. NARS Soulshine #1 (LE, $29.00) is warmer. NARS Realm of the Senses #1 (LE, $29.00) is warmer. NYX Rose Garden (P, $5.00) is lighter, warmer. MAC Subtle Breeze (LE, $27.00) is slightly darker. Chanel Rose Initiale (P, $45.00) is a touch warmer, less shimmery. Benefit Bella Bamba (P, $28.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

In the pan, it looks similar to Pink Pop, but the undertones are different enough that one appears almost warm-toned against my complexion (the base color is cooler-toned, while the shimmer–and thus the sheen–is warmer), while Pink Pop has a noticeably cool undertone, even on me. This shade was intensely pigmented with an incredibly soft, smooth texture that was never powdery but effortless to blend. The shimmer gives the skin a glow without emphasizing pores or the skin’s natural texture. It lasted for eight and a half hours before fading became apparent.

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Rosy Pop

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10/10

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Monday, March 16th, 2015

Too Faced Melted Strawberry Melted Liquified Long-wear Lipstick
Too Faced Melted Strawberry Melted Liquified Long-wear Lipstick

Too Faced Melted Strawberry Melted Liquified Long-wear Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “blood orange.” It’s a bright, medium red with neutral-to-cool undertones and a glossy finish. (By the by, am I the only one amused by the double-fruit description, from strawberry to blood orange!) Tom Ford Beauty Luciano (LE, $32.00) is less glossy, darker. Guerlain Rouge Parade (820) (LE, $51.00) is darker. Estee Lauder Vengeful Red (P, $30.00) is darker. Bite Beauty Pomegranate (P, $24.00) is warmer. Anna Sui Minnie Mouse (01) (LE) is similar. Urban Decay 69 (P, $22.00) is similar. Maybelline On Fire Red (P, $7.49) is cooler-toned. Guerlain Greta (P, $51.00) is darker. Guerlain Garconne (P, $51.00) is more muted, darker. Guerlain Gala (P, $51.00) is slightly warmer. Buxom Scoundrel (P, $21.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It’s a show shopping red with its incredibly rich, opaque color coverage and high-shine finish. As we’ve come to expect from this formula, a little goes a long way. For really crisp lines, you’ll want to reach for a lip brush, but it is possible to apply directly from the tube with an even edge overall. The texture is lightweight without sliding around a lot, but it doesn’t dry down and feel clingy, so it’s more comfortable to wear than some other liquid lipstick formulas (this isn’t transfer-proof, though!). On me, the color wore on and on and on–I took it off after eight hours, even though the color was in good shape, and there was a stain left behind. I didn’t experience the color feathering or bleeding when I tried it, but I’m not prone to either. It was neither drying nor hydrating over time.

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Melted Strawberry

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10/10

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Monday, March 16th, 2015

Clinique Pink Pop Cheek Pop Blush
Clinique Pink Pop Cheek Pop Blush

Clinique Pink Pop Cheek Pop Blush ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a soft, medium rosy pink with very subtle cool, blue undertones and a luminous sheen. It’s almost neutral, but it leans a little cool-toned against my warmer skin tone. Colour Pop Birthday Suit (P, $8.00) is a cream product. NARS Fervor (Left) (P) is lighter, warmer. Physicians Formula Rose (P, $12.99) is cooler-toned. MAC I’m a Lover (P, $23.50) is lighter. Too Faced Sweet Pink (LE) is brighter. YSL Singuliere (1) (P, $47.00) is lighter. Dior My Lady (002) (LE, $60.00) is lighter. Dior Rose (001) (LE, $56.00) is lighter. Tarte Flush (P, $26.00) is similar. Tarte Dollface (P, $26.00) is cooler-toned. Chanel Inspiration (64) (P, $38.00) is lighter, warmer. NYX English Rose (P, $15.00) is more shimmery. MAC Stay Pretty (P, $23.50) is more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Fingers, toes, and paws crossed that the new Cheek Pops start hitting other retailers soon as all six of the new shades are now temporarily out of stock on Clinique. The texture of this shade was soft, smooth, and incredibly blendable on the skin. It had excellent color payoff that can be sheered out or built-up for true-to-pan color. I’m so pleased to be able to report that thus far the new shades are measuring up to the original four that were released in formula. I think a lot of the magic in the formula is the finish: a satiny, luminous sheen that gives skin a natural radiance while making skin appear smoother, as it never emphasizes pores. On me, Pink Pop lasted for nine hours on me before fading.

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Pink Pop

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10/10

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10/10

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Friday, March 13th, 2015

Too Faced Melted Jelly Donut Melted Liquified Long-Wear Lipstick
Too Faced Melted Jelly Donut Melted Liquified Long-Wear Lipstick

Too Faced Melted Jelly Donut Melted Liquified Long-Wear Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “dragon fruit pink.” It’s a bold, bright fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. Too Faced Melted Fuchsia (P, $21.00) is lighter, cooler-toned–more magenta. Urban Decay Crush (LE, $22.00) is lighter. Too Faced Melted Candy (P, $21.00) is redder, darker. Estee Lauder Dominant (P, $30.00) is slightly darker. Tom Ford Beauty Incorrigible (08) (LE, $49.00) is lighter, sheerer. Marc Jacobs Beauty Roll the Dice (118) (P, $30.00) is darker. Maybelline Fuchsia Flash (P, $7.49) is cooler-toned, lighter. Buxom Exhibitionist (P, $21.00) is very similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

I really like how this gives me the long-wear of a lot of liquid lipstick formulas, but it is so much more comfortable to wear, though of course, it isn’t transfer-proof. It’s intensely pigmented with totally opaque coverage with hardly any product required. The color applies evenly and smoothly without settling into lip lines. This shade lasted for eight hours on me and left a stain behind. It was comfortable to wear, as it was neither drying nor hydrating. I didn’t have any issues with the color feathering or bleeding on me, but I’m not prone to either. If you prefer a more matte finish, these are easily worn down to a satin by a light blot or by applying less product (and it’ll still be quite opaque that way).

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Melted Jelly Donut

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