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Saturday, April 18th, 2015

ColourPop x Kathleen Lights Where the Light Is Set
ColourPop x Kathleen Lights Where the Light Is Set

ColourPop x Kathleen Lights Where the Light Is Set ($20.00 for 0.28 oz.) includes four shades of warm-toned eyeshadows in beige, brown, copper, and bronze. Three of the four shades were really lovely and easy to use, while Glow is a bit drier, so it needs some extra work to really blend it down on the skin. All of them lasted for twelve hours without any fading or creasing, and they were easy to combine together in a look. Three of the four eyeshadows are very easily duped, but they’re primarily duped by powder options, so it is good to see those shades in cream versions.

Glow is described as a “creamy vanilla with a matte finish.” It’s a brightened, light white-beige with subtle warm undertones and a matte finish. It appears darker and warmer in the pan, but it is much whiter applied and has more semi-opaque coverage. The texture is a little drier and more prone to applying unevenly, though it is blendable enough that you can smooth it out, but it skips a little initially. I think really fair skin tones may not notice any chalkiness, but for sure on my medium skin tone, it was really stark and chalky enough that I had to mix and blend in Cornelious quite a bit to make it work. It may potentially be a good base shade for brightening powder eyeshadows that need some help. It wore well for twelve hours without fading or creasing. Tarte Compassionate (LE) is brighter, powder. Givenchy Delicate #4 (P) is powder. Too Faced Coconut Crème (P, $16.00) is powder. Tarte Super Mom (LE) is cooler-toned, powder. Too Faced Turtle Dove (LE, $16.00) is lighter, powder. Anastasia Vanilla (P, $12.00) is powder. Make Up For Ever M500 Ivory (P, $21.00) is powder. Too Faced Meow (LE, $16.00) is powder. Too Faced Rockabilly (P, $16.00) is powder. Kat Von D Lifelike (P) is powder. Laura Mercier Buttercream (P, $23.00) is powder. Too Faced Egg Nog (LE, $16.00) is powder. Too Faced Cream Colored Ponies (LE, $16.00) is powder. Too Faced Snow Angel (LE, $16.00) is lighter, powder. Urban Decay Anonymous (LE, $18.00) is powder. MAC Vanilla (P, $16.00) is brighter, powder. Inglot #355 (P, $6.00) is powder. Bobbi Brown Bone (P, $22.00) is powder. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Cornelious is described as a “mid-tone warm caramel with a matte finish.” It’s a soft, medium brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had great pigmentation with a soft, velvety texture that blended well on the skin. It hadn’t faded or creased over a twelve-hour period. Becca Ombre Nudes #2 (P) is lighter, powder. Tarte Force of Nature (LE) is a powder, cooler-toned. LORAC Sepia (LE) is darker, powder. Stila Individual (P) is warmer, powder. MAC Rose Cloud (LE, $16.00) is darker, powder. Kat Von D Glasswing (P) is yellower, powder. Makeup Geek Latte (P, $5.99) is darker, powder. Makeup Geek Creme Brulee (P, $5.99) is warmer, powder. MAC Layin’ Low (LE, $18.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

KathleenLights is described as a “bright golden copper with a pearlized finish.” It’s a bright copper with warm, red undertones and a strong, gold, metallic shimmer finish. It was intensely pigmented with a creamy consistency that blends out really well, but it’s so metallic that it can sometimes bunch up on itself and create texture on the lid. Though I used a brush to apply it in the look, I later tried patting it on with a fingertip, and the application was smoother. I prefer brushes, so the best method was to initially apply with a brush and then smooth it out with my fingertip (rather than using the brush to blend so much) on the larger area, then going back to the brush to blend out edges. The finish is really metallic and brightens the eye a lot. On me, it wore well for twelve hours without fading or creasing. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Lover #5 (LE) is less metallic, powder. MAC Bao Bao’s Jewels #3 (LE) is darker. Sugarpill Penelope (P, $13.00) is redder, powder. Urban Decay Heat (LE, $18.00) is lighter, powder. LORAC Unleashed (P) is a powder. Urban Decay Lucky (LE, $18.00) is powder. Ardency Inn Copper (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter, powder. Make Up For Ever ME728 Copper Red (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, powder. LORAC Nude #2 (LE) is lighter, powder. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #3 (LE) is less metallic, powder. Kat Von D Dog Roses (LE) is darker, less metallic, powder. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #10 (P, $9.99) is lighter, powder. LORAC Gold (P) is darker, powder. Urban Decay Half Baked (P, $18.00) is lighter, powder. MAC Amber Lights (P, $16.00) is slightly darker, powder. MAC Campfire (LE, $32.50) is more metallic, powder. bareMinerals Louder (LE) is similar, powder. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Blaze is described as a “coco bronze sprinkled with multi-dimensional glitter [with a metallic finish].” It’s a brightened, medium-dark golden bronze with warm undertones and a metallic sheen with a smattering of gold micro-glitter. The texture was very soft, creamy, and a little more emollient than other shades in this formula (though the more metallic shades tend to have a wetter feel than the mattes in general). It applied with rich color payoff and blended easily on the skin. It wore well for twelve hours without creasing or fading, and I didn’t notice any fall out over time either. Guerlain Les Precieux #4 (LE) is cooler-toned, powder. Colour Pop On the Rocks (P, $5.00) is darker, warmer. Colour Pop Eve (LE, $5.00) is slightly brighter. Makeup Geek Pretentious (P, $5.99) is warmer, powder. Kat Von D Depeche (LE) is darker, powder. Anastasia Gilded (LE, $12.00) is warmer, powder. Too Faced Cinnamon Sugar (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler-toned, powder. Too Faced Biscotti (LE, $16.00) is darker, powder. MAC Pretty It Up (LE, $21.00) is more sparkly, darker, powder. Hello Kitty Chocolate Chip (LE) is powder. Anastasia Topaz (P, $12.00) is redder, powder. Makeup Geek Poker Face (P, $6.99) is warmer, powder. Make Up For Ever ME658 Golden Brown (P, $21.00) is more metallic, powder. Make Up For Ever ME644 Iced Brown (P, $21.00) is warmer, powder. Make Up For Ever D640 Golden Snake (P, $21.00) is less metallic, powder. LORAC Nude #6 (LE) is powder. Chanel Mirage (95) (P, $36.00) is more sparkly, lighter. Too Faced Buttered Rum (LE, $16.00) is powder. Chanel Initiation (827) (LE, $36.00) is darker, more sparkly. Urban Decay Radar (LE, $18.00) is darker, powder. Maybelline Downtown Brown (P, $6.99) is lighter, powder. Urban Decay Deeper (LE, $18.00) is darker, powder. Urban Decay Snakebite (LE, $18.00) is darker, powder. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Saturday, April 11th, 2015

Tom Ford Pink Glow Eye & Cheek Compact
Tom Ford Pink Glow Eye & Cheek Compact

Tom Ford Pink Glow Eye & Cheek Compact ($95.00 for 0.47 oz.) is an indulgence, but it performs well across the board and everything works well together. The majority of the colors are on the dupable side, so some may find there are too many near-repeats to make it a worthwhile splurge. I’m a huge fan of Tom Ford’s blush formula–it’s my favorite–and constantly wish he would expand it (permanently!), and the blushes in here are gorgeous. I cannot express to you how glowing and luminous the effect of the two are, individually or layered together. The palette has strong, warmer undertones across all of the shades. The weakest performer was the glittery shade, which had some fall out, but the almost wet-like texture helped it apply with stronger coverage and less fall out initially than your traditional, more true-to-powder-form glittery eyeshadow.

Pink Glow #1 is a light, white-beige with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had good color payoff with a soft, silky-smooth consistency that blended well and wore well for nine hours on me. Guerlain Les Nuees #4 (LE) is less shimmery. Chanel Tisse Paris #2 (P) is less shimmery. MAC Just Gleaming (LE, $19.50) is warmer. LORAC Vanilla (LE) is similar. Make Up For Ever S522 Pinky Nude (P, $21.00) is warmer. Make Up For Ever I526 Pearl Beige (P, $21.00) is pinker. Make Up For Ever I514 Pink Ivory (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. NARS Andromeda (P, $29.00) is brighter. MAC Apricot Blend #1 (LE) is similar. Maybelline Pure Nude (80) (LE, $6.99) is a cream product. Too Faced Champagne Truffle (LE, $16.00) is similar. Urban Decay Polyester Bride (P, $18.00) is more glittery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Pink Glow #2 is a sparkling golden beige with a lot of glitter. It had a thin, almost wet, cream-like consistency that applied without a lot of fall out with semi-opaque coverage. The texture is similar to other glittery shades in the Tom Ford range, but it is also similar in feel to formulas like Bobbi Brown Sparkle Eyeshadows, MAC Pressed Pigments, and Charlotte Tilbury’s sparkle eyeshadows. It wore well for nine hours without creasing, but there was some fall out over time. Sleek MakeUP Gold Souk (LE, $9.99) is darker. Dior Rivage #4 (LE) is less sparkly. Dior Golden Snow #2 (LE) is similar. Dior Golden Flower #3 (LE) is lighter. MAC 2x Dare #2 (LE) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Pink Glow #3 is a plummy red with warm, orange-red undertones and pink shimmer that gives it a soft, frosted finish. It had good color payoff with a really soft, dense, and creamy consistency that applied and blended beautifully. It wore well for nine hours. Makeup Geek Showtime (P, $9.99) is darker, browner. Colour Pop Drift (LE, $5.00) is a cream product. Anastasia Sangria (P, $12.00) is pinker. MAC Trusted Instinct #3 (LE) is darker. MAC Plummed (LE, $16.00) is slightly darker. MAC It’s Not Easy Having a Good Time (LE, $21.00) is similar. Gucci Beauty Autumn Fire #3 (P) is darker. Dior Trafalgar #3 (P) is brighter, lighter. Make Up For Ever I824 Ocher Pink (P, $21.00) is warmer. NARS Desdemona (P, $29.00) is darker. Urban Decay Gash (DC, $18.00) is darker. MAC Crimson Tryst (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Cranberry (P, $16.00) is darker, less shimmery. Le Metier de Beaute Fire Lily (P, $30.00) is darker, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Pink Glow #4 is a light-medium, peachy-pink with a strong, yellow gold sheen. It had nice pigmentation with a really smooth, buttery texture that blended nicely on the skin. Despite having a lot of sheen, it didn’t emphasize pores. On me, it wore well for ten hours. Benefit CORALista (Palette) (P, $28.00) is more orange, darker. MAC New Romance (P, $27.00) is darker, pinker. Makeup Geek Romance (P, $9.99) is darker, pinker. MAC Stereo Rose (2014) (LE, $30.00) is more orange. Benefit Sugarbomb (P, $28.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Pink Glow #5 is is a medium-dark, plummy pink with warm undertones and a soft, luminous sheen. It had rich color payoff where a little goes a long way–I tapped the merest amount on my brush onto my cheek and was able to blend that bit out and that was it! The texture was buttery and dense, but very, very smooth and incredibly blendable. The finish is luminous and gives the skin a sheen that doesn’t emphasize its natural texture. It was still going strong after ten hours of wear. Tom Ford Beauty Contour (Softcore) (LE, $55.00) is warmer. MAC Corol #2 (LE, $21.00) is lighter. Sephora + Pantone Universe Bridal Rose (LE) is more shimmery, lighter. NARS Soulshine #3 (LE, $30.00) is redder, brighter. NARS Realm of the Senses #2 (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery. theBalm Cabana Boy (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned. bareMinerals The Indecent Proposal (P, $22.00) is cooler-toned, more muted. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Monday, April 6th, 2015

Urban Decay Rapture Afterglow 8-Hour Blush
Urban Decay Rapture Afterglow 8-Hour Blush

Urban Decay Rapture Afterglow 8-Hour Blush ($26.00 for 0.23 oz.) is described as a “deep mauve with a hint of shimmer.” It’s a softened, medium-dark plummy purple with cooler undertones with a warmer, golden shimmer-sheen. The shimmer is very fine so that it creates more of a sheen on the skin than visible shimmer. MAC Animal Instincts (LE, $21.00) is warmer, browner. MAC Lavish Living (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery. theBalm Cabana Boy (P, $21.00) is brighter. NARS Outlaw (P, $30.00) is warmer, redder. NARS Oasis (P, $30.00) is warmer, less purple. MAC Plum Foolery (P, $21.00) is pinker. bareMinerals The Indecent Proposal (P, $22.00) is slightly warmer. NARS Sin (P, $30.00) is darker, richer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The upcoming Afterglow blushes are supposed to have sheer, buildable coverage with a “soft, creamy texture” that is “extremely blendable.” I can see this one becoming a popular shade, as it seems like a shade that will be very wearable on cool and warm-toned skin tones. The coverage is buildable from semi-sheer to mostly opaque, with the overall color having a muted quality to it, so it is hard to overdo. I don’t know that the color is rich enough to show up as well on deeper skin tones, but it may be worth a look (I lean towards steering you to check out NARS Sin (P, $30.00), as it starts off more pigmented and is richer overall, making it a better pick for deeper skin tones). It has a very silky, finely-milled texture that sits well on the skin without looking powdery, and it blends and diffuses without a lot of effort. The powder has a thinness to it, which gave me pause when I was swatching, but it seems to shine in practice (when you actually apply it and start blending it out). The shimmer in this gives it an exceptionally satiny, lightly luminous effect that is great if you like the idea of shimmer but don’t want to see it. The color wore well for eight and a half hours on me before fading slightly.

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Monday, March 30th, 2015

Clinique Fig Pop Cheek Pop Blush
Clinique Fig Pop Cheek Pop Blush

Clinique Fig Pop Cheek Pop Blush ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a deepened, orange-coral with a hint of pink-red and a subtle, golden micro-shimmer that gives it a luminous sheen.
MAC Puttin’ on the Spritz (LE, $22.00) is more orange, cream product. Chanel Malice (71) (P, $45.00) is pinker. MAC Make You Mine (P, $23.50) is darker, browner. MAC Sea Me, Hear Me (LE, $25.00) is similar. MAC Modern Mandarin (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, brighter. Sleek MakeUP Pink Mint (P, $6.99) is similar. Make Up For Ever #420 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is more orange, less shimmery, cream. Make Up For Ever #410 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is pinker, less shimmery, cream. Clinique Ginger Pop (01) (P, $21.00) is brighter, pinker. Illamasqua Sleek (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, cream. Tom Ford Beauty Savage (P, $55.00) is darker. Tom Ford Beauty Love Lust (P, $55.00) is lighter, pinker. MAC Ripe for Love (LE, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Ring of Saturn (LE, $27.00) is darker, redder. MAC Early Morning (LE, $27.00) is similar. MAC Fiery Impact (LE, $25.00) is more orange. Dior Coral Glow Blush (LE) is pinker, brighter. Chanel Frivole (P, $45.00) is brighter, less shimmery. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The texture of this blush was incredibly soft, smooth, and almost velvety, despite being a powder product. It sits beautifully on the skin giving it a luminous sheen but never emphasizes pores or the skin’s natural texture. It had rich, true-to-pan color payoff that can be applied and blended down, applied with a lighter hand, or at full intensity, but no matter whether you want to build the color or take it down, it’s easy to work with. I feel like when I applied the blush, it already looked soft, diffused, and blended, while still seeing plenty of color show on my skin. On me, the blush wore well for nine hours before fading slightly. The only downside is that I think it is close enough to Ginger Pop that it may be redundant depending on how you apply Ginger Pop, though this seems a bit less shimmery and more toned down.

P.S. — A round-up is coming — thank you for your patience! You can see all the swatches here.

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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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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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