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Saturday, March 29th, 2014

Giorgio Armani #100 Maestro Liquid Summer Bronzer SPF 15
Giorgio Armani #100 Maestro Liquid Summer Bronzer SPF 15

Giorgio Armani #100 Maestro Liquid Summer Bronzer SPF 15 ($64.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is described as a “radiant, sun-kissed glow.” It’s a light-medium, warm-toned brown with a very fine gold shimmer over a satin-matte finish. Divergent Intelligent Bronze (LE) is powder, lighter. Tarte Park Ave. Princess (P, $29.00) is powder, similar. Wet ‘n’ Wild Bikini Contest (P, $3.99) is powder, redder. Urban Decay Naked Flushed Bronzer (P) is powder, similar. MAC Nude on Board (LE, $30.00) is powder, lighter. MAC Soft Sand (LE, $25.00) is powder, slightly darker. Burberry Summer Glow (P, $48.00) is powder, slightly warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It felt very much like the Maestro foundation in terms of consistency: thin, almost watery, but as it dried down, it had a more velvety feel that was satiny–not shiny but not totally flat. A little went a long way, but I felt like it was more forgiving than not when applied to the skin, as it blends very easily and can be buffed down to a softer color if you overdo it. Worth noting, of course, is that against my skin tone, it isn’t too dramatic, so fairer complexions may find the learning the curve steeper. I think the product itself works well; it feels comfortable on the skin, looks natural, blends beautifully, and wears a solid nine hours before starting to fade slightly. It worked well over and under foundation as well as on bare skin. It has the same type of packaging as the Maestro foundation, which has a dropper, but I didn’t need more than one or two drops, so I think the packaging could be improved. The other downside was that it’s more of a one-size-fits-all approach, so very fair, very cool-toned, or deeper complexions may find it’s not a suitable shade for them. I’d love to see a rosy-brown and deeper bronze shade released to at least accommodate a greater variety in skin tones.

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#100

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Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Friday, March 28th, 2014

Dior Sunset (660) Rouge Dior Couture Lipstick
Dior Sunset (660) Rouge Dior Couture Lipstick

Dior Sunset (660) Rouge Dior Couture Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “fiery red.” It’s a medium, pink-coral with strong, warm red undertones and a soft, golden shimmer, plus a glossy, luminous finish. Estee Lauder Defiant Coral (P, $30.00) is a smidgen lighter. Too Faced Bon Bon (P, $21.00) is lighter, pinker. Givenchy Rose Dentelle (203) (P, $36.00) is darker, less shimmery. Chanel Pygmalion (LE, $34.00) is sheerer. MAC Lady at Play (P, $22.00) is warmer, less glossy. MAC Hibiscus (LE, $16.00) is a touch darker. Guerlain Rouge Sensuel (LE, $49.50) is darker, redder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The look and feel of this shade is really where the luxury is; the consistency is incredibly lightweight, as it is creamy and glides on easily. It applies smoothly, evenly, and better yet, lips look soft, juicy, and lustrous. When a lipstick makes your lips look like they’re in better health–smoother, plumper, softer–you know the formula is a winner. Sunset had mostly opaque color coverage with a hint of translucency that kept it from reading too heavy. It wore well for four and a half hours, and it did leave behind a stain. The formula was nicely hydrating both during and after the color wore away, and I didn’t detect any scent or taste.

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Sunset (660)

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Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Make Up For Ever #225 HD Blush
Make Up For Ever #225 HD Blush

Make Up For Ever #225 HD Blush ($26.000 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “peachy pink.” It’s a light-medium, muted peach with warm undertones, hint of pink, and a satin finish. theBalm Cider (P) is lighter, pinker. Hourglass Dim Infusion (P, $35.00) is powder. Tarte Darling (LE, $26.00) is darker, powder. MAC Cream Soda (LE, $21.00) is more orange, powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever’s new HD Blush formula is one of my new favorites, because it has a lightly creamy consistency that applies evenly, smoothly, and blends easily and feels and looks like a powder shortly after applying it to the skin. It’s never tacky, as it dries down to a powder-like finish, which also means it has a subtle, satin finish–nothing too dewy or luminous. This shade had very true-to-pan color payoff, though it’s a lighter shade so it will show up best on fairer complexions. On my medium skin tone, it is a soft, muted blush on me, but it wore well for eight hours before beginning to fade.

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#225 HD Blush

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Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Monday, March 24th, 2014

Bite Beauty Moscato Cashmere Lip Cream
Bite Beauty Moscato Cashmere Lip Cream

Bite Beauty Moscato Cashmere Lip Cream ($28.00 for 0.26 oz.) is described as a “bright pink.” It’s a bold, bright, vivid fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a satin finish. Sephora + Pantone Universe Radiant Rush (LE, $18.00) is darker. Chanel La Diva (44) (P, $34.00) is more muted, more matte. NARS Full Frontal (LE, $26.00) is more muted. Maybelline Electric Fuchsia (LE, $7.49) is a bit darker. MAC Dear Diary (LE, $18.00) is more matte, darker. MAC Candy Yum Yum (P, $16.00) is darker. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Nylon (LE, $18.00) is very similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

If Bordeaux was too dark for you, perhaps Moscato’s lighter and brighter hue is more up your alley (though they are equally bold, showstopping colors!). Moscato was intensely pigmented in a single stroke, comfortable to wear, and wears well for six hours and will last as long as eight with only slight fading. It takes two to three hours for the finish to wear down to something more matte, which is really the only “downside” to the formula–it’s supposed to be matte, but there’s a definite shine to it. To get more of a matte finish from the beginning, I would recommend lightly blotting. The consistency is creamy and stays that way for a few hours, so while it’s not transfer-proof, there’s so much pigmentation that it still wears long and well. There is a slight scent to it that I can’t quite place–a little herbal-y? perhaps that’s subtle and I can only somewhat catch a whiff of it when I smell the applicator.

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Moscato

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Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Urban Decay Gash Lipstick
Urban Decay Gash Lipstick

Urban Decay Gash Lipstick ($22.00 for 0..09 oz.) is described as a “deep red with tonal shimmer.” It’s a medium-dark, cool-toned red with ruby red micro-shimmer and a luminous shine. Chanel La Desiree (327) (LE, $34.00) is more matte, brighter. MAC Just a Bite (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. NARS Mascate (P, $26.00) is less cool-toned, matte. MAC Runaway Red (LE, $16.00) is less glossy. Guerlain Liu (P, $35.00) is similar. Chanel Rouge Byzantin (LE, $34.00) is slightly pinker, less glossy, brighter. See comparison swatches.

It’s exclusive, limited edition shade to Urban Decay’s website, so you won’t find it as the usual suspects like Sephora. When I compared this shade to the previously released Gash (in the older formula), the color was spot-on. The shade was nicely pigmented and yielded mostly opaque color coverage. The texture of the new formula doesn’t feel quite the same as the rest of the Revolution lipsticks, though; it’s slightly stiffer in comparison, though it doesn’t tug or pull at lips while being applied–it’s just not as noticeably creamy or as emollient as the other shades in the range. It was also somewhat tacky, but it adheres well, applies smoothly, and pretty much wears for hours on end. It was still going strong after eight hours (including a meal) with the color being even, bold, and the only component missing was that it wasn’t as shiny (but it wasn’t fully matte either). The formula was moderately hydrating over time as well; I never felt like I needed lip balm, even after eight hours of wearing this shade.

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Gash

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Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Sephora + Pantone Universe Rush Luster Cheek Sweep
Sephora + Pantone Universe Rush Luster Cheek Sweep

Sephora + Pantone Universe Rush Luster Cheek Sweep ($26.00 for 0.39 oz.) includes two Luminizers and one blush. I loved the mix of colors in the palette, and I really appreciated that they went for a true, “Radiant Orchid” blush–it’s a shade that you just don’t see often as a genuine blush (but there are similar shades if you look at eyeshadow). I wish the two Luminizers were a bit less metallic, as they can slightly to somewhat emphasize skin imperfections/pores. Otherwise, all three shades had really good color payoff, and the textures were soft, smooth, and blendable on the skin. You get plenty of product in the palette, and it’s an excellent price point, so I think it’s well worth checking out–especially if you’ve ever craved a purple-y blush!

Bridal Rose is a medium-dark, pinky-plum with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had excellent color payoff, and this shade, while called a Luminizer, is more of a blush than a traditional highlighter as it has quite a bit of color as well as sheen. The texture was soft, finely-milled, and blendable. It does emphasize pores somewhat, though, and it wore seven and a half hours on me before looking patchy. NARS G-Spot (P, $39.00) is darker, less metallic, cream. MAC Rose Quartz (LE, $30.00) is darker. MAC Lavish Living (LE, $25.00) is darker. MAC Sweet Samba (LE, $25.00) is less metallic, darker. MAC Plum Foolery (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Spanish Villa is a golden beige with a frosted, metallic finish. This had good color payoff, and the texture was fairly soft and smooth. It has a lot of shimmer and sheen, so I saw slight emphasis of pores/skin texture with this hue. If I swept on the highlighter with a fan brush, I had a subtler sheen, but it didn’t emphasize pores, so that was a plus. It wore well for seven hours before it looked a bit patchy and faded. IT Cosmetics Hello Light (P, $24.00) is darker. Giorgio Armani Belladonna (LE, $88.00) is more golden. NARS Devotee (LE, $29.00) is lighter. MAC Sparkling Rose (LE) is similar.Urban Decay Naked (P, $29.00) is more sparkly. theBalm Mary Lou-manizer (P, $24.00) is more golden. See comparison swatches.

Radiant Orchid is a cool-toned, pinky-purple with a pearly finish. It’s intensely pigmented, and the texture was soft and blendable. This is not a shy shade at all, and I was surprised to see just how purple it actually was. I don’t have anything quite like this as far as blush goes, so I turned to eyeshadows. This shade wore well for eight hours before starting to fade. Bobbi Brown Ultra Violet (LE, $21.00) is darker, more matte. NARS Rage (LE, $24.00) is a touch lighter. Too Faced Ooh la Orchid (LE, $16.00) is matte. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Tease #6 (P) is darker, matte. See comparison swatches

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LE
palette

Rush Luster

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Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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Bridal Rose

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Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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Spanish Villa

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9/10

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10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

5/5

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