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Thursday, November 27th, 2014

Kevyn Aucoin Tropical Days The Celestial Bronzing Veil
Kevyn Aucoin Tropical Days The Celestial Bronzing Veil

Kevyn Aucoin Tropical Days The Celestial Bronzing Veil ($48.00 for 0.34 oz.) is a medium, golden brown with a hint of gray–there’s an almost “dirty” aspect to the color–and a shimmery, luminous finish. IT Cosmetics Warm Radiance (P, $34.00) is warmer. Too Faced Snow Bunny (P) is more shimmery. Too Faced Spice (LE) is slightly darker. Urban Decay Gilded (P, $26.00) is more shimmery. bareMinerals Secret Radiance (P, $19.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It’s designed to add both color as well as glow by using “crystal pigments in bronze, gold and silver” (the latter seems to give it that more neutral/dirty vibe that I see). The color payoff was excellent and easily delivered true-to-pan color onto the skin, but the silky, lightweight, ultra-soft powder is easily blended and manipulated on the skin. You can also concentrate your brush towards the upper half of the pan for a lighter, more shimmer-based glow, or towards the bottom half of the pan for more color with less shimmer. I tried to swirl for a good mix of color and shimmer when I applied it to my cheeks for testing. I really loved the texture, as it was a cinch to apply. It didn’t accentuate my pores, and the powder sat well on the skin without looking powdery nor shiny. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me.

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Monday, November 24th, 2014

IT Cosmetics Magical in Mauve Vitality Cheek Stain
IT Cosmetics Magical in Mauve Vitality Cheek Stain

IT Cosmetics Magical in Mauve Vitality Cheek Stain ($24.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a rich, brightened, berry-purple with cool undertones and a soft, frosted finish. Kevyn Aucoin Neolita (P, $37.00) is warmer. MAC Hot Nights (LE, $21.00) is similar. NARS Oasis (P, $29.00) is more muted, warmer. MAC Restores Dazzle (LE, $21.00) is a cream product. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It’s intensely pigmented–a little goes such a long way! If you prefer a very foolproof blush, you might look elsewhere, as this requires a very feathery touch to control just how much gets applied. The powder itself has a soft, buttery, and silky consistency, so it is easy to blend out on the skin and diffuse for softer color. It’ll be a nice option for anyone who prefers a more pigmented blush that doesn’t require building to get true-to-pan color. As the blush gets blended and buffed onto the skin, it looks more luminous than shimmery with a light glow and a distinctive “stained” look, even though it is a powder. This shade wore well for ten hours before fading slightly along the edges.

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Magical in Mauve

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10/10

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10/10

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Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

Burberry Nude Radiance No. 01 Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base
Burberry Nude Radiance No. 01 Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base

Burberry Nude Radiance No. 01 Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base ($48.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is a gold-shimmered light beige that gives more of a pearlescent sheen than a distinct shimmer/sparkle. NARS 413 BLKR (P, $30.00) is more shimmery. Illamasqua Aurora (P, $24.00) is similar, but it is a cream. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It’s described as a “multiuse luminizer” that hydrates while illuminating. It’s a thin, liquid highlighter that can be used all-over the face, mixed with moisturizer or foundation, or patted on top of foundation for more targeted illumination. I find it is easiest to used mixed in with moisturizer or liquid foundation, and it will give your base a more luminous, dewy look that isn’t oily or wet. It is the type of product that I think translates better in-person than in a photo, as it livens up the skin and illuminates it without being flashy or obvious. It’s that “Did you change your skin regimen?” kind of effect. For the holidays, it is available in limited edition, gold-hued packaging, but the shade itself is available in the permanent line-up in its regular packaging (same price). I notice I get a slightly smoother application of my base products as well as a subtle skin smoothing effect when using this.

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Nude Radiance No. 01

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10/10

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10/10

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10/10

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10/10

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Saturday, November 15th, 2014

Burberry Gold No. 25 Complete Eye Palette
Burberry Gold No. 25 Complete Eye Palette

Burberry Gold No. 25 Complete Eye Palette ($60.00 for 0.19 oz.) includes a dark brown, khaki gold, antique gold, and pewter beige. After a season of many disappointments, it is always refreshing to discover something as well-done as this palette. The quality is consistently high across all four eyeshadows: richly pigmented, soft and silky textures, and long-wear. I’m digging Burberry’s take on gold, as there is no true, yellow gold here, only variations on the theme, which is nice while still being more traditional yet not the same ol’, same ol’. It is a warmer-toned set of shades, all are shimmery, and more dupable, so it may not work for everyone. If you tend to like your warm, shimmery shades with a gold twist, you may fall in love. I personally hope they’ll consider adding it to their core range down the line. These were just the type of eyeshadows that felt like they applied and blended themselves–no fuss at all.

Gold #1 is a rich, medium-dark brown with a pearly sheen. It had great color payoff with a soft, blendable texture that was very easy to use. It wore well for nine hours before fading slightly. Tarte Bastille in the Night (LE) is darker, more matte. Guerlain Petrouchka #5 (LE) is similar. Gucci Beauty Fumé (Right) (P) is darker. Tom Ford Beauty Nude Dip #4 (LE) is cooler-toned. Make Up For Ever ME614 Graphite Brown (P, $21.00) is darker. Sleek MakeUP Aladdin’s Lamp (LE, $9.99) is more shimmery. Chanel Tisse Rivoli #4 (P) is cooler-toned. YSL Saharienne #4 (P) is slightly cooler-toned. YSL Saharienne #3 (P) is darker. theBalm #37 (P, $6.50) is darker, less shimmery. theBalm #8 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery. bareMinerals Embellish (LE) is more shimmery. bareMinerals Toasted Espresso (LE, $14.00) is cooler-toned. theBalm B4 (LE, $16.00) is similar. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #3 (P) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Gold #2 is a golden khaki-brown with a frosted finish and warm undertones. It had a very soft, finely-milled consistency that was a tiny bit powdery if you weren’t careful. The pigmentation was excellent, though, and it lasted for nine hours on me. Makeup Geek Pretentious (P, $5.99) is more golden. Anastasia Gilded (LE) is darker. Tarte Provence Upon a Time (LE) is less shimmery. MAC Mortal #4 (LE) is brighter. Cle de Peau Stellar Gaze #2 (P) is darker. Anastasia Topaz (LE) is lighter, more shimmery. Makeup Geek Poker Face (P, $6.99) is more metallic, lighter. Make Up For Ever ME644 Iced Brown (P, $21.00) is lighter. Make Up For Ever D652 Celestial Earth (P, $21.00) is similar. Too Faced Tiger’s Eye (LE, $16.00) is similar. Dior Golden Flower #4 (LE) is lighter. Urban Decay Smog (P, $18.00) is darker. MAC Museum Bronze (P, $21.00) is more metallic. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Gold #3 is a warmer, light-medium antique gold with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, blendable texture that was easy to work with. This shade showed signs of fading after nine hours of wear. Too Faced Cinnamon Sugar (LE, $16.00) is darker. LORAC Smokey Topaz (LE) is similar. NARS Dione (P, $29.00) is lighter, cooler-toned. MAC Crushed Clove (P, $15.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Gold #4 is a light, muted gold with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had nice pigmentation with a soft, buttery texture that was beautifully blended on the skin. Guerlain Petrouchka #1 (LE) is similar. MAC Canter (LE, $15.00) is slightly warmer. Anastasia Legend (LE) is yellower. Tarte Golden Locket (LE) is darker. Make Up For Ever ME512 Golden Beige (P, $21.00) is warmer. theBalm #41 (P, $6.50) is similar. MAC In the Meadow #2 (LE, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Lily White (2014) (LE, $21.00) is lighter. Bobbi Brown 24 Karat (LE, $28.00) is darker, cream. Makeup Geek Bling (P, $5.99) is lighter. Chanel Convoitise (90) (LE, $36.00) is a cream product. Disney by Sephora Sand in the Glass (LE) is lighter.See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Gold No. 25

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10/10

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Saturday, November 15th, 2014

Burberry Gold Glow No. 01 Luminizing Powder
Burberry Gold Glow No. 01 Luminizing Powder

Burberry Gold Glow No. 01 Luminizing Powder ($68.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a dirty, light-medium antique gold with a frosted sheen. Chanel Camelia de Plumes (LE, $76.00) is much lighter. Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Glow (P) is warmer. Chanel Dentelle Precieuse (LE, $80.00) is warmer. Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is warmer, cream. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Despite the very true, yellowed gold packaging, Burberry’s take on “Gold” in terms of actual color is much lighter, and honestly, unexpected. It is fragranced with the My Burberry scent, which is a stronger floral (a mix of bergamot, freesia, and rose), and it’s not a subtle or faint scent, so if you don’t like scented powders or are adverse to floral scents in general, you may want to skip this. You might be able to minimize the scent by leaving the compact open for a few days. I did notice the scent when applied to the skin, but it didn’t seem to be apparent after about forty minutes of wear. The powder is lovely with its soft, silky consistency that blended beautifully and highlighted the skin without emphasizing pores. It gives the skin a luminous glow that is easy to achieve. On me, the highlighter wears well for nine hours before starting to fade. It includes a very slim, narrow yet wide, straight-across brush, which will work and isn’t the worst brush I’ve tried, though not something I would use if one already had full-sized brushes.

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Gold Glow No. 01

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10/10

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10/10

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10/10

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Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Make Up For Ever D716 Crystalline Papaya Artist Shadow
D716 Crystalline Papaya (inner lid), I520 Pinky Sand (middle of lid), I838 Slate Pink (outer lid),
I834 Grape (crease), Urban Decay Rockstar Eyeliner

Make Up For Ever D716 Crystalline Papaya Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a sparkling, golden beige with a frosted sheen. It’s really dazzling in person–when I swatched it, I could see why it had been out of stock for so long!–and is great for brightening the inner corner. It had good color payoff, and the texture was very smooth and felt more like a cream-powder hybrid. The color itself wore well for almost ten hours, and there was slight (but surprisingly little) fall out over time. See comparison swatches/ view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever I520 Pinky Sand Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a gold-shimmered peach with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had nice pigmentation that went on smoothly and blended beautifully. The color lasted well for nearly ten hours before fading slightly. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever I838 Slate Pink Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a dusty, medium-dark pink-mauve with a soft, frosted sheen. It had good pigmentation, while the powder’s texture was soft to the touch, easy to apply and blend out, and went on smoothly. The color didn’t show any signs of fading until after ten hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever I834 Grape Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a dark purple with warm, reddish-brown undertones and a pearly finish. It had fantastic color payoff, and the texture was soft, smooth, and blendable. It wore well for ten hours before creasing slightly. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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D716 Crystalline Papaya

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9.5/10

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9.5/10

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9.5/10

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I838 Slate Pink

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