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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

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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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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Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

5/5

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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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A+

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

Becca Topaz Shimmering Skin Perfector Poured
Becca Topaz Shimmering Skin Perfector Poured

Becca Topaz Shimmering Skin Perfector Poured ($38.00 for 0.19 oz.) is described as a “golden bronze pearl.” It’s a rich, gold-shimmered, copper-brown with warm, yellow undertones and a luminous shimmer-sheen finish. Kevyn Aucoin Tropical Days (P, $48.00) is lighter, less warm-toned, powder. Bobbi Brown Bronze Glow (LE, $45.00) is a powder, warmer, lighter. Becca Topaz (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, powder. Marc Jacobs Beauty Close-Up #3 (LE) is lighter, less shimmery. Disney by Sephora Golden Sands (LE, $55.00) is warmer, powder. MAC Golden Elixir (LE, $31.00) is sheerer, liquid. theBalm Betty-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is browner, powder. NARS Laguna (P, $39.00) is browner, less shimmery. MAC Gilty Bronze (LE, $29.50) is darker, less golden. MAC Global Glow (P, $30.00) is lighter, powder. Estee Lauder Topaz Chameleon (LE, $42.00) is similar in color, powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The texture is lightweight, moderately emollient, and creamy enough to blend out easily so you can achieve whatever opacity level you want but not so prone to sheering out that you can’t get opaque color. On fair to medium skin tones, this will add visible color and a shimmery luminosity to the skin, though you can blend it out enough where it adds only a slight bit of warmth. The finish is just glowing without being too dewy or shimmery, but it’s still noticeable. It’s very comparable in color to the Pressed version, though the Pressed appears more shimmery and reflective, giving it a lighter appearance overall. I don’t have the liquid (but I purchased it–just hasn’t arrived yet) to compare it to. As I mentioned in my initial review of this formula, the Pressed will give the highest shimmer coverage with excellent color coverage, while the Liquid is sheer and has the least shimmery finish (more of a dewy finish). It wore well on bare skin and lasted for eight hours before fading a bit. It also works patted or layered over foundation, and I would recommend using fingertips or a duo-fiber brush with a light-handed application, depending on what type of base products you have underneath.

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Topaz

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Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, February 26th, 2015

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Anti-Aging Concealer
IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Anti-Aging Concealer

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Anti-Aging Concealer ($24.00 for 0.28 fl. oz.) is thickened, liquid-cream concealer that has medium-to-full coverage that doesn’t settle into or exacerbate fine lines underneath the eyes. It’s definitely a full coverage concealer, but it’s spreadable enough that you can get more medium coverage if desired. It brightens and minimizes the shadows underneath the eyes while subtly softening fine lines (they’re still there, but they seem less severe). I like to pat the concealer into place with a fingertip, then buff and blend it out using a fluffy eyeshadow brush. The concealer wears a full nine hours on me (without setting powder).

The brand says that it’s supposed to be a full-coverage, waterproof, “crease-proof” concealer that will also “diffuse the look of lines and wrinkles” and “give a more youthful radiance.” The latter characteristic is apparent; it’s has a definite radiance/sheen to its finish once it dries down, so if you like an ultra-matte finish, you won’t find it with this concealer on its own. It diffuses some lines, but it’s very subtle. There are four shades–Light, Neutral Medium, Tan, and Deep–and that’s the main complaint I have, which is that the shade range could be larger. I’m typically medium in most ranges (perfectly between light-medium and medium, really), but Neutral Medium is too light while Tan is a bit too dark (also worth noting, Tan leans more peach, which can be nice for covering up under-eye circles, but it is quite warm-toned and may not double as an under eye and face concealer if you prefer double duty), so I mix both shades to get a matching under eye concealer. As far as personal usage goes, I like to use a setting powder to further soften my under eye circles, and it’s always worked well with the concealer (never makes it appear dry or caked).

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Bye Bye Under Eye Anti-Aging Concealer

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Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

5/5

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Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

IT Cosmetics No. 302 LBD Foundation Velvet Luxe Brush
IT Cosmetics No. 302 LBD Foundation Velvet Luxe Brush

IT Cosmetics No. 302 LBD Foundation Velvet Luxe Brush ($38.00) is a medium-sized, dense, gently dome-shaped brush with synthetic fibers. The brush head is 30mm in width, 29mm in height, and 30mm in thickness. It has an open, rounded ferrule. The total length is 7 inches or 18 centimeters with the majority of the handle having a “soft-touch grip.” (If you’re familiar with NARS’ packaging, it’s a bit like that but smoother, and I haven’t noticed a tendency to pick-up powder or smudges–my handle is totally pristine after having it for two months). The brush is well-balanced with a handle that’s comfortable to hold and fit well into my hand.

This is an excellent brush for foundation, particularly liquid and cream foundations, as the fibers are so fine and the brush itself so dense that all the fibers move as one, which yields a smooth, even, streak-free application. It’s domed enough to move across more contoured areas of the face, like underneath the eyes, around the nose, and along the jaw, but the more buffer-brush-like shape makes it easy to stipple, spread, blend, and buff foundation into the skin. It’s become my new go-to liquid foundation brush since I started testing it. I’m particularly impressed by how silky it feels against the skin no matter the angle or motion of the brush–there is never a direction or pressure where you can feel any of the individual fibers, which also indicates how well-cut it is. The brush itself is very dense, much like a buffer brush, so it does take extra time to really clean and rinse through any brush cleanser used, and subsequently, drying time is longer, but it dries within 12 to 16 hours in my experience.

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No. 302 LBD Foundation Velvet Luxe Brush

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This is an excellent brush for foundation, particularly liquid and cream foundations, as the fibers are so fine and the brush itself so dense that all the fibers move as one, which yields a smooth, even, streak-free application. It's become my new go-to liquid foundation brush since I started testing it!
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