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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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Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

Burberry Nude (No. 002) Wet & Dry Glow Shadow
Burberry Nude (No. 002) Wet & Dry Glow Shadow

Burberry Nude (No. 002) Wet & Dry Glow Shadow ($29.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a medium-dark golden brown with a hint of gray and a frosted, metallic finish. MAC Force of Nature #1 (LE, $21.00) is darker. Too Faced Rum Raisin (P, $16.00) is warmer. Kat Von D 3AM (LE) is cooler-toned. Makeup Geek Mesmerized (P, $9.99) is darker, cooler-toned. Charlotte Tilbury Fallen Angel #2 (LE) is very similar. Urban Decay Resist (LE, $18.00) is slightly darker. Make Up For Ever I550 Olive Gray (P, $21.00) is lighter, less shimmery. Make Up For Ever D562 Taupe Platinum (P, $21.00) is warmer. Marc Jacobs Beauty Au Revoir (406) (P, $28.00) is a cream product. NARS Dione (P, $29.00) is lighter. NARS Himalia (P, $29.00) is lighter. Giorgio Armani #09 (P, $32.00) is darker. MAC Superwatt (LE, $21.00) is a cream product. bareMinerals A-Ha (P) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

If you’re a fan of formulas like MAC In Extra Dimension, NARS Dual Intensity, Estee Lauder Pure Color Gelee, or the newest Tom Ford Eye Color Duos, you’ll probably like Burberry’s newest wet/dry formula. It’s very, very similar (as they all are), but I think Burberry’s achieved the silkiest, smoothest iteration, which gives it the best texture of all that I’ve tried. Much to my dismay, I only purchased one of the four shades available, and I managed to snag one more, but the other two are on backorder.

The brand describes the formula as “high-pigment colour with light-reflecting technology.” It can be used wet or dry, with wet application supposed to yield more “vibrant intensity.” Applied dry, it is slightly softer and is easier to sheer out if desired, and applied damp, it darkens slightly and becomes more metallic. The powder is incredibly easy to blend on the skin that it is nearly effortless to get a soft, diffused edge. It’s a denser product that doesn’t feel heavy but adheres well to the skin, which makes it so easy to use. When I tested for wear, the color lasted well for nine and a half hours before creasing slightly.

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10/10

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Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

Tom Ford Spring 2015 Cream Color for Eyes
Tom Ford Spring 2015 Cream Color for Eyes

Tom Ford Spring 2015 Cream Color for Eyes ($42.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “smoky grey.” It’s a blackened taupe brown with subtle, warm undertones. The color is complex; more like a melange of black, brown, and gray that sometimes looks grayer and other times looks browner. MAC Trusted Instinct #5 (LE) is grayer, lighter. Make Up For Ever ME624 Black Gold (P, $21.00) is greener, warmer. Make Up For Ever D326 Black Bronze (P, $21.00) is similar. Chanel Tisse Gabrielle #1 (P) is lighter, grayer. Dior Aventure (081) (P, $31.00) is grayer. MAC Legendary Black (DC, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Gold Carbon (LE) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It’s ridiculously pigmented; like the merest dip of the brush will provide enough product to cover the entire eyelid in an opaque layer of product. The consistency is lightweight, spreadable, and very blendable, so if you wanted a sheerer result, you could achieve it, but it will go on opaque very easily. It dries down to a more powder-like finish, so it doesn’t emphasize the texture of the eyelid at all. This wore well for fourteen hours on me without creasing or fading.

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10/10

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10/10

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10/10

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Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

ColourPop Deluxe Super Shock Shadow
ColourPop Deluxe Super Shock Shadow

ColourPop Shaaanxo Super Shock Shadow Set ($20.00 for 4 x 0.07 oz.) includes four earth-toned shades of cream eyeshadow. The four shades worked well together, and they could easily be used with other shades in the ColourPop formula. Three of the four performed very well, while the matte green fell short (though not a complete miss).

Deluxe is described as a “warm red bronze [with a Pearlized finish].” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm, copper and bronze shimmer that give it a light pearl finish. It had excellent color payoff that applied evenly, smoothly, and blended easily. The color wore well for ten hours before creasing slightly. Colour Pop Bandit (P, $5.00) is darker, less shimmery. Tom Ford Beauty Spice (LE, $42.00) is more shimmery. Make Up For Ever S602 Cinnamon (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, less brown. Make Up For Ever I634 Praline (P, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Femme Fatale (LE, $15.00) is lighter/ Sisley Paris Toffee (7) (P, $47.00) is warmer. theBalm C4 (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. MAC Exposed (LE, $15.00) is darker, more muted, less brown. MAC Antiqued (P, $15.00) is redder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Rebel is described as a “mid-tone khaki green [with a Matte finish].” It’s a muted, medium-dark olive green with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had decent color payoff where the actual coverage is higher, but it looks like a faded, softened version of how it looks in the pot. It wore well for eight and a half hours, but it seemed prone to fading faster than a lot of other shades I’ve tried in the formula. Kat Von D Cult (LE) is lighter. Makeup Geek Dirty Martini (P, $5.99) is darker. Kat Von D Gunner (LE) is darker, cooler-toned. NARS Mozambique (P, $25.00) is similar. MAC Velvet Moss (DC, $15.00) is darker. Inglot #121R Middle (P, $6.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Selfie is described as a “mid–tone peachy brown [with a Matte finish].” It’s a muted, medium orange with warm undertones and a satin sheen. It had good color payoff that applied evenly and blended well. This shade stayed on well for ten hours before fading. MAC Satin Ochre (Right) (LE) is similar. LORAC Camel (LE) is darker. Make Up For Ever M726 Sienna (P, $21.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever M720 Apricot (P, $21.00) is lighter. LORAC Nude #3 (LE) is darker. Wet ‘n’ Wild Newport Nights #5 (LE) is similar. MAC Samoa Silk (DC, $15.00) is lighter. Inglot #368 (P, $6.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

XO is described as a “light champagne [with a Pearlized finish].” It’s a brightened, light golden beige with warm undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, lightly creamy consistency that spread evenly across the skin and lasted for ten hours. LORAC Uninhibited (P) is lighter. MAC Natural Vigor #2 (LE, $21.00) is darker. Dior Golden Shock #5 (LE) is less shimmery. Anastasia Blush (LE, $12.00) is lighter. MAC Sweet Sovereign (LE, $15.00) is similar. Too Faced Nutmeg (LE, $16.00) is similar. Ardency Inn Sunday (P, $21.00) is brighter. Maybelline Beige-ing Beauty (85) (LE, $6.99) is similar. Maybelline Barely Brazen (P, $6.99) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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9.5/10

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Monday, February 2nd, 2015

Kevyn Aucoin Medium The Sculpting Powder
Kevyn Aucoin Medium The Sculpting Powder

Kevyn Aucoin Medium The Sculpting Powder ($44.00 for 0.11 oz.) is a medium-dark taupe brown with subtle warmth and a mostly matte finish. Marc Jacobs Beauty Contour (P) is warmer. Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Medium (P) is a cream product. MAC Sculpt (P, $16.50) is warmer, lighter. MAC Coffee Walnut (LE, $20.00) is a cream product, slightly darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

After falling in love with Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Medium/Candlelight The Creamy Glow Duo, it seemed imperative to test drive the powder version of the contouring shade. It’s a very shadowy contour, so for those who have bemoaned the plethora of warmer bronzes and feel like there is too much orange in other products marketed as contouring powders, this might be a great option. It reads warmer in tone in the pan and swatched, but even against my warmer undertones, it read shadowy, cool-toned, and very much like a true contouring shade. The product is incredibly pigmented, and a little goes a long way. The first time I applied it, the contour was deeper and more dramatic than I anticipated, so less is more with this one. It had a silky, smooth, and blendable texture that applied nicely and sat well on the skin. The contour wears well for eight hours before fading slightly.

I wish the brand also had a light and deep option, because I bet they could nail the right variation in color and undertone so it could fit a wider spectrum of skin tones. I’d also like to see a price reduction, because when they changed packaging, they reduced significantly (0.23 oz. to 0.11 oz.) without reducing the price–the product is so, so good but knowing it used to be double the size for the same price is hard to overlook.

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10/10

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10/10

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Friday, January 30th, 2015

Guerlain Medium (03) Meteorites Compact
Guerlain Medium (03) Meteorites Compact

Guerlain Medium (03) Meteorites Compact ($62.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “beige and champagne colors” that “unify while peach dots add a perfecting touch.” It’s a translucent powder with very fine shimmer that translates into more of a soft sheen on the skin rather than detectable shimmer or sparkle. As much as I love Meteorites, it can be difficult to distinguish differences between them at times, and this is one of those times. Visually, I really just don’t notice a difference between the effect of this compared to Clair (02 on my skin tone. I think some skin tones might find one works better than the other, but on my medium complexion, they both give a subtle luminous effect that simultaneously blurs imperfections while giving the skin a brightened, livelier appearance. I love the effect of both on the skin, but I don’t think you need both unless you’re very fair or much deeper and perhaps your skin tone will allow any nuances to become visible. View comparison swatches / view dupes.

I like wearing it alone over bare skin, but I typically use it as a finishing powder dusted all-over the face after I’ve applied setting powder (and it is a finishing powder, to be clear!). I get an extra half hour of wear out of my foundation if I just use this and skip the setting powder, but I have normal-to-dry skin. The powder is violet-scented, though I don’t notice any scent when it is applied.

For those who were wondering if the pan could be removed: it is supposed to be glued in, and in fact, the one I ordered arrived with the pan itself rattling around, because it wasn’t actually glued in any more (but you can see where the glue was). I hope I was just one of the few unlucky ones to have this happen to them, and it isn’t prevalent (the other one I ordered was fine).

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Medium (03)

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10/10

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