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Monday, January 27th, 2014

Clinique Plum Pop (04) Cheek Pop Blush
Clinique Plum Pop (04) Cheek Pop Blush

Clinique Plum Pop (04) Cheek Pop Blush ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a cool-toned, plummy pink with blue undertones and a satin finish. It is lighter, less pink, and cooler-toned compared to Berry Pop, though applied they look more similar than dissimilar! Guerlain Cherry (02) (LE, $42.00) is a cream blush and has less of a sheen. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Blush (LE) is more shimmery. Tarte Dollface (P, $26.00) is lighter, more matte. Urban Decay Quickie (LE) is brighter, matte. NARS Angelika (P, $29.00) is more matte. MAC I’m the One (LE, $21.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Florida (LE, $21.00) is brighter, darker, and a cream product. See comparison swatches.

Plum Pop has an incredibly soft but smooth, even color application, and it delivers color as intense or as sheer as your heart desires. Deeper skin tones won’t feel like they’re spending ten minutes to layer on the product while fairer complexions can easily use a lighter touch/brush and blend and sheer away the product with ease. The finish is luminous, glowy, but very natural; it looks like a cream blush when applied–never powdery–and applies like one, as the way it blends and smooths over the skin is incredible. Plum Pop lasted well for eight hours on my skin before starting to fade away along the edges.

I’ve spotted them online at Nordstrom as well as Sephora.

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Plum Pop (04)

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Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Sunday, January 26th, 2014

Clinique Berry Pop (03) Cheek Pop Blush
Clinique Berry Pop (03) Cheek Pop Blush

Clinique Berry Pop (03) Cheek Pop Blush ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a vibrant, medium-dark fuchsia pink with blue undertones and a satiny sheen. NARS Coeur Battant (LE, $29.00) is brighter, cooler-toned. Tom Ford Beauty Narcissist (LE, $55.00) is more shimmery. NARS Desire (P, $29.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler-toned, matte. MAC Florida (LE, $21.00) is more magenta, cooler-toned, cream product. Burberry Hydrangea Pink (P, $42.00) is redder, darker. See comparison swatches.

Berry Pop makes us three for three so far–and there’s one more shade to review!–and it’s been such a pleasant experience testing a truly impressive formula. It’s intensely pigmented with buildable and blendable color; there’s no doubt that this is going to be a more intense blush, so it’ll work well across all skin tones, but fairer skin tones may want to use a light hand and more feathery brush (or a stippling brush). The texture is soft and smooth, feels more like a cream than a powder (but definitely a powder), so the color can easily be sheered out for a softer, flushed look or applied more dramatically for true-to-pan color. It has a soft, satiny finish that’s naturally luminous but not overly shimmery or frosted. Berry Pop wore nicely for eight hours before starting to fade along the edges.

I’ve spotted them online at Nordstrom as well as Sephora.

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Berry Pop (03)

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10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Saturday, January 25th, 2014

Clinique Peach Pop (02) Cheek Pop Blush
Clinique Peach Pop (02) Cheek Pop Blush

Clinique Peach Pop (02) Cheek Pop Blush ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a pink-coral with a satin finish and warm undertones. Clinique Ginger Pop (01) (P, $21.00) is darker, more orange/red, less pink. Dior Corail Bagatelle (763) (LE, $43.00) is a smidgen lighter. Chanel Intonation (69) (LE, $38.00) is warmer, cream. NARS Day Dream (LE, $29.00) is similar. NARS Realm of the Senses (Together) (LE, $29.00) is more shimmery. MAC Supercontinental (LE, $21.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

This is definitely one of my new favorite powder blush formulas!  Peach Pop was just as impressive as Ginger Pop.  The texture is soft and blendable, but the smoothness of the color is extraordinary.  It smooths and skims across the skin as if it were a cream blush, but it’s definitely a powder.  If you want a sheer wash of color, it’s easily achieved by using a light tap of the brush into the pan, but it has good, true-to-pan color payoff that can be as intense or as soft as desired, as it blends out so effortlessly.  The finish is lightly luminous, doesn’t emphasize pores, and looks like skin–never powdery.  Peach Pop wore well for eight hours, and then it started to fade.

I’ve spotted them online at Nordstrom as well as Sephora.

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Peach Pop (02)

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Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Friday, January 24th, 2014

Clinique Ginger Pop (01) Cheek Pop Blush
Clinique Ginger Pop (01) Cheek Pop Blush

Clinique Ginger Pop (01) Cheek Pop Blush ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a reddened coral with a subtle satin finish. Dior Corail Bagatelle (763) (LE, $43.00) is lighter, pinker. Chanel Intonation (69) (LE, $38.00) is pinker, cream. MAC Autoerotique (LE, $25.00) is lighter. Illamasqua Sleek (P, $26.00) is cream. Edward Bess Secret Affair (P, $43.00) is lighter. NARS Boys Don’t Cry (LE, $41.00) is brighter. MAC Fleet Fast (LE, $21.00) is similar. Dior Coral Glow Blush (LE) is warmer. Burberry Blossom (P, $42.00) is slightly warmer. See comparison swatches.

This is one of four shades that Clinique’s released just in time for spring–I will be reviewing the other three as I work through wearing each of them. The formula is described as “vibrant yet natural-looking cheek colour that looks virtually powderless.” There is some magic at work with this formula; because it feels like a powder but applies, blends, and looks more like a cream-to-powder formula on the skin, but it’s definitely a powder. I took a chunk out of the pan to play with, and it crumbles and smooths out like a powder. Ginger Pop blends so beautifully on the skin, and as Clinique touts, it truly seems effortless to soften and sheer out the color, which is very pigmented and true-to-pan if desired. A little goes a long way, but the texture is forgiving and easy to blend out, so a full spectrum of skin tones should be able to work with this formula. The texture is soft and smooth, not at all powdery. It wore well for eight hours on me before showing signs of fading.

I’ve spotted them online at Nordstrom as well as Sephora.

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Ginger Pop (01)

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Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

theBalm Cindy-Lou Manizer
theBalm Cindy-Lou Manizer

theBalm Cindy-Lou Manizer ($24.00 for 0.30 oz.) is described as a “soft peachy-pink highlighter.” It’s a soft, pinky-peach–but I’d actually call it rose gold–with a frosted sheen. bareMinerals The Many Splendors #2 (LE) is lighter. bareMinerals The Magic Moment (LE, $26.00) is very similar. MAC Talk of the Town (LE, $25.00) is darker, less peach. Benefit Rockateur (P, $28.00) is not quite as shimmery, darker. MAC Adored (LE, $30.00) is pinker. MAC Lust (LE, $30.00) is pinker, more metallic. See comparison swatches.

You may have heard of Mary-Lou Manizer. This is a very similar product, just in another shade. It adds luminosity, warmth, and an overall glow wherever it is applied. It can be used on cheeks, as well as on lids and the rest of the face, if desired. On my medium complexion, it adds subtle rosy, bronzy warmth but not a lot of obvious color, along with a glowing, luminous sheen. On fairer complexions, I would expect that this could be used as a subtle blusher in addition to being a highlighter. It doesn’t have a chalky or white base, so it should work as a highlighter on deeper complexions. The finish is high-shine but forgiving, so it doesn’t emphasize pores. It lasted for eight and a half hours on me before starting to show signs of fading. This powder had such a soft, buttery, silky texture that it was easy to apply and blend, and it’s very, very pigmented–a little goes a long way.

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Cindy-Lou Manizer

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Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Monday, January 13th, 2014

Urban Decay Ultra Definition Loose Finishing Powder
Urban Decay Ultra Definition Loose Finishing Powder

Urban Decay Ultra Definition Loose Finishing Powder ($34.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a new (and permanent) product being added to the Naked Skin range this spring. It’s supposed to be a “silky, weightless formula” that gives a “luminous, demimatte Naked finish” while setting makeup, reducing shining, and blurring flaws. There are five shades in the formula (see this post for Urban Decay’s recommendations).

It’s an incredibly finely-milled loose powder; it almost melts into skin because it is so, so fine. It feels like silk, and it blends and disappears into skin seamlessly. No matter how much I applied, it never looked powdery or cakey. My skin looked nearly flawless after applying this, and it mattified a good deal, but it didn’t leave my skin looking dull or flat.  The effect is quite lovely, especially for anyone who is looking to minimize the appearance of their pores, as this powder does an excellent job of blurring and smoothing the skin.  It’s a very breathable, featherweight formula, too, so it doesn’t feel heavy or like you’re wearing powder at all.  As a setting powder, it extends the wear of my foundation by an hour to an hour and a half and does minimize how much shine comes through overall.

I used Medium Light, which looks a bit darker than Medium to me. The differences between Medium Light, Medium, and Medium Dark are very slight; Light is definitely lighter than the rest, and Dark is several shades darker than Medium Dark.  I even swatched Medium Light and Medium next to each other, and there’s almost no difference in lightness/darkness, just that Medium Light has a stronger yellow undertone, which is hard to see except at a very severe angle under bright light. Each shade is very forgiving, as they are translucent (as described), so the color looks invisible on skin.

Compared to the Pressed Finishing Powder, I think these allow for a more natural finish, probably because of the loose consistency, it applies less as you go along than with the pressed. The Pressed is slightly more matte in finish when applied, and it seems to have a stronger tint/amount of coverage (though still sheer).

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Ultra Definition Loose Finishing Powder

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Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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