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Hourglass Ethereal Glow Ambient Lighting Blush

Hourglass Ethereal Glow Ambient Lighting Blush
Hourglass Ethereal Glow Ambient Lighting Blush

Hourglass Ethereal Glow Ambient Lighting Blush ($35.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “cool pink.” It’s a cool-toned, pale pink with a satin-matte finish. NARS Sex Fantasy (LE, $29.00) is darker. NARS Mistinguette (LE, $29.00) is darker, brighter. Chanel Brompton Road is less cool-toned and more sparkly but is almost as light. See comparison swatches.

I was really happy to see a distinctly cool-toned shade in the range (finally!), but with only one, I wish it was a bit darker so that it would be more versatile and also work for more skin tones.  This is a shade that is going to work best on very fair skin tones, as it is quite light. On my medium skin tone, though I tried my best, it really doesn’t show up. It might be usable as an all-over brightening powder for light-medium to medium skin tones. It only looked chalky on me when it was really heavily layered, but as a sheer wash, it seemed somewhat brightening. It had good pigmentation–even though it’s very light, it’s not sheer, which is also buildable and easy enough to blend or sheer out if you want a lighter application. The texture was very soft and silky, but it was also on the powdery side where a lot of excess powder built up along the edges of the pan and along the rim of the compact, so go easy when putting your brush to the powder. To the best I was able to tell, the powder lasted well for eight hours (it was very faint on me!).

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Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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Urban Decay Flushed Super Saturated High Gloss Lip Color

Urban Decay Flushed Super Saturated High Gloss Lip Color
Urban Decay Flushed Super Saturated High Gloss Lip Color

Urban Decay Flushed Super Saturated High Gloss Lip Color ($19.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “creamy mauve-pink.” It’s a medium, slightly muted, pink with a hint of neutral-to-cool tones (the mauve playing with the pink, I expect) and a glossy shine. MAC Flamingo (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer. NYX Blush ($P, $4.00) is a bit lighter, less glossy, warmer. Tom Ford Indian Rose (P, $49.00) is darker, cooler-toned. Chanel Liaison (P, $34.00) is warmer, brighter. Urban Decay Fiend (P, $22.00) is darker. Urban Decay Naked (P, $22.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Rush (P, $22.00) is darker. Chanel Rendez-vous (87) (P, $34.00) is cooler-toned. Tarte Pink Peony (P, $16.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches.

This is a new and exclusive shade to Urban Decay’s website. The Super Saturated formula is supposed to be like a “rich and creamy lipstick” with a “high-gloss shine.” It had mostly opaque color coverage, and the color applied fairly evenly overall. The formula was lightly tacky, moderately hydrating, and comfortable to wear for the four and a half hours it lasted.

Flushed
Flushed
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
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New! Make Up For Ever HD Blush for Spring 2014

Make Up For Ever HD Blush
Make Up For Ever HD Blush

Formulated with the perfect balance of oils, waxes, and powders, HD Blush combines the second skin look of a cream with the ease of a powder. Created for HD technology, this formula blends into skin with no visible texture for a truly natural flush of color. It’s completely weightless and can be worn over or under powder to flawlessly sculpt and highlight cheeks.

  • 210 Cool pink
  • 215 Flamingo pink
  • 220 Pink sand
  • 225 Peachy pink
  • 310 Rosewood
  • 315 Peach beige
  • 320 English rose
  • 330 Rosy plum
  • 335 Fawn
  • 410 Coral
  • 415 Light rust
  • 420 Indian rosewood
  • 425 Brown copper
  • 510 Raspberry
  • 515 Tangerine
  • 520 Black currant

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Bobbi Brown Shimmer Lip Color

Bobbi Brown Raspberry Shimmer (1) Lip Color
Bobbi Brown Raspberry Shimmer (1) Lip Color

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Lip Color ($25.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a newly released finish (I believe it is a re-release) that features “light-reflecting pearls” and “multidimensional color.” The formula is supposed to be a “soft, buttery feel” and be hydrating. The press release also mentioned that it would leave a “thin veil of light-reflecting color that lasts for hours without feathering or drying.”

The one thing that I wouldn’t call these is sheer–the coverage is more semi-opaque where there’s quite a bit of color but some translucency that allows the natural lip color to come through slightly. They have fine sparkle and shimmer that catch and reflect light, and the sparkle only is just barely noticeable after two and a half hours of wear but never feels truly gritty. The texture as the lipstick goes on is slick, emollient, and it glides on easily. On average, the formula lasted three hours on me, and it was lightly hydrating. I didn’t notice any scent or taste.

Raspberry Shimmer (1) Lip Color ($25.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “bright pink berry.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark pink with gold and pink sparkle and shimmer. It is slightly cool-toned, had semi-opaque color coverage, and lasted for three hours on me. Chanel Melodieuse (136) (P, $34.00) is brighter, warmer. Too Faced Bon Bon (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter. Tarte Tulip (P, $16.00) is more muted, warmer, lighter. Guerlain Madame Reve (862) (LE, $49.50) is darker, less shimmery. Guerlain Giulette (P, $49.50) is brighter, warmer. MAC Love Beam (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, less glossy. See comparison swatches.

Plum Shimmer (3) Lip Color ($25.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “plum raspberry.” It’s a muted, medium-dark plum with warm, reddish undertones and fuchsia, teal, and white sparkle and shimmer. It had mostly opaque color coverage with all-over translucency that let some of the natural lip color come through. This shade wore well for three and a half hours. Too Faced Pink Chocolate (P, $21.00) is brighter, less sparkly. Chanel Grace (P, $34.00) is less glossy, browner. MAC One of a Kind (LE, $16.00) is darker, less sparkly. MAC Glamourdaze (LE, $16.00) is more plum, less warm-toned, less shimmery. Chanel Bel Ami (P, $34.00) is slightly cooler-toned. Chanel Etole (P, $34.00) is less sparkll. See comparison swatches.

Twilight Shimmer (6) Lip Color ($25.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “deep plum.” It’s a dark, subtly warm-toned brown threaded with a hint of plum and gold, copper, and fuchsia shimmer and sparkle. It had semi-sheer color coverage–it seemed less pigmented and did not apply as evenly as the other two either, but this shade felt more multidimensional than the others. Chanel Ambigue (124) (LE, $34.00) is less glossy, less brown. MAC Viva Glam VI (P, $16.00) is less warm-toned, less glossy. Guerlain Chant d’Aromes (P, $35.00) is similar but less dimensional. See comparison swatches.

Too Faced Teddy Bear Brush Set Review & Photos

Too Faced Teddy Bear Brush Set
Too Faced Teddy Bear Brush Set

Too Faced Teddy Bear Brush Set ($65.00) is a new, five-piece brush set that features synthetic brushes. I think, generally, if you have larger-sized eyes or tend to do looks with one or two colors, these may work. I also think it may have been more practical to include an additional face brush (perhaps a blush brush) rather than just one (and then four eye brushes) or made them all eye brushes (perhaps an angled eyeliner brush). The set had me feeling a bit like Goldilocks; the eye brushes were, generally, too large for my eye shape/size. As a result, it was challenging for me to use them with my eye shape, so this is just an overview, rather than an in-depth review. The brushes are soft, and I haven’t had any issues after washing them a dozen or so times.

Powder Brush is a large, moderately dense, dome-shaped brush designed to apply powder. The brush head is 43mm in length, 50mm wide, and 35mm in thickness with a pinched ferrule. It had a total length of 6.5 inches or 16.5 centimeters. I’ve tried it with finishing and setting powders. With setting powders, I usually use a patting and stippling motion, and then I do more feathery, sweeping strokes towards the end to blend, buff, and even everything out. When I do more of a stippling motion, I find the brush somewhat uncomfortable to use; there’s a slight scratchiness to it, which is usually not something I’ve encountered with synthetics before. If you stick with more sweeping, gliding strokes, it feels nice, blends and applies powder well (not too densely, not too sheerly).

Contour Brush is a rounded, angled brush–an interesting, uncommon-shaped brush to be sure. It’s designed to be used to contour the eye area. It worked better for blending out the crease than laying down precise color into the crease for me. I liked it best for applying color to the inner lid, as the angle seemed to work well in that area. It is 11mm in length, 9mm in width, and 9mm in thickness with a round ferrule. It had a total length of just over 5.5 inches or 14 centimeters.

All-Over Shadow Brush is a medium-large-sized, dome-shaped flat brush. It is 14mm in length, 11mm in width, and 5mm in thickness with a pinched ferrule. It had a total length of just over 5.5 inches or 14 centimeters. This is a larger eyeshadow brush, so it works well to lay down all-over color–like a wash of powder eyeshadow or a cream eyeshadow base. For powder, it tends to have a sheerer application, so if you want more opaque color, you may need to go back and pack it on.

Liner Brush is a medium-sized pencil brush that comes to a finer, thinner pointed edge. It is 11mm in length, 5mm in width, and 5mm in thickness with a round ferrule. It was soft, and I thought it was best for applying thicker eyeliner or lightly smudging product. For me, I find the pointed edge less desirable for smudging or applying eyeshadow to the lower lash line (which is just what I personally use this type of brush for most often). Also, to note, my liner brush came a little wonky, and it took four washes to get the shape to go back to normal.

Blender Brush is a medium-large crease brush that flares outward slightly and comes to a just barely rounded edge. It is 18mm in length, 9mm in width, and 9mm in thickness with a round ferrule. It was rather dense, so it was not as useful for blending color as it was for depositing color. However, the size is on the larger end of the spectrum, so depending on your eye shape, it may apply color significant above/below the crease area. I wish the brush was fluffier and more tapered, so it would fit into the crease just a bit better.

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Hourglass Mood Exposure Ambient Lighting Blush

Hourglass Mood Exposure Ambient Lighting Blush
Hourglass Mood Exposure Ambient Lighting Blush

Hourglass Mood Exposure Ambient Lighting Blush ($35.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “soft plum.” It’s a rosy plum with subtle warm undertones and a satiny finish. In the pan, it looks more neutral-toned, but when everything is blended and applied, I don’t get any of that neutral (let alone cool) undertone coming through. MAC Lavish Living (LE, $25.00) is darker, more plum-hued, more shimmery. Giorgio Armani Light Rose (LE) is browner, less rose/plum. NARS Lovejoy (P, $29.00) is much darker overall, but applied with a softer application, it is similar–just a little more shimmery. bareMinerals The Indecent Proposal (P, $22.00) is darker, less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

The texture is incredibly soft, finely-milled, and silky, so it blends beautifully on the skin. Though it seems a little powdery in the pan (excess builds up in the corners), it doesn’t look powdery or cakey on the skin. In fact, the powder almost melts against the skin, because it looks natural and smooth; very much that “seamless, soft-focus” look Hourglass was after. This particular shade has a soft sheen that gives skin a glowing, healthy finish but doesn’t emphasize pores or imperfections.  It had good color payoff that was both buildable and blendable.   Mood Exposure wore as well as the other shades–eight full hours before there were signs of fading along the edges. The quality seems comparable across the board from the five (of six) I’ve tried and tested now.

P.S. — As soon as my order of Ethereal Glow arrives and I’ve written up a review for it, I will do a round-up with some overall thoughts and commentary!

Mood Exposure
Mood Exposure
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
93%
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