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MAC Azalea in the Afternoon & Petal Power Mineralize Blushes

MAC Azalea in the Afternoon Mineralize Blush
MAC Azalea in the Afternoon Mineralize Blush

MAC Azalea in the Afternoon Mineralize Blush ($25.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone cool pink.” It’s a light-medium pink with very subtle, cool undertones and a high, frosted finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage, which could be applied lightly and then built up in its intensity or blended out. The texture was mostly smooth with the typical dryness of Mineralize products, and it was somewhat powdery and prone to fading–it was noticeably faded after six hours of wear. MAC Stunner (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC Porcelain Pink (LE, $30.00) is lighter, warmer. MAC Blonde (LE, $30.00) is lighter, warmer. Chanel Pink Cloud (LE, $43.00) is less frosted, more muted. See comparison swatches.

Petal Power Mineralize Blush ($25.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “coral pink with gold shimmer.” It’s a brightened, medium coral with warm, orange undertones and a golden, frosted finish and sheen. It had a fair amount of sheen, and it did slightly emphasize pores when I wore it. The color payoff was great, though, and the texture, though a little powdery, was easy to blend out on the skin. This blush lasted for six and a half hours on me. NARS Soulshine (Together) (LE, $29.00) is darker. Physicians Formula Warm (P, $11.99) is slightly pinker. MAC Fleet Fast (LE, $21.00) is darker. NARS Orgasm is pinker, slightly darker. See comparison swatches.

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MAC Perfect Topping (2014) & Stereo Rose (2014) Mineralize Skinfinishes

MAC Perfect Topping Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Perfect Topping Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Perfect Topping (2014) Mineralize Skinfinish ($30.00 for 0.32 oz.) is described as a “pale pearlized pink.” The one I just purchased from this collection is a peach muted by beige with a frosted finish. The one I have from when it launched in 2009 is distinctly pink, almost cool-toned really. The colors of the veins did not even appear that similar in the pans, as it seems to be more than an issue of a different distribution of the types of colored veins. The texture was soft but powdery, and it will most likely be a highlighter on all but the very fairest of skin tones. It wore well for six hours before it turned patchy and slightly faded along the edges, which is the norm for me when wearing MAC’s Mineralize cheek products. bareMinerals The Many Splendors #2 (LE) is lighter. MAC Amber Glow (LE, $25.00) is less frosted. Le Metier de Beaute Whisper (P, $30.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Stereo Rose (2014) Mineralize Skinfinish ($30.00 for 0.32 oz.) is described as a “copper bronze.” It’s a light-medium, warm-toned peach with a frosted, somewhat metallic, sheen. Oh, the difference between this Stereo Rose (again, just purchased from MAC’s website on Thursday AM!) and the one I have from the end of 2012 are like night and day. I used a paper towel to rub off several layers of product from the new version to see if it would get better but no luck. Still a very light peach compared to the deeper pinky-coral of previous years. The texture is soft but on the dry side, so it can be powdery, and it wore well for six hours before showing some fading. It is a couple of shades darker than Perfect Topping #2. bareMinerals The Many Splendors #2 (LE) is lighter. MAC Amber Glow (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery. Le Metier de Beaute Whisper (P, $30.00) is a touch lighter. See comparison swatches.

Mineralize Skinfinishes can differ from pan to pan, as it is a mix of different shades and veins, so sometimes there is variance, but I think these go beyond variance. The pans of Perfect Topping don’t look alike at all; we have a mix of lilac, pink, and peachy-beige compared to beige, peach, and a murky lavender. Swatched, the original is definitely pink and on the cooler side. The differences between the two Stereo Roses in the pan seems less obvious–the newly released version appears lighter and less pinky-red, and the most obvious missing component is the coppery veining. However, when swatched, it is such a huge, huge difference.

It’s extremely frustrating that MAC re-releases sought after products, and they’re different. (As an aside, Lily White pigment is also very different from the previously released Lily White.) It is inexcusable to see Stereo Rose so drastically different from when it was released a mere year ago. If MAC can’t keep the color same, they should name it something different – that’s all there is to it. They put out an endless stream of new shades and products with minor differences from something they’ve previously released, but they have new names, so at least no one’s buying it off of older swatches or from previous hype.

Round-up: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Thoughts & Comparisons

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Comparisons

The new Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes ($35.00 for 0.15 oz. each) are soft, finely-milled, and blend beautifully on the skin while looking natural, never powdery, as if the powder melted into the skin. They’re pigmented in the sense that they go on like they swatch and look in the pan (but you have to envision the shades mixed/swirled together), but none of them are really dark or bright by the nature of their colors. The quality was consistent across all six shades, which was great. I only noticed that Luminous Flush had a slightly rougher texture for the peachy portion (in places), but it didn’t affect the application or was something I noticed when applying or wearing the product.

You can see them side-by-side, where you can also move them around into whatever order you’d like (just click and drag!), in the Swatch Gallery.

All but one have sold out during the VIB early access/preview. Sephora notes these will be in-stores beginning February 21st, so I would expect them to release the remaining stock of the shades to all customers somewhere around then for online as well.

Reviews, Photos, Swatches

  1. Ethereal Glow — pale, cool-toned pink
  2. Dim Infusion — light peach
  3. Diffused Heat — light-medium, peachy coral
  4. Radiant Magenta — light-medium pink-coral
  5. Luminous Flush — medium pink-coral
  6. Mood Exposure — plummy brown

Also In This Review

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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!).

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

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%
Total

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.