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Milani Coral Cove (05) Rose Powder Blush

Milani Coral Cove (05) Rose Powder Blush
Milani Coral Cove (05) Rose Powder Blush

For spring, there are four new and limited shades of Milani Rose Powder Blush ($7.99 for 0.60 oz.) available. The formula is supposed to be a “luxurious matte blush” that has a “micro-milled … powder.” I’ll have reviews for all four as I work through testing them, but here’s the first one I tried…

Milani Coral Cove (05) Rose Powder Blush ($7.99 for 0.17 oz.) is described as a “bright coral.” It’s a brightened, orange-coral with a matte finish and warm undertones. Make Up For Ever #410 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is a cream product, more orange. Dior Corail Bagatelle (763) (LE, $43.00) is slightly shimmery. Chanel Intonation (69) (LE, $38.00) is a cream product, darker. MAC Autoerotique (LE, $25.00) is more muted. Tarte Crave (LE, $26.00) is pinker. NARS Day Dream (LE, $29.00) is more shimmery, pinker. Too Faced Melt Into Spring (LE) is pinker. Bobbi Brown Pink Coral (LE, $26.00) is lighter. Edward Bess Secret Affair (P, $43.00) is more shimmery. Tom Ford Beauty Flush (P, $55.00) is brighter, more shimmery. Dior Pink Glow Blush (LE) is more shimmery, more orange. See comparison swatches.

While soft, the texture is extremely dry, powdery, and feels rather chalky. It seems like there is a lot of talc in this product, and it’s absolutely something I noticed straight off the bat. If you have dry skin, the powder doesn’t adhere well–it will pick and choose the rare spots it sticks, and subsequently, it looks quite patchy and uneven. For example, my forearm is normal-to-dry, and the powder was troublesome to swatch. On my face, which is normal at the moment, I had slightly better results as more product adhered to the skin (more natural oils for the blush to stick to). This is a blush that really needed a base underneath, such as foundation, to apply decently. Despite how chalky and powdery it felt in the pan, with a good base, it did not appear powdery applied to cheeks. Coral Cove is moderately pigmented; it seems intense, but it tends to sheer out very readily due to the powderiness. It blends decently but does need some extra patience and buffing to get just right. When I tested it, the color lasted for seven hours.

6.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4
Application
70%
Total

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MAC Be Nice, Cheerful, Fashion Perk, Got Style Mineralize Glasses

MAC Be Nice Mineralize Glass
MAC Be Nice Mineralize Glass

MAC Be Nice Mineralize Glass ($22.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a new–and permanent!–lip gloss from MAC that heads to counters on March 6th but can be purchased online now. There are twelve shades in total, and this post features four that I tested. The formula is supposed to be hydrating and glossy, while there’s no real word on coverage, the shades are described as “pearlescent.” They feel like lighter-weight Lipglass with less tackiness, but they’re more of a medium-weight gloss with a moderately tacky texture that’s lightly hydrating and wears between two and four hours (depending on the shade). The applicator is a rounded rectangle and feels smoother than the typical doe foot, and it also has more give and flex, so it seems to apply the gloss more evenly. The color coverage seems to run semi-sheer; noticeable color but not fully opaque. I’m not keen on the packaging, as it is bulky and doesn’t store efficiently.

MAC Be Nice Mineralize Glass ($22.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “light cool peach cream.” It’s a light-medium, pink-coral with warm undertones and subtle iridescent shimmer. It had semi-opaque color coverage and lasted three hours on me. Marc Jacobs Beauty Heart Shaped (308) (P, $28.00) is darker. MAC Persistent Peach (P, $19.50) is lighter. MAC Warm Embrace (P, $15.00) is pinker, lighter. MAC Strange Potion (LE, $15.00) is warmer, more shimmery. MAC Richer, Lusher (LE, $20.00) is lighter. Bobbi Brown Nectar (LE, $24.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

MAC Cheerful Mineralize Glass ($22.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “midtonal coral cream.” It’s a muted, tangerine orange with warm undertones and barely-there shimmer. It had semi-sheer pigmentation, and it wore well for three hours on me. MAC Geo Pink (LE, $20.00) is darker, more shimmery. Guerlain Tangerine Vlam (P, $30.00) is darker, more pigmented. Chanel Calypso (LE, $29.50) is darker. Milani Coral Crush (10) (P, $5.49) is very similar. See comparison swatches.

MAC Fashion Perk Mineralize Glass ($22.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “deep plum cream.” It’s a muted, medium-dark fuchsia-berry with cool undertones and almost no shimmer. It had semi-sheer color coverage, but it did not apply evenly; it looked somewhat splotchy applied. It wore well for four hours on me. Milani Ravish Raspberry (06) (P, $5.49) is brighter. Milani Berry Tempting (05) (P, $5.49) is similar. Maybelline Amethyst Potion (045) (P, $8.99) is darker, cooler-toned. Giorgio Armani #523 (P, $29.00) is brighter, more pigmented. Revlon Berry Allure (P, $7.99) is similar. NARS Penny Arcade (LE, $26.00) is brighter. MAC Imperial Red (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery. MAC Colour Saturation (LE, $20.00) is a smidgen brighter. Burberry Hibiscus (P, $27.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

MAC Got Style! Mineralize Glass ($22.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “midtonal cool mauve frost.” It’s a medium, cool-toned pink with pearly shimmer. This shade was much sheerer than the other three. It applied evenly for the most part, and it wore well for two and a half hours on me. Maybelline Blush Essence (095) (P, $8.99) is more pigmented. Maybelline Captivating Carnation (080) (P, $8.99) is less shimmery. MAC Next Fad (P, $19.50) is lighter. MAC Going Casual (LE, $20.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Be Nice
Be Nice
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total
Cheerful
Cheerful
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total
Fashion Perk
Fashion Perk
7.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4
Application
82%
Total
Got Style!
Got Style!
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7
Longevity
5
Application
84%
Total

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MAC Good Taste, Pure Pout, So Good Mineralize Rich Lipsticks

MAC Good Taste Mineralize Rich Lipstick
MAC Good Taste Mineralize Rich Lipstick

MAC Good Taste Mineralize Rich Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “fuchsia pink.” It’s a brightened, fuchsia-pink with cool, blue undertones and a soft sheen. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and the consistency was lightly creamy and easy to apply. The color wore well for four and a half hours. Tom Ford Beauty Incorrigible (08) (LE, $49.00) is lighter. MAC Heavenly Hybrid (LE, $16.00) is mor emuted. Charlotte Tilbury Velvet Underground (P) is brighter. MAC Pink Poodle (DC, $16.00) is more matte. Revlon Fuchsia Shock (P, $7.99) is similar. Milani Hot Pink Rage (P, $5.49) is lighter, more matte. MAC Lickable (P, $16.00) is darker, less blue-based. See comparison swatches.

MAC Pure Pout Mineralize Rich Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “dirty cool beige.” It’s a neutral-to-warm-toned, pinky-beige with a soft, almost frosted, sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, and it applied evenly for the most part. The color lasted two and a half hours on me. Tom Ford Beauty Summer Fling (04) (LE, $49.00) is pinker. YSL Nude Beige (1) (P, $34.00) is much lighter. Too Faced Taffy (P, $21.00) is a little lighter. Revlon Pink Lemonade (P, $7.49) is a touch lighter. MAC Pure Zen (LE, $16.00) is darker. Chanel Jersey Rose (P, $34.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches.

MAC So Good Mineralize Rich Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “deep magenta.” It’s a medium-dark, pinky-red with cool, blue undertones and a luminous shine. It had mostly opaque pigmentation, but it wasn’t a heavy, full coverage cream result–a very slight translucency that kept it from looking heavy. The color wore well for five hours and left a slight stain behind. Too Faced Jelly Bean (P, $21.00) is very similar. Guerlain Illusion (660) (LE, $35.00) is more shimmery. Urban Decay Jilted (P, $22.00) is more shimmery. Guerlain Gigi (P, $49.50) is brighter. Guerlain Champs-Elysees (P, $35.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Good Taste
Good Taste
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total
Pure Pout
Pure Pout
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total
So Good
So Good
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

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theBalm #19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24 Eyeshadows

theBalm Eyeshadow Pans
theBalm Eyeshadow Pans

#19 is a medium-dark, gray-brown with a golden, frosted sheen. It’s almost too warm to really be considered a taupe. It had fairly good color payoff, and the texture was soft and smooth. It wore well for eight hours before starting to fade. Makeup Geek Moondust (P, $5.99) is darker. MAC Silver Dawn (LE, $19.50) is darker, less metallic. bareMinerals Cheers (V2) (LE) is slightly grayer. Urban Decay Vaporize (LE, $18.00) is darker, cooler-toned. Urban Decay Derailed (LE, $18.00) is darker, cooler-toned. bareMinerals Magnetism (P) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches.

#20 is a medium-dark, smoky mauve with a pearly sheen. It had decent pigmentation, but it was a little powdery. It wore well for seven hours before showing signs of fading. theBalm A1 (LE, $16.00) is very similar but seems a little brighter. Disney by Sephora Carpet (LE) is darker. MAC Tendersmoke (LE, $15.00) is darker. bareMinerals Romp (P) is much darker, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

#21 is a medium-dark, coppery orange with a frosted sheen. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and smooth. The color wore well for eight hours before starting to fade. Tarina Tarantino Wonderful #3 (P) is darker. MAC A Glimmer of Gold #3 (P, $21.00) is brighter, more metallic. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #7 (LE, $16.00) is similar. Clarins The Essentials #6 (LE) is darker. LORAC Gold (P) is darker, warmer. theBalm Manic Maribel (LE, $16.00) is similar. Urban Decay Penny Lane (LE, $18.00) is very similar. Urban Decay Chopper (P, $18.00) is slightly darker. bareMinerals Bragging Rights (LE) is slightly brighter. See comparison swatches.

#22 is a brightened, white with subtle warm undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. It had good pigmentation but was a little powdery. This shade lasted eight hours before beginning to show signs of wear. It’s a more basic shade, so there are a lot of similar shades — see comparison swatches.

#23 is a muted, bluish-teal with a frosted finish. It had fairly good color payoff, but the texture could have been smoother. It lasted for seven hours when I tested it. NARS China Seas #1 (P, $24.00) is very similar. Makeup Geek Mermaid (P, $5.99) is also very similar. NARS Bavaria (P, $24.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Deep End (P, $18.00) is darker. Inglot #413 (P, $6.00) is more metallic. See comparison swatches.

#24 is a light-medium, warm-toned beige with a matte finish. It had excellent pigmentation, and the texture was really soft and finely-milled; a smidgen powdery but very blendable. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me. Tarte Sand Out from the Crowd (LE) is very similar. Too Faced White Chocolate (P, $16.00) is less warm-toned. theBalm B1 (LE, $16.00) is very similar. Urban Decay Bleach (LE, $18.00) is similar. MAC Brule (P, $15.00) is not as beige. See comparison swatches.

There are forty-four shades of eyeshadows available in pan-form from theBalm, which launched at the beginning of this year. They can be purchased at their San Francisco store or by calling 415-817-1800. Each eyeshadow pan is available for $6.50 and comes in a cardboard sleeve. The 9-pan palette is $8.00, while the 16-pan palette is $10. If you fill either the 9- or 16-pan palette up at the time of purchase, they will run you $44.00 (normally, $66.50) and $64.00 (normally, $114.00) respectively. Each palette is made out of thick cardboard–same as theBalm’s eyeshadow palettes have been in the past–and come with full-sized mirrors on the top flap. For more information about sizes, the palettes, and a general overview of the custom palette/eyeshadow pan system, please read this post. You can view swatches all of them in the Swatch Gallery here or view photos and swatches on theBalm’s Eyeshadow Single product page.

#19
#19
9
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total
#20
#20
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total
#21
#21
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total
#22
#22
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total
#23
#23
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total
#24
#24
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

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Bobbi Brown Nectar & Nude Lipglosses

Bobbi Brown Bare Peach High Shimmer Lipgloss
Bobbi Brown Bare Peach High Shimmer Lipgloss

For spring, Bobbi Brown’s Nectar & Nude Collection features three new and limited edition shades of lipgloss; one from the High Shimmer range and two from the original range.

Bobbi Brown Bare Peach High Shimmer Lipgloss ($25.00 for 0.24 oz.) is described as a “golden nectar.” It’s a sheer, tangerine-tinted base with gold and copper sparkle and shimmer. It adds warmth to the lips but really the shimmer and sparkle are the most visible aspects of it. It was easy to apply, comfortable to wear, and lasted for three hours. Though I’m a huge fan of this formula, I’ve been disappointed to see a lot of overlap/similar shades being released lately. They may look different in the tube, but applied, they’re nearly the same. Bobbi Brown Pure Gold (LE, $24.00) is slightly warmer when applied. Illamasqua Culminate (LE, $24.00) is darker. Dior Etincelante (432) (P, $29.50) is more shimmery. Guerlain Gold Tchlack (P, $30.00) is similar. Dior Lame Gold (LE, $28.00) is also similar. Chanel Attirance (LE, $32.00) is less golden. Bobbi Brown Canary (P, $24.00) has more shimmer. See comparison swatches.

Bobbi Brown Nectar Lipgloss ($25.00 for 0.24 oz.) is described as a “bright nectar.” It’s a light-medium, warm-toned pink with a creamy, glossy finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage, and it applied okay but wasn’t as even as I’d like. It lasted for three hours on me. Urban Decay Flushed (P, $19.00) is darker, less glossy. Urban Decay Liar (P, $20.00) is lighter. Chanel Murmure (179) (P, $29.50) is very similar. Maybelline Caramel Infused (065) (P, $8.99) is also very similar. MAC Warm Embrace (P, $15.00) is lighter. Chanel Nakkar (P, $29.50) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Bobbi Brown Nude Pink Lipgloss ($25.00 for 0.24 oz.) is described as a “soft pink beige.” It’s a muted, peachy-beige with super fine shimmer. Applied, it’s semi-sheer, and it ended up looking a lot pinker (because the natural lip color will influence the shade), so the peachy coloring of the gloss warmed up my natural lip color. The gloss lasted for three hours on me and was lightly hydrating. Urban Decay Nooner (P, $20.00) is lighter, less shimmery. Urban Decay Liar (P, $20.00) is similar. bareMinerals Heartbreaker (LE, $18.00) is more shimmery. MAC Richer, Lusher (LE, $20.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

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Bobbi Brown Hibiscus Pot Rouge

Bobbi Brown Hibiscus Pot Rouge
Bobbi Brown Hibiscus Pot Rouge

Bobbi Brown Hibiscus Pot Rouge ($26.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “bright red coral.” In the pot, it looks like a really bright, intense red-coral, but applied, it’s much more muted–it’s a softened, medium orange-coral with warm undertones and a satiny sheen. theBalm Crisp is more shimmery. Clinique Ginger Pop (01) (P, $21.00) is a powder. Chanel Intonation (69) (LE, $38.00) is pinker. Kevyn Aucoin Fira (P) is darker, brighter, powder. Illamasqua Sleek (P, $26.00) is more muted. Chanel Presage (62) (LE, $38.00) is more orange. Tom Ford Beauty Flush (P, $55.00) is brighter, powder. NARS Boys Don’t Cry (LE, $41.00) is darker, powder. MAC Out for Fun (LE, $20.00) is slightly more orange. Guerlain Peach Boy #1 (P) is a powder. See comparison swatches.

The Pot Rouge formula is supposed to be a “multi-tasking cream color” for lips and cheeks. Bobbi Brown says to “blend it on the apples of your cheeks for a just-pinched look.” The color is buildable, but it never looks as intense applied as it does in the pot, even though it seems opaque when layered on the skin. The finish has just enough sheen to give the skin a natural, lightly dewy finish that doesn’t look oily or shimmery, and it didn’t emphasize pores. It wore well for seven hours applied to cheeks, and I had no trouble wearing it on bare skin or patted over (liquid) foundation. As a lip color, it was somewhat drying over time, though it lasted for four hours and left a very subtle stain behind, but it did have fully opaque color coverage–again, it did not look anywhere near the intensity or richness of the color in the pot. As tends to be the case, this product performed better as a cream blush than a lip color, so you’ll want to consider how you might use this and round-up or down the overall rating, as the rating reflects how the product performs in both ways.

P.S. — Today is the last day of Bobbi Brown’s Friends & Family sale!

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