Thursday, June 30, 2011

Illamasqua Sob and Laid Cream Blush swatches

I ordered Illamasqua's Cream Blush in Laid with my recent Tarte for True Blood order. I bought Sob a while back but wanted to compare the two. $24 from Sephora.

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Sob is a "cool candy pink" and Laid is a "bright rose pink" shade, both have a dewy finish that makes my skin look glowing and healthy. A lot of the blushes I've tried are slightly warmer, more watermelon pink, which I'm not as comfortable in. Sob is my g0-to blush, and although I just got Laid I think I'll use this quite often. That didn't sound right, just got Laid. I wish everyone would stop with these innuendo laden blush names already!

Sephora carries 5 Illamasqua Cream Blush shades, but there are 12 available (13 in the EU). I was thinking about trying Promise, even though it's a warm candy pink, and Lies, which is a pearlescent cool pink. Promise is available at Sephora but Lies isn't, so that one will have to wait til my next direct order (hello, skin base).

Hope you've found the swatches helpful, and thanks for looking.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Tarte for True Blood Cheek and Lip Stain swatches

I purchased True Blood series 1 & 2 months ago but haven't watched them yet. It's on the list of things to do once Ian's in school full time in September. I have read all the books though, and I do like them. It's great when characters have that likeable, silly side to them, and the authors don't take it all too seriously.

When I first heard about these, I really wasn't interested, but when I saw them on Sephora's website I figured I'd give them a try.

(please note when I post pictures Photobucket takes a little while to figure out that I've resized and labeled them. If they're all wonky please look again later on, they'll fix themselves!)

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The Tarte for True Blood Limited Edition Natural Cheek Stain - a limited edition, sparkling red cheek stain inspired by True Blood.

"What it does:
Have you spent eternity in search of an everlasting glow? Meet your maker. Inspired by the hit HBO® series True Blood™, this sparkling red cheek stain blends on smooth and lasts from dawn to dusk and well into the night. One drop is all you need to create a crave-worthy natural luminescence for all skintones and types. Like all Tarte products, this lusty natural stain will do good things to you thanks to natural mineral pigments and fruit extracts. Tune in to the new season of True Blood™, Sundays at 9/8c. Only on HBO®." (thanks for the commercial)

It really does have golden sparkle in it, which isn't dead obvious from all angles (pardon the pun), which I really like. It's red without being overkill, since it is a stain. Jeez, another pun. It's unintentional.

oooooohhhh, sparkly! Kinda looks like a snow cone.
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Tarte for True Blood™ Limited-Edition LipSurgence Natural Lip Tint - a mint-infused, iridescent red shade of Tarte's limited-edition LipSurgence Natural Lip Tint, inspired by True Blood.

"What it does:
Experience love at first taste with Tarte's LipSurgence™ Natural Lip Tint, inspired by the hit HBO® series True Blood™. It's all flavor and no bite with this mint-infused, iridescent red shade that drenches lips in a luminous, long-lasting tint. Tarte's LipSurgence™ technology rehydrates lips by delivering a surge of moisture for a deliciously plumped up appearance. Tune in to the new season of True Blood™, Sundays at 9/8c. Only on HBO®."

I love a red lippy, but it is a red stain, far less red than a kick ass red lipstick like Morgana's Very Cherry, a true vampy red. Oops, sorry, another one. It does have a nice sheen to it and felt smooth going on. I didn't have it on long enough to say whether it really rehydrated them or plumped them up. My lips are fairly full, although it's hard to tell in my pictures because I tilt my head down out of habit. Certainly no Angelina, but a nice fullness without looking artificially plumped up.


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You can see the sparkle a bit better here.
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The cheek stain is $30 and the lip stain is $24. There's also a shadow collection for $52, but I didn't think I'd get enough use to justify buying it. I'd rather buy a handful of individual shades, or even a trio or quad instead of this 17 shade palette. They are limited editions, so who knows how many are out there and how long these items will be available.

Hope you've found these swatches helpful, and thanks for looking!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

For Madeline - Nars Siberia, Illamasqua RF115, CF115, and CF120 swatches

Madeline requested some swatches of Nars Sheer Glow Siberia with Illamasqua's Rich Liquid RF115 and Cream Foundation CF115. I threw the CF120 in for the heck of it, since she's contemplating a slightly darker shade as well. Hope it's helpful!


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I took a small flat brush and blended out - or maybe that's blended in? - the swatches. They're much more difficult to see because three of them match my skin well.

I cut off a smidge of the Nars Siberia in this one, sorry!
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I didn't put up Illamasqua's CF110, which is white with pink undertones. You can see swatches of that against CF115 and CF120 here. I've read a lot of reviews about CF110 complaining that this is not a "natural" shade. It disappears right into my skin and looks like I don't have any foundation on, so I beg to differ. If it looks white on your skin, than it's not your shade, plain and simple. Oh look, a chicken! Sorry, got sidetracked for a second.

My skin is quite pink, and although I do try to minimize redness from rosacea, but there's that line between minimizing and wearing the wrong shade. On me, Nars Siberia is quite a bit more yellow toned than Illamasqua's 115. I can wear it on pinker/redder days and it doesn't look bad at all. It's the best non-Illamasqua traditional foundation I've used since switching back from minerals last September.

The 115 works very well. It's really a good match, and if I didn't have the 110 to compare it to I'd be completely in love with it. I wear this more and more often in the warm weather, when everyone around me is tan. It give me a hint of color but doesn't look fake, wrong, or completely off on me.

The 120 is not only a shade darker than the others, but also considerably more peachy on me. I wore this twice to work, thinking it was passable, but it's really not. :( It's sort of a shame because it did a great job covering up my rosacea. I tried to apply it lightly to my cheeks and then use 115 everywhere else, but after about half an hour it's just too noticeable on me.

If you have a Sephora or other store near you that carries these products, it's best to go in and swatch them on your own skin. Don't buy it then and there - leave the store, walk around for about 15 minutes or so, and check the swatch in natural light, preferably when it's nice and sunny. The store's lighting may not be the best, and the makeup might need a little time to absorb/oxidize and settle in. Make your decision after you've done these things.

I hope these swatches are helpful!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Black Rose Minerals purple shadow swatches

Some purple shades from Black Rose Minerals.

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Black Rose Minerals descriptions, with my thoughts italicized:

Ultraviolence - An iridescent lavender in a pearly white base. Definitely will shimmer and glow whether wet or dry. No need for extra UV protection!
A little hard to get it on my skin evenly, swatched over UDPP. Super light, soft shade with nice finish.

Prom Queen - Like oh, my gawd, Becky look at her eyes! This lavender feels like a matte and appears almost matte when wet. When dry it shows off it's beautiful violet iridescence. Great coverage either way, this one's a real winner!
I only swatched it over UDPP, and it was a matte orchid shade. I'll have to try it wet and see what happens. It's lovely as is though!


Beloved - A delicate and shimmery lavender with pink tones. Wear it dry for a more sheer shade that shines beautifully. Wear it wet for a deeper violet tone with light pink metallic highlights.
A touch more on the berry/red-violet side compared to the others, nice shimmer.

Starsign - Channel your inner Bowie with this iridescent violet. Wear it dry for a sheer violet shine. Wear it wet to get this color to really pop. We definitely recommend wearing this wet to get the full benefit, it definitely seems to glow when foiled.
Soft purple with shimmer, again, swatched only over a little UDPP.


Lilac to Me - Tell me sweet little lies....but we can't lie about this beautiful shade. A deeper lavender, this one shimmers and shines both wet and dry.
In the pics it looks similar to Starsign and/or the top of the Ultraviolence swatch, but in person there are differences. It's a deeper shade in person, and a bit more icy.


Grape Drank - It doesn't get much more purple than this. If this were a drink, it would taste purple. A bit sheerer when used dry, but if you use a dense brush you get better coverage. True to color wet. This color is really limited. Get it while you can! Don't fear it will be reformulated, it will be slightly different, but close enough.
This went on nice and dark over the UDPP. A good matte royal purple shade.

I hope you've found the pictures helpful. Thanks for looking.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Black Rose Minerals swatches - white/pale pink shades

Here's some Black Rose Minerals shadow swatches for you.

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Black Rose's color descriptions, my thoughts italicized:

Snow - A true pearly white with a kaleidoscope of glistening highlights that shine through to compliment any shade. This color finishes well both wet and dry.
A nice true white, good about of shimmer without being sparkly.

Starlight - This is a beautiful highlight or lightener. Almost white, this sparkly neutral is alight with rainbow highlights in a cream color base. Wear it dry for a pure sparkle and wet for a metallic, creamy glimmer.
Nearly nude color but with a kick, really pretty.

Bonehead - A creamy crème white bordering on matte. Worn best dry as a base for color or alone for neutral effects. P.S. It has just a slight smidge of shimmer.
Vanilla that has a hint of peach on my skin.


Eros
- A light pink to make your peepers pop! This shade also shows a delicate pearly finish both wet and dry while wet adds more of a pink depth.
Soft pink with great finish

Slip & Fall - Perfect to a little drama to your neutral eye looks. A very delicate and sheer wash of pink. True to color both wet and dry.
soft dusty pink, slightly warmer than the others

Dot - Heeeeelloooo, nurse! This delicate shade is just the right amount of pink sparkle for every girl. Delicate and sheer when dry, wear it wet for a high pearl shine.
soft pink, appears more shimmery than sparkly on me.


Hope you've found these swatches helpful. Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Evil Shades White Witch, Athame, Moirae, Nixies swatches

I ordered a few shadow samples with my recent Evil Shades Wicked Gloss order. It's overcast so the outside pics aren't as bright and sunny as I'd like.

And as usual, Photobucket issues. I resize and label the pics, they're fine in Photobucket. I put them here and they're a mess. They'll fix themselves at some point, but meanwhile, they're left to right: White Witch, Athame, Moirae, and Nixies. White Witch and Athame are from the Arcane collection, and Moirae and Nixies are from the Mythology collection.

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Evil Shades color descriptions, with my own thoughts italicized.

White Witch
- Opaque shimmering white - unveils a vestal white bursting with orbs of colored sparkle.
This is the perfect amount of shimmer and sparkle!

Athame - Shining silver- bespells to reveal a secret pink highlight.
I hadn't looked at the description before swatching, and I wrote down pinkish taupe. The word "holographic" also comes to mind. Definitely need a full size of this. I have a feeling I'm going to wear this one a lot.


Moirae
- Medium purple with multi color shimmer. Rubs down to a lilac with light explosion.
I wasn't sure what to call this - it's sort of dusty rose/purple/lilac, hard to describe but very pretty.


Nixies- Blue based purple with a grassy green shift
more blue to my eyes than purple, but definitely the green pokes through.

I didn't do any inside swatches for these. They are all soft, pretty shades. I hope you've found them helpful, and thanks for looking!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Make Up For Ever Aqua Liner - 7, 8, 14 swatches

I swatched the Aqua Liners as well. I bought #8, Iridescent Electric Purple, at the local Sephora, but had to order the other two online. They arrived Saturday with my Aqua Creams.

Once again, Photobucket issues. I resize and label my pics which show up fine in Photobucket, but come out all wonky here. They eventually fix themselves. From left to right, they're #7 Diamond Black Purple, #8 Iridescent Electric Purple, an #14 Diamond Multicolor Black. I'm hoping when you read this the labels are visible!

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The Diamond Black Purple seems to be more of a black base with the purple over it, lots of sparkle. The Iridescent Electric Purple is a gorgeous purple! The Diamond Multicolor Black is enchanting, loads of sparkle, particularly pink and green that show through.

I haven't worn purple liner in a few years. I normally wear black gel liner, which does come in two purple shades (Tanzanite and Venomous) but after wearing them a few times I discovered they make my eyes all red and irritated. I'm not sure which specific ingredient is the culprit. I've worn purple mineral shadow a few times but it's not quite the same. This purple didn't irritate my eyes, and is a gorgeous color!

Hope you've found the pictures helpful, and thanks for looking.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream - Snow, Fresh Pink, Fuchsia swatches

I swatched some MUFE stuff this morning since my recent Sephora order arrived on Saturday. I wanted to get some posts in the queue since hubby's on vacation this week and I won't get much done.

As I'm working on previewing this, I see I'm having Photobucket issues again. I resize the photos and add text, which shows up in Photobucket, but doesn't appear within my post. Sooner or later it straightens itself out. Meanwhile, apologies for the mess.

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I applied the swatches with a small taklon flat "push" style liner brush. The Snow went on a bit gloppy, but that was more from me trying to get it on dark enough to show up in the picture. Normally it goes on quite smooth, as you can see in the other two shades.

The Fresh Pink was much more intense than I thought, definitely makes any shadow you put over it more vivid. I've only worn the Snow and Fresh Pink so far and didn't use any eye primer under them. My lids aren't oily so I figured it would hold on, and it did.

Hope you've found these pics helpful, and thanks for looking!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Nars Sheer Glow foundation Siberia swatch (and a little Mont Blanc)

**note Photobucket issues going on, so pics are wrong size & not labeled. Will try to fix again later.**

The ever lovely Phyrra suggested I try Nars Sheer Glow foundation. Her recommendations to me are always good ones, so I tried it out at Sephora on Wednesday. Our skin tones aren't too far from each other, both very fair, but she can wear more neutral to yellow tones while I need more pink undertones.

I read Nars' website and thought I should try Mont Blanc, since it's "light with pink undertone". I thought that would be better than Siberia, which is "light with neutral balance of pink and yellow undertone". I often use a yellow toned shade to help minimize redness, but need to walk the line between minimizing and wearing an obviously wrong shade.

I tried to squirt some Siberia on my arm, but the tester was all gunked up. Uh, hello, can someone check these things periodically and clean them? I saw two sales associates putting makeup on their own faces - great, but first can we clean the testers? Ick. A somewhat dried blob did land on my arm, and after I removed most of it, I was left with a teeny dot of Siberia. It looked too yellow right away.

I squirted a dab of Mont Blanc on my arm, rubbed, and it looked ok. This is the part where I need to remind myself that the lighting inside the store is atrocious. My bathroom has better lighting with those stupid energy saving bulbs that make me look orange. But silly me, with a hungry 5 1/2 year old saying "Moooooommmmmm, you've got enough makeup!" I decided to just buy the Mont Blanc and get to the food court.

We got our lunch, sat in a sunny booth, and Ian promptly asked me about the boo-boo on my arm. Huh? I looked, and realized it was the Mont Blanc swatch, which did indeed look like a bruise. After we ate, we walked back to Sephora and exchanged the Mont Blanc for Siberia, which was visible on my arm but a far better match.

An hour or so later, I arrived at my Mom's and snapped a few quick pics of the Mont Blanc.

I feel like singing the oompa loompa song here.
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Look, it matches my Mom's kitchen counter!
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Here's the Siberia, which is a bit more yellow than I'd like but still doable. The yellow helps tone down redness from my rosacea. It's decent coverage, felt nice and lightweight, definitely allowed my own skin - freckles and all - to show through, not at all mask like.

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I didn't mark off the swatch with a black liner pencil. I think you can see the Siberia, but it's not ridiculously obvious, which is the point. I think I need to wear it a few more times but so far I think it's the best non-Illamasqua match in a traditional foundation.

I hope you've found the swatches helpful, and thanks for reading!