The Fragrance That Got Me To Give Up Minimal Scents


A few months ago, when I heard Luca Turin, the biophysicist, writer, and revered perfume reviewer speak at Los Angeles’ The Institute of Art and Olfaction, I knew I couldn’t let him walk away without extracting one scent recommendation. Turin’s picks are like smokin’ hot stock tips in my world, where calling the next great scent is as good as currency. He kindly obliged, and told me about Christophe Laudamiel’s The Zoo, a small perfumery in New York making one of the most interesting and beautiful fragrances on the market today. This perfume, Everlasting, he described as a rare marriage of beauty and technical achievement. Everlasting has no perceivable top, middle and base notes, but rather gives the impression of a wall of scent, like all parts of the orchestra playing at the same time and for the same duration. It stays sharp and in focus the entire time you’re wearing it.

Perfume is communication that unfolds in real time, much like music: it has a beginning and an end. The raw materials in fragrances have different lifespans when they come in contact with your skin. The smallest (and most volatile) molecules which slip away the quickest are called top notes and you smell them at first spritz. Medium sized molecules are listed as middle notes. And the heaviest, most stubborn molecules are base notes: bold, opaque and heavy notes that last several hours (or even days) after application. Finding a perfume that you like each and every beat is hard, but therein lies the joy and angst of buying testers and sticking your wrists in people’s faces, smelling your clothes at intervals and wondering why something that started out so heavenly now smells like pickles.

In order to craft a scent whose notes don’t change, you’d have to do one of two things, according to LA-based perfumer and educator Ashley Eden Kessler. “You can identify loads of molecules with the same tenacity,” Kessler explains, which means they’re all the same size on a chemistry level. “Or you can achieve it by the use of different materials that overlap olfactively to be perceived as a singular impression, for example a green top, a green middle, and a green base that lock together to create a green linear existence.” Other scents that remain consistent due to structural manipulation include Demeter’s fragrances, which use Headspace technology to match, in the fewest materials possible, the aroma of recognizable scents like angel food cake. There are also the single-molecule perfumes in the Escentric Molecules series: technically simple, but damned brilliant.

Laudamiel is an industry-recognized technical genius: after many high profile compositions working for a big fragrance house (Ralph Lauren, Thierry Mugler, Tom Ford, the scents for the movie Perfume, even Abercrombie and Fitch), he issued a manifesto called LIBERTÉ, ÉGALITÉ, FRAGRANCITÉ—well worth reading—and launched his own niche fragrance line, The Zoo. The Zoo’s website is a brazen visual experience that has the rabid editing affect of a Guy Ritchie movie. Labels of fragrances are printed with secret urls. Urgent commandments plaster the site like “wear perfume on your clothes instead of on your skin,” “If we say it, you will smell it,” and “If you are given samples don’t sell them, donate them,” all enforced by the Zoo Police™. (I’d like to note I purchased the sampler pack that included Everlasting and will be holding on to those precious testers unless someone makes a good plea in the comments.)

What does Everlasting smell like, you ask? From first spritz I smell: labdanum, caramel, brown sugar, toasted caramel, leather, cedarwood, Swiss Miss, Play-Doh and a little bit of rooty echinacea. The effect oscillates between powdery and damp, but the volume of all these elements in unison is unwavering. There is an opening that has extra sparkle, indicating that Laudamiel is using some top notes to ‘lift’ the heaviness of the base, but in a linear way.

Laudamiel describes the unisex scent as a “Chypre Dark Narcissus Sensuous.” The narcissus flower (also known as daffodil or jonquil) is often a misunderstood scent reference, with most people never having smelled a truly fragrant one, myself included. I asked Kessler to describe the real thing (since Laudamiel uses real narcissus absolute for Everlasting, sourced from his birthplace in France) and she listed “green, animalic, honey, herbaceous, tobacco, powdery, and fruity with a whiff of cat piss. F-ing fantastic and so expensive.” Resinous, ambery, mossy, and dark, this scent is unflinching in its intensity, opulent and remarkably stable. Six hours later it smells exactly like it did when I put it on.

It is larger than my personality, I thought at first. I felt like Bianca Jagger wearing this liquid decadence. But I found myself inhabiting it fluidly. Strangers stop me to ask about the scent in parking lots, hours after I’ve put it on. I had a mom at preschool pickup stick her head in my car to ask me what the beautiful smell contained inside (not the Pirate Booty crushed on the floor, I assure you). The promise of a perfume is that it will leave an olfactive mark on our own, or someone else’s emotional psyche; a scent that fuses with our own innate specialness. I’m all for minimal scents: I’ve written about them and encouraged so many friends to opt for scents that are underwritten, understated, and showcase quiet, tasteful evolutions. But Everlasting helped me digest something new about perfume, something technically-induced but utterly emotional. The exquisiteness of not backing down. It’s worth having in your arsenal.

—Natalie Toren

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Hourglass You Make Me & I Still Confession Lipsticks Reviews & Swatches

 

You Make Me

Hourglass You Make Me Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.03 oz.) is a muted, medium orange with a hint of warmer, brown undertones and a cream finish. It was intensely pigmented with a smooth, lightly creamy consistency that was a bit firm in the tube, thin without being clingy on my lips, and yielded more sheen than it actually felt like it had. The color applied evenly, while the formula was smoothing to my lip lines and hydrating over the five and a half hours it lasted for.

  • Sephora Palm Street (62) (P, $8.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar).
  • Colour Pop I Like It (LE, $6.00) is lighter (90% similar).
  • Bite Beauty Arrowroot (DC, $24.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar).
  • Gucci Beauty Agatha Orange (302) (P, $42.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar).
  • NARS Casablanca (P, $26.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (85% similar).
  • Fenty Beauty Freckle Fiesta (P, $18.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar).
  • Sephora Hot in Havana (37) (P, $8.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar).
  • Colour Pop Taurus (P, $6.00) is darker, more muted (80% similar).
  • Bobbi Brown Soft Coral (P, $37.00) (80% similar).
  • NARS Blonde Venus (P, $26.00) is lighter (80% similar).

Formula Overview

$34.00/0.03 oz. – $1133.33 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to have “creamy, saturated, longwearing color with a satin finish.” It’s a light-medium thick formula that was typically opaque with a lightly creamy texture that glided on without tugging but did not slide around while worn. The majority of shades had a natural to satin finish, and they lasted anywhere from four to seven hours with light hydration. The best performing shades were light to dark while the lightest and deepest shades weren’t quite as consistent.

The lipstick can be purchased with the full packaging/applicator for $34 or as a refill-only for $22. The refill packaging is substantial enough that it is usable on its own, as there’s a detachable base that the refillable cap clicks onto (with an audible click), but they are very slim–and that’s not a surprise given they only contain 0.03 oz. making them one of the smaller lipsticks on the market. Slim lipsticks typically contain around 0.07 oz. of product and are usually smaller than the average standard lipstick tube (which tends to be between 0.10 and 0.12 oz.).

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I Still

Hourglass I Still Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.03 oz.) is a vivid, medium red with neutral-to-warm undertones and a cream finish. The way this formula sat on my lips was astounding–it made my lip lines disappear, so it had a really plush, smooth look to it. The consistency was creamy, despite being a little firmer in the tube, so it glided easily over my lips but didn’t feel slippery while worn It had nearly opaque color payoff in a single layer that stayed on well for over six hours. The formula felt moisturizing while worn as well.

  • NARS Carmen (P, $34.00) is brighter (95% similar).
  • Bite Beauty Cayenne (DC, $26.00) is warmer, less glossy (90% similar).
  • MAC Von Teese (LE, $20.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar).
  • Burberry Regiment Red (37) (P, $34.00) is warmer (90% similar).
  • YSL Scout’s Red (124) (LE, $36.00) is more muted, less glossy (90% similar).
  • Hourglass I Crave (P, $34.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar).
  • Bite Beauty Holly (DC, $24.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar).
  • MAC Dynasty Red (LE, $20.00) is darker, less glossy (90% similar).
  • Givenchy L’Interdit (333) (P, $36.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar).
  • Kat Von D Underage Red (P, $19.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar).

Formula Overview

$34.00/0.03 oz. – $1133.33 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to have “creamy, saturated, longwearing color with a satin finish.” It’s a light-medium thick formula that was typically opaque with a lightly creamy texture that glided on without tugging but did not slide around while worn. The majority of shades had a natural to satin finish, and they lasted anywhere from four to seven hours with light hydration. The best performing shades were light to dark while the lightest and deepest shades weren’t quite as consistent.

The lipstick can be purchased with the full packaging/applicator for $34 or as a refill-only for $22. The refill packaging is substantial enough that it is usable on its own, as there’s a detachable base that the refillable cap clicks onto (with an audible click), but they are very slim–and that’s not a surprise given they only contain 0.03 oz. making them one of the smaller lipsticks on the market. Slim lipsticks typically contain around 0.07 oz. of product and are usually smaller than the average standard lipstick tube (which tends to be between 0.10 and 0.12 oz.).

Browse all of our Hourglass Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Lipstick swatches.

Ingredients

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Sugarpill Capsule Collection C1 Palette Swatches


Sugarpill Capsule Collection C1 Palette ($42.00 for 0.50 oz.) is a new, permanent palette that includes seven eyeshadows and three pressed pigments. You’ll find swatches in this post!

Sugarpill Capsule Collection C1 Palette

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ColourPop x Sailor Moon From the Moon Blush Review & Swatches

 

From the Moon

Colour Pop From the Moon Pressed Powder Blush ($12.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a medium, fuchsia pink with cooler, blue undertones and a matte finish. It had buildable coverage from medium to mostly opaque, which was in line with the product’s description. The texture was moderately powdery in the pan, so I’d recommend tapping off excess prior to applying to ensure more precise application of the blush to the skin.

It blended out fairly evenly but wasn’t the most easiest to diffuse along the edges. To help it along, I’d recommend applying over a matte foundation or dusting some translucent powder over your skin first (which will give it better blendability). It stayed on well for eight and a half hours before fading visibly.

  • Colour Pop Above & Beyond (LE, $7.00) is lighter (95% similar).
  • Colour Pop Shortcake (P, $7.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar).
  • Make Up For Ever B212 (P, $23.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar).
  • Wet ‘n’ Wild Fantastic Plastic Pink (P, $2.99) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar).
  • Urban Decay Going Native (Blush) (PiP, ) is lighter, cooler (90% similar).
  • Milani Delizioso Pink (10) (DC, $8.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar).
  • MAC Cheeky Chic (LE, $24.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar).
  • Colour Pop Noodle (P, $7.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar).
  • Makeup Geek Hanky Panky (DC, $9.99) is cooler (90% similar).
  • MAC Peony Petal (LE, $24.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar).

Formula Overview

$12.00/0.21 oz. – $57.14 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to go on “smoothly” and have a “natural and healthy flush” that has “long wear” and “can be layered to your desired intensity.” It is a lightly to moderately powdery powder blush with semi-sheer to semi-opaque, buildable color payoff. The consistency has a drier, thinner feel and though it feels silky to the touch, I found it the type of powder blush can be tricky to blend out evenly on the skin, depending on one’s skin type or base preferences. The drier the skin/base, the better the formula would blend, but any natural oils or slip caused the blush to go on unevenly and was difficult to blend out. The wear was between seven and eight hours on me on average.

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ColourPop x Sailor Ultra Glossy Lips Reviews & Swatches


Moon Tiara

Colour Pop Moon Tiara Ultra Glossy Lip ($8.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is a medium peach with strong, warm undertones and flecks of faint sparkle throughout a cream finish. It had sheer to semi-sheer coverage that applied somewhat evenly but was more prone to getting into fine lines and lip lines. I typically find this formula to be more smoothing and more forgiving to lip lines, but the lighter, milkier color worked against me. The consistency was lightweight, smooth, and non-sticky with a plusher, more gel-like feel. It stayed on well for two hours and felt moisturizing while worn.

  • MAC Love Nectar (P, $18.50) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar).
  • Giorgio Armani Luce (101) (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, more pigmented (85% similar).
  • MAC Pale Moon (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar).
  • MAC Pure Delight (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar).
  • MAC Fashion Punch (P, $10.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar).

Formula Overview

$6.00/0.11 oz. – $54.55 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to have “hi-shine” with a “non-sticky” texture that “feels amazing” and includes five finishes “from 3-D pearl to sheer tinted colour.” They are designed to be a sheerer formula, so many shades are sheer with a smattering of shimmer or sparkle and then a few are more tinted with sheer to semi-sheer coverage but no shimmer. Each gloss has a short, brush-type applicator, which worked better than I expected and didn’t leave streaky results behind (in general). They had a sweet, vanilla scent but no discernible taste.

The “Tinted” finish (“glass-like shine with tint of sheer colour and no shimmer”) was the least consistent–sometimes prone to unevenness and getting into lip lines, particularly with deeper/richer shades, whereas Pearlescent (“glass-like shine with subtle shimmer”) and Prismatic (“glass-like shine with floating multi dimensional pearl and glitters”) are sheer to translucent with the major difference being finer shimmer in the Pearlescent finish and larger, more glitter-like particles in the Prismatic finish. Both finishes tended to look plush and more smoothing on my lips. The Creme finish is a “medium-coverage gloss with a creamy finish that does not contain any pearls or glitter.” The Metallic is described as a “full-coverage gloss with a mix of pearl and metallic finishes.”

The wear time varied by shade but the sheerer ones tended to wear between two and three hours as the formula was, indeed, non-sticky and smooth, which made them lighter-weight and comfortable to wear but shorter wearing. A lot of the sheerer shades ran together, so I would recommend just picking up one or two rather than several as the differences are likely to be lost! Also, keep in mind that sheerer lip colors can look different from person to person due to much of the natural lip color coming through.

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Sailor Moon

Colour Pop Sailor Moon Ultra Glossy Lip ($8.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is a light-medium pink-coral base with fine pink and gold pearl. It had semi-sheer coverage in a single layer, which applied evenly but had a bit of settling into lip lines, though it wasn’t very noticeable in person. The texture was smooth, lightweight, and non-sticky while feeling a little plush. It wore well for two and a half hours and felt hydrating over time.

  • Colour Pop PS (P, $6.00) is darker (90% similar).
  • Marc Jacobs Beauty Pink Parade (376) (P, $28.00) is more shimmery (90% similar).
  • Urban Decay Midnight Cowgirl (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar).
  • Colour Pop Atole (LE, $6.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar).
  • MAC Nymphette (P, $18.50) is more shimmery (85% similar).
  • MAC Jewels on Jewels (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar).
  • MAC Pink Lemonade (P, $18.50) is more shimmery, darker, more pigmented (85% similar).
  • Colour Pop Champagne Mami (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar).
  • Fenty Beauty Cheeky (LE, $18.00) is darker (85% similar).
  • Colour Pop Blowzy (LE, $6.00) is darker (85% similar).

Formula Overview

$6.00/0.11 oz. – $54.55 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to have “hi-shine” with a “non-sticky” texture that “feels amazing” and includes five finishes “from 3-D pearl to sheer tinted colour.” They are designed to be a sheerer formula, so many shades are sheer with a smattering of shimmer or sparkle and then a few are more tinted with sheer to semi-sheer coverage but no shimmer. Each gloss has a short, brush-type applicator, which worked better than I expected and didn’t leave streaky results behind (in general). They had a sweet, vanilla scent but no discernible taste.

The “Tinted” finish (“glass-like shine with tint of sheer colour and no shimmer”) was the least consistent–sometimes prone to unevenness and getting into lip lines, particularly with deeper/richer shades, whereas Pearlescent (“glass-like shine with subtle shimmer”) and Prismatic (“glass-like shine with floating multi dimensional pearl and glitters”) are sheer to translucent with the major difference being finer shimmer in the Pearlescent finish and larger, more glitter-like particles in the Prismatic finish. Both finishes tended to look plush and more smoothing on my lips. The Creme finish is a “medium-coverage gloss with a creamy finish that does not contain any pearls or glitter.” The Metallic is described as a “full-coverage gloss with a mix of pearl and metallic finishes.”

The wear time varied by shade but the sheerer ones tended to wear between two and three hours as the formula was, indeed, non-sticky and smooth, which made them lighter-weight and comfortable to wear but shorter wearing. A lot of the sheerer shades ran together, so I would recommend just picking up one or two rather than several as the differences are likely to be lost! Also, keep in mind that sheerer lip colors can look different from person to person due to much of the natural lip color coming through.

Browse all of our Colour Pop Ultra Glossy Lip swatches.

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Tatcha Silk Blossoms Lipstick Trios for Spring 2020


Release Date + About the Launch

Give lips a touch of hydration with a set of three beautiful shades at a special value. Handcrafted in Japan, each lipstick is adorned with 23-karat gold.

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Products in the Launch

Classic Silk Blossoms Lipstick Trio, $110.00 ($165 Value) (Limited Edition)

  • Kyoto Red Vermillion
  • Plum Blossom Cool plum pink
  • Cherry Blossom Pink blush

Blushing Silk Blossoms Lipstick Trio, $110.00 ($165 Value) (Limited Edition)

  • Magnolia Bloom Rose
  • Peony Blossom Romantic flush
  • Cherry Blossom Pink blush

Mixed Silk Blossoms Lipstick Trio, $110.00 ($165 Value) (Limited Edition)

  • Peony Blossom Romantic flush
  • Plum Blossom Cool plum pink
  • Beautyberry Berry

Tatcha Silk Blossoms Lipstick Trios for Spring 2020

Tatcha Silk Blossoms Lipstick Trios for Spring 2020

Tatcha Silk Blossoms Lipstick Trios for Spring 2020

Tatcha Silk Blossoms Lipstick Trios for Spring 2020

Tatcha Silk Blossoms Lipstick Trios for Spring 2020

Tatcha Silk Blossoms Lipstick Trios for Spring 2020



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MAC Heat Index Glow Play Blush Review & Swatches


MAC Heat Index Glow Play Blush ($30.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a brighter, medium-dark pink-coral with subtle, warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. The color payoff was buildable from semi-sheer to semi-opaque with a brush and more medium and buildable when applied with fingertips (the latter being my preferred application method as it was faster, more efficient, and more foolproof for lay down and blending).

The consistency felt smooth to the touch, emollient without being traditionally wet (almost more velvety in that respect), and felt more powder-like when it came into contact with my skin. Despite the brighter hue, it had more of a watercolor effect when applied and blended out on my skin, much like a cream or liquid blush might have. It applied well over bare skin and was fairly easy to work with over base products, but I would be mindful to use a lighter touch to minimize the potential of lifting up one’s base. It wore well for nine hours before fading visibly.

  • Anastasia Scorching (PiP, ) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar).
  • Surratt Beauty Ponceau (P, $32.00) is more shimmery (90% similar).
  • Too Faced How Deep is Your Love? (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar).
  • Sephora Flirt It Up (06) (P, $14.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar).
  • NARS Peep Show (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar).
  • MAC Take Me Home (Top) (LE, $24.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar).
  • Colour Pop Mic Drop (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker, brighter (90% similar).
  • NARS I Need a Man (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar).
  • Tom Ford Beauty Exotic Flora (Bottom) (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar).
  • Viseart Ablaze (Blush) (PiP, ) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar).

Formula Overview

$30.00/0.25 oz. – $120.00 Per Ounce

The new, limited edition formula is supposed to have “eight-hour, fade-free wear” with an “ultra-blendable” formula that has “sheer” but buildable coverage with a “gel-cream texture” that is “bouncy.” It’s gel-to-powder blush that has a lightly emollient, slightly sponge-like quality to it–more like a smoother, more emollient clay-like texture to me–that feels more like powder as soon as it comes into contact with my skin.

The pigmentation was definitely more sheer to semi-sheer, buildable to medium to semi-opaque coverage with some of the deeper/darker hues in the range having more coverage and better building capabilities. I preferred using fingertips for application as I felt it was easier to faster to apply, though fingertips will yield slightly higher coverage compared to a brush. The formula applied well–most of the time–over bare skin as well as over base products like liquid foundation without lifting it up. They wore eight hours before starting to show signs of fading.

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Ingredients

Talc, Dimethicone, Diisostearyl Malate, Hydrogenated Poly(C6-14 Olefin), Silica, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Hexyl Laurate, Hydrogenated Ethylene/Propylene/Styrene Copolymer, Hydrogenated Butylene/ Ethylene/ Styrene Copolymer, Lauroyl Lysine, Mineral OilParaffinum LiquidumHuile Minerale, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Tin Oxide, Polyisobutene, Phenoxyethanol, [+/- Mica, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Aluminum Powder (Ci 77000), Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163), Blue 1 (Ci 42090), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Bronze Powder (Ci 77400), Carmine (Ci 75470), Chromium Hydroxide Green (Ci 77289), Chromium Oxide Greens (Ci 77288), Copper Powder (Ci 77400), Ferric Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510), Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742), Red 6 (Ci 15850), Red 7 (Ci 15850), Red 28 (Ci 45410), Red 30 (Ci 73360), Red 7 Lake (Ci 15850), Red 28 Lake (Ci 45410), Red 30 Lake (Ci 73360), Ultramarines (Ci 77007), Yellow 5 (Ci 19140), Yellow 6 (Ci 15985), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140), Yellow 6 Lake (Ci 15985)]



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MAC Cheeky Devil Glow Play Blush Review & Swatches


MAC Cheeky Devil Glow Play Blush ($30.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a very light pink with moderate, warm undertones and a subtle, satin sheen. It had buildable coverage from sheer to semi-sheer applied with a brush and semi-sheer to medium coverage applied with fingertips.

The blush felt smooth to the touch without the traditional wetness you’d find from a true cream-based formula, and it quickly felt powder-like as soon as the product came into contact with my skin (whether my fingertip or my actual face). It applied evenly and blended out with ease on my skin, but I preferred fingertips over a brush for application as I felt fingertips did a better job of dispersing the product without lifting up base products. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me before fading noticeably.

  • Chanel Tweed Pink (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (95% similar).
  • Dior Intemporalle (LE, $65.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar).
  • KIKO 109 Candy Rose (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar).
  • NARS Myth (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar).
  • Make Up For Ever B206 (P, $23.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar).
  • MAC What I Fancy (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar).
  • Too Faced Peach Dream (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar).
  • Burberry S/S15 Runway (LE, $65.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar).
  • Urban Decay Kiss Off (DC, $26.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar).
  • NARS Liberation (Left) (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar).

Formula Overview

$30.00/0.25 oz. – $120.00 Per Ounce

The new, limited edition formula is supposed to have “eight-hour, fade-free wear” with an “ultra-blendable” formula that has “sheer” but buildable coverage with a “gel-cream texture” that is “bouncy.” It’s gel-to-powder blush that has a lightly emollient, slightly sponge-like quality to it–more like a smoother, more emollient clay-like texture to me–that feels more like powder as soon as it comes into contact with my skin.

The pigmentation was definitely more sheer to semi-sheer, buildable to medium to semi-opaque coverage with some of the deeper/darker hues in the range having more coverage and better building capabilities. I preferred using fingertips for application as I felt it was easier to faster to apply, though fingertips will yield slightly higher coverage compared to a brush. The formula applied well–most of the time–over bare skin as well as over base products like liquid foundation without lifting it up. They wore eight hours before starting to show signs of fading.

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Ingredients

Talc, Dimethicone, Diisostearyl Malate, Hydrogenated Poly(C6-14 Olefin), Silica, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Hexyl Laurate, Hydrogenated Ethylene/Propylene/Styrene Copolymer, Hydrogenated Butylene/ Ethylene/ Styrene Copolymer, Lauroyl Lysine, Mineral OilParaffinum LiquidumHuile Minerale, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Tin Oxide, Polyisobutene, Phenoxyethanol, [+/- Mica, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Aluminum Powder (Ci 77000), Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163), Blue 1 (Ci 42090), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Bronze Powder (Ci 77400), Carmine (Ci 75470), Chromium Hydroxide Green (Ci 77289), Chromium Oxide Greens (Ci 77288), Copper Powder (Ci 77400), Ferric Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510), Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742), Red 6 (Ci 15850), Red 7 (Ci 15850), Red 28 (Ci 45410), Red 30 (Ci 73360), Red 7 Lake (Ci 15850), Red 28 Lake (Ci 45410), Red 30 Lake (Ci 73360), Ultramarines (Ci 77007), Yellow 5 (Ci 19140), Yellow 6 (Ci 15985), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140), Yellow 6 Lake (Ci 15985)]



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