Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Review: MAC Powder Blush in Melba!

I have a new favourite blush and I think our lovestory will be going on strong the whole spring and summer. It's Melba from MAC that I showed on my recent MAC haul post. Here's my review on it and some pictures and swatches.

According to MAC, Melba is a sotf coral-peach color. To me it looks more like a muted peach color, definitely soft and suitable for many skin tones. Lovely, universal color that goes with many makeup looks.
I must say that I probably wouldn't have picked Melba if I had seen it in natural light, the lighting at the MAC counter was very bright so it made all the blushes look lighter than they actually were. It looked like a really light peach color! And then the makeup artist applied it on my cheeks and I was sold.

Here it also looks a bit lighter than it actually is, I tried to adjust the color but that just didn't work... (poor photoshopping skills...) It's matte, so no shimmers here! I like matte blushes because I like to use a highlighter separately. As you may know, I kind of have a thing for highlighters too.

The pigmentation is great, it is very pigmented and soft, so you need to be careful not to apply too much at once. Light hand is the way to go. I have tried different brushes with this blush and I find that the best one is a brush with tense bristles, it makes the blending easier. Synthetic also works great, it picks up less product at once.

Here in the swatch pictures you can see that Melba has that muted tone but then again on the cheeks it looks a bit brighter and not bad at all! So if you have fair skin, don't be afraid to try this one out.

As you can see, the swatches look quite different compared to what Melba actually looks on my cheeks. In the pan it can look a bit dirty or almost muddy, but then it brightens up on my cheeks just nicely. And I really like how it goes with everything. I paid 23,50€ for it, quite expensive here in Finland but then again, I've been using it almost every day since I got it. Money well spent!

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Small MAC Haul! :)

I live very far a away from the nearest MAC counter but I did get to visit MAC some time ago. I purchased a few products that I'm exited about!

We meet again...

I was so sad after I finished my beloved Soft and Gentle MSF, so I knew that I wanted to get a new one. While I was at the MAC counter, I swatched Lightscapade too, but to me it seemed just a bit too cool toned and pearly. I have really liked the soft look Soft and Gentle gives me, so I decided to get a new one and leave Lightscapade for the next time. I know I'm going to get it sooner or later, but I just couldn't justify getting both. These MSFs cost 28,50€ here in Finland.

I had six empty MAC products, so I got a free lipstick. I wanted a coral color, and the lovely makeup artist at the MAC counter chose a perfect color for the spring for me, Vegas Volt. I couldn't wait to take pictures before using it, I just had to put it on later that evening. I really like it, I will review it later.

The blush was an impuls buy. I was looking at the blushes and the makeup artist suggested that we try on the peachy blush that I had my eye on. And this was where I saw the light. She had a totally different way of applying blush than I do, and it looked so good on me. I mean so good and so different! I have never had my makeup done by a professional, but now I'm thinking I really should, just to learn more about different techniques. She applied Melba on the top of my cheek bones and almost over, which I thought you can't do, but it really looked great on me. Then of course I wanted the blush because it just looked so good. I've been using it everyday ever since. Melba also goes lovely together with Vegas Volt. I will do a separate post about Melba soon! I paid 23,50€ for it.

This was my haul, it made me happy, especially I've been liking Melba a lot. Pictures of it in action coming soon :)

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Review: Stila Custom Color Blushes :)

More blushes! I wanted to review these two Custom Color Blushes from Stila for you, because I personally think these are quite unique and interesting products. I got two of the blushes, Self-adjusting Coral and Self-adjusting Pink.

 I couldn't decide which one to get, so I got both. I really like the black packaging! I just wish the lid was see-through, now I have to check the color from the back. Anyways, it's nice and small, great for traveling. And black is my favourite color, so.. The blushes come with a mirror, that's always a plus.

Just look at the brightness here! Especially the pink one, I sure did not expect them to be this bright or vibrant. The pink looks so scary in the pan. But lovely at the same time.

The first time I swatched Coral on the back of my hand I thought it turned a bit muddy and even more darker than it looked in the pan. But I tried it on anyway (with a light hand) and it actually didn't look that bad on my cheeks, it somehow looked natural. After a while it actually seemed that it started to adjust to my skin, so it didn't look muddy or too dark at all, just coral. That was unexpected because I actually didn't think it would work on my skin at all. Coral was easy to work with, easy to blend. Heavily pigmented!

I tried to capture the golden shimmers in the Coral blush, you can definitely see some of that in the pan. On the cheeks the shimmers don't show that much. Here's how Coral looks on my fair skin. Looks quite nice and it's actually wearable. You just have use a small amount and blend well.

The Pink color scared me in the beginning and it actually took me a while to test it out. It looks super scary pink in the pan, so I kind of automatically thought that this bubble gum pink would be too bright for my pale complexion. But I was wrong!

It actually looks nice and is totally wearable, even on me. This color was a little bit more difficult to work with because it's so bright and pigmented, so you have to be very careful with the application and blend super well. But it works, amazingly. I did notice that it looked a little less pink after a while and looked a bit warmer than in the pan. Could it really be self-adjusting? I don't know how that would work. It looks nice though!

Here's some swatches on the back of my hand. As you can see, they are crazy pigmented! This is just one swipe! I would say a synthetic blush brush or a stippling brush would be the best options for applying these blushes, just to avoid getting too much color on the brush at once. And as you can see here, they look quite different on the back of my hand that they do on my cheeks...!

They may look bright and scary in the pan, but do not be scared! The palest girl in town has tested and approved these blushes for you, and I can tell you, they look very different after you have applied them on.
Very high quality indeed. These blushes retail around  16€ ($20 on www.stilacosmetics.com), so they are not the most expensive ones out there, I would call them a good investment. I higly recommend to try these out. Coral has become one of my favourites and will be used a lot during this spring and summer!

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Review: Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush in Candy Glow!

Some time ago I told you that I finally got my hands on this one precious makeup item that I've been wanting for a long time! I finally had the time to take some pictures and swatch it for you, so here's my quick review on the blush! I ordered the Candy Glow version, Too Faced has released two more colors after releasing it, but I felt that Candy Glow would be perfect for my pale complexion, which it is.

The packaging was the main reason I wanted Candy Glow. It's a heart shaped box made out of card board. Baby pink and lovely. What actually surprised me was the size of this blush, it's relatively big! It's definitely one of the biggest ones I own because of the packaging. It will take a lot of space in my travel makeup bag but no way I'm leaving it home when I'm going out of town for Easter... :)

Candy Glow has three different colors, a cool toned light pink, a pinky peach color and a deeper peach color with gold sheen. I like the pink color, but I've noticed myself using the two peachy colors more..

Candy Glow, as lovely as it looks and as luxorious as it feels, is not the most pigmented one out there. It gives a nice flush of glowing color (hence the name, I would guess...), but it lacks of pigmentation, which means that I have to apply it with a heavy hand. I mean very heavy, in my case. But I don't mind. It's a very versatile color, I think it will work on many skin tones too. Especially the pale girls should own this one.

Here are some swatches, swatched separately and then all three color together. The colors are very pretty! As you can see, the pigmentation is not the best, but it looks anyways.

It looks nice on my fair skin, I think! The picture was taken in front of a window (and not very well...) so the blush looks a bit cool toned here. I also toned it down a bit, usually I tend to apply more..

Candy Glow retails around 30€ ($30 at Too Faced website), so it is a bit expensive, but for the money you get all that prettyness and a lovely, versatile blush. I wish it was a bit more pigmented, but then again, you can't go wrong with it and it is buildable. I really like the extra glow that it gives to my cheeks. I have no regrets spending my money on Candy Glow.

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