Did you love the look of the Estee Lauder Modern Mercury highlight powder but missed out? Look no further then! I compared these two here, and they are almost identical.

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BLUSH!!! OK, I worked hard this morning to get lots of comparison swatches up for those who are trying to decide what blushes to get. I haven’t had time to review or test these for wear time yet, so this is really for color choosing purposes only. I will say that all of the blushes went on smoothly, evenly and all but one have a nice sheen (not shimmer) to them. These are some of the finest MAC blushes I have ever tried, in fact. I have tried two of them on my face and the color payoff is excellent.

6 new limited edition blushes are being released: Full of Joy, Immortal Flower, Peony Petal, Mondern Mandarin, Pink Tea, Lovecloud

What I really wanted to do was show the differences or similarities between these new shades and shades I had from a variety of brands in my collection already. I hope this helps!

MAC Pink Tea

Clockwise from top: MAC Pink Cult, Tarte Exposed, NARS Douceur, MAC Pink Tea

Swatches L-R (natural light): Douceur, Pink Tea, Pink Cult, Exposed

Swatches L-R (flash): Douceur, Pink Tea, Pink Cult, Exposed

Pink Tea is a lovely, natural and neutral blush. Pink Cult is closest, but it’s more grey and has a completely matte finish.

Clockwise from left: Stila Custom Color Blush, MAC Peony Petal (I forgot to take an individual photo…oops!), NYX Pinky, NARS Desire

Swatches L-R (natural light): Stila Custom Color Blush, MAC Peony Petal, NYX Pinky, NARS Desire

Swatches L-R (flash): Stila Custom Color Blush, MAC Peony Petal, NYX Pinky, NARS Desire

Peony Petal is closest to the Stila blush, but it’s lighter and less pigmented and has a sheen to it. The Stila Blush is completely matte. I would say if you have the Stila blush to skip Peony Petal. You can sheer out the Stila blush enough to make them look *very* similar when worn.

MAC Lovecloud

Clockwise from left: MAC Subtle Breeze, MAC Lovecloud, Tarte Dollface, MAC Fleur Power

Swatches L-R (natural light): Subtle Breeze, Lovecloud, Dollface, Fleur Power

Swatches L-R (flash): Subtle Breeze, Lovecloud, Dollface, Fleur Power

I also feel like Lovecloud (lovely as it is) could be skipped. Tarte Dollface is incredibly similar. Dollface is permanent so if you wanted a color like this you can easily pick it up from Ulta or Sephora any time.

MAC Full of Joy

Clockwise from left: MAC Azalea Blossom, MAC Full of Joy, MAC Briar Rose, Tarte Adored

Swatches L-R (natural light): MAC Azalea Blossom, MAC Full of Joy, MAC Briar Rose, Tarte Adored

Swatches L-R (flash): MAC Azalea Blossom, MAC Full of Joy, MAC Briar Rose, Tarte Adored

Full of Joy is proving to be a popular choice. I have seen many people say that their stores are already sold out of this blush on pre-order. That’s crazy! Anyway, it’s most similar to Azalea Blossom- but it’s lighter. They are definitely on the same vein. I tried Full of Joy on last night and actually enjoyed the way it looked on me. It’s personal preference but it is a rather unique shade.

MAC Immortal Flower

Clockwise from bottom left: Tarte Blissful, Sleek Pan Tao, MAC Fresh Honey, MAC Immortal Flower, Illamasqua Lover, MAC Ripe Peach

Swatches L-R (natural light): Tarte Blissful, Sleek Pan Tao, MAC Fresh Honey, MAC Immortal Flower, Illamasqua Lover, MAC Ripe Peach

Swatches L-R (flash): Tarte Blissful, Sleek Pan Tao, MAC Fresh Honey, MAC Immortal Flower, Illamasqua Lover, MAC Ripe Peach

I really thought this would be darker. It’s quite a light peach compared to others that I have. It was also the least pigmented of all the blushes in the collection. It’s lovely, but if you already have plenty of peaches in your collection I don’t know that it’s a must-have. But, it’s definitely different than the other peaches I own, as you can see. I just expected something…different I guess.

MAC Modern Mandarin

Clockwise from left: NARS Gilda, Illamasqua Excite, MAC Modern Mandarin, NYX Cinnamon, Tart Tipsy, NARS Taj Mahal, Barry M Apricot

Swatches L-R (natural light): NARS Gilda, Illamasqua Excite, MAC Modern Mandarin, NYX Cinnamon, Tart Tipsy, NARS Taj Mahal, Barry M Apricot

Swatches L-R (flash): NARS Gilda, Illamasqua Excite, MAC Modern Mandarin, NYX Cinnamon, Tart Tipsy, NARS Taj Mahal, Barry M Apricot

I am actually shocked that Modern Mandarin doesn’t have a dupe in my collection. I am also pretty surprised at how coral it is. When I think of Mandarin I think more of orange, and this is definitely more coral. It’s a beautiful blush and definitely worthy of purchasing. In person NARS Gilda is darker, but probably the most similar. Once again though, it lacks the sheen the MAC one has.

Overall I would definitely recommend Modern Mandarin and Pink Tea and Full of Joy if you are into those kinds of colors (I am). I would skip Lovecloud and Peony Petal if you already have something similar, and if you have access to the ones I mentioned that were very close. I am on the fence about Immortal Flower- the pigmentation wasn’t what I expected, but it is a nice buildable shade and ends up being pretty unique.

*whew* I really hope this helped! Let me know if you have any other questions or comparison requests…if I have it I will be happy to do more. :)

I have to preface this post by saying HI!!! I’m back from vacation! ;) I fully intended my first post back to be vacation related, but since these MAC collections are coming out in a hot minute I thought I would do these first, and then get you all up to speed on what I saw, ate and did while I was away. Enjoy!

MAC is coming out with three new collections next week, two of which *really* tempted me. The first of which is In Extra Dimension which features metallic eyeshadows and skinfinishes in a new formula.

The skinfinishes aren’t quite as buttery as others in their same category–like Laura Mercier’s Rose Rendezvous or Estée Lauder’s Gelee powders–but they are very similar.

Superb Skinfinish- I would describe it as rose gold in color, highly metallic and shimmery.

Whisper of Gilt Skinfinish- A cooler gold highlighter. I don’t have anything similar to this, which is why it drew me in. It’s gold, but it leans more white gold than yellow gold.

T-B, L-R: MAC Superb, EL Modern Mercury, Guerlain Cruel Gardenia, EL Shimmering Sands, LM Rose Rendezvous

I know a BIG question would be, “How does Superb compare to all the other highlighters like it that have been released in recent months?” Well…here you go!

Swatches L-R (natural light): Cruel Gardenia, Shimmering Sands, Superb, Modern Mercury, Rose Rendezvous

Swatches L-R: (flash) Cruel Gardenia, Shimmering Sands, Superb, Modern Mercury, Rose Rendezvous

Superb is darker and more peach than Cruel Gardenia, and Shimmering Sands is much more brown and deeper in tone. Superb is *very* close to Modern Mercury and Rose Rendezvous. It’s slightly less sparkly than both but to some that’s probably a good thing since both Modern Mercury and Rose Rendezvous are highly metallic and very shimmery. In tone/color they are essentially the same, but Superb is slightly lighter than Laura Mercier and Estée Lauder. The texture of Superb is drier than both as well. It’s still very smooth and creamy, but not quite as much as the other two.

Clockwise from left: MAC Lightscapade, MAC By Candlelight, Estée Lauder Topaz Chameleon, MAC Whisper of Gilt

I already said that I don’t really have anything like Whisper of Gilt, but I did search my stash and wanted to compare a few things.

Swatches L-R (natural light): By Candlelight, Whisper of Gilt, Lightscapade, Topaz Chameleon

Swatches L-R (flash): By Candlelight, Whisper of Gilt, Lightscapade, Topaz Chameleon

As you can see none are particularly similar. The texture is more buttery than regular mineralize skinfinishes, but slightly less “melty” than the Estée Lauder formula.

I haven’t had time to test these out yet but I did want to get swatches up ASAP to help those who are trying to decide what to get. I have more things coming up, but I working fast to get lots of comparisons done too!

Are you eying anything up from the new collections?

As you may have read in the last post, I am away some place warm and sunny…but Alex from Six Feet in Heels has agreed to take command of the ship while I’m gone. If you don’t know her yet, Alex is a beautiful Canadian blogger who has a wonderful eye for the eclectic, a great fashion sense and is a true beauty fanatic. Show her some love!

Meet Joe Fresh

Hello beauties! I would like to introduce you to a man named Joe. Joe Fresh to be exact. Joe Fresh is a Canadian brand of clothing, accessories and, of course, cosmetics, founded by Joe Mimran, formerly of Club Monaco. They keep their price points low, but don’t skimp on quality and always manage to keep up with trends. I’m going to show you some of my favourite (yes, there is a “u” in favourite here!) Joe Fresh cosmetics picks. Hopefully you’ve got a nice Canuck friend who can post some your way or, depending on Joe’s success in NYC, their whole line may be accessible to you soon!

Cream Blush

Swatches L-R: Bloom (blended, heavy), Flush (heavy, blended)

I’m a cream blush fiend. I love how natural and subtle the flush they give you is and am constantly picking up more. Joe Fresh has a fantastic cream blush formulation: light and blendable, it leaves a dewy, sheer finish. And the $8 price doesn’t hurt either – I can afford to pick up one in every shade! Think Illamasqua cream blushes without so much pigment. I own two shades: Bloom and Flush. They are both very different, but so lovely and versatile. You can also use them as a glossy lip stain!

Lipstick

Swatches L-R: Nude, Strawberry Cream, Berry

Joe Fresh’s lipstick selection is really neat; they make several of their shades in multiple formulas! At $6 each, they’re also affordable enough to allow you to grab a few from each finish. They feature a Cream and Matte line, with some crossover between shades, which I love. The Cream formula is similar to a MAC Cremesheen finish – glossy, moisturizing and smooth to apply. The Matte formula is exactly what you’d expect (and want) from a matte shade – zero shine, yet an easy-to-apply formula that stays put! Of course, the matte line can be a bit drying, but the wear-time is impressive and comparable to higher-end brands. Check out Nude, Strawberry Cream and Berry Matte Lipsticks.

Eyeshadow

Swatches T-B: Peacock, Pebble

I’m always leery of purchasing drugstore eyeshadows. There’s just something about a buttery, high-end shadow that I truly believe is worth the price! However, I couldn’t resist the $4 price tag and stunning array of colours Joe Fresh offered in the eyeshadow department and caved. Each shadow contains a whopping 3.3g of product, compared to MAC’s which weight in at 1.5g. That means you’re getting more than double in Joe’s! But, that increase in size wouldn’t matter if the quality wasn’t great, right? Well wasn’t I shocked when I swatched Joe’s shadows and discovered that they were fabulous! No, they aren’t dupes for any high-end formula, but they are very smooth. Their matte offerings are particularly good for the price! Here I’ve got Peacock and Pebble shadows.

And there you have it! I hope you feel confident in your knowledge of Joe Fresh cosmetics after this crash course. If you’re lucky enough to find them yourself nearby, do not miss your chance to pick up some quality cosmetics at bargain price points!

Editor’s Note: Don’t forget to subscribe/follow Alex’s lovely blog Six Feet in Heels. You are bound to fall in love with her posts! Want to hear her random thoughts and chat with her real time? Follow her on Twitter as well. ;) A HUGE thank you to Alex for giving us this amazing look at the very awesome Joe Fresh brand!

17. 03. 2012

News! Well, not news actually since you have probably noticed that I haven’t been posting much lately. I tweeted the other day that I had some great material and lovely inspiration but l –l <—–that much ambition. It’s true that I’ve been incredibly busy at work, plenty of personal commitments and the weather has been super unseasonably wonderful. I think I’m also suffering the effects vacation-itis. Yes, if you’ve been following me on Twitter you know that I am leaving this week for my favorite place in the whole world (so far)…New Orleans. From now until whenever I am back and ready to post again you won’t be seeing much from me (at least on my blog). I do, however, have a lovely guest blogger coming in next week that many of you know, but some of you may not. She’s got some exciting things to share with you so look forward to that.

I said “acquisitions” didn’t I? Well then…here is a preview of some of the things I’ve got going right now :)

My first try of Paul & Joe

The legendary Lancôme Erika F…does it live up to the hype??? I also have a few other Lancôme goodies to share with you…some exciting things for eyes! :)

NARS & MAC!! Was lucky to have found the Mega Metal Shadows at my local CCO recently..Unflappable is finally mine! :)

Speaking of finally mine…I did manage to get my hands on my long coveted Estée Lauder Modern Mercury Gelee…and a few other more recently lusted after items.

Hair tutorial? Going to try and get one done for this 5 minute hair! (bare-faced! I have eye and lip products on but NOTHING on my skin…feels good too!). We’ve gotten a new video camera so I *might* even attempt to make this into a video!

We always save the best for last don’t we? Some new Burberry items! You can find my other Burberry posts by clicking here, here, here and here. Oh, and here. If you can’t tell, I’m *kind of* obsessed with the brand. :) And that lipstick? Yeah, that was FREE. Yes, I mean $0.00!! I announced on Twitter two weeks ago that Burberry was doing a GWP (Gift With Purchase) at Nordstrom and did they deliver! Bummed you missed out? Make sure to follow me on Twitter because that’s where I announce this super-important-limited-time-offer stuff. ;) That’s Gold Trench, Almond and Tangerine for those wondering. The lipstick? Well, you’ll soon find out.

I also have some great color-themes, another history of makeup lesson, some skincare, Dior and Chanel reviews and maybe even a MAC palettes post coming soon, but for now I bid you Adieu, Adios and all those other fare-thee-well vibes…I’m off to go eat.  :)