It’s no secret that I love the Burberry Beauty line. I have never been disappointed by any of their products. When I saw that their spring collection contained new blushes and a new eyeshadow I was incredibly excited, to say the least.

I recently stopped by the Burberry counter at my local Nordstrom and was excited to see the spring line up out. I picked up a few things that caught my eye.

Burberry Hydrangea Pink Blush

Burberry Hydrangea Pink Blush

Burberry Hydrangea Pink Blush Macro

Burberry Hydrangea Pink Blush

It’s bright, pink, and slightly fuchsia toned. In one word: it’s gorgeous. Like all Burberry blushes I have tried it is utterly smooth and silky, and packs quite a punch in the pigmentation department.

Burberry Hydrangea Pink Blush Comparison Swatches

Swatches L-R: MAC Salsarose, MAC Azalea, Tarte Natural Beauty, Burberry Hydrangea Pink

Hydrangea seems to sit somewhere in between Natural Beauty and Azalea. I am so thrilled Burberry is releasing brighter colors in the lip and cheek department. This bright pop of pink is the exact blush I was looking for for spring.

Burberry Gold Pearl Shadow

Burberry Gold Pearl Shadow

I was initially a bit hesitant to purchase this shade because I wasn’t sure how exactly it compared to the other Burberry neutrals I have in my arsenal. Turns out it’s quite different but it is also more sheer than other shades from their line.

Burberry Gold Pearl Shadow 2

It also has a fine shimmer shot throughout. You can see the shimmer particles in the photos above and below.

Burberry Gold Pearl Macro

 

Burberry Gold Pearl Swatch Comparisons

Swatches L-R: Burberry Pale Barley, Burberry Trench, Burberry Gold Trench, Burberry Gold Pearl, Burberry Porcelain

You can see that Gold Pearl is much more yellow in tone and much lighter than most of the other shades. It’s closest relative is Trench, but Trench is more neutral. As I said above, it’s more sheer then many of the other shades I have tried. It might be one best swatched in person if you can.

Burberry Sweet Pea Swatches

Burberry Pink Sweet Pea

The one gloss that captivated me from this release was Pink Sweet Pea. It’s a very unique color (look at that shimmer!) and it pairs well with the Hydrangea Blush. It leaves behind a nice stain on the lips long after the gloss has worn off. The formula is comfortable, not tacky or sticky. It wears off evenly, and can be built up or sheered down to your liking. It’s my favorite item from the collection!

Burberry Sweet Pea Swatch Comparisons

Swatches L-R: NARS Strawberry Fields, Burberry Pink Sweet Pea, NARS Easy Lover

When I pulled glosses to compare it to I really couldn’t find anything I had that was close. Strawberry Fields is much darker, and Easy Lover is lighter and much more sheer, but does contain a similar shimmer. But just LOOK at that color. It’s absolutely swoon-worthy, right?! It has a blue-ish shimmer that you can see in the sun and it’s perfection on the lips. My SA couldn’t confirm it, but I have heard that this shade is limited edition.

What spring collection have you admired the most so far? For me, I’d definitely say Burberry is at the very top.

I have been noticeably procrastinating on writing this post. My last year’s favorites were done as a series, divided into categories, and was incredibly time consuming. I will be doing a separate post (check for that later this week) of my yearly favorites showing the products I reached for the most in eyes, lips, face and nails. This post, however, focuses solely on 12 products that I not only loved but that were released in 2012, as well as one product failure for this year.

2012 New Favorites 2

Clockwise from left: Guerlain Meteorites Perles D’Azur by Emilio Pucci, Chanel Joues Contraste Brume D’Or , Illamasqua Cream Blusher Zygomatic, Tarte Clean Slate 360 creaseless primer*, Real Techniques Expert Face Brush

Guerlain Meteorites Perles D’Azur by Emilio Pucci(LE)- I cannot tell you how many times I used these since getting them earlier this year (I believe May?). They became a regular part of my daily routine, adding a touch of glow to my skin without being obvious.

Chanel Brume D’Or(LE)- It was hard to decide between this, Notorious and Fleur de Lotus (all three are gorgeous and lovely in their own ways). But I decided on Brume D’Or because it really added a color of blush to my collection that is the perfect neutral when I have a summer tan. I used this a lot last summer and the color it gave was fabulous.

Illamasqua Zygomatic- Along with the powder blush Naked Rose, Illamasqua added to their blush lineup this year with some stellar shades. Zygomatic is a perfect neutral blush that blends into your skin like a dream, and great for those “no make-up” make-up looks.

Tarte Clean Slate 360 Primer*- The best eye primer I have used to date. It’s about 3/4 gone because I have literally not done my eye makeup without it since receiving it. I like that it comes in squeeze tube form vs. a wand (more hygienic) and it really makes a difference in how my makeup applies and how long it lasts (12+ hours).

Real Techniques Expert Face Brush- I’ve been a fan of these brushes created by Youtube Beauty Extraordinaire Sam Chapman of Pixiwoo. They are synthetic and super soft. They don’t shed and they hold up well to use and washing. This brush was a new release this year and was my absolute most used brush of the year. I use it daily for blending tinted moisturizer or foundation and even my concealer.

2012 New Favorites 1

Clockwise from left: Dior Fairy Golds, Laura Mercier Gilded Platinum, Too Faced La Creme Naked Dolly, Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick Empress, MAC Lipglass Revenge is Sweet, BareMinerals Ready Liner 5am, Urban Decay Mushroom

Dior Fairy Golds Swatches

Dior Fairy Golds(LE)- This was released in Dior’s holiday collection along with Night Golds (another favorite of mine). But between Night Golds and Fairy Golds, I definitely used this one the most. It has a slightly cooler tone to it and is a little more wearable for day-to-day use. The shadows were creamy and pigmented and long-lasting.

2012 New Favorites Swatches

Swatches L-R: BareMinerals 5am, Laura Mercier Gilded Platinum, Urban Decay Mushroom, Chanel Brume D’Or, Illamasqua Zygomatic, MAC Revenge is Sweet, Hourglass Empress, Too Faced Naked Dolly

BareMinerals 5am Ready Liner(LE)- What a gorgeous shade! This was released in their limited edition Night Vision set (which I have yet to review). Let me say I’m absolutely hooked on this formula! This shade was the reason I purchased the set, but I was blown away by the staying power of the liners in general. The black that came with the set is super black and stays on my waterline ALL DAY. Through a workout at the gym, my shower, meetings, errands, traffic…! Might be the best liner formula I have ever tried. Super creamy and easy to apply.

Laura Mercier Gilded Platinum (LE)- A gorgeous platinum shade with high shine and a smooth texture. The pattern? Fabulous.

Urban Decay Mushroom- Urban Decay revamped their eyeshadow formula this year and re-released many shades as singles, and added new ones to their lineup. I had always wanted this shade but it was previously (I think?) only available in their larger palettes. I jumped on this as soon as I saw they had released it as a single and wasn’t disappointed. Incredibly buttery in texture and excellent color payoff, this shadow is worth a look if you don’t already have it!

MAC Lipglass Revenge is Sweet(LE)- I am actually not a huge fan of the lipglass formula in general, however, I have been wanting this particular shade since it was released in the Disney Venomous Villains collection back in 2010 (anyone else miss those days of clever collections?!). I was happy to see it being repromoted in a collection this past November. The formula is actually more tolerable than I remember, not quite as sticky as it once was. The color is sheer, but lovely on the lips adding just a nice kiss of pink.

Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick Empress*- 2012 was the year of the liquid lipstick with several companies coming out with their own variation on the trend. This formula was my favorite. My favorite shade is actually Muse, but I seem to have temporarily misplaced it! The three shades I have all perform the same: long lasting, highly opaque coverage and smooth texture. As with any liquid lipstick/matte lipstick you need to be wary of dry patches on your lips as they will inevitably make those look worse and more obvious.

Too Faced La Creme Drenched Lip Creme Naked Dolly- Actually Naked Dolly is a new purchase for me, prompted by Tiffany of Will Work For Makeup. I originally purchased the shade Juicy Melons back when these lipsticks first launched last summer. It was a go-to shade for me well into the fall. I’ve been into nude lipstick lately so when I saw Tiffany feature this I knew I had to pick it up. Creamy, opaque in one swipe and super comfortable wear this has to be the best new lipstick formula released in 2012 for me.

And lastly, the one product fail for me this past year:

MAC vs Sigma F25 Brush

Sigma F25 Tapered Face Brush- I cannot tell you how much I dislike this brush. I used it and washed it for months before finally giving up on it. It is supposed to be like the MAC 138 (both pictured above). After realizing I would NOT be able to continue using the F25, I purchased the 138. The reason? It sheds… ALL OVER THE PLACE. In my products, on my face, on my clothes, on my counters. Literally every time I used it 5-10 hairs would fall out. I have no idea how it has any hair left at all. Do yourself a favor and skip the F25. The MAC version is softer, much less shedding (only a few hairs when I first washed) and has a better feel on the face. I wouldn’t even give this brush away, let alone sell it in a blog sale. I wouldn’t want anyone else going through the frustration I experienced with it.

Well, after that rant I think I can end this favorites post. Thanks for sticking with me and I hope you have a wonderful week! Feel free to share your favorite new products of 2012 below!

*Items marked with a ‘*’ were provided by PR for review purposes only*

Happy Wednesday all! I hope this week has been treating you well. It’s been sunny in my part of the world, and unseasonably warm, so no complaints here! I wanted to give you a quick preview of a new blush out for spring that I think everyone needs to know about. Why? Just take a look at this:

Estee Lauder Tease Gelee Blush

Isn’t she gorgeous? It is the same gelée formula Estée Lauder used in the extremely popular Modern Mercury highlighter (and the subsequent Topaz Chameleon and Shimmering Sands palette). The pyramid design is unique and eye-catching, almost as much as the way the shimmer catches the light. It blends in smoothly and is that hybrid formula that you can’t help but love once you touch it.

Estee Lauder Tease Gelee Blush Macro

You can see just how fine the shimmer is when you get up close.

I also did some comparison swatches to some blushes in my current collection to see what came close to it:

Estee Lauder Tease Gelee Blush Comparison Swatches Shade Swatches L-R (shade): Bobbi Brown Platinum Pink, MAC Subtle Breeze, Benefit Bella Bamba, Estée Lauder Tease, Tom Ford Lovelust

Estee Lauder Tease Gelee Blush Comparison Swatches

Swatches L-R (sun): Bobbi Brown Platinum Pink, MAC Subtle Breeze, Benefit Bella Bamba, Estée Lauder Tease, Tom Ford Lovelust

Of all the shades I swatched Bobbi Brown Platinum Pink was closest, but is much lighter and frostier. I can’t use that as a blush, only as a highlight. Lovelust is much more coral in tone, while Bella Bamba is darker and has a slight coral lean to it as well. Subtle Breeze doesn’t contain shimmer and is deeper.

All in all it’s a very unique blush to my collection and the texture/color payoff alone make it worth it’s $40 price tag. I wouldn’t hesitate if you are interested in this blush. The gelée products are notorious sell outs and can become difficult to find if you wait too long. It’s currently available on the Estée Lauder website (here).

I think this is the best blush release for spring I have seen yet!

Happy New Year! I’m back with comparison swatches this time. It’s been far too long since I last posted comparisons….or even posted in general. I hope the holidays treated you well.

MAC recently released a new collection called Après Chic. Initially I knew that the oh-so-famous Stereo Rose was being repromoted in it. I already own Stereo Rose and while it is a lovely product, I don’t necessarily buy into all the hype that surrounds it. Having said that, I did purchase the other MSF released in this collection called Porcelain Pink. I have wanted this shade for awhile so it was nice to see it come out again.

MAC Porcelain Pink

Porcelain Pink is a gorgeous light pinky-coral highlighter. It was smooth to the touch but I did notice a little bit of chunky shimmer once swatched on my arm. The shimmer is much less apparent when actually applied.

MAC Porcelain Pink Up Close
Up close picture of the veining.

MAC Porcelain Pink Swatch Comparisons
Swatches L-R: MAC By Candlelight, MAC Redhead, MAC Porcelain Pink, Bobbi Brown Platinum Pink

Porcelain Pink is the sheerest in color and looks the most natural when applied.

I also indulged in a few of the lipsticks released in this collection:

MAC Haute Altitude Lipstick
Haute Altitude

MAC Hot Chocolate Lipstick
Hot Chocolate

MAC Apres Chic Lipstick
Après Chic

MAC Apres Chic Lipstick Swatch Comparisons Dupes
Swatches L-R (all MAC) Après Chic, Cockney, Viva Glam Cyndi; Haute Altitude, Lovelorn, Crème Cup; Hot Chocolate, Offshoot, Spice

As you can see from above Haute Altitude is probably the least unique. It is nicely pigmented, though and comfortable to wear. Hot Chocolate is definitely one of those ‘love or hate’ type of shades. I personally think it’s awesome. Après Chic is a sophisticated yet subtle red. It is incredibly wearable and just makes for a very polished look.

In all I’m very happy with my purchases. MAC has disappointed me with some of their more recent collections, but this isn’t one of them! Did any of you check out this collection? What caught your eye the most?