Just in from Tarte: New Cheek Stains and Power Pigments!

Tarte recently reformulated and re-released their very famous cheek stains. Along with those they released a new set of lip pencils called power pigments that are smaller in size and much more pigmented than the LipSurgence line. Both of the releases have shades that correspond directly to the Amazonian clay powder blushes- color me excited!

*press samples*

Tarte Exposed Products

Tarte Exposed Suite: Amazonian Clay Blush, Cheek Stain, Power Pigment

Tarte Blissful Products

Tarte Blissful Suite: Amazonian Clay Blush, Cheek Stain, Power Pigment

Tarte Tipsy Products

Tarte Tipsy Suite: Amazonian Clay Blush, Cheek Stain, Power Pigment

Tarte Cheek Stains and Power Pigment Swatches 2

Swatches L-R: Tipsy, Blissful, Exposed

The cheek stains and power pigments for Tipsy, Blissful and Exposed were very much like their powder blush counterparts. The power pigments are impressive. They have excellent pigmentation, feel cushion-y on the lips and actually moisturize. I did lip swatches of all the shades back-to-back and they didn’t dry them out, not even a little!

The Tipsy cheek stain was less pigmented then I would have expected. The new formula is definitely an improvement from the older version, however it’s worth noting that you do get less product and the price remains the same. It’s frustrating when brands reformulate and repackage an item (usually making it smaller) and then keep the price the same (or in some cases charge more). It’s a sign of the times I guess, as it’s becoming more and more frequent. It doesn’t mean that consumers don’t notice, because we do. Sometimes we overlook it because a product is that good- but it’s a hard pill to swallow nonetheless.

Tarte Exposed Power Pigment on Lips

Wearing Power Pigment in Exposed

Tarte Blissful Power Pigment on Lips

Wearing Power Pigment in Blissful

Tarte Tipsy Power Pigment on Lips

Wearing Power Pigment in Tipsy

Tarte True Love and Fearless

Tarte True Love and Fearless Cheek Stains and Power Pigments

I don’t have the corresponding powder blushes to these (sad face!) but these new colors are a welcome addition the to Tarte lineup.

Tarte Flush Products

Tarte Flush Suite: Amazonian Clay Blush, Cheek Stain, Power Pigment

Tarte Blushing Bride Products

Tarte Blushing Bride Suite: Amazonian Clay Blush, Cheek Stain, Power Pigment

Tarte Natural Beauty Products

Tarte Natural Beauty Suite: Amazonian Clay Blush, Cheek Stain, Power Pigment

Tarte Cheek Stains and Power Pigment Swatches

Swatches L-R: True Love, Natural Beauty, Blushing Bride, Flush, Fearless

The biggest surprise in this group was Blushing Bride. The cheek stain is actually quite different than the powder and lip versions and I adore it! It was my clear favorite of all of the new cheek stains. It’s bright, face-brightening and very pigmented. Fearless is a peachy-coral and True Love is a reddish-pink. Both of the shades really impressed me. Flush and Natural Beauty both look very similar to their powder blush relatives.

Tarte Fearless Power Pigment on Lips

Wearing Tarte Power Pigment in Fearless

Tarte Blushing Bride Power Pigment on Lips

Wearing Tarte Power Pigment in Blushing Bride

Tarte Natural Beauty Power Pigment on Lips

Wearing Tarte Power Pigment in Natural Beauty

Tarte True Love Power Pigment on Lips

Wearing Tarte Power Pigment in True Love

Ultimately the new packaging and great pigmentation make the cheek stains and power pigments a hit with me. The fact that they match my beloved Amazonian clay blushes makes them that much easier to fall head over heels for. The cheek stains retail for $30 and the power pigments are $24 and they are both available at Sephora or directly from Tarte.

My overall picks? All of the power pigments are AH-mazing, but Fearless, Exposed, True Love and Blissful are my favorites. For the cheeks stains I’d start with Blushing Bride, Fearless and Flush.

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New Video! Cream Blushes for Spring and Summer

Yes, spring is very near! Time to bust out the pinks and corals and of course, the cream blushes!

Here are my picks/thoughts:

 

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Battle of the Blush: Hot Pinks!

I mentioned in my recent video that I had finally picked up Bobbi Brown’s rather famous blush in Pale Pink. A reader asked if I would do some swatches comparing it to a few other colors in the same family. As I love doing a good swatch-fest I happily obliged (thanks Shayna)!

Hot pink blush is something I have a hard time resisting, as you will see below. It’s just a fun, face-brightening shade that no one should be scared of- no matter how eye-searingly bright the color in the pan may seem!

Hot Pink Blush Comparison

The contenders, clockwise from bottom: MAC Pink Swoon, Illamasqua Nymph, Tarte Amused, NARS Desire, Smashbox Radiance, Stila Custom Color Pink, Bobbi Brown Pale Pink, Milani Delizioso Pink

All of my hot pink blushes are matte. I’m not sure if this was intentional or if hot pinks are really catered to that particular formula. In any case, all of these are beautiful in their own way and some are more similar than others. I believe Smashbox Radiance I have owned the longest and Milani Delizioso Pink is brand new.

All of the swatches below were done with the same brush on unprimed skin.

Hot Pink Blush Comparison Swatches Sun

Swatches L-R (in direct sunlight): Milani Delizioso Pink, Stila Custom Color Pink, Bobbi Brown Pale Pink, Smashbox Radiance, NARS Desire, Tarte Amused, Illamasqua Nymph, MAC Pink Swoon

The least pigmented is Pink Swoon and the most pigmented is NARS Desire, followed closely by Stila Custom Color Pink. NARS Desire is the most warm-toned of the group, along with Smashbox Radiance and Tarte Amused. Stila and Milani are definitely cool toned.

Hot Pink Blush Comparison Swatches Shade

Swatches L-R (in shade): Milani Delizioso Pink, Stila Custom Color Pink, Bobbi Brown Pale Pink, Smashbox Radiance, NARS Desire, Tarte Amused, Illamasqua Nymph, MAC Pink Swoon

The best texture goes to Illamasqua, Milani, NARS and Stila- all of which were smooth and soft. The biggest disappointment is MAC Pink Swoon. Although it looks nice when applied when swatched it loses a lot of it’s luster, especially when compared to some of the other standouts in my collection. Lasting power goes to Bobbi Brown, NARS and Tarte. I haven’t properly tested Milani so I cannot compare that one yet. I don’t have a problem with wear time on any of these blushes, but the ones noted above stood out to me as being particularly long-lasting .

My overall picks? NARS Desire, Stila Custom Color Pink, Bobbi Brown Pale Pink and Tarte Amused. If you’re on a budget the Milani blush is a great option. Skip MAC Pink Swoon. It isn’t as pigmented and the color in the pan isn’t exactly the color you get applied. Illamasqua Nymph is lovely all the way around, but it really isn’t hot pink as much as it is a bubblegum pink so I don’t feel right comparing it to the shades above.

I hope you found this helpful! What’s your favorite hot pink blush? Is there anything I am missing out on?!

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Laura Mercier Ritual Bronzer Duped!

It’s hard to accurately describe how much I have loved my Laura Mercier Ritual bronzer (limited edition last summer featured here). It’s one of the few bronzers I have ever used that I reach for time and time again and don’t ever tire of. It wasn’t until recently that I started branching out into other shades, knowing full well Ritual wouldn’t last forever and that eventually I’d need to find something to take it’s place.

It was upon watching a video by Sam of Pixiwoo (you can see that here) that I knew what my next target would be. It was a bronzer by Bobbi Brown. Though Sam featured a different shade, I did my research and ended up with the shade Natural 1. Which, as it turns out, was an excellent decision indeed.

I am now in possession of a dupe to Laura Mercier’s Ritual. And I actually have a reader to thank for helping me come to this conclusion. I received the most thoughtful and heartfelt email from another beauty lover and in it she had mentioned her quest for Laura Mercier Ritual and if I knew of any potential dupes. I sat down to swatch my bronzers to see what (if anything) I might have that came close. Up until a few weeks ago I did not.

Laura Mercier Ritual Dupe Bobbi Brown Natural

Enter Bobbi Brown’s bronzer in the shade Natural 1. If you love the color of Laura Mercier Ritual I think you will absolutely adore Bobbi’s take. It is smoother, more finely milled and free of shimmer. It’s amazing. I featured this bronzer in my latest favorites video as well (here).

Laura Mercier Ritual Dupe Bobbi Brown Natural Swatch 2

Laura Mercier Ritual on left and Bobbi Brown Natural 1 on right (swatched heavily)

On my skin the shade and tone is identical. The only difference is that Bobbi’s version is matte (and a better formula).

Laura Mercier Ritual Dupe Bobbi Brown Natural Swatch

Laura Mercier Ritual on left and Bobbi Brown Natural 1 on right (lightly blended)

Ritual has long been sold out and was limited edition probably never to return. No worries for those who misses out or fell in love with the now impossible to find shade. Bobbi Brown has you covered.

You can find this bronzer at Sephora (here) or on Bobbi Brown’s website (here). No affiliate links, just trying to make it easy, lemon-squeezy!

A huge thank you to Sarah for helping us all find this dupe!

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Fun With False Lashes Featuring Esqido

I’ve always been a lash girl. Give me the blackest, most dramatic mascaras please. Don’t bother me with anything but full, long and deep dark lashes! Mascara can go a long way toward making my eyes totally POP, but I’ve found false lashes to be an excellent alternative when the tubed stuff just can’t quite get the job done.

Even more perfect than a regular pair of falsies? Mink lashes! Don’t worry, no animals were harmed in creating Esqido’s luxurious line of ultra-luscious lashes (say that ten times fast). ESQIDO mink lashes are hands down the most lightweight, comfortable false lashes I have ever worn.

*press sample*

Esqido Lashlorette Lashes

My favorite pair so far has been the aptly named, Lashlorette. The criss-cross strands just add something extra.

Take a close look at the craftsmanship that goes into these:

Esqido Lashlorlette

Absolutely stunning.

One of the best features of these lashes is just how many uses you can get out of them. Most false lashes I have tried I am lucky to wear three times before having to toss them out. Esqido lashes boast 25+ uses from each pair.

FOTD Esqido Lashlorette Macro

FOTD Esqido Lashlorette

They look feminine, romantic and natural. I did not put any extra mascara on the lashes- they simply don’t need it! They have a natural shine and dark black color.

I am so utterly thrilled with how these worked for me that I am bringing them with to the makeup artist who is doing my makeup on my wedding day. No other lashes will do!

You can also see the lashes in action in this video on my Youtube Channel:

Esqido’s lashes are a splurge, to be sure. But if you live in the U.S. they have free shipping and right now you can use coupon code LOVE to get 5% off of your order. It’s a win-win!

*Products in this post were provided by PR for honest review*

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