MAC Powder Blush in Well Dressed

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On the cheeks paired with Sonia Kashuk Creme Bronzer in Warm Tan and Benefit Watt’s Up Highlighter in natural daylight

The MAC Powder Blush in Well Dressed ($25 CDN) to be honest has underwhelmed me. It was one of my first blush purchases years ago and I thought I would love it as the perfect everyday blush on my fair skin. I know lots of people with my colouring adore this blush but I just don’t to this day.

The colour is a pale cool-toned pink with a satin finish that has alright but not fantastic pigmentation. I quite like the satin finish as it doesn’t add obvious shimmer to the cheeks but doesn’t leave the cheeks looking flat and chalky and the texture is nice. I find I really have to build up the colour to get it to show up on me but on others and on my wrists, the pigmentation does not appear to be poor so I think that something about my skin-tone on my cheeks causes it to look invisible. On my naturally rosy cheeks, it makes my cheeks look slightly pink, as if my foundation were wearing off when it was still on. I think my yellow undertones and naturally deep rose flush neutralizes the shade on me.

It wears nicely on the skin for seven-eight hours which I consider to be good and doesn’t start to look patchy over time. My problem with the blush is not that it looks natural, per se — I’m a fan of natural-looking blushes that add radiance and brightness to the face — but my issue is that I don’t seem to get that brightening lift from the shade that many others seem to proclaim to. For me, it’s a nicely-formulated-yet-boring pale pink shade that doesn’t seem to do my colouring any favours.

Longevity         – 7.5/10
Pigmentation – 7.5/10
Texture               -9/10
Packaging          -8/10
Overall Value  -7/10

39/50= 78% B+

Have you tried this blush? If you have, what are your thoughts?

Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge in Rose

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Pot Rouges are one one of those multipurpose and multi-functioning cheek and lip products with a creamy texture. They retail for $30 in Canada and I presume for less than that in the states for 0.13 ounces. I really appreciate how its marketed without ridiculous claims. On Bobbi Brown’s website it is described as follows: “Our best-selling, multi-tasking cream color just got even better. It’s now in a mirrored flip-top compact for on-the-spot application. Blend it on the apples of your cheeks for a just-pinched look. Blot it on your lips for a soft, stained finish.For drier skins, be sure to moisturize skin first”.

Unfortunately I’m suffering through a cold at the moment and my lips are extremely dry so its applying very patchy on my lips but I do not find these to highlight dry lips in the slightest — it’s merely that mine are looking worse for wear at the moment. The product has a true cream emollient texture that leaves a glow on the cheeks and looks like a natural stain on the lips. In the pictures, I’m wearing it on the cheeks along with some contour and on the lips by itself. It feels moisturizing on the lips but as it doesn’t set, it leaves the slightest bit of tackiness on the cheeks but I don’t seem to notice this unless I directly touch my cheek where the product is applied.

I have the shade 10 Rose and on the Bobbi Brown website, there are nine other shades available. I would describe the shade as a warm-toned rosy shade with brown undertones and a hint of rustiness to it. On my fair and almost-neutral-but-leaning-slightly-warm skin, its similar to the shade that I naturally blush and on my lips its a My Lips But Better kind of colour, that leaves them with slightly more colour than they do naturally.

The cream has really good colour payoff but sheers out nicely but on the cheeks it does require a bit of blending but nevertheless the application is easy and practical. It can be applied with fingers or a brush and the application is easy. It sits really naturally on both lips and cheeks and does not highlight dry patches. On the lips, the product wears for about three hours and wears off evenly. It’s rather low maintenance. It’s long-wearing on the cheeks and lasts all day on me, rivalling the powder blush Tarte Amazonian Clay Blushes in longevity.

I bought mine about a year ago, after the products had been reformulated and put into compact packaging with a mirror and without changing the price, the quantity of product was decreased by half. That aside, the packaging is compact, sturdy, practical and sleek.

I would recommend Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge in Rose to those with fair (but perhaps not the fairest of the fair) to medium complexions with neutral to warm undertones. I think that on cooler skin tones the rustiness could be unflattering. The formula is long-lasting and easy to use providing a rosy glow to the cheeks and lips. I really enjoy this product and it’s a staple for me in providing a no-fuss way to add life to my lips and cheeks.

Longevity 9/10
Pigmentation 9/10
Texture          8/10
Packaging     7.5/10
Overall Value 9.5/10

42/50= 84% A-

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Below I have it swatched next to the only shade I have that is remotely similar but different in texture – Milani Red Vino Blush:

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Thanks to anyone who is reading this. I would like to know of those of you who are, do you prefer these review kinds of posts or other posts?

Happy Saturday!