12.29.2011

A Cheeky Thursday and a FOTD.

I LOVE how colorful my blushes look in this first photo....just like candy :)

This first blush, Collection 2000 Shimmer Shades in Blushalicious, has been a steady favorite of mine every since my cousin sent it to me from the UK a few months ago. Each of the four shades is completely functional on it's own, but the color that they create when swirled together is even more gorgeous! To me, this is a staple travel beauty product because it's equivalent to bring along 5 blushes :)




The next products are some of the cutest I've seen in a while. They're the new Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blushes. They have a unique texture that can only be described as a very dense mousse...much, much denser than the Dream Mousse Blushes. As a result, it has a bit of bounce when you touch it. 
Left to right:
Fresh Pink 
Orchid Hush
Peach Satin

While these new blushes are fun, I'm reluctant to say they're worth the money. At just over $8 a piece at CVS (I would wait for coupons or sales if I were you), I had higher expectations. The pigmentation on Fresh Pink and Orchid Hush needs a bit of layering to be built up to something even slightly reminiscent of what you see in the pan, and the cream to powder finish is nothing revolutionary in my opinion. It's more of a barely-cream to powder finish, actually, as it's not nearly as wet or creamy to begin with as the traditional cream product.

And while they're not shimmery, there is a soft, pretty sheen once applied to the skin, seen more in the two lighter shades than in Peach Satin.
Left to right:
Collection 2000 Blushalicious swatched clockwise starting from top left (first 4 swatches)
Collection 2000 Blushalicious swirled together (5th swatch from left)
Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush in Fresh Pink
Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush in Orchid Hush
Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush in Peach Satin


Today was one of those I-really-don't-feel-like-wearing-makeup-but-I-should-really-test-out-some-of-this-new-stuff-I-just-bought kind of day :) I wore two of the blush shades today (one as blush and the other as a highlight), and I applied them using my fingers. Unfortunately, I'm suffering from some annoying dry patches on my cheeks at the mo, so these did have a tendency to cling to them a bit and look a bit crap up-close, although I'm not sure you can really tell from these photos!



Face:
Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation in #53
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer in SC-3
Dior Sculpt Lifting Smoothing Concealer in 002
Maybelline Dream Matte Powder in Sand
Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush in Fresh Pink
Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush in Orchid Hush (as highlight)

Eyes:
Maybelline Color Tattoo e/s in Pomegranate Punk
Milani Liquif'Eye Pencil in Black
Prestige My Blackest Lashes Mascara

Lips:
MAC l/s in Rebel (patted on with finger)

Here's a closer look at Pomegranate Punk on my eyes:
I didn't use a primer because I really want to see whether or not it will crease or last when used on its own...I'll keep you guys posted! Contrary to what I initially thought based on my experience swatching it on my arm, it applied very smoothly and was not patchy at all - YAY! I applied it to my lid and blended it out using my finger, and while application was a breeze, it's important to blend quickly before the product sets and doesn't budge.

So far, I'm very impressed with the Maybelline Color Tattoo cream eyeshadows and a bit on the fence with the Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blushes. I'll admit I've never been a huge fan of cream to powder formulas though. I prefer a creamy, dewy finish from cream products and if I want a powder finish, I'd just go for a powder product, to be honest! Oh well. I'm a little bothered by the price as well. Aren't drugstore products supposed to be the cheapy, affordable ones? $8.00+ for a less than stellar product is pushing it, in my opinion. 

Anyhoo, to finish off on a high note and going back to the beginning of the post, if you live in the UK or are planning a swappy-poo anytime in the near future, I highly recommend you check out that Collection 2000 blush. It's awesome. The end.


Random: What's everyone's plans for NYE?!


32 comments:

  1. I really like how the two blushes look on you! I tried three shades of the dream bouncy blush today, and like you I am kind of undecided. Time will tell I guess! That eyeshadow is gorgeous on you, love it!

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  2. Ah! Okay, is it wrong that I totally want one of those Bouncy blushers, just for the bounce, and despite the fact that they sound less-than-awesome? :P 

    Eagerly awaiting more details about those L'Oreal eyeshadows! Pomegranate Punk looks lovely on you :)

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  3. love your fotd. you look very fresh and simple. i haven't seen those baked blushes yet but i need to get my hands on one! 

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  4. Very pretty and refreshing look! We're staying in for NYE!

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  5. Peach Satin looks lovely! Also, Pomegranate Punk looks very pretty and I love the sassy name!

    xxx

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  6. I'm definately going to check out the Collection 2000 Shimmer Shades, it looks really nice - and collection 2000 is always cheap and cheerful! Have a lovely new year, xofernlaura.blogspot.com

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  7. You look beautiful! I love how the Collection shimmer shades look. so pretty!

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  8. oh my goodness what amazing swatches!!!

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  9. L'Oreal? I thought they were Maybelline color tatoo?? maybe im looking under the wrong brand to find these!!!! I saw the new dream bouncy blushes today!!!! but i ended up with none, I liked to myself and said I dont need more blushes in my collection ( in actuality I just purchased 2 MAC blushes mere hours before!) hahaha but i did get the new maybelline under eye concealer. The whole FOTD i was staring at your eyes!!!! i was thinking what's on them!!! i would be too scared to buy a pomeganate colored shadow, but you make it look damn good woman! 

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  10. ooh wow the Collection 2000 Shimmer Shades look like a dupe of the Jill Stuart blushes! do you know how mjuch they retail for?? i kinda wanna hunt them down now! and isn't it maybelline eye tattoos? o.O cuz l'oreal has their infalliable eyeshadows which i'm waiting for to go on sale to buy xD

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  11. Ahh! Yes, they're from Maybelline, not L'Oreal. Thank you so much for catching my error and sorry for the confusion! And the Collection 2000 Shimmer Shades retails for 4-5 pounds :)

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  12. LOL! The bounce *is* pretty fun, not gonna lie! 

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  13. Me too, I think! :)

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  14. Aww, thank you! And yes, the Color Tattoo eyeshadows are from Maybelline, not L'Oreal! Fail.

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  15. Your eye color is just amazing. It's like creamy melty milk chocolate. Pomegranate Punk looks amazing on you!

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  16. Wow the colours look so gorgeous! I'm a big fan of cheeks makeup products :D 

    http://daphyin-makeupisart.blogspot.com

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  17. great swatches! Love the look - pretty and natural!

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  18. Very nice tones, I love blush!!!

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  19. those blush colour are amazing! Your skin is wonderful, so jealous xx

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  20. Love all the pastel colors in the first photo! Those Maybelline blushes/texture look really interesting.

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  21. you look fresh and bright, such a lovely FOTD! and P.S.: i love the new lay-out!

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  22. Those blushes are beautiful!  I need to try those cream eyeshadows.  The purple-ish shade looks great on you!

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  23. Amazing colors!

    Check out my New Year's Blog Giveaway!http://jayannecosmetics.blogspot.com/2011/12/new-years-giveaway.html

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  24. wow these blushes look awesome, i like how they arnt super pigmented so you cant really go wrong

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  25. what a lovely review!  I just followed your blog...please follow me back
    www.trubeautygems.blogspot.com

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  26. Great swatches, I'm eager to try these!

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  27. Booo I was hoping Orchid Flush would look as amazing as it does in the pan! And ugh I'm still jealous of how nice Rebel looks on you. I find it so hard to work with :( 

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  28. love ur blog! hope we can be friends =)
    i just picked up 2 bounce blush this weekend and so far they're ok... ur right, the texture is very unique!
    www.simplyxclassic.blogspot.com

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  29. Fresh Pink is so pretty on you. I love how it's a little subtle but I can tell there is a little pink :) You look amazing as always ^_^

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  30. Marilou Jimenez AlbaJanuary 8, 2012 at 3:16 PM

    I'm so excited for those maybelline blushes! 

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