Here is a look at a few items for Spring from Giorgio Armani Beauty. I love the palette!
The LORAC Mint Edition Palette offers a retro vintage look and feel. With 8 shadow shades, 4 matte and 4 shimmer, in soft feminine hues, a highlighter, and a blush, it delivers a nice package for spring. Also included is a rose pink gloss in the shade Retro. This Mint Edition palette is an online exclusive at Sephora and there is a smaller LORAc Mint palette, with six shadow shades, the blush, and a different lip shade available here at Ulta.
This is Sephora’s photo of the LORAC Mint set:
Here are my photos and swatches.
The matte shades are very pretty, although I felt that they were a bit chalky.
The shimmers are good utilitarian shades.
The highlighter and blush are quite pretty. The blush in particular is a nice coral shades that reminds me a bit of Nars Orgasm.
Here are swatches of the matte shades from the LORAC Mint Edition Palette. I love these shades, but unfortunately, they are a bit on the chalky side for my tastes. I really was looking forward to the light blue, but it just came out too chalky for me. I might try doing a look layering it with a shimmer and see how it fares with that.
The shimmer shades in the LORAC Mint palette fared better for me. Here are swatches:
Below are swatches of the blush and highlighter.
The gloss also disappointed me. The color and wear are great, but the applicator brush is small, hard, and sharp (seriously hard and sharp!). I won’t use it simply because it is a bit uncomfortable to apply. Here is a look at the brush on the LORAC Retro gloss. That tiny little tip is all there is for an applicator.
Here is a swatch of the LORAC retro gloss.
Overall, I love the look of the LORAC Mint Edition set, but the matte shades left me a bit disappointed, as did the frankly terrible brush on the gloss. If I was buying again, I would probably go for the smaller Ulta set over the Sephora one. Or, if you want some real quality LORAC items, go for the LORAC Pro and LORAC Unzipped palettes, which are some of the best shadow sets out there that you can buy.
This review of Urban Decay Afterglow Glide-On Cheek Tint In Crush comes from Callie Oliver, thanks Callie for the post!
Cream blushes can be a hassle. Some are too pigmented, and you can make a huge mess if you don't know how to apply them properly. Some are sticky. They accentuate your pores or facial flaws. The Urban Decay Afterglow in Crush is completely different in texture and application.
The Afterglow texture is silky and smooth. It feels weightless going on, and it feels like a second skin after application. Compared to overly creamy blushes, this one is a bit drier.
This product is an extremely pigmented blush. Application should be gentle and light. You can easily apply too much. A small amount of product will go a long way. Crush is bright and punchy, but it doesn't look gaudy or artificial.
Application is a little more complicated. This product dries quickly. I take a few swirls on the tips of my fingers first. I apply it just below my cheekbones in a swiping motion. Having warm and slightly damp fingers will help you blend it better. If I apply too much, I use my foundation brush to blend it out a little. A patting motion can also help you apply it evenly.
This blush is formulated with Vitamins A, C and E. It doesn't use beeswax, and the ingredients are safe and effective.
The Urban Decay Afterglow is easy to apply, natural looking and pigmented. It's a product that will last you a long time. Be sure to use it before it dries up. Keeping it for too long will result in a dry and cracked product. You can use as little or as much as you want. The product can be built up to look bolder. It's an excellent cream blush that beats the competitor products on the market in every area.