Open-Thread Thursday: MUFE HD Blush vs. Voxy’s Low-Buy; also, Sales

By Voxy  

funny pictures of cats with captions<– The real question, of course, is: who on God’s green earth came up with a salad costume for a cat? Or, if it’s not a salad (and frankly I have my doubts), then what the heck is it?

Anyway, the photo is relevant because I have this exorbitantly expensive vet bill I’m going to have to pay, which has put a serious kink in the otherwise uninterrupted flow of discretionary income to Sephora. Oh, let’s be honest — it’s going to shut it down entirely for a period of time.

After the current sale, that is. (Ahem.)

Faced with this imminent low-buy, I stopped into Sephora today just to swatch some of the new colors of the much-anticipated and highly-lemminged MUFE HD blush, which have been available online for awhile but which have only come into stores in the last week or two. I am only going to buy one (see above, in re: low-buy), so I really wanted to make sure I knew what the colors were like. So I thought I would post my swatch photo for you just in case some of you are also considering them.

Those of you who are turned off by naughty product names are probably not going to like a few of the names of some of the shades in the collection. Below, from left to right, I swatched the five shades I thought would suit my skin best, and they are: #2-Caught in the Act, #5-Nip Slip, #6-Quickie, #8-PDA, and #14-Star Struck. These were photographed in natural light (outdoors, cloudy day, about 5 pm), and the colors in the photo are true to how they actually looked. If you look at the edges of some of the swatches you can see that it will be possible to apply it sheerly and blend it out to a natural blush, but it will take some practice. They are highly pigmented and they dry very quickly.

L-R: Caught in the Act, Nip Slip, Quickie, PDA, Star Struck

Caught in the Act is just a bit bright for me, and slightly too cool, and Quickie and PDA were a little heavy. It came down to Nip Slip and Star Struck for me, and I’m going to have to go with Nip Slip, which seems to be the most wearable shade. I’ll review it when I get it; I have a feeling there will be a learning curve for this product. If you order it, just so you know: the bottle is tiny. TINY. Probably slightly smaller than a lipstick. However, you use so little that it will last a long, long, long time. The blushes also have pretty good staying power, as I was unable to wash the swatches off my arm using regular soap. Eventually my cleanser took them off, but dang! they stuck around.

Sales!

The Urban Decay F&F sale is going on through 4/19: 30% off sitewide with code 1SFNF.

Today, Sephora VIBs get early access to the 15% off sale that starts for the regular BIs on Monday. Code: VIBMADNESS.

HauteLook has Pixi Beauty today starting at 11 am Eastern/8 am Pacific.

And by the way: I keep forgetting to mention these, but if you’re going to be shopping online, you will probably want to do it through sites like Ebates or Bing, which give you cash back. The amount varies from site to site and from time to time; right now, Ebates is offering 4% cash back at Sephora but Bing is offering 10%! (Disadvantage: it takes much longer to actually get your cash back from Bing than it does from Ebates, but it might be worth it.)

Photo: http://icanhascheezburger.com/2009/06/22/funny-pictures-salads-no-go-to-vets/
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7 Comments

  1. avatar Froggy
    Posted April 8, 2010 at 7:53 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Yeah, seriously, Nip Slip.
    See, this is why we need smart women in cosmetics.  

    Apart from the fact that it’s cringeworthy to start with, I’m put off by the fact that the colour is really only reminiscent of the ‘nips’ of women of wholly Caucasian descent. Similarly to that awful Pink Button stuff you linked a while back.

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    • avatar Voxy
      Posted April 8, 2010 at 8:16 pm | Permalink | Reply

      You are quite right, of course. I wonder what Jenna would think of that? Maybe we should ask her.

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  2. avatar Froggy
    Posted April 8, 2010 at 6:20 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Seriously Nip Slip?

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    • avatar a biologist
      Posted April 8, 2010 at 7:05 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Seriously Nip Slip?  

      BARF.

      It’s okay though. Just as I start to get sucked in by the Beauty Insider emails and my wonderful new soy facewash, we have “Nip Slip,” the Jenna blogger, and the 10 year old with thousands of dollars of play makeup to keep me grounded.

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      • avatar Voxy
        Posted April 8, 2010 at 7:34 pm | Permalink | Reply

        Yeah, seriously, Nip Slip.

        See, this is why we need smart women in cosmetics.

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  3. avatar Lady Starlight
    Posted April 8, 2010 at 9:33 am | Permalink | Reply

    The whole “soap doesn’t take off the sample” thing is why I’m still waffling about a red lip gloss. I’ve found some (sadly none of the ones you recommended, WOE!, but I’m going to a bigger city soon, so I’ll check there and oh, yes, I had a point, sorry) that I like, but when I swatch them on my skin and they’re still there three days later, I get a little worried.

    Perhaps it is time to also invest in a makeup remover maybe.

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    • avatar Voxy
      Posted April 8, 2010 at 5:06 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Wow! Glosses don’t normally do that. Now I could see if it were, say, the CoverGirl double lipshine, because the pigmented end of that is … well, PIGMENTED. The Revlon Mineral Lipglaze could also leave a stain. But the Revlon lip gloss proper and the Neutrogena one should come off easily.

      If it’s so pigmented as to stay on your skin, then you’re usually not looking at a gloss so much as a liquid lip color that happens to have a shiny finish. (And, to be honest, trying to wash it off with facial cleanser is probably a more realistic indication of its stickitude than using soap, since you don’t use soap on your face.)

      BTW, I’m still liking the Revlon Cherries in the Glow Lustrous Lip Gloss. Very recommended.

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