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5 Plum Blushes for Fall

Though we’ve been knee-deep in fall color collections since July, now that we’re nearing September, the idea of fall doesn’t seem so far away. Here are a few of my favorite plum blushes. I’d love to hear yours!

  1. theBalm Cabana Boy — a medium-dark, cool-toned plum
  2. MAC Plum Foolery — a shimmery, medium-dark plum
  3. NARS Oasis — a gold-shimmered, medium-dark plum
  4. NARS Dolva Vita — a bolder, reddish plum
  5. bareMinerals The Indecent Proposal — a soft, satiny warm plum

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bareMinerals The Hollywood Ending Eyeshadow Duo

bareMinerals The Hollywood Ending Eyeshadow Duo
bareMinerals The Hollywood Ending Eyeshadow Duo

bareMinerals The Hollywood Ending Eyeshadow Duo ($20.00 for 0.09 oz.) was disappointing as a duo. I don’t think that they work that well together, because the drier consistency of more frosted Dazzle doesn’t play so well with the more matte finish of Promise. It’s an unusual pair of colors, but this one didn’t knock it out of the park–and I’m so accustomed to bareMinerals doing so with the Ready range!

Promise is described as a “creamy beige.” It’s a cool-toned, pink-tinged beige with a mostly matte finish. It had excellent color payoff, while the consistency was soft, smooth, and very finely-milled. The color started to creas after ten hours of wear. theBalm Matt Smith (LE, $16.00) is less pink. Urban Decay Walk of Shame (P, $18.00) is lighter. MAC Lithe Spirit (LE, $15.00) is a touch lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Dazzle is described as a “midnight teal.” It’s a deepened, dark green-based teal with a frosted finish and cool undertones. The texture seemed soft initially, but there’s a slight dryness to it that is particularly visible when applied to the skin–it just doesn’t have the same really smooth, even, blendable texture that many Ready eyeshadows do. The color did, however, wear well for ten and a half hours before fading slightly. This shade was included in a previously limited edition holiday palette. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #7 (LE) is a touch lighter. bareMinerals Deep Sea (LE, $14.00) is similar. Sephora Collection Midnight Swim (16) (P, $13.00) is darker, less shimmery. Milani Mix It Up (P, $6.99) is brighter. bareMinerals Editor’s Pick (LE) is slightly muted. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

bareMinerals READY Eyeshadow Duo The Hollywood Ending
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total
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bareMinerals The Designer Label Eyeshadow Quad

 

bareMinerals The Designer Label Eyeshadow Quad
bareMinerals The Designer Label Eyeshadow Quad

bareMinerals The Designer Label Eyeshadow Quad ($30.00 for 0.17 oz.) is an earth-toned set of shades. It’s new and permanent and features the brand’s Ready formula, which is one of my all-time favorite formulas on the market. All four shades have been released before… technically. I found a couple of color differences between the shades in this palette and their original releases in limited edition palettes (see below).

Ball Gown (V2) is described as a “nude sheen.” It’s a brightened, yellowed peach with warm undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. It had really nice color payoff that went on smoothly and evenly, while the color wore well for ten hours before fading (though their claim is 12-hour wear). So, last holiday, there was an eyeshadow named Ball Gown in a limited edition quad (see here), but this shade is different–it is several shades lighter and yellowy, rather than more like a peach. MAC Fabulous Three #1 (LE) is more muted. LORAC Beige (P) is less shimmery. Too Faced Riviera (P, $16.00) is less shimmery. Tarina Tarantino Delightful #4 (P) is slightly more muted. bareMinerals Ball Gown (LE) is darker, more orange. Kat Von D Galore (LE) is lighter, yellower. Disney by Sephora Scuttle (LE) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Flow (LE, $18.00) is a touch lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tres Chic is described as an “apricot creme.” It’s a light peach with yellow undertones and a satin finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable consistency that lasted for nine and a half hours before fading. This was released originally in The September Issue, but I found that the version in this quad is slightly lighter–it’s not as noticeable of a difference as the one between Ball Gown and its original release (more within “reason,” I guess). Makeup Geek Beaches and Cream (P, $5.99) is pinker. Disney by Sephora Flounder (LE) is yellower. MAC Samoa Silk (DC, $15.00) is darker. MAC Bamboo (P, $15.00) is darker. Inglot #328 (P, $6.00) is yellower. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Elitist is described as a “glistening olive.” It’s a medium-dark, olive brown with warm undertones and a soft, pearly sheen. It had good color payoff that was easy to blend and apply to the lid. It wore well for almost ten hours before creasing. This was released originally in The Wild Thing and The Star Treatment. Chanel Tisse Mademoiselle #4 (P) is cooler-toned. Kat Von D Disintegration (P) is browner. bareMinerals Embellish (LE) is darker. Too Faced Buche de Noel (LE, $16.00) is similar. Dior Bonne Etoile (384) #3 (LE) is similar. NARS Paramaribo #2 (LE, $24.00) is more golden. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Couture is described as a “glimmering clove.” It’s a dark brown with olive undertones–so it leans a smidgen green at times–and a pearly sheen. It had very nice pigmentation, and the consistency was soft, buttery, and easy to work with. On me, the color didn’t start to crease until after ten hours of wear. The September Issue, and it was an exact match in color for the one in this quad. MAC Olive Blend #2 (LE) is similar. Clarins Forest #1 (LE) is similar. Dior Bonne Etoile (384) #3 (LE) is warmer. theBalm Lead Zeppelin (P, $16.00) is greener. See comparison swatches /
view dupes.

bareMinerals READY Eyeshadow Quad The Designer Label
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total
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bareMinerals The Magic Touch Eyeshadow Duo

bareMinerals The Magic Touch Eyeshadow Duo
bareMinerals The Magic Touch Eyeshadow Duo

bareMinerals The Magic Touch Eyeshadow Duo ($20.00 for 0.09 oz.) contains a light and medium-dark shade for a quick and easy eye that can be created with just these two shades. They’re easily combined with other eyeshadows in your stash, but they worked well together as a duo. Both shades were easy to use, good quality, and long-wearing. As a heads up, Presto was featured in a limited edition holiday gift set last year (see my post here); Flicker was featured in a holiday palette from 2012 (which I don’t recall reviewing).

Presto is described as a “cool champagne sheen.” It’s a golden champagne with subtle warm undertones and a pearly sheen. I kind of get what they mean by “cool champagne,” but it’s still a warmer shade. It had good color payoff with a soft, smooth texture that was blendable and lasted for eleven hours before creasing slightly. YSL Saharienne #1 (P) is lighter. Chanel Quadrille #2 (LE) is more beige. MAC Greenluxe #1 (P) is lighter. MAC Shroom (P, $15.00) is more beige, darker. MAC Ricepaper (P, $15.00) is similar. MAC Femme-Fi (LE, $15.00) is lighter. Estee Lauder Halo (P, $24.00) is a cream product. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Flicker is described as an “antique bronze.” It’s an earthy, olive brown with a subtle green sheen. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was soft and dense, though it was just a bit powdery. It wore well for almost twelve hours before fading. MAC Olive Blend #3 (LE) is cooler-toned. Too Faced Buche de Noel (LE, $16.00) is darker. Urban Decay Stash (LE, $18.00) is greener. Dior Bonne Etoile (384) #3 (LE) is darker. MAC Sumptuous Olive (P, $15.00) is slightly greener. MAC Fiction (DC, $15.00) is darker. Dior Khaki Design #3 (P) is greener. bareMinerals Eureka (P) is darker, greener. bareMinerals Speaker Box (LE) is darker. Make Up For Ever #148 (DC, $20.00) is less shimmery. Inglot #419 (P, $6.00) is greener. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

bareMinerals READY Eyeshadow Duo The Magic Touch
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
92%
Total
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bareMinerals The Covert Affair Eyeshadow Duo

bareMinerals The Covert Affair Eyeshadow Duo
bareMinerals The Covert Affair Eyeshadow Duo

bareMinerals The Covert Affair Eyeshadow Duo ($20.00 for 0.09 oz.) contains two shades that pair well together but are also more complex, a bit more unique than your average eyeshadow. The best of the Ready formula shines through this duo with both shades having a soft, buttery texture that feels like silk, blends out effortlessly, and wears really well.

Air is described as a “satin taupe.” It’s a light-medium beige with a hint of gray/brown in it and a frosted finish. It had good color payoff that had a very soft, buttery consistency and blended easily. The color wore well for eleven hours before fading slightly. MAC Fashion Beat (LE, $15.00) is darker. LORAC Navy #5 (LE) is darker, less shimmery. bareMinerals Ginger Sugar (LE, $14.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Catch Me If… is described as a “rich mauve.” It’s a medium-dark, plum with a warm, golden shimmer that almost gives a metallic finish to the shade. It has a more unique finish, because it has strong, plum colors but then a strong golden sheen that seems like it goes on top like an overlay. It was intensely pigmented with a very soft, creamy texture that felt like butter. This shade didn’t show any fading until after eleven hours of wear. NARS Dolomites (Left) (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery. Sleek MakeUP Eve’s Kiss (P, $9.99) is lighter. MAC Great Beyond #1 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery. Tarina Tarantino Fantastical #1 (P) is darker, cooler-toned. Laura Mercier African Violet (P, $23.00) is lighter. Makeup Geek Twilight (P, $5.99) is warmer. MAC Performance Art (LE, $15.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

bareMinerals READY Eyeshadow Duo The Covert Affair
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total
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Air

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bareMinerals The Big Debut Eyeshadow Duo

bareMinerals The Big Debut Eyeshadow Duo
bareMinerals The Big Debut Eyeshadow Duo

bareMinerals The Big Debut Eyeshadow Duo ($20.00 for 0.09 oz.) is one of six new additions to the brand’s duo range. Long-time readers might remember that I’m a huge fan of the Ready formula, so I always yearn for even more shades. The Big Debut works well for a two-shade look, as one is more shimmery than the other, and there is nice contrast, yet the two easily blend together. It was a good duo overall, though the shades weren’t perfect (and this formula can get to perfect).

Future is described as a “sunset pink.” It’s a light-medium, peachy-pink with a golden, metallic sheen. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft, buttery, and smooth. On me, the color wore well for eleven hours before fading. Kat Von D Killing Jar (P) is slightly darker, less shimmery. Tom Ford Beauty Orchid Haze #1 (P) is more beige. bareMinerals Ball Gown (LE) is darker, less pink. MAC Artistic License (LE, $15.00) is pinker, less shimmery. Tom Ford Beauty In the Pink #2 (LE) is less peach. theBalm Third Eye Blinded (P, $16.00) is less shimmery. MAC Say, Yeah! (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery. bareMinerals Custom Made (LE) is pinker, less peach, more muted. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Center Stage is described as a “deep plum.” It’s a muted, blackened purple with cool undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had so-so color payoff, though it seemed buildable when I used it on the eye. The texture was soft, slightly powdery but not difficult to use (easy to blend), and the color wore well for eleven hours before fading. Too Faced Jungle Love (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery. MAC Indigo Blend #3 (LE) is warmer. bareMinerals In Vogue (LE) is brighter. bareMinerals Starry Night (LE, $14.00) is more shimmery. Disney by Sephora Wonder by Wonder (LE) is warmer. NARS Demon Lover #2 (P, $24.00) is similar. MAC Spellcaster (LE, $15.00) is similar. Lancome Zip Me Up (P, $19.00) is more shimmery. Giorgio Armani Green Jacquard #4 (LE) is brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

bareMinerals READY Eyeshadow Duo The Big Debut
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
91%
Total
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