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Best Blushes | Holiday 2016 Gift Guide

Best Blushes | Holiday 2016 Gift Guide

It’s that time of the year again:  holiday gift guides aplenty!  This year, I’ve broken out my gift guides into best of selections for blush, eyeshadow, highlighter, lipstick, lipgloss, palettes, and brushes.  These guides feature permanent formulas so that they can be useful anytime during the holiday season or even into next year.  For limited edition holiday products, you can check out our list of the top 50 highest-rated holiday products, which updates as I post more reviews for holiday products.  I hope you find this list of top performing blush formulas useful 🙂

Tom Ford Cheek Color

Tom Ford Cheek Color

Tom Ford Cheek Color ($60.00 for 0.28 oz.) has been a go-to blush formula for me since I first tried it many years ago. As time has passed, I have tried many more blush formulas from brands, but I still go back to this one frequently. I keep a few of my favorite shades (Love Lust, Ravish, Wicked) in my go-to drawer, where I keep products I want to wear again and again (when I’m not testing something!). The formula is soft, moderately dense, and smooth, which results in good pigmentation, a satin to pearly sheen, and easy application–plus, they wear long on me (over eight hours).

Availability

Bergdorf GoodmanNeiman MarcusNordstromSaks

Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Blush

Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Blush

Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Blush ($26.00 for 0.23 oz.) is a powder blush with medium, buildable coverage and a more satin-to-luminous finish. I like how the range includes a mix of more “wearable” neutrals along with brighter pops of color, so it’s a versatile range that can work for many skin tones. Some of my favorite shades are Rapture, TMI, Fetish, and Crush.

Availability

Sephora, Ulta, Nordstrom

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Chanel Holiday 2016 Online Exclusives Now Available

 

Chanel Holiday 2016 Online Exclusives
Chanel Holiday 2016 Online Exclusives

New, online exclusives from Chanel.

Availability

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Poudre Lumiere Glacee | $45.00 | Limited Edition

A highlighting powder softly illuminates the face and décolleté with a shimmering, pearlescent glow.

Joues Contraste Powder Blush | $45.00 | Limited Edition

  • Reflex (82)
  • Rose Tourbillon (67)
  • Fleur de Lotus (69)
  • Rose Glacier (170)

Rouge Allure Lip Colour | $37.00 | Limited Edition

  • Fleurie (139)

Rouge Allure Gloss | $37.00 | Limited Edition

  • Innocent (14)

Chanel Ultraberry & Ultrarose Rouge Allure Lip Colours

Chanel Ultraberry Rouge Allure Lip Colour
Chanel Ultraberry Rouge Allure Lip Colour

Chanel Ultraberry Allure Lip Colour ($37.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark reddish plum with subtle warm undertones and a luminous finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff, which applied evenly and smoothly, so it appeared almost like a stain as the translucency was even but there. The formula was lightly creamy without being heavy, emollient without sliding around easily. It lasted for five hours on me, left behind a slight stain, and was hydrating over time. MAC Party Line (P, $17.00) is glossier, darker (95% similar). Makeup Geek Boss Lady (P, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). Chanel Rouge Vie (58) (P, $37.00) is more muted, darker (90% similar). MAC Spice It Up! (P, $17.00) is less glossy, lighter, less shimmery (95% similar). Bite Beauty Plum (LE, $24.00) is darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Bruise (LE, $17.00) is glossier, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Chanel Ultrarose Rouge Allure Lip Colour ($37.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a brighter, medium-dark coral-red with warm, orange undertones and a natural sheen. It had semi-opaque color coverage, and like Ultraberry, the translucency it had gave it a stained effect overall. The color was comfortable to wear, and it lasted for just over five hours on me. The formula was lightly hydrating as well. Shiseido Liaison (RD306) (P, $28.00) is more muted, darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Sheer F-Bomb (P, $17.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Cockney (P, $17.00) is glossier, brighter (95% similar). Guerlain Red Bowtie (022) (P, $32.00) is brighter, lighter (95% similar). MAC Lady Bug (P, $17.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Brave Red (LE, $30.00) is warmer (95% similar). Chanel Rouge Rebelle (172) (P, $37.00) is warmer (95% similar). Chanel La Bouleversante (51) (P, $37.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Guerlain Poppy Cap (020) (P, $32.00) is warmer, brighter, lighter (90% similar). Smashbox LA Sunset (P, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Sweet Sakura (P, $17.00) is warmer, more shimmery (90% similar). Guerlain Rouge Sensuel (LE, $55.00) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel Amant (DC, $34.00) is warmer (90% similar). Guerlain Red Strass (327) (P, $37.00) is warmer, brighter, lighter (90% similar). Chanel Vivant (144) (P, $37.00) is cooler (90% similar). Givenchy Rouge Atelier (302) (P, $36.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Jungle Red (P, $28.00) is warmer, lighter (95% similar). Maybelline Siren in Scarlet (P, $7.99) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Steam Heat (LE, $17.00) is warmer (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Je t'aime (238) (P, $30.00) is brighter, lighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Both shades are from Chanel’s Libre collection, which was previewed earlier in September and is supposed to launch in full in “late October.”

Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour Ultraberry (247)
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total
Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour Ultrarose (257)
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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Chanel Rouge Troublant, Rouge Rebelle, Rouge Angelique Rouge Allure Velvet Lip Colours

Chanel Rouge Troublant Rouge Allure Velvet Lip Colour
Chanel Rouge Troublant Rouge Allure Velvet Lip Colour

Chanel Rouge Troublant Rouge Allure Velvet Lip Colour ($37.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a bright, medium-dark pinky-coral with warm undertones and a very subtle pearl that gave it more of a satin finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage that applied evenly, but some of the color sat in lip lines and emphasized them. The consistency was thinner and clung more noticeably, so I don’t think it was the most flattering finish overall. This shade lasted for five and a half hours and was lightly drying over time.

Chanel Rouge Rebelle Rouge Allure Lip Colour ($37.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a bright, medium red with neutral-to-warm undertones and fine pearl. It had semi-opaque color coverage, which applied evenly and smoothly without tugging on the lips. The consistency was thin, lightweight, comfortable to wear, and felt lightly hdyrating. This shade wore for five hours on me and left behind a subtle stain.

Chanel Rouge Angelique Rouge Allure Lip Colour ($37.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a muted, medium rosy brown with warm undertones and a satin finish. It was nearly opaque in pigmentation, but the consistency was heavier and a touch thicker than most of the Rouge Allure range–you can even see how it had less sheen and luminosity in its finish. There was some color that pulled into lip lines, but the color was close enough to my natural lip color that it wasn’t as noticeable from a normal viewing distance. The color wore well for four hours and was lightly hydrating.

Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet Rouge Troublant (60)
8
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
87%
Total
Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour Rouge Rebelle (172)
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total
Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour Rouge Angelique (174)
8
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total

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Chanel Luxuriant & Experimente Rouge Allure Ink Matte Liquid Lip Colours

Chanel Luxuriant (150) Rouge Allure Ink Matte Liquid Lip Colour
Chanel Luxuriant (150) Rouge Allure Ink Matte Liquid Lip Colour

Chanel Rouge Allure Ink Matte Liquid Lip Colour ($37.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is supposed to be a “long-lasting” liquid lipstick that “glides on like a gloss and sets with a luminous, velvet-like finish” and is hydrating. In my experience, they had semi-opaque to opaque coverage, while the wear time was between four and six hours (about the same as similarly hued-lipsticks) but was comfortable to wear and definitely non-drying. What I liked most about the product was actually the applicator, which was very smooth and easy to work with on the lips, as it had enough flex to maneuver naturally across the lips and made it easy to get crisp lines on the edges with it.

These are not for someone who likes a truly matte, flat finish that wears all day long, doesn’t budge or transfer, because these never quite dry down. They take anywhere from 20 to 45 minutes to “set” to a velvety finish–a light sheen but not glossy–and aren’t transfer-proof; I get closer to transfer-proof wear after several sips of coffee or blotting it down (which is true with the majority of lip products) but will not make it through a meal fully intact. They do reapply well, and they wear down evenly, so for someone who likes a semi-matte finish, longer wearing lip products, and finds traditional matte, liquid lipstick formulas too drying, these might be worth checking out. They are housed in a frosted glass tube with a glossy black cap and are lightly scented with rose (I’ll say it is subtler than usual for Chanel). All swatches were taken 30 minutes after initial application.

Chanel Luxuriant (150) Rouge Allure Ink Matte Liquid Lip Colour ($37.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a muted, pinky-red with cool undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff that applied smoothly and evenly. It was one of the better-applying shades I tried. The texture was lightweight, water-like initially but dried down to a comfortable, thin, and smooth consistency that didn’t slide around but didn’t feel tacky or clingy either. The color wore just over six and a half hours on me and was neither drying nor hydrating. Urban Decay Psycho (P, $17.00) is brighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Lyin' King (P, $6.00) is cooler, darker (95% similar). Bite Beauty #012 (LE, $36.00) is brighter, darker (90% similar). Bite Beauty Beetroot (P, $26.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Dazed (LE, $5.00) is more muted (90% similar). Colour Pop London Fog (P, $6.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Dior Marilyn (LE, $38.00) is brighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Boy Gorgeous (222) (P, $30.00) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). MAC Claretcast (P, $21.00) is cooler, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Chanel Experimente (154) Rouge Allure Ink Matte Liquid Lip Colour ($37.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a dark red with warm, brick undertones and a satin finish. It had nearly opaque pigmentation that spread easily across the lips and covered evenly. The texture felt thin and more water-like initially, but it dried down after thirty minutes to a semi-matte finish that was comfortable to wear. It wore for six hours on me and was neither drying nor hydrating. Makeup Geek Boss Lady (P, $12.00) is more muted (95% similar). Bite Beauty Red Velvet (P, $24.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Viva Glam I (P, $17.00) is warmer (95% similar). Colour Pop Avenue (P, $6.00) is darker (95% similar). NARS Infatuated Red (P, $27.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Tarte Vibin' (P, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). Besame Cherry Red 1935 (P, $22.00) is glossier, warmer, brighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Lost (P, $6.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Russian Red (P, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M402 (P, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Mysterious Red (P, $27.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). NARS Eva (LE, $32.00) is glossier, darker (85% similar). Bite Beauty Mistletoe (LE, $26.00) is glossier, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Chanel Rouge Allure Ink Matte Liquid Lip Colour Luxuriant (150)
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total
Chanel Rouge Allure Ink Matte Liquid Lip Colour Experimente (154)
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total

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Chanel Vivant & Seduisant Rouge Allure Ink Matte Liquid Lip Colours

Chanel Vivant (144) Rouge Allure Ink Matte Liquid Lip Colour
Chanel Vivant (144) Rouge Allure Ink Matte Liquid Lip Colour

Chanel Rouge Allure Ink Matte Liquid Lip Colour ($37.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is supposed to be a “long-lasting” liquid lipstick that “glides on like a gloss and sets with a luminous, velvet-like finish” and is hydrating. In my experience, they had semi-opaque to opaque coverage, while the wear time was between four and six hours (about the same as similarly hued-lipsticks) but was comfortable to wear and definitely non-drying. What I liked most about the product was actually the applicator, which was very smooth and easy to work with on the lips, as it had enough flex to maneuver naturally across the lips and made it easy to get crisp lines on the edges with it.

These are not for someone who likes a truly matte, flat finish that wears all day long, doesn’t budge or transfer, because these never quite dry down. They take anywhere from 20 to 45 minutes to “set” to a velvety finish–a light sheen but not glossy–and aren’t transfer-proof; I get closer to transfer-proof wear after several sips of coffee or blotting it down (which is true with the majority of lip products) but will not make it through a meal fully intact. They do reapply well, and they wear down evenly, so for someone who likes a semi-matte finish, longer wearing lip products, and finds traditional matte, liquid lipstick formulas too drying, these might be worth checking out. They are housed in a frosted glass tube with a glossy black cap and are lightly scented with rose (I’ll say it is subtler than usual for Chanel). All swatches were taken 30 minutes after initial application.

Chanel Vivant (144) Rouge Allure Ink Matte Liquid Lip Colour ($37.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a brighter, medium coral-pink with warmer undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage that applied fairly evenly, though I had a touch of streaking in some places. The texture felt thin, almost watery initially, but it dried and set to a satin-to-matte finish with faint pearl, which was flattering on the lips. This shade wore for just over five hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. Marc Jacobs Beauty Je t'aime (238) (P, $30.00) is lighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Bachelorette (P, $20.00) is darker (95% similar). Chanel Seduisant (146) (P, $37.00) is glossier, brighter, lighter (90% similar). Laura Mercier Joanne (LE, $28.00) is more muted, darker, more shimmery (90% similar). MAC La Vie En Rouge (LE, $17.00) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). Chanel Rouge Troublant (60) (P, $37.00) is glossier, lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Ultrarose (257) (LE, $37.00) is warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Watermelon (P, $26.00) is cooler, brighter, lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Ouiji (P, $6.00) is less glossy, cooler, lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Chanel Seduisant (146) Rouge Allure Ink Matte Liquid Lip Colour ($37.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a bright, medium-dark pink-coral with warm undertones, fine pearl, and satin finish. It had mostly opaque coverage, though some areas seemed slightly semi-opaque but was hard to tell at a normal viewing distance due to the bright, richer color overall. The texture was smooth, comfortable to wear, and didn’t cling to lips. This shade took almost 45 minutes to really “dry” to its more velvety, semi-matte finish. It wore well for six hours on me and was just a touch hydrating. MAC La Vie En Rouge (LE, $17.00) is glossier, more shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever #37 (P, $19.00) is glossier, brighter, lighter (90% similar). Chanel Vivant (144) (P, $37.00) is less glossy, more muted, darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Je t'aime (238) (P, $30.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Naked Ladies (LE, $6.00) is less glossy, lighter (90% similar). Chanel La Malicieuse (46) (P, $37.00) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Bachelorette (P, $20.00) is less glossy, darker (90% similar). Laura Mercier Joanne (LE, $28.00) is darker (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Core Cora (234) (P, $30.00) is warmer, brighter, lighter (85% similar). NARS Kelly (P, $32.00) is glossier, lighter (85% similar). Bite Beauty Pickled Ginger (P, $26.00) is lighter (80% similar). MAC Toxic Tale (LE, $17.00) is warmer, brighter, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Chanel Rouge Allure Ink Matte Liquid Lip Colour Vivant (144)
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total
Chanel Rouge Allure Ink Matte Liquid Lip Colour Seduisant (146)
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
91%
Total

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