Saturday, June 28th, 2014

Makeup Geek Rendezvous Blush
Makeup Geek Rendezvous Blush

Makeup Geek Rendezvous Blush ($9.99 for 0.15 oz. pan; $12.99 for 0.15 oz. compact) is described as a “rosy to medium pink with purple undertones.” It’s a medium-dark, muted, cool-toned pink with a mostly matte finish. Makeup Geek Hanky Panky (P, $9.99) is brighter, more shimmery. MAC Young at Heart (LE, $20.00) is lighter. Clinique Plum Pop (04) (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, slightly brighter. NARS New Attitude (LE, $29.00) is lighter, warmer. Milani Delizioso Pink (10) (P, $7.99) is brighter, cooler-toned. Urban Decay Quickie (LE) is brighter, lighter. theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is lighter. NARS Angelika (P, $29.00) has more sparkle. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This shade had good color payoff that strikes a good balance between true-to-pan pigmentation and ease of application, because it doesn’t feel like the merest touch of the brush yields too much product. If you prefer sheerer color or you’re very fair, you’ll want to use a light hand with it, but it’s a color that should work well on most skin tones. The finish is nearly-matte, but as it is buffed and blended onto the skin, it almost becomes a satin-matte–there’s a natural finish to it that keeps skin from looking too flat. The texture was soft, finely-milled, though not quite as buttery as other shades–a bit thinner. I wore this and the color lasted well for nine hours before fading softly along the outer edges.

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9.5/10

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9.5/10

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Thursday, June 26th, 2014

Makeup Geek Infatuation Blush
Makeup Geek Infatuation Blush

Makeup Geek Infatuation Blush ($9.99 for 0.15 oz. pan; $12.99 for 0.15 oz. compact) is described as a “medium matte terracotta.” It’s a medium brown with warm, red-orange undertones and a satin-matte finish. Chanel Canaille (89) (LE, $43.00) is more shimmery, darker. Kevyn Aucoin Natura (P) is lighter, less orange. Clarins Splendours (LE, $35.00) is more orange. MAC Harmony (P, $21.00) is browner, more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It could be used as a traditional blush or as a bronzer, depending on your needs. It’s quite pigmented with true-to-pan color payoff that is intense applied, but luckily, it blends out nicely, so if you over-apply, it is easy to correct and soften the color. The undertones are very warm, so I think it is a bit too orange-red to work well as an ideal contour. I hope that Makeup Geek adds a few contouring shades to their range–more rosy beiges, neutral taupes and the like. The texture was soft, silky, and smooth and never emphasized the pores; it actually seemed to smooth out the look of the skin ever-so-slightly. When I wore this for wear, the color stayed vibrant for eight hours and then looked a touch faded by the ninth hour.

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10/10

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9.5/10

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9/10

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Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

Makeup Geek Honeymoon Blush
Makeup Geek Honeymoon Blush

Makeup Geek Honeymoon Blush ($9.99 for 0.15 oz. pan; $12.99 for 0.15 oz. compact) is described as a “light pink with mauve undertones and silver flecks.” It’s a muted, rosy peach with a frosted finish. Marc Jacobs Beauty Shameless (220) (P, $30.00) is warmer, less shimmery. MAC Stereo Rose (2014) (LE, $30.00) is warmer, lighter. MAC Perfect Topping (2014) (LE, $30.00) is lighter. Hourglass Dim Infusion (P, $35.00) is less shimmery. MAC Talk of the Town (LE, $25.00) is more mauve. MAC Light Year (LE, $30.00) is slightly pinker, warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This shade was designed more of a highlighting blush, per Makeup Geek’s video preview of the range, and it definitely depends on your skin tone how it might look. The texture is a little drier compared to other shades, though still soft and blendable during application. On fairer complexions, this could easily be an everyday, shimmery blush, but with the right brush (like a fan brush), it could be a dusting of shimmer as well. I’m more medium in complexion, and it is primarily a highlighter that adds slight warmth but mostly shimmer. I was nervous that this was going to emphasize pores, because of the silver flecks in it, but it ended up having a subtler sheen once applied. It wore well for just over eight hours before breaking down slightly.

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9/10

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9.5/10

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9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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5/5

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Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Makeup Geek Head Over Heels Blush
Makeup Geek Head Over Heels Blush

Makeup Geek Head Over Heels Blush ($9.99 for 0.15 oz. pan; $12.99 for 0.15 oz. compact) is described as a “light bubblegum pink with slight shimmer.” It’s a light-medium, cotton candy pink with bluish undertones and a pearly shimmer. In the pan, it looked almost warm-toned, but applied, it looks cooler-toned. MAC Young at Heart (LE, $20.00) is darker, brighter. Make Up For Ever #210 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is a cream product. Givenchy It-Girl Purple (P, $44.00) is less shimmery. Tarte Dollface (P, $26.00) is a touch darker. MAC Pure Femininity (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery. theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned, more matte. MAC Well Dressed (P, $21.00) is a touch lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It had excellent color payoff; you could achieve rich, true-to-pan color with one layer of product, but it blends beautifully on the skin, so it is easy to sheer or soften the color. The blush’s texture is soft, silky, and smooth, which helped it apply easily to the skin and looks more and more luminous as it is buffed into the skin. This is one of the more shimmery shades in the range, but the shimmer didn’t emphasize pores–it’s more of a shimmer-sheen than a frosted shimmer finish. The color stayed on well for eight and a half hours before I noticed some fading along the outer edge.

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10/10

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10/10

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10/10

Longevity

9/10

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Monday, June 16th, 2014

Makeup Geek Bliss Blush
Makeup Geek Bliss Blush

Makeup Geek Bliss Blush ($9.99 for 0.15 oz. pan; $12.99 for 0.15 oz. compact) is described as a “light tan, light salmon.” It’s a light-medium, peachy coral with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. MAC Corol #1 (LE, $21.00) is lighter. Make Up For Ever #225 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is a cream product. Make Up For Ever #215 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is pinker, cream. Hourglass Diffused Heat (P, $35.00) is pinker. bareMinerals Swoon (LE, $19.00) is pinker. MAC Immortal Flower (LE, $21.00) is a smidgen lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The texture of the blush was incredibly soft, smooth, and lightly buttery. I’ve been most impressed by the consistency of the Makeup Geek blush formula, because it is silky and finely-milled but doesn’t turn powdery. There’s such a fine line between soft and powdery, but they get it right with Bliss. It had good color payoff that was buildable and blendable, so you can get nearly true-to-pan intensity or a sheer wash of color if desired. This shade wore well for almost nine hours on me before starting to show signs of fading along the edges.

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

5/5

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Sunday, June 15th, 2014

Makeup Geek Secret Admirer Blush
Makeup Geek Secret Admirer Blush

Makeup Geek Secret Admirer Blush ($9.99 for 0.15 oz. pan; $12.99 for 0.15 oz. compact) is described as a “light orchid purple.” It’s a brightened, light-medium, pink-lavender with cool, blue undertones and a satin-matte finish. Milani Delizioso Pink (10) (P, $7.99) is darker, less lavender. NARS Mistinguette (LE, $29.00) is lighter, pinker. Urban Decay Quickie (LE) is darker, less lavender. NARS Gaiety (P, $29.00) is more matte. MAC Unconventional (LE, $21.00) is lighter, more shimmery. MAC Peony Petal (P, $21.00) is darker, brighter, more matte. MAC I’m the One (LE, $21.00) is darker, pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This is one of the more unique shades in the Makeup Geek blush range. It’s a color that is often a limited edition release, so it’s nice to have a permanent, budget-friendly option. It had excellent pigmentation, and the color is easily blended on the skin, so you can adjust the intensity as desired, whether you want true-to-pan richness or a soft, sheer wash of color. The finish seems matte, but it gets slightly luminous as it is blended and worked into the skin, which looks natural (rather than flat) but not shimmery. The texture was incredibly soft and finely-milled with a buttery, dense feeling that never turned powdery. When I wore this shade, the color stayed on well for eight hours before there were signs of fading.

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10/10

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10/10

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10/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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