Saturday, June 14th, 2014

Makeup Geek First Love Blush
Makeup Geek First Love Blush

Makeup Geek First Love Blush ($9.99 for 0.15 oz. pan; $12.99 for 0.15 oz. compact) is described as a “soft pale ballerina pink.” It’s a light, cool-toned pink with a soft shimmer. Surratt Beauty Guimauve (P, $32.00) is darker, more shimmery. Dior Rose (001) (LE, $56.00) is darker, warmer. Hourglass Ethereal Glow (P, $35.00) is similar in color but applies with more translucency. NARS Sex Fantasy (LE, $29.00) is brighter, darker, more matte. NARS Mistinguette (LE, $29.00) is darker, brighter. MAC Unconventional (LE, $21.00) is cooler-toned, more lavender. MAC Pink Buttercream (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery. MAC Lazy Sunday (LE, $20.00) is a cream product. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It had good color payoff, and the texture was very soft, finely-milled, and smooth, though this shade was just slightly powdery. It had a soft sheen when applied and blended on the skin that became more and more luminous the more it was worked into the skin, but it never emphasized pores. I can see this particular shade flattering very fair, cooler-toned skin, whereas on my medium complexion, it might work if used lightly and paired with really dark, smoky eyes. It can also be dusted on as more of a light highlighter without lightening the skin too much. On me, this blush lasted for eight hours before starting to fade.

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First Love

B+

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Friday, June 13th, 2014

Makeup Geek Love Affair Blush
Makeup Geek Love Affair Blush

Makeup Geek Love Affair Blush ($9.99 for 0.15 oz. in pan form; $12.99 for compact) is a medium-dark, pink-coral with warm undertones and a satin finish. IT Cosmetics Pretty in Peony (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, warmer. Milani Lady Rouge (06) (LE, $7.99) is more matte, brighter. Guerlain Madame Rougit (LE, $67.00) is lighter. MAC Simmer (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery, warmer. NYX Pinched (P, $5.00) is warmer. NARS Amour (P, $29.00) is more muted, warmer. MAC Mocha (P, $21.00) is darker, more muted. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It had excellent color payoff, both true to pan and quite pigmented. The texture was soft, finely-milled, and almost buttery, which made the blush easy to apply and soften and blend on the skin without it turning splotchy. The finish is luminous without emphasizing pores–more of a light glow than anything shimmery or frosty. This shade lasted for nine hours on me before starting to show signs of fading.

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Love Afair

A

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, June 12th, 2014

Makeup Geek Hanky Panky Blush
Makeup Geek Hanky Panky Blush

Makeup Geek Hanky Panky Blush ($9.99 for 0.15 oz. for pan; $12.99 for 0.15 oz. in compact) is a medium-dark, cool-toned pink with a satin finish. MAC Young at Heart (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery. Clinique Plum Pop (04) (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, slightly brighter. Milani Delizioso Pink (10) (P, $7.99) is lighter, cooler-toned. Guerlain Cherry (02) (LE, $42.00) is a cream product. Urban Decay Quickie (LE) is brighter, cooler-toned. theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is lighter, more matte. NARS Desire (P, $29.00) is brighter, cooler-toned. NARS Angelika (P, $29.00) is more shimmery. MAC Peony Petal (P, $21.00) is lighter, cooler-toned. MAC I’m the One (LE, $21.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Makeup Geek’s upcoming blush range is available in pans for $9.99 or inside a compact for $12.99. The compact is lightweight, metallic plastic with a clear lid. The texture was soft without being powdery, and it was very blendable–it really buffed nicely into the skin and looked even and smooth. It had good color payoff that was also buildable, so if you want really rich, fully opaque color, you can get it by adding an additional layer. This shade wore well for just over eight hours before starting to show signs of fading on me.

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Hanky Panky

A-

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Makeup Geek Hanky Panky Blush
Makeup Geek Hanky Panky Blush

Launching June 15th, Makeup Geek Blush ($9.99 for 0.15 oz.) will launch with thirteen shades. Here’s a sneak peek of the upcoming shades! I’m working my way through testing them for wear, and you’ll see reviews soon. Thanks for your patience

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Sunday, May 25th, 2014

NYX Flamingo Blush
NYX Flamingo Blush

NYX Flamingo Powder Blush ($5.99 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “baby pink with blue tone.” It’s a brightened, cool-toned, pinky-lavender with a matte finish. MAC Peony Petal (P, $21.00) is slightly darker. NARS Gaiety (P, $29.00) is more lavender. MAC Pure Femininity (LE, $20.00) is warmer. NARS Mistinguette (LE, $29.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

For someone who’s been on the hunt for a pinky-lavender with cool undertones for under $10, NYX’s Flamingo is worth considering. The texture is soft, silky, though a bit powdery, but it is easy to blend and apply to the skin. It’s buildable to mostly opaque color coverage, but it tends to apply most readily with medium coverage that can be layered for greater intensity or sheered out for a softer look. The finish is matte but not a flat, dry-looking matte, so it doesn’t look caky or powdery applied. This shade lasted for seven hours on me, which is an hour shy of the average blush on me.

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Flamingo

B

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

5/5

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Sunday, May 18th, 2014

NYX Mauve Blush
NYX Mauve Blush

NYX Mauve Powder Blush ($5.99 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “matte light mauve.” It’s a medium, rosy pink with subtle warm undertones and a matte finish. NARS Anguilla (P, $39.00) is warmer. Hourglass Radiant Magenta (P, $35.00) is warmer. Burberry Misty (P, $42.00) is lighter. Illamasqua Naked Rose (P, $26.00) is cooler-toned. Urban Decay Overexposed (LE) is similar. MAC Formal (LE, $21.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The texture was soft, fairly silky, and very blendable on the skin, so it was easy to use and difficult to overdo, as it could be sheered out for a softer color if you felt like you over-applied. It had good color payoff that went on with true-to-pan color. I could see this shade working well as an everyday blush for someone with a fair to medium skin tone. If some of the cooler-toned, rosy pinks haven’t worked out for you, this one might with its warmer undertone, which is what made it more unique within my stash. Applied, the color wore well for almost seven hours before starting to fade.

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Mauve

B

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

5/5

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