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

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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

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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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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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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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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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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