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NYX Taupe HD Blush

NYX Taupe HD Blush
NYX Taupe HD Blush

NYX Taupe HD Blush ($6.50 for 0.16 oz.) is a medium-dark, taupe brown with subtle warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. Kat Von D Sombre (P) is very similar but slightly warmer. MAC Next to Skin (LE, $21.00) is lighter. Inglot #504 (P, $15.00) is cooler-toned. NYX Taupe (P, $5.00) is rosier. NARS Douceur (P, $29.00) is warmer, more shimmery, lighter. MAC Taupe Shape ($21.00) is more shimmery. Chanel Notorious (LE, $45.00) is darker, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NYX’s newest blush formula is supposed to be a “high definition, lightweight blush that blends evenly” that is “vibrant and silky.” The consistency of the powder is definitely very soft, but it is quite powdery and kicks up a lot of excess in the pan. Luckily, it doesn’t look powdery on the skin and blended out easily. The color payoff was more semi-sheer to semi-opaque with some buildability, but this particular shade wasn’t intensely pigmented. This seemed even cooler-toned compared to the regular Powder Blush version of Taupe, which may make it an even more suitable contouring shade for fair to medium-dark skin tones, but I wish it wasn’t quite so thin in texture. It also contains slightly more product (0.16 oz. vs. 0.14 oz. but costs $1.50 more) and doesn’t have talc as an ingredient. On me, it lasted for seven and a half hours before fading.

As a note, this product seems potentially extra fragile, as I received three of the blushes I ordered from ULTA completely shattered, and several readers had similar stories–but more worrying was that some readers experienced blushes breaking in their bags on the way home. That being said, I ordered a dozen or so from NYX directly and none of them arrived broken.

NYX HD Blush Taupe
Taupe
Taupe
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
81%
Total

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Physicians Formula Rose Argan Oil Blush

Physicians Formula Rose Argan Oil Blush
Physicians Formula Rose Argan Oil Blush

Physicians Formula Rose Argan Oil Blush ($12.99 for 0.24 oz.) is a lightly brightened, light-medium pink with cool, blue undertones and a soft, frosted finish. Makeup Geek Head Over Heels (P, $9.99) is lighter, brighter. a href=”http://www.temptalia.com/product/too-faced-blush/lollipop”>Too Faced Lollipop (LE) is similar. Too Faced Raindrops on Roses (LE) is similar. Tom Ford Beauty Wicked (P, $55.00) is darker. MAC Divine Desire (LE, $21.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

According to the brand, the blush is supposed to have “luminous, light-reflecting pigments” for a “skin perfecting effect” while being “infused with 100% Argan oil.” It had good, mostly opaque color coverage that was easily applied at full intensity, in lighter layers, or diffused and blended out. The texture was soft and fairly smooth with a smidgen of powderiness. It had just enough shimmer in the finish to be visible but not emphasize pores or the skin’s natural texture, so the result was quite glowy. The blush started to fade after seven and a half hours of wear. I really liked the way it looked and applied, but it had a very strong, spicy fragrance that lingered even after it was applied.

Physicians Formula Argan Wear Blush Rose
Rose
Rose
B+

Permanent

9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total

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Physicians Formula Natural Argan Oil Blush

Physicians Formula Natural Argan Oil Blush
Physicians Formula Natural Argan Oil Blush

Physicians Formula Natural Argan Oil Blush ($12.99 for 0.24 oz.) is a light-medium pink with warm undertones and a satin finish. Gucci Beauty Coral Flower (P, $49.00) is darker. MAC Pink Sprinkles (LE, $21.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Lesson in Love (LE, $21.00) is lighter. Chanel Innocence (160) (P, $45.00) is more muted, browner. Makeup Geek Spell Bound (P, $9.99) is lighter. MAC Cheeky Bugger (LE, $21.00) is similar. Dior My Lady (003) (LE, $60.00) is similar. NARS Anguilla (P, $39.00) is darker, cream. Chanel Sakura (87) (LE, $45.00) is lighter. Hourglass Radiant Magenta (P, $35.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Overexposed (LE) is similar. NYX Mauve (P, $5.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The formula is supposed to have “luminous, light-reflecting pigments” for a “skin perfecting effect” while being “infused with 100% Argan oil.” It had semi-opaque color payoff that was buildable to full color coverage with a soft, smooth texture that was slightly powdery (I could definitely tell talc was the first ingredient). Nevertheless, it sat well on the skin and looked natural without being too matte or too shimmery. It didn’t look powdery, and the blush itself blended easily when I used it. On my skin, it lasted for seven hours before fading. The powder is heavily fragranced; it has a spicy, perfume-y scent, and the scent lingers and lingers all day long. If you’re sensitive to scents, I would stay away, and if you don’t want to smell your face all day, I’d also stay away. It’s not subtle, and I can see the scent being a deal-breaker. The compact also contains a brush stored underneath the pan of blush. The brush was scratchy and shed everywhere, and it did make the compact more cumbersome by having that additional layer for it.

Physicians Formula Argan Wear Blush Natural
Natural
Natural
B-

Permanent

8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
82%
Total

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5 Beautiful Budget-Friendly Red Lipsticks

You don’t have to splash out lots of your budget to get a beautiful red lip color! Here are a few of my more wallet-friendly favorites:

  1. Revlon Provocateur — a warm, brightened red
  2. Maybelline On Fire Red — a bold, bright red
  3. Milani Cherry Crave — a shimmery red
  4. Maybelline Very Cherry — a classic red with a matte finish
  5. NYX Chic Red — a strong, blue-based red

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Sugarpill Mint Soda, Hug Life, Clickbait, Holy Ghost, Grand Tiara Loose Eyeshadows

Sugarpill Loose Eyeshadow
Sugarpill Loose Eyeshadow

Sugarpill Mint Soda Loose Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.19 oz.) is described as a “metallic mint with a sparkling gold sheen.” It’s a brightened golden chartreuse green with gold sparkle and a metallic finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation when applied dry, while it intensified to mostly opaque pigmentation when applied with a dampened brush. The texture was soft, silky, and smooth, but there is a lot of sparkle to it, which I did see fall out with while worn, though the color didn’t fade for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sugarpill Hug Life Loose Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.19 oz.) is described as a “vibrant seafoam turquoise with green and gold undertones.” It’s a lightly brightened, aqua green with subtle warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation applied dry, and it was fully opaque when applied with a dampened brush. The texture was very finely-milled and smooth. This shade stayed on well for eight hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sugarpill Clickbait Loose Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.19 oz.) is described as a “metallic mossy teal with golden sheen.” It’s a softened, medium bluish-teal with a strong yellow gold shimmer-sheen. It was fairly opaque even applied dry, though it was smoother and more metallic when applied damp. The consistency of the powder was silky and soft that was finely-milled. This shade wore well for eight hours before creasing slightly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sugarpill Holy Ghost Loose Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.19 oz.) is described as a “sparkling deep sea blue with aqua and green reflects.” It’s a muted, medium-dark blue with subtle cool undertones and a pearly sheen with lighter aqua flecks of sparkle. The texture was very finely-milled and silky, which made it easy to blend out. It was semi-opaque when I tried it dry, though it was buildable. I had better pigmentation when I used it with a dampened brush, but it was easier to blend when it was dry. It lasted for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sugarpill Grand Tiara Loose Eyeshadow ($14.00 for 0.19 oz.) is described as a “bright metallic silver.” It’s a light-medium silver with a metallic finish and very fine shimmer. It was semi-opaque applied dry and fully opaque with a very metallic sheen when applied damp. It wore well for eight hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sugarpill Loose Eyeshadow Mint Soda
Mint Soda
Mint Soda
8
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
81%
Total
Sugarpill Loose Eyeshadow Hug Life
Hug Life
Hug Life
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total
Sugarpill Loose Eyeshadow Clickbait
Clickbait
Clickbait
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total
Sugarpill Loose Eyeshadow Holy Ghost
Holy Ghost
Holy Ghost
8
Product
8
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total
Sugarpill Loose Eyeshadow Grand Tiara
Grand Tiara
Grand Tiara
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total

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Sugarpill Strangeling, Charmy, Penelope, Countess Loose Eyeshadows

Sugarpill Strangeling Loose Eyeshadow
Sugarpill Strangeling Loose Eyeshadow

Sugarpill Strangeling Loose Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “deep metallic violet with aqua reflects.” It’s a brightened violet purple with cool undertones and a metallic finish. Applied dry, it was semi-sheer, and applied damp, it was mostly opaque. It was a more buildable product rather than richly pigmented right out of the jar. The texture was very soft and silky, and it blended well on the skin. It wore well for eight hours before creasing slightly. Makeup Geek Caitlin Rose (P, $9.99) is darker, less metallic. Make Up For Ever D926 Blueberry (P, $21.00) is warmer. Makeup Geek Pop Culture (P, $5.99) is less metallic. theBalm #33 (P, $6.50) is more iridescent. Urban Decay Betrayal (LE, $18.00) is more iridescent. Urban Decay Omen (P, $18.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sugarpill Charmy Loose Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “pinky peach with iridescent fuchsia reflects.” It’s a light-medium coral with warm undertones and gold and fuchsia shimmer over a satin finish. It had good pigmentation both wet and dry, though it applies deeper when applied with a dampened brush. The texture was very silky and finely-milled, while going on evenly and smoothly. This shade wore well for eight hours before fading. MAC Mortal #3 (LE) is similar. Gucci Beauty Autumn Fire #2 (P) is lighter, more shimmery. Make Up For Ever I802 Coral Pink (P, $21.00) is pinker. Make Up For Ever I752 Electric Coral (P, $21.00) is warmer, brighter. L’Oreal Cherie Merie (LE, $7.99) is darker. Urban Decay Freelove (P, $18.00) is more shimmery. MAC Paradisco (P, $15.00) is similar. MAC Dynamo (LE, $21.00) is a cream product. Guerlain Coup de Foudre #2 (LE) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sugarpill Penelope Loose Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “metallic copper.” It’s a brightened copper with warm undertones and a metallic finish. It had good pigmentation both wet and dry, but it was a richer, more molten copper shade when applied with a dampened brush, and it had a more metallic finish. The texture is smoother than a lot of loose coppery shades like this, but it wasn’t as finely-milled as a shade like Charmy, and it is better pressed into the skin. It wore well for eight hours on me. LORAC Unleashed (P) is lighter. Makeup Geek Flame Thrower (P, $9.99) is less metallic. Colour Pop Sequin (P, $5.00) is a cream product, more muted. Urban Decay Lucky (LE, $18.00) is lighter. Make Up For Ever ME728 Copper Red (P, $21.00) is lighter. Makeup Geek Vegas Lights (P, $6.99) is less metallic. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #9 (P, $9.99) is slightly darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #4 (P) is similar. MAC Copper Sparkle (P, $21.00) is brighter. MAC Brash (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Amber Lights (P, $15.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sugarpill Countess Loose Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “metallic maroon with a splash of aqua reflects.” It’s a muted, burgundy brown with warm undertones and a metallic finish. It was semi-opaque applied dry over skin, and it was fully opaque when I used a dampened brush. The color started to crease after eight and a half hours of wear, but the texture was soft and easy to work with. Makeup Geek Showtime (P, $9.99) is warmer, browner. MAC Plummed (LE, $15.00) is less metallic. Gucci Beauty Autumn Fire #3 (P) is less metallic, warmer. Tarte Plum Away With Me (LE) is slightly warmer, less metallic. Make Up For Ever D826 Fig (P, $21.00) is similar. NARS Desdemona (P, $29.00) is warmer, less metallic. NARS China Seas #2 (P, $24.00) is less metallic. Anastasia Pink Sapphire (LE, $12.00) is warmer. Makeup Geek Enchanted (P, $6.99) is similar. Sleek MakeUP A Vow in Venice (LE, $9.99) is similar. Chanel Fatal (837) (LE, $36.00) is a cream product. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #7 (P, $9.99) is warmer. theBalm Alice Copper (P, $16.00) is less metallic. Urban Decay Last Call (P, $18.00) is less shimmery. MAC Idyllic (LE, $18.00) Inglot #452 (P, $6.00) See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sugarpill Loose Eyeshadow Strangeling
Strangeling
Strangeling
8
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total
Sugarpill Loose Eyeshadow Charmy
Charmy
Charmy
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
Sugarpill Loose Eyeshadow Penelope
Penelope
Penelope
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total
Sugarpill Loose Eyeshadow Countess
Countess
Countess
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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