Maybelline Midnight Merlot, Smoking Red, Dynamite Red, Orange Danger The Loaded Bolds Color Sensational Lipcolors

Maybelline Midnight Merlot Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a dark, red-burgundy with subtle, cool undertones and a fine pearl. It had a more natural sheen to its finish without being truly glossy, but it did suffer from more uneven application and sheerer coverage due to the extra slip. If it had been more satiny like other shades, I think it would have applied better. This shade lasted for six hours on me, left a stain behind, and only had minor settling into lip lines for me over time. It was neither drying nor hydrating. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Black Dahlia (P, $18.00) is cooler, glossier (95% similar). MAC Power Driven (LE, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Living Legend (LE, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Estee Lauder Brazen (P, $30.00) is glossier (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Black Orchid (LE, $50.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Lingering Kiss (LE, $17.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Shame (P, $17.00) is darker, warmer, glossier (90% similar). Maybelline Smoking Red (P, $7.49) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Heart Hangover (LE, $18.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Bite Beauty Liquorice (P, $26.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Maybelline Raging Raisin (P, $7.49) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Colour Pop Paramour (LE, $5.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Maybelline Midnight Merlot Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color
Maybelline Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color Midnight Merlot
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Pigmentation
8.5
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7.5
Longevity
9
Application
4.5
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83%
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Makeup Geek Valentine Blush

Makeup Geek Valentine Blush ($10.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a muted, medium pink with cooler undertones and a mostly matte finish. Bite Beauty Lotus (P, $24.00) is brighter (95% similar). Benefit Hervana (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Too Faced Skyline (LE) is lighter (85% similar). Tarte Flush (P, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Tarte Dollface (P, $28.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). KIKO 110 Bright Pink (P, $12.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Nude Pink (P, $26.00) is cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Blush (P)(85% similar). Too Faced Sweet Pink (LE) is lighter (85% similar). Makeup Geek Rendezvous (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Olive (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Zoeva PK030 (P) is lighter (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Ombre (LE, $55.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Pink Sprinkles (LE, $22.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Whimsy (LE, $28.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Thumper (P, $8.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (80% similar). YSL Singuliere (1) (P, $47.00) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). MAC I'm a Lover (P, $23.50) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). Dior Rose (001) (LE, $56.00) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Makeup Geek Valentine Blush
Makeup Geek Blush Valentine
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9.5
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8.5
Longevity
8.5
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5
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90%

City Color Gypsy, Cleo, U Jelly?, Yas! Shimmer Shadows

City Color Gypsy Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.129 oz.) is a medium-dark, warm-toned purple with reddish tones and a pearly sheen. It had great color payoff with a soft, smooth, and blendable texture that wasn’t quite as dense as other shades–somewhere between the cream-like feel of formulas like the Shimmer Shadow and traditional powder eyeshadow. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours on me. MAC Frizzyplum (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Viseart Bijoux Royal #5 (LE) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Dior Cosmic (275) (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Fyrinnae Meerkat (Pressed) (P, $9.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Stila Sangria (LE, $18.00) is warmer (85% similar). Makeup Geek Masquerade (P, $9.99) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). theBalm Surfari (LE, $16.00) is cooler (85% similar). NARS Caravaggio #2 (P, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Overlook (P, $14.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (80% similar). MAC Violet Impact (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (80% similar). MAC A Medley of Mauves #2 (P, $21.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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City Color Gypsy Shimmer Shadow
City Color Shimmer Shadow Gypsy
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9
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
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92%
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Makeup Revolution Make Love Instead Baked Blusher

Makeup Revolution Make Love Instead Baked Blusher ($5.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a light-medium pinky-peach with warm undertones and a lightly frosted sheen. CoverGirl Medium Rose (P, $9.99) is less shimmery (90% similar). CoverGirl Light Rose (P, $9.99) is less shimmery (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Capri (P, $58.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Clinique Pink Honey Pop (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (85% similar). MAC Porcelain Pink (LE, $32.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Highlighter (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery, lighter (80% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Bicoastal (Top) (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). bareMinerals The Big Break (LE, $22.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Chanel Pink Cloud (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Makeup Revolution Make Love Instead Baked Blusher
Makeup Revolution Baked Blusher Make Love Instead
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6.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
6.5
Application
5
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74%
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Sneak Peek: Makeup Geek Blushes Photos & Swatches (2016)

Makeup Geek Desires Blush
Makeup Geek Desires Blush

A few days ago, Makeup Geek Blush ($10.00 for 0.15 oz.) launched with an updated formula and in 20 shades, which expands on the previous shade range (about half of the previously existing shades are MIA from the new range). I’ll have full reviews as I work through testing them, but the photos and swatches are already available for you to peruse. One thing worth noting is that several of the shades carried over from the prior formula aren’t quite the same in color–some looked more different in the pan than swatched, but some did look different swatched (might not be as apparent when applied, diffused, and worn with semi-sheer/semi-opaque coverage, of course).

Here are my notes:

  • Spell Bound is less satiny, darker (Blind Date is more similar to previous Spell Bound)
  • Romance is lighter and goes on pinker
  • Rendezvous is deeper and richer
  • Secret Admirer has a stronger purple tone in the pan and to a lesser degree on
  • Summer Fling is deeper and more red-toned but less saturated
  • Infatuation is deeper, more red-toned, less orange
  • Bliss is lighter, more peach than coral now
  • I felt like Promise Ring was very similar to First Love (now discontinued).

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Maybelline Mauve It, Raging Raisin, Coffee Addiction, Chocoholic The Loaded Bolds Color Sensational Lipcolors

Maybelline Mauve It Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a deep, muted mauve with subtle, cool undertones and a satin finish. It had very nearly opaque pigmentation with a creamy, velvety consistency that glided on easily and delivered the coverage as promised–one-stroke intensity. The only drawback to this shade was that some of the color seemed to gather in lip lines as the color wore down, but the creamier formula made it easier to press my lips together to smooth the color out of the lines. This shade lasted for four and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. Charlotte Tilbury Secret Salma (P, $32.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Amorous (P, $17.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Positively Dashing (P, $18.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Casablanca (P, $50.00) is warmer, glossier (90% similar). MAC Craving (P, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). Bite Beauty Rhubarb (P, $26.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Kat Von D Lolita (P, $20.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). MAC Deliciously Forbidden (LE, $19.00) is darker (80% similar). Givenchy Violine Precieux (312) (LE, $36.00) is warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Maybelline Mauve It Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color
Maybelline Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color Mauve It
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9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
92%
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