NYX Amber & Pink the Town HD Blushes

NYX Amber HD Blush ($6.50 for 0.16 oz.) is a muted, medium rosy pink with warm undertones and a satin finish. The finish has a soft sheen to it that gives the a skin a nice glow without emphasizing pores or appearing overly shimmery. It had a soft, silky consistency that kicked up excess product in the pan, but it didn’t look powdery applied to the skin. The blush had mostly opaque coverage that was easily blended down or built to true-to-pan intensity in two layers. On me, it lasted seven and a half hours before fading. Chanel Innocence (160) (P, $45.00) is cooler. Hourglass Radiant Magenta (P, $35.00) is brighter. MAC Cheeky Bugger (LE, $21.00) is lighter. NARS Love (LE, $30.00) is cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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NYX Amber HD Blush
NYX HD Blush Amber
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
8
Application
5
Total
84%
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Maybelline Craving Coral, Siren in Scarlet, Divine Wine Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lip Color

Maybelline Craving Coral Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lip Color ($7.99 for 0.15 oz.) is a rich, medium-dark orange-red with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had mostly opaque coverage, though there was a hint of my lip freckle still visible, so your natural lip color may still come through. It was lightly creamy and sat well on the lips, while the color wore for six hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. Tom Ford Beauty Flame (06) (P, $50.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier. MAC Strange Journey (LE, $16.00) is darker. NARS Marlene (P, $32.00) is more muted, glossier. Kat Von D Countess (P, $21.00) is brighter. Dior Trafalgar (844) (P, $34.00) is brighter, glossier. MAC Dangerous (P, $16.00) is darker, more muted. MAC Tomango (LE, $16.00) is brighter. MAC Lady Danger (P, $16.00) is brighter. MAC Scarlet Ibis (LE, $16.00) is darker, brighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lip Color
Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lip Color Craving Coral
A
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
94%
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ColourPop Swift, Thumper, Trickery Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Swift Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “rich deep warm brown in a matte finish.” It’s a medium-dark, reddish brown with warm, red-orange undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff, though not fully opaque, when applied with a fingertip, while brush application yielded semi-sheer payoff. The texture was a little drier, which seemed to make it harder to get that really opaque, intense color out of it, but luckily, it didn’t impact the application, as it was still easily blended on the skin. It lasted for eight and a half hours on me. MAC Sweet As Cocoa (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker. Chanel Canaille (89) (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Stylish Me (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery. Colour Pop Happy Hour (P, $8.00) is brighter, warmer, less pigmented, more muted, darker. Charlotte Tilbury Formentera (P, $45.00) is darker. Becca Blushed Copper (LE, $38.00) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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ColourPop Thumper Super Shock Cheek
Colour Pop Super Shock Cheek Swift
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
86%
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Maybelline Lust for Blush, Ravishing Rose, Faint for Fuchsia, Mesmerizing Magenta Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lip Color

Maybelline Lust for Blush Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lip Color ($7.99 for 0.15 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark pink with cool, blue undertones and a satin finish. There is a fine gold micro-shimmer in it, but it’s hard to see. It had semi-opaque color coverage that went on fairly evenly. It wore well for four and a half hours but could have faded away a little more evenly. It was neither drying nor hydrating when I tried it. Maybelline Ravishing Rose (P, $7.99) is lighter. MAC Nouvelle Vogue (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Le Metier de Beaute Fiji (P, $32.00) is more shimmery. Make Up For Ever #12 (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lip Color
Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lip Color Lust for Blush
B
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
86%
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Maybelline Nude Embrace, Daringly Nude, Touch of Spice Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lip Color

Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lip Color ($7.99 for 0.15 oz.) is supposed to “deliver a burst of bold lip color” with a “creamy texture” and a matte finish. I have ten shades that I picked up awhile ago when they first launched, but Maybelline’s website shows the range with twenty shades now (I couldn’t seem to find them online to buy, though), and I haven’t seen anything new at my local drugstores for ages (I’ve gone twice a week for the last month to find summery goodness with no luck!). In general, the formula has good color payoff with a velvety, creamy consistency that covers evenly and most shades seem to make lips appear smoother but some shades were prone to pulling into lip lines as the color wore away. The big thing about these is that they have a mostly matte finish and are more comfortable to wear than many matte formulas due to the velvety feel (almost like a silicone primer, but not quite as heavy and not clingy). The formula was neither drying nor hydrating on me. It had a sweet, plastic-like scent but no taste.

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Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lip Color
Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lip Color Nude Embrace
B
Product
8
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
83%
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ColourPop Pegacorn, Prenup, Quarters Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Pegacorn Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “deep violet in a satin finish.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and lighter pink and fuchsia micro-shimmer. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, which is intense on most skin tones as-is, but if you want truly opaque coverage, it needs a few layers to build up to that. The texture has a slightly more emollient consistency than a lot of the other cheek shades (closer to the highlighter/pearlized finish feel), and it seemed a little harder to get even color when applied to the skin. The shimmer is hard to detect once applied as well. On me, it wore well for nine hours. Clinique Berry Pop (03) (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer. NARS Coeur Battant (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker, more pigmented. Colour Pop More, Please (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Colour Pop Pie (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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ColourPop Pegacorn Super Shock Cheek
Colour Pop Super Shock Cheek Pegacorn
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
9.5
Application
4.5
Total
88%
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