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Makeup Geek Heart Throb Blush

Makeup Geek Heart Throb Blush
Makeup Geek Heart Throb Blush

Makeup Geek Heart Throb Blush ($10.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a muted, medium coral-brown with warmer undertones and a satin finish. Divergent Misty Rose (LE) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Innocence (160) (P, $45.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Estee Lauder Sensuous Rose (P, $34.00) is warmer (90% similar). Sephora Shame On You (01) (P, $14.00) is lighter (90% similar). Laura Geller Boysenberry (P, $28.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Guerlain Petrouchka #7 (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Capri (P, $58.00) is lighter (85% similar). Becca Wisteria (LE, $32.00) is cooler (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Ecstasy (P, $40.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Dolline (P, $37.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). The Estee Edit Coy Coral (02) (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, warmer (80% similar). Colour Pop Between the Sheets (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, warmer (80% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Blush) (LE) is brighter (80% similar). KIKO 108 Orange Coral (P, $12.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (80% similar). Hourglass Diffused Heat (P, $35.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (80% similar). Urban Decay Streak Blush (P) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). Makeup Geek Bliss (P, $9.99) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The formula is supposed to be pigmented, long-wearing, and blendable (for more on how it compares to the previous formula, check out this post). This shade was richly pigmented, which made it easy to apply and get visible color out of, and it should work for several skin tones. The color darkened just slightly, as it had a soft, slightly dusty consistency, on the skin. It had a finely-milled, smooth feel to it, and it blended out beautifully on the skin with the satiny sheen becoming more prominent as the blush was buffed and diffused on the skin. On my normal-to-dry skin, it wore well for eight hours.

Makeup Geek Blush Heart Throb
A-

Permanent

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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Makeup Geek Rendezvous Blush

Makeup Geek Rendezvous Blush
Makeup Geek Rendezvous Blush

Makeup Geek Rendezvous Blush ($10.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a bold, bright, medium-dark pinky-plum with subtle, cool undertones and a mostly matte finish. Colour Pop Thames (LE, $8.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Let's Be Friends (LE, $22.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Bred for Beauty (LE) is brighter, less pigmented (90% similar). MAC Peaches & Cream (LE, $22.00) is brighter (90% similar). NARS Angelika (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Edward Bess Bed of Roses (P, $43.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Sephora Hey Jealousy (17) (P, $14.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Sephora I'm Quite Tipsy (08) (P, $14.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Clinique Berry Pop (03) (P, $21.00) is brighter (90% similar). MAC Prom Princess (LE, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Rendezvous (P, $9.99) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Pink Rose (P, $26.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Naked on the Run Blush (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Milani Love Potion (07) (P, $8.99) is brighter (90% similar). Guerlain Cherry (02) (LE, $42.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Makeup Geek Hanky Panky (P, $9.99) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Kat Von D Morticia (Shade) (P) is warmer (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Narcissist (LE, $55.00) is more shimmery, brighter, cooler (80% similar). Urban Decay Crush (P, $26.00) is lighter (80% similar). NARS Coeur Battant (LE, $30.00) is brighter, cooler (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The formula is supposed to be pigmented, long-wearing, and blendable (for more on how it compares to the previous formula, check out this post). It had nearly opaque pigmentation, so a little went a long way. If you tend to have a heavy-hand and prefer sheerer coverage, I’d look elsewhere, but if you love very pigmented, deep blushes, this one might appeal to you. The texture was fairly soft and blendable, but it could have been easier to diffuse and blend out on the cheeks; I found the best way to apply this was with a light hand to try and build it up as gradually as possible. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours before fading on me. As a note, this shade is much deeper and brighter (and not quite as blue-based) as it was in the original formulation.

Makeup Geek Blush Rendezvous
B+

Permanent

8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total

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Makeup Geek Promise Ring Blush

Makeup Geek Promise Ring Blush
Makeup Geek Promise Ring Blush

Makeup Geek Promise Ring Blush ($10.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a pale, light pink with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. Kat Von D Gomez (Light) (P) is darker (95% similar). NARS Cheek Studio I (LE, $30.00) is lighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Clyde (Light) (P) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay X-Rated (P, $26.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Hourglass Ethereal Glow (P, $35.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Guimauve (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek First Love (P, $9.99) is lighter (90% similar). Viseart Plum #1 (P) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Pink Cult (LE, $22.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The formula is supposed to be pigmented, long-wearing, and blendable (for more on how it compares to the previous formula, check out this post). It had very good pigmentation with a soft, smooth, and finely-milled texture that blended out easily on the skin. This is a shade that is going to be best for fairer skin tones or for diffusing a more intense/deeper shade in a more ombre/gradient effect. It is more matte, but it didn’t read chalky on me, which was a pleasant surprise. The color wore well for eight hours on me.

Makeup Geek Blush Promise Ring
A-

Permanent

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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ColourPop Ultra Metallic Liquid Lipsticks

ColourPop 3-Way Ultra Metallic Liquid Lipstick
ColourPop 3-Way Ultra Metallic Liquid Lipstick

ColourPop Ultra Metallic Liquid Lipstick ($6.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is a new formula from ColourPop that’s supposed to be “super intense” with “high impact metallic pearls” and a “non-drying formula” that “is extremely long-wearing” (but it is “not completely transfer resistant”). Of ColourPop’s liquid lipstick formulas, this had the most slip and least pigmentation (across all four shades)–more semi-opaque, though they were buildable. The consistency spreads well across the lips, but it could look more even; I think the darker coloring of the shades made some of the translucency less apparent. They dry down to a mostly transfer-proof finish, and they are flexible and comfortable to wear. I got between four and six hours of wear with these, and they seemed to break down easily with food compared to the Ultra Satins/Mattes. Two of the four shades were a little drying, while the other two were non-drying.

ColourPop 3-Way Ultra Metallic Liquid Lipstick ($6.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is a deep, reddish-berry with gold metallic shimmer. It had semi-opaque color coverage that went on somewhat evenly; it would be better with a second layer for opacity and evenness. This shade lasted for five hours on me and left behind only a subtle stain. It felt slightly drying overall.
Tom Ford Beauty Alasdhair (LE, $35.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier (90% similar). Kat Von D Wolvesmouth (P, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Seadragon (06) (LE, $53.00) is warmer (90% similar). Guerlain Flirt (LE, $35.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Too Faced Ursula (P, $22.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). MAC Quelle Surprise (LE, $17.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). MAC Viva Glam IV (P, $17.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Little Pretty (130) (DC, $30.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Kween Ultra Metallic Liquid Lipstick ($6.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is a muted, medium-dark red-coipper with warm undertones and pink and gold shimmer. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that applied evenly and smoothly. This shade wore well for four and a half hours on me and was neither drying nor hydrating. Colour Pop Mugshot (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Pre-Raphaelite (LE, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Christina (P, $28.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC On and On (P, $17.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Cruel (P, $17.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). MAC Show-All (LE, $17.00) is warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Wrath (P, $17.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Maneater Ultra Metallic Liquid Lipstick ($6.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is a muted, dark bronzy-brown with warm, plummy undertones and a golden, metallic sheen. It had good color coverage–nearly opaque–that spread evenly across the lips and dried down to a semi-matte finish. It wore well for six hours and was very lightly drying. MAC I Get So OOC (LE, $17.00) is cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Roach (LE, $17.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Fetish (P, $17.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Aperture (03) (LE, $53.00) is cooler, glossier (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Aaron (P, $35.00) is glossier (90% similar). MAC Chintz (P, $17.00) is lighter, less pigmented (85% similar). Urban Decay Backdoor (P, $17.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Conspiracy (P, $17.00) is darker, glossier (85% similar). Colour Pop Salt (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). Colour Pop Zebra (LE, $6.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Zebra Ultra Metallic Liquid Lipstick ($6.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is a deep, reddish-brown with subtle, warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had mostly opaque pigmentation paired with a thin consistency that spread across the lips well and looked even when it dried down. The color wore well for six hours and was neither drying nor hydrating on me. MAC I Get So OOC (LE, $17.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Aperture (03) (LE, $53.00) is more shimmery, glossier (90% similar). Urban Decay Conspiracy (P, $17.00) is warmer, glossier (90% similar). Urban Decay Roach (LE, $17.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Travis (P, $35.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Fetish (P, $17.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Maneater (LE, $6.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Urban Decay Backdoor (P, $17.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

P.S. — These are being restocked at 3PM PST today.

Colour Pop Ultra Metallic Liquid Lipstick 3-Way
3-Way
3-Way
B

Limited Edition

8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total
Colour Pop Ultra Metallic Liquid Lipstick Kween
Kween
Kween
B+

Limited Edition

8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total
Colour Pop Ultra Metallic Liquid Lipstick Maneater
Maneater
Maneater
A-

Limited Edition

8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
Colour Pop Ultra Metallic Liquid Lipstick Zebra
Zebra
Zebra
A

Limited Edition

9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

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Makeup Geek Soulmate Blush

Makeup Geek Soulmate Blush
Makeup Geek Soulmate Blush

Makeup Geek Soulmate Blush ($10.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a muted, medim-dark plum with neutral-to-cool undertones and a matte finish. KIKO 112 Light Plum (P, $12.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Urban Decay TMI (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Smashbox Bitten (LE) is brighter (85% similar). LORAC Chroma (P, $22.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The formula is supposed to be pigmented, long-wearing, and blendable (for more on how it compares to the previous formula, check out this post). This is one of the less-pigmented shades in the line-up, as it had more semi-sheer to medium coverage. The texture didn’t seem as smooth or as finely-milled either, which made blending it out more work than it has been with the other shades (and I don’t think it, ultimately, evened out as much as I wanted it to, looking back at the photo). The texture seemed to become more blendable after a few uses, so there was that, but I wish it was softer like the other shades I’ve tried, as the color is lovely and harder to dupe. This shade lasted for eight hours on me before fading.

Makeup Geek Blush Soulmate
Soulmate
Soulmate
C

Permanent

7
Product
7
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4
Application
76%
Total

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Makeup Geek XOXO Blush

Makeup Geek XOXO Blush
Makeup Geek XOXO Blush

Makeup Geek XOXO Blush ($10.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a medium, rosy pink with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. MAC Formal (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Chanel Crescendo (250) (LE, $45.00) is brighter (95% similar). LORAC Underrated (LE) is cooler (95% similar). NARS New Attitude (LE, $30.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). NYX Rose Garden (P, $5.00) is darker, brighter (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Exhibitionist (LE) is brighter (95% similar). Estee Lauder Pink Ingenue (P, $34.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Pinch O' Peach (P, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). NYX Mauve (P, $5.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Live (LE, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Amazed (LE, $28.00)(90% similar). Make Up For Ever #330 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is warmer, glossier (90% similar). NYX Dusty Rose (P, $5.00) is warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Main Squeeze (P, $10.00) is lighter (85% similar). Revlon Haute Pink (002) (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). NARS Unwritten (LE, $30.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Modest Blush (LE, $27.00) is lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Birthday Suit (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). MAC Kindergarten Red (LE, $32.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Zoeva CR020 (P) is warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The formula is supposed to be pigmented, long-wearing, and blendable (for more on how it compares to the previous formula, check out this post). This is one of the new shades, so there’s no worries about how it compares to a past iteration! The consistency is very soft and smooth, though it kicks up some extra powder when used, but luckily, it didn’t look dry or totally flat on the skin. It had a very, very subtle sheen to it–enough that it looked natural but still more matte than satin applied. It was easy to blend and diffuse the color without losing intensity. On me, the blush wore well for eight hours.

Makeup Geek Blush XOXO
XOXO
XOXO
A-

Permanent

8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

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