Becca Afterglow Cheek Palette

Becca Afterglow Palette ($39.50 for 0.26 oz.) is a cheek palette that features three of the brand’s pressed highlighters and two of their blushes. I think it’s a great concept, and it is a nice way to try their famous cheek products, but I do wish the pans were on the larger side; they are the size of your typical eyeshadow (the palette itself is the same size as Becca’s eyeshadow palettes), like MAC, Urban Decay, etc. There is a little space between each pan, so it is possible to use some blush brushes without issue, but it’s something to consider if you tend to use medium or large-sized blush brushes. If you use a highlight brush to apply the pressed highlighters, I think you’ll be just fine, though. The quality of the palette’s contents is fairly comparable to the standalone versions, but I noticed all five seemed ever-so-slightly drier here, as if there was less binder, which actually made the highlighters more forgiving on the skin (Becca’s highlighters have a fine line between gorgeous glow and pore-emphasizing). This palette contains $20.36 worth of highlighters and $17.92 worth of blush for a total value of $38.28, so you’re paying just over a $1 for the “for the price of about one, I get to try five” point of view. (Becca’s highlighters cost $38 each, while the blush comes in at $32 a pop). This particular palette is VERY warm-toned, and I wish they had done a cooler-toned option or else mixed up the shades more to make it more versatile across skin tones. If I could have chosen the shades (assuming only one edition), I would have gone for Pearl (yes, creating a pressed version just for the palette!), Moonstone, Blushed Copper, Hyacinth, and Nightingale–which is really proof that Becca needs to consider adding cooler and more neutral-toned shades into the ranges.

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Becca Afterglow Palette
Becca Holiday 2015 Palette Afterglow Palette
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
90%
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NARS Vengeful Dual-Intensity Blush Duo

NARS Vengeful Dual-Intensity Blush ($45.00 for 0.21 oz.) contains a highlighter and blush shade in the wet/dry Dual Intensity formula. I like this formula, but the ratings may make it appear less desirable, which is a result of NARS claiming that it is more intense dry and “translucent” applied wet–the complete opposite of reality. (Even funnier, this isn’t how the eyeshadow version of the formula is described!) I think if you tend to like this type of wet/dry formula, it’s a formula worth considering. This duo gave me a very fall-into-holiday vibe, as you have the rustiness of the blush shade that represents fall, while the more traditional shimmering gold screams holiday.

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NARS Vengeful Dual-Intensity Blush
NARS Dual-Intensity Blush Duo Vengeful
B+
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9
Longevity
9
Application
4.5
Total
88%
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Guerlain Ors et Merveilles Eyes & Blush Palette

Guerlain Ors et Merveilles Eye & Blush Palette ($90.00 for 0.40 oz.) includes five eyeshadows housed in the top tier and then four blushes hidden beneath it in the lower tier. I’m not a fan of the blush formula they use in these tiered palettes, and I’m even less of a fan of the fact that the pans are tiny (even the “large” ones)–an eye brush just comfortably fits in the smallest pans, so you can imagine what a pain it is to dip a blush brush just into one shade (better to think of them as duos or even a single shade, perhaps). The blush formula is on the drier, dustier side and has lesser color payoff, though it is somewhat buildable. I like the eyeshadow formula a lot more, but the colors are dupable, typical for holiday (not really a bad thing, but it’s less tempting for some), and even more, more similar than not to last year’s holiday palette as well. That being said, the eyeshadows weren’t good enough to make up for the subpar blush performance this year.

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Guerlain Ors et Merveilles Eye & Blush Palette
Guerlain Eyes & Blush Palette Ors et Merveilles
B-
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
80%
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MAC Raizin Blush

MAC Raizin Blush ($17.00 for 0.21 oz. pan-only) is described as a “golden reddish-brown.” It’s a slightly muted, medium-dark chocolate brown with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. MAC Swiss Chocolate (P, $22.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Sweet As Cocoa (P, $22.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). Chanel Cheeky (79) (LE, $38.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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MAC Raizin Blush
MAC Powder Blush Raizin
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Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
9
Application
4.5
Total
91%

MAC Rhubarb Blush

MAC Rhubarb Blush ($17.00 for 0.21 oz. pan-only) is described as a “bright magenta [with a Satin finish].” It’s a bright, raspberry pink with cool, blue undertones and satin finish. Tom Ford Beauty Narcissist (LE, $55.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). MAC Let's Be Friends (LE, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). Sephora Collection Hey Jealousy (17) (P, $15.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Clinique Berry Pop (03) (P, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Coeur Battant (LE, $30.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Azalea (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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MAC Rhubarb Blush
MAC Powder Blush Rhubarb
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
9.5
Application
4.5
Total
92%

MAC Warm Soul Mineralize Blush

MAC Warm Soul Mineralize Blush ($27.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone beige with gold pearl.” It’s a medium, peachy-orange with hints of beige and soft, gold shimmer. Urban Decay Streak Bronzer (P)(95% similar). MAC Cream Soda (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Makeup Geek Infatuation (P, $9.99) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Kinky (P, $26.00) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Indecent (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Linda (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Dior Coral Sunset (002) (LE, $57.00) is cooler (85% similar). MAC Crisp Whites (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Blazing Haute (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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MAC Warm Soul Mineralize Blush
MAC Mineralize Blush Warm Soul
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
7.5
Application
5
Total
87%