Friday, June 13th, 2014

Makeup Geek Love Affair Blush
Makeup Geek Love Affair Blush

Makeup Geek Love Affair Blush ($9.99 for 0.15 oz. in pan form; $12.99 for compact) is a medium-dark, pink-coral with warm undertones and a satin finish. IT Cosmetics Pretty in Peony (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, warmer. Milani Lady Rouge (06) (LE, $7.99) is more matte, brighter. Guerlain Madame Rougit (LE, $67.00) is lighter. MAC Simmer (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery, warmer. NYX Pinched (P, $5.00) is warmer. NARS Amour (P, $29.00) is more muted, warmer. MAC Mocha (P, $21.00) is darker, more muted. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It had excellent color payoff, both true to pan and quite pigmented. The texture was soft, finely-milled, and almost buttery, which made the blush easy to apply and soften and blend on the skin without it turning splotchy. The finish is luminous without emphasizing pores–more of a light glow than anything shimmery or frosty. This shade lasted for nine hours on me before starting to show signs of fading.

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Love Afair

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, June 12th, 2014

Makeup Geek Hanky Panky Blush
Makeup Geek Hanky Panky Blush

Makeup Geek Hanky Panky Blush ($9.99 for 0.15 oz. for pan; $12.99 for 0.15 oz. in compact) is a medium-dark, cool-toned pink with a satin finish. MAC Young at Heart (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery. Clinique Plum Pop (04) (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, slightly brighter. Milani Delizioso Pink (10) (P, $7.99) is lighter, cooler-toned. Guerlain Cherry (02) (LE, $42.00) is a cream product. Urban Decay Quickie (LE) is brighter, cooler-toned. theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is lighter, more matte. NARS Desire (P, $29.00) is brighter, cooler-toned. NARS Angelika (P, $29.00) is more shimmery. MAC Peony Petal (P, $21.00) is lighter, cooler-toned. MAC I’m the One (LE, $21.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Makeup Geek’s upcoming blush range is available in pans for $9.99 or inside a compact for $12.99. The compact is lightweight, metallic plastic with a clear lid. The texture was soft without being powdery, and it was very blendable–it really buffed nicely into the skin and looked even and smooth. It had good color payoff that was also buildable, so if you want really rich, fully opaque color, you can get it by adding an additional layer. This shade wore well for just over eight hours before starting to show signs of fading on me.

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Hanky Panky

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Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

MAC Worldly Wealth Blush
MAC Worldly Wealth Blush

MAC Worldly Wealth Blush ($21.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “shimmering peachy bronze.” It’s a medium-dark, bronzy brown with warm, orange undertones and a frosted finish. MAC Bronzer (LE, $30.00) is lighter, less shimmery. NARS Silvana (P, $29.00) is less shimmery. NARS Madly (P, $29.00) is more muted, less warm-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This shade released about two years ago, and I found that this version wasn’t quite as dense–it had a thinner, almost drier, texture that made getting color payoff more difficult than the version I have from before, which ends up looking darker and browner since it is much more pigmented. It had good pigmentation, but it just didn’t seem to have the same richness as before. The finish is quite frosted, so it does emphasize pores somewhat, and the color lasts for almost eight hours for me when I tested it.

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Worldly Wealth

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Product

8/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

5/5

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Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

MAC Bred for Beauty Blush
MAC Bred for Beauty Blush

MAC Bred for Beauty Blush ($21.00 for 0.17 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone blue pink.” It’s a brightened, medium fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a matte finish. MAC Peaches & Cream (LE, $21.00) is warmer. Milani Love Potion (07) (LE, $7.99) is slightly brighter. Clinique Plum Pop (04) (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Clinique Berry Pop (03) (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker. NARS Coeur Battant (LE, $29.00) is cooler-toned, brighter. Tom Ford Beauty Narcissist (LE, $55.00) is brighter, more shimmery, cooler-toned. NARS Mata Hari (P, $29.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The texture of the blush was mostly soft, but it was also thin and somewhat powdery, which made it harder to apply to bare skin (the drier your skin, the harder it will be to apply), as it didn’t want to adhere to the skin. If you typically wear liquid or cream foundation, the slight dewiness of the foundation will help the blush to stick to the skin better. It’s not the most blendable blush, but I didn’t feel like it was impossible to blend. Even though it’s not quite intensely pigmented (because it doesn’t stick), the color can be packed on if desired. Once applied, the color wore well for eight hours before slightly fading.

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Bred for Beauty

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Product

8/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Makeup Geek Hanky Panky Blush
Makeup Geek Hanky Panky Blush

Launching June 15th, Makeup Geek Blush ($9.99 for 0.15 oz.) will launch with thirteen shades. Here’s a sneak peek of the upcoming shades! I’m working my way through testing them for wear, and you’ll see reviews soon. Thanks for your patience

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Sunday, June 8th, 2014

Make Up For Ever #515 HD Blush
Make Up For Ever #515 HD Blush

Make Up For Ever #515 HD Blush ($26.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as “tangerine.” It’s a brightened, medium orange with warm, red undertones and a satin finish. YSL Corail Affranchi (07) (P, $40.00) is more muted. YSL Orange Fougueux (04) (P, $40.00) is redder. Maybelline Coral Burst (LE, $5.99) is powder. NARS Taj Mahal (P, $29.00) is lighter, shimmery, powder. NARS Rotonde (LE, $41.00) is lighter, powder, matte. MAC Optimistic Orange (LE, $21.00) is redder. Inglot #45 Face Blush (P, $10.00) is powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The HD Blush formula is a soft, creamy, lightweight, and extremely blendable. You need that blendability because it is also a highly pigmented formula, but it can easily be applied with a light hand for sheer color or built up for true-to-pan color. The texture feels creamy initially but dries down to a powder as you apply and blend it into the skin, but the powder dry down is still blendable, so you never feel like you have to hurry. #515 wore well for nine hours on me before starting to fade slightly. This is the last shade I had to review, and you can read all my past reviews for other shades here.

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#515 HD Blush

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Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

5/5

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