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Tarte Sculpted Cheeks Amazonian Clay Blush Set & Brush

Tarte Sculpted Cheeks Deluxe Amazonian Clay Blush Set & Brush
Tarte Sculpted Cheeks Deluxe Amazonian Clay Blush Set & Brush

Tarte Sculpted Cheeks Deluxe Amazonian Clay Blush Set & Brush ($35.00 for 0.20 oz.) includes four, deluxe-sized blushes and a synthetic, blush brush.

The Amazonian Clay Blush formula is supposed to have 12-hour wear along with a “supremely soft” texture. There’s a lot to like about Tarte’s formula, as it is softer (sometimes dusty), blendable, and fairly smooth with good pigmentation, but for me, I rarely get 12-hour wear–I do get between 8 and 10-hour wear, though. Unfortunately, I didn’t feel that the blushes in the set were representative of the quality of the regular formula. The blushes are disappointing; two of the four were so stiff that I had to scrape off layers of product to get enough product to transfer and show on the skin as a swatch.

Value

  • Full-size cost: $28.00 for 0.20 oz., $140.00/oz.
  • Set cost: $35.00 for 0.20 oz., $175.00/oz., plus full-sized brush
  • Value: $28.00 worth of blush, $20-30 value for brush, $48 to $58 total value

Genius is a muted, medium rosy mauve with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture was incredibly powdery and dry to the touch, which resulted in a color that sheered out too easily on the skin and did not want to stick to the skin evenly. It seemed to brighten on my cheeks, almost like when a matte powder darkens on the skin due to the natural oils. It lasted for seven hours on me (which is a far cry from 12).
Tarte Irreplaceable (LE, $28.00) is brighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Cruel Intentions (LE, $8.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Tarte Fetching (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Your Love is King (P, $26.00) is darker, more shimmery (95% similar). The Estee Edit Purr Pink (03) (P, $28.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Amazed (LE, $28.00) is more muted, lighter (90% similar). theBalm Houndstooth (P, $22.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Icon (LE, $28.00) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). Estee Lauder Pink Ingenue (P, $34.00) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Exhibitionist (LE) is lighter (85% similar). Tarte Live (LE, $28.00) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). Chanel Crescendo (250) (LE, $45.00) is brighter, lighter (85% similar). NYX Mauve (P, $5.00) is lighter (85% similar). NYX Dusty Rose (P, $5.00) is lighter (85% similar). NARS Out There (LE, $30.00) is warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Royal is a muted, rosy brown with subtle, warm undertones and a satiny sheen. It had such a stiff texture that made it difficult to use at all; I could not get product to transfer on my brush, and I could barely get any color to transfer after jabbing a finger in the pan–I had to scrape off layers of product to loosen it from the pan, which is what I used for swatches (both on my arm and on my face). Without scraping and mangling the powder, it had next to nothing for color payoff and not enough product to blend or diffuse across my cheeks. It lasted for eight hours on me. Makeup Geek Puppy Love (P, $10.00) is more muted, darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Plum Ombre (LE, $55.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Laura Geller Roseberry (P, $28.00) is cooler, more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Ven Conmigo (LE, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Unearthed (LE, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Corol #2 (LE, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). Surratt Beauty La Vie En Rose (P, $32.00) is warmer, brighter (90% similar). MAC Animal Instincts (LE, $22.00) is darker (85% similar). bareMinerals The Guest List (LE, $22.00) is warmer (85% similar). KIKO 105 Dark Rose (P, $12.00) is cooler, darker, more shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Vibrant is a bright pop of orange-coral with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. The consistency was soft, just a bit dusty, but blendable and sat well on the skin. It had more of a natural matte finish when blended on the skin, so it didn’t look dry or flat applied. It had good pigmentation as well. On me, the color wore well for just over eight hours. KIKO 108 Orange Coral (P, $12.00) is more muted, darker, more shimmery (95% similar). bareMinerals Swoon (LE, $19.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Mod (LE, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Sideshow You (LE, $22.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Oh You Pretty Things (LE, $22.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Milani Coral Cove (05) (P, $8.99) is darker (90% similar). MAC Lured to Love (LE, $27.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Coco Code (LE, $70.00) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Passion for Colour (LE, $22.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Blush) (LE) is more muted, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Peach Cobbler (LE) is cooler, lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Tongue Tied (LE, $8.00) is warmer, brighter, darker (85% similar). LORAC Technicolor (P, $22.00) is cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Pop is a bright cotton candy pink with neutral-to-cool undertones and a semi-matte finish. This was the other shade that had an incredibly stiff, firm texture; I had to scrape away at the surface of the pan to dislodge enough powder to show swatches or to use it, but what powder was dislodged was softer and more finely-milled than Royal, so I did not have any issues with applying or blending out the color once I was able to pick up product with my brush. It lasted for eight and a half hours on my cheeks. Tarte Surreal (LE, $28.00) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Temper (LE) is lighter (90% similar). theBalm Argyle (P, $22.00) is cooler, brighter (90% similar). Tarte Flush (P, $28.00) is more muted, lighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Exhibitionist (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Whimsy (LE, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Santa Baby (LE) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Shadore (P, $37.00) is more muted, lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sculpted Cheeks Brush is a larger cheek brush that flares from the ferrule to a rounded edge. It looked more like a highlighting brush than the average blush brush, but it definitely works for applying cheek color. It had a lot of spring, and I would say floppier than desired for precise cheek color application. I liked it more for blending or using with something very sheer than applying a pigmented blush, as it seemed to apply in a very large area. The brush itself was fairly soft and wasn’t prickly or scratchy when I tried to use. I didn’t experience any shedding or issues after washing it a few times, but my experience with is limited. The brush head was 24.28mm in width, 48.15mm in length, and 24.28mm in thickness. It had a total length of 6.50 inches / 16.5 centimeters.

[Please note: it is not possible to average the Sculpted Cheeks Brush scores with the blush scores as the things they are measuring are different, so I have only taken the Product rating for the brush to average a Product rating for the set.]

Tarte Deluxe Amazonian Clay Blush Set & Brush Sculpted Cheeks
7
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
5.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4
Application
70%
Total
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Royal

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Pop

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Bite Beauty Creme Caramel Multistick

Bite Beauty Creme Caramel Multistick
Bite Beauty Creme Caramel Multistick

Bite Beauty Creme Caramel Multistick ($24.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a medium-dark peach with warm, orange undertones and a satin finish. MAC Yash (P, $17.00) is cooler, darker (95% similar). NARS Biscayne Park (P, $25.00) is glossier (90% similar). Kat Von D Noble (P, $20.00) is less glossy, brighter, lighter (90% similar). Givenchy Beige Mousseline (101) (P, $36.00) is glossier, brighter (90% similar). MAC Lady Be Good (P, $21.00) is less glossy, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Stark Naked (DC, $22.00) is warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Sorry Not Sorry (P, $22.00) is cooler (85% similar). Estee Lauder Covetous Nude (P, $30.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). Make Up For Ever #225 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is warmer, brighter, lighter (85% similar). Too Faced Melted Nude (P, $21.00) is brighter, lighter (85% similar). MAC Oxblood (LE, $17.00) is brighter (85% similar). Hourglass Dim Infusion (P, $35.00) is lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Platform (DC, $6.00) is warmer, brighter, lighter (85% similar). Tarte Skinny Dip (P, $22.00) is brighter (85% similar). MAC Doe (P, $21.00) is cooler, darker (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Nude Peach (P, $26.00) is warmer, more shimmery (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

For an in-depth look at what the formula is supposed to do and how it performs generally, please check the overview below the rating. Creme Caramel had buildable coverage from medium to fully opaque. The texture was smooth, velvety, and just creamy enough not to tug on the skin or lips when applied directly from the tube but was a bit less emollient compared to about half the range. It worked best as a cream blush when I tested it, as it emphasized and sunk into lip lines when worn as a lip product and creased like crazy as a cream eyeshadow.

On the cheeks, the color blended out beautifully on the skin, and it was easy to spread out the color without becoming uneven or patchy. I found it equally easy to apply on bare skin as well as over (liquid) foundation. The texture didn’t fully dry down, so it had a natural, skin-like sheen, but I didn’t have issues with it moving or settling over time. It wore well for eight and a half hours as a cream blush.

On the lips, it applied fairly evenly, though it wasn’t quite as even as the majority of the range. The texture, while comfortable, settled into lip lines early on and worsened over the four and a half hours the color lasted. It felt smooth going on, and it didn’t tug. The formula wasn’t drying nor was it hydrating.

On the eyes, the color applied well and blended out nicely with smooth, even coverage. The problem I had with it was how quickly it creased and pulled into lines on my lid, and while it did not seem to dry down, it also looked a little dry where it had creased (almost powdery).

Please note, the rating is an average across performance on eyes, cheeks, and lips.

Bite Beauty Multistick Crème Caramel
7.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
5.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
79%
Total

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ColourPop Bardot Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Bardot Super Shock Cheek
ColourPop Bardot Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Bardot Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “rusty red copper.” It’s a medium-dark, coppery red with warm, red-orange undertones and fine pinky-red and gold shimmer. Chanel Evening Beige (340) (P, $45.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Make You Mine (P, $23.50) is lighter, less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Taraji Glow (LE, $32.00) is cooler, darker, less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Fervor (Right) (P) is warmer, lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Stryke (LE, $8.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). NARS Na Pali Coast (P, $39.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Ambering Rose (P, $22.00) is warmer, lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Pleasure Model (LE, $25.00) is lighter, less shimmery (85% similar). NARS Vengeful (Right) (LE) is cooler, darker (85% similar). NARS Cheek Studio III (LE, $30.00) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). Maybelline Barely Pink (202) (LE, $8.99) is cooler, lighter (80% similar). MAC Margin (P, $22.00) is lighter, more shimmery (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Super Shock Cheek formula is supposed to be buildable with sheerer coverage when used with brushes and richer coverage when applied with fingertips. The texture of this was very smooth, and it felt wetter than past iterations of this formula. It was intensely pigmented when applied with fingertips, but it blended out easily and could be buffed out if over-applied. When I used a synthetic stippling brush with it, the color was definitely sheerer but blended better with fingertips than a synthetic brush. While it is a cream-based product, it dries down to a more powder-like finish and was never tacky or glossy on the skin. It wore well for over nine hours before starting to fade on me.

Colour Pop Super Shock Cheek Bardot
Bardot
Bardot
A

Limited Edition

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
96%
Total

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Bobbi Brown Bobbi to Glow Shimmer Brick Trio

Bobbi Brown Bobbi to Glow Shimmer Brick Palette
Bobbi Brown Bobbi to Glow Shimmer Brick Palette

Bobbi Brown Bobbi to Glow Shimmer Brick Palette ($69.00 for 0.52 oz.) includes three Shimmer Bricks, which are very shimmery powders. Each Shimmer Brick has five shades, so the color that you get can vary depending on where you concentrate your brush. All three shades have been released before, though only Bronze is part of the permanent range from what I could tell! It’s a powder highlight that features five colors, which are designed to be used together (though you can concentrate your brush in areas as well, or if you have an eye brush, you can use them individually) and applied to the face to highlight.

The three included in the palette all highlight the skin and add noticeable color on my light-medium complexion, so they be even more blush-like on fairer complexion and will likely show up on deeper skin tones with subtler tints. The texture of Gold and Bronze was smoother and more finely-milled with less overt sparkle, whereas Wild Rose was drier and seemed to have larger chunks of sparkle, which were more prone to emphasizing the skin’s natural texture. They were easy to apply, wore for about eight hours, and are well-worth a look for someone who likes a more intense, noticeable highlight. They’re the type of highlighter where a little can go a long way to adding luminosity, so they can definitely be too intense for some people’s preferences.

Value

  • Cost of full-size: $46.00 for 0.40 oz., $115.00/oz.
  • Cost of palette: $69.00 for 0.52 oz., $132.69/oz.
  • Value: $59.80

Gold is a light-medium gold with warm, yellow undertones paired with a frosted, lightly metallic finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, smooth texture that blended out easily on the skin. I did not find that it emphasized my skin’s natural texture, but it does have a strong sheen to its finish. This shade wore well for eight hours before starting to fade. Becca Prosecco Pop (LE, $38.00) is lighter, more shimmery (95% similar). Looxi Beauty Centerfold (P, $7.50) is lower quality, warmer, more shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Routes des Indes de Chanel Illuminating Powder (LE, $65.00) is lighter, more shimmery (95% similar). Looxi Beauty Luxe (P, $7.50) is warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Addiction (P, $44.00) is darker (90% similar). L'Oreal Golden (P, $12.99) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Anastasia Golden Dawn (LE) is darker (90% similar). Anastasia Dripping in Gold (LE) is warmer, darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Becca Champagne Gold (LE, $38.00) is warmer, less shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia White Sand (LE) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Anastasia Butterscotch (LE) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Bronze is a medium-dark, coppery brown with warm, reddish undertones and a softer, light-medium golden bronze shimmer. The pigmentation was rich, but the texture was soft and blendable, so it could easily be applied in sheerer layers or diffused for less intense coverage if desired–a little did go a long way, though, and I’d recommend using a lighter hand initially. On me, the powder lasted eight hours before fading. Colour Pop Glo Up (LE, $8.00) is lighter (95% similar). Makeup Geek Ignite (P, $20.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Candyman (P, $8.00) is darker (95% similar). Anastasia Bronzed (LE) is warmer (95% similar). LORAC Spotlight (LE, $22.00) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Cover FX Candlelight (P, $38.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Avalon (LE, $8.00) is warmer, brighter (90% similar). Cover FX Candlelight (P, $34.00) is warmer, lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Do Not Disturb (P, $8.00) is darker (90% similar). Dior #004 (P, $56.00) is cooler, lighter (85% similar). Stila Kitten (LE) is lighter, more shimmery (80% similar). Bobbi Brown Nude Glow (LE, $46.00) is brighter, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Wild Rose is a slightly muted, medium-dark pink with warm undertones and cooler, frosty pink shimmer. The shimmer particles in this shade seemed larger with both finer and more obvious flecks of sparkle used, which gave it a bit of a drier, looser consistency that was sheerer in coverage. The texture and shimmer in this one did emphasize my pores a bit, making them seem larger than they were. I didn’t have any trouble blending out the color, though, and it still wore for eight hours like the other two. Anastasia Sassy Grape (LE) is cooler, brighter, lighter (95% similar). Makeup Geek Starlight (LE, $20.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Starlight (P, $52.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Lilac Rose (LE, $46.00) is cooler (90% similar). Looxi Beauty Venom (P, $7.50) is warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Palette (Holiday 2016) Bobbi to Glow
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
90%
Total
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Gold

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Bronze

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Wild Rose

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Tarte Color Wheel Amazonian Clay Blush Palette

Tarte Color Wheel Amazonian Clay Blush Palette
Tarte Color Wheel Amazonian Clay Blush Palette

Tarte Coor Wheel Amazonian Clay Blush Palette ($44.00 for 0.84 oz.) includes 10 blushes housed in a circular compact that opens and reveals five blushes on each side (there is no mirror as a result). Each pan is a decent size at 0.084 oz. a pop with a wide enough diameter that most blush brushes fit easily in them. The pans did not appear removable (I tried three pans with tweezers, and I didn’t feel any give). It would be a travel-friendly way to take so many blushes with you without taking up a lot of space.

The Amazonian Clay Blush formula is supposed to have 12-hour wear along with a “supremely soft” texture. There’s a lot to like about Tarte’s formula, as it is softer (sometimes dusty), blendable, and fairly smooth with good pigmentation, but for me, I rarely get 12-hour wear–I do get between 8 and 10-hour wear, though. Overall, the quality was consistent with the full-sized Tarte blushes I’ve tried with only one shade having a firmer, stiffer texture. I think they could have varied the colors used in the palette a bit more, but at least there is some variety in undertones and finishes. If you have a few blush palettes from Tarte, you may find that there is a lot of overlap, even if shades are not exact dupes, as the brand is prone to repeating itself each holiday! I think this a wish list worthy option for someone who is a big fan of Tarte’s formula or needs to have an instant blush stash.

Value

  • Full-size cost: $28.00 for 0.20 oz., $140.00/oz.
  • Palette cost: $44.00 for 0.84 oz., $52.38/oz.
  • Value: $117.60 worth of blush / $4.40 per shade

Crafty is a light peach with warm undertones and gold shimmer. This will work more as a highlighter than a blush for most skin tones, though it has a whiter base, so deeper skin tones may want to layer it over another cheek color. The texture was soft, blendable, and did not emphasize my skin’s natural texture when applied. It wore well for eight and a half hours. Cle de Peau Delicate Pink (14) (P, $55.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Tutu (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Looxi Beauty Goddess (P, $7.50) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Radiant Lights (P, $6.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Laura Geller Peach Glow (P, $24.00) is cooler (90% similar). Viseart Highlight #1 (P) is less shimmery (90% similar). Laura Mercier Highlight 01 (P, $40.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Concept is a muted, medium-dark rosy coral with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had good pigmentation paired with a soft, blendable texture that was a bit thin and dusty, so it sheered out noticeably when applied to the cheeks. Luckily, it could be built up to greater intensity. This shade wore for nine hours before starting to fade on me. MAC I'll Hold My Breath #2 (LE) is cooler (95% similar). NARS Illusive (LE, $30.00) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). Guerlain Petrouchka #7 (LE) is more muted, darker (90% similar). bareMinerals Swoon (LE, $19.00) is warmer, brighter, lighter (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Parfait (P, $32.00) is warmer, brighter, lighter (90% similar). Chanel Angelique (190) (P, $45.00) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Mod (LE, $28.00) is warmer, brighter, darker (90% similar). Estee Lauder Sensuous Rose (P, $34.00) is warmer, more muted (90% similar). KIKO 108 Orange Coral (P, $12.00) is brighter, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Between the Sheets (P, $8.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Blush) (LE) is darker (85% similar). The Estee Edit Coy Coral (02) (P, $28.00) is warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Icon is a muted, medium rosy pink with subtle, warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had the type of finish that seemed matte initially, but it had a more natural matte finish when blended and buffed on the skin–it didn’t look dry or flat. This shade had a soft, lightly dusty texture that was very blendable and easy to use, and it did not sheer out unduly like Concept did, so the dustiness wasn’t noticeable when I used it on the cheeks. I was able to wear this one for nine hours before it started to show signs of wear. Chanel Crescendo (250) (LE, $45.00) is brighter (95% similar). MAC Formal (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Genius (LE, $28.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). bareMinerals Glamour (LE, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Jardin de Chanel (LE, $55.00) is lighter (90% similar). Estee Lauder Pink Ingenue (P, $34.00) is warmer (90% similar). NYX Dusty Rose (P, $5.00) is warmer, more muted (90% similar). NYX Mauve (P, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). Stila Dusty Rose (LE) is more muted (90% similar). Tarte Amazed (LE, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel Rose Tourbillon (67) (LE, $45.00) is cooler, more shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Montage is a deep raspberry pink with neutral-to-cool undertones and a semi-matte finish. The pigmentation was good, while the consistency was smooth but too firm in the pan, so it was harder to blend out on the skin. It had more of a natural finish as it was blended on the skin. On me, this shade wore well for nine hours. Sephora Love Sick (22) (P, $14.00) is warmer (95% similar). Chanel Rosewood (350) (P, $45.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Red Water Lily (LE, $40.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Sunset Beach (LE, $32.00) is brighter (95% similar). Tarte Ironic (LE, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). Edward Bess Bed of Roses (P, $43.00) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Hysterical (LE, $8.00) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). Stila Pink Rose Blush (LE) is more muted, lighter (90% similar). Illamasqua Peaked (P, $26.00) is glossier, darker (90% similar). MAC Peaches & Cream (LE, $22.00) is brighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Pretty Pink (P, $26.00) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). By Terry Tan & Flash Cruise #1 (LE) is brighter, lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Ironic is a medium-dark, pinky plum with neutral-to-warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. This blush had excellent color payoff, while the texture was soft, just a smidgen powdery, and blended easily on the skin. I noticed the finish looked less matte and flat as I blended the product on my cheeks. The wear came in closer to nine hours on this particular color. Sephora Love Sick (22) (P, $14.00) is cooler, more shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Cruel Intentions (LE, $8.00) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Your Love is King (P, $26.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Montage (LE, $28.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte Fetching (LE, $28.00) is more muted, lighter (90% similar). Chanel Rosewood (350) (P, $45.00) is cooler, darker (90% similar). Viseart Plum #3 (P) is darker (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Sand Pink (P, $26.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). Clinique Black Honey Pop (P, $21.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). Becca Nightingale (P, $32.00) is warmer, darker (80% similar). MAC Fever (P, $22.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Idol is a light-medium, yellowed gold with warm, orange undertones and a frosted sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a soft, lightly dusty texture–this one was prone to sheering out, but I imagine that for most this will be used as a highlighter and that sheerness will be more appreciated than not. The sheen is subtle on my skin, and the color didn’t seem to translate as noticeably as I had anticipated, but as always, this will likely have more color impact on fairer complexions. It wore well for eight hours on me. Laura Mercier Addiction (P, $44.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Illamasqua Rush (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Becca Champagne Pop (P, $38.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Pyrite (LE) is darker (90% similar). Giorgio Armani No. 02 (P, $62.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). theBalm Solid Gold (P, $24.00) is brighter, lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Smashbox Glow (LE) is brighter, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Culture is a bright pop of peony pink with warmer undertones (though not strongly warm) paired with warmer, golden shimmer. It had good color coverage with a powdery texture, though it was soft, finely-milled, and remained blendable on the skin. There seemed to be pigmentation to spare, as it did not sheer out noticeably in practice. This shade lasted for almost nine hours on me. Benefit Bella Bamba (DC, $28.00)(95% similar). Chanel Rose Glacier (170) (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Parasol (P, $25.00) is cooler, brighter (90% similar). Too Faced Raindrops on Roses (LE) is cooler (90% similar). Becca Flowerchild (P, $32.00) is warmer (90% similar). Laura Geller Peach Delight (P, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Laugh (LE, $28.00) is warmer, less shimmery (90% similar). Laura Geller Fruit Punch (P, $28.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). Becca Camellia (P, $34.00) is cooler (85% similar). Becca Rose Spritz (LE, $34.00) is warmer, darker, more shimmery (85% similar). Laura Geller Rosewater (P, $26.00) is cooler (85% similar). Too Faced Something About Berry (P, $30.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #2 (LE) is warmer, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Surreal is a bright, medium pink with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. It was nicely pigmented, and I felt like a little went a long way, possibly due to the general brightness of it as well as the richness in pigment. The texture was soft, finely-milled, and a bit on the dusty side, but it did not appear dry or chalky applied to my skin. It wore well for eight and a half hours before fading on me. Tarte Pop (LE, $28.00) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Temper (LE) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Whimsy (LE, $28.00) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Blush (P) is cooler, lighter (95% similar). theBalm Argyle (P, $22.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Flush (P, $28.00) is more muted (95% similar). MAC Pink Swoon (P, $22.00) is cooler, darker (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Shadore (P, $37.00) is more muted (90% similar). Chanel Pink Explosion (LE, $45.00) is more muted, darker (90% similar). MAC Pure Femininity (LE, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). KIKO 110 Bright Pink (P, $12.00) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Tu Me Fais Rougir (P, $32.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Deco is a medium, pink-coral with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. The pigmentation was mostly opaque, while the powder felt soft, smooth, and neither dusty nor too firm in the pan. This shade applied and blended out without trouble and lasted for nine hours. NYX Peach (P, $5.00) is brighter (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Exhibitionist (LE) is lighter (95% similar). The Estee Edit Purr Pink (03) (P, $28.00) is more muted (95% similar). Estee Lauder Pink Ingenue (P, $34.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Fleur Power (P, $22.00) is warmer (95% similar). Sephora Flirt It Up (06) (P, $14.00) is warmer, brighter (95% similar). Tarte Smashing (LE, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). Milani Tea Rose (08) (P, $8.99) is brighter, darker (90% similar). Tarte Live (LE, $28.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Irreplaceable (LE, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). NYX Rose Garden (P, $5.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Hipness (LE, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel Crescendo (250) (LE, $45.00) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). NYX Summer Peach (P, $5.00) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel Vibration (270) (P, $45.00) is cooler, darker (90% similar). Chanel Revelation (63) (DC, $38.00) is glossier (90% similar). Tarte Fearless (P, $28.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Life's a Picnic (LE, $22.00) is brighter, darker (85% similar). Gucci Beauty Coral Flower (P, $49.00) is warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Mod is a brightened, medium peachy-coral with warm undertones and a satin finish. The blush was richly pigmented and applied true-to-color on my skin. It had a soft, smooth consistency, and wasn’t dusty or powdery. This shade lasted for just over eight and a half hours on me. Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Blush) (LE) is darker, more shimmery (95% similar). NYX Apricot (P, $5.00) is cooler, lighter (95% similar). KIKO 108 Orange Coral (P, $12.00) is more muted (95% similar). Colour Pop Ex (LE, $5.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Sideshow You (LE, $22.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Concept (LE, $28.00) is cooler, more muted, lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Swoon (LE, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Coco Code (LE, $70.00) is cooler, more shimmery (90% similar). Hourglass Incandescent Electra (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Warm (Winter 2016) Blush (LE, $55.00) is cooler, more shimmery (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Dolline (P, $37.00) is more muted, lighter (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Parfait (P, $32.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Vibrant (LE, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Oh You Pretty Things (LE, $22.00) is warmer, lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Illamasqua Flirtatious (LE, $26.00) is glossier, lighter (85% similar). Hourglass Diffused Heat (P, $35.00) is lighter (85% similar). Make Up For Ever #215 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is glossier, lighter (85% similar). MAC Lured to Love (LE, $27.00) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tarte Holiday 2016 Blush Palette Color Wheel
Color Wheel
Color Wheel
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total
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Bite Beauty Cashew Multistick

Bite Beauty Cashew Multistick
Bite Beauty Cashew Multistick

Bite Beauty Cashew Multistick ($24.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a soft, medium rosy mauve with subtle, warmer undertones and a satin finish. MAC Spirit (P, $17.00) is glossier, warmer (95% similar). MAC Half 'n' Half (P, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M101 (P, $22.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Colour Pop Beeper (LE, $6.00) is less glossy, lighter (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Bobbi (P, $35.00) is glossier, cooler, darker (85% similar). Make Up For Ever C107 (P, $22.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). MAC Spice (LE, $17.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). Makeup Geek Puppy Love (P, $10.00) is less glossy, lighter (85% similar). KIKO 105 Dark Rose (P, $12.00) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Kat Von D Bow 'n' Arrow (P, $20.00) is less glossy, warmer, lighter (90% similar). MAC Double Shot (P, $17.00) is darker (80% similar). Smashbox Safe Word (P, $21.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

For an in-depth look at what the formula is supposed to do and how it performs generally, please check the overview below the rating. Cashew felt a little more emollient than the majority of the range, though it was still denser and thicker than the average cream eyeshadow or blush product. It was easy to apply and smooth out the color on the face, so it worked particularly well as a cheek color but wasn’t as spectacular as a lip or eye product, as it sunk into lines. The pigmentation was buildable from semi-sheer to fully opaque coverage.

On the cheeks, it performed well, as the color blended and diffused with ease and sat well on the skin without emphasizing my skin’s texture. I could easily use fingertips or brushes to apply and work with the product on my cheeks. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours on my skin as a blush.

On the lips, while it felt comfortable to wear, the more emollient consistency enabled the product to sink into lip lines noticeably from the very beginning. I could not keep the color from settling into lip lines when applied directly to lips, but I expect that a lip liner or lip primer will certainly mitigate some of that. It lasted for four and a half hours but had more color gather into lip lines as it wore on.

On the eyes, I had no trouble applying, laying down color, or blending out the edges, but it just never dried down, which resulted in quick creasing (within five minutes!). I would try to smooth and blend out the color again, but it would just wind up right back into any line I had on my lids (not just the natural crease).

Please note, the rating is an average across performance on eyes, cheeks, and lips.

Bite Beauty Multistick Cashew
Cashew
Cashew
7.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
6
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total

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