Kat Von D Samson + Delilah Shade + Light Blush Duo

Kat Von D Samson + Delilah Shade + Light Blush Duo ($25.00 for 0.317 oz.) is a new, permanent set of orange-y coral shades with matte finishes. The blush formula is supposed to “stay vibrant for a full 24 hours of wear” with “silky powders” that “blend effortlessly into skin for a flawless, buildable finish.” The marketing makes it unclear what level of pigmentation these should be on Sephora, but per the brand’s Instagram, they are “highly pigmented.” The darker shade lacked pigmentation and had a really firm consistency that made it hard to apply and blend out evenly on the skin. The lighter shade was more pigmented and more blendable, though it was dusty to work with. The two together are more blendable than the dark shade alone, but on my skin tone, it is difficult for the two together to show up noticeably as there is little coverage overall (paired with a lighter color in general, there’s little hope if it’s very sheer!), but I would expect some color to show up on fairer skin tones when mixed — the lighter shade will dominate.

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Kat Von D Samson + Delilah Shade + Light Blush Duo
Kat Von D Shade + Light Two Tone Blush Duo Samson + Delilah
F
Product
4
Pigmentation
4.5
Texture
5
Longevity
3
Application
4
Total
46%
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Sephora Shame On You Colorful Blush

Sephora Shame On You (01) Colorful Blush ($14.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as an “old rose.” It’s a muted, medium pink-coral with warm undertones and a matte finish. Tarte Unleashed (LE, $26.00) is lighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Delilah (Light) (P) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Guerlain Petrouchka #7 (LE) is darker (90% similar). Guerlain Ors et Merveilles #6 (LE) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Streak Blush (P) is darker (90% similar). bareMinerals Swoon (LE, $19.00) is brighter (90% similar). Chanel Angelique (190) (P, $45.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar). MAC Sideshow You (LE, $22.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Between the Sheets (P, $8.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Melba (P, $22.00) is darker (80% similar). Tarte Pampered (LE, $26.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Sephora Shame On You (01) Colorful Blush
Sephora Collection Colorful Blush Shame On You (01)
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8
Application
5
Total
89%

Kat Von D Mickey + Mallory Shade + Light Blush Duo

Kat Von D Mickey + Mallory Shade + Light Blush Duo ($25.00 for 0.317 oz.) is a new, permanent set of peachy shades. The blush formula is supposed to “stay vibrant for a full 24 hours of wear” with “silky powders” that “blend effortlessly into skin for a flawless, buildable finish.” The marketing makes it unclear what level of pigmentation these should be on Sephora, but per the brand’s Instagram, they are “highly pigmented.” The lightest shade comes the closest to delivering a decent blush that misses them mark on the 24-hour wear time but isn’t so far off the mark from the other claims, but the darker shade is still a disappointment.

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Kat Von D Mickey + Mallory Shade + Light Blush Duo
Kat Von D Shade + Light Two Tone Blush Duo Mickey + Mallory
F
Product
5
Pigmentation
5.5
Texture
6
Longevity
3
Application
4.5
Total
53%
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Kat Von D Hansel + Gretel Shade + Light Blush Duo

Kat Von D Hansel + Gretel Shade + Light Blush Duo ($25.00 for 0.317 oz.) is a new, permanent set of copper and peach. The blush formula is supposed to “stay vibrant for a full 24 hours of wear” with “silky powders” that “blend effortlessly into skin for a flawless, buildable finish.” The marketing makes it unclear what level of pigmentation these should be on Sephora, but per the brand’s Instagram, they are “highly pigmented.” As you might have guessed from the last three reviews, results were not impressive. The darker shade was sheer and difficult to blend on the skin, while the lighter shade was less firm in the pan and more powdery, so it was easier to blend but was still sheer. Neither shade made it in the realm of 24 hour wear. The two mixed together (just swirled with a brush) is better than either alone, but blending was still a pain and required an excessive amount of layers for it to show up for photos on my skin tone.

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Kat Von D Hansel + Gretel Shade + Light Blush Duo
Kat Von D Shade + Light Two Tone Blush Duo Hansel + Gretel
F
Product
3
Pigmentation
4.5
Texture
6
Longevity
3
Application
3.5
Total
44%
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MAC Pink Swoon, This Could Be Fun, Let’s Be Friends Blushes

MAC Pink Swoon Blush ($22.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “soft yellow baby-pink.” It’s a slightly brightened, medium bubblegum pink with blue undertones and a matte finish. I’m not getting a yellow tone to this at all, and the description for the pan version of this is “soft candy pink,” which seems more on the mark. The texture is soft, smooth, blendable, and just lightly powdery but that seems to be the good type of powdery–the kind where it helps with blending and doesn’t look dry on the skin. It had good color payoff and lasted for eight hours. It seemed a little lighter but more pigmented than the pan version I bought recently, but I do find that MAC’s matte/satin blushes tend to darken depending on the natural oils on the skin, so my arm may be more or less dry at a given moment (I don’t apply moisturizer or anything right before swatching, just natural occurring changes in the skin!). This is part of the permanent range. Colour Pop Mochi (P, $8.00) is more muted (95% similar). Urban Decay Blush (P) is lighter (95% similar). theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Ombre (LE, $55.00) is more muted, warmer (90% similar). MAC Pure Femininity (LE, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Hanky Panky (P, $9.99) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Flush (P, $26.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). theBalm Argyle (P, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). NYX Flamingo (P, $5.00) is cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Thumper (P, $8.00) is cooler (90% similar). Milani Delizioso Pink (10) (P, $8.49) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). MAC I'm the One (LE, $22.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Pixie Pink (P, $6.99) is cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Olive (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #210 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is warmer, glossier (90% similar). Too Faced Justify My Love (P, $26.00) is more muted, cooler (90% similar). NARS Mistinguette (LE, $30.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC I'm a Lover (P, $23.50) is lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Obsessed (P, $26.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Peony Petal (P, $22.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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MAC Pink Swoon Blush
MAC Powder Blush Pink Swoon
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
91%
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MAC Pearl Blossom Beauty Powder

MAC Pearl Blossom Beauty Powder ($22.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “light pink with silver pearlized pigments.” It’s a light-medium, cool-toned pink with a silvery sheen. Lancome Moonlight Rose (LE, $42.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). NARS Adoration (Left) (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Veronica's Blush (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Just a Wisp (P, $27.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Pink Buttercream (LE, $30.00) is cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Boba (P, $8.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Violet Atom (LE, $39.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Monster (P, $8.00) is lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Clear Radiance (LE, $26.00) is lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Hippo (P, $8.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Azalea in the Afternoon (LE, $27.00) is darker (85% similar). L'Oreal Ice (P, $12.99) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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MAC Pearl Blossom Beauty Powder
MAC Beauty Powder Pearl Blossom
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
90%