Kat Von D Piaf + Poe Shade + Light Blush Duo

Kat Von D Piaf + Poe Shade + Light Blush Duo ($25.00 for 0.317 oz.) is a muted, rosy pink set of shades, one lighter and one darker. 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.” I think that this particular duo was one of the better-applying shades and required slightly less effort to apply, but it still had a drier, chalkier consistency that made it hard to get more than semi-sheer color out of it. That drier texture seemed to give me trouble when blending, as the color would stick on some places more noticeably than others, but it would be hard to diffuse or blend, even when I reached for a really dense, buffing brush. The blush is actually easier to use when mixed, because the more powdery (but less chalky) consistency of the light shade helps the darker shade to blend out, while the darker color gives a little more oomph to the color overall such that it is easier to see on more complexions.

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Kat Von D Piaf + Poe Shade + Light Blush Duo
Kat Von D Shade + Light Two Tone Blush Duo Piaf + Poe
F
Product
5.5
Pigmentation
5
Texture
7
Longevity
3
Application
4
Total
54%
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Kat Von D Bonnie + Clyde Shade + Light Blush Duo

Kat Von D Bonnie + Clyde Shade + Light Blush Duo ($25.00 for 0.317 oz.) features a cool-toned set of shades in a very light pink and a darker pink. 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 texture of both shades left something to be desired as they were thin, chalky, and difficult to blend. The pigmentation is sheer and only buildable to semi-sheer after three to six layers of product. The marketing makes it unclear what level of pigmentation these should be on Sephora, but per the brand’s Instagram, they are “highly pigmented.” These are some of the worst powders I’ve have ever tested from Kat Von D, and it’s a real disappointment–and a surprise–after the success of the Shade + Light palettes as well as her recent eyeshadows. Both shades lasted no longer than seven hours; not even in the realm of “full 24 hours of wear.”

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Kat Von D Bonnie + Clyde Shade + Light Blush Duo
Kat Von D Shade + Light Two Tone Blush Duo Bonnie + Clyde
F
Product
4.5
Pigmentation
4
Texture
5.5
Longevity
3
Application
3.5
Total
46%
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Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Blush Palette

Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Blush Palette ($45.00 for 0.54 oz.) includes six shades of blushes from a pop of pink to a matte bronze. The Afterglow formula is supposed to last for eight hours, sheer coverage. The funny thing about the Afterglow formula is that I don’t really think it’s sheer; it’s more of a medium, buildable coverage formula, which I imagine is something that a lot of people like about it, but just keep in mind that that is how pigmentation is judged from: sheer coverage. The products performed well overall with the only “flaw” being that pigmentation tended to be semi-opaque to opaque rather than sheer. The palette contains $61.04 worth of Afterglow blush.

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Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Blush Palette
Urban Decay Blush Palette Gwen Stefani
B+
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
9.5
Application
4.5
Total
89%
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Chanel Sunkiss Ribbon Harmonie de Blush

Chanel Sunkiss Ribbon Harmonie de Blush ($70.00 for 0.38 oz.) is a soft, medium pink-coral with fine golden sheen. MAC I'll Hold My Breath #2 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). NARS Day Dream (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Dior Corail Bagatelle (763) (LE, $43.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Too Faced Stardust (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Love Hangover (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Coral Flower (P, $49.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tarte Bashful (LE, $26.00) is darker (90% similar). NYX Summer (P, $6.50) is darker, brighter (85% similar). Clinique Peach Pop (02) (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Chanel Sunkiss Ribbon Harmonie de Blush
Chanel Harmonie de Blush Sunkiss Ribbon
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
94%

NARS Impassioned Blush

NARS Impassioned Blush ($30.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “rich orchid.” It’s a muted, light-medium rosy pink with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. Burberry S/S15 Runway (LE, $65.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Pink Cult (LE, $22.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Modest Blush (LE, $27.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Benefit Dandelion (P, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). Burberry Misty (P, $42.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Pink Sprinkles (LE, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC The Perfect Cheek (LE, $22.00) is darker (85% similar). Illamasqua Naked Rose (P, $26.00) is darker (85% similar). NARS New Attitude (LE, $30.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar). Chanel Jardin de Chanel (LE, $55.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Stila Dusty Rose (LE) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Urban Decay Overexposed (LE) is warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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NARS Impassioned Blush
NARS Powder Blush Impassioned
B-
Product
8
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
8
Application
5
Total
82%

Guerlain Smile Rose Aux Joues Blush Duo

Guerlain Smile Rose Aux Joues Blush Duo ($62.00 for 0.21 oz.) includes a single pan split in half with a darker and lighter shade with both shades running on the warm side with soft shimmer. Despite sharing a physican pan, the darker shade seemed to have a significantly better, smoother texture, while the lighter shade was drier and harder to work with.

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Guerlain Smile Rose Aux Joues Blush Duo
Guerlain Rose aux Joues Blush Duo Smile
B-
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
80%
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