Sunday, July 6th, 2014

Makeup Geek Spell Bound Blush
Makeup Geek Spell Bound Blush

Makeup Geek Spell Bound Blush ($9.99 for 0.15 oz. pan; $12.99 for 0.15 oz. compact) is described as a “light tan with salmon undertones.” It’s a muted, medium, rosy pink with a soft, pearly sheen. MAC Cheeky Bugger (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery. NARS Love (LE, $29.00) is darker. Urban Decay Overexposed (LE) is less shimmery. NYX Mauve (P, $5.00) is cooler-toned, less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The consistency of the powder was soft, smooth, and buttery, which made this blush easy to apply, because it was very blendable and applied evenly. It just didn’t take a lot of work to use, and it’s a more foolproof blush that I could see becoming someone’s go-to for everyday wear. It has a satiny finish that gets more luminous as it is sheered out and blended into the skin, but the shimmer never emphasizes pores. It had good, true-to-pan color payoff, and the color wore well for eight and a half hours before fading.

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9.5/10

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10/10

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10/10

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Saturday, July 5th, 2014

Illamasqua Flirtatious Velvet Blusher
Illamasqua Flirtatious Velvet Blusher

Illamasqua Flirtatious Velvet Blusher ($32.00 for 0.18 oz.) is described as a “soft pink.” It’s a light-medium, peach-coral with warm undertones and a satin-matte finish. Makeup Geek Bliss (P, $9.99) is lighter, powder. Tom Ford Beauty Unabashed Blush (LE, $55.00) is powder. Sleek MakeUP Newport Peach (P) is pinker. NARS Final Cut (LE, $29.00) is brighter, powder. Make Up For Ever #215 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is very similar. Hourglass Diffused Heat (P, $35.00) is pinker, powder. bareMinerals Swoon (LE, $19.00) is powder. Fyrinnae Nordic Angel (P, $6.50) is darker, powder. MAC Immortal Flower (LE, $21.00) is lighter, powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It had good color payoff, but as it is a light-medium color and I’m about medium in skin tone, the blush isn’t very visible on me. I think this would work much better on other skin tones. The texture is lightly creamy but dries down to a mostly matte, powder-like finish–there’s no tackiness after it sets (which is shortly after it is applied to the skin). It is difficult to overdo, as the formula is very forgiving and easily blended out for softer, sheerer color if desired. The formula was long-wearing and stayed on for eight and a half hours before starting to fade.

This is/was available at Bloomingdale’s, but it may only be available in-stores. It is available through Illamasqua’s website as well.

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9.5/10

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10/10

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10/10

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9/10

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Friday, July 4th, 2014

Makeup Geek Summer Fling Blush
Makeup Geek Summer Fling Blush

Makeup Geek Summer Fling Blush ($9.99 for 0.15 oz. pan; $12.99 for 0.15 oz. compact) is described as a “soft burnt orange.” It’s a brightened, medium orange with warm, red undertones and a semi-matte finish. MAC Ocean City (LE, $30.00) is brighter. NARS Exumas (P, $39.00) is a cream product. NARS Final Cut (LE, $29.00) is pinker. Make Up For Ever #420 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is a cream product. Fyrinnae Nordic Angel (P, $6.50) is lighter, pinker. Chanel Presage (62) (LE, $38.00) is a cream product, brighter. theBalm Swiss Dot (P, $22.00) is more orange. NYX Cinnamon (P, $5.00) is more orange, redder, brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This is a richly pigmented blush with an incredibly silky-smooth texture that feels like butter and blends beautifully on the skin. I would recommend using a light hand and a fluffier brush (I like fan or stippling brushes) for application to ensure that you get the intensity you want, as you can apply less and build to the right level of color. However, even if you over-apply, the blush is blendable, so it is a more forgiving formula, but it is always easier to start with less and build up. Applied with a lighter hand, it almost looked coral-orange on my medium complexion. The color stayed put for a solid nine hours before it started to break down and fade.

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9.5/10

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10/10

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9.5/10

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9.5/10

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5/5

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Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Makeup Geek Smitten Blush
Makeup Geek Smitten Blush

Makeup Geek Smitten Blush ($9.99 for 0.15 oz. pan; $12.99 for 0.15 oz. compact) is described as a “pale creamy apricot.” It’s a brightened, liight-medium peachy orange with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. Surratt Beauty Cantaloup (P, $32.00) is yellower. Dior Amber (002) (LE, $56.00) is yellower. MAC Blazing Haute (LE, $25.00) is darker, yellower. MAC Peaceful (LE, $24.00) is similar. Sisley Paris Mango (3) (P, $85.00) is lighter. MAC Cream Soda (LE, $21.00) is lighter, pinker. Illamasqua Lover (P, $26.00) is a touch darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

What’s nice about this particular shade of peach-orange is that it doesn’t lean too yellow or too red, so it is easier to wear, regardless of cool or warm undertones. The finish is mostly matte but does produce a more natural finish once blended and buffed into the skin. The texture was soft, silky, and smooth, while it had good color payoff. On me, this shade stayed on for eight hours before it started to fade.

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9/10

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9/10

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9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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5/5

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Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

MAC Global Glow Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Global Glow Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Global Glow Mineralize Skinfinish ($32.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “neutral tan with silver sheen.” It’s a muted, medium copper with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Bronzer (LE) is warmer. bareMinerals The Many Splendors #3 (LE) is warmer, more golden. MAC Perfectly Poised (Outer) (LE, $32.00) is more orange. Urban Decay Baked (P, $26.00) is similar. MAC Gold Deposit (P, $32.00) is more orange. MAC Cheeky Bronze (P, $32.00) is more orange, coppery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The last time I swatched this shade was when it released in 2007, so it’s been awhile! I couldn’t find one in my stash, so I’m not able to compare the original to the current version. The texture of the powder was soft and fairly smooth, but it was powdery, so there was excess product kicked up in the pan as well as when applied. It will buff away easily enough, but I wish it was smoother. It had good color payoff, and it could be applied with a lighter hand or a fan brush for a warm glow with less color, but it does yield a fair amount of color. The finish is quite metallic and though MAC says “silver sheen” it reads golden on my skin. There was some emphasis of pores and the skin’s natural texture, unfortunately. Applied, the color wore well for seven hours before looking faded and patchy. It’s neat to see MAC bring back a long-ago shade from the range to make permanent, but between this, Cheeky Bronze, and Gold Deposit, they really could have brought back one or two other, more differentiated shades.

The new packaging is glossy black, but the size is the same as the previous compacts. The bottom of the compact is curved inward, so these will fit more snugly together for better storage. They contain the same amount of product, but MAC increased the price from $30.00 to $32.00.

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8/10

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9/10

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7.5/10

Longevity

7.5/10

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4.5/5

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Monday, June 30th, 2014

Makeup Geek Romance Blush
Makeup Geek Romance Blush

Makeup Geek Romance Blush ($9.99 for 0.15 oz. pan; $12.99 for 0.15 oz. compact) is described as a “soft rose with gold shimmer.” It’s a gold-shimmered, coral-orange with warm undertones and a soft, frosted finish. Becca Lychee/Opal (P, $27.00) is a cream product. MAC Petal Power (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, pinker. Tom Ford Beauty Love Lust (P, $55.00) is darker, pinker. NYX Menage a Trois (P, $15.00) is very similar. NARS Orgasm (P, $29.00) is pinker. MAC Stereo Rose (LE, $30.00) is less golden. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

In the pan, one might think it’s the brand’s version of NARS Orgasm, but this is much warmer, more orange-based than pink. The texture is soft and smooth, lightly buttery, and the higher shimmer level doesn’t emphasize pores. It gives the skin a glowing, luminous sheen while the color is even and easily blended on the skin. It had good pigmentation and was true-to-pan in color. Applied, the blush lasted well for eight and a half hours before I noticed it looking faded.

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9.5/10

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9.5/10

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9.5/10

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9/10

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5/5

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