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MAC Bare End/Earthnut QuikTrik Stick

01/04

MAC Bare End/Earthnut QuikTrik Stick Duo

MAC Bare End/Earthnut QuikTrik Stick Duo

MAC Bare End/Earthnut QuikTrik Stick Duo

MAC Bare End/Earthnut QuikTrik Stick Duo

Bare End/Earthnut

MAC Bare End/Earthnut Studio QuikTrik Stick ($32.00 for 0.42 oz.) has a light-medium, pearly gold on one end and then a medium, warm brown on the other end. The gold seems ideal for highlighting, while the darker shade could be used to bronze or contour (on warmer skin tones). This one applied a bit better and lasted a touch longer than some of the other duos, but it’s still faster to wear away than most powder blushes on me.

The QuikTrik Stick is a double-ended, cream-based stick that’s supposed to work for highlighting, contouring, bronzing, or blushing. It is supposed to have buildable, blendable color and can be worn over bare skin or foundation. One side is more shimmery, while the other is darker and more natural (but still has a sheen from the creamier consistency) in finish. In general, the formula applies well to bare skin or over liquid foundation, as it is very emollient, blendable, and easy to spread across the skin, but I notice that it seemed to break up my foundation a bit after six hours of wear.

MAC QuikTrik Stick Duo Bare End/Earthnut
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7
Longevity
5
Application
86%
Total

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B

Bare End

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Earthnut

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MAC Ginger Spiked/Counterpoint QuikTrik Stick

01/04

MAC Ginger Spiked/Counterpoint QuikTrik Stick Duo

MAC Ginger Spiked/Counterpoint QuikTrik Stick Duo

MAC Ginger Spiked/Counterpoint QuikTrik Stick Duo

MAC Ginger Spiked/Counterpoint QuikTrik Stick Duo

Ginger Spiked/Counterpoint

MAC Ginger Spiked/Counterpoint Studio QuikTrik Stick ($32.00 for 0.42 oz.) has a soft peach on one end and a brighter, medium pink on the other side.

The QuikTrik Stick is a double-ended, cream-based stick that’s supposed to work for highlighting, contouring, bronzing, or blushing. It is supposed to have buildable, blendable color and can be worn over bare skin or foundation. One side is more shimmery, while the other is darker and more natural (but still has a sheen from the creamier consistency) in finish. In general, the formula applies well to bare skin or over liquid foundation, as it is very emollient, blendable, and easy to spread across the skin, but I notice that it seemed to break up my foundation a bit after six hours of wear.

MAC QuikTrik Stick Duo Ginger Spiked/Counterpoint
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
5
Application
84%
Total

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B-

Ginger Spiked

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B+

Counterpoint

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MAC All Aflush/Here You Go QuikTrik Stick

01/04

MAC All Aflush/Here You Go QuikTrik Stick Duo

MAC All Aflush/Here You Go QuikTrik Stick Duo

MAC All Aflush/Here You Go QuikTrik Stick Duo

MAC All Aflush/Here You Go QuikTrik Stick Duo

All Aflush/Here You Go

MAC All Aflush/Here You Go Studio QuikTrik Stick ($32.00 for 0.42 oz.) consists of a gold-shimmered plum and a deeper, red-berry. This is one of the deeper, darker duos in the line-up, so it should be wearable by a lot of skin tones and complexions.

The QuikTrik Stick is a double-ended, cream-based stick that’s supposed to work for highlighting, contouring, bronzing, or blushing. It is supposed to have buildable, blendable color and can be worn over bare skin or foundation. In general, the formula applies well to bare skin or over liquid foundation, as it is very emollient, blendable, and easy to spread across the skin. I had better luck with the wear with both shades compared to other duos I’ve tested, which seemed to be partially the result of the thinner, less emollient texture that still had enough slip to remain fairly blendable but didn’t stay as dewy or as wet on the skin.

MAC QuikTrik Stick Duo All Aflush/Here You Go
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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B

All Aflush

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A-

Here You Go

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MAC Softly Does It/Tight and Tawny QuikTrik Stick

01/04

MAC Softly Does It/Tight and Tawny QuikTrik Stick Duo

MAC Softly Does It/Tight and Tawny QuikTrik Stick Duo

MAC Softly Does It/Tight and Tawny QuikTrik Stick Duo

MAC Softly Does It/Tight and Tawny QuikTrik Stick Duo

Softly Does It/Tight and Tawny

MAC Softly Does It/Tight and Tawny Studio QuikTrik Stick ($32.00 for 0.42 oz.) is comprised of a sheer, shimmery silvery rose shade (best for highlighting) and muted, mid-tone brown with subtle, warmer undertones (best for bronzing or contouring).

The QuikTrik Stick is a double-ended, cream-based stick that’s supposed to work for highlighting, contouring, bronzing, or blushing. It is supposed to have buildable, blendable color and can be worn over bare skin or foundation. One side is more shimmery, while the other is darker and more natural (but still has a sheen from the creamier consistency) in finish. In general, the formula applies well to bare skin or over liquid foundation, as it is very emollient, blendable, and easy to spread across the skin, but I notice that it seemed to break up my foundation a bit after six hours of wear. The pigmentation was semi-sheer, buildable up to semi-opaque coverage.

The downside to the formula is that both shades remained lightly tacky with a moderately dewy finish, and, unsurprisingly, the wear time was shorter at six hours. I get better wear (an extra hour or two) if I lightly pat translucent powder on top or pair with a similarly-hued powder blush. The finish is lovely if you like a dewier finish–they reminded me of the type of products I’d reach for in the summer to pat over bare skin.

MAC QuikTrik Stick Duo Softly Does It/Tight and Tawny
8
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
80%
Total

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C-

Softly Does It

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B+

Tight and Tawny

Limited Edition
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MAC Miss Cupcake/Tomato QuikTrik Stick

01/04

MAC Miss Cupcake/Tomato QuikTrik Stick Duo

MAC Miss Cupcake/Tomato QuikTrik Stick Duo

MAC Miss Cupcake/Tomato QuikTrik Stick Duo

MAC Miss Cupcake/Tomato QuikTrik Stick Duo

Miss Cupcake/Tomato

MAC Miss Cupcake/Tomato Studio QuikTrik Stick ($32.00 for 0.42 oz.) is double-ended, cream-based stick that’s supposed to work for highlighting, contouring, bronzing, or blushing. It is supposed to have buildable, blendable color and can be worn over bare skin or foundation. One side is more shimmery, while the other is darker and more natural (but still has a sheen from the creamier consistency) in finish.

The formula applies well to bare skin or over liquid foundation, as it is very emollient, blendable, and easy to spread across the skin, but I notice that it seemed to break up my foundation a bit after six hours of wear. The pigmentation was semi-sheer, buildable up to semi-opaque coverage. The downside to the formula is that both shades remained lightly tacky with a moderately dewy finish, and, unsurprisingly, the wear time was shorter at six hours. I get better wear (an extra hour or two) if I lightly pat translucent powder on top or pair with a similarly-hued powder blush. The finish is lovely if you like a dewier finish–they reminded me of the type of products I’d reach for in the summer to pat over bare skin.

MAC QuikTrik Stick Duo Miss Cupcake/Tomato
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total

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B

Miss Cupcake

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B+

Tomato

Limited Edition
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Chanel Hyperfresh (360) Joues Contraste Blush

01/07

Chanel Hyperfresh (360) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Hyperfresh (360) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Hyperfresh (360) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Hyperfresh (360) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Hyperfresh (360) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Hyperfresh (360) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Hyperfresh (360) Joues Contraste Blush

Hyperfresh (360)

Chanel Hyperfresh (360) Joues Contraste Blush ($45.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a bright, medium-dark pink with cool, blue undertones and a semi-matte finish. MAC Sunset Beach (LE, $32.00) is warmer (95% similar). Chanel Affinite (65) (DC, $38.00) is warmer (95% similar). Zoeva PK040 (P) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Chanel Rose Tourbillon (67) (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Edward Bess Bed of Roses (P, $43.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Peaches & Cream (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Black Opal Tulip (P, $8.95) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Bred for Beauty (LE) is cooler (85% similar). Clinique Berry Pop (03) (P, $21.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Stila Pink Rose Blush (LE) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Joues Contraste Blush formula is supposed to have a “silky, delicate texture” with “buildable coverage” that gives a “radiant glow.” This is one of four exclusives to Chanel’s website, though it has been released before (but I don’t remember having it). Hyperfresh had mostly opaque color coverage, and it was less buildable than a lot of other Chanel blushes I’ve tried in the past. The consistency was thin, a little drier but had a softness to it that I’d expect from the formula. I struggled to spread and diffuse the color evenly across the cheeks, though, and I ended up having to cheat to soften the edges by using flesh-toned looser powder and a buffing brush. The blush stayed on the skin well for eight and a half hours.

Chanel Joues Contraste Blush Hyperfresh (360)
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
82%
Total

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