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Black Up NBL 08 Blush

01/07

Black Up NBL 08 Blush

Black Up NBL 08 Blush

Black Up NBL 08 Blush

Black Up NBL 08 Blush

Black Up NBL 08 Blush

Black Up NBL 08 Blush

Black Up NBL 08 Blush

NBL 08

Black Up NBL 08 Blush ($26.50 for 0.12 oz.) is a bright, medium-dark gold with very strong, warm orange undertones and a golden shimmer-sheen finish. It had a more frosted finish compared to the other two blushes I’ve tried from the range, but it wasn’t overly shimmery or metallic on the skin, so it did not emphasize my skin’s natural texture.

The Blush formula is supposed to have “pure and intense color” that “blends to the skin.” It had good pigmentation, though it was just shy of full coverage, that was buildable to opaque coverage in two layers. The texture was drier in the pan, but it was loose enough to transfer onto my brush without issue. It could have been easier to diffuse and blend out on the skin, as it took more pressure to really buff out the color and even out the shimmer. On me, the blush lasted for eight hours before fading.

Editor’s Note: Thank you to readers who brought this to my attention yesterday. There is controversy with respect to the founder of the brand and subsequent changes to ownership/management and how those changes transpired. Two bloggers who have done their own analysis/research can be found here (timeline and walk-through) and here (Q&A with Black|Up that specifically asks about the controversy). I will be doing my own research into over the next couple of weeks using those two posts as a starting point. I do not have any additional reviews scheduled, and I will not be adding any in the future until I’ve had a chance to go through any available information.

Black Up Blush NBL 08
NBL 08
NBL 08
B

Permanent

8
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total
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theBalm Hot Mama Shadow/Blush

01/07

theBalm Hot Mama Shadow/Blush

theBalm Hot Mama Shadow/Blush

theBalm Hot Mama Shadow/Blush

theBalm Hot Mama Shadow/Blush

theBalm Hot Mama Shadow/Blush

theBalm Hot Mama Shadow/Blush

theBalm Hot Mama Shadow/Blush

Hot Mama

theBalm Hot Mama Shadow/Blush ($20.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a medium, pink-coral with warm undertones and a golden shimmer. It had good pigmentation–just shy of opaque–that was buildable to full coverage in two layers. The finish was spectacular as it was luminous and smooth–glowing but never emphasizing.

The formula is supposed to be a “beautiful blush and subtle highlighter” in one. It’s been an old favorite for many readers, and I’m not certain I ever formally reviewed it, so I wanted to get that rectified once I noticed I had one in my to-review bin! The consistency was soft, smooth, and just a smidgen dusty, but it blended almost effortlessly. It was the type of blush that applied and looked blended before you even finished applying it, so the formula was forgiving and esay to use. The color lasted for nearly nine hours on me before fading slightly.

theBalm Shadow/Blush Hot Mama
Hot Mama
Hot Mama
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
99%
Total

Black Up NBL 04 Blush

01/07

Black Up NBL 04 Blush

Black Up NBL 04 Blush

Black Up NBL 04 Blush

Black Up NBL 04 Blush

Black Up NBL 04 Blush

Black Up NBL 04 Blush

Black Up NBL 04 Blush

NBL 04

Black Up NBL 04 Blush ($26.50 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium-dark, coppery plum with strong, warm orange undertones and a pearly sheen. The pigmentation was nearly opaque, while the finish was luminous without emphasizing my skin’s natural texture.

The Blush formula is supposed to have “pure and intense color” that “blends to the skin.” The consistency was slightly drier and firmer in the pan, and I wish it had a little more give/softness so it was easier to pick up an even amount of product onto a brush. As it was, I found a dense blush brush with a larger, flatter edge to be best to achieve even coverage on the cheeks (with less blending required). This shade wore well for eight hours on me.

Black Up Blush NBL 04
NBL 04
NBL 04
B+

Permanent

8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total
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Black Up NBL 03 Blush

01/07

Black Up NBL 03 Blush

Black Up NBL 03 Blush

Black Up NBL 03 Blush

Black Up NBL 03 Blush

Black Up NBL 03 Blush

Black Up NBL 03 Blush

Black Up NBL 03 Blush

NBL 03

Black Up NBL 03 Blush ($26.50 for 0.12 oz.) is a bold, bright dark berry with cool undertones and a satin finish. The finish became more glowing and luminous as the blush was blended onto the skin, and it seemed to look cooler and almost purplish as I diffused the color out.

The Blush formula is supposed to have “pure and intense color” that “blends to the skin.” It was richly pigmented with nearly opaque pigmentation in a single layer, but the consistency was firmer and drier in the pan, so it took more effort to get product to transfer onto my brush than a softer blush would. I was able to blend and diffuse the blush evenly on the skin, but again, that stiffer consistency made it more challenging to get a nice faded edge going. It wore well for nine hours before fading slightly.

Black Up Blush NBL 03
NBL 03
NBL 03
B+

Permanent

8
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total

Urban Decay Fireball Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder

01/10

Urban Decay Fireball Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder

Urban Decay Fireball Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder

Urban Decay Fireball Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder

Urban Decay Fireball Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder

Urban Decay Fireball Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder

Urban Decay Fireball Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder

Urban Decay Fireball Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder

Urban Decay Fireball Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder

Urban Decay Fireball Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder

Urban Decay Fireball Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder

Fireball

Urban Decay Fireball Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder ($32.00 for 0.20 oz.) is a medium, peachy orange with warm, reddish undertones and a fine, pink and gold sparkle. It had sheer color payoff in a single layer, which was buildable to medium coverage with three layers.

The formula is supposed to be a “smooth, silky powder” that adds “an instant peachy-pink glow” with “light-reflecting particles.” It’s a thin, dusty powder that has a very firm, dry texture to it, though the powder itself did not appear dry applied to the skin. I did, however, find that it did not blend out as easily as I expected as it seemed to absorb the natural oils on my face and adhere very strongly wherever it was initially applied. There were noticeable sparkles in the highlighter, so I would not recommend it for someone who did not like their sparkle or glitter. It wore well for six and a half hours on me before fading.

Urban Decay Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder Fireball
Fireball
Fireball
7
Product
6
Pigmentation
7
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
70%
Total

Zoeva Basic Moment Blush Palette

01/05

Zoeva Basic Moment Blush Palette

Zoeva Basic Moment Blush Palette

Zoeva Basic Moment Blush Palette

Zoeva Basic Moment Blush Palette

Zoeva Basic Moment Blush Palette

Basic Moment

Zoeva Basic Moment Cheek Palette ($16.80 for 0.39 oz.) includes three cheek products–a contour powder, blush, and highlighter–in a slim, cardboard palette. The powders are supposed to be “incredibly pigmented.” The highlighter was the “miss” in the palette, as it was drier in texture and had sheerer coverage, while the blush and contour powders were pigmented and blendable.

Zoeva Blush Palette Basic Moment
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
86%
Total

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