Surratt Beauty Guimauve Artistique Blush

Surratt Beauty Guimauve Artistique Blush ($32.00 for 0.20 oz.) is a light, subtly cool-toned pink with a satin finish. On me, it looks almost warm-toned, because the natural yellowness of my complexion come through, but if you have naturally cooler-toned skin, it will appear more true-to-pan applied. Dior My Lady (002) (LE, $60.00) is darker. Dior Rose (001) (LE, $56.00) is slightly darker, warmer. Urban Decay Blush (P) is brighter, darker. NARS Sex Fantasy (LE, $29.00) is cooler-toned, lighter. Chanel Inspiration (64) (P, $38.00) is warmer, cream. MAC Stay Pretty (P, $23.50) is darker. MAC Well Dressed (P, $21.00) is a touch brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Surratt Beauty Guimauve Artistique Blush
Surratt Beauty Artistique Blush Guimauve
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
92%
Permanent

Make Up For Ever #510 HD Blush

Make Up For Ever #510 HD Blush ($26.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as “raspberry.” It’s a rich, raspberry red with subtle cool undertones and a satin finish. Chanel Chamade (67) (P, $38.00) is lighter, pinker. Kevyn Aucoin Neolita (P, $37.00) is darker, powder. NYX Desert Rose (P, $5.00) is lighter, powder. MAC Keep It Casual (LE, $20.00) is redder. Chanel Rouge (LE, $43.00) is powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Make Up For Ever #510 HD Blush
Make Up For Ever HD Blush #510 HD Blush
A+
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
9.5
Application
5
Total
99%

Troy Surratt Cantaloup Artistique Blush

Troy Surratt Cantaloup Artistique Blush ($32.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as a “golden melon.” It’s a pop of yellowed orange with a soft, satiny sheen. Guerlain Orange Blush (LE) is more matte, darker. Givenchy In Vogue Orange (P, $44.00) is darker. MAC Honey Jasmine (LE, $21.00) is darker, more orange, less yellow. NARS Taj Mahal (P, $29.00) is darker, more shimmery. MAC Fresh Honey (LE, $25.00) is similar. MAC Blazing Haute (LE, $25.00) is a bit more muted. Inglot #45 Face Blush (P, $10.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Troy Surratt Cantaloup Artistique Blush
Surratt Beauty Artistique Blush Cantaloup
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
94%
Permanent

MAC Corol Blush Duo

MAC Corol Blush Duo ($33.00 for TBA oz.) is consists of two blushes, with them being split unevenly–the lighter shade covers about two-thirds, while the plum shade is about a third of the compact. It is larger than MAC’s normal blush compact–more like their Beauty Powders. It is packaged in a rubberized black with gold trimmings. What you really need to know is that the texture is incredibly stiff and stubborn to work with: all swatches required use of a metal spatula to scrape off layers of powder. Once layers were dislodged, I was able to jab at them with a brush to loosen and apply, but the powder in the compact felt almost like plastic to the touch. After it was loosened and crushed into a fine powder, the actual texture from there was softer and fairly blendable–but getting to that point required extreme measures. It took a fair amount of product to get “decent” color payoff, even after scraping away at it. It did not improve with use, unfortunately, and I’m pretty sure I caught it laughing evilly at me. I don’t know if I’ve encountered quite as stiff of a powder as this that wasn’t really plastic–I am totally flabbergasted that this made it out of production.

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MAC Corol Blush Duo
MAC Pedro Lourenco Blush Duo Corol
B-
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
7
Application
4.5
Total
82%
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Giorgio Armani #500 Maestro Fusion Blush

Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Blush ($52.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is supposed to be a “highly pigmented blush” that is liquid in form. The brand recommends using a single drop for application. They weren’t kidding, because this is insanely pigmented; a single drop may still be too much product. One bottle might last you a lifetime, and that really doesn’t feel like an exaggeration; I wish they had reduced the bottle size and dropped the price. There are three shades available, all are permanent, and I’ve only just tried the one featured here. Next time Giorgio Armani has a sale, I might pick up the other two shades–we’ll see! It’s a great product, but the price point will make you think twice, even if it contains more than enough product (it’s just so much that it seems like a waste, rather than a value).

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Giorgio Armani #500 Maestro Fusion Blush
Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Blush #500
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
97%

Marc Jacobs Beauty Shameless (220) Shameless Bold Blush

Marc Jacobs Beauty Shameless (220) Shameless Bold Blush ($30.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “soft peach.” It’s a light-medium peachy coral with a satin finish and warm, reddish undertones. Make Up For Ever #225 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is a cream product. Hourglass Dim Infusion (P, $35.00) is a touch lighter, less shimmery. Tarte Darling (LE, $26.00) is darker, brighter. MAC Melba (P, $21.00) is darker. Chanel Espiegle (P, $43.00) is slightly warmer. Bobbi Brown Nude Peach (P, $26.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Marc Jacobs Beauty Shameless (220) Shameless Bold Blush
Marc Jacobs Beauty Shameless Bold Blush Shameless (220)
D
Product
6.5
Pigmentation
6.5
Texture
6
Longevity
7.5
Application
3
Total
66%