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MAC x Zac Posen Haute Contour Powder Blush Duo

MAC Haute Contour Powder Blush Duo
MAC Haute Contour Powder Blush Duo

MAC Haute Contour Powder Blush Duo ($29.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a split-pan product with one shade being more of your traditional bronzer and the other being a pink-coral. Neither shade performed well, but the more blush-like shade had a really firm, hard press that required jabbing at the powder’s surface to get decent color out of it. This is at least the third time in recent memory that MAC has released a mid-tone brown/pink-coral blush duo, and I wonder why they haven’t been able to jump out of the box–it’s becoming like NARS Laguna/Orgasm over here.

Haute Contour (Bronzer) is a muted, medium brown with warm, orange-yellow tones and a satin finish. It was firmly packed in the pan, which made getting color out of it a little more challenging, and when I did, some of it came away in larger chunks–almost like sand. The consistency was fairly blendable on the skin, and the harder chunks dusted away (didn’t notice them applied). It lasted for seven hours before fading. MAC Sunny Side (LE, $32.00) is brighter (90% similar). bareMinerals The Skinny Dip (P, $24.00) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is darker (90% similar). Guerlain Natural / Brunettes (03) (P, $53.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Naked Flushed Bronzer (-) is darker (85% similar). bareMinerals The High Dive (P, $24.00) is darker, more shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Haute Contour (Blush) is a light-medium, pink-coral with warm undertones and a golden shimmer. You wouldn’t know what the color was by going off the swatch, but with enough jabbing and prodding of the powder, I was able to get enough powder to loosen to apply to cheeks to show it in a photo. The shimmer didn’t emphasize pores, and the color itself lasted for six and a half hours before fading on me. NYX Rose Gold (P, $6.50) is warmer, more pigmented (90% similar). Makeup Geek Romance (P, $9.99) is more pigmented, more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Stereo Rose (LE, $32.00) is warmer, more pigmented (90% similar). NARS Orgasm (P, $30.00) is cooler, more pigmented (85% similar). NYX Menage a Trois (P, $15.00) is warmer, more pigmented (85% similar). Becca Lychee/Opal (P, $27.00) is warmer, more pigmented, more shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Zac Posen Powder Blush Duo Haute Contour
5
Product
6
Pigmentation
4.5
Texture
7
Longevity
4
Application
59%
Total
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Milani Luminoso Baked Blush

Milani Luminoso Baked Powder Blush
Milani Luminoso Baked Powder Blush

Milani Luminoso Baked Powder Blush ($7.49 for 0.12 oz.) is a light-medium peachy orange with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. Chanel Caresse (180) (LE, $45.00) is warmer, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Cream Soda (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Espiegle (DC, $45.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Fame (LE, $30.00) is cooler (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Shameless (220) (P, $30.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Clinique Nude Pop (P, $21.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Ripe Peach (LE, $32.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Tarte Moment (LE, $28.00) is cooler, more muted (90% similar). Urban Decay Indecent (P, $26.00) is warmer, less shimmery (90% similar). By Terry Tan & Flash Cruise #6 (LE) is more muted, darker (85% similar). MAC Freshen Up (LE, $35.50) is warmer, lighter, less shimmery (85% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Coral Pink (LE) is lighter, less shimmery (85% similar). Dior Coral Sunset (002) (LE, $57.00) is cooler, darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Sisley Paris Mango (3) (P, $85.00) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Linda (LE, $22.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Amber Glow (LE, $27.00) is lighter (85% similar). Makeup Geek Smitten (P, $9.99) is lighter, less shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Baked Blush formula is supposed to be “buildable from sheer to vibrant” paired with a “silky” texture. Luminoso has a soft, smooth texture that is a little powdery/dusty to work with, but it doesn’t appear dry or powdery once blended and buffed into the skin. The more it is blended into the skin, the more luminous the finish becomes without looking overly shimmered or frosted. It was buildable from medium coverage to mostly opaque coverage, and it was pretty easy to achieve sheer coverage with a lighter hand. On me, the blush started to fade noticeably after seven and a half hours of wear.

Milani Baked Blush Luminoso
Luminoso
Luminoso
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
86%
Total

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Sephora Hey Jealousy Colorful Blush

Sephora Hey Jealousy (17) Colorful Blush
Sephora Hey Jealousy (17) Colorful Blush

Sephora Hey Jealousy (17) Colorful Blush ($14.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “raspberry pink.” It’s a medium-dark, fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a mostly matte finish. Makeup Geek Rendezvous (P, $10.00) is more muted, lighter (90% similar). Milani Love Potion (07) (P, $8.99) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). MAC Bred for Beauty (LE) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Let's Be Friends (LE, $22.00) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). MAC Rhubarb (P, $22.00) is brighter, darker (90% similar). NARS Coeur Battant (LE, $30.00) is cooler, brighter, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Colorful Blush formula is supposed to be long-wearing, buildable, and have a lightweight texture. My experience with the formula–generally–has shown that they’re soft, lightly powdery at times (some are worse than others) with semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage that blends fairly well and lasts seven to eight hours. There is some variance between shades, but there are some gems in the range. Hey Jealousy had rich color payoff, which is great if that’s what you want in a blush, but it didn’t really build-up–it was the type of formula where you could change your technique/tools and use the tiniest amount to get less intense pigmentation in a best case scenario. The texture was soft, smooth, and fairly blendable on the skin; it took a little extra effort to really even it out but wasn’t difficult overall. This shade wore well for almost nine hours before fading.

Sephora Colorful Blush Hey Jealousy (17)
8.5
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total

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Sephora I’m Quite Tipsy Colorful Blush

Sephora I'm Quite Tipsy (08) Colorful Blush
Sephora I’m Quite Tipsy (08) Colorful Blush

Sephora I’m Quite Tipsy (08) Colorful Blush ($14.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “dark purple.” It’s a slightly muted, medium-dark magenta pink with cool, blue undertones and a mostly matte finish. NARS Angelika (P, $30.00) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Viseart Rose #3 (P) is brighter, darker (95% similar). Makeup Geek Rendezvous (P, $10.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). MAC Let's Be Friends (LE, $22.00) is brighter (90% similar). MAC Sweet Sentiment (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Starscape (LE, $30.00) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). MAC Bright Pink (P, $16.00) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Pie (DC, $8.00) is brighter, darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Homie (DC, $8.00) is cooler, brighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Coin Purse (LE, $8.00) is lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Mochi (DC, $8.00) is lighter (85% similar). LORAC Unashamed (LE) is cooler, brighter, lighter (85% similar). MAC This Could Be Fun (LE, $22.00) is cooler, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Colorful Blush formula is supposed to be long-wearing, buildable, and have a lightweight texture. My experience with the formula–generally–has shown that they’re soft, lightly powdery at times (some are worse than others) with semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage that blends fairly well and lasts seven to eight hours. There is some variance between shades, but there are some gems in the range. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque, buildable color payoff. The texture was a little thin and firmer in the pan than many other blushes in the range, which made it harder to blend on the skin when I tried using it (both for swatch photos as well as when I tested it for wear). The color stayed on well for eight hours.

Sephora Colorful Blush I'm Quite Tipsy (08)
8
Product
10
Pigmentation
7
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4
Application
83%
Total

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NARS Cheek Studio Blush Palette (Spring 2016)

NARS Cheek Studio Blush Palette
NARS Cheek Studio Blush Palette

NARS Cheek Studio Blush Palette ($65.00 for 1.01 oz.) includes a highlighting/contour duo, bronzer, and four blushes. Three of the blushes are exclusive to the palette with one blush being part of an exclusive offering for Sephora VIB Rouge members (as a single). Strangely, the Paloma duo, which is available in the permanent range (see my original review here), was very chalky and clumpy in the palette–it felt smooth and soft to the touch, but it looked dry and chalky on the skin. I wish NARS (and other brands guilty of it) wouldn’t include one-size-fits-all contouring products; matte highlighters are also difficult to make inclusive (without the shimmer, it is hard to salvage one that really doesn’t work for one’s skin tone).

Paloma Highlight is a pale beige with subtle, neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. It was sheer, chalky, powdery, and looked all those things on the skin. It’s harder to tell the wear on a shade like this on my skin tone, but based on how powdery the skin looked in the area I applied it, it seemed to wear about six hours. Guerlain Mythic (P, $59.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Jardin de Camelias (LE, $70.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Blush Pink (LE, $35.50) is darker (90% similar). YSL Rosy Contouring Highlight (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Highlight (Tarteist) (LE) is warmer, more shimmery (90% similar). Hourglass Ethereal Light (P, $45.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). YSL Golden Contouring Highlight (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Nico (P, $30.00) is darker, more shimmery (85% similar). NARS Highlight (P) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Paloma Contour is a muted, medium-dark brown with subtle, warm rosy tones and a matte finish. It had semi-sheer coverage with a firmer consistency that was hard to blend out or build-up in coverage. It wore for six and a half hours on me. NARS Gienah Highlight (P) is darker (95% similar). Viseart Sculpting #2 (P) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Sculpt (P, $16.50) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Harmony (P, $22.00) is cooler (95% similar). NARS Madly (P, $30.00) is warmer, more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Scone (LE, $25.00) is warmer (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Natura (P, $37.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). NYX Sculpt (P, $5.00) is cooler, darker (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Grisaille (P, $32.00) is cooler, darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Sombre (P) is cooler (80% similar). Burberry Earthy (P, $42.00) is cooler, more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Sculpt (P) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Chocolate Soleil (LE) is warmer, more shimmery (85% similar). Colour Pop Aphrodisiac (P, $8.00) is cooler, lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Too Faced Medium Cocoa (P) is better quality, lighter, more shimmery (80% similar). YSL Rosy Contouring Contour (P) is cooler, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Laguna is a medium, yellowed brown with warm undertones and a soft, frosted finish. This version was firmer, sheerer, and harder to blend on the skin than many others that I have tried. It is similar in color, but the performance is sub-par. It lasted for seven hours on me. Too Faced Spice (LE) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Nude on Board (LE, $30.00) is more muted (90% similar). Too Faced Chocolate Soleil (LE) is darker (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze (Original) (P) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). MAC Lush Light Bronze (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Lumiere d'Ete (LE, $70.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Park Ave. Princess #2 (LE) is cooler, less shimmery (90% similar). IT Cosmetics Warm Radiance (P, $34.00) is cooler, more pigmented, more shimmery (90% similar). Kat Von D Shadowplay (P) is cooler, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Aphrodite's Shell (LE, $33.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Warmth (LE) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Sun Dipped (LE, $30.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Matte Bronze (LE, $70.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Terra (P, $68.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Benefit Hoola (P, $28.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Toasted (P, $26.00) is darker (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Close-Up #2 (LE) is cooler (85% similar). Burberry Summer Glow (P, $48.00) is warmer, brighter (85% similar). Burberry London With Love (LE, $68.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Soft Sand (LE, $25.00) is darker, more shimmery (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Cheek Studio I is a light-medium, cool-toned pink with a dusting of gold shimmer over a mostly matte finish. It looks primarily like a matte blush on the skin as the shimmer is fine, and as it is buffed into the skin, the finish is less flat-looking. The texture was lightly powdery but blendable, and the color lasted for seven hours. Makeup Geek First Love (P, $9.99) is less shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Geek Promise Ring (P, $10.00) is darker (95% similar). Guerlain Carousel (LE, $74.00) is less pigmented (90% similar). NYX Pastel Chic (P, $6.50) is cooler, brighter, lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Clyde (Light) (P) is warmer, less shimmery (90% similar). Hourglass Ethereal Glow (P, $35.00) is warmer, less shimmery (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Cheek Studio II is a light-medium, peachy-brown with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture that wasn’t too firm or too loose in the pan. The color applied well and lasted for eight hours. Revlon Naughty Nude (006) (P, $9.99) is more shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain Petrouchka #8 (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Becca Fig/Opal (P, $27.00) is warmer, lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Golden Sun (280) (P, $45.00) is cooler, more muted (90% similar). MAC Peachtwist (P, $22.00) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Sexual Content (Left) (LE) is warmer, less pigmented, lighter (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Climax (P, $40.00) is warmer, brighter, darker (85% similar). Clinique Nude Pop (P, $21.00) is lighter (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Shameless (220) (P, $30.00) is lighter, less shimmery (85% similar). MAC Cheek Pollen (LE, $22.00) is darker, more shimmery (85% similar). Chanel Accent (84) (LE, $45.00) is darker (85% similar). Too Faced Papa Don't Peach (LE) is brighter, lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Cheek Studio III is a medium-dark, copper-brown with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a lightly dry texture that applied decently but needed some extra love to blend the color out evenly. This shade wore well for seven and a half hours. MAC Peachtwist (P, $22.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Golden Hour (LE) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Perfectly Lit (LE, $32.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). NYX Bronzed (P, $6.50) is less shimmery (90% similar). Laura Geller Golden Apricot (P, $28.00) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Non-Fiction (LE, $8.00) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). MAC Highlight the Truth (LE, $32.00) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Edward Bess Ciao (P, $45.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Cheek Pollen (LE, $22.00) is warmer, more muted, darker (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Climax (P, $40.00) is warmer, brighter, lighter (90% similar). NARS Liberation (Right) (LE) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Ablaze (P, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Na Pali Coast (P, $39.00) is warmer, less shimmery (90% similar). Laura Geller Pink Grapefruit (P, $28.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Bardot (LE, $8.00) is cooler, darker (85% similar). MAC Love Joy (P, $27.00) is darker, less shimmery (85% similar). NARS Fervor (Right) (P) is warmer, darker (85% similar). Anastasia Taffy (LE) is cooler, lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Becca Blushed Copper (P, $34.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). NARS Summer Dual Intensity Blush IV (LE) is cooler, darker (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Goulue is a medium-dark, berry rose with subtle, cooler undertones and warmer gold shimmer. It had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture that was easy to use. The color wore well for almost eight hours on me. This shade was released previously, and it is presently available as an individual shade for VIB Rouges at Sephora. NYX Apricot (P, $15.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Love Thing (P, $27.00) is cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Cheerio (P, $8.00) is brighter, darker (90% similar). Milani Red Vino (P, $8.49) is warmer (95% similar). IT Cosmetics Radiant in Rose (P, $24.00) is cooler, brighter, less shimmery (90% similar). KIKO 104 Pastel Pink (P, $12.00) is cooler, more shimmery (90% similar). Becca Nightingale (P, $32.00) is brighter, darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Pomegranate (P, $6.99) is cooler, more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Oasis (P, $30.00) is more muted, darker (85% similar). NARS Ferocious (LE, $30.00) is cooler, darker, more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Outlaw (P, $30.00) is more muted, lighter (85% similar). NARS Dolce Vita (P, $30.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Glow #5 (LE, $60.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). theBalm Pinstripe (P, $22.00) is cooler, lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Kat Von D Morticia (Shade) (P) is cooler, less shimmery (85% similar). Clinique Cola Pop (P, $21.00) is warmer, darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Neolita (P, $37.00) is cooler, darker (85% similar). MAC Gleeful (P, $27.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). Becca Dahlia (P, $34.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). MAC Fever (P, $22.00) is cooler, less shimmery (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NARS Cheek Studio Palette Spring 2016
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Laguna

Permanent
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B

Cheek Studio I

Limited Edition
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B+

Cheek Studio II

Limited Edition
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B-

Cheek Studio III

Limited Edition
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B+

Goulue

Permanent
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Sephora Oh My Gosh Colorful Blush

Sephora Oh My Gosh (10) Colorful Blush
Sephora Oh My Gosh (10) Colorful Blush

Sephora Oh My Gosh (10) Colorful Blush ($14.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “red.” It’s a bright, medium-dark orange with strong, warm red undertones and a matte finish. It’s more orange than it is red, though. Colour Pop Girl Power (LE, $5.00) is lighter (95% similar). Chanel Duo N. 02 (Bottom) (LE) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). NARS Exhibit A (P, $30.00) is darker (90% similar). Viseart Orange #3 (P) is cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Slowburn (P) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Tonic (P, $8.00) is lighter (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Brillante Idée (P, $32.00) is cooler (85% similar). Viseart Orange #2 (P) is warmer, more muted, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Colorful Blush formula is supposed to be long-wearing, buildable, and have a lightweight texture. My experience with the formula–generally–has shown that they’re soft, lightly powdery at times (some are worse than others) with semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage that blends fairly well and lasts seven to eight hours. There is some variance between shades, but there are some gems in the range. It was intensely pigmented; I wouldn’t describe as a buildable formula at all, because even the barest touch of the brush results is very strong coverage. The consistency is lightly dusty, not too thin or too dense, and blends fairly well but could be a little easier to diffuse and even out on the skin. The color stayed on for eight and a half hours before fading.

Sephora Colorful Blush Oh My Gosh (10)
8.5
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total

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