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Laura Geller Tropic Hues Baked Blush-n-Brighten

Laura Geller Tropic Hues Baked Blush-n-Brighten
Laura Geller Tropic Hues Baked Blush-n-Brighten

Laura Geller Tropic Hues Baked Blush-n-Brighten ($28.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a muted, medium pink-coral with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. NARS Isadora (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Laura Geller Roseberry (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). NYX Intuition (P, $6.50) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Laura Geller Pink Buttercream (P, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). Laura Geller Fruit Punch (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Ravish (Discontinued) (DC, $60.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Buddy (Shimmer) (LE, $23.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Summer Dual Intensity Blush II (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Loved Me the Best (P, $5.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC All Aflush (LE, ) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Milani Dolce Pink (P, $8.00) is warmer (90% similar). By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #2 (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Something About Berry (P, $30.00) is warmer (90% similar). Burberry Silk and Bloom (LE, $68.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Love Thing (P, $27.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Springsheen (P, $23.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). bareMinerals The Natural High (P, $22.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). NARS Blissful (P, $30.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Benefit CORALista (P, $29.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Benefit Bella Bamba (Palette) (P, $29.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Baked Blush-n-Brighten formula is supposed to be “smooth” and “long-wearing” with “a blend of rich, marbleized color.” It had good color payoff, though not fully opaque, with a fairly smooth, blendable texture–it ran a little dusty–that sat well on the skin without emphasizing pores or the skin’s natural texture. The finish had a soft, luminous sheen that didn’t look overly shimmery. The blush wore well for seven and a half hours on me.

Laura Geller Baked Blush-n-Brighten Tropic Hues
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total

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LORAC Cinematic Color Source Blush

LORAC Cinematic Color Source Buildable Blush
LORAC Cinematic Color Source Buildable Blush

LORAC Cinematic Color Source Buildable Blush ($22.00 for 0.017 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark rosy brown with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. Anastasia Blank (P, ) is warmer (95% similar). Makeup Geek Puppy Love (P, $10.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Ven Conmigo (LE, $23.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Exposed (P, $28.00) is cooler (85% similar). Tarte Seduce (P, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Unearthed (LE, $28.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). NYX Taupe (P, $5.00) is darker (90% similar). KIKO 105 Dark Rose (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, cooler (80% similar). KIKO 106 Beige Rose (P, $12.00) is warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Aphrodisiac (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). LORAC Ray (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Color Source Buildable Blush formula is supposed to offer–you guessed it–buildable color coverage with a “silky-smooth” consistency available in matte and satin finishes. The texture was thin without being dry or dusty, while the powder was soft and finely-milled in feel. When applied, the color diffused easily along the edges without sheering out too readily. It had medium, buildable coverage, which seemed like a good compromise to making it easier and more forgiving to use while still making it more versatile on more skin tones (though the desaturated quality of color means it is definitely not a universal shade but few, if any, truly are!). I think this might be a possible contouring shade on some skin tones. This shade wore well for seven and a half hours before fading visibly.

LORAC Color Source Buildable Blush Cinematic
Cinematic
Cinematic
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

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Kevyn Aucoin Capri The Neo-Bronzer

Kevyn Aucoin Capri The Neo-Bronzer
Kevyn Aucoin Capri The Neo-Bronzer

Kevyn Aucoin Capri The Neo-Bronzer ($58.00 for 0.74 oz.) contains a pink-peach highlighter, mid-tone rose pink blush, and reddish-brown bronzer that create a a muted, medium rosy mauve with warm undertones and a luminous finish when swirled together. Hourglass Mood Exposure (P, $35.00) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Baby Love (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tarte Exposed (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Daybreak (503) (P, $46.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). CoverGirl Medium Rose (P, $9.99) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Spell Bound (P, $10.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals Golden Gate (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Prim (LE, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Make Love Instead (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Cheeky Bugger (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Makeup Geek Heart Throb (P, $10.00) is darker (85% similar). Laura Geller Boysenberry (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, darker, brighter (85% similar). Makeup Geek Puppy Love (P, $10.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). Tarte Celebrated (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Estee Lauder Sensuous Rose (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

It’s designed to be used individually or altogether for “the perfect sun-kissed look.” The powder is described as “finely-milled” and the finish is “natural-looking.” It had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable consistency that wasn’t too firm or too soft in the pan, so it was easy to get color onto the brush while still being nearly effortless to diffuse and soften on the skin. The shimmer produced a smooth, luminous sheen that didn’t emphasize pores but wasn’t so subtle that it was hard to see. The only downside was that there was some excess product kicked up in the pan, which made it harder to use the shades individually as inevitably one shade’s powdery bits would wind up on another, so it is a product I think is better for someone who doesn’t require them to apply as three distinct shades. On me, the color wore well for eight hours before I noticed fading.

Kevyn Aucoin The Neo-Bronzer Capri
Capri
Capri
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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Kevyn Aucoin Siena The Neo-Bronzer

Kevyn Aucoin Siena The Neo-Bronzer
Kevyn Aucoin Siena The Neo-Bronzer

Kevyn Aucoin Siena The Neo-Bronzer ($58.00 for 0.74 oz.) consists of a gradient of light, peachy-beige; muted coral; and subdued brown with reddish undertones that swirls and creates a light-medium, peachy-coral with warm undertones and a luminous finish. Surratt Beauty Parfait (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker, brighter (90% similar). Revlon Racy Rose (008) (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Style (P, $23.00) is brighter (85% similar). NYX Rose Gold (P, $6.50) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Makeup Geek Romance (DC, $9.99) is more shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

It’s designed to be used individually or altogether for “the perfect sun-kissed look.” The powder is described as “finely-milled” and the finish is “natural-looking.” The powder was very soft, smooth, and blendable, while kicking up a bit of excess powder in the pan, but it didn’t look dusty or dry on the skin. It seemed denser and more refined compared to some of Kevyn Aucoin’s more matte blushes. The texture sat well on the skin and yielded a noticeable sheen but wasn’t overtly shimmery nor did it emphasize pores or my skin’s natural texture. It had good pigmentation that could easily be applied with a lighter hand for a more diffused, sheerer look, if desired. On me,
it wore well for eight hours before fading. It’s easier to use it two shades at a time, rather than one, but it is possible to use just one shade at a time with most highlighter brushes.

Kevyn Aucoin The Neo-Bronzer Siena
Siena
Siena
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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Laura Geller Sunswept Baked Blush-n-Brighten

Laura Geller Sunswept Baked Blush-n-Brighten
Laura Geller Sunswept Baked Blush-n-Brighten

Laura Geller Sunswept Baked Blush-n-Brighten ($28.00 for 0.16 oz.) is dark, bronzy brown with warm, red-orange undertones and a golden sheen. MAC Worldly Wealth (LE, $23.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Avalon (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Bronze (LE, $45.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Strip Bronzer (-, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). LORAC Unapologetic (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Sun Bunny #1 (P, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). NYX Beach Babe (P, $6.50) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). theBalm Betty-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Laura Geller Honeysuckle (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). NYX Glow (P, $6.50) is lighter (80% similar). NARS Craving (Right) (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Baked Blush-n-Brighten formula is supposed to be “smooth” and “long-wearing” with “a blend of rich, marbleized color.” It had mostly opaque coverage, which was easily built-up to true-to-pan color with another layer of product. The texture of this one was smooth but firmer in the pan than other shades, which made it less blendable than the other shades, though I wouldn’t say it was difficult to blend, just not as effortless as the other shades. It has a stronger finish and more obvious shimmer, and at more opaque coverage, it emphasized pores slightly. On me, it wore well for eight hours.

Laura Geller Baked Blush-n-Brighten Sunswept
Sunswept
Sunswept
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total

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Makeup Geek Love Letter Blush

Makeup Geek Love Letter Blush
Makeup Geek Love Letter Blush

Makeup Geek Love Letter Blush ($10.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark lavender purple with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. Estee Lauder Audacious Plum (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Clinique Pansy Pop (P, $21.00) is lighter (85% similar). Bite Beauty Nectar (P, $24.00) is cooler (80% similar). Colour Pop Rain (LE, $8.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The formula is supposed to be pigmented, long-wearing, and blendable (for more on how it compares to the previous formula, check out this post). This is one of the completley new shades, and it’s definitely not a color I’ve seen a lot in the past, which is always refreshing to see. The texture was soft, lightly dusty, blendable, and easy to use with mostly opaque color payoff that could be applied with a lighter hand for semi-sheer coverage. I found that it darkened and turned pinker applied to my skin, but I expect that cooler skin tones will see more of the purplish tint come through. The color wore well for eight hours before fading noticeably.

Makeup Geek Blush Love Letter
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

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