Surratt Beauty Flamme Artistique Blush
Surratt Beauty Flamme Artistique Blush ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a bright, medium-dark orange with warm, red undertones and a gold, frosted shimmer. NARS Taj Mahal (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker, brighter (90% similar). MAC Perfectly Poised (Outer) (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, lighter, more muted (90% similar). bareMinerals The Many Splendors #3 (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Medium/Dark Glow (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Becca Tigerlily (P, $34.00) is cooler (85% similar). MAC Shape the Future (LE, $33.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Bright Response (P, $16.00) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.
The Artistique Blush formula is supposed to have a “naturally glowing finish.” The formula is consistent: the blushes have a very soft, almost cream-like powder texture that blends out effortlessly to a luminous sheen with semi-opaque to opaque coverage (that is easily applied more sheerly or layered for true-to-pan color) and good wear (eight to nine hours). Flamme was the most intense shade of the new six hues released this year. It had good color payoff with a cream-like, silky-smooth consistency that blended out easily and made it one of the more forgiving deep orange shades I’ve tried. This shade wore well for almost nine hours before fading slightly.
A note on packaging: Surratt’s range comes in lightweight plastic pans, which aren’t ideal for long-term use (particularly if traveling or putting in a makeup bag), as his products are designed to be put into custom palette solutions. Personally, I put magnets on the back of each and keep them in freestyle palettes (like a Z-Palette) as it is more economical.