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Surratt Beauty Halo Artistique Blush

Surratt Beauty Halo Artistique Blush
Surratt Beauty Halo Artistique Blush

Surratt Beauty Halo Artistique Blush ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a bright, golden yellow with warm undertones and a frosted, sparkling sheen. Becca Champagne Gold (LE, $38.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Giorgio Armani No. 04 (P, $62.00) is less shimmery, less pigmented (90% similar). NARS Jubilation (Left) (P, ) is more shimmery, darker, more muted (85% similar). L'Oreal Golden (P, $12.99) is more shimmery, darker (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). Halo had good color payoff with a soft, silky-smooth consistency that blended out beautifully on the skin to produce a moderate glow. Against my warmer tones, it looked more like a yellowed orange than pure yellow. This particular shade had more noticeable sparkly bits on the skin than past shades I’ve tried, which didn’t emphasize pores or anything like that, but the finish may be “too much” depending on one’s preferences. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me.

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.

Surratt Beauty Artistique Blush Halo
Halo
Halo
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

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Becca Foxglove Shimmering Skin Perfector Luminous Blush

Becca Foxglove Shimmering Skin Perfector Blush
Becca Foxglove Shimmering Skin Perfector Blush

Becca Foxglove Shimmering Skin Perfector Blush ($34.00 for 0.20 oz.) is a medium-dark rosy pink with warm undertones and a frosted finish. MAC Sweets for My Sweet (P, $27.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Bicoastal (Bottom) (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Clinique Rosy Pop (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Clinique Heather Pop (P, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). Pretty Vulgar Mirror Mirror (P, $26.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Star Wonder (LE, $33.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Laura Geller Rosewater (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Embraced (LE, $28.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Black Opal Nectar (P, $8.95) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Physicians Formula Rose (P, $12.99) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Milani Bella Bellini (P, $8.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). NARS Undefeated (LE, $30.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

This formula is supposed to have “just the right balance of color and light” that can be worn alone or “as a blush topper.” It seemed like it is supposed to be somewhere between sheerer like a highlighter and more pigmented like a blush (hence why it can also be layered), which is the best I can surmise from their marketing (there’s a lot of use of subtle as well, which at least indicates, to me, that they’re not saying it’s ultra pigmented). I noticed that layering is best with a very, very light hand and a feathery brush or else the original blush can get overshadowed, as the formula runs semi-opaque. Much like the Shimmering Skin Perfectors, a little can go a long way. Foxglove had mostly opaque color payoff with a soft, slightly loose consistency that was very easily blended out, but it also had a tendency to sheer out, which made it more consistent with the marketing of the formula. The finish didn’t seem to emphasize my pores or the natural texture of my skin. On my normal-to-dry skin, it lasted for eight hours before fading noticeably.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Luminous Blush Foxglove
Foxglove
Foxglove
9
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

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MAC x Chris Chang Cream Colour Bases

MAC Sock-it Xiqu Cream Colour Base
MAC Sock-it Xiqu Cream Colour Base

MAC Sock-it Xiqu Cream Colour Base ($23.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “dirty lavender.” It’s a bright, light-medium lavender with cool undertones and a pearly sheen. It had sheer, buildable color payoff with a lightweight, emollient consistency that applied easily to skin and blended out well. I like to pat it on with fingertips and then use a synthetic brush to blend out. The color lasted for seven hours on me. MAC Full of Joy (P, $22.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Sex Fantasy (LE, $30.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Sephora Over the Moon (14) (DC, $14.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Makeup Geek Secret Admirer (P, $9.99) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Rich Coral Cream Colour Base ($23.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as an “orange.” It’s a medium orange with warm undertones and a natural sheen. It had sheer, buildable pigmentation that applied well and blended out easily. It worked well over liquid foundation as well as over bare skin. The naturally emollient consistency (which doesn’t dry down) gives the skin a soft glow. This shade wore well for seven and a half hours on me. This shade is also part of the permanent range. A note: CCBs typically come with advisory sheets as some shades are not recommend for eyes and/or lips, but mine were press samples and none had those sheets, so I am not sure if this is eye safe (a lot of pinks/reds are not). Colour Pop Get Leid (P, $8.00) is less glossy (90% similar). MAC Honey Jasmine (LE, $22.00) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar). Makeup Geek Summer Fling (P, $9.99) is less glossy (90% similar). Colour Pop Bonus (DC, $8.00) is less glossy (90% similar). Inglot #45 Face Blush (P, $10.00) is less glossy (90% similar). YSL Rebelle (7) (P, $47.00) is lighter, less glossy (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Peony Pavillion Cream Colour Base ($23.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “hot pink.” It’s a medium pink with subtle, cool undertones and very fine pearl. It is pretty much the color of what I think of when I hear “pink peonies.” It had semi-sheer, buildable coverage with a natural sheen. The consistency is thin, emollient, and almost “greasy” as it never dries down on the skin. It lasted for seven hours on cheeks. A note: CCBs typically come with advisory sheets as some shades are not recommend for eyes and/or lips, but mine were press samples and none had those sheets, so I am not sure if this is eye safe (a lot of pinks/reds are not). Maybelline Pink Fever (20) (P, $8.99) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Quickie (P, $26.00) is cooler, less glossy (90% similar). MAC Pink Swoon (P, $22.00) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar). Makeup Geek Rendezvous (P, $9.99) is less glossy (90% similar). Colour Pop Mochi (DC, $8.00) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar). KIKO 110 Bright Pink (P, $12.00) is lighter, warmer, less glossy (85% similar). Colour Pop Thumper (P, $8.00) is lighter, less glossy (85% similar). Makeup Geek Head Over Heels (P, $9.99) is lighter, less glossy (85% similar). Colour Pop Olive (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter, less glossy (85% similar). Milani Delizioso Pink (10) (P, $8.00) is lighter, brighter, less glossy (85% similar). MAC Sweet Sentiment (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Too Faced Justify My Love (P, $26.00) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #210 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Cream Colour Base Sock-it Xiqu
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total
MAC Cream Colour Base Rich Coral
Rich Coral
Rich Coral
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total
MAC Cream Colour Base Peony Pavillion
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

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Becca Blushed Copper Shimmering Skin Perfector Luminous Blush

Becca Blushed Copper Shimmering Skin Perfector Blush
Becca Blushed Copper Shimmering Skin Perfector Blush

Becca Blushed Copper Shimmering Skin Perfector Blush ($34.00 for 0.20 oz.) is a medium-dark copper-brown with warm undertones and a sparkling, frosted finish. Becca Blushed Copper (LE, $38.00) is more shimmery, darker, more pigmented (95% similar). Becca Papaya/Topaz (P, $27.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Magnetic Appeal (LE, $33.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Shaft of Gold (LE, $33.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). NARS Cheek Studio III (LE, $30.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Perfectly Lit (LE, $33.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). NARS Fervor (Right) (P, ) is darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Cheeky Bronze (P, $33.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

This formula is supposed to have “just the right balance of color and light” that can be worn alone or “as a blush topper.” It seemed like it is supposed to be somewhere between sheerer like a highlighter and more pigmented like a blush (hence why it can also be layered), which is the best I can surmise from their marketing (there’s a lot of use of subtle as well, which at least indicates, to me, that they’re not saying it’s ultra pigmented). I noticed that layering is best with a very, very light hand and a feathery brush or else the original blush can get overshadowed, as the formula runs semi-opaque. Much like the Shimmering Skin Perfectors, a little can go a long way. Blushed Copper was released before as part of their regular highlighter range and again in the Champagne Glow palette. The color is exactly the same here, but it seemed slightly less pigmented and perhaps, a little less metallic. The blush version had good color payoff with a soft, lightly dry but blendable texture that emphasized pores just slightly on me. It lasted for eight and a half hours on me.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Luminous Blush Blushed Copper
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total

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Becca Dahlia Shimmering Skin Perfector Luminous Blush

Becca Dahlia Shimmering Skin Perfector Blush
Becca Dahlia Shimmering Skin Perfector Blush

Becca Dahlia Shimmering Skin Perfector Blush ($34.00 for 0.20 oz.) is a medium-dark, reddish plum with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. Tom Ford Beauty Pink Glow #5 (LE, $60.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Soulshine #3 (LE, $30.00) is brighter (85% similar). MAC Love Thing (P, $27.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Pomegranate (P, $6.99) is brighter (85% similar). NARS Goulue (P, $30.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Gleeful (P, $27.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Hidden Treasure (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, brighter, warmer (80% similar). NARS Taos (P, $30.00) is brighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

This formula is supposed to have “just the right balance of color and light” that can be worn alone or “as a blush topper.” It seemed like it is supposed to be somewhere between sheerer like a highlighter and more pigmented like a blush (hence why it can also be layered), which is the best I can surmise from their marketing (there’s a lot of use of subtle as well, which at least indicates, to me, that they’re not saying it’s ultra pigmented). I noticed that layering is best with a very, very light hand and a feathery brush or else the original blush can get overshadowed, as the formula runs semi-opaque. Much like the Shimmering Skin Perfectors, a little can go a long way. Dahlia was richly pigmented, where a little went a long way, and it would be incredibly hard to layer this over another product without it overwhelming whatever was under it. The texture was soft in the pan, but there was a dryness present that seemed to make it harder to blend out on the skin for me. Luckily, the finish didn’t emphasize pores that I could tell. All in all, the blush lasted for nine hours before breaking down.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Luminous Blush Dahlia
Dahlia
Dahlia
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total

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Tom Ford Bicoastal Sheer Cheek Duo

Tom Ford Bicoastal Sheer Cheek Duo
Tom Ford Bicoastal Sheer Cheek Duo

Tom Ford Bicoastal Sheer Cheek Duo ($78.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a new, limited edition blush duo for summer that uses a wet/dry formula. According to the brand, the blush “can be applied wet for a soft veil of color” or “dry for a sweeping pop of vibrancy.” Both shades were fairly pigmented applied dry, but both intensified and were much more opaque when applied damp. They were less blendable when applied with a damp brush (the darker shade was less forgiving). The wear dry was eight to eight and a half hours, and the wear damp was eight and a half hours (for both shades). Forgetting that it’s supposed to be sheer when applied damp, it’s a nice blush duo, and I think that for those who don’t want to bother with damp application, the dry application is actually where the blushes shine best.

Bicoastal (Top) is a light-medium pink with a hint of warm, peach and a frosted sheen. Applied dry, it was mostly opaque with a very frosted sheen that was just shy of emphasizing pores. Applied damp, it was fully opaque (not a “soft veil of color”) with a smoother sheen–it was actually less noticeably shimmery/luminous when applied damp. On me, it wore well for eight hours dry, eight and a half hours damp. The texture was soft, lightly firm in the pan but not stiff, and blendable overall, but it was easiest to blend out when used dry. Coloured Raine Cutie Pie (P, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Adoration (Left) (P, ) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Blonde (LE, $33.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Milani Berry Rays #1 (P, ) is less pigmented, cooler (90% similar). Milani Pink Play #1 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Beaming Blush (P, $33.00) is cooler (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Cool (Winter 2016) Highlighter (LE, $60.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Makeup Revolution Make Love Instead (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). Giorgio Armani Eccentrico (LE, $88.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Paradise Lust (Top) (LE, ) is warmer (80% similar). NARS Fervor (Left) (P, ) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). Tarte Prim (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). MAC Rio (LE, $33.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Bicoastal (Bottom) is a medium-dark, raspberry pink with subtle, warm undertones and a soft, pearly sheen. Applied dry, it had good pigmentation (but it appeared faded in overall appearance compared to damp application) with a soft, smooth consistency that was easily blended on the skin and wore for eight and a half hours. Applied damp, it was less shimmery and appeared warmer in tone, while the color lasted for nine and a half hours; it wasn’t as blendable when applied with a damp brush (I would use fingers to blend out). Chanel Rose Tourbillon (67) (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Becca Foxglove (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Red Water Lily (LE, $40.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Rosewood (350) (P, $45.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Black Opal Nectar (P, $8.95) is warmer (90% similar). Clinique Rosy Pop (P, $21.00) is warmer (90% similar). theBalm Houndstooth (P, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Night Fever & Hot Stuff (508) (P, $42.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Thames (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Clinique Heather Pop (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Love is the Drug (P, $40.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Weekend Getaway (P, $22.00) is less shimmery, cooler, glossier (90% similar). Too Faced Your Love is King (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Flush (P, $60.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Stila Pink Rose Blush (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Milani Bella Bellini (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Sephora Love Sick (22) (P, $14.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). NARS Adoration (Right) (P, ) is brighter (90% similar). Becca Hibiscus Bloom (LE, $34.00) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). Benefit Bella Bamba (DC, $29.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tom Ford Beauty Sheer Cheek Duo Bicoastal
Bicoastal
Bicoastal
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total
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