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NYX Deep Plum HD Blush

NYX Deep Plum HD Blush
NYX Deep Plum HD Blush

NYX Deep Plum HD Blush ($6.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark rosy copper with warm undertones and a satin finish. NARS Lovejoy (P, $30.00) is cooler, darker (90% similar). NYX Bronzed (P, $6.50) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). MAC Scene to Be Seen (Inner) (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals The Indecent Proposal (P, $22.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Make You Mine (P, $23.50) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). NARS Fervor (Right) (P) is warmer (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Contour (Softcore) (LE, $55.00) is cooler, brighter, lighter (85% similar). Tarte Unearthed (LE, $28.00) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Stylish Me (LE, $22.00) is warmer (85% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Marsala (LE) is warmer, brighter (85% similar). Lancome Rosegold Lights (P, $30.00) is cooler, more muted, lighter (80% similar). Clinique Fig Pop (P, $21.00) is warmer, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

It’s an interesting shade, as it takes on a more plum-like colorinmg when applied heavily, but as it is blended and sheered out, the warmer, coppery tones come through. The finish also becomes more luminous the more the powder is buffed into the skin, but it is never too much so it doesn’t emphasize pores or the skin’s natural texture. It was nicely pigmented with a lightly dusty consistency, but it was very soft and easily blended on the skin. This shade wore well for eight hours on me before fading.

FORMULA SUMMARY | NYX’s newest blush formula is supposed to be a “high definition, lightweight blush that blends evenly” that is “vibrant and silky.” The texture tended to be on the more powdery side, but it sits well and doesn’t look powdery applied. Many shades have a more luminous finish to them where the shimmer is fine enough to create a glow, rather than a frosted finish (though a couple are quite shimmery). The formula blends fairly easily on the skin and has medium, buildable coverage with some being very pigmented right off the bat. The wear time is between seven and eight hours.

NYX HD Blush Deep Plum
Deep Plum
Deep Plum
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

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NYX Electro HD Blush

NYX Electro HD Blush
NYX Electro HD Blush

NYX Electro HD Blush ($6.00 for 0.16 oz.) is bright, medium-dark fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a satin finish. Colour Pop Pegacorn (DC, $8.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). NARS Desire (P, $30.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Vivid (P, $22.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Pie (DC, $8.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Florida (LE, $21.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop More, Please (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Savage (P) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Sephora I'm Shocked (09) (P, $14.00) is darker (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Se Pomponner (P, $32.00) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

It’s so nice when you find a budget-friendly product that really performs well! That is the case with Electro. It was richly pigmented paired with a soft, smooth consistency that was easily blended out along the edges for a diffused application. If you prefer subtler blush, I’d recommend using a fan brush or duo-fiber brush, which will allow you to apply less product, and a lighter hand, as a little does go a long way. On me, the blush wore well for eight hours before fading along the edges.

FORMULA SUMMARY | NYX’s newest blush formula is supposed to be a “high definition, lightweight blush that blends evenly” that is “vibrant and silky.” The texture tended to be on the more powdery side, but it sits well and doesn’t look powdery applied. Many shades have a more luminous finish to them where the shimmer is fine enough to create a glow, rather than a frosted finish (though a couple are quite shimmery). The formula blends fairly easily on the skin and has medium, buildable coverage with some being very pigmented right off the bat. The wear time is between seven and eight hours.

NYX HD Blush Electro
Electro
Electro
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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NYX Summer HD Blush

NYX Summer HD Blush
NYX Summer HD Blush

NYX Summer HD Blush ($6.00 for 0.16 oz.) is medium, pink-coral with warm undertones and gold pearl. MAC Petal Power (P, $27.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Warm (Winter 2016) Blush (LE, $55.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Physicians Formula Warm (P, $11.99) is less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Fox (P, $8.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte Glisten (P, $28.00) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Laura Geller Papaya (P, $26.00) is brighter, darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Fleur de Lotus (LE, $45.00) is cooler (90% similar). Chanel Coco Code (LE, $70.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Deep Throat (P, $30.00) is darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Chanel Sunkiss Ribbon (LE, $70.00) is more muted, lighter (85% similar). Chanel Malice (71) (P, $45.00) is darker, less shimmery (85% similar). MAC Fleet Fast (LE, $22.00) is darker (85% similar). Milani Dolce Pink (P, $8.49) is cooler, lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). MAC Sweet Vision (LE, $28.00) is cooler, more shimmery (85% similar). NARS Soulshine (Together) (LE, $30.00) is darker (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Lines & Last Night (502) (P, $42.00) is lighter, less shimmery (85% similar). NARS Orgasm (P, $30.00) is cooler, darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Becca Snapdragon (P, $34.00) is cooler, darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Love Lust (P, $55.00) is warmer, darker, more shimmery (85% similar). NARS Panic (Right) (P) is darker, more shimmery (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

This was one of the more shimmery shades in the HD Blush round-up that I’ve tried so far. It’s definitely not frosted, though, and it has a very luminous sheen on the skin as the shimmer is fine. The blush was richly pigmented with a soft, silky texture that applied well to the skin and blended out with ease. It was just a smidgen powdery, but it was so much better than a lot of the other shades in the range! When I tested it, the color stayed on well for eight hours before fading.

FORMULA SUMMARY | NYX’s newest blush formula is supposed to be a “high definition, lightweight blush that blends evenly” that is “vibrant and silky.” The texture tended to be on the more powdery side, but it sits well and doesn’t look powdery applied. Many shades have a more luminous finish to them where the shimmer is fine enough to create a glow, rather than a frosted finish (though a couple are quite shimmery). The formula blends fairly easily on the skin and has medium, buildable coverage with some being very pigmented right off the bat. The wear time is between seven and eight hours.

NYX HD Blush Summer
Summer
Summer
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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NYX Crimson HD Blush

NYX Crimson HD Blush
NYX Crimson HD Blush

NYX Crimson HD Blush ($6.00 for 0.16 oz.) is bright, medium red with warm, orange undertones and a satin shimmer. MAC News Flash! (P, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Oh My! (LE, $22.00) is cooler (90% similar). Estee Lauder Poppy Passion (P, $34.00) is more muted (90% similar). Chanel Rouge Profond (320) (P, $45.00) is cooler, more muted (90% similar). MAC Frankly Scarlet (P, $22.00) is cooler (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Fira (P, $37.00) is brighter, lighter, less shimmery (85% similar). Urban Decay Slowburn (P) is brighter, lighter, less shimmery (85% similar). MAC Adobe Brick (LE, $22.00) is warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Erotic (P, $5.00) is darker, more shimmery (85% similar). NARS Exhibit A (P, $30.00) is warmer, lighter, less shimmery (85% similar). MAC Burnt Pepper (P, $22.00) is more muted, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

It had good pigmentation, and finally, a shade that wasn’t terribly powdery. The consistency was still soft, smooth, and fairly blendable (but it takes some patience and a light touch to get even application). Crimson is quite pigmented with a soft shimmer to it that becomes more pronounced as you buff it into the skin. It wore well for eight hours on me.

FORMULA SUMMARY | NYX’s newest blush formula is supposed to be a “high definition, lightweight blush that blends evenly” that is “vibrant and silky.” The texture tended to be on the more powdery side, but it sits well and doesn’t look powdery applied. Many shades have a more luminous finish to them where the shimmer is fine enough to create a glow, rather than a frosted finish (though a couple are quite shimmery). The formula blends fairly easily on the skin and has medium, buildable coverage with some being very pigmented right off the bat. The wear time is between seven and eight hours.

NYX HD Blush Crimson
Crimson
Crimson
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total

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Stila A Whole Lot of Love Gift Set

Stila A Whole Lot of Love Gift Set
Stila A Whole Lot of Love Gift Set

Stila A Whole Lot of Love Gift Set ($59.00 for 1.44 oz.) includes four blushes and 20 eyeshadows. It’s a palette with hits and misses, but a lot of the eyeshadows ran on the dusty or powdery side, even if they felt soft or smooth in their respective pans.

Light Pink is a light-medium pink with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff, which was a little dusty, but it blended out decently and lasted for six hours. Bobbi Brown Nude Pink (P, $26.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Viseart Rose #1 (P) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). NARS Mistinguette (LE, $30.00) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Pixie Pink (P, $6.99) is brighter, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay X-Rated (P, $26.00) is warmer (90% similar). NYX Flamingo (P, $5.00) is brighter, darker (90% similar). NARS Power Play (LE, $30.00) is darker (90% similar). Dior Floral Pink (844) (LE, $44.00) is warmer (85% similar). Zoeva Gentle Touch (P, $11.80) is warmer (85% similar). Kat Von D Clyde (Light) (P) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Dusty Rose is a medium, rosy pink with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation with a thinner texture that wasn’t dusty or too firm, but it takes a little extra work to blend it out. The color wore well for seven hours on me. Tarte Accentuate (Tarteist) (LE) is more muted, lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Overexposed (LE) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Love (LE, $30.00) is darker (95% similar). NYX Mauve (P, $5.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Icon (LE, $28.00) is brighter (90% similar). LORAC Underrated (LE) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte Love (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Unwritten (LE, $30.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Does This Thing Really Work? (LE, $28.00) is darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Cruel Intentions (LE, $8.00) is darker (85% similar). NARS Impassioned (P, $30.00) is cooler, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Peach Shimmer is a light-medium, peachy-coral with golden, frosted shimmer. It had good color coverage with a soft, blendable texture that felt a little sparkly to the touch. This one can emphasize pores if you apply it more heavily. On me, the color started to fade after seven and a half hours. Too Faced Who's Your Poppy (LE) is cooler (95% similar). By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #2 (LE) is cooler (95% similar). Makeup Geek Romance (P, $10.00) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Sweet Peach Blush (P) is warmer, less shimmery (85% similar). NARS Vu (LE) is warmer, less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Orgasm (P, $30.00) is cooler, darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Romance (P, $9.99) is warmer (90% similar). Milani Corallina (P, $8.49) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Lust (LE, $32.00) is darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Revlon Racy Rose (008) (P, $9.99) is darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Estee Lauder Wild Sunset (P, $34.00) is more muted, darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Becca Lychee/Opal (P, $27.00) is warmer, more shimmery (85% similar). KIKO 103 Golden Peach (P, $12.00) is cooler, less shimmery (85% similar). MAC Sweet Vision (LE, $28.00) is cooler (85% similar). NYX Menage a Trois (P, $15.00) is darker (85% similar). LORAC Dance 'Til Dawn Blush #1 (LE) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Berry Shimmer is a soft, medium-dark reddish berry with warm, copper undertones and a frosted sheen. It had good color payoff with a soft, smooth, and blendable consistency that was easy to apply and wear on the skin. This shade wore well for eight hours. Sleek MakeUP Pomegranate (P, $6.99) is less shimmery (90% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Bridal Rose (LE) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). NARS Summer Dual Intensity Blush II (LE) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). MAC All Aflush (LE) is cooler, less shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Loved Me the Best (P, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Sexual Content (Right) (LE) is warmer, more muted, lighter (85% similar). Clinique Black Honey Pop (P, $21.00) is darker, less shimmery (85% similar). MAC Buddy (Shimmer) (LE, $22.00) is more muted, lighter (85% similar). NARS G-Spot (P, $39.00) is darker, less shimmery (85% similar). NARS Isadora (LE, $30.00) is warmer, lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Ravish (P, $55.00) is warmer, more muted (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

White Sparkle is a light, yellowed beige with a pearly sheen and micro-sparkle. It had so-so pigmentation and was a little firm in the pan. The color faded after seven hours. Chanel Tisse Ombre de Lune #1 (P) is darker (95% similar). Tarina Tarantino Fantastical #3 (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Poesie #2 (LE) is darker (95% similar). NARS Andromeda (P, $29.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Satin Ochre (Left) (LE) is darker (95% similar). Make Up For Ever I414 Yellow Ivory (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Buxom Satin Seduction (P, $12.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). theBalm High Tide (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). LORAC Vanilla (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Kat Von D Thunderstruck (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Naked Truth #1 (P, $2.29) is darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Pale Peach is a muted, light peach with hints of beige and a matte finish. It was powdery to work with, which resulted in it sheering out considerably when applied to the skin. The color had noticeable fading after six hours. bareMinerals Pacific Sands (LE) is brighter (95% similar). Hourglass Atmosphere #1 (P) is lighter (95% similar). Inglot #330 (P, $6.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Buxom Mix & Mingle (P, $12.00) is lighter (95% similar). Hourglass Monochrome #1 (P) is lighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Damned (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Summer Breeze (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Bleach (LE, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). Sephora Whitewashed (P, $10.00) is warmer (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Dreamer #1 (P) is lighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Entomology (P) is warmer (95% similar). IT Cosmetics Hope (P) is brighter (95% similar). Too Faced Rock Candy (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). LORAC Porcelain (LE, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Dream On (LE, $16.00) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Cocoa Mirage #1 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Smashbox Vanilla (P) is lighter (90% similar). LORAC Pink Nude (P, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Free Spirit (LE) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Undressed (P, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Nude Shimmer is a light-medium, peachy beige with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had good pigmentation with a very soft consistency. The eyeshadow adhered well to bare skin and blended out easily. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me. Viseart Cashmere #4 (P) is cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Champagne Rose (LE, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Satin Sheets (P, $16.00) is more muted (90% similar). MAC Starry Eyed (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). LORAC Peony (LE, $19.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Exquisite Ego #1 (LE, $21.00) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Lancome Rose Satin (LE, $26.00) is cooler (90% similar). Inglot #393 (P, $6.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Natasha Denona Galaxia (112K) (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Natasha Denona Golden Beige (52M) (P, $29.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Flow (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Uptown Girl #1 (P) is darker (90% similar). Guerlain Les Cendres #4 (LE) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Fizz the Season (LE) is darker (85% similar). Natasha Denona Piggy (80M) (P, $29.00) is cooler (85% similar). Tarina Tarantino Delightful #4 (P) is darker, less shimmery (85% similar). MAC Ice (LE, $21.00) is cooler, darker, more shimmery (85% similar). MAC Fabulous Three #2 (LE) is darker, more shimmery (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #2 (P) is darker (85% similar). Ciate Dainty (LE) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Metallic Peach is a light-medium, golden coral with warm, peachy-gold shimmer. It had mostly opaque color payoff with a soft, smooth texture in the pan. It applied fairly well and lasted for seven and a half hours. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Lover #2 (LE) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Pound Cake (LE, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). Cle de Peau Baby Universe #2 (P) is darker (95% similar). Laura Mercier Pink Haze (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay X (P, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Zoeva Handmade (P) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Fleur (LE, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). Natasha Denona Light Coral (87M) (P, $29.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Scene (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte #SFS (LE) is darker (80% similar). Too Faced Bellini (P, $16.00) is warmer, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Rose Gold is an intense, medium-dark copper with warm undertones and a sparkling, frosted finish. It was richly pigmented with a really soft, buttery consistency that was easy to apply and use. Definitely a standout shade in the palette (of course, getting a copper eyeshadow right is seemingly effortless for most brands). It wore well for eight hours. The Estee Edit Swerve (LE) is cooler (95% similar). LORAC Gold (DC, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Kat Von D Harpsichord (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Lucky (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Butterscotch (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Milani Bella Copper (23) (P, $4.49) is brighter, lighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Dog Roses (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). bareMinerals Bragging Rights (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #3 (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Coloured Raine Your Majesty (LE, $6.99) is brighter (95% similar). Sugarpill Penelope (P, $13.00) is darker, more shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop KathleenLights (LE, $5.00) is lighter, less shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Cider (LE, $19.00) is lighter, more shimmery (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 13 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Ardency Inn Copper (P, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). Stila Cinnamon (LE, $18.00) is cooler, darker (90% similar). Le Metier de Beaute Carnelian Opal (LE, $30.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). City Color Cheers to Life (P, $6.99) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia Wine (P, $12.00) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Unleashed (P, $19.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Rose Pewter is a light-medium, silvery taupe with warm undertones and larger silver sparkle. The base color is soft and smooth, but the sparkle is chunkier, while the eyeshadow breaks down a bit as it is so soft. I wanted to love this one, but it was messy to use and had fall out over the seven hours it wore. Make Up For Ever D552 Crystalline Gray Beige (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Lancome Joie (P, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Giorgio Armani #1 Spring 2012 #4 (LE) is darker (95% similar). MAC A Different Vibe (LE, $16.00) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop I Heart This (P, $5.00) is darker (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Silver Mirage (18) (LE, $39.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Smashbox Platinum (P) is darker (90% similar). Hourglass Graphite #5 (P) is less shimmery (90% similar). Stila Warm Silver (LE, $18.00) is cooler (85% similar). Kat Von D Telepathy (P) is darker (85% similar). Anastasia Beigely (LE, $12.00) is darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Urban Decay Vape (P, $20.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Seaweed is a muted, medium-dark olive green with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had good pigmentation, but the texture was firmer and thinner in the pan, which made it harder to blend out on the skin. On me, the color was faded after seven and a half hours of wear. Guerlain Khaki Mono (07) (P, $34.00) is warmer, lighter (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Last Dance #4 (P) is brighter, darker (90% similar). MAC Mysterious Influence (LE, $22.00) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Tisse Fantaisie #3 (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Hourglass Color Field #5 (P) is warmer (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Veruschka (P, $32.00) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Raw Jade (Right) (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Dior Jardin #3 (P) is darker (90% similar). MAC Unsurpassable (LE, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Never Too Late (LE, $25.00) is lighter (90% similar). YSL Avant Garde #1 (P) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Green Clean #3 (LE) is warmer (85% similar). Make Up For Ever D308 Aquatic Khaki (P, $21.00) is darker (85% similar). YSL Indie Jasper #4 (LE) is darker (85% similar). Guerlain Les Precieux #1 (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever D326 Black Bronze (P, $21.00) is brighter, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Metallic Taupe is a medium, peachy brown with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had fantastic color payoff with a really smooth, silky consistency that wasn’t too firm or too soft. The color applied well and wore for eight hours on me. theBalm Stand-offish (P, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #4 (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarina Tarantino Agate (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Viseart Gitte (P) is lighter (95% similar). Dior Ambre Nuit #2 (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Giorgio Armani Rose Ashes (11) (P, $39.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Buxom Style Icon (P, $12.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Stila Thought (P) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Sienna (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Spiked Cider (LE) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Ciate Happy (LE) is cooler, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Warm Honey is a soft, medium brown with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a lightly powdery texture that was blendable, at least. The color lasted for seven hours. MAC Cork (P, $16.00)(100% similar). Too Faced Mousse (P, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Smashbox Publisher (P) is darker (95% similar). LORAC Undeniable (P, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Dimmer (LE) is cooler (95% similar). Anastasia Fawn (P, $12.00) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Fifi (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Downfall (LE, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). Natasha Denona Suede (58V) (P, $29.00) is cooler, more shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Entrelacs #2 (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Anaheim (LE, $19.00) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Zone (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Stila Warm Taupe (LE, $18.00) is darker (90% similar). Sephora Flirt in a Skirt (LE) is cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Chessboard (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Maya Bay (LE, $25.00) is cooler (90% similar). Laura Mercier Dune (LE, $23.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Wanderer (LE) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte Smarty Pants (P) is lighter (85% similar). Becca Ombre Nudes #2 (P) is lighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Warm Taupe is a medium-dark brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It seems a little too warm to be a taupe to me, but I can see a hint of gray in it. It had decent pigmentation with a slightly firmer texture in the pan, but surprisingly, it didn’t apply unevenly or turn patchy on the lid. This shade showed signs of fading after seven hours. MAC Sandstone (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Jetsetter (P) is cooler (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Coco (LE) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Fix (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Wanderer (LE) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Charcoal Brown (P, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Fifi (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Tan-gled Up in You (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Laura Mercier Dune (LE, $23.00) is lighter (90% similar). Stila Warm Honey (LE, $18.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Anaheim (LE, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Natasha Denona Suede (58V) (P, $29.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Maya Bay (LE, $25.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Zone (LE, $19.00) is warmer, brighter, lighter (85% similar). Stila Cool Taupe (LE, $18.00) is cooler (85% similar). Chanel Entrelacs #2 (LE) is lighter (85% similar). Laura Mercier Café au Lait (P, $23.00) is warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Mousse (P, $16.00) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). LORAC Undeniable (P, $19.00) is lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Downfall (LE, $19.00) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Cool Taupe is a medium-dark taupe brown with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque pigmentation, as it was prone to sheering out and had a thinner texture that made it under-pigmented. It wore well for seven hours on me. NARS Shade II (2015) (LE, $25.00) is cooler (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M558 Dark Taupe (P, $21.00) is darker (95% similar). Sephora Cashmere Coat (P, $10.00) is cooler (90% similar). Dior Mirage (761) (P, $30.00) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Stone Unturned (LE) is cooler (90% similar). Viseart Tabac (P) is darker (90% similar). Laura Mercier Stone Taupe (LE, $23.00) is darker (90% similar). Viseart Dark Matte #2 (P) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Slate (P, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). Smashbox Soft Brown (P) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Cashmere Bunny (P, $16.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Cool Complement (P, $16.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). Stila Warm Taupe (LE, $18.00) is warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Dare (LE, $19.00) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). MAC Omega (P, $16.00) is cooler, darker (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Lover #7 (LE) is warmer, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Chocolate is a deep brown with subtle, warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a slightly firmer texture that seemed to make it harder to blend out, as it wanted to stay wherever it was initially applied. This shade started to fade after seven and a half hours of wear. Tarte Activist (P) is lighter (95% similar). LORAC Espresso (Mega Pro) (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Charcoal Sketch (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Dark Drive (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Lava Cake (LE, $16.00) is warmer, less pigmented, more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Earthy Scent (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Laura Mercier Chocolate Espresso (LE, $23.00) is lighter (95% similar). LORAC Espresso (P, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Vox (LE) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Dash of Mocha (LE, $16.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Belle Femme (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Rose is a light-medium pink with neutral-to-cool undertones and a matte finish. It had decent color payoff with a lightly dusty texture that blended well and didn’t lose too much of its opacity when applied and blended out. The color lasted for seven and a half hours on me. Chanel Palpitation (104) (LE, $29.50) is darker (95% similar). Inglot #359 (P, $6.00) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Rose de Mai (P, $29.50)(90% similar). bareMinerals Beautiful (LE) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). IT Cosmetics Desire (P) is cooler, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Deep Plum is a dark burgundy with warm undertones and fine multi-colored shimmer. The texture was quite powdery and dry, so the eyeshadow had a loose quality to it that made it look dry even applied to the skin. It showed signs of fading after seven hours. Chanel Signe Particulier #3 (LE) is darker, more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Fingerpaint Art (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Stereo (LE, $5.00) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel Rouge Noir (857) (P, $32.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Round Midnight (LE, $20.00) is cooler (90% similar). Anastasia Metallic Plum (LE, $12.00) is more muted, more shimmery (90% similar). Kat Von D Wonderland (DC) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). Sephora Shana (LE) is cooler, lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Lapis is a medium blue with cool undertones and a soft, frosted shimmer. It had so-so pigmentation, and it looked lighter applied than it did in the pan. I found the consistency to be thin but smooth. It wore well for seven and a half hours. Milani Bella Cobalt (25) (P, $4.49) is warmer (95% similar). Smashbox Nile (LE) is more muted (95% similar). Sephora Stormer (LE) is darker, less shimmery (95% similar). Sugarpill Holy Ghost (P, $13.00) is warmer (95% similar). Chanel Ocean Light (122) (LE, $32.00) is cooler, more shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Blue Quartz (LE, $19.00) is brighter, darker (90% similar). Viseart Boheme Dream #12 (LE) is lighter (90% similar). City Color It's a Boy (P, $6.99) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Wishful Thinking (LE, $24.00) is brighter (90% similar). Estee Lauder Fired Sapphire (LE) is brighter, darker, more shimmery (85% similar). Urban Decay Radium (P, $19.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Weirdly Wonderful (LE, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). Coloured Raine Blue Magic (P, $6.99) is cooler, darker, more shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Denim is a dark navy blue with a frosted shimmer. It had semi-sheer coverage, while the texture was quite firm and hard to blend out. The color lasted for seven hours. Chanel Tisse Jazz #3 (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Moonshadow (P, $19.00) is more pigmented, darker (95% similar). theBalm Pipeline (LE, $16.00) is darker, more shimmery (95% similar). bareMinerals Nightfall (LE) is darker (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Parisienne #2 (LE) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Navy #6 (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Buxom Backstage Pass (P, $12.00) is lighter (90% similar). Sephora Aja (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Viseart Sapphire (P) is warmer, more muted (90% similar). bareMinerals Climax (P) is darker (90% similar). Viseart Bijoux Royal #8 (LE) is better quality, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Cobalt (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Nautica (P, $6.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Kat Von D Entombed (P) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay 501 (LE, $19.00) is brighter, lighter (85% similar). Natasha Denona Metallic Steel Blue (11M) (P, $29.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Heavy, Black and Pendulous (LE, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Frosted Lavender is a light-medium, pinky lavender with subtle, cool undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a lightly soft consistency that applied fairly evenly. This shade wore well for seven and a half hours. BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #2 (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Tisse Beverly Hills #1 (P) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). Inglot #440 (P, $6.00) is brighter, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Triple Impact (LE, $20.00) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Pallor (LE, $19.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). MAC Fresh Ice (LE, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). Dior Rosee (141) (LE, $31.00) is warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I916 Frosted Mauve (P, $21.00) is brighter, lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Kat Von D Astrological (LE) is cooler, brighter, darker (85% similar). Buxom Silver Screen (P, $12.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Eggplant is a muted, deep purple with subtle, neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. It was powdery and thin, which led to uneven coverage and difficult blending. The color wore for almost eight hours. Tarte Vamp (P) is brighter, darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Chopper (LE, $5.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Shadowy Lady (P, $16.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Smashbox Aubergine (P) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Taboo (P, $6.00) is lighter (90% similar). Zoeva Old Master (P) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Tarte Power Plum (LE) is lighter (85% similar). Smashbox Editor (P) is warmer, lighter (80% similar). Tarte Fierce (P) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Black Pearl is a deep gray with a frosted finish and subtle, warm brown undertones. It had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable consistency that wasn’t too dry or too firm. I was able to wear this for eight hours before it started to fade. Kat Von D Santeria (LE) is cooler, less shimmery (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Silver Leopard (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Nighttrain (LE, $16.00) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). MAC A Sprinkle of Blues #4 (P, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). Laura Mercier Gunmetal (LE, $23.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Diesel (LE, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Silver Shoes (LE) is darker (90% similar). Stila Black Diamond (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Kat Von D Black No. 1 (P, $21.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Cosmic Deco #3 (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Knight Divine (P, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Galaxy (P, $6.00) is warmer (90% similar). Smashbox Obsidian (P) is lighter, less shimmery (85% similar). Illamasqua Graphica (P) is warmer (85% similar). Cle de Peau Pewter Veil #2 (LE) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). NYX Smoke & Mirrors (P, $6.00) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). NARS Bad Behaviour (LE, $25.00) is lighter (80% similar). MAC Graphic Style (LE, $16.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Coal is a medium-dark black with warm, brown undertones and a matte finish. It had decent color payoff with a firmer texture that made it a little harder to work with when it came to blending and diffusing the edges. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me. Viseart Chroma #3 (P) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Crave (P, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Coal (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Smashbox Ebony (LE) is darker (95% similar). Giorgio Armani #1 Fall Collection 2012 #4 (LE) is darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Stila Holiday 2015 A Whole Lot of Love Gift Set A Whole Lot of Love
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
82%
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NYX Hamptons HD Blush

NYX Hamptons (19) HD Blush
NYX Hamptons (19) HD Blush

NYX Hamptons HD Blush ($6.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a light-medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and a luminous sheen. MAC Lesson in Love (LE, $22.00) is more muted, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Tres Fab (LE) is cooler, darker (90% similar). MAC Launch Away (LE, $22.00) is cooler (90% similar). Chanel Sakura (87) (LE, $45.00) is warmer, darker, less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Fervor (Left) (P) is darker (90% similar). Guerlain Smile (Right) (LE, $52.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Laura Mercier Sunset (LE, $24.00) is lighter (85% similar). Makeup Geek Spell Bound (P, $9.99) is warmer (85% similar). Catrice La Vie En Rose (P, $5.99) is warmer, more muted, darker (85% similar). Hourglass Incandescent Electra (LE, $35.00) is lighter (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

This blush had that unfortunate powdery consistency I have found all too common in this range, which is really the formula’s biggest downfall! (Such a shame, too!) The color payoff is mostly opaque, and it is easily sheered out or blended along the edges or built-up in layers without looking powdery on the skin. The color lasted for seven and a half hours on me.

FORMULA SUMMARY | NYX’s newest blush formula is supposed to be a “high definition, lightweight blush that blends evenly” that is “vibrant and silky.” The texture tended to be on the more powdery side, but it sits well and doesn’t look powdery applied. Many shades have a more luminous finish to them where the shimmer is fine enough to create a glow, rather than a frosted finish (though a couple are quite shimmery). The formula blends fairly easily on the skin and has medium, buildable coverage with some being very pigmented right off the bat. The wear time is between seven and eight hours.

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Hamptons
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
84%
Total

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