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MAC Pearl Blossom Beauty Powder

MAC Pearl Blossom Beauty Powder
MAC Pearl Blossom Beauty Powder

MAC Pearl Blossom Beauty Powder ($22.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “light pink with silver pearlized pigments.” It’s a light-medium, cool-toned pink with a silvery sheen. Lancome Moonlight Rose (LE, $42.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Going Native (Highlighter) (P) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Algenist Rose (P, $38.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). MAC Veronica's Blush (LE, $30.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Guerlain Carousel (LE, $74.00) is cooler, less pigmented, less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Adoration (Left) (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Pink Buttercream (LE, $30.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Just a Wisp (P, $27.00) is cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Boba (DC, $8.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Violet Atom (LE, $39.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Monster (P, $8.00) is lighter (90% similar). Becca Rose Quartz (LE, $38.00) is warmer, more shimmery (90% similar). Burberry London With Love (LE, $68.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Azalea in the Afternoon (LE, $27.00) is darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Hippo (P, $8.00) is cooler, lighter (85% similar). Surratt Beauty Barbe a Papa (P, $32.00) is darker (85% similar). bareMinerals Clear Radiance (LE, $26.00) is lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Aura (P, $26.00) is cooler, lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). L'Oreal Ice (P, $12.99) is lighter, more shimmery (80% similar). Laura Geller Charming Pink (P, $24.00) is lighter, more shimmery (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Beauty Powders “can be applied as a highlight, soft blush, or overall finish,” according to MAC. This originally came out many years ago, and then it was repromoted in March of last year; nothing new to report here, but I’ll confirm that it is the same color as the last version released and feels a little softer, not quite as firmly pressed in the pan. It’s still not quite as dense or as soft as my original powder. It’s blendable, has buildable coverage, and wears for eight hours. The shimmer doesn’t emphasize pores and gives the skin a nice, luminous sheen.

MAC Beauty Powder Pearl Blossom
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

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MAC Spring Flock & What I Fancy Blushes

MAC Spring Flock Blush
MAC Spring Flock Blush

MAC Spring Flock Blush ($22.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “light bright coral.” It’s a light-medium, pinky-coral with warm undertones and a satiny sheen. It had good pigmentation with a soft, lightly powdery consistency that applied evenly, smoothly, and blended out easily but did not look powdery on the skin. The color started to fade after eight hours of wear. MAC I'll Hold My Breath #2 (LE) is darker, more shimmery (95% similar). NARS Make Believe (LE, $30.00) is lighter (95% similar). LORAC Technicolor (P, $23.00) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced How Deep is Your Love? (P, $26.00) is darker (85% similar). Gucci Beauty Coral Flower (P, $49.00) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Lines & Last Night (502) (P, $42.00) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel Angelique (190) (P, $45.00) is warmer (90% similar). KIKO 108 Orange Coral (P, $12.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). NYX Apricot (P, $5.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Warm (Winter 2016) Blush (LE, $60.00) is warmer, more shimmery (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty (Cheek Pop) (LE, $40.00) is cooler (90% similar). Kat Von D Delilah (Light) (P) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Sideshow You (LE, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Day Dream (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Live (LE, $28.00) is cooler (90% similar). Guerlain Ors et Merveilles #7 (LE) is darker (90% similar). Hourglass Diffused Heat (P, $35.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Bashful (LE, $28.00) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Peach Cobbler (LE) is lighter (90% similar). NYX Summer Peach (P, $5.00) is cooler, darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC What I Fancy Blush ($22.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “soft bright apricot.” It’s a light-medium pink with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had a very “strawberry milk” color to it. The texture was soft, silky, and smooth, but it was a little more powdery than other shades in the launch. I don’t think it looked that way applied, and it blended nicely on the skin, though it tended to sheer out a little and was harder to keep at full intensity. This shade lasted well for eight hours. KIKO 109 Candy Rose (P, $12.00) is cooler (95% similar). LORAC Tinge (P, $23.00) is lighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Poe (Light) (P) is cooler (95% similar). LORAC Wavelength (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Lotus Blossom (LE, $40.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Launch Away (LE, $22.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Modest Blush (LE, $27.00) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Dior Intemporalle (LE, $65.00) is more muted, lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Laura Mercier Sunset (LE, $24.00) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Blind Date (P, $10.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Guerlain Morning Rose (P, $52.00) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Lesson in Love (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Pink Sprinkles (LE, $22.00) is darker (85% similar). Hourglass Surreal Effect (LE, $35.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). MAC Pinch O' Peach (P, $22.00) is darker (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Frantic Pink (P, $60.00) is warmer, darker, more shimmery (85% similar). Catrice Coral Me Maybe (P, $5.99) is darker (85% similar). NARS New Attitude (LE, $30.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC’s Powder Blush formula is supposed to be easy to apply, long-wearing, and have “fantastic colour.” It’s hard to generalize for MAC’s blush formula, because it varies a lot from shade to shade, even within different types of finishes! Some of them are very good, others are so-so, and a few are complete misses. The more frosted/shimmery shades tend to have the softest and smoothest textures and are easier to apply and blend out on the skin, while more satin and matte shades can sometimes be powdery, firm, or stiff, which makes blending more challenging. The wear is typically between six and nine hours but closer to seven to eight hours on average.

MAC Powder Blush Spring Flock
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total
MAC Powder Blush What I Fancy
What I Fancy
What I Fancy
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
86%
Total

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MAC Sunny Surprise Beauty Powder

MAC Sunny Surprise Beauty Powder
MAC Sunny Surprise Beauty Powder

MAC Sunny Surprise Beauty Powder ($22.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as “soft peach.” It’s a soft, light-medium peach with warm, orange undertones and a satin finish. bareMinerals The Spring Fling (LE, $22.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). MAC Amber Glow (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals The Summer Fling (LE, $22.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Dior Peach Splendor (LE, $44.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Beaming (LE, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Luna Luster (LE, $34.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Cle de Peau Golden Apricot (P, $55.00) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). MAC Nude Pink (LE, $35.50) is darker, more shimmery (85% similar). Chanel Infiniment Chanel (P, $70.00) is darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Coral Pink (LE) is warmer (85% similar). theBalm Cindy-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is darker (85% similar). Kat Von D Gretel (Light) (P) is darker, less shimmery (85% similar). NYX Soft Spoken (P, $6.50) is brighter (85% similar). Laura Geller Cantaloupe (P, $26.00) is brighter, darker (85% similar). MAC Perfect Topping (2014) (LE, $32.00) is warmer, more shimmery (85% similar). MAC Summer Opal (LE, $22.00) is darker, more shimmery (85% similar). Makeup Geek Honeymoon (P, $9.99) is darker, more shimmery (85% similar). MAC Shy One (LE, $22.00) is darker, less shimmery (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Beauty Powders “can be applied as a highlight, soft blush, or overall finish,” according to MAC. The texture of the powder feels smooth to the touch, and it’s not rock solid, but it is more firmly pressed in the pan than the last few Beauty Powders, which gave it a slightly chalky, drier consistency that just didn’t sit or blend out as nicely on the skin. The lighter shade made it more forgiving overall, and the light sheen saves it from looking powdery on the skin. It had semi-sheer, buildable coverage (up to medium), which is in line with how the product is marketed, and it did have a slight brightening/warming effect on my skin (I’m about NC25/NC30, medium in color). On my skin, the powder lasted seven and a half hours before fading.

MAC Beauty Powder Sunny Surprise
7
Product
10
Pigmentation
7
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
81%
Total

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MAC Life’s a Picnic & Oh My! Blushes

MAC Life's a Picnic Blush
MAC Life’s a Picnic Blush

MAC Life’s a Picnic Blush ($22.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “hot reddish pink.” It’s a bold, bright medium coral-pink with very subtle undertones and a satin finish. It was intensely pigmented with a really soft, smooth consistency that blended out easily on the skin and had a natural finish that didn’t emphasize pores but didn’t look too flat or powdery either. I actually found it looked linker and less coral the more I blended it out–I can see this one’s tone changing from person to person a little more than your average blush shade. It lasted for eight and a half hours before fading. Makeup Geek Love Affair (P, $9.99) is more muted (90% similar). MAC Oh My! (LE, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). Milani Bella Rosa (11) (P, $8.49) is cooler, darker (85% similar). NARS 413 BLKR (P, $30.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Sunset Beach (LE, $32.00) is cooler (85% similar). MAC Red Water Lily (LE, $40.00) is cooler, lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Milani Lady Rouge (06) (P, $8.99) is warmer (85% similar). Chanel Vibration (270) (P, $45.00) is lighter (85% similar). Milani Tea Rose (08) (P, $8.99) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). Tarte Irreplaceable (LE, $28.00) is more muted, lighter (85% similar). NYX Pinched (P, $5.00) is warmer (85% similar). Tarte Deco (LE, $28.00) is more muted, lighter (85% similar). MAC Mocha (P, $22.00) is more muted, darker (85% similar). theBalm Toile (P, $22.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Fleur Power (P, $22.00) is lighter (80% similar). Sephora Flirt It Up (06) (P, $14.00) is lighter (80% similar). MAC Peaches & Cream (LE, $22.00) is cooler (80% similar). MAC Hipness (LE, $22.00) is lighter (80% similar). NYX Peach (P, $5.00) is lighter (80% similar). Too Faced How Deep is Your Love? (P, $26.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Oh My! Blush ($22.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “reddish mid-tone coral.” It’s a bright, medium coral-red with warm undertones and slight hints of pink paired with a semi-matte finish. It had nearly opaque pigmentation (and buildable for sure) with a fairly soft and blendable texture. It wasn’t quite as easily blended and diffused as Life’s a Picnic, and when blended down, they both look very similar on me but those with cooler undertones will likely see more warmth out of Oh My!. It wore well for eight and a half hours before fading was apparent. MAC Frankly Scarlet (P, $22.00) is cooler (95% similar). theBalm Toile (P, $22.00) is warmer (95% similar). NYX Crimson (P, $6.50) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Never Say Never (P, $16.00) is cooler, darker (90% similar). MAC Life's a Picnic (LE, $22.00) is cooler (90% similar). Estee Lauder Poppy Passion (P, $34.00) is more muted (90% similar). NYX Tuscan (P, $6.50) is warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Fruit Stand (DC, $8.00) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Quiver (P, $26.00) is cooler (85% similar). Chanel Rouge Profond (320) (P, $45.00) is more pigmented, more muted (85% similar). Smashbox Geranium (LE) is lighter (85% similar). Sephora Flirt It Up (06) (P, $14.00) is lighter (80% similar). Chanel Intonation (69) (DC, $38.00) is glossier, lighter (80% similar). Guerlain Coral Blush (LE) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC’s Powder Blush formula is supposed to be easy to apply, long-wearing, and have “fantastic colour.” It’s hard to generalize for MAC’s blush formula, because it varies a lot from shade to shade, even within different types of finishes! Some of them are very good, others are so-so, and a few are complete misses. The more frosted/shimmery shades tend to have the softest and smoothest textures and are easier to apply and blend out on the skin, while more satin and matte shades can sometimes be powdery, firm, or stiff, which makes blending more challenging. The wear is typically between six and nine hours but closer to seven to eight hours on average.

MAC Powder Blush Life's a Picnic
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total
MAC Powder Blush Oh My!
Oh My!
Oh My!
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total

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Kat Von D Morticia + Gomez Shade + Light Blush Duo

Kat Von D Morticia + Gomez Shade + Light Blush Duo
Kat Von D Morticia + Gomez Shade + Light Blush Duo

Kat Von D Morticia + Gomez Shade + Light Blush Duo ($25.00 for 0.317 oz.) contains a pinky-plum and a light pink, both with a matte finish. The lighter shade performs better than the dark shade (which is pretty terrible), and if you mix the two together, the more powdery light pink goes a long way to making the darker shade less frustrating to you use. The blush formula is supposed to “stay vibrant for a full 24 hours of wear” with “silky powders” that “blend effortlessly into skin for a flawless, buildable finish.” The marketing makes it unclear what level of pigmentation these should be on Sephora, but per the brand’s Instagram, they are “highly pigmented.” Neither shade is highly pigmented nor do they wear any longer than most blushes (seven to eight hours) in my experience.

Morticia (Shade) is described as a “rich fig.” It’s a slightly muted, medium-dark pink-plum with subtle, neutral-to-cool undertones and a matte finish. It was sheer with a dry, chalky consistency; it’s like the powder comes off of the surface but clumps together without adhering to the skin well, which resulted in a very patchy, uneven application. It’s very subtle on me after three passes of product applied to the skin. It started to fade after eight hours of wear. MAC Fever (P, $22.00) is cooler, more pigmented (90% similar). MAC Hot Nights (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Neolita (P, $37.00) is warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Rendezvous (P, $10.00) is cooler (85% similar). Make Up For Ever #510 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is glossier, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Cheerio (P, $8.00) is warmer, more shimmery (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Berry (LE, $26.00) is more pigmented, darker (90% similar). Becca Nightingale (P, $32.00) is warmer, more pigmented, darker (85% similar). Smashbox Plum (LE) is warmer (85% similar). NARS Goulue (P, $30.00) is warmer, more shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Gomez (Light) is described as a “orchid petal.” It’s a muted, light pink with cool, lavender tones and a matte finish. It was semi-sheer and buildable to semi-opaque coverage after three to four layers. The texture was softer and smoother, which made it easier to work with. It was moderately blendable and didn’t look powdery on the skin, though it sheers out. The color wore well for seven and a half hours. When mixed with the darker shade, it at least makes it somewhat usable. Kat Von D Clyde (Light) (P) is lighter (95% similar). Makeup Geek Promise Ring (P, $10.00) is lighter (95% similar). Makeup Geek First Love (P, $9.99) is lighter (90% similar). Hourglass Ethereal Glow (P, $35.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Guerlain Carousel (LE, $74.00) is less pigmented, more shimmery (85% similar). NYX Pastel Chic (P, $6.50) is lighter (85% similar). NARS Mistinguette (LE, $30.00) is brighter, darker (85% similar). Surratt Beauty Guimauve (P, $32.00) is warmer, more shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Kat Von D Shade + Light Two Tone Blush Duo Morticia + Gomez
3.5
Product
4.5
Pigmentation
6
Texture
3
Longevity
3
Application
44%
Total
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Kat Von D Piaf + Poe Shade + Light Blush Duo

Kat Von D Piaf + Poe Shade + Light Blush Duo
Kat Von D Piaf + Poe Shade + Light Blush Duo

Kat Von D Piaf + Poe Shade + Light Blush Duo ($25.00 for 0.317 oz.) is a muted, rosy pink set of shades, one lighter and one darker. The blush formula is supposed to “stay vibrant for a full 24 hours of wear” with “silky powders” that “blend effortlessly into skin for a flawless, buildable finish.” The marketing makes it unclear what level of pigmentation these should be on Sephora, but per the brand’s Instagram, they are “highly pigmented.” I think that this particular duo was one of the better-applying shades and required slightly less effort to apply, but it still had a drier, chalkier consistency that made it hard to get more than semi-sheer color out of it. That drier texture seemed to give me trouble when blending, as the color would stick on some places more noticeably than others, but it would be hard to diffuse or blend, even when I reached for a really dense, buffing brush. The blush is actually easier to use when mixed, because the more powdery (but less chalky) consistency of the light shade helps the darker shade to blend out, while the darker color gives a little more oomph to the color overall such that it is easier to see on more complexions.

From previous review(s): The packaging had issues (across all seven): 1) two of seven compacts had pans that fell out of the plastic compact; 2) the remaining five had loose pans that wobbled and moved (some more than others) within the compact; and 3) all seven were covered in blush residue (not sure why, nothing was broken).

Piaf (Shade) is described as a “chestnut rose.” It’s a soft, medium coral-rose with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had sheer coverage, which was buildable to semi-sheer after three layers. The texture was moderately dry and a little chalky, as the powder came off the surface but felt firm, and the loose powder seemed to clump together in a way. It could have been easier to work with and blend, and it was hard to eliminate all patchiness both times I applied (once for photos, once to wear). It started to fade noticeably after seven and a half hours. Estee Lauder Lover's Blush (P, $34.00) is warmer, more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Day Dream (LE, $30.00) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). Becca Wisteria (LE, $32.00) is cooler, more pigmented, darker (90% similar). NARS Blasphemy (LE, $30.00) is cooler (90% similar). Hourglass Radiant Magenta (P, $35.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). bareMinerals Golden Gate Matte (LE, $22.00) is more muted (90% similar). Urban Decay Fetish (P, $26.00) is cooler, darker (90% similar). MAC I'll Hold My Breath #2 (LE) is brighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Love (LE, $28.00) is cooler (85% similar). NYX Mauve (P, $5.00) is cooler, brighter (85% similar). Tarte Bashful (LE, $28.00) is darker, more shimmery (85% similar). Too Faced Stardust (LE) is brighter, darker (85% similar). Chanel Angelique (190) (P, $45.00) is brighter, darker (85% similar). NYX Amber (P, $6.50) is warmer, darker (85% similar). bareMinerals Golden Gate (LE, $22.00) is cooler, lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Streak Blush (-) is warmer, brighter (85% similar). Tarte Exposed (P, $28.00) is more muted, darker (85% similar). Too Faced How Deep is Your Love? (P, $26.00) is brighter, darker (80% similar). MAC Sideshow You (LE, $22.00) is warmer, brighter, more shimmery (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Poe (Light) is described as a “soft peach.” It’s a light, pastel pink with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. It had sheer pigmentation that was buildable to semi-sheer. It was softer in the pan with less chalkiness (it is interesting how the lighter shades are easier to use, while the darker shades have a drier, chalkier feel) that made it easier to apply to the skin. I had only a little trouble getting this one to blend out, though it is one of the harder-to-apply blushes I’ve tried in this color family. The color started to disappear after seven and a half hours. MAC What I Fancy (LE, $22.00) is warmer (95% similar). KIKO 109 Candy Rose (P, $12.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Lesson in Love (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Zoeva Gentle Touch (P, $11.80) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Launch Away (LE, $22.00) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). MAC Lotus Blossom (LE, $40.00) is brighter (90% similar). NARS Myth (LE, $30.00) is lighter (90% similar). Dior Intemporalle (LE, $65.00) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Spell Bound (P, $10.00) is darker (85% similar). Chanel Sakura (87) (LE, $45.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). Makeup Geek Spell Bound (P, $9.99) is warmer, more shimmery (85% similar). Too Faced Sweet Pink (LE) is cooler, darker, more shimmery (80% similar). Kat Von D Mallory (Light) (P) is warmer, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Kat Von D Shade + Light Two Tone Blush Duo Piaf + Poe
Piaf + Poe
Piaf + Poe
5.5
Product
5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
3
Longevity
4
Application
54%
Total
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