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Tarte Tarteist Blush Palette

Tarte Tarteist Blush Palette
Tarte Tarteist Blush Palette

Tarte Tarteist Blush Palette ($38.00 for 0.63 oz.) contains four shades of warm-toned blushes for spring/summer. It’s a limited edition palette housed in a slim, travel-friendly palette with a large interior mirror and the products are labeled on the palette itself. The formula used is the Amazonian Clay Blush one, which is supposed to have 12-hour wear and be “pigment-packed.” I like Tarte’s formula, but the one downside is that they rarely wear much beyond eight hours, so they tend to get hit badly by longevity ratings as a result. The pigmentation can sometimes be lacking, but all four shades in the palette had good color payoff.

Live is a softened, medium pink-coral with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-opaque coverage with a smooth, slightly firm consistency that blended out fairly well. It lasted for eight hours on me, which isn’t bad, but it isn’t close to the 12-hours claimed. (This is, unfortunately, par for the course with Tarte’s formula for me.) Dior My Lady (003) (LE, $60.00) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Smashing (LE, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Crave (LE, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek XOXO (P, $10.00) is cooler (90% similar). Physicians Formula Natural (P, $12.99) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Fleur Power (P, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Unwritten (LE, $30.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Guerlain Ors et Merveilles #7 (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Hourglass Radiant Magenta (P, $35.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Hipness (LE, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Illusive (LE, $30.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC I'll Hold My Breath #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Stellar Beauty Beam (P, $25.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Sephora Flirt It Up (06) (P, $14.00) is darker (90% similar). NYX Mauve (P, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Spring Flock (LE, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Cheeky Bugger (LE, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). Estee Lauder Pink Ingenue (P, $34.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Day Dream (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Deco (LE, $28.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Laugh is a medium, pinky-coral with warm undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It had great pigmentation with a soft, lightly powdery texture that was really blendable on the skin. It didn’t emphasize pores when diffused on the skin. This shade wore for eight and a half hours before fading. Too Faced Love Hangover (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Benefit Bella Bamba (Palette) (P, $29.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Sweet Vision (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery, more muted (90% similar). Colour Pop Fox (P, $8.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Culture (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Laura Geller Fruit Punch (P, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Glisten (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bellini (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Becca Watermelon/Moonstone (P, $27.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). MAC Sweets for My Sweet (P, $27.00) is cooler (85% similar). MAC Fleet Fast (LE, $22.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Love is a muted, medium pinky-plum with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that was paired with a slightly firm/stiff texture, so I had to use a denser brush and jab at the surface to get product to really transfer from the pan to the brush. The color wore for eight hours on me. Anastasia Rose (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Stila Dusty Rose (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Impress (LE, $28.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Fetish (P, $26.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Blasphemy (LE, $30.00) is warmer (90% similar). theBalm Cabana Boy (P, $21.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). bareMinerals The Love Letter (LE, $22.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Amazed (LE, $28.00) is warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Overexposed (-, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Kat Von D Piaf (Shade) (P, ) is warmer (85% similar). Chanel Innocence (160) (P, $45.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). LORAC See Beyond (LE, $23.00) is warmer (85% similar). Anastasia Kash (P, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). theBalm Houndstooth (P, $22.00) is brighter (85% similar). Smashbox Plum (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (80% similar). Colour Pop Cruel Intentions (LE, $8.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Dream is a bright, peony pink with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. It had nice color payoff with a soft, smooth, and blendable texture that was easy to use and apply to the skin. It gave a subtle sheen that wasn’t overly shimmery or metallic–it just looked natural. This shade lasted for eight and a half hours on me. Makeup Geek Hanky Panky (P, $9.99) is more shimmery (95% similar). theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Milani Delizioso Pink (10) (P, $8.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Mochi (DC, $8.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Justify My Love (P, $26.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Pink Swoon (P, $22.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Ombre (LE, $55.00) is cooler (90% similar). theBalm Argyle (P, $22.00) is less shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Naked on the Run Blush (-, ) is darker (90% similar). Zoeva PK030 (P, ) is lighter (85% similar). Too Faced Sweet Pink (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Whimsy (LE, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). KIKO 110 Bright Pink (P, $12.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tarte Summer 2016 Blush Palette Tarteist
Tarteist
Tarteist
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total
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B-

Live

Limited Edition
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Laugh

Limited Edition
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C+

Love

Limited Edition
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B+

Dream

Limited Edition
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ColourPop Alchemy Super Shock Cheeks

ColourPop Pretty Bonnes Super Shock Cheek
ColourPop Pretty Bonnes Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Pretty Bonnes Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “creamy ivory with subtle gold duochrome effect.” It’s a light, creamy beige with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. I don’t really notice a duochrome effect in person. The texture was soft, lightly emollient, and smooth on the skin. It is most blendable with fingertips (I think the warmth of fingers helps), but I had no issues using a brush–it just took a little longer. It has mostly opaque coverage applied with fingertips and then more semi-sheer, buildable coverage when used with brushes (as described). The texture didn’t emphasize pores and lasted for eight hours. Tarte Spellbound Glow (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Cle de Peau Bal Masque (LE, $120.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). L'Oreal Rose (P, $12.99) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (P, $44.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Lightscapade (P, $33.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Laura Mercier Highlight 01 (P, $40.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop The Golden Child Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “soft, coppery gold.” It’s a muted, medium-dark rosy bronze with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had opaque coverage applied with a fingertip and then semi-sheer to semi-opaque, buildable covoerage applied with a stippling brush. The consistency was smooth, very emollient, and blended easily on the skin both with brushes and fingertips. The color wore well for nine hours on me. Estee Lauder Modern Mercury (LE, $65.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Bikini Bronze (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Pink Quartz (P, $46.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Santos (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Superb (P, $33.00) is warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Nude Glow (LE, $46.00) is lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Tourmaline (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Chanel Golden Sun (280) (P, $45.00) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Anastasia Riviera (P, $28.00) is cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Thames Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “cool-toned rosy pink.” It’s a muted, medium-dark pink with cool undertones and a matte finish. The texture was firmer and more clay-like–dry and difficult to really get color out of except with a hard press of fingertips. I couldn’t use this well with a brush, as so little color transferred onto a brush. It seemed more like a cream blush that had been left open for too long and had dried out than a just-opened one, unfortunately. It was harder to blend on the skin as a result. Once on, the color lasted for nine hours. Bite Beauty Macaroon (P, $24.00) is glossier (95% similar). Makeup Geek Rendezvous (P, $10.00) is cooler (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Soleil Afterglow (Blush) (LE, ) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Bicoastal (Bottom) (LE, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Stila Pink Rose Blush (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Nooner (Blush) (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop New Lowes (LE, $8.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Pretty Pink (P, $26.00) is lighter (90% similar). LORAC Chroma (P, $23.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Milani Pink Play #2 (P, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Black Opal Tulip (P, $8.95) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Milani Tea Rose (08) (P, $8.99) is warmer (85% similar). IT Cosmetics Matte Sweet Apple (P, $24.00) is warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

P.S. — The products in this post are the ones from the Alchemy six-piece set, which included eyeshadow-sized (0.07 oz.) versions of the blushes; the blushes are available in full-size (0.15 oz.) as well.

Colour Pop Super Shock Cheek Pretty Bonnes
B+

Limited Edition

8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total
Colour Pop Super Shock Cheek The Golden Child
A+

Limited Edition

10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
99%
Total
Colour Pop Super Shock Cheek Thames
Thames
Thames
C

Limited Edition

6
Product
9
Pigmentation
5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
3.5
Application
73%
Total

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MAC Cosmic Force Mineralize Blush

MAC Cosmic Force Mineralize Blush
MAC Cosmic Force Mineralize Blush

MAC Cosmic Force Mineralize Blush ($27.00 for 0.11 oz.) is a light-medium, rosy taupe with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. NARS Contour (P, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). NYX Taupe (P, $6.50) is darker, warmer (80% similar). NYX Taupe (P, $5.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Inglot #504 (P, $15.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Mineralize Blush formula is supposed to have “luminous color that builds lightly.” The texture was thin, lightweight, very smooth and finely-milled. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque, buildable coverage but will lend itself best to lighter skin tones as it does run a little sheer and thin overall. I could this working as a contouring powder on lighter, rosier-toned complexions. It blended out well and wore for seven hours on me.

MAC Mineralize Blush Cosmic Force
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

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NARS Sexual Content Dual Intensity Blush

NARS Sexual Content Dual Intensity Blush Duo
NARS Sexual Content Dual Intensity Blush Duo

NARS Sexual Content Dual Intensity Blush Duo ($45.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a new, limited edition duo for summer. Both shades had sheerer, softer color and shimmer applied dry and richer, deeper, and more metallic color when applied damp. The shades work well together, if one wants to layer or use the lighter shade as more of a highlighter and the darker shade to define the cheek.

I noticed something interesting on the packaging, which says: “apply dry for sheer color or with a dampened brush for high-impact finish.” The reason this is interesting is because this is the exact opposite of the formula when it initially launched (see original press release verbiage here) that stated “sweeps on dry for a bold flush or wet for a translucent wash of color.” It was an issue, because they are pigmented both wet and dry, but they darken, intensify, and become more metallic when used damp (by no means translucent!). It was also odd, even at the time, as the Dual Intensity Eyeshadows are described as dry application resulting in sheer coverage and damp application resulting in more opaque coverage (in fact, the copy for the eyeshadows is the exact copy printed on the boxes for the blushes in this launch). NARS’ website copy sounds different to me than when the formula debuted (I’d say it’s almost more confusing), though is still mentions to apply it “wet for translucent, second skin finish.” Anyway, since the boxes for the blush duos in the launch specifically say one thing, that’s what I’ll be rating on — but they should decide once and for all what they want these to be!

Sexual Content (Left) is described as a “sandy peach.” It’s a light, muted peach with warm, rosy tones and a frosted sheen. Applied dry, it had semi-sheer coverage and had less warmth and depth, while the color lasted for seven and a half hours before fading. Applied damp, it was mostly opaque with a stronger sheen (but less obvious shimmer particles) that wore eight hours on me. I had no trouble blending the blush whether it was with a dry or damp brush. Milani Rosa Romantica (P, $8.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Perfect Topping (2014) (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Norman Parkinson (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Benefit CORALista (Palette) (P, $29.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Nuanced (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Starlight (P, $44.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Flesh & Fantasy (506) (P, $42.00) is brighter (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Shameless (220) (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). NARS Cheek Studio II (LE, $30.00) is darker, more pigmented, cooler (85% similar). MAC Fairly Precious (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Clinique Nude Pop (P, $21.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Chanel Espiegle (DC, $45.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sexual Content (Right) is described as a “soft raspberry.” It’s a soft, medium-dark rosy pink with subtle, warm undertones and a frosted sheen. Applied dry, it had medium, buildable coverage with a sparkling, frosted sheen, with a soft, lightly dry texture that was blendable and lasted for seven and a half hours on me. With a damp brush, it was opaque and more metallic–this shade did emphasize pores slightly–and was a little more challenging to blend out damp, though it seemed easier to use than past iterations of this formula. It wore well for eight and a half hours when applied with a damp brush. MAC Buddy (Shimmer) (LE, $22.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC All Aflush (LE, ) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Loved Me the Best (P, $5.00) is warmer (90% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Bridal Rose (LE, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Embraced (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Revolution All I Think About is You (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Burberry Silk and Bloom (LE, $68.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Clinique Heather Pop (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Rapture (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). NARS Ferocious (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Stila Berry Shimmer (LE, ) is darker, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Makeup Revolution Bang Bang You're Dead (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Black Opal Orchid (P, $8.95) is warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

This blush will launch on narscosmetics.com on April 15th.

NARS Dual-Intensity Blush Duo Sexual Content
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Becca Snapdragon Shimmering Skin Perfector Luminous Blush

Becca Snapdragon Shimmering Skin Perfector Luminous Blush
Becca Snapdragon Shimmering Skin Perfector Luminous Blush

Becca Snapdragon Shimmering Skin Perfector Luminous Blush ($34.00 for 0.20 oz.) is a medium pink-coral with warm undertones and a soft, golden shimmer. Estee Lauder Wild Sunset (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). NARS Realm of the Senses (Together) (LE, $30.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). MAC Cheeky Bits (P, $27.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). NARS Panic (Right) (P, ) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). IT Cosmetics Pretty in Peony (P, $24.00) is brighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Simmer (LE, $27.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Sweet Vision (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Guerlain Smile (Left) (LE, $52.00) is less shimmery, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Zoeva CR030 (P, ) is more muted, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Jelly Fish (DC, $8.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Laura Geller Papaya (P, $26.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). NARS Deep Throat (P, $30.00) is more muted (90% similar). NARS Summer Dual Intensity Blush II (LE, ) is darker, cooler (85% similar). NYX Summer (P, $6.50) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Springsheen (P, $22.00) is lighter (85% similar). Chanel Malice (71) (P, $45.00) is less shimmery, more muted (85% 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. Snapdragon had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color payoff (the first time, it applied more semi-sheer, the second time more semi-opaque) that is buildable to mostly opaque coverage with two to three layers. The texture was soft, smooth, and finely-milled and was less shimmery than Tigerlily. It was easy to blend and apply to the skin, and the finish didn’t emphasize pores but still gave the skin a noticeable glow. The blush wore well for eight and a half hours on me.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Luminous Blush Snapdragon
Snapdragon
Snapdragon
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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Becca Tigerlily Shimmering Skin Perfector Luminous Blush

Becca Tigerlily Shimmering Skin Perfector Luminous Blush
Becca Tigerlily Shimmering Skin Perfector Luminous Blush

Becca Tigerlily Shimmering Skin Perfector Luminous Blush ($34.00 for 0.20 oz.) is a medium orange with warm, red undertones and a gold, frosted finish. By Terry Tropical Sunset #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). NARS Frenzy (Right) (P, ) is cooler (90% similar). NARS Esoteric (LE, $30.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Me First (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Warmth of Coral (LE, $27.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Shape the Future (LE, $33.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Bright Response (P, $16.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Solar Ray (LE, $27.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Colour Pop Tasty (DC, $8.00) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). NYX Synthetica (P, $7.99) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC My Paradise (LE, $28.00) is darker (85% similar). NARS Luster (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Surratt Beauty Flamme (P, $32.00) is warmer (85% similar). Laura Geller Golden Apricot (P, $28.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Anastasia Daydream (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Medium/Dark Glow (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

For summer, Becca has launched a six-shade line-up of blushes designed to have “just the right balance of color and light” that can be worn alone or “as a blush topper.” It seems like it’s 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 definitely wish it was clearer, though. 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. Tigerlily had semi-opaque, buildable color coverage with a frosted shimmer-sheen finish. Applied and blended out, the result is softly glowing without being too glittery, but it has a moderate sheen. It didn’t emphasize pores for me, though. The texture was soft, lightly loose in the pan, and fairly dense. The color lasted for eight and a half hours before fading.

P.S. — I only have two of the six shades right now, as the other four are still coming soon/sold out at Sephora. They are available through Becca’s website as well.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Luminous Blush Tigerlily
Tigerlily
Tigerlily
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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