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Kat Von D Bonnie + Clyde Shade + Light Blush Duo

Kat Von D Bonnie + Clyde Shade + Light Blush Duo
Kat Von D Bonnie + Clyde Shade + Light Blush Duo

Kat Von D Bonnie + Clyde Shade + Light Blush Duo ($25.00 for 0.317 oz.) features a cool-toned set of shades in a very light pink and a darker pink. 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 texture of both shades left something to be desired as they were thin, chalky, and difficult to blend. The pigmentation is sheer and only buildable to semi-sheer after three to six layers of product. The marketing makes it unclear what level of pigmentation these should be on Sephora, but per the brand’s Instagram, they are “highly pigmented.” These are some of the worst powders I’ve have ever tested from Kat Von D, and it’s a real disappointment–and a surprise–after the success of the Shade + Light palettes as well as her recent eyeshadows. Both shades lasted no longer than seven hours; not even in the realm of “full 24 hours of wear.”

Oh, and if being a spectacular miss of a product wasn’t enough frustration, 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).

Bonnie (Shade) is described as an “ultra violet.” It’s a soft, medium-dark raspberry pink with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. The texture was thin, chalky, and difficult to blend out on the skin as the consistency of the blush would stick in one place but not the other (and wouldn’t want to budge). Trying to build it up at all was extremely difficult; I was almost scraping the product off of the top in order to get enough color to show up on my skin tone. Please note, I am wearing FIVE layers of this product to get it to show up on my face. It was faded and even patchier in appearance after seven hours of wear. MAC Pink Tea (LE, $22.00) is darker (95% similar). Chanel Pink Explosion (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Too Faced Skyline (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Edward Bess Bed of Roses (P, $43.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Stila Pink Rose Blush (LE) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Mochi (DC, $8.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). NYX Bourgeois Pig (P, $5.00) is darker, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Hysterical (LE, $8.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Makeup Geek Hanky Panky (P, $9.99) is brighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Naked on the Run Blush (-) is brighter (85% similar). Sephora Love Sick (22) (P, $14.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Clyde (Light) is described as a “lilac.” It’s a light lavender with pink tones and a matte finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff with a thin, powdery consistency that wasn’t quite as dry or as chalky as the darker shade (this is true of most of the duos). It was easier to blend as well, though it wasn’t foolproof. The matte finish and light color seems to make it the kind of blush that does darken slightly on the skin compared to how light it appears in the pan. It was noticeably faded after seven hours. Kat Von D Gomez (Light) (P) is darker (95% similar). Hourglass Ethereal Glow (P, $35.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). NARS Threesome (LE, $30.00) is warmer (95% similar). Makeup Geek Promise Ring (P, $10.00) is darker (95% similar). Makeup Geek First Love (P, $9.99) is lighter (90% similar). Guerlain Carousel (LE, $74.00) is less pigmented (90% similar). NARS Cheek Studio I (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). NARS Sex Fantasy (LE, $30.00) is darker (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Guimauve (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). NYX Pastel Chic (P, $6.50) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Stila Light Pink (LE) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Kat Von D Shade + Light Two Tone Blush Duo Bonnie + Clyde
4.5
Product
4
Pigmentation
5.5
Texture
3
Longevity
3.5
Application
46%
Total
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Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Blush Palette

Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Blush Palette
Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Blush Palette

Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Blush Palette ($45.00 for 0.54 oz.) includes six shades of blushes from a pop of pink to a matte bronze. The Afterglow formula is supposed to last for eight hours, sheer coverage. The funny thing about the Afterglow formula is that I don’t really think it’s sheer; it’s more of a medium, buildable coverage formula, which I imagine is something that a lot of people like about it, but just keep in mind that that is how pigmentation is judged from: sheer coverage. The products performed well overall with the only “flaw” being that pigmentation tended to be semi-opaque to opaque rather than sheer. The palette contains $61.04 worth of Afterglow blush.

Cherry is described as a “light pink satin.” It’s a light, cool-toned pink with a soft, pearly sheen. It had semi-sheer coverage with a blendable consistency that was a smidgen powdery to work with. It seems to darken slightly applied compared to how it appears in the pan. This shade wore for seven hours on me. Burberry London With Love (LE, $68.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Smashbox Prism (LE) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Pink Buttercream (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Better Together (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Unconventional (LE, $22.00) is cooler (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Velvet Bloom (LE, $80.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). NYX Baby Doll (P, $6.50) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). NARS Robotic (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Makeup Geek Head Over Heels (P, $9.99) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Easy is described as a “deep rose with gold shimmer.” It’s a muted, medium-dark rosy plum with cooler undertones paired with warm, gold frost. It had semi-opaque color payoff (it’s not what I’d call sheer!) that blended out nicely on the skin without emphasizing pores. This shade wore well for eight hours. Tarte Embraced (LE, $28.00) is cooler (90% similar). CoverGirl Deep Mauve (P, $9.99) is less shimmery, darker, brighter (90% similar). Clinique Heather Pop (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Chroma (P, $23.00) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). theBalm Pinstripe (P, $22.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Sweet Samba (LE, $27.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). NARS Ferocious (LE, $30.00) is darker (85% similar). IT Cosmetics Radiant in Rose (P, $24.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). NARS Outlaw (P, $30.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Plum Foolery (P, $22.00) is cooler (85% similar). IT Cosmetics Magical in Mauve (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Angel is described as a “champagne-nude shimmer.” It’s a light-medium, golden champagne with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had good pigmentation–not sheer–with a smooth, blendable texture that didn’t emphasize pores when applied. On my skin tone, this is a highlighter and not a blush, for reference, but on very fair skin tones, it may act as a highlighting blush (and add warmth without adding orange tones). It wore well for eight hours before fading. Dior Glowing Nude (002) (LE, $58.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is lighter (95% similar). Surratt Beauty Coup de Genie (P, $32.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). NARS Tribulation (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Becca Opal (P, $41.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Sun Light (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Illamasqua Rush (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Midnight Sun (P, $20.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Whisper of Gilt (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Noctum (LE) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Laura Geller Gilded Honey (P, $24.00) is darker (85% similar). NARS Hot Sand (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Oh, Darling! (LE, $30.00) is darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Electric Slide (DC, $8.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Lo-Fi is described as a “soft bronze matte.” It’s a soft, medium brown with warm, orange undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-sheer coverage, and the texture of this one was firmer and thinner–a little dusty in a way–and didn’t blend out as well on the skin as the Afterglow formula typically does. This shade wore well for seven and a half hours on me. KIKO 100 Cookie (P, $12.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Matte Bronze (LE, $70.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Skinny Dip (P, $8.00) is darker (90% similar). Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Contour (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Zoeva ND020 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Viseart Bronze #1 (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Sensual (P, $28.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). By Terry Tan & Flash Cruise #5 (LE) is darker (85% similar). Benefit Hoola (P, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Desert Nights (P, $48.00) is darker (85% similar). Illamasqua Disobey (P, $26.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Hibiscus Kiss Bronzer (LE, $25.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Hush is described as a “medium pink with gold shimmer.” It’s a light-medium, rosy copper with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had semi-sheer, buildable coverage with a soft, smooth, and slightly powdery texture as the powder was so soft that it kind of crumbled at the touch of a brush. It tended to sheer out a lot applied, so sustained coverage was difficult unless applied over damp foundation or with a slightly dampened brush. On me, the color lasted for eight hours. Becca Fig/Opal (P, $27.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Le Metier de Beaute Whisper (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Benefit CORALista (Palette) (P, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Indiscretion (P, $44.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Pearl Sunshine (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Starlight (P, $44.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Becca Rose Gold (P, $38.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Marsala (LE, $25.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Smashbox Shimmer (LE) is lighter (85% similar). Laura Geller Ballerina (P, $24.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Papa Don't Peach (LE) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Becca Rose Gold (P, $41.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Parasol (LE, $8.00) is warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

OC is described as a “soft pink with peach shift.” It’s a light-medium, yellowed peach with warm undertones and a pink duochrome shift paired with a satiny sheen. It had semi-sheer color payoff that was buildable to medium coverage. This one will be interesting to see how readers enjoy it, as it looks like a green-leaning yellow straight on, but when it catches the light, you get the pink shift, which is lovely, but it doesn’t always look that way. It lasted for eight hours on me. It reminded me a lot of a long-ago MAC Blush, Spaced Out, which was so long ago that I don’t have a regular swatch of it. Anastasia Hard Candy (LE) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (95% similar). Makeup Geek Mai Tai (P, $6.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Fireball (P, $19.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Highly Waisted (P, $8.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Fireball (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Motif (P, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay Blush Palette Gwen Stefani
Gwen Stefani
Gwen Stefani
9
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total
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Hush

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OC

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Chanel Sunkiss Ribbon Harmonie de Blush

Chanel Sunkiss Ribbon Harmonie de Blush

Chanel Sunkiss Ribbon Harmonie de Blush ($70.00 for 0.38 oz.) is a soft, medium pink-coral with fine golden sheen. MAC I'll Hold My Breath #2 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty (Cheek Pop) (LE, $40.00) is less shimmery, cooler (95% similar). NARS Day Dream (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Stardust (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Love Hangover (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Coral Flower (P, $49.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Bumpy Ride (P, $30.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #2 (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Sweet Vision (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tarte Bashful (LE, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). Dior Corail Bagatelle (763) (LE, $43.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). CoverGirl Medium Rose (P, $9.99) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). NYX Summer (P, $6.50) is darker, brighter (85% similar). LORAC Dance 'Til Dawn Blush #2 (LE) is lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Fun with Friends (LE, $8.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Kink & Kisses (504) (P, $42.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Clinique Peach Pop (02) (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

There’s not much to the description of this product, other than it is intended to “brighten” with a mix of “pink, beige, and coral” and has a “smooth, satin finish.” The powder is incredibly soft, smooth, and blendable without being powdery. It had good pigmentation that can easily be applied at medium coverage or full coverage depending on how much product you pick up with your brush (it’s not so intense that the barest touch of the brush yields opaque coverage). There are five distinct colors in the palette: orange, pink, fuchsia, peach, and coral, and oddly, the parts didn’t swatch nearly as nice as the whole, though it may have been the pattern wearing down that helped. If you keep your brush more towards the top half, you’ll get a warmer coral with more orange, while the lower half yields a pinker coral. The blush wore well for eight and a half hours on me.

Chanel Harmonie de Blush Sunkiss Ribbon
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

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NARS Impassioned Blush

NARS Impassioned Blush
NARS Impassioned Blush

NARS Impassioned Blush ($30.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “rich orchid.” It’s a muted, light-medium rosy pink with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. Zoeva Gentle Touch (P, $11.80) is lighter (90% similar). Burberry S/S15 Runway (LE, $65.00) is lighter (90% similar). Benefit Dandelion (P, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). Burberry Misty (P, $42.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Pink Cult (LE, $22.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Pink Sprinkles (LE, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Threesome (LE, $30.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Illamasqua Naked Rose (P, $26.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC The Perfect Cheek (LE, $22.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Modest Blush (LE, $27.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Viseart Plum #1 (P) is lighter (85% similar). Chanel Jardin de Chanel (LE, $55.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). NARS New Attitude (LE, $30.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar). Stila Dusty Rose (LE) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Urban Decay Overexposed (-) is warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The NARS blush formula is supposed to be pigmented and blendable, per their website. According to the press release, this shade will be joining the permanent range this spring. The texture of this particular shade is soft and finely-milled with a thin, lightly powdery consistency, though it doesn’t read powdery or caky applied to the skin. It offered semi-sheer color payoff that was buildable to semi-opaque at most, but it is one of the lesser pigmented blushes from NARS. I could see it being a workhorse blush on fair to light-medium skin tones as a subtler, everyday kind of shade, but it may be less versatile on deeper skin tones. It applied and blended out fairly well without a lot of work, and the color lasted for seven and a half hours before fading on my skin.

NARS Powder Blush Impassioned
Impassioned

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Guerlain Smile Rose Aux Joues Blush Duo

Guerlain Smile Rose Aux Joues Blush Duo
Guerlain Smile Rose Aux Joues Blush Duo

Guerlain Smile Rose Aux Joues Blush Duo ($62.00 for 0.21 oz.) includes a single pan split in half with a darker and lighter shade with both shades running on the warm side with soft shimmer. Despite sharing a physican pan, the darker shade seemed to have a significantly better, smoother texture, while the lighter shade was drier and harder to work with.

Smile (Left) is a bright, medium-dark orange-coral with warm undertones and subtle gold shimmer. The texture was soft, smooth, blendable, and easy to apply, while the color payoff was semi-opaque and buildable. On me, the blush lasted for eight hours before fading. Becca Snapdragon (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, more muted, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Ex (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #410 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Tongue Tied (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Coral (P, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Supercontinental (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). By Terry Tan & Flash Cruise #2 (LE) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Fleeting Romance (P, $23.50) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Never Been Kissed (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (85% similar). Clinique Ginger Pop (01) (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (85% similar). Smashbox Persimmon (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Hourglass Incandescent Electra (LE) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Modern Mandarin (P, $22.00) is warmer (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Ecstasy (P, $40.00) is lighter, more muted, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Bang (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). Colour Pop Jelly Fish (DC, $8.00) is darker (80% similar). Becca Lantana (P, $32.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Smile (Right) is a light-medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and a luminous sheen. It was much more powdery and drier in the pan, which made it harder to apply to the skin. I felt like I had to really pack it on to get noticeable color, and it required some extra patience to get even application of the color. I noticed fading after six and a half hours of wear. MAC Lotus Blossom (LE, $40.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Launch Away (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). NARS Give In Take Blush III (LE) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Modest Blush (LE, $27.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Tres Fab (LE) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Rosy Outlook (P, $23.50) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC At Dusk (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). NYX Hamptons (P, $6.50) is less shimmery (90% similar). Dior Floral Pink (844) (LE, $44.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Edward Bess Filled with Desire (P, $43.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Estee Lauder Peach Passion (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Lesson in Love (LE, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). Guerlain Morning Rose (P, $52.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Hourglass Incandescent Electra (LE, $35.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Blush (LE) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Becca Camellia (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Laura Geller Rosewater (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). NARS Liberation (Left) (LE) is more muted, warmer (85% similar). Catrice La Vie En Rose (P, $5.99) is darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Guerlain Rose aux Joues Blush Duo Smile
Smile
Smile
7.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
80%
Total
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Dior Floral Pink (844) Diorblush

Dior Floral Pink (844) Diorblush
Dior Floral Pink (844) Diorblush

Dior Floral Pink (844) Diorblush ($44.00 for 0.24 oz.) is a light-medium pink with subtly warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. MAC Lotus Blossom (LE, $40.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Launch Away (LE, $22.00) is lighter (95% similar). Guerlain Smile (Right) (LE, $52.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Sweet Pink (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Native Blush (-) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Whimsy (LE, $28.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Tarte Dollface (P, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). Dior Rose (001) (LE, $56.00) is cooler (90% similar). Burberry Misty (P, $42.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Givenchy It-Girl Purple (P, $44.00) is brighter (90% similar). Burberry S/S15 Runway (LE, $65.00) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Santa Baby (LE) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Guerlain Morning Rose (P, $52.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Flush (P, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Temper (-) is darker, brighter (85% similar). Too Faced Skyline (LE) is darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC I'm a Lover (P, $23.50) is cooler (85% similar). Stila Light Pink (LE) is cooler (85% similar). MAC Lesson in Love (LE, $22.00) is warmer (85% similar). NARS New Attitude (LE, $30.00) is warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The DiorBlush formula is supposed to be a pigmented and blendable powder blush. The texture, while blendable on the skin, was powdery and looked somewhat powdery/dry against my skin (normal at the moment). It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque, buildable coverage. There seemed to be the slightest bit of shimmer in the product, but it read as a traditional matte finish applied. On me, the blush started to fade after six and a half hours of wear.

Dior Glowing Gardens Diorblush Floral Pink (844)

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