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Urban Decay Paranoid Afterglow Blush

Urban Decay Paranoid Afterglow 8-Hour Blush
Urban Decay Paranoid Afterglow 8-Hour Blush

Urban Decay Paranoid Afterglow 8-Hour Blush ($26.00 for 0.23 oz.) is described as a “medium bronze with gold shimmer.” It’s a slightly muted, medium-dark brown with warm undertones and a soft, pearly shimmer. Colour Pop Santos (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Glo Up (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Poolside (P, $8.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Ganymede (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter, less pigmented (90% similar). MAC I'll Hold My Breath #1 (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Zoeva ND030 (P) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Worldly Wealth (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). NYX Glow (P, $6.50) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Hourglass Brilliant Nude (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). MAC Cheek Pollen (LE, $22.00) is cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay’s describes their powder blush formula as having “buildable color” with a “blendable, finely milled” texture that will wear for “eight long hours.” This shade is exclusive to Urban Decay’s website. It had semi-opaque color payoff–it was one of the more pigmented shades in the range–that could be applied with a lighter hand or blended out for sheerer coverage or applied in two to three layers for more opaque coverage. It had a soft, smooth, and finely-milled consistency that wasn’t too soft or too firm. The color applied well and lasted for eight hours on me.

Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Blush Paranoid
Paranoid
Paranoid
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

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ColourPop Bronze Me, Flush’d, Glo Up Super Shock Cheeks

ColourPop Bronze Me Super Shock Cheek
ColourPop Bronze Me Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Bronze Me Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “warm bronze in a matte finish.” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm, orange undertones and a satin finish–there’s a light sheen and very, very fine shimmer. It was richly pigmented with a smooth, blendable consistency that sat well on the skin and played well with bare skin as well as liquid foundation. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours before fading. Stila Sending My Love Bronzer (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Compassion (LE, $29.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Semi-Sweet (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (04) (P, $40.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Bite Beauty Honeywheat (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Warmth (LE) is less shimmery, more muted (90% similar). MAC Firebrush (LE, $27.00) is lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals The High Dive (P, $24.00) is lighter (90% similar). Cover FX Sunset (P, $38.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Zoeva ND030 (P) is lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Carry-On (P, $8.00) is lighter (85% similar). Burberry Summer Glow (P, $48.00) is warmer (85% similar). Tarte Social Butterfly (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). By Terry Tan & Flash Cruise #5 (LE) is cooler, lower quality (85% similar). bareMinerals The Skinny Dip (P, $24.00) is lighter (85% similar). Becca Wild Honey (P, $32.00) is lighter (85% similar). Clinique Bronze Glow (P, $27.00) is lighter (80% similar). Benefit Hoola (P, $29.00) is lighter (80% similar). The Estee Edit Beachy (LE) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Flush’d Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “rusty deepened peach in a matte finish.” It’s a medium-dark, orange-coral with hints of warm, red undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had semi-opaque, buildable coverage that was fairly blendable but one of the less easily blended-out shades that I’ve tried in the formula. It’s best patted on with fingertips and lightly swept with the side of the finger for blending, but it didn’t apply well with a stippling brush for me. It wore for eight hours. Chanel Lumieres de Kyoto (LE, $70.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). The Estee Edit Coy Coral (02) (P, $28.00) is lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Tongue Tied (LE, $8.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Never Been Kissed (LE, $8.00) is cooler (85% similar). Surratt Beauty Brillante Idée (P, $32.00) is brighter, cooler (85% similar). Fyrinnae Nordic Angel (P, $10.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Passion for Colour (LE, $22.00) is lighter (85% similar). Surratt Beauty Parfait (P, $32.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). MAC Melba (P, $22.00) is lighter, more muted (80% similar). Makeup Geek Covet (P, $10.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Glo Up Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “rich gold with flashes of golden copper.” It’s a muted, medium-dark bronze with warm, copper undertones and a frosted, golden sheen. There was something in it that was almost mauve-like applied. It had good pigmentation with a soft, lightly emollient consistency that was smooth and easily blended on the skin. The shimmer didn’t emphasize pores. This shade wore well for eight hours on me. Cover FX Candlelight (P, $34.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Sesso (Bronzer) (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Bronze (P, $46.00) is darker (95% similar). Makeup Geek Ignite (P, $20.00) is darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Santos (LE, $8.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Benefit 10 (Bronzer) (DC, $29.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Bronzed (LE) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Firework (P, $20.00) is cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Jolie (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #1 (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NYX Glow (P, $6.50) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC I'll Hold My Breath #1 (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Spotlight (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Cover FX Candlelight (P, $42.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Paranoid (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Poolside (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Laura Mercier Seduction (P, $44.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Worldly Wealth (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Stila Kitten (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Bronze (LE, $45.00) is warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Colour Pop Super Shock Cheek Bronze Me
Bronze Me
Bronze Me
A

Limited Edition

9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total
Colour Pop Super Shock Cheek Flush'd
Flush'd
Flush'd
B

Limited Edition

8
Product
10
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4
Application
84%
Total
Colour Pop Super Shock Cheek Glo Up
Glo Up
Glo Up
A

Limited Edition

9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

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KIKO 110 Bright Pink & 112 Light Plum Classic Rose Soft Touch Blush

KIKO 110 Bright Pink Soft Touch Blush
KIKO 110 Bright Pink Soft Touch Blush

KIKO 110 Bright Pink Soft Touch Blush ($12.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a bright, light-medium cotton candy pink with cool, blue undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had mostly opaque color payoff with a soft, smooth texture that wasn’t too powdery or too firm, so it was relatively easy to apply and blend out on the skin. It develops a more natural finish as it is blended on the skin (not matte). The color wore well for eight hours before fading. theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Dollface (P, $28.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Pink Swoon (P, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). Givenchy It-Girl Purple (P, $44.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Surreal (LE, $28.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC I'm a Lover (P, $23.50) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Well Dressed (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Lush & Libido (500) (P, $42.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Burberry First Love (LE, $68.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Native Blush (-) is less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Mochi (DC, $8.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Pure Femininity (LE, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC First Waves (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #210 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is glossier (90% similar). Colour Pop Olive (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Whimsy (LE, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Justify My Love (P, $26.00) is cooler (95% similar). Tarte Dream (LE, $28.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Ombre (LE, $55.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Milani Delizioso Pink (10) (P, $8.49) is darker, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

KIKO 112 Light Plum Soft Touch Blush ($12.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark plum with subtle, cool undertones and a satin sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a slightly firmer consistency that made it harder to build-up the color and blend it out easily. It wore for seven and a half hoursr before fading on me. What a bummer this one wasn’t better, as it was one of the more unique shades in the range. Makeup Geek Soulmate (P, $10.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Tarte Does This Thing Really Work? (LE, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Pink Tea (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Candid (LE, $30.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Benefit Hervana (P, $29.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay TMI (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Smashbox Bitten (LE) is darker (85% similar). Urban Decay NOHO (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). NARS Misconduct (LE, $30.00) is warmer (85% similar). Estee Lauder Rebel Rose (P, $34.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Gratuitous (P, $60.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). LORAC Chroma (P, $23.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA OVERVIEW | KIKO Soft Touch Blush ($12.00 for 0.17 oz.) is supposed to be a “radiant and highly pigmented blush” with “long lasting colour.” It’s a powder blush that has a thinner, fairly smooth, blendable texture that ranges from semi-opaque to mostly opaque coverage. Most shades are matte to satin with the more matte shades still having a natural-looking finish to them (not flat or dry-looking applied). The wear has varied from six to eight hours depending on the shade.

Per readers comments, it appears these have been discontinued in some countries, though all shades except one appear to be available on the U.S. website. (It’s hard to tell if they’re just on sale, as they’re presently available for $3.90 a pop instead of $12, or if they are discounted to move, as I have seen KIKO do 30-50% off before.) I wasn’t intending to review these back-to-back but will be doing my best to get reviews out quickly in light of seeming to be discontinued. Readers have said the replacement is the Shade Fusion Trio Blush (which I haven’t tried, so I don’t know anything about), which would sure be a bummer, since it is more expensive and a trio of shades, so it is different enough that it doesn’t seem like a true replacement to me (boo!).

KIKO Soft Touch Blush 110 Bright Pink
A-

Permanent

9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total
KIKO Soft Touch Blush 112 Light Plum
C+

Permanent

7.5
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
78%
Total

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KIKO 108 Orange Coral & 109 Candy Rose Soft Touch Blush

KIKO 108 Orange Coral Soft Touch Blush
KIKO 108 Orange Coral Soft Touch Blush

KIKO 108 Orange Coral Soft Touch Blush ($12.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a medium coral with hints of pink and a mostly matte finish. It was one of the least-satiny shades in the range, so if you prefer more matte finishes, this one might work better for you. The texture was on the drier, dustier side, so coverage was semi-sheer to semi-opaque (two to three layers). It applied decently but could have been more blendable. It lasted for six and a half hours on me. Marc Jacobs Beauty Lines & Last Night (502) (P, $42.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Blush) (LE) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Vibrant (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (95% similar). MAC I'll Hold My Breath #2 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Mod (LE, $28.00) is brighter (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Warm (Winter 2016) Blush (LE, $60.00) is cooler (95% similar). Sephora Shame On You (01) (P, $14.00) is more muted (90% similar). Chanel Angelique (190) (P, $45.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Day Dream (LE, $30.00) is cooler (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty (Cheek Pop) (LE, $40.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Sideshow You (LE, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Illusive (LE, $30.00) is cooler (90% similar). Guerlain Ors et Merveilles #7 (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Coco Code (LE, $70.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Coral Flower (P, $49.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). NYX Apricot (P, $5.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Hourglass Incandescent Electra (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Bashful (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Spring Flock (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Streak Blush (-) is less shimmery (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

KIKO 109 Candy Rose Soft Touch Blush ($12.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a soft, rosy pink with warm, yellow undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had semi-opaque coverage with a soft, smooth, lightly powdery consistency that blended well on the skin. It is the type of color that is going to be better on fairer skin tones, as it does get lost on my skin tone due to the lighter tone of the color. I noticed some fading after seven hours of wear. Kat Von D Poe (Light) (P) is lighter (95% similar). MAC What I Fancy (LE, $22.00) is warmer (95% similar). By Terry Savannah Love #1 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Tinge (P, $23.00) is lighter (95% similar). LORAC Wavelength (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Benefit Dandelion (P, $29.00) is darker (85% similar). Makeup Geek Main Squeeze (P, $10.00) is darker (90% similar). Estee Lauder Peach Passion (P, $34.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Hourglass Surreal Effect (LE, $35.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Catrice La Vie En Rose (P, $5.99) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Lesson in Love (LE, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Spell Bound (P, $10.00) is darker (90% similar). Catrice Coral Me Maybe (P, $5.99) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Sunset (LE, $24.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC At Dusk (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Guerlain Morning Rose (P, $52.00) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel Sakura (87) (LE, $45.00) is darker, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Makeup Geek Blind Date (P, $10.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). MAC Launch Away (LE, $22.00) is cooler (85% similar). NARS Myth (LE, $30.00) is lighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA OVERVIEW | KIKO Soft Touch Blush ($12.00 for 0.17 oz.) is supposed to be a “radiant and highly pigmented blush” with “long lasting colour.” It’s a powder blush that has a thinner, fairly smooth, blendable texture that ranges from semi-opaque to mostly opaque coverage. Most shades are matte to satin with the more matte shades still having a natural-looking finish to them (not flat or dry-looking applied). The wear has varied from six to eight hours depending on the shade.

Per readers comments, it appears these have been discontinued in some countries, though all shades except one appear to be available on the U.S. website. (It’s hard to tell if they’re just on sale, as they’re presently available for $3.90 a pop instead of $12, or if they are discounted to move, as I have seen KIKO do 30-50% off before.) I wasn’t intending to review these back-to-back but will be doing my best to get reviews out quickly in light of seeming to be discontinued. Readers have said the replacement is the Shade Fusion Trio Blush (which I haven’t tried, so I don’t know anything about), which would sure be a bummer, since it is more expensive and a trio of shades, so it is different enough that it doesn’t seem like a true replacement to me (boo!).

KIKO Soft Touch Blush 108 Orange Coral
6.5
Product
7
Pigmentation
7
Texture
7
Longevity
4
Application
70%
Total
KIKO Soft Touch Blush 109 Candy Rose
B

Permanent

8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
83%
Total

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KIKO 106 Beige Rose & 107 Tomato Soft Touch Blush

KIKO 106 Beige Rose Soft Touch Blush
KIKO 106 Beige Rose Soft Touch Blush

KIKO 106 Beige Rose Soft Touch Blush ($12.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a slightly muted, medium brown with warm, reddish tones and a satin finish. It had good pigmentation with a very smooth, blendable consistency. It wasn’t stiff, but the texture was firmer relative to a lot of the other shades in the range (which tended to be a little powdery in the pan). This shade wore well for seven and a half hours before fading. Becca Amaretto (LE, $32.00) is cooler (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Natura (P, $37.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Becca Sweet Pea (P, $32.00) is lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals The Close Call (P, $22.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Bite Beauty Blondie (P, $24.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Cantaloupe (P, $22.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Burberry Earthy (P, $42.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Stellar Beauty Eclipse (P, $25.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Harmony (P, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Douceur (P, $30.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Black Opal Rose Gold (P, $8.95) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Video (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Laura Mercier Earth (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Surratt Beauty Chaleur (P, $32.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). LORAC Cinematic (P, $23.00) is cooler (85% similar). Surratt Beauty La Rosée du Soir (P, $32.00) is lighter (80% similar). Chanel Canaille (89) (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery, darker, brighter (80% similar). Makeup Geek Infatuation (P, $9.99) is less shimmery (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

KIKO 107 Tomato Soft Touch Blush ($12.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a bright, medium-dark reddish-coral with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, fairly blendable texture. It could have been easier to apply and diffuse on the skin, but it wasn’t a fight to even it out–fairer skin tones may prefer something more foolproof, though. The color lasted for eight hours on me. NARS Savage (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Never Been Kissed (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Clinique Ginger Pop (01) (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Fruit Stand (DC, $8.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Smashbox Geranium (LE) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Adobe Brick (LE, $22.00) is brighter (85% similar). NYX Tuscan (P, $6.50) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Ex (LE, $5.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Estee Lauder Poppy Passion (P, $34.00) is cooler (85% similar). Chanel Rouge Profond (320) (P, $45.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Guerlain Coral Blush (LE) is lighter (85% similar). Edward Bess Secret Affair (P, $43.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Fleeting Romance (P, $23.50) is lighter (80% similar). Chanel Intonation (69) (DC, $38.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier (80% similar). Dior Corail Bagatelle (763) (LE, $43.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Flush (Discontinued) (DC, $60.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA OVERVIEW | KIKO Soft Touch Blush ($12.00 for 0.17 oz.) is supposed to be a “radiant and highly pigmented blush” with “long lasting colour.” It’s a powder blush that has a thinner, fairly smooth, blendable texture that ranges from semi-opaque to mostly opaque coverage. Most shades are matte to satin with the more matte shades still having a natural-looking finish to them (not flat or dry-looking applied). The wear has varied from six to eight hours depending on the shade.

Per readers comments, it appears these have been discontinued in some countries, though all shades except one appear to be available on the U.S. website. (It’s hard to tell if they’re just on sale, as they’re presently available for $3.90 a pop instead of $12, or if they are discounted to move, as I have seen KIKO do 30-50% off before.) I wasn’t intending to review these back-to-back but will be doing my best to get reviews out quickly in light of seeming to be discontinued. Readers have said the replacement is the Shade Fusion Trio Blush (which I haven’t tried, so I don’t know anything about), which would sure be a bummer, since it is more expensive and a trio of shades, so it is different enough that it doesn’t seem like a true replacement to me (boo!).

KIKO Soft Touch Blush 106 Beige Rose
A-

Permanent

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total
KIKO Soft Touch Blush 107 Tomato
107 Tomato
107 Tomato
B

Permanent

8
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total

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KIKO 104 Pastel Pink & 105 Dark Rose Soft Touch Blush

KIKO 104 Pastel Pink Soft Touch Blush
KIKO 104 Pastel Pink Soft Touch Blush

KIKO 104 Pastel Pink Soft Touch Blush ($12.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a medium-dark, raspberry pink with cool undertones and a soft, frosted finish. (There’s nothing pastel about it!) It swatches and applies darker than it appears in the pan. The texture was soft, fairly smooth, and blendable with a luminous finish that didn’t emphasize pores but had a nice, even glow. This shade wore for eight hours on me before fading. NARS Outlaw (P, $30.00) is cooler (90% similar). NARS Goulue (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Wrapped Candy (P, $27.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Neolita (P, $37.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Cheerio (P, $8.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar). NYX Desert Rose (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

KIKO 105 Dark Rose Soft Touch Blush ($12.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a muted, medium mauve with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, blendable texture that was easy to work with and just the tiniest bit powdery in the pan (but it didn’t look powdery applied to my cheeks). The color lasted for seven and a half hours on me. Tarina Tarantino Neopolitan Lane (P, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Physicians Formula Plum Rose (P, $12.99) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Exposed (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Estee Lauder Alluring Rose (P, $34.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Makeup Geek Puppy Love (P, $10.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals Golden Gate (LE, $22.00) is lighter (85% similar). Tarte Seduce (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Tarte Royal (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Bite Beauty Cashew (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). LORAC Cinematic (P, $23.00) is less shimmery, warmer (80% similar). Urban Decay Fetish (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, cooler (80% similar). bareMinerals The Close Call (P, $22.00) is warmer (80% similar). Giorgio Armani Daybreak (503) (P, $46.00) is lighter (80% similar). Burberry Earthy (P, $42.00) is less shimmery, warmer (80% similar). Urban Decay Strip Blush (-) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). MAC Baby Don't Go (P, $23.50) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Makeup Geek Spell Bound (P, $9.99) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). NARS Douceur (P, $30.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA OVERVIEW | KIKO Soft Touch Blush ($12.00 for 0.17 oz.) is supposed to be a “radiant and highly pigmented blush” with “long lasting colour.” It’s a powder blush that has a thinner, fairly smooth, blendable texture that ranges from semi-opaque to mostly opaque coverage. Most shades are matte to satin with the more matte shades still having a natural-looking finish to them (not flat or dry-looking applied). The wear has varied from six to eight hours depending on the shade.

Per readers comments, it appears these have been discontinued in some countries, though all shades except one appear to be available on the U.S. website. (It’s hard to tell if they’re just on sale, as they’re presently available for $3.90 a pop instead of $12, or if they are discounted to move, as I have seen KIKO do 30-50% off before.) I wasn’t intending to review these back-to-back but will be doing my best to get reviews out quickly in light of seeming to be discontinued. Readers have said the replacement is the Shade Fusion Trio Blush (which I haven’t tried, so I don’t know anything about), which would sure be a bummer, since it is more expensive and a trio of shades, so it is different enough that it doesn’t seem like a true replacement to me (boo!).

KIKO Soft Touch Blush 104 Pastel Pink
B+

Permanent

8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total
KIKO Soft Touch Blush 105 Dark Rose
B

Permanent

8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
86%
Total

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