ColourPop Santos & New Lowes Super Shock Cheeks

ColourPop Santos Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “soft golden bronze.” It’s a slightly muted, medium-dark bronzy brown with warm, rosy undertones and a pearly sheen. There’s a plum/rosy vibe I get from it that makes it appear less bronzy, especially as I blended it out (even against my warmer undertones). The texture was smooth, soft, and blendable without being too dry or too emollient. It had buildable color coverage from semi-sheer to opaque, depending on how you applied it (which is how it is described). This shade wore well for ten hours before fading. NYX Glow (P, $6.50) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Giorgio Armani No. 17 (P, $62.00) is less shimmery, less pigmented, cooler (85% similar). Too Faced Sun Bunny #1 (P) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Poolside (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). theBalm Betty-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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ColourPop Santos Super Shock Cheek
Colour Pop Super Shock Cheek Santos
A+
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
100%
Limited Edition
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Too Faced Love Flush Blush Palette

Too Faced Love Flush Blush Wardrobe ($36.00 for 0.42 oz.) includes six, miniature-sized blushes–all six that exist in the Love Flush range. The palette contains $52 worth of blush, and it is a nice way to try six for less than the price of two full-sized ones. I love the concept, and I think the quality is on-par with or better than the permanent, individual pans that came out. The big takeaway is that I think the formula is better than it rates, as it primarily gets dinged for not lasting the 16-hours promised (wear is between eight and ten hours), so if getting half the stated wear-time isn’t a deal-breaker, the formula is well-worth a look, whether an individual shade or the palette. The shades were extremely consistent with the individual compacts I tested previously; I specifically tested the shades in the palette for quality and wear, but for the photos of the blushes on my face, those were taken from original reviews.

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Too Faced Love Flush Blush Wardrobe
Too Faced Blush Wardrobe Love Flush
B
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
6
Application
5
Total
86%
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MAC Cheek Pollen & Spellbinder Blushes

MAC Cheek Pollen Blush ($22.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “warm nude [with a Satin finish].” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm undertones and a satin shimmer-sheen finish. It was richly pigmented with a really soft, smooth, almost buttery consistency that applied well to the skin. It blended out beautifully, while the satin finish gave the skin luminosity without emphasizing pores. On me, it lasted for eight hours. Becca Rose Gold (P, $41.00) is less shimmery, less pigmented (90% similar). NARS Cheek Studio III (LE, $30.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (90% similar). Laura Mercier Earth (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Laura Geller Ballerina (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Becca Sweet Pea (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). NARS Cheek Studio II (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). NYX Bronzed (P, $6.50) is cooler (85% similar). Sephora Collection Passionate (23) (P, $15.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). LORAC Unapologetic (LE) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). MAC Love Joy (P, $27.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Marsala (LE, $25.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Cantaloupe (P, $22.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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MAC Cheek Pollen Blush
MAC Powder Blush Cheek Pollen
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
94%
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MAC x Ellie Goulding Halcyon Nights Palette

MAC Halcyon Nights Face Kit ($44.00 for 0.36 oz.) includes four powder eyeshadows and one Cream Colour Base (cream product), with the cream product housed underneath the powders, so you shouldn’t get too much cross-contamination from the powders. I liked it overall, though it is, of course, more dupable given it is a set of neutral shades. I think it would be an easier to sell if it was a quad of powder eyeshadows (it would also be more streamlined, as it wouldn’t have a second level to it) with the Cream Colour Base sold separately. It is priced pretty similarly to most limited edition, specially-packaged eyeshadow quads (which contain the same amount of powder product), so it’s almost like getting the CCB for free.

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MAC Halcyon Nights Face Kit
MAC Ellie Goulding Face Kit Halcyon Nights
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
83%
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MAC x Ellie Goulding Halcyon Days Palette

MAC Halcyon Days Face Kit ($44.00 for 0.45 oz.) includes four Cream Colour Bases and one Blot Powder/Pressed. I am totally baffled by the inclusion of the Blot Powder, given that it is in shade “Medium Dark,” which will obviously not suit many skin tones. Why not a powder highlighter instead? Two of the Cream Colour Bases (Tint and Root) are part of the permanent range. If you’re unfamiliar with the Cream Colour Base formula, it’s pretty much a versatile cream-based product that can be sheer, buildable, creamy, or shimmery and can be used on the eyes, lips, or face (some shades have restricted usages). They can be used alone or over products (including powder) and are supposed to last for eight hours on face and body (with “lasting wear for hours on eyes”).

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MAC Halcyon Days Face Kit
MAC Ellie Goulding Face Kit Halcyon Days
A-
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
90%
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MAC x Ellie Goulding I’ll Hold My Breath Blush Duo

MAC I’ll Hold My Breath Blush Duo ($28.00 for 0.35 oz.) consists of a brown and pink, with the brown taking up about two-thirds of the space in the pan. Not bad, not out of this world. I wish they would have just kept it as true duo–half of each–as I think it would be more versatile that way. They are more dupable, particularly the coral (even within MAC’s range). It is a larger compact, and it’s nice to see that they put together special packaging for the collection.

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MAC I'll Hold My Breath Blush Duo
MAC Ellie Goulding Powder Blush Duo I'll Hold My Breath
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
83%
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