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MAC Sketch Blush

MAC Sketch Blush
MAC Sketch Blush

MAC Sketch Blush ($17.00 for 0.21 oz. pan-only) is described as a “rich plum [with a Matte finish].” It’s a blackened burgundy with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. Viseart Sculpting #3 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Plum Attraction (LE, $45.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Film Noir (P, $22.00) is darker, warmer (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. Sketch is one of the hardest blushes to blend out that I’ve ever encountered: it does not want to diffuse, even out, or otherwise look half-decent on the skin. Perhaps it is due to the incredibly dry, powdery consistency that drags across the skin’s surface and has that patchy, uneven coverage even as a swatch that results in an absolutely disastrous application. It seems quite pigmented, but it just doesn’t seem to go on well–even when I tried it over primer and with various brushes, I really couldn’t get decent results at all. The mess that I did make, however, seemed to wear for eight hours, so there’s that.

MAC Powder Blush Sketch
Sketch
Sketch
4
Product
9
Pigmentation
2
Texture
8.5
Longevity
1.5
Application
56%
Total

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MAC Cantaloupe Blush

MAC Cantaloupe Blush
MAC Cantaloupe Blush

MAC Cantaloupe Blush ($17.00 for 0.21 oz. pan-only) is described as a “rich warm cantaloupe [with a Satin finish].” It’s a muted, medium brown with warm, peachy tones and a satin sheen. Makeup Geek Infatuation (P, $9.99) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Natura (P, $37.00) is more muted, cooler (90% similar). By Terry Tan & Flash Cruise #6 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Zoeva Burning Up (P, $11.80) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Hansel (Shade) (P) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Chaleur (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Chanel Jersey (80) (P, $45.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Makeup Geek Infatuation (P, $10.00) is darker (90% similar). The Estee Edit First Lover (01) (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). KIKO 106 Beige Rose (P, $12.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (90% similar). NARS Gina (P, $30.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). MAC Pleasure Model (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Becca Sweet Pea (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Video (P, $26.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Cheek Pollen (LE, $22.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Laura Mercier Earth (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Coppertone (P, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Harmony (P, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% 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. Cantaloupe had good pigmentation with a soft, finely-milled, and blendable texture that wasn’t too powdery nor was it too firm–nicely balanced and made for easy application. On my normal-to-dry skin, the color lasted for eight hours before showing signs of fading along the edges.

MAC Powder Blush Cantaloupe
Cantaloupe
Cantaloupe
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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NYX Rose Gold & Intuition HD Blushes

NYX Rose Gold HD Blush
NYX Rose Gold HD Blush

NYX Rose Gold HD Blush ($6.50 for 0.16 oz.) is a brightened, medium orange-coral with warm, reddish undertones and a strong, golden frost. It had semi-opaque coverage that was buildable to mostly true-to-pan color. The texture was silky to the touch, which made it easy to blend and work into the skin, and the fineness of the powder helped it adhere smoothly. The only downside is that it is a little powdery and kicks up excess in the pan, but luckily, that powderiness doesn’t translate on the skin. This shade wore for seven and a half hours on me. Makeup Geek Romance (P, $9.99) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Haute Contour (Blush) (LE) is less pigmented, cooler (90% similar). Milani Corallina (P, $8.49) is darker (90% similar). NARS Vu (LE) is cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Sparkling Bellini (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Too Faced Luminous Peach (LE) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Siena (P, $58.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). NYX Menage a Trois (P, $15.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Style Cast (LE, $22.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Zoeva Palace Door (P) is lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Fireball (P, $26.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NYX Intuition HD Blush ($6.50 for 0.16 oz.) is a medium, rosy plum with warm undertones and a frosted finish. This blush has an incredibly soft, finely-milled consistency… that gets everywhere, because it is so powdery that is easy to get far more product than you need on the brush and onto your face (it also wastes some!). You need a really, really light touch and just lightly pat the surface of the blush with your brush to minimize the mess. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a more heavily frosted finish, though it didn’t emphasize pores once it is blended out. I noticed fading with this one after seven hours. Laura Geller Fruit Punch (P, $28.00) is cooler (95% similar). Becca Rose Spritz (LE, $34.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Peachy Keen (LE) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Star Wonder (LE, $32.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Sweet Vision (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Springsheen (P, $22.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). YSL Passionnee (6) (P, $47.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Peony (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Laura Geller Tropic Hues (P, $28.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA SUMMARY | NYX’s newest blush formula is supposed to be a “high definition, lightweight blush that blends evenly” that is “vibrant and silky.” The texture tended to be on the more powdery side, but it sits well and doesn’t look powdery applied. Many shades have a more luminous finish to them where the shimmer is fine enough to create a glow, rather than a frosted finish (though a couple are quite shimmery). The formula blends fairly easily on the skin and has medium, buildable coverage with some being very pigmented right off the bat. The wear time is between seven and eight hours.

NYX HD Blush Rose Gold
Rose Gold
Rose Gold
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
86%
Total
NYX HD Blush Intuition
Intuition
Intuition
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
80%
Total

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MAC Burnt Pepper Blush

MAC Burnt Pepper Blush
MAC Burnt Pepper Blush

MAC Burnt Pepper Blush ($17.00 for 0.21 oz. pan-only) is described as a “warm rich terracotta.” It’s a medium-dark reddish-copper with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. NARS Vengeful (Right) (LE) is more shimmery, cooler (95% similar). MAC Hidden Treasure (LE, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC A Little Lusty (LE, $22.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Rouge Profond (320) (P, $45.00) is cooler (85% similar). NARS Savage (LE, $30.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). MAC Taraji Glow (LE, $32.00) is darker, more muted (80% similar). NYX Crimson (P, $6.50) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). Bite Beauty Almond (P, $24.00) is darker, cooler (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. Burnt Pepper was incredibly pigmented–a little goes a very, very long way, so definitely use less than you think you may need!–with a soft, silky consistency that blended out easily, which is a real must for something this rich in pigment. I found that the finish had a “natural matte” sheen to it–it looked like skin and never flat, but it wasn’t shimmery or even satiny. It wore well for nine hours on me before fading.

MAC Powder Blush Burnt Pepper
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

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MAC Fleur Power Blush

MAC Fleur Power Blush
MAC Fleur Power Blush

MAC Fleur Power Blush ($17.00 for 0.21 oz. pan-only) is described as a “soft bright pinkish-coral [with a Satin finish].” It’s a brightened, medium pink-coral with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. MAC Hipness (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). NYX Summer Peach (P, $5.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Tarte Deco (LE, $28.00) is cooler (95% similar). theBalm Frat Boy (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Too Faced How Deep is Your Love? (P, $26.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte True Love (P, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Warmhearted (LE, $28.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Exhibitionist (LE) is cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Melt Into Spring (LE) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Dior My Lady (003) (LE, $60.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Fetching (LE, $28.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte Crave (LE, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). The Estee Edit Purr Pink (03) (P, $28.00) is cooler (90% similar). Chanel Vibration (270) (P, $45.00) is darker, brighter, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Smashing (LE, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Live (LE, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Sid (Shade) (P) is warmer (85% similar). Tarte Irreplaceable (LE, $28.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Too Faced Your Love is King (P, $26.00) is darker (85% similar). Tarte Amazed (LE, $28.00) is lighter, more muted, cooler (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. 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. Fleur Power had semi-sheer to semi-opaque, buildable coverage with a somewhat powdery consistency, even though it felt very fine and smooth to the touch. The color blended out nicely on the skin, and the color looked even with a natural matte finish that didn’t read flat but wasn’t shimmery or shiny either. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me before fading.

MAC Powder Blush Fleur Power
8
Product
8
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
82%
Total

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NYX Pastel Chic & Baby Doll HD Blushes

NYX Pastel Chic HD Blush
NYX Pastel Chic HD Blush

NYX Pastel Chic HD Blush ($6.50 for 0.16 oz.) is a very pale pink with cool, blue undertones and a matte finish. It is almost like a washed-out lavender. There is a strong white base, so on my skin tone, it looks chalky, and obviously I’m unable to show it to its best appearance as a result, even though it had semi-opaque coverage. (It is going to be ideal for someone who is fairer and finds most blushes too dark for their preferences.) The texture is very, very powdery, despite having an incredibly silky consistency to the touch but remains easy to blend out on the skin and looks even applied. On me, it wore for seven hours before fading. Guerlain Carousel (LE, $62.00) is more shimmery, less pigmented (90% similar). NARS Cheek Studio I (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Kat Von D Clyde (Light) (P) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Full of Joy (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, darker, brighter (85% similar). Hourglass Ethereal Glow (P, $35.00) is warmer (85% similar). Kat Von D Gomez (Light) (P) is darker (85% similar). MAC Pink Buttercream (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Unconventional (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Makeup Geek First Love (P, $9.99) is warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NYX Baby Doll HD Blush ($6.50 for 0.16 oz.) is a pop of light-medium pink with subtle, cool blue undertones and a luminous sheen. It had good pigmentation that was buildable to totally opaque coverage in two layers with a moderate shimmer that was noticeable without emphasizing pores. The blush had a somewhat powdery consistency in the pan, but it applied well and sat nicely on the skin. It started to fade after eight hours of wear. Makeup Geek Head Over Heels (P, $9.99) is less shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Olive (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Sweet Pink (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Barbe a Papa (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter, more muted (90% similar). Tarte Dollface (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #210 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Boba (DC, $8.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC I'm a Lover (P, $23.50) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Well Dressed (P, $22.00) is cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Cherry (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Givenchy It-Girl Purple (P, $44.00) is less shimmery (85% similar). Colour Pop Prenup (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Surratt Beauty Guimauve (P, $32.00) is lighter (85% similar). theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Clinique Pink Pop (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Physicians Formula Rose (P, $12.99) is darker, more muted, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Naked on the Run Blush (LE) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). Urban Decay Crush (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). MAC Pure Femininity (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA SUMMARY | NYX’s newest blush formula is supposed to be a “high definition, lightweight blush that blends evenly” that is “vibrant and silky.” The texture tended to be on the more powdery side, but it sits well and doesn’t look powdery applied. Many shades have a more luminous finish to them where the shimmer is fine enough to create a Baby Doll, rather than a frosted finish (though a couple are quite shimmery). The formula blends fairly easily on the skin and has medium, buildable coverage with some being very pigmented right off the bat. The wear time is between seven and eight hours.

NYX HD Blush Pastel Chic
7.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
6.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
78%
Total
NYX HD Blush Baby Doll
Baby Doll
Baby Doll
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total

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