MAC Full of Joy & Peony Petal Blushes (2014)

MAC Full of Joy Blush ($21.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “lavender.” It’s a cool-toned, light lavender with a hint of pink and a satin finish. It’s a true lavender–this is a blush that doesn’t just turn pink applied to the skin. It had excellent color payoff with a soft, silky texture that was blendable, buildable, and wore for almost eight hours before starting to fade. NARS Sex Fantasy (LE, $29.00) is much pinker. NARS Mistinguette (LE, $29.00) is also pinker. NARS Gaiety (P, $29.00) is pinker. MAC Unconventional (LE, $21.00) is slightly p inker. MAC Lazy Sunday (LE, $20.00) is lighter, pinker, cream. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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MAC Full of Joy Blush
MAC Powder Blush Full of Joy
A-
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
92%
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Make Up For Ever #225 HD Blush

Make Up For Ever #225 HD Blush ($26.000 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “peachy pink.” It’s a light-medium, muted peach with warm undertones, hint of pink, and a satin finish. theBalm Cider (P) is lighter, pinker. Hourglass Dim Infusion (P, $35.00) is powder. Tarte Darling (LE, $26.00) is darker, powder. MAC Cream Soda (LE, $21.00) is more orange, powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Make Up For Ever #225 HD Blush
Make Up For Ever HD Blush #225 HD Blush
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
96%

IT Cosmetics Pretty in Peony Vitality Cheek Stain

It Cosmetics Pretty in Peony Vitality Cheek Stain ($24.00 for 0.136 oz.) is a medium-dark, pinky-coral with a gold, frosted sheen. Milani Lady Rouge (06) (LE, $7.99) has no shimmer. NARS Laos (P, $39.00) is a cream product, has no shimmer. NARS Day Dream (LE, $29.00) is lighter. NARS Soulshine #1 (LE, $29.00) is slightly pinker. NARS Realm of the Senses #1 (LE, $29.00) is lighter. NARS Realm of the Senses (Together) (LE, $29.00) is similar. MAC Simmer (LE, $25.00) is less golden. NARS Deep Throat (P, $29.00) is lighter, less pink. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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It Cosmetics Pretty in Peony Vitality Cheek Stain
IT Cosmetics Vitality Cheek Stain Pretty in Peony
A
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
10
Application
4.5
Total
94%
Permanent

Giorgio Armani Daybreak (503) Cheek Fabric Blush

Giorgio Armani Daybreak (503) Cheek Fabric Blush ($46.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a dusty, muted, medium rosy pink with a soft micro-sparkle and satin finish. Divergent Misty Rose (LE) is darker, more matte. Tarte Elevated (LE, $26.00) is more muted. Tarina Tarantino Neopolitan Lane (P, $25.00) is darker, less rosy. Urban Decay Overexposed (LE) is lighter. MAC At Dusk (LE, $25.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches or view dupes.

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Giorgio Armani Daybreak (503) Cheek Fabric Blush
Giorgio Armani Cheek Fabric Blush Daybreak (503)
B+
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
89%

Tarte Flush Amazonian Clay Blush

Tarte Flush Amazonian Clay Blush ($26.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as a “pinkish berry.” It’s a light-medium, cool-toned pink with a satin finish. Make Up For Ever #210 (P, $26.00) is a cream product. Urban Decay Blush (P) is lighter. Clinique Plum Pop (04) (P, $21.00) is darker, more shimmery, brighter. NARS New Attitude (LE, $29.00) is brighter. Milani Delizioso Pink (10) (P, $7.99) is brighter, cooler-toned. Givenchy It-Girl Purple (P, $44.00) is a little lighter. theBalm Argyle (P, $22.00) is warmer. theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is a touch lighter. MAC Well Dressed (P, $21.00) is lighter, pinker. See comparison swatches. As a note, reader Erin has noted that this shade is not the same as a previously-released Flush (in past kits from Tarte).

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Tarte Flush Amazonian Clay Blush
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush Flush
B-
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
7.5
Application
4.5
Total
82%

Sephora + Pantone Universe Rush Luster Cheek Sweep

Sephora + Pantone Universe Rush Luster Cheek Sweep ($26.00 for 0.39 oz.) includes two Luminizers and one blush. I loved the mix of colors in the palette, and I really appreciated that they went for a true, “Radiant Orchid” blush–it’s a shade that you just don’t see often as a genuine blush (but there are similar shades if you look at eyeshadow). I wish the two Luminizers were a bit less metallic, as they can slightly to somewhat emphasize skin imperfections/pores. Otherwise, all three shades had really good color payoff, and the textures were soft, smooth, and blendable on the skin. You get plenty of product in the palette, and it’s an excellent price point, so I think it’s well worth checking out–especially if you’ve ever craved a purple-y blush!

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Sephora + Pantone Universe Rush Luster Cheek Sweep
Sephora + Pantone Universe Cheek Sweep Rush Luster
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
90%
Limited Edition
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