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Tarte Bling It On Blush Palette

Tarte Bling It On Amazonian Clay Blush Palette
Tarte Bling It On Amazonian Clay Blush Palette

Tarte Bling It On Amazonian Clay Blush Palette ($44.00 for 0.75 oz.) is a decent to good blush palette if you like your blushes mid-tone and warm-toned with more satin-like finishes–and 12-hour wear-time isn’t a must. Four of the five are new (as far as I can tell), with Dollface being a shade in the permanent line (but I think the one in this palette isn’t quite as blue-based). That being said, Tarte has released a lot of limited edition blushes in the same type of shades, so you may already have ones similar enough. I’m not a fan of the packaging, as the black glitter is quite chunky and flakes off the palette. Tarte’s full-sized, standalone blushes cost $28.00 and contain 0.20 oz. or $140.00/oz. This palette contains $105.00 worth of blush for those of you keeping track of value this year!

The Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush formula is supposed to last for twelve hours (shocker!) with “soft to vivid” colors. They are longer-wearing than the average blush, but the tend to wear between eight and ten hours on me. The coverage is semi-sheer to mostly opaque, while the finishes are usually semi-matte to satin. One issue I have with the blushes is that they tend to develop hardened surfaces as they seem particularly sensitive to any oil getting on the surface (e.g. oils from your face transfer to your blush brush, which is dipped into the pan).

Fetching is a muted, medium rosy pink with soft, warm undertones and a satin finish. It had a fairly soft, smooth texture that blended out easily on the skin while the color lasted for nine hours on me. theBalm Houndstooth (P, $22.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Genius (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Fleur Power (P, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte True Love (P, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel Rosewood (350) (P, $45.00) is cooler, darker (90% similar). NYX Peach (P, $5.00) is brighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Cruel Intentions (LE, $8.00) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #310 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is glossier, darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Night Fever & Hot Stuff (508) (P, $42.00) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Your Love is King (P, $26.00) is brighter, darker (90% similar). Tarte Irreplaceable (LE, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Does This Thing Really Work? (LE, $28.00) is cooler, darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Ironic (LE, $28.00) is brighter, darker (90% similar). Chanel Crescendo (250) (LE, $45.00) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). Guerlain Ors et Merveilles #8 (LE) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Laura Geller Rosewater (P, $26.00) is cooler, lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Colour Pop Early Bird (DC, $8.00) is cooler, brighter, lighter (85% similar). NYX Mauve (P, $5.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Red Water Lily (LE, $40.00) is cooler, brighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Too Faced Love Hangover (P, $26.00) is warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Dollface is a soft, light-medium pink with cool, blue undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage. The texture was soft, a little dusty, but applied well and didn’t look dusty or dry on the skin. On me, the blush lasted for eight and a half hours. theBalm Argyle (P, $22.00) is cooler (95% similar). KIKO 110 Bright Pink (P, $12.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Geek Head Over Heels (P, $9.99) is more muted (95% similar). Too Faced Raindrops on Roses (LE) is darker, more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Lollipop (LE) is darker (95% similar). Clinique Pink Pop (P, $21.00) is warmer (95% similar). NARS Robotic (LE, $30.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Pink Sprinkles (LE, $22.00) is warmer, less shimmery (90% similar). NARS New Attitude (LE, $30.00) is warmer, darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Skyline (LE) is more muted, darker (90% similar). Bite Beauty Lotus (P, $24.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #210 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Nude Pink (P, $26.00) is cooler, more muted (85% similar). Urban Decay Naked on the Run Blush (LE) is darker (90% similar). MAC Pure Femininity (LE, $22.00) is cooler (90% similar). NYX Baby Doll (P, $6.50) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Lush & Libido (500) (P, $42.00) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Dior Floral Pink (844) (LE, $44.00) is lighter (90% similar). Dior My Lady (002) (LE, $60.00) is more muted (90% similar). Colour Pop Prenup (P, $8.00) is more muted (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Prim is a muted, rosy brown with warm undertones and a satin sheen. The texture on this shade was a little firmer, which made it harder to get color payoff out of it, so it was more semi-sheer to semi=opaque and needed two to three layers to be visible on my medium skin tone. This shade lasted for seven and a half hours on me. Tarte Impress (LE, $28.00) is darker (95% similar). bareMinerals Golden Gate (LE, $22.00) is warmer (95% similar). bareMinerals Golden Gate Matte (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). CoverGirl Medium Rose (P, $9.99) is cooler, more shimmery (95% similar). Clinique Pink Honey Pop (P, $21.00) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). Estee Lauder Lover's Blush (P, $34.00) is warmer, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Cheeky Bugger (LE, $22.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Hourglass Euphoric Fusion (LE) is warmer, more shimmery (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Capri (P, $58.00) is darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Spell Bound (P, $9.99) is lighter, more shimmery (95% similar). Becca Wisteria (LE, $32.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Blasphemy (LE, $30.00) is cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Overexposed (LE) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Smashbox Petunia (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Day Dream (LE, $30.00) is darker (85% similar). Chanel Rose Bronze (P, $45.00) is warmer (85% similar). Tarte Exposed (P, $28.00) is warmer, darker, less shimmery (85% similar). bareMinerals The Love Letter (LE, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Unleashed (LE, $28.00) is warmer (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Bicoastal (Top) (LE) is lighter, more shimmery (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Smashing is a light-medium, pink-coral with warm undertones and a matte finish. This shade was very soft and silky, but it kicked up excess powder in the pan, so it was also more powdery to work with. Luckily, it didn’t read powdery on the skin. It had good pigmentation and blended out with ease. On me, this shade lasted for nine hours.
NYX Summer Peach (P, $5.00) is darker (95% similar). Dior My Lady (003) (LE, $60.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Sweet Sweet Fantasy (LE, $24.00) is cooler (95% similar). Gucci Beauty Coral Flower (P, $49.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Crave (LE, $28.00) is brighter (95% similar). Too Faced Stardust (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte True Love (P, $28.00) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Live (LE, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Guerlain Ors et Merveilles #7 (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Sid (Shade) (P) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced How Deep is Your Love? (P, $26.00) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Melt Into Spring (LE) is warmer, darker (90% similar). LORAC Technicolor (P, $22.00) is warmer, brighter, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Bashful (LE, $28.00) is warmer, more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Fleur Power (P, $22.00) is cooler (90% similar). Sephora Flirt It Up (06) (P, $14.00) is cooler, brighter (90% similar). Tarte Deco (LE, $28.00) is cooler (90% similar). Guerlain Ors et Merveilles #8 (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty (Cheek Pop) (LE, $40.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Bumpy Ride (P, $30.00) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Beaming is a soft, light-medium peach with a hint of pink and silver sparkle and shimmer. The texture was somewhat dry and dusty to work with, and this is a shade that really sheered out when applied to bare skin. The sparkle/shimmer didn’t bind well with the base powder, so it actually looked quite matte applied. It wore for eight hours on me. Chanel Infiniment Chanel (P, $65.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Geek Honeymoon (P, $9.99) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Amber Glow (LE, $27.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Trickery (DC, $8.00) is cooler, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Sunny Surprise (LE, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). NYX Soft Spoken (P, $6.50) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Nude Pink (LE, $35.50) is warmer, darker (85% similar). Clinique Nude Pop (P, $21.00) is darker, more shimmery (85% similar). LORAC Unimaginable (LE) is more shimmery (85% similar). Too Faced Papa Don't Peach (LE) is darker, more shimmery (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tarte Holiday 2015 Blush Palette Bling It On
Bling It On
Bling It On
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total
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B+

Fetching

Limited Edition
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B+

Dollface

Permanent
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C+

Prim

Limited Edition
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B+

Smashing

Limited Edition
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C

Beaming

Limited Edition
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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Palette

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Palette
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Palette

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Palette ($80.00 for 0.29 oz.) includes three Ambient Lighting Powders, two Ambient Lighting Blushes, and one Ambient Lighting Bronzer in a large, plastic palette with an interior mirror. If you don’t mind having to finagle your brushes just so or have no issues using two or three shades at a time, and you’re a fan of the Hourglass Ambient formulas, then it might be worth looking at. I think that with how out of line it is compared to their other palettes that it is hard to recommend, even if the quality is good, because I see more value in picking up one or two that you’d use often and love. I had some texture issues with Luminous Flush, which was much more powdery/dusty this time around. Otherwise, the blushes/bronzers were more or less of one shade due to the nature of it being a mixed composition (so they can vary from pan to pan quite a bit).

With respect to the size and quantity of the palette, here is what I wrote previously: One of the main concerns I saw from readers when the palette was announced was with respect to the size of the palette, both actual size as well as quantity. The pans are smaller than prior palettes, and the majority of blush brushes are too small (even my SUQQU/Chikuhodo Z brushes barely fit, and those are smaller cheek brushes). Here is how it breaks down for value:

  • Ambient Lighting Edit:  0.294 oz. for $80.00 = $272.11/oz.
    • Contains:  $18.90 worth of Ambient Lighting Powder; $22.87 worth of Ambient Lighting Blush; and $6.28 worth of Ambient Lighting Bronzer
    • Value:  $48.05
  • Ambient Lighting Blush Palette: 0.33 oz. for $58.00 = $175.76/oz.
    • Value:  $77.00 worth of Ambient Lighting Blush
  • Ambient Lighting Powder Palette: 0.35 oz. for $58.00 =$165.71/oz.
    • Value:  $45.00 worth of Ambient Lighting Powder
  • Ambient Lighting Powder: 0.35 oz. for $45.00 = $128.57/oz.
  • Ambient Lighting Blush: 0.15 oz. for $35.00 = $233.33/oz.
  • Ambient Lighting Bronzer: 0.39 oz. for $50.00 = $128.21/oz.

It’s a real shame that Hourglass priced this year’s palette so high; the value is really out of sync compared to the past palette releases.  On one hand, you can justify spending more even if the quantity isn’t a great value to get six shades for the price of 2-3 products, but the difference in value of products to what you pay is so much more than most kits and palettes where a pesky thing like principles can come into play.  I also think that having the actual size of each pan being so small makes it very hard to use; you really can’t use a powder brush for all-over dusting with the Ambient Lighting Powders (which is how they’re often used) or a blush brush (and forget about a bronzer brush!).

Dim Light is described as a “neutral peach beige powder.” It’s a light, peachy beige with warm undertones and a fine, satiny shimmer. It’s very close to my skin tone, so it doesn’t add or take away from my natural coloring, but on fairer skin tones, it may warm up the skin. I find it works well as setting or finishing powder dusted all-over, and it does a nice job of making the skin appear smoother and more diffused without reading powdery or heavy.

Iridescent Light is a “sheer illuminating highlighter.” It is a very light, peach-hued beige with white shimmer. The texture is soft but dusty (more so than most Ambient Lighting products) and produces a light sheen. I imagine it will be appealing to anyone who finds the average highlighter too much. I’m not sure if this will work as well over deeper skin tones, as it has a whiter base against my skin tone, but it may work and it may also work if layered over a blush. It wore well for eight hours on me. Cle de Peau Pastel (11) (P, $55.00) is lighter, more shimmery (95% similar). bareMinerals The Five Star Treatment (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Hot Sensation (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Luminous (P, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Mystery Princess (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Jardin de Camelias (LE, $65.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Pop of Light (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (P, $44.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Coupe d'Chic (LE, $26.00) is warmer, darker, more shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Diffused Light is described as a “soft, warm pale yellow.” It’s a very light, yellowed white with very subtle shimmer. This shade is supposed to “reduce redness and give skin clarity.” It should work as a finishing or setting powder on some skin tones, and then will likely be too light for deeper skin tones. The powder softens and gives skin a smoother appearance without making it look flat or totally matte. Though it is more of a finishing powder by design, Hourglass’ formula has enough powderiness to it that it also extends the wear of my base by an hour or two.

Mood Exposure is described as a “soft plum.” It’s a muted, medium-dark pinky-plum with warm undertones and a satin sheen. This performed just like the full-sized blush I have–soft, smooth, blendable–with eight hour wear. MAC Sea Me, Hear Me (LE, $25.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Corol #2 (LE, $22.00) is cooler, darker (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Capri (P, $58.00) is cooler (90% similar). Black Opal Hibiscus (P, $8.95) is warmer, more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Strip Blush (P) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Baby Love (P, $26.00) is cooler (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Nude Beach Blush (LE, $26.00) is darker (85% similar). bareMinerals The Indecent Proposal (P, $22.00) is darker (85% similar). Hourglass Euphoric Fusion (LE) is more shimmery (85% similar). Giorgio Armani Light Rose (LE) is cooler, more muted, more shimmery (85% similar). MAC Sea Me, Hear Me (LE, $25.00) is darker (90% similar). Becca Raspberry/Opal (P, $27.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). Surratt Beauty La Vie En Rose (P, $32.00) is cooler, darker (85% similar). NARS Lovejoy (P, $30.00) is warmer, brighter, darker (80% similar). MAC Lavish Living (LE, $27.00) is cooler, darker, more shimmery (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Luminous Flush is described as a “champagne rose.” It’s a soft, medium coral-pink with warm undertones and a satin finish. The color was similar to the full-sized version I have, but the texture was more powdery and prone to sheering out. It seemed drier, though it still sat well on the skin and didn’t look powdery applied.
MAC I'll Hold My Breath #2 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty (Cheek Pop) (LE, $40.00) is darker (95% similar). Hourglass Diffused Heat (P, $35.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). theBalm Frat Boy (P, $21.00) is cooler, darker (90% similar). Guerlain Pink Me Up (P, $52.00) is cooler (90% similar). Physicians Formula Warm (P, $11.99) is warmer, more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Love Hangover (P, $26.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte True Love (P, $28.00) is cooler (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Lines & Last Night (502) (P, $42.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Red Obsessed (LE, $22.00) is glossier, more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Bumpy Ride (P, $30.00) is cooler, lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Dior My Lady (003) (LE, $60.00) is cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #215 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is warmer (90% similar). NYX Summer Peach (P, $5.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Sideshow You (LE, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). LORAC Dance 'Til Dawn Blush #2 (LE) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Streak Blush (P) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Kink & Kisses (504) (P, $42.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). NYX Apricot (P, $5.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Petal Power (P, $27.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Luminous Bronze Light is described as a “medium tan shade infused with Luminous Light.” It’s a soft, medium brown with warm, yellow undertones and soft shimmer. It had good color payoff with a glowing finish that didn’t emphasize pores but was still noticeable. The color lasted for eight hours on me. MAC Sun Dipped (LE, $30.00) is darker, less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Nude on Board (LE, $30.00) is cooler, darker (95% similar). Hourglass Radiant Bronze Light (P, $50.00) is darker (95% similar). Hourglass Radiant Bronze Light (P, $50.00) is darker (95% similar). Chanel Lumiere d'Ete (LE, $65.00) is warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever #20M (P, $36.00) is lower quality, warmer, lighter (90% similar). MAC Delicates (LE, $35.50) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Soft Sand (LE, $25.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Lit (P, $30.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). IT Cosmetics Warm Radiance (P, $34.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Givenchy Ambre Saison (P, $52.00) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Naked on the Run Bronzer (LE) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Sunny Side (LE, $32.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). MAC Delphic (LE, $33.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Sun Kiss (100) (P, $64.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Gold Go Lightly (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Gold Dust (P, $68.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Spice (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Chocolate Soleil (LE) is cooler, darker (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Hourglass Holiday 2015 Ambient Lighting Palette Ambient Lighting Edit
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
91%
Total
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MAC x Guo Pei Lotus Blossom & Red Water Lily Blushes

MAC Lotus Blossom Blush
MAC Lotus Blossom Blush

MAC Lotus Blossom Blush ($40.00 for TBA oz.) is described as a “light blue pink.” It’s a light-medium, yellow-toned pink with a matte finish. The texture was smooth but on the drier side with a firmer press, though it was just fine for blending on the skin, and it didn’t look powdery on. It had medium coverage that was buildable to full coverage in two layers. On me, the color lasted for seven hours before fading. I also noticed that it darkened on my skin, so it appeared warmer on my complexion and may look pinker on others. Dior Floral Pink (844) (LE, $44.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Modest Blush (LE, $27.00) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Santa Baby (LE) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Edward Bess Filled with Desire (P, $43.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Burberry S/S15 Runway (LE, $65.00) is more muted, lighter (90% similar). Burberry Misty (P, $42.00) is more muted (90% similar). MAC What I Fancy (LE, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Lovecloud (P, $22.00) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Kat Von D Poe (Light) (P) is more muted (90% similar). Tarte Flush (P, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Olive (LE, $8.00) is cooler, more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Launch Away (LE, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). Guerlain Smile (Right) (LE, $52.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). YSL Singuliere (1) (P, $47.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Guerlain Morning Rose (P, $52.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS New Attitude (LE, $30.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). Clinique Pink Pop (P, $21.00) is darker, more shimmery (85% similar). MAC Stay Pretty (P, $23.50) is more muted, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Red Water Lily Blush ($40.00 for TBA oz.) is described as a “light coral pink.” It’s a brighgt, medium pink with subtle, warmer undertones and a satiny sheen. It was intensely pigmented, and a little went a long way, so this will be a great option for a wide spectrum of skin tones. It may look cooler or warmer depending on your undertones as well. The texture was finely-milled, smooth enough that it blended out without a struggle, but it was a little dusty/dry to the touch. The color started to fade after eight hours of wear. Sephora Love Sick (22) (P, $14.00) is more muted (95% similar). MAC Sunset Beach (LE, $32.00) is cooler (95% similar). Tarte Montage (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). By Terry Tan & Flash Cruise #1 (LE) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Adoration (Right) (P) is more muted, lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Bicoastal (Bottom) (LE) is cooler, more shimmery (90% similar). Clinique Berry Pop (03) (P, $21.00) is cooler, brighter (90% similar). Chanel Rosewood (350) (P, $45.00) is more muted (90% similar). NARS Panic (Left) (P) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Whole Lotta Love (P, $23.50) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Rose Tourbillon (67) (LE, $45.00) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Night Fever & Hot Stuff (508) (P, $42.00) is more muted, more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Clutch (P, $8.00) is warmer, less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Mata Hari (P, $30.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Peaches & Cream (LE, $22.00) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Your Love is King (P, $26.00) is warmer (95% similar). NYX Bourgeois Pig (P, $5.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Bite Beauty Macaroon (P, $24.00) is more muted (90% similar). Makeup Geek Love Affair (P, $9.99) is warmer, less shimmery (90% similar). Becca Pamplemousse (LE, $32.00) is warmer (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The MAC x Guo Pei collaboration launches online on September 24th at maccosmetics.com, and it will only be available at MAC 5th Avenue in NYC and MAC at South Coast Plaza (in southern California) for U.S. locations.

MAC Guo Pei Powder Blush Lotus Blossom
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
84%
Total
MAC Guo Pei Powder Blush Red Water Lily
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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MAC Style Blush

MAC Style Blush
MAC Style Blush

MAC Style Blush ($17.00 for 0.21 oz. pan-only) is described as a “coral peach with gold pearl [with a Frost finish].” It’s a light-medium, orange-coral with warm undertones and a soft, golden shimmer. Too Faced Sweet Peach Blush (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Geek Romance (P, $9.99) is lighter, more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Love & Laughter (LE, $22.00) is darker (95% similar). Chanel Infiniment Chanel (P, $65.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). NYX Menage a Trois (P, $15.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Sparkling Bellini (P, $30.00) is lighter (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Siena (P, $58.00) is more muted (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Ecstasy (P, $40.00) is darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Benefit Sugarbomb (P, $28.00) is lighter (85% similar). Benefit Rockateur (P, $28.00) is more muted, darker, less shimmery (80% similar). Estee Lauder Sensuous Rose (P, $34.00) is darker, less shimmery (80% similar). MAC Stereo Rose (LE, $32.00) is cooler, darker, more shimmery (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. Style had really good, nearly opaque color coverage with a soft, blendable texture that wasn’t powdery nor was it stiff. On the skin, it has a gorgeous sheen that doesn’t emphasize pores. The color wore well for eight hours before fading slightly.

MAC Powder Blush Style
Style
Style
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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Tom Ford Plum Ombre Eye & Cheek Shadow

Tom Ford Plum Ombre Eye & Cheek Shadow
Tom Ford Plum Ombre Eye & Cheek Shadow

Tom Ford Plum Ombre Eye & Cheek Shadow ($65.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a light-medium, pinky-plum with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. Tarte Exposed (P, $28.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte Unearthed (LE, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Corol #2 (LE, $22.00)(90% similar). Tarte Royal (LE, $28.00) is cooler, darker (90% similar). Surratt Beauty La Vie En Rose (P, $32.00) is cooler, darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Contour (Softcore) (LE, $55.00) is brighter, darker, more shimmery (85% similar). MAC Animal Instincts (LE, $22.00) is cooler, darker, more shimmery (85% similar). Tarte Seduce (P, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). bareMinerals The Indecent Proposal (P, $22.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sadly, if you thought yesterday’s review of Pink Ombre was dismal, I fear today’s is even worse. In an attempt to swatch the lighter side of the powder, there’s almost no product transference onto my skin; I can see a very, very slight change in the “finish” of the area where I attempted to swatch the product. I had to use a metal spatula to scrape off layers of product–essentially converting it into a loose powder–in order to get coverage or any use out of it. The included applicator is worthless and doesn’t apply any color at all (though the bristles were tinted by the product, but the powder never left the bristles!). This powder had one of the stiffest textures I’ve encountered; it is pressed so firmly into the pan that it is difficult to get any color payoff, and it makes it challenging to apply to the skin as it doesn’t blend out well and require layer upon layer of dismal color to achieve noticeable coverage at all. On cheeks, the color lasted for six hours, and on eyes, five hours.

Tom Ford Beauty Eye and Cheek Shadow Plum Ombre
Plum Ombre
Plum Ombre
0
Product
1.5
Pigmentation
1
Texture
5
Longevity
1
Application
19%
Total

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Tom Ford Pink Ombre Eye & Cheek Shadow

Tom Ford Pink Ombre Eye & Cheek Shadow
Tom Ford Pink Ombre Eye & Cheek Shadow

Tom Ford Pink Ombre Eye & Cheek Shadow ($65.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a light-medium, cotton candy pink with strong, cool blue undertones and a matte finish. There is an ombre-effect of it going from light-medium pink to medium pink. Colour Pop Thumper (P, $8.00) is better quality, more pigmented, darker (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Nude Pink (P, $26.00) is better quality, darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Mochi (DC, $8.00) is better quality, more pigmented, more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay X-Rated (P, $26.00) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Skyline (LE) is darker (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Pixie Pink (P, $6.99) is better quality, cooler, brighter (90% similar). Tarte Dream (LE, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Blush (P) is better quality, warmer (90% similar). MAC Pink Swoon (P, $22.00) is cooler, brighter (90% similar). NYX Flamingo (P, $5.00) is better quality, more pigmented, brighter (90% similar). NARS Power Play (LE, $30.00) is lighter (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Hard Being the It Girl #1 (LE, $2.29) is lighter (90% similar). LORAC Orchid (LE, $19.00) is more muted, darker (85% similar). Makeup Geek Valentine (P, $10.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). KIKO 110 Bright Pink (P, $12.00) is brighter, lighter (85% similar). Make Up For Ever M856 Fresh Pink (P, $21.00) is better quality, warmer, more pigmented (85% similar). Viseart Rose #1 (P) is cooler, lighter (85% similar). Milani Delizioso Pink (10) (P, $8.49) is better quality, more pigmented, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

I wish I could adequately convey what an utter disappointment this product was. Long-time readers will know that I have a deep love for Tom Ford’s Cheek Colors, and this product is nothing like that; not in a single aspect, and it is one of the worst Tom Ford products I have ever tested myself. The texture was stiff, firmly packed into the pan and yielded little to no color coverage. I had to scrape off layers to be able to provide you with a semblance of color for the swatch. They might advocate using their “specially designed applicator,” but it is useless–it doesn’t improve results one bit–and gathers color on the bristles but translates almost none onto the skin. The product is difficult to blend as it doesn’t apply evenly, and there is little color to work with. It took five layers to build-up enough color to have it photograph. It was noticeably faded after seven hours of wear on cheeks. On eyes, the color had faded after five hours of wear.

Tom Ford Beauty Eye and Cheek Shadow Pink Ombre
Pink Ombre
Pink Ombre
2
Product
2
Pigmentation
2.5
Texture
6
Longevity
1.5
Application
31%
Total

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