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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, $70.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Sparkling Bellini (P, $30.00) is lighter (90% similar). NYX Menage a Trois (P, $15.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Love Lust (P, $60.00) is cooler (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Ecstasy (P, $40.00) is darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Siena (P, $58.00) is more muted (85% similar). Benefit Sugarbomb (P, $28.00) is lighter (85% similar). Benefit Rockateur (P, $28.00) is more muted, darker, less shimmery (80% similar). MAC Stereo Rose (LE, $32.00) is cooler, darker, more shimmery (80% similar). Estee Lauder Sensuous Rose (P, $34.00) is darker, less 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, $60.00) 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 Going Native (Blush) (P) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay X-Rated (P, $26.00) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Skyline (LE) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Native Blush (-) is better quality, warmer (90% similar). MAC Pink Swoon (P, $22.00) is cooler, brighter (90% similar). Tarte Dream (LE, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). NYX Flamingo (P, $5.00) is better quality, more pigmented, brighter (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Hard Being the It Girl #1 (LE, $2.29) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Power Play (LE, $30.00) is lighter (95% similar). Sleek MakeUP Pixie Pink (P, $6.99) is better quality, cooler, brighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Valentine (P, $10.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). Make Up For Ever M856 Fresh Pink (P, $21.00) is better quality, warmer, more pigmented (85% similar). Milani Delizioso Pink (10) (P, $8.49) is better quality, more pigmented, darker (85% similar). KIKO 110 Bright Pink (P, $12.00) is brighter, lighter (85% similar). LORAC Orchid (LE, $19.00) is more muted, darker (85% similar). Viseart Rose #1 (P) is cooler, lighter (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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MAC A Little Lusty Blush

MAC A Little Lusty Blush
MAC A Little Lusty Blush

MAC A Little Lusty Blush ($22.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as an “intense red berry.” It’s a medium-dark red with warm undertones and a satin finish. MAC Hidden Treasure (LE, $22.00) is warmer, more shimmery (95% similar). NARS Vengeful (Right) (LE) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). MAC Taraji Glow (LE, $32.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Soulshine #3 (LE, $30.00) is lighter (90% similar). Clinique Cola Pop (P, $21.00) is brighter (90% similar). MAC Burnt Pepper (P, $22.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). NARS Taos (P, $30.00) is warmer (90% similar). Bite Beauty Almond (P, $24.00) is warmer, more muted (85% similar). Chanel Rouge Profond (320) (P, $45.00) is less shimmery (85% similar). LORAC Infrared (P, $23.00) is cooler (85% similar). Estee Lauder Poppy Passion (P, $34.00) is cooler, lighter, less shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

It’s a new, limited edition blush in the MAC MACnificent collection, which launches at counters and stores on October 1st. It had good color payoff, and it is very pigmented–it is more pigmented in practice than it appears swatched, even. I felt like a little went a long way, and I had to be careful not to get too much on the brush to avoid over-applying! I would recommend a feathery brush and/or a fan brush if you prefer subtler coverage. The texture was a little dry, almost powdery but not the so-silky-it’s-powdery texture, but I was surprised that it blended quite nicely on the skin with just a brush (but no tricks!). The finish has a slight sheen to it, which gives it a natural look on the skin but isn’t overtly shimmery. On me, the blush lasted for eight and a half hours.

MAC Powder Blush A Little Lusty
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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MAC Swiss Chocolate Blush

MAC Swiss Chocolate Blush
MAC Swiss Chocolate Blush

MAC Swiss Chocolate Blush ($17.00 for 0.21 oz. pan-only) is described as a “soft cocoa [with a Matte finish].” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm, red undertones and a matte finish. MAC Naturally Enhanced (LE, $32.00) is cooler, more muted (90% similar). MAC Raizin (P, $22.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Chanel Duo N. 01 (Bottom) (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Bite Beauty Anise (P, $24.00) is darker (90% similar). Bite Beauty Cocoa (P, $24.00) is cooler, darker (85% similar). Makeup Geek Chivalry (P, $10.00) is cooler (85% similar). MAC Pressed Amber (LE, $27.00) is cooler, more muted, more shimmery (85% similar). NARS Melina (Contour) (P) is cooler, darker (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. Swiss Chocolate had good pigmentation, though not fully opaque unless layered, with a slightly dry, noticeably powder consistency that did make it a bit harder to work with. A lot of the color gets on the brush but seems to disperse in a wider arc than intended, so I would recommend using a denser, more tapered blush brush and tapping excess off, prior to applying to the skin. It blended out decently, but there was a slight unevenness to it overall. The blush lasted for eight hours on me before I noticed fading. It’s nowhere near as silky as the eyeshadow by the same name.

MAC Powder Blush Swiss Chocolate
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
7
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4
Application
81%
Total

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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 warmer, darker (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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