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Giorgio Armani No. 17 Fluid Sheer

Giorgio Armani No. 17 Fluid Sheer
Giorgio Armani No. 17 Fluid Sheer

Giorgio Armani No. 17 Fluid Sheer ($62.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is a muted, medium-dark plummy brown with warm undertones and soft shimmer in hues of pink and gold. The texture felt lightweight and was thin but not as thin as the average shade is in this range. It had sheer coverage that produced a very light hint of color but primarily sheen on my medium skin tone, though layered two or three times gives more noticeable color. It blended out well and looked even applied. On me, the color wore well for eight and a half hours before fading. Charlotte Tilbury Formentera (P, $45.00) is less shimmery, warmer. Surratt Beauty La Vie En Rose (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, more pigmented, cooler. Becca Raspberry/Opal (P, $27.00) is more shimmery, more pigmented, cooler. bareMinerals Golden Gate Radiance (LE, $19.00) is cooler. MAC Scene to Be Seen (Inner) (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, brighter, more pigmented. Giorgio Armani Light Rose (LE, ) is more shimmery, more pigmented, cooler. Bobbi Brown Nude Beach (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery. NARS Lovejoy (P, $30.00) is darker, more pigmented, cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA SUMMARY | Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer ($62.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is available in fifteen shades that range from sheer beige to sheer yellow to sheer copper. The formula is supposed to “dress skin in an illuminating veil of radiance.” It’s designed to be sheer, though some shades are more buildable than others, and in general, the darker hued shades are going to appear more pigmented and can be used as highlighting blushes or even as blushes (depending on your skin tone) — the brand actually calls out it can be used as “an eyeshadow base, blush, or bronzer” as well as your typical highlighter. It can be used alone, mixed with base products (like foundation, primer, or moisturizing). Some shades are glittery, others are shimmery, and others have very fine shimmer. Alone, I tend to get seven to eight hours of wear with lighter, shimmery shades and closer to ten hours or longer with some of the bolder shades, and it doesn’t seem to impact the wear of my base products (either shortening or lengthening the wear). I like fingertips or a duo-fiber/stippling brush for application using a patting and dabbing motion rather than a lot of sweeping, then a light buffing to diffuse and blend out the edges.

Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer No. 17
No. 17
No. 17
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

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MAC Sophisticate Face Kit

MAC Sophisticate Face Kit
MAC Sophisticate Face Kit

MAC Sophisticate Face Kit ($49.50 for 0.43 oz.) includes six eyeshadows, two blushes, and two lipsticks. Worth pointing out right away is that the back of my palette says the second blush on the left is Simply Bliss, whereas Nordstrom’s product listing had Cream Soda in its place; I checked both of them, and the blush in this palette is slightly more pink-tinted and a little lighter but not by much.

Linda is described as a “peachy tan shimmer.” It’s a muted, medium-dark orange-copper with hints of brown and warmer undertones paired with a pearly sheen. It was slightly powdery with semi-opaque coverage that wore for eight hours. Becca Songbird (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Becca Rose Gold (P, $41.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Becca Blushed Copper (LE, $38.00) is less shimmery, lighter, darker. Illamasqua Expose (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker, more pigmented. MAC Coppertone (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler. MAC Blazing Haute (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery, lighter. NARS Soulshine #2 (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, cooler. NARS Gina (P, $30.00) is darker. MAC Eternal Sun (P, $23.50) is darker, more muted. Colour Pop Bonus (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker, brighter. MAC Seduced at Sea (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery, darker. NARS Frenzy (Right) (P, ) is more shimmery, darker. MAC Pleasure Model (LE, $25.00) is darker. MAC Bad Girl Gone Good (LE, $21.00) is darker. View dupes side-by-side.

Simply Bliss is described as a “light neutral coral.” It’s a muted, light-medium peachy-coral with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. It darkens as it is applied to the bare skin, so unless you have very dry skin and/or powder prior, it may do the same. The texture was slightly powdery but blendable with good pigmentation. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me. MAC Ripe Peach (LE, $32.00) is darker. MAC Ripe Peach (LE, $32.00) is darker. Illamasqua Flirtatious (LE, $26.00) is darker, glossier. MAC Cream Soda (LE, $21.00) is darker, warmer. Illamasqua Flirtatious (LE, $26.00) is darker, glossier. MAC Immortal Flower (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC Corol #1 (LE, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Immortal Flower (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC Corol #1 (LE, $21.00) is lighter. Makeup Geek Bliss (P, $9.99) is darker. Makeup Geek Bliss (P, $9.99) is darker. bareMinerals The Spring Fling (LE, $22.00) is lighter. Chanel Caresse (180) (LE, $45.00) is darker, more muted. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dance in the Dark is described as a “deep blackened plum.” It’s a very dark brown with subtle, cooler undertones and a mostly matte finish. It is firm, stiff, and hard to work with and lasted for seven hours. Zoeva Beans are White (P, ) is darker. Too Faced Risque (P, $16.00) is darker, cooler. Tarte Ice Cream Cone (LE, ) is . Tarte Dim the Lights (LE, ) is warmer. Hourglass Infinity #5 (P, ) is darker, less pigmented, more shimmery. Giorgio Armani #08 (P, $32.00) is darker. Tarte Wind Down Brown (LE, ) is . Anastasia Deep Brown (P, $12.00) is warmer. LORAC Espresso (Mega Pro) (LE, ) is darker. Charlotte Tilbury The Rock Chick #4 (P, ) is warmer. Urban Decay Undone (LE, $18.00) is darker, more pigmented, less shimmery. Chanel Charming #5 (LE, ) is lighter. NARS Bali (P, $24.00) is darker. Guerlain Calligraphy #4 (LE, ) is lighter. theBalm Matt Ramirez (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer. View dupes side-by-side.

Sun Tweaked is a light-medium, peachy-beige with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture that wore for eight hours. Viseart Orange Topaz (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. NARS Outer Limits (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker, more pigmented. Makeup Geek In the Spotlight (P, $9.99) is less shimmery. bareMinerals Shazam (LE, ) is lighter. MAC Mortal #2 (LE, ) is cooler. MAC Jest (P, $16.00) is darker. bareMinerals In the Buff (LE, ) is lighter. Too Faced Marzipan (P, $16.00) is darker. Makeup Geek Cinderella (P, $5.99) is darker, warmer. Urban Decay Moonflower (P, $18.00) is darker, warmer. LORAC Light Bronze (P, ) is lighter. MAC Sweet Heat (P, $20.00) is darker, cooler. NARS Nepal (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, lighter. View dupes side-by-side.

Wedge is described as a “soft muted beige taupe.” It’s a muted, medium yellowed brown with a matte finish. It seems a bit lighter than the permanent version of Wedge to me. It had sheerer coverage with a dusty texture. The color lasted for seven hours on me. Urban Decay Naked (P, $18.00) is less pigmented, more pigmented. Jane Rock Star (DC, ) is lighter. Kat Von D Harlow (P, ) is darker. Ulta Sable (, ) is less shimmery. theBalm C3 (LE, $16.00) is darker, less pigmented, more muted, lighter. View dupes side-by-side.

With Flair is a muted, coppery-brown with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had nice pigmentation with a fairly soft, blendable texture, but it was a smidgen dry, which made it a challenge to work with on bare lids. It wore for seven and a half hours on me. Make Up For Ever D708 Pinky Copper (P, $21.00) is lighter. Makeup Geek Roulette (P, $5.99) is darker. MAC Red Alert (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. Chanel Laurier Rose (127) (LE, $34.00) is darker, more muted, cooler. YSL Steamy Coral (05) (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker. Viseart Melonie (P, ) is darker, cooler. NYX Fireball (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty Leila (416) (P, $28.00) is more shimmery. Maybelline Caramel Cool (100) (LE, $6.99) is more shimmery. MAC Gingersnap (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Beautifully Charred is described as a “deep brown with pearl.” It’s a slightly muted, dark brown with warmer undertones and a soft, pearly sheen. It had great color payoff with a soft, blendable texture that was easy to apply and lasted for eight hours. Tarte Bastille in the Night (LE, ) is warmer. Inglot #409 (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Charlotte Tilbury Mona Lisa (P, $32.00) is more shimmery. Anastasia Baby I’m a Star (LE, $12.00) is warmer. bareMinerals Embellish (LE, ) is more shimmery. Too Faced Obsessed (P, ) is darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #3 (P, ) is more shimmery, warmer. Too Faced Hot Fudge (P, $16.00) is darker. NARS Ursa Major (LE, $29.00) is lighter. Burberry Gold #1 (LE, ) is lighter. Guerlain Petrouchka #5 (LE, ) is more shimmery. Urban Decay Reign (LE, $18.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Nude Dip #4 (LE, ) is darker. Make Up For Ever ME614 Graphite Brown (P, $21.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Hey is described as a “nude shimmer.” It’s a light peach with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had fairly good color payoff with a blendable texture but wasn’t quite as soft in the pan (almost firm, but it worked okay). It wore well for eight hours on me. Too Faced Cherish (P, ) is lighter. Dior Ambre Nuit #1 (LE, ) is more shimmery. Charlotte Tilbury The Dolce Vita #1 (P, ) is cooler. MAC A Natural Flirt (P, $20.00) is darker, warmer. Make Up For Ever I520 Pinky Sand (P, $21.00) is more shimmery. Make Up For Ever S516 Sand (P, $21.00) is darker. Tarte Rose Champagne (LE, ) is cooler. Stila Kitten (P, ) is warmer. Tom Ford Beauty Unabashed Eyeshadow #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Sin (DC, $20.00) is darker. Kat Von D Precious (LE, ) is lighter, cooler. Stila Kitten (, $18.00) is . Disney by Sephora Splendid (LE, ) is more shimmery. MAC Summer Haze (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker, more muted. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #2 (P, ) is more shimmery. View dupes side-by-side.

Love Happens is described as a “warm light nude.” It’s a light-medium peach with a hint if pink and warmer undertones paired with a satin finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that felt a little dry and clingy on the lips. There was some color that settled into lip lines within the first half hour, and it worsened over the three hours it wore for. It was slightly drying. Givenchy Beige Mousseline (101) (P, $36.00) is darker, warmer. MAC She’s a Peach (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC Antonio’s Girls (LE, $16.00) is darker. NARS Biscayne Park (P, $25.00) is darker. Maybelline Barely Bloomed (700) (P, $7.49) is lighter, brighter. Bite Beauty Amaretto (P, $24.00) is darker, warmer, better quality. Tom Ford Beauty Beau (LE, $32.00) is lighter, brighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Pout (142) (LE, $30.00) is glossier. MAC What’s Haute? (LE, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Close Contact (LE, $16.00) is warmer. MAC Pretty Natural (LE, $16.00) is lighter, cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

True Red is described as a “vivid bright coral red.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark orange-red with warm undertones and a satin finish. It seems more matte here, which may just be due to the format of the lipstick in a pan compared to a tube. It lasted for five hours and was on the drying side. MAC Barbecue (LE, $16.00) is . Clinique Poppy Pop (P, $18.00) is brighter, warmer. Estee Lauder Fierce (P, $30.00) is brighter. Tom Ford Beauty Flame (06) (P, $50.00) is lighter, brighter. Maybelline Rose Rush (735) (P, $7.49) is lighter, brighter. Tom Ford Beauty Rafael (LE, $32.00) is lighter, more muted. Kat Von D Countess (P, $21.00) is glossier. MAC Excite (LE, $16.00) is brighter. Bobbi Brown Lady Ruba (P, $26.00) is glossier. NARS Lana (P, $32.00) is brighter. MAC Fashion Trip (LE, $22.00) is lighter. Dolce and Gabbana Fire (610) (P, $33.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC Mangrove (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, more muted, less glossy. MAC Dangerous (P, $16.00) is less glossy, less shimmery, darker. Givenchy Carmin Escarpin (306) (P, $36.00) is darker. View dupes side-by-side.

MAC Face Kit Sophisticate
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
82%
Total
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Becca Nightingale Mineral Blush

Becca Nightingale Mineral Blush
Becca Nightingale Mineral Blush

Becca Nightingale Mineral Blush ($32.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as a “deep mulberry.” It’s a muted, medium-dark pinky-plum with subtle, neutral-to-warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. NARS Dolce Vita (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer. Chanel Rouge (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer. NARS Seduction (P, $30.00) is darker, warmer. NYX Apricot (P, $15.00) is warmer. MAC Glamour Feast (LE, $21.00) is darker, glossier. Kevyn Aucoin Neolita (P, $37.00) is warmer. NARS Goulue (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, lighter, more muted. IT Cosmetics Radiant in Rose (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, more muted. Surratt Beauty Rougeur (P, $32.00) is darker. Colour Pop Cheerio (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, brighter. Clinique Cola Pop (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer. Tom Ford Beauty Pink Glow #5 (LE, $55.00) is more shimmery, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Of the shades I’ve tried, this one seemed to have the least shimmer and sheen, but it wasn’t quite matte; as I buffed and blended the powder into the skin, it retained a natural finish that was less than a true satin but definitely not matte. It had mostly opaque color payoff (which makes it less true to the “buildable” quality of the formula), which may be great for some but too much work for others. I would recommend using a lighter hand or a more feathery brush to start off with this to figure out how much (or little) you need for your particular skin tone and application style. The texture was firmer than all of the other shades, and there was a slight dryness to it yet it wasn’t really stiff. It wasn’t quite as easily blended out as the majority of the line, but it wasn’t a lot of extra effort in comparison, which was good news. This shade wore for eight and a half hours before fading around the edges.

Formula Summary | Becca Mineral Blush ($32.00 for 0.20 oz.) is supposed to be a “delicate powder blush” with a “buildable formula” that gives a “natural-looking, flushed appearance.” They typically have a soft, creamy consistency that is a little denser than the average powder but not truly dense. Some of the very shimmery shades feel a little dry compared to the more pearly ones. I found the formula to be incredibly easy to apply and blend on the skin without any need for special tricks; they felt very grab-and-go, the kind of blush where there’s no fight to diffuse and soften edges or get even coverage. They are more pigmented than what I’d term as “buildable,” which some will appreciate, some will be disappointed by. The wear ranges from seven to nine hours with the brighter and more satin-to-matte shades lasting longer. My favorite part of the formula is the luminous sheen they give to the skin, so they don’t look too shimmery on the skin. I think if you find Becca’s pressed highlighters to be too shimmery, you may find their blushes more up your alley with respect to finish.

Becca Mineral Blush Nightingale
Nightingale
Nightingale
8.5
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total

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NARS Blame It On NARS Blush Palette

NARS Blame It On NARS Blush Palette
NARS Blame It On NARS Blush Palette

NARS Blame It On NARS Blush Palette ($59.00 for 0.56 oz.) includes a highlighter, bronzer, and two blushes, plus a traval-sized ITA brush. I have reviewed most of these shades before, so the list of similar shades is pretty up-to-date, so rather than pull a new link, I’ve included the current lists as they stand. I did test each of these versions for wear, pigmentation, application, and so forth. I think the packaging is really cool, but I wish the compact didn’t feel so bulky. I really like some of NARS’ blushes, but there are a fair amount that have been misses for me. This palette is a bit of a mixed bag, and I find there is too much variance from release to release.

It may seem expensive initially, but each powder is 0.14 oz., while a full-sized highlighter/blush from NARS is 0.16 oz. and costs $30. The bronzer is larger at 0.28 oz. and retails for $39. You’re getting 0.42 oz. of blush, which is a value of $78.75. You’re getting 0.14 oz. of bronzer, which is a value of $19.50. The kit has $98.25 worth of powder products and then whatever value the ITA would bring in (full-size retails for $55, which I don’t have, so I can’t comment on the quality between the two, but I do not like the travel version at all, as it is very scratchy, rough, poorly cut, and sheds).

Satellite of Love is described as a “sparkling gold sand.” It’s sort of apt, because it is a muted, medium brown with warmer, orange undertones and larger gold sparkle that tends to separate from the base powder, so not as much sticks to the skin or gets trapped in your brush. The version in the palette seems a little smoother but drier than the one I have as an individual pan (it is permanent), and it didn’t seem to emphasize pores this time around. It is a Highlighting Blush, so it is a more buildable product, though the best case was semi-opaque. The color wore for seven hours before fading. Surratt Beauty Grisaille (P, $32.00) is more shimmery. NARS Jubilation (Right) (P, ) is less shimmery, more pigmented, brighter, darker. Chanel Mouche de Beaute Illuminating Powder (LE, $80.00) is darker, more pigmented. View all similar shades on The Dupe List!

Casino is described as a “dark brown with golden shimmer.” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm, orange undertones and a golden, pearly sheen. It had decent to good pigmentation with a slightly firm texture, but it blended well on the skin and lasted for seven hours on me. Disney by Sephora Golden Sands (LE, $55.00) is more shimmery. Colour Pop Poolside (P, $8.00) is darker. Tom Ford Beauty Gold Dust (P, $65.00) is less shimmery, warmer. Hourglass Radiant Bronze Light (P, $50.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Urban Decay Strip Bronzer (P, ) is more shimmery. View all similar shades on The Dupe List.

Day Dream is described as a “flirty sheer peach.”
This shade has been released previously as a limited edition shade, and the original launch was much more pigmented and almost darker overall, but this version is consistent with the one that was in last holiday’s Laser Cut palette. Urban Decay Score (P, $26.00) is warmer. Surratt Beauty La Vie En Rose (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer. Clinique Melon Pop (P, $21.00) is more shimmery. MAC Alpha Girl (LE, $26.00) is darker. Chanel Angelique (190) (P, $45.00) is lighter. MAC Passion for Colour (LE, $20.00) is warmer. MAC Legendary (LE, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Fleeting Romance (P, $23.50) is cooler. Gucci Beauty Coral Flower (P, $49.00) is darker, warmer. Tarte Bashful (LE, $26.00) is darker. MAC Sideshow You (LE, $21.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever I802 Coral Pink (P, $21.00) is cooler. Tom Ford Beauty Unabashed Blush (LE, $55.00) is darker. NYX Summer Peach (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, warmer, cooler, lighter. NYX Apricot (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, darker. View all similar shades on The Dupe List.

New Attitude is described as a “cherry blossom pink.” It’s a light-medium pink with a mostly matte finish. The version in this palette seems to lean warmer, whereas the individual version I have of it was distinctly blue-based (even in the pans!). The texture of this blush was soft but a little powdery, and it lasted for seven and a half hours on me. Colour Pop Mochi (P, $8.00) is warmer. Makeup Geek Rendezvous (P, $9.99) is lighter, brighter, less pigmented, cooler. MAC Lovecloud (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler. Tarte Flush (P, $26.00) is brighter. Make Up For Ever #210 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is cooler. Urban Decay Blush (P, ) is darker. Milani Delizioso Pink (10) (P, $7.99) is warmer. theBalm Argyle (P, $22.00) is darker. Tarte Dollface (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler. theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is lighter, cooler. Bobbi Brown Pastel Pink (P, $26.00) is darker, warmer. MAC Pure Femininity (LE, $20.00) is darker, brighter, cooler. Edward Bess Bed of Roses (P, $43.00) is darker, warmer. NARS Angelika (P, $30.00) is darker, warmer. Urban Decay Quickie (LE, ) is darker, brighter, cooler. View all similar shades on The Dupe List/a>.

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Casino

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New Attitude

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Too Faced Love Hangover Love Flush Blush

Too Faced Love Hangover Love Flush Blush
Too Faced Love Hangover Love Flush Blush

Too Faced Love Hangover Love Flush Blush ($26.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “perfect warm pink.” It’s a light-medium pink with warm undertones and a lighter, golden sheen that gave it more of a satin finish overall. MAC Dainty (P, $27.00) is less shimmery. MAC Cheeky Bugger (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Dior My Lady (003) (LE, $60.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Gucci Beauty Coral Flower (P, $49.00) is darker, warmer. MAC Lesson in Love (LE, $21.00) is lighter. Physicians Formula Natural (P, $12.99) is less shimmery, lighter. NYX Amber (P, $6.50) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer. Too Faced How Deep is Your Love? (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker. Charlotte Tilbury Love Glow (P, $40.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Hourglass Luminous Flush (P, $35.00) is less shimmery. MAC Hipness (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler. Becca Flowerchild (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The texture was soft, blendable, and lightweight on the skin and looked natural without being visibly shimmery. It wasn’t fully opaque, but the coverage was semi-opaque and then buildable up to full coverage in two layers. When I tested it, the color lasted for almost nine hours before fading noticeably.

Formula Summary | Too Faced Love Flush Blush ($26.00 for 0.21 oz.) is supposed to be an exceptionally long-wearing (16 hours), pigmented, and “buttery soft” blush. It’s a nice blush, but unsurprisingly, it doesn’t last 16 hours. Some shades last eight hours, others last a little closer to ten hours–it is nice wear for powder blush generally, but you’ll find that many shades’ ratings took a hit because of the 16-hour wear claim. The blush has a soft texture that’s just firm enough not to kick up a lot of excess powder, but it’s not too firm where you can’t get good color payoff when you use it. Pigmentation varied from shade to shade and ranged from semi-opaque to totally opaque, while the blush tended to blend well on the skin with a satin to luminous finish. The compacts may be a little hard to open if you have larger fingers/hands (like me), and sometimes I felt like the pattern made it harder to get good pigmentation out of the blush if I used a more feathery brush.

Too Faced Love Flush Long-Lasting 16-Hour Blush Love Hangover
9
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
6
Longevity
5
Application
86%
Total

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Becca Lantana Mineral Blush

Becca Lantana Mineral Blush
Becca Lantana Mineral Blush

Becca Lantana Mineral Blush ($32.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as an “ultra poppy crimson.” It’s a bold, brightened medium-dark orange with strong red tones and a golden satin sheen. MAC Fiery Impact (LE, $25.00) is lighter, more muted, warmer. Kevyn Aucoin Fira (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. NYX Cinnamon (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, lighter. theBalm Cobbler (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. Colour Pop Squint (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Urban Decay Bang (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

If you love your blush ridiculously pigmented and true-to-pan, then this blush might be up your alley! On the other hand, if you were hoping for the buildable formula that Becca describes, you’ll find this to be much too intense. The pigmentation is rich where you don’t need much (the barest tap of the brush on the surface yielded plenty of noticeable color on my cheeks), and the saving grace is the formula remained quite blendable, which is really a must with such an opaque shade as this one. The more I blended it out, the less orange and more of a warm red it looked on my skin tone, but it may look redder or more orange depending on your coloring. The texture was firmer and less dry compared to the shimmery shades, but it wasn’t stiff. The color stayed put for almost nine hours before there was any color breakdown.

Formula Summary | Becca Mineral Blush ($32.00 for 0.20 oz.) is supposed to be a “delicate powder blush” with a “buildable formula” that gives a “natural-looking, flushed appearance.” They typically have a soft, creamy consistency that is a little denser than the average powder but not truly dense. Some of the very shimmery shades feel a little dry compared to the more pearly ones. I found the formula to be incredibly easy to apply and blend on the skin without any need for special tricks; they felt very grab-and-go, the kind of blush where there’s no fight to diffuse and soften edges or get even coverage. They are more pigmented than what I’d term as “buildable,” which some will appreciate, some will be disappointed by. The wear ranges from seven to nine hours with the brighter and more satin-to-matte shades lasting longer. My favorite part of the formula is the luminous sheen they give to the skin, so they don’t look too shimmery on the skin. I think if you find Becca’s pressed highlighters to be too shimmery, you may find their blushes more up your alley with respect to finish.

Becca Mineral Blush Lantana
Lantana
Lantana
9
Product
6.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total

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