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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 darker, warmer (90% similar). Edward Bess Filled with Desire (P, $43.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Burberry S/S15 Runway (LE, $65.00) is lighter, more muted (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 more shimmery, darker (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 more shimmery, cooler (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 darker, warmer (85% similar). Clinique Pink Pop (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Stay Pretty (P, $23.50) is darker, more muted (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. MAC Sunset Beach (LE, $32.00) is cooler (95% similar). Tarte Montage (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Sephora Love Sick (22) (P, $14.00) is more muted (95% similar). By Terry Tan & Flash Cruise #1 (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Wicked (P, $60.00) is warmer (95% similar). Colour Pop Clutch (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). NARS Mata Hari (P, $30.00) is darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Bicoastal (Bottom) (LE) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Peaches & Cream (LE, $22.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Chanel Rosewood (350) (P, $45.00) is more muted (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). Chanel Rose Tourbillon (67) (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Love Affair (P, $9.99) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Night Fever & Hot Stuff (508) (P, $42.00) is more shimmery, more muted (90% similar). NARS Adoration (Right) (P) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Clinique Berry Pop (03) (P, $21.00) is brighter, cooler (90% similar). Bite Beauty Macaroon (P, $24.00) is more muted (90% similar). NARS Panic (Left) (P) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Whole Lotta Love (P, $23.50) is less shimmery, darker (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 more shimmery, lighter (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 less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Siena (P, $58.00) is more muted (85% similar). Benefit Sugarbomb (P, $29.00) is lighter (85% similar). Benefit Rockateur (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (80% similar). MAC Stereo Rose (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (80% similar). Estee Lauder Sensuous Rose (P, $34.00) is less shimmery, 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. 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 darker, cooler (90% similar). Surratt Beauty La Vie En Rose (P, $32.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Contour (Softcore) (LE, $60.00) is more shimmery, darker, brighter (85% similar). MAC Animal Instincts (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (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 darker, more pigmented, better quality (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Nude Pink (P, $26.00) is darker, better quality (95% similar). Colour Pop Mochi (DC, $8.00) is more shimmery, more pigmented, better quality (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 warmer, better quality (90% similar). MAC Pink Swoon (P, $22.00) is brighter, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Dream (LE, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). NYX Flamingo (P, $5.00) is brighter, more pigmented, better quality (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 brighter, cooler, better quality (90% similar). Makeup Geek Valentine (P, $10.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Make Up For Ever M856 Fresh Pink (P, $21.00) is darker, more pigmented, warmer (85% similar). Milani Delizioso Pink (10) (P, $8.49) is more shimmery, darker, more pigmented (85% similar). KIKO 110 Bright Pink (P, $12.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). LORAC Orchid (LE, $19.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Viseart Rose #1 (P) is lighter, cooler (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 more shimmery, warmer (95% similar). NARS Vengeful (Right) (LE) is lighter, warmer (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 lighter, warmer (90% similar). NARS Taos (P, $30.00) is warmer (90% similar). Bite Beauty Almond (P, $24.00) is more muted, warmer (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 less shimmery, lighter, cooler (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 more muted, cooler (90% similar). MAC Raizin (P, $22.00) is darker, warmer (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 darker, cooler (85% similar). Makeup Geek Chivalry (P, $10.00) is cooler (85% similar). MAC Pressed Amber (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery, more muted, cooler (85% similar). NARS Melina (Contour) (P) 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. 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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