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KIKO 104 Pastel Pink & 105 Dark Rose Soft Touch Blush

KIKO 104 Pastel Pink Soft Touch Blush
KIKO 104 Pastel Pink Soft Touch Blush

KIKO 104 Pastel Pink Soft Touch Blush ($12.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a medium-dark, raspberry pink with cool undertones and a soft, frosted finish. (There’s nothing pastel about it!) It swatches and applies darker than it appears in the pan. The texture was soft, fairly smooth, and blendable with a luminous finish that didn’t emphasize pores but had a nice, even glow. This shade wore for eight hours on me before fading. NARS Outlaw (P, $30.00) is cooler (90% similar). NARS Goulue (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Wrapped Candy (P, $27.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Neolita (P, $37.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Cheerio (P, $8.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar). NYX Desert Rose (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

KIKO 105 Dark Rose Soft Touch Blush ($12.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a muted, medium mauve with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, blendable texture that was easy to work with and just the tiniest bit powdery in the pan (but it didn’t look powdery applied to my cheeks). The color lasted for seven and a half hours on me. Tarina Tarantino Neopolitan Lane (P, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Physicians Formula Plum Rose (P, $12.99) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Exposed (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Estee Lauder Alluring Rose (P, $34.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Makeup Geek Puppy Love (P, $10.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals Golden Gate (LE, $22.00) is lighter (85% similar). Tarte Seduce (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Tarte Royal (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Bite Beauty Cashew (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). LORAC Cinematic (P, $23.00) is less shimmery, warmer (80% similar). Urban Decay Fetish (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, cooler (80% similar). bareMinerals The Close Call (P, $22.00) is warmer (80% similar). Giorgio Armani Daybreak (503) (P, $46.00) is lighter (80% similar). Burberry Earthy (P, $42.00) is less shimmery, warmer (80% similar). Urban Decay Strip Blush (-, ) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). MAC Baby Don't Go (P, $23.50) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Makeup Geek Spell Bound (P, $9.99) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). NARS Douceur (P, $30.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA OVERVIEW | KIKO Soft Touch Blush ($12.00 for 0.17 oz.) is supposed to be a “radiant and highly pigmented blush” with “long lasting colour.” It’s a powder blush that has a thinner, fairly smooth, blendable texture that ranges from semi-opaque to mostly opaque coverage. Most shades are matte to satin with the more matte shades still having a natural-looking finish to them (not flat or dry-looking applied). The wear has varied from six to eight hours depending on the shade.

Per readers comments, it appears these have been discontinued in some countries, though all shades except one appear to be available on the U.S. website. (It’s hard to tell if they’re just on sale, as they’re presently available for $3.90 a pop instead of $12, or if they are discounted to move, as I have seen KIKO do 30-50% off before.) I wasn’t intending to review these back-to-back but will be doing my best to get reviews out quickly in light of seeming to be discontinued. Readers have said the replacement is the Shade Fusion Trio Blush (which I haven’t tried, so I don’t know anything about), which would sure be a bummer, since it is more expensive and a trio of shades, so it is different enough that it doesn’t seem like a true replacement to me (boo!).

KIKO Soft Touch Blush 104 Pastel Pink
B+

Permanent

8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total
KIKO Soft Touch Blush 105 Dark Rose
B

Permanent

8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
86%
Total

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Milani Red Vino Baked Blush

Milani Red Vino Baked Powder Blush
Milani Red Vino Baked Powder Blush

Milani Red Vino Baked Powder Blush ($7.49 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium-dark, reddish plum with warm undertones and gold sparkle. MAC Love Thing (P, $27.00) is cooler (95% similar). NARS Goulue (P, $30.00) is cooler (95% similar). Colour Pop Drop of a Hat (LE, $8.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). NARS Realm of the Senses #2 (LE, $30.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Glow #5 (LE, $60.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Gleeful (P, $27.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Rouge (LE, $45.00) is darker (85% similar). Sleek MakeUP Pomegranate (P, $6.99) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). IT Cosmetics Radiant in Rose (P, $24.00) is cooler (85% similar). Clinique Cola Pop (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Baked Blush formula is supposed to be “buildable from sheer to vibrant” paired with a “silky” texture. Red Vino had larger, more noticeable sparkle than a lot of the blushes I’ve tried in the range. The texture was thinner, a little drier, and was harder to work with, though it blended out more easily than I expected after swatching. It had buildable coverage from semi-sheer to mostly opaque. There were some noticeable sparkles on the skin, but it was more of a satin sheen overall, once blended in. This shade wore for seven and a half hours on me before fading.

Milani Baked Blush Red Vino
Red Vino
Red Vino
7.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
81%
Total

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KIKO 103 Golden Peach & 111 Classic Rose Soft Touch Blush

KIKO 103 Golden Peach Soft Touch Blush
KIKO 103 Golden Peach Soft Touch Blush

KIKO 103 Golden Peach Soft Touch Blush ($12.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a medium, warm-toned pink with gold shimmer and a frosted finish. This was one of the more shimmery shades in the range. It had semi-opaque coverage with a soft, lightly powdery consistency that blended well but only wore for six hours before the blush started to breakdown. Milani Bella Bellini (P, $8.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Sand (LE, $68.00) is glossier (90% similar). NARS Orgasm (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Dainty (P, $27.00) is more pigmented, warmer (90% similar). By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bellini (LE, $24.00) is darker (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Love Glow (P, $40.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Antigua (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Milani Dolce Pink (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Smashbox Carnation (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Feather (DC, $25.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Love Hangover (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Coloured Raine Cutie Pie (P, $25.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Rose Gold (P, $6.99) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Becca Rose Spritz (LE, $34.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Becca Flowerchild (P, $32.00) is darker (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Eccentrico (LE, $88.00) is lighter (90% similar). Benefit Bella Bamba (Palette) (P, $29.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Who's Your Poppy (LE, ) is warmer (85% similar). Tarte Glisten (P, $28.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

KIKO 111 Classic Rose Soft Touch Blush ($12.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a plummy copper with warm, reddish-orange undertones and a soft, frosted sheen. It had good pigmentation with a fairly soft, blendable consistency that ran a little firmer in the pan than ideal, but it didn’t seem to impact the overall application. This shade wore for seven hours before fading. Surratt Beauty De Cherubique (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Stereo Rose (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Love Lust (Discontinued) (DC, $60.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Benefit Rockateur (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Becca Watermelon/Moonstone (P, $27.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Black Up NBL 04 (P, $26.50) is darker, cooler (85% similar). NARS Isadora (LE, $30.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Becca Lychee/Opal (P, $27.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Lancome Rosegold Lights (P, $30.00) is more muted, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA OVERVIEW | KIKO Soft Touch Blush ($12.00 for 0.17 oz.) is supposed to be a “radiant and highly pigmented blush” with “long lasting colour.” It’s a powder blush that has a thinner, fairly smooth, blendable texture that ranges from semi-opaque to mostly opaque coverage. Most shades are matte to satin with the more matte shades still having a natural-looking finish to them (not flat or dry-looking applied). The wear has varied from six to eight hours depending on the shade.

Per readers comments, it appears these have been discontinued in some countries, though all shades except one appear to be available on the U.S. website. (It’s hard to tell if they’re just on sale, as they’re presently available for $3.90 a pop instead of $12, or if they are discounted to move, as I have seen KIKO do 30-50% off before.) I wasn’t intending to review these back-to-back but will be doing my best to get reviews out quickly in light of seeming to be discontinued. Readers have said the replacement is the Shade Fusion Trio Blush (which I haven’t tried, so I don’t know anything about), which would sure be a bummer, since it is more expensive and a trio of shades, so it is different enough that it doesn’t seem like a true replacement to me (boo!).

KIKO Soft Touch Blush 103 Golden Peach
C

Permanent

7
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
6.5
Longevity
5
Application
73%
Total
KIKO Soft Touch Blush 111 Classic Rose
B

Permanent

8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total

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KIKO 100 Cookie & 102 Natural Pink Soft Touch Blush

KIKO 100 Cookie Soft Touch Blush
KIKO 100 Cookie Soft Touch Blush

KIKO Soft Touch Blush ($12.00 for 0.17 oz.) is supposed to be a “radiant and highly pigmented blush” with “long lasting colour.” It’s a powder blush that has a thinner, fairly smooth, blendable texture that ranges from semi-opaque to mostly opaque coverage. Most shades are matte to satin with the more matte shades still having a natural-looking finish to them (not flat or dry-looking applied). The wear has varied from six to eight hours depending on the shade.

Per readers comments, it appears these have been discontinued in some countries, though all shades except one appear to be available on the U.S. website. (It’s hard to tell if they’re just on sale, as they’re presently available for $3.90 a pop instead of $12, or if they are discounted to move, as I have seen KIKO do 30-50% off before.) I wasn’t intending to review these back-to-back but will be doing my best to get reviews out quickly in light of seeming to be discontinued. Readers have said the replacement is the Shade Fusion Trio Blush (which I haven’t tried, so I don’t know anything about), which would sure be a bummer, since it is more expensive and a trio of shades, so it is different enough that it doesn’t seem like a true replacement to me (boo!).

KIKO 100 Cookie Soft Touch Blush ($12.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a medium-dark, caramel brown with warm, yellow-orange tones and a satin finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, smooth, and blendable texture that applied evenly to the skin. This shade wore for seven hours on me before fading. By Terry Savannah Love #2 (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). By Terry Tropical Sunset #4 (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Guerlain #03 (P, $53.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Becca Wild Honey (P, $32.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Zoeva ND030 (P, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Silvana (P, $30.00) is darker (90% similar). Smashbox Sunset (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Carry-On (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Lo-Fi (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Gold Dust (P, $68.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Refined Golden (P, $27.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Laura Mercier Earth (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Becca Sweet Pea (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Guerlain Moyen Brunettes (05) (LE, $75.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Delphic (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). bareMinerals The High Dive (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). MAC Bronzer (LE, $33.00) is lighter (85% similar). By Terry Tan & Flash Cruise #5 (LE, ) is darker, cooler (85% similar). LORAC Unapologetic (LE, ) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Suqqu Hanachaori (02) (P, $34.00) is lighter (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

KIKO 102 Natural Pink Soft Touch Blush ($12.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a muted, medium rosy brown with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage that was easily diffused to sheerer coverage, if desired, as it was very blendable. The texture is thin, smooth but not dusty or powdery. It wore for seven hours on me before fading. Urban Decay Strip Blush (-, ) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Between the Sheets (P, $8.00) is darker, brighter, cooler (90% similar). theBalm Balm Beach (P, $21.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). bareMinerals The Close Call (P, $22.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). bareMinerals Golden Gate Matte (LE, $22.00) is cooler (85% similar). MAC Melba (P, $22.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Exposed (P, $28.00) is cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

KIKO Soft Touch Blush 100 Cookie
100 Cookie
100 Cookie
B+

Permanent

8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total
KIKO Soft Touch Blush 102 Natural Pink
B

Permanent

8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
86%
Total

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Milani Corallina Baked Blush

Milani Corallina Baked Powder Blush
Milani Corallina Baked Powder Blush

Milani Corallina Baked Powder Blush ($7.49 for 0.12 oz.) is a bright, medium coral-orange with gold shimmer. NARS Me First (LE, $30.00) is warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Romance (DC, $9.99) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Stereo Rose (LE, $33.00) is cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Bottomless (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). NYX Menage a Trois (P, $15.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). NYX Rose Gold (P, $6.50) is lighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Coral (P, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Stila Peach Shimmer (LE, ) is cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Baked Blush formula is supposed to be “buildable from sheer to vibrant” paired with a “silky” texture. Corallina has a soft, smooth consistency that is a little dusty but not really powdery or dry. The color blended out easily on the skin, and the shimmer wasn’t too large, so it didn’t emphasize pores and gave off a very luminous sheen. It had semi-sheer to opaque coverage, as described, and it was forgiving, as you could sheer it out or intensify it without it looking caked on or becoming splotchy. The blush wore for seven hours on me before fading slightly.

Milani Baked Blush Corallina
Corallina
Corallina
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total

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MAC x Zac Posen Haute Contour Powder Blush Duo

MAC Haute Contour Powder Blush Duo
MAC Haute Contour Powder Blush Duo

MAC Haute Contour Powder Blush Duo ($29.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a split-pan product with one shade being more of your traditional bronzer and the other being a pink-coral. Neither shade performed well, but the more blush-like shade had a really firm, hard press that required jabbing at the powder’s surface to get decent color out of it. This is at least the third time in recent memory that MAC has released a mid-tone brown/pink-coral blush duo, and I wonder why they haven’t been able to jump out of the box–it’s becoming like NARS Laguna/Orgasm over here.

Haute Contour (Bronzer) is a muted, medium brown with warm, orange-yellow tones and a satin finish. It was firmly packed in the pan, which made getting color out of it a little more challenging, and when I did, some of it came away in larger chunks–almost like sand. The consistency was fairly blendable on the skin, and the harder chunks dusted away (didn’t notice them applied). It lasted for seven hours before fading. MAC Sunny Side (LE, $33.00) is brighter (90% similar). bareMinerals The Skinny Dip (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is darker (90% similar). Guerlain Natural / Brunettes (03) (P, $53.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Naked Flushed Bronzer (-, ) is darker (85% similar). bareMinerals The High Dive (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Haute Contour (Blush) is a light-medium, pink-coral with warm undertones and a golden shimmer. You wouldn’t know what the color was by going off the swatch, but with enough jabbing and prodding of the powder, I was able to get enough powder to loosen to apply to cheeks to show it in a photo. The shimmer didn’t emphasize pores, and the color itself lasted for six and a half hours before fading on me. NYX Rose Gold (P, $6.50) is more pigmented, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Romance (DC, $9.99) is more shimmery, more pigmented (90% similar). MAC Stereo Rose (LE, $33.00) is more pigmented, warmer (90% similar). NARS Orgasm (P, $30.00) is more pigmented, cooler (85% similar). NYX Menage a Trois (P, $15.00) is more pigmented, warmer (85% similar). Becca Lychee/Opal (P, $27.00) is more shimmery, more pigmented, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Zac Posen Powder Blush Duo Haute Contour
5
Product
6
Pigmentation
4.5
Texture
7
Longevity
4
Application
59%
Total
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