Clinique Pansy Pop Cheek Pop Blush

Clinique Pansy Pop Cheek Pop Blush ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a brightened, light-medium lavender with a hint of pink and a satiny sheen. Colour Pop Thumper (P, $8.00) is brighter, less shimmery. Colour Pop Mochi (P, $8.00) is pinker. Colour Pop Prenup (P, $8.00) is warmer. NARS Roman Holiday (LE, $29.00) is pinker, brighter. MAC I’m a Lover (P, $23.50) is lighter, pinker. Makeup Geek Secret Admirer (P, $9.99) is lighter. NARS Sex Fantasy (LE, $29.00) is lighter. Milani Delizioso Pink (10) (P, $7.99) is brighter. NARS Gaiety (P, $29.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC Unconventional (LE, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Peony Petal (P, $21.00) is darker, brighter. MAC Full of Joy (P, $21.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Clinique Pansy Pop Cheek Pop Blush
Clinique Cheek Pop Blush Pansy Pop
A-
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
10
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
92%

ColourPop Early Bird Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Early Bird Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “bright red coral in a matte finish.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark pink with subtle warm undertones. It’s more pink than coral, and it seems to look pinker applied than it looks in the pan. Colour Pop Clutch (P, $8.00) is darker, redder (but may appear the same if sheered out). Chanel Crescendo (250) (LE, $45.00) is similar, powder. LORAC Underrated (LE) is lighter. Tarte Irreplaceable (LE, $26.00) is darker. Makeup Geek Love Affair (P, $9.99) is darker. Tarte Fearless (P, $26.00) is similar. Too Faced Melt Into Spring (LE) is warmer. Guerlain Madame Rougit (LE, $67.00) is pinker. Chanel Revelation (63) (P, $38.00) is lighter. theBalm Frat Boy (P, $21.00) is warmer. NYX Peach (P, $5.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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ColourPop Early Bird Super Shock Cheek
Colour Pop Super Shock Cheek Early Bird
B+
Product
9
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
9
Longevity
10
Application
4.5
Total
89%

Becca Blushed Copper Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed

Becca Blushed Copper Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed ($38.00 for 0.28 oz.) is described as a “warm copper infused with rose gold tones.” It’s a muted, medium-dark copper-brown with gold and copper micro-shimmer and pearl. MAC Linda (LE, $21.00) is much lighter, less shimmery. Colour Pop Swift (P, $8.00) is darker, less shimmery. NARS Fervor (Right) (P) is more metallic, redder. Sephora + Pantone Universe Marsala (LE, $25.00) is lighter. LORAC Unapologetic (LE) is lighter. MAC Make You Mine (P, $23.50) is redder, less shimmery. Becca Papaya/Topaz (P, $27.00) is warmer. Chanel Canaille (89) (LE, $45.00) is more muted, redder. NARS Na Pali Coast (P, $39.00) is a cream product, redder. MAC Pleasure Model (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery. Charlotte Tilbury The Climax (P, $40.00) is a touch lighter. Illamasqua Supernatural (P, $24.00) is a cream product. MAC Worldly Wealth (LE, $21.00) is browner. MAC Sweet As Cocoa (P, $21.00) is darker, less shimmery. MAC Stylish Me (LE, $21.00) is darker, redder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Becca Blushed Copper Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Blushed Copper
A-
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
9.5
Application
5
Total
91%

ColourPop Pie Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Pie Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “true bright neon pink pie in a matte finish.” It’s a brightened, magenta pink with cool, blue undertones and a mostly matte finish–there appears to be a smidgen of micro-shimmer but applied, it looks matte. Colour Pop Homie (P, $8.00) is slightly brighter, more magenta than fuchsia. Colour Pop Pegacorn (P, $8.00) is slightly more fuchsia, shimmery. LORAC Unashamed (LE) is lighter, powder. MAC Sweet Sentiment (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery, more muted, powder. Surratt Beauty Se Pomponner (P, $32.00) is a powder. Makeup Geek Hanky Panky (P, $9.99) is lighter, powder. Urban Decay Savage (P) is a powder. NARS Coeur Battant (LE, $29.00) is darker, powder. Urban Decay Quickie (LE) is lighter, powder. NARS Desire (P, $29.00) is a powder. MAC Florida (LE, $21.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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ColourPop Pie Super Shock Cheek
Colour Pop Super Shock Cheek Pie
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
9.5
Application
4.5
Total
91%

Round-up: NARS Dual-Intensity Blush Overview & Thoughts

NARS Dual-Intensity Blush ($45.00 for 0.21 oz.) was an interesting concept, but I think that the texture could have been differentiated a bit more from the eyeshadows, because–as we have learned this year–that what makes a good eyeshadow may not always make a good blush and vice versa. Most blush brushes are less dense and often cut with more tapered fibers compared to a lot of eyeshadow brushes, but the texture of this formula is firmer (like the eyeshadows), so it can require some experimentation with tools and techniques to get decent to good pigmentation out of it.

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NARS Jubilation Dual-Intensity Blush

NARS Jubilation Dual-Intensity Blush ($45.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a warm-toned duo that is for those who love shimmer and metallic finishes. The texture of both shades is a bit firmer, so using ultra-soft brushes may get you poor results (e.g. blue squirrel haired brushes don’t work well, but goat hair and synthetic brushes worked fine). The color payoff was good regardless of dry or damp application, though the shimmer in the finishes was amplified when I used the shades damp. The “translucent wash of color” for damp application continues to elude me–I get nothing but intense color (and my brush is lightly misted, not sopping wet!). I would recommend a duo fiber brush like MAC’s 159 for applying these damp, rather than NARS’ own brush, as the damp application easily lifts base products and/or moves the brush around together while lifting it from place to place rather than blending it out, and I’ve had the best luck with the duo fiber brushes as they swirl without lifting the best. Damp application is a lot more work, because it is quite fussy.

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NARS Jubilation Dual-Intensity Blush
NARS Dual-Intensity Blush Duo Jubilation
C+
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
79%
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