Thursday, October 9th, 2014

NARS Almeria Blush
NARS Almeria Blush

NARS Almeria Blush ($30.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “tan rose.” It’s a muted, medium-dark reddened plum with subtle, warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. There’s a hint ofvery fine shimmer, but on the skin, it isn’t noticeable. Gucci Beauty Cherry Nectar (P, $49.00) is brighter, warmer. Tom Ford Beauty Contour (Softcore) (LE, $55.00) is lighter. NARS Realm of the Senses #2 (LE, $29.00) is more shimmery. NARS 413 BLKR (LE, $39.00) is a cream producct. NARS Seduction (P, $29.00) is darker. NARS Oasis (P, $29.00) is lighter, more shimmery. NARS Lovejoy (P, $29.00) is warmer, more shimmery. NARS Dolce Vita (P, $29.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Hidden Treasure (LE, $21.00) is slightly warmer, m ore shimmery. Illamasqua Allure (P, $26.00) is lighter, more muted. See comparison swatches/ view dupes.

The texture was soft, silky, and very finely-milled, so it looked nice against the skin–not powdery or dry–and blended easily, which is a real must with a deeper, richer shade like this one. It had good color payoff, which could be a little buildable if you used a very light touch, but it didn’t feel like the lightest touch still yielded a ton of product. I was surprised by how many blushes NARS has that are similar to this–both past and present–so you may find that your stash already has something similar enough that this wouldn’t be a must-have. On my cheeks, the color wore well for eight and a half hours before fading.

This blush is part of NARS’ holiday color collection, which will be available online on October 15th and at retailers on November 1st.

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Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

MAC Make You Mine Pro Longwear Blush
MAC Make You Mine Pro Longwear Blush

MAC Make You Mine Pro Longwear Blush ($26.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “dirty salmon.” It’s a muted, medium copper-plum with a very fine gold shimmer-sheen–it’s more like a soft, satin finish. Gucci Beauty Cherry Nectar (P, $49.00) is darker. Tom Ford Beauty Contour (Softcore) (LE, $55.00) is pinker. MAC Sea Me, Hear Me (LE, $25.00) is lighter. MAC Scene to Be Seen (Inner) (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery. Benefit Rockateur (P, $28.00) is lighter. Bobbi Brown Nude Beach Blush (LE, $26.00) is slightly darker. MAC Ambering Rose (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The texture of this blush is brilliant–soft, silky, smooth–and done so well that it almost feels like a cream product rather than a powder. MAC really nailed the formula here, as it is delivers the promised buildable color, blends easily, and wears for eight hours (exactly as claimed). The finish has a very subtle sheen to it that translates more as your-skin-but-better, so there’s no emphasis of pores, and it’s not really shimmery. That slight sheen keeps it from looking too dull or matte against the skin. And good news, it is permanent! You can purchase it in pan format through MAC and pop it into your empty palette of choice, which will save you $7 (which almost pays for the empty palette!).

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Monday, October 6th, 2014

MAC Heirloom Mix Mineralize Blushes
MAC Heirloom Mix Mineralize Blushes

MAC Modest Blush Mineralize Blush ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “light baby salmon pink.” It’s a light-medium, muted pink with subtle, warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had more buildable color that was mostly opaque with two to three layers. The texture was soft, lightly powdery, but blendable, and the color lasted for seven hours before fading slightly. The Mineralize Blush formula is described as “sheer and lightweight” with “colour [that] builds lightly,” which seems to hold true here. YSL Passionnee (6) (P, $47.00) is warmer. YSL Singuliere (1) (P, $47.00) is cooler. MAC Pink Sprinkles (LE, $21.00) is similar. MAC Lesson in Love (LE, $21.00) is lighter, warmer. Dior My Lady (002) (LE, $60.00) is cooler. Dior Rose (001) (LE, $56.00) is lighter, cooler. Sleek MakeUP Icing Sugar (P, $6.99) is more shimmery. MAC Formal (LE) is similar. MAC Stay Pretty (P, $23.50) is cooler. MAC Rosy Outlook (P, $23.50) is lighter. Illamasqua Naked Rose (P, $26.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Sweet Sentiment Mineralize Blush ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “rosy pink.” It’s a cool-toned, muted, medium-dark pink with a lilac/lavender vibe. It had a satin finish with buildable color that was opaque in two layers. The blush felt soft, smooth, and was blendable on the skin. This shade wore well for seven and a half hours on me. Makeup Geek Rendezvous (P, $9.99) is darker, less shimmery. Makeup Geek Hanky Panky (P, $9.99) is less sihmmery. MAC Young at Heart (LE, $20.00) is a cream product. Clinique Plum Pop (04) (P, $21.00) is brighter. Milani Delizioso Pink (10) (P, $7.99) is brighter, lighter. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Blush (LE) is more shimmery. Tarte Dollface (P, $26.00) is lighter. NARS Angelika (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Pink Tea (LE, $21.00) is similar. MAC Feeling Flush (LE, $27.00) is darker. Illamasqua Morale (P, $26.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

These blushes are from the upcoming Heirloom Mix collection, which launches online on October 19th and hits stores/counters on October 23rd. International locations should see this sometime in November.

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Sunday, October 5th, 2014

MAC I'm a Lover Pro Longwear Blush
MAC I’m a Lover Pro Longwear Blush

MAC I’m a Lover Pro Longwear Blush ($26.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “pink.” It’s a light-medium, cool-toned pink with blue undertones and a satin finish. Tarte Whimsy (LE, $26.00) is brighter, darker. Makeup Geek Head Over Heels (P, $9.99) is brighter. Dior Rose (001) (LE, $56.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Blush (P) is more matte, darker. NARS Sex Fantasy (LE, $29.00) is lighter. Milani Delizioso Pink (10) (P, $7.99) is darker, brighter. Givenchy It-Girl Purple (P, $44.00) is brighter. Tarte Dollface (P, $26.00) is slightly darker. NARS Mistinguette (LE, $29.00) is lighter, brighter. theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is lighter, more matte. NYX English Rose (P, $15.00) is darker. MAC Stay Pretty (P, $23.50) is more muted. MAC Well Dressed (P, $21.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The press release noted that this was limited edition, but MAC’s website is showing the three blushes from The Matte Lip collection as permanent–and the proof is in the fact that they’ll be offering pan-only versions of all three (though this shade is still “coming soon” for purchase). The Pro Longwear Blush formula is supposed to be “ultra fine, silky” with eight-hour wear and buildable color. The texture was very silky–almost creamy–and lightweight, and it was beautiful on the skin. It feels a lot smoother than the other shades of the formula I’ve come across. The color was buildable from semi-sheer to mostly opaque. On me, this shade wore well for eight hours before fading slightly.

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Saturday, October 4th, 2014

Benefit Cheeky Sweet Spot Box O' Blushes
Benefit Cheeky Sweet Spot Box O’ Blushes

Benefit Cheeky Sweet Spot Box O’ Blushes ($36.00 for 1.08 oz.) includes six powder blushes and a cream highlighter–all shades from Benefit’s permanent line-up in a metal tin. A few of these I haven’t tested in a long time, so now seems like a good time to re-test and re-review (to update swatches, photos, dupes, and all that jazz!). I had actually re-photographed my permanent Box O’ Powders a few months ago but haven’t had time to test all of them yet, so this palette is quite timely! I bought mine at Sephora, but it is also available at ULTA last I saw.

It seemed like a lot of readers were interested in this, and in general, I think the texture is consistent with the full-sized versions, but I found the color of Bella Bamba and CORALista to be different in the palette compared to my standalone versions, with CORALista being very different and Bella Bamba more “within variation” that you might expect over the years and the like (though they’re still noticeable different to me). Aside from the inconsistencies in color on those two shades, all six powder blushes seem promising. Here’s a quick preview of the palette with a full review to come…

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Friday, October 3rd, 2014

Make Up For Ever ME734 Tangerine Artist Shadow (Blush)
Make Up For Ever ME734 Tangerine Artist Shadow (Blush)

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow (Blush) ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a bold, bright, in-your-face orange-red with a golden orange frosted shimmer. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #4 (P, $9.99) is brighter, lighter. Sugarpill Asteria (LE, $12.00) is darker, redder. NARS Taj Mahal (P, $29.00) is very similar. MAC Fresh Daily (LE, $15.00) is more muted. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Despite the more metallic finish, once blended out on the skin, it didn’t seem to emphasize pores, which was a happy surprise. It seems to diffuse and become a smoother, more luminous glow than an overt frost when applied as a blush. The color payoff is crazily intense–a little goes a very long way–but the dense, creamy consistency plays well with a stippling brush so that it isn’t difficult to adjust the amount of product. It has an almost gel-cream-powder feeling, so it’s not quite like a powder, but it’s not a cream product either. From that standpoint, I find it easier to use than NARS Taj Mahal, which is very similar and just as intense. On me, this shade lasted for nine hours before fading slightly.

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