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Sephora Secretive (19) Colorful Highlighter

Sephora Secretive (19) Colorful Blush
Sephora Secretive (19) Colorful Blush

Sephora Secretive (19) Colorful Blush ($15.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a softened, light-medium gold-shimmered peach with warm undertones and a luminous finish. Colour Pop Parasol (LE, $8.00) is darker (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Medium/Dark Glow (P) is darker, brighter (90% similar). MAC Nuanced (LE, $32.00) is cooler (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Starlight (Sahara) (P, $44.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Most Necessary (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Yummy Cookies (LE, $8.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC This Love (LE, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Ginger Spiked (LE) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Smashbox Shimmer (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Starlight (P, $44.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Highly Waisted (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Style Cast (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Laura Mercier Rosegold Shimmer (LE) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Surratt Beauty Coup de Genie (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). NYX Narcissistic (P, $9.00) is lighter (80% similar). Becca Champagne Pop (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Norman Parkinson (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery, lighter, more muted (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Colorful Blush formula is supposed to be long-wearing, buildable, and have a lightweight texture. My experience with the formula has shown that they’re soft, lightly powdery at times (some are worse than others) with semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage that blends fairly well and lasts seven to eight hours. There is some variance between shades, but there are some gems in the range. For fairer skin tones, this is going to work more as a highlighting blush, while medium and darker skin tones will find it more of a true highlighter that adds slight warmth but not a lot of noticeable color. The sheen it yields is lovely–glowing, luminous but never emphasizing. The texture was soft, blendable, and just a smidgen on the powdery side. On my normal-to-dry skin, it wore well for eight hours before showing signs of fading.

Sephora Colorful Blush Secretive (19)
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

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Chanel Alezane Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Alezane (260) Joues Contraste Blush
Chanel Alezane (260) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Alezane (260) Joues Contraste Blush ($45.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a muted coppery-brown with a hint of rose and gold shimmer. MAC Stylish Me (LE, $22.00) is darker (95% similar). NYX Bronzed (P, $6.50) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). bareMinerals The Close Call (P, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Evening Beige (340) (P, $45.00) is more shimmery, brighter, cooler (90% similar). Black Opal Rose Gold (P, $8.95) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Accent (84) (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Peachtwist (P, $22.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Liberation (Right) (LE) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Chanel Canaille (89) (LE, $45.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Natura (P, $37.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Perfectly Lit (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Make You Mine (P, $23.50) is darker, brighter, warmer (85% similar). NARS Summer Dual Intensity Blush IV (LE) is brighter (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Climax (P, $40.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). NARS Fervor (Right) (P) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). MAC Sweet As Cocoa (P, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). Revlon Naughty Nude (006) (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). NARS Cheek Studio III (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). Chanel Jersey (80) (P, $45.00) is less shimmery, lighter (80% similar). Chanel Rose Bronze (P, $45.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The texture was soft, silky, and lightweight on the skin while blending easily without losing too much intensity. It had semi-opaque coverage that was buildable to opaque pigmentation or blended out to semi-sheer (or you could apply less) if a subtler look was preferred. The shimmer didn’t emphasize the skin’s natural texture or pores, but it translated into a soft sheen. On me, it wore well for just over eight hours before fading.

Chanel Joues Contraste Blush Alezane (260)
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

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Charlotte Tilbury x Norman Parkinson Colour of Youth Healthy, Happy Lip & Cheek Glow

Charlotte Tilbury Colour of Youth Healthy, Happy Lip & Cheek Glow
Charlotte Tilbury Colour of Youth Healthy, Happy Lip & Cheek Glow

Charlotte Tilbury Colour of Youth Healthy, Happy Lip & Cheek Glow ($58.00 for 0.08 oz.) is described as a “rosy hue.” It’s a soft, medium pink-coral with warm undertones and a soft sheen. theBalm Pie (P, ) is darker, glossier. MAC Hi Jinks! (LE, $22.00) is cooler. Charlotte Tilbury Es Vedra (P, $45.00) is darker. Laura Geller Papaya (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, darker, more pigmented. Dior Pink Glow Blush (LE, ) is more pigmented, less glossy. Dior Coral Glow Blush (LE, ) is more pigmented, warmer, less glossy. Burberry Blossom (P, $42.00) is more pigmented, less glossy. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The formula is supposed to be “creamy, blendable, weightless, [and] hydrating” with “natural colour.” It had sheer to semi-sheer color payoff, which seems to be as intended, with a thin, lightly emollient consistency that spread across the skin well without sheering out too readily. The finish had a natural dewiness to it, but I didn’t experience the “long-lasting” quality of the product, as it was significantly faded after six horus of wear. The cream blush worked well on bare skin as well as layered over foundation, though I recommend applying it over slightly damp foundation if you use a liquid/cream-based foundation. As a lip product, it feels thin and a bit clingy, and it stayed on for three hours and was drying over time.

Charlotte Tilbury Healthy, Happy Lip & Cheek Glow Colour of Youth
7
Product
10
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7
Longevity
5
Application
81%
Total

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Sephora Passionate (23) Colorful Contour

Sephora Passionate (23) Colorful Blush (Contour)
Sephora Passionate (23) Colorful Blush (Contour)

Sephora Passionate (23) Colorful Blush ($15.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a slightly muted, coppery brown with a soft satin finish. theBalm Balm Desert (P, $21.00) is darker, more muted, cooler. Too Faced I Will Always Love You (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, brighter, warmer. MAC Linda (LE, $21.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC Seduced at Sea (LE, $25.00) is darker, brighter. Chanel Jersey (80) (P, $45.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted. Makeup Geek Infatuation (P, $9.99) is less shimmery, darker. NARS Frenzy (Right) (P, ) is more shimmery, brighter. Charlotte Tilbury The Climax (P, $40.00) is more shimmery, darker. MAC Eternal Sun (P, $23.50) is less shimmery, darker. Becca Songbird (P, $32.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The Colorful Blush formula is supposed to be long-wearing, buildable, and have a lightweight texture. My experience with the formula has shown that they’re soft, lightly powdery at times (some are worse than others) with semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage that blends fairly well and lasts seven to eight hours. There is some variance between shades, but there are some gems in the range. Passionate is a soft, smooth, and very blendable on the skin with a luminous sheen that doesn’t emphasize pores but doesn’t look flat on the skin–glowing but not frosted. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque, buildable coverage, as described, and it lasted for a solid eight hours on me.

P.S. — You may be seeing some inconsistency in photo sizes in the next week or two, as we will be increasing the size of our images, but photos that were already processed earlier will be in the previous size. Thanks for understanding 🙂

Sephora Colorful Blush Passionate (23)
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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Sephora Serene (20) Colorful Highlighter

Sephora Serene (20) Colorful Blush (Illuminator)
Sephora Serene (20) Colorful Blush (Illuminator)

Sephora Serene (20) Colorful Blush (Illuminator) ($15.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as an “illuminator.” It’s a muted, light-medium yellowed peach with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. NYX Nectar (P, $5.00) is more shimmery. NYX Cream (P, $5.00) is lighter. Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment (Original) (P, $30.00) is more shimmery. Smashbox Highlight (P, ) is brighter. LORAC Yellow Highlight (P, ) is lighter. Kat Von D Levitation (P, ) is lighter. Kat Von D Levitation (P, ) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Highlight (P, ) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The Colorful Blush formula is supposed to be long-wearing, buildable, and have a lightweight texture. My experience with the formula has shown that they’re soft, lightly powdery at times (some are worse than others) with semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage that blends fairly well and lasts seven to eight hours. There is some variance between shades, but there are some gems in the range. The texture of this shade was drier and powdery, though it was as loose as Tranquil so it seemed more forgiving applied. The finish is mostly matte, so if it is lighter than your natural skin tone, you may find it gives the illusion of highlight, but on my skin tone, it looks almost like a beige-y blush or face powder. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque pigmentation that was noticeably faded after seven hours of wear.

P.S. — You may be seeing some inconsistency in photo sizes in the next week or two, as we will be increasing the size of our images, but photos that were already processed earlier will be in the previous size. Thanks for understanding 🙂

Sephora Colorful Blush Serene (20)
7
Product
10
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
82%
Total

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Laura Geller Rosewater Baked Gelato Swirl Blush

Laura Geller Rosewater Baked Gelato Swirl Blush
Laura Geller Rosewater Baked Gelato Swirl Blush

Laura Geller Rosewater Baked Gelato Swirl Blush ($26.00 for 0.17 oz.) is described as a “bright pink.” It’s a light-medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and gold shimmer and a faint bit of gold sparkle. Benefit Bella Bamba (DC, $28.00) is more shimmery, darker. Charlotte Tilbury Love Glow (P, $40.00) is lighter. Chanel Revelation (63) (P, $38.00) is less shimmery. Tarina Tarantino Parasol (P, $25.00) is brighter, warmer. MAC Lesson in Love (LE, $21.00) is lighter. Chanel Crescendo (250) (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery. Colour Pop Birthday Suit (P, $8.00) is more shimmery. NARS Fervor (Left) (P, ) is lighter. theBalm Houndstooth (P, $22.00) is darker, more muted. Chanel Blush Horizon de Chanel (LE, ) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The formula is described as having vivid and “translucent, vibrant color” with a “flirty, natural-looking flush” that goes on “like a powder but feels like a cream.” They have a very similar texture as the Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminators I reviewed earlier this year, which I totally fell in love with. The texture has a smooth, denser feel to it that has good color payoff that’s incredibly easy to blend out on the skin. The pigmentation varies from shade to shade, but they are generally quite pigmented. Rosewater had semi-opaque, buildable coverage, but I found it was the least pigmented blush of the five from the range. I think it may be perfect coverage for fairer skin tones who like a subtle blusher, though. The texture was soft, smooth, and blendable, but I noticed more shimmer/sparkle in this one on the skin–not quite enough to emphasize pores but more visible than the other four shades. It wore well for seven and a half hours before fading on my skin.

Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Blush Rosewater
Rosewater
Rosewater
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total

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