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MAC Azalea Blush

MAC Azalea Blush
MAC Azalea Blush

MAC Azalea Blush ($17.00 for 0.21 oz. pan-only) is described as a “bright iridescent blue pink.” It’s a bold, brightened, medium-dark fuchsia pink with cool violet pearl that gives it a luminous finish. MAC Full Fuchsia (P, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Pegacorn (DC, $8.00) is less shimmery, more muted (95% similar). Colour Pop Pie (DC, $8.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS Coeur Battant (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop More, Please (LE, $8.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Jilted (P) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Narcissist (LE, $60.00) is warmer (80% similar). MAC Rhubarb (P, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (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. Azalea is intensely pigmented with a soft, finely-milled texture that is easily blended on the skin and can be sheered out if desired. You’ll want to use a feathery brush or a very light hand if you prefer light coverage, but it’s certainly doable–it does lend itself more towards a very pigmented initial application. On me, the color lasted for nine hours with minimal fading.

MAC Powder Blush Azalea
Azalea
Azalea
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

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Sephora Flirt It Up (06) Colorful Blush

Sephora Flirt It Up (06) Colorful Blush
Sephora Flirt It Up (06) Colorful Blush

Sephora Flirt It Up (06) Colorful Blush ($15.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a brightened, medium pink-coral with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. NYX Peach (P, $5.00) is cooler (95% similar). Tarte Deco (LE, $28.00) is more muted, cooler (95% similar). NARS Peep Show (LE, $30.00) is darker, brighter (95% similar). MAC Hipness (LE, $22.00) is more muted, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Smashing (LE, $28.00) is more muted, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Paradise Lust (Bottom) (LE) is darker (90% similar). Tarte True Love (P, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Fearless (P, $28.00) is cooler (90% similar). Too Faced How Deep is Your Love? (P, $26.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). LORAC Technicolor (P, $23.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Vibration (270) (P, $45.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Melt Into Spring (LE) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Coral Flower (P, $49.00) is lighter (90% similar). Guerlain Ors et Merveilles #7 (LE) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Crave (LE, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Live (LE, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Early Bird (DC, $8.00) is cooler (85% similar). MAC Sweet Sweet Fantasy (LE, $24.00) is warmer (85% similar). NYX Pinched (P, $5.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Your Love is King (P, $26.00) is darker (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. 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. Flirt It Up had semi-sheer to semi-opaque pigmentation with a soft, silky texture that was just a smidgen powdery. It’s one of the brighter shades I’ve tried from the range, but it was still fairly blendable on the skin and diffused without a lot of work. The color lasted for seven and a half hours on me before fading.

Sephora Colorful Blush Flirt It Up (06)
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total

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ColourPop Cruel Intentions, Never Been Kissed, Girl Power Super Shock Cheeks

ColourPop Cruel Intentions Super Shock Cheek
ColourPop Cruel Intentions Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Cruel Intentions Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “warm rose.” It’s a lightly brightened, medium pink with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had buildable coverage, and it applied with the most pigmentation with fingertips (exactly as described), but I had no problems using a stippling brush and using two layers for color. The texture was lightweight and blended out easily, more like a powder in that respect, and it wore for nine and a half hours on me. Tarte Genius (LE, $28.00) is glossier (95% similar). Tarte Irreplaceable (LE, $28.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Ironic (LE, $28.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Fetching (LE, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Love Affair (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, darker, brighter (90% similar). Tarte Does This Thing Really Work? (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Hipness (LE, $22.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Your Love is King (P, $26.00) is brighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #310 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is darker, warmer, glossier (90% similar). By Terry Savannah Love #3 (LE) is darker, brighter, less pigmented (90% similar). Tarte Warmhearted (LE, $28.00) is brighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Wicked (P, $60.00) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Chanel Crescendo (250) (LE, $45.00) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Rosewood (350) (P, $45.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). NYX Peach (P, $5.00) is brighter (90% similar). NARS Out There (LE, $30.00) is warmer (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Exhibitionist (LE) is lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Early Bird (DC, $8.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). NARS Love (LE, $30.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Stila Dusty Rose (LE) is lighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Never Been Kissed Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “dusty coral.” It’s a muted, medium coral with a hint of pink and warm undertones paired with a matte finish. The texture was smooth, blendable, and felt like a powder as soon as it hit the skin. The color payoff was buildable, just as described by the brand, and you’ll get the most opaque coverage with fingertips while brushes will yield less coverage, but the payoff is buildable in two to three layers. This shade wore for nine hours before fading on me. NARS Savage (LE, $30.00) is cooler (95% similar). Milani Coral Cove (05) (P, $8.99) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Clinique Ginger Pop (01) (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Chanel Duo N. 02 (Bottom) (LE) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #410 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is glossier (90% similar). MAC Autoerotique (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Smashbox Geranium (LE) is darker, more muted, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Intonation (69) (DC, $38.00) is cooler (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Brillante Idée (P, $32.00) is brighter (90% similar). Edward Bess Secret Affair (P, $43.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Viseart Orange #3 (P) is brighter (90% similar). Chanel Malice (71) (P, $45.00) is more shimmery, more muted (90% similar). Illamasqua Dixie (P, $26.00) is cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Ex (LE, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). KIKO 107 Tomato (P, $12.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Fruit Stand (DC, $8.00) is darker, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Guerlain Ors et Merveilles #7 (LE) is lighter (85% similar). Kat Von D Sid (Shade) (P) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Painted Canyon (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Guerlain Smile (Left) (LE, $52.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Girl Power Super Shock Pressed Pigments ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “bright red orange.” It’s an intense, medium-dark orange with warm red undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had good pigmentation with a smooth, blendable texture. It is a Pressed Pigment, and they are “not intended for use in the immediate eye area.” I’ve tested and used it as a blush, where it performed well–it blended out without issue and lasted for nine and a half hours. Sephora Oh My Gosh (10) (P, $14.00) is darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Tonic (P, $8.00) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Squint (LE, $5.00) is brighter (95% similar). NYX Cinnamon (P, $5.00) is less pigmented (95% similar). theBalm Swiss Dot (P, $22.00) is more muted (90% similar). NARS Rotonde (LE, $41.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Optimistic Orange (LE, $21.00) is glossier (90% similar). Maybelline Coral Burst (LE, $5.99) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Bang (P, $26.00) is darker (95% similar). Make Up For Ever #515 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is warmer, glossier (85% similar). NARS Exhibit A (P, $30.00) is cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Get Leid (P, $8.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

All three shades are limited edition and will launch on August 27th with ColorPop’s fall collection.

Colour Pop Super Shock Cheek Cruel Intentions
A

Limited Edition

9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total
Colour Pop Super Shock Cheek Never Been Kissed
A

Limited Edition

9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total
Colour Pop Super Shock Pressed Pigments Girl Power
Girl Power
Girl Power
A-

Limited Edition

9
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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Sephora Love Sick (22) Colorful Blush

Sephora Love Sick (22) Colorful Blush
Sephora Love Sick (22) Colorful Blush

Sephora Love Sick (22) Colorful Blush ($15.00 for 0.12 oz.) is slightly muted, medium-dark pink with neutral-to-cool undertones and a satin finish. Tarte Ironic (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Night Fever & Hot Stuff (508) (P, $42.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Wicked (P, $60.00) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Montage (LE, $28.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Red Water Lily (LE, $40.00) is brighter (95% similar). IT Cosmetics Matte Sweet Apple (P, $24.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Irreplaceable (LE, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). NYX Desert Rose (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Too Faced Your Love is King (P, $26.00) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel Rosewood (350) (P, $45.00) is cooler (90% similar). By Terry Savannah Love #3 (LE) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Sunset Beach (LE, $32.00) is cooler (90% similar). NYX Peach (P, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Flush (P, $60.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Peaches & Cream (LE, $22.00) is brighter, cooler (90% similar). Bite Beauty Macaroon (P, $24.00) is cooler (90% similar). Milani Tea Rose (08) (P, $8.99) is warmer (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Bicoastal (Bottom) (LE) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Makeup Geek Love Affair (P, $9.99) is warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Pink Rose (P, $26.00) is more muted (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. 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. Love Sick leans slightly cooler-toned, but on my warmer skin tone, it looks a lot warmer applied to my face as blush, but I fully expect it to be truer-to-color on those with neutral or cooler undertones. The texture was soft, smooth, fairly blendable while having buildable coverage that went from semi-sheer to mostly opaque with two to three layers. There’s a very subtle sheen to the finish, especially as it is worked into the skin, but it doesn’t look shimmery–more like a natural finish that looks like skin. It wore well for eight and a half hours on my normal-to-dry skin.

Sephora Colorful Blush Love Sick (22)
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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Guerlain Pink Me Up Rose Aux Joues Blush

Guerlain Pink Me Up Rose Aux Joues / Blush
Guerlain Pink Me Up Rose Aux Joues / Blush

Guerlain Pink Me Up Rose Aux Joues / Blush ($52.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a lightly brightened, medium pink-coral with very fine gold pearl. MAC Hipness (LE, $22.00) is lighter (95% similar). Stellar Beauty Beam (P, $25.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Love Hangover (P, $26.00) is warmer (95% similar). Guerlain Ors et Merveilles #8 (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). NYX Peach (P, $5.00) is darker, brighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Dainty (P, $27.00) is lighter (90% similar). Physicians Formula Natural (P, $12.99) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Fun with Friends (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte True Love (P, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). NYX Mauve (P, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). Benefit Bella Bamba (DC, $29.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Rose Glacier (170) (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Hourglass Luminous Flush (P, $35.00) is warmer (90% similar). NYX Summer Peach (P, $5.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Fox (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bellini (LE, $24.00) is lighter (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Coral Flower (P, $49.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Holiday (P, $8.00) is lighter (90% similar). Laura Geller Rosewater (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Tarte Irreplaceable (LE, $28.00) is darker (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

For fall, Guerlain has revamped their powder blush formula, and the new formula is supposed to create a “veil of ultralight texture that’s buildable and easy to apply for a subtle wash of color.” There are six shades available, and this is other of two shades that I received to test (I reviewed Morning Rose yesterday). It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color payoff, so it seemed true-to-description with some buildable coverage, but it was a “wash of color” in one layer. The texture was soft, smooth, and a little dusty, but it sat well on the skin and didn’t look dry. It’s not overtly shimmery, and I’m unable to detect any particles of shimmer, just a delicate sheen. On me, the color wore well for seven and a half hours before fading noticeably around the edges. The only thing to keep in mind is that this is designed to be sheerer and buildable, so if you prefer one-pass opacity, this may not be the right formula for your preferences.

Guerlain Rose Aux Joues (2015) Pink Me Up
Pink Me Up
Pink Me Up
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

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Guerlain Morning Rose Rose Aux Joues Blush

Guerlain Morning Rose Rose Aux Joues / Blush
Guerlain Morning Rose Rose Aux Joues / Blush

Guerlain Morning Rose Rose Aux Joues / Blush ($52.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a softened, light-medium pink with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. MAC Rosy Outlook (P, $23.50) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Lesson in Love (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Makeup Geek Main Squeeze (P, $10.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Lotus Blossom (LE, $40.00) is cooler (90% similar). Guerlain Happy Glow (LE, $54.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). KIKO 109 Candy Rose (P, $12.00) is cooler (90% similar). Hourglass Incandescent Electra (LE, $35.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Catrice La Vie En Rose (P, $5.99) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Edward Bess Filled with Desire (P, $43.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC What I Fancy (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS Fervor (Left) (P) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Guerlain Smile (Right) (LE, $52.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Smashbox Carnation (LE) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Dior Intemporalle (LE, $65.00) is lighter (90% similar). Dior Floral Pink (844) (LE, $44.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Easy Manner (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Guerlain Petrouchka #6 (LE) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Myth (LE, $30.00) is lighter (85% similar). Chanel Sakura (87) (LE, $45.00) is darker, brighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC First Waves (LE, $33.00) is cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

For fall, Guerlain has revamped their powder blush formula, and the new formula is supposed to create a “veil of ultralight texture that’s buildable and easy to apply for a subtle wash of color.” There are six shades available, and this is one of two shades that I received to test. This particular shade will be better suited for those fairer than I (I’m about medium for warm, yellow undertones at the moment, a little darker than usual), as it doesn’t show up well on my skin tone, but I suspect it’ll be a very wearable hue on most fair skin tones. It had semi-sheer color payoff that was somewhat buildable, but the best I could get was semi-opaque, which was a bit of a stretch. The texture was soft, a little dusty, but blendable on the skin without emphasizing the skin’s natural texture. The color started to fade after seven and a half hours of wear.

Guerlain Rose Aux Joues (2015) Morning Rose
Morning Rose
Morning Rose
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total

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