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MAC Frankly Scarlet Blush

MAC Frankly Scarlet Blush
MAC Frankly Scarlet Blush

MAC Frankly Scarlet Blush ($17.00 for 0.21 oz. pan-only) is described as a “vivid rose-red [with a matte finish].” It’s a bright, medium red with subtle, warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. MAC Oh My! (LE, $23.00) is warmer (95% similar). Viseart Coral #3 (P, ) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Apple Red (P, $23.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Never Say Never (P, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). Bite Beauty Mochi (P, $24.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (90% similar). NYX Crimson (P, $6.50) is warmer (85% similar). Chanel Rouge Profond (320) (P, $45.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). MAC All Year Red (LE, ) is warmer (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. Frankly Scarlet packs a real punch of pigment as it had great color payoff and can apply true-to-pan, if desired. When sheered out, it takes on a rosier, pinker coloring and loses some of the underlying red tone. The texture was soft, smooth, and blendable on the skin, which are all necessary attributes for such a bold shade as this one! The finish read matte in the pan, but on the skin, it has a “natural” matte finish, where it doesn’t flatten features but doesn’t add genuine shine either. This shade wore wlel for eight and a half hours before fading on me.

MAC Powder Blush Frankly Scarlet
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

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MAC Full Fuchsia Blush

MAC Full Fuchsia Blush
MAC Full Fuchsia Blush

MAC Full Fuchsia Blush ($17.00 for 0.21 oz. pan-only) is described as a “bright intense fuchsia [with a Frost finish].” It’s a bold, bright, medium fuchsia-pink with strong, blue undertones and a fine shimmer-sheen. MAC Azalea (P, $23.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Pegacorn (DC, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop More, Please (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Coeur Battant (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Let's Be Friends (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Sephora I'm Shocked (09) (P, $14.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Pie (DC, $8.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Jilted (P, ) is more shimmery, darker (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. Full Fuchsia had rich, mostly opaque color coverage where a little goes a long way. It can be applied as true intensity or blended out for a softer, sheerer look (where it will look rosier and less fuchsia). The finish is satiny once blended on the skin, so it doesn’t emphasize pores but doesn’t look flat either. It had a fairly soft texture that was a smidgen dusty but relatively easy to work with. This shade lasted for nine hours before fading on me.

MAC Powder Blush Full Fuchsia
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
92%
Total

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MAC Love Joy Mineralize Blush

MAC Love Joy Mineralize Blush
MAC Love Joy Mineralize Blush

MAC Love Joy Mineralize Blush ($27.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “warm mid-toen brown with gold pearl.” It’s a muted, medium-dark brown with subtle reddish tones and soft, gold shimmer. MAC Pleasure Model (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). MAC Glow With It (P, $33.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). NARS Liberation (Right) (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Chanel Canaille (89) (LE, $45.00) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel Elegance (370) (P, $45.00) is cooler (90% similar). Chanel Jersey (80) (P, $45.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Sweet As Cocoa (P, $23.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Tint (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Perfectly Lit (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). NARS Takeover (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). NARS Cheek Studio III (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Guerlain #02 (P, $53.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Cheek Pollen (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). theBalm Balm Desert (P, $21.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). NARS Summer Dual Intensity Blush IV (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC’s Mineralize Blush formula is supposed to be a “blush that builds lightly” that has a lightweight feel and “luminous colour.” Lovejoy had good, mostly opaque color payoff, which makes it more pigmented than the formula is described, but for those who wanted the sheerer blush as promised, it is more forgiving and can be blended out quite a bit (you can also use a lighter hand, of course). The texture was soft, smooth, and silky with a lightweight, thin consistency that blends easily and sits well on the skin. It had a noticeable sheen, but it didn’t emphasize pores. On me, this shade lasted for seven and a half hours before fading.

MAC Mineralize Blush Love Joy
Love Joy
Love Joy
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

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Tarte Greatest Glitz Collector’s Set

Tarte Greatest Glitz Collector's Set
Tarte Greatest Glitz Collector’s Set

Tarte Greatest Glitz Collector’s Set ($49.00 for 1.23 oz.) includes 24 eyeshadows, three blushes, travel-sized mascara, and a twist-up jumbo lip crayon. It’s a mixed bag; some are nice, some are duds, and some are somewhere in-between. It’s a lot of product for your money, so if the shades appeal to you, and you generally like Tarte’s formula and typically wear a primer, it might be worth looking at. They are more dupable shades than not, and you’ll find some shades are similar (enough) to past Tarte releases. I liked how the palettes were separate from the packaging, so you can easily ditch the exterior (with the sequins), though that’s obviously a lot of waste. They could have made this a lot slimmer by skipping the lip crayon and mascara, as that is all that is contained in the drawer!

Toasted Marshmallow is a light beige with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, lightly powdery consistently that wore well for seven and a half hours. MAC Orb (P, $16.00)(100% similar). Tarte Cheers (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Anastasia Fresh (P, $12.00) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Enigma (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M532 Sugar Coated Candy (P, $21.00) is warmer (95% similar). Laura Mercier Wind (LE, $23.00) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Walk of Shame (P, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Divinity (P, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Meringue (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). theBalm Adagio (P, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Kat Von D South (LE, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Super Mom (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). LORAC Black #1 (LE, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Promise (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Sephora Cashmere (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Clarins Brown #1 (P, ) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 3 (LE, ) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Cookie Swap is a soft, medium-dark brown with hints of gray and a warm base. The color payoff was good with a soft, smooth, and blendable texture. It wore well for eight hours. Buxom Gimme Gorgeous (P, $12.00) is darker (95% similar). theBalm #44 (P, $6.50) is darker (95% similar). theBalm Score (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Chanel Candeur et Experience #2 (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). MAC Nano Nude #4 (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Noble (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Entrelacs #2 (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Dior Undress #4 (P, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). LORAC Brown (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Undeniable (P, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Hazelnut Bon Bons (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). MAC Cork (P, $16.00) is warmer (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 2 (LE, ) is darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Fix (LE, $19.00) is darker (85% similar). NARS Maya Bay (LE, $25.00) is darker (85% similar). Tarte Wanderer (LE, ) is darker (85% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Carob Brown (LE, ) is darker (85% similar). LORAC Burlap (LE, $19.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar). Too Faced Cobblestone (LE, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Vixen is a medium-dark, bronzy brown with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had good color coverage with a blendable texture that wasn’t too powdery or too firm. It lasted for eight hours. Dior Feel #4 (P, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Smashbox Party Time (P, ) is darker (95% similar). LORAC Sienna (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Kingdom (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Faerie Fayre (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Sable (P, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Laura Mercier Crystal Beige (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever ME612 Silver Brown (P, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). Cle de Peau Satin Moon #2 (P, ) is darker (90% similar). Anastasia Belize (P, $12.00) is lighter (90% similar). Dior Cuir Cannage #4 (P, ) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Puppy Love (P, ) is darker (90% similar). Chanel Poesie #1 (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay YDK (P, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Firecracker (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Laura Mercier Cocoa Rose (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Chanel Codes Subtils #3 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Buxom Bold Bling (P, $12.00) is lighter (85% similar). Tarte Dame (LE, $14.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Her Cocoa #3 (LE, $16.00) is warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Twinkle Lights is a medium, copper-brown with warm, orange undertones and a frosted sheen. It had excellent pigmentation with a soft, smooth texture that was lightly buttery and easy to use. The color lasted for eight hours on me. Tarte Ethereal (P, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Viseart Camille (P, ) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Half Baked (P, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). LORAC Amber (LE, $19.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). LORAC Copper (LE, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Showgirl (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Amaze (P, $5.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Inglot #405 (P, $6.00) is darker (90% similar). bareMinerals Golden Iris (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Social Butterfly #3 (P, ) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Snakebite (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Ciate Shine Bright (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Chestnuts Roasting is a dark, red-toned brown with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had nice color payoff with a soft, blendable texture that was just a tiny bit powdery. It stayed on well for seven and a half hours. Anastasia Chocolate (P, $12.00) is darker (95% similar). Kat Von D Orion (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Tarte One Too Manet (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Espresso Blend #3 (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Pure Bred #4 (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Abyss (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Dior Sundeck #5 (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Clinique Pink Chocolate #4 (P, $15.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Laura Mercier Truffle (P, $23.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Dark Brew (P, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Fudge (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Galapagos (P, $25.00) is darker (90% similar). Chanel Jardins Eclatants #4 (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). LORAC Sable (P, $19.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Codes Elegants #4 (P, ) is more shimmery (85% similar). Anastasia Chai (P, $12.00) is warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Vio-let It Go is a medium-dark, mauvy plum with subtle, warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a powdery consistency that was prone to sheering out. It started to fade after six hours. Makeup Geek Vintage (P, $6.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Plums Up (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Mulberry & Bright (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). theBalm #13 (P, $6.50) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Blackberry (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Chanel Hasard (99) (P, $29.50) is lighter (90% similar). Viseart Dark Matte #6 (P, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). LORAC Cabernet (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Illamasqua Forgiveness (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Blackberry (P, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). Dior Blazing Gold #4 (LE, ) is cooler (85% similar). MAC Sketch (P, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). Stila Plum (LE, $18.00) is darker (85% similar). Laura Mercier Aubergine (P, $28.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Nooner (P, $19.00) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Spiked Cider is a medium, golden bronze with warm undertones and a sparkling, metallic sheen. It had good color payoff with a fairly soft consistency, but it had a noticeable texture to it as there was some sparkle in the base. It wore well for eight hours but had a little fall out. MAC Tea Leaves (LE, $22.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Stila Thought (P, ) is lighter (95% similar). Dior Cosmopolite (P, $29.50) is more shimmery (95% similar). bareMinerals Schmooze (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Cold Copper (09) (P, $39.00) is lighter (90% similar). Clinique Hazy (P, $15.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Golden Petals Scattering (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Midnight Sun (LE, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Puppy Love (P, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte First Kiss (LE, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced After Hours (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Natasha Denona Satin Skin (75P) (P, $29.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte Crush (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Venus (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Cinnamon Sugar (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Buxom Mutt (P, $18.00) is darker (90% similar). Stila Metallic Taupe (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Chanel Poesie #1 (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Platinum (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Firecracker (P, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Dipped in Chocolate is a dark brown with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture was incredibly firm and stiff, which resulted in sheerer, uneven color payoff that was difficult to use. The color showed signs of fading after seven hours of wear. LORAC Truffle (P, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M620 Gray Brown (P, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Terra Sienna #4 (P, ) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M618 Espresso (P, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Sexpresso (P, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Dark Drive (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Knockout (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Belle Femme (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Dark Chocolate (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Deep Brown (P, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Wind Down Brown (LE, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Espresso (P, $16.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). theBalm Ripper (LE, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Showstopper (DC, $16.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Warmhearted is a medium, warm-toned pink with a mostly matte finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff with a dusty consistency that could have blended more easily. It wore well for eight hours on me. Marc Jacobs Beauty Night Fever & Hot Stuff (508) (P, $42.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Hipness (LE, $23.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Your Love is King (P, $26.00) is brighter (90% similar). NYX Peach (P, $5.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Cruel Intentions (LE, $8.00) is more muted (90% similar). Tarte Irreplaceable (LE, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Impudique (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). MAC Fleur Power (P, $23.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Crescendo (250) (LE, $45.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Flush (P, $60.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). LORAC Underrated (LE, ) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Joy to the Pearl is a brightened beige with a soft, frosted finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a dusty texture that was somewhat messy to use. The color wore well for seven hours. LORAC Vanilla (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Pretty Vulgar Pillow Fight (P, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Blow (P, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Blonde (P, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Thunderstruck (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Pancakes (LE, $19.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Mixologist (P, ) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Colour Pop Throttle (P, $5.00) is darker (90% similar). Chanel Poesie #2 (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Disney by Sephora Sea Shells (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Satin Ochre (Left) (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Zoeva Liquid Clock (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced All American Girl (P, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced White Peach (P, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Buxom Satin Seduction (P, $12.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). theBalm High Tide (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty She Was (P, ) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). LORAC Yo-Ho (LE, $19.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Blush Stilettos is a light, peachy-pink with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. The texture was firm, which resulted in semi-sheer coverage that was hard to apply. It wore well for seven hours. Chanel Tisse Venitien #2 (P, ) is darker (95% similar). MAC Easy Gesture (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Dior Exuberante #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Dope (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Clinique Jammin' #1 (P, $15.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Cashew Chew (P, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Bubbly (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Tisse Camelia #3 (P, ) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Glitzy Blitzen is a light-medium, orange-coral base with strong, golden shimmer. It had semi-opaque pigmentation at best with a soft, blendable texture that ran a little powdery. The eyeshadow lasted for seven hours. Colour Pop Chick (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay X (P, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Dior Golden Flower #1 (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Fleur (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Laura Mercier Pink Haze (LE, $23.00) is lighter (90% similar). Natasha Denona Light Coral (87M) (P, $29.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Zoeva Handmade (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Woo is Me (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Pound Cake (LE, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). Pretty Vulgar Chirp (P, ) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Clinique Petal Pop (P, $17.00) is darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Scene (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Tarte #SFS (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sparkling Punch is a medium, reddish-brown with pink and gold shimmer. The color payoff was underwhelming, while the texture had a firmness to it that made it hard to get on the brush and harder to blend out evenly on the skin. The color showed signs of fading after seven hours of wear. Makeup Geek Hocus Pocus (P, $12.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Lancome Brune Glace (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Cause a Fuss (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Glimpse of Flesh (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). NARS Rigel (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Tarte Silk Robe (LE, ) is darker (85% similar). Makeup Geek Country Girl (P, $6.00) is darker (85% similar). Viseart Chantille (P, ) is darker (85% similar). Coloured Raine Who Me (P, $6.99) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Viseart Dark Matte #3 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). theBalm #39 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 06 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Anastasia Rose Gold (P, $12.00) is brighter (85% similar). NARS Naiade (P, ) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Amorous Alloy (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, darker, brighter (80% similar). Make Up For Ever I606 Pinky Earth (P, $21.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Waltz of the Flowers is a soft, medium-dark coppery brown with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had good pigmentation with a fairly soft, smooth texture that wore well for seven and a half hours. Make Up For Ever I634 Praline (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Codes Subtils #3 (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Black Tie Attire #6 (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Cle de Peau Satin Moon #2 (P, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Charming #3 (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Dior Cuir Cannage #4 (P, ) is lighter (95% similar). Make Up For Ever D652 Celestial Earth (P, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Cobbler (P, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Synergy (LE, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Pretty (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever ME612 Silver Brown (P, $21.00) is cooler (90% similar). LORAC Ocean Floor (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Keepsake Frame (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Milani Bella Bronze (24) (P, $4.49) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Tiger's Eye (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Morphe 24/7 (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). NYX Bedroom Eyes (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Beaumaris (LE, $25.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Gravitational (LE, $22.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Mortal #4 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Rose Golden Rings is a light, golden peach with warm undertones and a sparkling, metallic sheen. The texture was noticeably dusty and looser compared to other shades, so it tended to sheer out somewhat when applied. The color wore well for seven hours on me. Urban Decay Baby (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). bareMinerals Ball Gown (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Summer Haze (LE, $21.00) is cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Ringer (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). theBalm #7 (P, $6.50) is lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Gleam (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Cherish (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Christmas Blend (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Anastasia Sateen (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Smashbox Crisp (P, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). YSL Onde Sable (04) (P, $30.00) is warmer (90% similar). Sephora Fall Leaves (P, $10.00) is darker (90% similar). Milani Bella Champagne (16) (P, $4.49) is darker (85% similar). Disney by Sephora Splendid (LE, ) is lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Friendship File (LE, $5.00) is cooler (85% similar). MAC All That Glitters (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Makeup Geek In the Spotlight (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Too Faced Cheers! (LE, $16.00) is lighter (85% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #6 (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Anastasia Gem (P, $12.00) is darker (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Rose Such a Clatter is a muted, medium-dark, mauvy plum with a matte finish. It had semi-sheer color coverage that applied patchy and unevenly on the skin. It started to fade after six hours of wear. Too Faced Almond Truffle (P, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Jouer Mauve (P, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). LORAC Mauve (P, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M546 Dark Purple Taupe (P, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). Hourglass Monochrome #4 (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Haux (P, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). LORAC Tell No Tales (LE, $19.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Viseart Amethyst #2 (P, ) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Tarte You Look Mauveless (LE, ) is warmer (85% similar). Tarte For Realism (LE, ) is cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Evening Affair is a deep, cool-toned blackened purple with a matte finish. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color payoff, but it was difficult to even out on the skin as it looked patchy most of the time. It lasted for seven hours on me. Makeup Geek Taboo (P, $6.00) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Chopper (P, $5.00) is darker (95% similar). NARS Demon Lover #2 (P, $25.00) is lighter (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 04 (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Spellcaster (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Dynamic Duo 4 #2 (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Vamp (P, ) is darker (90% similar). Tarte My Own Cotes de Rhone (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Bombshell (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). MAC Shadowy Lady (P, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Fierce (P, ) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Impress is a soft, light-medium rosy pink with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had a firmer, drier texture that was also on the dusty side once it was applied to the skin. It lasted for six hours, which is pretty unimpressive (pun mostly intended!) given it is the Amazonian Clay blush formula (which touts 12-hour wear). Tarte Prim (LE, $28.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC I'll Hold My Breath #2 (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Fetish (P, $26.00) is warmer (90% similar). Becca Wisteria (LE, $32.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Empowering (LE, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Overexposed (-, ) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Love (LE, $28.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Cheeky Bugger (LE, $23.00) is lighter (90% similar). Estee Lauder Alluring Rose (P, $34.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). LORAC See Beyond (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Amazed (LE, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Exposed (P, $28.00) is warmer (85% similar). Chanel Innocence (160) (P, $45.00) is lighter (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Cheers is a light beige with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture was firmer, and the resulting color payoff was semi-sheer. It was harder to use and lasted for six hours. MAC Drawing a Blanc (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Anastasia Fresh (P, $12.00) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Enigma (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). bareMinerals Pure (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Makeup Geek Baby Face (P, $6.00) is cooler (95% similar). Colour Pop Fire Fly (P, $5.00) is warmer (95% similar). bareMinerals Promise (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Toasted Marshmallow (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Ginger Cream (LE, $16.00) is brighter (95% similar). NARS Shade I (LE, $25.00) is cooler (95% similar). Dior Undress #1 (P, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Kat Von D South (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Super Mom (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Sephora Oat (LE, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Jingle All the Grey is a medium taupe brown with subtle, warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a lightly dusty but blendable texture. The color wore well for seven hours before fading. Tarte Merci You Later (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Cover (P, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Cashmere Bunny (P, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M548 Pink Gray (P, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). Smashbox Taupe (P, ) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Maple Syrup (LE, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). Too Faced Nudie (P, $16.00) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Slate Bells Ring is a medium taupe brown with a silvery shimmer. It had good color payoff with a soft, smooth texture that was easy enough to use. It lasted for seven and a half hours. MAC Divine Rule (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Smashbox Rock Candy (P, ) is lighter (95% similar). Sephora Be on the A-List (P, $10.00) is darker (95% similar). Buxom Sequin Sparkle (LE, $12.00) is cooler (90% similar). Guerlain Taupe Secret (01) (P, $34.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Rocker (P, ) is warmer (90% similar). Stila Stone (LE, $18.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Bounce Around (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Fabness (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Silver Mirage (18) (LE, $39.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). LORAC Time Keeper (LE, $19.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Big Attitude (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Whirling (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Laura Mercier Stellar (P, $22.00) is darker (85% similar). NARS L'Amour, Toujours L'Amour #11 (LE, $25.00) is darker (80% similar). Cle de Peau Champagne Supernova #3 (P, ) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (80% similar). Chanel City Lights #4 (LE, ) is darker (80% similar). Buxom Frosted Pewter (LE, $12.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Mushroom (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Platinum Bling is a medium-dark gray-leaning taupe with subtle, cool undertones and a pearly shimmer. It had good pigmentation, but the texture was slightly firm. On me, it wore well for seven hours. Marc Jacobs Beauty Runs the Show (P, ) is darker (95% similar). Laura Mercier Stellar (P, $22.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). IT Cosmetics Poetic (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Cherie (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals Exec (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Buxom Frosted Pewter (LE, $12.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Chanel Tisse Riviera #3 (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Make Up For Ever S556 Taupe Gray (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Mirror (LE, $19.00) is darker (80% similar). Zoeva Wrapped in Silk (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Mint Sprig appears as a light-medium, meadow green with a gold shimmer, but it is so firm and sheer that all that actually translates is a sprinkling of gold shimmer. It was visible for six hours, but it was hard to judge. Lancome SoHo Lights (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Tisse Fantaisie #3 (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). YSL Avant Garde #1 (P, ) is darker (85% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Kelp (LE, ) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Clarins Garden Escape #3 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Bedazzled Spruce is a muted, dark bronzy brown with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. It had good color coverage with a lightly dusty texture. The color wore well for seven and a half hours. Natasha Denona Dark Sepia (47P) (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Clinique Cocoa Pop (P, $17.00) is lighter (95% similar). LORAC Arrgh! (LE, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). Laura Mercier Khaki (P, $28.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Kat Von D Disintegration (P, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Witch (LE, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). Chanel Tisse Mademoiselle #4 (P, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Everlasting (P, ) is darker (90% similar). Dior Bonne Etoile (384) #3 (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Coffee Chip (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Last Dance #2 (P, ) is lighter (85% similar). L'Oreal Bottomless Java (P, $7.99) is darker, brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Smoke & Mirrors is a medium black with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. It had stiff, sheer, and disappointing as it applied patchily. It lasted for six hours. Stila Essence (P, ) is warmer (95% similar). Buxom LBD (P, $12.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Black Licorice (LE, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). LORAC Navy #7 (LE, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Cinder (Right) (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Serious (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Dior Pied de Poule #3 (P, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Perversion (LE, $19.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Anastasia LBD (LE, $12.00) is warmer (90% similar). LORAC Jet Black (LE, $19.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Lancome Purple Pageantry (LE, $19.00) is cooler (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Black Tie Beauty is a deeper black with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, but the texture was thin and firm, so it was hard to blend it out and have it look smooth and diffused. It lasted for seven hours. Kat Von D Killing Moon (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Anastasia Coal (LE, $12.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). theBalm Righteous (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Sin City (LE, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Dark Energy #4 (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Anastasia Noir (P, $12.00) is darker (95% similar). Smashbox Ebony (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Fashionista (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). bareMinerals Black Leather (LE, $14.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Carbon (P, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Lovely #5 (P, ) is cooler (90% similar). Milani Pitch Black (P, $5.99) is darker (90% similar). The Estee Edit Mood (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Blackout (P, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Sugarpill Bulletproof (P, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Stiletto (LE, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). Kat Von D Black Metal (LE, ) is darker (85% similar). MAC Nehru (Guo Pei) (LE, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Bubbly is a soft, light-medium orange with a hint of pink and a golden sheen. It had good color payoff with a soft, smooth texture that blended well on the skin. This shade wore well for eight hours on me. Colour Pop Most Necessary (P, $8.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Starlight (Sahara) (P, $44.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NYX Crushed Bloom (P, $7.99) is darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Daybreak (P, $20.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Sephora Minnie's Inner Glow (LE, $22.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). MAC Center of the Universe (LE, $33.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Trace Gold (P, $23.00) is darker (85% similar). Too Faced Luminous Peach (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Flashy is a muted, medium rosy pink with subtle, cool undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a lightweight texture that emphasized the natural texture of the lips. It lasted for four hours on me. Make Up For Ever C106 (P, $22.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). NARS Walk This Way (P, $26.00) is brighter, less glossy (90% similar). Givenchy Brun Vintage (105) (P, $36.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Belle-ieve (LE, ) is glossier (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Infamous (228) (P, $30.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). NARS Intriguing (P, $27.00) is warmer (90% similar). Hourglass I Woke Up (P, $34.00) is warmer (90% similar). Estee Lauder Inescapable (P, $32.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). Colour Pop Cami (P, $5.00) is cooler (90% similar). NARS Apoline (P, $34.00) is cooler, glossier (90% similar). Tarte Cabana Boy (P, $22.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). NARS Sex Machine (P, $27.00) is cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Backtalk (DC, $22.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Jiffy (LE, $6.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tarte Holiday 2015 Collector’s Set Greatest Glitz
7.5
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4
Application
74%
Total
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MAC Fever Blush

MAC Fever Blush
MAC Fever Blush

MAC Fever Blush ($17.00 for 0.21 oz. pan-only) is described as an “intense reddish-burgundy [with a Matte finish].” It’s a slightly muted, medium-dark plummy-pink with cool undertones and a semi-matte finish. Anastasia Velvet (P, ) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Petulant (LE, $22.00) is glossier (95% similar). NARS Dolce Vita (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Morticia (Shade) (P, ) is less pigmented, warmer (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Neolita (P, $37.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop New Lowes (LE, $8.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Makeup Geek Desire (P, $10.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). NARS Dolce Vita (P, $30.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). LORAC Infrared (P, $23.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Cheerio (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). NYX Apricot (P, $15.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Make Up For Ever B500 (P, $23.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Hot Nights (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). NARS Goulue (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). LORAC Chroma (P, $23.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). Urban Decay Sesso (Blush) (P, ) is lighter, more muted (80% similar). Colour Pop Mistress (LE, ) is lighter (80% similar). Tarte Ironic (LE, $28.00) is lighter (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. Fever is intensely pigmented with a soft, fairly blendable texture that doesn’t look totally flat on skin; it’s mostly matte, but I find it produces a natural finish once buffed and blended out. This shade lasted for nine hours on me.

MAC Powder Blush Fever
Fever
Fever
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
91%
Total

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Chanel Golden Sun (280) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Golden Sun (280) Joues Contraste Blush
Chanel Golden Sun (280) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Golden Sun (280) Joues Contraste Blush ($45.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a muted, medium brown with a hint of warm rose paired with a luminous sheen. NARS Douceur (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Tint (LE, $21.00) is darker, warmer, glossier (90% similar). Chanel Accent (84) (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). NARS Cheek Studio II (LE, $30.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Aphrodisiac (P, $8.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals The Close Call (P, $22.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Baby Don't Go (P, $23.50) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Chanel Cheeky (79) (DC, $38.00) is less shimmery, darker, glossier (90% similar). NARS Takeover (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop The Golden Child (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Burberry Earthy (P, $42.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Stellar Beauty Eclipse (P, $25.00) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). Revlon Naughty Nude (006) (P, $9.99) is warmer (85% similar). Surratt Beauty Grisaille (P, $32.00) is warmer (85% similar). NYX Taupe (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). MAC Perfectly Lit (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, warmer (80% similar). MAC Pressed Amber (LE, $27.00) is darker (80% similar). Cle de Peau Perfect Peach (P, $60.00) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Joues Contraste formula is supposed to have “buildable coverage, from natural to dramatic” with a “flattering radiance” and “silky texture.” The pigmentation ranges from semi-sheer to fully opaque, depending on technique and skin tone, but it seemed exactly as described–buildable–without having to pile it on or spend too long sheering it out. It had an extremely smooth, silky consistency that blended out beautifully on the skin while yielding a soft sheen that didn’t emphasize pores but added a lovely glow to the skin. On me, the blush lasted for eight hours before it started to fade.

Chanel Joues Contraste Blush Golden Sun (280)
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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