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MAC Burnt Pepper Blush

MAC Burnt Pepper Blush
MAC Burnt Pepper Blush

MAC Burnt Pepper Blush ($17.00 for 0.21 oz. pan-only) is described as a “warm rich terracotta.” It’s a medium-dark reddish-copper with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. NARS Vengeful (Right) (LE, ) is more shimmery, cooler (95% similar). MAC Hidden Treasure (LE, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). Milani Bronze Burst #4 (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). Milani Bronze Burst #3 (P, ) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC A Little Lusty (LE, $22.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Rouge Profond (320) (P, $45.00) is cooler (85% similar). NARS Savage (LE, $30.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). NYX Crimson (P, $6.50) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). Bite Beauty Almond (P, $24.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). MAC Taraji Glow (LE, $33.00) is 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. Burnt Pepper was incredibly pigmented–a little goes a very, very long way, so definitely use less than you think you may need!–with a soft, silky consistency that blended out easily, which is a real must for something this rich in pigment. I found that the finish had a “natural matte” sheen to it–it looked like skin and never flat, but it wasn’t shimmery or even satiny. It wore well for nine hours on me before fading.

MAC Powder Blush Burnt Pepper
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

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MAC Fleur Power Blush

MAC Fleur Power Blush
MAC Fleur Power Blush

MAC Fleur Power Blush ($17.00 for 0.21 oz. pan-only) is described as a “soft bright pinkish-coral [with a Satin finish].” It’s a brightened, medium pink-coral with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. NYX Summer Peach (P, $5.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). MAC Hipness (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Deco (LE, $28.00) is cooler (95% similar). Too Faced How Deep is Your Love? (P, $26.00) is warmer (90% similar). theBalm Frat Boy (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Tarte Live (LE, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte True Love (P, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Vibration (270) (P, $45.00) is darker, brighter, cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Wicked (P, $60.00) is cooler (90% similar). The Estee Edit Purr Pink (03) (P, $28.00) is cooler (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Exhibitionist (LE, ) is cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Melt Into Spring (LE, ) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Smashing (LE, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Fetching (LE, $28.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte Crave (LE, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Dior My Lady (003) (LE, $60.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Warmhearted (LE, $28.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Pink Coral (LE, $26.00) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). Dior Corail Bagatelle (763) (LE, $43.00) is warmer (85% similar). Gucci Beauty Coral Flower (P, $49.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. 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. Fleur Power had semi-sheer to semi-opaque, buildable coverage with a somewhat powdery consistency, even though it felt very fine and smooth to the touch. The color blended out nicely on the skin, and the color looked even with a natural matte finish that didn’t read flat but wasn’t shimmery or shiny either. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me before fading.

MAC Powder Blush Fleur Power
8
Product
8
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
82%
Total

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NYX Pastel Chic & Baby Doll HD Blushes

NYX Pastel Chic HD Blush
NYX Pastel Chic HD Blush

NYX Pastel Chic HD Blush ($6.50 for 0.16 oz.) is a very pale pink with cool, blue undertones and a matte finish. It is almost like a washed-out lavender. There is a strong white base, so on my skin tone, it looks chalky, and obviously I’m unable to show it to its best appearance as a result, even though it had semi-opaque coverage. (It is going to be ideal for someone who is fairer and finds most blushes too dark for their preferences.) The texture is very, very powdery, despite having an incredibly silky consistency to the touch but remains easy to blend out on the skin and looks even applied. On me, it wore for seven hours before fading. Guerlain Carousel (LE, $74.00) is more shimmery, less pigmented (90% similar). NARS Cheek Studio I (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Kat Von D Clyde (Light) (P, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Makeup Geek First Love (P, $9.99) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Pink Buttercream (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Full of Joy (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, darker, brighter (85% similar). MAC Unconventional (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Kat Von D Gomez (Light) (P, ) is darker (85% similar). Hourglass Ethereal Glow (P, $35.00) is warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NYX Baby Doll HD Blush ($6.50 for 0.16 oz.) is a pop of light-medium pink with subtle, cool blue undertones and a luminous sheen. It had good pigmentation that was buildable to totally opaque coverage in two layers with a moderate shimmer that was noticeable without emphasizing pores. The blush had a somewhat powdery consistency in the pan, but it applied well and sat nicely on the skin. It started to fade after eight hours of wear. Makeup Geek Head Over Heels (P, $9.99) is less shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Boba (DC, $8.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tarte Dollface (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Sweet Pink (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Well Dressed (P, $22.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC I'm a Lover (P, $23.50) is less shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Better Together (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #210 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Barbe a Papa (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter, more muted (90% similar). Colour Pop Olive (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Cherry (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Pretty Vulgar Mirror Mirror (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Prenup (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Givenchy It-Girl Purple (P, $44.00) is less shimmery (85% similar). Clinique Pink Pop (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Surratt Beauty Guimauve (P, $32.00) is lighter (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Maui (P, $38.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Physicians Formula Rose (P, $12.99) is darker, more muted, warmer (85% similar). MAC Into the Pink (P, $27.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA SUMMARY | NYX’s newest blush formula is supposed to be a “high definition, lightweight blush that blends evenly” that is “vibrant and silky.” The texture tended to be on the more powdery side, but it sits well and doesn’t look powdery applied. Many shades have a more luminous finish to them where the shimmer is fine enough to create a Baby Doll, rather than a frosted finish (though a couple are quite shimmery). The formula blends fairly easily on the skin and has medium, buildable coverage with some being very pigmented right off the bat. The wear time is between seven and eight hours.

NYX HD Blush Pastel Chic
7.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
6.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
78%
Total
NYX HD Blush Baby Doll
Baby Doll
Baby Doll
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total

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NYX Bronzed & Glow HD Blushes

NYX Bronzed HD Blush
NYX Bronzed HD Blush

NYX Bronzed HD Blush ($6.50 for 0.16 oz.) is a softened, medium copper-brown with warm, reddish undertones and a luminous sheen. It had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable consistency that was a smidgen powdery but didn’t look it on the skin. The blush seemed to “melt” against the skin to a degree, as the finish had a natural sheen that didn’t emphasize pores but helped the skin look like skin. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me. Colour Pop Non-Fiction (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Elegance (370) (P, $45.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Sephora Passionate (23) (P, $14.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Chanel Jersey (80) (P, $45.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Alezane (260) (P, $45.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). NARS Fervor (Right) (P, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Black Opal Rose Gold (P, $8.95) is darker (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Climax (P, $40.00) is warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Ablaze (P, $20.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Liberation (Right) (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Hushed Tone (P, $27.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). NYX Deep Plum (P, $6.50) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Highlight the Truth (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Milani Bronze Burst (P, $13.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Peachtwist (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Milani Coral Beams (P, $13.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Marsala (LE, $25.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Cheek Studio III (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Golden Hour (LE, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Becca Songbird (P, $32.00) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NYX Glow HD Blush ($6.50 for 0.16 oz.) is a medium, orange-toned brown with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had nice color payoff, while the soft, silky texture made it easy to blend out the edges or to sheer it out, if desired. The texture gets a little powdery, as it is so soft, but it doesn’t look powdery on the skin. When I tried it, the blush lasted for eight hours before fading. Colour Pop Santos (LE, $8.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Laura Geller Honeysuckle (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Glo Up (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). IT Cosmetics Warm Radiance (P, $34.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Suqqu Hanachaori (02) (P, $34.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Benefit 10 (Bronzer) (DC, $29.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Paranoid (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Makeup Geek Ignite (P, $20.00) is darker (85% similar). LORAC Unapologetic (LE, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Liberating (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). Laura Geller Sunswept (P, $28.00) is darker (80% similar). MAC Aphrodite's Shell (LE, $33.00) is less shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA SUMMARY | NYX’s newest blush formula is supposed to be a “high definition, lightweight blush that blends evenly” that is “vibrant and silky.” The texture tended to be on the more powdery side, but it sits well and doesn’t look powdery applied. Many shades have a more luminous finish to them where the shimmer is fine enough to create a glow, rather than a frosted finish (though a couple are quite shimmery). The formula blends fairly easily on the skin and has medium, buildable coverage with some being very pigmented right off the bat. The wear time is between seven and eight hours.

NYX HD Blush Bronzed
Bronzed
Bronzed
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total
NYX HD Blush Glow
Glow
Glow
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

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MAC Pinch o’ Peach Blush

MAC Pinch o' Peach Blush
MAC Pinch o’ Peach Blush

MAC Pinch o’ Peach Blush ($17.00 for 0.21 oz. pan-only) is described as a “peachy pink [with a Satin finish].” It’s a lightly brightened, light-medium pink with soft, warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. Too Faced Santa Baby (LE, ) is lower quality (95% similar). MAC Modest Blush (LE, $27.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Pink Sprinkles (LE, $22.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Too Faced Sweet Pink (LE, ) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Makeup Geek Main Squeeze (P, $10.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). NARS New Attitude (LE, $30.00) is darker (90% similar). Anastasia Kash (P, ) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Makeup Geek XOXO (P, $10.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Cheeky Bugger (LE, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). Catrice Coral Me Maybe (P, $5.99) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Underrated (LE, ) is darker, more muted (90% similar). MAC Lesson in Love (LE, $22.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Exhibitionist (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Tres Fab (LE, ) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). MAC What I Fancy (LE, $22.00) is lighter (85% similar). Chanel Crescendo (250) (LE, $45.00) is darker (85% similar). Dior Floral Pink (844) (LE, $44.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). NYX Mauve (P, $5.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (85% similar). Makeup Geek Spell Bound (P, $9.99) is warmer (85% 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. Pinch o’ Peach had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture that was a smidgen powdery but didn’t look dry or powdery on the skin. It didn’t seem like a satin-finish to me; it was softer and really was rather flat in finish. When I tested it for wear, the color wore well for eight hours before having visible fading. I believe this shade was permanent for awhile, then discontinued, and is now brought-back; the original seemed a bit darker and had stronger warm undertones (I couldn’t find the previous version in my stash, but I looked at a past swatch I did).

MAC Powder Blush Pinch O' Peach
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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Sephora Over the Moon (14) Colorful Blush

Sephora Over the Moon (14) Colorful Blush
Sephora Over the Moon (14) Colorful Blush

Sephora Over the Moon (14) Colorful Blush ($15.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a lightly brightened, light-medium lavender with warmer, pink tones and a satin finish. Makeup Geek Secret Admirer (P, $9.99) is darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Secret Admirer (P, $10.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). NARS Sex Fantasy (LE, $30.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Full of Joy (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Ibiza (Right) (P, $44.00) is more shimmery, darker, more muted (85% similar). LORAC Panorama (LE, $23.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Azalea Blossom (LE, $32.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). MAC Sock-it Xiqu (LE, $21.00) is lighter, cooler (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. Over the Moon had semi-sheer to semi-opaque, buildable color coverage with a natural sheen that was noticeable without being shimmery. The texture was lightly powdery, thinner than other shades, but it didn’t look powdery on my skin, at least. It lasted for seven hours before there was noticeable fading. From what I can tell, this has since been discontinued, but I have heard you can still find it in some stores. As I had already tested it, I figured I might as well finish it up, but not to worry, it’s merely a bonus review for the day. It’s a shame it was discontinued, though, as a more budget-friendly option for a lavender-hued blush would have been quite welcome.

P.S. — This was the last of the Sephora blushes I had to review! All done 😀

Sephora Colorful Blush Over the Moon (14)
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total

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