Friday, June 20th, 2014

Becca Fig Beach Tint
Becca Fig Beach Tint

Becca Fig Beach Tint ($25.00 for 0.24 oz.) is described as a “tea rose pink.” It’s a muted, neutral brown with a hint of rosiness and a saitn finish. Revlon Naughty Nude (006) (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, powder. Chanel Accent (84) (LE, $43.00) is more shimmery, more pigmented, powder. Kevyn Aucoin Natura (P) is warmer, powder. MAC Peachtwist (DC, $21.00) is more shimmery, powder. Burberry Earthy (P, $42.00) is darker, powder. Chanel Cheeky (79) (LE, $38.00) is similar but more pigmented. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

For a more detailed overview of the Beach Tint formula, check out my previous review here. To summarize, the formula is supposed to be a cheek-and-lip stain with sheer, natural-looking color. The formula separates inside the tube, so you can get an almost oily-like clear liquid squeezed out either with the color or before the color, so it needs to be mixed up. I like to turn it upside down and right-side-up, leaving it in each direction for about five minutes. This is, however, frustrating to deal with every time I squeezed product out (five separate occasions). It has a sweet, fruity scent that is strong while the product dries down, but it dissipates once dry. It is better as a cheek stain as a lip stain, as it is thin and clingy on the lips, looks dry, and emphasizes every imperfection on the lips. On cheeks, it has a much more natural finish that adds glowiness without being oily or dewy. Fig is a color I would recommend to fairer complexions than mine, as it takes three layers to get visible color to show on my skin tone (it’s just too close to my natural skin tone, it seems like it has the right pigmentation, but it’s the wrong color for my skin tone). The consistency is thin, liquid-like, almost watery but not quite. On lips, the product is noticeably tacky, though not thick, so at least it doesn’t feel glue-y, and lasts for three hours. On cheeks, it dries down after two to three minutes and has almost no tackiness once it sets, and the color wore well for seven hours on me.

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8/10

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10/10

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8/10

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Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Makeup Geek Head Over Heels Blush
Makeup Geek Head Over Heels Blush

Makeup Geek Head Over Heels Blush ($9.99 for 0.15 oz. pan; $12.99 for 0.15 oz. compact) is described as a “light bubblegum pink with slight shimmer.” It’s a light-medium, cotton candy pink with bluish undertones and a pearly shimmer. In the pan, it looked almost warm-toned, but applied, it looks cooler-toned. MAC Young at Heart (LE, $20.00) is darker, brighter. Make Up For Ever #210 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is a cream product. Givenchy It-Girl Purple (P, $44.00) is less shimmery. Tarte Dollface (P, $26.00) is a touch darker. MAC Pure Femininity (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery. theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned, more matte. MAC Well Dressed (P, $21.00) is a touch lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It had excellent color payoff; you could achieve rich, true-to-pan color with one layer of product, but it blends beautifully on the skin, so it is easy to sheer or soften the color. The blush’s texture is soft, silky, and smooth, which helped it apply easily to the skin and looks more and more luminous as it is buffed into the skin. This is one of the more shimmery shades in the range, but the shimmer didn’t emphasize pores–it’s more of a shimmer-sheen than a frosted shimmer finish. The color stayed on well for eight and a half hours before I noticed some fading along the outer edge.

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10/10

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10/10

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10/10

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9/10

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Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Chanel Innocence (160) Joues Contraste Powder Blush
Chanel Innocence (160) Joues Contraste Powder Blush

Chanel Innocence (160) Joues Contraste Powder Blush ($45.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as “rosewood.” It’s a muted, medium pink with subtle warm, yellow undertones and a semi-matte finish. Makeup Geek Spell Bound (P, $9.99) is lighter, more shimmery. MAC Cheeky Bugger (LE, $21.00) is a touch lighter. Hourglass Radiant Magenta (P, $35.00) is warmer. NARS Love (LE, $29.00) is darker. Urban Decay Overexposed (LE) is a touch lighter. MAC Royal Sunset (LE, $21.00) is warmer, lighter. NYX Peach (P, $5.00) is brighter. NYX Mauve (P, $5.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

I was surprised to find the texture of the blush to be incredibly thin and somewhat stiff. It’s quite sheer and really requires three to four layers to get visible, more true-to-pan color on the skin (both in the swatch and applied to cheeks). Normally, Chanel’s blushes are very soft and silky, sometimes bordering on powdery, but this one was thinner and drier. It didn’t feel genuinely stiff, yet little color was coming off of the pan when I was trying to apply it with a blush brush. Even the process of blending the color was challenging, as the color didn’t blend easily, so it had a tendency to look uneven and splotchy. The color lasted for seven hours on me before turning patchy and faded.

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6/10

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6/10

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7.5/10

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Monday, June 16th, 2014

Makeup Geek Bliss Blush
Makeup Geek Bliss Blush

Makeup Geek Bliss Blush ($9.99 for 0.15 oz. pan; $12.99 for 0.15 oz. compact) is described as a “light tan, light salmon.” It’s a light-medium, peachy coral with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. MAC Corol #1 (LE, $21.00) is lighter. Make Up For Ever #225 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is a cream product. Make Up For Ever #215 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is pinker, cream. Hourglass Diffused Heat (P, $35.00) is pinker. bareMinerals Swoon (LE, $19.00) is pinker. MAC Immortal Flower (LE, $21.00) is a smidgen lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The texture of the blush was incredibly soft, smooth, and lightly buttery. I’ve been most impressed by the consistency of the Makeup Geek blush formula, because it is silky and finely-milled but doesn’t turn powdery. There’s such a fine line between soft and powdery, but they get it right with Bliss. It had good color payoff that was buildable and blendable, so you can get nearly true-to-pan intensity or a sheer wash of color if desired. This shade wore well for almost nine hours on me before starting to show signs of fading along the edges.

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9.5/10

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9.5/10

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10/10

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9.5/10

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5/5

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Sunday, June 15th, 2014

Makeup Geek Secret Admirer Blush
Makeup Geek Secret Admirer Blush

Makeup Geek Secret Admirer Blush ($9.99 for 0.15 oz. pan; $12.99 for 0.15 oz. compact) is described as a “light orchid purple.” It’s a brightened, light-medium, pink-lavender with cool, blue undertones and a satin-matte finish. Milani Delizioso Pink (10) (P, $7.99) is darker, less lavender. NARS Mistinguette (LE, $29.00) is lighter, pinker. Urban Decay Quickie (LE) is darker, less lavender. NARS Gaiety (P, $29.00) is more matte. MAC Unconventional (LE, $21.00) is lighter, more shimmery. MAC Peony Petal (P, $21.00) is darker, brighter, more matte. MAC I’m the One (LE, $21.00) is darker, pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This is one of the more unique shades in the Makeup Geek blush range. It’s a color that is often a limited edition release, so it’s nice to have a permanent, budget-friendly option. It had excellent pigmentation, and the color is easily blended on the skin, so you can adjust the intensity as desired, whether you want true-to-pan richness or a soft, sheer wash of color. The finish seems matte, but it gets slightly luminous as it is blended and worked into the skin, which looks natural (rather than flat) but not shimmery. The texture was incredibly soft and finely-milled with a buttery, dense feeling that never turned powdery. When I wore this shade, the color stayed on well for eight hours before there were signs of fading.

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10/10

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10/10

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10/10

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8.5/10

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5/5

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Saturday, June 14th, 2014

Makeup Geek First Love Blush
Makeup Geek First Love Blush

Makeup Geek First Love Blush ($9.99 for 0.15 oz. pan; $12.99 for 0.15 oz. compact) is described as a “soft pale ballerina pink.” It’s a light, cool-toned pink with a soft shimmer. Surratt Beauty Guimauve (P, $32.00) is darker, more shimmery. Dior Rose (001) (LE, $56.00) is darker, warmer. Hourglass Ethereal Glow (P, $35.00) is similar in color but applies with more translucency. NARS Sex Fantasy (LE, $29.00) is brighter, darker, more matte. NARS Mistinguette (LE, $29.00) is darker, brighter. MAC Unconventional (LE, $21.00) is cooler-toned, more lavender. MAC Pink Buttercream (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery. MAC Lazy Sunday (LE, $20.00) is a cream product. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It had good color payoff, and the texture was very soft, finely-milled, and smooth, though this shade was just slightly powdery. It had a soft sheen when applied and blended on the skin that became more and more luminous the more it was worked into the skin, but it never emphasized pores. I can see this particular shade flattering very fair, cooler-toned skin, whereas on my medium complexion, it might work if used lightly and paired with really dark, smoky eyes. It can also be dusted on as more of a light highlighter without lightening the skin too much. On me, this blush lasted for eight hours before starting to fade.

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9/10

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9.5/10

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8/10

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8.5/10

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