Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

Marc Jacobs Beauty Shameless (220) Shameless Bold Blush
Marc Jacobs Beauty Shameless (220) Shameless Bold Blush

Marc Jacobs Beauty Shameless (220) Shameless Bold Blush ($30.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “soft peach.” It’s a light-medium peachy coral with a satin finish and warm, reddish undertones. Make Up For Ever #225 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is a cream product. Hourglass Dim Infusion (P, $35.00) is a touch lighter, less shimmery. Tarte Darling (LE, $26.00) is darker, brighter. MAC Melba (P, $21.00) is darker. Chanel Espiegle (P, $43.00) is slightly warmer. Bobbi Brown Nude Peach (P, $26.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Shameless Bold Blush formula is described as a “vivid, silky blush … that delivers bold color and unprecedented vibrancy.” I’m not keen on the texture of the formula–the texture is stiff and yields little color. You really have to work your brush into the surface of the blush to get decent color out of it. If you can manage to get enough color on the skin, the resulting finish is delicate, lightly luminous, and gives skin a glow without emphasizing pores–but it’s a real struggle to get there. For a blush that describes itself as “silky” with “bold color and unprecedented vibrancy,” I can think of a dozen formulas that are far more vibrant and pigmented than this one. The color lasted for seven hours on me before starting to fade.

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6.5/10

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7.5/10

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3/5

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Sunday, May 25th, 2014

NYX Flamingo Blush
NYX Flamingo Blush

NYX Flamingo Powder Blush ($5.99 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “baby pink with blue tone.” It’s a brightened, cool-toned, pinky-lavender with a matte finish. MAC Peony Petal (P, $21.00) is slightly darker. NARS Gaiety (P, $29.00) is more lavender. MAC Pure Femininity (LE, $20.00) is warmer. NARS Mistinguette (LE, $29.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

For someone who’s been on the hunt for a pinky-lavender with cool undertones for under $10, NYX’s Flamingo is worth considering. The texture is soft, silky, though a bit powdery, but it is easy to blend and apply to the skin. It’s buildable to mostly opaque color coverage, but it tends to apply most readily with medium coverage that can be layered for greater intensity or sheered out for a softer look. The finish is matte but not a flat, dry-looking matte, so it doesn’t look caky or powdery applied. This shade lasted for seven hours on me, which is an hour shy of the average blush on me.

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8.5/10

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9/10

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8.5/10

Longevity

7.5/10

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5/5

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Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

MAC Peaches & Cream Blush
MAC Peaches & Cream Blush

MAC Peaches & Cream Blush ($22.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone rose [with a Satin finish].” It’s a medium, subtly cool-toned pink with a soft, silvery sheen. MAC Sunset Beach (LE, $30.00) is very similar, just less shimmery. Clinique Plum Pop (04) (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned. Milani Bella Rosa (11) (P, $7.99) is darker, more matte. Edward Bess Bed of Roses (P, $43.00) is lighter. MAC Weekend Getaway (LE, $20.00) is a cream product. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The finish of this gets really lovely and luminous the more the powder is blended and buffed into the skin–you can see in the swatch photo how when it is blended out, the silvery sheen becomes more pronounced, but it’s never over-the-top; it doesn’t emphasize pores or skin imperfections. It was nicely pigmented with a soft, blendable texture that never felt powdery. The color wore well and lasted for eight hours on my skin before starting to fade around the edges.

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9/10

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10/10

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9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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5/5

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Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

MAC Cheeky Bugger Blush
MAC Cheeky Bugger Blush

MAC Cheeky Bugger Blush ($22.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “peach brown [with a Satin finish].” It’s a light-medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and a satin finish–it kind of reminded me of strawberry milk (and I mean that in a good way, truly). Chanel Sakura (87) (LE, $43.00) is lighter, more matte. Hourglass Radiant Magenta (P, $35.00) is warmer. NARS Love (LE, $29.00) is darker. Urban Decay Overexposed (LE) is lighter. Physicians Formula Natural (P, $11.99) is more shimmery, darker. NYX Mauve (P, $5.00) is less warm-toned, more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The texture was soft, finely-milled, and smooth, so it was easy to apply to the cheeks and blend away the edges for even, smooth color. It had good color payoff that could be applied with more true-to-pan color or more lightly for a sheerer look. As a note, the blush darkened on the skin, compared to the way it looked in the pan, and as I worked through the top layer, it looked more like it does swatched as it did in the pan. It’s a shade I would recommend to fairer complexions; on medium skin tones (which mine is), it just barely shows up due to the light-medium nature of the color itself (not a pigmentation issue). If you’re looking for a subtle, every day blush, it would still work well on medium complexions, but it’s a shade that may not show up well on deeper complexions. The color wore well for almost eight hours before gradually fading away.

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9/10

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9.5/10

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9/10

Longevity

8/10

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5/5

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Monday, May 19th, 2014

Make Up For Ever #420 HD Blush
Make Up For Ever #420 HD Blush

Make Up For Ever #420 HD Blush ($26.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as an “Indian rosewood.” It’s a muted, warm-toned orange with a hint of rose and a satin finish. MAC Modern Mandarin (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, powder. NARS Exumas (P, $39.00) is more matte. Chanel Presage (62) (LE, $38.00) is lighter, brighter. NYX Cinnamon (P, $5.00) is brighter, powder. MAC Ambering Rose (P, $21.00) is darker, powder, more shimmery. MAC Early Morning (LE, $25.00) is a powder product. Chanel Frivole (P, $43.00) is lighter, brighter, powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The pigmentation is rich and intense, so a little goes a long way, but the formula is very forgiving as it is extremely blendable–not just when it’s in its cream form, but as it dries down to a powder-like finish, it can still be blended and manipulated, much like your traditional powder blush. It sheers out readily, but it can be applied more intensely from the get-go or layered for more opaque coveage, depending on what you’re going for. The formula is incredibly versatile as a result. #420 wore well for eight and a half hours on me.

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9.5/10

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10/10

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9/10

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5/5

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Sunday, May 18th, 2014

NYX Mauve Blush
NYX Mauve Blush

NYX Mauve Powder Blush ($5.99 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “matte light mauve.” It’s a medium, rosy pink with subtle warm undertones and a matte finish. NARS Anguilla (P, $39.00) is warmer. Hourglass Radiant Magenta (P, $35.00) is warmer. Burberry Misty (P, $42.00) is lighter. Illamasqua Naked Rose (P, $26.00) is cooler-toned. Urban Decay Overexposed (LE) is similar. MAC Formal (LE, $21.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The texture was soft, fairly silky, and very blendable on the skin, so it was easy to use and difficult to overdo, as it could be sheered out for a softer color if you felt like you over-applied. It had good color payoff that went on with true-to-pan color. I could see this shade working well as an everyday blush for someone with a fair to medium skin tone. If some of the cooler-toned, rosy pinks haven’t worked out for you, this one might with its warmer undertone, which is what made it more unique within my stash. Applied, the color wore well for almost seven hours before starting to fade.

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8.5/10

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8.5/10

Longevity

7.5/10

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5/5

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