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MAC Azalea Blossom Blush Ombre

MAC Azalea Blossom Blush Ombre
MAC Azalea Blossom Blush Ombre

MAC Azalea Blossom Blush Ombre ($32.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “light cool pink.” It’s a light-medium lavender pink with cool undertones and a satin finish. NARS Roman Holiday (LE, $29.00) is darker, brighter. MAC I’m a Lover (P, $23.50) is brighter. Makeup Geek Head Over Heels (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, brighter. Makeup Geek Secret Admirer (P, $9.99) is brighter. Surratt Beauty Guimauve (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Make Up For Ever #210 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is darker, cream. NARS Sex Fantasy (LE, $29.00) is lighter. Milani Delizioso Pink (10) (P, $7.99) is darker, brighter. Givenchy It-Girl Purple (P, $44.00) is pinker. NARS Mistinguette (LE, $29.00) is brighter, lighter. theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is darker. NARS Gaiety (P, $29.00) is brighter. MAC Unconventional (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Full of Joy (P, $21.00) is lighter, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Blush Ombre formula is supposed to have an “ultrafine formula [that] provides flawless, medium-buildable coverage and natural-looking radiance.” Azalea Blossom is semi-sheer, and I didn’t find the coverage to build any more than that–I could never achieve more than semi-sheer color coverage. The texture was soft, smooth, but thin. It blended well on the skin, and the satin finish gave it a natural finish that wasn’t too shimmery or dewy. Based on the coverage and color itself, it’s a blush best suited for fairer skin tones than mine. For those with similar skin tones or deeper, I’d recommend trying it in-store to see if you like the coverage/subtlety of the color applied. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me.

MAC Blush Ombre Azalea Blossom
8
Product
8
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
81%
Total

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MAC x Cinderella Coupe d’Chic Iridescent Pressed Powder

MAC Coupe d'Chic Iridescent Pressed Powder
MAC Coupe d’Chic Iridescent Pressed Powder

MAC Coupe d’Chic Iridescent Pressed Powder ($28.00 for TBA oz.) is described as a “light golden peach with gold shimmer.” It’s a pinky-peach with warm, sparkling gold. Urban Decay Aura (P, $29.00) is warmer, less sparklly. Urban Decay Streak Highlighter (P) is less sparkly. theBalm Cindy-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is less sparkly, darker. bareMinerals The Many Splendors #2 (LE) is less sparkly. MAC Talk of the Town (LE, $27.00) is darker. Milani Dolce Pink (P, $7.99) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The texture was dense, almost cream-like (but definitely a powder), and you could feel the sparkle in the texture. I wouldn’t describe the texture as dry or gritty necessarily, but there is a ton of sparkle, and it comes through even by touch. As you might guess, due to the amount of sparkle and shimmer in it, there is some emphasis of pores and the skin’s natural texture. I found that most of the time, it also read rather metallic that it reflected enough light that pores weren’t noticeable. It’s a semi-sheer product without a lot of natural binding qualities, so a lot of the product seems to dust everywhere, so sparkle was, as a result, all over my face, though more concentrated along the upper cheekbones. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me before fading.

MAC Iridescent Pressed Powder Coupe d'Chic
Coupe d'Chic
Coupe d'Chic
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total

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Dior Peach Splendor Blush

Dior
Dior Peach Splendor Blush

Dior Peach Splendor Blush ($44.00 for 0.24 oz.) is a light, peachy-pink with a semi-matte finish. There are fine bits of sparkle strewn through the powder, but it appears primarily satin to matte on the skin. LORAC Unimaginable (LE) is pinker, darker, more shimmery. Surratt Beauty Duchesse (P, $32.00) is less shimmery. MAC New Romance (P, $27.00) is more shimmery, darker. Makeup Geek Honeymoon (P, $9.99) is slightly darker. MAC Perfect Topping (2014) (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery. Tarina Tarantino Feather (P, $25.00) is pinker, darker. bareMinerals The Many Splendors #2 (LE) is more shimmery. NARS Sex Appeal (P, $29.00) is less shimmery. MAC Amber Glow (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery. Benefit Sugarbomb (P, $28.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The texture of the blush feels soft to the touch and seems finely-milled, but there’s a dryness present that gives it a more powdery, visible look on the skin. If you have oilier skin, it may not be noticeable once applied, but drier skin types will definitely see the powder sit on the skin. It is barely visible on my skin tone (just lighter than a true medium) other than giving it a very subtle sheen (I can see the powdery finish in person better, though), so if you have a similar skin tone or are darker, I would highly recommend trying it in person. For fairer skin types, it would easily work as a foolproof, everyday kind of color. It had semi-sheer color payoff at most but tended to sheer out due to the drier texture–not the “maximum expression of pigments” or “Vibrant Color Powder Blush” (official product name) described. On my skin, which is normal-to-dry, it lasted for six and a half hours.

Dior Vibrant Color Powder Blush Peach Splendor

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NARS Reckless Blush

NARS Reckless Blush
NARS Reckless Blush

NARS Reckless Blush ($30.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “sheer pink shimmer.” It’s a very light, pink-tinged beige with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. Bobbi Brown Pink Glow (LE, $45.00) is darker, warmer. Cle de Peau Delicate Pink (14) (P, $55.00) is cooler-toned. Urban Decay Streak Highlighter (P) is pinker. Urban Decay Highlighter (P) is pinker. NARS Devotee (LE, $29.00) is a smidgen warmer. Urban Decay Luminous (P, $29.00) is lighter. Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (P, $44.00) is warmer, less shimmery. MAC Light Sunshine (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery. Chanel Poudre Signee de Chanel Illuminating Powder (LE, $68.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

I’m genuinely puzzled why NARS didn’t make this a “Highlighting Blush,” since they have that designation for other shades like this in their range. I’m not even sure it will be a blush on very fair skin tones–maybe just barely–because it is, by description, sheer, and then it’s very light. Functionally, it just seems far more like a highlighter than a blush. It is sheer, as described. The powder’s consistency is soft, blendable and doesn’t emphasize pores as it tended to give more sparkle than outright sheen. On that note, there is a fair amount of iridescent sparkle in it, which some may find dazzling while others will want to steer clear from–they are noticeable on the skin, and the sparkles travel all-over the face. On me, the effect of the sheen lasts seven hours before fading/turning patchy.

NARS Powder Blush Reckless
Reckless

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MAC Ripe Peach Blush Ombre

MAC Ripe Peach Blush Ombre
MAC Ripe Peach Blush Ombre

MAC Ripe Peach Blush Ombre ($32.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “light coral.” It’s a peachy-orange with subtle reddish tones and a golden shimmer. In the pan, there’s definitely a more coral-pink coloring, but it didn’t seem to translate as much applied to the skin (even when I concentrated my brush there). Too Faced Luminous Peach (LE) is more shimmery. YSL Rebelle (7) (P, $47.00) is more orange. MAC Love & Laughter (LE, $21.00) is pinker. Makeup Geek Bliss (P, $9.99) is slightly pinker, lighter. Tarte Darling (LE, $26.00) is darker. NARS Soulshine #2 (LE, $29.00) is more shimmery, darker. NARS Gina (P, $29.00) is darker. MAC Barefaced (LE, $21.00) is darker, browner. MAC Warmth of Coral (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It fairly good color payoff that was buildable from good to full if desired in two to three layers. The texture was soft, smooth, though thin, but more forgiving than Kindergarten Red. It had a soft sheen when buffed and blended on the skin, which didn’t emphasize pores and gave the skin a nice level of luminosity. The blush was blendable, easy to work with, and lasted for eight hours on me. It looks similar (in composition to the Ripe Peach I have from years ago when I compare pans, but the one I have from this collection is a lot more orange/peach when swatched; it may be similar to Mineralize Skinfinishes where your mileage may vary depending on how much pink (or peach) the individual pan has. I’m not entirely sure on that, but the resulting color between the two I have aren’t quite the same. It also seemed less shimmery, and the peach/orange portion seemed brighter (more orange than peach). This version contains more product (0.35 oz. as compared to 0.31 oz.), but since it’s been four years, it is more expensive ($32 as compared to $25).

MAC Blush Ombre Ripe Peach
Ripe Peach
Ripe Peach
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total

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MAC Kindergarten Red Blush Ombre

MAC Kindergarten Red Blush Ombre
MAC Kindergarten Red Blush Ombre

MAC Kindergarten Red Blush Ombre ($32.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “crimson into pale nude.” It’s a medium pink with subtle cool undertones and a satin finish. In the pan, it looks like it fades from a light beige to a rosy pink. Guerlain Angelic Radiance (LE, $53.00) is lighter. LORAC Underrated (LE) is cooler-toned, more matte. MAC Modest Blush (LE, $27.00) is lighter. MAC Pink Sprinkles (LE, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Sunset Beach (LE, $30.00) is darker, cooler-toned. Tarte Fearless (P, $26.00) is darker, brighter. NYX Rose Garden (P, $5.00) is slightly warmer. Chanel Rose Initiale (P, $45.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The texture of the blush is soft, smooth, but thin, so it ended up having more buildable coverage than really intense pigmentation that was, at most, semi-opaque. I just went back into the archives, and the blush ombre formula was originally described as a “medium-buildable coverage” product. It doesn’t adhere as well to bare skin if it’s on the drier side (my arm is drier than my face) and can look a little powdery initially. Once it gets blended and buffed into the skin, the satin finish really comes forward and gives a light sheen that’s natural but not shimmery or shiny. As it is only semi-opaque at most, it pulls warmer on me, but I would expect those with cooler undertones would see this appear slightly cooler-toned instead. On me, the blush wore well for seven and a half hours before fading.

This will release January 29th online and February 5th at counters and stores.

MAC Blush Ombre Kindergarten Red
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total

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