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NARS Isadora Blush

NARS Isadora Blush
NARS Isadora Blush

NARS Isadora Blush ($30.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a medium, rosy plum with warm undertones and lighter pink shimmer. Laura Geller Tropic Hues (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, cooler (95% similar). MAC Scene to Be Seen (Outer) (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Surratt Beauty La Vie En Rose (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Surratt Beauty De Cherubique (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Glow #5 (LE, $55.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Corol #2 (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Estee Lauder Alluring Rose (P, $34.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Ravish (P, $55.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Laura Geller Roseberry (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Laura Geller Pink Buttercream (P, $28.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Stila Berry Shimmer (LE) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Makeup Geek Covet (P, $10.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Smashbox Plum (LE) is darker, cooler (85% similar). KIKO 111 Classic Rose (P, $12.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). NARS Lovejoy (P, $30.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Sweet Samba (LE, $27.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Pomegranate (P, $6.99) is more shimmery, darker, brighter (85% similar). MAC Love Thing (P, $27.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Clinique Black Honey Pop (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Becca Raspberry/Opal (P, $27.00) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NARS’ Powder Blush formula is described as “beautifully pigmented, natural, healthy-looking color” with a “blendable application.” It had medium, buildable coverage (up to semi-opaque) with a slightly drier texture. It didn’t seem like it was going to be problematic, but I had trouble applying this one on my cheeks as the color looked patchy and applied unevenly (but didn’t want to blend or diffuse), so it ended up looking splotchy even after trying to buff it in with a clean buffer brush. I was dismayed by how it applied, but it applied similarly every time I used it (four times; including over foundation). The shimmer was fine enough and did not emphasize my pores or skin’s natural texture. The color started to fade after seven and a half hours of wear.

NARS Powder Blush Isadora
Isadora
Isadora
7.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
8
Longevity
4
Application
78%
Total

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Becca Blushed with Light Palette

Becca Blushed with Light Palette
Becca Blushed with Light Palette

Becca Blushed with Light Palette ($34.00 for 0.46 oz.) is a medium-size, plastic compact that contains three blushes–a neutral-to-warm pink, orange-brown, and pink-coral. One shade (Wisteria) is new and exclusive to the palette, while the other two shades are available in the Becca’s permanent range. If you don’t mind your blushes more pigmented, then I think you might like this palette–two shades were rated lower because they weren’t as subtle/buildable as described. I wish the texture of Snapdragon was smoother and softer, more like the full-size version, but it looked the same applied to the skin, so the difference isn’t as noticeable in practice.

Value

  • Mineral Blush: $32.00 for 0.20 oz., palette contains 0.33 oz., $52.80 worth of Mineral Blush
  • Luminous Blush: $34.00 for 0.21 oz., palette contains 0.13 oz., $21.05 worth of Luminous Blush
  • Value: $73.85

Wisteria is a muted, medium pink with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture was soft, lightly dusty but not dry-looking on the skin, and it was easily blended across the cheeks for even coverage. It had medium, buildable coverage–which is what the formula is supposed to have–that can be applied at near opaque coverage. This shade wore well for seven and a half hours on me before fading. Urban Decay Fetish (P, $26.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Empowering (LE, $28.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). bareMinerals Golden Gate Matte (LE, $22.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Impress (LE, $28.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Prim (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS Love (LE, $30.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Piaf (Shade) (P) is lighter, less pigmented, warmer (90% similar). Divergent Misty Rose (LE) is brighter, more pigmented, warmer (90% similar). Laura Geller Boysenberry (P, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Heart Throb (P, $10.00) is warmer (85% similar). Tarte Seduce (P, $28.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Overexposed (LE) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Songbird is a medium, orange-brown with warm undertones and a golden sheen. It was richly pigmented (not really buildable, as it is supposed to be!) with a more powdery texture. The good news was that it still applied easily and blended well on the skin, so the powderiness didn’t translate when applied and worked into the skin. On me, the color started to fade after seven and a half hours of wear. MAC Pleasure Model (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Climax (P, $40.00) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Fervor (Right) (P) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Becca Blushed Copper (LE, $38.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). MAC Linda (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Seduced at Sea (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Ibiza (P, $45.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Canaille (89) (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Frenzy (Right) (P) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Ablaze (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, more muted (90% similar). Sephora Passionate (23) (P, $14.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Bad Girl Gone Good (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Eternal Sun (P, $23.50) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). NYX Bronzed (P, $6.50) is more muted, cooler (85% similar). NARS Liberation (Right) (LE) is lighter, more muted, cooler (85% similar). NARS Cheek Studio III (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker, more muted (85% similar). LORAC Unapologetic (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). NARS Luster (P, $30.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Cheeky Bronze (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). NARS Craving (Right) (P) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Snapdragon is a bright, medium pink-coral with gold shimmer. The version in the palette is a lot pinker and brighter compared to my standalone, which looked warmer both in the pan as well as swatched. Though this formula is described as subtle and that it can be used as a “blush topper,” it was actually intensely pigmented and a little went a long way. You would need the barest amount to layer on top of a blush, otherwise the strength of the color in Snapdragon would overwhelm whatever blush you were wearing. The texture was firmer and stiffer in the pan, and it felt different compared to the other two shades well (and different from my standalone version of Snapdragon), though the blush looked fine applied and blended out without issue. It wore for just over eight hours on me before fading. Laura Geller Papaya (P, $26.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). NARS Realm of the Senses (Together) (LE, $30.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Estee Lauder Wild Sunset (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). NARS Panic (Right) (P) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). IT Cosmetics Pretty in Peony (P, $24.00) is brighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Simmer (LE, $27.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Zoeva CR030 (P) is more muted, warmer (90% similar). MAC Sweet Vision (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS Deep Throat (P, $30.00) is more muted (90% similar). Guerlain Smile (Left) (LE, $52.00) is less shimmery, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Jelly Fish (DC, $8.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). NARS Summer Dual Intensity Blush II (LE) is darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Springsheen (P, $22.00) is lighter (85% similar). NYX Summer (P, $6.50) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Malice (71) (P, $45.00) is less shimmery, more muted (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Becca Holiday 2016 Blush Trio Blushed with Light
8.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
84%
Total
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B+

Wisteria

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B-

Songbird

Permanent
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B-

bareMinerals Be Beautiful Holiday 2016 Face & Eye Palette

bareMinerals Be Beautiful Ready Face & Eye Palette
bareMinerals Be Beautiful Ready Face & Eye Palette

bareMinerals Be Beautiful Ready Face & Eye Palette ($45.00 for 0.58 oz.) includes six eyeshadows, three cheek colors, and a finishing powder. It is most bizarre that there’s a finishing powder, and it is, frankly, an odd color choice–it is very, very yellowy orange with no real sheen or satiny quality to it, so it is drier, powdery, and sits poorly on the skin while adding a yellow tint. Of all the inclusions in the palette, that was the most odd, and then of course, bareMinerals is a multiple-time offender of putting out an endless slew of neutral palettes so once you have a few, the rest start having less appeal.

I wasn’t particularly impressed by the cheek colors in the palette, as they had a firmer press that made it harder to get color payoff out of them. The eyeshadows were good and consistent with the Ready formula, but they seem unbalanced in depth–there are two very light shades and then two browns that are just a shade or two different; even sticking with neutrals, the composition could be more versatile. The palette itself is housed in a plastic compact this year, which is new, and for some, I imagine they’ll consider it an upgrade from cardboard, but it did feel bulkier as a result.

Value

  • Cheek Colors: $24.00 for 0.21 oz.; palette contains 0.27 oz. or $30.86 worth of cheek color
  • Finishing Powder: $23.00 for 0.30 oz. (using pricing for the Touch Up Veil, closest available product); palette contains 0.09 oz. or $6.90 worth of finishing
  • Eyeshadows: $21.00 for 0.09 oz.; palette contains 0.30 oz. or $70.00 worth of eyeshadow
  • Total Value: $107.76

Formula Overview

Ready Eyeshadow is supposed to have 12-hour wear, “vivid, pure, provocative color” that “looks like a powder, feels like a cream” and blends seamlessly. In general, I quite enjoy this formula, and it’s one of my favorites, as it is typically soft without being too powdery or dusty and more shimmery shades have a real creaminess to them. They wear between eight and twelve hours on me (without primer), blend well, and sit nicely on the skin. The majority of the shades I’ve tested in the past have been mostly opaque to opaque, but there have been a few misses over the years (not too many, though). Ready Blush is supposed to have “buildable color” with eight-hour wear, and those things are both true: they tend to be medium in coverage, somewhat to moderately buildable, and wear around eight hours.

Presence is a pale beige with neutral-to-cool undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation paired with a soft, creamy texture that was a smidgen dusty. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me. Too Faced Meow (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). IT Cosmetics Peaceful (P) is brighter (95% similar). Too Faced Let It Snow (LE, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). Colour Pop Glow (LE, $5.00) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Thirteen (P, $19.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Cream Colored Ponies (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Inglot #353 (P, $6.00) is warmer (95% similar). Makeup Atelier Red Ochre #1 (P) is more muted (95% similar). Tarte Compassionate (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Charmer (P) is cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Snow Angel (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). bareMinerals Chance (P) is more muted (95% similar). MAC Blanc Type (P, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Graceful is a soft, light-medium taupe-brown with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. The pigmentation was mostly opaque, while the powder was soft, smooth, and blendable on the skin. This shade seemed to wear well for nine hours on me before it started to fade. Kat Von D Lazarus (P) is cooler (95% similar). Tarte Mud Mask (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Buxom Trendsetter (LE, $12.00) is cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Naked 2 (P, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Stone (P, $12.00) is warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Exhale is a dark taupe with subtle, brown undertones and a grayer overtone paired with a matte finish. It had opaque color payoff with a lightly dusty texture that remained blendable and did not look dry or powdery applied to the skin. This shade wore for just over nine hours on me. Urban Decay DTF (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Revelry (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Suspend (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Guerlain Les Cendres #1 (LE) is warmer (95% similar). bareMinerals Head Over Heels (LE) is darker (95% similar). Smashbox Haze (P) is cooler, lower quality (95% similar). Too Faced Be You (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Makeup Atelier Natural Chestnut #5 (P) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). LORAC Cool Gray (P, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Guerlain Les Cendres #1 (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Password (P, $19.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). NARS Quai des Brumes (Right) (LE, $25.00) is darker (90% similar). Buxom Jetsetter (P, $12.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Stila Fog (LE, $18.00) is cooler (90% similar). Chanel Notorious (LE, $45.00) is warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals Fuze (LE) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Pecan Praline (P, $16.00) is lighter (85% similar). Chanel Charming #5 (LE) is darker (80% similar). Urban Decay Bust (P, $19.00) is cooler, more shimmery (80% similar). Kat Von D Night Crawler (LE) is lighter (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Promise is a pale pinky-beige with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color coverage that applied easily as the texture was soft, blendable, and not too dusty or too firm in the pan. I was able to wear this shade for nine hours. Tarte Popcorn Strand (LE)(100% similar). Make Up For Ever M532 Sugar Coated Candy (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Smashbox Naked (LE) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Wink (LE) is darker (95% similar). theBalm Matt Smith (LE, $16.00) is more muted (95% similar). NARS Shade I (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Pale, Please (LE, $16.00) is more muted (95% similar). MAC Lithe Spirit (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). LORAC Cream (P, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Stila Pale Pink (LE, $18.00) is cooler (95% similar). Stila Light Pink (LE, $18.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Fancy Dress (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Walk of Shame (P, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Meringue (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Palace of Versaille (LE) is brighter (95% similar). Tarte Cheers (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Pastel (LE) is darker (90% similar). MAC Orb (P, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Nude (P, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Toasted Marshmallow (LE) is cooler (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Beautiful is a muted, medium pink with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a dustier, thinner texture, which resulted in the product sheering out on the lid and not applying as evenly as the other shades. It wore for seven hours before fading on me. LORAC Tan (LE, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). Kat Von D Plum (Base) (P) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Missing My Baby (LE, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). Chanel Rose de Mai (P, $29.50) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Frisco (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Hourglass Monochrome #3 (P) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Pink Sands (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Atelier Wood Pink #3 (P) is darker (90% similar). IT Cosmetics Desire (P) is brighter (90% similar). Stila Rose (LE, $18.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Huda Beauty Shy (LE) is warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Confident is a dark burgundy with subtle, warm reddish undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff, though not fully opaque, while the consistency had a firmer feel to it, though it was more buildable on the lid in practice. I noticed that this one had a tendency to stick unevenly to bare skin, so it would benefit from a primer. It wore well for ten hours on me. Anastasia Beauty Mark (P, $12.00) is lighter (95% similar). theBalm Friendly (P, $16.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Charming (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). bareMinerals Ensemble (LE) is darker (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Stallion (LE, $9.99) is lighter (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Golden Gate Matte is a subdued, medium rose pink with warmer undertones and a satin finish. The consistency was firm, which made it difficult to really get color out of the pan, and when it did, it seemed to be chalkier and powdery. It lasted for eight hours, which is all the product promises, but the texture and way it looked on the skin left something to be desired. Tarte Prim (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Becca Wisteria (LE, $32.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Innocence (160) (P, $45.00) is brighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Piaf (Shade) (P) is brighter (90% similar). Tarte Exposed (P, $28.00) is cooler (90% similar). bareMinerals Golden Gate (LE, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). theBalm Balm Beach (P, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Rose Bronze (P, $45.00) is warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals The Limelight (LE, $22.00) is brighter (90% similar). Laura Geller Boysenberry (P, $28.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Tarte Risque (P, $28.00) is warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Overexposed (LE) is brighter (85% similar). KIKO 102 Natural Pink (P, $12.00) is warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Inner Beauty is a soft, peachy brown with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It’s supposed to be all-over color for face (which seem to be what the brand uses for highlighters), but there’s no real sheen to it this when it is on the skin–possibly because it’s so firm that hardly any product comes off to begin with. It also had a chalkiness to it that just didn’t sit well on skin–it looked like it was just on top but not seamlessly blended. It wore for seven hours on me. NARS Sex Appeal (P, $30.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Catrice I Am Nuts About You (P, $5.99) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). NARS 413 BLKR (Highlighter) (P, $30.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte Trustworthy (LE, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). bareMinerals The Spring Fling (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Dior Peach Splendor (LE, $44.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals The Summer Fling (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Bliss (P, $10.00) is darker (85% similar). Zoeva Shy Beauty (P, $11.80) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Makeup Geek Cherish (P, $10.00) is darker (85% similar). Tarte Moment (LE, $28.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Faux Tan Matte is a muted, medium brown with warm, yellowish undertones and a satin finish. It had medium, buildable coverage with a fairly soft texture that ran a little dusty. It applied well and blended easily along the edges while lasting for seven hours on me. Urban Decay Sun-Kissed (P, $28.00) is brighter (95% similar). Estee Lauder Java Sun (LE, $65.00) is more muted (95% similar). Too Faced Gingerbread (LE) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Golden Rinse (LE, $35.50) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (03) (P, $40.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Provocative (LE, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Tantric (P) is warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (02) (P, $40.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (01) (P, $40.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Park Ave. Princess #2 (LE) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Bon Voyage (P, $8.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Be Beautiful Finishing Powder is a light-medium yellow with warm, yellowy orange undertones and a matte finish. The texture was powdery and clumpy–where the powder would come off in chunks, but they would blend out if you worked at it. This was such a strange inclusion to begin with, and the quality is just terrible–it does nothing but make skin look worse: dry, powdery, and noticeably yellower. It seemed to wear fine; it seemed to even prolong the wear of my base products by an hour or so.

bareMinerals Holiday 2016 READY Face & Eye Palette Be Beautiful
7
Product
9
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
80%
Total
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Tarte Sculpted Cheeks Amazonian Clay Blush Set & Brush

Tarte Sculpted Cheeks Deluxe Amazonian Clay Blush Set & Brush
Tarte Sculpted Cheeks Deluxe Amazonian Clay Blush Set & Brush

Tarte Sculpted Cheeks Deluxe Amazonian Clay Blush Set & Brush ($35.00 for 0.20 oz.) includes four, deluxe-sized blushes and a synthetic, blush brush.

The Amazonian Clay Blush formula is supposed to have 12-hour wear along with a “supremely soft” texture. There’s a lot to like about Tarte’s formula, as it is softer (sometimes dusty), blendable, and fairly smooth with good pigmentation, but for me, I rarely get 12-hour wear–I do get between 8 and 10-hour wear, though. Unfortunately, I didn’t feel that the blushes in the set were representative of the quality of the regular formula. The blushes are disappointing; two of the four were so stiff that I had to scrape off layers of product to get enough product to transfer and show on the skin as a swatch.

Value

  • Full-size cost: $28.00 for 0.20 oz., $140.00/oz.
  • Set cost: $35.00 for 0.20 oz., $175.00/oz., plus full-sized brush
  • Value: $28.00 worth of blush, $20-30 value for brush, $48 to $58 total value

Genius is a muted, medium rosy mauve with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture was incredibly powdery and dry to the touch, which resulted in a color that sheered out too easily on the skin and did not want to stick to the skin evenly. It seemed to brighten on my cheeks, almost like when a matte powder darkens on the skin due to the natural oils. It lasted for seven hours on me (which is a far cry from 12).
Colour Pop Cruel Intentions (LE, $8.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Tarte Irreplaceable (LE, $28.00) is brighter (95% similar). Too Faced Your Love is King (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Tarte Fetching (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). The Estee Edit Purr Pink (03) (P, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). theBalm Houndstooth (P, $22.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Amazed (LE, $28.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Estee Lauder Pink Ingenue (P, $34.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Tarte Icon (LE, $28.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Exhibitionist (LE) is lighter (85% similar). NYX Dusty Rose (P, $5.00) is lighter (85% similar). Tarte Live (LE, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). NYX Mauve (P, $5.00) is lighter (85% similar). Chanel Crescendo (250) (LE, $45.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Royal is a muted, rosy brown with subtle, warm undertones and a satiny sheen. It had such a stiff texture that made it difficult to use at all; I could not get product to transfer on my brush, and I could barely get any color to transfer after jabbing a finger in the pan–I had to scrape off layers of product to loosen it from the pan, which is what I used for swatches (both on my arm and on my face). Without scraping and mangling the powder, it had next to nothing for color payoff and not enough product to blend or diffuse across my cheeks. It lasted for eight hours on me. Makeup Geek Puppy Love (P, $10.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Surratt Beauty La Vie En Rose (P, $32.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Ven Conmigo (LE, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). Laura Geller Roseberry (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Corol #2 (LE, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Plum Ombre (LE, $55.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Unearthed (LE, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals The Guest List (LE, $22.00) is warmer (85% similar). KIKO 105 Dark Rose (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Animal Instincts (LE, $22.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Vibrant is a bright pop of orange-coral with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. The consistency was soft, just a bit dusty, but blendable and sat well on the skin. It had more of a natural matte finish when blended on the skin, so it didn’t look dry or flat applied. It had good pigmentation as well. On me, the color wore well for just over eight hours. KIKO 108 Orange Coral (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, darker, more muted (95% similar). bareMinerals Swoon (LE, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Lured to Love (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Blush) (LE) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Milani Coral Cove (05) (P, $8.99) is darker (90% similar). MAC Passion for Colour (LE, $22.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Sideshow You (LE, $22.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte Mod (LE, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Peach Cobbler (LE) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). LORAC Technicolor (P, $22.00) is cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Tongue Tied (LE, $8.00) is darker, brighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Pop is a bright cotton candy pink with neutral-to-cool undertones and a semi-matte finish. This was the other shade that had an incredibly stiff, firm texture; I had to scrape away at the surface of the pan to dislodge enough powder to show swatches or to use it, but what powder was dislodged was softer and more finely-milled than Royal, so I did not have any issues with applying or blending out the color once I was able to pick up product with my brush. It lasted for eight and a half hours on my cheeks. Tarte Surreal (LE, $28.00) is lighter (95% similar). theBalm Argyle (P, $22.00) is brighter, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Whimsy (LE, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Temper (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Exhibitionist (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Flush (P, $28.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Too Faced Santa Baby (LE) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Shadore (P, $37.00) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sculpted Cheeks Brush is a larger cheek brush that flares from the ferrule to a rounded edge. It looked more like a highlighting brush than the average blush brush, but it definitely works for applying cheek color. It had a lot of spring, and I would say floppier than desired for precise cheek color application. I liked it more for blending or using with something very sheer than applying a pigmented blush, as it seemed to apply in a very large area. The brush itself was fairly soft and wasn’t prickly or scratchy when I tried to use. I didn’t experience any shedding or issues after washing it a few times, but my experience with is limited. The brush head was 24.28mm in width, 48.15mm in length, and 24.28mm in thickness. It had a total length of 6.50 inches / 16.5 centimeters.

[Please note: it is not possible to average the Sculpted Cheeks Brush scores with the blush scores as the things they are measuring are different, so I have only taken the Product rating for the brush to average a Product rating for the set.]

Tarte Deluxe Amazonian Clay Blush Set & Brush Sculpted Cheeks
7
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
5.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4
Application
70%
Total
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Bite Beauty Creme Caramel Multistick

Bite Beauty Creme Caramel Multistick
Bite Beauty Creme Caramel Multistick

Bite Beauty Creme Caramel Multistick ($24.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a medium-dark peach with warm, orange undertones and a satin finish. MAC Yash (P, $17.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Givenchy Beige Mousseline (101) (P, $36.00) is brighter, glossier (90% similar). MAC Lady Be Good (P, $20.00) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). Kat Von D Noble (P, $20.00) is lighter, brighter, less glossy (90% similar). NARS Biscayne Park (P, $25.00) is glossier (90% similar). Tarte Skinny Dip (P, $22.00) is brighter (85% similar). Estee Lauder Covetous Nude (P, $30.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Platform (DC, $6.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Hourglass Dim Infusion (P, $35.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Oxblood (LE, $17.00) is brighter (85% similar). Too Faced Sorry Not Sorry (P, $22.00) is cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Stark Naked (DC, $22.00) is warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Melted Nude (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Make Up For Ever #225 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Doe (P, $21.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Nude Peach (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

For an in-depth look at what the formula is supposed to do and how it performs generally, please check the overview below the rating. Creme Caramel had buildable coverage from medium to fully opaque. The texture was smooth, velvety, and just creamy enough not to tug on the skin or lips when applied directly from the tube but was a bit less emollient compared to about half the range. It worked best as a cream blush when I tested it, as it emphasized and sunk into lip lines when worn as a lip product and creased like crazy as a cream eyeshadow.

On the cheeks, the color blended out beautifully on the skin, and it was easy to spread out the color without becoming uneven or patchy. I found it equally easy to apply on bare skin as well as over (liquid) foundation. The texture didn’t fully dry down, so it had a natural, skin-like sheen, but I didn’t have issues with it moving or settling over time. It wore well for eight and a half hours as a cream blush.

On the lips, it applied fairly evenly, though it wasn’t quite as even as the majority of the range. The texture, while comfortable, settled into lip lines early on and worsened over the four and a half hours the color lasted. It felt smooth going on, and it didn’t tug. The formula wasn’t drying nor was it hydrating.

On the eyes, the color applied well and blended out nicely with smooth, even coverage. The problem I had with it was how quickly it creased and pulled into lines on my lid, and while it did not seem to dry down, it also looked a little dry where it had creased (almost powdery).

Please note, the rating is an average across performance on eyes, cheeks, and lips.

Bite Beauty Multistick Crème Caramel
C+

Permanent

7.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
5.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
79%
Total

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ColourPop Bardot Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Bardot Super Shock Cheek
ColourPop Bardot Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Bardot Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “rusty red copper.” It’s a medium-dark, coppery red with warm, red-orange undertones and fine pinky-red and gold shimmer. MAC Make You Mine (P, $23.50) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Chanel Evening Beige (340) (P, $45.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Taraji Glow (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Stryke (LE, $8.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Ambering Rose (P, $22.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). NARS Na Pali Coast (P, $39.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Fervor (Right) (P) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Pleasure Model (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). NARS Cheek Studio III (LE, $30.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). NARS Vengeful (Right) (LE) is darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Margin (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). Maybelline Barely Pink (202) (LE, $8.99) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Super Shock Cheek formula is supposed to be buildable with sheerer coverage when used with brushes and richer coverage when applied with fingertips. The texture of this was very smooth, and it felt wetter than past iterations of this formula. It was intensely pigmented when applied with fingertips, but it blended out easily and could be buffed out if over-applied. When I used a synthetic stippling brush with it, the color was definitely sheerer but blended better with fingertips than a synthetic brush. While it is a cream-based product, it dries down to a more powder-like finish and was never tacky or glossy on the skin. It wore well for over nine hours before starting to fade on me.

Colour Pop Super Shock Cheek Bardot
Bardot
Bardot
A

Limited Edition

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
96%
Total

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