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MAC Softly Does It/Tight and Tawny QuikTrik Stick

01/04

MAC Softly Does It/Tight and Tawny QuikTrik Stick Duo

MAC Softly Does It/Tight and Tawny QuikTrik Stick Duo

MAC Softly Does It/Tight and Tawny QuikTrik Stick Duo

MAC Softly Does It/Tight and Tawny QuikTrik Stick Duo

Softly Does It/Tight and Tawny

MAC Softly Does It/Tight and Tawny Studio QuikTrik Stick ($32.00 for 0.42 oz.) is comprised of a sheer, shimmery silvery rose shade (best for highlighting) and muted, mid-tone brown with subtle, warmer undertones (best for bronzing or contouring).

The QuikTrik Stick is a double-ended, cream-based stick that’s supposed to work for highlighting, contouring, bronzing, or blushing. It is supposed to have buildable, blendable color and can be worn over bare skin or foundation. One side is more shimmery, while the other is darker and more natural (but still has a sheen from the creamier consistency) in finish. In general, the formula applies well to bare skin or over liquid foundation, as it is very emollient, blendable, and easy to spread across the skin, but I notice that it seemed to break up my foundation a bit after six hours of wear. The pigmentation was semi-sheer, buildable up to semi-opaque coverage.

The downside to the formula is that both shades remained lightly tacky with a moderately dewy finish, and, unsurprisingly, the wear time was shorter at six hours. I get better wear (an extra hour or two) if I lightly pat translucent powder on top or pair with a similarly-hued powder blush. The finish is lovely if you like a dewier finish–they reminded me of the type of products I’d reach for in the summer to pat over bare skin.

MAC QuikTrik Stick Duo Softly Does It/Tight and Tawny
8
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
80%
Total

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C-

Softly Does It

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B+

Tight and Tawny

Limited Edition
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MAC Miss Cupcake/Tomato QuikTrik Stick

01/04

MAC Miss Cupcake/Tomato QuikTrik Stick Duo

MAC Miss Cupcake/Tomato QuikTrik Stick Duo

MAC Miss Cupcake/Tomato QuikTrik Stick Duo

MAC Miss Cupcake/Tomato QuikTrik Stick Duo

Miss Cupcake/Tomato

MAC Miss Cupcake/Tomato Studio QuikTrik Stick ($32.00 for 0.42 oz.) is double-ended, cream-based stick that’s supposed to work for highlighting, contouring, bronzing, or blushing. It is supposed to have buildable, blendable color and can be worn over bare skin or foundation. One side is more shimmery, while the other is darker and more natural (but still has a sheen from the creamier consistency) in finish.

The formula applies well to bare skin or over liquid foundation, as it is very emollient, blendable, and easy to spread across the skin, but I notice that it seemed to break up my foundation a bit after six hours of wear. The pigmentation was semi-sheer, buildable up to semi-opaque coverage. The downside to the formula is that both shades remained lightly tacky with a moderately dewy finish, and, unsurprisingly, the wear time was shorter at six hours. I get better wear (an extra hour or two) if I lightly pat translucent powder on top or pair with a similarly-hued powder blush. The finish is lovely if you like a dewier finish–they reminded me of the type of products I’d reach for in the summer to pat over bare skin.

MAC QuikTrik Stick Duo Miss Cupcake/Tomato
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total

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B

Miss Cupcake

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B+

Tomato

Limited Edition
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Chanel Hyperfresh (360) Joues Contraste Blush

01/07

Chanel Hyperfresh (360) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Hyperfresh (360) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Hyperfresh (360) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Hyperfresh (360) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Hyperfresh (360) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Hyperfresh (360) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Hyperfresh (360) Joues Contraste Blush

Hyperfresh (360)

Chanel Hyperfresh (360) Joues Contraste Blush ($45.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a bright, medium-dark pink with cool, blue undertones and a semi-matte finish. MAC Sunset Beach (LE, $32.00) is warmer (95% similar). Zoeva PK040 (P) is brighter, lighter (95% similar). Chanel Affinite (65) (DC, $38.00) is warmer (95% similar). Chanel Rose Tourbillon (67) (LE, $45.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Edward Bess Bed of Roses (P, $43.00) is lighter (90% similar). Black Opal Tulip (P, $8.95) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Peaches & Cream (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Wicked (P, $60.00) is warmer, more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Bred for Beauty (LE) is cooler (85% similar). Stila Pink Rose Blush (LE) is more muted, lighter (85% similar). Clinique Berry Pop (03) (P, $21.00) is cooler, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Joues Contraste Blush formula is supposed to have a “silky, delicate texture” with “buildable coverage” that gives a “radiant glow.” This is one of four exclusives to Chanel’s website, though it has been released before (but I don’t remember having it). Hyperfresh had mostly opaque color coverage, and it was less buildable than a lot of other Chanel blushes I’ve tried in the past. The consistency was thin, a little drier but had a softness to it that I’d expect from the formula. I struggled to spread and diffuse the color evenly across the cheeks, though, and I ended up having to cheat to soften the edges by using flesh-toned looser powder and a buffing brush. The blush stayed on the skin well for eight and a half hours.

Chanel Joues Contraste Blush Hyperfresh (360)
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
82%
Total
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Chanel Reflex (82) Joues Contraste Blush

01/07

Chanel Reflex (82) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Reflex (82) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Reflex (82) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Reflex (82) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Reflex (82) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Reflex (82) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Reflex (82) Joues Contraste Blush

Reflex (82)

Chanel Reflex (82) Joues Contraste Blush ($45.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a medium-dark coral-orange with warm undertones and gold shimmer.

The Joues Contraste Blush formula is supposed to have a “silky, delicate texture” with “buildable coverage” that gives a “radiant glow.” This is one of four exclusives to Chanel’s website, though it has been released before (but I don’t remember having it). The texture of Reflex was silky, thin, but finely-milled and, surprisingly, blendable on the skin as the color diffused easily across the skin and had a soft, luminous sheen after buffing and working the powder into the skin. It had semi-opaque, buildable coverage (two layers for true-to-pan color). On me, the blush wore well for eight hours before fading.

Chanel Joues Contraste Blush Reflex (82)
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

Chanel Rose Glacier (170) Joues Contraste Blush

01/07

Chanel Rose Glacier (170) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Rose Glacier (170) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Rose Glacier (170) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Rose Glacier (170) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Rose Glacier (170) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Rose Glacier (170) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Rose Glacier (170) Joues Contraste Blush

Rose Glacier (170)

Chanel Rose Glacier (170) Joues Contraste Blush ($45.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a bright, medium pink with warm undertones and gold shimmer.

The Joues Contraste Blush formula is supposed to have a “silky, delicate texture” with “buildable coverage” that gives a “radiant glow.” This is one of four exclusives to Chanel’s website, though it has been released before (but I don’t remember having it). Rose Glacier had semi-opaque, buildable coverage with a soft, lightly dusty consistency and a higher level of shimmer than most shades within this formula (that I’ve tried, at least). The blush applied well to the skin, as it spread and blended on the skin easily, and while I wasn’t sure about the shimmer level (it made me wary of whether would accentuate the look of the skin’s natural texture), it ended up translating rather nicely–soft, luminous, and glowy. I noticed signs of fading after eight and a half hours of wear.

Chanel Joues Contraste Blush Rose Glacier (170)
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

Surratt Beauty Tu Me Fais Rougir Artistique Blush

01/07

Surratt Beauty Tu Me Fais Rougir Artistique Blush

Surratt Beauty Tu Me Fais Rougir Artistique Blush

Surratt Beauty Tu Me Fais Rougir Artistique Blush

Surratt Beauty Tu Me Fais Rougir Artistique Blush

Surratt Beauty Tu Me Fais Rougir Artistique Blush

Surratt Beauty Tu Me Fais Rougir Artistique Blush

Surratt Beauty Tu Me Fais Rougir Artistique Blush

Tu Me Fais Rougir

Surratt Beauty Tu Me Fais Rougir Artistique Blush ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a light-medium cotton candy pink with subtle, cooler blue undertones and a luminous finish.

The Artistique Blush formula is supposed to have a “naturally glowing finish.” The formula is consistent: the blushes have a very soft, almost cream-like powder texture that blends out effortlessly to a luminous sheen with semi-opaque to opaque coverage (that is easily applied more sheerly or layered for true-to-pan color) and good wear (eight to nine hours). To Me Fais Rougir had a more noticeable sheen to its finish compared to several shades in the Artistique range, but it never appeared truly shimmery or frosted on the skin. The texture was soft, smooth, and blendable, but it seemed to have a looser press to it, so I had some excess powder kick up in the pan. It had semi-opaque, buildable coverage that applied well and lasted for eight hours on me.

A note on packaging: Surratt’s range comes in lightweight plastic pans, which aren’t ideal for long-term use (particularly if traveling or putting in a makeup bag), as his products are designed to be put into custom palette solutions. Personally, I put magnets on the back of each and keep them in freestyle palettes (like a Z-Palette) as it is more economical.

Surratt Beauty Artistique Blush Tu Me Fais Rougir
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total

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