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The Estee Edit Purr Pink (03) The Barest Blush

The Estee Edit Purr Pink (03) The Barest Blush
The Estee Edit Purr Pink (03) The Barest Blush

The Estee Edit Purr Pink (03) The Barest Blush ($28.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a bright, medium pink with subtle, warm yellow undertones and a matte finish. Marc Jacobs Beauty Exhibitionist (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Deco (LE, $28.00) is brighter (95% similar). Tarte Irreplaceable (LE, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). Chanel Vibration (270) (P, $45.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Fleur Power (P, $23.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Genius (LE, $28.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). LORAC Underrated (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Mistress (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). MAC Hipness (LE, $23.00) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel Crescendo (250) (LE, $45.00) is cooler (90% similar). NYX Peach (P, $5.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Black Opal Tulip (P, $8.95) is cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Wicked (P, $60.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Red Water Lily (LE, $40.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). By Terry Savannah Love #3 (LE, ) is darker (85% similar). Too Faced Your Love is King (P, $26.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (85% similar). Makeup Geek Love Affair (P, $9.99) is darker (85% similar). Tarte Live (LE, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The formula is supposed to be a “natural-looking blush” that blends to create “even” color. First, the shimmer is an overspray; it doesn’t seem to go all the way through, and a few back-and-forth sweeps with a large blush brush makes it disappear (which is what I do prior to swatching a product with an overspray), which leaves behind a mostly matte finish. Second, I purchased all four shades, and every single pan was extremely wobbly in the compact–at this price point and knowing it’s made by Estee Lauder Companies (which has plenty of manufacturing experience!), I was pretty disappointed. This shade, like Coy Coral ran powdery and appeared drier/dusty on the skin. It blended out a little more easily compared to yesterday’s shade, which made it easier to use. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque coverage (which seems to be as intended) that lasted for seven hours before fading.

The Estee Edit The Barest Blush Purr Pink (03)
C+

Permanent

7.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
7
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
79%
Total

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Zoeva Shy Beauty Luxe Color Blush

Zoeva Shy Beauty Luxe Color Blush
Zoeva Shy Beauty Luxe Color Blush

Zoeva Shy Beauty Luxe Color Blush ($9.50 for 0.28 oz.) is a muted, light-medium peach with a semi-matte finish. Catrice I Am Nuts About You (P, $5.99) is lighter (95% similar). LORAC Prism (P, $23.00) is lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals The Summer Fling (LE, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Gretel (Light) (P, ) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Corol #1 (LE, $23.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Valiant (LE, $22.00) is lighter, glossier (90% similar). Makeup Geek Cherish (P, $10.00) is darker (90% similar). bareMinerals The Spring Fling (LE, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Flesh & Fantasy (506) (P, $42.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Bite Beauty Blondie (P, $24.00) is darker, brighter, glossier (85% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Coral Pink (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Risque (P, $28.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). bareMinerals Inner Beauty (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Luxe Color Blush formula is supposed to be a “silky” powder that is “long-lasting and fade-proof.” It had semi-opaque coverage that was easily sheered out if desired, and it could be layered for true-to-pan color (though it is a lighter shade, so it may not work for all skin tones). The texture was soft, finely-milled, and blendable on the skin. It didn’t look cakey or powdery, despite being more matte. This one seemed the most matte out of the three I bought to review. I also noticed that this shade darkened one to two shades compared to the pan when I applied it to the skin. The blush stayed on well for seven and a half hours on me before fading a bit.

Zoeva Luxe Color Blush Shy Beauty
Shy Beauty
Shy Beauty
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

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The Estee Edit Ember Glow (04) The Barest Blush

The Estee Edit Ember Glow (04) The Barest Blush
The Estee Edit Ember Glow (04) The Barest Blush

The Estee Edit Ember Glow (04) The Barest Blush ($28.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a deepened, muted plum with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. Viseart Bronze #3 (P, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). NARS Almeria (LE, $30.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Swift (P, $8.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Sweet As Cocoa (P, $23.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Unearthed (LE, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Nude Beach Blush (LE, $26.00) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). Gucci Beauty Cherry Nectar (P, $49.00) is brighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Raizin (P, $23.00) is warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The formula is supposed to be a “natural-looking blush” that blends to create “even” color. First, the shimmer is an overspray; it doesn’t seem to go all the way through, and a few back-and-forth sweeps with a large blush brush makes it disappear (which is what I do prior to swatching a product with an overspray), which leaves behind a mostly matte finish. Second, I purchased all four shades, and every single pan was extremely wobbly in the compact–at this price point and knowing it’s made by Estee Lauder Companies (which has plenty of manufacturing experience!), I was pretty disappointed. The texture felt soft to the touch, but it was a little dusty and thinner, which resulted in powder that applied unevenly and was harder to blend out on the skin as it would stick strongly in some places and not move (or diffuse) from there. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque, buildable coverage, which seems in line with the type of formula it’s supposed to be (“natural” and “Barest Blush” as a name). It lasted for almost eight hours on me.

The Estee Edit The Barest Blush Ember Glow (04)
B-

Permanent

7.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4
Application
80%
Total

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MAC x Charlotte Olympia Cream Colour Bases

MAC Golden Age Cream Colour Base
MAC Golden Age Cream Colour Base

MAC Golden Age Cream Colour Base ($23.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “metallic antique bronze.” It’s a shimmering, golden bronze with warm undertones and a fine, pearly shimmer-sheen finish. Unless heavily layered, it had a much more subdued sheen than overtly shimmery. On eyes, it lasted for five hours before creasing, and on cheeks, it lasted for six and a half hours before migrating noticeably. The texture is creamy, highly emollient, and never fully sets, so it retains a dewier finish overall. It had semi-sheer, buildable coverage, as described. There was something about the base color that seemed harder to even out on the skin, though. This shade did include a warning that it is “not for use in the lip area” (Cream Colour Bases are multi-tasking products). Laura Mercier Seduction (P, $44.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Paradise Cove (P, $8.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Candyman (P, $8.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Casino (P, $36.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Laguna (P, $36.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Burberry Summer Glow (P, $48.00) is warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Sepia Cream Colour Base ($23.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “dirty chocolate-brown.” It’s a muted, dark taupe brown with neutral-to-warm undertones and a dewy sheen. It had semi-sheer, buildable color payoff with a lightweight, emollient texture that never fully dries down, so it has a wetter finish on the skin but doesn’t look greasy. On eyes, this lasted for five and a half hours, and on cheeks (I used it as a contour), it lasted for six and a half hours. Tarte Contour Deep (Tarteist) (LE, ) is lighter, more muted, less glossy (90% similar). LORAC Deep Contour (P, ) is less glossy (90% similar). NYX Hollow (P, $5.00) is warmer, less glossy (90% similar). Kat Von D Subconscious (P, ) is less glossy (90% similar). LORAC Medium Contour (P, ) is lighter, less glossy (85% similar). MAC Coffee Walnut (LE, $20.00) is warmer (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Medium (P, ) is warmer (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Medium (P, $44.00) is lighter, less glossy (85% similar). Smashbox Contour (P, ) is lighter, cooler, less glossy (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The MAC x Charlotte Olympia collection arrives online on March 17th.

MAC Charlotte Olympia Cream Colour Base Golden Age
8
Product
10
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
81%
Total
MAC Charlotte Olympia Cream Colour Base Sepia
Sepia
Sepia
8
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
5
Application
84%
Total

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The Estee Edit Coy Coral (02) The Barest Blush

The Estee Edit Coy Coral (02) The Barest Blush
The Estee Edit Coy Coral (02) The Barest Blush

The Estee Edit Coy Coral (02) The Barest Blush ($28.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a medium-dark, orange-coral with warm undertones and a matte finish. MAC Melba (P, $23.00) is darker (95% similar). Chanel Lumieres de Kyoto (LE, $70.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Parfait (P, $32.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Fyrinnae Nordic Angel (P, $10.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Tongue Tied (LE, $8.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Swoon (LE, $19.00) is cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Flush'd (LE, $8.00) is darker (85% similar). Anastasia Desert (P, ) is cooler (85% similar). Illamasqua Flirtatious (LE, $26.00) is lighter, glossier (85% similar). Makeup Geek Heart Throb (P, $10.00) is more shimmery, cooler (80% similar). Makeup Geek Bliss (DC, $9.99) is lighter (80% similar). Tarte Concept (LE, $28.00) is cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The formula is supposed to be a “natural-looking blush” that blends to create “even” color. First, the shimmer is an overspray; it doesn’t seem to go all the way through, and a few back-and-forth sweeps with a large blush brush makes it disappear (which is what I do prior to swatching a product with an overspray), which leaves behind a mostly matte finish. Second, I purchased all four shades, and every single pan was extremely wobbly in the compact–at this price point and knowing it’s made by Estee Lauder Companies (which has plenty of manufacturing experience!), I was pretty disappointed. The consistency was soft but powdery, and that powderiness was reflected on the skin and emphasized any dryness I had on my cheeks. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque, buildable coverage. It blended out fairly well, and it lasted for seven and a half hours before noticeably fading.

The Estee Edit The Barest Blush Coy Coral (02)
C+

Permanent

7.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
7
Texture
8
Longevity
4
Application
79%
Total

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Zoeva Gentle Touch Luxe Color Blush

Zoeva Gentle Touch Luxe Color Blush
Zoeva Gentle Touch Luxe Color Blush

Zoeva Gentle Touch Luxe Color Blush ($9.50 for 0.28 oz.) is a muted, medium pink with neutral-to-cool undertones and a satin finish. NARS Impassioned (P, $30.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Pink Cult (LE, $23.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Burberry S/S15 Runway (LE, $65.00) is cooler (90% similar). Guerlain Happy Glow (LE, $54.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Rosy Outlook (P, $23.50) is darker (90% similar). Viseart Plum #1 (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). Burberry Misty (P, $42.00) is darker (90% similar). Dior Rose (001) (LE, $56.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Poe (Light) (P, ) is warmer (90% similar). Estee Lauder Audacious Plum (P, $34.00) is darker (85% similar). NARS Threesome (LE, $30.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Stila Light Pink (LE, ) is cooler (85% similar). Guerlain Carousel (LE, $60.00) is lighter, less pigmented (85% similar). Tarte Flush (P, $28.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC The Perfect Cheek (LE, $23.00) is darker (80% similar). Illamasqua Naked Rose (P, $26.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Luxe Color Blush formula is supposed to be a “silky” powder that is “long-lasting and fade-proof.” The powder was soft, smooth, and finely-milled with a lightweight texture that sat well on the skin and didn’t look powdery or dry on. The consistency was a little thinner than Burning Up, for reference. It blended well and had semi-opaque, buildable coverage with a finish that became had a natural bit of sheen to it as it was buffed into the skin. The color lasted for seven and a half hours on me.

Zoeva Luxe Color Blush Gentle Touch
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

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