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MAC x Ellie Goulding I’ll Hold My Breath Blush Duo

MAC I'll Hold My Breath Blush Duo
MAC I’ll Hold My Breath Blush Duo

MAC I’ll Hold My Breath Blush Duo ($28.00 for 0.35 oz.) consists of a brown and pink, with the brown taking up about two-thirds of the space in the pan. Not bad, not out of this world. I wish they would have just kept it as true duo–half of each–as I think it would be more versatile that way. They are more dupable, particularly the coral (even within MAC’s range). It is a larger compact, and it’s nice to see that they put together special packaging for the collection.

I’ll Hold My Breath #1 is described as a “medium warm bronze.” It’s a medium brown with warm, yellow undertones and a dusting of gold shimmer. The texture was really smooth, but there was a firmness to it that made it a little harder to get the product to transfer onto a brush, even though it didn’t feel hard/stiff to the touch. It had semi-opaque pigmentation at best, but it was blendable on the skin and applied evenly overall. On me, the color lasted for eight hours before fading. Colour Pop Paradise Cove (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). MAC Ganymede (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). IT Cosmetics Warm Radiance (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (95% similar). Colour Pop Glo Up (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Poolside (P, $8.00) is darker (90% similar). By Terry Tan & Flash Cruise #5 (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Laura Mercier Seduction (P, $44.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Zoeva ND030 (P, ) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). NARS Casino (P, $36.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Paranoid (P, $26.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #6 (LE, ) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Refined Golden (P, $27.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). By Terry Savannah Love #2 (LE, ) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

I’ll Hold My Breath #2 is described as a “peachy pink pearl.” It’s a light-medium, pinky-coral with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had decent pigmentation with a smooth consistency that was a little dry, but it applied without issue and blended out nicely. The color started to fade after eight hours on me. MAC Spring Flock (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Chanel Sunkiss Ribbon (LE, $70.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Concept (LE, $28.00) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Stardust (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (95% similar). KIKO 108 Orange Coral (DC, $12.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Milani Coral Beams #3 (P, ) is warmer (95% similar). Hourglass Luminous Flush (P, $35.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Lines & Last Night (502) (P, $42.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). NARS Blasphemy (LE, $30.00)(95% similar). NYX Amber (P, $6.50) is darker (90% similar). Clinique Melon Pop (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Cheeky Bugger (LE, $22.00) is lighter (95% similar). Milani Berry Rays (P, $13.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Hourglass Diffused Heat (P, $35.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Guerlain Ors et Merveilles #8 (LE, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Coral Flower (P, $49.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Love Hangover (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Hourglass Radiant Magenta (P, $35.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Impress (LE, $28.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Bashful (LE, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Ellie Goulding Powder Blush Duo I'll Hold My Breath
8.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total
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NYX Deep Plum HD Blush

NYX Deep Plum HD Blush
NYX Deep Plum HD Blush

NYX Deep Plum HD Blush ($6.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark rosy copper with warm undertones and a satin finish. NARS Lovejoy (P, $30.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). NYX Bronzed (P, $6.50) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Scene to Be Seen (Inner) (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals The Indecent Proposal (P, $22.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Make You Mine (P, $23.50) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). NARS Fervor (Right) (P, ) is warmer (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Contour (Softcore) (LE, $60.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Tarte Unearthed (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Stylish Me (LE, $22.00) is warmer (85% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Marsala (LE, ) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). Lancome Rosegold Lights (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, lighter, more muted (80% similar). Clinique Fig Pop (P, $21.00) is brighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

It’s an interesting shade, as it takes on a more plum-like colorinmg when applied heavily, but as it is blended and sheered out, the warmer, coppery tones come through. The finish also becomes more luminous the more the powder is buffed into the skin, but it is never too much so it doesn’t emphasize pores or the skin’s natural texture. It was nicely pigmented with a lightly dusty consistency, but it was very soft and easily blended on the skin. This shade wore well for eight hours on me before fading.

FORMULA SUMMARY | NYX’s newest blush formula is supposed to be a “high definition, lightweight blush that blends evenly” that is “vibrant and silky.” The texture tended to be on the more powdery side, but it sits well and doesn’t look powdery applied. Many shades have a more luminous finish to them where the shimmer is fine enough to create a glow, rather than a frosted finish (though a couple are quite shimmery). The formula blends fairly easily on the skin and has medium, buildable coverage with some being very pigmented right off the bat. The wear time is between seven and eight hours.

NYX HD Blush Deep Plum
Deep Plum
Deep Plum
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

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NYX Electro HD Blush

NYX Electro HD Blush
NYX Electro HD Blush

NYX Electro HD Blush ($6.00 for 0.16 oz.) is bright, medium-dark fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a satin finish. NARS Desire (P, $30.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Heavenly (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, glossier (95% similar). Colour Pop Pegacorn (DC, $8.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Vivid (P, $23.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Florida (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop More, Please (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Savage (P, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Sephora I'm Shocked (09) (P, $14.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Pie (DC, $8.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Se Pomponner (P, $32.00) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

It’s so nice when you find a budget-friendly product that really performs well! That is the case with Electro. It was richly pigmented paired with a soft, smooth consistency that was easily blended out along the edges for a diffused application. If you prefer subtler blush, I’d recommend using a fan brush or duo-fiber brush, which will allow you to apply less product, and a lighter hand, as a little does go a long way. On me, the blush wore well for eight hours before fading along the edges.

FORMULA SUMMARY | NYX’s newest blush formula is supposed to be a “high definition, lightweight blush that blends evenly” that is “vibrant and silky.” The texture tended to be on the more powdery side, but it sits well and doesn’t look powdery applied. Many shades have a more luminous finish to them where the shimmer is fine enough to create a glow, rather than a frosted finish (though a couple are quite shimmery). The formula blends fairly easily on the skin and has medium, buildable coverage with some being very pigmented right off the bat. The wear time is between seven and eight hours.

NYX HD Blush Electro
Electro
Electro
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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NYX Summer HD Blush

NYX Summer HD Blush
NYX Summer HD Blush

NYX Summer HD Blush ($6.00 for 0.16 oz.) is medium, pink-coral with warm undertones and gold pearl. Tom Ford Beauty Warm (Winter 2016) Blush (LE, $60.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Petal Power (P, $27.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Physicians Formula Warm (P, $11.99) is less shimmery (90% similar). Hourglass Incandescent Electra (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Fox (P, $8.00) is cooler (90% similar). Laura Geller Papaya (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker, brighter (90% similar). Chanel Coco Code (LE, $70.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Deep Throat (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Tarte Glisten (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Chanel Fleur de Lotus (LE, $45.00) is cooler (90% similar). Chanel Sunkiss Ribbon (LE, $70.00) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). Ciate Matchmaker (P, $26.00) is more muted, cooler (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Love Lust (Discontinued) (DC, $60.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Chanel Malice (71) (P, $45.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Fleet Fast (LE, $22.00) is darker (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Santa Barbara (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, more muted, cooler (90% similar). MAC Sweet Vision (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Milani Dolce Pink (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). NARS Soulshine (Together) (LE, $30.00) is darker (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Lines & Last Night (502) (P, $42.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

This was one of the more shimmery shades in the HD Blush round-up that I’ve tried so far. It’s definitely not frosted, though, and it has a very luminous sheen on the skin as the shimmer is fine. The blush was richly pigmented with a soft, silky texture that applied well to the skin and blended out with ease. It was just a smidgen powdery, but it was so much better than a lot of the other shades in the range! When I tested it, the color stayed on well for eight hours before fading.

FORMULA SUMMARY | NYX’s newest blush formula is supposed to be a “high definition, lightweight blush that blends evenly” that is “vibrant and silky.” The texture tended to be on the more powdery side, but it sits well and doesn’t look powdery applied. Many shades have a more luminous finish to them where the shimmer is fine enough to create a glow, rather than a frosted finish (though a couple are quite shimmery). The formula blends fairly easily on the skin and has medium, buildable coverage with some being very pigmented right off the bat. The wear time is between seven and eight hours.

NYX HD Blush Summer
Summer
Summer
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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NYX Crimson HD Blush

NYX Crimson HD Blush
NYX Crimson HD Blush

NYX Crimson HD Blush ($6.00 for 0.16 oz.) is bright, medium red with warm, orange undertones and a satin shimmer. MAC Contrary (LE, $22.00) is glossier (95% similar). MAC Oh My! (LE, $22.00) is cooler (90% similar). Estee Lauder Poppy Passion (P, $34.00) is more muted (90% similar). Chanel Rouge Profond (320) (P, $45.00) is more muted, cooler (90% similar). MAC News Flash! (P, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Slowburn (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Erotic (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Frankly Scarlet (P, $22.00) is cooler (85% similar). Milani Bronze Burst #3 (P, ) is more muted, warmer (85% similar). MAC Adobe Brick (LE, $22.00) is warmer (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Fira (P, $37.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). NARS Exhibit A (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Burnt Pepper (P, $22.00) is darker, more muted (80% similar). Milani Bronze Burst #4 (P, ) is more muted, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

It had good pigmentation, and finally, a shade that wasn’t terribly powdery. The consistency was still soft, smooth, and fairly blendable (but it takes some patience and a light touch to get even application). Crimson is quite pigmented with a soft shimmer to it that becomes more pronounced as you buff it into the skin. It wore well for eight hours on me.

FORMULA SUMMARY | NYX’s newest blush formula is supposed to be a “high definition, lightweight blush that blends evenly” that is “vibrant and silky.” The texture tended to be on the more powdery side, but it sits well and doesn’t look powdery applied. Many shades have a more luminous finish to them where the shimmer is fine enough to create a glow, rather than a frosted finish (though a couple are quite shimmery). The formula blends fairly easily on the skin and has medium, buildable coverage with some being very pigmented right off the bat. The wear time is between seven and eight hours.

NYX HD Blush Crimson
Crimson
Crimson
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total

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Tarte Tarteist Contour Palette

Tarte Tarteist Contour Palette
Tarte Tarteist Contour Palette

Tarte Tarteist Contour Palette ($45.00 for 0.87 oz.) includes two highlighters, a yellow correcting powder (which could be used as a highlighter, depending on your skin tone), two contour powders, and one blush. The quality is disappointing, depending on the shade, but the biggest downside is that it’s one-size-fits-all mentality. Obviously, this will flatter some and not work at all for others. I think the powders are a little on the chalky side, so I don’t know if they would work well on drier skin (I am normal right now, so I didn’t notice it overly much on my skin). The powders also seemed to have a little sweet smell, which was unusual.

Highlight (Tarteist) is a light, yellowed beige with warm undertones and a satin finish. It is a very subtle highlighter that gets more noticeable as it is buffed and blended into the skin, but it is never emphasizing or even shimmery enough to rise to the level of a moderate highlighter. The texture was smooth and silky without being powdery. It lasted for seven hours on me, but as a heads up, it looks chalky on my skin tone (medium). Chanel Jardin de Camelias (LE, $70.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). YSL Golden Contouring Highlight (P, ) is brighter (95% similar). Hourglass Brilliant Strobe Light (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Highlight (P, ) is less shimmery, brighter (90% similar). YSL Lumiere Divine (LE, ) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). NARS Paloma Highlight (P, ) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Kat Von D Lucid (P, ) is less shimmery, brighter (90% similar). YSL Rosy Contouring Highlight (P, ) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Laura Mercier Highlight 01 (P, $40.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Too Faced Light Cocoa (P, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Dior Cosmopolite (LE, $45.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Too Chic (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (P, $44.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Correct (Tarteist) is a pale, light-medium yellow with a matte finish. It is designed to correct, though I also think that yellow powders can be used as a “matte highlight” on yellower skin tones as well. The texture is quite powdery, and it was harder to blend out without losing all of the effect. It started to fade after seven hours on me. Dolce and Gabbana Eva (P, $51.00) is more muted (90% similar). LORAC Yellow Highlight (P, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). NYX Cream (P, $5.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Illamasqua Cirrus (P, ) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Contour Soft (Tarteist) is a light-medium brown with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff with a firmer consistency, so it wasn’t as powdery to work with and blended better without sheering out, though it doesn’t build up intensity either. The color wore well for seven hours. MAC Taupe (LE, $22.00) is cooler (95% similar). Zoeva Heavy Crown (P, ) is cooler (95% similar). NARS Talia (Contour) (P, ) is darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Terra (P, $68.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Crevasse (LE, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Light (P, $44.00) is lighter (90% similar). YSL Golden Contouring Contour (P, ) is cooler (85% similar). Kat Von D Shadowplay (P, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Zoeva Unfinished (P, ) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Bon Voyage (P, $8.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Skinny Dip (P, $8.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Matte Bronze (LE, $70.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Illamasqua Steal (P, ) is darker (80% similar). NARS Melina (Highlight) (P, ) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Tarte Shade (P, ) is darker, glossier (80% similar). Smashbox Bronze (P, ) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Contour Deep (Tarteist) is a medium-dark taupe brown with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation with a lightly dusty consistency. The color blended out fairly well and lasted for seven and a half hours. MAC Sepia (LE, $23.00) is darker, brighter, glossier (90% similar). LORAC Light Contour (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Medium (P, $44.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Smashbox Contour (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Subconscious (P, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Medium Cocoa (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). LORAC Medium Contour (P, ) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Medium (P, ) is glossier (85% similar). NYX Hollow (P, $5.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Accentuate (Tarteist) is a medium pink with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had medium, buildable coverage with a lightly dusty texture. This faded really fast on me–six hours of wear–and I wasn’t expecting that at all. Stila Dusty Rose (LE, ) is darker, brighter (95% similar). Chanel Innocence (160) (P, $45.00) is warmer (95% similar). Chanel Jardin de Chanel (LE, $55.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Overexposed (-, ) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Elevated (LE, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Amazed (LE, $28.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Celebrated (LE, $28.00) is lighter (85% similar). LORAC Underrated (LE, ) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Glow (Tarteist) is a light, ivory white with a pearly shimmer. It had semi-sheer coverage with a firmer consistency in the pan, which made getting product on a brush more challenging–I would recommend a flatter, denser brush to achieve visible coverage. This shade wore well for seven hours on me. Givenchy Moonlight Saison (P, $52.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Lumiere Sculptee de Chanel Highlighting Powder (LE, $72.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Chanel Delice (78) (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Cle de Peau Pastel (11) (P, $55.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). YSL Lumiere Divine (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Becca Pearl (P, $38.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Catrice Champagne Campaign (P, $5.99) is more shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Shimmer Highlight (P, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Hourglass Incandescent Strobe Light (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Fanny Pack (P, $8.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). NYX Ice Queen (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tarte Contour Palette Tarteist
Tarteist
Tarteist
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
80%
Total
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