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The Estee Edit First Lover (01) The Barest Blush

The Estee Edit First Lover (01) The Barest Blush
The Estee Edit First Lover (01) The Barest Blush

The Estee Edit First Lover (01) The Barest Blush ($28.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a muted, medium rosy brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. By Terry Tropical Sunset #6 (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Chanel Jersey (80) (P, $45.00) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Makeup Geek Infatuation (P, $10.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Infatuation (P, $9.99) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Coppertone (P, $23.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Cantaloupe (P, $23.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS Gina (P, $30.00) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Mademoiselle (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). By Terry Savannah Love #5 (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Satisfy (P, $26.00) is lighter (85% similar). Zoeva Burning Up (P, $11.80) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). Surratt Beauty Chaleur (P, $32.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Milani Bronze Burst #2 (P, ) is cooler (85% similar). Surratt Beauty La Rosée du Soir (P, $32.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Bad Girl Gone Good (LE, $23.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). LORAC Ray (LE, ) is cooler (80% similar). Make Up For Ever S400 (P, $23.00) 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. Onto the product, though, things got better as it was soft, silky, and smooth while remaining blendable on the skin and had more of a “natural matte” finish that didn’t read flat on the skin. The blush had semi-opaque, buildable coverage that could be applied with a lighter hand for sheerer coverage or layered once or twice for true-to-pan color. It lasted for eight hours on me before starting to fade.

The Estee Edit The Barest Blush First Lover (01)
A-

Permanent

8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Summer Glow Multi-Palette

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Summer Glow Multi-Palette
Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Summer Glow Multi-Palette

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Summer Glow Multi-Cheek Palette (2016) ($50.00 for 0.40 oz.) includes a highlighter, blush, and contour powder. There is little said about the formula or actual products at all, so I’m rating these as an average product of the type. The highlighter seems to be in the spirit of the brand’s Gelee formula, but the others, while similarly patterned, feel more like traditional powder products. The palette, on the whole, was disappointing and pretty dupable at that.

Bronze Goddess Highlighter is a soft beige with warm, golden undertones and a luminous sheen. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque coverage with a soft, blendable texture that wasn’t too firm or too powdery in the pan. The powder highlighted the skin without emphasizing pores. On me, it wore for seven and a half hours before fading. Hourglass Iridescent Strobe Light (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Sparkling Rose (LE, $26.00) is darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Highlighter (Softcore) (LE, $60.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Coups de Minuit (12) (LE, $45.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Soft & Gentle (P, $33.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). bareMinerals The Brilliant Sunset (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Luminous (P, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Bronze Goddess Blush is a medium, rosy pink with warm undertones and a fine, golden shimmer-sheen finish. It had semi-opaque coverage with a slightly drier texture that was somewhat stiff in the pan. I couldn’t really build-up the color much beyond what you see in the swatch, no matter how many layers. It was fairly blendable but could have been easier to work with. It lasted for seven hours on me. Milani Pink Play (P, $13.00) is warmer (95% similar). Laura Geller Rosewater (P, $26.00) is darker, more pigmented (95% similar). Becca Camellia (P, $34.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Blush (Original) (LE, ) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). NARS Give In Take Blush III (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). MAC At Dusk (LE, $27.00) is more muted (90% similar). Ciate Baby Doll (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). NARS 413 BLKR (Blush) (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker, brighter (90% similar). Benefit Bella Bamba (DC, $29.00) is darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Bicoastal (Bottom) (LE, ) is darker (85% similar). Guerlain Smile (Right) (LE, $52.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). NARS Motu Tane (LE, $39.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Tarina Tarantino Parasol (P, $25.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Maui (P, $38.00) is brighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Boba (DC, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Bronze Goddess Contour is a medium orange with hints of brown and a satin finish. It had semi-opaque coverage and also had a firmer press to the pan like the blush (the highlighter is the easiest and most finely-milled powder of the three). It’s apparent that Estee Lauder has joined the bronzer = contour train, because this is an unlikely contour for many skin tones and looks more like a lighter version of most bronzers. It blends out decently and the finish is nice–a natural sheen that doesn’t emphasize pores or look overtly shimmery. It wore for seven and a half hours. Zoeva ND020 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). By Terry Savannah Love #2 (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar). Guerlain Terre d'Ete (LE, $78.00) is darker, brighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Carry-On (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Aphrodite's Shell (LE, $33.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #25I (P, $36.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Delphic (LE, $33.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). By Terry Tropical Sunset #4 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Suqqu Hanachaori (02) (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Lo-Fi (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Sunny Side (LE, $33.00) is lighter (85% similar). Sephora Fiji (25) (P, $14.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Paradise Cove (P, $8.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Estee Lauder Summer Glow Multi-Palette Bronze Goddess
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Zoeva Nude Spectrum Blush Palette

Zoeva Nude Spectrum Blush Palette
Zoeva Nude Spectrum Blush Palette

Zoeva Nude Spectrum Blush Palette ($20.00 for 0.52 oz.) includes four shades of blush that range from beige to brown. The blush formula is supposed to have a “velvety smooth” texture with “seamless color.” I liked the palette overall, though the formula could be a little smoother and more blendable on a couple of shades. The wear was a bit below average to average at seven to eight hours.

ND010 is a muted, light-medium rosy beige with a fine dusting of gold that gives it a satin finish. It had semi-opaque coverage with a smooth, silky consistency that blended out fairly well and lasted for seven and a half hours. LORAC Lost Soul (LE, $23.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Tarte Breathless (LE, $28.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Shy One (LE, $23.00) is lighter (95% similar). By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #5 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Nude Pink (LE, $35.50) is lighter (90% similar). Bite Beauty Blondie (P, $24.00) is glossier (90% similar). Hourglass Dim Infusion (P, $35.00) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). bareMinerals The Close Call (P, $22.00) is darker (85% similar). By Terry Savannah Love #4 (LE, ) is lighter (85% similar). By Terry Tropical Sunset #5 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

ND020 is a muted, medium brown with warm, yellow undertones and a satin sheen. It had so-so color payoff with a thin, lightly dusty consistency that could have been more pigmented and smoother. This shade lasted for seven hours on me before fading. Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Contour (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Tarte Social Butterfly (LE, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze (Original) (P, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). bareMinerals Warmth (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Skinny Dip (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Lo-Fi (LE, $26.00) is darker (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Desert Days (P, $48.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Becca Wild Honey (P, $32.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Aphrodite's Shell (LE, $33.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). bareMinerals The High Dive (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Sunny Side (LE, $33.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar). Benefit Hoola (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

ND030 is a medium-dark, bronzy brown with a soft, pearly sheen. It had good color payoff with a smooth, silky texture that sat well on the skin and didn’t emphasize pores. I wish it blended a little more easily, though. On me, it started to fade after eight hours of wear. bareMinerals The High Dive (P, $24.00) is lighter (90% similar). KIKO 100 Cookie (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Gold Dust (P, $68.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Poolside (P, $8.00) is darker (90% similar). Becca Wild Honey (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC I'll Hold My Breath #1 (LE, ) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Hourglass Brilliant Nude (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Bronze Me (LE, $8.00) is darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Paranoid (P, $26.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (85% similar). Stila Sending My Love Bronzer (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

ND040 is a muted, medium brown with hints of rose and a mostly matte finish. The pigmentation was opaque but easily sheered out or built-up in layers, if you prefer different levels of coverage. The texture was soft, smooth, and silky, while the blush remained blendable on the skin. I noticed slight fading after seven and a half hours of wear. Urban Decay Jawbone (LE, $26.00) is warmer (95% similar). Anastasia Blank (P, ) is darker, cooler (85% similar). LORAC Ray (LE, ) is cooler (85% similar). MAC Harmony (P, $23.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Benefit Hoola (P, $29.00) is warmer (85% similar). Surratt Beauty La Rosée du Soir (P, $32.00) is lighter (80% similar). MAC Scone (LE, $27.00) is warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Zoeva Spectrum Blush Palette Nude Spectrum
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total
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ND010

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ND020

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ND030

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ND040

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LORAC Vivid Color Source Buildable Blush

LORAC Vivid Color Source Buildable Blush
LORAC Vivid Color Source Buildable Blush

LORAC Vivid Color Source Buildable Blush ($22.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a brighter, light-medum cotton candy pink with cooler undertones and a moderate shimmer. It’s hard to say that it’s a pearl finish, as it has more noticeable shimmer than that, but it’s not quite frosted either!

The Color Source Buildable Blush formula is supposed to offer–you guessed it–buildable color coverage with a “silky-smooth” consistency available in matte and satin finishes. This was the most pigmented of the three I tried–more medium coverage to opaque coverage, but the blendable, thinner texture was easy to apply less of or diffuse for sheerer color, if desired. The more shimmery finish on this one imparted a healthy glow to the skin that didn’t read as frosted or metallic, and it didn’t emphasize pores. The texture was a little drier and more powdery, but it didn’t seem to impede the application (I wouldn’t have really noticed it if I hadn’t swatched first). The color lasted for seven and a half hours on my skin when I tested it.

LORAC Color Source Buildable Blush Vivid
Vivid
Vivid
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total

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Zoeva Burning Up Luxe Color Blush

Zoeva Burning Up Luxe Color Blush
Zoeva Burning Up Luxe Color Blush

Zoeva Burning Up Luxe Color Blush ($9.50 for 0.28 oz.) is a muted, medium peachy-brown with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. Makeup Geek Infatuation (P, $10.00) is warmer (95% similar). Chanel Destiny (61) (DC, $38.00) is darker, warmer, glossier (90% similar). MAC Bad Girl Gone Good (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Cantaloupe (P, $23.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Coppertone (P, $23.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Makeup Geek Infatuation (P, $9.99) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Gina (P, $30.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Jersey (80) (P, $45.00) is cooler (90% similar). Sephora Passionate (23) (P, $14.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). The Estee Edit First Lover (01) (P, $28.00) is more muted, cooler (85% similar). Illamasqua Expose (P, $26.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar). MAC Pleasure Model (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Satisfy (P, $26.00) is 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.” The texture is incredibly smooth with just the right firmness of press–not stiff but not powdery or dusty–and finely-milled. It blends out beautifully on the skin with a natural finish that’s not overtly shimmery but doesn’t look flat on the skin. It was nicely pigmented, while it was still easy to diffuse for sheerer coverage, if that’s your preference (or you over-apply). On me, the color lasted well for seven and a half hours before fading noticeably. I was impressed by this one that it definitely made me want to get the other shades in the range next time I buy from Zoeva (I bought three of the six shades–two more to be reviewed!).

Zoeva Luxe Color Blush Burning Up
Burning Up
Burning Up
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

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LORAC Chroma Color Source Buildable Blush

LORAC Chroma Color Source Buildable Blush
LORAC Chroma Color Source Buildable Blush

LORAC Chroma Color Source Buildable Blush ($22.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark plum with cool undertones and a matte finish. Viseart Violet #2 (P, ) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay NOHO (LE, $26.00) is darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Thames (LE, $8.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop New Lowes (LE, $8.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Sesso (Blush) (P, ) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). NARS Chic (LE, $30.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay TMI (P, $26.00) is warmer (90% similar). Smashbox Bitten (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Embraced (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Easy (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Laura Geller Plumberry (P, $26.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar). KIKO 112 Light Plum (P, $12.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). NARS Ferocious (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Makeup Geek Soulmate (P, $10.00) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). MAC Fever (P, $23.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Color Source Buildable Blush formula is supposed to offer–you guessed it–buildable color coverage with a “silky-smooth” consistency available in matte and satin finishes. It had buildable coverage from semi-sheer to mostly opaque (one to three layers, respectively) that was easily blended and diffused on the skin with little effort. The powder’s texture was silky-smooth, thinner but not dusty or powdery. This shade wore well for eight hours on me before fading slightly.

LORAC Color Source Buildable Blush Chroma
Chroma
Chroma
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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