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MAC Style Blush

MAC Style Blush
MAC Style Blush

MAC Style Blush ($17.00 for 0.21 oz. pan-only) is described as a “coral peach with gold pearl [with a Frost finish].” It’s a light-medium, orange-coral with warm undertones and a soft, golden shimmer. Too Faced Sweet Peach Blush (P, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Geek Romance (DC, $9.99) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). MAC Love & Laughter (LE, $22.00) is darker (95% similar). Chanel Infiniment Chanel (P, $70.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Sparkling Bellini (P, $30.00) is lighter (90% similar). NYX Menage a Trois (P, $15.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Just a Pinch (P, $27.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Love Lust (P, $60.00) is cooler (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Ecstasy (P, $40.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Siena (P, $58.00) is more muted (85% similar). Benefit Sugarbomb (P, $29.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Stereo Rose (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (80% similar). Estee Lauder Sensuous Rose (P, $34.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). Benefit Rockateur (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC’s Powder Blush formula is supposed to be easy to apply, long-wearing, and have “fantastic colour.” It’s hard to generalize for MAC’s blush formula, because it varies a lot from shade to shade, even within different types of finishes! Some of them are very good, others are so-so, and a few are complete misses. The more frosted/shimmery shades tend to have the softest and smoothest textures and are easier to apply and blend out on the skin, while more satin and matte shades can sometimes be powdery, firm, or stiff, which makes blending more challenging. The wear is typically between six and nine hours but closer to seven to eight hours on average. Style had really good, nearly opaque color coverage with a soft, blendable texture that wasn’t powdery nor was it stiff. On the skin, it has a gorgeous sheen that doesn’t emphasize pores. The color wore well for eight hours before fading slightly.

MAC Powder Blush Style
Style
Style
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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Tom Ford Plum Ombre Eye & Cheek Shadow

Tom Ford Plum Ombre Eye & Cheek Shadow
Tom Ford Plum Ombre Eye & Cheek Shadow

Tom Ford Plum Ombre Eye & Cheek Shadow ($65.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a light-medium, pinky-plum with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. Tarte Exposed (P, $28.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte Unearthed (LE, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Corol #2 (LE, $22.00)(90% similar). Tarte Royal (LE, $28.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Surratt Beauty La Vie En Rose (P, $32.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Contour (Softcore) (LE, $60.00) is more shimmery, darker, brighter (85% similar). MAC Animal Instincts (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Tarte Seduce (P, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). bareMinerals The Indecent Proposal (P, $22.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sadly, if you thought yesterday’s review of Pink Ombre was dismal, I fear today’s is even worse. In an attempt to swatch the lighter side of the powder, there’s almost no product transference onto my skin; I can see a very, very slight change in the “finish” of the area where I attempted to swatch the product. I had to use a metal spatula to scrape off layers of product–essentially converting it into a loose powder–in order to get coverage or any use out of it. The included applicator is worthless and doesn’t apply any color at all (though the bristles were tinted by the product, but the powder never left the bristles!). This powder had one of the stiffest textures I’ve encountered; it is pressed so firmly into the pan that it is difficult to get any color payoff, and it makes it challenging to apply to the skin as it doesn’t blend out well and require layer upon layer of dismal color to achieve noticeable coverage at all. On cheeks, the color lasted for six hours, and on eyes, five hours.

Tom Ford Beauty Eye and Cheek Shadow Plum Ombre
Plum Ombre
Plum Ombre
0
Product
1.5
Pigmentation
1
Texture
5
Longevity
1
Application
19%
Total

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Tom Ford Pink Ombre Eye & Cheek Shadow

Tom Ford Pink Ombre Eye & Cheek Shadow
Tom Ford Pink Ombre Eye & Cheek Shadow

Tom Ford Pink Ombre Eye & Cheek Shadow ($65.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a light-medium, cotton candy pink with strong, cool blue undertones and a matte finish. There is an ombre-effect of it going from light-medium pink to medium pink. Urban Decay Going Native (Blush) (P, ) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay X-Rated (P, $26.00) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Thumper (P, $8.00) is darker, more pigmented, better quality (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Nude Pink (P, $26.00) is darker, better quality (95% similar). Colour Pop Mochi (DC, $8.00) is more shimmery, more pigmented, better quality (95% similar). Too Faced Skyline (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Anastasia Sugar (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Hard Being the It Girl #1 (LE, $2.29) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Dream (LE, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Pixie Pink (P, $6.99) is brighter, cooler, better quality (90% similar). NARS Power Play (LE, $30.00) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Native Blush (-, ) is warmer, better quality (90% similar). MAC Pink Swoon (P, $22.00) is brighter, cooler (90% similar). NYX Flamingo (P, $5.00) is brighter, more pigmented, better quality (90% similar). Makeup Geek Valentine (P, $10.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Make Up For Ever M856 Fresh Pink (P, $21.00) is darker, more pigmented, warmer (85% similar). MAC Peony Petal (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Milani Delizioso Pink (10) (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, darker, more pigmented (85% similar). LORAC Orchid (LE, $19.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). KIKO 110 Bright Pink (P, $12.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

I wish I could adequately convey what an utter disappointment this product was. Long-time readers will know that I have a deep love for Tom Ford’s Cheek Colors, and this product is nothing like that; not in a single aspect, and it is one of the worst Tom Ford products I have ever tested myself. The texture was stiff, firmly packed into the pan and yielded little to no color coverage. I had to scrape off layers to be able to provide you with a semblance of color for the swatch. They might advocate using their “specially designed applicator,” but it is useless–it doesn’t improve results one bit–and gathers color on the bristles but translates almost none onto the skin. The product is difficult to blend as it doesn’t apply evenly, and there is little color to work with. It took five layers to build-up enough color to have it photograph. It was noticeably faded after seven hours of wear on cheeks. On eyes, the color had faded after five hours of wear.

Tom Ford Beauty Eye and Cheek Shadow Pink Ombre
Pink Ombre
Pink Ombre
2
Product
2
Pigmentation
2.5
Texture
6
Longevity
1.5
Application
31%
Total

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Anastasia Peach Nectar Illuminator

Anastasia Peach Nectar Illuminator
Anastasia Peach Nectar Illuminator

Anastasia Peach Nectar Illuminator ($28.00 for 0.32 oz.) is described as a “warm, rose gold.” It’s a brightened, medium orange with lighter gold and pink shimmer paired with a frosted finish. MAC Cheeky Bronze (P, $33.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). NARS Luster (P, $30.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Perfectly Poised (Outer) (LE, $33.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Surratt Beauty Angelique (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Most Necessary (P, $8.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Center of the Universe (LE, $33.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). bareMinerals The Many Splendors #3 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Gold Deposit (P, $33.00) is darker (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Medium/Dark Glow (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Too Faced Luminous Peach (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). NARS Frenzy (Right) (P, ) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Becca Blushed Copper (LE, $38.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Just in time for fall, Anastasia has a powder highlighter available in four shades (I will review all of them). The formula is supposed to “impart a lit-from-within glow,” and they are a pressed, powder highlighter that is similar to products like MAC In Extra Dimension, NARS Dual Intensity Blush, Estee Lauder Gelee, and so forth. Peach Nectar had intense color payoff where a little went a long way. This was the only one of the four that I felt like emphasized pores ever-so-slightly on my skin, particularly after a few hours of wear. The texture was finely-milled, smooth, and blendable on the skin, and I had no trouble applying it or getting color out of the pan. On me, the highlighter (well, highlightling blush on me) wore well for eight hours before fading.

Anastasia Illuminator Peach Nectar
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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Anastasia Riviera Illuminator

Anastasia Riviera Illuminator
Anastasia Riviera Illuminator

Anastasia Riviera Illuminator ($28.00 for 0.32 oz.) is described as a “sun-kissed coppery hue.” It’s a medium-dark, taupe brown with warm, rosy undertones and a metallic sheen. Tom Ford Beauty Moodlight (Candlelight) (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Nude Glow (LE, $46.00) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop The Golden Child (LE, $8.00) is warmer (85% similar). Estee Lauder Modern Mercury (LE, $65.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Anastasia Tourmaline (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Pink Quartz (P, $46.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Superb (P, $33.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Just in time for fall, Anastasia has a powder highlighter available in four shades (I will review all of them). The formula is supposed to “impart a lit-from-within glow,” and they are a pressed, powder highlighter that is similar to products like MAC In Extra Dimension, NARS Dual Intensity Blush, Estee Lauder Gelee, and so forth. Riviera was richly pigmented, and it could easily be applied as full intensity or sheered out for less color coverage, though the finish was pretty shiny. It stopped just short of emphasizing pores on my skin, but it you are more conscious of your pores, you may want to see if you can try it before you buy it. The texture was smooth, soft, and finely-milled and just blended beautifully over the skin. This shade lasted for eight and a half hours on me before fading.

Anastasia Illuminator Riviera
Riviera
Riviera
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

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MAC A Little Lusty Blush

MAC A Little Lusty Blush
MAC A Little Lusty Blush

MAC A Little Lusty Blush ($22.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as an “intense red berry.” It’s a medium-dark red with warm undertones and a satin finish. MAC Hidden Treasure (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar). NARS Vengeful (Right) (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Taraji Glow (LE, $33.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Soulshine #3 (LE, $30.00) is lighter (90% similar). Clinique Cola Pop (P, $21.00) is brighter (90% similar). MAC Burnt Pepper (P, $22.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). NARS Taos (P, $30.00) is warmer (90% similar). Bite Beauty Almond (P, $24.00) is more muted, warmer (85% similar). Chanel Rouge Profond (320) (P, $45.00) is less shimmery (85% similar). LORAC Infrared (P, $23.00) is cooler (85% similar). Estee Lauder Poppy Passion (P, $34.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

It’s a new, limited edition blush in the MAC MACnificent collection, which launches at counters and stores on October 1st. It had good color payoff, and it is very pigmented–it is more pigmented in practice than it appears swatched, even. I felt like a little went a long way, and I had to be careful not to get too much on the brush to avoid over-applying! I would recommend a feathery brush and/or a fan brush if you prefer subtler coverage. The texture was a little dry, almost powdery but not the so-silky-it’s-powdery texture, but I was surprised that it blended quite nicely on the skin with just a brush (but no tricks!). The finish has a slight sheen to it, which gives it a natural look on the skin but isn’t overtly shimmery. On me, the blush lasted for eight and a half hours.

MAC Powder Blush A Little Lusty
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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