Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Chanel Innocence (160) Joues Contraste Powder Blush
Chanel Innocence (160) Joues Contraste Powder Blush

Chanel Innocence (160) Joues Contraste Powder Blush ($45.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as “rosewood.” It’s a muted, medium pink with subtle warm, yellow undertones and a semi-matte finish. Makeup Geek Spell Bound (P, $9.99) is lighter, more shimmery. MAC Cheeky Bugger (LE, $21.00) is a touch lighter. Hourglass Radiant Magenta (P, $35.00) is warmer. NARS Love (LE, $29.00) is darker. Urban Decay Overexposed (LE) is a touch lighter. MAC Royal Sunset (LE, $21.00) is warmer, lighter. NYX Peach (P, $5.00) is brighter. NYX Mauve (P, $5.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

I was surprised to find the texture of the blush to be incredibly thin and somewhat stiff. It’s quite sheer and really requires three to four layers to get visible, more true-to-pan color on the skin (both in the swatch and applied to cheeks). Normally, Chanel’s blushes are very soft and silky, sometimes bordering on powdery, but this one was thinner and drier. It didn’t feel genuinely stiff, yet little color was coming off of the pan when I was trying to apply it with a blush brush. Even the process of blending the color was challenging, as the color didn’t blend easily, so it had a tendency to look uneven and splotchy. The color lasted for seven hours on me before turning patchy and faded.

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6/10

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6/10

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6/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

3.5/5

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Monday, June 16th, 2014

Makeup Geek Bliss Blush
Makeup Geek Bliss Blush

Makeup Geek Bliss Blush ($9.99 for 0.15 oz. pan; $12.99 for 0.15 oz. compact) is described as a “light tan, light salmon.” It’s a light-medium, peachy coral with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. MAC Corol #1 (LE, $21.00) is lighter. Make Up For Ever #225 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is a cream product. Make Up For Ever #215 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is pinker, cream. Hourglass Diffused Heat (P, $35.00) is pinker. bareMinerals Swoon (LE, $19.00) is pinker. MAC Immortal Flower (LE, $21.00) is a smidgen lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The texture of the blush was incredibly soft, smooth, and lightly buttery. I’ve been most impressed by the consistency of the Makeup Geek blush formula, because it is silky and finely-milled but doesn’t turn powdery. There’s such a fine line between soft and powdery, but they get it right with Bliss. It had good color payoff that was buildable and blendable, so you can get nearly true-to-pan intensity or a sheer wash of color if desired. This shade wore well for almost nine hours on me before starting to show signs of fading along the edges.

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Bliss

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

5/5

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Sunday, June 15th, 2014

Makeup Geek Secret Admirer Blush
Makeup Geek Secret Admirer Blush

Makeup Geek Secret Admirer Blush ($9.99 for 0.15 oz. pan; $12.99 for 0.15 oz. compact) is described as a “light orchid purple.” It’s a brightened, light-medium, pink-lavender with cool, blue undertones and a satin-matte finish. Milani Delizioso Pink (10) (P, $7.99) is darker, less lavender. NARS Mistinguette (LE, $29.00) is lighter, pinker. Urban Decay Quickie (LE) is darker, less lavender. NARS Gaiety (P, $29.00) is more matte. MAC Unconventional (LE, $21.00) is lighter, more shimmery. MAC Peony Petal (P, $21.00) is darker, brighter, more matte. MAC I’m the One (LE, $21.00) is darker, pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This is one of the more unique shades in the Makeup Geek blush range. It’s a color that is often a limited edition release, so it’s nice to have a permanent, budget-friendly option. It had excellent pigmentation, and the color is easily blended on the skin, so you can adjust the intensity as desired, whether you want true-to-pan richness or a soft, sheer wash of color. The finish seems matte, but it gets slightly luminous as it is blended and worked into the skin, which looks natural (rather than flat) but not shimmery. The texture was incredibly soft and finely-milled with a buttery, dense feeling that never turned powdery. When I wore this shade, the color stayed on well for eight hours before there were signs of fading.

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Secret Admirer

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10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Saturday, June 14th, 2014

Makeup Geek First Love Blush
Makeup Geek First Love Blush

Makeup Geek First Love Blush ($9.99 for 0.15 oz. pan; $12.99 for 0.15 oz. compact) is described as a “soft pale ballerina pink.” It’s a light, cool-toned pink with a soft shimmer. Surratt Beauty Guimauve (P, $32.00) is darker, more shimmery. Dior Rose (001) (LE, $56.00) is darker, warmer. Hourglass Ethereal Glow (P, $35.00) is similar in color but applies with more translucency. NARS Sex Fantasy (LE, $29.00) is brighter, darker, more matte. NARS Mistinguette (LE, $29.00) is darker, brighter. MAC Unconventional (LE, $21.00) is cooler-toned, more lavender. MAC Pink Buttercream (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery. MAC Lazy Sunday (LE, $20.00) is a cream product. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It had good color payoff, and the texture was very soft, finely-milled, and smooth, though this shade was just slightly powdery. It had a soft sheen when applied and blended on the skin that became more and more luminous the more it was worked into the skin, but it never emphasized pores. I can see this particular shade flattering very fair, cooler-toned skin, whereas on my medium complexion, it might work if used lightly and paired with really dark, smoky eyes. It can also be dusted on as more of a light highlighter without lightening the skin too much. On me, this blush lasted for eight hours before starting to fade.

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First Love

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9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Saturday, June 14th, 2014

Becca Guava Beach Tint
Becca Guava Beach Tint

Becca Guava Beach Tint ($25.00 for 0.24 oz.) is described as a “bright coral pink.” It’s a muted, medium pink-coral with warm undertones and a natural finish on cheeks, near-matte finish on lips. Urban Decay Streak Blush (P) is a powder. MAC Sea Me, Hear Me (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery, warmer, powder. MAC Hi Jinks! (LE, $20.00) is pinker. NYX Apricot (P, $5.00) is a powder. Tom Ford Beauty Unabashed Blush (LE, $55.00) is more shimmery, lighter, powder. Milani Coral Cove (05) (LE, $7.99) is more matte, brighter, powder. Make Up For Ever #410 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is slightly warmer. Clinique Ginger Pop (01) (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, powder. Chanel Intonation (69) (LE, $38.00) is brighter. Illamasqua Sleek (P, $26.00) is brighter, warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Becca’s Beach Tint formula has been around for awhile, but when the Souffles came out, I thought now might be a nice time to check out one of the individual components behind the Souffles. It’s supposed to be a stain for lips and cheeks that gives a “natural wash of color.” It’s described as “water-resistant,” “oil-free,” and “streak-free.” The consistency is thin, almost watery, and the formula separates within the tube, so that can be annoying. If you turn it upside down and leave it that way for a bit, it usually helps to mix the product. It also has a sweet, tropical fruit scent–the scent is a bit over-the-top and reads a little syrupy, but once it really dries down, I don’t notice it whether it’s on cheeks or lips.

Unsurprisingly, it’s a formula that performs better as a cheek stain than as a lip stain. It’s clingy and looks drier on the lips, so the lips look worse-off than they would bare, and it has a tackiness to it despite being very thin–press your lips together, and they slowly peel away from each other. It was slightly drying, though it wasn’t as drying as I anticipated, given the way it felt on It was fairly blendable on cheeks, and it has more buildable color, too, so if you have a medium or darker complexion, you can still get visible color on your skin that still has that stained finish. It takes about two minutes for it to dry down, and there’s a very, very slight tackiness to it after that. On lips, it has a mostly matte finish, but on cheeks, there’s a slightly more luminous sheen. It leaves sheer color, just as promised, on cheeks and lips, which lasts seven hours on my cheeks, four hours on my lips.

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Guava

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8/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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Friday, June 13th, 2014

Makeup Geek Love Affair Blush
Makeup Geek Love Affair Blush

Makeup Geek Love Affair Blush ($9.99 for 0.15 oz. in pan form; $12.99 for compact) is a medium-dark, pink-coral with warm undertones and a satin finish. IT Cosmetics Pretty in Peony (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, warmer. Milani Lady Rouge (06) (LE, $7.99) is more matte, brighter. Guerlain Madame Rougit (LE, $67.00) is lighter. MAC Simmer (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery, warmer. NYX Pinched (P, $5.00) is warmer. NARS Amour (P, $29.00) is more muted, warmer. MAC Mocha (P, $21.00) is darker, more muted. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It had excellent color payoff, both true to pan and quite pigmented. The texture was soft, finely-milled, and almost buttery, which made the blush easy to apply and soften and blend on the skin without it turning splotchy. The finish is luminous without emphasizing pores–more of a light glow than anything shimmery or frosty. This shade lasted for nine hours on me before starting to show signs of fading.

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Love Afair

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

5/5

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