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MAC Azalea Blush

MAC Azalea Blush
MAC Azalea Blush

MAC Azalea Blush ($17.00 for 0.21 oz. pan-only) is described as a “bright iridescent blue pink.” It’s a bold, brightened, medium-dark fuchsia pink with cool violet pearl that gives it a luminous finish. MAC Full Fuchsia (P, $23.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Pegacorn (DC, $8.00) is less shimmery, more muted (95% similar). Colour Pop Pie (DC, $8.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS Coeur Battant (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop More, Please (LE, $8.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Jilted (P, ) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Narcissist (LE, $60.00) is warmer (80% similar). MAC Rhubarb (P, $23.00) 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. Azalea is intensely pigmented with a soft, finely-milled texture that is easily blended on the skin and can be sheered out if desired. You’ll want to use a feathery brush or a very light hand if you prefer light coverage, but it’s certainly doable–it does lend itself more towards a very pigmented initial application. On me, the color lasted for nine hours with minimal fading.

MAC Powder Blush Azalea
Azalea
Azalea
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

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Sephora Flirt It Up (06) Colorful Blush

Sephora Flirt It Up (06) Colorful Blush
Sephora Flirt It Up (06) Colorful Blush

Sephora Flirt It Up (06) Colorful Blush ($15.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a brightened, medium pink-coral with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. NYX Peach (P, $5.00) is cooler (95% similar). Tarte Deco (LE, $28.00) is more muted, cooler (95% similar). NARS Peep Show (LE, $30.00) is darker, brighter (95% similar). Tarte Smashing (LE, $28.00) is more muted, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Paradise Lust (Bottom) (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Fearless (P, $28.00) is cooler (90% similar). Too Faced How Deep is Your Love? (P, $26.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Too Faced Melt Into Spring (LE, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Technicolor (P, $23.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Coral Flower (P, $49.00) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Vibration (270) (P, $45.00) is darker (90% similar). Anastasia Scorching (P, ) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Crave (LE, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Hipness (LE, $23.00) is more muted, warmer (90% similar). Guerlain Ors et Merveilles #7 (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte True Love (P, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Live (LE, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). NYX Pinched (P, $5.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Sweet Sweet Fantasy (LE, $24.00) is warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Your Love is King (P, $26.00) is darker (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Colorful Blush formula is supposed to be long-wearing, buildable, and have a lightweight texture. My experience with the formula has shown that they’re soft, lightly powdery at times (some are worse than others) with semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage that blends fairly well and lasts seven to eight hours. There is some variance between shades, but there are some gems in the range. Flirt It Up had semi-sheer to semi-opaque pigmentation with a soft, silky texture that was just a smidgen powdery. It’s one of the brighter shades I’ve tried from the range, but it was still fairly blendable on the skin and diffused without a lot of work. The color lasted for seven and a half hours on me before fading.

Sephora Colorful Blush Flirt It Up (06)
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total

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ColourPop Cruel Intentions, Never Been Kissed, Girl Power Super Shock Cheeks

ColourPop Cruel Intentions Super Shock Cheek
ColourPop Cruel Intentions Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Cruel Intentions Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “warm rose.” It’s a lightly brightened, medium pink with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had buildable coverage, and it applied with the most pigmentation with fingertips (exactly as described), but I had no problems using a stippling brush and using two layers for color. The texture was lightweight and blended out easily, more like a powder in that respect, and it wore for nine and a half hours on me. Tarte Irreplaceable (LE, $28.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Genius (LE, $28.00) is glossier (95% similar). Tarte Ironic (LE, $28.00) is darker (95% similar). NARS Angel Pride IV (LE, $30.00) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Your Love is King (P, $26.00) is brighter (90% similar). Tarte Fetching (LE, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #310 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is darker, warmer, glossier (90% similar). Tarte Does This Thing Really Work? (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). By Terry Savannah Love #3 (LE, ) is darker, brighter, less pigmented (90% similar). Chanel Crescendo (250) (LE, $45.00) is lighter (90% similar). NYX Peach (P, $5.00) is brighter (90% similar). Tarte Warmhearted (LE, $28.00) is brighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Wicked (P, $60.00) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Love Affair (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, darker, brighter (90% similar). Chanel Rosewood (350) (P, $45.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Hipness (LE, $23.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). NARS Out There (LE, $30.00) is warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Early Bird (DC, $8.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Exhibitionist (LE, ) is lighter (85% similar). NARS Love (LE, $30.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Never Been Kissed Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “dusty coral.” It’s a muted, medium coral with a hint of pink and warm undertones paired with a matte finish. The texture was smooth, blendable, and felt like a powder as soon as it hit the skin. The color payoff was buildable, just as described by the brand, and you’ll get the most opaque coverage with fingertips while brushes will yield less coverage, but the payoff is buildable in two to three layers. This shade wore for nine hours before fading on me. NARS Savage (LE, $30.00) is cooler (95% similar). Clinique Ginger Pop (01) (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Milani Coral Cove (05) (P, $8.99) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Chanel Duo N. 02 (Bottom) (LE, ) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Edward Bess Secret Affair (P, $43.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Chanel Malice (71) (P, $45.00) is more shimmery, more muted (90% similar). Illamasqua Dixie (P, $26.00) is cooler (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Brillante Idée (P, $32.00) is brighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Ex (LE, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). Viseart Orange #3 (P, ) is brighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #410 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is glossier (90% similar). MAC Autoerotique (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Smashbox Geranium (LE, ) is darker, more muted, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Intonation (69) (DC, $38.00) is cooler (90% similar). KIKO 107 Tomato (P, $12.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia Desert (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Pampered (LE, $28.00) is lighter (85% similar). Guerlain Ors et Merveilles #7 (LE, ) is lighter (85% similar). Illamasqua Sleek (P, $26.00) is more muted (85% similar). Kat Von D Sid (Shade) (P, ) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Girl Power Super Shock Pressed Pigments ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “bright red orange.” It’s an intense, medium-dark orange with warm red undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had good pigmentation with a smooth, blendable texture. It is a Pressed Pigment, and they are “not intended for use in the immediate eye area.” I’ve tested and used it as a blush, where it performed well–it blended out without issue and lasted for nine and a half hours. Sephora Oh My Gosh (10) (P, $14.00) is darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Tonic (P, $8.00) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Squint (LE, $5.00) is brighter (95% similar). NYX Cinnamon (P, $5.00) is less pigmented (95% similar). theBalm Swiss Dot (P, $22.00) is more muted (90% similar). NARS Rotonde (LE, $41.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Optimistic Orange (LE, $21.00) is glossier (90% similar). Maybelline Coral Burst (LE, $5.99) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Bang (P, $26.00) is darker (95% similar). Make Up For Ever #515 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is warmer, glossier (85% similar). NARS Exhibit A (P, $30.00) is cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Get Leid (P, $8.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

All three shades are limited edition and will launch on August 27th with ColorPop’s fall collection.

Colour Pop Super Shock Cheek Cruel Intentions
A

Limited Edition

9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total
Colour Pop Super Shock Cheek Never Been Kissed
A

Limited Edition

9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total
Colour Pop Super Shock Pressed Pigments Girl Power
Girl Power
Girl Power
A-

Limited Edition

9
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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Sephora Jubilant (21) Colorful Highlighter

Sephora Jubilant (21) Colorful Blush
Sephora Jubilant (21) Colorful Blush

Sephora Jubilant (21) Colorful Blush ($15.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a brightened, light-medium yellow gold with warm, orange undertones and a frosted sheen. Wet 'n' Wild Golden Flower Crown (P, $4.99) is more shimmery (95% similar). NARS Hot Sand (P, $30.00) is lighter (90% similar). Guerlain Terracotta Sun in the City Illuminating Powder (LE, $70.00) is darker (90% similar). Milani Bronze Burst #1 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pieno Sole (LE, $68.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Laura Geller Gilded Honey (P, $26.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Oh, Darling! (P, $33.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Dior Glowing Nude (002) (LE, $58.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Warm Glow (Right) (P, ) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). L'Oreal Golden (P, $12.99) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). bareMinerals The Shining Moment (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Cle de Peau Sand Beige (13) (P, $55.00) is less shimmery, darker, less pigmented (90% similar). NYX Narcissistic (P, $9.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Electric Slide (DC, $8.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Becca Champagne Pop (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Anastasia So Hollywood (P, $28.00) is cooler (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Coup de Genie (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Whisper of Gilt (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Colorful Blush formula is supposed to be long-wearing, buildable, and have a lightweight texture. My experience with the formula has shown that they’re soft, lightly powdery at times (some are worse than others) with semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage that blends fairly well and lasts seven to eight hours. There is some variance between shades, but there are some gems in the range. Jubilant had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color payoff that illuminated the skin with a luminous sheen that didn’t emphasize the skin’s natural texture or enlarge pores. For farier skin tones, this may work as a blushing highlighter, while darker skin tones may see more highlighting and light brightening. The powder had a smooth, soft-to-the-touch consistency that didn’t run powdery or dry, so it was nicely balanced and blended out beautifully. When I tested it for longevity, the blush/highlighter lasted for eight hours on me.

Sephora Colorful Blush Jubilant (21)
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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Becca Backlight Primer Filter

Becca Backlight Primer Filter
Becca Backlight Primer Filter

Becca Backlight Primer Filter ($38.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is supposed to be a “makeup primer to help blur imperfections and impart a radiant glow.” It’s a sheer, golden beige with a luminous sheen and fine pearl. Burberry Nude Radiance No. 01 (P, $48.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $41.00) is warmer (95% similar). NARS 413 BLKR (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

I’ve been testing this for a few days under various liquid foundations, and it has worked well with light, medium, and full coverage foundations on my normal-to-dry skin. Even with medium-to-full coverage, the added luminosity of the primer comes through slightly. It can be applied to bare skin for an all-over dewy finish or used under your base of choice. For the photos in the post, I applied it on bare skin and applied a semi-matte finish foundation on top (Guerlain Parure Gold, discontinued) as well as showed it set with loose powder. It extends the wear of my foundation by an hour or so and gives the skin a soft glow while diffusing the skin’s natural texture. I also noticed it helped my foundation spread more smoothly across my face during application. I think the texture of this is thicker, more like a light cream, and less water-like compared to Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfectors, and it does seem to do more for longevity, but the visual effect is more similar. On my skin tone, when I wear it alone over bare skin, it does noticeably lighten my overall complexion by half a shade. There is a moderately strong, soapy perfume-like scent to it when initially applied, but I don’t notice it much during wear.

Becca Backlight Priming Filter Backlight
Backlight
Backlight
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

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Tom Ford Moodlight Skin Illuminating Powder Duo

Tom Ford Moodlight Skin Illuminating Powder Duo
Tom Ford Moodlight Skin Illuminating Powder Duo

Tom Ford Moodlight Skin Illuminating Powder Duo ($80.00 for 0.42 oz.) is a limited edition duo of highlighters (I got confirmation yesterday). You can still pre-order from Saks or place a back-order at Nordstrom. If you liked formulas like MAC In Extra Dimension Skinfiishes, Estee Lauder Gelee, or NARS Dual Intensity, you’ll like this one. It has that same baked-gel-powder type of powder. I think this could have been an excellent permanent addition to the Tom Ford range, so I hope the brand will reconsider making this permanent (and also coming out with a few more combinations!). The texture of both shades was incredibly soft, smooth, and finely-milled, while the product provides a noticeable sheen that stops just before it emphasizes the skni’s natural texture.

Moodlight (Daylight) is a soft, pale gold with a luminous sheen. It semi-opaque color coverage that was easily blended out for sheerer coverage or built-up for a more distinct sheen. If you use it wet, you can get a really metallic finish out of it, as well (though note, the brand doesn’t mention damp usage). It wore well for eight and a half hours before I noticed fading. The Estee Edit Snowlit (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). NARS Rivage (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar). Anastasia Starlight (P, $28.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Starlight (P, $23.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). NYX Ritualistic (P, $9.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Albatross (P, $29.00) is cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Rosy Glow (Left) (P, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $41.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Light Cocoa (P, ) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Chanel Camelia de Plumes (LE, $76.00) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). LORAC Fortune (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Giorgio Armani No. 02 (P, $62.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Double-Gleam (P, $33.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Estee Lauder Courreges (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (P, $44.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Moodlight (Candlelight) is a softened, medium rose gold with a metallic sheen. On my skin tone, it leans browner and warmer, but in the pan, it seems a little rosier, so those with pink undertones may find it pulls less brown on them as a result. It was richly pigmented with a very soft, silky consistency that was a tiny bit powdery in the pan, but it didn’t look dry applied to the skin. The finish on this was significantly stronger with respect to sheen compared to the top shade. It didn’t emphasize pores when I applied it, even heavily, though I don’t consider my pores to be huge (personally, someone may disagree with me) so if emphasis of pores is a major concern, you may want to use a more feathery brush (I used a light-to-moderately dense brush) or apply more sheerly. This shade lasted for eight and a half hours on before fading. Anastasia Riviera (P, $28.00) is cooler (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Rose Gold (LE, $46.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Superb (P, $33.00) is darker (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Tawny Glow (P, $48.00) is darker (90% similar). Estee Lauder Modern Mercury (LE, $65.00) is cooler (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Pink Glow (LE, $48.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). J. Cat Beauty Pink Goddess (-, $9.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Cover FX Sunlight (P, $42.00) is warmer (90% similar). Edward Bess Bellissima (P, $45.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Naked Flushed Highlighter (-, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Burberry No. 04 Rose Gold (P, $68.00) is lighter (90% similar). Laura Geller Ballerina (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Laura Mercier Spellbound (LE, $44.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Jouer Skinny Dip (LE, $24.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Laura Mercier Indiscretion (P, $44.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tom Ford Beauty Skin Illuminating Duo Moodlight
Moodlight
Moodlight
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total
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