MAC Life’s a Picnic & Oh My! Blushes

MAC Life’s a Picnic Blush ($22.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “hot reddish pink.” It’s a bold, bright medium coral-pink with very subtle undertones and a satin finish. It was intensely pigmented with a really soft, smooth consistency that blended out easily on the skin and had a natural finish that didn’t emphasize pores but didn’t look too flat or powdery either. I actually found it looked linker and less coral the more I blended it out–I can see this one’s tone changing from person to person a little more than your average blush shade. It lasted for eight and a half hours before fading. MAC Oh My! (LE, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). Milani Bella Rosa (11) (P, $8.49) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Makeup Geek Love Affair (P, $9.99) is more muted (90% similar). NARS 413 BLKR (P, $30.00) is darker (90% similar). NYX Pinched (P, $5.00) is warmer (85% similar). Tarte Irreplaceable (LE, $26.00) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). Milani Tea Rose (08) (LE, $7.99) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Chanel Vibration (270) (P, $45.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Sunset Beach (LE, $32.00) is cooler (85% similar). theBalm Toile (P, $22.00) is warmer (85% similar). Milani Lady Rouge (06) (LE, $7.99) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Red Water Lily (LE, $40.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Mocha (P, $22.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). MAC Hipness (LE, $22.00) is lighter (80% similar). MAC Peaches & Cream (LE, $22.00) is cooler (80% similar). Sephora Collection Flirt It Up (06) (P, $15.00) is lighter (80% similar). MAC Fleur Power (P, $22.00) is lighter (80% similar). NYX Peach (P, $5.00) is lighter (80% similar). Too Faced How Deep is Your Love? (P, $26.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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MAC Life's a Picnic Blush
MAC Powder Blush Life's a Picnic
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Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
94%
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Kat Von D Morticia + Gomez Shade + Light Blush Duo

Kat Von D Morticia + Gomez Shade + Light Blush Duo ($25.00 for 0.317 oz.) contains a pinky-plum and a light pink, both with a matte finish. The lighter shade performs better than the dark shade (which is pretty terrible), and if you mix the two together, the more powdery light pink goes a long way to making the darker shade less frustrating to you use. The blush formula is supposed to “stay vibrant for a full 24 hours of wear” with “silky powders” that “blend effortlessly into skin for a flawless, buildable finish.” The marketing makes it unclear what level of pigmentation these should be on Sephora, but per the brand’s Instagram, they are “highly pigmented.” Neither shade is highly pigmented nor do they wear any longer than most blushes (seven to eight hours) in my experience.

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Kat Von D Morticia + Gomez Shade + Light Blush Duo
Kat Von D Shade + Light Two Tone Blush Duo Morticia + Gomez
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Product
3.5
Pigmentation
4.5
Texture
6
Longevity
3
Application
3
Total
44%
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Kat Von D Piaf + Poe Shade + Light Blush Duo

Kat Von D Piaf + Poe Shade + Light Blush Duo ($25.00 for 0.317 oz.) is a muted, rosy pink set of shades, one lighter and one darker. The blush formula is supposed to “stay vibrant for a full 24 hours of wear” with “silky powders” that “blend effortlessly into skin for a flawless, buildable finish.” The marketing makes it unclear what level of pigmentation these should be on Sephora, but per the brand’s Instagram, they are “highly pigmented.” I think that this particular duo was one of the better-applying shades and required slightly less effort to apply, but it still had a drier, chalkier consistency that made it hard to get more than semi-sheer color out of it. That drier texture seemed to give me trouble when blending, as the color would stick on some places more noticeably than others, but it would be hard to diffuse or blend, even when I reached for a really dense, buffing brush. The blush is actually easier to use when mixed, because the more powdery (but less chalky) consistency of the light shade helps the darker shade to blend out, while the darker color gives a little more oomph to the color overall such that it is easier to see on more complexions.

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Kat Von D Piaf + Poe Shade + Light Blush Duo
Kat Von D Shade + Light Two Tone Blush Duo Piaf + Poe
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Product
5.5
Pigmentation
5
Texture
7
Longevity
3
Application
4
Total
54%
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Kat Von D Bonnie + Clyde Shade + Light Blush Duo

Kat Von D Bonnie + Clyde Shade + Light Blush Duo ($25.00 for 0.317 oz.) features a cool-toned set of shades in a very light pink and a darker pink. The blush formula is supposed to “stay vibrant for a full 24 hours of wear” with “silky powders” that “blend effortlessly into skin for a flawless, buildable finish.” The texture of both shades left something to be desired as they were thin, chalky, and difficult to blend. The pigmentation is sheer and only buildable to semi-sheer after three to six layers of product. The marketing makes it unclear what level of pigmentation these should be on Sephora, but per the brand’s Instagram, they are “highly pigmented.” These are some of the worst powders I’ve have ever tested from Kat Von D, and it’s a real disappointment–and a surprise–after the success of the Shade + Light palettes as well as her recent eyeshadows. Both shades lasted no longer than seven hours; not even in the realm of “full 24 hours of wear.”

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Kat Von D Bonnie + Clyde Shade + Light Blush Duo
Kat Von D Shade + Light Two Tone Blush Duo Bonnie + Clyde
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Product
4.5
Pigmentation
4
Texture
5.5
Longevity
3
Application
3.5
Total
46%
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Hourglass Iridescent Strobe Light Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder

Hourglass Iridescent Strobe Light Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder ($38.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a light peach with a hint of rose tones and a luminous sheen. NYX Narcissistic (P, $9.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Duchesse (P, $32.00) is lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals The Brilliant Sunset (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Hourglass Euphoric Strobe Light (P, $38.00) is lighter (85% similar). Cle de Peau Sand Beige (13) (P, $55.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Hourglass Iridescent Strobe Light Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder
Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder Iridescent Strobe Light
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Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
93%

Hourglass Incandescent Strobe Light Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder

Hourglass Incandescent Strobe Light Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder ($38.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a very light, rosy beige with neutral-to-warm undertones and a pearly shimmer-sheen finish. Cle de Peau Delicate Pink (14) (P, $55.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Lightscapade (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Snowglobe (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (P, $44.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Cle de Peau Bal Masque (LE, $120.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Guerlain Perles des Neiges (LE, $80.00) is less shimmery, less pigmented (90% similar). Tarte Glow (Tarteist) (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Hot Sensation (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Hourglass Incandescent Strobe Light Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder
Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder Incandescent Strobe Light
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Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
93%