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

B+

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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

B

Product

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

A

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, June 12th, 2014

Makeup Geek Hanky Panky Blush
Makeup Geek Hanky Panky Blush

Makeup Geek Hanky Panky Blush ($9.99 for 0.15 oz. for pan; $12.99 for 0.15 oz. in compact) is a medium-dark, cool-toned pink with a satin finish. MAC Young at Heart (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery. Clinique Plum Pop (04) (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, slightly brighter. Milani Delizioso Pink (10) (P, $7.99) is lighter, cooler-toned. Guerlain Cherry (02) (LE, $42.00) is a cream product. Urban Decay Quickie (LE) is brighter, cooler-toned. theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is lighter, more matte. NARS Desire (P, $29.00) is brighter, cooler-toned. NARS Angelika (P, $29.00) is more shimmery. MAC Peony Petal (P, $21.00) is lighter, cooler-toned. MAC I’m the One (LE, $21.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Makeup Geek’s upcoming blush range is available in pans for $9.99 or inside a compact for $12.99. The compact is lightweight, metallic plastic with a clear lid. The texture was soft without being powdery, and it was very blendable–it really buffed nicely into the skin and looked even and smooth. It had good color payoff that was also buildable, so if you want really rich, fully opaque color, you can get it by adding an additional layer. This shade wore well for just over eight hours before starting to show signs of fading on me.

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Hanky Panky

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Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

MAC Worldly Wealth Blush
MAC Worldly Wealth Blush

MAC Worldly Wealth Blush ($21.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “shimmering peachy bronze.” It’s a medium-dark, bronzy brown with warm, orange undertones and a frosted finish. MAC Bronzer (LE, $30.00) is lighter, less shimmery. NARS Silvana (P, $29.00) is less shimmery. NARS Madly (P, $29.00) is more muted, less warm-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This shade released about two years ago, and I found that this version wasn’t quite as dense–it had a thinner, almost drier, texture that made getting color payoff more difficult than the version I have from before, which ends up looking darker and browner since it is much more pigmented. It had good pigmentation, but it just didn’t seem to have the same richness as before. The finish is quite frosted, so it does emphasize pores somewhat, and the color lasts for almost eight hours for me when I tested it.

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Worldly Wealth

B

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

5/5

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Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

MAC Bred for Beauty Blush
MAC Bred for Beauty Blush

MAC Bred for Beauty Blush ($21.00 for 0.17 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone blue pink.” It’s a brightened, medium fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a matte finish. MAC Peaches & Cream (LE, $21.00) is warmer. Milani Love Potion (07) (LE, $7.99) is slightly brighter. Clinique Plum Pop (04) (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Clinique Berry Pop (03) (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker. NARS Coeur Battant (LE, $29.00) is cooler-toned, brighter. Tom Ford Beauty Narcissist (LE, $55.00) is brighter, more shimmery, cooler-toned. NARS Mata Hari (P, $29.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The texture of the blush was mostly soft, but it was also thin and somewhat powdery, which made it harder to apply to bare skin (the drier your skin, the harder it will be to apply), as it didn’t want to adhere to the skin. If you typically wear liquid or cream foundation, the slight dewiness of the foundation will help the blush to stick to the skin better. It’s not the most blendable blush, but I didn’t feel like it was impossible to blend. Even though it’s not quite intensely pigmented (because it doesn’t stick), the color can be packed on if desired. Once applied, the color wore well for eight hours before slightly fading.

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Bred for Beauty

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Product

8/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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