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Makeup Geek Covet Blush

Makeup Geek Covet Blush
Makeup Geek Covet Blush

Makeup Geek Covet Blush ($10.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a medium-dark, coral-red with warm undertones and a barely-there golden sheen. Tom Ford Beauty Ravish (P, $60.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (95% similar). MAC Gleeful (P, $27.00) is brighter, cooler (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Ravish (Discontinued) (DC, $60.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Fleet Fast (LE, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). Bite Beauty Brioche (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Bite Beauty Cerise (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, glossier (90% similar). NARS Out There (LE, $30.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Malice (71) (P, $45.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). NARS Isadora (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Autoerotique (LE, $27.00) is lighter (85% similar). Clinique Ginger Pop (01) (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Chanel Rouge Profond (320) (P, $45.00) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Tarte Dazzled (P, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Sea Me, Hear Me (LE, $27.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Colour Pop Flush'd (LE, $8.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Clinique Fig Pop (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (80% similar). Laura Geller Papaya (P, $26.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (80% similar). Smashbox Geranium (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). Burberry Blossom (P, $42.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (80% similar). MAC Painted Canyon (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The formula is supposed to be pigmented, long-wearing, and blendable (for more on how it compares to the previous formula, check out this post). This was one of the more “shimmery” shades in the new range, which has more of a satin-level of shimmer/sheen. It was nicely pigmented and yielded opaque results, if desired, but it was still soft and silky enough to easily diffuse and blend out if you wanted sheerer coverage. The finish was natural–it looked like skin–but not overtly shimmery. When I tested this blush, it wore well for eight and a half hours before visibly fading.

Makeup Geek Blush Covet
Covet
Covet
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

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MAC Play It Proper Beauty Powder

MAC Play It Proper Beauty Powder
MAC Play It Proper Beauty Powder

MAC Play It Proper Beauty Powder ($27.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “pastel soft pink with sparkles.” It’s a very light pink with subtle, warmer undertones and a satiny sheen. Catrice Stardust (P, $5.99) is more shimmery (95% similar). Giorgio Armani No. 07 (P, $62.00) is less pigmented (95% similar). Benefit 10 (Highlighter) (DC, $29.00) is warmer (95% similar). bareMinerals Clear Radiance (LE, $26.00) is warmer (95% similar). Makeup Revolution Moon Glow Lights (P, $6.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Desert Explorations (LE, $2.99) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Dose of Colors Pearl Dust (P, $28.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Light Sunshine (LE, $22.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Colour Pop Scrumptious (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Aura (P, $26.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Burberry No. 03 Pink Pearl (P, $68.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Laura Geller Charming Pink (P, $26.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Moonlight (P, $23.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Soleil Afterglow (Highlighter) (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Looxi Beauty Pandora (P, $7.50) is more shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Beauty Powders “can be applied as a highlight, soft blush, or overall finish,” according to MAC. The way you might use a particular shade of Beauty Powder very often depends on what your skin tone is. This particular shade is very, very light, so it will work as a highlighter on most complexions and on very fair skin tones as a barely-there highlighting blush. The texture was firmer without being stiff or chalky, while the powder was smooth, blendable, and easy to apply to the skin. It had semi-sheer, buildable coverage that gave a subtle glow to the skin without emphasizing pores. It wore well for eight hours on me.

MAC Beauty Powder Play It Proper
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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MAC Glow Rida Beauty Powder

MAC Glow Rida Beauty Powder
MAC Glow Rida Beauty Powder

MAC Glow Rida Beauty Powder ($27.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “beige.” It’s a light-medium peach with warm, orange undertones and a fine pearl, plus larger sparkle. Hourglass Surreal Strobe Light (LE, $38.00) is lighter (95% similar). Cle de Peau Sand Beige (13) (P, $55.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Clinique Nude Glow (P, $27.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Smashbox Shimmer (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Highly Waisted (P, $8.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Give In Take Blush II (LE, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Norman Parkinson (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). Burberry London With Love (LE, $68.00) is darker (85% similar). NYX Narcissistic (P, $9.00) is lighter (85% similar). Rouge Bunny Rouge Goddess (P, $48.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Givenchy Ambre Saison (P, $52.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). MAC How Beautiful (LE, $22.00) is darker (80% similar). Looxi Beauty Honeychild (P, $7.50) is more shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Beauty Powders “can be applied as a highlight, soft blush, or overall finish,” according to MAC. The way you might use a particular shade of Beauty Powder very often depends on what your skin tone is. The powder’s consistency was a little firmer with a slight chalkiness, and with the larger sparkly bits, it just wasn’t as smooth or as finely-milled in feel. It blended out fairly well on the skin and yielded a soft sheen, but there are sparkles that sit on the skin, so if you aren’t a fan of that, you might want to look elsewhere. The color lasted for eight hours before fading along the edges.

MAC Beauty Powder Glow Rida
Glow Rida
Glow Rida
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total

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Makeup Geek Chivalry Blush

Makeup Geek Chivalry Blush
Makeup Geek Chivalry Blush

Makeup Geek Chivalry Blush ($10.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a dark, reddish brown with warm undertones and a satin finish. MAC Sweet As Cocoa (P, $22.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Raizin (P, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). Bite Beauty Anise (P, $24.00) is glossier (90% similar). MAC Swiss Chocolate (P, $22.00) is warmer (85% similar). Viseart Bronze #3 (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). NARS Melina (Contour) (P, ) is darker, cooler (80% similar). Colour Pop Swift (P, $8.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (80% similar). Chanel Canaille (89) (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The formula is supposed to be pigmented, long-wearing, and blendable (for more on how it compares to the previous formula, check out this post). The blush was incredibly rich in pigment, and it was easy to get full coverage with very little product–which means it can be easy to overdo it if you aren’t used to working with such rich and deep shades. The consistency was a little firmer, though soft, and for as rich as the shade was, it would have been more preferable if it was easier to blend out. When I worked with it, the blush applied unevenly, and it was a challenge to diffuse and move the powder enough to even out. I would recommend applying a layer of translucent powder over the skin (or base/foundation) before applying the blush, which helps with blending. On me, it wore well for eight and a half hours.

Makeup Geek Blush Chivalry
Chivalry
Chivalry
8
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
87%
Total

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Marc Jacobs Beauty Night Fever & Hot Stuff (508) Air Blush

Marc Jacobs Beauty Night Fever & Hot Stuff (508) Air Blush
Marc Jacobs Beauty Night Fever & Hot Stuff (508) Air Blush

Marc Jacobs Beauty Night Fever & Hot Stuff (508) Air Blush ($42.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a medium-dark pink with subtle, warm undertones and a luminous sheen. The lighter shade is a light-medium pink with very subtle blue undertones, while the deeper shade was a rosy plum; each shade seemed similarly shimmery. Sephora Love Sick (22) (P, $14.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Clinique Rosy Pop (P, $21.00) is lighter (95% similar). Cle de Peau Pale Fig (P, $60.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). theBalm Houndstooth (P, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Bicoastal (Bottom) (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Your Love is King (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Chanel Rosewood (350) (P, $45.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Weekend Getaway (P, $22.00) is cooler, glossier (90% similar). NYX Peach (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Cle de Peau Cranberry (P, $60.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Subtle Breeze (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Warmhearted (LE, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). Becca Hibiscus Bloom (LE, $34.00) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). MAC Red Water Lily (LE, $40.00) is less shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Paradiso (LE, $68.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). By Terry Tan & Flash Cruise #1 (LE, ) is brighter (90% similar). Tarte Fearless (P, $28.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Fetching (LE, $28.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Chanel Rose Initiale (P, $45.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Maybelline Just Pinched Pink (10) (P, $8.99) is warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

According to the brand, Air Blush is supposed to offer buildable coverage with a “luminous finish” that wears for “24-hours.” Each shade consists of a lighter and deeper shade, designed to be used together (each section of product is quite narrow, so it’s not feasible to use a blush or highlighting brush to get a single color). In general, I found the lighter color to have more shimmer/luminosity and acted as the “highlighting” shade within the palette, even though some variations are such that both shades are more blush-like in color and depth. Please note: It’s pretty hard to test a cheek product for 24-hours, since inevitably, most of it will end up on my sheets if I go to sleep, and I can’t tell you if or when I’ve ever pulled an all-nighter on purpose. To that end, I am rating by considering how it looked and what (if any) break down of product occurred between 14 and 18 hours of wear and then extrapolating to determine a “final” wear-time.

Night Fever & Hot Stuff is the darkest/deepest shade in the range. It had more semi-opaque coverage, which was easily built-up to opaque coverage. I think the soft, smooth, and lightweight texture made it easy to diffuse and soften the color for sheerer coverage, if desired, as well, but it seemed to have more pigmentation from the get-go than other shades in the range, though all of them were buildable for me. As the color was blended on the skin, the finish became more and more luminous, which gave it a nice sheen but didn’t magnify pores or the skin’s natural texture on me. This shade seemed to be the best-wearing, as I really couldn’t even detect any changes after 18 hours of wear, though I certainly tried to nitpick and find even the barest hint of fading throughout the day!

Worth noting, during July, 25% of sales of Air Blush will be donated to amfAR when purchased through Marc Jacobs Beauty. (I wouldn’t use it as an excuse to purchase something you’re not interested in but would consider purchasing directly vs. through another retailer if you were planning to buy. I have ordered direct from MJB a few times, and they have always packed well and shipped efficiently–no complaints!)

Marc Jacobs Beauty Air Blush Night Fever & Hot Stuff (508)
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

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MAC Never Say Never Blush

MAC Never Say Never Blush
MAC Never Say Never Blush

MAC Never Say Never Blush ($16.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “deep scarlet red [with a Matte finish].” It’s a medium-dark pink-red with subtle, cool undertones and a mostly matte finish. Surratt Beauty Classique (P, $32.00)(100% similar). Urban Decay Quiver (P, $26.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Frankly Scarlet (P, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). Bite Beauty Mochi (P, $24.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Oh My! (LE, $22.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Viseart Coral #3 (P, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Chamade (67) (DC, $38.00) is glossier (90% similar). Viseart Plum #3 (P, ) is darker, more muted (85% similar). MAC Apple Red (P, $22.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

This is one of five new blush shades being added to the permanent range, but worth noting is that they are being added as a Small Powder Blush (the same size as MAC’s eyeshadows). I’m not sure if it will be available in pan-form or not (my guess is yes, since it is permanent) at this time. The formula is the same as their regular Powder Blush range, though, other than the size (and price). The new five are supposed to be pigmented with an even, smooth texture. Never Say Never had good pigmentation, where a little went a long way, but despite that richness, it was still easier to work with than one might expect. You’ll definitely want to use a lighter hand and build up color gradually, as it’s always easier to build up than to totally diffuse, but it is forgiving enough to sheer and buff out if you feel like you’ve over-applied the color. The texture sat well on the skin without looking dry but did not have any shimmer. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me.

MAC Powder Blush (Small) Never Say Never
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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