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LORAC Chroma Color Source Buildable Blush

LORAC Chroma Color Source Buildable Blush
LORAC Chroma Color Source Buildable Blush

LORAC Chroma Color Source Buildable Blush ($22.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark plum with cool undertones and a matte finish. Viseart Violet #2 (P) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Thames (LE, $8.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Smashbox Bitten (LE) is cooler, lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Sesso (Blush) (P) is more muted, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop New Lowes (LE, $8.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Chic (LE, $30.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay TMI (P, $26.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Embraced (LE, $28.00) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Urban Decay Easy (LE, $26.00) is warmer, more shimmery (85% similar). Laura Geller Plumberry (P, $26.00) is brighter, darker (85% similar). KIKO 112 Light Plum (P, $12.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Soulmate (P, $10.00) is more muted, lighter (85% similar). NARS Ferocious (LE, $30.00) is warmer, darker, more shimmery (85% similar). MAC Fever (P, $22.00) is warmer, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Color Source Buildable Blush formula is supposed to offer–you guessed it–buildable color coverage with a “silky-smooth” consistency available in matte and satin finishes. It had buildable coverage from semi-sheer to mostly opaque (one to three layers, respectively) that was easily blended and diffused on the skin with little effort. The powder’s texture was silky-smooth, thinner but not dusty or powdery. This shade wore well for eight hours on me before fading slightly.

LORAC Color Source Buildable Blush Chroma
Chroma
Chroma
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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Zoeva Rose Golden Blush Palette

Zoeva Rose Golden Blush Palette
Zoeva Rose Golden Blush Palette

Zoeva Rose Golden Blush Palette ($20.83 for 0.36 oz.) includes a contouring powder, highlighter, and blush. It comes in a slim, “rose gold” cardboard palette where each shade is a good-size for travel but still large enough to accommodate many different-sized face brushes. The quality of the palette is nice, and I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a more aptly named highlighter, though this isn’t going to be the most universally-applicable palette, so I would have loved to have seen iterations of “rose gold” for darker skin tones, too.

Heavy Crown is a muted, medium brown with subtle, warmer undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had semi-opaque coverage that was buildable, but the consistency was thinner and firmer in the pan (whereas the other shades were softer), so it was a little harder to grab color onto the brush as well as harder to blend on the skin. On me, this shade wore for seven and a half hours. MAC Taupe (LE, $22.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Contour Soft (Tarteist) (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Medium Cocoa (P) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Light Contour (P) is cooler, darker (90% similar). NARS Talia (Contour) (P) is darker (90% similar). MAC Crevasse (LE) is darker (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Medium (P, $44.00) is darker (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Light (P, $44.00) is cooler, lighter (85% similar). Tarte Shade (P) is darker (85% similar). Viseart Sculpting #1 (P) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Glowing Still is a bright, creamy white with a yellow sheen. It was richly pigmented with a soft, lightly powdery consistency that seemingly glows in the dark it’s so bright and white. I thought it would look ashy or chalky on me skin tone, but I was surprised at how much the sheen came through after blending and buffing the product into the skin–but it did lighten the area slightly, so it may suit lighter skin tones better. The highlighter started to fade after eight hours of wear. Anastasia Marshmallow (LE) is more muted (90% similar). Makeup Geek Electrify (P, $20.00) is more muted (90% similar). The Estee Edit Snowlit (LE) is cooler, more muted, less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Give In Take Blush I (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever 2 Frozen Gold (P, $21.00) is more muted, darker, more shimmery (90% similar). NYX Ritualistic (P, $9.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Albatross (P, $29.00) is less shimmery (85% similar). Colour Pop Perilune (LE, $8.00) is cooler, less pigmented (85% similar). Anastasia Sunburst (LE) is darker, more shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Palace Door is a light-medium, pinky-peach with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. The texture was soft, smooth, and dense with a moderate creaminess (though it is a powder!) that blends and diffuses nicely on the skin. I thought the amount of shimmer was going to be prove problematic on the skin, but it didn’t emphasize pores at all. It’s more of a highlighting blush on my skin tone, so it makes me think the palette might be better for those lighter than I. The blush wore well for eight hours before fading. MAC Nuanced (LE, $32.00) is warmer (90% similar). Becca Lychee/Opal (P, $27.00) is cooler, darker (90% similar). MAC Talk of the Town (LE, $27.00) is cooler (90% similar). LORAC Sunlight (LE, $23.00) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Strapped (LE, $8.00) is cooler, less shimmery (90% similar). Benefit CORALista (Palette) (P, $28.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Maybelline Nude Rebellion (201) (LE, $8.99) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Glow #4 (LE, $60.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Papa Don't Peach (LE) is darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Makeup Geek Daybreak (P, $20.00) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). NYX Rose Gold (P, $6.50) is darker (85% similar). Makeup Geek Romance (P, $10.00) is cooler, darker, less shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Zoeva Blush Palette Rose Golden
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total
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LORAC Ultraviolet Color Source Buildable Blush

LORAC Ultraviolet Color Source Buildable Blush
LORAC Ultraviolet Color Source Buildable Blush

LORAC Ultraviolet Color Source Buildable Blush ($22.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a slightly muted, medium lavender purple with cool undertones and a semi-matte finish. Urban Decay Bittersweet (P, $26.00) is warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Leopard (LE, $5.00) is cooler, darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Daddy (P, $5.00) is cooler, brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Color Source Buildable Blush formula is supposed to offer–you guessed it–buildable color coverage with a “silky-smooth” consistency available in matte and satin finishes. It had semi-sheer, buildable coverage that I was able to get to semi-opaque coverage after three layers of product. The texture is thin, lightly dusty, but it was fairly smooth overall. This particular shade could have blended a little more easily on the skin, but it wasn’t too much extra work/buffing to diffuse (at least it was possible without lots of tricks!). On me, it wore for eight hours before fading. This is one of the more unique shades of lavender I’ve come across, and I’m happy to see it’s a permanent shade.

LORAC Color Source Buildable Blush Ultraviolet
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total

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Urban Decay TMI Afterglow Blush

Urban Decay TMI Afterglow 8-Hour Blush
Urban Decay TMI Afterglow 8-Hour Blush

Urban Decay TMI Afterglow 8-Hour Blush ($26.00 for 0.23 oz.) is described as a “berry.” It’s a muted, medium-dark plum with neutral-to-cool undertones and a semi-matte finish. Tom Ford Beauty Gratuitous (P, $60.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Chroma (P, $23.00) is cooler (90% similar). Makeup Geek Soulmate (P, $10.00) is cooler, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Petulant (LE, $22.00) is glossier, brighter (90% similar). Tarte Does This Thing Really Work? (LE, $28.00) is warmer, lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Viseart Plum #2 (P) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Outlaw (P, $30.00) is warmer, darker, more shimmery (85% similar). NARS Candid (LE, $30.00) is cooler, lighter (85% similar). Estee Lauder Rebel Rose (P, $34.00) is warmer, lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). KIKO 112 Light Plum (P, $12.00) is cooler, lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). NARS Chic (LE, $30.00) is cooler (85% similar). Chanel Plum Attraction (LE, $45.00) is warmer, darker (80% similar). Smashbox Bitten (LE) is cooler, brighter, lighter (80% similar). Estee Lauder Alluring Rose (P, $34.00) is warmer, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay’s describes their powder blush formula as having “buildable color” with a “blendable, finely milled” texture that will wear for “eight long hours.” It had semi-sheer to mostly opaque, buildable coverage. The texture was slightly dusty but remained blendable, easy to apply, and didn’t look powdery on the skin. When blended, it doesn’t look totally flat and matte; there’s a very, very subtle sheen to the finish that makes it look like “natural” matte to my eye. This blush wore for eight hours, as promised, on me. I wish there were more shades like this available, because this type of color is harder to find–and so I’d love to see this one get larger distribution (it’s presently an Urban Decay web exclusive).

Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Blush TMI
TMI
TMI
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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Urban Decay X-Rated Afterglow Blush

Urban Decay X-Rated Afterglow 8-Hour Blush
Urban Decay X-Rated Afterglow 8-Hour Blush

Urban Decay X-Rated Afterglow 8-Hour Blush ($26.00 for 0.23 oz.) is described as a “medium pink.” It’s a light-medium, subtly cool-toned pink with a satin finish. MAC Well Dressed (P, $22.00) is warmer, more shimmery (95% similar). Viseart Rose #1 (P) is cooler, brighter, lighter (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Ombre (LE, $55.00) is darker (95% similar). Estee Lauder Audacious Plum (P, $34.00) is more muted, darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Olive (LE, $8.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Justify My Love (P, $26.00) is brighter, darker (90% similar). MAC I'm a Lover (P, $23.50) is more shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Promise Ring (P, $10.00) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Thumper (P, $8.00) is cooler, darker (90% similar). Stila Light Pink (LE) is cooler (90% similar). Dior Rose (001) (LE, $56.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Velvet Bloom (LE, $80.00) is darker (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Guimauve (P, $32.00) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is darker (85% similar). Tarte Dollface (P, $28.00) is darker (85% similar). Guerlain Carousel (LE, $74.00) is warmer, less pigmented (85% similar). Colour Pop Mochi (DC, $8.00) is cooler, darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Native Blush (-) is warmer, darker (80% similar). Guerlain Happy Glow (LE, $54.00) is warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay’s describes their powder blush formula as having “buildable color” with a “blendable, finely milled” texture that will wear for “eight long hours.” It had semi-sheer to opaque coverage that was, as described, buildable. The consistency was soft, smooth, and blendable on the skin and had just enough sheen to it to look sit naturally on the skin but not look shimmery. The color wore well for seven and a half hours before fading on me.

Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Blush X-Rated
X-Rated
X-Rated
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

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Urban Decay Satisfy Afterglow Blush

Urban Decay Satisfy Afterglow 8-Hour Blush
Urban Decay Satisfy Afterglow 8-Hour Blush

Urban Decay Satisfy Afterglow 8-Hour Blush ($26.00 for 0.23 oz.) is described as a “bright peach.” It’s a medium, peachy orange with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. Too Faced Mademoiselle (LE) is cooler (95% similar). YSL Rebelle (7) (P, $47.00) is warmer, brighter, lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Mickey (Shade) (P) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Peau de Pêche (P, $32.00) is darker (90% similar). Illamasqua Lover (P, $26.00) is brighter (90% similar). Tarte Fame (LE, $28.00) is brighter, darker (90% similar). Dior Coral Sunset (002) (LE, $57.00) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). Zoeva Burning Up (P, $11.80) is darker (85% similar). MAC Honey Jasmine (LE, $22.00) is brighter, darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Bonus (DC, $8.00)(85% similar). MAC Melba (P, $22.00) is cooler, darker (85% similar). The Estee Edit First Lover (01) (P, $28.00) is darker (85% similar). Givenchy In Vogue Orange (P, $44.00) is warmer, brighter, lighter (85% similar). Tarte Risque (P, $28.00) is cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay’s describes their powder blush formula as having “buildable color” with a “blendable, finely milled” texture that will wear for “eight long hours.” It had semi-sheer coverage that was buidlable to medium coverage, but it was one of the less buildable blushes I’ve come across in the Afterglow range. The texture seemed a little thinner and dustier than past shades as well, so to me it isn’t the best of the Afterglow formula (which is usually quite lovely!). It blended out well, at least, and it did still wear the full eight hours as promised.

Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Blush Satisfy
Satisfy
Satisfy
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total

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