Monday, June 30th, 2014

Makeup Geek Romance Blush
Makeup Geek Romance Blush

Makeup Geek Romance Blush ($9.99 for 0.15 oz. pan; $12.99 for 0.15 oz. compact) is described as a “soft rose with gold shimmer.” It’s a gold-shimmered, coral-orange with warm undertones and a soft, frosted finish. Becca Lychee/Opal (P, $27.00) is a cream product. MAC Petal Power (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, pinker. Tom Ford Beauty Love Lust (P, $55.00) is darker, pinker. NYX Menage a Trois (P, $15.00) is very similar. NARS Orgasm (P, $29.00) is pinker. MAC Stereo Rose (LE, $30.00) is less golden. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

In the pan, one might think it’s the brand’s version of NARS Orgasm, but this is much warmer, more orange-based than pink. The texture is soft and smooth, lightly buttery, and the higher shimmer level doesn’t emphasize pores. It gives the skin a glowing, luminous sheen while the color is even and easily blended on the skin. It had good pigmentation and was true-to-pan in color. Applied, the blush lasted well for eight and a half hours before I noticed it looking faded.

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

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9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

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5/5

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Sunday, June 29th, 2014

Surratt Beauty Auréole Artistique Blush
Surratt Beauty Auréole Artistique Blush

Surratt Beauty Auréole Artistique Blush ($32.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as a “highlight” shade. It’s a very light, gold-shimmered ivory with a soft, frosted finish. Divergent Gleaming Pearl (LE) is warmer, more metallic. NARS Albatross (P, $29.00) is more golden, more shimmery–this is like a less intense version of Albatross. Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (P, $44.00) is more beige. theBalm Mary Lou-manizer (P, $24.00) is warmer, more shimmery. NARS Debbie Harry Highlighter (LE, $29.00) is lighter. MAC In for a Treat (LE, $30.00) is less golden. MAC Too Chic (LE, $24.00) is similar. Illamasqua Aurora (P, $24.00) is a cream product. Giorgio Armani Moonlight Beige #1 (LE) is less shimmery, more beige. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The powder is ridiculously soft, silky, and smooth–so much so that it almost feels like a cream texture, because it is never powdery and seems to bind very well. It had semi-opaque color coverage, though as a highlighter, one is more likely to apply it with a sheer to semi-sheer effect, which is easily done (you won’t feel like you have to use a featherlight touch with it). For medium or deeper skin tones, a sheer application seems to work best or else the lighter base can look a bit ashy when it gets built up. The shimmer translates to a luminous, glowing finish that doesn’t look frosted or metallic, and as a result, it doesn’t emphasize pores or the skin’s imperfections. Instead, the finish makes skin look radiant and illuminated. On me, the highlighter wears well for almost eight hours before starting to show signs of fading.

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Auréole

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

5/5

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Saturday, June 28th, 2014

Makeup Geek Rendezvous Blush
Makeup Geek Rendezvous Blush

Makeup Geek Rendezvous Blush ($9.99 for 0.15 oz. pan; $12.99 for 0.15 oz. compact) is described as a “rosy to medium pink with purple undertones.” It’s a medium-dark, muted, cool-toned pink with a mostly matte finish. Makeup Geek Hanky Panky (P, $9.99) is brighter, more shimmery. MAC Young at Heart (LE, $20.00) is lighter. Clinique Plum Pop (04) (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, slightly brighter. NARS New Attitude (LE, $29.00) is lighter, warmer. Milani Delizioso Pink (10) (P, $7.99) is brighter, cooler-toned. Urban Decay Quickie (LE) is brighter, lighter. theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is lighter. NARS Angelika (P, $29.00) has more sparkle. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This shade had good color payoff that strikes a good balance between true-to-pan pigmentation and ease of application, because it doesn’t feel like the merest touch of the brush yields too much product. If you prefer sheerer color or you’re very fair, you’ll want to use a light hand with it, but it’s a color that should work well on most skin tones. The finish is nearly-matte, but as it is buffed and blended onto the skin, it almost becomes a satin-matte–there’s a natural finish to it that keeps skin from looking too flat. The texture was soft, finely-milled, though not quite as buttery as other shades–a bit thinner. I wore this and the color lasted well for nine hours before fading softly along the outer edges.

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Rendezvous

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9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

5/5

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Friday, June 27th, 2014

MAC Cheeky Bronze Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Cheeky Bronze Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Cheeky Bronze Mineralize Skinfinish ($32.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “soft coral with golden shimmer.” It’s a slightly muted, medium coppery orange with gold shimmer. At best, it looks slightly reddish-tinged (“coral”) in the pan, but it seems far more copper than coral. MAC Seduced at Sea (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, redder. NARS Na Pali Coast (P, $39.00) is a cream product, stronger red tones. MAC Pleasure Model (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker. NARS Luster (P, $29.00) is more golden. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This shade was originally released a few years ago, but it’s back and now part of the permanent set of Mineralize Skinfinishes (it is one of five). The color is just about identical between the one I just purchased and the one I have from years ago, and the texture of the new one is less powdery–still similar in regards to softness and silkiness, but the new one isn’t at all powdery. The shimmer seemed a bit finer, smoother once applied, as it didn’t emphasize pores as much as my older compact did. This particular shade of Mineralize Skinfinish could be used as a highlighter, bronzer, or blush, as it had good color payoff that was buildable to full opacity or easily sheered out for a warm glow. If you want to use it primarily as a highlighter, I recommend a light hand and fan or stippling brush, otherwise you’ll get a fair amount of color. On me, the color lasted for seven and a half hours before starting to get patchy/faded along the apples of the cheeks.

The new packaging is glossy black, but the size is the same as the previous compacts. The bottom of the compact is curved inward, so these will fit more snugly together for better storage. They contain the same amount of product, but MAC increased the price from $30.00 to $32.00.

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Cheeky Bronze

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8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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Thursday, June 26th, 2014

Makeup Geek Infatuation Blush
Makeup Geek Infatuation Blush

Makeup Geek Infatuation Blush ($9.99 for 0.15 oz. pan; $12.99 for 0.15 oz. compact) is described as a “medium matte terracotta.” It’s a medium brown with warm, red-orange undertones and a satin-matte finish. Chanel Canaille (89) (LE, $43.00) is more shimmery, darker. Kevyn Aucoin Natura (P) is lighter, less orange. Clarins Splendours (LE, $35.00) is more orange. MAC Harmony (P, $21.00) is browner, more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It could be used as a traditional blush or as a bronzer, depending on your needs. It’s quite pigmented with true-to-pan color payoff that is intense applied, but luckily, it blends out nicely, so if you over-apply, it is easy to correct and soften the color. The undertones are very warm, so I think it is a bit too orange-red to work well as an ideal contour. I hope that Makeup Geek adds a few contouring shades to their range–more rosy beiges, neutral taupes and the like. The texture was soft, silky, and smooth and never emphasized the pores; it actually seemed to smooth out the look of the skin ever-so-slightly. When I wore this for wear, the color stayed vibrant for eight hours and then looked a touch faded by the ninth hour.

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Infatuation

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Surratt Beauty Grisaille Artistique Blush
Surratt Beauty Grisaille Artistique Blush

Surratt Beauty Grisaille Artistique Blush ($32.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as a “contour” shade. It’s a medium, neutral-to-warm-toned taupe that leans brown with a semi-matte finish. MAC Sculpt (P, $16.50) is slightly warmer, lighter, more matte. NARS Paloma Contour (P) is similar. Too Faced Chocolate Soleil (P) is warmer. Kevyn Aucoin Natura (P) is rosier, warmer. NYX Taupe (P, $5.00) is cooler-toned. NARS Madly (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, warmer. MAC Taupe Shape ($21.00) is cooler-toned. Burberry Earthy (P, $42.00) is rosier, slightly warmer and lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It had good color payoff that was buildable, but the incredibly soft, silky texture made blending it out a dream, so you could soften or sheer out color if you felt you applied too much. In the pan, the powder feels more like a cream, because of how finely-milled and smooth it is; the texture is the real hallmark of the formula. It’s amazing that there is no powderiness, despite how soft the blush is. Grisaille applied well to the skin and had a natural matte finish; the kind where it doesn’t look flat but isn’t shimmery either. This shade wore well for eight hours before starting to fade on me. As a reminder, the blushes come in thin, lightweight plastic cases, as it is a product designed to live inside a palette (the brand has two sizes available). The packaging is fine for at-home use, but it may be too flimsy for excessive travel as-is.

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9.5/10

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9.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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