Surratt Beauty Coup de Genie Artistique Blush
Surratt Beauty Coup de Genie Artistique Blush ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a light-medium, peachy orange with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. Tom Ford Beauty Warm (Winter 2016) Highlighter (LE, $60.00) is lighter (95% similar). By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #3 (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Angel (LE, $26.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Suqqu Yawakouki (05) (P, $34.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Hourglass Brilliant Nude (P, $38.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Sunlight (LE, $23.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Hot Sand (P, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). NYX Narcissistic (P, $9.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Highly Waisted (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Equinox (P) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Becca Champagne Pop (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Sephora Secretive (19) (P, $14.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Sephora Jubilant (21) (P, $14.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Edward Bess Bellissima (P, $45.00) is darker (85% similar). Hourglass Surreal Glow (LE, $35.00) is darker (80% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Starlight (P, $44.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.
The Artistique Blush formula is supposed to have a “naturally glowing finish.” The formula is consistent: the blushes have a very soft, almost cream-like powder texture that blends out effortlessly to a luminous sheen with semi-opaque to opaque coverage (that is easily applied more sheerly or layered for true-to-pan color) and good wear (eight to nine hours). Coup de Genie is more like a highlighting blush than a true blush; there is visible color, though, so lighter skin tones will see color and warmth while darker skin tones will see more of a sheen. It had mostly opaque pigmentation, which was paired with a very soft, silky texture, so it could be sheered out easily or just lightly diffused along the edges. The color wore well for eight hours.
A note on packaging: Surratt’s range comes in lightweight plastic pans, which aren’t ideal for long-term use (particularly if traveling or putting in a makeup bag), as his products are designed to be put into custom palette solutions. Personally, I put magnets on the back of each and keep them in freestyle palettes (like a Z-Palette) as it is more economical.