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MAC News Flash! Blush

MAC News Flash! Blush
MAC News Flash! Blush

MAC News Flash! Blush ($16.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “red orange with pearl [with a Satin finish].” It’s a rich, deep orange-red with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. MAC All Year Red (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Adobe Brick (LE, $22.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Urban Decay Slowburn (P, ) is warmer (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Fira (P, $37.00) is warmer (90% similar). NYX Crimson (P, $6.50) is darker (95% similar). NARS Exhibit A (P, $30.00) is darker, warmer (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. News Flash! looks pinker and pinker the more it is sheered out, and even on my warmer skin tone, it looked more strawberry-red than orange-red when I blended it out. It was intensely pigmented, so a little went a long way, but it blended out fairly easily. The texture was smooth without being too soft or too dusty. Once applied, the color wore for a good nine hours before fading noticeably.

MAC Powder Blush (Small) News Flash!
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

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Makeup Geek Bliss Blush

Makeup Geek Bliss Blush
Makeup Geek Bliss Blush

Makeup Geek Bliss Blush ($10.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a pop of light-medium, peachy-orange with warm undertones and a matte finish. Kat Von D Gretel (Light) (P, ) is cooler (95% similar). Zoeva CR040 (P, ) is lighter (95% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Coral Pink (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). bareMinerals The Summer Fling (LE, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals The Spring Fling (LE, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Corol #1 (LE, $22.00) is cooler (90% similar). Chanel Caresse (180) (LE, $45.00) is warmer (90% similar). Catrice I Am Nuts About You (P, $5.99) is cooler (90% similar). Sisley Paris Mango (3) (P, $85.00) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Indecent (P, $26.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Smitten (P, $9.99) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). NARS Sex Appeal (P, $30.00) is lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Inner Beauty (LE, ) is lighter (85% similar). Dior Coral Sunset (002) (LE, $57.00) is darker (85% similar). Bite Beauty Blondie (P, $24.00) is darker, brighter (80% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Sahara (P, $54.00) is more shimmery, darker, more muted (80% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Sahara (P, $54.00) is more shimmery, lighter, more muted (80% similar). Illamasqua Lover (P, $26.00) is darker, 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 color payoff was buildable from medium to semi-opaque coverage, and the color did darken slightly once I applied to my bare skin. In the reformulation, the color got lighter and has less pink in it compared to the original shade. The consistency was soft, but it was dusty enough to kick up quite a bit of powder in the pan and looked a smidgen dry applied to the skin, even though it was easily blended out. On me, it wore well for seven and a half hours before fading.

Makeup Geek Blush Bliss
Bliss
Bliss
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
86%
Total

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Tom Ford Velvet Bloom Nightbloom Powder

Tom Ford Velvet Bloom Nightbloom Powder
Tom Ford Velvet Bloom Nightbloom Powder

Tom Ford Velvet Bloom Nightbloom Powder ($80.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a light-medium pink with cool, blue undertones and satin finish paired with a dusting of pale pink sparkle. NARS Robotic (LE, $30.00) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Obsessed (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, brighter, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay X-Rated (P, $26.00) is lighter (90% similar). By Terry Tan & Flash Cruise #3 (LE, ) is darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Cherry (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Quickie (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker, brighter (85% similar). Surratt Beauty Guimauve (P, $32.00) is lighter (85% similar). NARS Gaiety (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). MAC Peony Petal (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

This is one of two limited edition powders being released for fall (I don’t have the other one, but I’ll certainly try to buy one when they officially release). The formula is supposed to be a “powder blush” that has “sumptuous color” that goes on “evenly.” It comes in purple-hued compact to match the Velvet Orchid fragrance family. While the packaging for the solid perfumes is extremely heavy and substantial, the compact for the blush is very lightweight and has that feeling of cheapness to me. The texture was soft, fairly smooth, and blendable on the skin; it doesn’t feel as dense or as buttery as the brand’s blushes or as blendable as the formula of the Illuminating Duo, and it is most like the bronzer formula.. It had medium, buildable coverage and produced a glowing finish once blended out on my skin, but if you don’t like seeing bits of shimmer or sparkle, you might not be in love with this. On me, the blush wore well for nine hours before fading slightly.

Tom Ford Beauty Nightbloom Powder Velvet Bloom
Velvet Bloom
Velvet Bloom
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total

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Marc Jacobs Beauty Lines & Last Night (502) Air Blush

Marc Jacobs Beauty Lines & Last Night (502) Air Blush
Marc Jacobs Beauty Lines & Last Night (502) Air Blush

Marc Jacobs Beauty Lines & Last Night (502) Air Blush ($42.00 for 0.28 oz.) is soft, medium coral with warm, peachy-gold shimmer. The lighter shade is a pale, golden peach with a noticeable sheen, while the deeper shade is a medium pink-coral with more of a satin finish. KIKO 108 Orange Coral (DC, $12.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). NARS Deep Throat (P, $30.00) is darker (95% similar). Clinique Melon Pop (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Hourglass Incandescent Electra (P, $38.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC I'll Hold My Breath #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Spring Flock (LE, $22.00) is cooler (90% similar). NARS Day Dream (LE, $30.00) is lighter (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty (Cheek Swish) (LE, $40.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Hourglass Luminous Flush (P, $35.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Bashful (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Hourglass Diffused Heat (P, $35.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Supercontinental (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker, brighter (90% similar). MAC Lured to Love (LE, $27.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). NYX Summer (P, $6.50) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). theBalm Hot Mama (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Sweet Vision (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Ciate Matchmaker (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Legendary (LE, $22.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). NARS Cote Basque (LE, $39.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Dior My Lady (003) (LE, $60.00) is less shimmery, cooler (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.

Lines & Last Night had medium, buildable coverage that had a soft, airy consistency that wasn’t powdery, but it was very smooth, silky, and blendable on the skin. The blush applied beautifully and was easy to work with without emphasizing pores or the skin’s natural texture. Despite obsessively checking (more so than usual!) for signs of wear and tear, it was still going strong after 16 hours of wear, and even after 18 hours (at the last check-in), it seemed like it appeared a little less smooth near the inner area of my cheeks (closest to my nose).

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 Lines & Last Night (502)
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

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Catrice Stardust Highlighting Powder

Catrice Stardust Highlighting Powder
Catrice Stardust Highlighting Powder

Catrice Stardust Highlighting Powder ($5.99 for 0.17 oz.) is a very light, pinkish-white with cool undertones and a soft, shimmery finish. MAC Play It Proper (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Giorgio Armani No. 07 (P, $62.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Geek Glitz (P, $20.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Dose of Colors Pearl Dust (P, $28.00) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Aura (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Laura Geller Charming Pink (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Hemisphere (P, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Looxi Beauty Pandora (P, $7.50) is more shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Peach Lights (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, less pigmented (90% similar). Becca Prismatic Amethyst (LE, $38.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Dior #002 (P, $56.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Becca Rose Quartz Flashes Seashell (LE, $34.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Soleil Afterglow (Highlighter) (LE, ) is darker, more muted, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Scrumptious (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Catrice’s Highlighting Powder is supposed to be “soft and velvety” that gives a “soft glow” to the skin and is available in two shades (I will review the other shade as well). The powder was soft and blendable with a lightly powdery consistency that kicked up excess product in the pan but did not look dry applied to the skin. It imparted a faint glowing finish that wasn’t metallic or shiny, so there were no issues with it emphasizing pores or my skin’s natural texture. It had good pigmentation that could easily be diffused or sheered out, if desired. The highlighter wore well for seven hours before fading on me. One thing I noticed is that it has a stronger, powdery smell to it.

Catrice Highlighting Powder Stardust
Stardust
Stardust
B+

Permanent

8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total

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MAC Saucy Miss Blush

MAC Saucy Miss Blush
MAC Saucy Miss Blush

MAC Saucy Miss Blush ($16.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “bright blue pink [with a Matte finish].” It’s a bold, bright, medium-dark magenta with cool undertones and a matte finish. MAC Heavenly (LE, $22.00) is glossier (95% similar). Surratt Beauty Se Pomponner (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). MAC Bright Pink (P, $16.00) is brighter (90% similar). MAC This Could Be Fun (LE, $22.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (90% similar). NARS Starscape (LE, $30.00) is warmer (90% similar). LORAC Unashamed (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Pie (DC, $8.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Vivid (P, $23.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Homie (DC, $8.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Savage (P, ) is darker (85% similar). Sephora I'm Shocked (09) (P, $14.00) 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. Saucy Miss had good pigmentation–not quite as intense as the other shades but still packs a punch of color–with a very thin texture that was fairly blendable but does need some extra care and love to manipulate into an evenly, gradually diffuse blush color. On me, it wore well for eight and a half hours before fading slightly.

MAC Powder Blush (Small) Saucy Miss
Saucy Miss
Saucy Miss
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total

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