Sleek MakeUP Californ.I.A. Blush by 3 Palette

Sleek MakeUP Californ.I.A. Blush by 3 Palette ($14.99 for 0.45 oz.) includes three shades of cream blush, which means there’s no worries about powder shades getting into the cream blush shades. If you love corals, this is a palette designed for you; it features a pink-coral, peach-pink, and coral-orange, so it covers all of the bases.

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Sleek MakeUP Californ.I.A. Blush by 3 Palette
Sleek MakeUP Blush by 3 Palette Californ.I.A.
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
8
Application
5
Total
88%
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Sleek MakeUP Pink Lemonade Blush by 3 Palette

Sleek MakeUP Pink Lemonade Blush by 3 Palette ($14.99 for 0.68 oz.) includes three shades of blush. This particular palette has two powder blushes and one cream blush. Icing Sugar was unfortunately a huge miss in this palette–dry, powdery texture with little color payoff and was quick to fade, while Pink Mint was nicely pigmented with a lovely texture and better wear. The cream blush, Macaroon, in the middle was average in regards to wear but was easy to apply and had good color payoff. Because of just how powdery Icing Sugar is, it is very easy to get powder from it into the cream blush, so the palette can get a little messy.

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Sleek MakeUP Pink Lemonade Blush by 3 Palette
Sleek MakeUP Blush Icing Sugar
D
Product
6
Pigmentation
6
Texture
6
Longevity
6.5
Application
4
Total
63%
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NARS Final Cut Blush

NARS Final Cut Blush ($30.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “peach coral.” It’s a warm-toned, muted medium orange with a hint of pink. The color is more complex than it seems initially, but I think this is a shade that may look pinker or more orange depending on your natural undertones, as it looks more peachy-orange in some lighting, and then coral in the next room. Fyrinnae Nordic Angel (P, $6.50) is slightly pinker. MAC Passion for Colour (LE, $20.00) is also a smidgen pinker. Chanel Presage (62) (LE, $38.00) is darker, cream. Edward Bess Secret Affair (P, $43.00) is pinker, more shimmery. NARS Gilda (P, $29.00) is darker, not as flat of a matte. MAC Early Morning (LE, $25.00) is darker. Chanel Frivole (P, $43.00) is darker. See comparison swatches. (You can see it on The Dupe List here!)

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NARS Final Cut Blush
NARS Powder Blush Final Cut
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
94%

MAC Azalea in the Afternoon & Petal Power Mineralize Blushes

MAC Azalea in the Afternoon Mineralize Blush ($25.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone cool pink.” It’s a light-medium pink with very subtle, cool undertones and a high, frosted finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage, which could be applied lightly and then built up in its intensity or blended out. The texture was mostly smooth with the typical dryness of Mineralize products, and it was somewhat powdery and prone to fading–it was noticeably faded after six hours of wear. MAC Stunner (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC Porcelain Pink (LE, $30.00) is lighter, warmer. MAC Blonde (LE, $30.00) is lighter, warmer. Chanel Pink Cloud (LE, $43.00) is less frosted, more muted. See comparison swatches.

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MAC Azalea in the Afternoon Mineralize Blush
MAC Mineralize Blush Azalea in the Afternoon
B-
Product
8
Pigmentation
10
Texture
7.5
Longevity
6
Application
4.5
Total
80%
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MAC Perfect Topping (2014) & Stereo Rose (2014) Mineralize Skinfinishes

MAC Perfect Topping (2014) Mineralize Skinfinish ($30.00 for 0.32 oz.) is described as a “pale pearlized pink.” The one I just purchased from this collection is a peach muted by beige with a frosted finish. The one I have from when it launched in 2009 is distinctly pink, almost cool-toned really. The colors of the veins did not even appear that similar in the pans, as it seems to be more than an issue of a different distribution of the types of colored veins. The texture was soft but powdery, and it will most likely be a highlighter on all but the very fairest of skin tones. It wore well for six hours before it turned patchy and slightly faded along the edges, which is the norm for me when wearing MAC’s Mineralize cheek products. bareMinerals The Many Splendors #2 (LE) is lighter. MAC Amber Glow (LE, $25.00) is less frosted. Le Metier de Beaute Whisper (P, $30.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

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MAC Perfect Topping Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Perfect Topping (2014)
B-
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
6.5
Application
5
Total
82%
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Round-up: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Thoughts & Comparisons

The new Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes ($35.00 for 0.15 oz. each) are soft, finely-milled, and blend beautifully on the skin while looking natural, never powdery, as if the powder melted into the skin. They’re pigmented in the sense that they go on like they swatch and look in the pan (but you have to envision the shades mixed/swirled together), but none of them are really dark or bright by the nature of their colors. The quality was consistent across all six shades, which was great. I only noticed that Luminous Flush had a slightly rougher texture for the peachy portion (in places), but it didn’t affect the application or was something I noticed when applying or wearing the product.

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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Comparisons
Hourglass   Ambient Lighting Blush
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
94%