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KIKO 100 Cookie & 102 Natural Pink Soft Touch Blush

KIKO 100 Cookie Soft Touch Blush
KIKO 100 Cookie Soft Touch Blush

KIKO Soft Touch Blush ($12.00 for 0.17 oz.) is supposed to be a “radiant and highly pigmented blush” with “long lasting colour.” It’s a powder blush that has a thinner, fairly smooth, blendable texture that ranges from semi-opaque to mostly opaque coverage. Most shades are matte to satin with the more matte shades still having a natural-looking finish to them (not flat or dry-looking applied). The wear has varied from six to eight hours depending on the shade.

Per readers comments, it appears these have been discontinued in some countries, though all shades except one appear to be available on the U.S. website. (It’s hard to tell if they’re just on sale, as they’re presently available for $3.90 a pop instead of $12, or if they are discounted to move, as I have seen KIKO do 30-50% off before.) I wasn’t intending to review these back-to-back but will be doing my best to get reviews out quickly in light of seeming to be discontinued. Readers have said the replacement is the Shade Fusion Trio Blush (which I haven’t tried, so I don’t know anything about), which would sure be a bummer, since it is more expensive and a trio of shades, so it is different enough that it doesn’t seem like a true replacement to me (boo!).

KIKO 100 Cookie Soft Touch Blush ($12.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a medium-dark, caramel brown with warm, yellow-orange tones and a satin finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, smooth, and blendable texture that applied evenly to the skin. This shade wore for seven hours on me before fading. Guerlain #03 (P, $53.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Becca Wild Honey (P, $32.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Zoeva ND030 (P) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Carry-On (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Lo-Fi (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Silvana (P, $30.00) is darker (90% similar). Smashbox Sunset (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Refined Golden (P, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Gold Dust (P, $68.00) is darker (90% similar). bareMinerals The High Dive (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). MAC Bronzer (LE, $32.00) is lighter (85% similar). LORAC Unapologetic (LE) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Laura Mercier Earth (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Becca Sweet Pea (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Guerlain Moyen Brunettes (05) (LE, $75.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). By Terry Tan & Flash Cruise #5 (LE) is darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Delphic (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Stila Sending My Love Bronzer (LE) is darker, cooler (80% similar). Suqqu Hanachaori (02) (P, $34.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

KIKO 102 Natural Pink Soft Touch Blush ($12.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a muted, medium rosy brown with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage that was easily diffused to sheerer coverage, if desired, as it was very blendable. The texture is thin, smooth but not dusty or powdery. It wore for seven hours on me before fading. Urban Decay Strip Blush (-) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Between the Sheets (P, $8.00) is darker, brighter, cooler (90% similar). theBalm Balm Beach (P, $21.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). bareMinerals The Close Call (P, $22.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). bareMinerals Golden Gate Matte (LE, $22.00) is cooler (85% similar). MAC Melba (P, $22.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Exposed (P, $28.00) is cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

KIKO Soft Touch Blush 100 Cookie
100 Cookie
100 Cookie
B+

Permanent

8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total
KIKO Soft Touch Blush 102 Natural Pink
B

Permanent

8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
86%
Total

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Milani Corallina Baked Blush

Milani Corallina Baked Powder Blush
Milani Corallina Baked Powder Blush

Milani Corallina Baked Powder Blush ($7.49 for 0.12 oz.) is a bright, medium coral-orange with gold shimmer. NARS Me First (LE, $30.00) is warmer (90% similar). NYX Menage a Trois (P, $15.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Romance (P, $9.99) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Stereo Rose (LE, $32.00) is cooler (90% similar). NYX Rose Gold (P, $6.50) is lighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Coral (P, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Stila Peach Shimmer (LE) is cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Baked Blush formula is supposed to be “buildable from sheer to vibrant” paired with a “silky” texture. Corallina has a soft, smooth consistency that is a little dusty but not really powdery or dry. The color blended out easily on the skin, and the shimmer wasn’t too large, so it didn’t emphasize pores and gave off a very luminous sheen. It had semi-sheer to opaque coverage, as described, and it was forgiving, as you could sheer it out or intensify it without it looking caked on or becoming splotchy. The blush wore for seven hours on me before fading slightly.

Milani Baked Blush Corallina
Corallina
Corallina
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total

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MAC x Zac Posen Haute Contour Powder Blush Duo

MAC Haute Contour Powder Blush Duo
MAC Haute Contour Powder Blush Duo

MAC Haute Contour Powder Blush Duo ($29.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a split-pan product with one shade being more of your traditional bronzer and the other being a pink-coral. Neither shade performed well, but the more blush-like shade had a really firm, hard press that required jabbing at the powder’s surface to get decent color out of it. This is at least the third time in recent memory that MAC has released a mid-tone brown/pink-coral blush duo, and I wonder why they haven’t been able to jump out of the box–it’s becoming like NARS Laguna/Orgasm over here.

Haute Contour (Bronzer) is a muted, medium brown with warm, orange-yellow tones and a satin finish. It was firmly packed in the pan, which made getting color out of it a little more challenging, and when I did, some of it came away in larger chunks–almost like sand. The consistency was fairly blendable on the skin, and the harder chunks dusted away (didn’t notice them applied). It lasted for seven hours before fading. MAC Sunny Side (LE, $32.00) is brighter (90% similar). bareMinerals The Skinny Dip (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is darker (90% similar). Guerlain Natural / Brunettes (03) (P, $53.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Naked Flushed Bronzer (-) is darker (85% similar). bareMinerals The High Dive (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Haute Contour (Blush) is a light-medium, pink-coral with warm undertones and a golden shimmer. You wouldn’t know what the color was by going off the swatch, but with enough jabbing and prodding of the powder, I was able to get enough powder to loosen to apply to cheeks to show it in a photo. The shimmer didn’t emphasize pores, and the color itself lasted for six and a half hours before fading on me. NYX Rose Gold (P, $6.50) is more pigmented, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Romance (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, more pigmented (90% similar). MAC Stereo Rose (LE, $32.00) is more pigmented, warmer (90% similar). NARS Orgasm (P, $30.00) is more pigmented, cooler (85% similar). NYX Menage a Trois (P, $15.00) is more pigmented, warmer (85% similar). Becca Lychee/Opal (P, $27.00) is more shimmery, more pigmented, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Zac Posen Powder Blush Duo Haute Contour
5
Product
6
Pigmentation
4.5
Texture
7
Longevity
4
Application
59%
Total
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Milani Luminoso Baked Blush

Milani Luminoso Baked Powder Blush
Milani Luminoso Baked Powder Blush

Milani Luminoso Baked Powder Blush ($7.49 for 0.12 oz.) is a light-medium peachy orange with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. Chanel Caresse (180) (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Cream Soda (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Espiegle (DC, $45.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Fame (LE, $30.00) is cooler (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Shameless (220) (P, $30.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Clinique Nude Pop (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Ripe Peach (LE, $32.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Moment (LE, $28.00) is more muted, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Indecent (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). By Terry Tan & Flash Cruise #6 (LE) is darker, more muted (85% similar). MAC Freshen Up (LE, $35.50) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Coral Pink (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Dior Coral Sunset (002) (LE, $57.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Sisley Paris Mango (3) (P, $85.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Linda (LE, $22.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Amber Glow (LE, $27.00) is lighter (85% similar). Makeup Geek Smitten (P, $9.99) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Baked Blush formula is supposed to be “buildable from sheer to vibrant” paired with a “silky” texture. Luminoso has a soft, smooth texture that is a little powdery/dusty to work with, but it doesn’t appear dry or powdery once blended and buffed into the skin. The more it is blended into the skin, the more luminous the finish becomes without looking overly shimmered or frosted. It was buildable from medium coverage to mostly opaque coverage, and it was pretty easy to achieve sheer coverage with a lighter hand. On me, the blush started to fade noticeably after seven and a half hours of wear.

Milani Baked Blush Luminoso
Luminoso
Luminoso
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
86%
Total

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Sephora Hey Jealousy Colorful Blush

Sephora Hey Jealousy (17) Colorful Blush
Sephora Hey Jealousy (17) Colorful Blush

Sephora Hey Jealousy (17) Colorful Blush ($14.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “raspberry pink.” It’s a medium-dark, fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a mostly matte finish. Makeup Geek Rendezvous (P, $10.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Milani Love Potion (07) (P, $8.99) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Bred for Beauty (LE) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Let's Be Friends (LE, $22.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Rhubarb (P, $22.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). NARS Coeur Battant (LE, $30.00) is darker, brighter, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Colorful Blush formula is supposed to be long-wearing, buildable, and have a lightweight texture. My experience with the formula–generally–has shown that they’re soft, lightly powdery at times (some are worse than others) with semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage that blends fairly well and lasts seven to eight hours. There is some variance between shades, but there are some gems in the range. Hey Jealousy had rich color payoff, which is great if that’s what you want in a blush, but it didn’t really build-up–it was the type of formula where you could change your technique/tools and use the tiniest amount to get less intense pigmentation in a best case scenario. The texture was soft, smooth, and fairly blendable on the skin; it took a little extra effort to really even it out but wasn’t difficult overall. This shade wore well for almost nine hours before fading.

Sephora Colorful Blush Hey Jealousy (17)
8.5
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total

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Anastasia That Glow Glow Kit

Anastasia That Glow Glow Kit
Anastasia That Glow Glow Kit

Anastasia That Glow Glow Kit ($40.00 for 1.04 oz.) includes four warm-toned shades that range from pale, buttery gold to copper. Each shade is 0.26 oz. and can be removed from the palette, if desired, but they are currently only sold together (not sure if they will eventually be available as pans only). Presently, it is exclusive to Macy’s and the brand’s website. According to Anastasia, these are supposed to be “metallic powder highlighters for intense luminosity” that can also be worn on the eyes. They are softer and silkier with a more finely-milled consistency compared to the Illuminators released a couple of months ago. These also have a finer shimmer and overall sheen that is less emphasizing of pores on the skin.

Sunburst is a light, yellow gold with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture that wasn’t too powdery or too firm. It applied easily to the skin without emphasizing pores but giving a high shine finish. The color lasted for eight hours before fading on me. Anastasia Summer (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Smashbox Glow (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Daylight (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). LORAC Daylight (P, $23.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). NARS Watch Me (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Black Bloom (LE, $80.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever 13 Ivory (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Golden Lights (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever 2 Frozen Gold (P, $21.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte Sunlight (P) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Champagne (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Anastasia White Sand (LE) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Burberry The Runway Palette (LE, $68.00) is darker (85% similar). Tarte Burst (P) is less shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Electrify (P, $20.00) is lighter (85% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is lighter (85% similar). Zoeva Glowing Still (P) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). NARS Give In Take Blush I (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (80% similar). Urban Decay Sin (P, $26.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Golden Bronze is a medium-dark, golden bronze with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. This shade was intensely pigmented with a soft, lightly powdery consistency that blended out nicely. It didn’t emphasize pores for me, but it had a very metallic sheen, so it is by no means a subtle highlighter! On me, this highlighting bronzer wore for eight hours. Becca Topaz (P, $38.00) is darker (95% similar). Viseart Highlight #3 (P) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Cover FX Candlelight (LE) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Park Ave Princess (P) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Anastasia Hot Sand (LE) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Rouge Bunny Rouge Goddess (P, $48.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Stila Bronze (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Giorgio Armani No. 14 (P, $62.00) is less shimmery, less pigmented (90% similar). Make Up For Ever 12 Copper (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Bubblyis a muted, light-medium golden beige with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It was slightly drier with a looser consistency, though it still blended well and luckily, it didn’t look dry or powdery applied. Again, the finish was quite metallic but did not emphasize pores (almost that “so reflective it looks smooth” effect). It lasted for seven and a half hours before fading. Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Frosted (LE, $8.00) is darker (95% similar). Cover FX Moonlight (LE) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Dew You (P, $44.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia So Hollywood (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Burberry No. 02 Nude Gold (LE, $68.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Chanel Plisse Lumiere de Chanel (LE, $70.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Makeup Geek Nightlight (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Ray of Light (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Laura Geller Gilded Honey (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Estee Lauder Heat Wave (LE, $45.00) is brighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #02 (P, $39.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Tarte Spotlight (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Lancome Pink Lights (P, $23.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Anastasia Sunray (LE) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). LORAC Twilight (P, $23.00) is lighter (90% similar). Lancome Gold Lights (P, $23.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Bobbi Brown 24 Karat (P, $46.00) is darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Reflects Gilt (Top) (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Cover FX Moonlight (P, $42.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Dripping in Gold is a light-medium, yellow gold with strong, warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had great color payoff with a soft, smooth, and blendable consistency. The powder was easy to apply to the skin and diffuse along the edges. It didn’t emphasize pores or the skin’s natural texture, though it is a very high-shine finish where a little goes a long way. The color wore well for seven and a half hours on me. Estee Lauder Heat Wave (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). The Estee Edit 14K Glow (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Make Up For Ever #02 (P, $39.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Reflects Gilt (Top) (LE) is more shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Dior #003 (P, $56.00) is more shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Too Faced You Light Up My Life (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Gold Addict (P, $6.00) is darker (95% similar). Becca Prosecco Pop (P, $38.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Sunray (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Frosted (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Looxi Beauty Centerfold (P, $7.50) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). MAC Whisper of Gilt (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Tarte Exposed (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Laura Mercier Addiction (P, $44.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Dior Transatlantique (LE, $58.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Fire (P) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Illamasqua Rush (P) is lighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Gold (LE, $46.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Snow Bunny (P) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Dew You (P, $44.00) is cooler (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Anastasia Glow Kit That Glow
That Glow
That Glow
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total
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Sunburst

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Golden Bronze

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Bubbly

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Dripping in Gold

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