MAC I’m a Lover Pro Longwear Blush

MAC I’m a Lover Pro Longwear Blush ($26.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “pink.” It’s a light-medium, cool-toned pink with blue undertones and a satin finish. Tarte Whimsy (LE, $26.00) is brighter, darker. Makeup Geek Head Over Heels (P, $9.99) is brighter. Dior Rose (001) (LE, $56.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Blush (P) is more matte, darker. NARS Sex Fantasy (LE, $29.00) is lighter. Milani Delizioso Pink (10) (P, $7.99) is darker, brighter. Givenchy It-Girl Purple (P, $44.00) is brighter. Tarte Dollface (P, $26.00) is slightly darker. NARS Mistinguette (LE, $29.00) is lighter, brighter. theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is lighter, more matte. NYX English Rose (P, $15.00) is darker. MAC Stay Pretty (P, $23.50) is more muted. MAC Well Dressed (P, $21.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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MAC I'm a Lover Pro Longwear Blush
MAC Pro Longwear Blush I'm a Lover
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
97%

Sneak Peek: Benefit Cheeky Sweet Spot Box O’ Blushes Photos & Swatches

Benefit Cheeky Sweet Spot Box O’ Blushes ($36.00 for 1.08 oz.) includes six powder blushes and a cream highlighter–all shades from Benefit’s permanent line-up in a metal tin. A few of these I haven’t tested in a long time, so now seems like a good time to re-test and re-review (to update swatches, photos, dupes, and all that jazz!). I had actually re-photographed my permanent Box O’ Powders a few months ago but haven’t had time to test all of them yet, so this palette is quite timely! I bought mine at Sephora, but it is also available at ULTA last I saw.

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Benefit Cheeky Sweet Spot Box O' Blushes

Make Up For Ever ME734 Tangerine Artist Shadow (Blush)

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow (Blush) ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a bold, bright, in-your-face orange-red with a golden orange frosted shimmer. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #4 (P, $9.99) is brighter, lighter. Sugarpill Asteria (LE, $12.00) is darker, redder. NARS Taj Mahal (P, $29.00) is very similar. MAC Fresh Daily (LE, $15.00) is more muted. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Make Up For Ever ME734 Tangerine Artist Shadow (Blush)
Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow ME734 Tangerine
A+
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
9.5
Application
5
Total
99%

MAC Crazed Imagination Blush

MAC Crazed Imagination Blush (24.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “muted plum with a hint of pink pearl [with a Frost finish].” It’s a muted, medium-dark plummy brown with subtle, warm undertones and a pearly shimmer-sheen finish. MAC Animal Instincts (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, browner. MAC Lavish Living (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery. theBalm Cabana Boy (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned. NARS Oasis (P, $29.00) is warmer, redder. MAC Plum Foolery (P, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Stratus (LE, $27.00) is warmer, browner. Chanel Rose Temptation (LE, $45.00) is lighter, less shimmery. Chanel Plum Attraction (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery. bareMinerals The Indecent Proposal (P, $22.00) is less shimmery, warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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MAC Crazed Imagination Blush
MAC Powder Blush Crazed Imagination
B-
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
82%

Gucci Coral Flower Sheer Blushing Powder

Gucci Coral Flower Sheer Blushing Powder ($49.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a lightly brightened, pink-coral with a soft, golden sheen. Tarte Bashful (LE, $26.00) is a touch warmer. Guerlain Coral Blush (LE) is darker. Dior My Lady (003) (LE, $60.00) is pinker. MAC Petal Power (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery. Tarte True Love (P, $26.00) is more matte. Tarte Crave (LE, $26.00) is more matte. NARS Day Dream (LE, $29.00) is warmer. Too Faced Melt Into Spring (LE) is more matte. theBalm Frat Boy (P, $21.00) is pinker, more matte. NYX Summer Peach (P, $5.00) See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Gucci Coral Flower Sheer Blushing Powder
Gucci Beauty Sheer Blushing Powder Coral Flower
B+
Product
9
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
89%

Tarte Pin Up Girl Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush Palette

Tarte Pin Up Girl Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush Palette ($42.00 for 0.79 oz.) includes five shades of blush ranging from brown to peach to plum. Each blush is 0.158 oz. and a full-sized blush is 0.20 oz. for $26. The palette contains $102.70 worth of blush, and more subjectively, for less than the price of two full-sized blushes, you’ll get to try five shades. I liked that there was a variety of finishes, and a decent spectrum of shades from beige to plum to coral. Tarte’s blushes don’t wear as long as twelve hours on me, which is a claim that is repeated over and over again for the formula. The texture of a few of these leaned powdery, and it seemed like the wear time was less than I’ve had with other Tarte shades as a result. If I set aside the 12-hour wear time claim, then the rating would bump up to B+.

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Tarte Pin Up Girl Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush Palette

Tarte Pin Up Girl Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush Palette

B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
7
Application
4.5
Total
84%
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