Kat Von D Hansel + Gretel Shade + Light Blush Duo
Kat Von D Hansel + Gretel Shade + Light Blush Duo ($25.00 for 0.317 oz.) is a new, permanent set of copper and peach. The blush formula is supposed to “stay vibrant for a full 24 hours of wear” with “silky powders” that “blend effortlessly into skin for a flawless, buildable finish.” The marketing makes it unclear what level of pigmentation these should be on Sephora, but per the brand’s Instagram, they are “highly pigmented.” As you might have guessed from the last three reviews, results were not impressive. The darker shade was sheer and difficult to blend on the skin, while the lighter shade was less firm in the pan and more powdery, so it was easier to blend but was still sheer. Neither shade made it in the realm of 24 hour wear. The two mixed together (just swirled with a brush) is better than either alone, but blending was still a pain and required an excessive amount of layers for it to show up for photos on my skin tone.
Hansel (Shade) is described as a “terracotta.” It’s a slightly muted, medium-dark reddish brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-sheer coverage and was buildable to semi-opaque after five layers of product (the heavy swatch pictured was five layers). The texture is incredibly firm and packed into the pan, which makes getting product out of the pan difficult. The firmer texture translates into a thinner, harder-to-blend consistency on the skin, not just swatched, and it tended to look splotchy applied. The color lasted for seven and a half hours, which isn’t bad, but it is bad in the light of a 24-hour wear claim. Chanel Jersey (80) (P, $45.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Sephora Passionate (23) (P, $14.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Coppertone (P, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Cantaloupe (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Mademoiselle (LE) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Bad Girl Gone Good (LE, $22.00) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Quarters (P, $8.00) is brighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Pleasure Model (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery, brighter (85% similar). MAC Make You Mine (P, $23.50) is darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Stryke (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery, darker, more pigmented (85% similar). NARS Gilda (P, $30.00) is cooler (85% similar). NARS Liberte (-, $30.00) is darker, more pigmented (80% similar). Colour Pop Bonus (DC, $8.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.
Gretel (Light) is described as an “apricot.” It’s a light-medium pop of peach with warm, orange tones and a matte finish. It was sheer, and it was difficult to intensify as the consistency was powdery and on the chalky side. The color blended out a lot better than the darker shade, there just wasn’t much of it that was visible on my skin tone–what you see is eight passes of product and I can almost imagine there’s a pink tone to my cheek area. It lasted for eight hours. Makeup Geek Bliss (P, $10.00) is warmer (95% similar). LORAC Prism (P, $23.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (90% similar). Zoeva Shy Beauty (P, $11.80) is darker, more muted (90% similar). MAC Sunny Surprise (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Kat Von D Mickey (Shade) (P) is darker (85% similar). Catrice I Am Nuts About You (P, $5.99) is more muted, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.