MAC Corol Blush Duo

MAC Corol Blush Duo ($33.00 for TBA oz.) is consists of two blushes, with them being split unevenly–the lighter shade covers about two-thirds, while the plum shade is about a third of the compact. It is larger than MAC’s normal blush compact–more like their Beauty Powders. It is packaged in a rubberized black with gold trimmings. What you really need to know is that the texture is incredibly stiff and stubborn to work with: all swatches required use of a metal spatula to scrape off layers of powder. Once layers were dislodged, I was able to jab at them with a brush to loosen and apply, but the powder in the compact felt almost like plastic to the touch. After it was loosened and crushed into a fine powder, the actual texture from there was softer and fairly blendable–but getting to that point required extreme measures. It took a fair amount of product to get “decent” color payoff, even after scraping away at it. It did not improve with use, unfortunately, and I’m pretty sure I caught it laughing evilly at me. I don’t know if I’ve encountered quite as stiff of a powder as this that wasn’t really plastic–I am totally flabbergasted that this made it out of production.

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MAC Corol Blush Duo
MAC Pedro Lourenco Blush Duo Corol
B-
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
7
Application
4.5
Total
82%
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Giorgio Armani #500 Maestro Fusion Blush

Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Blush ($52.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is supposed to be a “highly pigmented blush” that is liquid in form. The brand recommends using a single drop for application. They weren’t kidding, because this is insanely pigmented; a single drop may still be too much product. One bottle might last you a lifetime, and that really doesn’t feel like an exaggeration; I wish they had reduced the bottle size and dropped the price. There are three shades available, all are permanent, and I’ve only just tried the one featured here. Next time Giorgio Armani has a sale, I might pick up the other two shades–we’ll see! It’s a great product, but the price point will make you think twice, even if it contains more than enough product (it’s just so much that it seems like a waste, rather than a value).

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Giorgio Armani #500 Maestro Fusion Blush
Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Blush #500
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
97%

Marc Jacobs Beauty Shameless (220) Shameless Bold Blush

Marc Jacobs Beauty Shameless (220) Shameless Bold Blush ($30.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “soft peach.” It’s a light-medium peachy coral with a satin finish and warm, reddish undertones. Make Up For Ever #225 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is a cream product. Hourglass Dim Infusion (P, $35.00) is a touch lighter, less shimmery. Tarte Darling (LE, $26.00) is darker, brighter. MAC Melba (P, $21.00) is darker. Chanel Espiegle (P, $43.00) is slightly warmer. Bobbi Brown Nude Peach (P, $26.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Marc Jacobs Beauty Shameless (220) Shameless Bold Blush
Marc Jacobs Beauty Shameless Bold Blush Shameless (220)
D
Product
6.5
Pigmentation
6.5
Texture
6
Longevity
7.5
Application
3
Total
66%

NYX Flamingo Blush

NYX Flamingo Powder Blush ($5.99 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “baby pink with blue tone.” It’s a brightened, cool-toned, pinky-lavender with a matte finish. MAC Peony Petal (P, $21.00) is slightly darker. NARS Gaiety (P, $29.00) is more lavender. MAC Pure Femininity (LE, $20.00) is warmer. NARS Mistinguette (LE, $29.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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NYX Flamingo Blush
NYX Powder Blush Flamingo
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
7.5
Application
5
Total
86%

MAC Hush Cream Colour Base

MAC Hush Cream Colour Base ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “soft peach with icy shimmer [with a Frost finish].” It’s a warm-toned, peachy-beige with a frosted sheen. MAC Diamonds (LE, $22.00) is similar. MAC Highlighter (LE, $30.00) is a powder. Becca Guava/Moonstone (P, $27.00) is darker. Sephora + Pantone Universe Spanish Villa (LE) is lighter, powder. IT Cosmetics Hello Light (P, $24.00) is a powder. Urban Decay Glint (LE) is a powder. Tom Ford Beauty Blush Guilt (LE, $58.00) is more beige. Urban Decay Naked Flushed Highlighter (P) is a powder. MAC Soft & Gentle (P, $30.00) is a powder. bareMinerals The Love Affair (LE, $26.00) is a powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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MAC Hush Cream Colour Base
MAC Cream Colour Base Hush
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
6.5
Application
5
Total
84%

MAC Refresh Mineralize Skinfinish Duo

MAC Refresh Mineralize Skinfinish Duo ($33.00 for 0.32 oz.) contains two shades, which are most easily considered a bronzer and highlighter. This set of shades was less powdery than Jolly Good, but it was still slightly powdery and didn’t wear quite as long as the average cheek colors do.

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MAC Refresh Mineralize Skinfinish Duo
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Duo Refresh
B-
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8
Longevity
6.5
Application
4.5
Total
82%
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