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Makeup Geek Cherish Blush

Makeup Geek Cherish Blush
Makeup Geek Cherish Blush

Makeup Geek Cherish Blush ($10.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a soft, light-medium rosy pink with strong, warm undertones and a matte finish. LORAC Prism (P, $23.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Catrice I Am Nuts About You (P, $5.99) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Trustworthy (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Zoeva Shy Beauty (P, $11.80) is lighter (90% similar). Estee Lauder Lover's Blush (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Smashbox Petunia (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Unleashed (LE, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals The Summer Fling (LE, $22.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Simply Bliss (LE, $23.00) is warmer (85% similar). bareMinerals Inner Beauty (LE, ) is lighter (85% similar). NARS Sex Appeal (P, $30.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Spellbinder (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery, brighter (85% similar). Tarte Breathless (LE, $28.00) is warmer (85% similar). bareMinerals The Spring Fling (LE, $22.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Shy One (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Risque (P, $28.00) is darker (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Ariana (P, $37.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The formula is supposed to be pigmented, long-wearing, and blendable (for more on how it compares to the previous formula, check out this post). It had semi-sheer, buildable coverage–to about medium–that was blendable and easy to apply to the skin. It just barely shows up on me, and I’m around light-medium to medium in skin tone, so my guess is this will be more suitable for fairer complexions overall. The texture felt incredibly finely-milled, but it could have been less powdery. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me before fading was noticeable.

Makeup Geek Blush Cherish
Cherish
Cherish
8
Product
7
Pigmentation
7
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
78%
Total

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Marc Jacobs Beauty Flesh & Fantasy (506) Air Blush

Marc Jacobs Beauty Flesh & Fantasy (506) Air Blush
Marc Jacobs Beauty Flesh & Fantasy (506) Air Blush

Marc Jacobs Beauty Flesh & Fantasy (506) Air Blush ($42.00 for 0.28 oz.) is muted, medium peach with hints of brown and warmer undertones paired with a soft sheen. The lighter shade is more of a light, golden beige with a shimmery sheen, while the deeper shade is a muted, dark peach-brown with a satin finish. Tarte Trustworthy (LE, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Rose Champagne (P, $2.99) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Zoeva Shy Beauty (P, $11.80) is less shimmery (95% similar). Clinique Nude Pop (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Valiant (LE, $22.00) is lighter, glossier (90% similar). NYX Soft Spoken (P, $6.50) is lighter (85% similar). NARS Sexual Content (Left) (LE, ) is more muted (85% similar). Ciate Summer Love (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Shameless (220) (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Laura Geller Cantaloupe (P, $26.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Hourglass Dim Infusion (P, $35.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Chanel Espiegle (DC, $45.00) is darker, brighter, warmer (80% similar). MAC Amber Glow (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

According to the brand, Air Blush is supposed to offer buildable coverage with a “luminous finish” that wears for “24-hours.” Each shade consists of a lighter and deeper shade, designed to be used together (each section of product is quite narrow, so it’s not feasible to use a blush or highlighting brush to get a single color). In general, I found the lighter color to have more shimmer/luminosity and acted as the “highlighting” shade within the palette, even though some variations are such that both shades are more blush-like in color and depth. Please note: It’s pretty hard to test a cheek product for 24-hours, since inevitably, most of it will end up on my sheets if I go to sleep, and I can’t tell you if or when I’ve ever pulled an all-nighter on purpose. To that end, I am rating by considering how it looked and what (if any) break down of product occurred between 14 and 18 hours of wear and then extrapolating to determine a “final” wear-time.

Flesh & Fantasy is the lightest/most muted shade in the range. It had medium coverage, which could be built-up to opaque coverage in two to three layers. The texture was soft, smooth, and a little dusty when I worked with it, but luckily, this did not translate on the skin. It still applied well, blended out easily, and produced a natural sheen that added luminosity but did not emphasize pores or look metallic on my skin. On me, it was still looking very much intact even after 18 hours of wear.

Worth noting, during July, 25% of sales of Air Blush will be donated to amfAR when purchased through Marc Jacobs Beauty. (I wouldn’t use it as an excuse to purchase something you’re not interested in but would consider purchasing directly vs. through another retailer if you were planning to buy. I have ordered direct from MJB a few times, and they have always packed well and shipped efficiently–no complaints!)

Marc Jacobs Beauty Air Blush Flesh & Fantasy (506)
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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Marc Jacobs Beauty Kink & Kisses (504) Air Blush

Marc Jacobs Beauty Kink & Kisses (504) Air Blush
Marc Jacobs Beauty Kink & Kisses (504) Air Blush

Marc Jacobs Beauty Kink & Kisses (504) Air Blush ($42.00 for 0.28 oz.) is soft, medium pink-coral with warm undertones and a luminous finish. It is comprised of a shimmery, very light, rose pink and a medium-dark pink-coral with a more satiny sheen.NARS Day Dream (LE, $30.00) is warmer (95% similar). NARS Fervor (Left) (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty (Cheek Pop) (LE, $40.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Pearlescent Pink (P, $2.99) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Love Hangover (P, $26.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Holiday (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Clinique Melon Pop (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). NARS Bumpy Ride (P, $30.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Spellbinder (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Hourglass Luminous Flush (P, $35.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Frantic Pink (Discontinued) (DC, $60.00)(95% similar). Makeup Geek Main Squeeze (P, $10.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Solar Exposure (Blush) (LE, $60.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC I'll Hold My Breath #2 (LE, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Lesson in Love (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Legendary (LE, $23.00) is warmer (90% similar). Dior My Lady (003) (LE, $60.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Easy Manner (LE, $23.00) is lighter (85% similar). Coloured Raine Cutie Pie (P, $25.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Dainty (P, $27.00) is darker (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

According to the brand, Air Blush is supposed to offer buildable coverage with a “luminous finish” that wears for “24-hours.” Each shade consists of a lighter and deeper shade, designed to be used together (each section of product is quite narrow, so it’s not feasible to use a blush or highlighting brush to get a single color). In general, I found the lighter color to have more shimmer/luminosity and acted as the “highlighting” shade within the palette, even though some variations are such that both shades are more blush-like in color and depth. Please note: It’s pretty hard to test a cheek product for 24-hours, since inevitably, most of it will end up on my sheets if I go to sleep, and I can’t tell you if or when I’ve ever pulled an all-nighter on purpose. To that end, I am rating by considering how it looked and what (if any) break down of product occurred between 14 and 18 hours of wear and then extrapolating to determine a “final” wear-time.

Kink & Kisses had semi-opaque color payoff that was buildable to opaque coverage or easily applied with a light-to-medium hand for sheerer coverage. The consistency was very soft, smooth, and silky on the skin, while the blush blended out with little effort. It had a soft sheen that gave my skin a natural glow, but it didn’t emphasize my skin’s natural texture or read as shimmery. This shade was still going exceptionally strong after 18 hours of wear (as long as I could wear it before needing to sleep!).

Worth noting, during July, 25% of sales of Air Blush will be donated to amfAR when purchased through Marc Jacobs Beauty. (I wouldn’t use it as an excuse to purchase something you’re not interested in but would consider purchasing directly vs. through another retailer if you were planning to buy. I have ordered direct from MJB a few times, and they have always packed well and shipped efficiently–no complaints!)

Marc Jacobs Beauty Air Blush Kink & Kisses (504)
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

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Catrice Champagne Campaign Highlighting Powder

Catrice Champagne Campaign Highlighting Powder
Catrice Champagne Campaign Highlighting Powder

Catrice Champagne Campaign Highlighting Powder ($5.99 for 0.17 oz.) is a very light, golden beige with warm undertones and a soft sheen. Wet 'n' Wild Blossom Glow (P, $4.99) is more shimmery (95% similar). Cle de Peau Bal Masque (LE, $120.00) is lighter (95% similar). Viseart Highlight #1 (P, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Climax (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Tutu (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Peach Lights (P, $6.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Coloured Raine Luxurious Bling (P, $25.00)(90% similar). Colour Pop Releve (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Sephora Light Beam (02) (P, $14.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Glow (Tarteist) (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia Eclipse (P, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Cle de Peau Almond (16) (P, $55.00)(90% similar). Colour Pop Smokin' Whistles (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Milani Afterglow (P, $10.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Blinded by the Light (P, $30.00) is more muted, less pigmented (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Catrice’s Highlighting Powder is supposed to be “soft and velvety” that gives a “soft glow” to the skin and is available in two shades (I reviewed Stardust previously). The texture was soft, lightly powdery, and blendable on the skin. It kicked up excess product in the pan easily, so I would recommend using a lighter touch than usual to avoid creating too much of a mess each time you use the product. The powder sat well on the skin and didn’t emphasize the texture of mine at all, and the sheen is noticeable but subtle overall. If you like more metallic highlighters, this one is going to leave you wanting more, but if you find a lot of highlighters to be too much, then this might be your cup of tea. This shade lasted for seven hours before fading on me. There was a stronger, more powdery scent coming from the powder, in case you’re sensitive to scents.

Catrice Highlighting Powder Champagne Campaign
B+

Permanent

8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total

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MAC News Flash! Blush

MAC News Flash! Blush
MAC News Flash! Blush

MAC News Flash! Blush ($16.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “red orange with pearl [with a Satin finish].” It’s a rich, deep orange-red with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. MAC All Year Red (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Adobe Brick (LE, $23.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Urban Decay Slowburn (P, ) is warmer (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Fira (P, $37.00) is warmer (90% similar). NYX Crimson (P, $6.50) is darker (95% similar). NARS Exhibit A (P, $30.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

This is one of five new blush shades being added to the permanent range, but worth noting is that they are being added as a Small Powder Blush (the same size as MAC’s eyeshadows). I’m not sure if it will be available in pan-form or not (my guess is yes, since it is permanent) at this time. The formula is the same as their regular Powder Blush range, though, other than the size (and price). The new five are supposed to be pigmented with an even, smooth texture. News Flash! looks pinker and pinker the more it is sheered out, and even on my warmer skin tone, it looked more strawberry-red than orange-red when I blended it out. It was intensely pigmented, so a little went a long way, but it blended out fairly easily. The texture was smooth without being too soft or too dusty. Once applied, the color wore for a good nine hours before fading noticeably.

MAC Powder Blush (Small) News Flash!
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

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Makeup Geek Bliss Blush

Makeup Geek Bliss Blush
Makeup Geek Bliss Blush

Makeup Geek Bliss Blush ($10.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a pop of light-medium, peachy-orange with warm undertones and a matte finish. Zoeva CR040 (P, ) is lighter (95% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Coral Pink (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Kat Von D Gretel (Light) (P, ) is cooler (95% similar). Make Up For Ever B304 (P, $23.00) is warmer (95% similar). bareMinerals The Spring Fling (LE, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Corol #1 (LE, $23.00) is cooler (90% similar). Chanel Caresse (180) (LE, $45.00) is warmer (90% similar). Sisley Paris Mango (3) (P, $85.00) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Indecent (P, $26.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Catrice I Am Nuts About You (P, $5.99) is cooler (90% similar). bareMinerals The Summer Fling (LE, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Smitten (P, $9.99) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). NARS Sex Appeal (P, $30.00) is lighter (90% similar). Dior Coral Sunset (002) (LE, $57.00) is darker (85% similar). bareMinerals Inner Beauty (LE, ) is lighter (85% similar). Bite Beauty Blondie (P, $24.00) is darker, brighter (80% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Sahara (P, $54.00) is more shimmery, darker, more muted (80% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Sahara (P, $54.00) is more shimmery, lighter, more muted (80% similar). Illamasqua Lover (P, $26.00) is darker, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The formula is supposed to be pigmented, long-wearing, and blendable (for more on how it compares to the previous formula, check out this post). The color payoff was buildable from medium to semi-opaque coverage, and the color did darken slightly once I applied to my bare skin. In the reformulation, the color got lighter and has less pink in it compared to the original shade. The consistency was soft, but it was dusty enough to kick up quite a bit of powder in the pan and looked a smidgen dry applied to the skin, even though it was easily blended out. On me, it wore well for seven and a half hours before fading.

Makeup Geek Blush Bliss
Bliss
Bliss
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
86%
Total

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