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NYX Summer HD Blush

NYX Summer HD Blush
NYX Summer HD Blush

NYX Summer HD Blush ($6.00 for 0.16 oz.) is medium, pink-coral with warm undertones and gold pearl. MAC Petal Power (P, $27.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Warm (Winter 2016) Blush (LE, $60.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Fox (P, $8.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte Glisten (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Laura Geller Papaya (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker, brighter (90% similar). Chanel Fleur de Lotus (LE, $45.00) is cooler (90% similar). Chanel Coco Code (LE, $70.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Physicians Formula Warm (P, $11.99) is less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Deep Throat (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Chanel Sunkiss Ribbon (LE, $70.00) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). Milani Dolce Pink (P, $8.49) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). NARS Soulshine (Together) (LE, $30.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Sweet Vision (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Lines & Last Night (502) (P, $42.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Chanel Tweed Coralline (LE, $48.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Love Lust (Discontinued) (DC, $60.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Becca Snapdragon (P, $34.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Malice (71) (P, $45.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Fleet Fast (LE, $22.00) is darker (85% similar). NARS Orgasm (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

This was one of the more shimmery shades in the HD Blush round-up that I’ve tried so far. It’s definitely not frosted, though, and it has a very luminous sheen on the skin as the shimmer is fine. The blush was richly pigmented with a soft, silky texture that applied well to the skin and blended out with ease. It was just a smidgen powdery, but it was so much better than a lot of the other shades in the range! When I tested it, the color stayed on well for eight hours before fading.

FORMULA SUMMARY | NYX’s newest blush formula is supposed to be a “high definition, lightweight blush that blends evenly” that is “vibrant and silky.” The texture tended to be on the more powdery side, but it sits well and doesn’t look powdery applied. Many shades have a more luminous finish to them where the shimmer is fine enough to create a glow, rather than a frosted finish (though a couple are quite shimmery). The formula blends fairly easily on the skin and has medium, buildable coverage with some being very pigmented right off the bat. The wear time is between seven and eight hours.

NYX HD Blush Summer
Summer
Summer
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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NYX Crimson HD Blush

NYX Crimson HD Blush
NYX Crimson HD Blush

NYX Crimson HD Blush ($6.00 for 0.16 oz.) is bright, medium red with warm, orange undertones and a satin shimmer. MAC Contrary (LE, $22.00) is glossier (95% similar). MAC Oh My! (LE, $22.00) is cooler (90% similar). Estee Lauder Poppy Passion (P, $34.00) is more muted (90% similar). Chanel Rouge Profond (320) (P, $45.00) is more muted, cooler (90% similar). MAC News Flash! (P, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Fira (P, $37.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Slowburn (P) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Erotic (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Adobe Brick (LE, $22.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Frankly Scarlet (P, $22.00) is cooler (85% similar). NARS Exhibit A (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Burnt Pepper (P, $22.00) is darker, more muted (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

It had good pigmentation, and finally, a shade that wasn’t terribly powdery. The consistency was still soft, smooth, and fairly blendable (but it takes some patience and a light touch to get even application). Crimson is quite pigmented with a soft shimmer to it that becomes more pronounced as you buff it into the skin. It wore well for eight hours on me.

FORMULA SUMMARY | NYX’s newest blush formula is supposed to be a “high definition, lightweight blush that blends evenly” that is “vibrant and silky.” The texture tended to be on the more powdery side, but it sits well and doesn’t look powdery applied. Many shades have a more luminous finish to them where the shimmer is fine enough to create a glow, rather than a frosted finish (though a couple are quite shimmery). The formula blends fairly easily on the skin and has medium, buildable coverage with some being very pigmented right off the bat. The wear time is between seven and eight hours.

NYX HD Blush Crimson
Crimson
Crimson
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total

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Tarte Tarteist Contour Palette

Tarte Tarteist Contour Palette
Tarte Tarteist Contour Palette

Tarte Tarteist Contour Palette ($45.00 for 0.87 oz.) includes two highlighters, a yellow correcting powder (which could be used as a highlighter, depending on your skin tone), two contour powders, and one blush. The quality is disappointing, depending on the shade, but the biggest downside is that it’s one-size-fits-all mentality. Obviously, this will flatter some and not work at all for others. I think the powders are a little on the chalky side, so I don’t know if they would work well on drier skin (I am normal right now, so I didn’t notice it overly much on my skin). The powders also seemed to have a little sweet smell, which was unusual.

Highlight (Tarteist) is a light, yellowed beige with warm undertones and a satin finish. It is a very subtle highlighter that gets more noticeable as it is buffed and blended into the skin, but it is never emphasizing or even shimmery enough to rise to the level of a moderate highlighter. The texture was smooth and silky without being powdery. It lasted for seven hours on me, but as a heads up, it looks chalky on my skin tone (medium). Chanel Jardin de Camelias (LE, $70.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). YSL Golden Contouring Highlight (P) is brighter (95% similar). Hourglass Brilliant Strobe Light (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Highlight (P) is less shimmery, brighter (90% similar). YSL Lumiere Divine (LE) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). NARS Paloma Highlight (P) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Kat Von D Lucid (P) is less shimmery, brighter (90% similar). YSL Rosy Contouring Highlight (P) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Laura Mercier Highlight 01 (P, $40.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Too Faced Light Cocoa (P) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Dior Cosmopolite (LE, $45.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Too Chic (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (P, $44.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Correct (Tarteist) is a pale, light-medium yellow with a matte finish. It is designed to correct, though I also think that yellow powders can be used as a “matte highlight” on yellower skin tones as well. The texture is quite powdery, and it was harder to blend out without losing all of the effect. It started to fade after seven hours on me. Dolce and Gabbana Eva (P, $51.00) is more muted (90% similar). LORAC Yellow Highlight (P) is darker, warmer (90% similar). NYX Cream (P, $5.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Illamasqua Cirrus (P) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Contour Soft (Tarteist) is a light-medium brown with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff with a firmer consistency, so it wasn’t as powdery to work with and blended better without sheering out, though it doesn’t build up intensity either. The color wore well for seven hours. MAC Taupe (LE, $22.00) is cooler (95% similar). Zoeva Heavy Crown (P) is cooler (95% similar). NARS Talia (Contour) (P) is darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Terra (P, $68.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Crevasse (LE) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Light (P, $44.00) is lighter (90% similar). YSL Golden Contouring Contour (P) is cooler (85% similar). Kat Von D Shadowplay (P) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Bon Voyage (P, $8.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Skinny Dip (P, $8.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Matte Bronze (LE, $70.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Smashbox Bronze (P) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Illamasqua Steal (P) is darker (80% similar). NARS Melina (Highlight) (P) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Tarte Shade (P) is darker, glossier (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Contour Deep (Tarteist) is a medium-dark taupe brown with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation with a lightly dusty consistency. The color blended out fairly well and lasted for seven and a half hours. MAC Sepia (LE, $23.00) is darker, brighter, glossier (90% similar). LORAC Light Contour (P) is lighter (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Medium (P, $44.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Smashbox Contour (P) is lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Subconscious (P) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Medium Cocoa (P) is lighter (90% similar). LORAC Medium Contour (P) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Medium (P) is glossier (85% similar). NYX Hollow (P, $5.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Accentuate (Tarteist) is a medium pink with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had medium, buildable coverage with a lightly dusty texture. This faded really fast on me–six hours of wear–and I wasn’t expecting that at all. Stila Dusty Rose (LE) is darker, brighter (95% similar). Chanel Innocence (160) (P, $45.00) is warmer (95% similar). Chanel Jardin de Chanel (LE, $55.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Overexposed (-) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Elevated (LE, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Amazed (LE, $28.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Celebrated (LE, $28.00) is lighter (85% similar). LORAC Underrated (LE) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Glow (Tarteist) is a light, ivory white with a pearly shimmer. It had semi-sheer coverage with a firmer consistency in the pan, which made getting product on a brush more challenging–I would recommend a flatter, denser brush to achieve visible coverage. This shade wore well for seven hours on me. Givenchy Moonlight Saison (P, $52.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Lumiere Sculptee de Chanel Highlighting Powder (LE, $72.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Chanel Delice (78) (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Cle de Peau Pastel (11) (P, $55.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). YSL Lumiere Divine (LE) is darker (90% similar). Becca Pearl (P, $38.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Catrice Champagne Campaign (P, $5.99) is more shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Shimmer Highlight (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Hourglass Incandescent Strobe Light (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Fanny Pack (P, $8.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). NYX Ice Queen (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tarte Contour Palette Tarteist
Tarteist
Tarteist
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
80%
Total
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Stila A Whole Lot of Love Gift Set

Stila A Whole Lot of Love Gift Set
Stila A Whole Lot of Love Gift Set

Stila A Whole Lot of Love Gift Set ($59.00 for 1.44 oz.) includes four blushes and 20 eyeshadows. It’s a palette with hits and misses, but a lot of the eyeshadows ran on the dusty or powdery side, even if they felt soft or smooth in their respective pans.

Light Pink is a light-medium pink with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff, which was a little dusty, but it blended out decently and lasted for six hours. NARS Mistinguette (LE, $30.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Viseart Rose #1 (P) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Pixie Pink (P, $6.99) is darker, brighter (90% similar). NYX Flamingo (P, $5.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Urban Decay X-Rated (P, $26.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Threesome (LE, $30.00) is lighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Nude Pink (P, $26.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). NARS Power Play (LE, $30.00) is darker (90% similar). Dior Floral Pink (844) (LE, $44.00) is warmer (85% similar). Zoeva Gentle Touch (P, $11.80) is warmer (85% similar). Kat Von D Clyde (Light) (P) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Dusty Rose is a medium, rosy pink with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation with a thinner texture that wasn’t dusty or too firm, but it takes a little extra work to blend it out. The color wore well for seven hours on me. Tarte Accentuate (Tarteist) (LE) is lighter, more muted (95% similar). Urban Decay Overexposed (-) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Love (LE, $30.00) is darker (95% similar). NYX Mauve (P, $5.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Icon (LE, $28.00) is brighter (90% similar). LORAC Underrated (LE) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte Love (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Unwritten (LE, $30.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Does This Thing Really Work? (LE, $28.00) is darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Cruel Intentions (LE, $8.00) is darker (85% similar). NARS Impassioned (P, $30.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Peach Shimmer is a light-medium, peachy-coral with golden, frosted shimmer. It had good color coverage with a soft, blendable texture that felt a little sparkly to the touch. This one can emphasize pores if you apply it more heavily. On me, the color started to fade after seven and a half hours. By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #2 (LE) is cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Who's Your Poppy (LE) is cooler (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Love Lust (P, $60.00)(90% similar). Makeup Geek Romance (P, $10.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Sweet Peach Blush (P) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Makeup Geek Romance (P, $9.99) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Vu (LE) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Milani Corallina (P, $8.49) is warmer (85% similar). Revlon Racy Rose (008) (P, $9.99) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Becca Lychee/Opal (P, $27.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). NARS Orgasm (P, $30.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Estee Lauder Wild Sunset (P, $34.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (85% similar). NYX Menage a Trois (P, $15.00) is darker (85% similar). KIKO 103 Golden Peach (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). MAC Sweet Vision (LE, $28.00) is cooler (85% similar). MAC Lust (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). LORAC Dance 'Til Dawn Blush #1 (LE) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Berry Shimmer is a soft, medium-dark reddish berry with warm, copper undertones and a frosted sheen. It had good color payoff with a soft, smooth, and blendable consistency that was easy to apply and wear on the skin. This shade wore well for eight hours. Sephora + Pantone Universe Bridal Rose (LE) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Burberry Silk and Bloom (LE, $68.00) is cooler (90% similar). NARS Summer Dual Intensity Blush II (LE) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC All Aflush (LE) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Loved Me the Best (P, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Pomegranate (P, $6.99) is less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Sexual Content (Right) (LE) is lighter, more muted, warmer (85% similar). Clinique Black Honey Pop (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Buddy (Shimmer) (LE, $22.00) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). NARS G-Spot (P, $39.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). NARS Isadora (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Ravish (Discontinued) (DC, $60.00) is more muted, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

White Sparkle is a light, yellowed beige with a pearly sheen and micro-sparkle. It had so-so pigmentation and was a little firm in the pan. The color faded after seven hours. Chanel Tisse Ombre de Lune #1 (P) is darker (95% similar). Tarina Tarantino Fantastical #3 (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Poesie #2 (LE) is darker (95% similar). NARS Andromeda (P, $29.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Satin Ochre (Left) (LE) is darker (95% similar). Make Up For Ever I414 Yellow Ivory (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Buxom Satin Seduction (P, $12.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). theBalm High Tide (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). LORAC Vanilla (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Kat Von D Thunderstruck (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Naked Truth #1 (P, $2.29) is darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Pale Peach is a muted, light peach with hints of beige and a matte finish. It was powdery to work with, which resulted in it sheering out considerably when applied to the skin. The color had noticeable fading after six hours. Inglot #330 (P, $6.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Buxom Mix & Mingle (P, $12.00) is lighter (95% similar). Hourglass Monochrome #1 (P) is lighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Damned (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Summer Breeze (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Bleach (LE, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). Sephora Whitewashed (P, $10.00) is warmer (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Dreamer #1 (P) is lighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Entomology (P) is warmer (95% similar). IT Cosmetics Hope (P) is brighter (95% similar). bareMinerals Pacific Sands (LE) is brighter (95% similar). Hourglass Atmosphere #1 (P) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Dream On (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Cocoa Mirage #1 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Smashbox Vanilla (P) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Free Spirit (LE) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Pink Nude (P, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Undressed (P, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Rock Candy (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). LORAC Porcelain (LE, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Nude Shimmer is a light-medium, peachy beige with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had good pigmentation with a very soft consistency. The eyeshadow adhered well to bare skin and blended out easily. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me. Viseart Cashmere #4 (P) is cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Champagne Rose (LE, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Satin Sheets (LE, $16.00) is more muted (90% similar). MAC Starry Eyed (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). LORAC Peony (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Exquisite Ego #1 (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Lancome Rose Satin (LE, $26.00) is cooler (90% similar). Inglot #393 (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Natasha Denona Galaxia (112K) (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Natasha Denona Golden Beige (52M) (P, $29.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Flow (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Uptown Girl #1 (P) is darker (90% similar). Guerlain Les Cendres #4 (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tarte Fizz the Season (LE) is darker (85% similar). Natasha Denona Piggy (80M) (P, $29.00) is cooler (85% similar). Tarina Tarantino Delightful #4 (P) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Ice (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Fabulous Three #2 (LE) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #2 (P) is darker (85% similar). Ciate Dainty (LE) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Metallic Peach is a light-medium, golden coral with warm, peachy-gold shimmer. It had mostly opaque color payoff with a soft, smooth texture in the pan. It applied fairly well and lasted for seven and a half hours. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Lover #2 (LE) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Pound Cake (LE, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). Cle de Peau Baby Universe #2 (P) is darker (95% similar). Laura Mercier Pink Haze (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay X (P, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Zoeva Handmade (P) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Fleur (LE, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). Natasha Denona Light Coral (87M) (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Scene (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte #SFS (LE) is darker (80% similar). Too Faced Bellini (P, $16.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Rose Gold is an intense, medium-dark copper with warm undertones and a sparkling, frosted finish. It was richly pigmented with a really soft, buttery consistency that was easy to apply and use. Definitely a standout shade in the palette (of course, getting a copper eyeshadow right is seemingly effortless for most brands). It wore well for eight hours. Urban Decay Lucky (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). The Estee Edit Swerve (LE) is cooler (95% similar). Milani Bella Copper (23) (P, $4.49) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Dog Roses (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). bareMinerals Bragging Rights (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Butterscotch (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #3 (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Sugarpill Penelope (P, $13.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Coloured Raine Your Majesty (LE, $6.99) is brighter (95% similar). Colour Pop KathleenLights (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 13 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Gold (DC, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Cider (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Harpsichord (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Stila Cinnamon (LE, $18.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). City Color Cheers to Life (P, $6.99) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Friendspiration (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). LORAC Unleashed (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Viseart Cindi (P) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Wine (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Rose Pewter is a light-medium, silvery taupe with warm undertones and larger silver sparkle. The base color is soft and smooth, but the sparkle is chunkier, while the eyeshadow breaks down a bit as it is so soft. I wanted to love this one, but it was messy to use and had fall out over the seven hours it wore. Make Up For Ever D552 Crystalline Gray Beige (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Lancome Joie (P, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Giorgio Armani #1 Spring 2012 #4 (LE) is darker (95% similar). MAC A Different Vibe (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop I Heart This (P, $5.00) is darker (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Silver Mirage (18) (LE, $39.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Smashbox Platinum (P) is darker (90% similar). Hourglass Graphite #5 (P) is less shimmery (90% similar). Stila Warm Silver (LE, $18.00) is cooler (85% similar). Kat Von D Telepathy (P) is darker (85% similar). Anastasia Beigely (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Vape (P, $20.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Seaweed is a muted, medium-dark olive green with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had good pigmentation, but the texture was firmer and thinner in the pan, which made it harder to blend out on the skin. On me, the color was faded after seven and a half hours of wear. Guerlain Khaki Mono (07) (P, $34.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Last Dance #4 (P) is darker, brighter (90% similar). MAC Mysterious Influence (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Chanel Tisse Fantaisie #3 (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Hourglass Color Field #5 (P) is warmer (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Veruschka (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Raw Jade (Right) (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Dior Jardin #3 (P) is darker (90% similar). MAC Unsurpassable (LE, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Never Too Late (LE, $25.00) is lighter (90% similar). YSL Avant Garde #1 (P) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Green Clean #3 (LE) is warmer (85% similar). Make Up For Ever D308 Aquatic Khaki (P, $21.00) is darker (85% similar). YSL Indie Jasper #4 (LE) is darker (85% similar). Guerlain Les Precieux #1 (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever D326 Black Bronze (P, $21.00) is darker, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Metallic Taupe is a medium, peachy brown with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had fantastic color payoff with a really smooth, silky consistency that wasn’t too firm or too soft. The color applied well and wore for eight hours on me. theBalm Stand-offish (P, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #4 (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarina Tarantino Agate (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Viseart Gitte (P) is lighter (95% similar). Dior Ambre Nuit #2 (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Giorgio Armani Rose Ashes (11) (P, $39.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Buxom Style Icon (P, $12.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Stila Thought (P) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Sienna (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Spiked Cider (LE) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Ciate Happy (LE) is darker, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Warm Honey is a soft, medium brown with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a lightly powdery texture that was blendable, at least. The color lasted for seven hours. MAC Cork (P, $16.00)(100% similar). LORAC Undeniable (P, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Smashbox Publisher (P) is darker (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Dimmer (LE) is cooler (95% similar). Urban Decay Downfall (LE, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). Anastasia Fawn (P, $12.00) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Fifi (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Chanel Entrelacs #2 (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Mousse (P, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Natasha Denona Suede (58V) (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Urban Decay Anaheim (LE, $19.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Zone (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Stila Warm Taupe (LE, $18.00) is darker (90% similar). Sephora Flirt in a Skirt (LE) is cooler (90% similar). NARS Maya Bay (LE, $25.00) is cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Chessboard (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Wanderer (LE) is cooler (90% similar). Laura Mercier Dune (LE, $23.00) is darker (90% similar). Zoeva Urban Culture (P) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Becca Ombre Nudes #2 (P) is lighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Warm Taupe is a medium-dark brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It seems a little too warm to be a taupe to me, but I can see a hint of gray in it. It had decent pigmentation with a slightly firmer texture in the pan, but surprisingly, it didn’t apply unevenly or turn patchy on the lid. This shade showed signs of fading after seven hours. MAC Sandstone (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Jetsetter (P) is cooler (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Coco (LE) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Fix (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Fifi (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Tan-gled Up in You (LE) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Charcoal Brown (P, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). Stila Warm Honey (LE, $18.00) is lighter (90% similar). Laura Mercier Dune (LE, $23.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Maya Bay (LE, $25.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Anaheim (LE, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Wanderer (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Natasha Denona Suede (58V) (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Laura Mercier Café au Lait (P, $23.00) is warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Zone (LE, $19.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Mousse (P, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Stila Cool Taupe (LE, $18.00) is cooler (85% similar). LORAC Undeniable (P, $19.00) is lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Downfall (LE, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Coloured Raine Hot Cocoa (P, $6.99) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Cool Taupe is a medium-dark taupe brown with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque pigmentation, as it was prone to sheering out and had a thinner texture that made it under-pigmented. It wore well for seven hours on me. NARS Shade II (2015) (LE, $25.00) is cooler (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M558 Dark Taupe (P, $21.00) is darker (95% similar). Sephora Cashmere Coat (P, $10.00) is cooler (90% similar). Dior Mirage (761) (P, $30.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Stone Unturned (LE) is cooler (90% similar). Viseart Tabac (P) is darker (90% similar). Laura Mercier Stone Taupe (LE, $23.00) is darker (90% similar). Viseart Dark Matte #2 (P) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Slate (P, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). Smashbox Soft Brown (P) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Cashmere Bunny (P, $16.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Cool Complement (P, $16.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Stila Warm Taupe (LE, $18.00) is warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Dare (LE, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Omega (P, $16.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Lover #7 (LE) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Chocolate is a deep brown with subtle, warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a slightly firmer texture that seemed to make it harder to blend out, as it wanted to stay wherever it was initially applied. This shade started to fade after seven and a half hours of wear. Tarte Activist (P) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Dark Drive (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Charcoal Sketch (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Earthy Scent (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Lava Cake (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, less pigmented, warmer (95% similar). LORAC Espresso (P, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Vox (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Laura Mercier Chocolate Espresso (LE, $23.00) is lighter (95% similar). LORAC Espresso (Mega Pro) (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Belle Femme (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Dash of Mocha (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). NARS Montaillou (LE, $25.00) is darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Rose is a light-medium pink with neutral-to-cool undertones and a matte finish. It had decent color payoff with a lightly dusty texture that blended well and didn’t lose too much of its opacity when applied and blended out. The color lasted for seven and a half hours on me. Chanel Palpitation (104) (LE, $29.50) is darker (95% similar). Chanel Rose de Mai (P, $29.50)(90% similar). Inglot #359 (P, $6.00) is lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Beautiful (LE) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). IT Cosmetics Desire (P) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Dreamboat (LE, $5.00) is warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Deep Plum is a dark burgundy with warm undertones and fine multi-colored shimmer. The texture was quite powdery and dry, so the eyeshadow had a loose quality to it that made it look dry even applied to the skin. It showed signs of fading after seven hours. Chanel Signe Particulier #3 (LE) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Tarte Fingerpaint Art (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Stereo (LE, $5.00) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel Rouge Noir (857) (P, $32.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Round Midnight (LE, $20.00) is cooler (90% similar). Anastasia Metallic Plum (LE, $12.00) is more shimmery, more muted (90% similar). Kat Von D Wonderland (DC) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Sephora Shana (LE) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Lapis is a medium blue with cool undertones and a soft, frosted shimmer. It had so-so pigmentation, and it looked lighter applied than it did in the pan. I found the consistency to be thin but smooth. It wore well for seven and a half hours. Milani Bella Cobalt (25) (P, $4.49) is warmer (95% similar). Smashbox Nile (LE) is more muted (95% similar). Sephora Stormer (LE) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Sugarpill Holy Ghost (P, $13.00) is warmer (95% similar). Chanel Ocean Light (122) (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). LORAC Blue Quartz (LE, $19.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Viseart Boheme Dream #12 (LE) is lighter (90% similar). City Color It's a Boy (P, $6.99) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS Wishful Thinking (LE, $24.00) is brighter (90% similar). Estee Lauder Fired Sapphire (LE) is more shimmery, darker, brighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Radium (P, $19.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Weirdly Wonderful (LE, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). Coloured Raine Blue Magic (P, $6.99) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Denim is a dark navy blue with a frosted shimmer. It had semi-sheer coverage, while the texture was quite firm and hard to blend out. The color lasted for seven hours. Urban Decay Moonshadow (P, $19.00) is darker, more pigmented (95% similar). theBalm Pipeline (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). bareMinerals Nightfall (LE) is darker (95% similar). Chanel Tisse Jazz #3 (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Buxom Backstage Pass (P, $12.00) is lighter (90% similar). Sephora Aja (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Viseart Sapphire (P) is more muted, warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals Climax (P) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Cobalt (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Nautica (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Viseart Bijoux Royal #8 (LE) is warmer, better quality (90% similar). Kat Von D Entombed (P) is darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Parisienne #2 (LE) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Navy #6 (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay 501 (LE, $19.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). MAC Daring (LE) is darker (85% similar). MAC Heavy, Black and Pendulous (LE, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). Natasha Denona Metallic Steel Blue (11M) (P, $29.00) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Frosted Lavender is a light-medium, pinky lavender with subtle, cool undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a lightly soft consistency that applied fairly evenly. This shade wore well for seven and a half hours. BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #2 (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Tisse Beverly Hills #1 (P) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Inglot #440 (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, brighter (90% similar). MAC Triple Impact (LE, $20.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Pallor (LE, $19.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Fresh Ice (LE, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). Dior Rosee (141) (LE, $31.00) is warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I916 Frosted Mauve (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Astrological (LE) is darker, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Buxom Silver Screen (P, $12.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Eggplant is a muted, deep purple with subtle, neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. It was powdery and thin, which led to uneven coverage and difficult blending. The color wore for almost eight hours. Tarte Vamp (P) is darker, brighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Chopper (P, $5.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Shadowy Lady (P, $16.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Smashbox Aubergine (P) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Taboo (P, $6.00) is lighter (90% similar). Zoeva Old Master (P) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Tarte Power Plum (LE) is lighter (85% similar). Smashbox Editor (P) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Tarte Fierce (P) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Black Pearl is a deep gray with a frosted finish and subtle, warm brown undertones. It had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable consistency that wasn’t too dry or too firm. I was able to wear this for eight hours before it started to fade. Kat Von D Santeria (LE) is less shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Silver Leopard (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Nighttrain (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC A Sprinkle of Blues #4 (P, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). Laura Mercier Gunmetal (LE, $23.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Diesel (LE, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Silver Shoes (LE) is darker (90% similar). Stila Black Diamond (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Kat Von D Black No. 1 (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Cosmic Deco #3 (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Knight Divine (P, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Galaxy (P, $6.00) is warmer (90% similar). Smashbox Obsidian (P) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Illamasqua Graphica (P) is warmer (85% similar). Cle de Peau Pewter Veil #2 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). NYX Smoke & Mirrors (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). NARS Bad Behaviour (LE, $25.00) is lighter (80% similar). MAC Graphic Style (LE, $16.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Coal is a medium-dark black with warm, brown undertones and a matte finish. It had decent color payoff with a firmer texture that made it a little harder to work with when it came to blending and diffusing the edges. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me. Viseart Chroma #3 (P) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Crave (P, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Coal (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Smashbox Ebony (LE) is darker (95% similar). Kat Von D Devotion (LE) is cooler (95% similar). Giorgio Armani #1 Fall Collection 2012 #4 (LE) is darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
82%
Total
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NYX Hamptons HD Blush

NYX Hamptons (19) HD Blush
NYX Hamptons (19) HD Blush

NYX Hamptons HD Blush ($6.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a light-medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and a luminous sheen. MAC Lesson in Love (LE, $22.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Too Faced Tres Fab (LE) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Launch Away (LE, $22.00) is cooler (90% similar). Chanel Sakura (87) (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). NARS Fervor (Left) (P) is darker (90% similar). Guerlain Smile (Right) (LE, $52.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Laura Mercier Sunset (LE, $24.00) is lighter (85% similar). Makeup Geek Spell Bound (P, $9.99) is warmer (85% similar). Catrice La Vie En Rose (P, $5.99) is more shimmery, darker, more muted (85% similar). Hourglass Incandescent Electra (LE, $35.00) is lighter (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

This blush had that unfortunate powdery consistency I have found all too common in this range, which is really the formula’s biggest downfall! (Such a shame, too!) The color payoff is mostly opaque, and it is easily sheered out or blended along the edges or built-up in layers without looking powdery on the skin. The color lasted for seven and a half hours on me.

FORMULA SUMMARY | NYX’s newest blush formula is supposed to be a “high definition, lightweight blush that blends evenly” that is “vibrant and silky.” The texture tended to be on the more powdery side, but it sits well and doesn’t look powdery applied. Many shades have a more luminous finish to them where the shimmer is fine enough to create a glow, rather than a frosted finish (though a couple are quite shimmery). The formula blends fairly easily on the skin and has medium, buildable coverage with some being very pigmented right off the bat. The wear time is between seven and eight hours.

NYX HD Blush Hamptons
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Hamptons
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
84%
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NYX Tuscan HD Blush

NYX Tuscan (07)  HD Blush
NYX Tuscan (07) HD Blush

NYX Tuscan (07) HD Blush ($6.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a bold, bright coral-red with warm undertones and a satin finish. Tom Ford Beauty Paradise Lust (Bottom) (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Fruit Stand (DC, $8.00) is darker (95% similar). Viseart Coral #2 (P) is lighter (95% similar). theBalm Toile (P, $22.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Chanel Duo N. 02 (Bottom) (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Guerlain Coral Blush (LE) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Painted Canyon (LE, $22.00) is more muted (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Flush (Discontinued) (DC, $60.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Smashbox Geranium (LE) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Chanel Intonation (69) (DC, $38.00) is glossier (90% similar). Clinique Ginger Pop (01) (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Peep Show (LE, $30.00) is cooler (90% similar). NYX Pinched (P, $5.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Oh My! (LE, $22.00) is cooler (85% similar). Too Faced Melt Into Spring (LE) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Viseart Orange #3 (P) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Autoerotique (LE, $25.00) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Blush) (LE) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). KIKO 107 Tomato (P, $12.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Never Been Kissed (LE, $8.00) is lighter, more muted, warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA SUMMARY | NYX’s newest blush formula is supposed to be a “high definition, lightweight blush that blends evenly” that is “vibrant and silky.” The texture tended to be on the more powdery side, but it sits well and doesn’t look powdery applied. Many shades have a more luminous finish to them where the shimmer is fine enough to create a glow, rather than a frosted finish (though a couple are quite shimmery). The formula blends fairly easily on the skin and has medium, buildable coverage with some being very pigmented right off the bat. The wear time is between seven and eight hours. Tuscan is an intensely pigmented blush where a little goes a long way. The powder is very silky and soft, but it is prone to kicking up excessive powder as it is just so soft. That softness does seem to help make it incredibly blendable and forgiving, which is key for something this bright and pigmented. On me, the blush managed to last for eight hours before fading noticeably.

NYX HD Blush Tuscan
Tuscan
Tuscan
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total

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