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Makeup Geek Summer Fling Blush

Makeup Geek Summer Fling Blush
Makeup Geek Summer Fling Blush

Makeup Geek Summer Fling Blush ($10.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a medium orange with warm, red undertones and a matte finish. Surratt Beauty Peau de PĂȘche (P, $32.00) is brighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Get Leid (P, $8.00) is darker (95% similar). Bite Beauty Praline (P, $24.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier (90% similar). Smashbox Persimmon (LE, ) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Anastasia Ginger (P, ) is cooler (90% similar). Kat Von D Samson (Shade) (P, ) is cooler (90% similar). By Terry Tropical Sunset #1 (LE, ) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Summer Fling (P, $9.99) is brighter, more pigmented (90% similar). Tarte Fame (LE, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Bonus (DC, $8.00) is brighter (90% similar). Anastasia Desert (P, ) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). YSL Rebelle (7) (P, $47.00) is lighter, warmer (85% 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 updated version of this shade is more muted and pulls pinker overall, and it is also more matte on the skin (even when blended). I found the color to darken slightly when applied to the cheeks after a few minutes (likely due to the natural oils on my skin), which made it closer to the original shade’s color once applied. It’s still a more vibrant shade–one of the boldest in the range–with semi-opaque pigmentation. The consistency was soft, fairly smooth, and blendable with a thinner feel overall. It wore well for eight hours on me.

Makeup Geek Blush Summer Fling
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total

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Laura Geller Pink Grapefruit Baked Blush-n-Brighten

Laura Geller Pink Grapefruit Baked Blush-n-Brighten
Laura Geller Pink Grapefruit Baked Blush-n-Brighten

Laura Geller Pink Grapefruit Baked Blush-n-Brighten ($28.00 for 0.16 oz.) is slightly muted, medium-dark rosy copper with warm undertones and a frosted, lightly metallic finish. MAC Perfectly Lit (LE, $33.00) is darker (95% similar). NARS Embruns (-, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Laura Geller Golden Apricot (P, $28.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Laura Geller Honeysuckle (P, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Muse (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Golden Hour (LE, ) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Milani Coral Beams (P, $13.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Ablaze (P, $20.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Ciate Date Night (P, $26.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). NARS Cheek Studio III (LE, $30.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Edward Bess Ciao (P, $45.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Non-Fiction (LE, $8.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Highly Illogical (LE, $34.00) is cooler (85% similar). MAC Hushed Tone (P, $27.00) is darker (85% similar). Anastasia Taffy (LE, ) is cooler (85% similar). Laura Mercier Rosé (LE, $42.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Baked Blush-n-Brighten formula is supposed to be “smooth” and “long-wearing” with “a blend of rich, marbleized color.” It had semi-opaque coverage, which was somewhat buildable, but it wasn’t quite as pigmented as some shades. The texture was smooth, slightly dusty, but it was blendable and forgiving on the skin–I didn’t notice the dustiness in practice, as it didn’t sheer out too easily nor did it look dry or emphasize my skin’s natural texture. It had a more pronounced sheen on the skin, but it still didn’t emphasize pores for me; it is a more obvious highlighter, though, so if you tend to opt for subtler finishes, this one might not be for you. On me, the blush lasted for eight hours before fading.

Laura Geller Baked Blush-n-Brighten Pink Grapefruit
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
86%
Total

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Makeup Geek Valentine Blush

Makeup Geek Valentine Blush
Makeup Geek Valentine Blush

Makeup Geek Valentine Blush ($10.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a muted, medium pink with cooler undertones and a mostly matte finish. Bite Beauty Lotus (P, $24.00) is brighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Nooner (Blush) (P, ) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Skyline (LE, ) is lighter (85% similar). Benefit Hervana (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Make Up For Ever S214 (P, $23.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Milani Pink Play #3 (P, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Flush (P, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Native Blush (-, )(85% similar). Bobbi Brown Nude Pink (P, $26.00) is cooler (85% similar). Tarte Whimsy (LE, $28.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Ombre (LE, $55.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Zoeva PK030 (P, ) is lighter (85% similar). Makeup Geek Rendezvous (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Too Faced Sweet Pink (LE, ) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Peony Petal (LE, $23.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). KIKO 110 Bright Pink (P, $12.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Tarte Dollface (P, $28.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Pink Sprinkles (LE, $23.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Olive (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The new blush formula is supposed to have “rich pigmentation,” “a fade-resistant formula,” and a “smooth, buttery feel.” In the same sentence as “rich pigmentation,” they also say “buildable, long-lasting color,” though “buildable” is more that it can be used lightly and gradually built-up based on watching the launch video/reading through the brand’s Instagram (as well as routinely mentioning how pigmented the blushes were). The new formula definitely kicks up less powder with a thinner consistency and a firmer press, and they seem even more matte than before (this is by design/was intentional per the brand), so some shades can look somewhat flat on the skin. As the brand mentioned, it is by design so that they’ll pair easily with your favorite highlighters if you want a more shimmery finish. The line, in general, also got desaturated; the color range seems a lot more muted, and the shades that were kept (at least by name), seem to have undergone slight color changes to make them softer/more muted as well. I think the more skin-like, semi-matte to satin finish of the original formula is actually what made it standout in a sea of blush formulas, so I’m personally bummed that they didn’t retain that element in most of the shades. I think a lot of it will come down to personal preference which formula is better to you, but the new formula, so far, has been good. The new compacts are definitely an upgrade from the last iteration, though–much sleeker with more heft.

Valentine had good color payoff with a soft, smooth, and very lightly dusty consistency; it had a thinner feel but wasn’t so thin that it lost its ability to blend out or stay true-to-color on the skin (it didn’t sheer out immediately). I didn’t have any trouble diffusing and sheering out the color on the cheeks, and the color wore well for eight hours before fading slightly.

Makeup Geek Blush Valentine
Valentine
Valentine
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

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Makeup Revolution Make Love Instead Baked Blusher

Makeup Revolution Make Love Instead Baked Blusher
Makeup Revolution Make Love Instead Baked Blusher

Makeup Revolution Make Love Instead Baked Blusher ($5.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a light-medium pinky-peach with warm undertones and a lightly frosted sheen. Colour Pop Iced (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Milani Pink Play #1 (P, ) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). CoverGirl Medium Rose (P, $9.99) is less shimmery (90% similar). Hourglass Euphoric Fusion (P, $38.00) is warmer (90% similar). CoverGirl Light Rose (P, $9.99) is less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Full Service (LE, $8.00) is warmer (90% similar). LORAC Bold Spirit (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Capri (P, $58.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Milani Berry Rays #1 (P, ) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Antigua (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Cool (Winter 2016) Highlighter (LE, $60.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Clinique Pink Honey Pop (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (85% similar). Ciate Moondust (P, $29.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Porcelain Pink (LE, $33.00) is lighter (85% similar). bareMinerals The Big Break (LE, $22.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). MAC Highlighter (LE, $33.00) is less shimmery, lighter (80% similar). Chanel Pink Cloud (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery, lighter (80% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Bicoastal (Top) (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Paradise Lust (Top) (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Baked Blusher formula is supposed to be “highly pigmented” and have a “natural soft effect” with a “hint of shimmer.” Sadly, this shade was also not nearly as pigmented as described, which was consistent across all shades I tried from the range–they are sheer, lightly buildable, so they are better for someone who prefers that level of coverage. The texture of this particular shade was soft, smooth, and blendable on the skin, while the shimmer diffused nicely into a soft glow that didn’t make my pores look any worse for the wear. On me, I started to see signs of fading after six hours of wear, which was also typical wear across this formula, so a good primer or base might help enhance the longevity of this formula.

Makeup Revolution Baked Blusher Make Love Instead
C

Permanent

7
Product
6.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
5
Application
74%
Total

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Too Faced Sparkling Bellini Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush

Too Faced Sparkling Bellini Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush
Too Faced Sparkling Bellini Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush

Too Faced Sparkling Bellini Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush ($30.00 for 0.19 oz.) is a pop of medium, coral-orange with warm undertones and sparkling, gold shimmer and micro-glitter. MAC Simply Bliss (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Makeup Geek Romance (DC, $9.99) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Style (P, $23.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced I Will Always Love You (P, $26.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). NYX Rose Gold (P, $6.50) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Dior Coral Sunset (002) (LE, $57.00) is less shimmery (85% similar). MAC Immortal Flower (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). NARS Soulshine #2 (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

According to the brand, the formula is supposed to have “easy application” with a “buildable finish.” It is a baked formula, so the drier, looser consistency wasn’t a total surprise, but it is prone to sheering out and kicking up excess in the pan if you’re not careful. The pan is large enough where you can use two shades or all three together without a lot of trouble, but to get just one shade, it is harder to fit an average-sized blush brush, and even a lot of the highlighter brushes I have were too large to just get a single strip of color. It is most practically used as a mix of at least two shades. It had semi-sheer, buildable coverage (to about semi-opaque) with a nice, luminous sheen on the skin that didn’t emphasize pores. On me, it lasted for seven hours before fading.

Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush Sparkling Bellini
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
86%
Total

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Laura Geller Honeysuckle Baked Blush-n-Brighten

Laura Geller Honeysuckle Baked Blush-n-Brighten
Laura Geller Honeysuckle Baked Blush-n-Brighten

Laura Geller Honeysuckle Baked Blush-n-Brighten ($28.00 for 0.16 oz.) is medium-dark, orange-y brown with strong, warm undertones and a frosted sheen. Benefit 10 (Bronzer) (DC, $29.00) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Laura Geller Pink Grapefruit (P, $28.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Peach Beach (P, $30.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Craving (Right) (P, ) is warmer (90% similar). NYX Beach Babe (P, $6.50) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). NYX Glow (P, $6.50) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Laura Geller Sunswept (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Glow With It (P, $33.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). By Terry Savannah Love #5 (LE, ) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). NARS Takeover (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Baked Blush-n-Brighten formula is supposed to be “smooth” and “long-wearing” with “a blend of rich, marbleized color.” It had really nice pigmentation that was nearly opaque with a very smooth, blendable texture, it was easy to apply less and build-up coverage as well, which made it a more versatile product overall. I find my favorite part about this range is when they’re as blendable as this shade, as they’re forgiving on the skin, easy to use, and have a great glow-y finish (without emphasizing pores) when all is said and done. This shade wore well for eight hours on me.

Laura Geller Baked Blush-n-Brighten Honeysuckle
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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