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Chanel Golden Sun (280) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Golden Sun (280) Joues Contraste Blush
Chanel Golden Sun (280) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Golden Sun (280) Joues Contraste Blush ($45.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a muted, medium brown with a hint of warm rose paired with a luminous sheen. NARS Douceur (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Tint (LE, $21.00) is darker, warmer, glossier (90% similar). Chanel Cheeky (79) (DC, $38.00) is less shimmery, darker, glossier (90% similar). Chanel Accent (84) (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). NARS Cheek Studio II (LE, $30.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Baby Don't Go (P, $23.50) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Aphrodisiac (P, $8.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals The Close Call (P, $22.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). NARS Takeover (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop The Golden Child (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Burberry Earthy (P, $42.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Stellar Beauty Eclipse (P, $25.00) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). Revlon Naughty Nude (006) (P, $9.99) is warmer (85% similar). Surratt Beauty Grisaille (P, $32.00) is warmer (85% similar). NYX Taupe (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). MAC Perfectly Lit (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, warmer (80% similar). MAC Pressed Amber (LE, $27.00) is darker (80% similar). Cle de Peau Perfect Peach (P, $60.00) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Joues Contraste formula is supposed to have “buildable coverage, from natural to dramatic” with a “flattering radiance” and “silky texture.” The pigmentation ranges from semi-sheer to fully opaque, depending on technique and skin tone, but it seemed exactly as described–buildable–without having to pile it on or spend too long sheering it out. It had an extremely smooth, silky consistency that blended out beautifully on the skin while yielding a soft sheen that didn’t emphasize pores but added a lovely glow to the skin. On me, the blush lasted for eight hours before it started to fade.

Chanel Joues Contraste Blush Golden Sun (280)
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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Chanel Vibration (270) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Vibration (270) Joues Contraste Blush
Chanel Vibration (270) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Vibration (270) Joues Contraste Blush ($45.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a bright, medium pink with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. Guerlain Madame Rougit (LE, $67.00) is lighter (95% similar). Milani Tea Rose (08) (P, $8.99) is brighter (95% similar). NYX Peach (P, $5.00) is lighter (95% similar). IT Cosmetics Matte Sweet Apple (P, $24.00) is darker (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Wicked (P, $60.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Crescendo (250) (LE, $45.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Fleur Power (P, $22.00) is lighter, more muted, warmer (90% similar). Estee Lauder Pink Ingenue (P, $34.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). By Terry Tan & Flash Cruise #1 (LE) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Sephora Flirt It Up (06) (P, $14.00) is lighter (90% similar). NYX Summer Peach (P, $5.00) is warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Love Affair (P, $9.99) is darker (90% similar). Black Opal Tulip (P, $8.95) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte Deco (LE, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). The Estee Edit Purr Pink (03) (P, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Fearless (P, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Life's a Picnic (LE, $22.00) is darker (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Flush (P, $60.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Becca Pamplemousse (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Your Love is King (P, $26.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Joues Contraste formula is supposed to have “buildable coverage, from natural to dramatic” with a “flattering radiance” and “silky texture.” The texture is very soft, silky, but it is on the thinner side and gets to be somewhat dusty. I don’t think it looks dry or powdery on the skin (though I have relatively normal skin at the moment), so you may just want to take greater care when swirling a brush in the pan to avoid too much excess powder kicking up. The color blended well on the skin, and it had semi-sheer to mostly opaque coverage. On my warmer complexion, it ended up looking more coral as the yellow undertones in my skin tone came through, but it may look pinker on those with pinker undertones. The blush wore well for seven hours on me.

Chanel Joues Contraste Blush Vibration (270)
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total

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MAC Gold Deposit Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Gold Deposit Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Gold Deposit Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Gold Deposit Mineralize Skinfinish ($32.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “soft reflective golden-bronze.” It’s a golden brown with warm undertones and a sparkling, metallic sheen. Stila Bronze (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). MAC My Mimi (LE, $45.50) is less shimmery (90% similar). L'Oreal Golden (P, $12.99) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Global Glow (P, $32.00) is cooler (90% similar). Anastasia Mimosa (LE) is cooler (90% similar). Rouge Bunny Rouge Goddess (P, $48.00) is lighter (90% similar). Guerlain Terracotta Sun in the City Illuminating Powder (LE, $70.00) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Snow Bunny (P) is lighter (90% similar). Physicians Formula Light Bronzer (P, $13.95) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Park Ave Princess (P) is less shimmery (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Bronze (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Glo Getter (LE) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pieno Sole (LE, $68.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Touch My Body (LE, $39.50) is less shimmery, less pigmented (90% similar). MAC Center of the Universe (LE, $32.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Shaft of Gold (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Anastasia Peach Nectar (P, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Magnetic Appeal (LE, $30.00) is darker (95% similar). Giorgio Armani No. 10 (P, $62.00) is less shimmery (85% similar). Dior Transatlantique (LE, $58.00) is lighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC’s Mineralize Skinfinish formula is supposed to add “highlight to the face and body” with a “velvety soft” texture and “radiant finish.” Gold Deposit has noticeable sparkles in it, which gave the texture a more crumbly, gritty consistency–it just wasn’t as smooth as some of the Mineralize face products. It had semi-opaque color coverage that was easily applied more heavily or with a lighter hand to adjust the coverage. It has a metallic, high-shine finish that emphasize pores slightly on my skin, so it may be one that doesn’t appeal to everyone. My best tip is to apply with a fan brush, which will help you build up the shimmer better. The color lasted for seven and a half hours before starting to turn patchy.

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Gold Deposit
Gold Deposit
Gold Deposit
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
7
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
81%
Total

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MAC Petal Power Mineralize Blush

MAC Petal Power Mineralize Blush
MAC Petal Power Mineralize Blush

MAC Petal Power Mineralize Blush ($27.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “coral pink with gold shimmer.” It’s a pop of light-medium pink with warm undertones and a heavy dose of gold shimmer. MAC Springsheen (P, $22.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Glisten (P, $28.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever I802 Coral Pink (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). NYX Summer (P, $6.50) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Edward Bess Secret Affair (P, $43.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tarte Bashful (LE, $28.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Makeup Geek Romance (P, $9.99) is lighter, more muted, warmer (90% similar). Benefit Bella Bamba (Palette) (P, $29.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Benefit CORALista (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Becca Flowerchild (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Unabashed Blush (LE, $60.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS Deep Throat (P, $30.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Score (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Rose Gold (P, $6.99) is brighter, cooler (90% similar). NARS Soulshine (Together) (LE, $30.00) is darker (90% similar). Milani Dolce Pink (P, $8.49) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Sand (LE, $68.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals The Natural High (P, $22.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Sweet Vision (LE, $28.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (85% similar). Guerlain Blush G (LE, $65.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC’s Mineralize Blush formula is supposed to be a “blush that builds lightly” that has a lightweight feel and “luminous colour.” Petal Power was previously a limited edition shade, I believe, and it was added to the permanent line-up. I repurchased to see whether it had changed at all since its original launch, and I noticed it was significantly lighter and pinker in its permanent iteration (enough that they could be two different colors, really!). It had semi-opaque to totally opaque color payoff with a lightly dusty consistency that felt smooth and didn’t look powdery on the skin. This particular shade has a lot of shimmer, and it appears more metallic with a shiny finish on the skin, which did emphasize pores for me. On my skin, the color lasted for seven hours before breaking down.

MAC Mineralize Blush Petal Power
Petal Power
Petal Power
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total

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MAC Gleeful Mineralize Blush

MAC Gleeful Mineralize Blush
MAC Gleeful Mineralize Blush

MAC Gleeful Mineralize Blush ($27.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “deep dirty blue pink with gold pearl.” It’s a medium-dark reddish-plum with strong, warm undertones and a luminous sheen. Makeup Geek Covet (P, $10.00) is more muted, warmer (95% similar). MAC Love Thing (P, $27.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). NARS Realm of the Senses #2 (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Glow #5 (LE, $60.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Soulshine #3 (LE, $30.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Summer Dual Intensity Blush II (LE) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). NARS Vengeful (Right) (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Milani Red Vino (P, $8.49) is more shimmery (95% similar). Illamasqua Allure (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). NARS Goulue (P, $30.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Contour (Softcore) (LE, $60.00) is warmer (85% similar). Surratt Beauty De Cherubique (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). NARS Taos (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Becca Dahlia (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Clinique Cola Pop (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). MAC Hidden Treasure (LE, $22.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Gucci Beauty Cherry Nectar (P, $49.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC’s Mineralize Blush formula is supposed to be a “blush that builds lightly” that has a lightweight feel and “luminous colour.” Gleeful had semi-opaque color coverage, though it is easily sheered out or built-up for truly opaque coverage. The thinner, dusty consistency made it very blendable, but the thinness prevented it from looking powdery or dry applied, as it tended to “melt” almost once applied. This shade had a glowing finish that didn’t emphasize pores but produces a noticeable sheen. On me, there was noticeable fading after seven and a half hours of wear.

MAC Mineralize Blush Gleeful
Gleeful
Gleeful
9
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total

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MAC Love Thing Mineralize Blush

MAC Love Thing Mineralize Blush
MAC Love Thing Mineralize Blush

MAC Love Thing Mineralize Blush ($27.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “dirty burgundy with gold pearl.” It’s a medium-dark, reddish-berry with warm, golden shimmer. MAC Sweet Samba (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). NARS Summer Dual Intensity Blush II (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Milani Red Vino (P, $8.49) is warmer (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Ravish (Discontinued) (DC, $60.00) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Goulue (P, $30.00) is warmer (90% similar). Smashbox Plum (LE) is cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Sublimate (Shade) (LE) is less shimmery, less pigmented (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Contour (Softcore) (LE, $60.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Gleeful (P, $27.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Callisto (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, less pigmented, glossier (90% similar). NARS Realm of the Senses #2 (LE, $30.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Glow #5 (LE, $60.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Cle de Peau Pale Fig (P, $60.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). NARS Oasis (P, $30.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Pomegranate (P, $6.99) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Cle de Peau Cranberry (P, $60.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). theBalm Cabana Boy (P, $21.00) is cooler (90% similar). IT Cosmetics Radiant in Rose (P, $24.00) is brighter, cooler (90% similar). Laura Geller Tropic Hues (P, $28.00) is lighter (85% similar). NARS Dolce Vita (P, $30.00) is darker (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC’s Mineralize Blush formula is supposed to be a “blush that builds lightly” that has a lightweight feel and “luminous colour.” Love Thing had semi-opaque, buildable color coverage that produced a luminous sheen when buffed and blended on the skin. I think this particular shade showcases the Mineralize Blush formula well, as you can achieve softer, sheerer color without much trouble, but you can just as easily build-up for true-to-pan intensity with two to three layers, which makes it something that many skin tones can wear. The texture was lightweight, smooth without being powdery, and it blended well on the skin. On me, the color lasted for seven and a half hours.

MAC Mineralize Blush Love Thing
Love Thing
Love Thing
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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