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Becca Hyacinth Mineral Blush

Becca Hyacinth Mineral Blush
Becca Hyacinth Mineral Blush

Becca Hyacinth Mineral Blush ($32.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as a “vibrant poppy pink.” It’s a bright, medium-dark fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a satin finish. MAC Supernova (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery, warmer, lower quality. Burberry Hydrangea Pink (P, $42.00) is darker, warmer. NARS Mata Hari (P, $30.00) is darker, more muted. MAC Whole Lotta Love (P, $23.50) is less shimmery, more muted. Chanel Affinite (65) (P, $38.00) is lighter, warmer. Clinique Berry Pop (03) (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. YSL Fuchsia Desinvolte (01) (P, $40.00) is less shimmery. MAC Sunset Beach (LE, $32.00) is more muted. MAC Peaches & Cream (LE, $21.00) is lighter, more muted. NARS Panic (Left) (P, ) is lighter. Sephora Collection Love Sick (22) (P, $15.00) is lighter, more muted. Clinique Rosy Pop (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

It was intensely pigmented–by no means buildable–to the point where you’ll want to use a lighter hand when applying (and fairer skin tones may want to use a more feathery, airy brush as well) as a little goes a long way. The texture was soft, firmer than the more shimmery shades, but still easily blended during application. The color didn’t turn patchy or appear uneven, despite it being such a rich color (which I naturally over-applied the first time I used it!). I suspect this will look cooler-toned on those with naturally cool undertones, as one I diffuse it, the color looks warmer on me due to my undertones. The color lasted for nine hours before fading slightly.

Formula Summary | Becca Mineral Blush ($32.00 for 0.20 oz.) is supposed to be a “delicate powder blush” with a “buildable formula” that gives a “natural-looking, flushed appearance.” They typically have a soft, creamy consistency that is a little denser than the average powder but not truly dense. Some of the very shimmery shades feel a little dry compared to the more pearly ones. I found the formula to be incredibly easy to apply and blend on the skin without any need for special tricks; they felt very grab-and-go, the kind of blush where there’s no fight to diffuse and soften edges or get even coverage. They are more pigmented than what I’d term as “buildable,” which some will appreciate, some will be disappointed by. The wear ranges from seven to nine hours with the brighter and more satin-to-matte shades lasting longer. My favorite part of the formula is the luminous sheen they give to the skin, so they don’t look too shimmery on the skin. I think if you find Becca’s pressed highlighters to be too shimmery, you may find their blushes more up your alley with respect to finish.

Becca Mineral Blush Hyacinth
Hyacinth
Hyacinth
9
Product
7
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total

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Guerlain Terre d’Ete Terracotta Bronzer

Guerlain Terre d'Ete Terracotta Bronzer
Guerlain Terre d’Ete Terracotta Bronzer

Guerlain Terre d’Ete Terracotta Bronzer ($78.00 for 0.70 oz.) is a brightened, medium orange with warm undertones and a golden sheen. Bobbi Brown Bronze (LE, $45.00) is darker, cooler. Make Up For Ever #25I (P, $36.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer. MAC Delphic (LE, $33.00) is less shimmery. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Bronzer (LE, ) is more shimmery. Too Faced Sun Bunny #2 (P, ) is more shimmery, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The compact is oversized, so you’ll have plenty of powder to go through (perhaps half a lifetime!) and the majority of the shimmer is an overspray, but there is some gold shimmer that seems to run through the underlying powder as well (I brushed away all of the overspray prior to swatching/testing)–just a much subtler sheen than an overt shimmer as it appears in the pan. The texture was fairly soft and blendable on the skin, and the color payoff was semi-opaque and buildable, but it seemed a little drier than other Terracotta bronzing powders I’ve tried. On me, it wore for almost eight hours before fading slightly. I expect that this is going to be too orange for some, though. The biggest takeaway from this review should be that this is heavily scented with the brand’s tiare flower-based fragrance, which is very, very strong. I can leave the compact open for five minutes, leave the room, and I can smell it wafting just outside the doorway. I’m always excited to remove this, as the scent lingers for hours and hours and essentially feels like I’m eating perfume all day long.

Guerlain Summer 2015 Terracotta Bronzer Terre d'Ete
Terre d'Ete
Terre d'Ete
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total

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Too Faced I Will Always Love You Love Flush Blush

Too Faced I Will Always Love You Love Flush Blush
Too Faced I Will Always Love You Love Flush Blush

Too Faced I Will Always Love You Love Flush Blush ($26.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “gilded peach.” It’s a lightly brightened, light-medium orange with lighter, peachy-gold shimmer. MAC Shape the Future (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer. MAC Ripe Peach (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery, lighter. MAC Fiery Impact (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Fiery Impact (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Solar Ray (LE, $27.00) is darker, warmer. MAC My Paradise (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery, darker. MAC Seduced at Sea (LE, $25.00) is darker. NARS Soulshine #2 (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery. MAC Perfectly Poised (Outer) (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer. NARS Luster (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, warmer. Charlotte Tilbury Moon Beach (P, $45.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Colour Pop Tasty (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker. Clinique Nude Pop (P, $21.00) is lighter. NARS Frenzy (Right) (P, ) is brighter, warmer. Guerlain Petrouchka #8 (LE, ) is more muted. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

This was one of the more shimmery shades where the shimmer was visible on the skin, though it wasn’t so shimmery that it emphasized the skin’s pores or natural texture. It was nicely pigmented with a soft, smooth texture that was very easily blended on the skin–felt like the kind of blush that nearly applies itself. The only downside was it didn’t wear anywhere the 16-hours promised, rather it lasted for eight and a half hours before fading.

Formula Summary | Too Faced Love Flush Blush ($26.00 for 0.21 oz.) is supposed to be an exceptionally long-wearing (16 hours), pigmented, and “buttery soft” blush. It’s a nice blush, but unsurprisingly, it doesn’t last 16 hours. Some shades last eight hours, others last a little closer to ten hours–it is nice wear for powder blush generally, but you’ll find that many shades’ ratings took a hit because of the 16-hour wear claim. The blush has a soft texture that’s just firm enough not to kick up a lot of excess powder, but it’s not too firm where you can’t get good color payoff when you use it. Pigmentation varied from shade to shade and ranged from semi-opaque to totally opaque, while the blush tended to blend well on the skin with a satin to luminous finish. The compacts may be a little hard to open if you have larger fingers/hands (like me), and sometimes I felt like the pattern made it harder to get good pigmentation out of the blush if I used a more feathery brush.

Too Faced Love Flush Long-Lasting 16-Hour Blush I Will Always Love You
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
5.5
Longevity
5
Application
86%
Total

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Giorgio Armani No. 11 Fluid Sheer

Giorgio Armani No. 11 Fluid Sheer
Giorgio Armani No. 11 Fluid Sheer

Giorgio Armani No. 11 Fluid Sheer ($62.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is a light, subdued peachy-brown with warm undertones and fine gold micro-shimmer. It had sheer coverage, as described, that spreads and diffuses well on the skin. This is going to be better for fairer skin tones to be used alone as a highlighter or light blush/bronzer, while medium skin tones may find it works better for adding a slight warmth and dewiness all-over when mixed with base products (it doesn’t show up on me other than as a subtle, golden sheen when used on cheek bones). Alone, it wore for eight and a half hours before fading. MAC Margin (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker, more pigmented. MAC Summer Opal (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery. Marc Jacobs Beauty Shameless (220) (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty Shameless (220) (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker. Clinique Nude Pop (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker. Becca Guava/Moonstone (P, $27.00) is more shimmery. Revlon Peach Light (P, $12.99) is less shimmery. MAC Stereo Rose (2014) (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Becca Fig/Opal (P, $27.00) is more shimmery. Becca Rose Gold (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, more pigmented. MAC Fairly Precious (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, more pigmented. MAC Barefaced (LE, $21.00) is darker, more pigmented. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA SUMMARY | Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer ($62.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is available in fifteen shades that range from sheer beige to sheer yellow to sheer copper. The formula is supposed to “dress skin in an illuminating veil of radiance.” It’s designed to be sheer, though some shades are more buildable than others, and in general, the darker hued shades are going to appear more pigmented and can be used as highlighting blushes or even as blushes (depending on your skin tone) — the brand actually calls out it can be used as “an eyeshadow base, blush, or bronzer” as well as your typical highlighter. It can be used alone, mixed with base products (like foundation, primer, or moisturizing). Some shades are glittery, others are shimmery, and others have very fine shimmer. Alone, I tend to get seven to eight hours of wear with lighter, shimmery shades and closer to ten hours or longer with some of the bolder shades, and it doesn’t seem to impact the wear of my base products (either shortening or lengthening the wear). I like fingertips or a duo-fiber/stippling brush for application using a patting and dabbing motion rather than a lot of sweeping, then a light buffing to diffuse and blend out the edges.

Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer No. 11
No. 11
No. 11
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total

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Too Faced Justify My Love Love Flush Blush

Too Faced Justify My Love Love Flush Blush
Too Faced Justify My Love Love Flush Blush

Too Faced Justify My Love Love Flush Blush ($26.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “bright pink with fine gold sparkle.” It’s a light-medium, bubblegum pink with strong, cool blue undertones and a satin sheen. MAC Peony Petal (P, $21.00) is darker, brighter. MAC Pure Femininity (LE, $20.00) is brighter, warmer. MAC I’m the One (LE, $21.00) is darker, brighter. Tarte Dollface (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, warmer. theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. NARS Gaiety (P, $30.00) is lighter, cooler. MAC Well Dressed (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Colour Pop Olive (LE, $8.00) is lighter, warmer. Urban Decay Obsessed (P, $26.00) is cooler. Urban Decay Quickie (P, $26.00) is darker, brighter. Colour Pop Mochi (P, $8.00) is less shimmery. Colour Pop Thumper (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, cooler. MAC I’m a Lover (P, $23.50) is more shimmery, lighter. Makeup Geek Head Over Heels (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, lighter. Givenchy It-Girl Purple (P, $44.00) is less shimmery, lighter. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

There is hardly any visible gold sparkle; most of it doesn’t seem to make it to the skin. It had really good pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture that was almost a little powdery as it was thin, but luckily it didn’t kick up much excess in the pan and sat naturally applied to the cheeks. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours on me.

Formula Summary | Too Faced Love Flush Blush ($26.00 for 0.21 oz.) is supposed to be an exceptionally long-wearing (16 hours), pigmented, and “buttery soft” blush. It’s a nice blush, but unsurprisingly, it doesn’t last 16 hours. Some shades last eight hours, others last a little closer to ten hours–it is nice wear for powder blush generally, but you’ll find that many shades’ ratings took a hit because of the 16-hour wear claim. The blush has a soft texture that’s just firm enough not to kick up a lot of excess powder, but it’s not too firm where you can’t get good color payoff when you use it. Pigmentation varied from shade to shade and ranged from semi-opaque to totally opaque, while the blush tended to blend well on the skin with a satin to luminous finish. The compacts may be a little hard to open if you have larger fingers/hands (like me), and sometimes I felt like the pattern made it harder to get good pigmentation out of the blush if I used a more feathery brush.

Too Faced Love Flush Long-Lasting 16-Hour Blush Justify My Love
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
5.5
Longevity
5
Application
84%
Total

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Becca Gypsy Mineral Blush

Becca Gypsy Mineral Blush
Becca Gypsy Mineral Blush

Becca Gypsy Mineral Blush ($32.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as a “ballerina pink.” It’s a light-medium, cooler-toned pink with warmer gold shimmer that gives it a soft, frosted sheen. Illamasqua Lies (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Edward Bess Filled with Desire (P, $43.00) is less shimmery, darker. Giorgio Armani Eccentrico (LE, $88.00) is warmer. Charlotte Tilbury Love Glow (P, $40.00) is darker, warmer. MAC Azalea in the Afternoon (LE, $27.00) is warmer. Sleek MakeUP Icing Sugar (P, $6.99) is less shimmery, darker. Colour Pop Boba (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

It had decent to good color coverage that was buildable from semi-sheer to semi-opaque with a strong sheen. It’s the type of blush that looks as if you applied a separate highlighter over your blush, because the underlying color seems less connected to the warmer sheen. The texture was blendable but a little powdery, slightly dry, though it looked good on the skin. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me before fading along the upper cheek area.

Formula Summary | Becca Mineral Blush ($32.00 for 0.20 oz.) is supposed to be a “delicate powder blush” with a “buildable formula” that gives a “natural-looking, flushed appearance.” They typically have a soft, creamy consistency that is a little denser than the average powder but not truly dense. Some of the very shimmery shades feel a little dry compared to the more pearly ones. I found the formula to be incredibly easy to apply and blend on the skin without any need for special tricks; they felt very grab-and-go, the kind of blush where there’s no fight to diffuse and soften edges or get even coverage. They are more pigmented than what I’d term as “buildable,” which some will appreciate, some will be disappointed by. The wear ranges from seven to nine hours with the brighter and more satin-to-matte shades lasting longer. My favorite part of the formula is the luminous sheen they give to the skin, so they don’t look too shimmery on the skin. I think if you find Becca’s pressed highlighters to be too shimmery, you may find their blushes more up your alley with respect to finish.

Becca Mineral Blush Gypsy
Gypsy
Gypsy
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total

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