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MAC Adobe Brick & Painted Canyon Blushes

MAC Adobe Brick Blush
MAC Adobe Brick Blush

MAC Adobe Brick Blush ($23.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a medium red with warm, orange undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had good color payoff with a thin, slightly drier texture that was harder to blend out on the skin. I would recommend patting loose powder over the skin first, and then applying the blush as it helped to make the blush more blendable for me. The color lasted for eight and a half hours before fading noticeably. MAC Contrary (LE, $22.00) is glossier (95% similar). MAC News Flash! (P, $16.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Fira (P, $37.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Slowburn (P, ) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). KIKO 107 Tomato (P, $12.00) is more muted (85% similar). Milani Bronze Burst #3 (P, ) is more muted, cooler (85% similar). NYX Crimson (P, $6.50) is cooler (85% similar). Becca Lantana (P, $32.00) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). NARS Exhibit A (P, $30.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (80% similar). Milani Bronze Burst #4 (P, ) is lighter, more muted (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Painted Canyon Blush ($23.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a slightly muted, medium pink-coral with warm undertones and a smattering of gold micro-shimmer over a mostly matte finish. It had great pigmentation with a soft, silky texture that blended out easily enough and wore for eight hours before fading.
Smashbox Geranium (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Paradise Lust (Bottom) (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar). Make Up For Ever B316 (P, $23.00) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Savage (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Zoeva CR010 (P, ) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Tweed Coralline (LE, $48.00) is lighter (90% similar). Guerlain Coral Blush (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Intonation (69) (DC, $38.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). NYX Tuscan (P, $6.50) is brighter (90% similar). Chanel Duo N. 02 (Bottom) (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Scorching (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Fruit Stand (DC, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker, brighter (90% similar). Edward Bess Secret Affair (P, $43.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). By Terry Tan & Flash Cruise #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Clinique Ginger Pop (01) (P, $21.00) is warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Melt Into Spring (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Blush) (LE, ) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). Colour Pop Never Been Kissed (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Bashful (LE, $28.00) is lighter (85% similar). NARS Angel Pride III (LE, $30.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Editor’s Note: MAC’s newest collection–Vibe Tribe–has generated some controversy over the last couple weeks for cultural appropriation and/or cultural insensitivity. Both Refinery29 and The Huffington Post posted earlier this week with an official statement from the brand, which stated that: “The collection, including the visuals, product lineup, and naming, is inspired by art, outdoor music festivals, and the colors of the desert. The collection has absolutely no connection to nor was it inspired by the Native American cultures.”

Outdoor festivals are rife with instances of cultural appropriation in the form and manner many dress and accessorize (one of the more egregious examples is the wearing of headdresses–something some festivals have actually banned to avoid future instances of cultural appropriation). I don’t think it’s a surprise that between the pattern on the packaging, some of the shade names, promotional imagery, and a collection name with “tribe” in it that it is making some consumers at least question the inspiration/connection. I wish MAC would consider partnering with a Native designer or artist to create a collection that could truly pay homage to that person’s culture, roots, and inspiration of their craft. They have done this in the past where we have seen the collaborator’s inspiration in the forms of shade names and packaging, so it is a disappointment that they didn’t go that route here. I hope the brand will consider doing more research into their themes going forward.

MAC Powder Blush Adobe Brick
7
Product
10
Pigmentation
7
Texture
9
Longevity
3.5
Application
81%
Total
MAC Powder Blush Painted Canyon
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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Surratt Beauty Angelique Artistique Blush

Surratt Beauty Angelique Artistique Blush
Surratt Beauty Angelique Artistique Blush

Surratt Beauty Angelique Artistique Blush ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a soft, muted, medium-dark coppery orange with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. Colour Pop Most Necessary (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Parasol (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Suqqu Hanachaori (02) (P, $34.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Becca Rose Gold (LE, $38.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Fairly Precious (P, $27.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Milani Coral Beams #1 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Pearl Sunshine (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Laura Geller Ballerina (P, $26.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Trace Gold (P, $23.00) is darker (90% similar). Guerlain Pause d'Ete (LE, $82.00) is less shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Anastasia Peach Nectar (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Cheeky Bronze (P, $33.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Marsala (LE, $25.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). NYX Crushed Bloom (P, $7.99) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Perfectly Lit (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Laura Mercier Rosé (LE, $42.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Butterfly Beach (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, darker, brighter (85% similar). MAC Shaft of Gold (LE, $33.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Artistique Blush formula is supposed to have a “naturally glowing finish.” The formula is consistent: the blushes have a very soft, almost cream-like powder texture that blends out effortlessly to a luminous sheen with semi-opaque to opaque coverage (that is easily applied more sheerly or layered for true-to-pan color) and good wear (eight to nine hours). Angelique had good color payoff with a really silky, smooth, and blendable texture that sat well on the skin–it didn’t emphasize pores but still produced a noticeable glow. It wore well for eight hours on me before fading slightly.

A note on packaging: Surratt’s range comes in lightweight plastic pans, which aren’t ideal for long-term use (particularly if traveling or putting in a makeup bag), as his products are designed to be put into custom palette solutions. Personally, I put magnets on the back of each and keep them in freestyle palettes (like a Z-Palette) as it is more economical.

Surratt Beauty Artistique Blush Angelique
Angelique
Angelique
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

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Becca Camellia Shimmering Skin Perfector Luminous Blush

Becca Camellia Shimmering Skin Perfector Blush
Becca Camellia Shimmering Skin Perfector Blush

Becca Camellia Shimmering Skin Perfector Blush ($34.00 for 0.20 oz.) is a medium, rosy pink with warm, yellow undertones and a sparkling, frosted finish. MAC Into the Pink (P, $27.00) is cooler (95% similar). Ciate Baby Doll (P, $26.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Undefeated (LE, $30.00) is lighter (90% similar). Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Blush (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Maui (P, $38.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Pretty Vulgar Mirror Mirror (P, $26.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Parasol (P, $25.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Boba (DC, $8.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Makeup Revolution Bang Bang You're Dead (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Laura Geller Rosewater (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Laura Geller Peach Delight (P, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Stunner (LE, $23.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Chanel Rose Glacier (170) (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). NARS Give In Take Blush III (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Bicoastal (Bottom) (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). NARS Motu Tane (LE, $39.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Culture (LE, $28.00) is warmer (85% similar). Milani Bella Bellini (P, $8.00) is warmer (90% similar). Benefit Bella Bamba (DC, $29.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Guerlain Smile (Right) (LE, $52.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

This formula is supposed to have “just the right balance of color and light” that can be worn alone or “as a blush topper.” It seemed like it is supposed to be somewhere between sheerer like a highlighter and more pigmented like a blush (hence why it can also be layered), which is the best I can surmise from their marketing (there’s a lot of use of subtle as well, which at least indicates, to me, that they’re not saying it’s ultra pigmented). I noticed that layering is best with a very, very light hand and a feathery brush or else the original blush can get overshadowed, as the formula runs semi-opaque. Much like the Shimmering Skin Perfectors, a little can go a long way. Camellia had rich color payoff with a lightly dry, dusty texture that was soft and blendable, but it was harder to control so I found a smaller, more precise blush brush easier to avoid going overboard in application. It was just shy of emphasizing pores on me, and I think if I had layered it a bit more, I would have found it emphasizing. This shade wore well for eight hours before fading.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Luminous Blush Camellia
Camellia
Camellia
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total

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Surratt Beauty Halo Artistique Blush

Surratt Beauty Halo Artistique Blush
Surratt Beauty Halo Artistique Blush

Surratt Beauty Halo Artistique Blush ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a bright, golden yellow with warm undertones and a frosted, sparkling sheen. Becca Champagne Gold (LE, $38.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Giorgio Armani No. 04 (P, $62.00) is less shimmery, less pigmented (90% similar). NARS Jubilation (Left) (P, ) is more shimmery, darker, more muted (85% similar). L'Oreal Golden (P, $12.99) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Artistique Blush formula is supposed to have a “naturally glowing finish.” The formula is consistent: the blushes have a very soft, almost cream-like powder texture that blends out effortlessly to a luminous sheen with semi-opaque to opaque coverage (that is easily applied more sheerly or layered for true-to-pan color) and good wear (eight to nine hours). Halo had good color payoff with a soft, silky-smooth consistency that blended out beautifully on the skin to produce a moderate glow. Against my warmer tones, it looked more like a yellowed orange than pure yellow. This particular shade had more noticeable sparkly bits on the skin than past shades I’ve tried, which didn’t emphasize pores or anything like that, but the finish may be “too much” depending on one’s preferences. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me.

A note on packaging: Surratt’s range comes in lightweight plastic pans, which aren’t ideal for long-term use (particularly if traveling or putting in a makeup bag), as his products are designed to be put into custom palette solutions. Personally, I put magnets on the back of each and keep them in freestyle palettes (like a Z-Palette) as it is more economical.

Surratt Beauty Artistique Blush Halo
Halo
Halo
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

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Becca Foxglove Shimmering Skin Perfector Luminous Blush

Becca Foxglove Shimmering Skin Perfector Blush
Becca Foxglove Shimmering Skin Perfector Blush

Becca Foxglove Shimmering Skin Perfector Blush ($34.00 for 0.20 oz.) is a medium-dark rosy pink with warm undertones and a frosted finish. MAC Sweets for My Sweet (P, $27.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Bicoastal (Bottom) (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Clinique Rosy Pop (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Clinique Heather Pop (P, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). Pretty Vulgar Mirror Mirror (P, $26.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Star Wonder (LE, $33.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Laura Geller Rosewater (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Embraced (LE, $28.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Black Opal Nectar (P, $8.95) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Physicians Formula Rose (P, $12.99) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Milani Bella Bellini (P, $8.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). NARS Undefeated (LE, $30.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

This formula is supposed to have “just the right balance of color and light” that can be worn alone or “as a blush topper.” It seemed like it is supposed to be somewhere between sheerer like a highlighter and more pigmented like a blush (hence why it can also be layered), which is the best I can surmise from their marketing (there’s a lot of use of subtle as well, which at least indicates, to me, that they’re not saying it’s ultra pigmented). I noticed that layering is best with a very, very light hand and a feathery brush or else the original blush can get overshadowed, as the formula runs semi-opaque. Much like the Shimmering Skin Perfectors, a little can go a long way. Foxglove had mostly opaque color payoff with a soft, slightly loose consistency that was very easily blended out, but it also had a tendency to sheer out, which made it more consistent with the marketing of the formula. The finish didn’t seem to emphasize my pores or the natural texture of my skin. On my normal-to-dry skin, it lasted for eight hours before fading noticeably.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Luminous Blush Foxglove
Foxglove
Foxglove
9
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

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MAC x Chris Chang Cream Colour Bases

MAC Sock-it Xiqu Cream Colour Base
MAC Sock-it Xiqu Cream Colour Base

MAC Sock-it Xiqu Cream Colour Base ($23.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “dirty lavender.” It’s a bright, light-medium lavender with cool undertones and a pearly sheen. It had sheer, buildable color payoff with a lightweight, emollient consistency that applied easily to skin and blended out well. I like to pat it on with fingertips and then use a synthetic brush to blend out. The color lasted for seven hours on me. MAC Full of Joy (P, $23.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Sex Fantasy (LE, $30.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Sephora Over the Moon (14) (DC, $14.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Makeup Geek Secret Admirer (P, $9.99) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Rich Coral Cream Colour Base ($23.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as an “orange.” It’s a medium orange with warm undertones and a natural sheen. It had sheer, buildable pigmentation that applied well and blended out easily. It worked well over liquid foundation as well as over bare skin. The naturally emollient consistency (which doesn’t dry down) gives the skin a soft glow. This shade wore well for seven and a half hours on me. This shade is also part of the permanent range. A note: CCBs typically come with advisory sheets as some shades are not recommend for eyes and/or lips, but mine were press samples and none had those sheets, so I am not sure if this is eye safe (a lot of pinks/reds are not). Colour Pop Get Leid (P, $8.00) is less glossy (90% similar). MAC Honey Jasmine (LE, $23.00) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar). Makeup Geek Summer Fling (P, $9.99) is less glossy (90% similar). Colour Pop Bonus (DC, $8.00) is less glossy (90% similar). Inglot #45 Face Blush (P, $10.00) is less glossy (90% similar). YSL Rebelle (7) (P, $47.00) is lighter, less glossy (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Peony Pavillion Cream Colour Base ($23.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “hot pink.” It’s a medium pink with subtle, cool undertones and very fine pearl. It is pretty much the color of what I think of when I hear “pink peonies.” It had semi-sheer, buildable coverage with a natural sheen. The consistency is thin, emollient, and almost “greasy” as it never dries down on the skin. It lasted for seven hours on cheeks. A note: CCBs typically come with advisory sheets as some shades are not recommend for eyes and/or lips, but mine were press samples and none had those sheets, so I am not sure if this is eye safe (a lot of pinks/reds are not). Maybelline Pink Fever (20) (P, $8.99) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Quickie (P, $26.00) is cooler, less glossy (90% similar). MAC Pink Swoon (P, $23.00) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar). Makeup Geek Rendezvous (P, $9.99) is less glossy (90% similar). Colour Pop Mochi (DC, $8.00) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar). KIKO 110 Bright Pink (P, $12.00) is lighter, warmer, less glossy (85% similar). Colour Pop Thumper (P, $8.00) is lighter, less glossy (85% similar). Makeup Geek Head Over Heels (P, $9.99) is lighter, less glossy (85% similar). Colour Pop Olive (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter, less glossy (85% similar). Milani Delizioso Pink (10) (P, $8.00) is lighter, brighter, less glossy (85% similar). MAC Sweet Sentiment (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Too Faced Justify My Love (P, $26.00) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #210 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Cream Colour Base Sock-it Xiqu
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total
MAC Cream Colour Base Rich Coral
Rich Coral
Rich Coral
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total
MAC Cream Colour Base Peony Pavillion
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

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