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Becca Nightingale Mineral Blush

Becca Nightingale Mineral Blush
Becca Nightingale Mineral Blush

Becca Nightingale Mineral Blush ($32.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as a “deep mulberry.” It’s a muted, medium-dark pinky-plum with subtle, neutral-to-warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. NARS Dolce Vita (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer. Chanel Rouge (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer. NARS Seduction (P, $30.00) is darker, warmer. NYX Apricot (P, $15.00) is warmer. MAC Glamour Feast (LE, $21.00) is darker, glossier. Kevyn Aucoin Neolita (P, $37.00) is warmer. NARS Goulue (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, lighter, more muted. IT Cosmetics Radiant in Rose (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, more muted. Surratt Beauty Rougeur (P, $32.00) is darker. Colour Pop Cheerio (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, brighter. Clinique Cola Pop (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer. Tom Ford Beauty Pink Glow #5 (LE, $55.00) is more shimmery, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Of the shades I’ve tried, this one seemed to have the least shimmer and sheen, but it wasn’t quite matte; as I buffed and blended the powder into the skin, it retained a natural finish that was less than a true satin but definitely not matte. It had mostly opaque color payoff (which makes it less true to the “buildable” quality of the formula), which may be great for some but too much work for others. I would recommend using a lighter hand or a more feathery brush to start off with this to figure out how much (or little) you need for your particular skin tone and application style. The texture was firmer than all of the other shades, and there was a slight dryness to it yet it wasn’t really stiff. It wasn’t quite as easily blended out as the majority of the line, but it wasn’t a lot of extra effort in comparison, which was good news. This shade wore for eight and a half hours before fading around the edges.

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 Nightingale
Nightingale
Nightingale
8.5
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total

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Giorgio Armani No. 14 Fluid Sheer

Giorgio Armani No. 14 Fluid Sheer
Giorgio Armani No. 14 Fluid Sheer

Giorgio Armani No. 14 Fluid Sheer ($62.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is a coppery bronze with lighter gold shimmer. It had finer shimmer, but it had a lot of shimmer, so the overall effect was dewy and frosted on the skin. The sheerer nature of the coverage made it less prone to emphasizing the skin’s natural texture, but if you build up the color, it can emphasize pores. The consistency was lightweight, thin, and blendable on the skin without disturbing base products but also could be worn alone. It may be a little too shimmery for some if mixed in with a base product, but it will add a general warmth, sheen, and shimmer when mixed. On me, this shade wore for ten hours before fading slightly. Tarte Park Ave Princess (P, ) is less shimmery, darker, more muted, cooler. Colour Pop Avalon (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, darker. L’Oreal Golden (P, $12.99) is more shimmery, lighter. Becca Topaz (P, $38.00) is darker, more pigmented, cooler. Bobbi Brown Bronze Glow (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery, more muted. Becca Topaz (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, darker, more pigmented. Becca Topaz (P, $41.00) is cooler. Disney by Sephora Golden Sands (LE, $55.00) is more shimmery, darker. 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. 14
No. 14
No. 14
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

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NARS Blame It On NARS Blush Palette

NARS Blame It On NARS Blush Palette
NARS Blame It On NARS Blush Palette

NARS Blame It On NARS Blush Palette ($59.00 for 0.56 oz.) includes a highlighter, bronzer, and two blushes, plus a traval-sized ITA brush. I have reviewed most of these shades before, so the list of similar shades is pretty up-to-date, so rather than pull a new link, I’ve included the current lists as they stand. I did test each of these versions for wear, pigmentation, application, and so forth. I think the packaging is really cool, but I wish the compact didn’t feel so bulky. I really like some of NARS’ blushes, but there are a fair amount that have been misses for me. This palette is a bit of a mixed bag, and I find there is too much variance from release to release.

It may seem expensive initially, but each powder is 0.14 oz., while a full-sized highlighter/blush from NARS is 0.16 oz. and costs $30. The bronzer is larger at 0.28 oz. and retails for $39. You’re getting 0.42 oz. of blush, which is a value of $78.75. You’re getting 0.14 oz. of bronzer, which is a value of $19.50. The kit has $98.25 worth of powder products and then whatever value the ITA would bring in (full-size retails for $55, which I don’t have, so I can’t comment on the quality between the two, but I do not like the travel version at all, as it is very scratchy, rough, poorly cut, and sheds).

Satellite of Love is described as a “sparkling gold sand.” It’s sort of apt, because it is a muted, medium brown with warmer, orange undertones and larger gold sparkle that tends to separate from the base powder, so not as much sticks to the skin or gets trapped in your brush. The version in the palette seems a little smoother but drier than the one I have as an individual pan (it is permanent), and it didn’t seem to emphasize pores this time around. It is a Highlighting Blush, so it is a more buildable product, though the best case was semi-opaque. The color wore for seven hours before fading. Surratt Beauty Grisaille (P, $32.00) is more shimmery. NARS Jubilation (Right) (P, ) is less shimmery, more pigmented, brighter, darker. Chanel Mouche de Beaute Illuminating Powder (LE, $80.00) is darker, more pigmented. View all similar shades on The Dupe List!

Casino is described as a “dark brown with golden shimmer.” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm, orange undertones and a golden, pearly sheen. It had decent to good pigmentation with a slightly firm texture, but it blended well on the skin and lasted for seven hours on me. Disney by Sephora Golden Sands (LE, $55.00) is more shimmery. Colour Pop Poolside (P, $8.00) is darker. Tom Ford Beauty Gold Dust (P, $65.00) is less shimmery, warmer. Hourglass Radiant Bronze Light (P, $50.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Urban Decay Strip Bronzer (P, ) is more shimmery. View all similar shades on The Dupe List.

Day Dream is described as a “flirty sheer peach.”
This shade has been released previously as a limited edition shade, and the original launch was much more pigmented and almost darker overall, but this version is consistent with the one that was in last holiday’s Laser Cut palette. Urban Decay Score (P, $26.00) is warmer. Surratt Beauty La Vie En Rose (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer. Clinique Melon Pop (P, $21.00) is more shimmery. MAC Alpha Girl (LE, $26.00) is darker. Chanel Angelique (190) (P, $45.00) is lighter. MAC Passion for Colour (LE, $20.00) is warmer. MAC Legendary (LE, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Fleeting Romance (P, $23.50) is cooler. Gucci Beauty Coral Flower (P, $49.00) is darker, warmer. Tarte Bashful (LE, $26.00) is darker. MAC Sideshow You (LE, $21.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever I802 Coral Pink (P, $21.00) is cooler. Tom Ford Beauty Unabashed Blush (LE, $55.00) is darker. NYX Summer Peach (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, warmer, cooler, lighter. NYX Apricot (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, darker. View all similar shades on The Dupe List.

New Attitude is described as a “cherry blossom pink.” It’s a light-medium pink with a mostly matte finish. The version in this palette seems to lean warmer, whereas the individual version I have of it was distinctly blue-based (even in the pans!). The texture of this blush was soft but a little powdery, and it lasted for seven and a half hours on me. Colour Pop Mochi (P, $8.00) is warmer. Makeup Geek Rendezvous (P, $9.99) is lighter, brighter, less pigmented, cooler. MAC Lovecloud (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler. Tarte Flush (P, $26.00) is brighter. Make Up For Ever #210 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is cooler. Urban Decay Blush (P, ) is darker. Milani Delizioso Pink (10) (P, $7.99) is warmer. theBalm Argyle (P, $22.00) is darker. Tarte Dollface (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler. theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is lighter, cooler. Bobbi Brown Pastel Pink (P, $26.00) is darker, warmer. MAC Pure Femininity (LE, $20.00) is darker, brighter, cooler. Edward Bess Bed of Roses (P, $43.00) is darker, warmer. NARS Angelika (P, $30.00) is darker, warmer. Urban Decay Quickie (LE, ) is darker, brighter, cooler. View all similar shades on The Dupe List/a>.

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Casino

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Too Faced Love Hangover Love Flush Blush

Too Faced Love Hangover Love Flush Blush
Too Faced Love Hangover Love Flush Blush

Too Faced Love Hangover Love Flush Blush ($26.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “perfect warm pink.” It’s a light-medium pink with warm undertones and a lighter, golden sheen that gave it more of a satin finish overall. MAC Dainty (P, $27.00) is less shimmery. MAC Cheeky Bugger (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Dior My Lady (003) (LE, $60.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Gucci Beauty Coral Flower (P, $49.00) is darker, warmer. MAC Lesson in Love (LE, $21.00) is lighter. Physicians Formula Natural (P, $12.99) is less shimmery, lighter. NYX Amber (P, $6.50) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer. Too Faced How Deep is Your Love? (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker. Charlotte Tilbury Love Glow (P, $40.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Hourglass Luminous Flush (P, $35.00) is less shimmery. MAC Hipness (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler. Becca Flowerchild (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The texture was soft, blendable, and lightweight on the skin and looked natural without being visibly shimmery. It wasn’t fully opaque, but the coverage was semi-opaque and then buildable up to full coverage in two layers. When I tested it, the color lasted for almost nine hours before fading noticeably.

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 Love Hangover
9
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
6
Longevity
5
Application
86%
Total

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Becca Lantana Mineral Blush

Becca Lantana Mineral Blush
Becca Lantana Mineral Blush

Becca Lantana Mineral Blush ($32.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as an “ultra poppy crimson.” It’s a bold, brightened medium-dark orange with strong red tones and a golden satin sheen. MAC Fiery Impact (LE, $25.00) is lighter, more muted, warmer. Kevyn Aucoin Fira (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. NYX Cinnamon (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, lighter. theBalm Cobbler (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. Colour Pop Squint (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Urban Decay Bang (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

If you love your blush ridiculously pigmented and true-to-pan, then this blush might be up your alley! On the other hand, if you were hoping for the buildable formula that Becca describes, you’ll find this to be much too intense. The pigmentation is rich where you don’t need much (the barest tap of the brush on the surface yielded plenty of noticeable color on my cheeks), and the saving grace is the formula remained quite blendable, which is really a must with such an opaque shade as this one. The more I blended it out, the less orange and more of a warm red it looked on my skin tone, but it may look redder or more orange depending on your coloring. The texture was firmer and less dry compared to the shimmery shades, but it wasn’t stiff. The color stayed put for almost nine hours before there was any color breakdown.

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 Lantana
Lantana
Lantana
9
Product
6.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total

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Too Faced Your Love is King Love Flush Blush

Too Faced Your Love is King Love Flush Blush
Too Faced Your Love is King Love Flush Blush

Too Faced Your Love is King Love Flush Blush ($26.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “plummy rose.” It’s a slightly muted, medium-dark pinky-plum with subtle, warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. NARS Mata Hari (P, $30.00) is darker. MAC Mocha (P, $21.00) is warmer. NYX Desert Rose (P, $5.00) is darker, brighter, warmer. Milani Bella Rosa (11) (P, $7.99) is darker, brighter, more pigmented. Illamasqua Peaked (P, $26.00) is more pigmented, cooler, glossier. Milani Tea Rose (08) (LE, $7.99) is less shimmery, brighter. Tarte Fearless (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, cooler. IT Cosmetics Matte Sweet Apple (P, $24.00) is warmer. NARS 413 BLKR (P, $30.00) is darker, more pigmented. MAC Sunset Beach (LE, $32.00) is less pigmented, cooler. MAC Peaches & Cream (LE, $21.00) is lighter, cooler. Makeup Geek Love Affair (P, $9.99) is brighter. Tarte Irreplaceable (LE, $26.00) is more muted. LORAC Underrated (LE, ) is lighter. Clinique Rosy Pop (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, cooler. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

There’s a touch of sheen that translates to more of a natural finish on the skin, but it isn’t shimmery or even what I’d call luminous. It had good pigmentation with a soft but firmer press, and this was the one shade that I felt could have been easier to blend. It could look a little uneven if I applied too heavily initially and had to do a lot of blending, so it was a shade that I’d recommend applying in sheerer layers to build up the coverage rather than taking it down by blending/buffing. It wore well for almost ten hours on me, which made it one of the longer-lasting shades in the bunch but not as long as the brand claims.

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 Your Love is King
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
82%
Total

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