Benefit Cheeky Sweet Spot Box O’ Blushes

Benefit Cheeky Sweet Spot Box O’ Blushes ($36.00 for 1.08 oz.) includes six powder blushes and a cream highlighter–all shades from Benefit’s permanent line-up in a metal tin. I found the color of Bella Bamba and CORALista to be different in the palette compared to my standalone versions, with CORALista being very different and Bella Bamba more “within variation” that you might expect over the years and the like. The change in color may appeal to you, or it may disappoint you, depending on the color you prefer. Most of Benefit’s blushes run rather warm-toned, and there are a lot of warm pink/coral variations here, so it may feel redundant if you are on the hunt for a really diverse blush palette. The packaging is ridiculously bulky and clunky–all I could think of was, “Why is this so heavy and noisy?” A few readers mentioned they easily depotted the blushes from the palette, so hopefully that’s an option for others. It’s unnecessarily large and nowhere near travel-friendly, and of course, it is very decked out in holiday-print, so it may feel out of place in April.

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Benefit Cheeky Sweet Spot Box O' Blushes
Benefit Box o’ Blushes Cheeky Sweet Spot
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
90%
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NARS Virtual Domination Blush Palette

NARS Virtual Domination Blush Palette ($65.00 for 0.95 oz.) includes a highlighter, three blushes, and a bronzer. It is a Sephora exclusive and launches November 1st. All of these shades have been released before with Sex Fantasy and Final Cut being limited edition, and the other four are part of the permanent range. It’s a decent palette, and I like the value behind it, though I wish the quality was at least as good as the standalone versions that have been released. They don’t fall too short, but in general, the texture had a thinner quality to it that made it less luxurious compared to full-sized blushes. Overall, the palette had good color payoff, blendable textures, and most wore for around eight hours. I felt like the palette was too bulky/heavy for what it was, but it at least doesn’t feel cheap.

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NARS Virtual Domination Blush Palette
NARS Holiday 2014 Blush Palette Virtual Domination
B+
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
89%
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NARS Modern Future (Roman Holiday) Set Review, Photos, Swathces

NARS Modern Future Set ($49.00 for 0.74 oz.) includes three products in the theme of Roman Holiday, a cool pink. The lipstick and nail polish are full size (0.12 oz. and 0.50 fl. oz. respectively), while the blush’s compact is the same size as a NARS’ single eyeshadow (but it contains 0.12 oz.). The set contains $26.00 of lipstick, $20.00 of nail polish, and $22.50 of blush for a total value of $68.50. The three products come inside a thick, plastic triangular box.

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NARS Modern Future Set

MAC Silver + Blue Pigments + Glitter Objects of Affection

MAC Silver + Blue Pigments + Glitter Objects of Affection ($35.00 for 0.50 oz.) includes four pigments (each containing 0.09 oz.) and one glitter (containing 0.14 oz.). This set has a cool tone running through it and ranges from white to black to blue and teal. The collection releases online October 27th and in-stores on November 6th.

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MAC Silver + Blue Pigments + Glitter Objects of Affection
MAC Objects of Affection Pigments + Glitter Set Silver + Blue
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
90%
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MAC Pink + Rose Pigments + Glitter Objects of Affection

MAC Pink + Rose Pigments + Glitter Objects of Affection ($35.00 for 0.50 oz.) includes four pigments (each containing 0.09 oz.) and one glitter (containing 0.14 oz.). This set ranges from light pink to bronze to copper to deeper pink and plum. The collection releases online October 27th and in-stores on November 6th.

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MAC Pink + Rose Pigments + Glitter Objects of Affection
MAC Objects of Affection Pigments + Glitter Set Pink + Rose
B
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
83%
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MAC Gold + Beige Pigments + Glitter Objects of Affection

MAC Gold + Beige Pigments + Glitter Objects of Affection ($35.00 for 0.50 oz.) includes four pigments (each containing 0.09 oz.) and one glitter (containing 0.14 oz.). MAC’s Pigments can be a lot of fun to use, if you like loose eyeshadow, and I’ve always liked them as colored eyeshadow bases. They’re actually designed as a “highly concentrated loose colour powder” that will “adhere to the skin.” They can be used to “create a subtle wash of colour or an intense effect.” The formula is supposed to be “easy to blend and long-lasting.” The majority work best when applied with a dampened brush, as it helps the powder bind and adhere to the skin, though some shades are more pigmented than others for dry application.

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MAC Gold + Beige Pigments + Glitter Objects of Affection
MAC Objects of Affection Pigments + Glitter Set Gold + Beige
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
87%
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