Milani Luminoso Baked Blush

Milani Luminoso Baked Powder Blush

Milani Luminoso Baked Powder Blush ($7.49 for 0.12 oz.) is a light-medium peachy orange with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. Dior Coral Sunset (002) (LE, $57.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Ripe Peach (LE, $32.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Clinique Nude Pop (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Cream Soda (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Shameless (220) (P, $30.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Caresse (180) (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Espiegle (DC, $45.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Indecent (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Sisley Paris Mango (3) (P, $85.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Smitten (P, $9.99) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Coral Pink (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Freshen Up (LE, $35.50) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Linda (LE, $22.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Amber Glow (LE, $27.00) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Baked Blush formula is supposed to be “buildable from sheer to vibrant” paired with a “silky” texture. Luminoso has a soft, smooth texture that is a little powdery/dusty to work with, but it doesn’t appear dry or powdery once blended and buffed into the skin. The more it is blended into the skin, the more luminous the finish becomes without looking overly shimmered or frosted. It was buildable from medium coverage to mostly opaque coverage, and it was pretty easy to achieve sheer coverage with a lighter hand. On me, the blush started to fade noticeably after seven and a half hours of wear.

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Milani Baked Blush Luminoso
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
8
Application
5
Total
86%

Giorgio Armani #501 Uptown & #601 Plum Vinyl Ecstasy Lacquers

Giorgio Armani Uptown (501) Ecstasy Lacquer

Giorgio Armani #501 Uptown Ecstasy Lacquer ($38.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a medium, pink-coral with warm undertones and a creamy, lightly glossy finish. It darkens quite a bit on lips and appears pinker as well. It had semi-opaque coverage which went on evenly, and it was somewhat buildable (it’s supposed to be buildable). The color wore for six hours and left behind a strong stain. MAC Never Say Never (LE, $20.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Salamanca (P, $26.00) is lighter (90% similar). Guerlain Candy Stripe (P, $30.00) is warmer (85% similar). Dior Rose Tricheuse (669) (LE, $35.00) is warmer (85% similar). Revlon Papaya (P, $7.49) is warmer (85% similar). Make Up For Ever 205P Pearly Rose (P, $19.00) is lighter (85% similar). Guerlain Nahema Smack (P, $30.00) is warmer (85% similar). NARS Paris Follies (LE, $26.00) is warmer (85% similar). Hourglass Nectar (P, $28.00) is warmer (85% similar). Dior Wonderland (575) (P, $35.00) is lighter (85% similar). Dior Tropiques (379) (P, $35.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Drawn in Chic (LE, $15.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Paint It (202) (DC, $28.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (80% similar). Illamasqua Mistress (P, $22.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). Gucci Beauty Crushed Coral (P, $32.00) is warmer (80% similar). Revlon Kiss Me Coral (P, $7.99) is warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Giorgio Armani #601 Plum Vinyl Ecstasy Lacquer ($38.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a medium-dark plum with subtle, cooler undertones and a lightly shiny finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage in one layer and could be built up to mostly opaque coverage (but always with some translucency) with two to three layers. The consistency spread across the lips well and left even color that didn’t gather into lip lines (not an easy feat for deeper shades like this). The color wore for almost eight hours with the shine fading after five hours. Tom Ford Beauty Exposed (P, $52.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Lust for Life (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Revlon Embellished (P, $7.49) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Vice (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Maybelline Caviar Couture (050) (P, $8.99) is cooler (90% similar). Chanel Distinction (21) (P, $34.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Sephora Collection Plum Fiction (19) (P, $14.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Chanel Crushed Cherry (DC, $30.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). MAC Peer Pressure (LE, $20.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA SUMMARY | The Ecstasy Lacquer formula is supposed to have the shine of a gloss, color and hydration of a lipstick, and the long-wear of a stain, though they say “applied in a single layer for a subtle touch of color … or in a layered application for a bold, statement lip.” It has a floral scent, which is noticeable in the tube and for an hour or so of wear (particularly strong when it is drying down). There is a slight taste to me, as well. Initially, the formula is thin and more water-like, but after you’ve applied it, the consistency thickens, levels out, and “adheres” to your lips in a very comfortable wear. The consistency is mostly non-sticky and gradually gets a lightly tacky about half-way through wear.

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Giorgio Armani Ecstasy Lacquer #501 Uptown
A
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
93%
Giorgio Armani Ecstasy Lacquer #601 Plum Vinyl
A
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
94%

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Make Up For Ever Florals (Vol. 3) Artist Palette

Make Up For Ever Florals (Vol. 3) Artist Palette

Make Up For Ever Florals (Vol. 3) Artist Palette ($44.00 for 0.45 oz.) includes nine shades (all of the shades are also available individually in the permanent range). Two things worth noting: there are several repeats in this palette if you already own several of their past releases, and the amount of product in this is less than the last two volumes and $2 more. Oh, and there are, again, no matte shades. It’s such a shame that they’ve continued to repeat shades when they have 200+ shades in their range to choose from (see this sheet for repeats). If you haven’t picked up a lot of the brand’s palettes or singles previously, it IS a good palette overall — pigmented, long-wearing, and easy to use.

ME230 Peacock Blue is a muted, medium-dark blue with “warmer” tones and a frosted sheen. It is still a cool-toned shade, of course! It had good pigmentation, but it was as opaque as my permanent version (or other variations I’ve come across in their palettes), unfortunately. The texture was a little firmer, though still dense and blendable, and ultimately, when applied, it builds up easily and within two layers so the lack of pigmentation wasn’t noticeable. It lasted for eight and a half hours. Stila Sapphire (P) is lighter (95% similar). bareMinerals Controversy (LE) is darker (95% similar). Guerlain Les Aquas #3 (P) is darker (90% similar). theBalm Open to Offers Olwen (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Coconut (P, $5.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Pre-Packaged (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Sugarpill Magpie (P, $13.00) is more shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Iconic Ottanio (P, $37.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Giorgio Armani #18 (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (85% similar). Anastasia Prussian Blue (P, $12.00) is cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Unhinged (LE, $18.00) is lighter (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl #5 (P) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Haight (P, $18.00) is lighter (85% similar). Disney by Sephora Friend Like Me (LE) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). Rouge Bunny Rouge Mysterious Tinamou (P, $19.00) is lighter (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Emerald Lust #3 (LE) is lighter (85% similar). Sephora Collection Stormy Seas (113) (LE, $13.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Junkie (LE, $18.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). L'Oreal Timeless Blue Spark (760) (P, $7.99) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

I544 Pink Granite is a muted, medium-dark taupe brown with rosy undertones and a subtle, grayish cast paired with a frosted finish. It had nice color coverage with a soft, smooth, and blendable texture that was easy to use and lasted for nine hours on me. Urban Decay Bust (P, $18.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Steel the Scene (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Laura Mercier Amethyst (P, $28.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Fall in Lust (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Midnight Rodeo (P, $18.00) is darker (95% similar). Makeup Geek Prom Night (P, $6.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Dior Blazing Gold #4 (LE) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Cinder (Left) (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Plum Smoke (P, $12.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Phresh Out #4 (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Terra Sienna #2 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Zoeva Delicate Acidity (P) is darker, brighter (90% similar). MAC Satin Taupe (P, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Maybelline Sleek & Spice (95) (LE, $6.99) is warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Sable (P, $22.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Aristocratic Aura (LE, $16.00) is cooler (85% similar). Sleek MakeUP Paradise on Earth (P, $9.99) is warmer (85% similar). LORAC Black #6 (LE) is less shimmery (85% similar). Makeup Geek Mesmerized (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Nude Dip #3 (LE) is warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

ME930 Black Purple is a deep, blackened purple with subtle, warmer brown undertones and a pearly sheen. It was intensely pigmented with a creamy, blendable texture that applied well to bare skin and stayed on well for nine hours. Bobbi Brown Black Violet (P, $24.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Geek Drama Queen (P, $6.00) is warmer (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Sunset (15) (LE, $38.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Hourglass Exposure #4 (P) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Evil Stepmother (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Uncut (P, $18.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Smolder (P, $18.00) is more muted (90% similar). Too Faced Sugar Plum Fairy (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Young Punk (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Giorgio Armani #3 (P, $33.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Uptown Girl #4 (P) is lighter (85% similar). Le Metier de Beaute Matte Plum (LE, $30.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Cricket (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Make Up For Ever #311 (DC, $20.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Plumluxe #4 (P) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Illamasqua Queen of the Night (LE) is less shimmery, more muted, warmer (85% similar). Giorgio Armani #2 (P, $33.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Sugared Violet (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (85% similar). Colour Pop Bae (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Fyrinnae Alchemist's Curse (P, $6.80) is warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Make Up For Ever Artist Palette Florals (Vol. 3)
A
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
93%
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