NYX Bronzed & Glow HD Blushes

NYX Bronzed HD Blush

NYX Bronzed HD Blush ($6.50 for 0.16 oz.) is a softened, medium copper-brown with warm, reddish undertones and a luminous sheen. It had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable consistency that was a smidgen powdery but didn’t look it on the skin. The blush seemed to “melt” against the skin to a degree, as the finish had a natural sheen that didn’t emphasize pores but helped the skin look like skin. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me. Sephora Collection Passionate (23) (P, $15.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Chanel Jersey (80) (P, $45.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Alezane (260) (P, $45.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Marsala (LE, $25.00) is lighter (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Climax (P, $40.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Peachtwist (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). NARS Fervor (Right) (P) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Chanel Canaille (89) (LE, $45.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Stylish Me (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Pleasure Model (LE, $25.00) is darker, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Guerlain #02 (P, $53.00) is warmer (85% similar). Clinique Fig Pop (P, $21.00) is brighter, cooler (85% similar). Too Faced Peach Beach (P, $30.00) is lighter (85% similar). Becca Songbird (P, $32.00) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Make You Mine (P, $23.50) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Swift (P, $8.00) is darker (80% similar). MAC Sweet As Cocoa (P, $21.00) is darker (80% similar). MAC Worldly Wealth (LE, $21.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NYX Glow HD Blush ($6.50 for 0.16 oz.) is a medium, orange-toned brown with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had nice color payoff, while the soft, silky texture made it easy to blend out the edges or to sheer it out, if desired. The texture gets a little powdery, as it is so soft, but it doesn’t look powdery on the skin. When I tried it, the blush lasted for eight hours before fading. IT Cosmetics Warm Radiance (P, $34.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Benefit 10 (Bronzer) (DC, $28.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). LORAC Unapologetic (LE) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Aphrodite's Shell (LE, $33.00) is less shimmery, lighter (80% similar). MAC Liberating (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA SUMMARY | NYX’s newest blush formula is supposed to be a “high definition, lightweight blush that blends evenly” that is “vibrant and silky.” The texture tended to be on the more powdery side, but it sits well and doesn’t look powdery applied. Many shades have a more luminous finish to them where the shimmer is fine enough to create a glow, rather than a frosted finish (though a couple are quite shimmery). The formula blends fairly easily on the skin and has medium, buildable coverage with some being very pigmented right off the bat. The wear time is between seven and eight hours.

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NYX HD Blush Bronzed
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8
Application
5
Total
87%
NYX HD Blush Glow
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
90%

Tom Ford Cocoa Mirage Eye Color Quad

Tom Ford Cocoa Mirage Eyeshadow Quad

Tom Ford Cocoa Mirage Eyeshadow Quad ($80.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a set of four neutral-hued shades where three have a matte finish and one is a shimmer. The mattes were better-performing than the shimmer, which is usually not the case, and they were easy to work with as they were smooth and silky, which made blending effortless. The wear was good at seven and a half to eight hours across all four shades. I felt like the shimmery shade ran drier and sheerer, and at this price point, that can be a deal-breaker.

Cocoa Mirage #1 is a light, yellowed beige with a matte finish. It had good pigmentation, but the texture veered on the powdery side for me, even though it certainly had that silky feel to it as well. It wore well for seven and a half hours before it faded. Buxom Mix & Mingle (P, $12.00) is darker (100% similar). Sephora Collection Whitewashed (P, $13.00) is darker (95% similar). Hourglass Monochrome #1 (P) is lighter (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Naked Truth #2 (P, $2.29) is more muted (95% similar). Hourglass Atmosphere #1 (P) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Summer Breeze (LE) is darker (95% similar). bareMinerals Pacific Sands (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Rock Candy (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Righteous (LE, $18.00) is lighter (90% similar). Sephora Collection Secret Boudoir (P, $13.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte Free Spirit (LE) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Dream On (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). LORAC Undressed (P) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Cocoa Mirage #2 is a muted, medium brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. The consistency had a really silky, finely-milled feel to it that made it seem like velvet on the skin, and it blended out easily without losing its pigmentation. On me, the color wore well without fading for eight hours. Urban Decay Downfall (LE, $18.00) is warmer (95% similar). NARS Maya Bay (LE, $24.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Hazelnut Bon Bons (LE) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Tarte Wanderer (LE) is darker (95% similar). Chanel Charming #2 (LE) is darker, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Lt. Brown (P) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Undeniable (P) is warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M646 Latte (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Café au Lait (P, $23.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Rose Cloud (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Becca Ombre Nudes #2 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Tan-gled Up in You (LE) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Buxom Gimme Gorgeous (P, $12.00) is lighter (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Tuscan Storm #3 (P) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel Entrelacs #2 (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Glasswing (P) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Fix (LE, $18.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Cornelious (LE, $5.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Tyranny (LE, $18.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Cocoa Mirage #3 is a medium-dark, coppery-brown with warm, red undertones and fine gold shimmer. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a lightly dry consistency. It could have applied better, as it tended to sheer out on the skin. The color lasted for seven and a half hours before fading. Surratt Beauty Cuivre (P, $20.00) is lighter (95% similar). Clinique Ample Amber (P, $17.00) is lighter (95% similar). CoverGirl Melted Caramel (330) (P, $4.99) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Brown Sugar (P, $5.99) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Sable (P, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). CoverGirl Scorching Cocoa (355) (P, $4.99) is darker, cooler (90% similar). LORAC Maroon (LE) is darker (90% similar). Anastasia Truffle (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Cote d'Azur (P, $16.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Cle de Peau Baby Universe #4 (P) is darker, cooler (90% similar). LORAC Mocha (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Gravitational (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Guerlain Petrouchka #4 (LE) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Lie Low (P, $21.00) is darker (85% similar). Too Faced Tiger's Eye (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Silk Robe (LE) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Viseart Copper (P) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Make Up For Ever I606 Pinky Earth (P, $21.00) is darker (85% similar). Make Up For Ever ME612 Silver Brown (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). Viseart Marais (P) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Tom Ford Beauty Eye Color Quad Cocoa Mirage
A-
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
92%
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Milani Adore & Lust Amore Matte Lip Cremes

Milani Adore Amore Matte Lip Creme

Milani Adore Amore Matte Lip Creme ($8.99 for 0.21 fl. oz.) is described as a “pink nude.” It’s a brightened, light-medium peach with a hint of pink and a flat, matte finish. It had had mostly opaque color coverage, but the texture dried down very, very dry and “cracked” as soon as I smiled or moved my lips, which made it a more uncomfortable shade to wear. This was my least favorite to wear, as it felt noticeably drying after three hours of wear and only lasted for six hours before flaking and fading unevenly. Kat Von D Noble (P, $20.00) is warmer (95% similar). Anastasia Pure Hollywood (P, $20.00) is cooler, glossier (90% similar). MAC Kinda Sexy (P, $17.00) is darker (80% similar). Melt Cosmetics Summer! (P, $19.00) is brighter, warmer, glossier (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Milani Lust Amore Matte Lip Creme ($8.99 for 0.21 fl. oz.) is described as a “cool rose.” It’s a lightly brightened, medium pink with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. It had rich pigmentation that applied smoothly and evenly while drying down to a soft but not emphasizing matte finish. The formula is consistent with the range: thinner and more water-like, so take care with application to avoid messy edges or over-applying. It wore well for seven hours and felt a bit drying at the five-hour mark. Colour Pop Solow (P, $6.00) is lighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Magick (P, $21.00) is cooler, glossier (90% similar). MAC Mehr (P, $17.00) is glossier (90% similar). Colour Pop 1st Base (P, $6.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA SUMMARY | Milani Amore Matte Lip Creme ($8.99 for 0.21 fl. oz.) is a new, limited edition liquid lipstick that dries to a matte finish. You’ll mostly find them at your local drugstore (I got mine from Walgreens), but they are available online as well through Milani directly. These have a very thin, liquid-y consistency–they easily get outside the lines and in general, the applicator can apply far more than you need, so I highly recommend a little patience and maybe using a lip brush (if you can) to apply and get really precise, neat lines. The formula has a longer dry down–about five to ten minutes before you can press your lips together–and gets very tacky after two minutes or so (do NOT! press your lips together or else you will lift color in large patches!). They’re one of the lesser drying liquid lipsticks I’ve come across (but these did get a bit drying after four to six hours of continuous wear), and they are long-wearing and pigmented. They have a moderately strong sweet, vanilla scent.

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Milani Amore Matte Lip Creme Adore
C
Product
6.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7
Longevity
7
Application
4
Total
74%
Milani Amore Matte Lip Creme Lust
A
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
10
Application
4.5
Total
93%

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