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Friday, July 4th, 2014

Makeup Geek Summer Fling Blush
Makeup Geek Summer Fling Blush

Makeup Geek Summer Fling Blush ($9.99 for 0.15 oz. pan; $12.99 for 0.15 oz. compact) is described as a “soft burnt orange.” It’s a brightened, medium orange with warm, red undertones and a semi-matte finish. MAC Ocean City (LE, $30.00) is brighter. NARS Exumas (P, $39.00) is a cream product. NARS Final Cut (LE, $29.00) is pinker. Make Up For Ever #420 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is a cream product. Fyrinnae Nordic Angel (P, $6.50) is lighter, pinker. Chanel Presage (62) (LE, $38.00) is a cream product, brighter. theBalm Swiss Dot (P, $22.00) is more orange. NYX Cinnamon (P, $5.00) is more orange, redder, brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This is a richly pigmented blush with an incredibly silky-smooth texture that feels like butter and blends beautifully on the skin. I would recommend using a light hand and a fluffier brush (I like fan or stippling brushes) for application to ensure that you get the intensity you want, as you can apply less and build to the right level of color. However, even if you over-apply, the blush is blendable, so it is a more forgiving formula, but it is always easier to start with less and build up. Applied with a lighter hand, it almost looked coral-orange on my medium complexion. The color stayed put for a solid nine hours before it started to break down and fade.

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Summer Fling

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9.5/10

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10/10

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9.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

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5/5

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Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Buxom Dolly Full-Bodied Lipstick
Buxom Dolly Full-Bodied Lipstick

Buxom Dolly Full-Bodied Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “shimmering mauve.” It’s a rosy plum with warm undertones and a soft, pearly shimmer. MAC Moody Bloom (LE, $17.00) is darker, more shimmery. Givenchy Brun Vintage (105) (P, $36.00) is pinker. MAC Mystical (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Estee Lauder Dynamic (P, $30.00) is lighter, warmer. MAC Out for Passion (LE, $20.00) is sheerer, brighter. MAC Morning Rose (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery. Chanel Equivoque (126) (LE, $34.00) is a touch lighter. Urban Decay Strip (P, $22.00) is browner. NARS Tolede (P, $26.00) is more matte. Giorgio Armani #526 (P, $32.00) is a touch darker. Burberry Peony Rose (302) (P, $30.00) is more matte. Make Up For Ever #4 (P, $19.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It had rich, full color coverage, though the texture wasn’t as creamy or as emollient as other shades in the Full-Bodied range. It didn’t tug when I applied the color, but I noticed a difference in the texture compared to past shades I’ve reviewed. The formula is lightweight, comfortable to wear, and wore well for almost five hours. It was moderately hydrating while worn, and there was no discernible scent or taste.

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Dolly

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9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

5/5

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Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Makeup Geek Head Over Heels Blush
Makeup Geek Head Over Heels Blush

Makeup Geek Head Over Heels Blush ($9.99 for 0.15 oz. pan; $12.99 for 0.15 oz. compact) is described as a “light bubblegum pink with slight shimmer.” It’s a light-medium, cotton candy pink with bluish undertones and a pearly shimmer. In the pan, it looked almost warm-toned, but applied, it looks cooler-toned. MAC Young at Heart (LE, $20.00) is darker, brighter. Make Up For Ever #210 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is a cream product. Givenchy It-Girl Purple (P, $44.00) is less shimmery. Tarte Dollface (P, $26.00) is a touch darker. MAC Pure Femininity (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery. theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned, more matte. MAC Well Dressed (P, $21.00) is a touch lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It had excellent color payoff; you could achieve rich, true-to-pan color with one layer of product, but it blends beautifully on the skin, so it is easy to sheer or soften the color. The blush’s texture is soft, silky, and smooth, which helped it apply easily to the skin and looks more and more luminous as it is buffed into the skin. This is one of the more shimmery shades in the range, but the shimmer didn’t emphasize pores–it’s more of a shimmer-sheen than a frosted shimmer finish. The color stayed on well for eight and a half hours before I noticed some fading along the outer edge.

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Head Over Heels

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10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

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10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Monday, June 16th, 2014

Makeup Geek Bliss Blush
Makeup Geek Bliss Blush

Makeup Geek Bliss Blush ($9.99 for 0.15 oz. pan; $12.99 for 0.15 oz. compact) is described as a “light tan, light salmon.” It’s a light-medium, peachy coral with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. MAC Corol #1 (LE, $21.00) is lighter. Make Up For Ever #225 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is a cream product. Make Up For Ever #215 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is pinker, cream. Hourglass Diffused Heat (P, $35.00) is pinker. bareMinerals Swoon (LE, $19.00) is pinker. MAC Immortal Flower (LE, $21.00) is a smidgen lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The texture of the blush was incredibly soft, smooth, and lightly buttery. I’ve been most impressed by the consistency of the Makeup Geek blush formula, because it is silky and finely-milled but doesn’t turn powdery. There’s such a fine line between soft and powdery, but they get it right with Bliss. It had good color payoff that was buildable and blendable, so you can get nearly true-to-pan intensity or a sheer wash of color if desired. This shade wore well for almost nine hours on me before starting to show signs of fading along the edges.

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Bliss

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Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

5/5

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Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Giorgio Armani #500 Maestro Fusion Blush
Giorgio Armani #500 Maestro Fusion Blush

Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Blush ($52.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is supposed to be a “highly pigmented blush” that is liquid in form. The brand recommends using a single drop for application. They weren’t kidding, because this is insanely pigmented; a single drop may still be too much product. One bottle might last you a lifetime, and that really doesn’t feel like an exaggeration; I wish they had reduced the bottle size and dropped the price. There are three shades available, all are permanent, and I’ve only just tried the one featured here. Next time Giorgio Armani has a sale, I might pick up the other two shades–we’ll see! It’s a great product, but the price point will make you think twice, even if it contains more than enough product (it’s just so much that it seems like a waste, rather than a value).

Giorgio Armani #500 Maestro Fusion Blush ($52.00 for 0.60 fl. oz.) is warm, coral-rose with a satin-matte finish. NARS Realm of the Senses #2 (LE, $29.00) is more shimmery, powder. NARS Taos (P, $29.00) is powder. Illamasqua Allure (P, $26.00) is powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It’s intensely pigmented–a little goes a very, very long way. I don’t even think a single drop is useful; I think it’s far too much! It is better to take a little bit off of the applicator with a brush or palette knife, because then you can dab and stipple it on gradually. Once applied, it dries down to a powder-like finish that is still somewhat blendable, though it is best blended while it is setting. The texture is lightweight, never tacky, and very comfortable to wear. The finish is almost matte but still gives the skin signs of life–it’s not flat. It lasted for ten and a half hours before slightly fading, and it leaves a very slight stain behind on the skin that seems to fade away within two hours of removal.

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#500

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

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5/5

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Friday, May 23rd, 2014

MAC Nude Eyeshadow Quad
MAC Nude Eyeshadow Quad

MAC Nude Eyeshadow Quad ($44.00 for 0.19 oz.) contains four shades–two are permanent, two are new and limited edition–in a neutral-themed color combination. The quality of the quad is quite good, but if you already have one or both of the permanent shades, then it may not be the best bet to get two new shades. I could easily see this being a workhorse palette for some and redundant for others, if you’ve already loaded up on your neutral palettes.

Pink Sands is described as a “light flesh peach [with a Matte finish].” It’s a light-medium, pink-peach with a matte finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft, finely-milled, and velvety. This shade lasted for seven and a half hours on me before fading. Dior Fantasie (641) (P, $30.00) is a cream product. Disney by Sephora Sebastian (LE) is brighter. MAC Frisco (LE, $15.00) is more muted. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

All That Glitters is described as a “frosted champagne with gold pearl [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a light-medium, peach-copper with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had excellent pigmentation that applied smoothly and evenly. The color didn’t show signs of fading until after eight hours of wear. MAC Lorelei (LE, $19.50) is lighter. Kat Von D Killing Jar (P) is similar. Too Faced Marzipan (P, $16.00) is similar. bareMinerals Ball Gown (LE) is lighter. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #11 (P, $9.99) is darker, warmer. Urban Decay Moonflower (P, $18.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Rose Cloud is described as a “soft golden beige [with a Matte finish].” It’s a medium brown with soft, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft, blendable, and finely-milled without being powdery. The color wore well for eight hours when I tested it. Kat Von D Glasswing (P) is a smidgen lighter. Laura Mercier Café au Lait (P, $23.00) is darker. Makeup Geek Latte (P, $5.99) is warmer. Too Faced Milk Chocolate (P, $16.00) is darker. Too Faced Chocolate Milk (LE, $16.00) is darker. NARS Madrague #2 (P, $24.00) is warmer. Inglot #337 (P, $6.00) is darker, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sable is described as a “cool bronze [with a Frost finish].” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm, red undertones and a frosted sheen. The texture was soft, buttery, and very smooth, while it had excellent, full color coverage. The eyeshadow wore well for eight hours before it started to fade along the edges. Too Faced Cote d’Azur (P, $16.00) is less shimmery. Tom Ford Beauty Orchid Haze #2 (P) is cooler-toned. Sleek MakeUP Python (P, $9.99) is darker. MAC Pink Sensibilities #1 (LE, $21.00) is a touch lighter. Too Faced Amaretto (P, $16.00) is darker. Clarins The Essentials #9 (LE) is darker, less shimmery. MAC Her Cocoa #4 (LE, $15.00) is darker. CoverGirl Scorching Cocoa (355) (P, $4.99) is less shimmery. Clinique Ample Amber (P, $17.00) is a cream product. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Nude

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10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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9.5/10

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10/10

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10/10

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5/5

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