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Makeup Geek Covet Blush

Makeup Geek Covet Blush
Makeup Geek Covet Blush

Makeup Geek Covet Blush ($10.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a medium-dark, coral-red with warm undertones and a barely-there golden sheen. MAC Gleeful (P, $27.00) is brighter, cooler (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Ravish (P, $60.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Ravish (Discontinued) (DC, $60.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). LORAC Rose (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Bite Beauty Brioche (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Fleet Fast (LE, $23.00) is lighter (90% similar). Bite Beauty Cerise (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, glossier (90% similar). NARS Out There (LE, $30.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever S404 (P, $23.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). NARS Isadora (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Chanel Malice (71) (P, $45.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). MAC Autoerotique (LE, $27.00) is lighter (85% similar). Anastasia Velvet (P, ) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Clinique Ginger Pop (01) (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Chanel Rouge Profond (320) (P, $45.00) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Hourglass Surreal Halo (LE, $35.00) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). Tarte Dazzled (P, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Painted Canyon (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). MAC Sea Me, Hear Me (LE, $27.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Colour Pop Flush'd (LE, $8.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The formula is supposed to be pigmented, long-wearing, and blendable (for more on how it compares to the previous formula, check out this post). This was one of the more “shimmery” shades in the new range, which has more of a satin-level of shimmer/sheen. It was nicely pigmented and yielded opaque results, if desired, but it was still soft and silky enough to easily diffuse and blend out if you wanted sheerer coverage. The finish was natural–it looked like skin–but not overtly shimmery. When I tested this blush, it wore well for eight and a half hours before visibly fading.

Covet
Covet
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

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Makeup Geek Chivalry Blush

Makeup Geek Chivalry Blush
Makeup Geek Chivalry Blush

Makeup Geek Chivalry Blush ($10.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a dark, reddish brown with warm undertones and a satin finish. MAC Sweet As Cocoa (P, $23.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Bite Beauty Anise (P, $24.00) is glossier (90% similar). MAC Raizin (P, $23.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Swiss Chocolate (P, $23.00) is warmer (85% similar). Make Up For Ever S404 (P, $23.00) is cooler (85% similar). Anastasia Vegas (LE, ) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Viseart Bronze #3 (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). NARS Melina (Contour) (P, ) is darker, cooler (80% similar). Chanel Canaille (89) (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). Colour Pop Swift (P, $8.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (80% similar). Anastasia Chocolate (LE, ) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The formula is supposed to be pigmented, long-wearing, and blendable (for more on how it compares to the previous formula, check out this post). The blush was incredibly rich in pigment, and it was easy to get full coverage with very little product–which means it can be easy to overdo it if you aren’t used to working with such rich and deep shades. The consistency was a little firmer, though soft, and for as rich as the shade was, it would have been more preferable if it was easier to blend out. When I worked with it, the blush applied unevenly, and it was a challenge to diffuse and move the powder enough to even out. I would recommend applying a layer of translucent powder over the skin (or base/foundation) before applying the blush, which helps with blending. On me, it wore well for eight and a half hours.

Chivalry
Chivalry
8
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
87%
Total

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Marc Jacobs Beauty Night Fever & Hot Stuff (508) Air Blush

Marc Jacobs Beauty Night Fever & Hot Stuff (508) Air Blush
Marc Jacobs Beauty Night Fever & Hot Stuff (508) Air Blush

Marc Jacobs Beauty Night Fever & Hot Stuff (508) Air Blush ($42.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a medium-dark pink with subtle, warm undertones and a luminous sheen. The lighter shade is a light-medium pink with very subtle blue undertones, while the deeper shade was a rosy plum; each shade seemed similarly shimmery. Sephora Love Sick (22) (P, $14.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Clinique Rosy Pop (P, $21.00) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Your Love is King (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Subtle Breeze (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Warmhearted (LE, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). Becca Hibiscus Bloom (LE, $34.00) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). theBalm Houndstooth (P, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). Cle de Peau Cranberry (P, $60.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Red Water Lily (LE, $40.00) is less shimmery, brighter (90% similar). By Terry Tan & Flash Cruise #1 (LE, ) is brighter (90% similar). Tarte Fetching (LE, $28.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Chanel Rose Initiale (P, $45.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Cle de Peau Pale Fig (P, $60.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Bicoastal (Bottom) (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Chanel Rosewood (350) (P, $45.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Weekend Getaway (P, $22.00) is cooler, glossier (90% similar). NYX Peach (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Paradiso (LE, $68.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Estee Lauder Pink Ingenue (P, $34.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). By Terry Savannah Love #3 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

According to the brand, Air Blush is supposed to offer buildable coverage with a “luminous finish” that wears for “24-hours.” Each shade consists of a lighter and deeper shade, designed to be used together (each section of product is quite narrow, so it’s not feasible to use a blush or highlighting brush to get a single color). In general, I found the lighter color to have more shimmer/luminosity and acted as the “highlighting” shade within the palette, even though some variations are such that both shades are more blush-like in color and depth. Please note: It’s pretty hard to test a cheek product for 24-hours, since inevitably, most of it will end up on my sheets if I go to sleep, and I can’t tell you if or when I’ve ever pulled an all-nighter on purpose. To that end, I am rating by considering how it looked and what (if any) break down of product occurred between 14 and 18 hours of wear and then extrapolating to determine a “final” wear-time.

Night Fever & Hot Stuff is the darkest/deepest shade in the range. It had more semi-opaque coverage, which was easily built-up to opaque coverage. I think the soft, smooth, and lightweight texture made it easy to diffuse and soften the color for sheerer coverage, if desired, as well, but it seemed to have more pigmentation from the get-go than other shades in the range, though all of them were buildable for me. As the color was blended on the skin, the finish became more and more luminous, which gave it a nice sheen but didn’t magnify pores or the skin’s natural texture on me. This shade seemed to be the best-wearing, as I really couldn’t even detect any changes after 18 hours of wear, though I certainly tried to nitpick and find even the barest hint of fading throughout the day!

Worth noting, during July, 25% of sales of Air Blush will be donated to amfAR when purchased through Marc Jacobs Beauty. (I wouldn’t use it as an excuse to purchase something you’re not interested in but would consider purchasing directly vs. through another retailer if you were planning to buy. I have ordered direct from MJB a few times, and they have always packed well and shipped efficiently–no complaints!)

9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

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MAC Never Say Never Blush

MAC Never Say Never Blush
MAC Never Say Never Blush

MAC Never Say Never Blush ($16.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “deep scarlet red [with a Matte finish].” It’s a medium-dark pink-red with subtle, cool undertones and a mostly matte finish. Surratt Beauty Classique (P, $32.00)(100% similar). Urban Decay Quiver (P, $26.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Red Envy (LE, $23.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Frankly Scarlet (P, $23.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Oh My! (LE, $23.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Bite Beauty Mochi (P, $24.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Chamade (67) (DC, $38.00) is glossier (90% similar). Viseart Coral #3 (P, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Viseart Plum #3 (P, ) is darker, more muted (85% similar). MAC Apple Red (P, $23.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

This is one of five new blush shades being added to the permanent range, but worth noting is that they are being added as a Small Powder Blush (the same size as MAC’s eyeshadows). I’m not sure if it will be available in pan-form or not (my guess is yes, since it is permanent) at this time. The formula is the same as their regular Powder Blush range, though, other than the size (and price). The new five are supposed to be pigmented with an even, smooth texture. Never Say Never had good pigmentation, where a little went a long way, but despite that richness, it was still easier to work with than one might expect. You’ll definitely want to use a lighter hand and build up color gradually, as it’s always easier to build up than to totally diffuse, but it is forgiving enough to sheer and buff out if you feel like you’ve over-applied the color. The texture sat well on the skin without looking dry but did not have any shimmer. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me.

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Makeup Geek Cherish Blush

Makeup Geek Cherish Blush
Makeup Geek Cherish Blush

Makeup Geek Cherish Blush ($10.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a soft, light-medium rosy pink with strong, warm undertones and a matte finish. LORAC Prism (P, $23.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Catrice I Am Nuts About You (P, $5.99) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Trustworthy (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Smashbox Petunia (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Estee Lauder Lover's Blush (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tarte Unleashed (LE, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). Zoeva Shy Beauty (P, $11.80) is lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever S300 (P, $23.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). NARS Sex Appeal (P, $30.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Spellbinder (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery, brighter (85% similar). Tarte Breathless (LE, $28.00) is warmer (85% similar). bareMinerals The Spring Fling (LE, $22.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Shy One (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). bareMinerals Inner Beauty (LE, ) is lighter (85% similar). Tarte Dainty (LE, $28.00) is lighter (85% similar). bareMinerals The Summer Fling (LE, $22.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Simply Bliss (LE, $23.00) is warmer (85% similar). Tarte Risque (P, $28.00) is darker (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Ariana (P, $37.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The formula is supposed to be pigmented, long-wearing, and blendable (for more on how it compares to the previous formula, check out this post). It had semi-sheer, buildable coverage–to about medium–that was blendable and easy to apply to the skin. It just barely shows up on me, and I’m around light-medium to medium in skin tone, so my guess is this will be more suitable for fairer complexions overall. The texture felt incredibly finely-milled, but it could have been less powdery. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me before fading was noticeable.

Cherish
Cherish
8
Product
7
Pigmentation
7
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
78%
Total

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Marc Jacobs Beauty Flesh & Fantasy (506) Air Blush

Marc Jacobs Beauty Flesh & Fantasy (506) Air Blush
Marc Jacobs Beauty Flesh & Fantasy (506) Air Blush

Marc Jacobs Beauty Flesh & Fantasy (506) Air Blush ($42.00 for 0.28 oz.) is muted, medium peach with hints of brown and warmer undertones paired with a soft sheen. The lighter shade is more of a light, golden beige with a shimmery sheen, while the deeper shade is a muted, dark peach-brown with a satin finish. Tarte Trustworthy (LE, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Zoeva Shy Beauty (P, $11.80) is less shimmery (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Rose Champagne (P, $2.99) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Clinique Nude Pop (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Valiant (LE, $22.00) is lighter, glossier (90% similar). NYX Soft Spoken (P, $6.50) is lighter (85% similar). NARS Sexual Content (Left) (LE, ) is more muted (85% similar). Ciate Summer Love (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Shameless (220) (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Laura Geller Cantaloupe (P, $26.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Hourglass Dim Infusion (P, $35.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Chanel Espiegle (DC, $45.00) is darker, brighter, warmer (80% similar). MAC Amber Glow (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

According to the brand, Air Blush is supposed to offer buildable coverage with a “luminous finish” that wears for “24-hours.” Each shade consists of a lighter and deeper shade, designed to be used together (each section of product is quite narrow, so it’s not feasible to use a blush or highlighting brush to get a single color). In general, I found the lighter color to have more shimmer/luminosity and acted as the “highlighting” shade within the palette, even though some variations are such that both shades are more blush-like in color and depth. Please note: It’s pretty hard to test a cheek product for 24-hours, since inevitably, most of it will end up on my sheets if I go to sleep, and I can’t tell you if or when I’ve ever pulled an all-nighter on purpose. To that end, I am rating by considering how it looked and what (if any) break down of product occurred between 14 and 18 hours of wear and then extrapolating to determine a “final” wear-time.

Flesh & Fantasy is the lightest/most muted shade in the range. It had medium coverage, which could be built-up to opaque coverage in two to three layers. The texture was soft, smooth, and a little dusty when I worked with it, but luckily, this did not translate on the skin. It still applied well, blended out easily, and produced a natural sheen that added luminosity but did not emphasize pores or look metallic on my skin. On me, it was still looking very much intact even after 18 hours of wear.

Worth noting, during July, 25% of sales of Air Blush will be donated to amfAR when purchased through Marc Jacobs Beauty. (I wouldn’t use it as an excuse to purchase something you’re not interested in but would consider purchasing directly vs. through another retailer if you were planning to buy. I have ordered direct from MJB a few times, and they have always packed well and shipped efficiently–no complaints!)

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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