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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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Marc Jacobs Beauty Kink & Kisses (504) Air Blush

Marc Jacobs Beauty Kink & Kisses (504) Air Blush
Marc Jacobs Beauty Kink & Kisses (504) Air Blush

Marc Jacobs Beauty Kink & Kisses (504) Air Blush ($42.00 for 0.28 oz.) is soft, medium pink-coral with warm undertones and a luminous finish. It is comprised of a shimmery, very light, rose pink and a medium-dark pink-coral with a more satiny sheen.NARS Day Dream (LE, $30.00) is warmer (95% similar). NARS Fervor (Left) (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty (Cheek Pop) (LE, $40.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever B210 (P, $23.00) is cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Love Hangover (P, $26.00) is darker (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Pearlescent Pink (P, $2.99) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Holiday (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Spellbinder (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Hourglass Luminous Flush (P, $35.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Bumpy Ride (P, $30.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Clinique Melon Pop (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Frantic Pink (Discontinued) (DC, $60.00)(95% similar). Dior My Lady (003) (LE, $60.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Easy Manner (LE, $23.00) is lighter (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Solar Exposure (Blush) (LE, $60.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Dainty (P, $27.00) is darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Main Squeeze (P, $10.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Coloured Raine Cutie Pie (P, $25.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC I'll Hold My Breath #2 (LE, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Lesson in Love (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery, lighter (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.

Kink & Kisses had semi-opaque color payoff that was buildable to opaque coverage or easily applied with a light-to-medium hand for sheerer coverage. The consistency was very soft, smooth, and silky on the skin, while the blush blended out with little effort. It had a soft sheen that gave my skin a natural glow, but it didn’t emphasize my skin’s natural texture or read as shimmery. This shade was still going exceptionally strong after 18 hours of wear (as long as I could wear it before needing to sleep!).

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
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

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MAC News Flash! Blush

MAC News Flash! Blush
MAC News Flash! Blush

MAC News Flash! Blush ($16.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “red orange with pearl [with a Satin finish].” It’s a rich, deep orange-red with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. MAC All Year Red (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Adobe Brick (LE, $23.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Urban Decay Slowburn (P, ) is warmer (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Fira (P, $37.00) is warmer (90% similar). NYX Crimson (P, $6.50) is darker (95% similar). NARS Exhibit A (P, $30.00) is darker, warmer (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. News Flash! looks pinker and pinker the more it is sheered out, and even on my warmer skin tone, it looked more strawberry-red than orange-red when I blended it out. It was intensely pigmented, so a little went a long way, but it blended out fairly easily. The texture was smooth without being too soft or too dusty. Once applied, the color wore for a good nine hours before fading noticeably.

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Makeup Geek Bliss Blush

Makeup Geek Bliss Blush
Makeup Geek Bliss Blush

Makeup Geek Bliss Blush ($10.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a pop of light-medium, peachy-orange with warm undertones and a matte finish. Zoeva CR040 (P, ) is lighter (95% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Coral Pink (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Kat Von D Gretel (Light) (P, ) is cooler (95% similar). Make Up For Ever B304 (P, $23.00) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Indecent (P, $26.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals The Summer Fling (LE, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). Catrice I Am Nuts About You (P, $5.99) is cooler (90% similar). bareMinerals The Spring Fling (LE, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Corol #1 (LE, $23.00) is cooler (90% similar). Chanel Caresse (180) (LE, $45.00) is warmer (90% similar). Sisley Paris Mango (3) (P, $85.00) is warmer (90% similar). Dior Coral Sunset (002) (LE, $57.00) is darker (85% similar). Makeup Geek Smitten (DC, $9.99) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). Make Up For Ever S300 (P, $23.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). NARS Sex Appeal (P, $30.00) is lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Inner Beauty (LE, ) is lighter (85% similar). Bite Beauty Blondie (P, $24.00) is darker, brighter (80% similar). Illamasqua Lover (P, $26.00) is darker, brighter (80% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Sahara (P, $54.00) is more shimmery, darker, more muted (80% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Sahara (P, $54.00) is more shimmery, lighter, more muted (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). The color payoff was buildable from medium to semi-opaque coverage, and the color did darken slightly once I applied to my bare skin. In the reformulation, the color got lighter and has less pink in it compared to the original shade. The consistency was soft, but it was dusty enough to kick up quite a bit of powder in the pan and looked a smidgen dry applied to the skin, even though it was easily blended out. On me, it wore well for seven and a half hours before fading.

Bliss
Bliss
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
86%
Total

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Tom Ford Velvet Bloom Nightbloom Powder

Tom Ford Velvet Bloom Nightbloom Powder
Tom Ford Velvet Bloom Nightbloom Powder

Tom Ford Velvet Bloom Nightbloom Powder ($80.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a light-medium pink with cool, blue undertones and satin finish paired with a dusting of pale pink sparkle. NARS Robotic (LE, $30.00) is warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Spoiled (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Obsessed (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, brighter, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay X-Rated (P, $26.00) is lighter (90% similar). By Terry Tan & Flash Cruise #3 (LE, ) is darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Cherry (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Quickie (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker, brighter (85% similar). Surratt Beauty Guimauve (P, $32.00) is lighter (85% similar). NARS Gaiety (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). MAC Peony Petal (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery, darker, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

This is one of two limited edition powders being released for fall (I don’t have the other one, but I’ll certainly try to buy one when they officially release). The formula is supposed to be a “powder blush” that has “sumptuous color” that goes on “evenly.” It comes in purple-hued compact to match the Velvet Orchid fragrance family. While the packaging for the solid perfumes is extremely heavy and substantial, the compact for the blush is very lightweight and has that feeling of cheapness to me. The texture was soft, fairly smooth, and blendable on the skin; it doesn’t feel as dense or as buttery as the brand’s blushes or as blendable as the formula of the Illuminating Duo, and it is most like the bronzer formula.. It had medium, buildable coverage and produced a glowing finish once blended out on my skin, but if you don’t like seeing bits of shimmer or sparkle, you might not be in love with this. On me, the blush wore well for nine hours before fading slightly.

Velvet Bloom
Velvet Bloom
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total

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Marc Jacobs Beauty Lines & Last Night (502) Air Blush

Marc Jacobs Beauty Lines & Last Night (502) Air Blush
Marc Jacobs Beauty Lines & Last Night (502) Air Blush

Marc Jacobs Beauty Lines & Last Night (502) Air Blush ($42.00 for 0.28 oz.) is soft, medium coral with warm, peachy-gold shimmer. The lighter shade is a pale, golden peach with a noticeable sheen, while the deeper shade is a medium pink-coral with more of a satin finish. KIKO 108 Orange Coral (DC, $12.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever B314 (P, $23.00)(95% similar). NARS Deep Throat (P, $30.00) is darker (95% similar). Hourglass Incandescent Electra (P, $38.00) is lighter (95% similar). Clinique Melon Pop (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). NARS Day Dream (LE, $30.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC I'll Hold My Breath #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty (Cheek Swish) (LE, $40.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Spring Flock (LE, $23.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte Graceful (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Supercontinental (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery, darker, brighter (90% similar). Hourglass Luminous Flush (P, $35.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Bashful (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Hourglass Diffused Heat (P, $35.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Extraordinary (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). MAC Legendary (LE, $23.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). theBalm Hot Mama (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Sweet Vision (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Lured to Love (LE, $27.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Ciate Matchmaker (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% 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.

Lines & Last Night had medium, buildable coverage that had a soft, airy consistency that wasn’t powdery, but it was very smooth, silky, and blendable on the skin. The blush applied beautifully and was easy to work with without emphasizing pores or the skin’s natural texture. Despite obsessively checking (more so than usual!) for signs of wear and tear, it was still going strong after 16 hours of wear, and even after 18 hours (at the last check-in), it seemed like it appeared a little less smooth near the inner area of my cheeks (closest to my nose).

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!)

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