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Makeup Geek Promise Ring Blush

Makeup Geek Promise Ring Blush
Makeup Geek Promise Ring Blush

Makeup Geek Promise Ring Blush ($10.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a pale, light pink with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. Kat Von D Gomez (Light) (P, ) is darker (95% similar). Kat Von D Clyde (Light) (P, ) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Threesome (LE, $30.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). NARS Cheek Studio I (LE, $30.00) is lighter (95% similar). Make Up For Ever B200 (P, $23.00) is lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever B202 (P, $23.00) is darker (90% similar). Hourglass Ethereal Glow (P, $35.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay X-Rated (P, $26.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek First Love (DC, $9.99) is lighter (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Guimauve (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Viseart Plum #1 (P, ) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Pink Cult (LE, $23.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Guerlain Happy Glow (LE, $54.00) is lighter, warmer (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 very good pigmentation with a soft, smooth, and finely-milled texture that blended out easily on the skin. This is a shade that is going to be best for fairer skin tones or for diffusing a more intense/deeper shade in a more ombre/gradient effect. It is more matte, but it didn’t read chalky on me, which was a pleasant surprise. The color wore well for eight hours on me.

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

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LORAC Infrared Color Source Blush

LORAC Infrared Color Source Buildable Blush
LORAC Infrared Color Source Buildable Blush

LORAC Infrared Color Source Buildable Blush ($22.00 for 0.017 oz.) is a deep, red-burgundy with warm undertones and a satin finish. Makeup Geek Desire (P, $10.00) is cooler (90% similar). Smashbox Plum (LE, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Dolce Vita (P, $30.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Oasis (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC A Little Lusty (LE, $23.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Fever (P, $23.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Bite Beauty Cerise (P, $24.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Becca Nightingale (P, $32.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Color Source Buildable Blush formula is supposed to offer–you guessed it–buildable color coverage with a “silky-smooth” consistency available in matte and satin finishes. The softer, more finely-milled consistency of the powder made this a lot easier to use, as it blended out well, and it could be sheered out slightly as well. With such a deep shade, having a lot of blendability is key. It was semi-opaque to opaque in pigmentation, which is a bit higher coverage than most of the shades in the range that I have tried myself, but it should work exceptionally well on deeper skin tones as a result. Those who like sheerer or softer blush, I would recommend a fan brush and a light hand. The finish has a nice, luminous sheen to it that looked natural and not overtly shimmery on. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me.

Infrared
Infrared
9
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

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Tarte Seduce Amazonian Clay Blush

Tarte Seduce Amazonian Clay Blush
Tarte Seduce Amazonian Clay Blush

Tarte Seduce Amazonian Clay Blush ($26.00 for 0.20 oz.) is muted, medium rosy plum with warmer undertones and a semi-matte finish. Tarte Exposed (P, $28.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Makeup Geek Puppy Love (P, $10.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Surratt Beauty La Vie En Rose (P, $32.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Animal Instincts (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Cinematic (P, $23.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Tarte Unearthed (LE, $28.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Corol #2 (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). KIKO 105 Dark Rose (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Plum Ombre (LE, $55.00) is lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals The Close Call (P, $22.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Buddy (Matte) (LE, $23.00) is darker, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Becca Wisteria (LE, $32.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Estee Lauder Alluring Rose (P, $34.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Laura Geller Roseberry (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, darker, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Amazonian Clay Blush formula is supposed to have 12-hour wear along with a “supremely soft” texture. It had medium, buildable coverage (up to mostly opaque with two to three layers) paired with a very smooth, soft, lightly dusty consistency that was very easy to work with on the skin as the blush blended out beautifully. As I blended out the powder, it developed a very subtle natural sheen–not enough to make it a satin but just enough to keep it from appearing flat or dry on the skin. I wish I experienced better wear with the formula, because 12-hours is certainly a dream, but it did last for nine hours, which is better than most powder blushes for me. As long as that’s not a deal-breaker, this one could be worth checking out.

Seduce
Seduce
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7
Longevity
5
Application
83%
Total

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LORAC Prism Color Source Blush

LORAC Prism Color Source Buildable Blush
LORAC Prism Color Source Buildable Blush

LORAC Prism Color Source Buildable Blush ($22.00 for 0.017 oz.) is a muted, medium peach with a hint of pink paired with a matte finish. Catrice I Am Nuts About You (P, $5.99) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). bareMinerals The Summer Fling (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Geek Cherish (P, $10.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Kat Von D Gretel (Light) (P, ) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever S300 (P, $23.00) is brighter (90% similar). Tarte Trustworthy (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Zoeva Shy Beauty (P, $11.80) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Breathless (LE, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). Dior Peach Splendor (LE, $44.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Dainty (LE, $28.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte Risque (P, $28.00) is darker (85% similar). NARS Sex Appeal (P, $30.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Nude Pink (LE, $35.50) is warmer (85% similar). Zoeva CR040 (P, ) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Shy One (LE, $23.00) is warmer (85% similar). Make Up For Ever B110 (P, $23.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Bite Beauty Blondie (P, $24.00) is darker, warmer, glossier (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Color Source Buildable Blush formula is supposed to offer–you guessed it–buildable color coverage with a “silky-smooth” consistency available in matte and satin finishes. This shade was a true matte, even when applied and blended down, so it may look too flat for some. It had medium coverage that was buildable to semi-opaque coverage. The consistency was soft, finely-milled, and thin, but it still blended out well on the skin and only darkened slightly (from the natural oils on the skin). This shade wore nicely for seven hours before fading on me.

Prism
Prism
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total

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Makeup Geek Soulmate Blush

Makeup Geek Soulmate Blush
Makeup Geek Soulmate Blush

Makeup Geek Soulmate Blush ($10.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a muted, medim-dark plum with neutral-to-cool undertones and a matte finish. KIKO 112 Light Plum (P, $12.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Urban Decay TMI (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Sesso (Blush) (P, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). LORAC Chroma (P, $23.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar). Smashbox Bitten (LE, ) is brighter (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Gratuitous (P, $60.00) is more shimmery, darker, brighter (85% 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). This is one of the less-pigmented shades in the line-up, as it had more semi-sheer to medium coverage. The texture didn’t seem as smooth or as finely-milled either, which made blending it out more work than it has been with the other shades (and I don’t think it, ultimately, evened out as much as I wanted it to, looking back at the photo). The texture seemed to become more blendable after a few uses, so there was that, but I wish it was softer like the other shades I’ve tried, as the color is lovely and harder to dupe. This shade lasted for eight hours on me before fading.

Soulmate
Soulmate
7
Product
7
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4
Application
76%
Total

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Tarte Risque Amazonian Clay Blush

Tarte Risque Amazonian Clay Blush
Tarte Risque Amazonian Clay Blush

Tarte Risque Amazonian Clay Blush ($26.00 for 0.20 oz.) is a muted, medium rosy brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. Tarte Unearthed (LE, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Ariana (P, $37.00) is cooler (90% similar). Makeup Geek Puppy Love (P, $10.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Zoeva Shy Beauty (P, $11.80) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Buddy (Matte) (LE, $23.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar). Too Faced Mademoiselle (LE, ) is darker, brighter, warmer (85% similar). LORAC Prism (P, $23.00) is lighter (85% similar). Kat Von D Mickey (Shade) (P, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals Golden Gate Matte (LE, $22.00) is cooler (85% similar). theBalm Balm Beach (P, $21.00) is lighter (85% similar). Makeup Geek Cherish (P, $10.00) is lighter (85% similar). Tarte Exposed (P, $28.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Natura (P, $37.00) is more muted, warmer (80% similar). Chanel Cheeky (79) (DC, $38.00) is darker, warmer, glossier (80% similar). By Terry Tan & Flash Cruise #6 (LE, ) is more shimmery, warmer (80% similar). Chanel Jersey (80) (P, $45.00) is darker, warmer, better quality (80% similar). Urban Decay Satisfy (P, $26.00) is warmer (80% similar). Chanel Caresse (180) (LE, $45.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Amazonian Clay Blush formula is supposed to have 12-hour wear along with a “supremely soft” texture. The powder had a slightly firm, but smooth, consistency that didn’t kick up too much excess product when I worked with it, while it still blended out with ease and didn’t turn patchy or look uneven when applied. I would have liked to have seen better color payoff, as it was semi-sheer and buildable up to semi-opaque coverage. (A side note: given that all three of the new blush shades are sheerer, a genuinely deep shade would have been great to include for better coverage of the skin tone spectrum.) I think this is workable on skin tones up to medium-dark, as it was quite noticeable on my light-medium to medium skin tone. The finish was very smooth without being completely flat, though not enough to make it appear satiny blended out. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours on me, which is good, but as is typical with my experience with Tarte, not the 12-hours promised!

Risque
Risque
8.5
Product
7
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7
Longevity
5
Application
80%
Total

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