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Black Opal Hibiscus Baked Blush

Black Opal Hibiscus Baked Blush
Black Opal Hibiscus Baked Blush

Black Opal Hibiscus Baked Blush ($8.95 for 0.09 oz.) is a medium, rosy plum with warm undertones and a satin finish. NARS Fame (LE, $30.00) is lighter (95% similar). Hourglass Mood Exposure (P, $35.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Corol #2 (LE, $23.00) is darker, brighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Marvelous (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Tarte Unearthed (LE, $28.00) is darker (85% similar). Surratt Beauty De Cherubique (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Rose Champagne (P, $2.99) is lighter, more muted, warmer (85% similar). Surratt Beauty La Vie En Rose (P, $32.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Too Faced Baby Love (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The formula is described as a “luxurious powder blush” with “silky smooth application” that yields a “radiant glow” and a “delicate flush of color.” The latter seems to suggest a sheerer formulation. The texture was rather stiff in the pan; the kind of texture where little powder comes off the surface, so I had to use a denser brush and really jab at the surface to get enough color to show up on my skin tone. Once on, the color and finish are gorgeous–a really glowing, luminous sheen that doesn’t emphasize pores or even come off as shimmery. This shade wore for six and a half hours on me before noticeably fading.

Hibiscus
Hibiscus
C-

Permanent

7
Product
8
Pigmentation
6
Texture
7
Longevity
4
Application
71%
Total

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Surratt Beauty De Cherubique Artistique Blush

Surratt Beauty De Cherubique Artistique Blush
Surratt Beauty De Cherubique Artistique Blush

Surratt Beauty De Cherubique Artistique Blush ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a medium, rosy pink with warm undertones and a frosted shimmer-sheen finish. KIKO 111 Classic Rose (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Callisto (LE, $21.00) is darker, cooler, glossier (90% similar). Maybelline Barely Pink (202) (LE, $8.99) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Isadora (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Black Up NBL 04 (P, $26.50) is darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Ravish (Discontinued) (DC, $60.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). LORAC Rose (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Black Opal Hibiscus (P, $8.95) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Scene to Be Seen (Inner) (LE, $33.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Hourglass Surreal Halo (LE, $35.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Bridal Rose (LE, ) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Laura Geller Roseberry (P, $28.00) is cooler (85% similar). Becca Raspberry/Opal (P, $27.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Gleeful (P, $27.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). NARS Summer Dual Intensity Blush II (LE, ) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Glow #5 (LE, $60.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Hourglass Euphoric Fusion (P, $38.00) is cooler (80% similar). Bobbi Brown Telluride (LE, $48.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (80% similar). Lancome Rosegold Lights (P, $30.00) is more muted, cooler (80% similar). Black Opal Rose Gold (P, $8.95) is less shimmery, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Artistique Blush formula is supposed to have a “naturally glowing finish.” The formula is consistent: the blushes have a very soft, almost cream-like powder texture that blends out effortlessly to a luminous sheen with semi-opaque to opaque coverage (that is easily applied more sheerly or layered for true-to-pan color) and good wear (eight to nine hours). De Cherubique is almost a rusty pink kind of color–burnt in a way–but a little different than other shades I’ve come across in the same family. The finish was just shimmery enough to give the skin a luminous glow, but it wasn’t so shimmery that the finish emphasized pores. The pigmentation was good with a blendable, silky-smooth texture that was forgiving and easy to work with. The color wore well for eight and a half hours before I noticed fading.

A note on packaging: Surratt’s range comes in lightweight plastic pans, which aren’t ideal for long-term use (particularly if traveling or putting in a makeup bag), as his products are designed to be put into custom palette solutions. Personally, I put magnets on the back of each and keep them in freestyle palettes (like a Z-Palette) as it is more economical.

9.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

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Surratt Beauty Flamme Artistique Blush

Surratt Beauty Flamme Artistique Blush
Surratt Beauty Flamme Artistique Blush

Surratt Beauty Flamme Artistique Blush ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a bright, medium-dark orange with warm, red undertones and a gold, frosted shimmer. NARS Taj Mahal (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker, brighter (90% similar). MAC Perfectly Poised (Outer) (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, lighter, more muted (90% similar). bareMinerals The Many Splendors #3 (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Medium/Dark Glow (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Bright Response (P, $16.00) is lighter (85% similar). Becca Tigerlily (P, $34.00) is cooler (85% similar). MAC Shape the Future (LE, $33.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Artistique Blush formula is supposed to have a “naturally glowing finish.” The formula is consistent: the blushes have a very soft, almost cream-like powder texture that blends out effortlessly to a luminous sheen with semi-opaque to opaque coverage (that is easily applied more sheerly or layered for true-to-pan color) and good wear (eight to nine hours). Flamme was the most intense shade of the new six hues released this year. It had good color payoff with a cream-like, silky-smooth consistency that blended out easily and made it one of the more forgiving deep orange shades I’ve tried. This shade wore well for almost nine hours before fading slightly.

A note on packaging: Surratt’s range comes in lightweight plastic pans, which aren’t ideal for long-term use (particularly if traveling or putting in a makeup bag), as his products are designed to be put into custom palette solutions. Personally, I put magnets on the back of each and keep them in freestyle palettes (like a Z-Palette) as it is more economical.

Flamme
Flamme
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

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Surratt Beauty Coup de Genie Artistique Blush

Surratt Beauty Coup de Genie Artistique Blush
Surratt Beauty Coup de Genie Artistique Blush

Surratt Beauty Coup de Genie Artistique Blush ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a light-medium, peachy orange with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #3 (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Suqqu Yawakouki (05) (P, $34.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Sunlight (LE, $23.00) is darker (90% similar). NYX Narcissistic (P, $9.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS Hot Sand (P, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Highly Waisted (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Angel (LE, $26.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Warm (Winter 2016) Highlighter (LE, $60.00) is lighter (95% similar). Sleek MakeUP Equinox (P, ) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Becca Champagne Pop (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Milani Rosa Romantica (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Sephora Jubilant (21) (P, $14.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Hourglass Brilliant Nude (P, $38.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Edward Bess Bellissima (P, $45.00) is darker (85% similar). Sephora Secretive (19) (P, $14.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Hourglass Surreal Glow (LE, $35.00) is darker (80% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Starlight (P, $44.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Artistique Blush formula is supposed to have a “naturally glowing finish.” The formula is consistent: the blushes have a very soft, almost cream-like powder texture that blends out effortlessly to a luminous sheen with semi-opaque to opaque coverage (that is easily applied more sheerly or layered for true-to-pan color) and good wear (eight to nine hours). Coup de Genie is more like a highlighting blush than a true blush; there is visible color, though, so lighter skin tones will see color and warmth while darker skin tones will see more of a sheen. It had mostly opaque pigmentation, which was paired with a very soft, silky texture, so it could be sheered out easily or just lightly diffused along the edges. The color wore well for eight hours.

A note on packaging: Surratt’s range comes in lightweight plastic pans, which aren’t ideal for long-term use (particularly if traveling or putting in a makeup bag), as his products are designed to be put into custom palette solutions. Personally, I put magnets on the back of each and keep them in freestyle palettes (like a Z-Palette) as it is more economical.

9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

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Surratt Beauty Barbe a Papa Artistique Blush

Surratt Beauty Barbe a Papa Artistique Blush
Surratt Beauty Barbe a Papa Artistique Blush

Surratt Beauty Barbe a Papa Artistique Blush ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a light-medium pink with cool, blue undertones and a sparkling, frosted finish. Makeup Revolution Bang Bang You're Dead (P, $5.00) is darker (95% similar). By Terry Tan & Flash Cruise #3 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Giorgio Armani No. 08 (P, $62.00) is less pigmented, warmer (90% similar). NYX Baby Doll (P, $6.50) is less shimmery, darker, brighter (90% similar). MAC Just a Wisp (P, $27.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Illamasqua Morale (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Pearl Blossom (LE, $22.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Pink Buttercream (LE, $33.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Artistique Blush formula is supposed to have a “naturally glowing finish.” The formula is consistent: the blushes have a very soft, almost cream-like powder texture that blends out effortlessly to a luminous sheen with semi-opaque to opaque coverage (that is easily applied more sheerly or layered for true-to-pan color) and good wear (eight to nine hours). Barbe a Papa had a very soft, lightly loose consistency in the pan with semi-opaque color coverage. I found it to be a buildable product, so if you wanted more payoff, opaque color was achievable in two to three layers. The texture had more noticeable micro-sparkle in it than other shades in the range, and it was visible on the skin. The blush didn’t emphasize my pores or my skin’s natural texture, but it may be a concern for others. It lasted for eight hours before fading.

A note on packaging: Surratt’s range comes in lightweight plastic pans, which aren’t ideal for long-term use (particularly if traveling or putting in a makeup bag), as his products are designed to be put into custom palette solutions. Personally, I put magnets on the back of each and keep them in freestyle palettes (like a Z-Palette) as it is more economical.

9
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

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MAC Adobe Brick & Painted Canyon Blushes

MAC Adobe Brick Blush
MAC Adobe Brick Blush

MAC Adobe Brick Blush ($23.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a medium red with warm, orange undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had good color payoff with a thin, slightly drier texture that was harder to blend out on the skin. I would recommend patting loose powder over the skin first, and then applying the blush as it helped to make the blush more blendable for me. The color lasted for eight and a half hours before fading noticeably. MAC Contrary (LE, $22.00) is glossier (95% similar). MAC News Flash! (P, $16.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Fira (P, $37.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Slowburn (P, ) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). KIKO 107 Tomato (P, $12.00) is more muted (85% similar). Milani Bronze Burst #3 (P, ) is more muted, cooler (85% similar). NYX Crimson (P, $6.50) is cooler (85% similar). Becca Lantana (P, $32.00) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). NARS Exhibit A (P, $30.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (80% similar). Milani Bronze Burst #4 (P, ) is lighter, more muted (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Painted Canyon Blush ($23.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a slightly muted, medium pink-coral with warm undertones and a smattering of gold micro-shimmer over a mostly matte finish. It had great pigmentation with a soft, silky texture that blended out easily enough and wore for eight hours before fading.
Smashbox Geranium (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Paradise Lust (Bottom) (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar). Make Up For Ever B316 (P, $23.00) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Savage (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Zoeva CR010 (P, ) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Tweed Coralline (LE, $48.00) is lighter (90% similar). Guerlain Coral Blush (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Intonation (69) (DC, $38.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). NYX Tuscan (P, $6.50) is brighter (90% similar). Chanel Duo N. 02 (Bottom) (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Scorching (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Fruit Stand (DC, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker, brighter (90% similar). Edward Bess Secret Affair (P, $43.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). By Terry Tan & Flash Cruise #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Clinique Ginger Pop (01) (P, $21.00) is warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Melt Into Spring (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Blush) (LE, ) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). Colour Pop Never Been Kissed (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Bashful (LE, $28.00) is lighter (85% similar). NARS Angel Pride III (LE, $30.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Editor’s Note: MAC’s newest collection–Vibe Tribe–has generated some controversy over the last couple weeks for cultural appropriation and/or cultural insensitivity. Both Refinery29 and The Huffington Post posted earlier this week with an official statement from the brand, which stated that: “The collection, including the visuals, product lineup, and naming, is inspired by art, outdoor music festivals, and the colors of the desert. The collection has absolutely no connection to nor was it inspired by the Native American cultures.”

Outdoor festivals are rife with instances of cultural appropriation in the form and manner many dress and accessorize (one of the more egregious examples is the wearing of headdresses–something some festivals have actually banned to avoid future instances of cultural appropriation). I don’t think it’s a surprise that between the pattern on the packaging, some of the shade names, promotional imagery, and a collection name with “tribe” in it that it is making some consumers at least question the inspiration/connection. I wish MAC would consider partnering with a Native designer or artist to create a collection that could truly pay homage to that person’s culture, roots, and inspiration of their craft. They have done this in the past where we have seen the collaborator’s inspiration in the forms of shade names and packaging, so it is a disappointment that they didn’t go that route here. I hope the brand will consider doing more research into their themes going forward.

7
Product
10
Pigmentation
7
Texture
9
Longevity
3.5
Application
81%
Total
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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