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By Terry Tan & Flash Cruise Sun Designer Palette

By Terry Tan & Flash Cruise Sun Designer Palette
By Terry Tan & Flash Cruise Sun Designer Palette

By Terry Tan & Flash Cruise Sun Designer Palette ($82.00 for 0.53 oz.) includes six shades that can be used as highlighters, blushes, and/or bronzers. There are two variations, this and a lighter version with more muted shades on the left side (which I expect to review as well). I was impressed by the softness, blendability, and finish of these on the skin–they’re very easy to use and diffuse, and the finish is glowing without emphasizing pores. Despite being very soft and finely-milled, they’re not really powdery or dusty; they seem to have a decent amount of binder so they adhere well and don’t get messy in the pan. The wear varied from eight to eight and a half hours across the six shades.

Tan & Flash Cruise #1 is a pop of bright, medium-dark pink with warm undertones and a satiny sheen. It had rich color payoff with a very smooth, soft, and blendable consistency that applied well to bare skin and lasted for eight and a half hours before fading. Tom Ford Beauty Wicked (P, $60.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Lovable (LE, $28.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Red Water Lily (LE, $40.00) is darker (95% similar). Becca Hibiscus Bloom (LE, $34.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Montage (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Chanel Vibration (270) (P, $45.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Early Bird (DC, $8.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Bite Beauty Macaroon (P, $24.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Black Opal Tulip (P, $8.95) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NYX Peach (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Your Love is King (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, more muted (90% similar). Bite Beauty Papaya (P, $24.00) is warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Love Affair (P, $9.99) is darker (90% similar). Laura Geller Guava (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Rosewood (350) (P, $45.00) is more muted (90% similar). Tarte Irreplaceable (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery, more muted, warmer (90% similar). NARS Impudique (LE, $30.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Night Fever & Hot Stuff (508) (P, $42.00) is more muted (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Flush (P, $60.00) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Crescendo (250) (LE, $45.00) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tan & Flash Cruise #2 is a bright, medium coral-orange with warm undertones and a soft, frosted finish. The pigmentation was intense and true-to-pan–a little went a good way. The powder had a very soft, silky feel to it, but it wasn’t dusty or powdery. It was easy to diffuse and blend out on the skin, and the color wore well for eight and a half hours on me. NARS Fetishized (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Edward Bess Secret Affair (P, $43.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Blush) (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Telling Glow (P, $27.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Guerlain Smile (Left) (LE, $52.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Rhea (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, cooler, glossier (90% similar). MAC Fleeting Romance (P, $23.50) is less shimmery, more muted, warmer (90% similar). Smashbox Geranium (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Flush (Discontinued) (DC, $60.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Estee Lauder Wild Sunset (P, $34.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Laura Geller Papaya (P, $26.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Cheeky Bits (P, $27.00) is cooler (90% similar). NYX Tuscan (P, $6.50) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). NARS Savage (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Painted Canyon (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). NARS Panic (Right) (P, ) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Surratt Beauty Ponceau (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Jelly Fish (DC, $8.00) is darker, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Zoeva CR010 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Tarte Graceful (LE, $28.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tan & Flash Cruise #3 is a bright, medium fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a pearly sheen. It had good color payoff paired with a soft, blendable texture that was silky and finely-milled and just a smidgen dusty. The color lasted for eight hours on me before fading noticeably. Too Faced Better Together (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Barbe a Papa (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Quickie (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Peony Petal (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Obsessed (P, $26.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Gaiety (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Huda Beauty Mykonos (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Robotic (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). LORAC Vivid (P, $23.00) is less shimmery (85% similar). MAC Young at Heart (P, $22.00) is darker, warmer, glossier (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Velvet Bloom (LE, $80.00) is lighter (85% similar). Too Faced Justify My Love (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). MAC Lazy Sunday (P, $22.00) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Lush & Libido (500) (P, $42.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC I'm a Lover (P, $23.50) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Too Faced Chocolate Covered Strawberry (LE, ) is darker, more muted (80% similar). Tarte Dollface (P, $28.00) is warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tan & Flash Cruise #4 is a light beige with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had opaque color coverage, but it blends in with my skin tone, so it may be hard to tell. On my skin tone, it tends to subtly highlight without adding a lot of color. This shade wore well for eight hours before fading. By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #4 (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Nico (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tan & Flash Cruise #5 is a medium-dark brown with warm, yellowy undertones and a satin finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, silky texture that blended fairly easily on the skin but wasn’t as foolproof as the other shades. It lasted for eight hours on me. By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #6 (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Social Butterfly (LE, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Poolside (P, $8.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals Warmth (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Stila Sending My Love Bronzer (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Casino (P, $36.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC I'll Hold My Breath #1 (LE, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Lo-Fi (LE, $26.00) is lighter (85% similar). KIKO 100 Cookie (P, $12.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Bronze Me (LE, $8.00) is warmer, better quality (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Bronze Age (P, $68.00) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tan & Flash Cruise #6 is a muted, medium peachy-brown with warm undertones and a satin finish. The color payoff was mostly opaque, while the texture was soft, lightly dense, and smooth, so it applied well to the skin, sat nicely, and blended out easily. The blush wore well for eight hours on me. By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #5 (LE, ) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Pinch My Peach (P, $30.00) is cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever S310 (P, $23.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). MAC Cantaloupe (P, $23.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Milani Luminoso (P, $8.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). theBalm Balm Desert (P, $21.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Oh My, Passion! (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Makeup Geek Infatuation (P, $9.99) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Natura (P, $37.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Tarte Risque (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, cooler (80% similar). Urban Decay Kinky (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (80% similar). Urban Decay Indecent (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, lighter (80% similar). MAC Cheek Pollen (LE, $23.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Black Opal Tulip Baked Blush

Black Opal Tulip Baked Blush
Black Opal Tulip Baked Blush

Black Opal Tulip Baked Blush ($8.95 for 0.09 oz.) is a bright pop of medium-dark pink with very subtle, warmer, yellow undertones and a matte finish. Colour Pop Early Bird (DC, $8.00) is lighter (95% similar). By Terry Tan & Flash Cruise #1 (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Zoeva PK040 (P, ) is brighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Bred for Beauty (LE, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). The Estee Edit Purr Pink (03) (P, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Thames (LE, $8.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Hyperfresh (360) (LE, $45.00) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel Vibration (270) (P, $45.00) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Clutch (P, $8.00) is darker, warmer (85% 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. This shade had a stiffer texture that was harder to get color payoff out of, so even though sheer coverage is intended, it was hard to just get that onto a brush–I really had to jab at the surface to get enough product for even that. It could also blend better, as it takes some extra time and maneuvering to really diffuse the edges. I wish the texture was nicer, because the finish is more of a natural matte–not dry or flat but not shimmery. This shade wore well for seven hours on me.

Tulip
Tulip
C

Permanent

6
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
6.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
73%
Total

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Black Opal Rose Gold Baked Blush

Black Opal Rose Gold Baked Blush
Black Opal Rose Gold Baked Blush

Black Opal Rose Gold Baked Blush ($8.95 for 0.09 oz.) is a muted, coppery-brown with warm, reddish undertones and a satin sheen. Too Faced Spiced Peach (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (95% similar). Chanel Alezane (260) (P, $45.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). NYX Bronzed (P, $6.50) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Elegance (370) (P, $45.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Stylish Me (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Viseart Bronze #3 (P, ) is darker (90% similar). NARS Liberation (Right) (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). KIKO 106 Beige Rose (P, $12.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Inhibition (P, $60.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Ambering Rose (P, $23.00) is darker, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Non-Fiction (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). MAC Pleasure Model (LE, $27.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Stryke (LE, $8.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar). Stellar Beauty Eclipse (P, $25.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Make You Mine (P, $23.50) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Marsala (LE, ) is darker, brighter, cooler (80% similar). Surratt Beauty De Cherubique (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, cooler (80% similar). Clinique Fig Pop (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (80% similar). MAC Sweet As Cocoa (P, $23.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Becca Songbird (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, warmer (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. 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. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque, buildable color payoff with a soft, powdery texture that seemed a little harder to blend out as it had a tendency to stick more heavily to some places than others. I would recommend lightly powdering with a setting or finishing powder prior to applying this, as it will tamp down any natural oiliness that’s on the skin or if you used cream/liquid foundation, your foundation. The color is absolutely gorgeous, but I really wish it easier to use! Once on, it has a satiny sheen that is both luminous and natural without emphasizing pores or the skin’s natural texture. It lasted for seven hours on me before starting to fade and breakdown.

Rose Gold
Rose Gold
C+

Permanent

7
Product
10
Pigmentation
6.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4
Application
78%
Total

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Black Opal Nectar Baked Blush

Black Opal Nectar Baked Blush
Black Opal Nectar Baked Blush

Black Opal Nectar Baked Blush ($8.95 for 0.09 oz.) is a pinky plum with subtle, cool undertones and warmer, fine gold shimmer. Charlotte Tilbury Love is the Drug (P, $40.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Bicoastal (Bottom) (LE, ) is cooler (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Maui (P, $38.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Dame (P, $23.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Physicians Formula Rose (P, $12.99) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Clinique Rosy Pop (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Yum Yum Yum (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Raindrops on Roses (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Clinique Heather Pop (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Becca Foxglove (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Lollipop (LE, ) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Milani Bella Bellini (P, $8.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Pretty Vulgar Mirror Mirror (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Wicked (Discontinued) (DC, $60.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Chanel Tweed Fuchsia (P, $48.00) is lighter (85% similar). Smashbox Posy Pink (LE, ) is darker, brighter, 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. While Hibiscus was a miss, Nectar is much easier to use and easier to forgive where it is imperfect. The texture is softer, a little dry and prone to excess powder kicking up in the pan, but it looks great on the skin and very luminous without emphasizing the skin’s texture or the look of pores. It had semi-sheer, buildable coverage (to semi-opaque) that blended out easily. The color wore well for seven hours on me before fading.

Nectar
Nectar
B

Permanent

8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
86%
Total

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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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