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MAC Cantaloupe Blush

MAC Cantaloupe Blush
MAC Cantaloupe Blush

MAC Cantaloupe Blush ($17.00 for 0.21 oz. pan-only) is described as a “rich warm cantaloupe [with a Satin finish].” It’s a muted, medium brown with warm, peachy tones and a satin sheen. Makeup Geek Infatuation (DC, $9.99) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). By Terry Tropical Sunset #6 (LE, ) is cooler (90% similar). The Estee Edit First Lover (01) (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Chaleur (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Zoeva Burning Up (P, $11.80) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Chanel Jersey (80) (P, $45.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). KIKO 106 Beige Rose (P, $12.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (90% similar). Kat Von D Hansel (Shade) (P, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Gina (P, $30.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). By Terry Tan & Flash Cruise #6 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Natura (P, $37.00) is more muted, cooler (90% similar). Becca Sweet Pea (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Pleasure Model (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Makeup Geek Infatuation (P, $10.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Video (P, $26.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Cheek Pollen (LE, $23.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Coppertone (P, $23.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Laura Mercier Earth (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Harmony (P, $23.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC’s Powder Blush formula is supposed to be easy to apply, long-wearing, and have “fantastic colour.” It’s hard to generalize for MAC’s blush formula, because it varies a lot from shade to shade, even within different types of finishes! Some of them are very good, others are so-so, and a few are complete misses. The more frosted/shimmery shades tend to have the softest and smoothest textures and are easier to apply and blend out on the skin, while more satin and matte shades can sometimes be powdery, firm, or stiff, which makes blending more challenging. The wear is typically between six and nine hours but closer to seven to eight hours on average. Cantaloupe had good pigmentation with a soft, finely-milled, and blendable texture that wasn’t too powdery nor was it too firm–nicely balanced and made for easy application. On my normal-to-dry skin, the color lasted for eight hours before showing signs of fading along the edges.

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

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NYX Rose Gold & Intuition HD Blushes

NYX Rose Gold HD Blush
NYX Rose Gold HD Blush

NYX Rose Gold HD Blush ($6.50 for 0.16 oz.) is a brightened, medium orange-coral with warm, reddish undertones and a strong, golden frost. It had semi-opaque coverage that was buildable to mostly true-to-pan color. The texture was silky to the touch, which made it easy to blend and work into the skin, and the fineness of the powder helped it adhere smoothly. The only downside is that it is a little powdery and kicks up excess in the pan, but luckily, that powderiness doesn’t translate on the skin. This shade wore for seven and a half hours on me. Makeup Geek Romance (DC, $9.99) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Haute Contour (Blush) (LE, ) is less pigmented, cooler (90% similar). MAC Just a Pinch (P, $27.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Love Lust (P, $60.00) is cooler (90% similar). Fenty Beauty Trippin (P, $25.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Fireball (P, $30.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Sparkling Bellini (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). NARS Vu (LE, ) is cooler (90% similar). Milani Corallina (P, $8.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Luminous Peach (LE, ) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Anastasia Kitty Kat (LE, ) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). NYX Menage a Trois (P, $15.00) is darker (85% similar). Zoeva Palace Door (P, ) is lighter (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Siena (P, $58.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Style Cast (LE, $23.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Fireball (P, $26.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). Tarte Extraordinary (LE, $28.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NYX Intuition HD Blush ($6.50 for 0.16 oz.) is a medium, rosy plum with warm undertones and a frosted finish. This blush has an incredibly soft, finely-milled consistency… that gets everywhere, because it is so powdery that is easy to get far more product than you need on the brush and onto your face (it also wastes some!). You need a really, really light touch and just lightly pat the surface of the blush with your brush to minimize the mess. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a more heavily frosted finish, though it didn’t emphasize pores once it is blended out. I noticed fading with this one after seven hours. Stellar Beauty Flare (P, $25.00) is lighter (95% similar). Laura Geller Fruit Punch (P, $28.00) is cooler (95% similar). Becca Rose Spritz (LE, $34.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Pearlescent Pink (P, $2.99) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). YSL Passionnee (6) (P, $47.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). theBalm Hot Mama (P, $21.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Sweet Vision (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Star Wonder (LE, $33.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Kelp Me (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Laura Geller Tropic Hues (P, $28.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Peony (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Santa Barbara (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Springsheen (P, $23.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Extraordinary (LE, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Peachy Keen (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Benefit GALifornia (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA SUMMARY | NYX’s newest blush formula is supposed to be a “high definition, lightweight blush that blends evenly” that is “vibrant and silky.” The texture tended to be on the more powdery side, but it sits well and doesn’t look powdery applied. Many shades have a more luminous finish to them where the shimmer is fine enough to create a glow, rather than a frosted finish (though a couple are quite shimmery). The formula blends fairly easily on the skin and has medium, buildable coverage with some being very pigmented right off the bat. The wear time is between seven and eight hours.

Rose Gold
Rose Gold
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
86%
Total
Intuition
Intuition
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
80%
Total

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MAC Burnt Pepper Blush

MAC Burnt Pepper Blush
MAC Burnt Pepper Blush

MAC Burnt Pepper Blush ($17.00 for 0.21 oz. pan-only) is described as a “warm rich terracotta.” It’s a medium-dark reddish-copper with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. NARS Vengeful (Right) (LE, ) is more shimmery, cooler (95% similar). MAC Hidden Treasure (LE, $23.00) is darker (90% similar). Milani Bronze Burst #4 (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). Milani Bronze Burst #3 (P, ) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC A Little Lusty (LE, $23.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Rouge Profond (320) (P, $45.00) is cooler (85% similar). NARS Savage (LE, $30.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). NYX Crimson (P, $6.50) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). Bite Beauty Almond (P, $24.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). MAC Taraji Glow (LE, $33.00) is darker, more muted (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC’s Powder Blush formula is supposed to be easy to apply, long-wearing, and have “fantastic colour.” It’s hard to generalize for MAC’s blush formula, because it varies a lot from shade to shade, even within different types of finishes! Some of them are very good, others are so-so, and a few are complete misses. The more frosted/shimmery shades tend to have the softest and smoothest textures and are easier to apply and blend out on the skin, while more satin and matte shades can sometimes be powdery, firm, or stiff, which makes blending more challenging. The wear is typically between six and nine hours but closer to seven to eight hours on average. Burnt Pepper was incredibly pigmented–a little goes a very, very long way, so definitely use less than you think you may need!–with a soft, silky consistency that blended out easily, which is a real must for something this rich in pigment. I found that the finish had a “natural matte” sheen to it–it looked like skin and never flat, but it wasn’t shimmery or even satiny. It wore well for nine hours on me before fading.

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MAC Fleur Power Blush

MAC Fleur Power Blush
MAC Fleur Power Blush

MAC Fleur Power Blush ($17.00 for 0.21 oz. pan-only) is described as a “soft bright pinkish-coral [with a Satin finish].” It’s a brightened, medium pink-coral with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. NYX Summer Peach (P, $5.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). MAC Hipness (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Deco (LE, $28.00) is cooler (95% similar). theBalm Frat Boy (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Too Faced How Deep is Your Love? (P, $26.00) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Melt Into Spring (LE, ) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Live (LE, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Vibration (270) (P, $45.00) is darker, brighter, cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Wicked (P, $60.00) is cooler (90% similar). The Estee Edit Purr Pink (03) (P, $28.00) is cooler (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Exhibitionist (LE, ) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte Crave (LE, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Dior My Lady (003) (LE, $60.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Lovable (LE, $28.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte Smashing (LE, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte True Love (P, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Fetching (LE, $28.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte Warmhearted (LE, $28.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). NARS Angel Pride IV (LE, $30.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Too Faced Your Love is King (P, $26.00) is darker (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC’s Powder Blush formula is supposed to be easy to apply, long-wearing, and have “fantastic colour.” It’s hard to generalize for MAC’s blush formula, because it varies a lot from shade to shade, even within different types of finishes! Some of them are very good, others are so-so, and a few are complete misses. The more frosted/shimmery shades tend to have the softest and smoothest textures and are easier to apply and blend out on the skin, while more satin and matte shades can sometimes be powdery, firm, or stiff, which makes blending more challenging. The wear is typically between six and nine hours but closer to seven to eight hours on average. Fleur Power had semi-sheer to semi-opaque, buildable coverage with a somewhat powdery consistency, even though it felt very fine and smooth to the touch. The color blended out nicely on the skin, and the color looked even with a natural matte finish that didn’t read flat but wasn’t shimmery or shiny either. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me before fading.

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NYX Pastel Chic & Baby Doll HD Blushes

NYX Pastel Chic HD Blush
NYX Pastel Chic HD Blush

NYX Pastel Chic HD Blush ($6.50 for 0.16 oz.) is a very pale pink with cool, blue undertones and a matte finish. It is almost like a washed-out lavender. There is a strong white base, so on my skin tone, it looks chalky, and obviously I’m unable to show it to its best appearance as a result, even though it had semi-opaque coverage. (It is going to be ideal for someone who is fairer and finds most blushes too dark for their preferences.) The texture is very, very powdery, despite having an incredibly silky consistency to the touch but remains easy to blend out on the skin and looks even applied. On me, it wore for seven hours before fading. Make Up For Ever B200 (P, $23.00) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Guerlain Carousel (LE, $65.00) is more shimmery, less pigmented (90% similar). NARS Cheek Studio I (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Kat Von D Clyde (Light) (P, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Pink Buttercream (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Full of Joy (P, $23.00) is more shimmery, darker, brighter (85% similar). MAC Unconventional (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Hourglass Ethereal Glow (P, $35.00) is warmer (85% similar). Kat Von D Gomez (Light) (P, ) is darker (85% similar). Makeup Geek First Love (DC, $9.99) is warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NYX Baby Doll HD Blush ($6.50 for 0.16 oz.) is a pop of light-medium pink with subtle, cool blue undertones and a luminous sheen. It had good pigmentation that was buildable to totally opaque coverage in two layers with a moderate shimmer that was noticeable without emphasizing pores. The blush had a somewhat powdery consistency in the pan, but it applied well and sat nicely on the skin. It started to fade after eight hours of wear. Makeup Geek Head Over Heels (DC, $9.99) is less shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Boba (DC, $8.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tarte Dollface (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Sweet Pink (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Well Dressed (P, $23.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC I'm a Lover (P, $23.50) is less shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Better Together (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #210 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Barbe a Papa (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter, more muted (90% similar). Colour Pop Olive (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Cherry (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Pretty Vulgar Mirror Mirror (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Prenup (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Givenchy It-Girl Purple (P, $44.00) is less shimmery (85% similar). Clinique Pink Pop (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Surratt Beauty Guimauve (P, $32.00) is lighter (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Maui (P, $38.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Physicians Formula Rose (P, $12.99) is darker, more muted, warmer (85% similar). MAC Into the Pink (P, $27.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA SUMMARY | NYX’s newest blush formula is supposed to be a “high definition, lightweight blush that blends evenly” that is “vibrant and silky.” The texture tended to be on the more powdery side, but it sits well and doesn’t look powdery applied. Many shades have a more luminous finish to them where the shimmer is fine enough to create a Baby Doll, rather than a frosted finish (though a couple are quite shimmery). The formula blends fairly easily on the skin and has medium, buildable coverage with some being very pigmented right off the bat. The wear time is between seven and eight hours.

Pastel Chic
Pastel Chic
7.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
6.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
78%
Total
Baby Doll
Baby Doll
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total

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NYX Bronzed & Glow HD Blushes

NYX Bronzed HD Blush
NYX Bronzed HD Blush

NYX Bronzed HD Blush ($6.50 for 0.16 oz.) is a softened, medium copper-brown with warm, reddish undertones and a luminous sheen. It had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable consistency that was a smidgen powdery but didn’t look it on the skin. The blush seemed to “melt” against the skin to a degree, as the finish had a natural sheen that didn’t emphasize pores but helped the skin look like skin. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me. Colour Pop Non-Fiction (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Elegance (370) (P, $45.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Sephora Passionate (23) (P, $14.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Chanel Jersey (80) (P, $45.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Alezane (260) (P, $45.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Climax (P, $40.00) is warmer (90% similar). Black Opal Rose Gold (P, $8.95) is darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Ablaze (P, $20.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Fenty Beauty Sinamon (P, $25.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Liberation (Right) (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Peachtwist (P, $23.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Hushed Tone (P, $27.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). NYX Deep Plum (P, $6.50) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Highlight the Truth (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Milani Bronze Burst (P, $13.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Marsala (LE, $25.00) is lighter (90% similar). Milani Coral Beams (P, $13.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS Fervor (Right) (P, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Cheek Studio III (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Golden Hour (LE, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NYX Glow HD Blush ($6.50 for 0.16 oz.) is a medium, orange-toned brown with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had nice color payoff, while the soft, silky texture made it easy to blend out the edges or to sheer it out, if desired. The texture gets a little powdery, as it is so soft, but it doesn’t look powdery on the skin. When I tried it, the blush lasted for eight hours before fading. Colour Pop Santos (LE, $8.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Laura Geller Honeysuckle (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Glo Up (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). IT Cosmetics Warm Radiance (P, $34.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Suqqu Hanachaori (02) (P, $34.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Benefit 10 (Bronzer) (DC, $29.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Paranoid (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Makeup Geek Ignite (P, $20.00) is darker (85% similar). LORAC Unapologetic (LE, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Liberating (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). Laura Geller Sunswept (P, $28.00) is darker (80% similar). MAC Aphrodite's Shell (LE, $33.00) is less shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA SUMMARY | NYX’s newest blush formula is supposed to be a “high definition, lightweight blush that blends evenly” that is “vibrant and silky.” The texture tended to be on the more powdery side, but it sits well and doesn’t look powdery applied. Many shades have a more luminous finish to them where the shimmer is fine enough to create a glow, rather than a frosted finish (though a couple are quite shimmery). The formula blends fairly easily on the skin and has medium, buildable coverage with some being very pigmented right off the bat. The wear time is between seven and eight hours.

Bronzed
Bronzed
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total
Glow
Glow
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

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