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Tarte Sensual Amazonian Clay Blush

Tarte Sensual Amazonian Clay Blush
Tarte Sensual Amazonian Clay Blush

Tarte Sensual Amazonian Clay Blush ($26.00 for 0.20 oz.) is a soft, medium peach-brown with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. Urban Decay Video (P, $26.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Bronzer (LE, $33.00) is lighter (95% similar). Bite Beauty Blondie (P, $24.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Liberating (LE, $23.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #5 (LE, ) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Duo N. 01 (Top) (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Kinky (P, $26.00) is warmer (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Natura (P, $37.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Lo-Fi (LE, $26.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Warm Soul (P, $27.00)(85% similar). Make Up For Ever S310 (P, $23.00) is cooler (85% similar). Burberry Earthy (P, $42.00) is darker (80% similar). Laura Mercier Earth (LE, $24.00) is darker (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 semi-sheer, buildable coverage (up to semi-opaque, I would say, after two to three layers) that blended out easily on the skin. The finish was mostly matte, but it didn’t look dry or chalky on me. The powder had a firmer feel to it, so there wasn’t a lot of excess powder kicked up, but the color didn’t seem difficult to pick up even with very soft brushes. On me, the color wore well for eight and a half hours, which is good wear compared to most powder blush formulas I’ve tried, but it is short of the 12-hours claimed. I think this blush is more suitable for someone looking for sheerer coverage and isn’t concerned about all-day wear–otherwise, it’s a miss.

Sensual
Sensual
7
Product
6.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7
Longevity
5
Application
76%
Total

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Makeup Geek XOXO Blush

Makeup Geek XOXO Blush
Makeup Geek XOXO Blush

Makeup Geek XOXO Blush ($10.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a medium, rosy pink with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. LORAC Underrated (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar). Chanel Crescendo (250) (LE, $45.00) is brighter (95% similar). NYX Rose Garden (P, $5.00) is darker, brighter (95% similar). MAC Formal (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Anastasia Kash (P, ) is lighter, more muted (95% similar). NARS New Attitude (LE, $30.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Exhibitionist (LE, ) is brighter (95% similar). Tarte Amazed (LE, $28.00)(90% similar). MAC Pinch O' Peach (P, $23.00) is lighter (90% similar). Estee Lauder Pink Ingenue (P, $34.00) is darker (90% similar). Anastasia Breeze (LE, ) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Exhilarating (LE, $28.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Live (LE, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). NYX Mauve (P, $5.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Milani Berry Rays #4 (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NYX Dusty Rose (P, $5.00) is warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #330 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is warmer, glossier (90% similar). Makeup Geek Main Squeeze (P, $10.00) is lighter (85% similar). Burberry First Love (LE, $68.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Birthday Suit (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, cooler (85% 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). This is one of the new shades, so there’s no worries about how it compares to a past iteration! The consistency is very soft and smooth, though it kicks up some extra powder when used, but luckily, it didn’t look dry or totally flat on the skin. It had a very, very subtle sheen to it–enough that it looked natural but still more matte than satin applied. It was easy to blend and diffuse the color without losing intensity. On me, the blush wore well for eight hours.

XOXO
XOXO
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

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Laura Geller Roseberry Baked Blush-n-Brighten

Laura Geller Roseberry Baked Blush-n-Brighten
Laura Geller Roseberry Baked Blush-n-Brighten

Laura Geller Roseberry Baked Blush-n-Brighten ($28.00 for 0.16 oz.) is medium, muted, rosy plum with warm undertones and a satin finish. Laura Geller Tropic Hues (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). LORAC Caribbean (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Viseart Enamored (Blush) (P, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Hourglass Surreal Halo (LE, $35.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Buddy (Shimmer) (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Surratt Beauty La Vie En Rose (P, $32.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Estee Lauder Alluring Rose (P, $34.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Royal (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). NARS Isadora (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Tarte Does This Thing Really Work? (LE, $28.00) is cooler (85% similar). Surratt Beauty De Cherubique (P, $32.00) is warmer (85% similar). Clinique Black Honey Pop (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Corol #2 (LE, $23.00) is warmer (85% similar). Estee Lauder Mauve Mystique (P, $34.00) is cooler (85% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Bridal Rose (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Laura Geller Pink Buttercream (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Exposed (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (85% similar). LORAC Rose (LE, $23.00) is darker, brighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Scene to Be Seen (Outer) (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Ravish (Discontinued) (DC, $60.00) is darker, brighter (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Baked Blush-n-Brighten formula is supposed to be “smooth” and “long-wearing” with “a blend of rich, marbleized color.” This was another one of the less-shimmery shades–not quite matte but a true satin–that has a natural finish on the skin but doesn’t have a high-shine look. It had good color payoff with a soft, blendable consistency that was a bit dusty but only in the pan. When I tested it, the blush lasted for seven and a half hours before fading.

Roseberry
Roseberry
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total

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Makeup Geek Secret Admirer Blush

Makeup Geek Secret Admirer Blush
Makeup Geek Secret Admirer Blush

Makeup Geek Secret Admirer Blush ($10.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a bright, light-medium lavender with cool undertones and a semi-matte finish. Sephora Over the Moon (14) (DC, $14.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Azalea Blossom (LE, $32.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Secret Admirer (DC, $9.99) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Rain (LE, $8.00) is darker (90% similar). Clinique Pansy Pop (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer (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). The reformulated shade is darker and cooler on the skin than in the previous formula, though I don’t think the difference is as apparent once it is diffused/blended out on the skin (compared to a heavier swatch). The texture was soft, smooth, and finely-milled, which made it blendable on the skin. It had good pigmentation and wore well for eight hours on me.

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

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Laura Geller Tropic Hues Baked Blush-n-Brighten

Laura Geller Tropic Hues Baked Blush-n-Brighten
Laura Geller Tropic Hues Baked Blush-n-Brighten

Laura Geller Tropic Hues Baked Blush-n-Brighten ($28.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a muted, medium pink-coral with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. NARS Isadora (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Laura Geller Roseberry (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). NYX Intuition (P, $6.50) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Laura Geller Pink Buttercream (P, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). Laura Geller Fruit Punch (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Ravish (Discontinued) (DC, $60.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Buddy (Shimmer) (LE, $23.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Summer Dual Intensity Blush II (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Loved Me the Best (P, $5.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC All Aflush (LE, ) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Milani Dolce Pink (P, $8.00) is warmer (90% similar). By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #2 (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Something About Berry (P, $30.00) is warmer (90% similar). Burberry Silk and Bloom (LE, $68.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Love Thing (P, $27.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Springsheen (P, $23.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). bareMinerals The Natural High (P, $22.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). NARS Blissful (P, $30.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Benefit CORALista (P, $29.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Benefit Bella Bamba (Palette) (P, $29.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Baked Blush-n-Brighten formula is supposed to be “smooth” and “long-wearing” with “a blend of rich, marbleized color.” It had good color payoff, though not fully opaque, with a fairly smooth, blendable texture–it ran a little dusty–that sat well on the skin without emphasizing pores or the skin’s natural texture. The finish had a soft, luminous sheen that didn’t look overly shimmery. The blush wore well for seven and a half hours on me.

8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total

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LORAC Cinematic Color Source Blush

LORAC Cinematic Color Source Buildable Blush
LORAC Cinematic Color Source Buildable Blush

LORAC Cinematic Color Source Buildable Blush ($22.00 for 0.017 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark rosy brown with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. Anastasia Blank (P, ) is warmer (95% similar). Makeup Geek Puppy Love (P, $10.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever S118 (P, $23.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Exposed (P, $28.00) is cooler (85% similar). MAC Ven Conmigo (LE, $23.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Seduce (P, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Unearthed (LE, $28.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). NYX Taupe (P, $5.00) is darker (90% similar). KIKO 106 Beige Rose (P, $12.00) is warmer (85% similar). KIKO 105 Dark Rose (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, cooler (80% similar). LORAC Ray (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Colour Pop Aphrodisiac (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter (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. The texture was thin without being dry or dusty, while the powder was soft and finely-milled in feel. When applied, the color diffused easily along the edges without sheering out too readily. It had medium, buildable coverage, which seemed like a good compromise to making it easier and more forgiving to use while still making it more versatile on more skin tones (though the desaturated quality of color means it is definitely not a universal shade but few, if any, truly are!). I think this might be a possible contouring shade on some skin tones. This shade wore well for seven and a half hours before fading visibly.

Cinematic
Cinematic
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

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