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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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Guerlain Pause d’Ete Terracotta Bronzing Powder Duo

Guerlain Pause d'Ete Terracotta Bronzing Powder Duo
Guerlain Pause d’Ete Terracotta Bronzing Powder Duo

Guerlain Pause d’Ete Terracotta Bronzing Powder Duo ($82.00 for 0.60 oz.) swirls together to create a warmer, medium orange-brown hue with a frosted shimmer. The gold is an overspray (which I tried to remove, but a bit of it lingered), while the browner shade is a medium-dark, golden brown, and the center shade was a light-medium coral-orange. Too Faced Luminous Peach (LE, ) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). NARS Esoteric (LE, $30.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Trace Gold (P, $23.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Guerlain Terra India (LE, $53.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Suqqu Hanachaori (02) (P, $34.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Linda (LE, $23.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Angelique (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, more muted (90% similar). Clinique Golden Glow (P, $27.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Center of the Universe (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Perfectly Poised (Outer) (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

It is housed in a wooden compact where the top lifts off completely and is held on by magnets. If you have a very small, tapered face brush, you could use the two shades separately, but it will be hard to avoid dipping into the other shade if you use an average-sized cheek brush. The powder is fragranced with “notes of orange blossom, tonka bean, vanilla, and white musk,” and it is heavily scented, but it wasn’t that noticeable applied. The texture of the bronzer was a little firmer but smooth, while the center shade softer and looser, so I felt like when I swirled my brush in the pan, I always got more of the center shade on the brush than the bronzing component. The powder applied well, blended nicely, and was easy to use; the shimmer didn’t emphasize pores or the skin’s natural texture. On me, it wore for eight hours.

8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total

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MAC Yellow Topaz CCB & Firebrush Bronzer

MAC Yellow Topaz Cream Colour Base
MAC Yellow Topaz Cream Colour Base

MAC Yellow Topaz Cream Colour Base ($23.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a soft, yellow gold with warm undertones and a pearly shimmer-sheen finish. It had sheer color payoff that was somewhat buildable to semi-sheer coverage. The texture of this shade was less emollient than other Cream Colour Bases, so it had less shine and a subtle shimmered effect on the skin. I think the finish is more apparent in person than in photos, but it is a subtler effect. It lasted for seven hours on me (of the eight hours it is marketed as having). Chanel Bronze Antique (32) (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Laura Mercier Addiction (P, $44.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is lighter (90% similar). Estee Lauder Blonde Cumin (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Anastasia So Hollywood (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Dior Glowing Nude (002) (LE, $58.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). MAC Whisper of Gilt (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Firebrush Bronzing Powder ($27.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a dark, reddish brown with warm undertones and a smattering of gold micro-sparkle (it’s mostly matte, though). The texture was a little dry and chalky, where the powder seemed to clump together as it was dislodged from the surface. Applied, I didn’t notice the texture issues as much, as it applied relatively easily and blended out without too much work. It isn’t the best or most blendable bronzer, but it isn’t the worst. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color payoff, which is apparently as intended, as MAC describes their Bronzing Powder as a “powder that gives skin sheer, antural colour.” It lasted for eight hours on me. Tom Ford Beauty Gold Dust (P, $68.00) is more shimmery, cooler, better quality (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Bikini Contest (P, $3.99) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Clinique Bronze Glow (P, $27.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Guerlain Moyen Brunettes (05) (LE, $75.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals Warmth (LE, ) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Strip Bronzer (-, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Stila Sending My Love Bronzer (LE, ) is cooler, better quality (90% similar). Colour Pop Bronze Me (LE, $8.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Refined Golden (P, $27.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Guerlain #03 (P, $53.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Bronzer) (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Poolside (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). 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.

8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total
Firebrush
Firebrush
8
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
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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Surratt Beauty Angelique Artistique Blush

Surratt Beauty Angelique Artistique Blush
Surratt Beauty Angelique Artistique Blush

Surratt Beauty Angelique Artistique Blush ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a soft, muted, medium-dark coppery orange with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. Colour Pop Most Necessary (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Parasol (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Suqqu Hanachaori (02) (P, $34.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Becca Rose Gold (LE, $38.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Fairly Precious (P, $27.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Milani Coral Beams #1 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Pearl Sunshine (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Laura Geller Ballerina (P, $26.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Trace Gold (P, $23.00) is darker (90% similar). Guerlain Pause d'Ete (LE, $82.00) is less shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Anastasia Peach Nectar (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Cheeky Bronze (P, $33.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Marsala (LE, $25.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). NYX Crushed Bloom (P, $7.99) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Perfectly Lit (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Laura Mercier Rosé (LE, $42.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Butterfly Beach (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, darker, brighter (85% similar). MAC Shaft of Gold (LE, $33.00) is darker (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). Angelique had good color payoff with a really silky, smooth, and blendable texture that sat well on the skin–it didn’t emphasize pores but still produced a noticeable glow. It wore well for eight hours on me 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.

Angelique
Angelique
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

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