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Makeup Geek Valentine Blush

Makeup Geek Valentine Blush
Makeup Geek Valentine Blush

Makeup Geek Valentine Blush ($10.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a muted, medium pink with cooler undertones and a mostly matte finish. Bite Beauty Lotus (P, $24.00) is brighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Nooner (Blush) (P, ) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Skyline (LE, ) is lighter (85% similar). Benefit Hervana (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Make Up For Ever S214 (P, $23.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Milani Pink Play #3 (P, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Flush (P, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever B212 (P, $23.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Rendezvous (DC, $9.99) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Too Faced Sweet Pink (LE, ) is lighter (85% similar). KIKO 110 Bright Pink (P, $12.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Tarte Dollface (P, $28.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Pink Sprinkles (LE, $23.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Olive (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Peony Petal (LE, $23.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Native Blush (-, )(85% similar). Bobbi Brown Nude Pink (P, $26.00) is cooler (85% similar). Tarte Whimsy (LE, $28.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Ombre (LE, $55.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The new blush formula is supposed to have “rich pigmentation,” “a fade-resistant formula,” and a “smooth, buttery feel.” In the same sentence as “rich pigmentation,” they also say “buildable, long-lasting color,” though “buildable” is more that it can be used lightly and gradually built-up based on watching the launch video/reading through the brand’s Instagram (as well as routinely mentioning how pigmented the blushes were). The new formula definitely kicks up less powder with a thinner consistency and a firmer press, and they seem even more matte than before (this is by design/was intentional per the brand), so some shades can look somewhat flat on the skin. As the brand mentioned, it is by design so that they’ll pair easily with your favorite highlighters if you want a more shimmery finish. The line, in general, also got desaturated; the color range seems a lot more muted, and the shades that were kept (at least by name), seem to have undergone slight color changes to make them softer/more muted as well. I think the more skin-like, semi-matte to satin finish of the original formula is actually what made it standout in a sea of blush formulas, so I’m personally bummed that they didn’t retain that element in most of the shades. I think a lot of it will come down to personal preference which formula is better to you, but the new formula, so far, has been good. The new compacts are definitely an upgrade from the last iteration, though–much sleeker with more heft.

Valentine had good color payoff with a soft, smooth, and very lightly dusty consistency; it had a thinner feel but wasn’t so thin that it lost its ability to blend out or stay true-to-color on the skin (it didn’t sheer out immediately). I didn’t have any trouble diffusing and sheering out the color on the cheeks, and the color wore well for eight hours before fading slightly.

Valentine
Valentine
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

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Makeup Revolution Make Love Instead Baked Blusher

Makeup Revolution Make Love Instead Baked Blusher
Makeup Revolution Make Love Instead Baked Blusher

Makeup Revolution Make Love Instead Baked Blusher ($5.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a light-medium pinky-peach with warm undertones and a lightly frosted sheen. Colour Pop Iced (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Milani Pink Play #1 (P, ) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). CoverGirl Medium Rose (P, $9.99) is less shimmery (90% similar). Hourglass Euphoric Fusion (P, $38.00) is warmer (90% similar). CoverGirl Light Rose (P, $9.99) is less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Full Service (LE, $8.00) is warmer (90% similar). LORAC Bold Spirit (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Capri (P, $58.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Milani Berry Rays #1 (P, ) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Antigua (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Cool (Winter 2016) Highlighter (LE, $60.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Clinique Pink Honey Pop (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (85% similar). Ciate Moondust (P, $29.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Porcelain Pink (LE, $33.00) is lighter (85% similar). bareMinerals The Big Break (LE, $22.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). MAC Highlighter (LE, $33.00) is less shimmery, lighter (80% similar). Chanel Pink Cloud (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery, lighter (80% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Bicoastal (Top) (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Paradise Lust (Top) (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Baked Blusher formula is supposed to be “highly pigmented” and have a “natural soft effect” with a “hint of shimmer.” Sadly, this shade was also not nearly as pigmented as described, which was consistent across all shades I tried from the range–they are sheer, lightly buildable, so they are better for someone who prefers that level of coverage. The texture of this particular shade was soft, smooth, and blendable on the skin, while the shimmer diffused nicely into a soft glow that didn’t make my pores look any worse for the wear. On me, I started to see signs of fading after six hours of wear, which was also typical wear across this formula, so a good primer or base might help enhance the longevity of this formula.

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Permanent

7
Product
6.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
5
Application
74%
Total

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Too Faced Sparkling Bellini Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush

Too Faced Sparkling Bellini Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush
Too Faced Sparkling Bellini Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush

Too Faced Sparkling Bellini Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush ($30.00 for 0.19 oz.) is a pop of medium, coral-orange with warm undertones and sparkling, gold shimmer and micro-glitter. MAC Simply Bliss (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Makeup Geek Romance (DC, $9.99) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Style (P, $23.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced I Will Always Love You (P, $26.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). NYX Rose Gold (P, $6.50) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Dior Coral Sunset (002) (LE, $57.00) is less shimmery (85% similar). MAC Immortal Flower (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). NARS Soulshine #2 (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

According to the brand, the formula is supposed to have “easy application” with a “buildable finish.” It is a baked formula, so the drier, looser consistency wasn’t a total surprise, but it is prone to sheering out and kicking up excess in the pan if you’re not careful. The pan is large enough where you can use two shades or all three together without a lot of trouble, but to get just one shade, it is harder to fit an average-sized blush brush, and even a lot of the highlighter brushes I have were too large to just get a single strip of color. It is most practically used as a mix of at least two shades. It had semi-sheer, buildable coverage (to about semi-opaque) with a nice, luminous sheen on the skin that didn’t emphasize pores. On me, it lasted for seven hours before fading.

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

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Laura Geller Honeysuckle Baked Blush-n-Brighten

Laura Geller Honeysuckle Baked Blush-n-Brighten
Laura Geller Honeysuckle Baked Blush-n-Brighten

Laura Geller Honeysuckle Baked Blush-n-Brighten ($28.00 for 0.16 oz.) is medium-dark, orange-y brown with strong, warm undertones and a frosted sheen. Benefit 10 (Bronzer) (DC, $29.00) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Laura Geller Pink Grapefruit (P, $28.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Peach Beach (P, $30.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Craving (Right) (P, ) is warmer (90% similar). NYX Beach Babe (P, $6.50) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). NYX Glow (P, $6.50) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Laura Geller Sunswept (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Glow With It (P, $33.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). By Terry Savannah Love #5 (LE, ) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). NARS Takeover (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). 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 really nice pigmentation that was nearly opaque with a very smooth, blendable texture, it was easy to apply less and build-up coverage as well, which made it a more versatile product overall. I find my favorite part about this range is when they’re as blendable as this shade, as they’re forgiving on the skin, easy to use, and have a great glow-y finish (without emphasizing pores) when all is said and done. This shade wore well for eight hours on me.

9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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Anastasia Sun Dipped Glow Kit

Anastasia Sun Dipped Glow Kit
Anastasia Sun Dipped Glow Kit

Anastasia Sun Dipped Glow Kit ($40.00 for 1.04 oz.) includes four ultra-shimmery highlighters in warmer hues. The formula is consistent in the palette and also consistent with the other two, previously-released Glow Kits. I wish they had gone darker on both of the lighter shades–Summer and Moonstone–and differentiated better between the two, as they look quite similar even heavily applied but almost the same when diffused/sheered out (more like how typical highlighters are applied).

Bronzed is a medium-dark, coppery brown with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had good color payoff with a soft, smooth consistency that was fairly blendable and easy to use. The texture was almost too dense on the skin, which made blending less effortless compared to some highlighters, but it didn’t require too much extra time to blend it out. It lasted for eight hours on me before fading. Cover FX Candlelight (P, $34.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Bronze (P, $46.00) is cooler (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Sunkissed Glow (P, $48.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). theBalm Betty-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Cover FX Candlelight (P, $42.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Makeup Geek Ignite (P, $20.00) is cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Avalon (LE, $8.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Cover FX Gilded (LE, $34.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Makeup Geek Sunlight (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Glo Up (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Sun Bunny #1 (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). Looxi Beauty Divine (P, $7.50) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Bronze (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Bronze Glow (LE, $48.00) is lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Strip Bronzer (-, ) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Laura Mercier Seduction (P, $44.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Deluxe Edition #21 (LE, ) is darker (85% similar). Disney by Sephora Golden Sands (LE, $55.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Summer is a light, yellowed gold with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. It wasn’t quite as high-shine as Bronzed, but it’s not a subtle highlight! It was richly pigmented with a very smooth, finely-milled texture that blended out easily. I noticed very slight emphasis of my skin’s texture when applied with about medium coverage. The highlighter wore well for just over eight hours. Anastasia Sunburst (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Now's the Time (LE, $26.00) is more muted (95% similar). Smashbox Turn It On Pearl (P, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Daylight (P, $23.00) is warmer (95% similar). Huda Beauty Saint-Tropez (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Daylight (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Star Reader (LE, $23.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Extra (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Champagne (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Watch Me (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Hourglass Pure Strobe Light (LE, ) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Ciate Starburst (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Moonstone (LE, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Burst (P, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Coloured Raine No Flash Needed (P, $25.00) is cooler (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Golden Lights (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever 13 Ivory (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). J. Cat Beauty White Goddess (-, $9.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Milani Summer Glow (P, $10.00) is less shimmery, more muted (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tourmaline is a muted, medium-dark taupe-bronze with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. Of the four, this one emphasized pores the most noticeably to me, and it’s one that needs a light hand to minimize the impact on the texture of the skin. The color payoff was good, while the texture was smooth in the pan and extremely easy to blend on the skin. I was able to get eight hours of wear out of this shade. Estee Lauder Modern Mercury (LE, $65.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Nude Glow (LE, $46.00) is lighter (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Tawny Glow (P, $48.00) is cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop The Golden Child (LE, $8.00) is lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Riviera (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Moonstone is a light, yellowed gold with warm undertones and a slightly sparkly, metallic sheen. It had mostly opaque color payoff with a fairly smooth, blendable texture–it wasn’t quite as creamy or as buttery compared to the other shades in the palette. It applied easily with a nice, diffused edge accomplished without trouble, and it seemed to be so bright applied that it didn’t emphasize my pores. LORAC Daylight (P, $23.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Cover FX Celestial (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Tarte Daylight (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Estee Lauder Courreges (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). NYX Crystal Glare (P, $6.99) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). NYX Moonbeam (P, $6.99) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Double-Gleam (P, $33.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Gator Wings (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). MAC Tutu (LE, $33.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Lunch Money (P, $8.00) is lighter (90% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). NARS Noctum (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). MAC Let It Rock (LE, $34.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Smashbox Glow (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Watch Me (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). theBalm Solid Gold (P, $24.00) is darker (90% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Bliss (LE, $26.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Anastasia Summer (LE, ) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Warm Glow (Left) (P, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Laura Geller Fruit Punch Baked Blush-n-Brighten

Laura Geller Fruit Punch Baked Blush-n-Brighten
Laura Geller Fruit Punch Baked Blush-n-Brighten

Laura Geller Fruit Punch Baked Blush-n-Brighten ($28.00 for 0.16 oz.) is pop of medium pink-coral with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. Chanel Fleur de Lotus (LE, $45.00) is darker (95% similar). Laura Mercier Bellini (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). NYX Intuition (P, $6.50) is warmer (95% similar). Chanel Rose Glacier (170) (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Becca Rose Spritz (LE, $34.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Becca Hibiscus Bloom (LE, $34.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Fox (DC, $8.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Laugh (LE, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Sweets for My Sweet (P, $27.00) is cooler (90% similar). Laura Geller Tropic Hues (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Benefit Bella Bamba (DC, $29.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Springsheen (P, $23.00) is warmer (90% similar). Fenty Beauty Yacht Life (P, $25.00) is warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals The Natural High (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Love Hangover (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Laura Geller Peach Delight (P, $28.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). theBalm Hot Mama (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Benefit Bella Bamba (Palette) (P, $29.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Sweet Vision (LE, $28.00) is darker, warmer (90% 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 rich color payoff with a very smooth, finely-milled texture that didn’t kick up excess like some of the other shades have in this range. The color blended out beautifully on the skin and required little effort to get a really diffused, glowing finish. When I wore it, the blush wore well for eight hours before it started to break down.

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

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