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Urban Decay Paranoid Afterglow Blush

Urban Decay Paranoid Afterglow 8-Hour Blush
Urban Decay Paranoid Afterglow 8-Hour Blush

Urban Decay Paranoid Afterglow 8-Hour Blush ($26.00 for 0.23 oz.) is described as a “medium bronze with gold shimmer.” It’s a slightly muted, medium-dark brown with warm undertones and a soft, pearly shimmer. Colour Pop Santos (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Glo Up (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Poolside (P, $8.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Ganymede (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter, less pigmented (90% similar). MAC I'll Hold My Breath #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Zoeva ND030 (P, ) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Worldly Wealth (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). NYX Glow (P, $6.50) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Cheek Pollen (LE, $23.00) is cooler (85% similar). Hourglass Brilliant Nude (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay’s describes their powder blush formula as having “buildable color” with a “blendable, finely milled” texture that will wear for “eight long hours.” This shade is exclusive to Urban Decay’s website. It had semi-opaque color payoff–it was one of the more pigmented shades in the range–that could be applied with a lighter hand or blended out for sheerer coverage or applied in two to three layers for more opaque coverage. It had a soft, smooth, and finely-milled consistency that wasn’t too soft or too firm. The color applied well and lasted for eight hours on me.

Paranoid
Paranoid
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

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Tarte Skin Twinkle Lighting Palette

Tarte Skin Twinkle Lighting Palette
Tarte Skin Twinkle Lighting Palette

Tarte Skin Twinkle Lighting Palette ($42.00 for 0.49 oz.) features two shimmery highlighters and one setting powder (center shade). According to Tarte, that setting powder is a “universal matte sand that brightens and corrects any darkness under the eyes.” I doubt that it is universally workable, as it is a pretty light shade. As I mentioned in the sneak peek, I had tremendous issues with the consistency of the center shade to the point where even I–a skeptic–think that there’s a manufacturing error in its creation, because when I try swatching it, it sounds like sandpaper as it is so dry. It just seems like someone forgot an ingredient or double-salted the batch; I don’t know if I’ve ever had a powder feel like this one does. Short of jabbing at it with a metal spatula, not much product comes off the surface. At $42, a center shade that is faulty at best, horrible at worst is just difficult to justify.

I would also have liked to see Tarte releasing two or three versions of this, because I don’t think they’re truly considering all skin tones with this palette at all. I like the highlighters, though they aren’t out-of-this-world.

Sunlight is a light gold with warm, yellow undertones and a lightly frosted sheen. It had semi-sheer coverage with a lightly dusty, but blendable, consistency that didn’t look dry or powdery on the skin — there was just a slight dryness to the texture where the powder came off the surface easily but seemed to have less binder. The color lasted for seven hours before fading on me. Dior Precious Rocks (001) (LE, $57.00) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Now's the Time (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Nooner (Highlighter) (P, ) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Let It Rock (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Champagne (LE, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Camelia de Chanel (LE, $70.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Flexitarian (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Smashbox Glow (LE, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Daylight (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $19.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Sesso (Highlighter) (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Too Faced Flush (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Watch Me (LE, $30.00) is lighter (90% similar). Becca Champagne Pop (P, $41.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Warm Glow (Left) (P, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Gator Wings (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). NARS Give In Take Blush I (LE, ) is lighter (85% similar). Anastasia Sunburst (LE, ) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Filtered Light is a light, yellowed beige with warm undertones and a matte finish. It’s incredibly dry, stiff, and chalky in the pan. The only way I was able to get enough product out of the pan to show up in a swatch was by scraping the surface with a metal spatula. It doesn’t sit well on the skin and can make areas look caky; I tried it as an under eye setting powder as well as all over. It did not seem to improve the wear of my base products, but that could very well be that it’s so difficult to actually apply and get enough product to stick to the skin. Cle de Peau Almond (16) (P, $55.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Lyric (P, ) is darker, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Light Cocoa (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). Hourglass Surreal Light (LE, $45.00) is darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Moonlight is a light-medium, peachy gold with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It is more shimmery than Sunlight, and it has more color to it. I think it looks almost rosy-beige at times, particularly in more shadowy lighting, but filtered sunlight (not direct sunlight) makes it appear peachy. The consistency was fairly soft and smooth, and it blendd out easily on the skin without emphasizing pores. It wore well for seven and a half hours. Cover FX Moonlight (P, $34.00) is darker (95% similar). By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #3 (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Dior Precious Rocks (001) (LE, $57.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Faintly Fabulous (LE, $33.00) is darker (90% similar). NYX Nectar (P, $5.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Cover FX Sunlight (P, $34.00) is darker (90% similar). Hourglass Absolute Strobe Light (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Benefit Dandelion Twinkle (P, $29.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC She's a Rainbow (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Warm Glow (Right) (P, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Clinique Nude Glow (P, $27.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Destined (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Solar Exposure (Highlighter) (LE, $60.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Show Gold (P, $33.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia Forever Young (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Sun Light (LE, ) is darker (85% similar). Hourglass Euphoric Strobe Light (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tarte Champagne (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Sweet Peach Illuminator (P, ) is darker (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

6
Product
6
Pigmentation
5.5
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
64%
Total
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ColourPop Bronze Me, Flush’d, Glo Up Super Shock Cheeks

ColourPop Bronze Me Super Shock Cheek
ColourPop Bronze Me Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Bronze Me Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “warm bronze in a matte finish.” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm, orange undertones and a satin finish–there’s a light sheen and very, very fine shimmer. It was richly pigmented with a smooth, blendable consistency that sat well on the skin and played well with bare skin as well as liquid foundation. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours before fading. Stila Sending My Love Bronzer (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (04) (P, $40.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Bite Beauty Honeywheat (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Warmth (LE, ) is less shimmery, more muted (90% similar). MAC Firebrush (LE, $27.00) is lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals The High Dive (P, $24.00) is lighter (90% similar). Cover FX Sunset (P, $38.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Compassion (LE, $29.00) is cooler (90% similar). Zoeva ND030 (P, ) is lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Carry-On (P, $8.00) is lighter (85% similar). Burberry Summer Glow (P, $48.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Semi-Sweet (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Social Butterfly (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). By Terry Tan & Flash Cruise #5 (LE, ) is cooler, lower quality (85% similar). bareMinerals The Skinny Dip (P, $24.00) is lighter (85% similar). Becca Wild Honey (P, $32.00) is lighter (85% similar). Clinique Bronze Glow (P, $27.00) is lighter (80% similar). Benefit Hoola (P, $29.00) is lighter (80% similar). The Estee Edit Beachy (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Flush’d Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “rusty deepened peach in a matte finish.” It’s a medium-dark, orange-coral with hints of warm, red undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had semi-opaque, buildable coverage that was fairly blendable but one of the less easily blended-out shades that I’ve tried in the formula. It’s best patted on with fingertips and lightly swept with the side of the finger for blending, but it didn’t apply well with a stippling brush for me. It wore for eight hours. Chanel Lumieres de Kyoto (LE, $70.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). The Estee Edit Coy Coral (02) (P, $28.00) is lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Tongue Tied (LE, $8.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Never Been Kissed (LE, $8.00) is cooler (85% similar). Surratt Beauty Brillante Idée (P, $32.00) is brighter, cooler (85% similar). Fyrinnae Nordic Angel (P, $10.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Passion for Colour (LE, $23.00) is lighter (85% similar). Surratt Beauty Parfait (P, $32.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). MAC Melba (P, $23.00) is lighter, more muted (80% similar). Makeup Geek Covet (P, $10.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Glo Up Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “rich gold with flashes of golden copper.” It’s a muted, medium-dark bronze with warm, copper undertones and a frosted, golden sheen. There was something in it that was almost mauve-like applied. It had good pigmentation with a soft, lightly emollient consistency that was smooth and easily blended on the skin. The shimmer didn’t emphasize pores. This shade wore well for eight hours on me. Cover FX Candlelight (P, $34.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Sunkissed Glow (P, $48.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Sesso (Bronzer) (P, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Bronze (P, $46.00) is darker (95% similar). Makeup Geek Ignite (P, $20.00) is darker (95% similar). NYX Glow (P, $6.50) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Santos (LE, $8.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC I'll Hold My Breath #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia Bronzed (LE, ) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Firework (P, $20.00) is cooler (90% similar). Cover FX Gilded (LE, $34.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Poolside (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). LORAC Spotlight (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Benefit 10 (Bronzer) (DC, $29.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Cover FX Candlelight (P, $42.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Paranoid (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Jolie (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Laura Mercier Seduction (P, $44.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Avalon (LE, $8.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Bronze Me
Bronze Me
A

Limited Edition

9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total
Flush'd
Flush'd
B

Limited Edition

8
Product
10
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4
Application
84%
Total
Glo Up
Glo Up
A

Limited Edition

9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

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KIKO 110 Bright Pink & 112 Light Plum Classic Rose Soft Touch Blush

KIKO 110 Bright Pink Soft Touch Blush
KIKO 110 Bright Pink Soft Touch Blush

KIKO 110 Bright Pink Soft Touch Blush ($12.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a bright, light-medium cotton candy pink with cool, blue undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had mostly opaque color payoff with a soft, smooth texture that wasn’t too powdery or too firm, so it was relatively easy to apply and blend out on the skin. It develops a more natural finish as it is blended on the skin (not matte). The color wore well for eight hours before fading. Anastasia Babe (P, ) is cooler (95% similar). theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Spoiled (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar). Tarte Dollface (P, $28.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Surreal (LE, $28.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Native Blush (-, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Mochi (DC, $8.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Pure Femininity (LE, $23.00) is darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Lush & Libido (500) (P, $42.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever B212 (P, $23.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #210 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is glossier (90% similar). Burberry First Love (LE, $68.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Olive (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Whimsy (LE, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Pink Swoon (P, $23.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC First Waves (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Givenchy It-Girl Purple (P, $44.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC I'm a Lover (P, $23.50) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Well Dressed (P, $23.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Justify My Love (P, $26.00) is cooler (95% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

KIKO 112 Light Plum Soft Touch Blush ($12.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark plum with subtle, cool undertones and a satin sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a slightly firmer consistency that made it harder to build-up the color and blend it out easily. It wore for seven and a half hoursr before fading on me. What a bummer this one wasn’t better, as it was one of the more unique shades in the range. Makeup Geek Soulmate (P, $10.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Tarte Does This Thing Really Work? (LE, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Pink Tea (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Candid (LE, $30.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Benefit Hervana (P, $29.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay TMI (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Smashbox Bitten (LE, ) is darker (85% similar). Urban Decay NOHO (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). NARS Misconduct (LE, $30.00) is warmer (85% similar). Estee Lauder Rebel Rose (P, $34.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Chroma (P, $23.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Gratuitous (P, $60.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA OVERVIEW | KIKO Soft Touch Blush ($12.00 for 0.17 oz.) is supposed to be a “radiant and highly pigmented blush” with “long lasting colour.” It’s a powder blush that has a thinner, fairly smooth, blendable texture that ranges from semi-opaque to mostly opaque coverage. Most shades are matte to satin with the more matte shades still having a natural-looking finish to them (not flat or dry-looking applied). The wear has varied from six to eight hours depending on the shade.

Per readers comments, it appears these have been discontinued in some countries, though all shades except one appear to be available on the U.S. website. (It’s hard to tell if they’re just on sale, as they’re presently available for $3.90 a pop instead of $12, or if they are discounted to move, as I have seen KIKO do 30-50% off before.) I wasn’t intending to review these back-to-back but will be doing my best to get reviews out quickly in light of seeming to be discontinued. Readers have said the replacement is the Shade Fusion Trio Blush (which I haven’t tried, so I don’t know anything about), which would sure be a bummer, since it is more expensive and a trio of shades, so it is different enough that it doesn’t seem like a true replacement to me (boo!).

A-

Permanent

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

Permanent

7.5
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
78%
Total

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KIKO 108 Orange Coral & 109 Candy Rose Soft Touch Blush

KIKO 108 Orange Coral Soft Touch Blush
KIKO 108 Orange Coral Soft Touch Blush

KIKO 108 Orange Coral Soft Touch Blush ($12.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a medium coral with hints of pink and a mostly matte finish. It was one of the least-satiny shades in the range, so if you prefer more matte finishes, this one might work better for you. The texture was on the drier, dustier side, so coverage was semi-sheer to semi-opaque (two to three layers). It applied decently but could have been more blendable. It lasted for six and a half hours on me. Marc Jacobs Beauty Lines & Last Night (502) (P, $42.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Dior Precious Rocks (864) (LE, $45.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Blush) (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Make Up For Ever B314 (P, $23.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). MAC I'll Hold My Breath #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Vibrant (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (95% similar). Tarte Genuine (LE, $28.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (95% similar). Tarte Mod (LE, $28.00) is brighter (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Warm (Winter 2016) Blush (LE, $60.00) is cooler (95% similar). Sephora Shame On You (01) (P, $14.00) is more muted (90% similar). MAC Sideshow You (LE, $23.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Endless (LE, $28.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Guerlain Ors et Merveilles #7 (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty (Cheek Pop) (LE, $40.00) is cooler (90% similar). Becca Winter Berry (LE, $32.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Coral Flower (P, $49.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). NARS Illusive (LE, $30.00) is cooler (90% similar). NYX Apricot (P, $5.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Coco Code (LE, $70.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Anastasia Coastline (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

KIKO 109 Candy Rose Soft Touch Blush ($12.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a soft, rosy pink with warm, yellow undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had semi-opaque coverage with a soft, smooth, lightly powdery consistency that blended well on the skin. It is the type of color that is going to be better on fairer skin tones, as it does get lost on my skin tone due to the lighter tone of the color. I noticed some fading after seven hours of wear. Kat Von D Poe (Light) (P, ) is lighter (95% similar). By Terry Savannah Love #1 (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC What I Fancy (LE, $23.00) is warmer (95% similar). LORAC Tinge (P, $23.00) is lighter (95% similar). LORAC Wavelength (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Geek Main Squeeze (P, $10.00) is darker (90% similar). Benefit Dandelion (P, $29.00) is darker (85% similar). Guerlain Morning Rose (P, $52.00) is warmer (90% similar). Estee Lauder Peach Passion (P, $34.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Peach Dream (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Hourglass Surreal Effect (LE, $35.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Catrice La Vie En Rose (P, $5.99) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Spell Bound (P, $10.00) is darker (90% similar). Catrice Coral Me Maybe (P, $5.99) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Lesson in Love (LE, $23.00) is darker (90% similar). Milani Pink Play #1 (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Laura Mercier Sunset (LE, $24.00) is lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever B206 (P, $23.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC At Dusk (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Milani Berry Rays #4 (P, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA OVERVIEW | KIKO Soft Touch Blush ($12.00 for 0.17 oz.) is supposed to be a “radiant and highly pigmented blush” with “long lasting colour.” It’s a powder blush that has a thinner, fairly smooth, blendable texture that ranges from semi-opaque to mostly opaque coverage. Most shades are matte to satin with the more matte shades still having a natural-looking finish to them (not flat or dry-looking applied). The wear has varied from six to eight hours depending on the shade.

Per readers comments, it appears these have been discontinued in some countries, though all shades except one appear to be available on the U.S. website. (It’s hard to tell if they’re just on sale, as they’re presently available for $3.90 a pop instead of $12, or if they are discounted to move, as I have seen KIKO do 30-50% off before.) I wasn’t intending to review these back-to-back but will be doing my best to get reviews out quickly in light of seeming to be discontinued. Readers have said the replacement is the Shade Fusion Trio Blush (which I haven’t tried, so I don’t know anything about), which would sure be a bummer, since it is more expensive and a trio of shades, so it is different enough that it doesn’t seem like a true replacement to me (boo!).

6.5
Product
7
Pigmentation
7
Texture
7
Longevity
4
Application
70%
Total
B

Permanent

8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
83%
Total

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KIKO 106 Beige Rose & 107 Tomato Soft Touch Blush

KIKO 106 Beige Rose Soft Touch Blush
KIKO 106 Beige Rose Soft Touch Blush

KIKO 106 Beige Rose Soft Touch Blush ($12.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a slightly muted, medium brown with warm, reddish tones and a satin finish. It had good pigmentation with a very smooth, blendable consistency. It wasn’t stiff, but the texture was firmer relative to a lot of the other shades in the range (which tended to be a little powdery in the pan). This shade wore well for seven and a half hours before fading. Anastasia Chocolate (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Becca Amaretto (LE, $32.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Harmony (P, $23.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Douceur (P, $30.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Bite Beauty Blondie (P, $24.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Natura (P, $37.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Becca Sweet Pea (P, $32.00) is lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals The Close Call (P, $22.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Stellar Beauty Eclipse (P, $25.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Cantaloupe (P, $23.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Burberry Earthy (P, $42.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Black Opal Rose Gold (P, $8.95) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Laura Mercier Earth (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Spiced Peach (P, $30.00) is cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Video (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Anastasia Blank (P, ) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Surratt Beauty Chaleur (P, $32.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). LORAC Cinematic (P, $23.00) is cooler (85% similar). Surratt Beauty La Rosée du Soir (P, $32.00) is lighter (80% similar). Chanel Canaille (89) (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery, darker, brighter (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

KIKO 107 Tomato Soft Touch Blush ($12.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a bright, medium-dark reddish-coral with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, fairly blendable texture. It could have been easier to apply and diffuse on the skin, but it wasn’t a fight to even it out–fairer skin tones may prefer something more foolproof, though. The color lasted for eight hours on me. Milani Bronze Burst #3 (P, ) is brighter (95% similar). NARS Savage (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Milani Bronze Burst #4 (P, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Clinique Ginger Pop (01) (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Fruit Stand (DC, $8.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Smashbox Geranium (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Never Been Kissed (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Adobe Brick (LE, $23.00) is brighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Ex (LE, $5.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Guerlain Coral Blush (LE, ) is lighter (85% similar). Edward Bess Secret Affair (P, $43.00) is lighter (85% similar). Estee Lauder Poppy Passion (P, $34.00) is cooler (85% similar). Chanel Rouge Profond (320) (P, $45.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). NYX Tuscan (P, $6.50) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Flush (Discontinued) (DC, $60.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). MAC Fleeting Romance (P, $23.50) is lighter (80% similar). Chanel Intonation (69) (DC, $38.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier (80% similar). Dior Corail Bagatelle (763) (LE, $43.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA OVERVIEW | KIKO Soft Touch Blush ($12.00 for 0.17 oz.) is supposed to be a “radiant and highly pigmented blush” with “long lasting colour.” It’s a powder blush that has a thinner, fairly smooth, blendable texture that ranges from semi-opaque to mostly opaque coverage. Most shades are matte to satin with the more matte shades still having a natural-looking finish to them (not flat or dry-looking applied). The wear has varied from six to eight hours depending on the shade.

Per readers comments, it appears these have been discontinued in some countries, though all shades except one appear to be available on the U.S. website. (It’s hard to tell if they’re just on sale, as they’re presently available for $3.90 a pop instead of $12, or if they are discounted to move, as I have seen KIKO do 30-50% off before.) I wasn’t intending to review these back-to-back but will be doing my best to get reviews out quickly in light of seeming to be discontinued. Readers have said the replacement is the Shade Fusion Trio Blush (which I haven’t tried, so I don’t know anything about), which would sure be a bummer, since it is more expensive and a trio of shades, so it is different enough that it doesn’t seem like a true replacement to me (boo!).

A-

Permanent

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total
107 Tomato
107 Tomato
B

Permanent

8
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total

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