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Tarte Color Wheel Amazonian Clay Blush Palette

Tarte Color Wheel Amazonian Clay Blush Palette
Tarte Color Wheel Amazonian Clay Blush Palette

Tarte Coor Wheel Amazonian Clay Blush Palette ($44.00 for 0.84 oz.) includes 10 blushes housed in a circular compact that opens and reveals five blushes on each side (there is no mirror as a result). Each pan is a decent size at 0.084 oz. a pop with a wide enough diameter that most blush brushes fit easily in them. The pans did not appear removable (I tried three pans with tweezers, and I didn’t feel any give). It would be a travel-friendly way to take so many blushes with you without taking up a lot of space.

The Amazonian Clay Blush formula is supposed to have 12-hour wear along with a “supremely soft” texture. There’s a lot to like about Tarte’s formula, as it is softer (sometimes dusty), blendable, and fairly smooth with good pigmentation, but for me, I rarely get 12-hour wear–I do get between 8 and 10-hour wear, though. Overall, the quality was consistent with the full-sized Tarte blushes I’ve tried with only one shade having a firmer, stiffer texture. I think they could have varied the colors used in the palette a bit more, but at least there is some variety in undertones and finishes. If you have a few blush palettes from Tarte, you may find that there is a lot of overlap, even if shades are not exact dupes, as the brand is prone to repeating itself each holiday! I think this a wish list worthy option for someone who is a big fan of Tarte’s formula or needs to have an instant blush stash.

Value

  • Full-size cost: $28.00 for 0.20 oz., $140.00/oz.
  • Palette cost: $44.00 for 0.84 oz., $52.38/oz.
  • Value: $117.60 worth of blush / $4.40 per shade

Crafty is a light peach with warm undertones and gold shimmer. This will work more as a highlighter than a blush for most skin tones, though it has a whiter base, so deeper skin tones may want to layer it over another cheek color. The texture was soft, blendable, and did not emphasize my skin’s natural texture when applied. It wore well for eight and a half hours. Cle de Peau Delicate Pink (14) (P, $55.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Blossom Glow (P, $4.99) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Tutu (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Laura Geller Peach Glow (P, $26.00) is cooler (90% similar). Viseart Highlight #1 (P, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Looxi Beauty Goddess (P, $7.50) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Coloured Raine Luxurious Bling (P, $25.00) is cooler (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Radiant Lights (P, $6.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Laura Mercier Highlight 01 (P, $40.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Concept is a muted, medium-dark rosy coral with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had good pigmentation paired with a soft, blendable texture that was a bit thin and dusty, so it sheered out noticeably when applied to the cheeks. Luckily, it could be built up to greater intensity. This shade wore for nine hours before starting to fade on me. MAC I'll Hold My Breath #2 (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar). NARS Illusive (LE, $30.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Parfait (P, $32.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Angelique (190) (P, $45.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Tarte Mod (LE, $28.00) is darker, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Estee Lauder Sensuous Rose (P, $34.00) is more muted, warmer (90% similar). KIKO 108 Orange Coral (DC, $12.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Guerlain Petrouchka #7 (LE, ) is darker, more muted (90% similar). bareMinerals Swoon (LE, $19.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Between the Sheets (P, $8.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Blush) (LE, ) is darker (85% similar). Essence Satin Love (P, $2.99) is warmer (85% similar). The Estee Edit Coy Coral (02) (P, $28.00) is warmer (80% similar). Make Up For Ever B314 (P, $23.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Icon is a muted, medium rosy pink with subtle, warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had the type of finish that seemed matte initially, but it had a more natural matte finish when blended and buffed on the skin–it didn’t look dry or flat. This shade had a soft, lightly dusty texture that was very blendable and easy to use, and it did not sheer out unduly like Concept did, so the dustiness wasn’t noticeable when I used it on the cheeks. I was able to wear this one for nine hours before it started to show signs of wear. Chanel Crescendo (250) (LE, $45.00) is brighter (95% similar). MAC Formal (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Genius (LE, $28.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Amazed (LE, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). By Terry Savannah Love #3 (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). bareMinerals Glamour (LE, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Wicked (P, $60.00) is brighter (90% similar). Chanel Jardin de Chanel (LE, $55.00) is lighter (90% similar). Estee Lauder Pink Ingenue (P, $34.00) is warmer (90% similar). NYX Dusty Rose (P, $5.00) is more muted, warmer (90% similar). NYX Mauve (P, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Blush (Original) (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Stila Dusty Rose (LE, ) is more muted (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Flush (P, $60.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Chanel Rose Tourbillon (67) (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Montage is a deep raspberry pink with neutral-to-cool undertones and a semi-matte finish. The pigmentation was good, while the consistency was smooth but too firm in the pan, so it was harder to blend out on the skin. It had more of a natural finish as it was blended on the skin. On me, this shade wore well for nine hours. MAC Red Water Lily (LE, $40.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Sunset Beach (LE, $32.00) is brighter (95% similar). Sephora Love Sick (22) (P, $14.00) is warmer (95% similar). Chanel Rosewood (350) (P, $45.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Ironic (LE, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). Stila Pink Rose Blush (LE, ) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Illamasqua Peaked (P, $26.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). MAC Peaches & Cream (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Pretty Pink (P, $26.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). By Terry Tan & Flash Cruise #1 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Wicked (P, $60.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Edward Bess Bed of Roses (P, $43.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Hysterical (LE, $8.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Flush (P, $60.00) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Ironic is a medium-dark, pinky plum with neutral-to-warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. This blush had excellent color payoff, while the texture was soft, just a smidgen powdery, and blended easily on the skin. I noticed the finish looked less matte and flat as I blended the product on my cheeks. The wear came in closer to nine hours on this particular color. Too Faced Your Love is King (P, $26.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Sephora Love Sick (22) (P, $14.00) is more shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Colour Pop Cruel Intentions (LE, $8.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Fetching (LE, $28.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Chanel Rosewood (350) (P, $45.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Viseart Plum #3 (P, ) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Montage (LE, $28.00) is cooler (90% similar). By Terry Savannah Love #3 (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Sand Pink (P, $26.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Clinique Black Honey Pop (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Flush (P, $60.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (80% similar). Becca Nightingale (P, $32.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). MAC Fever (P, $23.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Idol is a light-medium, yellowed gold with warm, orange undertones and a frosted sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a soft, lightly dusty texture–this one was prone to sheering out, but I imagine that for most this will be used as a highlighter and that sheerness will be more appreciated than not. The sheen is subtle on my skin, and the color didn’t seem to translate as noticeably as I had anticipated, but as always, this will likely have more color impact on fairer complexions. It wore well for eight hours on me. Laura Mercier Addiction (P, $44.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Illamasqua Rush (P, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Becca Champagne Pop (P, $38.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Pyrite (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Giorgio Armani No. 02 (P, $62.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). theBalm Solid Gold (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Smashbox Glow (LE, ) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Culture is a bright pop of peony pink with warmer undertones (though not strongly warm) paired with warmer, golden shimmer. It had good color coverage with a powdery texture, though it was soft, finely-milled, and remained blendable on the skin. There seemed to be pigmentation to spare, as it did not sheer out noticeably in practice. This shade lasted for almost nine hours on me. Becca Hibiscus Bloom (LE, $34.00) is darker (95% similar). Benefit GALifornia (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Benefit Bella Bamba (DC, $29.00)(95% similar). Milani Bella Bellini (P, $8.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Rose Glacier (170) (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Parasol (P, $25.00) is brighter, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Raindrops on Roses (LE, ) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Sweets for My Sweet (P, $27.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Becca Flowerchild (P, $32.00) is warmer (90% similar). Laura Geller Peach Delight (P, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Laugh (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Becca Camellia (P, $34.00) is cooler (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Maui (P, $38.00) is cooler (85% similar). Becca Rose Spritz (LE, $34.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Laura Geller Rosewater (P, $26.00) is cooler (85% similar). Too Faced Something About Berry (P, $30.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Laura Geller Fruit Punch (P, $28.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #2 (LE, ) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Surreal is a bright, medium pink with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. It was nicely pigmented, and I felt like a little went a long way, possibly due to the general brightness of it as well as the richness in pigment. The texture was soft, finely-milled, and a bit on the dusty side, but it did not appear dry or chalky applied to my skin. It wore well for eight and a half hours before fading on me. Tarte Pop (LE, $28.00) is darker (95% similar). theBalm Argyle (P, $22.00) is darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Above & Beyond (LE, ) is more muted, cooler (95% similar). Urban Decay Temper (-, ) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Whimsy (LE, $28.00) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Native Blush (-, ) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Tarte Flush (P, $28.00) is more muted (95% similar). MAC Pink Swoon (P, $23.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Shadore (P, $37.00) is more muted (90% similar). Chanel Pink Explosion (LE, $45.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). MAC Pure Femininity (LE, $23.00) is darker (90% similar). KIKO 110 Bright Pink (P, $12.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Tu Me Fais Rougir (P, $32.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Milani Pink Play #2 (P, ) is darker, more muted, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Nooner (Blush) (P, ) is darker (85% similar). Milani Pink Play #3 (P, ) is darker, more muted, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Deco is a medium, pink-coral with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. The pigmentation was mostly opaque, while the powder felt soft, smooth, and neither dusty nor too firm in the pan. This shade applied and blended out without trouble and lasted for nine hours. Tom Ford Beauty Wicked (P, $60.00) is more shimmery, cooler (95% similar). NYX Peach (P, $5.00) is brighter (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Exhibitionist (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). The Estee Edit Purr Pink (03) (P, $28.00) is more muted (95% similar). Estee Lauder Pink Ingenue (P, $34.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Fleur Power (P, $23.00) is warmer (95% similar). Sephora Flirt It Up (06) (P, $14.00) is brighter, warmer (95% similar). Tarte Irreplaceable (LE, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Live (LE, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Mistress (LE, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). NYX Rose Garden (P, $5.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Hipness (LE, $23.00) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel Crescendo (250) (LE, $45.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Disclosure (P, $60.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). NYX Summer Peach (P, $5.00) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel Vibration (270) (P, $45.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Revelation (63) (DC, $38.00) is glossier (90% similar). Tarte Smashing (LE, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). Milani Tea Rose (08) (P, $8.99) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Tarte Fearless (P, $28.00) is cooler (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Mod is a brightened, medium peachy-coral with warm undertones and a satin finish. The blush was richly pigmented and applied true-to-color on my skin. It had a soft, smooth consistency, and wasn’t dusty or powdery. This shade lasted for just over eight and a half hours on me. MAC Sideshow You (LE, $23.00) is lighter (95% similar). Anastasia Desert (P, ) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Blush) (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). NYX Apricot (P, $5.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). KIKO 108 Orange Coral (DC, $12.00) is more muted (95% similar). Colour Pop Ex (LE, $5.00) is darker (95% similar). Surratt Beauty Parfait (P, $32.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Concept (LE, $28.00) is lighter, more muted, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Coco Code (LE, $70.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever B314 (P, $23.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). bareMinerals Swoon (LE, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Hourglass Incandescent Electra (P, $38.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever B308 (P, $23.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Torrid (P, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Warm (Winter 2016) Blush (LE, $60.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Vibrant (LE, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Oh You Pretty Things (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Dolline (P, $37.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Milani Coral Beams #4 (P, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Lured to Love (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tarte Tarte Holiday 2016 Blush Palette Color Wheel
Color Wheel
Color Wheel
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total
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Bite Beauty Cashew Multistick

Bite Beauty Cashew Multistick
Bite Beauty Cashew Multistick

Bite Beauty Cashew Multistick ($24.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a soft, medium rosy mauve with subtle, warmer undertones and a satin finish. MAC Spirit (P, $17.50) is warmer, glossier (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M101 (P, $22.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Bobbi (P, $35.00) is darker, cooler, glossier (85% similar). Colour Pop Beeper (LE, $6.00) is lighter, less glossy (95% similar). MAC Half 'n' Half (P, $17.50) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Spice (LE, $17.50) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Makeup Geek Puppy Love (P, $10.00) is lighter, less glossy (85% similar). KIKO 105 Dark Rose (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Make Up For Ever C107 (P, $22.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Kat Von D Bow 'n' Arrow (P, $20.00) is lighter, warmer, less glossy (90% similar). MAC Double Shot (P, $17.50) is darker (80% similar). Smashbox Safe Word (P, $21.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

For an in-depth look at what the formula is supposed to do and how it performs generally, please check the overview below the rating. Cashew felt a little more emollient than the majority of the range, though it was still denser and thicker than the average cream eyeshadow or blush product. It was easy to apply and smooth out the color on the face, so it worked particularly well as a cheek color but wasn’t as spectacular as a lip or eye product, as it sunk into lines. The pigmentation was buildable from semi-sheer to fully opaque coverage.

On the cheeks, it performed well, as the color blended and diffused with ease and sat well on the skin without emphasizing my skin’s texture. I could easily use fingertips or brushes to apply and work with the product on my cheeks. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours on my skin as a blush.

On the lips, while it felt comfortable to wear, the more emollient consistency enabled the product to sink into lip lines noticeably from the very beginning. I could not keep the color from settling into lip lines when applied directly to lips, but I expect that a lip liner or lip primer will certainly mitigate some of that. It lasted for four and a half hours but had more color gather into lip lines as it wore on.

On the eyes, I had no trouble applying, laying down color, or blending out the edges, but it just never dried down, which resulted in quick creasing (within five minutes!). I would try to smooth and blend out the color again, but it would just wind up right back into any line I had on my lids (not just the natural crease).

Please note, the rating is an average across performance on eyes, cheeks, and lips.

Bite Beauty Bite Beauty Multistick Cashew
Cashew
Cashew
7.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
6
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total

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Clinique Black Honey Pop Cheek Pop

Clinique Black Honey Pop Cheek Pop Blush
Clinique Black Honey Pop Cheek Pop Blush

Clinique Black Honey Pop Cheek Pop Blush ($23.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium-dark pinky plum with warm undertones and a luminous finish. MAC Sweet Samba (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Velvet (P, ) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (95% similar). NARS Dolce Vita (P, $30.00) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Out There (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever S502 (P, $23.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Sand Pink (P, $26.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Viseart Enamored (Blush) (P, ) is less shimmery, more muted (90% similar). theBalm Houndstooth (P, $22.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Peach Berry (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Becca Nightingale (P, $32.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar). Make Up For Ever #310 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). NYX Apricot (P, $15.00) is warmer (90% similar). Laura Geller Roseberry (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Tarte Ironic (LE, $28.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). LORAC Caribbean (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Too Faced Your Love is King (P, $26.00) is cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever B500 (P, $23.00) is less shimmery, darker, brighter (85% similar). Stila Berry Shimmer (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Fetish (-, ) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). LORAC Rose (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The formula is described as “vibrant yet natural-looking cheek colour that looks virtually powderless.” The texture was smooth, soft, and dense, so it was never powdery in the pan or on the skin. The blush had good color payoff that was easily sheered out (or you could apply less, as the denser texture makes that easy to control). It’s the kind of texture that almost blends itself as soon as you start applying and working it onto the skin. The finish became more luminous as I blended the powder onto the skin, but it was never shiny or overly shimmery, so it always looked smooth on my skin and did not emphasize pores or my skin’s texture. It wore well for nine and a half hours on me before I noticed a bit of fading around the edges.

Clinique Clinique Cheek Pop Blush Black Honey Pop

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Clinique Pink Honey Pop Cheek Pop

Clinique Pink Honey Pop Cheek Pop Blush
Clinique Pink Honey Pop Cheek Pop Blush

Clinique Pink Honey Pop Cheek Pop Blush ($23.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a soft, light-medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and a satin sheen. Makeup Geek Spell Bound (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). MAC Fun Ending (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Physicians Formula Natural (P, $12.99) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Overexposed (-, ) is darker (90% similar). NARS Illusive (LE, $30.00) is darker (90% similar). Burberry My Burberry Blush (P, $68.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Hourglass Surreal Effect (LE, $35.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). CoverGirl Medium Rose (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Dose of Colors Statemint (LE, $22.00) is brighter (90% similar). NARS Liberation (Left) (LE, ) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Prim (LE, $28.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Milani Berry Rays #4 (P, ) is cooler (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Daybreak (503) (P, $46.00) is darker (95% similar). Estee Lauder Lover's Blush (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Cheeky Bugger (LE, $23.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). LORAC Tinge (P, $23.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Celebrated (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Wavelength (LE, ) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Frantic Pink (P, $60.00) is lighter (85% similar). Makeup Revolution Make Love Instead (P, $5.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The formula is described as “vibrant yet natural-looking cheek colour that looks virtually powderless.” The texture was very smooth and dense in the pan, while on the skin, it was incredibly blendable and almost creamy in the way it sat and diffused on the skin. It had semi-opaque, buildable coverage that applied easily, as it blended out nicely along the edges. The finish was more satiny than truly luminous–it seemed to have less sheen than most of the Cheek Pops–but looked good on the skin as it did not emphasize pores or my skin’s texture. This shade wore well for nine hours on me before fading slightly.

Clinique Clinique Cheek Pop Blush Pink Honey Pop

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Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Modern Mercury Highlighter

Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Modern Mercury Highlighter
Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Modern Mercury Highlighter

Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Modern Mercury Highlighter ($65.00 for 0.26 oz.) is a light-medium, rosy brown with warm undertones and soft pink and gold shimmer. Laura Mercier Temptation (LE, $44.00) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Whipped (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Afternoon Glow (LE, $48.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever 15 Golden Pink (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Tarte Dame (LE, $14.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Pink Quartz (P, $46.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Tawny Glow (P, $48.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Might Be (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop The Golden Child (LE, $8.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Tourmaline (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Superb (P, $33.00) is cooler (90% similar). J. Cat Beauty Pink Goddess (-, $9.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Moodlight (Candlelight) (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Makeup Geek Rekindle (P, $20.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Anastasia Amber Gold (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Riviera (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Total Package (P, $8.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Becca Smoky Quartz (LE, $38.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

It’s a powder highlighter that features the brand’s Gelee formula, and it was released many years ago, though I do not have the original to compare this to. I can see why so many were longing for a rerelease of this one; it’s absolutely dazzling. There’s a really intricate play of sparkle and light reflecting when this is on the skin. You have to imagine that after so many years of swatching highlighters that it’s rare for a product to make me go, “Oooh, that’s incredible” but that is exactly what I did with this shade.

The texture is incredibly soft, smooth, and blendable with excellent color payoff that can be as intense or as soft as you desire. I found the formula very forgiving when it came to diffusing and blending; it worked with all types of brushes and could be worn as a subtle sheen when used with a fan brush or applied for a full, metallic glow with a denser cheek brush. On my skin tone, it adds a bit of noticeable color but not much and doesn’t run overly warm, so it reads as more neutral even with the visible color. I did not notice any emphasis of my pores or my skin’s natural texture with this on (but it doesn’t smooth the skin either). When I wore it, the color lasted for eight and a half hours on me.

Of all the products in the Victoria Beckham collection, this was the one first to sell out, and I saw that it launched this morning on Neiman Marcus (a week before it was supposed to), so happy hauling if this is the item you’ve been waiting for! 🙂 (As a FYI, Selfridges seems to have the majority of the collection in stock.)

Estee Lauder Estee Lauder Victoria Beckham Highlighter Modern Mercury

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Bite Beauty Honeywheat Multistick

Bite Beauty Honeywheat Multistick
Bite Beauty Honeywheat Multistick

Bite Beauty Honeywheat Multistick ($24.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a medium-dark brown with warm, yellow undertones and a satin finish. Viseart Bronze #2 (P, ) is less glossy (90% similar). Colour Pop Bronze Me (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Laura Mercier Earth (LE, $24.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Becca Sweet Pea (P, $32.00) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar). Colour Pop Tansy (P, $6.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). NARS Cappadoce (P, $39.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Chanel Destiny (61) (DC, $38.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). NARS Vientiane (P, $39.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). NARS Altai (P, $39.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

For an in-depth look at what the formula is supposed to do and how it performs generally, please check the overview below the rating. Honeywheat had a lightly creamy, almost velvety texture that didn’t feel dry or powdery but was a bit thicker and moderately dense. It definitely had less slip than traditional cream blush formulas. My experience with this shade proved that it wore best as a blush, next as a lip color, and worst as an eyeshadow.

As a cheek color, the product worked well, and I had no complaints. It blended out beautifully across bare skin or over foundation and while it did not dry down fully, it did not migrate or more around during the day either. The finish was forgiving and didn’t emphasize pores but looked natural and skin-like. This shade lasted for nine hours on my cheeks.

As a lip color, it applied well from the tube and yielded opaque, even color. The texture felt a bit creamy, medium in weight, and comfortable to wear, even though it wasn’t a hydrating formula overall. I was able to wear this sahde for almost five hours.

As an eye color, it was easy to spread and diffuse on the lid with fingertips or synthetic brushes, but I just couldn’t get it to set, so there was very little staying power. I noticed faint signs of creasing within twenty minutes of application, and it was definitely creasing after forty-five minutes.

Please note, the rating is an average across performance on eyes, cheeks, and lips.

Bite Beauty Bite Beauty Multistick Honeywheat
7.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
6.5
Longevity
5
Application
84%
Total

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