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Makeup Geek Spell Bound Blush

Makeup Geek Spell Bound Blush
Makeup Geek Spell Bound Blush

Makeup Geek Spell Bound Blush ($10.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a soft, medium pink with warm undertones and a matte finish. Kevyn Aucoin Capri (P, $58.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Tinge (P, $23.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). NARS Illusive (LE, $30.00) is warmer (90% similar). LORAC Wavelength (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Spell Bound (P, $9.99) is more shimmery (90% similar). Hourglass Surreal Effect (LE, $35.00) is brighter (90% similar). KIKO 109 Candy Rose (P, $12.00) is lighter (90% similar). Physicians Formula Natural (P, $12.99) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Main Squeeze (P, $10.00) is lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Delilah (Light) (P, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Daybreak (503) (P, $46.00) is warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Kash (P, ) is brighter, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Trickery (DC, $8.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Anastasia Rose (P, ) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Makeup Geek Blind Date (P, $10.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Kat Von D Poe (Light) (P, ) is lighter (85% similar). Dose of Colors Statemint (LE, $22.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Holiday (P, $8.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Too Faced Stardust (LE, ) is darker, warmer (80% similar). MAC Spring Flock (LE, $23.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The formula is supposed to be pigmented, long-wearing, and blendable (for more on how it compares to the previous formula, check out this post). It had a lightly dusty consistency, though very soft and finely-milled, that had a tendency to sheer out on the skin, so it was hard to achieve opaque coverage. It had more semi-sheer to medium pigmentation overall. Compared to the previous formulation, this version is just more matte and has a lot less dimension on the face. I didn’t have any trouble applying or blending out the blush, and it sat well on the skin. The color started to fade after seven and a half hours of wear.

8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
84%
Total

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Chanel Rouge Profond (320) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Rouge Profond (320) Joues Contraste Blush
Chanel Rouge Profond (320) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Rouge Profond (320) Joues Contraste Blush ($45.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a muted, dusty red with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. Milani Bronze Burst #3 (P, ) is warmer (90% similar). Becca Nightingale (P, $32.00) is cooler (90% similar). NYX Crimson (P, $6.50) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Estee Lauder Poppy Passion (P, $34.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC A Little Lusty (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). MAC Frankly Scarlet (P, $23.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). MAC Oh My! (LE, $23.00) is brighter, less pigmented (85% similar). Urban Decay Fetish (-, ) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Burnt Pepper (P, $23.00) is warmer (85% similar). Milani Bronze Burst #4 (P, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). KIKO 107 Tomato (P, $12.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Makeup Geek Covet (P, $10.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Illamasqua Allure (P, $26.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (85% similar). NARS Almeria (LE, $30.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Gucci Beauty Cherry Nectar (P, $49.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Joues Contraste formula is supposed to have “buildable coverage” with a “silky texture.” It had semi-opaque coverage, which was buildable to fully opaque, but it seemed a bit more pigmented than your average blush from Chanel (which may be a good or bad thing, depending on your personal preference for pigmentation in a blush!). The texture was smooth, silky, and thin without being dusty or too firmly pressed in the pan. It applied evenly to the skin and blended out with fairly little work, but it could have been easier to diffuse along the edges (other Chanel blushes are easier to work with, but this was not a challenge to use either). The blush lasted just over eight and a half hours on my normal-to-dry skin before it started to fade noticeably.

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YSL Rosy Contouring Couture Contouring Palette

YSL Rosy Contouring (2) Couture Contouring Palette
YSL Rosy Contouring (2) Couture Contouring Palette

YSL Rosy Contouring (2) Couture Contouring Palette ($47.00 for 0.24 oz.) contains two powders–one for contouring, one for highlighting–in a slim, gold-hued (plastic) palette. The contouring shade is slightly larger in size compared to the highlighting shade. Like the Golden Contouring (1) Palette, I suspect this will be better suited and show more nicely on fairer complexions. The quality of this palette, however, is lower as the texture of the Contour shade is firmer and has less payoff while being harder to diffuse.

Rosy Contouring Contour is a muted, medium-dark rosy brown with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff, which was somewhat buildable, so this is going to be a product that is better suited for someone who likes sheerer coverage overall. The texture was firmer, a little stiffer to work with, which was likely part of why the pigmentation was lower. It lasted well on the skin for seven and a half hours on me. NARS Contour (P, ) is warmer (90% similar). Inglot #504 (P, $15.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Aphrodisiac (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). NARS Paloma Contour (P, ) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Rosy Contouring Highlight is a very light beige with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. It had good pigmentation with a lightly dusty consistency that blended well. Despite the dustiness, it didn’t emphasize my skin’s texture or appear dry or powdery applied to my skin. This shade seemed to wear for eight hours, but on my skin tone, it was hard to determine as it doesn’t register easily. YSL Golden Contouring Highlight (P, ) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar). MAC Hot Sensation (LE, $22.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Tarte Highlight (Tarteist) (LE, ) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Jardin de Camelias (LE, $70.00) is warmer (90% similar). Hourglass Incandescent Strobe Light (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). NYX Soft Light (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS Highlight (P, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Paloma Highlight (P, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Kat Von D Lucid (P, ) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Tom Ford Ravish Cheek Color

Tom Ford Ravish Cheek Color
Tom Ford Ravish Cheek Color

Tom Ford Ravish Cheek Color ($60.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a slightly muted, medium-dark rosy plum with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. Too Faced Peach Berry (P, $30.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Love Thing (P, $27.00) is darker (95% similar). Cle de Peau Cranberry (P, $60.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Sweet Samba (LE, $27.00) is cooler (90% similar). Makeup Geek Covet (P, $10.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Ravish (P, $60.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Laura Geller Tropic Hues (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Contour (Softcore) (LE, $60.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Black Up NBL 04 (P, $26.50) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Callisto (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, less pigmented, glossier (90% similar). LORAC Rose (LE, $23.00) is warmer (90% similar). Surratt Beauty De Cherubique (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS Isadora (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Island Plum (P, $36.00) is less pigmented, cooler (85% similar). NARS Realm of the Senses #2 (LE, $30.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Scene to Be Seen (Outer) (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Sleek MakeUP Pomegranate (P, $6.99) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Surratt Beauty La Vie En Rose (P, $32.00) is lighter, more muted, warmer (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Glow #5 (LE, $60.00) is darker (85% similar). Hourglass Euphoric Fusion (P, $38.00) is lighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

I thought I had reviewed all of the shades of Tom Ford’s blush line, but Ravish was missing–so I went and purchased one to review, and lo and behold… I do have one, so I must have picked it up awhile ago with the intent to review and it got lost in the shuffle! I discovered this as I decided to re-do swatches and photos of the other five shades as well (see those here). Tom Ford’s Cheek Color is a powder blush that’s supposed to be “color-rich” with “outstanding luminosity.” I’ve been hooked on the formula since trying it years ago, due to the texture: it’s incredibly finely-milled with a creamy, buttery, and smooth consistency that blends easily on the skin and yields a luminous sheen. It was richly pigmented with true-to-pan color, but it can be applied with a lighter hand or just blended and diffused for a less intense look, if desired. On me, it wore well for over nine hours.

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Makeup Revolution Ready to Go Vivid Baked Bronzer Powder

Makeup Revolution Ready to Go Vivid Baked Bronzer Powder
Makeup Revolution Ready to Go Vivid Baked Bronzer Powder

Makeup Revolution Ready to Go Vivid Baked Bronzer Powder ($6.00 for 0.45 oz.) is a medium-dark, coppery brown with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. MAC Highly Illogical (LE, $34.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Sweetie Pie (P, $30.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Rock on World (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). theBalm Balm Desert (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Makeup Revolution Golden Days (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The formula is supposed to give “natural looking color” with buildable coverage that wears “all day.” It’s a baked powder, so the texture is drier and looser as a brush passes over the pan, but it doesn’t look dry, powdery, or dusty applied to my skin, which is normal-to-dry. The texture was smooth, lightly shimmered and did emphasize pores just a bit, but it remained blendable and diffused easily along the edges for a seamless look on the skin. It had medium, buildable coverage–in line with the description–that didn’t feel like I had to cake it on to get color payoff but does require a layer or two if you want truer-to-pan color. When I tested it, this shade wore well for seven hours.

B+

Permanent

8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total

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Makeup Geek Romance Blush

Makeup Geek Romance Blush
Makeup Geek Romance Blush

Makeup Geek Romance Blush ($10.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a light-medium, peach-pink with warm undertones and a gold, frosted finish. Colour Pop Strapped (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC New Romance (P, $27.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Glow #4 (LE, $60.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Stila Peach Shimmer (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Benefit CORALista (Palette) (P, $29.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Valiant (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, glossier (90% similar). Makeup Geek Honeymoon (P, $9.99) is less shimmery (90% similar). Benefit Sugarbomb (P, $29.00) is warmer (95% similar). Zoeva Palace Door (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Makeup Geek Romance (DC, $9.99) is darker, warmer (85% similar). LORAC Unimaginable (LE, ) is darker (85% similar). Too Faced Who's Your Poppy (LE, ) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Too Faced Papa Don't Peach (LE, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Ciate Summer Love (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The formula is supposed to be pigmented, long-wearing, and blendable (for more on how it compares to the previous formula, check out this post). Of the entire range, this was the most shimmery, though it was more moderate compared to how frosted/metallic a powder blush or highlighter can get, so it was still easy to wear and didn’t emphasize pores. It had a very soft, looser consistency; it didn’t feel like the shimmer (mostly gold) was as blended with the peach-pink base, so when I blended it out, I kept getting a much stronger pink coloring than when I looked at it in the pan or as a heavier swatch. It is still lighter overall than the same-named shade in the original formula. This shade lasted for eight hours on me before it started to break down.

Romance
Romance
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
84%
Total

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