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Makeup Geek Rendezvous Blush

Makeup Geek Rendezvous Blush
Makeup Geek Rendezvous Blush

Makeup Geek Rendezvous Blush ($10.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a bold, bright, medium-dark pinky-plum with subtle, cool undertones and a mostly matte finish. Colour Pop Thames (LE, $8.00) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Nooner (Blush) (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). Sephora Hey Jealousy (17) (P, $14.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). NARS Angelika (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Bred for Beauty (LE, ) is brighter, less pigmented (90% similar). MAC Let's Be Friends (LE, $23.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Pink Rose (P, $26.00) is darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Rendezvous (P, $9.99) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Clinique Berry Pop (03) (P, $21.00) is brighter (90% similar). Sephora I'm Quite Tipsy (08) (P, $14.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Edward Bess Bed of Roses (P, $43.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Milani Love Potion (07) (P, $8.99) is brighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Naked on the Run Blush (-, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Prom Princess (LE, $23.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Peaches & Cream (LE, $23.00) is brighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Hanky Panky (P, $9.99) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Guerlain Cherry (02) (LE, $42.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Kat Von D Morticia (Shade) (P, ) is warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Pegacorn (DC, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). NARS Coeur Battant (LE, $30.00) is brighter, cooler (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 nearly opaque pigmentation, so a little went a long way. If you tend to have a heavy-hand and prefer sheerer coverage, I’d look elsewhere, but if you love very pigmented, deep blushes, this one might appeal to you. The texture was fairly soft and blendable, but it could have been easier to diffuse and blend out on the cheeks; I found the best way to apply this was with a light hand to try and build it up as gradually as possible. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours before fading on me. As a note, this shade is much deeper and brighter (and not quite as blue-based) as it was in the original formulation.

8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total

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Kevyn Aucoin Sunlight Celestial Powder

Kevyn Aucoin Sunlight The Celestial Powder
Kevyn Aucoin Sunlight The Celestial Powder

Kevyn Aucoin Sunlight The Celestial Powder ($44.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a shimmering, golden brown with warm, yellow undertones and a frosted sheen. Kevyn Aucoin Sunlight (P, $52.00) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar). CoverGirl Bronze (200) (P, $9.99) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Park Ave Princess (P, ) is darker (95% similar). Becca Topaz (P, $38.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Sunkissed Glow (P, $48.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Global Glow (P, $33.00) is lighter (90% similar). Viseart Highlight #3 (P, ) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Sunlight (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Tropical Days (P, $48.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Celestial Powder is supposed to give “an agenlic glow” that doesn’t look “glittery.” There are now three shades in the range (the other two are Candlelight and Starlight), and Sunlight is more comparable to Starlight, as it has more color oomph and stronger shimmer compared to Candlelight (which is particularly nice for those who like subtle to moderate highlighters). This is more of a highlighting bronzer, as it adds a lot of glow and luminosity to the skin, but it does add warmth. It is very pigmented, but the texture is soft, blendable, and forgiving, so it can easily be applied with a lighter hand for barely-there golden sheen or more intensely for true-to-pan bronzing. The consistency of the powder was smooth and finely-milled, and this didn’t emphasize my pores or skin texture. It wore well for almost nine hours on me before fading.

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Laura Mercier Bronze (02) Matte Radiance Baked Powder

Laura Mercier Bronze (02) Matte Radiance Baked Powder
Laura Mercier Bronze (02) Matte Radiance Baked Powder

Laura Mercier Bronze (02) Matte Radiance Baked Powder ($40.00 for 0.26 oz.) is a medium, golden brown with warm undertones and a satin finish. MAC Golden Rinse (LE, $35.50) is cooler (95% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (01) (P, $40.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). MAC Aphrodite's Shell (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Desert Days (P, $48.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). MAC Matte Bronze (P, $27.00) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Going Native (Bronzer) (P, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Viseart Ablaze (Bronzer) (P, ) is lighter (95% similar). Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is brighter (95% similar). Hourglass Nude Bronze Light (P, $50.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Matte Bronze (LE, $70.00) is darker (95% similar). bareMinerals The Ocean View (LE, $24.00) is warmer (95% similar). NARS Casino (LE, $40.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Naked on the Run Bronzer (-, ) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Becca Capri Coast (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Givenchy Ambre Saison (P, $52.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals Faux Tan Matte (LE, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Viseart Enamored (Bronzer) (P, ) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Dame (LE, $8.00) is darker (90% similar). Estee Lauder Java Sun (LE, $65.00) is darker (90% similar). Physicians Formula Bronze (P, $14.99) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Matte Radiance Baked Powder formula is supposed to have “natural color with soft matte radiance” with “sheer, buildable coverage” that lasts “8 hours.” The texture was soft, smooth, and very lightly dusty, but it still applied well to the skin without looking powdery or dry (I have normal-to-dry skin). It was easy to blend and diffuse the edges of the bronzer on the skin to get a soft, natural warmth. The color payoff was semi-sheer, but buildable, and should work for those who like barely-there bronzer and those who want more noticeable warmth on the skin. The bronzer stayed on well for just over eight hours before I noticed slight signs of fading.

There are four bronzer-liker shades in the range, and the first three are all fairly similar, while the last one is considerably darker.

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Bobbi Brown Telluride Highlighting Powder

Bobbi Brown Telluride Highlighting Powder
Bobbi Brown Telluride Highlighting Powder

Bobbi Brown Telluride Highlighting Powder ($46.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a muted, medium-drark rosy plum with warm undertones and a frosted finish. Lancome Rosegold Lights (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Tawny Glow (P, $48.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Pink Quartz (P, $46.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Rose Gold (LE, $46.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Afternoon Glow (LE, $48.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Tarte Muse (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Surratt Beauty De Cherubique (P, $32.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (80% similar). Laura Geller Pink Buttercream (P, $28.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (80% similar). Laura Mercier Rosé (LE, $42.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

It’s a new, limited edition highlighting powder designed to give “high-impact, buildable radiance.” This is the third (and last!) shade that was released, and it seemed to be the most shimmery and deepest in color (this is likely to be more of a highlighting blush on very fair to medium skin tones but work particularly well as a highlighter on darker complexions). It had medium, buildable coverage paired with a soft, smooth, but denser, consistency that blended out effortlessly. I did not feel like this emphasized my pores, but I think it might if you feel like your pores are larger/more noticeable in general. The highlighter wore well for eight hours on my normal-to-dry skin.

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Makeup Geek Promise Ring Blush

Makeup Geek Promise Ring Blush
Makeup Geek Promise Ring Blush

Makeup Geek Promise Ring Blush ($10.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a pale, light pink with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. NARS Cheek Studio I (LE, $30.00) is lighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Gomez (Light) (P, ) is darker (95% similar). Kat Von D Clyde (Light) (P, ) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Threesome (LE, $30.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Surratt Beauty Guimauve (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever B202 (P, $23.00) is darker (90% similar). Hourglass Ethereal Glow (P, $35.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay X-Rated (P, $26.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek First Love (P, $9.99) is lighter (90% similar). Viseart Plum #1 (P, ) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Pink Cult (LE, $23.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Guerlain Happy Glow (LE, $54.00) is lighter, warmer (80% 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). It had very good pigmentation with a soft, smooth, and finely-milled texture that blended out easily on the skin. This is a shade that is going to be best for fairer skin tones or for diffusing a more intense/deeper shade in a more ombre/gradient effect. It is more matte, but it didn’t read chalky on me, which was a pleasant surprise. The color wore well for eight hours on me.

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

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LORAC Infrared Color Source Blush

LORAC Infrared Color Source Buildable Blush
LORAC Infrared Color Source Buildable Blush

LORAC Infrared Color Source Buildable Blush ($22.00 for 0.017 oz.) is a deep, red-burgundy with warm undertones and a satin finish. Makeup Geek Desire (P, $10.00) is cooler (90% similar). Smashbox Plum (LE, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Dolce Vita (P, $30.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Oasis (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC A Little Lusty (LE, $23.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Fever (P, $23.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Bite Beauty Cerise (P, $24.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Becca Nightingale (P, $32.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Color Source Buildable Blush formula is supposed to offer–you guessed it–buildable color coverage with a “silky-smooth” consistency available in matte and satin finishes. The softer, more finely-milled consistency of the powder made this a lot easier to use, as it blended out well, and it could be sheered out slightly as well. With such a deep shade, having a lot of blendability is key. It was semi-opaque to opaque in pigmentation, which is a bit higher coverage than most of the shades in the range that I have tried myself, but it should work exceptionally well on deeper skin tones as a result. Those who like sheerer or softer blush, I would recommend a fan brush and a light hand. The finish has a nice, luminous sheen to it that looked natural and not overtly shimmery on. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me.

Infrared
Infrared
9
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

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