Makeup Geek Secret Admirer Blush Review, Photos, Swatches

Makeup Geek Secret Admirer Blush
Makeup Geek Secret Admirer Blush

Makeup Geek Secret Admirer Blush ($10.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a bright, light-medium lavender with cool undertones and a semi-matte finish. Coloured Raine Cute (PiP, $6.99) is darker (95% similar). Sephora Over the Moon (14) (DC, $14.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Azalea Blossom (LE, $32.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Secret Admirer (DC, $9.99) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). NARS Notorious (LE, $30.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Fenty Beauty Drama Class (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, darker, glossier (90% similar). ColourPop Floating Lights (LE, $10.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). ColourPop Whirl (LE, $10.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). ColourPop Rain (LE, $8.00) is darker (90% similar). Clinique Pansy Pop (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer (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). The reformulated shade is darker and cooler on the skin than in the previous formula, though I don’t think the difference is as apparent once it is diffused/blended out on the skin (compared to a heavier swatch). The texture was soft, smooth, and finely-milled, which made it blendable on the skin. It had good pigmentation and wore well for eight hours on me.

Secret Admirer

PPermanent. $10.00.
A-
A-
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
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Makeup Geek Secret Admirer Blush
Makeup Geek Secret Admirer Blush

Makeup Geek Secret Admirer Blush
Makeup Geek Secret Admirer Blush

Makeup Geek Secret Admirer Blush
Makeup Geek Secret Admirer Blush

Makeup Geek Secret Admirer Blush
Makeup Geek Secret Admirer Blush

Makeup Geek Secret Admirer Blush
Makeup Geek Secret Admirer Blush

Blush
Makeup Geek
$10.00/0.15 oz.

88%

Average

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Makeup Look
On face:
  • Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Foundation
  • Guerlain Les Voilettes Loose Setting Powder
On eyes:
  • LORAC Pro Palette 3
  • Sephora Love Affair Eyeliner
On lips:
  • Too Faced Honey Bear La Creme
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Reviewer

Christine Mielke is the editor-in-chief and has been reviewing products for over 14 years.

She has normal-to-dry skin with occasional dryness on cheeks and nose. She has a light plus skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones (view her foundation matches here).

Learn more about her review process here.

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Wow, it’s so pretty! But so different in color from the original MUG formula. I have 3 of the dupes already ( Sephora Over the Moon, Rain, and Pansy Pop), but this one leans more purple and more cool then the others, but blushes tend to turn pinker on me, so I have to think about this one.

This is the oddest shade for me…the old one. In the winter, I can put it on with a trowel, and it’s a no show. It shows in summer, prob by contrast, when I darken up in summer. Think M recs it for porcelain tones, which I am not. Over the Moon, by contrast, is pretty much a highlighting shade. Sorry I missed a Rain. No need for a new one.

Did not look at you pic, before I commented. This, like many of your recent photos, looks unexpected…in this case, not very lavender. Is it my tablet, or the ROTS that it is layered over? Did it look more lavender in person than in the photo? SA looks NOTHING like your photo on me. Odder than my personal experience. Love to know if this looks like it does on you, on other T readers.

I apply cheek colors over bare skin (I don’t put the foundation where I’m putting the cheek colors, to the best of my ability), actually! Secret Admirer this time around is definitely darker than the last version, but it reads as a pinky lavender on my skin tone – I am definitely seeing purple tones overall, though.

St I think it’s the iPad color values. Your left looks much more lavender/cooler/bluer and your right looks rosier. Great to know there is no foundation effect, although how you manage that one, with perfect foundation elsewhere, must be one of the holy mysteries.
I do find old SA pigmented. Think it just blends in with my winter coloring and contrasts more with darker skin (live at the beach.). Maybe the cooler tones are cooler in winter, and light exposure cancels the ‘sameness’ factor. Was glad to look onCP and see they still have Rain.

So the cheek on your right should be lavender (which would be my left) and the your left should be a brighter, rosier pink (my right) – the “your right” one is Secret Admirer!

Very pretty shade! Although I see this one being especially nice on fairer and lighter complexions than my own. For me personally, I’ll finally get UD Bittersweet blush for my purple kick. CP Rain is even a bit too light on me!

I have the original Secret Admirer, and it’s such a surprisingly pretty color applied and sheered on the cheeks. Never thought I’d like purple blush, but I love it.

I have the original, and really love it. This version is very pretty, too. I wish MUG had kept the original shade, and added this with a new name. It does look quite a bit more purple to me.

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