Makeup Geek Valentine Blush Review, Photos, Swatches

Makeup Geek Valentine Blush
Makeup Geek Valentine Blush

Makeup Geek Valentine Blush ($10.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a muted, medium pink with cooler undertones and a mostly matte finish. Urban Decay Nooner (Blush) (PiP, ) is darker (95% similar). Bite Beauty Lotus (P, $24.00) is brighter (95% similar). Too Faced Skyline (LE, ) is lighter (85% similar). Benefit Hervana (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Make Up For Ever B212 (P, $23.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever S214 (P, $23.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Milani Pink Play #3 (PiP, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). ColourPop At Frost Sight (LE, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Flush (P, $29.00) is lighter (90% similar). ColourPop Noodle (P, $12.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Whimsy (LE, $29.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Nude Pink (P, $30.00) is cooler (85% similar). Zoeva PK030 (P, ) is lighter (85% similar). KIKO 110 Bright Pink (P, $12.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Too Faced Sweet Pink (LE, ) is lighter (85% similar). Makeup Geek Rendezvous (DC, $9.99) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). ColourPop Olive (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Pink Sprinkles (LE, $24.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Dollface (P, $29.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The new blush formula is supposed to have “rich pigmentation,” “a fade-resistant formula,” and a “smooth, buttery feel.” In the same sentence as “rich pigmentation,” they also say “buildable, long-lasting color,” though “buildable” is more that it can be used lightly and gradually built-up based on watching the launch video/reading through the brand’s Instagram (as well as routinely mentioning how pigmented the blushes were). The new formula definitely kicks up less powder with a thinner consistency and a firmer press, and they seem even more matte than before (this is by design/was intentional per the brand), so some shades can look somewhat flat on the skin. As the brand mentioned, it is by design so that they’ll pair easily with your favorite highlighters if you want a more shimmery finish. The line, in general, also got desaturated; the color range seems a lot more muted, and the shades that were kept (at least by name), seem to have undergone slight color changes to make them softer/more muted as well. I think the more skin-like, semi-matte to satin finish of the original formula is actually what made it standout in a sea of blush formulas, so I’m personally bummed that they didn’t retain that element in most of the shades. I think a lot of it will come down to personal preference which formula is better to you, but the new formula, so far, has been good. The new compacts are definitely an upgrade from the last iteration, though–much sleeker with more heft.

Valentine had good color payoff with a soft, smooth, and very lightly dusty consistency; it had a thinner feel but wasn’t so thin that it lost its ability to blend out or stay true-to-color on the skin (it didn’t sheer out immediately). I didn’t have any trouble diffusing and sheering out the color on the cheeks, and the color wore well for eight hours before fading slightly.

Valentine

PPermanent. $10.00.
A-
A-
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

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Makeup Geek Valentine Blush
Makeup Geek Valentine Blush

Makeup Geek Valentine Blush
Makeup Geek Valentine Blush

Makeup Geek Valentine Blush
Makeup Geek Valentine Blush

Makeup Geek Valentine Blush
Makeup Geek Valentine Blush

Makeup Geek Valentine Blush
Makeup Geek Valentine Blush

Makeup Geek Valentine Blush
Makeup Geek Valentine Blush

Makeup Geek Valentine Blush
Makeup Geek Valentine Blush

Makeup Geek Valentine Blush
Makeup Geek Valentine Blush

Makeup Geek Valentine Blush
Makeup Geek Valentine Blush

Makeup Geek Valentine Blush
Makeup Geek Valentine Blush

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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Stephanie Avatar

I’m encouraged by the rating of this blush but I wish she had expanded the line so that the original colors/formulations could atill be available. I am digging the muted colors though!

Katherine T. Avatar

Oh I’m really bummed 🙁 For blushes, I prefer shimmer over matte, I need that glow on my cheeks. I wish she had kept here original formula, which people loved, and just added some more matte shades to it, instead of re-vamping the entire line into matte and muted 🙁 If it ain’t broken, don’t fix it! Instead of “fixing” this blush formula, maybe should’ve spent more time fixing the packaging on those sparklers instead!

Katherine T. Avatar

Agree! And at 46, I’m already matte enough (except for those dang super oily lids!), don’t need to look any more matte.

kjh Avatar

Great insight on the reformulation. Agree and we’ll see. Hope they didn’t lose their distinctive competency by changing the formula. The old one WAS distinctive. This one doesn’t look to muted on, though. Agree with everyone that thinks there was room for greater variety, along different dimensions. What do you bet they are working on highlighters? (The implication is that they should be fixing their duds, rather than that, and making sure the sparklers are packaged properly.)

Felicia Avatar

As a huge fan of Makeup Geek, I’m torn. I loved the original blush formula, and for a woman with deep skin, I loved the brighter colors. I don’t particularly care for muted blushes (as a WOC, my skin doesn’t need you to add brown or tan to it) so I wish they would have just added the new colors, not replaced the old ones.

Felicia Avatar

I’m sure they’ll be appropriate, but bright, vibrant colors like Love Affair were what drew me to their blushes in the first place. Muted tones are nice at times (I guess), but I usually find myself reaching for more colorful blushes like Urban Decay’s Bang, Quiver, or Bittersweet. I know everyone doesn’t feel that way, but I feel like eliminating the truly colorful ones was a bit much.

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