Blushes

NARS Illicit Blush Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Illicit NARS Illicit Powder Blush ($30.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a light-medium, peachy-brown with moderate, warm undertones paired with a satin finish. It had very fine shimmer throughout that looked quite luminous once applied and buffed onto my skin, so it was lightly glowing but not overly shimmery. The texture was soft, a smidgen powdery but very blendable and easy to work with. It had nearly opaque coverage in a single layer that stayed on well for eight hours before…

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NARS Thrill Blush Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Thrill NARS Thrill Powder Blush ($30.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a light-medium pink with strong, cool undertones and a matte finish. It had a soft consistency that felt smooth and finely-milled to the touch without being powdery, though it was a bit thinner (which I find true of most of NARS’ powder blushes) that can darken slightly when applied on top of bare skin or cream/liquid foundation. For truer color and the most foolproof application, I recommend applying over a…

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Dior Rosy Vibes (001) DiorSkin Nude Luminizer Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Rosy Vibes (001) Dior Rosy Vibes (001) DiorSkin Nude Luminizer ($50.00 for 0.21 oz.) has a soft, peachy-pink base paired with flecks of gold and lavender shimmer and micro-sparkle that gave it a luminous finish with a subtle twinkle. The base seemed more translucent, so it had more medium, buildable coverage with a more noticeable sheen. It had a smooth, more firmly-pressed texture, which I find to be a signature of the baked gelee-style powder (firmer, denser but melts on…

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Dior Coral Vibes (002) DiorSkin Nude Luminizer Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Coral Vibes (002) Dior Coral Vibes (001) DiorSkin Nude Luminizer ($50.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a brighter, light-medium pink base with warmer, peachy-gold shimmer throughout that gave it a luminous sheen. While some highlighters with this color look more gold than pink, this looked mostly pink with a hint of golden sheen at certain angles. The texture was smooth to the touch, more firmly pressed (so no powderiness) but yielded to a moderately-dense brush as this hybrid baked-gelee formula tends…

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NARS Savage Blush Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Savage (2020) NARS Savage (2020) Powder Blush ($30.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a medium, reddish-brown with warmer undertones and a luminous sheen. The texture was smooth to the touch with light slip–it was creamier than most of the brand’s blushes but still thin and a bit “drier” (not in a bad way), which made it easier to pick up less product if desired as it wasn’t powdery so it was more controllable. The pigmentation was opaque in a single layer,…

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NARS Coeur Battant Blush Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Coeur Battant NARS Coeur Battant Powder Blush ($30.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a bright, medium-dark magenta pink with strong, cool blue undertones and a matte finish. It had nearly opaque color coverage that was buildable to full coverage with less than half of a layer. If you’re someone who is very light or tends to prefer sheerer coverage, it will feel very pigmented so I’d recommend using a very light hand and/or a fan brush for application in those circumstances.…

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Sydney Grace Tangled Blush Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Tangled Sydney Grace Tangled Pressed Blush ($9.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a deeper, pink-leaning dusty coral with moderate, warm undertones paired with a semi-matte finish. It had an incredibly smooth, velvety texture that had some powderiness in the pan. It was also intensely pigmented–a little went a long way–so I recommend applying this with a less-dense brush and/or with a lighter hand. The powder blended out well, but I found that it was pigmented to the point where it took…

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Sydney Grace Always and Forever Blush Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Always and Forever Sydney Grace Always and Forever Pressed Blush ($9.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a pale pink with neutral-to-cool undertones and a satin finish. It was richly pigmented with a smooth, velvety texture that was a smidgen powdery in the pan but didn’t read powdery or dry when applied to bare skin. I preferred application over more matte skin or just-powdered skin as it was more prone to darkening when applied directly atop bare skin or unset liquid/cream foundation.…

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ColourPop Lucky You Super Shock Cheek Duo Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Colour Pop Lucky You Super Shock Cheek Duo Colour Pop Lucky You Super Shock Cheek Duo Colour Pop Lucky You Super Shock Cheek Duo Lucky You Colour Pop Lucky You Super Shock Cheek Duo ($14.00 for 0.3 oz.) is a new, limited edition duo that features one new shade and one repromote (Drop of a Hat). Both shades performed well and as marketed (more pigmented with fingertips, more buildable with brushes along with being blendable and long-wearing). While the repromote…

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Sydney Grace Summer Love Blush Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Christine | Updated: 12/24/19December 24, 2019 Summer Love Sydney Grace Summer Love Pressed Blush ($9.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a bright, medium-dark orange-coral with warm undertones and fine, golden shimmer that gave it a luminous finish. It had opaque pigmentation in a single layer with a soft, smooth consistency that wasn’t too firmly nor too softly pressed into the pan. The product picked up well with a brush but didn’t have any issues with excess product kicked up in the…

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NARS Overlust Cheek Palette Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Overlust NARS Overlust Cheek Palette ($59.00 for 0.42 oz.) features a new highlighter formula (first row), which is supposed to be a “gel-to-powder” formula that “applies like a second-skin” and “allows for easy layering or blending under or over” the blushes (which were described as having “sheer buildable color”). The new highlighter formula seemed to lean too much to the powder side, rather than gel, and was thin, almost like a dried-out cream highlighter, which made it difficult to pick…

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Patrick Ta She’s Sincere Velvet Blush Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Patrick Ta She’s Sincere Monochrome Moment Velvet Blush ($32.00 for 0.37 oz.) is a medium-dark peach with warm undertones and a sat finish. The powder had a soft glow to it once applied and blended out on my cheeks, though it wasn’t shimmery to my eye. It had buildable pigmentation from medium to mostly opaque coverage (two heavy layers or three sheerer layers) that adhered well to bare skin. The texture was smooth to the touch, dense but not stiff,…

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Patrick Ta She’s Passionate Velvet Blush Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Patrick Ta She’s Passionate Monochrome Moment Velvet Blush ($32.00 for 0.37 oz.) is a medium, pink-coral with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. It wasn’t overly shimmery, but it had slight sheen once applied and blended out on my skin that kept it from being a true matte finish. The texture was smooth, velvety, and dense with moderate slip, which I found to be more reactive to natural oils (which would cause the surface to harden). It had buildable…

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Patrick Ta She’s Adorable Velvet Blush Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Patrick Ta She’s Adorable Monochrome Moment Velvet Blush ($32.00 for 0.37 oz.) is a medium, pink-coral base with warmer, golden shimmer throughout. The color deepened and appeared truer-to-pan when applied and blended out on my cheeks, so it ended up as one of the more darker shades in the line-up. It had buildable coverage from medium to mostly opaque, while the texture felt velvety and smooth to the touch with some slip to it–I could tell it was a more…

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OFRA Ollie Need is Love Blush Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Ollie Need is Love OFRA Ollie Need is Love Blush ($29.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a bright, orange-coral with ultra-fine, gold pearl throughout a more matte finish. The effect of the shimmer gave it a more satiny look when applied and buffed out on my skin, but it didn’t seem shimmery to my eye, very “my skin but better” in its glow. The texture was soft, smooth, and finely-milled without being too firmly nor too loosely-pressed into the pan, so…

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Sydney Grace Paris Skies Blush Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Christine | Updated: 12/08/19December 08, 2019 Paris Skies Sydney Grace Paris Skies Pressed Blush ($9.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a soft, medium mauve with cooler undertones and warmer, pale golden shimmer throughout. It straddled the line between pink and lavender to me (and the two merged gives me more mauve-vibes as a result). The warmer, but contrasting, shimmer gave it the effect of a two-in-one product where there was a distinctive, golden highlight but a definite, mauve blush tone below.…

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OFRA Sweet Stuff Blush Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Christine | Updated: 12/04/19December 04, 2019 Sweet Stuff OFRA Sweet Stuff Blush ($29.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a medium-dark pink with strong,w arm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had nearly opaque pigmentation in a single layer, which was easily built up to full coverage with a second layer if desired. The texture was soft, velvety, and lightly powdery in the pan, but it seemed to “melt” as I buffed and blended out the powder on my cheeks. There also…

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Chanel Tweed Pink Les Tissages de Chanel Blush Duot Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Tweed Pink Chanel Tweed Pink Les Tissages de Chanel Blush Duo Tweed Effect ($45.00 for 0.19 oz.) is a soft, light-medium pink with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish with faint, silvery micro-sparkle. It seemed to have more of a subtle, satiny shimmer once applied and blended out rather than more visible sparkle. The texture was soft, finely-milled, and a little powdery in the pan, but it applied evenly and blended out with ease on my skin. The color…

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MAC Pink Sprinkle of Shine Set Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Pink MAC Pink Sprinkle of Shine Set ($49.50 for 0.34 oz.) is a new, limited edition set exclusively available at Macy’s, which contains new shades of Extra Dimension Skinfinish and Dazzleglass with a new, larger fan-style brush with synthetic bristles. The set also included a zippered pouch. Starquake and Unleash the Stars performed consistently with their formulas. The brush has only gone through an initial review, as the set released for the holidays, and it seemed to be made fine,…

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Fenty Beauty Ruby Richez Killawatt Foil Freestyle Highlighter Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Ruby Richez Fenty Beauty Ruby Richez Killawatt Foil Freestyle Highlighter ($36.00 for 0.24 oz.) is a medium-dark red with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had opaque pigmentation in a single layer, while the texture had a smooth, creamier feel but was a bit thinner than most of the Killawatt range. The finish seemed more pearly initially but seemed to intensify and looked shinier once blended out. It seemed to have some slip, too, so it worked better over…

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ColourPop x Pony Park Sugarcoated Super Shock Cheek Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Sugarcoated Colour Pop Sugarcoated Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a medium pink with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had buildable coverage from semi-sheer to semi-opaque applied with a brush, and semi-opaque, buildable coverage when applied with fingertips. The texture had that velvety-smooth feel to it, where it didn’t have any wetness to it, but it had some glide (almost like a silicone-based primer). It was easier to apply and disperse the product and get…

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ColourPop x Pony Park Simply Sweet Super Shock Cheek Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Simply Sweet Colour Pop Simply Sweet Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a soft, pinky coral with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had sheer coverage applied with a brush that was buildable to semi-sheer coverage, while application with a fingertip yielded medium coverage. The texture was smooth to the touch, denser, and more like a velvety primer, where it feel wet or emollient but wasn’t dried down. I find that application with the more matte Super…

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ColourPop My Perch or Yours Blush & Lite Stix Duo Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Colour Pop My Perch or Yours Blush Stix and Lite Stix Duo Colour Pop My Perch or Yours Blush Stix and Lite Stix Duo Colour Pop My Perch or Yours Blush Stix and Lite Stix Duo My Perch or Yours Colour Pop My Perch or Yours Blush Stix and Lite Stix Duo ($14.00 for oz.) features two new shades: a warm pink blush paired with a pale pink with gold shimmer highlighter. The blush performed beautifully with buildable coverage, as…

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Charlotte Tilbury Gorgeous, Glowing Beauty Instant Look in a Palette Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Gorgeous Glowing Beauty Charlotte Tilbury Gorgeous Glowing Beauty Instant Look in a Palette ($75.00 for 0.77 oz.) is a new, limited edition palette that includes three eyeshadows, two cheek colors, one bronzer, and one highlighter. Most of the shades were soft, blendable, and long-wearing with semi-opaque to opaque pigmentation. The bronzer would have been more blendable, which was the worst “con” of the palette; all four cheek products were quite pigmented but those formulas are marketed as buildable, so they…

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ColourPop In a Twitter Blush & Lite Stix Duo Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Colour Pop In a Twitter Blush Stix and Lite Stix Duo Colour Pop In a Twitter Blush Stix and Lite Stix Duo Colour Pop In a Twitter Blush Stix and Lite Stix Duo In a Twitter Colour Pop In a Twitter Blush Stix and Lite Stix Duo ($14.00 for 0.61 oz.) is a new cream blush and highlighter duo, which featured a warm, coral blush and a shimmering, peachy-coral highlighter (which may be a highlighting blush for lighter skin tones).…

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MAC Medium Deep Star-Dipped Face Compact Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Medium Deep MAC Medium Deep Star-Dipped Face Compact ($42.50 for 0.48 oz.) is a new, limited edition foursome that includes a bronzer, one blush, and two highlighters, all of which are in the Extra Dimension formula. Three of the four shades in the quad have been seen before, though this is the first time MAC has housed them in a quad format, which makes the price point a lot more palatable (they can get quite pricey as standalone purchases). The…

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MAC Light Star-Dipped Face Compact Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Light MAC Light Star-Dipped Face Compact ($42.50 for 0.48 oz.) is a new, limited edition quad that features two blushes and two highlighters, all of which are in the Extra Dimension formula. All four shades had semi-opaque (or greater) pigmentation, had smooth, denser consistencies, and applied and blended out beautifully on my skin. The key to working with this formula is understanding that they tend to be a bit denser, firmer, so they work better with a moderate hand and…

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ColourPop x Disney Designer I See the Light Set Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Colour Pop I See the Light Disney Designer Cheek & Lip Duo Colour Pop I See the Light Disney Designer Cheek & Lip Duo Colour Pop I See the Light Disney Designer Cheek & Lip Duo Colour Pop I See the Light Disney Designer Cheek & Lip Duo I See the Light Colour Pop I See the Light Disney Designer Cheek & Lip Duo ($18.00 for 0.43 oz.) is a new, limited edition duo that features a cool, pink blush…

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ColourPop x Disney Designer Down in New Orleans Set Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Colour Pop Down in New Orleans Disney Designer Cheek & Lip Duo Colour Pop Down in New Orleans Disney Designer Cheek & Lip Duo Colour Pop Down in New Orleans Disney Designer Cheek & Lip Duo Colour Pop Down in New Orleans Disney Designer Cheek & Lip Duo Down in New Orleans Colour Pop Down in New Orleans Disney Designer Cheek & Lip Duo ($18.00 for 0.43 oz.) includes a soft, plummy brown blush and a deep, copper-red liquid lipstick.…

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Tom Ford Megeve Soleil Glow Stick Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Tom Ford Beauty Megeve (03) Highlighter & Blush Glow Stick Tom Ford Beauty Megeve (03) Highlighter & Blush Glow Stick Megeve (03) Tom Ford Beauty Megeve (03) Highlighter & Blush Glow Stick ($55.00 for 0.35 oz.) includes a soft, peachy copper highlighter and a muted, medium coral blush. Both shades were easy to work with; they applied and blended out with ease, while they had a dewy sheen that lasted for a good nine hours before starting to fade visibly.…

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