|Clockwise from Top Left: NARS Cactus Flower, Illamasqua Tweak, Chanel Tweed Fuschia,|
MAC Florida, MAC Bite of an Apple, Becca Beach Tint in Watermelon
Anyways, without further ado, here is how they compare:
|L to R: Becca Watermelon, NARS Cactus Flower, Illamasqua Tweak, |
MAC Bite of an Apple, Chanel Tweed Fuschia, MAC Florida
NARS Cactus Flower: I think this shade is hands down the most beautiful swatch of them all. It is an orangey red (don't let this scare you, it's not overly warm) with gold shimmer throughout. The lasting power isn't the best, but it applies gorgeously and is quite easy to either blend out or build up.
Illamasqua Tweak: This is my first, and until now only, Illamasqua blush and every time I go to use it, I am impressed with how pigmented it is. Definitely use a light hand on this one, even for those of you who might like a stronger blush look. It is a very pinky red color, and might just be the perfect winter flush shade.
MAC Bite of an Apple: It might have been a bit unfair to swatch this right after Illamasqua Tweak, which is so delightfully pigmented, as I was rather disappointed at the lack of pigmentation on this one. With that said, however, it is still a lovely and very popular shade. Like Tweak, it is also a pinky red, but I would say that it is a more dusty color than Tweak.
Chanel Tweed Fuschia: This shade definitely leaves the red behind, and heads firmly into cool pinky territory. In the pan it includes threads of what look like gold shimmer, but on the skin it has a bit of a sheen, but no glitter/obvious shimmer. This has been my go to blush over the past month--it works well with neutral eyes and a pinky lip. If you can track this limited edition product down, I highly recommend it (psst...try Izzys Beauty Shoppe).
MAC Florida: Last, but certainly not least, this MAC blush is a re-promote with their recent Shop/Cook line. I've seen it described in several places as being coral, but I can assure you that it is definitely not that! It is a strong, cool fuschia shade with lots of pigmentation. It pulled a bit purpley when I first applied it to my skin, but once blended out, it was a gorgeous cool pink. It is a bit cooler than the Chanel Tweed Fuschia, but within the same family (you might want to try this first if you are looking for a cream formula vs. a powder, or simply want a lower price point).
Whew, that's all for now....until my next set of blushes arrive!