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Anastasia Gradient Blush Kit Review, Photos, Swatches

Gradient

Anastasia Gradient Blush Kit ($30.00 for 0.68 oz.) is a new, limited edition palette with four blushes for the holiday season. Unfortunately, it was a miss–the formula just did not work well for blending, and when it comes to a cheek color, I imagine getting an even layer with diffused, gradual edges is really a must for most. Something about splotchy, patchy blush with harsh lines says, “no, thank you” in my mind.

Per the brand, it’s a “full pigment formula for buildable coverage,” which I interpret as that it is buildable to full coverage. It is also a “finely milled formula for seamless blending,” which is where I had more trouble typically–these were unforgiving when applied over bare skin or damp foundation. I had to have skin powdered heavily in order to get decent blendability out of most shades in the Blush Kits, though some were decent without extra tricks.

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Gradient

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Gradient

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Limited Edition

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Product

9
Pigmentation

5
Texture

8.5
Longevity

1.5
Application

62%
Total

Vegas

Vegas is a muted, medium-dark red-brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture was more powdery and a little dry to the touch, but it blended out better than the other three shades in practice, which was a pleasant surprise. It had semi-opaque, buildable coverage that blended out decently but still did not do so perfectly (even with extra effort!). On me, it wore well for eight hours.

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  • Colour Pop Swift (P, $8.00) is warmer (90% similar).
  • MAC Sweet As Cocoa (P, $23.00) is warmer (90% similar).
  • Chanel Elegance (370) (P, $45.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar).
  • Becca Amaretto (LE, $32.00) is lighter (85% similar).
  • The Estee Edit First Lover (01) (P, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar).
  • By Terry Savannah Love #5 (LE, ) is lighter (85% similar).
  • Viseart Bronze #3 (P, ) is more shimmery, more muted (85% similar).
  • Chanel Canaille (89) (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar).
  • By Terry Tropical Sunset #6 (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar).
  • Makeup Geek Chivalry (P, $10.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar).
  • More dupes — click to see the full list!
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Vegas

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Vegas

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Limited Edition

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Product

9
Pigmentation

7.5
Texture

8.5
Longevity

3.5
Application

77%
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Dusk

Dusk is a medium-dark taupe brown with neutral-to-warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. The consistency was a bit dry and powdery, and I noticed it was more prone to absorbing oil–it looked less matte on the skin after a few minutes and darkened a bit. It had nearly opaque pigmentation in a single layer, so I would not describe it as buildable but rather pigmented. The powder did not want to blend out and always looked splotchy, particularly if I patted a bit too much in one spot initially as a harsh line would be created and could not be diffused. It lasted for eight hours.

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  • MAC Taupe (LE, $23.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar).
  • MAC Naturally Enhanced (LE, $33.00) is warmer (85% similar).
  • Chanel Duo N. 01 (Bottom) (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar).
  • Sephora Tranquil (26) (P, $14.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar).
  • NYX Taupe (P, $6.50) is lighter, cooler (85% similar).
  • By Terry Savannah Love #6 (LE, ) is darker, warmer (80% similar).
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Dusk

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Dusk

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Limited Edition

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7
Pigmentation

5
Texture

8.5
Longevity

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Application

50%
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Chocolate

Chocolate is a muted, medium brown with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. It had buildable coverage from semi-opaque to opaque in two layers. The texture was thin, chalky, and dry enough that it came away from the powder’s surface in chunks. It was moderately difficult to blend out and never looked particularly blended or even on my skin.

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  • KIKO 106 Beige Rose (P, $12.00) is more shimmery (95% similar).
  • MAC Poised (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery (90% similar).
  • Zoeva ND040 (P, ) is lighter (90% similar).
  • MAC Harmony (P, $23.00) is warmer (85% similar).
  • MAC Naturally Enhanced (LE, $33.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar).
  • MAC Swiss Chocolate (P, $23.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar).
  • Surratt Beauty Chaleur (P, $32.00) is warmer (80% similar).
  • MAC Raizin (P, $23.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar).
  • Makeup Geek Chivalry (P, $10.00) is darker (80% similar).
  • Viseart Bronze #3 (P, ) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (80% similar).
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Chocolate

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Chocolate

D+

Limited Edition

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10
Pigmentation

5
Texture

8.5
Longevity

2
Application

68%
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Blackberry

Blackberry is a deep plum with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture was drier, a bit loose, and felt grainy at times, and it applied terribly. It just looked so awful–patchy, uneven, and made my cheeks looked spotty as color seemed to sink into my pores. Even with aggressive buffing and blending, I could not get this one to look better than medicore. It had semi-opaque coverage that was buildable to opaque coverage, and the blush itself lasted for eight hours.

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  • Make Up For Ever M928 Eggplant (P, ) is darker (95% similar).
  • Makeup Geek Desire (P, $10.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar).
  • Tom Ford Beauty Gratuitous (P, $60.00) is lighter (90% similar).
  • Anastasia Velvet (P, ) is warmer (85% similar).
  • Urban Decay TMI (P, $26.00) is lighter (85% similar).
  • MAC Passionately Tempted (LE, $23.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar).
  • NARS Candid (LE, $30.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar).
  • Urban Decay Sesso (Blush) (P, ) is lighter (85% similar).
  • Urban Decay NOHO (LE, $26.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar).
  • Estee Lauder Rebel Rose (P, $34.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar).
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Blackberry

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Blackberry

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Limited Edition

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Product

10
Pigmentation

3
Texture

8.5
Longevity

0
Application

54%
Total

   
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