This week, I shared my breakdown of how to make more critical comparisons between two products when you’re choosing between two options, whether you’re in decluttering mode or considering a new purchase or have been tempted by something new and shiny!
Here are those methods applied to some of the recommendations I made in my A to Z Guide to Coral Blush. In that post, I included a variety of shades from light to dark, matte to shimmer, cooler to warmer and so on across different brands and price points. When I make recommendations, I’ll often provide more rather than less as they’re all great products but I want to make sure it’s helpful for more readers!
Sydney Grace Cantata vs. Natasha Denona Alba
|CANTATA Sydney Grace||ALBA Natasha Denona|
|Finish||Intensely metallic, more overtly shimmery||Moderate glow, smoother sheen|
|Color||Appears more golden due to high shimmer content||Appears slightly deeper pink, thus cooler-toned|
|Pigmentation||Opaque; must be used with soft hand for sheerer coverage||Opaque but more forgiving, could be applied sheerer with less adjustment|
|Texture||Creamy, dense but yielding, metallic||Smooth, dense but not too thick, luminous|
|Longevity||Starts fading at 8.5 hours, faded evenly||Starts fading at 8.5 hours, faded evenly|
|Application||Easy, effortless, works with a variety of brushes but best for someone with a lighter-hand||Easy, blendable but better with moderately-dense brush/moderate-hand; better for someone heavier-handed|
|Accessibility||Direct only, likely more expensive for int’l buyers, no ability to see it in person||More widely available online but still a smaller in-person footprint|
|Price/Size||Affordable but available as pan-only (requires freestyle palette)||Expensive, has a lot amount of product, doesn’t require a lot per use, likely to take awhile to use (even with regular use!)|
|Packaging||Pan-only, requires freestyle palette||Plastic, compact, should be durable|
Reasons for Sydney Grace Cantata: It’s more affordable, so if budget was a concern, I’d go here and if I wanted to subdue the finish a bit, I’d dust translucent powder on top. It’s an intense highlighter, so if I was more in the market for something ultra-metallic and visible from the next galaxy over, Cantata is the easy choice.
Reasons for Natasha Denona Alba: It’s more travel-friendly/consumer-friendly, since it comes in its own compact, so if either of these were important, they would be very much in the pro column. If I was looking for something that had a more moderate, more luminous finish or if I was heavier-handed, it makes more sense.
Editor’s Pick: If I had to choose only one, I’d probably end up with Alba if I wanted a blush, and then I’d add a lil’ extra gold highlight on top if I wanted a more intense finish.
Bottom Line: They are quite comparable blendability, longevity, and ease of use, generally, and the biggest difference between the two is the intensity of the finish, followed by price and packaging. The difference in finish ultimately impacts both the tone and color as-applied and may make it more or less appealing for those with more textured skin.
Essence Satin Coral vs. Persona Georgia
|GEORGIA Persona||SATIN CORAL Essence|
|Finish||Satin sheen, slightly more amplified than skin-like||Satin, my-skin-but-better|
|Color||Applies true-to-color, leans slightly pinker blended out||Darkens slightly, giving it a brighter hue when applied but truer undertone|
|Pigmentation||Opaque but soft enough to be used with a lighter hand for more buildable coverage||Semi-opaque, buildable, yielding without being powdery so easy to control amount of product applied|
|Texture||Soft, lightly powdery but didn’t appear dusty or dry||Smooth but firmer press (not stiff), velvety, more seamless and “melted” onto skin|
|Longevity||Starts fading at 7.5 hours, faded evenly||Starts fading at 9 hours, faded evenly|
|Application||Easily blended out, more luminous as it was buffed into skin, worked with a variety of brushes but better for someone with light to medium-hand||Easily blended out, worked with a variety of brushes and could be good for someone who can be heavy-handed|
|Accessibility||Direct only (appears it’s discontinued in lieu of The Blush formula, which doesn’t have a comparable shade)||Limited distribution, mostly online|
|Price/Size||Affordable, good amount of product but may use more per application due to slight powderiness||Moderately-priced, smaller amount but may have less waste per application due to firmer texture|
|Packaging||Sturdy, see-thru plastic, no durability concerns, easy to clean||Sturdy plastic, no durability concerns, easy to clean|
Reasons for Essence Satin Coral: It’s one of the cheapest blush options on the market, so if maximizing the budget is a priority, it performs comparably and well across many metrics but saves a lot of money. Essence’s packaging doesn’t feel flimsy either (packaging is often a big ticket item in a product’s cost!). It is slightly powdery (mostly in the pan), so it will work better for those with a light-handed application and less-dense (like a fan) brush. It is forgiving of heavy-handed application but the excess kicked up/lost might be deal-breaking.
Reasons for Persona Georgia: For a true, skin-like finish where the color has a particularly seamless, almost “melted” appearance on skin, I think this formula succeeds better there. If you tend to be heavier-handed or use moderately-dense blush brushes, this formula is more foolproof when paired with either. Georgia is longer-wearing by a decent margin, which could be a very compelling reason to spend more.
Editor’s Pick: I would opt for Georgia because the way it just melts on skin is so seamless and hard to find in the blush world, generally.
Bottom Line: They are extremely similar in general application, blendability, pigmentation, ease of use, and packaging. Georgia has notably better longevity, but they both fade evenly at the end. If budget is less of a concern, the way Georgia sits on skin is what makes it more “special” as a product.
Hourglass Incandescent Electra vs. Clinique Melon Pop
|Incandescent Electra Hourglass||Melon Pop Clinique|
|Finish||Satin, skin-like, subtle shimmer||Satin, skin-like, subtle sheen, melds slightly better with skin|
|Color||Slightly pinker, darkens a touch when applied to oilier skin/dewier base; touch darker||Slightly peachier, applies more true-to-color|
|Pigmentation||Medium, buildable coverage that’s easy to dial up or down depending on how much is picked up||Semi-opaque, buildable but requires a moderately-dense brush/moderate hand to pick up product, very easy to use as sheer wash as a result|
|Texture||Silky, lightly powdery||Moderately dense, firmer press, gel-powder hybrid|
|Longevity||Starts fading at 8 hours, faded evenly||Starts fading at 8 hours, faded evenly|
|Application||Blended out easily and product picked up well with a variety of blushes, best for a buildable technique||Blended out easily, looked more glowing as it was buffed in, requires a moderate-hand and/or denser brush (slightly rounded/flatter edge preferred) to pick up product evenly|
|Accessibility||Global online and in-store distribution||Global online and in-store distribution, probably wider|
|Price/Size||More expensive blush for a moderate amount of product, some powderiness results in waste, may require more product per use based on texture||Slightly less product but less excess kicked up, more affordable only in comparison, may use less product per application with less potential for waste|
|Packaging||Rounded, plastic compact (doesn’t stack as well), sturdy||Study, see-thru plastic|
Reasons for Hourglass Incandescent Electra: If you’re someone who has trouble using a heavier hand or tends to use more feathery brushes, this shade is a lot easier to apply. If you like a hint of shimmer, you may find this produces a better finish.
Reasons for Clinique Melon Pop: If you find that you tend to over-apply your blush, the firmer, denser texture of this product is more forgiving of heavier handed application (though it actually requires a more medium-hand or denser brush!). If you tend to apply with denser brushes, this will also be more foolproof to use. There is also less waste as there’s no powderiness.
Editor’s Pick: Melon Pop by a hair, mostly because I can be heavier-handed as a result of often applying more for camera than in real life, so something that’s more forgiving is better. I also prefer using a flat, rounded blush brush for application, which suits Melon Pop’s formula better.
Bottom Line: They’re really comparable products; they’re both more buildable coverage, similar in color and finish, have the same longevity ratings, and come in plastic packaging. I think the type of formula may make some more or less interested as Melon Pop is a gel-powder hybrid that’s denser and Incandescent Electra is more like a traditional powder blush (and thus, a little powdery in the pan).
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