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Saturday, May 30th, 2015

Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Shine Lipstick


Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Shine Lipstick
($30.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a hydrating, luminous formula that has semi-sheer to semi-opaque coverage from the ten shades I tested. The full range includes sixteen shades, so if none of these have caught your eye but you like the idea of the formula, perhaps one of the remaining six may be more up your alley. They have longer-wear, as they have a slight tackiness that helps keep them wearing longer, despite having a very hydrating, emollient, and glossy formula. My personal favorites were Blossom Bright (A) and Surreal Sun (A-).

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Saturday, May 30th, 2015

Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick

Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a pigmented, long-wearing, and hydrating formula that’s great if you like your color creamy and mostly opaque with a natural finish. You know you have a good formula on your hands when the average rating is an A across over thirty shades. If I had to pick a few for favorites, I would say: Defiant Coral (A), Discreet (A), Dynamic (A), Intense Nude (A), Irresistible (A), Jealous (A), and Reckless (A).

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Friday, May 29th, 2015

Temptalia Asks You


What’s the cheapest beauty product in your go-to routine right now? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerJack Black Lip Balm, which isn’t even cheap by lip balm standards. Otherwise, cotton swabs/cotton pads from the drugstore, which are used most days. I regularly reach for Sephora’s eyeliners and L’Oreal Silkissime liners, too.

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Friday, May 29th, 2015

Too Faced Sugar Pop Eye Palette
Too Faced Sugar Pop Eye Palette

Too Faced Sugar Pop Eye Palette ($36.00 for 0.39 oz.) includes nine shades from pops of color to a few neutrals. It’s an okay palette, but it’s not a formula that performs well without a primer or base underneath–it’s too soft, powdery, and thin, which can result in more uneven application, difficulty blending (it just sticks where it lands without wanting to move much more), and underwhelming wear.

Rock Candy is a brightened, light beige with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had decent color payoff with a soft, silky texture that was a little powdery, but it wore well for seven and a half hours. MAC Vanilla (P, $16.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Anonymous (LE, $18.00) is more muted. Urban Decay Anonymous (LE, $18.00) is more muted. Urban Decay Righteous (LE, $18.00) is more muted. Too Faced Dream On (LE, $16.00) is darker. Too Faced Coconut Crème (P, $16.00) is darker, more muted. Hourglass Atmosphere #1 (P, ) is darker, more muted. Hourglass Atmosphere #1 (P, ) is darker, more muted. Givenchy Delicate #4 (P, ) is more muted. Hourglass Monochrome #1 (P, ) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Macaron is medium-dark coral-orange with gold micro-sparkle over a satin finish. It had nice pigmentation that went on fairly well, but it did need to be patted and packed on, as the texture is thinner. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me. Guerlain Terra Azzurra #3 (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker. Sephora Collection Rio (91) (P, $13.00) is less shimmery. Chanel Tisse Fantaisie #1 (LE, ) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Malted Milk Ball is a coppery bronze with a frosted, gold shimmer-sheen finish. It had excellent color payoff that went on smoothly and evenly–this was one of the easiest shades to work with in the palette. Clarins The Essentials #6 (LE, ) is lighter. MAC Her Cocoa #3 (LE, $16.00) is lighter, cooler. Anastasia Rum Cake (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery, more muted. Kat Von D Dog Roses (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter. Kat Von D Dog Roses (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #3 (LE, $16.00) is more muted. Too Faced Tiger’s Eye (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. Make Up For Ever I662 Amber Brown (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Tarte Candlelit Dinner (LE, ) is lighter. Ardency Inn Copper (P, $21.00) is lighter. Colour Pop Game Face (P, $5.00) is lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Spice (LE, $42.00) is less shimmery. MAC Bao Bao’s Jewels #3 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Bao Bao’s Jewels #3 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter. NARS Fez (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Strawberry Ice is a cool-toned, light-medium pink with a frosted finish. The texture was slightly dusty and thin to work with, but it had decent pigmentation overall. It started to fade after seven and a half hours of wear. Milani Bella Rose (29) (P, $4.49) is more shimmery. Too Faced Pink Frosting (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter. Make Up For Ever I902 Quartz (P, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Harpooned Heart (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Milani Bella Pink (13) (P, $4.49) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Violet Blend #1 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Pink Sensibilities #2 (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery. MAC A Medley of Mauves #1 (P, $21.00) is more shimmery. Tom Ford Beauty Seductive Rose #1 (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Pinkluxe #1 (P, ) is more shimmery, darker. MAC Young Venus (LE, $20.00) is lighter. MAC Maribu (LE, $32.50) is more shimmery, lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Sugared Violet #2 is a muted, medium-dark purple with cool undertones and a frosted sheen. It had good color payoff with a slightly dry texture that made it harder to blend on the skin without it sheering out. It’s a completely different shade than Sugared Violet that was released in a different palette. Sleek MakeUP Simbad’s Seas (LE, $9.99) is brighter. Makeup Geek Pop Culture (P, $5.99) is less shimmery, lighter. Fyrinnae Because Cats (P, $6.80) is darker. Sleek MakeUP Bliss in Barcelona (LE, $9.99) is darker, warmer. Too Faced Badass (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted. Sleek MakeUP Romance in Rome (LE, $9.99) is more muted. Urban Decay Voodoo (LE, $18.00) is more muted. MAC Thunder and Rain #2 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. Sugarpill Weekender (P, $13.00) is more shimmery. MAC Dusty Desire (LE, $32.50) is darker, warmer. Cle de Peau Cosmic Aura #1 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Blackberry is a muted, dark plum with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It was very dry, thin, and stiff, which resulted in sheer, uneven color payoff that applied poorly. It faded after six hours of wear. Make Up For Ever M546 Dark Purple Taupe (P, $21.00) is lighter, warmer. LORAC Plum (P, ) is darker, brighter, cooler. LORAC Mauve (P, ) is lighter. theBalm Sexy (P, $16.00) is darker. theBalm Moderato (P, $16.00) is darker. MAC Blackberry (P, $16.00) is darker, warmer. Hourglass Monochrome #4 (P, ) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Peach Fuzz is a lightened, peach-orange with warm undertones and gold micro-sparkle over a mostly matte finish. The gold sparkle doesn’t translate to the skin without an adhesive/creamy base, though most get trapped in the brush. It had good pigmentation otherwise with a soft, silky texture. It lasted for seven hours on me. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Dreamer #5 (P, ) is darker, brighter. Tarte Peach Poppy (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Colour Pop Too Soon (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Colour Pop Halo (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter. bareMinerals Shhh… (P, ) is more shimmery. Makeup Geek Beaches and Cream (P, $5.99) is warmer. bareMinerals Tres Chic (P, ) is cooler. Makeup Geek Peach Smoothie (P, $5.99) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Bubblegum is a brightened, medium pink with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a slightly dry, thin texture that was hard to get even, rich color out of. It started to fade after seven hours of wear. Le Metier de Beaute Gamine (LE, $30.00) is lighter. MAC Da Bling (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer. MAC Stylishly Merry (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, darker. Urban Decay Alien (LE, $18.00) is lighter, warmer. Make Up For Ever I808 English Pink (P, $21.00) is warmer. Chanel Tisse Cambon #3 (P, ) is lighter, warmer. MAC Rose (P, $16.00) is more muted, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Blue Raspberry is a light-medium, aqua blue with cool undertones and a pearly sheen. It had good pigmentation with a soft, lightly powdery texture that was best patted into the skin (it almost needs to melt in a way) to come together, otherwise it is very easily sheered out. It only wore well for six and a half hours. MAC Shimmermoss (P, $16.00) is warmer. Sugarpill Mochi (P, $12.00) is less shimmery. MAC Aquadisiac (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, warmer. Inglot #413 (P, $6.00) is darker, cooler. Make Up For Ever S234 Azure Blue (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. CoverGirl Turquoise Glow (325) (LE, $4.99) is lighter, warmer. Fyrinnae Gender Bent (P, $6.80) is less shimmery, darker. Maybelline Edgy Emerald (P, $6.99) is darker, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Sugar Pop

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Rock Candy

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Friday, May 29th, 2015

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Friday, May 29th, 2015

Milani Bella Taupe (05) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow
Milani Bella Taupe (05) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow

Milani Bella Taupe (05) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow ($4.49 for 0.05 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark taupe gray with cool undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-opaque coverage applied dry and mostly opaque coverage applied damp. The texture was a little dry and powdery, so it would benefit from a primer to improve adhesion and blendability. On me (without primer), it lasted for seven hours before fading. bareMinerals Exec (LE, ) is lighter. Maybelline Tough as Taupe (P, $6.99) is cooler. MAC Smoked Cocoa #2 (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Maybelline Tough as Taupe (P, $6.99) is cooler. LORAC Cool Gray (P, ) is less shimmery. Guerlain Two VIP #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter. Guerlain Two VIP #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter. Burberry Storm Grey (No. 27) (P, $29.00) is warmer. MAC Rose Blend #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler. LORAC Stone (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler. Kat Von D Night Crawler (LE, ) is lighter. Sephora + Pantone Universe Deep Taupe (LE, ) is lighter. bareMinerals Rowdy (P, ) is lighter, brighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Milani Bella White (07) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow ($4.49 for 0.05 oz.) is a brightened, medium white that leans very slightly warm-toned with a frosted sheen. It was smoother and brighter when applied damp and thicker in its opacity, but it was pretty opaque applied dry. The texture was fairly soft and smooth, and it blended well. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me. Tom Ford Beauty Ice Queen #1 (P, ) is darker. Inglot #453 (P, $6.00) is brighter. MAC Chillproof (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery. Giorgio Armani Open (LE, ) is more shimmery. theBalm Metal-ica (P, $16.00) is cooler. theBalm Sassy (P, $16.00) is more shimmery. Disney by Sephora Midnight Hour #1 (LE, ) is more shimmery. Anna Sui Pearl White (LE, ) is less shimmery, warmer. Chanel L’Intemporel de Chanel #5 (LE, ) is less shimmery. Cle de Peau Marmalade Sky #3 (P, ) is more shimmery. Stila Moonstone (P, ) is warmer. Too Faced Nutcracker (LE, $16.00) is brighter. Kat Von D Lunar Lights (P, ) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Milani Bella Sky (08) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow ($4.49 for 0.05 oz.) is a medium, muted blue with a frosted sheen. Applied dry, it was semi-sheer, and applied damp, it was semi-opaque and smoother. The texture was drier, lightly powdery, and prone to sheering out on the skin, and unsurprisingly, it only lasted for six hours before fading. Chanel Destination (LE, $36.00) is darker. MAC Bright Moon (LE, $21.00) is darker, more muted. L’Oreal Infinite Sky (P, $7.99) is darker. L’Oreal Infinite Sky (P, $7.99) is darker. MAC Moon’s Reflection (P, $16.00) is darker. Urban Decay Strip (DC, $18.00) is more shimmery, darker, more muted. Sephora Collection Sweet Dreams (17) (P, $13.00) is lighter. MAC Bleuluxe #2 (P, ) is more shimmery, darker. CoverGirl Ice Flame (345) (P, $7.99) is less shimmery. Wet ‘n’ Wild I’m His Breezey #4 (P, $2.29) is less shimmery, darker. Dior Rivage #1 (LE, ) is darker. Dior Rivage #1 (LE, ) is darker. Dior Rivage #3 (LE, ) is warmer. MAC Indigo Blend #1 (LE, ) is darker, brighter. Make Up For Ever I112 Chrome (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Milani Bella Navy (09) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow ($4.49 for 0.05 oz.) is a blackened navy blue with lighter blue and medium-dark navy blue pearly shimmer that gives it a soft, frosted finish. It had nice color payoff both wet and dry, with the damp application yielding smoother, slightly richer intensity. The texture was soft, blendable with just a smidgen of dryness. It wore well for eight hours before fading. bareMinerals Climax (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Blue Sheen (LE, $21.00) is darker, brighter. MAC Blue Sheen (LE, $21.00) is darker, brighter. MAC Blue Sheen (LE, $21.00) is darker, brighter. MAC Lunar (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Lunar (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Guerlain Les Ombres de Nuit #3 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Le Metier de Beaute Midnight Sky (P, $30.00) is warmer. Clinique Massively Midnight (P, $17.00) is brighter. Tom Ford Beauty Cobalt Rush #3 (P, ) is lighter, brighter. Tom Ford Beauty Cobalt Rush #3 (P, ) is lighter, brighter. Make Up For Ever I220 Sapphire (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. LORAC Navy #6 (LE, ) is lighter. Makeup Geek Nautica (P, $5.99) is lighter. Urban Decay Moonshadow (P, $18.00) is lighter. a href=”http://www.temptalia.com/swatch-gallery?sg=197602,189022,182344,180572,179927,174232,171187,171088,170349,155192,117166,116860,115165,114470,107982,105094,101719,97865,94342″>See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Milani Bella Gray (10) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow ($4.49 for 0.05 oz.) is a medium-dark gray with a lighter silver shimmer and frosted finish. Applied dry, it was semi-sheer and very dry and powdery to work with. Applied damp, it was richer in color and easier to work with, but it still only lasted for six and a half hours on. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma #2 (P, ) is warmer. MAC Bao Bao’s Jewels #5 (LE, ) is lighter. MAC Uninhibited #2 (LE, $21.00) is warmer. MAC Just Breathe #2 (LE, $21.00) is lighter. NARS Jardin Perdu (Left) (LE, $24.00) is more shimmery. NARS Bad Behaviour (LE, $24.00) is lighter, warmer. Makeup Geek Prince Charming (P, $6.99) is less shimmery. Kat Von D Piaf (LE, ) is cooler. MAC Graphic Style (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. Giorgio Armani #21 (LE, $33.00) is darker. CoverGirl Charcoal (335) (P, $4.99) is lighter, brighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Milani Bella Charcoal (11) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow ($4.49 for 0.05 oz.) is a dirty taupe brown with subtle, cooler undertones in its brown base with a frosted finish. It was on the drier side, so I would recommend applying it damp to minimize it looking dry/powdery on the skin. It had good color payoff dry, but it was richer and smoother when applied damp. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me. MAC Trusted Instinct #5 (LE, ) is less shimmery, warmer. Chanel Tisse Gabrielle #1 (P, ) is lighter. Dior Aventure (081) (P, $31.00) is more shimmery, darker. MAC Soul Serenade (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, warmer. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #7 (P, ) is lighter. theBalm Selfish (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Benefit Skinny Jeans (P, $10.00) is more shimmery, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Bella Taupe (05)

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Bella White (07)

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Bella Sky (08)

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