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Saturday, January 31st, 2015

2015 Readers' Choice Awards: Nominations

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Saturday, January 31st, 2015

Make Up For Ever I872 Pearly Pink Artist Shadow
Make Up For Ever I872 Pearly Pink Artist Shadow

Make Up For Ever I872 Pearly Pink Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a brightened, cool-toned light pink with a pearly, almost metallic, sheen. It had excellent color payoff with a soft, dense texture that was a cinch to work with. It wore well for almost nine hours before creasing slightly. Colour Pop Sugar Plum (P, $5.00) is less metallic. Too Faced Pink Frosting (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Harpooned Heart (LE, $15.00) is similar. Make Up For Ever I902 Quartz (P, $21.00) is darker. Milani Bella Pink (13) (P, $3.99) is cooler-toned. Tarina Tarantino Diamond Dusk #2 (LE) is lighter MAC Fresh & Mint #2 (P, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Young Venus (LE, $19.50) is similar. bareMinerals Muse (P) is less metallic. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever D862 Fairly Pink Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a sparkling, light-medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and a frosted finish with sparkle. It had good color payoff, though not quite opaque, that was buildable to fully opaque color very easily. The texture was soft, smooth, and blendable on the skin. It adhered well without a fuss, and the color itself lasted well for almost nine hours, but I did have some fall out over time. Colour Pop Bubbly (P, $5.00) is a cream product. MAC Noble Descent (LE, $19.50) is lighter. Too Faced Kindness is Free (LE, $16.00) is less sparkly. Too Faced Paper Roses (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Chanel Rose des Vents (94) (LE, $36.00) is a cream product, darker. Sephora Collection Star-Crossed Lovers (103) (P, $13.00) is similar. Chanel Impulsion (93) (LE, $36.00) is lighter. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #12 (P, $9.99) iis similar. MAC Love Power (LE, $21.00) is a cream product. Le Metier de Beaute Gamine (LE, $30.00) is less sparkly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever I824 Ocher Pink Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a copper-red with warm undertones and a soft, pearly finish. It had excellent color payoff–a little goes a long way–with a buttery, dense, and smooth consistency that applied like a dream. This shade really exemplifies what makes the Artist Shadow range so fantastic. It wore well for nine and a half hours before creasing. Sephora + Pantone Universe Marsala Satin (LE) is slightly warmer. Colour Pop Drift (LE, $5.00) is darker, cream. MAC It’s Not Easy Having a Good Time (LE, $21.00) is darker. Urban Decay Sonic (LE, $18.00) is warmer. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #2 (LE) is lighter. NARS Cambodia (LE, $24.00) is warmer. Kat Von D WTF (LE) is more muted. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #8 (P, $9.99) is more shimmery. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #2 (P, $9.99) is redder. Urban Decay Gash (DC, $18.00) is darker. MAC Saffron (LE, $15.00) is warmer. MAC Cranberry (P, $15.00) is darker, cooler-toned. MAC Coppering (P, $15.00) is warmer. MAC Spicy Smoke (LE, $32.50) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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I872 Pearly Pink

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9.5/10

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9.5/10

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10/10

Longevity

9/10

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D862 Fairly Pink

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8.5/10

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9/10

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8/10

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10/10

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10/10

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10/10

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10/10

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5/5

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Saturday, January 31st, 2015

When it comes to highlighters that illuminate and add a glowing sheen to the skin without emphasizing pores, I’m obsessed. Every year, there are so many fabulous limited edition highlighters that get released, but thankfully, there are also some excellent permanent options that I never tire of. Here are some of my favorites!

  1. Cle de Peau Delicate Pink — a soft, shimmering pink-beige
  2. Burberry Nude Radiance No. 01 — a sheer, liquid luminizer
  3. Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight — a warm, golden beige sheen
  4. Becca Moonstone — a shimmery, golden champagne
  5. Kevyn Aucoin Starlight — a shimmery, warm peach

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Saturday, January 31st, 2015

Guerlain Dore (04) Meteorites Compact
Guerlain Dore (04) Meteorites Compact

Guerlain Dore (04) Meteorites Compact ($62.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as having “gold dots to illuminate, while fuchsia dots joyfully revive radiance and chocolate dots warm up the skin.” It’s a translucent pink with subtle warm undertones and a very subtle sheen. Guerlain Crazy Meteorites (LE, $69.00) is actually rather similar, but I think it was smoother and silkier. Guerlain Angelic Radiance (LE, $53.00) is more pigmented (more like a blush, as it was intended, in comparison to this) but similar in tone and effect, so I think it might be the way to go if you want actual color. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

I was surprised to see as much color in this as there was, given that there were only three pink-hued sections. It seemed to brighten the skin while adding a little bit of radiance, but I think it had less luminosity compared to Clair and Medium. The texture, while soft to the touch, was a little drier–it just didn’t feel as luxurious or as smooth to me as the other two, but luckily, it still sat well on the skin and blurred imperfections. It had the subtlest effect of the three shades on my skin tone; it brightened subtly but didn’t add any warmth that I could see, and it added a little illumination but not much. I could barely detect it in person, and I don’t think it picks up in photos at all. I think if you have pinker undertones or a fairer complexion, it might be really nice for brightening without adding a lot of sheen, but from my experience, it misses the mark on two of the three things it’s supposed to do. It did prolong the wear of my foundation by an hour, even though it is a finishing powder (not a setting powder).

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Saturday, January 31st, 2015

Tory Burch Eye Palettes for Spring 2015
Tory Burch Eye Palettes for Spring 2015

Catch Eyeshadow Palette ($60.00)

Catch Eye Shadow Palette is feminine, with muted floral-inspired shades. Delicate peachy pinks and soft mauves, with a vibrant pop of blue, look pretty and polished. The ultra-fine powder feels exceptionally smooth and applies seamlessly to the eye. Long-wearing; easily blendable, with moderate to full coverage.

  • Wild Card Golden aubergine
  • Folly Matte rust brown
  • Blushing Luminous pale nude pink
  • Little Bit Shimmering pale peachy pink
  • Morning Glory Iridescent lavender
  • Evil Eye Matte vibrant blue

Cat’s Meow Eyeshadow Palette ($60.00)

Cat’s Meow Eye Shadow Palette channels easy glamour. Radiant taupes, deep grays and inky blue-violets create the perfect soft, smoky eye for day or evening. The ultra-fine powder feels exceptionally smooth and applies seamlessly to the eye. Long-wearing; easily blendable, with moderate to full coverage.

  • Hint Luminous tan camel
  • Smoking Slipper Golden espresso brown
  • Midnight Deep navy
  • Tawny Radiant taupe
  • Stone Cold Shimmering gray carbon
  • Magpie Iridescent blue-violet

Pas du Tout Eyeshadow Palette ($60.00)

Pas du Tout Eye Shadow Palette is a universally flattering compact of warm neutrals, bronzes and pinks for a classic, tomboy-chic look. Undone and natural — less is more. The ultra-fine powder feels exceptionally smooth and applies seamlessly to the eye. Long-wearing; easily blendable, with moderate to full coverage.

  • Gamine Matte neutral ivory
  • Menagerie Copper pink
  • Beau Golden violet
  • Pailette Metalic bronze
  • Jolie Laide Shimmering dark chocolate brown
  • Au Contraire Matte black

Availability: Now at Macy’s and Nordstrom

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Friday, January 30th, 2015

Temptalia Asks You


What’s your favorite foundation and powder pairing? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerFor my normal-to-dry skin, I love Guerlain Lingerie de Peau paired with Les Voilettes powder.

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