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Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette

A limited edition palette featuring three shades of ambient lighting blush, the groundbreaking blush that creates seamless, soft-focus and multidimensional color. Features two of our best-selling shades, Luminous Flush and Mood Exposure, as well as a new shade, Incandescent Electra, which is exclusive to the Ambient Lighting Blush palette.

Ambient Lighting Blush Palette ($58.00 U.S. / $67.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Luminous Flush Champagne rose blush fused with Luminous Light to evoke a
  • candlelit glimmer
  • IIncandescent Electra Cool peach blush blended with
  • Incandescent Light for a celestial glow
  • Mood Exposure Soft plum blush fused with Mood Light to brighten the complexion

Availability: Early access for VIBs at Sephora while supplies last; October 2014 at Barneys New York, Bergdorf Goodman, Net-A-Porter.com, Sephora, Space NK, and Hourglasscosmetics.com

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Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Temptalia Asks You


What beauty brand is most represented in your stash? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerI can only imagine it’s MAC, since they simply put out so many more products than any other brand. I’d say my stash is very diverse with good representation from many brands (even the majority of a brand’s core products, but since they’re more edited lines… well, MAC still wins!).

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Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

L'Oreal Pure Purple (240) Infallible Silkissime Eyeliner
L’Oreal Pure Purple (240) Infallible Silkissime Eyeliner

L’Oreal Infallible Silkissime Eyeliner ($8.99 for 0.03 oz.) is supposed to be a long-wearing, smudge-proof formula that will glide on smoothly and last for 16 hours. My experience with them is that they’re long-wearing–easily nine to ten hour wear–but sixteen is a total stretch as there is only about a third of the eyeliner remaining. They don’t smudge or budge during the day, and they set fairly quickly, so if you prefer to smudge out your eyeliner, you may find this formula dries too fast. What I really liked about these was how creamy and silky the texture was, as they glided easily across the lash line. The color payoff was pretty good, though the purple shade was the weakest of the three. I wish they didn’t claim such a long wear time, because I loved two of the three shades I tested, but their scores are being pulled down because of that claim.

L’Oreal Pure Purple (240) Infallible Silkissime Eyeliner ($8.99 for 0.03 oz.) is a brightened, medium-dark purple with pinkish tones and a satiny finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage in one stroke, which was buildable in intensity, but the coverage was somewhat uneven. It wore well for nine hours before starting to gradually thin and fade away. Sephora Collection Eccentric Diva (P, $9.00) is cooler-toned. NARS Blue Dahlia (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery. Buxom Door’s Unlocked (P, $17.00) is cooler-toned. Laura Mercier Violet (P, $24.00) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Ransom (LE, $19.00) is darker, more iridescent. Urban Decay Psychedelic Sister (P, $19.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches/ view dupes.

L’Oreal Cobalt Blue (250) Infallible Silkissime Eyeliner ($8.99 for 0.03 oz.) is a brightened, medium-dark blue with a satin finish. It had good color payoff in one pass, and it was buildable to fully opaque in about a layer and a half. The consistency is creamy, easy to apply, and the product wore well for ten hours before starting to thin and fade. NARS Most Wanted (LE, $24.00) is more muted, lighter. Sephora Collection My Boyfriend’s Jeans (P, $9.00) is more shimmery. Urban Decay Chaos (P, $19.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches/ view dupes.

L’Oreal True Teal (260) Infallible Silkissime Eyeliner ($8.99 for 0.03 oz.) is a bold, brightened blue-teal with a pearly sheen. It had fantastic pigmentat in a single stroke, and the consistency was creamy and glided across the lash line without tugging or dragging. The color wore well for ten and a half hours before it started to fade. Urban Decay Vacancy (LE, $19.00) is more muted. Tarina Tarantino Spark of Envy (P, $15.00) is a touch less blue. Urban Decay Deep End (P, $19.00) is similar. See comparison swatches/ view dupes.

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8.5/10

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8/10

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9/10

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7/10

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Cobalt Blue (250)

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9.5/10

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Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Make Up For Ever ME122 Snow Artist Shadow
Make Up For Ever ME122 Snow Artist Shadow

Make Up For Ever ME122 Snow Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a frosted, metallic bright white with neutral-to-cool undertones. It had good color payoff with a creamy, buttery texture, but it didn’t go on smoothly as I anticipated. It’s almost too metallic, I think, so it just doesn’t have that perfectly even coverage that would be ideal. It wears for eight and a half hours, and it is blendable on the skin. This type of color is really not particularly unique (and understandable; every brand wants to have one of their own), but there are a lot of very close options: See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever ME108 Steel Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a medium-dark gray with a silvered, metallic sheen. This was a surprisingly under-pigmented shade, as many of the metallic finishes have been off-the-charts pigmentation. It was semi-opaque but not as rich or as opaque as other shades. The texture felt creamy and almost wet in the pan, and it went on as a smooth layer. It lasted for eight hours before fading. NARS Jardin Perdu (Left) (LE, $24.00) is more shimmery. Sleek MakeUP Acid #11 (P, $9.99) is lighter. Kat Von D Santeria (LE) is darker. NARS Bad Behaviour (LE, $24.00) is warmer. Tarina Tarantino Diamond Dusk #3 (LE) is cooler-toned. bareMinerals Abracadabra (LE) is similar. Fyrinnae Frostbytes (P, $6.80) is lighter. Kat Von D Piaf (LE) is lighter. MAC Diesel (LE, $15.00) is darker. Urban Decay S&M (P, $18.00) is lighter. MAC Tundra (LE) is a cream product. MAC Evening Grey (LE, $19.50) is lighter. Estee Lauder Cyber Silver (LE, $24.00) is more metallic. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever M536 Milk Tea Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a light-medium brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It is also in the Artist Palette. Unfortunately for swatching purposes, it’s about a shade darker than my natural skin tone, but it is quite pigmented and almost fully covers the skin underneath it. The texture is soft, finely-milled, and smooth without being powdery. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours. Urban Decay Downfall (LE, $18.00) is darker. Tarte View from the Taupe (LE) is darker. Laura Mercier Café au Lait (P, $23.00) is darker. Bobbi Brown Frappe (LE, $22.00) is similar. NARS Yamal (LE, $24.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever M100 Black Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a rich, medium-dark black with subtle warm undertones and a matte finish. It’s a shade that has a lot of pigmentation, but the softer, silkier texture is also a little powdery, so not all of the powder adheres to the skin. It is really intense over a primer, and over bare skin, it’s pretty good in regards to coverage but the color itself is just not as deep/dark. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me. As a more basic shade, there are plenty of similar shades, past and present. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever M532 Sugar Coated Candy Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a light beige with a matte finish. It seems to have good color payoff, but the texture is very finely-milled and silky that it is also excessively powdery, so it doesn’t stick to the skin well on its own. It is better over a primer, but it can still be dusty to work with. Even my softer, feathery brushes kick-up a lot of excess powder when I try to use this shade. On the eye, it lasts for seven hours before creasing. bareMinerals Promise (P) is slightly pinker. bareMinerals Pure (LE) is lighter. Kat Von D South (LE) is similar. Too Faced Egg Nog (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Too Faced Snow Angel (LE, $16.00) is lighter. theBalm B1 (LE, $16.00) is similar. LORAC Cream (P) is slightly pinker. Too Faced Dainty (LE, $16.00) is pinker. MAC Bisque (DC, $15.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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ME108 Steel

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8.5/10

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Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

YSL Passionnee (6) Blush Volupte
YSL Passionnee (6) Blush Volupte

YSL Passionnee (6) Blush Volupte ($47.00 for 0.31 oz.) is a medium, warm-toned pink with golden shimmer and a soft, frosted finish. It is a very dupable shade, though this variation is more muted/less warm-toned than others in the family. Laura Mercier Golden Pink (LE, $35.00) is a cream product, lighter. Revlon Racy Rose (008) (P, $9.99) is warmer. Tarina Tarantino Feather (P, $25.00) is lighter. Too Faced Something About Berry (P, $30.00) is darker, brighter. Charlotte Tilbury Love Glow (P, $40.00) is slightly cooler-toned. NARS Orgasm (P, $29.00) is pinker, darker. Milani Dolce Pink (P, $7.99) is more shimmery. MAC Springsheen (P, $21.00) is darker. MAC Legendary (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery. Guerlain Peach Boy #2 (P) is similar. Guerlain Blush G (LE, $65.00) is more shimmery. Benefit Bella Bamba (P, $28.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Last week, I reviewed Singuliere (1). Passionnee (6) had better color payoff, but the texture was a wee bit powdery, though the powder itself had a silky, finely-milled quality to it. The finish is more shimmery with this particular shade, which still reads as luminous and glowing on the skin and doesn’t emphasize pores. It had mostly opaque color payoff, which can easily be applied less intensely or blended down from initial application due to the softness of the powder. This shade wore well for almost eight hours on me but faded a little faster than the first shade I tried.

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