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Saturday, May 30th, 2015

BUXOM Customizable Eyeshadow Bar Palette
BUXOM Customizable Eyeshadow Bar Palette

BUXOM Eyeshadow Bar is a customizable palette system that consists of single and six-slotted palettes with 40 eyeshadows that can be inserted. I created two palettes–one brighter shades, one more neutral shades–so I can get a good feel for the range and its quality. When you purchase the six-pan palette and six eyeshadows, the total price is $40, but you can only get the discount once per order (I had to place two separate orders). Each eyeshadow pan is housed in a slim plastic container that pops into the larger palette, and they snap in and out quite easily. Full reviews to come once I finish testing these!

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Saturday, May 30th, 2015

LORAC Pro Contour Kit
LORAC Pro Contour Kit

PRO Contour Palette ($45.00)

Go PRO with LORAC PRO Contour Palette! Created by celebrity makeup artist Carol Shaw, this PRO artistry palette contains 2 matte highlighters, 1 shimmer highlighter and 3 matte contour shades to easily create perfectly sculpted features. LORAC’s velvety-smooth, blendable highlighting and contouring powders are oil and fragrance free and are ultra-pigmented so you can highlight and contour, just like a PRO. PRO Contour Palette comes complete with an exclusive, custom PRO Contour Brush. The unique dome shape allows for effortless precision and control, a PRO must-have! Made from synthetic material, the PRO brush hair is hygienic and easy to clean between applications. Includes:

  • Beige Highlight
  • Yellow Highlight
  • Shimmer Highlight
  • Light Contour
  • Deep Contour
  • Medium Contour

Availability: Early access for Platinum members at ULTA now; online June 14th for everyone else; in-stores on June 28th

Saturday, May 30th, 2015

Milani Bella Black (12) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow
Milani Bella Black (12) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow

Milani Bella Black (12) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow ($4.49 for 0.05 oz.) is deepened, medium-dark black with neutral undertones and a satin finish. It had mostly opaque coverage applied dry and richer coverage applied damp, but the texture was a smidgen powdery, so dry application could be messy, yet it was a little harder to blend when used damp. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me. Giorgio Armani Obsidian (01) (P, $38.00) is more shimmery. Colour Pop Roulette (P, $5.00) is less shimmery. Chanel Rêve d’Orient #4 (LE, ) is more shimmery. Make Up For Ever S102 Onyx (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. NARS Sycorax (P, $29.00) is lighter. Chanel Jardin Zen #4 (LE, ) is warmer. MAC Fashion Legend (LE, $16.00) is cooler. theBalm #9 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery. MAC Smokeluxe #5 (P, ) is darker. NARS Night Clubbing (LE, $24.00) is warmer. MAC Bleuluxe #5 (P, ) is darker. MAC Dark Dare (P, $20.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Milani Bella Champagne (16) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow ($4.49 for 0.05 oz.) is a brightened, light-medium coppery peach with warm undertones and a frosted, lightly metallic finish. The texture was soft, fairly smooth, and easily blended on the skin. It had semi-sheer pigmentation applied dry and mostly opaque pigmentation when applied damp. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me. MAC All That Glitters (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC All That Glitters (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Sweet Heat (P, $20.00) is cooler. bareMinerals Ball Gown (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Summer Haze (LE, $21.00) is lighter. bareMinerals Ball Gown (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter. Too Faced Marzipan (P, $16.00) is less shimmery. MAC Summer Haze (LE, $21.00) is lighter. Too Faced Marzipan (P, $16.00) is less shimmery. Tom Ford Beauty Orchid Haze #1 (P, ) is lighter, cooler. Kat Von D Killing Jar (P, ) is less shimmery. bareMinerals Future (P, ) is lighter. MAC Lorelei (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery. Tarte Rose Champagne (LE, ) is lighter. Urban Decay Last Sin (LE, $18.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Milani Bella Khaki (17) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow ($4.49 for 0.05 oz.) is muted, medium-dark olive green with warm undertones and a frosted, golden shimmer-sheen finish. It had good color payoff both wet and dry, though dry came together more smoothly, as the texture was a little on the drier/powdery side. It wore well for eight hours on me before fading. bareMinerals Eureka (P, ) is darker, warmer. Guerlain Coup de Foudre #1 (LE, ) is warmer. Urban Decay Mildew (P, $18.00) is warmer. bareMinerals Spectacular (P, ) is more pigmented, warmer. Urban Decay Jealous #1 (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery, warmer. Urban Decay Stash (LE, $18.00) is darker, warmer. Makeup Geek Kryptonite (P, $6.99) is warmer. Tarina Tarantino Dandy Lion (LE, ) is warmer. Makeup Geek Jester (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter. Sephora + Pantone Universe Dusty Olive (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Hourglass Color Field #4 (P, ) is warmer. Tom Ford Beauty Raw Jade (Right) (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Anastasia Anaconda (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Milani Bella Emerald (18) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow ($4.49 for 0.05 oz.) is a darkened forest green with subtle, warm undertones and a golden sheen. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque coverage, and the color leaned warmer when applied dry. When applied damp, it was much more intense and metallic. The color lasted for eight hours on me before fading. Fyrinnae Are You My Mummy? (P, $6.80) is cooler. Inglot #418 (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, brighter, warmer. Sugarpill Junebug (P, $13.00) is darker. Sleek MakeUP Fauna (P, $9.99) is lighter. Make Up For Ever ME310 Fir Tree Green (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. Gucci Beauty Malachite (Left) (P, ) is warmer. Anastasia Emerald (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, warmer. Anastasia Emerald (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, warmer. Too Faced Christmas Tree (LE, $16.00) is cooler. Sephora Collection Walk on the Wild Side (08) (P, $13.00) is cooler. Sephora Collection Rolling in the Grass (10) (P, $13.00) is more shimmery. NARS Night Porter (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery. L’Oreal Golden Emerald (P, $7.99) is more shimmery, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Milani Bella Silver (20) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow ($4.49 for 0.05 oz.) is a light-medium silver with a frosted shimmer-sheen finish. The dry application yielded semi-opaque color payoff, but the drier, lightly powdery texture made it prone to sheering out and fading more quickly. Damp application was more intense and easier to work with, as the color smoothed out. This shade started to fade after seven hours of wear. Le Metier de Beaute Graphic (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker. Le Metier de Beaute Platinum (P, $30.00) is lighter, brighter. Urban Decay Shellshock (LE, $18.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter. MAC Guise (LE, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Evening Grey (P, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Parisienne #3 (LE, ) is lighter, brighter. Kat Von D Moonshine (LE, ) is lighter, brighter. MAC Just Breathe #1 (LE, $21.00) is lighter. Make Up For Ever ME116 Silver (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter. Dior Trompe L’Oeil (011) (LE, $31.00) is lighter. Sleek MakeUP Pretty in Paris (LE, $9.99) is lighter, less pigmented. Urban Decay Crystal (LE, $18.00) is lighter. Too Faced Jailbird (LE, $16.00) is more pigmented. Giorgio Armani Silver Chafer (35) (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #6 (P, ) is lighter, brighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Milani Bella Teal (21) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow ($4.49 for 0.05 oz.) is medium-dark, bluish-teal with a warmer, golden-green frosted sheen that gives it a mostly metallic finish. The texture was soft, smooth, and blendable with no powderiness. It had good color payoff applied dry, though it was slightly truer-to-pan and more opaque when applied damp. It wore well for eight hours before fading. MAC Shimmermoss (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer. Inglot #413 (P, $6.00) is darker. Makeup Geek Glass Slipper (P, $5.99) is lighter. Hello Kitty Kawaii (LE, ) is lighter. Makeup Geek Pegasus (P, $9.99) is warmer. Anastasia Venezia (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Bella Black (12)

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Bella Champagne (16)

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Bella Khaki (17)

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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.

Thanks to CJ for today’s question! Do you have a question idea? Submit yours here.