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Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

Guerlain Terracotta Bayadere Face & Eyes Contour Palette
Guerlain Terracotta Bayadere Face & Eyes Contour Palette

Terracotta Bayadere Face & Eyes Contour Palette ($70.00) (Limited Edition)

A limited edition contouring palette made up of 2 contouring shades and 2 highlighting shades that can be used for the face and eyes. Terracotta Bronzers are a cult classic. Guerlain launched the world’s first bronzer in 1984. Terracotta powders are meant to mix and match to suit your preference. The palette comes with 2 applicators: 1 powder, 1 eyeshadow and comes in a pink velvet pouch.

Availability: Now at Neiman Marcus

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

Temptalia Asks You


What item did you have to have but never use? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerI don’t really use a lot of things more than a handful of times by the nature of testing things all the time, so it is hard for me to say, LOL.

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Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

MAC Flowerscope Lipstick
MAC Flowerscope Lipstick

MAC Flowerscope Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “clean red-pink with blue undertone.” It’s a brightened, fuchsia-red with cool, blue undertones, fine fuchsia pearl, and a natural finish. It had semi-opaque coverage with a noticeable translucency that will let the natural lip color come through. The texture is slightly firm until it warms up against the natural lip. It wore well for four and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. Guerlain Champs-Elysees (P, $37.00) is darker. MAC Impassioned (P, $17.00) is warmer, less glossy. MAC Lickable (P, $17.00) is cooler. Marc Jacobs Beauty Roll the Dice (118) (P, $30.00) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Voila! (120) (P, $30.00) is less glossy. Guerlain Provocative (863) (LE, $51.00) is darker, warmer. Revlon Vivacious (120) (P, $8.99) is lighter. MAC Feeling Amorous? (LE, $20.00) is lighter, less pigmented. Too Faced Jelly Bean (P, $22.00) is darker. Estee Lauder Tumultuous Pink (P, $30.00) is lighter. Bite Beauty Crianza (P, $28.00) is lighter, brighter. Guerlain Rose Grenat (864) (LE, $51.00) is warmer, glossier. Guerlain Very Pink (360) (P, $37.00) is lighter. MAC Red Balloon (LE, $17.00) is lighter. MAC Viva Glam Miley Cyrus (LE, $17.00) is lighter, brighter. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Heaux Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “berry.” It’s a medium-dark, berry-red with a hint of pink and subtle, cool undertones (it almost looks warm-toned against my complexion at times). This shade was released previously with a Retro Matte finish, but it is now an Amplified finish. The color is similar, though a little more muted and less cool-toned to me, while the formula applies better and is more forgiving once it warms up, but it doesn’t last as long (it wears for five hours in this formula). It had semi-opaque color payoff that went on evenly, and the formula was neither drying nor hydrating. Burberry Bright Plum (15) (P, $30.00) is darker. Buxom Menace (P, $21.00) is glossier. NARS Palais Royal (P, $25.00) is darker, warmer. Bite Beauty Aubergine (P, $24.00) is cooler. NARS Vera (P, $32.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler. Tom Ford Beauty Moroccan Rouge (DC, $50.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler. Tom Ford Beauty Didier (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler. Estee Lauder Thrilling (P, $30.00) is lighter, brighter. Estee Lauder Unattainable (P, $30.00) is cooler, less glossy. Estee Lauder Intriguing (P, $30.00) is more muted. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Quelle Surprise Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “deep purple berry.” It’s a muted, medium-dark berry with cool undertones and fine pink and violet pearl. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque pigmentation that went on evenly but pulled into lip lines just slightly after three hours of wear. The color lasted closer to four hours and was neither drying nor hydrating over time. Guerlain Bee (LE, $51.00) is lighter, more muted. Guerlain Flirt (LE, $35.00) is darker, more muted. Marc Jacobs Beauty Little Pretty (130) (P, $30.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Venom (P, $22.00) is brighter, cooler. Marc Jacobs Beauty Cabaret (146) (LE, $30.00) is more muted, warmer. Tom Ford Beauty Alasdhair (LE, $32.00) is darker, warmer. Urban Decay After Dark (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Too Faced Metallic Jelly (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter, glossier. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Formula Summary: MAC Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) has a variety of finishes, which results in color coverage, finish, comfort, wear, and texture to vary from finish to finish. Lustres tend to be sheer to semi-sheer with a thin, slippery consistency and wear one to three hours; they are lightly to moderately drying on me, despite their slip. Cremesheens typically have semi-opaque to opaque coverage, wear an average of four hours, are sometimes drying and sometimes not drying, and have a light shine to their finish. Amplifieds have a light sheen, opaque coverage, slightly thicker consistency but is less “heavy” in look compared to satins; they are typically not drying but not hydrating and can wear four to six hours. Satins have less sheen compared to Amplifieds but have similar coverage and wear. Mattes, particularly newer iterations of the finish, have a velvety, silicone-like consistency that makes them easier to apply without drag, and they typically have opaque coverage and wear four to six hours, but they can be drying. Retro Mattes are ultra-matte with a very flat, nearly no-sheen finish, and they are often stiffer in the tube but thinner in consistency compared to satins or mattes; they are often drying but wear four to eight hours. All MAC Lipsticks are vanilla-scented with no discernible taste.

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Flowerscope

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Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

MAC Lapisluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Trio
MAC Lapisluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Trio

MAC Lapisluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Trio ($25.00 for oz.) is a cooler-toned shades. The three shades coordinate well together, but the Veluxe Pearlfusion is one of those eyeshadows that you may love or easily skip right on by. This formula is supposed to have “sheer coverage with a soft finish” when applied dry and “super saturation of colour with metallic brilliance” when applied wet. My experience with this formula is that sometimes it can be really nice, other times it is a total miss. I think they are most practical used damp or over a slightly tacky base if you want to use them dry. They’re actually longer-wearing than you might think, given how they feel and swatch, but I usually get seven to eight hours of crease-free wear.

Lapisluxe #1 is described as a “white sparkle.” It’s a very glittery, sparkling bright white with a metallic sheen. It had a very loose consistency, so it was difficult to apply dry as most of it would drop below the lid–a glitter adhesive would really come in handy with this. Even damp application, which if you press the product onto the lid, still has some fall out, so you’ll still want to use a tacky base with this shade to make it workable. The “color” left behind seemed to stay on for around seven hours, but there was definite fall out. MAC Angelic (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. MAC Fancy Frosting (LE, $18.50) is darker. Make Up For Ever D124 Crystalline White (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. Dior Golden Snow #3 (LE, ) is darker. YSL Eau d’Argent (02) (P, $30.00) is brighter. MAC Plumluxe #1 (P, ) is more shimmery. MAC Permanent Press #1 (LE, ) is warmer. Colour Pop Swan (LE, $5.00) is warmer. Guerlain Cygne Blanc #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Cosmic (P, $20.00) is more shimmery. Too Faced Frost (LE, $16.00) is brighter. NARS Opal Coast (LE, $25.00) is darker, more muted. MAC Regal Affair (LE, $19.50) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Lapisluxe #2 is described as a “sparkly ocean blue.” It’s a purled-blue with warm, plummy undertones and blue sparkle. It had semi-sheer coverage applied dry with some fall out over time, while damp application was more opaque and smoother with less fall out. It lasted for seven hours with light fall out. Tom Ford Beauty Cobalt Rush #2 (P, ) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Half Truth (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler. Too Faced Badass (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler. Urban Decay Voodoo (LE, $18.00) is lighter, warmer. Chanel Apparition (LE, $36.00) is less shimmery, darker. Fyrinnae Because Cats (P, $6.80) is brighter, cooler. theBalm Pipeline (LE, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Fathoms Deep (P, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer. Too Faced Head Over Heels (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, less pigmented, lower quality. MAC Get Physical (LE, $21.00) is warmer. MAC Feel the Fever (LE, $21.00) is darker, warmer. MAC Feel the Fever (LE, $21.00) is darker, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Lapisluxe #3 is described as a “deep grey-navy.” It’s a muted, dark gray with cooler undertones and a pearl finish. It had the same coverage–semi-opaque–whether applied dry or damp, while the consistency was firmer and more difficult to blend. This shade wore well for eight hours before fading. Chanel Gris Exquis (LE, $29.50) is less shimmery. Bobbi Brown Gunmetal (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. MAC A Waft of Grey #3 (P, $21.00) is warmer. MAC Plumluxe #5 (P, ) is darker. Tarina Tarantino Lovely #3 (P, ) is darker. Urban Decay Dagger (P, $18.00) is less shimmery. Hourglass Graphite #4 (P, ) is darker. MAC Deep Cravings (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Thunder and Rain #1 (LE, $21.00) is darker. theBalm Matt McDonald (LE, $16.00) is cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

Burberry Optic White Wet & Dry Glow Eyeshadow
Burberry Optic White Wet & Dry Glow Eyeshadow

Burberry Optic White (000) Wet & Dry Glow Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a bright, metallic white with neutral undertones. Applied dry, it was semi-opaque, and applied damp, it was more opaque, though not fully opaque. The texture has an almost dry feel to the touch, but it is very smooth and blendable. It wore well for eight hours on me before creasing slightly. Inglot #453 (P, $6.00) is cooler. Dior Lune (001) (P, $31.00) is darker. MAC White (P, $21.00) is cooler. MAC A Waft of Grey #1 (P, $21.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever ME122 Snow (P, $21.00) is more muted. Make Up For Ever D124 Crystalline White (P, $21.00) is more muted. Guerlain Cygne Blanc #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, more muted. MAC Smoky Black Friday #1 (LE, ) is darker. Guerlain Les Nuees #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery. NYX Frostbite (P, $6.00) is cooler. Viseart Yves (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Burberry Tea Rose (200) Wet & Dry Silk Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.09 oz.) is a muted, medium mauve-pink with a pearly shimmer to it. The texture was soft and finely-milled, but it was dusty to work with where the color was very prone to sheering out to near-nothing on the lid without some sort of base for it to cling to. It is supposed to be sheerer, but buildable, applied dry, and then more “saturated” applied damp; it was semi-opaque applied damp, but I couldn’t build up the color any more than that. It started to fade after seven hours on me. MAC Pink Frontier (P, $21.00) is warmer. Chanel Jardin Zen #3 (LE, ) is lighter, brighter. Aveda Bare Bellis (P, $14.00) is warmer. MAC Lingering Dusk (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer. Surratt Beauty Ingenue (P, $20.00) is more shimmery. Givenchy Tentation #3 (P, ) is darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Lover #6 (LE, ) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Burberry Nickel (304) Wet & Dry Silk Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.09 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark gray with silver shimmer that gives it a more frosted finish overall. It was semi-sheer to semi-opaque whether applied dry or damp; it seemed to get a touch darker when applied damp but tended to dry down to a slightly lighter color. The texture was soft to the touch but a little dusty to work with. This shade wore well for seven and a half hours on me. MAC Knight Divine (P, $16.00) is darker. bareMinerals Abracadabra (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC A Waft of Grey #3 (P, $21.00) is darker. NARS Bad Behaviour (LE, $24.00) is more shimmery. Milani Bella Gray (10) (P, $4.49) is more shimmery. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma #2 (P, ) is more shimmery, darker. Urban Decay Slanted (P, $18.00) is more pigmented, cooler. Buxom Cool Caviar (P, $12.00) is more shimmery. Viseart Cool Matte #8 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. Rouge Bunny Rouge Trumpeter Koel (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, cooler. Viseart Diane (P, ) is darker. Smashbox Obsidian (P, ) is darker. Laura Mercier Gunmetal (LE, $23.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Burberry Antique Blue (305) Wet & Dry Silk Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.09 oz.) is a deepened, blackened gray with a cool, bluish tinge and a pearl finish. It had semi-opaque, slightly softened color when applied dry, which intensified to opaque coverage with more depth when applied damp. The texture was soft, blendable, and not too dusty to work with, so it was one of the better ones I tried. The color stayed in place for eight hours on me. MAC Blue Spruce (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. Guerlain Les Aquas #1 (P, ) is less shimmery. Chanel Fascination #4 (P, ) is less shimmery. Bobbi Brown Gunmetal (LE, $21.00) is darker. bareMinerals Do Not Disturb (P, ) is darker. theBalm Sexy Stacey (P, $16.00) is more shimmery. Disney by Sephora Flotsam (LE, ) is lighter. Hourglass Graphite #4 (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter. Urban Decay Dagger (P, $18.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Burberry Stone Blue (307) Wet & Dry Silk Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.09 oz.) is a muted, medium faded blue with a satin sheen. The texture was on the powdery side, even though it was very soft and blendable, where the powder didn’t stick well to the skin. It had sheer coverage applied dry, as anticipated, and damp application was only semi-sheer with a more noticeable sheen. It faded within six hours of wear and looked uneven applied. CoverGirl Ice Flame (345) (P, $7.99) is lighter. Make Up For Ever I112 Chrome (P, $21.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Optic White (000)

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5/5

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Tea Rose (200)

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Nickel (304)

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