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Monday, July 6th, 2015

Temptalia Asks You


What is your current evening skincare routine? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerRemove makeup with Origins Cleansing Oil, eyeliner removal with Clinique Eyes & Lips remover, then Clindamycin (prescription), Differin (prescription), Clinique Turnaround Moisturizer.

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Monday, July 6th, 2015

ColourPop 1st Base Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick
ColourPop 1st Base Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick

ColourPop 1st Base Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick ($6.00 for 0. 11 fl. oz.) is described as a “mid-tone true pink.” It’s a light-medium pink with subtle, cool undertones and a very matte finish. This pulls almost warm-toned me, due to my yellow undertones, but I expect it can look more neutral-to-cool depending on your coloring or what other makeup you’re wearing that day. It applied fairly evenly with good color coverage, but it dries quickly and tends to “crack” once dried (you can see it coming apart just slightly where you have deeper lip lines). It lasted for eight hours but the color pulled into lip lines noticeably. This shade was slightly drying after five hours of wear and worsened from there. Marc Jacobs Beauty Jolly Molly (220) (P, $30.00) is brighter, cooler, glossier. Kat Von D Jeffree (P, $19.00) is darker, warmer. MAC Nouvelle Vogue (LE, $16.00) is darker, glossier. Tom Ford Beauty Pink Tease (03) (P, $50.00) is lighter, warmer, glossier. NARS Marisa (P, $32.00) is cooler, glossier. Bite Beauty Sweety (LE, $24.00) is brighter, glossier. Maybelline Pink Sugar (P, $7.99) is darker, more muted, warmer, less glossy. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Donut Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick ($6.00 for 0. 11 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright peach.” It’s a lightly brightened, light-medium pink-coral with warm undertones and a very matte finish. It had mostly opaque coverage that went on fairly well. It dries down quickly but has a little time to work, and then once it dries down, it feels soft and thin without cracking when you smile. The color lasted for eight hours and faded a little more heavily towards the center of the lips but not to the point where it left an obvious ring. It was a little drying after five and a half hours of wear. Colour Pop Solow (P, $6.00) is lighter, more muted, cooler. Make Up For Ever #4 (P, $19.00) is darker, glossier. Kat Von D Jeffree (P, $19.00) is brighter, cooler. NARS Dolce Vita (P, $25.00) is darker, warmer. Colour Pop Topanga (P, $5.00) is darker, warmer, glossier. Kat Von D L’Ecole des Femmes (P, $21.00) is darker, brighter. MAC Make Me Gorgeous (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer, glossier. NARS Natalie (P, $32.00) is brighter, cooler, glossier. Tom Ford Beauty Matthew (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, darker, brighter, glossier. Colour Pop Rocket (P, $5.00) is lighter, cooler, glossier. NARS Brigitte (P, $32.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Formula Summary: ColourPop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick ($6.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is a long-wearing, pigmented lipstick that starts off glossy and dries down quickly to that super flat matte finish. They have minimal transfer with some of the lighter shades having almost none for the first few hours of wear, but any time you’ve had a meal, they lose that transfer-resistant quality to a noticeable degree. They tend to wear anywhere from six to ten hours with darker shades maintaining better color coverage and wear over a longer period of time. Some shades get a little drying about two-thirds to three-fourths through the wear, while a few shades have been fairly non-drying even many hours into wear. They fade away evenly with most color loss occurring from the center of the lips if eating a more oil-based meal but the majority of color survives a meal. Reapplication has been hit or miss and tends to depend on how well it wore away and how easily the shade applies normally, but reapplication tends to emphasize the lip’s natural texture significantly compared to initial application and gives lips a very wrinkled, dried-up look. I’ve layered gloss on top of some shades with moderate success, though it will obviously lose the matte finish and will transfer and I’ll get tiny flakes where the matte lip color has lifted by mixing with gloss but has been pretty minimal. The formula had no discernible taste or scent. After playing with the packaging and the tubes, it appears that about 16 of the 25 shades I received were significantly overfilled and had regular overflow of liquid lipstick coming out of them for about 15 open-and-closes where I needed to use a makeup removing wipe to clean the rim of the tube prior to closing or else the lipstick would ooze out of the closing. I have not had this issue with any of my other liquid lipsticks (Anastasia, Hourglass, Kat Von D, Make Up For Ever, Stila) personally, though readers reported experiencing similar issues with Anastasia and the previous Kat Von D packaging.

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Monday, July 6th, 2015

Rant & Rave

Share: Tell us what you love and hate about CREAM BLUSH!

my answer: I love cream blush for often being very blendable, longer-wearing, and intensely pigmented, plus they usually have a soft, natural finish. Some formulas are harder to blend, especially when they are thinner, and look splotchy applied.

Monday, July 6th, 2015

NARS Tribulation Blush
NARS Tribulation Blush

NARS Tribulation Blush ($30.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “shimmery rosy sand.” It’s a light-medium gold muted slightly by hints of beige paired with a luminous, shimmer-sheen finish.
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The texture of this was soft, smooth, and denser than most NARS blushes; it felt the softest and smoothest, without being powdery, of all the NARS cheek products I have ever tried. It blended out beautifully without losing its color or sheen, and the more you buffed it into the skin, the more the glowing finish came out. The shimmer didn’t emphasize pores or the skin’s natural texture either, but this is not a subtle highlighter, so it is better suited for someone who likes a noticeable sheen to their highlighters. I was surprised that NARS didn’t call this out as a “Highlighting Blush” (like Albatross), as it is more highlighter on light to dark skin tones, while very fair to fair skin tones will see slight warmth/beige color, plus the sheen. On me, the color lasted for eight hours before fading slightly.

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Monday, July 6th, 2015

ghd Eclipse Professional 1

Are you ready for Today’s Special Value at QVC? It’s the ghd Eclipse Professional 1″ Styling Iron, which normally retails for $245, but it is available for $179 today only, July 6th!

The ghd Eclipse Professional 1″ Styling Iron is designed to deliver a consistent 365°F (185°C) temperature and can straighten, curl, flip, add volume, all while reducing frizz. In 2014, it won Allure Magazine’s Best of Beauty award for Hot Tool/Flatiron. It uses six sensors, three on the top plate and three on the bottom plate, to keep the temperature consistent while you’re using it. The contoured, precision plates help you style your hair with smooth, snag-free styling. ghd says it heats up in a mere 20 seconds, making it ideal for those who are short on time. It contains aerogel technology that keeps the exterior cool to the touch, while the iron also comes with a heat guard and will shut off automatically after 30 minutes. The Styling Iron also features universal voltage, so you can travel with it wherever you’re going!

Monday, July 6th, 2015

NARS VIP Red Lipstick
NARS VIP Red Lipstick

NARS VIP Red Lipstick ($27.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “dark brique.” It’s a medium-dark red with soft, warm undertones and a satin finish. It’s not strongly orange-toned–it has deeper, almost orange-brown tones to it that keep it from being a brighter red, but it isn’t a dark burgundy either. The finish will wear to more of a traditional matte finish within an hour of wear.
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NARS’ lipstick is supposed to be richly pigmented, long-wearing, and comfortable to wear. I typically have good luck with their pigmentation and wear, but the hydration/comfort tends to be the area the formula misses more on. VIP Red is mostly opaque with a barely creamy consistency that just slightly tugs on the lips, though it doesn’t drag or skip, but it is best applied in shorter strokes rather than one continuous glide. The texture is light-medium in weight, clings without being painfully clingy, and wears for over six hours while leaving behind a stain. It was slightly drying after four hours of wear on me. There was no discernible scent or taste from the formula.

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