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Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

2015 Readers' Choice Awards: Nominations

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Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Sugarpill Launches New Shades of Loose Eyeshadows
Sugarpill Launches New Shades of Loose Eyeshadows

Loose Eyeshadow ($13.00)

  • Clickbait Metallic mossy teal with golden sheen
  • Countess Metallic maroon with a splash of aqua reflects
  • Grand Tiara Hardcore bright metallic silver
  • Holy Ghost Sparkling deep sea blue with aqua and green reflects
  • Hug Life Vibrant seafoam turquoise with green and gold undertones
  • Mint Soda Radiant metallic mint with sparkling gold sheen
  • Penelope Super reflective metallic copper
  • Charmy Sweetest babydoll pinky peach with iridescent fuchsia reflects
  • Strangeling Deep metallic violet with aqua reflects
  • Pastelle Pale carnation pink with twinkling flecks of gold (Limited Edition)

Availability: January 29th at 2PM at Sugarpill

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Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

Temptalia Asks You


When you find a holy grail product, do you stop the search? Or do you always keep an eye out?

Temptalia's AnswerIf it is TRULY holy grail, then I no longer actively search, but if it’s just really, really good and my current favorite, I might keep looking!

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

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

Dior
Dior Peach Splendor Blush

Dior Peach Splendor Blush ($44.00 for 0.24 oz.) is a light, peachy-pink with a semi-matte finish. There are fine bits of sparkle strewn through the powder, but it appears primarily satin to matte on the skin. LORAC Unimaginable (LE) is pinker, darker, more shimmery. Surratt Beauty Duchesse (P, $32.00) is less shimmery. MAC New Romance (P, $27.00) is more shimmery, darker. Makeup Geek Honeymoon (P, $9.99) is slightly darker. MAC Perfect Topping (2014) (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery. Tarina Tarantino Feather (P, $25.00) is pinker, darker. bareMinerals The Many Splendors #2 (LE) is more shimmery. NARS Sex Appeal (P, $29.00) is less shimmery. MAC Amber Glow (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery. Benefit Sugarbomb (P, $28.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The texture of the blush feels soft to the touch and seems finely-milled, but there’s a dryness present that gives it a more powdery, visible look on the skin. If you have oilier skin, it may not be noticeable once applied, but drier skin types will definitely see the powder sit on the skin. It is barely visible on my skin tone (just lighter than a true medium) other than giving it a very subtle sheen (I can see the powdery finish in person better, though), so if you have a similar skin tone or are darker, I would highly recommend trying it in person. For fairer skin types, it would easily work as a foolproof, everyday kind of color. It had semi-sheer color payoff at most but tended to sheer out due to the drier texture–not the “maximum expression of pigments” or “Vibrant Color Powder Blush” (official product name) described. On my skin, which is normal-to-dry, it lasted for six and a half hours.

The Glossover

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Peach Splendor

C-

Product

6.5/10

Pigmentation

7/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

6.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

Hourglass Exposure Modernist Eyeshadow Palette
Hourglass Exposure Modernist Eyeshadow Palette

Hourglass Exposure Modernist Eyeshadow Palette ($58.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a real mix in regards to quality with one spectacular miss that really brings down any chance the palette had at a decent score. If that one shade had performed even average, this palette would be closer to a B+ in rating. This set of shades was less powdery compared to the other palettes I’ve reviewed with this formula. It still tended to apply more easily and wear longer when applied damp, though.

Exposure #1 is described as a “champagne.” It’s a light champagne beige with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had good color payoff both wet and dry, though it was easier to work with when applied with a damp brush, as it adhered better and went on more smoothly. The consistency was very soft and finely-milled, while being lightly powdery. It wore well for eight hours both wet and dry. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Exposure #2 is described as an “aubergine.” It’s a deepened eggplant purple with a matte finish. It’s extremely powdery to work with, so little color adheres to bare skin; it absolutely has to be applied over a base or primer. The color is actually more pigmented than you’d think, just none of it sticks due to just how powdery the texture is. I found it a little hard to blend and prone to fading within six hours. The way this applies and looks on the skin is so disappointing. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Exposure #3 is described as a “bronze.” It’s a medium-dark golden bronze with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. The eyeshadow was nicely pigmented both dry and wet, though it was easier to apply to the skin when used with a dampened brush as the eyeshadow adhered better and the dampness eliminated the powderiness of the formula. Applied dry, it wore well for seven and a half hours, and applied damp, it lasted for eight and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Exposure #4 is described as a “black violet.” It’s a deepened, blackened purple with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It applied nicely both wet and dry, and it wasn’t powdery even when used dry. It had excellent pigmentation, and the eyeshadow wore well for eight hours regardless of how I applied it. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Exposure #5 is described as a “lilac.” It’s a muted, dusty mauve with rosy tones and a pearly sheen. It was powdery and drier to the touch, which made it harder to apply dry as it was prone to sheering out with the barest touch of the brush. It was better applied with a dampened brush, which brought out the cool tones and shimmery finish. Applied dry, it lasted for six hours, and applied damp, it wore closer to eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Glossover

P
palette

Exposure

C+

Product

7.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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product

Exposure #1

B+

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Exposure #2

F

Product

2.5/10

Pigmentation

4/10

Texture

2/10

Longevity

6/10

Application

3/5

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