Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty / Dolce Vita Instant Look Palette

Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty Instant Look in a Palette

Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty Instant Look in a Palette ($65.00 for 0.77 oz.) is a neutral-hued eye and cheek palette that features three eyeshadows and four cheek/face products. I think if you have a good arsenal of neutrals, this will be dupable for you, but they are still a nice set of neutrals that work well together and would be travel-friendly. If you prefer more mattes or less shimmery eyeshadows, though, this one may be limiting. All in all, the palette was easy to use; there was no real fuss, and the more quality-related issue I had was how soft the bronzer was, but it looked great applied, which is where it counts the most.

It is currently listed as unavailable online, but some physical stores may still have stock (really not sure, you’d have to check with your local store!). I actually think that the brand’s Instant Look palettes would be excellent permanent items – I feel like they’re a good value, travel-friendly, and seem to be a good introduction to what the brand has to offer.

Seductive Beauty (Brighten) is a light peachy-beige with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had a really soft, finely-milled consistency that was a bit loose in the pan, but it applied well to the skin and had an almost “melted” appearance on (a sort of lived-in shimmer look) that was very reflective. The pigmentation was fully opaque, and the color wore well for eight hours before creasing. Tarte Champagne Bubble Bath (LE) is lighter (95% similar). YSL Indie Jasper #1 (LE) is warmer (95% similar). theBalm Dream Boat (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Kat Von D Precious (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC A Natural Flirt (P, $20.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Hello Kitty Apple Pie (LE) is cooler (95% similar). theBalm D2 (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). NYX Girl Talk (P, $6.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Tisse d'Automne #2 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Sellout (P, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Bouffant (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). bareMinerals Custom Made (LE) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Laura Mercier Rosegold (LE, $23.00) is darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Lover #2 (LE) is cooler (90% similar). Stila Rose Quartz (P) is cooler (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #15 (P) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Jest (P, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). City Color Bubble Bath (P, $6.99) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Orchid Haze #1 (P) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Summer Honey (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Seductive Beauty (Enhance) is a medium-dark taupe-brown with subtle, warmer undertones and a frosted finish. It had excellent pigmentation with a soft, smooth, and blendable consistency that sat well on the skin and was easy to work with. The color started to crease after eight hours of wear on me. LORAC Chrome (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Divergent Abnegation Stone (LE) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Naked Truth #4 (P, $2.29) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Burberry Pale Barley (102) (P, $29.00) is lighter (90% similar). Laura Mercier Amethyst (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Happy Place (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Charged Up (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Satin Taupe #2 (P, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Magnetism (P) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Clinique Hazy (P, $15.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Angel (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Burberry Pale Barley (P, $29.00) is warmer (85% similar). Clarins The Essentials #5 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Viseart Grand-Palais (P) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Clarins Garden Escape #6 (LE) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Gucci Beauty Tuscan Storm #2 (P) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Juju (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). Natasha Denona Satin Tan (58P) (P, $29.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Urban Decay Sidecar (P, $19.00) is warmer (80% similar). Tarte Reef (LE) is darker (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette Seductive Beauty
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
91%
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NARS Melina Contour Blush Duo

NARS Melina Contour Blush

NARS Melina Contour Blush ($42.00 for 0.28 oz.) is one of two new, permanent highlighting/contour duos for fall. The highlighting shade in the duos tends to be mostly matte, so it is not your typical shimmery, glowy highlighter. This is one of the deeper duos, so it should be good for someone who wants a more dramatic contour or for someone with a medium or darker skin tone.

Melina (Highlight) is a muted, medium tan with warm, yellowish undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-sheer, buildable coverage that was fairly blendable and soft on the skin without looking dry or powdery. The color lasted for eight hours on me. bareMinerals The Ocean View (LE, $24.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Bon Voyage (P, $8.00) is darker (90% similar). Givenchy Ambre Saison (P, $52.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (03) (P, $40.00) is darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Skinny Dip (P, $8.00) is darker (85% similar). Kat Von D Shadowplay (P) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (01) (P, $40.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is darker (80% similar). MAC Aphrodite's Shell (LE, $33.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Desert Days (P, $48.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). Tarte Contour Soft (Tarteist) (LE) is darker, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Melina (Contour) is a deep, dark brown with neutral-to-warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. The texture was soft, smooth, and blendable, while it had really rich color payoff. This should work on medium-dark and darker skin tones (I’ll be curious to hear if this works on very deep skin tones–do let me know if you’ve tried it!) better than other contours. On me, a little went a long way, but it was blendable enough that I could use it as a more dramatic contour. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours. MAC Naturally Enhanced (LE, $32.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Billionaire Bronze (LE, $29.50) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Raizin (P, $22.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Swiss Chocolate (P, $22.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Makeup Geek Chivalry (P, $10.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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This Week’s Sales for July 25th, 2016

Cash Back/Rebates

When you join one of the below websites, you can earn cash back on orders made at thousands of retailers. For example, if you place a $50 order at a retailer with 10% cash back, you’ll receive $5 in cash back. Below you’ll find the best beauty-related retailers to earn cash back this week:

  • EbatesPUR (10%), Joyus (10%), Elizabeth Arden (10%), ends 7/31.
  • Mr. RebatesOscar Blandi (15%), Murad (12%), Foreo (12%), Verseo (10%), BH Cosmetics (10%), Stila (8%), Kiehl's (8%), Smashbox (8%), ends 7/31.

Flash Sales/Deals

Flash sales/deals sites offer a limited selection of products from particular brands, sometimes recently discontinued or excess stock from limited edition items, and occasionally, you’ll find popular gems that are part of the current/permanent line. These sites typically have more flash sales on fashion and home than beauty, but below you’ll find beauty-related sales noted for the week:

  • HautelookNest (7/25), Crown Brush (7/26), Verseo (7/26), Korean Beauty (7/27), Mirenesse Australia (7/28), ends 7/31.

Retailer Sales/Deals

  • b-glowing20% off Skincare Category orders $60 or more with code SKINCARE20, ends 7/27. 20% off Paul & Joe Beaute orders $60 or more with code 20PJB, ends 7/27.
  • bareMinerals UKGet on the beauty list and we’ll give you 10% off your next purchase, ends 1/26.
  • Beauty.comGet your sweetheart the perfect gift and get $15 off all orders over $75 with code BEAUTY15, ends 8/27.
  • Benefit (UK)Free delivery on any order over £40 at Benefit, ends 10/03.
  • Bergdorf GoodmanFree Shipping and Returns, every day, ends 10/01.
  • BirchboxJoin Birchbox's email list and get 10% off your first purchase of $35+, ends 11/17.
  • Bobbi BrownReceive the Summer Skincare Trio + Free Shipping with a $50 purchase with code SUMMERGLOW, ends 7/31. Enjoy 15% off your first purchase using code WELCOME15, ends 11/06.
  • Bobbi Brown (UK)Mini Dual-Ended Concealer Blending Brush with Any Corrector & Concealer, ends 7/28. Pink Shimmer Trio with Mini Pot Rouge With Every £50+ order, ends 7/28.
  • City Color10% off with code TEMPTALIA, ends 12/31.
  • ClarisonicBuy any 2 devices and save 10% with code PAIRS, ends 1/01. Enjoy 10% off your next purchase when you sign up for email with Clarisonic, ends 1/01.
  • CliniqueChoose a Free 3-Step kit with any $40 purchase, ends 7/29.
  • DarphinEnjoy a travel size duo and mirror with a $100 purchase! Includes the Intral Redness Relief Cream (15ml), the 8-flower oil (4ml), and the Antoinette Poison yellow mirror with code SUMMER, ends 7/31.
  • Drugstore.com20% off your first order through this link, ends 8/31.
  • Giorgio Armani BeautySign up for the Giorgio Armani Beauty Newsletter to Receive 10% off Your First Purchase, ends 1/01.
  • GlamglowBuy any full size product, and get the travel size for free with code TRAVEL, ends 7/26.
  • GlossierFREE TOTE BAG with purchase of Phase 1 Set, ends 1/12.
  • HSN$5 off your next beauty purchase of $25 or more + free shipping, ends 7/31.
  • Kate SomervilleCustomers will receive a Nourish Balancing Trio with any $120+ purchase, ends 7/31.
  • Kiehl's (Canada)Enjoy $10 OFF $50 + FREE Shipping when you spend $60 with code SUPER10, ends 7/31.
  • KIKO5 eyeshadows for $15 with code FIFTY, ends 7/30. 20% off the Beauty Games collection with code PLAY2WIN, ends 8/31.
  • LancomeEnjoy 4 deluxe samples and free shipping with your order of $49 or more, and a bonus sample with $75 or more with code SUMMER, ends 7/31. 10% off Lancome's top 5 Serums with code SERUM, ends 7/31.
  • Laura MercierHand-Pick your Gift-with-Purchase and enjoy Free Ground Shipping with any $85 purchase with code JULYGIFT, ends 7/29.
  • MAC Cosmetics30% off select MAC products (mostly limited edition shades) at Nordstrom and Macy's, ends 7/29.
  • Marcelle10% off your 1st Korean cosmetics purchase with code 101SMILES, one time use only, ends 12/31.
  • NARSReceive a complimentary mini Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dolce Vita plus, free Shipping with purchase of the NARSissist Dual-Intensity Blush Palette with code CHEEK2CHIC at checkout, ends 7/31.
  • NordstromAnniversary Sale now open to all! Check out Beauty Exclusives, sale items for Women and Men, ends 8/07.
  • Paula's Choice15% Off Antioxidant Serums, ends 8/02.
  • Paula's Choice (UK)10% Off Everything, ends 7/31.
  • REN20% off with code RENVIP20, ends 7/26. 10% off your first order, starts 10/31 and ends 12/31.
  • Sephora
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    • Receive a FREE Lancôme Énergie de Vie The Smoothing & Glow Boosting Liquid Care deluxe sample with any $35 purchase with code GLOWBOOSTER, ends 8/15.
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    • Choose 1 of 4 Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer deluxe samples with any $25 purchase with code LOCKITUP, ends 8/20.
    • New sale items, like UD Spectrum for $29, Smashbox Double Exposure for $29, select Sephora Contour Eye Pencils (and lots more), ends 7/30.
  • Space NK$20 off $100+ orders with code EXPLORE60, ends 8/02.
  • Tarte30% off with code FNF, ends 7/27.
  • The Body ShopBuy 3 Get 3 or Buy 2 Get 1 Free + Free Shipping with Any Purchase, ends 7/25. 20% off skincare with code SUMMERSKIN, ends 7/25.
  • TriaTake Up to 15% off with the Tria Beauty Olympic Buy More, Save More event, ends 9/13.
  • Urban Decay Canada25% off Lip Vault with code LIPVAULT, ends 7/31.
  • YSLComplimentary engraving on purchases of Vinyl Cream Lip Stains, ends 7/30.

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Keeping Track of My Looks + Submit Yours!

Temptalia's Looks

For those readers who have missed my look posts, I’m really trying to make a conscious effort to submit my looks through our system so that they can be easily found in one place. You can find all of mine here 🙂 Short of really awful looks (like when it’s a cream eyeshadow that doesn’t apply evenly at all), I have been pretty good about getting them up for the last few weeks, so it seemed like a good time to share!  Here are some recently added ones:

I’d also like to take this time to remind you that you can also share your look with the community as well as check out looks shared by other readers!

Charlotte Tilbury Secret Salma, Hot Emily, Miranda May Hot Lips Lipsticks

Charlotte Tilbury Secret Salma Lipstick

Charlotte Tilbury Secret Salma Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a muted, medium rosy mauve with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had mostly opaque coverage that went on evenly and smoothly. The texture was thinner and clung, but it didn’t emphasize texture like some of the other shades have. It wore well for four hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. Maybelline Mauve It (P, $7.49) is darker (90% similar). MAC Amorous (P, $17.00) is cooler (90% similar). Bite Beauty Rhubarb (P, $26.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Mehr (P, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Fastplay (P, $17.00) is warmer (85% similar). Maybelline Yummy Plummy (P, $7.49) is lighter, glossier (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pussycat (04) (P, $50.00) is lighter (80% similar). Guerlain Fleur de Givre (LE, $30.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). NARS Vivien (P, $32.00) is darker, warmer, glossier (80% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Cary (P, $35.00) is warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Charlotte Tilbury Hot Emily Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a bright, medium orange-coral with warm undertones and a creamy, lightly glossy finish. It had very nearly opaque pigmentation with a smooth, creamy, and comfortable consistency that sat well on the lips. It applied evenly and lasted for four hours on me, while the formula was lightly hydrating. Urban Decay Tilt (P, $17.00) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Wired (P, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Melted Melon (P, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Tilt (DC, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Mangrove (P, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Juliette (P, $32.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Tropic Tonic (P, $17.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Vegas Volt (P, $17.00) is lighter (85% similar). Bite Beauty Peche (P, $24.00) is warmer (85% similar). Bite Beauty Gingersnap (P, $26.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Charlotte Tilbury Miranda May Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium-dark pink-coral with warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture is thin but smoth, and it does feel a little clingy, though it was neither drying nor hydrating on me. The coverage was mostly opaque, not quite what I’d say is buildable (it’s pretty pigmented right out of the gate; hard to sheer it out without becoming very uneven). The color lasted for three and a half hours on me. Tarte Top Down (P, $22.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Lost Cherry (P, $32.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Ablaze (P, $17.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Amazing Grace (P, $32.00) is warmer (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Coachella Coral (P, $32.00) is lighter (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Shout (138) (LE, $30.00) is lighter, glossier (85% similar). Bite Beauty Sucre (P, $24.00) is brighter, glossier (85% similar). Gucci Beauty Hibiscus Thrill (P, $39.00) is more shimmery, glossier (85% similar). Bite Beauty Pickled Ginger (P, $26.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). MAC Burmese Kiss (LE, $17.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (80% similar). Too Faced Bachelorette (P, $22.00) is lighter (80% similar). Bite Beauty Corvina (P, $24.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (80% similar). Bite Beauty Crush (P, $28.00) is glossier (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA OVERVIEW | Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.12 oz.) has two variations–the original, Kissing, and the matte, Matte Revolution, both of which are featured in the Hot Lips collection. The Kissing formula is supposed to be pigmented and luminous, while also being hydrating, while the Matte Revolution formula is designed to be matte, buildable, hydrating, and long-wearing in a matte finish. The Kissing range is creamier, light-medium in weight, comfortable and hydrating, and average wearing (three to five hours with most shades). The Matte Revolution formula feels velvety, thinner and somewhat clingy (I find that they can sometimes emphasize the texture of my lips or highlight imperfections), wear four to six hours, and are drying to lightly hydrating. Both formulas have a sweet, vanilla scent with no discernible taste.

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Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick Secret Salma
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
88%
Charlotte Tilbury Kissing Lipstick Hot Emily
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
91%
Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick Miranda May
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8
Application
5
Total
87%