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Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Tarte Pin Up Girl Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush Palette
Tarte Pin Up Girl Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush Palette

Tarte Pin Up Girl Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush Palette ($42.00 for 0.79 oz.) includes five shades of blush ranging from brown to peach to plum. Each blush is 0.158 oz. and a full-sized blush is 0.20 oz. for $26. The palette contains $102.70 worth of blush, and more subjectively, for less than the price of two full-sized blushes, you’ll get to try five shades. I liked that there was a variety of finishes, and a decent spectrum of shades from beige to plum to coral. Tarte’s blushes don’t wear as long as twelve hours on me, which is a claim that is repeated over and over again for the formula. The texture of a few of these leaned powdery, and it seemed like the wear time was less than I’ve had with other Tarte shades as a result. If I set aside the 12-hour wear time claim, then the rating would bump up to B+.

Breathless is described as a “pinky beige.” It’s a rosy beige with subtle, warm undertones and a satin-matte finish. There’s a smidgen of “glow” the more you buff and blend out the powder on the skin, but it’s primarily a matte finish. It wore well for eight and a half hours (which is significantly short of 12!). The powder was soft once applied to the skin, but it was a little stiffer in the pan and not quite as pigmented as the other shades. Too Faced Papa Don’t Peach (LE) is darker, more shimmery. Marc Jacobs Beauty Shameless (220) (P, $30.00) is warmer. MAC Corol #1 (LE, $21.00) is lighter. Hourglass Dim Infusion (P, $35.00) is warmer. Estee Lauder Sensuous Rose (LE, $28.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Embraced is described as a “plummy rose.” It’s a medium-dark, cool-toned berry pink with a frosted finish. It had great color payoff, though the texture of the powder was slightly powdery. The more shimmery finish did emphasize pores. The color lasted for eight and a half hours before fading. Clinique Plum Pop (04) (P, $21.00) is brighter, less shimmery. Tom Ford Beauty Wicked (P, $55.00) is darker. NYX English Rose (P, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Pink Tea (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery. MAC Divine Desire (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC Subtle Breeze (LE, $27.00) is less shimmery, not quite as cool-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Whimsy is described as a “light pink.” It’s a cool-toned, light-medium pink with a semi-matte finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft but powdery texture. The blush wore well for eight hours before fading on me. Makeup Geek Rendezvous (P, $9.99) is darker. Makeup Geek Head Over Heels (P, $9.99) is lighter. MAC Young at Heart (LE, $20.00) is darker, brighter. Urban Decay Blush (P) is similar. Tarte Flush (P, $26.00) is a touch lighter. Givenchy It-Girl Purple (P, $44.00) is cooler-toned, lighter. Tarte Dollface (P, $26.00) is more shimmery. MAC Pure Femininity (LE, $20.00) is similar. theBalm Argyle (P, $22.00) is warmer. theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is similar. MAC Lovecloud (P, $21.00) is warmer, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bashful is described as a “rosy peach.” It’s a medium, pink-coral with warm undertones and a soft, golden shimmer-sheen. It had nice color payoff that sat well on the skin, and it was the only shade in the palette that wasn’t powdery–well-balanced between soft, pigmented, and blendable. It wore well for nine hours before fading. Gucci Beauty Coral Flower (P, $49.00) is lighter. Surratt Beauty Ponceau (P, $32.00) is brighter, warmer. Guerlain Coral Blush (LE) is darker. IT Cosmetics Pretty in Peony (P, $24.00) is brighter, darker. MAC Petal Power (LE, $27.00) is lighter. Clinique Peach Pop (02) (P, $21.00) is darker. Tarte True Love (P, $26.00) is less shimmery. Tarte Crave (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery. NARS Day Dream (LE, $29.00) is similar. Too Faced Melt Into Spring (LE) is less sihmmery. NARS Realm of the Senses (Together) (LE, $29.00) is darker. theBalm Frat Boy (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. NYX Summer Peach (P, $5.00) is less shimmery. NYX Pinched (P, $5.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Irreplaceable is described as a “mauve rose.” It’s a medium-dark, rosy pink with subtle, warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. Applied to my skin, it does take on a warmer look overall, though it is a cool-toned shade that I think will show up more plum-like on cooler complexions. It had great color payoff, and the texture was just a smidgen powdery but fairly blendable. This shade wore well for almost nine hours. Makeup Geek Love Affair (P, $9.99) is warmer, more shimmery. MAC Peaches & Cream (LE, $21.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Sunset Beach (LE, $30.00) is cooler-toned. NARS 413 BLKR (P, $29.00) is darker. Milani Tea Rose (08) (LE, $7.99) is similar. Tarte Fearless (P, $26.00) is lighter. NYX Desert Rose (P, $5.00) is brighter, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Glossover

LE
palette

Pin Up Girl

B

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4.5/5

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Breathless

B-

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4.5/5

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Embraced

B

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4.5/5

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Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Dior Golden Shock Collection for Holiday 2014
Dior Golden Shock Collection for Holiday 2014

From the inception of the House of Dior, gold has been a signature color of the brand. From Mr. Dior’s first creations, which incorporated highlights of rich gold as luxurious accents, to the modern-yet-timeless looks of Raf Simons, which feature metallic gold elements to balance audacious shades of red, pink, blue and yellow, gold remains a constant theme. Now, the Dior Golden Shock Holiday Color Collection draws inspiration from Dior’s past and present by incorporating pops of color with dazzling gold accents.

5 Couleurs Eyeshadow ($60.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Golden Reflections (046)
  • Golden Shock (756)

Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow ($31.00)

  • Mirror (621) (New, Permanent)

Dior Addict Gloss ($29.50) (Limited Edition)

  • Gold Rain (164)
  • Pink Excess (663)

Diorific Illuminating Press Powder ($80.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Gold Shock (001) (Neiman Marcus/Dior.com Exclusive)
  • Pink Shock (002) (TBA Distribution)

Diorific Golden Shock Colour Lip Duo ($38.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Delicate Shock (001) (TBA Distribution)
  • Enchanting Shock (002) (TBA Distribution)
  • Daring Shock (005)
  • Ardent Shock (006)
  • Passion Shock (007)
  • Mysterious Shock (008)

Diorific Vernis ($27.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Shock (762)
  • Mirorr (022)
  • Smoky (990)
  • Gold Equinoxe (241)

Diorific Vernis Effect Top Coat ($28.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Gold Leaf Effect (001)

Availability: October 15th, 2014 at Dior counters nationwide

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Monday, September 29th, 2014

Temptalia Asks You


What makeup application technique do you want to learn most? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerI would still love to be able to put false eyelashes on in like, a minute, and not half an hour. I have seriously done SO many of the tips and tricks, and it’s still a total nightmare. I wish I could set aside more time to practice (because that’s certainly part of it!), but gah! everyone makes it look so easy.

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

Monday, September 29th, 2014

MAC Trusted Instinct Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Trusted Instinct Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Trusted Instinct Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette ($44.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a rather plummy palette with some warmth. The shades coordinate well with each other, and I liked that not all of them were incredibly glittery as some of the other Veluxe Pearlfusion palettes have been. If you’re unfamiliar with the formula, it’s supposed to be a “hybrid formula” that can be applied dry for sheer color, wet for opaque color with supreme blendability. I agree that the formula in the palette is easily blended, but at times, the shades blend too readily, sheer out and fade, and often, the colors run together and create a muddied appearance due to the very soft, sometimes powdery and other times crumbly, consistency of the shadows themselves. I think a good primer is a must here to help the shades stick better without sheering out so easily. I get good wear, though, and all five shades lasted for eight and a half hours.

Trusted Instinct #1 is apale, warm-toned beige with a frosted finish. It was sheer applied dry, semi-sheer applied damp. It was slightly powdery to work with. This type of shade seems to be in the majority of the Veluxe Pearlfusion palettes (some variation on beige). See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Trusted Instinct #2 is a warm, reddish taupe-brown with a frosted sheen. Applied dry, it was semi-sheer and looked browner, but applied damp, the gray became much more pronounced and more opaque. The consistency was lightly powdery but blendable. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Trusted Instinct #3 is a medium-dark, warm-toned plum with a copper-red undertone and a pearly sheen. The texture was soft enough that it was a bit crumbly to work with when dry, where it also had semi-sheer coverage. It was easier to use with a dampened brush, as the eyeshadow smoothed out more. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Trusted Instinct #4 is a medium-dark, golden brown with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had sheer color payoff applied dry, and it was mostly opaque applied damp. The texture was soft but a little dry. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Trusted Instinct #5 is a blackened taupe with hints of purple and brown that has a more frosted, slightly sparkly, finish. It is fairly sparkly, though a lot of the sparkle doesn’t translate onto the lid, but there is some fall out over time. It had semi-sheer coverage applied dry and opaque pigmentation applied damp. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Glossover

LE
palette

Trusted Instinct

B

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Trusted Instinct #1

C+

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

7/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Trusted Instinct #2

A-

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Monday, September 29th, 2014

Rant & Rave

Share: Tell us what you love and hate about Lip Balm in Pots!

my answer: They can be hard to keep really clean (or just more tedious to keep clean, I guess), but I like the often thicker consistency of potted lip balms.

Monday, September 29th, 2014

MAC The Matte Lip Lipsticks
MAC The Matte Lip Lipsticks

MAC Living Legend Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “deep plum [with a Matte finish].” It’s a bold, deep dark berry with subtle warm undertones–it’s like a plummy-red as far as the undertones go. I think this may look slightly cooler against cooler complexions (more berry, less burgundy). The finish was more satin than matte, as there was a noticeable sheen that persisted for about an hour and a half of the total eight hours of wear. It wasn’t hydrating, but it wasn’t drying, so it wasn’t uncomfortable to wear. The color coverage was mostly opaque, and for such a dark shade, it did go on evenly overall but wasn’t perfect. I had a little bit of feathering that I noticed after the sixth hour of wear. NARS Ingrid (P, $32.00) is glossier. NARS Liv (P, $32.00) is glossier. MAC Lingering Kiss (LE, $16.00) is a touch warmer. Kat Von D Motorhead (P, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Instigator (LE, $16.00) is purpler. MAC Talk That Talk (LE, $16.00) is brighter. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Anita (P, $18.000) is warmer. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Black Metal Dahlia (P, $18.00) is more metallic, brighter. MAC Soulfully Rich (P, $18.00) is similar. MAC Prince Noir (LE, $16.00) is slightly cooler-toned. MAC Dramatic Encounter (LE, $16.00) is more muted. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Black Dahlia (P, $18.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Nouvelle Vogue Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “soft blue pink [with a Matte finish].” It’s a brightened, medium pink with very subtle blue undertones and a satiny finish. It turns more matte in finish after an hour of wear. The formula was richly pigmented, creamy enough to glide on and deposit even color, and it wore well for five and a half hours. Bite Beauty Sweety (LE, $24.00) is lighter, brighter. Le Metier de Beaute Fiji (P, $32.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Pander Me Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “soft peachy mocha [with a Matte finish].” It’s a muted, medium coral-orange with warm undertones and a satin finish (there’s too much of a sheen for it to really be a matte). It applied evenly with full color coverage. The color wore well for five and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. NARS Jane (P, $32.00) is slightly darker. MAC Style Approved (LE, $22.00) is lighter. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Kimber (P, $18.00) is more orange, lighter. NARS Casablanca (P, $26.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Styled in Sepia Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “dirty cement beige [with a Matte finish].” It is a muted, medium-dark brown with a hint of gray–almost like a very warm taupe–and a mostly matte finish. It had fairly opaque color coverage, and the consistency was smooth and lightly creamy so it applied evenly and without dragging on the lips. It wore well for six hours with little settling into lines towards the end but was not drying (or hydrating). MAC Shitake (DC, $16.00) is more shimmery, warmer, less pigmented. Maybelline Touchable Taupe (940) (P, $7.49) is lighter, glossier. MAC Nude (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Matte Lip Collection is supposed to be online on October 2nd and in-stores on October 9th.

The Glossover

LE
product

Living Legend

B+

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Nouvelle Vogue

A

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

5/5

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LE
product

Pander Me

A

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

5/5

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