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Friday, October 31st, 2014

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick Set
Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick Set

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick Set ($39.00 for 9 x 0.04 oz.) includes nine, mini-sized shades from the permanent range (all of them can be had individually, if desired). Overall, I didn’t find that the formula of the minis to be different from the full-sized shades I have. The formula is a drier, stiffer consistency that often drags and tugs on the lips. Some of the lighter shades look almost chalky on, while some of the more red-hued mattes seem to be least problematic. The shimmery shades are usually creamier, but they tend to be less pigmented. The brand claims that these will “comfortably coat lips with bold color for 10 hours” (they even claim “one swipe application). Wear time varies but tends to be longer than the average lipstick, though shorter than the 10-hour wear claim. I do not find the formula comfortable to wear, and it’s hard to apply color in “one swipe” since they drag a lot. Some shades are drying, some are neither drying nor hydrating, which is far from the brand’s claim that the formula will leave “lips feeling supple.” The caps of these come off very easily, so you may not want to carry them in your purse. Mine have just been sitting in a plastic bin, and I had problems with them coming off any time products shifted around at all (unusual–can’t say I specifically recall this being an issue with another brand, or the full-sized versions).

Note: as I had already fully reviewed and tested about half of these shades, I didn’t reshoot the product photos for those particular shades. I only retested Agatha, as it was the only one that seemed noticeably different than the full-sized I had. Shades I hadn’t reviewed before were photographed and tested as normal.

Agatha is a light, pink-tinged beige with a matte finish. This is one of the more drying shades in the range, and the full-sized version I have was noticeably drier and stiffer to use than the mini in the set, which did apply more evenly and with better color coverage. I retested using the mini, and it lasted for six hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Lovecraft is a muted, rosy mauve with a matte finish. The color lasted for seven hours. It was one of the better-applying shades, but it will wear away unevenly (center first). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Wonderchilde is a brightened, magenta purple with fuchsia undertones and violet shimmer. The color wore well for six hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. It had a creamier consistency that helped it apply and feel more comfortable, though it wasn’t full coverage. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sexer is a bright, fuchsia pink with cool undertones and fuchsia micro-shimmer over a semi-matte finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and the consistency was lightly dry and tugged somewhat, but it did lay down even color. It wore well for eight hours on me and was slightly drying over time. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Countess is a bold, brightened orange-red with warm undertones and a matte finish. It dragged just slightly, but it was nicely pigmented and lasted for eight hours. It was a little drying but not uncomfortable. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Adora is a medium-dark, warm-toned red with metallic ruby red shimmer over a matte finish. This is one of the best shades in the range, as it does last well for ten hours, isn’t drying, and has enough creaminess that it isn’t painful to apply. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Hexagram is a medium-dark red with cool, blue undertones and a matte finish. It had opaque color coverage with a lightly dry consistency, so there was some drag. Luckily, it wasn’t so dry that it interfered with the resulting color, as I was able to get it to look smooth and even. It lasted for eight and a half hours and was a little drying. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Bachelorette is a brightened, pinky-red with almost warm undertones and a matte finish. It had fairly opaque pigmentation, while it had the same slightly dry, stiffer consistency which made it drag and pull at the lips when applied from the tube as other shades in the range. It did wear for seven and a half hours, and it was somewhat drying. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Motorhead is a deepened, reddish-burgundy. It has such a stiff, painful-to-use consistency. This shade wears for eight hours, but it is incredibly drying while worn, and it doesn’t look great on as it is uneven. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Friday, October 31st, 2014

Free for Haul Friday

Welcome to Free For Haul Friday!

  • Haul: Chanel Caresse blush, Dior palettes
  • Weekend plans: Catch up on the blog! I’m so behind!
  • What’s your favorite candy bar?: Snickers!

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This week’s Mellan photo/video…



Happy Halloween from the cutest lion around! :)

Friday, October 31st, 2014

Hello Kitty Ruby Compact Mirror
Hello Kitty Ruby Compact Mirror

Hello Kitty Ruby Compact Mirror ($49.00) is described as a “Hello Kitty-shaped compact mirror” that’s supposed to have 300 “hand-placed jewels.” For a serious collector who is less concerned about quality or durability, it might still be nice to have on a desk or vanity, but with as much Hello Kitty merchandise out there, I would be surprised if there wasn’t something that was really dazzling to be had. (Or even DIY one!) This just doesn’t have much sparkle–it looks dull–they almost look like clear crystals, even in person. The exposed edges of the mirror scratched really easily, so I don’t think I would keep it in a bag unless you found a pouch for it. It is lightweight with a thin feel–I’m not even sure it is metal. The hinges are a bit stiff, but it doesn’t readily open in a makeup bag or purse. The red paint on the bow arrived partially chipped on the side, and there were a few scratches on the interior upon arrival. It doesn’t feel like a luxury compact, and the real lack of shift and sparkle with the “jewels” is so disappointing.

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Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Temptalia Asks You


Will you be doing any special makeup for Halloween? Share your costumes!

Temptalia's AnswerNah, business as usual over here ;) But I love seeing all of your looks!

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Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Guerlain L'Oiseau de Feu (901) Vernis Nail Lacquer
Guerlain L’Oiseau de Feu (901) Vernis Nail Lacquer

Guerlain L’Oiseau de Feu (901) Vernis Nail Lacquer ($25.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is a clear top coat with gold leaf suspended in it. It’s a top coat that you have to dab and pat on, fish a little bit, and manipulate to get enough flakes on the nail without them overlapping. I showed one coat applied with minimal fussing on my pinky nail, so you can see how poor that went. Dior Golden Shock (001) (LE, $28.00) is very similar–at most, slightly smaller pieces. Cult Nails Feedback (P, $12.00) is more than just gold. Cult Nails Walk of Shame (DC, $12.00) has holographic shimmer in it, too. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Guerlain Coque d’Or (400) Vernis Nail Lacquer ($25.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is a softened, light-medium gold with a metallic shimmer running through it. It was semi-opaque with visible nail coming through. The consistency was slightly thick, but it didn’t pool along the edges. It did dry down to a very nice, glossy finish.
Dior Gold Equinoxe (241) (LE, $27.00) is darker, warmer. NARS Milos (P, $20.00) is slightly cooler. MAC Magnificent Feast (LE, $16.00) is darker. Guerlain Altoum (LE, $23.00) is lighter. Dior Or Divin (LE, $24.00) is yellower. Dior Diorling (LE, $27.00) is sheerer. China Glaze Swanky Silk (LE, $7.50) is a touch darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, October 30th, 2014

The Hit List

What’s the Best Concealer for Under Eyes that you’ve tried?

Share your pick!  And don’t forget to share why :)

I love OCC, Cle de Peau, and Eve Pearl’s Salmon Concealers! I find they have good coverage without having to pile it on.

Thanks to Diane for today’s topic!