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Friday, October 24th, 2014

NYX Earl Grey Lippie
NYX Macaron Lippie

NYX Earl Grey Macaron Lippie ($6.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a muted, light-medium cornflower blue–a purplish-blue–with a luminous finish. The formula was creamy with a lot of slip, but for a lighter shade, it ended up applying better than anticipated, though it was still somewhat streaky. It had mostly opaque color coverage (but if it was a drier formula, I think it would have yielded better pigmentation). On me, the color wore well for three and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Butch (P, $18.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NYX Violet Macaron Lippie ($6.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a medium purple with warm, pinky-red undertones and a natural finish. It had good color payoff, while the formula still felt very creamy and slippery, it applied pretty well with even color. It wore well for almost six hours, and it leaves behind a fuchsia-ish stain behind. It was neither drying nor hydrating. Melt Cosmetics By Starlight (P, $19.00) is darker, more matte. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Rollergirl (P, $18.00) is a smidgen darker. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Belladonna (DC, $18.00) is darker, less warm-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NYX Lavender Macaron Lippie ($6.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a cool-toned, light-medium lavender with a creamy, lightly glossy finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, which went on a bit streakily and had a tendency to settle into lip lines as it wore on. It wasn’t moisturizing, but it was drying either. The color wore well for four hours on me. Kat Von D Coven (P, $21.00) is warmer, more matte. MAC Fresh Amour (LE, $16.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Friday, October 24th, 2014

Cle de Peau Stardust (302) Eyeshadow Quad
Cle de Peau Stardust (302) Eyeshadow Quad

Cle de Peau Stardust (302) Eyeshadow Quad ($55.00 for 0.21 oz.) includes shades of beige, warm green, brown, and murky green. Cle de Peau’ sells their eyeshadows as refills (which is just a plastic pan with the four shades), and you can elect to purchase a plastic compact to put them in for an additional $25. I put mine in a Z-palette by attaching a small magnetic to the bottom of the pan. It’s an interesting mix of shades if you like your beige and greens together, but I didn’t end up loving the way the colors worked together, partially because the warmer green shade doesn’t look as intense on the lid as it does swatched or in the pan, so it loses contrast on the lid.

Stardust #1 is a soft, muted beige with very subtle warm undertones and a frosted finish. The texture was very soft and blendable, though a little powdery initially. It had good color payoff and was easy to use. It wore well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Stardust #2 is a medium-dark, warm-toned olive green with a soft, frosted finish. It had really nice pigmentation, and the texture was soft–almost creamy–and effortless to blend. The only thing I noticed was that it seemed to apply slightly more mutedly than it swatched. On the lid, the color stayed on well for eight hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Stardust #3 is a muted, medium brown with subtle, warm, yellow-ish undertones and a lightly frosted finish–almost a combination of frost and satin to me, because there is very fine shimmer to it. It might be harder to tell against my skin tone, but it did have good pigmentation that was mostly opaque. The texture was a little powdery, though it was incredibly easy to blend on the lid without losing intensity. It lasted well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Stardust #4 is a dark, dirty green with subtle, warm olive undertones and a golden-green metallic sheen. It had nice color payoff, and the texture was very smooth and finely-milled, but there was a slight dryness to it. The color showed signs of fading after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Friday, October 24th, 2014

Choose or Lose


Have you worn waterproof makeup when at the beach or swimming?

  • Nah, I don't bother! (58%, 495 Votes)
  • Yes, I have! And it worked! (28%, 242 Votes)
  • Yes, I've tried, but it didn't end well! (13%, 107 Votes)
  • Other -- I'll tell you in the comments! (1%, 7 Votes)

Total Voters: 851

Thanks to Hanne for today’s question!

Friday, October 24th, 2014

Temptalia Asks You


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Temptalia's AnswerMore price stability/less pushing prices up beyond “normal” price increases due to rising cost of goods–this year has seen a lot of brands price products outside of their normal pricing range (e.g. MAC with high-end, not mid-end pricing). I’d love to see brands tweak trends, rather than just follow them, and make them their own. I’d rather see a shade or product inspired by than the same one from twenty different brands. I’d also love to see brands make less outrageous claims (like 24-hour wear) and refine their quality control practices to ensure all customers are getting the product they should be getting.

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Friday, October 24th, 2014

NYX Wicked Lippies
NYX Wicked Lippies

NYX Stone Cold Wicked Lippie ($6.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a silvery-white with cool undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff, which is a lot less than expected based on the formula description. I would say this is more of a layering shade than one for wear on its own, since it is sheerer. On me, it lasted for three hours. Tom Ford Beauty Moonlight (LE, $49.00) is lighter. MAC Eloquent Air (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Iced (P, $18.00) is more pigmented. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NYX Wrath Wicked Lippie ($6.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a coppery brown with warm, reddish undertones and a metallic shimmer-sheen. It had mostly opaque color coverage that went on evenly and smoothly. The consistency was creamy and very emollient, but it lasted surprisingly long at five and a half hours. Kat Von D Gothica (P, $21.00) is lighter, less shimmery. Revlon Sandstorm (LE, $7.99) is lighter, redder. Milani Bronze Beauty (P, $5.49) is lighter. MAC Sheer Seduction (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Maybelline Mochachino (P, $7.49) is lighter. MAC Tabla (P, $16.00) is less shimmery. MAC Subverted (LE, $16.00) is darker, redder. MAC Photo (P, $16.00) is less shimmery. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Authentic (P, $18.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NYX Mischievous Wicked Lippie ($6.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a brightened, yellow gold with a metallic sheen and shimmer. It semi-opaque color coverage that covered evenly for the most part. The consistency was very creamy with a lot of slip, but it seems to evaporate/dry down, as it ended up lasting for four and a half hours on me. MAC Playland (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Dolce and Gabbana Topazio (LE, $33.00) is darker. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Triptych (P, $18.00) is brighter, more metallic. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Friday, October 24th, 2014

Free for Haul Friday

Welcome to Free For Haul Friday!

  • Haul: Pieces from Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy lipsticks, Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows, Bite Beauty Lip Pencil Set, Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Set
  • Weekend plans: Hopefully relax a little — it has been a ridiculously stressful week!
  • Do you keep a diary?: Nope! I’ve never been very good at that.

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