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Monday, April 21st, 2014

MAC x Proenza Schouler Collection
MAC x Proenza Schouler Collection

The MAC x Proenza Schouler Collection will debut online on April 21st and hit stores and counters on April 24th. At this time, I’ve reviewed all of the pieces I received early, but I won’t have reviews for the Blush Ombres or the Nail Lacquers (one shade is Nocturnelle, which is permanent) until I’m able to buy them online myself. I suspect that the Blush Ombres will sell well, given that they typically do and MAC doesn’t release them often–plus both shades are new (and of course, limited edition!), so unfortunately, I might not be able to have anything helpful up before they sell out. The below list is incomplete, given there are still five products yet to be seen or tested, but for now…

Heads up!  The collection is now available at Nordstrom, Macy’s, and MAC!  As a note, it looks like the blushes are backordered/haven’t yet arrived per Nordstrom’s beauty rep, but MAC has them to order on their site. I bought the missing products and have them coming overnight, so hopefully they’ll arrive tomorrow (fingers crossed!).

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Monday, April 21st, 2014

Too Faced Melted Violet Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick
Too Faced Melted Violet Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick

Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a new (and permanent) formula that’s supposed to have “intensely saturated lip color with a precise tip applicator.” Too Faced says it has “the shine of a gloss, lasting power of a stain, and pigment-packed color of a liquid lipstick.” The consistency is light-medium–not too thick but not runny or watery–and is squeezed out of the tube through a flocked, angled applicator. All of the shades below were richly pigmented, and it seemed like a little went a long way, so don’t squeeze too much at once. The application of the colors was smooth, and each shade delivered even, opaque color that didn’t settle into lip lines or feather/bleed outside of the natural lip line. They wore for hours and hours (actual wear time noted below), and they were neither drying nor hydrating over time. The finish is a satin, which turns to a matte after three to four hours of wear, but they never fully set, so these aren’t transfer-proof. Here are the first three that I tested, with the next set to come soon–stay tuned!

Too Faced Melted Violet Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “violet orchid.” It’s a medium, magenta purple with a satin finish. The color coverage was totally opaque, and it applied evenly. It lasted for six and a half hours and left behind a stain. MAC RiRi Boy (LE, $16.00) is more muted, more matte. MAC Seductive Intent (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Up the Amp (P, $16.00) is more muted. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Too Faced Melted Fuchsia Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “hot pink.” It’s a blindingly bright fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a satin finish. It had full color coverage that went on evenly and smoothly without feathering outside the natural lip line. It lasted for eight hours and a stain lingered for hours after. Ardency Inn Twist (P, $25.00) is slightly more muted. Maybelline Hot Plum (P, $7.49) is darker. MAC Rare Exotic (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Pink Pigeon (LE, $16.00) is less blue-based, more muted. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Pretty Boy (P, $18.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Too Faced Melted Ruby Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “blood red.” It’s a vibrant, medium-dark cherry red with cool, pinky undertones and a satin finish. This shade was slightly glossier than the other two, but it still had the same rich, intense pigmentation. The consistency was a little thinner, so I felt like it wasn’t quite as easy to apply as the other two. It wore well for eight hours and again, a stain lingered for a few hours after. Chanel La Precieuse (317) (LE, $34.00) is more matte. MAC Glam (DC, $16.00) is a touch lighter. NARS Luxembourg (P, $25.00) is more matte. Maybelline Very Cherry (P, $7.49) is darker. MAC Ronnie Red (LE, $16.00) is more matte. Dior Marilyn (LE, $36.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever #43 (P, $19.00) is not quite as blue-based. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Monday, April 21st, 2014


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Sunday, April 20th, 2014

Temptalia Asks You


If you could use one pre-made eyeshadow palette for the rest of your life, which would you choose? (See what I did there? You can’t cheat and choose one you created yourself!) Share!

Temptalia's AnswerGuerlain Turandot or Urban Decay’s Naked1. I think I could be pretty happy with either! I wouldn’t want to commit to a single palette for the rest of my life, but you know, if I had to.

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Sunday, April 20th, 2014

Laura Mercier Heartbreaker Gel Lip Color
Laura Mercier Heartbreaker Gel Lip Color

Laura Mercier Heartbreaker Gel Lip Color ($23.00 for 0.11 oz.) it’s a light-medium, rosy pink with subtle warm undertones and a luminous sheen. MAC Pinkfringe (LE, $16.00) is more frosted, lighter, cooler-toned. Bobbi Brown Pink Flush (LE, $25.00) is similar. YSL Opera Rose (29) (P, $34.00) is more opaque. YSL Caress Pink (9) (P, $34.00) is darker, more opaque. Buxom Mistress (LE, $21.00) is slightly darker. NYX Paparazzi (P, $4.00) is less glossy. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

For summer, Laura Mercier released four limited edition shades in a new formula, Gel Lip Colour, which is described as “comforting, sheer colour with a shine finish and subtle vanilla flavor,” and unsurprisingly, it’s also supposed to be hydrating. I’ve only tried one shade, so perhaps the others are better, but I didn’t love Heartbreaker. While the consistency was gel-like, felt smooth, and glided on easily, the resulting finish looked uneven, and it seemed to catch on every single imperfection on my lips. I would apply this, and it wouldn’t look right, so I’d apply something else, and that something else looked just fine. This just seemed to accentuate the texture of my lips, and it possibly also “balled” up on itself. It had semi-sheer color coverage, where it provided noticeable color but had a fair amount of translucency so the natural lip color would come through. If you pressed your lips together, it would create unevenness/lines. It had a very subtle vanilla scent that jockeyed with its waxy base, and it had a sweet taste. The color lasted two hours on me, and it was somewhat hydrating while worn.

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Heartbreaker

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Product

7/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

6.5/10

Application

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Sunday, April 20th, 2014

Happy Sunday!

What’s the best thing you’ve done this weekend (so far)? I spent time with my family this weekend, which is always nice! Today will hopefully be a bit of a lazy/catch-up day for me, which I’m looking forward to.