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Saturday, April 18th, 2015

ColourPop x Kathleen Lights Where the Light Is Set
ColourPop x Kathleen Lights Where the Light Is Set

ColourPop x Kathleen Lights Where the Light Is Set ($20.00 for 0.28 oz.) includes four shades of warm-toned eyeshadows in beige, brown, copper, and bronze. Three of the four shades were really lovely and easy to use, while Glow is a bit drier, so it needs some extra work to really blend it down on the skin. All of them lasted for twelve hours without any fading or creasing, and they were easy to combine together in a look. Three of the four eyeshadows are very easily duped, but they’re primarily duped by powder options, so it is good to see those shades in cream versions.

Glow is described as a “creamy vanilla with a matte finish.” It’s a brightened, light white-beige with subtle warm undertones and a matte finish. It appears darker and warmer in the pan, but it is much whiter applied and has more semi-opaque coverage. The texture is a little drier and more prone to applying unevenly, though it is blendable enough that you can smooth it out, but it skips a little initially. I think really fair skin tones may not notice any chalkiness, but for sure on my medium skin tone, it was really stark and chalky enough that I had to mix and blend in Cornelious quite a bit to make it work. It may potentially be a good base shade for brightening powder eyeshadows that need some help. It wore well for twelve hours without fading or creasing. Tarte Compassionate (LE) is brighter, powder. Givenchy Delicate #4 (P) is powder. Too Faced Coconut Crème (P, $16.00) is powder. Tarte Super Mom (LE) is cooler-toned, powder. Too Faced Turtle Dove (LE, $16.00) is lighter, powder. Anastasia Vanilla (P, $12.00) is powder. Make Up For Ever M500 Ivory (P, $21.00) is powder. Too Faced Meow (LE, $16.00) is powder. Too Faced Rockabilly (P, $16.00) is powder. Kat Von D Lifelike (P) is powder. Laura Mercier Buttercream (P, $23.00) is powder. Too Faced Egg Nog (LE, $16.00) is powder. Too Faced Cream Colored Ponies (LE, $16.00) is powder. Too Faced Snow Angel (LE, $16.00) is lighter, powder. Urban Decay Anonymous (LE, $18.00) is powder. MAC Vanilla (P, $16.00) is brighter, powder. Inglot #355 (P, $6.00) is powder. Bobbi Brown Bone (P, $22.00) is powder. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Cornelious is described as a “mid-tone warm caramel with a matte finish.” It’s a soft, medium brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had great pigmentation with a soft, velvety texture that blended well on the skin. It hadn’t faded or creased over a twelve-hour period. Becca Ombre Nudes #2 (P) is lighter, powder. Tarte Force of Nature (LE) is a powder, cooler-toned. LORAC Sepia (LE) is darker, powder. Stila Individual (P) is warmer, powder. MAC Rose Cloud (LE, $16.00) is darker, powder. Kat Von D Glasswing (P) is yellower, powder. Makeup Geek Latte (P, $5.99) is darker, powder. Makeup Geek Creme Brulee (P, $5.99) is warmer, powder. MAC Layin’ Low (LE, $18.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

KathleenLights is described as a “bright golden copper with a pearlized finish.” It’s a bright copper with warm, red undertones and a strong, gold, metallic shimmer finish. It was intensely pigmented with a creamy consistency that blends out really well, but it’s so metallic that it can sometimes bunch up on itself and create texture on the lid. Though I used a brush to apply it in the look, I later tried patting it on with a fingertip, and the application was smoother. I prefer brushes, so the best method was to initially apply with a brush and then smooth it out with my fingertip (rather than using the brush to blend so much) on the larger area, then going back to the brush to blend out edges. The finish is really metallic and brightens the eye a lot. On me, it wore well for twelve hours without fading or creasing. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Lover #5 (LE) is less metallic, powder. MAC Bao Bao’s Jewels #3 (LE) is darker. Sugarpill Penelope (P, $13.00) is redder, powder. Urban Decay Heat (LE, $18.00) is lighter, powder. LORAC Unleashed (P) is a powder. Urban Decay Lucky (LE, $18.00) is powder. Ardency Inn Copper (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter, powder. Make Up For Ever ME728 Copper Red (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, powder. LORAC Nude #2 (LE) is lighter, powder. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #3 (LE) is less metallic, powder. Kat Von D Dog Roses (LE) is darker, less metallic, powder. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #10 (P, $9.99) is lighter, powder. LORAC Gold (P) is darker, powder. Urban Decay Half Baked (P, $18.00) is lighter, powder. MAC Amber Lights (P, $16.00) is slightly darker, powder. MAC Campfire (LE, $32.50) is more metallic, powder. bareMinerals Louder (LE) is similar, powder. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Blaze is described as a “coco bronze sprinkled with multi-dimensional glitter [with a metallic finish].” It’s a brightened, medium-dark golden bronze with warm undertones and a metallic sheen with a smattering of gold micro-glitter. The texture was very soft, creamy, and a little more emollient than other shades in this formula (though the more metallic shades tend to have a wetter feel than the mattes in general). It applied with rich color payoff and blended easily on the skin. It wore well for twelve hours without creasing or fading, and I didn’t notice any fall out over time either. Guerlain Les Precieux #4 (LE) is cooler-toned, powder. Colour Pop On the Rocks (P, $5.00) is darker, warmer. Colour Pop Eve (LE, $5.00) is slightly brighter. Makeup Geek Pretentious (P, $5.99) is warmer, powder. Kat Von D Depeche (LE) is darker, powder. Anastasia Gilded (LE, $12.00) is warmer, powder. Too Faced Cinnamon Sugar (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler-toned, powder. Too Faced Biscotti (LE, $16.00) is darker, powder. MAC Pretty It Up (LE, $21.00) is more sparkly, darker, powder. Hello Kitty Chocolate Chip (LE) is powder. Anastasia Topaz (P, $12.00) is redder, powder. Makeup Geek Poker Face (P, $6.99) is warmer, powder. Make Up For Ever ME658 Golden Brown (P, $21.00) is more metallic, powder. Make Up For Ever ME644 Iced Brown (P, $21.00) is warmer, powder. Make Up For Ever D640 Golden Snake (P, $21.00) is less metallic, powder. LORAC Nude #6 (LE) is powder. Chanel Mirage (95) (P, $36.00) is more sparkly, lighter. Too Faced Buttered Rum (LE, $16.00) is powder. Chanel Initiation (827) (LE, $36.00) is darker, more sparkly. Urban Decay Radar (LE, $18.00) is darker, powder. Maybelline Downtown Brown (P, $6.99) is lighter, powder. Urban Decay Deeper (LE, $18.00) is darker, powder. Urban Decay Snakebite (LE, $18.00) is darker, powder. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Where the Light Is

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9.5/10

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9.5/10

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9.5/10

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Glow

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9/10

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Cornelious

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9.5/10

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10/10

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Saturday, April 18th, 2015

Tom Ford Soleil Collection is a shimmering, warm-toned collection of eyeshadows, cheek colors, and lip colors. There were several great products in the collection with a few so-so shades, though no total misses. The one downside is that three of the four duos feature a Cream Color for Eyes that has been previously released, so for those who have been collecting them, it will seem redundant. My favorite products were the Pink Glow Eye & Cheek Compact (A) and Golden Peach Duo (A). The collection is available for pre-order online at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, and Tom Ford.

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Saturday, April 18th, 2015

Tom Ford Lip Color Sheers
Tom Ford Lip Color Sheers

For summer, there are four shades of Tom Ford Lip Color Sheers ($50.00 for 0.10 oz.) to choose from, but note that Paradiso and Sweet Spot are repromotes, as they were released last summer as well. The formula is supposed to give a “lustrous sheen of color” and be hydrating. Some shades are sheerer while others are nearly opaque but appear less “heavy” compared to the regular Lip Color formula. In general, they have less shine and more color than the Lip Color Shines. The formula has a vanilla scent but no discernible taste.

Tom Ford Paradiso Lip Color Sheer ($50.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and a soft, luminous sheen. It had mostly opaque color coverage with a lightly creamy, lightweight texture that glided on easily. It wore well for five hours on me and was hydrating over time. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Tom Ford Rose Soleil Lip Color Sheer ($50.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a muted, plummy brown with lighter gold and pink shimmer. It had semi-sheer color coverage with a soft shine. The underlying color seemed to apply a bit unevenly, though the shimmer distributed better. It lasted for three hours on me and was lightly hydrating. It was surprisingly similar to Bittersweet, just lighter and less brown-based. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Tom Ford Skinny Dip Lip Color Sheer ($50.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a pinky-peach base with lots of gold shimmer that gives it a more metallic sheen. The texture is a little thin and not as emollient as I’d like, so the finish was as luminous with this shade compared to the other three. It had semi-sheer coverage with mostly shimmer coming through. It stayed on for three hours and was a lightly moisturizing. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Tom Ford Sweet Spot Lip Color Sheer ($50.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a brightened, light-medium coral-orange with warm undertones and a soft shimmer-sheen finish. It had mostly opaque pigmentation that glided on fairly evenly and smoothly. It seemed a bit less glossy compared to the tube I have from last summer. It wore well for four hours and was moderately hydrating. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

P.S. — Nordstrom now has the collection up for pre-order.

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Paradiso (07)

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Rose Soleil

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Saturday, April 18th, 2015

Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hi-Shine Lip Lacquer
Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hi-Shine Lip Lacquer
Pink Steam, Rebel Rebel, Love Buzz

Enamored Hi-Shine Lacquer ($28.00) (New, Permanent)

Enamored Hi-Shine Lip Lacquer delivers maximum color and brilliance with its unique Triple Shine Complex, a blend of high-performance ingredients that provide unstoppable wear and shine like “30 coats of lacquer.” This mint-scented gloss features a profusion of creamy pinks, shimmering lavenders, and iridescent brights that give lips a lush look with lasting color and unbelievable shine.

  • Sugar Sugar (312) Champagne-gold shimmer
  • Pretty Thing (318) Muted rose
  • Moonglow (314) Soft pink nude
  • French Tickler (316) Iridescent peach shimmer
  • Uproar (336) Melon shimmer
  • Forbidden Fruit (334) Bright candy-orange
  • Some Girls (328) Punch-pink shimmer
  • Pink FLamingo (326) Bubble pink
  • Hey You! (330) Fuchsia cherry
  • Hot Hot Hot (332) Bright fuchsia
  • Whip It (304) Bold Iridescent magenta
  • Boom (306) Deep plum shimmer
  • Pink Steam (322) Iridescent lavender shimmer
  • Rebel Rebel (308) Blue-raspberry shimmer
  • Love Buzz (324) Rose-gold shimmer
  • Allow Me (302) Rosy shimmer
  • Love Drunk (320) Mauve-gold shimmer
  • Taboo (310) Sheer mauve shimmer

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Friday, April 17th, 2015

Temptalia Asks You


What brand did you use to dislike but now love? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerI think I’ve come around to brands like Estee Lauder, Clinique, and Bobbi Brown – not so much that I hated them, but that I didn’t GET them as someone who was so devoted to bright eyeshadow at 20. Now, I definitely understand why brands like that exist, and I also get that you can love your bright eyeshadows from one brand and appreciate the subtler finishes that Estee Lauder and Clinique might have to offer or all the neutral mattes that are staples in the Bobbi Brown line.

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Friday, April 17th, 2015

Anastasia Artist Palette
Anastasia Artist Palette

Anastasia Artist Palette ($30.00 for 0.30 oz.) is described as a set of “12 highly-pigmented eyeshadows” in “summertime’s bright colors.” There are two really disappointing shades in this–the navy blue and cobalt blue–that look like an absolute disaster on the skin without a white base underneath. In general, I have found Anastasia’s eyeshadow formula to perform poorly without a primer or white base underneath it for the more vibrant shades and anything that isn’t a metallic or frost finish. The more shimmery shades have better adhesion to bare skin, and they tend to be less powdery, so they don’t sheer away to nothingness when applied. Some of the shimmery shades can be soft enough that they get crumbly and appear almost dry or apply unevenly without a primer. I always want to like Anastasia’s palettes, but I’m often let down, and unfortunately, that was the case here. Without primer, it’s a lot like throwing spaghetti at the wall and hoping something sticks… evenly.

Dusty Rose is described as a “matte mauve.” It’s a medium-dark, muted plum with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff, but it was fairly powdery, even though it was blendable. It applied better than I thought it would as it didn’t sheer away to nothing and lasted for seven and a half hours on me. This shade was previously released. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Aubergine is described as a “velvet eggplant.” It’s a medium-dark plum with warm undertones and lighter purple shimmer for a more pearly sheen. It had good pigmentation with a softer, thinner texture that had a more velvety, silky feeling to it and seemed to be a shade that applied with more nuance if you used your fingertips than a brush, as it tended to look less shimmery when applied with a brush. I had some issues with it “sticking” and not wanting to diffuse along the edge. It faded after seven and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Anaconda is described as a “shimmery green.” It’s a medium-dark forest green with warm, golden frosted shimmer. It had nice color payoff with a soft, blendable texture that applied well to bare skin and didn’t need primer to function. It wore well for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches> / compare dupes side-by-side.

Punch Fuchsia is described as a “velvet bright purple.” It’s a lightly brightened, pinky-purple with a violet sheen. It had fairly good pigmentation, though the texture was a smidgen dry, so it didn’t seem to stay as intense on the lid. It started to fade after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Buttery is described as a “velvet soft yellow.” It’s a soft, pale yellow with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had a very silky, almost cream-like feeling in the pan, which applied with good color payoff on bare skin and didn’t look chalky. It is a little powdery, though. It stayed on well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Blue Velvet is described as a “velvet navy.” It’s a muted, deepened navy blue with cool undertones and a sprinkling of lighter blue shimmer. The shimmer doesn’t translate much on the lid, and this is one of the worst shades in the palette. It is dry, powdery, sheer, thin, and difficult to blend and apply to the lid. It stuck in random places, and I tried packing it on six or seven times and none of it would stick beyond what initially landed. It had faded by five and a half hours of wear. It absolutely needs a white base to have a chance of performing half-decently. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Coal is described as a “matte black.” It’s a dark black with a mostly matte finish and neutral undertones. It had good pigmentation with a slight powderiness, but it wasn’t too bad. It needs a primer to help it blend, as it tended to adhere but become very stiff to diffuse/blend out along the edges. It wore well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Unicorn is described as a “shimmery periwinkle.” It’s a cobalt blue with a hint of purple with a smattering of silver shimmer over a matte finish. It is sheer, dry, powdery, short-wearing, and generally a real pain to use. It doesn’t build-up, because it doesn’t stick to bare skin but rather dusts away with a gentle breeze (or brush!). It seemed to last about five and a half hours, but there was so little in the first place, it’s not surprising. This is the type of color and finish that seems difficult for brands (in general) to do well. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Phresh is described as a “matte bright yellow.” It’s a brightened, light-medium yellow with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had decent color payoff, but it did sheer out and wasn’t easily blended on bare skin. Again–I’m sounding like a broken record–this palette really doesn’t work without a primer of some sort, due to the thinner, drier nature of the eyeshadow formula. It lasted for seven hours on me. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Baby I’m a Star is described as a “sparkling brown.” It’s a dark brown with warm, reddish undertones and a pearly sheen. It had a thin, stiffer texture that was harder to blend out on the skin. It had decent to good pigmentation, and it applied better when I was using it in practice than it did on my arm. I wish it was easier to use. The color wore well for seven and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Orange You Fancy is described as a “shimmery orange.” It’s a brightened orange with warm undertones and a frosted, golden shimmer-sheen finish. The texture is incredibly soft, but it is also drier and crumbly, so there is a ton of excess product that gets picked up and dislodged from the pan. Though it is pigmented, the drier texture seemed to apply unevenly to my eyelid, so it didn’t appear as pigmented on. It wore well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Beigely is described as a “shimmery beige.” It’s a golden pewter with warm undertones and a more metallic finish. It had good color payoff, while the texture was smooth but a little stiffer in the pan. It’s not stiff per se, but it wasn’t as soft as the other shades in the palette. It ended up being easier to work with on the lid, as it applied more evenly. It started to fade after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The Glossover

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Artist

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Product

7.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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Dusty Rose

B+

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8/10

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4.5/5

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Aubergine

B+

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8/10

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4.5/5

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