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Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Chanel Vivacite (88) Joues Contraste Blush
Chanel Vivacite (88) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Vivacite (88) Joues Contraste Blush ($45.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a brightened, fuchsia-berry with cool, blue undertones and a satin-matte finish. There’s a barely-there sheen that becomes more noticeable when the blush is really buffed into the skin. Clinique Plum Pop (04) (P, $21.00)is lighter, more shimmery. Guerlain Cherry (02) (LE, $42.00) is a cream product. NARS Coeur Battant (LE, $29.00) is darker, brighter. NARS Angelika (P, $29.00) is slightly lighter, more muted, and has sparkle. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The texture of the blush feels very finely-milled, but it also seems somewhat dry, so it doesn’t stick to skin well unless you’ve used a primer, liquid/cream foundation, or have normal-to-oily skin (any of these gives the powder blush something to adhere to). Since it doesn’t adhere well, the color payoff is semi-opaque but not buildable to full color coverage. It blended decently, but I wish that it was more blendable, as a richer shade like this can be more challenging to apply and blend to an even, smooth layer of color as a result. Once on, the blush wore well for seven and a half hours before starting to fade.

The Glossover

LE
product

Vivacite (88)

B-

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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Thursday, April 17th, 2014

MAC Studio Sculpt Shade & Line Eyeshadows
MAC Studio Sculpt Shade & Line Eyeshadows

MAC Studio Sculpt Shade & Line Eyeshadows ($21.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a new and limited edition formula that has eight variations. Each is a trio that features two shades designed as eyeshadows and one shade as an eyeliner. They can be used wet or dry, but nearly all of them needed to be used with a dampened brush and/or over a tacky or creamy base to get decent pigmentation out of them, let alone ensure that the application of each color was smooth and even. The eyeshadows tended to be on the powdery side, while the eyeliner shade is so dry and stiff that the brush has to be truly wet, not just damp, to get any color out of it, but it dries and sets so quickly that managing even, smooth color is a challenge if you want to use it as an eyeliner. (Honestly, using the eyeshadow shades as eyeliners is easier!) I don’t recommend the formula at all; MAC has put out better eyeshadows in the past, and they have better eyeshadows in their permanent range, if you’re really hunting for a new MAC eyeshadow.

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Thursday, April 17th, 2014

MAC Violet Blend Studio Sculpt Shade & Line
MAC Violet Blend Studio Sculpt Shade & Line

MAC Violet Blend Studio Sculpt Shade & Line ($21.00 for 0.06 oz.) contains pink and plum eyeshadows with a purple eyeliner. The Studio Sculpt Shade & Line Eyeshadows can be used wet “for a defined look with super-saturated colour” or dry for “medium buildable coverage.” Looking at the big picture, this trio still doesn’t represent a really high quality product, but within the eight trios released, it is one of the “better” ones. The eyeshadows are both usable, only slightly powdery, and had decent color payoff. The eyeliner still had that stiff, dry texture where you really have to wet the brush significantly to yield any color payoff, but getting even, smooth color isn’t easy. When you manage to get them on, though, the wear is eight hours.

Violet Blend #1 is described as a “light white-pink.” It’s a light-medium, cool-toned pink with a frosted, metallic sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation whether applied dry or wet–it just became more metallic when applied damp. The texture was a little powdery but not too bad. MAC Pink Sensibilities #2 (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC A Medley of Mauves #1 (P, $21.00) is a touch darker. MAC Pinkluxe #1 (P) is darker. MAC Joy & Laughter #1 (P, $21.00) is similar. MAC Fresh & Mint #2 (P, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Young Venus (LE, $19.50) is similar. MAC Maribu (LE, $32.50) is similar. Dior Garden Roses #5 (LE) is also similar. Dior Garden Roses #1 (LE) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Violet Blend #2 is described as a “deep violet.” It’s a medium-dark, muted purple with subtle cool undertones and a satin-matte finish. It had sheer color payoff when applied dry, which intensified to semi-opaque color payoff when applied with a very damp brush. The texture was fairly dry, stiff, and generally had to be used with a very wet brush to get any usability out of it, whether you wanted to use it as an eyeliner or as an eyeshadow. Makeup Geek Duchess (P, $5.99) is very similar. Giorgio Armani Fatal #4 (P) is darker. Inglot #379 (P, $6.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Violet Blend #3 is described as an “iridescent cool pink.” It’s a brightened, pinky-plum with warm, red undertones and a frosted sheen. Applied dry, it had semi-sheer pigmentation, and applied damp, it was mostly opaque. The texture was just a little bit powdery. Illamasqua Ensnare (P) is brighter, warmer. Chanel Pink Lagoon (LE, $34.00) is lighter. Chanel Abstraction (LE, $36.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Glossover

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palette

Violet Blend

C+

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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Violet Blend #1

B-

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

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Violet Blend #2

C-

Product

6.5/10

Pigmentation

7.5/10

Texture

6/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

3.5/5

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Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Temptalia Asks You


Should a collection work together? Would you rather the items stand alone/designed to incorporate with other products you own?

Temptalia's AnswerI think a few things should work together, ideally, but in general, I’d rather more unique/interesting shades across the board then a brand that releases a few basics just to make it a more wearable collection (together, that is).

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Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

MAC Hi Jinks! Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour
MAC Hi Jinks! Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour

MAC Hi Jinks! Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour ($21.00 for 0.43 oz.) is described as a “bright coral.” It’s a medium, coral-orange with warm undertones and a soft sheen. It had good, buildable color payoff, and the texture was thin, emollient, and creamy. On the lips, it’s very unforgiving and will cling to any unevenness, dryness, cracked/chapped areas on the lips, and in general, it looks dry (and feels drying) on. The color lasted four hours on my lips, but it wore longer on cheeks at seven hours. IT Cosmetics Pretty in Peony (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, powder. theBalm Pie (P) is similar, slightly pinker. Tarte True Love (P, $26.00) is lighter, powder. Chanel Intonation (69) (LE, $38.00) is brighter. Tom Ford Beauty Flush (P, $55.00) is brighter, powder. Illamasqua Dixie (P, $26.00) is slightly pinker. See comparison swatches/ view dupes.

MAC Young at Heart Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour ($21.00 for 0.43 oz.) is described as a “bright pink.” It’s a cool-toned, cotton candy pink with a luminous sheen. Again, as a lip product, it’s a poor performer–clingy, drying, terribly unflattering on (makes lips look totally devoid of moisture!)–though it wears three and a half hours as a lip color/stain. It’s better as a blush, clocking in at seven hours of wear and has buildable, medium color coverage. Milani Delizioso Pink (10) (P, $7.99) is a powder. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Blush (LE) is more shimmery, powder. Givenchy It-Girl Purple (P, $44.00) is lighter, powder. Too Faced Lollipop (LE) is warmer, powder. Too Faced Raindrops on Roses (LE) is warmer, powder. Urban Decay Quickie (LE) is powder. MAC Pure Femininity (LE, $20.00) is lighter, warmer, powder. theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is warmer, powder. MAC Peony Petal (P, $21.00) is powder. MAC I’m the One (LE, $21.00) is powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Glossover

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product

Hi Jinks!

B

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4.5/5

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Young at Heart

B

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4.5/5

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Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Survey Says

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