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Sunday, July 5th, 2015

Tarte Energy Noir Eye & Cheek Palette
Tarte Energy Noir Eye & Cheek Palette

If it wasn’t apparent by the abundance of sneak peeks, but we are in the throes of fall color collections and releases. July you say? Well, they come a little earlier everywhere and maybe by 2020, we’ll be looking at fall in April :) The best thing I can do for you is providing early swatches while I work on the testing and writing portion of the review process. (Testing takes the longest, followed by finding dupes, in case you were curious.) For total clarity, I purchased the Becca and Tarte palettes, while bareMinerals sent theirs as a press sample.

Palettes in this post:

  1. bareMinerals Work, Weekend, Wow Eyeshadow Palette ($26.00 for 0.17 oz.)
  2. Becca Ombre Rouge Eye Palette ($40.00 for 0.20 oz.)
  3. Tarte Energy Noir Eye & Cheek Palette ($38.00 for 0.54 oz.)

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Sunday, July 5th, 2015

Bite Beauty #007 Limited Lip Lab Creme Deluxe Lipstick
Bite Beauty #007 Limited Lip Lab Creme Deluxe Lipstick

Bite Beauty #007 Limited Lip Lab Creme Deluxe Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “bubblegum magenta.” It’s a lightly brightened, medium fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a satin finish. MAC RiRi Boy (LE, $16.00) is darker, more muted, cooler, less glossy. Maybelline Brazen Berry (P, $7.49) is darker, warmer, glossier. NYX Pink Lyric (P, $4.00) is more muted, warmer. MAC Love Forever (P, $18.00) is lighter, more muted. MAC Night Blooming (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker. Buxom Swinger (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer. Bite Beauty Grape (LE, $24.00) is lighter, brighter. Maybelline Electric Pink (P, $7.99) is lighter, brighter, less glossy. Colour Pop Pasties (LE, $5.00) is warmer, glossier. Colour Pop Buds (P, $6.00) is brighter, less glossy. Colour Pop Drive In (P, $6.00) is darker, less glossy. Kat Von D L.U.V. (P, $19.00) is darker, less glossy. Tom Ford Beauty Jack (LE, $32.00) is warmer. Kat Von D Backstage Bambi (P, $19.00) is lighter, brighter, less glossy. NYX Privileged (P, $6.00) is lighter, warmer. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

As usual, this post is mostly to provide dupes for those who missed out or didn’t want to shell out the $36 price tag for July’s shade of the month from Bite. (And on the remote possibility that they ever repromote these monthly releases.) It had very nearly opaque color coverage that applied without dragging and went on evenly. The texture was lightly creamy, not too thick or too thin, and sat well on the lips while worn. There was a strong, pink-red stain left behind. It was comfortable to wear as it was lightly hydrating over time, and the color wore well for six hours on me. The consistency is thinner than the Luminous Creme formula, and this particular shade had less sheen as well. I find the Luminous Creme formula to be more hydrating overall.

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9.5/10

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9/10

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Sunday, July 5th, 2015

Giorgio Armani No. 03 Fluid Sheer
Giorgio Armani No. 03 Fluid Sheer

Giorgio Armani No. 03 Fluid Sheer ($62.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is a slightly muted, medium copper with warm, orange undertones and fine, gold pearl shimmer. It had sheer coverage that was buildable to semi-sheer. The texture was thin, almost watery (but not in a bad way), and spread across the skin easily with even, sheer dispersion. It leaves behind a dewy, luminous sheen on the skin when it dries down. On me, the color wore for eight and a half hours before fading. This one was easy to mix in with foundation for general warmth, but it may be a little too shimmery for some, depending on what your preference is. Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is lighter, cooler. Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment (Original) (P, $26.00) is lighter. Becca Topaz (P, $38.00) is more pigmented. Bobbi Brown Bronze Glow (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery, darker, more pigmented. Becca Topaz (P, $41.00) is cooler. Illamasqua Supernatural (P, $24.00) is darker, cooler. MAC Barbados Girl (LE, $20.00) is darker, cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA SUMMARY | Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer ($62.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is available in fifteen shades that range from sheer beige to sheer yellow to sheer copper. The formula is supposed to “dress skin in an illuminating veil of radiance.” It’s designed to be sheer, though some shades are more buildable than others, and in general, the darker hued shades are going to appear more pigmented and can be used as highlighting blushes or even as blushes (depending on your skin tone) — the brand actually calls out it can be used as “an eyeshadow base, blush, or bronzer” as well as your typical highlighter. It can be used alone, mixed with base products (like foundation, primer, or moisturizing). Some shades are glittery, others are shimmery, and others have very fine shimmer. Alone, I tend to get seven to eight hours of wear with lighter, shimmery shades and closer to ten hours or longer with some of the bolder shades, and it doesn’t seem to impact the wear of my base products (either shortening or lengthening the wear). I like fingertips or a duo-fiber/stippling brush for application using a patting and dabbing motion rather than a lot of sweeping, then a light buffing to diffuse and blend out the edges.

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Saturday, July 4th, 2015

Temptalia Asks You


What beauty brand would you love to work for? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerI really have no idea! There are a lot of great brands out there, but it’s hard to know if working for them would actually be fun. It would depend on what I’d be doing, too! For instance, if I did anything, I’d want to make sure I could push quality over quantity!

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Saturday, July 4th, 2015

Sephora Colorful Blushes | July 2015 Shade Extensions
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This July, there were eight new shades of Sephora Colorful Blushes ($15.00 for 0.12 oz.) added to the range, with three highlighters, one blush, and four contour shades–though one contour shade (Passionate) doesn’t really seem like a contour shade at all and another (Fiji) seemed more like a bronzer as it was quite shimmery as a heads up. Full reviews to come (I need more cheeks!!) :)

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Saturday, July 4th, 2015

Becca Champagne Pop Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed
Becca Champagne Pop Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed

Becca Champagne Pop Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed ($38.00 for 0.28 oz.) is described as a “soft white gold with pinky peach undertones.” It’s a brightened, light-medium gold with warm, orange-y undertones and a frosted sheen. Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is lighter, brighter. Sephora Collection Jubilant (21) (P, $15.00) is less shimmery, lighter. NARS Tribulation (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler. Laura Geller Gilded Honey (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler. L’Oreal Golden (P, $12.99) is more shimmery, darker. Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment (Original) (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment (Original) (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker. Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is darker. Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is lighter, brighter. NARS Frenzy (Left) (P, ) is lighter, brighter. Cle de Peau Sand Beige (13) (P, $55.00) is less shimmery, darker. Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is darker. MAC Whisper of Gilt (LE, $30.00) is darker, more muted, cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed is supposed to be a “creamy powder luminizer” that gives a “superb natural glow.” In general, I think Becca’s highlighters have a really great, soft and smooth consistency with excellent color payoff and a high-shimmer finish. It’s not a highlighter for those who like their highlight subtle, as it is very bright and reflective unless you use a light hand. Champagne Pop is soft, blendable, and easy to apply with good pigmentation that can be sheered out or applied at full intensity. I find it can emphasize the skin’s natural texture at times, so it depends on the application. I like using a fan brush or a feathery, less dense highlighting blush to get a luminous glow that looks good without compromising the way the skin’s texture looks. On me, it wore for eight and a half hours before fading slightly.

If you already have Moonstone and Opal, the two layered together look identical to this. I would argue that Champagne Pop has a stronger sheen and has a few slightly larger shimmer particles in it (it seems almost looser in the pan, though not really dry or powdery). You can also see my Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Guide for all things Becca highlighters. Towards the end of the post, you’ll find swatch comparisons between the three as well as Moonstone and Opal layered and swatched next to Champagne Pop.

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