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Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

MAC Sunset Beach Blush Ombre
MAC Sunset Beach Blush Ombre

MAC Sunset Beach Blush Ombre ($30.00 for 0.49 oz.) is described as a “pink ombre into beige.” It’s a medium-dark, cool-toned pink with a satin-matte finish. NARS 413 BLKR (P, $29.00) is warmer. Clinique Plum Pop (04) (P, $21.00) is lighter, more shimmery. Clinique Berry Pop (03) (P, $21.00) is brighter, more shimmery. Milani Bella Rosa (11) (P, $7.99) is brighter, slightly warmer. NYX Bourgeois Pig (P, $5.00) is a touch lighter. NARS Mata Hari (P, $29.00) is darker. MAC Whole Lotta Love (P, $23.50) is a touch warmer. MAC Prom Princess (LE, $21.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The texture of this shade was extremely disappointing, as it was stiff and dry. To get any visible color payoff, I had to take my trusty metal spatula and scrape off layers, as the powder just wasn’t dislodging from the surface. When I went to apply it to cheeks, I had to layer the color on five times to get marginal color payoff. From there, it was difficult to blend, as it tended to stay wherever it landed initially, so it looked uneven. With a buffing brush, I was able to finagle it to resemble something not-awful, but this blush required far too much work to merit a purchase. The color wore well for eight hours, though, before it started to fade along the edges.

P.S. — Readers are reporting that they received the opposite blush than they ordered. I ordered one of each, and I received one of each, but it’s hard to say if they were technically “switched” when packed.

The Glossover

LE
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Sunset Beach

F

Product

4/10

Pigmentation

4/10

Texture

5.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

3/5

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Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

MAC Ocean City Blush Ombre
MAC Ocean City Blush Ombre

MAC Ocean City Blush Ombre ($30.00 for 0.49 oz.) is described as a “coral orange ombre into beige.” It’s a medium-dark orange with warm, red undertones and a satin-matte finish. NARS Exumas (P, $39.00) is lighter, cream. Make Up For Ever #420 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is more muted, cream. MAC Passion for Colour (LE, $20.00) is lighter, pinker. Chanel Presage (62) (LE, $38.00) is a touch lighter, cream. theBalm Swiss Dot (P, $22.00) is similar–slightly more matte. NYX Cinnamon (P, $5.00) is also similar. NARS Gilda (P, $29.00) is similar. MAC Early Morning (LE, $25.00) is redder. MAC Fiery Impact (LE, $25.00) is darker, more shimmery. Chanel Frivole (P, $43.00) is less red. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The texture was fairly soft and finely-milled, and the color payoff was moderately pigmented. The color payoff was more buildable than intense, so it will show up on deeper skin tones but can be easily applied for a softer look if you are fairer. Though I tried to play with the “ombre effect,” the color always seemed to be quite orange-red. It was easy to apply, blended well and looked even on the skin, while the color lasted for almost eight hours on me.

P.S. — Readers are reporting that they received the opposite blush than they ordered. I ordered one of each, and I received one of each, but it’s hard to say if they were technically “switched” when packed.

The Glossover

LE
product

Ocean City

B+

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

5/5

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Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Chanel Reflets d'Ete de Chanel Collection for Summer 2014
Chanel Reflets d’Ete de Chanel Collection for Summer 2014

Mix. Match. Mismatch. It’s a season of colour creativity. The shades of summer add a playful stroke to your beauty ritual, with vibrantly versatile options from LÈVRES SCINTILLANTES Glossimer and LE VERNIS Nail Colour. Coordinate shades of gloss and polish to accentuate a bronzed-skin look, or contrast lips, tips and lashes with a bright, shimmery eye for a sweet colour clash. The pairing possibilities are endless . . . the bolder, the better.

Le Blush Creme de Chanel ($38.00)

  • Cheeky Rose with bronze tint (Limited Edition)

Illusion d’Ombre Long-Wear Luminous Eyeshadow ($36.00)

  • Mirage Bronze
  • Utopia Luminous lavender (Limited Edition)
  • New Moon Irridescent copper (Limited Edition)

Inimitable Waterproof Mascara ($30.00)

  • Violet Touch Purple with gold shimmer (Limited Edition)
  • Orange Touch Orange with gold shimmer (Limited Edition)

Stylo Yeux Waterproof ($32.00)

  • Ambre Dore Gold

Levres Scintilantes Glossimer ($29.50)

  • Hello Jelly light rose (Limited Edition)
  • Sexy Jelly fuchsia
  • Happy Jelly coral
  • Sunny Jelly orange

Le Vernis ($27.00)

  • Eastern Light White beige (Repromote, Limited Edition)
  • Sweet Lilac Lilac (Limited Edition)
  • Pink Tonic Fuchsia (Limited Edition)
  • Tutti Frutti Soft coral
  • Mirabella Orange (Limited Edition)

Availability: Now @ Nordstrom; May 2014 at retailers/counters

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Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Temptalia Asks You


Do you use a lot of different makeup brushes in a look? Or just a few tried and true favorites?

Temptalia's AnswerI’m more of a tried and true kind of gal! There are brushes that just work, so I reach for those often, and then I work my day down the line depending on how many looks I’m doing at that moment (usually no more than two per eye is my skin’s tolerance), as I try to use one brush per color when testing!

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Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Cult Nails New Day Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails It’s a New Day Collection

Cult Nails It’s a New Day Collection ($36.00 for 3 x 0.50 fl. oz.) is a three-piece, limited edition collection. It’s available for pre-order at a special price of $24, and each pre-order also receives a free stamping plate. The way Cult Nails’ collections work presently is they’re sold via pre-order as a set, and if there are any remaining sets after the pre-order concludes, then those remaining bottles will be available as individual shades for purchase.

Cult Nails New Day Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as an “opaque, pastel yellow.” It’s a light, buttery yellow with a cream finish. It is mostly opaque in two coats, and it self-levels fairly well. I still ended up with a little bit of streakiness on my pinky nail, but the other three nails had totally self-leveled. The first coat was noticeably streaky, but the second coat hid and filled in the rest (excepting the pinky nail). The consistency is slightly thick, so I would make sure to take the time to do a thinner first coat, then a more normal coat for the second one. MAC Near Beth Experience (LE, $16.00) is a touch less warm-toned. Butter London Jasper (P, $15.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Cult Nails Evolution Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “sheer, but buildable, peach creme/jelly hybrid.” It’s a light, pastel peach with a cream finish. It’s sheer, as described, in a single coat, but it was a little streaky to me. I’ve also shown it with two coats, where it is opaque and had no streakiness. Dior Blossom (132) (LE, $24.00) is slightly darker. MAC Pep Pep Pep (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Myth (LE, $16.00) is darker. Chanel Emprise (P, $27.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Cult Nails Falling Hard Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “one coat, bubblegum pink creme.” It’s a light-medium, cool-toned bubblegum pink with a cream finish. It was fully opaque in one coat, just as promised. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, but it leans slightly thick. Illamasqua Harem (P, $17.00) is lighter, cooler-toned. MAC Vagabondage (LE, $16.00) is similar MAC Saint Germain (LE, $16.00) is similar. Zoya Shelby (P, $9.00) is darker. Essie Cascade Cool (LE, $8.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

P.S. — If you go through my referral link, you can get $12 off $24 on your first purchase. Note, it does not apply to the special pre-sale price (which is already discounted), so just a heads up :)

The Glossover

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New Day

A-

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Evolution

A

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Falling Hard

Temptalia Recommends
A+

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

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I remember when I first reviewed Corail Bagatelle–I know I wasn’t alone in loving that color! It wasn’t light on the pocketbook, and of course, it was high in demand, so here are some alternatives if you couldn’t justify the cost or missed out. Be sure to check out comparison swatches, because they look even more similar when swatched! You can check out a full list of dupes over at The Dupe List.

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