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Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

Bobbi Brown Brightening Bricks for February 2015
Bobbi Brown Brightening Bricks for February 2015

Brightening Brick ($46.00) (New, Permanent)

Your go-to product for a lit-from-within glow, Bobbi’s Brightening Brick combines the warmth of a bronzer and the soft flush of a blush to give light skin tones gorgeous, subtle luminosity.

  • Coral
  • Pastel Pink
  • Cranberry
  • Pink

Availability: Pre-order at Neiman Marcus, February 2015 at other retailers/counters

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Monday, January 26th, 2015

Temptalia Asks You


Have you ever depotted makeup? How did it go? Do you love how it turned out or regret it?

Temptalia's AnswerGuerlain Meteorites (loose, haha), and luckily, it didn’t open when I dropped and everything was fine. My heart stopped at the thought of pearls spilling everywhere.

Thanks to Nicole for today’s question! Do you have a question idea? Submit yours here.

Monday, January 26th, 2015

Estee Lauder Chrome Double Wear Stay-in-Place Eye Pencil
Estee Lauder Chrome Double Wear Stay-in-Place Eye Pencil

Estee Lauder Chrome Double Wear Stay-in-Place Eye Pencil ($23.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a medium silver with a metallic sheen. It had so-so color payoff in a single stroke that was buildable to semi-opaque coverage in two to three layers. It glided on but seemed a little waxy. It lasted for nine hours on me, which is shy of the 12-hours promised. MAC Sterling Silver (P, $16.00) is lighter. bareMinerals Certainly Sterling (LE) is lighter. L’Oreal Silver Sky (290) (P, $8.99) is cooler-toned. Urban Decay Cuff (P, $19.00) is similar. MAC Silver Skates (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Bobbi Brown Chrome (LE, $24.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Estee Lauder Gold Double Wear Stay-in-Place Eye Pencil ($23.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a medium, yellow gold with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation in one pass, and it was fairly buildable, but the consistency was a little too waxy so it didn’t build to fully opaque coverage. It lasted for nine and a half hours on me. MAC Twinked (P, $16.00) is similar. MAC $$$ (P, $16.00) is darker. Sephora Collection Girls Night Out (P, $9.00) is darker. NARS Las Ramblas (LE, $24.00) is yellower, lighter. Urban Decay Goldmine (P, $19.00) is similar. MAC Going for Gold (LE, $16.00) is darker. Giorgio Armani Antique (04) (LE, $28.00) is less yellow. Chanel Vegas Gold (LE, $28.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Estee Lauder Pearl Double Wear Stay-in-Place Eye Pencil ($23.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a light white gold with warm, yellow tones and a metallic sheen. It had semi-sheer color payoff and was rather waxy, so it was difficult to build up an even layer of color. It lasted for nine hours on me. MAC Snowed In (P, $16.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Venus (P, $19.00) is lighter. Sephora Collection Blonde Ambition (P, $9.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Estee Lauder Pink Gold Double Wear Stay-in-Place Eye Pencil ($23.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a golden copper with warm undertones and a frosted finish. The color payoff was semi-sheer to semi-opaque, and it wasn’t buildable to much more than that. On me, the color wore well for nine hours before thinning noticeably. Sephora Collection Girl Talk (P, $9.00) is slightly darker. Giorgio Armani Copper (05) (LE, $28.00) is darker. Chanel Or Rose (LE, $30.00) is darker. Chanel Peche Cuivre (LE, $28.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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8.5/10

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7.5/10

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8/10

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7.5/10

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Pearl

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6.5/10

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6/10

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7/10

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Monday, January 26th, 2015

Rant & Rave

Share: Tell us what you love and hate about Urban Decay!

my answer: I’m a huge fan of their lipstick and eyeshadow ranges, and I love that they have a pretty good variety of colors to choose from. I’d love to see their lipstick range offer more finishes and more cool-toned shades, though. And one day, I’d love for them to take the buttery, dense formula of their eyeshadows and apply it to blush! They need standalone blushes/highlighters! I don’t like their build-your-own-palette system at all and think it was a huge miss.

Monday, January 26th, 2015

Giorgio Armani Onyx (05) Eye Tint
Giorgio Armani Onyx (05) Eye Tint

Giorgio Armani Eye Tint ($38.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a “fluid eyeshadow” that is supposed to be a long-wearing (“16-hour staying power)’ with “deep and intense color.” When they work, they work well, but there is a definite learning curve with the formula. I noticed that sometimes when I pulled the doe-foot applicator out of the tube for a few shades, the consistency was thinner and more watery, and other times, it was almost clumpy with product, though it never felt genuinely thick. If it is more watery than not, it can apply somewhat sheer, but if it is normal (because a more watery pull was more infrequent), it applied beautifully with rich, opaque color coverage (which was what happened most of the time with most shades). It is imperative to spread out the product with a smooth, even layer, or else it can add a textured (read: wrinkled, scaly, etc.) look to the lid.

They dry down in fifteen to twenty seconds, and it doesn’t stay really wet for long, but it remains blendable for almost a minute. I didn’t feel too rushed, but I’d probably do one eye at a time. If you press and rub your finger gently against the lid, there will be transfer, which is why the formula is still blendable even after it dries down. The formula doesn’t feel heavy on, and it feels and looks more like a powder after it dries down. It is also a buildable formula, if you prefer to apply in layers, but it can be trickier to get a really thin, even layer. I used a flat, synthetic brush to apply and then a synthetic crease brush to blend the edges for this formula. They wear an impressive length of time (though not quite 16 hours) and tend to fade more than crease on my normal-to-dry lids (no primer). Once you get the hang of using them, they’re really lovely to use. If you prefer a sheerer look, it’s very easy to use less and blend out more. They seem overpriced (I would have expected $32-34), but at least they come with a fair amount of product (other high-end cream eyeshadows tend to contain an average of 0.14 oz.), which is slightly mitigated by the tube packaging (harder to get every last bit out of it).

Giorgio Armani Onyx (05) Eye Tint ($38.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a dirty, tarnished gold with a hint of pewter. I want to call it a mix of gold, olive, and pewter. It had a more metallic finish with a hint of gold sparkle. The pigmentation on this often varied; one time it would be very opaque (see it applied to the eye–that was a single layer), the next a little watery and thus semi-sheer to semi-opaque. The color wore well for fourteen hours before fading, but there was some minor fall out after eight and a half hours of wear. Chanel Tisse Fantaisie #3 (LE) is powder, warmer. Kat Von D Division (LE) is powder. Cle de Peau Stardust #4 (P) is warmer, powder. Hello Kitty Cookie (LE) is lighter, powder. Chanel Tisse Venitien #3 (P) is less shimmery, lighter, powder. L’Oreal Gilded Envy (755) (P, $7.99) is warmer, powder. NARS Taiga #2 (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, powder. MAC Cakeshop (LE) is lighter. MAC Modern Pewter (LE, $19.50) is lighter, powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Giorgio Armani Green Iron (06) Eye Tint ($38.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a warm, olive bronze with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It was richly pigmented with a very smooth consistency that never seemed watery. The color blended out easily, whether you wanted an opaque all-over lid color with diffused edges or a wash of color. This shade wore well for fourteen and a half hours on me before fading. Cle de Peau Stardust #2 (P) is lighter, powder. MAC Psyche (LE, $15.00) is warmer, powder. theBalm Kawabunga (LE, $16.00) is greener, powder. Make Up For Ever D320 Golden Khaki (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, powder (kind of). MAC Olive Blend #3 (LE) is lighter, less shimmery, powder. Urban Decay Stash (LE, $18.00) is greener, powder. Clinique Whopping Willow (P, $17.00) is greener. MAC Fiction (DC, $15.00) is powder. Giorgio Armani #6 (P, $33.00) is browner, powder. Giorgio Armani #14 (LE, $33.00) is powder. bareMinerals Eureka (P) is powder. bareMinerals Speaker Box (LE) is less shimmery, darker, powder. Inglot #419 (P, $6.00) is greener, powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Giorgio Armani Emeraude (04) Eye Tint ($38.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a bold, deepened emerald green with cool undertones and a satin sheen. It was intensely pigmented and applied smoothly with even color coverage. On me, it wore well for fourteen hours before fading. It’s hard to find a shade like this, as cooler-toned emerald greens are surprisingly rare! Charlotte Tilbury The Rebel #4 (P) is more shimmery, powder. Make Up For Ever I300 Pine Green (P, $21.00) is bluer, powder. MAC Green Room (LE, $15.00) is lighter, less shimmery, powder. Urban Decay Damaged (LE, $18.00) is warmer, powder. Sephora Collection Walk on the Wild Side (08) (P, $13.00) is warmer, powder. bareMinerals Max Volume (LE) is darker, powder. Bobbi Brown Forest (P, $28.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Onyx (05)

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8.5/10

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Green Iron (06)

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9.5/10

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10/10

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9.5/10

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9/10

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Emeraude (04)

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9/10

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10/10

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Monday, January 26th, 2015

MAC Moodyblu Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Moodyblu Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Moodyblu Eyeshadow Palette ($44.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a blue-hued set of shades that ranges from light gray to navy blue. This was my least favorite of the three palettes, as it performed the worst out of the bunch. Three of the shades are part of the permanent range, while three are limited edition. Too many shades from this set had drier, thinner, and were more difficult to blend out on the skin to make it a must-have.

Midnight Snow is described as a “pale silver [with a Frost finish].” It’s a brightened, silvery white with a frosted sheen. It had so-so color payoff with a thinner texture that really had to be layered to work on the skin. Once on, it wore well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Idol Eyes is described as a “silver violet with gold [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a muted, bluish-purple with gold sparkle. This is part of the permanent range, and it continues to be one of my least favorite MAC shades, because it is very sheer, gritty, and the sparkle gets everywhere. The one included in the palette seemed especially annoying to use. The only way I’ve ever managed half-decent results out of it is when patted over a colored, tacky base. At best, it seems to wear for six hours but has fall out, and it’s hard to tell, as there is little visible color on my skin. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Knight Divine is described as a “black with silver pearl [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a drak gray with a silver frosted sheen. The color payoff was good, while the consistency was soft and blendable. It wore well for eight hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Indigogo is described as a “blackened navy with multi-dimensional pearl [with a Velvet finish].” It’s a muted, bluish-teal with a soft blue micro-sparkle over a satin finish. It had good color payoff, but the texture was drier, which made blending it more difficult as it tended to turn patchy. It lasted for eight hours before creasing. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Deep Truth is described as a “true dark blue [with a Frost finish].” It’s a medium-dark, brightened blue with a frosted finish. It had good color payoff with a fairly soft texture, but it was stiffer and thinner compared to the permanent version I have. It wore well for eight hours and was easier to use than I expected, based on the texture. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Exotic Purple is described as a “dark navy [with a Satin finish].” It’s a blackened navy blue that leans a little purple with a satin sheen. It was semi-sheer with a drier, thinner consistency that made it hard to work with. It was a shade that tended to look uneven when applied to the lid. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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7/10

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7.5/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

8/10

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4/5

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Midnight Snow

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7.5/10

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8/10

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8/10

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8.5/10

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Idol Eyes

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2.5/10

Pigmentation

3.5/10

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4.5/10

Longevity

5.5/10

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3/5

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