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Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

Wayne Goss Brush 03
Wayne Goss #04, #19, #03 Brushes

Wayne Goss Brushes are, by and large, a good, solid range of brushes with usable shapes and sizes. I think the eye brushes are better than the face brushes, though the cheek and face brushes are still good, but the assortment of eye brushes has been more impressive. The price point across most of the brushes is comparable to mid- to high-end brands, and some of the eye brushes are more reasonable than you’d expect (cheaper than brands like MAC). What I personally enjoyed most was not just the quality of the brushes, but the shapes and sizes of the brushes, as I found myself reaching for and using them as part of a routine, not just for testing. The line is more traditional in its types of brushes offered, but a couple of brushes are more interesting. The only brush in this review that I had quality issues with was the #18, which felt poky on the lid. The #03, #04, and #19 are brushes that have found their way into my permanent stash, while #05 and #17 are nice, they aren’t shapes I personally reach for.

Wayne Goss Brush 03 ($32.00) is a large, tapered crease brush with moderate density and fullness that comes to a more defined point where the hairs get less dense towards the tip. The hairs are soft enough to always feel comfortable on the lid, no matter the position or type of stroke or motion you use in your routine, but it still picks up a good amount of product and blend product easily. If there’s one type of brush you’ll find in the range, it’s a crease brush; there are five to choose from, this being the largest. I like using this for laying down a transition shade, blending out crease colors, highlighting the brow bone, and setting under eye concealer. The brush head is 21mm in length, 10mm in width, and 10mm in thickness. It has a total length of 6 inches / 15 centimeters with a open, round ferrule. For me, it’s very comparable in shape, size, and fullness to the Hakuhodo G5522 ($28), while the MAC 224 ($32) is less tapered.

Wayne Goss Brush 19 ($27.00) is a medium, tapered crease brush with a tapered edge. This brush is 1.5mm wider than #04 but 2mm narrower than #03, though it is very similar in nsize and shape to the #04 to a degree where it’s very hard to tell by eye. The bigger difference, to me, between this and the #04 is density; the #19 has less give and flex, which makes it better for getting a defined crease and more precision out of the brush. Between the two, I prefer the #19 as I find it more versatile. The brush head is 18mm in length, 8mm in width, and 8mm in thickness. It has a total length of 6.2 inches / 15.50 centimeters with a open, round ferrule. Tom Ford Eyeshadow Blend (13) ($55) seems denser but very comparable in shape, size, and purpose and is 1mm wider.

Wayne Goss Brush 04 ($28.00) is a medium-sized, tapered crease brush that comes to a soft, lightly rounded point. Visually, it looks to have half the fullness of the #03.
The brush is soft in all directions with more give and flex compared to #03, though I think some may find it has too much give. It works nicely for applying and blending out eyeshadow in the crease, above the crease, or on the brow bone. The brush hairs are soft, silky, and move as one. The brush head is 17mm in length, 6.5mm in width, and 6.5mm in thickness. It has a total length of 6.2 inches / 15.5 centimeters with a open, round ferrule. Hakuhodo J142 ($18) is comparable in size and shape, though it is 0.55mm narrower. I find Louise Young LY38 ($28) is fairly cmparable, though a tiny bit wider, while the LY38B ($24) is narrower.

Wayne Goss Brush 05 ($25.00) is a small, narrow crease brush with a lightly rounded, tapered edge. This is one of the smaller crease brushes offered by the range, and naturally, the shape follows #03 and #04, it’s just smaller in size across the board. It works well for depositing more defined color into the crease and smudging eyeshadow on the lower lash line. The texture of the brush was soft to feel comfortable to use but still picked up color well. The brush head is 13mm in length, 5mm in width, and 5mm in thickness. It has a total length of 6 inches / 15 centimeters. Hakuhodo J5529 ($16) comes to a less tapered point, but it has the exact same length and width/thickness.

Wayne Goss Brush 17 ($32.00) is a large, flat, dense all-over dome eyeshadow brush. For someone who applies a wash of color or a powder base on the eye lid, it would work nicely for that. The edge also works for smudging or applying color to the lash line. It’s soft, smooth, and I couldn’t feel the individual bristles moving across the skin, even on the edge. The brush head is 15mm in length, 16mm in width, and 6mm in thickness. It has a total length of 5.75 inches / 14.5 centimeters. Tom Ford Eyeshadow (11) ($55) is fluffier, not quite as firm, and comes to a more pointed (less domed) edge, but is very similar in size and purpose.

Wayne Goss Brush 18 ($26.00) is a medium, flat, dome-shaped eyeshadow brush. It is fairly dense and firm with just enough give to work around the curvature of the eye. I expected to use this brush the most, but this was the one eye brush that felt rough to me–I kept feeling individual bristles poking at the skin. If used it solely for packing on eyeshadow onto the lid, I usually didn’t feel any roughness or bristles, but I felt I had to use just right to avoid it.
The brush head is 11mm in length, 10mm in width, and 5mm in thickness. It has a total length of 5.75 inches / 14.5 centimeters. MAC 239 ($25) is less firm, slightly fluffier, especially along the edge, which makes it a better multi-tasker. Hakuhodo J004G ($20) is softer and less thick.

There are also the following eye brushes (that I don’t have): #06 (shorter crease), #07 (appears to be a short, stubby domed brush), #08 (short, flat eyeliner), #16 (rounded dome), #20 (pointed crease).

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Brush 03

The hairs are soft enough to always feel comfortable on the lid, no matter the position or type of stroke or motion you use in your routine, but it still picks up a good amount of product and blend product easily.
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Brush 19

This brush is 1.5mm wider than #04 but 2mm narrower than #03, though it is very similar in nsize and shape to the #04 to a degree where it's very hard to tell by eye. The bigger difference, to me, between this and the #04 is density; the #19 has less give and flex, which makes it better for getting a defined crease and more precision out of the brush.
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It works nicely for applying and blending out eyeshadow in the crease, above the crease, or on the brow bone. The brush hairs are soft, silky, and move as one. The brush head is 17mm in length, 6.5mm in width, and 6.5mm in thickness.
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Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

Dior Designer 5-Colour Palette
Dior Designer 5-Colour Palette

Inspired by professional techniques and textures, this palette lets you create easy, stand-out eyes. Achieve flawless, sculpted eye looks and color graduation with these five semi-tones, while the designer textures allow for infinite layering with a sheer finish. This palette features a powder base that smooths, evens out, and prepares lids for application of longer-lasting, eye shadow color. Enriched with pearlescent pigments, its array of satiny eye shadows deliver high-pigment power with a luminous finish that creates a 3-D, sculpted effect. The shimmering highlighter imparts an ultra-fine film of light onto the eyelid, and the dense eyeliner finishes off the look by defining the eyes with an elevated, matte glow.

Designer 5-Colour Palette ($62.00) (New, Permanent)

  • Navy (208)
  • Khaki (308)
  • Nude Pink (508)
  • Amber (708)
  • Taupe (718)

Availability: May 2015; coming soon to Sephora

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Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

Temptalia Asks You


What’s your most used lipstick? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerGuerlain Gems! It’s about a centimeter tall now.

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Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

Marc Jacobs Enamored Hi-Shine Lip Lacquer
Marc Jacobs Enamored Hi-Shine Lip Lacquer

Marc Jacobs Love Buzz (324) Enamored Hi-Shine Lip Lacquer ($28.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is described as a “rose-gold shimmer.” It’s a light-medium, warm-toned pink with fine, lighter gold shimmer. It had semi-sheer color payoff with more noticeable shimmer than color coverage (but nonetheless, a far cry from “maximum color”). It lasted for three and a half hours on me and was lightly moisturizing. Make Up For Ever 203P Golden Pink (P, $19.00) is less shimmery. Surratt Beauty Soigne (P, $32.00) is pinker. Revlon HD Petalite (540) (P, $8.99) is pinker. MAC Stoke the Flame (LE, $15.00) is similar. Marc Jacobs Beauty Pink Diamond (326) (DC, $28.00) seems to pretty much be the same (so I expect Love Buzz to be the replacement). NARS Orgasm (P, $26.00) is similar. MAC Flare for Fantasy (LE, $20.00) is warmer. MAC Dynasty at Dusk (P, $20.00) is warmer. Burberry Cameo Pink (P, $29.00) is pinker. Bobbi Brown Pink Gold (P, $24.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Marc Jacobs Some Girls (328) Enamored Hi-Shine Lip Lacquer ($28.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is described as a “punch-pink shimmer.” It’s a slightly muted, medium pink with warm undertones and a fine dusting of pink and gold shimmer. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage that went on evenly and smoothly. It wore well for four hours and was hydrating over time. Make Up For Ever 205P Pearly Rose (P, $19.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever 203P Golden Pink (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Maybelline Pearlescent Peach (520) (P, $8.99) is brighter. NARS Stella (P, $26.00) is darker. MAC Be Nice (P, $22.00) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Heart Shaped (308) (DC, $28.00) is very similar. MAC Meteoric (LE, $20.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Marc Jacobs Uproar (336) Enamored Hi-Shine Lip Lacquer ($28.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is described as a “melon shimmer.” It’s a light-medium, peachy-orange with peach and pink shimmer. It had sheer coverage that primarily darkened and added warmth to my natural lip color, but I would expect this one to look different from person to person as the natural lip color will change this one a lot. The shimmer is fine and hardly noticeable on. It’s comfortable to wear during the three hours it lasts, and it was somewhat hydrating. Maybelline Enthralling Nude (500) (P, $8.99) is less shimmery. Charlotte Tilbury Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds (L.S.D.) (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery. MAC Bared for You (LE, $15.00) is lighter. Divergent Supreme Ritual (LE) is less shimmery. MAC Nectarsweet (LE, $20.00) is pinker. YSL Nude Carat (No. 20) (P, $32.00) is similar. bareMinerals Dazzler (LE, $18.00) is similar. Dior No Angel (353) (P, $29.50) is pinker. Chanel Zephyr (377) (LE, $29.50) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

Becca Moonstone Shimmering Skin Perfector (Liquid)
Becca Moonstone Shimmering Skin Perfector (Liquid)

Becca Moonstone Shimmering Skin Perfector (Liquid) ($41.00 for 1.7 fl. oz.) is described as a “pale gold.” It’s a muted, light golden champagne with very fine shimmer and warmer undertones. Too Faced Pop of Light (P) is a powder, pinker, less shimmery. Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is a cream, slightly more shimmery. Estee Lauder Courreges (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery. Burberry Nude Radiance No. 01 (P, $48.00) is lighter. MAC Born to Dazzle (LE, $28.00) is more sparkly, powder. Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Glow (P) is darker, powder. Tarte Champagne (LE) is a powder. Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is a powder. Illamasqua Aurora (P, $24.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The formula is supposed to be a “sheer cream-liquid” that gives the skin a “soft, natural glow.” The liquid version of the Shimmering Skin Perfector is the sheerest option, though it is still a noticeable highlighter when applied on top of bare skin or foundation. I personally prefer using the liquid for mixing in with base products (like foundation, moisturizer, or primer) for an all-over luminosity, and then defer to the cream or powder versions for spot highlighting (cheekbones, bridge of the nose, and so forth). The texture is thin, watery (not in a bad way), and very spreadable across the skin. It doesn’t emphasize pores or look too shimmery on the skin, even when blended all-over. On me, it doesn’t seem to decrease or increase the wear of my base product, and as a standalone highlighter, it stays on well for seven and a half hours. The pump mechanism is hard to control if you want just enough for cheeks, as it tends to pump out enough for all-over.

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