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Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

Temptalia Asks You


How do you get a good curl for your eyelashes? Share your techniques & tips!

Temptalia's AnswerI use shu uemura’s eyelash curler, which fits my eye shape/lashes well without pinching and gives a good, natural curl. Some mascaras are better/worse for holding (or killing) the curl, but I tend to like lighter-weight mascaras for helping.

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Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

Sephora Contour Eye Pencil
Sephora Contour Eye Pencil

Sephora Cappuccino Contour Eye Pencil ($10.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “brown glitter.” It’s a dark brown with warm, yellow undertones and a gold sparkle and shimmer. It had decent color payoff in a single stroke, and it was buildable to mostly opaque coverage with two layers. It wore well for ten hours (shy of the 12-hours claimed, though) before thinning. Tarte Bronze (LE) is darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty Brown(out) (54) (P, $25.00) is similar. Buxom Come Over (P, $17.00) is lighter. MAC Deliciously Rich (LE, $16.00) is a cream product. MAC Lord It Up (P, $15.00) is similar. MAC Orpheus (LE, $16.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sephora Cocoa Contour Eye Pencil ($10.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “chocolate.” It’s a dark brown with warm, red undertones and a subtle bronze shimmer. It had good pigmentation in one pass with a soft, creamy consistency that wore well for ten hours before fading. Tarina Tarantino Puppeteer (P, $15.00) is very similar. Laura Mercier Espresso (P, $24.00) is more matte. Make Up For Ever #25L (P, $19.00) is more matte. Urban Decay Whiskey (P, $19.00) is more matte. Urban Decay Bourbon (P, $19.00) is similar. MAC Seasonally Spicy (LE, $16.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sephora Flirting Game Contour Eye Pencil ($10.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “taupe.” It’s a dark taupe brown with subtle, warm undertones while the gray-ish cast is quite noticeable, so it almost looks cool-toned on top. It had nice color payoff in a single stroke, and it glides on easily without tugging at the lash line as the consistency is lightly creamy (but not so creamy that it smudges or migrates). It wore well for ten and a half hours on me. Sephora Collection Welcome to My Loft (LE, $9.00) is cooler-toned, lighter. Urban Decay Stray Dog (LE, $19.00) is slightly grayer. Urban Decay Underground (P, $19.00) is a touch browner but similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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8.5/10

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10/10

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8.5/10

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Cocoa

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9/10

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9/10

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10/10

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8.5/10

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5/5

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Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

Burberry Nude Radiance No. 01 Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base
Burberry Nude Radiance No. 01 Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base

Burberry Nude Radiance No. 01 Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base ($48.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is a gold-shimmered light beige that gives more of a pearlescent sheen than a distinct shimmer/sparkle. NARS 413 BLKR (P, $30.00) is more shimmery. Illamasqua Aurora (P, $24.00) is similar, but it is a cream. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It’s described as a “multiuse luminizer” that hydrates while illuminating. It’s a thin, liquid highlighter that can be used all-over the face, mixed with moisturizer or foundation, or patted on top of foundation for more targeted illumination. I find it is easiest to used mixed in with moisturizer or liquid foundation, and it will give your base a more luminous, dewy look that isn’t oily or wet. It is the type of product that I think translates better in-person than in a photo, as it livens up the skin and illuminates it without being flashy or obvious. It’s that “Did you change your skin regimen?” kind of effect. For the holidays, it is available in limited edition, gold-hued packaging, but the shade itself is available in the permanent line-up in its regular packaging (same price). I notice I get a slightly smoother application of my base products as well as a subtle skin smoothing effect when using this.

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Nude Radiance No. 01

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10/10

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10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

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Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

Charlotte Tilbury Ibiza Nights Lip Lustre
Charlotte Tilbury Ibiza Nights Lip Lustre

Charlotte Tilbury Ibiza Nights Lip Lustre ($22.00 for 0.12 fl. oz.) is a sheer, golden beige base with lighter gold and copper shimmer. It is a gloss that it is primarily sparkle and shimmer. While it’s a sparkly, pretty gloss, it doesn’t seem to be in line with how the formula is described. Charlotte Tilbury describes it as hydrating and non-sticky with “un-adulterated colour” and six-hour wear. It’s is significantly less pigmented compared to Sweet Stiletto, which I reviewed previously, and the other shade mentioned in this post. This one lasted for four hours on me, and it was slightly tacky. It was somewhat hydrating over time. NARS Soleil d’Orient (LE, $26.00) is more pigmented, more shimmery. MAC Bared for You (LE, $15.00) is warmer. MAC Water Deities (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery. NARS Sweet Dreams (P, $26.00) is similar. Urban Decay Freestyle (P, $20.00) is slightly darker. MAC Soft Serenade (LE, $15.00) is warmer. Revlon Peach (P, $7.49) is more pigmented. MAC Almond Blossom (LE, $19.00) is lighter. Guerlain Sable Show (LE, $32.00) is more metallic. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Charlotte Tilbury Bardot Beige Lip Lustre ($22.00 for 0.12 fl. oz.) is a light, peachy beige with warm undertones and a creamy finish. This shade had semi-opaque color payoff, but the lighter, milkier base did result in some settling into lip lines. The thinner consistency of the gloss kept it from looking really dismal, but it’s a shade that will perform better over a lip liner or lipstick for additional glossiness, shine, or to lighten. It did apply better than many other shades of this lightness. It wore well for four hours on me and was lightly hydrating over time. MAC Chic Supremacy (LE, $15.00) is similar. Divergent Natural Virtue (LE) is similar. MAC Overspiced (LE, $15.00) is warmer. MAC Flair for Finery (LE, $20.00) is pinker. MAC Ready or Not (P, $19.50) is similar. MAC Illicit (LE, $15.00) is similar. Buxom White Russian (P, $19.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Bardot Beige

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Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

Urban Decay Vice LTD Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Vice LTD Eyeshadow Palette

It’s our most exclusive Vice palette yet—an ULTRA limited-edition case loaded with 20 velvety shades of Eyeshadow. We packed Vice Ltd with 20 shades of Eyeshadow—18 exclusives (five are NEW!) and two bestsellers—plus a double-ended brush. Experiment with brights, neutrals and smoky hues in a range of finishes—all in our decadent, velvety formula. Taking inspiration from some of our favorite palettes over the years, we created an amazing collection loaded with a mix of cult-favorite UD hues and never-before-seen shades you won’t find anywhere else. Standouts include Junkshow (a fan-favorite shade from the 15-Year Palette), Crystal (a cool silver from Book of Shadows IV) and Perversion (everyone’s favorite black shade from Book of Shadows II). And did we mention that this is the first time many of these shades have been available in our revamped shadow formula? Our Pigment Infusion System™ gives every shade its velvety texture, rich color, serious staying power and blendability. e topped the neon-green case with a matching jeweled UD icon. With the touch of a button, the case opens to unveil all that gorgeous eye candy, along with an oversized mirror and an exclusive double-ended brush.

Vice LTD ($58.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Nameless Medium taupe satin
  • Backdoor Cool dark brown matte
  • Deeper Medium metallic bronze
  • Disco Pale metallic gold with iridescent glitter
  • Heat Bright metallic copper
  • Crystal Icy metallic blue shimmer
  • Goddess Deep smoky blue with micro-glitter
  • Vaporize Medium metallic gray-taupe
  • Floss Deep metallic emerald with micro-glitter
  • Perversion Soft black matte
  • Provocateur Icy metallic pink with micro-glitter
  • Hoodoo Medium metallic violet with pink shift
  • Freakshow Bright purple satin
  • Junkshow Bright pink satin
  • Blitz Bright metallic gold
  • Chase Soft metallic bronze
  • Last Sin Pale champagne shimmer
  • Roadstripe Iridescent white with blue-violet shift
  • Anonymous Pale peachy cream matte
  • Laced Soft pink-nude matte

Availability: December 4th at 1AM PST on Urban Decay

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Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

Temptalia Asks You


How you deal with dry patches on your face? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerI try to use a really hydrating serum or moisturizer more as a spot treatment on the area the night before, and I’ll also use it the morning-of. I might switch to a more emollient foundation (like a tinted moisturizer) if it is particularly bad!

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