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Monday, May 4th, 2015

Marc Jacobs Beauty Lollipop (86) Highliner Gel Eye Crayon
Marc Jacobs Beauty Lollipop (86) Highliner Gel Eye Crayon

Marc Jacobs Lollipop (86) Highliner Gel Eye Crayon ($25.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “cherry pink shimmer.” It’s a brightened, fuchsia pink with warm, reddish undertones and a cooler-toned, iridescent pink shimmer. It had good pigmentation a single pass, while the texture was lightly creamy and easy to apply. On, it lasted for ten and a half hours without fading or migrating. MAC Funfare (P, $16.00) is less shimmery. Chanel Berry Lucky (LE, $29.00) is darker. Urban Decay Woodstock (LE, $19.00) is very similar. MAC Process Magenta (P, $16.00) is darker, less shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Marc Jacobs Sunset (74) Highliner Gel Eye Crayon ($25.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “golden bronze shimmer.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark golden copper-brown with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had fairly good color payoff in one pass, and it was buildable to fully opaque coverage with about a layer and a half of product. This shade was previously released in last year’s holiday set, but it is back and permanent. The color wore well for ten hours without fading or thinning. MAC Brassy (P, $16.00) is more gold. MAC Brass Band (P, $16.00) is similar. Sephora Collection Sun Tan (08) (P, $9.00) is yellower. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Monday, May 4th, 2015

Make Up For Ever 500 Lilac Artist Plexi-Gloss
Make Up For Ever 500 Lilac Artist Plexi-Gloss

Make Up For Ever 207 Candy Pink Artist Plexi-Gloss ($19.00 for 0.23 fl. oz.) is a brightened, medium fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a cream finish. The consistency was light-medium and tacky. It went on somewhat evenly with semi-opaque coverage. It was neither drying nor hydrating, but it wore well for five hours on me. Bite Beauty Eleven (Watercolor) (LE) is similar. Urban Decay Scandal (P, $22.00) is slightly darker, more opaque. Estee Lauder Rosy Future (LE, $26.00) is similar. Revlon HD Tourmaline (510) (P, $8.99) is lighter, brighter. NYX Sugar Cookie (P, $5.00) is similar. NARS Priscilla (P, $26.00) is darker. MAC Style Packed (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Silly (LE, $15.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever 500 Lilac Artist Plexi-Gloss ($19.00 for 0.23 fl. oz.) is a brightened, medium pink-purple with a cream finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, which made it one of the more pigmented glosses I tried from the range, but it does have some issues with application. The color looks slightly uneven, and there is some settling into lip lines. The gloss lasted for the five hours as marketed, which was good. It wasn’t drying, but it wasn’t moisturizing either. Urban Decay Bittersweet (P, $22.00) is darker. NYX Berry Strudel (P, $6.00) is cooler-toned, darker. MAC Narcissus (LE, $20.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever 501 Purple Artist Plexi-Gloss ($19.00 for 0.23 fl. oz.) is a medium-dark purple with warm, pink tones and a cream finish. It had decent color payoff, though it isn’t the “vivid color” promised. It goes on unevenly, unfortunately, which gives it a sort of splotchy look on the lips. On me, the gloss wore well for five hours, and it was lightly hydrating.
Urban Decay Bittersweet (P, $22.00) is slightly darker. MAC Narcissus (LE, $20.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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8.5/10

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8.5/10

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500 Lilac

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8/10

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Monday, May 4th, 2015

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Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

Temptalia Asks You


What are your best tips and tricks for dealing with under eye bags? What has worked??

Temptalia's AnswerWater and sleep have been the only things that help minimize them in a meaningful way, but good concealer/brightener can be a temporary fix. I don’t have really large under eye bags, more like dark circles for me, though.

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Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

MAC Wash & Dry Collection will launch online on May 14th and head to stores on May 21st. The collection features numerous products to choose from for eyes, lips, and face. MAC’s major summer collection is one I look forward to, but this year’s collection is a definite miss for me, personally, as well as in terms of quality.

My favorites were: Morange Lipstick (A) (permanent, though) andDomestic Diva Lipglass (A-). I would have loved to see MAC come out with more unique lipsticks; I feel like they’re doing a red nearly every launch these days, and the reds are mostly matte–they’re just not interesting. I would have loved to see some of their more metallic finishes promoted here (Thrills comes to mind) or something new that was mostly opaque with a glossy, pearly finish. The Freshen Up High-Light Powder (B+) and Crisp Whites Blush (B+) are more similar in color than I think is ideal for releasing the two together; I think the High-Light Powder would have been more interesting if it had a larger section of pink/red and if there was more shimmer running through it (most of it is an over-spray). Long-time cult favorite Hipness Blush (B) had some quality issues present in this iteration that weren’t in my original–namely, blending is more challenging–and the color itself is a couple of shades darker than the original.  The collection felt uninspired across the board with more dupable, we-just-saw-that (from MAC) kind of shades.

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Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

ColourPop Between the Sheets Super Shock Cheek
ColourPop Between the Sheets Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Between the Sheets Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone beige pink in a matte finish.” It’s a muted, pink-coral-brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It’s lighter and pinker than a peach-brown, but it’s so muted, that it doesn’t read coral either. Tarte Fame (LE, $26.00) is brighter, warmer, powder. Colour Pop Quarters (P, $8.00) is darker. Chanel Jersey (80) (P, $45.00) is browner, powder. Surratt Beauty Parfait (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, powder. Illamasqua Flirtatious (LE, $26.00) is similar. Make Up For Ever #215 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is pinker, lighter. bareMinerals Swoon (LE, $19.00) is powder. MAC Melba (P, $21.00) is powder. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The Super Shock Cheek formula has buildable coverage that ranges from light-medium to fully opaque, depending on your choice of application. According to the brand, fingertips will yield the greatest amount of coverage, which holds true, and then using a duo fiber brush (often the go-to for a cream-based blush) will have the sheerest coverage, which also holds true. I really love how consistent the formula has been for me: the pigmentation is exactly as described, and the wear is excellent at ten hours. The texture is lightweight, like a cream-powder hybrid with some give that you’d expect in a cream, but it lacks the slip and shine of the average cream blush formula. It tends to feel and act more like a powder product once you apply it to the skin. I think there’s a bit of a learning curve when working with these, but once you figure out the best method for you, they become really easy to use.

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10/10

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9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

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