Guerlain Ors et Merveilles Eyes & Blush Palette

Guerlain Ors et Merveilles Eye & Blush Palette

Guerlain Ors et Merveilles Eye & Blush Palette ($90.00 for 0.40 oz.) includes five eyeshadows housed in the top tier and then four blushes hidden beneath it in the lower tier. I’m not a fan of the blush formula they use in these tiered palettes, and I’m even less of a fan of the fact that the pans are tiny (even the “large” ones)–an eye brush just comfortably fits in the smallest pans, so you can imagine what a pain it is to dip a blush brush just into one shade (better to think of them as duos or even a single shade, perhaps). The blush formula is on the drier, dustier side and has lesser color payoff, though it is somewhat buildable. I like the eyeshadow formula a lot more, but the colors are dupable, typical for holiday (not really a bad thing, but it’s less tempting for some), and even more, more similar than not to last year’s holiday palette as well. That being said, the eyeshadows weren’t good enough to make up for the subpar blush performance this year.

Ors et Merveilles #1 is a medium-dark brown with a pearly sheen. It had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture that wore well for eight hours. Tarte Gingerbread Mansion (LE)(95% similar). Laura Mercier Burnished Rose (LE, $23.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Quiet Type (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Tisse d'Automne #3 (P) is darker (95% similar). MAC Havana (P, $20.00) is darker (95% similar). theBalm #8 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Dior Contraste Horizon #4 (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Guerlain Petrouchka #5 (LE) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Inglot #422 (P, $6.00) is darker (90% similar). Chanel Rêve d'Orient #1 (LE) is darker (90% similar). MAC Buckwheat (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Baby I'm a Star (LE, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 12 (LE) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #3 (P) is darker (90% similar). Viseart Copper (P) is warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever D652 Celestial Earth (P, $21.00) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Puppy Love (P) is lighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma #6 (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Dreamlight (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Cle de Peau Satin Moon #2 (P) is warmer (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Ors et Merveilles #2 is a deep taupe brown with warm undertones but a cooler overtone and subtle violet shimmer (that was a little surprise!). The texture was really smooth and buttery, so it applied easily and had intense color payoff. This shade wore for eight and a half hours before fading. Disney by Sephora Jaq (LE) is darker (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Ripe Plum (Right) (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Surratt Beauty Patine (P, $20.00) is lighter (95% similar). Makeup Geek Steampunk (P, $6.00) is cooler (90% similar). LORAC Granite (LE) is darker (90% similar). Illamasqua Acute (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Obsessed (P) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Soul Serenade (LE, $20.00) is cooler (90% similar). Lancome Audacious (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever ME614 Graphite Brown (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Constructivist (P, $18.50) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). IT Cosmetics Fate (P) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Mesmerized (P, $9.99) is lighter (85% similar). Chanel Quadrille #4 (LE) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). YSL Saharienne #3 (P) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Ors et Merveilles #3 is a soft, light-medium gold with warm, yellow-orange tones and a frosted sheen. It had fairly good pigmentation, but the texture was a little dusty. It wore for eight hours on me. Smashbox Fortune (LE) is brighter (95% similar). Chanel Pearl River #2 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever ME512 Golden Beige (P, $21.00) is darker (95% similar). Disney by Sephora Sand in the Glass (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Gucci Beauty Tuscan Storm #1 (P) is warmer (95% similar). Colour Pop High Tide (P, $5.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). theBalm #41 (P, $6.50) is darker (95% similar). Lancome Filigree (P, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Sand (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Tarina Tarantino Taurella (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Viseart Alexandre Trois (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Clarins The Essentials #2 (LE) is darker (95% similar). Dior Golden Flower #2 (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Smashbox Champagne (P) is darker (90% similar). Anastasia Legend (P, $12.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Convoitise (90) (LE, $32.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Until Dawn #2 (LE, $21.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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5 Faves: Glossy Lipsticks for Fall 2015

My favorite kind of finish on lipstick is something that’s luminous with slight pearl–a glossier finish one but one that doesn’t wear away in a nanosecond. Here are some of my favorites for fall!

  1. Givenchy Nude Guipure — a light pink
  2. Bobbi Brown Neutral Rose — a subdued pink
  3. Too Faced Melted Villain — a glossy purple
  4. Too Faced Pink Chocolate — a glossy pink-plum
  5. Guerlain Garconne — a glossy red

>> See side-by-side swatches! <<

LORAC Mega PRO 2 Palette Now Available Online!

LORAC Mega Pro 2 Eyeshadow Palette
LORAC Mega Pro 2 Eyeshadow Palette

LORAC Mega Pro 2 Eyeshadow Palette ($59.00 for 0.45 oz.) is now available for purchase online, exclusively at ULTA. It should also be in-store, too :) My review is here; the palette is best-suited for someone who likes the softness of LORAC eyeshadows and uses a primer and doesn’t already have a ton of LORAC palettes!

Don’t forget to check out the other Holiday 2015 Palettes & Gifts I’ve reviewed so far :)

MAC Raizin Blush

MAC Raizin Blush

MAC Raizin Blush ($17.00 for 0.21 oz. pan-only) is described as a “golden reddish-brown.” It’s a slightly muted, medium-dark chocolate brown with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. MAC Swiss Chocolate (P, $21.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Sweet As Cocoa (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). Chanel Cheeky (79) (LE, $38.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC’s Powder Blush formula is supposed to be easy to apply, long-wearing, and have “fantastic colour.” It’s hard to generalize for MAC’s blush formula, because it varies a lot from shade to shade, even within different types of finishes! Some of them are very good, others are so-so, and a few are complete misses. The more frosted/shimmery shades tend to have the softest and smoothest textures and are easier to apply and blend out on the skin, while more satin and matte shades can sometimes be powdery, firm, or stiff, which makes blending more challenging. The wear is typically between six and nine hours but closer to seven to eight hours on average. Raizin had rich color payoff with a fairly soft, blendable texture. It wasn’t the easiest blush to blend out from MAC, but it was a lot better than some of the other deeper-hued shades in the range. The finish retained most of the matte-like quality, but it didn’t look dry or powdery on my skin. The color wore well for eight and a half hours before fading.

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Stila Holiday 2015 Collection

Stila Holiday 2015 Collection
Stila Holiday 2015 Collection

For the holidays, Stila has several kits, sets, and palettes featuring their bestselling formulas.


Now online at select retailers, full release October 2015

The Details

Sending My Love Gift Set | $49.00 | Limited Edition

The romance of a vintage love letter sealed with a kiss inspired this infinitely giftable set, uniquely presented to resemble an old-fashioned note card box. Filled with an irresistible collection including an eye shadow palette, a face palette, a deluxe Lip Glaze and a full size, best selling liner, this gift allows you to share the message of love this holiday season…one palette for you, one for your favorite girlfriend, or gift the entire set of cherished beauty essentials as the perfect expression of holiday cheer.

  • Eye Shadow Palette (0.03 oz)
  • Face Palette (0.16 oz)
  • Deluxe Lip Glaze in Guava (0.05 oz)
  • Full size Eye Liner in Stingray (0.01 oz)

Eternal Love Liquid Lipstick Set | $20.00 | Limited Edition

A perfectly portable mini-collection of Stila’s award winning Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick! This deluxe size sampler features three shades from Stila’s best-selling lip category that will bring the romance of the season to your favorite girl’s lips. The original power pout!

  • Ricco
  • Beso
  • Baci

Trust in Love Gift Set | $40.00 | Limited Edition, ULTA Exclusive

Nothing says love like a special delivery of romantic makeup essentials that take you from morning to midnight and anywhere you dare to dream. This must-have set includes expertly-selected shadows for eye looks from soft to sultry, Stila’s new best seller Huge Extreme Lash Mascara for thick, flirty lashes, and a Deluxe Lip Glaze to make your lips mistletoe ready! The vintage-inspired packaging evokes the beauty of expressing messages from the heart and will make this collection as treasured as a love letter.

  • Eye Palette (0.03 oz)
  • Deluxe Huge Extreme Lash Mascara (0.2 oz)
  • Deluxe Lip Glaze in Apricot (0.05 oz)

Sealed with a Kiss Lip Glaze Set | $28.00 | Limited Edition

A holiday favorite returns in a new configuration that will keeps lips mistletoe ready with an assortment of high shine lip glosses in six universally flattering shades

  • Pomegranate Sparkle
  • Ruby Grapefruit
  • Raspberry
  • Mandarin Lights
  • Papaya Pizzaz
  • Peach

A Whole Lot of Love Set | $59.00 | Limited Edition, Sephora Exclusive

Inspired by the classic romance of hand-written love letters, this A Whole Lot Of Love Gift Set features top-selling makeup the eyes and face in one palette. It includes 20 color-rich matte, pearl, and shimmer eye shadows, four shades of universally flattering, silky-smooth blush, and a deluxe-size HUGE™ Extreme Lash Mascara for big, bold, ultra-black lashes. It comes wrapped in a vintage-inspired special delivery package that’s perfect for gifting or keeping for yourself.

  • 20 x 0.03 oz Eye shadows in White Sparkle, Pale Peach, Nude Shimmer, Metallic Peach, Rose Gold, Rose Pewter, Seaweed, Metallic Taupe, Warm Honey, Warm Taupe, Cool Taupe, Chocolate, Rose, Deep Plum, Lapis, Denim, Frosted Lavender, Eggplant, Black Pearl, Coal, Light Pink, Dusty Rose, Peach Shimmer, Berry Shimmer
  • 4 x 0.16 oz Blushes in Light Pink, Dusty Rose, Peach Shimmer, Berry Shimmer
  • 0.20 oz Deluxe-size HUGE Extreme Lash Mascara

Eternally Yours Liquid Lipstick Set | $39.00 | Limited Edition, Sephora Exclusive

This exclusive set features six deluxe sizes—including two new shades—of the award-winning Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick. These lip colors offer full-coverage, creamy-matte color that holds tight for up to six hours. They deliver ultimate comfort and weightless feel, and their color-rich formula will not bleed or transfer. Enriched with vitamin E and avocado oil, these lipsticks soften your lips so they look and feel beautiful.

  • 6 x 0.15 oz Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Caramello, Patina, Aria, Como, Chianti, Fiery

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If you were to design a makeup room, what would it look like?

If you were to design a makeup room, what would it look like? Share!

[temptalia_answer]It’d be a large room with sliding glass doors to let a lot of natural light in but with lush curtains that could black out the light if it was too much (and also to keep the room cooler during hotter months!). There would be one large wall with glossy black, floating shelves for displaying various favorites and pieces, and on the opposite wall would be makeup storage dressers. The remaining wall would have a long vanity with a large mirror. And then a bathroom en suite for my sink!

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