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Sunday, March 29th, 2015

Temptalia Asks You


What do you do if you can’t get an eyeshadow to blend out perfectly? Do you start over? Have a last ditch effort/trick? Just go with it?

Temptalia's AnswerIf it’s MY fault, then I’ll keep trying and eventually try to use another, slightly lighter color to diffuse it more or try fingertips or a sponge applicator. If it’s more likely because the eyeshadow is dry or thin, I’ll blend and try to make it work with tools (but no added eyeshadows) and then leave it as-is, which works since I also want to show its shortcomings for reviews. In real life, it’s unlikely someone is going to notice a little unblended color on your eye if it’s not 100% perfect.

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Sunday, March 29th, 2015

Chanel Rouge Coco Lipstick
Chanel Rouge Coco Lipstick

Chanel Adrienne (402) Rouge Coco Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as an “apricot nude.” It’s a light-medium, peach with a hint of pink and warm undertones. It had a very fine pearly sheen that gave it a more luminous finish that wasn’t too glossy. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a lightly creamy consistency that glided on well and wore comfortably for three hours on me. Colour Pop Button (P, $5.00) is more matte. Bite Beauty Leche (P, $24.00) is similar. Bite Beauty Amaretto (P, $24.00) is more matte, lighter. NARS Raquel (P, $32.00) is lighter. NARS Barbara (P, $32.00) is pinker. Givenchy Beige Plume (102) (P, $36.00) is pinker. Givenchy Beige Mousseline (101) (P, $36.00) is warmer. MAC Gotta Dash! (P, $17.00) is brighter. Edward Bess Forbidden Flower (P, $32.00) is warmer. MAC Reel Sexy (LE, $16.00) is pinker. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Chanel Antoinette (406) Rouge Coco Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “shimmering tawny brown.” It’s a rich, copper-red with warm, rusty red tones and a fine golden shimmer. It had mostly opaque pigmentation that covered evenly and applied smoothly. The texture of the lipstick is lightly creamy with enough slip to glide on without tugging on the lips but doesn’t slide around. On me, it wore well for five hours and was lightly hydrating over time. NARS Femme Fleur (LE, $26.00) is browner. NARS Leslie (P, $32.00) is less shimmery. Kat Von D Thin Lizzy (P, $21.00) is more matte. MAC Rusty (LE, $20.00) is redder. MAC Sheer Plum (P, $16.00) is sheerer, browner. Dior Belle de Nuit (LE, $32.00) is similar. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Chanel Jeanne (408) Rouge Coco Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “deep chocolate.” It’s a dark, reddish-brown with warm undertones and a soft, glossy shine. It had semi-opaque color coverage that applied fairly evenly and didn’t feather or bleed over the four and a half hours it lasted. Bite Beauty #001 (Reformulation) (LE, $36.00) is darker. NARS Bette (P, $32.00) is darker, cooler-toned. NARS Jeanne (P, $32.00) is very similar (it is funny that they share the same name). NARS Olivia (P, $32.00) is brighter, lighter. MAC Camden Chic (LE, $16.00) is more matte. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Sunday, March 29th, 2015

ColourPop More, Please Super Shock Cheek
ColourPop More, Please Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop More, Please Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “vivid fuchsia with a violet-blue duochrome in a pearlized finish.” It’s a bright, fuchsia magenta with cool, blue undertones and silver and violet pearl. Colour Pop Pie (P, $8.00) is more matte. Colour Pop Homie (P, $8.00) is purpler, matte. Colour Pop Pegacorn (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, more muted. Colour Pop Fantasy (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, purpler. Colour Pop Slave2Pink (P, $5.00) is more shimmery. Make Up For Ever S852 Neon Pink (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned, matte. Too Faced Monaco (P, $16.00) is similar. Urban Decay Jilted (P) is purpler. Sugarpill Smitten (LE, $13.00) is cooler-toned. Fyrinnae Superstar (P, $6.80) is more shimmery. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The Super Shock Cheek formula is a cream-based blush that will have the most intense pigmentation when applied with fingertips and lesser, more buildable coverage when used with a brush (the more feathery or less dense the brush, the sheerer the coverage). A little goes a ridiculously long way when it comes to this shade, as it is intensely pigmented: a mere pat of the fingertip on the surface is enough for semi-sheer coverage. The shimmer is a lot more visible on the skin than it has been in other shimmery blushes I’ve seen from ColourPop, so it’s nice to see the finish actually show up on the skin. It had a wetter, more emollient and cream-like consistency compared to other Super Shock Cheek shades I’ve tried, which made it easier to apply and very, very blendable on the skin, but it didn’t slide all over the place. This shade wore well for almost ten hours on me.

P.S. — ColourPop just tweeted that they’re doing a 24-hour flash sale on their foursomes (now $16, regularly $20) and the Not a Box of Chocolates (now $24, regularly $30).

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Sunday, March 29th, 2015

Clinique Heather Pop Cheek Pop Blush
Clinique Heather Pop Cheek Pop Blush

Clinique Heather Pop Cheek Pop Blush ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a muted, medium pink with subtle cool undertones and a soft, shimmer-sheen finish. There’s an almost plummy tone to it, but it is light enough that it seems more pink than plum. Clinique Rosy Pop (P, $21.00) is brighter, slightly darker. Clinique Pink Pop (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned. Physicians Formula Rose (P, $12.99) is cooler-toned. MAC Kindergarten Red (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery. Guerlain Angelic Radiance (LE, $53.00) is lighter. Chanel Jardin de Chanel (LE, $55.00) is less shimmery. MAC Please Yourself (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery. Make Up For Ever #330 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is a cream product, less shimmery. Revlon Haute Pink (002) (P, $9.99) is more shimmery. MAC Formal (LE) is more matte. MAC Dame (P, $21.00) is is cooler-toned. MAC Gentle (P, $27.00) is more shimmery. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

It had mostly opaque coverage that was buildable to fully opaque with two layers, but it didn’t have quite as rich of pigment as many other shades from the range have had. It’s also surprisingly similar to two of the other new-for-spring shades, so it may be redundant if you already picked up either Rosy Pop or Pink Pop. The powder had a soft, smooth consistency that was easily applied and blended on the skin for a beautifully diffused, glowing cheek color. It wore well for eight hours before fading slightly.

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Sunday, March 29th, 2015

I was inspired by reader Dusty’s question about what was my favorite bright yellow eyeshadow to compile a top five of some of my favorite shades of yellow and orange! Hope you enjoy :) I’d love to hear yours!

  1. Make Up For Ever ME400 Buttercup — a bright, shimmery yellow
  2. MAC Bright Sunshine — a bold, frosted sun yellow
  3. Sugarpill Buttercupcake — a bright, matte yellow
  4. OCC Mimosa — a shimmering tangerine
  5. ColourPop Sunnies — a satiny tangerine orange

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Saturday, March 28th, 2015

Temptalia Asks You


How do you like to use cream eyeshadows? How do you use them most often?

Temptalia's AnswerI love using them as a wash of color for a really, really quick look, or two or three of them paired together. I used to use them as eyeshadow bases, but I tend to just use them together now!

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