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Monday, July 28th, 2014

Kat Von D L'Ecole des Femmes Studded Kiss Lipstick
Kat Von D L’Ecole des Femmes Studded Kiss Lipstick

Kat Von D L’Ecole des Femmes Studded Kiss Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “matte bright coral pink.” It’s a pink-coral with warm undertones and an ultra matte finish. Marc Jacobs Beauty Wham (604) (P, $28.00) is pinker, less matte. Bite Beauty Crush (P, $28.00) is brighter, less matte. Marc Jacobs Beauty Shout (138) (LE, $30.00) is darker, pinker, less matte. Hourglass Muse (P, $28.00) is more orange. Make Up For Ever #37 (P, $19.00) is darker, pinker, less matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This performed a lot better than Coven, luckily. The consistency was slightly creamier, so it didn’t tug or drag quite as much on the lips, but it doesn’t just glide over the lips smoothly. The color, however, did apply evenly overall. It took six and a half hours before the color started to have any visible signs of breaking down, and after eight hours of wear, there was slight fading along the center of the lips and some of the color had pulled into lip lines. This particular shade wasn’t tacky, so by pressing and rubbing lips together, I was able to ease most of the color back into place so that it was still wearable for another two hours. It wasn’t drying over time, and it doesn’t feel too clingy (it feels less clingy than you’d expect given the matte quality). If you have drier lips that have flakes/cracks, the formula can catch on them. It is more forgiving than I expected, though. In general, I think those that are really after long-wearing, ultra-matte lip color, it may still be a very interesting formula. For someone who doesn’t mind reapplication and prefers to have a really comfortable-to-wear formula on, this might not be the one.

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Monday, July 28th, 2014

Rant & Rave

Share: Tell us what you love and hate about Tinted Lip Balm!

my answer: It is rare that a tinted lip balm is both 1) tinted enough to show up, and 2) as or more hydrating than regular lip balm. I’m usually less impressed by this type of product on the whole!

Monday, July 28th, 2014

Becca Topaz Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed
Becca Topaz Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed

Becca Topaz Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed ($38.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a rich, shimmering copper-bronze with warm, golden shimmer and a frosted finish. Too Faced Sun Bunny #1 (P) is redder-toned. Disney by Sephora Golden Sands (LE, $55.00) is darker. MAC Glorify (LE, $30.00) is darker, redder-toned. Estee Lauder Topaz Chameleon (LE, $42.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The powder has a soft, smooth, almost creamy texture. It’s incredibly pigmented, so it’s something that could be worn more as a bronzer or blush on some skin tones if you don’t use a very light hand. It does, however, blend and sheer out quite a bit if you want it to, so you can get more a golden warmth/sheen that highlights the skin without producing a lot of color (which is how I wore it in photos). I found the finish of this one, despite its frostiness, to be more forgiving on the skin than others, as it didn’t feel like there was such a fine line between “glowy goodness” and accentuating pores like the other shades in the formula. On me, it wore well for eight and a half hours before turning slightly patchy.

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Monday, July 28th, 2014

Chanel Tisse Cambon (228) Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quad
Chanel Tisse Cambon (228) Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quad

Chanel Tisse Cambon (228) Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quad ($61.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a mix of shades that range from light pink to dark purple. This is one of the more “colorful” variations in the eight new and permanent quads that Chanel has released. Overall, it was pretty good with decent to good color payoff, softer textures, and longer-wear. The entire quad, though visually they don’t seem particularly small, contains less product than most palettes/quads (including the regular U.S. version of quads). Baked formulations often weigh less than more traditional powder formulas do, but it’s hard to say if it contains as many uses as the regular quads.

Tisse Cambon #1 is described as an “iridescent mauve.” It’s a soft, warm-toned mauve with a sparkling finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage that was slightly buildable, but I couldn’t get to be fully opaque. It’s one of those shades, however, that has enough sparkle that distracts from the lack of opacity, so I think many would easily forgive this shade (as a result, it also works well as a wash of color on the lid). The texture was soft, finely-milled, and easy to blend/apply. It wore well for eight and a half hours and had very minor fall out. NARS Dolomites (Left) (LE, $24.00) is darker, less sparkly. Kat Von D Transition (P) is cooler-toned. theBalm #32 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery. Makeup Geek Twilight (P, $5.99) is warmer, darker. MAC Shale (P, $15.00) is darker, less shimmery. Giorgio Armani Terra Sienna #2 (P) is browner, darker. Giorgio Armani #7 (P, $33.00) is more metallic. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tisse Cambon #2 is described as a “pale pink.” It’s a very light–almost white–pink with a golden shimmer-sheen. The pink seems to lean cool, but the addition of gold shimmer makes it appear warmer overall. It had good color payoff that applied smoothly and evenly due to the soft, silky texture. This shade stayed on well for nine hours before creasing slightly. Laura Mercier Diamond Pink (LE, $23.00) is more metallic. Tarina Tarantino Delightful #3 (P) is cooler-toned. Tarina Tarantino Violet Storm #2 (LE) is cooler-toned. Tarina Tarantino Diamond Dusk #2 (LE) is cooler-toned. Too Faced Champagne Truffle (P, $16.00) is similar. Tom Ford Beauty Seductive Rose #1 (P) is darker. Kat Von D Instaglam (LE) is similar. MAC Dare to Bare (LE, $21.00) is similar. Disney by Sephora Treasures Untold (LE) is similar. Tom Ford Beauty Enchanted #1 (LE) is cooler-toned. MAC Radial Pink (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tisse Cambon #3 is described as a “bright pink.” It’s a lightly brightened, light-medium pink with yellow undertones and a golden shimmer-sheen finish. It had fantastic pigmentation that went on very smoothly. I didn’t have any creasing until after nine hours of wear. Too Faced Paper Roses (P, $16.00) is similar. Chanel Rose des Vents (94) (LE, $36.00) is more metallic. Sephora Collection Star-Crossed Lovers (103) (P, $13.00) is less warm-toned. MAC Rose (P, $15.00) is less shimmery. MAC Da Bling (P, $15.00) is less warm-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tisse Cambon #4 is described as a “deep violet.” It’s a muted, medium-dark eggplant purple with subtle cool undertones and a satiny sheen. It had fairly good color payoff, but the texture was a little drier, so it didn’t apply as easily as the other shades did. On me, the color started to fade after eight and a half hours of wear. bareMinerals In Vogue (LE) is darker. Tom Ford Beauty Lavender Lust #4 (P) is similar. Disney by Sephora Wonder by Wonder (LE) is darker. Urban Decay Tornado (LE, $18.00) is more shimmery, brighter. Le Metier de Beaute Matte Plum (LE, $30.00) is darker. MAC Altered State (LE, $15.00) MAC Highly Charged (LE, $18.50) ius a cream product. Guerlain Attrape-Coeur #3 (LE) is brighter. Make Up For Ever #142 (DC, $20.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Monday, July 28th, 2014

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Sunday, July 27th, 2014

Temptalia Asks You


How do you apply cream blush? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerI use a stippling brush (like MAC’s 159 or 188) to apply to the skin, and then I blend out with fingertips.

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