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Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Zoya Wishes Collection for Holiday 2014
Zoya Wishes Collection for Holiday 2014

Nail Lacquer ($9.00)

  • Prim Velvet blue metallic, with a full coverage, high-density pigment and buttery smooth application
  • Haven True holiday plum liquid metal with a thin vein of orchid for added brilliance
  • Willa Full-coverage, onyx black cream

Pixie Dust Nail Lacquer ($10.00)

  • Nori Sapphire blue Magical PixieDust with holographic hex glitter, perfect for any holiday festivity
  • Thea Deep amethyst Magical PixieDust with an orchid flash, packed full of party-ready holographic hex glitter
  • Imogen Black crystal Magical PixieDust with holographic hex glitter

Availability: Pre-order now at Zoya

Monday, October 20th, 2014

Temptalia Asks You


What beauty products released this year were most surprising? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerThe amount of high-end and luxury goods introduced into the market that have seemed to resonate with customers–most notably NARS Audacious Lipsticks really come to mind, but also Louboutin’s polish, Gucci’s pricing structure, Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Lipsticks, and so forth. I just see more brands pushing up their price points these days (and not just the typical increases you see every other year or so across brands), but I’m not seeing a lot of new, mid-end brands enter the market. So in general, I’m surprised that all of these higher-priced products have done well. I was surprised by Urban Decay’s Shadow Box release, not in a good way, by the lack of quality. I was more pleasantly surprised by Make Up For Ever’s Artist Shadow formula.

Thanks to reader Lotus for today’s question idea Do you have a question idea? Submit yours here.

Monday, October 20th, 2014

Dior Cuir Cannage (796) Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Cuir Cannage (796) Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Cuir Cannage (796) Eyeshadow Palette ($60.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a set of darker neutrals with warm undertones that range from light beige to burgundy-brown. I think it’s one of those palettes that performs better in practice as you apply and layer and blend them together than it swatches. It could use more pigmentation across the board (only one shade really nailed pigmentation), but for the most part, the eyeshadows were blendable and fairly easy to apply.

Cuir Cannage #1 is a plum-tinted brown with warm, yellow undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It had decent color payoff, though the texture was a smidgen dry. It layered and built up well, so it ended up looking better in practice, which isn’t always the case. It wore well for eight hours on me before fading. See swatches of all dupes / View dupes side-by-side.

Cuir Cannage #2 is a light, yellowed beige with warm undertones and a frosted, lightly metallic, finish. It had nice pigmentation, which on smoothly and evenly, and the consistency was blendable, though a smidgen powdery. I didn’t notice any fading until after the eight-hour mark. See swatches of all dupes / View dupes side-by-side.

Cuir Cannage #3 is a medium-dark, warm-toned brown with a matte finish. This shade was interesting, because it wasn’t really powdery, yet it didn’t adhere well to the skin, but it was very buildable and almost too intense when I was using it. It wore well for eight hours before fading slightly. See swatches of all dupes / View dupes side-by-side.

Cuir Cannage #4 is a medium, golden brown with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had decent pigmentation that had a really soft, blendable texture that made it easy to work with on the lid. It stayed on nicely for eight hours. See swatches of all dupes / View dupes side-by-side.

Cuir Cannage #5 is a blackened plum with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage, but it wasn’t as intense as it looked in the pan. It was fairly blendable, though, which is always a good characteristic for a deeper shade like this. On my lid, it lasted well for eight hours. See swatches of all dupes / View dupes side-by-side.

P.S. — Nordstrom started doing this price-matching thing, and this palette is listed at $54 on their site.

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Monday, October 20th, 2014

Rant & Rave

Share: Tell us what you love and hate about Under Eye Concealers!

my answer: I love them for hiding sleepless nights or stressful weeks. It can be tough to find the right formula that doesn’t crease, doesn’t make the area look drier, and so forth, though!

Monday, October 20th, 2014

a Rafflecopter giveaway

One of my favorite palettes released this year has been Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren, and I thought it would be really fun to buy one to give away to a very lucky reader :) It was a high quality palette, but I loved how it featured bright, yet muted, colors. Almost “wearable” brights so-to-speak. Good luck!

Monday, October 20th, 2014

MAC Keepsakes/Smoky Face Palette
MAC Keepsakes/Smoky Face Palette

MAC Keepsakes/Smoky Face Palette ($49.50 for 0.287 oz.) contains three eyeshadows, two cheek products, and two lip colors housed in a medium-large sized ivory-hued palette with a strand of “pearls” along the exterior edge of the palette. It has a mirror on the interior and a plastic flap that covers the three cream products and protects them from getting powdery bits mixed in them. I wasn’t wowed by any of the products in this particular set, unfortunately. The pearls feel flimsy–I greatly worry about them lifting while traveling (same goes for all of the compacts like this in the collection). The palette includes: $18 worth of eyeshadow, $5.44 worth of lipstick, $15.40 worth of Cream Colour Base, and $8.63 worth of Iridescent Pressed Powder (best estimate based on last price/oz. I have, since this isn’t a formula MAC has released in a long time individually). There is also a double-ended 275/316 brush included, which adds some value. The value of the color products is $47.47 plus the brush. MAC’s pre-made face palettes always seem to be the least value-packed.

Born to Dazzle is described as a “white gold champagne with pearl.” It’s a very sparkly, white gold with warm, yellow undertones and a glittery finish. It is more metallic on the skin, so it does emphasize pores somewhat. The color payoff is nice, and it doesn’t have a white or chalky base to it. On me, it lasted seven and a half hours before turning patchy. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Filament is described as a “platinum silver [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a golden silver–like a really, really light warm pewter–with a sparkly finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff, in line with the Lustre formula, and a sparkly texture that resulted in some fall out during wear. A lot of the sparkles didn’t seem to translate on the lid, though. It lasted for seven hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes. /

Aristocratic Aura is described as a “dirty blue grey with silver pearl [with a Frost finish].” It’s a muted, medium taupe with a hint of mauve and a pearly sheen. It had semi-sheer pigmentation, and the texture was really stiff to work with, which made it frustrating to apply. The color started to fade after seven and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Carbon is described as an “intense black [with a Matte finish].” It’s a medium-dark black with a matte finish. It’s made a few appearances in the holiday collection this year, and none of them good. This version was particularly bad, as the color payoff was sheer, while the texture was so, so dry and stiff. You can the ever-growing list of dupes here.

Pearl is described as a “pale gold with icy shimmer.” It’s a light, golden beige with subtle, warm undertones and a pearly shimmer-sheen finish. It had good color payoff that was buildable and blendable, so you could wear it more intensely or as a subtle wash. It had a creamy, emollient consistency that made it easy to spread across the skin, but it only wore for six and a half hours on me. It’s part of the permanent range. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Petulance is described as a “mauvey mid-tone nude [with an Amplified finish].” It’s a muted, light-medium, pink-tinged peach with a soft sheen. It had semi-opaque color coverage that went on fairly evenly, but it could be a bit streaky if you’re not careful. It lasted for three hours and felt thin, a little clingy, on the lips. It didn’t seem drying, though, so that was a surprise. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Evening Posh is described as a “clean bright red [with an Amplified finish].” It’s a medium-dark red with subtle, cool undertones and a luminous sheen. It had mostly opaque color coverage and wore well for six hours. The consistency was creamier than Petulance, so it applied more readily and was comfortable to wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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