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Thursday, May 28th, 2015

The Hit List

What’s the Best Fragrance for Summer that you’ve tried?

Share your pick!  And don’t forget to share why :)

I like Tom Ford’s Neroli Portofino, but I tend to still wear my go-to scents throughout the year.

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

ColourPop Super Shock Cheeks (Bronzers)
ColourPop Super Shock Cheeks (Bronzers)

ColourPop Paradise Cove Super Shock Cheek (Bronzer) ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “golden beige in a satin finish.” It’s a medium brown with warm, yellow-orange undertones and a lighter gold shimmer-sheen finish. It had nice pigmentation that applied really evenly and smoothly as the texture was creamy enough to make it apply well but still dry down and set to a powder finish. On me, the color stayed on well for eight hours. MAC Delicates (LE, $35.50) is more shimmery. Tarte Park Ave Princess (P, ) is more shimmery. Too Faced Spice (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Delphic (LE, $33.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter, warmer. Make Up For Ever #20M (P, $36.00) is more shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Poolside Super Shock Cheek (Bronzer) ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “golden bronze in a satin finish.” It’s a lightly softened, medium-dark bronzy brown with warm, reddish-orange undertones and a golden sheen. It had excellent color payoff, while the consistency was lightly creamy, blendable, and easy to work with. I definitely felt like the more shimmery bronzers were easier to sheer out and diffuse around the edges as they had a little more slip. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me. NARS Craving (Right) (P, ) is warmer. Urban Decay Strip Bronzer (P, ) is warmer. Tom Ford Beauty Gold Dust (P, $65.00) is brighter, warmer. Benefit 10 (Bronzer) (DC, $28.00) is more shimmery, warmer. Tarte Park Ave Princess (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Carry-on Super Shock Cheek (Bronzer) ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “warm tan in a matte finish.” It’s a muted, medium brown with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff with a fairly smooth, velvety texture that blended out well, but it could have been creamier to work with on the skin. It lasted for eight hours on me. Benefit Hoola (P, $28.00) is darker. Illamasqua Disobey (P, $26.00) is darker. MAC Matte Bronze (LE, $70.00) is warmer. MAC Matte Bronze (P, $25.00) is lighter, cooler. Tarte Park Ave. Princess #2 (LE, ) is warmer. MAC Aphrodite’s Shell (LE, $33.00) is lighter. NARS Laguna (P, $36.00) is more shimmery, warmer. Colour Pop Carry-On (P, $8.00) is darker, warmer. MAC Golden Rinse (LE, $35.50) is lighter, more muted, cooler. Urban Decay Naked on the Run Bronzer (LE, ) is brighter, warmer. Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is lighter, warmer. Colour Pop Bon Voyage (P, $8.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Thursday, May 28th, 2015

Estee Lauder Passionate Pure Color Envy Shine Sculpting Lipstick
Estee Lauder Passionate Pure Color Envy Shine Sculpting Lipstick

Here are the last three shades I bought from the Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Shine Sculpting Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.10 oz.) range, which is supposed to be a medium coverage, hydrating lipstick with a “luminous shine.” They have semi-opaque to mostly opaque coverage with a luminous finish. Some shades have a faint pearl shimmer, but the shimmer is hard to detect when worn (I wouldn’t describe them as shimmery, for example). The wear time ranges from four to six hours, and the formula is hydrating while worn. The texture is more balm-like with some tackiness, but it’s comfortable to wear. I couldn’t detect any scent or taste from the formula.

Estee Lauder Passionate Pure Color Envy Shine Sculpting Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a bright, medium fuchsia-pink with lighter violet and fuchsia pearl. This shade has a natural shine, but it wasn’t as glossy as other shades in the range, while the shimmer was more noticeable than most shades. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that went on evenly and smoothly without pulling into lip lines. On me, the color lasted for five hours and left a slight stain behind, while the formula felt comfortable and hydrating. Maybelline Carnation Cabernet (970) (LE, $7.49) is cooler-toned. Tom Ford Beauty Francesco (LE, $32.00) is darker. Lipstick Queen Play It (P, $50.00) is less glossy. Bobbi Brown Hot Berry (P, $26.00) is darker, more shimmery. MAC Red Balloon (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Quite the Thing! (LE, $17.00) is more muted. MAC Feeling Amorous? (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery. Revlon Whimsical (115) (P, $8.99) is less shimmery. MAC Pleasurefruit (LE, $17.00) is less shimmery. Revlon Fuchsia Shock (P, $7.99) is cooler-toned, lighter. Revlon Sorbet (P, $7.49) is slightly darker. MAC Lickable (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, cooler-toned. Guerlain Girly (P, $51.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Estee Lauder Pink Dragon Pure Color Envy Shine Sculpting Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a medium pink with subtle, warm undertones and a luminous sheen. It had nearly full color coverage–there was hardly any translucency at all–with a slightly thicker, creamier consistency compared to other shades. It seemed more prone to mpehasizing lip lines as well. It stayed on well for four and a half hours, and it was still moisturizing. Estee Lauder Ambitious Pink (P, $30.00) is lighter, less glossy. Chanel Elise (448) (P, $36.00) is less glossy, cooler-toned. Urban Decay Sheer Ladyflower (P, $20.00) is less glossy, darker. MAC Phosphorescent (LE, $17.00) is warmer. MAC Pheromonal (LE, $17.00) is brighter, cooler-toned. Givenchy Hibiscus Exclusif (302) (P, $36.00) is similar. Bite Beauty Damask (LE, $28.00) is a little lighter. Guerlain Geraldine (77) (P, $51.00) is cooler-toned. YSL Caress Pink (9) (P, $34.00) is lighter, warmer. Buxom Mistress (LE, $21.00) is more matte. Urban Decay Turn On (P, $22.00) is darker, more matte. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Estee Lauder Surreal Sun Pure Color Envy Shine Sculpting Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a medium, pink-leaning coral with a glossy, creamy finish. It mostly opaque pigmentation that covered evenly and smoothly, while the high-shine finish gave lips a fuller, more rounded look. The formula was comfortable to wear with a hydrating feel, and the color lasted well for four and a half hours on me. Maybelline Coral Burst (740) (P, $7.49) is more matte, pinker. MAC Love Temple (LE, $22.00) is less glossy. MAC Toying Around (LE, $16.00) is brighter, less glossy. Estee Lauder Defiant Coral (P, $30.00) is darker, brighter. Revlon Snow Peach (LE, $7.99) is a smidgen pinker. Guerlain Attrape-Coeur (171) (LE, $37.00) is pinker. YSL Rose Neillia (33) (P, $34.00) is pinker. Too Faced Bon Bon (P, $22.00) is less glossy. Urban Decay Streak (P, $22.00) is less glossy. Givenchy Rose Dressing (202) (P, $36.00) is darker, pinker. MAC Elegant Accent (P, $22.00) is more matte. MAC Watch Me Simmer (LE, $16.00) is more matte, pinker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Thursday, May 28th, 2015

Cle de Peau Champagne Supernova (304) Eye Color Quad
Cle de Peau Champagne Supernova (304) Eye Color Quad

Cle de Peau Champagne Supernova (304) Eye Color Quad ($55.00 for 0.21 oz.) is an interesting mix of lighter, spring-y shades that aren’t quite pastel, but they’re not brights either. This quad seemed very shimmery, almost metallic, at times, and I would have loved to see one darker, more contrasting shade instead of one of the lighter shades (perhaps the gold). I had minor, but noticeable, fall out with two of the four shades, which was disappointing. I think a primer would help kick this one up a notch more so than some of the other variations I’ve tried.

Also, keep in mind that the price is for the refill only; the case is sold separately ($25). I keep mine in Z-Palettes with a magnetic strip on the back, which has worked just fine for me! Another way to do it is to purchase one case for traveling with a particular quad but not a case for each and every one you may have.

Champagne Supernova #1 is a light-medium, yellowed gold with a frosted, lightly metallic, finish. It had fairly good color payoff that was blendable and adhered well to the skin. It could have been just slightly smoother all in all. It wore well for eight hours but had a little bit of fall out. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Champagne Supernova #2 is a light-medium, neutral-to-warm-toned purple with a soft, golden frosted shimmer. It had nice pigmentation (though not fully opaque) with a soft, blendable consistency that was easy to work with. The color started to fade after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Champagne Supernova #3 is a light-medium, taupe brown with warm, golden metallic sheen and fine golden bronze sparkle. The texture was soft but on the looser side and felt almost dry. It had good pigmentation, but I wish it was smoother. It lasted for eight hours on me but had a bit of fall out. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Champagne Supernova #4 is a light-medium, chartreuse green with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It’s a more subdued take on chartreuse, so it can be easier to wear if you’re not used to brighter shades. The texture was soft and silky, while it had good color payoff. It started to fade after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

Temptalia Asks You


If you could only use one brand of makeup for the rest of your life, which would it be? Why?

Temptalia's AnswerThat’s a tough one! It would probably be Urban Decay or Tom Ford, especially these days, Urban Decay’s range is really getting fleshed out (finally, blushes!) so you can really meet all your needs with them, but Tom Ford makes a lot of my holy grail-status products.

Thanks to Baby A. for today’s question! Do you have a question idea? Submit yours here.

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

Kat Von D A-Go-Go Everlasting Liquid Lipstick
Kat Von D A-Go-Go Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D A-Go-Go Everlasting Liquid Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright orange-red.” It’s a bold, brightened, neon orange with warm, red undertones and an ultra-matte finish. It’s insanely bright, and it seemed to make my entire face appear warmer/redder. It’s also intensely pigmented with little product needed for full coverage. The texture begins as a liquid and then dries down to a completely matte finish that doesn’t really budge until broken down by oil. There’s just enough time to apply and smooth out the color before it dries down. It was still going strong after eight hours, but it is somewhat drying over time. MAC Tomango (LE, $16.00) is darker, more muted, glossier. MAC Neon Orange (LE, $16.00) is darker, glossier. Illamasqua Flare (P, $24.00) is darker. NARS Iberico (LE, $25.00) is darker, more muted. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Kat Von D Jeffree Everlasting Liquid Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is described as a “hot pink.” It’s a medium pink with warm undertones and an ultra-matte finish. It had good color coverage, and the texture applied with even, smooth color, but it seemed to dry down more “harshly” in a sense, as it emphasized the texture of my lips, while most shades in this formula have made my lips appear smoother. It was still mostly intact after eight hours of wear, and it started to feel drying after four hours of wear. NARS Natalie (P, $32.00) is darker, glossier. Kat Von D L’Ecole des Femmes (P, $21.00) is warmer. Anastasia Sweet Talker (P, $20.00) is darker, cooler. Kat Von D Berlin (P, $19.00) is darker, brighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Kat Von D Outlaw Everlasting Liquid Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is described as a “brick red.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark red with subtle, neutral-to-warm undertones and an ultra-matte finish. It had rich color payoff that went on smoothly and evenly without a fuss. It dries down quickly but you have enough time to work with the product to get clean, crisp lines. The color was still going strong after eight hours, but it began to feel drying after four and a half hours of wear. Make Up For Ever #43 (P, $19.00) is darker, glossier. Tom Ford Beauty Ruby Rush (07) (P, $50.00) is cooler, glossier. Anastasia American Doll (P, $20.00) is cooler. MAC Kinky (LE, $16.00) is glossier. MAC Opera (LE, $16.00) is cooler, glossier. Kat Von D Hexagram (P, $21.00) is darker. Kat Von D Underage Red (P, $19.00) is warmer. NARS Mysterious Red (LE, $25.00) is cooler. MAC RiRi Woo (LE, $16.00) is cooler, lower quality. NARS Cruella (P, $25.00) is darker, more muted. MAC Ruby Woo (P, $16.00) is cooler. Illamasqua Maneater (P, $24.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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