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Thursday, April 17th, 2014

MAC Violet Blend Studio Sculpt Shade & Line
MAC Violet Blend Studio Sculpt Shade & Line

MAC Violet Blend Studio Sculpt Shade & Line ($21.00 for 0.06 oz.) contains pink and plum eyeshadows with a purple eyeliner. The Studio Sculpt Shade & Line Eyeshadows can be used wet “for a defined look with super-saturated colour” or dry for “medium buildable coverage.” Looking at the big picture, this trio still doesn’t represent a really high quality product, but within the eight trios released, it is one of the “better” ones. The eyeshadows are both usable, only slightly powdery, and had decent color payoff. The eyeliner still had that stiff, dry texture where you really have to wet the brush significantly to yield any color payoff, but getting even, smooth color isn’t easy. When you manage to get them on, though, the wear is eight hours.

Violet Blend #1 is described as a “light white-pink.” It’s a light-medium, cool-toned pink with a frosted, metallic sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation whether applied dry or wet–it just became more metallic when applied damp. The texture was a little powdery but not too bad. MAC Pink Sensibilities #2 (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC A Medley of Mauves #1 (P, $21.00) is a touch darker. MAC Pinkluxe #1 (P) is darker. MAC Joy & Laughter #1 (P, $21.00) is similar. MAC Fresh & Mint #2 (P, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Young Venus (LE, $19.50) is similar. MAC Maribu (LE, $32.50) is similar. Dior Garden Roses #5 (LE) is also similar. Dior Garden Roses #1 (LE) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Violet Blend #2 is described as a “deep violet.” It’s a medium-dark, muted purple with subtle cool undertones and a satin-matte finish. It had sheer color payoff when applied dry, which intensified to semi-opaque color payoff when applied with a very damp brush. The texture was fairly dry, stiff, and generally had to be used with a very wet brush to get any usability out of it, whether you wanted to use it as an eyeliner or as an eyeshadow. Makeup Geek Duchess (P, $5.99) is very similar. Giorgio Armani Fatal #4 (P) is darker. Inglot #379 (P, $6.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Violet Blend #3 is described as an “iridescent cool pink.” It’s a brightened, pinky-plum with warm, red undertones and a frosted sheen. Applied dry, it had semi-sheer pigmentation, and applied damp, it was mostly opaque. The texture was just a little bit powdery. Illamasqua Ensnare (P) is brighter, warmer. Chanel Pink Lagoon (LE, $34.00) is lighter. Chanel Abstraction (LE, $36.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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7/10

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8/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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Violet Blend #1

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7/10

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Violet Blend #2

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6.5/10

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7.5/10

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Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Temptalia Asks You


Should a collection work together? Would you rather the items stand alone/designed to incorporate with other products you own?

Temptalia's AnswerI think a few things should work together, ideally, but in general, I’d rather more unique/interesting shades across the board then a brand that releases a few basics just to make it a more wearable collection (together, that is).

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Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

MAC Hi Jinks! Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour
MAC Hi Jinks! Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour

MAC Hi Jinks! Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour ($21.00 for 0.43 oz.) is described as a “bright coral.” It’s a medium, coral-orange with warm undertones and a soft sheen. It had good, buildable color payoff, and the texture was thin, emollient, and creamy. On the lips, it’s very unforgiving and will cling to any unevenness, dryness, cracked/chapped areas on the lips, and in general, it looks dry (and feels drying) on. The color lasted four hours on my lips, but it wore longer on cheeks at seven hours. IT Cosmetics Pretty in Peony (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, powder. theBalm Pie (P) is similar, slightly pinker. Tarte True Love (P, $26.00) is lighter, powder. Chanel Intonation (69) (LE, $38.00) is brighter. Tom Ford Beauty Flush (P, $55.00) is brighter, powder. Illamasqua Dixie (P, $26.00) is slightly pinker. See comparison swatches/ view dupes.

MAC Young at Heart Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour ($21.00 for 0.43 oz.) is described as a “bright pink.” It’s a cool-toned, cotton candy pink with a luminous sheen. Again, as a lip product, it’s a poor performer–clingy, drying, terribly unflattering on (makes lips look totally devoid of moisture!)–though it wears three and a half hours as a lip color/stain. It’s better as a blush, clocking in at seven hours of wear and has buildable, medium color coverage. Milani Delizioso Pink (10) (P, $7.99) is a powder. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Blush (LE) is more shimmery, powder. Givenchy It-Girl Purple (P, $44.00) is lighter, powder. Too Faced Lollipop (LE) is warmer, powder. Too Faced Raindrops on Roses (LE) is warmer, powder. Urban Decay Quickie (LE) is powder. MAC Pure Femininity (LE, $20.00) is lighter, warmer, powder. theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is warmer, powder. MAC Peony Petal (P, $21.00) is powder. MAC I’m the One (LE, $21.00) is powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Hi Jinks!

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8.5/10

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10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

7/10

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4.5/5

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8/10

Pigmentation

10/10

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8/10

Longevity

7/10

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Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Survey Says

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Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

MAC Giddy Lipstick
MAC Giddy Lipstick

MAC just added several previously released shades (that were limited edition) to their permanent range, and three of them I haven’t already reviewed in the past, so I bought those shades so I could share photos/swatches with you!

MAC Giddy Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a muted, medium pink with warm, rosy undertones and a soft, gold shimmer. Officially, it has a Lustre finish, but the texture wasn’t quite as glossy–a little drier overall–and the pigmentation was mostly opaque, which is unlike traditional Lustres, as those tend to be sheerer. It lasted for three hours on me, but it was somewhat drying. YSL Corail Jalouse (32) (P, $34.00) is less shimmery. Tarte Pink Peony (P, $16.00) is darker. NYX Chic (P, $4.00) is a touch lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Lip Blossom Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a medium, warm-toned pink with a gold, frosted shimmer. The shimmer makes it appear a bit lighter once applied. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and the texture was creamy with some slip. MAC labeled this a Lustre, per the label. It wore well for three and a half hours, but it was a bit drying on me. Guerlain Gems (LE, $51.00) is more orange. MAC Be a Lady (P, $22.00) is less shimmery. Chanel Fleurie (139) (LE, $34.00) is less shimmery. Too Faced Bon Bon (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer, less shimmery. Tarte Pink Peony (P, $16.00) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Have We Met? (108) (P, $30.00) is slightly pinker. Guerlain Giulette (P, $51.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Shy Shine Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a soft, muted coral-beige with fine champagne shimmer and a luminous finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage, though it, too, is a Lustre finish according to the brand. The texture was fairly emollient and glided on easily, though slight “lines” were visible if you pressed your lips together. It lasted two and a half hours on me and was lightly drying. Tom Ford Beauty Summer Fling (04) (LE, $49.00) is pinker. Too Faced Taffy (P, $21.00) is lighter. Revlon Pink Lemonade (P, $7.49) is lighter. NYX Chic (P, $4.00) is pinker. MAC Coral Bliss (P, $16.00) is warmer, darker. Guerlain Rose Desir (LE, $51.00) is pinker. Giorgio Armani Blush (500) (P, $32.00) is pinker, darker, more opaque. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Glossover

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Giddy

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8.5/10

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8.5/10

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8.5/10

Longevity

7.5/10

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5/5

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Lip Blossom

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8.5/10

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8.5/10

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9/10

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8/10

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5/5

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8.5/10

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8.5/10

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Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

MAC Rose Blend Studio Sculpt Shade & Line
MAC Rose Blend Studio Sculpt Shade & Line

MAC Rose Blend Studio Sculpt Shade & Line ($21.00 for 0.06 oz.) contains pink and gold eyeshadows with a gray-purple eyeliner. The Studio Sculpt Shade & Line Eyeshadows can be used wet “for a defined look with super-saturated colour” or dry for “medium buildable coverage.” The pink eyeshadow was on the dry side, while the gold eyeshadow was powdery. The eyeliner shade was more workable and yielded decent pigmentation with a damp application, but it was still problematic. On the lid, all three lasted for eight hours before they started to fade.

Rose Blend #1 is described as a “dirty washout pink.” It’s a light-medium, neutral-to-warm-toned pink with a satin finish. The texture was somewhat dry and stiff, so it was more difficult to apply dry. With a dampened brush, more color came out with lesser work. It was very sheer applied dry, semi-sheer applied damp. bareMinerals Strawberry Mousse (LE, $14.00) and Urban Decay Strange (P, $18.00) are lighter. Too Faced Taffy (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery. Tom Ford Beauty In the Pink #1 (LE) is lighter. Inglot #356 (P, $6.00) is a touch lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Rose Blend #2 is described as a “dirty blue-plum.” It’s a cool-toned, purpled-gray with a satin finish. It had sheer color payoff applied dry, and it was more semi-opaque when applied with a dampened brush. The texture was somewhat dry to work with, but it wasn’t the worst of the eight. I tried using it as an eyeliner as well as an eyeshadow. MAC Graphic Style (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery. NARS Delphes #2 (LE, $24.00) is more matte. Maybelline Tough as Taupe (P, $6.99) is a cream product. MAC Interior Life (LE, $15.00) is grayer. MAC Howzat (LE, $15.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Rose Blend #3 is described as a “metallic bright gold.” It’s a light-medium, yellow gold with a frosted finish. The texture of this shade was rather powdery, which made it more difficult to get a really smooth, even application. Applied dry, it was sheer, and then applied damp, it was semi-opaque. MAC Golden Hours #3 (LE, $21.00) is lighter. a href=”http://www.temptalia.com/product/mac-cosmetics-mineralize-eyeshadow/captivating-1″>MAC Captivating #1 (LE, $21.00) is lighter. theBalm D1 (LE, $16.00) is smoother. bareMinerals Rising Star (LE) is similar. bareMinerals Standing O (P) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Glossover

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Rose Blend

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Product

6.5/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Rose Blend #1

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6/10

Pigmentation

7/10

Texture

6.5/10

Longevity

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Rose Blend #2

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7.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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