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Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

The Hit List

What’s the Best Vampy Lipstick that you’ve tried?

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

NARS Train Bleu is one of the best that I’ve come across. I also like MAC’s satin/mattes, but most are LE.

Thanks to Monica for today’s topic!

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Make Up For Ever D716 Crystalline Papaya Artist Shadow
D716 Crystalline Papaya (inner lid), I520 Pinky Sand (middle of lid), I838 Slate Pink (outer lid),
I834 Grape (crease), Urban Decay Rockstar Eyeliner

Make Up For Ever D716 Crystalline Papaya Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a sparkling, golden beige with a frosted sheen. It’s really dazzling in person–when I swatched it, I could see why it had been out of stock for so long!–and is great for brightening the inner corner. It had good color payoff, and the texture was very smooth and felt more like a cream-powder hybrid. The color itself wore well for almost ten hours, and there was slight (but surprisingly little) fall out over time. See comparison swatches/ view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever I520 Pinky Sand Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a gold-shimmered peach with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had nice pigmentation that went on smoothly and blended beautifully. The color lasted well for nearly ten hours before fading slightly. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever I838 Slate Pink Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a dusty, medium-dark pink-mauve with a soft, frosted sheen. It had good pigmentation, while the powder’s texture was soft to the touch, easy to apply and blend out, and went on smoothly. The color didn’t show any signs of fading until after ten hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever I834 Grape Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a dark purple with warm, reddish-brown undertones and a pearly finish. It had fantastic color payoff, and the texture was soft, smooth, and blendable. It wore well for ten hours before creasing slightly. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

NYX Macaron Lippie
NYX Macaron Lippie

NYX Key Lime Macaron Lippie ($6.00 for 0.15 oz.) is supposed to be a “creamy and highly pigmented” formula that features more “pastel and neon” shades. They also note it has a “satin matte finish” and “long-wearing resilience.” The formula has a lot of slip to it, so it glides on and never tugs on lips, but it also had a tendency to go on somewhat unevenly (the degree dependent on the shade). The wear time for these three shades was a little longer than average. The formula was comfortable to wear, and it was neither drying nor hydrating.

Key Lime is a pop of light-medium, slightly muted lime green with warm, yellow undertones and a luminous shine. It applied unevenly and looked streaky on, though it seemed to have a decent amount of pigmentation to it. The formula just was so creamy that the color wouldn’t stay in place as well. The color wore well for four hours. I couldn’t think of any dupes for this from other green-hued shades I’ve tried (which is, albeit, not nearly as numerous as reds I’ve tried!).

Pistachio is a light, bluish-aqua with a satin finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage, and while it applied better than expected for such a creamy, emollient, and pastel shade, it was uneven at the end of the day. It might work with a lip primer (readers have suggested NYX’s own Lip Primer helps a lot) or lip pencil underneath to mitigate some of the slippery consistency of the formula. It wore well for four and a half hours. NYX Scandalous (P, $6.00) is darker, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Blue Velvet is a brightened, medium-dark blue–almost periwinkle blue to me, as there’s a soft, dusty quality to it, but it doesn’t overwhelm the color, so it still looks brighter. It had more of a luminous finish with a fair amount of shine. It applied evenly for the most part, but it wasn’t perfect in application due to the higher slip in the formula. This shade stayed on for five hours and left a stain behind. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Pool Boy (P, $18.00) is much lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Becca Champagne Gold Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed
Becca Champagne Gold Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed

Becca Champagne Gold Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed ($38.00 for 0.28 oz.) is described as a “soft warm gold.” It’s a brightened, light-medium yellow gold with a frosted sheen and warm undertones. Dior Gold Shock (001) (LE, $80.00) is less sparkly, slightly darker, but it looks similar on. Cle de Peau Gold (12) (P, $55.00) is lighter. Giorgio Armani No. 04 (P, $59.00) is a liquid product, less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The performance of this shade is consistent with the rest of the Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Powders. It had really good color payoff that was buildable, blendable, or easily applied as true-to-pan color, if desired. The texture of the powder was soft, almost creamy, and very smooth. This shade does run yellow, not just gold, and so it may not work as universally as some of the other shades. The only downside to Becca’s formula is that it is more frosted, so a little goes a long way and too much can emphasize pores. It’s one of those products where it’s better to build up to the desired luminosity level, but the good thing is that even if you feel like you’ve gone overboard, you can easily buff it back down to a soft, luminous sheen that gives skin a glow but doesn’t emphasize imperfections. I prefer using fan brushes with highlighters like these, as it is almost impossible to over-apply! On me, this highlighter wore well for eight and a half hours before fading slightly.

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Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Temptalia Asks You


What do you do with packaging? Cute or interesting boxes/bags? Velvet bags? Do you keep them, reuse them, or toss them? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerI recycle just about everything that I can, otherwise I pass on to friends and family. I have maybe 10-20 velvet pouches from each brand that has them, but I never use them, so I only keep a small stash “just in case.”

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Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Bite Beauty Best Bite Remix
Bite Beauty Best Bite Remix

Bite Beauty Best Bite Remix ($25.00 for 0.20 oz.) includes four mini-sized High Pigment Lip Pencils. They come in a red, metal tin (much like a mint tin), and each pencil is 0.05 oz. Full-sized pencils are $24.00 for 0.09 oz. or $266.67/oz., which makes this set worth $53.33. Sable and Winterberry seem to be exclusive to this, while Rhubarb and Pomegranate are part of the permanent range. I have reviewed a few shades previously here, and my experience with the pencils in this set are similar to ones I’ve had with full-sized, which is a good sign. All four shades were quite pigmented with creamy, glide-on textures that never dragged on the lips, but they weren’t slippery, so they didn’t slide around once applied. The wear varied from shade to shade, but they wore four hours or longer (see below). They’re comfortable to wear, as they don’t cling, and they were lightly hydrating. Bite describes the finish as “modern matte,” but they’re more satin to natural in finish–there’s a noticeable sheen.

Sable is described as a “nude.” It’s a light, rosy beige with soft, warm undertones and a light sheen. It had opaque pigmentation that went on evenly and smoothly, and over time, the color faded but didn’t pull into lip lines (often an issue with lighter shades like this). The color wore well for four and a half hours on me. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Rhubarb is described as a “plum rose.” It’s a muted, medium-dark pinky-plum with a luminous finish. This shade had full color coverage, and again, it went on beautifully–no dragging, just even, smooth color. It lasted for five hours and was lightly hydrating over time. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Winterberry is described as a “festive raspberry red.” It’s a berry-red with subtle, cool undertones and a luminous sheen. This shade a little more slip compared to the other three, though it still went on evenly and smoothly (and I didn’t have any feathering/bleeding over time). The color lasted for six and a half hours, and it left behind a soft stain. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Pomegranate is described as a “rich red.” It’s a bright, medium red with soft, blue undertones. I can tell it’s blue based, as there is a pinkish tone to it when blended out, but it reads closer to neutral due to my coloring (so I’d expect it to be a bit cooler on cooler skin tones). It had very, very rich color payoff that glided on easily and delivered smooth, even color coverage. The color lasted for six hours and stained slightly. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

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