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Thursday, March 26th, 2015

Guerlain Natural / Brunettes (03) Terracotta Joli Teint Powder Duo
Guerlain Natural / Brunettes (03) vs. Clair / Brunettes (01) Terracotta Joli Teint Powder Duo

Guerlain Terracotta Joli Teint Powder Duo ($53.00 for 0.35 oz.) is supposed to create a “natural-looking, healthy glow” by using a “harmony of two shades.” There are four versions available, and I have the two designed for “Brunettes” (which tends to just mean warmer tones). It’s the type of product that is best applied swirled together, as the curved sliver of color on the edge is really quite thin, so only an eyeshadow brush could fit into it. Both shades had good, buildable color coverage with a soft, smoothing texture that looked good on the skin. The powder feels soft, silky, but thin and lightweight. They wore for eight hours each. The powders are heavily scented with a floral scent (primarily bergamot and gardenia) that I can smell from across the room when the compact is open and on my face (all day), so if you’re sensitive to scent, keep that in mind!

I was disappointed at just how similar the two were swatched and applied, because I don’t think anyone deeper than medium-tan or so will find these all that useful. Natural is only a shade or so darker with stronger yellow tones to it than Clair for Brunettes. On my skin tone, I couldn’t tell the difference between the two applied–they’re just too similar when you only have four shades! These also run very yellow/orange, less brown-based. I find that I prefer the shade range of the original Terracotta bronzers for more versatility (same price, quantity, better quality overall, and eight shades to choose from!).

Clair / Brunettes (01) Terracotta Joli Teint Powder Duo ($53.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a light-medium, peachy-orange with a semi-matte finish. It’s more like a natural matte finish, where the skin looks natural and isn’t flattened by the powder, but it’s not shimmery. The pigmentation was mostly opaque and seemed buildable and easily blended for a softer level of coverage. It wore well for eight hours before fading. Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is darker. Urban Decay Naked on the Run Bronzer (LE) is darker. Dior Amber (002) (LE, $56.00) is slightly darker. Clarins Graphic Expression (LE, $35.00) is darker, more orange. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Natural / Brunettes (03) Terracotta Joli Teint Powder Duo ($53.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a medium, yellowed brown with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. Again, it doesn’t add a real shine or sheen to the face, but it doesn’t flatten away the skin’s natural radiance. It had good, buildable coverage, though it seemed less silky compared to Clair, that blended well and sat nicely on the skin. The color lasted for eight hours. Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is darker. Urban Decay Naked on the Run Bronzer (LE) is darker. MAC Bronzer (LE, $30.00) is darker. Dior Amber (002) (LE, $56.00) is more shimmery. Clarins Graphic Expression (LE, $35.00) is more orange. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Thursday, March 26th, 2015

The Hit List

What’s the Best Eyeshadow Formula for Neutrals that you’ve tried?

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Still Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows, which is really a testament at how brilliant the range is–so many colors and finishes to choose from–that they also excellent neutral tones.

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

Too Faced Metallic Debutante Melted Metal Liquified Lipstick
Too Faced Metallic Debutante Melted Metal Liquified Lipstick

The new Too Faced Melted Metal Liquified Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) recently released with eight shades. Just because you loved the original formula won’t mean you love this one and vice versa–they’re similar but have some more significant differences. The finish is the most obvious difference, as these are loaded with shimmer and the original features cream finishes. The Melted Metals are thinner with more slip, less pigmented, shorter-wearing, and have a less flattering wear over time as the shimmer tends to migrate into lip lines. I found it hard to reapply over faded product, so they require a more thorough removal for best reapplication. The original formula also has the phrase “Long-Wearing” printed on each tube as well as in the official name and marketing spiel for it, whereas Melted Metal has no mention of longevity.

According to the brand, the Melted Metal formula is supposed to be “liquified metallic lipstick in a tube” that’ comfortably coats lips in bursts of rich, glazed, metallic color that melts on.” Most shades are fairly pigmented with some being more or less pigmented and are comfortable to wear for the first few hours. They just don’t wear away as evenly as the original formula, and as the glossiness fades, the shimmer tends to gather, but this only occurs in the most shimmery/metallic shades, while the less shimmery ones wear away better. Towards the end of wear, it feels dry, but after removing the product, I didn’t feel like it actually dried out my lips. This formula feels and wears a lot better than some other highly metallic/shimmered lipgloss and lipstick formulas I’ve tried in the past, as the shimmer is fine enough that it never feels truly gritty. I feel like these are more like lipgloss than liquid lipstick, whereas the original formula leans more on the liquid lipstick side.

Too Faced Melted Debutante Liquified Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a vibrant pop of coral-pink with gold and golden-orange micro-shimmer. It had semi-opaque color coverage with a heft dose of shimmer that looked semi-metallic as you moved. It lasted for four and a half hours on me and was neither drying nor hydrating. Revlon HD Sunstone (565) (P, $8.99) is less shimmery, darker. Guerlain Gems (LE, $51.00) is pinker (but this is the closest I’ve seen to it). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Dune (02) (LE, $49.00) is lighter. NARS New Lover (P, $24.00) is pinker, less glossy. Burberry Cameo Pink (P, $29.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Too Faced Melted Jelly Liquified Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a deepened, purple-berry with fuchsia and violet shimmer and micro-shimmer. It had mostly opaque color coverage, but there is some translucency there. It covered really evenly and smoothly (more impressive due to the overall darkness of this shade) and wore well for almost six hours. This one had less shimmer, which was both good and bad, as it was less truly metallic, but it wore away much better and more evenly. Tom Ford Beauty Alasdhair (LE, $32.00) is warmer. Gucci Beauty Tiger Lily (P, $39.00) is brighter. Kat Von D Wolvesmouth (P, $21.00) is more matte, warmer. Marc Jacobs Beauty Little Pretty (130) (P, $30.00) is less glossy. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Too Faced Melted Violet Liquified Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a medium-dark, violet with pink undertones and very fine lavender shimmer. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that looked a bit streaky applied. It lasted for four hours on me and was neither drying nor hydrating. Tom Ford Beauty Jack (LE, $32.00) is lighter, pinker, less glossy. MAC Vogue en Violet (P, $23.00) is darker, less glossy, less shimmery. MAC Itchy & Scratchy & Sexy (LE, $15.00) is sheerer, lighter. Kat Von D Wonderchilde (P, $21.00) is matte. Bite Beauty Violet (P, $24.00) is brighter, less shimmery. Milani Violet Volt (P, $5.49) is more shimmery, matte. MAC Violetta (P, $16.00) is darker, less glossy. MAC Outrageously Fun (LE, $16.00) is lighter, less shimmery. Illamasqua Boost (P, $22.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Thursday, March 26th, 2015

ColourPop Fetch Please Set
ColourPop Fetch Please Set

ColourPop Fetch Please Set ($30.00 for 0.32 oz.) includes three lipsticks, an eyeshadow duo, a pressed pigment duo, and a single eyeshadow. It’s an interesting set of shades, but I definitely wish the purple and orange duo was eye safe (Pressed Pigments aren’t eye safe) as I think it would have been really cool to work with all of those shades on the eye. I liked the set overall, but it didn’t feel as versatile or as user-friendly as a set of shades that could be used together.

Lovey Dovey is described as a “true mid-tone grey [with a Matte finish].” It’s a muted, medium gray with cool undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had fairly good color payoff with a moderately blendable consistency. This shade takes a little extra work to really blend it with other shades compared to the brand’s more shimmery shades. It stayed put for ten hours, though. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Hunger is described as a “deep maroon [with a Matte finish].” It’s a rich, medium-dark red with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage that builds and layers well. I was really happy to see such a rich shade of red that was part of their regular range, so it could be used on the eyes. It was blendable without losing its intensity. When I tested it, the color wore without creasing for ten hours. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Just a Sip is described as a “warm dusty peach [with a Matte finish].” It’s a muted, peachy-orange with warm, brown undertones and satin finish. It had excellent pigmentation with a smooth, blendable consistency that was really easy to work with. The color wore well for ten hours without creasing or fading. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Squint is described as a “neon orange-red [with a Matte finish].” It’s a bold, brightened, medium-dark orange with warm, red undertones and a golden satin sheen. It was intensely pigmented with a lightly creamy, smooth texture that felt velvety and blended well on the skin. On cheeks, it stayed on well for nine hours. Note, this is a Pressed Pigment, and the Pressed Pigment formula is “not recommended for the eye area.” See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Liaison is described as a “vivid violet-blue [with a Matte finish].” It’s a bold, medium-dark cool-toned violet purple with a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff that was somewhat blendable–it seemed a little dry to me. It wore well for nine hours on cheeks. Note, this is a Pressed Pigment, and the Pressed Pigment formula is “not recommended for the eye area.” See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Squeeze is described as a “soft mauve pink [with a Matte finish].” It’s a soft, muted medium pink with cool, mauve undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had opaque color coverage that glided on evenly without tugging on the lips. The color lasted for four and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Precocious is described as a “pale muted nude [with a Matte finish].” It’s a light, muted peachy-beige with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had full color coverage, but the texture was slightly drier, though it didn’t tug. It clung more, and it was somewhat drying after three hours of wear (with total wear of four hours). See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Paramour is described as a “deep dark blackberry [with a Matte finish].” It’s a deep, dark reddish burgundy with subtle, warm undertones. The consistency was thinner and had more slip, so while it glided on easily, it didn’t go on evenly. It looked somewhat patchy and feathered a bit outside the natural lip line after four hours of wear, though it lasted for closer to six hours. It was a lightly drying overall. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Thursday, March 26th, 2015

ColourPop Clutch Super Shock Cheek
ColourPop Clutch Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Clutch Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “vivid rosy red in a matte finish.” It’s a bold, brightened, medium-dark pink-red with cool undertones and a mostly matte finish. Colour Pop Early Bird (P, $8.00) is lighter. MAC Secret Admirer (LE, $20.00) is warmer. Tarte Irreplaceable (LE, $26.00) is lighter, powder. Makeup Geek Love Affair (P, $9.99) is powder. Milani Lady Rouge (06) (LE, $7.99) is darker, powder. NARS Laos (P, $39.00) is warmer. Tarte Fearless (P, $26.00) is lighter, powder. Too Faced Melt Into Spring (LE) is powder, warmer. Guerlain Madame Rougit (LE, $67.00) is pinker, powder. NARS Soulshine #1 (LE, $29.00) is more shimmery, powder. MAC Simmer (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery, powder. NYX Pinched (P, $5.00) MAC Mocha (P, $21.00) Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

It had rich, buildable coverage that was intense if applied or patted on with fingertips or more semi-opaque when applied with a stippling brush. I felt like a little went a long way, but the product remained blendable, so it is versatile for the full spectrum of skin tones as you can really adjust and play with the level of coverage. The texture has that lightly spongy, slightly creamy consistency that turns into more of a powder-like texture and finish once you start to apply it to the skin. In the pot, it’s distinctly a cream-based product, but it plays more like a powder product when you actually work with it. I think it looks like a cross of the two in terms of how it sits on the skin, as it looks almost like a stain due to that near-matte finish that doesn’t look totally flat. On me, this shade lasted for ten hours before fading.

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Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

Temptalia Asks You


What would your dream makeup room or set-up look like? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerI have my dream storage (that’s both dream/still realistic — in dream world, everything would be displayed, haha!) in glossy black drawer units. I would love a vanity with a sink in it… but a really wide vanity with a small sink in it – more like a vegetable sink!

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