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Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

NARS Leslie, Jeanne, Deborah, Bette, Liv Audacious Lipsticks
NARS Leslie, Jeanne, Deborah, Bette, Liv Audacious Lipsticks

Here are the final five shades of the new NARS Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) formula. Stay tuned for a round-up!

NARS Leslie Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “cherrywood.” It’s a reddish brown–almost coppery–with a soft shine. It had fully opaque color coverage that applied evenly and smoothly. It wore well for six hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. Estee Lauder Emotional (140) (P, $30.00) is lighter. MAC Camden Chic (LE, $16.00) is darker. Guerlain Gisela (LE, $51.00) is more shimmery. Make Up For Ever #20 (P, $19.00) is a bit lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Jeanne Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “cherry red.” It’s a medium-dark, rusty red with warm, brown undertones and a glossy shine. It had rich pigmentation that yielded full color coverage. It wore well for five and a half hours, and it was lightly hydrating. NARS Sandra (P, $32.00) is a lot lighter and more matte. MAC Hearts Aflame (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned, lighter. MAC Studded Kiss (LE, $16.00) is more matte, cooler-toned. MAC Legendary (LE, $16.00) is browner. See comparison swatches
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NARS Deborah Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “chestnut.” It’s a medium-dark, muted brown with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. It had full color payoff in a single stroke, and it applied evenly and smoothly. The consistency had a bit more slip in it, but it didn’t impact application. The color lasted for five hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. NARS Jeanne (P, $32.00) is lighter, redder. MAC Legendary (LE, $16.00) is more matte. MAC Tabla (P, $16.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Bette Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “bordeaux.” It’s a deepened, muted red with subtle, cool undertones and a glossy finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff, which made it standout as one of the lesser pigmented shades in the range. The consistency also had more slip, and I did experience light feathering after four hours of wear, though it lasted for almost six hours. It was neither hydrating nor drying. NARS Charlotte (P, $32.00) is much lighter. MAC Hearts Aflame (LE, $16.00) is lighter, less glossy, warmer. Maybelline Espresso Exposed (955) (P, $7.49) is slightly darker. MAC Fixed on Drama (LE, $16.00) is more matte. NARS 413 BLKR (LE, $26.00) is lighter, more matte. Urban Decay Shame (P, $22.00) is darker. MAC Unknown Pleasures (LE, $16.00) is more matte. MAC Dark Deed (LE, $16.00) is lighter, more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Liv Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “deep aubergine.” It’s a cool-toned, muted berry-purple with a glossy shine. It had mostly opaque pigmentation, but it wasn’t totally even and still had some translucency due to the more emollient consistency. It lasted for five and a half hours and left a stain behind, and it was neither drying nor hydrating. MAC Soulfully Rich (P, $18.00) is darker, more matte. MAC Heart Hangover (LE, $18.00) is lighter, more matte. MAC Prince Noir (LE, $16.00) is darker, more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Hakuhodo J004G Eyeshadow Brush Round & Flat
Hakuhodo J004G Eyeshadow Brush Round & Flat

Hakuhodo J004G Eyeshadow Brush Round & Flat ($20.00) is a small, dome-shaped, flat eyeshadow brush made out of goat hair. The brush head is 10mm in length, 9mm in width, and 3mm in thickness. It had a total length of 145mm with a pinched, metal ferrule. It’s incredibly soft and silky–it feels like the brush moves at once, so I never felt the individual bristles–and excellent for packing and patting on eyeshadow or blending two shades together. For me, this shape and style of brush is a workhorse, because it can be used to apply, blend, and diffuse eyeshadow all on its own, so it is a true multi-tasker.

It is the most similar brush I’ve found in terms of general shape and feel to MAC 239 ($25). The 239 has a flatter edge with a bit more firmness, while the J004G has a slightly fluffier, lighter feel and is a bit bigger overall. The J242G (reviewed in the next paragraph) is narrower and flatter in comparison to the 239. The 239 is more like a mix of the J004G and J242G, but both are worth considering as alternatives to MAC’s 239. Just for reference, the measures of the 239 are as follows: is 8.5mm in length, 9.5mm in width, and 3mm in thickness. It had a total length of mm with a pinched, metal ferrule. The 239 is also much longer in total, as Hakuhodo’s handles run shorter.

Hakuhodo J242G Eyeshadow Brush Round & Flat ($18.00) is a small, flat eyeshadow brush with a slightly tapered edge made with a mix of goat and synthetic bristles. The brush head is 9mm in length, 7mm in width, and 2mm in thickness. It had a total length of 144mm with a pinched, metal ferrule. It’s a narrower eyeshadow brush that’s great for packing or patting on eyeshadow on the inner portion of the lid or for more precise color application if you’re applying more than two shades on the eyelid and want them to be more distinct. The brush is soft and silky, never rough or scratchy, so I also like it for patting on color along the lower lash line using the edge.

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Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Temptalia Asks You


What luxury brand and/or product would you recommend for a first-time splurge? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerGuerlain Rouge Gs or foundation, or Tom Ford Blushes!

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Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Ardency Inn Tangerine MODSTER Manuka Honey Enriched Pigments
Ardency Inn Tangerine MODSTER Manuka Honey Enriched Pigments

Ardency Inn MODSTER Manuka Honey Enriched Pigments ($21.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a new eyeshadow formula that’s supposed to have “superior color payoff” and “ultralong-lasting wear, even without an eye primer” due to “high-grade silicon waxes.” This is an impressive eyeshadow formula, particularly if you love your shimmery finishes! I will review all twelve shades in due time, but you can view swatches of all of them here. The shimmer finishes have an extraordinarily creamy, buttery, smooth texture with amazing color payoff. The satin/matte finishes are soft, finely-milled, but less creamy and a bit powdery, but they remained blendable and fairly easy to use. The pearly shades seemed almost wet in the pan with less intensity and a slightly thinner consistency than the more frosted shades. All of the shades below lasted for ten hours on me without creasing/fading. And can we just have a moment to admire Royal?

Also, the pans seem to be only held in by a magnet, so if you have a stronger magnet (to lift it out) or steady hands and tweezer, they do come out of the pan.

Updated on 8/26 at 9:03PM PST: Thanks to reader Tugce, who visited Ardency Inn’s website and noted the following was listed: “In the USA, do not use “Royal”, “Orchid”, “Tangerine” and “Punch” near the eyes.” This is information that really SHOULD be listed on Sephora.

Ardency Inn Tangerine MODSTER Manuka Honey Enriched Pigments ($21.00 for 0.06 oz.) is described as a “matte yellow orange with a neon kick.” It’s a brightened, yellowed orange with a mostly matte finish. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was soft, finely-milled, and velvety, though a smidgen powdery. It lasted for ten hours before fading. Sleek MakeUP Acid #4 (P, $9.99) is a touch lighter. Wet ‘n’ Wild A Regular at the Factory #3 (LE, $2.29) is darker. Inglot #122R Top (P, $6.00) is yellower. Maybelline Fierce & Tangy (P, $6.99) is a cream product. MAC Juiced (DC, $15.00) is yellower. Illamasqua Vulgar (P) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Ardency Inn Orchid MODSTER Manuka Honey Enriched Pigments ($21.00 for 0.06 oz.) is described as a “bright fuchsia with extreme blue reflects.” It’s a vibrant, fuchsia-purple with cool, blue undertones and a bluish-violet shimmer-sheen. It had incredibly rich color payoff that went on smoothly and evenly, lasted for ten hours, and was a dream to apply. NARS Rage (LE, $24.00) is more muted, lighter. Maybelline Pink Rebel (P, $6.99) is lighter. Too Faced Totally Fetch (LE, $16.00) is pinker. Urban Decay Fishnet (P, $18.00) is more muted, less shimmery. MAC Stars ‘n’ Rockets (P, $15.00) is lighter. bareMinerals Boudoir (P) is more muted, less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Ardency Inn Punch MODSTER Manuka Honey Enriched Pigments ($21.00 for 0.06 oz.) is described as a “matte bright coral with neon pink and yellow undertones.” It’s a brightened, coral-red with a matte finish and warm undertones. It had fairly good color payoff, while the texture was a little powdery, it was soft, finely-milled, and easy to blend. It lasted for ten hours before fading. Makeup Geek Razzleberry (P, $5.99) is more shimmery. MAC Full of Flavour (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC More Amour (P, $21.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Ardency Inn Royal MODSTER Manuka Honey Enriched Pigments ($21.00 for 0.06 oz.) is described as a “royal purple with red undertones and slight blue reflects.” It’s an insanely intense, vibrant violet purple with cool, blue undertones and a soft, frosted finish. A little goes a very long way with this shade! The texture was soft, buttery, and smooth, while it was easy to blend on the skin. It wore well for ten hours and still hadn’t faded/creased. Fyrinnae Parental Advisory (DC, $8.25) is lighter. Fyrinnae Parental Advisory (P, $6.80) is cooler-toned. Disney by Sephora Sea Witch (LE) is more muted. Urban Decay Ransom (DC, $18.00) is more muted. MAC Pink Union #2 (LE, $21.00) is slightly warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Zoya India, Teigen, Autumn Nail Lacquer
Zoya India, Teigen, Autumn Nail Lacquers

Zoya India Nail Lacquer ($9.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “deep, luxurious red with a gold liquid metallic shimmer.” It’s a deep, blackened reddish wine with gold sparkle that looks more like a mix of gold and copper, depending on the angle and lighting. It was fully opaque after two coats of polish, and it applied smoothly and evenly. I didn’t notice any brush strokes, but the consistency did run a little thick. It didn’t seem to impede application. Essie Toggle to the Top (P, $8.00) has much larger sparkle/glitter. Chanel Malice (LE, $27.00) is much darker with finer shimmer. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Black Metal Dahlia (P, $10.00) is darker with finer shimmer. Illamasqua Charisma (P, $17.00) has finer shimmer. Dior Apparat (LE, $24.00) has finer shimmer. China Glaze Sugar Plums (LE, $7.50) is less shimmer, larger sparkle. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Zoya Teigen Nail Lacquer ($9.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “pink-toned cranberry with a copper liquid metal.” It’s a pinkish-red with gold sparkle and subtle, cool undertones. It was semi-opaque after two coats, but I found the consistency to be a little watery, which resulted in sheerer coverage. Chanel Rouge Moire (LE, $27.00) has finer shimmer, warmer. Zoya Bobbi (P, $9.00) is pinker, lighter. Urban Decay Hot Mess (LE) is less golden, darker. SpaRitual Break of Dawn (LE, $10.00) is similar. Zoya Reva (P, $9.00) is slightly darker. Zoya Blaze (P, $9.00) is darker, redder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Zoya Autumn Nail Lacquer ($9.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “varnished copper liquid metal.” It’s a medium-dark, reddish copper with flecks of gold and copper shimmer. It was fully opaque after two coats with a slightly thicker consistency. There were very subtle brush strokes that I could see, but only under brighter lighting conditions. MAC Styleseeker (LE, $16.00) is darker, with finer shimmer. Le Metier de Beaute Silk Road (LE, $10.00) is darker. China Glaze Harvest Moon (LE, $7.50) is browner, more golden. Zoya Tanzy (P, $9.00) is lighter, more orange. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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