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Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

Burberry Optic White Wet & Dry Glow Eyeshadow
Burberry Optic White Wet & Dry Glow Eyeshadow

Burberry Optic White (000) Wet & Dry Glow Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a bright, metallic white with neutral undertones. Applied dry, it was semi-opaque, and applied damp, it was more opaque, though not fully opaque. The texture has an almost dry feel to the touch, but it is very smooth and blendable. It wore well for eight hours on me before creasing slightly. Inglot #453 (P, $6.00) is cooler. Dior Lune (001) (P, $31.00) is darker. MAC White (P, $21.00) is cooler. MAC A Waft of Grey #1 (P, $21.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever ME122 Snow (P, $21.00) is more muted. Make Up For Ever D124 Crystalline White (P, $21.00) is more muted. Guerlain Cygne Blanc #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, more muted. MAC Smoky Black Friday #1 (LE, ) is darker. Guerlain Les Nuees #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery. NYX Frostbite (P, $6.00) is cooler. Viseart Yves (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Burberry Tea Rose (200) Wet & Dry Silk Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.09 oz.) is a muted, medium mauve-pink with a pearly shimmer to it. The texture was soft and finely-milled, but it was dusty to work with where the color was very prone to sheering out to near-nothing on the lid without some sort of base for it to cling to. It is supposed to be sheerer, but buildable, applied dry, and then more “saturated” applied damp; it was semi-opaque applied damp, but I couldn’t build up the color any more than that. It started to fade after seven hours on me. MAC Pink Frontier (P, $21.00) is warmer. Chanel Jardin Zen #3 (LE, ) is lighter, brighter. Aveda Bare Bellis (P, $14.00) is warmer. MAC Lingering Dusk (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer. Surratt Beauty Ingenue (P, $20.00) is more shimmery. Givenchy Tentation #3 (P, ) is darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Lover #6 (LE, ) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Burberry Nickel (304) Wet & Dry Silk Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.09 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark gray with silver shimmer that gives it a more frosted finish overall. It was semi-sheer to semi-opaque whether applied dry or damp; it seemed to get a touch darker when applied damp but tended to dry down to a slightly lighter color. The texture was soft to the touch but a little dusty to work with. This shade wore well for seven and a half hours on me. MAC Knight Divine (P, $16.00) is darker. bareMinerals Abracadabra (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC A Waft of Grey #3 (P, $21.00) is darker. NARS Bad Behaviour (LE, $24.00) is more shimmery. Milani Bella Gray (10) (P, $4.49) is more shimmery. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma #2 (P, ) is more shimmery, darker. Urban Decay Slanted (P, $18.00) is more pigmented, cooler. Buxom Cool Caviar (P, $12.00) is more shimmery. Viseart Cool Matte #8 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. Rouge Bunny Rouge Trumpeter Koel (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, cooler. Viseart Diane (P, ) is darker. Smashbox Obsidian (P, ) is darker. Laura Mercier Gunmetal (LE, $23.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Burberry Antique Blue (305) Wet & Dry Silk Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.09 oz.) is a deepened, blackened gray with a cool, bluish tinge and a pearl finish. It had semi-opaque, slightly softened color when applied dry, which intensified to opaque coverage with more depth when applied damp. The texture was soft, blendable, and not too dusty to work with, so it was one of the better ones I tried. The color stayed in place for eight hours on me. MAC Blue Spruce (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. Guerlain Les Aquas #1 (P, ) is less shimmery. Chanel Fascination #4 (P, ) is less shimmery. Bobbi Brown Gunmetal (LE, $21.00) is darker. bareMinerals Do Not Disturb (P, ) is darker. theBalm Sexy Stacey (P, $16.00) is more shimmery. Disney by Sephora Flotsam (LE, ) is lighter. Hourglass Graphite #4 (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter. Urban Decay Dagger (P, $18.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Burberry Stone Blue (307) Wet & Dry Silk Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.09 oz.) is a muted, medium faded blue with a satin sheen. The texture was on the powdery side, even though it was very soft and blendable, where the powder didn’t stick well to the skin. It had sheer coverage applied dry, as anticipated, and damp application was only semi-sheer with a more noticeable sheen. It faded within six hours of wear and looked uneven applied. CoverGirl Ice Flame (345) (P, $7.99) is lighter. Make Up For Ever I112 Chrome (P, $21.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Optic White (000)

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Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

BUXOM Big & Sexy Bold Gel Lipstick
BUXOM Big & Sexy Bold Gel Lipstick

Big & Sexy Bold Gel Lipstick ($22.00) (New, Permanent)

Swipe lips with this vividly graphic, ultra-bold lipstick. It delivers intensely pigmented, one-stroke color in an ultra-lightweight gel formula. Featuring moisturizing matte and satin finishes, it leaves lips with a modern, daring look.

  • Sinful Cinnamon Matte cinnamon
  • Naturally Daring Matte nude pink
  • Racy Reveal Matte warm light pink
  • Evocative Petal Matte deep rose
  • Red Inferno Matte blue red
  • Ruby Temptress Matte brick red
  • Toxic Cherry Matte bright red
  • Classified Crimson Matte true red
  • Wildfire Matte orange red
  • Voodoo Spice Matte deep blue red
  • Pink Decoy Matte electric pink
  • Uncensored Candy Matte baby pink
  • Defiant Bloom Matte classic blue pink
  • Ultraviolet Matte bright violet
  • Vampy Plum Matte deep plum
  • Poison Nectar Satin nude pink
  • Nude Exposure Satin nude beige
  • Guilty Angel Satin warm golden pink
  • Sultry Mauve Satin mauve
  • Rebel Rose Satin rosy pink
  • Burning Desire Satin blue red
  • Rogue Red Satin orange red
  • Extreme Heat Satin hot coral
  • Coral Confession Satin coral pink
  • Wicked Pink Satin blue pink
  • Pink Coquette Satin bright warm pink
  • Forbidden Berry Satin deep pink
  • Fuchsia Fetish Satin hot pink
  • Graphic Grape Satin deep purple
  • Shameless Magenta Satin bright magenta

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Monday, August 3rd, 2015

Temptalia Asks You


How do you manage your beauty budget? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerI have a general amount I expect to spend each quarter on cosmetics for review, and I try to keep it in line with that – generally I prioritize limited edition products or anything that gets a lot of buzz and is more mid to high-end in price point. If I feel like there’s been a lot of limited edition launches I’ve bought, then I will put the brakes on acquiring more permanent products (that can be deferred to a later point).

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

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

Guerlain Les Cendres Eyeshadow Palette
Guerlain Les Cendres Eyeshadow Palette

Guerlain Les Cendres Eyeshadow Palette ($65.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a muted set of neutral shades ranging from taupe to warm beige. I haven’t seen this pop up online yet, but it should be available soon as the majority of the fall collection is making its way online already. It features the newer eyeshadow formula, which I haven’t had good luck with for the most part (some shades are decent but some have been real misses!) as it tends to be powdery, prone to sheering out, and shorter-wearing. After testing this quad, it seems like the newer formula works better with a more matte to satin finish than the more frosted ones. They applied a lot better, though they didn’t wear particularly long, but at least I was able to come out with a decent look.

Les Cendres #1 is a medium-dark, taupe brown with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture was soft, silky, and blendable, while still adhering well to bare skin. It had semi-opaque coverage that was buildable to opaque pigmentation, if desired. The color lasted for seven hours before fading on me. bareMinerals Exhale (P, ) is cooler. bareMinerals Exhale (P, ) is cooler. MAC Fashion Fix (P, $21.00) is darker. MAC Fashion Fix (P, $21.00) is darker. MAC Brains & Brawn (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Dior Mirage (761) (P, $30.00) is lighter, warmer. Laura Mercier Stone Taupe (LE, $23.00) is lighter, warmer. theBalm Dig It (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Tarte Power Player (LE, ) is lighter, warmer. NARS Shade II (2015) (LE, $25.00) is lighter. Viseart Cendre (P, ) is darker. Viseart Cendre (P, ) is darker. Tarte Stone Unturned (LE, ) is lighter. Make Up For Ever M558 Dark Taupe (P, $21.00) is lighter, warmer. LORAC Cool Gray (P, ) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Les Cendres #2 is a muted, medium-dark rose with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, silky consistency that applied evenly and smoothly without sheering out. This shade started to look faded at the seven-hour mark. bareMinerals Velvet Mauve (P, $14.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer. MAC Bloom On (P, $21.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Laced (P, $18.00) is lighter. Bobbi Brown Dusty Lilac (LE, $22.00) is darker. Inglot #344 (P, $6.00) is darker. Le Metier de Beaute Icon (LE, $30.00) is cooler. Givenchy Rose Dentelle (3) (P, $23.00) is brighter, cooler. Smashbox Totally Nude (P, ) is lighter. LORAC Pink Mauve (P, ) is lighter. Tarte Rose to the Occasion (LE, ) is brighter, warmer. Laura Mercier Cashmere (P, $23.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Les Cendres #3 is a muted, very dark brown with a matte finish. It had semi-sheer, buildable color coverage, which seemed to be mostly opaque in practice with two to three layers/passes of product. The texture was a smidgen powdery, but it was workable and didn’t sheer out too readily on the skin. It lasted for seven hours on me. Tarte Dark Drive (LE, ) is darker. Tarte Dim the Lights (LE, ) is darker. Zoeva Beans are White (P, ) is darker. Too Faced Sexpresso (P, $16.00) is warmer. Tarte Multi-Tasker (LE, ) is warmer. Tarte Wind Down Brown (LE, ) is darker. Tarte Dreamer (LE, ) is lighter. theBalm Ripper (LE, $16.00) is darker. Too Faced Chocolate Cake (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer. LORAC Espresso (Mega Pro) (LE, ) is warmer. Too Faced Knockout (LE, $16.00) is darker. Kat Von D Shadow Box (P, ) is darker. Tarina Tarantino Delightful #5 (P, ) is lighter. Tarte Dream in Chocolate (LE, ) is darker. Tarte Dream in Chocolate (LE, ) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Les Cendres #4 is a brightened, light peachy-beige with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had rich color payoff with a soft, blendable consistency that ran a little dry so it didn’t go on as smoothly as I’d like. The color showed signs of fading after seven hours of wear. It’s pretty, but I would have loved to see a more pearly finish, rather than frosted one, as it doesn’t play well with the mattes in the palette (texture is denser). Urban Decay Sin (P, $18.00) is darker. Inglot #395 (P, $6.00) is lighter. MAC Ice (LE, $21.00) is darker. bareMinerals Mixologist (P, ) is lighter, brighter. Make Up For Ever I526 Pearl Beige (P, $21.00) is cooler. Dior Dulcinee #1 (LE, ) is cooler. MAC Just Gleaming (LE, $20.00) is darker. Dior Cuir Cannage #2 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Satin Ochre (Left) (LE, ) is less shimmery. Anastasia Blush (LE, $12.00) is darker, brighter. Charlotte Tilbury Fallen Angel #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery. Makeup Geek Shimma Shimma (P, $5.99) is darker, more muted. Hourglass Exposure #1 (P, ) is less shimmery. Guerlain Les Precieux #2 (LE, ) is lighter, cooler. MAC Warm Wash #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Monday, August 3rd, 2015

Rant & Rave

Share: Tell us what you love and hate about LIQUID HIGHLIGHTERS!

my answer: THE PUMPS! So many of the liquid highlighters on the market have pumps that dispense far more product than you really need, so I wish the packaging would be improved. I love being able to mix with moisturizer, foundation, or use on top of bare skin.

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

Sephora Epic Rewards are coming! If you have the energy to stalk and a very snappy clicking finger, you might be able to cash in all those saved-up points for one of the rewards below. I’ve tried every time with zero success, and it’s one of those events that more and more people know about (and then try for!) each time, so it’s best to take a “it would be awesome if I got it, but I won’t lose sleep over it if I don’t” attitude to avoid total frustration. :)

I tried to do some rough calculations of value, and I made assumptions that what they are giving you is full-sized, but it’s hard to know for sure.  I noticed several designer bags included in rewards were discontinued or from a prior season, so sometimes tracking it down was a challenge (I don’t follow a lot of fashion, but if you’re able to identify a bag by name, do let me know!).    Let me know if this was helpful/worth putting together (it was more time-consuming than anticipated, but if the value info isn’t useful, I’ll skip that part next time).

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1,000 POINTS

GIVENCHY BEST OF LE ROUGE (Approximate Value: $144 + cosmetics pouch)

VIB Rouge Only. Inimitable and iconic, Givenchy Le Rouge sets the standard for makeup luxury. Each lipstick-as-accessory comes wrapped in a supple black leather tube, and the entire set of four bestselling semi-matte shades comes nestled in a collectible branded pouch. This reward includes:

  • Givenchy Le Rouge in 304 Mandarine Boléro ($36 value)
  • Givenchy Le Rouge in 202 Rose Dressing ($36 value)
  • Givenchy Le Rouge in 102 Beige Plume ($36 value)
  • Givenchy Le Rouge in 306 Carmin Escarpin ($36 value)
  • Givenchy cosmetics pouch (unknown value)

BECCA X JACLYN HILL LUMINIZING COLLECTION (Approximate Value: $186)

Find your perfect light with this array of BECCA bestsellers, including Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop, an exclusive and universally flattering shade designed by blogger and makeup artist Jaclyn Hill. This reward includes an easy-to-follow face chart designed by Jaclyn herself just for this set, along with application tips. This reward includes:

  • BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Champagne Pop ($38 value)
  • BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Opal ($38 value)
  • BECCA The One Perfecting Brush ($49 value)
  • BECCA Under Eye Brightening Corrector ($29 value)
  • BECCA Mineral Blush in Wild Honey ($32 value)

DR. DENNIS GROSS AGE-FIGHTING ESSENTIALS (Approximate Value: $156)

Experience the anti-aging expertise that makes dermatologist Dr. Dennis Gross the go-to guru for those looking for supple, resilient skin. You’ll receive a 35-day supply of the brand’s signature at-home peel, which uses a blend of 15 acids to resurface and fight signs of aging, along with an eye cream that softens, smooths, and diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This reward includes:

  • Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Peel Original Formula ($88 value)
  • Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Ferulic Acid + Retinol Triple Correction Eye Serum ($68 value)

SMASHBOX #SHAPEMATTERS CONTOURING SET (Approximate Value: $157)

Smashbox knows that #SHAPEMATTERS and this set of photo-ready makeup products will enable you to define every feature with precision. Sculpt cheekbones, chisel your nose, arch your brow, and enhance your eyes with the expertly curated shades within the #SHAPEMATTERS palette, signed by founder and celebrity photographer Davis Factor, plus other Smashbox classics to complete your look. This reward includes:

  • Smashbox #SHAPEMATTERS Palette ($65 value)
  • Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Infrared Matte ($20 value)
  • Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara in Jet Black ($20 value)
  • Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water ($32 value)
  • Smashbox Always Sharp Lip Liner in Crimson ($20 value)

FRESH FOUNDER FAVORITES (Approximate Value: $147)

Experience the healing, hydrating power of sugar in this collection of Fresh lip essentials. Exfoliate, moisturize, and tint with the brand’s bestselling treatments, all hand-selected by founders Lev Glazman and Alina Roytberg. This reward also includes a booklet of skincare tips from the experts in indulgent, sensorial beauty. This reward includes:

  • Fresh Sugar Lip Polish ($22.50 value)
  • Fresh Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment ($25.00 value)
  • Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15 Untinted ($22.50 value)
  • Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15 in Rosé ($22.50 value)
  • Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15 in Honey ($22.50 value)
  • Fresh Sugar Lip Serum Advanced Therapy ($35.00 value)

BUMBLE AND BUMBLE HAIR MAKEOVER (Approximate Value: $157 + tote, band, clips, hair tie)

Treat yourself to new look from Bumble and bumble. Meet with a brand stylist at any network salon for a fresh cut and styling lesson, plus receive a Baggu tote stashed with the brand’s professional hair care essentials for endless styling options. This reward includes:

  • $100 Bumble and bumble gift card for a haircut only at a network salon
  • Bb. Baggu Tote
  • Bb. Band
  • Bb. Gator Clips
  • Bb. Hairtie
  • Bb. Prêt-à-Powder ($27 value)
  • Bb. Thickening Dryspun Finish ($30.00 value)

ANASTASIA DEFINE & SCULPT (Approximate Value: $170.50)

Define your brows and sculpt your facial features with six universal products perfect for the novice and seasoned contour expert alike. Includes the brand’s bestselling contour kit signed by founder Anastasia Soare, plus everything you need to tweeze, shade, and shape to perfection. This reward includes:

  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit ($40 value)
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Beauty Express for Brows and Eyes in Brunette ($39.50 value)
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Duality in Camille/Sand ($23.00 value)
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel ($22.00 value)
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Tweezers ($28.00 value)
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Waterproof Crème Color Liner in Jet Black ($18.00 value)

DIOR CATWALK EYES (Approximate Value: $208)

Effortlessly create a “just-stepped-off-the-runway” look with one of fashion’s favorite beauty brands. This six-piece set includes the cult-favorite Diorshow Mascara, along with the liner, shadows, and pencils you need to sculpt your eyes and brows and deliver an immaculate eye look. This reward includes:

  • Dior Diorshow Mascara in Black ($27.50 value)
  • Dior Designer 5-Colour Palette in Navy Design ($62.00 value)
  • Dior Diorshow Brow Gel ($29.00 value)
  • Dior Diorshow Proliner Waterproof in Backstage Black ($32.00 value)
  • Dior Diorshow Maximizer Lash Plumping Serum ($28.50 value)
  • Dior Diorshow Brow Styler Ultra-Fine Precision Brow Pencil in Universal Brown ($29.00 value)

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