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Monday, April 27th, 2015

Rant & Rave

Share: Tell us what you love and hate about ULTA!

my answer: I think it’s cool that you can get your drgustore and mid-to-high-end favorites in the same spot. I’ve only been to ULTA two or three times in person, so I have primarily experienced the retailer online. They’ve had some atrocious shipping in the past with a record-breaking number of shattered items arriving upon arrival for me compared to any other online retailer, which has been a sore point for me. I love their rewards system, and I think it’s easy to use and good for the customer. Their website needs a major overhaul, and their processing and shipping speeds are the slowest for a major retailer.

Monday, April 27th, 2015

Makeup Geek High Wire Foiled Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek High Wire Foiled Eyeshadow

Ten new shades of the Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadow ($9.99 for 0.064 oz.) have been released. This time around, the brand has made it a point to state that those with oilier lids will need to use a primer for longevity if you have oilier lids as they are prone to creasing without one. They’re still supposed to have “intense pigmentation” with a “smooth, silky formula.” In general, they are fairly pigmented (mostly opaque to opaque) with a dense, creamy consistency that tends to be very metallic and high-shine.

The formula didn’t seem to wear well over primers like Urban Decay Primer Potion (extending wear to as long as 8-9 hours) or NARS Smudge Proof (extending wear to 12+ hours), and instead, it actually creased faster than when I applied them over my bare lids, which are normal-to-dry. I was able to prevent creasing for longer using a MAC Paint Pot (extending wear to as long as 12+ hours), which is a much heavier and opaque base, and it prevented creasing for an additional two hours beyond if I wore them without any base or primer. A more opaque, thicker base helps extend wear, but whatever oils are used in the product definitely seem to break down even the best of primers/bases, because while I could normally get 12 hours easily with a MAC Paint Pot, I could see faint creasing developing at the nine hour mark.

Makeup Geek High Wire Foiled Eyeshadow ($9.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “medium silver with subtle blue undertones medium silver with hint of blue.” It’s a cool-toned, silvered purple with a frosted, metallic finish. It had rich color payoff with a creamy, thick consistency that felt almost like a cream eyeshadow. It is quite metallic, so paired with the thickness of the formula, it can emphasize the lid’s texture if over-applied. It started to crease after five hours over NARS/Urban Decay primers, seven and a half hours on bare lids, and nine and a half hours over MAC Painterly. Too Faced Nashville (P, $16.00) is darker, warmer. MAC Fathoms Deep (P, $20.00) is darker. Giorgio Armani Scarab Violetta (33) (LE, $33.00) is darker. MAC Water & Ice #2 (P, $21.00) is darker. L’Oreal Liquid Diamond (P, $7.99) is similar. Inglot #420 (P, $6.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Makeup Geek Fantasy Foiled Eyeshadow ($9.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “int green with a foiled finish frosty mint green.” It’s a softened, light-medium green with warm, yellow undertones and a metallic finish. It had mostly opaque pigmentation that went on evenly on the skin. It wore well for seven hours on bare lids, five and a half over NARS/Urban Decay primers, and nine hours over MAC Painterly. Sleek MakeUP Evergreen (P, $9.99) is slightly darker. Ulta Sage (P, $10.00) is more muted, darker. Makeup Geek Shimmermint (P, $5.99) is less metallic. Fyrinnae Electric Stardust (P, $6.80) is lighter. Disney by Sephora Atlantica (LE) is lighter, less shimmery. MAC Golden Olive (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Makeup Geek Pegasus Foiled Eyeshadow ($9.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “light, bright aqua with a foiled finish intensely bright light aqua.” It’s a light-medium, green-leaning teal with a metallic sheen. It had great color payoff with a smooth, creamy consistency, so I was surprised when it seemed a little prone to crumbling/flaking when I applied it to the lid. I had better luck using a firm, flat brush (MAC 242) to pat it into black, and then using a fluffier brush to soften the edges, but it wasn’t as foolproof to use it as I expected, given how it felt and how pigmented it was. It wore well for seven hours on bare lids, six hours over NARS/Urban Decay primers, and nine and a half hours over MAC Painterly. I did notice that application was smoother over a primer. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl #5 (P) is darker, bluer. Anastasia Venezia (LE, $12.00) is lighter, bluer. Hello Kitty Kawaii (LE) is bluer. Too Faced Sequin (LE, $16.00) is darker. Milani Teal the Truth (P, $6.99) is darker, brighter. Maybelline Edgy Emerald (P, $6.99) is a cream product. MAC Shimmermoss (P, $16.00) is less metallic. Inglot #413 (P, $6.00) is bluer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Monday, April 27th, 2015

MAC Huggable Lipcolour ($20.00 for 0.11 oz.) will release online on May 7th and hit stores on May 14th. The best way to describe these is that: it’s a semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage formula with moderate shine, some cling, and moderate wear with some hydration. They apply best if you let the formula melt slightly against the warmth of your lips prior to pulling the bullet across your lips. Some of the shades are more similar to each other than not, so not all nine (that I have, there is one more that I don’t have) will appear distinct, especially if you have more color to your natural lips than I do.

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Monday, April 27th, 2015

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Sunday, April 26th, 2015

Temptalia Asks You


Do you prefer your products (makeup or skincare) scented or unscented? Why? What are your favorite (and least favorite) scents?

Temptalia's AnswerI prefer unscented for most products, though I would rather some tolerable scent than a lingering scent as well. For lip products, I like subtle vanilla or unscented. For skincare, I don’t like anything heavily fragranced or perfume-y.

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

Sunday, April 26th, 2015

MAC Extra Dimension Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) is going to be a permanent formula with eighteen shades to choose from (I reviewed seventeen of them). All of the shades have been released previously as limited edition offerings. The collection will launch online on April 30th and in-stores on May 7th. They’re a wet/dry formula that ranges from semi-sheer to semi-opaque color dry and mostly opaque to opaque color damp. I get slightly longer wear when I apply the eyeshadows damp, but the wear ranges from six to eight hours.

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