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Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

Urban Decay After Dark Matte Revolution Lipstick
Urban Decay After Dark Matte Revolution Lipstick

Urban Decay After Dark Matte Revolution Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “matte medium-dark berry pink.” It’s a lightly brightened, medium-dark berry with cool, pink-red undertones and fine, iridescent violet pearl paired with a satin finish. It had mostly opaque coverage that applied evenly and smoothly. The color lasted for nine hours on me, but even after a full twelve hours (and two meals and two coffees), there was still 65% (or so) color left on my lips. It didn’t feel hydrating, but it never felt drying, and it might actually be a little hydrating to leave lips feeling no worse for the wear even twelve hours later. It faded evenly and didn’t pull into lines, nor did it feather on me. Marc Jacobs Beauty Little Pretty (130) (P, $30.00) is warmer. Kat Von D Wolvesmouth (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer, less glossy. MAC Fashion Revival (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer. Gucci Beauty Tiger Lily (P, $39.00) is more shimmery, brighter, glossier. Tom Ford Beauty Didier (LE, $32.00) is warmer, glossier. MAC Acai (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, less glossy. Tom Ford Beauty Alasdhair (LE, $32.00) is darker, warmer, glossier. Too Faced Metallic Jelly (P, $21.00) is glossier. Tom Ford Beauty Moroccan Rouge (DC, $50.00) is brighter, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay Bittersweet Matte Revolution Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “matte bright purple.” It’s a slightly muted, magenta purple with subtle pink tones and a satin finish. It had rich, opaque color coverage with a light-medium weight and thickness that felt creamy and applied without tugging on the lips. The finish wore down to a more traditionally matte finish within an hour of wear, or you could blot once and get it immediately (true of most lipsticks with a slight sheen!). The color lasted for eight hours and faded evenly without feathering. It wasn’t drying, and my lips felt the same after eight hours as they did initially. MAC Love Forever (P, $18.00) is glossier. MAC RiRi Boy (LE, $16.00) is lighter. NARS Angela (P, $32.00) is lighter, glossier. Bite Beauty Grape (LE, $24.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier. Colour Pop Drive In (P, $6.00) is darker, less glossy. Kat Von D L.U.V. (P, $19.00) is darker, less glossy. Bite Beauty #007 (LE, $36.00) is lighter, glossier. See comparison swatches/ compare dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay Menace Matte Revolution Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “matte medium fuchsia pink.” It is a brightened, medium fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a matte finish. This was one of the few shades that was actually matte from the beginning–but it’s not a flat matte like MAC Retro Matte or the kind of matte you get from most liquid lipsticks (that dry down)–but it also had less slip and creaminess to the formula. It didn’t tug, but it was a little thinner and clingier as a result. This shade stayed on well for eight hours without bleeding and faded evenly, but it was lightly drying over time. Charlotte Tilbury Velvet Underground (P, $32.00) is glossier. MAC Pleasure Bomb (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer, less glossy. MAC Good Kisser (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer. Tom Ford Beauty Pure Pink (P, $50.00) is darker, more muted. Illamasqua Glissade (P, $26.00) is glossier. MAC No Faux Pas (LE, $16.00) is warmer. MAC Ultramarine Pink (LE, $30.00) is darker, less glossy. Bite Beauty Framboise (P, $24.00) is brighter, glossier. Tom Ford Beauty Cooper (LE, $32.00) is darker, more muted, warmer. Tom Ford Beauty Electric Pink (15) (P, $50.00) is lighter, cooler. Maybelline Faint for Fuchsia (P, $7.99) is lighter. MAC Tats (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Givenchy Fuchsia Irresistible (205) (P, $36.00) is darker. Milani Hot Pink Rage (P, $5.49) is lighter. MAC Girl About Town (P, $16.00) is darker. See comparison swatches/ compare dupes side-by-side.

Formula Summary | Urban Decay Matte Revolution Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.09 oz.) is a new formula releasing on July 8th (later for retailers). There are eleven shades in the range with two exclusive to Urban Decay’s website and freestanding stores. The formula is supposed to be smooth, pigmented, creamy, and “provide long-lasting moisture.” It’s a very pigmented, semi-matte to natural finish formula that wears a really, really long time and wears away evenly without bleeding or feathering. My only issue with these is that they’re more of a satin finish than a true matte one, but if that’s not a deal-breaker, they’re worth checking out. I was extremely impressed by how long-wearing the formula was without being drying. I could wear a shade from 9AM to 9PM and not once think, “I really wish I could apply lip balm.” Some shades have more slip than others, and as a result, the ones with more slip have a more satin-like sheen to them, while a couple were less creamy and applied with more of a semi-matte finish from the get-go. Most shades wore down to a traditional matte (but not liquid lipstick flat-matte finish) within an hour to two of wear. The texture is significantly less creamy with a lot less slip compared to the Sheer Revolution and original Revolution formulas, which have a much more luminous sheen with a slight tackiness to the texture, whereas these have no tackiness and a more velvety feel (they remind me of NARS Audacious Lipsticks in that respect). These hug the lips more as a result but surprisingly, they’re very comfortable to wear. What’s particularly nice is that the texture has some creaminess and weight to it, so while it can transfer onto cups and the like, there’s so much of it that it doesn’t wear away the color, and you can also smooth out any smudges if you dabbed with a napkin. There was no discernible scent or taste.

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Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

NARS Pasiphae Dual Intensity Eyeshadow
NARS Pasiphae Dual Intensity Eyeshadow

NARS Pasiphae Dual Intensity Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “shimmering peacock burgundy.” It’s a muted, medium-brown with lighter olive green shimmer-sheen; it seemed like a duochrome, but it doesn’t really shift noticeably. On the eye, it mostly looks like an olive green over a warmer, murky brown. The texture was soft, blendable, and easy to apply to bare lids, and the color wore for seven hours dry, eight hours damp before fading. Damp application yields much more opaque coverage, whereas dry application is sheer to semi-sheer. Giorgio Armani Green Iron (06) (P, $38.00) is darker, cooler. Gucci Beauty Fumé (Left) (P, ) is lighter, cooler. Too Faced Don’t Settle (LE, $16.00) is cooler. Kat Von D On the Road (P, $16.00) is cooler. bareMinerals Flicker (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter. Make Up For Ever I628 Reptile (P, $21.00) is lighter, warmer. Kat Von D Hexagram (LE, ) is warmer. theBalm Runaround Rebecca (P, $16.00) is more shimmery. Guerlain Coup de Foudre #1 (LE, ) is lighter, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

NARS Telesto Dual Intensity Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “brown with gold shimmer.” It’s a medium brown with warm, orange-y undertones and a golden shimmer-sheen finish. Applied dry, it was mostly opaque, just looked lighter and less intense, and then applied damp, it was slightly darker and had a stronger sheen. It lasted for seven hours applied dry, almost eight when applied damp. Zoeva Subtle Blend (P, ) is darker. LORAC Dream Girl #8 (LE, ) is darker. Too Faced Puppy Love (P, ) is darker, cooler. Gucci Beauty Oxydus (P, $37.00) is warmer. Colour Pop Eve (LE, $5.00) is darker, brighter, warmer. Colour Pop Blaze (LE, $5.00) is warmer. Kat Von D Nephilim (LE, ) is lighter, warmer. Makeup Geek Pretentious (P, $5.99) is darker, warmer. Tarte Keepsake Frame (LE, ) is warmer. Anastasia Gilded (LE, $12.00) is warmer. Make Up For Ever ME658 Golden Brown (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker. Make Up For Ever ME644 Iced Brown (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer. Make Up For Ever D640 Golden Snake (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. LORAC Nude #6 (LE, ) is less shimmery, warmer. MAC A Harvest of Greens #2 (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Formula Summary | NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.05 oz.) is supposed to be sheer when applied dry, opaque when applied with a dampened brush, and this is sometimes true, sometimes not. Some shades are very sheer, while a few were quite pigmented dry. If you aren’t someone who likes to use their eyeshadows wet, then I would say to look elsewhere, but if you like the idea of two types of finishes and color coverage, you may like these. The texture is generally soft, blendable, and smooth, and the wear is average (seven to eight hours).

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Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

Giorgio Armani No. 03 Fluid Sheer
Giorgio Armani No. 03 Fluid Sheer

Giorgio Armani No. 03 Fluid Sheer ($62.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is an iridescent, pink-tinged white with lighter pink and violet iridescent pearl. The shimmer in this liquid highlighter is quite fine, which makes it more readily used as a multi-tasking product that can be mixed in with other base products, applied alone, or over foundation. I felt like the finish on this was subtler than a lot of the Fluid Sheers, so it’ll be a good option for someone who likes a dewy but less shimmery effect. I suspect it will also read cooler-toned on those with neutral or cool undertones, but if you are warmer-toned like me, don’t fear that this will look too stark on! The iridescent sheen on this makes it really good for layering over blush, too. The texture was lightweight, blendable, and thin with sheer coverage that lasted for eight and a half hours on me. L’Oreal Ice (P, $12.99) is more shimmery. NARS Craving (Left) (P, ) is less shimmery. Giorgio Armani No. 08 (P, $62.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer. Colour Pop Monster (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker. Colour Pop Hippo (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, more pigmented. NYX Ice Queen (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, cooler. L’Oreal Ice (P, $12.99) is more shimmery, cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA SUMMARY | Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer ($62.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is available in fifteen shades that range from sheer beige to sheer yellow to sheer copper. The formula is supposed to “dress skin in an illuminating veil of radiance.” It’s designed to be sheer, though some shades are more buildable than others, and in general, the darker hued shades are going to appear more pigmented and can be used as highlighting blushes or even as blushes (depending on your skin tone) — the brand actually calls out it can be used as “an eyeshadow base, blush, or bronzer” as well as your typical highlighter. It can be used alone, mixed with base products (like foundation, primer, or moisturizing). Some shades are glittery, others are shimmery, and others have very fine shimmer. Alone, I tend to get seven to eight hours of wear with lighter, shimmery shades and closer to ten hours or longer with some of the bolder shades, and it doesn’t seem to impact the wear of my base products (either shortening or lengthening the wear). I like fingertips or a duo-fiber/stippling brush for application using a patting and dabbing motion rather than a lot of sweeping, then a light buffing to diffuse and blend out the edges.

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Monday, July 6th, 2015

Temptalia Asks You


What is your current evening skincare routine? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerRemove makeup with Origins Cleansing Oil, eyeliner removal with Clinique Eyes & Lips remover, then Clindamycin (prescription), Differin (prescription), Clinique Turnaround Moisturizer.

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Monday, July 6th, 2015

ColourPop 1st Base Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick
ColourPop 1st Base Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick

ColourPop 1st Base Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick ($6.00 for 0. 11 fl. oz.) is described as a “mid-tone true pink.” It’s a light-medium pink with subtle, cool undertones and a very matte finish. This pulls almost warm-toned me, due to my yellow undertones, but I expect it can look more neutral-to-cool depending on your coloring or what other makeup you’re wearing that day. It applied fairly evenly with good color coverage, but it dries quickly and tends to “crack” once dried (you can see it coming apart just slightly where you have deeper lip lines). It lasted for eight hours but the color pulled into lip lines noticeably. This shade was slightly drying after five hours of wear and worsened from there. Marc Jacobs Beauty Jolly Molly (220) (P, $30.00) is brighter, cooler, glossier. Kat Von D Jeffree (P, $19.00) is darker, warmer. MAC Nouvelle Vogue (LE, $16.00) is darker, glossier. Tom Ford Beauty Pink Tease (03) (P, $50.00) is lighter, warmer, glossier. NARS Marisa (P, $32.00) is cooler, glossier. Bite Beauty Sweety (LE, $24.00) is brighter, glossier. Maybelline Pink Sugar (P, $7.99) is darker, more muted, warmer, less glossy. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Donut Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick ($6.00 for 0. 11 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright peach.” It’s a lightly brightened, light-medium pink-coral with warm undertones and a very matte finish. It had mostly opaque coverage that went on fairly well. It dries down quickly but has a little time to work, and then once it dries down, it feels soft and thin without cracking when you smile. The color lasted for eight hours and faded a little more heavily towards the center of the lips but not to the point where it left an obvious ring. It was a little drying after five and a half hours of wear. Colour Pop Solow (P, $6.00) is lighter, more muted, cooler. Make Up For Ever #4 (P, $19.00) is darker, glossier. Kat Von D Jeffree (P, $19.00) is brighter, cooler. NARS Dolce Vita (P, $25.00) is darker, warmer. Colour Pop Topanga (P, $5.00) is darker, warmer, glossier. Kat Von D L’Ecole des Femmes (P, $21.00) is darker, brighter. MAC Make Me Gorgeous (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer, glossier. NARS Natalie (P, $32.00) is brighter, cooler, glossier. Tom Ford Beauty Matthew (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, darker, brighter, glossier. Colour Pop Rocket (P, $5.00) is lighter, cooler, glossier. NARS Brigitte (P, $32.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Formula Summary: ColourPop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick ($6.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is a long-wearing, pigmented lipstick that starts off glossy and dries down quickly to that super flat matte finish. They have minimal transfer with some of the lighter shades having almost none for the first few hours of wear, but any time you’ve had a meal, they lose that transfer-resistant quality to a noticeable degree. They tend to wear anywhere from six to ten hours with darker shades maintaining better color coverage and wear over a longer period of time. Some shades get a little drying about two-thirds to three-fourths through the wear, while a few shades have been fairly non-drying even many hours into wear. They fade away evenly with most color loss occurring from the center of the lips if eating a more oil-based meal but the majority of color survives a meal. Reapplication has been hit or miss and tends to depend on how well it wore away and how easily the shade applies normally, but reapplication tends to emphasize the lip’s natural texture significantly compared to initial application and gives lips a very wrinkled, dried-up look. I’ve layered gloss on top of some shades with moderate success, though it will obviously lose the matte finish and will transfer and I’ll get tiny flakes where the matte lip color has lifted by mixing with gloss but has been pretty minimal. The formula had no discernible taste or scent. After playing with the packaging and the tubes, it appears that about 16 of the 25 shades I received were significantly overfilled and had regular overflow of liquid lipstick coming out of them for about 15 open-and-closes where I needed to use a makeup removing wipe to clean the rim of the tube prior to closing or else the lipstick would ooze out of the closing. I have not had this issue with any of my other liquid lipsticks (Anastasia, Hourglass, Kat Von D, Make Up For Ever, Stila) personally, though readers reported experiencing similar issues with Anastasia and the previous Kat Von D packaging.

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Monday, July 6th, 2015

Rant & Rave

Share: Tell us what you love and hate about CREAM BLUSH!

my answer: I love cream blush for often being very blendable, longer-wearing, and intensely pigmented, plus they usually have a soft, natural finish. Some formulas are harder to blend, especially when they are thinner, and look splotchy applied.