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Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

Estee Lauder Blossom Bright Pure Color Envy Shine Sculpting Lipstick
Estee Lauder Blossom Bright Pure Color Envy Shine Sculpting Lipstick

Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Shine Sculpting Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.10 oz.) is supposed to be a medium coverage, hydrating lipstick with a “luminous shine.” They seem to be designed as a sheerer, glossier option but based on the Pure Color Envy Sculpting formula. They’re not much sheerer, but they have a lighter look to them as they have some translucency (coverage is closer to mostly opaque, though) with a glossier, shinier finish. Some shades have faint pearly shimmer but some have next to none.

The texture of these has a little more cling to me, but not in a drying kind of way, but there’s a little tackiness that keeps them wearing longer than the average glossy lipstick would. They are lightly creamy and tend to “melt” as you apply them, so they soften as they heat up against the lip. I found them to be moderately hydrating and comfortable to wear. Curiously, the formula is unscented (and no taste either), but the original Sculpting lipsticks were vanilla-scented, while the majority of Estee Lauder’s lip color line is fig-scented, so it’s an interesting development–a happy one for anyone who prefers unscented.

Estee Lauder Blossom Bright Pure Color Envy Shine Sculpting Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.10 oz.) is brightened, medium-dark pink-coral with warm undertones and a creamy, lightly glossy finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage with a veil of translucency. The color wore well for almost six hours, and it was nicely hydrating over time. Colour Pop Frenemie (LE, $5.00) is more matte, warmer. Maybelline Coral Burst (740) (P, $7.49) is lighter. Guerlain Rouge Kiss (325) (P, $37.00) is warmer. Guerlain Geneva (48) (P, $51.00) is warmer. Dior Sunset (660) (LE, $34.00) is more shimmery. Estee Lauder Defiant Coral (P, $30.00) is warmer. Givenchy Rose Dressing (202) (P, $36.00) is lighter. Maybelline Shocking Coral (P, $7.49) is similar. Guerlain Gracy (P, $51.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Estee Lauder Charmed Pure Color Envy Shine Sculpting Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a muted, light-medium pink-coral with a very subtle gold pearl and luminous finish. It had semi-opaque coverage that covered fairly evenly and smoothly. The color stayed on well for four and a half hours, and the formula felt hydrating while worn. Estee Lauder Surreal Sun (P, $30.00) is brighter, pinker. MAC Call the Hairdresser! (LE, $16.00) is less glossy. Bite Beauty Heather (P, $28.00) is warmer. Estee Lauder Eccentric (P, $30.00) is lighter, brighter. Estee Lauder Rebellious Rose (P, $30.00) is darker, pinker. Too Faced Coral Fire (P, $22.00) is more matte. Urban Decay Protest (P, $22.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Liar (P, $22.00) is warmer. NYX Haute Melon (P, $4.00) is sheerer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Estee Lauder Inspiring Pure Color Envy Shine Sculpting Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a slightly muted, medium-dark pink-plum with subtle, warm undertones and a luminous sheen. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque coverage that went on evenly and smoothly. This shade seemed to be true to the “medium coverage” part of the formula, but it is buildable to slightly more opaque color if desired. It lasted for five hours and was moderately hydrating over time. MAC Gospel (LE, $16.00) is darker. Bite Beauty Rhubarb (P, $24.00) is warmer. Too Faced Pink Chocolate (P, $22.00) is warmer. MAC Candy Apple (LE, $17.00) is brighter. Chanel Ce Soir (P, $34.00) is lighter, more muted. Buxom Hooligan (P, $21.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

Buxom Eyeshadow Bar
Buxom Eyeshadow Bar

Eyeshadow Bar Single Eyeshadow ($12.00 or $40.00 for 6) (New, Permanent)

Featuring primer-infused technology to help keep color locked in place, this Single Eyeshadow Refill has a powerfully-pigmented formula that glides onto lids—delivering intense payoff with an ultra-luxe, powder-to-silk feel. And with finishes ranging from plush matte to shimmering metallic to sparkle and duo-chrome, each shade offers eye-catching possibilities. Explore this spectrum of 40 eyeshadow shades to endlessly mix and match. Simply choose to customize a refillable six-shade palette with our Empty Customizable Eyeshadow Palette, or store a shade in our Empty Single Eyeshadow Compact. $12.00 individually or $40 for 6. 

Follow these steps to customize your palette: STEP 1: Choose it. Add the Customizable Eyeshadow Bar Palette to your basket. STEP 2: Customize it. Add six Buxom Eyeshadow Bar Eyeshadows to your basket. STEP 3: Get a deal. Discount will be applied at checkout. Your final palette will be $40 ($85 value). (I tested: add a 6-pan palette, then add the five eyeshadows of your choice, it’ll take $60 off your order total. It is easier if you start on their Eyeshadow Bar main page.)

  • It Crowd Burnt orange
  • Glitz Factor Golden peachy pink
  • Famous Flirt Pastel peach
  • Mix & Mingle Pastel yellow
  • Posh Purple Vibrant blue purple
  • VIP Vibrant pinky purple
  • Wild Nights Mid-tone pinky violet
  • Party Girl Hot pink
  • Lacy Chic Pastel cornflower blue
  • Schmooze Turquoise
  • Luxe Life Periwinkle blue
  • Backstage Pass Jewel-toned blue
  • Pre-nup Emerald green
  • Room Service Pastel mint green
  • No Faux Flashy green brown
  • La-La-Lavish Flashy lavender
  • LBD Jet black
  • Cool Caviar Gunmetal gray
  • Patent Leather Sparkling midnight purple
  • Jetsetter Mid-tone gray
  • Pure Platinum Silver
  • Designer or Die-Muted Muted putty green
  • Silk Sheets Pale cool beige
  • Diamond Darling White shimmer
  • Mink Magnet Glistening taupe
  • Style Icon Cool mid-tone beige
  • Gimme Gorgeous Nude brown
  • Champagne Buzz Beige pink champagne
  • Spoiled Sexy Mid-tone plum brown
  • Bold Bling Rose gold
  • Lingerie Lover Muted rosy nude
  • Feather Boa Pastel pink
  • Haute Couture Deep cool brown
  • Big Spender Chocolate brown
  • Filthy Rich Chestnut reddish brown
  • Star Treatment Mid-tone warm brown
  • Kt Stilettos Antique yellow gold
  • Invite Only Muted peachy brown
  • Gold Status Warm gold
  • Satin Seduction Pale warm beige

Eyeshadow Bar Single Compacts (New, Permanent)

  • Single Eyeshadow Bar Compact ($2.00)
  • 6-Pan Eyeshadow Bar Compact ($13.00)

Dolly’s Wild Side Eyeshadow Palette ($40.00) (Limited Edition)

Let eye looks take a walk on the wild side with this limited-edition palette. Featuring six ultra-luxe eye shadows that range from shimmering pearl to metallic bronze hues, this palette’s primer-infused technology locks color in place. Its powerfully-pigmented formula glides onto lids with a powder-to-silk texture that creates a luxe eye makeup feel.

  • Silk Sheets Chai luster
  • Champagne Buzz Shimmering pearl
  • Lingerie Lover Matte mauve
  • Mink Magnet Metallic bronze
  • Spoiled Sexy Matte deep mauve
  • Wild Nights Shimmering sugar plum

May Contain Nudity Eyeshadow Palette ($40.00) (Limited Edition)

Show off flattering eye looks with this limited-edition eye shadow palette. Featuring six, ultra-luxe, nude eye shadows that range from bisque luster to metallic taupe hues, this palette’s primer-infused technology helps to lock color in place. The powerfully-pigmented formula glides onto lids with a powder-to-silk texture that creates a luxe eye makeup feel.

  • Satin Seduction Bisque luster
  • Gimme Gorgeous Matte camel
  • Gold Status Metallic brass
  • Big Spender Matte sable
  • Haute Couture Metallic java
  • Style Icon Metallic taupe

Pastel Persuasion Eyeshadow Palette ($40.00) (Limited Edition)

This limited-edition eye shadow palette features six ultra-luxe eye shadows. From matte pastel pink to iridescent mint hues, this palette’s primer-infused technology helps to lock color in place. The powerfully-pigmented formula glides onto lids with a powder-to-silk texture that creates a luxe eye makeup feel.

  • Feather Boa Matte pastel pink
  • Famous Flirt Matte pastel peach
  • Mix & Mingle Matte vanilla
  • Room Service Iridescent mint
  • Lacy Chic Matte sky
  • Jetsetter Matte greige

Availability: Exclusively at Sephora

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Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

Cle de Peau Marmalade Sky (301) Eye Color Quad
Cle de Peau Marmalade Sky (301) Eye Color Quad

Cle de Peau Marmalade Sky (301) Eye Color Quad ($55.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a set of lighter, warm-toned neutrals. It’s just a so-so palette, and the colors are fairly dupable that it’s not one I’d splurge on, as I think there are better options for warm-toned neutral palettes (or quads) out there these days.

Also, keep in mind that the price is for the refill only; the case is sold separately ($25). I keep mine in Z-Palettes with a magnetic strip on the back, which has worked just fine for me! Another way to do it is to purchase one case for traveling with a particular quad but not a case for each and every one you may have.

Marmalade Sky #1 is a light pink with warm undertones and a soft, pearly sheen. It had semi-opaque color coverage with a soft, silky-smooth texture that was easy to work with and lasted for eight hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Marmalade Sky #2 is a sparkling, warm beige with a hint of peach and gold micro-sparkle over a more metallic finish. It had good pigmentation with a silky, blendable consistency that wore well for eight hours, but there was a little fall out over time. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Marmalade Sky #3 is a bright, neutral white with a frosted finish. It had good color payoff with a finely-milled, silky texture that applied well. The color wore for eight hours before fading. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Marmalade Sky #4 is a softened, medium copper brown with copper sparkle and a gold frosted sheen. It had decent pigmentation, but the texture was drier and a little powdery. The sparkle felt disconnected to the base color, so there was fall out during application as well as during wear. There are too many shades in the industry just like this to have this be anything less than excellent. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

Benefit Box o' Powder

Forever ago (no, seriously, sometime in 2014), I went through and re-photographed and swatched all of the Benefit Box o’ Powders I had in my stash (including a few that are discontinued, still useful for finding a dupe if it was a favorite!) since several are cult favorites so I wanted updated images for use in the gallery. You’ll now find these included in the gallery, and if you’ve tried one of Benefit’s powder blushes, consider writing a review :)

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Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

bareMinerals Dream Big Marvelous Moxie Lipstick
bareMinerals Dream Big Marvelous Moxie Lipstick

There are three limited edition shades of Modern Pop bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipsticks ($20.00 for 0.12 oz.), which is a formula that’s supposed to be “creamy, super-saturated” with “ultra-pigmented color” in a “satin finish” that is also hydrating. All three had good color payoff, though not quite full coverage, as the texture had a lot of slip to it, which made it prone to having a bit of translucency that lets the natural lip color come through. This gives it a lighter look than a true full coverage lipstick, but it can be harder to keep it perfectly smooth and even. The wear time was average at three to four hours, but the formula was comfortable to wear and hydrating. It had a vanilla mint scent but no discernible taste.

bareMinerals Dream Big Marvelous Moxie Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “nude peach.” It’s a light-medium, muted peach with a natural finish and warm undertones. It had mostly opaque coverage, but it’s not quite the truly creamy and full coverage promised–the formula has more slip to it that makes it prone to having a bit of translucency so the natural lip color can peek through. It wore well for three hours and was hydrating over time. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

bareMinerals Express Yourself Marvelous Moxie Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “bright peach.” It’s a light-medium, peachy-coral with warm undertones and a soft shine. It had a very creamy, emollient consistency that was slippery enough that you could see “lines” if you pressed your lips together. It had mostly opaque pigmentation that covered well, but it will let the natural lip color come through slightly. It wore well for four hours and was moisturizing. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

bareMinerals Fall in Love Marvelous Moxie Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “tawny peach.” It’s a medium-dark, muted orange-brown with warm undertones and a soft shine. It had fairly opaque color payoff that went on evenly and smoothly, though it has the same really creamy, moderately slippery texture that gives it a very slight translucency. This shade stayed on well for four hours and was hydrating. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Monday, May 25th, 2015

Temptalia Asks You


What’s your current method for applying cream blush? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerI almost always reach for MAC’s 159, which is a duo-fiber stippling brush, as it has a great shape for getting the right level of coverage but can still blend and diffuse edges. It’s also feathery at the edges to avoid disturbing base products if applying the cream blush over foundation. Otherwise, fingertips!

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