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Saturday, May 30th, 2015

LORAC Pro Contour Kit
LORAC Pro Contour Kit

PRO Contour Palette ($45.00)

Go PRO with LORAC PRO Contour Palette! Created by celebrity makeup artist Carol Shaw, this PRO artistry palette contains 2 matte highlighters, 1 shimmer highlighter and 3 matte contour shades to easily create perfectly sculpted features. LORAC’s velvety-smooth, blendable highlighting and contouring powders are oil and fragrance free and are ultra-pigmented so you can highlight and contour, just like a PRO. PRO Contour Palette comes complete with an exclusive, custom PRO Contour Brush. The unique dome shape allows for effortless precision and control, a PRO must-have! Made from synthetic material, the PRO brush hair is hygienic and easy to clean between applications. Includes:

  • Beige Highlight
  • Yellow Highlight
  • Shimmer Highlight
  • Light Contour
  • Deep Contour
  • Medium Contour

Availability: Early access for Platinum members at ULTA now; online June 14th for everyone else; in-stores on June 28th

Saturday, May 30th, 2015

Milani Bella Black (12) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow
Milani Bella Black (12) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow

Milani Bella Black (12) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow ($4.49 for 0.05 oz.) is deepened, medium-dark black with neutral undertones and a satin finish. It had mostly opaque coverage applied dry and richer coverage applied damp, but the texture was a smidgen powdery, so dry application could be messy, yet it was a little harder to blend when used damp. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me. Giorgio Armani Obsidian (01) (P, $38.00) is more shimmery. Colour Pop Roulette (P, $5.00) is less shimmery. Chanel Rêve d’Orient #4 (LE, ) is more shimmery. Make Up For Ever S102 Onyx (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. NARS Sycorax (P, $29.00) is lighter. Chanel Jardin Zen #4 (LE, ) is warmer. MAC Fashion Legend (LE, $16.00) is cooler. theBalm #9 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery. MAC Smokeluxe #5 (P, ) is darker. NARS Night Clubbing (LE, $24.00) is warmer. MAC Bleuluxe #5 (P, ) is darker. MAC Dark Dare (P, $20.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Milani Bella Champagne (16) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow ($4.49 for 0.05 oz.) is a brightened, light-medium coppery peach with warm undertones and a frosted, lightly metallic finish. The texture was soft, fairly smooth, and easily blended on the skin. It had semi-sheer pigmentation applied dry and mostly opaque pigmentation when applied damp. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me. MAC All That Glitters (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC All That Glitters (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Sweet Heat (P, $20.00) is cooler. bareMinerals Ball Gown (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Summer Haze (LE, $21.00) is lighter. bareMinerals Ball Gown (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter. Too Faced Marzipan (P, $16.00) is less shimmery. MAC Summer Haze (LE, $21.00) is lighter. Too Faced Marzipan (P, $16.00) is less shimmery. Tom Ford Beauty Orchid Haze #1 (P, ) is lighter, cooler. Kat Von D Killing Jar (P, ) is less shimmery. bareMinerals Future (P, ) is lighter. MAC Lorelei (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery. Tarte Rose Champagne (LE, ) is lighter. Urban Decay Last Sin (LE, $18.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Milani Bella Khaki (17) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow ($4.49 for 0.05 oz.) is muted, medium-dark olive green with warm undertones and a frosted, golden shimmer-sheen finish. It had good color payoff both wet and dry, though dry came together more smoothly, as the texture was a little on the drier/powdery side. It wore well for eight hours on me before fading. bareMinerals Eureka (P, ) is darker, warmer. Guerlain Coup de Foudre #1 (LE, ) is warmer. Urban Decay Mildew (P, $18.00) is warmer. bareMinerals Spectacular (P, ) is more pigmented, warmer. Urban Decay Jealous #1 (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery, warmer. Urban Decay Stash (LE, $18.00) is darker, warmer. Makeup Geek Kryptonite (P, $6.99) is warmer. Tarina Tarantino Dandy Lion (LE, ) is warmer. Makeup Geek Jester (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter. Sephora + Pantone Universe Dusty Olive (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Hourglass Color Field #4 (P, ) is warmer. Tom Ford Beauty Raw Jade (Right) (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Anastasia Anaconda (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Milani Bella Emerald (18) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow ($4.49 for 0.05 oz.) is a darkened forest green with subtle, warm undertones and a golden sheen. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque coverage, and the color leaned warmer when applied dry. When applied damp, it was much more intense and metallic. The color lasted for eight hours on me before fading. Fyrinnae Are You My Mummy? (P, $6.80) is cooler. Inglot #418 (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, brighter, warmer. Sugarpill Junebug (P, $13.00) is darker. Sleek MakeUP Fauna (P, $9.99) is lighter. Make Up For Ever ME310 Fir Tree Green (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. Gucci Beauty Malachite (Left) (P, ) is warmer. Anastasia Emerald (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, warmer. Anastasia Emerald (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, warmer. Too Faced Christmas Tree (LE, $16.00) is cooler. Sephora Collection Walk on the Wild Side (08) (P, $13.00) is cooler. Sephora Collection Rolling in the Grass (10) (P, $13.00) is more shimmery. NARS Night Porter (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery. L’Oreal Golden Emerald (P, $7.99) is more shimmery, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Milani Bella Silver (20) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow ($4.49 for 0.05 oz.) is a light-medium silver with a frosted shimmer-sheen finish. The dry application yielded semi-opaque color payoff, but the drier, lightly powdery texture made it prone to sheering out and fading more quickly. Damp application was more intense and easier to work with, as the color smoothed out. This shade started to fade after seven hours of wear. Le Metier de Beaute Graphic (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker. Le Metier de Beaute Platinum (P, $30.00) is lighter, brighter. Urban Decay Shellshock (LE, $18.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter. MAC Guise (LE, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Evening Grey (P, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Parisienne #3 (LE, ) is lighter, brighter. Kat Von D Moonshine (LE, ) is lighter, brighter. MAC Just Breathe #1 (LE, $21.00) is lighter. Make Up For Ever ME116 Silver (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter. Dior Trompe L’Oeil (011) (LE, $31.00) is lighter. Sleek MakeUP Pretty in Paris (LE, $9.99) is lighter, less pigmented. Urban Decay Crystal (LE, $18.00) is lighter. Too Faced Jailbird (LE, $16.00) is more pigmented. Giorgio Armani Silver Chafer (35) (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #6 (P, ) is lighter, brighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Milani Bella Teal (21) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow ($4.49 for 0.05 oz.) is medium-dark, bluish-teal with a warmer, golden-green frosted sheen that gives it a mostly metallic finish. The texture was soft, smooth, and blendable with no powderiness. It had good color payoff applied dry, though it was slightly truer-to-pan and more opaque when applied damp. It wore well for eight hours before fading. MAC Shimmermoss (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer. Inglot #413 (P, $6.00) is darker. Makeup Geek Glass Slipper (P, $5.99) is lighter. Hello Kitty Kawaii (LE, ) is lighter. Makeup Geek Pegasus (P, $9.99) is warmer. Anastasia Venezia (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Bella Black (12)

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Bella Champagne (16)

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Bella Khaki (17)

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Saturday, May 30th, 2015

Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Shine Lipstick


Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Shine Lipstick
($30.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a hydrating, luminous formula that has semi-sheer to semi-opaque coverage from the ten shades I tested. The full range includes sixteen shades, so if none of these have caught your eye but you like the idea of the formula, perhaps one of the remaining six may be more up your alley. They have longer-wear, as they have a slight tackiness that helps keep them wearing longer, despite having a very hydrating, emollient, and glossy formula. My personal favorites were Blossom Bright (A) and Surreal Sun (A-).

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Saturday, May 30th, 2015

Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick

Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a pigmented, long-wearing, and hydrating formula that’s great if you like your color creamy and mostly opaque with a natural finish. You know you have a good formula on your hands when the average rating is an A across over thirty shades. If I had to pick a few for favorites, I would say: Defiant Coral (A), Discreet (A), Dynamic (A), Intense Nude (A), Irresistible (A), Jealous (A), and Reckless (A).

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Friday, May 29th, 2015

Temptalia Asks You


What’s the cheapest beauty product in your go-to routine right now? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerJack Black Lip Balm, which isn’t even cheap by lip balm standards. Otherwise, cotton swabs/cotton pads from the drugstore, which are used most days. I regularly reach for Sephora’s eyeliners and L’Oreal Silkissime liners, too.

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

Friday, May 29th, 2015

Too Faced Sugar Pop Eye Palette
Too Faced Sugar Pop Eye Palette

Too Faced Sugar Pop Eye Palette ($36.00 for 0.39 oz.) includes nine shades from pops of color to a few neutrals. It’s an okay palette, but it’s not a formula that performs well without a primer or base underneath–it’s too soft, powdery, and thin, which can result in more uneven application, difficulty blending (it just sticks where it lands without wanting to move much more), and underwhelming wear.

Rock Candy is a brightened, light beige with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had decent color payoff with a soft, silky texture that was a little powdery, but it wore well for seven and a half hours. MAC Vanilla (P, $16.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Anonymous (LE, $18.00) is more muted. Urban Decay Anonymous (LE, $18.00) is more muted. Urban Decay Righteous (LE, $18.00) is more muted. Too Faced Dream On (LE, $16.00) is darker. Too Faced Coconut Crème (P, $16.00) is darker, more muted. Hourglass Atmosphere #1 (P, ) is darker, more muted. Hourglass Atmosphere #1 (P, ) is darker, more muted. Givenchy Delicate #4 (P, ) is more muted. Hourglass Monochrome #1 (P, ) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Macaron is medium-dark coral-orange with gold micro-sparkle over a satin finish. It had nice pigmentation that went on fairly well, but it did need to be patted and packed on, as the texture is thinner. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me. Guerlain Terra Azzurra #3 (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker. Sephora Collection Rio (91) (P, $13.00) is less shimmery. Chanel Tisse Fantaisie #1 (LE, ) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Malted Milk Ball is a coppery bronze with a frosted, gold shimmer-sheen finish. It had excellent color payoff that went on smoothly and evenly–this was one of the easiest shades to work with in the palette. Clarins The Essentials #6 (LE, ) is lighter. MAC Her Cocoa #3 (LE, $16.00) is lighter, cooler. Anastasia Rum Cake (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery, more muted. Kat Von D Dog Roses (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter. Kat Von D Dog Roses (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #3 (LE, $16.00) is more muted. Too Faced Tiger’s Eye (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. Make Up For Ever I662 Amber Brown (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Tarte Candlelit Dinner (LE, ) is lighter. Ardency Inn Copper (P, $21.00) is lighter. Colour Pop Game Face (P, $5.00) is lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Spice (LE, $42.00) is less shimmery. MAC Bao Bao’s Jewels #3 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Bao Bao’s Jewels #3 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter. NARS Fez (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Strawberry Ice is a cool-toned, light-medium pink with a frosted finish. The texture was slightly dusty and thin to work with, but it had decent pigmentation overall. It started to fade after seven and a half hours of wear. Milani Bella Rose (29) (P, $4.49) is more shimmery. Too Faced Pink Frosting (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter. Make Up For Ever I902 Quartz (P, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Harpooned Heart (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Milani Bella Pink (13) (P, $4.49) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Violet Blend #1 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Pink Sensibilities #2 (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery. MAC A Medley of Mauves #1 (P, $21.00) is more shimmery. Tom Ford Beauty Seductive Rose #1 (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Pinkluxe #1 (P, ) is more shimmery, darker. MAC Young Venus (LE, $20.00) is lighter. MAC Maribu (LE, $32.50) is more shimmery, lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Sugared Violet #2 is a muted, medium-dark purple with cool undertones and a frosted sheen. It had good color payoff with a slightly dry texture that made it harder to blend on the skin without it sheering out. It’s a completely different shade than Sugared Violet that was released in a different palette. Sleek MakeUP Simbad’s Seas (LE, $9.99) is brighter. Makeup Geek Pop Culture (P, $5.99) is less shimmery, lighter. Fyrinnae Because Cats (P, $6.80) is darker. Sleek MakeUP Bliss in Barcelona (LE, $9.99) is darker, warmer. Too Faced Badass (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted. Sleek MakeUP Romance in Rome (LE, $9.99) is more muted. Urban Decay Voodoo (LE, $18.00) is more muted. MAC Thunder and Rain #2 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. Sugarpill Weekender (P, $13.00) is more shimmery. MAC Dusty Desire (LE, $32.50) is darker, warmer. Cle de Peau Cosmic Aura #1 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Blackberry is a muted, dark plum with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It was very dry, thin, and stiff, which resulted in sheer, uneven color payoff that applied poorly. It faded after six hours of wear. Make Up For Ever M546 Dark Purple Taupe (P, $21.00) is lighter, warmer. LORAC Plum (P, ) is darker, brighter, cooler. LORAC Mauve (P, ) is lighter. theBalm Sexy (P, $16.00) is darker. theBalm Moderato (P, $16.00) is darker. MAC Blackberry (P, $16.00) is darker, warmer. Hourglass Monochrome #4 (P, ) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Peach Fuzz is a lightened, peach-orange with warm undertones and gold micro-sparkle over a mostly matte finish. The gold sparkle doesn’t translate to the skin without an adhesive/creamy base, though most get trapped in the brush. It had good pigmentation otherwise with a soft, silky texture. It lasted for seven hours on me. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Dreamer #5 (P, ) is darker, brighter. Tarte Peach Poppy (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Colour Pop Too Soon (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Colour Pop Halo (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter. bareMinerals Shhh… (P, ) is more shimmery. Makeup Geek Beaches and Cream (P, $5.99) is warmer. bareMinerals Tres Chic (P, ) is cooler. Makeup Geek Peach Smoothie (P, $5.99) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Bubblegum is a brightened, medium pink with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a slightly dry, thin texture that was hard to get even, rich color out of. It started to fade after seven hours of wear. Le Metier de Beaute Gamine (LE, $30.00) is lighter. MAC Da Bling (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer. MAC Stylishly Merry (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, darker. Urban Decay Alien (LE, $18.00) is lighter, warmer. Make Up For Ever I808 English Pink (P, $21.00) is warmer. Chanel Tisse Cambon #3 (P, ) is lighter, warmer. MAC Rose (P, $16.00) is more muted, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Blue Raspberry is a light-medium, aqua blue with cool undertones and a pearly sheen. It had good pigmentation with a soft, lightly powdery texture that was best patted into the skin (it almost needs to melt in a way) to come together, otherwise it is very easily sheered out. It only wore well for six and a half hours. MAC Shimmermoss (P, $16.00) is warmer. Sugarpill Mochi (P, $12.00) is less shimmery. MAC Aquadisiac (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, warmer. Inglot #413 (P, $6.00) is darker, cooler. Make Up For Ever S234 Azure Blue (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. CoverGirl Turquoise Glow (325) (LE, $4.99) is lighter, warmer. Fyrinnae Gender Bent (P, $6.80) is less shimmery, darker. Maybelline Edgy Emerald (P, $6.99) is darker, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Sugar Pop

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8/10

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8.5/10

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8/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

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Rock Candy

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8.5/10

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8.5/10

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8/10

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8/10

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5/5

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Macaron

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9/10

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10/10

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8.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

5/5

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