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Sunday, August 2nd, 2015

MAC Gingerluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Trio
MAC Gingerluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Trio

MAC Gingerluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Trio ($25.00 for oz.) is a warm-toned set of shades ranging from gold to golden orange to smoky green. This trio is an online exclusive and limited edition. The three shades coordinate well together, but the Veluxe Pearlfusion is one of those eyeshadows that you may love or easily skip right on by. This formula is supposed to have “sheer coverage with a soft finish” when applied dry and “super saturation of colour with metallic brilliance” when applied wet. My experience with this formula is that sometimes it can be really nice, other times it is a total miss. I think they are most practical used damp or over a slightly tacky base if you want to use them dry. They’re actually longer-wearing than you might think, given how they feel and swatch, but I usually get seven to eight hours of crease-free wear. I liked this one best applied damp or over a tacky base, as the sparkly bits of the orange and smoky green don’t work well dry.

Gingerluxe #1 is described as a “yellow-gold.” It’s a brightened, light-medium yellowed gold with warm, golden orange undertones and a frosted sheen. It was sheer applied dry and semi-opaque applied damp, but it was fairly smooth when applied with a damp brush. The dry application tended to sheer out the eyeshadow even more. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me. bareMinerals Surreal (P, ) is more muted. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Triptych (P, $14.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter. MAC Goldmine (P, $16.00) is less shimmery. MAC Gaelic Gold (LE, $16.00) is darker. Ulta Gold (P, $10.00) is more shimmery. Tarte Up to No Gold (LE, ) is darker. Kat Von D Summerfly (P, ) is darker. LORAC Unlimited (P, ) is more shimmery. Urban Decay Baked Cowboy (P, $18.00) is darker. Milani Bella Gold (22) (P, $4.49) is darker. MAC Bao Bao’s Jewels #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter. YSL Dewy Gold (08) (P, $30.00) is lighter. Gucci Beauty Oro (P, $37.00) is lighter. Buxom Gold Status (P, $12.00) is darker, more muted. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Gingerluxe #2 is described as a “tangerine orange.” It’s a yellowed, tangerine orange with warm undertones and pink and gold shimmer and faint sparkle. It was sheer applied dry, and it was semi-opaque when I applied it damp. The texture holds together better and gives smoother, more even application when used with a damp brush. This shade wore well for eight hours but has a smidgen of fall out to contend with. bareMinerals Extravagance (LE, ) is lighter. MAC Golden Hours #2 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery. Kat Von D Platonic (LE, ) is warmer. Giorgio Armani Organica (Right) (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter. Burberry Shell (003) (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Gingerluxe #3 is described as a “deep sparkly khaki.” It’s a blackened olive green with larger olive sparkle and glitter. The base appears more olive-like when applied dry, but damp application brings out the darkness of the black. The texture is noticeably sparkly and tends to fall apart without a tacky base or really damp brush to help bind everything together. I had moderate fall out when using this with a damp brush, so I suspect a glitter adhesive will be a must to avoid fall out with this shade. It wore for eight hours before fading. Urban Decay Scorpio (P, $20.00) is less shimmery. NARS Gabon (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery. Sleek MakeUP Sultan’s Garden (LE, $9.99) is less shimmery, lighter. MAC Greenluxe #4 (P, ) is warmer. MAC Greensmoke (P, $16.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Sunday, August 2nd, 2015

MAC Flowerscope Lipstick
MAC Flowerscope Lipstick

There are six limited edition shades of MAC Lipstick in the Veluxe-a-Trois collection. Here are quick swatches of those six! Note, Heaux was previously released but as a Retro Matte (see the original here).

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Sunday, August 2nd, 2015

Estee Lauder Decisive Poppy Pure Matte Sculpting Lipstick
Estee Lauder Decisive Poppy Pure Matte Sculpting Lipstick

Well, I couldn’t resist! I picked up five more shades (and Estee Lauder’s PR department sent me three others) to showcase the full range of Estee Lauder Pure Matte Sculpting Lipsticks ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) — full reviews to come of course! :)

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Sunday, August 2nd, 2015

Urban Decay 1993 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil
Urban Decay 1993 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil

Urban Decay 1993 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “medium brown.” It’s a medium, caramel brown with warm, yellow undertones and a soft matte finish. It had nearly opaque color coverage with a lightly creamy, glide-on consistency that wore for six hours on me. MAC Nice ‘n’ Spicy (P, $19.50) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay Bad Blood 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “deep red.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark red with subtle, cool undertones and a mostly matte finish. It was richly pigmented, covered evenly, and lasted for eight hours. Urban Decay 69 (P, $19.00) is cooler. MAC RiRi Woo (LE, $19.50) is cooler. Urban Decay Mrs. Mia Wallace (LE, $19.00) is brighter, cooler. MAC Cherry (P, ) is cooler. MAC Freehand (LE, $15.00) is cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay Bittersweet 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “bright purple.” It’s a brightened, fuchsia magenta with cool, blue undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque coverage, but I noticed that the texture of the pencil was firmer and didn’t glide on as easily as other shades. This shade lasted for six hours on its own. MAC Heroine (LE, ) is darker. MAC Fashion Boost (LE, $19.50) is darker. MAC Shock Value (P, $19.50) is lighter, brighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay Blackmail 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “deep berry wine.” It’s a berry-burgundy with subtle, cool red undertones and a matte finish. This is probably one of the worst performing shades I’ve tried from the entire range of 24/7 Lip Pencils! It was semi-opaque with streaky, uneven color that tended to “thicken” in places. It may have lasted for eight hours, but it was clingy and somewhat drying over time. MAC Nightmoth (P, ) is darker, cooler. MAC Talk That Talk (LE, $19.50) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay Stark Naked 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “light nude.” It’s a light, yellowed peach with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation with a creamy, glide-on texture that was easy to use and didn’t tug at the lips. This shade wore well for six hours on its own. MAC Etcetera (P, $19.50) is darker, more muted. MAC Subculture (P, ) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) is supposed to be a “creamy” pencil that “glides on smoothly” that prevents feathering and improve longevity. The formula is creamy and glides on easily; it doesn’t pull, tug, or drag across the lips. Lip liners are one of my least favorite products to swatch on lips, because they can be really rough across the lips and doing more than one or two of them back-to-back is usually a recipe for sore lips later on. I love how creamy, and almost wax-like, these feel, so they really go on smoothly without a lot of tug and don’t need a ton of pressure to get the color to adhere to the lips. They wear anywhere from six to eight hours on their own, and I typically find they add a few hours to my favorite lipstick if I use it underneath. They aren’t drying for me, though if your lips are naturally dry, then not having any hydrating element (say if you wore these alone) may leave your lips feeling dry after an eight-hour time period.

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Sunday, August 2nd, 2015

Sephora Los Cabos (24) Colorful Blush (Contour)
Sephora Los Cabos (24) Colorful Blush (Contour)

Sephora Los Cabos (24) Colorful Blush (Contour) ($15.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “contour.” It’s a muted, medium brown with warm, yellowy undertones and a mostly matte finish. Colour Pop Skinny Dip (P, $8.00) is warmer. LORAC Medium Contour (P, ) is darker. Smashbox Bronze (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. NYX Tan (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, darker. NYX Toffee (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, darker. Giorgio Armani Sun Glow (90) (P, $64.00) is lighter. Sephora Collection Fiji (25) (P, $15.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Colour Pop Paradise Cove (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, warmer. Kat Von D Shadowplay (P, ) is lighter, warmer. MAC Delicates (LE, $35.50) is more shimmery, warmer. Colour Pop Bon Voyage (P, $8.00) is warmer. Marc Jacobs Beauty Contour (P, ) is darker, warmer. Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Medium (P, ) is darker, glossier. Too Faced Chocolate Soleil (P, ) is warmer. Illamasqua Disobey (P, $26.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The Colorful Blush formula is supposed to be long-wearing, buildable, and have a lightweight texture. My experience with the formula has shown that they’re soft, lightly powdery at times (some are worse than others) with semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage that blends fairly well and lasts seven to eight hours. There is some variance between shades, but there are some gems in the range. The texture of Los Cabos was soft, silky, and just a smidgen powdery, but it was smoother and easier to use on the skin than the previous shades reviewed. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque, buildable coverage that blended out well. I could see this working as a contour on warmer-toned complexions or as a bronzer. On me, the color wore for seven and a half hours before it started to break down.

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Saturday, August 1st, 2015

Temptalia Asks You


What beauty products do you tend to splurge on and which do you tend to save on? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerI splurge on foundations and face powders (blushes, highlighters, etc.) the most. I don’t go really high-end/luxury for things (generally) like body wash, cleanser, skincare, and hand soap.

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