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Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Gucci Iconic Ottanio Impact Longwear Eye Pencil
Gucci Iconic Ottanio Impact Longwear Eye Pencil

Gucci Iconic Ottanio Impact Longwear Eye Pencil ($32.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a bold, brightened medium-dark blue with a pearly sheen and subtle sparkle. Urban Decay Mainline (P, $19.00) is darker. Urban Decay Abyss (P, $19.00) is brighter. MAC Mountain Air (P, $20.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The formula is supposed to be “intensely colored” while gliding on smoothly and sets after 30 seconds. It is supposed to have 12-hour wear and be waterproof. The eyeliner is actually really, really good. Regular readers will know I’m fond of teal eyeliner (it is a lot bluer than it looks in the promos), and in a fit of madness, I gave in and added Iconic Ottanio to my Gucci order. A lot of the ultra high-end eyeliner formulas are unimpressive, so I was surprised at how well it performed. The wear was twelve hours, and I still had the majority on after fourteen hours–and as you might expect, it does take a superb makeup remover and a cotton swab to remove (I use Lancome Bi-Facil). The color payoff in one stroke is semi-opaque, and it was fully opaque after two layers. It had a lightly creamy consistency that didn’t drag or tug on the lash line, but it didn’t feather or smudge.

I bought mine from Gucci.com, and it is also available for pre-order at Saks and Neiman Marcus. Some items from the beauty range seem to be in stock but most are showing as back ordered until late October (the official launch is October). I did a chat with Saks’ customer service last night, and the representative I chatted with said that you can return cosmetics “if only used once” and the representative could only confirm this was the online return policy but stores may have a different policy. I don’t live near one, so I have next to nil experience with Saks, and I have never attempted to return cosmetics to Saks (either online or in-store).

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Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Benefit Holiday 2014 Collection
Benefit Holiday 2014 Collection

Availability: Now at Sephora

Cheeky Sweet Spot Box O’ Blushes ($36.00) (Limited Edition)

Get a glowing look with Benefit’s most covetable box of blushes, highlighters, and a powder in this Cheeky Sweet Spot Box O’ Blushes. It includes an exclusive tips and tricks guide to show you how to create two easy cheek looks, for daytime and after hours.

  • 0.17 oz Hoola bronzing powder
  • 0.17 oz Coralista A “Rio Pleasure face powder
  • 0.17 oz Bella Bamba 3D brightening pink face powder
  • 0.17 oz Rockateur Famously Provocative Cheek Powder
  • 0.21 oz Sugarbomb Sugar Rush Flush face powder
  • 0.05 oz Watt’s Up! soft focus highlighter

Advent Calendar ($99.00) (Limited Edition)

Get a beauty surprise everyday with this holiday countdown. Each day, open the sweet shop doors to reveal a Benefit bestseller or surprise gift. Keep it for yourself, or give it to a fellow beauty addict.

  • 0.25 oz “That gal” brightening face primer
  • 0.25 oz the POREfessional pore minimizer
  • 0.08 oz Benetint cheek and lip stain in Rose
  • 0.08 oz High beam liquid highlighter
  • 0.08 oz Chachatint lip and cheek stain in Sheer Mango
  • 0.08 oz Posietint lip and cheek stain in Poppy Pink
  • 0.04 oz Stay flawless foundation primer
  • 0.1 oz They’re real! mascara
  • 0.22 oz Ultra plush lip gloss in Dandelion
  • 0.22 oz Ultra plush lip gloss in A-lister
  • 0.22 oz Ultra plush lip gloss in Fauxmance
  • 0.14 oz BADgal lash mascara
  • 0.08 oz Stay don’t stray concealer and eye shadow primer in Light/Medium
  • 0.1 oz Fakeup concealer in 02 Medium
  • 0.1 oz It’s potent! eye cream
  • 0.3 oz Total moisture facial cream
  • 0.08 oz Ooh la lift eye cream
  • 0.08 oz Watt’s up! highlighter
  • Beauty sticky notes
  • Doodle pad
  • Heart-shaped paperclips
  • Pinky, polka-dot hair tie
  • Elastic hair band with bow charm
  • Metallic silvery hair tie

3 Scoops O’ Sexy ($42.00) (Limited Edition)

Get three gift sets in one. With full sizes of hydrating lip balms and complementing lip and cheek tints in Posiebalm, Benetint, Benebalm, Posietint, Lollibalm, and Lollitint, they’re individually packaged so you can give—and keep a little for yourself.

  • 0.10 oz Benebalm lip balm in Rose
  • 0.13 oz Benetint cheek and lip tint in Rose
  • 0.10 oz Posiebalm lip balm in Poppy Pink
  • 0.13 oz Posietint lip and cheek stain in Poppy Pink
  • 0.10 oz Lollibalm lip balm in Candy Orchid
  • 0.13 oz Lollitint lip and cheek stain in Candy Orchid

Bronze ‘N’ Dandy ($15.00) (Limited Edition)

Double up on bronzing and brightening with Benefit’s duo of natural golden bronzers. Hoola and Dandelion are now together in a take-anywhere set that allows for mixing and matching with complementary lip glosses for a beautifully pulled-together look in seconds.

  • 0.1 oz Hoola Bronzing Powder
  • 0.1 oz Dandelion Brightening Face Powder
  • 0.22 oz Ultra Plush in Dandelion Lip Gloss
  • 0.22 oz Ultra Plush In Hoola Lip Gloss

Rockitude Lip & Cheek Kit ($28.00) (Limited Edition)

Get off-the-charts sexy with Benefit’s rockin’ rose gold lip and cheek kit. Create a show-stopping “rush of heat” with the famously provocative Rockateur Cheek Powder, complementary gloss, and all-time bestsellers Benetint Rose Tinted Lip & Cheek Stain and High Beam Luminescent Complexion Enhancer. Follow the included signature Tips and Tricks and create the hottest look in town.

  • 0.13oz Benetint Rose Tinted Lip & Cheek Stain
  • 0.13oz High Beam Luminescent Complexion Enhancer
  • 0.22oz Rockateur Ultra Plush Gloss
  • 0.1oz Rockateur Famously Provacative Cheek Powder

Sizzling Six Set ($27.00) (Limited Edition)

Benefit’s all-in-one set with six minis of its bestsellers is everything you need to create a full-face look. Mix and match the mascara, primer, gloss, and more for a head-turning glamour.

  • 0.25 oz The POREfessional mini
  • 0.14 oz BADgal lash mini
  • 0.22 oz Ultra plush lip gloss mini in dandelion
  • 0.1 oz Dandelion mini
  • 0.08 oz Benetint mini
  • 0.25 oz Girl meets pearl mini

Instant Glamification ($16.00) (Limited Edition)

These three mini BADgal waterproof liners deliver even lines for luxe looks, and they can be smudged out for an intense smoky eye. In three budge-proof shades to choose from, these liners feature a hue for every way that you want to wear eyeliner.

  • -3 x 0.01 oz Mini BADgal Waterproof Liners in Extra Black, Espresso, Charcoal

Availability: Now at Sephora

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Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Temptalia Asks You


What do you think have been the biggest changes in the beauty industry in the past five years? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerAccessibility, availability, knowledge, expectations. I think more brands and more products are more available today than ever before–not all are easy to get, but even if a brand is hard to get, you know where to start (you just might pay more in shipping or exchange rates). With more of the beauty community coming online, whether following brands on social media, reading blogs, or just buying and reviewing makeup online themselves, there is so much more shared knowledge available. Bad products don’t fly under the radar any more! I think it means that people expect more and tolerate less poor performing products. There have been improvements in formulas and developments of new formulas as well, but given the space I’m in, those types of changes feel like the norm.

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Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

MAC The Matte Lip Lipsticks
MAC The Matte Lip Lipsticks

MAC Damn Glamorous Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “bright pink red.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark red with pink undertones and a matte finish. It is lightly cool-toned but may look more obviously cool-toned if you have cool, pink undertones. It had fully opaque pigmentation, and the color went on evenly and smoothly. This shade was not quite as creamy as others in the launch, but it didn’t drag during application. It lasted for almost eight hours and left behind a stain, and it was a little drying for the last two or three hours. Kat Von D Hellbent (P, $21.00) is darker, less pink. Too Faced Melted Ruby (P, $21.00) is brighter, glossier. Chanel La Precieuse (317) (LE, $34.00) is similar. MAC Glam (DC, $16.00) is a smidgen brighter. MAC RiRi Woo (LE, $16.00) is darker, more matte. NARS Luxembourg (P, $25.00) is lighter. MAC Ronnie Red (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC MAC Red (P, $16.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Fashion Revival Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “deep raspberry.” It’s a dark, muted raspberry with a semi-matte finish. The color coverage was very nearly opaque (hint of my lip freckle coming through) with even color application. The consistency was lightly creamy, easy to apply, and lasted for almost seven hours. It was neither drying nor hydrating. Gucci Beauty Bitter Grape (P, $39.00) is more shimmery, sheerer. NARS Vera (P, $32.00) is brighter, redder. Marc Jacobs Beauty Cabaret (146) (LE, $30.00) is a touch lighter. Inglot #293 Lipstick Cream (P, $12.00) is much glossier. Illamasqua Shard (P, $24.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Heroine Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “vibrant violet.” It’s a bold, magenta purple with cool, pink undertones and a semi-matte finish. It has mostly full color coverage, is lightly creamy and applies evenly, while the wear is about six hours on me, plus a stain. This is part of the permanent range, so I’ve reviewed it previously, and I didn’t retest it this launch. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC La Vie En Rouge Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “bright orange coral.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark coral-red with warm undertones and a matte finish. It’s the kind of shade that’s so bright that it plays tricks on your eyes (stare at this for awhile, then stare at something neutral!). It had a lightly creamy consistency that wasn’t heavy, slightly clingy (but not in an uncomfortable way), and lasted for six and a half hours (probably wearable until about eight before you really needed to reapply). It was a little drying towards the end. Gucci Beauty Hibiscus Thrill (P, $39.00) is sheerer, lighter. NARS Kelly (P, $32.00) is lighter. NARS Grace (P, $32.00) is glossier. Chanel La Malicieuse (46) (P, $34.00) is lighter. Make Up For Ever #37 (P, $19.00) is a bit lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This collection is supposed to launch online on October 2nd and in-stores on October 9th for North America locations. I only have “October 2014″ for international locations.

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Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

MAC Mortal Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Mortal Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Mortal Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette ($44.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a warm-toned mix of coral and bronze. If you’re unfamiliar with the formula, it’s supposed to be a “hybrid formula” that can be applied dry for sheer color, wet for opaque color with supreme blendability. In the past, many of these palettes have been incredibly shimmery and sparkly, but this one is a little toned down–more frosted than sparkle/glitter–so there is less concern for fall out. I get good wear out of the eyeshadows once they’re on, but they always look a bit faded applied. This palette could use more contrast, as the colors run together due to most of them being light-medium or medium in color. I’d also love one or two satin/matte finishes to add more variety.

Mortal #1 is a golden beige with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It was semi-sheer both dry and wet, though it was more metallic when applied with a dampened brush. The texture was soft but not powdery, while it lasted for eight hours. See comparison swatches of similar shades / view side-by-side swatches on the Dupe List.

Mortal #2 is a golden orange with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had semi-sheer color payoff applied dry, and it was more opaque when applied with a dampened brush. The consistency was slightly powdery but very soft. On the eye, the color wore well for eight and a half hours before fading. See comparison swatches of similar shades / view side-by-side swatches on the Dupe List.

Mortal #3 is a brightened, medium coral-pink with warm undertones and a frosted, golden shimmer finish. It had semi-sheer pigmentation when applied dry, and it was fully opaque when applied damp. The texture felt finely-milled and soft, though it was a bit powdery to work with. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches of similar shades / view side-by-side swatches on the Dupe List.

Mortal #4 is a medium-dark, golden bronze with warm, orange undertones and a frosted, metallic sheen. Applied dry, it was mostly opaque but not as metallic as when it was applied damp. The texture was soft, smooth, and not powdery (which is a big deal for this formula). The color didn’t start to fade until after eight and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches of similar shades / view side-by-side swatches on the Dupe List.

Mortal #5 is a warm-toned bronze with a slight gray/taupe vibe. Applied dry, it was more copper-bronze, and then applied damp, it had a stronger gray cast but still ran quite warm. The texture was soft and smooth, but the damp application didn’t yield full color coverage. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours. See comparison swatches of similar shades / view side-by-side swatches on the Dupe List.

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