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Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Illamasqua Exquisite Sheer Lipgloss
Illamasqua Exquisite Sheer Lipgloss

Illamasqua Exquisite Sheer Lipgloss ($24.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “pink oyster.” It’s a milky, warm-toned pink with an iridescent pink-to-peach sheen. Chanel Songe (191) (LE, $29.50) has a lesser duochrome that shifts to more of a green-ish-mauve. bareMinerals Heartbreaker (LE, $18.00) has no duochrome. Giorgio Armani #700 (P, $29.00) is lighter, less pink. Revlon Orchid (P, $7.49) is similar on but has no duochrome. Bobbi Brown Pink Gold (P, $24.00) is similar, less duochrome. Bobbi Brown Firefly (P, $24.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It looks more like a duochrome at times, but often, it just looks like a light pink. I always get excited for these types of glosses but find they have a very limited range of viewing/angles where it really looks as cool in person as it does swatched on your arm/hand (probably because you can really move and angle your arm/hand a lot more than your face!). It has a light-to-medium-weight consistency that feels creamy and comfortable to wear without being tacky. It had semi-sheer color coverage where the natural lip color is visible and will alter how this looks if you have more pigmented lips. It lasts for four and a half hours, and I never felt the shimmer while applying or as it wore away. It was lightly hydrating. The gloss is on the milkier side, so there is a little bit of settling, and if you press your lips together, it can create “lines” as the product moves around.

Again, it appears that Illamasqua is no longer available at any U.S. retailers, which means the only way to purchase their products is through their website. The press release I received for the Once… collection is for the US, and the pricing reflected what we saw in stores, but converting to “$ USD” on their website changes the price on this to $26.77 (but you will pay in £ at checkout). On non-polish and fragrance orders, shipping is free over £50.

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B+

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8.5/10

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10/10

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8/10

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8.5/10

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4/5

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Thursday, September 18th, 2014

The Hit List

What’s the Best Transition Eyeshadow that you’ve tried?

Share your pick!  And don’t forget to share why/what your coloring is :) Thanks to Jennifer for today’s question!

I’ve been using Makeup Geek’s Barcelona Beach a lot for this purpose on my medium, warm-toned skin!

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Illamasqua Melange Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Melange Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Melange Nail Varnish ($17.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “golden teal [with a matte finish].” It’s a muted, medium-dark green with a hint of blue and gold and copper flecks of shimmer and sparkle. I thought it might be more a chameleon, but as I went from room to room (for different lighting), it was always a muted, dirty green to me. It had more of a satin finish where there was still some reflection, but it wasn’t glossy. I don’t know of any dupes for this shade really, but these were the closest I could think of: Zoya Stassi (P, $9.00) is much warmer, sheerer. China Glaze This is Tree-mendous (LE, $7.50) is more sparkly, sheerer. Cult Nails Grunge (P, $12.00) has less shimmer, lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It was fully opaque after two coats of polish, though it was pretty much opaque after one coat. The consistency was slightly thick, though it applied evenly and didn’t pool along the edges. It dried down quicker than the average polish. I normally get a full seven days with very minor tip wear with Illamasqua’s formula (I have worn some shades for as long as fourteen days).

It appears that Illamasqua is no longer available at any U.S. retailers, which means the only way to purchase their products is through their website. The press release I received for the Once… collection is for the US, and the pricing reflected what we saw in stores, but converting to “$ USD” on their website changes the polish to $23.53 (when I checked it). On top of that, nail lacquer is a restricted category for shipping, so to ship one polish is $24.34 (you can order up to 15 polishes, if you were doing some heavy-duty lacquer hauling). I’ve been such a huge fan of their Nail Varnish, so I’m sad to see it become harder to get (or justify).

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9/10

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10/10

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8/10

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10/10

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4.5/5

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Thursday, September 18th, 2014

YSL Rebelle (7) Blush Volupte
YSL Rebelle (7) Blush Volupte

YSL Rebelle (7) Blush Volupte ($47.00 for 0.31 oz.) is a softened, medium orange with warm, yellow undertones and a semi-matte finish. Surratt Beauty Cantaloup (P, $32.00) is lighter, brighter, yellower. Guerlain Orange Blush (LE) is brighter. Givenchy In Vogue Orange (P, $44.00) is similar. MAC Honey Jasmine (LE, $21.00) is slightly brighter. NARS Gina (P, $29.00) is darker, browner. MAC Blazing Haute (LE, $25.00) is yellower, lighter. Illamasqua Lover (P, $26.00) is a smidgen lighter. Inglot #45 Face Blush (P, $10.00) is darker, brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This is the last shade I bought from the Blush Volupte range. I thought it was interesting that between the three I have, they each had a different finish, with Rebelle (7) having the least shimmery, more matte of the finishes. It had fairly good color coverage, though I wouldn’t describe it as “intense color payoff.” The texture has a soft, finely-milled, silky feel to it but is also slightly powdery. Luckily, it does not appear powdery, dry, or cakey on my skin when applied as a blush and blended/worked into the skin. There’s just enough satin in the finish to avoid it looking flat or dull on the skin, and the coverage is buildable to truer-to-pan color if desired. This shade wore well for eight hours on me before it started to show signs of wearing away.

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Rebelle (7)

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8.5/10

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9/10

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8/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Tarte Holiday 2014 Sets
Tarte Holiday 2014 Sets

Away Oui Go Portable Paltte & Collector’s Set ($48.00) (Limited Edition) (ULTA Exclusive)

Take the romantic adventure of a lifetime with this interchangeable collector’s set overflowing with limited-edition essentials to create endless dreamy looks wherever your heart may take you! Includes: 16 full size Amazonian clay eyeshadows inspired by exotic French adventures, 4 full size Amazonian clay 12-hour blushes in irresistible, envisioned, limitless and intrigue, 3 deluxe maracuja lipglosses in Paris, Cannes and Nice, 1 deluxe lights, camera, lashes™ 4-in-1 mascara, 1 portable collector’s compact.

Bon Voyage Collector’s Set & Travel Bag ($59.00) (Limited Edition) (Sephora Exclusive)

Take the Parisian adventure of a lifetime with this delightfully portable travel bag overflowing with limited-edition essentials to create endless dreamy looks wherever your heart may take you! Includes: 20 full size Amazonian clay eyeshadows in brand new shades, full size limited-edition LipSurgence™ lip tint – romantic (peachy nude), ull size limited-edition LipSurgence™ lip gloss – visionary (apricot), deluxe limited-edition cheek stain – muse (soft nude), deluxe limited-edition maracuja oil, deluxe limited-edition smooth operator™ Amazonian clay finishing powder, deluxe lights, camera, lashes™ 4-in-1 mascara, limited-edition collector’s travel bag.

Pin-up Girl Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush Palette ($42.00) (Limited Edition) (Sephora Exclusive)

The perfect gift for any blush enthusiast, this limited-edition palette of 5 Amazonian clay 12-hour blushes comes with 2 wearable hair pins for the perfectly “pinned up” look! Includes:

  • Breathless Pinky beige
  • Embraced Plummy rose
  • Whimsy Light pink
  • Bashful Rosy peach
  • Irreplaceable Mauve rose

Petite Treat 12 Days of Tarte Advent Calendar ($37.00) (Limited Edition) (ULTA Exclusive)

Available November 2014. Includes 12 deluxe-sized products plus a $10 off $50+ purchase coupon that can be used 10/1 through 1/31/2015.

Availability: October at ULTA / Sephora

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Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Temptalia Asks You


What’s your favorite way to apply foundation? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerI use finger tips to dab the foundation all over the face, and then I use either Tom Ford’s Foundation Brush or Real Technique’s Expert Face Brush to blend and work the foundation in. Depending on the formula, I typically spritz the brush with water to sheer it out further, then build up coverage just where I need it.

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