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Sunday, February 1st, 2015

Hourglass Obscura Modernist Eyeshadow Palette
Hourglass Obscura Modernist Eyeshadow Palette

Hourglass Obscura Modernist Eyeshadow Palette ($58.00 for 0.17 oz.) is supposed to be a mix of “earth tones.” It’s consistent with the other palettes I’ve reviewed: disappointing. The texture of the eyeshadows is absolutely soft and finely-milled, but those positive characteristics are outweighed by how dusty and powdery the end result is. These are frustrating to use; they are not effortless, and half of the time, despite being so soft, they don’t go on smoothly, tend to look uneven, and require some elbow grease to blend. I also noticed that this particular palette seemed to have more overlap with the other palettes (but it could just be that it is last to be reviewed).

Obscura #1 is described as a “cream.” It’s a yellowed, light beige with warm undertones and a satin-matte finish–there’s a little sheen there. The texture was soft, finely-milled but quite powdery, which made it prone to sheering out. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Obscura #2 is described as a “smokey brown.” It’s a dark brown with subtle, warm yellow undertones and a mostly matte finish. It was very powdery, so very little of the powder actually stuck to the skin, which made it appear sheer and uneven. The texture may feel silky to the touch, but it is much harder to use in practice. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Obscura #3 is described as a “rose gold.” It’s a golden copper-bronze with warm undertones and a metallic finish. It’s not rose gold to me, as it is has far too much brown in it. It had good pigmentation both wet and dry, though it was easier to get smooth, even color and longer wear when I applied it with a dampened brush. Dry, it only lasted for seven hours, but dampened, it lasted closer to eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Obscura #4 is described as a “coffee.” It’s a dark brown with subtle warm undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff that went on unevenly–it looked patchy and was difficult to diffuse and blend–while the color itself wore for seven hours before fading. The texture was powdery and didn’t want to bind/adhere to the skin. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Obscura #5 is described as a “cool bronze.” It’s a medium-dark, golden brown with a metallic sheen. The texture was somewhat dry, a little powdery, but it is workable on the lid when used with a dampened brush. The color payoff is good both wet and dry, but it just was so much easier to work with when it came to blending and getting even, smooth color when I tried using it with a dampened brush. Once on, it lasted for seven hours dry, eight hours damp. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Sunday, February 1st, 2015

I love dusty and muted rosy lipsticks, which can range from light and rosy pink to rosy brown to rosy coral. Here are some of my current favorites for spring! :)

  1. Bite Beauty Musk — a muted, rosy pink-beige
  2. Givenchy Nude Guipure — a light-medium rosy pink
  3. Guerlain Garance — a medium, rosy coral
  4. Estee Lauder Irresistible — a medium-dark muted rosy pink
  5. Maybelline Untainted Spice — a deepened rosy brown

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Sunday, February 1st, 2015

Anastasia Pure Hollywood Liquid Lipstick
Anastasia Pure Hollywood Liquid Lipstick

Anastasia Pure Hollywood Liquid Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is a light-medium peach with a hint of pink and an ultra matte finish. Colour Pop Button (P, $5.00) is darker, pinker. Bite Beauty Leche (P, $24.00) is less matte, pinker. Bite Beauty Amaretto (P, $24.00) is darker, less matte. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lament (P, $18.00) is lighter, less matte. MAC Riot House (LE, $16.00) is much lighter. Too Faced Melted Nude (P, $21.00) is slightly darker, less pink. Givenchy Beige Mousseline (101) (P, $36.00) is darker, less matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Liquid Lipstick formula is supposed to have “full coverage” with a “matte finish” that will last “all day.” It’s very pigmented, yet it’s a shade that goes on unevenly with visible streaks initially and seems almost watery when applied. Luckily, it seems to self-level so that as it dries down, the unevenness disappears (so I would recommend not fussing with making it appears perfectly even while it is wet). As it is drying down, it gets very tacky, and you’ll want to ensure you don’t press your lips together while it is drying down, or else color will lift. The consistency is more unforgiving in this lighter shade than American Doll, and it immediately started to pull into lip lines. This only worsened as the color wore on, even though it had minimal transfer on my coffee cup, but it looked settled and made my lips look cracked after a mere two hours. It was very drying, and it was extremely difficult to wear it past five hours–my lips felt so parched that they hurt.

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Sunday, February 1st, 2015

Clinique Spring 2015 Launches
Clinique Spring 2015 Launches

Sculptionary Cheek Contouring Palette ($32.00) (New, Permanent)

Versatile cheek sculpting compact with natural-looking shades that blend and build beautifully. Use each separately to color, contour, highlight, or swirl them together for a quick easy glow. Long-wearing and oil-free.

  • Defining Roses
  • Defining Nectars
  • Defining Berries
  • Defining Nudes

Chubby Stick Sculpting Highlight ($21.00) (New, Permanent)

Luminous cream highlighting stick with light-reflecting optics brings your best features forward. Long-wearing, oil-free.

  • Hefty Highlight

Chubby Stick Sculpting Contour ($21.00) (New, Permanent)

Creamy contouring stick creates the illusion of depth; makes areas appear to recede. Long-wearing, oil-free.

  • Curvy Contour

Availability: Now at CliniqueNeiman MarcusSaks

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Saturday, January 31st, 2015

Temptalia Asks You


Have you done sports-themed makeup? What did you do? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerI don’t think I really have, but I can’t remember for sure. I might have done something for a football team once (I feel like I thought about it but never followed through).

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Saturday, January 31st, 2015

2015 Readers' Choice Awards: Nominations

Vote for your favorite products in the 2015 Readers’ Choice Awards now through February 3rd, 2015 (11:59PM PST). Show some love to the brands and products that won you over in 2014. Results will be posted on February 9th, 2015.

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