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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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Saturday, August 1st, 2015

Sephora Serene (20) Colorful Blush (Illuminator)
Sephora Serene (20) Colorful Blush (Illuminator)

Sephora Serene (20) Colorful Blush (Illuminator) ($15.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as an “illuminator.” It’s a muted, light-medium yellowed peach with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. NYX Nectar (P, $5.00) is more shimmery. NYX Cream (P, $5.00) is lighter. Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment (Original) (P, $30.00) is more shimmery. Smashbox Highlight (P, ) is brighter. LORAC Yellow Highlight (P, ) is lighter. Kat Von D Levitation (P, ) is lighter. Kat Von D Levitation (P, ) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Highlight (P, ) is lighter. 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 this shade was drier and powdery, though it was as loose as Tranquil so it seemed more forgiving applied. The finish is mostly matte, so if it is lighter than your natural skin tone, you may find it gives the illusion of highlight, but on my skin tone, it looks almost like a beige-y blush or face powder. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque pigmentation that was noticeably faded after seven hours of wear.

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Saturday, August 1st, 2015

Kat Von D Santa Sangre Everlasting Liquid Lipstick
Kat Von D Santa Sangre Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D Santa Sangre Everlasting Liquid Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is described as a “poison apple.” It’s a brightened, medium red with warm, orange undertones and a matte finish. It had fairly opaque color coverage that went on smoothly and evenly. The texture dried down in about thirty seconds and didn’t remain tacky for long. On me, the color lasted for eight hours with little fading, and it started to feel drying after six hours of wear. NARS Mysterious Red (LE, $25.00) is lighter, cooler. NARS Majella (P, $25.00) is darker, glossier. NARS Rita (P, $32.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier. Marc Jacobs Beauty Rei of Light (212) (P, $30.00) is lighter, warmer. Urban Decay Temper (P, $22.00) is lighter. Maybelline Siren in Scarlet (P, $7.99) is lighter, cooler. Bite Beauty Candied Maple (LE, $24.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier. NARS Golshan (P, $25.00) is glossier. Make Up For Ever #44 (P, $19.00) is glossier. Bite Beauty Braised Maple (LE, $24.00) is less glossy. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Kat Von D Nosferatu Everlasting Liquid Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is described as a “blood crimson.” It’s a deepened, medium-dark red with subtle, warmer undertones (I think it may lean more neutral on cooler skin tones) with a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff that went on evenly, but you can tell it’s not fully opaque as my lip freckle comes through noticeably. There is enough time to work with it, so you could add more product to improve payoff while initially applying the color. It lasted for eight and a half hours and looked little worse for the wear at that point. To me, it started to feel drying at the six hour mark. MAC Extended Play (DC, $18.00) is darker, warmer. NARS Majella (P, $25.00) is lighter. MAC Studded Kiss (P, $16.00) is darker, warmer. NARS 413 BLKR (LE, $26.00) is darker, warmer, glossier. NARS Charlotte (P, $32.00) is cooler, glossier. NARS Olivia (P, $32.00) is lighter, glossier. NARS Jeanne (P, $32.00) is warmer, glossier. NARS Sandra (P, $32.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier. NARS VIP Red (P, $26.00) is lighter. Colour Pop Avenue (P, $6.00) is darker. Kat Von D Santa Sangre (P, $20.00) is lighter. Bite Beauty Braised Maple (LE, $24.00) is lighter, glossier. MAC Deeply Adored (LE, $16.00) is lighter, glossier. MAC Viva Glam I (P, $16.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA SUMMARY | Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is supposed to be a “long-wear, full coverage liquid lipstick with a smooth, matte finish.” Of the liquid lipsticks on the market that go and have a full dry-down, Kat Von D’s formula remains my favorite, as it is the easiest to apply with the kindest learning curve and lasts awhile. Some shades are more drying than others, but typically they don’t get drying until after five to six hours of wear. They often wear anywhere from six to ten hours, depending on what you’ve had to eat or drink during the day. This formula is thin but not watery, has a longer dry down than most liquid lipsticks (but I noticed some of the newer shades dried to a mostly dry finish faster), and layers better than most (you can touch-up or add a second layer for more coverage). It takes about a minute for it to mostly set, but it will remain a little tacky in places for up to three minutes so you’ll want to avoid pressing your lips together if it doesn’t seem totally dry initially. There isn’t a noticeable scent or taste. If you don’t mind the trade-off between very long, near-pristine wear and being drying, it’s worth checking out. As a bonus, these also come with one of the most generous amounts of products within the realm of liquid lipsticks!

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Saturday, August 1st, 2015

Laura Geller Rosewater Baked Gelato Swirl Blush
Laura Geller Rosewater Baked Gelato Swirl Blush

Laura Geller Rosewater Baked Gelato Swirl Blush ($26.00 for 0.17 oz.) is described as a “bright pink.” It’s a light-medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and gold shimmer and a faint bit of gold sparkle. Benefit Bella Bamba (DC, $28.00) is more shimmery, darker. Charlotte Tilbury Love Glow (P, $40.00) is lighter. Chanel Revelation (63) (P, $38.00) is less shimmery. Tarina Tarantino Parasol (P, $25.00) is brighter, warmer. MAC Lesson in Love (LE, $21.00) is lighter. Chanel Crescendo (250) (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery. Colour Pop Birthday Suit (P, $8.00) is more shimmery. NARS Fervor (Left) (P, ) is lighter. theBalm Houndstooth (P, $22.00) is darker, more muted. Chanel Blush Horizon de Chanel (LE, ) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The formula is described as having vivid and “translucent, vibrant color” with a “flirty, natural-looking flush” that goes on “like a powder but feels like a cream.” They have a very similar texture as the Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminators I reviewed earlier this year, which I totally fell in love with. The texture has a smooth, denser feel to it that has good color payoff that’s incredibly easy to blend out on the skin. The pigmentation varies from shade to shade, but they are generally quite pigmented. Rosewater had semi-opaque, buildable coverage, but I found it was the least pigmented blush of the five from the range. I think it may be perfect coverage for fairer skin tones who like a subtle blusher, though. The texture was soft, smooth, and blendable, but I noticed more shimmer/sparkle in this one on the skin–not quite enough to emphasize pores but more visible than the other four shades. It wore well for seven and a half hours before fading on my skin.

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