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Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Survey Says

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  • Your skin tone/coloring:
  • Best brand for lipstick?
  • Best brand for eyeshadow?
  • Best brand for foundation?

Thanks to Rashmi for today’s theme!

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Kat Von D L.U.V. Studded Kiss Lipstick
Kat Von D L.U.V. Studded Kiss Lipstick

Kat Von D L.U.V. Studded Kiss Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “matte rich violet.” It’s a lightly brightened, medium-dark magenta purple with warm, pink undertones and a matte finish. Too Faced Melted Violet (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter. Bite Beauty Grape (LE, $24.00) is lighter, pinker. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Rollergirl (P, $18.00) is purpler. MAC RiRi Boy (LE, $16.00) is a touch lighter. MAC Seductive Intent (LE, $16.00) is less matte. MAC Up the Amp (P, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Heroine (P, $16.00) is slightly brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Studded Kiss formula is supposed to have “10-hour wear, one-swipe payoff, and velvet touch comfort.” It had semi-opaque color coverage, but the consistency is slightly stiff, so it is difficult to get “one-swipe payoff” as it doesn’t glide across the lips in one go. It tugs, pulls, and drags somewhat, so you may be better off applying this with a lip brush. The coverage is fairly even, though it isn’t even in some places. It lasted for seven hours, though it was slightly drying towards the end. I was surprised that this shade was actually lacking pigmentation, as it is a deeper shade. The Studded Kiss formula has a creme brulee scent but no discernible taste.

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Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow
Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow

Yesterday, I tweeted Sephora to ask them when the Make Up For Ever pricing discount would be reflected online, and Make Up For Ever responded and said that they were working on it and it would be fixed. I’m happy to announce that it IS fixed and working at Sephora! :) I tested it myself, and I was able to have six eyeshadows + two trios and see a -$40 discount in my basket.

 The pricing discount reflects savings if you purchase more than one eyeshadow with a compact:

  • Single + Mono Compact — $22.00
  • Two Refills + Duo Compact — $34.00 (effectively $17 each)
  • Three Refills + Trio Compact — $44.00 (effectively $14.67 each)

Artist Shadow – Diamond Finish ($21.00) (New, Permanent)

Effortlessly create endless eye looks that range from beautifully natural to highly artistic with this unique eye shadow. With its breakthrough, gel-powder formula blended with ultrafine pigments, Artist Shadow leaves a smooth, even result that gives lids super-saturated, lasting color. Easily-blendable, it is an accessible shadow for the professional makeup artist and the everyday woman.

Availability: Now at Sephora

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Tarte Amazonian Clay Eyeshadow Palette V2
Tarte Amazonian Clay Eyeshadow Palette V2

Tarte Amazonian Clay Eyeshadow Palette V2 ($38.00 for 1.12 oz.) includes sixteen, full-sized eyeshadows in various earthy hues ranging from beige to plum to deep bronze. Each eyeshadow is 0.07 oz., which is a bit larger than the average full-sized eyeshadow (typically 0.05 oz.). Tarte has a few refills sold for $17/0.06 oz., which would make the value of this palette $317.33. Fifteen of the sixteen were really nice with only one being more of a miss. A lot of the colors are more dupable than not, and the palette runs warm-toned with a fair amount of shimmer, though I felt like there was a decent variety of matte, satin/pearl, and frost.

Update: Sephora is now listing this as “V1.” I’m not sure why it’s changed. It was listed as V2 when I initially posted about it (a week or so ago), and it was listed as V2 last night. The link I grabbed from Sephora last night has “V2″ at the end of it. The link still works but redirects to -V1 at the end. On the product listing, it was changed to V1 when I looked at ~8AM PST. I emailed Tarte to try to find out what’s going on.

Fingerpaint Art is described as a “plum.” It’s a medium-dark, plummy purple with subtle, warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had great color payoff, and the texture was soft, smooth and blendable. It wore well for nine hours before creasing slightly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Copper Kettle is described as a “copper.” It’s a muted, medium-dark copper-brown with a frosted sheen. It had excellent pigmentation with a buttery, smooth consistency that lasted for nine hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Silk Robe is described as a “mauve.” It’s a medium-dark, plum-tinged brown with a pearly sheen and warm undertones. It had good color payoff that applied smoothly and evenly. I noticed slight fading after eight and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Golden Locket is described as an “antique gold.” It’s a light-medium, muted yellow gold with a metallic sheen. It had good pigmentation and had a buttery, smooth texture that was easy to work with. The color stayed on well for nine hours before creasing. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chocolate Kisses is described as a “chocolate.” It’s a dark brown with warm, yellowed undertones and a satin-matte finish. It had nice color payoff that had a soft, smooth texture that wasn’t powdery, yet it was still blendable. It showed signs of fading after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Handpicked Flowers is described as a “golden pink.” It’s a light-medium, warm-toned pink with a golden frosted shimmer. It had fairly good pigmentation, and the texture was soft and blendable–just a smidgen powdery. It wore well for eight hours before creasing. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Mud Mask is described as a “tan.” It’s a medium, warm-toned taupe with a semi-matte finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft, blendable, and only a touch powdery. It started to fade after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

French Manicure is described as a “soft peach.” It’s a very light, pink-beige with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had nice pigmentation, though the texture was more noticeably powdery here, though it was still blendable and still wore well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Fresh Brewed Coffee is described as a “rich brown.” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm, reddish undertones and a satin finish. It had fairly good color payoff, and the texture was soft, blendable, and just a touch powdery. It wore well for eight and a half hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Keepsake Frame is described as a “bronze.” It’s a medium, golden brown with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had really good pigmentation, and the texture was soft, blendable, and easy to apply. The color showed signs of fading after eight and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Lavender Bubble Bath is described as a “blackened plum.” It’s a blackened purple with subtle, warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had great color payoff, and the texture was soft, smooth, and blendable. It wore well for nine hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Cashmere Scarf is described as a “smoky taupe.” It’s a dark, warm-toned taupe with a yellow undertone and a soft, frosted finish. It was intensely pigmented, and it had a really smooth, buttery consistency that applied beautifully on the skin. It lasted for nine hours before creasing slightly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Candlelit Dinner is described as a “rose gold.” It’s a brightened, medium copper with a frosted, metallic finish. It had excellent color payoff with a lovely, buttery feel. The color wore well for nine hours before creasing. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Rose Champagne is described as a “champagne pink.” It’s a light-medium, peacy with warm, orange undertones and a frosted finish. It had great pigmentation, and the texture was soft and fairly smooth, though just a touch powdery. I noticed slight fading after eight and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Hot Stone Massage is described as a “gray.” It’s a medium-dark brown with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff, and it had a more powdery texture–this was the only real miss in the palette. The color lasted for seven and a half hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Breakfast in Bed is described as a “beige.” It’s a muted, light beige with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. It had nice pigmentation and was very blendable and finely-milled, though a bit powdery. It started to fade after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Giorgio Armani Fade to Grey Collection for Fall 2014
Giorgio Armani Fade to Grey Collection for Fall 2014

“Fade to Grey”, the new Giorgio Armani Beauty look for eyes, lips and nails, is subtle makeup for an elegant autumn. The shades come in soft mineral tones with a slight shimmer for a sheer, weightless effect. “Fade to Grey” offers women subtle and elusive beauty.

Fade to Grey Eyeshadow Palette ($88.00) (Limited Edition)

A gorgeous color duo featuring a shimmery black and delicate golden nude to structure and widen the eyes. The gliding cream texture, light like an airy veil, is easy to apply and can be adjusted to customize the makeup look. The result is either discreet and muted or more intense, but ever sheer and luminous with lasting hold. Its lightweight formula is derived from “micro pearl” technology. The shadow is cold cast in a base with a texture between gel and powder, and imprinted with a pattern before being pressed. Micronized pearl and pigment particles remain intact down to the bottom of the pan.

Eyes to Kill Liner ($34.00) (Limited Edition)

  • #2 Quarzo
  • #3 Ametista
  • #5 Perla Nera
  • #6 Oro Oscuro

Eyes to Kill Solo ($32.00) (Limited Edition)

  • #25 Limestone

Nail Lacquer ($20.00) (Limited Edition)

  • #214 Woodstone
  • #624 Spinel
  • #714 Mercury
  • #724 Oro Oscuro

Cheek Fabric ($46.00) (Limited Edition)

  • #503 Apricot

Rouge d’Armani Sheer Lipstick ($34.00) (Limited Edition)

  • #114 Chestnut
  • #524 Dusty pink
  • #624 Berry red

Availability: Now at Giorgio Armani; August 2014 at select fine retailers

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Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Temptalia Asks You


If you could only wear one nail polish for the rest of your life, which would you wear? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerIllamasqua Raindrops comes to mind, but I also really love Zoya Binx these days…

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