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Friday, December 19th, 2014

Sephora + Pantone Universe Pure Marsala Matte Lip Creme
Sephora + Pantone Universe Pure Marsala Matte Lip Creme

Sephora + Pantone Universe Pure Marsala Matte Lip Creme ($18.00 for 0.11 oz.) is a muted, plummy red with warm undertones and a satin finish. Tom Ford Beauty Richard (LE, $32.00) is lighter, pinker. Tom Ford Beauty Negligee (LE, $50.00) is lighter, pinker. Guerlain Forever Brown (305) (P, $37.00) is more shimmery. Guerlain Air Kiss (304) (P, $37.00) is more shimmery. Estee Lauder Decadent (150) (P, $30.00) is glossier, darker. Bobbi Brown Plum Shimmer (3) (P, $26.00) is cooler-toned, more shimmery. Maybelline Untainted Spice (950) (P, $7.49) is is darker, browner. Chanel Farouche (122) (P, $34.00) is darker. Buxom Runaway (P, $21.00) is glossier. Burberry Redwood (304) (P, $30.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The formula behind this shade is supposed to be moisturizing with a “matte satin finish” that’s supposed to glide on with the “lasting power of a lip stain.” It had mostly opaque color coverage with a light-to-medium-weight consistency that applied fairly easily, though it could have been slightly creamier for more comfortable application. The color distributed evenly, and it looked smooth and even on. It wasn’t hydrating at all while I wore it, and it felt slightly drying towards the last hour of wear. On me, it lasted for five and a half hours.

The Glossover

LE
product

Pure Marsala

A-

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, December 18th, 2014

Temptalia Asks You


Does your choice of perfume change during the winter? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerYes! All my super heavy and warm fragrances just feel so much better when the temperatures get cooler.

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Thursday, December 18th, 2014

MAC Perfect Topping Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Perfect Topping Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Perfect Topping Mineralize Skinfinish ($32.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “shimmery pale peach with lavender marble.” It’s a golden peach with warm, yellow undertones and a soft, frosted sheen. MAC Born to Dazzle (LE) is more sparkly. Tarte Champagne (LE) is similar. Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is similar. theBalm Solid Gold (P, $24.00) is similar. theBalm Mary Lou-manizer (P, $24.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This shade will launch on December 26th in-stores and pop-up a bit earlier on MAC’s website on the 23rd. It is a repromote, so you may already have it in your stash if you tend to pick up the Mineralize Skinfinishes that get released. The texture felt soft and finely-milled once dislodged from the pan, but the pattern makes it feel less smooth to the touch compared to the more domed pan of the regular Mineralize Skinfinishes, though I think this is slightly drier in comparison. That being said, the color of this one differs noticeably from my version of it from this year–this is a lot more golden, way less peach (which was also unlike the version I have from 2009…). I don’t know if it’s a genuine change or if it’s the difference in pans, as the actual pan of the product featured in this post has significantly more gold/yellow areas and less brown/peach (so the way it swatches is consistent with the proportions of veining/colors in the pan). It produces a soft sheen that doesn’t seem to emphasize pores while still looking luminous but not oily or overly dewy. It had good color payoff that was easily applied true-to-pan for a bit of color (more for fairer skin tones) or as a highlighter with less opacity. On me, the effect lasted well for almost seven hours before fading.

The Glossover

LE
product

Perfect Topping (Lightness of Being)

B+

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, December 18th, 2014

The Hit List

What’s the Best Multi-Tasking Beauty Product that you’ve tried?

Share your pick!  And don’t forget to share why :)

MAC 239/Chikuhodo GSN-09 — I can apply my eyeshadow on the lid, in the crease, along the lash line, on the brow bone, or just for blending.

Thanks to May for today’s topic!

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

MAC Uplifting Mineralize Blush
MAC Uplifting Mineralize Blush

MAC Uplifting Mineralize Blush ($27.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “peach with bright orange marble.” It’s a lightened, slightly muted, orange with hints of brown and a metallic sheen. There is a fair amount of silver sparkle running through it, too.
Too Faced Luminous Peach (LE) is darker, less sparkly. MAC Style Cast (LE, $21.00) is less sparkly. MAC Highlighter (LE, $30.00) is less sparkly. Becca Guava/Moonstone (P, $27.00) is less sparkly. MAC Fairly Precious (LE, $30.00) is similar. MAC Perfectly Poised (Outer) (LE, $30.00) is darker. NARS Realm of the Senses #3 (LE, $29.00) is less sparkly. MAC Trace Gold (P, $21.00) is darker, less sparkly. MAC Center of the Universe (LE, $30.00) is darker. MAC Warmth of Coral (LE, $27.00) is darker, less sparkly. MAC Solar Ray (LE, $27.00) is darker. MAC Blazing Haute (LE, $25.00) is darker, less sparkly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This shade will launch on December 26th in-stores and pop-up a bit earlier on MAC’s website on the 23rd. Like Please Yourself, the finish is more sparkly, and with this particular shade, almost metallic, too. I noticed this one emphasized pores more than the other blush as a result of the very shimmery finish. It also seemed to go on lighter than it appeared, so it ended up as more of a slightly warming highlighter on my skin tone (NC25/NC30 for reference). The texture was soft but almost felt dry, as I could feel the sparkly bits. The color wore well for six and a half hours on me, and there was a lot of sparkle migration over time (it was everywhere).

The Glossover

LE
product

Uplifting

B-

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4.5/5

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Thursday, December 18th, 2014

MAC Slate Eye Pencil
MAC Slate Eye Pencil

MAC Slate Eye Pencil ($16.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “dark grey.” It’s a dark gray with neutral undertones and a matte finish. Tarte Charcoal (LE) is more shimmery. MAC Dark Majesty (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Metropolis (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery. Urban Decay Lure (P, $20.00) is a smidgen lighter. bareMinerals Mesmerized (LE, $14.00) is similar. Sephora Collection 5th Avenue (03) (P, $9.00) is slightly warmer. Urban Decay Black Market (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker. Urban Decay Smoke (P, $19.00) is similar. NARS Madison Ave. (P, $24.00) is cooler-toned. Bobbi Brown Smoke (P, $24.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This new, limited edition shade will launch on December 26th in-stores and pop-up a bit earlier on MAC’s website on the 23rd. The Eye Pencil formula is supposed to “provide rich, consistent colour” while still being “comfortable to apply.” It had semi-opaque pigmentation in a single stroke, though it was buildable to opaque color in two to three passes. The consistency is smooth and almost powdery, but it’s not really creamy. I would highly recommend swatching on the back of your hand softly to wear down the initial, or else it is very sharp to use, and once the tip is worn slightly, it goes on fairly easily. It’s not as comfortable to use on the lash line as more waxy formulas, though. On me, the color wore well for eight hours before thinning. I’m not in love with the formula, but I wonder why MAC doesn’t have a gray in the Eye Pencil range that’s around permanently, since it would be a great addition color-wise.

The Glossover

LE
product

Slate

B-

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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