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Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Survey Says

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  • Your skin tone/coloring:
  • Favorite way to add sparkle to your look?
  • Best illuminating product?
  • Do you highlight underneath your eyes?
Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Gucci Coral Flower Sheer Blushing Powder
Gucci Coral Flower Sheer Blushing Powder

Gucci Coral Flower Sheer Blushing Powder ($49.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a lightly brightened, pink-coral with a soft, golden sheen. Tarte Bashful (LE, $26.00) is a touch warmer. Guerlain Coral Blush (LE) is darker. Dior My Lady (003) (LE, $60.00) is pinker. MAC Petal Power (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery. Tarte True Love (P, $26.00) is more matte. Tarte Crave (LE, $26.00) is more matte. NARS Day Dream (LE, $29.00) is warmer. Too Faced Melt Into Spring (LE) is more matte. theBalm Frat Boy (P, $21.00) is pinker, more matte. NYX Summer Peach (P, $5.00) See comparison swatches / view dupes.

As I mentioned in my review for Cherry Nectar, the formula is supposed to “softly illuminate” with a “veil of color.” Gucci has a bullet-point list that also calls out “sheer texture,” “blends effortlessly, and “buildable color.” I thought the quality of this shade was better than Cherry Nectar, as this was more blendable and easier to apply, but it, too, was very pigmented. The only way I could get a “veil of color” was barely dabbing the brush against the powder and then tapping off excess, then applying to the skin. The texture of the powder is soft, velvety, and very smooth with a silky feeling that doesn’t get powdery, and it looks fantastic on skin as there’s a soft, luminous glow that doesn’t emphasize pores. On my skin, this shade wore well for eight and a half hours before fading.

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Coral Flower

B+

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

7.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette

Update on 10/1: Now available for to all at Sephora while supplies last :)

A limited edition palette featuring three shades of ambient lighting blush, the groundbreaking blush that creates seamless, soft-focus and multidimensional color. Features two of our best-selling shades, Luminous Flush and Mood Exposure, as well as a new shade, Incandescent Electra, which is exclusive to the Ambient Lighting Blush palette.

Ambient Lighting Blush Palette ($58.00 U.S. / $67.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Luminous Flush Champagne rose blush fused with Luminous Light to evoke a candlelit glimmer
  • IIncandescent Electra Cool peach blush blended with Incandescent Light for a celestial glow
  • Mood Exposure Soft plum blush fused with Mood Light to brighten the complexion

Availability: Early access for VIB Rouges at Sephora while supplies last; October 2014 at Barneys New York, Bergdorf Goodman, Net-A-Porter.com, Sephora, Space NK, and Hourglasscosmetics.com

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Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Gucci Iconic Ottanio Impact Longwear Eye Pencil
Gucci Iconic Ottanio Impact Longwear Eye Pencil

Gucci Iconic Ottanio Impact Longwear Eye Pencil ($32.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a bold, brightened medium-dark blue with a pearly sheen and subtle sparkle. Urban Decay Mainline (P, $19.00) is darker. Urban Decay Abyss (P, $19.00) is brighter. MAC Mountain Air (P, $20.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The formula is supposed to be “intensely colored” while gliding on smoothly and sets after 30 seconds. It is supposed to have 12-hour wear and be waterproof. The eyeliner is actually really, really good. Regular readers will know I’m fond of teal eyeliner (it is a lot bluer than it looks in the promos), and in a fit of madness, I gave in and added Iconic Ottanio to my Gucci order. A lot of the ultra high-end eyeliner formulas are unimpressive, so I was surprised at how well it performed. The wear was twelve hours, and I still had the majority on after fourteen hours–and as you might expect, it does take a superb makeup remover and a cotton swab to remove (I use Lancome Bi-Facil). The color payoff in one stroke is semi-opaque, and it was fully opaque after two layers. It had a lightly creamy consistency that didn’t drag or tug on the lash line, but it didn’t feather or smudge.

I bought mine from Gucci.com, and it is also available for pre-order at Saks and Neiman Marcus. Some items from the beauty range seem to be in stock but most are showing as back ordered until late October (the official launch is October). I did a chat with Saks’ customer service last night, and the representative I chatted with said that you can return cosmetics “if only used once” and the representative could only confirm this was the online return policy but stores may have a different policy. I don’t live near one, so I have next to nil experience with Saks, and I have never attempted to return cosmetics to Saks (either online or in-store).

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Iconic Ottanio

A-

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Benefit Holiday 2014 Collection
Benefit Holiday 2014 Collection

Availability: Now at Sephora; a few sets at ULTA

Cheeky Sweet Spot Box O’ Blushes ($36.00) (Limited Edition)

Get a glowing look with Benefit’s most covetable box of blushes, highlighters, and a powder in this Cheeky Sweet Spot Box O’ Blushes. It includes an exclusive tips and tricks guide to show you how to create two easy cheek looks, for daytime and after hours.

  • 0.17 oz Hoola bronzing powder
  • 0.17 oz Coralista A “Rio Pleasure face powder
  • 0.17 oz Bella Bamba 3D brightening pink face powder
  • 0.17 oz Rockateur Famously Provocative Cheek Powder
  • 0.17 oz. Dandelion face powder
  • 0.21 oz Sugarbomb Sugar Rush Flush face powder
  • 0.05 oz Watt’s Up! soft focus highlighter

Advent Calendar ($99.00) (Limited Edition)

Get a beauty surprise everyday with this holiday countdown. Each day, open the sweet shop doors to reveal a Benefit bestseller or surprise gift. Keep it for yourself, or give it to a fellow beauty addict.

  • 0.25 oz “That gal” brightening face primer
  • 0.25 oz the POREfessional pore minimizer
  • 0.08 oz Benetint cheek and lip stain in Rose
  • 0.08 oz High beam liquid highlighter
  • 0.08 oz Chachatint lip and cheek stain in Sheer Mango
  • 0.08 oz Posietint lip and cheek stain in Poppy Pink
  • 0.04 oz Stay flawless foundation primer
  • 0.1 oz They’re real! mascara
  • 0.22 oz Ultra plush lip gloss in Dandelion
  • 0.22 oz Ultra plush lip gloss in A-lister
  • 0.22 oz Ultra plush lip gloss in Fauxmance
  • 0.14 oz BADgal lash mascara
  • 0.08 oz Stay don’t stray concealer and eye shadow primer in Light/Medium
  • 0.1 oz Fakeup concealer in 02 Medium
  • 0.1 oz It’s potent! eye cream
  • 0.3 oz Total moisture facial cream
  • 0.08 oz Ooh la lift eye cream
  • 0.08 oz Watt’s up! highlighter
  • Beauty sticky notes
  • Doodle pad
  • Heart-shaped paperclips
  • Pinky, polka-dot hair tie
  • Elastic hair band with bow charm
  • Metallic silvery hair tie

3 Scoops O’ Sexy ($42.00) (Limited Edition)

Get three gift sets in one. With full sizes of hydrating lip balms and complementing lip and cheek tints in Posiebalm, Benetint, Benebalm, Posietint, Lollibalm, and Lollitint, they’re individually packaged so you can give—and keep a little for yourself.

  • 0.10 oz Benebalm lip balm in Rose
  • 0.13 oz Benetint cheek and lip tint in Rose
  • 0.10 oz Posiebalm lip balm in Poppy Pink
  • 0.13 oz Posietint lip and cheek stain in Poppy Pink
  • 0.10 oz Lollibalm lip balm in Candy Orchid
  • 0.13 oz Lollitint lip and cheek stain in Candy Orchid

Bronze ‘N’ Dandy ($15.00) (Limited Edition)

Double up on bronzing and brightening with Benefit’s duo of natural golden bronzers. Hoola and Dandelion are now together in a take-anywhere set that allows for mixing and matching with complementary lip glosses for a beautifully pulled-together look in seconds.

  • 0.1 oz Hoola Bronzing Powder
  • 0.1 oz Dandelion Brightening Face Powder
  • 0.22 oz Ultra Plush in Dandelion Lip Gloss
  • 0.22 oz Ultra Plush In Hoola Lip Gloss

Rockitude Lip & Cheek Kit ($28.00) (Limited Edition)

Get off-the-charts sexy with Benefit’s rockin’ rose gold lip and cheek kit. Create a show-stopping “rush of heat” with the famously provocative Rockateur Cheek Powder, complementary gloss, and all-time bestsellers Benetint Rose Tinted Lip & Cheek Stain and High Beam Luminescent Complexion Enhancer. Follow the included signature Tips and Tricks and create the hottest look in town.

  • 0.13oz Benetint Rose Tinted Lip & Cheek Stain
  • 0.13oz High Beam Luminescent Complexion Enhancer
  • 0.22oz Rockateur Ultra Plush Gloss
  • 0.1oz Rockateur Famously Provacative Cheek Powder

Sizzling Six Set ($27.00) (Limited Edition)

Benefit’s all-in-one set with six minis of its bestsellers is everything you need to create a full-face look. Mix and match the mascara, primer, gloss, and more for a head-turning glamour.

  • 0.25 oz The POREfessional mini
  • 0.14 oz BADgal lash mini
  • 0.22 oz Ultra plush lip gloss mini in dandelion
  • 0.1 oz Dandelion mini
  • 0.08 oz Benetint mini
  • 0.25 oz Girl meets pearl mini

Instant Glamification ($16.00) (Limited Edition)

These three mini BADgal waterproof liners deliver even lines for luxe looks, and they can be smudged out for an intense smoky eye. In three budge-proof shades to choose from, these liners feature a hue for every way that you want to wear eyeliner.

  • -3 x 0.01 oz Mini BADgal Waterproof Liners in Extra Black, Espresso, Charcoal

Sweet Tintations ($26.00) (Limited Edition)

Benefit Cosemtics TINTernational superstars and their “little sister” lip balms…all together in one sweet set! Wear these new hydrating balms alone for a sheer kiss of color, or glide the mango butter formula on over their iconic tints to moisturize & condition. This is the gift on everyone’s lips…and cheeks!

Goodies a Go-Go ($25.00) (Limited Edition)

This eye-mazing kit includes Benefit Cosmetics world-famous lengthening mascara, 4 longwear powder shadows and a stay-put eye primer. Follow the exclusive Tips and Tricks to create two gorgeous looks…”sweet & soft” for daytime or “sexy does it” for playtime! You’re good to go with this wonderful gift of glam.

Getting Cheeky ($17.00) (Limited Edition (Macy’s Exclusive)

Pop ‘em on your cheeks & pop ‘em in your purse! Three perfectly portable sizes of chachatint, posietint and sun beam will give you a pop of color & gorgeous glow. Set includes: chachatint medium, posietint medium and sun beam medium.  Available exclusively at Macy’s.

Availability: Now at Sephora

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Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Temptalia Asks You


What do you think have been the biggest changes in the beauty industry in the past five years? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerAccessibility, availability, knowledge, expectations. I think more brands and more products are more available today than ever before–not all are easy to get, but even if a brand is hard to get, you know where to start (you just might pay more in shipping or exchange rates). With more of the beauty community coming online, whether following brands on social media, reading blogs, or just buying and reviewing makeup online themselves, there is so much more shared knowledge available. Bad products don’t fly under the radar any more! I think it means that people expect more and tolerate less poor performing products. There have been improvements in formulas and developments of new formulas as well, but given the space I’m in, those types of changes feel like the norm.

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