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Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

OCC Covet, Dangerous, Pagan Nail Lacquers
OCC Covet, Dangerous, Pagan Nail Lacquers

OCC Covet Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “golden buff neutral.” It’s a medium-dark, muted peachy-beige with a cream finish. It was opaque after two coats and applied well without streaking or bubbling. It dried down to a high gloss finish. The consistency was slightly thick but not difficult to use. I typically get a week of wear with minor tip wear but no chipping with the brand’s formula. I don’t have anything that has as much brown in it that’s not actually brown, but these were the closest I could think of: NARS Wind Dancer (LE, $20.00) is brighter, more orange. Chanel June (LE, $27.00) is lighter, more orange. China Glaze Desert Sun (LE, $7.50) is more orange, brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

OCC Dangerous Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as an “opaque, true grey.” It’s a medium, neutral-to-cool-toned gray with a cream finish. This shade was very pigmented and was almost opaque in one coat, though I used two coats just to be sure. It had a slightly thick consistency, but it was easy to work with and didn’t streak or pool along the edges. Illamasqua DWS (P, $17.00) is cooler-toned. Rescue Beauty Lounge Stormy (LE, $20.00) is very similar. Zoya Dove (P, $9.00) is lighter, warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

OCC Pagan Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “blackened purple.” It’s a deep, dark–but still rich, slightly brightened–purple with cool undertones and a jelly-cream finish. It was mostly opaque after two coats, but there was a very slight translucency to it (which is what made it look like a jelly-cream hybrid). NARS Fury (LE, $20.00) is warmer. NARS New York Dolls (LE, $20.00) is lighter. MAC Rain of Flowers (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery. L’Oreal The Mystic’s Fortune (LE) is more shimmery. Essie Bobbing for Baubles (LE, $8.00) is more muted, bluer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

These launch online August 5th and will be in select stores on September 19th.

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Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Temptalia Asks You


What beauty product do you wish everyone would try? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerI think I’d go with NARS Smudge Proof, as it’s just a phenomenal eyeshadow primer AND that’s something that could work for many people, regardless of skin tone!

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Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Surratt Beauty Parfait Artistique Blush
Surratt Beauty Parfait Artistique Blush

Surratt Beauty Parfait Artistique Blush ($32.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as a “coral.” It’s a light-medium, coral-orange with warm undertones and a soft, satin finish. MAC Love & Laughter (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery. Illamasqua Flirtatious (LE, $26.00) is a cream product. NYX Apricot (P, $5.00) is darker, pinker. Tom Ford Beauty Unabashed Blush (LE, $55.00) is more shimmery. NARS Final Cut (LE, $29.00) is darker, more matte. Hourglass Diffused Heat (P, $35.00) is pinker, lighter. bareMinerals Swoon (LE, $19.00) is slightly muted. Fyrinnae Nordic Angel (P, $6.50) is darker, brighter. Charlotte Tilbury Ecstasy (P) is more shimmery. MAC Passion for Colour (LE, $20.00) is darker. Edward Bess Secret Affair (P, $43.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Surratt’s blush range is nothing if not consistent–every shade I’ve tested so far has been soft, silky-smooth (so smooth that it almost feels like a cream product, but it is a powder blush) with solid, buildable color coverage. The downside is really that it is a more basic or core set of shades, which makes sense for the brand, but may make it harder to indulge as they’re colors many of us already have in our stashes. Parfait is no different; it’s a nicely pigmented product that goes on beautifully, blends nicely, and has a great, natural finish. It has a softly luminous finish that never emphasizes pores or even looks shimmery, but it is more natural than a matte finish would be on the skin. The color wore well for eight hours before it started to fade slightly.

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Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

OCC Vain Lip Tar
OCC Vain Lip Tar

OCC Vain Lip Tar ($18.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “deep, dark indigo.” It’s a rich, medium-dark blue with a soft shine. It’s cool-toned, but it seems to be a subtle, cool undertone. The color will stain the lips for a good while, just as a heads up. I couldn’t think of any dupes of this shade from the blue lipsticks I’ve reviewed in the past.

The consistency of the Lip Tar was thinner, more watery, compared to others I’ve tried, which made application trickier, even though I used OCC’s Lip Brush. It also has a glossier finish that lingers for three to four hours before it wears down to more of a satin-matte one. If you want a matte finish from the get-go, I’d recommend blotting once, which should take down the shine without removing all the color, as it is quite pigmented (despite the thinner texture). I also had some feathering with this shade that was noticeable after six hours of wear and worsened over the next two hours. It lasted for eight and a half hours on me, and it was neither drying nor hydrating.

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Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

YSL Fetiche Couture Eye Palette
YSL Fetiche Couture Eye Palette

YSL Fetiche Couture Eye Palette ($60.00 for 0.18 oz.) is a new, limited edition eyeshadow palette with five shades for fall. The palette has a leather panel on the front. I bought mine from Nordstrom, but it’s also available on YSL. I can appreciate the interesting combination of colors, and the finishes are more complex in person than they appear in photos. YSL claims 12-hour crease-resistant wear, but there’s usually noticeable fading after eight to nine hours and creasing by ten hours. I wish the wear-time claim wasn’t quite so extreme, because it does wear well relative to the average powder eyeshadow. I would also have liked to have seen the teal shade with a lot more pigment behind it.

Fetiche #1 is described as a “bright copper.” It’s a copper-shimmered, medium-dark brown with warm, reddish-orange undertones and a soft, frosted finish. The texture was soft and silky, but it had a drier consistency that made it a bit powdery to work with. On me, the color wore well for nine hours before fading. MAC Sable Riche (LE, $15.00) is warmer. Too Faced Tiger’s Eye (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery. Dior Atlantique #5 (LE) is more matte. theBalm #6 (P, $6.50) is similar. Chanel Charming #3 (LE) is similar. MAC Her Cocoa #3 (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery. Disney by Sephora Bazaar (LE) is warmer, less shimmery. Giorgio Armani #10 #4 (P) is browner. MAC Romantico (LE, $15.00) is similar. Urban Decay Baked (P, $18.00) is more shimmery. NARS Isolde #2 (P, $24.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Fetiche #2 is described as a “warm gold.” It’s a sparkly, medium gold with warm, orange-yellow undertones. This shade was only semi-opaque, and it has a fair amount of sparkle, so there is some fall out during application. Surprisingly, when worn, I didn’t notice much fall out during wear. LORAC Undiscovered (P) is more metallic. Dior Sundeck #2 (LE) is lighter. MAC A Glimmer of Gold #1 (P, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Her Cocoa #1 (LE, $15.00) is darker. Urban Decay Blunt (P, $18.00) is lighter, less sparkly. Giorgio Armani #1 Spring 2012 #3 (LE) is similar. Dior Night Golds #4 (LE) is lighter. Chanel Intuition #2 (P) is yellower. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Fetiche #3 is described as an “opulent brown.” It’s a deep, dark, rich brown with subtle warm undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was incredibly smooth and finely-milled–this was the best shade in the palette. It wore well for ten hours on me before slightly creasing. MAC Collective Chic #3 (LE) is less shimmery. MAC Phresh Out #5 (LE) is lighter. LORAC Espresso (P) is more matte. Urban Decay Muse (LE, $18.00) is warmer. MAC Gold Carbon (LE) is a cream product. Dior Night Golds #3 (LE) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Fetiche #4 is described as a “deep black.” It’s a medium-dark black with subtle, warm undertones and a satin sheen. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was soft without being powdery. The color didn’t show signs of fading until after nine and a half hours of wear. Chanel Tisse Riviera #4 (P) is similar. NARS Sycorax (P, $29.00) is similar. NARS Night Clubbing (LE, $24.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Fetiche #5 is described as a “rich green.” It’s a blue-leaning, murky teal with a matte finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff, and the texture was on the drier side, though it wasn’t stiff or stubborn to work with on the lid. I was able to build up the color by patting it on to mostly opaque color, but it was quicker to fade than the other shades, as it only lasted eight hours on me. Too Faced Blue Satin Sashes (LE, $16.00) is darker. Chanel Fascination #4 (P) is darker. theBalm Matt Schilling (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Make Up For Ever #60 (P, $20.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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