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Thursday, July 30th, 2015

Temptalia Asks You


What are your favorite “my lips but better” lip colors? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerI’m light-medium with some yellow undertones (not strongly yellow but not neutral) – MAC NC25 or so. My favorites are Guerlain Galiane & Ginny.

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Thursday, July 30th, 2015

NARS 413 Blkr Blush Duo
NARS 413 Blkr Blush Duo

NARS 413 Blkr Blush Duo ($42.00 for 0.35 oz.) is supposed to have a “soft highlight” and a “pop of pink” that can each be worn on their own or layered for a “natural flush.” It is exclusive to NARS’ boutiques and their website. It is larger than a full-size blush in terms of the compact’s size, but it is also over double the amount of product, so you’re actually getting over two full-sized blushes in this compact. Both shades were dusty and a little powdery to work with, so they didn’t sit as well on the skin as I would have liked. Both shades were blendable, at least, but I wish they lasted longer.

413 Blkr (Highlighter) is described as a “sparkling pink sand with gold and silver shimmer.” It’s a softened, light peachy-pink with gold shimmer. The texture was powdery and drier, so it was harder to get good coverage out of it. When I applied it, the finish was more semi-matte to satin than illuminating and slightly dusty/dry on. On my medium complexion, I get some color out of it, but it is subtle, so for fairer complexions, it could definitely be used as a blush. It wore well for six and a half hours on me. MAC Blush Pink (LE, $35.50) is less shimmery. Laura Mercier Sunset (LE, $24.00) is darker, warmer. Dior Peach Splendor (LE, $44.00) is darker. MAC Fun Ending (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. Surratt Beauty Duchesse (P, $32.00) is lighter, warmer. Physicians Formula Natural (P, $12.99) is more shimmery, darker. NARS Sex Appeal (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker. Benefit Georgia (DC, $28.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

413 Blkr (Blush) is described as a “cherry blossom pink with a hint of gold shimmer.” It’s a brightened, light-medium pink with subtle, warmer undertones and fine gold pearl. It had semi-sheer, buildable coverage (up to semi-opaque) with a lightly dry, dusty consistency. It looked a little powdery on my skin with some sheen. This shade wore well for seven hours before fading. Urban Decay Crush (P, $26.00) is darker, cooler. NYX Mauve (P, $5.00) is darker, more muted. MAC P.S. I Like You (LE, $22.00) is more pigmented, warmer, glossier. Colour Pop Early Bird (P, $8.00) is darker. Chanel Crescendo (250) (LE, $45.00) is darker, more muted. LORAC Underrated (LE, ) is more muted. MAC Modest Blush (LE, $27.00) is lighter. Chanel Revelation (63) (P, $38.00) is glossier. NARS New Attitude (LE, $30.00) is cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Thursday, July 30th, 2015

The Hit List

What’s the Best Powder Blush Formula that you’ve tried?

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

I love Tom Ford’s Blush formula the most, as it is buttery and dense and super blendable. I also really like Makeup Geek, bareMinerals Ready, and Laura Geller… just to name a few.

Thanks to BooBooNinja for today’s question!

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

Becca Mineral Blushes

Becca Mineral Blush ($32.00 for 0.20 oz.) is a really lovely formula as far as blush goes, where its biggest downfall is that they’re marketed as buildable coverage, while almost all of the shades are intensely pigmented with little product necessary, though of course you can use a light touch or very feathery brush for sheerer coverage as you can with most pigmented blushes. For someone who likes sheerer blush, these are less suitable, but for someone who likes their blush rather pigmented with a luminous sheen, it’s well-worth checking out the range. The texture is blendable, smooth, and the finish is really what makes them shine (ha, ha, pun intended).

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Thursday, July 30th, 2015

Kat Von D Double Dare Everlasting Liquid Lipstick
Kat Von D Double Dare Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D Double Dare Everlasting Liquid Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is described as a “cocoa blush.” It’s a muted, medium-dark coral-pink with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had mostly opaque pigmentation that applied really smoothly and evenly, while it wore for seven and a half hours with minimal fading. It only seemed to feel drying after six hours of wear. Givenchy Brun Createur (103) (P, $36.00) is lighter, glossier. NARS Dolce Vita (P, $25.00) is lighter, warmer. Givenchy Brun Cachemire (104) (P, $36.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier. Tom Ford Beauty Negligee (LE, $50.00) is more shimmery, glossier. NARS Bansar (P, $25.00) is warmer, glossier. Tom Ford Beauty Richard (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, glossier. Colour Pop Topanga (P, $5.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier. Colour Pop Topanga (P, $5.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier. MAC Brick-o-la (P, $16.00) is darker, cooler. Burberry Redwood (304) (P, $30.00) is darker. Colour Pop Bumble (P, $6.00) is the same. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Kat Von D Mother Everlasting Liquid Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is described as a “dusty mauve pink.” It’s a lightly brightened, medium-dark pink with cooler undertones and a matte finish. It had good color coverage (almost opaque) that went on smoothly and evenly, but the dry down seemed to emphasize the the natural texture of the lips a little more than other shades, like Double Dare. The color lasted for nearly eight hours on me and was slightly drying after six and a half hours of wear. Colour Pop Thirsty (LE, $5.00) is glossier. Kat Von D Bauhau5 (P, $20.00) is darker, brighter. MAC Nouvelle Vogue (LE, $16.00) is lighter, glossier. MAC Flat Out Fabulous (P, $16.00) is darker, brighter, cooler. Milani Hot Pink Rage (P, $5.49) is lighter, brighter, glossier. 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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Thursday, July 30th, 2015

NARS 413 BLKR Blush Duo
NARS 413 BLKR Blush Duo

NARS Cosmetics introduces 413 BLKR Blush Duo –the latest addition to the exclusive NARS 413 BLKR Collection. With a sparkling pink sand and cherry blossom pink, this dynamic duo creates a full range of sophisticated cheek looks. Apply the left side on its own for a soft highlight, sweep the right side across cheeks for a pop of pink or layer them for a natural flush. Named for the brand’s first flagship address in New York City’s West Village neighborhood, Founder and Creative Director François Nars draws inspiration from the fast-paced city when creating the 413 BLKR Collection

Blush Duo ($42.00)

  • 413 BLKR Sparkling pink sand with gold and silver shimmer / cherry blossom pink with a hint of gold shimmer

Availability: August 1st exclusively at NARSCosmetics.com and NARS Boutiques