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Sunday, April 26th, 2015

Temptalia Asks You


Do you prefer your products (makeup or skincare) scented or unscented? Why? What are your favorite (and least favorite) scents?

Temptalia's AnswerI prefer unscented for most products, though I would rather some tolerable scent than a lingering scent as well. For lip products, I like subtle vanilla or unscented. For skincare, I don’t like anything heavily fragranced or perfume-y.

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Sunday, April 26th, 2015

MAC Extra Dimension Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) is going to be a permanent formula with eighteen shades to choose from (I reviewed seventeen of them). All of the shades have been released previously as limited edition offerings. The collection will launch online on April 30th and in-stores on May 7th. They’re a wet/dry formula that ranges from semi-sheer to semi-opaque color dry and mostly opaque to opaque color damp. I get slightly longer wear when I apply the eyeshadows damp, but the wear ranges from six to eight hours.

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Sunday, April 26th, 2015

MAC Huggable Lipcolour
MAC Glamorized, I’m In, Bare Hug Huggable Lipcolours

Here are the final three shades I have to review of MAC Huggable Lipcolour ($20.00 for 0.11 oz.) — I am missing one (Dramatical, which is a “bright cherry red”). The formula is described as having shine, color, and long-wear (‘up to six hours”). It uses a “gel base” for a “feather-light finish giving immediate moisture.” The collection of ten will launch on May 7th online and May 14th in-stores. The formula clings without feeling dry or uncomfortable, but it doesn’t have as much slip as a lot of glossy, balm-like formulas do, so it does wear a bit longer, though rarely the full six hours. It is lightly to moderating hydrating over time. The color coverage varies but tends to be semi-opaque. You’ll want to let the bullet melt against the warmth of your lips for a few seconds before applying, as this will help it glided across the lips.

MAC Glamorized Huggable Lipcolour ($20.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “creamy vibrant pink.” It’s a brightened, fuchsia magenta with strong, blue undertones and a soft shine. While it had semi-opaque pigmentation, it seemed to apply somewhat streakily, so it looked splotchy on. It lasted for five hours on me and was hydrating over time. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC I’m In Huggable Lipcolour ($20.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “warm rose.” It’s a muted, medium pink with warm undertones and fine, gold pearl. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque pigmentation (slightly less compared to most shades in the set of ten) that applied evenly. The formula was comfortable to wear and moisturizing over time, and it lasted for four hours on me. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Bare Hug Huggable Lipcolour ($20.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “creamy soft peach/orange.” It’s a muted, light-medium pink-coral with subtle gold pearl. It had semi-opaque color payoff that yielded a fair amount of color but had a slight translucency to it where the natural lip color still came through. It was comfortable to wear and lasted for four and a half hours on me. I was surprised at how similar this was to I’m In. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Sunday, April 26th, 2015

MAC Huggable Lipcolour
MAC Fashion Force, Love Feeling, Soft Talkin’ Huggable Lipcolours

Here are the next three shades I have to review of MAC Huggable Lipcolour ($20.00 for 0.11 oz.), which is supposed to have shine, color, and long-wear (‘up to six hours”). The formula has a “gel base” for a “feather-light finish giving immediate moisture.” Fashion Force is a repromote, but the other two shades are new; all three are limited edition and will launch online on May 7th and in-stores on May 14th. The formula clings without feeling dry or uncomfortable, but it doesn’t have as much slip as a lot of glossy, balm-like formulas do, so it does wear a bit longer, though rarely the full six hours. It is lightly to moderating hydrating over time. The color coverage varies but tends to be semi-opaque. You’ll want to let the bullet melt against the warmth of your lips for a few seconds before applying, as this will help it glided across the lips.

MAC Fashion Force Huggable Lipcolour ($20.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “soft tangerine orange.” It’s a muted, medium coral-orange with warm undertones and a light shine. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque pigmentation that sat well on the lips and looked even. This shade wore well for three and a half hours and was lightly hydrating. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Love Feeling Huggable Lipcolour ($20.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “vibrant deep orange.” It’s a brightened, medium orange with warm, yellow-red undertones and a soft sheen. It had semi-opaque color coverage that went on fairly evenly and wore well for five hours. The formula felt lightly moisturizing while worn. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Soft Talkin’ Huggable Lipcolour ($20.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “warm peachy nude.” It’s a muted, light-medium peach with warm undertones and soft gold pearl. It had semi-sheer color coverage that lightened my natural lip color while brightening and adding warmth, but this is the type of translucency and color that is likely going to look different depending on the natural color of your lips. It wore well for three hours and had a slightly more emollient formula compared to the other shades in the range. It was a harder shade to dupe with how it leans peach with more color than sheer but less than opaque. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Sunday, April 26th, 2015

MAC Huggable Lipcolour
MAC Flaming Lips, I’m Game, Play It Soft Huggable Lipcolours

MAC Huggable Lipcolour ($20.00 for 0.11 oz.) is a formula that’s supposed to give you both shine and color and long-wear (“up to six hours”) that uses a “gel base” for a “feather-light finish giving immediate moisture.” The formula was released previously, and this time we’re seeing ten limited edition shades that will debut on May 7th online and May 14th in-stores; one shade (Fashion Force) is a repromote. It has a light-medium-weight feel with a little slip but it definitely clings (or hugs, if you like) to the lips in a way that isn’t uncomfortable but enables the color to last longer than more emollient formulas would. There’s a soft shine that starts to wear away after two to three hours, while the color itself wears from three to five hours, depending on the shade. If you’re familiar with MAC’s finishes, it’s like a cross between their Cremesheen finish and the Mineralize Rich lipsticks. I find the formula lightly hydrating over time, though they really need time to melt against the heat of the lips to feel good and glossy. When applying, I recommend letting the bullet rest against the lips for a few seconds prior to gliding it across, or else it will drag somewhat.

MAC Flaming Lips Huggable Lipcolour ($20.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “deep creamy red.” It’s a muted, medium-dark red with warm, orange undertones and a soft shine with very, very fine shimmer. It had semi-opaque color payoff that applied fairly evenly. This shade wore well for five hours on me and was nicely hydrating over time. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC I’m Game Huggable Lipcolour ($20.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “creamy raspberry.” It’s a softened, medium-dark pink with subtle cool undertones and a soft shine. On me, it looks almost warm-toned, but it is slightly cool-toned. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that covered the lips evenly and was comfortable to wear. It wore well for four and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Play It Soft Huggable Lipcolour ($20.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “bright coral red.” It’s a medium, pink-coral with warm undertones and a light shine. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that applied evenly and didn’t look streaky. The formula really shined here, because that gel consistency kept it from bunching up like it might in a more emollient formula. It wore well for four and a half hours on me and was hydrating over time. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Saturday, April 25th, 2015

Temptalia Asks You


Do you think that skincare brand’s claims are usually honest? Or is it mostly exaggerated for marketing? Are some brands more honest than others?

Temptalia's AnswerI think certain types of products often exaggerate claims or must have had a very small sample size and miraculous results… When brands make more moderate claims (“intensely hydrating” vs. “rewind the clock by 10 years in just six weeks!”), they seem fairly honest and believable to me.

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