Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

bareMinerals Work, Weekend, Wow Eyeshadow Palette
bareMinerals Work, Weekend, Wow Eyeshadow Palette

bareMinerals Work, Weekend, Wow Eyeshadow Palette ($26.00 for 0.17 oz.) includes seven eyeshadows from beige to navy blue. There are a few repeats: 500 Thread Count (Permanent, The Dream Sequence), Custom Made (Limited Edition), Rowdy (Permanent, The After Party). It’s a good palette, though a few shades are on the dupable side. I liked that it leaned a little cooler-toned overall, but I would have preferred more satin/pearl finishes to pair with the mattes rather than the more sparkly/ultra-frosted shades (like Custom Made and Starstruck), as I think they have a thicker/denser consistency that makes them harder to blend with the mattes as a whole.

500 Thread Count is a light, pinky-beige with a mostly matte finish. It had excellent pigmentation with a soft, dense texture that was just a smidgen on the powdery side–in the pan only. It adhered well to bare skin and lasted for ten hours on me. MAC Mylar (P, $16.00) is warmer. MAC Vanilla (P, $16.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Anonymous (LE, $18.00) is darker, warmer. Too Faced Cream Colored Ponies (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. Too Faced Snow Angel (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. Kat Von D Lifelike (P, ) is warmer. Too Faced Egg Nog (LE, $16.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever M500 Ivory (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. Too Faced Meringue (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. Make Up For Ever M530 Eggshell (P, $21.00) is lighter. Tarte Super Mom (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Parisienne #5 (LE, ) is lighter, brighter. Urban Decay Thirteen (P, $18.00) is cooler. Colour Pop Glow (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery. Tarte Full Moon (LE, ) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Trench Coat is a muted, medium-dark taupe brown with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. It had very good pigmentation with a really silky, blendable consistency that was a teeny, tiny bit powdery. It wore well for ten and a half hours on me. Kat Von D Vanish (P, ) is warmer. Divergent Radiant Initiation (LE, ) is warmer. Too Faced Cashmere Bunny (P, $16.00) is darker, warmer. Make Up For Ever M540 Gray Beige (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer. Too Faced Nudie (P, $16.00) is warmer. Smashbox Taupe (P, ) is darker, more muted. Smashbox Sable (P, ) is darker. Laura Mercier Cappuccino (LE, $23.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Custom Made is a light-medium, peachy-pink with warm undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. It had good color coverage with a soft, blendable consistency that adhered well to bare skin and lasted for nearly eleven hours before creasing. NARS Goddess (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler. LORAC Dream Girl #10 (LE, ) is darker. Urban Decay High (P, $18.00) is less shimmery. Cle de Peau Baby Universe #2 (P, ) is lighter, brighter. MAC A Natural Flirt (P, $20.00) is darker. MAC A Natural Flirt (P, $20.00) is darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Lover #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker. MAC Bouffant (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery. Tarte Champagne Bubble Bath (LE, ) is darker. MAC Nostalgic (LE, $19.50) is less shimmery. Stila Rose Quartz (P, ) is more shimmery, darker, warmer. bareMinerals Future (P, ) is cooler, more pigmented, more shimmery, brighter, darker. MAC Jest (P, $16.00) is more shimmery, cooler. Tom Ford Beauty Orchid Haze #1 (P, ) is lighter. Urban Decay Sin (P, $18.00) is less shimmery, darker, more shimmery. First 15 dupes listed, see more: View dupes side-by-side.

Starstruck is a bright, light-medium silver-pewter with colder undertones and a warmer, metallic sheen. The texture was really dense, but it was a little harder to get a smooth, even layer of it, because it was almost cream-like. I would recommend using a flatter, firmer brush with this one to maximize the effect and smoothness on the lid. On me, it wore well for nine hours before creasing. MAC Palladium (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, warmer. Guerlain Two Stylish #1 (P, ) is darker, warmer. Sephora Collection Lunar Eclipse (98) (P, $13.00) is darker, warmer. Dior Etoile (021) (P, $31.00) is less pigmented. Tarte C’est La Vie (LE, ) is darker, warmer. MAC Misty (LE, $32.50) is lighter, brighter. Sugarpill Tiara (P, $13.00) is darker. Inglot #454 (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Fuze is a muted, dark taupe-brown with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had mostly opaque pigmentation with a soft, silky consistency that was very easy to blend on the skin. The color lasted for ten hours before fading slightly. bareMinerals Exhale (P, ) is lighter, cooler. MAC Diamond Dove (LE, $16.00) is darker. bareMinerals Vow (P, ) is lighter, cooler. MAC Lofty (LE, $16.00) is lighter. theBalm Dig It (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Charlotte Tilbury The Rock Chick #4 (P, ) is darker. LORAC Cool Gray (P, ) is lighter. Chanel Charming #5 (LE, ) is less pigmented. bareMinerals Head Over Heels (LE, ) is lighter. Tarte Wind Down Brown (LE, ) is darker. LORAC Espresso (Mega Pro) (LE, ) is darker. Tarte Espresso Yourself (LE, ) is lighter. LORAC Chocolate (P, ) is warmer. Viseart Cendre (P, ) is lighter. Too Faced Risque (P, $16.00) is lighter, warmer. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Rowdy is a cool-toned, purply-taupe with a matte finish. It had good color payoff with a finely-milled, silky smooth texture that worked well on the skin and lasted for ten hours. Milani Bella Taupe (05) (P, $4.49) is lighter, brighter. Too Faced Clove (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker. Too Faced Clove (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker. LORAC Cool Gray (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler, warmer. theBalm #25 (P, $6.50) is more shimmery, darker, cooler. MAC Smoked Cocoa #2 (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, cooler. theBalm B3 (LE, $16.00) is darker. Guerlain Les Tendres #4 (LE, ) is darker. View dupes side-by-side.

Nightfall is a medium-dark, navy blue with cool undertones and a pearly sheen. It had decent to good color payoff that was buildable to fairly opaque pigmentation, if desired. The texture was slightly firmer than the other shades in the palette, but it still blended with ease and wore for ten and a half hours before creasing. bareMinerals Climax (P, ) is darker. Kat Von D Entombed (P, ) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Evidence (P, $18.00) is darker. Maybelline Electric Blue (P, $6.99) is darker. MAC Deep Truth (P, $16.00) is warmer. MAC Lunar (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, darker, more muted. Colour Pop Etiquette (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker. LORAC Cobalt (LE, ) is lighter. Makeup Geek Center Stage (P, $9.99) is brighter, cooler. Urban Decay Moonshadow (P, $18.00) is lighter. Kat Von D Estrella (LE, ) is darker. theBalm Pipeline (LE, $16.00) is cooler. Make Up For Ever I218 Indigo Blue (P, $21.00) is brighter. Make Up For Ever D222 Night Blue (P, $21.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Sunday, July 12th, 2015

bareMinerals Round the Clock Eyeliner
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Round the Clock Intense Cream-Glide Eyeliner ($16.00) (Permanent)

Creamy, pigment-packed Round the Clock Intense Cream-Glide Eyeliner provides high-intensity color, while resisting smudging, smearing and budging. The waterproof formula, perfect for the waterline or tightlining, glides on effortlessly to help you achieve a bold, dramatic look.

  • Midnight Black
  • 1AM Black pearl
  • 4AM Aqua
  • 5AM Metallic champagne
  • 10AM Sage
  • 1PM Marine
  • 3PM Bronze
  • 4PM Eggplant
  • 6PM Violet
  • 8PM Black brown

Availability: Now at  Nordstrom, ULTA

Sunday, July 5th, 2015

Tarte Energy Noir Eye & Cheek Palette
Tarte Energy Noir Eye & Cheek Palette

If it wasn’t apparent by the abundance of sneak peeks, but we are in the throes of fall color collections and releases. July you say? Well, they come a little earlier everywhere and maybe by 2020, we’ll be looking at fall in April :) The best thing I can do for you is providing early swatches while I work on the testing and writing portion of the review process. (Testing takes the longest, followed by finding dupes, in case you were curious.) For total clarity, I purchased the Becca and Tarte palettes, while bareMinerals sent theirs as a press sample.

Palettes in this post:

  1. bareMinerals Work, Weekend, Wow Eyeshadow Palette ($26.00 for 0.17 oz.)
  2. Becca Ombre Rouge Eye Palette ($40.00 for 0.20 oz.)
  3. Tarte Energy Noir Eye & Cheek Palette ($38.00 for 0.54 oz.)

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Sunday, June 21st, 2015

bareMinerals Work, Weekend, Wow READY Eye Shadow 7.0
bareMinerals Work, Weekend, Wow READY Eye Shadow 7.0

Work, Weekend, Wow READY Eye Shadow 7.0 ($26.00) (Limited Edition)

With seven ultra-silky, long-wearing eye shadows, this palette’s expertly coordinated shades create gorgeous eye looks for work, weekend, and wow in three easy steps. Sweep on the universal base shade, then get business chic in classic neutrals, rock the weekend in soft plums or turn heads in smoky hues. With steps for each look included inside, on-the-go glam just got effortless.

  • 500 Thread Count Airy pink (Repromote)
  • Fuze Cinder smoke
  • Trench Coat Matte camel
  • Rowdy Heathered plum (Repromote)
  • Custom Made Pink quartz pearl (Repromote)
  • Starstruck Brushed metal
  • Nightfall Brilliant cobalt

Availability: Now at Sephora, ULTA

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Monday, June 1st, 2015

bareMinerals The Color Compatibles Palette
bareMinerals The Color Compatibles Palette

bareMinerals The Color Compatibles Palette ($39.00 for 0.51 oz.) includes six eyeshadows and three cheek products. If you’re a long-time bareMinerals Ready palette collector, you’ll probably find this has too many repeats in it to justify, but if you haven’t tried the Ready line and like warmer neutrals, it’s well worth some consideration. Ready eyeshadow is one of my favorite eyeshadow formulas, and it shines in this palette. The formula is supposed to have twelve-hour wear, be pigmented, and have “seamless blendability.” The Ready blush and bronzer formula is supposed to have an eight-hour wear time with “stay-true, buildable color.”

Empress is described as a “creamy peach.” It’s a light-medium, yellowed peach with a satin finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, blendable consistency that was easy to work with. It wore well for ten and a half hours before fading. bareMinerals Enjoy (LE, ) is darker. Too Faced Bubbly (LE, $16.00) is lighter. bareMinerals Magnate (LE, ) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Bragging Rights is described as a “shimmering rose gold.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark copper with warm, orange-red undertones and a metallic finish. It was intensely pigmented with a very soft texture that was so soft that it tended to dislodge more product than desired, but it is a denser powder, so it doesn’t turn powdery. I recommend barely tapping the brush against the surface to avoid over-applying! It wore well for twelve hours. Milani Bella Copper (23) (P, $4.49) is less shimmery. Le Metier de Beaute Carnelian Opal (LE, $30.00) is lighter. LORAC Unleashed (P, ) is less shimmery. Too Faced Bon Bon #2 (P, $16.00) is darker. Too Faced Caramel (P, $16.00) is darker, more muted. Anastasia Glisten (P, $12.00) is warmer. LORAC Nude #5 (LE, ) is lighter. MAC Collective Chic #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery. bareMinerals Tan Lines (LE, ) is brighter, warmer. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #3 (LE, ) is lighter. MAC Espresso Blend #1 (LE, ) is more shimmery, more muted. Too Faced Cannes (P, $16.00) is more muted, warmer, darker. Illamasqua Bronx (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter. Maybelline Caramel Cool (100) (LE, $6.99) is brighter. theBalm #21 (P, $6.50) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Shiver is described as an “iced lilac.” It’s a muted, dirty lavender with hints of gray and a metallic sheen. It had fairly good color payoff with a buttery, blendable texture that applied evenly. It wore well for ten and a half hours. Kat Von D Astrological (LE, ) is darker. Kat Von D Gravitron (LE, ) is less shimmery, warmer. Chanel Poesie #3 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, warmer. MAC A Party of Pastels #3 (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. NARS Tropical Princess #2 (LE, $24.00) is brighter. Fyrinnae Unicorn (P, $8.25) is darker, cooler. MAC Triple Impact (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Fresh Ice (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Crystal (DC, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. bareMinerals Flash (P, $16.00) is cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Priceless is described as a “heathered smoke.” It’s a gray-leaning taupe with a satin finish that appears more matte applied. It had semi-opaque color coverage, but it was the weakest product in the palette, as it was a little dry and thin. It lasted for eight and a half hours on me. bareMinerals Exec (LE, ) is more shimmery. MAC All Woman (LE, $16.00) is darker. Buxom Jetsetter (P, $12.00) is darker. MAC Smoked Cocoa #2 (LE, $16.00) is warmer. bareMinerals Velvet Charcoal (P, $14.00) is darker. MAC Tailor Grey (P, $18.50) is glossier. Hello Kitty 1974 (LE, ) is darker. MAC Subtly Elegant (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Stony (LE, $16.00) is warmer. LORAC Navy #2 (LE, ) is lighter. Guerlain Two VIP #2 (LE, ) is cooler. theBalm #25 (P, $6.50) is cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Hoopla is described as a “glowing copper.” It’s a brightened, subtly muted medium gold with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had excellent pigmentation with a very blendable, long-wearing (eleven hours) formula, though the texture was a hair dry. It was more pigmented and smoother, but it was also more metallic (and therefore, lighter) than the one I have from before. L’Oreal Eternal Sunshine (P, $7.99) is lighter. Colour Pop Get Lucky (P, $5.00) is less shimmery. Tarte No Champagne, No Gain (LE, ) is darker. Stila Vitality (P, ) is more muted. Tarte Up to No Gold (LE, ) is less shimmery. Divergent Golden Honesty (LE, ) is lighter. Sephora Collection Girls Night Out (03) (P, $13.00) is darker. LORAC Unlimited (P, ) is more shimmery. MAC Bao Bao’s Jewels #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter. Cle de Peau Stellar Gaze #3 (P, ) is more shimmery. MAC Amberluxe #3 (P, ) is darker. Too Faced Prancer (LE, $16.00) is more pigmented. MAC A Glimmer of Gold #3 (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted. MAC A Glimmer of Gold #2 (P, $21.00) is darker. MAC Amber Lights (P, $16.00) is lighter, more muted. See comparison swatches/ compare dupes side-by-side.

Ritzy is described as a “shimmering cocoa.” It’s a rich, medium-dark bronzy brown with warm, yellow undertones and a golden bronze frosted shimmer-sheen finish. It was intensely pigmented with such a soft, smooth, buttery texture that was heavenly to work with. No complaints; if every eyeshadow was this good, we would all be broke. It wore well for twelve hours before fading. Urban Decay Snakebite (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery. MAC Cognac (LE, $16.00) is warmer. MAC Woodwinked (P, $16.00) is more shimmery. Inglot #409 (P, $6.00) is darker. Too Faced Don’t Settle (LE, $16.00) is lighter, cooler. Too Faced Buche de Noel (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. Sleek MakeUP Aladdin’s Lamp (LE, $9.99) is cooler. Make Up For Ever D640 Golden Snake (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. Maybelline Downtown Brown (P, $6.99) is lighter. Too Faced Biscotti (LE, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Pretty It Up (LE, $21.00) is cooler. Buxom Haute Couture (P, $12.00) is darker. Gucci Beauty Oxydus (P, $37.00) is lighter. Charlotte Tilbury Bette (P, $32.00) is lighter. Colour Pop Blaze (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The Spring Fling is described as a “creamy peach.” It’s a light-medium, pink-peach with warm undertones and a natural matte finish–enough of a “sheen” to keep it from looking flat or dry on the skin, but it is mostly matte. It had semi-opaque, buildable coverage that lasted for eight hours. The texture was a smidgen powdery. This shade is going to be better suited for fair skin tones, as it doesn’t show up well on my medium complexion. Hourglass Dim Infusion (P, $35.00) is darker. NARS Sex Appeal (P, $30.00) is lighter. Benefit Georgia (DC, $28.00) is lighter. MAC Cream Soda (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC Corol #1 (LE, $21.00) is darker, cooler. Make Up For Ever #225 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is darker. Sephora + Pantone Universe Coral Pink (LE, ) is darker. Chanel Caresse (180) (LE, $45.00) is darker. Dior Peach Splendor (LE, $44.00) is cooler. Urban Decay Indecent (P, $26.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The Five Star Treatment is described as a “pink champagne.” It’s a light, pink-peach with a frosted sheen that translates to a luminous, glowing finish on the skin. It had good, buildable color payoff that had a soft, blendable texture that sat well on the skin without emphasizing pores. It wore well for nine hours before fading slightly. MAC Coupe d’Chic (LE, $28.00) is darker, warmer. Urban Decay Aura (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer. Lancome Moonlight Rose (LE, $42.00) is darker. Urban Decay Streak Highlighter (P, ) is warmer. href=”http://www.temptalia.com/swatch-gallery?sg=198032,189541,174736,165496,102510″>See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The High Dive is described as a “tan.” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm, yellow-orange tones and a soft sheen. It had semi-opaque coverage that was buildable, but the texture was firmer and drier in the pan than most Ready powders, which was a surprise. It did last for the eight hours as promised. Burberry Summer Glow (P, $48.00) is darker. MAC Soft Sand (LE, $25.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever #25I (P, $36.00) is warmer. Guerlain #03 (P, $53.00) is less shimmery, darker. Colour Pop Carry-On (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, more pigmented. Tom Ford Beauty Gold Dust (P, $65.00) is darker. Hourglass Radiant Bronze Light (P, $50.00) is more shimmery. Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Naked on the Run Bronzer (LE, ) is less shimmery. MAC Delphic (LE, $33.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Strip Bronzer (P, ) is more shimmery, darker. MAC Hibiscus Kiss Bronzer (LE, $25.00) is darker, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

bareMinerals Dream Big Marvelous Moxie Lipstick
bareMinerals Dream Big Marvelous Moxie Lipstick

There are three limited edition shades of Modern Pop bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipsticks ($20.00 for 0.12 oz.), which is a formula that’s supposed to be “creamy, super-saturated” with “ultra-pigmented color” in a “satin finish” that is also hydrating. All three had good color payoff, though not quite full coverage, as the texture had a lot of slip to it, which made it prone to having a bit of translucency that lets the natural lip color come through. This gives it a lighter look than a true full coverage lipstick, but it can be harder to keep it perfectly smooth and even. The wear time was average at three to four hours, but the formula was comfortable to wear and hydrating. It had a vanilla mint scent but no discernible taste.

bareMinerals Dream Big Marvelous Moxie Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “nude peach.” It’s a light-medium, muted peach with a natural finish and warm undertones. It had mostly opaque coverage, but it’s not quite the truly creamy and full coverage promised–the formula has more slip to it that makes it prone to having a bit of translucency so the natural lip color can peek through. It wore well for three hours and was hydrating over time. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

bareMinerals Express Yourself Marvelous Moxie Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “bright peach.” It’s a light-medium, peachy-coral with warm undertones and a soft shine. It had a very creamy, emollient consistency that was slippery enough that you could see “lines” if you pressed your lips together. It had mostly opaque pigmentation that covered well, but it will let the natural lip color come through slightly. It wore well for four hours and was moisturizing. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

bareMinerals Fall in Love Marvelous Moxie Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “tawny peach.” It’s a medium-dark, muted orange-brown with warm undertones and a soft shine. It had fairly opaque color payoff that went on evenly and smoothly, though it has the same really creamy, moderately slippery texture that gives it a very slight translucency. This shade stayed on well for four hours and was hydrating. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Dream Big

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