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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Sunday, February 15th, 2015

bareMinerals Pop of Passion Collection for Spring 2015
bareMinerals Pop of Passion Collection for Spring 2015

Pop of Passion Blush Balm ($22.00) (Limited Edition)

Glide on this Pop of Passion Blush Balm to bring a radiant, healthy look to cheeks. This cheek color’s lightweight texture and buildable color provide effortlessly smooth, even application, and its blend of passion fruit seed oil with vitamin E helps to hydrate and nourish the skin, leaving it with a gorgeous, flush of color.

  • Posy Passion Sheer fuchsia
  • Papaya Passion Vibrant coral peach
  • Natural Passion Sunwashed rose

Pop of Passion Lip Balm ($16.00) (Limited Edition)

This oil-rich formula delivers vibrant color and slick shine with a comfortable color-stain. Treat your lips to this luxurious melt-in formula that’s enriched with passion fruit seed oil for intense hydration and vitamin E for nourishment. Lips are left smooth with an ultra-glossy finish.

  • Peach Passion Fresh peach
  • Nude Passion Caramel buff
  • Punch Pop Vivid watermelon
  • Pink Passion Youthful pink
  • Candy Pop Neon pink
  • Plumberry Pop Pink plum
  • Rose Passion Deep blush
  • Tangerine Pop Juicy citrus

Availability: Now at Sephora

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Thursday, January 8th, 2015

bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow 8.0
bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow 8.0

The Sexy Neutrals Ready Eyeshadow 8.0 ($40.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Hot Commodity Metallic copper (Repromote)
  • Nude Beach Light warm sand (Repromote)
  • Bare Skin Copper rose (Repromote)
  • Pure Light airy peach (Repromote)
  • In the Buff Light golden peach (Repromote)
  • Natural Light buttery peach (Repromote)
  • Perspective Deep espresso (Repromote)
  • Celebrate Yellow cream (Repromote)

The Posh Neutrals Ready Eyeshadow 8.0 ($40.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Curtsy Shimmering snowflake (Repromote)
  • Valet Toffee sheen (Repromote)
  • Debutante Blushing nude (Repromote)
  • Romance Glimmering plum (Repromote)
  • Waltz Soft pink taupe (Repromote)
  • Caviar & Cake Velvet chrome (Repromote)
  • Sizzle Bronze spice
  • Promise Creamy beige (Repromote)

Availability: January 2015 at bareminerals.com, Sephora, Ulta, Macy’s, Dillard’s, Nordstrom

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