Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

bareMinerals The Star Treatment Eyeshadow Palette
bareMinerals The Star Treatment Eyeshadow Palette

The Star Treatment is Packed with Value and Quality

bareMinerals The Star Treatment Eyeshadow Palette ($40.00 for 0.28 oz.) includes eight eyeshadows:  VIP (gold flecked black), Connoisseur (golden copper), Carte Blanche (icy ivory), Ritzy (shimmering cocoa), Kudos (golden gray), Bragging Rights (shimmering rose gold), Elitist (glistening olive), and Extravagance (golden glow). It also includes a 0.05 oz. (half the size of the full-sized version) of Prime Time Eye Primer.

Each eyeshadow is 0.035 oz., as compared to the average full-sized eyeshadow, which is 0.05 oz. (and bareMinerals’ Ready eyeshadows in the duos and quads are 0.05 oz.). In duos, they’re $20/0.10 oz.; quads are $30/0.17 oz., and 8-pan palettes are $40/0.28 oz.–which breaks out to $200/oz., $176/oz., and $143/oz. I love that they give you a little more as you buy larger palettes. Just to put those prices in context, MAC single eyeshadows are $300/oz., while their duos are $275/oz. and quads are $210/oz.

VIP is a dark black with brown undertones and gold sparkle. It had excellent pigmentation and applied smoothly and evenly. Too Faced Licorice Latte is not quite as dark. Cinderella Cinders is similar. Dior Night Golds is lighter, browner. Tarina Tarantino Dreamy is similar but has a stronger red-tone. Bobbi Brown Black Gold is similar–more shimmer.

Connoisseur is a deep, molten golden-copper. This shade was insanely pigmented; so smooth, buttery, and densely packed with color. bareMinerals Pret-a-Porter is lighter. Inglot #404 is lighter, less coppery. Inglot #430 is yellower, lighter. Dior Aurora is lighter, more orange. While not at all similar in color, MAC Campfire had a similar molten, metallic look and feel.

Carte Blanche is a cool-toned white with a golden shimmer-sheen, which gives it a mostly warm-toned appearance. It had great color payoff and applied very smoothly and evenly. Make Up For Ever #101 is very similar. Bare Minerals One Hit Wonder is less warm-toned–the color is more like the base color without the sheen. Tarina Tarantino Wonderful is warmer, yellower.

Ritzy is a warm bronze brown with a frosted sheen. The pigmentation was incredibly rich, while the texture was soft, dense, and smooth. Urban Decay Deeper is very similar. Urban Decay Snakebite is less warm. Bare Minerals Cognac is lighter. MAC Woodwinked is also lighter. MAC Bronze is comparable–perhaps a bit warmer. Inglot #406 is a touch lighter, more reflective.

Kudos is a pale beige-brown with an olive green shimmer-sheen. It has a really subtle, but cool, duochrome. I was like, “ooh! look!” when I initially swatched it. The first thing it reminded me was Illamasqua Bacterium, which is a nail polish. MAC Jaunty is a bit lighter, no duochrome. Becca Quartz is similar in color without the green sheen. Giorgio Armani #1 Madreperla is similar (again, no sheen).

Bragging Rights is a medium-dark orange-copper with a frosted sheen. The color payoff was nice, while the texture was soft and smooth. Guerlain Calligraphy is a bit more orange and not as coppery. Tarina Tarantino Dreamy is darker. NARS Isolde is similar, a bit darker.

Elitist is a subdued khaki brown with a satiny shimmer-sheen. It had good color payoff and was very, very smooth. This is one of the “cooler” shades in the palette, though it is still on the warm side. MAC Soba is similar but more matte. theBalm Schitoz is more golden. Giorgio Armani #26 is similar–a bit browner. Dior Golden Savannah is warmer, lighter.

Extravagance is a frosted orange-gold. This shade was really soft and buttery in one sense, but it was almost so soft that it became a bit crumbly. This was the only shade I had any problems with; the color payoff was fantastic, but it did have extra fall out during application. Guerlain Turandot is more orange. Milani Gold Dust is noticeably more orange. MAC Sweet & Sour is yellower. Le Metier de Beaute Goldstone is darker, more orange.

There was only one miss, which was Extravagance, and it’s mostly problematic during application, because it had a fair amount of fall out while you apply it.  I recommend lightly tapping off excess product before applying it to the lid and then patting, rather than sweeping, it on to minimize fall out.  I didn’t have trouble with fall out during wear, so after cleaning up initially, I didn’t have to worry about it.  Worth noting and an area for improvement, but it’s a minor infraction.

If you like your colors warm-toned, fairly neutral, and shimmery, this is your palette from start to finish. When I tested out the palette for wear, they wore like iron–full ten hours without fading or creasing without a primer (with a primer, I had the same results). I wish there was one or two more matte finishes in the palette, though, and overall, the palette is a bit dupeable, depending on your stash of course.

The Glossover

palette

The Star Treatment

Temptalia Recommends
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If you like your colors warm-toned, fairly neutral, and shimmery, this is your palette from start to finish.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Monday, November 5th, 2012

bareMinerals The September Issue Eyeshadow Palette
bareMinerals The September Issue Eyeshadow Palette

The September Issue is Packed with Value and Quality

bareMinerals The September Issue Eyeshadow Palette ($40.00 for 0.28 oz.) includes eight eyeshadows: Couture (glimmering clove), Silhouette (antique white), Statement (vibrant orchid), Pret-a-Porter (sunbaked gold), Tres Chic (apricot cream), Editor’s Pick (metallic teal), Glitterati (shimmering pink), and Ensemble (deepest eggplant).

Each eyeshadow is 0.035 oz., as compared to the average full-sized eyeshadow, which is 0.05 oz. (and bareMinerals’ Ready eyeshadows in the duos and quads are 0.05 oz.). In duos, they’re $20/0.10 oz.; quads are $30/0.17 oz., and 8-pan palettes are $40/0.28 oz.–which breaks out to $200/oz., $176/oz., and $143/oz. I love that they give you a little more as you buy larger palettes. Just to put those prices in context, MAC single eyeshadows are $300/oz., while their duos are $275/oz. and quads are $210/oz.

Couture is a neutral-cool dark brown with a subdued bronze shimmer-sheen. It had really good color payoff and was soft, finely-milled, and smooth. Girogio Armani #24 is a bit darker. Dior Golden Savannah is warmer, a touch more golden. NARS Paramaribo is more red-toned. Urban Decay Snakebite is much warmer, browner. Tarina Tarantino Dreamy has more red in its undertone.

Silhouette is a pale, warm white with a pearly sheen. It had good pigmentation and applied smoothly. Dior Night Golds is frostier. Too Faced Vanilla has more beige in it. Givenchy Lune Mysterieuse is similar but more frosted.

Statement is a fuchsia-magenta with a matte finish. It is a smidgen powdery, but it has good color payoff and does apply evenly and smoothly on the eye. MAC Infra-violet is pinker, lighter, and has shimmer. Sugarpill 2AM is similar but has very, very fine shimmer. Bobbi Brown Ultra Violet is a touch more purple. Urban Decay Purple Haze is more purple. Urban Decay Fishnet is shimmery and iridescent.

Pret-a-Porter is a molten honey gold with strong yellow undertones and a frosted finish. It had excellent color payoff, and it was a cinch to work with: super smooth and soft. OCC Triptych is yellower, less orange-toned, and has a metallic finish. Urban Decay Honey is less orange-toned. NARS Paramaribo is more antique-y. Inglot #404 is less yellow.

Tres Chic is a subdued peach with a mostly matte finish. It had good pigmentation, and it was soft, smooth, and not at all powdery. Chanel Premier Regard is similar. Cinderella Pumpkin Coach is yellower. Dolce & Gabbana Cocoa is lighter. Inglot #328 is a touch lighter.

Editor’s Pick is a deep green-teal with an almost blackened base and a frosted finish. Urban Decay Hijack is bluer. Illamasqua Android is darker, smidgen bluer. Milani Mix It Up is brighter. Urban Decay Loaded is less frosted, darker (blacker base). Bare Escentuals Max Volume is pretty similar.

Glitterati is a light pink with a golden shimmer-sheen. It had good pigmentation, and it applied very smoothly. MAC radial Pink is lighter, less golden. Chanel Harmonie du Soir is darker, no golden sheen. MAC Invicible Light is a yellower pink without the golden sheen.

Ensemble is a dark burgundy-brown with a matte finish. This shade swatched unevenly, but applied to the eye, it performed better. It was very pigmented, so a little goes a long way. The texture was slightly powdery. theBalm Presto is similiar but warmer. Tarina Tarantino Saw Dust Heart is darker, blacker. MAC Midnight Flurry is comparable in color. MAC Embark is redder, warmer. Inglot #378 is similar.

Quite honestly, bareMinerals’ Ready range is an eyeshadow formula I could use and use exclusively and not feel like I was missing out. It is a truly excellent formula with a wide range of colors and finishes. They are consistently top notch in quality, but I love that they really reach across the spectrum of color. You have pops of color plus a strong neutral range. I’ve been a huge fan of the Ready eyeshadow range since it debuted, and I continue to be impressed by the recent releases.

The September Issue is a Sephora-exclusive, and it’s an interesting mix of colors, from color to neutral and warm to cool shades.  There were two shades (Statement and Ensemble) that were a bit powdery, though they were both very soft, finely-milled mattes. The other six shades performed incredibly well.  I wore several of the shades in a look, and I had no problems getting a full eight hours of wear without creasing or fading without a primer.

The Glossover

palette

The September Issue

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It's a fantastic palette from start to finish with a good selection of colors and neutrals. It's not warm or cool-toned, so it should work well across skin tones.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Sunday, October 14th, 2012


The Royal Treatment

bareMinerals & Buxom Holiday 2012 Gift Sets

Light Show ($45.00) (Limited Edition)

Light things up with a palette radiating in shades sure to ignite the night, plus a sleek and chic bag. Exclusively available at bareMinerals boutiques and bareMinerals.com.

Simply Irresistible ($49.00) (Limited Edition)

An alluring 9-piece collection of rich, luxurious shades for eyes, lips and cheeks.

Deluxe Original SPF Foundation ($38.00) (Limited Edition)

A limited edition, deluxe size of award-winning ORIGINAL SPF 15 Foundation for flawless coverage with a naturally luminous finish.

Fab in a Flash ($18.00) (Limited Edition)

Get out the door looking gorgeous with this 3-piece collection of mini grab-and-go essentials, includes mini mascara, lipgloss, and eyeliner.

Shine On ($45.00) (Limited Edition)

Let your beautiful self shine with this glowing palette for eyes, lips and face, plus a stunning makeup bag. Exclusive to Ulta.

Ready Luminizer ($26.00) (Limited Edition)

Enhance your complexion with a radiant, lit-from-within glow in two stunning shades with skin-nourishing benefits. Available in The Love Affair and The Shining Moment.

White Hot ($54.00) (Limited Edition)

Spark a trend with this palette of sultry shades for a look that’s as beautifully cool as it is stunningly hot, plus a chic bag. Exclusively available at Macy’s, Dillard’s, Nordstom and fine spas and salons.

Flawless Definition Mascara ($18.00) (Limited Edition)

A trio of mascaras that will leave your lashes looking lush in the blink of an eye.

A Vision in Velvet ($79.00) (Limited Edition)

Dress up in 10 velvet matte eyecolors & 10 velvet satin eyecolors for endless irresistible looks.

Night Vision ($29.00) (Limited Edition)

A collection of Round the Clock™ Waterproof Eyeliners for stunning eye looks guaranteed to dazzle after dark.

Fired Up ($45.00) (Limited Edition)

Heat things up with this sizzling palette for eyes, lips and cheeks, plus a dazzling makeup bag. Exclusively at Sephora & Sephora.com.

The Finer Things Eyeshadow 8.0 ($40.00) (Limited Edition)

An extraordinary eyeshadow palette, featuring 8 provocative shades plus Prime Time Eyelid Primer.

Hot to Trot ($25.00) (Limited Edition)

Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in Maverick (rosewood shimmer), Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in Crowd Surfer (cotton candy pink), Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in Smooth Talker (golden pink), Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in Firecracker (candied apple), Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in Smarty Pants (shimmering shell), Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in Dreamer (golden sand).

Buxom Gilt Trip ($29.00) (Limited Edition)

This dazzling Buxom® collection includes a range of eyeliners from rich, deep black to a sparkling gold glitter. Mini Insider Eyeliner in Onyx imparts a rich, velvety color that glides on ultra smooth without tugging. Mini Waterproof Smoky Eye Stick in Machete multitasks as a three-in-one secret weapon that shadows, lines, and smokes in black with gold flecks. Glitter Liquid Eyeliner in Gold Dust features a clear liquid formulation with glam gold sparkles. Line ‘em on, layer ‘em up and smoke ‘em out to create a gilded, golden, totally glitzed-out look.

Buxom Time to Shine ($29.00) (Limited Edition)

This luscious 6-piece lip collection has multiple finishes and shades from shimmering and sparkling Buxom Big & Healthy™ Lip Polishes so creamy, glass smooth Buxom Big & Healthy™ Lip Creams. Lacquer ’em on and layer ’em up to create the perfect pout. With the refreshing tingling sensation plus vitamins A and E, lips are soft, smooth and ready for the spotlight.

Balance Boost Kit ($29.50) (Limited Edition)

Bare Minerals infused their Mineral Veil finishing powder with a subtle apricot tint to wake up your complexion while balancing skin tone. This limited-edition Balance & Boost Mineral Veil finishing powder imparts a quiet boost of color to counteract dull skin for a fresh, flawless look all day.

Best & Most Brilliant Kit ($49.00) (Limited Edition)

Brightening Pearl Mineral Veil Finishing Powder, Dual-Sided Hint Blush, Bright Radiance All- Over Face Color, Prime Time Eyelid Primer, Well Rested SPF 20 Eye Brightener, Flawless Definition Volumizing Mascara in black, Best Friend Lip Balm, Double-Ended Seamless Blending Brush, Deluxe Sample of Deep Cleansing Foam.

Cool as Ice ($25.00) (Limited Edition)

Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in Hot Ticket (electric pink), Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in Daredevil (sparkling blackberry), Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in Fashionably Late (sparkling opal), Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in Socialite (sparkling pink), Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in Gutsy (fuchsia berry), and Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in Rebel (pink mauve).

Glow Getters ($TBA) (Limited Edition)

Features blush, eyeshadow, and gloss.

Light Up the Room ($TBA) (Limited Edition)

All about the eyes and brightening!

Main Attraction ($TBA) (Limited Edition)

Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover, gloss, mini brush, eyeliner, and eyeshadow.

Mini Masters ($TBA) (Limited Edition)

Silver-hued brush set.

Star Treatment Eyeshadow 8.0 ($40.00) (Limited Edition)

An extraordinary palette, featuring 8 pure, intense, provocative shades by bareMinerals

Scene Stealer ($TBA) (Limited Edition)

Eye Makeup Remover, Eyeliner, Pretty Amazing Lip Color, Prime-Time Shadow ink Pink Sugar.

Seize the Day ($29.00) (Limited Edition)

Round the Clock Waterproof Eyeliner in 10 AM (golden sage), Round the Clock Waterproof Eyeliner in Noon (deepest navy), Round the Clock Waterproof Eyeliner in 1 PM, Round the Clock Waterproof Eyeliner in 3 PM (deep brown shimmer), Round the Clock Waterproof Eyeliner in 5 PM (deep plum), Pencil Sharpener.

The Dream Team (Limited Edition)

Holiday brush set.

The Royal Treatment ($TBA) (Limited Edition)

Large gift set featuring eyeshadows, blushes, glosses, and mascara.

Renew & Replenish ($TBA) (Limited Edition)

Travel-sizes of Pure Transformation Night Treatment, Exfoliating Treatment Cleanser, Purely Nourishing Moisturizer, and Active Cell Renewal Night Serum.

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Tuesday, August 28th, 2012


bareMinerals Ready SPF 20 Foundation Launches

Launching this August, bareMinerals (www.bareMinerals.com) unveils a conversation-starting campaign to champion its award-winning foundation franchise and the highly-anticipated launch of its first-ever solid bareMinerals READY™ SPF 20 Foundation. Rooted in the brand’s heritage of speaking to their foundations as a closer relative to skincare than makeup—ever since revolutionizing the industry with the launch of bareMinerals ORIGINAL SPF 15 Foundation in 1995—this campaign introduces the idea that ‘foundation’ has become a dirty word thanks to the cakey, pore-clogging formulas widely available that have given the category a bad rap, instituting fear in women that are relentlessly seeking the solution to flawless skin.

The campaign is supported by the fact that bareMinerals READY SPF 20 Foundation doesn’t look or feel like a foundation. With serious skincare benefi ts—a 108% increase in skin hydration after 12 hours of wear—and invisible long-wearing coverage that will have others complimenting your skin (not your makeup), the word ‘foundation’ does not do this latest innovation justice. ‘We Don’t Like Using the F-Word’ aligns with the brand’s innate desire to challenge the status quo while offering a unique perspective on what bareMinerals READY SPF 20 Foundation can do for the skin. No visible trace of makeup, no parabens or harsh chemicals, no dreaded line of demarcation—simply smooth, fresh, younger-looking skin.

“From the moment I launched bareMinerals, I’ve always struggled using the word ‘foundation,’ it never felt right,” explains Leslie Blodgett, Creator of bareMinerals. “Our formulas do so much more—actually improving the appearance of skin over time and giving women their most beautiful skin ever without looking like they’re wearing makeup at all. So, while it’s technically a foundation, we knew we had to speak to it in a different way…so we did it on our terms. This campaign really sums up our philosophy on this product category—there’s no mistaking what we stand for.”

The first iteration of the ‘We Don’t Like Using the F-Word’ campaign will kick off in North America in mid-August to support the nationwide launch of bareMinerals READY SPF 20 Foundation on September 1, 2012. bareMinerals READY SPF 20 Foundation joins bareMinerals award-winning ORIGINAL and MATTE foundations that each off er unique skin-nourishing benefits in addition to different finishes. While the campaign highlights the product attributes of READY foundation, the underlying message of the campaign is a natural extension and illustrative reinforcement of the bareMinerals brand philosophy of seeing beauty diff erently and believing that beauty can change the world.

bareMinerals READY™ SPF 20 Foundation

Made with good-for-you ingredients, bareMinerals READY SPF 20 Foundation is an innovative concept in solid mineral technology. The first ever solid foundation for the brand, the formula incorporates a unique time-release hydration system that is clinically proven to increase skin hydration by 108% after 12 hours of wear. A complex of mineral-encapsulated glycerin and humic acid locks in existing moisture and breaks down upon application and over time to continuously condition and soften skin. The formula also utilizes a proprietary SeaNutritive Mineral™ Complex coupled with antioxidants and rose hip seed oil, a cold-pressed seed oil, to help accelerate cell turnover for firmer-looking skin and Vitamins C and E for a healthy-looking complexion. This foundation diminishes the appearance of lines and wrinkles, delivers firmer-looking skin and protects skin from harsh environmental stressors with broad spectrum SPF 20 protection. Formulated without parabens, binders, fillers or harsh chemicals. Available in 20 skin-baring shades.

Availability: August 30th, 2012 @ bareMinerals.com

Sunday, August 19th, 2012

5 Positively Electric Eyeshadows

Brights, brights, and more brights!

What’s your favorite bright color to work with?

Sunday, July 29th, 2012

Celebrate the Olympics with 5 Silver Medal-Inspired Hues

Luckily, none of these picks are runner-ups–they’re just absolutely gorgeous takes on silver! (Because gold isn’t for everyone!)

What’s your favorite silver-hued beauty product?