Monday, December 23rd, 2013

bareMinerals The Mix Master Eyeshadow Palette
bareMinerals The Mix Master Eyeshadow Palette

bareMinerals The Mix Master Eyeshadow Palette ($48.00, now $34.00, for 12 x 0.05 oz. / 0.60 oz. total) consists of twelve READY eyeshadows inside a medium-thick, plastic palette. The palette contains a palette within it–a 3-eyeshadow palette that slides out of the larger palette. You can pop in and out your favorite shades to take with you as a trio, rather than the whole kit ‘n’ caboodle, should you desire. The trio also holds a travel-sized, double-ended brush. Generally, I get between ten and twelve hours of wear (no primer) with bareMinerals’ formula–some of the sheerer ones that have a drier texture will show fading before ten hours (usually after eight or so).

Stealth is described as an “apricot chiffon.” It’s a pale, peachy-beige with warm undertones and a satin finish. It is also in The Hidden Agenda eyeshadow duo (part of the permanent range). It had fairly good color payoff, but the texture wasn’t as buttery as compared to the one in the duo. See comparison swatches.

Daydream is described as a “nude creme.” It’s a pale, subtly warm-toned beige with a matte finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft, blendable but not powdery. This is in The Escape eyeshadow duo (part of the permanent range). See comparison swatches.

Embellish is described as a “glittery pewter.” It’s a medium-dark brown with golden bronze shimmer and slight sparkle over a frosted finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and buttery. See comparison swatches.

Perspective is described as a “deep espresso.” It’s a blackened brown with cool undertones and a satin finish. The consistency was somewhat dry, a little stiff to work with, and the color payoff was decent but not opaque. See comparison swatches.

Panorama is described as a “charcoal.” It’s a dark gray with cool undertones and a subtle satin sparkle. The shade was semi-sheer, dry, and stiff to work with, and it was also prone to fading faster than other shades (after eight hours). See comparison swatches.

Mixologist is described as a “champagne sheen.” It’s a pale, warm-toned peachy-beige with a frosted sheen. It had so-so color payoff, and I noticed it wasn’t as soft or as buttery as the permanent version (found in The Top Shelf duo). See comparison swatches.

Maven is described as a “blackened navy.” It’s a cool-toned, purplish navy blue with a matte finish. It had fairly good pigmentation, and the texture was soft but could have been a bit more blendable. See comparison swatches.

Muse is described as a “pink frost.” It’s a light-medium pink with a soft, frosted finish and subtle cool undertones. It had good pigmentation, and the consistency was soft and buttery. This shade is part of The Inspiration duo (part of the permanent range). See comparison swatches.

Max Volume is described as a “smoky jade.” It’s a blackened emerald green with a soft, frosted sheen. It had on the drier side, so the color payoff wasn’t as intense as one would expect. This shade was in The Playlist, which was a limited edition palette. See comparison swatches.

Hot Commodity is described as a “metallic medium copper.” It’s a light-medium, golden bronze with a frosted, metallic sheen. It had excellent color payoff, was incredibly soft and smooth, and a cinch to blend. See comparison swatches.

Custom Made is described as a “pink quartz pearl.” It’s a pink-tinged peach with a frosted finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft, silky, and buttery. This shade was in The Finer Things, a limited edition palette. See comparison swatches.

In Vogue is described as a “matte smoky purple.” It’s a medium-dark, subtly reddish-toned violet purple with a satin finish. The texture was dry, somewhat stiff, and not as easy to blend as I’d like to see. It had so-so pigmentation. See comparison swatches.

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Mix Master

B+

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

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Daydream

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9/10

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Monday, December 23rd, 2013

bareMinerals True Romantic Collection
bareMinerals True Romantic Collection

True Romantic Collection

Unabashedly enchanting and fiercely feminine, our new limited-edition spring color collection in custom rose gold components captures the beauty of a true romantic. Twinkling eyes, juicy pink lips, petal pink cheeks in full bloom…this rendezvous of soft shades sprinkled with shimmer will have you falling deeply, beautifully in love.

The True Romantic Eyeshadow 4.0 ($30.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Love It Light mint shimmer
  • Woo is Me Apricot pink sheen
  • Louder Burnished copper
  • Head Over Heels Warm slate

Marvelous Moxie Lipstick ($18.00)

  • Feel the Love Caramel rose pink (Limited Edition)

Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss ($18.00)

  • Heartbreaker Peony pink (Limited Edition)

Marvelous Moxie Lipliner ($15.00)

  • Liberated Blushing almond (Limited Edition)

Blush ($19.00)

  • Swoon Petal pink satin (Limited Edition)

Beauty in Bloom Set ($36.00) (Limited Edition) (Sephora Exclusive)

Create a radiant, ethereal look just in time for spring. Mix, match, and layer these loose and solid mineral colors for a soft, fresh-faced effect. Includes The Inspiration Ready Eyeshadow 2.0, Nude Beach Eyecolor, bareMinerals The One READY Blush, Rose Radiance All-Over Face Color, Speak Your Mind Marvelous Moxie Lipstick, Spark Plug Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss. Available at Sephora now.

New Launches

Lasting Line Long-Wearing Eyeliner ($16.00)

It’s never been easier to create endless eyeliner looks that last. This twistup pencil glides on a precise line for maximum color intensity. The mineral-rich formula stays soft and creamy for blending, then sets to a long-wearing finish. Includes a built-in sharpener
plus an ergonomically angled smudge tip for smooth, eff ortless blending. From natural daytime allure to sleek definition to seriously smoky glamour, it’s lasting liner love all the way.

  • Always Charcoal Charcoal
  • Endless Orchid Orchid
  • Nonstop Navy Navy
  • Infinite Sage Olive
  • Eternal Bronze Bronze
  • Lasting Brown Brown
  • Forever Brandy Burgundy
  • Absolute Black Black

7-Day Skin Detox Mineral Brightening Peel ($75.00)

Hit the reset button and bring youthful clarity and vitality back to your skin in just seven days. This intensive week-long skincare peel is specially designed to reveal your best skin ever—brighter, clearer, smoother and more even-toned. Each daily vial addresses the needs of skin and builds on the benefits of the day before to detoxify, reinvigorate and fortify resulting in a revitalized and renewed complexion. Powered by our proprietary ActiveSoil™ Complex, this series of formulas contains a high concentration of targeted ingredients, including exfoliating acids, potent hydrators and Kombucha Black Tea to reinforce your skin’s support network and deliver rapid visible results.

Biolucent Mineral Brightening Treatment ($55.00)

Diminish the look of dark spots and discoloration while brightening skin with this eff ective mineral treatment that harnesses the power of antioxidant-rich red mangrove. Inspired by the bioluminescent bay of the Caribbean Islands where marine life naturally radiates an ethereal light, this innovative formula combines the benefits of this extraordinary plant with ActiveSoil Complex and a unique brightening mineral blend for an instant skin-illuminating eff ect. An infusion of fruit acids retexturizes skin and white sapphire* helps to capture and refl ect light for an immediate, soft-focus luminosity. The result? A more vibrant, even-toned complexion.

Availability: Now @ Ulta, January 2014 everywhere else

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Monday, December 16th, 2013

bareMinerals Degrees of Dazzling
bareMinerals Degrees of Dazzling

This is part two of my review of bareMinerals Degrees of Dazzling ($79.00 for 20 x 0.01 oz.)! You can read part one here.

Stay Golden is described as a “metallic gold.” It’s a bright, metallic gold with warm, orange undertones. It had excellent pigmentation, and the texture was easy to work with–soft, smooth, and blendable. Too Faced Crème Brulee (P) is very similar. NARS Iskandar (P, $25.00) is a cream product, yellower. NARS Etrusque (LE, $24.00) is also a bit yellower. Maybelline Bold Gold (P, $6.99) is a cream product, yellower. Chanel Harmonie du Soir #1 (LE) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Strawberry Mousse is described as a “frothy pink.” It’s a pale, light pink with warm, white sparkle over a matte base. It had good color payoff, and the texture was very soft and finely-milled. It may appear chalky on darker skin tones, though. Urban Decay Strange (P, $18.00) is more matte. Tom Ford Beauty In the Pink #1 (LE) is more matte. Dior Constellation (864) #3 (LE) is more frosted. Inglot #356 (P, $6.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Toasted Espresso is described as a “shimmering espresso.” It’s a warm-toned, medium-dark brown with a pearly sheen. It had decent pigmentation, and the texture was smooth, but it could have been more intense and buttery overall. Too Faced Yule Log (LE) is more sparkly. Chanel Seduction #4 (LE) is darker. MAC Constructivist (P, $18.50) is a cream product. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #3 (P) is similar. Urban Decay West (LE, $18.00) is darker. MAC Life’s Luxury (LE, $21.00) is a cream product. See comparison swatches.

Velvet Charcoal is described as a “velvet charcoal.” It’s a medium-dark gray with warm, brown undertones and a matte finish. This shade is also available individually in the permanent range. The texture is incredibly velvety, finely-milled, and soft. Guerlain Crazy Paris #5 is similar. (LE) MAC Interior Life (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Howzat (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Velvet Emerald is described as a “velvet emerald.” It’s a cool-toned, muted green with a matte finish. It had fairly good color payoff, but because it was so soft and finely-milled, it was a little powdery and prone to sheering out. I couldn’t think of any shades like this that I’ve reviewed in the past.

Velvet Lavender is described as a “velvet lavender.” It’s a pale, cool-toned pinky-lavender with a matte finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, finely-milled texture. Inglot #346 (P, $6.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Velvet Mauve is described as a “velvet mauve.” It’s a warm-toned, light-medium rosy brown with a matte finish. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was very velvety and smooth. This shade is also available individually in the permanent range. LORAC Mauve (P) is purpler. NARS New York (P, $24.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Velvet Nude is described as a “velvet nude.” It’s a pale, yellow-toned beige with a matte finish. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was quite soft and finely-milled. Urban Decay Bleach (LE, $18.00) is a touch lighter. Urban Decay Foxy (P, $18.00) is similar. NARS Biarritz (P, $24.00) is less yellow-toned. See comparison swatches.

Violet Spell is described as a “sparkling amethyst.” It’s a warm-toned, medium-dark plum with a soft, frosted finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff, and the texture was a smidgen dry. MAC Circa Plum (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC Neo Nebula (LE, $21.00) is similar. MAC Daylight (LE, $21.00) is also similar, slightly pinker. See comparison swatches.

Yoga is described as a “dark red wine.” It’s a rich, burgundy with subtle warm undertones and red and burgundy shimmered finish. It had good pigmentation, and the texture applied smoothly overall. Kat Von D Wonderland (LE) is lighter. Urban Decay Uncut (P, $18.00) is similar. MAC Rich Core (LE, $21.00) is warmer. Giorgio Armani #2 (P, $33.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

The Glossover

LE
palette

Degrees of Dazzling

B

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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10/10

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10/10

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Strawberry Mousse

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Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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Monday, December 16th, 2013

bareMinerals Degrees of Dazzling
bareMinerals Degrees of Dazzling

bareMinerals Degrees of Dazzling ($79.00 for 20 x 0.01 oz.) contains twenty loose eyeshadows in four different finishes. There are five eyeshadows in each of these finishes: Velvet, High Shine, Glimmer, and Liner Shadow. If you’re someone who normally uses an eyeshadow primer or doesn’t mind using their loose eyeshadows with a damp brush, you’ll enjoy this set quite a bit. On the other hand, if you want the color to apply perfect with a dry application (and have no desire to use primer), then it’s decent to good, but it’s not outstanding. Some of the shades bind incredibly well together with just a brush and nothing else, but some require a damp brush and/or primer to allow the loose color to bind and smooth out. Generally, these wore between seven and nine hours for me, with the matte shades tending to wear a little shorter than the really rich, metallic shades.  Part two is here.

Black Leather is described as a “glistening blackest black.” It’s a matte black with silver sparkles. It has fairly good color payoff, and with a fluffier brush, it can pack quite the whallop when patted on. It can be a little difficult to blend so use a light hand and build up the color. Matte blacks aren’t hard to come by (the sparkle never really shows up–just gets trapped in the brush or lost on the way!), so here are some comparison swatches.

Deep Sea is described as a “metallic teal.” It’s a rich, blue-teal with a frosted, slightly metallic, finish. It had excellent color payoff applied dry, and if you wanted an even smoother, more intense look, you could apply it with a damp brush. Too Faced Sequin (LE) is greener, lighter. Sephora Collection Midnight Swim (16) (P, $13.00) is darker. MAC Rain Drop (LE, $32.50) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Ginger Sugar is described as a “shimmering taupe.” It’s a pale, golden champagne beige with a metallic finish and darker champagne sparkle. The sparkle doesn’t seem to blend well with the underlying color, so it seems to flake away or get pushed around. The base had good color payoff, though. MAC Rich Glance (LE, $21.00) is a cream product, no sparkle. Urban Decay Sin (P, $20.00) is a cream product, no sparkle. L’Oreal Iced Latte (P, $7.99) is lighter, no sparkle. Dior Night Golds #5 (LE) is more golden, no sparkle. See comparison swatches.

Golden Pear is described as a “sparkling pale green.” It’s a muted, darkened golden with a green-ish cast and metallic finish. The texture was a bit dry, and it didn’t stick together as well as other shades, so it’s one that I would use with a damp brush or over a sticky base. It was prone to fading faster than the other shades as well. Too Faced Tinsel (LE) is brighter. CoverGirl Ashen Glow Flame (335) (P, $7.99) is a cream product. MAC Greenluxe #3 (P) is very similar. Chanel Moon River (LE, $34.00) is a cream product, browner. MAC Antique Diamond (P, $18.50) is a cream product. MAC Arctic Grey (LE, $15.00) is similar. Guerlain Calligraphy #3 (LE) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Iridescent Iris is described as a “metallic violet.” It’s a duochrome that shifts from a murky green to a cool-toned, muted pinky-violet with a pearly sheen. It had so-so pigmentation, but it was more opaque when applied with a damp brush. Make Up For Ever #940 Star Powder (P, $20.00) is less violet. See comparison swatches.

Lagoon is described as a “deep ocean blue.” It’s a blackened blue with cool undertones and a satin finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and finely-milled. Tom Ford Beauty Cobalt Rush #4 (P) is bluer. bareMinerals Shaken Not Stirred (P) is similar. Make Up For Ever #147 (P, $20.00) is also similar. See comparison swatches.

Pewter is described as a “metallic pewter.” It’s a subtly warm-toned, light-medium taupe with a frosted, metallic finish. It had really rich color payoff, and the texture was soft and smooth. Laura Mercier Twilight (LE, $26.00) is darker, cream product. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #7 (P) is warmer. Disney by Sephora Kill Joy (LE) is similar. Urban Decay Armor (LE, $18.00) is darker. Urban Decay Mushroom (P, $18.00) is similar. MAC Dangerous Cuvee (P, $18.50) is a cream product. MAC Electroplate (LE, $18.50) is cooler-toned. Make Up For Ever #2 (P, $23.00) is a cream product. See comparison swatches.

Rose Gold is described as a “antique golden mauve.” It’s a muted, rose-tinged copper with a frosted, metallic finish. This shade is also available individually in the permanent range. It had fairly good pigmentation, but the texture wasn’t as smooth as it could have been–a smidgen chunky in a way. When used with a damp brush, it smooths out better. Tom Ford Beauty Pink Haze (LE, $40.00) is a cream product. MAC Temperature Rising (LE, $15.00) is less metallic. MAC Mythical (LE, $15.00) is brighter. Giorgio Armani #8 (P, $33.00) is more metallic, lighter. See comparison swatches.

Silver Dollar is described as a “sparkling silver.” It’s a bright, light silver-white with silver sparkle. It had so-so color payoff, and the consistency was on the drier side, so it performed better with a damp brush and/or slightly tacky base, otherwise it was prone to fall out. Sleek MakeUP Pretty in Paris (LE, $9.99) is more metallic, less sparkly. Kat Von D Holy Bible (LE) is less sparkly. Disney by Sephora Your Voice (LE) is similar. MAC Guise (LE, $21.00) is a touch darker. MAC Virgin Silver (LE) is a cream product. MAC White as Snow (LE, $32.50) is similar. Chanel Infini (P, $28.50) is also similar. See comparison swatches.

Starry Night is described as a “deep iridescent purple.” It’s a neutral-to-cool, dark purple with blue and teal satin sparkle. The base was more matte, while the sparkle sat on top, but there was enough of it that it gave a slight sheen when applied. The texture was a little dry and didn’t stick together as well, so it will be better applied with a damp brush or over a sticky base. MAC Past Midnight #2 (LE, $21.00) is more cool-toned. Disney by Sephora Wonder by Wonder (LE) is very similar. See comparison swatches.

The Glossover

LE
palette

Degrees of Dazzling

B

Some of the shades bind incredibly well together with just a brush and nothing else, but some require a damp brush and/or primer to allow the loose color to bind and smooth out. Generally, these wore between seven and nine hours for me, with the matte shades tending to wear a little shorter than the really rich, metallic shades.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Black Leather

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Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

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8/10

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8/10

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4/5

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Deep Sea

A-

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

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5/5

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Monday, December 16th, 2013

Five (5) lucky Temptalia readers will win this eyeshadow palette from bareMinerals!

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Sunday, December 15th, 2013

bareMinerals Crystallized Collection
bareMinerals Crystallized Collection

bareMinerals Crystallized Collection (was $54.00, now $38.00) is a holiday set that’s already on sale, so I guess the timing of this review still works out since now you can get it for even more of a steal than before! It contains eight products, and most of them are full-sized. Everything is in silver-hued packaging. The standsout in the kit are definitely the Eyeshadow Duo (but I’m such a huge fan of the formula, that’s not a surprise) and lipstick.

Presto is described as an “almond satin.” It’s a pale, golden beige with a frosted, almost metallic, sheen. It also had flecks of fine copper sparkle that didn’t seem to combine well with the base color (they seemed to sit on top). I wouldn’t have described the finish as satin at all. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and smooth. It wore well for ten hours without creasing or fading. See comparison swatches.

Abracadabra is described as a “shimmering slate.” It’s a medium-dark gray with a frosted, metallic sheen. The color payoff was good, and the consistency was soft and smooth. It wore well for ten hours without creasing or fading. See comparison swatches.

Mesmerized is described as a “dark charcoal.” It’s a dark, warm-toned gray with a satin-matte finish. It had good color payoff when applied dry or wet. It lasted eight and a half hours before fading slightly on my lash line. See comparison swatches.

Steam is described as a “silver shimmer.” It’s a brightened, silvery white with golden edges and a frosted, metallic finish. It had fairly good pigmentation and lasted eight hours before fading. See comparison swatches.

Golden Gate is a soft, rosy plum with a frosted, sparkling finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was finely-milled and velvety. It wore well for seven hours, and it did somewhat emphasize pores. See comparison swatches.

Hypnotist is described as a “holographic violet-peach.” It’s a color-shifting shade of pink that goes from pink to violet to coral. It looks almost like it’s a pink flame. However, this only looks that way sometimes; it shifts other times to a pale, millky pink. It’s a chameleon, and for that reason, I don’t have dupes for this one. The formula was light-medium in weight, non-sticky, and lightly hydrating for the two hours it lasted. It had sheer color coverage, which is in line with how it’s marketed (bareMinerals says it has “sheer, pure color”).

Break Away is described as a “luscious mauve.” It’s a warm-toned, rosy plum with a satin-matte finish. It had full, opaque color coverage. The texture was lightly creamy, easy to apply without it tugging on the lips, and wore well for four hours and was lightly hydrating. See comparison swatches.

The kit also includes a full-sized Lash Domination mascara and Dual-Ended Shade and Line Brush (works all right, nothing special, nothing horrible).

The Glossover

LE
palette

Crystallized

B+

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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9/10

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Abracadabra

A

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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