Sunday, April 12th, 2015

The Spring 2015 Report Card:  The Best Products from Q1

There are so many products releasing each month that it can be hard to keep track of what was worth considering that I wanted to try putting together a quarterly overview that looks at the last three months of reviews with a best-of-the-quarter compilation. I’ve tried to group by formula when it makes sense to, and other times you’ll see specific shades or a collection. I’ve only included products that scored at least A- or higher (or else we’d be here all day!).

You can always browse all of my past reviews by rating and choose your threshold (or go diving for those F reviews) as well as view any Temptalia Recommends products. For a list of all my all-time favorites, see my Editor’s Choice Awards.

Clinique Cheek Pops
Clinique Cheek Pops are now available in eight new shades! You can check out the full roundup here, but they performed extremely well and in line with the original four released last year. All of the new shades rated A- or higher: Fig Pop (A+), Heather Pop (A-), Melon Pop (A-), Nude Pop (A), Pansy Pop (A-), Pink Pop (A+), Rosy Pop (A), Cola Pop (A+).

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Where to Buy

$21 at Clinique, Sephora

ColourPop Super Shock Shadows
We’ve reviewed a lot of ColourPop’s Super Shock Shadow range in the first quarter, and there were a lot of winners! Here are all of the shades that were rated A- or higher: 3 (A-), Acorn (A), Bae (A+), Bandit (A-), Chipper (A-), Desert (A), Downtown (A+), Drift (A), Eve (A+), Game Face (A), Get Lucky (A), Hanky Panky (A), Heat (A), Lace (A-), La-la (A+), Mittens (A-), Mooning (A), On the Rocks (A), Pop Rocks (A), Shop (A-), Smash (A), Snapdragon (A), So Quiche (A-), Sour (A), Sunnies (A-), Taco (A-), Truth (A), Rebound (Set) (A-), Shaanxo (Set) (A)

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Where to Buy

$5 at ColourPop

ColourPop Super Shock Cheek
The ColourPop Super Shock Cheek released twenty shades of cream blushes from vibrant fuchsia to subdued neutrals, as well as three new, limited edition shades just for spring. I’m still working through reviews of the permanent range, but here were the top performers for Q1: Clutch (A), More, Please (A+), Olive (A-), Pie (A-), Rain (A-)

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Where to Buy

$8 at ColourPop

Too Faced Melted Metals
Too Faced Melted Metals are a new, liquid lipstick with a metallic finish. There are eight shades with most falling in the B+ range, but there were two standout shades: Metallic Jelly (A) and Metallic Macaron (A-).

Too Faced also added new shades of their original formula: Melted Strawberry (A), Melted Jelly Donut (A), Melted Villain (A).

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Where to Buy

$21 at Sephora, Macy’s, Beautylish, Beauty.com

Becca Blushed Copper is a stunning, medium-dark copper-brown with a very shimmery finish. It scored an A-.

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Where to Buy

$38 at Sephora

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfectors are available in a liquid, cream, and powder format, and this spring, we worked through a lot of the newest formula, the Poured, as well as wrote up a everything you need to know guide about the family of formulas. The Poured (or cream) formula rated quite well across the shades released: Moonstone (A-), Opal (A-), Pearl (A-), Rose Gold (A-), Topaz (A).

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Where to Buy

$38 at Sephora, ULTA

Bite Beauty Butter Cream
Bite Beauty Butter Cream Lipsticks launched as a new, permanent formula with eight shades. The blunt tip is supposed to make it ultra creamy. Gimmicks aside, the formula was excellent. I hope they’ll consider adding more cool-toned neutrals next! Here were the top performers: Hazelnut (A), Marzipan (A), Pecan (A), Rosewood (A).

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Where to Buy

$28 at Sephora

Burberry Wet & Dry Glow Shadow is a new, permanent formula of eyeshadow with a more metallic finish. I loved both Shell (A) and Nude (A+).

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Where to Buy

$29 at Nordstrom

Chanel Malice
Chanel Malice (A) is a medium, pink-coral with a luminous finish that is, thankfully, permanent. This is one Chanel blush that was well worth the hype.

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Where to Buy

$45 at Nordstrom, Chanel

Chanel Rouge Coco
Chanel Rouge Coco was reformulated and launched with 29 different shades this spring. The formula was more inconsistent, as some shades did well and others were shorter-wearing and didn’t apply well. Here were some of the best shades reviewed so far: Antoinette (A), Arthur (A-), Etienne (A-), Julia (A-), Marie (A-), Misia (A-), Suzanne (A-).

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Where to Buy

$36 at Nordstrom, Chanel

Giorgio Armani Eye Tint
Giorgio Armani Eye Tints are a new, permanent liquid eyeshadow formula available in twelve shades from your traditional neutrals to bolder blue and green. Six of the twelve were exceptional: Cold Copper (A), Emeraude (A), Green Iron (A), Minuit (A), Rose Ashes (A), Senso (A), Shadow (A).

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Where to Buy

$38 at Norodstrom, Sephora

Guerlain Meteorite Compact
Guerlain Medium (03) Meteorites Compact is a lightly luminous finishing powder that gives skin a natural look without looking shimmery. It’s that extra oomph after you’ve set with powder to keep the skin from looking too matte.

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Where to Buy

$62 at Nordstrom, Sephora, Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye
IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer (A) is a fantastic, medium-to-full coverage concealer that covers evenly, smoothly, and wears long. I’d love to see the brand expand their shade range, as I have to mix two shades to get a good match (there are only four shades).

Where to Buy

$24 at ULTA

Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette includes three highlighters and three sculpting powders in a slim palette. The palette had really soft, silky textures, which made it easy to blend on the skin. It may be more or less useful depending on your contouring application and coloring as the palette runs warmer.

Where to Buy

$46 at Sephora

Kevyn Aucoin Medium The Sculpting Powder has an unbelievable texture that’s very soft, smooth, and blendable. The color is more taupe-like, which makes it one of my favorite hues for contouring. I wish they had more shades.

Where to Buy

$44 at Beautylish, Sephora, Beauty.com, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow
Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows continue to be an impressive formula. I think I’m down to less than fifty shades (about half of them are blushes, too) that I haven’t actually worn, and there are very few duds. Here are the highlights from this past quarter: D552 Crystalline Gray Beige (A+), I212 Periwinkle (A), I318 Linen Khaki (A),I628 Reptile (A+), I824 Ocher Pink (A+), I872 Pearly Pink (A), ME232 Turquoise Blue (A+), ME614 Graphite Brown (A), ME644 Iced Brown (A+), S502 White Sand (A-).

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Where to Buy

$21 at Sephora

Marc Jacobs Contour Duo
Marc Jacobs Beauty Hi-Fi Filter (A-) is a highlighting and contouring palette on a large scale. There are three combinations available, and the one I tried was the darkest of the three.

Where to Buy

$49 at Sephora

Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma
Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma (A) is a muted, neutral-themed palette that ranges from soft brown to gray and smoky black.

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Where to Buy

$59 at Sephora

Maybelline Rebel Bloom
Maybelline Rebel Bloom Collection had an assortment of grades, but there were a few good shades in the release: Rebellious Raspberry (A), Black Orchid (A-), Coral Burst (A-), Rose Rush (A-).

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Where to Buy

$7.49+ at ULTA

Sugarpill Loose Eyeshadow came out with nine new and permanent shades this spring! Here were the best ones: Charmy, Clickbait (A-), Countess (A-).

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Where to Buy

$13 at Beautylish

Surratt Beauty
Surratt Beauty had a few hits that we tested this spring: Cuivre Eyeshadow (A-), Perfectionniste Lipslique (A-), and Soigne Lip Lustre (A-).

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Where to Buy

$20 to $34 at Barney’s, Sephora

Tom Ford Lip Color Matte is a new, permanent formula that features more opaque, matte lip color. Half of the shade range were big winners: Plum Lush (05) (A+), Flame (06) (A), Pussycat (04) (A), Ruby Rush (07) (A).

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Where to Buy

$50 at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Saks, Bloomingdale’s

Tom Ford’s Spring collection was fairly memorable with four of the six pieces rating well: Spring 2015 Cream Color for Eyes (A+), Black Jade Nail Lacquer (A), Indigo Night Nail Lacquer (A), Raw Jade Eye Color Duo (A-).

Where to Buy

$32 to $60 at Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom

Urban Decay Sheer Revolution
Urban Decay Sheer Revolution Lipstick is new take based on their original Revolution Lipsticks, just sheerer and glossier. There were ten shades released and six of them did quite well: Sheer Anarchy (A-), Sheer F-Bomb (A-), Sheer Liar (A-), Sheer Rapture (A-), Sheer Slowburn (A-), Sheer Streak (A-).

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Where to Buy

$22 at Sephora, Nordstrom, Macy’s, Beauty.com

MAC is Beauty seemed to be the best of MAC’s spring launches, but there were also MAC x Mia Moretti, MAC x Philip Treacy, MAC x Bao Bao Wan, MAC x Julia Petit, MAC x Cinderella that were reviewed. Click any of the previous links to get a closer look at the collections. Here were MAC’s top performers this spring: Burmese Kiss Lipstick (A), Stroke of Midnight Eyeshadow Palette (A-), Maria Moretti Lipstick (A), Cardinal (A-), Hollywood Cerise (A), No Faux Pas Lipstick (A), Opera Lipglass (A-), Tenor Voice Lipglass (A), Victoriana Lipglass (A-), Barbecue Lipstick (A), Boca Lipstick (A), Forbidden Sunrise Lipstick (A), Lavender Jade Lipstick (A-), Make Me Gorgeous Lipstick (A), Opera Lipstick (A), Oxblood Lipstick (A), Petite Red Lipstick (A-), Silly Lipstick (A-), Tenor Voice Lipstick (A), Victoriana Lipstick (A), Viva Glam Miley Cyrus (A), Petrol Blue Eyeliner (A-), Linda Blush (A), Blacktrack Fluidline (A-), Blacktrack Fluidline (A-), Blitz & Glitz Fluidline (A), Blue Peep Fluidline (A), Blue Peep Fluidline (A), Lowlights Fluidline (A-), Royal Wink Fluidline (A-).

Where to Buy

Price varies at Macy’s, Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

Bite Beauty Watercolor Lipgloss Library
Bite Beauty Watercolor Lipgloss Library

Bite Beauty Watercolor Lipgloss Library ($49.00 for 12 x 0.05 oz. / 0.60 oz. total) is a set of twelve lipglosses “inspired by watercolor’s ethereal beauty.” The gloss formula is supposed to be sheer and hydrating. The pigmentation actually varies a lot within the set; some shades are sheer, others are more semi-opaque and almost opaque at times. The formula is medium-thick, very tacky, and has a citrus-like scent but no discernible taste to me. I think the set has a lovely presentation, but the formula is all over the place, and inconsistency is one of the worst things to find in a range. Some shades went on smoothly and evenly, while others were streaky, clung to any and all imperfections, and looked messy applied. I found the majority to be so tacky that it was difficult to spread out the gloss across the lips without pulling at the lip. I wish more brands would describe their colors individually, and use descriptors like “sheer” and “full coverage” to indicate colors that are a little different than the standard shade in the formula. This set was a total miss for me, and I really wish I could have said otherwise.

One (Watercolor) is a pale, light yellow that almost has a green tinge. It had a creamy, glossy finish with a heavier consistency that still managed to settle into every single line on my lips. It had sheer pigmentation but applied horribly. It lasted for three hours and was lightly hydrating. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Two (Watercolor) is is a very light pink with cool, blue-gray undertones and a cream finish. It was semi-opaque, but it settles into lip lines and almost “clumps” at times. It wore well for four hours and was lightly hydrating, but it progressively settled into lip lines as it wore. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Three (Watercolor) is a muted, light-medium pink with gray tones and a cream finish. It had semi-sheer pigmentation that went on somewhat evenly–better than the previous two–but still looked a bit streaky. It wore well for three hours and was lightly hydrating. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Four (Watercolor) is a brightened, light-medium purple lavender with cool undertones and a cream finish. It’s such a shame–it is such a cool color that you don’t see often, yet it applies so poorly, with streaky, uneven color that migrates into lip lines from the initial application and simply worsens as it wears for the next three hours. At least it was a little hydrating! See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Five (Watercolor) is a light, minty green with subtle, cool undertones and a cream finish. It had sheer coverage on the lips, but it was thicker and milky enough where it tended to sit in lip lines, though it wasn’t as bad as some of the other shades. It wore well for two and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Six (Watercolor) is a brightened, pink-coral with warm undertones and a cream finish. This was far from sheer, as it was nearly opaque on the lips. It applied fairly evenly and smoothly with only a little bit of gloss getting into the lip lines. The gloss itself lasted for almost six hours on, but it did pull into lip lines towards the last two hours of wear. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Seven (Watercolor) is a brightened red with warm undertones and a cream finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that went on fairly evenly and smoothly. This shade lasted for five hours on me and was moderately hydrating. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Eight (Watercolor) is is a muted, medium orange with warm undertones and a cream finish. It had semi-sheer color coverage that went on smoothly for the most part. It lasted for four hours and was hydrating. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Nine (Watercolor) is a pink-tinted berry with subtle, warmer undertones and a cream finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff, but it didn’t apply evenly. It looked splotchy on me, though it lasted for four hours and was moisturizing. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Ten (Watercolor) is a brightened, medium pink with warm undertones and a cream finish. This shade had semi-opaque color coverage that went on fairly evenly and stayed on for four and a half hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Eleven (Watercolor) is a bold, bright fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a cream finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation–you can tell there’s still some translucency, but it appears more opaque to the eye at a glance because it is so bright, I think. It applied evenly for the most part, but the application could still have been better. The color lasted for five hours on me. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Twelve (Watercolor) is a medium-dark purple with a hint of pink and a cream finish. It had sheer coverage, but it looked so uneven/blotchy on the lips. It lasted for three hours on me. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Saturday, April 4th, 2015

Bite Beauty Watercolor Lipgloss Library
Bite Beauty Watercolor Lipgloss Library

Bite Beauty Watercolor Lipgloss Library ($49.00 for 12 x 0.05 oz. / 0.60 oz. total) includes twelve, travel-sized lipglosses that range from pale yellow to mint green to berry. The set will launch on April 7th for VIB Rouges, then open up on the 15th for everyone. Here’s an early look at the set while I work on getting a review up (hopefully by the 7th!).

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Saturday, April 4th, 2015

Bite Beauty Shade 004 Limited Release Creme Deluxe Lipstick
Bite Beauty Shade 004 Limited Release Creme Deluxe Lipstick

Bite Beauty Shade 004 Limited Release Creme Deluxe Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “rich, luminous fuchsia.” It’s a deepened, medium-dark fuchsia with cool, blue undertones that leans red with a soft shine. It’s almost like a fuchsia-berry kind of color. Tom Ford Beauty Francesco (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Cooper (LE, $32.00) is cooler-toned, lighter. Lipstick Queen Play It (P, $50.00) is lighter. Bobbi Brown Hot Berry (P, $26.00) is more shimmery. NARS Janet (P, $32.00) is more shimmery. Too Faced Melted Berry (P, $21.00) is slightly darker. Guerlain Gladys (78) (P, $51.00) is warmer. Guerlain Rose Grenat (864) (LE, $51.00) is lighter, brighter. Estee Lauder Tumultuous Pink (P, $30.00) is lighter. Bite Beauty Crianza (P, $28.00) is lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Pure Pink (P, $50.00) is more muted, lighter. Too Faced Jelly Bean (P, $22.00) is glossier. MAC Pleasure Bomb (LE, $16.00) is more matte, brighter. Urban Decay Jilted (P, $22.00) is more shimmery. Tom Ford Beauty Plum Lush (05) (P, $50.00) is more matte, lighter. NARS Vera (P, $32.00) is warmer. Marc Jacobs Beauty Headliner (608) (P, $28.00) is similar. Bite Beauty Crimson (LE, $28.00) is a smidgen warmer. Estee Lauder Insolent Plum (P, $30.00) is darker. MAC Rebel (P, $16.00) is more muted, darker. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side. I don’t have swatches quite ready, but Bite beauty’s own Palomino is slightly brighter, while Lingonberry is cooler-toned and lighter; Quince may also be similar, but I don’t have that one.

It had mostly opaque coverage, but a hint of the natural lip color comes through–on me, it’s not really apparent as my natural lip color is effectively lost, but if you have naturally more pigmented lips, you may find your natural lip color will alter the way this looks (perhaps pulling redder, for example). The texture was lightly creamy, which allowed the lipstick to glide on without tugging and apply with smooth, even color. It lasted for six hours and left a stain behind, while it was comfortable to wear and fairly hydrating over time. I don’t think it’s a particularly unique shade, and I get very similar wear, coverage, and hydration (more hydration, actually) from the Luminous Creme range, so the price point on this still remains a bit of a mystery to me (I just don’t feel an upgrade in the formula)–I guess that’s the “downside” to having such a fantastic regular formula! I’d love to see Bite put out more unique shades in the upcoming months, at the very least, though!

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Saturday, April 4th, 2015

From pink-peach to peach-brown, matte to glossy, here are some of my current favorite peachy shades for spring!

  1. NARS Raquel — a light, bright pink-peach with a glossy finish
  2. ColourPop Button — a light-medium, pink-peach with a matte finish
  3. Bite Beauty Caramel — a peachy-brown with warm undertones
  4. Urban Decay Naked2 — a medium, peach-brown with a soft shine
  5. MAC Yash — a medium-dark neutral peach with a matte finish

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Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

Bite Beauty Watercolor Lip Gloss Library
Bite Beauty Watercolor Lip Gloss Library

Watercolor Lip Gloss Library ($49.00) (Limited Edition)

A delicate palette of ethereal shades inspired by the beauty of watercolor. A range composed of twelve soft shades for a beautiful translucent wash of color and alluring shine. Each sheer gloss provides hydrating properties that will leave your lips lush and supple. BITE Beauty is created with natural and food-grade ingredients for beauty that’s better for you. BITE Beauty lip products do not contain parabens, sulfates, petrochemicals, phthalates and are certified gluten-free.

“We were all so inspired by this colour palette – beautiful and effortless shades that are also a little irregular and unpredictable. A gorgeous wash of colour that offers a subtle yet striking lift of colour for lips.” – Susanne Langmuir, Founder & CEO

  • One Yellow
  • Two Light pink
  • Three Pink
  • Four Lavender
  • Five Green
  • Six Pink
  • Seven Red
  • Eight Coral
  • Nine Plum
  • Ten Dark pink
  • Eleven Fuchsia
  • Twelve Purple berry

Availability: April 7th for VIB Rouges at Sephora; April 15th online for everyone, April 16th in-stores

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