Friday, July 31st, 2015

Burberry Gold Copper No. 100 Eye Colour Cream
Burberry Gold Copper No. 100 Eye Colour Cream

Burberry Eye Colour Cream ($30.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a new cream eyeshadow formula that is available in eight shades. The formula is supposed to be “creamy, blendable” in texture with a “long-lasting” and “crease-free” wear. Burberry says it can be used to “deliver an effortless wash of luminising colour.” The texture is lightly spongy, though the two shades I tried had a firmer consistency with less spring compared to other formulas I’ve tried. They’re very blendable with semi-opaque coverage that’s easily taken down to more of a wash of color or layered for more opaque coverage, but they’re more medium buildable than a true wash of color. They lasted for six to eight hours on me before creasing.

Burberry Gold Copper No. 100 Eye Colour Cream ($30.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a soft, medium brown with a gold, frosted finish. It had semi-opaque coverage in one layer, though it can be sheered out by blending more or layered once more for opaque coverage. The texture is smooth but firmer and less emollient in the pot. This shade started to crease after six hours of wear. Bobbi Brown Praline (LE, $21.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever I538 Pearly Gray Beige (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Clinique Ample Amber (P, $17.00) is darker. Chanel Tisse Vendome #1 (P, ) is darker. Chanel Tisse Vendome #1 (P, ) is darker. Make Up For Ever I634 Praline (P, $21.00) is darker. Stila Peace (P, ) is darker, brighter, warmer. Tarte Keepsake Frame (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker. LORAC Sienna (LE, ) is darker, cooler. Makeup Geek Purely Naked (P, $5.99) is less shimmery. Dior Cuir Cannage #4 (P, ) is more shimmery, darker. Surratt Beauty Cuivre (P, $20.00) is darker. Sephora Collection Selfie (P, $13.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Too Faced Desire (P, ) is darker, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Burberry Dusky Mauve No. 108 Eye Colour Cream ($30.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a soft, medium-dark taupe brown with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque pigmentation with a blendable consistency. It had more slip than Gold Copper but was dry enough that pressing at the mound in the jar showed it to “crack” almost, even though it did have some slip and was certainly still a cream eyeshadow. It wore well for eight hours before creasing on me. Maybelline Sleek & Spice (95) (LE, $6.99) is darker. MAC Until Dawn #1 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. Tom Ford Beauty Nude Dip #3 (LE, ) is darker, warmer. Make Up For Ever S560 Taupe (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, warmer. MAC Satin Taupe #2 (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Anastasia Pink Champagne (P, $12.00) is lighter, warmer. MAC Force of Nature #1 (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker. Burberry Rosewood (202) (P, $29.00) is less shimmery. Sleek MakeUP Paradise on Earth (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

Burberry Eye Colour Cream
Burberry Eye Colour Cream

Eye Colour Cream ($30.00) (New, Permanent)

A creamy, blendable eye shadow that delivers an effortless wash of luminising colour. The cushion-soft, lightweight cream eye shadow glides across the skin to deliver illuminating colour that can be easily blended to create a bespoke finish. The long-lasting, crease-free formula can be worn alone to add tone, depth and shadow or combined for a more dramatic result. Using the unique, flat-angled brush, it can also be applied as an eyeliner along the upper or lower lash line.

  • Gold Copper No. 100
  • Mink No. 102
  • Dusty Pink No. 104
  • Pink Heather No. 106
  • Dusky Mauve No. 108
  • Damson No. 110
  • Pearl Grey No. 112
  • Charcoal No. 114

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Saturday, May 23rd, 2015

It used to be hard to find a more yellow-based orange (most of the orange-hued eyeshadows would have a strong red base), but now, there is more variety than other. I think that yellow-toned oranges can sometimes be easier to wear if you’re new to orange eyeshadow! Here are some of my current favorites:

  1. Burberry Shell — a shimmery, golden orange
  2. ColourPop Sunnies — a pop of yellowed orange with a satin finish
  3. Makeup Geek Chickadee — a yellowed, medium orange with a matte finish
  4. OCC Mimosa — a shimmering tangerine
  5. Milani Bella Mandarin — a muted, yellowed orange

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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

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

Burberry Shell (003) Wet & Dry Glow Shadow
Burberry Shell (003) Wet & Dry Glow Shadow

Burberry Shell (003) Wet & Dry Glow Shadow ($29.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a brilliant, brightened golden orange with warm undertones and a strong, metallic sheen. The texture was soft, smooth, and very blendable on the skin. It can be applied wet or dry, with dry application giving lighter, slightly sheer coverage and damp application giving you a slightly deeper, more metallic finish. It wore well for nine hours before creasing a bit. MAC Natural Vigor #2 (LE, $21.00) isn’t quite as metallic. Kat Von D Platonic (LE) is darker, less shimmery/ MAC Mortal #2 (LE) is lighter. Urban Decay Baked Cowboy (P, $18.00) is darker, less metallic. Giorgio Armani Organica (Right) (LE) is darker. LORAC Undiscovered (P) is slightly darker. Ulta Gold (P, $10.00) is yellower. Makeup Geek Gold Digger (P, $5.99) is darker. Dior Night Golds #4 (LE) is lighter. bareMinerals Surreal (P) is yellower. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Burberry Pale Barley (102) Wet & Dry Silk Shadow ($29.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a softened, medium-dark taupe brown with warm, golden beige shimmer that gives it a more pearly finish. It’s supposed to give a “more natural, buildable” effect when used dry with a more “saturated color effect” when used damp, though I didn’t see significant differences between the two applications. It’s a bit softer dry, and the shimmery finish is stronger when applied damp, but the differences are very subtle. The formula of the new range doesn’t seem to feel or perform differently than what I’ve experienced in the original eyeshadow range, though this seems to run lighter than the original in color. The texture is incredibly soft and silky–a little powdery at times–and blends effortlessly on the skin. It wore well for eight hours on me before fading to a small degree. MAC Force of Nature #1 (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker. Charlotte Tilbury Fallen Angel #2 (LE) is more shimmery. Anastasia Custom (P, $12.00) is slightly darker. MAC Quintessential (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Make Up For Ever I550 Olive Gray (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned. Clarins The Essentials #5 (LE) is cooler-toned. MAC Era (P, $16.00) is similar. Bobbi Brown Heather Brown (LE, $22.00) is similar. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Burberry Rosewood (202) Wet & Dry Silk Shadow ($29.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a medium-dark taupe brown with a hint of rose and a subtly metallic sheen. It had semi-opaque coverage applied dry and opaque coverage applied damp, and the finish became more metallic when it was applied with a wet brush. The consistency was very finely-milled and silky, but it was a little powdery. It wore well for eight hours before fading regardless of application method. MAC Force of Nature #1 (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker. Kat Von D Heaven Knows (LE) is less shimmery. Anastasia Custom (P, $12.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever S560 Taupe (P, $21.00) is warmer, less shimmery. Clarins The Essentials #5 (LE) is lighter. MAC Vintage Selection (P, $18.50) is a cream product. Giorgio Armani Terra Sienna #2 (P) is cooler-toned. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

Burberry S/S15 Runway Palette
Burberry S/S15 Runway Palette

Burberry S/S15 Runway Palette ($68.00 for oz.) is described as a hybrid of a highlighter and blush. Swirled together, it’s a muted, light-medium pink with subtle neutral-to-cool undertones and a semi-matte finish. The shimmer in the lettering is an overspray, while the lighter pink and yellowed beige shades seem to go all the way through (I scraped through several layers to check). MAC Modest Blush (LE, $27.00) is darker. YSL Singuliere (1) (P, $47.00) is similar. MAC Pink Sprinkles (LE, $21.00) is darker. Surratt Beauty Guimauve (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Dior Rose (001) (LE, $56.00) is similar. Givenchy It-Girl Purple (P, $44.00) is brighter, darker. MAC Well Dressed (P, $21.00) is darker. MAC Pink Cult (LE, $21.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Launch Away (LE, $21.00) is warmer. Burberry Misty (P, $42.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It’s more blush than highlighter, especially as the finish is semi-matte with little sheen or visible shimmer. It doesn’t look powdery applied to the skin, but it didn’t highlight or reflect light from any areas either. It had a very soft, smooth, finely-milled texture that tended to kick up excess powder, though it was blendable and easy to diffuse on the skin. The color coverage was good and appears slightly lighter than the dominant pink section of the blush (as the lighter beige section lightens the overall color). It only lasted for seven hours on me before fading noticeably.

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