Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Dior Trafalgar (844) Rouge Dior Lipstick
Dior Trafalgar (844) Rouge Dior Lipstick

Dior Trafalgar (844) Rouge Dior Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a vibrant, red-orange with a shiny, luminous finish. There’s really no shortage in high-voltage oranges on the market, so you can really pick the formula and price point that best suits you. Givenchy Rouge d’Exception is browner. MAC Dangerous is matte. Urban Decay Bang is less red. Maybelline Orange Edge is similar. MAC Scarlet Ibis is more matte. MAC Sail La Vie is similar. MAC Lady Danger is matte. Buxom Rogue is similar. See comparison swatches.

Dior recently released the latest Rouge Dior Lipstick range, which is supposed to have “luxurious, full-coverage lip color” with a “satiny finish.” It’s a lightweight, lightly creamy, moderately hydrating, and easy to apply formula. Trafalgar was richly pigmented and almost had full coverage in a single stroke. It applied smoothly, evenly, and didn’t bleed or feather outside my natural lip lines. It lasted well for six hours, and it left behind a warm, reddish stain that lingered for another hour or so.

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Sunday, September 15th, 2013

Whether you’re looking for a warm, coppery shade for your eyes, lips, or cheeks, this post has you covered! These are five of my favorite permanents.

  1. Dior Meteore — a shimmering, sparkling (slightly muted) copper cream eyeshadow
  2. Illamasqua Supernatural — a glisten of coppery warmth to highlight and bronze the skin
  3. OCC Authentic — a metallic, coppery-orange lipstick
  4. Maybelline Breaking Bronze — a warm, golden copper eyeshadow
  5. NARS Isolde — a duo of copper–lighter and darker–with frosted finishes

What your favorite shade of copper to wear during autumn?

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

September is the beginning of all things autumn for me. The temperatures have already started to cool down by me, though it’s still warm overall, the nights are cooling down. I’ve always been partial to September, as I am a September baby :) Usually, the real start of fall begins with my first sip of Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte, but they already brought it back (and it was delicious!). By this point, I’ve typically reviewed several fall color collections, which is perfect timing so I can include some of those favorites while they can still be purchased. This month’s Tempting 10 features more recently released shades from the fall collections, but I still wanted to highlight a few favorites that you can find all year-long.

  1. Dior Millenium — a shimmering warm-toned, pewter in a cream formula that can be used as a sheer wash or built up for more intensity.
  2. Sugarpill Cold Chemistry Palette — it is such a perfect mix of deep, smoky shades for fall with excellent color payoff across the board.
  3. Color Club Beyond – a deep, warm, smoky gray-black with holographic shimmer–like ash from a crackling fireplace with dancing, fiery bits of shimmer.
  4. Urban Decay Vice — a rich, plummy purple polish with a soft, shimmering pearl.
  5. Milani Purr-fect Purple – a vibrant, rich purple eyeshadow with shimmer–perfect for accenting the eye!
  6. Tom Ford Love Lust – it’s a warmer, more muted coral, so it’s a lovely transition shade from summer to fall
  7. Guerlain Madame Batifole — creamy, hydrating, incredibly pigmented, and long-wearing makes this a rich, fuchsia-shimmered berry-red a true joy to wear.
  8. Tom Ford She-Wolf — it’s pricey, but not only is it a palette I could easily see myself reaching for time and time again, it was a palette that readers gravitated towards. It was easily one of the most viewed products from all fall color collections!
  9. Benefit Rockateur — a rose gold blush is subtle, wears well, and reminds me of the colors of autumn; rusty in a way, but still warm and inviting.
  10. Too Faced Pretty Rebel Palette — ten glorious shades of bold, bright, eye-catching shadows with buttery, soft, and smooth textures and excellent color payoff.

I hope you’ll consider sharing your must-haves for September in the comments! Here’s a quickie list to get you started…

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Friday, August 16th, 2013

Dior Etoile (021) Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow
Dior Etoile (021) Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow

Dior Etoile (021) Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow ($30.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a soft, light-medium pewter–it’s gray and gold mixed together. It’s one of the sheerer shades in the range, and it was buildable to about 90% opacity, but it’s not as pigmented as the other shades. Because it’s a lighter shade, it can still function and work well, and in some cases, looks better when applied as a wash compared to the darker shades in the range–but I think you have to want it and know what you’re getting yourself into. If you like pewter-ish shades, you might try Millenium instead, as it is darker and more pigmented. Guerlain Two Styslih #1 is similar but a powder. Dior Constellation #2 is warmer. MAC Greenluxe #3 is darker, warmer. MAC Palladium is more metallic. MAC Vex is cooler-toned. MAC Arctic Grey is similar but powder. Giorgio Armani #19 is lighter, more frosted. See comparison swatches.

Lune (001) Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow ($30.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a cool-toned, frosted white with a metallic finish. It can almost look silver-toned against my warmer complexion. It is not the starkest white I’ve come across, so it can be more wearable across more skin tones as a result. It was fairly pigmented, and it was buildable to fully opaque color in two layers. It can also be sheered out if desired. Disney Midnight Hour #1 is a powder product but close in color. MAC Fancy Frosting is similar. MAC Angelic is more glittery. MAC The Cool Elite is slightly cooler-toned. Make Up For Ever #4 is also similar–slightly cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Both shades wore consistently as the rest of the formula has–no real fading or creasing, just some minor fall out that happens during wear with a minor amount (but something I could detect if I looked in the mirror) of sparkle underneath the eye after eight hours of wear. For a comparison against other formulas, check out my original review.

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Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

Dior Chimere (821) Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow
Dior Chimere (821) Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow

Dior Chimere (821) Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow ($30.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a dirty peach with pink and gold shimmer and a frosted, slightly metallic finish. It had mostly opaque color in one layer, but two layers made it fully opaque. It could also be sheered out for a wash of shimmer. Too Faced Ringleader is lighter, warmer. Aveda Bare Bellis is more matte. theBalm Stubborn is less metallic. theBalm Third Eye Blinded is less pink. Maybelline Inked in Pink is pinker, lighter. MAC Jete is similar. Giorgio Armani #7 is slightly pinker. See comparison swatches.

Meteore (661) Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow ($30.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a warm, shimmering copper with a sparkling, metallic finish. It is opaque when applied in a single layer, but the consistency is lightly creamy and blendable, so a sheerer wash of color can be achieved if desired. LORAC Garnet is less shimmery. Guerlain Cuivre Ora is slightly more orange. NARS Isolde #2 is browner. MAC Faux Gold has a redder tone. MAC Antiqued has a redder tone and is darker. See comparison swatches.

The consistency of both shades was in line with other shades I’ve reviewed (see my original review). It had a spongy texture that was between gel and mousse, which applied and felt like a cream on the lid but set and wore like a powder eyeshadow. Both shades wore without fading or creasing for twelve hours, without a primer, but there was some fall out that was only slightly noticeable after nine hours of wear but somewhat noticeable after twelve hours of wear. With a primer, the fall out is lessened. The shimmer in this formula is very, very fine, so the fall out is less noticeable than it would be with a larger particle size (like glitter).

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Monday, August 12th, 2013

Dior Hypnotique (881) Fusion Mono Eyeshadow
Dior Hypnotique (881) Fusion Mono Eyeshadow

Dior Hypnotique (881) Fusion Mono Eyeshadow ($30.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a smoky, plummy brown with multi-colored micro-shimmer and subtle saprkle. It has warm undertones and a frosted finish. In a single pass, it was mostly opaque, and from there, it can be layered once more for full opacity or sheered out for a wash of color.
Disney Rococo is warmer, lighter. NARS Calabria is brighter, purpler. MAC Black Slip is less sparkly. MAC Frozen Violet is similar. MAC Round Midnight is purpler. L’Oreal Smoldering Purple is purp,er cooler-toned. Illamasqua Queen of the Night is lighter. Chanel Variation #4 is warmer, lighter. See comparison swatches.

Millenium (381) Fusion Mono Eyeshadow ($30.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a blackened brown with bronze and pewter shimmer and sparkle with light warm undertones. It almost looks like taupe to me, but it is slightly warmer–not quite gray enough. It had 95% opaque color payoff in a single stroke, and it could be sheered out for semi-sheer color if desired. I thought it was like Aventure at a glance, but this is warmer. MAC Pastelluxe #5 is lighter. NARS Grand Palais #1 is lighter. MAC Hazy Day is also a bit lighter. MAC Antique Diamond is much lighter. MAC Silver Birch is more golden. MAC Modern Pewter is grayer, more golden. See comparison swatches.

The texture is a hybrid between gel and mousse, so it has a squishy, pliable texture that’s lighter than a cream but functions much like one. It glides onto the lid easily, spreads and blends well, and can be softened or intensified as desired. It remains blendable for about thirty seconds, and then it sets and stays set without creasing for awhile. With both of these shades, I had no issues with creasing for fourteen hours; there was very slight fading and slight (but noticeable if I was looking for it) fall out after ten hours of wear–without a primer. With a primer, the fading was kept at bay, and the fall out was further minimized but there were still a few stray sparkles towards the end of wear. (For a more in-depth review of the formula overall, please see this post.)

If you’ve tried Chanel’s Illusion d’Ombre Eyeshadows, these are very similar, but there were two major differences: the first was that the sparkle in Dior’s seemed even finer, so it had more of a dazzling, sparkling effect; and the second was that Dior’s contain 0.22 oz. (and cost $30), as compared to Chanel’s, which contained 0.14 oz. (and cost $36). They are similar in texture to MAC Electric Cool and Buxom Stay-There.

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