Thursday, November 28th, 2013

Dolce & Gabbana Rubino Classic Cream Lipstick
Dolce & Gabbana Rubino Classic Cream Lipstick

Dolce & Gabbana Rubino Classic Cream Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “deep red.” It’s a medium-dark red with muted, brown-ish tones. It runs slightly warm, but it’s almost neutral against my skin tone (probably because I’m warm-toned). Chanel Audacieuse (134) (LE, $34.00) is pinker. NARS Hyde Park (P, $25.00) is more matte. MAC Prolong (P, $18.00) is darker. MAC Viva Glam I (P, $15.00) is warmer. MAC Deeply Adored (LE, $15.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever #44 (P, $19.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches.

It has a soft, luminous sheen with semi-opaque color. This shade had a lot of slip when applied, so the color moves around on the lip, which gave me slightly uneven color application towards the center of the mouth. I experienced very faint feathering after the fourth hour of wear–it lasted five and a half hours in total.

Topazio Classic Cream Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “golden amber-yellow.” It’s a semi-sheer to semi-opaque veil of gold shimmer and sparkle. There’s some color that gets aded, primarily giving my lip color a yellower, warmer, almost tangerine-like hue, but it’s mostly due to the high shimmer content in the product. MAC Ruffian Gold (LE, $15.00) is lighter. Guerlain Altoum (LE, $35.00) is lighter. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Triptych (P, $18.00) is brighter and more oapque. See comparison swatches.

It doesn’t apply evenly, unfortunately, and part of that is owed to how slippery the formula is; the sparkle and shimmer tends to overlap and clump together, which keeps it from being a more even dusting of color. Of course, this formula is supposed to be highly pigmented, and it’s definitely not that. Applied very sheerly and blended with a lip brush or finger tip, this might work under a more pigmented gloss (I’m thinking red). It wore three hours on me and was actually a bit drying.

Dolce & Gabbana’s Classic Cream lipsticks are supposed to have “bold color” and feel hydrating when worn. One thing worth noting is that the formula is heavily scented with rose and does have a slight rosy taste at times–I’m not particular sensitive to scented lip products, but it is one of the stronger fragranced lipsticks I’ve encountered (which you may love or may not). Both of these shades felt like they had more slip than other shades from the formula, though.

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9/10

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Sunday, November 24th, 2013

Dolce & Gabbana Smeraldo Classic Cream Lipstick
Dolce & Gabbana Smeraldo Classic Cream Lipstick

Dolce & Gabbana Smeraldo Classic Cream Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as an “ice-cold, luminous green.” It’s a cool-toned, emerald green with fine emerald green shimmer. Illamasqua Violate (P, $24.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

The color payoff was sheer; no matter how many layers I attempted to apply, whether I used a lip brush or not, it was always sheer, streaky, and all in all, horrible. If Dolce & Gabbana are going to take the time to put out a green-hued lipstick and then charge $36 for it, the least they could do was pack it with pigment, least of all by making it apply smoothly (I would settle for mostly even at this point).  The shimmer and color tended to bunch up, too, so it was streaky, crumbly, and patchy. The only nice thing I can say about this shade was that it was hydrating for the three hours it lasted for–it did stain my lips a sort of green-ish-gray. This is a product that made me see red as soon as I applied it, and I was just in total disbelief as to why they would let this go into production. The formula is rose-scented with a slight floral taste at times.

Dolce & Gabbana Ametista Classic Cream Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as an “bright purple.” Less bright purple, more fuchsia-tinted lavender with iridescent purple shimmer. NYX Castle (P, $4.00) is more lavender, less shimmery. NARS Tender Night (LE, $25.00) is similar but sheerer. MAC Pink Popcorn (LE, $15.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches.

Though both of these lipsticks are part of the Classic Cream range, and these specific shades are touted as “bold, rich color inspired by the stones they are named after” and neither of these fit the bill. Ametista is semi-sheer, and as it is closer to the natural lip color, the sheerness doesn’t look as patchy or streaky, but it’s not a lipstick that deposits color very evenly. It wears two and a half hours on me, though it was moisturizing while I wore it.

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Friday, January 25th, 2013

Navy Blue Eyeliners
Navy Blue Eyeliners: BB Black Navy, MUFE #8K, bareMinerals Noon,
D&G 8, EL Blackened Sapphire, MAC Marine Ultra, MAC Prussian, MAC Blooz

Navy Blue Eyeliners: Your Guide

I think navy blue might be the color I have the most shades for!

  1. Bobbi Brown Black Navy is a deep, dark navy that almost looks purple.
  2. Make Up For Ever #8K is a deep navy blue. It is a touch darker than Dolce & Gabbana #8.
  3. bareMinerals Noon is a blackened navy blue. (LE)
  4. Dolce & Gabbana #8 is a deep navy blue with a sheen. It is a bit lighter than MUFE #8K.
  5. Estee Lauder Blackened Sapphire is a rich, blackened navy blue with a matte finish. (LE)
  6. MAC Marine Ultra is a lighter, but a darker blue with more brightness than other shades here.
  7. MAC Prussian is a navy blue with a purple tinge and a soft sheen.
  8. MAC Blooz is a blackened navy blue with a hint of purple. It is very similar to Givenchy #14.
  9. Givenchy #14 is a blackened navy blue with a hint of purple. It is very similar to MAC Blooz.
  10. NARS Rue Saint-Honore is a dark navy blue with a soft sheen. It is a touch more intense compared to Dolce & Gabbana #8 and MUFE #8K.
  11. YSL Oriental Blue #3 is a rich, navy blue with a matte finish. It is a touch lighter than La Prairie Midnight Blue.
  12. Korres #9 is a teal-ish blue (looked navy blue in the pencil!). (DC)
  13. La Prairie Midnight Blue is a rich, navy blue with a matte finish. It is a bit darker than YSL Oriental Blue.
  14. Chanel Marine is a shimmering navy blue.
  15. Make Up For Ever #3L is a blackened navy blue with soft sparkle.
  16. MAC Fly-By-Blu is a lightened blue over a blackened navy base. (LE)
  17. MAC Petrol Blue is a dark navy blue with sparkle over a blackened blue base. This shade is similar to MUFE #8K and D&G #8.
  18. MAC Blue Stripe is a blackened navy blue with a subtle sheen. It is darker and less sparkly compared to MAC Petrol Blue, and a touch darker than MUFE #3L.
  19. Urban Decay Binge is a lightened navy blue with a hint of purple; it is a bit lighter than the other navy blues here.
  20. Tarina Tarantino Cute Robot is a rich navy blue over a blackened navy base. It is comparable to NARS Rue Saint-Honore and MAC Petrol Blue.
  21. MAC Sense of Style is a darkened, teal-blue with a black base. (LE)
  22. MAC Navy Stain is a navy blue with subtle sheen.
  23. MAC Hyacinth is a medium-dark blue with a matte finish. (LE)
  24. MAC Industrial is a lightened, medium blue with a brownish-black base. It is similar to MAC Fly-By-Blu, but it has a lighter base.
  25. Urban Decay LSD is medium blue sparkle over a blackened navy base. It is a bit like MAC Fly-By-Blu. (LE)
  26. Make Up For Ever #15L is a darkened cornflower blue with a barely-there sheen.

TEMPTALIA PICKS:  #5 (pigmentation, texture), #17 (intensity), #20 (pigmentation, longevity), #26 (uniqueness, longevity)

Behind-the-Series:  It was my intention to provide heavy, opaque swatches to provide an accurate color comparison.  Some eyeliners required one pass, some required five, and a few even more.  When possible, the shade name (above) is linked to the original review so you can read more about the quality, wear, etc. of a particular eyeliner.  If we’ve never done a review, there will be no link.  Shades that were limited edition will be marked with “(LE)” and shades that were discontinued will be marked with “(DC)” after the color description.  You can also find all comparisons on The Dupe List.

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Thursday, January 24th, 2013

Olive Green Eyeliners
Olive Green Eyeliners: MAC Black Karat, MAC Black Line, MAC Buried Treasure,
MAC Rosemary & Thyme, MAC Uniform, MUFE #5L, Stila Moray, shu uemura ME Khaki 09,
UD Stash, bareMinerals 10AM, TT Sparkling Ammunition, Chanel Khaki Dore,
Shiseido Black Sand, BB Hunter, D&G Stromboli

Olive Green Eyeliners: Your Guide

You might think that the color I have the most shades for is olive green, but you would be wrong, even though there are quite a few! The nice thing here is that we have more than a few dupes/similarities. I like that, because then you can select based on what formula works best for you and still get the shade you want.

  1. MAC Black Karat is a brownish-black with an olive-brown tone and gold shimmer. (LE)
  2. MAC Black Line is a black with brown undertones and an olive green shimmer. (LE)
  3. MAC Buried Treasure is a cool-toned brown with olive green shimmer. It is a little darker than MAC Uniform.
  4. MAC Rosemary & Thyme is a light-medium olive green with green shimmer. It is similar to MUFE #5L (darker) and shu uemura ME Khaki 09 (less sparkle).
  5. MAC Uniform is a cool-toned brown with olive gold shimmer. It is slightly lighter than MAC Buried Treasure.
  6. Make Up For Ever #5L is an olive green with a soft sheen. It is a touch darker than MAC Rosemary & Thyme and shu uemura ME Khaki 09.
  7. Stila Moray is a darkened olive green with an olive brown shimmer/sheen. It is a bit greener compared to UD Stash but not as green as bareMinerals 10AM.
  8. shu uemura ME Khaki 09 is a warm olive green with brown undertones. It is a touch darker than MAC Rosemary & Thyme but lighter than MUFE #5L.
  9. Urban Decay Stash is a darkened olive green with a subtle sheen. It is browner than Stila Moray and bareMinerals 10AM.
  10. bareMinerals 10AM is an olive green with strong green pigmentation compared to the other shades here. It is greener than Stila Moray, UD Stash, and TT Sparkling Ammunition.
  11. Tarina Tarantino Sparkling Ammunition is a darkened olive green with subtle shimmer. It is a bit lighter than Stila Moray but greener than UD Stash and browner than bareMinerals 10AM.
  12. Chanel Khaki Dore is a warm-toned, olive brown with gold sheen.
  13. Shiseido Black Sand is a green-tinged black with gold shimmer.
  14. Bobbi Brown Hunter is a green-tinged black–against all these other eyeliners, it is so, so dark.
  15. Dolce & Gabbana Stromboli is a deep black with olive shimmer.

TEMPTALIA PICKS:  #6 (quality, pigmentation), #7 (pigmentation), #9 (longevity, quality), #11 (quality, pigmentation)

Behind-the-Series:  It was my intention to provide heavy, opaque swatches to provide an accurate color comparison.  Some eyeliners required one pass, some required five, and a few even more.  When possible, the shade name (above) is linked to the original review so you can read more about the quality, wear, etc. of a particular eyeliner.  If we’ve never done a review, there will be no link.  Shades that were limited edition will be marked with “(LE)” and shades that were discontinued will be marked with “(DC)” after the color description.  You can also find all comparisons on The Dupe List.

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Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

Dark Green Eyeliners
Dark Green Eyeliners: MUFE #19L, NARS Rue de Rivoli, MAC Forever Green,
UD Mildew, shu uemura ME Green 07, Korres #4, D&G Green Almond

Dark Green Eyeliners: Your Guide

These are some of the dark greens that I had that didn’t seem like they fit in well elsewhere–a couple of these turned out more olive green than I anticipated!

  1. Make Up For Ever #19L is a muted, dark green.
  2. NARS Rue de Rivoli is a dirty green with hints of brown and bronze shimmer. It is a touch darker compared to Dolce & Gabbana Green Almond.
  3. MAC Forever Green is a warm, olive-toned brown with hints of green sheen.
  4. Urban Decay Mildew is a darkened green with subtle brown undertones.
  5. shu uemura ME Green 07 is a minted green.
  6. Korres #4 is a muted, mossy green with a matte finish. (DC)
  7. Dolce & Gabbana Green Almond is a darkened green with a brow base. It is lighter than NARS Rue de Rovli.

TEMPTALIA PICKS:  #4 (pigmentation, longevity)

Behind-the-Series:  It was my intention to provide heavy, opaque swatches to provide an accurate color comparison.  Some eyeliners required one pass, some required five, and a few even more.  When possible, the shade name (above) is linked to the original review so you can read more about the quality, wear, etc. of a particular eyeliner.  If we’ve never done a review, there will be no link.  Shades that were limited edition will be marked with “(LE)” and shades that were discontinued will be marked with “(DC)” after the color description.  You can also find all comparisons on The Dupe List.

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Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

Gold Eyeliners
Gold Eyeliners: GA #04, D&G , MUFE #9L, Guerlain Gold, Korres #6S,
UD Eldorado, Chanel Vegas Gold, MAC Handforged, MAC Going for the Gold,
NARS Campo de’ Fiori, UD Honey, Stila Koi, L’Oreal HIP Gold Chrome, Milani Gold

Gold Eyeliners: Your Guide

I say I love this color and that color, but it’s more apparent that I love all colors, really.  More gold eyeliner than you could fill a treasure chest with…

  1. Giorgio Armani #04 is a muted yellow gold with bronze-brown tones, so it appears a little brighter than true antique gold but not extremely brassy either. (LE)
  2. Dolce & Gabbana Candied is a pale, yellow gold. It’s lighter than all of the other gold eyeliners I have.
  3. Make Up For Ever #9L is a medium yellow gold. It is similar to Korres #6S.
  4. Guerlain Gold (01) is a warm, gold-shimmered orange. (LE)
  5. Korres #6S is a yellowed gold with a shimmered finish. (DC)
  6. Urban Decay Eldorado is a warm, orange-toned molten gold. It is similar to Chanel Vegas Gold.
  7. Chanel Vegas Gold is a warm-toned, orange-based gold with a metallic finish. It is similar to Urban Decay Eldorado. (LE)
  8. MAC Handforged is warm, coppery bronze with a metallic sheen. It is similar to MAC Going for the Gold and NARS Campo de’ Fiori.
  9. MAC Going for the Gold is a golden bronze with a metallic finish. It is similar to NARS Campo de’ Fiori and MAC Handforged. (LE)
  10. NARS Campo de’ Fiori is a gold-shimmered bronze with a soft sheen. It is similar to MAC Going for the Gold and MAC Handforged.
  11. Urban Decay Honey is a molten, yellow gold with a metallic sheen. It is duped by Stila Koi, L’Oreal HIP Gold Chrome, and Milani Gold. (DC)
  12. Stila Koi is a molten, yellow gold with a metallic sheen. It is duped by Urban Decay Honey, L’Oreal HIP Gold Chrome, and Milani Gold.
  13. L’Oreal HIP Gold Chrome is a molten, yellow gold with a metallic sheen. It is duped by Urban Decay Honey, Stila Koi, and Milani Gold.
  14. Milani Gold is a molten, yellow gold with a metallic sheen. It is duped by Urban Decay Honey, Stila Koi, and L’Oreal HIP Gold Chrome.

TEMPTALIA PICKS:  #9L (true gold, quality), #11 (texture, pigmentation), #14 (budget-friendly, pigmentation, quality)

Behind-the-Series:  It was my intention to provide heavy, opaque swatches to provide an accurate color comparison.  Some eyeliners required one pass, some required five, and a few even more.  When possible, the shade name (above) is linked to the original review so you can read more about the quality, wear, etc. of a particular eyeliner.  If we’ve never done a review, there will be no link.  Shades that were limited edition will be marked with “(LE)” and shades that were discontinued will be marked with “(DC)” after the color description.  You can also find all comparisons on The Dupe List.

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