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Guerlain Yellow It-stick & Fluo Stiletto Rouge Automatiques

Guerlain Yellow It-stick (603) Rouge Automatique
Guerlain Yellow It-stick (603) Rouge Automatique

Guerlain Yellow It-stick (603) Rouge Automatique ($37.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “golden tone.” It’s a brightened, yellowed base with fine gold shimmer. It’s supposed to have an “iridescent, sheer finish” for a “barely there look,” so as you might expect… it is sheer. If you wanted to wear bright, sunshine yellow on your lips, you’re out of luck. If you wanted a sheer layer of golden shimmer, this is your speed. It has a lightweight, very emollient, wet-like feel on the lips, so it glides on without tugging. On its own, it lasts only two hours, making it one of the shorter-wearing shades I’ve tried in the formula, though it was hydrating. MAC Highlights (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Tom Ford Beauty William (LE, $32.00) is more pigmented, less glossy. NYX Mischievous (P, $6.00) is more pigmented. Tom Ford Beauty Solar Gold (LE, $49.00) is very similar. MAC Playland (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery/pigmented. Dolce and Gabbana Topazio (LE, $33.00) is darker, more pigmented. Guerlain Altoum (LE, $35.00) is more sparkly. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Triptych (P, $18.00) is more pigmented, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Guerlain Fluo Stiletto (662) Rouge Automatique ($37.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “neon pink.” It’s an extremely bright, magenta fuchsia with cool, blue undertones and a soft shine. It had semi-opaque color coverage that went on fairly evenly with a lightweight consistency that wasn’t too thick or too thin. It wore well for five hours and left a slight stain behind while feeling moisturizing while worn. It is a very dupable color, as this is just one of those shades that every brand seems to do at some point, though less do it with the glossier finish (many options are more matte), but there are still lots of variations on it. NYX Privileged (P, $6.00) is lighter. Maybelline Orchid Ecstasy (730) (P, $7.49) is very similar. Tom Ford Beauty Pablo (LE, $32.00) is slightly darker. Tom Ford Beauty Jack (LE, $32.00) is more muted. Tom Ford Beauty Justin (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery. NARS Angela (P, $32.00) is more opaque, cooler-toned. MAC Boutique Pink (LE, $22.00) is similar. MAC Lust Extract (LE, $17.00) is more muted. Givenchy Rose Perfecto (209) (P, $36.00) is similar. MAC Kelly Yum-Yum (LE, $16.00) is similar. Too Faced Melted Fuchsia (P, $21.00) is darker. MAC Happy-Go-Lucky (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Sephora + Pantone Universe Radiant Rush (LE, $18.00) is darker. Bite Beauty Violet (P, $24.00) is brighter. Bite Beauty Moscato (P, $28.00) is brighter. Bite Beauty Satsuma (LE, $24.00) is brighter, less glossy. Marc Jacobs Beauty Gossip (140) (LE, $30.00) is more matte. NARS Full Frontal (LE, $26.00) is more muted. Marc Jacobs Beauty Happy Ending (116) (P, $30.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Anarchy (P, $22.00) is darker. Maybelline Electric Fuchsia (LE, $7.49) is brighter. NARS Yu (P, $25.00) is more matte. MAC Pink Pigeon (P, $16.00) is more matte. MAC Daddy’s Little Girl (LE, $16.00) is more muted. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Guerlain Rouge Automatique Lip Color Yellow It-stick (603)
7.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
6
Longevity
5
Application
82%
Total
Guerlain Rouge Automatique Lip Color Fluo Stiletto (662)
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total

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The Spring 2015 Report Card

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+).

VIEW ALL SHADES

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)

VIEW ALL SHADES

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-.

VIEW ALL SHADES

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.

VIEW ALL SHADES

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-).

VIEW ALL SHADES

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

Guerlain Summer 2015 Collection

Guerlain Summer 2015 Collection
Guerlain Summer 2015 Collection

Guerlain is spreading the sunshine with the launch of its limited-edition Summer 2015 collection. Paying homage to Terracotta, the line encapsulates the spirit, look and scent of the sun. At the heart stands the colorful Guerlain My Terracotta Bronzing Powder, alongside must-have shades of Le Vernis Nail Lacquer, Rouge Automatique lipsticks and Waterproof Summer Shadow lustrous liquid shadows.

My Terracotta Bronzing Powder (with Sleeve) ($55.00) (Limited Edition)

The star of the collection, My Terracotta, transports the feeling of summer to any destination. It’s as simple as selecting the Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder compact and dressing it with one of these joyful and energetic sleeves to truly make it your own. Both the Caribbean-blue turquoise and sunset-worthy coral sleeves are reusable, and simple to remove and reapply.

  • Natural Blondes (Turquoise)
  • Natural Brunettes (Coral)

Rouge Automatique ($37.00) (Limited Edition)

Guerlain delivers a mega pop of color with two new incredibly stunning and unanticipated shades of lipstick. Fluo Stiletto is a captivating neon pink shade that is sure to awaken even the most vibrant smile. Yellow it-stick is a beautiful golden tone perfect for wearing solo or layering. Once applied, lips transform and reveal an iridescent, sheer finish with that beautiful barely there look.

  • Fluo Stiletto Neon pink
  • Yellow it-stick Golden tone

Waterproof Cream Shadow ($32.00) (Limited Edition)

Guerlain wows with the introduction of its first-ever waterproof creamy eye shadows. This waterproof formula goes on smooth and effortlessly, and dries instantly, for just the right amount of color.

  • Blue Ocean Aqua
  • White Sand Beige

Le Vernis ($26.00) (Limited Edition)

Inspired by the mesmerizing mix of crystal blue waves softly making their way up the shore on a clear beach day, this limited-edition nail polish shade complements the skin’s summer glow and sun-kissed complexion.

  • Blue Ocean Aqua

Availability: May 2015 at Guerlain Boutiques, Bloomingdales, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Sephora

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Guerlain Terracotta Joli Teint Powder Duos

Guerlain Natural / Brunettes (03) Terracotta Joli Teint Powder Duo
Guerlain Natural / Brunettes (03) vs. Clair / Brunettes (01) Terracotta Joli Teint Powder Duo

Guerlain Terracotta Joli Teint Powder Duo ($53.00 for 0.35 oz.) is supposed to create a “natural-looking, healthy glow” by using a “harmony of two shades.” There are four versions available, and I have the two designed for “Brunettes” (which tends to just mean warmer tones). It’s the type of product that is best applied swirled together, as the curved sliver of color on the edge is really quite thin, so only an eyeshadow brush could fit into it. Both shades had good, buildable color coverage with a soft, smoothing texture that looked good on the skin. The powder feels soft, silky, but thin and lightweight. They wore for eight hours each. The powders are heavily scented with a floral scent (primarily bergamot and gardenia) that I can smell from across the room when the compact is open and on my face (all day), so if you’re sensitive to scent, keep that in mind!

I was disappointed at just how similar the two were swatched and applied, because I don’t think anyone deeper than medium-tan or so will find these all that useful. Natural is only a shade or so darker with stronger yellow tones to it than Clair for Brunettes. On my skin tone, I couldn’t tell the difference between the two applied–they’re just too similar when you only have four shades! These also run very yellow/orange, less brown-based. I find that I prefer the shade range of the original Terracotta bronzers for more versatility (same price, quantity, better quality overall, and eight shades to choose from!).

Clair / Brunettes (01) Terracotta Joli Teint Powder Duo ($53.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a light-medium, peachy-orange with a semi-matte finish. It’s more like a natural matte finish, where the skin looks natural and isn’t flattened by the powder, but it’s not shimmery. The pigmentation was mostly opaque and seemed buildable and easily blended for a softer level of coverage. It wore well for eight hours before fading. Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is darker. Urban Decay Naked on the Run Bronzer (LE) is darker. Dior Amber (002) (LE, $56.00) is slightly darker. Clarins Graphic Expression (LE, $35.00) is darker, more orange. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Natural / Brunettes (03) Terracotta Joli Teint Powder Duo ($53.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a medium, yellowed brown with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. Again, it doesn’t add a real shine or sheen to the face, but it doesn’t flatten away the skin’s natural radiance. It had good, buildable coverage, though it seemed less silky compared to Clair, that blended well and sat nicely on the skin. The color lasted for eight hours. Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is darker. Urban Decay Naked on the Run Bronzer (LE) is darker. MAC Bronzer (LE, $30.00) is darker. Dior Amber (002) (LE, $56.00) is more shimmery. Clarins Graphic Expression (LE, $35.00) is more orange. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Guerlain Terracotta Joli Teint Powder Duo Clair / Brunettes (01)
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
Guerlain Terracotta Joli Teint Powder Duo Natural / Brunettes (03)
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

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5 Soft Plums for Spring

One of my favorite color to wear for spring is a softer version of plum, so I thought I would share some of my favorite more muted plum lipsticks today.

  1. Guerlain Garance — a very warm plum with a soft sheen
  2. MAC Marque — a gold-shimmered plum
  3. Estee Lauder Irresistible — a neutral-warm medium plum
  4. Tom Ford Indian Rose — a neutral pinky-plum
  5. Bite Beauty Rosewood — a lightly warm-toned plum

>> See side-by-side swatches! <<

Guerlain Terracotta Joli Teint Powder Duo for Summer 2015

Guerlain Terracotta Joli Teint Powder Duo for Summer 2015
Guerlain Terracotta Joli Teint Powder Duo for Summer 2015

A single powder, cleverly composed of two complementary shades: the bare minimum to reveal the unique radiance of every woman. Its warm shade? A softened sun-kissed powder, lighter than the legendary Terracotta bronzing powder. Its pigments are less intense and work in osmosis with the skin to make it glow without ever overloading it. Its coloured shade? A reviving pink for Blondes or apricot for Brunettes that blends with the sun-kissed powder to deliver a burst of radiance. The Terracotta Joli Teint powder comes in 4 soft and delicate harmonies to revive all skin tones.

Terracotta Joli Teint Natural Healthy Glow Powder Duo ($53.00)

  • 00 Clair/Light-Blondes
  • 01 Clair/Light-Brunettes
  • 02 Naturel/Natural Blondes
  • 03 Naturel/Natural-Brunettes

Availability: Pre-order now at Neiman Marcus; March 2015 at other retailers/counters

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