Sunday, May 31st, 2015

Milani Bella Copper (12) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow
Milani Bella Copper (12) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow

Milani Bella Copper (23) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow ($4.49 for 0.05 oz.) is a medium-dark copper with warm, orange undertones and a frosted, gold sheen and copper sparkle. It had semi-opaque pigmentation applied dry with richer, mostly opaque coverage when applied damp. The texture was dry and dusty, so it was better when used damp or over a tacky base. It lasted for seven and a half hours before fading on me, but it had some fall out over time. Urban Decay Half Baked (P, $18.00) is lighter, brighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #4 (P, ) is darker. LORAC Gold (P, ) is less shimmery. Kat Von D Dog Roses (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, more muted. Makeup Geek Vegas Lights (P, $6.99) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Espresso Blend #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #3 (LE, ) is lighter. Tarte Candlelit Dinner (LE, ) is lighter. LORAC Nude #2 (LE, ) is lighter. Make Up For Ever ME728 Copper Red (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Urban Decay Lucky (LE, $18.00) is lighter. Ardency Inn Copper (P, $21.00) is lighter. Makeup Geek Flame Thrower (P, $9.99) is less shimmery, brighter. Cle de Peau Stellar Gaze #3 (P, ) is less shimmery, more muted. Colour Pop Game Face (P, $5.00) is darker, more muted. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Milani Bella Bronze (24) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow ($4.49 for 0.05 oz.) is a dark brown with warm, bronzy shimmer and a pearly sheen. It was richly pigmented both wet and dry, while the texture was soft, finely-milled, and smooth. This shade was easy to use, blended out well, and wore for eight hours. MAC Twinks (P, $16.00) is darker. MAC Antiqued (P, $16.00) is lighter, warmer. MAC Eclair (LE, $18.50) is darker. MAC Lie Low (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. Milani Intermix (P, $6.99) is more shimmery, more muted. Milani Intermix (P, $6.99) is more shimmery, more muted. NARS Fez (P, $24.00) is lighter. Clinique Fuller Fudge (P, $17.00) is darker. Clarins The Essentials #7 (LE, ) is darker. MAC Divine Decadence (P, $16.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever D652 Celestial Earth (P, $21.00) is more shimmery. MAC Sable Riche (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Make Up For Ever I634 Praline (P, $21.00) is lighter. Tarte Pretty (LE, ) is more shimmery. Colour Pop Deluxe (P, $5.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Milani Bella Cobalt (25) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow ($4.49 for 0.05 oz.) is a medium-dark blue with a frosted sheen and cool undertones. The texture was slightly dry, and the resulting color payoff dry was semi-opaque. When applied with a dampened brush, it was fully opaque and smoother. It started to fade after seven and a half hours of wear. MAC Freshwater (P, $16.00) is darker, brighter, warmer. CoverGirl Sapphire Flare (315) (LE, $4.99) is less shimmery, darker, brighter. CoverGirl Sapphire Flare (315) (LE, $4.99) is less shimmery, darker, brighter. NARS Wishful Thinking (LE, $24.00) is darker. Sleek MakeUP Acid #6 (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter. Sleek MakeUP Acid #5 (P, $9.99) is cooler. MAC Indigo Blend #1 (LE, ) is lighter. Make Up For Ever S214 Ultramarine Blue (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Dior Atlantique #4 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, cooler. Make Up For Ever S214 Ultramarine Blue (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Sugarpill Holy Ghost (P, $13.00) is darker. MAC Beehive Blue (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Milani Bella Fuchsia (26) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow ($4.49 for 0.05 oz.) is a softened, medium-dark pink with cool undertones and a soft, pearly finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff applied dry and was only slightly richer applied damp, but it was still noticeably sheer with a drier, dusty texture that was prone to sheering out. It lasted for a mere six hours. Sugarpill Birthday Girl (P, $13.00) is darker. MAC Stylishly Merry (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, darker. Make Up For Ever I858 Flamingo (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Milani Pink Twice (P, $6.99) is more shimmery, darker, more muted. Make Up For Ever I904 Cotton Candy (P, $21.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Milani Bella Chiffon (28) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow ($4.49 for 0.05 oz.) is a brightened, light-medium yellow gold with a metallic sheen and warm undertones. It had semi-opaque pigmentation when applied dry, which intensified to opaque coverage when applied damp, and the finish became much more metallic when used damp as well. It wore well for seven and a half hours before fading. MAC Nylon (P, $16.00) is less shimmery. Guerlain Petrouchka #1 (LE, ) is darker. Sephora + Pantone Universe Shifting Sand (LE, ) is more shimmery, more muted. LORAC Unlocked (P, ) is more shimmery. MAC Fresh Blade (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. Hourglass Color Field #2 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. LORAC Cashmere (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker. LORAC Opal (LE, ) is less shimmery. Anastasia Legend (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Canter (LE, $16.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever D416 Crystalline Yellow (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. Chanel Tisse Gabrielle #2 (P, ) is lighter. MAC In the Meadow #2 (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC Lily White (2014) (LE, $21.00) is darker. theBalm C1 (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Milani Bella Rose (29) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow ($4.49 for 0.05 oz.) is a brightened, light-medium pink with cooler undertones and a frosted, metallic sheen. The texture was on the drier side so it looked dusty applied dry, where it had semi-sheer coverage. Applied damp, it was mostly opaque and smoother, so it sat better on the skin. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me. MAC Young Venus (LE, $20.00) is lighter. MAC Joy & Laughter #1 (P, $21.00) is cooler. MAC Maribu (LE, $32.50) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Pink Sensibilities #2 (LE, $21.00) is warmer. MAC A Medley of Mauves #1 (P, $21.00) is warmer. MAC Pinkluxe #1 (P, ) is darker, warmer. Too Faced Marshmallow (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer. theBalm Safe Bet Annette (P, $16.00) is warmer. Chanel Tisse Rhapsodie #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Too Faced Pink Frosting (LE, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Harpooned Heart (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Make Up For Ever I902 Quartz (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. Milani Bella Pink (13) (P, $4.49) is less shimmery. MAC Violet Blend #1 (LE, ) is more muted. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Milani Bella Diamond (30) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow ($4.49 for 0.05 oz.) is a muted, warm white with a soft, frosted finish. The texture was powdery and slightly dry, so it’s not a shade that works well dry as it is prone to sheering out. It gets brighter and slightly more opaque when you apply it with a dampened brush. It started to fade after six and a half hours of wear. Disney by Sephora Ball Gown (LE, ) is more shimmery. theBalm Envious Erin (P, $16.00) is warmer. NARS Flowers 1 #1 (LE, $24.00) is more shimmery. Guerlain Terra Azzurra #1 (LE, ) is more shimmery. Estee Lauder Bronze Dunes #2 (LE, $21.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Friday, May 29th, 2015

Milani Bella Taupe (05) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow
Milani Bella Taupe (05) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow

Milani Bella Taupe (05) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow ($4.49 for 0.05 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark taupe gray with cool undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-opaque coverage applied dry and mostly opaque coverage applied damp. The texture was a little dry and powdery, so it would benefit from a primer to improve adhesion and blendability. On me (without primer), it lasted for seven hours before fading. bareMinerals Exec (LE, ) is lighter. Maybelline Tough as Taupe (P, $6.99) is cooler. MAC Smoked Cocoa #2 (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Maybelline Tough as Taupe (P, $6.99) is cooler. LORAC Cool Gray (P, ) is less shimmery. Guerlain Two VIP #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter. Guerlain Two VIP #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter. Burberry Storm Grey (No. 27) (P, $29.00) is warmer. MAC Rose Blend #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler. LORAC Stone (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler. Kat Von D Night Crawler (LE, ) is lighter. Sephora + Pantone Universe Deep Taupe (LE, ) is lighter. bareMinerals Rowdy (P, ) is lighter, brighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Milani Bella White (07) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow ($4.49 for 0.05 oz.) is a brightened, medium white that leans very slightly warm-toned with a frosted sheen. It was smoother and brighter when applied damp and thicker in its opacity, but it was pretty opaque applied dry. The texture was fairly soft and smooth, and it blended well. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me. Tom Ford Beauty Ice Queen #1 (P, ) is darker. Inglot #453 (P, $6.00) is brighter. MAC Chillproof (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery. Giorgio Armani Open (LE, ) is more shimmery. theBalm Metal-ica (P, $16.00) is cooler. theBalm Sassy (P, $16.00) is more shimmery. Disney by Sephora Midnight Hour #1 (LE, ) is more shimmery. Anna Sui Pearl White (LE, ) is less shimmery, warmer. Chanel L’Intemporel de Chanel #5 (LE, ) is less shimmery. Cle de Peau Marmalade Sky #3 (P, ) is more shimmery. Stila Moonstone (P, ) is warmer. Too Faced Nutcracker (LE, $16.00) is brighter. Kat Von D Lunar Lights (P, ) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Milani Bella Sky (08) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow ($4.49 for 0.05 oz.) is a medium, muted blue with a frosted sheen. Applied dry, it was semi-sheer, and applied damp, it was semi-opaque and smoother. The texture was drier, lightly powdery, and prone to sheering out on the skin, and unsurprisingly, it only lasted for six hours before fading. Chanel Destination (LE, $36.00) is darker. MAC Bright Moon (LE, $21.00) is darker, more muted. L’Oreal Infinite Sky (P, $7.99) is darker. L’Oreal Infinite Sky (P, $7.99) is darker. MAC Moon’s Reflection (P, $16.00) is darker. Urban Decay Strip (DC, $18.00) is more shimmery, darker, more muted. Sephora Collection Sweet Dreams (17) (P, $13.00) is lighter. MAC Bleuluxe #2 (P, ) is more shimmery, darker. CoverGirl Ice Flame (345) (P, $7.99) is less shimmery. Wet ‘n’ Wild I’m His Breezey #4 (P, $2.29) is less shimmery, darker. Dior Rivage #1 (LE, ) is darker. Dior Rivage #1 (LE, ) is darker. Dior Rivage #3 (LE, ) is warmer. MAC Indigo Blend #1 (LE, ) is darker, brighter. Make Up For Ever I112 Chrome (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Milani Bella Navy (09) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow ($4.49 for 0.05 oz.) is a blackened navy blue with lighter blue and medium-dark navy blue pearly shimmer that gives it a soft, frosted finish. It had nice color payoff both wet and dry, with the damp application yielding smoother, slightly richer intensity. The texture was soft, blendable with just a smidgen of dryness. It wore well for eight hours before fading. bareMinerals Climax (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Blue Sheen (LE, $21.00) is darker, brighter. MAC Blue Sheen (LE, $21.00) is darker, brighter. MAC Blue Sheen (LE, $21.00) is darker, brighter. MAC Lunar (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Lunar (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Guerlain Les Ombres de Nuit #3 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Le Metier de Beaute Midnight Sky (P, $30.00) is warmer. Clinique Massively Midnight (P, $17.00) is brighter. Tom Ford Beauty Cobalt Rush #3 (P, ) is lighter, brighter. Tom Ford Beauty Cobalt Rush #3 (P, ) is lighter, brighter. Make Up For Ever I220 Sapphire (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. LORAC Navy #6 (LE, ) is lighter. Makeup Geek Nautica (P, $5.99) is lighter. Urban Decay Moonshadow (P, $18.00) is lighter. a href=”http://www.temptalia.com/swatch-gallery?sg=197602,189022,182344,180572,179927,174232,171187,171088,170349,155192,117166,116860,115165,114470,107982,105094,101719,97865,94342″>See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Milani Bella Gray (10) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow ($4.49 for 0.05 oz.) is a medium-dark gray with a lighter silver shimmer and frosted finish. Applied dry, it was semi-sheer and very dry and powdery to work with. Applied damp, it was richer in color and easier to work with, but it still only lasted for six and a half hours on. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma #2 (P, ) is warmer. MAC Bao Bao’s Jewels #5 (LE, ) is lighter. MAC Uninhibited #2 (LE, $21.00) is warmer. MAC Just Breathe #2 (LE, $21.00) is lighter. NARS Jardin Perdu (Left) (LE, $24.00) is more shimmery. NARS Bad Behaviour (LE, $24.00) is lighter, warmer. Makeup Geek Prince Charming (P, $6.99) is less shimmery. Kat Von D Piaf (LE, ) is cooler. MAC Graphic Style (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. Giorgio Armani #21 (LE, $33.00) is darker. CoverGirl Charcoal (335) (P, $4.99) is lighter, brighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Milani Bella Charcoal (11) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow ($4.49 for 0.05 oz.) is a dirty taupe brown with subtle, cooler undertones in its brown base with a frosted finish. It was on the drier side, so I would recommend applying it damp to minimize it looking dry/powdery on the skin. It had good color payoff dry, but it was richer and smoother when applied damp. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me. MAC Trusted Instinct #5 (LE, ) is less shimmery, warmer. Chanel Tisse Gabrielle #1 (P, ) is lighter. Dior Aventure (081) (P, $31.00) is more shimmery, darker. MAC Soul Serenade (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, warmer. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #7 (P, ) is lighter. theBalm Selfish (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Benefit Skinny Jeans (P, $10.00) is more shimmery, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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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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Saturday, February 14th, 2015

You don’t have to splash out lots of your budget to get a beautiful red lip color! Here are a few of my more wallet-friendly favorites:

  1. Revlon Provocateur — a warm, brightened red
  2. Maybelline On Fire Red — a bold, bright red
  3. Milani Cherry Crave — a shimmery red
  4. Maybelline Very Cherry — a classic red with a matte finish
  5. NYX Chic Red — a strong, blue-based red

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Sunday, February 8th, 2015

Milani Bella Mandarin (27) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow
Milani Bella Mandarin (27) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow

Milani Bella Mandarin (27) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow ($4.49 for 0.05 oz.) is a softened orange with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had great color payoff both dry and damp, and it applied easily without sheering out on the eye. The color wore well for seven and a half hours before creasing. Colour Pop Play (P, $5.00) is lighter, cream. Chanel Tisse Fantaisie #1 (LE) is more muted, cooler-toned. MAC Satin Ochre (Right) (LE) is more matte. Anastasia Fresh Peach (P, $12.00) is more shimmery. LORAC Apricot (LE) is more shimmery. Make Up For Ever M720 Apricot (P, $21.00) is yellower, lighter. Make Up For Ever I722 Mandarin (P, $21.00) is brighter, lighter. Sephora Collection Rio (91) (P, $13.00) is more matte, cooler-toned. Dior Pareo (P, $29.00) is similar. Inglot #123R Top (P, $6.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Milani Bella Gold (22) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow ($4.49 for 0.05 oz.) is a rich, molten orange gold with a frosted, slightly metallic, finish. It was semi-opaque applied dry, but it was prone to sheering out due to the slightly powdery texture. When I tried it with a dampened brush, the pigmentation was opaque, and the product itself was a lot easier to work with as it applied as a thicker, denser layer. It wore well for eight hours. LORAC Unlimited (P) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl #3 (P) is darker. Urban Decay Baked Cowboy (P, $18.00) is lighter. Kat Von D Summerfly (P) is slightly darker. Makeup Geek Gold Digger (P, $5.99) is more orange. MAC Gilded Night #2 (LE, $21.00) is lighter. Maybelline Gold Rush (P, $6.99) is lighter. MAC Gaelic Gold (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Goldmine (P, $15.00) is lighter. Le Metier de Beaute Goldstone (P, $30.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Milani Bella Rouge (19) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow ($4.49 for 0.05 oz.) is a medium-dark pink with subtle, warm undertones and a frosted sheen. Applied dry, it had semi-opaque color payoff but was drier to use, while applied damp, it was fully opaque and smoother. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me before fading. Milani Pink Twice (P, $6.99) is cooler-toned, more shimmery. MAC Tease with Ease (DC, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. Estee Lauder Violet Underground #1 (LE, $21.00) is darker, cooler-toned. Sugarpill Decora (P, $12.00) is brighter, warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Saturday, November 8th, 2014

‘Tis the season for red lips–or at least, that’s often how it feels–so how about a top five of creamy, glossy reds? (For this one, I specifically wanted to highlight shimmer-free shades.) What are your must-haved reds?

  1. Dior Vie d’Enfer (869) — medium, blue-based red
  2. Laura Mercier Poppy — a bold,, medium red with orange undertones
  3. Milani Red My Lips — a bright, neutral red
  4. Maybelline Signature Scarlet — a warm red
  5. MAC Russian Red — a blue-based red cream

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