Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

NYX Addis Ababa Soft Matte Lip Cream
NYX Addis Ababa Soft Matte Lip Cream

NYX Addis Ababa Soft Matte Lip Cream ($5.99 for 0.23 fl. oz.) is a vibrant, neon pink with cool, blue undertones and a satin-matte finish. Urban Decay Anarchy (P, $22.00) is darker, glossier. Maybelline Electric Fuchsia (LE, $7.49) is darker. Maybelline Fuchsia Flash (P, $7.49) is slightly darker. MAC Pink Pigeon (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Candy Yum Yum (P, $15.00) is brighter, bluer-based. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Nylon (LE, $18.00) is brighter, bluer-based. See comparison swatches.

It’s richly pigmented with full color coverage in nearly one swipe. It applies evenly, and it dries down to a satin-matte finish in about thirty seconds. After two to three hours of wear, it is fully matte. The texture is thin, and it almost feels dry when applied, but it’s not drying while worn at all. It’s actually slightly hydrating overall. Addis Ababa wears really well and lasts a long time–a solid six and a half hours plus a stain that lingers for a few more hours. It’s not a particularly original color, but it is a fantastic version of it–and for under $10.

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Saturday, September 7th, 2013

If you’re looking for something bold or bright to wear this fall and don’t want to break the bank, here are five of my top picks!

  1. Revlon Raspberry Pie — a medium-dark, fuchsia-pink with a glossy, luminous finish that’s comfortable to wear and balm-like
  2. Maybelline Brazen Berry — a brightened fuchsia-magenta with a luminous sheen
  3. NYX Chic Red — a bold, bright blue-based red with a matte finish
  4. Revlon Pink Truffle — a plummy brown with a luminous sheen
  5. Maybelline Very Cherry — a classic blue-based red with a matte finish

What’s your favorite lipstick for fall that’s a total steal?

Saturday, August 24th, 2013

NYX Milk Jumbo Eye Pencil
NYX Milk Jumbo Eye Pencil

NYX Milk Jumbo Eye Pencil ($4.49 for 0.18 oz.) is a stark, cool-toned white with a matte finish. Maybelline Too Cool is shimmery. Buxom Sheep Dog is shimmery, less cool-toned. Make Up For Ever #32E is shimmery, warm-toned. Make Up For Ever #4 is shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Milk is fairly creamy, slightly thick, and applies with mostly opaque color in a single pass. It layers and builds up well, so you can get a crisp, opaque white all-over the lid, which is why it boosts the color of any product with weak pigmentation. The pencils come in a whole slew of shades, too, but the white hue works well to amplify color without muting or really altering the color of any product you layer over it.  It doesn’t set immediately, so it’s a good idea to lightly blend the color across the lid, which helps to even out the application and ensure it’s not too thick and settles into creases while setting.

If NYX’s Jumbo Eye Pencils wear well on you, Milk can be a life-saver, as it instantly boosts the performance of even terrible products. If you’ve tried them and they have a tendency to crease on you, then it won’t be as useful as a product for you. I know that readers have long reported both excellent and dismal wear. I’m in the camp where these wear quite well on me without fading or creasing for eight hours (but show faint signs of creasing after nine hours), and if layered with powder, perform even better.  NYX also gives you quite a bit of product–0.18 oz. as compared to the more typical 0.10 oz. (Urban Decay, Clinique) or. 0.14 oz. (MUFE, NARS) found in these jumbo-sized pencils. Now, the only downside is that it requires sharpening, and because of how creamy it is, there is waste–which is common across this type of product, not just with NYX.

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Monday, January 21st, 2013

Blue-Teal Eyeliners
Blue-Teal Eyeliners: MUFE #12L, Milani Aqua, UD Flipside, TT Spark of Envy,
Stila Peacock, TF Exotic Teal, EL Dramatic Teal, EL Electric Teal, bareMinerals 1PM,
UD Mainline, Prescriptives Blue Grotto, MUFE #4K, NYX Emerald City, NARS Kaliste,
MAC Tealo

Blue-Teal Eyeliners: Your Guide

I am a fiend for teal eyeliner–there is absolutely no doubt about that–and here are fifteen shades that seemed like blue-based teals (a few turned out to be a little green-based).

  1. Make Up For Ever #12L is a darkened blue with a hint of teal. It is more shimmery than Tom Ford Exotic Teal.
  2. Milani Aqua is a brightened teal with a hint of blue and frosted finish.
  3. Urban Decay Flipside is a lightened blue-teal with a shimmery finish. It is lighter than Milani Aqua.
  4. Tarina Tarantino Spark of Envy is a darkened teal with a blue-based and a green-tinged shimmer/sheen.
  5. Stila Peacock is a deep blue with a hint of teal and light sheen.
  6. Tom Ford Exotic Teal is a deep, dark blue-based teal.
  7. Estee Lauder Dramatic Teal is a dark, blue-based teal with a matte finish. It is a touch bluer than Tom Ford Exotic Teal. (LE)
  8. Estee Lauder Electric Teal is a teal with blue undertones and a matte finish. It is greener compared to Estee Lauder Dramatic Teal and lighter than Tom Ford Exotic Teal. (LE)
  9. bareMinerals 1PM is a deep, dark blue-based teal. It is darker than Tom Ford Exotic Teal. (LE)
  10. Urban Decay Mainline is a blue-based teal with stronger blue undertones and a matte finish. It is bluer than Estee Lauder Dramatic Teal. (LE)
  11. Prescriptives Blue Grotto is a teal with bluish-green tones. It is darker than Estee Lauder Electric Teal and Tom Ford Exotic Teal. (DC)
  12. Make Up For Ever #4K is a green-tinged teal. It is slightly greener than Prescriptives Blue Grotto.
  13. NYX Emerald City is dark, emerald green.
  14. NARS Kaliste is a deep, blue-based teal. It is brighter than Tom Ford Exotic Teal.
  15. MAC Tealo is a blackened green-tinged teal (looked bluer in the pencil!). (DC)

TEMPTALIA PICKS:  #2 (quality, price), #4 (quality, pigmentation), #7 (quality, pigmentation), #9 (quality, pigmentation), #10 (quality, pigmentation), #12 (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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Saturday, January 19th, 2013

NYX Dark Glitter (NPS 217) Nail Lacquer
NYX Dark Glitter (NPS 217) Nail Lacquer

Red Glitter, Black Jelly

NYX Dark Glitter (NPS 217) Nail Lacquer ($4.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as “black with red flecks.” It looks like a black jelly with large, hexagon-shaped red glitter and smaller bits of red glitter. The finish is interesting, because it has the squishy look of a jelly, but it’s such a dark color that it almost doesn’t seem right!  The one dupe that I know of is Deborah Lippmann’s Ruby Red Slippers–there are really barely-there differences that you’ll likely only find in amount/composition under intense scrutiny.

After two coats, it’s mostly opaque, but there’s that signature translucency you find with jelly polishes.  The polish has a slightly thicker consistency–true to jelly finishes, however–and is nicely packed with glitter, as there is no shortage of it getting on the nail. It did seem just a touch streaky/uneven in a couple of places, but it was hard to really see/tell from more than a few inches away. I really like NYX’s Salon formula, because it applies and wears rather well.  I get a good week of wear with just minor tip wear but no chipping.

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Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Win It! 20 NYX Cream Eyeshadows!

One lucky reader will receive every shade of NYX Cream Shadow–that’s twenty in total–for a total prize value of $100. These were recently released and come in a tube with a doe-foot applicator in a variety of shades. This giveaway is only open to U.S. readers. Simply use the widget below to enter this giveaway…


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