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Becca Moonstone Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed

Becca Moonstone Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed
Becca Moonstone Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed

Becca Moonstone Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed ($38.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a shimmering, golden champagne with a frosted sheen. theBalm Solid Gold is nearly identical. Illamasqua Aurora is a cream product. Bobbi Brown 24 Karat can be darker, more golden. See comparison swatches.

Just released, the Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed is supposed to be a “creamy powder luminizer that absorbs and reflects light for a superb natural glow.” The texture is a dream: soft, smooth, incredibly finely-milled and silky against the skin. It had excellent color payoff, and to get the most natural, barely-there glow, I highly recommend using a light hand with a fluffy or fan brush. It has such a high shimmer content that a denser brush tended to apply it too heavily, which resulted in emphasized pores. On my medium complexion, too much washed me out and acted like neon, flashing lights for Pores’ville, but applied lightly–especially over blush–it worked beautifully.  Moonstone wore well for eight and a half hours before starting to fade around nine hours.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Moonstone
Moonstone
Moonstone
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
93%
Total

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YSL Fuchsia Fugitive (109) Glossy Stain

YSL Fuchsia Fugitive (109) Glossy Stain
YSL Fuchsia Fugitive (109) Glossy Stain

YSL Fuchsia Fugitive (109) Glossy Stain ($34.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “soft golden fuchsia.” It’s a bold, bright medium-dark pink with subtle, cool undertones and a coppery gold shimmer. Applied, it takes on an even deeper, bolder, redder coloring–it darkens considerably after about fifteen minutes of wear. Because of its opacity, it’s not an easy shade to dupe. OCC Rhythm Box is very similar to the base color but it is shimmer-free. MAC Impassioned has no shimmer and is slightly cooler-toned. L’Oreal Sparkle Frenzy is redder. See comparison swatches.

The latest iteration of Glossy Stains is Rebel Nudes, which is supposed to combine “the shine of a gloss, color of a lipstick, and the long wear of a stain” plus “use “Euphoric Pearl technology for an all-day 3D luminous effect.” It had mostly opaque color coverage with just a bit of translucency that gave it the appearance of a really enhanced stain. The consistency feels thin, almost water-like, initially, and then as it sits on lips, it has a thicker, more balm-like consistency that is just slightly tacky. It has a soft glossy shine–not as shiny as a full-on, high-shine gloss but more than balm; the nicest aspect of the shine is that it’s all-over and even. The stain applied evenly overall, though I noticed the shimmer wasn’t quite as even–it seemed slightly grouped together in some places but from afar, it wasn’t noticeable. Fuchsia Fugitive lasted well for seven and a half hours with the shine topping in at nearly five hours and the stain persisting for the remainder of the time. It was neither drying nor hydrating after wearing for a full eight hours.

YSL Rebel Nudes Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain Fuchsia Fugitive (109)

NARS 413 BLKR Nail Polish

NARS 413 BLKR Nail Polish
NARS 413 BLKR Nail Polish

NARS 413 BLKR Nail Polish ($19.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “midnight blue.” It’s a rich, deep, dark blue with a jelly-cream finish–not quite as squishy and as plush as a true jelly, but it doesn’t have the texture or look of a true cream. MAC Double Trouble is similar. Rescue Beauty Lounge Dead Calm is lighter, cream. China Glaze First Mate is also a cream. See comparison swatches.

The consistency was on the thinner side, almost watery but not quite. Each coat had a tendency to pull a little away from where I originally placed the brush, so I’d recommend starting your coat further away from the cuticle.  The first coat looked streaky after I applied it, but the second coat seemed to hide and correct whatever was wrong with the first coat for the most part.  After two coats, it was mostly opaque but there was a noticeable translucency (which is part of what made me think it was a jelly–but it lacked the thicker, squishy look for one).  I typically get really exceptional wear out of NARS’ formula (seven to ten days with minor tip wear).

NARS Nail Polish 413 BLKR
413 BLKR

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NARS 413 BLKR Lipstick

NARS 413 BLKR Lipstick
NARS 413 BLKR Lipstick

NARS 413 BLKR Lipstick ($26.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “warm rose brown.” It’s deepened, warm red with subtle brown undertones and a matte finish. It immediately reminded me of NARS Amsterdam, which is slightly warmer, but I think the two are quite similar (to the point where you wouldn’t need both unless you wear it all the time already). MAC Legendary is browner, warmer. MAC Pre-Raphaelite is more metallic. See comparison swatches.

It is only lightly creamy, so it tugged a bit when I applied it, but it was opaque once applied. It had a mostly matte finish that did look just slightly dry on the lips, so I would recommend properly exfoliating prior to application to get the most out of this (and least amount of product catching on any imperfections). 413 BLKR was somewhat drying over the six-and-a-half hour wear time–it left behind a reddish stain that lingered for another two hours.  There was no discernible scent or taste.

NARS Lipstick 413 BLKR
413 BLKR

Giorgio Armani Rose Popillia (30), June Beetle (31), Gold Hercule (32) Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadows

Giorgio Armani Rose Popillia (30) Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow
Giorgio Armani Rose Popillia (30) Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow

Giorgio Armani Kaleidoscope Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadows ($33.00 for 0.14 oz.) include six, limited edition hues. This post features three of them, as I haven’t yet tested the other three for wear yet. The consistency of these seems like a pressed powder initially, but the powder is not fully pressed, so it loosens as you sweep your applicator across it, so it is really a tightly packed loose powder–ultimately, easier to use than a true loose powder. If you apply them with a damp brush, the intensity and color stays throughout the wear, unlike some products that initially go on intensely but fade quickly. These are rated for 24-hour wear, which is beyond my testing limits, but I did wear them for 14 hours with no fading or creasing (both without a primer and with a primer). The texture seemed more finely-milled than past iterations of the ETK Intense formula, and all three were easy to blend and smooth out on the lid. Two of the three were somewhat sheerer when I initially swatched compared to many others I’ve tried (but I had no trouble building to opaque color when I applied to the lid).  Gold Hercule performed the best out of the three.

Rose Popillia (30) is a smoky, plum and gold shimmered mauve. It looked warmer, lighter in the pot, and then swatched, a very smoky, grayish purple base comes out. Applied dry, it’s semi-sheer, and then applied damp, it’s slightly more pigmented but not fully opaque. On the lid, it can be layered and built up to opaque color. What made this shade difficult to dupe is really how multi-faceted the shimmer looks. Dior Constellation #5 is warmer, more plum. Clinique Lavish Lilac is more plum. theBalm rem is warmer, more purple. Urban Decay Rapture is more purple. MAC Tendersmoke is more plum. See comparison swatches.

June Beetle (31) is a cool-toned, green-tinged blue over a bluish-violet base. It has a frosted, slightly metallic finish. Applied dry, it was semi-sheer, and them applied damp, it was semi-opaque. Like #30, it could be built more to full opacity on the lid but required some layering. Maybelline Icy Mint is lighter, cream. Bobbi Brown Iced Blue is lighter, cream. MAC Dimensional Blue is less nuanced. L’Oreal Infinite Sky is darker, bluer. Chanel Destination is more muted, cream. See comparison swatches.

Gold Hercule (32) is a golden, medium green with strong yellow undertones and a smoky plum duochrome–you can see around the edges it takes on a plummy coloring. The other shades are certainly complex and interesting, this one felt like the truest duochrome of the three, as you could really see how it changed at an angle. Applied dry, it had semi-opaque color payoff, and then applied damp, it was fully opaque. Urban Decay Jealous #2 is greener, warmer. theBalm Runaround Rebecca is darker, cooler-toned. Urban Decay Mildew is darker. MAC Unsurpassable is slightly darker. MAC Spread the Wealth is somewhat warmer, cream. Guerlain Coup de Foudre #1 is darker. See comparison swatches.

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense Waterproof Eyeshadow Rose Popillia (30)
8
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total
Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense Waterproof Eyeshadow June Beetle (31)
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
92%
Total
Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense Waterproof Eyeshadow Gold Hercule (32)
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total

Bobbi Brown Berry Blush

Bobbi Brown Berry Blush
Bobbi Brown Berry Blush

Bobbi Brown Berry Blush ($26.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “muted berry.” It’s a bold, medium-dark berry pink with a nearly matte finish. MAC Keep It Casual is warmer, cream. Chanel Rouge is slightly more shimmery and not as cool-toned. See comparison swatches.

It’s new, and limited edition, for fall from Bobbi Brown’s Rich Chocolate collection, due out officially this September, but I’m sure we’ll see it popping up sooner rather than later (Nordstrom has it online now but won’t ship until 8/24). Berry is an intensely pigmented shade, and it’s definitely not for anyone looking for subtle, easy-going color! If you’re very, very fair, you’ll want to use an incredibly light and airy hand with a feathery brush. This is going to sing beautifully on deeper complexions. The more the color is blended and buffed into the skin, the pinker and more berry-hued it becomes. I haven’t had the best luck with Bobbi Brown’s blushes recently, but this is a winner–it’s soft, finely-milled (and there’s a teeny, tiny powderiness but it’s likely what keeps this blendable!), and still fairly easy to blend and soften. It wears really well, too, and it lasted nine hours on me without fading.

Bobbi Brown Blush Berry
Berry
Berry
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
96%
Total

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