Friday, April 23rd, 2010

Lancome Temptingly Bronze Bamboo Bronzer

Lancome Summer Riviera:  Temptingly Bronze Bamboo Bronzer

Lancome Temptingly Bronze Bamboo Bronzer ($45.00 for 1.41 oz.) wins the award for the prettiest product of the summer. (I would say year, but I suppose that’s just a wee bit premature. But let’s just say I wouldn’t be surprised…) This is a collector’s item for sure, even though the bronzer itself is certainly lovely, there’s just no way for what’s underneath the design to compete with the intricate, woven pattern you see first.

Often during the summer, Lancome releases a specially designed, limited edition bronzing compact (more like compact disc…). This is not your ordinary bronzer, because this is about five times the size of the average bronzer (which is around 0.30 oz., while Lancome’s weighs in at 1.41 oz.). The compact is about the size of a music CD and half an inch thick and in a soft-glossed bronze plastic. Inside is a large-sized mirror (goes with the territory!), and then the holy grail of overlays.

But sadly, yes, as anticipated, all of the prettiness you see is an overlay. The subtle metallic gradient is an overspray that disappears once you start working your way through the bronzer. This is why I say it truly is a collector’s item, because there is no way to salvage or preserve the gorgeous-ness that is the design if you actually intend to use it. There is still a subtle shimmer-sheen to the bronzing powder, so it’s not entirely matte underneath.

The bronzer itself is a soft, silky-smooth sheered down bronze with slight orange undertones. It’s sheer enough that it’s great for those who are new or otherwise afraid of bronzer and going overboard. You won’t end up looking like an Oompa Loompa with this one! I do like that you’ll most likely never run out of bronzer with this compact.

I’m sure some of you are going to wonder why does this product still earn high marks even though the design is an overspray–that’s because it’s a known quantity with the bronzer, it’s not supposed to. It’s like pretty packaging on the inside instead of a funky compact, whether that makes you sad or not!

Can I just say that I would have died if Lancome had made the design go all the way through? I received this one as a press sample, but I’m probably going to buy another one, just to stare at and drool over–and this is something I never do. I’ve long since gotten over “ruining” designs and the like on products, but this one, I hesitated. I snapped a zillion photos, showed the boyfriend, and then said, “In the name of all that is beauty blogging…” and went to town.  But I pouted the whole time!

Ahh!  Just dreaming about a wickedly metallic, glowy deepened bronze that faded across to a brightened gold bronzer AND went all the way through makes me sigh inside.  Who’s with me?  Tell me I’m not alone! :)

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  • Product: 27/30
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 5/5

Recommendation: If you love bronzer and use it frequently–but want a subtle bronzer–Lancome’s ginormous bronzers aren’t a bad way to go. If you are a collector, the design on this is difficult to pass on!

Availability: Lancome

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Friday, April 23rd, 2010

Dior Ultra Gloss
Dior Addict Ultra Gloss: Outrageous Fuchsia (686), Apricot Cloche (436), Sari Pink (576)

Dior Addict Ultra Gloss ($26.50 for 0.21 fl. oz.) is a new lip gloss released by Dior this spring/summer. It’s supposed to be a lightweight, ultra shimmering, moisturizing formula with a brush applicator. They are supposed to deliver a “sheer wash of catwalk color”–so keep in mind, these are supposed to be sheer.  I had a few readers ask me my thoughts on these, so I figured I’d pick up three shades during Sephora’s V.I.B. sale!

Available shades include: Twin Set Pink (157) (light peachy pink shimmer), Beige Tweed (227) (pinky beige shimmer), Satin Peach (236) (sheer golden peach), Negligee Pink (256) (sheer neutral pink), Pink Trench (257) (pale pink shimmer), Apricot Cloche (436) (light golden apricot shimmer), Sari Pink (576) (vibrant rosy pink), Outrageous Fuchsia (686) (soft fuchsia with micro glitter), Evening Rose (756), Little Red Dress (856) (true red with m icro glitter), Mauve Accent (886) (tvibrant lilac with micro glitter), and Black-Tie Plum (982) (deep burgundy plum).

I tried three shades…

  • Outrageous Fuchsia (686) is a muted darkened fuchsia pink with brighter fuchsia and purple sparkle.
  • Apricot Cloche (436) is sheer peach base with brighter peach-gold shimmer. It adds a little darkness to my lips, turning them an almost coral-pink. This was the most pigmented shade of the three I tried, but I found this one looked a little splotchy up-close.
  • Sari Pink (576) is a sheer slightly blue-based pink base with fuchsia and pink shimmer. Still a sheer shade, but it does punch up my natural lip color to a faded watermelon pink.

The strength of Ultra Gloss lies in its formula–I really think it’s the feel and look of the product that makes this gloss worth checking out. It is a moisturizing lipgloss with a very smooth, slick feel–it’s very comfortable to wear–with a shimmering sparkle that’s noticeable without being overwhelming. It’s completely non-sticky and has no scent or taste. All these characteristics leads me to think that a lot of lipgloss fans will enjoy them.

I did find that these only lasted just under two hours on me, and then all that remained was the shimmer/micro glitter, and I’d say this was the only downside I could find about this gloss. The packaging is true-to-form for Dior; a square lipgloss that’s sturdy and lightweight. I also really like how much you get in each tube–a whopping 0.21 fl. oz.–$126/oz. vs. $109/oz. for a MAC Lipglass.

They’re not my personal favorite lipgloss, as I do tend to prefer products with a little more pigmentation, but these really do feel amazing on! They’re supposed to be sheer, though! I will say that I do wish these lasted a little longer on the lips as most of it has disappeared by the time I’ve gotten to hour two.

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  • Product: 27/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation: If love sheer, non-sticky lipgloss, Dior Ultra Gloss is exactly that. And if you don’t mind reapplying every two hours or so, I think you’d really like these.

Availability: Sephora

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Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

MAC Pret-a-Papier Collection: Overall Review & Round-up

OVERALL, Pret-a-Papier is a softer, more muted collection for those looking for a more natural look–from eyes to lips to cheeks. I still get a very autumnal feel with this collection, and I think that’s why it has me off-kilter. I’m just expecting to see a little more vibrancy with the summer nearing. I see some loving this for its more neutral feel, but I see others frustrated with the general subtleness of the collection.

Temptalia’s Recommendations

Must-haves: Fold and Tuck Lipglass, Originality Nail Lacquer, Chromagraphic Pencil, Coral Crepe Paint Pot

Nice-to-haves: Made to Order Lipstick, Pret-a-Papier Lipglass, Tissue Weight Eyeshadow, Instant Chic Blush

Skip: Archetype

Skip if…

  • Skip CUT TO FIT if you have shades like Twinks.
  • Skip GAZETTE GREY unless you’re willing to wear it with a darker base to amp up the pigmentation of such a sheer shadow.
  • Skip GARB if you have pinker undertones (if you aren’t able to try it in person), because it may go orange.
  • Skip KRAFT if you have Touch–unless you wear this type of color often–as Touch is incredibly similar, only a smidgen less red.

Don’t forget to…

Check your stash for BAMBOO (permanent), MEMORABILIA (repromote), ARCHETYPE (repromote), LIGHT OVER DARK (repromote), GROUNDWORK (permanent), and C-THRU (permanent).

Product Photos, Swatches, & Reviews

What are you loving? What are you looking forward to?

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

Guerlain Giulette Rouge G Lipstick
Guerlain Giulette Rouge G Lipstick

The Summer Season: Guerlain Giulette Rouge G Lipstick

Guerlain Giulette (#63) Rouge G Lipstick ($46.00) is a beautiful shade of brightened pink with a smidgen of coral and a glossy golden sheen. It’s that subtle, but noticeable, golden sheen and threaded golden shimmer that really makes this shade stand out. I haven’t quite found a dupe that really compares to the way this one shines! So, so in love with this shade–probably one of my favorite shades of all time.

Is this the right pink lipstick for you? Would you wear it?

The Summer Season is a series of posts featuring bright, vibrant shades of coral, orange, and pink lipsticks and lipglosses — all perfect for a summer of fun — that runs through July 2010.

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Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

MAC Pret a Papier Collection
MAC Lipsticks: Made to Order, Kraft, Dressmaker Dressmaker, Archetype

MAC Pret-a-Papier Collection: Lipsticks Review, Photos, Swatches

None of the lipsticks blew me away — they don’t quite seem to make it there. Taken as a whole, they’re almost too similar to each other. I think looking at the collection overall, it feels like there are no punches of color or vibrancy. For a summer collection, it definitely feels like something we’d see in the fall. I had trouble with the consistency of Archetype and Dressmaker, Dressmaker to apply evenly and smoothly on lips, but Kraft was true to its amplified finish. Made to Order is a very soft, glossy lustre that applies evenly, so I did like that one.

Lipstick ($14.00 U.S. / $16.50 CDN)

  • Archetype is a yellowed nude with a lustre finish, but it almost feels like a lustre-frost. Archetype is best applied on freshly exfoliated lips, because it really will accentuate any flaw or bit of dryness you have on your lips–not such a pretty sight! This was originally released with McQueen, a few years back.
  • Dressmaker, Dressmaker is a semi-sheer, glossy coral-peach in a lustre finish. I want to love it, because it’s coral-ish, but the way it looks on my lips is just so-so. If you wear a creamy gloss on top, I think it’d come together better.
  • Kraft is a creamy, nearly opaque brownish/reddish beige with an amplified finish. It’s a fairly darker shade, but it has a beautiful finish and feel.
  • Made to Order is a semi-opaque, glossy darked coral-pink with a fuchsia-pink sparkle in a lustre finish. Of the three lustre lipsticks in this launch, Made to Order is definitely the best–it gives even, smooth color while still delivering the glossiness that is inherent in lustre finishes.

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Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

MAC Pret a Papier Collection
MAC Lipglasses: C-Thru, Pret-a-Papier, Fold and Tuck

MAC Pret-a-Papier Collection: Lipglasses Review, Photos, Swatches

Three lipglasses released with this collection, but being the coral fiend I am, Fold and Tuck was the one that I liked the most. It was a lovely shade of coral that was there but not bright with good color. I love the concept of Pret-a-Papier, but it would definitely look better over a lipstick.

Lipglass ($14.00 U.S. / $16.50 CDN)

  • C-Thru is a creamy, milky flesh-toned shade. It’s very much a nude lipglass and can settle into lip lines, so it’s a better shade for layering than to wear alone. This is a permanent shade from MAC’s lipglass collection, so no need to rush for this one. Also, though it’s pigmented in a sense, it’s still going to show some of your natural lip color–the more pigmented your lip color, the less nude this will be, though it will still tone your natural lip color down.
  • Fold and Tuck is a beautiful pinky coral with soft golden flecks. It’s everything I wanted Lychee Luxe to be (while pretty, it’s not the coral I’ve been wanting to see from MAC). It’s the most pigmented of the three glosses, and it’s only a little warm, so both warm and cool skin tones can easily wear this.
  • Pret-a-Papier is a darkened amber-reddish bronze. It reminds me of past shades like Liqueur, not so much in terms of color, but in the way it looks and feels and works.

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