Friday, January 15th, 2010

Julie Hewett Simone Lipstick
Julie Hewett Simone Lipstick

The Spring Season: Julie Hewett Simone Lipstick

Julie Hewett Simone Sheer Lipstick ($20.00) is a soft, lightly frosted shade of pinky-coral. This is a shade that’s definitely a YMMV (your mileage may vary) kind of shade, because even though it looks and swatches with a coral tint, on my lips, it turns rather pink. When applied, Simone brightens up my lips to a soft, petal pink shade with decent coverage, even though it’s supposed to be a sheer shade. I liked the way it turned out, but the way it looks on your lips may be different since we all have different pigmentation, and this one definitely pulled pink on me!  The formula itself is semi-sheer, creamy enough to apply with ease, and a slight glossy sheen (almost a frost sheen, in my eyes).  I get a good four or so hours of wear with the sheer lipsticks in Julie Hewett’s line.

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

The Spring Season is a series of posts featuring my favorite soft beige, coral, and pink lipsticks and lipglosses — all perfect for the first blossom of spring — that runs through March 2010.

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Thursday, January 14th, 2010

Barielle Wildflower Collection for Spring 2010

Barielle’s Spring collection is called Wildflower and consists of six spring-y shades.  All but Snap Dragon apply pretty well, with Blossom being a little goopy but manageable.  Daring Dahlia and A Bouquet for Ava had the best application–very smooth, pigmented, and perfect consistency.  My favorites were Daring Dahlia (the way the fuchsia shimmer sparkles is gorgeous!) and June Bug (so different!), but I also really liked Myrza’s Meadow, too.  Snap Dragon was my least favorite from the runny consistency to the way brush strokes are really apparent.

Each bottle retails for $8 a pop and is available through barielle.com (though I swear, I only saw Daring Dahlia there at present). By the way, 100% of the proceeds from A Bouquet for Ava, June Bug and Myrza’s Meadow purchased at OCRF.org will be donated to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund!

  • Daring Dahlia is a bright hot pink with fuchsia micro-shimmer. This one had a phenomenal texture and feel–it applied nearly opaque in just one coat and was a dream to apply.
  • Blossom is a creamy, bright orange-peach. It’s not neon, but it’s not tame either. This one I had a little trouble with the application; definitely need to use thinner coats initially. It went opaque in two coats, though.
  • Myrza’s Meadow is definitely one of the standouts of the collection. It’s almost like a soft, pastel pickle green with particle glitter spread throughout a creamy base. Application was good on this, though I should have used thinner coats (went a lil’ thick!). Two coats was good, but a third coat was perfect.
  • Snap Dragon is a metallic grassy green. I just don’t dig metallic/chrome kind of finishes, because dealing with the visible brush strokes is a pain in the butt. I wasn’t loving how this applied (a little runny), so this was my least favorite shade of the six.
  • A Bouquet for Ava is a beautiful shade of slightly darkened sky blue. It’s a creamy shade and goes opaque in one coat, though I did two for good measure. Application was perfect with this one.
  • June Bug is a periwinkle blue with an iridescent teal-blue shimmer-sheen with small red glitter. I loved this one, because it’s completely unlike anything I have already. It has the same finish and look/feel as Myrza’s Meadow, but it’s more exciting, because the contrast is greater. Application was good on this one as well.

Which are you favorites? Are you going to grab any of ‘em?

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Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

MAC Too Fabulous Collection

U.S. Launch Date: March 4th, 2010

International Launch Date: March 2010

Lips and cheeks get the pretty young thing treatment…Cremesheen Glass makes a comeback for Spring 2010. Introducing six new très jolie shades and three bring-back essentials, because the world wants more of this creamy, high-flying gloss formula that provides sheer, Just Superb colour with a touch of sex-o-shine!

To accentuate them, a combination of six Lip Pencils ranging from neutral to pinks and browns, to delight and define. And here’s a lovely thought: six new Mineralize Blush Duos are also making a limited appearance. Inspired by the original, they provide a gossamer sheer and lightweight application…all Too Fabulous.

Cremesheen Glass ($18.00 U.S. / $21.50 CDN) (Permanent)

  • Just Superb Dirt neutral pink
  • Loud & Lovely Blue pink
  • Richer, Lusher Peach coral
  • Double Dare Coral red
  • Deelight Mid-tone neutral
  • Over Indulgence Neutral brown
  • Fashion Scoop Clear pink (Repromote)
  • Partial to Pink Light peach pink (Repromote)
  • Boy Bait Light nude (Repromote)

Lip Pencil ($13.00 U.S. / $15.50 CDN)

  • Boldy Bare Dirt red brown (Limited Edition)
  • Mouth Off Deep peach coral (Limited Edition)
  • Trimmed in Pink Bright blue pink (Limited Edition)
  • In Synch Bright yellow pink (Limited Edition)
  • Naked Liner Light neutral (Limited Edition)
  • Chestnut Intense brown (Permanent)

Mineralize Blush Duo ($23.00 U.S. / $27.50 CDN)

A limited-edition Mineralize Blush featuring two shades swirled into an abstract pattern. Delivers the sheer colour and soft, dimensional pearl finish of all M∙A∙C Mineralize powder formulas.

  • Rhapsody in Two Light pale pink/pale peach (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • Chic Couple Light yellow brown/dark peach (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • Two Virtues Light blue pink/light violet (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • Bi-Tone Rose pink/copper bronze (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • Buddy Up Dirty rose / neutral yellow pink (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • Sun & Moon Neutral brown / pink brown (Frost)

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Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

Sigma Makeup Brushes:  What do you want to know?

After Temptalia readers awarded Sigma Makeup Brushes not one, but two awards (Best New Product of 2009 and Most Surprisingly Amazing Product of 2009), it was pretty clear that I needed to try these out myself. Sigma Makeup recently sent me some of their brushes to try out, which is something I will be doing over the next few weeks and will do an extensive comparison between them and MAC, including comparison photos.

I’d like to use this post as a way for you to let me know your questions about these brushes in the comments. This way, I can read through them, think about them as I test out the brushes, and then I can do my best to address those questions in the reviews. So, ask away! :)

Included in this post are just some preliminary photos I took a few minutes ago of Sigma’s Professional Brushes Complete Kit + Brush Roll ($89.00), just for fun!

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Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

Dior Spring 2010:   A Lacy, Floral Confection

Dior Vintage Pink (#839) Blush ($40.00) is a prettily designed blush duo from Dior’s Spring collection. Nearly all of the powder-based products from Dior’s Spring collection feature a raised lacy, floral embellishment. The design is fitting for the blossoms of spring, but it does fade away quickly once you start using the product. I am sure there are at least a few who will be buying just to admire, though! :)

Vintage Rose is a blush duo that I’d likely wear swirled together, but you could apply from either side to pull the color one way or the other. It’s not a huge compact, but a brush can fit on each side for the most part (though opt for a smaller brush-head!).

The darker side is a medium-dark pink with just a lingering of peach in it and no real shimmer. The lighter side is much more of a peach with a little pink to it–this side reminded me of a softer, more finely milled NARS Orgasm (maybe a little pinker, too).

Together, they merge and create a pinker, slightly shimmered, but still lighter than the darker side color. Whether you use one side, the other, or them together, the result is lovely–but seriously, when I have I said “Stay away!” to a peachy-pink blush? Please, this had my name all over it!  (Although, personally, I thought it was going to be rosier and not so warm, but it worked out for me.)

I’m a really big fan of Dior’s cheek products. I think they are particularly adept at creating and delivering very useable, universal shades of color that work on a variety of skin tones and ages. You won’t find disco-ball glitter here, but you will find a smooth, silky product with buildable coverage and fine, subtle shimmer.

As far as price goes, Dior is slightly cheaper ($150/oz. vs. $156/oz.) than NARS blushes, because they give you plenty of product for your money. Whether you want to plunk down $40 on one blush is another story, of course! I can’t imagine using this up unless it’s one of just a few blushes you use, but even then, you’ll have plenty to get through.

I’m hoping to check out the rest of the collection in person at Nordstrom later this week!

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  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation: If you love peachy-pink or coral blushes, definitely take a peek at Vintage Rose!

Availability: Nordstrom

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Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

Cle de Peau #2 Lipgloss
Cle de Peau #2 Lipgloss

The Spring Season: Cle de Peau #2 Lip Gloss

Cle de Peau #2 Lip Gloss ($47.00) has been a favorite of mine since I first swatched it on the back of my hands at Barneys (in Vegas).  I still can’t believe I plunked down the bucks for this one without even trying it on!  I don’t regret it, though, because it’s such a stunning golden-peach flecked gloss.  I don’t know if I’d go so far as to say it’s worth every penny by any means, but I’m happy with the purchase, even over a year out.  It’s mostly non-sticky, but it doesn’t have the jelly feel that a lot of non-sticky glosses have.  It’s a fairly thick gloss that has decent pigmentation (particular for this kind of shade) and really stands out amongst all the Cle de Peau Lip Glosses (IMO!).  I remember swatching several shades and none of them grabbed me like this one.  It has an almost duochrome nature to it; it’s peachy, gold, green, apricot…  Love it. It comes with a wand applicator, has little to no scent (I didn’t notice anything myself).

The only shade I’ve found that’s truly comparable to it has been Le Metier de Beaute’s Payapa Creme ($36).  Sheerer and not nearly as reflective dupes might include shades like MAC Nymphette Lipglass ($14) or NARS Orgasm Lipgloss ($22).  It’s a pricey gloss, so it’s not going to be something just anyone will buy or will want to buy, and that’s fine.  If you like indulgent buys or the ultra luxe, this is definitely one of my favorites.

Is this the right spring gloss for you? Would you wear it?

The Spring Season is a series of posts featuring my favorite soft beige, coral, and pink lipsticks and lipglosses — all perfect for the first blossom of spring — that runs through March 2010.

See photos and swatches… Continue reading →