Thursday, August 14th, 2014

 

bareMinerals The Designer Label Eyeshadow Quad
bareMinerals The Designer Label Eyeshadow Quad

bareMinerals The Designer Label Eyeshadow Quad ($30.00 for 0.17 oz.) is an earth-toned set of shades. It’s new and permanent and features the brand’s Ready formula, which is one of my all-time favorite formulas on the market. All four shades have been released before… technically. I found a couple of color differences between the shades in this palette and their original releases in limited edition palettes (see below).

Ball Gown (V2) is described as a “nude sheen.” It’s a brightened, yellowed peach with warm undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. It had really nice color payoff that went on smoothly and evenly, while the color wore well for ten hours before fading (though their claim is 12-hour wear). So, last holiday, there was an eyeshadow named Ball Gown in a limited edition quad (see here), but this shade is different–it is several shades lighter and yellowy, rather than more like a peach. MAC Fabulous Three #1 (LE) is more muted. LORAC Beige (P) is less shimmery. Too Faced Riviera (P, $16.00) is less shimmery. Tarina Tarantino Delightful #4 (P) is slightly more muted. bareMinerals Ball Gown (LE) is darker, more orange. Kat Von D Galore (LE) is lighter, yellower. Disney by Sephora Scuttle (LE) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Flow (LE, $18.00) is a touch lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tres Chic is described as an “apricot creme.” It’s a light peach with yellow undertones and a satin finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable consistency that lasted for nine and a half hours before fading. This was released originally in The September Issue, but I found that the version in this quad is slightly lighter–it’s not as noticeable of a difference as the one between Ball Gown and its original release (more within “reason,” I guess). Makeup Geek Beaches and Cream (P, $5.99) is pinker. Disney by Sephora Flounder (LE) is yellower. MAC Samoa Silk (DC, $15.00) is darker. MAC Bamboo (P, $15.00) is darker. Inglot #328 (P, $6.00) is yellower. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Elitist is described as a “glistening olive.” It’s a medium-dark, olive brown with warm undertones and a soft, pearly sheen. It had good color payoff that was easy to blend and apply to the lid. It wore well for almost ten hours before creasing. This was released originally in The Wild Thing and The Star Treatment. Chanel Tisse Mademoiselle #4 (P) is cooler-toned. Kat Von D Disintegration (P) is browner. bareMinerals Embellish (LE) is darker. Too Faced Buche de Noel (LE, $16.00) is similar. Dior Bonne Etoile (384) #3 (LE) is similar. NARS Paramaribo #2 (LE, $24.00) is more golden. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Couture is described as a “glimmering clove.” It’s a dark brown with olive undertones–so it leans a smidgen green at times–and a pearly sheen. It had very nice pigmentation, and the consistency was soft, buttery, and easy to work with. On me, the color didn’t start to crease until after ten hours of wear. The September Issue, and it was an exact match in color for the one in this quad. MAC Olive Blend #2 (LE) is similar. Clarins Forest #1 (LE) is similar. Dior Bonne Etoile (384) #3 (LE) is warmer. theBalm Lead Zeppelin (P, $16.00) is greener. See comparison swatches /
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Thursday, August 14th, 2014

Tarte Amazonian Clay Eyeshadow Palette V2
Tarte Amazonian Clay Eyeshadow Palette V2

Amazonian Clay Eyeshadow Palette V2 ($38.00) (Limited Edition)

Create endless everyday looks with this perfectly portable palette featuring an array of full-size matte and shimmer shadows, neutrals, and rich colors to explore for every occasion. Treat yourself to rich, pigmented looks powered by Amazonian clay, Tarte’s revolutionary ingredient that works to balance and neutralize the skin for better, longer, truer wear. This indulgent, blend-worthy collection offers smudge- and budge-proof shadows in a silky, lightweight formula that works to nourish lids as it lasts all day. Take the slim, sleek palette with you on the go or give the gift of pampering to a loved one.

  • Fingerpaint Art Plum
  • Copper Kettle Copper
  • Chocolate Kisses Chocolate
  • Handpicked Flowers Golden pink
  • Silk Robe Mauve
  • Golden Locket Antique gold
  • Mud Mask Tan
  • French Manicure Soft peach
  • Fresh Brewed Coffee Rich brown
  • Keepsake Frame Bronze
  • Candlelit Dinner Rose gold
  • Rose Champagne Champagne pink
  • Lavender Bubble Bath Blackened plum
  • Cashmere Scarf Smoky taupe
  • Hot Stone Massage Gray
  • Breakfast in Bed Beige

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Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

NARS Claudia Audacious Lipstick
NARS Audacious Lipstick: Claudia, Michiyo, Greta, Angela, Janet

NARS Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a new (and permanent) formula debuting September 1st, they’re now online at narscosmetics.com, with a total line-up of 40 shades. It’s supposed to be a highly pigmented formula (“full-coverage finish in a single stroke) while give lips a smoother appearance and be moisturizing. They’re also packaged in matte black metal cases with magnetic closures. I’m working my way through the shades, and I’ve found the range to be fairly consistent so far. These have excellent color payoff with most shades being opaque in a single stroke. They’re also very forgiving when applied; they don’t seem to catch on flakes or imperfections on the lips, and lips look smoother and slightly fuller due to the satiny finish that gives it just a little reflection/shine. The consistency is creamy, lightweight, and comfortable to wear for the most part. It’s not too thick or too thin–it doesn’t bunch up with most shades, even lighter ones, as there isn’t a lot of slip, but it doesn’t feel clingy. However, something I noticed was while this formula is really lovely to wear for the first three to five hours, but as the finish mattifies and wears down, which can sometimes look drier. I don’t find the formula moisturizing, unfortunately, but for the most part, the shades are more neither drying nor hydrating, but a couple were a little drying on me. They wear well and fade fairly evenly, while the formula appears to be scent- and taste-free. The formula also re-applied well, so you don’t have to worry about fully removing to get smooth color.

I checked in with NARS, and their regular Lipstick formula isn’t being replaced by the Audacious Lipstick formula, which is good news, because at $32 compared to their regular lipstick at $26, it’s a significant up tick in price. The regular Lipstick range contains 0.12 oz. in comparison, so you get slightly more in the new formula. To put it in perspective, the Audacious Lipstick formula costs $228.57/oz. and the regular Lipstick formula costs $216.67/oz. (Though, if you never finish a lipstick, the lower price, regardless of quantity, may be more important.)

Claudia Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “cool pink.” It’s a brightened, light-medium cotton candy pink with blue undertones and a satin finish. It had rich, opaque color coverage that applied smoothly and evenly. This shade wore well for five hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. Sephora Collection Cougar (P, $12.50) is brighter, darker. Bite Beauty Kumquat (LE, $24.00) is lighter. NARS Goodbye Emmanuelle (LE, $26.00) is darker. Maybelline Pink Pop (P, $7.49) is more shimmery, sheerer. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Narcissus (P, $18.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Michiyo Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “shocking pink.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark fuchsia pink with cool undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had full color coverage in a single stroke that went on well. The color wore well for six and a half hours, but it was a little drying towards the end (felt totally fine for five hours). Melt Cosmetics Shady Lady (P, $19.00) is more matte, brighter. Too Faced Melted Fuchsia (P, $21.00) is brighter. YSL Fuchsia Tourbillon (31) (P, $34.00) is warmer. NARS Full Frontal (LE, $26.00) is more magenta. MAC Flat Out Fabulous (P, $16.00) is more matte. Maybelline Hot Plum (P, $7.49) is similar. MAC Quick Sizzle (LE, $16.00) is more matte. MAC Pink Pigeon (P, $16.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Daddy’s Little Girl (LE, $16.00) is more magenta. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Greta Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “wild azalea.” It’s a brightened, coral-red with a slight pinkish tint and warm undertones. It had excellent color coverage that went on evenly and smoothly, and it made lips look plumper from the get-go. The color wore well for six and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. Guerlain Insolence (144) (LE, $35.00) is more matte. Revlon Vivacious (120) (P, $8.99) is similar. Givenchy Magnolia Organza (301) (P, $36.00) is more muted, warmer, lighter. MAC All Fired Up (P, $16.00) is more matte. Maybelline Vivid Rose (P, $7.49) is glossier, redder. Guerlain Gourmandise (P, $49.50) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Angela Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “pink orchid.” It’s a cool-toned, magenta pink with a slightly muted quality and a satin finish. It had rich, opaque pigmentation that went on fairly evenly–this one had a bit more slip and thickness to the consistency, so there’s a fine line between perfectly and over-applied (the latter may show “lines” if you press lips together, but it is pretty faint even when over-applied–it really is hard to detect except in a close-up photo!). It lasted well for five hours on me and was neither drying nor hydrating. MAC Lust Extract (LE, $17.00) is pinker. MAC Kelly Yum-Yum (LE, $16.00) is brighter. Bite Beauty Grape (LE, $24.00) is slightly brighter. NARS Full Frontal (LE, $26.00) is similar. Maybelline Brazen Berry (P, $7.49) is darker, sheerer. MAC Love Forever (P, $18.00) is more muted. MAC Night Blooming (LE, $16.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Janet Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “deep magenta.” It’s a brightened, fuchsia-red with subtle, cool undertones and fuchsia micro-shimmer. It had mostly opaque color coverage, though it was less pigmented than the other four shades in this review. The color lasted for six hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. Too Faced Melted Berry (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. Estee Lauder Tumultuous Pink (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, brighter. MAC So Good (P, $22.00) is glossier. Urban Decay Jilted (P, $22.00) is redder. Milani Raspberry Rush (P, $5.49) is more matte, more shimmery. Illamasqua Atomic (P, $24.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Surratt Beauty La Vie En Rose Artistique Blush
Surratt Beauty La Vie En Rose Artistique Blush

Surratt Beauty La Vie En Rose Artistique Blush ($32.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as a “soft rose.” It’s a medium, pink-plum with warm undertones and a satin finish. MAC Animal Instincts (LE, $21.00) is darker, cooler-toned. Hourglass Mood Exposure (P, $35.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Fetish (LE) is darker. NARS G-Spot (P, $39.00) is darker, more shimmery, cream. Illamasqua Allure (P, $26.00) is much warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This is the kind of shade that is easy to wear on light to medium skin tones but may get lost on deeper complexions. It isn’t too warm or reddish, and it has a subdued quality to it, so it is easily worn as a sheer layer of color or applied with more true-to-pan color. It had a soft, silky texture that felt almost like a cream blush, though it was definitely a powder product. La Vie En Rose seemed less pigmented than other shades I’ve tested in the Surratt range, though it had decent, buildable color coverage. It has a satin-matte finish that gets more luminous as it is buffed and worked into the skin, but it never loks shimmery or frosted, so it doesn’t emphasize pores or skin imperfections. The color wore well for eight and a half hours before it started to fade along the edges.

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Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

shu uemura 15% off Fall Five Day Event
shu uemura 15% off Fall Five Day Event

shu uemura is kicking off their Fall Five Day Event where you can get 15% off PLUS free shipping on all orders with code TEMPTALIA, now through 8/17. It’s even good for Canadian readers!

If you’re looking for product recommendations, you can check out some of my favorites from last year’s Editor’s Choice Awards. I’m a big fan of their Cleansing Oils (review from 2013) (I bought Ultim8 last sale, actually), and their Eyelash Curler.  Any suggestions for products to try? I’d love to hear ‘em.

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Urban Decay Naked2 Basics Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Naked2 Basics Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Naked2 Basics Eyeshadow Palette ($29.00 for 0.30 oz.) contains six eyeshadows; five have matte finishes, one has a more satiny finish. The palette leans cool-toned, but I didn’t find it to be strongly cool-toned across the board. The palette is the same size as the previous Naked Basics palette, though this one has a slightly different color and has lighter lettering. The quality is good overall, but the darkest shade is under-pigmented and a little harder to blend, and most of the matte shades were a little powdery, though they’re soft and didn’t look dry or powdery on the lid.

It will launch on Urban Decay’s website on August 19th, but it will be available at the usual suspects like Sephora, ULTA, Macy’s, Beauty.com on August 28th.

Skimp is described as a “pale nude satin.” It’s a light, peachy-beige with a satin finish. It is warmer and has a peach tone to it that wasn’t present when this was released in the Feminine palette (which looks pink-ish). The difference is subtle, and once applied to the skin, blended out, and so forth, it isn’t noticeably different–but it may be more noticeable if you are very cool or very warm-toned. It had good color payoff, and the texture was blendable but thinner than is typical for Urban Decay (and less dense/buttery compared to the previous version I have). It lasted for eight hours before fading on me. LORAC Navy #1 (LE) is darker. YSL Saharienne #1 (P) is similar. Divergent Serene Vanilla (LE) is lighter. MAC Warm Breeze (P, $15.00) is slightly darker. Clarins The Essentials #1 (LE) is similar. bareMinerals Magnate (LE) is lighter. MAC Shroom (P, $15.00) is more beige. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Stark is described as a “nude-pink matte.” It’s a muted, peachy-beige with a matte finish and soft, warm undertones. It may be hard to see against my skin tone, as it is very similar to it, but it had good pigmentation, though it was slightly powdery. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me. Tarte Peach for the Stars (LE) Bobbi Brown Truffle (LE, $22.00) is darker. Anastasia Cream (LE) is warmer. Urban Decay Habit (LE, $18.00) is slightly cooler-toned. Urban Decay Freestyle (LE, $18.00) is a touch darker. MAC Malt (P, $15.00) is darker, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Frisk is described as a “warm gray matte.” It’s a light-medium taupe with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. The pigmentation had potential, but the somewhat powdery consistent made it so a lot of the pigment didn’t adhere to the skin, which resulted in decent color payoff but not great. If you normally use a primer, you should be okay. It lasted for eight hours on me before fading. Dior Mirage (761) (P, $30.00) is darker, cream. Urban Decay Naked 2 (P, $18.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Cover is described as a “muted red-brown matte.” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned taupe brown with a matte finish. This shade was excellent: great pigmentation, a beautifully soft but buttery and blendable texture, and lasted for just over eight hours before fading. Dior Mirage (761) (P, $30.00) is darker, cream. Kat Von D Renholder (P) is more shimmery, warmer. Urban Decay Naked 2 (P, $18.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Brains & Brawn (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Fashion Fix (P, $21.00) is darker, less matte. Bobbi Brown Slate (P, $22.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Primal is described as a “muted brown matte.” It’s a muted, medium-dark brown with soft, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft, blendable, and only a smidgen powdery. It wore well for eight and a half hours before fading. LORAC Navy #3 (LE) is darker. Urban Decay Rewind (LE, $18.00) is similar. bareMinerals Get Ahead (LE) is warmer. theBalm Sultry (P, $16.00) is similar. Urban Decay Secret Service (P, $18.00) is darker. Urban Decay Faint (P, $18.00) is warmer. MAC Omega (P, $15.00) is lighter. bareMinerals Namaste (P) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Undone is described as a “deep, smoky brown matte.” It’s a dark brown with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. It had poorer color payoff, and it had a thinner, more powdery consistency that just didn’t apply well. I had trouble blending this shade with the others when I used it in the crease. It lasted for almost eight hours on me before fading. Tarte Don’t Turn A-Brown (LE) is darker. LORAC Cool Gray (P) is lighter, cooler-toned. Kat Von D Shadow Box (P) is darker. Tarte Dream in Chocolate (LE) is darker. Too Faced Triple Fudge (P, $16.00) is darker. Laura Mercier Espresso (LE, $23.00) is darker. Chanel Charming #5 (LE) is similar. Too Faced Dark Chocolate (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Tom Ford Beauty She Wolf #1 (LE) is darker. NARS Bali (P, $24.00) is warmer. MAC Dance in the Dark (LE, $15.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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