Thursday, December 16th, 2010

Le Metier de Beaute Nail Lacquer
Noble Passion, High Wire, Magic at Dusk, Dynamique

A Quick Look at Le Metier de Beaute Nail Lacquers

Le Metier de Beaute Nail Lacquers ($15.00 for 0.14 fl. oz.) saw the addition of four shades for their fall collection, Le Cirque:

  • Noble Passion is a deep, iridescent navy blue with brightened blue-violet shimmer. This is a really cool shade. It glows in natural light as well as full light–not something every polish can do! It was almost pigmented enough in one coat, but I used two. It was reminiscent of Orly’s Lunar Eclipse, but while there are some similarities, they do look different and have totally opposite finishes. I also felt like a comparison could be made to Rescue Beauty Lounge’s Scrangie in the kind of feel–but the two are not the same in color at all.
  • High Wire is a mauve-tinged silvered gray with a metallic finish. With the more metallic finish, I did get brush strokes, but color was incredibly pigmented with just one coat used here. I couldn’t think of any dupes for this shade.
  • Magic at Dusk is a muted beige-pink with coppered gold shimmer. Two coats. I couldn’t think of any dupes for this shade.
  • Dynamique is an ultra deep, dark burgundy-red cream. Just one coat. It is similar to Essie’s Velvet Voyeur but with more red.

Le Metier de Beaute’s Nail Lacquers come an undoubtedly painful price point. These are tiny little bottles with still-hefty price tags, but the formula is dreamy. It’s not too thick or thin, but what stands out is the pigmentation–very rich, intense pigment in nearly one stroke. I think if I was a little more careful, I could have made some of these one coaters. I was able to get a full week’s worth of wear with just minor tip wear.

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  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 6/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: From these four, I think three of them are really interesting shades–so in that respect, I liken this brand to Chanel. It’s a luxury brand, so if it’s something within your budget, I think they’re worth a look–especially now that the brand has increased their distribution channels.

AVAILABILITY: Neiman Marcus

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Thursday, December 16th, 2010

Benefit Dandelion Powder Blush
Benefit Dandelion Powder

Quick Review: Benefit Dandelion Box Powder

Benefit Dandelion Box Powder ($28.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a softened peach with a hint of pink and a golden shimmer-sheen. On me, it definitely leans a little peach, but I could see the pink tones being pulled out on cooler skin tones that have more pink in them naturally. This is meant to be a soft color, so it works best as a highlighter or if dusted lightly, an all-over powder. I would the very palest of skin could use this as a subtle blusher. One box will last you quite awhile, given the massive size of the powder, as most blushes are half the size!

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  • Product: 28/30
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: For something that adds a natural glow without going overboard or adding a lot of color, Dandelion works well. It flatters both warmer and cooler skin tones, too!

AVAILABILITY: Sephora

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Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

MAC Stylishly Yours Collection

MAC Stylishly Yours Collection

U.S. Launch Date: December 26th, 2010

Madly chic women know how to play variations on a theme to give a signature look major oomph, more modern momentum; the simplest switch-up is all that’s required. A pink lip, a lavender eye? A red lip, an orange eye? Stylishly Yours is a M∙A∙C presto-change-o colour collection to personalize the process instantly. Always flawlessly fabulous, set against the sophistication of black, work the full spectrum of passionate pinks to raging reds, in 4 Lipsticks, 4 Pigments, 4 Creme Colour Base, 2 Beauty Powders, Clear Lipglass, and don’t panic – Zoomlash and Fluidline at the ready to double dramatize how glamorous it is to be you.

Cream Colour Base ($16.50 U.S. / $20.00 CDN)

  • Virgin Isle Vivid bright coral (Cream) (Permanent at PRO)
  • Tickle Me Pink Poppy creamy bright pink (Cream) (Limited Edition)
  • Movie Star Red Medium toned blue red (Cream) (Limited Edition)
  • Madly Magenta Vivid pinkish purple (Cream) (Permanent at PRO)

Fluidline ($15.00 U.S. / $18.00 CDN)

  • Dark Diversion Blackened plum (Limited Edition)
  • Blacktrack Solid flat black (Permanent)

Brush ($17.50 U.S. / $21.00 CDN)

  • 209 Eyeliner Brush (Permanent)

Zoom Lash ($14.00 U.S. / $16.50 CDN)

  • New Hue Blackened burgundy (Limited Edition)

Lipstick ($14.50 U.S. / $17.50 CDN)

  • Neon Orange Bright clean orange (Amplified) (Permanent at PRO)
  • Something New Creamy bright blue pink (Amplified) (Limited Edition)
  • Cockney Sheer yellow red with multidimensional pearl (Lustre) (Permanent now) (Repromote from Euristocrats, ’09)
  • Style Curve Bright clean violet purple (Cremesheen) (Limited Edition)

Lipglass ($14.50 U.S. / $17.50 CDN)

  • Clear Clear (Permanent)

Pigment ($19.50 U.S. / $23.50 CDN)

  • Follow Your Fancy Bright coral with small pearl particle (Limited Edition)
  • Madly Personal Bright pink (Limited Edition)
  • New Fixation Bright fuchsia red with soft pearl (Limited Edition)
  • Violet Vivid bright violet purple (Permanent)

Beauty Powder ($22.00 U.S. / $27.00 CDN)

  • Play It Proper Pastel soft pink with sparkles (Limited Edition)
  • Too Chic Soft peachy cream with fine shimmer (Limited Edition)

Availability: December 26th, 2010 at all North American MAC locations. January 2011 at all international MAC locations.

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Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

MAC Cham-Pale Collection

MAC Cham-Pale Collection

U.S. Launch Date: December 26th, 2010

Only the finest will do for a M∙A∙C toast to the New Year! Cham Pale is a cuvée colour collection that’s cause for celebration – a Champagne smash, shimmering with all the bubbly optimism and golden glow of the best that’s yet to be, in Eye Shadow, from Brule to Et tu, Bouquet?; Paint Pots in Chilled on Ice and Let Me Pop, Lipstick in four shades, especially Quiet Please, and Flustered; Lipgelée from Bubble Lounge to Straight to the Head; two Chromagraphic Pencils (NC15/NW20 and NW25/NC30); Eye Kohl in I Get No Kick; Kohl Power in Feline; Nail Lacquer we call Very Important Platinum!; Studio Fix Mascara, and new Special Reserve Highlight Powder in four shades ending perfectly elegantly in everyone’s favourite: Rosé Olé. All, for every skin tone. To us!

Special Reserve Highlighter Powder ($28.00 U.S. / $33.50 CDN)

  • Chez Chez Lame Soft gold with silver shimmer (Limited Edition)
  • Rose Ole Soft pink with gold shimmer (Limited Edition)

Eye Kohl ($14.50 U.S. / $17.50 CDN)

  • I Get No Kick Metallic nude (Limited Edition)

Kohl Power ($14.50 U.S. / $17.50 CDN)

  • Feline Rich black (Limited Edition, Repromote)

Chromagraphic Pencil ($14.50 U.S. / $17.50 CDN)

  • NC15/NW20 NC15 (Permanent at PRO)
  • NW25/NC30 NC25 (Permanent at PRO)

Paint Pot ($16.50 U.S. / $20.00 CDN)

  • Chilled on Ice Frosted white gold (Limited Edition)
  • Let Me Pop Frosted light copper (Limited Edition)
  • Vintage Selection Frosted dirty peach (Limited Edition)
  • Dangerous Cuvee Frosted cool grey (Limited Edition)

Nail Lacquer ($13.00 U.S. / $15.50 CDN)

  • Soiree Sparkly light bronze gold (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • Very Important Platinum Dirty platinum (Frost) (Limited Edition)

Lipstick ($14.50 U.S. / $17.50 CDN)

  • Tanarama Pale beige with golden shimmer (Frost) (Permanent)
  • Quiet, Please Frosted pink champagne (Lustre) (Limited Edition) (Repromote from Red She Said, ’08)
  • Flustered Frosted pale bronze (Frost) (Permanent)
  • Gel Sheer metallic beige (Frost) (Permanent)

Lipgelee ($14.50 U.S. / $17.50 CDN)

  • Bubble Lounge Sparkly pink peach (Frost)
  • Sin-tillation Sparkly pale icy pink (Frost)
  • Straight to the Head Sparkly bronze brown (Frost)
  • Luxure Off-white with pink pearl (Frost)

Caviar Dreams Eyeshadow Quad ($36.00 U.S. / $43.00 CDN)

  • Brule Soft creamy beige (Satin) (Permanent)
  • Et tu, Bouquet? Frosted pale pink (Frost) (Limited Edition) (Repromote from A Rose Romance, ’09)
  • Caviar Dreams Dirty frosted pewter (Lustre) (Limited Edition)
  • Retrospeck Beached blonde (Lustre) (Permanent)

Studio Fix Lash ($14.00 U.S. / $17.00 CDN)

  • Black Fix Black (Permanent)

Complete Comfort Creme ($32.00 U.S. / $38.50 CDN) (Permanent in U.S., Limited Edition in Asia)

Calms and soothes irritated skin immediately and over time and relieves sensitive skin while diminishing the appearance of redness, irritation and blotchiness. Over time, the gentle, soothing formula helps reduce the appearance of broken capillaries and helps even out skin tone. It contains algae extracts that visibly reduce redness and blotchiness on the skin, both immediately and over time. Kukui nut oil provides moisturization and emollience, while kola seed extract acts as an anti-irritant to help soothe irritated skin. It contains wheat germ and barley extracts that help strengthen the skin’s natural lipid barrier over time. It moisturizes and softens the skin immediately and over time and improves skin tone over time.

Fix+ Lavender ($18.00 U.S. / $21.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

Lip Conditioner SPF 15 + Lavender ($14.50 U.S. / $17.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

Tinted Lip Conditioner SPF 15 + Lavender ($14.50 U.S. / $17.50 CDN)

  • Calm Mode Light neutral beige (Limited Edition)

Availability: December 26th, 2010 at all North American MAC locations. January 2011 at all international MAC locations.

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Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

MAC Brush Cleanser
MAC Brush Cleanser

Quick Review: MAC Brush Cleanser

MAC Brush Cleanser ($12.00 for 7.9 fl. oz.) is a total go-to for me when it comes to an effective, easy-to-use method to clean my makeup brushes. It works well as a spot cleanser (just spray it on a paper towel and run the brush back and forth, which will draw and pull out whatever is in your brush), because your brush will dry in a few minutes. I also will pour some into a cup and put each brush in it (just a little bit), then rinse with water for a deeper clean.

It would be more convenient if it came with a spray pump, because unless you’re pouring some into a vessel, a spray or two would be plenty without any waste. It takes me about a year to get through an entire bottle, and I’m not at all frugal with it!

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  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 3/5

RECOMMENDATION: If you’re in the market for a quick-drying brush cleanser that will disinfect and clean your brushes simultaneously, MAC Brush Cleanser is something to consider! It is definitely one of my staples.

AVAILABILITY: Nordstrom

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

E.L.F. Minty Lip Gloss
E.L.F. Minty Lip Gloss: Chicago, San Diego, New York City, Houston

Quick Review: E.L.F. Minty Lip Gloss

e.l.f. Studio Minty Lip Gloss ($3.00 for 0.08 oz.) are sheer to semi-sheer glosses with a sweet mint scent and a slight minty tingle. The tingle only lasts for a few minutes, and it isn’t painful or burning. I only get about an hour and a half of wear with these glosses (my average is closer to three), though. The formula itself is thin and non-sticky, but the applicator could be better, because I feel like I have to go for three or four pulls of gloss to get enough to cover my lips.

  • Chicago is a coppery orange with flecks of gold bronze glitter.
  • San Diego is a coral-red with gold flecks of shimmer.
  • New York City is a medium pink with subtle gold micro-shimmer.
  • Houston is a muted fuchsia-pink with soft pink shimmer.

I know that they’re only a few bucks, so why complain at all about quantity? At the same time, most of E.L.F.’s products grew famous for being $1 each, and then they introduced their Studio line which is the “higher end” range–but you’re only getting 0.08 oz. It’s like MAC Dazzleglass all over again. I won’t dock points for it, but I find it intereting they skimped on quantity. (For example, their Mineral Lipgloss–also from the Studio line–contains 0.22 fl oz.)

Welcome to Swatch-all-idays! To start 2011 off on the right foot (or post, as it may be!), Temptalia is going through a backlog of products we have photographed, swatched, and often tested but in a slightly different manner. Quick reviews may be partially incomplete, such as a blush may only be swatched on the arm rather than shown on the face. It is our hope that what we are able to provide is still helpful!

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  • Product: 25/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: Though they’re ultra cheap, so you may find its shortcoming easier to excuse, but it wears off incredibly quickly, which is why I don’t find myself reaching for these.

AVAILABILITY: e.l.f.

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