Friday, August 12th, 2011


Chanel Les Aquarelles de Chanel Collection

In the 1920s, Marie Laurencin painted a watercolor portrait of Gabrielle Chanel. Today, Karl Lagerfeld employs that image as a point of departure for the 2011 Spring-Summer Haute Couture Collection, suffused with light and restraint. The atmosphere is pastel-toned, with clean silhouettes of catwalk models styled as ballerinas, evanescent and nonchalant. Soft pinks merge into tones of ivory and dove grey. Every aspect of the cherished rue Cambon style is washed over with the candor of youth. The enigmatic grace of a black satin ribbon tied high around the neck accentuates the mysterious spirit hidden behind the models’angelic faces.

Innocence always conceals its more daring side. Peter Philips, Creative Director of CHANEL Makeup, sees the spirit of rebellion behind delicate poses. His pastels are infused with character, coloring candidly pure faces with a flourishing form of urban poetry.

Created in the image of the 2011 Spring-Summer Haute Couture Collection, the shade range focuses on a palette of pinks and delicate grey on the eyes, framed by black and bathed in light. An exclusive creation, OMBRES TISSÉES Beiges takes on a fine-knit texture of silvery, golden and pinkish tones of beige. Arranged in three bands within their square case, these satiny eyeshadows smooth transparently over eyelids, while illuminating facial contours with touches of light. A little cloud of OMBRE ESSENTIELLE in Gris Exquis is shaded just beneath the brow line. A bold, geometric line of STYLO YEUX WATERPROOF 10 Ébène is drawn the precise width of the eyelid, stopping abruptly at its border for a more muted revisiting of the doe eye, modernising the youthful inspiration behind the look.

Blush extends from cheekbones to just below the eye. JOUES CONTRASTE 99 Rose Pétale adorns an opalescent complexion with soft light, lifted by the fresh hue of 66 Pink Cloud. Lips and nails are dressed in a hint of transparent pink, conveying an impression of romance par excellence. Irresistible, and as gentle as a hydrating balm, ROUGE COCO SHINE softens your natural smile with 58 Royallieu, while LE VERNIS 507 Tendresse perfects the color harmony in the most delicate way imaginable.

Ombres Tissees ($75.00)

This unique illuminating powder from LES AQUARELLES DE CHANEL Makeup Collection adds captivating shimmer and iridescence to eyes and cheeks with pale pink and ivory tones. The harmony is embellished with a luminous layer of shimmer and embossed with an iconic woven tweed effect. Limited Edition.

  • Beiges (Limited Edition)

Joues Contraste ($43.00)

  • Pink Cloud (Limited Edition)
  • Rose Petale

Ombre Essentielle ($28.50)

  • Gris Exquis (Limited Edition)

Le Vernis ($25.00)

  • Tendresse (Limited Edition)

Stylo Yeux Waterproof ($29.00)

  • Ebene

availability: chanel.com

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Thursday, August 11th, 2011


Urban Decay Sneak Peek of the Book of Shadows Volume IV

Mark your calendars, makeup junkies! Urban Decay is celebrating the holidays a little early this year, and Sephora’s got the scoop first…

  • Where: Sephora’s Times Square locale (1500 Broadway, New York, NY)
  • When: Saturday, August 20th from 1pm – 7pm
  • What: Urban Decay’s Eric Jimenez, Worldwide Retail Sales Director & International Make-Up Artist, is conducting makeovers and also introducing the highly coveted Book of Shadows Volume IV for an exclusive sneak peek before its holiday 2011 launch. A limited quantity of this ultra-luxe collection palette will be available for purchase ONLY at this store on Saturday on a first come first served basis. Clients will have the opportunity to sit down for a makeover consultation with Eric and his team of artists to learn tips and tricks to get the looks created especially for this palette by Creative Director and Founder, Wende Zomnir. Clients will also get an inside look at Urban Decay’s newest fall launches as Eric and his team recreate fall’s hottest runway trends. Learn a few artist tips including how to create a bright lip with Sephora’s exclusive Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color, and the perfect winged cat-eye using the Revolution Lash Curler, Lush Lash Mascara and the newest edition to the 24/7 family, 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner. Also not to be forgotten is the coveted 15 Year Anniversary limited edition eyeshadow palette, a true collector’s item for any bona-fide makeup junkie.
  • How: Get ready to camp out and secure your place in line to get Urban Decay’s Book of Shadows Volume IV before anyone else. PLUS, receive a free Urban Decay t-shirt or Meltdown Makeup Remover with a purchase of the Book of Shadows IV palette.

Book of Shadows Vol. IV ($64.00) (Limited Edition)

We can’t wait to turn up the volume with the highly anticipated Book of Shadows Volume IV. Complete with our smart-phone-ready ‘Get the Look’ tutorials and a pocket-sized speaker, get your beauty on to your favorite beats. Book of Shadows Vol. IV features more than ever before: a pull-out drawer showcasing 16 phenomenal shadows (10 of which are brand-new, exclusive to this collection), a full-sized version of our new 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Perversion (blackest black), travel-sized Supercurl Curling Mascara, travel-sized Eyeshadow Primer Potion and a mirror. But it’s more than just makeup…Cross over into the virtual dimension of beauty with a portable speaker, a USB cord, audio cable, and ‘Get the Look’ QR card. A veritable Willy Wonka experience for makeup enthusiasts, BOS IV actually provides you with five strut-worthy looks via video tutorial to boot. A gift that will be sure please the eyes in more ways than one, we’ve adorned this palette with a mesmerizing, feminine laser light show and filled it with translucent, multi-colored, pop-up butterflies. This sleek little device makes the impromptu dance party a reality for all!

I’m waiting on better images & more information (shades, dates, etc.) – when I have more to share, I will!

THIS IS A SNEAK PEEK. THIS IS NOT THE FULL LAUNCH.  IT WILL LAUNCH AT THE USUAL RETAILERS.

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Thursday, August 11th, 2011


Illamasqua Poke Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Poke Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Poke Nail Varnish ($14.00 for 0.5 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright violet purple” and has a shimmer finish. It’s a vibrant violet with a hint of fuchsia both in the base color as well as in the shimmer. The formula was a dream to work with–so pigmented it was nearly opaque in a single coat. It spread evenly across the nail, and the consistency was right on the money, because it wasn’t too thick or thin. I typically get a week’s worth of wear out of Illamasqua’s nail polishes.

I couldn’t think of any really similar shades! The closest I could come up with was Illamasqua Jo’mina, which has a similar brightness but lacks shimmer and is less pink.

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Such a beautiful color but an even more standout formula -- definitely one of the easiest polishes I've worked with. The color coverage is excellent while the consistency allows the polish to flow evenly across the nail without bubbling or streaking.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, August 11th, 2011

NARS Train Bleu Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Train Bleu Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Fall 2011: Train Bleu Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Train Bleu Velvet Matte Lip Pencil ($24.00 for 0.08 oz.) is described as a “deep aubergine.” Velvet Matte Lip Pencils deliver rich pigment with a “velvet matte finish.” It’s supposed to be creamy and long-wearing without being drying. This shade is new and now part of NARS’ permanent range.

If this looks familiar to you that means 1) you’re a regular Temptalia reader and 2) you have an excellent eye. It looks nearly identical to MAC Smoked Purple. Train Bleu is a vampy purpled-burgundy with a near-matte finish. It has a subtle hint of sheen when you look at it close-up, but it is fairly matte when viewed at a normal distance.

Train Bleu wears a solid six hours on me, but my lips start to feel the need for added moisture by the fourth hour. The pencil formula makes it easier to apply, because you can easily edge around the lips, but you will lose product when you go to sharpen it. The color coverage is opaque and lush–much better than Smoked Purple–and the texture is creamier and has a lot less tug and drag in comparison. Of course, the price is nearly double.

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It's not the easiest matte formula to work with, but it is one of the easier ones. The color is really rich and dark--very fall--and will be gorgeous on lighter complexions for a dramatic look.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Thursday, August 11th, 2011

bareMinerals The Perfect Storm Eyeshadow Duo
bareMinerals The Perfect Storm Eyeshadow Duo

bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow Duos: The Perfect Storm

bareMinerals The Perfect Storm Eyeshadow Duo ($20.00 for 0.10 oz.) contains two shades: Cumulus and Tempest. This duo launches in October, and it’s touted as a solid eyeshadow with SeaNutritive Mineral Complex that is “creamy, silky smooth” with “seamless blendability” and “stay-true color” that is long-wearing when worn alone without creasing or budging. When worn alone, I was able to wear several of the new duos for 10 hours without an eyeshadow primer. For more details on packaging, please read my original review.

Cumulus is a subtly, cool-toned white with a soft, frosted shimmer finish. It’s very opaque, and the texture is dense and buttery. It ends up a bit like Inglot #351 but whiter. Inglot #373 is closer but cooler.

Tempest is a gray-casted taupe with a near-matte finish. It’s that mix of gray and brown that creates taupe, but it leans more on the gray side. The matte texture is really workable here–it’s soft, smooth, and nicely pigmented. The softness makes it easy to blend when applied. The shade is reminiscent of Chanel Prelude without the shimmer. It’s very similar but slightly grayer compared to Burberry Taupe Brown.

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This duo would make for an excellent smoky eye with a neutral kick to it, because it's not your typical mix of gray/black. I do think this will tend to work best on lighter, cooler skin tones, though.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, August 11th, 2011


Deborah Lippmann Get This Party Started Collection

Deborah Lippmann Get This Party Started Collection

Nothing says ‘Party’ like the magnetic sparkle of glitter. So for the biggest party season of the year, I’ve created shades that truly dazzle. Get This Party Started, a set of three glitters, was inspired by the overwhelming demand for my best selling Happy Birthday, a glittery party in a bottle. The set includes Happy Birthday, along with two new variations of the sparkling shade: Forget You and Candy Shop. They’re both packed with the same unique hexagon-shaped glitter that gives Happy Birthday its magnificent glint, only Forget You has a sheer black base and Candy Shop a bubblegum pink.

I love how festive all three look and feel, whether wrapped a round a champagne glass or peeping out of a glamorous pump. But what I truly love the most: how a few coats of any shade instantly transform you into the life of the party. — Deborah Lippmann

  • Happy Birthday Party in a bottle (Glitter)
  • Forget You Party all night (Glitter)
  • Candy Shop Bubblegum pink (Glitter)

availability: Now available at lippmanncollection.com and Nordstrom.com, $42 for the set