Sunday, June 15th, 2014

One of my favorite products these days are cream eyeshadows, particular one-and-done shades, which I’ve included three of here, and then two brighter, more vibrant shades that could be used as bases or incorporated with other eyeshadows for a major look.

  1. Benefit Birthday Suit — a bronzy taupe
  2. Maybelline Fierce & Tangy — tangerine orange
  3. Shiseido Esmaralda — a bluish-teal
  4. MAC Rubenesque — a coppery peach
  5. Dior Lune — a shimmery white

>> See side-by-side swatches here! <<

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

Shiseido Esmaralda (BL 620) Shimmering Cream Eye Color
Shiseido Esmaralda (BL 620) Shimmering Cream Eye Color

Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Color ($25.00 for 0.21 oz.) is supposed to be a “lightweight cream eye shadow with a radiant, lustrous finish that maintains a just-applied fresh look for 16 hours without smudging or creasing.” I loved the texture of the formula, as it is really creamy and lightweight, so it blends and applies over the lid fairly evenly. There is a fair amount of slip to it, so the drying time is a bit longer, but once it dries down, it stays in place for about eleven hours (which isn’t close to the 16 claimed, though). The three shades I tried were pigmented but could be sheered out if you wanted a sheer wash of color.

Shiseido Esmaralda (BL 620) Shimmering Cream Eye Color ($25.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “deep, elegant aqua blue.” It’s a medium-dark, muted blue with a slight teal leaning and a frosted finish. It had good pigmentation and applied easily over the lid, and the wear was just over eleven hours in total. Tarina Tarantino Ozma (LE) is more teal, powder. Kat Von D Bukowski (LE) is powder. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #6 (P, $9.99) is brighter, powder. Disney by Sephora Diamond Sky (LE) is more teal. Urban Decay Unhinged (LE, $18.00) is darker, more muted, powder. Urban Decay Peace (P, $18.00) is powder, brighter. Urban Decay Haight (P, $18.00) is darker, powder. NARS South Pacific #1 (P, $24.00) is brighter, warmer, powder. Maybelline Tenacious Teal (P, $6.99) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches
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Shiseido Sudachi (GR 619) Shimmering Cream Eye Color ($25.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “juicy green.” It’s a medium, warm-toned green with a soft, frosted finish. It looks almost cooler-toned if applied at full intensity, but if sheered out, it looks warmer and warmer as the yellow undertone gets pulled out. This shade had good color payoff, and it wore well for eleven hours on me before starting to slightly crease. Makeup Geek Appletini (P, $5.99) is lighter. Disney by Sephora Fins (LE) is cooler-toned. Urban Decay Kush (P, $18.00) is a powder but similar in color. Milani Green Safari (P, $6.49) is cooler-toned, darker. MAC Feeling Fresh (LE, $15.00) is warmer, powder. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Foxfire (P, $14.00) is powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Shiseido Mist (WT 901) Shimmering Cream Eye Color ($25.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “pearl.” It’s an iridescent, pink-tinged white with a very sparkly, high-frost finish. It had fairly good pigmentation, but this shade was more prone to applying sheerer than really opaque, so you may find two layers necessary for opaque color, if desired. This color works well for highlighting in the inner tear duct or as a wash of color on the lid to brighten the eyes. It wore well for ten and a half hours before starting to crease. bareMinerals Skinny Dip (LE) is a powder. MAC Violet Blend #1 (LE) is darker, powder. MAC Pink Sensibilities #2 (LE, $21.00) is darker, powder. Tarina Tarantino Delightful #3 (P) is less sparkly, powder. Tarina Tarantino Diamond Dusk #2 (LE) is less sparkly, powder. Tom Ford Beauty Seductive Rose #1 (P) is less sparkly, powder. Tom Ford Beauty Enchanted #1 (LE) is a powder. MAC Fresh & Mint #2 (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned, powder. MAC Ready to Party (LE, $19.50) is darker, powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Esmaralda (BL 620)

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8.5/10

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9.5/10

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Longevity

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Sudachi (GR 619)

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9.5/10

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Mist (WT 901)

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Longevity

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Monday, March 17th, 2014

Shiseido Nebula (VI207) Lacquer Gloss
Shiseido Nebula (VI207) Lacquer Gloss

Shiseido Lacquer Gloss ($25.00 for 0.25 fl. oz.) is a new formula that’s described as having “vivid clear color” and “profound moisture,” while the applicator is supposed to enable you to apply with “no streaks.” I bought two shades, opting for the violet-color (because I’m always on the hunt for a delectable purple gloss) and a red (figuring it would be most likely to perform the best) — I try to pick shades that might work well and horribly, if I don’t have the whole range to test, to get some idea about overall performance. The gloss is lightweight, non-sticky with a hybrid cream-gel consistency– a rather emollient feel on the lips–and nicely hydrating. While the wear time varied for me between the two shades, but it was a little longer than the average gloss. The gloss had no discernible scent or taste. The price point, quantity, and overall quality make this a worthwhile formula to check out!

Shiseido Nebula (VI207) Lacquer Gloss ($25.00 for 0.25 fl. oz.) is described as a “violet with multi-coloured pearls.” It’s a medium lavender-purple with soft, cool undertones and a multi-colored, fine shimmer. It had semi-opaque color coverage, where the gloss noticeably changed the natural lip color but still enabled some of it to come through, so your natural lip color will influence the ultimate result (particularly any undertones). It applied evenly for the most part, but there was room for improvement. This shade wore well for four and a half hours. NARS Annees (P, $26.00) appears more similar when swatched (but has no shimmer), but applied, it is much lighter. MAC Cinestyle (LE, $20.00) is cooler-toned, milkier, no shimmer. See comparison swatches.

Shiseido Lust (RD305) Lacquer Gloss ($25.00 for 0.25 fl. oz.) is described as a “blood red.” It’s a brightened, medium orange-red with warm undertones and a very, very fine white shimmer (I didn’t even notice it when I looked in the mirror–only in the close-up photos is it apparent). It ha mostly opaque pigmentation with a little translucency to keep it from looking heavy or like a liquid lipstick. This shade wore well for five and a half hours on me. Laura Mercier Poppy (P, $25.00) is redder, less shimmery. Illamasqua Touch (P, $22.00) is redder, more shimmery. Maybelline Signature Scarlet (020) (P, $8.99) is less warm-toned, less shimmery. Revlon Fire (P, $7.49) is slightly darker. NARS Hollywoodlawn (LE, $26.00) is more muted, darker. Chanel Exces (P, $32.00) is less warm-toned. MAC Knockout (LE, $15.00) is a touch more muted. MAC Ablaze (LE, $15.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

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Nebula (VI207)

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Longevity

9/10

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9.5/10

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Thursday, January 24th, 2013

Olive Green Eyeliners
Olive Green Eyeliners: MAC Black Karat, MAC Black Line, MAC Buried Treasure,
MAC Rosemary & Thyme, MAC Uniform, MUFE #5L, Stila Moray, shu uemura ME Khaki 09,
UD Stash, bareMinerals 10AM, TT Sparkling Ammunition, Chanel Khaki Dore,
Shiseido Black Sand, BB Hunter, D&G Stromboli

Olive Green Eyeliners: Your Guide

You might think that the color I have the most shades for is olive green, but you would be wrong, even though there are quite a few! The nice thing here is that we have more than a few dupes/similarities. I like that, because then you can select based on what formula works best for you and still get the shade you want.

  1. MAC Black Karat is a brownish-black with an olive-brown tone and gold shimmer. (LE)
  2. MAC Black Line is a black with brown undertones and an olive green shimmer. (LE)
  3. MAC Buried Treasure is a cool-toned brown with olive green shimmer. It is a little darker than MAC Uniform.
  4. MAC Rosemary & Thyme is a light-medium olive green with green shimmer. It is similar to MUFE #5L (darker) and shu uemura ME Khaki 09 (less sparkle).
  5. MAC Uniform is a cool-toned brown with olive gold shimmer. It is slightly lighter than MAC Buried Treasure.
  6. Make Up For Ever #5L is an olive green with a soft sheen. It is a touch darker than MAC Rosemary & Thyme and shu uemura ME Khaki 09.
  7. Stila Moray is a darkened olive green with an olive brown shimmer/sheen. It is a bit greener compared to UD Stash but not as green as bareMinerals 10AM.
  8. shu uemura ME Khaki 09 is a warm olive green with brown undertones. It is a touch darker than MAC Rosemary & Thyme but lighter than MUFE #5L.
  9. Urban Decay Stash is a darkened olive green with a subtle sheen. It is browner than Stila Moray and bareMinerals 10AM.
  10. bareMinerals 10AM is an olive green with strong green pigmentation compared to the other shades here. It is greener than Stila Moray, UD Stash, and TT Sparkling Ammunition.
  11. Tarina Tarantino Sparkling Ammunition is a darkened olive green with subtle shimmer. It is a bit lighter than Stila Moray but greener than UD Stash and browner than bareMinerals 10AM.
  12. Chanel Khaki Dore is a warm-toned, olive brown with gold sheen.
  13. Shiseido Black Sand is a green-tinged black with gold shimmer.
  14. Bobbi Brown Hunter is a green-tinged black–against all these other eyeliners, it is so, so dark.
  15. Dolce & Gabbana Stromboli is a deep black with olive shimmer.

TEMPTALIA PICKS:  #6 (quality, pigmentation), #7 (pigmentation), #9 (longevity, quality), #11 (quality, pigmentation)

Behind-the-Series:  It was my intention to provide heavy, opaque swatches to provide an accurate color comparison.  Some eyeliners required one pass, some required five, and a few even more.  When possible, the shade name (above) is linked to the original review so you can read more about the quality, wear, etc. of a particular eyeliner.  If we’ve never done a review, there will be no link.  Shades that were limited edition will be marked with “(LE)” and shades that were discontinued will be marked with “(DC)” after the color description.  You can also find all comparisons on The Dupe List.

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Sunday, January 6th, 2013

Shiseido Cafe Creme (BE 201) Luminizing Lipgloss
Shiseido Cafe Creme (BE 201) Luminizing Lipgloss

Pale, Shimmering Beige Offers a Warm Glow

Shiseido Cafe Creme (BE 201) Luminizing Lipgloss ($22.00 for 0.21 fl. oz.) is a warm, peachy beige with pale champagne and gold micro-shimmer. MAC Lightly Prancing has a similar composition but the gold shimmer is larger. MAC Viva Glam V is also similar, slightly warmer. MAC Devilishly Stylish has white shimmer.

The Luminizing Lipgloss formula is supposed to be “intense, pure moisture” – really hydrating, in other words, with a non-sticky texture and “long-lasting color and natural luminosity.” I’ve been meaning to check out other shades in this formula, because Shiseido owns Cle de Peau, which makes one of my favorite glosses of all time (#2, for those curious) and the packaging and descriptions are similar for both glosses. So, on a whim, I added this to my Nordstrom order.

There’s a slight milkiness to the color that gives it more color coverage than anticipated–you can see how faded my lip freckle looks, despite the gloss having transparency. It adds mostly warmth and gold shimmer and ultimately evens out my lip color.  The formula is non-sticky, not too thick or too thin, comfortable to wear, but most importantly, hydrating.  It’s definitely one of the most moisturizing gloss formulas on the market from what I have tried.  This shade lasted just over three hours on my lips, which is a bit shy for average on gloss for me though on par with similar shades (light shades like these always seem to wear away faster).

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Shiseido Cafe Creme (BE 201) Luminizing Lipgloss Review, Photos, Swatches

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It adds mostly warmth and gold shimmer and ultimately evens out my lip color. It's definitely one of the most moisturizing gloss formulas on the market from what I have tried.

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9.5/10

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Texture

10/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

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Monday, December 31st, 2012

Top 10 of 2012: Lipsticks

There were actually a lot of fantastic lipsticks released this year! I already pulled up twenty that to consider for the top ten, and I had only reached August (I go backwards). There were 52 pages of lip product reviews to sift through (that’s 312 posts!), and these were the ones that made the cut:

What was your favorite lipstick from 2012?

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