Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Tom Ford Black Oyster Cream & Powder Eye Color
Tom Ford Black Oyster Cream & Powder Eye Color

Tom Ford Black Oyster Cream & Powder Eye Color ($60.00 for 0.31 oz.) is a set designed to give you an ultra sparkly, smoky eye. It pairs a sparkly silver powder eyeshadow with a silver-sparkled black cream eyeshadow together. When layered, the silver powder eyeshadow intensifies the sparkle and finish of the cream eyeshadow, but it doesn’t alter the color much. Of the four duos, this was my least favorite, as the powder eyeshadow was under-performing, though the cream eyeshadow performed well.

Black Oyster (Eye Color) is a muted, medium-dark silver with lighter, brighter silver sparkle and sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, but it was the least pigmented of the four duos. It had less of an underlying base color with more sparkle, which gave it a chunkier appearance applied to the eye. The texture was thin, fairly smooth with an almost wet-like feel to it, so the sparkle held together and didn’t get all over the place during application, but the chunkier texture made it look more uneven applied. I had moderate fall out while I wore it, though, with the overall color lasting for eight hours before creasing. Chanel Mysterio (102) (P, $36.00) is darker, less sparkly. Sugarpill Grand Tiara (P, $13.00) is less sparkly, warmer. Sephora Collection Iridescent Shell (110) (LE, $13.00) is darker, less sparkly. Kat Von D Moonshine (LE) is less sparkly. Colour Pop Liberty (P, $5.00) is less sparkly. Make Up For Ever ME202 Iceberg Blue (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter, less sparkly. Tom Ford Beauty Ice Queen #2 (P) is lighter, brighter. Urban Decay Revolt (P, $18.00) is less sparkly. Giorgio Armani Silver Chafer (35) (LE, $33.00) is cooler-toned, lighter. NARS Silver Factory (LE, $24.00) is cream. MAC Extra Silver (LE, $19.50) is less sparkly. Chanel Infini (P, $29.50) is lighter. Bobbi Brown Tinsel (LE) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Black Oyster (Cream) is a deepened black with warm undertones and silver sparkle and bluish-teal micro-shimmer. It had a more metallic finish, and it seemed like the most shimmery of the four cream eyeshadows in the collection. The formula was intensely pigmented with rich, opaque color coverage that went on smoothly and evenly. It wore well for ten and a half hours before creasing slightly. MAC Bao Bao’s Jewels #5 (LE) is lighter, powder. Lancome My French #9 (LE) is less sparkly, darker, powder. Hourglass Graphite #4 (P) is darker, less sparkly, powder. Guerlain Cygne Noir #1 (LE) is powder, less sparkly. MAC Prim and Proper (LE, $19.50) is powder. Make Up For Ever D104 Black Diamond (P, $21.00) is darker, less sparkly, powder. Marc Jacobs Beauty Blacklight (306) (LE, $32.00) is lighter, powder. MAC Jet Couture (P, $21.00) is very similar, powder. MAC Dark Soul (P, $21.00) is less sparkly, darker, powder. Chanel Mirifique (P, $36.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Tom Ford Midnight Sea Cream & Powder Eye Color
Tom Ford Midnight Sea Cream & Powder Eye Color

Tom Ford Midnight Sea Cream & Powder Eye Color ($60.00 for 0.31 oz.) contains a sparkling, bluish-teal powder eyeshadow paired with a smoky taupe-brown cream eyeshadow, which you may know has Spring 2015, as it was released previously. The performance of the powder eyeshadow was better in this duo than the other two, and the cream eyeshadow performed as well this time as it did previously–that is to say, excellently. Layered, the two create a dirty, blackened blue-teal with a very sparkly, metallic sheen.

Midnight Sea (Eye Color) is a light-medium, bluish-teal with a sparkling, metallic finish. It had mostly opaque pigmentation that applied very smoothly and evenly. The sparkle seemed more integrated and a bit finer in this eyeshadow compared to the ones in the other duos. The consistency was still thin, almost wet/cream-like, and blended well on the skin without losing its base color. I didn’t have issues with fall out during application, but I did have some noticeable fall out over time. It lasted for eight and a half hours before creasing slightly on me. Colour Pop Ibiza (P, $5.00) is brighter, darker. Colour Pop Pop Rocks (P, $5.00) is darker, less metallic. Anastasia Venezia (LE, $12.00) is darker. Urban Decay Freeze (LE, $18.00) is warmer, less sparkly. Make Up For Ever D236 Lagoon Blue (P, $21.00) is brighter, darker. Makeup Geek Glass Slipper (P, $5.99) is lighter, less sparkly. Urban Decay Fringe (P) is less sparkly, darker. theBalm #23 (P, $6.50) is less sparkly. Tarina Tarantino Ozma (LE) is darker, less sparkly. Makeup Geek Mermaid (P, $5.99) is less sparkly. Disney by Sephora Caspian Sea (LE) is darker, less sparkly. Tom Ford Beauty Emerald Lust #3 (LE) is darker, less sparkly. Urban Decay Deep End (P, $18.00) is darker, less sparkly. Inglot #415 (P, $6.00) is brighter, less sparkly. Inglot #413 (P, $6.00) is less sparkly. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Spring 2015 is a blackened, smoky taupe-brown with subtle, warm undertones and a silver-ish pearly shimmer. It’s one of the more complex shades that have been released in this formula, and I find it looks different depending on the opacity level and what you pair it with. It wore well for twelve hours without creasing or fading, and it applied with even, smooth, opaque color coverage with ease. Hourglass Atmosphere #5 (P) is a powder, less shimmery. Giorgio Armani #08 (P, $32.00) is a powder, less shimmery. MAC Trusted Instinct #5 (LE) is cooler-toned, powder. MAC Pepper (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned, less shimmery, powder. Burberry Graphite (No. 28) (P, $29.00) is powder, less shimmery, darker. Stila Substance (P) is lighter, powder. Chanel Tisse Gabrielle #4 (P) is powder, less shimmery. Chanel Tisse Gabrielle #1 (P) is powder, cooler-toned. Makeup Geek Moondust (P, $5.99) is lighter, warmer, powder. Dior Aventure (081) (P, $31.00) is grayer. MAC Bossa Blue (LE, $21.00) is cooler-toned, powder. MAC Legendary Black (DC, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, powder. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Monday, April 13th, 2015

Tom Ford Nude Dip Eye Color Quad
Tom Ford Nude Dip Eye Color Quad

Tom Ford’s Nude Dip Eye Color Quad is making a return and is being added to the permanent range in late May/early June. You can pre-order now at Nordstrom and Saks.

Monday, April 13th, 2015

Tom Ford Naked Bronze Cream & Powder Eye Color
Tom Ford Naked Bronze Cream & Powder Eye Color

Tom Ford Naked Bronze Cream & Powder Eye Color ($60.00 for 0.31 oz.) is a mix of glittering gold and warm, coppery bronze, which you may know as Spice (previously released on its own). When the gold eyeshadow is patted over the bronze cream eyeshadow, you get a lighter, more sparkly bronze that has a more subdued red undertone. They work well together as shades side-by-side or layered. The formula of the sparkly eyeshadow suffers from some fall out during wear, and it could be a bit more pigmented in its base color, while the cream eyeshadow is fantastic with rich color payoff and a smooth, blendable, long-wearing formula.

Naked Bronze (Eye Color) is a subdued, light-medium dirty gold with lighter champagne gold sparkle and flecks of glitter. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with plenty of sparkle that actually transferred to the lid with minimal fall out as the texture was thin, almost cream-like, and held together well. This type of texture really helps the sparkly bits to bind with the colored powder and then stick to the lid. I did see some fall out over time while I wore it, though. The color lasted well for nine hours before creasing slightly. Tom Ford Beauty Pink Glow #2 (LE) is lighter. Urban Decay Disco (LE, $18.00) is less sparkly. Makeup Geek Magic Act (P, $9.99) is less sparkly. Colour Pop Get Lucky (P, $5.00) is darker, less sparkly. Chanel Rêve d’Orient #3 (LE) is less sparkly. Too Faced Honey Pot (LE, $16.00) is less sparkly. Sleek MakeUP Gold Souk (LE, $9.99) is very similar. Dior Golden Snow #2 (LE) is more sparkly. MAC Retrospeck (P, $16.00) is sheerer. Chanel Vision (LE, $36.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Spice is a medium-dark, copper bronze with warm, red undertones and a pearly sheen. It was intensely pigmented; a little goes quite a way, so I highly recommend using less than you think and then building if you end up needing more. If you want a sheerer wash of color, I would apply to the center of the area with a tiny amount, then blend and diffuse to a sheerer layer. I think it is easy to wear it totally opaque or sheer it out, but as it is quite pigmented, it is easier to wear it opaque. On me, it wears for nine and a half hours before creasing (actually, it wore a little longer than the last time I tested it–by a half hour). MAC Bao Bao’s Jewels #3 (LE) is powder, lighter. Colour Pop Deluxe (P, $5.00) is less shimmery. Colour Pop On the Rocks (P, $5.00) is less red-toned. Kat Von D Depeche (LE) is a powder. MAC Mortal #4 (LE) is lighter, powder. Make Up For Ever ME654 Cauldron (P, $21.00) is a powder. Make Up For Ever I662 Amber Brown (P, $21.00) is lighter, powder. Make Up For Ever I634 Praline (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, powder. Urban Decay Smog (P, $18.00) is a powder. Urban Decay Baked (P, $18.00) is a powder. Inglot #405 (P, $6.00) is a powder. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Monday, April 13th, 2015

Tom Ford Terra Bronzing Powder
Tom Ford Terra Bronzing Powder

Tom Ford Terra Bronzing Powder ($65.00 for 0.29 oz. or $95.00 for 0.75 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark brown with subtle, warm reddish undertones and a mostly matte finish. Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is lighter. MAC Matte Bronze (LE, $70.00) is similar. Tarte Park Ave. Princess #2 (LE) is similar. MAC Aphrodite’s Shell (LE, $33.00) is lighter. NARS Laguna (P, $36.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The texture is very silky and smooth–it’s almost like a cream, because the powder clings to itself as you brush it off of the pan’s surface. It had semi-opaque color coverage that was buildable to mostly full coverage with two layers of product, if desired. It is extremely easily blended on the skin, and the finish isn’t fully matte, so it doesn’t appear dull or flat on the skin, but it isn’t shimmery or luminous either. It’s more of a “natural matte,” if that makes sense. The bronzing powder wore well for eight and a half hours before fading slightly on my skin.

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Sunday, April 12th, 2015

The Spring 2015 Report Card:  The Best Products from Q1

There are so many products releasing each month that it can be hard to keep track of what was worth considering that I wanted to try putting together a quarterly overview that looks at the last three months of reviews with a best-of-the-quarter compilation. I’ve tried to group by formula when it makes sense to, and other times you’ll see specific shades or a collection. I’ve only included products that scored at least A- or higher (or else we’d be here all day!).

You can always browse all of my past reviews by rating and choose your threshold (or go diving for those F reviews) as well as view any Temptalia Recommends products. For a list of all my all-time favorites, see my Editor’s Choice Awards.

Clinique Cheek Pops
Clinique Cheek Pops are now available in eight new shades! You can check out the full roundup here, but they performed extremely well and in line with the original four released last year. All of the new shades rated A- or higher: Fig Pop (A+), Heather Pop (A-), Melon Pop (A-), Nude Pop (A), Pansy Pop (A-), Pink Pop (A+), Rosy Pop (A), Cola Pop (A+).

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Where to Buy

$21 at Clinique, Sephora

ColourPop Super Shock Shadows
We’ve reviewed a lot of ColourPop’s Super Shock Shadow range in the first quarter, and there were a lot of winners! Here are all of the shades that were rated A- or higher: 3 (A-), Acorn (A), Bae (A+), Bandit (A-), Chipper (A-), Desert (A), Downtown (A+), Drift (A), Eve (A+), Game Face (A), Get Lucky (A), Hanky Panky (A), Heat (A), Lace (A-), La-la (A+), Mittens (A-), Mooning (A), On the Rocks (A), Pop Rocks (A), Shop (A-), Smash (A), Snapdragon (A), So Quiche (A-), Sour (A), Sunnies (A-), Taco (A-), Truth (A), Rebound (Set) (A-), Shaanxo (Set) (A)

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Where to Buy

$5 at ColourPop

ColourPop Super Shock Cheek
The ColourPop Super Shock Cheek released twenty shades of cream blushes from vibrant fuchsia to subdued neutrals, as well as three new, limited edition shades just for spring. I’m still working through reviews of the permanent range, but here were the top performers for Q1: Clutch (A), More, Please (A+), Olive (A-), Pie (A-), Rain (A-)

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Where to Buy

$8 at ColourPop

Too Faced Melted Metals
Too Faced Melted Metals are a new, liquid lipstick with a metallic finish. There are eight shades with most falling in the B+ range, but there were two standout shades: Metallic Jelly (A) and Metallic Macaron (A-).

Too Faced also added new shades of their original formula: Melted Strawberry (A), Melted Jelly Donut (A), Melted Villain (A).

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Where to Buy

$21 at Sephora, Macy’s, Beautylish, Beauty.com

Becca Blushed Copper is a stunning, medium-dark copper-brown with a very shimmery finish. It scored an A-.

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Where to Buy

$38 at Sephora

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfectors are available in a liquid, cream, and powder format, and this spring, we worked through a lot of the newest formula, the Poured, as well as wrote up a everything you need to know guide about the family of formulas. The Poured (or cream) formula rated quite well across the shades released: Moonstone (A-), Opal (A-), Pearl (A-), Rose Gold (A-), Topaz (A).

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Where to Buy

$38 at Sephora, ULTA

Bite Beauty Butter Cream
Bite Beauty Butter Cream Lipsticks launched as a new, permanent formula with eight shades. The blunt tip is supposed to make it ultra creamy. Gimmicks aside, the formula was excellent. I hope they’ll consider adding more cool-toned neutrals next! Here were the top performers: Hazelnut (A), Marzipan (A), Pecan (A), Rosewood (A).

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Where to Buy

$28 at Sephora

Burberry Wet & Dry Glow Shadow is a new, permanent formula of eyeshadow with a more metallic finish. I loved both Shell (A) and Nude (A+).

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Where to Buy

$29 at Nordstrom

Chanel Malice
Chanel Malice (A) is a medium, pink-coral with a luminous finish that is, thankfully, permanent. This is one Chanel blush that was well worth the hype.

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Where to Buy

$45 at Nordstrom, Chanel

Chanel Rouge Coco
Chanel Rouge Coco was reformulated and launched with 29 different shades this spring. The formula was more inconsistent, as some shades did well and others were shorter-wearing and didn’t apply well. Here were some of the best shades reviewed so far: Antoinette (A), Arthur (A-), Etienne (A-), Julia (A-), Marie (A-), Misia (A-), Suzanne (A-).

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Where to Buy

$36 at Nordstrom, Chanel

Giorgio Armani Eye Tint
Giorgio Armani Eye Tints are a new, permanent liquid eyeshadow formula available in twelve shades from your traditional neutrals to bolder blue and green. Six of the twelve were exceptional: Cold Copper (A), Emeraude (A), Green Iron (A), Minuit (A), Rose Ashes (A), Senso (A), Shadow (A).

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Where to Buy

$38 at Norodstrom, Sephora

Guerlain Meteorite Compact
Guerlain Medium (03) Meteorites Compact is a lightly luminous finishing powder that gives skin a natural look without looking shimmery. It’s that extra oomph after you’ve set with powder to keep the skin from looking too matte.

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Where to Buy

$62 at Nordstrom, Sephora, Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye
IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer (A) is a fantastic, medium-to-full coverage concealer that covers evenly, smoothly, and wears long. I’d love to see the brand expand their shade range, as I have to mix two shades to get a good match (there are only four shades).

Where to Buy

$24 at ULTA

Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette includes three highlighters and three sculpting powders in a slim palette. The palette had really soft, silky textures, which made it easy to blend on the skin. It may be more or less useful depending on your contouring application and coloring as the palette runs warmer.

Where to Buy

$46 at Sephora

Kevyn Aucoin Medium The Sculpting Powder has an unbelievable texture that’s very soft, smooth, and blendable. The color is more taupe-like, which makes it one of my favorite hues for contouring. I wish they had more shades.

Where to Buy

$44 at Beautylish, Sephora, Beauty.com, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow
Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows continue to be an impressive formula. I think I’m down to less than fifty shades (about half of them are blushes, too) that I haven’t actually worn, and there are very few duds. Here are the highlights from this past quarter: D552 Crystalline Gray Beige (A+), I212 Periwinkle (A), I318 Linen Khaki (A),I628 Reptile (A+), I824 Ocher Pink (A+), I872 Pearly Pink (A), ME232 Turquoise Blue (A+), ME614 Graphite Brown (A), ME644 Iced Brown (A+), S502 White Sand (A-).

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Where to Buy

$21 at Sephora

Marc Jacobs Contour Duo
Marc Jacobs Beauty Hi-Fi Filter (A-) is a highlighting and contouring palette on a large scale. There are three combinations available, and the one I tried was the darkest of the three.

Where to Buy

$49 at Sephora

Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma
Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma (A) is a muted, neutral-themed palette that ranges from soft brown to gray and smoky black.

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Where to Buy

$59 at Sephora

Maybelline Rebel Bloom
Maybelline Rebel Bloom Collection had an assortment of grades, but there were a few good shades in the release: Rebellious Raspberry (A), Black Orchid (A-), Coral Burst (A-), Rose Rush (A-).

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Where to Buy

$7.49+ at ULTA

Sugarpill Loose Eyeshadow came out with nine new and permanent shades this spring! Here were the best ones: Charmy, Clickbait (A-), Countess (A-).

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Where to Buy

$13 at Beautylish

Surratt Beauty
Surratt Beauty had a few hits that we tested this spring: Cuivre Eyeshadow (A-), Perfectionniste Lipslique (A-), and Soigne Lip Lustre (A-).

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Where to Buy

$20 to $34 at Barney’s, Sephora

Tom Ford Lip Color Matte is a new, permanent formula that features more opaque, matte lip color. Half of the shade range were big winners: Plum Lush (05) (A+), Flame (06) (A), Pussycat (04) (A), Ruby Rush (07) (A).

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Where to Buy

$50 at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Saks, Bloomingdale’s

Tom Ford’s Spring collection was fairly memorable with four of the six pieces rating well: Spring 2015 Cream Color for Eyes (A+), Black Jade Nail Lacquer (A), Indigo Night Nail Lacquer (A), Raw Jade Eye Color Duo (A-).

Where to Buy

$32 to $60 at Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom

Urban Decay Sheer Revolution
Urban Decay Sheer Revolution Lipstick is new take based on their original Revolution Lipsticks, just sheerer and glossier. There were ten shades released and six of them did quite well: Sheer Anarchy (A-), Sheer F-Bomb (A-), Sheer Liar (A-), Sheer Rapture (A-), Sheer Slowburn (A-), Sheer Streak (A-).

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Where to Buy

$22 at Sephora, Nordstrom, Macy’s, Beauty.com

MAC is Beauty seemed to be the best of MAC’s spring launches, but there were also MAC x Mia Moretti, MAC x Philip Treacy, MAC x Bao Bao Wan, MAC x Julia Petit, MAC x Cinderella that were reviewed. Click any of the previous links to get a closer look at the collections. Here were MAC’s top performers this spring: Burmese Kiss Lipstick (A), Stroke of Midnight Eyeshadow Palette (A-), Maria Moretti Lipstick (A), Cardinal (A-), Hollywood Cerise (A), No Faux Pas Lipstick (A), Opera Lipglass (A-), Tenor Voice Lipglass (A), Victoriana Lipglass (A-), Barbecue Lipstick (A), Boca Lipstick (A), Forbidden Sunrise Lipstick (A), Lavender Jade Lipstick (A-), Make Me Gorgeous Lipstick (A), Opera Lipstick (A), Oxblood Lipstick (A), Petite Red Lipstick (A-), Silly Lipstick (A-), Tenor Voice Lipstick (A), Victoriana Lipstick (A), Viva Glam Miley Cyrus (A), Petrol Blue Eyeliner (A-), Linda Blush (A), Blacktrack Fluidline (A-), Blacktrack Fluidline (A-), Blitz & Glitz Fluidline (A), Blue Peep Fluidline (A), Blue Peep Fluidline (A), Lowlights Fluidline (A-), Royal Wink Fluidline (A-).

Where to Buy

Price varies at Macy’s, Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s