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

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

Too Faced Melted Metal Liquified Metallic Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a fun, shimmer-filled formula that feels like a true lipgloss-lipstick hybrid, but it’s a significant departure from the original Melted formula. The Melted Metals have more slip and less pigmentation (though the majority are fairly pigmented) with much shorter-wear time (three to four hours, whereas the original range trended towards six to eight hours). Something I noticed was that “long-wear” was completely removed for this formula; on the original, it’s on the tube, name, and descriptions, but this one is careful to make no mention of longevity. These could be more of a true metallic in finish, as they’re more pearly, frosted, and/or glossy, though they’re more comfortable than many metallic formulas.

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Monday, March 30th, 2015

Too Faced Metallic Bunny Melted Metal Liquified Lipstick
Too Faced Metallic Bunny Melted Metal Liquified Lipstick

For summer, Too Faced Meltallic Bunny Melted Metal Liquified Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a brightened, light-medium pink with cool, blue undertones and pink and gold shimmer. It had semi-opaque pigmentation where the natural lip color will come through to a small degree. The texture was lightweight, fairly emollient, but still applied evenly. This shade wore well for three and a half hours and wasn’t drying.
Too Faced Metallic Dream House (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned, less shimmery, darker. Chanel Ina (450) (P, $36.00) is warmer, darker. MAC Pink Poodle (By Request) (LE, $15.00) is darker, cooler-toned. MAC Quite the Thing! (LE, $17.00) is darker, less shimmery. Illamasqua Welt (P, $24.00) is darker, more matte. Estee Lauder Cosmic Pink (LE, $22.50) is darker. Chanel Extatique (P, $34.00) is darker, more matte. See comparison swatches
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For summer, Too Faced Metallic Peony Melted Metal Liquified Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a light-medium pink with a mix of pink and gold micro-shimmer for a frosted, metallic sheen. It had good color coverage that went on evenly. It wore well for four hours and was neither hydrating nor moisturizing. On me, the gloss lasted for four hours and the shimmer does settle a bit over time. Revlon HD Petalite (540) (P, $8.99) is lighter. Too Faced Shimmering Spice Spice Baby (LE, $22.00) is darker, less glossy, warmer. NARS Stella (P, $26.00) is less shimmery. Bobbi Brown Ballerina Shimmer (12) (P, $26.00) is less shimmery. Marc Jacobs Beauty Heart Shaped (308) (P, $28.00) is less shimmery. MAC Fever Isle (LE, $20.00) is darker, less shimmery. Revlon Papaya (P, $7.49) is darker, less shimmery. NARS New Lover (P, $24.00) is less glossy, darker. Burberry Cameo Pink (P, $29.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

For summer, Too Faced Metallic Tu-tu Melted Metal Liquified Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a muted, medium pink-coral with gold and pink shimmer. It was less metallic, though still pearly, with a glossy finish. It had mostly opaque pigmentation but if you have more pigmented lips, you may still see the color change slightly. On me, it lasted for four hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. Chanel Marie (430) (P, $36.00) is darker, less glossy. Tarte Rare (LE) is lighter. Too Faced Shimmering Spice Spice Baby (LE, $22.00) is darker, warmer, less glossy. MAC Lip Blossom (P, $16.00) is lighter, brighter. NARS Stella (P, $26.00) is less shimmery. Bobbi Brown Ballerina Shimmer (12) (P, $26.00) is less glossy, lighter. MAC Morning Rose (LE, $16.00) is less glossy. Guerlain Cherry Blossom (P, $35.00) is less glossy. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Metallic Bunny

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Metallic Peony

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Saturday, March 28th, 2015

Too Faced Metallic Bunny Melted Metal Liquified Lipstick
Too Faced Metallic Bunny Melted Metal Liquified Lipstick

Too Faced Metallic Dream House Melted Metal Liquified Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.)
is a bright, fuchsia pink with violet micro-shimmer and cool, blue undertones. It had fairly good pigmentation, but again, there’s some translucency there–your natural lip color may peek through slightly. It goes on evenly overall, but sometimes you can see “lines” from where you’ve pressed your lips together. It’s slightly metallic in person, but it’s more of a fine pearly shimmer effect. On me, this shade wore well for five hours and wore away evenly without gathering into lip lines. Tom Ford Beauty John (LE, $32.00) is darker, warmer. Kat Von D Lullabye (P, $21.00) is darker, matte. Kat Von D Sexer (P, $21.00) is matte. MAC Pink Poodle (By Request) (LE, $15.00) is sheerer. Too Faced Lollipop (P, $22.00) is slightly cooler-toned. Marc Jacobs Beauty Boom Boom (210) (P, $28.00) is darker. MAC Pink Poodle (DC, $16.00) is darker. MAC Midnight Mambo (LE, $22.00) is less glossy. Milani Flashy (P, $7.49) is lighter. MAC Show Orchid (P, $16.00) is less glossy. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Yaoi (P, $18.00) is more metallic. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Too Faced Metallic Macaron Melted Metal Liquified Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a bold, brightened, medium fuchsia-pink with warm undertones and lighter pink and gold metallic shimmer. It had mostly opaque pigmentation that applied well overall, though the texture has enough slip to it that if you press your lips together, sometimes you’ll see slight “lines.” The color wore well for five hours on me and was neither hydrating nor drying. Tom Ford Beauty Giacomo (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker. Tom Ford Beauty Michael (LE, $32.00) is less glossy. MAC Red Blazer (LE, $15.00) is darker. YSL Grenade Pepite (No. 15) (P, $32.00) is less shimmery. Chanel Le Baiser (P, $34.00) is warmer, more matte. MAC Fusion Pink (P, $16.00) is darker, more matte. Guerlain Grenade (LE, $51.00) is more muted, warmer, less glossy. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Metallic Dream House

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Metallic Macaron

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Thursday, March 26th, 2015

Too Faced Metallic Debutante Melted Metal Liquified Lipstick
Too Faced Metallic Debutante Melted Metal Liquified Lipstick

The new Too Faced Melted Metal Liquified Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) recently released with eight shades. Just because you loved the original formula won’t mean you love this one and vice versa–they’re similar but have some more significant differences. The finish is the most obvious difference, as these are loaded with shimmer and the original features cream finishes. The Melted Metals are thinner with more slip, less pigmented, shorter-wearing, and have a less flattering wear over time as the shimmer tends to migrate into lip lines. I found it hard to reapply over faded product, so they require a more thorough removal for best reapplication. The original formula also has the phrase “Long-Wearing” printed on each tube as well as in the official name and marketing spiel for it, whereas Melted Metal has no mention of longevity.

According to the brand, the Melted Metal formula is supposed to be “liquified metallic lipstick in a tube” that’ comfortably coats lips in bursts of rich, glazed, metallic color that melts on.” Most shades are fairly pigmented with some being more or less pigmented and are comfortable to wear for the first few hours. They just don’t wear away as evenly as the original formula, and as the glossiness fades, the shimmer tends to gather, but this only occurs in the most shimmery/metallic shades, while the less shimmery ones wear away better. Towards the end of wear, it feels dry, but after removing the product, I didn’t feel like it actually dried out my lips. This formula feels and wears a lot better than some other highly metallic/shimmered lipgloss and lipstick formulas I’ve tried in the past, as the shimmer is fine enough that it never feels truly gritty. I feel like these are more like lipgloss than liquid lipstick, whereas the original formula leans more on the liquid lipstick side.

Too Faced Melted Debutante Liquified Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a vibrant pop of coral-pink with gold and golden-orange micro-shimmer. It had semi-opaque color coverage with a heft dose of shimmer that looked semi-metallic as you moved. It lasted for four and a half hours on me and was neither drying nor hydrating. Revlon HD Sunstone (565) (P, $8.99) is less shimmery, darker. Guerlain Gems (LE, $51.00) is pinker (but this is the closest I’ve seen to it). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Dune (02) (LE, $49.00) is lighter. NARS New Lover (P, $24.00) is pinker, less glossy. Burberry Cameo Pink (P, $29.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Too Faced Melted Jelly Liquified Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a deepened, purple-berry with fuchsia and violet shimmer and micro-shimmer. It had mostly opaque color coverage, but there is some translucency there. It covered really evenly and smoothly (more impressive due to the overall darkness of this shade) and wore well for almost six hours. This one had less shimmer, which was both good and bad, as it was less truly metallic, but it wore away much better and more evenly. Tom Ford Beauty Alasdhair (LE, $32.00) is warmer. Gucci Beauty Tiger Lily (P, $39.00) is brighter. Kat Von D Wolvesmouth (P, $21.00) is more matte, warmer. Marc Jacobs Beauty Little Pretty (130) (P, $30.00) is less glossy. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Too Faced Melted Violet Liquified Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a medium-dark, violet with pink undertones and very fine lavender shimmer. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that looked a bit streaky applied. It lasted for four hours on me and was neither drying nor hydrating. Tom Ford Beauty Jack (LE, $32.00) is lighter, pinker, less glossy. MAC Vogue en Violet (P, $23.00) is darker, less glossy, less shimmery. MAC Itchy & Scratchy & Sexy (LE, $15.00) is sheerer, lighter. Kat Von D Wonderchilde (P, $21.00) is matte. Bite Beauty Violet (P, $24.00) is brighter, less shimmery. Milani Violet Volt (P, $5.49) is more shimmery, matte. MAC Violetta (P, $16.00) is darker, less glossy. MAC Outrageously Fun (LE, $16.00) is lighter, less shimmery. Illamasqua Boost (P, $22.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Thursday, March 19th, 2015

Too Faced Melted Metal Liquified Lipstick
Too Faced Melted Metal Liquified Lipstick

For summer, Too Faced Melted Metal Liquified Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a new formula now available in eight shades. I haven’t had a chance to test any of these (my order arrived yesterday along with the just-posted MAC collections, so you can imagine I’m a bit behind!), but I thought I’d share swatches in the meanwhile :) The formula does feel somewhat different to me compared to the original based on applying them for lip swatches yesterday.

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