Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Urban Decay Score Afterglow 8-Hour Blush
Urban Decay Score Afterglow 8-Hour Blush

Urban Decay Score Afterglow 8-Hour Blush ($26.00 for 0.23 oz.) is described as a “medium pink-peach with a touch of shimmer.” It’s a softened, light-medium pink-peach with warm undertones and fine gold micro-sparkle. Tom Ford Beauty Pink Sand (LE, $65.00) is pinker, cream. Clinique Melon Pop (P, $21.00) is less sparkly. Colour Pop Trickery (P, $8.00) is lighter, cream. Laura Mercier Sunset (LE, $24.00) is lighter. LORAC Unimaginable (LE) is more shimmery. Too Faced Who’s Your Poppy (LE) is more shimmery. Benefit Bella Bamba (Palette) (P, $28.00) is darker, more shimmery. YSL Passionnee (6) (P, $47.00) is similar. Makeup Geek Romance (P, $9.99) is more shimmery. MAC Petal Power (LE, $27.00) is darker, more shimmery Clinique Peach Pop (02) (P, $21.00) is darker. Revlon Racy Rose (008) (P, $9.99) is similar. MAC Lured to Love (LE, $27.00) is brighter, warmer. Too Faced Peachy Keen (LE) is more shimmery. NARS Day Dream (LE, $30.00) NARS Orgasm (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker. Milani Dolce Pink (P, $7.99) is more shimmery. MAC Springsheen (P, $21.00) is darker, more shimmery. MAC Dainty (P, $27.00) is similar. Guerlain Peach Boy #2 (P) is warmer. Benefit Sugarbomb (P, $28.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

This powder blush formula is supposed to offer buildable color with eight-hour wear and a blendable consistency. This was my least favorite of the Urban Decay blushes, as it was drier, almost dusty, with a tendency to sheer out on the skin. The sparkle seemed to separate from the base color, which may have contributed to that dusty feeling–and that there was almost no shimmer once applied to the face. The texture wasn’t as blendable, and I could only build it from sheer to semi-sheer color coverage, so I wouldn’t recommend it for deeper skin tones. It is also extremely dupable with many, many better-performing options out there. On me, it lasted for seven hours before fading.

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Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Urban Decay Quiver Afterglow 8-Hour Blush
Urban Decay Quiver Afterglow 8-Hour Blush

Urban Decay Quiver Afterglow 8-Hour Blush ($26.00 for 0.23 oz.) is described as a “medium red.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark pinky-red with cool, bluish undertones and a satin-matte finish. Colour Pop Clutch (P, $8.00) is slightly warmer, cream. NARS Panic (Left) (P) is more shimmery, pinker. Surratt Beauty Rougeur (P, $32.00) is darker, redder. Chanel Chamade (67) (P, $38.00) is brighter, cream. MAC Whole Lotta Love (P, $23.50) is lighter. MAC Magenta (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC Supernova (LE, $27.00) is warmer. Burberry Hydrangea Pink (P, $42.00) is slightly pinker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The formula is supposed to have buildable color coverage, wear for eight hours, and have a “blendable, finely milled” texture. The color coverage ranges from semi-sheer to semi-opaque, depending on your brush and how heavy or light your hand is, and it is definitely buildable to fully opaque, true-to-pan color if desired. On my medium skin tone, I didn’t feel like I had to use the tiniest amount, but I still recommend using less than you think and building up, if necessary, because you don’t need much for medium coverage. The texture was very finely-milled and silky, on the thinner side, and a smidgen powdery, though it didn’t look powdery on the skin. It was fairly blendable, but it wasn’t as blendable as the other shades in the range. The finish looks matte initially but diffuses to a more satiny finish as it is blended and worked into the skin. On me, it wore well for almost nine hours.

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Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Urban Decay Punch Drunk Revolution High-Color Lipgloss
Urban Decay Punch Drunk Revolution High-Color Lipgloss

Urban Decay Punch Drunk Revolution High-Color Lipgloss ($22.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright orange.” It’s a bold, brightened, medium orange-red with warm undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It had mostly opaque color payoff, though there was still some translucency to it so the natural lip color will peek through (I could see it turning redder on some as a result). It went on smoothly and evenly, and the gloss wore well for almost six hours and was lightly hydrating over time. NARS Wonder (P, $26.00) is sheerer, lighter. MAC Teen Dream (LE, $20.00) is less glossy, lighter. MAC Morange (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Knockout (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Eclectic Edge (LE, $15.00) is lighter, more shimmery. MAC Ablaze (LE, $15.00) is similar. Illamasqua Temper (P, $22.00) is similar. Guerlain Tangerine Vlam (P, $30.00) is less red. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay Quiver Revolution High-Color Lipgloss ($22.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “medium rose-pink.” It’s a lightly brightened, medium-dark raspberry pink with cool, blue undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It had nearly full color coverage with a very light translucency that could only be seen in some light. The color went on evenly, and though I could see a tiny bit in my lip lines, the depth and shine made it hard to notice from a normal viewing distance. The color stayed on well for almost six hours and was moderately hydrating. This shade was surprisingly difficult to dupe due to its opacity. Urban Decay Big Bang (P, $22.00) is darker, more shimmery. Maybelline Opalescent Orchid (515) (P, $8.99) is sheerer. MAC Ultramarine Pink (LE, $30.00) is lighter. Giorgio Armani #523 (P, $29.00) is redder, warmer. NARS Mexican Rose (P, $24.00) is sheerer, less glossy. Burberry Pink Sweet Pea (LE, $29.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Monday, April 13th, 2015

Urban Decay Quickie Afterglow 8-Hour Blush
Urban Decay Quickie Afterglow 8-Hour Blush

Urban Decay Bittersweet Afterglow 8-Hour Blush ($26.00 for 0.23 oz.) is described as a “bright pink.” It’s a medium, magenta pink with cool, blue undertones and a mostly matte finish. Urban Decay Obsessed (P, $26.00) is lighter. Colour Pop Thumper (P, $8.00) is lighter, cream. Colour Pop Mochi (P, $8.00) is lighter, warmer, cream. Colour Pop Pie (P, $8.00) is darker, cream. Colour Pop Homie (P, $8.00) is darker, brighter, cream. LORAC Unashamed (LE) is darker. NARS Roman Holiday (LE, $30.00) is lighter. Surratt Beauty Se Pomponner (P, $32.00) is darker, brighter. Milani Delizioso Pink (10) (P, $7.99) is very similar. Urban Decay Quickie (LE) is slightly less cool-toned. theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Peony Petal (P, $21.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The formula is supposed to have “buildable color” and wear for “eight long hours.” It had semi-sheer coverage that was buildable to mostly opaque coverage with two to three passes of product. I didn’t feel like I needed to pack it on for it to show up on my medium skin tone, so fairer and deeper complexions should be able to adjust their application to easily use this as they desire. It seems very versatile as a result of that buildability, combined with how blendable and silky the texture is. In the pan, it seemed almost powdery, but on the skin, it seems to almost melt into the skin and gives a natural matte finish, where skin still looks like skin and not totally flat. On me, it wore well for eight and a half hours.

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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

Friday, April 10th, 2015

Urban Decay Obsessed Afterglow 8-Hour Blush
Urban Decay Obsessed Afterglow 8-Hour Blush

Urban Decay Obsessed Afterglow 8-Hour Blush ($26.00 for 0.23 oz.) is described as a “light pink.” It’s a brightened, light-medium pinky-lavender with a semi-matte finish. Clinique Pansy Pop (P, $21.00) is darker. Colour Pop Thumper (P, $8.00) is similar, cream. Colour Pop Mochi (P, $8.00) is pinker, cream. Makeup Geek Secret Admirer (P, $9.99) is a smidgen more lavender. Givenchy It-Girl Purple (P, $44.00) is pinker. theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is pinker. NARS Gaiety (P, $30.00) is similar. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Despite being one of the lighter shades in the range, it had more semi-opaque to opaque pigmentation, even though the formula is described as sheer and buildable. With a lighter hand, sheerer coverage is definitely to be had, but it leans towards more moderate color payoff. The powder had a silky, smooth feel that was a smidgen powdery at times, but the powderiness didn’t translate to the skin, as the blush looked natural and sat well on the skin. It was easy to sheer the color down or build it up, because the blush was very blendable. The color stayed on well for eight hours before I noticed slight fading along the edges.

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