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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Thursday, April 9th, 2015

Urban Decay Big Bang, Vice, Bittersweet, Liar, Failbait Revolution High-Color Lipglosses
Urban Decay Big Bang, Vice, Bittersweet, Liar, Failbait Revolution High-Color Lipglosses

Urban Decay Failbait Revolution High-Color Lipgloss ($22.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “light neutral pink.” It’s a medium pink with cool undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It is semi-sheer with a light-medium weight consistency that feels smooth and creamy. The formula is non-sticky initially but gets tacky as it wears. This shade lasted for four hours on me and was lightly hydrating, but it applied unevenly and settled into lip lines slightly. Bite Beauty Ten (Watercolor) (LE) is darker. Dior Tiny Pink (269) (P, $35.00) is lighter. NARS Belize (P, $26.00) is lighter. MAC Hoop (LE, $15.00) is brighter. Chanel Pink Pivoine (88) (LE, $27.00) is similar. Urban Decay Flushed (P, $19.00) is more opaque, less glossy. Paul and Joe Beaute Carnaval (06) (P, $29.00) is similar. Maybelline Caramel Infused (065) (P, $8.99) is lighter. Maybelline Mauve Mystique (025) (P, $8.99) is cooler-toned. MAC Petite Indulgence (LE, $20.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay Kinky Revolution High-Color Lipgloss ($22.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “nude.” It’s a muted, medium peach-brown with warm undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It was mostly opaque and applied evenly, but some of it gathered in lip lines. The high gloss finish coupled with the pigmentation seemed to minimize how apparent that was in person (from a normal viewing distance). This shade wore well for five hours on me and was moderately hydrating. Chanel Sensuel (11) (P, $34.00) is warmer, sheerer. Maybelline Charming Cocoa (125) (LE) is darker. MAC Overspiced (LE, $15.00) is a smidgen lighter. Maybelline Nude Illusion (060) (P, $8.99) is more muted. Chanel Genie (P, $32.00) is sheerer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay Liar Revolution High-Color Lipgloss ($22.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “medium pink-nude.” It’s a rosy brown with warm undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It had almost full color coverage that applied evenly and very minimal settling into lip lines (which wasn’t noticeable except up-close and didn’t worsen over time). The color stayed on well for five hours, while the formula was hydrating. Urban Decay Kinky (P, $22.00) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Satisfaction (214) (P, $28.00) is darker. Maybelline Charming Cocoa (125) (LE) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

Urban Decay Crush Afterglow 8-Hour Blush
Urban Decay Crush Afterglow 8-Hour Blush

Urban Decay Crush Afterglow 8-Hour Blush ($26.00 for 0.23 oz.) is described as a “medium pink.” It’s a subtly, cool-toned medium pink with a satin-matte finish. MAC P.S. I Like You (LE, $22.00) is a cream product, warmer. Urban Decay Naked on the Run Blush (LE) is slightly darker. MAC Young at Heart (LE, $22.00) is cooler-toned, cream. Make Up For Ever #210 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is lighter, cream. Clinique Plum Pop (04) (P, $21.00) is more luminous, darker. MAC Pure Femininity (LE, $20.00) is lighter. Edward Bess Bed of Roses (P, $43.00) is similar. theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is lighter, cooler-toned. MAC Pink Tea (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Crush had buildable pigmentation that ranged from sheer to semi-sheer, while semi-opaque coverage was still achievable through three (light) layers. It didn’t feel like I had to pack it on over and over again to get visible color on my medium complexion, but it’s not an intensely pigmented formula (and it’s not supposed to be) right off the bat, so deeper skin tones may need to apply multiple layers. The powder had a silky, smooth consistency that ran thin and could kick up excess powder, because it seemed quite delicate, but it didn’t look powdery on the skin at all and was easy to blend out. The finish is mostly matte, but as the blush is worked and blended into the skin, there’s an ever-so-subtle sheen. It wore well for eight hours before fading.

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Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

Urban Decay Revolution High-Color Lipgloss
Urban Decay Revolution High-Color Lipgloss — Big Bang, Vice, Bittersweet, Liar, Failbait

Urban Decay Apocalypse Revolution High-Color Lipgloss ($22.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “deep purple-wine.” It’s a lightly muted, dark plummy burgundy with warm undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage that felt smooth going on, but it looked somewhat uneven. The gloss lasted for six hours and was hydrating while worn. It feels non-sticky initially but gradually develops tackiness as the gloss wears down and has no discernible taste and very subtle sweet vanilla scent. MAC Sin (LE, $15.00) is warmer. MAC Talk Sexy (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Dior Intrigue (995) (P, $35.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC Modern Lure (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Sultana (LE, $20.00) is less glossy, lighter. Chanel Controversy (72) (P, $32.00) is warmer. MAC Lasting Achievement (P, $19.50) is darker. MAC Flight of Fancy (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery. Bobbi Brown Midnight Violet (P, $24.00) is warmer, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay Bittersweet Revolution High-Color Lipgloss ($22.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright purple.” It’s a medium-dark pink-based purple with a creamy, glossy finish. This was one of the worst performers–and one I so badly wanted to be true!purple!–with a very streaky application and semi-sheer color payoff. It lasted for five hours and was hydrating, but it looked so splotchy that I think the only way to wear it is to apply it over a lip liner or lipstick. NYX Berry Strudel (P, $6.00) is cooler-toned, lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Truth or Dare (208) (P, $28.00) is warmer. MAC Heroine (LE, $15.00) is pinker. MAC Narcissus (LE, $20.00) is lighter. Illamasqua Fierce (P, $22.00) is lighter, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay Vice Revolution High-Color Lipgloss ($22.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “dark purple with glitter.” It’s a reddish-berry with cool undertones and subtle violet shimmer. The shimmer is fairly subtle, and it just has a very light dusting of sparkle that is fine enough that I never felt it while wearing the gloss. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, but there’s noticeable translucency so the natural lip color will come through. On me, the gloss wore well for almost six hours and was nicely moisturizing while worn. Urban Decay Big Bang (P, $22.00) is lighter, brighter. Maybelline Radiant Ruby (530) (P, $8.99) is sheerer. Chanel Crazy Fuchsia (194) (LE, $29.50) is brighter. Revlon HD Pink Ruby (515) (P, $8.99) is brighter. Sisley Paris Berry (5) (P, $50.00) is less glossy, lighter. NARS Sixties Fan (P, $26.00) is sheerer. NARS Quito (P, $26.00) is sheerer, less shimmery. Chanel Tocade (182) (P, $29.50) is less shimmery, sheerer. Revlon Adorned (P, $7.49) is brighter. Maybelline Caviar Couture (050) (P, $8.99) is darker, less shimmery. MAC Lust for Life (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery, darker. NARS Mexican Rose (P, $24.00) is more muted. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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