Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

Sephora Contour Eye Pencil
Sephora Contour Eye Pencil

Sephora Cappuccino Contour Eye Pencil ($10.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “brown glitter.” It’s a dark brown with warm, yellow undertones and a gold sparkle and shimmer. It had decent color payoff in a single stroke, and it was buildable to mostly opaque coverage with two layers. It wore well for ten hours (shy of the 12-hours claimed, though) before thinning. Tarte Bronze (LE) is darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty Brown(out) (54) (P, $25.00) is similar. Buxom Come Over (P, $17.00) is lighter. MAC Deliciously Rich (LE, $16.00) is a cream product. MAC Lord It Up (P, $15.00) is similar. MAC Orpheus (LE, $16.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sephora Cocoa Contour Eye Pencil ($10.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “chocolate.” It’s a dark brown with warm, red undertones and a subtle bronze shimmer. It had good pigmentation in one pass with a soft, creamy consistency that wore well for ten hours before fading. Tarina Tarantino Puppeteer (P, $15.00) is very similar. Laura Mercier Espresso (P, $24.00) is more matte. Make Up For Ever #25L (P, $19.00) is more matte. Urban Decay Whiskey (P, $19.00) is more matte. Urban Decay Bourbon (P, $19.00) is similar. MAC Seasonally Spicy (LE, $16.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sephora Flirting Game Contour Eye Pencil ($10.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “taupe.” It’s a dark taupe brown with subtle, warm undertones while the gray-ish cast is quite noticeable, so it almost looks cool-toned on top. It had nice color payoff in a single stroke, and it glides on easily without tugging at the lash line as the consistency is lightly creamy (but not so creamy that it smudges or migrates). It wore well for ten and a half hours on me. Sephora Collection Welcome to My Loft (LE, $9.00) is cooler-toned, lighter. Urban Decay Stray Dog (LE, $19.00) is slightly grayer. Urban Decay Underground (P, $19.00) is a touch browner but similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Revlon Ultra HD Lip Lacquer
Revlon Ultra HD Lip Lacquer

Revlon Ultra HD Lip Lacquer ($8.99 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a new gloss from Revlon HD for spring. There are fifteen shades in total, and I was able to find thirteen of them locally (I’m missing Pink Diamond and Garnet). I’m working my way through testing them, so I hope you enjoy this sneak peek for now :)

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Friday, November 14th, 2014

Makeup Geek Preppy Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Preppy Eyeshadow

Makeup Geek Preppy Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “matte khaki brown.” It’s a medium-dark, caramel brown with warm, yellow undertones and a semi-matte finish (there’s the faintest sheen to it, but it is mostly matte). It had nice color payoff with a soft, smooth consistency that easily blended on the skin. This shade wore well for eight hours on me. Anastasia Bengal (LE) is brighter. Dior Cuir Cannage #3 (P) is darker. Makeup Geek Desert Sands (LE, $5.99) is lighter, warmer. Make Up For Ever S638 Mocha (P, $21.00) is slightly darker. Make Up For Ever M660 Speculous (P, $21.00) is warmer. Make Up For Ever M646 Latte (P, $21.00 is less yellow-toned. Make Up For Ever M636 Cappuccino (P, $21.00) is darker. LORAC Nude #4 (LE) is a touch darker. Urban Decay Tyranny (LE, $18.00) is more matte. Too Faced Chocolate Milk (LE, $16.00) is similar. NARS Madrague #2 (P, $24.00) is lighter. Burberry Pale Nude #1 (P, $29.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Makeup Geek Pretentious Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “metallic bronze.” It’s a golden bronze with a frosted sheen and warm undertones. It had intense color payoff with a soft, buttery consistency that applied evenly and blended well on the skin. This shade didn’t start to fade until after eight hours of wear. Tarte Bronze Cuff (LE) is less shimmery. Anastasia Gilded (LE) is less warm-toned. Cle de Peau Stellar Gaze #2 (P) is less golden. Anastasia Topaz (LE) is lighter. Makeup Geek Poker Face (P, $6.99) is very similar. Make Up For Ever ME644 Iced Brown (P, $21.00) is less golden. LORAC Nude #6 (LE) is similar. Dior Golden Flower #4 (LE) is similar. Too Faced Gangsta (LE, $16.00) is darker. Urban Decay Smog (P, $18.00) is darker. MAC Cognac (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Tempting (P, $15.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Makeup Geek Purely Naked Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “shimmery tan.” It’s a medium brown with warm, yellow-ish tones and a soft, satin shimmer It was somewhat powdery, so the color payoff was decent but not true-to-pan. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me. Chanel Tisse Vendome #1 (P) is darker. Milani Bella Cappuccino (03) (P, $3.99) is similar. MAC Butterfudge (P, $15.00) is darker. MAC Brownluxe #2 (P) is more shimmery. MAC One to Watch (P, $21.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

Makeup Geek Chickadee Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Chickadee Eyeshadow

Makeup Geek Chickadee Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “matte yellow orange.” It’s a brightened, medium orange with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. It had nice color payoff with a soft, blendable consistency that was easy to use, though it was a smidgen powdery. The color lasted for eight hours before fading slightly. Ardency Inn Tangerine (P, $21.00) is lighter. Sleek MakeUP Acid #4 (P, $9.99) is lighter, brighter. Wet ‘n’ Wild A Regular at the Factory #3 (LE, $2.29) is very similar. Disney by Sephora Rajah (LE) is darker, more shimmery. Maybelline Fierce & Tangy (DC, $6.99) is a cream product. MAC Juiced (DC, $15.00) is more shimmery, yellower. Illamasqua Vulgar (P) is slightly brighter/more orange. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Makeup Geek Simply Marlena Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “rosy pink with purple undertone and gold flecks.” It’s a medium-dark, fuchsia pink with cool, bluish undertones and a satin finish–mostly matte with a smattering of very fine shimmer. The eyeshadow had good pigmentation, but it was on the powdery side, so it tends to have a fair amount of fall out when you apply it, and it does seem to sheer out a little too easily on the lid. If you normally use a primer, you probably won’t notice. On me, it wore well for eight hours. Chanel Exaltation (108) (P, $29.50) is lighter, matte. Guerlain Terra Azzurra #2 (LE) is similar. Sugarpill Birthday Girl (P, $12.00) is purpler. Sugarpill Dollipop (P, $12.00) is more matte, brighter. Inglot #362 (P, $6.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Makeup Geek Poison Ivy Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “shimmery medium green.” It’s a muted, medium-dark olive green with warm undertones and a golden olive shimmer for a more satiny finish. The consistency was drier, somewhat powdery, and the color payoff reflected it, as this one was semi-opaque. It faded a little faster than much of the range does on me and only wore well for seven hours when I tested it. MAC Marsh (LE, $15.00) is more matte. MAC Olive Blend #2 (LE) is darker, less green. theBalm #16 (P, $6.50) is very similar. Tarina Tarantino Dandy Lion (LE) is darker. Anastasia Moss (LE) is darker, cooler-toned. theBalm D4 (LE, $16.00) is darker. Dior Khaki Design #3 (P) is darker. Inglot #121R Middle (P, $6.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Saturday, November 8th, 2014

Makeup Geek Neptune Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Neptune Eyeshadow

Makeup Geek Neptune Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “matte bright blue.” It’s a brightened, cornflower blue with a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a very soft, but somewhat powdery, consistency that is better if applied over a slightly tacky base. I would recommend patting in layers and only blending the edges, or else it is prone to sheering out. It wears for seven and a half hours before fading. Kat Von D Starflyer (LE) is very similar. MAC Heroine (LE, $15.00) is purpler. MAC Cobalt (P, $15.00) is darker. Illamasqua Sadist (P) is darker. Inglot #388 (P, $6.00) is darker. Inglot #369 (P, $6.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Makeup Geek Peacock Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “matte deep teal blue.” It’s a muted, medium-dark bluish-teal with a mostly matte finish. It had decent color payoff, but the texture was soft and powdery enough that it doesn’t adhere well to bare skin. It will deliver better results with some sort of primer, as it won’t sheer away as easily. It lasted for almost eight hours before fading on me. Make Up For Ever M240 Prussian Blue (P, $21.00) is a smidgen greener. YSL Fetiche #5 (LE) is darker. Too Faced Blue Satin Sashes (LE, $16.00) is darker. theBalm Matt Schilling (LE, $16.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Makeup Geek Sea Mist Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “shimmering turquoise.” It’s a muted, dirty green-teal with a satin finish. It had mostly opaque color payoff, while the consistency was soft, blendable, and fairly easy to work with. The color showeed signs of fading after eight hours of wear. Urban Decay Indo (P, $18.00) is darker. Charlotte Tilbury The Rebel #4 (P) is darker. Make Up For Ever I300 Pine Green (P, $21.00) is darker. MAC Green Room (LE, $15.00) is darker, less shimmery. Too Faced Sequin (LE, $16.00) is darker, brighter. Giorgio Armani Iridescent Jade (LE) is greener. Tom Ford Beauty Emerald Lust #2 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Shimmermoss (P, $15.00) is lighter. Make Up For Ever #302 (DC, $20.00) is more metallic. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

You don’t have to spend a lot to get a quality product, as long as you know where to look! :) Here are a few of my favorite budget-friendly products to give and to receive this season. These are all permanent products! Any recommendations to share?

For more recommendations, I suggest browsing my past reviews by rating or seeing what products I’ve given the Temptalia Recommends designation. For a list of all my favorites, see the Editor’s Choice Awards.

Sleek Makeup Arabian Nights Eyeshadow Palette

Sleek Makeup Arabian Nights Eyeshadow Palette
The palette contains twelve shades of smoky, muted, and deeper shades from beige to purple to black. Simbad’s Seas is one of the most gorgeous blue-purples I’ve ever seen. Full Review

Where to Buy

$11.99 at Amazon

L’Oreal Infallible Silkissime Eyeliner

L'Oreal Infallible Silkissime Eyeliner
It’s an incredibly long-wearing, richly pigmented, and creamy formula that goes on easily and really delivers amazing quality without breaking the bank Full Review

Where to Buy

$8.99 at ULTA, Drugstore.com

Makeup Geek Blush

Makeup Geek Blush
This is one of the best budget-friendly blushes on the market, but more importantly, it competes with high-end powder blushes. The formula is nicely pigmented, silky and soft, and blendable. Favorites include: Bliss, Honeymoon, Love Affair, Spellbound. Full Review

Where to Buy

$9.99.00 at Makeup Geek

Sephora Contour Eye Pencil

Sephora Contour Eye Pencil
Most of the shades I’ve tried have good color payoff in a single stroke, wear eight to ten hours on the lash line, and never drag or tug when applied. Favorites include: Fairytale, Girls Night Out, Good Mood, My Boyfriend’s Jeans, Snakeskin Dress, Sun Tan, Tiramisu. Full Review

Where to Buy

$10.00 at Sephora

Makeup Geek Eyeshadow

Makeup Geek Eyeshadow
Why not build your own holiday palette? Whether you’re creating one for yourself or gifting one to a friend, it’s a lovely way to customize with quality shades. Favorites include: Barcelona Beach, Cocoa Bear, Corrupt, Country Girl, Drama Queen, Glaorous, Goddess, Homecoming, Moondust, Sensuous, Twilight. Full Review

Where to Buy

$5.99 at Makeup Geek

L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow

L'Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow
A long-wearing, richly pigmented powder eyeshadow with a budget-friendly price makes this a great option for giving and receiving. Favorites include: Amber Rush, Golden Emerald, Smoldering Plum. Full Review

Where to Buy

$7.99 at ULTA, Drugstore.com

NYX Power Wicked Lippie

NYX Power Wicked Lippie
It’s a muted, rosy mauve with subtle, warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It makes for a great shade to transition from fall to winter, plus the metallic shimmer gives it a holiday feel! Full Review

Where to Buy

$6.00 at ULTA

Maybelline ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color

Maybelline ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color
For rich, bold color that’s comfortable to wear, long-wearing, and hydrating, Maybelline has an excellent option right here. Favorites include: Electric Fuchsia, On Fire Red, Shocking Coral, Vivid Rose. Full Review

Where to Buy

$7.49 at ULTA, Drugstore.com