Friday, May 29th, 2015

Milani Bella Taupe (05) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow
Milani Bella Taupe (05) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow

Milani Bella Taupe (05) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow ($4.49 for 0.05 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark taupe gray with cool undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-opaque coverage applied dry and mostly opaque coverage applied damp. The texture was a little dry and powdery, so it would benefit from a primer to improve adhesion and blendability. On me (without primer), it lasted for seven hours before fading. bareMinerals Exec (LE, ) is lighter. Maybelline Tough as Taupe (P, $6.99) is cooler. MAC Smoked Cocoa #2 (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Maybelline Tough as Taupe (P, $6.99) is cooler. LORAC Cool Gray (P, ) is less shimmery. Guerlain Two VIP #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter. Guerlain Two VIP #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter. Burberry Storm Grey (No. 27) (P, $29.00) is warmer. MAC Rose Blend #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler. LORAC Stone (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler. Kat Von D Night Crawler (LE, ) is lighter. Sephora + Pantone Universe Deep Taupe (LE, ) is lighter. bareMinerals Rowdy (P, ) is lighter, brighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Milani Bella White (07) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow ($4.49 for 0.05 oz.) is a brightened, medium white that leans very slightly warm-toned with a frosted sheen. It was smoother and brighter when applied damp and thicker in its opacity, but it was pretty opaque applied dry. The texture was fairly soft and smooth, and it blended well. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me. Tom Ford Beauty Ice Queen #1 (P, ) is darker. Inglot #453 (P, $6.00) is brighter. MAC Chillproof (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery. Giorgio Armani Open (LE, ) is more shimmery. theBalm Metal-ica (P, $16.00) is cooler. theBalm Sassy (P, $16.00) is more shimmery. Disney by Sephora Midnight Hour #1 (LE, ) is more shimmery. Anna Sui Pearl White (LE, ) is less shimmery, warmer. Chanel L’Intemporel de Chanel #5 (LE, ) is less shimmery. Cle de Peau Marmalade Sky #3 (P, ) is more shimmery. Stila Moonstone (P, ) is warmer. Too Faced Nutcracker (LE, $16.00) is brighter. Kat Von D Lunar Lights (P, ) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Milani Bella Sky (08) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow ($4.49 for 0.05 oz.) is a medium, muted blue with a frosted sheen. Applied dry, it was semi-sheer, and applied damp, it was semi-opaque and smoother. The texture was drier, lightly powdery, and prone to sheering out on the skin, and unsurprisingly, it only lasted for six hours before fading. Chanel Destination (LE, $36.00) is darker. MAC Bright Moon (LE, $21.00) is darker, more muted. L’Oreal Infinite Sky (P, $7.99) is darker. L’Oreal Infinite Sky (P, $7.99) is darker. MAC Moon’s Reflection (P, $16.00) is darker. Urban Decay Strip (DC, $18.00) is more shimmery, darker, more muted. Sephora Collection Sweet Dreams (17) (P, $13.00) is lighter. MAC Bleuluxe #2 (P, ) is more shimmery, darker. CoverGirl Ice Flame (345) (P, $7.99) is less shimmery. Wet ‘n’ Wild I’m His Breezey #4 (P, $2.29) is less shimmery, darker. Dior Rivage #1 (LE, ) is darker. Dior Rivage #1 (LE, ) is darker. Dior Rivage #3 (LE, ) is warmer. MAC Indigo Blend #1 (LE, ) is darker, brighter. Make Up For Ever I112 Chrome (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Milani Bella Navy (09) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow ($4.49 for 0.05 oz.) is a blackened navy blue with lighter blue and medium-dark navy blue pearly shimmer that gives it a soft, frosted finish. It had nice color payoff both wet and dry, with the damp application yielding smoother, slightly richer intensity. The texture was soft, blendable with just a smidgen of dryness. It wore well for eight hours before fading. bareMinerals Climax (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Blue Sheen (LE, $21.00) is darker, brighter. MAC Blue Sheen (LE, $21.00) is darker, brighter. MAC Blue Sheen (LE, $21.00) is darker, brighter. MAC Lunar (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Lunar (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Guerlain Les Ombres de Nuit #3 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Le Metier de Beaute Midnight Sky (P, $30.00) is warmer. Clinique Massively Midnight (P, $17.00) is brighter. Tom Ford Beauty Cobalt Rush #3 (P, ) is lighter, brighter. Tom Ford Beauty Cobalt Rush #3 (P, ) is lighter, brighter. Make Up For Ever I220 Sapphire (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. LORAC Navy #6 (LE, ) is lighter. Makeup Geek Nautica (P, $5.99) is lighter. Urban Decay Moonshadow (P, $18.00) is lighter. a href=”http://www.temptalia.com/swatch-gallery?sg=197602,189022,182344,180572,179927,174232,171187,171088,170349,155192,117166,116860,115165,114470,107982,105094,101719,97865,94342″>See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Milani Bella Gray (10) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow ($4.49 for 0.05 oz.) is a medium-dark gray with a lighter silver shimmer and frosted finish. Applied dry, it was semi-sheer and very dry and powdery to work with. Applied damp, it was richer in color and easier to work with, but it still only lasted for six and a half hours on. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma #2 (P, ) is warmer. MAC Bao Bao’s Jewels #5 (LE, ) is lighter. MAC Uninhibited #2 (LE, $21.00) is warmer. MAC Just Breathe #2 (LE, $21.00) is lighter. NARS Jardin Perdu (Left) (LE, $24.00) is more shimmery. NARS Bad Behaviour (LE, $24.00) is lighter, warmer. Makeup Geek Prince Charming (P, $6.99) is less shimmery. Kat Von D Piaf (LE, ) is cooler. MAC Graphic Style (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. Giorgio Armani #21 (LE, $33.00) is darker. CoverGirl Charcoal (335) (P, $4.99) is lighter, brighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Milani Bella Charcoal (11) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow ($4.49 for 0.05 oz.) is a dirty taupe brown with subtle, cooler undertones in its brown base with a frosted finish. It was on the drier side, so I would recommend applying it damp to minimize it looking dry/powdery on the skin. It had good color payoff dry, but it was richer and smoother when applied damp. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me. MAC Trusted Instinct #5 (LE, ) is less shimmery, warmer. Chanel Tisse Gabrielle #1 (P, ) is lighter. Dior Aventure (081) (P, $31.00) is more shimmery, darker. MAC Soul Serenade (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, warmer. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #7 (P, ) is lighter. theBalm Selfish (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Benefit Skinny Jeans (P, $10.00) is more shimmery, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Thursday, May 28th, 2015

ColourPop Super Shock Cheeks (Bronzers)
ColourPop Super Shock Cheeks (Bronzers)

ColourPop Paradise Cove Super Shock Cheek (Bronzer) ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “golden beige in a satin finish.” It’s a medium brown with warm, yellow-orange undertones and a lighter gold shimmer-sheen finish. It had nice pigmentation that applied really evenly and smoothly as the texture was creamy enough to make it apply well but still dry down and set to a powder finish. On me, the color stayed on well for eight hours. MAC Delicates (LE, $35.50) is more shimmery. Tarte Park Ave Princess (P, ) is more shimmery. Too Faced Spice (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Delphic (LE, $33.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter, warmer. Make Up For Ever #20M (P, $36.00) is more shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Poolside Super Shock Cheek (Bronzer) ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “golden bronze in a satin finish.” It’s a lightly softened, medium-dark bronzy brown with warm, reddish-orange undertones and a golden sheen. It had excellent color payoff, while the consistency was lightly creamy, blendable, and easy to work with. I definitely felt like the more shimmery bronzers were easier to sheer out and diffuse around the edges as they had a little more slip. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me. NARS Craving (Right) (P, ) is warmer. Urban Decay Strip Bronzer (P, ) is warmer. Tom Ford Beauty Gold Dust (P, $65.00) is brighter, warmer. Benefit 10 (Bronzer) (DC, $28.00) is more shimmery, warmer. Tarte Park Ave Princess (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Skinny Dip Super Shock Cheek (Bronzer) ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “warm tan in a matte finish.” It’s a muted, medium brown with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff with a fairly smooth, velvety texture that blended out well, but it could have been creamier to work with on the skin. It lasted for eight hours on me. Benefit Hoola (P, $28.00) is darker. Illamasqua Disobey (P, $26.00) is darker. MAC Matte Bronze (LE, $70.00) is warmer. MAC Matte Bronze (P, $25.00) is lighter, cooler. Tarte Park Ave. Princess #2 (LE, ) is warmer. MAC Aphrodite’s Shell (LE, $33.00) is lighter. NARS Laguna (P, $36.00) is more shimmery, warmer. Colour Pop Carry-On (P, $8.00) is darker, warmer. MAC Golden Rinse (LE, $35.50) is lighter, more muted, cooler. Urban Decay Naked on the Run Bronzer (LE, ) is brighter, warmer. Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is lighter, warmer. Colour Pop Bon Voyage (P, $8.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

ColourPop Super Shock Cheeks (Bronzers)
ColourPop Super Shock Cheeks (Bronzers)

ColourPop Bon Voyage Super Shock Cheek (Bronzer) ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “soft tan in a matte finish.” It’s a muted, light-medium brown with subtle, warm, yellow undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had good pigmentation with a lightly velvety texture–a little drier than the highlighter formula but on par with the matte blushes–that is easily blended on the skin. The color wore well for nine hours on me. Colour Pop Skinny Dip (P, $8.00) is warmer. MAC Golden Rinse (LE, $35.50) is lighter, warmer. MAC Matte Bronze (LE, $70.00) is less shimmery, warmer. Tarte Park Ave. Princess #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery, warmer. MAC Aphrodite’s Shell (LE, $33.00) is warmer. Tom Ford Beauty Terra (P, $65.00) is darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty Close-Up #2 (LE, ) is lighter. MAC Matte Bronze (P, $25.00) is lighter. Benefit Hoola (P, $28.00) is darker, warmer. Make Up For Ever #20M (P, $36.00) is less shimmery, cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Carry-on Super Shock Cheek (Bronzer) ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “soft bronze in a matte finish.” It’s a brightened, medium brown with warm, yellow undertones and a semi-matte finish. The pigmentation was mostly opaque, while the texture had a velvety, smooth feel to it without really being “wet” to the touch. It applies more like a powder product and doesn’t lift any base products unless you really rub it on with fingertips. On me, the color wore well for nine hours before fading. Urban Decay Naked on the Run Bronzer (LE, ) is lighter. Clarins Splendours (LE, $35.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer. MAC Bronzer (LE, $30.00) is lighter, warmer. NARS Vientiane (P, $39.00) is darker, warmer. NARS Altai (P, $39.00) is warmer. MAC Hibiscus Kiss Bronzer (LE, $25.00) is darker, warmer. Make Up For Ever #25I (P, $36.00) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Happy Hour Super Shock Cheek (Bronzer) ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “deepened bronze in a matte finish.” It’s a rich, medium-dark, red-toned brown with a matte finish. The texture was slightly more emollient compared to the other two bronzers in this review, which made it easier to work with. It blends on nicely (more like a powder product), and it lasted for nine hours before fading slightly. NARS Vientiane (P, $39.00) is warmer. Colour Pop Swift (P, $8.00) is brighter, warmer. NARS Cappadoce (P, $39.00) is warmer. Le Metier de Beaute Sun Drenched (P, $55.00) is more shimmery. MAC Hibiscus Kiss Bronzer (LE, $25.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer. MAC Billionaire Bronze (LE, $29.50) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Monday, May 25th, 2015

ColourPop Super Shock Cheek/Highlighters

ColourPop Super Shock Cheek/Highlighters ($8.00 for 0.15 oz. each) launched fifteen shades ranging from cooler beige to icy lavender to warm purple. It’s a cream-based formula that is similar in feel to their Super Shock Shadows and Cheeks, but the formula is slightly more emollient than most of the original blush range but comparable to their more metallic eyeshadows. In general, the finishes range from luminous to metallic, with a few shades having more noticeable sparkle that sits on the skin but doesn’t seem to migrate to parts unknown. The pigmentation was mostly opaque when applied with fingertips, and then more buildable from semi-sheer to opaque when applied with a brush (as described). Personally, I enjoyed these more than the blush range, as they were really, really easy to apply (no learning curve!), long-wearing, nicely pigmented, and several were duochromes, which is hard to find in a blush formula. My personal favorites were Highly Waisted (A), Monster (A), Butterfly Beach (A+), and Sticky Sweet (A), but I enjoyed them all.

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Monday, May 25th, 2015

ColourPop Most Necessary Super Shock Cheek
ColourPop Most Necessary Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Most Necessary Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “soft copper with rosy gold highlights.” It’s a medium, orange-toned brown with warm undertones and a frosted pink and gold sheen.
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Here we are at last: the final highlighter! ColourPop’s highlighter formula is really just a different finish (“pearlized”) of the Super Shock Cheek formula (which initially came out with mostly matte shades). This particular shade could be used as a blush, bronzer, or highlighter, depending on your skin tone. The texture is shimmery enough that the sheen translates to the skin, but it isn’t as metallic as it looks heavily swatched once it is blended out on the cheeks. It doesn’t emphasize pores, but it’s not going to smooth them out either. The texture has a lightweight, lightly creamy consistency that’s thin but pigmented and easily blended on the skin. It can be applied with fingertips or a brush, though I prefer working with brushes (in general), so I’ve been reaching for a stippling brush to apply a lot of these for testing. It lasted for eight and a half hours on me.

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Most Necessary

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10/10

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9/10

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Sunday, May 24th, 2015

ColourPop Mondays in Malibu Super Shock Shadow Set
ColourPop Mondays in Malibu Super Shock Shadow Set

ColourPop Mondays in Malibu Super Shock Shadow Set ($30.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a set of six cream eyeshadows that range from gilded bronze to warm green to red-brown. The set is limited edition, and the shades aren’t available individually. Overall, it was high-performer set of shades, and they worked well together. The set does run on on the shimmery side, so if you prefer more matte shades, then this might not be a good fit for you. I did notice that a few of these are similar to other shades from the brand, so you may want to check your stash.

Gecko is described as a “soft opalescent silvery green with pink duochrome finish.” It’s a muted, light gray with a flash green to pink duochrome, which is subtle on its own. It can get amplified when blended over a deeper shade or layered over a black base (as duochromes often play well with). I couldn’t tell you why, but I have found great difficulty in capturing in the duochrome finishes of ColourPop’s cream products, no matter what angles I’ve tried to twist my arm, the duochrome is hard to see in a photo. It’s a weaker duochrome in person, but it is visible in person, just not a strong one. The texture was smooth, lightly creamy, and blendable on the skin and lasted for ten hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Snakebite is described as a “mid-tone warm gold with an ultra-metallic finish.” It’s a brightened, light-medium golden copper with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It is extremely reflective and one of the more metallic shades I’ve tried from the brand. The color payoff was true-to-pan and intense, while the consistency applied with smooth, even coverage that blended well. It wore for ten hours without fading or creasing. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Sand Swoon is described as a “true pastel pink softly sprinkled with gold flecks in a satin luxe finish.” It’s a light-medium, warm-toned pink with a mostly matte finish and then a dusting of gold sparkle that sits more on top of it. It had good color payoff that went on smoothly and evenly. The texture is a smidgen drier compared to the more metallic shades like Snakebite, but it wasn’t dry. The color lasted for ten hours without fading or creasing, but it seemed like most of the glitter had dropped. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Prickly Pear is described as a “warm-toned plum with tons of gold and pink glitter in a metallic finish.” It’s a muted, pinky plum with warm, brown undertones and gold, mauve, and copper flecks of shimmer and larger gold and pink glitter. It had semi-opaque coverage from its base color with a healthy dose of glitter, which did have some fall out when you worked with it (particularly when blending out an edge — if I patted it on, I didn’t see fall out). The texture was a little more emollient, and this shade sheered out a bit more readily than others. It lasted for nine hours without fading or creasing, but there was a little bit of fall out over time. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Mirage is described as a “soft sage green with a champagne gold sheen in a pearlized finish.” It’s a medium, golden green with a pearly shimmer-sheen finish. The texture was lightly creamy with some slip and felt more emollient (or “wet” to the touch) as seems to be a trend with the pearlized/ultra-metallic finishes. It had nice pigmentation that was easy to blend and apply to the lid. It stayed put for ten hours with no fading or creasing on me. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Hot Tamale is described as a “reddish brown with soft copper sparkles in a satin luxe finish.” It’s a rich, dark brown with warm, red undertones and a soft dusting of copper and gold shimmer. It was intensely pigmented with a beautifully creamy, easily blended consistency that covered well and lasted for ten hours without fading or creasing. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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9.5/10

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10/10

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10/10

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