Sunday, December 7th, 2014

As promised, here are five of my favorite more neutral/basic shades of from Sephora’s Contour Eye Pencils. You can see all the shades I’ve reviewed here. I really like the more pearly/metallic finish shades, as they tended to have the creamiest consistency and most pigmentation in a single pass. What are your favorite budget-friendly eyeliners for basics?

  1. Sephora Flirting Game — a cool-toned, taupe brown with a pearly sheen
  2. Sephora Cocoa — a warm, dark brown with a pearly sheen
  3. Sephora Sun Tan — a pop of metallic copper-brown
  4. Sephora Girls Night Out — a warm, honey gold with a metallic finish
  5. Sephora 5th Avenue — a deepened gray with a matte finish

>> See side-by-side swatches! <<

Sunday, November 16th, 2014

It’s getting colder in my part of the world, though hardly cold (to anyone but a Californian, that is), but with the thought of chilly days, I’m reminded me of the upcoming wintry months. How about a look at some fun shades of silver? I wanted to curate a range from light and bright to darker, moodier silvers (that almost look gray).

  1. Inglot #447 — a bright, metallic silver
  2. NARS Interstellar — a cream eyeliner/eyeshadow in silver
  3. Make Up For Ever ME 116 — a light-medium silver
  4. Makeup Geek Mercury — a bluish-silver-gray
  5. Urban Decay S&M — a dark, silvery gray

>> See side-by-side swatches! <<

By the way, are there any lists you’d love to see created?

Sunday, November 9th, 2014

There are a few different types of gold–all fun and festive for the holiday season–and here are some of my recent favorites! I’d love to hear yours :)

  1. Makeup Geek Gold Digger — a frosted, orange gold
  2. Ulta Gold — a shimmery, yellow gold
  3. Ardency Inn Sunday — a light-medium gold with a metallic finish
  4. Make Up For Ever D416 Crystalline Yellow — a sparkly white gold
  5. Ardency Inn Heaven — a metallic, antique gold

>> See side-by-side swatches! <<

Saturday, November 8th, 2014

‘Tis the season for red lips–or at least, that’s often how it feels–so how about a top five of creamy, glossy reds? (For this one, I specifically wanted to highlight shimmer-free shades.) What are your must-haved reds?

  1. Dior Vie d’Enfer (869) — medium, blue-based red
  2. Laura Mercier Poppy — a bold,, medium red with orange undertones
  3. Milani Red My Lips — a bright, neutral red
  4. Maybelline Signature Scarlet — a warm red
  5. MAC Russian Red — a blue-based red cream

>> See side-by-side swatches! <<

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

This list features my top picks for face–from primers to blushes to highlighters–that are worth checking out if you’re able to. Long-time readers know that one of the key attributes I look for in a good cheek product is texture and how nicely it sits on the skin, along with good pigmentation and long-wear. What are your must-have face products? What would you recommend to fellow readers?

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.

Tom Ford Cheek Color

Tom Ford Cheek Color
My all-time favorite powder blush formula, as it is incredibly pigmented with a buttery, smooth, and silky consistency that looks gorgeous on the skin. Favorites include: Love Lust and Wicked. Full Review

Where to Buy

$55.00 at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus

Clinique Cheek Pop Blush

Clinique Cheek Pop Blush
The formula is incredibly soft but smooth, even color application, and it delivers color as intense or as sheer as your heart desires. The finish is luminous, glowy, but very natural; it looks like a cream blush when applied–never powdery–and applies like one, as the way it blends and smooths over the skin is incredible. Full Review

Where to Buy

$21.00 at Sephora, Nordstrom

Cle de Peau Luminizing Face Enhancer

Cle de Peau Luminizing Face Enhancer
If there’s one product that I tend to gravitate towards these days, it’s a well-done cheek product. The powder’s texture is soft, smooth, and blends easily on the skin, while the shimmer is luminous and sits well on the skin without emphasizing pores or the skin’s natural texture. I love that it is available in four shades, so there’s bound to be one that will work for your skin tone! Full Review

Where to Buy

$55.00 at Nordstrom

Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic Blusher

Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic Blusher
If you like soft, buttery blush formulas, you may love this one. Each blush features a small, center shade and an outer ring of another shade, so you can adjust the intensity of color and shimmer. My favorites include Love Glow and Love is the Drug for quality, but First Love is easy to wear. Full Review

Where to Buy

$40.00 at Beautylish, Nordstrom

Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight The Celestial Powder

Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight The Celestial Powder
The selling point of this product is its texture: silky-smooth, buttery, and incredibly finely-milled. It’s a product that delivers a true sheen of a finish–it’s not sparkling, shimmery, or glittery in any way. Full Review

Where to Buy

$44.00 at Beauty.com, Beautylish, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder
If you’re on the lookout for a setting or finishing powder that gives skin a soft, luminous look, Hourglass has you covered. A little goes a long way, and there’s a good amount of product in each compact. Full Review

Where to Buy

$45.00 at Sephora, NET-A-PORTER

Chanel Le Blush Crème de Chanel

Chanel Le Blush Crème de Chanel
Chanel’s formula gives you effortless application with rich color payoff and long-wear that gives the wear of a cream blush but the blendability and finish of a powder. Favorites include: Affinite, Intonation, Presage. Full Review

Where to Buy

$38.00 at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer
This has such a smoothing effect on the skin that doesn’t feel heavy. It’s velvety to the touch, and it really does prep the skin for better application of foundation and blush products. Full Review

Where to Buy

$52.00 at Sephora, NET-A-PORTER

Guerlain Meteorites Voyage Powder

Guerlain Meteorites Voyage Powder
Guerlain’s Meteorites Voyage Powders are really a pressed version of their famous Meteorite with less emphasis on shimmer, more on radiance, brightening, and creating an illusion of better skin. That’s really what these powders do for me: give me the effect of Photoshop in real life. Full Review

Where to Buy

$55.00 at Nordstrom

Make Up For Ever HD Blush

Make Up For Ever HD Blush
The formula itself is lightly creamy but sets and dries down to a powder-like texture after twenty to thirty seconds, but what’s nice is that the powder-like texture is blendable like you’d expect a powder blush to be. Full Review

Where to Buy

$26.00 at Sephora

Urban Decay Ultra Definition Loose Finishing Powder

Urban Decay Ultra Definition Loose Finishing Powder
It’s an incredibly finely-milled loose powder; it almost melts into skin because it is so, so fine. It feels like silk, and it blends and disappears into skin seamlessly. No matter how much I applied, it never looked powdery or cakey. Full Review

Where to Buy

$34.00 at Sephora, Beauty.com

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

Next up, a look at some of the very best high-end lipstick and lipgloss formulas that I’ve tried to-date. Some of these will come as no surprise, but hopefully there’s a little something for everyone as we enter into the season of sales and deals! What formulas and shades would you recommend to other readers?

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.

Guerlain Rouge G Lipstick

Guerlain Rouge G Lipstick
A decadent formula that is every bit as luxurious as you might expect, given the price tag. Long-wearing, ultra-hydrating shades with luminous finishes makes this one of my favorite formulas, period. Favorites include Gemma, Garconne, Gracia, Geneva, Gina (or you know, I could go on and say just about every shade ever). Full Review

Where to Buy

$54.00 at Sephora,
Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus

Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick

Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick
This is a richly pigmented, lightweight, creamy, and moderately long-wearing lipstick formula that feels lovely to wear and is hydrating over time. Favorites include Defiant Coral, Intense Nude, Vengeful Red. Full Review

Where to Buy

$30.00 at Sephora,
Nordstrom

Givenchy Le Rouge

Givenchy Le Rouge
For those who love a very pigmented, creamy, more satin-finish formula, Le Rouge offers a luxury experience with those characteristics. Favorites include Brun Createur, Grenat Initie, Rose Boudoir, Magnolia Organza. Full Review

Where to Buy

$36.00 at Sephora

NARS Audacious Lipstick

NARS Audacious Lipstick
The formula is characterized by rich color payoff paired with a creamy, satiny finish that gives lips a smoother, fuller look. Favorites include: Angela, Silvia, Dominique, Janet, Juliette, Kelly, Natalie, Greta, Vanessa, Vivien, Audrey. Full Review

Where to Buy

$32.00 at Sephora, Beauty.com, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus

BUXOM Full-Bodied Lipstick

BUXOM Full-Bodied Lipstick
The formula is long-wearing, intensely pigmented, hydrating, and very comfortable to wear. I love that it’s not too pricey but delivers a very high-quality product. Favorites include: Dolly, Hooligan, Provocateur, Swinger. Full Review

Where to Buy

$21.00 at Sephora

Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick

Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick
This is a nicely pigmented, very creamy, hydrating lipstick formula that is comfortable to wear and lasts awhile. Favorite shades include: Full Review

Where to Buy

$22.00 at Sephora,
Beauty.com

Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Lip Gloss

Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Lip Gloss
This is my go-to lipgloss, and if you love sparkle and dazzle and all things glittering… this might be a formula to try. Favorites include: Canary, Citrus, Naked Plum, Plum Gold. Full Review

Where to Buy

$25.00 at Sephora,
Bobbi Brown

OCC Technopagan Lip Tar (Metallic)

OCC Technopagan Lip Tar (Metallic)
As soon as I saw Technopagan, I couldn’t wait to try it–it’s such a sexy, fierce color. It’s intensely pigmented, as you’d expect from a Lip Tar and applies with even, smooth color coverage. It has more of a satin finish for the first few hours of wear, but it settles to more of a metallic-matte (sheen but not shine) finish. May this shade be the one that convinces you that blue is wearable! Full Review

Where to Buy

$18.00 at Sephora,
Beautylish,
Nordstrom

Too Faced Melted Lipstick

Too Faced Melted Lipstick
If you love richly pigmented, long-wearing, bold color, then this is a liquid formula worth checking out. Favorites include: Melted Fig, Melted Violet. Full Review

Where to Buy

$21.00 at Sephora,
Beauty.com