5 Yellow-Orange Eyeshadows for Summer

It used to be hard to find a more yellow-based orange (most of the orange-hued eyeshadows would have a strong red base), but now, there is more variety than other. I think that yellow-toned oranges can sometimes be easier to wear if you’re new to orange eyeshadow! Here are some of my current favorites:

  1. Burberry Shell — a shimmery, golden orange
  2. ColourPop Sunnies — a pop of yellowed orange with a satin finish
  3. Makeup Geek Chickadee — a yellowed, medium orange with a matte finish
  4. OCC Mimosa — a shimmering tangerine
  5. Milani Bella Mandarin — a muted, yellowed orange

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

5 Cool-Toned Blushes for Summer

If you prefer cooler-toned blushes, here are my top five picks for summer cheeks this year :)

  1. Clinique Pansy Pop — a luminous lavender
  2. Urban Decay Bittersweet — a purple with a natural finish
  3. Surratt Se Pomponner — a brightened magenta pink
  4. ColourPop Pie — a bright, fuchsia pink
  5. NARS Desire — a bold, matte fuchsia pink

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

5 Beautiful Coral Blushes for Summer

As a coral fiend, summer is often one of my favorite times of the year for new products, because brands tend to release corals, but there are plenty of corals to choose from year-round. Here is my current list of favorites! What are yours?

  1. Urban Decay Quiver — a bold, coral-red
  2. Makeup Geek Love Affair — a warm, pink-coral
  3. Chanel Malice — a luminous coral
  4. Clinique Peach Pop — a shimmery, peachy-coral
  5. Tom Ford Love Lust — a luminous, medium-dark coral

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

Five Tips for Long-Wearing, Summery Makeup

With the temperatures steadily rising, it’s time to start thinking about our favorite ways to make our makeup look better longer,-and in the world of beauty, summer collections are already releasing! Coachella, one of the biggest musical festivals of the year, is heading into its second weekend, and Sephora Collection is the exclusive beauty sponsor for the festival this year. If you’re attending this weekend, you can stop by their DIY Beauty Bar and play with on-trend products or try a complimentary Fiber Mask (which might be just the pick-me-up one needs at such an event!). If you’re not, you can check out Sephora’s top DIY Festival Beauty picks here.

In the spirit of festival beauty, here are five of my top tips (and tips within tips!) and some high-end recommendations from products I’ve reviewed over the years.  What are your tried and true favorites that last all day for you?

PRIMER IS YOUR FRIEND | One of the main reasons we reach for primer is to improve longevity out of any products, whether you’re working in an office environment for 12 hours a day or you’re going to be attending your favorite concert outdoors. Eyeshadow and face primers are excellent for prolonging wear, keeping oil at bay, and generally help the products you layer on top adhere better in the first place.

CONSIDER LIQUID & CREAM BLUSH | Liquid and cream cheek blushes and stains often wear longer than their powder counterparts, but the real magic can occur when you use a liquid or cream as your blush primer and then “set” with a powder blush. I recommend using the color you want the most in the cream version, and then layer with a slightly sheerer, more subdued version of it in powder form, which will help you maintain the color, brightness, and intensity you wanted without overdoing it. Alternatively, you can also use translucent setting powder patted over a cream to lock it in place, or if you have a really bold cream blush, you can use flesh-toned setting powder to tamp it down and set it.

CHOOSE YOUR STATEMENT | A more minimal makeup look that uses key products to make a statement is easier to maintain and gives you less to worry about even in the hottest, most humid climates. The easiest way to this is to incorporate a pop of color on the eyes or on the lips. I love using a boldly colored eyeliner on the lash line. If you prefer pencil eyeliners, smudge a similarly-colored eyeshadow on top to help keep it in place even longer than usual. Liquid and gel formulas tend to be more reliably longer-wearing, especially those that go on more liquid and really set and lock in place. One trick I’ve picked up over the years is just how far a bright, rich lip color can go to brightening the face. What’s nice is even a shorter-wearing, but bold, formula is often easy to reapply and keep in a pocket or small bag. However, if you want to avoid touch-ups, opt for a satin or matte shade in a richer hue, like a red, berry, or plum, or a liquid lipstick, as these tend to have the longest wear. You can also use lip primer or a matching lip pencil to extend the wear of your lip color of choice. Keep lip balm or a gloss of your choice with you for easy touch-ups for extra long days out (12+ hours).

SET & FORGET | Setting powders and setting sprays can help to lock in your look before you walk out the door and give you a lot of breathing room for extra-long wear. When setting with powder, make sure to properly apply: it’s not a mere feathery dusting of product; you want to gently press the powder into place with a brush, pouf, or sponge. I like to do a final sweep in a more feathery motion afterwards, which I find gives a more even, smooth look. If you’re not looking for ultra-long wear, you can do a quick spritz of any facial mist or even just water held eight to ten inches away from the face to finish, as this will take away any excess powder and give you a more natural finish overall. Whenever I know I’m going to be outside on a hot day, I’ll use a setting spray as my last step, and I find it does seem to keep everything look a little better a little longer–particularly for base products and preventing blush from separating over time. It took me awhile to come around to them, but I’ve definitely noticed they help. If you have really oily skin, consider keeping a powder compact with you for touch-ups as needed.

DON’T FORGET THE SUNSCREEN | There’s no way to share tips for getting the most out of your summer beauty routine without a reminder to wear your sunscreen. Head to toe, and never skimp on the quantity! You want a broad spectrum sunscreen with at least 30 SPF. If you’re going to be outdoors for a really extended time, consider a tinted moisturizer with a higher SPF rating that is easy to reapply throughout the day so you can maintain your protection as well see if physical sunscreens can work for you. A good hat and sunglasses are also additional ways to keep your skin safer from the sun! If you’re reapplying over heavier makeup, pat gently and avoid too much rubbing, but if you need to rub, rub in small circles.

The Spring 2015 Report Card

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+).

VIEW ALL SHADES

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

5 Fresh Picked Peach Lipsticks for Spring

From pink-peach to peach-brown, matte to glossy, here are some of my current favorite peachy shades for spring!

  1. NARS Raquel — a light, bright pink-peach with a glossy finish
  2. ColourPop Button — a light-medium, pink-peach with a matte finish
  3. Bite Beauty Caramel — a peachy-brown with warm undertones
  4. Urban Decay Naked2 — a medium, peach-brown with a soft shine
  5. MAC Yash — a medium-dark neutral peach with a matte finish

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