Temptalia’s Favorites | July 2016

Anastasia Sweets Glow Kit
Anastasia Sweets Glow Kit

At some point, you may have noticed we added a Favorites section to the site (it’s in the navigation above), which I try to update monthly with my current favorites. The Favorites section also highlights my all-time favorites across various categories, which I also updated recently (removed some discontinued formulas, added some new, enduring favorites). These are products that I’ve recently tested and/or used more recently and really enjoyed (so they can be products from the past, too), maybe have worn a few times when I have a spare moment, or am otherwise enamored with.

I thought it might encourage me to update my favorites more timely if I also shared them on the main blog. Let me know if you liked seeing this! 🙂

Thoughts on some of my favorites…

  • Marc Jacobs Flesh & Fantasy Air Blush | I was incredibly impressed by the Air Blush as a formula, and this is definitely one of my favorite shades–long-time readers will probably recognize that I like rosy, plummy, and brownish blushes as go-tos.
  • Anastasia Sweets / Moonchild Glow Kits | While Moonchild may not have been A+ in quality, I really dug the colors and how it inspired creativity in finding combinations that worked in a more “everyday” sense.  It paired well with the Sweets palette, which had gorgeous shades (loved Taffy).
  • Tom Ford Velvet Orchid Lip Color | The color itself is the type I find myself wearing and reaching for, as it is rich enough to be noticeable but works with a variety of other looks, including bolder eyes, but I loved the more complex pearl to this one.
  • Too Faced Honey Bear La Creme | It’s like a darker, more fun version of my natural lip color with shimmer, and it’s a shade I leave in my photo room so I can wear it when I need something relatively universal for days with more blush swatches. (I often will wear the first lip color I want to photograph/swatch, but sometimes the grouping might be all reds or the like!)  I will eventually write an official review for this one…
  • Tarte Metallics Shadow | Why this is a limited edition formula is absolutely mind-boggling!  It’s richly pigmented, soft, smooth, blendable, and so easy to use.  The only downside is that the shades are more dupable, but the formula is incredible.  I really enjoyed applying these.

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Makeup Revolution Ready to Go Vivid Baked Bronzer Powder

Makeup Revolution Ready to Go Vivid Baked Bronzer Powder ($6.00 for 0.45 oz.) is a medium-dark, coppery brown with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. Makeup Revolution Golden Days (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). theBalm Balm Desert (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Makeup Revolution Rock on World (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Makeup Revolution Ready to Go Vivid Baked Bronzer Powder
Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Bronzer Powder Ready to Go
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
7.5
Application
4.5
Total
87%
Permanent

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Makeup Geek Romance Blush

Makeup Geek Romance Blush ($10.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a light-medium, peach-pink with warm undertones and a gold, frosted finish. Benefit Sugarbomb (P, $28.00) is warmer (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Glow #4 (LE, $55.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Benefit CORALista (Palette) (P, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Stila Peach Shimmer (LE) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC New Romance (P, $27.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Honeymoon (P, $9.99) is less shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Unimaginable (LE) is darker (85% similar). Makeup Geek Romance (P, $9.99) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Zoeva Palace Door (P) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Papa Don't Peach (LE) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Who's Your Poppy (LE) is darker, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Makeup Geek Romance Blush
Makeup Geek Blush Romance
B
Product
8
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
84%