Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

Temptalia Asks You

Do you buy backups of beauty products? Why/why not? What have you bought?

Temptalia's Answer.

I do on occasion, but very rarely. I have several backups of MAC Mari-Sheeno lipstick, one of MAC Gold Dusk pigment, and two MAC Rye eyeshadows.

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Monday, October 5th, 2009

Rant & Rave

Tell us why/what you love, hate, or are indifferent about…

HAND CREAM!

Monday, October 5th, 2009


Animated

L’Oreal HIP Matte Eyeshadow Duos ($9.99) are a more budget-friendly way of obtaining brighter, more pigmented eyeshadows. Each contains two shades of matte eyeshadows with a total weight of 0.08 oz. L’Oreal currently has five different matte eyeshadow duos available: Animated, Dashing, Perky, Poppy, and Striking.

  • Animated contains a chalky grayish-white and a periwinkle blue.
  • Perky contains a medium bright grassy green and a grayish-black.

I don’t love the matte eyeshadow duos. They’re okay–about average–but they’re not stellar. Since they’re matte, I do expect some chalkiness when I swatch, which is always minimized when you’re actually applying them with a brush. Nonetheless, the whitish side of Animated definitely looked and felt chalky and almost garish. I did love the shade of periwinkle blue in Animated, though–not a shade you see often, period. Perky has a lovely shade of green that doesn’t feel chalky or powdery, but the darker grayish-black shade has a lot of drag and just doesn’t have a great texture. So in the end, each duo only has one good shade–the other half is just so-so.

For comparison, a MAC eyeshadow contains 0.05 oz. of product and retails for $14.50 each. You get 0.03 oz. more and pay $9.99 a pop. A lot of mass retailer brands, like L’Oreal HIP, do go on sale on a frequent basis, so when they’re on sale, I’d be more willing to purchase these. At full price, I feel like it’s more than I want to pay for L’Oreal. I do consider the HIP line to be one of the better pigmented eyeshadow lines available at mass. I just wish you could swatch before you bought!

Bottom line: I wouldn’t pay full price ($9.99) for either of these duos, and I’d only really recommend Animated for the periwinkle blue, just because I don’t see that color in a lot of other lines. I love that L’Oreal is bringing matte color to the forefront, and I think the price point is affordable for many, particularly if they’re on sale.

  • Product: 21/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 3/5

Recommendation: If you can catch L’Oreal’s H.I.P. line on sale, they’re worth trying. Paying full price on the other hand…

Availability: Drugstores/Mass Retailers

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Monday, October 5th, 2009

Temptalia Asks You

What beauty products couldn’t you live without? Tell us!

Temptalia's Answer.

Lip balm, MAC Mari-sheeno Lipstick, Chanel Dragon Rouge Allure Laque… I have lots of HG status products, but none I feel I couldn’t replace.

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Sunday, October 4th, 2009

Choose or Lose

Do you consider yourself a beauty bargain hunter?

  • Sometimes, but I'll still buy things not on sale. (63%, 706 Votes)
  • Rarely -- I don't look for deals, but I like 'em! (28%, 315 Votes)
  • Yes -- it has to be on sale! (8%, 89 Votes)
  • Other - I'll tell you in the comments! (1%, 7 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,118

Feel free to elaborate on your answer in the comment section!

Sunday, October 4th, 2009

Got a question? Now’s the time to ask it!

I’m taking your questions and answering them today. You can feel free to ask any question you’d like, beauty-related or unrelated. Feel free to answer other readers’ questions, too :) The more the merrier!

Go ahead, ask!