Sunday, April 26th, 2015

MAC Extra Dimension Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) is going to be a permanent formula with eighteen shades to choose from (I reviewed seventeen of them). All of the shades have been released previously as limited edition offerings. The collection will launch online on April 30th and in-stores on May 7th. They’re a wet/dry formula that ranges from semi-sheer to semi-opaque color dry and mostly opaque to opaque color damp. I get slightly longer wear when I apply the eyeshadows damp, but the wear ranges from six to eight hours.

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Saturday, April 25th, 2015

Temptalia Asks You


Do you think that skincare brand’s claims are usually honest? Or is it mostly exaggerated for marketing? Are some brands more honest than others?

Temptalia's AnswerI think certain types of products often exaggerate claims or must have had a very small sample size and miraculous results… When brands make more moderate claims (“intensely hydrating” vs. “rewind the clock by 10 years in just six weeks!”), they seem fairly honest and believable to me.

Thanks to Lulle for today’s question! Do you have a question idea? Submit yours here.

Saturday, April 25th, 2015

ColourPop Aphrodisiac Super Shock Cheek
ColourPop Aphrodisiac Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Aphrodisiac Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “soft beige brown in a matte finish.” It’s a muted, medium brown with subtle, warm undertones and a satiny sheen. Urban Decay Video (P, $26.00) is a powder. MAC Scone (LE, $25.00) is a powder, darker, less shimmery. Tarte Park Ave. Princess #2 (LE) is a powder, warmer. MAC Liberating (LE, $21.00) is a powder. IT Cosmetics Warm Radiance (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, powder. Surratt Beauty Grisaille (P, $32.00) is cooler-toned, powder. MAC Bronzer (LE, $30.00) is lighter, powder. MAC Aphrodite’s Shell (LE, $33.00) is warmer, powder. MAC Sculpt (P, $16.50) is darker, matte, powder. NARS Paloma Contour (P) is powder. Kevyn Aucoin Natura (P) is rosier, powder. Tom Ford Beauty Terra (P, $65.00) is lighter, warmer, powder. NARS Madly (P, $30.00) is powder, darker. MAC Harmony (P, $21.00) is more matte, darker, powder. Burberry Earthy (P, $42.00) is rosier, darker, powder. bareMinerals The Close Call (P, $22.00) is pinker, powder. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The Super Shock Cheek formula is a cream-based product that feels more like a clay texture, as it malleable without feeling really emollient or creamy like a traditional cream blush. It has a velvety, thinner consistency that goes on the skin more like a powder, but it has the superior blendability of a cream. I like to apply it by skimming the edge of my fingertip across the skin with very light pressure, which distributes the color evenly while blending it simultaneously. I also like a duo fiber stippling brush and patting it in three or four pats across the cheek and then blending together. Despite this seeming to have a sheen, when applied, it looks mostly matte or “natural matte,” where skin looks like skin, rather than dull and flat, but it doesn’t really look shimmery or dewy. I think this could be used to contour on fairer complexions. It had semi-sheer, buildable coverage with a brush, and mostly opaque coverage with a fingertip (which is in line with what the brand says). The blush wore well for nine hours on me.

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Friday, April 24th, 2015

Temptalia Asks You


What has been your biggest make-up let down so far this year? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerProbably Hourglass’ eyeshadow palettes…

Thanks to Summer for today’s question! Do you have a question idea? Submit yours here.

Friday, April 24th, 2015

Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadow

Here’s a lil’ sneak peek of the ten new Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadows ($9.99 for 0.064 oz.) — which ones have caught your eye? If you’re unfamiliar with the formula, Foiled Eyeshadows are a “hybrid between a powder and a cream shadow” that’s supposed to have “intense pigmentation … in just one swipe.” The brand has changed the description of the formula slightly since the original release, such that if you have oilier lids, they recommend a primer for longevity as these have a higher oil content in them. According to the brand’s recent video (here) on the new shades, they mentioned trying to reformulate to improve longevity but this caused the product to crumble in the pan. I thought it was an interesting look into the behind-the-scenes nature of cosmetic formulations, and it’s good to see a brand that listens to their customers and offers some transparency in an industry that can be quite secretive.

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Friday, April 24th, 2015

Enter Now!

Just in time for Mother’s Day, KATE SOMERVILLE is having a giveaway where one lucky person will win the ultimate Mother’s Day gift! The winner will get to fill two beauty boxes with their favorite Kate Somerville products; one for mom and one for themselves–up to a $2,000 value!

To enter, just head over to Kate Somerville! There’s even a little treat just for entering. One entry per email address, open to legal residents of the 48 contiguous United States and the District of Columbia who are 21 or older at the time of entry. The giveaway entry period ends at 11:59 PM EST on 4/30/2015 (see official rules here).

ENTER HERE!

Good luck! :)