Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

NYX Macaron Lippie
NYX Macaron Lippie

NYX Key Lime Macaron Lippie ($6.00 for 0.15 oz.) is supposed to be a “creamy and highly pigmented” formula that features more “pastel and neon” shades. They also note it has a “satin matte finish” and “long-wearing resilience.” The formula has a lot of slip to it, so it glides on and never tugs on lips, but it also had a tendency to go on somewhat unevenly (the degree dependent on the shade). The wear time for these three shades was a little longer than average. The formula was comfortable to wear, and it was neither drying nor hydrating.

Key Lime is a pop of light-medium, slightly muted lime green with warm, yellow undertones and a luminous shine. It applied unevenly and looked streaky on, though it seemed to have a decent amount of pigmentation to it. The formula just was so creamy that the color wouldn’t stay in place as well. The color wore well for four hours. I couldn’t think of any dupes for this from other green-hued shades I’ve tried (which is, albeit, not nearly as numerous as reds I’ve tried!).

Pistachio is a light, bluish-aqua with a satin finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage, and while it applied better than expected for such a creamy, emollient, and pastel shade, it was uneven at the end of the day. It might work with a lip primer (readers have suggested NYX’s own Lip Primer helps a lot) or lip pencil underneath to mitigate some of the slippery consistency of the formula. It wore well for four and a half hours. NYX Scandalous (P, $6.00) is darker, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Blue Velvet is a brightened, medium-dark blue–almost periwinkle blue to me, as there’s a soft, dusty quality to it, but it doesn’t overwhelm the color, so it still looks brighter. It had more of a luminous finish with a fair amount of shine. It applied evenly for the most part, but it wasn’t perfect in application due to the higher slip in the formula. This shade stayed on for five hours and left a stain behind. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Pool Boy (P, $18.00) is much lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Key Lime

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Pigmentation

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Longevity

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Application

4/5

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Pistachio

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Blue Velvet

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Longevity

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Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Temptalia Asks You


What do you do with packaging? Cute or interesting boxes/bags? Velvet bags? Do you keep them, reuse them, or toss them? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerI recycle just about everything that I can, otherwise I pass on to friends and family. I have maybe 10-20 velvet pouches from each brand that has them, but I never use them, so I only keep a small stash “just in case.”

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Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

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Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Temptalia Asks You


What was the last product you bought and now regret? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerKat Von D Lipsticks. I just regret buying so many–I should have bought a few, tested a few, then went from there.

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Monday, October 20th, 2014

Temptalia Asks You


What beauty products released this year were most surprising? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerThe amount of high-end and luxury goods introduced into the market that have seemed to resonate with customers–most notably NARS Audacious Lipsticks really come to mind, but also Louboutin’s polish, Gucci’s pricing structure, Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Lipsticks, and so forth. I just see more brands pushing up their price points these days (and not just the typical increases you see every other year or so across brands), but I’m not seeing a lot of new, mid-end brands enter the market. So in general, I’m surprised that all of these higher-priced products have done well. I was surprised by Urban Decay’s Shadow Box release, not in a good way, by the lack of quality. I was more pleasantly surprised by Make Up For Ever’s Artist Shadow formula.

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