Thursday, May 21st, 2015

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Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

Temptalia Asks You


Is high-end makeup worth the splurge? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerSome products are, some products aren’t. It also comes down to what your expectations are, what you already have and are happy with, and what your budget is. If you spend your entire six-month budget on a single item, there are a lot of expectations for it to live up to or you may feel like, “this isn’t that good” because it’s rare that a product is 10x better just because of price.

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

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

Survey Says

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Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

ColourPop Rumer Has It Super Shock Shadows
ColourPop Rumer Has It Super Shock Shadows

Just recently, there were six new, limited edition shades of ColourPop Super Shock Shadows ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) released in collaboration with Rumer Willis. Four of the shades were released last week, and two were released this week (and those two I don’t have, but I plan to buy next time I make an order). This set of shades is ideal for someone who loves a lot of sparkle, glitter, and their smoky eyes. There are also three lipsticks launched within the collaboration (two of which I will review soon!).

ColourPop Swan Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “soft creamy white with tons of silver glitter and hints of pink duochrome glitter in a metallic finish.” It’s a medium white that leans slightly warm-toned with a lot of silver sparkle and glittery bits. The glitter made more of an impact than the underlying base color, which was semi-sheer (even applied with a fingertip). There is fall out from the shade when blended during application, and there was some fall out during wear. The texture had a chunkiness to it that made it harder to get even color out of the pot with a brush–it seemed to flake away in chunks, so fingertip application is definitely the preferred method with this shade. It is best patted on or layered over another shade to add sparkles. It didn’t crease over a nine hour period. MAC Permanent Press #1 (LE) is less sparkly. YSL Eau d’Argent (02) (P, $30.00) is a liquid. Urban Decay Cosmic (P, $20.00) is more sparkly. MAC Smoky Black Friday #1 (LE) is less glittery. Too Faced Frost (LE, $16.00) is less glittery. MAC Regal Affair (LE, $19.50) is similar. Make Up For Ever ME122 Snow (P, $21.00) is brighter, less glittery. Marc Jacobs Beauty Stagelight (302) (LE, $32.00) is similar. Dior Golden Snow #3 (LE) is similar. MAC Angelic (P, $21.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Ice Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “true silver with tons of multi-dimensional highly reflective glitter in a metallic finish.” It’s a medium, pewter with larger silver glitter and multi-colored micro-glitter and sparkle; the sparkles tend to look like teal, silver, and gold. The texture was lightly emollient with semi-opaque color payoff from the base color with lots of glitter payoff. I was able to apply this shade with a brush without texture or payoff being an issue, though I highly recommend using a flat, synthetic brush. A fluffier brush will tend to catch the glitter and cause more fall out during application as a result, though fall out during wear resulted in less than five sparkles underneath the eye after nine hours of wear. Colour Pop Snow Flurry (LE, $5.00) is slightly warmer. Chanel Tisse Venitien #3 (P) is darker. Kat Von D Melancholia (P) is darker. Sephora Collection Lunar Eclipse (98) (P, $13.00) is similar. Dior Constellation (864) #2 (LE) is less sparkly. Chanel Moon River (LE, $34.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Feather Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “true liquid gunmetal in an ultra metallic finish.” It’s a medium-dark gray with cool undertones and a pearly sheen (but not “ultra metallic”). It had good color payoff that applied very smoothly and evenly, and the consistency blended out well on the lid without losing intensity. On me, it wore well for ten hours without fading or creasing. YSL Grey Splash (01) (P, $30.00) is more sparkly. MAC Bao Bao’s Jewels #5 (LE) is more metallic. Hourglass Graphite #4 (P) is darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma #2 (P) is similar. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Parisienne #1 (LE) is darker. Stila Black Diamond (P) is warmer. Make Up For Ever ME108 Steel (P, $21.00) is darker. NARS Jardin Perdu (Left) (LE, $24.00) is lighter. Kat Von D Santeria (LE) is darker. Tarina Tarantino Lovely #3 (P) is lighter. Fyrinnae Frostbytes (P, $6.80) is lighter. Makeup Geek Prince Charming (P, $6.99) is less shimmery. MAC Graphic Style (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. Giorgio Armani #21 (LE, $33.00) is darker. Estee Lauder Cyber Silver (LE, $24.00) is more metallic. Bobbi Brown Silver (LE) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Raven Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as an “intense black lightly dusted with silver flecks in a metallic finish.” It’s a deepened, medium-dark black with silver sparkle. The cream formulation really shines here, because it enables the sparkles to actually adhere with the base product and onto the lid, rather than disappear in your brush or the air. I applied it with a flat, synthetic brush and had no issues getting opaque coverage out of it with noticeable sparkle. I didn’t get fall out during wear that I could detect, and there were a few stray sparkles after ten hours of wear but no creasing. Colour Pop Friskie (P, $5.00) is a lesser version of this shade. Kat Von D Black Star (LE) is a powder. Make Up For Ever D104 Black Diamond (P, $21.00) is a powder. Ulta Night Sky (P, $10.00) is less sparkly, powder. MAC Jet Couture (P, $21.00) is more sparkly, warmer. MAC Black Diamond (LE, $16.50)is less sparkly. Lancome The New Black (P, $19.00) is a powder. Chanel Mirifique (P, $36.00) is slightly darker. Buxom Black Lab (P, $18.00) is less sparkly. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

ColourPop Summer 2015 Lippie Stix
ColourPop Summer 2015 Lippie Stix

For summer, there are five new shades of ColourPop Lippie Stix, plus a six-piece set called Sundays in Silverlake. As promised, here are swatches! :) I’m working through these and will try to review them as I can.

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Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

Temptalia Asks You


What beauty brands are common to your country that visitors should try to find? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerI think IT Cosmetics doesn’t have very wide distribution, and that’s definitely a brand worth looking for! Some of Sephora’s exclusive brands (Make Up For Ever, Kat Von D, Marc Jacobs Beauty) would be worth checking out, too.

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