Monday, November 24th, 2014

Temptalia Asks You


What beauty products or shades do you find truly multi-purpose? Share your favorites!

Temptalia's AnswerLiquid highlighters/illuminizers, because I mix them in with foundation, dab them on top of foundation for a more obvious look, and they work well for brightening the under eye area or all-over the lid.

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Monday, November 24th, 2014

Rant & Rave

Share: Tell us what you love and hate about Blush Brushes!

my answer: I don’t like when they’re not cut evenly so they feel rough/scratchy. If they’re too dense, they can pack on too much product. I love them for helping to apply and diffuse cheek color!

Monday, November 24th, 2014

Revlon HD Tourmaline (510) Ultra HD Lip Lacquer
Revlon HD Tourmaline (510) Ultra HD Lip Lacquer

Revlon Ultra HD Lip Lacquer ($8.99 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is supposed to deliver “true color clarity” with “vivid high-impact shine and a “lightweight feel” that is “never sticky.” The gloss has a creamy consistency to it that is a little gel-like, and though it doesn’t feel heavy, it is a thicker consistency. There’s a light tackiness to it initially, which I find develops to a noticeable tackiness after a couple of hours–if you don’t like thicker, tackier glosses, I don’t know that these are for you. The wear of these darker shades ended up being longer than average, which was nice, and I didn’t have issues with the gloss feathering, but I’m not prone to feathering, so your mileage may vary. I think a doe-foot applicator might have made the gloss easier to apply, because around the edges, the brush will splay out and give a more jagged edge, due to the thickness and spreadability of the gloss itself. There is a very subtle sweet scent, but it’s very, very hard to detect except in the tube. They weren’t drying on me, but they weren’t hydrating either.

From what I’ve heard (but I’m not in contact with Revlon, so this is an observation) and seen, this formula is replacing the ColorBurst Lipgloss range, which seems to be vanishing from online and my local displays are empty.

Revlon HD Tourmaline (510) Ultra HD Lip Lacquer ($8.99 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a bright, fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a white sparkle. It had mostly opaque color coverage, which applied fairly evenly, but it could have gone on better. It wore well for five hours on me and was neither drying nor hydrating. NYX Sugar Cookie (P, $5.00) is less sparkly, sheerer. Urban Decay Crush (P, $19.00) is less glossy. Milani Flashy (P, $7.49) is more shimmery. MAC Style Packed (LE, $15.00) is lighter, less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Revlon HD Pink Ruby (515) Ultra HD Lip Lacquer ($8.99 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a bold, brightened pinky-red with fuchsia shimmer and sparkle. It had rich, opaque color coverage that went on evenly and lasted for six hours. MAC Glam (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery. Revlon Adorned (P, $7.49) is cooler-toned with a pinker (less red) base. MAC Impassioned (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery. Estee Lauder Violet Rain (LE, $22.50) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Revlon HD Carnelian (545) Ultra HD Lip Lacquer ($8.99 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a muted, medium-dark burgundy red with subtle, cool undertones and a creamy finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage with a high-shine finish. It applied beautifully and evenly, except along the edges due to the bristles of the brush (be very slow and methodical when applying with the applicator!). It wore well for five and a half hours. Guerlain Rouge Parade (920) (LE, $30.00) is brighter, lighter. MAC Viva Glam I (LE, $15.00) is warmer. MAC Utterly Tart (LE, $15.00) is less red. Chanel Crushed Cherry (P, $29.50) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Monday, November 24th, 2014

Sephora Baby Blues Contour Eye Pencil
Sephora Baby Blues Contour Eye Pencil

Sephora Baby Blues Contour Eye Pencil ($10.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “light blue.” It’s a light, bluish-gray with a metallic finish. It had semi-sheer color coverage in one stroke that was buildable to mostly opaque color coverage. The consistency didn’t drag or tug on the lash line, but it could have applied slightly more evenly. It wore well for ten and a half hours on me (out of the twelve claimed). I really like how unique it is (relative to what I’ve come across). MAC Heirloom (P, $16.00) was the only remotely similar shade I could think of, but it is purpler. It did remind me a lot of Urban Decay Strip Eyeshadow. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sephora Sailor Suit Contour Eye Pencil ($10.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “navy blue.” It’s a brightened navy blue over a blackened base with a pearly shimmer-sheen finish. It had so-so pigmentation in one stroke, but it built up to fully opaque color with two layers. This shade stayed on well for ten hours. Marc Jacobs Beauty (Wave)length (68) (P, $25.00) is lighter. Buxom Pick Me Up (P, $17.00) is similar. Urban Decay LSD (P, $19.00) is warmer. MAC Blue Stripe (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Petrol Blue (P, $15.00) is more sparkly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sephora Suede Shoes Contour Eye Pencil ($10.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “petrol blue.” It’s a muted, blackened blue with a hint of green–it’s not enough to be teal, but it’s a “warmer” blue–and a satin finish. It had decent color payoff in a single pass, and it was buildable to fully opaque, smooth color in two passes. This shade wore well for ten hours. Marc Jacobs Beauty Midnight in Paris (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery. MAC Black Ivy (LE, $16.00) is greener. Tom Ford Beauty Exotic Teal (LE, $35.00) is brighter. Urban Decay Mainline (P, $19.00) is brighter, bluer. Urban Decay Invasion (P, $19.00) is greener. MAC Midnight Blues (LE, $16.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Monday, November 24th, 2014

Giorgio Armani Beauty (Loreal USA)

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Yves Saint Laurent Beauty, (Loreal USA)

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

Temptalia Asks You


How do you get a good curl for your eyelashes? Share your techniques & tips!

Temptalia's AnswerI use shu uemura’s eyelash curler, which fits my eye shape/lashes well without pinching and gives a good, natural curl. Some mascaras are better/worse for holding (or killing) the curl, but I tend to like lighter-weight mascaras for helping.

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