Sunday, June 28th, 2015

Maybelline Baby Lips Lipgloss
Maybelline Baby Lips Lipgloss

These next four Maybelline Baby Lips Lipglosses ($4.49 for 0.18 fl. oz.) are of the cream finish. The gloss is a new formula that’s supposed to be shiny, non-sticky, and hydrating for four hours with twelve shades divided into three finishes. The cream finish doesn’t go on quite as evenly and can pull into lip lines slightly, but the gloss is fairly thin so this isn’t too noticeable. The formula feels lightweight, mostly non-sticky (a very slight tackiness develops after two to three hours of wear), wears for one to three hours, and is comfortable and hydrating. There is a sweet, fruity-floral scent that tastes like perfume-y soap during the entire length of wear; I could taste it just talking to someone, and it ruined anything I ate or drank. They were comfortable to wear, though, and they don’t feel heavy and keep and maintain hydration going for an hour or two after most of the gloss has worn away. The formula is sheer (as it is supposed to be) with a lot of shades looking the same once applied, but they may vary wildly from person to person due to much of it being dependent on your natural lip color.

Maybelline Taupe with Me Baby Lips Lipgloss ($4.49 for 0.18 fl. oz.) is a light-medium, peachy-orange with warm undertones and a cream finish. (There is nothing taupe-like about this shade.) It had sheer coverage that gave my lips a lighter, slightly warmer appearance without altering the color itself too much. It applied fairly evenly without emphasizing lip lines too noticeably. The gloss lasted for an hour and a half on me, which is short, so reapplication will be a must. Buxom White Russian (P, $19.00) is lighter. MAC Innocent (LE, $20.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC Boy Bait (P, $20.00) is darker. MAC On the Scene (LE, $20.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Maybelline Pink-a-boo Baby Lips Lipgloss ($4.49 for 0.18 fl. oz.) is a very pale, milky pink with subtle, warm undertones and a cream finish. It had sheer coverage that noticeably lightened the look of my natural lip color and drew out the natural pink tones of it. There was some streaking, but it didn’t pull into lip lines too much. It lasted for two hours on me. Maybelline Pink Pizazz (P, $4.49) is lighter. NARS Turkish Delight (P, $26.00) is lighter, brighter. Chanel Rose Reve (189) (LE, $29.50) is lighter, brighter. NARS Tasmania (P, $26.00) is darker, brighter, warmer. MAC Picture Pink (LE, $15.00) is lighter, brighter, more pigmented. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Maybelline Life’s a Peach Baby Lips Lipgloss ($4.49 for 0.18 fl. oz.) is a light-medium, pink-peach with a cream finish. Applied, this didn’t read very peach or warm-toned on me–it actually looked more like a milky, cool-toned pink against my natural lip color, but it will vary depending on what your natural lip actually is. It had semi-sheer coverage that applied evenly but did emphasize lip lines. It wore well for two and a half hours for me. MAC Talk Softly to Me (LE, $15.00) is darker. NARS Turkish Delight (P, $26.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer. Buxom White Russian (P, $19.00) is warmer. Too Faced Naked Dolly (LE, ) is warmer. NARS Tasmania (P, $26.00) is darker, warmer. MAC Flair for Finery (LE, $20.00) is darker. MAC Patience Please (P, $19.50) is more pigmented. Maybelline Passionate Peony (120) (LE, $8.99) is lighter, brighter, more pigmented. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Maybelline Tickled Pink Baby Lips Lipgloss ($4.49 for 0.18 fl. oz.) is a light, milky pink with cool undertones and a cream finish. It had sheer coverage that went on somewhat evenly and didn’t emphasize lip lines too noticeably. The gloss was gone after an hour and a half of wear. Maybelline Pink Pizazz (P, $4.49) is lighter. NARS Nucleus (LE, $26.00) is lighter, brighter, more pigmented, warmer. MAC Wanting More (LE, $15.00) is lighter, brighter, more pigmented. NARS International Velvet (LE, $26.00) is more pigmented, cooler. See comparison swatches/ compare dupes side-by-side.

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Saturday, June 27th, 2015

Temptalia Asks You


Have you ever had a makeup-related dream? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerI regularly dream about writing posts for the blog–and I get irritated that I can’t remember much of what I wrote when I wake up! I’ve also had nightmares about some MAC launches, haha.

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Saturday, June 27th, 2015

NYX Prismatic Shadow
NYX Prismatic Shadow

NYX Prismatic Shadow ($6.00 for 0.043 oz.) is a “fully pigmented” powder eyeshadow formula designed to have a “brilliant metallic” finish and is available in twelve shades. This post covers six of the twelve, with the other six to be reviewed shortly. Overall, the formula had good color payoff ranging from semi-opaque to opaque with soft, blendable textures that could get a little powdery and had a fair amount of fall out during application, while the wear was typically between seven and eight hours (no primer). I don’t think they’re truly metallic, but they have a good sheen but with more noticeable sparkle/shimmer, so I think they tended to look more frosted than truly metallic. Worth noting, I had originally purchased all twelve from Ulta online, and about half of them arrived broken. I ended up returning those and then purchasing directly from NYX, and only one (Tin) was broken. The formula seems particularly fragile as they are softly pressed into the compacts, so they crumble easily.

NYX Bedroom Eyes Prismatic Shadow ($6.00 for 0.043 oz.) is described as a “deep brown metallic.” It’s a medium-dark, bronzy brown with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. The texture was incredibly soft and almost crumbly, so it can be a little powdery to work with. It had good color coverage and blended easily on the skin. The wear came in at eight hours before fading. MAC Twinks (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. Inglot #421 (P, $6.00) is darker. Chanel Charming #3 (LE, ) is less shimmery. Milani Intermix (P, $6.99) is darker. MAC Her Cocoa #4 (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Her Cocoa #4 (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. Clarins The Essentials #7 (LE, ) is darker. Clarins The Essentials #7 (LE, ) is darker. Too Faced Tiger’s Eye (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Make Up For Ever D652 Celestial Earth (P, $21.00) is darker. MAC Mortal #4 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter. Dior Cuir Cannage #4 (P, ) is lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Spice (LE, $42.00) is less shimmery. Anastasia Gilded (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Kat Von D Nephilim (LE, ) is lighter. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

NYX Fireball Prismatic Shadow ($6.00 for 0.043 oz.) is described as a “rusty orange with red opalescence.” It’s a medium-dark, reddish-copper with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had excellent color coverage with a soft, smooth texture that blended really easily on the skin. There was slight dryness/powderiness to it in the pan, but it didn’t look that way applied. The color started to fade after eight hours of wear. Le Metier de Beaute Innocence (DC, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Brash (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Coppering (P, $16.00) is less shimmery. MAC Magnetic Attraction (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC Star Myth (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #3 (P, $9.99) is darker. MAC Gingersnap (P, $16.00) is less shimmery. NARS Cambodia (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Sexy Eyes (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Divergent Peaceful Shimmer (LE, ) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Leila (416) (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Make Up For Ever D708 Pinky Copper (P, $21.00) is lighter. Make Up For Ever D712 Creme Brulee (P, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Red Alert (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. Makeup Geek Roulette (P, $5.99) is lighter, cooler. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

NYX Girl Talk Prismatic Shadow ($6.00 for 0.043 oz.) is described as a “opalescent pink.” It’s a light, pink-tinged peach with hints of beige and warmer undertones paired with a frosted sheen. It had good pigmentation with a fairly soft, blendable texture that was less powdery compared to other shades in the range. It applied well and stayed in place for eight hours. Inglot #397 (P, $6.00) is darker, warmer. Le Metier de Beaute Nouvelle (LE, $30.00) is darker. MAC Naked Lunch (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, warmer. Urban Decay Sin (P, $18.00) is warmer. MAC Jest (P, $16.00) is warmer. LORAC Champagne (P, ) is less shimmery. theBalm D2 (LE, $16.00) is lighter. LORAC Beige (P, ) is lighter. Make Up For Ever I524 Pinky Beige (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. Hello Kitty Apple Pie (LE, ) is darker, warmer. Chanel Envol (847) (LE, $36.00) is warmer. NARS Valhalla (P, $24.00) is darker, more muted, warmer. MAC Bouffant (LE, $16.00) is darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Lover #2 (LE, ) is darker, more muted. Cle de Peau Baby Universe #2 (P, ) is darker. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

NYX Golden Peach Prismatic Shadow ($6.00 for 0.043 oz.) is described as a “soft peach with gold shimmer.” It’s a lightly brightened, light-medium coral with warm, pink-red undertones and golden frost. It had very nearly opaque coverage with a lightly powdery, but fairly blendable, texture that sat well on the lid. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me before fading. Urban Decay Freelove (P, $18.00) is less shimmery. Inglot #407 (P, $6.00) is darker, warmer. Makeup Geek Cosmopolitan (P, $5.99) is darker, warmer. Gucci Beauty Autumn Fire #2 (P, ) is less shimmery. MAC Mortal #3 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Colour Pop Shark Attack (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Anastasia China Rose (P, $12.00) is darker, warmer. Buxom Glitz Factor (P, $12.00) is less shimmery. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Dreamer #6 (P, ) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

NYX Liquid Gold Prismatic Shadow ($6.00 for 0.043 oz.) is described as a “deep copper gold.” It’s a rich, brightened copper with warm, orange undertones and a lighter, golden metallic sheen. The eyeshadow as intensely pigmented with a really smooth, blendable texture that wasn’t powdery at all. It wore for eight and a half hours on me. MAC Espresso Blend #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery. MAC A Glimmer of Gold #3 (P, $21.00) is lighter. LORAC Nude #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #3 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Make Up For Ever ME700 Amber (P, $21.00) is lighter. Tarte Candlelit Dinner (LE, ) is cooler. Make Up For Ever ME728 Copper Red (P, $21.00) is more shimmery. Urban Decay Lucky (LE, $18.00) is darker. MAC Luscious (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. Too Faced Caramel (P, $16.00) is lighter, brighter. Guerlain Petrouchka #3 (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter. Too Faced Bon Bon #2 (P, $16.00) is lighter. Sephora + Pantone Universe Butterum (LE, ) is lighter. Sephora + Pantone Universe Toasted Nut (LE, ) is lighter, brighter. LORAC Unleashed (P, ) is more shimmery. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

NYX Punk Heart Prismatic Shadow ($6.00 for 0.043 oz.) is described as a “deep plum with purple shimmer.” It’s a medium-dark, plummy purple with warm, reddish-brown undertones and a frosted finish. It had fairly good pigmentation with a drier, powdery texture that was blendable and adhered well to the skin for the most part, but it was a bit messy to work with and faded after seven hours of wear. Inglot #445 (P, $6.00) is lighter. MAC Rare Find (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Universal Appeal (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Remix (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery. Makeup Geek Sensuous (P, $5.99) is darker, warmer. NARS Phoebe (P, $29.00) is more shimmery. Chanel Diapason (92) (P, $36.00) is less shimmery, darker. Kat Von D Love Letter (P, $16.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC Plum Grand (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Cle de Peau Silver Eclipse #2 (P, ) is lighter, warmer. Urban Decay Last Call (P, $18.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Uncut (P, $18.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Saturday, June 27th, 2015

Sleek Makeup Antique Blush
Sleek Makeup Antique Blush

Sleek Makeup Antique Blush ($6.99 for 0.27 oz.) is a subdued, plummy brown with soft, warm undertones and silver micro-glitter over a more satiny finish. It had excellent color payoff with a soft, smooth, and blendable consistency that sat well on the skin without emphasizing pores. The micro-glitter isn’t too detectable unless you’re looking up-close in a mirror, and a lot of it seems to disappear between the pan, brush, and face. On me, this shade lasted for nine hours before fading slightly. NYX Taupe (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, cooler. MAC Earthshine (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker. MAC Plum Foolery (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler. Giorgio Armani Light Rose (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer. Chanel Accent (84) (LE, $45.00) is lighter, warmer. MAC Crazed Imagination (LE, $21.00) is darker. Surratt Beauty La Vie En Rose (P, $32.00) is lighter, warmer. MAC Animal Instincts (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter. MAC Corol #2 (LE, $21.00) is lighter, warmer. MAC Lavish Living (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery, cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Sleek Makeup Rose Gold Blush ($6.99 for 0.27 oz.) is a warm, medium pink base color with a mega-ton of frosted, gold shimmer. The pigmentation was rich with a very soft, buttery texture that was so soft that it was almost crumbly if you weren’t careful. I had better luck applying in sheerer layers. The higher shimmer content in the finish did emphasize pores to a moderate degree when applied. It wore well for eight hours before fading. Tom Ford Beauty Pink Sand (LE, $65.00) is less shimmery. Too Faced Who’s Your Poppy (LE, ) is less shimmery, warmer. Too Faced Something About Berry (P, $30.00) is less shimmery. Tarte Glisten (P, $26.00) is warmer. bareMinerals The Natural High (P, $22.00) is darker, warmer. Guerlain Blush G (LE, $65.00) is less shimmery. Charlotte Tilbury Love Glow (P, $40.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Giorgio Armani Eccentrico (LE, $88.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Guerlain Peach Boy #2 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker, more muted. MAC Springsheen (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. NARS Orgasm (P, $30.00) is lower quality, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Formula Summary: Sleek Makeup Blush ($6.99 for 0.27 oz.) is supposed to be “ultra long lasting” and “highly pigmented.” My experience with their blush formula has been true to both; they’re intensely pigmented and a little goes a long way. The powder’s texture is soft, smooth, and blendable on the skin. The finish varies from shade to shade, so some are more luminous while others can be very frosted and metallic. On my normal-to-dry skin, they last between eight and nine hours on me.

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Saturday, June 27th, 2015

I think the first product I fell in love with from Urban Decay was their eyeliner (though possibly their eyeshadow… it’s been awhile!). Over the last couple of years, they’ve really expanded their range to be more comprehensive again (I feel like they were comprehensive when I first got into makeup but wasn’t following the brand, and then a lot of core products, like blush, were MIA for years). With great difficulty, I managed to narrow down to a top ten, but if you’re curious, here is what I started whittling it down from. What are your favorites from Urban Decay?

  1. Urban Decay Mushroom Eyeshadow
  2. Urban Decay Stash 24/7 Liner
  3. Urban Decay Strip Lipstick
  4. Urban Decay Dive Bar Eyeshadow
  5. Urban Decay Catfight Lipstick
  6. Urban Decay Fireball Eyeshadow
  7. Urban Decay Bittersweet Blush
  8. Urban Decay Quiver Lipgloss
  9. Urban Decay Loaded Eyeshadow
  10. Urban Decay Rapture Blush

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Friday, June 26th, 2015

Temptalia Asks You


What fashion designer would you love to see come out with their own makeup range? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerI think the only fashion designers I’ve looked into are the ones who already have collections/lines of their own, because I’m not much of a fashion gal — but I am curious to see what you guys say 😀

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