Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

Temptalia Asks You


What’s your favorite spa treatment to indulge in? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerOf all the beauty things I splurge on, it’s probably regular massages (I have a nasty habit of crunching my shoulders pretty much all day long–whenever I’m sitting and focused at my desk). I love facials but very rarely get them.

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Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

Survey Says

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  • Your skin tone/coloring:
  • Favorite cool-toned lipstick?
  • Favorite warm-toned blush?
  • Favorite cool-toned eyeliner?
Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

Maybelline Burgundy Blush ColorSensational Creamy Matte Lip Color
Maybelline Burgundy Blush ColorSensational Creamy Matte Lip Color

Maybelline Burgundy Blush ColorSensational Creamy Matte Lip Color ($7.99 for 0.15 oz.) is a medium-dark, reddish burgundy with warm, brown undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff that went on evenly but had a slightly drier consistency compared to most of the range. The texture was lightweight and slightly drying over time, but I only felt the drying quality kick in after four hours of wear, while the color lasted for closer to six in all. MAC Extended Play (DC, $18.00) is warmer. NARS Amsterdam (P, $26.00) is more muted. MAC Diva (P, $16.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC Deeply Adored (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC Runner (LE, $16.00) is darker. Tom Ford Beauty Velvet Cherry (08) (P, $50.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC Hearts Aflame (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer. MAC Studded Kiss (P, $16.00) is lighter. NARS 413 BLKR (LE, $26.00) is lighter. MAC Fixed on Drama (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler. Maybelline Divine Wine (P, $7.99) is lighter, brighter, warmer. Colour Pop Avenue (P, $6.00) is lighter, less glossy. Colour Pop Tulle (P, $6.00) is darker, brighter, warmer, glossier. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Maybelline Nude Nuance ColorSensational Creamy Matte Lip Color ($7.99 for 0.15 oz.) is a slightly muted, medium-dark brown with hints of warm orange and a semi-matte finish. It had fairly good coverage that went on evenly and smoothly. This shade had one of the more matte finishes within the recent additions, and the color wore for five hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. Maybelline Clay Crush (P, $7.99) is lighter. Colour Pop Parker (LE, $5.00) is lighter. Colour Pop Bumble (P, $6.00) is cooler, less glossy. MAC Persistence (P, $16.00) is warmer. MAC Whirl (P, $16.00) is lighter, more muted, cooler. MAC Mocha (P, $16.00) is lighter, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Maybelline Clay Crush ColorSensational Creamy Matte Lip Color ($7.99 for 0.15 oz.) is a light-medium, peachy-brown with a semi-matte finish. It had subtler, warmer undertones but it lacks brightness so it ends up appearing less orange-based. The texture was velvety and applied evenly with smooth, mostly opaque color payoff. I had some issues with the color pulling into lip lines after three hours, though it wore for five hours overall. NARS Het Loo (P, $25.00) is darker. MAC Oxblood (LE, $16.00) is lighter. NARS Isola Bella (P, $25.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier. MAC Bad Girl RiRi (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler, less glossy. Maybelline Nude Nuance (P, $7.99) is lighter. Maybelline Nude Nuance (P, $7.99) is darker. MAC Persistence (P, $16.00) is darker. Colour Pop Parker (LE, $5.00) is darker, cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Formula Summary: It is supposed to “deliver a burst of bold lip color” with a “creamy texture” and a matte finish. In general, the formula has good color payoff with a velvety, creamy consistency that covers evenly and most shades seem to make lips appear smoother but some shades were prone to pulling into lip lines as the color wore away. The big thing about these is that they have a mostly matte finish and are more comfortable to wear than many matte formulas due to the velvety feel (almost like a silicone primer, but not quite as heavy and not clingy). The formula was neither drying nor hydrating on me. It had a sweet, plastic-like scent but no taste.

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Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

ColourPop Vice Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick
ColourPop Vice Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick

ColourPop Vice Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick ($6.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is a light, pink-tinged peach with warm undertones and a matte finish. This was one of the worst shades in the range, because it applied unevenly. It was extremely challenging to get decent application–the photos in the post are the fourth attempt. Normally, I like to apply color to the top and bottom lip separately, but I had the best success by applying heavily to my bottom lip and then pressing my lips together and quickly finishing the top lip. When I tried to apply a second coat (after waiting fifteen minutes to ensure the first had completely dried down), it looked extremely thick and uneven. This one dries down very, very quickly. The color lasted fairly well for six hours but faded away more quickly from the center of the mouth and left more of a ring of color after four hours, and I hadn’t had anything to eat or drink during that time. It was lightly drying after the fifth hour of wear. Anastasia Pure Hollywood (P, $20.00) is darker, warmer. MAC Riot House (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer, glossier. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Sundae Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick ($6.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is a brightened, medium fuchsia-pink with lighter violet micro-shimmer over a matte finish. This one was a surprise, as it is the only shade in the range with shimmer–like a matte frost, but the shimmer is very fine. It was mostly opaque, though some of the natural lip comes through, and it applies a little streakily. Luckily, it is such a bright shade that it distracts from any visible streaks. The color lasted for eight and a half hours with minimal, even fading while the shimmer seemed to travel slightly over time. It was slightly drying after six hours and then drying enough to want it off by the eighth hour. Tom Ford Beauty Electric Pink (15) (P, $50.00) is less shimmery, glossier. Tom Ford Beauty Justin (LE, $32.00) is lighter, glossier. Kat Von D Backstage Bambi (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Kat Von D Lullabye (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker, less glossy. Kat Von D Sexer (P, $21.00) is more shimmery. Melt Cosmetics Shady Lady (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker, glossier. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Yaoi (P, $18.00) is more shimmery, glossier. Too Faced Melted Fuchsia (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, glossier. Tom Ford Beauty Pablo (LE, $32.00) is lower quality, less glossy. NARS Michiyo (P, $32.00) is lower quality, less glossy. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Formula Summary: ColourPop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick ($6.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is a long-wearing, pigmented lipstick that starts off glossy and dries down quickly to that super flat matte finish. They have minimal transfer with some of the lighter shades having almost none for the first few hours of wear, but any time you’ve had a meal, they lose that transfer-resistant quality to a noticeable degree. They tend to wear anywhere from six to ten hours with darker shades maintaining better color coverage and wear over a longer period of time. Some shades get a little drying about two-thirds to three-fourths through the wear, while a few shades have been fairly non-drying even many hours into wear. They fade away evenly with most color loss occurring from the center of the lips if eating a more oil-based meal but the majority of color survives a meal. Reapplication has been hit or miss and tends to depend on how well it wore away and how easily the shade applies normally, but reapplication tends to emphasize the lip’s natural texture significantly compared to initial application and gives lips a very wrinkled, dried-up look. I’ve layered gloss on top of some shades with moderate success, though it will obviously lose the matte finish and will transfer and I’ll get tiny flakes where the matte lip color has lifted by mixing with gloss but has been pretty minimal. The formula had no discernible taste or scent. After playing with the packaging, it seemed like 16 of the 25 shades I received were significantly overfilled and had regular overflow of liquid lipstick coming out of them for about 10-15 open-and-closes where I needed to use a makeup removing wipe to clean the rim of the tube prior to closing or else the lipstick would ooze out of the closing. I have not had this issue with any of my other liquid lipsticks (Anastasia, Hourglass, Kat Von D, Make Up For Ever, Stila) personally, though readers reported experiencing similar issues with Anastasia and the previous Kat Von D packaging.

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Sundae

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Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Marc Lip Creme ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) falls short in two areas: not the 10-hour wear time claimed (more like four to six hours) nor “ultra-hydrating” as marketed. I’m always curious about the process a brand goes through before attaching such a specific claim and how they arrived at such a claim. If a lipstick lasted ten hours and was intensely hydrating, it would surely be a top notch formula, as that’s really the holy grail: long-wearing lip color that’s not just comfortable but moisturizing and improves the health of your lips as you wear it. You typically get really long-wear paired with a more drying/non-hydrating formula or a superbly hydrating formula with more middling wear. For the most part, the shades I tried were nicely pigmented, creamy enough to glide on easily, and were mostly non-drying (a few were drying over time). The formula has a sweet, floral scent but no discernible taste.

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Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

Temptalia Asks You


What are three things you love about makeup? Share!

Temptalia's Answer1.) The creative aspect of it. 2.) The textures and finishes. 3.) The people I’ve met/interacted with as a result of being so interested in makeup!

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