Saturday, June 28th, 2014

Temptalia Asks You


What beauty products would you stockpile if they were discontinued? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerWell, I’ve done so with a few in the past, like Guerlain Gems Lipstick, Chanel Dragon Rouge Allure Laque, and Guerlain Parure Gold! I have learned from all of those stockpiling episodes that I probably shouldn’t do so. There is almost always something interesting and new to try that I don’t miss those holy grails quite as much as I feared I would.

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

Saturday, June 28th, 2014

Makeup Geek Barcelona Beach Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Barcelona Beach Eyeshadow

Makeup Geek Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz. each) is now available in five new shades! It looks like most are out of stock at the moment, but they should be restocked soon. All five shades are new and permanent.

Makeup Geek Barcelona Beach Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “medium sand shade with a matte finish.” It’s a medium brown with a subtle gray-tinge and a satin finish. It had a very slight sheen when I swatched–not totally matte. The color payoff was nice, and the texture was soft, silky, and very blendable. I could see this shade being a real workhorse for some! On me, it wore well for eight hours before fading. LORAC Lt. Brown (P) is more matte. Sleek MakeUP Entwined (P, $9.99) is slightly darker. Tarte View from the Taupe (LE) is lighter. Laura Mercier Café au Lait (P, $23.00) is warmer. Clarins The Essentials #4 (LE) is lighter, warmer. LORAC Taupe (P) is darker, warmer. bareMinerals Get Ahead (LE) is darker. Kat Von D Renholder (P) is lighter. Inglot #337 (P, $6.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Makeup Geek Glass Slipper Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “pale teal with slight shimmer.” It’s a light-medium, bluish-teal with a metallic finish. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was soft, but when I worked with on the lid, I felt like the product didn’t transfer as well from the brush to the lid so the color needed to be built up and packed on to a degree. Once on, the color wore well for eight hours before fading. theBalm #23 (P, $6.50) is darker. NARS China Seas #1 (P, $24.00) is darker. Makeup Geek Mermaid (P, $5.99) is darker. NARS Bavaria (P, $24.00) is slightly darker. MAC Shimmermoss (P, $15.00) is greener. Inglot #413 (P, $6.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Makeup Geek Pop Culture Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “vibrant iridescent lavender purple.” It’s a medium-dark, cool-toned purple with a soft, frosted finish. It had decent color payoff, but it was a lot sheerer than most shades by the brand, though the texture was soft and blendable. The color was buildable in two to three layers. When worn, it wore well for eight hours before showing signs of fading. theBalm #33 (P, $6.50) is lighter. Urban Decay Betrayal (LE, $18.00) is warmer. Maybelline Potent Purple (P, $6.99) is warmer. Urban Decay Omen (P, $18.00) is brighter. MAC Parfait Amour (P, $15.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Makeup Geek Rockstar Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “pale silver with purple iridescence.” It’s a cool-toned beige with a subtle pink-to-green duochrome. The duochrome is very subtle; sometimes it just looks more like a silvery beige applied, so it depends a lot on what else it is paired with. The texture was very soft and buttery, while the color payoff was good. This shade lasted for eight hours on me. bareMinerals Iridescent Iris (LE, $14.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever #940 Star Powder (P, $20.00) is more metallic. MAC Vex (P, $15.00) is a touch warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Makeup Geek Shark Bait Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “blue based green with a matte finish.” It’s a medium-dark, blue-leaning teal with a matte finish. The texture was really soft, but it was also noticeably powdery, so it was messier to use. The color payoff was semi-opaque, but it’s a shade that’s best patted on in two layers. I also felt like it performed better with a primer than on bare skin, as the color was never fully opaque on bare skin alone. theBalm #43 (P, $6.50) is similar. theBalm C2 (LE, $16.00) is greener. MAC Dynamic Duo 3 #2 (LE, $15.00) is slightly darker. Inglot #338 (P, $6.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches/ view dupes.

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Saturday, June 28th, 2014

With so many neutral palettes available these days, it can be hard to keep them all straight! These are my current favorites that are permanent…

  1. Urban Decay Naked — the original is still a go-to for travel for me, though I love Naked2 and Naked3 as well
  2. LORAC Pro Palette — 16 shades of neutrals from matte to shimmer
  3. Chanel Raffinement — smokier, cooler neutrals
  4. bareMinerals The Truth — cooler-toned, darker neutrals
  5. LORAC Unzipped — warm, shimmery pinks, browns, and bronzes
Saturday, June 28th, 2014

Makeup Geek Rendezvous Blush
Makeup Geek Rendezvous Blush

Makeup Geek Rendezvous Blush ($9.99 for 0.15 oz. pan; $12.99 for 0.15 oz. compact) is described as a “rosy to medium pink with purple undertones.” It’s a medium-dark, muted, cool-toned pink with a mostly matte finish. Makeup Geek Hanky Panky (P, $9.99) is brighter, more shimmery. MAC Young at Heart (LE, $20.00) is lighter. Clinique Plum Pop (04) (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, slightly brighter. NARS New Attitude (LE, $29.00) is lighter, warmer. Milani Delizioso Pink (10) (P, $7.99) is brighter, cooler-toned. Urban Decay Quickie (LE) is brighter, lighter. theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is lighter. NARS Angelika (P, $29.00) has more sparkle. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This shade had good color payoff that strikes a good balance between true-to-pan pigmentation and ease of application, because it doesn’t feel like the merest touch of the brush yields too much product. If you prefer sheerer color or you’re very fair, you’ll want to use a light hand with it, but it’s a color that should work well on most skin tones. The finish is nearly-matte, but as it is buffed and blended onto the skin, it almost becomes a satin-matte–there’s a natural finish to it that keeps skin from looking too flat. The texture was soft, finely-milled, though not quite as buttery as other shades–a bit thinner. I wore this and the color lasted well for nine hours before fading softly along the outer edges.

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Friday, June 27th, 2014

Temptalia Asks You


What beauty trend would you like to see retired (at least for awhile)? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerI gotta tell you that I feel like the market is over-saturated in bright, fuchsia pink – like the neon, MAC Candy Yum Yum like pinks. I like that there’s variety, but there are other colors to release, too!

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

Friday, June 27th, 2014

Choose or Lose


How many beauty products do you have in your shower (or bath) right now?

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