Saturday, November 15th, 2014

Burberry Gold Glow No. 01 Luminizing Powder
Burberry Gold Glow No. 01 Luminizing Powder

Burberry Gold Glow No. 01 Luminizing Powder ($68.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a dirty, light-medium antique gold with a frosted sheen. Chanel Camelia de Plumes (LE, $76.00) is much lighter. Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Glow (P) is warmer. Chanel Dentelle Precieuse (LE, $80.00) is warmer. Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is warmer, cream. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Despite the very true, yellowed gold packaging, Burberry’s take on “Gold” in terms of actual color is much lighter, and honestly, unexpected. It is fragranced with the My Burberry scent, which is a stronger floral (a mix of bergamot, freesia, and rose), and it’s not a subtle or faint scent, so if you don’t like scented powders or are adverse to floral scents in general, you may want to skip this. You might be able to minimize the scent by leaving the compact open for a few days. I did notice the scent when applied to the skin, but it didn’t seem to be apparent after about forty minutes of wear. The powder is lovely with its soft, silky consistency that blended beautifully and highlighted the skin without emphasizing pores. It gives the skin a luminous glow that is easy to achieve. On me, the highlighter wears well for nine hours before starting to fade. It includes a very slim, narrow yet wide, straight-across brush, which will work and isn’t the worst brush I’ve tried, though not something I would use if one already had full-sized brushes.

The Glossover

LE
product

Gold Glow No. 01

Temptalia Recommends
A+

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

5/5

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Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

MAC Matte Bronze Bronzing Powder
MAC Matte Bronze Bronzing Powder

MAC Matte Bronze Bronzing Powder ($70.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “bare shouldered bronze.” It was a medium-dark, tan brown with a subtle gray-tinge and warm undertones. It had a matte finish. MAC Scone (LE, $25.00) is rosier. Tarte Park Ave. Princess #2 (LE) is similar. MAC Aphrodite’s Shell (LE, $33.00) is lighter. Too Faced Chocolate Soleil (P) is similar. NARS Laguna (P, $36.00) is more satin. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It is housed in a large, hefty metal compact (there’s no lack of weight with this compact). The product inside is part of the permanent range, which can be add for a mere $25.00 (and is also 0.35 oz. in size), so with this you are truly paying $45 just for packaging. It had decent to good color payoff, but the texture wasn’t impressive. It feels almost soft, yet dry, where the powder clumps and sticks together but doesn’t blend out easily. It’s hard to explain, but it lacks silkiness and blendability. On me, it lasted for eight hours before fading. I wish MAC had chosen to create a new, limited edition highlighter, probably with a design on the actual powder, with a really lovely texture; something that would rival luxury, seasonal highlighters that brands like Dior and Chanel release.

The Glossover

LE
product

Matte Bronze

B-

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

MAC Coral Lumineux Cream Colour Base
MAC Coral Lumineux Cream Colour Base

MAC Coral Lumineux Cream Colour Base ($70.00 for 0.28 oz.) is described as a “vivid coral creme.” It’s a brightened, medium coral-orange with warm undertones and a satin finish. Guerlain Petrouchka #9 (LE) is a powder. Makeup Geek Summer Fling (P, $9.99) is lighter, powder. MAC Ocean City (LE, $30.00) is powder. YSL Corail Affranchi (07) (P, $40.00) is more orange. NARS Exumas (P, $39.00) is more matte. Make Up For Ever #420 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever #410 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is pinker. Illamasqua Sleek (P, $26.00) is more muted, pinker. Chanel Presage (62) (LE, $38.00) is brighter. NYX Cinnamon (P, $5.00) is darekr, powder. MAC Out for Fun (LE, $20.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Not that this luxury holiday collection is a value proposition by any means, but regularly-sized and packaged Cream Colour Bases retail for $21.00 for 0.12 oz. or $175/oz., and this limited edition, over-sized version is $250/oz. It is over twice the amount of product in a regular CCB, though a little goes a long way. The compact is incredibly weighty–it’s probably not one you’d want to keep in a bag for on-the-go, because it is really that heavy–which does give it a more luxe and high-end feeling. It felt sturdy while still being functional. I found that this was less emollient than other Cream Colour Bases, which was a good thing, as it was longer-wearing at seven and a half hours, and yielded richer color payoff from the get-go. It looks more satin-to-matte applied once it sets and dries down.

The Glossover

LE
product

Coral Lumineux

A-

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

5/5

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Monday, November 10th, 2014

Tarte Sweet Indulgences Holiday Gift Set
Tarte Sweet Indulgences Holiday Gift Set

Tarte Sweet Indulgences Holiday Gift Set ($59.97 for 2.60 oz.) is a three-piece set, where there are three, slim square boxes that are designed to be given as gifts. You can keep them all for yourself, break the set up, or gift the entire thing. One box contains two blushes and three lip colors, another with three eyeliners and two mascaras, and a third with two eyeshadow palettes (eight shades in each). Overall, I think the Lip Cremes and the Eyeshadows are the stars, but the rest leaves me unimpressed: one blush was a complete miss (worst product in the set), while the three eyeliners were rougher, drier formula. Some of the eyeshadows are very nice, others are sheerer and don’t perform as well. I noticed the eyeshadow formula seemed thinner in this palette across the board, which made a lot of shades seem less powdery, but some were under-pigmented. There’s plenty of “value” to the set, but I think it just depends on what you wanted most.

Pampered is a pink-coral with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It looks more matte applied (doesn’t really get luminous or satiny when blended out), and the texture was smooth but not as soft as other shades in the range have been. The color payoff was good, while the blush itself lasted for nine hours (three shy of the 12-hour claim, though). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Savored is a warm, rosy plum with a satiny sheen. The texture was incredibly stiff–just hard to get any color out of it during application–and I found it harder to blend on the skin. I scraped off the first few layers, and it was slightly improved but still dismal. It seemed to wear around seven hours or so, but it was so sheer, it was hard to tell. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Indulging is a muted, fuchsia pink with a cream finish. It had semi-sheer color coverage with a high-shine finish. The color deposited somewhat unevenly with minor settling into lip lines. It was lightly tacky and lasted for three hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Rare is a warm rose pink with a soft, frosted sheen. It had mostly opaque color coverage, lasted for four hours, and was lightly hydrating. It was mint-scented, but I didn’t notice much of a tingle beyond the very initial moment. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Wonder is a brightened, medium-dark raspberry pink with a soft shine. It had mostly opaque pigmentation that went on evenly and smoothly. The color wore well for four and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Pinky Promise is a muted, medium rosy brown with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. It had nice color payoff with a soft, silky texture. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Taupe of the World is a warm-toned, medium-dark taupe brown with a semi-matte finish. The texture was somewhat powdery, so it wasn’t fully opaque. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

You Look Mauveless is a medium-dark plum with soft, warm undertones and a matte finish. It was mostly opaque and had a soft, silky consistency. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Just Malt Away is a light, yellowed beige with warm undertones and a matte finish. The powder was soft, blendable, and silky, while it yielded full color coverage. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Pampered Pink is a light-medium, warm pink with a soft, frosted finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a slightly powdery consistency. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Dare to Be Gold is a warm, coppery bronze with a metallic sheen. It wasn’t fully pigmented, and the texture felt thinner and drier, though not too difficult to work with on the eye. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Show Plum Love is a rich, plummy purple with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had fantastic color payoff with a soft, blendable consistency. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Wind Down Brown is a dark, neutral brown with a matte finish. It had decent pigmentation, but it didn’t adhere as well to the skin, so a primer would help with this particular shade. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Vanilla Candles is a light beige with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It is soft, a smidgen powdery, with fairly good color payoff. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Coming Up Roses is a muted plum with a soft, frosted finish. The texture was on the powdery side, so the color payoff wasn’t great. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Hazelnut Bon Bons is a muted, medium brown with soft, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-sheer pigmentation and was somewhat powdery. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Champagne Bubble Bath is a brightened peach with a frosted, slightly metallic, finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, smooth texture. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Bronze Cuff is a muted, golden brown with warm undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It had nice pigmentation and a soft, buttery texture. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Feeling Grey-t is a light-medium, warm taupe brown with a matte finish. It was somewhat powdery, though it still had decent pigmentation. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Espresso Yourself is a cool-toned taupe-gray with a matte finish. It was sheer, and the consistency was powdery. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Cinnamon Latte is a deepened, purpled-brown with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. It was powdery and semi-sheer. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Charcoal is a dark gray with cool undertones and a frosted shimmer. It had semi-sheer color payoff in one stroke that was buildable to more opaque coverage in two to three layers. It lasted for seven hours on me, but it was painful to apply to the lash line. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Bronze is a warm, chocolate bronze-brown with a frosted shimmer. It had good pigmentation in a single stroke, but it just had a drier, more dragging texture that made it harder to apply. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Plum is a muted, medium-dark purple with a pearly sheen. It had decent color payoff in one go, but I wish the texture was less dry and easier to apply. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Glossover

LE
palette

Sweet Indulgences

B-

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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LE
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Pampered

B

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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LE
product

Savored

F

Product

1.5/10

Pigmentation

1.5/10

Texture

1.5/10

Longevity

6.5/10

Application

3/5

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Sunday, November 9th, 2014

Tarte Sweet Indulgences Holiday Gift Set
Tarte Sweet Indulgences Holiday Gift Set

Tarte Sweet Indulgences Holiday Gift Set ($59.94 for 2.60 oz.) is a three-piece set, where there are three, slim square boxes that are designed to be given as gifts. You can keep them all for yourself, break the set up, or gift the entire thing. One box contains two blushes and three lip colors, another with three eyeliners and two mascaras, and a third with two eyeshadow palletes (eight shades in each). The set will be the TSV tomorrow, November 10th, on QVC for $59.97 (compared to $72.50 that it is listed at presently). My review will be up tomorrow morning :) For now, I hope you enjoy these swatches!

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Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Bobbi Brown Pink Glow Highlight Powder
Bobbi Brown Pink Glow Highlight Powder

Bobbi Brown Pink Glow Highlight Powder ($45.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a peach-champagne with a hint of beige and rosiness and a frosted sheen. bareMinerals The Premiere (LE, $26.00) is darker, warmer. Urban Decay Aura (P, $29.00) is more sparkly. NARS 413 BLKR (P, $30.00) is a liquid. IT Cosmetics Hello Light (P, $24.00) is warmer. MAC Sparkling Rose (LE) is similar. Urban Decay Glint (LE) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

I found this shade to be more metallic than Bronze Glow, and it just very slightly emphasized pores in comparison (but it is minimal emphasis). The powder felt just as soft and silky, which helped it blend easily on the skin. It had good pigmentation which was controllable; it didn’t feel like the merest touch of the brush was too much, but you don’t have to pack it on either. I think the rosiness in this one might be more prominent if you have pinker undertones, but even in the pan, it seems more “rose gold” than pink to my eye. On me, the highlighter showed signs of fading after seven and a half hours of wear.

The Glossover

LE
product

Pink Glow

A-

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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