Saturday, December 18th, 2010

MAC Cham-Pale Lipsticks
MAC Lipsticks: Flustered, Gel, Quietly Please, Tanarama

MAC Cham-Pale: Lipsticks

MAC Lipsticks ($14.50 for 0.10 oz.) for Cham-Pale include two limited edition shades (one is a repromote): Flustered (frosted pale bronze) and Quietly Please (frosted pink champagne); and two permanent shades: Gel (sheer metallic beige) and Tanarama (pale beige with golden shimmer).

  • Flustered is a semi-opaque copper brown with gilded champagne sheen and light shimmer.  This has a frost finish and limited edition.  This was the most pigmented of the four shades.
  • Gel is a semi-sheer, metallic beige-gold.  This has a frost finish and is part of the permanent range.  (It is also similar to Beigeland, which was a limited edition shade from Spring Colour Forecast.)
  • Quietly, Please is a sheer metallic rose pink.  This has a lustre finish. It is a repromote from Red She Said in 2008.  I found this incredibly sheer, though; it really didn’t seem to add color to my lips at all.
  • Tanarama is a semi-sheer frosted white gold with a metallic sheen.  This has a frost finish and is part of the permanent range.

I’m curious to see how others plan to wear these shades, as I did not find any of them flattering on my skin tone on their own.  I felt like they washed me out a bit, but perhaps with the right gloss, I will be able to find a way to make them work for me.  All four are highly reflective and have slightly metallic finishes, though three are officially frosts and one is a lustre.

MAC Cham-Pale Collection is a limited edition launch (official information and photos here) that is set to launch in-stores on December 26th in North American, January 2011 for international MAC locations. The approximate launch date for online is December 24th. It features color products as well as a few skincare items.

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  • Product: 28/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: I’m not sure who’s going to rock these colors.  Normally, I get a strong push for cool/warm, but these, while having a tendency to be warm, don’t give me a good feeling either way.  Flustered and Quietly Please are the most wearable, with Tanarama being the least (because it is so light).

AVAILABILITY: MAC Cosmetics on December 26th (U.S. stores), January 2011 (International)

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Saturday, December 18th, 2010

MAC Cham-Pale Lipgelees
MAC Lipgelees: Bubble Lounge, Luxure, Sin-tillation, Straight to the Head

MAC Cham-Pale: Lipgelees

MAC Lipgelees ($14.50 for 0.50 oz.) see four new and limited edition varieties with the Cham-Pale collection: Bubble Lounge (sparkly pink peach), Luxure (off-white with pink pearl), Sin-tillation (sparkly pale icy pink), and Straight to the Head (sparkly bronze brown).

  • Bubble Lounge is a barely-there brownish pink with silver, white, and pink sparkle.  On my lips, it just looks like it adds shimmer/glitter but no real color.
  • Luxure is a sheer silver and pink glittered gloss with a neutralizing, slightly yellowed base.  This is the shade that seems closest to Resort Life (from Lillyland).  It doesn’t add a lot of color but plenty o’ shimmer.
  • Sin-tillation is a sheer silver and pink glittered gloss with a cooler, icy pink base.  It’s similar to Luxure, it’s just a cooler version and seems to have more predominant silver shimmer.   I was reminded me of She-Zam Dazzleglass (limited edition, no longer available).
  • Straight to the Head a semi-opaque dirty bronze brown with copper, green, and silver shimmer-glitter.  It was the most opaque out of the bunch, and even though it looks a little patchy in swatches, it never came across when I wore it all last night.

Lipgelees are thicker, gel-like glosses that come in squeeze tubes. They are non-sticky and more moisturizing than your average gloss.  They still have MAC’s signature vanilla scent, but the formula is unlike their other lip glosses.  While the original Lipgelees have tended to be less shimmery and “juicy,” these along with the shades from Lillyland are chocked full of shimmer.

These look better in real life than photographed, because they have so much shimmer/glitter and shine, photographs often show the particles individually rather than the smooth, more cohesive look they sport in person.  I liked these when I looked in the mirror, but I think they look rather lackluster in photos (even in just swatches).  They are incredibly shimmery, though, and if you aren’t big on shimmer, I would skip these.  While I didn’t experience glitter migration to my hair, there were a few stray glitter particles near my lips after three or four hours (which is when it fades).

I like them, but the colors are not my personal style, so I’m not personally enthused over the shade selection–the product itself is moisturizing, easy to apply, and lasts three to four hours on me.  There is some glitter migration (maybe four or five flecks), but it didn’t seem like rapid migration nor did it stray into the far reaches of my face or hair or somehow wander to my feet.  I have always loved that the Lipgelees come with 0.5 oz. of product–nearly double even large-sized glosses.

MAC Cham-Pale Collection is a limited edition launch (official information and photos here) that is set to launch in-stores on December 26th in North American, January 2011 for international MAC locations. The approximate launch date for online is December 24th. It features color products as well as a few skincare items.

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  • Product: 28/30
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: For shimmer and glitter lovers everywhere, yes, these may definitely be something you’ll treasure.

AVAILABILITY: MAC Cosmetics, in-stores December 26th, January 2011 internationally

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Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

E.L.F. Minty Lip Gloss
E.L.F. Minty Lip Gloss: Chicago, San Diego, New York City, Houston

Quick Review: E.L.F. Minty Lip Gloss

e.l.f. Studio Minty Lip Gloss ($3.00 for 0.08 oz.) are sheer to semi-sheer glosses with a sweet mint scent and a slight minty tingle. The tingle only lasts for a few minutes, and it isn’t painful or burning. I only get about an hour and a half of wear with these glosses (my average is closer to three), though. The formula itself is thin and non-sticky, but the applicator could be better, because I feel like I have to go for three or four pulls of gloss to get enough to cover my lips.

  • Chicago is a coppery orange with flecks of gold bronze glitter.
  • San Diego is a coral-red with gold flecks of shimmer.
  • New York City is a medium pink with subtle gold micro-shimmer.
  • Houston is a muted fuchsia-pink with soft pink shimmer.

I know that they’re only a few bucks, so why complain at all about quantity? At the same time, most of E.L.F.’s products grew famous for being $1 each, and then they introduced their Studio line which is the “higher end” range–but you’re only getting 0.08 oz. It’s like MAC Dazzleglass all over again. I won’t dock points for it, but I find it intereting they skimped on quantity. (For example, their Mineral Lipgloss–also from the Studio line–contains 0.22 fl oz.)

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  • Product: 25/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: Though they’re ultra cheap, so you may find its shortcoming easier to excuse, but it wears off incredibly quickly, which is why I don’t find myself reaching for these.

AVAILABILITY: e.l.f.

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Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

NYX Lip Pencils
NYX Lip Pencils: Natural, Plum, Auburn, Dolly Pink

Quick Review: NYX Lip Pencils

NYX Lip Pencils ($3.50 for 0.04 oz.) are excellently pigmented lip pencils to enhance, mute, or neutralize your lips. If you can’t find the shade you need amongst NYX’s 53 different lip pencils, I don’t know you ever will! Like most pencils, I recommend swatching it once or twice on the back of your hand, which will soften the point to make it easier to apply to the lips. You can use the slanted edge to get a really crisp line when lining your lips, too. For a traditional lip pencil, these are exceptionally creamy and glide on easily. They also wear well without feeling dry (but they are matte and for most, you’ll want to layer a lipstick on top or a balm underneath if you plan to wear it for extended periods of time).

  • Natural (810) is a medium beige with a hint of brown.
  • Plum (812) is a deepened, berried red–not really plum to me, though.
  • Auburn (801) is a muted brick red with brown.
  • Dolly Pink (839) is a bright, blue-based cotton candy pink. This would work well with shades like MAC Snob, Lady Gaga, etc.

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  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: These are lovely lip liners, not even for the price but on their own merits.

AVAILABILITY: NYX

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Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

Dolce & Gabbana Caramel Lipgloss
Dolce & Gabbana Caramel Lip Gloss

A Nude That Works!

Dolce & Gabbana Caramel (50) Lip Gloss ($29.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a muted, medium beige nude with a high shine finish. It tones down my natural lip color without washing me out, which I can definitely appreciate! Unlike some nude glosses, it doesn’t look thick or unnatural, and it doesn’t feel gloopy at all–but there is still some color to it, it’s not just a sheer gloss. There is a touch of tackiness, but I wouldn’t describe these as sticky.

Dolce & Gabbana Lip Glosses are moisturizing, and they fade really well when they wear away. I only get about two to three hours of wear, which is a little below average for me. These glosses are rose-scented but don’t seem to have any taste. With just 0.13 oz. in a tube (compared to 0.20 oz. for other high-end brands like Chanel, Guerlain, and YSL), these are pricey. Overall, they’re nice glosses, but it’s not quite the holy grail.

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  • Product: 26/30
  • Value: 6/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: It’ll work well to neutralize your natural lip color without washing out, which is nice, but it’s pricey.

AVAILABILITY: Saks

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Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

Cover Girl Bronze Glow (770) Lipstick
CoverGirl Bronze Glow (770) Continuous Color Lipstick

Quick Review: CoverGirl Bronze Glow (770) Continuous Color Lipstick

CoverGirl Bronze Glow (770) Continuous Color Lipstick ($5.49 for 0.13 oz.) is a coppery orange that applies nearly opaque with a slight frosted sheen. It’s creamy enough to apply evenly with little effort, and the color coverage is noteworthy for a drugstore brand. For me, the biggest was surprise was the lack of scent (or taste)–so many drugstore brands have the most synthetically sweet scents I’ve come across, which be a big turn off for some. The wear was average (four hours), and I didn’t find it drying, but I didn’t find it moisturizing either.

The packaging feels cheap, and it seems like it gets dinged up quite easily, as the inside is all scratched up, and this is photographed brand new.   For the price tag, I think you sometimes have to give up nicer packaging, though.

Welcome to Swatch-all-idays! To start 2011 off on the right foot (or post, as it may be!), Temptalia is going through a backlog of products we have photographed, swatched, and often tested but in a slightly different manner. Quick reviews may be partially incomplete, such as a blush may only be swatched on the arm rather than shown on the face. It is our hope that what we are able to provide is still helpful!

If you want to know more about how products are evaluated, read out Rating System FAQ! :)

  • Product: 26/30
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 3/5

RECOMMENDATION: This is a nice, affordable choice for warmer skin tones and deeper skin tones.

AVAILABILITY: Drugstore.com

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