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MAC Nocturnals/Tastitints Set

MAC Nocturnals/Tastitints Set
MAC Nocturnals/Tastitints Set

MAC Nocturnals/Tastitints Set ($32.50 for 4 x 0.27 fl. oz. or 1.08 fl. oz.) is a set of four Tastitint Lip Conditioners, and each has a different scent/flavor. On the lips, all four of them look exactly alike, and I don’t have really pigmented lips and normally can see some sort of tint across sheerer lip colors, but with these, they look virtually clear (not surprising, as they’re described as “barely-there.” They’re supposed to be hydrating lip balms with a glossier shine.  The value of the kit is quite good, though as the set seems to have a value around $52 worth of Lip Balm (compared against Suntint pricing).

Mintessence is a milky white, but it is clear on lips. It has a mint scent and taste.

Sugared Vanilla is a peachy-orange, but again, it’s almost clear on lips–if I make a reach, it warms up lips slightly. It has a sweet, vanilla scent and taste.

Taste of Paradise is a coral-orange that looks virtually clear once applied. It has a fruit punch kind of scent and taste.

Dash of Lavender is a slightly cool-toned pink that is nearly colorless applied to lips. It had an herbal, very lightly sweetened, lavender scent with a sweet taste.

They have a gel-like consistency that’s very much like a lot of the lip balm tubes on the market.  They each smell like their name (so not all of them are MAC’s traditional vanilla scent), and there seems to be a slightly similar taste that’s weaker in flavor than the product is in scent.  I don’t really see the point of tinting these if the tint is so sheer that the tint doesn’t actually show up on the lips.  I think it would be a more interesting set if there was a subtle, but noticeable, tint, otherwise it’s really just a variety of scents/flavors more than colors.   The consistency is medium-weight, non-sticky, and slick.  The finish is definitely shinier and glossier than the average lip balm.   They last between one and two hours, so you may find yourself reapplying often. They’re hydrating while worn, with a little bit of lingering hydration, but I didn’t get long-lasting hydration.

MAC Nocturnals (2013) Nocturnals/Tastitints
8.5
Product
7
Pigmentation
9
Texture
6.5
Longevity
5
Application
80%
Total
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MAC Stroke of Midnight/Pink Lip & Cheek Bag

MAC Stroke of Midnight/Pink Lip & Cheek Bag
MAC Stroke of Midnight/Pink Lip & Cheek Bag

MAC Stroke of Midnight/Pink Lip & Cheek Bag ($59.50) includes a travel-sized Beauty Powder Blush (0.09 oz. vs. 0.21 oz.), full-sized Lipglass (0.17 fl. oz.), full-sized Lipstick (0.10 oz.), travel-sized #129 brush, and a slim mirror. The set contains $9 worth of blush, $15 worth of gloss, and $15 worth of lipstick for a total of $39 in color products; then there is some value for the #129SE, mirror, and bag–all of which are hard to value. The #129SE brush felt really floppy; the brush head seemed a lot longer than the full-sized #129, and it was also somewhat scratchy. The mirror works as it should, but it’s all mirror, so it’s easy to smudge and get fingerprints on it when removing it from its pouch. The bag is a good size and will fit several products easily.

Formal is described as a “soft pink.” It’s a light-medium pink with neutral-to-cool undertones and a barely-there satin finish. It had decent to good color payoff, and the texture was soft, silky, and finely-milled, but it was a little powdery so it’s best applied in layers. It wore well for seven and a half hours and was lightly faded after eight hours of wear. Too Faced Lollipop (LE) is more shimmery. Too Faced Raindrops on Roses (LE) is also more shimmery. Urban Decay Temper (LE) is similar. MAC Pure Femininity (LE, $21.00) is cooler-toned. theBalm Houndstooth (P, $22.00) is darker. MAC Stay Pretty (P, $23.50) is a touch lighter. MAC Easy Manner (LE, $21.00) is less cool-toned, more shimmery. Illamasqua Naked Rose (P, $26.00) is a little lighter. See comparison swatches.

How Darling! is described as a “warm pink cream [with a Cremesheen finish].” It’s a medium pink with neutral-to-warm undertones and a soft, luminous sheen. It had mostly opaque color coverage, but the texture was a little gummy–thick in a way–and tended to cake up somewhat on the lips as I applied it. It lasted for four hours on me and was neither drying nor hydrating. Chanel Radieuse (217) (LE, $34.00) is more frosted, sheerer. Urban Decay Native (P, $22.00) is warmer. MAC Dreaminess (P, $22.00) is lighter. MAC Vivid Imagination (LE, $15.00) is very similar. MAC Angel (P, $15.00) is similar but slightly frosted. See comparison swatches.

Soft Spoken is described as a “soft pink with red frost.” It’s a clear gloss with iridescent pink and copper shimmer. It has a moderate amount of shimmer and provides no color to the lips. It wore for three hours. MAC Impossibly Sweet (LE, $15.00), MAC Like Venus (P, $20.00), MAC Pleasure Principle (LE, $20.00), and Chanel Petillant (P, $29.50) are all similar. See comparison swatches.

MAC Stroke of Midnight Lip & Cheek Bag Stroke of Midnight/Pink
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B+

Formal

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B

How Darling

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B-

Soft Spoken

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Chanel Audacieuse (134) Rouge Allure Lipstick

Chanel Audacieuse (134) Rouge Allure Lipstick
Chanel Audacieuse (134) Rouge Allure Lipstick

Chanel Audacieuse (134) Rouge Allure Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium-dark, pink-red with a soft, frosted sheen. It’s very slightly cool-toned. MAC Prepare for Pleasure (LE, $15.00) is a touch redder. MAC Relentlessly Red (P, $15.00) is matte. NARS Luxembourg (P, $25.00) is brighter. MAC Love Goddess (LE, $15.00) is slightly pinker/brighter. Guerlain Pour Troubler (P, $35.00) is a touch pinker. See comparison swatches.

This is the last of the new (some limited, some permanent) shades of Rouge Allure from Chanel’s Rouge Allure Moire de Chanel collection. Audacieuse was one of the shades that looked better applied compared to the others, as the new frost element of the Rouge Allures tended to make my lips look drier (and sometimes, they actually felt dry). The color coverage was nearly opaque, and the formula itself is lightly creamy and applied evenly from the tube. This shade wore well for five and a half hours, and it was neither drying nor hydrating.

Here are the other shades:

Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour Audacieuse (134)
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
91%
Total

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Too Faced Coral Fire La Creme Lipstick

Too Faced Coral Fire La Creme Lipstick
Too Faced Coral Fire La Creme Lipstick

Too Faced Coral Fire La Creme Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “coral red.” It’s a vibrant, slightly pink-leaning, medium coral with a luminous sheen. Givenchy Croisiere Coral (310) (LE, $36.00) is less pink. Urban Decay Protest (P, $22.00) is similar, slightly warmer. Chanel Pygmalion (LE, $34.00) is a touch brighter. Guerlain Nahema (P, $35.00) is pinker. Chanel Genial (LE, $34.00) is pinker. Buxom Two-Timer (P, $21.00) is lighter, less pink. See comparison swatches.

The color was incredibly rich with full color coverage, while the texture was lightweight, emollient, and very comfortable to wear. The formula was lightly creamy, so the color glided on easily without tugging or pulling at the lips, and I felt like it went on so smoothly that it made my lips look better than they actually were–that’s a sign of a truly fantastic lip product. Sometimes the La Creme formula wears away somewhat faster than the average lipstick, but Coral Fire held on for four and a half hours and was nicely hydrating the entire time when worn.

Too Faced La Crème Coral Fire
Coral Fire
Coral Fire
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

Chanel Impulsive (132) & Enigmatique (135) Rouge Allure Lip Color

Chanel Impulsive (132) Rouge Allure Lip Color
Chanel Impulsive (132) Rouge Allure Lip Color

Chanel Impulsive (132) Rouge Allure Lip Color ($34.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a warm, coral-red with a frosted, slightly matte, finish. It had rich, opaque color coverage, but the texture made lips look wrinkly and dry (and I swear, they weren’t at all!). It wore well for nearly six hours, but it was slightly drying. MAC Night to Remember (LE, $15.00) is darker, redder. Guerlain Madame Flirte (861) (LE, $49.50) is pinker. MAC Rozz (LE, $15.00) is brighter, redder. Chanel Dialogue (P, $34.00) is less frosted but similar in color. Revlon Wild Watermelon (P, $7.49) is pinker. Chanel Amant (P, $34.00) is similar but less frosted. Tom Ford Beauty Willful (P, $48.00) is less frosted, warmer. Guerlain Rouge Sensuel (LE, $49.50) is similar but less frosted. Chanel Flamboyante (P, $34.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Enigmatique (135) Rouge Allure Lip Color ($34.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a warm, slightly muted, red with a soft, frosted finish that almost looks like a matte frost. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and though the lipstick itself glided onto lips easily enough, the finish made my lips look dry rather than smooth. It wore well for six hours but was slightly drying over time.  MAC Night to Remember (LE, $15.00) is less frosted. Chanel Dialogue (P, $34.00) is slightly cooler. Chanel Amant (P, $34.00) is a touch lighter. NARS Golshan (P, $25.00) is slightly browner. Milani Cherry Crave (P, $5.49) is more frosted. Guerlain Habit Rouge (P, $35.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour Impulsive (132)
6.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total
Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour Enigmatique (135)
7
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total

NARS x Guy Bourdin Color & Gifting Collection Photos, Swatches + Commentary

NARS x Guy Bourdin Color Collection
NARS x Guy Bourdin Color Collection

Update:  I have added photos, swatches, and dupes for the products from the NARS x Guy Bourdin Gifting Collection.  The majority of the shades included in the Gifting collection are permanent to NARS’ color range. To ensure context, I’ve added them to the existing post, rather than make a separate post.  My goal is to raise awareness, open the channel for discussion (I highly recommend reading through readers’ comments and viewpoints), and to respect each reader’s autonomy and decision-making.  I strongly believe that we each must do our own research and come to the conclusion that feels right to us, whatever that may be.  Thank you for your continued support, respect, and understanding!

When the NARS x Guy Bourdin collaboration was first announced, I felt my readers’ excitement. I knew nothing about Bourdin, and having little interest in fashion photography, I didn’t look to learn any more than what was being widely reported. I’m here for the makeup, not the collaborators or inspiration or names, so when I see a new collection, I want to know what’s in it, what the colors are going to be, what the formulas and textures will feel like. It was not until I saw more and more readers comment on Bourdin and his emphasis on violence in his work, particularly of what seems to be best categorized as “high fashion crime scenes,” that I knew I needed to look a little further than the press release.

Warning:  This post contains discussion about violence against women, so please be warned that the discussion that follows and comments on the post may be a potentially triggering.

Bourdin’s body of work is not solely centered around violence as he also explored other themes like surrealism and sexuality. There are shots of vibrant, thriving women in his work; it is not all dark but certainly a good deal of his work is, and more to the point, many of his more controversial shots are more famous (which is not a surprise). I suggest visiting his website and browsing through his portfolio of photos–beware that some are more graphic than others–and in particular, the “Beauty” section showcases a different side of his work. There is no question that Bourdin was an artist, and he is legendary in his sphere.

I fully respect NARS’ decision to collaborate with someone who has influenced Francois Nars not just today but for years; that Bourdin was his inspiration for becoming a makeup artist is just how telling of the type and scope of impact Bourdin had on the industry as a whole. I don’t just see in black and white, which is not always a comforting thing, and I enjoy challenging people’s opinions and playing devil’s advocate. It has always been important to me to avoid mixing my personal beliefs (on such hot topics as sex, politics, religion, etc.) with the blog, because Temptalia is not just your escape but mine. This is the first time where how I feel has put me in such a quandary as to how to react.  First and foremost, I am abstaining from reviewing the NARS and Guy Bourdin collection, because I cannot fully dissociate how I feel about Bourdin’s art from a collection intended to pay tribute to him.

The idea that an advertisement or runway photoshoot that features dead women in designer clothing and shoes is used to sell to people is hard for me to wrap my head around. I am particularly sensitive to the concept of glamorizing violence, against women or men, because I worry it normalizes it in a way that makes us react less to a very real and prevalent issue not just in the U.S. but globally. Bourdin has passed away for some time now, so all of the visuals that showcase Bourdin’s work are images he previously shot, so none of them were originally intended to sell NARS’ makeup specifically (or possibly makeup at all, but you’d have to really go back through and figure out where each photo originated from). Many of the selected images for the NARS collaboration are not controversial or violent but some are certainly up for interpretation.

There’s an informative interview with Susan B. Carbon, Director of the U.S. DOJ’s Office, Violence Against Women, which also includes sobering statistics about the level of violence women experience (with sources cited). It speaks on and illuminates as to why violence against women is a real issue that we should be talking about, understanding, researching, and creating the resources, community, and culture that both prevents and reduces the violence that occurs (and we can do more than just prevent/reduce violence against women but all people). We, as a society, have made strides towards these goals, but we can do more and we should do more–and we need to remember to think globally on behalf of all women.

Here are some resources for learning more about this issue:

I have spent the past week and a half soul-searching and doing as much as I can to learn more about Bourdin, not just from those that feel similarly to me, but those who have assessed his work from an artistic point of view, to determine if I was still going to post photos/swatches. My focus was on his work, not him as a person.  We all want to be taken as the sum of our parts, not merely one part out of many, which is why I really wanted to take time to assess, digest, and react. I found this essay about the evolution of the “crime scene photograph” into news, fashion, and art a very good read. I understand that not everyone who views Bourdin’s work feels he glamorized violence against women or even if taken as true, is able to find other qualities of his work (lighting, colors, angles, composition, etc.) admirable as an artist or perhaps argue it is a statement on our own curiosity for the morbid or even the fashion industry and its consumptive nature. I have read various reactions, arguments for and against, from both outside sources as well as from readers in our community.

To that end, I respect each reader’s opinion, whether for or against.  So in a show of respect for a broad range of opinions, while I will not review or otherwise recommend the collection personally, you will find full photos and swatches of the products featured in the color collection for those who wanted to see them, and for those who did not want to purchase, I have included dupes for each shade that you may want to consider purchasing from instead.   From me to you, I wanted to use this time to also say, “Let’s not forget about what we can do to reduce violence against women.” In our consumption of controversial images, let’s not forget about the very real issues that real people face that the art seeks to recreate or transform.

I hope that you understand my decisions and know that they come from the heart after a lot of reflection, research, and reading. I urge you to do your own research and come to your own conclusions. All I want is us to ask questions and challenge what we’re seeing and being told (or sold) and go from there.

Update: Thank you SO, SO much from the bottom of my heart for the outpouring of support & understanding!  I am still reading through and responding to the incredible stories and comments that you have all left on this post, but I wanted to make sure everyone knows how meaningful your feedback and response has been! Thank you!

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