Thursday, December 16th, 2010

L'Oreal HIP Violet Volt Chrome Eyeliner
L’Oreal HIP Violet Volt Chrome Eyeliner

Quick Review: L’Oreal HIP Violet Volt Chrome Eyeliner

L’Oreal HiP Violet Volt Chrome Eyeliner ($9.79 for 0.04 oz.) is a dark violet purple, almost a jewel-tone purple, with a slight metallic sheen. I am so silly–I thought this was the missing shade from my original Chrome Eyeliner review, but no… I actually reviewed this already. Better photos and larger swatch of it, though!

These Chrome Eyeliners are ultra soft when you touch them, and the feel reminds me of an even softer version of Urban Decay’s 24/7 Liners, which I absolutely adore. These are so soft that I’d actually say it’s one of the minor issues with working with these – if you apply these with too much pressure (as is easy to do when swatching, ha!), the product may break a bit. I’m not sure if L’Oreal has a good sharpener for these, but they worked well with my Urban Decay one (which, coincidentally, works best on my 24/7 Liners, too).

The color pigmentation is amazing — very true to color and bright and bold. There’s no sheer color here. They apply easily because they’re so soft and smooth, and they just glide onto the lash line with no fuss. I will say the first time I applied these on my lower lash line and lower waterline, my eyes teared up and watered a fair amount. The liner stayed pretty well in place on the lower lash line and faded after an hour so of watery eyes on the waterline (to be expected).

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

RECOMMENDATION: For metallic, chrome-a-licious eyeliner, L’Oreal HIP makes a fantastic product to check out next time you’re at the drugstore!

AVAILABILITY: drugstore.com

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Thursday, December 16th, 2010

Le Metier de Beaute Nail Lacquer
Noble Passion, High Wire, Magic at Dusk, Dynamique

A Quick Look at Le Metier de Beaute Nail Lacquers

Le Metier de Beaute Nail Lacquers ($15.00 for 0.14 fl. oz.) saw the addition of four shades for their fall collection, Le Cirque:

  • Noble Passion is a deep, iridescent navy blue with brightened blue-violet shimmer. This is a really cool shade. It glows in natural light as well as full light–not something every polish can do! It was almost pigmented enough in one coat, but I used two. It was reminiscent of Orly’s Lunar Eclipse, but while there are some similarities, they do look different and have totally opposite finishes. I also felt like a comparison could be made to Rescue Beauty Lounge’s Scrangie in the kind of feel–but the two are not the same in color at all.
  • High Wire is a mauve-tinged silvered gray with a metallic finish. With the more metallic finish, I did get brush strokes, but color was incredibly pigmented with just one coat used here. I couldn’t think of any dupes for this shade.
  • Magic at Dusk is a muted beige-pink with coppered gold shimmer. Two coats. I couldn’t think of any dupes for this shade.
  • Dynamique is an ultra deep, dark burgundy-red cream. Just one coat. It is similar to Essie’s Velvet Voyeur but with more red.

Le Metier de Beaute’s Nail Lacquers come an undoubtedly painful price point. These are tiny little bottles with still-hefty price tags, but the formula is dreamy. It’s not too thick or thin, but what stands out is the pigmentation–very rich, intense pigment in nearly one stroke. I think if I was a little more careful, I could have made some of these one coaters. I was able to get a full week’s worth of wear with just minor tip wear.

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  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 6/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: From these four, I think three of them are really interesting shades–so in that respect, I liken this brand to Chanel. It’s a luxury brand, so if it’s something within your budget, I think they’re worth a look–especially now that the brand has increased their distribution channels.

AVAILABILITY: Neiman Marcus

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Thursday, December 16th, 2010

Benefit Dandelion Powder Blush
Benefit Dandelion Powder

Quick Review: Benefit Dandelion Box Powder

Benefit Dandelion Box Powder ($28.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a softened peach with a hint of pink and a golden shimmer-sheen. On me, it definitely leans a little peach, but I could see the pink tones being pulled out on cooler skin tones that have more pink in them naturally. This is meant to be a soft color, so it works best as a highlighter or if dusted lightly, an all-over powder. I would the very palest of skin could use this as a subtle blusher. One box will last you quite awhile, given the massive size of the powder, as most blushes are half the size!

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

RECOMMENDATION: For something that adds a natural glow without going overboard or adding a lot of color, Dandelion works well. It flatters both warmer and cooler skin tones, too!

AVAILABILITY: Sephora

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Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

MAC Brush Cleanser
MAC Brush Cleanser

Quick Review: MAC Brush Cleanser

MAC Brush Cleanser ($12.00 for 7.9 fl. oz.) is a total go-to for me when it comes to an effective, easy-to-use method to clean my makeup brushes. It works well as a spot cleanser (just spray it on a paper towel and run the brush back and forth, which will draw and pull out whatever is in your brush), because your brush will dry in a few minutes. I also will pour some into a cup and put each brush in it (just a little bit), then rinse with water for a deeper clean.

It would be more convenient if it came with a spray pump, because unless you’re pouring some into a vessel, a spray or two would be plenty without any waste. It takes me about a year to get through an entire bottle, and I’m not at all frugal with it!

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  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 3/5

RECOMMENDATION: If you’re in the market for a quick-drying brush cleanser that will disinfect and clean your brushes simultaneously, MAC Brush Cleanser is something to consider! It is definitely one of my staples.

AVAILABILITY: Nordstrom

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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Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

Kiehl's Mineral Mascara
No Mascara / Kiehl’s Marvelous Mineral Mascara

Quick Review: Kiehl’s Marvelous Mineral Mascara

Kiehl’s Brown-Black Marvelous Mineral Mascara ($16.50 for 0.16 oz.) is designed to give lashes “natural-looking length and volume.” This is a mascara that totally meets its claims: it adds length and volume but does so in an effortlessly natural way. If you are looking for sky-high lashes and dramatic definition and color, this is not the right mascara for you; it’s just not supposed to do those things. On the other hand, if you like softer-looking lashes with nice length and a boost in volume, it’s one to consider. I had no issues with wear at all; no smudging, flaking, or budging after eight hours.

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!

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  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: I love it for everyday lashes – in my everyday life, I do prefer more dramatic lashes, but this is exactly what comes to mind for soft, natural lashes.

AVAILABILITY: Nordstrom

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