Monday, August 16th, 2010

Shiseido BR307 Strata Eye Color Trio
Shiseido Strata (BR307) Eye Color Trio

Still Loving Shiseido’s Eye Color Trios

Shiseido Strata (BR307) Luminizing Satin Eye Color Trio ($33.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a neutral-colored trio of eyeshadows with the same fantastic formula as Tropicalia. If bold colors aren’t your thing, consider Strata. It’s a mix of a golden, taupe-y brown, medium brown with neutral undertones, and a pearly white with subtle white gold sheen. The texture of these trios is so buttery, almost creamy, and nicely pigmented, too.

I always think of Shiseido for skin care (perhaps because some of the first Shiseido products I tried were from their suncare range), but these eyeshadows are stellar. I mean, they’re truly impressive–you gotta swatch ‘em next time you’re near a Shiseido counter.

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  • Product: 30/30
  • Value: 7/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: For some blendable, beautiful neutrals, Shiseido has you covered. SO smooth, so buttery. Such an amazing texture!

AVAILABILITY: Nordstrom

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Monday, August 16th, 2010

Burberry Blush Lipstick
Burberry Blush Lipstick

Burberry Blush (09) Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a pretty-in-pink touched by coral with very subtle gold micro-shimmer and mostly opaque color coverage.   It has a lovely creamy texture and a slightly glossy look. I find Burberry’s formula fairling moisturizing and long-wearing–about four hours with this shade–and comfortable to wear.

I think this is an incredibly flattering shade–it’s not too warm or cool, it’s just that right shade that will work for a variety of skin tones.   On those with pinker lips, it will turn a beautiful shade of rose, and on my lips, that hint of coral seems to strengthen than when just swatched on the skin.  The lipstick is rose-scented, though, so those with sensitive sniffers beware! I don’t really sense any taste, though. :)

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

RECOMMENDATION: Burberry’s new lipsticks are a nice option for those with drier or more needy lips, because the formula wears well without drying lips out.  This particular shade will complement a lot of skin tones because of its more neutral undertones.

AVAILABILITY: Nordstrom

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Sunday, August 15th, 2010

MAC Disney Venomous Villains: Video Review, Photos, Swatches

Video review, live action photos… you know the drill.  :)  Expect a few looks and corresponding tutorials over the next week or two, as well.  I’ll be trying to answer questions left on the VV posts today and tomorrow, too!

Happy Sunday!

Saturday, August 14th, 2010

Preview: MAC Venomous Villains Collection

AHHHHH! Finally! As the clock struck 12:01AM (EST) on August 15th, I’m finally allowed to share with you the details of a very special event I attended in June. Temptalia was invited to attend MAC’s Venomous Villains press event down in southern California, where they would unveil both the collection as well as provide a behind-the-scenes look at Disney, the villains, and the how and why of the collaboration between the two brands.

Tonight, we’re beyond excited to reveal to you the Venomous Villains Collection!

All of the photos and swatches you can take, plus a video review and video of the event itself (above)! I hope you enjoy this early preview and sneak peek.

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Saturday, August 14th, 2010

MAC Venomous Villains - Dr. Facilier

MAC Disney Venomous Villains Collection: Overall, Round-up, & Recommendations

OVERALL, Venomous Villains has some excellent shades and textures; there were very few products that felt like misses and only a couple that disappointed. The majority of products had nice color pay off, soft/smooth textures, and many are flattering across multiple skin tones. There are a few repromotes, but with a collection as large as this, some might be relieved about that, LOL! There are also no stickers here–all of the characters are printed onto the packaging. I didn’t receive any of the boxes (so I don’t have ingredient lists either), but I’ve been told the sketches of the characters are on them to contrast with the more classic imagery on the actual products.

My favorite products are the must-haves I listed below, but the products that really stood out to me were: Strange Potion Lipglass, which looks stunning on lips, so wearable alone and beautiful against cooler and warmer skin tones; Bad Fairy Nail Lacquer, which is a dazzling duochrome polish that flashes red, copper, and gold; and Wicked Ways Lipglass, which makes lips look like one big, juicy cherrylicious treat.

For me, the nail lacquers were my favorite part of the collection, even if I was disappointed to find that two shades are exactly the same as two Orly polishes I swatched earlier this week. I just think this duochrome (or triple-chrome, I suppose) finish of glitter/glass flecks is incredible, and I’m greedy for more shades. Side-by-side, I could not tell the difference between the two brands; and in terms of application/wear, there was nothing to distinguish them from each other. It seemed like, perhaps, MAC took a minute or two longer to dry, but otherwise… identical. If Orly isn’t your style or unavailable (because it’s $10 vs. MAC’s $13 price tag) where you’re at, I fully recommend all three MAC lacquers in that instance.

I liked the lip products the most, because they brought out some shades that I don’t remember seeing before, and there is a good variety in the shade range–some bolder, fiercer shades just in time for fall but a few tamer shades, too. The most disappointing part of the collection (even before I saw it) was the lack of new pigments–not a one–because I am a huge pigment fan and collector, so I’m always jonesing for something new to add to the collection! Don’t get me wrong, the three shades they chose to include are nice, but two of them were just released a year ago. I didn’t think I’d see them again so soon! I will also completely agree with many of you that I fully expected to see Queen’s Sin launched in this collection. I’m thankful I have mine, but it would have been fun to dig it out again if it had been released!

If you fell in love with the mineralize eyeshadows from Style Black, I think you’re going to fall in love all over again with Maleficent’s Mineralize Eyeshadow Duos. They truly are gorgeous when used damp–very rich, lush colors and the texture is smoother and softer than any mineralize product I’ve swatched to date. I swear, I’m not yet a convert, but MAC makes these better every year–so maybe one day!

The Magically Cool Liquid Powders are cool indeed–to play with. I like them but am not in love with them as of yet–they can be a little powdery when they dry, so I prefer them best mixed into moisturizer or foundation (yes, you can do that!) or used with a brush like the 188 for a very soft, dewy application. If you’re near a counter or store, I totally suggest going in and sticking your finger in it and playing around–such an odd feeling! Cool! Liquid! The boy was confounded. ;)

One question I get asked before a collection launches is, “What is going to sell out?” It’s hard to predict sell outs when they’re not re-releasing a previously hot product (e.g. Mineralize Skinfinishes) or promoting something with such a unique design (e.g. Marine Life). It’s even harder when a collection is so large! First, I think more rather than less shades will sell out, if only because you have both Disney and MAC fans coming together; it is not exclusively MAC fans waiting to snag something. My best guesses for products with potential to sell out quickly are: Heartless Lipstick, Wicked Ways Lipglass, Hot House Lipglass, Bite of an Apple Blush, Violetta Lipstick, My Dark Magic/She Who Dares Mineralize Eyeshadows, Briar Rose Beauty Powder, and all three polishes.

Temptalia’s Recommendations

Must-haves: Wicked Ways Lipglass, Heartless Lipstick, Strange Potion Lipglass, Toxic Tale Lipstick, Vile Violet Eyeshadow, Violetta Lipstick, Bad Fairy Nail Lacquer

Nice-to-haves: Darkly My Dear Blush, Sweet Joy Eyeshadow, De-Vil Eyeshadow, Hot House Lipglass, Vainglorious Eyeshadow, Bite of an Apple Blush, My Dark Magic Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo, She Who Dares Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo, Formidable Nail Lacquer, Mean & Green Nail Lacquer

Skip: Innocence, Beware! Lipstick (dry), Sinister Lipstick (streaky), any dupes you have (see below)

Skip if…

  • Skip DEVILISHLY STYLISH if you have LOTS OF NUDE GLOSSES; it’s a nice champagne nude gloss, but there’s nothing particularly unique/different about it that makes it a must-have amongst nudes.
  • SWEET JOY if you have DREAMMAKER, CREME ROYALE, CREME DE MIEL. They are all very similar–pale, light yellow gold with a frosty finish. It has a lovely finish, but you may already have something like it in your stash.
  • DE-VIL if you have COPPERING. They are incredibly similar.
  • HER ALTER IMAGE if you have BEAUTIFUL IRIS — if you’re on a tight budget. They do differ noticeably, but it’s not a significant difference. It’s skippable if you have the latter, unless you’re a fiend for pale purples.
  • VAINGLORIOUS if you have STAR VIOLET. They’re pretty similar.
  • SHE WHO DARES if you have BLUE FLAME and you’re ONLY interested in the blue side–the green side is not dupeable by Blue Flame (or any of the Style Black eyeshadows).
  • FORMIDABLE if you have ORLY GALAXY GIRL. They are exactly the same. ORLY is $10, MAC is $13, but MAC may be more accessible for some. You can’t go wrong either way–the product is fantastic.
  • MEAN & GREEN if you have ORLY SPACE CADET. Same reason as above.

Don’t forget to…

Check your stash for CARBON (permanent), HOT HOUSE (from Strange Hybrid), VIOLETTA (permanent at PRO), MELON (permanent), BRASH & BOLD (from Makeup Art Cosmetics), PUSH THE EDGE (from Makeup Art Cosmetics), RESORT LIFE (from Lillyland), SLICK BLACK (repromote).

Recommendations by Skin Tone

Please note that this section is merely suggesting shades that would complement a particular skin tone better than other shades, but these lists are meant to be rather exhaustive of the entire collection; it’s not reflective of must-haves for your skin tone. When it comes to cooler/warmer skin tones, these are products that lean noticeably cool/warm and therefore complement the corresponding skin tone better (but it does not mean you can’t wear a warmer product if you’re cooler!).

  • Best Picks for Lighter Skin Tones: Devilishly Stylish Lipglass, Heartless Lipstick, Sweet Joy Eyeshadow, Her Own Devices Beauty Powder, Strange Potion Lipglass, Sinister Lipstick, Her Alter Image Eyeshadow, Vile Violet Eyeshadow, Oh So Fair Beauty Powder, Revenge is Sweet Lipglass, My Dark Magic Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo, Briar Rose Beauty Powder, Melon Pigment, Truth & Light Magically Cool Liquid Powder
  • Best Picks for Medium Skin Tones: Darkly My Dear Blush, De-Vil Eyeshadow, Strange Potion Lipglass, Hot House Lipglass, Toxic Tale Lipstick, Vainglorious Eyeshadow, Vile Violet Eyeshadow, Bite of an Apple Blush, Violetta Lipstick, She Who Dares Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo, Briar Rose Beauty Powder, Brash & Bold Pigment, Melon Pigment, Push the Edge Pigment, Cajun Magically Cool Liquid Powder
  • Best Picks for Darker Skin Tones: Darkly My Dear Blush, De-Vil Eyeshadow, Hot House Lipglass, Toxic Tale Lipstick, Vile Violet Eyeshadow, Bite of an Apple Blush, Wrong Spell Lipglass, Violetta Lipstick, She Who Dares Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo, Briar Rose Beauty Powder, Brash & Bold Pigment, Melon Pigment, Push the Edge Pigment, Cajun Magically Cool Liquid Powder
  • Best Picks for Cooler Skin Tones: Her Alter Image Eyeshadow, Vile Violet Eyeshadow, Oh So Fair Beauty Powder, Revenge is Sweet Lipglass, Dark Deed Lipstick, Briar Rose Beauty Powder, Formidable Nail Lacquer, Push the Edge Pigment
  • Best Picks for Warmer Skin Tones: Sweet Joy Eyeshadow, De-Vil Eyeshadow, Her Own Devices Beauty Powder, Strange Potion Lipglass, Toxic Tale Lipstick, Bite of an Apple Blush, Bad Fairy Nail Lacquer, Melon Pigment

Product Photos, Swatches, & Reviews

What are you loving? What are you looking forward to?

Saturday, August 14th, 2010

MAC Venomous Villains - Dr. Facilier

MAC Disney Venomous Villains Collection: Dr. Facilier Review, Photos, Swatches

The last part of the collection is Dr. Facilier’s part. It includes one lipgelee, three pigments, two greasepaint sticks, and two magically cool liquid powders. It also has a silver mirror compact with Dr. Facilier on the outside (not shown or reviewed here).

All of the character images are stamped on the products; they are not stickers. You can find official promotional imagery and color descriptions here. The collection launches on September 30th, 2010 at all MAC locations, October 2010 internationally, and approximately September 28th for online. You may also want to check your local store to see if they are holding an unveiling/preview party for the collection.

Pigment ($19.50 U.S. / $23.50 CDN)

  • Melon is a peachy-gold with subtle pink undertones.  I love Melon as a base for corals, golds, reds, and bronzes.   It also works nicely to highlight cheeks or lips.  This is part of the permanent range.
  • Brash & Bold is a bright pop of dark pink with subtle satin sheen.  It’s smooth, pigmented, and not frosty at all.  It was released last year with Makeup Art Cosmetics.
  • Push the Edge is a lightly shimmered violet purple.  It has a nice richness in color, and it has a slightly metallic sheen.  It was released last year with Makeup Art Cosmetics.

Magically Cool Liquid Powder ($29.50 U.S. / $35.50 CDN)

  • Truth & Light is a soft peach nude sheen. Yes, it feels like liquid when you apply it to skin, and yes, it is a little wet, and then it dries to a powder finish. It is VERY cool to play with, I can assure you! This is something one might use all over or to highlight certain areas; it’s very subtle and not at all frosty. (It doesn’t photograph/show well on my cheeks by itself.)  It can be used under or over makeup.
  • Cajun is a medium tan with soft peach sheen. It gives my cheeks just a little bit of a tanned/bronzed look–again, very subtle, but more noticeable on its own than Truth & Light.

Lipgelee ($15.50 U.S. / $18.50 CDN)

  • Resort Life is an over-the-top white champagne shimmered, silver glittered sheer gloss with subtle pink glitter. It was originally released in MAC in Lillyland.

Greasepaint Stick ($17.50 U.S. / $21.00 CDN)

  • Slick Black is a deep dark black, very solid and opaque. It’s been released a few times now.
  • French Quarter is a smoldering golden taupe brown with a black-brown base and flecks of bronze glitter-shimmer. It’s stunning, and it would make a great base for darker, smokier looks.  Much, much warmer than Dirty Greasepaint Stick.

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