Wednesday, August 24th, 2011


Cult Nails Awakening Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Hypnotic Collection Review, Photos, Swatches

Cult Nails Hypnotic Collection is now available, and Temptalia readers can take $5 off $40+ orders with code TEMPTALIA, good through 8/31. There are four shades in the fall collection, and each bottle contains 0.5 fl. oz. and costs $10. The shades include: Awakening (dusty teal), Enigmatic (purple base with a brown hue), Hypnotize Me (sheer green jelly with glitter), and In a Trance (olive green to muted gold).

  • Awakening is a dark, smoked teal-blue with a cream finish. I needed three coats for opaque color, because the consistency is on the thinner side. It has a dustier appearance (so it looks more muted, less intense) compared to MAC Deep Sea and Rescue Beauty Lounge Teal. It’s like a teal version of MAC Blue India.
  • Enigmatic is a plum purple with hints of brown and red flecked with silver and plum shimmer. I needed two coats for opaque color. The brown hues of the shade disappear under brighter light. China Glaze Urban Night is a bit lighter and doesn’t have any shimmer.
  • Hypnotize Me is a very barely green-tinted base with iridescent blue and green glitter. It’s supposed to be sheer, and if you want a more cohesive result, it’s probably best as a layering shade. The texture is extremely thick–it’s very much like jelly or jam or even like hair gel (thick of the type in a tub). Because of the overall thickness of the formula, you have to be careful applying the color. I only did two coats, because I didn’t want to go too thick.
  • In a Trance is a olive green with tarnished gold shimmer. It was opaque in two coats, and the formula was just right–not too thick or too thin. To me, this was the standout shade of the four, particularly because of how easy it was to apply. The base color is similar to Rescue Beauty Lounge No More War. It’s not quite as bright or as green as China Glaze Peace on Earth.

In a Trance had the best formula, while Awakening was a little sheer (needed three coats) and Hypnotize Me is extremely thick (not gloppy necessarily, but it truly has the texture of a gel).  I like the concept of Hypnotize Me but would appreciate a thinner consistency overall. In the past, I’ve tested out several shades from Cult Nails, and the wear is great–a good week with minor tip wear (with a proper base/top coat).

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Cult Nails Hypnotic Collection Review, Photos, Swatches

B-
In a Trance is lovely, and it's definitely better than a B-, but shades like Awakening and Hypnotize Me brought down the overall score.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

3.5/5

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Wednesday, August 24th, 2011


CoverGirl Delish Lip Perfection Lipcolor

CoverGirl Lip Perfection: Rapture, Temptation, Burn, Rich, Flame, Hot

Here last six shades from the Nudes/Corals/Reds portion of the CoverGirl Lip Perfection Lipcolor ($6.99 for 0.12 oz.) range. When it comes to seeking out rich, opaque lipstick with an affordable price tag, LipPerfection is at the top of my list. The only issue I had with the formula is that it is not as moisturizing as it claims to be. They can be on the thicker side, because they are so creamy.

  • Rapture is a frosted, pink-coral with full color coverage. It’s a bit redder than Make Up For Ever #4 but a little less orange compared to Lancome Corset. MAC Viva Glam Cyndi has a similar color base but doesn’t have the frosted finish (so it appears darker).
  • Temptation is a vibrant, dark coral-orange with coppery-gold shimmer. Surprisingly, this shade was a little less pigmented than the majority of the range, though it still has nearly opaque color coverage. Urban Decay 5150 has a similar base color but lacks the gold shimmer and sheen. La Prairie Corail is less glossy and vibrant. It is richer and more vibrant than MAC Drive Me Wild.
  • Burn is a rich, deep red with ruby micro-shimmer and nearly opaque color coverage. It’s a touch brighter compared to Guerlain Garconne but very similar. It’s a bit darker than Chanel Byzantin.
  • Rich is a subtly berry-infused red with pale, white-pink shimmer. It applies opaquely with a soft, frosted finish. It’s a little redder but seems closest to Tom Ford Moroccan Rouge. Estee Lauder Plumberry is redder.
  • Flame is a vibrant pinky-red with a creamy finish and opaque color. Make Up For Ever #37 is several shades lighter. MAC Pink Fusion is more orange-based and lighter. Chanel Cambon comes close but it’s a touch lighter and less vibrant. MAC Gesina seems to be the closest – just a little more red-based.
  • Hot is a vibrant cherry red with subtle blue undertones. It is similar to any number of blue-based reds (see the Swatch Gallery of red lipsticks to compare). Two I felt were remarkably similar were Make Up For Ever #43 and MAC Heartless.

For a full review of the formula, please read my original review! :)

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CoverGirl Lip Perfection: Rapture, Temptation, Burn, Rich, Flame, Hot Review, Photos, Swatches

A
I think the color range is excellent, and there are some really stunning shades that I think people would love. These are a more moisturizing lipstick, but they don't replace lip balm for me, so the rating reflects a slight miss on that particular claim.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

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Wednesday, August 24th, 2011


LUSH Shark Fin Soap for Charity


LUSH Shark Fin Soap
($5.95 for 3.5 oz.) just launched and is a limited edition soap that benefits Shark Savers, a non-profit organization that works for the protection and conservation of sharks. LUSH is donating 100% of the proceeds of the soap. It’s described as “packed full of softening seaweed, scrubby fine sea salt, and zest lime oil.”

It smells salty and zesty–very citrus-based with a definite tartness. You get a bit of the seaweed coming through when it’s actually be used (I used it as a body soap in the shower) but overall, the lime oil dominates. I like it, and it’s more of a unisex scent, too. There’s enough lather to enable it to glide over skin easily but don’t expect lots of soapy lather. Only the faintest hint of lime and salt (it has the crispness of the sea breeze–without the coconut and sunscreen) remained on my skin post-shower, which may be a good or a bad thing, depending on your needs.

It seems similar to Sea Vegetable Soap, which also has lime, seaweed, and sea salt (and though Shark Fin isn’t described with lavender in it, it is in the ingredients’ list), which I haven’t smelled, so I can’t attest to how similar they may (or may not) be. The ingredient lists for the two aren’t exactly the same but the beginning of both are nearly identical. This was more to say – if you like that, you might like this, too.

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Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011


CoverGirl Delish Lip Perfection Lipcolor

CoverGirl Lip Perfection: Delish, Heavenly, Romance, Rush, Kiss

Here are five shades from the Nudes/Corals/Reds portion of the CoverGirl Lip Perfection Lipcolor ($6.99 for 0.12 oz.) range. When it comes to seeking out rich, opaque lipstick with an affordable price tag, LipPerfection is at the top of my list. The only issue I had with the formula is that it is not as moisturizing as it claims to be. They can be on the thicker side, because they are so creamy.

  • Delish is a warm, medium peach with a subtle shine and opaque color coverage. It is similar to MAC Fashion City but is a touch darker. It’s a bit less pink compared to Illamasqua Brink and YSL Peach Passion. Giorgio Armani #507 is lighter.
  • Heavenly is a medium-dark neutral pink with a glossy shine and opaque color coverage. MAC Blossom Color is lighter. NARS Montego Bay is lighter and more coral.
  • Romance is a medium-dark pink with a beige tint, but it’s still more pink than it is a beige or nude. The color coverage is opaque, and the finish has a soft shine. It’s a touch less pink than Chanel Darling. It is darker and less pink compared to MAC Mehr. It is step or two darker than MAC Gem of Roses and MAC Supreme Style. This shade is great for an everyday lip.
  • Rush is a toned down coral with a creamy finish and opaque color coverage. Make Up For Ever #4 is a touch pinker and has a soft, frosted finish, but the color is still similar.
  • Kiss is coppery coral with a extremely frosted finish. The color is still opaque, but the finish is definitely one of the frostier ones I’ve come across. Chanel Teheran is more vibrant with a stronger orange base. MAC Drive Me Wild is more orange and has gold shimmer/sheen rather than the whiter frost of Kiss. Milani Coral Bora Bora is similar in color but has a softer frost finish.

For a full review of the formula, please read my original review! :)

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CoverGirl Lip Perfection: Delish, Heavenly, Romance, Rush, Kiss Review, Photos, Swatches

A
I think the color range is excellent, and there are some really stunning shades that I think people would love. These are a more moisturizing lipstick, but they don't replace lip balm for me, so the rating reflects a slight miss on that particular claim.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

Guerlain Gigolo Rouge G Lipstick
Guerlain Gigolo Rouge G Lipstick

Guerlain Gigolo (70) Rouge G Lipstick

Guerlain Gigolo Rouge G Lipstick ($47.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “pigment rich plum with a terrybly couture style.” It’s more of a berry-red on me than a plum with plum and ruby micro-shimmer. NYX Violet Ray and Make Up For Evere #13 are similar in color but has a frostier finish. YSL Forbidden Burgundy is less red. MAC Rebel is has a lot less red and more of a berry look.

The color coverage is nearly opaque with a really glossy finish. I bought this last week (along with Girly, which will be reviewed soon), and it’s a shade I keep wanting to re-wear. It’s rich and dark–perfect for fall–but the red brightens the color (and makes my teeth appear whiter because it is a cooler-toned color).

Guerlain’s Rouge G formula is one of my favorites, because of the excellent color payoff but even better texture and feel. They are comfortable to wear, long-wearing (I get six hours of great wear with Gigolo and then about 80% of color remains after eight hours plus a meal), and moisturizing. My lips sing a little when I glide on a Rouge G after swatching five other lipsticks. They are violet-scented (but not too heavily–less so than some of their powders) and come in heavy, silver metal cases with a flip out mirror.

I do feel you pay a chunk of change for the packaging, which while decadent, does hold fingerprints, doesn’t store as easily, and the small text of the shade on the back is hard to read. I really hope they sell refills someday.

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Gigolo

A+
Great color payoff, long-wearing, and moisturizing--Rouge Gs hit all the marks of a quality lipstick, even if it does dent the pocketbook. Sometimes a well-edited collection of excellent products in shades you love and reach for often is better than twice as many less satisfying shades.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

Video Review: MAC Me Over

Just a talking overview of MAC Me Over with high res imagery flowing throughout.