Saturday, December 18th, 2010

MAC Very Important Platinum Nail Lacquer
MAC Very Important Platinum Nail Lacquer

MAC Cham-Pale: Very Important Platinum Nail Lacquer

MAC Very Important Platinum Nail Lacquer ($13.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is a a metallic pewter with silver micro-shimmer strewn it. It has a frost finish, and MAC officially describes it as a “dirty platinum.”  Like Soiree, I found the finish to be much more metallic than that of a typical frost, and it has the brush strokes to prove it!  Shown here with two coats, I found it impossible not to have far too many brush strokes messing up the overall look of the polish.  I was disappointed in the consistency, too, which was thick and gloppy.  The color is gorgeous (I love pewter anything!), but the formula itself is one of MAC’s worst in the past couple years–and I like MAC’s lacquers in general.

MAC Cham-Pale 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: 21/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 3/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: Only if you have the patience of a saint!

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

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Saturday, December 18th, 2010

MAC Soiree Nail Lacquer
MAC Soiree Nail Lacquer

MAC Cham-Pale: Soiree Nail Lacquer

MAC Soiree Nail Lacquer ($13.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is a is a bright, light bronze metallic-frost with flecks of copper shimmer-glitter. It has a frost finish, and MAC officially describes it as a “sparkly light bronze gold.”  While it’s a frost finish, it is also a bit metallic.  This is really pigmented–swatches are shown with just one coat–and really easy to work with.  It dries down quicker than most MAC polishes.  It initially reminded me of Dior’s Timeless Gold, but it’s nowhere near it–warmer, darker, bronzer.  Zoya’s Austine is the closest dupe I could come up with, but the finish is quite different, and Soiree is darker.

MAC Cham-Pale 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: 29/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: This was so easy to work with, and the pigmentation was incredible. Very festive, too!

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

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Friday, December 17th, 2010


Guerlain Blush G Serie Noire

Guerlain Spring 2011: Blush G Serie Noire

Guerlain Blush G Serie Noire ($65.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a pink and coral lover’s dream. There are four distinct shades in the palette, though it is expected to use either the two top shades or the two bottom shades together at the very least. It’s not really feasible to use just one of the shades individually, as the size of each strip doesn’t lend itself to that–perhaps the upper most shade which is also the largest stripe.

There is a coral-red strip with subtle gold shimmer, a softened fuchsia pink with gold sheen, a peachy-pink with gold sheen, and finally a soft rose pink with pale gold sheen. When swirled together, I managed to find a shade of medium peach-pink with gold sheen, which I found a bit like NARS Orgasm (and the many dupes for it). However, keep in mind that it easily gets darker, more coral, or lighter, pinker, depending on the concentration of each shade you use.

I swished my brush across the surface (once forward, one back), then tapped against my forearm to remove any excess product, and applied to cheeks (using MAC’s 116 brush). On me, it was a pinked coral with subtle gold sheen. As someone who loves corals, peaches, and variations on them, this moves me. The black lacquered palette is beautiful, and the design of the shades inside is beyond elegant.  The texture is smooth, soft, and easy to blend on the skin.

P.S. — On lips, I wore Guerlain Rouge Sensual Rouge G Serie Noire + Chanel Insouciance Extrait de Gloss.

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  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 7/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 5/5

RECOMMENDATION: This will work for any shade of skin tone (light, medium, or dark), because it can be intensified or softened, depending on the look you’re going for. I do think it will be flattering on both cooler and warmer skin tones, but the golden sheen found in all four shades does make a more compelling case for warmer skin tones.

AVAILABILITY: January 2011

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Friday, December 17th, 2010

Shiseido PK 107
Shiseido PK107 Luminizing Satin Face Color

Quick Reviews:  Shiseido PK107 Luminizing Satin Face Color

Shiseido PK107 Luminizing Satin Face Color ($30.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a soft, iridescent cool-toned icy pink that works best as a highlighter. The powder is so finely milled and soft that it feels like silk to touch and always natural on the skin. Whether you highlight cheekbones or dust a little for an all-over glow, it’s a great choice for those with cooler skin tones. It actually reminded me a bit of Guerlain’s famous Meteorites, because of the softness of the shimmer and the silkiness of the powder.

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: For cooler skin tones, this is an excellent highlighter for a subtle effect whether used on targeted places or all-over.

AVAILABILITY: Nordstrom

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Friday, December 17th, 2010

Maybelline Khaki Green Define-a-Line
Maybelline Khaki Green Define-a-Line

Maybelline Khaki Green Define-a-Line

Maybelline Khaki Green Define-a-Line ($4.49 for 0.01 oz.) is a tarnished olive green with soft gold and green shimmer. Interesting enough, while the black eyeliner in this same formula is too creamy and ends up smudging all over the place on me, Khaki Green stays in place as it should. I wouldn’t even describe it as a creamy formula; it’s smooth enough and glides on without tugging and deposits a good amount of color in a single pass. I wonder if the shimmer causes it to be a “drier” formula and subsequently helps it to adhere to the lash line.

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: 27/30
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: It’s a nice alternative for a khaki green eyeliner if you’re on a tighter budget!

AVAILABILITY: Maybelline

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Friday, December 17th, 2010

Make Up For Ever Flash Palette
Make Up For Ever Flash Color Palette

Make Up For Ever Flash Color Palette

Make Up For Ever 12 Flash Color Palette ($95.00 for 2.46 oz.) contains Gold 004 (metallic gold), Coral 002 (vibrant coral), Turquoise 000 (light turquoise), Fuchsia 005 (bright fuchsia pink), Yellow 013 (vibrant yellow), Brown 023 (dark brown), Silver 003 (metallic silver), White 010 (pure white), Red 017 (bright red), Bright Blue 014 (bright royal blue), Leaf Green 008 (bright green), and Black 011 (pure black).

This is a multi-tasking, multi-purpose palette designed with the artist in mind. If you have ever played around with color theory, I think this might be something you would enjoy. These are thin, creamy colors in very basic shades (overall) that can be used as is or mixed together to create different shades and variations. I do find that these crease when worn alone, especially if you do not sheer them out a lot, but they work well when layered over an eyeshadow primer or with powder eyeshadows to set.  I like these a lot for just general purpose, not necessarily so much as just eyeshadow bases, but as face or body paint.

  • Gold 004 is a metallic yellow gold with shimmer.
  • Silver 003 is a metallic silver with shimmer. It looks like foil.
  • Coral 002 is a creamy medium coral.
  • White 010 is a bright, creamy white.
  • Turquoise 000 is a creamy, light aqua.
  • Red 017 is a creamy, true red.
  • Fuchsia 005 is a creamy, medium-dark deep pink.
  • Bright Blue 014 is a creamy, brightened royal blue.
  • Yellow 013 is a creamy, bright yellow.
  • Leaf Green 008 is a creamy, light-medium grass green with yellow undertones.
  • Brown 023 is a creamy, medium-dark chocolate brown.
  • Black 011 is a creamy black.

On the back of the palette, it indicates that you cannot use these shades [in the USA] on the eyes: Coral 002, Fuchsia 005, or Red 017; nor these shades on the lips: Silver 003, White 010, or Bright Blue 014. It is interesting that the warnings are for the USA specifically. I was a little concerned about the packaging, but I have had this for a few months now, and the product is still creamy on the surface–no dried up product here.

Though Sephora doesn’t really sell individual flash colors (I only saw one–Bright Blue 014), they retail for $18 each (0.24 oz.), which works out to be $75/oz. This palette contains 2.46 oz. for $95, which works out to be $38.62/oz. It’s a nice way to load up on the Flash Colors for sure–twelve shades in all! A little goes a long way, but you do get a surprisingly amount of product per well (0.205 oz.).

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  • Product: 27/30
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: At $95, it is definitely an investment and something you should thoroughly think about whether it is a product you would use. It consists of a lot of basic colors, because it is designed to be mixed on the fly for whatever color you need at a particular moment in time. It’s not necessarily a wear-and-go kind of palette either. I consider this more of an artistry palette, and for makeup artists and budding makeup artists alike, it is a worthwhile piece.

AVAILABILITY: Sephora

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