Saturday, August 13th, 2011

bareMinerals The Nick of Time Eyeshadow Duo
bareMinerals The Nick of Time Eyeshadow Duo

bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow Duos: The Nick of Time

bareMinerals The Nick of Time Eyeshadow Duo ($20.00 for 0.10 oz.) contains two shades: Chance and Kismet. This duo launches in October, and it’s touted as a solid eyeshadow with SeaNutritive Mineral Complex that is “creamy, silky smooth” with “seamless blendability” and “stay-true color” that is long-wearing when worn alone without creasing or budging. When worn alone, I was able to wear several of the new duos for 10 hours without an eyeshadow primer. For more details on packaging, please read my original review.

Chance is a creamy, pale beige with flecks of flaky glitter that virtually disappears when the product is used (even swatched). If you look at the swatch, you’d never even think there was any shimmer in the pan. It’s slightly lighter than MAC Blanc Type and less peach compared to Inglot #353. The texture is so lovely with a dense, buttery feel that delivers opaque color.

Kismet is plummy brown with a satiny sheen. It’s like a much, much darker (and plummier) MAC Malt. It’s not quite as rich (or as shimmery) as Chanel Ebloui. The shadow is smooth as silk with excellent color payoff.

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The Nick of Time

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On one hand, the disappearance of the glitter in the lighter shade means less worry about fall out during application, but on the other, where does it go? If it doesn't adhere to the powder, then it's missing something it should have. This combination of colors would work well to create an office-friendly look.

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9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4/5

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Friday, August 12th, 2011


OCC Jubilee Loose Colour Concentrate

OCC Fall 2011: Jubilee Loose Colour Concentrate

OCC Jubilee Loose Colour Concentrate ($12.00 for 0.088 oz.) is described as a “pastel blue with intense green/yellow shimmer,” and it will launch with the Pretty Boy Collection on September 6th. These are “lightweight, ultra-refined, densely pigmented powders” that can be used on the eyes, face, and body.

Jubilee is so much more than it is described. From straight-on, it’s an airy, pastel blue with a silvery-white shimmer and sheen with subtle pale gold shimmer. It has a very frosted finish that becomes metallic when the product is used damp/wet. Color coverage is sheer when applied dry (but it would be fantastic for layering), while color coverage is much more opaque when it is used damp/wet.

The color isn’t just blue, though, and I’m so happy to have been able to capture at least a fraction of that in a swatch! It’s a duochrome that flashes pale blue, pale green, and iridescent purple. It’s quite lovely, which is why this shade is perfect for layering and changing the dimensions of anything worn underneath.

Giorgio Armani #10 is reminiscent in the pastel blue shade, but it doesn’t have the duochrome sheen. It reminds me more of Rescue Beauty Lounge Scrangie, which is a nail polish, but it has a lot of the same twists and turns in the shimmer.

Jubilee performs best wet, if you want a really dense color, but because of the way it looks and acts, it’s a worthy layering shade–kind of like a glitter top coat for nails.  The powder is soft, finely-milled, and applies smoothly.

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Jubilee

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Fans of duochrome finishes should be smitten with Jubilee! The possibilities are endless, because it can be layered over your favorite eyeshadow for a transformative iridescence and sheen.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4/5

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Friday, August 12th, 2011


OCC Cruising Loose Colour Concentrate

OCC Fall 2011: Cruising Loose Colour Concentrate

OCC Cruising Loose Colour Concentrate ($12.00 for 0.088 oz.) is described as a “brassy gold shimmer,” and it will launch with the Pretty Boy Collection on September 6th. These are “lightweight, ultra-refined, densely pigmented powders” that can be used on the eyes, face, and body.

The description is rather apt–it’s a brassy gold with a very shimmery, metallic finish. It’s a brownish gold with a hint of green flash (it almost looks a little olive in the pot). Swatched dry, it’s less metallic but still produces good color payoff, while swatched dry, it’s more opaque, smoother, and the finish turns more metallic. It’s more metallic and less yellow than Le Metier de Beaute Chameleon and Urban Decay Rush.

Cruising has a soft feel, and it applies smoothly. It can be used dry without lots of fall out, but you’ll want to pat it on, rather than sweep, to initially apply the color–then you can use sweeping motions to blend it out better. I do prefer using loose colors damp or over a stickier base, just because the overall nuances of the colors tend to come out better this way.  It has a three-holed sifter, and it works well.  I had to do quite a lot of work to get as much product out and onto the main level for photography purposes.

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OCC Cruising Loose Colour Concentrate Review, Photos, Swatches

B+
I love when loose colors work well even when they are used dry! It is better when applied damp (or mixed with their Mixing Medium) but it's still quite good dry. The texture is finely milled, so the product applies smoothly.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Friday, August 12th, 2011


OCC Butch Lip Tar

Feeling a Little Blue with OCC Butch

OCC Butch Lip Tar ($13.00 for 0.27 fl. oz.) is described as a “pastel periwinkle,” and it will launch with the Pretty Boy Collection on September 6th. Lip Tars were born to be mixed, but over time, OCC has released shades that can just as easily be worn alone as they can be used to mix with others. The formula is meant to give the longer wear of a lipstick with the application of a gloss, while the ultimate dry down reveals a satin finish. Lip Tars are also richly pigmented and mint-scented (it includes peppermint oil).

If you have any experience with Lip Tars, the best advice anyone can give is: a little goes a very, very long way. Butch is no exception–you really need much less than you’d think. It’s also much easier to use a lighter hand and add more as needed. You can apply straight from the tube (and the angled applicator works well to maneuver around the natural curves of the lips) or with a lip brush (OCC recommends their #009 brush).

Butch is a beautiful periwinkle–it’s a perfect mix of cornflower blue and dusty purple that combines for this lighter, softened blue that’s tinted with purple. It has opaque color coverage, and obviously, it’s not a shade that you’ll see most brands come out with. If you have to ask why blue lips, then this product is likely not for you. Makeup has its roots in artistry, and for some, it is exactly that. Surely, it’s not an everyday color for most of us, but for artists and those who like to mix and layer their products, it’s a shade welcomed with open arms.

It wears like a champ, as Lip Tars tend to do, and even the lightness in color doesn’t limit the wear. I wore this shade for six hours with minimal fading. It’s lightweight and comfortable to wear with a soft shine.

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OCC Butch Lip Tar Review, Photos, Swatches

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What's great about the range of OCC Lip Tars these days is that there is a wide assortment of colors--and many of them can be termed wearable--and they aren't all blues and yellows and greens. But there is something liberating about wearing a blue lip!

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Thursday, August 11th, 2011


Illamasqua Poke Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Poke Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Poke Nail Varnish ($14.00 for 0.5 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright violet purple” and has a shimmer finish. It’s a vibrant violet with a hint of fuchsia both in the base color as well as in the shimmer. The formula was a dream to work with–so pigmented it was nearly opaque in a single coat. It spread evenly across the nail, and the consistency was right on the money, because it wasn’t too thick or thin. I typically get a week’s worth of wear out of Illamasqua’s nail polishes.

I couldn’t think of any really similar shades! The closest I could come up with was Illamasqua Jo’mina, which has a similar brightness but lacks shimmer and is less pink.

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Poke

A+
Such a beautiful color but an even more standout formula -- definitely one of the easiest polishes I've worked with. The color coverage is excellent while the consistency allows the polish to flow evenly across the nail without bubbling or streaking.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, August 11th, 2011

NARS Train Bleu Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Train Bleu Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Fall 2011: Train Bleu Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Train Bleu Velvet Matte Lip Pencil ($24.00 for 0.08 oz.) is described as a “deep aubergine.” Velvet Matte Lip Pencils deliver rich pigment with a “velvet matte finish.” It’s supposed to be creamy and long-wearing without being drying. This shade is new and now part of NARS’ permanent range.

If this looks familiar to you that means 1) you’re a regular Temptalia reader and 2) you have an excellent eye. It looks nearly identical to MAC Smoked Purple. Train Bleu is a vampy purpled-burgundy with a near-matte finish. It has a subtle hint of sheen when you look at it close-up, but it is fairly matte when viewed at a normal distance.

Train Bleu wears a solid six hours on me, but my lips start to feel the need for added moisture by the fourth hour. The pencil formula makes it easier to apply, because you can easily edge around the lips, but you will lose product when you go to sharpen it. The color coverage is opaque and lush–much better than Smoked Purple–and the texture is creamier and has a lot less tug and drag in comparison. Of course, the price is nearly double.

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Train Bleu

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It's not the easiest matte formula to work with, but it is one of the easier ones. The color is really rich and dark--very fall--and will be gorgeous on lighter complexions for a dramatic look.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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