Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

Shiseido YE406 Tropicallia Eyeshadow Trio

Shiseido Luminizing Satin Eye Color Trio: Tropicalia

Shiseido Tropicallia (YE406) Luminizing Satin Eye Color Trio ($33.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a stunning trio of bright, summery shades: a shimmered fuchsia-purple, shimmered sunshine yellow, and soft grass green with yellow undertones. According to Shiseido, this particular trio was inspired by a “vividly colored succulent plant” in southern California. For fall, Shiseido launched seven different eyeshadow trios inspired by Dick Page’s–Shiseido’s Makeup Artistic Director–travels.

Shiseido’s Luminizing eyeshadows have an incredibly butter, almost creamy kind of texture. They’re so soft and finely milled they feel like silk when applied. The shadow holds together so well and deposits evenly. Every shade in the Tropicallia trio is richly pigmented; nothing sheer or untrue here–exactly as pictured. After trying Shiseido’s formula, it’s definitely one of the nicest formulas I’ve ever tried.  The purplish-fuchsia shade did remind me of MAC’s Stars ‘n Rockets, though in a more pigmented and creamier formula that applies pinker (less blue-toned).

The only downside (which isn’t major) is they could give you a little bit more of each color–the quantity is just a little below what I’d expect at the price tag. Each shade is about 0.033 oz. (0.10 oz. in sum), so you’ll still get plenty of usage out of each, and it’s not too high of an investment cost ($11 per shadow).

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

RECOMMENDATION: Give Shiseido’s eyeshadow trios a swatch next time you’re at the counter. I think you’ll be surprised at how lovely the formula is.

AVAILABILITY: Sephora.com

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Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

Zoya Wicked Collection
Nail Lacquers:: Edyta, Julieanne, Cheryl

Oh… So… Wicked

Zoya Wicked Collection ($36.00 for all 6, or $7 each) is one of two fall collections from Zoya.  It contains six shades:
Edyta (complex mixture of gold, olive, blue-green, and smoky grey with a sparkling metallic finish), Julieanne (unique purple sparkles with gold, peach, and yellow-green duochrome in a dark blue-purple base), Cheryl (smoky brown base completely packed with metallic copper, gold, and mahogany metallic microglitter), Karina (cool medium crimson red with swirls of pink, gold, and red foil metallic glitter), Carrie Ann (light warm scarlet red with copper, gold and pink-red foil metallic glitter), Kym (antique copper base with gold, copper, and pink reflective metallic sparkles).

  • Edyta is a tarnished, deep green with gold and green micro-shimmer. At first glance, it seems similar to Nubar Verde, but the latter is significantly greener–much more forest green. Just two coats.
  • Julieanne is a deep violet purple with blue undertones and gold and glowing violet shimmer flecks. Two coats.
  • Cheryl is a darkened chocolate brown base with warmer, amber and copper shimmer. It looks very rich and luxe. Two coats.
  • Karina is a ruby red with flecks of scarlet and ruby shimmer–more blue-based. Two coats.
  • Carrie Ann is a brightened cherry red with fiery red shimmer–more orange-based. Two coats.
  • Kym is a pinked/mauvey brown with gold and bronze shimmer. Almost metallic. Two coats.

The formula is just as you’d expect from Zoya:  smooth, nicely pigmented, and dries down beautifully.  The colors are very true-to-bottle, and I had no issues with application whatsoever.

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

RECOMMENDATION: Excellent pigmentation for all six shades, easy to apply, and none needed more than two coats for a smooth, opaque finish. If you see a color you like, I think you’ll be happy with it.

AVAILABILITY: Zoya

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Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

Cle de Peau #117 Extra Silky Lipstick
Cle de Peau #117 Extra Silky Lipstick

The Sultry Season: Cle de Peau #117 Extra Silky Lipstick

Cle de Peau #117 Extra Silky Lipstick ($52.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a creamy darkened raspberry with a plummy edge.  Extra Silky Lipsticks are one of my favorite lipstick formulas, for their lightweight feel, moisturizing properties, and the way colors look on.  It hugs lips but never feels drying or clingy; it always looks smooth, lush, and rich.  I haven’t met an Extra Silky shade I didn’t find appealing–nearly universally so.  The color applies opaque, even though it feels and looks like it might not in the swatch.

I recommend applying less than you think, because it’s easy to over-apply the product here due to the creamy nature of the formula.  At this price (and the amount you get), you don’t want to waste a single bit!  These are also scent- and taste-free as far as I can tell.   I don’t have any exact dupes at the moment, but perhaps as the series progresses, we’ll find something.

Is this the right vamp for you? Would you wear it?

The Sultry Season is a series of posts featuring deep, rich shades of brown, berry, plum, and wine lipsticks and lipglosses — just right for autumn — that runs through October 2010.

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Monday, August 2nd, 2010

Philosophy Celebrate Love

The Tech Guy Shaun, aka The Tech Guy, aka my boyfriend, is here with another must-read “manly” review. He’s twenty-seven with normal-to-dry skin and suffers from no more acne (much to my envy!).  I told him to review this, and he said “Absolutely not!” in his girliest voice, and then, I was going to review it this morning… and here he comes along to steal my thunder and review it himself!

Shaun enjoys long walks on the beach, vegging out on the couch watching chick flicks, and cuddling with Mellan. Or maybe not! He handles all the behind-the-scenes action here at Temptalia, from tech support to server woes to being my shoulder to cry on.

Hello, yeah I just got out of the shower? What? Yes, I tried the new Philosophy Celebrate Love Shower Gel. How’d I like it….? Uh…. Okay, it’s the greatest fragrance I’ve ever smelt. Review it?!? Are you crazy? I’ll be tarred in feathered by the male community! What?! No! Don’t take that away! FINE, I’ll review it! What? Yeah, tacos… Okay, I love you too. No, don’t make me say that…… FINE! I love you too… snookums. Bye.

Ahem, sorry I was on the phone with Christine. This is a hard one for me, because I basically have to turn in my man pass, and never be allowed to do anything manly again. There goes spitting and scratching! Thanks a lot ladies!

Philosophy Celebrate Love is the greatest thing I’ve ever smelt. There, I said it. It smells like a sweet fruity berry, I can barely describe it. It’s flat out wonderful. If it was a food, I’d eat it everyday. I’ve reviewed the Philopsohy Shower Gel  line before, and while most of their soaps make you want to eat them, this one makes you want to stand in the shower for hours frolicking in the wonderfulness that is Celebrate Love soap.

The lather is great, and the strength of the smell isn’t overwhelming, it’s just pleasantly there. Even if you fell off a ladder, stubbed your toe, broke up with your significant other, and lost your job, coming home to shower with this would brighten your spirits.

The one knock on the product is that the smell doesn’t linger for very long on your skin. Maybe my man funk cancels out the wonderfulness, but for me the smell doesn’t stay on nearly long enough.

Recommendation: Buy it in crates! Christine just informed me this is a Nordstrom exclusive… Wait, no don’t buy it! I’m going to buy it all, BWHAHAHAHA!

Yes, I’m on twitter @shauntechguy. No, I won’t call you snookums even if you follow me on there. What, that’s the only way you’ll follow me?! Fine, snookums!

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

Make Up For Ever #49 Rouge Artist Lipstick

The Sultry Season: Make Up For Ever #49 Rouge Artist Lipstick

Make Up For Ever #49 Rouge Artist Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a satin blueberry, and though I would never have thought to use the word “blueberry” as a descriptor, it kind of is.  It is very similar to the color of baked blueberries–very dark, a tinge blue, but veering on purple.  This is a rich, intense shade–very vampy.  I felt all, “I vant to suck your blooooood!” when I wore it, but it is sexy in a dark, sultry way.  It is an opaque shade that goes on and feels a bit dry initially, but it’s not actually drying when you wear it for a few hours.  The color clings and hugs lips and this shade gave me five hours of wear, plus a residual stain.  It was scent- and taste-free.

Is this the right vamp for you? Would you wear it?

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Monday, August 2nd, 2010

OCC Lip Tars for Fall 2010
Lip Tars: Trollop, Harlot, Stalker, Trick, Strutter

Sneak Peek: Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Fall Lip Tars

Just in time for fall, OCC will launch six new shades of Lip Tars ($12.50 for oz.) on August 27th. The shades include: Trick (blank slate), Trollop (cranberry-infused coral), Harlot (ultimate fiery, cool-toned red), Stalker (truest red), Strutter (mahogany-toned classic red), and Strumpet (deep plum-toned red).

  • Trick is a browned peach nude. This is definitely a shade that’s better worn with a more dramatic eye than alone–by itself, it is a little light.
  • Trollop is a bright watermelon pink coral. It practically glows, because it’s almost neon–very, very bright!
  • Harlot is a bright, blood red. This seems like an orange-based red to me, even though it’s described as a cool-toned shade. For an orange-based red, it’s certainly one of the least warm shades I’ve tried, though–but it still pulls orange on me.
  • Stalker is a dark, blood red. It’s darker and more blue-based than Harlot.
  • Strutter is a deep browned red. I like that it’s not ultra dark, so it doesn’t lose its red edge.

It’s been quite awhile since I initially reviewed Lip Tars (actually, just over a year!), and it’s kind of exciting to see how much the line has grown. A year ago, there were only thirteen shades to review, and today, there are thirty-two shades available. One of areas of improvement I wanted to see was for a fuller range of colors–shades that were just as intensely pigmented but wearable right out of the tube, because not everybody wants to mix shades (or buy five or six shades so they can get their mixology on).

Lip Tars are incredibly pigmented and you need very little to get full-color coverage–I’m totally serious: squeeze lightly! They’re pretty easy to apply just using the slanted squeeze-tube that they come out of, but if you want true precision, a lip brush will work wonders. If you use just the barest amount, they will dry down to a satin finish, but if you add a little more, it gives a slightly glossier look. These will wear four to five hours without trouble, and even nude shades like Trick stained a little (so darker shades most definitely stain)–even after a few minutes! They smell like peppermint (from the peppermint oil), but they are fragrance-free. They don’t really taste like much to me personally.

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  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: If you want opaque color that doesn’t feel heavy and wears well, Lip Tars are definitely that. Now, you can get your hands on some excellent colors that work straight outta the tube–no more mixing required!

AVAILABILITY: OCC Makeup

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