Friday, June 24th, 2011


MAC Feeling Flush Mineralize Blush

MAC Feeling Flush Mineralize Blush Swatches, Photos, Reviews

MAC Feeling Flush Mineralize Blush ($23.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “melange of pink, deep blue-pink, and soft brown.” It swirls together and creates a plum-tinged pink with blue undertones and a satin sheen. The mineralize blushes from this collection have a very different texture than past mineralize blushes. These have the texture of the In the Groove mineralize eyeshadow trios–very silky smooth, soft, and really no frost or grittiness.  The overall feel is reminiscent of Chanel’s Joue Contrastes (not quite as silky).  These feel even softer and have less of a sheen the the less frosted side of the In the Groove mineralize blush duos.

Feeling Flush has good color payoff, and it’s very blendable on the cheeks. It’s a shade that will flatter darker skin tones and cooler skin tones best.  I tend to get six hours of good wear with the mineralize blushes before they begin to fade.

It’s a lot less vibrant and fuchsia compared to MAC Her Blooming Cheek, plummier and less fuchsia compared to Full Fuchsia, and pinker than MAC Overdyed. It’s actually more like a mix of Full Fuchsia and Dirty Plum.   It’s a lot less red compared to Amazon Princess, not really similar.  It is comparable to Band of Roses with slightly less sheen, maybe a little bluer.

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Feeling Flush

B+
I think mineralize blush fans will enjoy the difference in texture, while those who tended to stay away from mineralize blushes because of their often frosty finishes will find these a welcome surprise.

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9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

4/5

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Friday, June 24th, 2011


MAC Gem of Roses Lipstick

MAC Semi-Precious Lipstick Swatches, Photos, Reviews

MAC Semi-Precious Lipstick ($14.50 for 0.10 oz.) includes four limited edition shades: Gem of Roses (mid-tone strawberry pink), Lush Amber (light nude beige), Musky Amethyst (deep plum), and One of a Kind (mid-tone rosy neutral).

MAC Lipsticks are vanilla-scented but have no discernible taste (to me).  Their lustre lipsticks are designed to be sheerer in color, so the color payoff of the three lustres in this launch is as expected.  Musky Amethyst, which has a frost finish, seems to be a little sheerer given its frost finish.  Lustres wear two to three hours on me, while frosts tend to be better at four.  In my experience, lustres are a little drying.

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MAC Semi-Precious Lipstick Swatches, Photos, Reviews

B
Shades like Gem of Roses and Lush Amber will suit warmer skin tones slightly more than cooler skin tones, but these are all on the sheerer side that they're quite workable across the range of skin tones. Musky Amethyst is very much a fall color.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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Thursday, June 23rd, 2011


Inglot Matte Eyeshadow Palette #3

Inglot Matte Eyeshadows in #377, 379, 325, 375, 320, 386, 334, 346 (Purples)

This next look at Inglot’s Matte Eyeshadows ($4.50 to $7.00 each for 0.09 oz.) features several variations on purple.

  • 377 is a deep royal purple with a matte finish, though I detected a slight micro-shimmer. This shade was a little patchy.
  • 379 is a medium-dark blue-purple with a matte finish. This shade was powdery and sheer in places.
  • 325 is a rich eggplant purple with a matte finish.
  • 375 is an eggplant purple with a matte finish–it is just a lighter version of #325. It has a slightly stronger red undertone.
  • 320 is a medium grape purple with a matte finish. It was a little sheer in places.
  • 386 is a lightened medium purple with red undertones and a matte finish. It was patchy and easily sheered out.
  • 334 is a pink lavender with a matte finish. I also had some evenness issues with this shade.
  • 346 is a light lilac with a matte finish.

While I’ve had fairly good luck with Inglot’s matte eyeshadows in the past, I found a lot of these troublesome.  Several shades did not apply evenly, so the end result was a patchy swatch that was sheer in places and opaque elsewhere.  I was rather disappointed in how these swatched, so I played around with them in application, and they were better but not as stellar as the rest of the matte range.  The only shades out of these that I recommended are #325 and #375.

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Inglot Matte Eyeshadows in #377, 379, 325, 375, 320, 386, 334, 346 (Purples)

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I'm surprised that purples ended up being a rather weak point in the range--far too many were difficult to apply evenly.

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7/10

Pigmentation

7/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011


CoverGirl Sultry Lip Perfection Lipcolor

CoverGirl Lip Perfection: Sultry, Smolder, Bewitch, Impassion, Hypnotic, Enthrall

A month or so ago, CoverGirl reached out to be to see what my interest would be in testing out their new CoverGirl Lip Perfection Lipcolor ($6.99 for 0.12 oz.)–but there was a caveat: they wanted me to use nothing but these lipsticks for seven days. In the interest of full disclosure, I know that there have been other bloggers who participated in CoverGirl’s challenge and were compensated for their time, but I refused monetary compensation, because I choose not to participate in paid reviews. I needed to make that clear so that you know my policy hasn’t changed on that! It’s a personal choice each blogger must make for themselves, so this is just how we do things here on Temptalia. :)

What’s a better test of their “silk moisturizing complex” than swatching 44 lipsticks over seven days? The biggest claim that Lip Perfection makes is that by prolonged use of their formula, your lips will be “soft, smooth, [and] beautiful” within seven days. The other claim being “in a single stroke, lips are enhanced with rich, rewarding color.” So last month, I worked through the 44 shades over a week’s period and am ready to roll out the reviews, photos, and swatches! (You’d be surprised how un-fun it is to go through and crop photos for 44 lipsticks.)

  • Sultry is an opaque, medium-dark, pink nude with a slightly glossy sheen.
  • Smolder is an opaque, warm, medium-dark brown with a soft redness and a slightly glossy sheen.
  • Bewitch is an opaque, dark orange-brown with a slightly glossy sheen.
  • Impassion is an opaque, coppery-red with copper and ruby red shimmer with a glossy sheen.
  • Hypnotic is an opaque, rosy brown with a lighter peach frost finish.
  • Enthrall is a semi-opaque, coral-red with subtle ruby and gold micro-shimmer and a glossy sheen.

On average, Lip Perfection lasted four hours on my lips, with darker shades lasting five to six hours, but the lighter shades pulled in at four hours. These tend to be more opaque in color, and this is definitely a factor in getting better wear, as it takes longer for the color to fade away. Lip Perfection lives up to the claims of rich color, and one stroke gets you there, too.

These are moisturizing in some ways, less so in other ways. I very much missed my Jack Black Lip Balm by the end of seven days, but my lips didn’t take a beating nor were they dried out, cracked, or peeling. They were fairly normal, but I always felt like I needed to reach for something to put on them (which, for the week, was a Lip Perfection lipstick). They’re moisturizing while you wear them, and when you remove them (or they fade away), your lips aren’t dying for balm, but I couldn’t go too long without putting it on again.

Just like in lip balms, sometimes they make your lips feel comfortable and moisturized while you wear them, but they don’t necessarily give you that deep-down hydration that drier lips need. These moisturize the lips, and the moisturization lasts longer than the lipstick color does, but I wouldn’t throw out my lip balm. I feel as if I’ve found my holy grail in lip balm (Jack Black), and without it, my lips were not in the same shape as they typically are–slightly less soft and smooth.

They last decently through drinking and light lunch, but it has a slightly waxy taste that I did detect when eating/drinking. There is a sweet vanilla scent to these, and it varies from semi-strong to subtle, but I could still smell a bit of the waxy base alongside the vanilla. If you are particularly sensitive to scents/tastes in your lip products, I’d recommend buying one to test (particularly from a retailer with a return policy). The darker shades will stain lips, which may be good/bad depending on your preferences. Each lipstick is housed in a square tube finished in a shiny grayish-purple. The bottom of the lipstick is colored in a way that is designed to reflect the actual shade; they’re not exact but are close enough that they’re helpful.

I really do like these. I was impressed by the creaminess and smooth glide of the lipstick when applied. The color payoff was excellent, and the shade range is lovely with a whole slew of colors and finishes. They’re certainly worth more than just a look next time you’re at the drugstore.

ingredients: Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Isopropyl Isostearate, Ethylhexyl Hydroxystearate, Acetylated Lanolin, Ozokerite, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax / Cire De Candelilla, Paraffin, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax / Cire De Carnauba, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetyl Lactate, Fragrance / Parfum, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Silk Powder / Poudre De Soie, Maltodextrin, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Propylparaben, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Retinyl Palmitate, Mica. May Contain/Peut Contenir: Orange 5, Iron Oxides, Lauroyl Lysine, Titanium Dioxide, Red 27, Blue 1 Lake, Red 6 Lake, Red 7 Lake, Yellow 5 Lake, Yellow 6 Lake, Carmine

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CoverGirl Lip Perfection Lipcolor Swatches, Photos, Reviews (Part 1)

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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.

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8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

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Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Cult Nails Let Me Fly Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Let Me Fly Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Let Me Fly Nail Laquer ($10.00 for 0.5 fl. oz.) is described as a “dusty turquoise shimmer with gorgeous silver shimmer.” It’s a dusty teal-blue with silver shimmer that’s opaque in two coats. The formula was really nice on this one; not too thick or thin with even flow and great coverage.  I’ve had good luck with wear on Cult Nails’ line so far (I’ve tested three or four shades in full)–getting about a week’s worth of wear without chips.

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Let Me Fly

A+
It's a really stellar formula with opaque color in two coats. If you like the idea of a blue or teal for summer but don't find some of the brightness of those summery shades to your taste, this muted version might work.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

Cult Nails Always Winning Nail Lacquer<
Cult Nails Always Winning Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Always Winning Nail Laquer ($10.00 for 0.5 fl. oz.) is described as a “sheer metallic olive green layering polish with gold and holo glitter.”  It’s an olive green with a metallic shimmer threaded through the base color topped off with lots of gold glitter, along with pieces of glitter that look multi-colored in brighter light (see the photo taken with flash).  I did three coats in the swatches, and you can see it’s more semi-opaque, but two coats gives you a sheerer look.  The formula was on the thinner side but easy to work with, and the glitter spread evenly without having to work at it.

When it comes to a glittery shade like this one, it’s best to let your remover soak on the nail for a little bit and then removing.  I just use felt soaked in Zoya Remove+ and press it against the nail for 5-10 seconds, and then I do one pull.  I’ve had good luck with wear on Cult Nails’ line so far (I’ve tested three or four shades in full)–getting about a week’s worth of wear without chips.

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Always Winning

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I like the idea of a sheer metallic, because I think it works to minimize some of the brush strokes often apparent with more metallic finishes. The inclusion of glitter also varies up the finish so you get the metallic finish without the brush strokes.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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