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Guerlain Les Roses Eyeshadow Palette

Guerlain Les Roses Eyeshadow Palette
Guerlain Les Roses Eyeshadow Palette

Guerlain Spring 2012: Les Roses Eyeshadow Palette

Guerlain Les Roses Eyeshadow Palette ($59.00 for 0.25 oz.) is new (and permanent!) for spring. Guerlain describes the palette as having “an iridescent pink with pearl particles, matte pink, metallic violet, and raspberry shade with a velvety finish.” At first glance, it’s a very pretty spring palette that’s pretty much pink, pink, and more pink–totally reminiscent of Valentine’s Day. When I first saw it, I was really surprised to see such bold shades, and the pinks are not shy, barely-there shades; they’re really quite pink, and sometimes, pink can be a difficult shade to wear. On the flip side, you could double these as blushers quite easily.

The first shade in the palette is a purple-berry with a soft, frosted finish. It has excellent color payoff and a really smooth, soft texture that glides on easily and blends well. It’s much redder compared to MAC Deceit, darker and purpler compared to Make Up For Ever #17, purpler and less burgundy compared to Make Up For Ever #311, bit redder compared to MAC Hyperviolet, and touch purpler compared to Le Metier de Beaute Fig.

Next, in the middle and on the top, there is a soft pink; this is the closest you’ll get to pastel in this palette, but with the high frost finish, it reads bolder than a pastel would. It’s an airy pink with lots of shimmer and frost. It has good pigmentation, and the texture is pretty smooth and finely-milled overall. Inglot #319 is a matte version of this shade, while Inglot #431 has a slightly more metallif finish and yellow undertones. Make Up For Ever #303 is very close in finish but has yellower undertones.

Below the light pink, there is a bright medium-dark pink with a nearly matte finish (I detected a very faint shimmer but once applied, it looks matte). The color payoff is good, but the texture is a bit drier (being that it is matte, it’s not unexpected), so while it’s soft, there’s a hint of powderiness. It’s a couple of steps lighter compared to MAC Tease with Ease and more significantly lighter (or at least, more muted) compared to Inglot #362. Make Up For Ever #85 is a bit closer in color but not as blue-based and with the heavy frost finish, it looks a bit different.

The final shade, on the right, is a medium-dark fuchsia pink with a satiny sheen. It’s not vastly different from the other bright pink in this palette–it has a hint of fuchsia in it, so it’s less rosy pink, and it has a subtle sheen. The color payoff is good, and the texture is very soft and smooth, so it applies well and blends out nicely. It’s also similar to Make Up For Ever #85 but a bit darker and more fuchsia. Inglot #362 is still more vibrant and MAC Tease with Ease is still darker.

Guerlain Les Roses Eyeshadow Palette

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Foundation Matrix v. 2.0


Foundation Matrix v. 2.0

We’re pleased to launch the latest version of the Foundation Matrix, which does not just include an update of over 1,500 additional matches but has been completely redesigned. We hope you find it helpful in your quest to find the perfect shade match!  Check it out!

If you have any issues viewing it, please ensure you email technical support with the following information: browser, browser version, and PC/Mac.  We really can’t help if we don’t have more information.  By emailing technical support, it also allows for a dialogue so that we can work together to troubleshoot any problem.  The Foundation Matrix has been tested in IE7 through 9, Firefox, Chrome, and Safari.  It has been tested on iPhone and iPad.

If you designed a cool-toned or warm-toned palette, what would you include?


Cool-toned

If you designed a cool-toned palette, what would you include?

Yesterday’s posts got me thinking (never a good thing!), and though I know we’ve discussed our dream palettes before, I wonder what you would include if you had to make one geared for cooler complexions or one for warmer complexions.  I love smoky taupes and grays along with deep jewel-tones for cooler-toned shades, and for warmer-toned hues, I embrace earthy shades like golds, greens, and browns.  I wanted to make both palettes wearable with a mix of textures, neutrals, and pops of color–they’re not exactly where I want them, but you get the idea!


Warm-toned

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Cle de Peau #129 Extra Silky Lipstick

Cle de Peau #129 Extra Silky Lipstick
Cle de Peau #129 Extra Silky Lipstick

Cle de Peau #129 Extra Silky Lipstick

Cle de Peau #129 Extra Silky Lipstick ($52.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a soft, yellow-toned pink with very fine pale peach-gold micro-shimmer and a glossy sheen. It’s such a soft color, but the color payoff is almost opaque–you can just barely see the shadow of my lip freckle. Dior Pinky Mauve is a bit darker. Estee Lauder Night Bloom is similar but pinker. Maybelline Warm Me Up is a bit darker and grayer. MAC Angel is pinker and has a creamier look. Urban Decay Naked is a darker pinker.

I’m a big fan of the Extra Silky Lipstick range; it’s lightweight, hydrating, and feels and looks incredible on. With lighter shades like #129, it wears for around four hours, but I have had longer wear (more like six or so) with some of the darker shades–about average for lipsticks for me. This formula is very, very emollient and creamy, so I recommend applying less than you think you need, because otherwise you’ll overapply. It doesn’t look bad, but you’ll waste product and at this price point (and for the quantity you get–about 30% less than the average lipstick), you don’t want to waste any! These are also scent- and taste-free from my experience.

Cle de Peau #129 Extra Silky Lipstick

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Bare Escentuals High Shine Trio

Bare Escentuals High Shine Trio
Bare Escentuals High Shine Trio

Bare Escentuals High Shine Trio

Bare Escentuals High Shine Trio ($36.00 for 0.15 oz.) includes three shades of the High Shine eyeshadow: Flare, Pewter, and Polished. This kit is an Ulta exclusive.  High Shines are loose eyeshadows that are designed to have a really bright, foil-like finish.  They’re really nicely pigmented and definitely deliver on that high shine finish.  I’ve also had really good wear out of these–eight hours without a base (and no creasing!).  The pigmentation of these three is good, but they seem a little less intense than previous shades I’ve tested.

  • Flare is a champagne-shimmered beige-brown with a frosted-metallic finish. It’s an interesting color, because I want to say it’s copper at a glance, but it’s not orange enough, and the champagne shimmer throws it off. The only shade that I could think of that was similar was Urban Decay Spotlight, which is less golden and more beige.
  • Pewter is a silvered pewter with a frosted-metallic finish. It’s cooler-toned and more silver than gold compared to Bobbi Brown Pewter. Similarly, MAC Dalliance is much more golden.
  • Polished is a medium pink with yellow undertones and a bright, frost-metallic finish. It’s lighter but similar in tone to Giorgio Armani #7.

I really love the pigmentation, texture, and formula of the High Shines, but the packaging leaves a lot to be desired. I reviewed them here earlier this year, and everything received top marks–except packaging, which was a major bust for me.  It’s clunky and needs a redesign.  I know other readers have suggested to cut off the sponge-tipped applicator, but really, it should just come in better packaging.  I recommend opening these slowly and gently tapping away excess product before extracting the applicator–though expect some fall out nonetheless.

Bare Escentuals High Shine Trio

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Happy Thanksgiving! (2011 Edition)


Happy Thanksgiving! (2011 Edition)

Hope you have some fun, festive plans for Thanksgiving this year–and hopefully somewhere nice and cozy!  I’d like to take this time to give thanks to a few things I am thankful for, and I’d love for you to do the same in the comments! 🙂

5 Things I’m Thankful For (Life Edition)

  1. My family — they’re a crucial part of my support system, and without them, I wouldn’t be where I am today.
  2. Mellan — he’s always underfoot and playful and free.  He reminds me to take a break every now and again (if only to attend to one of his needs).  His optimistic attitude is no less than inspiring!
  3. My friends — whether I see them every week or once a year, they’re good people I can count on when I need them.  I didn’t always have such reliable, genuine friends, so now that I do, I feel so lucky to have them!
  4. Education — it’s painful to go through, especially graduate school and the like when you just want to be done and move on with life, but it’s so worth it in the long run.  It sets you up for success; in the area I live in, you can’t even compete without a degree.
  5. Temptalia readers — thank you for being with me!  I really appreciate all of the thoughtful comments you leave and that you even stop by 🙂

5 Things I’m Thankful For (Beauty Edition)

  1. Long-wearing eyeliner — it is SO nice to be able to go the day without having to constantly check the mirror to make sure your eyeliner isn’t halfway down your face.
  2. Red lipstick — nothing makes me feel more confident and sexy than a really great red lip color!
  3. Exfoliators — I really love a great scrub or mask; it’s relaxing but so, so feel-good.
  4. Duochromes — how can you hate on a color that flashes two different colors depending on how it’s positioned?
  5. Liquid foundation — flawless finish, natural appearance, and makes my skin look ten times better? Yes, yes, yes!

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