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Sponsored: Cushion Foundation 101 with Sulwhasoo

Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion Foundation

Sulwhasoo’s Perfecting Cushion and Brightening Cushion Foundations just launched at Beautylish this month. Cushion formulas have become more popular and prevalent in the U.S. but have been around longer on the global market, but if you haven’t tried them before, here’s an overview to get you started:

WHAT IS A CUSHION FOUNDATION?

At its core, cushion foundation is a liquid foundation that has been poured over a foam sponge, which holds the liquid foundation together and keeps it from spilling or moving around, but the sponge easily releases product onto the included puff for easy, on-the-go application. Everything is contained in a travel-friendly compact, and many cushion foundations include an additional refill and/or refills can be purchased, making it a more eco-friendly as well as a more cost-effective solution than it may appear at first. Most cushion foundations focus on providing quality ingredients designed to improve and hydrate the skin as well as high, broad spectrum SPF coverage. Cushion foundations are a multi-tasking product that provides coverage, skincare, hydration, and sun protection.

Most cushion foundations focus on providing quality ingredients designed to improve and hydrate the skin as well as high, broad spectrum SPF coverage. Sulwhasoo’s Perfecting Cushion “helps promote the look of firm skin and provides antioxidants,” while the Perfecting Cushion Brightening brightens the “look of dullness and discoloration” –and both come with broad spectrum SPF 50+ to for sun protection. Cushion foundations are a multi-tasking product that provides coverage, skincare, hydration, and sun protection.

WHO IS SULWHASOO?

“Drawing on the ancient wisdom of traditional Korean herbal studies, Sulwhasoo is a global leader in science-based luxury skin care and a brand under Amorepacific Corporation, the pioneer of cushion compact technology. Combined with advanced delivery systems, holistic botanicals balance the energies of the skin to create a nourished, healthy complexion and defend against damage.

AMOREPACIFIC, Sulwhasoo’s parent company, developed the first cushion compact as a fast, hassle-free way to apply liquid makeup and sunscreen on the go. The touch-activated cushion releases just enough makeup for seamless coverage, and the puff applicator evenly distributes a lightweight, uniform layer—making messy, cakey, or streaky results nearly impossible. The compact slips easily into a purse or pocket for easy touch-ups on the go.” — Beautylish

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PERFECTING CUSHION AND PERFECTING CUSHION BRIGHTENING?

They are both billed as “long-lasting” with “12-hour wear” and broad spectrum SPF 50+. The Perfecting Cushion is ideal for someone looking for full coverage with a dewy finish and has normal to dry skin. The Perfecting Cushion Brightening is ideal for someone looking for light-to-medium coverage with a satin finish and has normal to oily skin.

HOW DO I APPLY CUSHION FOUNDATION?

Start by lightly pressing the included puff applicator into the center of the cushion, which will release the liquid makeup onto the puff.  Then, softly pat the puff against the skin starting at the center of your face and blending out and toward your hairline. Repeat as needed for higher coverage just in the areas you need it.

With Sulwhasoo’s cushion applicator puffs, you don’t have to wash them, as they are anti-microbial.  If you want to wash the puff applicator, use warm water and mild soap, and then let it air dry thoroughly in a well-ventilated area.

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Sneak Peek: ColourPop x iluvsarahii Collection Photos & Swatches

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Colour Pop $aucey Pressed Powder Shadow Collection

Colour Pop $aucey Pressed Powder Shadow Collection

Colour Pop $aucey Pressed Powder Shadow Collection

Colour Pop $aucey Pressed Powder Shadow Collection

Colour Pop $aucey Pressed Powder Shadow Collection

ColourPop $aucey Look | Look Details

ColourPop $aucey Look | Look Details

ColourPop x iluvsarahii Collection just launched yesterday, and while some products are out of stock presently, it would not surprise me if ColourPop restocked sooner rather than later. Here are photos and swatches of the products I hope to review:

ColourPop x iluvsarahii Collection

Housekeeping & Minor Updates (May 2017)


Discord | Our chatroom

Discord — Let’s Chat!

First, I started a Discord for Temptalia, which is a real-time chatroom for readers to get to know each other, talk beauty, ask questions, and interact with the community (I’m there, too!). If you’ve used Skype chat before, you’ll easily get the hang of Discord, if you haven’t tried it before! You can chat using Discord through your web browser, as a desktop application (that you install), and/or on your mobile phone–it’s totally free.  (We’re not being paid to use, mention, or promote Discord.)

It’s a tool that is more popular in the gaming niche, but I thought it might be a great way to interact more closely with each other and work just as well in beauty! Learn more about Discord or download the app here. You can join Temptalia’s Discord here  It’s been great getting a chance to interact with readers already, so I hope to see you there!

Swatch Gallery

We have revamped “By Formula” to be “By Product.” The search is much more free-for-all, so you can find a swatch for a single product (like MAC Ruby Woo), all swatches from a formula (like MAC Lipstick), or swatches for a single palette (like Anastasia Modern Renaissance).

Expanded User Profiles


Save your foundation shades to your profile!

If you’re a registered user (and if you’re not, join our community!), we have extended the information you can save to your profile in three ways (all optional). You can update your information by going to your user menu and selecting “profile.”

  • Social media: in addition to linking to your blog and YouTube channel, you can also add your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr channels
  • Save your foundations: add your shade matches directly on your profile, where they get saved (and pre-loaded into the Matrix, though you can always remove/change them on the fly)
  • Save your favorite brands: add your favorite brands to your profile — we hope to offer future customization/personalization of your experience, so knowing the brands you’re most interested in helps us a lot!
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Temptalia’s $500 ULTA Giftcards Giveaway

Starting today (May 8th), Ebates is offering 15% Cash Back at over 200 stores for their Birthday Week, which goes from May 8th through May 15th.  We’ve partnered with them to celebrate by giving away five (5) $100 gift cards to Ulta!  The giveaway is open to U.S. residents with a valid Ebates account–if you haven’t already signed-up, sign-up here!

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To get the most out of Ebates, you can download their browser button that will keep you notified about the latest coupon codes, promos, and cash back.  There is also a mobile app, so you can make sure you’re getting cash back and using the latest promo codes even when you’re on the go.

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MAC x Steve J. & Yoni P. Collection for Summer 2017

MAC x Steve J. & Yoni P. Collection for Summer 2017
MAC x Steve J. & Yoni P. Collection for Summer 2017

Game-changing Korean design duo Steve J. and Yoni P. strike a spunky balance between flirty frills and sporty thrills. Now, the couple introduces a M∙A∙C Cosmetics collection as cheeky and progressive as their fashion! Ecstatic pinks, smoky, warm neutrals and playful graphic packaging tap into the heart and soul of Seoul street style.

June 1st (North America) online and at select locations, June 2017 (International)

Editor’s Note: As soon as I have individual product photos, I’ll be sure to add those to this post!

The Details

Lipstick, $17.00 U.S. / $21.00 CAD (Limited Edition)

  • Spotlight Me Light peachy nude (Amplified)
  • Yoni Crush Bold orange-red (Amplified)
  • Candy Yum Yum Neon pink (Matte)
  • A Killing Smile Bright pinkish red (Matte)

Studio Eye Gloss, $22.00 U.S. / $26.00 CAD (Limited Edition)

  • Pearl Varnish White gloss with pearl

Midnight Fever Dazzleshadow Duo, $22.00 U.S. / $26.00 CAD (Limited Edition)

  • Let’s Boogie Black with sparkles
  • Sparkling Moment Black with purple and red sparkles

Touch Me Baby Eyeshadow Duo, $22.00 U.S. / $26.00 CAD (Limited Edition)

  • Soba Gold brown with gold shimmer
  • Keep on Twinkling Light frosted pink

Yoni Attraction Lip & Cheek Palette, $40.00 U.S. / $48.00 CAD (Limited Edition)

  • Keep It Loose Warm pink (Casual Colour)
  • Secret Admirer Bright coral
  • Young at Heart Bright pink
  • Weekend Getaway Cool rose
  • Lazy Sunday Baby pink
  • Show Orchid Very hot pink (Lipstick, Amplified)

Powder Blush, $23.00 U.S. / $27.00 CAD (Limited Edition)

  • Peony Petal Bright blue-pink (Satin)
  • Sugar or Syrup Light yellow-pink (Satin)

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