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Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

NARS Zakynthos, Ithaque Nail Polishes
NARS Zakynthos, Ithaque Nail Polishes

These are the last two shades of NARS Nail Polish ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) that I have to review! :) There are a total of 43 permanent shades, and today (July 15th) is the official launch day. Both the formula and the brush have been changed. According to the brand, the formula is supposed to “improve wear and strengthen nails” with a “flexible, high gloss finish.” In the past, I’ve experienced really strong, long-wear (up to ten days with minor tip wear; after seven, tip wear appears very minor). I tested five shades–Thasos, Elbrus, Obscura, Pastorale, and Zakynthos–for wear, and they were fairly consistent with minor tip wear after seven days but no chipping (no top or base coats were used). I really liked the brush, as it wasn’t overly wide; I could still apply polish to my pinky nail (which is my narrowest nail) without getting polish all along the cuticle/skin along the nail. Most shades dried down faster than average, and generally, they applied well without streaking, bubbling, or pooling along the edges with good color coverage.

NARS Zakynthos Nail Polish ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “beige.” It’s a medium beige with subtle, rosy undertones and a cream finish. It was opaque after two coats, and it applied fairly evenly, though it was somewhat streaky initially, leveled quite a bit, but there was still some unevenness. The consistency was on the thinner side, and the brush on this shade was very splayed/uneven. MAC Style Tip (LE, $16.00) is similar. a href=”http://www.temptalia.com/product/rescue-beauty-lounge-nail-lacquer/sheer-nude”>Rescue Beauty Lounge Sheer Nude (LE, $20.00) is warmer. China Glaze Dress Me Up (LE, $7.50) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Ithaque Nail Polish ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “light pink.” It’s a sheer, milky, light pink with a glossy, creamy finish. I wish NARS had thought to include “sheer” in the description, because after two coats, it’s semi-sheer. It was slightly streaky but leveled quite a bit while drying down. MAC Ke Ai (LE, $16.00) is warmer, has shimmer. MAC Delicate (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Confectionary (LE, $16.00) is more opaque. Cult Nails Enticing (P, $12.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Zakynthos

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Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Ithaque

C+

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

6.5/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lip Crayons for Fall 2014
Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lip Crayons for Fall 2014

BITE Beauty is introducing their Matte Crème Lip Crayon,BITE’s breakthrough matte yet moist formula that delivers a bold wash of color in a range of shades perfect for fall.

Naturally derived orange peel wax is extracted from organic oranges and provides the same benefits to this juicy fruit as it does for lips: naturally protects and seals in moisture while providing a waterproof layer on the surface of lips. These long-wearing creamy crayons boast rich, wearable color while delivering a delicious burst of citrus scent upon application.

Premium triple-milled pigments provide powdery-light, vibrant color, while organic fruit butters, jojoba and castor oil leave lips baby-soft and hydrated. The unique matte finish adds a level of sophistication and versatility to these timeless shades, without drying the lips

Five milligrams of antioxidant rich Resveratrol fights free radicals that cause aging around the lip line. The twist-up pencil and built-in sharpener offers precise application for achieving a one-swipe bold finish. For smoothest finish, exfoliate lips with Whipped Cherry Fruit Scrub prior to pencil application.

BITE Beauty is created with natural and food-grade ingredients for beauty that’s better for you. BITE Beauty lip products do not contain parabens, sulfates, petrochemicals, phthalates and is certified gluten-free.

Matte Creme Lip Crayon (Part 1) ($24.00)

  • Glace
  • Tatin
  • Sucre
  • Peche
  • Fraise
  • Framboise

Matte Creme Lip Crayon (Part 2) ($24.00)

  • Leche
  • Amaretto
  • Cognac
  • Brandy
  • Aubergine
  • Truffle

Availability: Part 1 launches July 15th, 2014 at Sephora; Part 2 launches August 2014 at Sephora

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Monday, July 14th, 2014

Temptalia Asks You


What beauty product do you own but can’t figure out how to use? Or use in a way that you love, is flattering, etc.

Temptalia's AnswerIt’s not quite the right answer to the question, but I always want to use hand cream more often and yet am notoriously bad at remember to apply (despite having them all over the house). I can get on board for a few weeks, then I’ll forget and drop off again! I wish I had more ways to use yellow eyeliner – it’s so fun to look at but can be harder to incorporate.

Thanks to reader Jennifer for today’s question idea Do you have a question idea? Submit yours here.

Monday, July 14th, 2014

Surratt Beauty Se Pomponner Artistique Blush
Surratt Beauty Se Pomponner Artistique Blush

Surratt Beauty Se Pomponner Artistique Blush ($32.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as a “dolly pink.” It’s a rich, vibrant magenta pink with cool, blue undertones and a soft, satin finish. Urban Decay Savage (P) is darker. NARS Coeur Battant (LE, $29.00) is darker, redder. NARS Desire (P, $29.00) is similar. MAC Florida (LE, $21.00) is a cream product. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Se Pomponner is one of the more vibrant and bolder shades in the Surratt blush range, but even so, it is still a shade that builds easily or can be buffed/blended away if you feel you’ve applied too much, due to the incredibly soft, finely-milled texture. The powder has such a silky feel that it almost has the texture of a cream product–it’s that smooth. It has a satin finish, so there’s a touch of sheen that becomes more luminous as the blush gets buffed into the skin, but it never emphasizes pores. On me, this shade lasted for almost eight hours before fading.

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

5/5

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Monday, July 14th, 2014

Rant & Rave

Share: Tell us what you love and hate about Waterproof Eyeliner!

my answer: The formula is often harder and less creamy, so it can be less comfortable to apply, but then they often stay on longer and better with less smudging. Sometimes taking them off can be a real pain!

Monday, July 14th, 2014

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick for Fall 2014
Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick for Fall 2014 — Sexer, Lullabye, L.U.V., Wonderchilde, Coven

This hybrid lipstick is formulated with Color Cushion Technology, which combines 10-hour budge-proof wear with vibrant color. Featuring a color spectrum for every skin tone, this lipstick lets you glide on velvety-soft comfort and eye-popping colors that range from classic everyday neutrals to bright shades.  Sephora exclusive.

Studded Kiss Lipstick ($21.00) (New, Permanent)

  • Noble Matte petal pink
  • Agatha Matte pink nude
  • Lovecraft Matte berry beige
  • Lolita Matte dusty rose
  • Cathedral Matte coco rose
  • L’Ecole des Femmes Matte salmon pink
  • A Go Go Matte bright orange
  • Countess Matte hot coral red
  • Adora Metallic candy apple red
  • Underage Red Matte bright crimson
  • Hexagram Matte blood red
  • Archangel Matte rusty red
  • Hellbent Matte fire engine red
  • Bachelorette Matte dark reddish fuchsia
  • Backstage Bambi Matte vivid hot pink
  • Sexer Matte fluorescent pink
  • Lullabye Matte magenta violet
  • L.U.V. Matte rich violet
  • Wonderchilde Iridescent neon lilac
  • Coven Matte lavender
  • Wolvesmouth Metallic berry
  • Prayer Matte deep mauve
  • Bauhau5 Matte deep raspberry
  • Vampira Matte deep reddish burgundy
  • Homegirl Matte black cherry
  • Motorhead Matte black red
  • Poe Shimmer navy
  • Slayer Matte pitch black
  • Thin Lizzy Sparkling brick copper
  • Gothica Shimmer bronze

Availability: Now at Sephora

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