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Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Gucci Beauty Launches Fall 2014
Gucci Beauty Launches Fall 2014

Defined by her powerful femininity, the iconic Gucci woman represents the glamour and beauty of the fashion House. Under the creative direction of Frida Giannini, the Gucci woman has evolved with a modern edge, into an icon who is strong, daring and seductive. Embracing every element of her look to the finest detail, Giannini has created a world of fashion, accessories and scent. Completing her aesthetic is Giannini’s long-held vision of a Gucci Cosmetics collection. An essential component of her look, make up underscores her many facets, ruled by her confidence and sensuality.

Availability: Now online at gucci.com, and available for pre-order at Neiman Marcus and Saks!  It will be available at the following stores: Gucci New York Fifth Avenue, Gucci Los Angeles Rodeo Drive, Gucci Las Vegas Crystals City Center, Gucci Dallas Northpark, Saks Fifth Avenue New York, Neiman Marcus Las Vegas.

Magnetic Color Shadow Mono ($37.00)

the magnetic color shadow mono debuts with nineteen diverse single-tone eyeshadows. the complete palette is composed of iconic colors from gucci’s fashion archives and modern hues lifted directly from the runway show. each formula is saturated with pigment and each finish is fine-tuned for a signature eye look.

  • Iconic Ottanio
  • Liquid Silver
  • Sasso
  • Anthracite
  • Starlight
  • Sunstone
  • Tourmaline
  • Twilight
  • Ultra Violet
  • Midnight Blue

Magnetic Color Shadow Duo ($49.00)

expertly crafted, the magnetic color shadow duo fuses vibrant hues with lavish textures. a carefully balanced pairing, each eyeshadow duo is saturated with pigment, while powder particles are pretreated and primed for high-color impact.

  • Fume
  • Aristocratic
  • Amaretto
  • Sunset
  • Eclipse
  • Malachite
  • Peacock

Magnetic Color Shadow Quad ($65.00)

the color shadow quad fuses vibrant hues with lavish textures. each quad holds a combination designed to recreate a signature gucci look from sophisticated to bold. the eyeshadow is saturated with color for a high-impact, buildable finish while pre-treated, jet-milled powders make for a luxurious application.

  • Tuscan Storm
  • Rose Quartz
  • Crystal Copper
  • Autumn FIre
  • Serpentine Envy
  • Aquamarine Dream
  • Ocean Rhapsody
  • Pink Flamingo
  • Smoky Amethyst
  • Cosmic Deco

Opulent Volume Mascara ($33.00)

the opulent volume mascara defines and frames the eye using exclusive brush technology for exceptional separation and volume. the lightweight, sculptable formula rapidly builds volume, while the cutting edge brush design ensures the product works across various lash types to emphasize eyes for a powerful, lasting impression.

  • Iconic Ottanio
  • Iconic Black
  • Cocoa
  • Midnight Blue

Power Liquid Liner ($37.00)

the power liquid liner defines the eye with a clean line of saturated black color. the innovative nib applicator features a protected fiber core, designed for precise control and remarkable versatility. by combining the high intensity black pigment and the precision applicator, a dramatic long-lasting glossy finish is achieved.

  • Iconic Black

Impact Long Wear Eye Pencil ($32.00)

impact long wear eye pencil enhances the lash line for dramatic definition. the intensely colored formula glides on smoothly, stays soft for 30 seconds for blending, then rapidly sets for a remarkable smudge-resistant finish. the combined effect of special wax, polymer and film formers creates a waterproof, intensely colored pencil.

  • Iconic Black
  • Cocoa
  • Forest Green
  • Midnight Blue
  • Iconic Ottanio

Precise Sculpting Brow Pencil ($32.00)

  • Brunette
  • Blonde
  • Soft Black

Audacious Color-Intense Lipstick ($39.00)

retro inspired with a modern feel, the audacious color-intense lipstick grips the lips for bold, saturated color. the lipstick’s innovative formula contains a mix of waxes and resin for a sophisticated, weightless finish. the sculpted sharp-edged form was specially designed to give incredible coverage in a single swipe.

  • Iconic Copper
  • Spring Rose
  • Metallic Sand
  • Rose Dragee
  • Cerise
  • Ardent
  • Iconic Bronze
  • Magnolia Pink
  • Cashmere
  • Whisper
  • Nostalgia
  • Fever
  • Aegean Pink
  • Ardor
  • Antique Ruby
  • Iconic Red
  • Berry Vanity
  • Electric Crimson
  • Velvet Burgundy
  • Violet Jasper
  • Wild Amarena
  • Bitter Grape
  • Orchid Overdose
  • Imperial Red
  • Dark Romance

Luxurious Moisture-Rich Lipstick ($39.00)

the luxurious moisture-rich lipstick delivers bold color with an opulent finish. enriched with a distinctive blend of oils, the formula glides on effortlessly and moisturizes the lips. specially designed to give incredible coverage in a single swipe, the sculpted sharp-edged form allows for a precise application.

  • Iconic Red
  • Cipria
  • Nude Satin
  • Ethereal
  • Libertine
  • Sinful Blush
  • Lush Maroon
  • Exposure
  • Hibiscus Thrill
  • Begonia
  • Heartbreaker
  • Fiery Fuchsia
  • Tiger Lily
  • Fever
  • Rush
  • Crushed Coral
  • Flame
  • Rose Dragee
  • Seduction
  • Scarlet Glow
  • Boudoir
  • Sultry Cocoa
  • Wild Amarena
  • Superb Dahlia
  • Purpurite

Vibrant Demi-Glaze Lip Lacquer ($32.00)

vibrant demi-glaze lip lacquer delivers a dose of intense color with a demi-glaze finish and a sophisticated shine. packed with pigment, the gloss lacquer is formulated with an expert balance of oils for a rich, creamy consistency.

  • Wild Amarena
  • Breathless
  • Ardent
  • Bronze Silk
  • Spring Rose
  • Burnt Cinnamon
  • Iconic Bronze
  • Innocent Peony
  • Exposure
  • Sunburst
  • Crushed Coral
  • Antique Ruby
  • Iconic Red

Sleek Contouring Lip Pencil ($32.00)

the multifunctional sleek contouring lip pencil frames the lips, corrects an imbalanced shape, and fills in the lip with color. the satin texture gives this soft, rich lip liner the ability to define and blend effortlessly.

  • Wild Amarena
  • Burnt Cinnamon
  • Rose Dragee
  • Soft Cammeo
  • Raw Garnet
  • Imperial Red
  • Iconic Red
  • Lush Maroon

Bold High-Gloss Lacquer ($29.00)

the bold high-gloss lacquer combines a state of the art formula and an innovative brush for a luxurious manicure experience. the specialized triangular-bristle brush provides impeccable, even coverage with each stroke, while the pigment-saturated nail polish results in a glossy, high-shine look.

  • Iconic Gold
  • Pink Lotus
  • Rosette
  • Voile
  • Metallic Sand
  • Burnt Cinnamon
  • Spring Rose
  • Sunburst
  • Crushed Coral
  • Ardor
  • Iconic Red
  • Rush
  • Antique Ruby
  • Sinful Blush
  • Wild Amarena
  • Bougainville
  • Orchid Overdose
  • Black Gold
  • Iconic Bronze
  • Siam Red
  • Dark Romance
  • Iconic Ottanio
  • Prussian Blue
  • Absolute Purple
  • Iconic Black

Bold High-Gloss Lacquer Smoothing ($29.00)

the bold high-gloss lacquer base coat smoothes the nail for color application, preparing it for a high-shine finish and protecting it from discoloration.

Bold High-Gloss Lacquer Top Coat ($29.00)

the bold high-gloss lacquer top coat gives an additional layer of high-shine, for a sharper reflection of light.

Sheer Blushing Powder ($49.00)

the sophisticated sheer blushing powder softly illuminates and awakens the complexion for a radiant shine. ultra-fine powders are jet-milled to create a soft powder blush, which gives a veil of color to the cheeks and adds balance and natural depth to the face.

  • Spring Rose
  • Spicy Petal
  • Soft Peach
  • Cherry Nectar
  • Pink Camelia
  • Coral Flower
  • Tulip Blossom

Golden Glow Bronzer ($59.00)

jet-milled and blended with gold undertones for exceptional refinement, golden glow bronzer glides onto the skin’s surface for a smooth, virtually flawless finish.

  • Oriental Sienna
  • Caribbean Ochre
  • Indian Sand
  • Exotic Umber

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Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

Temptalia Asks You


What beauty product have you gone to the greatest lengths to obtain? Share your stories!

Temptalia's AnswerI remember one time I got up really early to stand in line at the mall for the MAC Barbie Doll!

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

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

Too Faced Under the Mistletoe Set
Too Faced Under the Mistletoe Set

Too Faced Under the Mistletoe Set ($28.00 for 0.33 oz.) includes three shimmery takes on three of the brand’s La Creme Lip Creams. Each is full-sized, so the set contains $66 worth of lipstick. The glittering pink mini bag it comes doesn’t feel particularly well made, and it flakes glitter everywhere. The formula is supposed to be like their La Creme (highly pigmented, hydrating, smooth), just with shimmer. They’re not as thick or as creamy, and with two shades, you can feel some of the shimmer–not gritty or really rough, but you can feel it when applying. They have more of a semi-matte finish from a normal viewing distance, despite the shimmer.

Shimmering Naked Dolly is a gold-shimmered, muted peach with warm undertones. It had semi-opaque color coverage, and it had some slip but the consistency was thinner overall. This one didn’t seem to apply as well, and it looked streaky on the lips. The color wore well for two and a half hours on me and was lightly drying. Urban Decay Peroxide (DC, $22.00) is pinker. Tom Ford Beauty Frolic (P, $48.00) is sheerer, darker. MAC Innocence (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Shimmering Marshmallow Bunny is a light-medium, yellow-toned pink with a shimmery finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation. It glided on without tugging on the lips, as it had an emollient feel, but the color tended to look streaky. If I pressed my lips together, it would create “lines” where the product would build-up. This shade lasted for two and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Pleasure Model (P, $18.00) is lighter, more matte. L’Oreal Ballerina Shoes (135) (P, $8.95) is darker. Urban Decay Peroxide (DC, $22.00) is warmer. NYX Chic (P, $4.00) is darker. MAC Giddy (P, $16.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ShimmeringSpice Spice Baby is a reddish-coral with a light dusting of gold shimmer. It had semi-opaque color payoff, and the texture of this one was smoother–I didn’t notice the texture of the shimmer when applying–and it applied more evenly without looking streaky. It lasted for three and a half hours on me and was very lightly hydrating. Chanel Impulsive (132) (LE, $34.00) is darker. Urban Decay 5150 (DC, $22.00) is redder. Revlon Cruise Collection (P, $9.99) is slightly darker. Guerlain Pamplelune (P, $35.00) is similar. Guerlain Rouge Sensuel (LE, $51.00) is redder. Chanel Teheran (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

L'Oreal Highlighter (230) Infallible Silkissime Eyeliner
L’Oreal Highlighter (230) Infallible Silkissime Eyeliner

L’Oreal Infallible Silkissime Eyeliner ($8.99 for 0.03 oz.) is described as a long-wearing, smudge-proof formula that will glide on smoothly and last for 16 hours You can see the first three I reviewed here. I’m quite fond of this formula overall, but that wear claim is substantial and these just don’t make it even close to it–the best wear I get is about ten hours. There is still visible eyeliner on after as long as fourteen hours, but it’s much, much thinner and less vibrant. The color payoff and glide-on consistency are the most impressive aspects of the formula, even with their brighter, more colorful shades.

L’Oreal Highlighter (230) Infallible Silkissime Eyeliner ($8.99 for 0.03 oz.) is a pink-peach with a frosted sheen. It had good color payoff in a single stroke and remains that way even if layered. It wears nine hours on me, though that’s not the full 16-hours as marketed. The consistency is creamy, easy to apply, and doesn’t tug on the lash line. Marc Jacobs Beauty Obey-ge (66) (P, $25.00) is more sparkly. Tarina Tarantino Broken Doll (P, $15.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

L’Oreal Green Ivy (270) Infallible Silkissime Eyeliner ($8.99 for 0.03 oz.) is a medium-dark, olive green with warm undertones and a golden shimmer-sheen. It had mostly opaque color coverage in a single pass. This one I had to be careful applying, as too much layering seemed cause uneven application, but it is quite pigmented in one go, so it isn’t necessary. The consistency is lightly creamy and glides right on. It lasted for nine and a half hours on me before thinning down. Marc Jacobs Beauty O(vert) (56) (P, $25.00) is cooler-toned. Sephora Collection Snakeskin Dress (17) (P, $9.00) is lighter. MAC Forever Green (P, $16.00) is lighter. bareMinerals 10AM (LE, $15.00) is warmer, browner. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

L’Oreal Silver Sky (290) Infallible Silkissime Eyeliner ($8.99 for 0.03 oz.) is a brightened, sparkling silver. It had semi-opaque color coverage in one pass, but it was never fully opaque no matter the layers. This was my least favorite out of the six I’ve tried (I hope to buy the others when I see them on sale). It glided on, but it had more texture due to the sparkles in it. It wore well for eight hours. Urban Decay Cuff (P, $19.00) is very similar. MAC Silver Skates (LE, $16.00) is lighter, less sparkly. Bobbi Brown Chrome (LE, $24.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Green Ivy (270)

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Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

MAC Ultimate Collection for October 2014
MAC Ultimate Collection for October 2014

The epitome of bold luxury, M∙A∙C Ultimate combines an innovative design aesthetic with the sumptuous formulas of our Ultimate Lipstick and Sheer Mystery Powder. Ten new lip colours are utterly chic, while Sheer Mystery Powder smoothes onto skin in luminous hues that are barely there. Perfectly encased in modern geometric designs, this standout packaging features a sleek chrome finish in two cult-collectible accessories.

Ultimate Lipstick ($23.00 U.S. / $28.00 CDN) (Permanent)

  • To Savour Light cool pink
  • Soft Pout Sheer pink peach with white pearl (Repromote)
  • Marque Soft light neutral pink
  • Ravishingly Rich Bright mid-tone orange
  • Femme-de-Luxe Bright pink
  • Catharina Fuchsia (Repromote)
  • Audacious Warm mid-tone red
  • Dangerously Chic Cool mid-tone red
  • Vogue en Violet Cool mid-tone violet
  • The Scene Deep berry (Repromote)
  • Fashion Fruit (Asia Exclusive)
  • In Vogue (Asia Exclusive)
  • Lover’s Street (Asia Exclusive)

Sheer Mystery Powder ($60.00 U.S. / $72.00 CDN) (Permanent)

  • Light Medium Pale ivory
  • Medium Plus Tan beige
  • Dark Secret Deep caramel
  • Deep Dark Caramelized brown

Availability: Online September 24th, in-stores October 2nd, 2014 (North America), October 2014 (International). Permanent.

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