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Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

Tarte Showstopper Clay Palette
Tarte Showstopper Clay Palette

Tarte Showstopper Clay Palette ($38.00 for 0.73 oz.) is a new, limited edition round compact that features six eyeshadows and three cheek products. It’s a decent to good eyeshadow palette, and though none of the shades are particularly unique, it may be nice for travel. The one thing to keep in mind is you may need to take your own brow bone/highlighter shade, as the cheek highlighter is pretty over-shimmered relative to the finishes of the eyeshadows. I think last year’s Rainforest After Dark palette was better coordinated, though, as the really warm-toned blush doesn’t complement the eyeshadow shades as well as it could. The quality is about the same, and I think if you normally use primer and like the colors included, you may really enjoy the palette. Most of the shades wore a little shorter on me, which brought down the overall rating.

Fame is a brightened pop of medium orange with warm, reddish tones and a mostly matte finish. It had good color payoff with what seemed like a soft, silky consistency in the pan, but it wasn’t as blendable as it could have been in action. Though Tarte touts the wear of the formula at twelve hours, it lasted for eight and a half hours on me.
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Park Ave Princess is a dark brown with subtle, yellowish undertones and a semi-matte finish. You can find this in their permanent range as well, and if you have more than a handful of Tarte palettes, you probably have it in another palette as well! It had good pigmentation with a lightly powdery texture that was blendable on the skin and wore for eight hours. I feel like every version I have of this product is a little different than a past version; the one in this palette is a bit darker and less warm/red. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Champagne Pink is a brightened, pink-tinged white with a metallic sheen. It had a really soft, blendable consistency that yielded great pigmentation that could be applied easily on the skin. I recommend applying with a very feathery brush (I used a fan brush), as it can emphasize pores. It lasted for eight and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Showstopper Copper is a muted, medium-dark brown with warm, reddish undertones and silver sparkle. It had good pigmentation with a silky texture that ran thin but was still blendable and easy to work with. It lasted for seven hours on me. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Go for the Gold is a softened, dirty gold with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. The texture was slightly dry and thin, which gave it a semi-opaque result on the skin, while it had a tendency to sheer out further when blended on bare skin. It lasted for six and a half hours before creasing. This was the kind of eyeshadow that greatly benefits from a primer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

You’re a Natural is a muted, peachy-brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had decent to good color payoff that had a soft, silky texture. It could get a smidgen powdery in the pan, but it applied evenly and blended well on the skin. On me, it started to crease after seven and a half hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Steel the Scene is a medium-dark, taupe brown with subtle, warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had nice pigmentation with a soft, buttery texture that was really easy to blend on the eye. It wore well for eight hours before I noticed slight creasing. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Rose to the Top is a darkened, rosy copper with warm undertones and a metallic finish. It was intensely pigmented with a smooth, blendable texture that was dense and creamy. The color lasted for eight hours before creasing. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dim the Lights is a deep, dark brown with neutrla-to-warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. It is more pigmented than it appears in the swatch, but the texture is a little powdery and doesn’t stick as well to bare skin, though it was buildable enough when I was using it on my eye in practice. It was fairly blendable and stayed on for seven and a half hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The Glossover

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Showstopper

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8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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Fame

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8.5/10

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Longevity

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Park Ave Princess

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8.5/10

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Longevity

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Application

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Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

Survey Says

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  • Your skin tone/coloring:
  • What color do you feel you wear best?
  • What color do you feel is least flattering?
  • Have you found a way to wear your “least flattering” in a flattering way?
Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

Urban Decay Crush Afterglow 8-Hour Blush
Urban Decay Crush Afterglow 8-Hour Blush

Urban Decay Crush Afterglow 8-Hour Blush ($26.00 for 0.23 oz.) is described as a “medium pink.” It’s a subtly, cool-toned medium pink with a satin-matte finish. MAC P.S. I Like You (LE, $22.00) is a cream product, warmer. Urban Decay Naked on the Run Blush (LE) is slightly darker. MAC Young at Heart (LE, $22.00) is cooler-toned, cream. Make Up For Ever #210 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is lighter, cream. Clinique Plum Pop (04) (P, $21.00) is more luminous, darker. MAC Pure Femininity (LE, $20.00) is lighter. Edward Bess Bed of Roses (P, $43.00) is similar. theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is lighter, cooler-toned. MAC Pink Tea (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Crush had buildable pigmentation that ranged from sheer to semi-sheer, while semi-opaque coverage was still achievable through three (light) layers. It didn’t feel like I had to pack it on over and over again to get visible color on my medium complexion, but it’s not an intensely pigmented formula (and it’s not supposed to be) right off the bat, so deeper skin tones may need to apply multiple layers. The powder had a silky, smooth consistency that ran thin and could kick up excess powder, because it seemed quite delicate, but it didn’t look powdery on the skin at all and was easy to blend out. The finish is mostly matte, but as the blush is worked and blended into the skin, there’s an ever-so-subtle sheen. It wore well for eight hours before fading.

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

ColourPop Rain Super Shock Cheek
ColourPop Rain Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Rain Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone lavender in a matte finish.” It’s a lightly pink-tinged, medium lavender with subtle, cooler undertones and a semi-matte finish. Urban Decay Bittersweet (P, $26.00) is darker, cooler-toned. Clinique Pansy Pop (P, $21.00) is a smidgen lighter. Makeup Geek Secret Admirer (P, $9.99) is lighter. Sephora + Pantone Universe Radiant Orchid (LE) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

This is a cream-based formula that is billed as having buildable coverage with the greatest coverage achieved by applying with fingertips and the least by using a stippling brush. It was sheer to semi-opaque, depending on your application and how much you layered, but it always appeared slightly lighter applied than it did in the pan–I think the pink tone comes through more. The texture was lightly creamy, fairly blendable, and sat well on the skin, while it lasted for almost nine hours on me. This one wasn’t quite as blendable as other shades I’ve tried in the formula, but it wasn’t too difficult to use. It is a good option for someone wanting to try purple blush but doesn’t want to break the bank!

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Rain

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Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

Tarte Empower Flower Amazonian Clay Collector's Palette
Tarte Empower Flower Amazonian Clay Collector’s Palette

Empower Flower Amazonian Clay Collector’s Palette ($42.00) (Limited Edition) (Sephora Exclusive)

Achieve a polished, glowing look with this chic, eye and cheek palette, featuring eight all-new, wearable eyeshadows, along with a trio of warm, complexion-flattering blushes and a bronzer. The exclusive palette includes a blend of liner, lid, crease, and highlighting shadows, empowering you to play up your look from daytime to playtime. Infused with tarte’s breakthrough ingredient Amazonian clay, each formula creates for better, longer, and truer wear and comes in a pretty, ultra-thin palette that’s easily versatile—taking your makeup looks from brunch to the office.

  • Compassionate Cream (Eyeshadow)
  • Vivacious Rose gold (Eyeshadow)
  • Pretty Bronze (Eyeshadow)
  • Powerful Dark brown (Eyeshadow)
  • Energetic Taupe (Eyeshadow)
  • Eco-chic Light plum (Eyeshadow)
  • Charitable Soft pink (Eyeshadow)
  • Glamorous Dark plum (Eyeshadow)
  • Trustworthy Nude mauve (Blush)
  • Empowering Rose nude (Blush)
  • Park Ave Princess Bronzer

Availability: Now at Sephora

Thanks to reader Diana for the product alert!

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

Temptalia Asks You


Do you feel others treat you differently if you wear makeup? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerI think in certain environments, for sure. In my day-to-day life and where I live, I don’t really experience any difference other than if someone notices and compliments me on my makeup. I have seen people treat me worse in an academic environment for wearing brighter or bolder makeup, and I have gotten better treatment when wearing makeup when shopping (slightly better, but in general, I don’t feel like I’ve gotten worse treatment if I go in bare faced – but I don’t do a lot of in-store shopping!).

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