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Saturday, May 16th, 2015

Temptalia Asks You


What’s the best way to start wearing bright or bold eye makeup? Share your tips!

Temptalia's AnswerI like bold eyeliner for a good first step, and another alternative is to use a bolder or richer shade in the crease. Sometimes the key is just to try it out and get comfortable seeing that level of color on your face with your features.

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Saturday, May 16th, 2015

Charlotte Tilbury Beach Stick
Charlotte Tilbury Beach Stick

Charlotte Tilbury Beach Stick ($45.00 for 0.23 oz.) is supposed to be a multi-tasking product that can be used on lips and cheeks, and the formula says it will hydrate the skin and uses ceramidone that acts like a “poly-filler to refill and plump the skin.” From the description, it sounds like these are a “natural flush,” so not fully opaque coverage but some color. As you might expect, the product performs better on the cheeks than on the lips, though I wasn’t overly impressed with it as a cream blush either. As a blush, it must be applied directly from the tube in order to achieve any visible color; using fingertips, most of the color adhered to the fingertip rather than transferring onto the skin, and with a brush, the formula seemed streaky and very, very sheer and difficult to build up intensity. This meant it wasn’t ideal for applying over a base, as the consistency isn’t so creamy that hardly any pressure is used, so it ended up moving my foundation if I used it over a blush (but I tested longevity on bare skin). Once on, it dries down to a semi-dewy finish; it’s not really shiny or wet-looking, but it’s not matte and never fully sets in place, so the wear time was six hours or less as a blush. As a lip product, they’re just drier in feel, though they weren’t as drying as I expected given how parched they make my lips look. It’s a lip product that really needs a topper, be it lip balm or gloss, to smooth out the lips–the Beach Stick on tended to emphasize the texture of the natural lip, giving it that drier, parched appearance. They yielded more color payoff as a lip product than the cheek (they seem to adhere better).

Charlotte Tilbury Es Vedra Beach Stick ($45.00 for 0.23 oz.) is a “mystic sunset coral.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark coral-red with gold shimmer. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage. It lasted for six hours as a blush, four hours as a lip product (lightly drying but not as drying as it looked). See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Charlotte Tilbury Formentera Beach Stick ($45.00 for 0.23 oz.) is “sun-kissed berry.” It’s a subdued, medium-dark brown with hints of rose and a soft sheen. This was one of the less shimmery shades in the range, and it had a more emollient consistency, which helped it look better on the lips but minimized its wear time–five hours on the cheeks, three hours on the lips (lightly drying). See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Charlotte Tilbury Ibiza Beach Stick ($45.00 for 0.23 oz.) is “burnished bronze.” It’s a medium-dark, rich bronze with warm, golden yellow undertones and light gold shimmer. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color payoff that lasted for six hours on cheeks, four hours on lips (lightly drying). See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Charlotte Tilbury Las Salinas Beach Stick ($45.00 for 0.23 oz.) is “candy, fresh, pretty pink.” It’s a brightened, light-medium pink with cool undertones and warmer gold shimmer. It had sheer to semi-sheer color payoff and was one of the more difficult ones to build-up and too many layers made it look incredibly splotchy, so I wouldn’t recommend this for medium or deeper skin tones looking to wear it as a cheek color. As a blush, it lasted for four and a half hours, and as a lip product, it lasted four hours but was moderately drying. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Charlotte Tilbury Moon Beach Beach Stick ($45.00 for 0.23 oz.) is a “rose gold, iridescent peach.” It’s a light-medium, gold-shimmered orange with a hint of red in its undertone. It had sheer to semi-sheer color payoff that is really more of a highlighter on my medium skin tone, so this is another shade better as a blush shade for fair skin tones but can still work as a highlighter on other skin tones. The color had turned patchy after four and a half hours of wear on cheeks and two and a half hours on lips but settled significantly and was drying. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Saturday, May 16th, 2015

ColourPop Tasty Super Shock Cheek
ColourPop Tasty Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Tasty Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “candy coloured coral with multi-dimensional pink and copper duochrome.” It’s a slightly muted, medium orange with a pink to gold shimmer-sheen. Colour Pop Bonus (P, $8.00) has a similar color but is matte. NARS Frenzy (Right) (P) is more shimmery, lighter, powder. Makeup Geek Summer Fling (P, $9.99) is less shimmery, powder. MAC Modern Mandarin (P, $21.00) is darker, powder. Sleek MakeUP Pink Mint (P, $6.99) is powder. Fyrinnae Nordic Angel (P, $6.50) is less shimmery, powder. Chanel Presage (62) (LE, $38.00) is brighter, less shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

It was richly pigmented and applied with full coverage when tapped on with a fingertip, but you could apply even less or simply blend out, as it blends effortlessly on the skin. You could also use a stippling or duo fiber brush to get sheerer coverage with little work. I find the Pearlized finish to be extremely forgiving, and it is very hard to overdo as a result. Though it appears slightly frosted when swatched heavily, as it is blended out, the finish becomes more of a pearly sheen, and as a result, it is actually one of the subtler shades with respect to the finish. I can see a definite shift to pink as I turn my head in the mirror, so depending on the angle, it can look more or less orange-coral. This shade lasted for eight and a half hours on me before fading.

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Saturday, May 16th, 2015

Estee Lauder Discreet Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick
Estee Lauder Discreet Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick

Estee Lauder Discreet Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a muted, medium rosy brown with warm undertones and a soft shine. It had rich, opaque color coverage that went on smoothly and sat well on the lips. The texture was lightweight, comfortable to wear, while the formula was hydrating and lasted for five hours on me. Bite Beauty Moka (P, $28.00) is darker. Bite Beauty Marzipan (P, $28.00) is browner, darker. Maybelline Touchable Taupe (940) (P, $7.49) is cooler-toned, lighter. MAC Fresh and Frisky (LE, $20.00) is sheerer, glossier. Too Faced Sweet Maple (P, $22.00) is rosier. Givenchy Brun Cachemire (104) (P, $36.00) is rosier. MAC Bad Girl RiRi (LE, $16.00) is more matte. MAC Glamour Era (P, $22.00) is warmer. MAC Mocha (P, $16.00) is more matte. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Marion (P, $18.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Estee Lauder Fierce Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a muted, coral-red with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had very nearly opaque pigmentation that covered evenly and wore for five and a half hours. It was lightly hydrating, but it wasn’t as moisturizing as most of the shades in the range. Marc Jacobs Beauty Rei of Light (212) (P, $30.00) is darker. Colour Pop Frenemie (LE, $5.00) is pinker. Bite Beauty #003 (LE, $36.00) is pinker. Chanel Coco (416) (P, $36.00) is sheerer. Maybelline Rose Rush (735) (P, $7.49) is similar. Tom Ford Beauty Adriano (LE, $32.00) is pinker. Tom Ford Beauty Diego (LE, $32.00) is similar. Estee Lauder Carnal (P, $30.00) is redder. MAC Excite (LE, $16.00) is similar. Bobbi Brown Lady Ruba (P, $26.00) is brighter. MAC True Red (LE, $16.00) is brighter. Tom Ford Beauty Willful (P, $48.00) is darker. Tom Ford Beauty True Coral (P, $50.00) is pinker. Guerlain Genna (P, $51.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Estee Lauder Jealous Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a brightened, medium fuchsia-pink with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. It had rich color payoff that covered the lips fully, while the formula was lightly creamy and glided on to give even, smooth coverage. On me, this shade lasted for almost six hours, and it was a bit hydrating. Colour Pop Freshman (LE, $5.00) is glossier, darker. MAC Burmese Kiss (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer. MAC Viva Glam Miley Cyrus (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. Tom Ford Beauty Giacomo (LE, $32.00) is more muted. Kat Von D Berlin (P, $19.00) is more matte. Bobbi Brown Watermelon (P, $26.00) is warmer. NARS Greta (P, $32.00) is brighter. Too Faced Melted Candy (P, $21.00) is brighter, cooler-toned. Guerlain Rose Grenat (864) (LE, $51.00) is darker. Estee Lauder Tumultuous Pink (P, $30.00) is darker, cooler-toned. Bite Beauty Crianza (P, $28.00) is similar. Guerlain Insolence (144) (LE, $37.00) is similar. Revlon Vivacious (120) (P, $8.99) is slightly cooler-toned. MAC Impassioned (P, $16.00) is more matte. Guerlain Girly (P, $51.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Saturday, May 16th, 2015

As a coral fiend, summer is often one of my favorite times of the year for new products, because brands tend to release corals, but there are plenty of corals to choose from year-round. Here is my current list of favorites! What are yours?

  1. Urban Decay Quiver — a bold, coral-red
  2. Makeup Geek Love Affair — a warm, pink-coral
  3. Chanel Malice — a luminous coral
  4. Clinique Peach Pop — a shimmery, peachy-coral
  5. Tom Ford Love Lust — a luminous, medium-dark coral

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Friday, May 15th, 2015

Temptalia Asks You


What has been your best dupe of a high end brand product? Was it worth it? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerL’Oreal True Teal is very similar to some of my favorite teal eyeliners, and it’s a fantastic formula to boot.

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