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Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

Tarte Glitzy LipSurgence Lip Tint
Tarte Glitzy LipSurgence Lip Tint

Tarte Glitzy LipSurgence Lip Tint ($24.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a medium-dark pink-plum with warm undertones and gold sparkle and shimmer. Tom Ford Beauty Richard (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery. Tom Ford Beauty Negligee (LE, $50.00) is less shimmery. Guerlain Air Kiss (304) (P, $37.00) is darker. MAC Moody Bloom (LE, $17.00) is similar. Bobbi Brown Plum Shimmer (3) (P, $26.00) is warmer. NARS Falbala (P, $26.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Oh, Oh, Oh (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. Chanel Bel Ami (P, $34.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The LipSurgence Lip Tint formula is supposed to be hydrating, have sheer color, and is mint-scented. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage with a fair amount of shimmer. The consistency is lightly glossy and glides on easily without tugging on the lips, and it feels moist and comfortable to wear, though it does slide around a bit (it doesn’t feather or bleed, but I do find a few stray sparkles outside the lip line after a few hours!). The color wore well for four hours on me, and it was nicely hydrating over time. I could feel some of the texture of the sparkle after three hours of wear.

This seems like it is the same product as Glitzy in the LipSurgence Lip Lustre range (which is listed at $16, marked down from $24, and the Lip Lustre range appears to be discontinued), but the packaging of the one I have for spring is in LipSurgence Lip Tint packaging.

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Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

Tarte Celebrated Amazonian Clay Blush
Tarte Celebrated Amazonian Clay Blush

Tarte Celebrated Amazonian Clay Blush ($26.00 for 0.20 oz.) is a dusty pink with neutral-to-warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. Tarte Breathless (LE, $26.00) is browner. Chanel Innocence (160) (P, $45.00) is darker. Makeup Geek Spell Bound (P, $9.99) is more shimmery. MAC Cheeky Bugger (LE, $21.00) is pinker. Giorgio Armani Daybreak (503) (P, $46.00) is similar. Tarte Elevated (LE, $26.00) is darker. Tarina Tarantino Neopolitan Lane (P, $25.00) is darker, browner. NYX Dusty Rose (P, $5.00) is darker, pinker. MAC Blush All Day (P, $23.50) is more shimmery. MAC The Perfect Cheek (LE, $21.00) is cooler-toned, pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This is a blush best for fairer skin than mine, as it really doesn’t show up on my cheeks (my arm is lighter than my face); sometimes with shades like this, I can see the effect more in real life than in photos, but I could barely tell I had anything on. Even as I layered it on, all I could start to detect was a slight difference in texture (more mattified relative to the rest of my face). The blush had a fairly soft texture, but it was slightly powdery, though I think with one or two layers of the blush, it didn’t look powdery on the face. What I was able to see on my cheeks seemed to last well for almost eight and a half hours, and then it started to fade and let some shine through.

This is part of Tarte’s spring collection, which should be available soon.

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Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

MAC Lightness of Being Collection for Winter 2014
MAC Lightness of Being Collection for Winter 2014

Poetic colour ushers in a new vitality following winter’s deep chill, as uninhibited shades dance across the face in a free-spirited collection inspired by whimsical flights of fancy. Liberate yourself from darkened tones and explore the freeform movement of frosted lavender, pearlized champagne and pale mint green. Eyes and cheeks explore a new lightness of being in sheer pastels, a perfect complement to rosy lips. Nails leave you free to be, in hushed beige and lavender…Expressive colour for the modern spirit.

Mineralize Rich Lipstick ($22.00 U.S. / $26.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Be Fabulous Washed-out pastel pink
  • Luxe Natural Light beige cream (Repromote)
  • Dreaminess Soft cool pink cream (Repromote)
  • Style Surge Neutral coral cream (Repromote)
  • Touch the Earth Light wood brown

Mineralize Glass ($22.00 U.S. / $26.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Poetic Pale champagne pink with pearl
  • Loose & Lively Peachy orange
  • On Cue Gold pearl
  • Boundless Energy Violet pink
  • Beautiful Moves Pale mint with pearl

Mineralize Eyeshadow ($22.00 U.S. / $26.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Spiritual Life Shimmery pale lemon
  • Natural Vigor Shimmery champagne peach
  • Just Breathe Shimmery light blue
  • Uninhibited Shimmery light grey
  • Leap Shimmery lavender
  • Force of Nature Shimmery brown

Eye Pencil ($16.00 U.S. / $19.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Taupe Dark brown
  • Slate Dark grey

Mineralize Skinfinish ($32.00 U.S. / $37.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Perfect Topping Shimmery pale peach with lavender marble (Repromote)
  • Lightscapade Shimmery off-white with light pink, blue, yellow marble (Repromote)

Mineralize Blush ($27.00 U.S. / $32.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Uplifting Peach with bright orange marble
  • Please Yourself Light pink with plum marble

Studio Nail Lacquer ($12.00 U.S. / $14.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Lightness of Being Pale beige
  • Modern Movement Pale lavender

Availability: December 26th at all MAC locations, online December 23rd at maccosmetics.com; January 2015 internationally

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Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

MAC Studio Conceal & Correct
MAC Studio Conceal & Correct

Conceal, correct and perfect just like the pros. New Studio Finish Concealer Duo features our iconic Studio Conceal and Correct formula in complementary pairs, delivering exceptional colour and coverage in customizable hues. Lasting up to eight hours, the lightweight, highly concentrated formula helps conceal dark circles, blemishes, moles, tattoos and birthmarks. Pair with Studio Chromagraphic Pencils, which work as an eyeliner, or to sculpt and define the face and body, for a look that’s photo-ready in no time.

MAC Studio FInish Concealer Duo ($25.00 U.S. / $30.00 CDN) (New, Permanent)

  • NW10/NC20
  • NW20/NC25
  • NW25/NC30
  • NW30/NC35
  • NW40/NC45
  • NW45/NC50

MAC Studio Finish Conceal & Correct Duo ($30.00 U.S. / $37.00 CDN) (New, Permanent)

  • Mid Peach/Mid Yellow
  • Pale Yellow/Pale Pink
  • Rich Yellow/Burnt Coral
  • Pure Orange/Ochre

MAC Studio Chromgraphic Pencil ($16.00 U.S. / $19.00 CDN)

  • NC15/NW20
  • NW25/NC30
  • NC42/NW35

Prep + Prime Blemish Control Gel ($22.00 U.S. / $26.00 CDN) (New, Permanent)

A gentle, new Prep+Prime formula promotes the healing of blemishes while also helping to prevent future breakouts. The lightweight, transparent gel goes on smoothly and wears comfortably, creating a seal over the blemish, reducing redness and protecting it from debris and further irritation. Suitable for all skin types, Prep+Prime Blemish Control Gel can be worn alone, under makeup or used for touch-ups, keeping your skin protected all day long.

Availability: December 26th, 2014 at all MAC locations, December 23rd at maccosmetics.com; international excluding Asia February 2015 (January 2015 for Prep + Prime Blemish Control Gel)

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Monday, December 15th, 2014

Temptalia Asks You


If you had one hour to spend one-on-one with a brand, which brand would it be?

Temptalia's AnswerMaybe Tom Ford or Chanel, just because I’d love to see the behind-the-scenes of really high luxury brands.

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

Monday, December 15th, 2014

Tom Ford Kyril, William, Sebastian, Omar, Blake Lip Colors
Tom Ford Kyril, William, Sebastian, Omar, Blake Lip Colors

Tom Ford Lips & Boys Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is segmented into color families, and this post features the “metallics.” Some of the colors are cool-looking, but I think the performance of the majority in the metallic family leave something to be desired. At this price point, you really should be getting near-perfection (if not perfection). There just shouldn’t be application issues like streakiness or patchiness. The only one I liked in this set was Sebastian, as it had the color payoff that was expected, but it wasn’t perfect, either.

Presently, Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, and Saks are both accepting pre-orders for the Lips & Boys collection; they officially release on December 26th (and will also be at other retailers and Tom Ford’s website at that time). Nordstrom also put up various trios (no savings, they’re $96 each) for pre-order. Neiman Marcus has a gift card event thorugh 12/16 that includes the Lips & Boys.

The Lips & Boys shades seem a lot smaller than the full-sized Lip Colors in their tubes, but in terms of actual product, it’s 0.07 oz. vs. 0.10 oz. These are actually cheaper by the ounce at $457.14/oz. compared to $500/oz. for full-size. I liked that the packaging felt the same as full-sized, just smaller, but it didn’t feel cheapened. The bullet of lipstick itself was also wide enough at the base that it didn’t feel really skinny or difficult to use, and it wasn’t prone at breaking at the base as some miniature-sized lipsticks are.

Kyril Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a very light silvery-white with cool undertones and pearly shimmer. It’s semi-sheer and somewhat streaky. I don’t think that this feels or looks like a luxury lipstick on its own; it will work better layered, of course, but on its own, it’s disappointing. It lasted for two hours and was neither hydrating nor drying, though it had a fair amount of slip. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

William Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a muted, medium orange with lighter golden-copper shimmer and a light metallic sheen. The finish is more like a matte frost, as it doesn’t have a lot of glossiness or shine, but there’s a fair amount of shimmer. It had semi-opaque color payoff but applied evenly. It lasted for three hours on me, but it was drying over time, and I could feel a bit of the shimmer after two hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sebastian Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a rich, coppery brown with warm, orange undertones and lighter golden orange shimmer. This one had more of a metallic sheen without being totally matte. It had rich, opaque color coverage that applied evenly and lasted for four and a half hours on me. It was neither drying nor hydrating. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Omar Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a deepened, copper-shimmered brown with warm, reddish-orange undertones and a metallic sheen. It’s really a darker version of Sebastian to me, though it’s not as shimmery and has weaker color payoff (semi-opaque). This one was lightly hydrating, though, and it still wore well for four and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Blake Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a medium-dark plummy-brown with warm undertones and copper shimmer. I love the idea of this color, but in practice, it needed improvement (and at this price point, it should be top notch). It had a more emollient consistency, so the color didn’t go on as evenly and looked almost patchy. The color coverage was semi-sheer to semi-opaque in places, but it wasn’t as pigmented as Tom Ford’s Lip Color formula usually is. It wore well for four hours on me and was lightly hydrating. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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