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Sigma Makeup Brushes: What do you want to know?
After Temptalia readers awarded Sigma Makeup Brushes not one, but two awards (Best New Product of 2009 and Most Surprisingly Amazing Product of 2009), it was pretty clear that I needed to try these out myself. Sigma Makeup recently sent me some of their brushes to try out, which is something I will be doing over the next few weeks and will do an extensive comparison between them and MAC, including comparison photos.
I’d like to use this post as a way for you to let me know your questions about these brushes in the comments. This way, I can read through them, think about them as I test out the brushes, and then I can do my best to address those questions in the reviews. So, ask away!
Included in this post are just some preliminary photos I took a few minutes ago of Sigma’s Professional Brushes Complete Kit + Brush Roll ($89.00), just for fun!
Dior Spring 2010: A Lacy, Floral Confection
Dior Vintage Pink (#839) Blush ($40.00) is a prettily designed blush duo from Dior’s Spring collection. Nearly all of the powder-based products from Dior’s Spring collection feature a raised lacy, floral embellishment. The design is fitting for the blossoms of spring, but it does fade away quickly once you start using the product. I am sure there are at least a few who will be buying just to admire, though!
Vintage Rose is a blush duo that I’d likely wear swirled together, but you could apply from either side to pull the color one way or the other. It’s not a huge compact, but a brush can fit on each side for the most part (though opt for a smaller brush-head!).
The darker side is a medium-dark pink with just a lingering of peach in it and no real shimmer. The lighter side is much more of a peach with a little pink to it–this side reminded me of a softer, more finely milled NARS Orgasm (maybe a little pinker, too).
Together, they merge and create a pinker, slightly shimmered, but still lighter than the darker side color. Whether you use one side, the other, or them together, the result is lovely–but seriously, when I have I said “Stay away!” to a peachy-pink blush? Please, this had my name all over it! (Although, personally, I thought it was going to be rosier and not so warm, but it worked out for me.)
I’m a really big fan of Dior’s cheek products. I think they are particularly adept at creating and delivering very useable, universal shades of color that work on a variety of skin tones and ages. You won’t find disco-ball glitter here, but you will find a smooth, silky product with buildable coverage and fine, subtle shimmer.
As far as price goes, Dior is slightly cheaper ($150/oz. vs. $156/oz.) than NARS blushes, because they give you plenty of product for your money. Whether you want to plunk down $40 on one blush is another story, of course! I can’t imagine using this up unless it’s one of just a few blushes you use, but even then, you’ll have plenty to get through.
I’m hoping to check out the rest of the collection in person at Nordstrom later this week!
If you want to know more about how products are evaluated, read out Rating System FAQ!
- Product: 29/30
- Value: 9/10
- Ease of Use: 4/5
- Packaging: 4/5
Recommendation: If you love peachy-pink or coral blushes, definitely take a peek at Vintage Rose!
Cle de Peau #2 Lipgloss
The Spring Season: Cle de Peau #2 Lip Gloss
Cle de Peau #2 Lip Gloss ($47.00) has been a favorite of mine since I first swatched it on the back of my hands at Barneys (in Vegas). I still can’t believe I plunked down the bucks for this one without even trying it on! I don’t regret it, though, because it’s such a stunning golden-peach flecked gloss. I don’t know if I’d go so far as to say it’s worth every penny by any means, but I’m happy with the purchase, even over a year out. It’s mostly non-sticky, but it doesn’t have the jelly feel that a lot of non-sticky glosses have. It’s a fairly thick gloss that has decent pigmentation (particular for this kind of shade) and really stands out amongst all the Cle de Peau Lip Glosses (IMO!). I remember swatching several shades and none of them grabbed me like this one. It has an almost duochrome nature to it; it’s peachy, gold, green, apricot… Love it. It comes with a wand applicator, has little to no scent (I didn’t notice anything myself).
The only shade I’ve found that’s truly comparable to it has been Le Metier de Beaute’s Payapa Creme ($36). Sheerer and not nearly as reflective dupes might include shades like MAC Nymphette Lipglass ($14) or NARS Orgasm Lipgloss ($22). It’s a pricey gloss, so it’s not going to be something just anyone will buy or will want to buy, and that’s fine. If you like indulgent buys or the ultra luxe, this is definitely one of my favorites.
Is this the right spring gloss for you? Would you wear it?
The Spring Season is a series of posts featuring my favorite soft beige, coral, and pink lipsticks and lipglosses — all perfect for the first blossom of spring — that runs through March 2010.
Spring Makeup: The Fresh Bloom of Spring with Purple, Green, & Blue
One of the most important things to do when doing a look with distinct colors is to be careful not to over-blend, which is really easy, because most of us put our noses to the mirror when we’re checking to make sure we did a good job on our makeup. It’s important to take a step (or three) back, look at our work, and judge it how others are going to see us. For instance, purple and green do not make a very pretty color when blended together, so it’s important to use a light hand when layering and just barely blend so there’s no line of demarcation.
You will need the following…
- Eyes: MAC Soft Ochre Paint Pot (neutral beige base), (fuchsia-purple), MAC Stars ‘n Rockets EyeshadowMAC Lucky Green Eyeshadow (medium spring-y green), MAC Moon’s Reflection Eyeshadow (gray blue), MAC Electric Eel Eyeshadow (electric blue), MAC Gorgeous Gold Eyeshadow (green-toned gold), MAC Beautiful Iris Eyeshadow (iridescent purple), MAC Femme-fi Eyeshadow (neutral highlighter), MAC Blue Herizon Liquidlast Liner (blue), Urban Decay Electric 24/7 Liner (blue-teal), Chanel Exceptionnel Mascara (black)
- Cheeks: Benefit Sugarbomb (peachy-pink)
- Lips: MAC Hue Lipstick (peachy nude), MAC Lychee Luxe Lipglass (coral)
- Brushes: 217 (blending brush), 226 (fluffy crease brush), 219 (pointed crease brush), 214 (smudge brush), 249 (flat, firm brush), 239 (fluffy shadow brush), 116 (dense blush brush)
For eyes, start by applying Soft Ochre paint pot as your eyeshadow base all over the lid with the 249. Using the 239, apply Stars ‘n Rockets eyeshadow on the inner third of the eyelid. Next, apply Lucky Green eyeshadow on the middle third of the eyelid and lightly blend with the inner corner. Darken the outer third of the lid with Moon’s Reflection eyeshadow with the 239, gently brushing it into the lower crease. Next, define the crease by applying Electric Eel eyeshadow with the 226. Lightly tap and brush Gorgeous Gold eyeshadow directly above the crease to soften. To finish the eyeshadow look, sweep Femme-fi eyeshadow as a highlighter on the brow bone. Sweep Beautiful Iris eyeshadow along the inner tearduct and above the inner crease with the 217. Bring everything together by applying Electric eyeliner on the lower lash line and Blue Herizon liquidlast liner on upper lash line and then sweeping lashes with Exceptionnel mascara.
For cheeks, apply Sugarbomb to the apples of the cheeks and sweep upwards towards the temple with the 116.
For lips, apply Hue lipstick first, and then layer Lychee Luxe lipglass for a complementing lip.
Do you prefer your eyeshadows in pots or palettes? Do you depot shadows to fit into palettes? Only buy from brands with palette options?
I prefer palettes myself. I just find I forget about anything that isn’t in the palette — if it’s in the palette, I’ll see it when I’m feeling like a blue eyeshadow or a pink one.
Three Reasons Why Blush is a Must
Are you skipping the blush? Do you only use one blush for every look?
Aside from my inner beauty addict fainting from your admission… blush is not something to be scared of. It is something that can really break, complete, or even make a look.
Sometimes blush is all you need
In a rush? Blush can be a quick and easy way to add color and a look of “I’m awake, I didn’t only get three hours of sleep last night!” I find that cream blushes often work incredibly well for this purpose, because they tend to look very natural and subtle on skin when applied with a light, even hand. You can apply them quickly, too — many just use fingers to do so! (I do, though, recommend a brush and later blending with fingers if necessary.)
Get that Glow
Blush can give you that glow-from-within look. It’s not always the sheen of a highlighter that can make you look like you’re feeling great, well-rested, and as happy as can be! A perfect product that gives color and glow is a new favorite from me, Benefit’s Sugarbomb, which I wear all the time.
Tie things together
When you’re putting a look together, blush can really act as a tie-in between the eyes and the lips. I may be warm-toned, but you can bet I’m still going to rock some cool-toned shades every now and again. One trick I find to make this easier is by warming it up with a blush. For example, in this ultra black smoky eye, with such bold eyes and lips and cool-tones, a warmer bronze made this better integrated with my features and skin tone. Someone who was cooler could pair this with a cool-toned pink or purple and have rocked that, too; but for me, it likely would have been a little too cool.
Why do you wear blush?