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Monday, June 15th, 2015

ColourPop Metamorphosis Super Shock Shadow Set
ColourPop Metamorphosis Super Shock Shadow Set

ColourPop Metamorphosis Super Shock Shadow Set ($20.00 for 0.28 oz.) includes four new, limited edition shades of cream eyeshadow. Two of the shades are supposed to be sheer for layering over other products, though I found they were rather semi-opaque, so I found that they tended to consume whatever they were layered over with only slight undertone or brightening/softening of the base coming through. The other two shades are very pigmented, long-wearing, and felt like they had more slip than other satin/matte finishes in the ColourPop range. The shades worked well together, and they wear fairly easy to apply and blend together.

Also worth noting that despite it being incredibly hot during the entire time my order was in transit, everything arrived in tip-top shape (I was afraid there might be melting!).

Bravery is described as a “true medium brown in a matte finish.” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm, reddish undertones and a satin finish. I saw very faint shimmer in this one, even though it is listed as a matte. The texture was lightly creamy and easily blended to the skin, while it had good pigmentation and lasted for ten hours without fading or creasing. Sephora + Pantone Universe Russet (LE, ) is less pigmented, warmer. Viseart Taupe (P, ) is lighter. Too Faced Truffled (P, $16.00) is warmer. Colour Pop Farah (P, $5.00) is cooler. Colour Pop Bandit (P, $5.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer. Make Up For Ever S632 Hazelnut (P, $21.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Twice Baked (P, $18.00) is more shimmery. MAC Texture (P, $16.00) is warmer. NARS Galapagos (P, $24.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Strength is described as a “soft peachy caramel in a satin finish.” It’s a muted, light-medium peachy brown with warm undertones and a very fine, gold shimmer-sheen finish. It had good pigmentation with a lightly creamy consistency that adhered well to the skin and blended out easily. On me, it lasted a full ten hours without creasing or fading. Make Up For Ever S642 Sahara (P, $21.00) is darker, cooler. Makeup Geek Purely Naked (P, $5.99) is darker. Chanel Tisse Vendome #1 (P, ) is more shimmery, darker. Milani Bella Cappuccino (03) (P, $4.49) is darker. Colour Pop Desert (P, $5.00) is darker. Colour Pop Smash (P, $5.00) is darker, cooler. Colour Pop Truth (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Hope is described as a “radiant opal with pink, violet, blue and silver duochrome in a sheer opal finish.” It’s a pinky-white with lighter white and iridescent pink sparkle. It had a very subtle duochrome to it, and it really only becomes stronger over a very dark base color (like black) and appears more iridescent than duochrome on its own. The more sparkly texture can emphasize the lid’s natural texture. It had semi-opaque coverage (it wasn’t sheer at all!) and lasted for ten hours without fading, but there was minor fall out over time. It is similar to Monster Super Shock Cheek, just sparkly and made for the eyes. Too Faced Strawberry Ice (LE, $16.00) is darker. Tom Ford Beauty Crushed Indigo (Left) (LE, ) is lighter, brighter. Milani Bella Rose (29) (P, $4.49) is darker. Makeup Geek Whimsical (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, lighter. Maybelline Petunia Punk (120) (LE, $6.99) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Roadstripe (LE, $18.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler. Make Up For Ever I872 Pearly Pink (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. MAC Ready to Party (P, $20.00) is more shimmery. L’Oreal Strawberry Blonde (LE, $7.99) is less shimmery. Make Up For Ever D868 Crystalline Pink (P, $21.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Kindness is described as a “warm red brown undertone with a gold, green, and blue duochrome in a sheer opal finish.” It’s a medium-dark, reddish brown with warm undertones and a blue-to-green duochrome finish with a strong, metallic sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation (again, not really sheer) that went on evenly and played well on its own or patted over others. I didn’t have any fading or creasing over a ten-hour period.Sephora + Pantone Universe Castor Gray (LE, ) is darker, cooler. Urban Decay Solstice (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, darker. MAC Boom Boom Room (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker. Urban Decay Lounge (P, $18.00) is darker, cooler. Makeup Geek Insomnia (P, $6.99) is more shimmery, darker, cooler. MAC Fireside (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC I’ve Got a Crush on You (LE, $32.50) is darker, cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Monday, June 15th, 2015

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Sunday, June 14th, 2015

Temptalia Asks You


What brand has the best promotions? (Sales, GWPs, etc.) Share!

Temptalia's AnswerI’m a weird customer, since most of the things I buy are to review on the blog, so I don’t typically wait for sales or a particular promotion. I tend to be more on the look out for large retailer promotions like when Neiman Marcus does their gift cards (spend $X, get $Y gift card) or Sephora % off.

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Sunday, June 14th, 2015

Viseart Dark Matte (04) Eyeshadow Palette
Viseart Dark Matte (04) Eyeshadow Palette

Here’s a little sneak peek of two more Viseart Eyeshadow Palettes ($80.00 each). Neither of these are available at Sephora, like the other four I shared, but you can find it at various professional retailers online. I don’t have the other palette, Pearl Bright, that appears to be part of the range, as I couldn’t find it available for purchase at this time.

SIDE-BY-SIDE SWATCHES

There is also a “Blusher and Skin Corrector Palette” that you’ll likely find listed as an eyeshadow palette when hunting for it, but the back of the palette calls it something else, presumably something to do with the neons in it (much like most neon-hued powder products are not actually listed for eye usage, e.g. Urban Decay Electric Palette, Make Up For Ever’s brights in the Artist range). It doesn’t indicate which shades are for blush/which are not or if any of them could really be used as an eyeshadow or not, so I probably won’t do a full review of this one, but I’ll try to do some digging to see if I can more clarity on its usage on the eyes. I will try to get some general thoughts and the like together to share with you at a later date, but it won’t be a full review. I’m curious if this palette is listed the same when sold elsewhere or just for U.S. palettes.

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Sunday, June 14th, 2015

LORAC Fall 2015 Collection
LORAC PRO Metal Eyeshadow Palette

PRO Metal Eyeshadow Palette ($28.00) (Limited Edition, Ulta Exclusive)

Created by celebrity makeup artist Carol Shaw, this limited edition PRO artistry palette is packed with 8 Eye Shadows in all the metallic shades you need to create the hottest looks straight from the Red Carpet. LORAC’s velvety smooth shadows are infused with soothing botanicals and are ultra-pigmented to perform wet or dry so you can shade, shadow, line and define your eyes, just like a PRO.

  • Quartz
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Availability: Now at ULTA

Sunday, June 14th, 2015

MAC 137 Long Blending Brush
MAC 137 Long Blending Brush

MAC 137 Long Blending Brush ($42.00) is a long, tapered cheek/face brush made out of natural fibers. It’s supposed to be used for a “light dusting of any powder.” The brush head is 22mm in width, 22mm in thickness, and 49mm in length. It had a total length of 7.4 inches / 18.7 centimeters and an open, metal ferrule. This brush was manufactured in Japan. The brush has a really light, feathery feel and is perfect for dusting highlighters onto cheek bones, down the bridge of the nose, or applying a finishing powder all over with more control than a fan brush would give you. What I was most surprised by was how soft the brush is, because a lot of MAC’s recent brushes have been rougher in feel, and many of their cheek and face brushes (even from before) aren’t that soft, but this is one of the softest MAC brushes I’ve come across that has natural fibers. This is very comparable to Wayne Goss Brush 14 ($33) as far as length and purpose go, though MAC’s is significantly more tapered, longer by 8mm, a little less soft, and a bit denser (though not a dense brush by any means).

MAC 221 Mini Tapered Blending Brush ($24.00) is a small, lightly tapered crease brush made out of natural fibers. The brush head is 6.5mm in width, 6.5mm in thickness, and 16.5mm in length. It had a total length of 6.5 inches / 16.6 centimeters with an open, metal ferrule. It is also made in Japan. There’s a slight taper that comes to a rounded point, so it doesn’t create too harsh of placement into the crease, but it does give you precise placement. I liked it best for initially placing richer color into the deep crease and then using a fluffier brush to blend it out. It’s soft and never felt scratchy or poky no matter the direction or pressure I used. It is similar to Hakuhodo J5529 ($16) and Wayne Goss Brush 05 ($25).

MAC 267 Curved Angle Brush ($24.00) is a synthetic brush designed to be used with your eyeliner (like gels and creams, though MAC also suggests powder) with a curved edge that is supposed to fit the natural curve of the eye. The brush head is 11.5mm in width, 2.5mm in thickness, and 11.5mm in length. It had a total length of 6.25 inches / 15.9 centimeters with a pinched, metal ferrule. It was made in China. I found this brush to be scratchy and rough against the skin, which made it painful to drag across to apply gel eyeliner on the skin. It somewhat fits the curve of the eye, but I think it is going to depend on the size of your eye and how curved your lid/area is, as it seemed oversized for my eye shape/size. I don’t recall having a brush quite like this, so it seems to be more unique.

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137 Long Blending Brush

The brush has a really light, feathery feel and is perfect for dusting highlighters onto cheek bones, down the bridge of the nose, or applying a finishing powder all over with more control than a fan brush would give you.
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221 Long Blending Brush

I liked it best for initially placing richer color into the deep crease and then using a fluffier brush to blend it out.
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267 Curved Angle Brush

I found this brush to be scratchy and rough against the skin, which made it painful to drag across to apply gel eyeliner on the skin.
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