Burberry Midnight Brown (02) Eye Definer Pencil

Burberry Midnight Brown (02) Eye Definer Pencil

Burberry Midnight Brown Eye Definer Pencil ($27.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a rich, dark brown with golden flecks and subtly cool undertones. As beautiful as the color is, I didn’t have good luck with wear. When I wore it on the lower lash line, it seemed to disappear significantly within three to four hours.

It was creamy enough to apply a smooth, precise line without tugging on the lash line. The texture actually gave me false hope, because it seemed dry enough that it would have no problem staying put! I loved that it is a true pencil but the pencil itself did not feel harsh against my lid or lash line.

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RECOMMENDATION: The color is gorgeous, and it would work so well with green and hazel eyes, but the wearability left too much to be desired to recommend it as a purchase.

AVAILABILITY: Nordstrom

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Jack Black It’s the Balm Lip Balm Trio

Jack Black Lip Balm Trio

I’m a huge fan of this lip balm.  I have one in every room, my purse, my car… you name it.  I think there are three on my nightstand, actually!  Super moisturizing, comfortable to wear, and lasts for hours.

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RECOMMENDATION: Yes, yes, yes!  I recommend these to everybody who wears lip balm!

AVAILABILITY: Nordstrom

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Benefit The Porefessional

Benefit The Porefessional

Please note that I did not test this on the face for an extended period of time, due to a sensitivity to dimethicone (second ingredient in The Porefessional). I only applied it to see whether my pores looked minimized. I left it on the back of my hand, and the effect lasted noticeably for four hours.

Porefessional seems to apply a soft focus lens over your skin, which gives it the appearance of a softer, smoother, and less-pore-filled. I wouldn’t say my pores vanish instantly, but they are definitely minimized, which is the goal. It is similar to MAC’s Prep + Prime Line Filler as well as bears some resemblance to face primers in general. It has a silkier texture, though, and it helps to mattify the skin as well. The product works to give skin a little help by minimizing textural issues, which pores can sometimes contribute to. It works pretty well, and it did a nice job of disguising some of the pores on the side of my nose.

Welcome to Swatch-all-idays! To start 2011 off on the right foot (or post, as it may be!), Temptalia is going through a backlog of products we have photographed, swatched, and often tested but in a slightly different manner. Quick reviews may be partially incomplete, such as a blush may only be swatched on the arm rather than shown on the face. It is our hope that what we are able to provide is still helpful!

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Dior Technicolor Red (873) Addict Lipcolor

Dior Technicolor Red Lipstick

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RECOMMENDATION: The pink in this makes it an excellent shade for cooler skin tones. The subtle coolness of the pink-red combo still makes it a shade that can work on warmer skin tones, too.

AVAILABILITY: Sephora

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Welcome to Swatch-all-idays!


Welcome to Swatch-all-idays!

One of my resolutions for 2011 is to be more organized, stay on top of things, and be more realistic about the volume of products I can review in detail with full swatches.  Ideally, I’d love to start off with a clean slate so-to-speak by clearing out an ever growing backlog of products I’ve photographed, swatched, and often tested, but for whatever reason, never got through the photo editing process and thus were never written up.  I am often ambitious and well… don’t have as much time as I’d like!  I would like to do better for you in 2011!

For the next couple of weeks, I’ll be doing quick reviews.  I’ll try to include as much relevant information as I can based on my notes, and I will, of course, indicate if I haven’t tested and only swatched.  These reviews are going to be quick and dirty–and sometimes posts are not as detailed as I like (e.g. a blush is not shown on the face, only swatched).  I’m clearing out photos I’ve had since June with the total number nearing 10,000 (these are all raw, unedited photos).

A couple of weeks ago, I asked readers whether quick reviews were helpful as opposed to not reviewing at all.  I would love to do full, detailed reviews for every product–trust me, I would!–but I’m recognizing that I need to stop the bleeding before I can heal the wound.  Readers said that photos and swatches are helpful enough and worth posting, if I am unable to do a full review.  I will still have regular, full reviews being posted everyday, just like usual, but I will also be posting additional quick reviews.  Like stocking stuffers!  All extras on top of normal daily content.

It may be the holidays… but it’s SWATCH-ALL-IDAYS here on Temptalia!

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