2011 Temptalia Readers’ Choice Awards – Nominations


2011 Temptalia Readers’ Choice Awards – Nominations

As the year wraps up, it’s time for one of my very favorite events here on Temptalia:  the Readers’ Choice Awards.  We kick off the awards with a period of nominations, and the nominees that make it on the voting ballot are 100% the result of the nominations our readers send it.  The top 10-15 nominees for each category move onto the voting ballot that is open to all readers.  Every nomination counts–I’ve seen how many nominations are needed for a product to make it on the voting ballot–and you never know what might make the cut off.

Nominations are open now and close on January 2nd, 2011 at 6PM PST.  Voting will open January 3rd, 2011 at 6AM PST.

Submit your nominations!

Submit your nominations!

Submit your nominations!

Cargo Lights of the World Palette

Cargo Lumieres du Monde Palette

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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FINAL THOUGHTS: At $29 and with plenty of each shade, it’s an excellent buy for a multi-colored palette that actually holds quality eyeshadows.

WHERE TO BUY: ULTA

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Chanel Baroque Rouge Coco Lipstick

Chanel Baroque Rouge Coco Lipstick

Chanel Baroque (30) Rouge Coco Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a lightly berried brown with hints of red and ruby micro-shimmer.  The shimmer is incredibly light and almost invisible to the eye but the effect is lightly reflective.  It is a new and limited edition shade from the Cote d’Azur Collection, which is online-only at this time–but you never know if it’ll pop-up in-stores (as SoHo eventually did, at least at select locations).  This is a surprisingly wearable shade, despite its initial dark tone, but it’s not bold or so deep that you have to worry about what you can or cannot wear with it.

Rouge Coco is a slightly drier formula, because most of the shades are frost finishes, but I don’t find it drying–it’s just not moisturizing. It has a light vanilla-rose scent that’s rather faint but still detectable. It doesn’t seem to linger, though. On average, Rouge Cocos last four hours on me. I like the formula overall, and the shade range tends to be very wearable with a wide variety of colors from pinks to browns to reds.  Pigmentation ranges from semi-sheer to semi-opaque, with a few shades being quite opaque and a couple on the sheerer side.

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FINAL THOUGHTS: There’s enough depth and color for this to be a great autumn/winter color without being too bold or vampy.  The Rouge Coco formula is most suitable for those with relatively healthy lips; if  your lips are dry and cracking, I would recommend opting for a more moisturizing formula (perhaps  Rouge Allure, if you want to stay within Chanel).

WHERE TO BUY: Chanel

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Bobbi Brown Sultry Eyeshadow Palette

Bobbi Brown Sultry Eyeshadow Palette

Bobbi Brown Sultry Eye Palette ($45.00 for 0.15 oz.) includes three eyeshadows and one long-wear eye paint. It features: Bone (off white), Antique Gold (deep gold sparkle), Caviar (black brown), and Brandy (rich golden bronze). The packaging is sleek and compact, and I love that they have an actual brush applicator included, rather than sponge-tipped ones!

The Long-Wear Eye Paints are new and featured in the three palettes from Bobbi Brown’s Smoky, Sultry, Smoldering Collection. According to Bobbi Brown, they are “high-pigment metallic eyeshadow that can be worn wet or dry.” She recommends “[applying] them with a damp Cream Shadow Brush for a strong, luminous and long-lasting pop of shimmering color that won’t crease.”

Each of the eyeshadows is 0.04 oz. (full-sized are 0.08 oz. for $20.00; 0.10 oz. for $20.00 for metallic eyeshadow), while the Long-Wear Eye Paint is 0.03 oz. (not currently available on its lonesome; but for valuation purposes, we’ll assume 0.08 oz. for $20.00). In this palette, you receive $20.00 worth of regular Eyeshadow, $8 worth of Metallic Eyeshadow, and $7.50 worth of Long-Wear Eye Paint. This totals to $35.50 worth of product. You do also receive a double-ended brush in the palette, which is usable (and one of the better brushes included in palettes)– we’ll say it’s $7 worth–bringing us to $42.50. It’s not a value-packed palette, but I don’t think you’re losing out.

You can check out my full review of the Smoldering Palette, too! 🙂

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Chanel Peche Nacree Nail Lacquer

Chanel Peche Nacree Le Vernis

Chanel Peche Nacree Le Vernis Nail Colour ($23.00 for 0.4 fl. oz.) is a medium-dark peach with pale white peach micro-shimmer strewn through it. It has a frost-metallic finish, so there are some visible brush strokes when under bright light.  It’s opaque in two coats, despite being a lighter shade.

CHANEL LE VERNIS is a pricey product that often comes out with more unique shades (that are later replicated by other brands). The originality or amount of depth in their shades is what often pulls me towards them. Overall, I’ve had good luck with the formula and wear. The formula tends to be on the thicker side but not so thick it’s gloppy, while I typically get a full week’s worth of wear (and just minor tip wear).

Peche Nacree is peachier and darker than Chanel Django. It is also rather similar to MAC’s Seasonal Peach, actually–just the finish is different and it is less pink.  I found two coats to be perfect for color opacity and general look and feel.  The brush strokes in this shade are less noticeable than in Black Pearl but more than Pearl Drop.

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