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Monday, November 23rd, 2009

Rant & Rave

This Week’s Topic: LOOSE POWDER!

Your Mission: Tell us what you love, hate, or are otherwise indifferent to about loose powder and all that it entails.

Monday, November 23rd, 2009


NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil: Pop Life & Toudra

NARS Pop Life & Toudra Velvet Matte Lip Pencils ($24.00 for 0.086 oz.) are two new shades from NARS’ Holiday Collection.  These are jumbo-sized lip pencils that are designed to be used more like a lipstick than a lip pencil.  The product is “enriched with Vitamin E” and is designed to last for “hours.”  NARS describes Toudra as a “richly pigmented Barolo wine shade is creamy, long-lasting and matte for strong, seamless color and a perfectly defined pout,” while Pop life is a “bold, bright and modernly matte holly–red hue that slips on with a velvety texture – a new holiday staple.”

Toudra is a bronzy, not quite coppery, brown-based wine.  It’s not really what I’d think of when someone tells me it’s a wine shade, though.  It’s in there, and yet it’s distinctly different.  It has a bit of a frosty/shimmery look, and I didn’t find it applied as easily as some other Velvet Matte Lip Pencils have in the past.  It even felt a little gritty, and dare I say… drying?  (Which these are specifically stated to not be!)  It is reasonably pigmented, though since it doesn’t apply smoothly, you end up using a fair amount of product get an even, full coverage look.

Pop Life looks very holiday-red when you check out the product, but on my lips, it was definitely not the case.  It was more of a brightened up orange-based coral shade.  It was smoother and gave a better look overall compared to Toudra, but even this still felt a little drying to me.  I didn’t get “hydrating” when testing either of these shades out myself.   If you’re looking for a red, you might consider Dragon Girl or Cruella instead–both of which are a lot redder than Pop Life.

These aren’t really your best bang for your buck lip product, considering you only get 0.086 oz. for $24–a NARS lipstick contains 0.12 oz. but also costs $24.00.  NARS has plenty of pigmented lipsticks in their collection (along with sheer shades, of course), so I’d probably start there in a lip color hunt.  I like these, in terms of the actual product (and discounting the price differential), more than NYX’s Jumbo Lip Pencils, because they feel a little more high quality and they do last much longer on me (about four to five hours).

Bottom Line: I don’t love the new shades from holiday.  I don’t own any of the permanent shades, but I’ve tested them in-store and have been more drawn to them there than I was when I swatched these two (and liked them even less when I actually used them!).  Neither color really pops for me, and I’m not sure why these aren’t as hydrating as NARS touts the product line to be.

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  • Product: 21/30
  • Value: 7/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation: I’d recommend trying these in-store before purchasing, to see if the texture meets your expectations!

Availability: Beauty.com, NARS Cosmetics, Sephora

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Monday, November 23rd, 2009

Temptalia Gives Away $135+ in MAC Cosmetics!

The theme of this prize package is dramatic, smoky eyes. The total value of the prize is $137.00.

Winner will receive:

  • MAC Mascara X
  • MAC Orpheus Kohl Power
  • MAC Ebony Eye Kohl
  • MAC Blacktrack fluidline
  • MAC Rich, Dark, Delicious Lacquer
  • MAC Meet the Fleet eyeshadow
  • MAC Reflects Blackened Red
  • MAC Mont Black eyeshadow
  • MAC Smoke Signal pigment

RULES: All entries must be submitted by November 27th, 2009 at 11:59 PM PST. This contest is open to all readers as pursuant to your local state/country’s laws. Winner will be chosen randomly and notified via e-mail. This post will be updated with “winner chosen” when one has been chosen.

Congratulations to Stephine, @twistedheartsx, for winning!

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Monday, November 23rd, 2009

Temptalia Asks You

What are five beauty tips every makeup fan should know? Share your favorites!

Temptalia's Answer.

1.) Practice makes perfect — you learn so much through practice, not to mention you *do* improve over time as well. 2.) Brushes make a difference, quality brushes make an even bigger one. 3.) Don’t let rules confine you–play around, experiment, find what YOU like. 4.) Take photos–the closer the better–so you can really see where you need to improve (if anywhere!). 5.) Always have fun.

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Sunday, November 22nd, 2009

Makeup artist, Karrie, shares this lovely multi-colored look, inspired by MAC’s Jingle Jangle face chart, with us today. You may recognize Karrie from her take on MAC’s Unzipped Look for Halloween! You can see more of her work at her beauty blog.

She used…

  • Eyes: Prep+Prime Eye, Prep+Prime Lash, Loud Lash, Brow Set Clear, Chromaline Black Black, Sculpt Sculpting Powder, Smolder Khol, Blue Sorcery Mineralize Eyeshadow, Devil-May-Care Mineralize Eyeshadow, One Off Eyeshadow, Typographic Eyeshadow, Handwritten Eyeshadow, Blanc Type Eyeshadow
  • Face: Studio Finish Concealer NW15, Studio Sculpt NC15, Light MSF Natural, Conjure Up Mineralize Blush
  • Lips: Prep+Prime Lip, Total Wow! Lipstick, Jingle Jangle Dazzleglass

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Sunday, November 22nd, 2009

Cosmoholic Rockstar Red Lip Gloss
Cosmoholic Rockstar Red Lip Gloss

The Scarlet Season: Cosmoholic Rockstar Red Lip Gloss

Cosmoholic Rockstar Red Lip Gloss ($20.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a glossy semi-opaque red with pink tones. I had never heard of Cosmoholic prior to trying out this shade, and I was pleasantly surprised at the pigmentation! After reading up on Cosmoholic’s back story, I learned that their lip glosses are designed to be liquid lipsticks, so they’re supposed to be heavily pigmented. The gloss itself is non-sticky, contains no shimmer, and lasts about four hours on me and leaves a just-bitten stain behind. It has a sweet vanilla scent that doesn’t read synthetic, though a lil’ extra sweet for my personal taste (but it’s not a bad thing). The gloss also contains vitamin E, and this gloss definitely didn’t dry out my lips while I wore it!

What about you? Would you wear this red?

The Scarlet Season is a series of posts showcasing and featuring my favorite shades of red lips–from glosses to lipsticks that runs through December 2009. You can sure expect to see a lot of red this holiday season!

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