NYX Lip Pencils (Natural, Plum, Auburn, Dolly Pink)

NYX Lip Pencils

NYX Lip Pencils ($3.50 for 0.04 oz.) are excellently pigmented lip pencils to enhance, mute, or neutralize your lips. If you can’t find the shade you need amongst NYX’s 53 different lip pencils, I don’t know you ever will! Like most pencils, I recommend swatching it once or twice on the back of your hand, which will soften the point to make it easier to apply to the lips. You can use the slanted edge to get a really crisp line when lining your lips, too. For a traditional lip pencil, these are exceptionally creamy and glide on easily. They also wear well without feeling dry (but they are matte and for most, you’ll want to layer a lipstick on top or a balm underneath if you plan to wear it for extended periods of time).

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RECOMMENDATION: These are lovely lip liners, not even for the price but on their own merits.

AVAILABILITY: NYX

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Dolce & Gabbana Caramel (50) Lip Gloss

Dolce & Gabbana Caramel Lipgloss

Dolce & Gabbana Caramel (50) Lip Gloss ($29.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a muted, medium beige nude with a high shine finish. It tones down my natural lip color without washing me out, which I can definitely appreciate! Unlike some nude glosses, it doesn’t look thick or unnatural, and it doesn’t feel gloopy at all–but there is still some color to it, it’s not just a sheer gloss. There is a touch of tackiness, but I wouldn’t describe these as sticky.

Dolce & Gabbana Lip Glosses are moisturizing, and they fade really well when they wear away. I only get about two to three hours of wear, which is a little below average for me. These glosses are rose-scented but don’t seem to have any taste. With just 0.13 oz. in a tube (compared to 0.20 oz. for other high-end brands like Chanel, Guerlain, and YSL), these are pricey. Overall, they’re nice glosses, but it’s not quite the holy grail.

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RECOMMENDATION: It’ll work well to neutralize your natural lip color without washing out, which is nice, but it’s pricey.

AVAILABILITY: Saks

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MAC Peacocky Collection for Holiday 2010/Winter 2011

MAC Peacocky Collection

MAC Peacocky Collection for Spring 2011

U.S. Launch Date: January 6th, 2011

Arrogance or elegance? The showy display, the undeniably sexual spectacle, the iridescent irreverence…it’s awe-inspiring. We fetishize the exotic peacock as a symbol of extreme beauty, an act of elaborate nature, raging against everything simplistic. Peacocky fans out in a foray of intense colour for Lips and Eyes, exotic and sophisticated with a touch of ’30s F. Scott Fitzgerald glamour and mesmerizing metallic sheen. New Kissable Lipcolour combines full flash with creamy comfort. It’s molten, with elastomer technology that imparts a velvety, aerated feel without sacrificing shine. Light as a feather. Mega Metal Shadow gleams like chrome, with light-reflecting properties – yet creamy, crease-resistant, vitamin-fortified flexibility. Dramatic doesn’t even begin to describe the girl who knows she’s Peacocky.

Kissable Lipcolour ($18.00 U.S. / $21.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

Kissable Lipcolour provides medium coverage with the creamy comfort of a lipstick and a shiny finish of a lipgloss. The lightweight, comfortable formula is loaded with super emollient ingredients that provide a cushiony feel on the lips. The colour flows like silk, encasing the lips in creamy, luscious colour. Like a molten lipstick, the product melts onto thel ips and feels light and airy. It provides medium coverage with a luminous, smooth finish. It’s feather-resistant and wears for hours.

  • Enchantée Light blue pink
  • Exxxhibitionist Red-toned coral
  • Flaunting It Grey mauve
  • Love Peck Blackened blood red
  • Peacocky Sky blue with red pearl
  • Scandelicious Blue fuchsia
  • So Vain Muted dirty coral
  • Strut Your Stuff Bright true red
  • Super Muted neutral brown
  • Temper Tantra Mid-tone reddish brown
  • Vanity Fair Mid-tone blue pink
  • Woo Me Light pinky nude

Mega Metal Shadow ($19.50 U.S. / $23.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

Mega Metal Shadow long-wearing and consists of metallic powders that provide a light-reflection, intense metallic finish that looks brilliant on the skin. It delivers medium-buildable coverage that won’t fade or crease. The formula contains vitamins a & e, antioxidants that help condition the delicate eye area. The creamy powder ensures an even, smooth application that lasts all day and easily blends with little fall-out.

  • Centre Stage Frosted chocolate brown
  • Dalliance Light champagne
  • Dandizette Navy with silver pearl
  • Ego Forest green
  • Mating Call Dirty frosted violet
  • Noir Plum True purple with silver pearl
  • Odalisque Deep teal
  • Paparazz-she Deep copper bronze
  • Peek-at-You Frosted yellow white
  • Prance Frosted mauve pearl
  • Sexpectations Metallic burgundy
  • Spectacle of Yourself Deep bronze
  • Top of the Posh Frosted white pink
  • Tweet Me Gold bronze
  • Unflappable Frosted black with purple pearl

Availability: January 6, 2011 at all MAC locations, 1.800.588.0070 and www.maccosmetics.com. International February 2011 at all MAC locations.

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CoverGirl Bronze Glow (770) Continuous Color Lipstick

Cover Girl Bronze Glow (770) Lipstick

The packaging feels cheap, and it seems like it gets dinged up quite easily, as the inside is all scratched up, and this is photographed brand new.   For the price tag, I think you sometimes have to give up nicer packaging, though.

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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RECOMMENDATION: This is a nice, affordable choice for warmer skin tones and deeper skin tones.

AVAILABILITY: Drugstore.com

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What would you pair with NARS Sex Appeal Blush?

If you were using NARS Sex Appeal Blush?, what look would you create with it?

What shadows would you use? What would you use on cheeks? Anything added to the lips? Create a look using whatever you want, as long as you include today’s look book product!

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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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