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Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Clé de Peau Cosmic Aura (308) Eyeshadow Quad
Clé de Peau Cosmic Aura (308) Eyeshadow Quad

Clé de Peau Cosmic Aura (308) Eyeshadow Quad ($55.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a set of four shades that run cooler-toned with a purple bent. I knew I had to see just how well (or poorly) the brand could do purples, as this is a color range that many brands under-deliver on. Unfortunately, this quad did fall short: two of the purple-hued shades were slightly powdery in texture as well as weaker in pigment. This is a more unique set of shades, relative to Stellar Gaze (307) that I reviewed earlier, though the second shade is one that a few brands do.

Each of the eyeshadow quads is available as a “refill” so it is just the set of eyeshadows, and you can purchase the case (here) for $25, which comes with two dual-ended sponge-tipped applicators. I put all of my eyeshadow quads into a Z-palette (see a photo of it here), but I do have two cases from the two eyeshadow quads I received as samples (I bought the other six quads myself, which is a statement on how enamored I was after trying two), so you’ll see it in the post for those interested in purchasing the two together.

Cosmic Aura #1 is a dark, slightly cool-toned purple with a violet shimmer-sheen. It had semi-opaque color coverage, but it wasn’t fully pigmented, and the texture was slightly powdery. This made it harder to get the same intense color payoff on the lid in practice. This shade lasted for seven and a half hours on me. Disney by Sephora Sea Witch (LE) is less shimmery. MAC Warm & Smoky (LE, $15.00) is very similar. MAC Banafsaji (LE, $15.00) is bluer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Cosmic Aura #2 is a dirty, cool-toned beige with hints of green and an iridescent pink-to-green shimmer finish. The duochrome is subtle, though. The texture was slightly powdery, and it had had mostly opaque color coverage. The eyeshadow stayed on well for eight hours before fading. theBalm Sandbar (LE, $16.00) is slightly warmer. Make Up For Ever I542 Pink Ivory (P, $21.00) is warmer. Makeup Geek Rockstar (P, $5.99) is similar. bareMinerals Iridescent Iris (LE, $14.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever #940 Star Powder (P, $20.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Cosmic Aura #3 is a muted, medium-dark eggplant purple with subtle, warm brown undertones and gold and plum shimmer. It had fairly good pigmentation, and the texture was soft, buttery, and smooth. The color lasted for eight hours applied to the eye before fading. Ardency Inn Disco (P, $21.00) is more shimmery. Chanel Tisse Camelia #4 (P) is darker. Too Faced Rhinestone (P, $16.00) is similar. Giorgio Armani #16 (P, $32.00) is darker. Too Faced Candied Violet (P, $16.00) is less shimmery. Too Faced Bluff (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned, more shimmery. Dior Constellation (864) #5 (LE) is warmer. Clinique Lavish Lilac (P, $17.00) is a cream product. Urban Decay Rapture (LE, $18.00) is darker. Urban Decay Rockstar (P, $18.00) is darker. MAC Winterized (LE, $21.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Cosmic Aura #4 is a muted, navy blue with hints of purple and navy micro-shimmer for a satin finish. It had decent color payoff, but I wish it had been as intense as it looked in the pan. theBalm Pipeline (LE, $16.00) is lighter, bluer. Dior Atlantique #3 (LE) is less shimmery. Too Faced De La Mer (P, $16.00) is darker. Givenchy Bleu Soie (4) (P, $23.00) is a cream product. theBalm #5 (P, $6.50) is slightly darker. Chanel Apparition (LE, $36.00) is a cream product. Too Faced Badass (LE, $16.00) is purpler. Tom Ford Beauty Cobalt Rush #2 (P) is similar. Le Metier de Beaute Sapphire (LE, $30.00) is brighter. Urban Decay Half Truth (LE, $18.00) is slightly purpler. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Survey Says

Fill in the survey below with your answers, and then share your answers with us in the comments section! :-)

  • Your skin tone/coloring:
  • Beauty brand you always visit in a store?
  • Beauty brand that needs a makeover?
  • Beauty brand you wish would come back?

Thanks to Rashmi for today’s theme!

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Make Up For Ever ME910 Electric Magenta Artist Shadow (Blush)
Make Up For Ever ME910 Electric Magenta Artist Shadow (Blush)

Make Up For Ever ME910 Electric Magenta Artist Shadow (Blush) ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a bright, medium fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a violet sheen. Make Up For Ever ME912 Orchid (P, $21.00) is darker, more muted. Surratt Beauty Se Pomponner (P, $32.00) is less shimmery. Sephora + Pantone Universe Radiant Orchid (LE) is more muted, purpler. Fyrinnae Superstar (P, $6.80) is similar. MAC Florida (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, cream product. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It’s incredibly rich in color payoff–there’s no shortage of pigmentation in this shade–but the lightly creamy, dense, and buttery consistency of the gel-powder formula makes it a lot easier to use. It really does feel like it has some of the blendability found in creams but with the more forgiving evenness of powders. The finish has a noticeable sheen that doesn’t look frosted on the skin and gives off a gleaming glow that doesn’t emphasize pores. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours before fading. I had light staining on my arm from swatching this that was gone after a few hours, but I didn’t notice any staining on cheeks after wearing it.

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Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Tom Ford Black Cherry Nail Lacquer
Tom Ford Black Cherry Nail Lacquer

Tom Ford Black Cherry Nail Lacquer ($32.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is a blackened burgundy with cool, pink-ish undertones and a cream finish. “Black Cherry” is a pretty apt description, I’d say! Cult Nails Lamestain (P, $12.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Wrecked (LE) is lighter. MAC Blueblood (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Guerlain Lou-Ling (LE, $23.00) is lighter. Chanel Provocation (P, $27.00) is lighter, warmer. Chanel Accessoire (P, $27.00) is warmer, lighter. Rescue Beauty Lounge Drifter (LE, $20.00) is lighter. Color Club Fashion Moment (P) is similar. China Glaze Naughty & Nice (LE, $7.50) is very similar. Zoya Anja (P, $9.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This is a new, limited edition shade from the brand for fall. It’s a very rich, deep, dark shade that looks mostly black under most lighting conditions, but it does look more interesting in the sunlight, as the burgundy-berry tones get accentuated. The polish had fully opaque color after two coats, though it was quite pigmented with just one, and it dried down to a glossy shine. I don’t think you’d have to put a top coat on to achieve the shine as a result. The consistency was thinner, and the brush seemed to keep a lot of the polish on it, so it required a little extra care to avoid over-applying. I typically get a week with very minor tip wear with Tom Ford’s lacquer formula.

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Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette

A limited edition palette featuring three shades of ambient lighting blush, the groundbreaking blush that creates seamless, soft-focus and multidimensional color. Features two of our best-selling shades, Luminous Flush and Mood Exposure, as well as a new shade, Incandescent Electra, which is exclusive to the Ambient Lighting Blush palette.

Ambient Lighting Blush Palette ($58.00 U.S. / $67.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Luminous Flush Champagne rose blush fused with Luminous Light to evoke a
  • candlelit glimmer
  • IIncandescent Electra Cool peach blush blended with
  • Incandescent Light for a celestial glow
  • Mood Exposure Soft plum blush fused with Mood Light to brighten the complexion

Availability: Early access for VIB Rouges at Sephora while supplies last; October 2014 at Barneys New York, Bergdorf Goodman, Net-A-Porter.com, Sephora, Space NK, and Hourglasscosmetics.com

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Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Temptalia Asks You


What beauty brand is most represented in your stash? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerI can only imagine it’s MAC, since they simply put out so many more products than any other brand. I’d say my stash is very diverse with good representation from many brands (even the majority of a brand’s core products, but since they’re more edited lines… well, MAC still wins!).

Thanks to reader Melinda for today’s question idea Do you have a question idea? Submit yours here.