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Thursday, May 21st, 2015

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Thursday, May 21st, 2015

Stila Turquoise Smudge Stick Eyeliner
Stila Turquoise Smudge Stick Eyeliner

Stila Smudge Stick Eyeliner ($20.00 for 0.01 oz.) is a twist-up pencil eyeliner (no sharpening required) that comes in a variety of shades. Last year (seriously, in June 2014!), I bought a ton of them, and I’ve been slowly working my way through them since. I’m trying to make a serious dent into my backlog (about 13,000 photos), so hope you enjoy this mega-review! :)

Stila Alpine Smudge Stick Eyeliner ($20.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “matte pure white.” It’s a brightened, medium white with neutral undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque coverage in one stroke an was buildable to mostly opaque coverage in two to three layers. It lasted for eight hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Stila Black Amethyst Smudge Stick Eyeliner ($20.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “matte black purple.” It’s a blackened plum with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation in one pass, but it was drier and harder to build up the color–it looked very unevenly and tended to layer on itself so some parts would be opaque and others would be sheerer. It wore well for eight hours before thinning. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Stila Bluefin Smudge Stick Eyeliner ($20.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “vibrant blue sheen.” It’s a blackened navy blue with lighter warmer blue and medium blue sparkle and shimmer. The shimmer has a rather metallic sheen, but the base color is uneven and patchy at times. The texture wasn’t as creamy as the best Smudge Sticks. It lasted for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Stila Espresso Smudge Stick Eyeliner ($20.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “matte medium brown.” It’s a medium brown with warm, reddish-orange undertones and a matte finish. The texture was creamy and glided on beautifully with opaque color coverage in a single pass. It wore well for nine hours on me. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Stila Gilded Smudge Stick Eyeliner ($20.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “metallic golden bronze.” It’s a light-medium, golden copper with hints of brown and a metallic sheen. The formula was lightly creamy, and it was incredibly pigmented with full coverage in one stroke. On me, the eyeliner wore well for eight and a half hours before thinning. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Stila Jade Smudge Stick Eyeliner ($20.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as an “emerald green shimmer.” It’s a medium-dark, green-based teal with a pearly sheen. It was semi-opaque in one pass, but it was lightly creamy and buildable to full opacity in two layers. It wore well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Stila Lionfish Smudge Stick Eyeliner ($20.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “deep bronze sheen.” It’s a lightly brightened, medium-dark reddish-brown with burgundy and gold shimmer that gives it a pearly sheen. It had so-so color payoff in a single pass, but it was buildable to opaque color in two layers. It stayed on well for eight and a half hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Stila Metallic Umber Smudge Stick Eyeliner ($20.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “metallic grey smoke.” It’s a medium-dark, taupe-brown with warm,r eddish undertones and a pearly sheen with a faint bit of silver sparkle. It had semi-opaque color coverage in one stroke, and it was buildable to mostly opaque coverage in two to three layers. The texture was lightly creamy and didn’t tug at the lash line, while the color lasted for eight hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Stila Midnight Blue Smudge Stick Eyeliner ($20.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “matte deep navy.” It’s a muted, navy blue with cool undertones and a mostly matte finish. The texture was creamy with some slip, and it seemed to go on rather unevenly. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Stila Midnight Green Smudge Stick Eyeliner ($20.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “black emerald green.” It’s a really muted, murky olive green with warm, brown undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation in a single layer, while it was fairly buildable, it was never fully opaque. On me, it started to thin after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Stila Purple Tang Smudge Stick Eyeliner ($20.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “dark purple sheen.” It’s a blackened purple with cooler, violet shimmer and sparkle that gives it a more metallic finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage in one stroke, and it was buildable to mostly opaque coverage, but it looked splotchy and uneven to a noticeable degree. It lasted for eight hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Stila Sepia Smudge Stick Eyeliner ($20.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “metallic taupe.” It’s a medium-dark, golden brown with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It’s too warm to be pewter nor taupe to me. The texture was very creamy and soft, which helped it yield greater color payoff, but it was almost too soft and required a very light touch or else the eyeliner was prone to breakage. It lasted for eight and a half hours before thinning. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Stila Spice Smudge Stick Eyeliner ($20.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “matte mahogany brown.” It’s a medium-dark, red-toned brown with a satin finish. The texture was creamy and almost wet initially, and it glided on well but wasn’t fully opaque in one stroke. It was buildable to full opacity with two layers. On me, the eyeliner stayed on well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Stila Stargazer Smudge Stick Eyeliner ($20.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “black and gold with silver pearl.” It’s a muted black with warm undertones and a dusting of silver sparkle. It had a drier consistency that made it semi-sheer in one pass, though it was fairly buildable to mostly opaque coverage in two to three layers. It lasted for eight hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Stila Triggerfish Smudge Stick Eyeliner ($20.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “steel grey sheen.” It’s a medium-dark gray with silver sparkle that gives it a slightly metallic sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation in a single layer, and the slightly drier, more sparkly texture made it harder to build evenly. It stayed on well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Stila Turquoise Smudge Stick Eyeliner ($20.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “light turquoise.” It’s a brightened, light-medium aqua that leans slightly blue (it’s cooler in tone) with a matte finish. It had mostly opaque coverage in a single pass, and the texture was creamy and glided on evenly. It lasted for eight and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Alpine

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8.5/10

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8.5/10

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9/10

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8.5/10

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5/5

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Black Amethyst

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8/10

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7.5/10

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6.5/10

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6/10

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6/10

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7.5/10

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Thursday, May 21st, 2015

Sephora Rose Petal (05) Ultra Shine Lip Gel
Rose Petal, Fresh Peach, Deep Rose, Ultra Violet, Pretty in Pink, Fresh Mango

Sephora Ultra Shine Lip Gel ($14.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is supposed to be “inspired by gel nail polishes” with an “ultra-light” texture and hydrating formula. My experience with them (across six shades, the other three to be reviewed separately) is that they’re semi-opaque to mostly opaque with a slight translucency that gives them a squishy, jelly-like look. They’re lightweight, comfortable to wear, and mostly non-sticky. I haven’t noticed a taste, but there is a sweet vanilla, almost caramel-like scent (it is a little on the synthetic side, but I don’t notice the scent when I’m wearing it). Despite having a smoother, mostly non-sticky feel, the formula has decent wear time (three to five hours) and is hydrating. All in all, it’s a nice formula that outdoes a lot of the more recently released new gloss formulas on the market–and at a fraction of the cost. One thing to note, though, is despite seeming like quite a big tube of gloss, it contains only 0.11 fl. oz. It also has an interesting hourglass-shaped applicator, where it is curved inversely and can fit the curve of the lip. I also wish Sephora would add actual color descriptions, especially to indicate which shades have shimmer.

Sephora Rose Petal (05) Ultra Shine Lip Gel ($14.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is a muted, medium, neutral-to-warm-toned pink with a cream finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage that covered evenly but had some noticeable settling into lip lines. The glossy finish distracts from it overall, but it is an issue. On me, this shade lasted for three and a half hours and was hydrating. Becca Lychee/Topaz (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, cooler-toned. Becca Guava/Opal (P, $24.00) is warmer, more shimmery. Urban Decay Failbait (P, $22.00) is darker. MAC Light English Red (LE, $30.00) is lighter. MAC Bijou (LE, $15.00) is lighter. Dior Tiny Pink (269) (P, $35.00) is brighter. NARS Belize (P, $26.00) is similar. Maybelline Caramel Infused (065) (P, $8.99) is slightly darker. NYX Maple Blondie (P, $5.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Sephora Deep Rose (06) Ultra Shine Lip Gel ($14.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is a muted, medium-dark pink-plum with cool undertones and fine gold shimmer. It had semi-opaque color payoff that went on evenly and looked fairly smooth. The shimmer is noticeable but doesn’t turn the gloss frosted or metallic, so if you aren’t a big fan of shimmer, you may still like it. It wore well for four and a half hours and was hydrating over time. MAC Domestic Diva (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery, brighter. Make Up For Ever 405P Pearly Plum (P, $19.00) is warmer. Bite Beauty Ten (Watercolor) (LE) is lighter, less shimmery. Maybelline Lust for Mauve (535) (P, $8.99) is warmer. NARS Corsica (LE, $26.00) is slightly more opaque. MAC Seeking Adoration (LE, $20.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Spontaneous (LE, $20.00) is lighter. MAC Private Party (LE, $20.00) is sheerer. Urban Decay Flushed (P, $19.00) is lighter. NARS Oasis (P, $25.00) is sheerer. MAC Richly Revered (LE, $20.00) is darker, less shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Sephora Rose Petal (05) Ultra Shine Lip Gel ($14.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is a coral-pink with warm undertones and a lot of lighter golden peach shimmer. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque pigmentation as the base color blends with the natural lip color a lot, but the shimmer is very noticeable. The shimmer is incredibly fine, so I never felt the texture of it, even as the gloss wore down. It lasted for four hours and was moisturizing. Make Up For Ever 302P Golden Coral (P, $19.00) is less shimmery. Buxom Chloe (P, $19.00) is less shimmery. MAC Water Deities (LE, $15.00) is warmer. NARS Orgasm (P, $26.00) is less shimmery. MAC Flare for Fantasy (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Freestyle (P, $20.00) is less shimmery. Revlon Peach (P, $7.49) is similar. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Deep Rose (06)

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9/10

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9/10

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9/10

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Fresh Peach (07)

B+

Product

9/10

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8.5/10

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9/10

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Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

Temptalia Asks You


Is high-end makeup worth the splurge? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerSome products are, some products aren’t. It also comes down to what your expectations are, what you already have and are happy with, and what your budget is. If you spend your entire six-month budget on a single item, there are a lot of expectations for it to live up to or you may feel like, “this isn’t that good” because it’s rare that a product is 10x better just because of price.

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

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

Marc Jacobs Beauty The Dreamer Style Eye-Con No. 7 Eyeshadow Palette
Marc Jacobs Beauty The Dreamer Style Eye-Con No. 7 Eyeshadow Palette

Marc Jacobs Beauty The Dreamer Style Eye-Con No. 7 Eyeshadow Palette ($59.00 for 0.24 oz.) includes seven shades of warm-toned hues ranging from yellowed beige to reddish-brown along with a lot of gold and copper in-between. There is a good variety in finish, which is its strength; I liked that there was at least one darker shade, but I think one of the light beige/peach shades could have been substituted with a more mid-tone or transition kind of shade in a satin/matte finish (maybe like a coppery brown). Most of the shades had good pigmentation and were soft and blendable, though the palette is really one that should be used with a primer to get the most out of it, as a few shades were slightly powdery.

The Dreamer #1 is described as a “baked creme matte.” It’s a light-medium, yellowed beige with a matte finish. The texture was soft, silky, and blended well on the skin. It lasted for eight hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The Dreamer #2 is described as a “golden tan shimmer.” It’s a light-medium, golden copper with a frosted finish. It had good color payoff that applied evenly and smoothly. It started to fade after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The Dreamer #3 is described as a “French vanilla satin.” It’s a brightened, light-medium yellow with a pearly sheen. The pigmentation was mostly opaque, while the powder’s consistency was soft, almost creamy, and blendable on the skin. It started to fade after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The Dreamer #4 is described as a “deep espresso matte.” It’s a muted, medium-dark brown with warm, red undertones and a matte finish. The texture felt silky, but it was a little dry and powdery, which made it harder to apply evenly as the color didn’t adhere as well to the skin. It faded a bit faster than the other shades at the seven and a half hour mark. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The Dreamer #5 is described as a “warm peach matte.” It’s a brightened, yellowed peach with warm undertones and a subtle gold sheen. It had nice color payoff, while the texture was just a smidgen powdery, which made it a little harder to get true-to-pan color on the lid without it sheering down. It lasted well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The Dreamer #6 is described as a “fiery copper shimmer.” It’s a pinky-coral with a lot of gold frost, which gives it a frosted sheen with strong, warm undertones. The texture was slightly dry, but it had fairly good color coverage. It started to fade after seven and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The Dreamer #7 is described as a “warm gold shimmer.” It’s a medium, orange gold with a finer gold shimmer-sheen finish. It had good pigmentation, though the texture was soft enough that it was a little thin and powdery, where it really has to be gently patted onto the lid (and preferably, over a primer) to maintain its intensity. On me, it started to fade after seven and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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The Dreamer

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8.5/10

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8.5/10

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8.5/10

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9/10

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9.5/10

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9/10

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The Dreamer #2

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9/10

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10/10

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8.5/10

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8.5/10

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Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

Survey Says

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