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Friday, May 29th, 2015

It only took a year, but I finally reviewed all of the Cle de Peau Eye Color Quads in the permanent range. After receiving two as press samples, I loved the texture of the formula so much that I bought the other six, which I wouldn’t repeat again. I still really like the texture, generally, across all of the quads, but the colors are more dupable in far too many of the quads, and there are a lot more neutrals that run together across the variations that inspire me less after trying. They’re also just not as impressive relative to their price point (which doesn’t leave a lot of room for error).  The ones I reach for most are Stardust (302) (A-) and Stellar Gaze (307) (A-).

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Friday, May 29th, 2015

Cle de Peau Satin Moon (305) Eye Color Quad
Cle de Peau Satin Moon (305) Eye Color Quad

Cle de Peau Satin Moon (305) Eye Color Quad ($55.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a smokier, medium to dark set of neutral shades, which still leans warm-toned, though it isn’t as overtly warm-toned as a few of the other quads. Unfortunately, this quad had one of the more disappointing eyeshadows that I’ve tried from the entire quad range, as it was drier, a little powdery, and harder to blend on the skin. The color combination comes together particularly well, and there’s enough contrast to create a few layered, neutral looks with a smoky edge, so it’s a shame that it didn’t perform better.

Also, keep in mind that the price is for the refill only; the case is sold separately ($25). I keep mine in Z-Palettes with a magnetic strip on the back, which has worked just fine for me! Another way to do it is to purchase one case for traveling with a particular quad but not a case for each and every one you may have.

Satin Moon #1 is a light-medium, golden brown with a soft, frosted finish and warm undertones. It had nice color payoff with a soft, silky texture that was blendable and applied evenly to bare skin. It didn’t fade until after I wore it for eight hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Satin Moon #2 is a medium-dark bronzy brown with warm, reddish undertones and gold shimmer and micro-sparkle. The texture was soft but a smidgen powdery, though it applied well and blended nicely. The color stayed on the lid for eight and a half hours with a little bit of fall out from the sparkle. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Satin Moon #3 is a muted, medium-dark brown with a very, very subtle hint of gray with its bronzy, frosted finish. It had nice pigmentation with a soft, blendable consistency that was easy to work with. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Satin Moon #4 is a deepened grayish taupe with cool undertones and a satin sheen. It had so-so color payoff, but the real issue was the texture: dry, powdery, and difficult to blend. It was the type of texture that stuck where it initially applied but was hard to diffuse or blend out the edges–it needs a primer or base color to adhere to help minimize that. The color started to fade after eight and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Satin Moon (305)

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Satin Moon #1

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9/10

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Satin Moon #2

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8.5/10

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Friday, May 29th, 2015

Estee Lauder Desirable (120) Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick
Estee Lauder Desirable (120) Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick

Estee Lauder Desirable (120) Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a muted, light-medium pinky with a creamy, natural finish and neutral-to-warm undertones. It had mostly opaque pigmentation that covered the lips evenly, but the slightly thickened formula pulled into lip lines. The effect worsened slightly as it wore on for the next five hours. The formula was hydrating. Estee Lauder Mischievous Rose (P, $30.00) is glossier. MAC Boca (LE, $16.00) is more matte. Tom Ford Beauty Addison (LE, $32.00) is similar. Bobbi Brown Pink Kiss (P, $26.00) is pinker. Bobbi Brown Blush (P, $26.00) is warmer. NARS Anita (P, $32.00) is pinker. Guerlain Rosy Boop (369) (P, $37.00) is darker, pinker. MAC Dream Daze (LE, $22.00) is similar. Givenchy Nude Guipure (106) (P, $36.00) is pinker, glossier. Estee Lauder Impulsive (P, $30.00) is pinker. YSL Nude Beige (1) (P, $34.00) is lighter, glossier. Tom Ford Beauty Pink Dusk (P, $50.00) is similar. Guerlain Gabrielle (P, $51.00) is glossier, lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Estee Lauder Confident (490) Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a brightened, medium-dark berry with cool, pink undertones with a soft shine. It had mostly opaque pigmentation with a veil of translucency (you can see my lip freckle just slightly). It covered evenly and smoothly, while it lasted for six and a half hours and left a stain behind. It was comfortable to wear and moisturizing over time. Marc Jacobs Beauty Boy Gorgeous (222) (P, $30.00) is warmer, more matte. Tom Ford Beauty Xavier (LE, $32.00) is cooler-toned. Tom Ford Beauty Plum Lush (05) (P, $50.00) is more matte, lighter. Givenchy Framboise Velours (315) (LE, $36.00) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Headliner (608) (P, $28.00) is more matte. Bite Beauty Crimson (LE, $28.00) is warmer. Estee Lauder Insolent Plum (P, $30.00) is darker. YSL Forbidden Burgundy (12) (P, $34.00) is darker. MAC Commotion (LE, $20.00) is brighter. Revlon Plum Velour (P, $7.99) is sheerer. Marc Jacobs Beauty Seduce Me (128) (DC, $30.00) is glossier. Tom Ford Beauty Violet Fatale (P, $50.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Rebel (P, $16.00) is cooler-toned, less glossy. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Desirable

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9/10

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9.5/10

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Thursday, May 28th, 2015

Temptalia Asks You


What beauty rule do you think is nonsense? Share!

Temptalia's Answer“Only wear what’s flattering,” since that’s a rather limiting rule on something that can be as artistic and creative as it can be feature-enhancing. I also think rules like “don’t match to your outfit” and “don’t wear bold lips and eyes” are ones that may be good general advice for starting out but certainly aren’t hard and fast rules.

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

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

Laura Geller Gilded Honey Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator
Laura Geller Gilded Honey Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator

Laura Geller Gilded Honey Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator ($26.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a brightened, light-medium yellow gold with a luminous sheen. Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment (Original) (P, $28.00) is less shimmery. Bobbi Brown 24 Karat (P, $42.00) is more shimmery. Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is lighter. Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is darker, more muted. Dior Transatlantique (LE, $58.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The texture was soft, smooth, and blendable on the skin, and despite looking nearly metallic when swatched, the finish is really more of a luminous sheen or glow applied to the cheeks. The formula is supposed to be sheer, but my experience showed it to be more of a medium coverage product that could be applied more sheer if you used a feathery brush/light touch, but it tended to apply with semi-opaque or greater pigmentation with most brushes. It does an excellent job at illuminating and reflecting light on the high points of the face, and the highlighter wore well for eight and a half hours on me before fading slightly.

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Gilded Honey

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9/10

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8/10

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9/10

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Thursday, May 28th, 2015

The Hit List

What’s the Best Fragrance for Summer that you’ve tried?

Share your pick!  And don’t forget to share why :)

I like Tom Ford’s Neroli Portofino, but I tend to still wear my go-to scents throughout the year.