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Monday, December 15th, 2014

Temptalia Asks You


If you had one hour to spend one-on-one with a brand, which brand would it be?

Temptalia's AnswerMaybe Tom Ford or Chanel, just because I’d love to see the behind-the-scenes of really high luxury brands.

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

Monday, December 15th, 2014

Tom Ford Kyril, William, Sebastian, Omar, Blake Lip Colors
Tom Ford Kyril, William, Sebastian, Omar, Blake Lip Colors

Tom Ford Lips & Boys Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is segmented into color families, and this post features the “metallics.” Some of the colors are cool-looking, but I think the performance of the majority in the metallic family leave something to be desired. At this price point, you really should be getting near-perfection (if not perfection). There just shouldn’t be application issues like streakiness or patchiness. The only one I liked in this set was Sebastian, as it had the color payoff that was expected, but it wasn’t perfect, either.

Presently, Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, and Saks are both accepting pre-orders for the Lips & Boys collection; they officially release on December 26th (and will also be at other retailers and Tom Ford’s website at that time). Nordstrom also put up various trios (no savings, they’re $96 each) for pre-order. Neiman Marcus has a gift card event thorugh 12/16 that includes the Lips & Boys.

The Lips & Boys shades seem a lot smaller than the full-sized Lip Colors in their tubes, but in terms of actual product, it’s 0.07 oz. vs. 0.10 oz. These are actually cheaper by the ounce at $457.14/oz. compared to $500/oz. for full-size. I liked that the packaging felt the same as full-sized, just smaller, but it didn’t feel cheapened. The bullet of lipstick itself was also wide enough at the base that it didn’t feel really skinny or difficult to use, and it wasn’t prone at breaking at the base as some miniature-sized lipsticks are.

Kyril Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a very light silvery-white with cool undertones and pearly shimmer. It’s semi-sheer and somewhat streaky. I don’t think that this feels or looks like a luxury lipstick on its own; it will work better layered, of course, but on its own, it’s disappointing. It lasted for two hours and was neither hydrating nor drying, though it had a fair amount of slip. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

William Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a muted, medium orange with lighter golden-copper shimmer and a light metallic sheen. The finish is more like a matte frost, as it doesn’t have a lot of glossiness or shine, but there’s a fair amount of shimmer. It had semi-opaque color payoff but applied evenly. It lasted for three hours on me, but it was drying over time, and I could feel a bit of the shimmer after two hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sebastian Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a rich, coppery brown with warm, orange undertones and lighter golden orange shimmer. This one had more of a metallic sheen without being totally matte. It had rich, opaque color coverage that applied evenly and lasted for four and a half hours on me. It was neither drying nor hydrating. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Omar Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a deepened, copper-shimmered brown with warm, reddish-orange undertones and a metallic sheen. It’s really a darker version of Sebastian to me, though it’s not as shimmery and has weaker color payoff (semi-opaque). This one was lightly hydrating, though, and it still wore well for four and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Blake Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a medium-dark plummy-brown with warm undertones and copper shimmer. I love the idea of this color, but in practice, it needed improvement (and at this price point, it should be top notch). It had a more emollient consistency, so the color didn’t go on as evenly and looked almost patchy. The color coverage was semi-sheer to semi-opaque in places, but it wasn’t as pigmented as Tom Ford’s Lip Color formula usually is. It wore well for four hours on me and was lightly hydrating. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Monday, December 15th, 2014

Rant & Rave

Share: Tell us what you love and hate about Synthetic Makeup Brushes!

my answer: They’ve come a long way in the past five years, which is a fabulous thing. They’re often more affordable and show more consistency in quality. I don’t find they’re as good with powders (still), even though they’ve improved.

Monday, December 15th, 2014

ColourPop Feminist Lippie Stix
ColourPop Feminist Lippie Stix

ColourPop Feminist Lippie Stix ($5.00 for 0.0352 oz.) is described as a “black purple in a matte finish.” It’s a blackened purple with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Pagan (P, $18.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Smoked Purple (LE, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Firm Form (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The formula is supposed to be comfortable to wear and moisturizing, and then the coverage of the matte finishes is supposed to be full and extra long-wearing. It is intensely pigmented, and it lasted for eight hours, at which point I went to bed, but it left a significant stain behind (that was more fuchsia in nature). I wouldn’t consider this really a matte, as there is a decent shine to it that lingers for two to three hours before wearing down to a more matte finish. It is lightweight with a light creaminess; enough that it doesn’t drag or tug at the lips, but it doesn’t slide around. I was able to apply it fairly easily straight from the tube, but to get a really crisp edge (and it’s worth the extra step for a color like this), I’d still recommend a lip brush or going back in with concealer to clean-up the edges. It’s neither drying nor hydrating over time, and there’s a little tackiness to the color after a few hours, but it doesn’t seem to lift or disturb the color. The color is rich enough that it had no trouble surviving coffee and dinner. The formula seems to have a very subtle vanilla scent to me, but it isn’t noticeable once applied.

Worth noting, you don’t get a lot of product in the twist-up tube relative to your average lipstick tube (which is typically 0.10 oz. or 0.12 oz.), but it is more in line with similarly-packaged lip products (e.g. Bite Beauty’s Lip Crayons are 0.05 oz., NARS Pure Mattes are 0.07 oz., Tarte Power Pigments are 0.04 oz., Buxom True Nude Lip Foundations are 0.03 oz. and seem to have nearly identical packaging).

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Monday, December 15th, 2014

Revlon HD Fire Opal (560) Ultra HD Lip Lacquer
Revlon HD Fire Opal (560) Ultra HD Lip Lacquer

Revlon HD Fire Opal (560) Ultra HD Lip Lacquer ($8.99 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a bold, brightened medium red with warm, orange undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It was intensely pigmented with full color coverage that applied beautifully and evenly. This shade wore for almost six hours, but there was very light feathering after four and a half hours of wear (and I am not prone to feathering). Shiseido Lust (RD305) (P, $25.00) is sheerer. Laura Mercier Poppy (P, $25.00) is redder. Illamasqua Touch (P, $22.00) is more shimmery. Maybelline Signature Scarlet (020) (P, $8.99) is slightly redder. Revlon Fire (P, $7.49) is a smidgen darker, not quite as orange-toned. Illamasqua Temper (P, $22.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Revlon HD Rose Quartz (530) Ultra HD Lip Lacquer ($8.99 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is medium, rosy red with lighter pink shimmer and warm undertones. It’s an interesting shade that sometimes looks richer, and other times, lighter, due to the contrast between the base color and color of the shimmer. It had a very smooth, metallic finish applied. The consistency is slightly tacky after an hour or so of wear, and the gloss lasted for five hours all in all. It was fully opaque on me. NARS Risky Business (P, $26.00) is similar in concept but so much sheerer. Chanel Friandise (82) (LE, $27.00) is sheerer. Dior Paradise (732) (P, $29.50) is sheerer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Revlon HD Strawberry Topaz (535) Ultra HD Lip Lacquer ($8.99 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a brightened, medium coral-pink with very fine gold pearl–the gold shimmer is subtle and isn’t noticeable from afar. It had nearly opaque color coverage that went fairly evenly and smoothly. The texture was slightly thick, lightly tacky to moderately tacky (as it wears), and lasted for five hours on me. Marc Jacobs Beauty Gone Bad (216) (P, $28.00) is more orange, less shimmery. Dior Rose Tricheuse (669) (LE, $35.00) is more muted, less shimmery. Hourglass Muse (P, $28.00) is brighter, less shimmery. NARS Paris Follies (LE, $26.00) is more muted. MAC Drawn in Chic (LE, $15.00) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Paint It (202) (P, $28.00) is lighter. Revlon Papaya (P, $7.49) is more muted, lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Monday, December 15th, 2014

Bobbi Brown Cosmetics

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