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Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Hourglass Obsidian Edge 1.5mm Mechanical Gel Eye Liner
Hourglass Obsidian Edge 1.5mm Mechanical Gel Eye Liner

The thinnest, softest, waterproof gel liner. Encapsulated in a 1.5mm mechanical pencil, this liner offers precision accuracy and ease of application. No pot, no brush, no clean-up required. Just two clicks and one stroke creates dramatic definition that resists transfer for extended wear. Available in a package of 3.

The precision 1.5mm tip ensures effortless control, and allows for lining in between lashes. The unique formula, poured into a slim mechanical component, has the malleability, intensity and staying power of a traditional gel. No pot, no brush, no clean-up required. The waterproof, transfer-proof and long-lasting formula delivers extended wear. The supple, moisturizing formula glides on smoothly and dries quickly. Two clicks is all you need to line the eye. Each advanced mechanical pencil lasts for approximately 17 to 20 uses. Only dispense product as needed – mechanical pencil does not retract. Free of phthalates, sulfates, talc and gluten. No animal testing. Ophthalmologist tested.

1.5mm Mechanical Gel Eye Liner ($45.00 for 3, $16.00 for one)

Single available at Sephora and Hourglasscosmetics.com only.

  • Obsidian Black

Availability: Now at Hourglass; July 29th at Sephora; August 15th at SpaceNK, Net-a-porter

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Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

NARS Kabuki Brushes for August 2014
NARS Kabuki Brushes for August 2014

NARS Cosmetics expands its exquisite Kabuki Brush Collection with three new brushes for face, cheeks and eyes. Rich in Japanese tradition and culture, the Mie, Mizubake and Kudoki Kabuki brushes are designed to provide precise, flawless makeup application.

Inspired by traditional Japanese beauty rituals from Geiko and Kabuki Theater, the NARS Kabuki Brushes meld heritage with modernity, in both concept and function. Finding their place in modern makeup, the unique design of each Kabuki Brush encourages multi-functional use, making each a versatile tool in everyday makeup application.

Mie Kabuki Brush ($55.00)

Ideal for soft, all-over face application of loose and pressed powders. Luxuriously layered with a double-dome design that deposits product evenly. A hand-spun black wisteria handle preserves this Kabuki’s unique traditional character.

Mizubake Kabuki Brush ($55.00)

Contour and sculpt blush and bronzer with this distinct design for controlled application and precise definition. The hand-spun black wisteria handle preserves this Kabuki’s unique traditional character.

Kudoki Kabuki Brush ($40.00)

Unique, angled silhouette contours the eye for impeccable crease definition, ideal for soft color deposit along the lash line for a smokey look. Soft-touch handle

Availability: August 1st at NARS, NARS Boutiques

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Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

NARS And God Created Woman Kit
NARS And God Created Woman Kit

NARS debuts a limited-edition palette of six shimmering shadows for captivating, compelling eyes, this sleek set also includes a travel sized Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base and travel size Wide Contour Brush #43.

Named for “Et Dieu… créa la femme,” the classic 1956 French film that made Brigitte Bardot an overnight sensation, the six-well palette helps beauty lovers achieve the look of the season with a must-have neutral shade range based on top-selling browns and taupes.

And God Created the Woman Eye Kit ($59.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Alhambra (Right) Metallic rose mist
  • Bellissima (Right) Matte grey brown
  • Kalahari (Left) Gold confection
  • Galapagos Bitter chocolate infused with gold
  • Coconut Grove Deep taupe brown infused with gold
  • Night Clubbing Black with gold pearl
  • Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base Travel-sized
  • Wide Contour Brush #43 Travel-sized

Availability: August 1st at NARS, NARS Boutiques, and department/specialty stores

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Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Temptalia Asks You


What beauty product worked well on you that you didn’t think would? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerMarc Jacobs Shooting Stars was a surprise hit for me – I really liked it. In general, I shy away from brown-based lip colors (I think it is all the backlash for “90s” colors I see), but I find I quite like them on me.

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Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Chanel Tisse Venitien (232) Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quad
Chanel Tisse Venitien (232) Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quad

Chanel Tisse Venitien (232) Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quad ($61.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a cooler-toned set of shades where pewter and green dominate. I’m not sold on the inclusion of the peach shade in this quad; I longed for something cooler-toned–more beige or almost like a gray-ish beige. I also found that against my skin tone, the natural warmth seemed to overwhelm both greens and made them run together with the pewter shade. Overall, the colors had good color payoff, were easy to apply and blend, and wore well without primer.

The entire quad, though visually they don’t seem particularly small, contains less product than most palettes/quads (including the regular U.S. version of quads). Baked formulations often weigh less than more traditional powder formulas do, but it’s hard to say if it contains as many uses as the regular quads.

Tisse Venitien #1 is described as a “blue green.” It’s a muted, dirty green-teal with a frosted finish. It had subtle cool undertones. The texture felt soft and finely-milled, but it seemed slightly dry. The color coverage was mostly opaque and stayed on for nine hours before fading. MAC Legendary Lure (LE, $19.50) is darker. Tarina Tarantino Very Wicked (LE) is similar. Urban Decay Damaged (LE, $18.00) is brighter. Fyrinnae Jaguar (DC, $6.80) is cooler-toned, brighter. Urban Decay Snare (P, $18.00) is greener. MAC Clarity (LE, $21.00) is darker. Giorgio Armani #16 (P, $33.00) is lighter, more metallic. bareMinerals Editor’s Pick (LE) is darker, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tisse Venitien #2 is described as a “silver pink.” It’s a light, peachy-pink with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had mostly opaque color coverage, though it is close enough to my skin tone that it may seem like it isn’t (but it is!). On me, the color wore well for nine hours before starting to fade slightly. Chanel Tisse Camelia #3 (P) is slightly pinker. NARS Europa (P, $29.00) is less shimmery. theBalm #14 (P, $6.50) is more shimmery. theBalm #4 (P, $6.50) is warmer. Dior Pastel Fontanges #5 (LE) is pinker. Laura Mercier Sparkling Dew (LE, $22.00) is lighter. Too Faced Bubbly (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Too Faced Whiskers on Kittens (LE, $16.00) is similar. Urban Decay Dope (LE, $18.00) is pinker. MAC Easy Gesture (LE, $15.00) is similar. LORAC Champagne (P) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tisse Venitien #3 is described as a “platinum khaki.” It’s a dirty, neutral-to-warm toned pewter with a blend of gold, silver, and antique gold. It sometimes leans green-ish and other times looks silver. It had really good color payoff, but the texture was slightly powdery–almost like it was too soft–but it has a really hypnotizing sparkle to it. Applied, it lasted for nine and a half hours before slightly creasing. Kat Von D Melancholia (P) is warmer. MAC Hazy Day (LE, $15.00) is less sparkly. MAC Antique Diamond (P, $18.50) is lighter, cream. MAC Silver Birch (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC Modern Pewter (LE, $19.50) is less sparkly but very similar in color. Dior Garden Roses #4 (LE) is cooler-toned. Benefit Skinny Jeans (P, $10.00) is cream. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tisse Venitien #4 is described as an “intense green.” It’s a cool-toned, dark forest green with a pearly sheen. It had nice pigmentation, and it applied evenly and smoothly to the skin. It wore well for just over nine hours before I noticed a tiny bit of creasing. MAC Legendary Lure (LE, $19.50) is darker. theBalm #3 (P, $6.50) is more matte. Makeup Geek Envy (P, $5.99) is similar. Urban Decay Damaged (LE, $18.00) is brighter, lighter. MAC Eat, Love (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery, darker. Urban Decay Loaded (P, $18.00) is cooler-toned, bluer. bareMinerals Max Volume (LE) is lighter. Make Up For Ever #80 (P, $20.00) is lighter, greener. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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