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Sunday, September 28th, 2014

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What beauty products are on your holiday wish list this year? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerMake Up For Ever Artist Shadows. I’m obsessed.

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Sunday, September 28th, 2014

Hello Kitty Pop-Up Party Eyeshadow Palette
Hello Kitty Pop-Up Party Eyeshadow Palette

Hello Kitty Pop-Up Party Eyeshadow Palette ($52.00 for 0.70 oz.) includes twenty eyeshadows that range from beige to gold to blue to coral. I’ve tested about half of the palette, and obviously swatched through all the shades, and it’s a huge disappointment thus far as the shades are ridiculously powdery and crumbly and much of what I’ve tested thus far fades easily and doesn’t build up well. The formula for the majority of the eyeshadows is so powdery that some shades feel chalky and just… cheap. If it’s something on your list, I would bring out the big guns and use a slightly tacky, cream eyeshadow/base (like NYX Milk) and make sure to do eyes first, face makeup last.

Please let me know if you’re interested in a full, in-depth review, and I’ll put it on the list, but I’m thinking a quick review for this one will be in order! As much as I’d love to review every single holiday set/palette in full, based on many past holiday seasons, I know that’s not a possibility, so this year I’m working on getting out sneak peek swatches first, then writing up a full review or a quick/condensed review based on what readers are interested in seeing. :)

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Sunday, September 28th, 2014

Happy Sunday!

This week has been so very fall-like! I feel like we’ve transitioned into autumn already, though I hear reports that it’s going to warm up again next week. I don’t actually like cold weather much, but the crispness that’s in the air during fall always gets me. And yes, I’m absolutely cliche and drink Pumpkin Spice Lattes :)  I can’t believe October is right around the corner–the year has flown by, but that’s how time works… often slow in the moment, fast when we think back.

Sunday, September 28th, 2014

ULTA has 40% off NYX, Revlon, Physicians Formula, and Almay now through October 4th! :) Also, get $3.50 off $10+ purchase with code 202792.

Let’s chat drugstore favorites on this lovely Sunday while we’re at it! Here are a few of mine (you can also check out my favorites here):

  • L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadows
  • L’Oreal Colour Riche Nail Lacquer
  • L’Oreal Silkissime Eyeliners
  • L’Oreal Ideal Moisture
  • Maybelline ColorSensational Vivid Lipcolor
  • Maybelline Color Tattoos
  • Milani Liquif’Eye Eyeliners
  • NYX Lip Creams
  • NYX Milk Jumbo Eye Pencil
  • NYX Powder Blush
  • NYX Round Lipstick
  • Revlon Cream Blush
  • Revlon ColorBurst Lipgloss

Also:

15% off sitewide

Sunday, September 28th, 2014

MAC Riff-Raff Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Riff-Raff Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Riff-Raff Eyeshadow Palette ($44.00 for 0.25 oz.) contains six eyeshadows. Two shades are part of the permanent range, one was permanent at a time but is presently discontinued, one is a repromote, and two are new. It’s a cooler-toned set of shades overall, and there are a few looks that could be created with this palette. The eyeshadows ranged from decent to good, with one being a miss and one being more standout.

Oh, Rocky! is described as a “soft muted white with pearl [with a Frost finish].” It’s a light, white-beige with subtle neutral-to-warm undertones and a satiny sheen. It had good color payoff, while the texture was soft, smooth, and blendable. The color stayed on well for eight hours. theBalm High Tide (LE, $16.00) is lighter. theBalm Wipe Out (LE, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Apricot Blend #1 (LE) is similar. Guerlain Les Tendres #1 (LE) is slightly pinker. bareMinerals Celebrate (LE) is a touch darker. Chanel Seduction #2 (LE) is similar. MAC Smoked Cocoa #1 (LE, $15.00) is brighter. LORAC Nude (P) is warmer. MAC Smokeluxe #1 (P) is more shimmery. theBalm Promiscuous Pearl (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Phloof! (P, $15.00) is slightly pinker. Dior Fairy Golds #1 (LE) is similar. bareMinerals Serendipitous (P) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Crystal is described as a “violet duochrome with pearl [with a Frost finish].” It’s a light-medium lavender with cool undertones and a pink-ish iridescent, frosted sheen. It had so-so color payoff with a thin, slightly dry, consistency that was still blendable on the skin. The color wore well for eight hours on me. bareMinerals Skinny Dip (LE) is lighter. Tarina Tarantino Diamond Dusk #1 (LE) is cooler-toned. Dior Rosee (141) (LE, $30.00) is a cream product. Fyrinnae Unicorn (P, $8.25) is similar. MAC Fresh Ice (LE, $21.00) is more muted, less pink. MAC Silverwear (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery. MAC Digit (P, $15.00) is less shimmery. MAC Ready to Party (LE, $19.50) is more shimmery. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Datura (P, $14.00) is similar. Inglot #440 (P, $6.00) See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Blackberry is described as a “muted burgundy plum brown [with a Matte finish].” It’s a muted, neutral-to-warm-toned plummy brown with a matte finish. It had a soft texture that was a little dusty, but it was fairly blendable on the skin. It’s the type of matte that will work better used over primer than on bare skin. The color didn’t show signs of fading until after eight hours of wear. Anastasia Deep Plum (LE) s darker, richer. Sleek MakeUP Stallion (LE, $9.99) is cooler-toned. LORAC Plum (P) is purpler. theBalm #13 (P, $6.50) is warmer. Tom Ford Beauty Orchid Haze #4 (P) is similar. Tarte Plums Up (LE) is a touch brighter. Kat Von D Fur Elise (P) is cooler-toned. theBalm Sexy (P, $16.00) is darker. theBalm Moderato (P, $16.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Graphic Style is described as a “deep silver [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a medium-dark gray with a frosted finish and cool, bluish undertones. It had good pigmentation that went on smoothly and evenly, while it was easy to work with. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours before fading slightly. NARS Jardin Perdu (Left) (LE, $24.00) is lighter. Tarina Tarantino Lovely #3 (P) is darker. bareMinerals Abracadabra (LE) is warmer. Makeup Geek Galaxy (P, $5.99) Makeup Geek Prince Charming (P, $6.99) is darker, warmer. Kat Von D Piaf (LE) is less shimmery. MAC Showgirl (LE, $15.00) is slightly bluer. MAC Frozen Blue (LE, $21.00) is bluer, lighter. MAC Cyber (LE) is more silver. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Heavy, Black and Pendulous is described as a “grayish blue with pearl [with a Frost finish].” It’s a muted, medium-dark blue with a gray cast and frosted finish. It had nice color payoff, and the texture was soft, slightly buttery, and very blendable on the skin. I was able to get eight and a half hours of wear out of this shade. theBalm Pipeline (LE, $16.00) is brighter, more shimmery. Make Up For Ever I112 Chrome (P, $21.00) is lighter. Divergent Erudite Sapphire (LE) is similar. Makeup Geek Ocean Breeze (P, $5.99) is warmer. Makeup Geek Nautica (P, $5.99) is similar. Chanel Apparition (LE, $36.00) is a cream product, darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Carbon is described as an “intense black [with a Matte finish].” It’s a medium black with a matte finish, which has been often promoted in various palettes from MAC and is part of the permanent range. Its performance varies from nightmarish to fairly good, depending on the release. Here, it’s middling at best. With a fluffy brush, it functions decently for darkening other shades on the lid, but it’s not great for a really intense, opaque, all-over black eyeshadow. The texture seemed soft but less blendable on the lid. It lasted for eight hours on me. I’ll never understand why MAC doesn’t promote a shade like Typographic, which isn’t quite as dark as Carbon, but it is more pigmented and easier to blend. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Sunday, September 28th, 2014

MAC x Rocky Horror Picture Show Pigment & Glitters
MAC x Rocky Horror Picture Show Pigment & Glitters

MAC It’s Not Easy Having a Good Time Pigment ($23.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “sparkling burgundy.” It’s a medium-dark, slightly muted red with warm, copper undertones and a frosted finish. Applied dry, it had a softer, semi-opaque result, and applied with a dampened brush, it was fully opaque and richer/deeper in color. It wore well for eight and a half hours before creasing slightly. The texture isn’t ultra-fine like some of MAC’s Pigments, but it’s not chunky like Kitschmas. Dior Trafalgar #3 (P) is pinker. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #2 (LE) is similar. Makeup Geek Bitten (P, $5.99) is darker, less warm-toned, less shimmery. Kat Von D WTF (LE) is lighter. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #8 (P, $9.99) is slightly lighter. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #2 (P, $9.99) is redder. Urban Decay Gash (DC, $18.00) is similar. MAC Quartz Fusion (LE, $21.00) is more sparkly. MAC Saffron (LE, $15.00) is more orange. MAC Crimson Tryst (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned. Le Metier de Beaute Fire Lily (P, $30.00) is similar. Sugarpill Asylum (P, $12.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Both of the following Glitters are part of the permanent range, and each comes with the following warning: “Keep entirely clear of eye area. If product enters eye, rinse with water. If irritation occurs, consult your ophthalmologist.” I don’t currently give grades to products like Glitters, because they’re more like a tool, since they need to be mixed with or have something added to them in order to function (e.g. adhesive base or medium, mixed with nail polish, etc.).

MAC 3D Black Glitter ($23.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “black with silver holographic effect.” It’s a loose black glitter with holographic glitter. The holographic effect is quite strong, and you can even see it when staring straight-on, not just at angles. Urban Decay Gunmetal (LE, $19.00) is a liquid eyeliner formula with no holographic effect. Lit Cosmetics Superfly (P, $12.95) is bluer. MAC Black (LE, $21.00) is larger, chunkier glitter with no holographic effect. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Gold Glitter ($23.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “sparkling chunky gold.” It’s a gold and orange-gold loose glitter with larger and smaller pieces. Lit Cosmetics Rich & Famous (P, $12.95)See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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