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Monday, August 25th, 2014

Kat Von D Slayer Studded Kiss Lipstick
Kat Von D Slayer Studded Kiss Lipstick

Kat Von D Slayer Studded Kiss Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “matte pitch black.” It’s a medium-dark black with subtle warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. MAC Hautecore (LE, $16.00) is glossier. Make Up For Ever #50 (P, $19.00) is more opaque, less matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

I was really surprised to find this shade to have semi-opaque color coverage (where’s the “one-swipe payoff” they claim?). The consistency was a little creamier than a lot of the other mattes, but the lack of opacity made it look uneven applied to the lips. The formula dragged a little when applying, but it was more comfortable to use and wear than other shades in the matte finish that I’ve tried. It lasted for five and a half hours on me (not nearly the 10-hour wear time promised), though it didn’t feel drying over time. It has a creme brulee scent but no discernible taste.

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Monday, August 25th, 2014

Rant & Rave

Share: Tell us what you love and hate about Cream Highlighters!

my answer: For highlighting specific areas of the face, I prefer them over liquids, but for mixing in foundations, I find liquids to blend more easily with the existing base product (moisturizer or foundation).

Monday, August 25th, 2014

NARS Lana, Annabella, Rita, Marlene, Olivia Audacious Lipsticks
NARS Lana, Annabella, Rita, Marlene, Olivia Audacious Lipsticks

Here are five shades of orange and red from the NARS Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) range. The performance of these shades was consistent with the range thus far. I appreciate that the brand did so well in creating a formula that translated so well across shades.

NARS Lana Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “vivid orange red.” It’s a bright, orange-red with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had rich, intense color payoff that applied evenly and smoothly. The color wore well for five and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating over time. While a lovely shade, there are a lot of very similar shades on the market. MAC Fashion Trip (LE, $22.00) is sheerer. MAC True Red (LE, $16.00) is similar. Bite Beauty Grandifolia (LE, $28.00) is darker, redder. Estee Lauder Impassioned (P, $30.00) is more muted. Tom Ford Beauty Firecracker (06) (LE, $49.00) is similar. Dior Trafalgar (844) (P, $34.00) is a touch more matte, darker.Urban Decay Bang (P, $22.00) is similar. Maybelline Orange Edge (LE, $7.49) is similar. Buxom Rogue (P, $21.00) is similar. Inglot #103 Lipstick Cream (P, $12.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Annabella Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “poppy red.” It’s a brightened, warm-toned red with a soft sheen. It had fully opaque color coverage in a single stroke, and the color went on evenly with a smooth result. It lasted for six hours and left a stain behind. I found it very slightly drying over time. NARS Carmen (P, $32.00) is a smidgen darker. Bite Beauty Grandifolia (LE, $28.00) is more matte, darker. Revlon Provocateur (135) (P, $8.99) is less warm-toned. Anna Sui Minnie Mouse (01) (LE) is cooler-toned. NARS Future Red (LE, $26.00) is redder. Maybelline Infra-red (LE, $7.49) is darker. Giorgio Armani #402 (P, $32.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Rita Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “scarlet.” It’s a medium-dark, neutral-to-warm-toned red with a semi-matte finish. It had rich, opaque pigmentation, but the consistency was thicker and a little drier compared to other shades in the range, which is noticeable with the more matte finish that this shade has applied. The color wore well for six and a half hours, but it was noticeably drying towards the end. Estee Lauder Emotional (140) (P, $30.00) is browner. MAC True Love’s Kiss (LE, $16.00) is glossier. Fyrinnae Winter Romance (P, $7.00) is darker. Tom Ford Beauty Rouge Fatal (LE, $50.00) is warmer. Marc Jacobs Beauty Showstopper (134) (P, $30.00) is warmer. Urban Decay F-Bomb (P, $22.00) is more matte. Maybelline Infra-red (LE, $7.49) is glossier, brighter. MAC Red Racer (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Marlene Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “red brick.” It’s a brightened, muted orange-red with warm undertones and a glossy sheen. It was an extremely pigmented formula that had a slightly thicker consistency, but it didn’t have too much slip, so it wore well for five and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating over time. NARS Carmen (P, $32.00) is brighter, redder. Marc Jacobs Beauty Showstopper (134) (P, $30.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Olivia Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “garnet.” It’s a deepened, medium-dark red with warm, brown undertones and a satin finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage that went on easily and smoothly. This shade feathered very slightly on me after five hours of wear, though it lasted closer to six in all. It was neither drying nor hydrating. NARS Sandra (P, $32.00) is browner, lighter, more muted. NARS Jeanne (P, $32.00) is glossier, darker. MAC Hearts Aflame (LE, $16.00) is more matte. MAC Studded Kiss (LE, $16.00) is more matte, darker. NARS Majella (P, $25.00) is less warm-toned. MAC Extended Play (DC, $18.00) is darker. MAC Deeply Adored (LE, $16.00) is slightly cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Monday, August 25th, 2014

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream

Charlotte Tilbury is making her U.S. debut on September 2nd! One of her best-selling products is her Magic Cream, which Temptalia readers can pre-order through Beautylish (and avoid the mad dash of trying to get this on launch day–it was quick to sell out when she launched in the UK). AND if you’re new to Beautylish, you’ll get a $10 credit to your account to spend on your next purchase. Pre-order access is available first come, first available until 8/27 midnight PST or until the limited quantity is no longer available. Pre-orders will start shipping out September 15th.

You can also sign up for early access to shop the full Charlotte Tilbury line here!

Monday, August 25th, 2014

Chikuhodo GSN-09 Eyeshadow Brush
Chikuhodo GSN-09 Eyeshadow Brush

Chikuhodo GSN-09 Eyeshadow Brush ($25.00) is a small-medium, dome-shaped eyeshadow brush made out of gray squirrel hair. The brush head had a length of 12mm, width of 6.5mm, and thickness of 2.5mm. It had a total length of 182mm with a pinched, metal ferrule. Of all the GSN brushes I’ve tried, this is easily my favorite, and I could see getting multiples of it, because it’s a really versatile brush for eyeshadow application. It’s narrower than my go-to MAC 239, but it is softer with a more domed edge. The narrower width allows it to apply color more precisely, which is helpful if you’re using more than two or three colors on the lid. It packs on, sweeps, and diffuses eyeshadow beautifully. The edge also fits into the crease area well and can apply color there, too, if you don’t have a go-to crease brush (or sometimes get lazy, in my case). It’s incredibly soft and silky against the skin, but it still picks up plenty of product, so you don’t sacrifice color payoff in your application.

Chikuhodo GSN-07 Eyeshadow Brush ($40.00) is a large, paddle-shaped eyeshadow brush made out of gray squirrel and fitch hair. The brush head a length of 21mm, width of 16.5mm, and thickness of 8mm. It had a total length of 190mm with a pinched, metal ferrule. As an eyeshadow brush, I think it’s very much over-sized and couldn’t incorporate it into an eyeshadow routine at all. I mostly found use for it in applying concealer underneath the eye or using it to press loose powder underneath the eye to set powder over concealer. The bristles are soft, while it had a dense, firm texture with light spring.

Chikuhodo GSN-12 Eyebrow Brush ($29.00) is a medium-sized, angled brush made out of raccoon hair. The brush head had a length of 7.5mm, width of 6mm, and thickness of 2mm. It had a total length of 177mm with a pinched, metal ferrule. The brush head is firm with a little give, and it’s a thicker brow brush so it actually gives a really soft brow color when used. You can get more precise edges, but the brow powder can be diffused and evened out throughout the brow. I like this for getting a defined but not harsh brow using powder eyeshadow. For gels and creams, it picks up too much product, but I liked it for blending out those formulas. I’ve been reaching for this over a lot of my other go-tos for brows, just because I really like how it blends out my brow powder.

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GSN-09 Eyeshadow Brush

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GSN-07 Eyeshadow Brush

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GSN-12 Eyebrow Brush

I like this for getting a defined but not harsh brow using powder eyeshadow. For gels and creams, it picks up too much product, but I liked it for blending out those formulas. I've been reaching for this over a lot of my other go-tos for brows, just because I really like how it blends out my brow powder.
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Monday, August 25th, 2014

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