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Friday, April 24th, 2015

MAC Extra Dimension Eyeshadow for May 2015
MAC Extra Dimension Eyeshadow for May 2015

Extra Dimension Eyeshadow ($20.00 U.S. / $24.00 CDN) (Permanent)

All of the shades below have been released previously, but these shades are now part of the permanent range.

  • A Natural Flirt
  • Ready to Party
  • Stylishly Merry
  • Smoky mauve
  • Rich Core
  • Grand Galaxy
  • Amorous Alloy
  • Havana
  • Sweet Heat
  • Stolen Moment
  • Silver Sun
  • Silver Dawn
  • Lunar
  • Fathoms Deep
  • Legendary Lure
  • Sea Worship
  • Dark Dare
  • Evening Grey

Availability: Online April 30th, 2015; in-stores on May 7th, 2015 (North America); May 2015 (international).

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Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

Temptalia Asks You


Do you remember your first make-up purchase? What was it? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerI believe it was a bunch of makeup from Benefit and then a few eyeshadows from MAC – I remember Benefit Show Offs! and an eyeshadow brush (the latter I still have) along with MAC Amber Lights, Antiqued, and Bronze (I think those were the three).

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Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

Marc Jacobs Whip It (304) Enamored Hi-Shine Lip Lacquer
Marc Jacobs Whip It (304) Enamored Hi-Shine Lip Lacquer

Marc Jacobs Enamored Hi-Shine Lip Lacquer ($28.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is supposed to have “maximum color and brilliance” and “shine like ’30 coats of lacquer.'” The formula has a mint scent but not much flavor from what I could detect. The biggest downside is that several shades that I have are not in line with “maximum color.” It has a light-medium weight with a smooth, creamy consistency that has a light tackiness, but it isn’t particularly sticky and doesn’t seem to get tackier as it wears on. It has a high-shine finish and is comfortable to wear as it is lightly hydrating. I think the Lust for Lacquer formula was better, as it went on more smoothly and the full coverage part of the formula was more likely to be true.

Marc Jacobs Whip It (304) Enamored Hi-Shine Lip Lacquer ($28.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is described as a “bold iridescent magenta.” It’s a vibrant, fuchsia-red with iridescent violet shimmer and cool, blue undertones. It had semi-opaque color coverage that went on fairly evenly and lasted for five hours. It was lightly hydrating over time, but I did notice that the color slipped into lip lines slightly as well. I think this is supposed to be similar to Boom Boom from the prior gloss formula, but it is a lesser version of it. Urban Decay Big Bang (P, $22.00) is redder, darker. Maybelline Mystical Magenta (610) (P, $8.99) is lighter. Maybelline Opalescent Orchid (515) (P, $8.99) is lighter. Revlon HD Pink Ruby (515) (P, $8.99) is brighter, darker. MAC Hopelessly Devoted (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery. Revlon Adorned (P, $7.49) is brighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Boom Boom (210) (DC, $28.00) is more opaque. Burberry Pink Sweet Pea (LE, $29.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Marc Jacobs Love Drunk (320) Enamored Hi-Shine Lip Lacquer ($28.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is described as a “mauve-gold shimmer.” It’s a plummy brown with warm undertones and a dusting of fine, gold shimmer over a cream-like finish. It had semi-opaque oclor payoff that applied evenly, though I felt like something about the thickness of the formula emphasized lip lines, but it wasn’t clear if it was really the color settling in to me. The gloss lasted for four hours and was lightly moisturizing over time. NARS Shade II (LE, $26.00) is sheerer. Marc Jacobs Beauty Satisfaction (214) (DC, $28.00) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Shooting Stars (316) (DC, $28.00) is redder. Maybelline Intoxicating Spice (070) (P, $8.99) is redder, less shimmery. MAC Underdressed (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery. MAC Show Me (P, $19.50) is lighter, less shimmery. MAC Spice (P, $15.00) is pinker, less shimmery. MAC Over Indulgence (P, $20.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Chanel Impertinence (P, $32.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Marc Jacobs Pink Steam (322) Enamored Hi-Shine Lip Lacquer ($28.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is described as an “iridescent lavender shimmer.” It’s a lavender purple with lighter lavender shimmer and cooler undertones. Applied, it is semi-sheer, so the natural pink of my lips comes through and makes the gloss appear more like a pinky-lavender (subsequently, warmer in appearance), which means this is a gloss that may look quite different based on your natural lip color. It goes on unevenly and looks streaky, and it lasted for three hours, though it was comfortable to wear and lightly hydrating. Gucci Beauty Potent Violet (P, $32.00) is more sparkly, sheerer. MAC Reckless Desire (LE, $15.00) is more sparkly, lighter. Shiseido Nebula (VI207) (P, $25.00) is similar. MAC Vacant (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned! MAC Perky (LE, $15.00) is more sparkly. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Whip It (304)

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8.5/10

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8.5/10

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Love Drunk (320)

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8/10

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8/10

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Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

The Hit List

What’s the Most Long-Wearing Lipstick Formula that you’ve tried?

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

A lot of the liquid lipsticks last a long time, like OCC Lip Tars, Too Faced Melted Lipsticks, KVD Liquid Lipsticks, etc. I prefer the first two as they’re long-wearing and don’t destroy my lips and tend not to bleed/feather.

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

MAC Huggable Lipcolour

For summer, there are ten limited edition hues of MAC Huggable Lipcolour ($20.00 for 0.11 oz.) launching online on May 7th and in-stores on May 14th. I have nine of the ten to share with you–I should have reviews soon, but here are swatches :) Also working on getting the official promo images for the campaign.

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Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

Laura Geller Ballerina Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator
Laura Geller Ballerina Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator

Laura Geller Ballerina Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator ($24.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a softened, medium rosy copper with warm, golden frost and a luminous sheen. Becca Rose Gold (P, $38.00) is a cream. Sephora + Pantone Universe Marsala (LE, $25.00) is pinker. MAC Fairly Precious (LE, $30.00) is lighter. Becca Rose Gold (P, $38.00) is similar. Laura Mercier Spellbound (LE, $42.00) is pinker. MAC Cheeky Bronze (P, $30.00) is slightly warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The formula is supposed to “[apply] like a sheer powder but [feel] like a cream” with a “translucent wash of luminous color.” The coverage is buildable from semi-sheer to mostly opaque, though it seems to apply with medium coverage unless you use a very feathery brush. If you’re a fan of formulas like MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish, Estee Lauder Gelees, or NARS Dual-Intensity Blush, I think you’ll like this one, too. It has a similar feel: smooth with a dryness that’s not truly dry or powdery, but it’s very smooth and silky when applied to the skin. This is just shimmery enough to give a noticeable sheen on the skin, but it is a step or two below a true frost, so it is hard to overdo and doesn’t emphasize pores. It is blendable on the skin, and this one can work as a blush or a highlighter, depending on your skin tone (I use it as a blush/highlighter hybrid on my skin tone). On me, it wore well for eight and a half hours before fading slightly.

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8/10

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10/10

Longevity

9/10

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