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Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Temptalia Asks You


How are your 2015 beauty-related resolutions going? (If you made any! If you didn’t, check back tomorrow for a new question!)

Temptalia's AnswerThey’re going okay – I definitely could be better, but I have added exercise into my routine, and I’m trying to find ways to sleep better (nothing has helped, though).

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

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Lancome My French Palette
Lancome My French Palette

Lancome My French Palette ($58.00 for 0.30 oz.) includes nine shades with two that double as powder eyeliners. Six of the nine shades are neutrals, and then two are in the teal family with one blackish-gray. The formula used in the palette really needs an eyeshadow primer in order for the majority of the shades to have good color coverage and smooth, even application, as it had a more powder quality that made it harder to apply to bare skin (or else it would sheer out immediately as the product didn’t stick well).

My French #1 is a very light pink with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-sheer color coverage with a soft but powdery texture that absolutely requires a base to perform decently. It faded within six and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

My French #2 is a pinky mauve with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. Another shade that was somewhat powdery and resulted in so-so pigmentation. It lasted for six hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

My French #3 is a pinky-peach–more pink than peach–with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage with a powdery, dusty texture. The color only lasted for six hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

My French #4 is a bright, metallic beige with warm undertones. The texture was so soft that it applied thickly, where the powder bunched up on itself, so it can emphasize the texture on the lids or lines/wrinkles. It had intense color payoff, and it did wear well for eight hours, though. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

My French #5 is a peachy-beige with warm undertones and a frosted, metallic sheen. It had good pigmentation with a soft, buttery texture that wasn’t powdery. It applied well and stayed on for eight hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

My French #6 is a rich, bronzy brown with a metallic finish and warm, reddish undertones. It had excellent color payoff with a really smooth, dense, buttery texture that went on well. It wore well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

My French #7 is a light-medium, aqua teal with subtle, warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had semi-sheer pigmentation that was a little dry to work with, which made blending unnecessarily difficult. It lasted for six hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

My French #8 is a muted, bluish-teal with a satiny sheen. The texture was on the drier, stiffer side and difficult to blend or apply in a solid line (as eyeliner). I couldn’t even use this wet at all–using it wet made the surface harden. It lasted for seven hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

My French #9 is a gray-ish black with subtle shimmer. It had excellent pigmentation that applied smoothly and evenly. It wore well for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Glossover

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My French Palette

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Product

7.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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My French #1

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7.5/10

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7.5/10

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7.5/10

Longevity

6.5/10

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Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Rant & Rave

Share: Tell us what you love and hate about Contour Palettes!

my answer: I’d rather see contouring/highlighting duos or quads, geared towards specific skin tones, than larger contouring palettes. I also feel like most brands put out a one-size-fits-all (which is rarely accurate), so they’re not my favorite type of product to see.

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

ColourPop Rebound Collection
ColourPop Rebound Collection

ColourPop Rebound Collection ($20.00 for 4 x 0.07 oz.) includes four shades for spring/summer 2015. Those who tend to prefer more matte finishes may like that this set includes three more matte shades and one sparkly shade. There’s something to be said about reading carefully, though, as this set includes three Super Shock Shadows and one Super Shock Pressed Pigment (Ex); with the latter being “not intended for use in the immediate eye area.” I missed that until I sat down last week to write-up the review, so you’ll see it included in the eye look with the other shades, but I tested it as a blush (and it is only be rated as a blush) after that.

One & Done is described as a “soft butter cream ivory with a matte finish.” It’s a light, subdued yellowed beige with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. There’s a little sheen to the finish that keeps it from being totally matte. It had fairly opaque coverage that could build to fully opaque color with two layers of product. The consistency was blendable, while the formula was long-wearing and stayed on for nine hours before creasing. Hourglass Obscura #1 (P) is powder. Hourglass Monochrome #1 (P) is lighter, powder. Hourglass Atmosphere #1 (P) is lighter, powder. LORAC Undressed (P) is a powder. Kat Von D Damned (LE) is less yellow, powder. Tarte Breakfast in Bed (LE) is darker, powder. Makeup Geek Mirage (LE, $5.99) is darker, brighter, powder. Make Up For Ever M510 Vanilla (P, $21.00) is darker, powder. bareMinerals Pacific Sands (LE) is powder. Kat Von D Entomology (P) is powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Too Soon is described as a “golden peach with pink opal iridescent duochrome finish.” It’s a softened, peachy-orange with warm undertones and pink and pale gold sparkle. It was semi-opaque and slightly buildable, but I couldn’t get fully opaque color (even with fingertips). The texture is blendable with little fall out during application, and there were a few stray sparkles that drop while it is worn, but it was minimal. The color itself stayed on well for nine and a half hours before creasing slightly. Colour Pop Halo (LE, $5.00) is darker, less sparkly. theBalm #7 (P, $6.50) is darker. theBalm #4 (P, $6.50) is pinker. Tom Ford Beauty Escapade (LE, $42.00) is brighter, less sparkly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Ex is described as a “bright coral red with a matte finish.” It’s a muted, light-medium coral with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage in a single pass with fingertips, but with a stippling brush, it was more semi-sheer to semi-opaque buildable coverage. Since the brand released a blush formula, their recommendations were to use fingertips for the most coverage, but advised that a flat brush could be used for higher coverage (but less than fingertips) and a duo fiber brush for a “sheer, air brushed effect.” I haven’t tried their blushes yet (I did order) so I’m not sure how the Super Shock Shadow/Pressed Pigment formula differs, but I tried to use that as my guideline when I went to test this as a blush. When I used it on my eye (again, it is not safe for the immediate eye area), it did require two layers for more opaque color–it’s definitely one that lends itself to fingertip application for best pigmentation. It lasted for eight hours as a blush. Chanel Angelique (190) (P, $45.00) is lighter, powder. MAC Fleeting Romance (P, $23.50) is more shimmery, powder. MAC Sideshow You (LE, $21.00) is lighter, powder. Milani Coral Cove (05) (LE, $7.99) is warmer, powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Adios is described as a “smokey taupe gray with a matte finish.” It’s a medium-dark taupe with warmer, brown undertones and an overcast of gray. It had more of a semi-matte finish than a true matte–there was a very slight sheen to it. It had mostly opaque pigmentation applied with fingertips or with a brush, so I used a brush to apply it to the lid and had no issues doing so. The texture was lightweight, blendable, and the color itself wore well for ten hours before creasing slightly. Giorgio Armani #08 (P, $32.00) is darker. Laura Mercier Stone Taupe (LE, $23.00) is warmer. MAC Lofty (LE, $15.00) is darker. Burberry Storm Grey (No. 27) (P, $29.00) is cooler-toned. Tom Ford Beauty Unabashed Eyeshadow #2 (LE) is less shimmery. Dior Mirage (761) (P, $30.00) is lighter. bareMinerals Head Over Heels (LE) is cooler-toned. bareMinerals Exec (LE) is grayer. Lancome Volcano (P, $19.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Glossover

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Rebound

A-

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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9/10

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8.5/10

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Too Soon

B+

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Chanel Misia (418) Rouge Coco Lipstick
Chanel Misia (418) Rouge Coco Lipstick

Chanel Misia (418) Rouge Coco Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “copper orange.” It’s a softened, medium orange with warm undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage where there was visible color, but there was a translucent quality to it that would allow the natural lip color to come through. The texture was lightweight with some slip, and it glided on without tugging and distributed even coverage. It lasted for four hours on me and was somewhat hydrating. MAC Ravishingly Rich (P, $23.00) is brighter. NARS Jane (P, $32.00) is more opaque, browner. Givenchy Corail Signature (317) (P, $36.00) is brighter. Lipstick Queen Jungle Queen (P, $22.00) is redder. Sephora Collection Samba (LE, $12.50) is lighter, brighter. Givenchy Rouge d’Exception (308) (LE, $36.00) is darker. MAC Sweet Grenadine (LE, $17.00) is yellower. Marc Jacobs Beauty All the Way (122) (P, $30.00) is darker. MAC Booyah (LE, $18.00) is darker, more matte. Chanel Sari d’Eau (P, $35.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chanel Marie (430) Rouge Coco Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as an “intense red pink.” It’s a brightened, medium rosy pink with soft white shimmer and a light frosted finish. It had mostly opaque coverage with some translucency, so the natural lip color will come through and may alter the way this looks, depending on what your lip color is naturally. The texture had some slip, which made it easy to apply, but it didn’t slide around too much. It lasted for four hours on me and was somewhat hydrating. Maybelline Coral Burst (740) (P, $7.49) is lighter, less shimmery. Tom Ford Beauty Matthew (LE, $32.00) is brighter. Bite Beauty Sucre (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, pinker. Gucci Beauty Hibiscus Thrill (P, $39.00) is pinker, less shimmery. NARS Kelly (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, brighter. MAC Mystical (LE, $16.00) is more muted, less shimmery. MAC Toying Around (LE, $16.00) is brighter, lighter, less shimmery. Dior Sunset (660) (LE, $34.00) is warmer. Estee Lauder Rebellious Rose (P, $30.00) is more muted. Marc Jacobs Beauty Shout (138) (LE, $30.00) is more matte, pinker. Guerlain Attrape-Coeur (171) (LE, $35.00) is pinker. Chanel Melodieuse (136) (P, $34.00) is pinker. Givenchy Rose Dentelle (203) (P, $36.00) is warmer, less shimmery. MAC Grande Dame (P, $22.00) is less glossy. Guerlain Grenade (LE, $51.00) is pinker. Burberry Rose Pink (307) (P, $30.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chanel Arthur (440) Rouge Coco Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “luminous red.” It’s medium-dark, orange-red with warm undertones and a subtle shimmer and luminous finish. It had mostly opaque coverage that went on evenly and smoothly, though there is still that translucent quality so it isn’t fully opaque. The texture has more slip than thickness. It was lightly hydrating and lasted for four and a half hours on me. This is the type of color that is incredibly dupable; there are so many near dupes that just vary by glossiness in the finish or being slightly more orange or redder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Glossover

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Misia (418)

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Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Marie (430)

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9/10

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9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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5/5

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Arthur (440)

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8.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Giorgio Armani Beauty (Loreal USA)

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