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Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

With 50 shades, you’re bound to get a few misses, but by and large, about half of the collection was less impressive. I know that my “marker” is I’m looking for B+ or better, which left 17 of the 50 as performing B or less (or 34%). I think that while it was a good idea to breakdown the colors into color families, it would have been better to a) provide individual shade descriptions, or b) segment shades into “layering” or “sheer” categories.

Overall, it ended up feeling like a mixed bag, though there are certainly winners within the range. I think the idea and campaign were genius, and it is a nice way to try out Tom Ford’s often raved about formula without spending $50 a pop. Even better, the Lips & Boys miniature-sized shades are actually more for your money based on price per ounce, so it’s really win-win if there’s a shade you’ve had your eye on. You can view all swatches of these shades here in gallery format.

The limited edition Lips & Boys Collection officially (re)launches on the 26th, but you can place orders online at the following retailers now:

TEMPTALIA RECOMMENDED: Adriano (A+), Henry (A), Matthew (A), Michael (A), Stavros (A)
HONORABLE MENTIONS: Addison (A-), Cary (A), Collin (A-), Cooper (A), James (A), Julian (A), Patrick (A)
MOST UNIQUE: Casey (D-), Guillermo (A-), Gustavo (A-), Holden (C-), John (A), Kyril (D), Liam (B+), Luca (B), Michael (A), Peter (B-), Richard (A), Rory (D), Stavros (A), Tomas (B+)

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Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

Tom Ford Olivier, Julian, Pablo, Xavier, Liam Lip Colors
Tom Ford Olivier, Pablo, Xavier, Liam Lip Colors

Tom Ford Lips & Boys Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is segmented into color families, and this post features the “violets to orchids.” Of these, Pablo performed the best, while Liam was the more unique shade here. This is the last of the Lips & Boys reviews (all rejoice!), which means round-ups are next. :)

Presently, Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, and Saks are both accepting pre-orders for the Lips & Boys collection; they officially release on December 26th (and will also be at other retailers and Tom Ford’s website at that time). Nordstrom also put up various trios (no savings, they’re $96 each) for pre-order. Neiman Marcus has a gift card event thorugh 12/16 that includes the Lips & Boys.

The Lips & Boys shades seem a lot smaller than the full-sized Lip Colors in their tubes, but in terms of actual product, it’s 0.07 oz. vs. 0.10 oz. These are actually cheaper by the ounce at $457.14/oz. compared to $500/oz. for full-size. I liked that the packaging felt the same as full-sized, just smaller, but it didn’t feel cheapened. The bullet of lipstick itself was also wide enough at the base that it didn’t feel really skinny or difficult to use, and it wasn’t prone at breaking at the base as some miniature-sized lipsticks are.

Olivier Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a light, frosted pink-lavender with cool undertones. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that looked somewhat streaky applied, and it didn’t have a very smooth, even finish. The consistency was such that the shimmer tended to bunch up on itself. On me, it was somewhat drying and only lasted for three hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Julian Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) was reviewed previously here.

Pablo Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a bold, brightened magenta fuchsia with cool, blue undertones and a very fine shimmer. The finish was more luminous, not quite glossy, but definitely had a shine to it. The coverage was mostly opaque, but it’s the type of finish where the natural lip color will peek through very slightly. The color wore well for five and a half hours and was hydrating while worn. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Xavier Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a medium-dark, raspberry pink with cool undertones and a subtle pearl shimmer. It had semi-opaque color coverage–noticeable color but a fair amount of the natural lip color will come through. It lasted for five hours on me and was lightly hydrating. Xavier is also the same as Violet Fatale. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Liam Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark purple with hints of pink and very fine pearl. It had decent color payoff, but it wasn’t fully opaque. The consistency was creamy, lightly emollient, and applied without tugging but wasn’t perfectly even once on. This shade lasted for five hours on me and was hydrating while worn. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette
Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette

Shade + Light Contour Palette ($46.00) (New, Permanent)

An expert sketch artist, Kat Von D uses shadow and light to create depth and dimension in her captivating portraits, infusing them with lifelike authenticity. Take artistry shading into your own hands with this Shade & Light Contour Palette, and effortlessly sculpt, chisel, shape, and slenderize your features for enhanced definition. Unlike traditional bronzing powders, the Shade & Light Contour Palette is loaded with a unique selection of matte shades that capture the true hues of shadow and light. The three contour shades create realistic shadows to recede facial features, while the three highlight shades impart a soft luminosity to amplify dimension. A true artist’s palette specially designed to be used with the included Shade & Light Contour Brush, these silky, buildable powders blends effortlessly into the skin for a flawless, fade-proof finish that flatters every skin tone or face shape

  • Sombre True taupe
  • Shadowplay Soft brown
  • Subconscious Deep brown
  • Lucid Pinkish nude
  • Lyric Yellow beige
  • Levitation Soft peach

Availability: Coming soon to Sephora

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

Temptalia Asks You


Are there types of products you splurge on that you feel most save on? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerLip balm, body wash. I don’t think I’m necessarily extravagant on either, but I’m more mid-to-high-end on both.

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Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

NARS Eye-Opening Act Collection
NARS Eye-Opening Act Collection

Velvet Shadow Stick ($28.00) (Limited Edition)

The Velvet Shadow Stick defines, intensifies and shades, drawing unscripted drama with potent matte pigments. It adds dimension to your eyes for a gorgeous matte look that turns heads.

  • Dark Angel Brown
  • Flibuste Black
  • Glenan Blue
  • Nunavut Purple
  • Reykjavik Gray

Yeux Irresistible Eyeshadow Palette ($48.00) (Limited Edition)

The Eyeshadow Palette is depth-defyingly versatile and born to upstage. Light goes dark, warm blurs cool and soft turns saturated in one sweeping performance.

  • All About Eve Flesh toned neutral with shimmer
  • Jezebel Shimmery sable
  • Thunderball Midnight gray
  • Colombo Vintage gold shimmer
  • Brousse Sable
  • Coconut Grove Deep brown infused with reflections

Inoubliable Coup d’Oeil Eyeshadow Palette ($48.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Dalliance Dusty lilac stone
  • Pyla Smoky hunter green
  • Sidi Bou Said Blackened grape
  • Pandora Sheer white shimmer
  • Luberon Iridescent sand with rose gold sheen
  • Pandora Matte black

The Multiple ($39.00) (Limited Edition)

  • St. Lucia Champagne

Availability: Now, exclusively at Nordstrom; available on March 15th at NARS Boutiques and narscosmetics.com

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Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

MAC Beautiful Moves Mineralize Glass
MAC Beautiful Moves Mineralize Glass

MAC Lightness of Being Mineralize Glass ($22.00 for 0.20 fl. oz. each) includes five new, limited edition shades. MAC released this formula (as part of the permanent range) earlier this year, and there wasn’t a whole lot of information on them regarding color coverage then (Nordstrom lists a description of “delivers luscious color” now), but they consistently ran semi-sheer to semi-opaque with noticeable color and coverage. These are all quite sheer, and with the exception of On Cue, they look nearly the same applied aside from shimmer level. They’re inconsistent with the permanent formula and its 12-shade range. All five shades disappeared within two hours of wear and had a lightly tacky, neither drying nor hydrating formula that was vanilla-scented but had no discernible taste. Sheer gloss may not be everyone’s cup of tea (which is why I think it’s important brands distinguish sheer vs. medium vs. opaque shades and formulas well), but it is surprising to see five shades at this level of sheerness.

MAC Beautiful Moves Mineralize Glass ($22.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “pale mint with pearl.” It’s a cool-toned, ultra-sheer milky white with pearl. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Boundless Energy Mineralize Glass ($22.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “violet pink.” It is a very, very lightly pink-tinted clear gloss with a subtle milky quality to it. It looks like clear gloss on, so any clear gloss would easily replicate the look. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Loose & Lively Mineralize Glass ($22.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “peachy orange.” It is a very light, milky peach with sheer color coverage that goes on a bit unevenly and settles slightly into lip lines. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC On Cue Mineralize Glass ($22.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “gold pearl.” It’s a gold-shimmered, mostly clear gloss. The shimmer has a slight grit to it after an hour of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Poetic Mineralize Glass ($22.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “pale champagne pink with pearl.” It’s a really light, white-peach with soft pearl. It had sheer color coverage–more so than other shades here–and settled into lip lines. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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