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Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

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Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Laura Mercier Mini Caviar Stick Eye Colour Quartet
Laura Mercier Mini Caviar Stick Eye Colour Quartet

Laura Mercier Mini Caviar Stick Eye Colour Quartet ($38.00 for 0.12 oz.) includes four, miniature cream eyeshadow pencils. The quartet is/was exclusive to Sephora, and they’re completely sold out online (but it’s possible it’s still available in stores), but just about every other retailer that carries the brand has a six-piece set available. The six-piece set has all four of these shades, plus Copper and Khaki. I really regret not getting the six set now! Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks normally retail for $28/0.05 oz. (or $560/oz.), so the four-piece set is a total value of $67.20, and the six-piece set is a total value of $100.80 (each of these is 0.03 oz.). The formula is touted as “long-wearing, transfer- and crease-resistant” with “rich color payoff.” I really liked this set of four; they worked really well together, but they were creamy, opaque, blendable, and long-wearing. I could actually wear them together as a look, which isn’t always easily achieved with jumbo pencils like these (they often dry down too quickly or work better as sheer washes or eyeshadow bases). All four shades wore well for nine hours before creasing slightly. The only downside is that the kit is pretty warm, and the colors are similar enough that while they blend seamlessly into each other, there isn’t a lot of contrast.

Rosegold is described as a “dirty pink with golden shimmer.” It’s a golden copper with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It was fully opaque in one stroke and was easy to blend the edges or blend out for a sheerer wash of color. It wore well for nine hours before creasing. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Moonlight is described as a “pewter.” It’s a golden bronze with a hint of khaki in the undertone. It had a frosted, slightly metallic finish. It had mostly opaque color payoff in a single pass, and the consistency was easily blended on the skin. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Amethyst is described as a “soft mauve with pearl.” It’s a subtly warm-toned, medium-dark taupe brown with a frosted sheen. It had rich color payoff in one go, while the texture was creamy and glided on beautifully but remained blendable long enough to work with it–yet it didn’t settle into creases either. The color stayed on well for nine hours. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Cocoa is described as a “chocolate brown.” It’s a dark, yellow-toned brown with very fine bronze pearl, but it has more of a semi-matte finish applied. It had nice pigmentation in one stroke, and it went on evenly. With a deeper shade like this, the ability to blend it out is so important, and I had no issues blending and using it in the crease. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

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Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

MAC x Nasty Gal Collection
MAC x Nasty Gal Collection

M∙A∙C partners with Nasty Gal, the style destination for risk-takers and tastemakers, in a high-intensity collection of shades as daring and dramatic as the #GIRLBOSS herself, Sophia Amoruso. Deep purple, bombshell red and rich burgundy lipsticks pair perfectly with a fiery nail lacquer. This season, style has attitude, and so do you.

Availability: December 4th, 2014 at select MAC locations and maccosmetics.com; February 2015 at select international locations

Lipstick ($16.00 U.S. / $19.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Stunner Clean red (Matte)
  • Runner Burgundy (Matte)
  • Gunner Deep purple (Matte)

Nail Lacquer ($12.00 U.S. / $14.00 CDN)

  • Flaming Rose True red (Creme) (Permanent)

Availability: December 4th, 2014 at select MAC locations and maccosmetics.com; February 2015 at select international locations

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Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Gucci Antique Gold Magnetic Color Shadow Mono
Gucci Antique Gold Magnetic Color Shadow Mono

Gucci Magnetic Color Shadow Mono ($37.00 for 0.07 oz.) is the brand’s single eyeshadow compacts. They’re larger than the average eyeshadow (say like MAC or Urban Decay, which are 0.05 oz.), but they’re not massive eyeshadows either. Of all the products I’ve tried from Gucci’s beauty range, I liked the single eyeshadows the best, which is unfortunate, because it’s one of the most expensive products in the range. The consistency of the three I bought was soft, buttery, lightly creamy, and blendable.

Antique Gold is a light-medium, pale yellow gold with a metallic finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, buttery consistency that applied nicely on the skin. It’s still a warmer-toned gold, but the muted quality and subtler warmer tones may make it a more wearable gold for those who avoid more orange-toned ones. It wore well for eight and a half hours before fading slightly. Guerlain Petrouchka #1 (LE) is lighter. MAC Canter (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery. Anastasia Legend (LE) is less shimmery, lighter. Make Up For Ever ME512 Golden Beige (P, $21.00) is warmer. MAC My Fantasy (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery. theBalm #41 (P, $6.50) is warmer. MAC In the Meadow #2 (LE, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Lily White (2014) (LE, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Greenluxe #2 (P) is more sparkly. Disney by Sephora Charming (LE) is lighter. Disney by Sephora Sand in the Glass (LE) is lighter. MAC Treasure Hunt (LE, $18.00) is a cream product. MAC Impeccably Rich (LE, $16.50) is a cream product, brighter. L’Oreal Gold Imperial (LE, $7.99) is warmer. Lancome Eternal Gold (P, $24.50) is warmer. Giorgio Armani #18 (LE, $33.00) is lighter. bareMinerals Standing O (P) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sasso is a cool-toned, light-medium taupe that leans gray with a frosted, metallic finish. It’s very shimmery, and it’s a shade that works well as a wash when sheered out as well. It had nice color payoff, and the texture felt soft, blendable, and was easy to work with on the lid. This shade stayed on well for eight and a half hours. This one was harder to dupe compared to Antique Gold–it’s the brighter, lighter quality of the color as there are more dark, cool-toned taupes than there are lighter ones. Giorgio Armani Organica (Left) (LE) is much darker. MAC Stormy Sunset (LE, $15.00) is darker, cooler-toned. Chanel Tisse Gabrielle #3 (P) is darker, warmer. MAC Ebony Blend #3 (LE) is darker, less shimmery. Dior Golden Snow #4 (LE) is cooler-toned. MAC Dangerous Cuvee (P, $18.50) is cooler-toned. Giorgio Armani Shimmer Greige (LE) is darker, less shimmery. Make Up For Ever #2 (P, $23.00) is darker, cream product. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Iconic Ottanio is a vibrant blue-teal that looks bluer when applied at full intensity and more teal when blended out (the green comes through in the undertone). It had a frosted finish with intense pigmentation. Luckily, the consistency was soft and blendable, so you could diffuse the edges or wear it as a sheerer shade if desired. The color started to fade after nine hours of wear. Make Up For Ever ME230 Peacock Blue (P, $21.00) is darker. Urban Decay Fringe (P) is lighter, warmer. Tarina Tarantino Ozma (LE) is lighter. Urban Decay Madness (LE, $18.00) is bluer. Disney by Sephora Caspian Sea (LE) is lighter, brighter, warmer. Tom Ford Beauty Emerald Lust #3 (LE) is warmer, lighter. theBalm Open to Offers Olwen (LE, $16.00)is lighter. Urban Decay Junkie (LE, $18.00) is darker, less shimmery. Urban Decay Deep End (P, $18.00) is less shimmery. MAC Pre-Packaged (LE, $15.00) is darker, less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Dior Gold Shock (001) Diorific Illuminating Pressed Powder
Dior Gold Shock (001) Diorific Illuminating Pressed Powder

Dior Gold Shock (001) Diorific Illuminating Pressed Powder ($80.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a highlighter “infused with golden yellow shimmer.” It’s a yellow gold with gold shimmer and slight sparkle. Becca Champagne Gold (P, $38.00) is very similar, just more shimmery and more gold than yellow, but applied, they’re similar (just Becca is way better). Cle de Peau Gold (12) (P, $55.00) is lighter. Giorgio Armani No. 04 (P, $59.00) is a liquid. Chanel Routes des Indes de Chanel Illuminating Powder (LE, $80.00) is lighter. bareMinerals The Shining Moment (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery. Bobbi Brown Party (LE, $42.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This is one of the more disappointing high-end highlighters I’ve come across, and while I don’t usually find Dior’s eyeshadows to be impressive, I usually have good experiences with their cheek and face products. The texture of the powder was dry, almost chalky, and it’s more yellow than it is really shimmery or luminous on the skin. The only thing about the powder that feels luxurious to command an $80 price tag is the compact, which is hefty, though it is thick and smaller in diameter than your average highlighter powder. The majority of the sparkle you see initially is an over-spray; there is still some gold sparkle within the powder itself, so it is subtler than it appears. I’m really frustrated by the texture, though, as the drier, chalkier consistency means less color payoff and shorter wear-time (six and a half hours)–but it just doesn’t feel like a luxury product. At least it doesn’t emphasize pores, and the included brush isn’t that scratchy.

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7.5/10

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7/10

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Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Temptalia Asks You


What was the last product you bought and now regret? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerKat Von D Lipsticks. I just regret buying so many–I should have bought a few, tested a few, then went from there.

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