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Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

Becca Topaz Shimmering Skin Perfector (Original/Liquid)
Becca Topaz Shimmering Skin Perfector (Original/Liquid)

Becca Topaz Shimmering Skin Perfector (Original/Liquid) ($41.00 for 1.7 fl. oz.) is described as a “golden bronze pearl.” It’s a muted, medium-dark coppery-brown with very fine, lighter gold shimmer. Giorgio Armani #100 (LE, $64.00) is warmer. MAC Golden Elixir (LE, $31.00) is slightly less golden. Tom Ford Beauty Bronzed Amber (LE, $58.00) is darker, redder. Becca Topaz (Poured) (P, $38.00) is more shimmery. Becca Topaz (Pressed) (P, $38.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The original Shimmering Skin Perfectors come in tubes with a pump dispenser, and the formula is a “sheer cream-liquid” for “subtle luminosity” with a “water-light” feel. For how it compares to the other formulations in the family, please see this post. The texture is thin, water-like (but not quite as thin as true water) that can be used over or under foundation, on bare skin, or mixed with your favorite base products (moisturizer, primer, foundation). It takes a bit of time to dry down if patted on top of cheek bones or the like as a more targeted highlighter than all-over. It is as sheer as described: this is not going to yield a lot of color or shimmer, which is in line with how it is marketed, just that it might not be what you’re looking for. I prefer mixing this in with moisturizer or liquid foundation for an all-over luminosity that’s never too dewy or oily. I get a very subtle warmth when I mix Topaz in with my foundation, and I’d expect it might be greater for fairer skin tones but any color change will likely be lost on deeper skin tones. On the other side, it won’t lighten-up deeper foundations, so it’s a great way for darker skin tones to get an all-over glow that won’t give a lighter or off-white cast. When patted on cheek bones (and a bit lower, since it does give me some color) as a more traditional highlighter, it is more of a bronzing illuminator on my skin tone, and it lasts for eight hours on me. When mixed with foundation, it doesn’t seem to shorten or extend the wear of my foundation. The only downside is that due to the pump dispenser, it is easy to get far more product than you want if you aren’t mixing or using it all-over.

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Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

Sephora now has the six new Cheek Pops for spring available for VIB Rouges (hopefully soon available for everyone in the next week or two), as well as two additional shades–Cola Pop and Nude Pop!

Thanks Miradan for the tip!

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

Clinique Melon Pop Cheek Pop
Clinique Melon Pop Cheek Pop

Clinique Melon Pop Cheek Pop ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a light-medium, pink-coral with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. Physicians Formula Natural (P, $12.99) is pinker, more matte. Chanel Angelique (190) (P, $45.00) is warmer, more matte. Tarte Bashful (LE, $26.00) is darker. Gucci Beauty Coral Flower (P, $49.00) is darker. Tarte Unleashed (LE, $26.00) is lighter. MAC Cheeky Bugger (LE, $21.00) is pinker. Urban Decay Streak Blush (P) is more matte. Hourglass Radiant Magenta (P, $35.00) is more matte. Hourglass Diffused Heat (P, $35.00) is pinker, more matte. NARS Love (LE, $29.00) is darker. MAC Lured to Love (LE, $27.00) is lighter. NARS Day Dream (LE, $29.00) is similar. MAC Royal Sunset (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery. Tom Ford Beauty Frantic Pink (P, $55.00) is pinker. MAC Immortal Flower (LE, $21.00) is more orange. MAC Dainty (P, $27.00) is pinker, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Here’s the last of the new spring shades I have for now (the other two shades are still on back order), and it’s another shade that I suspect will win over fair to medium skin tones looking for a softer, warm-toned, everyday blush. I think it may be too subtle for deeper skin tones, though it will still produce a soft, warm sheen. (If you’re looking for a deeper coral, consider Peach Pop and Ginger Pop.) It had good color payoff that was easily sheered out or layered for greater intensity, but the color darkened slightly on the skin compared to how it looks in the pan (which is a bit lighter, more orange). The texture was soft, smooth, and incredibly blendable on the skin. I’m sure I sound like a broken record, but the finish of the formula is why this blush stands out: it’s beautifully luminous with a glow that doesn’t emphasize pores. On me, this blush wore well for eight hours before fading slightly.

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Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

NYX High Voltage Lipstick
NYX High Voltage Lipstick

NYX Playdate High Voltage Lipstick ($5.99 for 0.09 oz.) is a muted, light-medium lavender with a gray overcast and a satiny sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that applied evenly for the most part. The consistency had some slip in it, so it was easy to apply and felt comfortable on. The color wore well for four hours but pulled into lip lines slightly after two and a half hours of wear. It was neither drying nor hydrating. MAC Weekend 2 (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC Lavender Jade (LE, $16.00) is brighter. Colour Pop Brills (P, $5.00) is lighter, more matte. NARS Dominique (P, $32.00) is pinker. MAC Dodgy Girl (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Illamasqua Posture (P, $24.00) is lighter. MAC Nocturnal Instincts (LE, $16.00) is pinker. MAC Fresh Amour (LE, $16.00) is brighter, cooler-toned, lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

NYX Privileged High Voltage Lipstick ($5.99 for 0.09 oz.) is a bright pop of light-medium pink with cool, blue undertones and a light shine. It had rich, opaque color payoff in a single pass with a lightly creamy, slightly slippery consistency that glides on easily but has a thicker consistency (not thick per se, just thicker). This shade stayed on well for four and a half hours and left a stain behind. It wasn’t hydrating nor was it moisturizing, but it was comfortable to wear. It’s a very dupable shade of bright pink with the only differentiating factors being that it’s not the most neon, but it’s still on the lighter side. Maybelline Orchid Ecstasy (730) (P, $7.49) is darker. Tom Ford Beauty Pablo (LE, $32.00) is darker. Tom Ford Beauty Jack (LE, $32.00) is darker. Tom Ford Beauty Justin (LE, $32.00) is darker, more shimmery. Tom Ford Beauty Preston (LE, $32.00) is lighter. MAC Femme-de-Luxe (P, $23.00) is more matte. MAC Boutique Pink (LE, $22.00) is more matte. Marc Jacobs Beauty Pop-arazzi (606) (P, $28.00) is very similar. MAC Lust Extract (LE, $17.00) is darker. Givenchy Rose Perfecto (209) (P, $36.00) is a smidgen darker. MAC Kelly Yum-Yum (LE, $16.00) is similar. Sephora Collection Cougar (P, $12.50) is brighter. MAC Happy-Go-Lucky (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. Illamasqua Luster (P, $26.00) is lighter. MAC Bold Spring (P, $22.00) is sheerer, darker. Bite Beauty Moscato (P, $28.00) is brighter. Bite Beauty Satsuma (LE, $24.00) is brighter. Chanel La Diva (44) (P, $34.00) is brighter, cooler-toned. NARS Goodbye Emmanuelle (LE, $26.00) is lwarmer. NARS Full Frontal (LE, $26.00) is darker. MAC Playtime (LE, $17.00) is more shimmery. Marc Jacobs Beauty Happy Ending (116) (P, $30.00) is similar. Maybelline Electric Fuchsia (LE, $7.49) is darker, cooler-toned. MAC Outrageously Fun (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

NYX Twisted High Voltage Lipstick ($5.99 for 0.09 oz.) is a brightened, light-medium orchid purple with some pink and a satiny sheen. It had mostly opaque color coverage that went on evenly and deposited smooth color. The consistency is lightly creamy with some slip so it glides on easily. It wore well for four hours on me and was neither drying nor hydrating. Colour Pop Grind (P, $5.00) is darker, more matte. Kat Von D L.U.V. (P, $19.00) is pinker, more matte. NYX Violet (P, $6.00) is cooler-toned. Kat Von D L.U.V. (P, $21.00) is darker, more matte. Too Faced Melted Violet (P, $21.00) is lighter, pinker. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Rollergirl (P, $18.00) is cooler-toned. MAC RiRi Boy (LE, $16.00) is lighter, more matte. MAC Up the Amp (P, $16.00) is pinker, more matte. MAC Heroine (P, $16.00) is pinker, brighter, more matte. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Monday, March 23rd, 2015

Temptalia Asks You


Do you follow the “period after opening” time found on the back of makeup products? Somewhat? Not at all?

Temptalia's AnswerNot at all! I’m fairly good about mascara after 3-4 months.

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