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Thursday, April 16th, 2015

Temptalia Asks You


What would your perfect red lipstick look like? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerIt would be a medium-dark, subtly blue-based red with subtle gold pearl and a luminous sheen.

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Thursday, April 16th, 2015

Tarte Empower Flower Amazonian Clay Collector's Palette
Tarte Empower Flower Amazonian Clay Collector’s Palette

Tarte Empower Flower Amazonian Clay Collector’s Palette ($42.00 for 0.64 oz.) includes eight eyeshadows, two blushes, and one bronzer. Tarte says it’s supposed to “empower you to play up your look from daytime to playtime,” though I’d say it’s more apt to say day to night, as there are some smokier, darkening shades that you could use for a more “nighttime” look. I tend to associate “playtime” with brighter, bolder, or more unique colors and/or finishes. It’s a disappointing palette with two exceptionally dismal eyeshadows and one unimpressive blush that really bring it down, but there were few shades here that were actually good.

I can understand when some feel that neutral palettes have reached a point of total saturation of the market, and I also understand that many are still hunting for just-the-right neutral palette. I also get that some brands have certain aesthetics, such as tarte, where they lean more towards neutral shades, which is perfectly fine. With that being said, I am a little confused why tarte released three neutral palettes for summer: this one, Poppy Picnic (C+), and Showstopper (B). Sadly, none of these were as good as their warm-toned neutral mega-palette V2 (A-) from last August or the all-matte neutral-hued Tartelette (B+). The majority of the shades in this palette were similar to other shades Tarte has done in the past (more so than usual it seemed to me).

Compassionate is described as a “cream.” It’s a light, slightly brightened beige with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had decent pigmentation but was powdery, so it was a little harder to work with on the skin so it didn’t look dry. It lasted for six and a half hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Vivacious is described as a “rose gold.” It’s a light-medium, muted gold with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had good color payoff with a soft, blendable consistency that stayed in place for seven and a half hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Pretty is described as a “bronze.” It’s a dark, coppered bronze with warm undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It had great pigmentation with a really soft, smooth, and blendable texture. The color lasted for eight hours on me before fading. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Powerful is described as a “dark brown.” It’s a dark brown with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. It had so-so pigmentation with a powdery, dry texture that was difficult to blend on the eye. It wore well for six and a half hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Energetic is described as a “taupe.” It’s a medium-dark, purple taupe with cool undertones and a matte finish. The color payoff was sheer with a very powdery, thin consistency that made it difficult to apply and blend on the skin. It lasted for five and a half hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Eco-chic is described as a “light plum.” It’s a dusty, muted mauve with warm undertones and a matte finish. It was, unfortunately, very powoder, which led to poor application, excess product everywhere (in the pan, applied–even after tapping off the excess). I had to really pat and pack it on and minimally blend the edges to keep it in place, but it was faded after five and a half hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Charitable is described as a “soft pink.” It’s a brightened, light pink-white with cool undertones and a satin finish. It was powdery but fairly pigmented, so I think it would apply better over a primer to avoid it sheering it out. It does get chalky on my medium complexion, so it is likely better suited for fairer skin. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Glamorous is described as a “dark plum.” It’s a deepened purple with a mostly matte finish and subtle, warm undertones. It had richer pigmentation, but the texture was somewhat powdery and dry, which made it harder to apply and blend evenly. It lasted for seven hours on me before creasing. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Trustworthy is described as a “nude mauve.” It’s a pink-peach with a satin sheen and warm undertones. The texture was very stiff and firm, so it was difficult to get any color coverage out of it. I used a paper towel to rub down the top layer, and the powder was easier to use, but it was very thin and dry–powder everywhere–and didn’t want to adhere to the skin well. It lasted for seven hours, which is quite below the 12-hours claimed. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Empowering is described as a “rose nude.” It’s a subdued, medium rosy pink with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had good pigmentation, but the texture was incredibly powdery to work with, even on the skin. With enough blending, I was able to tamp down a lot of the powderiness. This shade lasted for eight and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Park Ave Princess is described as a “bronze.” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm, yellow undertones and a golden frosted sheen. It had good color payoff but had a powdery, drier texture. It didn’t look, powdery on the skin, thankfully, and it was blendable and easy to apply overall. I don’t understand why this product looks different in every palette I have. I just reviewed it in the Showstopper palette where it’s a darker, lightly warm-toned brown with a satin finish, and here we have this one that has several times the amount of warmth and shimmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Empower Flower

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7/10

Pigmentation

7.5/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

7/10

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4.5/5

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C+

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7.5/10

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9/10

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7/10

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7/10

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4.5/5

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Vivacious

A-

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9/10

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9.5/10

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9/10

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8/10

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Thursday, April 16th, 2015

The Hit List

What’s the Best Liquid Lipstick Formula that you’ve tried?

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

OCC Lip Tars, Too Faced Melted Lipsticks, NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams, Giorgio Armani Maestros! I like liquid formulas that are more comfortable to wear vs. dry down but feel dry for most of the time you wear them!

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

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

Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette ($46.00 for 0.60 oz.) includes twelve eyeshadows that are categorized into three “quads,” divided between neutral, cool, and warm (supposedly, at least). For the majority of the palette, the eyeshadow formula is consistent: very soft, finely-milled to the point where the shades feel smooth and silky, but they can be powdery at times, which means that some shades aren’t fully pigmented or may be prone to sheering out or turning patchy when blended. It’s just the type of consistency that really benefits from a primer, as it creates a smoother canvas for the shades to blend on top of, and I find that it eliminates any blending issues. They wear well on bare skin, and they tended to build well when they weren’t opaque in two to three layers. I think the palette leans warm, though there are a few cooler-toned shades in it (I categorized four as cool, eight as warm).

Laetus is described as a “creamy nude.” It’s a light beige with soft, warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage with a soft, finely-milled texture that was a smidgen powdery but sat well on the skin. It wore well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Lazarus is described as a “cool taupe.” It’s a light-medium, gray-leaning taupe with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff with a very soft, silky texture that was blendable on the lid and adhered well to bare skin (I wasn’t so sure, but I was impressed when I used it). It started to fade after eight hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Ludwin is described as a “peachy bronze.” It’s a muted, light-medium orange with warm undertones and a satiny sheen. It had fairly good pigmentation with a soft, lightly powdery texture that blended well but was prone to sheering out. It wore well for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Samael is described as a “dusty fawn.” It’s a muted, medium-dark brown with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. The texture on this one was more powdery than other shades, and it had only semi-opaque color coverage. It didn’t layer as well, possibly due to the powdery texture. It lasted for eight hours before fading. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Solas is described as an “espresso brown.” It’s reddish, dark brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a lightly powdery, slightly thinner texture compared to other shades in the palette. I found this one to turn patchy when I worked with it, and it was difficult to really blend it out. It wore well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Lucius is described as a “soft beige.” It’s a light beige with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had great pigmentation with a soft, creamy, and blendable texture that stayed on for eight hours before fading. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Saleos is described as a “smoky brown.” It’s a muted, dark taupe brown with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage with a soft, but thin, consistency that wasn’t as blendable as I expected. The color itself wore well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Shax is described as a “jet black.” It’s a darkened black with cool undertones and a matte finish. The consistency felt silky, but it was dry and a little powdery for me, and in turn, it was harder to blend out. Once on, it stayed in place for eight hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Liberatus is described as a “pinkish ivory.” It’s a cool-toned white with a hint of beige and a matte finish. It was lightly powdery but managed to adhere decently to bare skin. On my skin tone, it is chalky, but it should work on lighter skin tones better. It lasted for eight hours before fading. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Succubus is described as a “rich rust.” It’s a muted, medium-dark coppery brown with warm, red undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had decent color payoff with a soft, silky texture that was a little powdery and prone to sheering out (it seemed more pigmented initially!). It wore well for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Sytry is described as a “chocolate brown.” It’s a dark brown with warm, yellow undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a lightly powdery, silky consistency that blended fairly well but needs a little extra work. It started to fade after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Latinus is described as a “golden bisque.” It’s a yellowed beige with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had good pigmentation and a really soft, silky texture that was only a tiny bit powdery in the pan, but it didn’t look powdery on the skin. The pearly finish gave it a really luminous look blended out on the skin. It wore well for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Shade + Light

B+

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9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Laetus

B+

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8.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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5/5

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Lazarus

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9/10

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9.5/10

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9/10

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8.5/10

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5/5

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Thursday, April 16th, 2015

Marc Jacobs Beauty The Lover Style Eye-Con No. 7 Shadow Palette
Marc Jacobs Beauty The Lover Style Eye-Con No. 7 Shadow Palette

Marc Jacobs Beauty The Lover Style Eye-Con No. 7 Shadow Palette ($59.00 for 0.24 oz.) is a mix of light to medium-dark neutrals in shades of pink, peach, and brown. It has a lot more mid-tone shades than your average palette; I think it could have benefited from another medium-dark or dark hued shade so that you could get more contrast out of this palette. It performed fairly well with the common issues being slightly shorter wear than average with some shades being more semi-opaque or prone to sheering out due to their textures.

The Lover #1 is described as a “matte baby pink.” It’s a brightened, pale pink with a matte finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage with a soft, smooth consistency that could be a little powdery to work with. This looks chalky on my medium skin tone, so it may not be the easiest shade for all skin tones to work with. It stayed on for seven and a half hours before creasing. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The Lover #2 is described as a “sandy pink shimmer.” It’s a muted, light-medium peachy beige with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, but somewhat dry, texture that was prone to sheering out when applied and blended on the skin. It built-up well, and it seemed to “melt” on my lid so it didn’t look powdery or dry on. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches/ compare dupes side-by-side.

The Lover #3 is described as a “light caramel sheen.” It’s a light-medium peach with subtle golden shimmer over a mostly matte finish. This appears more matte than truly shimmery when applied to the skin. The texture has a silky feel to it, and it had semi-opaque color coverage. It showed signs of fading after seven and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches/ compare dupes side-by-side.

The Lover #4 is described as a “matte apricot-rose.” It’s a soft, light-medium pink with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture was really soft and silky, though it tended to sheer out a bit when applied, while the pigmentation was mostly opaque. It wore well for seven and a half hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The Lover #5 is described as a “copper rose shimmer.” It’s a medium-dark, coppery brown with warm undertones and a frosted, metallic sheen. It had good color payoff with a soft, buttery, and dense texture that was really easy to use and wore well for eight hours. This shade is incredibly dupable, though–including within two of the brand’s other palettes. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The Lover #6 is described as a “seashell pink sheen.” It’s a soft, light-medium rosy pink with warm undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It had decent color payoff with a soft, blendable texture that felt a little dry in the pan but seemed to look better once it was blended on the skin. It started to crease after seven and a half hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The Lover #7 is described as a “matte cappuccino.” It’s a muted, medium-dark brown with warm, yellow undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had good pigmentation with a very silky, finely-milled texture that was a smidgen powdery but blended really well on the skin. It lasted for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches/ compare dupes side-by-side.

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The Lover (220)

B+

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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B+

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8.5/10

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9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8/10

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4.5/5

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The Lover #2

B+

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8/10

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4.5/5

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Thursday, April 16th, 2015

With the temperatures steadily rising, it’s time to start thinking about our favorite ways to make our makeup look better longer,-and in the world of beauty, summer collections are already releasing! Coachella, one of the biggest musical festivals of the year, is heading into its second weekend, and Sephora Collection is the exclusive beauty sponsor for the festival this year. If you’re attending this weekend, you can stop by their DIY Beauty Bar and play with on-trend products or try a complimentary Fiber Mask (which might be just the pick-me-up one needs at such an event!). If you’re not, you can check out Sephora’s top DIY Festival Beauty picks here.

In the spirit of festival beauty, here are five of my top tips (and tips within tips!) and some high-end recommendations from products I’ve reviewed over the years.  What are your tried and true favorites that last all day for you?

PRIMER IS YOUR FRIEND | One of the main reasons we reach for primer is to improve longevity out of any products, whether you’re working in an office environment for 12 hours a day or you’re going to be attending your favorite concert outdoors. Eyeshadow and face primers are excellent for prolonging wear, keeping oil at bay, and generally help the products you layer on top adhere better in the first place.

CONSIDER LIQUID & CREAM BLUSH | Liquid and cream cheek blushes and stains often wear longer than their powder counterparts, but the real magic can occur when you use a liquid or cream as your blush primer and then “set” with a powder blush. I recommend using the color you want the most in the cream version, and then layer with a slightly sheerer, more subdued version of it in powder form, which will help you maintain the color, brightness, and intensity you wanted without overdoing it. Alternatively, you can also use translucent setting powder patted over a cream to lock it in place, or if you have a really bold cream blush, you can use flesh-toned setting powder to tamp it down and set it.

CHOOSE YOUR STATEMENT | A more minimal makeup look that uses key products to make a statement is easier to maintain and gives you less to worry about even in the hottest, most humid climates. The easiest way to this is to incorporate a pop of color on the eyes or on the lips. I love using a boldly colored eyeliner on the lash line. If you prefer pencil eyeliners, smudge a similarly-colored eyeshadow on top to help keep it in place even longer than usual. Liquid and gel formulas tend to be more reliably longer-wearing, especially those that go on more liquid and really set and lock in place. One trick I’ve picked up over the years is just how far a bright, rich lip color can go to brightening the face. What’s nice is even a shorter-wearing, but bold, formula is often easy to reapply and keep in a pocket or small bag. However, if you want to avoid touch-ups, opt for a satin or matte shade in a richer hue, like a red, berry, or plum, or a liquid lipstick, as these tend to have the longest wear. You can also use lip primer or a matching lip pencil to extend the wear of your lip color of choice. Keep lip balm or a gloss of your choice with you for easy touch-ups for extra long days out (12+ hours).

SET & FORGET | Setting powders and setting sprays can help to lock in your look before you walk out the door and give you a lot of breathing room for extra-long wear. When setting with powder, make sure to properly apply: it’s not a mere feathery dusting of product; you want to gently press the powder into place with a brush, pouf, or sponge. I like to do a final sweep in a more feathery motion afterwards, which I find gives a more even, smooth look. If you’re not looking for ultra-long wear, you can do a quick spritz of any facial mist or even just water held eight to ten inches away from the face to finish, as this will take away any excess powder and give you a more natural finish overall. Whenever I know I’m going to be outside on a hot day, I’ll use a setting spray as my last step, and I find it does seem to keep everything look a little better a little longer–particularly for base products and preventing blush from separating over time. It took me awhile to come around to them, but I’ve definitely noticed they help. If you have really oily skin, consider keeping a powder compact with you for touch-ups as needed.

DON’T FORGET THE SUNSCREEN | There’s no way to share tips for getting the most out of your summer beauty routine without a reminder to wear your sunscreen. Head to toe, and never skimp on the quantity! You want a broad spectrum sunscreen with at least 30 SPF. If you’re going to be outdoors for a really extended time, consider a tinted moisturizer with a higher SPF rating that is easy to reapply throughout the day so you can maintain your protection as well see if physical sunscreens can work for you. A good hat and sunglasses are also additional ways to keep your skin safer from the sun! If you’re reapplying over heavier makeup, pat gently and avoid too much rubbing, but if you need to rub, rub in small circles.