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Sunday, July 27th, 2014

Bite Beauty Champagne Agave Lip Mask
Bite Beauty Champagne Agave Lip Mask

Bite Beauty Champagne Agave Lip Mask ($26.00 for 0.52 oz.) is described as a “rose gold pearl.” It’s a sheer, gold-shimmered pink. It seems to darken and even out my natural lip color slightly while adding a touch of shine. I don’t know of a really worthwhile dupe (something that is more in the “tinted lip balm” family), given that this is an ultra-hydrating formula with such subtle color. If you like the idea of the color but want a true gloss: see comparison swatches.

Generally speaking, it’s a shimmery version of the brand’s original–and top selling–Agave Lip Mask. The original was designed as a treatment that could be applied at night, but many used it during the day, as well, so I suspect this was a way of adding a little oomph to a day time version. You can read my review on the original formula here. Bite also repackaged the Agave Lip Mask, both the original and Champagne, with a softer plastic tube, so it is easier to squeeze out the product. The lip balm itself is quite thick, so it never oozes out easily, but hopefully those who experienced cracking tubes will not experience that with the new packaging (my original, old packaging tube still hasn’t had any issues, on my end).

I found the shimmery version to perform very similarly to the original. The consistency is thick, tacky, and long-wearing (there’s a thin layer still noticeably there after eight to ten hours of wear), though it goes on smoothly and keeps lips feeling comfortable. It has a sweet scent and taste. It’s hydrating and helps improve the health of my lips if they’ve taken a beating (err, swatching). I was surprised that it didn’t add a lot of genuine shine to the lips–it was a very natural-looking shine, and overall, very subtle.

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Saturday, July 26th, 2014

Temptalia Asks You


What’s your nail care routine? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerIf my nails are really long, then I cut them to the right length and file to get the right shape (squoval for me). Every month or so, I buff my nails and use a cuticle oil all over–assuming I remember. I try to use hand cream every day, but I’m more at once a week.

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Saturday, July 26th, 2014

Chanel Tisse Riviera (224) Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quad
Chanel Tisse Riviera (224) Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quad

Chanel Tisse Riviera (224) Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quad ($61.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a cool-toned set of shades with a pop of blue. I think for someone who likes a bluish, smoky eye, this might be an interesting palette. I love a silver/gray-shot blue, because it’s a nice variation on blue that is noticeable but never feels over-the-top. The quality is good overall, though the blue shade was the worst-performing (but not a miss).

The entire quad, though visually they don’t seem particularly small, contains less product than most palettes/quads (including the regular U.S. version of quads). Baked formulations often weigh less than more traditional powder formulas do, but it’s hard to say if it contains as many uses as the regular quads.

Tisse Riviera #1 is described as a “metallic blue.” It’s a muted, almost gray-tinted, medium-dark blue with a soft, frosted finish. It had fairly good color payoff, though the texture was a touch powdery. The color wore well for nine hours before fading. Divergent Erudite Sapphire (LE) is darker. MAC A Sprinkle of Blues #2 (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. MAC Bleuluxe #2 (P) is more shimmery. Disney by Sephora Friend Like Me (LE) is warmer, brighter. Clinique Big Blue (P, $17.00) is a cream product. Tom Ford Beauty Cobalt Rush #2 (P) is darker. theBalm Matt Horowitz (LE, $16.00) is darker, less shimmery. Urban Decay Strip (DC, $18.00) is more metallic, lighter. MAC Bright Moon (LE, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Showgirl (LE, $21.00) Chanel Destination (LE, $36.00) is a cream product. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tisse Riviera #2 is described as a “light pink.” It’s a light pink with very subtle golden shimmer that makes it appear almost warm-toned. It had mostly opaque color coverage, but it did apply very smoothly and blended beautifully on the skin. On me, the color stayed on well for eight and a half hours. MAC Rose Blend #1 (LE) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Eggplant Blend #1 (LE) is darker. Ulta Pink (P, $10.00) is more shimmery. bareMinerals Strawberry Mousse (LE, $14.00) is more matte. Tom Ford Beauty Seductive Rose #1 (P) is more shimmery. MAC Fair Sex (LE, $15.00) is similar. Kat Von D Instaglam (LE) is more metallic. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Tease #3 (P) is lighter. Chanel Variation #1 (P) is more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tisse Riviera #3 is described as a “shimmering grey.” It’s a light-medium, silvery taupe with subtle cool undertones and a pearly sheen. It had fairly good pigmentation, but it could have been just slightly more pigmented right off the bat, though it is buildable on the lid. The color didn’t show signs of creasing until after nine hours of wear. MAC Stormy Sunset (LE, $15.00) is darker. Disney by Sephora Kill Joy (LE) is darker. Urban Decay Verve (LE, $18.00) is brighter, warmer. Chanel Variation #2 (P) is browner. Bobbi Brown Rockstar (LE, $22.00) is browner. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tisse Riviera #4 is described as a “deep navy blue.” It’s a medium-dark black with subtle warm undertones. (I think the description got messed up for this one, because it’s not blue at all.) It had good color payoff, and the texture was really soft, blendable, and not at all powdery. On me, it wore well for nine and a half hours before starting to fade. LORAC Navy #7 (LE) is lighter. MAC Cool Companions #3 (LE) is warmer. NARS Sycorax (P, $29.00) is cooler-toned. Sleek MakeUP Acid #12 (P, $9.99) is darker. Chanel Jardin Zen #4 (LE) is warmer. Anastasia Black Diamond (LE) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Saturday, July 26th, 2014

Becca Lowlight Sculpting Perfector
Becca Lowlight Sculpting Perfector

Becca Lowlight Sculpting Perfector ($38.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a medium-dark, subtly warm-toned brown with a hint of gray and a semi-matte finish. MAC Aphrodite’s Shell (LE, $33.00) is less brown, less gray, lighter. MAC Sculpt (P, $16.50) is less yellow. MAC Coffee Walnut (LE, $20.00) is darker. MAC Nude on Board (LE, $30.00) is warmer, less gray. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It’s described as “an adaptive contouring cream that combines the warmth of skin-authentic undertones with natural-looking shadows for a sculpted look.” For those who want a forgiving contour that can be applied softly, you may enjoy Becca’s take on it. The creamy nature of the product makes it very easy to blend on the skin, so there are no harsh or obvious edges, and if you feel like it’s too dramatic, you can easily sheer it out further. It’s moderately pigmented, but the coverage is buildable, so one layer won’t give you the kind of color you see in the pan. The consistency is lightweight, non-tacky, and dries down and seems to set fairly well. On me, it lasted about seven hours before starting to separate slightly. I think it’s best for light to medium complexions, as even when layered, it is a subtle product against my skin tone (which is about medium).

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Lowlight Sculpting Protector

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9/10

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9/10

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Saturday, July 26th, 2014

theBalm #19 Makeup Geek Moondust Giorgio Armani #09 Edward Bess Dusk

Since we looked at pewter last week, I thought that we should focus on taupe this week, because it’s an equally complex and interesting color.  I love how it can run warm and cool-toned (or even nearly neutral), so it’s a very versatile shade to work with.  Check back tomorrow for my top five picks on cool taupes as well! :)  I’d love to hear about your personal favorites in the commments–always looking for suggestions!

  1. MAC Tailor Grey — a subtly warm-toned, gray-taupe in cream form
  2. theBalm #19 — a light-medium, golden taupe
  3. Makeup Geek Moondust — a dark, bronzy taupe
  4. Giorgio Armani #09 — a brightened, medium-dark golden taupe
  5. Edward Bess Dusk — a deepened, warm taupe

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Saturday, July 26th, 2014

Becca Ombre Nudes Eye Palette
Becca Ombre Nudes Eye Palette

Ombre Nudes Eye Palette ($40.00) (New, Permanent)

Create natural depth and softly highlight eyes with velvety soft, ombre nudes that can be applied wet or dry for optimal effect. Matte shades provide pigment-rich, nude tones for a variety of neutral looks—ranging from subtle to bold. The infused Green Coffee Oil helps to brighten the eyes and smooth the lids, while the built-in priming effect extends the wear of your eye shadows.

Shimmering Skin Perfector SPF 25+ ($41.00)

  • Rose Gold Golden rosy pink (New, Permanent)

Availability: Coming soon to Sephora (it’s listed but not yet in stock)

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