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Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Illamasqua Melange Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Melange Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Melange Nail Varnish ($17.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “golden teal [with a matte finish].” It’s a muted, medium-dark green with a hint of blue and gold and copper flecks of shimmer and sparkle. I thought it might be more a chameleon, but as I went from room to room (for different lighting), it was always a muted, dirty green to me. It had more of a satin finish where there was still some reflection, but it wasn’t glossy. I don’t know of any dupes for this shade really, but these were the closest I could think of: Zoya Stassi (P, $9.00) is much warmer, sheerer. China Glaze This is Tree-mendous (LE, $7.50) is more sparkly, sheerer. Cult Nails Grunge (P, $12.00) has less shimmer, lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It was fully opaque after two coats of polish, though it was pretty much opaque after one coat. The consistency was slightly thick, though it applied evenly and didn’t pool along the edges. It dried down quicker than the average polish. I normally get a full seven days with very minor tip wear with Illamasqua’s formula (I have worn some shades for as long as fourteen days).

It appears that Illamasqua is no longer available at any U.S. retailers, which means the only way to purchase their products is through their website. The press release I received for the Once… collection is for the US, and the pricing reflected what we saw in stores, but converting to “$ USD” on their website changes the polish to $23.53 (when I checked it). On top of that, nail lacquer is a restricted category for shipping, so to ship one polish is $24.34 (you can order up to 15 polishes, if you were doing some heavy-duty lacquer hauling). I’ve been such a huge fan of their Nail Varnish, so I’m sad to see it become harder to get (or justify).

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Melange

A-

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9/10

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10/10

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8/10

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10/10

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4.5/5

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Thursday, September 18th, 2014

YSL Rebelle (7) Blush Volupte
YSL Rebelle (7) Blush Volupte

YSL Rebelle (7) Blush Volupte ($47.00 for 0.31 oz.) is a softened, medium orange with warm, yellow undertones and a semi-matte finish. Surratt Beauty Cantaloup (P, $32.00) is lighter, brighter, yellower. Guerlain Orange Blush (LE) is brighter. Givenchy In Vogue Orange (P, $44.00) is similar. MAC Honey Jasmine (LE, $21.00) is slightly brighter. NARS Gina (P, $29.00) is darker, browner. MAC Blazing Haute (LE, $25.00) is yellower, lighter. Illamasqua Lover (P, $26.00) is a smidgen lighter. Inglot #45 Face Blush (P, $10.00) is darker, brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This is the last shade I bought from the Blush Volupte range. I thought it was interesting that between the three I have, they each had a different finish, with Rebelle (7) having the least shimmery, more matte of the finishes. It had fairly good color coverage, though I wouldn’t describe it as “intense color payoff.” The texture has a soft, finely-milled, silky feel to it but is also slightly powdery. Luckily, it does not appear powdery, dry, or cakey on my skin when applied as a blush and blended/worked into the skin. There’s just enough satin in the finish to avoid it looking flat or dull on the skin, and the coverage is buildable to truer-to-pan color if desired. This shade wore well for eight hours on me before it started to show signs of wearing away.

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Rebelle (7)

B+

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8.5/10

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9/10

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8/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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5/5

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Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Tarte Holiday 2014 Sets
Tarte Holiday 2014 Sets

Away Oui Go Portable Paltte & Collector’s Set ($48.00) (Limited Edition) (ULTA Exclusive)

Take the romantic adventure of a lifetime with this interchangeable collector’s set overflowing with limited-edition essentials to create endless dreamy looks wherever your heart may take you! Includes: 16 full size Amazonian clay eyeshadows inspired by exotic French adventures, 4 full size Amazonian clay 12-hour blushes in irresistible, envisioned, limitless and intrigue, 3 deluxe maracuja lipglosses in Paris, Cannes and Nice, 1 deluxe lights, camera, lashes™ 4-in-1 mascara, 1 portable collector’s compact.

Bon Voyage Collector’s Set & Travel Bag ($59.00) (Limited Edition) (Sephora Exclusive)

Take the Parisian adventure of a lifetime with this delightfully portable travel bag overflowing with limited-edition essentials to create endless dreamy looks wherever your heart may take you! Includes: 20 full size Amazonian clay eyeshadows in brand new shades, full size limited-edition LipSurgence™ lip tint – romantic (peachy nude), ull size limited-edition LipSurgence™ lip gloss – visionary (apricot), deluxe limited-edition cheek stain – muse (soft nude), deluxe limited-edition maracuja oil, deluxe limited-edition smooth operator™ Amazonian clay finishing powder, deluxe lights, camera, lashes™ 4-in-1 mascara, limited-edition collector’s travel bag.

Pin-up Girl Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush Palette ($42.00) (Limited Edition) (Sephora Exclusive)

The perfect gift for any blush enthusiast, this limited-edition palette of 5 Amazonian clay 12-hour blushes comes with 2 wearable hair pins for the perfectly “pinned up” look! Includes:

  • Breathless Pinky beige
  • Embraced Plummy rose
  • Whimsy Light pink
  • Bashful Rosy peach
  • Irreplaceable Mauve rose

Petite Treat 12 Days of Tarte Advent Calendar ($37.00) (Limited Edition) (ULTA Exclusive)

Available November 2014. Includes 12 deluxe-sized products plus a $10 off $50+ purchase coupon that can be used 10/1 through 1/31/2015.

Availability: October at ULTA / Sephora

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Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Temptalia Asks You


What’s your favorite way to apply foundation? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerI use finger tips to dab the foundation all over the face, and then I use either Tom Ford’s Foundation Brush or Real Technique’s Expert Face Brush to blend and work the foundation in. Depending on the formula, I typically spritz the brush with water to sheer it out further, then build up coverage just where I need it.

Thanks to reader Melinda for today’s question idea Do you have a question idea? Submit yours here.

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Clé de Peau Cosmic Aura (308) Eyeshadow Quad
Clé de Peau Cosmic Aura (308) Eyeshadow Quad

Clé de Peau Cosmic Aura (308) Eyeshadow Quad ($55.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a set of four shades that run cooler-toned with a purple bent. I knew I had to see just how well (or poorly) the brand could do purples, as this is a color range that many brands under-deliver on. Unfortunately, this quad did fall short: two of the purple-hued shades were slightly powdery in texture as well as weaker in pigment. This is a more unique set of shades, relative to Stellar Gaze (307) that I reviewed earlier, though the second shade is one that a few brands do.

Each of the eyeshadow quads is available as a “refill” so it is just the set of eyeshadows, and you can purchase the case (here) for $25, which comes with two dual-ended sponge-tipped applicators. I put all of my eyeshadow quads into a Z-palette (see a photo of it here), but I do have two cases from the two eyeshadow quads I received as samples (I bought the other six quads myself, which is a statement on how enamored I was after trying two), so you’ll see it in the post for those interested in purchasing the two together.

Cosmic Aura #1 is a dark, slightly cool-toned purple with a violet shimmer-sheen. It had semi-opaque color coverage, but it wasn’t fully pigmented, and the texture was slightly powdery. This made it harder to get the same intense color payoff on the lid in practice. This shade lasted for seven and a half hours on me. Disney by Sephora Sea Witch (LE) is less shimmery. MAC Warm & Smoky (LE, $15.00) is very similar. MAC Banafsaji (LE, $15.00) is bluer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Cosmic Aura #2 is a dirty, cool-toned beige with hints of green and an iridescent pink-to-green shimmer finish. The duochrome is subtle, though. The texture was slightly powdery, and it had had mostly opaque color coverage. The eyeshadow stayed on well for eight hours before fading. theBalm Sandbar (LE, $16.00) is slightly warmer. Make Up For Ever I542 Pink Ivory (P, $21.00) is warmer. Makeup Geek Rockstar (P, $5.99) is similar. bareMinerals Iridescent Iris (LE, $14.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever #940 Star Powder (P, $20.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Cosmic Aura #3 is a muted, medium-dark eggplant purple with subtle, warm brown undertones and gold and plum shimmer. It had fairly good pigmentation, and the texture was soft, buttery, and smooth. The color lasted for eight hours applied to the eye before fading. Ardency Inn Disco (P, $21.00) is more shimmery. Chanel Tisse Camelia #4 (P) is darker. Too Faced Rhinestone (P, $16.00) is similar. Giorgio Armani #16 (P, $32.00) is darker. Too Faced Candied Violet (P, $16.00) is less shimmery. Too Faced Bluff (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned, more shimmery. Dior Constellation (864) #5 (LE) is warmer. Clinique Lavish Lilac (P, $17.00) is a cream product. Urban Decay Rapture (LE, $18.00) is darker. Urban Decay Rockstar (P, $18.00) is darker. MAC Winterized (LE, $21.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Cosmic Aura #4 is a muted, navy blue with hints of purple and navy micro-shimmer for a satin finish. It had decent color payoff, but I wish it had been as intense as it looked in the pan. theBalm Pipeline (LE, $16.00) is lighter, bluer. Dior Atlantique #3 (LE) is less shimmery. Too Faced De La Mer (P, $16.00) is darker. Givenchy Bleu Soie (4) (P, $23.00) is a cream product. theBalm #5 (P, $6.50) is slightly darker. Chanel Apparition (LE, $36.00) is a cream product. Too Faced Badass (LE, $16.00) is purpler. Tom Ford Beauty Cobalt Rush #2 (P) is similar. Le Metier de Beaute Sapphire (LE, $30.00) is brighter. Urban Decay Half Truth (LE, $18.00) is slightly purpler. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Cosmic Aura (308)

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8.5/10

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9/10

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8.5/10

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8.5/10

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Cosmic Aura #1

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8/10

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8.5/10

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Cosmic Aura #2

B+

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8.5/10

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9/10

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8.5/10

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8.5/10

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Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Survey Says

Fill in the survey below with your answers, and then share your answers with us in the comments section! :-)

  • Your skin tone/coloring:
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  • Beauty brand that needs a makeover?
  • Beauty brand you wish would come back?

Thanks to Rashmi for today’s theme!