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Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

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Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

Guerlain Blue Ocean Summer Shadow
Guerlain Blue Ocean Summer Shadow

Guerlain Summer Shadow ($32.00 for 0.25 fl. oz.) is supposed to be a waterproof liquid eyeshadow formula that “goes on smooth and effortlessly, and dries instantly.” I found it impossible to apply the aqua shade evenly, so it always looked slightly sheer and patchy, and aqua isn’t the type of color that is forgiving if it isn’t even. The formula does dry down fairly quickly, and it doesn’t blend out well once it dries, so you have to work quickly (one eye at a time is what I would recommend). The applicator will over-apply and create more streaks than using your fingertip or a flat, synthetic brush (I used MAC’s 242). The lighter shade was more functional, as when it was sheerer, I didn’t notice any patchiness, and it seemed to apply with less water in its base, so it didn’t streak as much when initially applied either. The wear time was decent but not impressive enough to make up for the difficult/below average application. The formula was also not at all waterproof; a splash (as in, a few droplets) of water caused the eyeshadow to liquefy and dissolve–no rubbing or anything.

Guerlain Blue Ocean Summer Shadow ($32.00 for 0.25 fl. oz.) is described as an “aqua.” It’s a cool-toned aqua base with warmer, green-ish gold shimmer that gives it an overall warmer tone when applied. It was semi-sheer, and it was slightly buildable, but it is very easy to lift the product that you applied (and let dry down) with a second layer, so I don’t recommend attempting to build unless you have time to fix and/or start over. The texture was slightly watery and thin, which may have contributed to how streakily it applied. It lasted for eight hours before creasing. Anastasia Aqua (LE, $12.00) is a powder. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #5 (LE) is darker, more shimmery, powder. theBalm #36 (P, $6.50) is lighter, powder. Kat Von D Archangel (LE) is lighter, powder. theBalm B2 (LE, $16.00) is lighter, powder. CoverGirl Turquoise Glow (325) (LE, $4.99) is more shimmery, cooler-toned, powder. Make Up For Ever #53 (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Aqua (P, $16.00) is lighter, brighter, less shimmery, powder. Sugarpill Mochi (P, $12.00) is darker, less shimmery, powder. Inglot #345 (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, powder. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Guerlain White Sand Summer Shadow ($32.00 for 0.25 fl. oz.) is described as an “beige.” It’s a gold-shimmered, warm beige with a frosted sheen. It was more semi-sheer to semi-opaque but went on evenly as the base seemed less watery. It wore well for nine hours before creasing. Surratt Beauty Soie (P, $20.00) is a powder. Giorgio Armani Gold Ashes (12) (P, $38.00) is slightly lighter. Colour Pop XO (P, $5.00) is darker, warmer. Makeup Geek Shimma Shimma (P, $5.99) is a powder. Charlotte Tilbury Fallen Angel #1 (LE) is lighter, powder. MAC Satin Ochre (Left) (LE) is lighter, powder. Anastasia Blush (LE, $12.00) is a powder. MAC Just Gleaming (LE, $19.50) is lighter, powder. Charlotte Tilbury The Rebel #1 (P) is a powder. Tom Ford Beauty Nude Dip #1 (LE) is a powder. MAC Amberluxe #1 (P) is a powder. MAC Fabulous Three #1 (LE) is a powder. Tarina Tarantino Elektron (P) is lighter, powder. Chanel Quadrille #2 (LE) is lighter, powder. Kat Von D Galore (LE) is powder. Disney by Sephora Sea Shells (LE) is lighter, powder. Benefit Bikini-tini (P, $10.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The Glossover

LE
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Blue Ocean

D

Product

5/10

Pigmentation

6.5/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

6.5/10

Application

3.5/5

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White Sand

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Product

6.5/10

Pigmentation

7.5/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

Guerlain Yellow It-stick (603) Rouge Automatique
Guerlain Yellow It-stick (603) Rouge Automatique

Guerlain Yellow It-stick (603) Rouge Automatique ($37.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “golden tone.” It’s a brightened, yellowed base with fine gold shimmer. It’s supposed to have an “iridescent, sheer finish” for a “barely there look,” so as you might expect… it is sheer. If you wanted to wear bright, sunshine yellow on your lips, you’re out of luck. If you wanted a sheer layer of golden shimmer, this is your speed. It has a lightweight, very emollient, wet-like feel on the lips, so it glides on without tugging. On its own, it lasts only two hours, making it one of the shorter-wearing shades I’ve tried in the formula, though it was hydrating. MAC Highlights (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Tom Ford Beauty William (LE, $32.00) is more pigmented, less glossy. NYX Mischievous (P, $6.00) is more pigmented. Tom Ford Beauty Solar Gold (LE, $49.00) is very similar. MAC Playland (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery/pigmented. Dolce and Gabbana Topazio (LE, $33.00) is darker, more pigmented. Guerlain Altoum (LE, $35.00) is more sparkly. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Triptych (P, $18.00) is more pigmented, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Guerlain Fluo Stiletto (662) Rouge Automatique ($37.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “neon pink.” It’s an extremely bright, magenta fuchsia with cool, blue undertones and a soft shine. It had semi-opaque color coverage that went on fairly evenly with a lightweight consistency that wasn’t too thick or too thin. It wore well for five hours and left a slight stain behind while feeling moisturizing while worn. It is a very dupable color, as this is just one of those shades that every brand seems to do at some point, though less do it with the glossier finish (many options are more matte), but there are still lots of variations on it. NYX Privileged (P, $6.00) is lighter. Maybelline Orchid Ecstasy (730) (P, $7.49) is very similar. Tom Ford Beauty Pablo (LE, $32.00) is slightly darker. Tom Ford Beauty Jack (LE, $32.00) is more muted. Tom Ford Beauty Justin (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery. NARS Angela (P, $32.00) is more opaque, cooler-toned. MAC Boutique Pink (LE, $22.00) is similar. MAC Lust Extract (LE, $17.00) is more muted. Givenchy Rose Perfecto (209) (P, $36.00) is similar. MAC Kelly Yum-Yum (LE, $16.00) is similar. Too Faced Melted Fuchsia (P, $21.00) is darker. MAC Happy-Go-Lucky (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Sephora + Pantone Universe Radiant Rush (LE, $18.00) is darker. Bite Beauty Violet (P, $24.00) is brighter. Bite Beauty Moscato (P, $28.00) is brighter. Bite Beauty Satsuma (LE, $24.00) is brighter, less glossy. Marc Jacobs Beauty Gossip (140) (LE, $30.00) is more matte. NARS Full Frontal (LE, $26.00) is more muted. Marc Jacobs Beauty Happy Ending (116) (P, $30.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Anarchy (P, $22.00) is darker. Maybelline Electric Fuchsia (LE, $7.49) is brighter. NARS Yu (P, $25.00) is more matte. MAC Pink Pigeon (P, $16.00) is more matte. MAC Daddy’s Little Girl (LE, $16.00) is more muted. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The Glossover

LE
product

Yellow It-stick (603)

B-

Product

7.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

6/10

Application

5/5

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Fluo Stiletto (662)

B+

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

Dior Tie Dye Collection for Summer 2015
Dior Tie Dye Collection for Summer 2015

5 Couleurs Couture Eyeshadow Palette ($62.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Contraste Horizon
  • Ambre Nuit

DiorSkin Nude Tan ($57.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Pink Sunrise (001)
  • Coral Sunset (002)

Dior Addict Lipstick ($33.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Red Bliss (001)
  • Coral Trip (002)
  • Fuchsia Utopia (005)
  • Nude Fever (006)

Dior Addict Fluid Stick ($35.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Tropiques (379)
  • Ciel Rose (449)
  • Plaisir (779)

DiorShow Khol ($32.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Pearly Turquoise

Top Coat ($28.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Tie Dye

Vernis ($27.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Sunkissed (239)
  • Sunwashed (319)

Availability: Now at NordstromSaksNeiman Marcus

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Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Temptalia Asks You


How has makeup changed your life? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerWhen I was younger, it definitely helped me “fake it ’til you make it.” Now, it’s a career path that I wouldn’t have thought was open to me 15 years ago!

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Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayons

Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayon ($25.00 for 0.01 oz.) just launched ten new, permanent shades for summer. These arrived by a shipping miracle as they shipped out so late last night, it didn’t seem like they were going to make it here on time, but they did! So here are swatches for your perusal :) It’ll take me sometime to test all of these, but in general, they swatch as they have in the past… hit or miss. I have a love/hate relationship with the formula, because they could be a little creamier/more pigmented in a single pass, but most build well and their strength is really how long-wearing they are, while several have been more unique in color. Hopefully these wear just as long as past shades have, but we’ll see!

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