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Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

MAC Obi Orange Lipstick
MAC Obi Orange Lipstick

MAC Obi Orange Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as an “intense clean reddish orange.” It’s a muted, medium orange with warm, reddish undertones and soft gold and pink pearl. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that went on evenly for the most part, but it was a little streaky up-close and tended to pull into lip lines after two hours of wear, though it lasted for closer to four in total. It wasn’t drying, but it wasn’t hydrating. MAC Tokyo Tizzy (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter, less glossy. Guerlain Gipsy (P, $51.00) is darker, glossier. Marc Jacobs Beauty All the Way (122) (P, $30.00) is less shimmery. MAC Sweet Grenadine (LE, $17.00) is lighter. Chanel Misia (418) (P, $36.00) is lighter, more muted. MAC Excite (LE, $16.00) is darker, brighter. Chanel Sari d’Eau (P, $35.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Tokyo Tizzy Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “bright yellow-orange.” It’s a medium orange with warm, yellow undertones and fine, gold pearl. It had semi-sheer color payoff that was slightly buildable to semi-opaque coverage. The texture was slightly firmer and worked best after one or two passes, as it would melt from the warmth of the lips. It lasted for three hours on me but was a bit drying. Chanel Misia (418) (P, $36.00) is brighter, more pigmented. Chanel Sari Dore (414) (P, $36.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Guerlain Peach Satin (540) (LE, $37.00) is lighter, brighter. Givenchy Corail Signature (317) (P, $36.00) is lighter, brighter. Chanel Sari Dore (DC, $34.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Chanel Sari d’Eau (P, $35.00) is more shimmery, darker. MAC Saigon Summer (LE, $16.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Little Buddha Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “bright peachy pink.” It’s a medium pink with subtle, warm undertones and a silver pearl. It looked warmer swatched than applied, even against my skin tone. The texture was noticeably gritty from the amount of shimmer in it, and it tended to emphasize lip lines and settled into them two hours into the four hour wear time. It was semi-opaque, and it was more opaque than most of the other shades. It was slightly drying as well. Bobbi Brown Pink Flush (LE, $25.00) is lighter. YSL Caress Pink (9) (P, $34.00) is less shimmery, brighter, warmer. MAC What a Feeling! (LE, $20.00) is lighter, glossier. Givenchy Rose Taffetas (201) (P, $36.00) is less shimmery, warmer, glossier. Buxom Mistress (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery. Guerlain Gemma (P, $51.00) is more shimmery, warmer. Too Faced Razzle Dazzle Rose (P, $22.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Estee Lauder Powerful (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, cooler. Too Faced Metallic Bunny (P, $21.00) is more shimmery. Chanel Elise (448) (P, $36.00) is less shimmery, darker. Chanel Roussy (426) (P, $36.00) is warmer. Laura Mercier Heartbreaker (LE, $23.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Formula Summary: MAC Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) has a variety of finishes, which results in color coverage, finish, comfort, wear, and texture to vary from finish to finish. Lustres tend to be sheer to semi-sheer with a thin, slippery consistency and wear one to three hours; they are lightly to moderately drying on me, despite their slip. Cremesheens typically have semi-opaque to opaque coverage, wear an average of four hours, are sometimes drying and sometimes not drying, and have a light shine to their finish. Amplifieds have a light sheen, opaque coverage, slightly thicker consistency but is less “heavy” in look compared to satins; they are typically not drying but not hydrating and can wear four to six hours. Satins have less sheen compared to Amplifieds but have similar coverage and wear. Mattes, particularly newer iterations of the finish, have a velvety, silicone-like consistency that makes them easier to apply without drag, and they typically have opaque coverage and wear four to six hours, but they can be drying. Retro Mattes are ultra-matte with a very flat, nearly no-sheen finish, and they are often stiffer in the tube but thinner in consistency compared to satins or mattes; they are often drying but wear four to eight hours. All MAC Lipsticks are vanilla-scented with no discernible taste.

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Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

Kat Von D Requiem Everlasting Liquid Lipstick
Kat Von D Requiem Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D Requiem Everlasting Liquid Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is described as a “soft lilac.” It’s a softened, light-medium pinky lavender with neutral-to-cool undertones and a flat, matte finish. It had mostly opaque pigmentation (there’s a very faint shadow of my lip freckle peeking through). The drying time on this shade was more in line with the rest of the range, so you’ll want to avoid pressing your lips together for about two minutes or so to maintain your smooth application. This shade lasted for seven hours on me with some fading becoming visible after five hours, and it was a little drying after six hours. MAC Dress it Up (P, $18.00) is darker, glossier. MAC Snob (P, $16.00) is darker. MAC Lavender Whip (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, glossier. MAC Snob (P, $16.00) is darker. Illamasqua Posture (P, $24.00) is darker, cooler, lower quality. NARS Stourhead (LE, $25.00) is lighter. NYX Rose (P, $6.00) is lighter, brighter. NYX Playdate (P, $6.00) is darker, glossier. Colour Pop Brills (P, $5.00) is darker, cooler, glossier. Colour Pop Seesaw (P, $6.00) is darker, brighter. Maybelline Blushing Pout (P, $7.99) is darker, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Kat Von D Ayesha Everlasting Liquid Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is described as a “rich lavender.” It’s a muted, medium-dark purple with almost neutral undertones and a matte finish. It is a more challenging shade to apply, as the texture seemed to dry quickly and had a tendency to “crack” once dry. It didn’t apply evenly, and it felt moderately drying after four hours of wear. The color lasted closer to seven and a half hours, but it had faded unevenly. It’s a very interesting color, one that I don’t have much like, but it is finicky. MAC Punk Couture (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer, glossier. Melt Cosmetics By Starlight (P, $19.00) is brighter, glossier. NYX Playdate (P, $6.00) is lighter, glossier. MAC Men Love Mystery (P, $16.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA SUMMARY | Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is supposed to be a “long-wear, full coverage liquid lipstick with a smooth, matte finish.” Of the liquid lipsticks on the market that go and have a full dry-down, Kat Von D’s formula remains my favorite, as it is the easiest to apply with the kindest learning curve and lasts awhile. Some shades are more drying than others, but typically they don’t get drying until after five to six hours of wear. They often wear anywhere from six to ten hours, depending on what you’ve had to eat or drink during the day. This formula is thin but not watery, has a longer dry down than most liquid lipsticks (but I noticed some of the newer shades dried to a mostly dry finish faster), and layers better than most (you can touch-up or add a second layer for more coverage). It takes about a minute for it to mostly set, but it will remain a little tacky in places for up to three minutes so you’ll want to avoid pressing your lips together if it doesn’t seem totally dry initially. There isn’t a noticeable scent or taste. If you don’t mind the trade-off between very long, near-pristine wear and being drying, it’s worth checking out. As a bonus, these also come with one of the most generous amounts of products within the realm of liquid lipsticks!

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Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

Laura Geller Papaya Baked Gelato Swirl Blush
Laura Geller Papaya Baked Gelato Swirl Blush

Laura Geller Papaya Baked Gelato Swirl Blush ($26.00 for 0.17 oz.) is described as a “vibrant coral.” It’s a lightly brightened, medium coral with warm, pink and red undertones and a fine, white pearl that gives it a luminous sheen applied. MAC Fleet Fast (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker. Bobbi Brown Coral (P, $25.00) is warmer. Tom Ford Beauty Love Lust (P, $55.00) is more shimmery, lighter. NARS Soulshine (Together) (LE, $30.00) is darker, more muted, warmer. Chanel Malice (71) (P, $45.00) is more muted. MAC Hi Jinks! (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery. Surratt Beauty Ponceau (P, $32.00) is brighter, cooler. Surratt Beauty Ponceau (P, $32.00) is brighter, cooler. NARS Panic (Right) (P, ) is darker. Colour Pop Fox (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler. Colour Pop Jelly Fish (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, darker. Dior Pink Glow Blush (LE, ) is less shimmery. Burberry Blossom (P, $42.00) is less shimmery, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The formula is described as having vivid and “translucent, vibrant color” with a “flirty, natural-looking flush” that goes on “like a powder but feels like a cream.” They have a very similar texture as the Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminators I reviewed earlier this year, which I totally fell in love with. The texture has a smooth, denser feel to it that has good color payoff that’s incredibly easy to blend out on the skin. The pigmentation varies from shade to shade, but they are generally quite pigmented. Papaya had good pigmentation with a soft, dense texture in the pan that made the product very blendable on the skin without skipping or becoming patchy, despite its brighter color. As the blush is blended and worked into the skin, the finish becomes a real sheen rather than detectable shimmer. This shade wore for just over eight hours before fading on me.

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Monday, July 27th, 2015

Temptalia Asks You


What misconceptions did you have about makeup before getting in to it? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerThat it was girly and superficial. There’s a lot to confidence building and something to be said about having an escape or creative outlet to get someone through a rough time. I know that just in my little corner of the web, the emails I have received from readers thanking me for helping them through a tough time, merely by providing something fun to read and play with, is a very strong reminder that makeup is anything but superficial. It is also for all folks of all walks.

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Monday, July 27th, 2015

Tarte Energy Noir Eye & Cheek Palette
Tarte Energy Noir Eye & Cheek Palette

Tarte Energy Noir Eye & Cheek Palette ($38.00 for 0.54 oz.) is a cooler-toned eyeshadow palette with one blush. The palette has some misses and a few nicer shades, but if you already have a few of Tarte’s palettes, you may want to check your stash–there were a lot of Tarte eyeshadows that I ended up pulling as similar shades across this palette. The mattes were on the powdery side, while the more frosted shades were more pigmented and applied better to bare skin.

As a note, the back of the packaging lists 1.91 oz. for the blush with a 5.4g weight, but when you covert 5.4 grams into oz., you get 0.19 oz. (1.91 oz. is a massive amount of product in makeup, whereas 0.19 oz. is more in line with the size of it in the palette and what you’d expect to see with the average blush).

Full Moon is a light beige with subtle, neutral-to-cool undertones and a matte finish. It had a very silky feel to it, but it was prone to sheering out as it also became somewhat powdery. It had semi-opaque coverage and lasted for seven and a half hours on me. MAC Blanc Type (P, $16.00) is warmer. Bobbi Brown Bone (P, $22.00) is warmer. MAC Vanilla (P, $16.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Anonymous (LE, $18.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Kinky (LE, $18.00) is darker, cooler. Too Faced Cream Colored Ponies (LE, $16.00) is darker. Too Faced Dainty (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler. Too Faced Egg Nog (LE, $16.00) is darker. Kat Von D Lifelike (P, ) is brighter. Kat Von D Lifelike (P, ) is brighter. Too Faced Rockabilly (P, $16.00) is warmer. Too Faced Rockabilly (P, $16.00) is warmer. Too Faced Meow (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Too Faced Meow (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Make Up For Ever M530 Eggshell (P, $21.00) is cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Charged Up is a subdued, medium-dark taupe brown with a frosted finish and warm undertones. The eyeshadow had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture that wasn’t powdery or dry. On me, it started to fade after eight hours of wear. MAC Superwatt (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery. Clarins The Essentials #5 (LE, ) is warmer. Urban Decay Juju (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Urban Decay Juju (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Urban Decay Angel (LE, $18.00) is more shimmery. LORAC Chrome (P, ) is darker, cooler. Marc Jacobs Beauty Au Revoir (406) (P, $28.00) is lighter. Make Up For Ever D562 Taupe Platinum (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, warmer. Make Up For Ever D562 Taupe Platinum (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, warmer. Anastasia Custom (P, $12.00) is warmer. Too Faced Rum Raisin (P, $16.00) is more shimmery. Charlotte Tilbury Fallen Angel #2 (LE, ) is warmer. Cle de Peau Satin Moon #3 (P, ) is warmer. Tarte Steel the Scene (LE, ) is lighter, more muted, cooler. Buxom Mink Magnet (P, $12.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dark Drive is a blackened brown with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It was semi-sheer with a drier texture that kicked up excess in the pan and ended up being difficult to blend on the eye, as the eyeshadow applied unevenly. It started to fade after seven hours of wear. Too Faced Triple Fudge (P, $16.00) is warmer. Tarte Dream in Chocolate (LE, ) is darker. Kat Von D Shadow Box (P, ) is lighter. Tarte Don’t Turn A-Brown (LE, ) is warmer. Too Faced Knockout (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Charlotte Tilbury The Rock Chick #4 (P, ) is more muted. LORAC Espresso (Mega Pro) (LE, ) is lighter. Too Faced Chocolate Cake (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Tarte Wind Down Brown (LE, ) is . Tarte Multi-Tasker (LE, ) is lighter, warmer. Tarte Dim the Lights (LE, ) is darker. Becca Ombre Nudes #5 (P, ) is warmer. Tarte Ice Cream Cone (LE, ) is cooler. Too Faced Sexpresso (P, $16.00) is lighter, warmer. Zoeva Beans are White (P, ) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Stone Unturned is a muted, medium-dark taupe brown with neutral-to-cool undertones and a matte finish. It was very powdery, which resulted in sheer coverage that didn’t apply well to bare skin. It was noticeably faded after five and a half hours on me. Dior Mirage (761) (P, $30.00) is lighter. MAC Fashion Fix (P, $21.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever M558 Dark Taupe (P, $21.00) is warmer. theBalm Dig It (LE, $16.00) is darker. Urban Decay Cover (P, $18.00) is lighter. MAC Lofty (LE, $16.00) is darker. Laura Mercier Stone Taupe (LE, $23.00) is warmer. Tarte Merci You Later (LE, ) is lighter. Too Faced Puddin’ (P, $16.00) is more shimmery, warmer. Tarte Power Player (LE, ) is more shimmery, warmer. Viseart Cendre (P, ) is darker, cooler. Viseart Tabac (P, ) is darker. Viseart Cendre (P, ) is darker, cooler. NARS Shade II (2015) (LE, $25.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Up Too Slate is a medium-dark, purple-taupe with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture that was easy to work with. The texture felt a little denser compared to the rest of the palette. The eyeshadow started to fade after seven and a half hours of wear. MAC Hypnotizing (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. Inglot #420 (P, $6.00) is cooler. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #1 (P, ) is more shimmery. MAC Dangerous Cuvee (P, $18.50) is cooler. Ardency Inn Disco (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. Charlotte Tilbury The Uptown Girl #2 (P, ) is lighter. MAC Aristocratic Aura (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Makeup Geek Prom Night (P, $5.99) is less shimmery, warmer. YSL Taupe Drop (03) (P, $30.00) is lighter, cooler. Rouge Bunny Rouge Delicate Hummingbird (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, cooler. Buxom Patent Leather (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker. Viseart Vendome (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Misty Mauve is a softened, medium-dark purple-taupe with a matte finish and cooler undertones. It was a smidgen on the powdery side, but it was denser and had a much smoother feel, which helped the color payoff. The color went on with mostly opaque coverage and started to fade after seven and a half hours of wear. Tarte I Think I Cannes (LE, ) is darker. Tarte Natural Beauty (LE, ) is lighter, warmer. Makeup Geek Unexpected (P, $5.99) is lighter. Tarte Best Friend (LE, ) is darker. Colour Pop Bill (P, $5.00) is lighter. Buxom Spoiled Sexy (P, $12.00) is lighter, warmer. Hourglass Monochrome #4 (P, ) is warmer. Tarte Eco-chic (LE, ) is lighter, warmer. Laura Mercier Plum Smoke (P, $23.00) is lighter. MAC Quarry (P, $16.00) is lighter, warmer. Make Up For Ever M546 Dark Purple Taupe (P, $21.00) is warmer. LORAC Wisteria (LE, ) is warmer. Chanel Hasard (99) (P, $29.50) is warmer. MAC Quarry (P, $16.00) is lighter, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Power Plum is a deepened, eggplant purple with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. It was powdery and dusty in the pan, which made it harder to blend on the lid without it turning into a patchy/uneven mess. The color wore well for seven hours on me. Make Up For Ever #160 (P, $20.00) is lighter, brighter. bareMinerals Nightcap (P, ) is lighter, brighter. Tarte My Own Cotes de Rhone (LE, ) is . LORAC Plum (P, ) is lighter. theBalm Moderato (P, $16.00) is warmer. MAC Fig. 1 (P, $16.00) is lighter, brighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Lunar Eclipse is a medium-dark black with warm undertones and a matte finish. It was semi-opaque with a firmer, drier consistency that was difficult to blend on the skin. It lasted for just over six hours before fading. Anastasia LBD (LE, $12.00) is warmer. Dior Pied de Poule #3 (P, ) is lighter. Sephora Collection Black Lace (P, $13.00) is darker. NARS Shade VI (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery, darker. Giorgio Armani #01 (P, $32.00) is darker. MAC Blackboard (LE, $16.00) is less pigmented, lower quality. Divergent Dauntless Ink (LE, ) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Crystal Spark is a brightened, light peachy-beige with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had a denser texture, but it was prone to “thickening” on the lid, so it would look uneven or emphasize the texture of the lid itself. It had good pigmentation and was fairly blendable, while the color lasted for seven and a half hours. Tarina Tarantino Delightful #4 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Rich Glance (LE, $21.00) is darker. Tarina Tarantino Delightful #4 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Exquisite Ego #1 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter. bareMinerals Ball Gown (V2) (P, ) is darker, warmer. Charlotte Tilbury The Rebel #1 (P, ) is warmer. Tom Ford Beauty Nude Dip #1 (LE, ) is warmer. Charlotte Tilbury The Uptown Girl #1 (P, ) is more shimmery. Anastasia Blush (LE, $12.00) is darker. Makeup Geek Shimma Shimma (P, $5.99) is lighter. Giorgio Armani Gold Ashes (12) (P, $38.00) is brighter. Surratt Beauty Soie (P, $20.00) is less shimmery. Viseart Kifu (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter. Too Faced Devotion (P, ) is more shimmery. NARS Shade IV (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Unearthed is a rosy copper with a matte finish. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque coverage that was fairly buildable with a lightly powdery texture that was at least finely-milled. It lasted for eight hours on me before fading, but it fell short of the 12-hour wear time claimed. MAC Corol #2 (LE, $21.00) is cooler. Chanel Jersey (80) (P, $45.00) is warmer. MAC Make You Mine (P, $23.50) is warmer. Sephora + Pantone Universe Marsala (LE, ) is darker, brighter. Sephora + Pantone Universe Marsala (LE, ) is darker, brighter. Bobbi Brown Nude Beach Blush (LE, $26.00) is darker, brighter. MAC Stylish Me (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker, brighter. bareMinerals The Close Call (P, $22.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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