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Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

Marc Jacobs Beauty The Dreamer Style Eye-Con No. 7 Eyeshadow Palette
Marc Jacobs Beauty The Dreamer Style Eye-Con No. 7 Eyeshadow Palette

Marc Jacobs Beauty The Dreamer Style Eye-Con No. 7 Eyeshadow Palette ($59.00 for 0.24 oz.) includes seven shades of warm-toned hues ranging from yellowed beige to reddish-brown along with a lot of gold and copper in-between. There is a good variety in finish, which is its strength; I liked that there was at least one darker shade, but I think one of the light beige/peach shades could have been substituted with a more mid-tone or transition kind of shade in a satin/matte finish (maybe like a coppery brown). Most of the shades had good pigmentation and were soft and blendable, though the palette is really one that should be used with a primer to get the most out of it, as a few shades were slightly powdery.

The Dreamer #1 is described as a “baked creme matte.” It’s a light-medium, yellowed beige with a matte finish. The texture was soft, silky, and blended well on the skin. It lasted for eight hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The Dreamer #2 is described as a “golden tan shimmer.” It’s a light-medium, golden copper with a frosted finish. It had good color payoff that applied evenly and smoothly. It started to fade after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The Dreamer #3 is described as a “French vanilla satin.” It’s a brightened, light-medium yellow with a pearly sheen. The pigmentation was mostly opaque, while the powder’s consistency was soft, almost creamy, and blendable on the skin. It started to fade after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The Dreamer #4 is described as a “deep espresso matte.” It’s a muted, medium-dark brown with warm, red undertones and a matte finish. The texture felt silky, but it was a little dry and powdery, which made it harder to apply evenly as the color didn’t adhere as well to the skin. It faded a bit faster than the other shades at the seven and a half hour mark. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The Dreamer #5 is described as a “warm peach matte.” It’s a brightened, yellowed peach with warm undertones and a subtle gold sheen. It had nice color payoff, while the texture was just a smidgen powdery, which made it a little harder to get true-to-pan color on the lid without it sheering down. It lasted well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The Dreamer #6 is described as a “fiery copper shimmer.” It’s a pinky-coral with a lot of gold frost, which gives it a frosted sheen with strong, warm undertones. The texture was slightly dry, but it had fairly good color coverage. It started to fade after seven and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The Dreamer #7 is described as a “warm gold shimmer.” It’s a medium, orange gold with a finer gold shimmer-sheen finish. It had good pigmentation, though the texture was soft enough that it was a little thin and powdery, where it really has to be gently patted onto the lid (and preferably, over a primer) to maintain its intensity. On me, it started to fade after seven and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

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Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

MAC Stone Lipstick
MAC Stone Lipstick

MAC Stone Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “muted grayish taupe brown [with a Matte finish].” It’s a muted, medium-dark taupe brown with subtle, warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had rich, opaque color coverage with a lightly creamy consistency with a light-medium thickness that covers well. The color lasted for four and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Whirl Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “dirty rose [with a Matte finish].” It’s a muted, medium-dark rosy brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had full color coverage that applied evenly and smoothly. The texture was lightly creamy and didn’t tug or pull at the lips during application. The color wore well for four and a half hours but was a little drying. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Velvet Teddy Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “deep-tone beige [with a Matte finish].” It’s a muted, light-medium rosy beige with a hint of brown and warm undertones. It had a more satin finish–there’s a very subtle sheen to it for the first two hours of wear, before it wears to a more matte finish. It had nice color payoff with a smooth, creamy texture that glided on evenly. This shade lasted for four and a half hours on me and was neither drying nor hydrating. I remember this being a go-to beige for me when I first started wearing lipstick. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Persistence Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “peachy cinnamon [with a Matte finish].” It’s a subdued, medium brown with warm, reddish-orange undertones and a matte finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and it had the same creamy, almost velvety consistency (feels like it has silicones in it) that glides on and doesn’t tug. This shade wore well for five hours and was a smidgen drying. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Kinda Sexy Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “neutral pinky rose [with a Matte finish].” It’s a softened, medium rosy beige with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had fairly opaque color payoff, and the texture was really creamy, so it was easy to apply, though it didn’t go on as evenly. On me, this shade stayed on for four and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Naturally Transformed Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “muted golden beige [with a Matte finish].” It’s a light-medium, yellowed beige with a matte finish. It had good color coverage with a lightly creamy consistency, but the texture was thick enough that it seemed to settle into lip lines without smoothing them out. After four hours of wear, the color had pulled and separated into the lip lines noticeably. It was a smidgen drying over time. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

ColourPop Rumer Has It Super Shock Shadows
ColourPop Rumer Has It Super Shock Shadows

Just recently, there were six new, limited edition shades of ColourPop Super Shock Shadows ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) released in collaboration with Rumer Willis. Four of the shades were released last week, and two were released this week (and those two I don’t have, but I plan to buy next time I make an order). This set of shades is ideal for someone who loves a lot of sparkle, glitter, and their smoky eyes. There are also three lipsticks launched within the collaboration (two of which I will review soon!).

ColourPop Swan Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “soft creamy white with tons of silver glitter and hints of pink duochrome glitter in a metallic finish.” It’s a medium white that leans slightly warm-toned with a lot of silver sparkle and glittery bits. The glitter made more of an impact than the underlying base color, which was semi-sheer (even applied with a fingertip). There is fall out from the shade when blended during application, and there was some fall out during wear. The texture had a chunkiness to it that made it harder to get even color out of the pot with a brush–it seemed to flake away in chunks, so fingertip application is definitely the preferred method with this shade. It is best patted on or layered over another shade to add sparkles. It didn’t crease over a nine hour period. MAC Permanent Press #1 (LE) is less sparkly. YSL Eau d’Argent (02) (P, $30.00) is a liquid. Urban Decay Cosmic (P, $20.00) is more sparkly. MAC Smoky Black Friday #1 (LE) is less glittery. Too Faced Frost (LE, $16.00) is less glittery. MAC Regal Affair (LE, $19.50) is similar. Make Up For Ever ME122 Snow (P, $21.00) is brighter, less glittery. Marc Jacobs Beauty Stagelight (302) (LE, $32.00) is similar. Dior Golden Snow #3 (LE) is similar. MAC Angelic (P, $21.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Ice Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “true silver with tons of multi-dimensional highly reflective glitter in a metallic finish.” It’s a medium, pewter with larger silver glitter and multi-colored micro-glitter and sparkle; the sparkles tend to look like teal, silver, and gold. The texture was lightly emollient with semi-opaque color payoff from the base color with lots of glitter payoff. I was able to apply this shade with a brush without texture or payoff being an issue, though I highly recommend using a flat, synthetic brush. A fluffier brush will tend to catch the glitter and cause more fall out during application as a result, though fall out during wear resulted in less than five sparkles underneath the eye after nine hours of wear. Colour Pop Snow Flurry (LE, $5.00) is slightly warmer. Chanel Tisse Venitien #3 (P) is darker. Kat Von D Melancholia (P) is darker. Sephora Collection Lunar Eclipse (98) (P, $13.00) is similar. Dior Constellation (864) #2 (LE) is less sparkly. Chanel Moon River (LE, $34.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Feather Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “true liquid gunmetal in an ultra metallic finish.” It’s a medium-dark gray with cool undertones and a pearly sheen (but not “ultra metallic”). It had good color payoff that applied very smoothly and evenly, and the consistency blended out well on the lid without losing intensity. On me, it wore well for ten hours without fading or creasing. YSL Grey Splash (01) (P, $30.00) is more sparkly. MAC Bao Bao’s Jewels #5 (LE) is more metallic. Hourglass Graphite #4 (P) is darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma #2 (P) is similar. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Parisienne #1 (LE) is darker. Stila Black Diamond (P) is warmer. Make Up For Ever ME108 Steel (P, $21.00) is darker. NARS Jardin Perdu (Left) (LE, $24.00) is lighter. Kat Von D Santeria (LE) is darker. Tarina Tarantino Lovely #3 (P) is lighter. Fyrinnae Frostbytes (P, $6.80) is lighter. Makeup Geek Prince Charming (P, $6.99) is less shimmery. MAC Graphic Style (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. Giorgio Armani #21 (LE, $33.00) is darker. Estee Lauder Cyber Silver (LE, $24.00) is more metallic. Bobbi Brown Silver (LE) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Raven Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as an “intense black lightly dusted with silver flecks in a metallic finish.” It’s a deepened, medium-dark black with silver sparkle. The cream formulation really shines here, because it enables the sparkles to actually adhere with the base product and onto the lid, rather than disappear in your brush or the air. I applied it with a flat, synthetic brush and had no issues getting opaque coverage out of it with noticeable sparkle. I didn’t get fall out during wear that I could detect, and there were a few stray sparkles after ten hours of wear but no creasing. Colour Pop Friskie (P, $5.00) is a lesser version of this shade. Kat Von D Black Star (LE) is a powder. Make Up For Ever D104 Black Diamond (P, $21.00) is a powder. Ulta Night Sky (P, $10.00) is less sparkly, powder. MAC Jet Couture (P, $21.00) is more sparkly, warmer. MAC Black Diamond (LE, $16.50)is less sparkly. Lancome The New Black (P, $19.00) is a powder. Chanel Mirifique (P, $36.00) is slightly darker. Buxom Black Lab (P, $18.00) is less sparkly. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

ColourPop Summer 2015 Lippie Stix
ColourPop Summer 2015 Lippie Stix

For summer, there are five new shades of ColourPop Lippie Stix, plus a six-piece set called Sundays in Silverlake. As promised, here are swatches! :) I’m working through these and will try to review them as I can.

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Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

Temptalia Asks You


What beauty brands are common to your country that visitors should try to find? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerI think IT Cosmetics doesn’t have very wide distribution, and that’s definitely a brand worth looking for! Some of Sephora’s exclusive brands (Make Up For Ever, Kat Von D, Marc Jacobs Beauty) would be worth checking out, too.

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