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Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

Makeup Geek Graphite Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Graphite Eyeshadow

Makeup Geek Graphite Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “light graphite grey with flecks of silver.” It’s a muted, medium-dark gray with subtle, warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had good color payoff, which could have been truer-to-pan, but it had a soft, blendable consistency so it was easy to use on the lid. It wore well for eight hours on me before fading slightly. Dior Golden Reflections #1 (LE) is warmer, darker. MAC Stormy Sunset (LE, $15.00) is lighter. Kat Von D Graphic Nature (P) is darker. bareMinerals Abracadabra (LE) is brighter, cooler-toned. Makeup Geek Galaxy (P, $5.99) is darker. Makeup Geek Prince Charming (P, $6.99) is cooler-toned. NARS Bad Behaviour (LE, $24.00) is darker. Too Faced Chimney (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. Illamasqua Graphica (P) is similar. MAC Graphic Style (LE, $15.00) is similar. CoverGirl Charcoal (335) (P, $4.99) is lighter. MAC Howzat (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Makeup Geek Ice Queen Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “frosty shimmery white.” It’s a cool-toned, bright white with a very fine shimmer-sheen finish. It’s somewhat powdery, but it had decent pigmentation nonetheless. This shade lasted for seven and a half hours when I tested it. Kat Von D Banshee (LE) is less shimmery. Kat Von D Anti-Star (LE) is more shimmery. Too Faced Nutcracker (LE, $16.00) is brighter. Chanel Oiseaux de Nuit #1 (LE) is similar. Hello Kitty Milk (LE) is similar. Make Up For Ever D124 Crystalline White (P, $21.00) is more shimmery. Too Faced Purr (LE, $16.00) is similar. LORAC Snow (P) is similar. theBalm #11 (P, $6.50) is slightly brighter. Tom Ford Beauty Ice Queen #1 (P) is cooler-toned. theBalm A3 (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Mod #1 (P) is similar. MAC Crystal Avalanche (P, $15.00) is more shimmery, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Makeup Geek White Lies Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “matte pure white.” It’s a cool-toned white with a matte finish that comes off looking almost gray-ish applied. I think it’s a shade that would be really nice over a good base for a pure white, but it doesn’t have the density or richness to be bright white on the skin by itself. It showed signs of fading after seven and a half hours of wear. Kat Von D Banshee (LE) is brighter. Make Up For Ever M126 Chalk (P, $21.00) is brighter. MAC Pick Me Up (P, $15.00) is similar. LORAC White (P) is brighter. Sugarpill Tako (P, $12.00) is brighter. Inglot #373 (P, $6.00) is brighter. Inglot #318 (P, $6.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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8.5/10

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Ice Queen

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Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

Sleek Makeup Precious Metals Highlighting Palette
Sleek Makeup Precious Metals Highlighting Palette

Precious Metals Highlighting Palette ($14.99)

This multitasking must-have creates a gorgeous all-over shimmer that instantly enhances the complexion with a fresh, radiant glow. This versatile face and body highlighting palette complements all skin tones and includes three luxurious velvet cream formulas and one powder. The iridescent, metallic finishes add a luminous polish to the skin.

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Monday, November 24th, 2014

Temptalia Asks You


What beauty products or shades do you find truly multi-purpose? Share your favorites!

Temptalia's AnswerLiquid highlighters/illuminizers, because I mix them in with foundation, dab them on top of foundation for a more obvious look, and they work well for brightening the under eye area or all-over the lid.

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Monday, November 24th, 2014

IT Cosmetics Magical in Mauve Vitality Cheek Stain
IT Cosmetics Magical in Mauve Vitality Cheek Stain

IT Cosmetics Magical in Mauve Vitality Cheek Stain ($24.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a rich, brightened, berry-purple with cool undertones and a soft, frosted finish. Kevyn Aucoin Neolita (P, $37.00) is warmer. MAC Hot Nights (LE, $21.00) is similar. NARS Oasis (P, $29.00) is more muted, warmer. MAC Restores Dazzle (LE, $21.00) is a cream product. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It’s intensely pigmented–a little goes such a long way! If you prefer a very foolproof blush, you might look elsewhere, as this requires a very feathery touch to control just how much gets applied. The powder itself has a soft, buttery, and silky consistency, so it is easy to blend out on the skin and diffuse for softer color. It’ll be a nice option for anyone who prefers a more pigmented blush that doesn’t require building to get true-to-pan color. As the blush gets blended and buffed onto the skin, it looks more luminous than shimmery with a light glow and a distinctive “stained” look, even though it is a powder. This shade wore well for ten hours before fading slightly along the edges.

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Magical in Mauve

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10/10

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10/10

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10/10

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10/10

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Monday, November 24th, 2014

Rant & Rave

Share: Tell us what you love and hate about Blush Brushes!

my answer: I don’t like when they’re not cut evenly so they feel rough/scratchy. If they’re too dense, they can pack on too much product. I love them for helping to apply and diffuse cheek color!

Monday, November 24th, 2014

Revlon HD Tourmaline (510) Ultra HD Lip Lacquer
Revlon HD Tourmaline (510) Ultra HD Lip Lacquer

Revlon Ultra HD Lip Lacquer ($8.99 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is supposed to deliver “true color clarity” with “vivid high-impact shine and a “lightweight feel” that is “never sticky.” The gloss has a creamy consistency to it that is a little gel-like, and though it doesn’t feel heavy, it is a thicker consistency. There’s a light tackiness to it initially, which I find develops to a noticeable tackiness after a couple of hours–if you don’t like thicker, tackier glosses, I don’t know that these are for you. The wear of these darker shades ended up being longer than average, which was nice, and I didn’t have issues with the gloss feathering, but I’m not prone to feathering, so your mileage may vary. I think a doe-foot applicator might have made the gloss easier to apply, because around the edges, the brush will splay out and give a more jagged edge, due to the thickness and spreadability of the gloss itself. There is a very subtle sweet scent, but it’s very, very hard to detect except in the tube. They weren’t drying on me, but they weren’t hydrating either.

From what I’ve heard (but I’m not in contact with Revlon, so this is an observation) and seen, this formula is replacing the ColorBurst Lipgloss range, which seems to be vanishing from online and my local displays are empty.

Revlon HD Tourmaline (510) Ultra HD Lip Lacquer ($8.99 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a bright, fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a white sparkle. It had mostly opaque color coverage, which applied fairly evenly, but it could have gone on better. It wore well for five hours on me and was neither drying nor hydrating. NYX Sugar Cookie (P, $5.00) is less sparkly, sheerer. Urban Decay Crush (P, $19.00) is less glossy. Milani Flashy (P, $7.49) is more shimmery. MAC Style Packed (LE, $15.00) is lighter, less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Revlon HD Pink Ruby (515) Ultra HD Lip Lacquer ($8.99 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a bold, brightened pinky-red with fuchsia shimmer and sparkle. It had rich, opaque color coverage that went on evenly and lasted for six hours. MAC Glam (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery. Revlon Adorned (P, $7.49) is cooler-toned with a pinker (less red) base. MAC Impassioned (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery. Estee Lauder Violet Rain (LE, $22.50) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Revlon HD Carnelian (545) Ultra HD Lip Lacquer ($8.99 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a muted, medium-dark burgundy red with subtle, cool undertones and a creamy finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage with a high-shine finish. It applied beautifully and evenly, except along the edges due to the bristles of the brush (be very slow and methodical when applying with the applicator!). It wore well for five and a half hours. Guerlain Rouge Parade (920) (LE, $30.00) is brighter, lighter. MAC Viva Glam I (LE, $15.00) is warmer. MAC Utterly Tart (LE, $15.00) is less red. Chanel Crushed Cherry (P, $29.50) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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HD Tourmaline (510)

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8.5/10

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