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Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

Cle de Peau Marmalade Sky (301) Eye Color Quad
Cle de Peau Marmalade Sky (301) Eye Color Quad

Cle de Peau Marmalade Sky (301) Eye Color Quad ($55.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a set of lighter, warm-toned neutrals. It’s just a so-so palette, and the colors are fairly dupable that it’s not one I’d splurge on, as I think there are better options for warm-toned neutral palettes (or quads) out there these days.

Also, keep in mind that the price is for the refill only; the case is sold separately ($25). I keep mine in Z-Palettes with a magnetic strip on the back, which has worked just fine for me! Another way to do it is to purchase one case for traveling with a particular quad but not a case for each and every one you may have.

Marmalade Sky #1 is a light pink with warm undertones and a soft, pearly sheen. It had semi-opaque color coverage with a soft, silky-smooth texture that was easy to work with and lasted for eight hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Marmalade Sky #2 is a sparkling, warm beige with a hint of peach and gold micro-sparkle over a more metallic finish. It had good pigmentation with a silky, blendable consistency that wore well for eight hours, but there was a little fall out over time. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Marmalade Sky #3 is a bright, neutral white with a frosted finish. It had good color payoff with a finely-milled, silky texture that applied well. The color wore for eight hours before fading. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Marmalade Sky #4 is a softened, medium copper brown with copper sparkle and a gold frosted sheen. It had decent pigmentation, but the texture was drier and a little powdery. The sparkle felt disconnected to the base color, so there was fall out during application as well as during wear. There are too many shades in the industry just like this to have this be anything less than excellent. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Marmalade Sky (301)

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Marmalade Sky #1

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8.5/10

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8.5/10

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9/10

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Marmalade Sky #2

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8.5/10

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9/10

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9/10

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Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

Benefit Box o' Powder

Forever ago (no, seriously, sometime in 2014), I went through and re-photographed and swatched all of the Benefit Box o’ Powders I had in my stash (including a few that are discontinued, still useful for finding a dupe if it was a favorite!) since several are cult favorites so I wanted updated images for use in the gallery. You’ll now find these included in the gallery, and if you’ve tried one of Benefit’s powder blushes, consider writing a review :)

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Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

bareMinerals Dream Big Marvelous Moxie Lipstick
bareMinerals Dream Big Marvelous Moxie Lipstick

There are three limited edition shades of Modern Pop bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipsticks ($20.00 for 0.12 oz.), which is a formula that’s supposed to be “creamy, super-saturated” with “ultra-pigmented color” in a “satin finish” that is also hydrating. All three had good color payoff, though not quite full coverage, as the texture had a lot of slip to it, which made it prone to having a bit of translucency that lets the natural lip color come through. This gives it a lighter look than a true full coverage lipstick, but it can be harder to keep it perfectly smooth and even. The wear time was average at three to four hours, but the formula was comfortable to wear and hydrating. It had a vanilla mint scent but no discernible taste.

bareMinerals Dream Big Marvelous Moxie Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “nude peach.” It’s a light-medium, muted peach with a natural finish and warm undertones. It had mostly opaque coverage, but it’s not quite the truly creamy and full coverage promised–the formula has more slip to it that makes it prone to having a bit of translucency so the natural lip color can peek through. It wore well for three hours and was hydrating over time. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

bareMinerals Express Yourself Marvelous Moxie Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “bright peach.” It’s a light-medium, peachy-coral with warm undertones and a soft shine. It had a very creamy, emollient consistency that was slippery enough that you could see “lines” if you pressed your lips together. It had mostly opaque pigmentation that covered well, but it will let the natural lip color come through slightly. It wore well for four hours and was moisturizing. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

bareMinerals Fall in Love Marvelous Moxie Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “tawny peach.” It’s a medium-dark, muted orange-brown with warm undertones and a soft shine. It had fairly opaque color payoff that went on evenly and smoothly, though it has the same really creamy, moderately slippery texture that gives it a very slight translucency. This shade stayed on well for four hours and was hydrating. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Dream Big

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9/10

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9/10

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8.5/10

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9/10

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Monday, May 25th, 2015

Temptalia Asks You


What’s your current method for applying cream blush? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerI almost always reach for MAC’s 159, which is a duo-fiber stippling brush, as it has a great shape for getting the right level of coverage but can still blend and diffuse edges. It’s also feathery at the edges to avoid disturbing base products if applying the cream blush over foundation. Otherwise, fingertips!

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

Monday, May 25th, 2015

Dior Rouge Brilliant Lipgloss
Dior Rouge Brilliant Lipgloss

Dior Rouge Brilliant Lipgloss ($35.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) released a few months ago as a new formula from the brand. The new formula is supposed to be a “long-wearing, couture lip balm gloss” that is supposed to “dispense just the right amount” with its “pen-like applicator” that is hydrating. As far as color coverage is concerned, there is a lot of marketing speak, and best I can surmise is… your mileage may vary, since it is the “perfect dose” and “the right touch of vibrant color.” I bought six shades to test out, and across all six, color coverage is semi-opaque, so there’s some translucency but noticeable color on the lips, but the stronger your natural lip color is, the more it may impact how the color translates on your lips. The gloss has a smooth, lightly thickened gel-like consistency that feels plush and covers fairly evenly on average; it doesn’t feel heavy, but it has that jelly-like consistency of balm. They’re moderately hydrating–less than the best balm, better than the average gloss–with a high-shine finish. They’re non-sticky, which makes them comfortable to wear and easier to smooth out. The formula is noticeably rose-scented, though not as intense as the Fluid Addicts, so I don’t normally notice it as a taste, just a scent. The lasting power is three to five hours, which is good for a gloss as non-sticky as this. All six of the shades I tried had a very faint pearl to them, which is definitely there, but it’s hard to really see the impact of the pearl on the lips from a normal viewing distance.

Dior Swan (263) Rouge Brilliant Lipgloss ($35.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a light-medium pink with warm undertones and a fine dusting of gold pearl. It had semi-opaque coverage with minimal settling into lip lines (more noticeable on my upper lip) that lasted for four hours and was moderately hydrating. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dior Hollywood (688) Rouge Brilliant Lipgloss ($35.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a slightly muted, medium fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and fine gold pearl. It applied somewhat evenly without pulling into lip lines and yielded semi-opaque coverage. It lasted for four and a half hours and was hydrating while worn. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dior Rose Harpers (766) Rouge Brilliant Lipgloss ($35.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is reddish-fuchsia with slight cool undertones and a fine pink pearl. It settled into lip lines and had a tendency to look almost like a stain at times. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that covered evenly without looking streaky. The gloss wore well for four and a half hours on me and was hydrating. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dior Darling (775) Rouge Brilliant Lipgloss ($35.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is light-medium, coral-pink with subtle, warm undertones and fine white pearl. It had semi-oapque pigmentation, though it was one of the lesser pigmented shades of the six. It lasted for four and a half hours and was hydrating, but it didn’t apply as evenly as I would have liked. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dior Soho (888) Rouge Brilliant Lipgloss ($35.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a brightened, medium-dark fuchsia pink with cool, violet pearl. It had semi-opaque coverage that went on fairly evenly, though there was a little settling into lip lines, but it was hard to notice from a normal viewing distance. The color lasted for five hours and was hydrating over time. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dior 999 Rouge Brilliant Lipgloss ($35.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is an orange-red with warm undertones and a delicate gold pearl. It had semi-opaque color payoff that went on fairly smoothly and evenly with very slight settling into lip lines. I didn’t find the settling to be noticeable except very up-close. The color stayed on well for five hours, and the formula felt moisturizing. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Swan (263)

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Hollywood (688)

B+

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8.5/10

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10/10

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Rose Harpers (766)

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8/10

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9.5/10

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8.5/10

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Monday, May 25th, 2015

Rant & Rave

Share: Tell us what you love and hate about L’OREAL!

my answer: Sometimes they seem really pricey compared to other brands at the drugstore, so I really try to wait for some sort of sale before buying anything. I think they have some really strong formulas in their eye and nail products. I wish their lip products had a better scent.