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Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

NARS Frenzy Dual-Intensity Blush
NARS Frenzy Dual-Intensity Blush

NARS Frenzy Dual-Intensity Blush ($45.00 for 0.21 oz.) is more of a highlighter/blush concept, as the lightest shade is most similar to other gold highlighters we’ve seen in the past. The formula is a lot easier to work with dry, as it blended nicely and just didn’t take nearly as much effort to work into the skin as a damp application. If you wear foundation underneath these, I would recommend great care and some brush experimentation when using the formula damp, as using NARS’ Wet/Dry Blush Brush lifts the color and doesn’t blend the color well at all. I think this duo was a lot more flattering on the skin, as the texture wasn’t emphasized terribly (compared the first one I reviewed).

If you missed my initial review of this formula, you can find it here, but it went into more detail about the formula. As a recap, NARS is touting these as a wet/dry formula with the wet formula yielding a “translucent wash of color,” which is really the opposite of my experience, as applying either shade with a dampened brush intensifies both the color and the finish (if it has any shimmer)–this would have rated a B+ if it was described as most wet/dry formulas were (including their own Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow formula, which is damp application yields greater pigment/intensity).

Frenzy (Left) is described as a “sparkling soft pink-gold highlighter.” It’s a brightened, true yellow gold with warm undertones and a metallic finish. I don’t see any pink in the pan, whether from afar, up-close, or when swatched (wet or dry). The texture is firmly packed, and this was a shade that yielded only so-so color coverage with brushes but will yield better pigmentation if you use your fingertips. It had a luminous finish that gave the skin a sheen (and didn’t give me much color, but I’m medium in color) without emphasizing pores. It wore well for seven hours. When I applied it damp, it was more pigmented and significantly more shimmery, but it only slightly emphasized pores and wore well for eight hours. Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is very similar. Dior Transatlantique (LE, $58.00) is darker. theBalm Mary Lou-manizer (P, $24.00) is lighter. MAC Whisper of Gilt (LE, $30.00) is similar. Guerlain Terracotta Sun in the City Illuminating Powder (LE, $70.00) is darker. Chanel Mouche de Beaute Illuminating Powder (LE, $80.00) is similar. Chanel Routes des Indes de Chanel Illuminating Powder (LE, $80.00) is yellower. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Frenzy (Right) is described as a “shimmering bright tangerine orange.” It’s a medium-dark orange with warm, yellow-red undertones and a soft, pearly shimmer. The texture was softer while still being smooth. Applied dry, you’ll get semi-opaque coverage with a softer quality to it, while the finish appears more satiny on the skin. I was able to get seven and a half hours of wear when I applied it dry. When I tried using the blush damp, the color payoff was deeper and richer with a more pronounced shimmery sheen. It was harder to blend and work with when used damp, though it lasted for nine hours. MAC Style Cast (LE, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Seduced at Sea (LE, $25.00) is slightly redder. MAC Modern Mandarin (P, $21.00) is darker, redder. Sleek MakeUP Pink Mint (P, $6.99) iis darker. MAC Bad Girl Gone Good (LE, $21.00) is more muted. NARS Soulshine #2 (LE, $29.00) is similar. NARS Luster (P, $29.00) is lighter, yellower, more shimmery. MAC My Paradise (LE, $28.00) is similar when mixed. MAC Shape the Future (LE, $30.00) is darker, more orange. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

Giorgio Armani #10 Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow
Giorgio Armani #10 Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow

Giorgio Armani #10 Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow ($32.00 for 0.061 oz.) is a golden beige with warm undertones and a metallic sheen with larger dark champagne sparkle. The texture was soft, but it was dry, which made it apply less smoothly. It was also more prone to sheering out when blended on the skin. The eyeshadow wore well for seven hours on me before fading. Colour Pop XO (P, $5.00) is a cream product. LORAC Uninhibited (P) is lighter. Dior Golden Shock #5 (LE) is similar. MAC Sweet Sovereign (LE, $15.00) is slightly darker. Too Faced Nutmeg (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Tarte Golden Locket (LE) is yellower. MAC Until Dawn #2 (LE, $21.00) is yellower. Sleek MakeUP Meet in Madrid (LE, $9.99) is darker. Giorgio Armani #10 #2 (P) is less sparkly. MAC Rich Glance (LE, $21.00) is a cream product. Dior Night Golds #5 (LE) is similar. Dior Fairy Golds #2 (LE) is more sparkly. bareMinerals Kudos (LE) is less warm-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Giorgio Armani #19 Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow ($32.00 for 0.061 oz.) is a brightened, cornflower blue with iridescent bluish-teal shimmer and a frosted sheen. It had semi-opaque color coverage, and it didn’t build up much more than that when I tried layering it. It’s the kind of shade that needs a white, tacky primer to really pop, or else apply it over a black cream eyeshadow for a really iridescent sheen. The texture was slightly powdery, though blendable. It wore well for seven hours before fading. Colour Pop Kimono (P, $5.00) is darker. Hello Kitty Dear Daniel (LE) is less shimmery. Make Up For Ever I212 Periwinkle (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. Dior Rivage #1 (LE) is similar. MAC Moon’s Reflection (P, $15.00) is darker. Inglot #429 (P, $6.00) is brighter, lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Giorgio Armani #23 Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow ($32.00 for 0.061 oz.) isa brightened, coral-orange with warm undertones and a soft, pearly shimmer. It had good color payoff with a soft, finely-milled consistency that was slightly powdery, though it didn’t sheer out readily so it retained most of its pigmentation when applied to the skin. It stayed on well for eight hours before fading. Colour Pop Ex (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, cream product. Sugarpill Charmy (P, $13.00) is slightly darker. Chanel Tisse Fantaisie #1 (LE) is lighter. Make Up For Ever I746 Watermelon (P, $21.00) is slightly darker. Kat Von D Placebo (LE) is pinker, less shimmery. Makeup Geek Mango Tango (P, $5.99) is darker. Disney by Sephora Arabian Sunset (LE) is darker. L’Oreal Cherie Merie (LE, $7.99) is darker. See comparison swatches
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Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

Chanel Les Intemporels de Chanel Collection
Chanel Les Intemporels de Chanel Collection

Gabrielle Chanel created the 2.55 bag, iconic to the House of Chanel, in February 1955. Inspired by the leather-braided chain of the 2.55, the Chanel Makeup Creation Studio debuts a limited-edition collection firmly anchored in the codes of the House. Exclusive Creation L’INTEMPOREL DE CHANEL offers an eye palette of five shades delicately connected by an embossed chain design, while LE VERNIS in Intemporel reinterprets the glimmer of the inimitable metal chain.

L’Intemporel de Chanel Eyeshadow Palette ($80.00) (Limited Edition)

A striking harmony of five luminous eyeshadows, elegantly embossed to reflect the leather-braided chain of the iconic 2.55 bag. The rich palette features an absolute black to define the eyes, brilliant green and plum shades to enhance, and silver-white and gold tones to highlight.

Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00)

  • Intemporel Glimmering silver (Limited Edition)

Availability: Now at Chanel

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Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Temptalia Asks You


How are your 2015 beauty-related resolutions going? (If you made any! If you didn’t, check back tomorrow for a new question!)

Temptalia's AnswerThey’re going okay – I definitely could be better, but I have added exercise into my routine, and I’m trying to find ways to sleep better (nothing has helped, though).

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

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Lancome My French Palette
Lancome My French Palette

Lancome My French Palette ($58.00 for 0.30 oz.) includes nine shades with two that double as powder eyeliners. Six of the nine shades are neutrals, and then two are in the teal family with one blackish-gray. The formula used in the palette really needs an eyeshadow primer in order for the majority of the shades to have good color coverage and smooth, even application, as it had a more powder quality that made it harder to apply to bare skin (or else it would sheer out immediately as the product didn’t stick well).

My French #1 is a very light pink with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-sheer color coverage with a soft but powdery texture that absolutely requires a base to perform decently. It faded within six and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

My French #2 is a pinky mauve with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. Another shade that was somewhat powdery and resulted in so-so pigmentation. It lasted for six hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

My French #3 is a pinky-peach–more pink than peach–with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage with a powdery, dusty texture. The color only lasted for six hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

My French #4 is a bright, metallic beige with warm undertones. The texture was so soft that it applied thickly, where the powder bunched up on itself, so it can emphasize the texture on the lids or lines/wrinkles. It had intense color payoff, and it did wear well for eight hours, though. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

My French #5 is a peachy-beige with warm undertones and a frosted, metallic sheen. It had good pigmentation with a soft, buttery texture that wasn’t powdery. It applied well and stayed on for eight hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

My French #6 is a rich, bronzy brown with a metallic finish and warm, reddish undertones. It had excellent color payoff with a really smooth, dense, buttery texture that went on well. It wore well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

My French #7 is a light-medium, aqua teal with subtle, warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had semi-sheer pigmentation that was a little dry to work with, which made blending unnecessarily difficult. It lasted for six hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

My French #8 is a muted, bluish-teal with a satiny sheen. The texture was on the drier, stiffer side and difficult to blend or apply in a solid line (as eyeliner). I couldn’t even use this wet at all–using it wet made the surface harden. It lasted for seven hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

My French #9 is a gray-ish black with subtle shimmer. It had excellent pigmentation that applied smoothly and evenly. It wore well for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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