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Sunday, August 24th, 2014

Temptalia Asks You


What beauty products have actually lived up to the hype? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerChanel Dragon, Guerlain Meteorites, Tom Ford perfume, Hakuhodo brushes, Urban Decay Naked palettes are ones that come to mind! There are plenty more, I am sure :)

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Sunday, August 24th, 2014

Tom Ford Softcore Contouring Cheek Color Duo
Tom Ford Softcore Contouring Cheek Color Duo

Tom Ford Softcore Contouring Cheek Color Duo ($77.00 for 0.70 oz.) contains a highlighter and blush. Though pricey, as far as Tom Ford goes, the duo is actually a bit of a steal–it contains 0.70 oz. of product, which is over double the amount of product contained in a Cheek Color single (0.28 oz.), and those retail for $55. There was some confusion in regards to which duo was named what, but I purchased one of each direct from the Tom Ford Chicago boutique, and Softcore (featured in this post) is the darker, plummier shade, and Stroked is the lighter, more coral shade. I wish Softcore’s blush color was cooler-toned–more berry than plum–and its highlighter shade pink-toned so that the duos would be more distinct. (I also like the idea of giving a cool and warm-toned option for better coverage of the spectrum of skin tones.) The quality of both shades was nice, long-wearing, and blendable.

Highlighter (Softcore) is a light, warm-toned peach with a shimmery finish. It is less yellow compared to Stroked’s highlighter. It had excellent color payoff, and a little goes a long way. I felt like this one was more shimmery than the highlighter in Stroked. It read more metallic on the skin, and it did slightly emphasize pores, though it lasted for ten hours before fading. Surratt Beauty Duchesse (P, $32.00) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Streak Highlighter (P) is pinker. Sephora + Pantone Universe Spanish Villa (LE) is more beige. Urban Decay Highlighter (P) is similar. NARS Devotee (LE, $29.00) is a touch lighter. Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (P, $44.00) is lighter, less peach. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Contour (Softcore) is a lightly brightened, reddish plum with warm udnertones and a satiny finish. The texture was soft, finely-milled, and blendable. It is very, very pigmented and the merest touch of the brush to the surface yielded plenty of color for application. The consistency is not quite as dense or as buttery as the highlighter, though. It wore well for eleven hours before fading. Surratt Beauty La Vie En Rose (P, $32.00) is lighter. NARS Realm of the Senses #2 (LE, $29.00) is more shimmery. NARS Seduction (P, $29.00) is darker. NARS Lovejoy (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, warmer. Illamasqua Allure (P, $26.00) is slightly warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Sunday, August 24th, 2014

When I think about blushes for fall, my mind goes to plum and coppers/browns, which today’s post features. Any recommendations?

  1. Becca Papaya/Topaz — a shimmering, copper brown
  2. MAC Sweet as Cocoa — a rich, reddish brown
  3. Kevyn Aucoin Natura — a medium-dark warm brown
  4. Burberry Earthy — a medium, neutral-warm brown with a satin-matte finish
  5. NYX Taupe — a cool-toned, taupe

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Sunday, August 24th, 2014

NARS Fanny, Vera, Charlotte, Audrey, Anna Audacious Lipsticks
NARS Fanny, Vera, Charlotte, Audrey, Anna Audacious Lipsticks

Next up, five of the more berry-hued shades from the new NARS Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) formula. You can see reviews for other shades here. I almost have the next set of five finished for testing (these deeper shades wear long-er-I’m lucky to test two shades in a day!), so stay tuned for the rest of the reviews. Thank you for your patience!

NARS Fanny Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “rich berry.” It’s a cool-toned, medium-dark berry pink with a soft sheen. It had mostly opaque color coverage that went on evenly and smoothly. The color wore well for six hours and was neither drying nor hydrating on me. NARS Janet (P, $32.00) is brighter, shimmery. Givenchy Framboise Velours (315) (LE, $36.00) is warmer. MAC Splurge (LE, $22.00) is sheerer. Marc Jacobs Beauty Headliner (608) (P, $28.00) is redder. Too Faced Melted Berry (P, $21.00) is darker. YSL Forbidden Burgundy (12) (P, $34.00) is darker. Revlon Plum Velour (P, $7.99) is sheerer. Marc Jacobs Beauty Seduce Me (128) (P, $30.00) is slightly brighter. MAC Rebel (P, $16.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Vera Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “bright raspberry.” It’s a berry pink with subtle, warm undertones and a soft sheen. It had good color coverage with smooth, even application. The color stayed on well for five and a half hours while staining. I didn’t find it drying or hydrating while worn. Givenchy Framboise Velours (315) (LE, $36.00) is cooler-toned, lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Headliner (608) (P, $28.00) is brighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Cabaret (146) (LE, $30.00) is more muted. Too Faced Melted Berry (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned. YSL Exquisite Plum (22) (P, $34.00) is similar. Guerlain Madame Batifole (860) (LE, $51.00) is brighter, more shimmery. Marc Jacobs Beauty Seduce Me (128) (P, $30.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Charlotte Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “oxblood burgundy.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark red with subtle cool undertones. It looks almost warm on me, though it swatches with a cool, pink undertone. It had mostly opaque color payoff, but the consistency is a little thinner with a touch more slip than other shades. The color lasted for six hours and was neither hydrating nor drying. Urban Decay Mrs. Mia Wallace (LE, $22.00) is brighter. MAC Roxo (LE, $16.00) is more muted. Urban Decay Gash (LE, $22.00) is similar. Chanel La Desiree (327) (LE, $34.00) is more matte, brighter. MAC Just a Bite (LE, $16.00) is similar. NARS Mascate (P, $26.00) is more matte. Make Up For Ever #48 (P, $19.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Audrey Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “red currant.” It’s a muted, warm-toned reddish-plum with a luminous finish. It had full color coverage, and it applied beautifully for an even, smooth result. On me, the color wore well for five hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. The muted quality to the color made it more unique. Urban Decay Manic (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Anna Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “smokey rose.” It’s a cool-toned, muted, medium-dark pink with a semi-matte finish. It had full color coverage, which applied fairly well, but I felt like the consistency was a bit drier than other shades in the formula, so it didn’t leave lips looking as smooth. The color wore well for four hours, but it was somewhat drying. Buxom Centerfold (LE, $21.00) is warmer, lighter. Chanel Rendez-vous (87) (P, $34.00) is brighter, sheerer. MAC Please Me (P, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Hot Gossip (P, $16.00) is more shimmery, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Sunday, August 24th, 2014

Giorgio Armani Organica Eyeshadow Palette
Giorgio Armani Organica Eyeshadow Palette

Giorgio Armani Organica Eyeshadow Palette ($88.00 for 0.177 oz.) is a set of two shades, so more of a duo than a palette. It contains almost the equivalent of four, average-sized full-sized eyeshadows. I wish I could figure out why Giorgio Armani’s compacts are so pricey, because their single eyeshadows, lipsticks, blushes, etc. are all in line with other designer brands (Chanel, Dior, and so on), but their eyeshadow palettes are totally out of step price-wise.

The way the formula is described is confusing per the press release, as the brand describes it as “discreet and muted or more intense, but ever sheer and luminous with lasting hold,” yet it “can be adjusted to customize the makeup look.” On Giorgio Armani’s website, it says the “collection creates a transparent and lightness effect,” while the blurb for this palette simply says “light and shadow is intensified with a black pearl and shimmery nude … long lasting color with no makeup feel.” It seems like the texture is weightless or sheer (“no makeup feel”), more than the color, though it seems the pigmentation is billed as buildable (“can be adjusted” and “discreet and muted or more intense”). Both shades are intensely pigmented; there is no buildable color here, just very, very richly pigmented eyeshadows with phenomenal textures–soft, smooth, and velvety–that blend easily and go on beautifully. They’re blendable, so you can sheer out each shade if you use the tiniest amount and a good, fluffy blending brush to do so (but basically you can do that with any eyeshadow; there’s nothing about the formula that one would describe as buildable).

Organica (Left) is described as a “black pearl.” It’s a gray-ish purple with subtle cool tone underneath and a sparkling, multi-colored pearl where violet and teal dominate. In the pan, it looked lighter and warmer, but it swatched rather cool-toned. It had excellent color payoff, while the consistency was soft, dense, and buttery. The color wore well for nine hours before fading. It wasn’t, however, all that adjustable or buildable, because a little went a long way. Chanel Tisse Gabrielle #3 (P) is warmer, browner. Too Faced Nashville (P, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Fathoms Deep (LE, $19.50) is purpler. Laura Mercier Violet Steel (LE, $23.00) is warmer. MAC 2x Dare #3 (LE) is more sparkly. MAC Graphic Style (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery. MAC Dynamic Duo 3 #1 (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery. MAC Moth Brown (LE, $15.00) is darker, less shimmery. MAC Electroplate (LE, $21.00) is a cream product. Giorgio Armani #4 (P, $33.00) is grayer. Giorgio Armani #3 (P, $33.00) is purpler. Chanel Illusoire (P, $36.00) is a cream product. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Organica (Right) is described as a “shimmery nude.” It’s a yellowed orange with a frosted, metallic finish. It was intensely pigmented with a soft, buttery texture that applied evenly and blended easily. The color didn’t start to fade until after nine hours of wear. Tarte Up to No Gold (LE) is yellower. LORAC Undiscovered (P) is similar. Sleek MakeUP Gates of Eden (P, $9.99) is darker. Makeup Geek Gold Digger (P, $5.99) is darker, more orange. bareMinerals Gold Nugget (LE, $18.00) is slightly darker, less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

Temptalia Asks You


What beauty brand would you love to takeover for a week? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerMAC! I want to be a fly on the wall of their forecasting meetings when deciding how much to create of each shade.

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