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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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Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

ColourPop Super Shock Bronzers
ColourPop Super Shock Bronzers: Bon Voyage, Skinny Dip, Paradise Cove, Carry-On, Poolside, Happy Hour

Here’s a quick sneak peek of the new-for-summer ColourPop Super Shock Cheek products; there are two blushes and six bronzers.

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Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

ColourPop Summer 2015 Super Shock Shadows
ColourPop Summer 2015 Super Shock Shadows

ColourPop’s been releasing so many new products that I can hardly keep up! While I work through everything, here are swatches of the six new Super Shock Shadow singles as well as the six-piece Mondays in Malibu Set. Hope to share some swatches of the new lip products tomorrow! :)

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Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

Dior Coral Sunset (002) Diorskin Nude Tan Tie Dye Blush
Dior Coral Sunset (002) Diorskin Nude Tan Tie Dye Blush

Dior Coral Sunset (002) Diorskin Nude Tan Tie Dye Blush ($57.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “blend of orangey and effervescent coral hues.” It’s a muted, medium peach-orange with a satin finish. Tarte Fame (LE, $26.00) is darker, more matte. Colour Pop Bonus (P, $8.00) is cream. MAC Love & Laughter (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery. Makeup Geek Summer Fling (P, $9.99) is darker. Makeup Geek Bliss (P, $9.99) is a smidgen lighter. bareMinerals Swoon (LE, $19.00) is pinker. MAC Melba (P, $21.00) is darker. MAC Immortal Flower (LE, $21.00) is pinker. Giorgio Armani Coral Bliss (LE) is pinker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

It’s a new, limited edition variation available for summer in a hefty, metal compact. It’s a multi-hued powder that includes white, pink, peach, and orange, but none of the parts are large, so the most practical way to use it is swirled together, which yielded that peachy-orange hue as swatched. The powder was finely-milled and smooth, but it was powdery and looked a little dry on the skin. It had medium coverage that was somewhat buildable, but it didn’t stick as well to skin, so I really had to pack it on to get enough to stay in place. I would recommend applying this over a cream blush or as a cream/liquid-based foundation was drying to maximize color payoff. It lasted for seven hours on me.

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Coral Sunset (002)

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Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

MAC Matte Royal Lipstick
MAC Matte Royal Lipstick

MAC Flat Out Fabulous Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “bright plum matte [with a Retro Matte finish].” It’s a brightened, medium-dark magenta pink with a matte finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage that had a lightly dry, stiffer consistency, so it does pull and drag on the lips, but it wears for hours without budging. It was somewhat drying over time. This shade was previously released. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Pink Pigeon Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “bright cleanest pink [with a Matte finish].” It’s a brightened, fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a satin finish. It was less matte than a lot of the shades in the collection, though it wears down to a more matte finish within a few hours of wearing it. On me, the color lasted for five and a half hours, while the consistency was creamier and easier to apply than the Retro Mattes, so it was more comfortable to wear. It was a smidgen drying over time. This shade was previously released. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Steady Going Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “light pink matte [with a Retro Matte finish].” It’s a light-medium pink with subtle cool undertones and a matte finish. The texture was noticeably dry and firm, where the lipstick tugged at the lips a lot. It was dry enough where it was harder to apply the color evenly. It lasted for four hours and was drying. This shade was previously released. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Men Love Mystery Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “lavender violet [with a Matte finish].” It’s a medium-dark, subdued purple with a hint of warmth and a mostly matte finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a lightly creamy texture that applied evenly for the most part. On me, it lasted for four and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Matte Royal Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “deep blue [with a Matte finish].” It’s a purpled blue with cool undertones and a satin finish. It had fairly opaque color coverage with a lightly creamy consistency that was slightly thinner than other shades in the Matte formula. It didn’t apply as evenly as I’d like, but it did apply better and stayed on more evenly when applied with a lip brush. It lasted for six and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. It’s a really unique shade, and there’s a brightness to it that’s really exceptional in person. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Flat Out Fabulous

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9.5/10

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10/10

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