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Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

Hourglass Atmosphere Modernist Eyeshadow Palette
Hourglass Atmosphere Modernist Eyeshadow Palette

Hourglass Atmosphere Modernist Eyeshadow Palette ($58.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a warm-toned set of neutrals that range from beige to mid-tone brown to darker taupe-brown. The brand actually listed this as a cool-toned palette, but four of the five shades seemed rather warm-toned. The problems I’ve had with previously reviewed versions of the formula persisted in this one. The way these look on my skin is often dry, and I have fairly normal skin on my eyes, though they can lean dry occasionally. That being said, I don’t think my skin was dry when I used these; I had just done a look prior with other eyeshadows and didn’t have any issues with the area looking dry, powdery, or flaky. When I applied this palette, it made the texture look worse. When I did a look with other eyeshadows after these, no issues! It’s like that matte, dry lipstick that makes your lips look worse no matter how much you prep beforehand.

It is interesting to read through your reviews and reviews on retailers’ websites, because the product seems to be fairly polarizing — either it’s the best ever or terribly disappointing. There is definitely something to be said when the one thing I’ve heard the most is, “I got mine, I tried it, and I already boxed it back up to return it.”

Atmosphere #1 is described as a “pale ivory.” It’s a light, yellow-toned beige with a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a very fine, but dusty, consistency that made it prone to sheering out. It lasted for seven hours before creasing. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Atmosphere #2 is described as a “pale pink.” It’s a light, pink-tinted peach with warm undertones and a satin-to-matte finish. It seems to have a very slight sheen to it when buffed into the skin, but it looks mostly matte if you wear it with more coverage. The texture was incredibly powdery due to being very, very soft. It tended to sheer out when applied to the lid, and like other powdery shades in this formula, would greatly benefit from a lightly tacky base or primer. It lasted for seven hours on me before creasing. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Atmosphere #3 is described as a “taupe.” It’s a medium brown with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff, and this shade wasn’t powdery, it was a little stiff! It wore well for eight hours on me, though. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Atmosphere #4 is described as a “espresso.” It’s a medium-dark brown with subtle, yellow undertones and a matte finish. It was somewhat powdery, but it wasn’t the worst int he formula, and it had mostly opaque pigmentation. It sheered out somewhat during application. This shade lasted for seven and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Atmosphere #5 is described as a “charcoal.” It’s a cool-toned taupe brown with more gray than brown in it and a satin finish. It had good pigmentation with a very lightly powdery texture. It wasn’t as blendable as I expected on bare skin as I expected. It started to fade after seven and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

The Hit List

What’s the Hit List: Best Concealer for Dark Circles that you’ve tried?

Share your pick!  And don’t forget to share why :)

Cle de Peau Concealer and IT Cosmetics Bye Bye are my two favorites! They do a great job of concealing without feeling or looking heavy.

Thanks to Anna for today’s topic!

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

To celebrate the launch of NARS’ new All Day Luminous Weightless foundation, the NARS + Temptalia Foundation Matrix is back and better than ever with the introduction of our Color Discovery technology to help you find your perfect match in the new formula! The All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation is described as a “long-wear foundation” that has a weightless feel with “full, natural-looking coverage.” There are twenty shades available to choose from.

Full Shade Range

  • Siberia Light with neutral balance of pink and yellow undertones
  • Mont Blanc Light with pink undertone
  • Gobi Light with yellow undertone
  • Deauville Light with neutral balance of pink and yellow undertones
  • Fiji Light with yellow undertone
  • Ceylan Light-medium with yellow undertone
  • Punjab Medium with golden, peachy undertone
  • Vallauris Medium with pink undertone
  • Santa Fe Medium with peachy undertone
  • Stromboli Medium with olive undertone
  • Barcelona Deeper medium with golden, peachy undertone
  • Syracuse Medium-dark with brown undertone
  • Tahoe Medium-dark with caramel undertone
  • Cadiz Medium-dark with caramel and red undertone
  • Macao Medium-dark with deep yellow undertone
  • New Guinea Dark with red undertone
  • Trinidad Dark with warm, yellow undertone
  • New Orleans Dark with yellow undertone
  • Benares Dark with golden undertone
  • Khartoum Dark with espresso undertone

What is Color Discovery?  In a nutshell, we digitally analyze a photo of your face to figure out your skin tone and undertone. All you have to do is upload a high quality photo featuring your beautiful face and away we go! When this information is used with the Foundation Matrix, we can give you better and more refined matches.

Find Your Shade with the newest NARS + Foundation Matrix!

The Details

Color Discovery uses a combination of face detection and facial point detection to allow us to analyze your skin tones and undertones. We took our knowledge of all things foundation, such as how shades match skin tones as a spectrum (not always as a single skin tone) and what makes a shade a match. We considered how the community looks for their perfect match, whether they visit a makeup counter, larger retailer, or use online tools like the Foundation Matrix to help them get to the right shade.  This is the mindset that we came from when we developed the algorithm, logic, and rules that made Color Discovery possible. We spent the past three months going from a mere crazy idea to development to testing hundreds of photos across skin tones.

When you upload your photo, we look through thousands of pixels for possible color values, take our initial findings and analyze them, because we’re looking for specific data that we know to be more accurate at predicting your coloring, and then we organize it in a meaningful way. We reference the data against our database of skin tone values (there are over 4,000 different assignments of skin tone and undertone). When paired with the technology that powers the Foundation Matrix, we’re able to further refine and improve the types of matches you get by as much as 50%.

For example, foundation shade A is a 90% or better match for fair, light, and light-medium skin tones–that means there are quite a few matches out there for you, because you could easily be any of those three skin tones. Without any algorithms in place, there might be nine matches in a formula that had 20 total shades! The Foundation Matrix and its algorithm might narrow potential matches down to five. Once we add in Color Discovery, we can narrow the list down to three shade matches. The refining happens through logic and rules, so it’s never random, which also improves the quality of the matches you do get.

Find Your Shade with the newest NARS + Foundation Matrix!

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

MAC Tenor Voice Lipglass
MAC Tenor Voice Lipglass

MAC Tenor Voice Lipglass ($16.50 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “true classic red.” It’s a brightened, medium red with fairly neutral undertones. On me, it pulls almost warm-toned at times, but other times, it looks neutral or slightly pink-ish. It was richly pigmented and applied well for the most part. The color didn’t feather over the five hours it wore for. Revlon HD Fire Opal (560) (P, $8.99) is warmer, MAC Anthurium (LE, $19.50) is similar. Laura Mercier Poppy (P, $25.00) is warmer. Milani Red My Lips (12) (P, $5.49) is slightly warmer. Maybelline Signature Scarlet (020) (P, $8.99) is similar. Revlon Fire (P, $7.49) is slightly warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Victoriana Lipglass ($16.50 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “mid-tone pink red.” It’s a muted, medium-dark rosy red with cool undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and the gloss went on with even color that didn’t pull into lip lines. It wore well for five hours and didn’t feather or bleed on me. MAC Ruby Woo (LE, $15.00) is brighter, redder. NARS Burning Love (LE, $26.00) is similar. Guerlain Rouge Parade (920) (LE, $30.00) is slightly darker. MAC Strawberry Malt (LE, $15.00) is more muted, sheerer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

Charlotte Tilbury Launches for February 2015
Charlotte Tilbury Launches for February 2015

Beach Sticks ($45.00) (New, Permanent)

Charlotte Tilbury brings you a cheeky pop of colour for dewy, youthful lips and cheeks in one effortless stroke of these easy, twist-up colour sticks. A unique, cream-turned-balm mix of smoothing ceramidone, glowing pigments and light-diffusing spheres give the skin a youthful, soft-focussed glow. Designed to be used from beach to chiringuito and beyond, the Beach Sticks form part of Charlotte’s signature range of “Treat & Transform” makeup products with skincare results for a look of endless summer, all year round.

  • Formentera A sun-kissed berry colour, inspired by the searing heat and Ibicencan culture of this Island
  • Las Salinas A candy, fresh, pretty pink that captures the cool, young vibe of this legendary beach
  • Moon Beach A luminous, rose-gold, 70’s inspired iridescent peach, inspired by the mesmerising light of Moon Beach
  • Es Vedra A mystic sunset coral, inspired by this magical, magnetic island, possessed by the sirens that lured Ulysses
  • Ibiza A burnished bronze, inspired by my breakthrough Castaway Kate shoot for Vogue and ethereal light of the island itself

Goddess Skin Clay Mask ($70.00) (New, Permanent)

For centuries, the clays of Spain and Ibiza have been used to repair skin complaints, and in some instances are believed to have incredible healing powers with dramatic effects, dating back to 700 B.C. Usually clay masks can leave the skin feeling very tight and dry and can sometimes crack sensitive areas. However, Spanish clay is nutrient-rich and gently cleans pores for skin that feels clean and fresh and is visibly more flawless. Sweet Almond Oil became a skincare delicacy in Ibiza with the infiltration of Arabic culture in the 9th century A.D. It has well-known nourishing and moisturising properties and when mixed with clay, creates a perfect mask for revealing youthful, visibly lifted, new baby soft skin.

Part of Charlotte’s Magic Skincare range, Goddess Skin Clay Mask also includes Bio Nymph Peptide Complex which improves skin elasticity, induces DNA repair and boosts synthesis of collagen whilst protecting it from degradation. Rosehip Oil regenerates and restores skin softness and elasticity. Frangipani Flower Extract is soothing and purifying.

For the name and results of Goddess Skin Clay Mask, Charlotte was inspired by the protector Goddess of Ibiza, Tanit – the goddess of rebirth, fertility and creation. The Goddess is a magical, mystical symbol of Ibiza and has been worshipped for her power to revive and create new life. Her image adorns the clay mask pack.

Lip Love ($28.00) (New, Permanent)

Lip Renewing Honeybee Scrub: Lip Love stimulates the creation of youth cells in the lips, revealing a fresh, youthful, flawless lip surface. The natural sugar crystals slough away dead skin cells, promoting regeneration. These crystals are suspended in an emollient-rich cream of Jojoba Seed Oil, Olive Oil, Shea Butter, Cocoa Seed Butter and Beeswax to hydrate and soften the lip surface.

Lip Magic ($35.00) (New, Permanent)

Rejuvenating Smoothing Propolis Balm: Lip Magic is a breakthrough anti-aging lip balm for flawless, instantly younger, dewy lips with long term lip healing benefits. It’s a never-before seen recipe that fuses magical natural ingredients into a moisture-sealing, lip-protecting powerful barrier texture. During tests on the skin and the lips, it was found to have an unparalleled ability to not only protect the skin, but to also strengthen the creation of new skin cells too. In tests, redness was reduced by up to 20% and water loss reduced by 34%. The key ingredient is Propolis – a resinous elixir created by honeybees to protect the lining of the beehive.

Availability: February 2015 at Beautylish, Nordstrom, NET-A-PORTER

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Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

Temptalia Asks You


What was the last life-changing beauty product you tried? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerIt’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In Spray! Pretty much everything everyone says it is.

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