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Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Urban Decay Score Afterglow 8-Hour Blush
Urban Decay Score Afterglow 8-Hour Blush

Urban Decay Score Afterglow 8-Hour Blush ($26.00 for 0.23 oz.) is described as a “medium pink-peach with a touch of shimmer.” It’s a softened, light-medium pink-peach with warm undertones and fine gold micro-sparkle. Tom Ford Beauty Pink Sand (LE, $65.00) is pinker, cream. Clinique Melon Pop (P, $21.00) is less sparkly. Colour Pop Trickery (P, $8.00) is lighter, cream. Laura Mercier Sunset (LE, $24.00) is lighter. LORAC Unimaginable (LE) is more shimmery. Too Faced Who’s Your Poppy (LE) is more shimmery. Benefit Bella Bamba (Palette) (P, $28.00) is darker, more shimmery. YSL Passionnee (6) (P, $47.00) is similar. Makeup Geek Romance (P, $9.99) is more shimmery. MAC Petal Power (LE, $27.00) is darker, more shimmery Clinique Peach Pop (02) (P, $21.00) is darker. Revlon Racy Rose (008) (P, $9.99) is similar. MAC Lured to Love (LE, $27.00) is brighter, warmer. Too Faced Peachy Keen (LE) is more shimmery. NARS Day Dream (LE, $30.00) NARS Orgasm (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker. Milani Dolce Pink (P, $7.99) is more shimmery. MAC Springsheen (P, $21.00) is darker, more shimmery. MAC Dainty (P, $27.00) is similar. Guerlain Peach Boy #2 (P) is warmer. Benefit Sugarbomb (P, $28.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

This powder blush formula is supposed to offer buildable color with eight-hour wear and a blendable consistency. This was my least favorite of the Urban Decay blushes, as it was drier, almost dusty, with a tendency to sheer out on the skin. The sparkle seemed to separate from the base color, which may have contributed to that dusty feeling–and that there was almost no shimmer once applied to the face. The texture wasn’t as blendable, and I could only build it from sheer to semi-sheer color coverage, so I wouldn’t recommend it for deeper skin tones. It is also extremely dupable with many, many better-performing options out there. On me, it lasted for seven hours before fading.

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Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Tom Ford Midnight Sea Cream & Powder Eye Color
Tom Ford Midnight Sea Cream & Powder Eye Color

Tom Ford Midnight Sea Cream & Powder Eye Color ($60.00 for 0.31 oz.) contains a sparkling, bluish-teal powder eyeshadow paired with a smoky taupe-brown cream eyeshadow, which you may know has Spring 2015, as it was released previously. The performance of the powder eyeshadow was better in this duo than the other two, and the cream eyeshadow performed as well this time as it did previously–that is to say, excellently. Layered, the two create a dirty, blackened blue-teal with a very sparkly, metallic sheen.

Midnight Sea (Eye Color) is a light-medium, bluish-teal with a sparkling, metallic finish. It had mostly opaque pigmentation that applied very smoothly and evenly. The sparkle seemed more integrated and a bit finer in this eyeshadow compared to the ones in the other duos. The consistency was still thin, almost wet/cream-like, and blended well on the skin without losing its base color. I didn’t have issues with fall out during application, but I did have some noticeable fall out over time. It lasted for eight and a half hours before creasing slightly on me. Colour Pop Ibiza (P, $5.00) is brighter, darker. Colour Pop Pop Rocks (P, $5.00) is darker, less metallic. Anastasia Venezia (LE, $12.00) is darker. Urban Decay Freeze (LE, $18.00) is warmer, less sparkly. Make Up For Ever D236 Lagoon Blue (P, $21.00) is brighter, darker. Makeup Geek Glass Slipper (P, $5.99) is lighter, less sparkly. Urban Decay Fringe (P) is less sparkly, darker. theBalm #23 (P, $6.50) is less sparkly. Tarina Tarantino Ozma (LE) is darker, less sparkly. Makeup Geek Mermaid (P, $5.99) is less sparkly. Disney by Sephora Caspian Sea (LE) is darker, less sparkly. Tom Ford Beauty Emerald Lust #3 (LE) is darker, less sparkly. Urban Decay Deep End (P, $18.00) is darker, less sparkly. Inglot #415 (P, $6.00) is brighter, less sparkly. Inglot #413 (P, $6.00) is less sparkly. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Spring 2015 is a blackened, smoky taupe-brown with subtle, warm undertones and a silver-ish pearly shimmer. It’s one of the more complex shades that have been released in this formula, and I find it looks different depending on the opacity level and what you pair it with. It wore well for twelve hours without creasing or fading, and it applied with even, smooth, opaque color coverage with ease. Hourglass Atmosphere #5 (P) is a powder, less shimmery. Giorgio Armani #08 (P, $32.00) is a powder, less shimmery. MAC Trusted Instinct #5 (LE) is cooler-toned, powder. MAC Pepper (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned, less shimmery, powder. Burberry Graphite (No. 28) (P, $29.00) is powder, less shimmery, darker. Stila Substance (P) is lighter, powder. Chanel Tisse Gabrielle #4 (P) is powder, less shimmery. Chanel Tisse Gabrielle #1 (P) is powder, cooler-toned. Makeup Geek Moondust (P, $5.99) is lighter, warmer, powder. Dior Aventure (081) (P, $31.00) is grayer. MAC Bossa Blue (LE, $21.00) is cooler-toned, powder. MAC Legendary Black (DC, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, powder. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Urban Decay Quiver Afterglow 8-Hour Blush
Urban Decay Quiver Afterglow 8-Hour Blush

Urban Decay Quiver Afterglow 8-Hour Blush ($26.00 for 0.23 oz.) is described as a “medium red.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark pinky-red with cool, bluish undertones and a satin-matte finish. Colour Pop Clutch (P, $8.00) is slightly warmer, cream. NARS Panic (Left) (P) is more shimmery, pinker. Surratt Beauty Rougeur (P, $32.00) is darker, redder. Chanel Chamade (67) (P, $38.00) is brighter, cream. MAC Whole Lotta Love (P, $23.50) is lighter. MAC Magenta (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC Supernova (LE, $27.00) is warmer. Burberry Hydrangea Pink (P, $42.00) is slightly pinker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The formula is supposed to have buildable color coverage, wear for eight hours, and have a “blendable, finely milled” texture. The color coverage ranges from semi-sheer to semi-opaque, depending on your brush and how heavy or light your hand is, and it is definitely buildable to fully opaque, true-to-pan color if desired. On my medium skin tone, I didn’t feel like I had to use the tiniest amount, but I still recommend using less than you think and building up, if necessary, because you don’t need much for medium coverage. The texture was very finely-milled and silky, on the thinner side, and a smidgen powdery, though it didn’t look powdery on the skin. It was fairly blendable, but it wasn’t as blendable as the other shades in the range. The finish looks matte initially but diffuses to a more satiny finish as it is blended and worked into the skin. On me, it wore well for almost nine hours.

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Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Urban Decay Punch Drunk Revolution High-Color Lipgloss
Urban Decay Punch Drunk Revolution High-Color Lipgloss

Urban Decay Punch Drunk Revolution High-Color Lipgloss ($22.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright orange.” It’s a bold, brightened, medium orange-red with warm undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It had mostly opaque color payoff, though there was still some translucency to it so the natural lip color will peek through (I could see it turning redder on some as a result). It went on smoothly and evenly, and the gloss wore well for almost six hours and was lightly hydrating over time. NARS Wonder (P, $26.00) is sheerer, lighter. MAC Teen Dream (LE, $20.00) is less glossy, lighter. MAC Morange (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Knockout (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Eclectic Edge (LE, $15.00) is lighter, more shimmery. MAC Ablaze (LE, $15.00) is similar. Illamasqua Temper (P, $22.00) is similar. Guerlain Tangerine Vlam (P, $30.00) is less red. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay Quiver Revolution High-Color Lipgloss ($22.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “medium rose-pink.” It’s a lightly brightened, medium-dark raspberry pink with cool, blue undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It had nearly full color coverage with a very light translucency that could only be seen in some light. The color went on evenly, and though I could see a tiny bit in my lip lines, the depth and shine made it hard to notice from a normal viewing distance. The color stayed on well for almost six hours and was moderately hydrating. This shade was surprisingly difficult to dupe due to its opacity. Urban Decay Big Bang (P, $22.00) is darker, more shimmery. Maybelline Opalescent Orchid (515) (P, $8.99) is sheerer. MAC Ultramarine Pink (LE, $30.00) is lighter. Giorgio Armani #523 (P, $29.00) is redder, warmer. NARS Mexican Rose (P, $24.00) is sheerer, less glossy. Burberry Pink Sweet Pea (LE, $29.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Monday, April 13th, 2015

Temptalia Asks You


What do you look for in a product review? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerI look for detail and cues that indicate someone actually applied/used it. A lot of things can swatch nicely or look good initially, but they may not always hold up during the day. I also look for reviews that don’t let the color dictate the overall tone of the review, because even if a color doesn’t turn out flattering (which is helpful to know), it doesn’t mean the product itself is bad. I also read a lot of press releases and marketing hoopla, so if I see that in a review as if it were the reviewer’s words, I immediately move on. I expect disclosures if there is something to disclose.

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