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Friday, May 22nd, 2015

MAC Instigator Lipstick
MAC Instigator Lipstick

MAC Runway Hit Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “light nude matte [with a Retro Matte finish].” It’s a muted, light-medium pink-coral with a matte finish. The texture is dry and very firm, which makes it harder to apply from the tube as it tugs and drags along the lips. The Retro Matte formula is one best applied with a lip brush to minimize irritating the lips. It had mostly opaque coverage, and it lasted for five hours but the color pulled into lip lines somewhat. The formula was drying over time, which is my typical experience with the Retro Matte finish. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Please Me Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “muted rose tinted pink [with a Matte finish].” It’s a light-medium pink with subtle, warm yellow undertones and a satin finish. It had excellent pigmentation that fully covered the lips and did so evenly. The color lasted for four and a half hours on me and was neither drying nor hydrating. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Heroine Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “bright purple [with a Matte finish].” It’s a brightened, pink-tinted purple with a satin finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage that went on evenly and lasted for six hours without being drying (but it’s not hydrating, to be clear). It left behind a reddish-pink stain. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Instigator Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “deep blackened plum [with a Matte finish].” It’s a blackened, purpled wine with berry-pink undertones that leans slightly cool and has a satiny sheen. It had semi-opaque color coverage, but it has a little more slip to it that makes it look somewhat patchy. It’s not the worst offender for this shade family, but I would recommend wearing a lip liner underneath to minimize unevenness. It lasted for six hours and left a stain behind, but it was neither drying nor hydrating. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Antique Velvet Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as an “intense brown [with a Matte finish].” It’s a muted, dark chocolate brown with warm, mahogany undertones and a satin sheen. It had mostly opaque coverage, which went on fairly evenly, though it wasn’t quite as smooth or as even as a lot of the other matte shades in this launch. It lasted for five hours and was a smidgen drying. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Friday, May 22nd, 2015

Free for Haul Friday

Welcome to Free For Haul Friday!

  • Haul: ColourPop Summer eyeshadows/lipsticks/blushes, Tom Ford Lip Balm, Givenchy SE #205 Le Rouge, Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Lipsticks in Desirable and Confident
  • Weekend plans: We’re trying to declutter wherever we can in the house.
  • What’s your favorite thing to cook?: Fettuccine alfredo, which is just super easy but tastes delicious. I don’t think I’ve made that in years!

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This week’s Mellan photo…


Breaking in his new bed!

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

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

ColourPop Flipper Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “soft tangerine sprinkled with silver and pink glitter in a metallic finish.” It’s a light-medium, golden orange with warm, yellow undertones and silver and pink glitter. The texture has a very smooth, emollient feel to it, though it tended to thicken when applied to the lid unless applied as a sheer wash of color. I didn’t notice more than a few stray sparkles when I was working with it during application, and then there were a few more that fell during wear, but it was negligible. The underlying color still looked the same nine hours later. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Nillionaire Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “warm bronze with a ton of gold and multi-coloured glitter in a metallic finish.” It’s a muted, bronzy brown with khaki undertones and copper and pink glitter over a metallic finish. It had mostly opaque color payoff with a smooth, lightly creamy consistency that was move around, but the larger glitters seemed to turn the base a little patchy as they moved against the base color. This one seemed to be more prone to having sparkle fall out during application, though once I was done, I only saw two or three sparkles drop during the ten hour wear time. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Shark Attack Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone warm coral with gold duochrome finish in a pearlized finish.” It’s a light-medium, pink-leaning coral with a fine, golden sheen. It had good color payoff with a lightly emollient texture that seemed like it would apply really well, but I struggled a lot with this. It swatched so nicely, but it was difficult to apply as smoothly and as evenly on the lid. It seemed like if you have really, really smooth, taut eyelids, it might go on more smoothly, but it always looked a little patchy on me. I tried applying in five separate times with fingertips and various brushes. A flat, synthetic brush still seemed to work the best for me, and it applied better to the outer third of my lid than the inner or middle of my lid. It lasted for nine hours before fading. I was surprised as I have had the best luck with the pearlized finishes in the range. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Plunge Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “light warm beige with a golden sheen in a pearlized finish.” It’s a light-medium, golden beige with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had fairly good pigmentation with a lightly creamy, blendable texture that deposited color evenly and smoothly. I had no trouble with this one, and it was so easy to use. The color lasted for nine and a half hours without creasing or fading. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop High Tide Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “pale champagne gold in a pearlized finish.” It’s a light gold with warm undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It appears lighter applied, as it has a fairly reflective finish. The texture was blendable, lightly creamy, and adhered well to the skin. It had nice pigmentation and lasted for nine and a half hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Coconut Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “bright peacock teal in a pearlized finish.” It’s a medium-dark, blue with a hint of green and a pearly sheen. It has hints of green and blue pearl in it that gives it a “warmer” look than your typical true blue, but it still leans quite blue. The texture was lightly creamy that felt “wet” to the touch, but it was thin, blendable, and easily spread on the lid. It went on with good color payoff, and with a brush, it seemed even more opaque when I was applying it in practice. It wore well for nine and a half hours without fading or creasing. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Friday, May 22nd, 2015

ColourPop Birthday Girl Super Shock Shadow
ColourPop Birthday Girl Super Shock Shadow

ColourPop Birthday Girl Super Shock Shadow (Gift with Purchase) is a slightly muted, medium-dark brown with lighter gold and bronze shimmer and bronze glitter. YSL Aquatic Copper (07) (P, $30.00) is darker, less red-toned. Hourglass Exposure #3 (P) is lighter, more shimmery. Makeup Geek Grandstand (P, $9.99) is less sparkly. Kat Von D Nephilim (LE) is more golden. Dior Cuir Cannage #4 (P) is less sparkly. Tarte Keepsake Frame (LE) is less sparkly, darker. Make Up For Ever ME612 Silver Brown (P, $21.00) is less sparkly. Make Up For Ever I538 Pearly Gray Beige (P, $21.00) is lighter, less sparklly, cooler-toned. Too Faced Tiger’s Eye (LE, $16.00) is darker, less sparkly. LORAC Unattainable (P) is less sparkly. MAC A Harvest of Greens #1 (P, $21.00) is less sparkly. MAC Her Cocoa #3 (LE, $16.00) is darker, less sparkly. NARS Fez (P, $24.00) is darker, less shimmery/sparkly. MAC Day Gleam (P, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Coil (LE, $21.00) is darker, less sparkly. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

It is a limited edition eyeshadow that is only available as a a gift with purchase, while supplies last (or 5/25) to celebrate ColourPop’s 1-year anniversary. It had mostly opaque color coverage with its base color with a very sparkly, glittery texture that can be a little chunky to work with as it doesn’t go on as smoothly as other shades have in the past. I applied it using a flat, synthetic brush and patted into place, and then I used the edge of the brush to lightly blend out the edge, which yielded the best results, but up-close, it’s not completely smooth or even. It reflects a lot of light and ends up looking lighter applied than in the pan (especially in person, as you move). I had minor fall out while blending out the edges, and then minor fall out while I wore it, though it is surprisingly little fall out for something this sparkly. I didn’t have any fading or creasing over a nine hour period.

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Thursday, May 21st, 2015

Temptalia Asks You


Is your beauty stash dominated by any particular brand(s)? Share which brands are most represented!

Temptalia's AnswerIn general, I would say that I have a great variety of brands in my stash! I think the ones that dominate are ones that put out a lot of products (like MAC), and it skews mid to high-end.

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Thursday, May 21st, 2015

Sephora Favorites Sun Safety Kit
Sephora Favorites Sun Safety Kit

Sun Safety Kit ($32.00 ($155.00 value)

Sephora and The Skin Cancer Foundation are proud to unveil its ninth edition of the Sun Safety Kit. The highly anticipated collection features an array of powerful SPF products in different formats to protect from harmful UVA/UVB rays along with safe self-tanning essentials for a beautiful, sunless, golden glow. The all-in-one BB and CC creams perfect the appearance of skin while protecting from the sun and environmental factors while Fresh’s cult-favorite Sugar Lip Treatment nourishes, protects, and plumps the look of lips. These hand-picked favorites will protect your face, lips, and body all summer long—with no greasy mess, no white residue, and no unpleasant smell—just Sun Safety.

  • 0.2 oz AmorePacific Natural Protector SPF 30
  • 0.3 oz Clarins UV Plus Anti-Pollution Broad Spectrum SPF 50
  • 0.5 oz Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30 in Light Medium
  • 0.25 oz Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare™ Dark Spot Sun Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Sunscreen
  • 0.17 oz Dr. Jart+ Premium Beauty Balm SPF 45
  • 0.08 oz Fresh® Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15
  • 0.5 oz Josie Maran Cosmetics Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 47
  • 0.34 oz Korres Yoghurt Nourishing Fluid Veil Broad Spectrum SPF 30
  • 0.17 oz Murad® Invisiblur™ Perfecting Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 30
  • 0.1 oz Ole Henriksen total truth™ eye crème SPF 15
  • 0.5 oz Origins VitaZing™ Broad Spectrum SPF 15 Energy-Boosting Moisturizer with Mangosteen
  • Peter Thomas Roth Max Sheer All Day Moisture Defense® Lotion SPF 30
  • 0.6 oz Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Cream SPF 50+ WetForce Broad Spectrum Water Resistant (80 Minutes)
  • 1.69 oz St. Tropez One Night Only in Light-Medium
  • 0.34 oz Supergoop!® City Sunscreen Serum SPF 30
  • 0.34 oz Vita Liberata Passion Flower & Argan Dry Oil Broad Spectrum SPF 50
  • Travel bag

Time to Prime ($25.00 ($51.00 value)

This set includes six deluxe primers that form the first step to longer-wearing makeup, nails, and hair. Line & Define primer’s 100 percent natural formula nourishes lips while priming to keep lipstick in place all day. Prime Base Coat is a binding, ultra-sticky base coat that primes nails for flawless, long-lasting polish application. Veil Mineral Primer neutralizes skin, minimizes shine, and creates a uniform canvas for makeup that lasts. Prime Style Extender weightlessly protects and extends the life of your hairstyle. 24 Hour Photo Finish Shadow Primer is a sweat- and humidity-resistant formula that keeps eye shadow in place for up to 24 hours. Subversion Lash Primer conditions and preps lashes for longer-lasting, voluminous, and lengthened lashes. This set contains:

  • 0.3 oz Bite Beauty Line & Define Primer
  • 0.13 oz Formula X PRIME Base Coat
  • 0.14 oz Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 15
  • 1 oz Living Proof Prime Style Extender
  • 0.14 oz Smashbox 24 Hour Photo Finish Shadow Primer
  • 0.15 oz Urban Decay Subversion Lash Primer

Ultimate Hair Essentials ($45.00) ($132.00 value)

This curated assortment of our most sought-after hair essentials includes luxurious products to help you achieve your desired look, save time in the morning, and create healthy-looking hair. Discover nourishing shampoos and conditioners, frizz-fighting stylers, hydrating oils, and multitasking hairsprays that will make your hair look picture-perfect and feel smoother than ever before. This set contains:

  • 2 oz Wen® by Chaz Dean Sweet Almond Mint Cleansing Conditioner
  • 1.35 oz Alterna® CAVIAR Anti-Aging® Replenishing Moisture Shampoo
  • 1.35 oz Alterna® CAVIAR Anti-Aging® Replenishing Moisture Conditioner
  • 2 oz Living Proof® Prime Style Extender
  • 1 oz Phyto Huile Soyeuse Lightweight Hydrating Oil
  • 2 oz Living Proof® Perfect Hair Day 5-in-1 Styling Treatment
  • 1.7 oz Drybar Hot Toddy Heat & UV Protectant
  • 2 oz Bumble and Bumble Thickening Hairspray
  • 3 oz Living Proof® Flex Shaping Hairspray
  • 1.67 oz Drybar Triple Sec 3-in-1
  • 0.5 oz Bumble and bumble Prêt-à-Powder

Beauty on the Fly ($42.00) ($158.00 value)

The unique, luxurious Melting Cleanser from Algenist gently dissolves all traces of makeup, removes impurities, and improves skin’s radiance. The fragrance-free, gentle FAB cleanser effectively removes makeup, dirt, and grime, leaving skin soft and supple. Kate Sommerville’s dual-action exfoliation method seemingly smooths away years in as little as two minutes while the antioxidant-rich brightening and nourishing Truth Serum® is enriched with vitamin C to nourish. The daily age-defying Face Cream is formulated with Fresh’s proprietary Super 7 Complex—proven to prevent visible signs of aging, provide 24 hours of significant moisture, and boost radiance. The clinically-proven Refreshing Eye Cream instantly de-puffs and reduces dark circles while GlamGlow’s 10-minute Youthmud™ is a professional-quality mud mask that leaves skin radiant. Vita Liberata Neroli & Argan Milk is a broad-spectrum sun protection in a non-greasy, nourishing milk formula with added neroli and argan oil to hydrate. The velvety, hydrating body butter from Josie is whipped to perfection to moisturize skin, leaving is silky smooth. Living Proof® Perfect Hair Day™ Shampoo and Conditioner deliver the five benefits for beautiful, healthy-looking hair: smoothness, volume, conditioning, strength, and polish. Finish your look with Alterna CC Cream, a leave-in hair product that delivers 10 benefits in one simple step, leaving hair perfectly polished. This set contains:

  • 1.5 oz Algenist GENIUS Ultimate Anti-Aging Melting Cleanser
  • 1 oz First Aid Beauty® Face Cleanser
  • 0.5 oz Kate Somerville® ExfoliKate® Intensive Exfoliating Treatment
  • 0.5 oz Ole Henriksen® Truth Serum Collagen Booster
  • 0.5 oz Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream
  • 0.17 oz Origins GinZing™ Refreshing Eye Cream
  • 0.5 oz Glamglow® Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment
  • 0.34 oz Vita Liberata Neroli & Argan Milk Broad Spectrum SPF 50
  • 2 oz Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter in Sweet Citrus
  • 2 oz Living Proof® Perfect Hair Day™ Shampoo
  • 2 oz Living Proof® Perfect Hair Day™ Conditioner
  • 0.85 oz Alterna Caviar CC Cream for Hair
  • Travel bag

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