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Saturday, June 27th, 2015

Estee Lauder Launches for July 2015
Estee Lauder Launches for July 2015

A new perspective. A different angle. Now, Estée Lauder empowers women to transform and define their appearance in a completely new way. Introducing New Dimension, a transformative collection that’s so powerful it will help change women’s perspective on how they see themselves. One breakthrough serum – New Dimension Shape + Fill Expert Serum – and an Expert Liquid Tape along with two custom shaping experts – Shape + Sculpt Face Kit and Shape + Sculpt Eye Kit – help create beautiful contours and a visibly more defined facial shape. Working on every level of skin’s surface, helping to create both visible volume and structure, this new collection finds, flatters and reflects skin’s best features. It’s a multi-faceted transformation, immediately and over time. Needed visible volume is added. Facial contours look more defined. The cheeks and jawline appear more lifted. Revolutionary? Absolutely. New Dimension gives a whole new angle on beauty.

Shape + Sculpt Face Kit ($50.00) (New)

Create an ideal facial framework with New Dimension Shape + Sculpt Face Kit. This intuitive contour kit contains two tones that instantly and expertly sculpt the face. Two coordinated cream shades brighten and contour to add depth and dimension. The light tone accents cheekbones, brows and the nose by bringing light to the center of the face. The dark shade slims and sculpts to emphasize the hollows of cheeks and create shadows where desired.

Shape + Sculpt Eye Kit ($40.00) (New)

Bigger, brighter, lifted or more defined – New Dimension Shape + Sculpt Eye Kit creates an ideal eye shape and appearance. The expertly coordinated trio contour kit plays with shading and finish to create depth and dimension. The universal palette smoothes, contours and highlights with a Smoothing Base, a Contour Shade and a Highlighter Cream. The Smoothing Base preps the lid for the day while the Contour Shade defines the eye depending on desired shape and the Highlighter Cream accentuates and accents the look.

Pure Color Envy Eye Defining Singles ($25.00) (New)

A new generation in eye color, NEW Pure Color Envy Eye Defining Singles is a strikingly edited collection of 20 eyeshadow singles ranging from the softest nudes to the boldest hues. Choose your perfect shades and create a collection of your favorite colors. Available in matte, velvet, luminous and brilliant finishes, the versatile formula ranges from polished mattes to high chromatic shines. Shadows instantly melt onto lids to create a rich veil of creamy, smooth and even color with the weightless silky texture blending to perfection. Skin imperfections are smoothed away and all that is left is a thin layer of pure, unadulterated color that lasts up to six hours when applied dry and up to eight hours of when applied wet. Incredibly versatile, these stunning colors can be used wet or dry. Use dry for a softer, translucent color or wet for extreme color and depth. For a stunningly monochromatic look, wear one color or for a flawlessly contoured eye, layer shades. The talc-free formula allows for any look to be created without it looking chalky or muted. Pure, weightless, non-flaking, crease-resistant color that stays and blends effortlessly.

  • Amber Intrigue
  • Blue Fury
  • Brash Bronze
  • Cheeky Pink
  • Emerald Envy
  • Fearless Petal
  • Flawless
  • Hyper Teal
  • Impulsive Blonde
  • Infamous Orchid
  • Magnetic Rose
  • Naked Gold
  • Nude Dare
  • Ominous
  • Silver Edge
  • Steely Lilac
  • Strong Currant
  • Unrivaled
  • Vain Violet
  • Insolent Ivory

Availability: Now at Nordstrom, Saks, Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s

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Saturday, June 27th, 2015

Sephora Colorful Eyeshadow Photo Filter Palette
Sephora Colorful Eyeshadow Photo Filter Palette

Photo editing software is a huge trend in social media for that picture-perfect, professionally lit look. These palettes were inspired by popular photo filters, putting a fun spin on the technological trend. The Overcast palette contains cool, breezy tones for more smoky looks, while the Sunbleached palette includes soft, light-filled shades. Each features brand-new hues, as well as a few bestselling Colorful shades. The packaging showcases gorgeous artwork and each includes a large mirror.

Sunbleached Filter ($32.00)

  • Walking in the Sand
  • Selfie
  • #tbt
  • Swell
  • Latergram
  • Whitewashed
  • Sandy Toes
  • Desert Rose
  • Swan Song
  • Secret Boudoir

Overcast Filter ($32.00)

  • Sandcastle
  • Flagstone
  • June Gloom
  • Getaway
  • Berlin Underground
  • Rocky
  • Black Lace
  • Cozy Sweater
  • #happydays
  • Smoke Signals

Availability: Now at Sephora

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Friday, June 26th, 2015

Temptalia Asks You


What fashion designer would you love to see come out with their own makeup range? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerI think the only fashion designers I’ve looked into are the ones who already have collections/lines of their own, because I’m not much of a fashion gal — but I am curious to see what you guys say 😀

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Friday, June 26th, 2015

NYX Highlight & Contour Palette
NYX Highlight & Contour Palette

NYX Highlight & Contour Palette ($25.00 for 0.72 oz.) is a set of four highlight powders and four contour powders. All of the shades included in the palette can be purchased individually, and the palette is refillable, so shades can be removed or rearranged. The only downside is that they don’t sell the palette empty, and there are two additional highlight powder shades (Bone, Soft Peach) and two additional contour powder shades (Sienna, Saddle) available as singles (each single is $5.00). I liked that two of the four highlighters had some shimmer to them, so for those who like a little sheen to their highlight, you’ll have those options, and you can always tamp down the satiny sheen by dusting one of the more matte highlight powders on top to stretch out the others if you like less shimmer. The contours all had a semi-matte to satin finish, so none were totally matte, and they looked natural on the skin without looking too shimmery or too flat. I had some trouble blending out the contour shades at times, and I had the best luck by applying with a more feathery brush to lay down the general outline of the contour, and then going back to darken as needed. The highlight shades are soft and smooth but powdery.

Highlight Powders

Ice Queen is described as a “pearly pale white.” It’s a very light, cool-toned white with a frosted finish. It had semi-opaque coverage that was buildable to fully opaque color if desired, though it’s likely a shade worn more diffused for most, so luckily, it blends out quite easily. It just slightly emphasizes pores if I’m not careful or don’t buff it out enough. It lasted for eight hours on me. Cle de Peau Pastel (11) (P, $55.00) is less shimmery, darker. L’Oreal Ice (P, $12.99) is cooler. LORAC Shimmer Highlight (P, ) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Soft Light is described as a “matte nude.” It’s a very light, white-beige that is fairly neutral in undertone paired with a matte finish. The texture was soft and smooth but noticeably powdery. This looked chalky against my medium skin tone, so it is probably better mixed with one of the contours or for fairer skin tones than mine. The coverage was semi-opaque and slightly buildable, but with how powdery it was, it tended to sheer out if you blended out the edges at all. It started to fade after seven hours. NARS Highlight (P, ) is warmer. Kat Von D Lucid (P, ) is darker, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Cream is described as a “matte soft yellow.” It’s a soft, buttery yellow with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had good pigmentation with a really soft, smooth consistency that was easy to blend and apply to the skin, though it was powdery in the pan. On me, it started to fade after seven and a half hours. Dolce and Gabbana Eva (P, $51.00) is lighter. Kat Von D Lyric (P, ) is lighter, cooler. LORAC Yellow Highlight (P, ) is lighter, cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Nectar is described as a “pearly soft peach.” It’s a light-medium, yellowed peach with warm undertones and a soft, frosted shimmer. It was less frosted compared to Ice Queen. The texture was soft, blendable, and slightly powdery/dry but didn’t appear dry on the skin. The shimmer didn’t emphasize the skin’s natural texture or pores. It wore well for seven and a half hours before turning a little patchy/faded. IT Cosmetics Hello Light (P, $24.00) is more shimmery. MAC Star! (LE, ) is more shimmery. Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment (Original) (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Contour Powders

Tan is described as a “matte soft brown with slight red undertones.” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm, reddish undertones and a satin finish. It had good pigmentation with a smoother texture that was slightly firmer to the touch, and it could have been a little more blendable on the skin. I started noticing fading after eight hours of wear. NYX Sculpt (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer. Urban Decay Toasted (P, $26.00) is darker, warmer. Marc Jacobs Beauty Contour (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter. Too Faced Chocolate Soleil (P, ) is lighter, warmer. MAC Sculpt (P, $16.50) is less shimmery, lighter. MAC Matte Bronze (LE, $70.00) is lighter. MAC Matte Bronze (LE, $70.00) is lighter. Colour Pop Poolside (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, warmer. Smashbox Bronze (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Toffee is described as a “matte neutral brown.” It’s a muted, medium brown with warm, yellow undertones and a satin sheen. This was one of the more shimmery contour shades (it’s not matte at all!). The color payoff was fully opaque, while the texture was smooth without being powdery. It lasted for eight hours on me. Too Faced Chocolate Soleil (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Contour (P, ) is less shimmery. Too Faced Dark Cocoa (P, ) is lighter. Colour Pop Paradise Cove (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Colour Pop Poolside (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Sculpt is described as a “matte taupe.” It’s a muted, medium-dark brown with a hint of gray overtones but the stronger, more orange undertones made it look warmer and browner. It had a very slight satin sheen, but it was the more matte of the four contour shades in the palette. It had good color payoff with a soft, silky texture that was a smidgen powdery. This shade blended fairly well on the skin, and it wore for eight hours. NARS Paloma Contour (P, ) is lighter, warmer. MAC Matte Bronze (P, $25.00) is lighter, warmer. MAC Sculpt (P, $16.50) is warmer. MAC Matte Bronze (LE, $70.00) is lighter, warmer. Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter. Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter. Kat Von D Shadowplay (P, ) is lighter, warmer. NYX Tan (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Hollow is described as a “matte deep brown.” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm, reddish-orange undertones and a satin finish. It had good pigmentation with a slightly firmer consistency, which made blending more challenging than desired. Once on, it stayed put for eight hours. Kat Von D Subconscious (P, ) is less shimmery. LORAC Deep Contour (P, ) is cooler, better quality. Marc Jacobs Beauty Contour (P, ) is lighter, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Friday, June 26th, 2015

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Friday, June 26th, 2015

ColourPop Succulent Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick
ColourPop Succulent Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick

ColourPop Succulent Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick ($6.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is a vibrant, tomato red with warm, orange undertones and a very matte finish. It had nice color coverage that applied fairly evenly, though it is slightly thinner and dries down quickly, there is enough payoff that the streaking is very subtle (but there’s some on my upper lip, as working around the curves of the upper lip takes a little more time than the lower lip for me). The color wore for ten hours before I took it off, and it was fairly intact but had some fading from the center after a meal and loses a lot of its transfer-resistant quality as soon as you eat/drink (even just coffee). Tom Ford Beauty Flame (06) (P, $50.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier. Maybelline Craving Coral (P, $7.99) is lighter, glossier. Kat Von D Countess (P, $21.00) is warmer, glossier. MAC Mangrove (LE, $16.00) is glossier. MAC Scarlet Ibis (LE, $16.00) is glossier. MAC Dangerous (P, $16.00) is warmer, glossier. MAC Lady Danger (P, $16.00) is lighter, warmer, glossier. Hourglass Raven (P, $28.00) is glossier. Anastasia American Doll (P, $20.00) is better quality, more muted, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Mars Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick ($6.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is a brightened, medium-dark fuchsia-red with warm undertones and a very flat, matte finish. It had rich color coverage, and the texture wasn’t too thin or too thick, so it applied smoothly and evenly without streaking. There is very subtle flaking initially that I don’t even notice unless I’m looking for it, and a little color will rub off if you pat your lips with your fingertip, but after an hour, it seems to stop. On me, it lasted for ten hours with fading that began closer to the center of the mouth but wasn’t too apparent as it left a stain as it faded, which camouflaged some of it breaking down over time. It was lightly drying after six hours of wear and was more noticeably drying after eight hours. MAC Moxie (LE, $16.00) is cooler. Colour Pop Toucan (P, $5.00) is warmer, glossier. MAC All Fired Up (P, $16.00) is glossier. MAC Pleasure Bomb (LE, $16.00) is glossier. Kat Von D Berlin (P, $19.00) is lighter, warmer. Maybelline All Fired Up (P, $7.99) is warmer, glossier. Colour Pop Cougar (LE, $5.00) is glossier. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Formula Summary: ColourPop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick ($6.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is a long-wearing, pigmented lipstick that starts off glossy and dries down quickly to that super flat matte finish. They have minimal transfer with some of the lighter shades having almost none for the first few hours of wear, but any time you’ve had a meal, they lose that transfer-resistant quality to a noticeable degree. They tend to wear anywhere from six to ten hours with darker shades maintaining better color coverage and wear over a longer period of time. Some shades get a little drying about two-thirds to three-fourths through the wear, while a few shades have been fairly non-drying even many hours into wear. They fade away evenly with most color loss occurring from the center of the lips if eating a more oil-based meal but the majority of color survives a meal. Reapplication has been hit or miss and tends to depend on how well it wore away and how easily the shade applies normally, but reapplication tends to emphasize the lip’s natural texture significantly compared to initial application and gives lips a very wrinkled, dried-up look. I’ve layered gloss on top of some shades with moderate success, though it will obviously lose the matte finish and will transfer and I’ll get tiny flakes where the matte lip color has lifted by mixing with gloss but has been pretty minimal. The formula had no discernible taste or scent. After playing with the packaging and the tubes, it appears that about 16 of the 25 shades I received were significantly overfilled and had regular overflow of liquid lipstick coming out of them for about 15 open-and-closes where I needed to use a makeup removing wipe to clean the rim of the tube prior to closing or else the lipstick would ooze out of the closing. I have not had this issue with any of my other liquid lipsticks (Anastasia, Hourglass, Kat Von D, Make Up For Ever, Stila) personally, though readers reported experiencing similar issues with Anastasia and the previous Kat Von D packaging.

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