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Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Sephora x Alexis Bittar Collection
Sephora x Alexis Bittar Collection

Introducing Alexis Bittar for Sephora Collection: a limited-edition collaboration that fuses the jewelry designer’s luxurious, sculptural aesthetic with our coveted beauty essentials. Exclusively at Sephora.

For more than 20 years, jewelry designer Alexis Bittar has revolutionized fashion with his striking designs and signature techniques. Renowned for his avant-garde craftsmanship, the award-winning artisan now brings his expertise to beauty.

Availability: Now online at Sephora for VIB Rouge & VIBs

Beauty Brush Set + Stand ($175.00) (Limited Edition)

This must-have limited-edition brush set features intricate 24 karat gold-plated ferrules, Swarovski crystals and lucite acrylic handles inspired by Alexis Bittar’s jewelry. The custom multifaceted onyx stand creates a beautiful display for your brushes on your vanity. This five-piece collection blends the best in luxury: both natural and Satine—a revolutionary synthetic hair that creates excellent pickup and luxuriously soft and precise application.

Beauty Brush + Travel Wrap ($58.00) (Limited Edition)

This exquisite pointed powder brush comes in a travel-friendly size and features satine, a revolutionary synthetic hair that creates excellent pickup and luxuriously soft application. The lucite handle is embellished with Swarovski crystals and plated with 24 karat gold for unparalleled luxury. The brush is housed in a jewelry-inspired pouch, which has enough room for all your makeup essentials.

Compact Mirror ($42.00) (Limited Edition)

Sephora Collection and Alexis Bittar are proud to present the world’s most luxurious compact mirror. This dual mirror features a 1x and 2x magnification, but it’s true value is its elegant and beautiful design. Crafted with Swarovski crystals, plated with 24 karat gold and featuring a silk tassel, this compact is sure to be the centerpiece of any vanity.

Availability: Now online at Sephora for VIB Rouge & VIBs

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Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

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Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Benefit Cheeky Sweet Spot Box O' Blushes
Benefit Cheeky Sweet Spot Box O’ Blushes

Benefit Cheeky Sweet Spot Box O’ Blushes ($36.00 for 1.08 oz.) includes six powder blushes and a cream highlighter–all shades from Benefit’s permanent line-up in a metal tin. I found the color of Bella Bamba and CORALista to be different in the palette compared to my standalone versions, with CORALista being very different and Bella Bamba more “within variation” that you might expect over the years and the like. The change in color may appeal to you, or it may disappoint you, depending on the color you prefer. Most of Benefit’s blushes run rather warm-toned, and there are a lot of warm pink/coral variations here, so it may feel redundant if you are on the hunt for a really diverse blush palette. The packaging is ridiculously bulky and clunky–all I could think of was, “Why is this so heavy and noisy?” A few readers mentioned they easily depotted the blushes from the palette, so hopefully that’s an option for others. It’s unnecessarily large and nowhere near travel-friendly, and of course, it is very decked out in holiday-print, so it may feel out of place in April.

Hoola, Coralista, Bella Bamba, and Rockateur each contain 0.17 oz. of product, while Dandelion contains 0.14 oz, Sugarbomb contains 0.21 oz., and Watt’s Up! contains 0.05 oz. It works out to be about $103 in value across the seven products included in it–most of the blushes are about half the size of full-size, while Rockateur is the same as a full-sized one (I’m not sure how that worked out!). I think if you’ve always wanted to try Benefit’s blushes, or you’ve tried one or two but have wanted more, this is a great opportunity to try them.

Dandelion is a light, muted pink with subtle warm undertones and a barely-there gold shimmer-sheen. It had good color payoff with a soft, lightly powdery consistency that blends easily and wears for seven and a half hours on me. Benefit describes this particular Box o’ Powder as a highlighter to “brighten” the complexion. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Bella Bamba (Palette) is a medium-dark pink with frosted, gold shimmer. The texture was a little dry–almost crumbly to the touch–so it didn’t go on smoothly as I would have liked. With some buffing and blending, it will work into the skin and look lovely, but it’s not quite as easy to use as my full-sized version. It lasted for eight hours. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Sugarbomb is a frosted, pink-tinged peach with a golden sheen. It’s a lighter shade, so it will not yield a lot of visible color on most skin tones, but it is pigmented (just light). The texture was soft, smooth, and blendable. This shade wore well for eight hours before fading slightly. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Hoola is a medium-dark, yellow-toned brown with a matte finish. It had good pigmentation and was easy to apply, as the texture was soft, finely-milled, and blendable on the skin. There was a tiny bit of powderiness to it, but it wasn’t noticeable on the skin. When I tested the wear, the color wore well for eight hours before fading. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

CORALista (Palette) is a light peach with warm, orange undertones and a frosted, gold finish. This one is very different from the box I have–it is very, very light and orange, whereas the original I have is pinker. Aside from the major color difference, the texture was a little dry, but it didn’t look dry or powdery on the skin. The color payoff was pretty good, and it didn’t start to fade until after eight hours of wear. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Rockateur is a soft, rosy plum with warm undertones and a soft, satiny finish. It had nice pigmentation, and the texture was soft, finely-milled, and a bit powdery, but it didn’t look cakey applied. This blush stayed on well for eight hours before fading. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Watt’s Up! is a soft, champagne beige. It’s a cream-to-powder highlighter that doesn’t emphasize pores, wears just over eight hours, and gives a luminous sheen wherever it’s applied. The glow is strong enough that it is visible, but it isn’t metallic or wet-looking. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Tom Ford Lip Color Matte Launches
Tom Ford Lip Color Matte Launches

Tom Ford Lip Color Matte creates a powerfully sophisticated look of unadulterated color. Formulated with luxurious, velvet matte finish, the lip color matte smoothes comfortable onto the lips in a spectrum of richly pigmented hues from sensuous pink neutrals to alluring bold.

Lip Color Matte ($50.00)

  • Flame (Permanent)
  • Plum Lush (Permanent)
  • Ruby Rush (Permanent)
  • Pink Tease (Permanent)
  • Velvet Cherry (Permanent)
  • Pussycat (Permanent)
  • First Time (Limited Edition)
  • Black Dahlia (Limited Edition)

Availability: Tom Ford, Neiman Marcus (official launch isn’t until November)

Monday, October 13th, 2014

Temptalia Asks You


How do you deal with eyeshadow fallout? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerApply eyeshadows first, then use a cotton pad and makeup remover to get the fallout off. Tape (applied to the back of the hand first, so it isn’t as tacky) can help remove stubborn bits of glitter. When all else fails, I’ll apply a light layer of additional foundation over the area to minimize.

Thanks to reader Joey for today’s question idea Do you have a question idea? Submit yours here.

Monday, October 13th, 2014

NYX Wicked Lippies
NYX Wicked Lippies

NYX Wicked Lippie ($6.00 for 0.15 oz.) recently released, and the formula is described as “richly pigmented” and having a “dazzling metallic finish.” The best way for me to sum up the formula was: surprising, in a good way. Most of the shades are quite metallic, and most of them have good color payoff. The formula is creamy and slippery, yet many of the shades went on well without too much unevenness (though some were problematic, see Scandalous below). I expected they’d wear away quickly, due to the slippery nature of the texture, but they wore about average (four hours) or longer. I didn’t notice any scent or taste for most, though a couple had a very subtle waxy scent that I noticed in the tube but not on.

NYX Trickery Wicked Lippie ($6.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a dirty, olive green with fine gold shimmer for a frosted, metallic finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage that applied fairly well, but there was some unevenness. The texture was creamy, surprisingly slippery, so I was actually impressed it looked as good on as it did, given how emollient the formula was. I was even more surprised that it lasted for five hours; it seemed like a lot of the slickness disappeared within an hour, and once it did, it didn’t move readily. It was neither drying nor hydrating, and it was comfortable to wear. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Fragmented (LE, $18.00) was the closest I had, but it is a lot sheerer and lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NYX Risque Wicked Lippie ($6.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a rich, emerald green with metallic green shimmer. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and again, the formula felt incredibly creamy and emollient, yet it applied a lot better than expected. There was slight unevenness, but it wasn’t noticeable from a normal viewing distance. The color wore well for almost five hours, and it left a light stain behind. Dolce and Gabbana Smeraldo (LE, $33.00) is much darker, sheerer. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Chlorophyll (P, $18.00) is lighter, less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NYX Scandalous Wicked Lippie ($6.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a brightened, medium-dark blue-teal with a glossy, pearly finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage, but the high slip in the formula made itself quite apparent with its uneven coverage. It slides around a lot, and it is very high maintenance to wear on its own. A lip liner is a must with this one, I’d say. Alone, it lasted for three and a half hours. NYX Pistachio (P, $6.00) is a lot lighter. Illamasqua Apocalips (P, $24.00) is more matte, darker, bluer. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Chlorophyll (P, $18.00) is greener. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

P.S. — If you don’t dig unconventional colors, that’s cool, but please don’t criticize or insult those who do. Not everyone loves red lipstick OR green lipstick but that’s why options exist :)

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