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Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Survey Says

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  • Your skin tone/coloring:
  • Favorite gold eyeshadow?
  • Favorite green eyeliner?
  • Favorite black mascara?
Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Marc Jacobs Beauty Wham (604) Kiss Pop Lip Color Stick
Marc Jacobs Beauty Wham (604) Kiss Pop Lip Color Stick

Marc Jacobs Beauty Kiss Pop Lip Color Stick ($28.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a new formula for fall. It’s described as “lightweight,” having a “burst of color–and hydration,” and is long-wearing. If you’re a fan of Marc Jacobs Beauty’s Lip Gels, I don’t think you’ll like these at all; the texture is drier, almost stiff and slightly chalky. The texture is noticeably thick and feels heavier on the lip, though it manages to look better than it feels. These are more like the old school, matte lip color. It’s imperative that you prep your lips prior to applying, as the thicker, drier formula will catch on any imperfections on the lip. I was surprised to see that these are huge–particularly for a lip pencil–at 0.15 oz., which is larger than most lipsticks, let alone jumbo lip pencil. They were also very pigmented, and these two shades wore for five to six hours (see below for specifics), but they tended to “crack” after two to three hours as the color settled into lip lines. I found the formula to be lightly drying–there was no burst of hydration whatsoever.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Wham (604) Kiss Pop Lip Color Stick ($28.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “coral rose.” It’s a brightened, coral-red with warm undertones and a satin matte finish. It had rich, opaque color coverage that lasted for six hours on me but didn’t fade as evenly as I would have liked to see, as it settled into lip lines after four hours. Chanel La Malicieuse (46) (P, $34.00) is redder. Bite Beauty Crush (P, $28.00) is more orange. Marc Jacobs Beauty Shout (138) (LE, $30.00) is softer. Guerlain Gracy (LE, $51.00) is pinker, darker. Make Up For Ever #37 (P, $19.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Pop-arazzi (606) Kiss Pop Lip Color Stick ($28.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as an “electric rose.” It’s a bright, cool-toned, medium pink with blue undertones. It had full color coverage, and the color stayed on for five hours and started to “crack” and settle after three and a half hours of wear. Melt Cosmetics Stupid Love (P, $19.00) is brighter, bluer-based. This was the least chalky-feeling shade of the ones I tried. MAC Kelly Yum-Yum (LE, $16.00) is similar. Sephora Collection Cougar (P, $12.50) is lighter. MAC Happy-Go-Lucky (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Bite Beauty Moscato (P, $28.00) is brighter, cooler-toned. Bite Beauty Satsuma (LE, $24.00) is lighter, brighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Gossip (140) (LE, $30.00) is sheerer. Chanel La Diva (44) (P, $34.00) is lighter. MAC Candy Yum Yum (P, $16.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wham (604)

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7.5/10

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10/10

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7/10

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8.5/10

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Pop-arazzi (606)

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8/10

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10/10

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Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Bobbi Brown Bronze Brightening Blush
Bobbi Brown Bronze Brightening Blush

Bobbi Brown Bronze Brightening Blush ($45.00 for 0.23 oz.) is described as a “bronze hue.” It’s a medium-dark tan brown with warm, yellow-orange undertones and a gold, frosted shimmer. MAC Delphic (LE, $33.00) is yellower. Urban Decay Strip Bronzer (P) is slightly darker. Tom Ford Beauty Unabashed Bronzer (LE, $90.00) is lighter. Tarte Park Ave. Princess (P, $29.00) is less shimmery. Too Faced Sun Bunny #1 (P) is similar. Wet ‘n’ Wild Bikini Contest (P, $3.99) is slightly less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It’s a new, limited edition shade from Bobbi Brown’s Surf & Sand collection for summer. It contains three shades, but the size of each really means that they’re best used together, as the strips are quite narrow otherwise. You could also lean left or right when picking up the powder to go lighter or heavier on the bronze shade. The texture was fairly soft, smooth, and not powdery, so the application was straight forward but it could have been slightly more blendable. Surprisingly, despite the more frosted finish, it had a softer, more luminous effect on the skin that didn’t emphasize pores or imperfections. The color wore well for eight hours before starting to fade.

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10/10

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Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Marc Jacobs Beauty New Shades
Marc Jacobs Beauty New Shades

Style Eye-Con No. 7 ($59.00)

  • The Dreamer Neutrals

Lust for Lacquer Lip Vinyl ($28.00)

  • Satisfaction (214) Pinkish mauve with copper sheen (Full)
  • Shooting Stars (316) Berry mauve with shimmer (Full)
  • Shiny (318) Clear (Sheer)
  • Magic (320) Shimmering champagne nude (Sheer)
  • Superstar (324) Shimmering pinkish mauve (Sheer)
  • Pink Diamond (326) Light mauve pink with copper sheen (Sheer)
  • Milkshake (334) Milky light pink (Sheer)
  • Pink Friday (324) Shimmering hot pink (Sheer)
  • Wrecked (332) Shimmering bright red (Sheer)
  • Deeper (328) Shimmering berry purple (Sheer)
  • Rumor (330) Shimmering light reddish brown (Sheer)

Availability: Now at Marc Jacobs Beauty, coming soon to Sephora

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Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Temptalia Asks You


What one beauty product would you bring to the International Space Station? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerWaterproof mascara, because the view from space would probably make me cry ;)

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

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

NARS Smokey Eye Kit
NARS Smokey Eye Kit

NARS Smokey Eye Kit ($59.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a limited edition kit for fall. Each eyeshadow is 0.04 oz., and the eyeliner is 0.01 oz. It also comes with a travel-sized contour brush. First, if you purchased NARS’ NARSissist Eyeshadow Palette last spring, then you already have the three shades featured in this kit. On the upside, Bali performed much better in this palette than in the larger one.

In order for this to be a decent offering in terms of pricing, you have to get some use out of the included brush, which NARS prices at $32 for the full-sized version (the travel-sized feels like a cheap, rougher, scratchier, less dense version of the full-sized), and the eyeliner. Otherwise, I feel like you’re really paying for convenience to have these specific shades in a single palette; the larger NARSissist palette contains 0.45 oz. of product for $79 (which works out to be $176/oz.). NARS’ single eyeshadows retail for $25/0.07 oz. and $35/0.14 oz. (duos), which puts the price per ounce somewhere between $250 (duos) to $357 (singles). NARS’ Larger Than Life Eyeliner retails for $24/0.02 oz. (or $1200/oz.), so you’re getting a $12 value in this palette from the pencil alone. If you’re only interested in the eyeshadows, you’re paying $492/oz. All in, you’re getting about $30 (taking the PPO of duos) worth of eyeshadow, $12 worth of eyeliner, and a $32 brush (though I would disagree at this value, as the quality is vastly different from the full-sized), which would be $74. There’s value in having your very favorite shades in a palette for easy access and making it travel-ready, but I feel that this is poorly priced relative to other palettes NARS has done, which is disappointing.

Madrague #1 is described as a “matte cream.” This shade was of good quality in both the larger NARSissist palette as well as in this one, as it was soft, finely-milled, and blendable. On me, the color wore well for eight hours before fading. It’s a more common shade, so there are many, many shades available that are quite close. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bali is described as a “neutral.” It’s a dark, subtly cool-toned brown with a hint of gray and a matte finish. It is much, much better quality in this palette than in the larger palette; here, it is soft, finely-milled, and blendable. It lasted for eight hours on me before fading. Tarte Dream in Chocolate (LE) Too Faced Triple Fudge (P, $16.00) Laura Mercier Espresso (LE, $23.00) Too Faced Dark Chocolate (LE, $16.00) Tom Ford Beauty She Wolf #1 (LE) bareMinerals Boardroom (LE) NARS Bali (P, $24.00) MAC Najm el Lail (LE, $15.00) MAC Dance in the Dark (P, $15.00) MAC Showstopper (LE, $15.00) MAC Diamond Dove (LE, $15.00) Inglot #363 (P, $6.00) See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Mekong is described as an “espresso infused with shimmer.” It’s a dark, subtly warm-toned brown with fine sparkle over a matte finish. It was richly pigmented, and the texture felt soft and smooth, but it could have been more blendable. It lasted for eight hours on me. MAC Midnight Hour (LE, $15.00) is less sparkly. MAC Beluga (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned. Disney by Sephora Cinders (LE) is similar. Guerlain Terra Azzurra #4 (LE) is less sparkly. Dior Night Golds #3 (LE) is lighter. Chanel Topkapi #3 (LE) is less sparkly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Via Veneto is described as a “black.” It’s just that–a matte black. I have reviewed it previously here. It has good color payoff, but it is a stiffer eyeliner to use, so I don’t find it as comfortable to apply. It wears about seven to eight hours on my lower lash line before smudging. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Wide Contour Brush #43 is short-handled, angled eye brush. It has a very sharp, flat angled shape, but the brush is incredibly large. Of all the brushes to provide in a Smokey Eye Kit, it’s hard to imagine how many people will get a lot of use out of it. The only way I could feasibly use it was to finish up any blending all-over the lid, but I felt like this over-blended due to the scratchier, rougher bristles and over-sized shape.

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Smokey Eye Kit

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9/10

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9.5/10

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8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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