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Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Temptalia Asks You


How do you apply cream blush? Share your technique!

Temptalia's AnswerI apply with a stippling brush first, and then I’ll work the color along the cheeks. To blend out the edges, I will use my fingertips or a rounded face brush.

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Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Tarte Bon Voyage Collector's Set
Tarte Bon Voyage Collector’s Set

Tarte Bon Voyage Collector’s Set ($59.00 for 2.05 oz.) includes a 20-pan eyeshadow palette, plus a deluxe sized mascara, cheek stain, Maracuja Oil, Smooth Operator finishing powder, and a LipSurgence Lip Gloss and Lip Tint, which are all housed in a zippered travel bag. Overall, it’s a decent palette. There were a couple of misses for eyeshadows, but I actually found that the lip/cheek products were more problematic, as they lacked staying power and the lip products weren’t hydrating for me. I think if you like more muted eyeshadows with more matte finishes, this might be a good palette to consider. Just for reference, this review only covers the eyeshadows, cheek and lip products (color cosmetics).

Palace of Versaille is a light pink with subtle warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff, soft texture that was only a smidgen powdery, and wore well for eight hours. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Moulin Rouge is a plummy taupe with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. The pigmentation was good, while it wore well for eight hours before fading and had a soft texture that was blendable. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

I Think I Cannes is a muted, medium-dark purple-plum with a hint of gray and a matte finish. It was slightly powdery but had fairly good pigmentation and was blendable on the skin. It lasted for eight hours applied. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

My Own Cotes de Rhone is a dark, cool-toned, muted purple with a matte finish. It had so-so color payoff, as the texture was slightly powdery, but it wore well for eight hours. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Boudoir Noir is a dark burgundy-brown with warm, reddish undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had really rough, uneven color coverage with a drier, slightly powdery, texture that made it hard to blend on the skin. What made it on lasted for eight hours, at least. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Fall in Louvre is a softened, peach-orange with a satin finish. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was soft without being powdery. The color lasted for eight hours before fading. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Provence Upon a Time is a dark, brown-ish gold with a frosted finish. It had nice color payoff, and the texture was soft and blendable. It wore well for eight hours. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Eiffel for You is a muted, medium-dark olive brown with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had so-so pigmentation, and the texture was slightly powdery. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Too Haute to Handle is a medium-dark, bronze-shimmered brown with warm, yellow undertones. It had a thin, but smooth, consistency that went on with mostly opaque color coverage that lasted for eight hours. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Bastille in the Night is a dark brown with subtle, warm yellow undertones and a satiny finish. It had excellent pigmentation that on smoothly and evenly. I didn’t notice any fading until after eight and a half hours of wear. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Chantilly Lace is a light, warm-toned beige with a satin finish. It had great color payoff, and the texture was soft and only a smidgen powdery, while the color stayed on well for eight hours. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Merci You Later is a muted, medium-dark taupe brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation, though it was slightly powdery. It wore well for eight hours before fading. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

No Champagne, No Gain is a muted, medium gold with hints of brown and a metallic sheen. It had nice color payoff, and it went on smoothly and evenly. I didn’t see signs of fading until after eight hours of wear. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Take on Bordeaux is a dark, chocolate brown with warm, red-yellow undertones and a satin finish. It had good color payoff that went on fairly smoothly. It wasn’t powdery, but it was still blendable, and this shade stayed on well for eight hours. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

French Riviera is a muted, dirty green with subtle, cool undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was a soft and blendable. The color lasted for eight hours on me. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

C’est La Vie is a sparkly, metallic golden pewter. It had sheer color coverage, while the texture was crumbly and resulted in a fair amount of fall out during wear. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Marseille the Word is a muted, medium-dark pewter-gray with a pearly sheen. It had so-so color payoff, and the texture was soft without being powdery. It wore well for seven and a half hours. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Play Nice is a muted, gray-ish purple with a semi-matte finish. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was only a smidgen powdery, but it could have been more blendable. This shade lasted for eight hours on me. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

On a Good Notre Dame is a deep, dark black with a semi-matte finish. It had fairly good color payoff, and while it wasn’t powdery, it could have been easier to blend on the skin. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Le Cordon Bleu is a cool-toned, bluish purple with a matte finish. It was somewhat powdery and harder to blend on the skin, though it lasted for eight hours once on. The color payoff was decent but needed to be built up. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Muse is a beige-brown with subtle, warm undertones and a metallic sheen. Tarte’s Cheek Stain formula is described long-wearing and natural. It is mostly a sheer sheen on me with little color, and it lasts five and a half hours on me (not long-wearing at all). See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Visionary is a soft, medium peach-coral with warm undertones and a fine shimmer. Tarte’s LipSurgence Lipgloss formula is supposed to give a “pop of color” with “lasting shine” while being hydrating and vanilla-scented. It had semi-sheer color coverage that added warmth and glossiness to the lips. It lasted for two hours and was neither hydrating nor drying. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Romantic is a soft, muted coral-pink with a glossy shine. Tarte’s LipSurgence Lip Tint formula is supposed to be a hydrating, natural-looking lip stain with a “wash of color.” It had semi-opaque color coverage that went on evenly and smoothly. I didn’t find it hydrating, though, and it lasted two and a half hours on me. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

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Bon Voyage

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8.5/10

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9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8/10

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Palace of Versaille

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Moulin Rouge

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Product

9/10

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9/10

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8.5/10

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Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Marc Jacobs Beauty Kiss Pop Lacquer Collector's Edition
Marc Jacobs Beauty Kiss Pop Lacquer Collector’s Edition

Marc Jacobs Beauty Kiss Pop Lacquer Collector’s Edition ($300.00) (Limited Edition) (Sephora Exclusive)

Indulge in this full spectrum of highly pigmented, honey-infused Kiss Pop shades from Marc Jacobs. From soft pinks to enticing reds, these lip colors feature a long-wear, no-budge formula that glides on effortlessly, delivering the perfect burst of demi-matte color for any occasion. Infused with honey, a natural humectant, it provides comfortable color, while the nutrient-rich leaves of the candelilla plant pairs with silica to lock in bold pigment for smooth coverage in one swipe. Encased in a sleek, covetable jewelry box, each high-performance lacquer is full-sized and has a playfully oversized design that is Marc’s spin on the lip pencil. Perfect for the Marc Jacobs collector, they have a travel-friendly, chrome design that makes lip application easy, wherever you go.  Available at Sephora.

  • 9 x 0.15 oz Lip Color Sticks in Pop (bright berry red), Heartbreaker (pink coral), Smack (burgundy berry), Pop-A-Razzi (electric rose), Crush (tangerine red), Pow (peony pink), Pop Rock (strawberry red), Wham (coral rose), Headliner (berry sangria)

Best Bite Remix ($25.00) (Limited Edition) (Sephora Exclusive)

Effortlessly color and hydrate lips with this set of four festive colors—perfect for pairing with holiday looks. These Mini High Pigment Pencils feature retractable, jumbo pencil tips that allow for smooth application on the go, and they’re also encased inside a gift-ready tin with a mirror for the ultimate on-the-go holiday present. This set debuts two new shades: Winterberry is the perfect festive vibrant shade, and Sablé is a nude color that takes your lip looks beyond the holiday season. Available at Sephora.

  • 4 x 0.05 oz Limited-edition high pigment pencil in Sablé (nude), Pomegranate (rose berry), Rhubard (plum rose), Winterberry (festive Raspberry red)

Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick Collection ($37.50) (Limited Edition)

Perfect lip looks with these four travel-ready shades. A perfect stocking stuffer, this set includes everything you need for intensifying, sculpting, and hydrating lips. The navy metallic cosmetic case, designed exclusively by Estée Lauder, holds get-noticed colors that range from nude pinks to muted rose to warm coral red. Available at Sephora and Nordstrom

  • 4 x 0.04 oz Pure Color Envy Lipstick in Envious, Tumultuous Pink, Dynamic, Desirable

Buxom Two of a Kind ($18.00) (Limited Edition) (Sephora Exclusive)

Stand out or go natural with Buxom’s Two of a Kind™ lip colors in Nudist and Provocateur. These creamy shades plump lips while giving them high-impact color to suit any mood. Available at Sephora.

  • 2 x 0.04 oz Mini Full-Bodied Lipstick in Nudist (nude beige), Provocateur (true red)

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Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Sugarpill Sparkle Baby Eyeshadow Palette
Sugarpill Sparkle Baby Eyeshadow Palette

Sugarpill Sparkle Baby Eyeshadow Palette ($34.00 for 0.48 oz.) includes four full-sized eyeshadows (so it’s a $48 value). You can also purchase each of the eyeshadows individually for $12. The colors are interesting pops of color that are fun to see and try to use together. The texture of the eyeshadows seemed a little drier than usual, particularly with Hotsy Totsy, which was dry and almost clumpy–very odd for a pressed eyeshadow. Surprisingly, Frostine was the best, despite being such a light shade (and purple, always a challenge). They wore well once on the eye, but there is a lot of fall out during application that makes it a messier palette to use.

Kitten Parade is described as a “shimmery peach with opulent golden sheen.” It’s a coral-pink with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. The texture was slightly dry and powdery, which made the color payoff weaker (semi-opaque). It wore well for eight hours. Gucci Beauty Autumn Fire #2 (P) is darker, more orange. Too Faced Paper Roses (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. Clinique Pink and Plenty (P, $17.00) is a cream product. Urban Decay X (P, $18.00) is lighter. Lancome Kitten Heel (P, $19.00) is less warm-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Frostine is described as a “frosty pale lavender.” It’s a light-medium, cool-toned lavender with a subtle sheen. It had fairly good pigmentation, and the texture was a smidgen powdery but very silky and smooth, so it was easier to work with and blend on the skin. This shade didn’t start to fade until after eight hours of wear. Milani Bella Violet (14) (P, $3.99) is darker. MAC Great Beyond #3 (LE, $21.00) is lighter, warmer. Tarina Tarantino Diamond Dusk #1 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter. Fyrinnae Unicorn (P, $8.25) is lighter. MAC Digit (P, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Beautiful Iris (P, $15.00) is darker. Guerlain Attrape-Coeur #4 (LE) is darker, more shimmery. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Datura (P, $14.00) is more shimmery. Inglot #440 (P, $6.00) is brighter, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

CandyCrush is described as a “glistening mint pearl.” It’s a cool-toned, aqua blue with a frosted, silvery-white shimmer. It had good pigmentation, but the texture was dry and looser, so it felt a little crumbly applied. This resulted in a fair amount of fall out during application and made it harder to apply to the skin, as the powder didn’t bind well or smooth over the skin easily. Once on, I was able to get eight hours of wear out of this shade. Stila Aquamarine (P) is less shimmery. Dior Dulcinee #5 (LE) is less shimmery. Too Faced Joy (LE, $16.00) is similar. theBalm B2 (LE, $16.00) is warmer. MAC Lucky in Love (LE, $21.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Hotsy Totsy is described as a “sweet magenta with iridescent fairy sparkles.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark fuchsia pink with cool undertones and pink and white shimmer over a matte finish. The texture was drier and powdery, where some of the powder would clump together while you were applying the rest. This is a shade that needed to be patted on very gently and packed into place to get decent vibrancy out of it. Applied, the color stayed on well for eight hours. Too Faced Monaco (P, $16.00) is more shimmery. Sugarpill Smitten (LE, $12.00) is cooler-toned, more shimmery. Too Faced Bright Eyes (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Too Faced Totally Fetch (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery. Urban Decay Woodstock (P, $18.00) is more shimmery. MAC Tease with Ease (DC, $21.00) is darker, more shimmery. MAC Brash & Bold (P, $21.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Sparkle Baby

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8.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Kitten Parade

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8.5/10

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8/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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Frostine

B+

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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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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