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Sunday, May 17th, 2015

Charlotte Tilbury The Dolce Vita Eyeshadow Quad
Charlotte Tilbury The Dolce Vita Eyeshadow Quad

Charlotte Tilbury The Dolce Vita Eyeshadow Quad ($52.00 for 0.18 oz.) is set of warm-toned, neutral shades that lean more red and copper. It’s a fairly good set of eyeshadows that runs on the shimmery side, but it wears well, is easy to apply, and had good pigmentation overall. Personally, I think that one of the browns could have been substituted for something very dark or more mid-tone, which would give it more versatility.

The Dolce Vita #1 is a brightened, golden peach with warm, yellow undertones and a frosted sheen. The texture was soft, blendable, and a smidgen loose. The color wore well without fading until after eight and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The Dolce Vita #2 is a rich, medium-dark reddish-brown with warm, orange-red undertones and a soft, pearled finish. It had intense pigmentation with a smooth, blendable consistency that made this a very easy product to work with. It wore well for eight and a half hours before fading on me. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The Dolce Vita #3 is a copper-brown with lighter gold and copper sparkle and micro-glitter. The texture is very smooth with an almost wet-like feeling, which helps the glitter to bind better with the base color, so it actually translates as a whole onto the skin. There is some fall out during initial application, and then some more during wear; it’s noticeable–less than some glittery eyeshadows but certainly not perfect. The brownish color lasted for eight hours before creasing slightly. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The Dolce Vita #4 is a medium-dark, golden brown with a more satin-like finish. It had good color payoff, while the powder was soft and blendable, though a smidgen powdery. It wore well for eight hours before I saw some fading. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Sunday, May 17th, 2015

If you prefer cooler-toned blushes, here are my top five picks for summer cheeks this year :)

  1. Clinique Pansy Pop — a luminous lavender
  2. Urban Decay Bittersweet — a purple with a natural finish
  3. Surratt Se Pomponner — a brightened magenta pink
  4. ColourPop Pie — a bright, fuchsia pink
  5. NARS Desire — a bold, matte fuchsia pink

>> See side-by-side swatches! <<

Sunday, May 17th, 2015

Dior Jardin (456) Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Jardin (456) Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Jardin (456) Eyeshadow Palette ($62.00 for 0.21 oz.) is one of the more recently released quints, and it is part of the permanent range as far as I know. I picked it up awhile ago when I initially was trying out the new range, and it seemed promising when swatched, but there’s a dryness to the formula that can make it difficult to blend and apply on bare skin. Over primer, it’s easier to work with, but it’s still not a formula I’d reach for or would feel comfortable recommending. As they have a drier, dusty kind of texture, they tend to sheer out on the skin or look dry and fade more quickly.

Jardin #1 is a light-medium, neutral-to-warm-toned sage green with a soft, metallic shimmer-sheen finish. It had good color payoff, but the texture was a smidgen on the dry side, so it sheered out readily on the lid. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me before fading. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Jardin #2 is a brightened beige with a frosted finish and subtle warm undertones, though it tended to read almost cool-toned on me. It had good pigmentation that applied decently, but it was also a little dry to work with. It had started to look faded after seven hours of wear. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Jardin #3 is a medium-dark, khaki green with warm, olive undertones and a frosted finish. It had nice color payoff with a moderately dry, thin consistency that had faded noticeably after seven hours of wear. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Jardin #4 is a brightened, pinky-white with a frosted sheen. It had mostly opaque color coverage with a soft, smooth texture that adhered well to the skin. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Jardin #5 is a deepened, almost blackened blue with subtle, cool undertones and a pearly sheen. It swatched really beautifully with rich color payoff, but the texture was dry, and I had trouble with blending it out; it tended to just stick where it was initially applied. It did wear better than other shades at eight hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Sunday, May 17th, 2015

ColourPop Fruit Stand Super Shock Cheek
ColourPop Fruit Stand Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Fruit Stand Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “neon red orange in a matte finish.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark coral-red with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage applied with fingertips, in line with the formula’s description, while brush application gave you better control and sheerer coverage so it could be built up or sheered out, depending on your needs. The texture was smooth but slightly drier, but it blends out fairly easily on the skin. On my normal-to-dry skin, it lasted for nine hours. Colour Pop Ex (LE, $5.00) is lighter. MAC Secret Admirer (LE, $22.00) is pinker. Colour Pop Erotic (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, darker. Surratt Beauty Ponceau (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, pinker. MAC Hi Jinks! (LE, $22.00) is lighter. NARS Siam (P, $39.00) is darker, brighter. theBalm Pie (P) is glossier. theBalm Cobbler (P) is darker. Chanel Intonation (69) (LE, $38.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Fox Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone warm coral in a satin finish.” It’s a muted, medium pink with warm undertones and fine silver shimmer. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque coverage, but it was one of the sheerer blushes in the range, and it took three to four layers to get opaque coverage out of it (even with fingertip application!). The finish looks more sparkly in the pan or heavily swatched, but once blended on the skin, it translated to more of a soft sheen. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me. Charlotte Tilbury Las Salinas (P, $45.00) is pinker. Colour Pop Fruit Stand (P, $8.00) is darker, less shimmery. NARS Panic (Right) (P) is more shimmery, powder. Chanel Malice (71) (P, $45.00) is warmer, powder. MAC Red Obsessed (LE, $22.00) is sheerer, lighter. MAC Secret Admirer (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery. Gucci Beauty Coral Flower (P, $49.00) is less shimmery, powder. IT Cosmetics Pretty in Peony (P, $24.00) is darker, powder. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Tonic Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “bright neon orange in a matte finish.” It’s a bold, brightened medium-dark orange with warm, red undertones. There’s almost a hint of a golden sheen, but it doesn’t translate as visible shimmer on the skin; it’s like a natural matte, where the skin doesn’t lose luminosity but doesn’t look shimmery either. It was intensely pigmented, and a little goes a very long way when working with this product, so I preferred using a duo-fiber stippling brush with this to get semi-sheer color coverage that was blendable and buildable based on the look. It wore well for nine and a half hours. Urban Decay Bang (P, $26.00) is a powder. Colour Pop Squint (LE, $5.00) is similar. MAC Ocean City (LE, $32.00) is lighter, powder. YSL Orange Fougueux (04) (P, $40.00) is similar. NARS Exumas (P, $39.00) is lighter. Make Up For Ever #515 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is more orange. Make Up For Ever #420 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is more muted. NYX Cinnamon (P, $5.00) is a powder. NARS Exhibit A (P, $30.00) is redder, powder. MAC Optimistic Orange (LE, $21.00) is glossier. Benefit Cha Cha (P, $30.00) is sheerer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Saturday, May 16th, 2015

Temptalia Asks You


What’s the best way to start wearing bright or bold eye makeup? Share your tips!

Temptalia's AnswerI like bold eyeliner for a good first step, and another alternative is to use a bolder or richer shade in the crease. Sometimes the key is just to try it out and get comfortable seeing that level of color on your face with your features.

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Saturday, May 16th, 2015

Charlotte Tilbury Beach Stick
Charlotte Tilbury Beach Stick

Charlotte Tilbury Beach Stick ($45.00 for 0.23 oz.) is supposed to be a multi-tasking product that can be used on lips and cheeks, and the formula says it will hydrate the skin and uses ceramidone that acts like a “poly-filler to refill and plump the skin.” From the description, it sounds like these are a “natural flush,” so not fully opaque coverage but some color. As you might expect, the product performs better on the cheeks than on the lips, though I wasn’t overly impressed with it as a cream blush either. As a blush, it must be applied directly from the tube in order to achieve any visible color; using fingertips, most of the color adhered to the fingertip rather than transferring onto the skin, and with a brush, the formula seemed streaky and very, very sheer and difficult to build up intensity. This meant it wasn’t ideal for applying over a base, as the consistency isn’t so creamy that hardly any pressure is used, so it ended up moving my foundation if I used it over a blush (but I tested longevity on bare skin). Once on, it dries down to a semi-dewy finish; it’s not really shiny or wet-looking, but it’s not matte and never fully sets in place, so the wear time was six hours or less as a blush. As a lip product, they’re just drier in feel, though they weren’t as drying as I expected given how parched they make my lips look. It’s a lip product that really needs a topper, be it lip balm or gloss, to smooth out the lips–the Beach Stick on tended to emphasize the texture of the natural lip, giving it that drier, parched appearance. They yielded more color payoff as a lip product than the cheek (they seem to adhere better).

Charlotte Tilbury Es Vedra Beach Stick ($45.00 for 0.23 oz.) is a “mystic sunset coral.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark coral-red with gold shimmer. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage. It lasted for six hours as a blush, four hours as a lip product (lightly drying but not as drying as it looked). See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Charlotte Tilbury Formentera Beach Stick ($45.00 for 0.23 oz.) is “sun-kissed berry.” It’s a subdued, medium-dark brown with hints of rose and a soft sheen. This was one of the less shimmery shades in the range, and it had a more emollient consistency, which helped it look better on the lips but minimized its wear time–five hours on the cheeks, three hours on the lips (lightly drying). See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Charlotte Tilbury Ibiza Beach Stick ($45.00 for 0.23 oz.) is “burnished bronze.” It’s a medium-dark, rich bronze with warm, golden yellow undertones and light gold shimmer. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color payoff that lasted for six hours on cheeks, four hours on lips (lightly drying). See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Charlotte Tilbury Las Salinas Beach Stick ($45.00 for 0.23 oz.) is “candy, fresh, pretty pink.” It’s a brightened, light-medium pink with cool undertones and warmer gold shimmer. It had sheer to semi-sheer color payoff and was one of the more difficult ones to build-up and too many layers made it look incredibly splotchy, so I wouldn’t recommend this for medium or deeper skin tones looking to wear it as a cheek color. As a blush, it lasted for four and a half hours, and as a lip product, it lasted four hours but was moderately drying. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Charlotte Tilbury Moon Beach Beach Stick ($45.00 for 0.23 oz.) is a “rose gold, iridescent peach.” It’s a light-medium, gold-shimmered orange with a hint of red in its undertone. It had sheer to semi-sheer color payoff that is really more of a highlighter on my medium skin tone, so this is another shade better as a blush shade for fair skin tones but can still work as a highlighter on other skin tones. The color had turned patchy after four and a half hours of wear on cheeks and two and a half hours on lips but settled significantly and was drying. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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