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Sunday, July 26th, 2015

Kat Von D Echo Everlasting Liquid Lipstick
Kat Von D Echo Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D Echo Everlasting Liquid Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is described as a “satin navy blue.” It’s a muted, navy blue with a purple-leaning and strong, cool undertones with a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a more difficult application, as it can be streaky to work with. It’s a stunning shade on, but it requires work, and at least two layers of product. Once on, the color lasted for almost eight hours with minimal fading/breakdown, though it felt a little drying after six hours for me. MAC Matte Royal (P, $16.00) is brighter, cooler, glossier. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Kat Von D Witches Everlasting Liquid Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is described as a “pitch black.” It’s a medium-dark black with neutral undertones and a matte finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage that went on fairly evenly (though room for improvement!) and was easy enough to apply. I would recommend going back in and touching-up areas that need a little more product while it is still in the drying phase. I loved how this looked on the lips, though; it wasn’t a totally flat matte on, and it is one of the better-applying black lipsticks I have. The color wore for eight and a half hours with little breakdown and started to feel drying at the sixth hour. Make Up For Ever #50 (P, $19.00) is glossier. Kat Von D Slayer (P, $21.00) is less pigmented, lower quality. MAC Hautecore (LE, $16.00) is glossier. NYX Chambord (P, $6.00) is glossier. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA SUMMARY | Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is supposed to be a “long-wear, full coverage liquid lipstick with a smooth, matte finish.” Of the liquid lipsticks on the market that go and have a full dry-down, Kat Von D’s formula remains my favorite, as it is the easiest to apply with the kindest learning curve and lasts awhile. Some shades are more drying than others, but typically they don’t get drying until after five to six hours of wear. They often wear anywhere from six to ten hours, depending on what you’ve had to eat or drink during the day. This formula is thin but not watery, has a longer dry down than most liquid lipsticks (but I noticed some of the newer shades dried to a mostly dry finish faster), and layers better than most (you can touch-up or add a second layer for more coverage). It takes about a minute for it to mostly set, but it will remain a little tacky in places for up to three minutes so you’ll want to avoid pressing your lips together if it doesn’t seem totally dry initially. There isn’t a noticeable scent or taste. If you don’t mind the trade-off between very long, near-pristine wear and being drying, it’s worth checking out. As a bonus, these also come with one of the most generous amounts of products within the realm of liquid lipsticks!

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Sunday, July 26th, 2015

Becca Sweet Pea Mineral Blush
Becca Sweet Pea Mineral Blush

Becca Sweet Pea Mineral Blush ($32.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as a “rosy plum nude.” It’s a muted, medium-dark brown with warm, orange undertones and a satin finish. I really didn’t see the rose/plum tones in it; even in the pan, I feel like I’m stretching to see rose/plum. Laura Mercier Earth (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery. Becca Wild Honey (P, $32.00) is lighter, warmer. Colour Pop Aphrodisiac (P, $8.00) is lighter, cooler. Urban Decay Video (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, lighter. MAC Liberating (LE, $21.00) is lighter. Makeup Geek Infatuation (P, $9.99) is lighter, less pigmented, warmer. Chanel Accent (84) (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler. Becca Fig (P, $25.00) is more shimmery. Chanel Cheeky (79) (LE, $38.00) is darker, glossier. Too Faced Peach Beach (P, $30.00) is lighter. Kevyn Aucoin Natura (P, ) is lighter, warmer. NARS Madly (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker. Burberry Earthy (P, $42.00) is cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The color payoff of this shade was more in line with what the formula is supposed to be–buildable–as the color was semi-sheer to semi-opaque. It had a soft, blendable texture that wasn’t powdery nor was it too firm. It applied with ease, as the powder diffused softly along the edges and didn’t turn patchy or appear uneven in the end. This could be more like a satiny bronzer for some skin tones that won’t get too bright, as there is a muted quality to the color overall. On me, the blush lasted for eight and a half hours before fading slightly.

Formula Summary | Becca Mineral Blush ($32.00 for 0.20 oz.) is supposed to be a “delicate powder blush” with a “buildable formula” that gives a “natural-looking, flushed appearance.” They typically have a soft, creamy consistency that is a little denser than the average powder but not truly dense. Some of the very shimmery shades feel a little dry compared to the more pearly ones. I found the formula to be incredibly easy to apply and blend on the skin without any need for special tricks; they felt very grab-and-go, the kind of blush where there’s no fight to diffuse and soften edges or get even coverage. They are more pigmented than what I’d term as “buildable,” which some will appreciate, some will be disappointed by. The wear ranges from seven to nine hours with the brighter and more satin-to-matte shades lasting longer. My favorite part of the formula is the luminous sheen they give to the skin, so they don’t look too shimmery on the skin. I think if you find Becca’s pressed highlighters to be too shimmery, you may find their blushes more up your alley with respect to finish.

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Sunday, July 26th, 2015

Guerlain Fall 2015 Collection
Guerlain Fall 2015 Collection

Summer may be over, but the excitement is just beginning! This Fall, Guerlain introduces Bloom of Rose, an unexpected, versatile, and ultra-feminine collection. Inspired by the natural beauty of the rose, this collection offers the season’s must-have beauty essentials, including the NEW lip formula Kiss Kiss Roselip, Rose Aux Joues Tender Blush, Nailift La Base, Maxi Shine, Le Stylo Lèvres, Écrin 4 Couleurs, and Écrin 6 Couleurs.

Ecrin 6 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette ($93.00)

A master of powders, a magician of eyeshadows and a genius of colours, Guerlain introduces a wardrobe of six eyeshadows to give free rein to your creativity and desires. Like a jewel, the intense colour is placed at the center of the case. The gradations take the form of different tones of four shadows to use as you wish, to your heart’s desire. The liner is nestled vertically to the right. It traces the eyes with a delicate touch. The six precious eyeshadows, enriched with Moonstone, offer an interplay of three different textures: iridescent, matte and satiny. Make-up becomes intuitive and foolproof, subtly guided by the placement of the colours, which allow for a “tone-on-tone”, “couture” or “smoky” effect. Eyes are embellished and customized: from the most natural to the most sophisticated look! Made in France.

  • Beaugrenelle (15)

Ecrin 4 Couleurs ($65.00)

  • Les Cendres (19)

Rose aux Joues ($52.00)

Discover Rose aux Joues, Guerlain’s new color-revealing blush. Rosy cheeks with a delicate glow, as if you had just spent a day in the fresh air, with a lightweight imperceptible finish. A feat made possible by the new Rose aux Joues which brings a pink flush to your cheeks with a single sweep of the brush. Its Pink Booster pigments capture natural light and enhance your complexion’s natural pink hue in perfect affinity with the skin.

  • Morning Rose (01) Very fresh pink
  • Chic Pink (02) Soft pink with a touch of gold
  • Peach Party (03) Tender coral
  • Crazy Bouquet (04) Sunny bright red
  • Wonder Violette (05) Powdery plum
  • Pink Me Up (06) Punchy pink

KissKiss Lipstick ($37.00)

  • Orange Fizz (345)
  • Lady Pink (370)

Gloss d’Enfer ($30.00)

  • Candy Hop (472)
  • Nahema Smack (442)

KissKiss Roselip Hdyrating & Plumping Tinted Lip Balm ($37.00)

Guerlain debuts its first-ever tinted lip balm encased in an irresistible white lacquer case. Jojoba oil, fi ne oils and a rose extract deliver care and comfort, protecting the skin’s barrier. Rose petal oil helps smooth lips while erasing fine lines and wrinkles, to enhance their natural beauty. Hyaluronic acid plumps and shapes lips for an ultra-glamorous look. Lips are left soft, smooth, and subtly tinted.

  • Morning Rose (371) Colorless balm
  • Crazy Bouquet (329) Delicious red
  • Peach Party (346) Vibrant sunny orange
  • Chic Pink (372) Powdery pink beige
  • Pink Me Up (373) Very fresh pink
  • Wonder Violette (374) Chic violet

Nailift La Base ($26.00)

NailLift delivers in-depth action for stronger, harder nails from the very first application. Argan oil, vitamin E, and anti-free radical properties help regenerate brittle nails, and essential fatty acids nourish and protect. Guerlain research chose the molecule DMU to harden the nail’s
upper layers and preps nails for a better polish application.

Availability: Pre-order the larger palette and lip balms at Saks (expected ship date no later than 8/21); August 2015

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Saturday, July 25th, 2015

Temptalia Asks You


If you had to wear the same look for the rest of your life, what products would it include? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerGuerlain Parure Gold foundation, Tom Ford Love Lust blush, Marc Jacobs Intro(vert) eyeliner, Tom Ford Escapade/Pink Haze/Platinum Cream Eyeshadows, Guerlain Gems Lipstick, and then I’d have to figure out the all-time greatest forever-and-ever mascara/brow solution.

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Saturday, July 25th, 2015

Sephora Contour Matte Gel Eyeliner
Sephora Contour Matte Gel Eyeliner

Sephora Contour Matte Gel Eyeliner ($14.00 for 0.0176 oz.) is supposed to be a “long-wearing, smudge-proof gel” pencil available in ten “intensely pigmented matte shades.” It’s a twist-up pencil, so you’ll notice that they contain less product than the Contour Eye Pencils (which require sharpening). All five shades I tested were mostly matte, semi-opaque to fully opaque in pigmentation, and long-wearing. The texture varies between very lightly creamy (just enough not to tug) and lightly creamy, but they’re not slippery or wet at all. Wear time varies from eight to ten hours with light thinning overall but no smudging or migration. When I wore them in the shower, they seemed fairly waterproof! I prefer the regular Contour Eyeliners a bit more, as I get longer wear and they’re a little creamier (but not slippery), though these are nice, particularly for some of the more unique shades in the range.

Sephora All Black Everything Contour Matte Gel Eyeliner ($14.00 for 0.0176 oz.) is described as a “matte black.” It’s a medium black with a mostly matte finish. It was slightly drier than other shades I tried, and it had semi-opaque coverage in a single stroke. It was buildable to opaque coverage in two layers and lasted for nine hours on me. Guerlain Noir Volcanique (01) (P, $37.00) is darker. Urban Decay Perversion (LE, $19.00) is darker, glossier. MAC Graphblack (P, $16.00) is darker. MAC Smolder (P, $16.00) is darker. Estee Lauder Blackened Black (LE, $20.00) is darker, less glossy. bareMinerals Midnight (LE, $15.00) is warmer. MAC Blacktrack (P, $16.00) is darker. Kat Von D Puro Amor (P, $10.00) is warmer. Make Up For Ever M10 Matte Black (P, ) is cooler. Hourglass Obsidian (P, $16.00) is darker. Ardency Inn Black (P, $19.00) is darker. Tarina Tarantino Tommy Jet (P, $15.00) is darker, warmer. Urban Decay Black Velvet (P, $20.00) is darker, less glossy. Buxom Call Me (P, $17.00) is darker, glossier. MAC Definitely Black (P, $20.00) is darker. First 15 dupes listed, see more:
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Sephora Beautiful Monster Contour Matte Gel Eyeliner ($14.00 for 0.0176 oz.) is described as a “matte lime green.” It’s a brightened, yellowed chartreuse with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It is lightly creamy, so it glides on well without tugging and deposits good pigmentation in a single pass. It wore well for nine hours on me. MAC Colour Matters (LE, $16.00) is darker, more muted. MAC Sourpuss (P, $16.00) is darker, more muted. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Sephora On Wednesdays We Wear Pink Contour Matte Gel Eyeliner ($14.00 for 0.0176 oz.) is described as a “matte pink.” It’s a brightened, magenta pink with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had mostly opaque color payoff in one stroke (which is always impressive) and was just creamy enough to apply without tugging but stayed in place well for ten hours on me. No dupes for this one from my stash that I can recall!

Sephora Sea If I Care Contour Matte Gel Eyeliner ($14.00 for 0.0176 oz.) is described as a “matte blue.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark cobalt blue with a semi-matte finish. It had so-so pigmentation in one stroke and was buildable to mostly opaque coverage in two layers. This was slightly less creamy compared to other shades (but creamier than the black shade) but didn’t tug. It wore well for almost nine and a half hours on me. Ardency Inn Dark Blue (P, $19.00) is darker, more muted. MAC Royal Wink (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery. NARS Most Wanted (LE, $24.00) is lighter, more muted. L’Oreal Cobalt Blue (250) (P, $8.99) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Sephora Sly Like a Fox Contour Matte Gel Eyeliner ($14.00 for 0.0176 oz.) is described as a “matte terra cotta.” It’s a muted, medium-dark copper with hints of red and a mostly matte finish. It had nice pigmentation in a single pass, and the texture was lightly creamy for smooth, even application and didn’t tug on the lash line. On me, the color wore well for nine and a half hours before thinning. MAC Basic Red (P, $16.00) is darker, brighter. Illamasqua Feisty (P, $20.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Saturday, July 25th, 2015

Bobbi Brown Pink Quartz Shimmer Brick
Bobbi Brown Pink Quartz Shimmer Brick

Bobbi Brown Pink Quartz Shimmer Brick ($46.00 for 0.40 oz.) is described as a “soft, warm pink glow.” It’s a muted, medium-dark taupe-brown with warm undertones and pink and bronze shimmer that gives it a more metallic sheen. Bobbi Brown Nude Glow (LE, $46.00) is less shimmery, darker. Chanel Accent (84) (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Taupe Shape (, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler. MAC Superb (LE, $30.00) is lighter, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

I was expecting to review the newest Shimmer Brick for summer/fall, but I received this shade (I honestly have been so overwhelmed with new products releasing that I just photographed and reviewed without a lot of thought!), and it was only when I started putting together the written review did I notice! Oh, well, it’s a long-time favorite and has been out for awhile, so no harm in a full review, right? :) Bobbi Brown’s Shimmer Brick formula is an intensely shimmered set of five strips of shades that allow you to customize the overall color (use the top half for a pinker, darker hue, while you can use the bottom half for a lighter, warmer hue) or individually. Together, they are richly pigmented and very shimmery, which gives a beautiful glow to the skin, but it can be over-applied and then emphasize pores. I like using a fan or feathery brush and a lighter hand to build up the shimmer as desired to minimize the chance of overdoing it. I felt like this particular shade was easier to apply than some of the other Shimmer Bricks I’ve tried, almost as if it was smoother with finer shimmer. This may be more of a blush, bronze, or highlighter depending on your natural skin tone. On me, it wore well for eight hours.

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