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Saturday, August 16th, 2014

Makeup Geek Vegas Lights Eyeshadow Palette
Makeup Geek Vegas Lights Eyeshadow Palette

Makeup Geek Vegas Lights Eyeshadow Palette ($37.99 for 0.384 oz.) contains six, full-sized eyeshadows (each is 0.064 oz.) in a limited edition palette. Five of the six are new, exclusive shades, and one is from the permanent range. It’s a very warm-toned palette that contains three very shimmery shades and three matte to satin shades. It was a good palette overall with a couple shades having a slightly powdery consistency, but the pigmentation and wear were both impressive across the palette.

Makeup Geek eyeshadows retail for $5.99 each, which means the palette contains $35.94 worth of eyeshadow–there’s no value/deal here, other than having the palette to house them in. They aren’t glued in, so you could remove the eyeshadows from the included palette and put them elsewhere, or you could theoretically switch out a couple of shades and put in other ones (though the names of these are printed on the palette). Makeup Geek is typically a very budget-friendly option for high quality products, but at this price point, the palette ends up competing against so many other palettes from brands. I wish these were available individually so you could pick and choose the ones you wanted if you didn’t love all of them (or already owned Bada Bing), since you’re really paying for each and every shade at this price.

Casino is described as a “shimmery saturated metallic gold with orange undertones.” It’s a brightened, light-medium orange with golden shimmer and a frosted finish. It had good color payoff, with a soft, blendable texture that was a smidgen powdery. It wore well for eight hours and a half before fading slightly. MAC Golden Hours #2 (LE, $21.00) is lighter. Makeup Geek Gold Digger (P, $5.99) is slightly less orange, but it is rather similar. MAC Chessa (LE, $15.00) is darker, less shimmery. MAC Goldmine (P, $15.00) is much lighter. Dior Aurora #1 (LE) is similar. Le Metier de Beaute Goldstone (P, $30.00) is slightly browner. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sin City is described as a “shimmery medium golden apricot.” It’s a brightened, medium orange with yellow gold, frosted shimmer. It had good pigmentation that applied evenly and smoothly, though the texture was slightly powdery. The color showed a bit of fading after eight hours of wear. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #4 (P, $9.99) is more metallic. MAC Fresh Daily (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Chessa (LE, $15.00) is similar. Chanel Pearl River #4 (LE) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Roulette is described as a “shimmery rosy burnt sienna.” It’s a medium-dark, copper with hints of red and brown and a metallic finish. It had rich, intense color payoff, and the texture was soft, buttery, and incredibly smooth. Applied, it wore well for nine hours before fading. LORAC Nude #5 (LE) is more orange. Divergent Peaceful Shimmer (LE) is lighter. Maybelline Caramel Cool (100) (LE, $6.99) is a cream product. MAC Gingersnap (P, $15.00) is less shimmery. MAC Amorous Alloy (LE, $19.50) is darker. Urban Decay Trick (P, $18.00) is a touch lighter. Makeup Geek Vegas Lights (P, $6.99) is slightly darker, warmer. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #9 (P, $9.99) is less metallic. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #3 (P, $9.99) is redder. NARS California (P, $24.00) is darker. MAC Brash (LE, $15.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Mirage is described as a “pale matte beige with peachy yellow undertones.” It’s a light, pastel yellow with a matte finish. It had nice color payoff, but it was noticeably powdery, so there’s a lot of excess powder kicked up in the pan. I recommend tapping off excess product prior to applying to the eye to avoid fall out during application. I didn’t see any fading until after eight hours of wear. bareMinerals Pacific Sands (LE) is lighter. Kat Von D Entomology (P) is more muted. Divergent Altruistic Almond (LE) is less yellow. theBalm Snobby (P, $16.00) is darker. Burberry Pale Nude #3 (P) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Desert Sands is described as a “medium terracotta matte.” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. It had nice color payoff without being powdery–it was well-balanced between soft and silky. It wore well for nine hours before fading. LORAC Nude #4 (LE) is darker, browner. Urban Decay Tyranny (LE, $18.00) is darker, less yellow. Kat Von D Glasswing (P) is lighter, cooler-toned. MAC Butterfudge (P, $15.00) is more shimmery. Too Faced Chocolate Milk (LE, $16.00) is a touch less yellow. Disney by Sephora Bazaar (LE) is darker. Urban Decay Beware (LE, $18.00) is darker. MAC One to Watch (P, $21.00) is more shimmery. MAC Outre (LE, $15.00) is yellower. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bada Bing is described as a “deep brown with flecks of gold.” It’s a dark brown with a mostly matte finish and bits of gold sparkle. The sparkle doesn’t really show up once you apply the shade–it just gives it a barely-there sheen overall. It had good color payoff, but the texture was a little drier and thinner than the original version I have. It stayed on without fading for eight hours. MAC Cocktail Black (LE, $15.00) is similar. Dior Sundeck #5 (LE) is redder. Divergent Bold Espresso (LE) is more matte. Chanel Charming #4 (LE) is warmer. LORAC Sable (P) is redder. MAC Ground Brown (P, $15.00) is more matte. MAC Carbonized (LE, $15.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Saturday, August 16th, 2014

Make Up For Ever I802 Coral Pink Artist Shadow
Make Up For Ever I802 Coral Pink Artist Shadow

Make Up For Ever I802 Coral Pink Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a light-medium, coral-pink with a soft, frosted finish. Surratt Beauty Ponceau (P, $32.00) is brighter. IT Cosmetics Pretty in Peony (P, $24.00) is pinker. theBalm Crisp is more shimmery. MAC Petal Power (LE, $27.00) is lighter. Clinique Peach Pop (02) (P, $21.00) is similar. NARS Day Dream (LE, $29.00) is less shimmery. Tom Ford Beauty Love Lust (P, $55.00) is warmer. NARS Orgasm (P, $29.00) is more shimmery. MAC Supercontinental (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes. (Here are some comparison swatches of eyeshadows.)

This is technically classified as a blush (see the label on the back of the compact), though it is lumped in with the Artist Shadow formula and range. The new Artist Shadow formula is described as a “highly-blendable, gel-powder eyeshadow with vivid color payoff” (guess we’ll substitute eyeshadow for blush!). The texture is very interesting on this shade; some of the Artist Shadows feel like a regular powder eyeshadow, but some feel more like a firm cream, which this one does. I can take the back of my brush, stab at the eyeshadow, and it creates a dent but doesn’t chip away any product; similarly, I can press and smooth it back out to an even surface. It’s incredibly pigmented with a smooth texture that blends easily on the skin. As an eyeshadow, it lasted for eight and a half hours before creasing slightly, and as a blush, it lasted for eight hours.

Also, I’ve yet to see the special pricing when you buy more than one eyeshadow on Sephora’s website. I spoke with the Make Up For Ever Boutique at Valley Fair (CA), and she said that the LA and NY boutiques will ship anywhere. If you live near a boutique, they have the special pricing in effect. If you buy two or more shades, plus the duo compact, it’s $34 ($17/each), and if you purchase three shades with the trio palette, it’s $44 ($14.67/each). The boutique said they were charging $14.33/each after 3. There is also an 18x and 10x palette available for those who want to fill a larger palette.

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Saturday, August 16th, 2014

It’s actually hard to find a cool-toned brown that’s permanent AND not only available in a palette. No wonder so many readers are waiting desperately for a brand to release a truly cool-toned set of neutrals! What are your favorites?

  1. MAC Mystery — a medium-dark, neutral-to-cool brown with a matte finish
  2. NARS Bali — a dark brown with subtle, cool undertones
  3. Inglot #363 — a plummy brown with cool undertones and a matte finish
  4. Inglot #326 — a burugundy brown with cool undertones and a matte finish
  5. Ulta Mink — a cool-toned brown with a satin finish

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Saturday, August 16th, 2014

Make Up For Ever 30 Years 30 Colors 30 Artists Palette
Make Up For Ever 30 Years 30 Colors 30 Artists Palette

In celebration of their 30th anniversary, MAKE UP FOR EVER partnered with 30 elite makeup artists from all areas of the industry including celebrity, fashion and beauty, TV, film and theater as well as Brand Creator & Artistic Director Dany
Sanz. The brand’s unique story is shared through the eyes of these artists who helped shape it into a cult favorite for professionals and the public.

Makeup artists have been devotees of MAKE UP FOR EVER since its beginning in 1984, when it launched an eye shadow collection featuring 100 shades. Now 30 years later, the brand has revolutionized the product that put it on the map by introducing the new, advanced Artist Shadow. Staying true to its roots, MAKE UP FOR EVER presented the first preview of this new collection to the community that helped bring its name into the spotlight – the professionals.

Curated by these artists, the spectacular limited edition collector’s 30 Years 30 Colors 30 Artists Palette features 30 Artist Shadows inspired by each artist’s unique journey within the industry and personal experience with MAKE UP FOR EVER. The palette is divided into three black trays each carrying 10 shadows in the following 3 categories: smoky, brights, and neutrals. These highly blendable and vivid shadows allow consumers to explore this palette’s endless possibilities by mixing and matching their favorite shades, and experimenting with new bold shadows.

30 Years 30 Colors 30 Artists Palette ($250.00 U.S. / $295.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • M100 (Dany Sanz)
  • D104 (Debbie Zoller)
  • ME310 (Ricky Wilson)
  • D320 (Jackie Gomez)
  • ME108 (Viktorija Bowers)
  • ME624 (Ve Neill)
  • M618 (Craig Lindberg)
  • M930 (Stephen Sollitto)
  • ME654 (Mai Quynh)
  • I606 (Darcy Gilmore)
  • I550 (Greg Wencel)
  • M548 (Pati Dubroff)
  • M536 (Jo Baker)
  • M532 (Joyce Bonelli)
  • ME122 (Anthony Merante)
  • M636 (Roshar)
  • I662 (James Vincent)
  • D640 (Melanie Inglessis)
  • ME512 (Anthony Nguyen)
  • D868 (Charles Porlier)
  • ME400 (Luis Casco)
  • I746 (Angelina Avallone)
  • S852 (Frances Hathaway)
  • S742 (Lottie)
  • I922 (Kabuki)
  • D206 (Eryn Krueger Mekash)
  • I340 (Elizabeth Cohen)
  • ME304 (Merell Hollis)
  • ME230 (Jodi Urichuk)
  • I220 (William Lemon III)

Availability:  September 2nd for full release at Sephora and Make Up For Ever Boutiques (possibly August 19th at Sephora for VIB Rouges and August 26th for boutiques, as that is what the LA and NY Boutiques told me on the phone)

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Friday, August 15th, 2014

Temptalia Asks You


If you could create your own eyeliner right now, what would you create? What color? Finish? Type? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerA bright, pearly pewter–kind of like bareMinerals 5AM but more brightening–and pencil.

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

Friday, August 15th, 2014

Christian Louboutin Rouge Louboutin Nail Colour
Christian Louboutin Rouge Louboutin Nail Colour

Christian Louboutin Rouge Louboutin Nail Colour ($50.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a medium (almost medium-dark), subtly cool-toned red cream with a high gloss finish. NARS Torre del Oro (P, $20.00) is lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Trophy Wife (LE, $32.00) is pinker. Tom Ford Beauty Shameless (LE, $32.00) is warmer. NARS Lost Red (LE, $20.00) is brighter. Chanel Cinema (P, $27.00) is more muted. MAC Touch of Red (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Stage Red (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Russian Red (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Flaming Rose (P, $16.00) is slightly pinker. Dior Marilyn (LE, $26.00) is brighter. Butter London Pillar Box Red (P, $15.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It is modeled after the iconic red sole of Louboutin’s shoes. I can’t weigh in on how close of a match of it, as I do not own any Louboutin shoes myself. From the bottom of the bottle to the very top of the handle, it measured exactly eight inches (as intended to match the tallest shoe ever designed by Louboutin, the Ballerina Ultima). The long-handled cap is also supposed to be “perfectly weighted to ensure the utmost ergonomic comfort and control.” The formula is supposed to be “highly pigmented, chip-proof” with a “brilliantly shiny finish that mimics the reflection of patent leather.” It comes in a small, square box that the cap comes out of (so nothing keeps the cap boxed in, just the glass portion).

It was nearly opaque after one coat, though it looks more pinkish-red at times with only one coat. I applied two coats for swatches (except the one as noted, to show you opacity after one). I think it lives up to the highly pigmented claim, and it has a high shine finish without the need of a top coat. It dries down faster than the average polish, though you can still dent it if you’re not careful for about a half hour to forty-five minutes after application. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, and it was well-balanced, easy to apply, and didn’t streak, bubble, or pool along the edges.

Everything about the actual formula was quite nice (aside from wear, which I’m testing), but I didn’t really like the brush or the way the handle/cap felt in my hands. I didn’t find it ergonomic, and it made applying polish with my non-dominant hand even more tedious than usual. It is rather weighty, and I found myself having to hold it nearest to the base (closest to the brush itself), and the thickness of the cap at that point is large, which I think is why it seems less comfortable. The brush itself is shorter and seems almost narrower than some, which I didn’t have any issues with other than it does take more strokes to get an even coat of polish across the entire nail, but that will depend on the width of your nails. If the brand has any more metallic shades in their line-up, I will be curious to see if it is problematic applying those finishes and managing brush strokes. The “is it worth it” question is really personal–there are plenty of red creams on the market, so if it’s the color you’re after, there are other options, but if Louboutin makes your heart sing, it might be right up your alley.

This is part sneak peek, part review, as the wear test will take take as long as ten days (really depends on what it looks like after seven). I’ll update this post after wearing it with a full rating, but the clock has started!  I bought mine from Sephora, but it seems like most places are out of stock and/or on backorder (Nordstrom, Saks).

Update: For the most part, I had a decent amount of tip wear after seven days of wear. It is actually more tip wear than is normal for me with most polishes, but I also had chipping on my right index finger that started after five days, while the left index finger was also in worse shape compared to other shades. It’s very rare that I get chipping, so I was really disappointed to see it here. For reference, I didn’t use any base or top coat, and I used two coats of the polish (this is the same way I wear other polish to test wear). I didn’t have any staining, and it was easy to remove.

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