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Saturday, July 19th, 2014

Kat Von D Poe Studded Lipstick
Kat Von D Poe Studded Lipstick

Kat Von D Poe Studded Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “shimmery navy.” It’s a deep, dark navy blue with a slight purple tint and fine, violet and midnight blue shimmer. It’s more like a mix of Illamasqua Kontrol (P, $24.00) and Illamasqua Disciple (P, $24.00) mixed together, as the latter is lighter and bluer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This color is off-the-charts awesome, if you can get behind non-traditional lip colors! It’s such a powerful color on–there’s just something about the richness and depth of it that makes it more wearable than you’d think. The texture of this was lightly creamy–the creamiest of all the shades I’ve swatched–and doesn’t tug or pull at the lip. It had rich, opaque color coverage that applied fairly well and evenly. Sometimes, deeper shades like this can look splotchy or sheer applied, but this went on much more smoothly, though not perfectly. It’s a shade that I would likely apply with a lip brush, because it does seem to given a slightly rougher edge, rather than a really crisp one, when applied directly from the tube. It was neither drying nor hydrating, and the color lasted for nine hours (including through a meal).

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Saturday, July 19th, 2014

I love a good highlighter, which I’m sure comes as no surprise to regular readers! :) Many of my favorites are limited edition, but I also have a few favorites that you can get year-round and never have to worry about running out of. Check ‘em out:

  1. NARS 413 BLKR — buildable, liquid highlighter
  2. Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight — pale, golden beige
  3. Becca Moonstone — a frosted golden champagne
  4. theBalm Mary Lou-manizer — a shimmery gold
  5. Illamasqua Aurora — a glimmering cream highlighter

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Saturday, July 19th, 2014

YSL Cuirs Fetiches Collection for Fall 2014
YSL Cuirs Fetiches Collection for Fall 2014

Couture Palette ($60.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Fetiche Deep black, rich green, opulent brown, bright copper, warm gold

La Laque Couture ($27.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Bleu Galuchat (52) Metallic blue-grey
  • Taupe Graine (53) Matte suede brown

Gloss Volupte ($32.00) (New, Permanent)

  • Cuir Grenat (106) Red
  • Beige Nu (210) Beige

Babydoll Eyeliner ($34.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Gris Vinyl (17) Blue-gray
  • Bleu Patine (18) Blue

Rouge Pur Couture The Mats ($35.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Rose Perfecto (207) Rose
  • Fuchsia Fetiche (208) Red

Availability: Now at YSL, Nordstrom

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Friday, July 18th, 2014

Temptalia Asks You


What’s your current favorite fragrance? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerLately, I’ve been reaching for Plum Japonais by Tom Ford.

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

Friday, July 18th, 2014

MAC All About Nude Look in a Box
MAC All About Nude Look in a Box

MAC All About Nude Look in a Box ($39.50) includes a full-sized lipstick, full-sized lipgloss, full-sized eyeliner, and a Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow trio (0.07 oz.). The lipstick and gloss are worth $31, eyeshadows are worth $20 (based on price per ounce of the full-sized Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palettes), and the eyeliner is worth $16 for a total value of $67 (not sure where they get $72 MAC and Nordstrom confirm it is $72 value as they are stating the value of the Veluxe Pearlfusion Trio at $25).  I will review the other kits as well — please give me time as there is a lot to test!

Soft Savour Lipstick is described as a “mid-tone beigey pink [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a light-medium, warm-toned pink with a soft shine. It had semi-opaque color coverage, wore for three hours, and was neither drying nor hydrating on me. YSL Nude Beige (1) (P, $34.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Native (P, $22.00) is similar. NYX Chic (P, $4.00) is warmer. MAC Giddy (P, $16.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Feeling Fine Lipglass is described as a “soft beigey pink with pearl.” It’s a light pink with gold and silver sparkle. It had sheer–almost no color–coverage when applied to lips, and the effect was mostly sparkly and glossy. It wears for three hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. MAC Lovingly Yours (P, $22.00) is less sparkly, more pigmented. Bobbi Brown Rose (LE, $24.00) is lighter. NARS Bimini (P, $26.00) has finer shimmer. MAC Steel Kiss (LE, $15.00) has finer shimmer. MAC Oh My Darling (LE, $15.00) has finer shimmer. Dior No Angel (353) (P, $29.50) is pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Cool Companions #1 is described as a “gold.” It’s a muted, almost green-tinged gold with a metallic, sparkling finish. It was sheer when applied dry, and then it was slightly more opaque when applied with a dampened brush but it was somewhat clumpy. It was a finicky shade to work with, and I had noticeable fall out when wearing this, though the color portion didn’t fade or crease for eight hours. MAC In the Meadow #2 (LE, $21.00) is less sparkly. Dior Pastel Fontanges #3 (LE) is lighter. Dior Golden Flower #3 (LE) is similar. MAC Gilty Morsel (LE, $15.00) is less sparkly. MAC Greenluxe #2 (P) is similar.Dior Khaki Design #2 (P) is darker. Make Up For Ever #101 (P, $20.00) is less sparkly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Cool Companions #2 is described as a “forest green.” It’s a medium-dark green with subtle, warm undertones and a satiny sheen. It had so-so pigmentation applied dry, and it was semi-opaque when applied with a dampened brush. The color lasted for seven and a half hours before fading. YSL Avant Garde #1 (P) is darker. MAC Silver Sun (LE, $19.50) is cooler-toned. Sleek MakeUP Fauna (P, $9.99) is cooler-toned. Ulta Sage (P, $10.00) is similar. Tarina Tarantino Wonderful #2 (P) is darker, less shimmery. Kat Von D Gunner (LE) is less shimmery. MAC Greensmoke (P, $15.00) is darker, warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Cool Companions #3 is described as a “black.” It’s a medium-dark black with subtle warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. Applied dry, it had semi-opaque color coverage, and it was more opaque and much more intense when applied with a dampened brush. The texture was soft and smooth, and the color stayed on well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Graphblack Technakohl is a black, twist-up pencil eyeliner, which I’ve reviewed several times in the past (it is also part of the permanent range).

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Friday, July 18th, 2014

Choose or Lose


Do you listen to music when you apply makeup?

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