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Thursday, July 30th, 2015

NARS 413 BLKR Blush Duo
NARS 413 BLKR Blush Duo

NARS Cosmetics introduces 413 BLKR Blush Duo –the latest addition to the exclusive NARS 413 BLKR Collection. With a sparkling pink sand and cherry blossom pink, this dynamic duo creates a full range of sophisticated cheek looks. Apply the left side on its own for a soft highlight, sweep the right side across cheeks for a pop of pink or layer them for a natural flush. Named for the brand’s first flagship address in New York City’s West Village neighborhood, Founder and Creative Director François Nars draws inspiration from the fast-paced city when creating the 413 BLKR Collection

Blush Duo ($42.00)

  • 413 BLKR Sparkling pink sand with gold and silver shimmer / cherry blossom pink with a hint of gold shimmer

Availability: August 1st exclusively at NARSCosmetics.com and NARS Boutiques

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

Laura Geller Plumberry Baked Gelato Swirl Blush
Laura Geller Plumberry Baked Gelato Swirl Blush

Laura Geller Plumberry Baked Gelato Swirl Blush ($26.00 for 0.17 oz.) is described as a “deep berry pink.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark berry-pink with cool undertones and subtle golden pearl. Burberry Hydrangea Pink (P, $42.00) is less shimmery, warmer. MAC Supernova (LE, $27.00) is warmer. MAC Hot Nights (LE, $21.00) is darker, more muted. Clinique Berry Pop (03) (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. Tom Ford Beauty Narcissist (LE, $55.00) is more shimmery, cooler. Chanel Fantastic (66) (LE, $38.00) is less shimmery. NARS Panic (Left) (P, ) is lighter, brighter, cooler. Colour Pop Cheerio (P, $8.00) is more muted, warmer. NARS Panic (Left) (P, ) is lighter, brighter, cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The formula is described as having vivid and “translucent, vibrant color” with a “flirty, natural-looking flush” that goes on “like a powder but feels like a cream.” They have a very similar texture as the Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminators I reviewed earlier this year, which I totally fell in love with. The texture has a smooth, denser feel to it that has good color payoff that’s incredibly easy to blend out on the skin. The pigmentation varies from shade to shade, but they are generally quite pigmented. Plumberry was incredibly pigmented with full color coverage easily achieved if desired, which means it’s a good idea to use a lighter hand and/or feathery brush if you want sheerer coverage. The texture has a smooth, dense feel to it where the color applies and blends out easily while feeling lightweight. There’s a subtle sheen to the finish that doesn’t translate into overt shimmer, and it doesn’t emphasize pores. On my skin, the blush wore well for eight and a half hours before fading.

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Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

Temptalia Asks You


What are some products that you’ve found to be truly unique? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerMarc Jacobs Highliners have an exceptionally long-wearing range AND a more unique color selection (not all are unique).

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Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

Sephora Overcast Filter Colorful Eyeshadow Palette
Sephora Overcast Filter Colorful Eyeshadow Palette

Sephora Overcast Filter Colorful Eyeshadow Palette ($32.00 for 0.398 oz.) consists of ten eyeshadows, with two being oversized compared to the remaining eight. Two shades (Sandcastle and Black Lace) are available in Sephora’s permanent line-up but the others are exclusive to the palette. Sephora’s Colorful Eyeshadow formula is supposed to “provide superior color, coverage, and long-lasting wear (up to 10 hours)” and be “exceptionally easy to apply.” I quite like the Colorful Eyeshadow formula (not every shade is a winner, of course!), but they tend to be nicely pigmented, blendable, and long-wearing. This is another decent to good palette, but it’s not stellar and most shades are rather dupable, depending on your stash, of course. I found more of the shades in this palette to be slightly powdery, which resulted in sheerer color payoff.

#happydays is a golden peach with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had good pigmentation with a soft, smooth, and blendable consistency that wasn’t too powdery or too firm. It wore well for nine hours before fading. Buxom Collie (P, $18.00) is darker. Tarina Tarantino Delightful #4 (P, ) is lighter. Disney by Sephora Splendid (LE, ) is more shimmery. bareMinerals Ball Gown (V2) (P, ) is lighter. theBalm #7 (P, $6.50) is darker. Tarte Rose Champagne (LE, ) is darker. Makeup Geek In the Spotlight (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, darker, brighter. Charlotte Tilbury The Uptown Girl #1 (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter. Charlotte Tilbury The Dolce Vita #1 (P, ) is darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma #7 (P, ) is darker. YSL Onde Sable (04) (P, $30.00) is darker. YSL Onde Sable (04) (P, $30.00) is darker. Too Faced Cherish (P, ) is more shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Flagstone is a light, muted beige with neutral-to-warm undertones and a satin finish. The texture was a smidgen on the powdery side, though it didn’t look dry on the lid, and was rather blendable. It had semi-opaque pigmentation and lasted for eight hours on me. bareMinerals 500 Thread Count (LE, ) is darker. MAC Chamomile (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer. theBalm Wipe Out (LE, $16.00) is darker. Disney by Sephora A Wish (LE, ) is darker. MAC Oh, Rocky! (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Berlin Underground is a medium-dark gray with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had fairly good color payoff with a soft, silky texture that was blendable and easy to use. The color started to fade after eight and a half hours on me. Make Up For Ever M110 Cement (P, $21.00) is darker. bareMinerals Tempest (P, ) is darker, warmer. Viseart Souris (P, ) is darker, more muted. Laura Mercier Cloud (LE, $22.00) is darker. Colour Pop Tink (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, darker. Kat Von D Dios (LE, ) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches/ compare dupes side-by-side.

Cozy Sweater is a light-medium, warm yellow with a semi-matte finish. It had nice pigmentation with a soft, blendable consistency that wasn’t too powdery or too firm. It wore well for eight and a half hours before fading. Make Up For Ever S404 Straw Yellow (P, $21.00) is brighter. MAC Butterscotch (LE, $16.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

June Gloom is a medium-dark taupe with subtle, warmer undertones and a frosted sheen. It had mostly opaque pigmentation with a slightly dry, though blendable, texture. It wore well for eight and a half hours before fading. theBalm #19 (P, $6.50) is warmer. Urban Decay Derailed (LE, $18.00) is darker. bareMinerals Cheers (V2) (LE, ) is darker. bareMinerals Cheers (V2) (LE, ) is darker. LORAC Chrome (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Cinder (Left) (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Make Up For Ever I550 Olive Gray (P, $21.00) is warmer. Viseart Velvet (P, ) is . Tarte Steel the Scene (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Rocky is a muted, medium-dark brown with neutral-to-cool undertones and a matte finish. It was somewhat powdery, so it had a naturally faded appearance to it when swatched and applied. It lasted for eight hours before fading. MAC Ground Brown (P, $16.00) is darker. Anastasia Chocolate (P, $12.00) is darker. Tarte Eiffel for You (LE, ) is darker, warmer. Tarte Dreamer (LE, ) is darker, more muted. LORAC Unedited (P, ) is warmer. MAC Choco Cake (LE, $16.00) is warmer. bareMinerals Get Ahead (LE, ) is lighter. Tarte Powerful (LE, ) is darker. Urban Decay Whiskey (P, $18.00) is warmer. Buxom Big Spender (P, $12.00) is more muted. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Dreamer #4 (P, ) is darker, warmer. NARS Ithaca (LE, $24.00) is lighter, warmer. LORAC Chocolate (P, ) is darker. Too Faced Romance (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter. Colour Pop Bravery (LE, $5.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Smoke Signals is a light-medium taupe brown with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. The texture was just a tiny bit powdery, but it seemed to really make this more blendable on the skin. It had good pigmentation and wore for eight hours on me. Bobbi Brown Chino (LE, $22.00) is darker. Kat Von D Vanish (P, ) is lighter. Kat Von D Renholder (P, ) is darker. Tarte Mud Mask (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter. Tarte Merci You Later (LE, ) is darker. Too Faced Nudie (P, $16.00) is lighter, warmer. Too Faced Cashmere Bunny (P, $16.00) is warmer. Viseart Café (P, ) is darker. Viseart Café (P, ) is darker. Smashbox Taupe (P, ) is more muted. NARS Shade II (2015) (LE, $25.00) is darker, cooler. LORAC Black #3 (LE, ) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Sandcastle is a light-medium, yellowed peach with a matte finish. It had great pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture that wasn’t too powdery to work with. The color lasted for eight and a half hours before fading. Inglot #328 (P, $6.00) is lighter.
Inglot #368 (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, darker. Disney by Sephora Flounder (LE, ) is lighter. Tarte Barefoot in the Grass (LE, ) is lighter. LORAC Camel (LE, ) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Getaway is a muted, medium-dark purple with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had semi-sheer pigmentation with a firmer consistency that made it harder to get coverage out of. The color started to fade after seven hours of wear. Tarina Tarantino Poppycock (LE, ) is darker, warmer. Milani Bella Purple (15) (P, $4.49) is darker, brighter. theBalm Surfari (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer. Urban Decay Backfire (P, $18.00) is warmer. Kat Von D Lunacy (LE, ) is darker. Cle de Peau Champagne Supernova #2 (P, ) is lighter. Viseart Prune (P, ) is darker, brighter, warmer. NYX Punk Heart (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer. Tom Ford Beauty Lavender Lust #2 (P, ) is more shimmery, brighter. Urban Decay Freakshow (LE, $18.00) is darker. MAC Nearing Dark (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Black Lace is a medium-dark black with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage with a powdery consistency, though it felt very finely-milled and silky. This shade started to fade after eight hours of wear. NARS Pandora (P, ) is warmer. Tarte Don’t Stand Black (LE, ) is more shimmery. Laura Mercier Noir (P, $23.00) is darker. Too Faced Panther (LE, $16.00) is darker. Divergent Dauntless Ink (LE, ) is darker. LORAC Navy #7 (LE, ) is warmer. Make Up For Ever M100 Black (P, $21.00) is darker. Stila Essence (P, ) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma #1 (P, ) is darker. Anastasia LBD (LE, $12.00) is lighter. Kat Von D Killing Moon (LE, ) is darker. Urban Decay Perversion (LE, $18.00) is lighter, cooler. Kat Von D Shax (P, ) is cooler. Urban Decay Perversion (LE, $18.00) is lighter, cooler. MAC Carbon (P, $16.00) is darker. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

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Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

MAC Star Magnolia Lipstick
MAC Star Magnolia Lipstick

MAC Star Magnolia Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “bright carnation pink.” It’s a brightened, light-medium pink with cool, blue undertones and silver and pink frost. It is one of the more frosty (less pearly) shades in the range, and the texture of the shimmer is noticeable when applying the lipstick from the tube. It wore for three hours and was drying on me. Too Faced Metallic Bunny (P, $21.00) is brighter. Chanel Elise (448) (P, $36.00) is less shimmery. Maybelline Hibiscus Pop (715) (P, $7.49) is less shimmery, lighter. MAC Snapdragon (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Estee Lauder Powerful (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Too Faced Razzle Dazzle Rose (P, $22.00) is less shimmery. MAC What a Feeling! (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, lighter. MAC Playtime (LE, $17.00) is brighter, cooler. See comparison swatches/ compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Koi Coral Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “pale peachy nude.” It’s a light-medium, peachy-pink with subtle, warm undertones and a soft sheen. This has some of the least noticeable pearl in it. The texture gravitated towards lip lines, though, and didn’t apply evenly. It lasted for two and a half hours and was drying. Chanel Peregrina (P, $34.00) is lighter. Burberry Devon Sunset (P, $30.00) is lighter. Estee Lauder Charmed (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, brighter, more pigmented. MAC Bare Hug (LE, $20.00) is lighter. MAC Passion Charge (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer. Chanel Boheme (91) (P, $35.00) is brighter, warmer. bareMinerals Feel the Love (LE, $20.00) is warmer. MAC Touche (LE, $20.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Lovelight (P, $22.00) is darker. Chanel Liberte (P, $35.00) is darker, warmer. Urban Decay Liar (P, $22.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Nippon Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “creamy mid-tone coral pink.” It’s a muted, light-medium pink with warm undertones and gold pearl. It had semi-opaque color payoff that applied evenly, and it didn’t settle too much into lip lines until after thee hours of wear (which was the total length of wear). It was a little drying overall. Tarte Rare (LE, ) is lighter, brighter. MAC Mystical (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter. Estee Lauder Dynamic (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter. MAC Morning Rose (LE, $16.00) is less glossy. Urban Decay Lovelight (P, $22.00) is warmer. MAC Bare Hug (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Estee Lauder Charmed (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer. MAC I’m In (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery. MAC Marque (P, $23.00) is more shimmery. Marc Jacobs Beauty Have We Met? (108) (P, $30.00) is lighter. Too Faced Metallic Tu-tu (P, $21.00) is brighter, warmer. Chanel Mademoiselle (434) (P, $36.00) is brighter, warmer. Chanel Legende (428) (P, $36.00) is darker, brighter. Chanel Desinvolte (97) (P, $35.00) is darker, brighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Pickled Plum Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “bright blue-pink.” It’s a medium, fuchsia-pink with cool, blue undertones and faint gold and pink pearl. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque pigmentation that covered the lips with mostly even color, though it pulled into lip lines just slightly. The color lasted for three and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. MAC Bold Spring (P, $22.00) is lighter, cooler. Marc Jacobs Beauty Happy Ending (116) (P, $30.00) is lighter, cooler. MAC Bold Spring (P, $22.00) is lighter, cooler. Marc Jacobs Beauty Happy Ending (116) (P, $30.00) is lighter, cooler. Too Faced Metallic Dream House (P, $21.00) is brighter. Chanel Jean (454) (P, $36.00) is lighter. MAC Lust Extract (LE, $17.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Maybelline Orchid Ecstasy (730) (P, $7.49) is darker, cooler. Tom Ford Beauty Pablo (LE, $32.00) is darker, cooler. Tom Ford Beauty Jack (LE, $32.00) is darker, cooler. Tom Ford Beauty Justin (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler. MAC Boutique Pink (LE, $22.00) is lighter, cooler. Urban Decay Ladyflower (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Formula Summary: MAC Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) has a variety of finishes, which results in color coverage, finish, comfort, wear, and texture to vary from finish to finish. Lustres tend to be sheer to semi-sheer with a thin, slippery consistency and wear one to three hours; they are lightly to moderately drying on me, despite their slip. Cremesheens typically have semi-opaque to opaque coverage, wear an average of four hours, are sometimes drying and sometimes not drying, and have a light shine to their finish. Amplifieds have a light sheen, opaque coverage, slightly thicker consistency but is less “heavy” in look compared to satins; they are typically not drying but not hydrating and can wear four to six hours. Satins have less sheen compared to Amplifieds but have similar coverage and wear. Mattes, particularly newer iterations of the finish, have a velvety, silicone-like consistency that makes them easier to apply without drag, and they typically have opaque coverage and wear four to six hours, but they can be drying. Retro Mattes are ultra-matte with a very flat, nearly no-sheen finish, and they are often stiffer in the tube but thinner in consistency compared to satins or mattes; they are often drying but wear four to eight hours. All MAC Lipsticks are vanilla-scented with no discernible taste.

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