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Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Temptalia Asks You


If you could create a perfect travel palette, what would it be? What would you put in it? How large would it be? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerTwo or three blushes (a brown, coral, and plum), one highlighter, nine eyeshadows (mix of neutrals and colors).

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Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Bobbi Brown Blush Lip Color
Bobbi Brown Blush Lip Color

Bobbi Brown Blush Lip Color ($26.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “pink, flesh tone.” It’s a dusty, light-medium pink with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage with a lightly creamy formula that glided across lips easily without tugging on the lip. It was light-to-medium in weight, and while it was mostly even, it was thick enough that if you pressed your lips together, sometimes you could see slight lines (but they were faint). This shade lasted for three and a half hours on me and was neither hydrating nor drying. Charlotte Tilbury Bitch Perfect (P, $32.00) is warmer. NARS Julie (P, $32.00) is lighter. NARS Brigitte (P, $32.00) is pinker. NARS Anita (P, $32.00) is cooler-toned. Givenchy Nude Guipure (106) (P, $36.00) is similar. Marc Jacobs Beauty Flirt (144) (LE, $30.00) is lighter. NARS Descanso (LE, $25.00) is warmer. NARS Montego Bay (P, $26.00) is darker. MAC Reel Sexy (LE, $16.00) is pinker, lighter. MAC Coral Bliss (P, $16.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bobbi Brown Pink Kiss Lip Color ($26.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “bright pastel pink.” It’s a brightened, light-medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and a satin sheen. The formula was lightly creamy and applied without dragging, but it was a creamier, thicker consistency (though not thick or heavy) that it created “lines” that made the color less even. It had mostly opaque color coverage. This shade wore well for four hours, and it was neither drying nor hydrating over time. Too Faced Melted Peony (P, $21.00) is more matte. YSL Corail Jalouse (32) (P, $34.00) is glossier. YSL Opera Rose (29) (P, $34.00) is brighter, glossier. Urban Decay Native (P, $22.00) is darker, more muted. NYX Chic (P, $4.00) is more shimmery. MAC Giddy (P, $16.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bobbi Brown Pink Nectar Lip Color ($26.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “rosy coral.” It’s a muted, medium-dark coral with a hint of rosy pink and a satin finish. It had rich, opaque color coverage, while the formula had a good glide that worked well to deposit even color during application. It had the same problem where if you pressed your lips together, there were very faint lines. In general, they’re not noticeable to the casual observer, only if you look at your lips close-up. This shade wore well for four and a half hours and was neither hydrating nor drying when I wore it. NARS Juliette (P, $32.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC Toying Around (LE, $16.00) is brighter, pinker. Bite Beauty Cin Cin (P, $24.00) is darker, more orange. MAC Dreaming Dahlia (LE, $16.00) is sheerer. Givenchy Brun Createur (103) (P, $36.00) is slightly pinker. Givenchy Croisiere Coral (310) (LE, $36.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Protest (P, $22.00) is darker. Urban Decay Liar (P, $22.00) is slightly more muted. NARS Dolce Vita (P, $25.00) is more matte. Buxom Two-Timer (P, $21.00) is a touch warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

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Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Make Up For Ever I606 Pinky Earth Artist Shadow
Make Up For Ever I606 Pinky Earth Artist Shadow

Make Up For Ever I606 Pinky Earth Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a medium-dark, rosy brown with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had insanely rich color payoff where a little went a long way. The texture was creamy–almost like a cream eyeshadow–and very smooth, so the color went on evenly but was also blendable. The color wore well for nine hours before fading. Tarte Silk Robe (LE) is a smidgen lighter. Kat Von D Papilio (P) is less red. Too Faced Soleil (P, $16.00) is warmer. MAC Pink Sensibilities #1 (LE, $21.00) is lighter. Too Faced Amaretto (P, $16.00) is lighter. Clarins The Essentials #9 (LE) is more shimmery, warmer. Makeup Geek Blitz (P, $6.99) is lighter. CoverGirl Scorching Cocoa (355) (P, $4.99) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever I662 Amber Brown Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a medium-dark, golden copper with a metallic sheen. It had excellent pigmentation that was fully opaque and went on incredibly smoothly and evenly on the skin (arm and eyelid). The consistency felt creamy, buttery, and rich, while it lasted for nine hours before fading. Ardency Inn Copper (P, $21.00) s slightly brighter. Make Up For Ever ME700 Amber (P, $21.00) is lighter. Make Up For Ever ME654 Cauldron (P, $21.00) is darker. Tarina Tarantino Amber (P) is lighter. Clarins The Essentials #6 (LE) is browner. Disney by Sephora Drizella (LE) is more muted. Urban Decay Baked (P, $18.00) is similar. NARS Isolde #1 (P, $24.00) is warmer, lighter. bareMinerals Truffle (LE) is similar. Inglot #405 (P, $6.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever ME930 Black Purple Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a rich, blackened purple with subtle, warm undertones and a soft, frosted finish. The color payoff is fantastic with a really rich, buttery texture that goes on so smoothly. It lasted for eight and a half hours on me. This shade was featured in the Artist Palette as well, so I’m able to confirm that the two are equal in quality, which is excellent. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever D868 Crystalline Pink Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a pink-tinged white with iridescent pink and silver flecks of sparkle. It had semi-opaque color coverage with a fairly creamy, dense texture. The “Crystalline” shades seem to be more layering ones (think Make Up For Ever’s Star Powders) that transform colors underneath, though they’re brightening on their own, as they’re very sparkly. The sparkle adheres with the base color, but there was some fall out over the eight-hour wear time. Stila Pink Diamond (P) is warmer. Dior Trafalgar #1 (P) is similar. Laura Mercier Diamond Pink (LE, $23.00) is more metallic. Too Faced Coquet (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Kat Von D Instaglam (LE) is less sparkly. MAC Pastelluxe #3 (P) is pinker. MAC Invincible Light (LE, $21.00) is pinker. NARS Cassiopeia (P, $29.00) is less sparkly. Shiseido Mist (WT 901) (P, $25.00) is a cream product. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

YSL Singuliere (1) Blush Volupte
YSL Singuliere (1) Blush Volupte

YSL Singuliere (1) Blush Volupte ($47.00 for 0.31 oz.) is a soft, light-medium pink with subtle, cool undertones and a satiny finish. Makeup Geek Head Over Heels (P, $9.99) is brighter. Dior My Lady (002) (LE, $60.00) is pinker. Make Up For Ever #210 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is brighter, cream. Givenchy It-Girl Purple (P, $44.00) is cooler-toned, more matte. MAC Dame (P, $21.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

YSL’s description of the formula is mostly fluff: “pure color and light heart,” and “freed of of opaque powders, color expresses itself without any constraint.” Sephora’s description is the easiest to understand, as it says it offers “intense color payoff” with a “silky finish.” The blush can be applied swirled together, which is the most practical way, or you can use the center shade, which is lighter, for highlighting. The center is less than a 1″ square, so it is quite small, and you’ll probably need to use a large eye brush to use it without getting the outer color mixed in with it. The texture is silky and velvety–finely-milled and smooth–but the color payoff isn’t intense. It’s moderately pigmented and builds to semi-opaque color payoff at most. If you love sheerer blushes that you never have to worry about going overboard with, you may like this shade, because the finish is lovely on the skin: lightly luminous, doesn’t emphasize pores, and is easy to blend and apply. On me, the blush lasted for eight hours before fading slightly.

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Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Tarte Sweet Dreams Collection for Holiday 2014
Tarte Sweet Dreams Collection for Holiday 2014

Chic to Cheek Deluxe Amazonian Clay Blush Set ($35.00) (Limited Edition)

An exclusive deluxe gift set featuring tarte’s award-winning, celebrity-favorite blushes in 4 limited-edition shadesIncludes 4 deluxe, limited-edition blushes:

  • Amour Candy pink
  • ClassicSoft apricot pink
  • Prim Plum nude
  • Daydream Rosy pink

Kiss & Belle Deluxe LipSurgence Lip Set ($34.00) (Limited Edition)

A curated collector’s set of tarte’s award-winning LipSurgence™ lip tints and lip glosses, all in charming, new limited-edition shades. Deluxe sizes.

  • Dreamy Cool raspberry (LipSurgence Lip Tint)
  • Alluring Mauve (LipSurgence Lip Tint)
  • Innocent Warm nude (LipSurgence Lip Tint)
  • Dainty Pink (LipSurgence Lip Tint)
  • Eternal Pinky nude (LipSurgence Matte Lip Tint)
  • Fancy Plum berry (LipSurgence Matte Lip Tint)
  • Kiss Light pink (LipSurgence Lip Gloss)
  • Belle Raspberry (LipSurgence Lip Gloss)

All Eye Need Eyeliner Set ($27.00) (Limited Edition)

A limited-edition set of tarte’s best-selling, easy-glide eyeliners all dressed up for the holidays in a gorgeous, giftable box. Includes tarte’s full size skinny smolderEYES™ Amazonian clay waterproof liner in 5 best-selling shades:

  • Onyx Black
  • Bronze Agate Bronze
  • Smoky Quartz Grey taupe
  • Peridot Green Olive green
  • Plum Tanzanite Dark plum

Magic Wish Deluxe LipSurgence Lip Set ($5.00) (Limited Edition)

A delightfully deluxe duo featuring tarte’s award-winning LipSurgence™ family in dreamy, limited-edition shades.

  • Magic Pink coral
  • Wishful Pinky nude

Ladies Who Lash Picture Perfect Eyelash Curler ($19.00) (Limited Edition)

A limited-edition picture perfect™ eyelash curler draped in an opulent pearl design and perfectly paired with a deluxe best-selling lights, camera, lashes™ 4-in-1 mascara.

Sweet Dreams Best-Sellers Collection ($19.00) (Limited Edition)

A deluxe fantasy collection featuring tarte’s brightest in skincare and collector’s edition iconic cheek stain. Note, deluxe sizes.

  • Maracuja C-Brighter Eye Treatment (Deluxe Size)
  • Maracuja Oil (Deluxe Size)
  • Dreamer Pinky nude (Deluxe Size)

Tres Chic Park Ave Princess Contour Palette ($34.00) (Limited Edition)

A luxe, limited-edition palette of contouring essentials starring tarte’s iconic park ave princess™ matte bronzer!

  • Park. Ave Princess Bronzer
  • Posh Pale pink
  • Champagne Gold Highlighter

Brushed with Destiny Bamboo Brushes & Makeup Bag Set ($44.00) (Limited Edition)

A limited-edition, full size brush set and whimsical travel case ideal for any jet-setting journey. Includes: contourtionist™ bamboo cream blush & contour brush, the balancing act™ bamboo foundation brush, the buffer™ airbrush finish bamboo foundation brush, double-ended bamboo eyeshadow brush, undercover lover™ bamboo concealer brush, limited-edition collector’s brush & makeup bag.

Availability: Early access now at Tarte Cosmetics

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