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Saturday, April 11th, 2015

Tom Ford Pink Glow Eye & Cheek Compact
Tom Ford Pink Glow Eye & Cheek Compact

Tom Ford Pink Glow Eye & Cheek Compact ($95.00 for 0.47 oz.) is an indulgence, but it performs well across the board and everything works well together. The majority of the colors are on the dupable side, so some may find there are too many near-repeats to make it a worthwhile splurge. I’m a huge fan of Tom Ford’s blush formula–it’s my favorite–and constantly wish he would expand it (permanently!), and the blushes in here are gorgeous. I cannot express to you how glowing and luminous the effect of the two are, individually or layered together. The palette has strong, warmer undertones across all of the shades. The weakest performer was the glittery shade, which had some fall out, but the almost wet-like texture helped it apply with stronger coverage and less fall out initially than your traditional, more true-to-powder-form glittery eyeshadow.

Pink Glow #1 is a light, white-beige with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had good color payoff with a soft, silky-smooth consistency that blended well and wore well for nine hours on me. Guerlain Les Nuees #4 (LE) is less shimmery. Chanel Tisse Paris #2 (P) is less shimmery. MAC Just Gleaming (LE, $19.50) is warmer. LORAC Vanilla (LE) is similar. Make Up For Ever S522 Pinky Nude (P, $21.00) is warmer. Make Up For Ever I526 Pearl Beige (P, $21.00) is pinker. Make Up For Ever I514 Pink Ivory (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. NARS Andromeda (P, $29.00) is brighter. MAC Apricot Blend #1 (LE) is similar. Maybelline Pure Nude (80) (LE, $6.99) is a cream product. Too Faced Champagne Truffle (LE, $16.00) is similar. Urban Decay Polyester Bride (P, $18.00) is more glittery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Pink Glow #2 is a sparkling golden beige with a lot of glitter. It had a thin, almost wet, cream-like consistency that applied without a lot of fall out with semi-opaque coverage. The texture is similar to other glittery shades in the Tom Ford range, but it is also similar in feel to formulas like Bobbi Brown Sparkle Eyeshadows, MAC Pressed Pigments, and Charlotte Tilbury’s sparkle eyeshadows. It wore well for nine hours without creasing, but there was some fall out over time. Sleek MakeUP Gold Souk (LE, $9.99) is darker. Dior Rivage #4 (LE) is less sparkly. Dior Golden Snow #2 (LE) is similar. Dior Golden Flower #3 (LE) is lighter. MAC 2x Dare #2 (LE) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Pink Glow #3 is a plummy red with warm, orange-red undertones and pink shimmer that gives it a soft, frosted finish. It had good color payoff with a really soft, dense, and creamy consistency that applied and blended beautifully. It wore well for nine hours. Makeup Geek Showtime (P, $9.99) is darker, browner. Colour Pop Drift (LE, $5.00) is a cream product. Anastasia Sangria (P, $12.00) is pinker. MAC Trusted Instinct #3 (LE) is darker. MAC Plummed (LE, $16.00) is slightly darker. MAC It’s Not Easy Having a Good Time (LE, $21.00) is similar. Gucci Beauty Autumn Fire #3 (P) is darker. Dior Trafalgar #3 (P) is brighter, lighter. Make Up For Ever I824 Ocher Pink (P, $21.00) is warmer. NARS Desdemona (P, $29.00) is darker. Urban Decay Gash (DC, $18.00) is darker. MAC Crimson Tryst (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Cranberry (P, $16.00) is darker, less shimmery. Le Metier de Beaute Fire Lily (P, $30.00) is darker, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Pink Glow #4 is a light-medium, peachy-pink with a strong, yellow gold sheen. It had nice pigmentation with a really smooth, buttery texture that blended nicely on the skin. Despite having a lot of sheen, it didn’t emphasize pores. On me, it wore well for ten hours. Benefit CORALista (Palette) (P, $28.00) is more orange, darker. MAC New Romance (P, $27.00) is darker, pinker. Makeup Geek Romance (P, $9.99) is darker, pinker. MAC Stereo Rose (2014) (LE, $30.00) is more orange. Benefit Sugarbomb (P, $28.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Pink Glow #5 is is a medium-dark, plummy pink with warm undertones and a soft, luminous sheen. It had rich color payoff where a little goes a long way–I tapped the merest amount on my brush onto my cheek and was able to blend that bit out and that was it! The texture was buttery and dense, but very, very smooth and incredibly blendable. The finish is luminous and gives the skin a sheen that doesn’t emphasize its natural texture. It was still going strong after ten hours of wear. Tom Ford Beauty Contour (Softcore) (LE, $55.00) is warmer. MAC Corol #2 (LE, $21.00) is lighter. Sephora + Pantone Universe Bridal Rose (LE) is more shimmery, lighter. NARS Soulshine #3 (LE, $30.00) is redder, brighter. NARS Realm of the Senses #2 (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery. theBalm Cabana Boy (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned. bareMinerals The Indecent Proposal (P, $22.00) is cooler-toned, more muted. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Saturday, April 11th, 2015

ColourPop Olive Super Shock Cheek
ColourPop Olive Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Olive Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “true baby pink in a matte finish.” It’s a light-medium pink with soft, cool blue undertones and a satin finish. (And in case you were wondering, the product is named after a dog, not the color olive.) Colour Pop Mochi (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, slightly cooler-toned. Colour Pop Prenup (P, $8.00) is darker. Physicians Formula Rose (P, $12.99) is similar, powder. MAC I’m a Lover (P, $23.50) is powder/ Makeup Geek Head Over Heels (P, $9.99) is powder. Dior Rose (001) (LE, $56.00) is powder. Make Up For Ever #210 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Blush (P) is more matte, powder. Givenchy It-Girl Purple (P, $44.00) is powder. theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, powder. MAC Well Dressed (P, $21.00) is lighter, powder. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The finish is definitely not matte–there is a shimmer you can see in the swatch, which is less noticeable applied to the cheeks and blended out. I don’t find it gives a real sheen, but it keeps the finish from looking flat. The Super Shock Cheek formula is a cream-based one that is supposed to have buildable coverage that will have the most payoff when applied with fingers and less color coverage when used with brushes. It had a smooth, velvety consistency with just a little creaminess to it–these feel more like clay than your traditional cream blush–that is very blendable on the skin as it blends more like a powder, so it doesn’t look streaky. The coverage was semi-sheer to semi-opaque at best but never fully opaque. On me, it wore well for eight and a half hours before fading.

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Saturday, April 11th, 2015

Tom Ford Soleil Summer Collection
Tom Ford Soleil Summer Collection

Tom Ford Soleil Collection is the upcoming summer launch that is available for pre-order at Neiman Marcus and Tom Ford. (You can find the official launch info here.) As always, this is just an early look at swatches as I work through testing everything. I’ll have full reviews, photos, swatches, dupes, and all that jazz as soon as I can. I did want to point out that three of the four eye duos include repromoted Cream Colors: Golden Peach has Pink Haze, Naked Bronze has Spice, and Midnight Sea has Spring 2015 (yes, that’s the name!), and Black Oyster is new.

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Saturday, April 11th, 2015

Marc Jacobs Beauty Launches New Products for April 2015
Marc Jacobs Beauty Launches New Products for April 2015

Style Eye-Con No. 7 Plush Shadow Palette ($59.00) (New, Limited Edition)

  • The Lover (220) Matte baby pink, sandy pink shimmer, light caramel sheen, matte apricot-rose, copper rose shimmer, seashell pink sheen, matte cappuccino (Limited Edition)

Brow Wow Defining Longwear Pencil ($25.00) (New, Permanent)

Marc Jacobs considers brow grooming to be an essential step in his morning ritual. Enhance your arches with this innovative, long-lasting pencil that provides definition and shaping. Its ultra-fine 1.5mm precision tip, created with advanced hot-and-cold technology for an unbreakable pencil, delivers hair-by-hair, buildable definition. For a refined look, brush and blend your brows with the built-in grooming brush.

  • Taupe (2)
  • Ashbrown (4)
  • Medium Brown (6)
  • Dark Brown (8)
  • Auburn (10)

Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Lacquer ($18.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Wine Not Pomegranate metallic shimmer
  • Milk (188) Iridescent pearl

Availability: Now at Sephora

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Friday, April 10th, 2015

Temptalia Asks You


What beauty brand never seems to capture your attention? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerSkincare-only brands; I just find a lot of the claims in skincare (generally) to be so over-the-top that I tune a lot of it out.

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Friday, April 10th, 2015

Urban Decay Obsessed Afterglow 8-Hour Blush
Urban Decay Obsessed Afterglow 8-Hour Blush

Urban Decay Obsessed Afterglow 8-Hour Blush ($26.00 for 0.23 oz.) is described as a “light pink.” It’s a brightened, light-medium pinky-lavender with a semi-matte finish. Clinique Pansy Pop (P, $21.00) is darker. Colour Pop Thumper (P, $8.00) is similar, cream. Colour Pop Mochi (P, $8.00) is pinker, cream. Makeup Geek Secret Admirer (P, $9.99) is a smidgen more lavender. Givenchy It-Girl Purple (P, $44.00) is pinker. theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is pinker. NARS Gaiety (P, $30.00) is similar. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Despite being one of the lighter shades in the range, it had more semi-opaque to opaque pigmentation, even though the formula is described as sheer and buildable. With a lighter hand, sheerer coverage is definitely to be had, but it leans towards more moderate color payoff. The powder had a silky, smooth feel that was a smidgen powdery at times, but the powderiness didn’t translate to the skin, as the blush looked natural and sat well on the skin. It was easy to sheer the color down or build it up, because the blush was very blendable. The color stayed on well for eight hours before I noticed slight fading along the edges.

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