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Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

Survey Says

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  • Your skin tone/coloring:
  • Favorite holiday palette?
  • Favorite holiday set?
  • Favorite holiday limited edition shade/product?
Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

Marc Jacobs Beauty Truth or Dare (208) Lust for Lacquer Lip Vinyl
Marc Jacobs Beauty Truth or Dare (208) Lust for Lacquer Lip Vinyl

Marc Jacobs Beauty Truth or Dare (208) Lust for Lacquer Lip Vinyl ($28.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is described as a “dark berry purple.” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned purple with a glossy, creamy finish. It was mostly opaque with smooth, even color coverage that wore well for five hours on me. The formula was lightly hydrating, comfortable to wear, and not sticky. Finding dupes is harder for this type of formula, as most glosses aren’t this opaque. Milani Ravish Raspberry (06) (P, $5.49) is much pinker, lighter. Maybelline Amethyst Potion (045) (P, $8.99) is sheerer, lighter. MAC Heroine (LE, $15.00) is brighter. MAC Narcissus (LE, $20.00) is lighter, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Boom Boom (210) Lust for Lacquer Lip Vinyl ($28.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is described as a “hot pink.” It’s a bright, fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and fine iridescent shimmer. It rich, full color coverage that went on beautifully. The color applied without looking streaky or settling into lip lines. It wore well for five hours on me, and it was lightly hydrating, comfortable to wear, and didn’t feather or bleed. Revlon HD Pink Ruby (515) (P, $8.99) is darker, redder. MAC Pink Poodle (By Request) (LE, $15.00) is lighter. Revlon Adorned (P, $7.49) is redder, darker. Estee Lauder Violet Rain (LE, $22.50) is darker, more shimmery. Burberry Pink Sweet Pea (LE, $29.00) is slightly darker, less neon. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

Kat Von D Innerstellar Eyeshadow Palette
Kat Von D Innerstellar Eyeshadow Palette

Kat Von D Innerstellar Eyeshadow Palette ($46.00 for 0.60 oz.) is most notable as being a more cool-toned palette in what feels like a neverending sea of warm-toned palettes. It’s decent to good, but a few shades were troublesome to wear on bare skin as they didn’t adhere as well and tended to look faded and uneven. Some shades wore for six hours, others wore for a full eight. The texture of the eyeshadows, on the whole, was soft, finely-milled, and smooth. There were a couple that were a little powdery, but some were really easy to work with. For me, it was a bit of a mixed bag, and that always leaves me feeling lukewarm. I think if you use a white base or a good primer, it has potential, but it was a lot like Chrysalis in terms of how it felt and applied. I would have loved to see less mid-tone browns in this palette (perhaps a cool beige as one and a deeper brown).

Just a little note, that though the size seems like the Monarch/Chrysalis palettes (I checked, they seem exactly the same size from width to thickness), the amount in this one is actually a bit less, with the size going from 0.73 oz. to 0.60 oz. Price has stayed the same.

Gravitron is a cool-toned, iridescent pink-white with lilac shimmer. It was soft and silky with decent to good color payoff, though it tended to sheer out more easily when applied to the skin. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Vast is a muted, medium taupe brown with a subtle, gray tint and a soft, frosted finish. It’s more of a neutral brown than one that leans really warm or cool-toned. It had nice pigmentation and a soft, smooth, blendable consistency. This shade wore well for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Lycan is a bright, yellow-toned, creamy white with a matte finish. The texture felt silky and was a smidgen powdery, so I’d use a lighter touch with it in the pan to prevent excessive dustiness on the eye (just gets everywhere, particularly lashes). It had good color payoff and lasted for seven hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Night Crawler is a cool-toned, taupe with strong gray tones and a satin finish. It had excellent pigmentation, and it went on really smoothly and evenly. The color started to crease after seven hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Dios is a muted, silver-shimmered dark gray with bluish tones and a soft, satiny finish. It was powdery and a little dry to me, and this was one that I found difficult to apply to bare skin. It looked uneven and patchy when I used it, and it seemed even more faded after six hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Lunacy is a medium-dark, cool-toned purple with a frosted sheen. It had fairly good color payoff, though the texture ran drier, it adhered better to the skin and was easier to use than I expected. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Astrological is a brightened lavender with a subtle golden sheen. It was soft but powdery, and prone to sheering out when you applied it, so it always looked a little faded. It lasted for seven hours before fading even more. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Darkstar is a deepened, gray taupe with a metallic sheen. It had fantastic pigmentation, and the texture was smooth and almost creamy. This was the best one in the palette, even with wear that lasted eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Orion is a medium-dark brown with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. It was somewhat powdery, though very silky and finely-milled. I wish this had been darker and cooler in tone to fit the palette better. The color looked worn after seven hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

3AM is a brightened, light-medium warm taupe brown with a frosted, metallic finish. It had great color payoff, but it’s a shade that’s so soft that it easily turns powdery. If you know in advance, it seems controllable to the point where it doesn’t feel or act powdery when you apply it. It wore well for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Moonshine is a brightened silver with a metallic sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, and the texture was smooth and fairly rich without being powdery. This shade creased after seven and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Killing Moon is a deep black with a matte finish and neutral undertones. The texture is a little dry, but it doesn’t seem powdery, just drier. It may take a little extra patience to blend out on the lid, depending on how much you use. It lasted for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

Estee Lauder Spring 2015 Collection
Estee Lauder Spring 2015 Collection

Double Wear Stay-in-Place Eye Pencil ($23.00)

NEW Double Wear Stay-in-Place Eye Pencil’s exceptionally creamy formula sets in quickly to provide an intense high coverage, color-true wear. Easy to apply, the luxurious formula goes on in one smooth stroke with no tugging or skipping and practically melts into your skin. Worry-free and long-wearing, this water-resistant eye pencil is easy to smudge, blend and apply thanks to a combination of unique technologies and carefully selected ingredients.

  • Onyx
  • Coffee
  • Smoke
  • Night Diamond
  • Night Violet
  • Sapphire
  • Emerald Volt
  • Electric Cobalt
  • Blue Steel
  • Teal
  • Burgundy Suede
  • Olive Lustre
  • Pearl (Limited Edition)
  • Gold (Limited Edition)
  • Pink Gold (Limited Edition)
  • Chrome (Limited Edition)

Pure Color Envy Shine Sculpting Shine Lipstick ($30.00)

Take your lip looks to a whole new level with Pure Color Envy SHINE Sculpting Shine Lipstick. Full of saturated color and shine that illuminates lips in one stroke, it features multi-faceted pigments that create definition—making lips appear beautifully shaped, sculpted, and curvaceous. This lipstick’s creamy texture glides on smoothly and gives even coverage, and it is formulated with time-released Moisture Complex, which works to capture and seal-in hydration that lasts throughout the day. Housed in a luxe case, this lipstick’s bullet is slim-shaped to highlight the curves of your lips.

  • Baby Cashmere
  • Blossom Bright
  • Boudoir Baby
  • Charmed
  • Fairest
  • Heavenly
  • Innocent
  • Mischievous Rose
  • Pink Dragon
  • Surreal Sun
  • Inspiring
  • Passionate
  • Empowered
  • Suggestive
  • Intriguing

Availability: Coming soon at Sephora (listed online but not yet in stock); both products will be available at all other retailers that carry Estee Lauder in January 2015

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Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

Temptalia Asks You


How do you like to apply loose powder? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerI like using a large, dense, slightly flat brush so that I can press the powder into the skin (better coverage/better setting in my experience) — almost like you would with a sponge but using a brush instead.

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

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

MAC x BollyDoll Brush Kit
MAC x BollyDoll Brush Kit

MAC x BollyDoll Brush Kit ($49.50) includes five travel-sized brushes and a patterned brush rkeper. The brushes have glossy black handles with golden patterns on them and white bristles (except the 204SE Lash, which is a black mascara spoolie). The brush holder has a shiny black ribbon that ties it together, and on the interior, there are five slots so each brush has its own home. The brush holder is made out of 100% polyester with a very smooth, soft feel on the exterior and a slightly more textured fabric on the interior.

The brushes are consistent with this past holiday’s brush sets in that they seem improved over the last few years of brush set releases, but the full-sized versions will still out-perform, mostly in regards to softness, though I felt like the shapes of the eye brushes were larger, more rounded, and fluffier here than their full versions. The shapes of the brushes just seem a lot less precise with less defined shape here, particularly in the case of the 217SE. The 204SE Lash and the 168SE Large Angled Contour were the most similar to their full versions. The 219SE is longer and more rounded, so it can actually be nicer for smudging out color (less tapered/sharp). The 239SE seems fluffier and less flat, so it wasn’t as good for packing on color, but it worked well for blending.

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