Thursday, May 16th, 2013

Cult Nails Faded Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Faded Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Faded Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.50 fl. 0z.) is described as a “light grey with subtle blue undertones.” It’s a pale, cement gray with a subtle cool undertone (read more neutral on me, but it looked more cool-toned in the bottle) and a cream finish. MAC Inert is warmer, more taupe-like. Nubar Earthen is very comparable (but needs a top coat to have similar shine). China Glaze Pelican Grey is darker and has shimmer.

Faded was fully opaque after two coats of polish.  It had a fantastic formula that flowed fluidly across the nail without streaking, bubbling, or pooling along the edges of the nail.  It dried down to a glossy finish (you could skip a top coat).  I liked that it didn’t get too dark or cool-toned, so it appeared as a lighter, airy kind of gray, rather than a stormy color.  I typically get a week of wear out of Cult Nails’ formula with very minor tip wear but no chipping.

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A+
I liked that it didn't get too dark or cool-toned, so it appeared as a lighter, airy kind of gray, rather than a stormy color.

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10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

Cult Nails Love at First Sight Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Love at First Sight Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Love at First Sight Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.50 fl. 0z.) is described as a “bright pastel influenced purple.” It’s a light-medium lavender-pink with a warmer undertone and a cream finish. OCC Pansy is pinker. Essie Nice is Nice is lighter and less pink. NARS Pokerface has shimmer and is purpler. Zoya Perrie is a touch darker but is quite close.

Love at First Sight was opaque after I applied two coats of polish. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, and it was easy to apply–I didn’t have any issues with the polish bubbling, streaking, or pooling along the edges of the nail. It even dried a bit faster than the average polish, and the final dry down is shiny and glossy. I think you could skip the top coat if you only add it for shine, but it will still look lovely (and just a bit glossier, depending on the top coat) if a top coat is added. I typically get a week of wear out of Cult Nails’ formula with very minor tip wear but no chipping.

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Love at First Sight

A+
This shade was perfection! Great color payoff, fabulous consistency and formula, and was incredibly easy to apply.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

Burberry Peony Rose (302) Lip Velvet
Burberry Peony Rose (302) Lip Velvet

Burberry Peony Rose (302) Lip Velvet ($30.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a softened, rosy pink with a matte finish and warm undertones. NARS Tolede is warmer. Tom Ford Indian Rose is pinker. Revlon Pink Truffle is glossier and slightly darker. Bobbi Brown Nude Rose is darker. NARS Montego Bay is very similar but a touch pinker.

Burberry’s Lip Velvet is one of my favorite matte lipstick formulas, because it’s rich in color payoff, long-wearing, and comfortable to wear. The consistency is creamy enough that it glides on easily without tugging or pulling on the lip, but it stays put and doesn’t slide around. This also helps it stay on better and for longer–Peony Rose lasted nearly six hours on me and was somewhat hydrating while worn. It doesn’t feel heavy or thick, but it has full color coverage.

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Peony Rose (302)

A+
The formula is excellent and delivers on every aspect Burberry promised: long-wearing, rich color, hydrating and has a comfortable-to-wear formula.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Saturday, May 11th, 2013

Urban Decay Peace Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Peace Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Peace Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “bright turquoise shimmer.” It’s a brightened, medium sky blue with a pearly sheen. This kind of blue makes me think of a “warm” blue but it’s still not warm-toned–but it’s almost as if this is the closest blue can be to being warm. Sugarpill Afterparty is darker and less shimmery. UIrban Decay Unhinged is darker, cooler-toned. Make Up For Ever #25 is lighter, more silver-ish. Maybelline Tenacious Teal is slightly darker. MAC Blue Candy is bluer and more matte. Urban Decay Clash is brighter and has slight sparkle. theBalm Great Gonzo is very similar.

Peace is fantastic!  It’s richly pigmented with true-to-pan color.  The texture is soft, buttery, and dense, so it feels like silk and glides on like butter.  The color is easy to blend and apply, and there were no issues with fall out or fading during wear.  It lasted a full nine hours when I tested it without fading or creasing.   It’s been really fun discovering more of Urban Decay’s permanent range, because it reminds me of why Urban Decay eyeshadows are so popular.

I really wish Urban Decay sold just pans of their eyeshadows. As I was getting the official color description to write the review, I kept thinking, “People would own so many more of these if they were sold as pans for like $13.” I also think more brands need to discount if you buy in bulk; like if you bought five or ten at once!

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Temptalia Recommends
A+
Peace is a great blue with excellent color payoff, a fantastic texture, and long-wear. It's a perfect shade for summer!

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Friday, May 10th, 2013

Tom Ford Escapade Cream Color for Eyes
Tom Ford Escapade Cream Color for Eyes

Tom Ford Escapade Cream Color for Eyes ($40.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “pearlized peach.” It’s a warm-toned, golden peach with a frosted, slightly metallic, sheen. bareMinerals Aspire is more orange, darker, and a powder eyeshadow. MAC Angel Flame has a slight pink tone to it and is a powder eyeshadow. bareMinerals Stealth is more orange, matte, and a powder eyeshadow. Buxom Collie is more beige, less orange/peach, but is, at least, a cream product.

Pink Haze ($40.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “pink with peach tones and gold pearl.” It’s a pink bronze–pink, warm, slightly coppery–with a frosted, metallic finish. MAC Magnetic Attraction is redder, less pink (and a powder). MAC In the Sun is browner (and also a powder). MAC Red Hot Copper is much redder, more coppery. MAC Mythical is browner and a powder eyeshadow. Chanel Abstraction is more glittery and less warm-toned. Chanel Harmonie du Soir #3 is pinker, less warm-toned (and a powder). MAC Jete is similar when this is applied sheerly. Make Up For Ever #16 is more metallic, so it also appears quite a bit lighter.

Tom Ford managed to create a cream eyeshadow formula that is so lightweight that it looks and feels more like a mousse than a true cream eyeshadow. It’s not thick or solid like a lot of cream eyeshadows, and instead, it is movable and can slide around the pot if you tilt it. And applied? My goodness, it’s impressive. It glides on like butter, spreads evenly and smoothly over the lid, and blends out effortlessly–and then it sets and sticks around for twelve hours perfectly. No flaking, smudging, fading, or creasing whatsoever. It was impressive from the color payoff–totally opaque but just as easily sheered out by using less–to the texture to the wear. It felt like magic on.

I feel like it spun magic around me for feeling like it is worth the cringe-inducing price tag, but I would buy it. This, I would buy (and honestly, I considered buying one as a backup, but I managed to talk myself out of that). I wouldn’t buy just any shade, but if it was the right shade for your skin tone, it just might be worth the splurge. (For reference, both of these are absolutely stunning on warm, medium complexions!)

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Escapade

Temptalia Recommends
A+

It was impressive from the color payoff--totally opaque but just as easily sheered out by using less--to the texture to the wear. It felt like magic on.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Pink Haze

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Of the two shades, this is the most dupable and not as versatile, because it is a darker, more burnished shade. The quality, though, was truly remarkable and if it's your price point or a shade you'd use all the time, worth investing in.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

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Sunday, May 5th, 2013

Urban Decay Bender Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Bender Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Bender Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “forest green metallic with gold micro-glitter.” It’s a darkened, forest green with subtle yellow-olive undertones and cool-toned, forest green and khaki shimmer. It can also be found in the (somewhat) recently released Book of Shadows Vol. 4. Sugarpill Junebug is more metallic. L’Oreal Golden Emerald is warmer, more frosted. OCC Poison is cooler-toned, darker. MAC Humid is warmer. Make Up For Ever #310 is more frosted. Inglot #418 is greener, lighter.

Bender is incredibly rich in color–it has amazing color payoff.  The texture is soft, smooth, and buttery, which helps it yield so much pigment in a single swipe, but it also helps with making this a cinch to blend.  It just applies so well, blends easily, and goes on with true-to-pan color.  Bender has all the characteristics that made Urban Decay’s eyeshadows famous.  When I wore it, the shade lasted nine hours without creasing or fading.

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Bender

Temptalia Recommends
A+
Bender has all the characteristics that made Urban Decay's eyeshadows famous. If you're in the market for a darker green, definitely give Bender a look-see!

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10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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