Monday, December 3rd, 2012

Burberry Pink Apricot Lip Velvet
Burberry Pink Amber (306) Lip Velvet

Burberry Pink Amber (306) Lip Velvet ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium-dark, pink-coral with brightness that’s vibrant without being neon or too intimidating. It has warm undertones, but it doesn’t turn orange. Chanel Enjouee is pinker. Guerlain Gracy is brighter, pinker. Guerlain Chamade is a smidgen pinker, and it has a glossier finish (it looks a bit different on). Guerlain Bal de Mai has gold shimmer. Chanel Flamboyante is redder. Burberry Blush is more muted, less vibrant, and pinker.

The new Lip Velvet formula is touted as long-wearing, having a velvet-matte finish, comfortable to wear, and providing hydration while worn.  It’s one of the most comfortable matte formulas I’ve come across.  Pink Amber wore for six and a half hours, and it was comfortable the entire time and never left my lips feeling dry.  There’s a perfect amount of glide in the consistency; it has a good base that it glides on lips and deposits an even amount of color without pulling or tugging.  It doesn’t feel thick or heavy on, so it doesn’t move around easily, but it doesn’t feel like it’s clinging on, either.  It has a sweet, fruity scent but no taste.

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Pink Amber (306)

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

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10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, November 29th, 2012

L'Oreal The Queen's Might Nail Lacquer
L’Oreal The Queen’s Might Nail Lacquer

It’s a Mighty Mix of Pink and Red

L’Oreal The Queen’s Might Nail Lacquer ($6.69 for 0.39 fl. oz.) is a vibrant pink-red with very fine white shimmer. It’s not a true red, but it’s so much more than just a pink. SpaRitual Break of Dawn has large flecks of sparkle and glitter, so it looks quite different, even if at a glance the colors seem similar. Seche Opulent is a bit pinker and has a cream finish. OCC Extravaganza is not a dupe, but it had a similar vibe–it’s just much, much lighter.

The Queen’s Might was fully opaque after two coats.  Despite a rather metallic-like shimmer and finish, there are nearly no visible brush strokes, even under the brightest of light.  The consistency was fantastic; not too thick or too thin, which enabled for an easy, flawless application.  L’Oreal’s formula wears really well on me:  a full seven days with no chipping and very minor tip wear.

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The Queen's Might

A+
There's something about the color that reads very summer to me. It reminds me of watermelons and strawberries; there's an underlying warmth in the color that we don't often see in fall/winter reds.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

5/5

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Sunday, November 25th, 2012

Urban Decay Naked Basics Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Naked Basics Eyeshadow Palette

For Every Neutral & Matte Eyeshadow Lover Out There

Urban Decay Naked Basics Eyeshadow Palette ($27.00 for 0.30 oz.) contains six full-sized eyeshadows: Venus (soft, off-white demi-matte), Foxy (very light yellow/beige matte), Walk of Shame (very light pinky nude matte), Naked 2 (rosy taupe matte), Faint (warm, dusty brown matte), and Crave (deepest, darkest brown/black matte).

You’ve been pleading with Urban Decay to release a matte version of the Naked palette, and Naked Basics is their answer. You may be familiar with shades like Foxy (available individually, also in Naked 2) and Walk of Shame (exclusive to Build Your Own Palette), which have shown up in other palettes.

Venus is a white-shimmered creamy white. It’s not a full-on frost, but it is more than a satin on me. When I used this on the brow, it added quite a bit of sheen against my skin tone. The color payoff was excellent, and the texture was soft, smooth, and buttery. Urban Decay Kinky is matte. bareMinerals Silhouette is more metallic.

Foxy is a yellowed beige with a matte finish. It had good color payoff and was soft and smooth to work with. Urban Decay Booty Call is a frosted version–a little more orange. bareMinerals Serendipitous is frosted. MAC Brule is more beige.

Walk of Shame theBalm Adagio is less pink. Urban Decay Virgin is frosted. Wet ‘n’ Wild Drinking a Glass of Shine is comparable. theBalm Matt Smith is similar. Inglot #390 is more beige.

Naked 2 is a soft taupe–a little brown, a touch of gray–with a matte finish. It had nice pigmentation and a soft, smooth texture. Giorgio Armani Moonlight Beige is shimmery. MAC Omega is darker. MAC Camo is browner, darker.

Faint is a medium-dark brown with a hint of warmth and a matte finish. The pigmentation was perfect, and it was very soft to the touch. theBalm Sultry has a satiny sheen. bareMinerals Namaste is similar, slightly grayer. MAC Wedge is warmer.

Crave is a dark black with brown undertones and a matte finish. It was very soft, smooth, and nicely pigmented. Le Metier de Beaute Fin has micro-shimmer, which isn’t very visible applied. Giorgio Armani #1 is very similar. MAC Dark Dare has micro-shimmer.

The palette itself feels and looks tiny. It’s minimalistic (and I don’t think I’ve ever described any packaging by Urban Decay as such!) and perfect for travel. It could fit in your wallet–it’s delightfully compact and lightweight. I couldn’t believe there were full-sized eyeshadows in it. The soft, almost rubberized (but not quite like NARS’ packaging) case should hold up well to travel abuse, and it is easy to wipe down.

Now, the only warning I have is if you already have both Naked palettes, you have one shade exactly, and then Crave is similar enough to Blackout (2), while Venus is similar to Bootycall (2) and Naked 2 is a tiny bit darker/grayer than Naked (1) and Faint is a bit darker than Buck (1). See individual shade descriptions above for dupes. There are also three light shades in the palette, though they each have a different tone so they’ll work differently for cool, warm, and neutral looks but can feel repetitive.

If you’re a fan of neutrals, OR you know someone who loves (or perhaps, has to wear) neutrals, this is a must-have palette. The texture of these eyeshadows is phenomenal; silky, smooth, finely-milled, but not even a smidgen powdery. They’re densely pigmented with true-to-pan color payoff.  I test-drove them over the weekend, and they lasted eight hours without fading and stretched into the ninth hour the same way–without a primer.

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Temptalia Recommends
A+
If you're a fan of neutrals, OR you know someone who loves (or perhaps, has to wear) neutrals, this is a must-have palette. The texture of these eyeshadows is phenomenal; silky, smooth, finely-milled, but not even a smidgen powdery. They're densely pigmented with true-to-pan color payoff.

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10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Sunday, November 25th, 2012

bareMinerals The Shining Moment Luminizer
bareMinerals The Shining Moment Luminizer

For Just One Shining Moment You’ll Glow

bareMinerals The Shining Moment Luminizer ($26.00 for 0.30 oz.) is described as a “golden champagne.” It’s a light-medium yellow gold with a pearly sheen. Chanel Routes des Indes de Chanel is extremely similar. Guerlain Terracotta Sun in the City is darker, more orange-gold.

On warmer complexions, this will be incredibly complimentary. On cooler complexions, I think it will still work, but there’s a chance it might turn orange-y so you may want to try before you buy. It read true yellow gold without any orange/red tones when I swatched it and looked at it in the pan.  The texture is similar to the Ready eyeshadows, though this felt not quite as dense/buttery.

It was very finely-milled, soft to the touch, and blended beautifully on the skin.  It gave a glowing sheen, and it didn’t emphasize pores or the texture of the skin.  The payoff was true-to-pan, so depending on your application, it could be applied heavily or lightly, because it would smooth and even out easily.  It lasted nine hours without fading when I tested the wear. bareMinerals continues to impress me with their Ready range; the wear is impeccable, rich in pigmentation, and extremely blendable and easy to use.

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The Shining Moment

Temptalia Recommends
A+
bareMinerals continues to impress me with their Ready range; the wear is impeccable, rich in pigmentation, and extremely blendable and easy to use.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Saturday, November 24th, 2012

Burberry Pink Apricot Lip Velvet
Burberry Pink Apricot (301) Lip Velvet

Burberry Pink Apricot (301) Lip Velvet ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is peachy coral with the barest pink tinge. The finish is a satiny-matte–a matte with a soft, natural sheen. MAC Jazzed has a higher sheen, less pink. MAC In a Heartbeat is very comparable in color but it has a glossier finish. MAC Reel Sexy is pinker, coral. YSL Peach Passion has more of a sheen.

Burberry’s new Lip Velvet formula is supposed to be long-wearing and have a velvet-matte finish, while feeling both comfortable and hydrating to wear. The color is described as “dense and luminous.” The packaging has a matte finish instead of the glossy cases of the brand’s regular lipstick range. It has a magnetic enclosure and comes in a square tube.  It has a sweet, almost fruity, scent but no discernible taste.

It’s creamy, glides on easily, and feels like it has a fair amount of silicone in it (it just has that smooth glide of silicone).  Pink Apricot goes on with full color coverage and wore well for six and a half hours.  During and post-wear, it was not drying.  It was lightly hydrating overall, and I don’t need to reach for lip balm after wearing this for eight hours.  Despite its creaminess, it’s lightweight and has a thin consistency–not thick or movable really.  There’s a very subtle cling but not the kind that you really feel, just the kind where you know your lipstick won’t be migrating everywhere.

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Pink Apricot (301)

Temptalia Recommends
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, November 17th, 2012

Giorgio Armani #503 Red Fuchsia Lip Maestro
Giorgio Armani #503 Red Fuchsia Lip Maestro

Red Velvet That Won’t Go to Your Hips

Giorgio Armani #503 Red Fuchsia Lip Maestro ($32.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a bright, pinky-red with fuchsia shimmer. It’s more red than anything else, but there’s a definite pink edge and shimmer, which means it is also cool-toned. Guerlain Calligraphy is pinker. Dior Marilyn is also pinker, lighter. MAC Charmed, I’m Sure is cooler-toned and darker. Guerlain Luxure is less cool-toned. MAC Red Racer is very similar but has no shimmer. Guerlain Samsara is darker. Guerlain Vega is similar but has no shimmer.

The Lip Maestro formula is supposed to be “the first lip stain with a comfortable velvet texture and radiant finish” with “intense … color.” It is touted as having a non-sticky texture with “hours of hydration and comfort.” It seems like every brand has rolled out a variation on the matte-lip-in-liquid-form this season, but Giorgio Armani’s is noticeably different from the usual long-wearing, liquid lipstick in its dry down. It doesn’t cling or dry down fully; it’s movable and feels a lot like a really lightweight, thin lipstick. Because it is movable, it will transfer, but it is so pigmented that despite drinking and eating, much of the color lingers on and on. Guerlain Rouge G L’Extrait is the most comparable formula that I can think of, but Guerlain’s formula still has more cling to it than this one.

When I tested this shade in particular for wear, it lasted for eight hours and left behind a very slight stain. It’s not at all drying, and it’s incredibly comfortable to wear and easily reapplied, as it doesn’t flake or peel off (fades like a normal lipstick). The texture is smooth and velvety; it’s really as if you put your favorite silicone-based face primer on your lips. That velvety consistency helps to fill in and minimize lip lines, too. It takes awhile for the natural sheen to fade away (an hour or so), so while it does end up with a matte finish, it’s more satin-like initially.

P.S. — Some retailers, like Nordstrom, are listing names for the Lip Maestro range, but neither my box nor the sticker on the tube indicates the name of the color. Giorgio Armani’s site lists this as “503 – red fuchsia.”  I believe this one is called “Code” based on matching up the images on Giorgio Armani’s site and Nordstrom.

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Red Fuchsia (503)

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It's incredible pigmented, long-wearing, and comfortable to wear--more comfortable than a lot of comparable products. The texture is definitely one to try, if only to know how it feels like!

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10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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