Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight The Celestial Powder
Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight The Celestial Powder

Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight The Celestial Powder ($44.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a pale, golden beige with a frosted sheen. Becca Moonstone is slightly yellower, while theBalm Lou-manizer is a touch darker. Illamasqua Aurora is similar but a cream product. See comparison swatches.

The selling point of this product is its texture: silky-smooth, buttery, and incredibly finely-milled. It’s a product that delivers a true sheen of a finish–it’s not sparkling, shimmery, or glittery in any way. It can be applied as a subtle, barely-there glow or as something more metallic, almost wet-looking, with a denser brush. For a really lovely result, I liked using a fan brush across the tops of cheek bones. It wore well, lasting eight hours and only looking slightly faded after nine and a half hours but no patchiness, and didn’t emphasize pores or any imperfections on the skin. Because the texture is so soft, it’s a cinch to blend and buff the product into the skin for a nice glow. It’s a lot like Chantecaille Rose Petals, which I adored, but warmer and more beige/yellow than pink.

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Candlelight

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A+

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10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

5/5

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Friday, August 9th, 2013

Marc Jacobs Makeout (10) Lip Lock Moisture Balm
Marc Jacobs Makeout (10) Lip Lock Moisture Balm

Marc Jacobs Makeout (10) Lip Lock Moisture Balm ($24.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “buttery, rich lip balm with SPF 18 that locks in hydration.” Right now, it’s available in one shade–Makeout (10)–which is really just clear/translucent. If you’re familiar with Fresh Lip Treatments, I magicmarcer this will seem and feel familiar, but it’s not quite as emollient–it doesn’t slip as much, which I do like, because I feel like it’s so easy to run through a Fresh Lip Treatment and over-apply. Lip Lock Moisture Balm is lightweight, lasts about two to three hours, and is moderately hydrating. Personally, it doesn’t hydrate as much as my current (and ever continuing) favorite, Jack Black. It smelled lightly of mint (and a little herbal something rather), and depending on how much you put on, sometimes there was a slightly bitter taste (I didn’t notice it most of the time, though). (I bought this product, the other two were press samples, just to be totally clear.)

Marc Jacobs Invisible (30) Brow Tamer Grooming Gel ($24.00 for 0.23 oz.) is currently available in one shade–Invisible (30)–which is clear. If you don’t like crunchy brows, you’ll like this formula as it keeps brows soft and pliable, but still holds them in place. The brush is long, skinny, and flocked with almost a doe-foot like material–softer and finer than a traditional spoolie brush.

Marc Jacobs Blacquer Magic Marc’er Precision Pen ($30.00 for 0.016 oz.) is a pointed, felt-tip liquid eyeliner pen that delivers a rich, glossy black color with excellent color payoff and long-wear (ten hours with no flaking or smudging). I will forever loathe taking photos of liquid black eyeliner swatches, because they always appear browner in photos than they are in real life (where they’re pure, rich black!), so you’ll just have to go with it–it really is a glossy, deep black. From what I’ve been hearing, this is actually one of most raved about products (it was released briefly as a preview a couple of weeks ago). The tip has just enough give to maneuver around the lid and curves and roundness of the eye without issue, but it’s not floppy. It comes to a fine enough point to get the inner corners and lash line with precision, but because it widens as it gets to the base, thicker lines can be accomplished easily, too.

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Makeout (10)

B+

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9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

5/5

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Invisible (30)

A+

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10/10

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10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

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5/5

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Blacquer

A+

Product

10/10

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10/10

Texture

10/10

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10/10

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5/5

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Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

Giorgio Armani Rose Popillia (30) Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow
Giorgio Armani Rose Popillia (30) Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow

Giorgio Armani Kaleidoscope Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadows ($33.00 for 0.14 oz.) include six, limited edition hues. This post features three of them, as I haven’t yet tested the other three for wear yet. The consistency of these seems like a pressed powder initially, but the powder is not fully pressed, so it loosens as you sweep your applicator across it, so it is really a tightly packed loose powder–ultimately, easier to use than a true loose powder. If you apply them with a damp brush, the intensity and color stays throughout the wear, unlike some products that initially go on intensely but fade quickly. These are rated for 24-hour wear, which is beyond my testing limits, but I did wear them for 14 hours with no fading or creasing (both without a primer and with a primer). The texture seemed more finely-milled than past iterations of the ETK Intense formula, and all three were easy to blend and smooth out on the lid. Two of the three were somewhat sheerer when I initially swatched compared to many others I’ve tried (but I had no trouble building to opaque color when I applied to the lid).  Gold Hercule performed the best out of the three.

Rose Popillia (30) is a smoky, plum and gold shimmered mauve. It looked warmer, lighter in the pot, and then swatched, a very smoky, grayish purple base comes out. Applied dry, it’s semi-sheer, and then applied damp, it’s slightly more pigmented but not fully opaque. On the lid, it can be layered and built up to opaque color. What made this shade difficult to dupe is really how multi-faceted the shimmer looks. Dior Constellation #5 is warmer, more plum. Clinique Lavish Lilac is more plum. theBalm rem is warmer, more purple. Urban Decay Rapture is more purple. MAC Tendersmoke is more plum. See comparison swatches.

June Beetle (31) is a cool-toned, green-tinged blue over a bluish-violet base. It has a frosted, slightly metallic finish. Applied dry, it was semi-sheer, and them applied damp, it was semi-opaque. Like #30, it could be built more to full opacity on the lid but required some layering. Maybelline Icy Mint is lighter, cream. Bobbi Brown Iced Blue is lighter, cream. MAC Dimensional Blue is less nuanced. L’Oreal Infinite Sky is darker, bluer. Chanel Destination is more muted, cream. See comparison swatches.

Gold Hercule (32) is a golden, medium green with strong yellow undertones and a smoky plum duochrome–you can see around the edges it takes on a plummy coloring. The other shades are certainly complex and interesting, this one felt like the truest duochrome of the three, as you could really see how it changed at an angle. Applied dry, it had semi-opaque color payoff, and then applied damp, it was fully opaque. Urban Decay Jealous #2 is greener, warmer. theBalm Runaround Rebecca is darker, cooler-toned. Urban Decay Mildew is darker. MAC Unsurpassable is slightly darker. MAC Spread the Wealth is somewhat warmer, cream. Guerlain Coup de Foudre #1 is darker. See comparison swatches.

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Rose Popillia (30)

B+

Applied dry, it's semi-sheer, and then applied dry, it's slightly more pigmented but not fully opaque. On the lid, it can be layered and built up to opaque color.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

7.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

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4.5/5

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June Beetle (31)

A-

Applied dry, it was semi-sheer, and them applied damp, it was semi-opaque. Like #30, it could be built more to full opacity on the lid but required some layering.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

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Gold Hercule (32)

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A+

The other shades are certainly complex and interesting, this one felt like the truest duochrome of the three, as you could really see how it changed at an angle. Applied dry, it had semi-opaque color payoff, and then applied damp, it was fully opaque.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Sunday, August 4th, 2013

Givenchy Grenat Initie (307) Le Rouge
Givenchy Grenat Initie (307) Le Rouge

Givenchy Grenat Initie (307) Le Rouge ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “deep red.” It’s a medium-dark, ruby red with subtle warm undertones and a smooth, luminous finish. OCC Role Play is more matte, shimmery. Giorgio Armani The Red is cooler-toned. Giorgio Armani Red Fuchsia is pinker. Guerlain Garconne is a bit darker. Dior Diva is more matte. Buxom Scoundrel is brighter. See comparison swatches.

I’m seriously making a pact between you and me that I am not to buy any more Le Rouges until Sephora does their % off during the holiday season, except any limited edition shades that I’m unable to resist. I only picked this one up to qualify for free shipping when I bought the limited edition summer shades from Givenchy’s own website (threshold was $75), but it is a stunner. A very classic take on red with the signature glossy sheen of the Le Rouge range. That sheen gives it such a smooth, plump, and juicy effect on the lips; color just looks smoother, more even, and lovely on lips. Some lipsticks can catch or emphasize imperfections on the lip, but this is a formula that masks imperfections. The consistency is lightly creamy but not too slippery, so it doesn’t move around or feather while worn. It’s nicely hydrating, wears a solid six hours (with a residual stain that lingers after), and is incredibly pigmented.

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Grenat Initie (307)

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A+

A very classic take on red with the signature glossy sheen of the Le Rouge range. That sheen gives it such a smooth, plump, and juicy effect on the lips; color just looks smoother, more even, and lovely on lips.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Saturday, August 3rd, 2013

Buxom Swinger Full-Bodied Lipstick
Buxom Swinger Full-Bodied Lipstick

Buxom Swinger Full-Bodied Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “vivid magenta.” It’s a cool-toned, blue-based magenta–it’s a mix of fuchsia and purple, but I would say it leans closer to purple than fuchsia (but still not a true purple!). It has a creamy, luminous finish. Urban Decay Anarchy and Maybelline Electric Fuchsia are pinker. Maybelline Hot Plum is darker. MAC Dear Diary is slightly brighter, more matte. MAC Night Blooming is purpler. MAC Candy Yum Yum is brighter. See comparison swatches.

The consistency is so lovely–creamy with slip but not so much slip that it just slides around. It stays in place, doesn’t bleed or feather during the six hours it wears (and it stains a bit fuchsia for another hour or so), and is such a comfortable, nicely hydrating formula to wear. The glossy finish gives lips a really plump, luscious look. Swinger is fully opaque with little product needed in order to achieve full color coverage.  The formula is also unscented and has no taste, and as a little bonus, it’s a bit more product at 0.13 oz. than most lipsticks.

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Swinger

Temptalia Recommends
A+

Swinger is yet another excellent shade in Buxom's Full-Bodied range! It's incredibly pigmented, long-wearing, and comfortable the entire time you have it on.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, August 1st, 2013

Guerlain Madame Batifole (860) Rouge G Lipstick
Guerlain Madame Batifole (860) Rouge G Lipstick

Guerlain Madame Batifole (860) Rouge G Lipstick ($49.50 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “vibrant fuchsia.” It’s a medium-dark, berry red with cool, blue undertones and a pearly micro-shimmer. Urban Decay Venom is purpler. Guerlain Liu is darker, redder. NARS Valparaiso is purpler, matte. MAC Love Goddess is brighter, pinker. Guerlain Bee is purpler. Guerlain Nuit d’Amour is purpler, darker. Burberry Bright Plum is matte, slightly darker. See comparison swatches.

I feel like it’s been awhile since Guerlain has released any new/limited Rouge Gs, so I’m happy to see three releasing as part of the fall collection. I received this one yesterday, and I bought the other two from a Neiman Marcus store (but they’re shipping them here, so I’m not sure exactly when it will arrive–hopefully soon!). It’s incredibly pigmented and nearly opaque in a single pass. The consistency is lightly creamy but not heavy. It wears well for six and a half hours, and it leaves a stain that lingers for another two and a half hours. It’s nicely hydrating, and it is very comfortable to wear. I didn’t experience any feathering or bleeding while wearing the color. The lipstick is scented with violets.

This shade will be releasing online and in-stores this month, and Neiman Marcus stores seem to have the collection in-store already as well as online.

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Madame Batifole (860)

Temptalia Recommends
A+

It's incredibly pigmented and nearly opaque in a single pass. The consistency is lightly creamy but not heavy. It wears well for six and a half hours, and it leaves a stain that lingers for another two and a half hours.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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