Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Guerlain Madame Batifole (860) Le Vernis Nail Lacquer
Guerlain Madame Batifole (860) Le Vernis Nail Lacquer

Guerlain Madame Batifole (860) Le Vernis Nail Lacquer ($23.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “deep and intense fuchsia.” It’s a rich, medium-dark raspberry red cream with cool, blue undertones. MAC Get Noticed is darker, redder, less pink. L’Oreal The Queen’s Might is brighter. Dior Graphic Berry is purpler. Chanel Suspicious is a smidgen brighter but similar. Butter Londo Blowing Raspberries is slightly darker. See comparison swatches.

It was opaque in one coat, though I used two for swatches, because two coats gives it a really rich, lush look on the nail–almost like a jelly finish because of how glossy the finish is without a top coat. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, and it spread beautifully across the nail without streaking, bubbling, or pooling along the edges.  Guerlain’s lacquer formula is very impressive, with a lot of it due to its extremely glossy finish after it dries down.  It has a wider, tapered brush that works well to spread the color in one stroke, rather than multiple ones, but depending on how narrow or wide your natural nails are, it may be too wide (it is almost too wide for my pinky nail).  I typically get a full week of wear out of Guerlain’s lacquers with very minor tip wear.

Madame Batifole makes its debut online and in-stores this August.

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Madame Batifole (860)

A+

It was opaque in one coat, though I used two for swatches, because two coats gives it a really rich, lush look on the nail--almost like a jelly finish because of how glossy the finish is without a top coat. The consistency wasn't too thick or too thin, and it spread beautifully across the nail without streaking, bubbling, or pooling along the edges.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

Fyrinnae Are You My Mummy? Eyeshadow
Fyrinnae Are You My Mummy? Eyeshadow

Fyrinnae Are You My Mummy? Eyeshadow ($6.80 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “vibrant, gleaming green with a hint of turquoise.” It’s a medium-dark, forest green with gold and teal shimmer and a frosted finish. Applied damp, it is fairly opaque, and patted over Pixie Epoxy it is fully opaque and slightly smoother. It’s part of the Arcane Magic range, so at a certain angle or closer to a light source, it is supposed to take on a “deep pink color, almost magenta.” It’s very, very subtle when it does catch the light at just the right angle and distance. Sephora Walk on the Wild SIde is similar but lacks the brown-ish base. Sephora Rolling in the Grass is slightly warmer. Urban Decay Zodiac is warmer, browner. NARS Night Porter is darker. See comparison swatches.

Banana Mochi Eyeshadow ($6.25 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “light yellow with a touch of shimmer.” It’s a light-medium yellow with a pearly finish; applied damp over bare skin gave it a more satin-like finish, and patted over Pixie Epoxy brought out the shimmer and gave it more of a pearly/frosted finish. It had full color payoff for both applications. MAC Bright Yellow is matte. MAC Double Feature #1 #1 is slightly warmer. MAC Colour Added is a bit yellower. MAC Bright Sunshine is brighter. Inglot #370 is matte. See comparison swatches.

Dragon’s Wing Eyeshadow ($6.25 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “shimmery bright medium green with a slight aqua highlight.” It’s a light-medium, subtly warm-toned green with a fine gold and aqua shimmer. It’s so finely-milled that this one did have more noticeable fall out during application, even when tapping the brush to remove excess and patting over Pixie Epoxy. Illamasqua Possession is a cream product. MAC Wondergrass is warmer, less shimmery. OCC Foxfire is a bit darker, not as warm-toned. See comparison swatches.

All three eyeshadows applied smoothly over the lid, and the texture across the three was very finely-milled Over a primer and Pixie Epoxy, I did not experience any issues with wear after nine hours (no creasing, fading, or the like).  Fyrinnae doesn’t indicate their eyeshadows are long-wearing (their recommendation is to layer a primer under Pixie Epoxy, actually), but I do test them without a base and apply them with a damp brush; I had some fading after seven hours with Dragon’s Wing but the other two shades wore without fading or creasing for a full eight hours.

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Are You My Mummy?

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Applied damp, it is fairly opaque, and patted over Pixie Epoxy it is fully opaque and slightly smoother.

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Banana Mochi

A+
It's a light-medium yellow with a pearly finish; applied damp over bare skin gave it a more satin-like finish, and patted over Pixie Epoxy brought out the shimmer and gave it more of a pearly/frosted finish.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Dragon's Wing

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Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Saturday, July 27th, 2013

Fyrinnae Aztec Gold Pressed Eyeshadow
Fyrinnae Aztec Gold Pressed Eyeshadow

Fyrinnae Aztec Gold Pressed Eyeshadow ($8.25 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “deep metallic gold over a rich olive green base.” It’s a deep olive gold with a really rich, soft metallic finish. The texture of this was insane; it felt like a cream product, even though it is a pressed powder, but it truly felt so buttery and smooth that it felt exactly like a cream eyeshadow does. A little went a long way when applying this, too. I found it looked the same applied dry as it did dry over Pixie Epoxy (at most, slightly more of a sheen with Pixie Epoxy). It wore on bare lids without creasing or fading for nine hours (same results over Pixie Epoxy/Primer). Urban Decay Stargazer is lighter, more metallic. NARS Paramaribo #1 is darker, browner. Make Up For Ever #11 is yellower. Inglot #433 is browner. See comparison swatches.

Gender Bent (Loose) Eyeshadow ($6.25 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “vivid, somewhat shimmery teal graced with bold orange sparkle.” It’s a bluish-teal with orange shimmer and a soft, frosted finish. Applied damp, it was semi-opaque, and then patted dry over Pixie Epoxy, it was more opaque. It had a very, very finely-milled texture and feel–it looked almost matte in the jar–but it was actually easy to use damp or over Pixie Epoxy. Gender Bent wore well for almost eight hours with light fading apparent just after that without a primer, and then layered over Pixie Epoxy and primer, it lasted nine hours without any signs of wear. (Fyrinnae does not seem to make any long-wearing claims, and in their blurb about Pixie Epoxy, they emphasize it is not a primer and to use a primer first to maximize wear time.) Disney Caspian Sea is slightly bluer. Sephora Curacao Punch is more glittery. MAC Parrot is bluer. Urban Decay Deep End is darker. Milani Teal the Truth is more teal. MAC Double Feature #3 #1 is matte. See comparison swatches.

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Aztec Gold

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A+

The texture of this was insane; it felt like a cream product, even though it is a pressed powder, but it truly felt so buttery and smooth that it felt exactly like a cream eyeshadow does.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Gender Bent

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It had a very, very finely-milled texture and feel--it looked almost matte in the jar--but it was actually easy to use damp or over Pixie Epoxy.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Sugarpill @#$%! Eyeshadow
Sugarpill @#$%! Eyeshadow

Sugarpill @#$%! (Red) Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “vampy pearl red with silver metallic sheen.” It’s a bold, slightly blue-based red with silver shimmer. The color payoff is incredibly rich and decadent–true-to-pan, vibrant, and totally opaque. It can stain the skin, though. Sugarpill Love+ is not as blue-based, matte. Make Up For Ever #99 is matte. Make Up For Ever #158 is darker. Inglot #382 is matte. See comparison swatches.

Asteria ChromaLust Loose Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.19 oz.) is described as a “brilliant, metallic golden coral.” It’s a warm-toned, coppery orange with a frosted, metallic finish. Applied dry, it’s semi-sheer, and then applied damp, it’s opaque and deeper. The texture is very, very finely-milled.  On the lid, it wears well for nearly eight hours and shows some signs of fading just before nine hours of wear.  NARS California is browner, darker. MAC Double Feature #8 #1 is more muted. MAC Star Myth is browner. MAC Hot Paprika is less shimmery. MAC Brash is slightly darker, browner. See comparison swatches.

Both shades are limited edition and have been difficult to secure unless you’ve been a regular at the local trade shows and expos, and now, for a mere thirteen hours, both will be available for purchase online. Sugarpill will also be offering their 12-color pro palette (10% off, making it $90) and expo editions of their Burning Heart, Heart Breaker, and Sweetheart palettes (10% off, making them $30.60). All of these items go up for sale July 24th at 11AM PST.  You can preview the sale here.

Sugarpill @#$%! Eyeshadow

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@#$%! (Red)

Temptalia Recommends
A+

It's incredibly pigmented, and the texture is soft, buttery, and blendable.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Asteria

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Applied dry, it's semi-sheer, and then applied damp, it's opaque and deeper. The texture is very, very finely-milled.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Monday, July 22nd, 2013

Chanel Presage (62) Le Blush Creme de Chanel
Chanel Presage (62) Le Blush Creme de Chanel

Chanel Presage (62) Le Blush Creme de Chanel ($38.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as an “apricot.” It’s a medium-dark orange with a hint of rosy pink in it and a satiny finish–not quite matte, but not really shimmery–really a natural-looking finish. Edward Bess Secret Affair is pinker, powder. MAC Ripe for Love is more shimmery, powder. MAC Fiery Impact is darker, powder. Illamasqua Rude is a touch brighter but very similar. Dior Coral Glow is lighter, powder. Chanel Frivole is darker, powder. Le Metier de Beaute Coral Nymph is lighter. Burberry Blossom is pinker, powder. See comparison swatches.

Presage had very rich, true-to-pan color payoff that applies easily at full intensity or can be applied with a very light hand for a sheerer/softer look (just use less). The nice thing about the formula is it has a lightly creamy, thin consistency that blends out very readily, even if you apply more than you wanted. The texture feels creamy in the pan, but as soon as you apply it to the skin, it feels more like powder–with just the smallest amount of slip–that makes it easy to blend. I’ve used an assortment of duo-fibre, stippling brushes, and they’ve all worked well with the blush formula (like MAC’s 188, 159, 131, 187). I wore this shade yesterday, and it wore quite well and lasted eight hours on bare skin with minor fading noticeable after eight and a half hours, and then nine hours of good wear over foundation with slight, but noticeable, fading after ten hours.

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Presage (62)

Temptalia Recommends
A+

Presage had very rich, true-to-pan color payoff that applies easily at full intensity or can be applied with a very light hand for a sheerer/softer look (just use less). The nice thing about the formula is it has a lightly creamy, thin consistency that blends out very readily, even if you apply more than you wanted.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

5/5

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Sunday, July 21st, 2013

Buxom Provocateur Full Bodied Lipstick
Buxom Provocateur Full Bodied Lipstick

Buxom Provocateur Full Bodied Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “true red.” It’s a bold, brightened, medium red with very subtle pink undertones and that leans slightly blue. When I swatch it, I see slight blue undertones, but when applied–against my skin tone–it looks slightly warm-toned. Urban Decay F-Bomb is warmer. Edward Bess Eternal Passion is slightly muted. MAC Ronnie Red is bluer. Guerlain Garconne is darker. Dior Diorling is darker, more matte. Buxom Scoundrel is cooler-toned. Make Up For Ever #43 is more matte. See comparison swatches.

The finish is lightly glossy–a healthy sheen but not a full-on high-shine finish like a true gloss would have–and gives lips a smooth, plump look.  The consistency is lightly creamy and glides on with full color coverage in one stroke.  Provocateur wore well for six and a half hours, and it left behind a red stain that persisted for another two hours or so.  The formula is nicely hydrating and very comfortable to wear, and there was no scent or taste.

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Provocateur

A+
It's a richly pigmented, long-wearing, and hydrating classic red lipstick--there's no room for improvement here!

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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