Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011


CoverGirl Sultry Lip Perfection Lipcolor

CoverGirl Lip Perfection: Sultry, Smolder, Bewitch, Impassion, Hypnotic, Enthrall

A month or so ago, CoverGirl reached out to be to see what my interest would be in testing out their new CoverGirl Lip Perfection Lipcolor ($6.99 for 0.12 oz.)–but there was a caveat: they wanted me to use nothing but these lipsticks for seven days. In the interest of full disclosure, I know that there have been other bloggers who participated in CoverGirl’s challenge and were compensated for their time, but I refused monetary compensation, because I choose not to participate in paid reviews. I needed to make that clear so that you know my policy hasn’t changed on that! It’s a personal choice each blogger must make for themselves, so this is just how we do things here on Temptalia. :)

What’s a better test of their “silk moisturizing complex” than swatching 44 lipsticks over seven days? The biggest claim that Lip Perfection makes is that by prolonged use of their formula, your lips will be “soft, smooth, [and] beautiful” within seven days. The other claim being “in a single stroke, lips are enhanced with rich, rewarding color.” So last month, I worked through the 44 shades over a week’s period and am ready to roll out the reviews, photos, and swatches! (You’d be surprised how un-fun it is to go through and crop photos for 44 lipsticks.)

  • Sultry is an opaque, medium-dark, pink nude with a slightly glossy sheen.
  • Smolder is an opaque, warm, medium-dark brown with a soft redness and a slightly glossy sheen.
  • Bewitch is an opaque, dark orange-brown with a slightly glossy sheen.
  • Impassion is an opaque, coppery-red with copper and ruby red shimmer with a glossy sheen.
  • Hypnotic is an opaque, rosy brown with a lighter peach frost finish.
  • Enthrall is a semi-opaque, coral-red with subtle ruby and gold micro-shimmer and a glossy sheen.

On average, Lip Perfection lasted four hours on my lips, with darker shades lasting five to six hours, but the lighter shades pulled in at four hours. These tend to be more opaque in color, and this is definitely a factor in getting better wear, as it takes longer for the color to fade away. Lip Perfection lives up to the claims of rich color, and one stroke gets you there, too.

These are moisturizing in some ways, less so in other ways. I very much missed my Jack Black Lip Balm by the end of seven days, but my lips didn’t take a beating nor were they dried out, cracked, or peeling. They were fairly normal, but I always felt like I needed to reach for something to put on them (which, for the week, was a Lip Perfection lipstick). They’re moisturizing while you wear them, and when you remove them (or they fade away), your lips aren’t dying for balm, but I couldn’t go too long without putting it on again.

Just like in lip balms, sometimes they make your lips feel comfortable and moisturized while you wear them, but they don’t necessarily give you that deep-down hydration that drier lips need. These moisturize the lips, and the moisturization lasts longer than the lipstick color does, but I wouldn’t throw out my lip balm. I feel as if I’ve found my holy grail in lip balm (Jack Black), and without it, my lips were not in the same shape as they typically are–slightly less soft and smooth.

They last decently through drinking and light lunch, but it has a slightly waxy taste that I did detect when eating/drinking. There is a sweet vanilla scent to these, and it varies from semi-strong to subtle, but I could still smell a bit of the waxy base alongside the vanilla. If you are particularly sensitive to scents/tastes in your lip products, I’d recommend buying one to test (particularly from a retailer with a return policy). The darker shades will stain lips, which may be good/bad depending on your preferences. Each lipstick is housed in a square tube finished in a shiny grayish-purple. The bottom of the lipstick is colored in a way that is designed to reflect the actual shade; they’re not exact but are close enough that they’re helpful.

I really do like these. I was impressed by the creaminess and smooth glide of the lipstick when applied. The color payoff was excellent, and the shade range is lovely with a whole slew of colors and finishes. They’re certainly worth more than just a look next time you’re at the drugstore.

ingredients: Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Isopropyl Isostearate, Ethylhexyl Hydroxystearate, Acetylated Lanolin, Ozokerite, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax / Cire De Candelilla, Paraffin, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax / Cire De Carnauba, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetyl Lactate, Fragrance / Parfum, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Silk Powder / Poudre De Soie, Maltodextrin, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Propylparaben, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Retinyl Palmitate, Mica. May Contain/Peut Contenir: Orange 5, Iron Oxides, Lauroyl Lysine, Titanium Dioxide, Red 27, Blue 1 Lake, Red 6 Lake, Red 7 Lake, Yellow 5 Lake, Yellow 6 Lake, Carmine

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CoverGirl Lip Perfection Lipcolor Swatches, Photos, Reviews (Part 1)

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I think the color range is excellent, and there are some really stunning shades that I think people would love. These are a more moisturizing lipstick, but they don't replace lip balm for me, so the rating reflects a slight miss on that particular claim.

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8.5/10

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10/10

Texture

10/10

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Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

Cult Nails Always Winning Nail Lacquer<
Cult Nails Always Winning Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Always Winning Nail Laquer ($10.00 for 0.5 fl. oz.) is described as a “sheer metallic olive green layering polish with gold and holo glitter.”  It’s an olive green with a metallic shimmer threaded through the base color topped off with lots of gold glitter, along with pieces of glitter that look multi-colored in brighter light (see the photo taken with flash).  I did three coats in the swatches, and you can see it’s more semi-opaque, but two coats gives you a sheerer look.  The formula was on the thinner side but easy to work with, and the glitter spread evenly without having to work at it.

When it comes to a glittery shade like this one, it’s best to let your remover soak on the nail for a little bit and then removing.  I just use felt soaked in Zoya Remove+ and press it against the nail for 5-10 seconds, and then I do one pull.  I’ve had good luck with wear on Cult Nails’ line so far (I’ve tested three or four shades in full)–getting about a week’s worth of wear without chips.

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I like the idea of a sheer metallic, because I think it works to minimize some of the brush strokes often apparent with more metallic finishes. The inclusion of glitter also varies up the finish so you get the metallic finish without the brush strokes.

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

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Sunday, June 19th, 2011

Urban Decay Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Aquarius Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Swatches (Part 2)

Here are ten more Urban Decay Eyeshadow Swatches! :)   The Swatch Gallery is really starting to come together, and just seeing all of the swatches show up makes all of the re-swatching completely worth it.

  • Aquarius is a muted blue with a gray overcast and frosted sheen.
  • Blaze is lightened coppery brown with a soft, metallic sheen.
  • Blunt is a medium golden yellow with a soft, frosted finish.
  • Chronic is a medium-dark grass green with subtly cool undertones and a matte finish.
  • Ecstasy is a medium-dark violet purple with a soft sheen.
  • Electric is a bright, cyan blue with a matte finish.
  • Fishnet is a fuchsia pink with purple iridescence. This is a deluxe eyeshadow.
  • Freakshow is a deep, dark purple with subtle red undertones and a pearly finish. This is a deluxe eyeshadow.
  • Frigid is a dark, blue-purple with a pearly finish. This is a deluxe eyeshadow.
  • Gash is a coppered red with a soft, frosted finish.

Urban Decay Eyeshadows are some of my favorites–they are typically very pigmented, smooth, buttery, and blendable.  The only shades to watch for are any that have the word “glitter” or “sparkle” in the description, because they tend to have a micro-glitter that just doesn’t bind with the color base, which means it either disappears between brush and lid (best case scenario) or you end up with a sparkly under eye (worst case scenario). Their matte finishes are soft and finely milled, but a note on application, these are so blendable that it’s easy to overdo it.

Ecstasy was the biggest miss here–it’s a little sheer and soft, you just can’t get as much color out of it as you should.  Frigid also seems to be lacking some color payoff, but it isn’t as sheered out as Ecstasy.   If you’re looking for more Urban Decay swatches, you can check out our full Urban Decay Eyeshadow Swatch Gallery! :)

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Urban Decay Eyeshadow Swatches (Part 2)

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Here, shades like Ecstasy and Frigid were sheerer than expected, while shades like Blunt and Gash standout as exemplary eyeshadows from Urban Decay.

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

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Sunday, June 19th, 2011


Inglot Matte Eyeshadow Palette #2

Inglot Matte Eyeshadows in #323, 370, 364, 343, 333, 331, 384 (Yellows & Greens)

Our look at Inglot’s Matte Eyeshadows ($4.50 to $7.00 each for 0.09 oz.) moves to some of their yellows and greens. (I did show #323 yesterday, but it fits better with this post.)  I’m hoping to get through the rest of the matte eyeshadows I have before next weekend, because I know several readers will be heading to IMATS in Pasadena, so I hope this will be helpful.

  • 323 is a bright, medium-dark yellow with a matte finish.
  • 370 is a bright yellow with a little mustard to it and a matte finish.
  • 364 is a soft yellow with a hint of green and a matte finish.
  • 343 is a bright yellowed chartreuse with a matte finish. This felt a little dry and ended up looking powdery and uneven when I swatched it.
  • 333 is a dark hunter green with a matte finish.
  • 331 is a medium-dark grass green with a matte finish.
  • 384 is a medium grass green with a matte finish.

These are really soft mattes; they have a really buttery feel to them, where you can feel the powder loosening as you swatch.  They aren’t particularly powdery, though they’ll kick up a little dust if you are heavy handed with your brush.  A little product goes a long way, so there’s no reason to jab at the eyeshadow with a brush (something you might have done with past matte eyeshadows).  The softness and give allow these to apply smoothly and evenly; there is no patchiness or drag with these.  The only downside to these is if you really pack on the color, you might find that it fades (ever-so-marginally) after eight hours; it’s a very minimal drawback, resulting in 0.5 point reduction in longevity.

I had a little trouble with #343, because the texture seemed drier and rather powdery, so it didn’t hold together as well and ended up having a more uneven finish than the other shades.

Edit: Images are fixed – sorry it took so long, I was sleeping.

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Inglot Matte Eyeshadows in #323, 370, 364, 343, 333, 331, 384 (Yellows & Greens)

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With the exception of #343, this set was pretty true-to-formula--great color payoff, smooth finishes, and easy to blend.

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

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Sunday, June 19th, 2011

Cult Nails Captivated Nail Lacquer<
Cult Nails Captivated Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Captivated Nail Laquer ($10.00 for 0.5 fl. oz.) is described as a “coral jelly polish packed with intense gold and coral glitter.”  It’s a pink-coral jelly base with molten gold and coral glitter that spreads really evenly and easily over the nail.  It’s best to wait for each coat to dry so that you don’t disturb the existing glitter.  I used three coats for a more opaque look, but it has a nice translucence when done with two coats–it’s truer to the squishy, jelly finish with two coats.   The formula is very thick; it reminded me of the consistency of hair gel, actually.

Captivated is a limited edition shade, and I know that Maria (creator and founder of Cult Nails) let me know that quantities were dwindling when she sent these for review.  I wore Captivated for a week without chipping, and removal is on par with other glitter polishes–it’s best to let your remover soak on the nail for a little bit and then removing.  I just use felt soaked in Zoya Remove+ and press it against the nail for 5-10 seconds, and then I do one pull.

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This shade totally screams summer--coral, pink, gold, and lots of glittery fun. I didn't think the thicker, gel-like formula would work, but it actually made application easy and the glitter spread evenly.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Saturday, June 18th, 2011


Inglot #328 Eyeshadow

Inglot Matte Eyeshadows in #328, 353, 355, 351, 323 (Beiges & Yellow)

Inglot’s Matte Eyeshadows ($4.50 to $7.00 each for 0.09 oz.) range has a fair amount of peaches/beiges (they seem to have more peach than beige) — plus a bright yellow to cheer the whole group up, since it sits in the last slot of this palette.

  • 328 is a soft, peach beige with a matte finish.
  • 353 is a soft, warmed-up, ultra light peach-beige. with a matte finish
  • 355 is a soft beige with a hint of peach and a matte finish. This is so close to #353, it’s hard to tell them apart.
  • 351 is an ivory with a matte finish.
  • 323 is a bright, medium-dark yellow with a matte finish.

These are really soft mattes; they have a really buttery feel to them, where you can feel the powder loosening as you swatch.  They aren’t particularly powdery, though they’ll kick up a little dust if you are heavy handed with your brush.  A little product goes a long way, so there’s no reason to jab at the eyeshadow with a brush (something you might have done with past matte eyeshadows).  The softness and give allow these to apply smoothly and evenly; there is no patchiness or drag with these.  The only downside to these is if you really pack on the color, you might find that it fades (ever-so-marginally) after eight hours; it’s a very minimal drawback, resulting in 0.5 point reduction in longevity.

I did find that #323 was the “worst” of the bunch; it did have some payoff issues, where it applied unevenly and seemed to disappear was I blended it out.   #353 and 355 are really similar, as well, and I don’t think one would need both; #353 is just a little warmer.

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Inglot Matte Eyeshadows in #328, 353, 355, 351, 323 (Beiges & Yellow

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#323 brings down the overall scores for each metric, just because it isn't consistent with the formula--a little patchy, not as pigmented, and sheers out easily.

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

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