Thursday, July 31st, 2014

MAC Animal Instincts Blush
MAC Animal Instincts Blush

In the upcoming A Novel Romance collection (online August 14th, in-stores August 21st), there are two limited edition shades of MAC Blush ($22.00 for 0.21 oz.).

MAC Animal Instincts Blush ($22.00 for 0.21 oz.). is described as a “shimmering plum [with a Frost finish].” It’s a muted, medium-dark warm plum with a soft sheen. It had fairly good color payoff, and the texture was soft, thin but not powdery, and blendable. On me, the color wore well for eight hours before starting to fade. MAC Corol #2 (LE, $21.00) is warmer, lighter. Giorgio Armani Light Rose (LE) is more shimmery. theBalm Cabana Boy (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned. NARS Lovejoy (P, $29.00) is warmer, brighter, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Fun Ending Blush ($22.00 for 0.21 oz.). is described as a “soft neutral peach [with a Satin finish].” It’s a pink-peach with warm undertones and a satin-matte finish. I noticed that this blush had a tendency to darken on the skin if there was any natural oils on it, which made it look very similar to Animal Instincts applied lightly! The texture was soft, blendable, and smooth, while it had good pigmentation. It lasted for almost eight hours on me before fading. Makeup Geek Honeymoon (P, $9.99) is lighter, more shimmery. Hourglass Luminous Flush (P, $35.00) is darker. Tarina Tarantino Feather (P, $25.00) is pinker. MAC Lured to Love (LE, $27.00) is brighter, warmer. MAC Legendary (LE, $21.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Animal Instincts

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8.5/10

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9/10

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8.5/10

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Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Sleek Makeup Arabian Nights i-Divine Eyeshadow Palette
Sleek Makeup Arabian Nights i-Divine Eyeshadow Palette

Sleek Makeup Arabian Nights i-Divine Eyeshadow Palette ($11.99 for 0.36 oz.) is a limited edition set of twelve eyeshadows in shades of “deep tones of green, blue and gold.” The i-Divine Eyeshadow formula is supposed to be “super-pigmented [and] long-lasting.” I think this is a worthwhile palette at this price point; there are a few misses, but there are enough hits to make it compelling. If you typically use primer, I think some of the misses will be more manageable. When Sleek nails it, they REALLY nail it, but when they miss, it’s usually by a fair amount, and I usually find their satin/matte shades to be a bit drier, which results in sheerer color payoff compared to their more shimmery shades that are usually amazing.

FYI, Sleek lists this as unavailable to ship to USA due to shipping regulations on their site, but it is also available for $9.99 (plus $2.50 shipping) via Amazon (I’ve only ordered Sleek via Amazon, and I’ve never had any issues–pretty quick to arrive, too!).

Scheherazade’s Tale is a light-medium, beige-brown with a metallic finish. It had excellent color payoff with a texture that felt almost creamy, so it applied very smoothly. It wore well for nine and a half hours before starting to crease. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Gold Souk is a light-medium, sparkling yellow gold with warm undertones and a glittery, metallic finish. It had fairly good pigmentation, and the texture seemed to stick together, despite it being a more glittery shade. On me, the color wore well for nine and a half hours and had a smidgen of fall out (surprisingly little, though!). See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Aladdin’s Lamp is a medium-dark brown with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had really good color payoff with a soft, smooth texture that was easy to apply and blend out. I was able to get nine hours of wear before it showed signs of fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sultan’s Garden is a dark, smoky green with soft green and gold sparkle/shimmer. It was semi-sheer with a sheerer, drier texture that just didn’t yield good color payoff. On me, the color lasted well for seven and a half hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Hocus Pocus is a rich, medium-dark green-leaning teal with a frosted, metallic sheen. The pigmentation was incredibly intense, while the texture was buttery and smooth. This shade wore well for ten hours on me before it was showing slight creasing. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Simbad’s Seas is a bold, rich bluish-purple with cool undertones and a frosted finish. It had amazing color payoff that applied smoothly and evenly due to the soft, buttery texture. It was still going strong after ten hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Genie is a rich, medium-dark bronzy brown with a high-shine, metallic finish. This shade was very soft and intensely pigmented, so it was easy to over-apply, which made the metallic finish appear almost chunky. It was easier to apply on the lid knowing that, compared to when I initially swatched it. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Black Magic is a blackened navy blue with a satin finish and subtle cool undertones. It had so-so color payoff, as the texture was slightly dry and stiff to work with. On me, the color lasted for seven and a half hours before there was fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Stallion is a medium-dark burgundy with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-sheer pigmentation, and the texture was dry and stiffer in the pan, so it wasn’t as easy to apply as other shades in the palette. On me, the shade stayed on well for eight hours before fading, though. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sorcerer is a blackened navy blue–just a darker version than Black Magic–that has a faint bit of purple-ish micro-shimmer and a satin finish. It had semi-sheer color coverage that was still blendable, but the powder was a little drier and thinner. The color wore well for seven and a half hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Valley of Diamonds is a rich, medium-dark wine with gold sparkle over a satiny finish. It had really good color payoff, and it applied smoothly and evenly. The color didn’t show signs of creasing until after nine hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

1001 Nights is a rich, deep black with a pearly sheen. It had the creamiest texture of a powder I’ve ever experienced–it really felt like a cream eyeshadow. It was smooth and richly pigmented, and it lasted for ten hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Arabian Nights

Temptalia Recommends
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Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

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4.5/5

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Scheherazade's Tale

A+

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10/10

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10/10

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10/10

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10/10

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5/5

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Gold Souk

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9/10

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9/10

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Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

OCC Covet, Dangerous, Pagan Nail Lacquers
OCC Covet, Dangerous, Pagan Nail Lacquers

OCC Covet Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “golden buff neutral.” It’s a medium-dark, muted peachy-beige with a cream finish. It was opaque after two coats and applied well without streaking or bubbling. It dried down to a high gloss finish. The consistency was slightly thick but not difficult to use. I typically get a week of wear with minor tip wear but no chipping with the brand’s formula. I don’t have anything that has as much brown in it that’s not actually brown, but these were the closest I could think of: NARS Wind Dancer (LE, $20.00) is brighter, more orange. Chanel June (LE, $27.00) is lighter, more orange. China Glaze Desert Sun (LE, $7.50) is more orange, brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

OCC Dangerous Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as an “opaque, true grey.” It’s a medium, neutral-to-cool-toned gray with a cream finish. This shade was very pigmented and was almost opaque in one coat, though I used two coats just to be sure. It had a slightly thick consistency, but it was easy to work with and didn’t streak or pool along the edges. Illamasqua DWS (P, $17.00) is cooler-toned. Rescue Beauty Lounge Stormy (LE, $20.00) is very similar. Zoya Dove (P, $9.00) is lighter, warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

OCC Pagan Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “blackened purple.” It’s a deep, dark–but still rich, slightly brightened–purple with cool undertones and a jelly-cream finish. It was mostly opaque after two coats, but there was a very slight translucency to it (which is what made it look like a jelly-cream hybrid). NARS Fury (LE, $20.00) is warmer. NARS New York Dolls (LE, $20.00) is lighter. MAC Rain of Flowers (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery. L’Oreal The Mystic’s Fortune (LE) is more shimmery. Essie Bobbing for Baubles (LE, $8.00) is more muted, bluer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

These launch online August 5th and will be in select stores on September 19th.

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Covet

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9.5/10

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10/10

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8.5/10

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9/10

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5/5

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9.5/10

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10/10

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8.5/10

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Pagan

B+

Product

8.5/10

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9/10

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8.5/10

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9/10

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Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

OCC Technopagan, Poison, Distortion Nail Lacquers
OCC Technopagan, Poison, Distortion Nail Lacquers

OCC Technopagan Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “blackened purple with blue pearl.” It’s a brightened, violet purple with cool, blue undertones and blue micro-shimmer for a more metallic finish–it seems finer than a typical metallic finish but more shimmery than mere pearl. It had some visible brush strokes, unfortunately, though it was very pigmented. The consistency was slightly thick. I typically get a week of wear with minor tip wear (but no chipping) with OCC’s formula. Anna Sui Minnie Mouse Midnight Purple (200) (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Zoya Neve (P, $9.00) is darker. Guerlain Riviera (LE, $23.00) is similar. SpaRitual Blue Moon (LE, $10.00) is less shimmery, darker, bluer. China Glaze Want My Bawdy (LE, $7.50) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

OCC Poison Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “shimmer ivy green.” It’s a smoky, neutral-to-cool-toned green with threads of fine, green metallic shimmer running through it. The color was fully opaque after two coats (almost in one), and there were almost no visible brush strokes with this shade. Zoya Cassedy (P, $9.00) is more sparkly. NARS Night Porter (LE, $20.00) is brighter, less metallic. Chanel Black Pearl (LE, $27.00) is bluer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

OCC Distortion Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “deep shimmering navy.” It’s a blackened navy blue with lighter navy blue metallic shimmer. It was fully opaque after two coats, though it was almost pigmented enough to be a one-coater. There were almost no visible brush strokes in the resulting finish once it dried down. The formula wasn’t too thick or too thin. NARS Night Flight (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery. Color Club First Looks (P) is more complex. China Glaze Little Drummer Boy (LE, $7.50) is less glossy. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

These launch online August 5th and will be in select stores on September 19th.

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Technopagan

B+

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9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

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8/10

Longevity

9/10

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4/5

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9.5/10

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10/10

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9/10

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9/10

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4.5/5

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Distortion

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9.5/10

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10/10

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9/10

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9/10

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Saturday, July 26th, 2014

Becca Lowlight Sculpting Perfector
Becca Lowlight Sculpting Perfector

Becca Lowlight Sculpting Perfector ($38.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a medium-dark, subtly warm-toned brown with a hint of gray and a semi-matte finish. MAC Aphrodite’s Shell (LE, $33.00) is less brown, less gray, lighter. MAC Sculpt (P, $16.50) is less yellow. MAC Coffee Walnut (LE, $20.00) is darker. MAC Nude on Board (LE, $30.00) is warmer, less gray. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It’s described as “an adaptive contouring cream that combines the warmth of skin-authentic undertones with natural-looking shadows for a sculpted look.” For those who want a forgiving contour that can be applied softly, you may enjoy Becca’s take on it. The creamy nature of the product makes it very easy to blend on the skin, so there are no harsh or obvious edges, and if you feel like it’s too dramatic, you can easily sheer it out further. It’s moderately pigmented, but the coverage is buildable, so one layer won’t give you the kind of color you see in the pan. The consistency is lightweight, non-tacky, and dries down and seems to set fairly well. On me, it lasted about seven hours before starting to separate slightly. I think it’s best for light to medium complexions, as even when layered, it is a subtle product against my skin tone (which is about medium).

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Lowlight Sculpting Protector

B+

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7.5/10

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5/5

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Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Glide-on Eye Pencil
Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Glide-on Eye Pencil

Recently, there have been five new shades of Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Glide-on Eye Pencil ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) released. The Velvet formula is “more powdery” than the regular formula, which is supposed to make it easier to blend and smudge out the eyeliner, if desired, for a smoky eye. Otherwise, it’s supposed to have all the long-wearing benefits of the original formula. The consistency definitely has that drier, more powdery feel that the brand talks about, and as a result, it doesn’t apply as evenly as the original pencils do. It just doesn’t glide-on as effortlessly. I find these apply best in short, small strokes and apply better as they warm up against the skin. Due to their dryness, getting really crisp, defined lines seems to be harder, so a smudging brush or tool helps to soften that edge so it looks better and more even. They wear fairly well on me, lasting at least eight hours, and either fade lightly or show some signs of smudging.

Urban Decay Cult 24/7 Velvet Glide-on Eye Pencil ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “deep, smoky matte green.” It’s a muted, medium-dark green with subtle, warm undertones and a very matte finish. It had mostly opaque color in a single stroke and was easily layered. The consistency was soft and glided on fairly well, but I still find that this formula is best applied in short strokes, rather than in fluid motions. It wore well for eight and a half hours before starting to thin slightly. MAC Devotion (P, $20.00) is the only shade that is even remotely similar, but it is brighter and shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Urban Decay Lure 24/7 Velvet Glide-on Eye Pencil ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “smoky matte charcoal.” It’s a dark gray with cool undertones and a matte finish. It was semi-opaque in one stroke, and it was buildable to rich, opaque color after two layers. On me, it wore well for eight and a half hours before lightly smudging. bareMinerals Mesmerized (LE, $14.00) is warmer. NARS Madison Ave. (P, $24.00) is very similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Urban Decay Lush 24/7 Velvet Glide-on Eye Pencil ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “rich smoky matte brown.” It’s a deepened, dark brown with a matte finish and subtle warm undertones. The consistency is drier (you can definitely feel what they mean by “more powdery”), so it had a tendency to skip/drag in coverage, though it didn’t really feel stiff or stubborn when I used it on my lower lash line. It wore well for nine hours before it started to smudge along the lower edge. Buxom Here’s My Number (P, $17.00) is less matte. Urban Decay Crave (P, $19.00) is less matte. Urban Decay Demolition (P, $19.00) is less matte. MAC Rich Experience (P, $20.00) is similar. Estee Lauder Blackened Cocoa (LE, $20.00) is darker. Bobbi Brown Mahogany (P, $24.00) is darker, less matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Urban Decay Minx 24/7 Velvet Glide-on Eye Pencil ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “rich, smoky matte navy.” It’s a cool-toned, deep, dark purpled-blue with a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage in one stroke, and it was buildable to mostly opaque color. Again, it had that drier, powdery-like consistency that made it harder to get really crisp, defined edges and even color coverage. The color wore well for nine hours before it had slight smudging. Urban Decay Sabbath (P, $19.00) is bluer, glossier. Giorgio Armani #3 (P, $29.00) is bluer. Estee Lauder Blackened Sapphire (LE, $20.00) is bluer. Estee Lauder Blackened Plum (LE, $20.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Urban Decay Plushie 24/7 Velvet Glide-on Eye Pencil ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “rich, smoky matte purple.” It’s a medium-dark, plum-tinged purple with a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color in one go, but it wasn’t very buildable as the consistency of this shade was drier than the rest, so it tended to skip and apply unevenly, which made layering the color difficult. Once on, the color did stay on well for eight and a half hours before starting to show signs of fading. Laura Mercier Violet (P, $24.00) is cooler-toned, less matte. MAC Snow Shadow (P, $20.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Cult

B+

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Lure

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8/10

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8.5/10

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8/10

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9/10

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4/5

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Lush

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8/10

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9/10

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7/10

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9.5/10

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