Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

Cult Nails Spring Radiance Collection
Cult Nails Spring Radiance Collection

Cult Nails Radiance Collection includes three, limited edition shades. They can be purchased individually for $12.00 each, or you can use code TEMPTALIA12 to buy all three for $24. Alluring and Radiance were both nice shades that were easy to apply and had great end results, but Thrive’s thick consistency made it difficult to work with. It was the shade I was most excited about (personally–I love all things mint green at the moment), and as pretty as it can be, it requires a lot of effort and patience.

Cult Nails Alluring Nail Lacquer is described as a “mauve, leaning neutral, with the most subtle green shimmer.” It’s a muted, medium pink with neutral-to-warm undertones and a cream finish. It was totally opaque after two coats, and the consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin. The formula went on beautifully and dried down to a high-shine finish (without a top coat!). Zoya Rue (P, $9.00) is lighter. Zoya Brigitte (P, $9.00) is similar. Illamasqua Pink Raindrops (LE, $17.00) is sparkly. Rescue Beauty Lounge Plie (LE, $20.00) is lighter, warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Cult Nails Radiance Nail Lacquer is described as a “one coat, purple-berry.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark raspberry magenta with a cream finish. As described, it was intensely pigmented in a single coat, and the consistency was just slightly thick, which worked for one-coat application, as it gave it that plush, glossy finish that two coats often yields. MAC Embrace Me (LE, $16.00) is brighter, pinker. Zoya Areej (P, $9.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Cult Nails Thrive Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “slightly textured mint pastel green.” It’s a brightened, mint green with iridescent green-teal shimmer and pearl. It dries down to a semi-matte finish–there’s a slight sheen, but there is a subtle sparkly texture to it without a top coat. The consistency was very thick, unfortunately, and it seems almost sticky as I applied it. It had mostly opaque color after two coats, but it didn’t apply evenly. Rescue Beauty Lounge Liberty (LE, $20.00) is greener, warmer, darker. Essie First Timer (P, $8.00) is brighter, cooler-toned, cream. Illamasqua Mottle (LE, $17.00) has black sparkle/glitter. Rescue Beauty Lounge Bikini Bottom (LE, $20.00) is bluer, less shimmery. China Glaze Keep Calm, Paint On (LE, $7.50) is lighter, cream. Butter London Fiver (P, $15.00) is much lighter, brighter, cream. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Chanel Sensation (102) Soft Touch Eyeshadow
Chanel Sensation (102) Soft Touch Eyeshadow

Chanel Soft Touch Eyeshadow ($29.50 for 0.07 oz.) is supposed to be an “ultra-fine powder eyeshadow” that is “foolproof in its application” and can be “applied dry for subtle shading, or dampened for more intense colour.” I strongly recommend not using any of the more satin/matte finishes with a dampened brush, as it causes the surface to crust over and harden. Using the more frosted or shimmery shades seems with a dampened brush doesn’t seem to have any issues. I wasn’t impressed by the new shades for fall; they were underwhelming and more difficult to use. These really needed an eyeshadow primer to work well, or else the color didn’t apply or last well. These three shades in particular look very similar to three of the shades in the Quadrille Eyeshadow Quad.

Chanel Sensation (102) Soft Touch Eyeshadow ($29.50 for 0.07 oz.) is described as an “ivory pink.” It’s a light, pink-tinged peach-beige with warm undertones and a satin finish. Applied dry, it was sheer, and applied with a dampened brush, it was semi-opaque. The consistency was soft but slightly powdery. It lasted six hours on me before fading. NARS Europa (P, $29.00) is darker. theBalm #14 (P, $6.50) is more shimmery. theBalm #4 (P, $6.50) is more shimmery. MAC Warm Breeze (P, $15.00) is similar. Too Faced Bubbly (LE, $16.00) is similar. Too Faced Whiskers on Kittens (LE, $16.00) is pinker. MAC Her Cocoa #2 (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chanel Palpitation (104) Soft Touch Eyeshadow ($29.50 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “soft rose.” It’s a muted, medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and a semi-matte finish. Applied dry, it had softer, semi-opaque color payoff, and then applied with a dampened brush, the color intensified slightly and was more opaque. However, using a dampened brush left a hard, darkened surface on the pan that had to be rubbed/scraped away to become usable again. The texture was slightly powdery, so it had to be packed and patted on carefully if applied dry to get any intensity. When I tried using it with a dampened brush, it was hard to get the color to transfer to the skin–just stuck to the brush. On the lid, it lasted for seven hours before fading. Chanel Quadrille #3 (LE) is lighter, warmer. Makeup Geek Cupcake (P, $5.99) is warmer, more shimmery. Chanel Rose Favorite (LE, $28.50) is brighter, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chanel Hesitation (106) Soft Touch Eyeshadow ($29.50 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “pink plum.” It’s a medium-dark plum burgundy with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff when applied dry, and then mostly opaque color payoff when applied with a dampened brush. This one seemed to be fine after using it wet, so that was a plus. The texture was a little powdery, though it was particularly blendable when I was working with it. This shade stayed on well for eight hours before fading. theBalm #13 (P, $6.50) is darker, more matte. Tarte Plums Up (LE) is more purple, matte. Chanel Quadrille #1 (LE) is slightly darker. Makeup Geek Bitten (P, $5.99) is warmer, brighter. Chanel Delicatesse #4 (LE) is more purple, more shimmery. NARS New York (P, $24.00) is more matte, browner. MAC Blackberry (P, $15.00) is darker. Illamasqua Forgiveness (LE) is more matte. Chanel Harmonie du Soir #3 (LE) is more shimmery. Make Up For Ever #141 (P, $20.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Friday, June 13th, 2014

MAC Blushing Berry Sheen Supreme Lipglass Tint
MAC Blushing Berry Sheen Supreme Lipglass Tint

MAC Sheen Supreme Lipglass Tint ($20.00 for 0.08 oz.) is supposed to be a formula that uses “PH pigments that work with body’s natural temperature to give you a fresh color that yours alone.” The formula is described as “lightweight,” “moisturizing,” and “lipgloss with a tint.” They are click-type glosses, so you twist and gloss is dispensed over a brush-type applicator. I struggled with these quite a bit last year when they initially released (these have all been out before). I feel like the formula has changed, as these seemed to stain/darken a lot less. I waited about forty minutes before taking photos for each gloss but they really didn’t change color once applied. They just seemed lighter overall.

When I wore these, the texture seemed medium-thick in consistency, gets quite tacky after about thirty seconds, and I still had some issues with the color feathering outside my natural lip line with the darker shades. These also fade poorly, as the color from the center disappears and leaves a noticeable “ring” of color. There is also an off-taste–like a lemon-y chemical taste–though it has a sweet vanilla scent. This formula is still a miss for me, unfortunately.

Blushing Berry is described as a “mid-tone cool red.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark pinky-red with cool undertones and a glossy shine. It had semi-sheer color coverage that applied unevenly–it just looked splotchy once on. This shade wore well for four hours and left a very subtle stain behind. It wore fairly well for four hours, and after five, there was uneven fading and a splotchy ring of color left behind. MAC Viva Glam Rihanna (LE, $15.00 is more shimmery. MAC Love Alert (LE, $20.00) is more sparkly. Chanel Emoi (P, $32.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bubblegum is described as a “soft warm pink.” It’s a light, milky pink with warm, yellow undertones. It was semi-sheer applied to lips. The milkiness of the color made it harder to get an even application, as it would show “lines” if you pressed your lips together and tended to gather in the lip lines. This shade wore well for four hours on me. MAC Bijou (LE, $15.00) is more opaque. NARS Tasmania (P, $26.00) is similar. NARS Turkish Delight (P, $26.00) is lighter. Chanel Murmure (179) (P, $29.50) is sheerer. Maybelline Petal Plush (100) (P, $8.99) is lighter. NYX Maple Blondie (P, $5.00) is more opaque. MAC Angel (LE, $15.00) is more opaque. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Glorious Intent is described as a “warm plum.” It’s a medium, raspberry pink with cool, blue undertones and a glossy shine. It was slightly splotch applied and had semi-sheer color payoff. It wore well for almost five hours before it started to fade from the center and, unfortunately, left that dreaded ring of color along the outer area of the lip. There was feathering that appeared after an hour and a half of wear. Sisley Paris Berry (5) (P, $50.00) is less glossy. NARS Quito (P, $26.00) is similar. Chanel Tocade (182) (P, $29.50) is darker. MAC Fashion Perk (P, $22.00) is more muted. Milani Berry Tempting (05) (P, $5.49) is darker. MAC Colour Saturation (LE, $20.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Gwi-yo-mi is described as a “mid-tone raspberry.” It’s a medium, slightly muted, pink with subtle cool undertones. Applied against my skin tone, it almost turns warm-toned. It had semi-sheer color coverage, but this one applied more evenly compared to the others. The color lasted for almost four hours, but it didn’t feather as quickly as some of the other shades. Chanel Baie Rose (89) (LE, $27.00) is lighter. Revlon Pink Pop (P, $7.99) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Simply Wow is described as a “mid-tone cool mauve.” It’s a pinky-mauve with cool, blue undertones. It had semi-sheer pigmentation, which didn’t apply too evenly–it settled and gathered into lip lines. This shade lasted for just over four hours but there was feathering visible after four hours with a very faint stain along the edges of the lips for another hour. NARS Angelika (P, $26.00) is lighter. MAC Fearless (LE, $20.00) is warmer. Milani Pink Lady (07) (P, $5.49) is lighter. L’Oreal Florid Pink (LE, $7.99) is less glossy, lighter. MAC Pink Nouveau (LE, $15.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Monday, June 2nd, 2014

Bite Beauty Dolce BB for Lips
Bite Beauty Dolce BB for Lips

Bite Beauty BB for Lips ($24.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “lip enhancing, five-in-one-balm.” It’s supposed to hydrate, repair, prime, and protect with a “color-rich balm.” I bought two shades to try–one lighter, one deeper–and both performed similarly for me (consistency is always a good thing!).

The texture is lightweight, creamy with a high degree of slip, and has a thinnish texture overall. There’s a soft shine after application with decent color, but I don’t know that I’d use the words “color-rich.” It’s lightly hydrating for me, and in general, I find it leaves my lips feeling softer a couple of hours later but doesn’t make them look good initially and instead seems to accentuate the texture of my lips. The major downside to the formula is really that it has a very thin, slippery texture that means the product wears away quickly and regular reapplication is necessary.

You can layer lipstick over it, but my experience is that it’s less of a primer, as it reduced the wear time of the lipstick on its own, and it didn’t make the lipstick look any better. Matte lipsticks varied; sometimes the slickness of the balm made it so the matte color didn’t go on as evenly, other formulas were okay, so your mileage may vary depending on the formula and finish of the lipstick you’re applying over it. I would describe these as a tinted lip balm with some hydration, but if I was going to go for a lip balm by Bite, I would go for the Agave Lip Mask instead. BB for Lips has a sweet, lemon-vanilla scent and sweet taste that occasionally seems like there’s a mere hint of sunscreen. (Quick note: Sephora lists this as “SPF 18″ but the package indicates SPF 15.) Be careful with flavored lip products as it can tempt you to lick your lips more often, which doesn’t help hydrate lips!

Bite Beauty Dolce BB for Lips ($24.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “deep purple.” It’s a semi-sheer, muted pink-berry with subtle cool undertones and a soft shine. It applied mostly evenly and lasted for almost two hours. Korres Wild Rose (P, $12.99) is a bit lighter. Chanel Fiction (P, $34.00) is more opaque (true lipstick). See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bite Beauty Flush BB for Lips ($24.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “light pink.” It’s a light-medium, peachy-coral with warm undertones and a soft shine. It had semi-sheer color coverage that applied evenly. A light shade like this is going to look more different than similar across individuals, as the natural lip color comes through quite a bit, so the result is that this lightens and warms up the natural lip color to a degree, but the natural lip color will play a huge part. This shade lasted an hour and a half on me. MAC Touche (LE, $20.00) is darker. Chanel Secret (85) (LE, $34.00) is pinker. Chanel Melba (75) (LE, $34.00) is lighter. Chanel Gourmandise (76) (P, $34.00) is lighter, pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Bite Beauty Lavender Luminous Creme Lipstick
Bite Beauty Lavender Luminous Creme Lipstick

Bite Beauty Lavender Luminous Creme Lipstick ($24.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “vibrant orchid.” It’s a medium-dark, pink-purple with subtle, cool undertones and a luminous finish. This is one of the least pigmented lipsticks I’ve tried by Bite, and even the consistency is thinner and less creamy compared to other shades. It wore for three hours on me and was lightly hydrating. The formula has a slightly lemon/herbal scent to me but no discernible taste. MAC Snapdragon (LE, $16.00) is sheerer. NARS Villa Lante (LE, $25.00) is more matte. YSL Fetish Pink (8) (P, $34.00) is more opaque, lighter. MAC What a Feeling! (LE, $20.00) is sheerer. Too Faced Razzle Dazzle Rose (P, $21.00) is pinker. MAC Steady Going (LE, $16.00) is more matte, more opaque. Revlon Cupcake (P, $7.49) is cooler-toned. NARS Roman Holiday (P, $26.00) is lighter. Maybelline Pink Pop (P, $7.49) is more opaque, brighter. MAC Divine Choice (P, $22.00) is pinker. MAC Pink Popcorn (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bite Beauty Violet Luminous Creme Lipstick ($24.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “magenta violet.” It’s a bright, neon magenta fuchsia with cool, blue undertones and a luminous sheen. It had rich, fully opaque color coverage in a single pass. The consistency was creamy, comfortable to wear, and glided on without ever tugging on the lips. The formula was hydrating while worn, had a faint lemony/herbal scent, and lasted for six hours. It left behind a pinkish stain that lingered for another two hours or so. This is a shade that was unique years ago, but this year, we have seen many iterations. Sephora + Pantone Universe Radiant Rush (LE, $18.00) is more matte. Bite Beauty Moscato (P, $28.00) is brighter, lighter. Chanel La Diva (44) (P, $34.00) is more matte. NARS Full Frontal (LE, $26.00) is more muted. Maybelline Electric Fuchsia (LE, $7.49) is less magenta. MAC Dear Diary (LE, $18.00) is slightly darker, more matte. MAC Candy Yum Yum (P, $16.00) is pinker. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Nylon (P, $18.00) is brighter, lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Marc Jacobs Beauty Brown(out) (54) Highliner Gel Eye Crayon
Marc Jacobs Beauty Brown(out) (54) Highliner Gel Eye Crayon

Here are the last three of the seven new Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayons ($25.00 for 0.01 oz.). If you’re unfamiliar with the formula, it’s a pencil eyeliner that is supposed to be “waterproof, long-wearing, [and have] color-intense payoff.” In general, I find the long-wearing and waterproof claims to be the most accurate with the color payoff depending on the shade.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Brown(out) (54) Highliner Gel Eye Crayon ($25.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “golden brown.” It’s a medium-dark brown with subtle, golden sparkle and shimmer over a neutral-to-warm base. It had excellent color payoff in a single stroke, and it was creamy, easy to apply, and lasted for nine hours on my lower lash line. Buxom Come Over (P, $17.00) is a touch lighter. MAC Deliciously Rich (LE, $16.00) is more sparkly. Urban Decay Corrupt (P, $19.00) is darker, less shimmery. MAC Lord It Up (P, $15.00) is slightly darker. MAC Orpheus (LE, $16.00) is darker, less sparkly. Burberry Midnight Brown (P, $27.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Marc Jacobs Beauty (Plum)age (60) Highliner Gel Eye Crayon ($25.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “vivid purple.” It’s a slightly brightened, medium-dark violet purple with subtle, warm undertones and purple sparkle. This seemed like one of the more sparkly shades in the range–not just pearl/shimmer but a larger-sized sparkle. The consistency was still creamy and it glided on fairly easily, but it didn’t apply as evenly as I’d like. It takes some back-and-forth motions to get more opaque color coverage. The upside is that it still wears for a solid nine hours before starting to thin, but I noticed a few stray sparkles over time. Sephora Collection Eccentric Diva (P, $9.00) is cooler-toned. Urban Decay Psychedelic Sister (P, $19.00) is slightly warmer, less sparkly. Milani Perfect Purple (P, $6.99) is a touch darker. MAC Designer Purple (P, $15.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Marc Jacobs Beauty (Wave)length (68) Highliner Gel Eye Crayon ($25.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “midnight blue.” It’s a medium-dark, brightened navy blue with a pearly sheen. It had pretty sad, sheer color payoff in a single stroke, and it wasn’t as buildable as I’d like–it gets to semi-opaque color but doesn’t become fully opaque no matter how many layers I tried. The texture of the pencil was lightly creamy, and it didn’t skip or tug at the lash line. It wore well for eight hours on me. Stila Ultramarine (P, $20.00) Buxom Pick Me Up (P, $17.00) MAC Blue Stripe (LE, $16.00) MAC Petrol Blue (P, $15.00) Make Up For Ever #3L (P, $19.00) See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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