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Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Chanel Dentelle Precieuse Illuminating Powder
Chanel Dentelle Precieuse Illuminating Powder

Chanel Dentelle Precieuse Illuminating Powder ($80.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as shades of “beige, pink, and bronze.” It’s a light, golden beige with warm undertones and a soft, luminous sheen. Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is more shimmery. IT Cosmetics Hello Light (P, $24.00) is more metallic. Giorgio Armani Belladonna (LE, $88.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Glint (LE) is pinker. MAC Belightful (LE) is more sparkly. Chanel Mouche de Beaute Illuminating Powder (LE, $80.00) is yellower. bareMinerals The Love Affair (LE, $26.00) is pinker, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Whether or not this highlighter is worth the splurge is a discussion between you and your wallet, but I can tell you that the quality is superb. Chanel has created an exceptional illuminating powder that adds a natural, luminous glow that lifts and brightens the face. The shimmer is fine and creates a delicate sheen, rather than a frosted finish, and so it doesn’t emphasize pores. Instead, it gives the skin a smoother, softer look as it reflects light. It can be worn alone over cheek bones or dusted lightly all-over the face, and of course, it can be layered over your favorite blush to add more sheen. The texture was soft, finely-milled, and smooth, while the highlighter wore well for eight and a half hours on me. It’s available now as a Nordstrom exclusive.

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Dentelle Precieuse

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10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Saturday, July 12th, 2014

Urban Decay Mrs. Mia Wallace Revolution Lipstick
Urban Decay Mrs. Mia Wallace Revolution Lipstick

Urban Decay Mrs. Mia Wallace Revolution Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “deep blood red.” It’s a rich, vibrant, medium-dark red with subtle, cool undertones and a soft shine. Urban Decay Gash (LE, $22.00) is more muted, cooler-toned. MAC Just a Bite (LE, $16.00) is more matte. NARS Mascate (P, $26.00) is more matte. MAC Such Flare (LE, $16.00) is more matte, darker. MAC Runaway Red (LE, $16.00) is more matte. MAC Dark Deed (LE, $16.00) is darker, less red. Guerlain Gwen (LE, $51.00) is cooler-toned, lighter. Guerlain Garconne (P, $51.00) is brighter. Giorgio Armani The Red (400) (P, $32.00) is lighter. Dior Diorling (LE, $36.00) is more matte. Chanel Dragon (DC, $32.00) is glossier, shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Revolution Lipstick formula is supposed to be richly pigmented, hydrating, and have a “creamy shine.” Mrs. Mia Wallace was intensely pigmented with mostly opaque color coverage in a single swipe. It was lightly creamy, but it had noticeably less slip compared to other shades in the range. I felt like it was less glossy in finish, though it still had a noticeable shine, so it wasn’t matte. The formula was lightly hydrating and comfortable to wear–long-wearing (seven hours plus a very strong stain) but never clingy or tacky.

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Mrs. Mia Wallace

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Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Friday, July 11th, 2014

Marc Jacobs Beauty Shooting Stars (316) Lust for Lacquer
Marc Jacobs Beauty Shooting Stars (316) Lust for Lacquer

Marc Jacobs Beauty Shooting Stars (316) Lust for Lacquer ($28.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is described as a “berry mauve with shimmer.” It’s a muted, medium-dark brick red-plum with pink shimmer and subtle sparkle. It had warm undertones. I actually found this type of color hard to dupe in gloss-form, particularly because of the coverage of this one. Maybelline Almond Aura (130) (LE) is lighter, less red/plum. Bobbi Brown Uber Suede (P, $24.00) is browner. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This was part of a 1,000-point Sephora offering, but it is being added to the full range. Right now, there’s early access to it direct from Marc Jacobs Beauty, but Sephora has it listed (along with another new shade, Satisfaction) as coming soon. It’s part of the full-coverage portion of the formula, and it did, indeed, have full, opaque color coverage. The consistency was lightweight, smooth, and comfortable to wear with a lightly hydrating formula. This shade wore well for five hours on me, and it was non-sticky (except by the very last hour, it was very slightly tacky) with a sweet mint scent.

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Shooting Stars (316)

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Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

5/5

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Friday, July 4th, 2014

Makeup Geek Summer Fling Blush
Makeup Geek Summer Fling Blush

Makeup Geek Summer Fling Blush ($9.99 for 0.15 oz. pan; $12.99 for 0.15 oz. compact) is described as a “soft burnt orange.” It’s a brightened, medium orange with warm, red undertones and a semi-matte finish. MAC Ocean City (LE, $30.00) is brighter. NARS Exumas (P, $39.00) is a cream product. NARS Final Cut (LE, $29.00) is pinker. Make Up For Ever #420 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is a cream product. Fyrinnae Nordic Angel (P, $6.50) is lighter, pinker. Chanel Presage (62) (LE, $38.00) is a cream product, brighter. theBalm Swiss Dot (P, $22.00) is more orange. NYX Cinnamon (P, $5.00) is more orange, redder, brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This is a richly pigmented blush with an incredibly silky-smooth texture that feels like butter and blends beautifully on the skin. I would recommend using a light hand and a fluffier brush (I like fan or stippling brushes) for application to ensure that you get the intensity you want, as you can apply less and build to the right level of color. However, even if you over-apply, the blush is blendable, so it is a more forgiving formula, but it is always easier to start with less and build up. Applied with a lighter hand, it almost looked coral-orange on my medium complexion. The color stayed put for a solid nine hours before it started to break down and fade.

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Summer Fling

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Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Buxom Dolly Full-Bodied Lipstick
Buxom Dolly Full-Bodied Lipstick

Buxom Dolly Full-Bodied Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “shimmering mauve.” It’s a rosy plum with warm undertones and a soft, pearly shimmer. MAC Moody Bloom (LE, $17.00) is darker, more shimmery. Givenchy Brun Vintage (105) (P, $36.00) is pinker. MAC Mystical (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Estee Lauder Dynamic (P, $30.00) is lighter, warmer. MAC Out for Passion (LE, $20.00) is sheerer, brighter. MAC Morning Rose (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery. Chanel Equivoque (126) (LE, $34.00) is a touch lighter. Urban Decay Strip (P, $22.00) is browner. NARS Tolede (P, $26.00) is more matte. Giorgio Armani #526 (P, $32.00) is a touch darker. Burberry Peony Rose (302) (P, $30.00) is more matte. Make Up For Ever #4 (P, $19.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It had rich, full color coverage, though the texture wasn’t as creamy or as emollient as other shades in the Full-Bodied range. It didn’t tug when I applied the color, but I noticed a difference in the texture compared to past shades I’ve reviewed. The formula is lightweight, comfortable to wear, and wore well for almost five hours. It was moderately hydrating while worn, and there was no discernible scent or taste.

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Dolly

Temptalia Recommends
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Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

5/5

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Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Makeup Geek Head Over Heels Blush
Makeup Geek Head Over Heels Blush

Makeup Geek Head Over Heels Blush ($9.99 for 0.15 oz. pan; $12.99 for 0.15 oz. compact) is described as a “light bubblegum pink with slight shimmer.” It’s a light-medium, cotton candy pink with bluish undertones and a pearly shimmer. In the pan, it looked almost warm-toned, but applied, it looks cooler-toned. MAC Young at Heart (LE, $20.00) is darker, brighter. Make Up For Ever #210 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is a cream product. Givenchy It-Girl Purple (P, $44.00) is less shimmery. Tarte Dollface (P, $26.00) is a touch darker. MAC Pure Femininity (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery. theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned, more matte. MAC Well Dressed (P, $21.00) is a touch lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It had excellent color payoff; you could achieve rich, true-to-pan color with one layer of product, but it blends beautifully on the skin, so it is easy to sheer or soften the color. The blush’s texture is soft, silky, and smooth, which helped it apply easily to the skin and looks more and more luminous as it is buffed into the skin. This is one of the more shimmery shades in the range, but the shimmer didn’t emphasize pores–it’s more of a shimmer-sheen than a frosted shimmer finish. The color stayed on well for eight and a half hours before I noticed some fading along the outer edge.

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Head Over Heels

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Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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