Monday, March 29th, 2010

Best Lipstick

The Spring Season: Temptalia’s Favorites

After many, many months of swatching and testing, these are my favorites–a whopping eighteen of them! During the Spring Season, we featured cooler nudes (9), cooler pinks (8), soft corals (8), lipglosses (15), warmer nudes (15), and warmer pinks (17) for a total of 72 different lipsticks and lipglosses in varying shades of soft coral, nude, and pink.

Comments & Thoughts

When I picked my favorites, I went through all the different folders I had for Spring Season shades and marked the ones I loved.  At the end, I wound up with eighteen–a little much, but who says there is a limit on favorites?  I do, however, obviously gravitate towards certain shades and tones over others.

  • #1 (Benefit I’m With the Band), #3 (Cle de Peau #2), and #17 (NP Set Mauritius Lipgloss) are all in the same family.  #3 is my favorite of this shade family, though.
  • I also love the texture of Cle de Peau’s Extra Silky Lipsticks, which necessitated the inclusion of both #4 (Cle de Peau #103) and #5 (Cle de Peau #106).  You’re just lucky I held off on including #124, too!
  • Oh, Guerlain! Similarly, Guerlain’s Rouge G lipsticks still have my heart–as evidenced by #6 (Guerlain Garance), #7 (Guerlain Gardenia), #8 (Guerlain Gemma), #9 (Guerlain Georgia), and #10 (Guerlain Guerlinade).  I haven’t found a dupe (nothing even similar enough to bother talking about!) to Garance nor Gardenia, but I feel like Gardenia may be substituted with a peachy nude and satisfy some enough.  Gemma is similar to #12 (Korres #22).  Guerlinade may be duped the best (based on my current lipstick repository) by #14 (MAC Freckletone), but Freckletone is significantly sheerer, glossier, and brighter/peachier–Guerlinade looks more muted in comparison, and obviously creamier and more opaque.
  • #8 (Guerlain Gemma) is similar to #9 (Guerlain Georgia) except with that cool gold sheen and a rosier pink base, but #12 (Korres #22) is like a more muted version of #8, too.  #8 is my favorite of the three, but #12 comes close and it’s what, a third of the price?
  • #11 (Korres #13) is a lighter, pinker version of #15 (MAC Velvet Teddy).
  1. Benefit I’m With the Band Lipgloss
  2. Chanel Santal Rouge Allure Laque
  3. Cle de Peau #2 Gloss
  4. Cle de Peau #103 Extra Silky Lipstick
  5. Cle de Peau #106 Extra Silky Lipstick
  6. Guerlain Garance Rouge G Lipstick
  7. Guerlain Gardenia Rouge G Lipstick
  8. Guerlain Gemma Rouge G Lipstick
  9. Guerlain Georgia Rouge G Lipstick
  10. Guerlain Guerlinade Rouge G Lipstick
  11. Korres #13 Natural Pink Guava Lipstick
  12. Korres #22 Rose Guava Lipstick
  13. Lancome Voile de Rose Lipstick
  14. MAC Freckletone Lipstick
  15. MAC Velvet Teddy Lipstick
  16. NP Set Mauritius Lipgloss
  17. Smashbox Splendid Lipstick
  18. Urban Decay Naked Lipstick

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11 thoughts on “The Spring Season: Temptalia’s Favorites

  1. Amna

    Hey
    I have not heard of NP lipgloss but love the look of it, I am from the Uk – do you know if I can buy it here, or if not could you rec a dupe?

    THANKs!
    x

  2. Hilana

    I’m in love with this whole collection. All so pretty! Thanks for showing them to us! I just love coming to this site in the mornings to see what you have for us. :) Makes it so much easier to deal with other less pleasant stuff later.

  3. it’s not fair.
    every shade i really like is very expensive or not available in switzerland.

  4. Oh no! This post….how is it that I like SO many? My bank account is already cringing in anticipation, heh. I don’t know how it is, but all the lipsticks that you blog about seem to look good on you and if they don’t it’s because I don’t actually like the color itself. Hopefully when I try them in person it’ll cut down on the number of ones that I want, lol!

  5. Jackie

    Hi Christine,

    How do MAC ever hip and Smashbox Splendid compare?

    Thanks :)

  6. jaspreet

    hi
    all the shades r beautiful but there is one problem i am in India none these brands r available here plz tell me from where i can buy

    • Hi,

      I am not sure what brands are available in India, unfortunately :( You might be able to purchase online and have it shipped to you internationally!

  7. Chelsea

    I am so glad that you do lipstick swatches. I have been so afraid to use lipstick because I felt like it was geared toward older women and none of my friends use it so I didn’t want to look overdone because I have very light skin. But, you have single handedly changed that for me. I’ve bought two lipsticks based upon your swatches and have received a ton of compliments!! Thanks so much and keep up the swatching!