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The Tempting 10 — September 2013 Edition

September is the beginning of all things autumn for me. The temperatures have already started to cool down by me, though it’s still warm overall, the nights are cooling down. I’ve always been partial to September, as I am a September baby 🙂 Usually, the real start of fall begins with my first sip of Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte, but they already brought it back (and it was delicious!). By this point, I’ve typically reviewed several fall color collections, which is perfect timing so I can include some of those favorites while they can still be purchased. This month’s Tempting 10 features more recently released shades from the fall collections, but I still wanted to highlight a few favorites that you can find all year-long.

  1. Dior Millenium — a shimmering warm-toned, pewter in a cream formula that can be used as a sheer wash or built up for more intensity.
  2. Sugarpill Cold Chemistry Palette — it is such a perfect mix of deep, smoky shades for fall with excellent color payoff across the board.
  3. Color Club Beyond — a deep, warm, smoky gray-black with holographic shimmer–like ash from a crackling fireplace with dancing, fiery bits of shimmer.
  4. Urban Decay Vice — a rich, plummy purple polish with a soft, shimmering pearl.
  5. Milani Purr-fect Purple — a vibrant, rich purple eyeshadow with shimmer–perfect for accenting the eye!
  6. Tom Ford Love Lust — it’s a warmer, more muted coral, so it’s a lovely transition shade from summer to fall
  7. Guerlain Madame Batifole — creamy, hydrating, incredibly pigmented, and long-wearing makes this a rich, fuchsia-shimmered berry-red a true joy to wear.
  8. Tom Ford She-Wolf — it’s pricey, but not only is it a palette I could easily see myself reaching for time and time again, it was a palette that readers gravitated towards. It was easily one of the most viewed products from all fall color collections!
  9. Benefit Rockateur — a rose gold blush is subtle, wears well, and reminds me of the colors of autumn; rusty in a way, but still warm and inviting.
  10. Too Faced Pretty Rebel Palette — ten glorious shades of bold, bright, eye-catching shadows with buttery, soft, and smooth textures and excellent color payoff.

I hope you’ll consider sharing your must-haves for September in the comments! Here’s a quickie list to get you started…

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Dior Etoile (021) & Lune (001) Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadows

Dior Etoile (021) Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow
Dior Etoile (021) Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow

Dior Etoile (021) Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow ($30.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a soft, light-medium pewter–it’s gray and gold mixed together. It’s one of the sheerer shades in the range, and it was buildable to about 90% opacity, but it’s not as pigmented as the other shades. Because it’s a lighter shade, it can still function and work well, and in some cases, looks better when applied as a wash compared to the darker shades in the range–but I think you have to want it and know what you’re getting yourself into. If you like pewter-ish shades, you might try Millenium instead, as it is darker and more pigmented. Guerlain Two Styslih #1 is similar but a powder. Dior Constellation #2 is warmer. MAC Greenluxe #3 is darker, warmer. MAC Palladium is more metallic. MAC Vex is cooler-toned. MAC Arctic Grey is similar but powder. Giorgio Armani #19 is lighter, more frosted. See comparison swatches.

Lune (001) Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow ($30.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a cool-toned, frosted white with a metallic finish. It can almost look silver-toned against my warmer complexion. It is not the starkest white I’ve come across, so it can be more wearable across more skin tones as a result. It was fairly pigmented, and it was buildable to fully opaque color in two layers. It can also be sheered out if desired. Disney Midnight Hour #1 is a powder product but close in color. MAC Fancy Frosting is similar. MAC Angelic is more glittery. MAC The Cool Elite is slightly cooler-toned. Make Up For Ever #4 is also similar–slightly cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Both shades wore consistently as the rest of the formula has–no real fading or creasing, just some minor fall out that happens during wear with a minor amount (but something I could detect if I looked in the mirror) of sparkle underneath the eye after eight hours of wear. For a comparison against other formulas, check out my original review.

Dior Chimere (821) & Meteore (661) Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadows

Dior Chimere (821) Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow
Dior Chimere (821) Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow

Dior Chimere (821) Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow ($30.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a dirty peach with pink and gold shimmer and a frosted, slightly metallic finish. It had mostly opaque color in one layer, but two layers made it fully opaque. It could also be sheered out for a wash of shimmer. Too Faced Ringleader is lighter, warmer. Aveda Bare Bellis is more matte. theBalm Stubborn is less metallic. theBalm Third Eye Blinded is less pink. Maybelline Inked in Pink is pinker, lighter. MAC Jete is similar. Giorgio Armani #7 is slightly pinker. See comparison swatches.

Meteore (661) Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow ($30.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a warm, shimmering copper with a sparkling, metallic finish. It is opaque when applied in a single layer, but the consistency is lightly creamy and blendable, so a sheerer wash of color can be achieved if desired. LORAC Garnet is less shimmery. Guerlain Cuivre Ora is slightly more orange. NARS Isolde #2 is browner. MAC Faux Gold has a redder tone. MAC Antiqued has a redder tone and is darker. See comparison swatches.

The consistency of both shades was in line with other shades I’ve reviewed (see my original review). It had a spongy texture that was between gel and mousse, which applied and felt like a cream on the lid but set and wore like a powder eyeshadow. Both shades wore without fading or creasing for twelve hours, without a primer, but there was some fall out that was only slightly noticeable after nine hours of wear but somewhat noticeable after twelve hours of wear. With a primer, the fall out is lessened. The shimmer in this formula is very, very fine, so the fall out is less noticeable than it would be with a larger particle size (like glitter).

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Dior Hypnotique (881) & Millenium (381) Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow

Dior Hypnotique (881) Fusion Mono Eyeshadow
Dior Hypnotique (881) Fusion Mono Eyeshadow

Dior Hypnotique (881) Fusion Mono Eyeshadow ($30.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a smoky, plummy brown with multi-colored micro-shimmer and subtle saprkle. It has warm undertones and a frosted finish. In a single pass, it was mostly opaque, and from there, it can be layered once more for full opacity or sheered out for a wash of color.
Disney Rococo is warmer, lighter. NARS Calabria is brighter, purpler. MAC Black Slip is less sparkly. MAC Frozen Violet is similar. MAC Round Midnight is purpler. L’Oreal Smoldering Purple is purp,er cooler-toned. Illamasqua Queen of the Night is lighter. Chanel Variation #4 is warmer, lighter. See comparison swatches.

Millenium (381) Fusion Mono Eyeshadow ($30.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a blackened brown with bronze and pewter shimmer and sparkle with light warm undertones. It almost looks like taupe to me, but it is slightly warmer–not quite gray enough. It had 95% opaque color payoff in a single stroke, and it could be sheered out for semi-sheer color if desired. I thought it was like Aventure at a glance, but this is warmer. MAC Pastelluxe #5 is lighter. NARS Grand Palais #1 is lighter. MAC Hazy Day is also a bit lighter. MAC Antique Diamond is much lighter. MAC Silver Birch is more golden. MAC Modern Pewter is grayer, more golden. See comparison swatches.

The texture is a hybrid between gel and mousse, so it has a squishy, pliable texture that’s lighter than a cream but functions much like one. It glides onto the lid easily, spreads and blends well, and can be softened or intensified as desired. It remains blendable for about thirty seconds, and then it sets and stays set without creasing for awhile. With both of these shades, I had no issues with creasing for fourteen hours; there was very slight fading and slight (but noticeable if I was looking for it) fall out after ten hours of wear–without a primer. With a primer, the fading was kept at bay, and the fall out was further minimized but there were still a few stray sparkles towards the end of wear. (For a more in-depth review of the formula overall, please see this post.)

If you’ve tried Chanel’s Illusion d’Ombre Eyeshadows, these are very similar, but there were two major differences: the first was that the sparkle in Dior’s seemed even finer, so it had more of a dazzling, sparkling effect; and the second was that Dior’s contain 0.22 oz. (and cost $30), as compared to Chanel’s, which contained 0.14 oz. (and cost $36). They are similar in texture to MAC Electric Cool and Buxom Stay-There.

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Dior Aventure (081) & Cosmos (281) Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadows

Dior Aventure (081) Fusion Mono Eyeshadow
Dior Aventure (081) Fusion Mono Eyeshadow

Dior Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadows ($30.00 for 0.22 oz.) were recently released, and they come in a total of eight shades. The new Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow formula is supposed to have a mousse-gel texture “that easily glides onto lids and sets with a mirror-shine effect.” It is supposed to have “vivid, multidiemsnional color and luminous finish.” The formula also provides for a “three-in-one makeup look,” which means it can be applied softly when used with a finger, more intensely when applied with a brush, and then used with a liner brush as an eyeliner (so says the press release). I bought four initially and have been working with them over the past week, and on Friday, I received the remaining four, so I hope to have reviews for all of them available soon.

The texture is squishy, pressable, and definitely a cross between a mousse and gel. It applies and feels like a cream eyeshadow when you skim your brush across the product. It remains movable and blendable for about thirty seconds or so, but it is not too emollient, so it doesn’t settle into creases or lines while you wait for it to set. I’ve worn the formula for as long as fourteen hours, and I haven’t experienced any creasing. I have seen slight fading along the outer edge after nine hours or so, and then there is some noticeable fall out after eight to ten hours of wear. Because the shimmer is very fine, it is not as obvious as larger glitter fall out, but there are some that catch the light. I experienced the most fall out when worn without any primer, which I’d describe as slight–less than moderate, enough for me to notice (probably not anyone else – I asked my husband, and he didn’t see it). I tried layering them over NARS Smudge Proof as well as NYX Milk, and both minimized the fall out but did not completely eliminate it–not too noticeable unless you’re really looking for it.  For application, I like firm, flat brushes (think concealer brushes).

If you’ve tried Chanel’s Illusion d’Ombre Eyeshadows, these are very similar, but there were two major differences: the first was that the sparkle in Dior’s seemed even finer, so it had more of a dazzling, sparkling effect; and the second was that Dior’s contain 0.22 oz. (and cost $30), as compared to Chanel’s, which contained 0.14 oz. (and cost $36). They are similar in texture to MAC Electric Cool and Buxom Stay-There.

Aventure (081) Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow ($30.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a darkened gray and bronze-shimmered black-brown. It’s almost like a dark, smoldering taupe, but it’s almost so dark that it reads more black-brown. It was mostly opaque when applied–swatches show a single pass, and then a single pass that’s been sheered out as more of a wash of color. Marc Jacobs The Starlet #7 is lighter. Disney Midnight Hour #4 is less shimmery. theBalm Selfish is lighter. Urban Decay Armor is similar. Urban Decay Mushroom is slightly lighter. MAC Satin Taupe is warmer. Giorgio Armani #4 is very similar. bareMinerals Wanderlust is less sparklt. See comparison swatches.

Cosmos (281) Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow ($30.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a blackened navy blue with light blue, aqua, and green shimmer. It was mostly opaque when applied, but buildable to full opacity. When sheered out as more of a wash, it had a darker coloring. Disney Midnight is similar. Urban Decay Occupy is more silvered. Illamasqua Android is less blue. Make Up For Ever #81 is bluer. Make Up For Ever #147 is less sparkly. See comparison swatches.

I actually fell completely in love with the finish of these. They’re so sparkling–they look almost wet on the lids and have a very pretty glimmering effect like the way sunlight dances on moving water. If you tend to love sparkling finishes, I would most definitely give these a try.

Dior Destin (382) & Galaxie (992) Vernis Nail Enamels

Dior Destin (382) Vernis Nail Enamel
Dior Destin (382) Vernis Nail Enamel

Dior Destin (382) Vernis Nail Enamel ($24.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is a metallic, warm-toned taupe. It’s a warm, gray-ish brown with threads of white metallic shimmer. To that end, there are visible brush strokes. The color itself was opaque after two coats, and the consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin. Dior’s wider brush did help minimize the brush strokes and how wonky they may have looked with a skinnier brush. Both Rescue Beauty Lounge Be Humble and Cult Nails Let’s Get Dirty are lighter, less brown, less metallic. See comparison swatches.

Galaxie (992) Vernis Nail Enamel ($24.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is a deepened, plummy berry with deep pink shimmer. This shade applied better with very minimal brush strokes; it is slightly metallic but not as metallic as Destin. It was opaque after two coats. Illamasqua Vice has no shimmer and has a wax finish. Illamasqua Charisma is warmer, redder. Rescue Beauty Lounge Bruised is similar in color but has no shimmer. See comparison swatches.

Dior’s polishes have a wide, rounded brush, which can be a blessing or curse, depending on your natural nail width.  For me, it works well for all but  my pinky nail, which I have to be a little more careful of and be sure not to splay the brush at all.  I think it helps to apply the color more fluidly and minimize unevenness and brush strokes (particularly ones that swerve).  I typically get a week of wear with Dior’s formula with no chipping and minor tip wear.