We hope you'll consider supporting Temptalia by shopping through our links below. Thanks!
  • Tarte25% off Shape Tape with code SHAPETAPE, ends 10/17.

Make Up For Ever #310 HD Blush

Make Up For Ever #310 HD Blush
Make Up For Ever #310 HD Blush

Make Up For Ever #310 HD Blush ($26.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “rosewood.” It’s a medium, muted rosy pink with a soft, satiny sheen. It is slightly warm-toned, but it doesn’t turn coral or look reddish. Tarte Fearless (P, $26.00) is brighter, powder. theBalm Houndstooth (P, $22.00) is slightly more plum, powder. NYX Peach (P, $5.00) is brighter, powder. NYX Apricot (P, $15.00) is warmer, powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

I continue to be impressed by the new HD Blush formula, and I’m just so pleased that the shades have performed consistently well. It’s always frustrating when a formula is inconsistent, as you never know whether a new shade will be a hit or miss, but with this range, every shade has been quite good. #310 is no exception! It had excellent, rich color payoff that can be as bold or as subtle as you’d like. The formula itself is lightly creamy but sets and dries down to a powder-like texture after twenty to thirty seconds, but what’s nice is that the powder-like texture is blendable like you’d expect a powder blush to be. It’s just so easy to apply, blend, and then it wears well–a solid nine hours with this particular shade.

10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
99%
Total

We hope you'll consider supporting Temptalia by shopping through our links below. Thanks!

Giorgio Armani #17, 18, 02 Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadows

Giorgio Armani #17 Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow
Giorgio Armani #17 Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow

Here are the other three shades of Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow ($32.00 for 0.053 / 0.061 oz.) that I have to review. The newest release is supposed to have a formula that’s soft, highly pigmented, and long-lasting formula. Next time Giorgio Armani has a friends and family sale, I’ll probably pick up a few more shades to test out, but for now, this wraps up our coverage on the new formula! 🙂 The matte shades contain 0.053 oz., while the shimmery shades contain 0.061 oz. The matte shades have a very soft, silky texture that’s thinner and almost “dry” in a way, but it’s not truly dry (and not in a bad way), so there is good color payoff, blendability, but they don’t get everywhere. The shimmery shades are incredibly soft, buttery, and smooth–they’re so easy to use and apply. Across these three shades, they wore eight hours, but the navy blue shade was in worse shape (slightly creased) after nine hours, while the other two were just slightly faded.

Giorgio Armani #17 Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow ($32.00 for 0.061 oz.) is a brightened, lime green with warm, yellow shimmer and undertones. The texture was soft and blendable, so it was easy to work with, and it was incredibly pigmented. I was really impressed that the brand didn’t shy away from the true intensity of lime green here. Fyrinnae Bitey Tyrannosaur (P, $8.25) is a touch darker. Illamasqua Possession (LE) is a crea product, darker, cooler-toned. MAC Swimming (P, $15.00) is darker. MAC Lucky Green (P, $15.00) is slightly yellower (less “lime”). Make Up For Ever #171 (P, $20.00) is lighter, brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Giorgio Armani #18 Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow ($32.00 for 0.061 oz.) is a muted, smoky bluish-teal-shimmered navy blue with cool undertones and a frosted finish. It had fairly good color payoff, and the texture was soft, silky, and easy to blend on the lid. theBalm #17 (P, $6.50) is lighter. Sephora Collection Across the Universe (100) (P, $13.00) is sheerer. Makeup Geek Ocean Breeze (P, $5.99) is similar. L’Oreal Timeless Blue Spark (760) (P, $7.99) is bluer, lighter. Giorgio Armani Blue Beetle (34) (LE, $33.00) is lighter, brighter. Tom Ford Beauty Emerald Lust #4 (LE) is darker. Sugarpill Magpie (P, $12.00) is brighter, less blue. bareMinerals Controversy (LE) is less iridescent. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Giorgio Armani #02 Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow ($32.00 for 0.053 oz.) is a purpled, navy blue with a matte finish. It had a soft, silky, and finely-milled texture that was thin but not powdery. It blended easily on the lid, and it had good pigmentation. Laura Mercier Deep Night (P, $23.00) is more muted. bareMinerals Maven (LE) is similar. MAC Naval (LE, $15.00) is brighter. Inglot #389 (P, $6.00) is darker. Inglot #332 (P, $6.00) is lighter, bluer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

#17
#17
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total
#18
#18
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total
#02
#02
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

See more photos & swatches!

Round-up: Becca Beach Tint Shimmer Cheek Souffles Thoughts & Comparisons

Becca Beach Tint Shimmer Cheek Souffles
Becca Beach Tint Shimmer Cheek Souffles

Interestingly enough, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes instantly came to mind when first seeing Becca’s blush in the pots, as they both have that marbleized effect, and now, the way I feel about these is also reminiscent of the Hourglass blushes: they’re all more similar than not, and generally, they run quite warm-toned. Guava/Moonstone is a lighter, more golden (compared to coppery) version of Fig/Opal, while Lychee/Opal is the most reflective/frosted and is a warmer version of both Raspberry/Opal and Watermelon/Moonstone. The last two are very similar to each other with Raspberry/Opal being a tiny bit cooler-toned and a smidgen darker. Papaya/Topaz is unlike the other five, as it is much, much deeper and darker in color. Of the six shades, Papaya/Topaz, Raspberry/Opal, and Watermelon/Moonstone are the most easily used as an illuminating blush, while the other three shades are much softer and lighter on the skin, so they’ll be blushes on fairer skin tones but may only illuminate on deeper complexions. I wish there was a better variety of depth and undertone showcased in the range so it would be a more versatile selection of shades.

Reviews, Photos, Swatches

See more photos & comparison swatches!

We hope you'll consider supporting Temptalia by shopping through our links below. Thanks!

Becca Watermelon/Moonstone Beach Tint Shimmer Souffle

Becca Watermelon/Moonstone Beach Tint Shimmer Souffle
Becca Watermelon/Moonstone Beach Tint Shimmer Souffle

Becca Watermelon/Moonstone Beach Tint Shimmer Souffle ($27.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as a “coral red infused with pale gold.” It’s a muted, pink-coral with warm undertones and a gold shimmer-sheen. Sephora + Pantone Universe Bridal Rose (LE) is slightly cooler-toned. MAC Sweet Samba (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler-toned, powder. MAC Lust (LE, $30.00) is lighter, powder. MAC Plum Foolery (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It delivers that “pop of color” with “illumination” that the formula is supposed to. Watermelon/Moonstone had opaque color coverage that could be blended out to sheerer color or applied more lightly and built up gradually for desired intensity. The finish on this one is less shimmery compared to the majority of the rarnge, which also made it more flattering applied as it did not emphasize pores or the skin’s natural texture. The consistency is airy and whipped, cool and wet to the touch, and it feels like a cream going on but quickly turns into a more powder-like product that is blends well. It has a sweet, fruity scent that I can detect in the jar but not really applied. It wore well for eight hours on me before I noticed signs of fadinng.

9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

See more photos & swatches!

MAC x Lorde Pure Heroine Lipstick , Comparisons

MAC Pure Heroine Lipstick
MAC Pure Heroine Lipstick

MAC Pure Heroine Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “deep plum [with an Amplified finish].” It’s a slightly muted, purple-plum with subtle warm undertones and a glossy sheen. MAC Punk Couture (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler-toned. MAC Potent Fig (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler-toned. MAC Violetta (P, $16.00) is shimmery, brighter. MAC Strong Woman (LE, $16.00) is slightly more muted, more matte. MAC Heroine (P, $16.00) is brighter, lighter, less glossy. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It’s a limited edition shade that will be available online in North America on June 5th (select stores will also have it), and later in July for international locations. For those that feared it was going to be too similar to MAC Heroine, it’s not; and those who thought it might be like MAC Punk Couture, it’s not. It’s almost a mix of the two, with the warmer, pinky-plum undertones of Heroine with more of the depth and darkness of Punk Couture. The lipstick had more slip than I’d expect from an Amplified finish, and the coverage was mostly opaque but had some translucency. The finish was rather glossy, and the color seemed to pull into lip lines and did not apply as evenly as I would have liked. The color lasted for about four hours, and I did have a little feathering outside of my upper lip towards the end. It does leave behind a slight stain as well.

P.S. — Please keep comments focused on the lipstick — condescending remarks about the collaborator, their fans, etc. will not be tolerated.

Pure Heroine
Pure Heroine
7.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
81%
Total

See more photos & swatches!

Giorgio Armani #09, 16, 01 Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadows

Giorgio Armani #09 Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow
Giorgio Armani #09 Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow ($32.00 for 0.053 / 0.061 oz.) is the newest eyeshadow formula from the brand. It’s supposed to be a soft, highly pigmented, and long-lasting formula. The three below have good color payoff, soft, silky textures, and all wore well for eight hours, with the matte shade lasting just shy of eight hours before creasing slightly. The matte shades contain 0.053 oz., while the shimmery shades contain 0.061 oz.

Giorgio Armani #09 Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow ($32.00 for 0.061 oz.) is a golden taupe with a frosted, almost metallic, finish. The color payoff was excellent, and the texture was soft, smooth, and buttery. Maybelline Nude Compliment (90) (LE, $6.99) is a cream product. Makeup Geek Moondust (P, $5.99) is a touch darker. MAC Silver Dawn (LE, $19.50) is darker, less shimmery. Urban Decay Vaporize (LE, $18.00) is darker, cooler-toned/ Urban Decay Derailed (LE, $18.00) is cooler-toned. bareMinerals Magnetism (P) is lighter, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Giorgio Armani #16 Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow ($32.00 for 0.061 oz.) is a smoky, muted purple with neutral-to-warm undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It had excellent pigmentation, and the texture was incredibly soft and buttery. MAC Pearled Earth (P, $15.00) is a touch grayer. Too Faced Candied Violet (P, $16.00) is more sparkly. Makeup Geek Drama Queen (P, $5.99) is darker, brighter. Urban Decay Rapture (LE, $18.00) is brighter. MAC Winterized (LE, $21.00) is similar. Giorgio Armani #3 (P, $33.00) is darker, brighter, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Giorgio Armani #01 Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow ($32.00 for 0.053 oz.) is a medium-dark black with a matte finish and neutral undertones. It has a very soft, silky texture that doesn’t get powdery but is thin, so it applies better in practice than merely swatched. It had fairly good color payoff, and it was very blendable on the skin. It lasted just shy of eight hours before slightly creasing. It’s a basic black, so there are lots of similar shades — see comparison swatches / view dupes.

#09
#09
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total
#16
#16
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total
#01
#01
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

See more photos & swatches!