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Round-up: MAC RiRi Hearts MAC Holiday 2013

MAC RiRi Hearts MAC Holiday 2013 Collection
MAC RiRi Hearts MAC Holiday 2013 Collection

In case you missed anything, here’s a recap of our reviews for the collection! 🙂 Right now, it launches in December, but I don’t have an official, specific date. As soon as I get official word, I’ll be sure to let you know!

MAC RiRi Hearts MAC Holiday 2013 Collection
MAC RiRi Hearts MAC Holiday 2013 Collection

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Makeup Geek Liquid Gold, Kryptonite, Insomnia Pigments

Makeup Geek Liquid Gold Pigment
Makeup Geek Liquid Gold Pigment

Makeup Geek Pigments ($6.99 for 0.05 oz.) are available in fifteen shades, and they’re, at their essence, loose eyeshadows that can be used dry or wet (depending on the intensity and finish you seek). They’re supposed to be “high-impact,” “finely milled” and “wont crease or fade.” I’ve been playing with these for the past couple of weeks, and here are my thoughts on three of them (I’ll have a few more to share with you soon), but overall, I’m really happy with the quality, color payoff, and wear of the formula!

The only downside is that the jars come very filled (the brand even mentions they over-fill over what is labeled, so you’re usually getting more than 0.05 oz.), and there is no sifter, so they can be quite messy when opening and closing.  To that end, I know that they are currently working on tweaking the packaging to make them less messy to use, so I look forward to seeing how that turns out.  Until then, I recommend opening over the sink or a paper towel to minimize the mess.

Liquid Gold is described as a “true metallic gold.” It’s a deep, molten gold with a frosted, metallic sheen. It has a very dark, intense base that gives it a lot of depth. Whether you apply it dry or wet, it’s incredibly pigmented, very finely-milled (just melts together when you smooth it over the skin), and wore nine hours without creasing or fading on me. Too Faced Twinkle (LE) is yellower. NARS Iskandar (P, $25.00) is a cream product, lighter. Fyrinnae Lucky Charmed (P, $6.80) is similar–slightly less metallic.Fyrinnae Aztec Gold (P, $8.25) is similar but slightly green-tinged. Too Faced Instigator (LE) is yellower. Urban Decay Stargazer (P, $20.00) is green-tinged and glittery. Le Metier de Beaute Chameleon (P, $30.00) is lighter, more muted. Sugarpill Goldilux is yellower, warmer, lighter. See comparison swatches

Kryptonite is described as a “metallic moss green.” It’s a medium-dark, brown-ish green with a gold and emerald micro-shimmer and a golden olive sheen. The texture is soft, a little dry in a way, and is best applied with a damp brush for maximum color payoff and smooth, even color. Applied dry, it tends to look more khaki/olive, and I would recommend only applying dry over a primer. It wore well for eight and a half hours with creasing or fading, then started to fade by nine hours of wear. Dior Bonne Etoile (384) #1 (LE) is darker. Urban Decay Jealous #1 (LE, $18.00) is lighter–similar when applied dry. theBalm Lead Zeppelin (P, $16.00) is darker, browner. Urban Decay Mildew (P, $18.00) is similar. MAC Vintage Coin (LE) is a cream product. Guerlain Coup de Foudre #1 (LE) is lighter. Inglot #419 (P, $6.00) is not quite as warm-toned. See comparison swatches.

Insomnia is described as a “dark chocolate brown duochrome with blue/teal reflects.” It has a medium-dark reddish brown base with a bluish-teal duochrome finish, so it looks more/less teal depending on the angle. The texture isn’t quite as fine as Liquid Gold, but it comes together nicely when applied, especially if used with a slightly dampened brush. Kat Von D Queen (LE) is less metallic. It lasted for just over eight and a half hours on me. Too Faced Girly (LE) is browner. MAC Woodsmoke (LE, $15.00) is darker, bluer. MAC Fireside (LE, $21.00) is bluer. MAC I’ve Got a Crush on You (LE, $32.50) is very similar. I don’t have a post on it, but MAC Blue Brown Pigment would also be similar to this, as would Too Faced Label Whore. See comparison swatches.

Liquid Gold
Liquid Gold
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total
Kryptonite
Kryptonite
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
91%
Total
Insomnia
Insomnia
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
93%
Total

Chanel Impulsive (132) & Enigmatique (135) Rouge Allure Lip Color

Chanel Impulsive (132) Rouge Allure Lip Color
Chanel Impulsive (132) Rouge Allure Lip Color

Chanel Impulsive (132) Rouge Allure Lip Color ($34.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a warm, coral-red with a frosted, slightly matte, finish. It had rich, opaque color coverage, but the texture made lips look wrinkly and dry (and I swear, they weren’t at all!). It wore well for nearly six hours, but it was slightly drying. MAC Night to Remember (LE, $15.00) is darker, redder. Guerlain Madame Flirte (861) (LE, $49.50) is pinker. MAC Rozz (LE, $15.00) is brighter, redder. Chanel Dialogue (P, $34.00) is less frosted but similar in color. Revlon Wild Watermelon (P, $7.49) is pinker. Chanel Amant (P, $34.00) is similar but less frosted. Tom Ford Beauty Willful (P, $48.00) is less frosted, warmer. Guerlain Rouge Sensuel (LE, $49.50) is similar but less frosted. Chanel Flamboyante (P, $34.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Enigmatique (135) Rouge Allure Lip Color ($34.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a warm, slightly muted, red with a soft, frosted finish that almost looks like a matte frost. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and though the lipstick itself glided onto lips easily enough, the finish made my lips look dry rather than smooth. It wore well for six hours but was slightly drying over time.  MAC Night to Remember (LE, $15.00) is less frosted. Chanel Dialogue (P, $34.00) is slightly cooler. Chanel Amant (P, $34.00) is a touch lighter. NARS Golshan (P, $25.00) is slightly browner. Milani Cherry Crave (P, $5.49) is more frosted. Guerlain Habit Rouge (P, $35.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

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The Face Chart by Dustin Hunter Overview & Photos

The Face Chart by Dustin Hunter
The Face Chart by Dustin Hunter

The Face Chart is a tool that helps makeup artists or enthusiasts capture makeup looks on paper–but more like a canvas that takes well to makeup. It’s designed by friend and reader, Dustin Hunter (of YouTube fame), using an original design that really captures the nuances of what elements are needed in something like this. It uses textured paper that can be used with cream as well as powder products. On the right, you’ll find the blank face, and on the left, you’ll find plenty of space to note the products you’ve used to create the look. Each sheet is standard A-size (8.5″ by 11″) and can also be slid into clear protector sheets and into a binder to create a portfolio or book to flip through.

I really like just how detailed these are from cover-to-cover. It just feels like a product that someone who needed them personally, so they knew exactly what was missing from other versions and what they needed in their own, that then was extended to the world. The cover itself lifts on the opposite end you’d expect so that it can keep the loose edges from getting wrinkled, damaged, and torn, as the binding on the other side protects that side. I’ve been playing with them here and there in my spare time, and though I have nothing I’m proud enough of to share with you, I did con Dustin into sending me some that he’s done so I could show you what these are capable of! (Also, so I could have some study material for my own attempts.)

They’re available in a 25-pack (bound so you can keep them together, or you can tear off one sheet at a time to give to a client, post on a wall, etc.) for $12 as well as in a 100-pack (loose, so they are not bound) for $36 (normally $42). Dustin recommends using a setting spray (the type used for pencil and charcoal drawings) to set everything and to prevent any smudging. All of the finished ones I have in my possession have stayed beautifully intact without smudging or fading. For anyone who loves makeup and has an inner artist, it’s a great way to play. I have absolutely no artistic inclination, but I’m slowly but surely working my way to, “maybe one day I’ll share with the class,” but for now, it’s something nice to do as a stress-reliever.

The binding has held up well to prolonged use, tossing into bags and backpacks, and doesn’t get sticky. The textured paper isn’t too thick or too thin–it has a good weight to it, though.  I didn’t have any problems getting powder, liquid, and cream products to adhere to the paper, either, and in the past, some paper takes well to creams but not as well to powder, so it’s nice to be able to reach for any type of product and use it with The Face Chart. I also appreciate that there is actually enough space to write on the left, both in terms of overall area but also in the height of each line.

If you’ve always wanted to experiment with face charts of your own, I hope you’ll consider these! They’re well-made, beautifully drawn, and work well for their purpose. If you’re interested, Temptalia readers can purchase these for 20% off with code temptalia (all lowercase) now through November 11th at The Face Chart! 🙂

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MAC 2x Dare Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette

MAC 2x Dare Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette
MAC 2x Dare Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette

MAC 2x Dare Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette ($44.00 for 0.14 oz.) contains five eyeshadows. If you’re not familiar with the newer Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palettes, they feature a newer eyeshadow formula that can be used wet or dry. The range tends to lean towards the more frosted, metallic, and glittery, though it technically can range from matte to glitter. This particular palette is the cooler-toned of the two, though I wouldn’t say it’s all that cool-toned overall. It is also very, very frosted–if you are not a fan of shimmer or frost, you’ll want to stay clear of this one. If you love high-shine, shimmery, metallic finishes, then you may quite enjoy the formula.  2x Dare was one of the better palettes I’ve tried in this formula, though it wasn’t without its share of flaws–some light fading before the eight-hour mark, some fall out with the second shade, but there were no total misses in this palette.

2x Dare #1 is a bright, creamy white with a high frost, metallic finish. It had so-so color payoff applied dry, but it came together better when applied damp; it was more opaque and smoother. Dior Lune (001) (P, $30.00) is slightly warmer. Disney by Sephora Midnight Hour #1 (LE) is similar. Disney by Sephora Ball Gown (LE) is similar. theBalm Sassy (P, $16.00) is less metallic. theBalm Metal-ica (P, $16.00) is less metallic. MAC Flawless Figure (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Pearl (LE, $32.50) is also cooler-toned. Inglot #453 (P, $6.00) is more metallic. See comparison swatches.

2x Dare #2 is a glittery, muted golden bronze with a metallic, glittery finish. The texture was a bit loose, slightly chunky because of the glitter, and the color payoff was decent but didn’t seem affected by a wet or dry application. MAC Until Dawn #2 (LE, $21.00) is yellower. Sleek MakeUP Meet in Madrid (LE, $9.99) is yellower, less glittery. MAC Retrospeck (P, $15.00) is slightly more golden. Dior Fairy Golds #2 (LE) is similar. Chanel Apparence (LE, $36.00) is a cream product. bareMinerals Kudos (LE) is less glittery. See comparison swatches.

2x Dare #3 is a cool-toned, gray-leaning taupe with subtle, cool brown undertones and an array of plum, bronze, and silver shimmer/sparkle. It was sheer applied dry, but it was mostly opaque when applied damp, and it also smoothed out more when applied damp. Urban Decay Armor (LE, $18.00) is less gray. Urban Decay Mushroom (P, $18.00) is lighter. MAC Dynamic Duo 3 #1 (LE, $15.00) is less frosted. MAC Dangerous Cuvee (P, $18.50) is a cream product. MAC Electroplate (LE, $18.50) is less frosted. Inglot #434 (P, $6.00) is less sparkly but very similar. See comparison swatches.

2x Dare #4 is a dirty, muted brown with a gray, yellow, and brown mix of sparkle and tone. It’s a very murky shade. I would almost call it pewter, because it’s not quite brown, but it’s not a bronze or gold either. It seemed to be more similar to other pewter-hued shades, though, so I’d classify it closest to that, but it’s a little warmer/browner. It was semi-opaque applied dry, fully opaque applied damp, and it had a more metallic finish when applied damp. Dior Millenium (381) (P, $30.00) is a cream product. Chanel Moon River (LE, $34.00) is lighter, cream product. MAC Silver Birch (LE, $21.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Modern Pewter (LE, $21.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

2x Dare #5 is a cool-toned, gray-leaning taupe with a plummy-brown undertone and a light pearly shimmer. This was the least frosted/metallic shade in the palette. It had a slightly drier texture, which gave it less intense color payoff both applied dry and damp. MAC Graphic Style (LE, $15.00) is lighter. Dior Aventure (081) (P, $30.00) is warmer, cream product. Disney by Sephora Midnight Hour #4 (LE) is similar. Urban Decay Armor (LE, $18.00) is more frosted. MAC Dynamic Duo 3 #1 (LE, $15.00) is grayer. MAC Twilight Falls (LE, $21.00) is similar, slightly warmer. MAC Moth Brown (LE, $15.00) is a touch purpler. MAC Stolen Moment (LE, $21.00) is purpler. See comparison swatches.

The MAC x RiRi Hearts MAC Holiday Collection launches in December. I don’t have a specific date yet, and as soon as I do, you’ll see me update the collection’s official information post. Your best bet is to catch me on Twitter or Facebook, as I usually make a mention on social media first 🙂

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MAC Phresh Out Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Phresh Out Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Phresh Out Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Phresh Out Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette ($44.00 for 0.14 oz.) contains five eyeshadows. If you’re not familiar with the newer Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palettes, they feature a newer eyeshadow formula that can be used wet or dry. The range tends to lean towards the more frosted, metallic, and glittery, though it technically can range from matte to glitter. This particular palette is the warmer-toned of the two and has two particularly glittery shades in it. If you are not a fan of shimmer or frost, you’ll want to stay clear of this one. If you love high-shine, shimmery, metallic finishes, then you may quite enjoy the formula.  Phresh Out has two shades that are particularly glittery, so wear was poor with fall out occurring throughout the wear and some fading with the first shade as well.

Phresh Out #1 is a pale, golden beige with a frosted finish. It had decent color payoff when applied dry, and it was smoother and slightly more pigmented when applied damp. Disney by Sephora Sea Shells (LE) is slightly yellower. Urban Decay Polyester Bride (P, $18.00) is similar. MAC Dazzlelight (P, $15.00) is less frosted. Inglot #395 (P, $6.00) is more beige, less frosted, more metallic. See comparison swatches.

Phresh Out #2 is a glittery, warm-toned copper with a golden sheen and copper micro-glitter/sparkle. It had a slightly dry, kind of chunky consistency that was best applied damp, as it yielded more color payoff and helped to bind the shadow together. Too Faced Prancer (LE) is darker. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #10 (P, $9.99) is similar. MAC Creative Copper (LE, $15.00) is more golden. Maybelline Breaking Bronze (P, $6.99) is more metallic. Disney by Sephora All Aglow (LE) is more muted. Disney by Sephora Cosmic (LE) is similar. theBalm Manic Maribel (LE, $16.00) is less glittery. Urban Decay Penny Lane (LE, $18.00) is similar but less glittery. See comparison swatches.

Phresh Out #3 is a pink-tinged beige with a glittery finish. Applied dry, it’s just a sheer glittery mess, but applied damp, it binds together better so there’s some color as well as glitter. LORAC Nude (P) is less glittery. MAC Love Connection #1 (P, $21.00) is a bit darker. MAC Light Touch (P, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Snow Season (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC Star Crystal (LE, $32.50) is pinker. Dior Fairy Golds #1 (LE) is less glittery. See comparison swatches.

Phresh Out #4 is a taupe with a stronger gray/purple cast with subtle warm, rosy brown undertones and a frosted sheen. It had good color payoff both wet and dry, and the finish becomes more sheen-like when applied damp. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #1 (P) is similar. MAC Hypnotizing (LE, $15.00) is a touch lighter. MAC Stolen Moment (LE, $21.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Phresh Out #5 is a dark brown with subtle cool undertones and a satiny sheen. It had nice pigmentation both dry and wet, though applied damp had a richer, deeper color. LORAC Espresso (P) is darker, more matte. Dior Night Golds #3 (LE) is darker. Urban Decay Busted (LE, $18.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

The MAC x RiRi Hearts MAC Holiday Collection launches in December. I don’t have a specific date yet, and as soon as I do, you’ll see me update the collection’s official information post. Your best bet is to catch me on Twitter or Facebook, as I usually make a mention on social media first 🙂

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