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Shiseido Volcanic, Firecracker, Lantern Red VisionAiry Lipsticks Reviews & Swatches

Volcanic (218) Shiseido Volcanic (218) VisionAiry Gel Lipstick ($26.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a rich, medium-dark orange-red with moderate, warm undertones and a cream finish. The color coverage applied evenly in one layer and delivered nearly opaque pigmentation. The texture felt lightweight and creamy as it skated along my lips comfortably, though some of that slip disappeared as the product “set” a bit so it didn’t slide around durin...
Tags: Toronto, Beauty, Lipstick, Sephora, Christine, Shiseido, Pat McGrath, Lip Products, Pigmentation, Temptalia, Fraser UK, Givenchy Carmin Escarpin, Pat McGrath Elson, Tom Ford Beauty Maurice, Chanel Camelia Rouge, MAC Smarticle LE


MAC Natural Wilderness, Sandstone, Greystone, Carbon, In Living Pink Eyeshadows Reviews & Swatches

Natural Wilderness MAC Natural Wilderness Eyeshadow ($17.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a lighter, very yellowy brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had rich color payoff in a single layer, while the texture was smooth to the touch, not too firmly nor too softly pressed in to the pan. I had no trouble picking up product with a dry brush and diffusing the edges. It stayed on nicely for eight hours before fading a bit.FURTHER READ...
Tags: UK, John Lewis, Mac, Beauty, Dc, Frost, Marc Jacobs, Christine, Mac Cosmetics, Natasha Denona, Eye Products, Pigmentation, Eyeshadows, MAC Eyeshadow, Temptalia, Veluxe Pearl


Sydney Grace Time Stops Blush Review & Swatches

Time Stops Sydney Grace Time Stops Pressed Blush ($9.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a soft, medium pink with moderate warm undertones and a satin finish. It had opaque color coverage in a single layer to the point where I’d advise using a lighter hand to pick up product initially and building up as necessary (to avoid over-applying–it is always easier to add more than to take it away!). The texture was soft, lightly powdery in the pan but ble...
Tags: Beauty, Sydney, Smith, Christine, Blushes, Cheek Products, LORAC, Temptalia, Sydney Grace, Lysine Mica Mica, Lauroyl Lysine Caranuba Mica Mica, Mica Mica, Time Stops Sydney Grace Time Stops Pressed Blush, Chanel Tweed Pink LE


Gucci Hold Your Man, Katrin Sand, Mae Coral Sheer Lipsticks Reviews & Swatches

Hold Your Man (205) Gucci Beauty Hold Your Man (205) Sheer Lipstick ($42.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium-dark peach with strong, warm orange undertones and a natural sheen. It had medium, buildable coverage (to semi-opaque pigmentation) that could have applied a little more evenly, and the color sank into my deeper lip lines. The texture felt like a thin, lightly velvety balm that glided easily across my lips but looked more emollie...
Tags: Beauty, Lipstick, Gucci, Christine, Revlon, Alessandra, LORAC, Lip Products, Pigmentation, Temptalia, Lake CI, Gucci Beauty, Lake CI 19140 Blue, Tom Ford Beauty Leigh, YSL Corail Incandescent, Laura Mercier Joanne


MAC Cozy Grey, Coral, Shell Peach, Memories of Space, Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems Eyeshadows & Reviews

Cozy Grey MAC Cozy Grey Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a very light taupe, or alternatively, a subtly, cool-toned darker beige, with a matte finish. It had nearly opaque pigmentation in a single layer, which had a smooth, velvety texture that wasn’t too powdery nor too firmly pressed into the pan. The formula felt more substantial and denser than some of the brand’s matte shades, so it was more yielding but it still blended o...
Tags: UK, John Lewis, Mac, Beauty, Sydney, Frost, Christine, Payton, Mac Cosmetics, LORAC, Eye Products, Pigmentation, Eyeshadows, MAC Eyeshadow, Temptalia, Veluxe Pearl


Shiseido Noble Plum & Sleeping Dragon VisionAiry Lipsticks Reviews & Swatches

Noble Plum (224) Shiseido Noble Plum (224) VisionAiry Gel Lipstick ($26.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a muted, darker burgundy with subtle, warm undertones and a natural sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that could have applied more evenly, especially along the inner area of my lips. There was a bit of product that sank into deeper lip lines, and I felt like this caught on imperfections (despite being the last shade I swatched aka afte...
Tags: Alabama, Beauty, Lipstick, Sephora, Susan, Christine, Giorgio Armani, Shiseido, Lip Products, Pigmentation, Temptalia, Fraser UK, Giorgio Armani Redwood, Sephora Ulta Nordstrom Neiman Marcus, Pat McGrath Anarkissed, MAC Double Fudge DC


Melt Cosmetics Burnish Gel Liner Review & Swatches

Burnish Melt Cosmetics Burnish Gel Liner ($19.00 for 0.088 oz.) is a rich burgundy with subtle, warm red undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had opaque color coverage in a single stroke. It really was quite fluid and like a creamy-gel that enabled the product to spread out evenly over a larger area, so it also yielded opaque coverage as a cream eyeshadow. There was enough time before the product set into place to maneuver it a...
Tags: Beauty, Christine, Eye Products, Pigmentation, Eye Liners, Temptalia, Melt Cosmetics, Summer 2020, All Dupes Huda Beauty Mauve


Melt Cosmetics Rust Eyeshadow Palette (2020) Review & Swatches

Rust Melt Cosmetics Rust 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette ($58.00 for 0.66 oz.) is a new–probably permanent–palette that extends the original Rust Eyeshadow Stack with five additional shades. The brand indicated that Rott was changed slightly, but in terms of being better in quality but also a bit in color. Rust P Permanent . $58.00. ...
Tags: Beauty, Sydney, Christine, Redox, Rott, Stila, Natasha Denona, Makeup Palettes, Mascara, Eye Products, Eyeshadow Palette, Pigmentation, Temptalia, Melt Cosmetics, Pan Eyeshadow Palette, Kat Von D Moulder


Fenty Beauty Cognac Candy Diamond Bomb Veil Review & Swatches

Cognac Candy Fenty Beauty Cognac Candy Diamond Bomb All-Over Diamond Veil ($38.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a medium, coppery-orange base with flecks of gold and copper sparkle throughout. It had sheer coverage, which could be built up to semi-sheer coverage at most, with a smooth, lightly emollient texture that felt like a cream-powder hybrid by touch in the pan but quickly turned to powder-like when it came into contact with my skin. The p...
Tags: Beauty, Christine, Cheek Products, Highlighters, Smashbox, Temptalia, Fenty Beauty, Summer 2020, Cognac Candy LE Limited Edition


Revlon Black Cherry & Sleek Mulberry Melting Glass Shine Lipsticks Reviews & Swatches

Black Cherry (012) Revlon Black Cherry (012) Super Lustrous Melting Glass Shine Lipstick ($9.99 for 0.15 oz.) is a medium-dark, reddened plum with subtle, warm undertones and a glossy finish with barely-there pearl. It had medium to semi-opaque coverage that applied evenly but the color was prone to migrating into fine lines, which made it look less-even (the color itself didn’t seem particularly streaky or the like). The texture...
Tags: Beauty, Lipstick, Christine, Revlon, Smashbox, Lip Products, Pigmentation, Temptalia, Carmin, Ulta Amazon, Tom Ford Beauty Mitchell, Revlon Super Lustrous Melting Glass Shine Lipstick, Bobbi Brown Berry Rose, Louisa Red, Summer 2020, Revlon Black Cherry


Gucci Marguerite Jade, The Painted Veil, Mildred Rosewood Sheer Lipsticks Reviews & Swatches

Marguerite Jade (110) Gucci Beauty Maguerite Jade (110) Sheer Lipstick ($42.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a light-medium, caramel brown with warm undertones and a natural sheen. It had sheer color coverage, which enabled a lot of my natural lip color to come through; the end result looked redder than I’d expect based on the color it swatched, so it may look quite different depending on one’s natural lip color. The consistency was lightweight...
Tags: Beauty, Lipstick, Gucci, Christine, Revlon, Lip Products, Pigmentation, Temptalia, Lake CI, Suqqu Akibara, Estee Lauder Cali Coral, Gucci Beauty, Lake CI 19140 Blue, MAC King Salmon DC, Tom Ford Beauty Zoe, Tom Ford Beauty Anne LE


MAC Humblebrag, Samoa Silk, Libra, Nude Model, Left You on Red Eyeshadows Reviews & Swatches

Humblebrag MAC Humblebrag Eyeshadow ($17.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a very light lavender with subtle, cool undertones and flecks of cooler pink micro-sparkle. The texture was soft, moderately powdery, and a little drier to the touch, so it was more prone to fallout and didn’t adhere as well to bare skin. I’d definitely recommend wearing this with a primer, which helped the product to go on more readily. It had medium coverage that was b...
Tags: UK, John Lewis, Mac, Beauty, Sydney, Dc, Christine, Samoa, Mac Cosmetics, Natasha Denona, Eye Products, Kat Von, Pigmentation, Eyeshadows, Temptalia, Carouse


Milani Pink-aroo Ludicrous Lights Duo Chrome Highlighter Review & Swatches

Pink-aroo Milani Pink-aroo Ludicrous Lights Duo Chrome Highlighter ($10.99 for 0.24 oz.) is a medium-dark, pink-coral with flecks of pink-to-violet shifting shimmer and sparkle. It had semi-opaque coverage in a single layer–it was far more pigmented than other shades in the line and more so than expected based on the formula’s claims–that could be applied with a lighter hand to get sheerer, more buildable coverage. The texture was ...
Tags: Beauty, Christine, Natasha Denona, Cheek Products, Highlighters, Milani, Pigmentation, Temptalia, Bobbi Brown Wild Rose, Summer 2020, Ulta Milani Amazon, Milani Pink


The Best Hand Creams for Dry, Cracked Skin (2020)

I fully expect readers of Temptalia have all been washing hands thoroughly and about 400 times more often than ever before, and so if you, like me, are experiencing drier-than-usual hands, let me share with you my favorite hand creams. None of these are new favorites; these are ones I’ve had on hand (that was totally an unintentional pun) for years and return to. I am prone to eczema, especially if I let anything dry out too much (especially getting dry very quickly), so I definitely favor the ...
Tags: Beauty, Christine, Kiehl, Temptalia, Best Beauty Products, Creme de Corps, Aveeno Eczema Therapy Hand Face Cream, Intensive Healing Eczema Lotion, Jack Black Industrial Strength Hand Healer


Milani Peach-ella Ludicrous Lights Duo Chrome Highlighter Review & Swatches

Peach-ella Milani Peach-ella Ludicrous Lights Duo Chrome Highlighter ($10.99 for 0.24 oz.) has more of a translucent base that’s packed full of iridescent pink and warmer pink shimmer and sparkle that gave it a shiny, glittering finish. It had semi-sheer, buildable coverage, which seemed in line with the formula’s claims. The texture was surprisingly smooth for as glittery as the finish was, though I could definitely tell it had som...
Tags: Beauty, Christine, Cheek Products, Highlighters, Milani, Temptalia, Summer 2020, Ulta Milani Amazon, Milani Peach


Revlon Toasting Glasses, Chocolate Luster, Glistening Purple Melting Glass Shine Lipsticks Reviews & Swatches

Toasting Glasses (009) Revlon Toasting Glasses (009) Super Lustrous Melting Glass Shine Lipstick ($9.99 for 0.15 oz.) is a soft, muted plum with warm, brownish undertones and a luminous finish–very faint pearl and lots of shine. The texture was smooth, creamy, and skated easily across my lips as the formula felt like it melted against the warmth of my lips. It looked more slippery than it felt, though it had moderate slip overall....
Tags: Beauty, Lipstick, Christine, Jen, Revlon, Bobbi Brown, Pat McGrath, Frenchie, Lip Products, Pigmentation, Temptalia, Ulta Amazon, Revlon Super Lustrous Melting Glass Shine Lipstick, Summer 2020


Milani Lolla-Blue-Za Ludicrous Lights Duo Chrome Highlighter Review & Swatches

Lollapa-Blue-Za Milani Lolla-Blue-Za Ludicrous Lights Duo Chrome Highlighter ($10.99 for 0.24 oz.) has a translucent base with iridescent shimmer and sparkle that twinkled between lighter and more mid-tone blue that ran slightly warmer-toned in its base and cooler-toned when reflecting light. It had sheer to semi-sheer, buildable coverage (to semi-opaque), which was in line with how it was marketed. The texture was soft, blendable,...
Tags: Beauty, Christine, Pat McGrath, Cheek Products, Highlighters, Milani, LORAC, Temptalia, Summer 2020, Milani Lolla Blue Za Ludicrous Lights Duo Chrome, Becca Icicle, Ulta Milani Amazon


Best of UOMA Beauty Carnival Collection

Here’s a recap of reviews for the recently-launched Here are swatches of the new UOMA Beauty Carnival Collection, which featured an eyeshadow palette, two bronzers, and two lipsticks. 01. 01...
Tags: Beauty, Round-ups, Christine, Temptalia, UOMA Beauty, UOMA Beauty Trinidad Black Magic Metallic Lipstick, Barbados UOMA, Bahia UOMA Beauty UOMA Beauty LE Limited Edition, UOMA Beauty Bahia Black Magic Metallic Lipstick


Gucci Love Before Breakfast, Millicent Rose, Odalie Red Sheer Lipsticks Reviews & Swatches

Love Before Breakfast (403) Gucci Beauty Love Before Breakfast (403) Sheer Lipstick ($42.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium-dark fuchsia pink with moderate, cool undertones and a natural sheen. It had medium coverage–more than true sheer coverage–that applied evenly and didn’t emphasize my lip lines. The consistency felt lightweight with enough glide to apply fluidly but didn’t feel slippery while on. It stayed on nicely for four and a...
Tags: Beauty, Lipstick, Gucci, Christine, Lip Products, Pigmentation, Temptalia, Lake CI, Gucci Beauty, Lake CI 19140 Blue, Millicent Rose, Neiman Marcus Saks Selfridges Gucci, Tom Ford Beauty Antonia, Guerlain Cherry Cape, Gucci Love Before Breakfast Millicent, MAC Milan Mode P


Jouer Darling Blush Bouquet Review & Swatches

Darling Jouer Darling Blush Bouquet ($30.00 for 0.39 oz.) is a new duo that features a warmer, more orange-toned peach and a lighter, more pink-toned peach, both with subtle, gold shimmer throughout, which buffed to a more satin-like finish. They were pigmented, blendable, and long-wearing, so for the right skin tone, it could be a winning pairing. Darling ...
Tags: Nordstrom, Beauty, Christine, Blushes, Cheek Products, Pigmentation, Jouer Cosmetics, Temptalia, Summer 2020, Jouer Darling Blush Bouquet Review Swatches


Revlon Cherries in the Snow & Fire and Ice Melting Glass Shine Lipsticks Reviews & Swatches

Cherries in the Snow (004) Revlon Cherries in the Snow (004) Super Lustrous Melting Glass Shine Lipstick ($9.99 for 0.15 oz.) is a raspberry pink with subtle, cool undertones and a glossy, cream finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff that adhered evenly to my lips and skated across them as the product melted against the warmth. The texture was creamy with moderate slip–it definitely had that ultra high-shine finish that looked w...
Tags: Beauty, Lipstick, Christine, Revlon, Bellini, Lip Products, Pigmentation, Temptalia, Ulta Amazon, Revlon Super Lustrous Melting Glass Shine Lipstick, Summer 2020, Revlon Cherries, Guerlain Cherry Cape


Gucci Agatha Orange, Three Wise Girls, Vantine Fuchsia Sheer Lipsticks Reviews & Swatches

Agatha Orange (302) Gucci Beauty Agatha Orange (302) Sheer Lipstick ($42.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a brighter, medium orange with moderate, warm undertones and a natural sheen. It had medium coverage that applied evenly and smoothly across my lips without settling into my lip lines, which is a nice surprise as more emollient or luminous formulas can often have that as a downside. The texture was lightweight, thin but not clingy, and com...
Tags: Beauty, Lipstick, Gucci, Havana, Christine, Lip Products, Pigmentation, Temptalia, Lake CI, MAC Origami Orange LE, Gucci Beauty, Lake CI 19140 Blue, Givenchy Wanted Coral, Tom Ford Beauty Leigh, YSL Corail Incandescent, Neiman Marcus Saks Selfridges Gucci


ColourPop Making Mauves Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches

Making Mauves Colour Pop Making Mauves 9-Pan Pressed Powder Palette ($12.00 for 0.36 oz.) is a new, mauve-themed eyeshadow palette that included a mix of mattes and shimmers. The palette came together cohesively, and the majority of the shades had good pigmentation, applied easily, and lasted for eight hours with a few shades needing to be built up or were somewhat powdery. Those who tend to get along with ColourPop’s eyeshadows sh...
Tags: US, Beauty, Sydney, Fda, Mica, Tom Ford, Christine, Giorgio Armani, Laura Mercier, Ulta, Makeup Palettes, Smashbox, LORAC, Eye Products, Eyeshadow Palette, Colourpop


Persona Georgia Super Blush Review & Swatches

Georgia Persona Georgia Super Blush ($22.00 for 0.18 oz.) is a brighter pop of medium coral-orange with strong, warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had good pigmentation in a single layer, so I’d say it was more pigmented than it was naturally buildable, but the texture was yielding and workable for use with a lighter hand (or less-dense brush) to achieve more buildable coverage with the right technique. The consistency was...
Tags: Georgia, Beauty, Persona, Christine, Blushes, Cheek Products, Pigmentation, Kevyn Aucoin, Temptalia, Persona Georgia Super Blush Review, Georgia Persona Georgia Super Blush


Natasha Denona Lip Oh-phoria Lipglosses Reviews & Swatches

Duo Chrome Coral Natasha Denona Duo Chrome Coral Lip Oh-phoria ($26.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a brighter, medium-dark pink-coral base with flecks of green-to-gold shifting pearl. It had medium coverage in a single layer, which applied fairly evenly across my lips, but there was a touch of product that sat in my deeper lip lines. The settling wasn’t noticeable in person, just in the close-up photos, thankfully! The texture was smooth, l...
Tags: Beauty, Christine, Natasha Denona, Lipgloss, Lip Products, Pigmentation, Temptalia, MAC Pamela LE, LORAC Savoir Faire LE, NARS Young Hearts


Charlotte Tilbury Green Lights Colour Magic Liner Duo Review & Swatches

Green Lights Charlotte Tilbury Green Lights Colour Magic Liner Duo ($30.00 for 0.03 oz.) features a shimmering, olive green hue on one side of the pencil and a coordinating, matte, deep green on the other side. Both had more buildable coverage than bam! opaque coverage in a single stroke, though if you tend to apply with shorter, more overlapping strokes, coverage is better (especially when we’re talking about a thin line from a no...
Tags: John Lewis, Beauty, Christine, Charlotte Tilbury, Grafton Street, LORAC, Eye Products, Pigmentation, Eye Liners, Temptalia, Sephora Nordstrom, NARS Cours du Soir, BeautyFeelUniqueHarvey Nichols, MAC Mossy Green LE, Summer 2020, Charlotte Tilbury Green Lights Colour Magic


Jouer Passion Blush Bouquet Review & Swatches

Passion Jouer Passion Blush Bouquet ($30.00 for 0.39 oz.) is a new blush duo that features a matte, dusty coral and a shimmering tangerine. Both shades had good pigmentation, were blendable, and lasted between eight and nine hours on me. I liked that the texture was more firmly-pressed in the pan, so they weren’t powdery and easier to work with across preferences (whether sheer, buildable, or full opacity was desired). ...
Tags: Nordstrom, Beauty, Christine, Melba, Blushes, Cheek Products, Pigmentation, MAC Linda LE, Jouer Cosmetics, Temptalia, Chanel Lumieres, Milani Berry Rays, Becca Tigerlily, Milani Coral Beams


Gucci Eadie Scarlet, Louisa Red, Diana Amber Sheer Lipsticks Reviews & Swatches

Eadie Scarlet (502) Gucci Beauty Eadie Scarlet (502) Sheer Lipstick ($42.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a light-medium, pinky-red with subtle, cool undertones and a natural sheen. It had semi-sheer to medium coverage that applied evenly and smoothly across my lips without tugging. The texture was lightweight, thin without feeling clingy, and comfortable to wear, and it didn’t seem to emphasize my lip lines–in fact, it smoothed out some of t...
Tags: Beauty, Lipstick, Gucci, Christine, Bobbi Brown, Lip Products, Pigmentation, Temptalia, Laura Mercier Tutti Frutti, Lake CI, Laura Mercier Vivien, Gucci Beauty, Tom Ford Beauty Bella, Givenchy Rouge Interdit, Lake CI 19140 Blue, Eadie Scarlet


UOMA Beauty On Fire, Poise, Savage Black Magic Metallic Lipsticks Reviews & Swatches

On Fire UOMA Beauty On Fire Black Magic Metallic Lipstick ($26.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a brighter, medium red with moderate, warm undertones and a sparkling finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation in a single layer, which applied fairly evenly across my lips. The texture was lightly emollient with moderate slip, and I could feel light texture come through from the sparkles in the tube, though it wasn’t sharp or painful by any means. ...
Tags: Beauty, Lipstick, Tom Ford, Christine, Pat McGrath, Lip Products, Pigmentation, Temptalia, Lake CI, Kat Von D Adora, Estee Lauder Killer Kiss DC, Sephora Metallic Cherry, Ulta Selfridges, UOMA Beauty On Fire Black Magic Metallic Lipstick, UOMA Beauty Poise Black Magic Metallic Lipstick, Tom Ford Beauty Ryan


Charlotte Tilbury Copper Charge Colour Magic Liner Duo Review & Swatches

Copper Charge Charlotte Tilbury Copper Charge Colour Magic Liner Duo ($30.00 for 0.03 oz.) is a double-sided pencil eyeliner (that requires sharpening) with a lighter, more metallic shade and a deeper, matte shade. Both shades had good pigmentation in a single stroke, were easy to use, and were longer-wearing. The matte shade has a slightly firmer consistency compared to the metallic shade, though neither tugged or were uncomfortab...
Tags: John Lewis, Beauty, Christine, Charlotte Tilbury, Eye Products, Pigmentation, Eye Liners, Temptalia, BeautyFeelUniqueHarvey Nichols, Summer 2020, MAC Lion Babe LE, All Dupes Stila Spice P