The Fall 2011 Sweet Temptations collection includes the following items:
Cocoa - matte pale chamois-beige, matte soft warm orange, shimmery sienna-brown, shimmery plum-brown
Cinnamon - shimmery pale pink, shimmery champagne-beige
Candied - shimmery light yellow gold
Green Almond - dark metallic green
Cinnamon cream lipstick
Almond shine lipstick - warm nude with subtle shimmer
Chocolate nail lacquer - dark chocolate brown
Praline lipgloss - warm nude-pink with subtle shimmer
Shimmer illuminating powder - cool, pale dusty brownish-rose
You may notice there are a few items on the list above that don't have color descriptions and that's because I haven't seen photos of them and didn't want to take a wild guess! If you haven't already, visit the Beauty Look Book for excellent swatches, photos and some very helpful comparisons, as well as features on a couple of the items that are not shown here, Praline lip gloss and Almond lipstick. I purchased five items: the eye quad, the eye duo, one eyeliner (Candied), the illuminating powder, and the nail lacquer.
As you can see, I got a little carried away with the Sweet Temptations theme of this collection. I've pretty much eaten my way through this post, and I think I may have gained a pound or two along the way!
This product is quite unlike anything I've tried. I originally thought this was a highlighter. The name Shimmer is a bit deceptive because this is not at all shimmery, although it does give the very subtlest glow to the skin. It is a nude/flesh-toned pink with brown tones. The very fair-skinned might be able to use this as a natural-looking blush/bronzer/contour. It goes on a bit darker than it appears in the pan. On my medium-fair skin I can brush this on liberally and use it in the same manner as a bronzer.
Cinnamon duo is a nice basic palette, and these shades are especially useful as overall lid colors for simple, everyday looks. I will probably use these mainly for brow bone and inner-corner highlighting. The texture of the pink shade is a tad chalkier in comparison to the champagne beige. There are many similar shades on the market, but I do like that these are not metallic or frosty. They have a nice balance of shimmer to brighten the eyes, while avoiding an overly reflective appearance.
Candied eyeliner looks like a white gold, but on the eyes it comes across as more of a light yellow gold. I like to use light shimmery shades like this to brighten up the inner third of my eyes, but wouldn't use this all on its own. I used it today on the entire lower lash line and applied some dark shadow along the outer half for definition. The pencil worked well as a base for the shadow to adhere to.
I like Candied for that little extra shimmer factor, which can transform a look from dry and dull to bright and sparkling. If you don't like yellow gold tones but would like to try one of their highlighting eye pencils, I would choose instead Shimmer eyeliner, which is a pearly champagne-pink.
Compared to Nars Alhambra and Sugarland duos below:
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Chocolate nail lacquer is a very dark brown that is essentially the color of Hershey's chocolate syrup. The formula is thick, gives a glossy finish and covers adequately in two coats.
Looks chocolately good!
in flash lighting
Cocoa eye quad contains a shade I've never tried before, a matte orange. Since I bought this sight unseen I thought it was perhaps a peach but, as you can see by the swatches it is truly orange. I was surprised, though, that it is not difficult to wear and can be toned down with the buff shade. It can also be used in the crease and is useful to blend out the edges of either of the brown shades. I would not recommend Cocoa to those who avoid warm shades, as two out of four colors in the palette are extremely warm. The texture and pigmentation of these is very nice, although the plum brown seemed a bit powdery. The sienna brown was smoother and seemed more better pigmented. The buff shade was finely-milled, with no chalkiness.
Above is my first attempt at using this quad this morning. The shades blended together produce an overall burnt umber effect. I used all four colors here, and the Candied eye pencil on the inner corner. Although both browns in the quad have shimmer, it is very subtle, so the look created is for the most part a matte one. (Sorry, these photos aren't the greatest to show what the colors really look like.)
a slightly better view of the Cinnamon duo and Candied liner
in flash lighting
Have a great weekend!