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Saturday, July 26th, 2014

theBalm #19 Makeup Geek Moondust Giorgio Armani #09 Edward Bess Dusk

Since we looked at pewter last week, I thought that we should focus on taupe this week, because it’s an equally complex and interesting color.  I love how it can run warm and cool-toned (or even nearly neutral), so it’s a very versatile shade to work with.  Check back tomorrow for my top five picks on cool taupes as well! :)  I’d love to hear about your personal favorites in the commments–always looking for suggestions!

  1. MAC Tailor Grey — a subtly warm-toned, gray-taupe in cream form
  2. theBalm #19 — a light-medium, golden taupe
  3. Makeup Geek Moondust — a dark, bronzy taupe
  4. Giorgio Armani #09 — a brightened, medium-dark golden taupe
  5. Edward Bess Dusk — a deepened, warm taupe

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Saturday, July 26th, 2014

Becca Ombre Nudes Eye Palette
Becca Ombre Nudes Eye Palette

Ombre Nudes Eye Palette ($40.00) (New, Permanent)

Create natural depth and softly highlight eyes with velvety soft, ombre nudes that can be applied wet or dry for optimal effect. Matte shades provide pigment-rich, nude tones for a variety of neutral looks—ranging from subtle to bold. The infused Green Coffee Oil helps to brighten the eyes and smooth the lids, while the built-in priming effect extends the wear of your eye shadows.

Shimmering Skin Perfector SPF 25+ ($41.00)

  • Rose Gold Golden rosy pink (New, Permanent)

Availability: Coming soon to Sephora (it’s listed but not yet in stock)

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Friday, July 25th, 2014

Temptalia Asks You


Do you seek out new beauty products when on vacation? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerYES! Most definitely. I look for brands or shops that aren’t normally accessible to me! Recently, I visited Barney’s and bought Surratt Beauty products as I don’t live anywhere near one!

Thanks to reader Ashley for today’s question idea Do you have a question idea? Submit yours here.

Friday, July 25th, 2014

MAC All About Plum Look in a Box
MAC All About Plum Look in a Box

MAC All About Plum Look in a Box ($49.50 for 0.43 oz.) is described as “shades of cool-toned lilacs, soft pale pinks, and silvery warm greys.” The palette contains two blushes, six eyeshadows, two lipsticks, and a double-ended brush (275SE/316SE). Each eyeshadow is 0.0176 oz. each (0.106 oz. total), blush is 0.14 oz. each (0.28 oz. total), and lipstick is 0.02 oz. each (0.04 oz. total). Based on price per ounce, the kit contains $31.68 worth of eyeshadow, $28 worth of blush, and $6.40 worth of lipstick, which adds up to $66.08. There is also a dual-ended brush, so I guess that’s valued at $34.92 in order to add up to the $101 value listed.

There were a couple of complete misses in this palette, but most of it was just average, which isn’t impressive. There were only three shades (out of 10) that were B+ or better rated. It’s always disappointing when MAC puts out subpar palettes like this, because they can do an excellent eyeshadow, so I don’t know why they don’t improve the formula in these. I’d rather they offer less product if they could be more consistent with the quality.

Lessons in Love (Blush) is a light-medium pink with warm undertones and a soft, golden shimmer-sheen. It had decent color payoff, though it was slightly dry and powdery. It wore well for seven and a half hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

All Races (Eyeshadow) is a pale, cool-toned, lavender-gray with a matte finish. It is lighter and very, very stiff/dry in the pan–very unlike the single version I’ve used (it is limited edition but has been released previously). It started to fade after seven hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Elementary Pink (Eyeshadow) is a brightened, light pink with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and finely-milled, though a touch powdery. I noticed fading after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Lingering Dusk (Eyeshadow) is a muted, bronzy pink with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had a drier consistency, which made getting the pigment out of it more difficult, and it didn’t blend as easily on the skin. The color wore well for seven and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Dress to Impress (Lipstick) is a light, cool-toned milky pink. It had semi-opaque color coverage, and it applied fairly evenly, though not perfectly. The lipstick wore well for three hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Style Cast (Blush) is a light-medium, muted orange with gold shimmer. It had decent color payoff that was fairly blendable. The color stayed on for seven and a half hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Fashion Beat (Eyeshadow) is a light-medium, golden taupe with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had good pigmentation that applied smoothly and was easy to blend. The color didn’t fade until after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Stormy Sunset (Eyeshadow) is a muted, light-medium gray with a hint of purple and a frosted finish. It had decent color payoff, but it wasn’t fully pigmented as a result of the slightly dry texture. The color wore well for seven and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Blackboard (Eyeshadow) is a medium-dark, warm-toned black with a matte finish. It was powdery, semi-opaque, and faded after seven and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Up the Amp (Lipstick) is a brightened, pinky purple with subtle, cool undertones and a soft shine. It had rich, opaque color coverage and wore well for five hours. This is a permanent shade. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Glossover

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palette

All About Plum

B-

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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Lesson in Love

B

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8/10

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9/10

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8/10

Longevity

8/10

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4.5/5

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All Races

D+

Product

6.5/10

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6.5/10

Texture

6/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

4/5

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Friday, July 25th, 2014

Choose or Lose


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Friday, July 25th, 2014

MAC All About Beige Look in a Box
MAC All About Beige Look in a Box

MAC All About Beige Look in a Box ($49.50 for 0.43 oz.) is described as “shades of soft tan, copper, and pewtered bronze.” The palette contains two blushes, six eyeshadows, two lipsticks, and a double-ended brush (275SE/316SE). Each eyeshadow is 0.0176 oz. each (0.106 oz. total), blush is 0.14 oz. each (0.28 oz. total), and lipstick is 0.02 oz. each (0.04 oz. total). Based on price per ounce, the kit contains $31.68 worth of eyeshadow, $28 worth of blush, and $6.40 worth of lipstick, which adds up to $66.08. There is also a dual-ended brush, so I guess that’s valued at $34.92 in order to add up to the $101 value listed. I was underwhelmed by the palette; it’s not the worst I’ve tried from MAC, but it’s still a far cry from when MAC does their best. The quality is all over the map, but several shades suffered from drier, stiffer textures that made them harder to apply and use. As a heads up, the blush pans are on the smaller side, so you’ll need to use a smaller-than-average-sized blush brush for application.

Love & Laughter (Blush) is a medium, orange-coral with a gold shimmer and a satiny sheen. It had good color payoff, but it was drier in texture, and it seemed to be a lot less pigmented on the skin. On me, it lasted for seven and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Light Study (Eyeshadow) is a light beige with a matte finish and subtle, warm undertones. It had semi-sheer color payoff, and the texture was somewhat stiff. It wore well for seven hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Honesty (Eyeshadow) is a coppery brown with flecks of copper sparkle and finer copper shimmer. This is a permanent shade. It had decent pigmentation, though it had fall out when worn. The color itself didn’t start fading until after seven and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sable Riche (Eyeshadow) is a medium-dark, warm-toned brown with golden shimmer. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and smooth, while it lasted for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

What’s Haute? (Lipstick) is a peachy-pink with a satin-matte finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage, was slightly drying, and lasted for three hours on me but settled into lip lines towards the last hour of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Liberating (Blush) is a medium-dark, muted brown with subtle, warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. The texture was dry, slightly stiff, which made it harder to get color payoff out of the shade. It lasted for seven hours before fading on my skin. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Rocket Girl (Eyeshadow) is a medium-dark gold with hints of brown and a soft, frosted finish. It had nice pigmentation, and it applied easily due to its soft, finely-milled texture. On me, the color stayed true for eight hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Plum Ember (Eyeshadow) is a medium-dark brown with reddish undertones and a satin finish. It had such a dry, stiff texture that resulted in sheer color payoff. It was difficult to use on the lid, as it didn’t want to blend. The color wore well for seven hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Cocktail Black (Eyeshadow) is a burgundy-brown with warm undertones and a satin finish. The texture was drier, so it was difficult to blend, and it didn’t have great color payoff. The color stayed on for seven hours before creasing. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Modern Wow! (Lipstick) is a brightened, almost-neon coral-pink with a soft sheen. It had opaque color coverage, and while the consistency was very creamy, it was slightly thick so that “lines” were created when I pressed my lips together (whether on purpose or inadvertently while talking). The color lasted for four hours on me and was neither drying nor hydrating. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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All About Beige

C+

Product

7.5/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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B

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8.5/10

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9/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8/10

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4.5/5

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Light Study

C-

Product

6.5/10

Pigmentation

6.5/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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