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Saturday, April 25th, 2015

Temptalia Asks You


Do you think that skincare brand’s claims are usually honest? Or is it mostly exaggerated for marketing? Are some brands more honest than others?

Temptalia's AnswerI think certain types of products often exaggerate claims or must have had a very small sample size and miraculous results… When brands make more moderate claims (“intensely hydrating” vs. “rewind the clock by 10 years in just six weeks!”), they seem fairly honest and believable to me.

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Saturday, April 25th, 2015

MAC Extra Dimension Eyeshadow
MAC Extra Dimension Eyeshadow

Here are the next five, now-permanent shades of MAC Extra Dimension Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.). According to MAC, it’s a formula that ranges from “sheer crystallized light” to a “highly polished metallic effect” that “lasts up to [six] hours.” Make sure to read part one for an overview of the formula. Smoky Mauve is also being added to the permanent range, but I do not have that one at this time.

MAC Silver Dawn Extra Dimension Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “dirty grey mauve.” It’s a warm-toned, taupe brown with reddish-brown undertones and a frosted finish. It had semi-sheer, lighter color payoff when applied dry that wore well for six hours, while it was slightly darker (and cooler-toned) with full coverage applied damp and stayed on well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Silver Sun Extra Dimension Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone dirty sea foam green.” It’s a muted, medium-dark green with warm undertones and a frosted, slightly metallic, finish. It had semi-sheer coverage that wore well for six hours dry. It had mostly opaque pigmentation when applied damp and wore well for eight hours. It seems exactly the same as the originally released version, but the swatch seemed to catch light as it appears less metallic–I double checked, though, and they are really the same. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Stolen Moment Extra Dimension Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “dark taupe.” It’s a dark taupe brown with warm undertones and a frosted, metallic sheen. It had good color payoff dry, though it appeared warmer, while damp application was fully opaque and richer-looking. It wore well for six hours dry, eight hours damp. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Stylishly Merry Extra Dimension Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone dusty violet.” It’s a medium-dark pink with lighter violet shimmer and an overall frosted finish. It had semi-sheer pigmentation applied dry, and the color lasted for five and a half hours on me. Applied damp, it was mostly opaque and wore well for seven and a half hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Sweet Heat Extra Dimension Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “bright peach champagne.” It’s a light-medium, peachy beige with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had semi-opaque color payoff that stayed on well for six and a half hours when applied dry, while damp application yielded full coverage that wore well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Stolen Moment

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Saturday, April 25th, 2015

MAC Extra Dimension Eyeshadow
MAC Extra Dimension Eyeshadow

Here are the next six, now-permanent shades of MAC Extra Dimension Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.). According to MAC, it’s a formula that ranges from “sheer crystallized light” to a “highly polished metallic effect” that “lasts up to [six] hours.” Make sure to read part one for an overview of the formula.

MAC Havana Extra Dimension Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “dirty copper brown.” It’s a dark brown with warm, yellowed undertones and a frosted, lightly metallic, finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation dry, but the color was noticeable lighter, whereas damp application was deeper and fully opaque. It wore well for six hours dry, eight hours damp. The new version has less pigmentation dry than it used to, though it is more in line with how the formula is described now. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Legendary Lure Extra Dimension Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “deep cerulean.” It’s a blackened green with cool undertones and a metallic sheen. Applied dry, it was semi-opaque with a warmer appearance and lasted for seven hours, while damp application yielded richer, opaque pigmentation with eight hours of wear. The newest version seemed more metallic and slightly smoother. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Lunar Extra Dimension Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “royal blue.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark blue with a frosted finish. Applied dry, it was semi-opaque with a softer look and the dryness of the formula is a bit more apparent as it doesn’t look as smooth. Applied damp, it was much smoother and had more depth. I found it a little hard to apply dry, and it lasted for six hours, while damp application yielded eight hours of wear. It seeemed more finely-milled than the original. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Ready to Party Extra Dimension Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “pale lilac.” It’s a pinky-white with cool undertones and a metallic sheen. It had semi-sheer coverage applied both wet and dry, with the damp application just having a more metallic, smoother sheen. It lasted for six hours dry, seven hours damp. The texture was smoother this time around, but it seemed to lose some of its iridescent sheen. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Rich Core Extra Dimension Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “dirty aubergine.” It’s a subtly warm-toned, burgundy with a metallic sheen. It had good color payoff both wet and dry, though the damp application was smoother and more metallic. It wore well for five and a half hours dry and eight hours damp. It seemed slightly more shimmery in this version than previously. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Sea Worship Extra Dimension Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “tarnished olive.” It’s a muted, medium-dark golden green with warm, khaki undertones and a metallic sheen. Applied dry, it was semi-opaque with less of sheen and lasted for six hours. Applied damp, it was fully opaque with a strong metallic sheen that wore well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Havana

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Legendary Lure

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Saturday, April 25th, 2015

MAC Extra Dimension Eyeshadow
MAC Extra Dimension Eyeshadows

MAC Extra Dimension Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) is here to stay with eighteen shades to choose from (whew!); all eighteen are shades that have been released previously, some more recently and some from awhile ago. According to MAC, it’s a formula that ranges from “sheer crystallized light” to a “highly polished metallic effect” that “lasts up to [six] hours.” They can be used wet or dry, though if you prefer richer color, you’re almost always better off using these damp. They work well over bare lids dry and wet, but dry application fades a little faster and has a tendency to look softer overall. Dry, the coverage is often sheerer but buildable in practice, so you don’t have to use the product damp to get opaque coverage, but damp application usually deepens the color and gives it more richness. Alternatively, you can use an eyeshadow primer or base, which seems to meet in the middle between dry and damp results. I get anywhere from six to nine hours with these on average; and I tend to get longer wear when used damp compared to dry. I also liked how intense the colors looked damp, even after they dried down–sometimes applying damp just helps application but actual depth gets lost once the color dries back down but that isn’t the case here.

Some of the shades that were originally launched seem to have a smoother, finer formula today than when they initially launched. I didn’t feel like there were any duds here; they were fairly consistent with respect to color payoff, texture, application, and wear with some being more exceptional and some being a little less impressive, but no true misses. The texture has a dryness to it that is common to this type of powder-gel-liquid formula, but it’s not really a bad dry–it is still blendable, doesn’t fade easily, and doesn’t look dry on the skin.

MAC Amorous Ally Extra Dimension Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “deep terracotta copper.” It’s a medium-dark, coppery brown with warm, orange and red undertones and a frosted sheen. Applied dry, it was semi-sheer and felt drier and was more prone to sheering out (better for a soft wash) and lasted for six hours. When applied damp, it was smoother with more even, opaque coverage and lasted for eight hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC A Natural Flirt Extra Dimension Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as an “iridescent light pink.” It’s a light peach with a hint of pink in the undertone and a more prevalent gold sheen. It had sheer coverage applied dry that lasted for six hours. Applied damp, it had semi-opaque that was buildable to opaque coverage, and it stayed on for eight hours before creasing. I noticed that this seemed substantially less pink-based in the permanent version I have at present compared to the last version I had (here). See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MACDark Dare Extra Dimension Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “charcoal black.” It’s a medium-dark black with a satin finish. It had semi-opaque coverage applied dry that intensified to a richer-looking black with stronger coverage when applied damp. The texture was slightly thin, but it was a lot less dry-feeling compared to its original iteration. It wore well for six hours dry, seven and a half hours damp. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Evening Grey Extra Dimension Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “steel silver.” It’s a medium silver gray with a frosted, slightly metallic, finish. It had a slightly drier and looser texture, so this is one that really works better damp, as the powder comes together and goes on more smoothly as a result. It had semi-opaque coverage dry and mostly opaque pigmentation damp. Dry, it lasted for five hours; damp, it lasted for seven hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Fathoms Deep Extra Dimension Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “deep blue.” It’s a muted, dark purple with a metallic sheen and cool undertones. It had mostly opaque coverage dry, though it wasn’t quite as deep, and it wore well for six hours. Applied damp, it was fully opaque and wore well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Grand Galaxy Extra Dimension Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “dirty mid-tone violet.” It’s a medium-dark, cool-toned purple with a metallic sheen. It is less dry and smoother than the original iteration, and it wears better as the dry base seems to come together better, though it applied slightly unevenly still. Applied dry, it is semi-opaque with a less metallic finish and lasts for five and a half hours, while damp application is mostly opaque with a bright sheen and wears for seven and a half hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Saturday, April 25th, 2015

ColourPop Aphrodisiac Super Shock Cheek
ColourPop Aphrodisiac Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Aphrodisiac Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “soft beige brown in a matte finish.” It’s a muted, medium brown with subtle, warm undertones and a satiny sheen. Urban Decay Video (P, $26.00) is a powder. MAC Scone (LE, $25.00) is a powder, darker, less shimmery. Tarte Park Ave. Princess #2 (LE) is a powder, warmer. MAC Liberating (LE, $21.00) is a powder. IT Cosmetics Warm Radiance (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, powder. Surratt Beauty Grisaille (P, $32.00) is cooler-toned, powder. MAC Bronzer (LE, $30.00) is lighter, powder. MAC Aphrodite’s Shell (LE, $33.00) is warmer, powder. MAC Sculpt (P, $16.50) is darker, matte, powder. NARS Paloma Contour (P) is powder. Kevyn Aucoin Natura (P) is rosier, powder. Tom Ford Beauty Terra (P, $65.00) is lighter, warmer, powder. NARS Madly (P, $30.00) is powder, darker. MAC Harmony (P, $21.00) is more matte, darker, powder. Burberry Earthy (P, $42.00) is rosier, darker, powder. bareMinerals The Close Call (P, $22.00) is pinker, powder. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The Super Shock Cheek formula is a cream-based product that feels more like a clay texture, as it malleable without feeling really emollient or creamy like a traditional cream blush. It has a velvety, thinner consistency that goes on the skin more like a powder, but it has the superior blendability of a cream. I like to apply it by skimming the edge of my fingertip across the skin with very light pressure, which distributes the color evenly while blending it simultaneously. I also like a duo fiber stippling brush and patting it in three or four pats across the cheek and then blending together. Despite this seeming to have a sheen, when applied, it looks mostly matte or “natural matte,” where skin looks like skin, rather than dull and flat, but it doesn’t really look shimmery or dewy. I think this could be used to contour on fairer complexions. It had semi-sheer, buildable coverage with a brush, and mostly opaque coverage with a fingertip (which is in line with what the brand says). The blush wore well for nine hours on me.

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Aphrodisiac

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9/10

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9/10

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9/10

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9.5/10

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Saturday, April 25th, 2015

Chanel Mediterranee Collection for Summer 2015
Chanel Mediterranee Collection for Summer 2015

The vivid skies and blue seas of the Mediterranean inspire a vibrant makeup collection.Bronzed skin and mesmerizing eyes create a radiant Summer look, while bold nails and colourful lips complete the effect.

Lumiere d’Ete ($65.00) (Limited Edition)

Embossed with a lush camellia blossom, this golden-bronze powder adds sun-kissed radiance to the complexion, eyes and décolleté. 

Stylo Eyeshadow ($34.00) (Limited Edition)

The best-loved eyeshadow stick returns for the season in five shimmering, long-wearing shades. A lightweight, water-infused formula glides on effortlessly and cools lids at the touch for instant comfort.

  • Campanule (107) Purple
  • Azulejo (117) Teal
  • Laurier Rose (127) Rose
  • Olivine (137) Olive green
  • Caroube (147) Brown

Stylo Yeux Waterproof ($32.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Orchidee (997) Purple

Le Vernis ($27.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Terrana (697)Taupe
  • Lavanda (727) Purple
  • Mediterranee Teal
  • Coquelicot Red

Rouge Coco Shine ($36.00)

  • Aorosa (487) Beige (Limited Edition)
  • Reveuse (477) Beige rose
  • Insoumise (507) Coral
  • Intrepide (497) Pink

Levres Scintillantes ($30.00)

  • Rose Pardis (447) Pink-red
  • Allegria (457) Rose (Limited Edition)

Availability: Now at Chanel

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