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Saturday, October 25th, 2014

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows
Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows

Here are the remaining Diamond finish shades of Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows, so now the gallery is complete with photos and swatches! :) The post includes a combination of shades I purchased and some press samples (I purchased approximately 185 of the 210 shades).

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Saturday, October 25th, 2014

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows
Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows

Here are all the remaining shades from the Iridescent finish range of Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows. The post includes a combination of shades I purchased and some press samples (I purchased approximately 185 of the 210 shades). A lot of the shades in this set are technically blushes. Now, you are covered for photos and swatches of all the shades from this finish! :) Happy viewing!

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Saturday, October 25th, 2014

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows
Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows

The temptation was too strong! I gave into the desire to collect ‘em all (I need three more, if my calculations are correct!). Here’s a look at another fifteen shades from the Iridescent finish range of Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows. The post includes a combination of shades I purchased and some press samples (I purchased approximately 185 of the 210 shades).

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Friday, October 24th, 2014

Temptalia Asks You


What’s in your travel makeup bag? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerI always empty it out after I return from wherever, and then fill it up based on where I’m going (and what I’ll be doing!). My husband and I took a little three-day trip down to Disneyland a couple of months ago, and I put together a 15-pan palette of Make Up For Ever’s Artist Shadows, plus a five eyeliners to coordinate with those colors. I usually take three or four lipsticks and two glosses. For blush, I go with a coral, brown, and plum – and since it was southern CA (and the most humid week EVER!), I tossed in a Chanel cream blush for layering. Then I have my basics like foundation, setting powder, etc. :)

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

Friday, October 24th, 2014

NYX Earl Grey Lippie
NYX Macaron Lippie

NYX Earl Grey Macaron Lippie ($6.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a muted, light-medium cornflower blue–a purplish-blue–with a luminous finish. The formula was creamy with a lot of slip, but for a lighter shade, it ended up applying better than anticipated, though it was still somewhat streaky. It had mostly opaque color coverage (but if it was a drier formula, I think it would have yielded better pigmentation). On me, the color wore well for three and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Butch (P, $18.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NYX Violet Macaron Lippie ($6.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a medium purple with warm, pinky-red undertones and a natural finish. It had good color payoff, while the formula still felt very creamy and slippery, it applied pretty well with even color. It wore well for almost six hours, and it leaves behind a fuchsia-ish stain behind. It was neither drying nor hydrating. Melt Cosmetics By Starlight (P, $19.00) is darker, more matte. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Rollergirl (P, $18.00) is a smidgen darker. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Belladonna (DC, $18.00) is darker, less warm-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NYX Lavender Macaron Lippie ($6.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a cool-toned, light-medium lavender with a creamy, lightly glossy finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, which went on a bit streakily and had a tendency to settle into lip lines as it wore on. It wasn’t moisturizing, but it was drying either. The color wore well for four hours on me. Kat Von D Coven (P, $21.00) is warmer, more matte. MAC Fresh Amour (LE, $16.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Friday, October 24th, 2014

Cle de Peau Stardust (302) Eyeshadow Quad
Cle de Peau Stardust (302) Eyeshadow Quad

Cle de Peau Stardust (302) Eyeshadow Quad ($55.00 for 0.21 oz.) includes shades of beige, warm green, brown, and murky green. Cle de Peau’ sells their eyeshadows as refills (which is just a plastic pan with the four shades), and you can elect to purchase a plastic compact to put them in for an additional $25. I put mine in a Z-palette by attaching a small magnetic to the bottom of the pan. It’s an interesting mix of shades if you like your beige and greens together, but I didn’t end up loving the way the colors worked together, partially because the warmer green shade doesn’t look as intense on the lid as it does swatched or in the pan, so it loses contrast on the lid.

Stardust #1 is a soft, muted beige with very subtle warm undertones and a frosted finish. The texture was very soft and blendable, though a little powdery initially. It had good color payoff and was easy to use. It wore well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Stardust #2 is a medium-dark, warm-toned olive green with a soft, frosted finish. It had really nice pigmentation, and the texture was soft–almost creamy–and effortless to blend. The only thing I noticed was that it seemed to apply slightly more mutedly than it swatched. On the lid, the color stayed on well for eight hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Stardust #3 is a muted, medium brown with subtle, warm, yellow-ish undertones and a lightly frosted finish–almost a combination of frost and satin to me, because there is very fine shimmer to it. It might be harder to tell against my skin tone, but it did have good pigmentation that was mostly opaque. The texture was a little powdery, though it was incredibly easy to blend on the lid without losing intensity. It lasted well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Stardust #4 is a dark, dirty green with subtle, warm olive undertones and a golden-green metallic sheen. It had nice color payoff, and the texture was very smooth and finely-milled, but there was a slight dryness to it. The color showed signs of fading after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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