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Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

MAC Crazed Imagination Blush
MAC Crazed Imagination Blush

MAC Crazed Imagination Blush (24.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “muted plum with a hint of pink pearl [with a Frost finish].” It’s a muted, medium-dark plummy brown with subtle, warm undertones and a pearly shimmer-sheen finish. MAC Animal Instincts (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, browner. MAC Lavish Living (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery. theBalm Cabana Boy (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned. NARS Oasis (P, $29.00) is warmer, redder. MAC Plum Foolery (P, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Stratus (LE, $27.00) is warmer, browner. Chanel Rose Temptation (LE, $45.00) is lighter, less shimmery. Chanel Plum Attraction (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery. bareMinerals The Indecent Proposal (P, $22.00) is less shimmery, warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

I think this is the type of color that is very wearable across skin tones, and the finish is shimmery without emphasizing pores or skin imperfections, but the blush wasn’t without texture issues, so it may not be worth the trek and fight at MAC stores today (it launches at MAC stores only today). The texture was stiffer, a little dry. It seemed to get better after I rubbed away the top few layers, but it was still a little dry (but not as stiff) underneath. Applied, it sits well on the skin, blends fairly readily, and wears eight hours before fading slightly.

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Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

LORAC Royal Collection for Holiday 2014
LORAC Royal Collection for Holiday 2014

Mega Pro Palette ($59.00) (Limited Edition)

GO PRO with LORAC Mega PRO Palette! Created by celebrity makeup artist Carol Shaw, this limited edition PRO artistry palette is double the size of the original PRO Palette and packed with 16 Shimmer and 16 Matte Eye Shadows in all the shades you need to create the hottest looks straight from the Red Carpet. LORAC’s velvety-smooth shadows are infused with soothing botanicals and are ultra-pigmented to perform wet or dry so you can shade, shadow, line and define your eyes, just like a PRO. Mega PRO Palette Contains 32 Eye Shadows for stay-true color that lasts, a PRO must-have! Exclusively at LORAC and Amazon.com on October 7th.

  • 16 Matte Shades: Cream (from the PRO Palette), Fawn, Camel, Sepia, Dusty Plum, Orchid, Mulberry, Espresso (from the PRO Palette), White (From the PRO Palette), Khaki, Brown, Stone, Lilac, Wisteria, Gray, Black (from PRO Palette and PRO Palette 2)
  • 16 Shimmer Shades: Opal, Sand, Copper, Sienna, Apricot, Blush, Merlot, Indigo, Vanilla, Cashmere, Smokey Topaz, Dusty Rose, Granite, Maroon, Deep Teal, Caviar.

The Royal Pro Eye Collection ($28.00) (Limited Edition)

LORAC rules this season with The Royal PRO Eye Collection. Give your eyes the Royal treatment and go PRO with an exclusive Royal Pocket PRO Eye Shadow Palette, Front of the Line PRO Liquid Eyeliner, and PRO Mascara that are fit for a Queen. The Royal Pocket PRO includes Gold from the original PRO Palette, Cocoa from the PRO Palette 2, and an exclusive PRO shade in Ivory, all in our velvety-smooth, long-lasting formula. Own the throne with The Royal PRO Eye Collection!

The Royal Lip Lustre Creme Set ($25.00) (Limited Edition)

LORAC rules this season with The Royal Lip Lustre Creme Set. Give your lips the Royal treatment with our luxuriously creamy and delightfully smooth Lip Glosses that are loaded with antioxidants of Acai Berry, Pomegranate, Grape Seed and Vitamins A,C & E to help protect and soothe your luscious, regal pout. This Royal family of Lip Lustre Cremes comes complete with 6 magnificent, high-shine shades that are fit for a Queen. Own the throne with The Royal Lip Lustre Creme Set! Shades include Empress, Princess, Enchanted, Reign, Crown Jewel, Tiara.

The Royal 3D Liquid Lustre Set ($28.00) (Limited Edition)

LORAC rules this season with The Royal 3D Liquid Lustre Set. Give your eyes the Royal treatment with our pastel, princess-inspired, long-lasting, shimmering top coat in Opal, 24K, Rose Quartz, and Amethyst. These shades can be applied over eye shadow or worn individually on eyes and cheeks for luminous, prismatic, 3-Dimensional sparkle and shine. Own the throne with The Royal 3D Liquid Lustre Set!

The Royal Eye Shadow Collection ($38.00) (Limited Edition (ULTA Exclusive)

Give your eyes the Royal treatment with these luxuriously rich, velvety-smooth eye shadows that are fit for a Queen.  This Royal family of jewel-toned, velveteen palettes contains 16 exclusive, long-lasting, highly-pigmented eye shadow shades to create any eye look you desire for all your affairs. Own the throne with the Royal Eye Shadow Collection!

Party Palette ($24.00) (Limited Edition) (ULTA Exclusive)

Get the party started with LORAC’s Party Eye Shadow Palette! This eye-catching, sparkling palette is filled with 8 vibrant shimmer eye shadows plus 2 over-sized highlighter shades, perfect for adding sparkle and shine to your fashionable days and party nights. Be the life of the party and keep all eyes on you with LORAC. Available December 26th.

Shimmer Eye Shadow Palette  ($12.00) (Limited Edition) (ULTA Exclusive)

Black Friday Exclusive. Recreate all your favorite Hollywood classics. The beautifully packaged Sultry Starlet palette contains five ultra-pigmented shimmer Eye Shadows perfect for an everyday look.  The Vintage Vixen Matte Eye Shadow Palette contains 5 ultra-pigmented matte Eye Shadows perfect for an every day natural look.  Available November 28th.

  • Sultry Starlet
  • Vintage Vixen

Champagne Dreams Eye Shadow Palette ($15.00) (Limited Edition) (ULTA Exclusive)

Make your eyes pop with the LORAC Champagne Dreams Eye Shadow Palette! This exclusive ultra-luxe palette is packed with seven nude-inspired shimmering Eye Shadow shades that are perfect for any celebration. Cheers to the endless possibilities! Available December 1st.

The Royal Full Face Collection ($40.00) (Limited Edition (Kohl’s Exclusive)

Give yourself the Royal treatment with this luxuriously magnificent collection for eyes, cheeks, and lips that is fit for a Queen.  Includes 4 Eye Shadows, 3-in-1 Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil, Cobra Mascara, Blush, Alter Ego Lipstick, and Lip Lustre Gloss.

Royal Eye Shadow Palette ($35.00) (Limited Edition)

This exclusive and lavish trio contains three ultra-rich, color-coordinated eye shadow quads designed to create three Royal looks that are fit for a queen. Includes three quads: Plum Velvet, Gold Satin, Silver Silk.

Availability: LORAC, Amazon.com, ULTA, Kohl’s

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Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Temptalia Asks You


What bad beauty habit were you able to ditch? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerBite my nails! Picking my face! Touching my face!

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Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

MAC Catharina Ultimate Lipstick
MAC Catharina Ultimate Lipstick

MAC Ultimate Lipstick ($23.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a new and permanent formula with a shade range of ten (in the U.S., three additional shades available in Asia). The press release doesn’t have any real information regarding the formula, so going off of past years’ Couture offerings, it seems like it should be a hydrating, pigmented lipstick. These were supposed to launch online on the 24th, but I haven’t seen them pop up yet, so I’ll keep checking in hopes that the e-commerce site puts up a more descriptive blurb about the formula and will update the review if the formula makes any additional claims.

I couldn’t say for sure if this is the same formula MAC has used in their previous Couture launches (especially since that isn’t always consistent–sometimes it has been the standard formula with fancier packaging), but it feel very similar to the formula used for the Marcel Wanders’ lipsticks (which is also where the packaging is from). A few of the shades now made permanent were launched previously, too. The price is noticeably higher than the standard MAC lipstick, though only a dollar more than the Mineralize Rich Lipstick formula. Worth noting, however, is that these are 50% larger than the standard MAC lipstick. The standard MAC lipstick is $160/oz., while the Ultimate lipstick is $153.33/oz. Of course, if you rarely get through half of a lipstick, then paying less will probably make you better off. Here’s a fun fact: only a $0.50 increase from the price in 2012 (based on Marcel Wanders)!

Catharina is described as a “fuchsia.” It’s a bold, bright fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a luminous finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage, but there’s a slight translucency that gives it a lighter look applied to the lips. This shade lasted for five hours on me and was lightly hydrating. It had moderately slick, glide-on consistency with a bit of tackiness while worn. Bobbi Brown Hot Berry (P, $26.00) is darker, more shimmery. NARS Janet (P, $32.00) is darker, more shimmery. Too Faced Melted Candy (P, $21.00) is brighter. MAC Red Balloon (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Illamasqua Glissade (P, $26.00) is bluer. Estee Lauder Dominant (P, $30.00) is slightly bluer, brighter. MAC Feeling Amorous? (LE, $20.00) is more muted, redder. NARS Carthage (P, $26.00) is bluer. MAC Lickable (P, $16.00) is very similar. MAC Girl About Town (P, $16.00) is less glossy, slightly bluer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Dangerously Chic is described as a “cool mid-tone red.” It’s a medium-dark, pink-toned red with neutral-to-cool undertones and a glossy sheen. It had mostly opaque color coverage with a very creamy, emollient consistency. I didn’t experience with feathering with this shade (though I am not prone to it), and it lasted for five hours and left behind a soft, reddish stain. I found it slightly hydrating, but it was a little tacky on. MAC Frank-n-furter (LE, $16.00) is more matte. NARS Charlotte (P, $32.00) is darker. Urban Decay Mrs. Mia Wallace (LE, $22.00) is glossier. MAC True Love’s Kiss (LE, $16.00) is brighter, lighter. Urban Decay Gash (LE, $22.00) is slightly darker. Chanel La Desiree (327) (LE, $34.00) is more matte. MAC Just a Bite (LE, $16.00) is more matte. Givenchy Grenat Initie (307) (P, $36.00) is brighter. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Role Play (P, $18.00) is more matte. Maybelline Infra-red (LE, $7.49) is warmer. Giorgio Armani Red Fuchsia (503) (P, $32.00) is glossier. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Vogue en Violet is described as a “cool mid-tone violet.” It’s a fuchsia-magenta purple with cool, pink undertones and a glossy shine. It mostly opaque color payoff, and the consistency was lightweight, smooth, and had a fair amount of slip but didn’t slide around too much. It lasted for four and a half hours and was lightly hydrating. It’s a bit like a glossy version of MAC Heroine. NARS Silvia (P, $32.00) is lighter. Givenchy Croisiere Fuchsia (309) (LE, $36.00) is pinker. MAC RiRi Boy (LE, $16.00) is more matte, lighter. MAC Zen Rose (LE, $17.00) is pinker. Buxom Swinger (P, $21.00) is pinker, brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Miles of MAC by James Gager and Miles Aldridge
Miles of MAC by James Gager and Miles Aldridge

MAC has always held a very special place in my heart. I fell in love with makeup when I was a freshman in college after trying MAC’s Pigments. I was obsessed with them! The way they sparkled and shimmered, the intensity one could achieve when using them with Mixing Medium, and so I found my way down the rabbit-hole that is the world of MAC. They say that MAC is often a makeup enthusiast’s gateway drug, and it was certainly true for me.

I’ve been blogging for eight years now (October marks Temptalia’s 8th anniversary), and it never occurred to me that the blog could be much more than a hobby until MAC’s PR team sent me (little ol’ me!) an e-mail, inviting me to go backstage at San Francisco Fashion Week and attend a special press dinner for the event. When I received Miles of MAC by James Gager and Miles Aldridge ($45.00, available for $30.46 at Amazon and $32.66 at Barnes & Noble) yesterday, it really struck a chord with me, because it reminded me of the journey I’ve been on since falling head-over-heels in love with all things beauty and makeup. I remembered my time as an active member of the mac_cosmetics Livejournal community, where I learned so much about makeup and technique, and it was where I could “be” with people who also loved MAC and makeup.

Makeup is truly transformative medium, as who I am and the direction my life has gone in, would be very different had I not fallen in love when I did.  It made me feel pretty and feminine when I didn’t know I could. It helped me fake it until I made it–until I had the self-confidence with or without makeup, and it felt so empowering to be able to enjoy makeup as a source of art and self-expression.  It gave me an outlet for creativity when I was knee-deep in academia.  It gave me the opportunity to find and carve out my dream job–one I am extremely humbled and blessed to do.

I enjoyed flipping through and seeing the promotional imagery that MAC has used throughout the years and recognizing many of them (the majority are from 2007 to present). The book is as much an ode to the creativity and stories MAC has told over the years as it is to the talent of Miles Adridge, a photographer that has been responsible for many of MAC’s campaign visuals over the years.

As someone with a very personal connection with the brand, this book is a beautiful addition to my collection of beauty “memorabilia.” The book has a hardcover with 240 pages, over 200 of them are color photographs (and the remaining pages are often black with white text but still with the same quality with a light, glossy sheen and feel thick and weight between the fingertips), and there is a clear plastic jacket that protects the book itself. It seems very well-done to me with high quality printing, a variety of photos from over-the-top, avant garde makeup to more traditional beauty shots to themed collections (like A Novel Romance).

I’ve actually saved every press release MAC has sent me (hard copies) since they first reached out in 2007 (I believe MAC Smoke Signals & MAC Blue Storm were the first press samples I ever received). This is so much better, since the quality is higher with everything bound together. But truly, if one enjoys visuals from beauty campaigns, it is an interesting book and would be a great source of inspiration as it features work from some of the most well-known makeup artists in the industry, like Alex Box, Val Garland, Charlotte Tilbury, Ellis Faas. I appreciated that MAC credited these artists throughout the book but also in the “index” (of sorts), where you can see who did which promotional image and the year (I do wish they included the collection name, though). It seemed like a nice touch to me.

I thought the price was surprisingly reasonable for something as large, lengthy, and filled with color as this (plus, it’s hardcover). For the makeup lover in your life who already has all the palettes and lipsticks they could ever wear (and for a few more lifetimes), this just might be an excellent gift to give.

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Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Survey Says

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  • Your skin tone/coloring:
  • Favorite way to add sparkle to your look?
  • Best illuminating product?
  • Do you highlight underneath your eyes?