It’s that time again… I’m taking (begging!) your suggestions for upcoming editions of Temptalia Asks You! Here are the “rules” so-to-speak…

1.) Avoid yes/no questions like “do you wear makeup”; ideally, the question inspires discussion or more open-ended answers
2.) Avoid “what’s your favorite X” products (that’s what the Hit List weekly feature is for!)
3.) Keep it beauty-related!

-- Christine

Do you have a question idea? Submit yours here.

MAC x Selena Collection Available September 28th for MAC Select Members

MAC x Selena Collection
MAC x Selena Collection

The MAC x Selena Collection will be available September 28th, 2016 on for MAC Select members, and MAC’s official Twitter account says early access is for Devoted and Obsessed members. The collection will be available online for everyone on October 1st and in select stores on October 6th.

Updated at 6:45AM PST: Readers are reporting that the collection is now live, but there appears to be an issue with getting free shipping and one reader said they ordered but their order did not show items in the confirmation.

Updated at 1:00PM PST: MAC sent out emails to MAC Select + PRO members that the collection will be available at 4PM EST (now).

I’ve been seeing collections launch around 4-7AM PST these days, but it is always hard to say with a MAC collection.  May you all get exactly what’s on your list without losing too much sleep! 🙂 You might consider banding together and chatting amongst yourselves on this Facebook post!

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Tarte Sculpted Cheeks Amazonian Clay Blush Set & Brush

Tarte Sculpted Cheeks Deluxe Amazonian Clay Blush Set & Brush

Tarte Sculpted Cheeks Deluxe Amazonian Clay Blush Set & Brush ($35.00 for 0.20 oz.) includes four, deluxe-sized blushes and a synthetic, blush brush.

The Amazonian Clay Blush formula is supposed to have 12-hour wear along with a “supremely soft” texture. There’s a lot to like about Tarte’s formula, as it is softer (sometimes dusty), blendable, and fairly smooth with good pigmentation, but for me, I rarely get 12-hour wear–I do get between 8 and 10-hour wear, though. Unfortunately, I didn’t feel that the blushes in the set were representative of the quality of the regular formula. The blushes are disappointing; two of the four were so stiff that I had to scrape off layers of product to get enough product to transfer and show on the skin as a swatch.

Genius is a muted, medium rosy mauve with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture was incredibly powdery and dry to the touch, which resulted in a color that sheered out too easily on the skin and did not want to stick to the skin evenly. It seemed to brighten on my cheeks, almost like when a matte powder darkens on the skin due to the natural oils. It lasted for seven hours on me (which is a far cry from 12).
Tarte Irreplaceable (LE, $28.00) is brighter (95% similar). Too Faced Your Love is King (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Tarte Fetching (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Cruel Intentions (LE, $8.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Tarte Amazed (LE, $28.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Estee Lauder Pink Ingenue (P, $34.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Tarte Icon (LE, $28.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). The Estee Edit Purr Pink (03) (P, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). theBalm Houndstooth (P, $22.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). NYX Mauve (P, $5.00) is lighter (85% similar). Chanel Crescendo (250) (LE, $45.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). NYX Dusty Rose (P, $5.00) is lighter (85% similar). Tarte Live (LE, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Royal is a muted, rosy brown with subtle, warm undertones and a satiny sheen. It had such a stiff texture that made it difficult to use at all; I could not get product to transfer on my brush, and I could barely get any color to transfer after jabbing a finger in the pan–I had to scrape off layers of product to loosen it from the pan, which is what I used for swatches (both on my arm and on my face). Without scraping and mangling the powder, it had next to nothing for color payoff and not enough product to blend or diffuse across my cheeks. It lasted for eight hours on me. Makeup Geek Puppy Love (P, $10.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Surratt Beauty La Vie En Rose (P, $32.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Ven Conmigo (LE, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). Laura Geller Roseberry (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Corol #2 (LE, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Plum Ombre (LE, $55.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Unearthed (LE, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals The Guest List (LE, $22.00) is warmer (85% similar). KIKO 105 Dark Rose (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Animal Instincts (LE, $22.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Urban Decay Full Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette for Holiday 2016

Urban Decay Full Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Full Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette

Sneak peek of what’s to come…say hello to Full Spectrum —18 new shades from bold brights to matte white. #ColorUnleashed #UrbanDecay

Editor’s note: More information will be posted when we receive more information from Urban Decay. They only teased the photo thus far!


First access on October 26th at Urban Decay, then at other retailers

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The Details

Full Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette | $55.00 | Limited Edition

The new palette will feature 18 new shades, plus three returning favorites–Alchemy, Hatter, and Metamorphosis.