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Friday, July 11th, 2014

NARS Gifting for Fall 2014 - Smokey Eye Kit
NARS Gifting for Fall 2014 – Smokey Eye Kit

Smokey Eye Kit ($59.00) (Limited Edition)

For Fall 2014, NARS Cosmetics introduces the NARSissist’s most coveted essentials for eyes with the Smokey Eye Kit. The limited-edition kit features a compact with three must-have shadows for captivating, compelling eyes, a mini Via Veneto Larger Than Life® Eyeliner and a newly designed travel size Wide Contour Brush #43 for easy application on the go.

  • Madrague I
  • Bali
  • Mekong
  • Via Veneto Mini
  • Wide Contour Brush #43 Travel-sized

Availability: July 15th at NARS online, August 1st at boutiques and department stores

Friday, July 11th, 2014

Choose or Lose


Which do you use more often at home: eyeshadow singles or palettes?

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Friday, July 11th, 2014

Marc Jacobs Beauty Shooting Stars (316) Lust for Lacquer
Marc Jacobs Beauty Shooting Stars (316) Lust for Lacquer

Marc Jacobs Beauty Shooting Stars (316) Lust for Lacquer ($28.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is described as a “berry mauve with shimmer.” It’s a muted, medium-dark brick red-plum with pink shimmer and subtle sparkle. It had warm undertones. I actually found this type of color hard to dupe in gloss-form, particularly because of the coverage of this one. Maybelline Almond Aura (130) (LE) is lighter, less red/plum. Bobbi Brown Uber Suede (P, $24.00) is browner. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This was part of a 1,000-point Sephora offering, but it is being added to the full range. Right now, there’s early access to it direct from Marc Jacobs Beauty, but Sephora has it listed (along with another new shade, Satisfaction) as coming soon. It’s part of the full-coverage portion of the formula, and it did, indeed, have full, opaque color coverage. The consistency was lightweight, smooth, and comfortable to wear with a lightly hydrating formula. This shade wore well for five hours on me, and it was non-sticky (except by the very last hour, it was very slightly tacky) with a sweet mint scent.

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Friday, July 11th, 2014

Free for Haul Friday

Welcome to Free For Haul Friday!

  • Haul: I bought several of Nordstrom’s beauty exclusives, though none will be here until next week: 2x Dior Fusion Eyeshadows, 2x Dior Addict Fluids, MAC Kits/Sets, Chanel highlighting powder
  • Weekend plans: Spend some time with my baby Mellan! I feel like I’ve been busier than usual this week and want to do something special with him.
  • Fiction or non-fiction?: Fiction for me!

Share your pet photos to the Temptalia Pets flickr group! :)

This week’s Mellan photo/video…


Someone loves his giraffe!

Friday, July 11th, 2014

NARS pastorale, Milos, Amarapura Nail Polishes
NARS pastorale, Milos, Amarapura Nail Polishes

Today, I have three of the more metallic-finished polishes from the newly reformulated NARS Nail Polish ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.), which will have a total of 43 permanent shades. The official launch is July 15th, and both the formula and the brush have been changed. According to the brand, the formula is supposed to “improve wear and strengthen nails” with a “flexible, high gloss finish.” In the past, I’ve experienced really strong, long-wear (up to ten days with minor tip wear; after seven, tip wear appears very minor). I tested five shades–Thasos, Elbrus, Obscura, Pastorale, and Zakynthos–for wear, and they were fairly consistent with minor tip wear after seven days but no chipping (no top or base coats were used). I really liked the brush, as it wasn’t overly wide; I could still apply polish to my pinky nail (which is my narrowest nail) without getting polish all along the cuticle/skin along the nail. Most shades dried down faster than average, and generally, they applied well without streaking, bubbling, or pooling along the edges with good color coverage.

NARS Pastorale Nail Polish ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “rose gold.” It’s a light-medium, pinky-copper–it really is rose gold–with a metallic, foil-like finish. There were almost no visible brush strokes, as nearly all of them disappeared once the polish dried. The color was opaque after two coats of polish, and it dried quickly. This shade lasted for seven days with minor tip wear on me. Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Charm (112) (P, $18.00) is more shimmery, more orange. Estee Lauder Shimmering Bronze (LE, $20.00) is darker. Deborah Lippmann Glamorous Life (LE, $19.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Milos Nail Polish ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “rich gold.” It’s a shimmery, buttery yellow gold with a frosted finish. It was mostly opaque after two coats, and there were very subtle brush strokes–I really only noticed them at angles. The consistency was on the thicker side, and the drying time was longer than any of the other shades I tried, and it was unforgiving if you applied a second coat too quickly. Zoya Kerry (P, $9.00) is yellower. MAC Immortal Gold (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler-toned. Dior Or Divin (LE, $24.00) is more orange. Chanel Gold Fingers (LE, $27.00) is darker, yellower. ORLY Flare (P, $5.00) is darker. China Glaze Champagne Bubbles (LE, $7.50) is darker, yellower. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Amarapura Nail Polish ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “silver chrome.” It’s a brightened, medium silver foil with a metallic, foil-like finish. It really looks a lot like tinfoil on the nails! It was fully opaque after two coats, though it was almost opaque after a single coat. The consistency is slightly thin but not problematic, and there are very slight visible brush strokes but most of them disappeared after the polish dried down. Cult Nails Lethal (LE, $12.00) is more shimmery. China Glaze Cheers to You (LE, $7.50) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Temptalia Asks You


What is your least favorite part of your beauty routine? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerRight now, it’s a toss up being washing/drying my hair and trimming/filing my nails.

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

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