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Friday, August 1st, 2014

Free for Haul Friday

Welcome to Free For Haul Friday!

  • Haul: YSL Fetiche palette
  • Weekend plans: Celebrating family birthdays!
  • Vintage or modern: Modern

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Friday, August 1st, 2014

MAC A Novel Romance Eyeshadow Quad
MAC A Novel Romance Eyeshadow Quad

MAC A Novel Romance Eyeshadow Quad ($40.00 for 0.19 oz.) is a mix of cool neutrals ranging from a green-gold to a dark brown. This quad was more consistent in quality across the board with most shades being decent to good. For those who often find warmer-toned neutrals to be difficult to work with, you may enjoy these murkier, more subdued ones. It will launch with the rest of the collection on August 14th online, August 21st in-stores.

My Fantasy is described as a “pale neutral olive [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a light-medium, green-tinged gold with a frosted sheen. It had good pigmentation that applied smoothly and evenly. The color wore well for eight hours before fading slightly. bareMinerals Golden Coast (LE) is darker, warmer. MAC Rose Blend #3 (LE) is similar. MAC Golden Hours #3 (LE, $21.00) is lighter. Tarina Tarantino Secret Pond (LE) is darker. Chanel Convoitise (90) (LE, $36.00) is a cream product, lighter. Urban Decay Blitz (LE, $18.00) is darker. bareMinerals Standing O (P) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Fall in Lust is described as a “mid-tone cool grey mauve [with a Frost finish].” It’s a cool-toned, taupe with a gray leaning and a soft, frosted finish. This shade had good color payoff, and the texture was blendable but a little powdery. I didn’t notice any fading until after eight and a half hours of wear. Chanel Tisse Gabrielle #3 (P) is darker, more shimmery. Laura Mercier Sable (P, $22.00) is warmer, less shimmery. MAC Phresh Out #4 (LE) is more shimmery. Urban Decay Bust (P, $18.00) is slightly cooler-toned. NARS Lhasa (P, $24.00) is darker, cooler-toned. MAC Romance Me (LE, $15.00) is warmer. MAC Twilight Falls (LE, $21.00) is darker. See comparison swatches/ view dupes.

Dance in the Dark is described as a “deep blackened brown [with a Matte finish].” It’s a cool-toned, dark brown with a matte finish. It had fairly good pigmentation, and the texture was a little dry and thin but not too difficult to work with. It wore well for eight hours before fading. This is a repromote. Chanel Charming #5 (LE) is slightly warmer.MAC Midnight Flurry (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Showstopper (LE, $15.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Rising Passions is described as a “greenish charcoal with gold pearl [with a Velvet finish].” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm, reddish undertones and an olive gold shimmer. It had good pigmentation that applied evenly and smoothly. The consistency was soft but not powdery, and it lasted for just over eight hours before showing a bit of creasing. MAC Collective Chic #3 (LE) is darker. Too Faced Leopard (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (more similar in the pan than swatched). MAC Well Put Together (LE, $15.00) is warmer. NARS Mekong (P, $24.00) See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Glossover

LE
palette

A Novel Romance

B+

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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My Fantasy

A-

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Fall in Lust

B+

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Temptalia Asks You


What are your top five brands you’d like to see available in your country? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerBarryM, SUQQU, Laduree, Lunasol, GOSH. With the internet, you can get nearly anything you want (just depends on how much you want to pay and/or how many hoops you want to jump through), but I’d love to be able to see/touch/easily obtain from those brands.

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

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

MAC A Passionate Quest Eyeshadow Quad
MAC A Passionate Quest Eyeshadow Quad

MAC A Passionate Quest Eyeshadow Quad ($40.00 for 0.19 oz.) is a mix of cool pink and purple. Three of the four shades were quite good, with the very last shade being somewhat of a miss (not a total miss, but it could be better). They work well together, and there is a good mix of finishes and contrast in the palette so there are several looks that could be created from it. It will launch with the rest of the collection on August 14th online, August 21st in-stores.

The Wrong Man is described as a “light cool dusty pink [with a Satin finish].” It’s a light pink with subtle cool, lavender undertones and a mostly matte finish. It looks primarily matte, even if it is listed as a Satin. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and blendable, while it lasted for eight hours on me. Tarte Pink Outside the Box (LE) is lighter. NARS Bouthan #1 (P, $24.00) is lighter. MAC Dynamic Duo 4 #1 (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Miss Piggy Pink (LE, $15.00) is darker. Benefit Pinky Swear (P, $20.00) is lighter. Benefit Pause for Applause (P, $20.00) is slightly more lavender. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Serenade is described as a “mid-tone orchid pink with blue duochrome pearl [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a warm-toned, medium pink-shimmered plum with a frosted finish. It had nice pigmentation, and the texture was fairly smooth and easy to use. On me, the color didn’t show signs of fading until after eight hours of wear. MAC Violet Blend #3 (LE) is warmer. Fyrinnae Meerkat (Pressed) (P, $8.25) is darker. Milani Pink Twice (P, $6.99) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Brazenly is described as a “rich eggplant [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a brightened, medium-dark plum with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was soft and buttery. It’s still one of MAC’s better LE eyeshadows (it is a repromote). It wore well for eight and a half hours before starting to slightly fade along the outer edge. MAC Hidden Motive (LE, $15.00) is a touch lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Seductive Rose #4 (P) is darker. Chanel Delicatesse #4 (LE) is darker. MAC Double Feature #1 #2 (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned. Guerlain Boulevard du Montparnasse #6 (LE) is cooler-toned. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Overlook (P, $14.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Stay Sultry is described as a “deep violet navy [with a Satin finish].” It’s a dark purple with navy micro-shimmer over a satin finish. It had so-so color payoff, and the texture was on the drier, thinner side. This was the miss of the palette, though in practical terms, if you apply it as a crease/outer lid color with a fluffier brush, it performs a bit better than it looks. I wish it was softer, so it would be easier to blend out (and probably would have had better color payoff!). It lasted for eight hours on me before showing a little creasing. This is a repromote. theBalm #5 (P, $6.50) is bluer. theBalm The Stroke (P, $16.00) is similar. MAC Double Feature #8 #2 (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Ron Ron Run (LE, $15.00) is more matte, a touch lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Glossover

LE
palette

A Passionate Quest

A-

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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The Wrong Man

A-

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Serenade

A-

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, July 31st, 2014

The Hit List

What’s the Most Luxurious Lipstick Formula that you’ve tried?

Share your pick!  And don’t forget to share why :)

Guerlain Rouge G or Cle de Peau Extra Rich!

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

MAC An Amorous Adventure Eyeshadow Quad
MAC An Amorous Adventure Eyeshadow Quad

MAC An Amorous Adventure Eyeshadow Quad ($40.00 for 0.19 oz.) contains a mix of smoky shades from teal to brown to black. Two of the four shades are part of the permanent range, and one is a repromote (so check your stash if you’re a long-time collector!). I was pleased to find that the quality was fairly good overall. It also reminded me a bit of the color combination from YSL’s Fetiche palette, though they aren’t dupes (just similar “at a glance”)

Sable is described as a “gold plum with bronze pearl [with a Frost finish].” It’s a medium brown with warm, orange undertones and a frosted finish. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was soft, smooth, and blendable. The color lasted for eight and a half hours on me before fading. LORAC Mocha (P) is cooler-toned. Too Faced Cote d’Azur (P, $16.00) is slightly lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Orchid Haze #2 (P) is lighter. MAC Pink Sensibilities #1 (LE, $21.00) is m ore shimmery, lighter. Makeup Geek Brown Sugar (P, $5.99) is less shimmery. Anastasia Truffle (LE) is less shimmery. Clarins The Essentials #9 (LE) is similar. CoverGirl Scorching Cocoa (355) (P, $4.99) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sex & the Oyster is described as a “mid-tone seafoam green [with a Veluxe Pearl].” It’s a muted, medium-dark green-leaning teal with a soft, frosted finish. It had a drier, thinner texture that resulted in semi-opaque color payoff. It was buildable on the lid, so it was more workable than it looked initially. The color started to fade after eight hours of wear. This is a repromote. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #7 (LE) is brighter. bareMinerals Deep Sea (LE, $14.00) is brighter. Sephora Collection Midnight Swim (16) (P, $13.00) is darker. Urban Decay Hijack (LE, $18.00) is bluer. bareMinerals Editor’s Pick (LE) is slightly brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Brawn is described as a “mid-tone plum brown [with a Satin finish].” It’s a muted, medium-dark taupe brown with subtle warm undertones and a satin sheen. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was soft, silky, and very easy to blend. I could see this being a real workhorse crease shade for some. It wore well for just over eight hours on me. MAC Cocktail Black (LE, $15.00) is darker. Chanel Tisse Rivoli #4 (P) is darker. Urban Decay Vengeance (LE, $18.00) is darker. YSL Saharienne #3 (P) is more shimmery, darker. Tom Ford Beauty Unabashed Eyeshadow #2 (LE) is lighter, cooler-toned. Givenchy Taupe Velours (5) (P, $23.00) is more matte, warmer. Too Faced Woolen Mittens (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Black Tied is described as a “black with silver sparkle [with a Velvet finish].” It’s a dark black with silver sparkles over a matte finish. This might be one of the best versions I’ve ever tried of this shade (it’s part of the permanent range)–it was intensely pigmented and very soft and silky. It started to show signs of fading after eight hours of wear. Chanel Tisse Riviera #4 (P) is less shimmery. Tarina Tarantino Lovely #5 (P) is less sparkly. bareMinerals Black Leather (LE, $14.00) is less sparkly. Urban Decay Lovesick (LE, $18.00) Illamasqua Zeitgeist (P, $25.50) bareMinerals Penthouse (LE) See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Glossover

LE
palette

An Amorous Adventure

B+

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Sable

A

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Sex & the Oyster

C+

Product

7.5/10

Pigmentation

7/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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