The Tempting 10 — September 2013 Edition

September is the beginning of all things autumn for me. The temperatures have already started to cool down by me, though it’s still warm overall, the nights are cooling down. I’ve always been partial to September, as I am a September baby 🙂 Usually, the real start of fall begins with my first sip of Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte, but they already brought it back (and it was delicious!). By this point, I’ve typically reviewed several fall color collections, which is perfect timing so I can include some of those favorites while they can still be purchased. This month’s Tempting 10 features more recently released shades from the fall collections, but I still wanted to highlight a few favorites that you can find all year-long.

  1. Dior Millenium — a shimmering warm-toned, pewter in a cream formula that can be used as a sheer wash or built up for more intensity.
  2. Sugarpill Cold Chemistry Palette — it is such a perfect mix of deep, smoky shades for fall with excellent color payoff across the board.
  3. Color Club Beyond — a deep, warm, smoky gray-black with holographic shimmer–like ash from a crackling fireplace with dancing, fiery bits of shimmer.
  4. Urban Decay Vice — a rich, plummy purple polish with a soft, shimmering pearl.
  5. Milani Purr-fect Purple — a vibrant, rich purple eyeshadow with shimmer–perfect for accenting the eye!
  6. Tom Ford Love Lust — it’s a warmer, more muted coral, so it’s a lovely transition shade from summer to fall
  7. Guerlain Madame Batifole — creamy, hydrating, incredibly pigmented, and long-wearing makes this a rich, fuchsia-shimmered berry-red a true joy to wear.
  8. Tom Ford She-Wolf — it’s pricey, but not only is it a palette I could easily see myself reaching for time and time again, it was a palette that readers gravitated towards. It was easily one of the most viewed products from all fall color collections!
  9. Benefit Rockateur — a rose gold blush is subtle, wears well, and reminds me of the colors of autumn; rusty in a way, but still warm and inviting.
  10. Too Faced Pretty Rebel Palette — ten glorious shades of bold, bright, eye-catching shadows with buttery, soft, and smooth textures and excellent color payoff.

I hope you’ll consider sharing your must-haves for September in the comments! Here’s a quickie list to get you started…

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Dior Etoile (021) & Lune (001) Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadows

Dior Etoile (021) Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow ($30.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a soft, light-medium pewter–it’s gray and gold mixed together. It’s one of the sheerer shades in the range, and it was buildable to about 90% opacity, but it’s not as pigmented as the other shades. Because it’s a lighter shade, it can still function and work well, and in some cases, looks better when applied as a wash compared to the darker shades in the range–but I think you have to want it and know what you’re getting yourself into. If you like pewter-ish shades, you might try Millenium instead, as it is darker and more pigmented. Guerlain Two Styslih #1 is similar but a powder. Dior Constellation #2 is warmer. MAC Greenluxe #3 is darker, warmer. MAC Palladium is more metallic. MAC Vex is cooler-toned. MAC Arctic Grey is similar but powder. Giorgio Armani #19 is lighter, more frosted. See comparison swatches.

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Dior Etoile (021) Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow
Dior Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow Etoile (021)
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9.5
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
89%
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Dior Chimere (821) & Meteore (661) Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadows

Dior Chimere (821) Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow ($30.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a dirty peach with pink and gold shimmer and a frosted, slightly metallic finish. It had mostly opaque color in one layer, but two layers made it fully opaque. It could also be sheered out for a wash of shimmer. Too Faced Ringleader is lighter, warmer. Aveda Bare Bellis is more matte. theBalm Stubborn is less metallic. theBalm Third Eye Blinded is less pink. Maybelline Inked in Pink is pinker, lighter. MAC Jete is similar. Giorgio Armani #7 is slightly pinker. See comparison swatches.

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Dior Chimere (821) Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow

Dior Hypnotique (881) & Millenium (381) Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow

Dior Hypnotique (881) Fusion Mono Eyeshadow ($30.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a smoky, plummy brown with multi-colored micro-shimmer and subtle saprkle. It has warm undertones and a frosted finish. In a single pass, it was mostly opaque, and from there, it can be layered once more for full opacity or sheered out for a wash of color.
Disney Rococo is warmer, lighter. NARS Calabria is brighter, purpler. MAC Black Slip is less sparkly. MAC Frozen Violet is similar. MAC Round Midnight is purpler. L’Oreal Smoldering Purple is purp,er cooler-toned. Illamasqua Queen of the Night is lighter. Chanel Variation #4 is warmer, lighter. See comparison swatches.

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Dior Hypnotique (881) Fusion Mono Eyeshadow

Dior Aventure (081) & Cosmos (281) Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadows

Dior Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadows ($30.00 for 0.22 oz.) were recently released, and they come in a total of eight shades. The new Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow formula is supposed to have a mousse-gel texture “that easily glides onto lids and sets with a mirror-shine effect.” It is supposed to have “vivid, multidiemsnional color and luminous finish.” The formula also provides for a “three-in-one makeup look,” which means it can be applied softly when used with a finger, more intensely when applied with a brush, and then used with a liner brush as an eyeliner (so says the press release). I bought four initially and have been working with them over the past week, and on Friday, I received the remaining four, so I hope to have reviews for all of them available soon.

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Dior Aventure (081) Fusion Mono Eyeshadow
Dior Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow Aventure (081)
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
96%
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Dior Destin (382) & Galaxie (992) Vernis Nail Enamels

Dior Destin (382) Vernis Nail Enamel ($24.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is a metallic, warm-toned taupe. It’s a warm, gray-ish brown with threads of white metallic shimmer. To that end, there are visible brush strokes. The color itself was opaque after two coats, and the consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin. Dior’s wider brush did help minimize the brush strokes and how wonky they may have looked with a skinnier brush. Both Rescue Beauty Lounge Be Humble and Cult Nails Let’s Get Dirty are lighter, less brown, less metallic. See comparison swatches.

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Dior Destin (382) Vernis Nail Enamel