Sunday, September 1st, 2013

Reader Vinita requested top five picks of burgundy and red-toned purple eyeshadows–just in time for fall! It can be a difficult color for some to wear, because of the red tones, but try pairing it with warmer golds and coppers, or using it with a bright silver. It can be even used mixed with black in the crease to create a very dramatic smoky eye. You can also look for burgundies that lean brown to minimize the red tones found in them.

  1. MAC Deep Damson — a deep, dark burgundy-brown with a matte finish
  2. Le Metier de Beaute Fig — a purpled burgundy with a frosted finish
  3. Inglot #452 — shimmering burgundy with strong red undertones
  4. Make Up For Ever #311 — shimmery, deep brown-burgundy
  5. MAC Cranberry — medium-dark burgundy with a frost finish

What’s your favorite burgundy eyeshadow? How do you wear it?

Saturday, August 10th, 2013

These are five eyeshadows that I think are worth splurging on! They’ll all set you back $20 or more, but over time, these are shades that have stuck with me.

If you could recommend someone splurge on one eyeshadow, what shade would you recommend?

Friday, August 9th, 2013

Le Metier de Beaute August 2013 Beauty Vault VIP Subscription Box
Le Metier de Beaute August 2013 Beauty Vault VIP Subscription Box

Here’s a little peek and a quick overview of Le Metier de Beaute August 2013 Beauty Vault VIP Subscription Box. My box contained Nouvelle Vague Kaleidoscope ($95), Noir Precision Liquid Liner ($42), and unreleased red lipstick in a new formula ($32); and then as a one-time sign-up bonus, their Kabuki Brush ($85). I wanted to separate out the brush, so I could get a better idea of the monthly box value, which came in at $169, and then with the brush, it brought the total value of the subscription (thus far) to $254. If Le Metier de Beaute kept up with the value of their initial box (excluding the sign-up gift), it will be very, very impressive subscription service. I hope that they do, and my plan is to keep you posted as I receive my boxes so we can get a final tally.

I am not a fan of subscription boxes, and the only one I’ve ever subscribed to is BarkBox, which is Mellan. I’ve received several to consider for reviews (probably half a dozen or so various boxes), and I haven’t found them to be compelling. I think it was when I received a box that was very clearly filled with full-sized products that were getting discontinued (because they weren’t selling) and then packets of $300 skin care (good for one use!) that I was just completely turned off. When Le Metier de Beaute revealed their 12-month subscription box ($349 upfront cost, includes shipping for twelve months with one box shipped per month, which works out to be $29 a month), I was tempted, and I caved. Right now, they’re not taking on new subscribers; subscription was open for about a month, and now they’re fulfilling those subscribers. I imagine if it does well enough, generates plenty of buzz, and the like, perhaps they’ll reopen or move forward with the program.

I really liked the concept of subscribing to a brand-specific box, because if you really love a brand, it could be interesting. You already were experienced with the quality of the brand, get access to pre-release and perhaps products or shades you hadn’t considered before, but all from a brand you already loved. What I didn’t think about was if you’re actually a huge fan of the brand already, you may actually find that what you receive… is what you already have, which did happen in my case — I had purchased Nouvelle Vague (reviewed here) back in October, which is the Kaleidoscope I received, though Kaleidoscopes have varied from box to box with many seeming to receive Chauvet Pont d’Arc (jealous, I don’t have that one!) as well as Face and Lip Kaleidoscopes (all valued at $95). On the upside, Le Metier de Beaute included a yet-to-be-released lipstick formula, so you’re getting something that gives you a very inner circle feel–indeed, VIP.  Lastly, Le Metier de Beaute is a luxury brand with a price point to match, and the majority of their range costs at least $30 a pop, so I figured there was a good shot at getting your money’s worth here.

The Unreleased Red Lipstick is a deepened, cool-toned red with a matte finish. I don’t know anything about the formula, so I don’t know what claims it makes, so I’ll hold off until it’s formally released and know more about it. For now, here are comparison swatches.  As I test and work through the products, full reviews may be posted later on (I’m just rolling them into my normal procedure/schedule of testing and reviewing, so I don’t make any promises or guarantees as to when or if at all!).

One thing I wish they included: a card that highlights or features the included products — I desperately wish there was a name on the red lipstick, even if it was a working or temporary name! I also think it’s a great way to keep customers informed if they aren’t familiar with each product or formula.

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Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

I tried to pull a good variety in blues, from cobalt, purplish blues to sky blues to your bold, bright blues–and not just eyeshadows! I had to pick an eyeliner, because it’s a great way to add a bold pop of color without going full-on blue. If you want to see my picks together, the comparisons.

  1. Sephora My Boyfriend’s Jeans — a pop of cobalt blue for the lash line
  2. OCC Pond — Tardis blue for your nails
  3. Le Metier de Beaute Lapis — a beautiful, medium-dark blue with shimmer
  4. Color Club Over the Moon — a shimmering, holographic blue
  5. Inglot #426 — a brightened, medium blue

What’s your favorite blue-hued beauty product?

Saturday, June 22nd, 2013

Le Metier de Beaute Platinum True Color Eyeshadow
Le Metier de Beaute Platinum True Color Eyeshadow

Le Metier de Beaute Platinum True Color Eyeshadow ($30.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a light-medium silver with a frosted, metallic sheen. Applied dry, it had good color payoff and a frosted finish, while applied wet, it took on a more metallic finish and was fully opaque. The texture was soft, finely-milled, and smooth.  It lasted nine hours on the lid without creasing or fading (no primer). Disney Glass Slipper is bluer. L’Oreal Primped & Precious is darker. Lancome Style Section is darker. bareMinerals Cheers is lighter, less metallic. Inglot #447 is warmer, lighter. See comparison swatches.

Thunder True Color Eyeshadow ($30.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a medium-dark gray with subtle warm undertones and a satin finish. It was a little drier than I’ve experienced with other Le Metier de Beaute eyeshadows, so the color payoff when applied dry was surprisingly sheer. Applied with a damp brush, it was more intense but still a bit under-pigmented.  It wore for eight and a half hours well, and it was slightly faded after nine hours of wear (no primer). Urban Decay Asphalt is darker. Urban Decay Desperation is very similar. MAC Steel is darker, warmer. Guerlain Les Gris #1 is cooler-toned, darker, less shimmery. bareMinerals Tempest is lighter. bareMinerals Chateau is similar. See comparison swatches.

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Sunday, June 16th, 2013


Each week, Le Metier de Beaute opens up their vault and unveils product pairings where if you buy one product/set, you’ll get something else, too. One favorite seems to be a polish duo, where you buy two polishes and get two other shades for free. Long-time readers will know I fell in love with Le Metier de Beaute on my first trip to NYC (in 2009), first discovering the brand on my first ever visit to Bergdorf Goodman’s. They have many impressive products and shades and have continued to be one of my favorite brands since 2009. When Le Metier de Beaute asked if I would be interested in curating a pairing of products that my dear readers would get a discount on, it was a no-brainer.

Temptalia Curated Pairing ($94, $79.90 with discount)

Then you’ll receive these products, valued at $40…

And readers get a further discount…

  • 15% off with code TEMPTALIA. Plus, U.S. readers will get free shipping on their order (and all orders this week) :) All told, you’ll get $134 worth of products for just under $80!

Also, any Temptalia readers who sign up for their newsletter  and puts ”Temptalia” in the notes section (or sign-up while purchasing the pairing, and you won’t need to enter any additional info), will be entered to win one of ten prizes featuring $450 worth of LMDB products (Peau Vierge Dark Spot Corrector, Noir Precision Liquid Liner, Replenishing Daily Solution, Jade True Colour Eyeshadow, Chameleon True Colour Eyeshadow).  Again, there will be 10 winners, and you can be anywhere in the world and win!

Check out the curated pairing here!