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Best of MAC Cosmetics | Temptalia’s Favorites

I am, obviously, a long-time fan and user of MAC products. You know, the blog was started because of my love for MAC makeup, right? It’s only going through the brand’s permanent line that one realizes just how many memories and favorite products there have been over the years that are from MAC! Of course, with so many formulas and shades to choose from, I thought I’d share my favorites from some of their formulas since they are currently offering 25% off to MAC Select members (you can still join and get the discount!) both in-store and online through 12/4.

MAC Eyeshadow

MAC Eyeshadows

MAC Eyeshadow ($16.00 for 0.05 oz. / $6.000 for 0.05 oz. pan only) is an extensive range of shades from Matte to Luster, cool to warm, white to black. Here are a few of my very favorites: Soft Brown (crease/transition shade), Lucky Green (nice pop of shimmery green), Satin Taupe (shimmery taupe), Brown Script (reddish brown), Bronze (classic shimmery brown), Cranberry (warm, reddish plum), Sumptuous Olive (muted olive green), Antiqued (rich copper), Plumage (subdued teal), Blackberry (mauve, nice in the crease), Deep Damson (matte plum), and Vex (amazing blended with black or blue). But check out swatches of my long-time go-tos (a more extensive list) — I love a lot of the core, neutral mattes and Veluxe Pearl shades.

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MAC Cosmetics / MAC Cosmetics (Canada)

MAC Lipstick

MAC Lipstick

MAC Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.10 oz.) remains a staple in many stashes because of the extensive range of colors and finishes. The permanent line alone has around 200 options! A few months, I went through and swatched all of the existing shades, so I am well-prepared for this one! Some of the more recently released shades that I’ve enjoyed have been ones like Charred, Deep Rooted, and Lavender Jade, while some classics that I favor are Captive (bold plum), Cherish (one of my first beiges), Plumful (my first “dark” shade), Velvet Teddy (a nice peach-brown), Craving (rich plum, like a more pigmented Plumful), Twig (rosy mauve), O (a shimmery, reddish plum), Crosswires (pink-coral), Brick-o-la (warm, medium-dark pink), and Viva Glam IV (shimmery plum). Here is a larger list of a lot of shades I’ve loved and worn over the years that I would recommend, check out the list and view swatches.

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MAC Cosmetics / MAC Cosmetics (Canada)

MAC Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Liptensity

MAC Liptensity Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a recently released new, permanent formula that features a natural finish, rich pigment, and good wear. You can check out my round-up, but here are the top four performing shades: Marsala, Galaxy Grey, Claretcast, and Mulling Spices

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MAC Cosmetics / MAC Cosmetics (Canada)

MAC Viva Glam Lipstick

MAC Viva Glam Lipstick

MAC Viva Glam Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a long-time favorite, because it is a charity line that donates 100% of the selling price–not proceeds, profits, or some unknown amount–every penny of the price goes towards the MAC AIDS Fund. MAC releases limited edition shades that are part of the Viva Glam family each year, but the permanent shades of Viva Glam are well-worth a look. (These aren’t included in the sale, but they are so, so worth checking out.)

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MAC Cosmetics / MAC Cosmetics (Canada)

MAC Lipglass

MAC Lipglass

MAC Lipglass ($16.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) comes in several options, from sheer to opaque, cream to shimmer. I tend to prefer the more shimmery ones, as they have longer wear (due to the tackier consistency) but have a high-shine, shimmering finish that works well alone or layered on top of another lipstick. Here are a few from the permanent line I’d recommend: Explicit, Lovechild, and Nymphette.

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MAC Cosmetics / MAC Cosmetics (Canada)

MAC Extra Dimension Eyeshadow

MAC Extra Dimension Eyeshadow

MAC Extra Dimension Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a pigmented pressed eyeshadow that can be used wet or dry and has a lot of shimmer to it. Some of the ones I’ve loved have been Silver Sun, Sea Worship, and Fathoms Deep.

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MAC Cosmetics / MAC Cosmetics (Canada)

MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish ($33.00 for 0.31 oz.) is finally a permanent product! There are only four shades so far, but here’s hoping we’ll see even more going forward. From the permanent line, these are my top two picks: Double-Gleam and Soft Frost.

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MAC Cosmetics / MAC Cosmetics (Canada)

MAC Pigment

MAC Pigments

MAC Pigment ($22.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a loose, multi-tasking product, but I tend to use mine on the eyes! They are a lot less messy than typical loose eyeshadows because there are binding ingredients in it, which help it apply, adhere, and blend on the skin without falling out during application. Here are some of my favorites: Chartreuse, Golden Olive, Museum Bronze, and Heritage Rouge.

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MAC Cosmetics / MAC Cosmetics (Canada)

MAC Vamplify

MAC Vamplify

MAC Vamplify ($20.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is still a limited edition formula (make it permanent, MAC, please!), but there are several shades still available to purchase! Of the ones available, I highly recommend: Anything but Demure, Fab Tested, What’s Going On, and Tuned In.

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MAC Cosmetics / MAC Cosmetics (Canada)

MAC Pro Longwear Blush

MAC Pro Longwear Blush

MAC Pro Longwear Blush ($28.00 for oz.) has some of my real must-have blushes from the brand, as I tend to prefer blushes with more of a satin to luminous finish. These are my favorites: I’m a Lover, Make You Mine, Eternal Sun, and Fleeting Romance.

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MAC Cosmetics / MAC Cosmetics (Canada)

MAC Brushes

MAC Brushes

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MAC Brushes are well-known; despite having numbers, so many of them are used by those in the beauty community! The ones I reach for the most are: 239 (all-over eyeshadow application, blending), 242 (cream eyeshadow application), 266 (brows), 205 (mascara), and 158 (cream blush/contour)

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MAC Cosmetics / MAC Cosmetics (Canada)

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Temptalia’s Trios | Recommended Picks for Holiday 2016

The idea behind “Temptalia’s Trios” was to recommend three specific products/shades within a theme, and each theme is broken into categories–like skin tone, budget, or undertone–to make it easier to find recommendations that may best apply to you (or your gift recipient!). I’ve specifically included a healthy mix of gift sets/limited edition holiday offerings as well as permanent picks.

Just Diving In

These are my recommendations for those who may just be getting into makeup this year and some key products from each category, plus a few I’ve pulled out that are more affordable and indulgent.

Everyday Blushes

You’ll find my picks for more “everyday” kind of blushes for different skin tones here, and then a few budget-friendly and luxury indulgences as well!

Highlight & Shine

Like the blushes, you’ll find three recommendations by skin tone, then three options that are more budget-friendly and three that are totally indulgent.

Eyes on the Prize

It’s easy to get lost in a sea of palettes, but here are my top picks depending on the type of look you’re going for or your budget!

Let’s Talk Lips

Here are some of my set and shade recommendations based on the kind of lip color you’re after, as well as some budget and luxury favorites.

Best Brushes | Holiday 2016 Gift Guide

Best Brushes | Holiday 2016 Gift Guide

It’s that time of the year again:  holiday gift guides aplenty!  This year, I’ve broken out my gift guides into best of selections for blush, eyeshadow, highlighter, lipstick, lipgloss, palettes, and brushes.  These guides feature permanent formulas so that they can be useful anytime during the holiday season or even into next year.  For limited edition holiday products, you can check out our list of the top 50 highest-rated holiday products, which updates as I post more reviews for holiday products. Here’s a look at a few of my must-have brushes (there are so, so, so many more I wanted to include!):

Chikuhodo GSN-09 Eyeshadow Brush

Chikuhodo GSN-09 Eyeshadow Brush<

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Chikuhodo GSN-09 Eyeshadow Brush ($25.00) is a small-medium, dome-shaped eyeshadow brush made out of gray squirrel hair. The narrower width allows it to apply color more precisely, which is helpful if you’re using more than two or three colors on the lid. It packs on, sweeps, and diffuses eyeshadow beautifully. The edge also fits into the crease area well and can apply color there, too. It’s incredibly soft and silky against the skin, but it still picks up plenty of product, so you don’t sacrifice color payoff in your application. This is a brush that I have multiples of!

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Beautylish

Chikuhodo Z-4 Cheek/Highlight Brush

Chikuhodo Z-4 Cheek/Highlight Brush

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Chikuhodo Z-4 Cheek/Highlight Brush ($73.00) medium-sized, blush brush with a domed edge and tapered bristles (so the lengths get shorter as you move outward from the center). It’s not a rounded brush, more flattened, but it is not really thin or flat. The brush is made out of gray squirrel. It’s excellent for applying soft, even color along the cheeks with minimal blending required.

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Beautylish

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Best Lipglosses | Holiday 2016 Gift Guide

Best Lipglosses | Holiday 2016 Gift Guide

It’s that time of the year again:  holiday gift guides aplenty!  This year, I’ve broken out my gift guides into best of selections for blush, eyeshadow, highlighter, lipstick, lipgloss, palettes, and brushes.  These guides feature permanent formulas so that they can be useful anytime during the holiday season or even into next year.  For limited edition holiday products, you can check out our list of the top 50 highest-rated holiday products, which updates as I post more reviews for holiday products. Here’s a look at the best lipgloss formulas I’ve tried:

Anastasia Lipgloss

Anastasia Lipgloss

Anastasia Lipgloss ($16.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is supposed to be “opaque” with “high-shine” that’s “non-drying.” It is one of the more pigmented lipglosses out there that has a smoother, more cushion-y consistency that typically spreads well across the lips. My experience from wearing the formula is that they are often lightly to moderately hydrating and wear three to five hours. Check out our list of the top 15 Anastasia Lipglosses, plus here are of my favorite shades are: Weekend Barbie, Purple Rain, Orchid, and Warm Bronze.

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Sephora, Ulta, Macy’s

Tom Ford Patent Finish Lip Color

Tom Ford Patent Finish Lip Color

Tom Ford Patent Finish Lip Color ($52.00 for 0.07 fl. oz.) is supposed to be a “lip stain with an ultra-glossy finish” that has “intense, vibrant color” and “long-lasting high shine.” The formula feels lightweight, almost watery, when initially applied but thickens and feels more like a moderately tacky gel after thirty to forty seconds. It has great staying power with the glossiness lasting for six hours and the color itself still going strong eight to ten hours later (after two meals and coffee)–by the end of the day, it has more of a natural sheen to it (like a lip stain) but looked even. It does stain as well. I would forget that I was wearing it, which is a testament to how comfortable and hydrating it is for all-day wear. The coverage is nearly opaque but has that slight translucency that you would expect to see in a lip stain. Some of my favorite shades are: Infamy and Red Corset.

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Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Saks

Best Lipsticks | Holiday 2016 Gift Guide

Best Lipsticks | Holiday 2016 Gift Guide

It’s that time of the year again:  holiday gift guides aplenty!  This year, I’ve broken out my gift guides into best of selections for blush, eyeshadow, highlighter, lipstick, lipgloss, palettes, and brushes.  These guides feature permanent formulas so that they can be useful anytime during the holiday season or even into next year.  For limited edition holiday products, you can check out our list of the top 50 highest-rated holiday products, which updates as I post more reviews for holiday products. Here’s a look at the best lipstick formulas I’ve tried:

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick ($26.00 for 0.15 oz.) is supposed to have “bold, creamy color” with “extreme moisture, soft texture, and creamy wear.” The majority of the range is very pigmented–typically opaque with one pass–with a few shades being semi-opaque but usually buildable. The majority of the shades I’ve tested have been lightly hydrating to non-drying and fairly comfortable to wear for the long-haul. They wear longer than average, from four to eight hours, depending on the intensity and propensity of the shade to stain. The range is rather extensive with over 30 shades, so you may find our top 15 best Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipsticks list useful. Some of my favorite shades are: Pickled Ginger, Kale, Sour Cherry, and Spritzer.

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Sephora

Best Eyeshadow Palettes | Holiday 2016 Gift Guide

Best Eyeshadow Palettes | Holiday 2016 Gift Guide

It’s that time of the year again:  holiday gift guides aplenty!  This year, I’ve broken out my gift guides into best of selections for blush, eyeshadow, highlighter, lipstick, lipgloss, palettes, and brushes.  These guides feature permanent formulas so that they can be useful anytime during the holiday season or even into next year.  For limited edition holiday products, you can check out our list of the top 50 highest-rated holiday products, which updates as I post more reviews for holiday products.  I hope you find this list of top performing eyeshadow palettes helpful!

Anastasia Modern Renaissance Palette

Anastasia Modern Renaissance Palette

Anastasia Modern Renaissance Palette ($42.00 for 0.35 oz.) includes 14 eyeshadows that come in a mix of warmer neutrals and pops of pink/red. For a mostly matte palette, it actually applied quite well to bare skin, and I didn’t have issues blending out the majority of the shades. The eyeshadows adhered exceptionally well to bare skin without sheering out or becoming patchy. The majority of the shades were pigmented and wore for seven to eight hours.

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Sephora, Ulta, Macy’s

BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes Palette

BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes Palette

BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes Palette ($19.00 for 1.58 oz.) contains 28, metallic eyeshadows. I picked this up a couple of months ago, because it was getting a lot of buzz, and I’ve been really impressed by the quality overall. Only a few shades had issues, and they were fairly minor (slightly less pigmented, could apply better with primer or with a dampened brush). The majority of the eyeshadows were very pigmented, applied beautifully on bare skin, blended out easily, and lasted for seven to nine hours on me (without primer). As they are all shimmery, it may not work as well as an all-in-one-look palette, though. If you like your high-shimmer, metallic eyeshadows, it’s well worth checking out!

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BH Cosmetics

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