Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

With the season of Friends & Family sales upon us, holiday wish list-building, gift card giving (and receiving), I’ve created my top recommendations and picks from brands’ permanent ranges from three categories: eyes, lips, and cheeks. I’ll also have a budget-friendly list coming soon. This post features some of my absolute favorite, high-performing eye products. Are any of these formulas/shades on your list? Which ones would you suggest to someone looking to indulge?

For more recommendations, I suggest browsing my past reviews by rating or seeing what products I’ve given the Temptalia Recommends designation. For a list of all my favorites, see the Editor’s Choice Awards.

Ardency Inn MODSTER Manuka Honey Enriched Pigments

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This is an impressive eyeshadow formula, particularly if you love your shimmery finishes! The shimmer finishes have an extraordinarily creamy, buttery, smooth texture with amazing color payoff. The satin/matte finishes are soft, finely-milled, but less creamy and a bit powdery. Full Review

Where to Buy

$21.00 at Sephora

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow

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This is a new formula for 2014, but it made quite the impression on me with its long-wear, highly-pigmented, easy-to-blend formula. There are over 200 shades to choose from, and I can tell you that it’ll be difficult to narrow it down. Some noteworthy shades of more interesting coloring (and high quality): S836 Pink Ash, S632 Hazelnut, S556 Taupe Gray, S228 Petrol Blue, ME930 Black Purple, ME828, ME624 Black Gold, ME302 Peacock, ME338 Acidic Green, M660 Speculous, M646 Latte, M630 Sweet Chestnut, M548 Pink Gray, M546 Dark Purple Taupe, I824 Ocher Pink, I628 Reptile, I550 Olive Gray, I544 Pink Granite, I542 Pinky Clay, I328 Bronze, I324 Bronze Khaki, I238 Blue Cedar, D830 Black Rose, D716 Crystalline Papaya, D562 Taupe Platinum, D320 Golden Khaki, D236 Lagoon Blue, D104 Black Diamond. Full Review

Where to Buy

$21.00 at Sephora

Chanel Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow

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Chanel put out a new eyeshadow formula that really impressed this year. They’re nicely pigmented, silky-smooth, and long-wearing with several combinations to choose from. Favorites include: Tisse Rivoli, Tisse Venitien. Full Review

Where to Buy

$61.00 at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus

NARS Kauai Eyeshadow Duo

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Both shades were very, very pigmented with an incredibly soft, almost creamy, texture. The consistency was dense, buttery, and over-the-top metallic. Full Review

Where to Buy

$35.00 at Sephora,
Beauty.com

Urban Decay Naked Palettes

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If you haven’t given any of the Naked iterations a look-see, they are well worth considering. They remain some of the best neutral palettes on the market and give you a lot of product for your money. Full Review

Where to Buy

$54.00 at Sephora,
Beauty.com

NARS Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base

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This continues to be my go-to primer for enhancing application and color payoff as well as for extending wear. I love that it has a colorless base, so it doesn’t change the eyeshadows I put on top of it. Full Review

Where to Buy

$25.00 at Sephora,
Beauty.com

NARS Eye Paint

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I love that these are a double-duty product–both a cream eyeshadow as well as a gel eyeliner–that works beautifully both ways. Favorite shades include: Iskandar, Snake Eyes, Tatar. Full Review

Where to Buy

$25.00 at Sephora,
Beauty.com, Nordstrom

Make Up For Ever Artist Palette

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A permanent palette featuring the brand’s Artist Shadow formula with eight shades ranging from beige to deep plum. Compact and perfect for travel with an excellent, high quality formula. Full Review

Where to Buy

$42.00 at Sephora

Dior Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow

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If you favor cream eyeshadows for quick washes of color or like simpler looks with one or two products, I really love the way these shimmer and blend out on the skin. Favorites include: Aventure, Meteore, Millenium. Full Review

Where to Buy

$31.00 at Sephora, Nordstrom

Chikuhodo GSN-09 Eyeshadow Brush

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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, if you don’t have a go-to crease brush (or sometimes get lazy, in my case). Full Review

Where to Buy

$25.00 at Beautylish

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

We are officially in the season of holiday sales and deals, and what better way to prepare than to compile a list of the best limited edition holiday products, sets, and palettes that we’ve tested so far? We’ve created a full page featuring twenty of the highest performing palettes, sets, and limited edition shades released this season. Check out OUR HOLIDAY MUST-HAVE LIST!

The Best of the Best: Holiday Palettes & Gifts (2014 Edition)
Get all the details and see the full list of products here!

Sunday, October 5th, 2014

What are your favorite budget-friendly brown eyeshadows?  I’d love to hear about your personal favorites and recommendations.  Here are five of mine:

  1. Makeup Geek Barcelona Beach — a medium brown with a semi-matte finish
  2. Maybelline Downtown Brown — a shimmery bronze
  3. Inglot #422 — a shimmery, deep brown
  4. theBalm #1 — a lightly shimmered dark brown
  5. Inglot #363 — a cool-toned brown with a matte finish

>> See side-by-side swatches! <<

Saturday, October 4th, 2014

You don’t have to spend a lot to add a really great fuchsia lipstick to your stash! Here are a few of my favorites :) I’d love to hear yours!

  1. Fyrinnae Sexy Nerd — a gold-shimmered fuchsia pink
  2. Revlon Lollipop — a glossy fuchsia pink
  3. NYX Pink Lyric — a pop of muted fuchsia pink
  4. Milani Violet Volt — a metallic fuchsia-magenta
  5. Maybelline Fuchsia Flash — a bright, luminous fuchsia

>> See side-by-side swatches! <<

Sunday, September 21st, 2014

Gray can be a very versatile shade to have in one’s stash, as it can be used to darken (without overwhelming, like a black eyeshadow might) any shade, but it can also be used to add depth and dimension. What are your favorite grays?

  1. Makeup Geek Galaxy — a medium-dark, shimmery gray
  2. Urban Decay Desperation — a medium-dark, lightly shimmered gray with warm undertones
  3. MAC Typographic — a matte, medium gray
  4. MAC Nehru — a matte, medium-dark gray with cooler undertones
  5. Inglot #451 — a shimmery, cool-toned gray

>> See side-by-side swatches! <<

Saturday, September 20th, 2014

One common color combination I feel I’ve been seeing more often as we get into autumn is a mix of copper, gold, and plum. Here’s my current favorite mix of shades in that vein! :) These could all be worn together or as three or four shades.  Subra is great for making the look appear smokier, cooler, while Goddess and Deep Damson create dimension with their less frosted finishes.  I’d love to hear what shades you’re using to recreate the combination as well.

  1. Make Up For Ever ME728 Copper Red — a metallic, golden copper
  2. Makeup Geek Goddess — a satiny, orange with hints of brown
  3. Make Up For Ever ME654 Cauldron — a rich bronze with a frosted sheen
  4. MAC Deep Damson — a matte, plummy burgundy
  5. NARS Subra — a deepened yet muted purpled burgundy with a soft, frosted finish

>> See side-by-side swatches! <<