Friday, April 24th, 2015

Choose or Lose

Did you find a new favorites this spring season?

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Friday, April 24th, 2015

Make Up For Ever #1 and #2 Artist Palettes
Make Up For Ever #1 and #2 Artist Palettes

For summer, there are two new, limited edition Make Up For Ever Artist Palettes ($42.00 for 0.54 oz.); one available in neutral hues and the other in a mix of brighter shades. All of the shades are shades available in the permanent Artist Shadow range, and they all swatched and appeared consistent with the singles I have (in fact, a few seemed even creamier!). The Artist Shadow formula remains a favorite for me, and it’s honestly a formula that has spoiled me when it comes to really easy-to-use, intensely pigmented, long-wearing eyeshadow.

The palettes had a surprising heft to them, though they are slim and don’t seem overly large. Each palette has a large mirror, though it doesn’t stand up on its own. The side that holds the eyeshadows seems to have most of the weight, which led me to expect it to be magnetic and allow for the eyeshadows to be removed (like last holiday’s case), but unfortunately, they seemed glued in. I tried using tweezers to remove four shades (at random) from each palette, but nothing was budging. I hope Make Up For Ever will consider making future Artist Palettes interchangeable, because I think that makes them more versatile, and then you can rearrange to suit your needs over time or for a trip. The other aspect worth pointing out is that most shades have noticeable shimmer; there are no official mattes in the palettes, but there are three satins.

Each pan is 24mm in diameter, and visually, they appear about the same size as your average eyeshadow pan (think MAC, Urban Decay, Makeup Geek), though it is very slightly smaller (MAC eyeshadows are 26mm in diameter). The pans contain 0.06 oz. a pop, whereas a full-sized Artist Shadow contains 0.08 oz. (and retails for $21!). The value of the palette is $141.75 based on $21/0.08 oz., though Make Up For Ever has a discounting system if you buy two or three (plus the coordinating case) individuals at a time. Based on that, you could get three for $44 or $44/0.24 oz., which would give the palette a value of $99. Another way to look at it is the cost of purchasing all nine individually, and presuming you buy in trios to maximize your discount, you would spend $132. As long as you’d use at least three shades in it, then you’ll pay less than purchasing the three as singles (you would get more product, but a little goes a long way with these).

I’ve been slowing working my way through all the Artist Shadows, so I’m hoping to review these palettes (and their single counterparts, if any differences) soon. You can also see swatches grouped together in the Swatch Gallery for the #1 (Nudes You Need) and #2 (Electric) palettes if you prefer a gallery view.

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Friday, April 24th, 2015

Free for Haul Friday

Welcome to Free For Haul Friday!

  • Haul: Make Up For Ever Artist Palettes, Becca Lip Souffles, Marc Jacobs Summer Eyeliners
  • Weekend plans: So, we ended up going to Monterey on a whim (big mistake, never going again on a weekend; Carmel is better if you can only go on a weekend day) last weekend, so this weekend we’ll put those shelves in. I hope!
  • What was the last movie you watched?: We just re-watched all of the Toy Story series, so the third!

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This week’s Mellan photo…

Big nose!

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

Temptalia Asks You

Do you remember your first make-up purchase? What was it? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerI believe it was a bunch of makeup from Benefit and then a few eyeshadows from MAC – I remember Benefit Show Offs! and an eyeshadow brush (the latter I still have) along with MAC Amber Lights, Antiqued, and Bronze (I think those were the three).

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Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

The Hit List

What’s the Most Long-Wearing Lipstick Formula that you’ve tried?

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

A lot of the liquid lipsticks last a long time, like OCC Lip Tars, Too Faced Melted Lipsticks, KVD Liquid Lipsticks, etc. I prefer the first two as they’re long-wearing and don’t destroy my lips and tend not to bleed/feather.

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

MAC Huggable Lipcolour

For summer, there are ten limited edition hues of MAC Huggable Lipcolour ($20.00 for 0.11 oz.) launching online on May 7th and in-stores on May 14th. I have nine of the ten to share with you–I should have reviews soon, but here are swatches :) Also working on getting the official promo images for the campaign.

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