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Month in Review | November 2016

Here’s a look at the top 25 products reviewed in the month of November, plus a summary of how many products and brands were reviewed and a break out of ratings! 🙂

I think it’d be fun to go through what we used, purchased, resisted, and so forth each month, here are some questions:

  1. What were your favorites from the last month?
  2. What didn’t impress you?
  3. Did you return anything you purchase?
  4. Or successfully resist temptation?
01

simplehuman Rose Gold

PPermanent. $250.00

simplehuman Rose Gold Sensor Mirror Pro ($250.00) is the latest and greatest in the brand's mirror family. Read full review.

Wishlist
Vanity
15
Product
15
Fitness
5
Durability
5
Construction
100%
Total

02. Tom Ford Beauty Dylan

Tom Ford Dylan Lips & Boys Lip Color ($36.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a rich, medium-dark red with neutral undertones and a satin finish. Read full review.

A+

03. Colour Pop Sailor

ColourPop Sailor Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a light-medium, golden beige with warm undertones and a lightly metallic, sparkling finish. Read full review.

A+

04. Tom Ford Beauty Ashton

Tom Ford Ashton Lips & Boys Lip Color ($36.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark plum with subtle, warm undertones and a cream finish with a subtle sheen. Read full review.

A+

05. Surratt Beauty Peau de PĂȘche

Surratt Beauty Peau de PĂȘche Artistique Blush ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a bright pop of medium orange with warm, red undertones and a satin finish. Read full review.

A

06. Tarte Ethereal

Ethereal is a rich, golden copper with warm, brown undertones and a metallic finish. It was intensely pigmented with a smooth, almost cream-like consistency that wasn't too thick or dense, so it did not accentuate my lid's natural texture. Read full review.

A

07. Makeup Geek Firework

Makeup Geek Firework Highlighter ($20.00 for 0.25 oz.) is muted, dark coppery brown with warm, orange undertones and a luminous sheen. Read full review.

A

08. Makeup Geek Ablaze

Makeup Geek Ablaze Highlighter ($20.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a brighter, medium-dark copper with warm, red undertones and a golden shimmer-sheen finish. Read full review.

A

09. Tarte Fire

A

09. Tarte Fire

Fire is a medium, golden brown with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It was fully opaque in a single pass, though the texture was soft, smooth, and blendable that it could easily be sheered out if desired. Read full review.

A

10. Tarte Strobe

A

10. Tarte Strobe

Strobe is a light beige with warm, peachy undertones and a pearly sheen. It had opaque pigmentation with a soft, silky, and smooth texture that was moderately dense but not stiff or difficult to use with a blush/highlighting brush. Read full review.

A

11. Tarte Minx

A

11. Tarte Minx

Minx is a medium-dark brown with warm, reddish undertones and a metallic sheen. The pigmentation was fantastic, while the texture was smooth, blendable, and easy to apply to bare skin. Read full review.

A

12. Bite Beauty Mauvember 2016

Bite Beauty Mauvember 2016 Amuse Bouche Lipstick ($26.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark pinky plum with cooler undertones and a satin finish. Read full review.

A

13. Makeup Geek Daybreak

Makeup Geek Daybreak Highlighter ($20.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a light-medium peachy orange with warm, yellow undertones and a luminous sheen. Read full review.

A

14. Tom Ford Beauty Show It Off (Lip Color)

Show It Off (Lip Color) is a muted, medium-dark rosy plum with warm undertones and a creamy, satiny finish. Read full review.

A

15. Tom Ford Beauty Cristiano

Tom Ford Cristiano Lips & Boys Lip Color ($36.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a bold, bright medium-dark orange with strong, red undertones and a mostly matte finish. Read full review.

A

16. Tom Ford Beauty Mitchell

Tom Ford Mitchell Lips & Boys Lip Color ($36.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark plum with neutral-to-cool undertones and a cream finish. Read full review.

A

17. Tom Ford Beauty Dominic

Tom Ford Dominic Lips & Boys Lip Color ($36.00 for 0.07 oz.) is an incredibly deep red with cool, blue undertones and a satin finish. Read full review.

A

18. Colour Pop Far Side

ColourPop Far Side Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a medium-dark, golden brown with warm undertones and flecks of golden bronze sparkle. Read full review.

A

19. Tom Ford Beauty Jared

Tom Ford Jared Lips & Boys Lip Color ($36.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a bright, medium-dark fuchsia with subtle, cool undertones and a semi-matte finish. Read full review.

A

20. Tom Ford Beauty Ben

Tom Ford Ben Lips & Boys Lip Color ($36.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a deep, plummy brown with warm, reddish undertones and a semi-matte finish. Read full review.

A

21. Natasha Denona Supernova (114DC)

Supernova (114DC) is a medium brown with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had excellent pigmentation with a soft, smooth, and blendable texture that wasn't too firm or too soft in the pan. Read full review.

A

22. Makeup Geek Luster

Makeup Geek Luster Highlighter ($20.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a light, rosy copper with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. Read full review.

A

23. Estee Lauder Sly Ingenue (430)

Estee Lauder Sly Ingenue (430) Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a dark plum with subtle, warm undertones and very fine pink, fuchsia, and gold pearl. Read full review.

A

24. Colour Pop Femme

ColourPop Femme Ultra Satin Liquid Lipstick ($6.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is a deepened, grayish purple with neutral-to-warm undertones and a cream finish. Read full review.

A

25. Makeup Geek Rekindle

Makeup Geek Rekindle Highlighter ($20.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a light-medium, rosy copper with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. Read full review.

A

Breakdown |
Nov 1, 2016 — Nov 30, 2016

84%

Average Score
A
136
B
174
C
54
D
25
F
12

Total Reviews (401) — Brands Reviewed (24)

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.

Availability

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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.

Availability

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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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Sneak Peek: Too Faced White Chocolate Chip Palette Photos & Swatches

01/09

Too Faced White Chocolate Chip Palette

Too Faced White Chocolate Chip Palette

Too Faced White Chocolate Chip Palette

Too Faced White Chocolate Chip Palette

Too Faced White Chocolate Chip Palette

Too Faced White Chocolate Chip Palette

Too Faced White Chocolate Chip Palette

Too Faced White Chocolate Chip Palette

Too Faced White Chocolate Chip Palette

Too Faced White Chocolate Chip Palette ($26.00 for 0.20 oz.) is a small, compact eyeshadow palette with more neutral eyeshadows from Too Faced. Just an FYI, but if you already picked up The Chocolate Shop, this shares six shades (and one by name–Raspberry Rose–but they are not at all the same). Full review to come!

Too Faced White Chocolate Chip Palette

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Thanks to Lauren for today's question!

How do you deal with correcting makeup application mistakes?

Q-tips with makeup remover (I like micellar water ones for mistakes, because they dry down better) for cleaning up edges or wonky lines. I use liquid foundation normally, so I’ll use the same brush to diffuse any uneven or over-the-top blush (without adding more product) or use a flesh-toned loose powder to diffuse/even things out – also handy to mattify.

— Christine

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Sneak Peek: Smashbox Cover Shot Eye Palettes Photos & Swatches

Smashbox Cover Shot Eye Palettes
Smashbox Cover Shot Eye Palettes

Smashbox Cover Shot Eye Palettes ($29.00 for 0.27 oz.) recently had an early access, one-day release but will be released again shortly (12/2 on Smashbox’s website at the very least) and are part of spring’s launches. There are seven variations, and they are a slim, compact palette (they actually contain more than it seems like they would, given their size). I’ll be working through them and hope to have some reviews sooner rather than later.

Check out swatches of ALL seven palettes!

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