Saturday, June 20th, 2015

Temptalia Asks You


What would you like to see in an upcoming collection? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerI would love to see duochrome lipsticks with a pearly sheen, slightly luminous.

Thanks to Sue for today’s question! Do you have a question idea? Submit yours here.

Saturday, June 20th, 2015

This was a tough one, because MAC’s range is ridiculously expansive and most formulas have a lot of shades, so it can be difficult to narrow it down to a mere ten favorites! (You can check out my initial pull of favorites here.) I’ve only included permanent favorites, but these are some of my all-time favorite MAC products from over the years.  What are your favorite MAC products, past or present?

  1. MAC Satin Taupe Eyeshadow
  2. MAC Lucky Green Eyeshadow
  3. MAC Blue Peep Fluidline
  4. MAC Marque Lipstick
  5. MAC Sea Worship Extra Dimension Eyeshadow
  6. MAC Viva Glam I Lipstick
  7. MAC Be a Lady Lipstick
  8. MAC Copperplate Eyeshadow
  9. MAC Fathoms Deep Extra Dimension Eyeshadow
  10. MAC Lovecloud Blush

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

Saturday, June 20th, 2015

NYX Spice Cake Intense Butter Gloss
NYX Spice Cake Intense Butter Gloss

NYX Spice Cake Intense Butter Gloss ($5.99 for 0.27 fl. oz.) is a brightened, medium-dark berry with cool undertones and a cream finish. It had rich, opaque color coverage that applied beautifully with even, smooth color. On me, it lasted for almost five hours and left behind a slight stain. The formula was comfortable to wear but not hydrating. Urban Decay Quiver (P, $22.00) is lighter, warmer. Milani Ravish Raspberry (06) (P, $5.49) is lighter, warmer. Milani Berry Tempting (05) (P, $5.49) is lighter, less pigmented, warmer. Maybelline Amethyst Potion (045) (P, $8.99) is more shimmery, lighter, less pigmented. Urban Decay Big Bang (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker, less glossy. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

NYX Toasted Marshmallow Intense Butter Gloss ($5.99 for 0.27 fl. oz.) is a deepened, medium-dark plum with cool undertones and a cream finish. It had good color payoff that went on smoothly and evenly, though this one emphasized lip lines just a smidgen. The color wore well for four and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. MAC Ruby (LE, $20.00) is lighter, less glossy. Revlon Embellished (P, $7.49) is warmer. Marc Jacobs Beauty Fame (206) (P, $28.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

NYX Tres Leches Intense Butter Gloss ($5.99 for 0.27 fl. oz.) is a light-medium, pinky-peach with warm undertones and a cream finish. This shade seemed extra glossy to me compared to others in the range. It had mostly opaque pigmentation, but the milkiness of the gloss seemed to make it prone to pulling into lip lines, and it did settle into them further as the gloss wore on (for four hours). It did apply better than a lot of similar-hued glosses do, though. MAC Boy Bait (P, $20.00) is lighter. Buxom Creamsicle (P, $19.00) is cooler. NARS Giza (P, $26.00) is warmer. MAC On the Scene (LE, $20.00) is lighter. Divergent Supreme Ritual (LE, ) is lighter, warmer. MAC Summer Sweetheart (LE, $15.00) is lighter. Divergent Natural Virtue (LE, ) is warmer. MAC Poetic (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Chic Supremacy (LE, $15.00) is lighter. Charlotte Tilbury Bardot Beige (P, $22.00) is lighter, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Formula Summary: NYX Intense Butter Gloss ($5.99 for 0.27 fl. oz.) is supposed to be a very pigmented gloss that “keeps lips soft and glossy without being sticky.” They are typically very pigmented, but some shades apply better than others; when they apply well, they’re really a great option for anyone who likes their gloss more pigmented. They have a medium-weight consistency that is heavier than the original Butter Gloss formula with light tackiness that develops over time. It’s not hydrating but not usually drying either. The gloss wears four hours on me on average, and the formula has a slight vanilla scent to me, but it seems a little synthetic (something off about it) but had no discernible taste to me.

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Friday, June 19th, 2015

Temptalia Asks You


What’s your favorite facial feature? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerEyes!

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Friday, June 19th, 2015

Choose or Lose


Do you prefer to purchase directly from the brand or from a larger retailer?

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Thanks to Cas for today’s question!

Friday, June 19th, 2015

Free for Haul Friday

Welcome to Free For Haul Friday!

  • Haul: Smashbox #ShapeMatters palette, LORAC Pro Metal palette (review shortly), Zoeva palettes
  • Weekend plans: Father’s Day feast!
  • Do you like receiving gift cards as gifts?: I don’t mind them! If that’s what makes someone’s life easier on a gift-giving occasion, I’m happy, as I can purchase whatever makes sense at the time.

Share your pet photos to the Temptalia Pets flickr group! :)

This week’s Mellan photo…


Isn’t he a gentleman? 😀