Monday, March 29th, 2010

Temptalia Asks You


What’s your least favorite step in your makeup routine? Curling lashes? Setting your makeup? Mascara?

Temptalia's Answer.

I think my least favorite is curling lashes… I always forget!

Monday, March 29th, 2010

Rant & Rave

This Week’s Topic: CREAM BLUSH!

Your Mission: Tell us what you love, hate, or are otherwise indifferent to about cream blush products and all that those entail.

Monday, March 29th, 2010

Best Lipstick

The Spring Season: Temptalia’s Favorites

After many, many months of swatching and testing, these are my favorites–a whopping eighteen of them! During the Spring Season, we featured cooler nudes (9), cooler pinks (8), soft corals (8), lipglosses (15), warmer nudes (15), and warmer pinks (17) for a total of 72 different lipsticks and lipglosses in varying shades of soft coral, nude, and pink.

Comments & Thoughts

When I picked my favorites, I went through all the different folders I had for Spring Season shades and marked the ones I loved.  At the end, I wound up with eighteen–a little much, but who says there is a limit on favorites?  I do, however, obviously gravitate towards certain shades and tones over others.

  • #1 (Benefit I’m With the Band), #3 (Cle de Peau #2), and #17 (NP Set Mauritius Lipgloss) are all in the same family.  #3 is my favorite of this shade family, though.
  • I also love the texture of Cle de Peau’s Extra Silky Lipsticks, which necessitated the inclusion of both #4 (Cle de Peau #103) and #5 (Cle de Peau #106).  You’re just lucky I held off on including #124, too!
  • Oh, Guerlain! Similarly, Guerlain’s Rouge G lipsticks still have my heart–as evidenced by #6 (Guerlain Garance), #7 (Guerlain Gardenia), #8 (Guerlain Gemma), #9 (Guerlain Georgia), and #10 (Guerlain Guerlinade).  I haven’t found a dupe (nothing even similar enough to bother talking about!) to Garance nor Gardenia, but I feel like Gardenia may be substituted with a peachy nude and satisfy some enough.  Gemma is similar to #12 (Korres #22).  Guerlinade may be duped the best (based on my current lipstick repository) by #14 (MAC Freckletone), but Freckletone is significantly sheerer, glossier, and brighter/peachier–Guerlinade looks more muted in comparison, and obviously creamier and more opaque.
  • #8 (Guerlain Gemma) is similar to #9 (Guerlain Georgia) except with that cool gold sheen and a rosier pink base, but #12 (Korres #22) is like a more muted version of #8, too.  #8 is my favorite of the three, but #12 comes close and it’s what, a third of the price?
  • #11 (Korres #13) is a lighter, pinker version of #15 (MAC Velvet Teddy).
  1. Benefit I’m With the Band Lipgloss
  2. Chanel Santal Rouge Allure Laque
  3. Cle de Peau #2 Gloss
  4. Cle de Peau #103 Extra Silky Lipstick
  5. Cle de Peau #106 Extra Silky Lipstick
  6. Guerlain Garance Rouge G Lipstick
  7. Guerlain Gardenia Rouge G Lipstick
  8. Guerlain Gemma Rouge G Lipstick
  9. Guerlain Georgia Rouge G Lipstick
  10. Guerlain Guerlinade Rouge G Lipstick
  11. Korres #13 Natural Pink Guava Lipstick
  12. Korres #22 Rose Guava Lipstick
  13. Lancome Voile de Rose Lipstick
  14. MAC Freckletone Lipstick
  15. MAC Velvet Teddy Lipstick
  16. NP Set Mauritius Lipgloss
  17. Smashbox Splendid Lipstick
  18. Urban Decay Naked Lipstick
Monday, March 29th, 2010

Coral Lipstick

The Spring Season: Coral Lipstick Wrap-up

Though a smaller part of our Spring Season, we featured several softer shades of coral (don’t worry, brighter corals are coming!).  If there’s anything these measly eight coral shades have told me… it’s that I need to start hunting for some non-Guerlain corals and see how they match up!

  • #3 (Guerlain Orange Sequin) is like a more orange version of #1 (Chanel Santal).
  • #6 (Guerlain Garance) seems like a richer, more pigmented version of #7 (Smashbox Splendid).
  • Wish we could have found a dupe for the ever luxe #2 (Cle de Peau #124).
  1. Chanel Santal Rouge Allure Laque
  2. Cle de Peau #124 Extra Silky Lipstick
  3. Guerlain Orange Sequin Lipstick
  4. Guerlain Brit Rouge G de Brilliant Lipstick
  5. Guerlain Corail Passion Lipstick
  6. Guerlain Garance Rouge G Lipstick
  7. Smashbox Splendid Lipstick
  8. Urban Decay Indecent Lipstick
Monday, March 29th, 2010

Temptalia Asks You


What summer collection are you most looking forward to? If you can’t remember the names, all of the ones we’ve seen so far can be found here.

Temptalia's Answer.

Chanel’s Pop-up de Chanel Collection (those aquas!), Lancome’s bamboo-ish bronzer, Guerlain’s Meteorites…

Sunday, March 28th, 2010

Spring Glosses

The Spring Season: Lipgloss Wrap-up

Did you know that it’s easier to swatch multiple lipsticks at once than lipglosses? Who knew! Let’s take a look back at the lipglosses featured in the Spring Season…

The closest dupe to #4 (Cle de Peau #2) is #3 (Chanel Pin-up), but it’s not quite as pigmented or as golden-peach; #1 (Benefit I’m With the Band) also comes close, but it’s a good deal pinker.    However, #12 (NP Set Mauritius) is the closest in the “feel” of #4–but it’s milkier, creamier–has a very obvious nude base but gives the same sheen/effect.  #12 is also similar to #7 (Le Metier de Beaute Apricot Creme).

Predictably, #1 (Benefit I’m With the Band), #3 (Chanel Pinup), #4 (Cle de Peau #2), #8 (MAC Nymphette), and #11 (NARS Orgasm) are all in the same family.  I often hear comments comparing these shades to NARS Orgasm, but I have to tell you, on my lips, Orgasm is the sheerest and least impressive.  Cle de Peau #2 is the best, but it’s also the priciest.  I think a good affordable version is either Benefit’s I’m With the Band or MAC Nymphette.  For something even closer, I think Chanel’s Pinup does the trick.  I still love Cle de Peau #2 the best and would buy it again in  a heartbeat.

  1. Benefit I’m With the Band Lipgloss
  2. Benefit Zone Out Lipgloss
  3. Chanel Pinup Glossimer
  4. Cle de Peau #2 Gloss
  5. Dolce & Gabbana Sunset Lipgloss
  6. Korres #25 Natural Purple Lipgloss
  7. Le Metier de Beaute Apricot Creme Gloss
  8. MAC Nymphette Lipglass
  9. Maybelline Sandstone Shimmer Lip Gloss
  10. NARS Belize Lipgloss
  11. NARS Orgasm Lipgloss
  12. NP Set Mauritius Lipgloss
  13. NYX Chandelier Lipgloss
  14. Shiseido PK 406 Lipgloss
  15. YSL Golden Peony (#10) Golden Gloss