If you were to design a makeup room, what would it look like?

If you were to design a makeup room, what would it look like? Share!

[temptalia_answer]It’d be a large room with sliding glass doors to let a lot of natural light in but with lush curtains that could black out the light if it was too much (and also to keep the room cooler during hotter months!). There would be one large wall with glossy black, floating shelves for displaying various favorites and pieces, and on the opposite wall would be makeup storage dressers. The remaining wall would have a long vanity with a large mirror. And then a bathroom en suite for my sink!

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

Housekeeping: A Few September Updates!

Brand Summaries

Brand Overviews

Now, when you browse a brand’s page, you’ll find an overview what we’ve reviewed, top rated products, popular products, as well as how the brand has rated across general categories. This was inspired by reader @nonamemary’s suggestion that she’d like to go to a page and get an overview of the brand, like their best/worst products. You can access brand pages by clicking the brand in a product badge or through the product database’s sub-navigation. Here are some of the popular brands, and you can see how they rank now (there are plans to aggregate this data in the future):

Temptalia's Favorites

My Favorites

You can easily access my current and all-time favorites on all pages; it is located in the top navigation labeled as “Favorites.” Favorites are broken down by monthly (what I’m currently enjoying in particular), all-time favorites (typically formulas), and recently recommended products. Monthly favorites may include limited edition favorites, but for all-time, I have kept it to formulas that are permanent/currently available. Check out my favorites!

Best of Holiday 2015

Best of Holiday 2015

Last year’s best of compilation seemed to resonate well with readers, so we’ve created this year’s Best of Holiday 2015, which is automatically being updated as new holiday products, sets, palettes, and so forth get reviewed. It currently has around ten products, so it’s still very much a work-in-progress (it will eventually show a top 15). As it fills up, you’ll see this linked more prominently, but it’s fun to see how the rankings change. (Okay, maybe fun just for me, ha ha!)  Check out Best of Holiday 2015 so far!

Welcome to the newest Temptalia!

WELCOME TO THE NEWEST VERSION OF TEMPTALIA! We have been working on this continuously for the last six months: an entire recode and redesign of every bit and piece of Temptalia. We hope the changes make the site easier to use, features more accessible and useful, and if we’re really lucky, a little faster, too. :) The new design is responsive, which means that the site will be better displayed for the device you’re using it with, like your phone, tablet, or desktop/laptop computer. We have also made some of our features more robust and have taken a lot of suggestions over the last year into consideration and implemented many of them across the site. If you find any errors or encounter bugs, please report them in the comments section below and let us know what device and/or browser you were using at the time. (Thank you!!)

Known Errors

These are errors/things that need to be added that we’re working on but aren’t instant fixes. We hope to clear these within 1-3 days.  Update on 8/9: most of these will (hopefully!) be fixed Monday and Tuesday of the upcoming week.

  • Sorting/refining functionality minimized on some features (notably, Foundation Matrix) – to be expanded soon
  • Price Slider on Mobile:  to be added soon
  • Advertising Reskin overlaps right sidebar
  • Swatch Gallery:  brand drop menu is missing from refine results – in progress
  • Blog Post: Dupe List should show Brand + Shade name
  • Unrated products sometimes show up as Fs
  • Newsletter preview image not showing up Fixed
  • Add back +Vanity icon to Glossovers
  • Scale thumbnails in Swatch Gallery/Dupe List to force size
  • Adjust sizing on Samsung tablets

We have plenty of things we still need to do: more features to add, like better and more sorting capabilities, enhancing user wish lists and vanities, and things of that nature — so there is more to come! We hope to get on a shorter release cycle with regular updates rather than one giant one soon. Here are some of our favorite improvements that you’ll find this time around:


  • Dupe Lists: Reviews now showcase the top 15 dupes, ordered by similarity with the % similar displayed within the review.
  • Compare Any Two: pull up any two swatches (that I’ve done) on the fly to make your own comparison from any review
  • Reader Reviews: see a summary of readers’ reviews for a formula (you can also add your own!)
  • Larger standard photo size (760px, previously 550px) going forward

Product Database

Swatch Gallery

The Dupe List

The Foundation Matrix

  • Shareable shade matches: easily save and share top matches by specific shade for referencing later (here are mine for MAC NC25!)
  • Refined algorithms and result ordering

Sneak Peek: MAC Nordstrom’s Finest Eyeshadow Palette Photos & Swatches

MAC Nordstrom's Finest Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Nordstrom’s Finest Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Nordstrom’s Finest Eyeshadow Palette ($85.00 for 0.68 oz.) includes fifteen eyeshadows, with each being full-sized (the palette is the same size as the empty 15-pan palettes MAC sells). The palette contains an assortment of permanent shades as well as limited edition/exclusive shades, though some of the shades in this palette that may seem new were released in the Gravitas palette, which was limited edition (Soft Brown, Luscious, Carbon, Persuade, Plummed are repeats). I believe only Chains of Love and Felt haven’t been released before (based on my log of MAC eyeshadows). Full review soon(ish)!

See more photos & swatches!

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