Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

If you’ve caught some of the more recent review posts, you’ll notice a new rating system is in place. I’ve long wanted to change the criteria within the rating system, and the time has come to do so. Though these have always been part of the review–just not so transparently–I’ve decided on a new set of parameters to provide you better insight on where points are going (or getting lost) and really providing an overall score that is representative of the product. I also felt that it was time to make our system more distinct and truly ours as rating systems have gained popularity over time.

The biggest change is in the removal of the “value” metric, which I had always based a product’s price/quantity ratio compared against the average price/quantity ratio of similar products from comparable brands. From using value in the rating system for the past couple of years, I’ve found that value is simply too subjective. Some are looking for quantity, others are looking at low final cost–even if you get a metric ton of blush. One person may find a $10 eyeshadow is cheap, while another finds $15 outlandish. I will, of course, continue to talk about value and in particular, speak on products that really fall below or above, but it will be in the written review and not a component of the total score.

The Glossover

coming-soon

Introducing: The Glossover -- The Rating System

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I hope you enjoy the new rating system! It is our hope that it will make it easier to understand our overall grades and provide a more helpful summary when you are not sure you want to read the whole post!

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

Results
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  • PRODUCT looks at whether the product does what it is supposed to do. If it’s a curling mascara, did it curl? If it’s waterproof, was it?
  • PIGMENTATION looks at whether the product is as pigmented as it is supposed to be. Products that are supposed to be sheer will not get 0/10 because they are not pigmented–I am looking for the level of pigmentation to be in sync with the product’s description.
  • TEXTURE looks at whether the product has a good consistency for the type (e.g. you wouldn’t want a gritty cream blush, right?) and how it contributes to a better product.
  • LONGEVITY looks at how well and long a product wears. If a product is supposed to last all day, does it?
  • APPLICATION looks at how easy the product is to apply–do you have to experiment with ten different eyeshadow bases to get the eyeshadow to pop? Is it difficult to blend?
  • PACKAGING looks at functionality, sturdiness, and overall appeal. This is less about whether it’s pretty (as “pretty” to me may be ugly to you!) and more about if it pumps out an appropriate amount, if it will withstand being tossed in a purse, and so forth.

There is a total of 50 points available, and once actual points are totaled, a final letter grade is assessed, which you will find on the lower right corner of The Glossover. Directly to the right of each component of the rating system will be my final thoughts–just as before–but displayed in a more eye-catching format. The “where to buy” component will now be listed above The Glossover, which is typically the end of the written review.

We do recognize that there are some product categories (notably, hair care and skin care) that do not fit within this rating system, and we are still determining whether certain categories really require a rating system (like fragrance or skin care) and/or need their own rating system.

Over the next few weeks, I will be moving through past reviews to bring those rating systems moved over to the new system. I expect only slight variations in grades–particular for products that were either very below or above value–but otherwise, the overall grades are getting clarified and refined.

Updated @ 11:49AM PST:  We tweaked font sizes and colors and hope that it has satisfied at least some of your concerns. Thanks!

Friday, April 1st, 2011


Temptalia… the Magazine!

Launching in June, we’re bringing you exclusive content, editorials, and in-depth testing by our expert panels.  We’ll showcase how the newest products can work for you by using a variety of models representing the full spectrum of skin tones.  Expect tips and tricks by highly talented artists and industry professionals–that will work for you, even if you won’t be walking the red carpet any time soon!

Get all the details! Continue reading →

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011


Did You Know? Temptalia’s Sidebar

With over four years’ worth of content (8,997 posts to-date!), it can be difficult to navigate through past content.  We try do categorize/tag posts as appropriate, but we also use our sidebar to highlight certain categories, features, or posts that we think are helpful or “most wanted” in a sense.  We have always had these, but based on your feedback, you can now find the following tabs in our sidebar (which is on nearly every page!):

  • LAUNCHES shows the eight most recent posts for new collections and product launches from all brands.
  • MAC LAUNCHES shows the eight most recent posts for new MAC collections and product launches.
  • DRUGSTORE REVIEWS shows the eight most recent reviews for drugstore/budget beauty products (we also have a category for all budget beauty reviews under Features).
  • FEATURES shows the various extras we have available to readers–like the Foundation Matrix and the Dupe List–so you can always get to them quickly.
  • REVIEWS BY RATING shows all of the rating tags (which have always been in place) but in one spot, so you can browse by rating with ease.  (Please keep in mind, however, that we did not rate products from the beginning, so not all reviews are rated and therefore do not show up through these tags.)
  • AFFILIATES shows various retailers that Temptalia has an affiliate relationship with.  If you want to help support Temptalia, when you click through one of the affiliate links and make a purchase, we will receive a small percentage (2-5% typically) of your purchase total.
Wednesday, February 16th, 2011


Temptalia FAQ – 200+ Questions!

This is only a temporary FAQ, as we work to build a robust question and answer system that enables better searching and the like, I wanted to take a moment to point it out, because it has quite a lot of information. There are over 200 questions and answers ranging from typical questions (when did Temptalia start? what does Temptalia mean?) to many answers about product recommendations.  The FAQ is not exhaustive and consists of questions that are, naturally, more general in nature.

I urge you to check it out and–for now–do a quick search for your question (something like CTRL+F).  If you have a question that is not answered by the FAQ, please free to ask it here.  If you are looking for dupe, one excellent place to start is The Dupe List.  I’m always happy to answer any questions that have not been addressed elsewhere, so feel free to ask here.

I am no longer answering questions about dupes, recommendations, etc. through e-mail; you must use our Formspring, which is a Q&A service.  You do not have to register, and unless you do, they are anonymous.   I look forward to answering your questions–just note that while I work to answer quickly and frequently, it may take a few days (which is why we have built so many resource posts and features, to help answer potential questions instantly).

Check out the new FAQ!

Check out the new FAQ!

Check out the new FAQ!

Sunday, February 13th, 2011


Give Us Your Feedback: Temptalia App

One feature we have been asked to implement is some sort of app for Temptalia on mobile devices like iPhone, iPad, Blackberry, etc. We would very much love to create something for you but ultimately want to create an app that is useful to you. If you could help us by filling out this brief survey and telling us what features you would want to see (both “dream” features and core features), it would be very much appreciated. Thank you!!

Take the survey! Continue reading →

Monday, January 24th, 2011


Welcome to Temptalia v. 2011!

Ahh, did you notice a lil’ change?  I mean… I hope so! :)  After weeks of arguing, designing, tears, midnight snacks, we’re so proud to bring you the newest version of Temptalia.  We have a few more features to implement over the next month or so, but for now, we hope you’ll enjoy the new layout and design.

In the meanwhile, if you spot any bugs or errors, please let us know along with the following information:

  • Page/element you were viewing that is wrong
  • Browser you were using at the time
  • Any other relevant information (screenshots are helpful, too)

Our mobile site will be updated and changed over the next day or two!