Thursday, November 21st, 2013


I’m very, VERY excited announce the launch of the Foundation Matrix 2.0!

There are now over 900 foundations and 300 concealers–with over 10,000 shades in the database. The most significantly added feature of 2.0 is voting, which allows the community to further vet matches by joining voices together when shades match, and even when they don’t. When something doesn’t match, you can let others know why–maybe it’s too light or too dark, too warm or too cool. There is strength in the power of the community; if 20 people agree that it’s a pretty good match, you’ll have more confidence opting for that shade. This will also help us better refine shades so only the best matches are shown over time.

Visit The Foundation Matrix 2.0!

The latest version of the Foundation Matrix can be used in two ways:

  • Use Your Existing Foundation: If you already know of a match (or a close match!), simply choose “use my existing foundation.” You can begin typing the brand of your foundation or select from a list of popular foundations. Once you’ve selected the brand, you’ll need to select your shade. That’s it — then you’ll get matches that the community (all of the information the original Foundation Matrix used) and staff have said may be matches.
  • Start From Scratch: If you’re not sure of a match, you can select your under tone and skin tone and see matches that correspond.


There are over 400 shades swatched across 14 different brands–and we hope to add more and more as time goes on! We would like to extend our most heartfelt thank you to these brands for supporting us by generously providing product samples of their foundation ranges so we could swatch and photograph. Thank you to (in alphabetical order) bareMinerals, Benefit Cosmetics, Bobbi Brown, Clarins, Cover FX, Dior, Hourglass, Illamasqua, LORAC, MAC Cosmetics, Make Up For Ever, Maybelline, NARS, and Urban Decay for believing in our dream and vision for the Foundation Matrix.


Additional features:

  • Filter and refine your results by brand, coverage, type, finish, and price
  • Add shades to your Vanity or your Wish List for future reference
  • Get more details about the formula by clicking “about this formula”
  • See a full breakout of voting results by viewing the shade’s page


Friday, October 18th, 2013

Free for Haul Friday

Welcome to Free For Haul Friday!

  • Haul: Guerlain Crazy Meteorites, MAC Divine Night!
  • Weekend plans:  Swatching/testing/reviewing!
  • Pen or pencil?:  Pen!

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

This week’s Mellan photo/video…


Someone spotted a bug! I love that his forehead wrinkles when he’s thinking!

Thursday, October 10th, 2013


Happy 7th Anniversary!

Time flies when you’re having fun — what a year it has been! We built the foundation of one of my dream projects, MyTemptalia, earlier this year, and we have so many cool things we’re still working on (cough, Foundation Matrix, cough) and hope to show you soon.   There are so many reminders of what life is about this time of year, and I’m so thankful and truly, truly blessed to be here today.  It is an incredible honor to be able to do something I love for a living, and it’s even more incredible that it’s become something that really has a fantastic team behind it.  From my mom and dad who have been a mentors from day one, to my now-husband who has worked tirelessly behind the scenes since the inception of the blog, and to my brother-in-law who recently joined the team this past January, who is a real code monkey.  Even my sister has helped behind-the-scenes with data gathering (much of the MyTemptalia product database was compiled by her!).  Quite honestly, every single member of my family–including extended–has given me tremendous support.

But really?  The most important person to thank is you!  Without readers, Temptalia wouldn’t be where it is today.  It is thanks to your support and your comments and your participation that we can call ourselves an amazing, thriving community of beauty enthusiasts.  Thank you for giving my life purpose, and thank you for giving me the opportunity to do this for you everyday!

To date, Temptalia has…

  • … received 949,707 comments
  • … published 15,775 posts
  • … written 5,091 review posts (some cover more than one product or shade)
  • … asked 2,187 questions through Temptalia Asks You.
  • … received 99 million visits, 289 million pageviews
  • … held over 486 contests.
  • … given 314 A+ ratings and 46 F ratings
Sunday, August 11th, 2013

Inglot #45 Blush
Inglot #45 Blush

Inglot #45 Blush ($10.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a medium orange with soft, yellow undertones and a barely-there satin finish. It’s the type of finish that becomes more and more luminous and glowy as it is blended and buffed into the skin. Maybelline Coral Burst is darker, brighter. NARS Gina is lighter. NARS Rotonde is slightly brighter. Illamasqua Expose has a redder tone. See comparison swatches.

The texture was soft but not powdery–a little drier compared to Inglot’s matte eyeshadows. It had true-to-pan color payoff that applies with quite a bit color with a normal stroke, but it can be applied with a lighter hand for a softer look. It blended out easily and looked even, smooth, and did not emphasize pores or other skin imperfections. #45 lasted well for seven hours on my skin, and it started to look somewhat faded after eight hours. I had never tried Inglot’s blush before, and I received this one last week, because Inglot is releasing individual blush palettes that come with a mirror and brush, which will retail for $11 and launching this August, so to get both the palette and the blush, you’re looking at $21 in total.

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#45 Face Blush

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The texture was soft but not powdery--a little drier compared to Inglot's matte eyeshadows. It had true-to-pan color payoff that applies with quite a bit color with a normal stroke, but it can be applied with a lighter hand for a softer look.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

5/5

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Sunday, June 30th, 2013

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Saturday, May 18th, 2013


THE SWATCH GALLERY HAS BEEN UPDATED AND REVAMPED!  Please enjoy!

Advanced Sorting and Refining

You can now sort swatches by a whole host of characteristics! Choose one, five, ten, or however specific you want to go. You can refine any search by:

  • TYPE: Try a search for blush, or refine down to powder blushes–or maybe cream and liquid blushes
  • BRAND: If you only want to see Urban Decay swatches, you can do it!
  • COLOR: Select one or more colors to see together–great for comparing but also putting together color combinations!
  • FINISH: Select one or more of our finishes so if you’ve wanted a matte version of a frost, you can find it!
  • UNDERTONE: Prefer cool undertones? You can make it so only those shades show up.
  • AVAILABILITY: Only want to see permanent shades? No problem! (You’ll also see all shades marked with DC, LE, or P on the upper right-hand corner.)
  • PRICE: Trying to find a red lipstick under $25? We have you covered!

Select your parameters, then click “FILTER” and let us do the magic! :)


Compare

You can compare (or “combine,” if you want to create color combinations or product pairings) up to eight shades together by clicking “compare” underneath each shade you wish to see together. Once you’ve selected all shades you want to see together, go to the top of the page and click “compare.” You can still drag and drop shades to compare as well! What’s great is that it will output a permanent link, so you can save and return to it or share with friends (and you’ll see me including this in new posts going forward, and it will also be become part of the post at a future date!).  See the example below live here.


Lip Products – Not Just on Lips!

You can now compare swatches of lip products on skin or as applied on lips. To see lip products swatched on lips, simply click “See Lip Products Swatched on Lips.”

Add to Vanity/Wishlist Quickly, Quick Reviews

While we intend to roll out ways to add products and shades to your vanity in a faster, more bulk-friendly kind of way, displaying shades in the gallery is an easy way to see everything in one place if you have a lot of MAC lipsticks or Urban Decay eyeshadows! You’ll find our Vanity and Wishlist icons there–and you can continue to love and leave products or quickly review them.