MyTemptalia | Submit a Look Updates

MyTemptalia | Submit a Look
MyTemptalia | Submit a Look

We’ve just completed an update on how readers can share their looks (makeup, hair, or nails!) with the rest of the community! You’ll need to be a registered user to share your looks, but we are hoping that the updated version is more streamlined, intuitive and easier to use, while providing a better reading experience to those browsing looks.  I’m personally making a concerted effort to add my “looks” of products that I tested, so they aren’t just residing deep within a review post.  I hope you’re consider sharing your beautiful looks with the community!


  • Breakdown into distinct steps
  • Select your featured photo/rotate photos
  • Error messages if a required field/step is missed
  • Full text editor
  • Streamlined tags
  • Added product search to include specific products used in a look
  • Tooltips for colors
  • Embed your YouTube tutorial
  • Added text editor to write out text tutorial (optional)
  • Preview submitted look
  • All descriptions/information about the look now in the content pane

We’ll be tackling expanding the wish list and vanity features in the upcoming weeks–we are striving to make massive improvements to the user and community aspects of the site as our next focus.  We will be working on incorporating our product search across both features, along with better “bulk” adding, sorting capabilities, printable versions, searching within your lists, notes, prioritization, updated user interface, and more.

P.S. — We’ll be clarifying that the last step is optional by adding “optional” (always miss something!) shortly!

Sponsored: HSN x Alice Through the Looking Glass Collection Debuts

HSN x Alice Through the Looking Glass Collection

HSN is celebrating the movie release of Alice Through the Looking Glass–in theatres May 27th–in a big way!  You’ll find Urban Decay’s entire themed collection, featuring an Eyeshadow Palette ($60) and five lipsticks ($18 each), which we reviewed a couple of weeks ago–Iracebeth Lipstick was the top-rated of the launch–along with nail lacquers by OPI ($10 each) and even a decadent compact mirror by AMEDEO ($169.95).  You can also tune in to the Beauty Report tonight at 7PM EST for a special look of these products!

Better yet, if you’ve never shopped HSN before, you can get $20 off your next order of $40 or more with code 169087.

If you dig the aesthetic of Alice Through the Looking Glass, you’ll also find tons of themed treats from fashion to jewelry to accessories as HSN has teamed up with designers like Heidi Daus, Giuliana Rancic, and Vince Camuto! Below are some highlights from the launch, but you can see the full list of offerings here 🙂

The Dupe List + Swatch Gallery Updates for May 2016

The Dupe List + Swatch Gallery Updates for May 2016
The Swatch Gallery

You might have caught my mention of working on a project (which I have now determined may be never-ending!) last week, and it was all about breaking down every single swatch in the Swatch Gallery into additional characteristics: how light or dark the shade is, how cool or warm the shade is, and how much shimmer the shade has. The driving force behind this project is just the sheer number of swatches we have in the gallery and rather than continue to add colors (e.g. light brown, medium brown, not just brown), why not really drill it down into a range so that it’s never an issue again?

I’ve combed through over 30,000 swatches in the last two weeks to assign these characteristics to them, and I’ve gone through them twice more. My goal is to try to be as consistent as possible with how I categorize everything, and I know I’ve changed quite a few shades from one color category to another as well as switched some undertones since this project gave me the opportunity to really see all swatches and go through them (so if you see review text that doesn’t quite line-up, that would likely be why).

I still have more tweaking to do over the next couple of weeks to really get the shades in the best order I possibly can.  The process has been truly overwhelming (which I should have anticipated, as we’ll celebrate our ten-year anniversary in the fall!), from trying to better understand exactly what is warmer, what is warm (in the case of brighter purples), how to categorize desaturated shades that don’t look right alongside much brighter shades, even though they seem like they’re both medium in lightness/darkness, and the like.

The Dupe List + Swatch Gallery Updates for May 2016
The Swatch Gallery

It is also designed to help me help you faster by making it a little easier to narrow down dupes or easily grab a bunch–say for a medium to medium-dark, copper eyeshadow, which there are numerous ones–or I can easily bypass light blues when I know I’m only interested in navy blues. I know I’m looking forward to being able to refine brown eyeshadows or pink lipsticks better (those colors, by the way, were the most numerous in number of swatches)!  You can also do neat things like sort by editor’s highest rated and see what the highest rated medium, very cool-toned fuchsia lipstick is.

The Dupe List + Swatch Gallery Updates for May 2016
The Swatch Gallery

So while this allows for even further refinement should you be browsing swatches, it also enables us to provide much more accurate “possible dupes.” I hope this helps readers in three ways: 1) when I’ve uploaded a swatch but have not reviewed yet, you’ll now be able to see possible dupes in a meaningful way; 2) for older shades that may have less dupes, a better list of possibilities will be there; and 3) to catch any similar shades that I might have missed (I think I will miss less now, though!). (Here’s an example: MAC Invite Intrigue has not yet been reviewed, so you can see possible dupes and how very close are! I’m on the way to eliminating myself out of a job! Haha!)

We have configured the possible dupes section to be slightly broader than what would generate near-perfect dupes so that slightly lighter or darker possibilities might show as some colors have lots of dupes and others might have only a handful that are much lighter/darker so we didn’t want to go so narrow that there’d be no results too often!

The Dupe List | Dupes by Palette + Palette vs. Palette Comparison Tool

The Dupe List -- May 2016 Updates

The Dupe List was just updated with two new features 🙂 They are short and sweet but hopefully useful! As always, thank you for your support!

The Dupe List -- May 2016 Updates

Dupes by Palette

You can know get all dupes for shades within a single palette, like Viseart Boheme Dream, all at once instead of searching shade-by-shade; you can also refine the results to specific price points or by brand to compare to your stash more “at a glance” for a palette.

The Dupe List -- May 2016 Updates

Palette vs. Palette

You can now compare any two palettes that we have in the database to see if any shades from Palette A are known dupes from Palette B (or vice versa), so you can see how much overlap, if any, there might be. (Note: if the exact same shade, like MAC Carbon, actually repeats in both palettes, that will not come up as a dupe.) You can compare duos, quads, palettes, and even sets (like an eyeliner set). If you just want to compare any two specific shades, you can already do that through our compare any two swatches tool here.

Sponsored: Shiseido Synchro Skin Lasting Liquid Foundation Launches + Swatches

Shiseido Synchro Skin Lasting Liquid Foundation
Shiseido Synchro Skin Lasting Liquid Foundation

AdvertisementShiseido Synchro Skin Lasting Liquid Foundation ($45.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is the brand’s newest foundation. It’s supposed to be a “smart, oil-free, long-lasting” formula with “medium, buildable coverage” and a “modern matte, natural finish” that is “undetectable” on the skin. Check out swatches below or use the Foundation Matrix to find your equivalent shade in Synchro Skin Lasting Liquid.

Shiseido also updated their shade names to be more intuitive than their B/I/O names. When we partnered with Shiseido to swatch and photograph their newest range, we also went through other, current existing foundations to cross-reference and match everything up. The Rose shades correspond with the B shades (pinker undertones); the Neutral shades to the I shades (more neutral undertones); the Golden shades to the O shades (yellower undertones). Neutral 5 will be available in July.

Shiseido Synchro Skin Lasting Liquid

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Sponsored: QVC & St. Tropez Giveaway!

QVC & St. Tropez Giveaway
QVC & St. Tropez Giveaway

From April 1st through April 30th, QVC has a special, promotional price on the newest gradual self-tanner from St. Tropez–just in time for summer. The St. Tropez Gradual Tinted Body Lotion (Set of 2 for $39.96) is described as a “sheer, skin-perfecting coverage for a golden, sun-kissed glow that gradually builds” that “visually perfects skin with a touch of bronze to blur imperfections and illuminate skin tone while quickly absorbing for a soft powdery finish that does not transfer on to clothes.”

And! We’ve partnered with QVC to give away two sets to two lucky Temptalia readers! 🙂 Enter using the Rafflecopter widget below:

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