Sponsored: Saks Beauty Week Starts Today!

Starting today, Saks is offering a large tote filled with unique, travel-sized samples with $125 beauty purchase when you use code FALLGIFT2, while supplies last, limit one per customer.  There are several holiday launches available online at Saks already, so it might be a good time to get a start on your holiday shopping 🙂 Do let me know if you haul anything!

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)!

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Sponsored: QVC’s TSV — ghd Eclipse Professional 1″ Styling Iron for $179!

ghd Eclipse Professional 1

Are you ready for Today’s Special Value at QVC? It’s the ghd Eclipse Professional 1″ Styling Iron, which normally retails for $245, but it is available for $179 today only, July 6th!

The ghd Eclipse Professional 1″ Styling Iron is designed to deliver a consistent 365°F (185°C) temperature and can straighten, curl, flip, add volume, all while reducing frizz. In 2014, it won Allure Magazine’s Best of Beauty award for Hot Tool/Flatiron. It uses six sensors, three on the top plate and three on the bottom plate, to keep the temperature consistent while you’re using it. The contoured, precision plates help you style your hair with smooth, snag-free styling. ghd says it heats up in a mere 20 seconds, making it ideal for those who are short on time. It contains aerogel technology that keeps the exterior cool to the touch, while the iron also comes with a heat guard and will shut off automatically after 30 minutes. The Styling Iron also features universal voltage, so you can travel with it wherever you’re going!

NARS Fall 2015 Color Collection

NARS Fall 2015 Color Collection
NARS Fall 2015 Color Collection

The Fall 2015 Color Collection, created by NARS Founder and Creative Director François Nars, stars a lush and lavish mix of shades for eyes, lips, and cheeks. The look begins with natural sculpting of the face. Eyes dramatize in smoky shimmering brown and golden ombré. Lips captivate in tones of iconic red. Making its official launch is the Velvet Shadow Stick, a silky, velvety shadow in a range of sumptuous shades for layering under and over, blending and setting, creating looks that are modern, sophisticated and always tempting.

Velvet Shadow Stick ($28.00)

  • Hollywoodland Pale gold
  • Aigle Noir Black infused with gold shimmer
  • Glenan Navy
  • Goddess Pink champagne
  • Oaxaca Quartz
  • Sukhothai Shimmering peacock
  • Filbuste Black
  • Reykjavik Grey

Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow ($29.00)

  • Telesto Brown with gold shimmer
  • Pasiphae Shimmering peacock burgundy

Lipstick ($27.00)

  • VIP Red Dark brique

Lip Gloss ($26.00)

  • Chelsea Girls Pink beige
  • Baby Doll Shimmering candy pink

Blush ($30.00)

  • Tribulation Shimmery rosy sand

NARSissist Six Appeal Hardwired Eye Kit ($59.00) (Limited Edition)

For Fall 2015, NARS Cosmetics introduces every NARSissist’s eye essential – smoky, subtle, minky, bold – the combinations are endless. The limited-edition eye kit features a compact of six shadows ranging from pale lilac to smoky charcoal, a mini Via De’Martelli Larger Than Life® Eyeliner and a newly designed travel size Wide Contour Brush #43 for easy application on the go. It’s neutrals worth noticing.

Availability: July 15th at NARS; August 1st at department and specialty stores

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