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Thursday, October 8th, 2009

Tarte Femme Naturale Eye Palette ($44.00) is an eyeshadow palette that contains ten different shades of Tarte eyeshadow from their fall collection. (Tarte also released the Femme Fatale Eyeshadow Palette with this one.)

  • A pale champagne with slight sheen. This one is a paler version of the color next to it and has more of a frost finish.
  • A champagne with the lightest champagne shimmer. It’s a soft shade, and it makes for a perfect highlighter within this palette.
  • A subdued, semi-matte rose-mauve. I like this shade for two reasons: it’s a subtle way to incorporate a pinker color into your palette without worrying so much it may make you look like you’re crying; but also because I don’t see this particular shade very often. I also dig the finish.
  • A sparkling mix of peachy-gold and soft rose. This reminded me of MAC’s Say Yeah eyeshadow, but a little dark, which is just fine in my book. Say Yeah was always one of my go-to shades. This one has the most frosty/glittery appearance, but I didn’t find it had a lot of fall out issues as glittery shades often do.
  • A deep forest green with a little bit of a grayish tinge. This one had amazing pigmentation and texture–very soft, smooth, and gives you plenty of intensity without having to pack it on.
  • A semi-matte reddish brown. There’s not a whole to say about the shade itself, but it doesn’t read too warm to me (maybe even cool, actually). It has really good pigmentation, and it is surprisingly not chalky for a shadow with such a matte finish.
  • A light, peachy-brown with a frosty finish. This one is similar to the other neutrals in the palette, as it has that frosty look. It’s pigmented and feels soft to the touch.
  • A chalky, cool-toned lilac-pink. Personally, this shade is one I’d find difficult to pull off on my skin tone, but I think those with cooler skin tones will appreciate it. It’s chalky, but I’d say half of it comes from how cool the shade is along with the matte finish.
  • A plummy rose with gold glitter. This color is so stunning! It’s this gorgeous shade that I envision being perfect for fall or holiday. I love the way the gold flecks sparkle in the plummy base. This one wasn’t as pigmented as the others, but it still was pretty good.
  • A rich bronze with gold flecks and a frost finish. This one has a very nice feel to it–very soft–and goes on like butter and has intense pay off.
  • A dark, smoky blue-black with a gray cast. This one was the least pigmented out of the ten shadows, and it kind of dragged a bit when I swatched.

This is a solid palette that gives you a ton of product for under $50. Tarte shadows themselves are high in quality and still affordable.  They’re soft, smooth, and they’re usually easy to blend. The only thing I really wasn’t jazzed over was the product’s packaging.  It just feels tacky to me, and I hate that fingerprints get stuck all over the casing.  The “rose” attached also presents some storage woes.

Each eyeshadow is 0.06 oz., and the palette itself is refillable. Tarte refillable eyeshadows retail for $10 a pop. The palette itself yields you a cost of $73.33/oz. whereas one refillabe Tarte eyeshadow will run you $166.67/oz. Buying these together means you get twice as much for half the cost! :)

  • Product: 25/30
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 2/5

Recommendation:  If you’d like some neutrals–but not just neutrals–Tarte’s Femme Naturale palette offers a good combination to get you started.

Availability: Sephora

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Thursday, October 8th, 2009

Temptalia Gives Away MAC Vintage MAC-oliday!

The first giveaway in our third blogiversary celebration is in the theme of Vintage MAC Holiday. Check back tomorrow for another Vintage MAC-oliday prize package!

We’re giving away…

  • MAC Royal Assets Smoky Eyes
  • MAC Royal Assets Pink Lips

all from the limited edition MAC Royal Assets Collection. This prize is valued at $58.50 (U.S.).

Submit your entry by leaving a comment telling me what your favorite MAC collection has been this year (so far).

All entries must be submitted by October 14th, 2009 at 11:59 PM PST. This contest is open to all readers as pursuant to your local state/country’s laws. Winner will be chosen randomly and notified via e-mail. This post will be updated with “winner chosen” when one has been chosen.

Increase Your Chances to Win…

For a total of two chances! Just remember you must leave a comment on this post to get entered initially. Please be sure to use a valid e-mail address.

2. Follow us on Twitter (please include your Twitter name in your comment!) and re-tweet the following: “RT @temptalia RT to win $58 worth of MAC Royal Assets! Follow @temptalia & RT to enter! Info: http://tinyurl.com/vintagemac3

Congratulations to Phyrra!

Thursday, October 8th, 2009

Temptalia Asks You

What brands do you consider too pricey to bother with? Share!

Temptalia's Answer.

At this point, I don’t know. I’d just say that really pricey skincare still scares me (overall), but hey, once you shell out $50 for a lipgloss… there’s no turning back.

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Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

Tell Us How We’re Doing!

From time to time, we ask for a few moments of your time to fill out a brief, but ridiculously-helpful-to-us, survey that will give us insight on what we’re doing well, how we can do better, and what we need to stop doing! If you want to contact me personally, my e-mail box is always open — [email protected].

I would most appreciate your feedback and look forward to reading your thoughts, so onto the survey… Continue reading →

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

MAC Eyeshadow Product Photos – Part 2

Here’s part two (also the last part) of product photos of permanent MAC eyeshadows! :) You can view part one here.

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

Survey Says

Fill in the survey below with your answers, and then share your answers with us in the comments section! :-)

  • What was the last eyeshadow you bought?
  • What was the last eyeshadow you wore?
  • What was the last eyeshadow you finished?