YSL Parisian Sky Eyeshadow Palette

YSL Spring 2010 Palette

YSL’s Spring Look may have offered some pretty lipsticks and glosses, but they really failed on the eyeshadow palette as far as I’m concerned. The whole thing is a sheer, chalky mess. I haven’t been this disappointed in a product since Chanel’s Les Folie Noirs Quad from last fall–which is a good thing, because these really bring me down. So uninspiring!

Parisian Sky ($56.00) consists of a pale sky blue with silver glitter, satin-y navy blue, iridescent lilac, satin-y pale pink, and muted plum-brown with silver glitter. None of the five shades was what I would call pigmented. The more satin/matte shades were chalky, and the light pink was a bit powdery, too. The shimmery shades were dusty and felt a bit loose, like the glitter would easily travel elsewhere on your face if you used it on your eyes.

If you showed me these swatches, I would never have guessed it was a YSL palette. Not in a bajillion years! I think this may be the first true F of a product — I’m at a loss of positive things to say about it. There are sheerer, softer shades, but these just look like they were meant to be more – they required such heavy swatching just to show up. At least with Chanel, half of the shades showed up decently, and it could also be used wet to intensify the shades.

A part me wonders if I somehow got a bad palette, because I can’t believe what swatched. I’ve tried several YSL eyeshadows in the past, and none of them have been even near as poor as these were for me. In fact, I just finished up testing their new single eyeshadows, and those had excellent pigmentation and texture!

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The Summer Season: NYX Chloe Lipstick

NYX Chloe Lipstick ($4.00) is a darkened fuchsia-red with iridescent violet-fuchsia sheen. This is definitely a bold, bright shade with a frosty finish. I could see this shade working really well with some thick, retro liquid liner. I didn’t notice any scent on mine, but the taste is a little waxy, but I wasn’t particularly bothered by it (I rarely get any taste of my lip products other than when I taste deliberately for a review!). It’s a nice pop of color for under $5!

The Summer Season is a series of posts featuring bright, vibrant shades of coral, orange, and pink lipsticks and lipglosses — all perfect for a summer of fun — that runs through July 2010.

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Win COVERGIRL Smoky ShadowBlast + LashBlast + ShineBlast!

Win COVERGIRL Smoky ShadowBlast + LashBlast + ShineBlast!

Seven (7) lucky winners will win the COVERGIRL DIY Kit, which contains all six shades of Smoky ShadowBlast, as well as a LashBlast Mascara and ShineBlast Lipgloss. The DIY Kit includes: Onyx Smoke, Silver Sky, Purple Plume, Bronze Fire, Citrus Flair, and Tempest Blue.  (Retail value ~$60!)

  • Smoky ShadowBlast: The two different, specially contoured ends of our ShadowBlast stick make it easy to create a bold, colorful, smoky eye. A duo of expertly paired shades provide the bold, spotlight-ready looks loved by today’s hottest makeup artists.  You can see it applied in this video.
  • LashBlast: Get a blast of lush, volumized lashes! LashBlast’s patented volume-boosting formula and patent-pending brush are designed to max-out each and every lash, leaving you with the ultimate big lash look. Now in waterproof, too!
  • ShineBlast: Light reflecting shimmer layered under a high-gloss finish gives you 4x more noticeable shine*. Plus, our breakthrough applicator, the ShineSculpt™, hugs the curves of your lips for a sculpted shimmer behind the shine.

RULES: All entries must be submitted by May 31st, 2010 at 11:59 PM PST. This contest is open to U.S.  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 the winner once the winner confirms.

One Way to Win

  • Leave me a comment on this blog post and tell me what color smoky eye you love to wear!

Congratulations to:  Martina, Lena, Seymone, Angela, Alyssa, Melissa, & Aarzu!

Is concealer a must?

  • Yes, absolutely! (57%, 2,087 Votes)
  • Most of the time! (21%, 781 Votes)
  • Nah, I usually skip it! (13%, 493 Votes)
  • Just for special occasions... (8%, 287 Votes)
  • Other - I'll tell you in the comments! (1%, 19 Votes)

Total Voters: 3,667

Feel free to elaborate on your answer in the comment section!

Ask Temptalia Post-Session #025 Wrap-Up

Ask Temptalia Post-Session #025 Wrap-Up

I thought it might be a nice way to finish off a session by pulling out some of the most commonly asked questions from the day and highlighting them here in one post. The sessions can get lengthy, so I can imagine it’s difficult for everyone to follow it!

What is the best blush for my skin tone?

  • NW15-NW20: MAC Peaches, Breath o’ Plum, Well-Dressed; NARS Angelika, Dolce Vita, Sin
  • NC15-NC20: MAC Blushbaby, Dollymix, Margin, Springsheen; NARS Deep Throat, Orgasm, Torrid
  • NW25-NW40: MAC Cubic, Dollymix, Desert Rose, Peaches; NARS Angelika, Deep Throat, Sin
  • NC25-NC40: MAC Ambering Rose, Margin, Springsheen, Sunbasque; NARS Deep Throat, Orgasm, Torrid
  • NW40-NW55: MAC Breezy, Dollymix; NARS Desire, Outlaw, Mata Hari
  • NC40-NC55: MAC Ambering Rose, Breezy, Raizin, Sunbasque; NARS Exhibit A, Taj Mahal, Dolce Vita

You can also check out a series I did called My Recommendation Guide, which is done by skin tone.

How can I combat oily skin?

There are four things I recommend…

What is a good moisturizer with SPF?

Some recommendations from me, but there are so many available that I haven’t tried myself, too…

  • Budget-friendly: Neutrogena Healthy Defense Daily Moisturizer SPF 45, Cetaphil UVA/UVB Defense Facial Moisturizer SPF 50, Olay Defense Daily UV Moisturizer SPF 30, Aveeno Daily Moisturizer SPF 15
  • High-end: DDF Ultra Lite Moisturizing Dew SPF 15, Shiseido Sun Protection Lotion/Cream SPF 38, Clinique Superdefense SPF 25, Kate Somerville Protect SPF 30 Sunscreen, Lancome UV Expert 20, Boscia Oil-Free Daily Hydration SPF 15

What are some good neutral MAC eyeshadows?

  • Soft Brown, Espresso, Wedge, Mystery, Bronze, Woodwinked, Patina, Ricepaper, Shroom, Vanilla

What are some good bright MAC eyeshadows?

  • Humid, Juxt, Aquadisiac, Electric Eel, Lucky Green, Winkle, Free to Be, Parfait Amour, Stars ‘n Rockets

What eyeshadow should I use for my brows?

  • From light to dark: (all MAC) Omega, Wedge, Cork, Espresso, Brun.

What are must-have MAC brushes?

These would be some basic brushes worth looking into. Depending on how you do your makeup or what is more important to you, these may not all be necessary (e.g. if you don’t line your upper lash line very often, I wouldn’t get the 208 right away).

  • Eyes: 239 (applying), 217 (blending), 224 (crease), 219 (defining), 208 (gel lining), 249 (creams/paint pots)
  • Face: 109 (liquid foundation), 116 (blush), 134 (powder), 188 (creams)