NARS Exhibit A Blush

NARS Exhibit A Blush

NARS Exhibit A Blush ($26.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a fiery orange that’s as pigmented as it looks in the pan.  It is an intimidating shade to be sure, because it does go on something FIERCE! even when you are careful.  Exhibit A has a matte finish, so it won’t accentuate fine lines or pores, and it can easily be buffed and blended onto skin so it looks natural and not quite so obviously orange.

When I wore this the other day, I used MAC’s 184 Brush, because it gave me the ability to really apply it subtly and softly against the angle of my cheek.  The width of the brush allowed me to deposit the initial burst of color onto the majority of my cheek, and then I could feather it out with soft strokes.

It doesn’t pull too red, and it certainly doesn’t pull yellow, which makes it wearable regardless of your undertones.  I particularly love this blush on our darker skinned beauties (plus, it shows intensely even on darker skin tones).  Don’t let this blush scare you — it can be worn and worn without fear.  Just be sure to have your buffing brush and some loose setting powder on hand to blend and diffuse it!

P.S. — U.S. NARS customers can get a trio of miniature-sized lipglosses in Stolen Kisses, Risky Business, and Moonfleet with code TEMPTALIA on orders of $25 or more, expires 8/15. 🙂

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Burberry Khaki (08) Eyeshadow

Burberry Khaki Eyeshadow

Burberry Khaki (08) Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.088 oz.) is an olive green with subtly warm-toned, brown undertones. It had a soft, smooth texture that applied well. The color payoff was good, though Burberry’s formula is confusing, as it’s called “Sheer Eyeshadow,” but then it’s supposed to have really true, long-lasting color. MAC Flourishing is greener. Lancome Designer is darker, greener. Dior Khaki Design #3 is more shimmery. bareMinerals Eureka is more shimmery. bareMinerals Speaker Box is darker, more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

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MAC In the Groove: Making It Easy… Really!

MAC In the Groove:聽 Making It Easy… Really!

The trios really make it a no-brainer on throwing something together!聽 Just use one and you’re good–totally convenient.聽 A little unlike me, but hey… 馃檪聽聽聽 Oh… and… HAPPY FRIDAY!!

You will need the following…

For eyes, start by applying Smudgeproof as your eyeshadow base all over the eye area with the 249. Using the 239, apply the soft beige eyeshadow on the lower lid. Lightly blend the soft brown eyeshadow on the middle of the lid and into the crease with the 239. Next, apply the medium brown eyeshadow into the crease with the 226, lightly blending onto the outer lid. Blend the soft beige eyeshadow with the crease shade and highlight the brow bone. Bring everything together by applying Cassis eyeliner on the lower lash line. Finish by sweeping lashes with Definicils Precious Cells mascara.

For cheeks, apply Exhibit A blush on the apples of the cheeks and sweep upwards towards the temple with the 116, then lightly pat Mary Lou Manizer on the cheekbones.

For lips, apply Naughty You lipstick first, and then layer Hi-Falutin’ dazzleglass for a complementing lip.

Check out more photos!

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MAC Rodarte Collection for Fall 2010 + Official Statements

MAC Cosmetics for Rodarte Collection for Fall 2010

U.S. Date: September 15th, 2010 @ Select Partner Locations & MAC Stores Only
International Date: TBA

Please ensure you’ve also read MAC & Rodarte’s follow-up responses further detailing their actions, including changing product names and MAC’s commitment to donate $100,000 to benefit the women of Juarez.聽 We have opened a second post on this topic for our readers to discuss on.


We understand that product names in the M路A路C Rodarte collection have聽offended our consumers and fans. This was never our intent and we are very sorry.聽聽We continue to listen carefully to the comments we have received and聽have the following plans to address concerns:

  • We are committed to donating $100,000 to a non-profit organization that has a proven, successful track-record helping women in need and that can directly improve the lives of women in Juarez in a meaningful way.
  • We聽are changing the product names in the M路A路C Rodarte collection.

As we have done in the past, please be assured that we聽will communicate details regarding our progress in this matter.


We recognize that the violence against women taking place in Juarez needs to be met with proactive action. We never intended to make light of this serious issue and we are truly sorry.

Helping to improve the conditions for women in Juarez is a priority for us and we are thankful for all the comments calling attention to the urgency of addressing this situation.

Temptalia has reached out to MAC for comment on the collaboration with Rodarte, and if and when we receive more information, we will be certain to share with you. We received official statements from MAC and Rodarte @ 11AM (pst), which we share below:


We understand that product names in the M路A路C Rodarte collection have聽offended some of our consumers and fans. 聽This was never our intent and we are very sorry.聽 We are listening carefully to the comments聽posted and are grateful to those of you who have brought your concerns to the forefront of our attention.聽 M路A路C will give a portion of the proceeds from the M路A路C Rodarte collection to help those in need in Juarez.聽We are diligently investigating the best way to do this. 聽Please be assured that we will keep you posted on the details regarding our efforts.聽


Our makeup collaboration with M路A路C developed from inspirations on a road trip that we took in Texas last year, from El Paso to Marfa.聽聽The ethereal nature of this landscape influenced the creative development and desert palette of the collection.聽We are truly saddened about injustice in Juarez and it is a very important issue to us.聽The M路A路C collaboration was intended as a celebration of the beauty of the landscape and people in the areas that we traveled.

Please remember to respect your fellow Temptalia readers. I do not tolerate name calling or insults.聽 Debate and discuss with intelligence and passion but leave out jibes, digs, or other personal attacks.聽 Everyone is entitled to their opinion, even if you may disagree with it or find it “stupid.” We want to facilitate the discussion and keep it focused on the issues, not to foster attacks on other readers.

After moderating through many, many comments, if you insult anyone, do not expect it to go through.聽 If you can’t argue intelligently and must attack other people to get your point across, I will not tolerate it.聽 If you cuss someone out, do not expect it to be approved.聽 If you call someone “brainless,” “dumbass,” or “bitch,” do not expect it to be approved.聽 Threats to me or any one else will absolutely not be tolerated and will result in total removal from

Please be mature and respect people’s right to express and hold an opinion that is different than yours.

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Orly Plastix Collection Revew, Photos, Swatches

Orly Plastix Collection

Orly’s Plastix Collection is a short and sweet debut of a new finish type — satin matte. It reminded me a bit of Chanel Black Velvet, which after much thinking, definitly has a pleather-like finish.

I like these. I don’t love them, because they’re not entirely my style (I’m also not huge on matte polishes, either–again, all personal style preferences), but I do really love how they played with the finish and gave us something different. It’s not matte–there’s definitely this played down, barely there glossy sheen… but it’s not glossy. It’s not shiny. It’s very pleathery.

The formula felt a little on the thicker side to me, but I didn’t encounter any major issues. Each coat felt like it dried down pretty quickly–similar to mattes–though for 100% dry, it seemed a little faster than average but not super speedy. Despite each coat seemingly being pigmented, two shades still needed three coats. Like matte finishes, you may want to use a ridge filler to minimize any imperfections on your nail.

I wore these with Zoya’s base coat underneath, and I didn’t get any chips after five days, just minor tip wear. I skipped the top coat so I could maintain that satin-matte finish. The base coat didn’t seem to affect the appearance or finish of the polish at all, so at least I could lock it down with a base coat even if I couldn’t protect with a top coat!

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