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Monday, January 26th, 2015

MAC Moodyblu Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Moodyblu Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Moodyblu Eyeshadow Palette ($44.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a blue-hued set of shades that ranges from light gray to navy blue. This was my least favorite of the three palettes, as it performed the worst out of the bunch. Three of the shades are part of the permanent range, while three are limited edition. Too many shades from this set had drier, thinner, and were more difficult to blend out on the skin to make it a must-have.

Midnight Snow is described as a “pale silver [with a Frost finish].” It’s a brightened, silvery white with a frosted sheen. It had so-so color payoff with a thinner texture that really had to be layered to work on the skin. Once on, it wore well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Idol Eyes is described as a “silver violet with gold [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a muted, bluish-purple with gold sparkle. This is part of the permanent range, and it continues to be one of my least favorite MAC shades, because it is very sheer, gritty, and the sparkle gets everywhere. The one included in the palette seemed especially annoying to use. The only way I’ve ever managed half-decent results out of it is when patted over a colored, tacky base. At best, it seems to wear for six hours but has fall out, and it’s hard to tell, as there is little visible color on my skin. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Knight Divine is described as a “black with silver pearl [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a drak gray with a silver frosted sheen. The color payoff was good, while the consistency was soft and blendable. It wore well for eight hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Indigogo is described as a “blackened navy with multi-dimensional pearl [with a Velvet finish].” It’s a muted, bluish-teal with a soft blue micro-sparkle over a satin finish. It had good color payoff, but the texture was drier, which made blending it more difficult as it tended to turn patchy. It lasted for eight hours before creasing. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Deep Truth is described as a “true dark blue [with a Frost finish].” It’s a medium-dark, brightened blue with a frosted finish. It had good color payoff with a fairly soft texture, but it was stiffer and thinner compared to the permanent version I have. It wore well for eight hours and was easier to use than I expected, based on the texture. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Exotic Purple is described as a “dark navy [with a Satin finish].” It’s a blackened navy blue that leans a little purple with a satin sheen. It was semi-sheer with a drier, thinner consistency that made it hard to work with. It was a shade that tended to look uneven when applied to the lid. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Moodyblu

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7/10

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7.5/10

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7.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4/5

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Midnight Snow

B-

Product

7.5/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Idol Eyes

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2.5/10

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3.5/10

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4.5/10

Longevity

5.5/10

Application

3/5

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Monday, January 26th, 2015

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Sunday, January 25th, 2015

Temptalia Asks You


What color do you love seeing on others but don’t feel like you can wear? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerYellow/mustard-y yellows!

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Sunday, January 25th, 2015

Tom Ford Beauty Lip Color Matte

Tom Ford Lip Color Matte ($50.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a satin to matte formula with six permanent shades (and two limited edition shades). The formula is good overall with a few shades that could use some improvement and only one that was a miss from my experience. The texture has a more velvety, smooth consistency, so they don’t have some of the dryness often associated with matte formulas (though most of them aren’t fully matte in finish when first applied). Most of them are neither drying nor hydrating with none being unbearably drying. The formula has a subtle vanilla scent but no discernible taste.

MOST UNIQUE: Pink Tease (03) (B+), Pussycat (04) (A)
PERSONAL FAVORITES: Plum Lush (05) (A+), Pussycat (04) (A)

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Sunday, January 25th, 2015

Tom Ford First Time (09) Lip Color Matte
Tom Ford First Time (09) Lip Color Matte

Tom Ford First Time (09) Lip Color Matte ($50.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a light-medium pinky-peach with a satin finish. This was a limited edition color, and likely the only way to find it is if your local store happens to still have one stashed away. As pretty as this color is, it was the type of finish that I feel is more unforgiving and definitely benefits from a full lip prep routine (the majority of shades in the formula didn’t feel that way). It lasts for five hours, but it pulls into lip lines after three and a half hours (you can even see how it seems more attracted to my lip lines upon initial application). The more velvety texture doesn’t cling, so you can smooth it out as you wear it, but it is a little drying. Colour Pop Button (P, $5.00) is warmer. Bite Beauty Leche (P, $24.00) is more beige. Bobbi Brown Pink Nectar (P, $26.00) is darker. NARS Julie (P, $32.00) is pinker, glossier. NARS Brigitte (P, $32.00) is pinker, glossier. NARS Descanso (LE, $25.00) is similar. MAC Runway Hit (LE, $16.00) is pinker, darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tom Ford Black Dahlia (10) Lip Color Matte ($50.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a cool-toned, burgundy with strong red tones and a semi-matte finish. It was semi-opaque and pulled into lip lines from the get-go. There was more slip in this shade than others in the range, but it wasn’t that emollient, even though it still seemed to have similar issues as many burgundies do. It lasted for six hours and left behind a stain, and it wasn’t drying (nor hydrating). I think this one needs to be applied with a lip brush and over a lip liner to perform well. This is also a limited edition shade, but it is still available at Neiman Marcus. Kat Von D Motorhead (P, $21.00) is more matte, cooler-toned, less red. MAC Talk That Talk (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Sin (P, $16.00) is slightly warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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First Time (09)

B+

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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Black Dahlia (10)

C+

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4/5

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Sunday, January 25th, 2015

Tom Ford Flame (06) Lip Color Matte
Tom Ford Flame (06) Lip Color Matte

Tom Ford Flame (06) Lip Color Matte ($50.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a brightened, medium-dark orange-red with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had rich pigmentation that covered the lips easily, while the consistency was lightweight, velvety, and glided on evenly. This shade wore well for six hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. Bobbi Brown Lady Ruba (P, $26.00) is a smidgen lighter. NARS Lana (P, $32.00) is glossier, lighter. Kat Von D Countess (P, $21.00) is more matte. MAC True Red (LE, $16.00) is glossier. Dior Trafalgar (844) (P, $34.00) is similar. MAC Dangerous (P, $16.00) is more matte. MAC Tomango (LE, $16.00) is brighter, more matte. MAC Scarlet Ibis (LE, $16.00) is more matte, darker. MAC Lady Danger (P, $16.00) is more matte. Inglot #103 Lipstick Cream (P, $12.00) is glossier. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tom Ford Ruby Rush (07) Lip Color Matte ($50.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a slightly muted, medium-dark red with subtle, cool undertones and a semi-matte finish. The pigmentation was excellent and yielded full coverage. It had a comfortable, lightweight texture that felt velvety and smooth so the color distributed evenly on the lips. On me, this shade lasted for over six hours and left a stain behind, though it was neither drying nor hydrating. MAC Opera (LE, $16.00) is a smidgen lighter. MAC Stunner (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Kinky (LE, $16.00) is a touch darker. NARS Deadly Catch (LE, $26.00) is glossier. MAC Frank-n-furter (LE, $16.00) is darker. Kat Von D Hexagram (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned, more matte. MAC RiRi Woo (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned, more matte. MAC Ruby Woo (P, $16.00) is cooler-toned, more matte. MAC Ronnie Red (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC MAC Red (P, $16.00) is cooler-toned, more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tom Ford Velvet Cherry (08) Lip Color Matte ($50.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a muted, reddish-brown with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had fairly opaque pigmentation, but this one seemed to have a little more translucency compared to other shades; I think if you had more naturally pigmented lips, that pigmentation might come through to a degree (e.g. pull out red tones in this if you had reddish lips). The formula had a little more slip, too, though it was comfortable to wear and applied evenly. It lasted for six hours on me, but I noticed slight settling of the color into lip lines after four and a half hours of wear. I didn’t find it drying, but it wasn’t hydrating either. NARS Sandra (P, $32.00) is lighter, warmer. NARS Charlotte (P, $32.00) is glossier, cooler-toned. MAC Hearts Aflame (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Studded Kiss (LE, $16.00) is slightly darker. NARS 413 BLKR (LE, $26.00) is cooler-toned, more matte. NARS Amsterdam (P, $26.00) is more muted. MAC Extended Play (DC, $18.00) is similar. MAC Diva (P, $16.00) is similar. MAC Deeply Adored (LE, $16.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Flame (06)

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Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Ruby Rush (07)

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Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Velvet Cherry (08)

B+

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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