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Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

MAC Violetwink Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Violetwink Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Violetwink Eyeshadow Palette ($44.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a purple-themed palette with six shades, one of which is available individually, while four others are repromotes. It was a good palette overall with no big misses but no big home runs either. With MAC’s recent palettes, often shades that seem so-so swatched tend to look and apply better on the lid. All six shades lasted at least eight hours on me before fading, which is always nice to see.

Sweet Allure is described as a “soft light pink [with a Satin finish].” It’s a light, pinky-beige with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had good color payoff with a soft, blendable consistency that was easy to use and lasted for eight and a half hours. This seems like it should be the same as Sweet Allure in the 15/Cool Neutral palette, but the one I have in my larger palette has much less of a sheen. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

French Clay is described as a “white grey [with a Frost finish].” It’s a light-medium, golden taupe with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had nice pigmentation while the texture was soft, buttery, and blendable. It wore well for eight and a half hours. This shade is also found in the 15/Cool Neutral palette. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tendersmoke is described as a “muted silver lilac [with a Frost finish].” It’s a muted, medium-dark purple with a hint of gray and a pearly sheen. It had decent to good pigmentation, though the texture was a smidgen stiff in the pan. I didn’t have any issues blending it out. It started to fade after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Stars ‘n’ Rockets is described as a “purple with pink pearl [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a brightened, fuchsia-purple with an iridescent lavender sheen. It had decent pigmentation, but it could have been better and the texture could have been softer. It lasted for eight hours on me. It is part of the permanent range. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Frizzyplum is described as a “dark violet with multi-dimensional pearl [with a Frost finish].” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned purple with a frosted sheen. It had good color payoff with a fairly soft consistency that was blendable on the skin. On me, the color stayed on well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Overnight is described as a “cool black [with a Matte finish].” It’s a deep black with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had decent to good color coverage, but I wish it was more blendable. The texture was a little drier and stiffer, and this translated to application as well. It did wear for eight hours, though. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Violetwink

B+

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Sweet Allure

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9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

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9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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French Clay

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

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9/10

Longevity

9/10

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5/5

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Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

MAC Barbecue Lipglass
MAC Barbecue Lipglass

MAC Barbecue Lipglass ($16.50 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “vivid orange red.” It’s a brightened, medium coral-orange with warm undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It had mostly opaque pigmentation that settled slightly into lip lines but goes on fairly evenly. It wore well for four hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Opera Lipglass ($16.50 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “dark red.” It’s a deepened, blue-based red with a glossy shine. I swear there is a very, very fine shimmer that’s barely-there. It had semi-opaque pigmentation–there was some translucency so the natural lip color comes through–that goes on evenly. This shade lasted for five hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Oxblood Lipglass ($16.50 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “light peachy nude.” It’s a muted, pink-coral with warm undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage that did settle into lip lines, unfortunately. It either looks streaky and uneven applied with less product, or else it will settle (pick your poison!). This shade wore well for four hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Sin Lipglass ($16.50 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “deep blood red.” It’s a deepened, muted red with subtle, warm undertones. It had semi-sheer color payoff that went on really unevenly with both streakiness and a lot of color settling into lip lines. This shade lasted for four and a half hours on me and feathered. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Barbecue

B+

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Opera

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9/10

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9/10

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9/10

Longevity

9/10

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5/5

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Oxblood

B-

Product

7.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

NARS Valhalla Eyeshadow
NARS Valhalla Eyeshadow

NARS Valhalla Eyeshadow ($25.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “soft shimmering pink peach.” It’s a pop of golden peach with a frosted sheen. It doesn’t read very pink against my skin tone, but it might if you have stronger pink undertones (though even in the pan, it seems more peach thank pink). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma #7 (P) is darker. Tarte Rose Champagne (LE) is similar. bareMinerals Ball Gown (V2) (P) is yellower. Make Up For Ever I520 Pinky Sand (P, $21.00) is similar. theBalm #7 (P, $6.50) is more beige. bareMinerals Ball Gown (LE) is similar. Too Faced Cheers! (LE, $16.00) is similar. Disney by Sephora Splendid (LE) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Even though most of are likely swimming in a sea of neutrals, there’s always room for a good-performing one–especially one that’s permanent. I can see this being a go-to for some, and certainly a shade that others have half a dozen near-dupes for, too. The consistency was soft, finely-milled, and buttery with a slightly denser texture than the average NARS’ eyeshadow, though not as thick or as dense as something like the Kauai duo. It was easy to blend on the skin, and it applied well to bare skin. It only lasted for seven hours before creasing on me, which was really its only downfall.

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Valhalla

B+

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

5/5

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Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

Temptalia Asks You


What’s been your go-to scent for January? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerArabian Oud Kalemat!

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Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

It’s Luxury Week at Ebates!  What better way to celebrate than partnering with Ebates to give away some of my all-time favorite luxury beauty indulgences.   If you haven’t joined Ebates, now’s a great time to join — it’s free to join and free to use. The way Ebates works is you sign-up, and when you shop with Ebates, you can get a percentage of your order total in the form of cash back. They’ll send you a check or pay you via PayPal each quarter! For instance, if you shop at Sephora and spend $50 today, you’ll get $4 in cash back!

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Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

MAC Bellgreens Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Bellgreens Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Bellgreens Eyeshadow Palette ($44.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a green-hued set of shades. The palette contains six shades in total, with two shades being part of the permanent range (Gorgeous Gold and Charcoal Brown). There was only dud in the palette, while the other five were very easy to work with and performed well. Even the miss of the palette was still blendable enough on the lid that it was still usable, but it will take a little extra effort to get the right level of intensity and diffusion. I was very surprised to see that the palette only contained 0.10 oz. worth of product, which is the equivalent of two full-sized eyeshadows. Despite the size of the palette, it really doesn’t have much product. MAC’s eyeshadow quads typically contain 0.19 oz. almost double what’s inside this one.

Fresh Blade is described as a “pale frosted yellow [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a brightened, golden yellow with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had fantastic pigmentation with a soft, smooth consistency that was dense and buttery. It wore well for eight and a half hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Gorgeous Gold is described as a “muted yellow gold [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a green-tinged, light-medium gold with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. There is a green-gold duochrome to it, but it is subtle. The eyeshadow had good color payoff with a soft, blendable texture. This shade also lasted for eight and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Vicuna is described as a “light neutral olive [with a Frost finish].” It’s a muted, medium golden brown with a pearly sheen. It had really nice pigmentation with a blendable texture that was a smidgen powdery at times, but it was just barely powdery. This shade showed signs of fading after eight and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Savant is described as a “mid-tone mustard lime [with a Satin finish].” It’s a medium-dark, dirty olive green–it really is like mustard and lime together–with a mostly matte finish. It was really velvety with a smooth, soft texture that blended well but still adhered well with good color payoff to bare skin, which was a happy surprise. It wore well for eight hours on me. I couldn’t think of any really great dupes for this shade, because it’s darker and not a brighter, more typical chartreuse-like green. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Charcoal Brown is described as a “muted taupe brown [with a Matte finish].” It’s a muted, medium-dark taupe brown with a matte finish. It had good color payoff that was fairly blendable. The texture was soft, finely-milled, and almost felt like a Matte2 with how velvety and blendable it was. On me, the color wore well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sushi Green is described as a “charcoal olive with multi-dimensional pearl [with a Velvet finish].” It’s a dark brown with subtle, olive undertones and a slight gold sparkle. It was a firmer, stiffer shade that had semi-opaque pigmentation that was harder to work with. My best advice is to apply using a fluffier brush to minimize how work it will take to diffuse and blend out. It lasted for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Bellgreens

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Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Fresh Blade

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Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Gorgeous Gold

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Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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