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Thursday, April 30th, 2015

MAC Wash & Dry Collection

Here’s a sneak peek of the upcoming MAC Wash & Dry Collection, which launches online on May 14th and hits stores on May 21st. Full reviews to come! :)

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Thursday, April 30th, 2015

MAC Wash & Dry Collection
MAC Wash & Dry Collection

It’s full steam ahead as the M·A·C Wash & Dry Laundromat opens for business, so make a date with good, clean fun. The suds are rising and the gossip is flowing with this breezy bronzing collection inspired by bright, fresh hues perfect for a full spin or just a quick tumble. All in super-sleek packaging to set your cycle to chic!

Lipstick ($17.50 U.S. / $21.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Morange Vivid orange (Amplified) (Permanent)
  • Creme d’Nude Light beige-pink nude (Cremesheen) (Permanent)
  • Steam Heat Vivid yellow-red (Satin)
  • Tumble Dry Light peachy coral (Lustre)

Lipglass ($16.50 U.S. / $20.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Girl on Board Light creme nude (Repromote)
  • Laundry List Vivid orange
  • Hot/Cold True Red
  • Domestic Diva Frosty watery pink

Technahol Liner ($17.50 U.S. / $21.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Practice Makes Perfect Deep blue-green
  • Sudsy Marine blue
  • Colour Matters Lime (Repromote)
  • Coin Operated Metal grey with silver pearl

Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Trio ($27.50 U.S. / $33.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Green Clean Pale white-green, lime, deep khaki with gold pearl
  • Warm Wash White with orange-gold pearl, peachy orange, copper gold bronze
  • Permanent Press White beige, calm brown-bronze, black with gold pearl

Blush ($24.50 U.S. / $29.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Crisp Whites Pale tangerine with pearl
  • Hipness Light peach (Repromote)

High-Light Powder ($35.50 U.S. / $41.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Freshen Up Color wave ranging from coral to neutral

Studio Nail Lacquer ($13.50 U.S. / $15.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Monday Blues Blue (Cream)
  • Washeteria Blue green (Cream)

Fluidline Brow Gelcreme ($16.00 U.S. / $19.00 CDN) (TBA)

  • Deep Dark Brunette Rich brunette
  • Dirty Blonde Soft taupe-brown
  • Redhead Muted golden brown
  • Ash Blonde Pale soft taupe
  • True Brunette Soft brown

Eye Brows ($16.00 U.S. / $19.00 CDN) (TBA)

  • Tapered Red-brown
  • Accentuated Ashy-grey brown
  • Delineated Cork taupe
  • Stylized Brown

Studio Sculpt Defining Bronzing Powder ($35.50 U.S. / $41.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Delicates Neutral deep bronze with fine gold shimmer
  • Golden Rinse Light brick reddish bronze with fine shimmer

Bronzing Powder ($27.50 U.S. / $33.00 CDN) (Permanent)

  • Refined Golden Finely spun golden with soft pearl (Permanent)
  • Matte Bronze Bronze (Permanent)

Pro Longwear Waterproof Brow Set ($17.00 U.S. / $20.00 CDN) (Permanent)

  • Emphatically Blonde Soft muted beige taupe
  • Toasted Blonde Dirty blonde
  • Bold Brunette Muted blackish brown
  • Brown Ebony Asphalt black
  • Red Chestnut Gold brown with gold shimmer
  • Quiet Brunette Muted mid-tone grey

Brushes (Limited Edition)

  • 125 Split Fibre Dense Face Brush ($38.50 U.S. / $46.00 CDN)
  • 126 Split Fibre Large Face Brush ($46.00 U.S. / $55.50 CDN)

Makeup Bag ($35.00 U.S. / $42.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Wash & Dry Makeup Bag (Select MAC Stores and online only.)

Availability: Online May 14th, in-stores on May 21st (North America); May 2015 (International)

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Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

Temptalia Asks You


Do you have any unconventional makeup tips or tricks? Share your wisdom!

Temptalia's AnswerMine has always been to apply gel eyeliner with a similarly-colored eyeliner pencil to get more precision. It also helps to ensure a really even, opaque line.

Thanks to Vanessa for today’s question! Do you have a question idea? Submit yours here.

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

YSL Grey Splash (01) Full Metal Shadow
YSL Grey Splash (01) Full Metal Shadow

YSL Grey Splash (01) Full Metal Shadow ($30.00 for 0.15 fl. oz.) is a medium-dark gray with a metallic sheen. It was sheer with a thin, watery consistency that made it difficult to layer or apply evenly. The only way it worked decently (well, that’s probably a stretch) was to apply a thin layer with my fingertip and keep it as a sheer wash of color. One out of four pulls seemed to grab enough of the actual color product to apply semi-opaque coverage (that’s the lucky one you see as it is applied on my lid), and from there, it started to flake away after six and a half hours. Literal chunks of silver-gray pulling away from the skin and leaving gaping holes behind. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

YSL Eau d’Argent (02) Full Metal Shadow ($30.00 for 0.15 fl. oz.) is a brightened white with sparkle and finer silvery-white shimmer. It is sheer, watery, and thin. It flakes off easily, wears poorly, and is incredibly challenging to build-up. I would apply a layer, let it sit, wait for it to dry… wait a little longer, just to be safe, and try applying another layer, but to even out the layers, it ends up causing the underlying dried layer to flake away. It had already half-flaked off after a mere two hours of wear. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

YSL Misty Green (09) Full Metal Shadow ($30.00 for 0.15 fl. oz.) is a muted, medium grassy green with warm, yellow undertones and a golden, pearly sheen. The finish was a lot less metallic than the others, and my experience with this formula has shown that the less metallic, the better-performing. This shade wore well for ten hours, and it didn’t flake off, just slightly creased. It was semi-opaque applied to the lid and didn’t totally sheer out when blended, though there was some emphasis of lid texture. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

YSL Wet Blue (10) Full Metal Shadow ($30.00 for 0.15 fl. oz.) is a muted, medium-dark blue with a silver-ish sheen and overall frosted finish. It had more opaque color coverage if you can manage to apply with your fingertip just-so, but in practice, I found it difficult to really get consistently opaque, even color–especially when blending, it seemed to flake off as it dried down fairly quickly. It started to crease and flake after eight hours (not even close to the 16-hour wear it is marketed as!). See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

Survey Says

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Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

Make Up For Ever #2 Colors You Crave Artist Palette
Make Up For Ever #2 Colors You Crave Artist Palette

Make Up For Ever #2 Colors You Crave Artist Palette ($42.00 for 0.54 oz.) contains eight eyeshadows and two blushes–yes, two shades are technically blushes–in an assortment of colors tempered by lighter neutrals and deeper, richer hues. I would only consider three of the ten shades to be truly bright, and two of those are the blushes. Four are more neutral, and then two shades are darker colors, but the depth makes them smokier and intense but muted. I think the palette is less intimidating for someone who isn’t as used to bright eyeshadows. The two blush shades are actually the two weakest performers in the palette, with one being a little under-performing and the other being unimpressive. The eight eyeshadows are very good, with four receiving perfect scores. That purple blush almost made me withhold my recommendation, but the other shades are that good.

I wish Make Up For Ever had included two other, vibrant eyeshadows rather than two blushes, though–perhaps two of these: ME338 Acidic Green, ME304 Emerald, I238 Blue Cedar, or D826 Fig. They could have also used a different neutral than ME512 Golden Beige, as it is also in the Nudes You Need palette, and they have plenty of golden-beige kind of shades to choose from. I would have also liked to see one or two more mattes/satins included here–7 of the 10 are of the metallic family.

The value of the palette is $141.75 based on $21/0.08 oz., though Make Up For Ever has a discounting system if you buy two or three (plus the coordinating case) individuals at a time. Based on that, you could get three for $44 or $44/0.24 oz., which would give the palette a value of $99. Another way to look at it is the cost of purchasing all nine individually, and presuming you buy in trios to maximize your discount, you would spend $132. As long as you’d use at least three shades in it, then you’ll pay less than purchasing the three as singles (you would get more product, but a little goes a long way with these).

I872 Pearly Pink is a very light, pinky-white with a pearly sheen–just shy of a truly metallic finish. It had rich color payoff with a really smooth, buttery texture that was incredibly easy to use on the skin. The color wore well for nine hours before creasing very slightly. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

D552 Crystalline Gray Beige is a warm-toned, golden pewter with a sparkling, metallic finish. There is very slight sparkle to it, but the texture is dense enough to support the sparkle and actually keep it adhered to the skin with the most minimal fall out, even after nine hours of wear (like two sparkles). It was nicely pigmented with a creamy, blendable texture. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ME512 Golden Beige is a light-medium gold with warm, yellow undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. It had great pigmentation with a soft, smooth, and creamy texture that just applied so well to the lid. It wore well for nine and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ME910 Electric Magenta is a bright, fuchsia-magenta with cool, blue undertones and an iridescent violet sheen. It had good pigmentation, but it wasn’t as rich as the average Artist Shadow, and the texture felt thinner and less blendable as a result. The texture of my individual pan seemed better with a creamier, easier-to-use texture. It still wore well as a blush for eight and a half hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ME232 Turquoise Blue is a brightened, medium aqua-blue with a hint of warmer green undertones and a frosted finish. It was intensely pigmented with a beautifully blendable, buttery texture. It wore well for nine and a half hours before creasing very slightly. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ME700 Amber is a golden copper with warm undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. The color payoff was fantastic with rich, full color coverage. The texture felt creamy, dense, and remained very blendable on the eyelid. It wore well for nine and a half hours before fading a bit. This is an incredibly dupable color, though this version is excellent. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

S924 Purple is a brightened, medium-dark purple with warm, pink undertones and a satin-matte finish. The texture was thinner and drier, and it was harder to really apply this one evenly as a blush, as it didn’t blend easily. It had semi-opaque color coverage, which was noticeably weaker than the individual I have of it. My single of this shade was also more blendable, though it wasn’t the best Artist Shadow for blendability that I’ve tried. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ME302 Peacock is a blackened, brown-black with green-teal frost. The texture is incredibly cream-like, despite being a powder eyeshadow, and goes on as such: blendable, fully pigmented, and smooth. It wore well for ten hours before creasing. This shade was more pigmented and has a stronger bluish tone to its shimmer than my single, though when I blended the one in the palette out more, it appeared slightly greener. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ME930 Black Purple is a blackened purple with subtle, warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had fully opaque color coverage with a cream-like, buttery texture. It felt creamier in the palette than when it released in the Artist Palette of it feels with a smoother sheen–almost as if the base is stronger and covers the shimmer a bit more–but it is more comparable to my single, though the palette version seems creamier still. It wore well for nine hours on me. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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