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Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

Make Up For Ever #1 (Nudes You Need) Artist Palette
Make Up For Ever #1 (Nudes You Need) Artist Palette

Make Up For Ever #1 (Nudes You Need) Artist Palette ($42.00 for 0.54 oz.) contains nine Artist Shadows in neutral hues. I absolutely love this palette, and it’s so refreshing to see a brand put out a palette of their existing products that actually maintains the quality across the two. The pans are slightly smaller (24mm) than your typical eyeshadow pan (26mm, like MAC/Urban Decay), but I suspect they are deeper, as the full-sized eyeshadows are noticeably larger but only contain 0.02 oz. more (full-sized is 0.08 oz. each, and each in the palette is 0.06 oz.). The Artist Shadows have a few different finishes, and I find all of them to have a similar except the mattes; all the other finishes feel like a powder and cream hybrid, as they’re denser, creamier and have really rich, color payoff that adheres well to bare skin. The matte finish is more like a traditional powder eyeshadow, though Make Up For Ever’s version is nice: silky, smooth, finely-milled, and pigmented.

This is an excellent palette if you enjoy neutrals, love (or want to buy more) Artist Shadows, and don’t mind that there aren’t any mattes in it. If you only like palettes with a variety of finishes, including mattes, you might find this one a miss. I think the quality is extremely high, and it would easily pair with your favorite neutral mattes that you might already have, but for travel, I can see this not working for those who like to incorporate a few mattes into their look. This is the major downside to the palette (they could have definitely popped in a matte and/or another matte/satin), and one minor downside is that–unlike the holiday palette–the shadows aren’t removable. I am sure you could depot it with the right tools, but they don’t lift right out. The other minor downside is that the palette is on the heavier side (and had the bottom been magnetic and the eyeshadows removable, I would have understood).

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).

I528 Pearl is a brightened, pink-tinged white with cool undertones and a metallic sheen. It had mostly opaque color payoff with a smooth, creamy consistency that worked well on the skin. It wore well for nine hours. For me, this one seemed brighter and more white-based than my single of it (which is almost like a pale warm pink). I don’t notice the difference as much applied to the lid, so it might just be a mix of the shimmer catching more/less light. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

I514 Pink Ivory is a light beige with warm, creamy yellow undertones and a metallic sheen. It had good pigmentation with a creamy, blendable texture that worked well on bare skin and wore well for nine hours. 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.

S556 Taupe Gray is a cool-toned taupe with a hint of gray-purple and a semi-matte finish. The satin finish is more apparent if you really sheer and blend it out, but if you wear it as a mostly opaque color, it has more of a matte look. It had good color payoff, while the texture was blendable and easy to apply. It wore well for nine hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

D562 Taupe Platinum is a medium-dark brown with warm undertones and a subtle gray-ish cast in its metallic finish. It was richly pigmented with a creamy, smooth texture. On the lid, it was easily blended and stayed on well for nine hours. The palette version seemed smoother and as a result, more reflective giving it a slightly lighter color in certain lighting. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ME644 Iced Brown is a medium-dark, bronzy brown with warm, reddish undertones and a metallic sheen. It was intensely pigmented with an incredibly smooth, creamy consistency that went on beautifully. It wore well for nine and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

S102 Onyx is an inky, deep dark black with a satin finish. It appears more matte on the lid; I don’t get a lot of sheen, but the satiny texture helps make it easy to blend. It had rich, fully opaque color coverage with a smooth texture. The color lasted for nine and a half hours before creasing on me. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

I544 Pink Granite is a medium-dark, warm-toned taupe with a pearly sheen. The color payoff was fully opaque, while the texture was smooth, blendable, and cream-like. It wore well for nine hours on me. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

D652 Celestial Earth is a deepened bronze with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had intense color payoff that went on smoothly and evenly due to its very soft, creamy texture. It lasted for nine hours on me. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

Make Up For Ever 203P Golden Pink Artist Plexi-Gloss
Make Up For Ever 203P Golden Pink Artist Plexi-Gloss

Make Up For Ever 203P Golden Pink Artist Plexi-Gloss ($19.00 for 0.23 fl. oz.) is supposed to be a gloss with “vivid color and high-shine” that will wear for “five hours” with a non-sticky texture. It’s not a bad gloss formula, as far as glosses go, but it doesn’t really deliver on its promises of “vivid color,” as many of shades I’ve tried (nine) are more semi-sheer to semi-opaque. I haven’t worn all of them yet, but I have tested these three, which I found to be longer-wearing than the average gloss, but they are tacky with a light-medium weight to them. I felt like not enough product was pulled onto the applicator each time the wand was pulled out of the tube, and the applicator is interesting, but I don’t think it applied better (or worse) than the traditional doe-foot. The split-tipped applicator is more spongy and pliable, so those with more curved lips may find it easier to use than traditional applicators. I didn’t notice any scent or taste with this formula.

Make Up For Ever 203P Golden Pink Artist Plexi-Gloss ($19.00 for 0.23 fl. oz.) is a light-medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and gold pearl. The gloss had semi-sheer color coverage that lightened, brightened, and added a gold sparkle to my natural lip color, but it may be less noticeable on those with darker natural lip color. It wore well for four hours on me and was moderately tacky. It was a little hydrating over time and comfortable to wear overall, but there was slight settling into lip lines. Marc Jacobs Beauty Some Girls (328) (P, $28.00) is darker. Buxom Trixie (P, $19.00) is warmer. Buxom Sophia (P, $19.00) is less shimmery. NARS Sweet Revenge (P, $26.00) is warmer. NARS Orgasm (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, lighter. NARS Super Orgasm (P, $26.00) is similar. NARS Belize (P, $26.00) is less shimmery. Chanel Rosace (87) (LE, $27.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Flare for Fantasy (LE, $20.00) is warmer. bareMinerals Heartbreaker (LE, $18.00) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Heart Shaped (308) (P, $28.00) is less shimmery. MAC It’s a Wow (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned. Bobbi Brown Pink Gold (P, $24.00) is lighter, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever 205P Pearly Rose Artist Plexi-Gloss ($19.00 for 0.23 fl. oz.) is a muted, coral-red with pink and silver shimmer. This shade had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage that went on somewhat evenly, but it could have looked smoother and more even. It wore well for five hours, was tacky, and slightly moisturizing. Maybelline Pearlescent Peach (520) (P, $8.99) is lighter. Gucci Beauty Crushed Coral (P, $32.00) is warmer. NARS Stella (P, $26.00) is lighter. Revlon Kiss Me Coral (P, $7.99) is warmer, darker. Revlon Papaya (P, $7.49) is pinker. Guerlain Candy Stripe (P, $30.00) is less glossy. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever 302P Golden Coral Artist Plexi-Gloss ($19.00 for 0.23 fl. oz.) is a light-medium orange-coral with gold shimmer. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, but as it was a milkier color, it did pull into lip lines even from the beginning. It wore well for four hours and was lightly hydrating. The texture was light-medium in thickness and noticeably sticky. Revlon HD Amber (555) (P, $8.99) is more shimmery. Chanel Exotique (12) (P, $34.00) is less shimmery, more orange. MAC Artful (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery. NARS Greek Holiday (P, $26.00) is sheerer. MAC Flare for Fantasy (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery. MAC Imperial Light (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, sheerer. MAC Dynasty at Dusk (P, $20.00) is sheerer, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Monday, April 27th, 2015

Temptalia Asks You


What brand do you think has changed the most over the years? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerTough question! Urban Decay, perhaps, because of their massive and enduring venture into all things neutral, given their history of bolder, edgier color. MAC has seemed to rely more heavily on collaborations over the last few years than ever before (though they have done collaborations for quite sometime). NARS seems more aggressive as a brand with more launches than they used to have, plus collaborations.

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Monday, April 27th, 2015

Makeup Geek Whimsical Foiled Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Whimsical Foiled Eyeshadow

This post features three of the new Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadow ($9.99 for 0.064 oz.) shades that have just been released. The formula is supposed to be a cross between a cream and powder eyeshadow that has “intense pigmentation” with a “smooth, silky formula.” The brand has said that the formula may be prone to creasing on oilier lids and recommends a primer. The color payoff of these shades ranged from mostly opaque to fully opaque with dense, thick, creamy textures. The wear was actually shorter when used over primers like Urban Decay Primer Potion and NARS Smudgeproof than it was without any primer or base; when I tested with MAC Painterly Paint Pot, I had the longest results, though shorter than I typically get with Paint Pots.

Makeup Geek Whimsical Foiled Eyeshadow ($9.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “light silvery pink with a foiled finish frosted silvery pale pink.” It’s a very light pink with subtle cool undertones and a frosted, metallic sheen. It had mostly opaque pigmentation that was easily built-up to full coverage on the lid once blended and worked into the skin. The color lasted for seven hours on bare lids, five and a half hours over NARS/Urban Decay primers, and nine hours over MAC Painterly. Maybelline Petunia Punk (120) (LE, $6.99) is a cream product, darker. Chanel Tisse Rhapsodie #2 (LE) is less metallic. Too Faced Pink Frosting (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Harpooned Heart (LE, $16.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever I902 Quartz (P, $21.00) is less metallic. Make Up For Ever I528 Pearl (P, $21.00) is less metallic. Milani Bella Pink (13) (P, $4.49) is darker. MAC Violet Blend #1 (LE) is darker. Laura Mercier Diamond Pink (LE, $23.00) is similar. Tarina Tarantino Delightful #3 (P) is similar. Tarina Tarantino Violet Storm #2 (LE) is similar. Tarina Tarantino Diamond Dusk #2 (LE) os similar. Kat Von D Instaglam (LE) is warmer. Tom Ford Beauty Enchanted #1 (LE) is cooler-toned. MAC Fresh & Mint #2 (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Young Venus (LE, $20.00) is darker. bareMinerals Muse (P) is less metallic. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Makeup Geek Daydreamer Foiled Eyeshadow ($9.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “light lilac purple with cool undertones and a foiled finish cool light lilac purple.” It’s a cool-toned, light-medium lavender purple with a metallic sheen. It had nice pigmentation that went on very smoothly and evenly, and it was easy to blend out on the skin. It started to crease after seven hours on bare skin, five and a half hours over NARS/Urban Decay primers, and nine hours over MAC Painterly. Urban Decay Tonic (P, $18.00) is warmer, pinker. Kat Von D Astrological (LE) is less metallic, lighter. Tarina Tarantino Violet Storm #4 (LE) is lighter. MAC Tropica (LE, $21.00) is less metallic. Urban Decay Grifter (P, $18.00) is pinker. NARS Marie-Galante #1 (LE, $24.00) is darker. MAC Light Violet (LE, $32.50) is more sparkly. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Makeup Geek Masquerade Foiled Eyeshadow ($9.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “bright medium plum with warm undertones and a foiled finish bright warm plum.” It’s a brightened, pink-based purple with warmer undertones and a frosted sheen. This shade wasn’t as metallic as others in the range. It had fairly good pigmentation with a soft, creamy consistency that was easy to blend on the skin. It lasted for seven and a half hours on bare lids, six hours over Urban Decay/NARS primers, and nine hours over MAC Painterly. MAC Frizzyplum (LE, $16.00) is more muted, warmer. Colour Pop Dare (P, $5.00) is purpler. Colour Pop Fantasy (P, $5.00) is more sparkly, brighter but isn’t eye safe. Ardency Inn Orchid (P, $21.00) is brighter but isn’t eye safe. Make Up For Ever ME912 Orchid (P, $21.00) is lighter but isn’t eye safe. NARS Rage (LE, $24.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Fishnet (P, $18.00) is lighter, less shimmery. MAC Power Boosted (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Stars ‘n’ Rockets (P, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Femininity (LE, $32.50) is lighter, more sparkly. Sugarpill Magentric (P, $13.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Monday, April 27th, 2015

Rant & Rave

Share: Tell us what you love and hate about ULTA!

my answer: I think it’s cool that you can get your drgustore and mid-to-high-end favorites in the same spot. I’ve only been to ULTA two or three times in person, so I have primarily experienced the retailer online. They’ve had some atrocious shipping in the past with a record-breaking number of shattered items arriving upon arrival for me compared to any other online retailer, which has been a sore point for me. I love their rewards system, and I think it’s easy to use and good for the customer. Their website needs a major overhaul, and their processing and shipping speeds are the slowest for a major retailer.

Monday, April 27th, 2015

Makeup Geek High Wire Foiled Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek High Wire Foiled Eyeshadow

Ten new shades of the Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadow ($9.99 for 0.064 oz.) have been released. This time around, the brand has made it a point to state that those with oilier lids will need to use a primer for longevity if you have oilier lids as they are prone to creasing without one. They’re still supposed to have “intense pigmentation” with a “smooth, silky formula.” In general, they are fairly pigmented (mostly opaque to opaque) with a dense, creamy consistency that tends to be very metallic and high-shine.

The formula didn’t seem to wear well over primers like Urban Decay Primer Potion (extending wear to as long as 8-9 hours) or NARS Smudge Proof (extending wear to 12+ hours), and instead, it actually creased faster than when I applied them over my bare lids, which are normal-to-dry. I was able to prevent creasing for longer using a MAC Paint Pot (extending wear to as long as 12+ hours), which is a much heavier and opaque base, and it prevented creasing for an additional two hours beyond if I wore them without any base or primer. A more opaque, thicker base helps extend wear, but whatever oils are used in the product definitely seem to break down even the best of primers/bases, because while I could normally get 12 hours easily with a MAC Paint Pot, I could see faint creasing developing at the nine hour mark.

Makeup Geek High Wire Foiled Eyeshadow ($9.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “medium silver with subtle blue undertones medium silver with hint of blue.” It’s a cool-toned, silvered purple with a frosted, metallic finish. It had rich color payoff with a creamy, thick consistency that felt almost like a cream eyeshadow. It is quite metallic, so paired with the thickness of the formula, it can emphasize the lid’s texture if over-applied. It started to crease after five hours over NARS/Urban Decay primers, seven and a half hours on bare lids, and nine and a half hours over MAC Painterly. Too Faced Nashville (P, $16.00) is darker, warmer. MAC Fathoms Deep (P, $20.00) is darker. Giorgio Armani Scarab Violetta (33) (LE, $33.00) is darker. MAC Water & Ice #2 (P, $21.00) is darker. L’Oreal Liquid Diamond (P, $7.99) is similar. Inglot #420 (P, $6.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Makeup Geek Fantasy Foiled Eyeshadow ($9.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “int green with a foiled finish frosty mint green.” It’s a softened, light-medium green with warm, yellow undertones and a metallic finish. It had mostly opaque pigmentation that went on evenly on the skin. It wore well for seven hours on bare lids, five and a half over NARS/Urban Decay primers, and nine hours over MAC Painterly. Sleek MakeUP Evergreen (P, $9.99) is slightly darker. Ulta Sage (P, $10.00) is more muted, darker. Makeup Geek Shimmermint (P, $5.99) is less metallic. Fyrinnae Electric Stardust (P, $6.80) is lighter. Disney by Sephora Atlantica (LE) is lighter, less shimmery. MAC Golden Olive (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Makeup Geek Pegasus Foiled Eyeshadow ($9.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “light, bright aqua with a foiled finish intensely bright light aqua.” It’s a light-medium, green-leaning teal with a metallic sheen. It had great color payoff with a smooth, creamy consistency, so I was surprised when it seemed a little prone to crumbling/flaking when I applied it to the lid. I had better luck using a firm, flat brush (MAC 242) to pat it into black, and then using a fluffier brush to soften the edges, but it wasn’t as foolproof to use it as I expected, given how it felt and how pigmented it was. It wore well for seven hours on bare lids, six hours over NARS/Urban Decay primers, and nine and a half hours over MAC Painterly. I did notice that application was smoother over a primer. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl #5 (P) is darker, bluer. Anastasia Venezia (LE, $12.00) is lighter, bluer. Hello Kitty Kawaii (LE) is bluer. Too Faced Sequin (LE, $16.00) is darker. Milani Teal the Truth (P, $6.99) is darker, brighter. Maybelline Edgy Emerald (P, $6.99) is a cream product. MAC Shimmermoss (P, $16.00) is less metallic. Inglot #413 (P, $6.00) is bluer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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