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Monday, September 8th, 2014

Urban Decay Shadow Box Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Shadow Box Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Shadow Box Eyeshadow Palette ($34.00 for 0.12 oz.) is one of the more disappointing palettes I’ve come across from the brand for one simple reason: these eyeshadows aren’t like the originals/individual/permanent versions. There is something distinctly different in the texture and application in just about all the shades; they’re drier, thinner, and more powdery–they don’t adhere as well to bare skin (which isn’t usually an issue I have with Urban Decay’s formula), lack some depth/intensity compared to the original or standalone version, and are just… off. There’s a soft, dense, buttery feeling that is present with the majority of Urban Decay’s eyeshadows that is missing in action in this palette. The palette is also in dire need of more variety in finishes–it is primarily frosted–and two of the three “new” shades are quite similar to existing/previously released shades.

Usually, Urban Decay’s palettes offer tremendous value, but this one isn’t much of a deal–the best value is just that you’re getting twelve shades for less than the price of two singles, but you’re getting a mere 0.12 oz. The revamped Ammo palette contains 10 x 0.03 oz. eyeshadows for $34–that’s 0.30 oz., over double the size of this one for the same price, plus it also includes a small Primer Potion and mini shadow brush. Urban Decay eyeshadow is $360/oz., so this palette contains $43.20 worth of eyeshadow. The Ammo palette contains $108 worth of eyeshadow ($34, ten shades), while Naked Basics contains $108 worth of eyeshadow ($29, six shades).

Sin is described as a “champagne.” It’s a light peach with a hint of pink. It has warm undertones and a frosted finish. This shade felt most like its original, though it still has a bit of a drier feeling overall. It wore well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Indo is described as an “emerald.” It’s a cool-toned, green-teal with a frosted finish. It had so-so color payoff, but the texture had a dryness that made it hard to blend with other shades and gave it a more uneven appearance applied. It lasted for seven and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bordello is described as a “pale mauve with gold micro-sparkle.” It’s a pinky-plum with copper glitter. It had a powdery, dry texture with chunky glitter that didn’t really bind with the actual color, so a lot of it was trapped in the brush or fell underneath the eye during application. The few remaining sparkles seemed to fall out over time. The color faded after seven hours of wear. It was also warmer than past versions of Bordello. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tornado is described as a “vibrant deep purple.” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned purple with a frosted sheen. It had decent color payoff, but it lacked the intensity and depth of the original Tornado. The consistency was thinner and drier, while the color lasted for eight hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Smog is described as a “deep coppery bronze.” It’s a coppery brown with warm, red0orange undertones and a frosted finish. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was only slightly thinner and less dense compared to the full-sized version, but it did translate into giving it a lighter appearance slightly. It lasted for eight hours applied. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Blackout is described as a “blackest black.” It’s a deep dark black with a matte finish. The texture is slightly thin and powdery, so it doesn’t adhere well to bare skin, but it is more pigmented than the swatch lets on if it actually stayed on the skin (it kind of blends away). The color lasted for seven and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Flash is described as a “bright iridescent purple.” It’s a cool-toned, lavender purple with a frosted finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a drier, thinner consistency that felt a little powdery. It was prone to fading, and it only wore well for seven hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Mushroom is described as a “warm pale grey.” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned taupe with a reddish-brown undertones and a frosted sheen. It had good pigmentation, but that same drier, thinner consistency that made it harder to get that true-to-pan color intensity on the lid was present. It started to fade after seven and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Lost is described as a “medium metallic brown.” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm, orange-red undertones and a frosted finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture wasn’t too dry, though it felt different than the other version I have of it. The color lasted for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Freelove is described as a “golden vibrant peach.” It’s a brightened, coral-orange with golden shimmer. It had a drier, somewhat powdery consistency that was thin and difficult to apply, as it would look faded shortly after patting it onto the lid. The color lasted for six and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Moonshadow is described as a “bright navy blue.” It’s a cool-toned, medium-dark navy blue with a pearly sheen. It had so-so pigmentation, but the drier consistency made it look somewhat uneven when blended/applied to the skin as it didn’t diffuse as smoothly along the edges. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Baked Cowboy is described as a “golden bronze.” It’s a brightened, golden orange with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had good color payoff, and the texture was only slightly powdery and dry. The color wore well for eight hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Monday, September 8th, 2014

Clé de Peau Delicate Pink (14) Luminizing Face Enhancer
Clé de Peau Delicate Pink (14) Luminizing Face Enhancer

Clé de Peau Delicate Pink (14) Luminizing Face Enhancer ($55.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a pale, pink-tinged beige with a warm, golden champagne shimmer. Cle de Peau Pastel (11) (P, $55.00) is cooler-toned, less shimmery. Urban Decay Highlighter (P) is warmer. NARS Devotee (LE, $29.00) is warmer. Chanel Poudre Signee de Chanel Illuminating Powder (LE, $68.00) is slightly warmer. Chanel Beiges Ombres Tissees (LE, $75.00) is darker, pinker, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This shade seemed to be the most shimmery out of the four variations available, though it still applied with a soft, noticeable glowing sheen–luminous but not metallic or glittery on the skin, so it didn’t emphasize pores for me. The powder has a soft, finely-milled, silky texture that sits well on skin and is easily blended/sheered out, though it is fairly pigmented. It’s forgiving, so it doesn’t feel like you have to be careful when applying it, but you don’t need a lot to get a luminous sheen. On me, this highlighter lasted well for eight and a half hours before fading slightly.

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Monday, September 8th, 2014

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Sunday, September 7th, 2014

Temptalia Asks You


What one beauty product do you have that you wish looked better on you? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerBasically every cool-toned pink in the vein of MAC Saint Germain!

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Sunday, September 7th, 2014

Make Up For Ever S852 Neon Pink Artist Shadow (Blush)
Make Up For Ever S852 Neon Pink Artist Shadow (Blush)

Make Up For Ever S852 Neon Pink Artist Shadow (Blush) ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a vibrant, neon fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a satiny finish. It appears more matte when applied heavily, but as it is blended and sheered out, the satin finish becomes more apparent. Make Up For Ever ME910 Electric Magenta (P, $21.00) is lighter, more shimmery. Surratt Beauty Se Pomponner (P, $32.00) is lighter. Sleek MakeUP Acid #9 (P, $9.99) is slightly warmer. Urban Decay Savage (P) is very similar. NARS Coeur Battant (LE, $29.00) is darker. Fyrinnae Superstar (P, $6.80) is more shimmery. NARS Desire (P, $29.00) is similar. Milani Shocking Pink (P, $5.99) is cooler-toned. MAC Magenta Madness (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC Florida (LE, $21.00) is a cream product. Sugarpill Dollipop (P, $12.00) is less magenta. Make Up For Ever #26 (DC, $20.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It’s an incredibly bold, bright, and off-the-charts pigmented blush. A little goes a long a way, and I highly recommend using a stippling brush and building up the color to your desired intensity as it is extremely rich in color. The finish gets more luminous as it is blended and buffed into the skin, so used as a blush, you can really appreciate the subltly of the finish. If you were to use it in its fully opaque form, it appears mostly matte. The texture is smooth, lightly creamy–like a cross between cream and powdery, and is fairly blendable (but it could be somewhat easier to even out on the skin). It wore well for nine hours on me, and I didn’t have any staining when I removed it, but if applied more heavily, it may stain. This is another shade that’s part of the Artist Shadow line but is labeled “Blush” on the packaging and product as it is not considered eye safe in the U.S.  Sephora is now showing which shades are really blushes under “How to Use.”

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Sunday, September 7th, 2014

Happy Sunday!

What have you been doing this weekend so far? Hope you’ve found at least a few ways to have fun :) My husband and I went out for date night dinner last night, which is always nice, and then we had gelato afterwards (he had coppa mista, I had moca almond). Mellan spent–literally–all Saturday sprawled out on my chaise lounge.  Today’s big task is to finish replying to all outstanding comments/questions (I did half of them yesterday), so thank you very much for your patience!