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Fyrinnae Alchemist’s Curse, Pyromantic Erotica, & Superstar Eyeshadows

Fyrinnae Arcane Magic: Alchemist's Curse Eyeshadow
Fyrinnae Arcane Magic: Alchemist’s Curse Eyeshadow

Fyrinnae Alchemist’s Curse Arcane Magic Eyeshadow ($6.80 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “pink shimmer and sparkle on black.” It’s a deep, blackened purple with pink shimmer. The texture is soft, finely-milled, and smooths out whether applied damp or patted over Fyrinnae’s Pixie Epoxy. This one was supposed to shift to a “golden green” when closer to light or held at a different angle, but no matter how I maneuvered my arm, I only saw it go from purpled-black to black with pink sparkle. I even tried using a mirror to see the effect so I could stand further away but no luck. Nevertheless, the way this sparkles as it catches the light (with movement) reminds me of Swarovski crystals–it’s very sparkly and shimmering. It was fully pigmented with both applications. Disney Wonder by Wonder is less shimmery. Urban Decay Tornado is lighter. MAC Young Punk has larger shimmer. Bobbi Brown Black Violet is lighter, cream. See comparison swatches.

Pyromantic Erotica Arcane Magic Eyeshadow ($6.80 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “deep orange with an obvious chartreuse highlight.” It’s a bright tangerine orange with a golden shimmer-sheen. It was smooth, even, and richly pigmented both applied damp and over Pixie Epoxy. At a certain angle, it looks like a deeper orange, and in person, the shimmer almost looks green-ish at certain angles. Maybelline Fierce & Tangy is a cream product, less shimmery. Illamasqua Vulgar is darker, matte. Chanel Pearl River #4 is lighter. OCC Mimosa is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Superstar Eyeshadow ($6.25 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “very bright hot pink, graced with a subtle blue highlight.” It’s a bold, brightened medium pink with an icy shimmer that gives it a satiny finish. It had a very finely-milled texture that allowed it to be applied smoothly and evenly. It was richly pigmented, and it looked near to glowing applied. Sugarpill Dollipop is darker, matte. Urban Decay Noise is more muted. Milani Shocking Pink is bluer-based and matte. MAC Infra-violet is slightly more muted and a cream product. Sugarpill Birthday Girl is darker. Inglot #362 is darker, less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Something I’ve noticed with Fyrinnae’s eyeshadows is that though they advocate using both Pixie Epoxy as well as a true eyeshadow primer (as Pixie Epoxy is for help getting the shimmer and sparkle to adhere, while also giving a “foiled” look without using the product wet, not to actually prolong wear or prevent creasing/fading), all of the shades lasted nine hours on me without fading or creasing.  This is true whether I’ve just applied the shades to bare skin or applied over Pixie Epoxy. The only difference I noticed was that when I used them on bare lids, Alchemist’s Curse gave me some minor fall out after a full day of wear, and when worn over Pixie Epoxy there was almost no fall out visible, but I was still rather impressed by how minimal the fall out was even without any type of base or adhesive help.

A

Permanent

9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total
A+

Permanent

10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total
Superstar
Superstar
A+

Permanent

10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total

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Chanel Gourmandise (76) Rouge Coco Shine

Chanel Gourmandise (76) Rouge Coco Shine
Chanel Gourmandise (76) Rouge Coco Shine

Chanel Gourmandise (76) Rouge Coco Shine ($32.50 for 0.10 oz.) is a soft peach with a hint of pink. This is a limited edition shade with the typical Rouge Coco Shine formula: incredibly sheer color that gives off mostly shine, and this particular shade has some silver sparkle. MAC Shy Girl is warmer, more pigmented.
Chanel Peregrina is more pigmented. See comparison swatches.

The formula is supposed to be sheer, shiny, and hydrating. This might be better on someone with more pigmented lips as a way to lighten and soften the natural pigmentation, because on my lips, it looks a lot like my natural lip color and adds mostly shine (and some shimmer), though you can see in the swatch on my skin that there is actually color–that color just gets lost on my lip color even more than it might on another natural lip color. The shininess is apparent for an hour and a half, and then there’s a duller shine that lingers for another half hour before it all seems to have faded away. It has a very slick, balm-like consistency that glides on easily and feels almost wet. I wore this twice (in a row), and it was lightly moisturizing but not as hydrating as a lip balm.

It’s not a product for everyone; you have to love sheer products, the consistency of this (as it is very comfortable to wear), and so on. I totally get it when someone says, “What’s the point?” or “Might as well wear lip balm,” but that’s why there are a whole slew of products on the market – the ultra sheer to the intensely pigmented.

NARS Galathee & Fury Nail Polishes

NARS Galathee Nail Polish
NARS Galathee Nail Polish

NARS Galathee Nail Polish ($19.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “dove grey.” Dove grey is the perfect descriptor for this color; it’s a light-medium gray with nearly neutral undertones that lead only slightly blue. The consistency was slightly thick, and this is a polish that would be best applied with two thin coats and a third slightly thicker coat. It was just slightly streaky, and I was only able to see the slight streakiness at a couple of angles but it often looked just fine (you can even see the same is true in the photos). Two coats was mostly opaque with a hint of visible nail line coming through when in a well-lit area. Illamasqua Raindrops is similar in color but has flecks of sparkle. Illamasqua DWS is several shades darker. Rescue Beauty Lounge Stormy is even darker than DWS. See comparison swatches.

Fury Nail Polish ($19.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “regal purple.” It’s a rich, deep purple with slightly cool undertones and a cream finish. I applied just one coat of the polish on my pinky nail so you could see just how nice the pigmentation was, but I did two coats on the others for full color coverage. It had a nice shiny dry down, and the consistency of the polish was slightly thin but very rich in pigment and easy to maneuver on the nail. Dior Shadow is warmer, darker. Cult Nails Spontaneous is warmer, shimmery, lighter. Zoya Suri is much cooler-toned, lighter. See comparison swatches.

NARS’ polish formula wears exceptionally well on me lasting a full week with very minor tip wear and no chipping.  Most formulas do not chip on me, but this formula does wear slightly better and longer than most on me.  I wish Galathee applied better overall, but it is manageable and for some, for the color, worth the extra effort and patience.

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NARS Bavaria, Kamchatka, Namibia, Yamal Eyeshadows

NARS Bavaria Eyeshadow
NARS Bavaria Eyeshadow

NARS Bavaria Eyeshadow ($24.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “deep sea blue.” It’s a muted, bluish-teal with a pale gold shimmer-sheen. It had decent color payoff, but it definitely needs to be patted on and built up on the lid. The texture was slightly stiff to work and didn’t blend easily with the other matte shades in this launch. theBalm Open to Offers Olwen is more intense, brighter. MAC Sky is similar. MAC Rain Drop is darker, greener. L’Oreal Endless Sea is very comparable. Guerlain Les Aquas #2 is lighter. Dior Blue Lagoon #4 is similar. Inglot #413 is more metallic, brighter. See comparison swatches.

Kamchatka Eyeshadow ($24.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “navy smoke.” It’s a muted, purplish navy blue with a matte finish. The texture was soft, blendable, but a little powdery so it had a tendency to sheer out quickly. I found the best payoff occurred by placing the color with pats and very, very lightly blending only the edges. I tried it over NARS’ Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Primer, and it still didn’t want to take well. theBalm The Stroke is darker, more shimmery. Le Metier de Beaute Sapphire is bluer, more shimmery. Urban Decay Half Truth is purpler. NARS Demon Lover #1 is lighter, more shimmery. MAC Naval is similar. OCC Technoir is bluer and shimmery. Inglot #332 is bluer, bolder. Inglot #321 is bluer, much darker. See comparison swatches.

Namibia Eyeshadow ($24.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “grey moon.” It’s a light-medium, neutral gray with a matte finish. It had decent color payoff, and the texture was soft and blendable though very slightly powdery. MAC Fabulous Fit is darker. MAC Silver Gull has slight sparkle. MAC Courtly Grey is a touch darker. Giorgio Armani Moonlight White #2 is more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Yamal Eyeshadow ($24.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “maple sugar.” It’s a medium brown with very subtle warm undertones–a little caramel-like but it’s not overly warm–and a matte finish. The color payoff was decent, and it was the easiest of the four to apply and use. I applied this in the crease and above the crease, and it didn’t sheer out like Kamchatka did. theBalm Allegro is warmer. MAC Caramel Sundae is warmer, shimmery. MAC Moleskin is warmer. bareMinerals Namaste is darker. Inglot #342 is much darker. Bobbi Brown Stone is darker. Urban Decay Naked is very similar. See comparison swatches.

If you tend to like your colors semi-sheer and matte, you may enjoy the shades in this launch, as they all lend themselves to a softer application overall.  If you’re really determined to get really rich, dense pigmentation, you might be disappointed.  When I wore them yesterday, I had noticeable fading–even over NARS’ primer (!)–after seven hours.  I actually thought it looked better applied over bare skin, because the natural oils (though I have normal-to-dry lids) took down the powderiness of Kamchatka.  Originally, I tried layering Kamchatka over Yamal (I used this shade all over the crease and blended almost halfway to the brow bone as a fading color, as I intended to use Kamchatka to darken the inner portion of the crease), and it really didn’t want to blend with Yamal.  They can be blended with each other side-by-side, but they didn’t do well with more overlap as Kamchatka really needs every bit of help to stick to the lid, so when another powder eyeshadow is already underneath, it doesn’t adhere well.

NARS Las Ramblas & Via de Martelli Larger Than Life Eyeliners

NARS Las Ramblas Larger Than Life Eyeliner
NARS Las Ramblas Larger Than Life Eyeliner

NARS Las Ramblas Larger Than Life Eyeliner ($24.00 for 0.02 oz.) is described as a “yellow gold.” It’s a warm, yellow gold with a pearly sheen. It had so-so color payoff in a single stroke and was buildable to semi-opaque color coverage on the lash line, though it wasn’t totally even so it does need to be smudged and blended a bit after applied to get the best results. The consistency could have been somewhat creamier/easier to glide on. It wore well for seven hours but has noticeably thinned out after eight hours. Chanel Vegas Gold is darker, more orange. Make Up For Ever #9L is slightly less yellow. See comparison swatches.

Via de Martelli Larger Than Life Eyeliner ($24.00 for 0.02 oz.) is described as a “chocolate.” It’s a warm-toned, medium-dark chocolate brown with red undertones and a very subtle pearl. It was semi-opaque in a single pass but was buildable to full opacity with a few passes. It was creamier than Las Ramblas, so it was easier to apply. This shade lasted for eight hours well and only started to look somewhat thinner after nine hours. Urban Decay Bourbon is darker, browner. MAC Brown Border is darker. MAC Fluidline is warmer, more copper. See comparison swatches.

NARS Mysterious Red & Paimpol Velvet Matte Lip Pencils

NARS Mysterious Red Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Mysterious Red Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Mysterious Red Velvet Matte Lip Pencil ($25.00 for 0.086 oz.) is described as a “crimson red.” It’s a subtly warm-toned, medium-dark red with a matte finish. It’s bold, bright, and very opaque. The consistency is just waxy enough that it glides across the lips without tugging or pulling while still delivering full color in a single stroke.  It wore for six hours and was slightly drying overall. Maybelline Infra-red is glossier. NARS Majella is browner, darker. Hourglass Raven is brighter, warmer. See comparison swatches.

Paimpol Velvet Matte Lip Pencil ($25.00 for 0.086 oz.) is described as a “pink chiffon.” It’s a slightly cool-toned, light pink with an iridescent shimmer, so it looks frosted on the lips. It had semi-opaque color payoff, but between the light color and frosted (but matte) finish, it wasn’t very flattering or forgiving on the lips. It seemed to apply easily enough and did so evenly, despite it not being opaque.  It wore for two hours and was slightly drying after wearing twice in a row! MAC Beauty is lighter, more opaque. MAC Fun Finds is warmer. MAC Mlle is more opaque. Guerlain Rose Innocent is glossier. See comparison swatches.