Sydney Grace x Temptalia Collection Coming Soon

Sydney Grace x Temptalia - Sneak Peek

I’m so excited to share that Temptalia is collaborating with Sydney Grace on a collection of eyeshadow palettes slated for release in Spring 2021!  The collection includes three eyeshadow palettes (and each has 12 shades): Quintessence, On the Horizon, and Radiant Reflection.

You might be thinking, “Wow, three!” and you’d be right, but frankly, I couldn’t pick just one color story.  I wanted to do something interesting but cohesive, and there were three concepts I had in mind, so when I pitched them… I pitched all three.

To my surprise and utter delight, Sydney Grace was all in!  We even went from 10 shades in each palette to 12 shades to further enhance each palette’s color story. It didn’t help that Sydney Grace sent over so many stunning shades in the first round of color samples that it made it so hard to narrow down selections, so it became a game of addition rather than subtraction!

Quintessence is an ode to space and the night sky.  On the Horizon is my take on neutrals–a little grungy and earthy with some desert inspiration found along the way.  Radiant Reflection is a celebration of color that takes its cues from jewels, rainbows (but intensify the depth and brilliance), and metals.

Here’s a lil’ peek at the first round of color samples Sydney Grace created, which start their lives as loose powders! These were some of the very first swatches I did in the process, and you’ll have to wait and see which ones were tweaked, eliminated, and finalized. 🙂

Sydney Grace x Temptalia - Sneak Peek

Sydney Grace x Temptalia - Sneak Peek

Sydney Grace x Temptalia - Sneak Peek

I thought it was the perfect time to share and announce the collaboration and that I’m working more closely with Sydney Grace through this collaboration, as we’ve reached the point in the process where about half of the colors are finalized–there are 36! shades in total–with most of the remaining shades quite close and only a few that are still in progress. Some of those fully-approved shades are moving into production very soon. The names and placements of the shades have also been finalized and are getting ready to be printed on packaging, so everything is moving full-steam ahead!

I’ll be sharing my dissertation on the whole process, along with more details than you’d ever want to know about each palette, its final color story, and the journey to get to the finish line as we get closer to the release date.

For now, though, here’s a look at one shade, which is finalized, and it is a callback to the first collaboration I ever did, which was with MAC.  I created an emerald green eyeshadow called “Jealousy Wakes” back in 2011, and this is its successor: Jealousy’s Descent.  It’s a rich, emerald green with an intense, metallic shine.  Fun fact: Sydney Grace nailed this shade the very first time.

Sydney Grace x Temptalia - Sneak Peek

Sydney Grace x Temptalia - Sneak Peek

Thank you so much for being part of this journey (and being a large part of why I’m even here!)! I hope that the palettes live up to high expectations I know are set for me 🙂 Stay tuned!


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Joanna Avatar

IM SO EXCITED! I’ve been a long time blog reader (lurker) and I’m so so happy that you’re doing this! I truly believe that any company would be lucky to work with you and Sydney Grace seems more than deserving. I have the utmost faith that these palettes will be the definition of perfect. A+++!!!!

Anne-Marie Berk Avatar

Oh, how incredibly exciting! Congratulations! You have been so helpful to this makeup lover over the years, and your work has brought me so much pleasure. I cannot wait to see the palettes and make some purchases. I rarely post but just wanted to let you know that I treasure you and this community.

kjh Avatar

OMGWTFOMGWTF? I thought I was done buying eyeshadow! This is Pluto orbit exciting, and I can’t wait! On a more serious note, I am not at all surprised. You have done a lot to popularize the brand. They not only have great quality and customer service, but their heart and (work and community) ethics are in the right place. And that, Christine, is why this is a perfect match. To think that you will review your own product! This is one collab we can all get behind…or first on the waiting list!

Cindy Avatar

Congrats on the collab!!! I always love the color stories you create, so I can’t wait for the reveal! I still have Jealousy Wakes btw, even though I got rid of most of my MAC eyeshadows I just couldn’t let that one go.

trudy henson Avatar

Ahhhhh!!! Congratulations!! This is very exciting and I hope “spring 2021” means January! Either way, this is great news and a perfect pairing. The new year is looking up!!

Sandy Avatar

OMG!!!!!!!! Congrats, Christine! I’m so excited to see what you create. If anyone deserves this, it’s you. Thank you so much for giving us a little sneak peek. And oooo, that green! And all the jewel tones. Ahhhh!

Florence Avatar

Congratulations! I am so excited for you and for me!! I am going to use this as my sign that I do not need any more eyeshadow until these 3 palettes come out! I’d order them sight unseen knowing it’s a Temptalia – Sydney Grace collaboration.

Christina D. Avatar

Congratulations! I cannot think of a more perfect collaboration. It was through Temptalia that I discovered Sydney Grace. I can safely say that I will be purchasing all three palettes.

Pami Avatar

That’s so exciting, I can’t wait to get the details! Sydney Grace is a perfect partner for you, her quality and price points are amazing. You always come up with great ideas for palettes, I’m so happy you are now going to create some. 🙂 I cannot believe that it’s been almost 11.5 years since you created Jealousy Wakes with Mac! 🙂

DG Avatar

I’m not too fussed with collaborations in general, but this? THIIIS?

I’m screaming and planning on buying all three.

(Congratulations! I’m sure I speak for many when I say that your theoretical palettes are always stunning, so I’m deeply excited to see the final products! And thank you so much for all your hard work!)

Lauren Avatar

WOW!!! Congratulations, this is so exciting. Those sneak peaks and the first shade are absolutely lovely. Thank you for giving us all time to save up because I’m sure all three will be stunning. I think Sydney Grace is the perfect choice for Temptalia to pair up with considering how well all of their shadows review, plus how much positivity I see about the brand and their quality elsewhere. I can’t wait to read more about the process you went through to create your palettes.

Christine Avatar

I love eyeshadow so much, and I knew if I ever did a collaboration again, I’d have to feel confident about the quality of that brand’s eyeshadows, so when I reached out to SG, it was because I had full faith in their consistency to put out quality eyeshadows!

Christina Avatar

Congratulations!! As one of your earliest followers from way back in the day, this is so exciting to hear. As soon as I saw the emerald colour, I immediately thought of Jealousy Wakes before even reading your description. I think this one is even more beautiful! 🙂 I can’t wait to see the rest of the collection.

Elizabeth Avatar

Amazing! I’ve always had some regrets about not picking up Jealousy Wakes, so I’m so excited that I can get its reincarnation. I’m sure your palettes will be stunning and amazing quality so I can’t wait 💕

Daniela Avatar

CHRISTINE!!!! This is the most exciting!! I just received my first Sydney Grace order (I know, I know…super late to hop on the wagon), and I am soooo in love! I think you two will make the perfect collab! I cannot wait to see the color stories and the various looks you will create. I think I am the most excited to check out “On The Horizon” from your description above, but, so excited to see all three palettes in 2021! 🙌❤️🙌

AJ Avatar

SO COOL! Congratulations! I love your sense of color so I am sure that all three will be beautiful and I plan to buy at least one of them. I’m especially curious about your grungy neutrals, and I’ll wants Jealousy’s Descent for sure. Can’t wait to see and learn more 🙂

Nancy T Avatar

Thanks, Christine! That migraine cocktail worked wonders. Wasn’t exactly thrilled to spend an entire 12 hours in the ER on the same day I lost Scunci, but this was my worst migraine ever. It had lasted 3 full days, but I was very reluctant to seek help for it because Scunci needed me here by his side. Emotionally, everything really hit very hard this morning when I woke up and was only feeding one kitty, Clarissa. That’s when I totally lost it and wept like a baby. He sure was special ❣️
And so is your wonderful collab with Sydney Grace! I’m just so excited for you!

Iliana Avatar

OMG how exciting!! Can’t wait to see the 50 looks you create with your collab… j/k that’s a lot but I am excited to see all the beautiful eye looks you’ll create. Maybe one tutorial for YouTube? So thrilled for you and the brand! Congrats!

Christine Avatar

We will see! 🙂 I definitely hope to put together different combos in action, and of course, lots of possibilities. I feel pretty good about the shade placement right now (assuming I don’t make significant tweaks to shades) and have tried to ensure it makes sense in rows, columns, quads, and sextets!

kjh Avatar

Of COURSE you did! Because you have a great executive functions. Palettes lose people when they actually are random. Your palettes will be ‘intellectually’ pleasing as well as creatively pleasing. I. CAN. NOT. WAIT.

Elizabeth Avatar

I am so happy for you Christine! I can’t wait. I know these will be absolutely lovely, and up to your standards. I will probably be buying all three. Your use of color and your combinations are so beautiful, and they inspire me to use more colors that I normally wouldn’t. I am so happy for you, and congratulations! The swatches above are lovely, so if they are any indication of what is going to be in the palettes, I won’t have to buy any eye shadows for some time to come, and it will be money well spent!

Mariella Avatar

OMG, Christine! What wonderful news and you have been amazing at keeping this under wraps! I’m so glad that you are getting the very type of recognition you deserve! Why am I not surprised that those teal and green swatches are just outstanding. And that name – Jealousy’s Descent – what a great name! Amazing to think that it was back in 2011. I never lucked out getting JW but did get the grey shadow from that collection. Oh, I am just so excited for you!

Christine Avatar

I pitched them late last year, but we didn’t start figuring it out until this spring, and the first round of colors came through in late March (this year), so it hasn’t been too, too long. I wanted to have a chance to work with Heather/Sydney Grace, go through colors and feedback processes to make sure we would work well together and feel good about the direction we’d be going in but wanted to announce as soon as we started hitting that point of “Yeah, this is going forward!” which is now!

Francesca Avatar

That’s amazing! I can’t wait to see the pallette. I am sure that if exists a colour story that I can pick up blindly (and I am very critique about colour stories in palette) is the one made by christine! And now three??? A dream! Please, SG start conisediring to sell onto international retailer, I can’t stand the idea to see these georgious palette open and shattered at the doguane for sanitary controls 🙁

Karen Avatar

Congratulations! I’m glad such a great brand is collaborating with you. I remember back when you created that series aimed at ColourPop, and we were all really hoping they’d pick up on it. This is so much better. These are going to sell out for sure.

Hannah Avatar

I love Sydney Grace and I love you! I don’t even have to see them to know I’ll be buying all three. Congratulations Christine! I have no doubt they’re going to be beautiful.

Jen R Avatar

This is such exciting news – congratulations, Christine!! I am a long-time reader, but an infrequent commenter because I’m shy, and I recently bought my first SG palette on your recommendation, and could not be more delighted by your pairing with them.

Cynthia Avatar

This is so incredibly exciting! I was just looking at colors in preparation for their Black Friday sale but I am going to hold off and save my money for when these palettes launch. I have a feeling I will end up picking up all 3. The concepts sound very much like shades I wear frequently. I hope there will be some sort of option to purchase a bundle of all 3 of the palettes as a set! Looking forward to more details.

Deborah S. Avatar

WOW, what an honor, Christine. I am so happy for you and they made an excellent choice. Your knowledge of color mixing and their quality will make for exceptional palette choices. The sneak peak looks amazing. Congratulations and you so deserve it. I had better start saving now!!

Julie Avatar

So excited, for you and for this collab! Very curious what your take on grungy neutrals is. Sydney Grace’s Enduring Love Deep palette is my favorite eyeshadow palette of all time, can’t wait because I’m sure yours will be even better!

Rachel Avatar

I’ll have to come out of palette retirement for this!! I just dropped $$ on Natasha Denona and Sydney Grace palettes and told myself I’m done for a year. :))

Christen Lee Avatar

I remember when you did Jealousy Wakes and was so disappointed when I wasn’t able to get one, so this is fabulous news. I’ve been reading Temptalia for years (back when you were still a law student I think!) and your site has been one that I always check to see what the overall verdict on something might be if I’m in doubt. The colors look beautiful – can’t wait to see the complete collection!

Zia Avatar

I feel like I have wished and wished for a Temptalia collection / collaboration for years and years and it’s really happening!!! I need to start saving money like now for it!!
This is so exciting and I know it will be excellent with you and Sydney Grace in charge Christine!! Congratulations!!!!