Monday, February 19, 2018

Maybelline Total Temptation Mascara, Shadow + Highlight Palette

Have you guys seen the new Total Temptation makeup from Maybelline in stores yet? The collection debuted early January and says it's "the most addictive makeup yet"! I tried out the mascara in Blackest Black, as well as the 10-pan eyeshadow and highlight palette recently (the brow pencil was unfortunately not the right shade for me.)

Maybelline Total Temptation review
The Total Temptation mascara claims to have a "soft touch" and a "sensuous glide" o__o;; The brush is your average mascara wand. While it did apply through my lashes cleanly without too much clumping, it didn't deliver much of the promised "addictive volume". My straight, classic-Asian lashes also quickly lost their curl. The black area on the tube packaging is flat, which gives you a nice area to rest your thumb while applying mascara, but that was basically the only thing I liked about it. Sadly, this mascara was just like all the other standard drugstore mascaras I tried as a teenager that left me feeling disappointed.

Maybelline Total Temptation mascara review

The Shadow + Highlight palette was intriguing, with its warmer left side (the "natural look") and a cool-toned, purply side (the "bold look").

Maybelline Total Temptation palette swatches and review
The pans have a wavy pattern that is fun to photograph, though a little trippy if I stare at the close-up photos for too long..

Maybelline Total Temptation palette swatches and review
The warm side gives me good desert vibes with its golds and oranges. Both sides have a mix of shimmery and matte shades, but overall the shimmery shades had a better consistency and colour payoff. However, I think the colours within each of the two sides were a little too similar to each other; there's not enough contrast between colours to tell them apart once applied to the eye. If you're using only the shades from this palette, the resulting eye look can look a little one-note.

I love the idea of a lavender-purple highlighter--it adds a subtle yet interesting element to the face. The shimmer in both highlighters was a little too glittery and conspicuous for my taste though. (I know for some people, this type of highlighter will be right up their alley!)

Maybelline Total Temptation palette swatches and review
I'm wearing the warmer eyeshadows, as well as the champagne gold highlighter on my cheekbones. Since there's not much difference between the eyeshadow shades, the overall impression is that it's just a wash of one colour over the lids. For what it's worth, I actually really liked the orange eyeshadow on me! The look was very summery, warm, and desert-y, especially paired with Pixi's Mattelustre lipstick in Peach Blossom.

Maybelline Total Temptation palette swatches and review
Personally, this collection is overall a skip. The palette is promising, but the lack of variety in the colours and glittery highlighters loses points with me. It has inspired me to wear orange eyeshadow more often though!

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