I’ve never been more excited about an eyeshadow collaboration! It is finally time for Sydney Grace and Christine of Temptalia to bless us with their new highly-anticipated collection! I may be a bit biased as I look up to Christine immensely as a long-time creator in the beauty world, but this is such a thoughtful and beautiful collection. From the packaging to the colors to the theme of each palette, Christine clearly put so much thought into this collection.
As you may know, there are light and deep versions of each palette — a decision which demonstrates how much both Christine and Sydney Grace value inclusivity and the idea that customers should buy what will work best for them. As a disclosure, I did help test the deep mattes in the deep palettes and I have been compensated for some of the photos here. I was not paid or obligated to post any content on my own social media accounts or website.
This post will be extremely photo-heavy but I hope it helps you as you decide what to pick up from this collection.
Also, because I tested some of the mattes, I had single pans of the light mattes from the light palettes, but I do not yet have the actual palettes. I will update this post with photos of those light palettes when I receive them.
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The Temptalia Collection consists of three palettes in light and deep versions for a total of six different palettes. Between the light and deep versions of each palette, two mattes have been switched out. The light palettes are designed to complement light skin tones, while the deep palettes are designed to complement deep skin tones.
The packaging of all three palettes can be combined to show a beautiful design, with Quintessence showing a gorgeous celestial image, Radiant Reflection showing the shadow of a dog overlooking water (a tribute to Christine’s late dog, Magellan), and On the Horizon bringing us back to earth.
The collection will be available June 18, 2021 a t 9 am PDT. All palettes may be purchased individually for $40 each or in a bundle of three for $100. The discount will automatically apply at checkout.
On the Horizon is a twelve-pan palette with grungy neutrals and earthy tones. There are light and deep versions of both Infinite Echoes and October Odyssey.
The shadows all performed well, as expected for Sydney Grace formulas.
This is my favorite palette of the collection, but I have to give a special shout out to my one particular shadow in it. Earthbound is a beautiful, minty shade and one of my favorite shadows in the whole collection.
In the light palette, I really loved October Odyssey. It is a gorgeous pink tone that will work for dark skin as an above-the-crease shade (among other uses). Infinite Echoes may work for dark skin as well, but your enjoyment of it obviously depends on your preferences and whether cool tones are your thing.
Radiant Reflection is a twelve-pan palette with a “rainbow of luxurious jewel-tones” (Temptalia’s words). It is, in my opinion, a unique rainbow palette because of all the jewel tones and the depth of a lot of the shadows.
Again, all of the shadows performed well. Glossover was particularly impressive because of its slight purple shift.
There are light and deep versions of Unstoppable Love and Dearest Constant. I think both versions of both shadows will work for dark skin. I hardly found a difference between the two versions of Unstoppable Love — one is ever so slightly lighter than the other. As a whole, the deep palette will obviously be the most flattering on deep skin.
Quintessence is a twelve-pan palette with silvers, purples, and other cool tones. It is meant to represent a celestial fantasy, as you can see on its packaging.
In the deep palette, Reaching Zenith and Interstellar appear quite similar in some of my swatches, but Interstellar is a touch darker and more teal/green-leaning than Reaching Zenith.
There are light and deep versions of Parallax and Reaching Zenith. The light version of Parallax did not my flatter my skin tone and will leave a white cast. The deep version is another favorite of mine — I was pleasantly surprised with how much I loved it in a one-shadow look. The light version of Reaching Zenith can work for dark skin, but some may still find it a bit too light and/or cool.
There is nothing shocking about what I am about to say. These palettes are Sydney Grace’s normal amazing formula. The mattes are smooth and blendable. The shimmers are impactful and easy to apply. And I would expect nothing less from both Sydney Grace and Temptalia!
As I mentioned above, On the Horizon is my favorite of the collection. It is the most neutral, but something about it just speaks to me. That said, I do think all of the palettes offer something different and I will get a lot of use out of them. Radiant Reflection offers a unique spin on the rainbow and Quintessence brings all the cool, celestial vibes you could want from a palette.
I think Christine did a wonderful job curating these palettes. Congratulations to both Christine and Sydney Grace on what I’m sure will be a successful collaboration!