Spotlight On: MAC Tempting

Finish: Lustre / Sinfully rich coco

Known Dupes: Romp, UD Smog, UD Snakebite

Tempting is a medium brown shade with a lustre finish, meaning it is chocked full of glitter. However, this one is not as bad as some other Lustre finish eyeshadows I’ve tried; the glitter in Tempting is MUCH more manageable. If you’re trying to decide between this one or Romp, either or will do – they really are exactly the same shade, which is probably why MAC discontinued Romp not too long ago. (I personally prefer Tempting over Romp, don’t ask me why! :)) There are a variety of ways to wear this shade; it functions well in neutral combos and provides a really amazing base color for some of the brighter color in MAC’s collection. I personally prefer it on the lid, as I don’t feel Lustres looks right in the crease, but that is a personal choice. If you’re looking for more combos you could use with Tempting, you may also refer to the Romp Spotlight post here.

Look #1

MAC eyeshadows used:

  • Tempting (on lid, below crease)
  • Sushi Flower (crease)
  • Orb (blend)


23 thoughts on “Spotlight On: MAC Tempting

  1. Yay oh yay, yay! I have been waiting so eagerly for this “spotlight”. I love all the looks but especially 1, 5 and 6. Isn’t Naked a great pigment? (and not being a fan of pigments, I don’t say that lightly). Zabrena, a great way to wear Tempting and really make it show its beauty is worn over Urban Decay Primer Potion in SIN. I can’t believe how much better the shadow works over that shade of primer.

    1. Yay! Glad you like it, Mariella! 🙂
      Oh my gosh – YES! I LOVE Naked pigment! It’s SO amazing! I do have a sample of UD Sin, so I will definitely be trying that one! I’ll see if I can do it today and maybe add it onto the post – thanks for the idea! 🙂

      1. I can’t claim originality for the idea of using Sin Primer Potion under Tempting. I saw it in a youtube tutorial and figured I’d try it since it can be hard to get Tempting’s real richness to show up (or maybe it does show up and I’m only looking at it in my bathroom lighting which might give a more “washed out effect” than it actually has. But I’ll be eager to see if you like the results. I have to tell ya – my daughter – eldest child and only girl – got engaged 2 weeks ago and even though I haven’t given a thought to a dress (she’s getting married NEXT August), I’m already looking for makeup ideas and I think #5 here might just be “IT”.

        1. Wow! Congrats to you and your daughter! #5 would be stunning!! 🙂 Lots of planning ahead of you!

          I did do Tempting over Sin just a few minutes ago and added it onto the post – amazing! Like you said, I feel like it makes Tempting more rich looking – making the gold more vibrant. Really beautiful effect – thanks again for that! So glad I finally have a way to use that sample now!

          1. I’m so happy it worked for you too, Z. It really does intensify the finish and colour of that shadow. And thanks for the good wishes. It is quite exciting – she got a full time teaching job AND got engaged all in the same week.

  2. Look #6 is amazing!!!And I have all the shadows to do it, which is also amazing LOL. Thanks Z I like 7 also.

      1. @Boops – she’s being sarcastic in saying the look was so good she “died” LOL The asterisks denote an action like *faints* or *waves* 😉

  3. Oops – accidentally pressed return before I had finished typing! I especially LOVE look #2 – I will definitely have to try this out. You are right about Romp and Tempting being very similar. I used to have Tempting and when I finished it, I got Romp as I wanted to try a different shade that was still similar colour-wise. On me, Romp seems to come through with a little more gold in it, whilst Tempting seems a bit more neutral.

  4. Absolutely loving the newly added look (#9) – what a great way to wear Humid in a way that tames it a bit if you don’t want your eyes shouting “GREEN EYESHADOW ON PARADE”. I was going to wear this today but I slept too late! Maybe tomorrow!

      1. Either I’m really transparent or you are REALLY good (or both!). It’s funny about Tempting – I go back and forth with it. Sometimes, I can’t get over how lovely it looks and how flattering it is with my brown eyes and other times, I end up wiping it off because it just doesn’t seem to want to work on that particular day. Some of Mac’s lustres are just like that!

        1. LOL! 😉 I feel the same way about Tempting. I *almost* washed that look off and said ‘fuh-get about it’ because I just couldn’t get it to look right (in my mind), but after I took the pictures it didn’t look as bad as I thought it would!

  5. Z, not sure if you’re still reading comments to older “Spotlights” but did you delete a bunch of looks here? I see references to #7 and #9 but the looks above only seem to go up to #6 now. I wanted to dig out Tempting to wear for a lunch date today and was looking for a bit of inspiration…. It seems a few “looks” have been dropped/deleted????

    1. I did, my apologies! I was cleaning up the site a while back and deleted out some of the ones with wonky pictures LOL
      I’ll add this eyeshadow onto my list for end of the month updates for you, though! 🙂

      1. Thanks, Z. I ‘m just glad to know I am not hallucinating/imagining things. BTW, are you planning to review the new UD Naked Smoky palette soon? I saw you used it in a Spotlight and that’s caused me to take a closer look. I know reviews on it are mixed but, more and more, I am really liking it. Glad it’s permanent so I can take my time.

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