NYX Pastel Chic & Baby Doll HD Blushes

NYX Pastel Chic HD Blush

NYX Pastel Chic HD Blush ($6.50 for 0.16 oz.) is a very pale pink with cool, blue undertones and a matte finish. It is almost like a washed-out lavender. There is a strong white base, so on my skin tone, it looks chalky, and obviously I’m unable to show it to its best appearance as a result, even though it had semi-opaque coverage. (It is going to be ideal for someone who is fairer and finds most blushes too dark for their preferences.) The texture is very, very powdery, despite having an incredibly silky consistency to the touch but remains easy to blend out on the skin and looks even applied. On me, it wore for seven hours before fading. Makeup Geek First Love (P, $9.99) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Full of Joy (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker, brighter (85% similar). Hourglass Ethereal Glow (P, $35.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Pink Buttercream (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Unconventional (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NYX Baby Doll HD Blush ($6.50 for 0.16 oz.) is a pop of light-medium pink with subtle, cool blue undertones and a luminous sheen. It had good pigmentation that was buildable to totally opaque coverage in two layers with a moderate shimmer that was noticeable without emphasizing pores. The blush had a somewhat powdery consistency in the pan, but it applied well and sat nicely on the skin. It started to fade after eight hours of wear. Makeup Geek Head Over Heels (P, $9.99) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Well Dressed (P, $21.00) is cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Olive (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Sweet Pink (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Dollface (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #210 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Boba (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC I'm a Lover (P, $23.50) is less shimmery (90% similar). Physicians Formula Rose (P, $12.99) is darker, more muted, warmer (85% similar). Givenchy It-Girl Purple (P, $44.00) is less shimmery (85% similar). Colour Pop Prenup (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Surratt Beauty Guimauve (P, $32.00) is lighter (85% similar). theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Clinique Pink Pop (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Pure Femininity (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). Urban Decay Naked on the Run Blush (LE) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). Urban Decay Crush (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA SUMMARY | NYX’s newest blush formula is supposed to be a “high definition, lightweight blush that blends evenly” that is “vibrant and silky.” The texture tended to be on the more powdery side, but it sits well and doesn’t look powdery applied. Many shades have a more luminous finish to them where the shimmer is fine enough to create a Baby Doll, rather than a frosted finish (though a couple are quite shimmery). The formula blends fairly easily on the skin and has medium, buildable coverage with some being very pigmented right off the bat. The wear time is between seven and eight hours.

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NYX HD Blush Baby Doll

NARS Pro Palettes for September 2015

NARS Pro Palette
NARS Pro Palette

As a leader and authority in makeup artistry, NARS Cosmetics is excited to introduce the NARSPro Palette – the first offering in a line of products designed especially for the professional makeup artist community. The ultimate tool for makeup artists on-the-go and backstage, NARS invites you to curate your very own palettes with over 64 refill shades now available for purchase at NARS’ freestanding boutiques and on E-Commerce. Mix and match the artistry essential shades of eyeshadows, blushes, bronzers and pressed powders in one palette or create a comprehensive palette of blushes or eyeshadows. Pop in color, open up your inner artist.


  • Large Palette ($18.00)
  • Small Palette ($14.00)

Single Eyeshadow Refill ($18.00)

  • Galapagos Bitter chocolate infused with gold
  • Ashes to Ashes Shimmery violet based brown
  • Abyssinia Delicate pearl sheen
  • New York Plum brown
  • Night Star Sheer peach shadow with pearls
  • Persia Paprika
  • Nepal Soft, sheer rose
  • Daphne Matte deep violet
  • Bali Neutral
  • Outremer Bright true blue
  • Blondie Neutral, soft matte
  • Fathom Pink tulle with shimmer
  • Mekong Expresso infused with gold
  • Sophia Cool brown
  • Biarritz Rich chocolate brown
  • Kamchatka Navy smoke
  • Bengali Rich chocolate brown
  • Goldfinger 24 karat shimmer
  • Coconut Grove Deep brown infused with reflections
  • Night Porter Black with pearls

Duo Eyeshadow Refill ($18.00)

  • Alhambra Metallic rose mist / Golden champagne
  • All About Eve Flesh-toned neutrals / One with shimmer
  • Bellissima Shimmering beige with subtle glitter / Matte gray-brown
  • Sugar Land Sparkling apricot / Gilded orchid pink
  • Kalahari Gold confection / Sugared cocoa
  • Mad Mad World Vivid cyan / Parakeet green
  • Madrague Matte cream / Matte caramel
  • Rated R Electric cobalt blue / Shimmering chartreuse
  • Kuala Lumpur Rose gold / Boysenberry infused with gold
  • Kauai Gold lame / Iridescent smokey orchid
  • Silk Road Icy pink / Rose gold with golden flecks
  • Bouthan Soft pink tulle / Bright pink with gold shimmer
  • Isolde Frosted ginger / Shimmering copper
  • Pandora Sheer white shimmer / Matte black
  • Cordura Shimmering warm rich brown / Shimmering sooty dark brown

Blush Refill ($21.00)

  • Orgasm Peachy pink with golden shimmer
  • Outlaw A soft rose tone with golden shimmer
  • Deep Throat Flirty, sheer peach
  • Seduction Sangria
  • Super Orgasm Peachy pink with gold glitter
  • Desire Cotton candy pink
  • Amour Peachy pink
  • Exhibit A Matte red blush
  • Torrid Warm coral with golden shimmer
  • Taj Mahal Blazing burnt orange with golden shimmer
  • Dolce Vita Matte dusty rose
  • Angelika Cotton candy pink with gold and silver sparkle
  • Luster Sheer golden apricot
  • Gaiety Bright candy pink
  • Sin Berry tone with gold shimmer
  • Sex Appeal Soft peach
  • Lovejoy Shimmering bronzed rose
  • Mata Hari Pink with a race of crimson

Highlighting Blush Refill ($21.00)

  • Albatross Luminous glow
  • Miss Liberty Soft, shimmering peach
  • New Order Sheer highlighter with golden shimmer

Contour Blush Refill ($30.00)

  • Paloma Pink beige / Deep Rose
  • Olympia Ivory / Rose

Pressed Powder Refill ($25.00)

  • Beach For deep reddish-brown skin tones
  • Desert Light rose undertones to enhance medium skintones
  • Mountain For the deepest true brown skin tones
  • Flesh To complement fair skin tones

Bronzing Powder Refill ($27.00)

  • Laguna Diffused brown powder with golden shimmer
  • Casino A diffused deep brown powder with golden shimmer

AVAILABILITY | September 2015 at NARSCosmetics.com and NARS Boutiques

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Dior Addict Lipstick Relaunch for Fall 2015


Dior Addict Lipstick Relaunch for Fall 2015
Dior Addict Lipstick Relaunch for Fall 2015

The new Dior Addict formula is a breakthrough hybrid lipstick, delivering intense color and a long-lasting top coat in one. Featuring a Hydra-Gel Topcoat and a Triple Oil Complex at the core of the lipstick, Dior Addict lips are plumped with more volume and spectacular color than ever before. In addition, the collection of fashion-forward shades has been reimagined in three eye-catching finishes: pure color, shimmering and pearlescent.

Dior has created four must-have It Shades and corresponding Vernis shades to illustrate the new Dior Addict Lipstick Collection. Be Dior is an audacious raspberry inspired by the emblematic rose of the House of Dior, Wonderful is a fresh baby pink created in tribute to Monsieur Dior’s declaration that pink is a shade that can be worn “at any hour,” Smile is a versatile pinky nude that creates an illuminating, natural effect on the lips and Tribale is a pearly coral reminiscent of Monsieur Dior’s classic pearl accents. Each lip shade can be paired with a corresponding shade of Dior Vernis: Be Dior #892, Smile #552, Wonderful #868 and Tribale #588.

Dior Addict Lipstick ($35.00) (New, Permanent)

  • Purity #138
  • Urban #178
  • Mirror #211
  • Bright #260
  • Delight #266
  • Incognito #316
  • Spring Ball #343
  • Dream #422
  • Tribale #451
  • Girl #485
  • Tailleur Bar #535
  • Lucky #536
  • Smile #553
  • Wonderful #561
  • Sparkling #572
  • Diorkiss #578
  • City Lights #612
  • Confident #622
  • Not Shy #623
  • Riviera #639
  • Diablotine #643
  • Mutine #655
  • Avenue #667
  • After Party #680
  • Oversize #685
  • Fantasy #686
  • True #722
  • Rock ‘n Roll #750
  • Fusion #752
  • My Love #756
  • Tout-Paris #762 (Sephora Exclusive)
  • Bold #780
  • Zig Zag #842
  • Power #871
  • Fashion Night #881
  • Artsy #885
  • Too Much #951
  • Gotha #967
  • Be Dior #976
  • Insoumise #983

Vernis Nail Lacquer ($27.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Smile #552
  • Tribale #588
  • Wonderful #868
  • Be Dior #892

AVAILABILITY | September 2015, spotted online already at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus

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MAC Speed Up, A for Attitude, What’s Going On Vamplify Lipglosses

MAC Speed Up Vamplify Lipgloss

MAC Speed Up Vamplify Lipgloss ($20.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is described as a “bubblegum pink.” It’s a light-medium pink with cool, blue undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It had good pigmentation, though it wasn’t fully opaque, that applied evenly but had a tendency to emphasize lip lines. I noticed some of the gloss settled more noticeably as it wore on (after about two hours), but it wasn’t the worst I’ve seen–probably one of the better-wearing and -looking light pinks from MAC in gloss-form in awhile. This shade wore well for four hours on me and was lightly hydrating. MAC Pure Silliness (LE, $15.00) is brighter (95% similar). MAC Patentpink (LE, $20.00) is lighter (95% similar). NYX Merengue (P, $5.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Carousel (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Pure Fiction (LE, $15.00) is more muted (90% similar). MAC Long Love Love (P, $19.50) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Pink Nouveau (LE, $15.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Going Casual (LE, $20.00) is more muted (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC A for Attitude Vamplify Lipgloss ($20.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is described as a “hot pink.” It’s a brightened, medium fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It had mostly opaque color payoff that went on fairly evenly, though there were very slight lines if I pressed my lips together–the more neon quality to it helped to make these lines harder to see at a normal viewing distance. On me, it was lightly hydrating over the five hours it lasted. NYX Funnel Delight (P, $6.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). NYX Sugar Cookie (P, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). Revlon HD Tourmaline (510) (P, $8.99) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Silly (LE, $15.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Crush (P, $19.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Style Packed (LE, $15.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). MAC Unlimited Style (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery, lighter, more muted (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC What’s Going On Vamplify Lipgloss ($20.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is described as a “hot intense fuchsia.” It’s a bold, brightened, medium-dark deep pink with fuchsia shimmer and a glossy finish. It had mostly opaque pigmentation that applied very smoothly and evenly. If you have naturally darker lips, I could see this going on a bit more muted or deeper as a result, since there is some visible lip color coming through. It wore well for five hours and was moderately hydrating while worn. Sephora Collection Ultra Violet (18) (P, $14.00) is lighter (95% similar). Burberry Pink Sweet Pea (LE, $29.00) is more muted (95% similar). Estee Lauder Violet Rain (LE, $22.50) is more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Big Bang (P, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Boom Boom (210) (DC, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Revlon Adorned (P, $7.49) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Whip It (304) (P, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). Dior Soho (888) (P, $35.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Milani Flashy (DC, $6.49) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Revlon HD Pink Ruby (515) (P, $8.99) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). Maybelline Opalescent Orchid (515) (P, $8.99) is less shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA SUMMARY | MAC Vamplify Lipgloss ($20.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is supposed to have intense, vivid color paired with a moisturizing, glossy, long-wearing formula. Some shades are very pigmented while others are semi-opaque, and some shades apply evenly while others are more streaky. They have a light-medium thick consistency that’s not heavy or goopy, but it’s not really thin; however, they’re really smooth and creamy, so they feel nice on. There’s no tackiness initially, and it feels a lot like lip balm to me–soft, smooth, and my lips felt supple. I find they develop light to moderate tackiness as they wear on. They wear anywhere from three to five hours and are lightly to moderately hydrating over time. The formula has strong, vanilla scent (stronger than their lipsticks; I can smell it for a bit even when it is applied, not just in the tube) but no discernible taste.

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MAC Vamplify Lipgloss Speed Up
MAC Vamplify Lipgloss A for Attitude
MAC Vamplify Lipgloss What's Going On