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NARS Train Bleu & Unspoken Velvet Matte Lip Pencils

01/06

NARS Train Bleu Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Train Bleu Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Train Bleu Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Train Bleu Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Train Bleu Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Train Bleu Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

Train Bleu

NARS Train Bleu Velvet Matte Lip Pencil ($27.00 for 0.08 oz.) is deep, purpled berry with cool undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage that went on fairly evenly and smoothly. The consistency was velvety, smooth without being emollient, and glided on easily. The lip color could have sat a bit better on lips, but it lasted for six hours and was just a touch drying overall.

The formula is supposed to be “long-lasting” with “rich” and “seamless color.” The texture has a more velvety feel: smooth, thinner but glides on easily, and doesn’t have a lot of wetness/creaminess. The pigmentation varied from shade to shade with most shades having semi-opaque coverage. They were easy to apply along the lips and comfortable to apply, as they did not tug. The formula lasted anywhere from three hours to six hours, and some shades were somewhat drying and others were non-drying.

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Train Bleu
Train Bleu

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B+

Unspoken

Permanent
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MAC Semi-Sweet Times Nine Eyeshadow Palette

01/07

MAC Semi-Sweet Times Nine Eyeshadow x 9 Palette

MAC Semi-Sweet Times Nine Eyeshadow x 9 Palette

MAC Semi-Sweet Times Nine Eyeshadow x 9 Palette

MAC Semi-Sweet Times Nine Eyeshadow x 9 Palette

MAC Semi-Sweet Times Nine Eyeshadow x 9 Palette

MAC Semi-Sweet | Look Breakdown

MAC Semi-Sweet | Look Breakdown

Semi-Sweet Times Nine

MAC Semi-Sweet Times Nine Eyeshadow Palette ($32.00 for 0.18 oz.) includes nine, dime-sized eyeshadows. It’s a darker, more muted take on neutrals. This particular palette has more repeats than others–Bamboo and Carbon are permanent, Drawing a Blanc, Outre, Persuade, and Dance in the Dark are all repromotes–so you might want to check your stash for repeats! In general, I wish some of the shades were more blendable or more pigmented, but if you normally use primer, it significantly improved blendability and opacity, as MAC’s matte formula is very buildable.

MAC Eyeshadow x 9 Palette Semi-Sweet Times Nine
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total
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NARS Loaded Eyeshadow Palette for March 2017

NARS Loaded Eyeshadow Palette for March 2017
NARS Loaded Eyeshadow Palette for March 2017

Keep your eyes on the prize with a gold mine of twelve new velvety shadows to create your richest look yet. High Pigment, High Payoff.

A full spectrum of neutral-meets-opulent shades, all in one limited-edition palette. Create decadent dimension with a wealth of textures, curated for ultimate versatility. Ultra-dense shadows glide on effortlessly, leaving a velvety finish. Highlight, define, and diffuse.

Availability

March 22nd at NARS, March 28th at other retailers

The Details

Loaded Eyeshadow Palette | $59.00 | Limited Edition

  • Newbury Street White gold (Shimmer)
  • Windsor Warm beige (Matte)
  • Privilege Gold (Metallic)
  • Dover Neutral brown (Matte)
  • Foix Peach (Matte)
  • Castille Amber brown (Matte)
  • Alnwick Copper (Shimmer)
  • Beaumaris Chocolate brown (Shimmer)
  • Splendor Pewter (Sparkle)
  • Versailles Bronze (Shimmer)
  • Montaillou Dark brown (Matte)
  • Reale Black (Satin)

NYX Golden Hour Away We Glow Liquid Highlighter

01/04

NYX Golden Hour Away We Glow Liquid Highlighter

NYX Golden Hour Away We Glow Liquid Highlighter

NYX Golden Hour Away We Glow Liquid Highlighter

NYX Golden Hour Away We Glow Liquid Highlighter

Golden Hour

NYX Golden Hour Away We Glow Liquid Highlighter ($6.99 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a bright, sunshine yellow with fine pearl. This was one of the less shimmery shades within the range, though it still offered a noticeable–but subtle–glow on the skin. It had semi-sheer, buildable coverage (to semi-opaque) and was best applied in layers for greater coverage. The highlighter had a watery, thin texture that spread well across the skin, felt cool initially, but dried down after a minute or so. It was easy to work, blend out, and lasted for almost eight hours on me.

The Away We Glow formula is a liquid highlighter that has buildable coverage “from soft to intense.” The brand recommends to “dab and blend” on skin for “irresistible illumination.” There are nine shades available, and the shimmer varied from shade to shade: fine pearl to chunkier sparkle. The formula has a watery, thin feel from the tube, and I liked getting a bit on the back of my hand and then dabbing with fingertips or a stippling brush onto the cheeks and high planes of the face for highlighting. It did dry down after a minute or so, and the wear ranged from seven to eight hours.

NYX Away We Glow Liquid Highlighter Golden Hour
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
86%
Total

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