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Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

NARS Fall 2014 Collection
NARS Fall 2014 Collection

The upcoming NARS Fall 2014 Collection features ten new shades, some limited and others new and permanent. Most of the collection was quite nice, with the exception of the Night Series Eyeliners, where the formula was a major miss in almost every way except for wear, as it really lacked “ultra-saturated color in a single swipe” and “glide.” The collection leans warm-toned with the exception of Jardin Perdu and the eyeliners.  The collection launches online at narscosmetics.com on July 15th, everywhere else on August 1st.

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Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

MAC Dainty Mineralize Blush
MAC Dainty Mineralize Blush

MAC Dainty Mineralize Blush ($27.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “light yellow pink with gold pearl.” It’s a medium pink with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. Chanel Innocence (160) (P, $45.00) is more neutral, rosier. MAC Cheeky Bugger (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Streak Blush (P) is brighter, warmer, more matte. Dior My Lady (003) (LE, $60.00) is darker, less shimmery. Hourglass Radiant Magenta (P, $35.00) is warmer. Tarte Crave (LE, $26.00) is darker. NYX Summer Peach (P, $5.00) is darker, more matte. NYX Peach (P, $5.00) is darker, more matte. NYX Mauve (P, $5.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The texture was soft, finely-milled, and lightly powdery, though it was certainly easy to blend when applying to the skin. It doesn’t look powdery on the skin, once blended and buffed on. According to MAC, the Mineralize Blush formula is described as a “sheer and lightweight” formula where “colour builds lightly” with “luminous, pearlized shimmer.” This had semi-sheer color payoff in one layer, though it was buildable to richer, more opaque coverage in two to three layers (depending on how much you grab each time). This newly repackaged version (I still haven’t received confirmation on whether or not the formula was updated) seems to have a smoother consistency than the older version, though the color seems about the same. On me, this shade wore well for seven hours before fading.

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Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

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Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

NARS Night Bird Eyeliner
NARS Night Bird Eyeliner

NARS Night Series Eyeliner ($24.pencil00 for 0.02 oz.) is a new set of eyeliners available in four shades debuting this fall. They are being added to the permanent range, and they are black-based with colored pearl. The consistency of these was stiff, so they did tug somewhat at the lash line and didn’t apply with rich, opaque color coverage. They required three to four passes if you wanted a really solid line, though I found short, back-and-forth strokes to be the best application method for these due to the stiffer consistency. All four wore up to ten hours on me before I saw some very slight fading and a little migration to the outer corner of the lid, but they were quite long-wearing once they were on. At the price, I’d recommend checking out NARS Eye Paints, as it is a better formula with far more product (and $1 more), and three shades are similar to three of the pencils here.

NARS Night Bird Night Series Eyeliner ($24.pencil00 for 0.02 oz.) is described as a “black with purple pearl.” It’s a medium-dark black base with violet and plum shimmer. It was sheer and more of a faded, warm-toned black with a couple of bits of purple shimmer here and there in one stroke. When I tried to layer it, I was able to semi-opaque color, but it didn’t layer evenly, so it doesn’t give a really rich, solid line of color. Urban Decay Delinquent (P, $19.pencil00) is very similar. MAC Permaplum (P, $16.pencil00) is less shimmery. MAC Designer Purple (P, $15.pencil00) is lighter. NARS Tatar (P, $25.pencil00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Night Clubbing Night Series Eyeliner ($24.pencil00 for 0.02 oz.) is described as a “black with gold pearl.” It’s a softened, medium black with warm undertones and a very, very slight gold shimmer (which is almost imperceptible once applied). It was semi-sheer when applied in one stroke, but this one built up better and layered to mostly opaque coverage. MAC Local Wares (LE, $16.pencil00) is lighter. MAC Avenue (LE, $16.pencil00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Night Flight Night Series Eyeliner ($24.pencil00 for 0.02 oz.) is described as a “black with cobalt blue pearl.” It’s a dark black with navy blue shimmer, so it looks more like a pearly, blackened blue. It was semi-sheer when applied in one go, and then it built up to mostly opaque coverage, though it was a bit uneven. Buxom Pick Me Up (P, $17.pencil00) is lighter. MAC Night Trail (P, $20.pencil00) is similar. MAC Blue Stripe (LE, $16.pencil00) is is lighter. NARS Ubangi (P, $25.pencil00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Night Porter Night Series Eyeliner ($24.pencil00 for 0.02 oz.) is described as a “black with green pearl.” It’s a medium-dark black with subtle warm undertones and cool-toned, emerald green shimmer. It had sheer color payoff in one stroke, and it was buildable to semi-opaque color coverage that was uneven. MAC Devotion (P, $20.pencil00) is lighter. Urban Decay Loaded (P, $19.pencil00) is darker. MAC Dark Envy (LE, $16.pencil00) is lighter, less sparkly. NARS Snake Eyes (P, $25.pencil00) is very similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

NARS Mauritanie Matte Multiple
NARS Mauritanie Matte Multiple

NARS Mauritanie Matte Multiple ($39.00 for 0.26 oz.) is described as a “strawberry red.” It’s a brightened, copper-orange with warm, rusty red undertones and a semi-matte finish. NARS Exumas (P, $39.00) is lighter. Make Up For Ever #420 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is lighter. MAC Bad Girl Gone Good (LE, $21.00) is more orange, powder. theBalm Swiss Dot (P, $22.00) is brighter, powder. NARS Liberte ($29.00) is a powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes. On lips, it looks even more matte and has a lighter, less reddish tone. If you’re trying to replicate the color, here are some comparison swatches.

The Matte Multiple formula can be used dry or wet (dry for more opaque color, wet for sheerer color) on lips and cheeks. Mauritanie is a new and limited edition shade from the fall collection. There’s certainly no shortage of pigment in this shade–it’s incredibly rich and yields one-stroke full color coverage. The consistency is smooth and velvety (feels like a silicone-based primer almost). I like to apply it with a stippling brush, so I can control the intensity better, as a little goes a long way. On me, it lasted for seven and a half hours as a blush. The color lasted for five hours on lips, but it’s uncomfortable to wear on lips, as it clings to the surface, which both highlighted imperfections as well as made lips look drying. It was also quite drying on lips when worn.

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Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Bobbi Brown Surf & Sand Collection
Bobbi Brown Surf & Sand Collection

Sand Eye Palette ($65.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Pale Cream Warm porcelain (Matte)
  • Blazing Star Peach opal (Sparkle)
  • Gold Soft pale gold (Sparkle)
  • Bikini Bronze Warm copper sparkle (Metallic)
  • Frappe Medium ash beige (Matte)
  • Sand Pale tan (Matte)
  • Golden Copper Golden bronze (Metallic)
  • Saddle Dark grey brown (Matte)

Surf Eye Palette ($65.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Cream Creamy beige (Matte)
  • Bikini Bronze Warm copper sparkle (Metallic)
  • Pink Quartz Shimmering soft pink (Metallic)
  • Surf Soft aqua blue (Sparkle)
  • Sunshine Golden beige (Metallic)
  • Sea Foam Soft pastel green (Sparkle)
  • Sunny Gold Warm gold shimmer (Metallic)
  • Oyster Warm silver (Sparkle)

Sheer Lip Color ($26.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Peach Sorbet Nude peach
  • Pink Taffy Soft pink
  • Summer Nude Light beige
  • Sunlit Pink Midtone bronze

Long-Wear Eye Pencil ($24.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Bronze Golden bronze
  • Black Chocolate Dark chocolate

Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick ($28.00)

  • 24 Karat Gold (New, Permanent)

Brightening Blush ($45.00)

  • Bronze Sun-kissed glow
  • Pink Flushed glow

Availability: Now at Bobbi Brown

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