NARS Vengeful Dual-Intensity Blush Duo

NARS Vengeful Dual-Intensity Blush

NARS Vengeful Dual-Intensity Blush ($45.00 for 0.21 oz.) contains a highlighter and blush shade in the wet/dry Dual Intensity formula. I like this formula, but the ratings may make it appear less desirable, which is a result of NARS claiming that it is more intense dry and “translucent” applied wet–the complete opposite of reality. (Even funnier, this isn’t how the eyeshadow version of the formula is described!) I think if you tend to like this type of wet/dry formula, it’s a formula worth considering. This duo gave me a very fall-into-holiday vibe, as you have the rustiness of the blush shade that represents fall, while the more traditional shimmering gold screams holiday.

Vengeful (Left) is described as a “white-gold highlight.” It’s a light-medium, golden beige with subtle, warm undertones and a frosted sheen. Applied dry, it had good pigmentation with a fine, shimmer-sheen finish, while damp application yielded slightly more intense pigmentation and a more frosted finish. The damp application just barely emphasizes pores, but I didn’t have any issues with pores becoming more noticeable when I used it dry. The color lasted for eight hours dry, nine hours damp. Burberry Gold Glow No. 01 (LE, $68.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Estee Lauder Courreges (LE, $32.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Lunch Money (P, $8.00) is lighter (85% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is lighter (85% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). NARS Frenzy (Left) (P) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Vengeful (Right) is described as a “shimmering brick-red.” It’s a medium-dark, subtly bright copper-red with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. It had intense color coverage applied wet or dry, though it was deeper and richer when applied damp. The finish went from a softly luminous one to decidedly luminous as the application went from dry to damp. The texture was soft, smooth, and fairly blendable, but it was easier to blend out when dry. It wore well for eight and a half hours dry, nine and a half hours damp. MAC Burnt Pepper (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar). MAC Hidden Treasure (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). NARS Almeria (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). MAC A Little Lusty (LE, $21.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). NARS Realm of the Senses #2 (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Cherry Nectar (P, $49.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Taos (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Clinique Cola Pop (P, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Gleeful (P, $27.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Contour (Softcore) (LE, $55.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Glamour Feast (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). NARS Soulshine #3 (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, brighter, cooler (85% similar). NARS Lovejoy (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker, more muted (85% similar). NARS Seduction (P, $30.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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This Week’s Sales for October 5th, 2015

Starting today, Saks is offering a large tote filled with unique, travel-sized samples with $125 beauty purchase when you use code FALLGIFT2, while supplies last, limit one per customer.!

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  • EBATES:  Pur Minerals (10%), Lancome (10%)
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Flash Sales/Deals

Flash sales/deals sites offer a limited selection of products from particular brands, sometimes recently discontinued or excess stock from limited edition items, and occasionally, you’ll find popular gems that are part of the current/permanent line.   These sites typically have more flash sales on fashion and home than beauty, but below you’ll find beauty-related sales noted for the week:

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Guerlain Ors et Merveilles Eyes & Blush Palette

Guerlain Ors et Merveilles Eye & Blush Palette

Guerlain Ors et Merveilles Eye & Blush Palette ($90.00 for 0.40 oz.) includes five eyeshadows housed in the top tier and then four blushes hidden beneath it in the lower tier. I’m not a fan of the blush formula they use in these tiered palettes, and I’m even less of a fan of the fact that the pans are tiny (even the “large” ones)–an eye brush just comfortably fits in the smallest pans, so you can imagine what a pain it is to dip a blush brush just into one shade (better to think of them as duos or even a single shade, perhaps). The blush formula is on the drier, dustier side and has lesser color payoff, though it is somewhat buildable. I like the eyeshadow formula a lot more, but the colors are dupable, typical for holiday (not really a bad thing, but it’s less tempting for some), and even more, more similar than not to last year’s holiday palette as well. That being said, the eyeshadows weren’t good enough to make up for the subpar blush performance this year.

Ors et Merveilles #1 is a medium-dark brown with a pearly sheen. It had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture that wore well for eight hours. Tarte Gingerbread Mansion (LE)(95% similar). Laura Mercier Burnished Rose (LE, $23.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Quiet Type (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Tisse d'Automne #3 (P) is darker (95% similar). MAC Havana (P, $20.00) is darker (95% similar). theBalm #8 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Dior Contraste Horizon #4 (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Guerlain Petrouchka #5 (LE) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Inglot #422 (P, $6.00) is darker (90% similar). Chanel Rêve d'Orient #1 (LE) is darker (90% similar). MAC Buckwheat (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Baby I'm a Star (LE, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 12 (LE) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #3 (P) is darker (90% similar). Viseart Copper (P) is warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever D652 Celestial Earth (P, $21.00) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Puppy Love (P) is lighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma #6 (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Dreamlight (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Cle de Peau Satin Moon #2 (P) is warmer (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Ors et Merveilles #2 is a deep taupe brown with warm undertones but a cooler overtone and subtle violet shimmer (that was a little surprise!). The texture was really smooth and buttery, so it applied easily and had intense color payoff. This shade wore for eight and a half hours before fading. Disney by Sephora Jaq (LE) is darker (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Ripe Plum (Right) (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Surratt Beauty Patine (P, $20.00) is lighter (95% similar). Makeup Geek Steampunk (P, $6.00) is cooler (90% similar). LORAC Granite (LE) is darker (90% similar). Illamasqua Acute (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Obsessed (P) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Soul Serenade (LE, $20.00) is cooler (90% similar). Lancome Audacious (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever ME614 Graphite Brown (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Constructivist (P, $18.50) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). IT Cosmetics Fate (P) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Mesmerized (P, $9.99) is lighter (85% similar). Chanel Quadrille #4 (LE) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). YSL Saharienne #3 (P) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Ors et Merveilles #3 is a soft, light-medium gold with warm, yellow-orange tones and a frosted sheen. It had fairly good pigmentation, but the texture was a little dusty. It wore for eight hours on me. Smashbox Fortune (LE) is brighter (95% similar). Chanel Pearl River #2 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever ME512 Golden Beige (P, $21.00) is darker (95% similar). Disney by Sephora Sand in the Glass (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Gucci Beauty Tuscan Storm #1 (P) is warmer (95% similar). Colour Pop High Tide (P, $5.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). theBalm #41 (P, $6.50) is darker (95% similar). Lancome Filigree (P, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Sand (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Tarina Tarantino Taurella (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Viseart Alexandre Trois (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Clarins The Essentials #2 (LE) is darker (95% similar). Dior Golden Flower #2 (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Smashbox Champagne (P) is darker (90% similar). Anastasia Legend (P, $12.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Convoitise (90) (LE, $32.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Until Dawn #2 (LE, $21.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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5 Faves: Glossy Lipsticks for Fall 2015

My favorite kind of finish on lipstick is something that’s luminous with slight pearl–a glossier finish one but one that doesn’t wear away in a nanosecond. Here are some of my favorites for fall!

  1. Givenchy Nude Guipure — a light pink
  2. Bobbi Brown Neutral Rose — a subdued pink
  3. Too Faced Melted Villain — a glossy purple
  4. Too Faced Pink Chocolate — a glossy pink-plum
  5. Guerlain Garconne — a glossy red

>> See side-by-side swatches! <<

LORAC Mega PRO 2 Palette Now Available Online!

LORAC Mega Pro 2 Eyeshadow Palette
LORAC Mega Pro 2 Eyeshadow Palette

LORAC Mega Pro 2 Eyeshadow Palette ($59.00 for 0.45 oz.) is now available for purchase online, exclusively at ULTA. It should also be in-store, too :) My review is here; the palette is best-suited for someone who likes the softness of LORAC eyeshadows and uses a primer and doesn’t already have a ton of LORAC palettes!

Don’t forget to check out the other Holiday 2015 Palettes & Gifts I’ve reviewed so far :)