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NARS Hydra & Titania Dual Intensity Eyeshadows

01/06

NARS Hydra Dual Intensity Eyeshadow

NARS Hydra Dual Intensity Eyeshadow

NARS Hydra Dual Intensity Eyeshadow

NARS Hydra Dual Intensity Eyeshadow

A Gold & Teal Eye | Look Details

A Gold & Teal Eye | Look Details

Hydra

NARS Hydra Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a muted, smoky teal with subtle, warm undertones and a pearl-to-metallic finish. It had medium coverage when applied with a dry brush with a more pearlized finish, and then the coverage ramped up to completely opaque with a more metallic finish when applied with a dampened brush.

The Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow formula is a wet/dry one where dry application is supposed to have sheerer coverage (and that’s typically true) and damp application is supposed to have opaque coverage (again, typically true). Hydra is one of two limited edition shades for fall (the other is Titania, which follows in this review). The eyeshadow had a soft texture that was a touch dry in the pan but was fairly blendable on the eye, but I noticed that it had a tendency to look a little patchy as if it darkened from the natural oils on my eye and not so much from issues with blending. On me, the color stayed on well for eight hours both dry and damp.

NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Hydra
Hydra

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B

Titania

Limited Edition
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MAC x Nicki Minaj Collection for Fall 2017

MAC x Nicki Minaj Collection for Fall 2017
MAC x Nicki Minaj Collection for Fall 2017

The Details

Nicki Minaj dominates fan’s hearts and hip-hop charts with her bravado and razor-sharp rhymes. Now, the queen conquers with her custom-designed nude lipsticks for M∙A∙C. Get cheeky and take charge with Nicki’s two suggestive shades in Nicki’s Nude and The Pinkprint. Need even more au naturel? Strip down to bare, brazen basics in a lineup of 24 additional Lipstick and Lipglass colours.

9/21 at select MAC locations, online


Nicki Minaj x Lipstick, $17.50 U.S. / $22.00 CAD (Limited Edition)

  • Nicki’s Nude Soft corally pink (Amplified) (Limited Edition)
  • The Pinkprint Mid-tone creamy p ink (Amplified) (Limited Edition)

Lipstick, $17.50 U.S. / $22.00 CAD

  • Pretty Please Pale pink pearl (Lustre) (Permanent)
  • Gossamer Wing Dirty beige with gold pearl (Lustre) (Repromote) (Limited Edition)
  • 2N Creamy light pink (Lustre) (Repromote) (Limited Edition)
  • Playing Koi Pale clean pink nude (Satin) (Repromote) (Limited Edition)
  • Creme d’Nude Pale muted peach beige (Cremesheen) (Permanent)
  • Japanese Maple Frosted light beige (Cremesheen) (Permanent)
  • Bare Bling Light peachy nude (Amplified) (Limited Edition)
  • Stripped Light, dirty peachy beige (Matte) (Limited Edition)
  • The Right Note Warm sandy nude (Cremesheen) (Limited Edition)
  • A Girl’s Got Needs Warm-toned yellow brown (Matte) (Limited Edition)
  • Patisserie Sheer creamy neutral pink (Lustre) (Permanent)
  • Mmmmmm Dirty rose nude (Amplified) (Limited Edition)
  • Bosom Friend Sheer pinky nude with fine pearl (Cremesheen) (Limited Edition)
  • Baby’s All Right Cool-toned neutral pink (Matte) (Limited Edition)
  • Age/Sex/Location Dirty mid-tone nude (Matte) (Limited Edition)
  • Easy Babe Dirty latte brown (Matte) (Limited Edition)
  • Derriere Dirty mid-tone yellow brown (Matte) (Limited Edition)
  • Among the Fireflies Soft mocha (Cremesheen) (Repromote) (Limited Edition)

Lipglass, $17.00 U.S. / $21.00 CAD

  • Under the Sheets Light nude with gold pearl
  • N-U-D-E Sheer pinky nude
  • Please Me Muted rosy tinted pink
  • Beaux Warm brown (Permanent)
  • Spice Mid-tone neutral nude (Permanent)
  • Spite Muted plum taupe brown (Permanent)

Lip Pencil, $17.50 U.S. / $22.00 CAD

  • Naked Liner Light neutral (Permanent)
  • Spice Pink cinnamon stick (Permanent)
  • Stripdown Creamyb rown beige (Permanent)
  • Boldly Bare Dirty red brown (Permanent)
  • Soar Mid-tone pinkish brown (Permanent)
  • Hover Rich caramel brown (Permanent)
  • Cork Muted gold brown (Permanent)
  • Whirl Dirty rose (Permanent)

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Dose of Colors Fuego Supreme Glow Highlighter (Desi x Katy)

01/09

Dose of Colors Fuego Supreme Glow Highlighter

Dose of Colors Fuego Supreme Glow Highlighter

Dose of Colors Fuego Supreme Glow Highlighter

Dose of Colors Fuego Supreme Glow Highlighter

Dose of Colors Fuego Supreme Glow Highlighter

Dose of Colors Fuego Supreme Glow Highlighter

Dose of Colors Fuego Supreme Glow Highlighter

Dose of Colors Fuego Supreme Glow Highlighter

Dose of Colors Fuego Supreme Glow Highlighter

Fuego

Dose of Colors Fuego Supreme Glow Highlighter ($28.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a medium gold with warm, orange undertones and a metallic sheen. The finish was incredibly shiny but did not emphasize my skin’s natural texture.

The powder was smooth, moderately dense, and was best applied with a heavier hand or denser brush for true-to-pan, nearly opaque coverage that could then be blended out for more diffused application. The pigmentation level was good but not quite opaque in a single layer, though it was buildable with a second layer without worrying about texture as the powder sat on the skin. I had no trouble blending out the highlighter along the cheekbones or anywhere else on the face. On me, it wore well for eight hours before fading slightly.

Dose of Colors Supreme Glow Highlighter Fuego
Fuego
Fuego
A

Limited Edition

9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

NARS Linda, Louise, Vibeke Audacious Lipsticks

01/06

NARS Linda Audacious Lipstick

NARS Linda Audacious Lipstick

NARS Linda Audacious Lipstick

NARS Linda Audacious Lipstick

NARS Linda Audacious Lipstick

NARS Linda Audacious Lipstick

Linda

NARS Linda Audacious Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a medium-dark, coppery orange with warm, brown undertones and a cream finish. It had opaque color coverage in a single layer, while the lipstick was moderately creamy and had noticeable slip on the lips. The color went on evenly and did not appear streaky, even along the edges. It lasted for four and a half hours and was lightly moisturizing over time.

Formula Overview

For fall, NARS released six new shades of NARS Audacious Lipstick, one of their more luxurious, but bestselling, formulas. For those unfamiliar with the range, the lipstick is supposed to have “full-coverage, creamy wear” that’s “long-lasting” and hydrating. I tend to find most of those claims to be true except that not all shades are hydrating (usually lightly hydrating to non-drying) and wear has been between four and eight hours depending on the shade with richer reds and the like wearing longest.

NARS Audacious Lipstick Linda
Linda

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Louise

Permanent
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B+

Vibeke

Limited Edition
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Make Up For Ever 17 Antic Gold Star Lit Powder

01/07

Make Up For Ever 17 Antic Gold Star Lit Powder

Make Up For Ever 17 Antic Gold Star Lit Powder

Make Up For Ever 17 Antic Gold Star Lit Powder

Make Up For Ever 17 Antic Gold Star Lit Powder

Make Up For Ever 17 Antic Gold Star Lit Powder

A Pink & Copper Look | Look Details

A Pink & Copper Look | Look Details

17 Antic Gold

Make Up For Ever 17 Antic Gold Star Lit Powder ($21.00 for 0.02 oz.) is muted, medium-dark gold with warm, olive undertones and a metallic sheen. It had semi-sheer, buildable pigmentation applied dry, which was amplified to more opaque coverage with a stronger sheen when applied with a dampened brush. The texture was soft, blendable, and finely-milled to the point that the loose powder combined well when applied to the skin. I did find it easier to use on the lid than on the cheeks, as it seemed to emphasize my skin’s texture just a bit as a cheek highlighter. It wore well for eight hours on me.

The Star Lit Powders can be used to “highlight eyes, lips and cheeks” with an “ultra-fine loose powder” that can be used “wet or dry to customize coverage intensity and luminosity.” While checking the weight on these, I noticed that the weight differs from shade to shade; this one had a mere 0.02 oz. while others ranged from 0.03 oz. to 0.09 oz. I also noticed that it appears the brand identifies what area you can use a shade on by listing an icon on the back of the jar in the shape of a pair of lips, an eyeball, and then a face (presumably for cheeks).

Make Up For Ever Star Lit Powder 17 Antic Gold
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total

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