NARS Long Hot Summer Collection for Summer 2016

NARS Long Hot Summer Collection
NARS Long Hot Summer Collection


For Summer 2016, NARS Cosmetics introduces the limited edition Long Hot Summer Collection created exclusively for NARS boutiques.

Availability

June 1st

The Details

Long Hot Summer Eyeshadow Palette | $65.00 | Limited Edition, NARS Exclusive

  • Long Hot Summer I Shimmering cream
  • Long Hot Summer II Bronze taupe
  • Bellissima II Matte grey brown
  • Long Hot Summer III Shimmering copper
  • Long Hot Summer IV Shimmering warm brown
  • Bengali Rich chocolate brown

Laguna/Casino Bronzing Duo | $42.00 | Limited Edition, NARS Exclusive

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

413 BLKR Cheek & Lip Palette | $59.00 | NARS Exclusive

NARS Cosmetics introduces the limited edition 413 BLKR Cheek & Lip Palette –the latest addition to the exclusive NARS 413 BLKR Collection. Paint the town pink with a glowing gradient of sheer, blendable blushes and iconic Laguna Bronzer paired with the essential fuchsia 413 BLKR Velvet Matte Lip Pencil. Go block by color block or master a full-spectrum touch-up in a New York minute.

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Becca Champagne Collection Face Palette

Becca Champagne Collection Face Palette

Becca Champagne Collection Face Palette ($52.00 for 0.72 oz.) includes two highlighters and three blushes. Each highlighter contains 0.19 oz. of product ($51.57 worth), each Mineral blush contains 0.12 oz. ($38.40 worth), and the Luminous blush contains 0.10 oz. ($16.19 worth)–the palette has a total value of $106.16 or $10.40 per shade. I think there’s plenty of each product, and the size of each pan (even the smaller blushes) is appropriate and can be used with a slew of blush and highlighter brushes. Like other Becca palettes, the texture is noticeably drier and looser in the pan for the highlighters, compared to the standalone formula, which is something I notice more by feel and initial application, but it doesn’t seem to change the color, tone, or the way the product looks applied and blended on the skin (this is my only hesitation about the palette). Worth noting, Becca called out the Mineral Blushes as matte, but their interpretation of matte is more like true satin–there is a sheen to the skin but is not overly shimmery, and secondly, Becca seems to market their blushes as more buildable/medium in coverage but all three are very pigmented–this is, as a result, reflected in the rating but if you like your blushes pigmented, you should mentally bump up the ratings.

Overall, it is a nice cheek palette, though it leans very warm and coral-toned with three of five having higher-sheen finishes so it’ll be best for those who like their golds and pink-corals and more of a metallic finish than a subtle highlight. I think making either Rose Spritz or Pamplemousse more of a cooler-toned shade would have helped make the palette more versatile (maybe a mauve or plum). The packaging is heft, very solid, and some might even find it a little too heavy to carry in an everyday bag. It clicks closed, and the lid stays up, so it is usable–probably some of the nicest cheek/face palette packaging released in awhile. For me, personally, it’s very easy to wear on my coloring, and as they’re all blendable, they are easy to use as well. I could definitely see traveling with this one.

Champagne Pop is a pop of warm, peachy-orange gold with a strong, frosted finish. It is definitely the type of highlighter where a little goes a long way, and I think there is a small learning curve when using Becca’shighlights–a lighter, feathery brush and a lighter hand, as they are very pigmented, is recipe for great results. The texture felt a little drier and looser in the pan (to the touch) compared to my standalone version, which I found true in the Champagne Glow trio and the Afterglow palette. The standalone is just creamier and smoother; it feels more luxurious, but oddly, they really perform the same. They look the same applied, the color is within range between versions (especially once blended out/applied but the version in this palette seemed yellower to me but hard to distinguish the difference once applied to the face. It lasted eight hours on me. NARS Frenzy (Left) (P) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Laura Geller Gilded Honey (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment (Original) (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Becca Prosecco Pop (LE, $38.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Whisper of Gilt (LE, $30.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (90% similar). NARS Tribulation (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Oh, Darling! (LE, $30.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Electric Slide (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Anastasia So Hollywood (P, $28.00) is cooler (90% similar). Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment (Original) (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Sephora Jubilant (21) (P, $15.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Norman Parkinson (LE, $32.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Faintly Fabulous (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is darker (90% similar). Cle de Peau Sand Beige (13) (P, $55.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). L'Oreal Golden (P, $12.99) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Surratt Beauty Coup de Genie (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Prosecco Pop is a light-medium gold with warm, yellow undertones and a frosted sheen. Side-by-side, it’s darker and has a stronger yellow tone (compared to the more peach-orange of Champagne Pop), and then blended out, it’s marginally darker and doesn’t have as strong of a white base to it. I feel like if it was a bit darker and deeper (a little more brown in it), it would be more contrasting next to Champagne Pop, but they are more similar than they are different. The texture was very blendable, though a little dry to the touch, and did emphasize pores slightly, even when I used a lighter hand/less dense brush (what I normally use with Becca’s highlighters, as they are very pigmented!). The color lasted for eight hours on me. Laura Mercier Addiction (P, $44.00) is darker (95% similar). Illamasqua Rush (P) is warmer (90% similar). Looxi Beauty Luxe (P, $7.50) is more shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Routes des Indes de Chanel Illuminating Powder (LE, $65.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Oh, Darling! (LE, $30.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Dripping in Gold (LE) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Becca Champagne Pop (P, $38.00) is more muted, cooler (90% similar). L'Oreal Golden (P, $12.99) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). bareMinerals The Shining Moment (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Anastasia So Hollywood (P, $28.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Becca Champagne Gold (LE, $38.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Laura Geller Gilded Honey (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). NARS Jubilation (Left) (P) is darker (85% similar). Looxi Beauty Centerfold (P, $7.50) is darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Electric Slide (LE, $8.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Anastasia Bubbly (LE) is darker, more muted, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Becca Face Palette Champagne Collection
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
90%
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Lip Balms

Lip balms that FEEL great going on but wear away in an hour two are really frustrating, as are ones that feel hydrating as long as they last but don’t seem to improve lips for the long-term. I love when they are smooth, lightweight, and wear a good amount of time.

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Make Up For Ever I36, M60, ME42, S50, D62 Aqua XL Eye Pencils

Make Up For Ever I36 Iridescent Khaki Aqua XL Eye Pencil

Make Up For Ever I36 Iridescent Khaki Aqua XL Eye Pencil ($21.00 for 0.04 oz.) is medium-dark olive green with warmer undertones and a satiny sheen. There is very slight sparkle, but it doesn’t seem chunky or noticeable. It had mostly opaque coverage in a single stroke, which was buildable to fully opaque coverage in two passes. The texture was lightly creamy, glided on without tugging on the lower lash line, and lasted for eight hours on me before there was noticeable migration. It lasted for four hours on the waterline, though it has sparkle, I’m not sure if I would use this on the waterline (I didn’t see any notes on Sephora on whether any shades weren’t for the waterline). L'Oreal Green Ivy (270) (P, $8.99) is darker (95% similar). Sephora Snakeskin Dress (17) (DC, $9.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Forever Green (P, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). bareMinerals 10AM (LE, $15.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever M60 Matte Dark Brown Aqua XL Eye Pencil ($21.00 for 0.04 oz.) is dark, chocolatly brown with subtly warmer, reddish undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation in one pass, which was buildable to mostly opaque coverage with two layers. The texture was a smidgen drier but still had enough slip not to tug on the lower lash line. It applied well to the waterline as well, though wear only came in at three and a half hours. The color lasted better on the lower lash line at eight hours. Make Up For Ever #25L (P, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Seasonally Spicy (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Laura Mercier Espresso (P, $24.00) is brighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Call Me (P, $5.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Coffee (P, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Brown Border (P, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever Gypsy (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Stomper (P, $6.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Whiskey (P, $20.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). NARS Via de Martelli (P, $24.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Bourbon (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, glossier (90% similar). Sephora Tiramisu (P, $9.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Duck (P, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever ME42 Metallic Bronze Aqua XL Eye Pencil ($21.00 for 0.04 oz.) is medium-dark, golden bronze with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had smei-opaque coverage that was buildable to mostly opaque coverage, though the texture was a little waxier and sometimes caused the first layer to sheer out. The color lasted for eight hours on my lower lash line before it looked faded/worn. MAC El Dorado (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Going for Gold (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). MAC Handforged (P, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Sephora Girls Night Out (P, $9.00) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Campo de' Fiori (P, $24.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). NARS Iskandar (P, $25.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). MAC $$$ (P, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Sephora Sun Tan (08) (P, $9.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Antique (04) (LE, $28.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Powerline (P, $20.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever S50 Satiny Taupe Aqua XL Eye Pencil ($21.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a medium-dark taupe-brown with warmer undertones and a cooler, gray overtone. The texture was lightly creamy and applied without skipping or tugging on the skin. It deposited mostly opaque coverage in a single stroke, which was buildable to opaque coverage two layers–and notably, two layers made the grayer tone much more apparent. This shade lasted for four hours on the waterline, eight hours on the lower lash line. Lancome Pluie (P, $23.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Shoreline (P, $17.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Zoeva Mute (P, $7.50) is lighter, cooler, glossier (85% similar). Urban Decay Stray Dog (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Mushroom (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil I36 Iridescent Khaki
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
7
Application
5
Total
86%
Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil M60 Matte Dark Brown
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
7
Application
5
Total
83%
Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil ME42 Metallic Bronze
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
7
Application
5
Total
83%
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Sneak Peek: MAC Blue Nectar Lipsticks Photos & Swatches

MAC Blue Nectar Lipsticks
MAC Blue Nectar Lipsticks

The MAC Blue Nectar Collection is a launch that features 12 lipsticks and six Plushglasses that launches online June 2nd and will be in-stores on the 9th. I have 11 of the 12 below (the missing one is actually a repromote, Ablaze, which I’ll try to re-swatch this week as I didn’t realize the MIA shade was one I already had; also Barbecue, Heroine, and Riot House are also repromotes) — full reviews to come!

MAC Blue Nectar Lipsticks

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