Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

NARS Pasiphae Dual Intensity Eyeshadow
NARS Pasiphae Dual Intensity Eyeshadow

NARS Pasiphae Dual Intensity Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “shimmering peacock burgundy.” It’s a muted, medium-brown with lighter olive green shimmer-sheen; it seemed like a duochrome, but it doesn’t really shift noticeably. On the eye, it mostly looks like an olive green over a warmer, murky brown. The texture was soft, blendable, and easy to apply to bare lids, and the color wore for seven hours dry, eight hours damp before fading. Damp application yields much more opaque coverage, whereas dry application is sheer to semi-sheer. Giorgio Armani Green Iron (06) (P, $38.00) is darker, cooler. Gucci Beauty Fumé (Left) (P, ) is lighter, cooler. Too Faced Don’t Settle (LE, $16.00) is cooler. Kat Von D On the Road (P, $16.00) is cooler. bareMinerals Flicker (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter. Make Up For Ever I628 Reptile (P, $21.00) is lighter, warmer. Kat Von D Hexagram (LE, ) is warmer. theBalm Runaround Rebecca (P, $16.00) is more shimmery. Guerlain Coup de Foudre #1 (LE, ) is lighter, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

NARS Telesto Dual Intensity Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “brown with gold shimmer.” It’s a medium brown with warm, orange-y undertones and a golden shimmer-sheen finish. Applied dry, it was mostly opaque, just looked lighter and less intense, and then applied damp, it was slightly darker and had a stronger sheen. It lasted for seven hours applied dry, almost eight when applied damp. Zoeva Subtle Blend (P, ) is darker. LORAC Dream Girl #8 (LE, ) is darker. Too Faced Puppy Love (P, ) is darker, cooler. Gucci Beauty Oxydus (P, $37.00) is warmer. Colour Pop Eve (LE, $5.00) is darker, brighter, warmer. Colour Pop Blaze (LE, $5.00) is warmer. Kat Von D Nephilim (LE, ) is lighter, warmer. Makeup Geek Pretentious (P, $5.99) is darker, warmer. Tarte Keepsake Frame (LE, ) is warmer. Anastasia Gilded (LE, $12.00) is warmer. Make Up For Ever ME658 Golden Brown (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker. Make Up For Ever ME644 Iced Brown (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer. Make Up For Ever D640 Golden Snake (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. LORAC Nude #6 (LE, ) is less shimmery, warmer. MAC A Harvest of Greens #2 (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Formula Summary | NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.05 oz.) is supposed to be sheer when applied dry, opaque when applied with a dampened brush, and this is sometimes true, sometimes not. Some shades are very sheer, while a few were quite pigmented dry. If you aren’t someone who likes to use their eyeshadows wet, then I would say to look elsewhere, but if you like the idea of two types of finishes and color coverage, you may like these. The texture is generally soft, blendable, and smooth, and the wear is average (seven to eight hours).

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Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

Giorgio Armani No. 03 Fluid Sheer
Giorgio Armani No. 03 Fluid Sheer

Giorgio Armani No. 03 Fluid Sheer ($62.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is an iridescent, pink-tinged white with lighter pink and violet iridescent pearl. The shimmer in this liquid highlighter is quite fine, which makes it more readily used as a multi-tasking product that can be mixed in with other base products, applied alone, or over foundation. I felt like the finish on this was subtler than a lot of the Fluid Sheers, so it’ll be a good option for someone who likes a dewy but less shimmery effect. I suspect it will also read cooler-toned on those with neutral or cool undertones, but if you are warmer-toned like me, don’t fear that this will look too stark on! The iridescent sheen on this makes it really good for layering over blush, too. The texture was lightweight, blendable, and thin with sheer coverage that lasted for eight and a half hours on me. L’Oreal Ice (P, $12.99) is more shimmery. NARS Craving (Left) (P, ) is less shimmery. Giorgio Armani No. 08 (P, $62.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer. Colour Pop Monster (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker. Colour Pop Hippo (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, more pigmented. NYX Ice Queen (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, cooler. L’Oreal Ice (P, $12.99) is more shimmery, cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA SUMMARY | Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer ($62.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is available in fifteen shades that range from sheer beige to sheer yellow to sheer copper. The formula is supposed to “dress skin in an illuminating veil of radiance.” It’s designed to be sheer, though some shades are more buildable than others, and in general, the darker hued shades are going to appear more pigmented and can be used as highlighting blushes or even as blushes (depending on your skin tone) — the brand actually calls out it can be used as “an eyeshadow base, blush, or bronzer” as well as your typical highlighter. It can be used alone, mixed with base products (like foundation, primer, or moisturizing). Some shades are glittery, others are shimmery, and others have very fine shimmer. Alone, I tend to get seven to eight hours of wear with lighter, shimmery shades and closer to ten hours or longer with some of the bolder shades, and it doesn’t seem to impact the wear of my base products (either shortening or lengthening the wear). I like fingertips or a duo-fiber/stippling brush for application using a patting and dabbing motion rather than a lot of sweeping, then a light buffing to diffuse and blend out the edges.

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Monday, July 6th, 2015

ColourPop 1st Base Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick
ColourPop 1st Base Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick

ColourPop 1st Base Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick ($6.00 for 0. 11 fl. oz.) is described as a “mid-tone true pink.” It’s a light-medium pink with subtle, cool undertones and a very matte finish. This pulls almost warm-toned me, due to my yellow undertones, but I expect it can look more neutral-to-cool depending on your coloring or what other makeup you’re wearing that day. It applied fairly evenly with good color coverage, but it dries quickly and tends to “crack” once dried (you can see it coming apart just slightly where you have deeper lip lines). It lasted for eight hours but the color pulled into lip lines noticeably. This shade was slightly drying after five hours of wear and worsened from there. Marc Jacobs Beauty Jolly Molly (220) (P, $30.00) is brighter, cooler, glossier. Kat Von D Jeffree (P, $19.00) is darker, warmer. MAC Nouvelle Vogue (LE, $16.00) is darker, glossier. Tom Ford Beauty Pink Tease (03) (P, $50.00) is lighter, warmer, glossier. NARS Marisa (P, $32.00) is cooler, glossier. Bite Beauty Sweety (LE, $24.00) is brighter, glossier. Maybelline Pink Sugar (P, $7.99) is darker, more muted, warmer, less glossy. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Donut Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick ($6.00 for 0. 11 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright peach.” It’s a lightly brightened, light-medium pink-coral with warm undertones and a very matte finish. It had mostly opaque coverage that went on fairly well. It dries down quickly but has a little time to work, and then once it dries down, it feels soft and thin without cracking when you smile. The color lasted for eight hours and faded a little more heavily towards the center of the lips but not to the point where it left an obvious ring. It was a little drying after five and a half hours of wear. Colour Pop Solow (P, $6.00) is lighter, more muted, cooler. Make Up For Ever #4 (P, $19.00) is darker, glossier. Kat Von D Jeffree (P, $19.00) is brighter, cooler. NARS Dolce Vita (P, $25.00) is darker, warmer. Colour Pop Topanga (P, $5.00) is darker, warmer, glossier. Kat Von D L’Ecole des Femmes (P, $21.00) is darker, brighter. MAC Make Me Gorgeous (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer, glossier. NARS Natalie (P, $32.00) is brighter, cooler, glossier. Tom Ford Beauty Matthew (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, darker, brighter, glossier. Colour Pop Rocket (P, $5.00) is lighter, cooler, glossier. NARS Brigitte (P, $32.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Formula Summary: ColourPop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick ($6.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is a long-wearing, pigmented lipstick that starts off glossy and dries down quickly to that super flat matte finish. They have minimal transfer with some of the lighter shades having almost none for the first few hours of wear, but any time you’ve had a meal, they lose that transfer-resistant quality to a noticeable degree. They tend to wear anywhere from six to ten hours with darker shades maintaining better color coverage and wear over a longer period of time. Some shades get a little drying about two-thirds to three-fourths through the wear, while a few shades have been fairly non-drying even many hours into wear. They fade away evenly with most color loss occurring from the center of the lips if eating a more oil-based meal but the majority of color survives a meal. Reapplication has been hit or miss and tends to depend on how well it wore away and how easily the shade applies normally, but reapplication tends to emphasize the lip’s natural texture significantly compared to initial application and gives lips a very wrinkled, dried-up look. I’ve layered gloss on top of some shades with moderate success, though it will obviously lose the matte finish and will transfer and I’ll get tiny flakes where the matte lip color has lifted by mixing with gloss but has been pretty minimal. The formula had no discernible taste or scent. After playing with the packaging and the tubes, it appears that about 16 of the 25 shades I received were significantly overfilled and had regular overflow of liquid lipstick coming out of them for about 15 open-and-closes where I needed to use a makeup removing wipe to clean the rim of the tube prior to closing or else the lipstick would ooze out of the closing. I have not had this issue with any of my other liquid lipsticks (Anastasia, Hourglass, Kat Von D, Make Up For Ever, Stila) personally, though readers reported experiencing similar issues with Anastasia and the previous Kat Von D packaging.

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Monday, July 6th, 2015

NARS Tribulation Blush
NARS Tribulation Blush

NARS Tribulation Blush ($30.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “shimmery rosy sand.” It’s a light-medium gold muted slightly by hints of beige paired with a luminous, shimmer-sheen finish.
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The texture of this was soft, smooth, and denser than most NARS blushes; it felt the softest and smoothest, without being powdery, of all the NARS cheek products I have ever tried. It blended out beautifully without losing its color or sheen, and the more you buffed it into the skin, the more the glowing finish came out. The shimmer didn’t emphasize pores or the skin’s natural texture either, but this is not a subtle highlighter, so it is better suited for someone who likes a noticeable sheen to their highlighters. I was surprised that NARS didn’t call this out as a “Highlighting Blush” (like Albatross), as it is more highlighter on light to dark skin tones, while very fair to fair skin tones will see slight warmth/beige color, plus the sheen. On me, the color lasted for eight hours before fading slightly.

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Monday, July 6th, 2015

ghd Eclipse Professional 1

Are you ready for Today’s Special Value at QVC? It’s the ghd Eclipse Professional 1″ Styling Iron, which normally retails for $245, but it is available for $179 today only, July 6th!

The ghd Eclipse Professional 1″ Styling Iron is designed to deliver a consistent 365°F (185°C) temperature and can straighten, curl, flip, add volume, all while reducing frizz. In 2014, it won Allure Magazine’s Best of Beauty award for Hot Tool/Flatiron. It uses six sensors, three on the top plate and three on the bottom plate, to keep the temperature consistent while you’re using it. The contoured, precision plates help you style your hair with smooth, snag-free styling. ghd says it heats up in a mere 20 seconds, making it ideal for those who are short on time. It contains aerogel technology that keeps the exterior cool to the touch, while the iron also comes with a heat guard and will shut off automatically after 30 minutes. The Styling Iron also features universal voltage, so you can travel with it wherever you’re going!

Monday, July 6th, 2015

NARS VIP Red Lipstick
NARS VIP Red Lipstick

NARS VIP Red Lipstick ($27.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “dark brique.” It’s a medium-dark red with soft, warm undertones and a satin finish. It’s not strongly orange-toned–it has deeper, almost orange-brown tones to it that keep it from being a brighter red, but it isn’t a dark burgundy either. The finish will wear to more of a traditional matte finish within an hour of wear.
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NARS’ lipstick is supposed to be richly pigmented, long-wearing, and comfortable to wear. I typically have good luck with their pigmentation and wear, but the hydration/comfort tends to be the area the formula misses more on. VIP Red is mostly opaque with a barely creamy consistency that just slightly tugs on the lips, though it doesn’t drag or skip, but it is best applied in shorter strokes rather than one continuous glide. The texture is light-medium in weight, clings without being painfully clingy, and wears for over six hours while leaving behind a stain. It was slightly drying after four hours of wear on me. There was no discernible scent or taste from the formula.

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