Top 5: Plum Blushes for Fall 2015

Plum is one of my favorite cheek colors to wear (right after coral!), because they can run cool or warm in tone, so they work with a lot of looks. It’s also a great shade to pair with the deeper lip colors that we often see in fall and winter. What are your favorites?

  1. Urban Decay Rapture — a purply-plum with subtle pearl
  2. theBalm Cabana Boy — a cooler-toned plum with sheen
  3. IT Cosmetics Radiant in Rose — a rosy plum with a luminous finish
  4. Sleek Pomegranate — a brightened, berry-plum with a frosted sheen
  5. NARS Oasis — a warm plum with gold pearl

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NARS 413 BLKR Blush Duo

NARS 413 Blkr Blush Duo ($42.00 for 0.35 oz.) is supposed to have a “soft highlight” and a “pop of pink” that can each be worn on their own or layered for a “natural flush.” It is exclusive to NARS’ boutiques and their website. It is larger than a full-size blush in terms of the compact’s size, but it is also over double the amount of product, so you’re actually getting over two full-sized blushes in this compact. Both shades were dusty and a little powdery to work with, so they didn’t sit as well on the skin as I would have liked. Both shades were blendable, at least, but I wish they lasted longer.

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NARS 413 Blkr Blush Duo
NARS Blush Duo 413 BLKR
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Product
7.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
7
Application
4.5
Total
76%
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NARS Ultimate NARS Lip Pencil Set

NARS Ultimate NARS Lip Pencil Set ($49.00 for 0.21 oz.) includes three full-sized Lip Pencils. Two are part of the permanent range (Biscayne Park and Sex Machine) and one was previously released (but limited edition, Stourhead). This was a less impressive set, unfortunately, as two shades settled into lip lines due to more slippery consistencies.

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NARS Ultimate NARS Lip Pencil Set
NARS Fall 2015 Lip Pencil Set Ultimate NARS
B-
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
7.5
Application
4
Total
80%
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NARS True NARS Lip Pencil Set

NARS True NARS Lip Pencil Set ($49.00 for 0.21 oz.) includes three full-sized Lip Pencils. Two are part of the permanent range (Yu and Luxembourg) and one is limited edition (Provocative Red). I didn’t expect this to sell out online, but it actually has–you may still be able to find it at a Nordstrom near you (it is exclusive to them, at least in the states). The set includes a mini sharpener that fits these pencils, too (which means they aren’t twist-ups–probably the formula’s biggest downfall!). It’s a nice set, though I really wish the container it is packaged in didn’t have such specific slots (to hold the pencils in place), as it is rather bulky and can’t really be reused as a result.

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NARS True NARS Lip Pencil Set
NARS Fall 2015 Lip Pencil Set True NARS
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Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
10
Application
4.5
Total
94%
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NARS Blame It On NARS Blush Palette

NARS Blame It On NARS Blush Palette ($59.00 for 0.56 oz.) includes a highlighter, bronzer, and two blushes, plus a traval-sized ITA brush. I have reviewed most of these shades before, so the list of similar shades is pretty up-to-date, so rather than pull a new link, I’ve included the current lists as they stand. I did test each of these versions for wear, pigmentation, application, and so forth. I think the packaging is really cool, but I wish the compact didn’t feel so bulky. I really like some of NARS’ blushes, but there are a fair amount that have been misses for me. This palette is a bit of a mixed bag, and I find there is too much variance from release to release.

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NARS Blame It On NARS Blush Palette
NARS Fall 2015 Gifting Blush Palette Blame It On NARS
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8
Longevity
7.5
Application
4.5
Total
84%
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NARS Hardwired Eye Kit

NARS Hardwired Eye Kit ($59.00 for 0.25 oz.) includes six eyeshadows (0.04 oz. each) and a travel-sized eyeliner and #43 brush. As you might have discerned from the rating alone, this was a major miss for me. I’m not a fan of the Hardwired eyeshadow formula, as I find that for all its softness, it is an incredibly powdery formula that is prone to fading, sheering out during application, and often blends unevenly. The more shimmery finishes in the formula are easier to use, but the satin/matte finishes need some sort of tacky base to even have a chance of working.

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NARS Hardwired Eye Kit
NARS Fall 2015 Eye Kit Hardwired Eye Kit
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Product
6.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
6.5
Longevity
5.5
Application
3.5
Total
64%
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