Thursday, October 16th, 2014

NARS Tech Fashion Lipgloss Set
NARS Tech Fashion Lipgloss Set

NARS Tech Fashion Lipgloss Set ($49.00 for 0.48 fl. oz.) includes four lipglosses from peach to red. They’re all pretty sheer shades, so it’s possible that you have similar products in your stash already. Each gloss contains about half the amount of a full-sized gloss. They’re lightly tacky, wear two to four hours, and are a little hydrating. I didn’t notice any scent or taste while wearing them. The sheerer shades were shorter-wearing, while the more pigmented ones seemed to last a little longer. Two shades described as “sheer” were more pigmented than that, while one shade not described as sheer was sheer, so the ratings were impacted by this.

Shade I is described as a “shimmering peach sorbet.” It’s a muted, medium peach with orange undertones and gold sparkle. It had semi-sheer color coverage with a noticeable amount of sparkle and glossy shine. It lasted for two and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Shade II is described as a “shimmering sheer fig.” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned brown with pink and white shimmer. It had sheer color coverage that seemed to darken my natural lip color and add sparkle/shine. It lasted for two and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Shade II is described as a “shimmering sheer raspberry.” It’s a muted, medium-dark berry pink with cool undertones and white sparkle. It had semi-sheer color payoff on the lips, and there was only a little bit of sparkle visible–it didn’t seem like a shimmery gloss on. It didn’t settle into lip lines much, and it applied fairly evenly. The color lasted for three and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Shade IV is described as a “sheer ruby.” It’s a muted, medium-dark red with subtle, warm undertones and a very fine pink-red shimmer. It’s more semi-opaque than sheer and once on, actually has more of a faded, muted quality to it than when swatched. It looks almost pink-red applied to me. It lasted for four hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, October 16th, 2014

NARS Laser Cut Palette
NARS Laser Cut Palette

NARS Laser Cut Palette ($59.00 for 0.62 oz.) includes three eyeshadows, one lipgloss, one blush, and one bronzing powder. The eyeshadows are marked as “Hardwired Eyeshadow” on the back of the palette, though I couldn’t tell you how they really differ from the permanent formula, other than it seems like a denser, less thin formula. The palette leaves something to be desired — I don’t think it’s NARS at its best–it’s just kind of in the middle.

Shade I is described as a “perfect neutral vanilla.” It’s a light beige with a matte finish and neutral undertones. It had fairly good color payoff, though the texture was very powdery. See comparison swatches
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Shade II is described as a “shimmering cafe au lait.” It’s a golden brown with a sparkling, metallic finish. It had nice pigmentation, though the texture was a smidgen crumbly and the sparkle did fall out during wear (as well as application), while the color itself stayed on well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Shade III is described as a “matte army green.” It’s a medium-dark, olive green with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture was really soft but incredibly powdery to the point where most of it dusted away and only some managed to stay on the skin. What did adhere to the skin stayed on for seven hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Dolce Vita is described as a “sheer dusty rose.” It’s a muted, medium-dark pink-plum with subtle warm undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It’s not sheer at all, and this version included in the set matches the original formulation, but it feels more like the new formula (which is a lot cooler and pinker in color). It lasted for four and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Day Dream is described as a “flirty sheer peach.” It’s a pink-peach with warm udnertones and a satin finish. It’s warmer and less pink compared to the individual version that was released last year. It is sheer as described (though “sheer” was not part of the description when it originally launched), with a thinner, slightly dry, texture, but it wasn’t stiff. My standalone version is more pigmented. It lasted for seven hours applied. See comparison swatches
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Laguna is described as a “diffused brown powder with golden shimmer.” It’s a meidum-dark brown with warm, yellow undertones and a golden shimmer-sheen finish. a href=”http://www.temptalia.com/swatch-gallery?sg=175779,171535,168835,165621,142013,141615,111363,108999,108998″>See comparison swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

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8/10

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Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

NARS Digital World Lip Pencil Set
NARS Digital World Lip Pencil Set

NARS Digital World Lip Pencil Set ($49.00 for 0.27 oz.) includes five, travel-sized lip pencils. Each Velvet Matte Lip Pencil contains 0.06 oz., and each Satin Lip Pencil contains 0.05 oz.  It is exclusive to Sephora.  They come in a long, rectangular plastic box (feels like acrylic to me, but I’m not an expert on materials!)–it’s thick, sturdy plastic, and it feels like something you would keep, not toss away. Three shades are limited edition (and two of those were released earlier this year in the Final Cut collection), and two are part of the permanent range. The only real downside to NARS’ lip pencils is that they require sharpening, so there is waste, and they may not be as travel-friendly since they don’t just twist-up. Otherwise, the formula has good color payoff, wears well, and is comfortable to wear.

Descanso is described as a “tea rose.” It’s a lightly pink-tinged peach with a satin finish. It has mostly opaque color coverage that wears for four hours on me, and it was lightly hydrating while worn. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Torres del Paine is described as a “peach coral.” It’s a light-medium, softened peach-orange with a satin finish. It wore nicely for four hours and was lightly hydrating over time. It was semi-opaque with a slight translucency where the natural lip color came through. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Iberico is described as an “intense coral.” It’s a bold, bright orange-red with warm undertones and a matte finish. The color coverage was mostly opaque, and it was creamy enough that it glided on without skipping and delivered even color. This shade wore well for six hours and left a stain behind. It was a little drying towards the end. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Yu is described as a “shocking pink.” It’s a bright, fuchsia pink with cool, magenta undertones and a luminous finish. The shade yiedled fairly opaque coverage that went on evenly and smoothly. It lasts for six hours and leaves a stain behind, while it felt lightly hydrating. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Cruella is described as a “passionate scarlet red. It’s a muted, medium-dark red with cool, blue undertones and a matte finish. The consistency had a light waxiness to it that gave it that “velvet” feel when applied, so it didn’t skip or drag on the lips. It had mostly opaque pigmentation, and it lasted for six hours. I found it a bit drying, which was the only downside. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

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Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

NARS Holiday 2014 Collection

NARS Holiday Collection is now available, including all the sets/kits (they bumped up the launch date).  You can see all reviews I have so far here. I’m going to try and get the last two sets reviewed tomorrow (but you can peek at swatches here).  My top picks are the limited edition Lipglosses, Deadly Catch/Femme Fleur lipsticks, and the Lip Pencil Set (full review goes up today).  Reader Nicole also spotted a few items up at Sephora (but not everything is up yet).

shu uemura x Shupette
shu uemura x Shupette also debuted today! :)

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Monday, October 13th, 2014

NARS Algorithm Laguna Bronzing Powder Palette
NARS Algorithm Laguna Bronzing Powder Palette

NARS Algorithm Laguna Bronzing Powder Palette ($59.00 for 0.24 oz.) includes a bronzing powder and a travel-sized Ita brush. I was surprised by how little bronzer is included in this, because it is such a huge palette (I think it is unnecessarily large–feels bulky in the hand). It actually contains less than a full-sized version of Laguna (which has 0.28 oz. for $38). I don’t have a full-sized Ita brush to compare the travel-sized one with, but I didn’t like the feel of the travel-sized, as the bristles were cut unevenly and felt scratchy and prickly against the skin. I liked the shape, as it does work well to contour the cheeks. However, at $89, you could purchase a full-sized Ita for $55 and a full-sized Laguna for $93. For $4 more, you would get something a lot more lightweight, versatile, and possibly better quality (again, I can’t weigh in on how it compares to the full-sized). Update on 10/13/2014:  NARS sent out a correction via email regarding price, and the price is supposed to be $59.

Laguna is described as a “diffused brown powder with golden shimmer.” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm, yellow undertones and a golden shimmer-sheen finish. It has more buildable color payoff than full-on, rich pigment. The texture was soft, lightweight, and blendable, though it can be a smidgen on the powdery side (which it seems in this particular palette). NARS has a tendency to put this in many of its palettes, so you may find you already have one (or half a dozen), and it is part of the permanent range. See comparison swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

 

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Monday, October 13th, 2014

NARS Virtual Domination Blush Palette
NARS Virtual Domination Blush Palette

NARS Virtual Domination Blush Palette ($65.00 for 0.95 oz.) includes a highlighter, three blushes, and a bronzer. It is a Sephora exclusive and launches November 1st. All of these shades have been released before with Sex Fantasy and Final Cut being limited edition, and the other four are part of the permanent range. It’s a decent palette, and I like the value behind it, though I wish the quality was at least as good as the standalone versions that have been released. They don’t fall too short, but in general, the texture had a thinner quality to it that made it less luxurious compared to full-sized blushes. Overall, the palette had good color payoff, blendable textures, and most wore for around eight hours. I felt like the palette was too bulky/heavy for what it was, but it at least doesn’t feel cheap.

NARS blush retails for $30.00 for 0.16 oz., and Bronzing Powder retails for $38.00 for 0.28 oz. This palette has 0.60 oz. of blush, which is a $112.50 worth of blush. Now, go figure, but this palette contains more than a full-sized Laguna (and far more than the one included in the Algorithm palette!) at 0.35 oz. or $47.50 worth of bronzer! The palette contains a total of $160.00 of NARS Blush/Bronzer, so it is a great value. In terms of price, for the cost of just over two full-size blushes, you’re getting five shades (sometimes a better way to think about value if you rarely finish products).

Miss Liberty is described as a “soft shimmering peach.” It’s a light, golden peach with a white sparkle and warm undertones. The way the shimmer and sparkle of this one act, it looks almost like a wet sheen on the face, but there are noticeable sparkles on the skin–it is by no means a particularly subtle highlighter option. It seemed slightly lighter than the permanent version I have, though effect for most skin tones will likely be the same since it is so sheer. It wears for seven hours on me. This shade is part of the permanent range of Highlighting Blush. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Deep Throat is described as a “flirty sheer peach.” It’s a medium, coral with gold shimmer and hints of pink. The texture was soft, a little thinner than the permanent version, but it was blendable and had fairly good color payoff–it just looked a little faded compared to the permanent version. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me. This shade is part of the permanent range. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Laguna is described as a “diffused brown powder with golden shimmer.” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm, yellow undertones and a golden shimmer-sheen finish. It has more buildable color payoff than full-on, rich pigment. The texture was soft, lightweight, and blendable, though it can be a smidgen on the powdery side (which it seems in this particular palette). NARS has a tendency to put this in many of its palettes, so you may find you already have one (or half a dozen), and it is part of the permanent range. See swatches of all dupes of dupes / view dupes side-by-side side-by-side.

Sex Fantasy is described as a “pale lavender pink.” It’s a very light, cool-toned pink with a hint of lavender. It has a totally flat, matte finish. The texture is soft and finely-milled, but it is powdery (more so than the permanent version). On me, it lasted for eight hours. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Final Cut is described as a “peach coral.” It’s a softened, medium coral-orange with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and silky, and it was only a smidgen powdery. It wore well for eight hours on me. See swatches of all dupes
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