Sunday, May 17th, 2015

If you prefer cooler-toned blushes, here are my top five picks for summer cheeks this year :)

  1. Clinique Pansy Pop — a luminous lavender
  2. Urban Decay Bittersweet — a purple with a natural finish
  3. Surratt Se Pomponner — a brightened magenta pink
  4. ColourPop Pie — a bright, fuchsia pink
  5. NARS Desire — a bold, matte fuchsia pink

>> See side-by-side swatches! <<

Saturday, April 4th, 2015

NARS x Christopher Kane Collection launches online on April 15th and consists of ten, limited edition products. I wish I could say I had a favorite, but I was unimpressed by the collection and its products. If you pressed me to pick “favorites,” then I would tell you the eyeshadows, as at least they’re workable over a tacky base and extra effort and are more unique compared to the other shades in the launch. For me, this collection was stunning grouped together in their pans and tubes, but in practice, they were under-performing.

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Saturday, April 4th, 2015

From pink-peach to peach-brown, matte to glossy, here are some of my current favorite peachy shades for spring!

  1. NARS Raquel — a light, bright pink-peach with a glossy finish
  2. ColourPop Button — a light-medium, pink-peach with a matte finish
  3. Bite Beauty Caramel — a peachy-brown with warm undertones
  4. Urban Decay Naked2 — a medium, peach-brown with a soft shine
  5. MAC Yash — a medium-dark neutral peach with a matte finish

>> See side-by-side swatches! <<

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

NARS x Christopher Kane Lip Glosses
NARS x Christopher Kane Lip Glosses

NARS Glow Pink Lipgloss ($26.00 for 0.18 fl. oz.) is described as a “sheer fuchsia.” It’s a sheer, fuchsia-tinted gloss that looks more like a stain once applied. For as sheer as it seems, it actually darkened and altered my natural lip color considerably, though I suspect those with naturally redder lips may not find the effect as noticeable. The gloss has a light-medium thick quality that is mostly non-tacky and smooth, but the way it stains/applies looks a bit uneven. The glossiness lasted for two hours, and it had worn down to a very subtle stain at that point that was gone by the fourth hour. I found the formula to be neither drying nor hydrating. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

NARS Mezmer Lipgloss ($26.00 for 0.18 fl. oz.) is described as a “sheer neon pink.” It’s a brightened, fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a glossy shine. It is a darker, brighter take on Glow Pink. It had semi-sheer pigmentation that didn’t cover evenly but did stain. The texture was smooth and mostly non-tacky, and it was comfortable to wear. It lasted for three and a half hours on me. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

NARS Nebulous Lipgloss ($26.00 for 0.18 fl. oz.) is described as a “neon coral.” It’s an orange-coral with warm undertones and a muted quality to it. I was surprised it wasn’t also described as sheer like the previous two shades. It is fairly sheer but produces a noticeable stained look to the lips, and despite looking completely different when swatched on the skin, the resulting stain (on my lips) is surprisingly similar to Glow Pink. It had the same slightly uneven result on as well. It lasted for three hours on me. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

NARS Nucleus Lipgloss ($26.00 for 0.18 fl. oz.) is described as a “seashell pink.” It’s a light, pinky beige with cool undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It had a milky quality to it, so there was some settling into lip lines, though it went on more evenly than a lot of similarly hued shades. It lasted for two and a half hours on me, and the formula was neither drying nor hydrating, but it was comfortable to wear. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

I was surprised that every single shade had a pretty comparable dupe within the permanent range of NARS Lipgloss, so you may want to check your stash if you have a lot of their permanent glosses in your stash.

The Glossover

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Glow Pink

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8.5/10

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10/10

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Nebulous

B-

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8.5/10

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7.5/10

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8.5/10

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Friday, April 3rd, 2015

NARS Starscape Blush
NARS Starscape Blush

NARS Starscape Blush ($30.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “neon pink.” It’s a brightened, light-medium magenta pink with cool, blue undertones and a matte finish. Colour Pop Pie (P, $8.00) is slightly darker, cream. Colour Pop Homie (P, $8.00) is cooler-toned, darker. LORAC Unashamed (LE) is cooler-toned. NARS Roman Holiday (LE, $29.00) is lighter. Surratt Beauty Se Pomponner (P, $32.00) is brighter. Urban Decay Savage (P) is darker, cooler-toned. Milani Delizioso Pink (10) (P, $7.99) is lighter. NARS Coeur Battant (LE, $29.00) is darker, redder. Urban Decay Quickie (LE) is similar. MAC Peony Petal (P, $21.00) is lighter, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

As I mentioned in my review of Silent Nude, this is a new formula that’s described as a “soft, silky texture with sheer, buildable matte color.” There’s a bit of chalkiness to the product with some powdery excess that gets kicked up as you touch the brush against the powder’s surface. The texture has that thin, slightly dry feel and the powder is firmly packed into the pan, though it isn’t stiff at least. It’s definitely less intense than a lot of NARS’ blushes have been, but it’s more semi-opaque than truly sheer, as you only need a small amount to get color to pop on the skin. It was fairly blendable but not as forgiving as NARS’ original formula. On me, it lasted for eight hours before showing signs of fading.

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Starscape

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8.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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Friday, April 3rd, 2015

NARS Silent Nude Blush
NARS Silent Nude Blush

NARS Silent Nude Blush ($30.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “soft beige.” It’s a light-medium peachy brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. Guerlain Clair / Brunettes (01) (P, $53.00) is more orange. Chanel Caresse (180) (LE, $45.00) is pinker, darker. Surratt Beauty Duchesse (P, $32.00) is lighter, more shimmery. Makeup Geek Smitten (P, $9.99) is more orange, brighter. MAC Bronzer (LE, $30.00) is similar. Sisley Paris Mango (3) (P, $85.00) is pinker, peachier. MAC Bareness (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery, darker. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

You are being warned… the powder blushes in this collection represent a new formula. If you gasped, so did I as I was so surprised to see the words “new formula” in my email from NARS that I double-checked to confirm. The new formula is described as a “soft, silky texture with sheer, buildable matte color.” The texture is noticeably thinner and more powdery than most of the NARS blushes I’ve tried in the past while the powder seems to be pressed more firmly into the pan. It had semi-opaque color coverage at best, but it tended to apply semi-sheer. This is a shade best suited for light-medium and fairer skin tones, as it barely shows up on my medium skin. It applied evenly and didn’t look powdery or dry on my skin, though it might not be the case if you have dry patches on cheeks (my swatching arm is a bit drier and it caught a bit on the driest area). On me, it lasted for seven hours before fading.

The Glossover

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Silent Nude

B

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

5/5

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