Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

NARS NARSissist Day & Night Series Eye Palette
NARS NARSissist Day & Night Series Eye Palette

NARSissist Day & Night Series Eye Palette ($65.00) (Limited Edition) (Sephora Exclusive)

From day to night, these eight eye shades take looks from work day to evening. Featuring four matte and four shimmer shadows, this palette includes the mini Night Series Eyeliner in a Night Clubbing—a standout, black shade with gold pearls for head-turning looks.

  • Nassau Creamy French vanilla
  • Maya Bay Rosy clay
  • Ithaca Warm nougat
  • Dogot II Charcoal black
  • Mandchourie I Golden-infused denim
  • Bonifacio Pink sand with shimmer
  • Zagreb Chocolate-infused with raspberry shimmer
  • Heraklion Starry night
  • Night Clubbing Black with gold pearls (Night Series Eyeliner)

Availability: Exclusively at Sephora (early access for VIB Rouge/VIB)

Sunday, June 28th, 2015

Next in our brand focus: NARS! Another brand with a massive permanent range to choose favorites from, which always makes it a challenge. It was particularly frustrating to only pick a few from the Audacious lipstick range, as there are so many great shades in it! Here’s where I started to narrow down to my final top ten (at the moment!). What are your favorites from NARS?

  1. NARS Kauai Eyeshadow Duo
  2. NARS Vivien Audacious Lipstick
  3. NARS Thasos Nail Polish
  4. NARS Subra Dual Intensity Eyeshadow
  5. NARS Dominique Audacious Lipstick
  6. NARS Transvaal Eye Paint
  7. NARS Anna Audacious Lipstick
  8. NARS Dolce Vita Blush
  9. NARS Kelly Audacious Lipstick
  10. NARS Lovejoy Blush

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

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.

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Glow Pink

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8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4.5/5

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Mezmer

B

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8.5/10

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9/10

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8.5/10

Longevity

8/10

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4.5/5

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Nebulous

B-

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

7.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

7.5/10

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