Friday, July 11th, 2014

NARS pastorale, Milos, Amarapura Nail Polishes
NARS pastorale, Milos, Amarapura Nail Polishes

Today, I have three of the more metallic-finished polishes from the newly reformulated NARS Nail Polish ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.), which will have a total of 43 permanent shades. The official launch is July 15th, and both the formula and the brush have been changed. According to the brand, the formula is supposed to “improve wear and strengthen nails” with a “flexible, high gloss finish.” In the past, I’ve experienced really strong, long-wear (up to ten days with minor tip wear; after seven, tip wear appears very minor). I tested five shades–Thasos, Elbrus, Obscura, Pastorale, and Zakynthos–for wear, and they were fairly consistent with minor tip wear after seven days but no chipping (no top or base coats were used). I really liked the brush, as it wasn’t overly wide; I could still apply polish to my pinky nail (which is my narrowest nail) without getting polish all along the cuticle/skin along the nail. Most shades dried down faster than average, and generally, they applied well without streaking, bubbling, or pooling along the edges with good color coverage.

NARS Pastorale Nail Polish ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “rose gold.” It’s a light-medium, pinky-copper–it really is rose gold–with a metallic, foil-like finish. There were almost no visible brush strokes, as nearly all of them disappeared once the polish dried. The color was opaque after two coats of polish, and it dried quickly. This shade lasted for seven days with minor tip wear on me. Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Charm (112) (P, $18.00) is more shimmery, more orange. Estee Lauder Shimmering Bronze (LE, $20.00) is darker. Deborah Lippmann Glamorous Life (LE, $19.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Milos Nail Polish ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “rich gold.” It’s a shimmery, buttery yellow gold with a frosted finish. It was mostly opaque after two coats, and there were very subtle brush strokes–I really only noticed them at angles. The consistency was on the thicker side, and the drying time was longer than any of the other shades I tried, and it was unforgiving if you applied a second coat too quickly. Zoya Kerry (P, $9.00) is yellower. MAC Immortal Gold (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler-toned. Dior Or Divin (LE, $24.00) is more orange. Chanel Gold Fingers (LE, $27.00) is darker, yellower. ORLY Flare (P, $5.00) is darker. China Glaze Champagne Bubbles (LE, $7.50) is darker, yellower. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Amarapura Nail Polish ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “silver chrome.” It’s a brightened, medium silver foil with a metallic, foil-like finish. It really looks a lot like tinfoil on the nails! It was fully opaque after two coats, though it was almost opaque after a single coat. The consistency is slightly thin but not problematic, and there are very slight visible brush strokes but most of them disappeared after the polish dried down. Cult Nails Lethal (LE, $12.00) is more shimmery. China Glaze Cheers to You (LE, $7.50) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, July 10th, 2014

NARS Obscura, Elbrus, Paros Nail Polishes
NARS Obscura, Elbrus, Paros Nail Polishes

NARS Nail Polish ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) has been reformulated and gone through a packaging update with a wider brush (but the bottle and the rest are the same). According to the brand, the formula is supposed to “improve wear and strengthen nails” with a “flexible, high gloss finish.” In the past, I’ve experienced really strong, long-wear (up to ten days with minor tip wear; after seven, tip wear appears very minor). I tested five shades–Thasos, Elbrus, Obscura, Pastorale, and Zakynthos–for wear, and they were fairly consistent with minor tip wear after seven days but no chipping (no top or base coats were used). This is typical wear for me across most formulas, though the tip wear was more noticeable with the new formula than the old one for me. I really liked the brush, as it wasn’t overly wide; I could still apply polish to my pinky nail (which is my narrowest nail) without getting polish all along the cuticle/skin along the nail. Most shades dried down faster than average, and generally, they applied well without streaking, bubbling, or pooling along the edges with good color coverage.

NARS Obscura Nail Polish ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “lavender charcoal.” It’s a dark, smoky purple-taupe with cool undertones and a cream finish. It had full color coverage in two coats, and the consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin. The polish lasted seven days on me with minor tip wear on me. NARS Crossroads (LE, $20.00) is darker, richer. Chanel Charivari (603) (P, $27.00) is lighter, warmer. Cult Nails Ms. Conduct (LE, $12.00) is warmer. NARS Manosque (LE, $20.00) is lighter, warmer. MAC Festive Finery (LE, $16.00) is purpler, lighter. China Glaze Below Deck (LE, $7.50) is lighter. Zoya Petra (P, $9.00) is coler-toned. Essie Smokin’ Hot (LE, $8.00) is very similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Elbrus Nail Polish ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “plum.” It’s a dark, reddish berry with cool undertones and a cream finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage after two coats, and the consistency was slightly thin but not watery or runny. At times, there was a hint of nail line coming through, but most of the time, it appeared opaque. It dried down quickly to a shiny finish without a top coat. I tested this shade for wear, and it lasted for seven days with minor tip wear but no chipping. MAC Dayflower (LE, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Rebel (DC, $16.00) is similar. Chanel Provocation (P, $27.00) is slightly darker, purpler. Rescue Beauty Lounge Drifter (LE, $20.00) is darker. China Glaze Velvet Bow (LE, $7.50) is darker. Zoya Anja (P, $9.00) is darker, cooler-toned. Deborah Lippmann Single Ladies (LE, $19.00) is darker, warmer. Essie Masquerade Belle (LE, $8.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Paros Nail Polish ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “red brown.” It’s a medium-dark, slightly muted, warm-toned red with a cream finish. It was fully opaque after two coats, and it dried down to a glossy, high-shine finish faster than average. The consistency was slightly thin but not problematic. Tom Ford Beauty Shameless (LE, $32.00) is lighter. MAC Dangerously Fun (LE, $16.00) is darker. China Glaze Merry Berry (LE, $7.50) is slightly darker. China Glaze Adventure Red-y (LE, $7.50) is similar. Butter London Pillar Box Red (P, $15.00) is brighter, lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

NARS Fall 2014 Collection
NARS Fall 2014 Collection

The upcoming NARS Fall 2014 Collection features ten new shades, some limited and others new and permanent. Most of the collection was quite nice, with the exception of the Night Series Eyeliners, where the formula was a major miss in almost every way except for wear, as it really lacked “ultra-saturated color in a single swipe” and “glide.” The collection leans warm-toned with the exception of Jardin Perdu and the eyeliners.  The collection launches online at narscosmetics.com on July 15th, everywhere else on August 1st.

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Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

NARS Night Bird Eyeliner
NARS Night Bird Eyeliner

NARS Night Series Eyeliner ($24.00 for 0.02 oz.) is a new set of eyeliners available in four shades debuting this fall. They are being added to the permanent range, and they are black-based with colored pearl. The consistency of these was stiff, so they did tug somewhat at the lash line and didn’t apply with rich, opaque color coverage. They required three to four passes if you wanted a really solid line, though I found short, back-and-forth strokes to be the best application method for these due to the stiffer consistency. All four wore up to ten hours on me before I saw some very slight fading and a little migration to the outer corner of the lid, but they were quite long-wearing once they were on. At the price, I’d recommend checking out NARS Eye Paints, as it is a better formula with far more product (and $1 more), and three shades are similar to three of the pencils here.

NARS Night Bird Night Series Eyeliner ($24.00 for 0.02 oz.) is described as a “black with purple pearl.” It’s a medium-dark black base with violet and plum shimmer. It was sheer and more of a faded, warm-toned black with a couple of bits of purple shimmer here and there in one stroke. When I tried to layer it, I was able to semi-opaque color, but it didn’t layer evenly, so it doesn’t give a really rich, solid line of color. Urban Decay Delinquent (P, $19.00) is very similar. MAC Permaplum (P, $16.00) is less shimmery. MAC Designer Purple (P, $15.00) is lighter. NARS Tatar (P, $25.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Night Clubbing Night Series Eyeliner ($24.00 for 0.02 oz.) is described as a “black with gold pearl.” It’s a softened, medium black with warm undertones and a very, very slight gold shimmer (which is almost imperceptible once applied). It was semi-sheer when applied in one stroke, but this one built up better and layered to mostly opaque coverage. MAC Local Wares (LE, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Avenue (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Night Flight Night Series Eyeliner ($24.00 for 0.02 oz.) is described as a “black with cobalt blue pearl.” It’s a dark black with navy blue shimmer, so it looks more like a pearly, blackened blue. It was semi-sheer when applied in one go, and then it built up to mostly opaque coverage, though it was a bit uneven. Buxom Pick Me Up (P, $17.00) is lighter. MAC Night Trail (P, $20.00) is similar. MAC Blue Stripe (LE, $16.00) is is lighter. NARS Ubangi (P, $25.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Night Porter Night Series Eyeliner ($24.00 for 0.02 oz.) is described as a “black with green pearl.” It’s a medium-dark black with subtle warm undertones and cool-toned, emerald green shimmer. It had sheer color payoff in one stroke, and it was buildable to semi-opaque color coverage that was uneven. MAC Devotion (P, $20.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Loaded (P, $19.00) is darker. MAC Dark Envy (LE, $16.00) is lighter, less sparkly. NARS Snake Eyes (P, $25.00) is very similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

NARS Mauritanie Matte Multiple
NARS Mauritanie Matte Multiple

Mauritanie is no longer being released due to production issues. NARS suggests trying Na Pali Coast in lieu of Mauritanie.

NARS Mauritanie Matte Multiple ($39.00 for 0.26 oz.) is described as a “strawberry red.” It’s a brightened, copper-orange with warm, rusty red undertones and a semi-matte finish. NARS Exumas (P, $39.00) is lighter. Make Up For Ever #420 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is lighter. MAC Bad Girl Gone Good (LE, $21.00) is more orange, powder. theBalm Swiss Dot (P, $22.00) is brighter, powder. NARS Liberte ($29.00) is a powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes. On lips, it looks even more matte and has a lighter, less reddish tone. If you’re trying to replicate the color, here are some comparison swatches.

The Matte Multiple formula can be used dry or wet (dry for more opaque color, wet for sheerer color) on lips and cheeks. Mauritanie is a new and limited edition shade from the fall collection. There’s certainly no shortage of pigment in this shade–it’s incredibly rich and yields one-stroke full color coverage. The consistency is smooth and velvety (feels like a silicone-based primer almost). I like to apply it with a stippling brush, so I can control the intensity better, as a little goes a long way. On me, it lasted for seven and a half hours as a blush. The color lasted for five hours on lips, but it’s uncomfortable to wear on lips, as it clings to the surface, which both highlighted imperfections as well as made lips look drying. It was also quite drying on lips when worn.

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Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

NARS Dolomites Eyeshadow Duo
NARS Dolomites Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Dolomites Eyeshadow Duo ($35.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a warm-toned set of hues from NARS’ upcoming fall collection, which launches online July 15th on NARS (everywhere else on August 1st). This is another limited edition duo (like Jardin Perdu), and the texture, again, was reminiscent of Kauai, with its really dense, buttery feeling. Dolomites works particularly well together for a quick eye that needs no other products to complete (I don’t find all NARS’ duos to be as naturally complementary).

Dolomites (Left) is described as a “shiny rose quartz.” It’s a muted, medium plum with warm, pink undertones and a metallic sheen. It had decent to good color payoff, but it’s a shade that works better built up or applied with a slightly dampened brush to really sing. The texture feels soft, almost creamy, and very smooth (not powdery or loose at all). On me, the color stayed true for eight and a half hours before fading. Sleek MakeUP Eve’s Kiss (P, $9.99) is less metallic. MAC Great Beyond #1 (LE, $21.00) is darker, less shimmery. bareMinerals Violet Spell (LE, $14.00) is less shimmery. Makeup Geek Twilight (P, $5.99) is less shimmery. MAC Performance Art (LE, $15.00) is more golden. MAC Daylight (LE, $21.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Dolomites (Right) is described as a “chocolate.” It’s a medium-dark, red-toned brown with a satiny shimmer over a mostly matte finish. The texture was incredibly soft and finely-milled, but this shade was on the powdery side, so you’ll want to use a lighter touch with it when grabbing the color or tap off excess prior to applying it to the eyelid. It had really nice pigmentation, though, and it wore well for nine hours before showing signs of fading. LORAC Untamed (P) is lighter, less red. Dior Sundeck #5 (LE) is darker. Divergent Burnt Mahogany (LE) is lighter. Sleek MakeUP Flora (P, $9.99) is more muted. MAC Dark Brew (P, $15.00) is less red. NARS Naiade (P) is much lighter. Inglot #122R Bottom (P, $6.00) is warmer. NARS Surabaya #1 (P, $24.00) is very similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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