Monday, January 13th, 2014

NARS Spring 2014 Collection
NARS Spring 2014 Collection

Here’s the round-up of our coverage for NARS new spring collection (in case you missed a post!), which is available online now at Nordstrom and will be officially released January 15th at narscosmetics.com.  February 1st is the official in-store date (says “at select stores”). You can read the official information here.

My personal favorites were the Kauai Eyeshadow Duo (which received an A+ and a recommendation from me) and Timanfaya Satin Lip Pencil (which is high quality but a little dupeable).

Reviews, Photos, Swatches

Any favorites? Any must-haves or items you plan to check out?

Monday, January 13th, 2014

NARS Na Pali Coast Multiple
NARS Na Pali Coast Multiple

NARS Na Pali Coast Multiple ($39.00 for 0.50 oz.) is described as a “shimmering rose peach.” It’s a gold and bronze-shimmered reddish bronze with strong, warm undertones and a frosted sheen. Chanel Accent (84) (LE, $43.00) is more muted, powder, and less warm-toned. MAC Sweet As Cocoa (P, $21.00) is browner, less red-toned, powder. MAC Stylish Me (LE, $21.00) is very similar but a powder product. MAC Stratus (LE, $25.00) is redder, powder. See comparison swatches.

If you’ve been a reader for awhile, you’ll know that my biggest issue with Multiples is that they’re not usually a great multi-tasker. They’re nice on cheeks, sometimes on brow bones, but they tend to be a disappointment on the lips. In all honesty, I have considered rating them purely as a cheek product, but for now, I’m continuing to review them exactly as they’re marketed: a “multi-purpose stick for eyes, cheeks, lips, and body.” Multiples are supposed to give “sheer allover color, shimmering accents, contours and dynamic highlights.”

Na Pali Coast worked best for me as a cheek color, though with a really, really sheer and blended application, it could be used as a warming highlighter, too.  The color is sheer but buildable. I patted it onto cheeks using a stippling brush, and it looked luminous without emphasizing pores. As a blush, it wore well for six and a half hours on me before starting to look a little patchy. It worked well over foundation or on bare skin, but on bare skin it is easier to apply. As an eye product, it creases after six hours on me if applied on the actual lid, and then lasts almost seven hours on the brow bone. As a lip product, it’s extremely uncomfortable and unforgiving; it seems to crumble at times as it is applied, so it leaves lips looking flaky and dry (as the product clings). It is also quite drying as a lip color and wears about two hours. The consistency is just lightly creamy with a silicone-like feel, and it does dry down (it is a cream-to-powder product), so it doesn’t look too dewy/wet on the skin.

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Sunday, January 12th, 2014

NARS Khao San Road Larger Than Life Eyeliner
NARS Khao San Road Larger Than Life Eyeliner

The NARS Larger Than Life Eyeliner ($24.00 for 0.02 oz.) range has two new shades releasing for spring. Khao San Road is permanent, while Puerta del Sol is limited edition.  They’re both really fun, bright pops of color that are perfect for adding oomph to any look, but I wish they were a little creamier and more pigmented.  They are buildable to varying degrees (Puerta del Sol more so than Khao San Road), and they were both long-wearing and didn’t smudge at any point (but gradually faded/thinned after eight hours).

Khao San Road is described as a “metallic aquamarine.” It’s a brightened, light-medium blue with silver sparkle. It had so-so color payoff in a single stroke and was buildable to mostly opaque color coverage. The formula is just lightly creamy, so it doesn’t smudge easily and dries and sets very quickly. It lasted for eight hours without fading or smudging on me. Sephora Collection Summer Cruise (23) (P, $9.00) is lighter. Chanel True Blue (57) (LE, $30.00) is similar. bareMinerals 4AM (LE, $15.00) is less sparkly. Tarina Tarantino Kanzashi is brighter. See comparison swatches.

Puerta del Sol is described as a “parrot green with shimmer.” It’s a grassy green with warm, yellow undertones and a frosted sheen. It is an eyeliner that really has to be layered and built-up in order to achieve more opaque color payoff. It wore well for eight hours before starting to thin. Ardency Inn Grass (P, $19.00) is warmer with no shimmer. Sephora Collection Indulge Yourself (22) (P, $9.00) is less shimmery. NARS Rue de Rivoli (P, $24.00) is much darker (included here more because it’s in the permanent range). See comparison swatches.

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Sunday, January 12th, 2014

NARS China Seas Eyeshadow Duo
NARS China Seas Eyeshadow Duo

NARS China Seas Eyeshadow Duo ($34.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a new and permanent duo just in time for spring that features a teal and plum. While Kauai knocked my socks off, China Seas left me wanting more–pigmentation, softer, smoother textures. It’s a workable duo, and there’s no stiffness despite some of the drier consistencies, so they still blend out without a lot of work. The left side of the duo lasted almost eight hours on me, while the right side of the duo had faded noticeably by seven and a half hours.

China Seas #1 is described as an “iridescent turquoise with gold infusion.” It’s a bluish-teal with a golden sheen and frosted finish. The texture was fairly soft and smooth, but it didn’t have as much pigmentation as I expected–it was a little weak and resulted in more semi-opaque color payoff. It didn’t build up much more than what was there, but if you use it wet and really pack it on, you can get a more true-to-pan color to come forth. Makeup Geek Mermaid (P, $5.99) is very similar. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #9 (LE) is greener. NARS Bavaria (P, $24.00) is surprisingly similar–perhaps a smidgen bluer. theBalm Open to Offers Olwen (LE, $16.00) is brighter, richer. MAC Rain Drop (LE, $32.50) is more metallic, darker. Inglot #413 (P, $6.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

China Seas #2 is described as an “iridescent plum.” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned plum with a sparkly finish that’s just slightly frosted. The texture was somewhat dry, though it didn’t feel stiff so it wasn’t difficult to apply or blend, but it is a drier texture, which resulted in a less color payoff. MAC A Medley of Mauves #3 (P, $21.00) is darker. Tom Ford Beauty Seductive Rose #4 (P) is also a bit darker. Anastasia Pink Sapphire (LE) is warmer. Makeup Geek Last Dance (P, $5.99) is darker. Makeup Geek Enchanted (P, $6.99) is slightly lighter. Sleek MakeUP A Vow in Venice (LE, $9.99) is similar. Urban Decay Last Call (P, $18.00) is more metallic. MAC Star Violet (P, $15.00) is browner. Lancome Colour du Jour (P, $19.00) is similar. Chanel Harmonie du Soir #3 (LE) is slightly lighter. See comparison swatches.

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Sunday, January 12th, 2014

NARS Annees Larger Than Life Lipgloss
NARS Annees Larger Than Life Lipgloss

NARS Larger Than Life Lipgloss ($26.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) sees the introduction of two new and permanent shades to the range with the spring collection. For spring, both shades are described sheer (and are). Otherwise, the formula is a thick, tacky gloss that is longer-wearing.  I found both of these fairly sticky but very high-shine.  If you have thinner lips, you’ll love the very small, fine applicator brush for applying the gloss, and if you have fuller lips, it may be less of an upside. After wearing both shades, neither was hydrating nor drying.

Annees is described as a “sheer violet.” It’s a light-medium, pink-tinged lavender with a creamy finish. Applied, it has more of a milky consistency and look, so it doesn’t apply as evenly as one would like and does settle into lip lines. Due to the way it applies, it’s a color I’d apply over a more opaque lipstick or lip liner. It had semi-sheer color coverage. This shade lasted three and a half hours on me. It actually swatched more like Coeur Sucre but ends up looking more like International Velvet applied. Urban Decay Obsessed (P, $19.00) is warmer. MAC Petite Indulgence (LE, $20.00) is slightly darker. MAC Going Casual (LE, $20.00) is lighter. MAC Pagoda (LE, $20.00) is shimmery. Chanel Bagatelle (P, $29.50) is also shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Bimini is described as a “sheer pink guava.” It’s a medium peachy-orange with fine shimmer. It applied evenly, easily, and had sheer coverage. It lasted for four hours on me, which is average wear, but this is a long-wearing formula, so I would have expected even better wear. MAC Good Lovin’ (LE, $15.00) is browner. MAC Satin Slip (LE, $20.00) is darker. MAC Double Happiness (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery. MAC Pure Flattery (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Celestial Kiss (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

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Sunday, January 12th, 2014

NARS Adelaide Illuminator
NARS Adelaide Illuminator

NARS Adelaide Illuminator ($30.00 for 1.10 fl. oz.) is described as a “shimmering lavender pink.” It’s a lightly cool-toned, light-medium pink with pink and white shimmer/sheen, plus silver glitter. Giorgio Armani No. 08 (P, $59.00) is similar in type (also a liquid) but is a smidgen lighter and has no glitter. NARS New Order (P, $29.00) is a powder and appears lighter swatched, but the effect is similar on. Bobbi Brown Lilac Rose (LE, $42.00) is also a powder and is a darker, more noticeable rose with a stronger metallic sheen. See comparison swatches.

If you’re unfamiliar with NARS’ Illuminators, they’re supposed to “light the skin from within.” They’re “deceptively sheer, decidedly luminous.” The formula can be applied all-over the face, used as traditional highlighter, and can be worn mixed with, over, or under foundation. With the amount of glitter (plus, the size), I didn’t like it mixed with foundation, because the bits of glitter all over the face looked more like random dirt particles at a glance–unless you stood in the sunlight, and then you twinkled here and there. In order to keep the color from adding a pink tint, you use just a very, very little amount. I had the best results when patted over cheeks with my fingertip and blended, as it gave a very light pink flush, luminous sheen, and then glittery sparkles. There was some emphasis of pores. If you don’t like glitter in your blush or highlighter, then I would skip this shade, because it is a noticeable amount. On cheeks, it remained apparent for six hours and then started to disappear.

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