Now Available: NARS Holiday Color AND Gifting + shu uemura x Shupette

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! :)

Let me know if you haul anything! I love hearing about what readers buy!

NARS Algorithm 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.

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NARS Algorithm Laguna Bronzing Powder Palette
NARS Powder Bronzer Laguna
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
86%

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.

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NARS Virtual Domination Blush Palette
NARS Holiday 2014 Blush Palette Virtual Domination
B+
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
89%
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NARS Modern Future (Roman Holiday) Set Review, Photos, Swathces

NARS Modern Future Set ($49.00 for 0.74 oz.) includes three products in the theme of Roman Holiday, a cool pink. The lipstick and nail polish are full size (0.12 oz. and 0.50 fl. oz. respectively), while the blush’s compact is the same size as a NARS’ single eyeshadow (but it contains 0.12 oz.). The set contains $26.00 of lipstick, $20.00 of nail polish, and $22.50 of blush for a total value of $68.50. The three products come inside a thick, plastic triangular box.

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NARS Modern Future Set
NARS Holiday 2014 3-Piece Set Modern Future
B
Product
8
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
86%
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NARS Burning Love, Corsica, Soleil d’Orient Lipgloss

NARS Burning Love Lipgloss ($26.00 for 0.18 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright ruby with subtle shimmer.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark red with cool, blue undertones and a mere dusting of red shimmer. The shimmer gets lost in the gloss for the most part, so it reads more like a cream finish applied. It had semi-opaque color coverage that lasted for four and a half hours on me. It was lightly hydrating with a lightweight texture that was somewhat tacky. Guerlain Rouge Parade (920) (LE, $30.00) is similar. Dior Vie d’Enfer (869) (P, $35.00) is warmer. MAC Glam (LE, $15.00) is pinker. Sephora Collection Red Glow (P, $13.00) is more metallic. MAC RiRi Woo (LE, $15.00) is redder. MAC Strawberry Malt (LE, $15.00) is slightly pinker. MAC Send Me Sailing (LE, $15.00) is darker. Dior Ceremony Red (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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NARS Lipgloss
NARS Lip Gloss Burning Love
A
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
93%
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NARS Kabuki Brush Set (Holiday 2014)

NARS Kabuki Brush Set ($149.00) includes three, kabuki-style brushes: Mie Kabuki, Mizubake Kabuki, and Kabuki Eye Brush. The Mie and Mizubake brushes are both $55 each, so that is $110 value there, and then $39 for the eye brush (which seems about right–the Kudoko, an eye Kabuki brush NARS released earlier this year is priced at $40). The brushes come housed in a thick, plastic rectangular box (it feels like acrylic storage containers to me). There’s a thin, removable plastic insert that holds the brushes upright in the box.

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NARS Kabuki Brush Set
NARS   Mie Kabuki Brush
-
Product
0
Pigmentation
0
Texture
0
Longevity
0
Application
0
Total
0%
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