Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

 

NARS Paloma Contour Blush
NARS Paloma Contour Blush

NARS Paloma Contour Blush ($42.00 for 0.28 oz.) features a highlight and contour shade, and they’re supposed to add “natural-looking dimension for the face with a lightweight luminous finish.”  It’s more of a medium, neutral-toned set of shades, relative to the other two duos available, though I think the textures and finishes will make each duo more versatile and work for multiple skin tones.  The Highlight shade wasn’t as powdery as the shades in Olympia, while the Contour shade was a little drier but luckily did not look dry on the skin.  Both shades wore well for eight hours before starting to fade slightly.

The finish is far closer to matte than luminous or satin for both shades, and depending on your skin tone and skin type, the more matte highlighter might not read very illuminating on the skin. The contrast on my skin tone did seem to give a slight illuminating effect without the shimmer or sheen, though. The powders lasted for eight hours on my skin before beginning to fade.

The Highlight shade is a neutral-to-cool toned, light beige with a matte finish. It had good color payoff, while the texture was soft, finely-milled, and not too powdery. NARS Olympia Highlight (P) is lighter. Chanel Jardin de Camelias (LE, $70.00) is more shimmery, lighter. NARS Nico (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, warmer, darker. See comparison swatches.

The Contour shade is a medium-dark, neutral-to-warm-toned brown with a satin finish. It had decent pigmentation but builds slightly. The texture was fairly soft but seemed a little dry. Too Faced Chocolate Soleil (P) is warmer. Kevyn Aucoin Natura (P) is similar. NARS Madly (P, $29.00) is more shimmery. MAC Harmony (P, $21.00) is similar. Burberry Earthy (P, $42.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

The Glossover

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Paloma

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Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Dupes
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Highlight

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Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Contour

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Product

9/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Friday, March 21st, 2014

NARS Olympia Contour Blush
NARS Olympia Contour Blush

NARS Olympia Contour Blush ($42.00 for 0.28 oz.) features a highlight and contour shade, and they’re supposed to add “natural-looking dimension for the face with a lightweight luminous finish.” The finish is far closer to matte than luminous or satin for both shades, and depending on your skin tone and skin type, the more matte highlighter might not read very illuminating on the skin. The contrast on my skin tone did seem to give a slight illuminating effect without the shimmer or sheen, though. The powders lasted for eight hours on my skin before beginning to fade.

The Highlight shade is a very light–almost white–beige with neutral-to-warm undertones. In the pan and swatched on my skin tone, it has a smidgen of warmth. The texture was finely-milled and soft enough to be a little powdery in the pan, but it didn’t look powdery applied to the skin. It had good color payoff, and it was very true-to-pan. This is not your traditional highlighter–there’s no shimmer to it at all–as it is matte. It is going to resemble more of a very light-toned powder foundation than traditional highlighters — MAC Too Chic (LE, $24.00) is light and beige but much more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

The Contour is a rosy, medium beige-brown with subtle warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. The texture of this shade was soft, blendable, and finely-milled, albeit a little powdery in the pan again, but it didn’t appear powdery applied to the skin. Tarina Tarantino Neopolitan Lane (P, $25.00) is a bit brighter. Kevyn Aucoin Natura (P) is browner. NARS Douceur (P, $29.00) is browner, darker. MAC Blush All Day (P, $23.50) is pinker. MAC Baby Don’t Go (P, $23.50) is a touch darker. Burberry Earthy (P, $42.00) is darker, browner. See comparison swatches.

The Glossover

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Olympia

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Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Highlight

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Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Contour

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Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

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Thursday, March 20th, 2014

NARS Artistry Brushes
NARS Artistry Brushes

Launching April 1st, NARS Artistry Brushes will feature 16 different shapes. (You can see the full list of what’s to come with pricing and information here.) The brushes range from $28 to $52. Each has a long, matte black handle with a matte black metal ferrule. The bottom of the handle is round and flat with a shiny red tip. It’ll take me at least a couple of weeks to work through these and use them enough to give you some thoughts–I really like to use and test brushes for several weeks (sometimes months) to see what I reach for, what works for this application or that one, and to see how they hold up to multiple washings. Stay tuned!

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Thursday, March 20th, 2014

NARS Gienah Contour Blush
NARS Gienah Contour Blush

Just launched, NARS Contour Blush ($42.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a new formula available in three shades, with each shade actually being a duo of colors. One color is designed to highlight (left side), and the other to contour (right side). I’ll have reviews for you soon, so please hold your questions until I’ve posted my thoughts :) Thank you!

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Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

NARS Orgasm Dupes

NARS Orgasm Blush is a cult favorite, bestselling pinky-coral blush, and it’s no surprise why with an average rating of 4.5 stars and 57 reader reviews! As a result of its popularity, there are many variations of it, and here are a few dupes. You can check out a full list of dupes over at The Dupe List (two pages!). Know of a dupe? Consider submitting it!

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

NARS Artistry Brushes
NARS Artistry Brushes

NARS Cosmetics leverages its makeup artistry heritage with a 16 piece Artistry Brush Collection. From base to bristle, this comprehensive collection features an exquisite design conceived by Founder and Creative Director François Nars and Fabien Baron, of New York design firm Baron & Baron. Each brush is designed with the finest quality hairs and delicately weighted to provide the necessary balance for a professional and precise makeup application. The custom brush and packaging feature the iconic matte black finish with sharp debossed logo and signature pop of red.

“You cannot achieve good makeup without good tools.” – François Nars

Powder Brush #10 ($52.00)

Blends, buffs, and diffuses loose powder for a lustrous finish. Double domed with layers of full, soft hair to pick up and deposit powder evenly.

Bronzing Powder Brush #11 ($52.00)

An artist essential for controlled application. The dense concentration of soft, natural hair holds and applies product for an even, all-over glow.

Cream Blending Brush #12 ($28.00)

A versatile, multi-use brush for face and eyes. Designed for gentle application of concealer around the eyes and effortless blending of cream textures.

Precision Blending Brush #13 ($26.00)

For precision application of concealer. Ideal for focused use on spots, pigmented areas, or around the eyes and nose.

Blush Brush #20 ($42.00)

Professional domed shape deposits blush pigments perfectly. Diffuses as it blends for smooth, effortless application.

Contour Brush #21 ($42.00)

Expertly angled for sculpting and highlighting the cheekbones. An artist essential to define and blend with controlled application.

Eye Shadow Brush #40 ($32.00)

Deposits the perfect amount of pigment for a masterful sweep of all-over shadow.

Diffusing Brush #41 ($32.00)

A must-have for blending and creating the smoky eye. Lush bristles softly apply shadow for a light veil of color.

Blending Eyeshadow Brush #42 ($32.00)

Ideal tool for applying high-shimmer shadows and effortless blending for a soft-focus effect due to softer, longer hair design.

Wide Contour Eyeshadow Brush #43 ($32.00)

The go-to artist essential that does it all: tap, blend, or sweep shadow with ease. Angled shape allows for all-over or precise application.

Precision Contour Brush #44 ($28.00)

The firm, flexible hair design of this brush is ideal for applying concentrated color in the eye crease.

Smudge Brush #45 ($28.00)

The smoky eye artist essential. Expertly deposits color along the lash line and diffuses and softens eyeliner.

Push Eyeliner #46 ($28.00)

Transforms any cream or powder eyeshadow into an eyeliner for a smooth, fine line at the base of the lashes. Use wet to apply powders for stronger color impact.

Angled Eyeliner Brush #47 ($28.00)

Designed for impeccable glide when applying liquid and cream textures along the lash line. Perfect for use with NARS Eye Paint to create a variety of effects, from natural to dramatic.

Brow Defining Brush #48 ($26.00)

Define, shape and fill in sparse brows. Firm bristles provide control and deposit powder for a hair-like effect.

Precision Lip Brush #30 ($26.00)

Designed with a wide, flat surface to evenly apply lipstick with precision.

Availability: April 1st, 2014 @ NARS; April 2014 at other retailersand NARS Boutiques, April 1st at all other retailers

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