Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

NARS Quantum Illuminating Multiple
NARS Quantum Illuminating Multiple

NARS Quantum Illuminating Multiple ($39.00 for 0.50 oz.) is described as a “sheer iridescent magenta.” It’s a muted, medium-dark pink with cool undertones and subtle silver and pink micro-shimmer. It is sheer, just as described, with a very thin consistency that I found difficult to spread across the skin for even color. The Multiple itself is almost dry with a velvety feel, like a cream eyeshadow that’s on its last legs and has pulled away from the edges of the jar. It seemed more like a blush with a satin finish than a highlighting/illuminating product. On cheeks, it lasted for six hours on me, and on lips, it was a painful two hours before I had to remove it, because my lips were so, so parched. I try really hard to wear things for as long as they’ll wear, drying or not, but I couldn’t make it past two hours – and I suspect it would have lasted around three at most. Clinique Rosy Pop (P, $21.00) is warmer, powder. Colour Pop Clutch (P, $8.00) is brighter. NARS Adoration (Right) (P) is powder. MAC Bred for Beauty (LE) is cooler-toned, powder. MAC Peaches & Cream (LE, $21.00) is powder. MAC Sunset Beach (LE, $32.00) is powder. NARS 413 BLKR (P, $29.00) is brighter, powder. YSL Rose Frivole (02) (P, $40.00) is similar. Clinique Berry Pop (03) (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned, powder. Milani Bella Rosa (11) (P, $7.99) is brighter, powder. Bobbi Brown Summer Pink (LE, $26.00) is similar. NYX Bourgeois Pig (P, $5.00) is powder. NARS Mata Hari (P, $29.00) is darker, powder. MAC Supernova (LE, $27.00) is powder. MAC Weekend Getaway (LE, $22.00) is more muted. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

NARS Violet Atom Illuminating Multiple ($39.00 for 0.50 oz.) is described as a “sheer iridescent violet.” It’s a cool-toned, pinky-lavender base with iridescent gold and violet shimmer. Again, it’s as sheer as you’d expect, given the description and its categorization as an “Illuminating Multiple.” The color had an iridescent sheen to it that made it seem like a more unique shade to me. The drier, thin consistency of this product made it prone to clumping. I only was able to apply it by taking a chunk off of it, warming it between my fingertips, and then patting it and swiping at it with the edge of my finger to blend it out. The color lasted for seven hours on the cheeks, and it lasted an hour on my lips and felt like it was sucking the life out of them every second of that hour. NARS Adelaide (LE, $30.00) is more sparkly. Giorgio Armani No. 08 (P, $59.00) is pinker. MAC Pearl Blossom (LE, $26.00) is pinker, powder. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

In general, I like The Multiple most as a cheek product and sometimes on the eye, but they’re a really poor performing product on the lips, due to just how dry and silicone-like the texture is, in my experience. If you only want to use it as a cheek product, you’ll want to think of the rating as a little higher, though Quantum was still disappointing even as a cheek product. Both of these seemed exceptionally lacking in some of the glide that I’ve typically see present in the Multiple formula, and as mine are press samples, I don’t know if they’ve somehow dried out or if these new, Illuminating Multiple shades are just like that.

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Quantum

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5/10

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10/10

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6/10

Longevity

6/10

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4/5

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Violet Atom

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10/10

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6.5/10

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Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

NARS Outer Limits Eyeshadow
NARS Outer Limits Eyeshadow

NARS Outer Limits Eyeshadow ($25.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as an “iridescent rose gold.” It’s a softened, medium orange with pink and gold flecks of sparkle and shimmer over a metallic sheen. Burberry Shell (003) (P, $29.00) is lighter. NARS St-Paul-de-Vence (Left) (LE, $24.00) is less sparkly, darker. Colour Pop Tea Party (P, $5.00) is less yellow-based. MAC Mortal #2 (LE) is less sparkly. MAC Sun Tweaked (P, $16.00) is less sparkly, less orange. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The texture of the eyeshadow is very soft and prone to almost crumbling to the touch, so when it is used dry, the product doesn’t bind together as well unless really pressed and patted onto the skin with a fingertip, sponge-tipped applicator, or silicone applicator, but with a brush, it has a tendency to sheer out and cause sparkle to get everywhere. I had more success using it with a dampened brush, as this helped bind the powder and help it apply more smoothly and evenly on the skin without losing all the color and sparkle. With this shade, the pigmentation was similar both wet and dry, but the damp application made it easier to maintain that level of coverage even when blending on the lid. It only lasted for seven hours before creasing, and it did have a noticeable amount of fall out. I would highly recommend using a tacky eyeshadow base or glitter adhesive when using this to minimize fall out and to maximize color payoff.

The Glossover

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Outer Limits

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Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4.5/5

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Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

NARS Parallel Universe Eyeshadow Duo
NARS Parallel Universe Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Parallel Universe Eyeshadow Duo ($35.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a mix of a light rose with copper sparkle and pinky-lavender with violet and teal sparkle. Both shades are jam-packed with sparkle, so there is fall out while they are worn, and I would suggest a lightly tacky base or glitter adhesive to combat it. If you love your sparkle, don’t mind a slightly sheerer look, then you may really like these. They have a lot of the same downfalls as we’ve seen with similarly sparkly eyeshadows, so while they’re definitely pretty on, the formula itself isn’t perfected. I think they could also work well layered over cream eyeshadows and bases.

Parallel Universe (Left) is described as an “iridescent pink lilac.” It’s a brightened, light rosy pink with copper and teal flecks of sparkle and shimmer over a more metallic finish. This is a tough color to truly capture, because there are teal flecks that sparkle but seem to get lost entirely in photos. Instead, coppery-red flecks dominate in photographs but sit in the background in real life when there’s a fair amount of light coming into wherever you are, while in dimmer light (say walking down a hallway during the day, so there’s some natural light but little direct or flooded light), the red flecks take centerstage. The color itself isn’t really a duochrome (I tried angling my arm to capture the flecks, but the base color doesn’t shift). The texture is soft, lightly powdery, and I tried using it both wet and dry. NARS’ eyeshadow formula is touted as wet/dry, though I don’t find that true with all their finishes (e.g. mattes), but it seemed to be fine to use a damp brush with this product. It had semi-sheer pigmentation applied dry and was more sparkly with less of the base color coming through, and it was prone to fall out during application and wear. When I applied it damp, it was smoother and more pigmented, but it appeared lighter as the brighter base color was more noticeable; it was also easier to apply to the lid. I had seven hours of wear out of this shade before it creased. I can see this being a really pretty, sparkly wash of warmth over the lid for those who like one-and-done shades. bareMinerals Rose Gold (P, $14.00) is darker. MAC After Dusk (P, $16.00) is darker, less metallic. Tom Ford Beauty Enchanted #2 (LE) is less wamr-toned. Urban Decay Provocateur (LE, $18.00) is lighter.MAC Mineral Mode (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC Rose Light (LE, $32.50) is cooler-toned. Giorgio Armani #29 (LE, $33.00) is less sparkly. Too Faced Mauvelous (LE) is similar. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Parallel Universe (Right) is described as an “iridescent violet.” It’s a light-medium lavender with subtle, cool undertones and a mix of copper and teal sparkle. Applied dry, it had semi-opaque pigmentation that tended to sheer out more readily as the eyeshadow didn’t bind as much with itself, so it had a drier, more powdery appearance on the skin. Applied damp, it was smoother with a higher, more reflective finish and was easier to work with on the lid without losing intensity. On me, it showed signs of creasing after seven hours of wear and had some fall out over time. Maybelline Hibiscus Heartbreak (125) (LE, $6.99) is less sparkly, cream. Giorgio Armani #14 (P, $32.00) is warmer. Make Up For Ever D926 Blueberry (P, $21.00) is darker. Illamasqua Charm (P) is warmer, less sparkly. MAC A Party of Pastels #3 (P, $21.00) is less sparkly. Kat Von D Arcadia (LE) is cooler-toned, less sparkly. MAC Tropica (LE, $21.00) is cooler-toned, less sparkly. L’Oreal With a Twist (LE, $7.99) is darker, cooler-toned. Urban Decay Grifter (P, $18.00) is cooler-toned. NARS Marie-Galante #1 (LE, $24.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Amethyst (P, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Kitschmas (P, $21.00) is less sparkly. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The Glossover

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Parallel Universe

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Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4.5/5

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Parallel Universe (Left)

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8/10

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8/10

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8/10

Longevity

7/10

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Parallel Universe (Right)

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8.5/10

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8.5/10

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Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

NARS x Christopher Kane Collection
NARS x Christopher Kane Collection

NARS x Christopher Kane Collection is an upcoming collection featuring a single eyeshadow, duo eyeshadow, two Illuminating Multiples, two powder blushes, and four lipglosses. Each is limited edition and the packaging for all the products features the collection’s logo on it. The collection launches online at NARS on the 15th and everywhere else on May 1st. Full reviews are coming soon! :)

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Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

NARS x Christopher Kane Collection for Summer 2015
NARS x Christopher Kane Collection for Summer 2015

London Fashion Week collaborators since 2012, Christopher Kane and NARS share a passion for vivid colors amplified by unconventional creativity. For Summer 2015, NARS introduces The Christopher Kane for NARS Collection – NEONEUTRAL, a limited edition collection of unexpected shades and formulas inspired by the nature of neon and the nude shades that complement them.

The collection, which showcases Christopher Kane’s unexpected and edgy design aesthetic with NARS’ iconic and bold beauty philosophy, is the first fashion collaboration to feature a full line of Eyeshadows, Blushes, Illuminating Multiples, and Lip Glosses. Eyes are enhanced with iridescent rose gold, pink lilac, and violet. Cheeks are flushed with soft beige or hot pink. And lips are saturated in high-shine shades of neon pink and coral that subtly stain after the gloss is gone.

Single Eyeshadow ($25.00)

  • Outer Limits Iridescent rose gold (Limited Edition)

Duo Eyeshadow ($35.00)

  • Parallel Universe Iridescent pink lilac / soft iridescent violet (Limited Edition)

Lip Gloss ($26.00)

  • Mezmer Sheer neon pink (Limited Edition)
  • Nebulous Neon coral (Limited Edition)
  • Nucleus Seashell pink (Limited Edition)
  • Glow Pink Sheer fuchsia (Limited Edition)

Blush ($30.00)

  • Starscape Neon pink (Limited Edition)
  • Silent Nude Soft beige (Limited Edition)

Illuminating Mulptiple ($39.00)

  • Violet Atom Sheer iridescent violet (Limited Edition)
  • Quantum Sheer iridescent magenta (Limited Edition) (Exclusive to NARS)

Availability: April 15th, 2015 at NARS, May 1st, 2015 at all other retailers

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Sunday, March 15th, 2015

If you tend to gravitate towards deeper shades in the spring, how about a few gorgeous berry-hued options? Here are five that are well-worth considering!

  1. NARS Fanny — a lighter, purpled-berry with a satin finish
  2. Bite Beauty Aubergine — a satiny berry-red
  3. MAC Rebel — a cool-toned berry with faint shimmer
  4. Urban Decay Venom — a cool-toned berry with pearl
  5. YSL Forbidden Burgundy — a glossy berry

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