NARS Banned Red & Rosecliff Lipsticks

NARS Banned Red Lipstick ($27.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “mulled wine.” It’s a muted, medium-dark coppery red with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage with a lightweight, lightly creamy texture that applied well and yielded even application. On me, the color wore for four hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. Charlotte Tilbury Walk of Shame (P, $32.00) is darker (95% similar). NARS Mondore (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). MAC Reddy to Go (P, $20.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar). Kat Von D Chula (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). NARS Sandra (P, $32.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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NARS Banned Red Lipstick
NARS Lipstick Banned Red
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
88%
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NARS L’Amour, Toujours L’Amour Eyeshadow Palette

NARS L’Amour, Toujours L’Amour Eyeshadow Palette ($59.00 for 0.84 oz.) is a new, limited edition eyeshadow palette that features twelve eyeshadows; four are over-sized and eight are more normally sized. What’s interesting to me is that I can’t find a single call out from the bran that the formula is any different than their typical powder eyeshadow, and I think that with the exception of mattes, they’re quite different. They have a much denser and creamier consistency–you can feel the silicone in it–that makes it comparable to newer formulas like Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows, MAC Colour Drenched Pigments, and Kat Von D Metal Crush Eyeshadows (to name a few). I personally find that NARS’ standard eyeshadow formula to be one of the weaker high-end formulations, though there are some that are great. This palette, overall, is significantly more pigmented, easier to work with, and more blendable than the majority of NARS eyeshadows I have tried to-date. I think the weakest point is that these creased on me at the seven-hour mark, so they definitely require a primer based on my testing for longevity.

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NARS L'Amour, Toujours L'Amour Eyeshadow Palette
NARS Spring 2016 Eyeshadow Palette L'Amour, Toujours L'Amour
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
7.5
Application
4.5
Total
86%
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Sneak Peek: NARS L’Amour, Toujours L’Amour Eyeshadow Palette Photos & Swatches

NARS L'Amour, Toujours L'Amour Eyeshadow Palette
NARS L’Amour, Toujours L’Amour Eyeshadow Palette

NARS L’Amour, Toujours L’Amour Eyeshadow Palette ($59.00 for 0.84 oz.) is a new, limited edition palette releasing on December 31st at narscosmetics.com. The formula that NARS used in the palette for all but the mattes is substantially different than just about every NARS eyeshadow I’ve tried–it is heavy on the silicone and is more like Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows, Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadows, and Kat Von D Metal Crush Eyeshadows.

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5 Shimmering Red Lipsticks to Try

When I think about a go-to color for a bold, party look, I always think red. I’m curious to know what your go-to color is when you think about it! There aren’t nearly as many shimmery/metallic reds as there should be, in my opinion, that are permanently available. I’d love to hear about more that I’m missing out on!

  1. Kat Von D Adora — A Warm Red with a Metallic finish.
  2. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Role Play — A Warm Red with a Frost finish.
  3. NARS Christina — A Warm Red with a Frost finish.
  4. Milani Cherry Crave — A Warm Red with a Metallic finish.
  5. Hourglass Siren — A Warm Red with a Metallic finish.

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10 Sparkling, Shimmering Golds to Celebrate the New Year

Here’s a more traditional take on shades of the New Year — yellowy golds. I went for a list of some of my favorite more shimmering/sparkling shades for bonus points :) What are your favorites?

  1. Anastasia So Hollywood — A Warm Gold with a Metallic finish.
  2. Kat Von D Thrasher — A Warm Gold with a Metallic finish.
  3. Colour Pop Get Lucky — A Warm Gold with a Metallic finish.
  4. Sephora Collection Girls Night Out — A Warm Gold with a Metallic finish.
  5. NYX Mischievous — A Warm Gold with a Metallic finish.
  6. NARS Iskandar — A Warm Gold with a Metallic finish.
  7. MAC Old Gold — A Warm Gold with a Frost finish.
  8. L'Oreal Eternal Sunshine — A Warm Gold with a Metallic finish.
  9. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Triptych — A Warm Gold with a Metallic finish.
  10. Sugarpill Goldilux — A Warm Gold with a Metallic finish.

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