Saturday, April 5th, 2014

NARS Iraklion Soft Touch Eyeshadow Pencil
NARS Iraklion Soft Touch Eyeshadow Pencil

NARS Iraklion Soft Touch Eyeshadow Pencil ($24.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “smoky rose quartz.” It’s a medium, muted brown with warm undertones and a champagne sheen. Tom Ford Beauty Orchid Haze #2 (P) is a powder. MAC Pink Sensibilities #1 (LE, $21.00) is also a powder. Too Faced Amaretto (P, $16.00) is warmer, darker, powder. Urban Decay Liar (P, $18.00) is a powder. Tom Ford Beauty Platinum (LE, $40.00) is darker, warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Long-time readers will know that this is a formula I struggle with, and while it’s still not a product I’d recommend or reach for, this was significantly better than the last few shades I’ve tested. Instead of being extremely creamy, a little thick, with a lot of slip, it was a drier, thinner texture, which improved longevity but made it less comfortable to apply to the eyelid, lash line, and so forth. It tended to drag, catch, and apply unevenly. I would recommend using a separate brush and applying that way to improve comfort. It had semi-opaque color payoff, but it was buildable to mostly opaque. Longevity on these pencils is usually minutes, not even hours, but this managed four hours on me before it started to crease slightly. The creasing worsened as I wore the pencil until it was fairly significant at the six-hour mark. When used as an eyeshadow base with powder eyeshadow on top to set, I didn’t have visible creasing for five and a half hours.

The Glossover

P
product

Iraklion

D+

Product

6/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

5/10

Application

4/5

Results
Loading ... Loading ...
Dupes
Login or Register to be able to add this to your Vanity or Wishlist! Plus rate and review!

See more photos & swatches! Continue reading →

Saturday, April 5th, 2014

NARS Malacca Eyeshadow
NARS Malacca Eyeshadow

NARS Malacca Eyeshadow ($24.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as an “iridescent peacock.” It’s a medium-dark, plummy brown with a cool-toned green shimmer-sheen and frosted finish. Makeup Geek Insomnia (P, $6.99) is warmer, redder-toned. Kat Von D Queen (LE) is similar. MAC Fireside (LE, $21.00) is similar, less of a sheen. MAC I’ve Got a Crush on You (LE, $32.50) is warmer, more metallic. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

When I first saw it, I was worried it was going to be that bluish-teal-brown duochrome that is gorgeous but has been done by a myriad of brands over the year, but I was pleasantly surprised to find it to be something slightly different–it does have a strong resemblance to those shades, but the cooler undertone makes it stand out a little bit. It has a much more mauve-plum-brown base (that gets more and more mauve-y as it is blended out) with a forest green shimmer-sheen on top–this was especially apparent when I applied it to the lid. It had good color payoff with a soft, smooth texture, but one downside was that the shimmer can “stick” in a place and not cover as evenly (you’ll see it on my eyelid, how only part has a strong sheen). Over a primer, I didn’t have that issue, though (something to keep in mind if you always use a primer). The color wore well for eight hours before starting to fade.

The Glossover

P
product

Malacca

B+

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

Results
Loading ... Loading ...
Dupes
Login or Register to be able to add this to your Vanity or Wishlist! Plus rate and review!

See more photos & swatches! Continue reading →

Friday, April 4th, 2014

NARS Lipgloss Relaunch (Summer 2014)
NARS Lipgloss Relaunch (Summer 2014)

With a new formulation, NARS Lip Gloss lavishly coats lips in a full spectrum of shades with sophisticated natural shine — perfect for everyday glamour. The silky texture and new doe-foot applicator provide precise application and longer, more comfortable wear. Nourishing ingredients hydrate and smooth fine lines leaving lips soft and supple, while Sea Lavender helps protect against signs of aging. The comprehensive 30-shade collection includes 7 fashion-forward new shades and 23 iconic favorites for a full range of effects, from sheer shine to bold luster. The newly designed packaging features a clear tube for improved color visibility — allowing the colors to pop off the shelves.

Lipgloss ($26.00) (Permanent)

  • Salamanca Pink flamingo (New)
  • Eternal Red Bright orange-red (New)
  • Quito Bright strawberry pink (New)
  • Priscilla Shocking pink (New)
  • Sixites Fan Pomegranate (New)
  • Istria Pink glace (New)
  • Tasmania Pink cantaloupe (New)
  • Triple X Clear, super-shiny, ultra-wet gloss
  • Sweet Dreams Pink grapefruit with sugary shimmer
  • Scandal Sheer crushed cherry
  • Stella Muted raspberry
  • Turkish Delight Pink sherbet
  • Chihuahua Sheer guava
  • Giza Sheer nectar
  • Orgasm Peachy pink with shimmer
  • Stolen Kisses Sparkling caramel pink
  • Super Orgasm Peachy pink with gold glitter
  • Risky Business Warm raspberry
  • Striptease Candlelight nude
  • Dolce Vita Sheer dusty rose
  • Greek Holiday Sparkling pink sand
  • Supervixen Sheer sparkling mauve
  • Sweet Revenge Sheer pink grapefruit
  • Belize Pink mauve with flecks of gold
  • Ophelia Strawberry nectar
  • Easy Lover Ultra-sheer hot pink
  • Wonder Sheer mandarin orange with pink and gold shimmer
  • Angelika Cotton candy pink with gold particles
  • Misbehave Sheer cherry red with gold shimmer
  • Rose Gitane Sheer sangria

Availability: April 15th at NARS, May 1st, 2014 at Sephora and department/specialty stores

See more photos! Continue reading →

Friday, April 4th, 2014

NARS Lost Coast Eyeshadow Duo
NARS Lost Coast Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Lost Coast Eyeshadow Duo ($34.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a new, limited edition duo for summer. It’s an interesting mix of shades, but they do work together. One of my favorite aspects to trying out a NARS duo is seeing how the two work together, because you can discover combinations you never thought about before. I was less enamored with this duo as I was Tropical Princess, as the texture was more powdery in both shades here. The left side wasn’t as powdery as the right side, and the left side still applied more smoothly, evenly, and had better color payoff than the right side. I found the right side to be powdery, a little chalky, and a shade that really needs a base underneath to help it hold. The left side lasted for almost eight hours, while the right side was noticeably faded after six hours.

Lost Coast #1 is described as a “golden pewter.” It’s a warm-toned pewter with a bronzy gold sheen and a cooler, taupe-ish color underneath. It had a frosted finish, while the texture was somewhat powdery, though soft and blendable. theBalm #19 (P, $6.50) is very similar. bareMinerals Golden Pear (LE, $14.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Derailed (LE, $18.00) is darker. Dior Constellation (864) #2 (LE) is lighter. MAC Arctic Grey (LE, $15.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Lost Coast #2 is described as a “lilac snow.” It’s a light, pink-toned lavender with a satin finish–matte with a soft shimmer-sheen. It had so-so color payoff, but it was quick to sheer out as the texture was drier, more powdery, so it just didn’t bind together or stick well to the skin. I highly recommend using a primer or cream eyeshadow base underneath this to get better color payoff and to avoid it looking dry/powdery on the skin. MAC Digit (P, $15.00) is cooler-toned, lighter. Inglot #346 (P, $6.00) is slightly darker, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Glossover

LE
palette

Lost Coast

B-

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

4.5/5

Results
Loading ... Loading ...
Login or Register to be able to add this to your Vanity or Wishlist! Plus rate and review!
LE
product

Lost Coast #1

B+

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

5/5

Results
Loading ... Loading ...
Dupes
LE
product

Lost Coast #2

C-

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

7.5/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

6.5/10

Application

4.5/5

Results
Loading ... Loading ...
Dupes

See more photos & swatches! Continue reading →

Friday, April 4th, 2014

NARS Libertango Nail Polish
NARS Libertango Nail Polish

NARS Libertango Nail Polish ($19.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as “geranium.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark orange with warm, red undertones and a cream-jelly finish and a high-gloss shine. Dior Trafalgar (657) (P, $24.00) is redder. Cult Nails Ay Poppy (DC, $12.00) is lighter. NARS Lal Mirchi (LE, $19.00) is very similar, just not as glossy on its own. MAC Oriele Orange (LE, $16.00) is less warm-toned. MAC Kid Orange (P, $16.00) is redder. MAC Ablaze (LE, $16.00) is also redder. Guerlain Nahema (P, $23.00) is redder. Chanel Holiday (LE, $27.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It’s a new and limited edition shade with the summer collection. Libertango was richly pigmented and yielded full color coverage in two coats. The texture wasn’t too thick or too thin, so it flowed well across the nail and didn’t pool along the edges. It was easy to apply, and it dried down slightly faster than average and had a glossy shine without a top coat. I typically get a full week of wear with no chipping and very minor tip wear with NARS’ formula.

The Glossover

LE
product

Libertango

A+

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

Results
Loading ... Loading ...
Dupes
Login or Register to be able to add this to your Vanity or Wishlist! Plus rate and review!

See more photos & swatches! Continue reading →

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

NARS Tropical Princess Eyeshadow Duo
NARS Tropical Princess Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Tropical Princess Eyeshadow Duo ($35.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a new, limited edition duo for summer. If you really liked the texture and application of Kauai, I think you’re going to be pleased with this duo as well! It felt very similar to me; soft, smooth, buttery, and silky with excellent color payoff. Both shades from this duo wore well for almost eight hours before starting to crease slightly (no primer). I would say this duo felt a little softer and not quite as “thick,” and it didn’t wear for quite as long as Kauai, but the texture is really lovely to work with (Kauai was just perfect!). This duo is slated for release on NARS’ website on April 15th, then it will roll out to other retailers beginning of May.

Tropical Princess #1 is described as a “neon lemon lime.” It’s a bright pop of chartreuse that leans green (not yellow) with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. The pigmentation was very nice and true-to-pan, while the texture was soft and buttery and very easy to use. MAC Chartreuse Bouquet (LE, $21.00) is slightly darker, less metallic. Kat Von D Birdcage (LE) is more muted. CoverGirl Lime Light (310) (LE, $4.99) is slightly greener. NARS Rated R #1 (P, $24.00) is less shimmery. Dior Garden Pastels #1 (LE) is darker, greener. Make Up For Ever #304 (P, $20.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tropical Princess #2 is described as an “icy lavender.” It’s a very light, lavender-tinged white with a metallic finish. It applies a lot lighter than it looks in the pan due to the incredibly reflective, metallic sheen it gives off–it brightened the lid well, but on me, the “lavender” part of the color tended to get lost. On cooler complexions, or if paired with cooler eyeshadows, I think it may be more prominent. The color payoff was great, though, and the texture felt like butter and silk. Tarina Tarantino Diamond Dusk #1 (LE) is darker. Urban Decay Aura #2 (LE, $18.00) is similar. MAC Fresh Ice (LE, $21.00) is less metallic. bareMinerals Flash (P, $16.00) is darker, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Glossover

LE
palette

Tropical Princess

Temptalia Recommends
A

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

5/5

Results
Loading ... Loading ...
Login or Register to be able to add this to your Vanity or Wishlist! Plus rate and review!
LE
product

Tropical Princess #1

A

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

5/5

Results
Loading ... Loading ...
Dupes
LE
product

Tropical Princess #2

A

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

5/5

Results
Loading ... Loading ...
Dupes

See more photos & swatches! Continue reading →