NARS Cressida, Kari, Tarvos Dual Intensity Eyeshadows

NARS Cressida Dual Intensity Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “shimmering midnight blue.” It’s a bright, medium-dark blue with a frosted finish. It is more muted and semi-opaque when applied dry, and it wore for seven and a half hours on me. When I applied it damp, the color was fully opaque and brighter, while longevity came in at eight and a half hours. The texture was a little drier and harder to blend out dry, and it was somewhat easier when applied damp, but it tended to dry unevenly. Make Up For Ever I218 Indigo Blue (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Sephora Aja (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Anastasia Star Cobalt (P, $12.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Anastasia Azure (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery, lighter, more muted (90% similar). Urban Decay Danger (LE, $19.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Colour Pop Kimono (P, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). LORAC Blue Quartz (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Buxom Bulldog (P, $18.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever D222 Night Blue (P, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever ME216 Electric Blue (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Radium (P, $19.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Moon is Blue (LE, $22.00) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Tonight's Temptation #1 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Inglot #428 (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). NYX Kiss in Casablanca (P, $4.50) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Le Metier de Beaute Lapis (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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NARS Cressida Dual Intensity Eyeshadow

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 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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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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