Thursday, June 19th, 2014

NARS Nail Polish
NARS x 3.1 Phillip Lim Nail Polish

NARS has collaborated with 3.1 Phillip Lim to create nine shades of limited edition nail polishes. Each will retail for $20.00 and be available July 15th at NARS, August 1st at other retailers and department stores. Full reviews, photos, swatches, dupes, etc. are coming soon but for now, enjoy this sneak peek! :)

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Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

3.1 Phillip Lim for NARS Nail Collection
3.1 Phillip Lim for NARS Nail Collection

For Fall 2014, NARS Cosmetics introduces an exciting nail collaboration with famed fashion designer Phillip Lim. The 3.1 Phillip Lim for NARS Nail Collection includes nine limited edition nail shades inspired by the “colors that exist in the shadows.”

Rich jewel tones and contrasting neutrals in a long-lasting formula with a high-gloss finish evoke the modern mood of the season, while a covetable canvas pochette designed exclusively for NARS perfectly fits the season’s well edited nail wardrobe.

NARS and Phillip Lim have a long standing relationship collaborating over the past 14 seasons on the 3.1 Phillip Lim runway show during New York Fashion Week since the Fall 2007. The collection combines Phillip’s signature style with NARS’ iconic and audacious beauty philosophy.

Nail Polish ($20.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Anarchy Angora
  • Other Side BItter chocolate
  • Hell-Bent Lacquer red
  • Wrong Turn Graphite
  • Gold Viper Champagne
  • Dark Room Blue denim
  • Shutter Black sea green
  • Crossroads African violet
  • Insidious Black bronze (Exclusive to NARS Boutiques/narscosmetics.com)

Pochette ($80.00) (Limited Edition)

Canvas pochette.

Availability: July 15th at NARS Boutiques and narscosmetics.com; August 1st at Sephora and department/specialty stores

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Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadows
NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadows

There are twelve shades of NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.05 oz.), and I’ve now finished reviewing all of them. In general, I like them; I think the textures are soft and smooth for nearly all of the shades. If you apply them with a dampened brush, color payoff is quite good and wear is about average. They’re blendable and easy to apply with no fall out. They’re supposed to be sheer when applied dry, opaque when applied with a dampened brush, and this is sometimes true, sometimes not. A couple were very sheer, and a few were quite pigmented dry. If you aren’t someone who likes to use their eyeshadows wet, then I would say to look elsewhere, but if you like the idea of two types of finishes and color coverage, you may like these.

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Monday, June 9th, 2014

NARS Europa Dual Intensity Eyeshadow
NARS Europa Dual Intensity Eyeshadow

This review features the last four shades of the new ($29.00 for 0.05 oz. each) which are set to launch on July 1st. You can see part one and part two for the other shades in the formula. Generally, the formula has a soft consistency, feels smooth, and applies softer and/or sheerer dry than when it is applied wet–this aspect was NARS’ goal, though, but whether you consider it adding to its versatility or an extra step you don’t have time for will be a personal call. I get shorter wear when I apply the shades dry than when I apply them with a dampened brush. For a more in-depth look at how this compares to a couple of other formulas, check out my first review of these. There will be a round-up shortly.

NARS Europa Dual Intensity Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “gossamer pink peach.” It’s a light peach with a hint of pink and a satiny finish. This was the least shimmery shade in the entire range, and it was also one of the less pigmented shades. It had a thinner, almost drier texture, which I think contributed to why it swatched very sheer when applied dry. Applied with a dampened brush, it was more semi-opaque but still a little faded in color. On me, it lasted six hours applied dry, six and a half hours applied damp. Too Faced Cowboy Take Me Away (P, $16.00) is a touch lighter. Sephora Collection Desert Rose (90) (P, $13.00) is warmer. Too Faced Whiskers on Kittens (LE, $16.00) is similar. Too Faced Spike the Punch (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Wet ‘n’ Wild Newport Nights #2 (LE) is more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Giove Dual Intensity Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “navy.” It’s a blackened navy blue with navy shimmer and pearly finish. It was sheer applied dry and looked darker and almost dry, and it was fully opaque applied with a dampened brush. It lasted for six and a half hours dry, eight hours wet. Too Faced Heavy Metal (P, $16.00) is darker. Makeup Geek Ocean Breeze (P, $5.99) is lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Emerald Lust #4 (LE) is similar. Guerlain Les Gris #3 (P) is similar. Le Metier de Beaute Midnight Sky (P, $30.00) is brighter. Make Up For Ever #81 (P, $20.00) is slightly cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Lysithea Dual Intensity Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “shark grey.” It’s a subtly warm-toned gray with silver shimmer and a frosted finish. It was very sheer applied dry, mostly opaque applied wet. It lasted six hours applied dry and closer to eight hours when applied with a dampened brush. Kat Von D Santeria (LE) is darker, cooler. NARS Bad Behaviour (LE, $24.00) MAC A Waft of Grey #3 (P, $21.00) is darker. Makeup Geek Galaxy (P, $5.99) is darker. Makeup Geek Prince Charming (P, $6.99) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Sycorax Dual Intensity Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “black.” It’s a medium-dark black with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. Applied dry, it was semi-sheer in terms of color coverage but looked faded, more like a blackened brown, and didn’t apply very evenly, and lasted six and a half hours. Applied with a dampened brush, it was mostly opaque and lasted longer–eight hours. Ulta Night Sky (P, $10.00) is similar. Dior Nocturne (091) (P, $30.00) is a cream product. MAC Blackground (P, $18.50) is a cream product. MAC Dark Dare (LE, $19.50) is darker. Estee Lauder Violet Underground #4 (LE, $21.00) is cooler-toned, darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Monday, June 9th, 2014

NARS Andromeda Dual Intensity Eyeshadow
NARS Andromeda Dual Intensity Eyeshadow

Here are the next four shades I tested of NARS’ new eyeshadow formula, which launches on July 1st. Make sure to check out part one for the first four shades I reviewed as well as a general overview of the formula.

NARS Andromeda Dual Intensity Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as an “alabaster.” It’s a warm ivory with a golden frosted shimmer-sheen. It’s more of a light beige than white. Applied dry, it had semi-sheer color payoff and actually looked more muted compared to the wet application, which was more pigmented and lighter. It wore well for six and a half hours when applied dry, seven and a half hours when applied wet. Too Faced All American Girl (P, $16.00) is more metallic. Maybelline Pure Nude (80) (LE, $6.99) is lighter. Tarina Tarantino Fantastical #3 (P) is similar. Chanel Quadrille #2 (LE) is warmer. bareMinerals Celebrate (LE) is more beige. MAC Phresh Out #1 (LE) is similar. bareMinerals Mixologist (P) is less golden. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Callisto Dual Intensity Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as an “icy pink silver.” It’s a medium-dark taupe with very subtle cool undertones and a metallic finish. It looks warmer against my skin tone, but in the pan, it looks more cool-toned, so it may lean one way or the other depending on your undertones. Applied dry, it was semi-sheer and lasted for seven hours. Applied with a dampened brush, it was mostly opaque and wore well for eight hours. Maybelline Nude Compliment (90) (LE, $6.99) is browner. Dior Golden Snow #4 (LE) is similar. MAC Phresh Out #4 (LE) is darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #1 (P) is darker. Urban Decay Verve (LE, $18.00) is lighter, warmer. NARS Lhasa (P, $24.00) is darker, less metallic. Giorgio Armani Shimmer Greige (LE) is less metallic, darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Dione Dual Intensity Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “metallic champagne beige.” It’s a medium, champagne bronze with a metallic finish. Applied dry, it had mostly opaque payoff, but it just looked less intense compared to the wet application, which had a darker coloring overall. It lasted well for seven hours dry, eight hours wet. Giorgio Armani #09 (P, $32.00) is darker. Kat Von D Delaney (P) is cooler-toned. Kat Von D Melancholia (P) is cooler-toned. theBalm #19 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery. Clarins Forest #4 (LE) is darker, warmer, less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Himalia Dual Intensity Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “shimmering topaz.” It’s a medium, golden bronze with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It’s really just a slightly darker, warmer, browner version of Dione. When applied dry, it had semi-sheer color payoff, and when it was applied with a dampened brush, it was mostly opaque. It wore well for six and a half hours dry, eight hours wet. Giorgio Armani #09 (P, $32.00) is darker. MAC Crushed Clove (P, $15.00) is lighter, warmer. Tarina Tarantino Delightful #2 (P) is darker. bareMinerals Hot Commodity (LE) is warmer. Clarins Forest #4 (LE) is less shimmery. Sleek MakeUP Lust in LA (LE, $9.99) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Sunday, June 8th, 2014

NARS Cassiopeia Dual Intensity Eyeshadow
NARS Cassiopeia Dual Intensity Eyeshadow

NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.05 oz.) is supposed to be a wet/dry formulation that yields sheer color when applied dry, “intense, opaque color” when applied with a “dampened brush.” Some of the shades are fairly sheer applied dry, others are more opaque but aren’t as intense as when applied with a dampened brush. The wear when applied dry is between six and eight hours, and when applied with a dampened brush, the wear is between seven and nine hours. They remain blendable when applied with a dampened brush, but they can be applied dry and are rather buildable. They’re actually not as sheer as I’d expect for a formula described as “sheer.” The texture is soft, finely-milled, not at all powdery, and smooth. In general, they are smoother, richer, and wear better when applied wet, which may or may not be a step you want to incorporatea into your routine.

The formula is very comparable to Estee Lauder Pure Color Gelee Powder Eyeshadow and MAC Extra Dimension Eyeshadow in regards to finish and application. NARS’ formula seemed much smoother and more finely-milled–a little more refined in texture, but it was a difference that I only felt like I could feel if I had the two in front of me and less so when applied to the eye with a brush.

I think NARS’ biggest obstacle with this formula is really the price; they’re more expensive than their current singles ($25.00 for 0.07 oz.) and contain less. Their regular eyeshadows are also supposed to be a wet/dry formula, but the textures are different. NARS’ single eyeshadows run $357/oz., compared to these at $580/oz. Chanel’s single eyeshadows are $29.50 for 0.05 oz., which makes these on par with Chanel, but the NARS’ brand and its general price points aren’t comparable to Chanel.

NARS Cassiopeia Dual Intensity Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as an “iridescent electric pink.” It’s a cool-toned, pink-shimmered white with a bluish-violet sheen. Applied dry, it was sheer, and applied with a dampened brush, it was semi-opaque but was one of the least pigmented shades in the range. This is the kind of shade and finish that I think works particularly well on the inner tear duct and lower lash line. It can also be applied to the middle of the lid for a spotlight effect. It wore well for seven hours applied dry, eight hours applied wet. bareMinerals Skinny Dip (LE) is very similar. NARS Tropical Princess #2 (LE, $24.00) is cooler-toned, lighter, less pink. MAC Great Beyond #3 (LE, $21.00) is slightly darker. Dior Rosee (141) (LE, $30.00) is a cream product. Fyrinnae Unicorn (P, $8.25) is similar. Disney by Sephora Sick of Swimmin’ (LE) is less lavender. Urban Decay Aura #2 (LE, $18.00) is similar. MAC Fresh Ice (LE, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Young Venus (LE, $19.50) is darker. MAC Triple Impact (LE, $19.50) is very similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Phoebe Dual Intensity Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “deep shimmering amethyst.” It’s a medium-dark, plummy purple with warm, reddish-brown undertones and a metallic finish. Applied dry, it was semi-opaque but had a lighter, softer look, as when it was applied with a dampened brush, it was deeper, richer, and fully opaque. This shade lasted for eight hours applied dry, nine hours applied wet. Chanel Diapason (92) (P, $36.00) is a cream product. Makeup Geek Drama Queen (P, $5.99) is darker. Makeup Geek Sensuous (P, $5.99) is lighter, warmer. MAC Circa Plum (LE, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Rare Find (LE, $21.00) is less metallic. MAC Rich Core (LE, $19.50) is darker. Giorgio Armani #27 (LE, $33.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Desdemona Dual Intensity Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “rich shimmery burgundy.” It’s a medium, warm-toned plum with reddish-brown udnertones and a pearly sheen. Applied dry, it had more opaque color in terms of coverage, but it had a more faded, lighter look than when it was applied wet, where it was slightlyd arker and smoother–but the difference is very slight between the two types of application here. This shade wore well for seven hours dry, seven and a half hours damp. NARS China Seas #2 (P, $24.00) is darker, more muted. Anastasia Pink Sapphire (LE) is similar. Makeup Geek Burlesque (P, $5.99) is browner, less shimmery. Makeup Geek Enchanted (P, $6.99) is similar. Chanel Seduction #1 (LE) is less shimmery. theBalm Alice Copper (P, $16.00) is darker. MAC Brazenly (LE, $15.00) is darker. Inglot #452 (P, $6.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Subra Dual Intensity Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “black orchid.” It’s a blackened burgundy with soft, warm undertones and a pearly finish. Applied dry, it was semi-sheer and had a softer, kind of faded look–it brought out the brown tones, rather than the burgundy ones. When applied with a dampened brush, it was richer, darker, and looked smoother. This shade wore well for seven and a half hours dry, almost nine hours wet. bareMinerals Yoga (LE, $14.00) is similar. MAC Magic Moor (LE, $15.00) is similar. Urban Decay Uncut (P, $18.00) is purpler. MAC Rich Core (LE, $19.50) is lighter. Giorgio Armani #2 (P, $33.00) is darker, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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