Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

NARS Reckless Blush
NARS Reckless Blush

NARS Reckless Blush ($30.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “sheer pink shimmer.” It’s a very light, pink-tinged beige with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. Bobbi Brown Pink Glow (LE, $45.00) is darker, warmer. Cle de Peau Delicate Pink (14) (P, $55.00) is cooler-toned. Urban Decay Streak Highlighter (P) is pinker. Urban Decay Highlighter (P) is pinker. NARS Devotee (LE, $29.00) is a smidgen warmer. Urban Decay Luminous (P, $29.00) is lighter. Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (P, $44.00) is warmer, less shimmery. MAC Light Sunshine (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery. Chanel Poudre Signee de Chanel Illuminating Powder (LE, $68.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

I’m genuinely puzzled why NARS didn’t make this a “Highlighting Blush,” since they have that designation for other shades like this in their range. I’m not even sure it will be a blush on very fair skin tones–maybe just barely–because it is, by description, sheer, and then it’s very light. Functionally, it just seems far more like a highlighter than a blush. It is sheer, as described. The powder’s consistency is soft, blendable and doesn’t emphasize pores as it tended to give more sparkle than outright sheen. On that note, there is a fair amount of iridescent sparkle in it, which some may find dazzling while others will want to steer clear from–they are noticeable on the skin, and the sparkles travel all-over the face. On me, the effect of the sheen lasts seven hours before fading/turning patchy.

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Reckless

B+

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

5/5

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Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

NARS Valhalla Eyeshadow
NARS Valhalla Eyeshadow

NARS Valhalla Eyeshadow ($25.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “soft shimmering pink peach.” It’s a pop of golden peach with a frosted sheen. It doesn’t read very pink against my skin tone, but it might if you have stronger pink undertones (though even in the pan, it seems more peach thank pink). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma #7 (P) is darker. Tarte Rose Champagne (LE) is similar. bareMinerals Ball Gown (V2) (P) is yellower. Make Up For Ever I520 Pinky Sand (P, $21.00) is similar. theBalm #7 (P, $6.50) is more beige. bareMinerals Ball Gown (LE) is similar. Too Faced Cheers! (LE, $16.00) is similar. Disney by Sephora Splendid (LE) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Even though most of are likely swimming in a sea of neutrals, there’s always room for a good-performing one–especially one that’s permanent. I can see this being a go-to for some, and certainly a shade that others have half a dozen near-dupes for, too. The consistency was soft, finely-milled, and buttery with a slightly denser texture than the average NARS’ eyeshadow, though not as thick or as dense as something like the Kauai duo. It was easy to blend on the skin, and it applied well to bare skin. It only lasted for seven hours before creasing on me, which was really its only downfall.

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Valhalla

B+

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

5/5

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Sunday, January 18th, 2015

NARS Liguria Sheer Lipstick
NARS Liguria Sheer Lipstick

NARS Liguria Sheer Lipstick ($26.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “nude caramel.” It’s a soft, pumpkin peach-orange with very fine yellowed peach shimmer. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Covet (P, $18.00) is less shimmery. MAC Sensual Sparks (LE, $16.00) is much sheerer and appears more muted as a result. NARS Floralies (P, $25.00) is lighter. MAC Sheer Mandarin (LE, $17.00) is brighter, darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The formula didn’t feel like NARS’ Sheer Lipstick formula at all; it’s heavier with a thicker, creamier consistency with more of a satin-to-matte finish with fairly opaque color coverage. It seemed to have more in common with NARS’ regular lipstick formula (but not Audacious) than the Sheer Lipstick formula. The thicker consistency paired with subtle frost in it seemed to make it very prone to catching on any imperfections and made my lips look drier than they were (as they weren’t dry at all). It wore well for four hours, but it separated and pulled into lip lines and faded unevenly (left a bit of a ring of color behind). It was neither drying nor hydrating in my experience.

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Liguria

C+

Product

7.5/10

Pigmentation

7.5/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Saturday, January 17th, 2015

NARS Spring 2015 Collection
NARS Spring 2015 Collection

The NARS Spring Collection is short and sweet featuring mostly orange-toned neutrals in a variety of finishes. Full reviews to come, but here are some swatches to hold you over in the meanwhile :)

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Friday, January 16th, 2015

NARS Spring 2015 Color Collection
NARS Spring 2015 Color Collection

The Spring 2015 Color Collection features Tilda Swinton in the second of four ‘Portraits by The Artist’, a seasonal series of acts created by NARS Founder and Creative Director François Nars. Act 2, is a nude scene– daring, baring, anything but neutral.

Disrobed tones in spectral effects expose a new natural state. The look begins with a provocative pink shimmer on cheeks. The barely-there effect extends to eyes, where a bold beige base sets the stage for burnished neutrals with lucid depth. Lips are undone in tan pigments topped with a whisper of opalescent gloss.

Eye Paint ($25.00)

  • Porto Venere Soft pale pink

Blush ($30.00)

  • Reckless Sheer pink shimmer

Shimmer Eyeshadow ($25.00)

  • Valhalla Soft shimmering pink peach

Sheer Lipstick ($26.00)

  • Liguria Nude caramel

Duo Eyeshadow ($35.00)

  • St-Paul-de-Vence Shimmering nectarine / Chestnut (Limited Edition)

Lip Gloss ($26.00)

  • Guyane Seashell pink
  • Vent Sale Silver highlight (Limited Edition)

Availability: Now at narscosmetics.com,February 1st at other retailers

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Thursday, January 1st, 2015

NARSissist Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Palette
NARSissist Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Palette

The palette popped up on NARScosmetics.com today, and it will be available at Sephora on February 1st. You can read my review here.

NARSissist Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Palette ($79.00) (Limited Edition)

Effortless charm with a bottomless makeup bag. One to watch. Eight to swatch. The NARSissist keeps her eyes (and options) open with the Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Palette that change her look, wet or dry, day to night. Double-takes never looked so good. The limited-edition palette features eight dual-intensity eyeshadows with riveting range from delicate peach pink to fierce black orchid and a specially designed wet/dry eyeshadow brush.

  • Europa
  • Himalia
  • Ursa Major
  • Subra
  • Andromeda
  • Lysithea
  • Giove
  • Sycorax