Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

NARS Mad Mad World Eyeshadow Duo
NARS Mad Mad World Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Spring 2013: Mad Mad World

NARS Mad Mad World Eyeshadow Duo ($34.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as “cyan” and “parakeet green.” It’s new for spring but will be added to the permanent shade range. Worth noting, most NARS eyeshadow duos are 0.14 oz., but this one was labeled as 0.11 oz.

The cyan shade is a brightened, light-medium blue with a matte finish. It is incredibly pigmented and a little stretches quite a ways.  The texture was soft, smooth, and finely-milled–not at all powdery. Wet ‘n’ Wild Drinking a Glass of Shine #3 is softer, less bright, bluer. Milani Olympian Blue is a bit darker. MAC Blue Candy is slightly bluer. MAC Electric Eel is a touch darker. Inglot #371 is very similar.

The green shade is a cool-toned, medium green–there’s something about it that says, “jade green!” to me. This shade has the pigmentation, but the texture is on the powdery side, so it easily blends (and, as a consequence, sheers out) when swatched. When I applied it to the lid, I patted it on and only lightly blended it to maintain more opaque color. It had a tendency to look a little faded no matter whether I patted and/or applied over primer, though. The brightness seen in the pan didn’t seem to translate on the skin. Wet ‘n’ Wild Drinking a Glass of Shine #2 is lighter, more aqua. Milani Green Safari is warmer. Wet ‘n’ Wild Earth Looks Small From Down Here #3 is shimmery. Inglot #385 is slightly greener.

When I tested out this duo, the blue shade lasted a full eight hours without fading or creasing, while the green shade showed some noticeable fading by that eighth hour.  Both shades were easy to blend, which is absolutely necessary given their intensities, but the blue shade was definitely the better performer overall.  I will say that blending orange into green and blue was an interesting experiment.  With the pop of gold from Corcovado in this collection, I think this duo could work well with a shimmery gold between the two.

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NARS Mad Mad World Eyeshadow Duo Review, Photos, Swatches

B+
Both shades were easy to blend, which is absolutely necessary given their intensities, but the blue shade was definitely the better performer overall. The blue, however, is more dupable.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

NARS Disco Inferno Nail Lacquer
NARS Disco Inferno Nail Lacquer

NARS Spring 2013: Disco Inferno

NARS Disco Inferno Nail Lacquer ($18.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as an “iridescent silver green.” It’s a gray-tinged base with threads of silver shimmer. There is a very slight pink tinge when nails are angled, but it’s very subtle. MAC Ascension has finer shimmer and a stronger pink-purple duochrome. It looks a lot like Wet ‘n’ Wild Gray’s Anatomy, which seems to have more of a green tinge and finer shimmer.

Now, NARS has a whole section of shimmer shades, and some are specifically described as sheer, semi-sheer, or having a sheer base; but this one does not have that description at all. I’ve swatched a few of them myself, and they’re definitely not all sheer. This would be a really lovely semi-sheer shade so long as anyone buying it knew to expect it. Even after three coats, it’s not fully opaque.  It applied evenly, and there were barely-visible brush strokes (they really looked like threads of shimmer more than the typical brush strokes). The consistency was on the thinner side, but it wasn’t watery. The drying time seemed shorter than usual, and it dried down to a high shine finish.

As it stands, there is something about the way the shimmer/sparkle lies that looks almost like fairy dust caught in gray gossamer.  I personally like it, but it is definitely a semi-sheer polish after two coats and only semi-opaque after three coats, so hopefully knowing that will help you determine whether this is for you or not!  And if you’re in the camp that thinks it looks better in the bottle than on, I can understand that, too. :)

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As it stands, there is something about the way the shimmer/sparkle lies that looks almost like fairy dust caught in gray gossamer. I personally like it, but it is definitely a semi-sheer polish after two coats and only semi-opaque after three coats, so hopefully knowing that will help you determine whether this is for you or not!

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

7/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

NARS Cythere Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil
NARS Cythere Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil

NARS Spring 2013: Cythere

NARS Cythere Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil ($24.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “soft metallic rose.” It’s a beige-brown with a rainbow shimmer. I’m not sure where NARS is seeing rose, as it yields a very metallic champagne/beige/brown kind of color both swatched and applied. The shimmer reminded me a lot of the kind found in Illamasqua Opulent, but the color of Opulent isn’t like Cythere. MAC Straight to the Head has a lot more glitter. Lancome Amande is browner.

The Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil is supposed to provide hydration, shine, and feel comfortable to wear. Cythere has mostly opaque color coverage along with a high-shine finish; not super glossy but very metallic and reflective. The texture is lightly tacky, creamy, and on the thicker side. This shade lasted four hours on me, and it was lightly hydrating while I wore it.  The color applied evenly and smoothly, but sharpening this formula can be a bit of a pain, as it is a very soft, creamy consistency that can get stuck and smeared all over your sharpener.  It’s better to put the pencil in the freezer for a bit, then sharpen, to minimize mess and waste.

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A nice variation on the idea of nude by darkening and adding some brown, plus beautiful rainbow shimmer, that won't wash a lot of complexions out.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

NARS Corcovado Soft Touch Shadow Pencil
NARS Corcovado Soft Touch Shadow Pencil

NARS Spring 2013: Corcovado

NARS Corcovado Soft Touch Shadow Pencil ($24.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “24-karat gold.” It’s a bright, sunshine-yellow gold with a frosted, metallic finish. Cinderella Gus Gus is a bit darker, more orange (and a powder eyeshadow). OCC Triptych is darker, more honey-hued (and a powder). NARS Goldfinger is a paler yellow (and a powder). Inglot #403 is not quite as yellow/intense (and a powder). MAC Bright Sunshine is comparable, slightly yellower, but is also a powder.

It will come as no surprise to long-time readers that Corcovado, for all its gorgeous coloring, did not work well for me. I’m not going to do an in-depth review here, because I’ve done plenty in the past of this formula and exactly why it doesn’t work well on me. I love the color, and I really wanted it to work. NARS often produces beautiful colors in their Soft Touch Shadow Pencil, and I had hoped that the more frosted finish would have allowed for a quicker, better dry down of the product.

Here are the ways I tested Corcovado specifically: on its own, over NARS’ Smudgeproof Primer, over NARS Smudgeproof Primer + gold powder eyeshadow on top, over NARS Smudgeproof Primer + translucent powder (NARS’!) on top, over NARS powder eyeshadow, sheered out quite a bit, and as an eyeliner. I have applied with these tools: fingertips, brushes (fluffy, firm, and in-between), sponge-tip applicator, and directly from the pencil. I experienced heavy creasing within an hour or less for every way except: 1) over powder eyeshadow it took two hours; 2) sheered out, the creasing was less noticeable but still there after an hour; and 3) as an eyeliner, it took six hours to disappear and smudge fully, but there was “bleeding” color after an hour.

So, in summary: excellent pigmentation, and it applies rather opaquely on, but it takes me on repeated trips to Crease City in as little as ten minutes (when worn alone) or as “long” as two hours (when worn over powder eyeshadow). There are definitely readers who have had success with these, and there are others who’ve had similar experiences to mine. I just recommend trying it prior to purchase or purchasing from a retailer with a return policy, in case your experience is more like mine. I have no problem with many, many shadow pencils on the market (Milani, NYX, MAC, Urban Decay, to name a few).

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There are definitely readers who have had success with these, and there are others who've had similar experiences to mine. I just recommend trying it prior to purchase or purchasing from a retailer with a return policy, in case your experience is more like mine.

Product

2/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

6/10

Longevity

2/10

Application

2.5/5

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Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

NARS Dressed to Kill Lipstick
NARS Dressed to Kill Lipstick

NARS Spring 2013: Dressed to Kill

NARS Dressed to Kill Lipstick ($24.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “fuchsia rose with gold shimmer.” It’s a subtly pink-tinged rosy-red with a dusting of gold sparkle. It’s just barely cool-toned; it almost reads neutral to neutral-warm against my warmer complexion. I suspect it will look a bit pinker against cooler complexions. shu uemura Rouge Luster is warmer. Giorgio Armani #406 is redder. Dior Nocturne is pinker, less red.

The texture of this is lightly creamy, and it glides on fairly easily and smoothly, but there is a noticeable texture from the gold sparkle. It provided full color coverage, and the color lasted six hours and left a pinky-berry stain behind for another hour or so. The formula was neither drying nor hydrating, but it was comfortable to wear for the entire time I wore it. I didn’t have any problems with the color feathering or bleeding. There was no distinguishable scent or flavor. If you like the idea of a muted, rosy red, you’ll like Dressed to Kill. It’s bright enough that it’s still a bolder color choice, but it’s not as bold or as bright as your traditional red.

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If you like the idea of a muted, rosy red, you'll like Dressed to Kill. It's bright enough that it's still a bolder color choice, but it's not as bold or as bright as your traditional red.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

NARS Seduction Blush
NARS Seduction Blush

NARS Spring 2013: Seduction

NARS Seduction Blush ($28.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as “sangria.” It’s a deep, red wine with a very faint shimmer-sheen finish. Initially, the color in the pan reminded me a bit of NARS Outlaw, but the two aren’t the same; Outlaw is more berry-hued and has golden shimmer/sheen. NARS Dolce Vita is pinker, not quite as dark. MAC Hidden Treasure is more orange, less wine/berry. MAC Stratus is warmer, a little browner in comparison. NARS G-Spot is lighter, more muted. It’s also similar to NARS Grenadine, which is an eyeshadow, though the eyeshadow is redder.

Seduction is insanely pigmented; use a really, really light hand with this one–even on my medium complexion, the barest pat of the brush yielded plenty of color. It has a soft, finely-milled texture that applies to the cheeks smoothly and blends out easily. There’s no dryness or powderiness, so even if you over-apply the color, it can be blended and diffused without much trouble.  Because of its intense pigmentation, it will be lovely for darker complexions, and some fairer skin tones who want a less fussy/more fool-proof blush may want to opt for something like Dolce Vita, which will end up looking more similar than different when applied lightly.  Seduction does have a lot of red in it, so it may accentuate any natural redness in the cheeks.  When I wore it, the blush managed to stay on for seven hours, and it was slightly faded after eight hours.

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Seduction

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Because of its intense pigmentation, it will be lovely for darker complexions, and some fairer skin tones who want a less fussy/more fool-proof blush may want to opt for something like Dolce Vita, which will end up looking more similar than different when applied lightly.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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