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.

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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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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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Saturday, January 5th, 2013


NARS Light Reflecting Setting Powder

For Spring 2013, NARS introduces an innovative new mineral setting powder, available in both loose and pressed formulas. Light Reflecting Setting Powder helps skin “shine through makeup,” enhancing the look of foundation and extending makeup wear – all without
a trace of color.

Containing NARS’ exclusive Light Reflecting Complex, this translucent powder optimizes light reflection on the skin, optically fading fine lines, wrinkles, and pores as skin is visibly smoothed. Vitamin E and glycerin help guard against dryness and provide a luminous soft matte finish. Ideal for touch-ups, regulating shine, and seamlessly setting foundation. Paraben-free. Fragrance-free. Non-Comedogenic.

Loose Powder ($34.00)

Available January 15th at NARS 413 BLKR boutique and narscosmetics.com

Pressed Powder ($34.00)

Available February 1st at Sephora and sephora.com, March 15th at narscosmetics.com

Friday, January 4th, 2013


NARS Spring 2013 Color Collection

Fresh and fierce, strong and sexy; the Spring 2013 Color Collection introduces a vibrant, ‘90s-esque palette that sets the tone for a season of audaciously feminine looks. Created by Founder & Creative Director François Nars, the collection heralds spring’s arrival with shades ready to make a graphic statement.

Eyeshadow Duo ($34.00)

  • Mad Mad World Cyan and parakeet green
  • Bouthan Soft pink tulle and bright pink with gold shimmer

Single Eyeshadow ($24.00)

  • Persia Matte paprika

Soft Touch Shadow Pencil ($24.00)

  • Corcovado 24-karat gold (Limited Edition)

Blush ($28.00)

  • Seduction Sangria

Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil ($24.00)

  • Cythere Soft metallic rose (Limited Edition)

Lipstick ($24.00)

  • Dressed to Kill Fuchsia rose with gold shimmer

Nail Polish ($18.00)

  • Disco Inferno Iridescent silver green (Limited Edition)

Availability: January 15th @ NARS, February for Sephora, Nordstrom, and other counters

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Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

Top 10 of 2012: Best Nail Lacquers

I really don’t know how I managed to keep this list to ten, because I feel like I fall in love with a new polish every week. There were SO many more amazing polishes that aren’t on this list, though. I tried to go across brands and put together a list of ones that really struck me or were more original.

What’s was your favorite nail lacquer of 2012?