Sunday, March 17th, 2013

NARS Sex Appeal Blush
NARS Sex Appeal Blush

NARS Sex Appeal Blush ($29.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “soft peach.” It’s a pale, subtly warm-toned peach with a satin finish. Buxom Swept Away is pinker. MAC Stay By Me is a touch darker. MAC Peaches is darker and more orange.

It is absolutely a color and product that will work better on very, very pale skin tones. On my medium complexion, it just barely shows up, and it may turn chalky/ashy on deeper skin tones because of the light base color. For lighter skin tones, though, especially those with natural redness occurring in their cheeks, this will work quite nicely. The importance here is that the pigmentation is still good, as it appears true-to-pan; it’s just that the color won’t show itself to its full potential on my complexion. (Pale readers who’ve tried this, speak out!)

From what I could tell, the color lasted around six to seven hours on me, but it was even harder to see after eight hours (it’s so much harder to see wear when it’s barely visible to begin with!).  The texture is very soft, finely-milled, and a smidgen on the powdery side but it lies nicely on the skin–it doesn’t look powdery on the skin, and if you buff it into the skin, it turns just slightly luminous from that satin finish.

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NARS Sex Appeal Blush Review, Photos, Swatches

A-
This is a blush that will work best on lighter complexions, and it can help to reduce the appearance of redness from the peachy coloring.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, March 14th, 2013

NARS Orgasm Highlighting Blush
NARS Orgasm Blush

NARS Orgasm Highlighting Blush ($29.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “peachy pink with golden shimmer.” It’s a warm, medium pink with a stong golden shimmer-sheen. bareMinerals The Natural High is slightly warmer in its base color (less pink). Guerlain Blush G Serie Noire is slightly deeper and pinker. Benefit Sugarbomb is much, much lighter (and sheerer). Rock & Republic Call Me is slightly less pink. Milani Dolce Pink is more frosted/sparkly. Tarte Glisten is similar–slightly darker.  MAC Springsheen is also similar.  This older post is a good comparison reference for coral blushes.

I don’t know if there is a more well-known blush than NARS’ Orgasm. For some, it is a holy grail shade, and others can’t see why others love it so. It’s coral-ish, gold-shimmered, and not too dark (or too light), so I can see why it appeals to a lot of people. On the other hand, darker complexions usually find that Deep Throat is more up their alley, and anyone who doesn’t love a lot of shimmer and sheen isn’t going to love the finish on Orgasm.  It had good color payoff but is not as intense as other NARS’ blushes (part of that is simply that it is a lighter color).

It has a high shimmer content, but it translates well onto the skin and smooths and evens out as you blend the color on the cheek, so rather than shimmer, you see more of a golden sheen.  Orgasm has a soft, finely-milled texture that is just ever-so-slightly powdery.  It blends and applies easily, and it is rather forgiving.  It wears around seven and a half hours on me, and after eight, it starts to fade around the edges.

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Orgasm

B+
For anyone who loves shimmery, pink-based corals, Orgasm is a classic shade worth checking out. I wish it wore just a bit longer, though!

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

NARS Palais Royal Satin Lip Pencil
NARS Palais Royal Satin Lip Pencil

NARS Palais Royal Satin Lip Pencil ($25.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as “sangria.” It’s a dark, berry-red with a satin finish and slight cool undertones. Rimmel #107 is slightly less cool-toned. Chanel L’Impatiente is darker, more berry-hued. Guerlain Orgueil is similar but shimmery. MAC What Joy is a touch darker. Giorgio Armani #408 is a town redder (less berry).

Of all the shades, this was my least favorite. It was the least pigmented, as there was definite translucency to the overall color (it looked like an intense lip stain), but the color settled and migrated into lip lines within two hours of wear. Then, the settling continued to worsen for the next three hours of wear. It lasted with some color for as long as five hours, and then there was residual staining that remained for at least another hour. The settling was really noticeable and looked crumbly between the lines (so if you smiled). The consistency felt like the other pencils–soft, lightly creamy–and it didn’t tug or pull on the lips. It was neither drying nor hydrating while I wore it.

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Palais Royal

B-
Of all the shades, this was my least favorite. It was the least pigmented, as there was definite translucency to the overall color (it looked like an intense lip stain), but the color settled and migrated into lip lines within two hours of wear.

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4.5/5

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Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

NARS Floralies Satin Lip Pencil
NARS Floralies Satin Lip Pencil

NARS Floralies Satin Lip Pencil ($25.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as “light apricot.” It’s a peachy-brown with strong warm, orange undertones and a satin finish. MAC Peachstock is more beige. MAC Sheer Mandarin is more orange and darker. Cle de Peau Just Joey is darker and browner.

The color payoff was amazing! It applied completely opaque, and it took very little product to achieve full color coverage. The consistency is lightly creamy, so the pencil glided over the lips with ease and never tugged or pulled. It was comfortable to wear without clinging, but the texture is still lightweight and thin, so it doesn’t slide around the lips either. Floralies wore just over four hours on me, which is about average and not what I’d describe as a long-wearing formula (which without a specific time, I look for six to eight hours). It was somewhat moisturizing while I wore it, though, and it is one of the more hydrating shades from the formula that I’ve tested.

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Floralies

A
It could be a touch more moisturizing and wear longer, but the color payoff was excellent and overall, it was comfortable to wear.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

5/5

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Monday, March 11th, 2013

NARS Majella Satin Lip Pencil
NARS Majella Satin Lip Pencil

NARS Majella Satin Lip Pencil ($25.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as “garnet.” It’s a deeper red with cool, blue undertones and a subtle, natural-looking sheen. Rimmel #111 is more orange-toned. MAC Runaway Red is darker. MAC Eden Rouge is slightly brighter. MAC Russian Red is more matte and a bit darker. NARS Mascate is deeper and darker.

It had great pigmentation that applied with opaque , even color.  Majella wore well for a full six hours, and being that it’s a red, it did leave behind a stain that was rather potent for another hour or so.  Even after eight hours, my lips still looked redder than normal.  It was slightly hydrating though not quite as moisture-packed as NARS described, but it did last for awhile and didn’t dry out lips.  I didn’t experience any feathering or bleeding of the color, and I didn’t see the color settle into lip lines over time or as it wore away.  It had a lightweight, thin consistency despite the actual feel of the product–it is soft, almost as if it were melting, when it touched my lips.

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Majella

A+
As long as you only need some hydration while it is worn, Majella is well worth a look--rich in color with a lovely feel and consistency, plus it's long-wearing.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Sunday, March 10th, 2013

NARS Luxembourg Satin Lip Pencil
NARS Luxembourg Satin Lip Pencil

NARS Luxembourg Satin Lip Pencil ($25.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as “vivid watermelon.” It’s a vibrant, pinky-red with a satin finish. There’s quite a bit of pink in it, so while it calls to mind certain famous reds, I don’t think it matches because it has such strong pink coloring. MAC Ronnie Red is redder. NARS Dragon Girl is deeper. NYX Chic Red is darker.

It’s a rather bright, rich color that applied mostly opaque on the lips. I found that this shade stained very quickly and readily, which helped make it wear longer, too–a solid six hours with a residual stain that continued on for another two (of course, tapering down over those hours). Luxembourg didn’t feather or bleed on me, which is always good news with a shade as bright as this! It had a thin texture that felt lightweight on the lips, but it wasn’t hydrating–I would not say it was drying, though. If you like your reds with a lot of pink, you’ll like this shade, because from afar, it looks more pink than it does red, which is what makes it less dupable.

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Luxembourg

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If you like your reds with a lot of pink, you'll like this shade, because from afar, it looks more pink than it does red, which is what makes it less dupable.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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