Friday, March 8th, 2013

NARS Yu Satin Lip Pencil
NARS Yu Satin Lip Pencil

NARS Yu Satin Lip Pencil ($25.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “shocking pink.” It’s a bright, bold shade of blue-based, medium pink with cool undertones and a soft, natural sheen. MAC Pink Pigeon is less pink, more magenta. MAC Lickable is slightly redder. NARS 413 BLKR is redder, darker, and matte. MAC Gulabi is very similar. MAC Catharina has a glossier sheen. NARS Schiap is more magenta.

The new formula is based on NARS’ Velvet Matte Lip Pencils, but the finish is satin, so it has more of a sheen, but it is still supposed to deliver “high-impact color” with a “long-wearing, vitamin-enriched formula” and “decadent moisture.” Yu is fully opaque, and it takes very little product yield full color coverage. It wore for a lengthy six and a half hours, and it did stain.  The texture is interesting; it feels creamier and softer than it actually appears on lips. Initially, I thought that was a result of all my hot lighting equipment, but all of the shades made me do a double-take in regards to the texture. Press it to your lips, and it feels almost like it’s melting against them, but look in the mirror, and it’s a lightweight, thin layer of opaque color with a very subtle sheen (no glossiness in sight). This formula felt just slightly hydrating, and it was more comfortable to wear overall compared to the Velvet Matte Lip Pencils.

The biggest downside is that it is packaged in a pencil you haven to sharpen (like NARS’ other Lip Pencils), which means product will get wasted. The waste is on par with the Velvet Mattes (the Velvet Glosses are a lot more), and it’s just a problem inherent in pencil packaging. It’s clear, though, that the industry is able to use twist-up packaging (Clinique and CoverGirl, for example).

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This formula felt just slightly hydrating, and it was more comfortable to wear overall compared to the Velvet Matte Lip Pencils. For me, it's not quite as hydrating as "[drenched] in decadent moisture." It is, however, incredibly pigmented, and the texture is just soft and creamy enough.

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9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Friday, March 8th, 2013

NARS Satin Lip Pencils
NARS Satin Lip Pencils

NARS Satin Lip Pencils ($25.00 for 0.07 oz.) include thirteen new and permanent shades of NARS’ Lip Pencil with a new finish–Satin. Twelve shades are available at both NARS and Nordstrom, while one shade is exclusive to NARS (Jardin de Plantes). I’m working on getting the rest of the photos ready and testing the remaining shades (I tested three yesterday), so I’ll have reviews up shortly! For now, take a peek at swatches :)

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Thursday, March 7th, 2013

NARS Oasis Highlighting Blush
NARS Oasis Blush

NARS Oasis Highlighting Blush ($29.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “sparkling pink champagne.” It’s a softened, reddish-plum with a hint of golden shimmer that translates to a shimmer-sheen when applied to the skin. NARS Debbie Harry #1 is similar but has silver sparkle. theBalm Cabana Boy is slightly less red (more plum).

This blush is nicely pigmented, and you should have no trouble building up color to true-to-pan payoff or going for something softer and sheerer. There are a few bits of golden sparkle but they seem to get lost before they even hit the skin, as I couldn’t detect them on the skin. Instead, there was a faint golden sheen that was quite lovely on the skin as it did not emphasize pores.  Oasis should be flattering across skin tones, because it’s not too dark or too light, not too warm or too cool-toned.  The texture is soft, finely-milled, and very blendable on the skin.  It applies evenly and sits well on the skin, and then it wears well–a solid eight hours and only minimal fading after nine hours.

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Oasis should be flattering across skin tones, because it's not too dark or too light, not too warm or too cool-toned.

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Tuesday, March 5th, 2013


This season, NARS dresses up lips in the new Satin Lip Pencil. Drenched in decadent moisture for an ultra creamy finish, thirteen statement shades smolder with rich pigments. Created by Founder & Creative Director Francois Nars, the Satin Lip Pencil combines the convenience of a pencil with the application of a lipstick in a jumbo-size crayon design.

Satin Lip Pencil ($25.00)

  • Het Loo Cognac
  • Biscayne Park Pink guava
  • Luxembourg Vivid watermelon
  • Floralies Light apricot
  • Rikugien Rose pink
  • Hyde Park Cardinal red
  • Isola Bella Peach beige
  • Golshan Spiced wine
  • Palais Royal Sangria
  • Lodhi Vibrant coral
  • Majella Garnet
  • Yu Shocking pink
  • Jardin des Plantes Fuchsia (Boutique Exclusive)

Availability: March 7th @ NARS

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Sunday, March 3rd, 2013

NARS Nico Highlighting Blush
NARS Nico Blush

NARS Nico Highlighting Blush ($29.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “natural glow.” It’s a lightly warmed-up, pale beige with a subtle sheen. When I tried thinking of potential dupes, I wasn’t finding any. The closest I could come up with was theBalm Solid Gold, which is really much yellower and frosted.

I actually think Nico was one of the first few NARS products I ever purchased, and it may have been one of my first NARS blushes. It was recommended to me as a brow highlighter, actually, and as a light wash of color for lids. As a blush, it doesn’t quite work on my skin tone. Nico is a shade that you’ll love or never have a use for, and it’s really going to depend on your skin tone and how you want to use it. It’s categorized as a blush, but I think it might be better suited as a NARS “Highlighting Blush.”  As you can see on my skin tone, it’s very nearly my skin tone–just with a sheen, so it does give me a slight “glow” when worn on the cheeks.  I do prefer it (on me) as a brow bone highlighter, because I feel like you can see it better, and it sometimes looks a bit powdery when I’ve worn it on cheeks.

The texture is very soft and finely-milled, and I’d recommend using softer bristles with it, as it can be powdery with a denser blush brush (the “scratchier” the brush feels on your skin, the more powder gets dislodged from the pan).  Nico lasts seven hours on my cheeks, and then it starts to look a bit patchy towards the eight-hour mark.  I’ve worn this of and on throughout the years, and when my cheeks are more normal, it can be quite nice, but it definitely isn’t as flattering if my cheeks have any dryness. I think for those with oilier skin types, it might work well as a highlighter as it shouldn’t look too dewy or glowy (which can sometimes make oilier skin types look oilier).  The sheen does not emphasize pores, which is the best part about it, though–it’s all sheen, no shimmer or frost.

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The texture is on the powdery side, which can make it look less flattering on drier skin types as well as be easy to over-apply. It is soft and very blendable, so if you apply too much (and it looks powdery), it can be smoothed and blended away.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

NARS New Order Highlighting Blush
NARS New Order Highlighting Blush

NARS New Order Highlighting Blush ($29.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “sheer highlighter with golden shimmer.” It’s a pale, cool-toned, blue-based pink with golden sparkle and a golden shimmer-sheen finish. MAC Veronica’s Blush is warmer, less sparkly. NARS Undress Me is a grayer pink and has silver sparkle (that is more like glitter in particle size).

Despite NARS’ great success with Albatross, their other Highlighting Blushes have a high dosage of sparkle and shimmer that doesn’t bind with the underlying powder/blush color, so a lot of the sparkle gets lost, looks unflattering on the skin, and sometimes travels for parts unknown. New Order has a powdery, almost gritty, texture, as a result of all the sparkle that just seems to sit on top at all times. If this had no sparkle but just a level of golden sheen, I think it would work better.

The pigmentation is as described–sheer–and will add some pink on lighter complexions (like a blush) while perhaps brightening on deeper complexions.  When it blends out, it’s mostly just sparkle/shimmer and the pink coloring fades away.  This shade wore six and a half hours, and then I only saw remnants of sparkle.  This is my second pan of New Order, and while the texture was still on the powdery side, it wasn’t nearly as dry as my original New Order.

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If this had no sparkle but just a level of golden sheen, I think it would work better. Instead, it tends to read "disco ball," rather than glowing or luminous. It highlights... imperfections, unfortunately.

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7/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4/5

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