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Makeup Look: Neutral Eyes with Teal Eyeliner

Neutral Eyes with Teal Eyeliner
Neutral Eyes with Teal Eyeliner

Last week, a few readers said they missed seeing looks posted on the blog (as in, cohesive ones!), so I’ll try to post some periodically–depending on whether there’s time for a more “free” day.  Sometimes there are so many products to test, I can’t give up the facial real estate đŸ™‚  On Saturday, we spent all day with my husband’s family, which is usually a 14-hour minimum, so it’s a day where I prefer to just go with something that works.  I remember several readers wanted to see Stila Smudge Stick Mint Julep in action, so I thought this might a good opportunity to showcase that as well.  Going forward, I will try to post looks using recently reviewed products, but this was a very “for me” look more than anything, so hopefully you can forgive the excess of older products in it.

Eyes

A lot of the times if I’m not specifically testing something for wear, then I’ll reach for products that I really, really love that are, more-than-likely, discontinued or long ago limited editions. I love the two shades of cream eyeshadow Tom Ford released a year ago so much that I keep them in my basics/regular routine drawer, and I always take them with me when I travel. I’m so used to not using primer these days, but when I know I’m going out and about all day and am not testing, then I’ll still start with a primer!

I used NARS Smudge Proof spread all over the lid to the brow bone with a finger tip. I also like to take a little and apply it to the lower lash line for extra hold for the eyeliners I’ll use as well. Next, I applied Tom Ford Escapade Cream Eyeshadow to the first two-thirds of the lid, starting from the inner lid and moving outwards. Tom Ford Pink Haze Cream Eyeshadow was applied to the outer third of the lid and into the crease, blending outwards and upwards. To soften the edge of the crease eyeshadow, I applied Burberry Trench Eyeshadow to the brow bone (this is my go-to highlighter). For the lower lash line, first I applied Marc Jacobs Beauty Ody(sea) (62) Highliner Gel Crayon, and then I applied Stila Smudge Stick Mint Julep underneath the inner two-thirds of the lower lash line and along the water line. The effect made it look as if the eyeliner was glowing–I was quite in love with it! For lashes, I used a mascara fan brush to apply MAC Opulash Mascara.

Face

Normally, I find primer an unnecessary step with my skin type (normal-to-dry) for regular, everyday wear, but yesterday was going to be a longer, 14+ hour kind of day, so I started by applying Hourglass Mineral Veil all over my face. Then, I mixed two shades of Guerlain Parure de Lumiere Foundation with half of a pump of Kevyn Aucoin Celestial Skin Liquid Illuminating Emulsion as my base. For blush, I applied Troy Surratt Duchesse Blush  on the apples of cheeks. I set with Urban Decay Naked Loose Finishing Powder and finished with Guerlain Wulong Pressed Meteorites Powder.

Lips

I mixed two shades of OCC Stained Gloss in Aurora and Dune (reviews are forthcoming).

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5 Bright Orange Lipsticks to Try This Summer

Next in our look at all things bright lips is orange! You can see swatches here in the Swatch Gallery.

  1. Maybelline Vibrant Mandarin — a bright orange-red
  2. Urban Decay Bang –a pop of bright orange
  3. Inglot #103 — a bold, orange-red
  4. Milani Sweet Nectar — a yellow-toned orange
  5. NARS Timanfaya — a satin-matte orange with yellow undertones

What are your favorite bright orange lipsticks?

Round-up: NARS Lipglosses (2014 Reformulation) Overview & Thoughts

NARS Lipglosses
NARS Lipglosses

NARS Lipgloss ($26.00 for 0.18 fl. oz.) launches a reformulation on April 15th, and the new permanent range features 30 shades, which I have now reviewed in full. 23 of the shades are shades that have been carried over from the original formula, and seven of them are brand new. NARS says the new formula is supposed to have “longer, more comfortable wear,” while being hydrating and smoothing with a “silky texture.” The texture is thin, somewhat tacky (the more shimmery shades seemed slightly tackier than the creamier ones), unscented (and no signs of a plastic, waxy, or crayon-like scent), with two to five hours of wear time, and is moderately hydrating. The formula is thinner and less sticky (5 or 6, compared to an 8 on the original formula, on a 10-point scale), and I found it more comfortable to wear overall. Note, the reformulated glosses are more expensive and contain less product.

You can view swatches of all of the lipglosses here in the Swatch Gallery.

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Individual Shades

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NARS Lipgloss Comparisons – Original vs. Reformulated

NARS Lipgloss Comparison
NARS Lipgloss Comparison

I wish that I could compare all of the original NARS Lipgloss shades to how they appear in the reformulation, but alas, I only have nine of the 23. In this post, I’ve swatched the new and original in the same photo–half and half–so that it is easier to compare.

  • Angelika was more pigmented and applied much more smoothly in the original version, which was probably due to the thicker consistency.
  • Belize is slightly pinker and darker.
  • Dolce Vita had the most noticeable difference; the undertone is much cooler-toned in the reformulated shade. It was an interesting difference to capture, because when merely swatched on the skin, it sometimes looked similar, but it depended on the light. When I blended each swatch out, so it wasn’t as thick/opaque, that undertone difference became more and more prominent.
  • Orgasm is sheerer in the reformulated version, but the base is also darker/sheerer, so it doesn’t appear as light on the lips.
  • Rose Gitane seemed pretty much the same!
  • Stella seemed more pigmented in the reformulation.
  • Super Orgasm is noticeably pinker and less sparkly in the reformulated version.
  • Supervixen seemed about the same, perhaps a little more shimmery in the reformulated version.
  • Wonder seemed the same.

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NARS Scandal, Misbehave, Quito, Rose Gitane, Sixties Fan Lipglosses

NARS Lipgloss – Ophelia, Dolce Vita, Stella, Scandal, Misbehave, Quito, Rose Gitane, Sixties Fan
NARS Lipgloss – Ophelia, Dolce Vita, Stella, Scandal, Misbehave, Quito, Rose Gitane, Sixties Fan

Scandal is described as a “sheer crushed cherry.” It’s a warm-toned, orange-red with a glossy finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff, while the color applied evenly for the most part, it did settle into lip lines. The color lasted for four and a half hours. NARS Eternal Red (P, $26.00) is more orange. MAC Berry Bold (LE, $20.00) is very similar in color, less glossy. Shiseido Lust (RD305) (P, $25.00) is redder, brighter, more opaque. Maybelline Intoxicating Spice (070) (P, $8.99) is more muted. NARS Hollywoodlawn (LE, $26.00) is more opaque, darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Misbehave is described as a “sheer cherry red with gold shimmer.” It’s a warm-toned, orange-red with red and gold shimmer. It’s pretty much Scandal with shimmer. It had semi-sheer pigmentation, which seemed to apply better than Scandal, as the settling into lip lines was subtler and less noticeable. This shade wore well for four and a half hours as well. NARS Eternal Red (P, $26.00) is more orange, less shimmery. MAC Berry Bold (LE, $20.00) is less glossy, less shimmery. Shiseido Lust (RD305) (P, $25.00) is more opaque, less shimmery. MAC Wake Up! (P, $22.00) is slightly less warm-toned. Maybelline Intoxicating Spice (070) (P, $8.99) is more muted, less shimmery. NARS Hollywoodlawn (LE, $26.00) is darker, more opaque. Chanel Daydream (P, $29.50) is darker, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Quito is described as a “bright strawberry pink.” It’s a cool-toned, medium-dark pink with a creamy, glossy finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, but it applied unevenly, and there was some color that settled lightly into lip lines. It wore well for five hours, though. Chanel Tocade (182) (P, $29.50) is very similar. MAC Fashion Perk (P, $22.00) is more muted. Milani Ravish Raspberry (06) (P, $5.49) is cooler-toned. NARS Penny Arcade (LE, $26.00) is very similar. MAC Colour Saturation (LE, $20.00) is slightly cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Rose Gitane is described as a “sheer sangria.” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned red with orange undertones and very subtle shimmer. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage, which applied evenly with a little settling into lip lines, but it wasn’t too noticeable from a normal viewing distance. This shade lasted for four and a half hours on me. It’s just barely darker and less warm-toned compared to both Scandal and Misbehave, but they’re all quite similar in the base color. MAC Wake Up! (P, $22.00) is sheerer. Revlon Fatal Apple (P, $7.99) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sixties Fan is described as a “pomegranate.” It’s a medium-dark, cool-toned berry with a glossy shine. It had semi-sheer color payoff, but it was prone to settling into lip lines and didn’t apply as evenly as one would like. The color wore well for just over four hours. It is very similar to Quito–it’s just a smidgen darker and more muted. Chanel Tocade (182) (P, $29.50) is a little lighter. MAC Fashion Perk (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, more muted. NARS Penny Arcade (LE, $26.00) is more opaque. MAC Colour Saturation (LE, $20.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Lipgloss ($26.00 for 0.18 fl. oz.) has been reformulated, and the new formulation will launch on April 15th with 30 permanent shades–seven are new and permanent, 23 are shades that were available in the previous formula. NARS says the new formula is supposed to have “longer, more comfortable wear,” while being hydrating and smoothing with a “silky texture.” The texture is thin, somewhat tacky (the more shimmery shades seemed slightly tackier than the creamier ones), unscented (and no signs of a plastic, waxy, or crayon-like scent), with two to five hours of wear time, and is moderately hydrating. The formula is thinner and less sticky (5 or 6, compared to an 8 on the original formula, on a 10-point scale), and I found it more comfortable to wear overall. Note, the reformulated glosses are more expensive and contain less product.

NARS Lip Gloss Scandal
Scandal
NARS Lip Gloss Misbehave
Misbehave
NARS Lip Gloss Quito
Quito
NARS Lip Gloss Rose Gitane
Rose Gitane
NARS Lip Gloss Sixties Fan
Sixties Fan

NARS Sweet Revenge, Chihuahua, Ophelia, Dolce Vita, Stella Lipglosses

NARS Lipgloss – Eternal Red, Sweet Revenge, Chihuahua, Ophelia, Dolce Vita, Stella, Scandal
NARS Lipgloss – Eternal Red, Sweet Revenge, Chihuahua, Ophelia, Dolce Vita, Stella, Scandal

Sweet Revenge is described as a “sheer pink grapefruit.” It’s a softened, medium pink with warm undertones and champagne shimmer. It had semi-opaque color coverage (you can see how well it hides my lip freckle) but still has some translucency that allows the natural lip color to come through. (Yet again, the description says “sheer,” but it’s not sheer and certainly much more pigmented than other glosses in the range!) It applied evenly, and the hue wore well for four and a half hours. NARS Super Orgasm (P, $26.00) is pinker, more shimmery. NARS Tasmania (P, $26.00) is lighter. NARS Belize (P, $26.00) is creamier–a little lighter. MAC Be Nice (P, $22.00) is warmer. Maybelline Caramel Infused (065) (P, $8.99) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chihuahua is described as a “sheer guava.” It’s a medium, warm-toned, pinky-coral with a creamy finish. It had semi-sheer color coverage, applied evenly for the most part, and had only minor settling into lip lines (the kind not really noticeable from a normal viewing distance). The color lasted for three and a half hours. It is really just slightly darker and less shimmery compared to Sweet Revenge–the two are very similar on. NARS Super Orgasm (P, $26.00) is darker, pinker, more shimmery. NARS Tasmania (P, $26.00) is lighter. NARS Stolen Kisses (P, $26.00) is warmer. NARS Belize (P, $26.00) is a touch lighter. MAC Be Nice (P, $22.00) is warmer. Chanel Pink Pivoine (88) (LE, $27.00) is sheerer. Urban Decay Flushed (P, $19.00) is cooler-toned, darker. Maybelline Caramel Infused (065) (P, $8.99) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Ophelia is described as a “strawberry nectar.” It’s a medium-dark, peachy-coral with pink and gold shimmer. It had semi-sheer color payoff, which noticeably darkened and added warmth to the lips, plus a lot of visible shimmer. It wore well for three and a half hours on me. NARS Salamanca (P, $26.00) is redder, less shimmery. MAC Flare for Fantasy (LE, $20.00) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Heart Shaped (308) (P, $28.00) is pinker. Guerlain Frizzy Mango (LE, $32.00) is darker. Bobbi Brown Citrus (P, $24.00) is more sparkly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Dolce Vita is described as a “sheer dusty rose.” It’s a medium-dark, rosy pink with neutral-to-cool undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage–one of the more pigmented shades in the range–and applied evenly (seriously, why are the more opaque shades described as “sheer?”). It wore well for five hours on me. Of all the glosses, Dolce Vita seemed to be the one that was most changed that I could discern (I have nine of the original shades, not all)–the actual undertone of it shifted from warm to neutral-to-cool-toned. It’s still a very pretty shade, but I don’t appreciate the significant color change–the difference is most noticeable when applied. Paul and Joe Beaute Carnaval (06) (P, $29.00) is lighter, warmer. Maybelline Captivating Carnation (080) (P, $8.99) is lighter. Maybelline Mauve Mystique (025) (P, $8.99) is lighter, more muted. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Stella is described as a “muted raspberry.” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned pink with pink and red shimmer. It had almost semi-opaque color payoff with noticeable translucency that let the natural lip color come through. It applied evenly, smoothly, and wore well for four and a half hours. MAC Galaxy Rose (LE, $20.00) is brighter. MAC Astral (LE, $20.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Lipgloss ($26.00 for 0.18 fl. oz.) has been reformulated, and the new formulation will launch on April 15th with 30 permanent shades–seven are new and permanent, 23 are shades that were available in the previous formula. NARS says the new formula is supposed to have “longer, more comfortable wear,” while being hydrating and smoothing with a “silky texture.” The texture is thin, somewhat tacky (the more shimmery shades seemed slightly tackier than the creamier ones), unscented (and no signs of a plastic, waxy, or crayon-like scent), with two to five hours of wear time, and is moderately hydrating. The formula is thinner and less sticky (5 or 6, compared to an 8 on the original formula, on a 10-point scale), and I found it more comfortable to wear overall. Note, the reformulated glosses are more expensive and contain less product.

NARS Lip Gloss Sweet Revenge
NARS Lip Gloss Chihuahua
Chihuahua
NARS Lip Gloss Ophelia
Ophelia
NARS Lip Gloss Dolce Vita
Dolce Vita
NARS Lip Gloss Stella
Stella

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