Sunday, February 8th, 2015

NARS Porto Venere Eye Paint
NARS Porto Venere Eye Paint

NARS Porto Venere Eye Paint ($25.00 for 0.08 oz.) is described as a “soft pale pink.” It’s a light pink with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. Dior Golden Shock #4 (LE) is a powder product. Tarte Palace of Versaille (LE) is a powder product. MAC Rose Blend #1 (LE) is darker, powder. bareMinerals Strawberry Mousse (LE, $14.00) is a powder product. Urban Decay Strange (P, $18.00) is a powder product. Tom Ford Beauty In the Pink #1 (LE) is darker, powder. MAC Sensibility (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery, powder. Inglot #356 (P, $6.00) is darker, warmer, powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

If you’re unfamiliar with the Eye Paint formula, it’s supposed to be a long-wearing, richly pigmented gel eyeliner and eyeshadow. It’s actually a more unique shade (and finish) when it comes to a gel/cream formula, as the majority of similarly-colored shades went, they were powder eyeshadows. I could see this working well as an eyeshadow base to make colors more vibrant, too. I think it is better applied as a sheerer layer or wash of product than on its own, as it is only semi-opaque at best. Two or three thin layers will build up the color to mostly opaque coverage. It seems like it might be a workhorse for some, but it doesn’t really live up to pigmentation claims, though it lasted for twelve hours on me as an eyeliner and ten hours as a cream eyeshadow.

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8.5/10

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8/10

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8.5/10

Longevity

10/10

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4.5/5

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Thursday, February 5th, 2015

NARS St-Paul-de-Vence Eyeshadow Duo
NARS St-Paul-de-Vence Eyeshadow Duo

NARS St-Paul-de-Vence Eyeshadow Duo ($35.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a mix of orange and medium brown, both warm-toned shades. These actually applied with more pigmentation when pressed onto the skin with a fingertip, as brushes seemed to make them apply more sheerly with a muted quality to them, but the satiny brown goes on unevenly with that type of application, so you might opt for sponge-tipped applicators or use a slightly tacky base. The duo goes together, though there isn’t a lot of contrast, so it may be too subtle together for some.

St-Paul-de-Vence (Left) is described as a “shimmering nectarine.” It’s a brightened peachy-orange with a frosted finish and warm undertones. It applied fairly well with good color payoff, but there’s a dryness to the shade overall that seemed to make it look more muted on the lid. It was noticeably faded after seven hours of wear. Makeup Geek In the Spotlight (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, lighter. LORAC Apricot (LE) is darker. Giorgio Armani Organica (Right) (LE) is yellower. Make Up For Ever I722 Mandarin (P, $21.00) is darker, less shimmery. Chanel Tisse Vendome #3 (P) is more muted. Too Faced Marzipan (P, $16.00) is darker, less orange. Clarins The Essentials #3 (LE) is lighter. Makeup Geek Cinderella (P, $5.99) is darker. LORAC Light Bronze (P) is lighter. Urban Decay Moonflower (P, $18.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

St-Paul-de-Vence (Right) is described as a “chestnut.” It’s a medium brown with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had good pigmentation, but the texture was a little powdery and dry, so it tended to sheer out and fade more readily. It only lasted for seven hours on me. Make Up For Ever S706 Milk Toffee (P, $21.00) is warmer, lighter. Make Up For Ever S604 Teak (P, $21.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever S602 Cinnamon (P, $21.00) is darker. MAC Plum Ember (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Femme Fatale (LE, $15.00) is warmer. Sisley Paris Toffee (7) (P, $47.00) is darker. Makeup Geek Country Girl (P, $5.99) is darker. theBalm C4 (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC One to Watch (P, $21.00) is similar. MAC Glimpse of Flesh (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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8/10

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9.5/10

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7.5/10

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7.5/10

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4.5/5

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8.5/10

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Thursday, February 5th, 2015

NARS Guyane Lipgloss
NARS Guyane Lipgloss

NARS Guyane Lipgloss ($26.00 for 0.18 fl. oz.) is described as a “seashell pink.” It’s a very light beige with a hint of pink and subtle shimmer. It had semi-opaque color payoff but settled into lip lines noticeably, and it wasn’t completely even. The texture was lightweight, lightly tacky, and lasted three hours but the color settled more and more into lip lines as it wore on. The formula was hydrating while worn. Maybelline Sandy Sensation (115) (LE) is sheerer, warmer. NARS Spring Break (P, $26.00) is similar. MAC Orange Tempera (LE, $15.00) is pinker. MAC Emancipation (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Cut Loose (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned. MAC C-Thru (P, $15.00) is warmer. MAC A Quiet Roar (LE, $15.00) is warmer, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Vent Sale Lipgloss ($26.00 for 0.18 fl. oz.) is described as a “silver highlight.” It’s a brightened shimmering white gold with very fine multi-colored pearl and white shimmer. The base color settled somewhat into lip lines, but the shimmer seemed to reflect back and distract from it to some degree. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque coverage, primarily through the shimmer. It lasted for three hours on me and was hydrating. MAC Clear Water (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery. MAC Softly Lit (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery. MAC Boundless Beige (P, $19.50) is sheerer. MAC Girl on Board (LE, $15.00) is more opaque. MAC A Quiet Roar (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery. MAC Little Rock (LE, $20.00) is sheerer. Guerlain Sable Show (LE, $32.00) is sheerer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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8/10

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7.5/10

Longevity

7/10

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3.5/5

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8/10

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8/10

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Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

To celebrate the launch of NARS’ new All Day Luminous Weightless foundation, the NARS + Temptalia Foundation Matrix is back and better than ever with the introduction of our Color Discovery technology to help you find your perfect match in the new formula! The All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation is described as a “long-wear foundation” that has a weightless feel with “full, natural-looking coverage.” There are twenty shades available to choose from.

Full Shade Range

  • Siberia Light with neutral balance of pink and yellow undertones
  • Mont Blanc Light with pink undertone
  • Gobi Light with yellow undertone
  • Deauville Light with neutral balance of pink and yellow undertones
  • Fiji Light with yellow undertone
  • Ceylan Light-medium with yellow undertone
  • Punjab Medium with golden, peachy undertone
  • Vallauris Medium with pink undertone
  • Santa Fe Medium with peachy undertone
  • Stromboli Medium with olive undertone
  • Barcelona Deeper medium with golden, peachy undertone
  • Syracuse Medium-dark with brown undertone
  • Tahoe Medium-dark with caramel undertone
  • Cadiz Medium-dark with caramel and red undertone
  • Macao Medium-dark with deep yellow undertone
  • New Guinea Dark with red undertone
  • Trinidad Dark with warm, yellow undertone
  • New Orleans Dark with yellow undertone
  • Benares Dark with golden undertone
  • Khartoum Dark with espresso undertone

What is Color Discovery?  In a nutshell, we digitally analyze a photo of your face to figure out your skin tone and undertone. All you have to do is upload a high quality photo featuring your beautiful face and away we go! When this information is used with the Foundation Matrix, we can give you better and more refined matches.

Find Your Shade with the newest NARS + Foundation Matrix!

The Details

Color Discovery uses a combination of face detection and facial point detection to allow us to analyze your skin tones and undertones. We took our knowledge of all things foundation, such as how shades match skin tones as a spectrum (not always as a single skin tone) and what makes a shade a match. We considered how the community looks for their perfect match, whether they visit a makeup counter, larger retailer, or use online tools like the Foundation Matrix to help them get to the right shade.  This is the mindset that we came from when we developed the algorithm, logic, and rules that made Color Discovery possible. We spent the past three months going from a mere crazy idea to development to testing hundreds of photos across skin tones.

When you upload your photo, we look through thousands of pixels for possible color values, take our initial findings and analyze them, because we’re looking for specific data that we know to be more accurate at predicting your coloring, and then we organize it in a meaningful way. We reference the data against our database of skin tone values (there are over 4,000 different assignments of skin tone and undertone). When paired with the technology that powers the Foundation Matrix, we’re able to further refine and improve the types of matches you get by as much as 50%.

For example, foundation shade A is a 90% or better match for fair, light, and light-medium skin tones–that means there are quite a few matches out there for you, because you could easily be any of those three skin tones. Without any algorithms in place, there might be nine matches in a formula that had 20 total shades! The Foundation Matrix and its algorithm might narrow potential matches down to five. Once we add in Color Discovery, we can narrow the list down to three shade matches. The refining happens through logic and rules, so it’s never random, which also improves the quality of the matches you do get.

Find Your Shade with the newest NARS + Foundation Matrix!

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

NARS Reckless Blush
NARS Reckless Blush

NARS Reckless Blush ($30.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “sheer pink shimmer.” It’s a very light, pink-tinged beige with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. Bobbi Brown Pink Glow (LE, $45.00) is darker, warmer. Cle de Peau Delicate Pink (14) (P, $55.00) is cooler-toned. Urban Decay Streak Highlighter (P) is pinker. Urban Decay Highlighter (P) is pinker. NARS Devotee (LE, $29.00) is a smidgen warmer. Urban Decay Luminous (P, $29.00) is lighter. Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (P, $44.00) is warmer, less shimmery. MAC Light Sunshine (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery. Chanel Poudre Signee de Chanel Illuminating Powder (LE, $68.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

I’m genuinely puzzled why NARS didn’t make this a “Highlighting Blush,” since they have that designation for other shades like this in their range. I’m not even sure it will be a blush on very fair skin tones–maybe just barely–because it is, by description, sheer, and then it’s very light. Functionally, it just seems far more like a highlighter than a blush. It is sheer, as described. The powder’s consistency is soft, blendable and doesn’t emphasize pores as it tended to give more sparkle than outright sheen. On that note, there is a fair amount of iridescent sparkle in it, which some may find dazzling while others will want to steer clear from–they are noticeable on the skin, and the sparkles travel all-over the face. On me, the effect of the sheen lasts seven hours before fading/turning patchy.

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8.5/10

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10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

5/5

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Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

NARS Valhalla Eyeshadow
NARS Valhalla Eyeshadow

NARS Valhalla Eyeshadow ($25.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “soft shimmering pink peach.” It’s a pop of golden peach with a frosted sheen. It doesn’t read very pink against my skin tone, but it might if you have stronger pink undertones (though even in the pan, it seems more peach thank pink). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma #7 (P) is darker. Tarte Rose Champagne (LE) is similar. bareMinerals Ball Gown (V2) (P) is yellower. Make Up For Ever I520 Pinky Sand (P, $21.00) is similar. theBalm #7 (P, $6.50) is more beige. bareMinerals Ball Gown (LE) is similar. Too Faced Cheers! (LE, $16.00) is similar. Disney by Sephora Splendid (LE) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Even though most of are likely swimming in a sea of neutrals, there’s always room for a good-performing one–especially one that’s permanent. I can see this being a go-to for some, and certainly a shade that others have half a dozen near-dupes for, too. The consistency was soft, finely-milled, and buttery with a slightly denser texture than the average NARS’ eyeshadow, though not as thick or as dense as something like the Kauai duo. It was easy to blend on the skin, and it applied well to bare skin. It only lasted for seven hours before creasing on me, which was really its only downfall.

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Valhalla

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9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

5/5

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