Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

If coral isn’t your thing, maybe a pop of fuchsia with a glossy, high-shine finish is! :) Here are a few of my favorites! I’d love to hear yours.

  1. Revlon Adorned — a bold, brightened fuchsia-red with iridescent shimmer
  2. Giorgio Armani #523 — a fuchsia-red with a glossy shine
  3. Giorgio Armani #505 — a sheerer, shimmery fuchsia-red
  4. NARS Priscilla — a bright pop of fuchsia pink
  5. Illamasqua Boost — an iridescent fuchsia magenta

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Saturday, June 21st, 2014

NARS Hell-Bent, Other Side, Crossroads Nail Polishes
NARS Hell-Bent, Other Side, Crossroads Nail Polishes

This July, NARS is releasing a collection of nail polishes in collaboration with 3.1 Phillip Lim (official info here). With these, NARS has introduced a wider brush (compared to the last polish I tried from NARS, which was in April), though the bottle size and shape have stayed the same. The bottles for this collection have the designer’s logo printed on the front as well. In general, I find NARS’ lacquer formula to be underrated–it’s really quite good, both in terms of color payoff, consistency, as well as with respect to wear. I usually get seven to ten days of wear with very minor tip wear out of this formula.

NARS Hell-Bent Nail Polish ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “lacquer red.” It’s a brightened, medium red with warm, orange undertones and a glossy, creamy finish. It had full color coverage after nearly one coat, but I did apply two just to be sure. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, so it flowed well across the nail without pooling along the edges. It dried down a bit faster than the average polish. Tom Ford Beauty Shameless (LE, $32.00) is similar. Zoya Tamsen (P, $9.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Other Side Nail Polish ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “bitter chocolate.” It’s a blackened brown with subtle maroon undertones and a cream finish. It was fully opaque in almost one coat, though two were needed for complete opacity. The polish wasn’t too thick or too thin, and it was easy to apply–no streakiness or bubbling. Essie Shearling Darling (P, $8.00) is lighter. Cult Nails Lamestain (P, $12.00) is darker. MAC Blueblood (LE, $16.00) is similar. Chanel Accessoire (P, $27.00) is lighter. Rescue Beauty Lounge Drifter (LE, $20.00) is cooler-toned. Color Club Fashion Moment (P) is cooler-toned. China Glaze Velvet Bow (LE, $7.50) is lighter. Zoya Anja (P, $9.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Crossroads Nail Polish ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as an “African violet.” It’s a deepened, muted purple with a smokiness to it. It had a cream finish. The consistency was slightly thin, though it had full coverage after two coats, but it showed the texture of my natural nails just slightly (I have slightly ridged nails), so you’ll want to use a base coat or ridge-filling base coat if you have similar natural nails. It applied without streaking, and it dried down to a naturally shiny finish. MAC Festive Finery (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Essie Smokin’ Hot (LE, $8.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, June 19th, 2014

NARS Nail Polish
NARS x 3.1 Phillip Lim Nail Polish

NARS has collaborated with 3.1 Phillip Lim to create nine shades of limited edition nail polishes. Each will retail for $20.00 and be available July 15th at NARS, August 1st at other retailers and department stores. Full reviews, photos, swatches, dupes, etc. are coming soon but for now, enjoy this sneak peek! :)

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Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

3.1 Phillip Lim for NARS Nail Collection
3.1 Phillip Lim for NARS Nail Collection

For Fall 2014, NARS Cosmetics introduces an exciting nail collaboration with famed fashion designer Phillip Lim. The 3.1 Phillip Lim for NARS Nail Collection includes nine limited edition nail shades inspired by the “colors that exist in the shadows.”

Rich jewel tones and contrasting neutrals in a long-lasting formula with a high-gloss finish evoke the modern mood of the season, while a covetable canvas pochette designed exclusively for NARS perfectly fits the season’s well edited nail wardrobe.

NARS and Phillip Lim have a long standing relationship collaborating over the past 14 seasons on the 3.1 Phillip Lim runway show during New York Fashion Week since the Fall 2007. The collection combines Phillip’s signature style with NARS’ iconic and audacious beauty philosophy.

Nail Polish ($20.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Anarchy Angora
  • Other Side BItter chocolate
  • Hell-Bent Lacquer red
  • Wrong Turn Graphite
  • Gold Viper Champagne
  • Dark Room Blue denim
  • Shutter Black sea green
  • Crossroads African violet
  • Insidious Black bronze (Exclusive to NARS Boutiques/narscosmetics.com)

Pochette ($80.00) (Limited Edition)

Canvas pochette.

Availability: July 15th at NARS Boutiques and narscosmetics.com; August 1st at Sephora and department/specialty stores

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Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadows
NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadows

There are twelve shades of NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.05 oz.), and I’ve now finished reviewing all of them. In general, I like them; I think the textures are soft and smooth for nearly all of the shades. If you apply them with a dampened brush, color payoff is quite good and wear is about average. They’re blendable and easy to apply with no fall out. They’re supposed to be sheer when applied dry, opaque when applied with a dampened brush, and this is sometimes true, sometimes not. A couple were very sheer, and a few were quite pigmented dry. If you aren’t someone who likes to use their eyeshadows wet, then I would say to look elsewhere, but if you like the idea of two types of finishes and color coverage, you may like these.

>> See all the shades swatched here! <<

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Monday, June 9th, 2014

NARS Europa Dual Intensity Eyeshadow
NARS Europa Dual Intensity Eyeshadow

This review features the last four shades of the new ($29.00 for 0.05 oz. each) which are set to launch on July 1st. You can see part one and part two for the other shades in the formula. Generally, the formula has a soft consistency, feels smooth, and applies softer and/or sheerer dry than when it is applied wet–this aspect was NARS’ goal, though, but whether you consider it adding to its versatility or an extra step you don’t have time for will be a personal call. I get shorter wear when I apply the shades dry than when I apply them with a dampened brush. For a more in-depth look at how this compares to a couple of other formulas, check out my first review of these. There will be a round-up shortly.

NARS Europa Dual Intensity Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “gossamer pink peach.” It’s a light peach with a hint of pink and a satiny finish. This was the least shimmery shade in the entire range, and it was also one of the less pigmented shades. It had a thinner, almost drier texture, which I think contributed to why it swatched very sheer when applied dry. Applied with a dampened brush, it was more semi-opaque but still a little faded in color. On me, it lasted six hours applied dry, six and a half hours applied damp. Too Faced Cowboy Take Me Away (P, $16.00) is a touch lighter. Sephora Collection Desert Rose (90) (P, $13.00) is warmer. Too Faced Whiskers on Kittens (LE, $16.00) is similar. Too Faced Spike the Punch (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Wet ‘n’ Wild Newport Nights #2 (LE) is more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Giove Dual Intensity Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “navy.” It’s a blackened navy blue with navy shimmer and pearly finish. It was sheer applied dry and looked darker and almost dry, and it was fully opaque applied with a dampened brush. It lasted for six and a half hours dry, eight hours wet. Too Faced Heavy Metal (P, $16.00) is darker. Makeup Geek Ocean Breeze (P, $5.99) is lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Emerald Lust #4 (LE) is similar. Guerlain Les Gris #3 (P) is similar. Le Metier de Beaute Midnight Sky (P, $30.00) is brighter. Make Up For Ever #81 (P, $20.00) is slightly cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Lysithea Dual Intensity Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “shark grey.” It’s a subtly warm-toned gray with silver shimmer and a frosted finish. It was very sheer applied dry, mostly opaque applied wet. It lasted six hours applied dry and closer to eight hours when applied with a dampened brush. Kat Von D Santeria (LE) is darker, cooler. NARS Bad Behaviour (LE, $24.00) MAC A Waft of Grey #3 (P, $21.00) is darker. Makeup Geek Galaxy (P, $5.99) is darker. Makeup Geek Prince Charming (P, $6.99) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Sycorax Dual Intensity Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “black.” It’s a medium-dark black with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. Applied dry, it was semi-sheer in terms of color coverage but looked faded, more like a blackened brown, and didn’t apply very evenly, and lasted six and a half hours. Applied with a dampened brush, it was mostly opaque and lasted longer–eight hours. Ulta Night Sky (P, $10.00) is similar. Dior Nocturne (091) (P, $30.00) is a cream product. MAC Blackground (P, $18.50) is a cream product. MAC Dark Dare (LE, $19.50) is darker. Estee Lauder Violet Underground #4 (LE, $21.00) is cooler-toned, darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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