Thursday, January 12th, 2012

NARS Paramaribo Eyeshadow Duo
NARS Paramaribo Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Spring 2012: Paramaribo Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Paramaribo Eyeshadow Duo ($34.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as “metallic shades of brass and bronze.” For whatever reason, this is one of the few limited edition shades for spring, which is totally too bad–it’s a gorgeous product and my favorite from the spring collection.

The first shade is a rich golden brass with a metallic-frost finish. It’s really smooth, opaque, and easy to work with. The way it binds together makes for a really adhesive, longer-wearing product, too. Make Up For Ever #11 is less golden in a way. OCC Cruising is darker, less yellow. Le Metier de Beaute Chameleon is browner. It also reminded me of the golden tones from MAC Golden Gaze. Urban Decay Rush is much browner.

The second shade is a softened bronze-shimmered brown. This shade is extremely soft and finely-milled, so it feels like silk against the skin and melts like butter once applied. Urban Decay Rush is not quite as dark. Giorgio Armani Khaki Pulse is less warm-toned. MAC Romp is more orange-toned. Urban Decay Deeper is similar. Urban Decay Smog is slightly less golden shimmered.

This eyeshadow formula is supposed to be crease-resistant, long-wearing, and highly pigmented.  Without a primer, they do look a little faded and have minor, but noticeable, creasing after eight hours of wear.  I don’t encounter those problems, typically, over a primer.  Some of the lighter, more powdery shades do fade a bit over a primer, but neither of these shades are like that.  The powders for both shades really bind together well, so they adhere better to the skin.

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NARS Paramaribo Eyeshadow Duo Review, Photos, Swatches

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Both shades have excellent color payoffs and beautiful, workable textures that feel soft as silk against the skin. They're warmed-up but not overly warm; there's an edge about them that keeps them from being your more traditional gold and bronze pairing.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Thursday, January 12th, 2012

NARS Mexican Rose Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil
NARS Mexican Rose Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil

NARS Spring 2012: Mexican Rose Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil

NARS Mexican Rose Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil ($24.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “hot pink.” It’s new and permanent, just in time for spring. It’s a glossy raspberry pink with a touch of sheerness but is still very pigmented for a gloss and, overall, nearly opaque. There’s a shiny finish that makes the lips look almost wet. MAC Scandelicious is brighter, pinker. MAC Radiant Jewels is similar but less opaque and even. NARS Hot Wired is redder and has a shimmery iridescence. Lancome Electric Pink is a bit lighter and has shimmer.

I reviewed the formula in-depth here. I wore Mexican Rose to test out the wear, though, and it wore for three and a half hours. It’s comfortable to wear, because it has the texture of lip balm–thin, lightweight–but the high-gloss shine of your favorite lipgloss. You won’t get quite the lush lip look without some of the cushion-like texture of a true gloss, but you do get a good amount of added luminosity and fullness from the shine. I also really loved how evenly this applied.

The major downside is that these are not twist-up pencils, so they require sharpening. With the softness of the pencil (which actually broke on me while I was applying it for swatching), you’ll waste a lot if you don’t freeze them (many readers have said they had good luck freezing pencils like this!).

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Mexican Rose

A-
The packaging can be frustrating, but if you're OK with dealing with it, then it's more like an A- product. It feels comfortable on the lips, applies evenly, and yields true color.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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Thursday, January 12th, 2012

NARS Bilbao Lipstick
NARS Bilbao Lipstick

NARS Spring 2012: Bilbao Lipstick

NARS Bilbao Lipstick ($24.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “shimmering topaz.” It’s a soft, shimmery dusty beige. Though it seems like there’s some sheerness when swatched, it’s rather opaque on lips. On my lips, it takes on more of a peachy-nude appearance with yellowy-gold shimmer. NARS Pago Pago seems a bit more orange. MAC Lush Amber is more orange. Clarins Rosewood is darker and has more rosiness in it. MAC Martha is darker. MAC Viva Glam V seems quite similar but has less of a golden sheen. Chanel Stunning is not quite as pink.

Bilbao wore for three and half hours well and lingered to four before needing a reapplication. It was comfortable to wear, without being drying (though not particularly hydrating), and felt lightweight. The consistency is creamy, so it glides across the lips easily without tugging or dragging. NARS’ lipsticks are scent- and taste-free.

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NARS Spring 2012: Bilbao Lipstick

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If you tend to find nude lipsticks to be too light, pale, or "corpse"-like, then you may find Bilbao worth checking out. It's a darker nude, but it's not brown, so it's wearable but never looks dated. Though don't be afraid of brown lipstick :)

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4/5

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Thursday, January 12th, 2012


NARS Makeup Removing Water Launches

Soap-free, oil-free, and alcohol-free, our Makeup Removing Water is the gentle, yet effective way to kick off your skincare routine. The water formula easily sweeps away makeup and tones the skin, without having to rub. Infused with cucumber, chamomile and hyaluronic acid, Makeup Removing Water leaves skin feeling soft, soothed and refreshed. Saturate a cotton pad with product, gently smooth over entire face and follow with your recommended NARS cleanser. The result: purified, toned, glowing skin. Non-comedogenic, fragrance-free, and dermatologist and ophtamologist tested. $28.00.

availability: January 2012 at narscosmetics.com

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

NARS Douce France Eyeshadow Trio
NARS Douce France Eyeshadow Trio

NARS Spring 2012: Douce France Eyeshadow Trio

NARS Douce France Eyeshadow Trio ($45.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “shimmery icy pink, shimmery rose petal pink, and matte deep rose.” The trio is a limited edition shade from this spring’s collection.

The first shade is a very light ivory with a hint of pink and a touch of white sparkle. It’s almost a bit on the chalky side, which is partially because of how light the color is, and how the texture has more of a matte finish underneath the sparkle. I had a tough time getting this shade to adhere well to the lid, and I noticed it seemed to fade away, even over a primer, after eight hours. It’s similar to a shade in Guerlain Boulevard du Montparnasse. MAC Golden Flurry is pinker and more iridescent. Bare Escentuals Muse is frostier and brighter.

The center shade is a rosy pink with subtle yellow undertones. The finish is satiny; not too matte, but not shimmery or frosted. It has a very, very soft feel, but it will blend out easily if you are not careful. The color payoff is good but could use a little more (or else bind together a bit better). Inglot #359 and MAC Rose are slightly pinker.

The right-most shade is a matte, muted dark red. It’s not red red, but it’s not really berry or burgundy. There’s a muted quality to it that really makes it ring true to its description–it looks like the dark hues of a real rose. The texture of this shade is so soft and finely-milled without being powdery, and the color payoff is very good (the best out of the palette). It blends out well, too, because of the soft texture. Inglot #450 has more of a berry hue, plus it has a shimmery finish. I couldn’t think of any other potential dupes.

I love that NARS created their trios with individual pans, but it’s a bit of a let down that the price/quantity ratio makes the trios more expensive (by the ounce) than duos (but less than individual eyeshadows). Typically, there’s a bit of a “discount” when you buy duos, trios, quads, etc. Each eyeshadow is still a healthy amount (just over 0.05 oz. each), so you won’t run out of any shade easily.

NARS designed their powder eyeshadow formula to be crease-resistant, long-wearing, and highly pigmented, but I do experience some light fading and noticeable creasing afiter seven to eight hours of wear. The lightest shade in this palette was really faded after eight hours, but the other two shades were more intact. I still experienced a fair amount of fading with the lightest shade over a primer as well, which was disappointing. Thankfully, because it’s so light, the average onlooker wouldn’t have noticed it.

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NARS Douce France Eyeshadow Trio Review, Photos, Swatches

B
The fading is a big issue for me; it really affects the usefulenss and wearability of the palette. Who wants a shade that disappears even over a primer? The combination of hues work together exceptionally well, though, and on light and much deeper skin tones, this will work nicely. I felt like these shades got a little lost on my skin tone personally (which is not reflected in the grade).

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

4/5

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Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

NARS Gaiety Blush
NARS Gaiety Blush

NARS Spring 2012: Gaiety Blush

NARS Gaiety Blush ($28.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “bright candy pink.” It’s a light-medium cotton candy pink; it has a strong blue base, so it reads cool-toned. It has decent to good color payoff, but it tends to need layering and building to achieve color if you are light-medium or darker. Compared to some of NARS’ other blushes, which may be considered hyper-pigmented, it is rather soft and you won’t need a light hand with it.  It has a natural matte finish, which means it doesn’t look totally flat but still looks mostly matte against the skin. MAC Azalea Blossom is darker and purpler. I don’t think I own NARS Desire, which seems like it may not be quite as cool-toned. NARS Angelika has less of a blue-base, is more of a medium pink, and includes sparkle.

The texture is very soft and finely-milled, and the lightness in color certainly saves it from looking too cool-toned against my skin tone, so I don’t think the blue-base would make it a no-go for warmer skin tones. It will definitely flatter cooler complexions, though. When I tested the wear of NARS’ newest blush, it wore for eight hours and looked fairly good at that point.

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NARS Gaiety Blush Review, Photos, Swatches

B+
This spring certainly has a theme: light pink blushes--and they tend to work best on light to light-medium skin tones. Though many of NARS' blushes, even their lighter shades, tend to be very, very pigmented, this one is not particularly intense. I would recommend medium-dark to dark skin tones check it out in store.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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