Monday, August 18th, 2014

NARS Audacious Lipstick -- Dominique, Silvia, Vivien, Ingrid
NARS Audacious Lipstick — Dominique, Silvia, Vivien, Ingrid

Here are other five shades that are exclusive to Barneys of NARS Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.), which are also available online at narscosmetics.com. These also launched early, so you can purchase them online now. Of these five, there is one that is much less impressive compared to all the other shades I’ve reviewed up until now, but so far, the formula has been fairly consistent and high quality. The formula has a light creaminess, which allows it to go on smoothly and evenly without tugging on the lips, but it’s not too thick or too thin, so it is forgiving in its application as well. I’ve been getting longer-than-average wear with these, but I wish they were actually hydrating–they’re either neither drying nor hydrating or a bit drying. It seems like if they start wearing beyond six hours, they can feel drying. They’re scent- and taste-free.

Dominique Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “pink lilac.” It’s a muted, medium-dark purple with subtle pink tones and a satin finish. It had full color coverage in one pass, and the color applied evenly and smoothly without settling into lip lines. It wore well for four and a half hours on me and was neither drying nor hydrating. MAC Seasoned Plum (LE, $18.00) is darker. MAC Nocturnal Instincts (LE, $16.00) is more matte, lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Silvia Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “radiant orchid.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark fuchsia magenta with cool undertones and a satin sheen. It had intense color payoff that glided on easily and evenly. The color wore well for six and a half hours and left a stain behind. It was a smidgen on the drying side for me. NARS Angela (P, $32.00) is lighter. NARS Michiyo (P, $32.00) is pinker. NARS Full Frontal (LE, $26.00) is lighter, brighter. Maybelline Brazen Berry (P, $7.49) is similar. MAC Night Blooming (LE, $16.00) is brighter. Buxom Swinger (P, $21.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Vivien Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “red plum.” It’s a medium-dark, plummy berry with neutral-to-cool undertones and a satin finish. It had fully opaque pigmentation after one layer. It had a slightly less emollient consistency compared to the average shade in this formula, but it was still comfortable to wear during the six hours it lasted. It was neither drying nor hydrating. Marc Jacobs Beauty Cabaret (146) (LE, $30.00) is slightly darker. YSL Forbidden Burgundy (12) (P, $34.00) is brighter. Givenchy Violine Precieux (312) (LE, $36.00) is slightly warmer. Illamasqua Shard (P, $24.00) is darker, more matte. NARS Afghan Red (P, $26.00) is slightly cooler-toned. MAC Red Dwarf (LE, $18.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sandra Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “rosewood.” It’s a medium-dark, red-brown with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had rich, full color coverage in one stroke that applied evenly. The texture was slightly drier compared to others, though it wasn’t dry–it didn’t tug or anything like that. It wore well for six hours and left a stain behind, but it was a bit drying towards the end. NARS Jeanne (P, $32.00) is darker. NARS Olivia (P, $32.00) is lighter. Estee Lauder Emotional (140) (P, $30.00) is redder, brighter. MAC Studded Kiss (LE, $16.00) is darker, more matte. Guerlain Gisela (LE, $51.00) is shimmery. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Starling (P, $18.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Ingrid Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “merlot.” It’s a deep, dark burgundy-red with warm undertones and a glossy shine. The formula had a lot more slip with this shade, and it showed in both the color payoff–which was semi-opaque–and the wear, where it feathered slightly outside the natural lip line and lasted five and a half hours. It also pulled a bit into lip lines as it wore away. NARS Bette (P, $32.00)is warmer, lighter. MAC Lingering Kiss (LE, $16.00) is more matte. Maybelline Espresso Exposed (955) (P, $7.49) is lighter. MAC Talk That Talk (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned, more matte. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Anita (P, $18.00) is darker, browner. Urban Decay Shame (P, $22.00) is a bit lighter. MAC Endless Drama (P, $18.00) is similar. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Black Dahlia (P, $18.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Sunday, August 17th, 2014

NARS Audacious Lipstick -- Vanessa, Julie, Marisa, Kelly, Carmen
NARS Audacious Lipstick — Vanessa, Julie, Marisa, Kelly, Carmen

Here are five of the ten Barneys’ exclusive shades of NARS Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.), which are also available online at narscosmetics.com. These also launched early, so you can purchase them online now. The new formula is supposed to be highly pigmented with a formula that makes lips appear smoother while also hydrating. The consistency has a light creaminess to it that enables it to glide on evenly and smoothly. It seemed particularly forgiving when applied, as it didn’t catch on imperfections, yet it doesn’t slide around easily. The formula wears longer on me than the average lipstick, and they’re really comfortable to wear for most of the time–it’s the last hour or so of wear that seems drier, though often not drying, just dry in feel. I have found a couple of shades to be a little drying with few actually being hydrating. They’re scent- and taste-free.

Vanessa Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “mauve nude.” It’s a neutral-to-warm-toned, muted pink with a satin finish. It had rich, opaque color coverage that went on smoothly and evenly without bunching up at all. It wore well for five hours, and it was neither drying nor hydrating. NARS Anita (P, $32.00) is slightly warmer, but the two are surprisingly similar. Guerlain Rosy Boop (369) (P, $37.00) is lighter. Givenchy Nude Guipure (106) (P, $36.00) is warmer. Givenchy Rose d’Exception (206) (LE, $36.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Julie Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “nude pink.” It’s a brightened, coral-pink with warm undertones and a soft shine. It had mostly opaque color coverage, but the consistency had more slip compared to other shades in the formula, which made it apply not quite as evenly. You will get faint “lines” if you press your lips together as the product moves around more. On me, this shade wore well for four hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. NARS Brigitte (P, $32.00) is slightly darker but similar. MAC Modern Wow! (LE, $16.00) is brighterr. MAC Reel Sexy (LE, $16.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Marisa Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “warm pink.” It’s a medium pink with cool, blue undertones (it doesn’t look warm at all) and a satin finish. It had intense color payoff in one stroke, while it applied evenly and smoothly. The color lasted for five hours, and it was neither drying nor hydrating. MAC Boutique Pink (LE, $22.00) is cooler-toned. Marc Jacobs Beauty Pop-arazzi (606) (P, $28.00) is more matte, brighter. Givenchy Hibiscus Exclusif (302) (P, $36.00) is warmer. Givenchy Rose Perfecto (209) (P, $36.00) is brighter. Guerlain Geraldine (77) (P, $51.00) is more shimmery. Estee Lauder Powerful (P, $30.00) is lighter. L’Oreal Pink Flamingo (180) (P, $8.95) is a touch darker. NARS Goodbye Emmanuelle (LE, $26.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Kelly Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “coral hibiscus.” It’s a bright, coral-red with warm undertones and a satiny sheen. It had fully opaque color coverage in a single pass, while the color stayed on well for six hours and left a slight stain behind. It was neither drying nor hydrating over time. NARS Grace (P, $32.00) is brighter. Guerlain Rouge Kiss (325) (P, $37.00) is darker. Chanel La Malicieuse (46) (P, $34.00) is brighter, cooler-toned. Estee Lauder Defiant Coral (P, $30.00) is brighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Shout (138) (LE, $30.00) is pinker. Chanel Melodieuse (136) (P, $34.00) is pinker. Givenchy Rose Dentelle (203) (P, $36.00) is warmer, more muted. Maybelline Shocking Coral (P, $7.49) is pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Carmen Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “geranium.” It’s a bright, medium red with subtle, warm undertones and a glossy sheen. It had incredibly rich color payoff, and the consistency of this shade had more slip (and resulting shine) than others in the formula. It applied very evenly, and the color wore well for eight hours overall, but I found it a bit drying over the last two hours of wear. NARS Rita (P, $32.00) is darker, more muted. NARS Annabella (P, $32.00) is a smidgen more muted. Bite Beauty Grandifolia (LE, $28.00) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Showstopper (134) (P, $30.00) is darker, browner. NARS Future Red (LE, $26.00) is similar. Maybelline Infra-red (LE, $7.49) is similar. Giorgio Armani #402 (P, $32.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Sunday, August 17th, 2014

Unlike cool-toned browns, there’s no shortage of warm-toned browns (seriously, check out this gallery), but here are a few of my very favorites that you can individually and any time you want. I’d love to hear your warmer brown must-haves!

  1. Make Up For Ever D623 Celestial Earth — a rich, bronzy brown with a frosted finish
  2. NARS Fez — a brightened, reddish-orange brown
  3. Laura Mercier Cafe au Lait — a medium, softly warm-toned brown with a matte finish
  4. Makeup Geek Homecoming — a light-medium bronzy brown
  5. Inglot #422 — a rich bronze

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Sunday, August 17th, 2014

NARS Velvet Lip Liner for Fall 2014
NARS Velvet Lip Liner for Fall 2014

NARS Cosmetics introduces a new era for lips with Velvet Lip Liner. As the perfect complement to the Audacious Lipstick Collection or any lipstick, the new formula defines lips with pigment-rich color that perfectly frames, fills and prevents feathering. The upgraded propel/repel design allows for precise application with a smooth, sharp finish.

The twelve shade color range perfectly coordinates with NARS’ expansive lip category – match to your lipstick for dramatic depth or fill in lips completely for long-wear color.

Velvet Lip Liner ($24.00) (New, Permanent)

  • Playa Dorado Vibrant orange red
  • Nihiwatu Cardinal red
  • Costa Smeralda Shocking pink
  • Anse SoleilCoral pink
  • El Agua Lavender rose
  • Belle Mare Sangria
  • Waimea Nude peach pink
  • Patong Beach Pink rose
  • Medano Beach Spiced wine
  • Mirihi Island Beach Plum rose
  • Lanikai Burgundy
  • Karekare Bright rose

Availability: Now at NARS; September 1st at Sephora, department/specialty stores

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Saturday, August 16th, 2014

It’s actually hard to find a cool-toned brown that’s permanent AND not only available in a palette. No wonder so many readers are waiting desperately for a brand to release a truly cool-toned set of neutrals! What are your favorites?

  1. MAC Mystery — a medium-dark, neutral-to-cool brown with a matte finish
  2. NARS Bali — a dark brown with subtle, cool undertones
  3. Inglot #363 — a plummy brown with cool undertones and a matte finish
  4. Inglot #326 — a burgundy brown with cool undertones and a matte finish
  5. Ulta Mink — a cool-toned brown with a satin finish

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Thursday, August 14th, 2014

NARS Yachiyo Kabuki Brush
NARS Yachiyo Kabuki Brush

NARS Yachiyo Kabuki Brush ($55.00) is described as a “multi-functional tool designed for defining cheekbones, highlighting the complexion, and blending and diffusing color on or around the eye area.” It’s a slightly smaller-than-medium-sized blush brush that flares outwards from the base and then tapers gradually to a point at the tip. It’s 1.5 inches / 4 centimeters in length, 0.75 inches / 2.5 centimeters in width (at its widest) and thickness. It has a total length of 6.25 inches / just over 16 centimeters. It has a fair amount of spring and moderate density. I liked it best with under-pigmented blushes or blushes with stiffer, drier consistencies, because the bristles aren’t as soft, so they seem to disturb the surface of tougher powder blushes better, but it’s a brush that doesn’t feel as nice on the skin at times. When I use a feathery touch, I don’t notice that it’s lacking some softness and smoothness to the bristles, but if I try to buff or really blend and diffuse color, it’s less comfortable. I remember hearing a lot of raves for this brush over the years, so when I received it, I was disappointed by the texture and feel of the brushes. It actually prompted me to try Hakuhodo’s Large Yachiyo brush ($50), which is softer but not as soft as other face brushes.

NARS Mie Kabuki Brush ($55.00) is described as a “soft, allover face powder” brush that uses goat hair bristles. It’s a medium-large powder brush that flares from the bottom, rounds out in the middle, then gradually tapers to a soft point at the top. It’s nicely weighted with slightly more weight towards the brush head end, but it feels comfortable in the hand. The brush head is 1.75 inches / 5 centimeters in length, 1.25 inches / 3 centimeters in width (at its widest point) and thickness. It had a total length of 7 inches / 17.5 centimeters. The bottom half (towards the base) is dense, and as it moves up, it has more of a moderate density and moderate spring. The bristles are somewhat rough/scratchy against the skin, especially if you use any tapping or stippling motion, and it is less noticeable if you use slow, sweeping motions. It is about double the size of the Yachiyo with greater density, but it is similar in overall shape.

NARS Mizubake Kabuki Brush ($55.00) is described as a “contour and sculpt” brush with goat hair bristles that can be used with blush as well. It is a short-handled, flat-topped brush that flares out from the base. The brush head was just short of 1.25 inches / 3 centimeters in length, and 1.25 inches / 3 centimeters in width (at its widest point) and thickness. It had a total length of 4/5 inches / 11 centimeters. It could have a better cut–the bristles are a bit uneven, but it was significantly softer, smoother, and nicer to use on the skin compared to the other two brushes above. It had moderate density with light spring, so it worked well for buffing product into the skin, stippling, blending, and sweeping. Of the four, this was the only one I liked, though the shape itself isn’t one that I use in my regular routine, but it is a nice alternative to a buffer brush for someone looking for a longer handle (compared to most buffer brushes, that is!) and less density (it is easier to clean and dries faster than your typical buffer brush, since it is less dense).

NARS Kudoki Kabuki Brush ($40.00) is described as a “sable and pony hair” brush used to “contour the eye for impeccable crease definition.” It is a medium-large-sized, sharply angled eye brush. The brush head measured 0.5 inches / just over 1 centimeter in length, 0.4 inches / 9mm in width, 1/8 of an inch / 3mm in thickness. It had a total 6.5 length of inches / almost 17 centimeters. It’s a firmer, denser brush that is very precise, so if you like a soft, diffused crease, this isn’t an appropriate brush. This seems like a brush you’d use to create a cut crease look. It could be used to apply eyeliner as well, but it is a thicker angled brush, so it would be for a more specific look/application or perhaps smudging out eyeliner. The bristles were fairly soft, but the shape is “sharper” in a way, so use a light pressure when applying to find your comfort zone. The cut could be better, as the edge is noticeably uneven.

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Yachiyo Kabuki Brush

Moderate density, springy brush that is best for under-pigmented powder products as the bristles are scratchier/rougher and dislodge powder from stubborn pans of powder better, but it can be uncomfortable to use, especially when blending due to the scratchiness.
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A medium-large all-over face powder brush with rougher/scratchier bristles, which makes it more unpleasant to use as an all-over face brush. The lack of softness is more noticeable when tapping or patting the brush against the skin and slightly less apparent when doing a sweeping motion.
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Mizubake Kabuki Brush

Moderately dense, light springiness that made it work well for buffing and blending out powder products on the skin for a really diffused look. The bristles were fairly soft, and the brush is similar to how one might use a buffing brush but with a flatter edge and a longer handle (but it is a short handle compared to face brushes in general).
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