Saturday, August 11th, 2012

5 Ocean-Inspired Eyeshadows

When I think of the ocean, I think of blue, green, and teal all merged into one. Depending on the depth and clarity of the water, you might a really smoldering blue, maybe something closer to blackened blue, and at other times, a beautiful translucent aqua blue. I could have easily chosen five more shades for this topic, LOL! There were so many amazing shades to choose from.

What color best represents the ocean in your stash?

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

NARS Gilda Highlighting Blush
NARS Gilda Blush

Gilda the Good Blush

NARS Gilda Blush ($28.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “perfect coral with a hint of red.” It’s an orange-coral with a little burnt red tinge and matte finish. NARS Exhibit A is much more intense, deeper, and redder. MAC Modern Mandarin is brighter with a satin finish. Make Up For Ever #5 is richer in color but similar in color. MAC Out for Fun is a cream blush but very comparable in color.

The hint of red is readily apparent in this blush, and for some, it may bring out any underlying redness and give that sunburned look that’s less-than-lovely.  If you don’t have a lot of natural redness in your cheeks, this should read prettily on your skin.  The texture is soft, finely-milled, and looks natural against the skin. Despite the matte finish, it doesn’t look dry or flat, and it never accentuates pores or skin imperfections.  Gilda has good color payoff, though you don’t have to fear too much about overdoing it–you don’t need a feathery hand like you do with Exhibit A. It’s buildable, blendable, and a good alternative to Exhibit A if it just seems too intense for you. When I wore this, Gilda lasted for a full eight hours and didn’t have any fading at all.

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It's buildable, blendable, and a good alternative to Exhibit A if it just seems too intense for you. If you already own Exhibit A, you can always just use it really, really lightly, because the two look fairly similar when applied.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Monday, August 6th, 2012

NARS Gaiety Highlighting Blush
NARS Gaiety Blush

Once More with… Gaiety!

I reviewed this blush just seven months ago when it originally launched with NARS’ spring collection. This is mostly a summary and an update with newer, better quality photos along with the diffused flash/studio lighting for the full face photos along with an updated list of potential dupes (based on added product swatches).

NARS Gaiety Blush ($28.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “bright candy pink.” It’s a cool-toned cotton candy pink with strong blue undertones and a mostly matte finish. I remember some readers inquiring about its similarity to NARS Desire, which I did not own previously, but now that I do, I can say that it’s far, far different–Desire is darker, richer, much more intense overall. MAC Full of Joy is lighter, more purple. MAC Peony Petal is darker, pinker. MAC Azalea Blossom is more purple. MAC Briar Rose is pinker.

Gaiety has a soft, touchable texture that’s finely-milled but not powdery. It delivers decent color payoff, but with it being a lighter color, it will take some layering to achieve true-to-pan color on medium to dark complexions. On lighter skin tones, it’s a very wearable pale pink with blue undertones–perfect for those with similarly cool undertones. I re-tested the wear, and it still wore well; a solid eight hours with very minimal fading along the edges.

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It delivers decent color payoff, but with it being a lighter color, it will take some layering to achieve true-to-pan color on medium to dark complexions. On lighter skin tones, it's a very wearable pale pink with blue undertones--perfect for those with similarly cool undertones.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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Saturday, August 4th, 2012


NARS Eyeliner Stylo Launches

Bold and intense definition for the eyes. NARS introduces a modern liquid liner.

NARS Eyeliner Stylo gives long-lasting, incredible precision – all in one stroke – for up to 24 hour wear. The highly pigmented colors in four new shades glide on smoothly and effortlessly for intense payoff that dries down quickly and stays put. The super-fine tip allows for precise application and versatility in line width for a variety of looks. A new delivery system and pigment-based formula provide long-lasting color that’s easy to remove.

The fashion must-have joins the brand’s Eyeliner Pencil and Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner in providing countless optinos for a beautiful eye look.

  • Carpates Black
  • Nuku Hiva Brown
  • Atlantic Navy
  • Koala Grey

Availability: Now @ NARS; $27.00 each

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Saturday, July 28th, 2012


NARS Launches NARSskin Collection

A visionary in the world of makeup artistry and photography, NARS Founder and Creative Director Francois Nars uses light as a tool to transform the complexion. Now, NARS captures the power of light in a unique anti-aging collection that helps illuminate skin as never before. When applied on newly smooth, bright skin, makeup lasts longer than ever and simply glows. Uniquely prismatic, youthful, and radiant. Skin is illuminated.

Optimal Brightening Concentrate ($72.00)

Advanced radiance-boosting serum brightens skin and revitalizes the complexion.

Gentle Cream Cleanser ($29.00)

Gently removes makeup and impurities while maintaining moisture balance.

Purifying Foam Cleanser ($29.00)

Lifts away makeup and impurities, and refreshes the skin while gently soothing skin’s surface.

Double Refining Exfoliator ($34.00)

Refines skin’s surface with mild citrus fruit acids and botanical exfoliating spheres.

Multi-Action Hydrating Toner ($32.00)

Gently exfoliates skin with an alcohol-free formula for a smooth and even appearance.

Total Replenishing Eye Cream ($55.00)

Absorb quickly to visibly reduce fine lines, wrinkles, and the appearance of dark circles.

Luminous Moisture Cream ($62.00)

Replenishes skin with 24-hour intense hydration and restores luminosity that naturally diminishes over time.

Aqua Gel Luminous Oil-Free Moisturizer ($58.00)

Hydrates, revitalizes, and fortifies skin with a lightweight gel texture.

Aqua Gel Luminous Mask ($39.00)

Provides a surge of hydration to the skin.

Availability: August 1st @ Saks; August 15th everywhere else NARS is sold

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Thursday, July 26th, 2012

NARS More Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil
NARS More Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil

Would You Say Auburn is Universally Flattering?

NARS More Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil ($24.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as “auburn.” It’s a medium orange-brown with a glossy sheen. It’s like a lighter terracotta. NARS Hopi is less brown, sheerer, and shimmery. MAC Hot Spell is less orange and has shimmer. MAC Tea Ceremony is lighter. NARS Casablanca is more orange, less brown. Cle de Peau Just Joey is lighter.

Velvet Gloss Lip Pencils are supposed to be lightweight, have great shine, feel hydrating, and be easy to apply. More is a new shade for fall, but it is being added to the permanent collection. When I wore it last week, it lasted for four and a half hours, which is good; above average.  It yields opaque color coverage, and the color applies evenly.  This shade felt less shiny compared to other pencils I’ve tried in the range, though it’s definitely a stronger sheen than the Velvet Matte range!   I found it neither moisturizing nor drying, just kind of there (better that than drying).  It does have a creamy, lightweight texture that seems thin but applies easily.

I’m not a fan of this type of packaging, especially because the pencil is on the softer, creamier side, so it can easily get stuck inside a pencil sharpener.  Readers have advised freezing the pencil prior to sharpening to help minimize waste, which definitely helps but hasn’t fully eliminated the problem (there’s still some waste).

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It's an interesting shade of orange-brown, because it doesn't read very warm-toned, despite that brown and orange tend to be warmer hues. There's warmth there, but it's subtle.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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