Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

NARS Lhasa Eyeshadow
NARS Lhasa Eyeshadow

NARS Spring 2012: Lhasa Eyeshadow

NARS Lhasa Eyeshadow ($24.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “shimmery lavender-gray.” It’s gray, just slightly brown, with a stormy, smoky purple brewing in it. The color payoff is good, though just a touch sheer, but it has a really silky-smooth feeling to the texture. It also adheres really well to the lid. Urban Decay Bust is browner. theBalm Come Hither Heather is grayer, more cool-toned. Estee Lauder Tempting Mocha is lighter. Bare Escentuals Rowdy is a touch lighter. MAC Shale is similar but a touch darker.

NARS’ pressed eyeshadows are supposed to be long-wearing, crease-resistant, and highly pigmented on their own, and they do a good job of staying in place without fading or creasing, but only for around eight hours without a primer, at which time there is very slight fading and noticeable (but not deep) creasing. With a primer, I have no concerns as they last until I take off my makeup.

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NARS Lhasa Eyeshadow Review, Photos, Swatches

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Admittedly, it seemed more unique when I first swatched it, but there are a fair number of shades that come close to it! If you don't have a shade like it, though, it is extremely versatile. It can be used in a neutral eye as well as a more dramatic, smoky eye.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

NARS Valparaiso Pure Matte Lipstick
NARS Valparaiso Pure Matte Lipstick

NARS Spring 2012: Valparaiso Pure Matte Lipstick

NARS Valparaiso Pure Matte Lipstick ($25.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “rich raspberry.” It’s a rich raspberry with a slight emphasis on the berry portion. It has a very slightly frosted sheen. The color provides full coverage in a single pass. Guerlain Nuit d’Amour is redder, less pink. MAC Red Dwarf is less red, pinker. MAC Rebel is more berry-like. Guerlain Bee is purpler. MAC Wild ‘Bout You is redder, less pink.

Pure Matte lipsticks are supposed to be long-wearing and opaque with a consistency that glides on and wears comfortably. They also contain wild mango butter to better hydrate lips. What’s nice about the formula is there enough creaminess for even application, easy glide, but not so much that it slips around the lips or causes bleeding or feathering. Valparaiso is definitely opaque in one pass, and it wore for six and a half hours for me and left behind a slight stain. It’s not the most moisturizing formula I’ve tried, but it’s definitely one of the more hydrating matte (or nearly matte) lipstick formulas. I’ve had the best luck with the darker shades in this range, while lighter ones tend to be a little less forgiving.

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It's actually a surprising shade to see for spring! It does coordinate well with the eyeshadow trio NARS Has for spring, though! It has nice color payoff, long-wear, and feels comfortable on.

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9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

NARS Christina Lipstick
NARS Christina Lipstick

NARS Christina Lipstick

NARS Christina Lipstick ($24.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “shimmering golden raspberry.” It has a satin finish, so it’s supposed to be long-wearing, comfortable to wear, and moisturizing. It’s a pink-tinted red with golden shimmer and sheen. It yields opaque color coverage and a natural sheen. It’s a more frosted lipstick, but it didn’t feel clingy or drying, like some really frosty shades can be. NARS Petit Monstre is a less red, more orange variation. Bobbi Brown Raspberry Pink is much lighter in pink but has a similar golden shimmer.

Christina wore for five and a half hours, and it felt moisturizing; my lips still felt supple after I removed it. I didn’t have any feathering or bleeding issues with this shade, despite its deeper hue. It’s creamy enough to apply on the lips without dragging or pulling, but it doesn’t slip around afterward either. NARS lipsticks seem unscented and taste-free to me.

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This shade should look gorgeous on any skin tone, from light to dark. It's rich and bold without being dark, heavy, or neon. It's also nice to see a golden sheen on a shade that's not full-on red or copper-red!

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Tuesday, January 10th, 2012


NARS Spring 2012 Collection

The Spring 2012 Collection, created by Founder and Creative Director François Nars, stars a mix of bright and playful colors balanced with rich, saturated hues. Nars chose to photograph model Ginta Lapina for the spring campaign, explaining, “Her delicate features and classic beauty made her an ideal fit for a collection that’s at once fresh and fierce.”

To achieve the makeup look in the campaign image, Ginta’s skin was made radiant with Santa Fe Sheer Glow Foundation and set with Eden Loose Powder to create an Immaculate Complexion. Next, Zen Blush was applied to the hollow of the cheek and blended toward the temple for contour; Gaiety Blush was brushed onto the apple of the cheeks for a pop of color.

After prepping with Pro Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base, Lhasa Single Eyeshadow was blended onto Ginta’s lids, extending the color to the upper inner corner of the eye. Her brow bone was highlighted with Albatross Highlighting Blush before Dark Rite Soft Touch Shadow Pencil was swiped across the upper lash line. It was further defined with Rue Saint-Honoré Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner; a winged effect was created in the outer corner. The lower lash was lined with the same pencil and gently smudged. Brows were defined with Blondie Single Eyeshadow; lashes were curled, then brushed with two coats of Larger Than Life Lengthening Mascara. Lips were lined and filled in with Amazon Lipliner Pencil, then topped with Valparaíso Pure Matte Lipstick and Misbehave Lip Gloss for shine. The look was completed with Écume Nail Polish on the nails.

Eyeshadow Trio ($45.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Douce France Shimmery icy pink, shimmery rose-petal pink, matte deep rose

Eyeshadow ($24.00)

  • Lhasa Shimmery lavender-gray

Eyeshadow Duo ($34.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Paramaribo Metallic shades of brass and bronze

Blush ($28.00)

  • Gaiety Bright candy-pink

Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil ($24.00)

  • Mexican Rose Hot pink

Pure Matte Lipstick ($25.00)

  • Valparaiso Rich raspberry

Lipstick ($24.00)

  • Bilbao Shimmering topaz

Soft Touch Shadow Pencil ($24.00)

  • Dark Rite Navy blue

Nail Polish ($18.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Diamond Life Metallic violet

availability: January 13th, 2012 at narscosmetics.com

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Sunday, January 1st, 2012

10 Worst Beauty Products of 2011

These are some of the biggest flops I tested out during 2011!  Creasing, poor pigmentation, grittiness, dryness, you name it, you’ll find it on this list!

  1. MAC Interior Life Eyeshadow Quad
  2. Dolce & Gabbana Sweet Temptations Eyeliners
  3. MAC Street Art Eyeshadow Palette
  4. Dior Blue Tie Palette
  5. YSL Volupte Sheer Candy Lipstick
  6. MAC Evil Eye Eyeshadow Quad
  7. NARS Celebrate Soft Touch Shadow Pencil
  8. MAC Miss Piggy Pink Eyeshadow
  9. Clarins Barocco Gold Shimmering Powder
  10. MAC Big Bounce Shadows

What was the worst product you tried out this year?

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

Top 10 of 2011: Lipsticks & Lipglosses

Whew — this was difficult!  I ended up having to lump some of the new-for-2011 formulas into a single pick, even though there were lots of shades I loved!   These are products I reviewed and discovered in 2011, some being part of a brand’s permanent range and others being new/limited edition shades that we saw over the past months.  I guess you could say I gravitate towards reds…

  1. Hourglass Siren Extreme Sheen Lipgloss
  2. Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Colors
  3. Guerlain Rouge Automatiques
  4. Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Lipglosses
  5. NYX Chic Red Round Lipstick
  6. NARS Damage Lipstick
  7. Guerlain Garconne Rouge G Lipstick
  8. Dior Nocturne Rouge Dior Lip Color
  9. Illamasqua Atomic Lipstick
  10. Giorgio Armani #406 Rouge d’Armani Lipstick

What was your favorite lip product this year?