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New! NARS Eye Paints for Fall 2013

For Fall 2013, NARS introduces Eye Paint, a must-have for beauty lovers who want to elevate their eye look. Housed in a brilliant pot of high-impact pigment, this versatile product can be used as both an eyeshadow and eyeliner. The innovative weightless gel formula delivers long-lasting color that glides on smooth and dries down quickly. When used as eyeliner, pair with the new Angled Eyeliner Brush #38 for a perfectly defined eye. Comes in 10 shades for a full range of artistry. Ophthalmologist Tested.

Eye Paint ($25.00) (New, Permanent)

  • Black Valley Black
  • Interstellar Silver
  • Iskandar Gold
  • Mesopotamia Brown
  • Mozambique Olive
  • Snake Eyes Black with green shimmer
  • Solomon Islands Turquoise blue
  • Tatar Black with purple shimmer
  • Transvaal Grey
  • Ubangi Black with blue shimmer


  • #38 Angled Eyeliner Brush Angled brush ($26.00)

Availability: September 1st at Nordstrom, NARS

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NARS 413 BLKR Nail Polish

NARS 413 BLKR Nail Polish
NARS 413 BLKR Nail Polish

NARS 413 BLKR Nail Polish ($19.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “midnight blue.” It’s a rich, deep, dark blue with a jelly-cream finish–not quite as squishy and as plush as a true jelly, but it doesn’t have the texture or look of a true cream. MAC Double Trouble is similar. Rescue Beauty Lounge Dead Calm is lighter, cream. China Glaze First Mate is also a cream. See comparison swatches.

The consistency was on the thinner side, almost watery but not quite. Each coat had a tendency to pull a little away from where I originally placed the brush, so I’d recommend starting your coat further away from the cuticle.  The first coat looked streaky after I applied it, but the second coat seemed to hide and correct whatever was wrong with the first coat for the most part.  After two coats, it was mostly opaque but there was a noticeable translucency (which is part of what made me think it was a jelly–but it lacked the thicker, squishy look for one).  I typically get really exceptional wear out of NARS’ formula (seven to ten days with minor tip wear).

NARS Nail Polish 413 BLKR
413 BLKR

NARS 413 BLKR Lipstick

NARS 413 BLKR Lipstick
NARS 413 BLKR Lipstick

NARS 413 BLKR Lipstick ($26.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “warm rose brown.” It’s deepened, warm red with subtle brown undertones and a matte finish. It immediately reminded me of NARS Amsterdam, which is slightly warmer, but I think the two are quite similar (to the point where you wouldn’t need both unless you wear it all the time already). MAC Legendary is browner, warmer. MAC Pre-Raphaelite is more metallic. See comparison swatches.

It is only lightly creamy, so it tugged a bit when I applied it, but it was opaque once applied. It had a mostly matte finish that did look just slightly dry on the lips, so I would recommend properly exfoliating prior to application to get the most out of this (and least amount of product catching on any imperfections). 413 BLKR was somewhat drying over the six-and-a-half hour wear time–it left behind a reddish stain that lingered for another two hours.  There was no discernible scent or taste.

NARS Lipstick 413 BLKR
413 BLKR

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The Tempting 10 — August 2013 Edition

Maybelline Vibrant Mandarin NARS Taos Zoya Beatrix YSL Vert d'Orient Illamasqua Supernatural Burberry Cameo Pink Burberry Cameo Pink OCC New Wave OCC New Wave Urban Decay Radium Sephora Fairytale Marc Jacobs The Starlet

The Tempting 10 features my top product picks for the upcoming month, and these are all products I’ve reviewed in the past (you can click around the image above or use the links below to see more photos, swatches, etc.). I think it’s a great way for me to share old favorites (but always ones that are permanent!) and highlight recent limited editions that have captured my attention.  Asking me to narrow anything down to a top ten is difficult, but I’ve tried to capture products across brands, price points, and even types, for a more well-rounded list.

August is that month that, for me, will always be the last real month of summer, even if technically it’s not over.  I think a lot of it has to do with being in school until I was 25, so August meant back-to-school shopping, enjoying the last days with no essays, no textbooks, and no looming exams, and getting away with (at least some of the time) doing nothing.  Now that I’ve graduated from school, summer is a little different, but there’s a part of me that still gets nervous when August 1st pops up on the calendar, because I think, “Nooo, school!”  To that end, I look at the month as one filled with fun, which is why my favorites are vibrant and rich.  I also think with the hot temperatures we see in August, brighter colors just feel so appropriate, and then formulas that are minimalist or long-wearing are musts.  I love how one statement color, whether on eyes, lips, or nails (or wherever else!) can instantly make one look alive and colorful and present without spending a lot of time or having to worry about it breaking down easily.

Bonus: a lot of these products work well for anyone hurried in the mornings or doesn’t want to touch-up a lot during the day–so perfect for those of you who are heading back to school this fall.

  1. Maybelline Vibrant Mandarin — a rich, vibrant orange-red for the perfect pop of color in the summer when you want to look a little done up but not actually wear a lot of makeup
  2. NARS Taos — a bolder, super pigment-rich shade that can be worn subtly or intensely in a burnt red with gold shimmer–the more you blend and buff it into the skin, the more glowy it looks
  3. Zoya Beatrix — a sparkling, dazzling tangerine for your nails that wears well, too
  4. YSL Vert d’Orient — a rich, decadent teal cream that makes me think of swimming pools, tropical islands, and vacation
  5. Illamasqua Supernatural — a dewy, bronzy glow that gives skin a wet, shimmering look
  6. Burberry Cameo Pink — a beautiful, glossy coral-pink shimmered with gold with semi-opaque color coverage
  7. OCC New Wave — glossy, shiny, stained glass color that is lighter than lipstick but still more pigmented than traditional gloss; New Wave being a pinky-red with subtle cool undertones–like a juicy watermelon for your lips
  8. Urban Decay Radium — a deep blue with a frosted finish and would work well paired with golds, greens, aquas, and teals (if the eyeshadow is too much, there is always the eyeliner!)
  9. Sephora Fairytale — shimmer like a mermaid with this blue-based teal that has green and gold shimmer; I love wearing shades like this (I am a teal eyeliner junkie) on the lower lash line with not much else on the eyes for an instant burst of color
  10. Marc Jacobs The Starlet — it’s a lovely palette, period, but I think it’s a nice transition piece from summer to fall, and August, no doubt, is going to be an interesting month for MJB, since we’ll see the full release and I can’t wait to hear what the beauty world says about the range!

I’d also like to take a moment in this post to plead with Tom Ford to make his Cream Colors in Escapade and Pink Haze permanent, because had they not completely sold out months ago (part of the summer collection), they would have earned a spot here most definitely.

I hope you’ll consider sharing your must-haves for August in the comments! Here’s a quickie list to get you started…

  • Must-Have Eye Products:
  • Must-Have Cheek/Face Products:
  • Must-Have Lip Products:
  • Must-Have Hair/Skin Products:

NARS 413 BLKR Collection for Fall 2013

Highly pigmented with a semi-matte finish, the deep rose brown 413 BLKR Lipstick provides full-bodied, velvety color. The transfixing midnight blue 413 BLKR Nail Polish imparts incredible luster and a fresh, fashion-forward accent to any beauty look. Named for the brand’s first flagship address in New York City’s West Village neighbourhood, Founder and Creative Director François Nars drew inspiration from the fast-paced city when creating the 413 BLKR Collection. Available exclusively at NARS boutiques and on narscosmetics.com, the latest debuts are modern, bold and timeless – just like the city itself.

Lipstick ($26.00)

  • 413 BLKR Deep rose brown

Nail Polish ($19.00)

  • 413 BLKR Midnight blue

Availability: August 1st at NARS boutiques and narscosmetics.com

NARS Soulshine Blush Palette

NARS Soulshine Blush Palette
NARS Soulshine Blush Palette

NARS Soulshine Blush Palette ($41.00 for 0.42 oz.) consists of three shades that can be used individually or swirled together. Like Realm of the Senses, the texture of all three shades was very soft and finely-milled; almost buttery, but they were somewhat powdery. Luckily, they don’t look powdery on the skin and blend and sit well on the skin instead. Be careful what brush you use, though, as some will kick up quite a bit of excess powder, which is both messy and wasteful.  This palette is more pigmented than the other one, but fairer complexions may find this one requires more caution and care, as it is easy to over-do the color.  I wore the palette together (swirled as one shade) yesterday, and it had some minor signs of fading after eight hours of wear but hadn’t turned patchy or completely faded away.

Soulshine (Together) is a warm, brightened pink-coral with a golden shimmer. It very slightly emphasized pores due to the high shimmer finish.  It is more orange-toned compared to Realm of the Senses (Together), not as pink. Physicians Formula Warm is lighter. Edward Bess Secret Affair is less shimmery. Tom Ford Lovelust is more orange. NARS Deep Throat is less shimmery, slightly less warm. MAC Fleet Fast is similar. Dior Pink Glow is more matte. See comparison swatches.

Soulshine #1 is a warm-toned, medium-dark pink with golden shimmer. NARS Realm of the Senses (Together) is warmer, less pink. MAC Simmer is a bit darker. NARS Orgasm is lighter.  See comparison swatches.

Soulshine #2 is a warm-toned, golden-shimmered orange with a muted feel–not too bright. Based on the description of “sheer golden apricot,” my guess was this was supposed to be the highlighter shade in the palette, but it’s really not that sheer–it is quite buildable.  This shade did emphasize pores slightly. NARS Gina is more matte, more beige-based. MAC Warmth of Coral is lighter, brighter. MAC Blazing Haute is yellower. NARS Luster is more orange and golden shimmered–more frosted. See comparison swatches.

Soulshine #3 is a reddish-berry with gold sparkle. It’s very pigmented and a little goes a long way.  The sparkle seems to get worked into the skin, as it appeared more as a sheen than an all-out sparkle. NARS Realm of the Senses #2 is warmer, browner. NARS Oasis is darker, more muted, more plum. NARS Dolce Vita is more plum, less shimmery. NARS Outlaw is slightly pinker. Chanel Rouge is bolder, more berry-ish. See comparison swatches.

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