Monday, February 21st, 2011

NARS Nana Lipgloss
NARS Nana Lipgloss

NARS Spring 2011: Nana

NARS Nana Lipgloss ($24.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a blackened plum that applies semi-opaque. It is still quite dark, but it is nowhere near as dark applied as it appears in the tube (which almost photographs black!). Though I really liked the color itself, and it gave a rather stained glass look to lips, it isn’t so easy to work with by itself. I would recommend layering it over a lipstick or lip liner in order to minimize the gloss settling into lip lines. I also found that if you touch your lips together at all, it really moved the gloss around and made it look blotchy.

my thoughts on the formula: The texture of this particular gloss felt so different from other NARS’ Lipglosses, it was rather sticky. It wasn’t thick like holiday’s Downtown, but I still found this gloss rather tacky, while other NARS glosses are non-sticky (and it is a trait that these lipglosses are known for). In the past, NARS glosses have had plastic-y smells, but I haven’t noticed this in the latest seasonal launches, including Nana.

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  • Product: 25/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

final thoughts: If you don’t mind some prep work (like lip liner) or layering (over a lipstick), I think it’s a nice shade. It should suit both cooler and warmer skin tones, though it is naturally cool toned. It is a more high-maintenance kind of lip color, unfortunately!

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Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

NARS Tzigane Lipstick
NARS Tzigane Lipstick

NARS Spring 2011: Tzigane

NARS Tzigane Lipstick ($24.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “sheer, pink brandy” that gives “a whisper of subtle color to the lips.” The name was inspired by Maurice Ravel, a French composer, and it translates to “gypsy.” I can get down with the “pink brandy” descriptor, actually. I would describe it as a lightened, rosy brown with a subtle peachiness. It has a subtle shine but nothing glossy or over-the-top. While described as sheer, I found it surprisingly pigmented–I would say semi-opaque rather than semi-sheer.

my thoughts on the formula: NARS Lipstick typically wears four to six hours, with a shade like this lasting just under four. It has a creamier texture that’s moisturizing, and this particular shade is more opaque (some shades can be quite sheer). I didn’t notice any waxy scent, as NARS lipsticks are typically unscented but the scent of the waxy base sometimes come through.

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  • Product: 28/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

final thoughts: I recommend this for both cool and warm undretones; I think it works well with both. Despite being described as sheer, I found it rather opaque, so while the color is more muted, it may be too dark for a really bold or dramatic eye. It should work nicely everyday to semi-dramatic looks, and it will pair best with neutrals, bronzes, and berries.

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Monday, February 14th, 2011

Marc Jacobs @ NYFW Fall/Winter 2011
Marc Jacobs @ NYFW Fall/Winter 2011

Marc Jacobs @ NYFW Fall/Winter 2011

“The look started with a picture that Marc had of Christy Turlington with really fresh skin and rosy cheeks,” said François Nars, Founder & Creative Director of NARS Cosmetics. “Marc wanted ‘icy cold cheeks’ and so the blush is drawn down in such a way that’s unusual…unusual, but decadent. Like a Renaissance painting.”

Makeup How-to

  • Eyes: Grand Palais Duo Eyeshadow (for now, try using Lokoum Cream Blush), Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner in Via Veneto (NEW for Fall 2011; for now try Black Moon Eyeliner Pencil), Larger Than Life Volumizing Mascara
  • Lips: Greta Pure Sheer SPF Lip Treatment
  • Face: Concealer (NEW for Fall 2011; for now, try the existing Concealer), Lokoum Cream Blush

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Monday, February 14th, 2011

Thakoon @ NYFW Fall/Winter 2011
Thakoon @ NYFW Fall/Winter 2011

Thakoon @ NYFW Fall/Winter 2011

“The collection draws inspiration from the opulence of the Rococo period and the style of the Masai tribe in Africa,” said designer Thakoon Panichgul. “There are a lot of primary colors, but also gorgeous marabou feathers, so we wanted to create a balance to everything to ensure it was really believable. We’ve always done fresh, pretty, natural, and it was time for a strong makeup look.”

“With Thakoon’s references to this idea of tribal opulence, I felt that if we were going to do “color” it would have to be focused on the eye with one central color theme, and nothing else. There was a lot of youth in the group of models, so we wanted to keep the look very fresh. Red was a natural choice, complimenting the use of color throughout the collection.” — Diane Kendal

Makeup How-to

  • Eyes: Dragon Girl Velvet Matte Lip Pencil, Taj Mahal Blush, Desire Blush, Exhibit A Blush, Night Snow Single Eyeshadow
  • Lips: Concealer (NEWLY formulated for Fall 2011; for now, try the existing Concealer)
  • Face: Brightening Serum, Concealer (NEWLY formulated for Fall 2011; for now, try the existing Concealer), Penny Lane Cream Blush

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Monday, February 14th, 2011

Mandy Coon @ NYFW Fall/Winter 2011
Mandy Coon @ NYFW Fall/Winter 2011

Mandy Coon @ NYFW Fall/Winter 2011

“My inspiration started with a picture of my family in the late 70s; I thought my mom was so chic. I was also very inspired by these pictures of manta rays and came up with a very film-noir esthetic for the collection, which is very chic, but also very dark,” said designer Mandy Coon.

“I was inspired by Mandy’s film noir and punk references. I chose to create lines for intensity but to keep some negative space in the lid, keeping a modern shape. It’s futuristic cat eye meets cyborg punk princess,” said Lead Artist Francelle Daly.

Makeup How-to

  • Eyes: Via Veneto Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner (NEW for Fall 2011!; for now, try Black Moon Eyeliner Pencil), Santa Monica Boulevard Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner (NEW for Fall 2011!; for now try Iceberg Eyeliner Pencil)
  • Lips: Pago Pago Lipstick (NEW for Fall 2011!; for now try Cruising Lipstick)
  • Face: Sheer Glow Foundation

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Sunday, February 13th, 2011

Video Review: NARS Spring 2011

This is an actual review of the entire NARS Spring 2011 collection, not just first impressions/swatches. I tried not to rant too much on those Soft Touch Shadow Pencils, but I’m not sure how successful I was there, ha! I will be reviewing Nana and Tzigane here on the blog soon.   Would love it if you subscribed to our YouTube channel, too! :)