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NARS Melina Contour Blush Duo

NARS Melina Contour Blush
NARS Melina Contour Blush

NARS Melina Contour Blush ($42.00 for 0.28 oz.) is one of two new, permanent highlighting/contour duos for fall. The highlighting shade in the duos tends to be mostly matte, so it is not your typical shimmery, glowy highlighter. This is one of the deeper duos, so it should be good for someone who wants a more dramatic contour or for someone with a medium or darker skin tone.

Melina (Highlight) is a muted, medium tan with warm, yellowish undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-sheer, buildable coverage that was fairly blendable and soft on the skin without looking dry or powdery. The color lasted for eight hours on me. Colour Pop Bon Voyage (P, $8.00) is darker (90% similar). bareMinerals The Ocean View (LE, $24.00) is darker (90% similar). Givenchy Ambre Saison (P, $52.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (03) (P, $40.00) is darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Skinny Dip (P, $8.00) is darker (85% similar). Kat Von D Shadowplay (P) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (01) (P, $40.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is darker (80% similar). MAC Aphrodite's Shell (LE, $33.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Desert Days (P, $48.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). Tarte Contour Soft (Tarteist) (LE) is darker, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Melina (Contour) is a deep, dark brown with neutral-to-warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. The texture was soft, smooth, and blendable, while it had really rich color payoff. This should work on medium-dark and darker skin tones (I’ll be curious to hear if this works on very deep skin tones–do let me know if you’ve tried it!) better than other contours. On me, a little went a long way, but it was blendable enough that I could use it as a more dramatic contour. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours. MAC Naturally Enhanced (LE, $32.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Billionaire Bronze (LE, $29.50) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Raizin (P, $22.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Swiss Chocolate (P, $22.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Makeup Geek Chivalry (P, $10.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NARS Contour Blush Melina
Melina
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Sneak Peek: NARS Hardwired Eyeshadows Photos & Swatches

NARS Hardwired Eyeshadows
NARS Hardwired Eyeshadows

The collection of NARS Hardwired Eyeshadows ($25.00 for 0.07 oz.) includes six, limited edition shades, with two shades released previously (though not under the name “Hardwired”). Here’s a quick look at them while I work on testing them!

NARS Hardwired Eyeshadows

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NARS Sculpting Multiple Duos & Hardwired Eyeshadows for Fall 2016

NARS Sculpting Multiple Duos & Hardwired Eyeshadows
NARS Sculpting Multiple Duos & Hardwired Eyeshadows

NARS introduces the Sculpting Multiple Duo for Fall 2016. NARS’ iconic multi-tasker works two places at once. The darker shades blend effortlessly to create a contour enhancing the face’s natural features, while the illuminating shades provide a sheer color that illuminates the high points of the face. Both double up on eyes, lips, and cheeks. Portable. Buildable.

NARS Cosmetics [also] introduces the limited-edition Hardwired Eyeshadow Collection—a rich and radiant lineup of six precious metals. A rare combination of high-pigment with high-shine, ultrafine blends of shimmer, glitter, and pearl reflect light for eye-catching effects. Glides on smoothly and evenly. Layers and intensifies. Lasts through the night.

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Sculpting Multiple Duo | $39.00 | Limited Edition, Sephora Exclusive

  • Copacabana/Sidari Beach Shimmering pink silver/Rose bronze
  • Hot Sand/Laguna Peach champagne/Bronzed brown
  • Playa Flamenco/Oahu Sparkling soft gold/Deep bronze

Hardwired Eyeshadow | $28.00 | Limited Edition, Sephora Exclusive

  • Earthshine Iridescent pink lilac
  • Lunar Soft iridescent violet
  • Outer Limits Iridescent rose gold (Repromote)
  • Parallax Metallic dove grey
  • Pygar Gold lame
  • Stud Soft pewter bronze (Repromote)

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NARS Velvet Eyeliners (Part 2)

NARS Black Moon Velvet Liner
NARS Black Moon Velvet Liner

NARS Black Moon Velvet Liner ($24.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a deep black with a satin finish. It had rich color payoff in one stroke, and it was easy to layer and build as desired, too–it didn’t lift or cause the color to streak. It was creamy enough to be comfortable to apply, but it didn’t migrate or move around immediately. The color wore for eight hours overall. Urban Decay Perversion (P, $20.00) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Perfect Black (P, $18.00) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Perversion (P, $22.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). MAC Smolder (P, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Sephora Clubbing Stilettos (P, $10.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Graphblack (P, $16.00) is less glossy (95% similar). MAC Definitely Black (P, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Stila Stingray (P, $22.00) is glossier (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Jet (LE, $24.00) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Perversion (P, $20.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Black Brilliance (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M10 Matte Black (P, $21.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Buxom Call Me (P, $17.00) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Via Veneto (P, $24.00) is darker (90% similar). Zoeva Black to Earth (P, $7.50) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Blacktrack (P, $16.00) is less glossy (90% similar). Estee Lauder Blackened Black (LE, $20.00) is darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Blacquer (P, $25.00) is darker (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Black (01) (P, $28.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). Urban Decay Black Velvet (P, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker, less glossy (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NARS Blue Lotus Velvet Liner ($24.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a dark, violet-purple with cool, bluish undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation in one stroke, which was buildable to a minor degree, but it was hard to get fully opaque coverage out of this shade. It could have also applied more evenly. The color started to migrate noticeably after seven and a half hours of wear. NARS St. Marks Place (P, $24.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Amethyst Android (P, $15.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Descanso (DC, $6.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Kat Von D Homie (P, $10.00) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NARS Curacao Velvet Liner ($24.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a bright, cyan blue with a matte finish. It had good pigmentation in one pass, and the consistency was soft enough to be comfortable, but the edge was firm enough to get a really crisp, even line of color. The color wore well for almost nine hours on me, which made it one of the longer-wearing shades in the range. Colour Pop Bee Sting (P, $5.00)(95% similar). MAC Hi-Def Cyan (P, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). Colour Pop Bee Sting (DC, $6.00) is darker (95% similar). Stila Cobalt (P, $22.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NARS Darklight Velvet Liner ($24.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a dark, muted navy blue with cool undertones and a satin finish. The color payoff was good, though not fully opaque (and it didn’t layer and build to opaque fo rme). The texture was lightly creamy but seemed to have a little more slip, so it sometimes looked streaky applied–that streakiness was more noticeable if I applied a thicker line of color, whereas a thin line made it so thin that it wasn’t noticeable except in a magnifying mirror! This shade started to migrate to the outer corners of my lash line after seven and a half hours of wear. Estee Lauder Blackened Sapphire (LE, $20.00) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Push (P, $20.00)(90% similar). Colour Pop DTLA (P, $6.00) is darker (90% similar). Giorgio Armani #3 (P, $29.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop DTLA (P, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Waveline (DC, $16.00) is glossier (90% similar). Urban Decay Sabbath (P, $20.00) is glossier (85% similar). MAC Waveline (P, $16.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Stila Midnight Blue (P, $22.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Push (P, $22.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA OVERVIEW | NARS Velvet Liner ($24.00 for 0.04 oz.) is supposed to be creamy, “richly pigmented,” and “softly blendable.” It’s a new, permanent formula for fall, and it is available in eight shades. They are soft enough that they don’t tug or drag on the lash line, and they don’t feel sharp either, despite being a much firmer pencil eyeliner (not waxy like a lot of popular formulas) and tended to be more pigmented in one stroke. Some shades lasted for seven hours, while some lasted closer to nine hours.

NARS Velvet Eyeliner Black Moon
Black Moon
NARS Velvet Eyeliner Blue Lotus
NARS Velvet Eyeliner Curacao
Curacao
NARS Velvet Eyeliner Darklight
Darklight

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NARS Velvet Eyeliners (Part 1)

NARS Kaliste Velvet Liner
NARS Kaliste Velvet Liner

NARS Kaliste Velvet Liner ($24.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a deep, bluish-teal with cool undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had nice pigmentation in one stroke, which was buildable to totally opaque coverage with another pass. The texture was lightly creamy without moving around on the skin, but it didn’t tug or feel uncomfortably sharp on the lash line either. This shade stayed on well for eight hours before migrating to the outer corners noticeably. bareMinerals 1PM (LE, $15.00) is warmer (95% similar). Estee Lauder Dramatic Teal (LE, $22.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Practice Makes Perfect (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Exotic Teal (LE, $35.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Mainline (P, $20.00) is less pigmented, cooler (90% similar). MAC Midnight Blues (DC, $16.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Estee Lauder Electric Teal (LE, $20.00) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NARS Last Frontier Velvet Liner ($24.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a deep brown with subtle, warm undertones and a soft sheen. The color payoff was opaque in one pass, while the pencil had a creamy, glide-on texture that was a little wet and needed to dry down for a few seconds. This shade only wore for seven hours, unfortunately, making it one of the shorter-wearing shades in the range. Urban Decay Demolition (P, $22.00) is glossier (95% similar). Urban Decay Rail (P, $20.00) is less glossy (95% similar). MAC Rich Experience (P, $20.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Mahogany (P, $24.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Local Wares (DC, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Stag (LE, $20.00) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Crave (P, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Darkness of Calm (LE, $17.50) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Lush (P, $20.00) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Express-Oh! (LE, $25.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Smokeout (LE, $20.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Buxom Here's My Number (P, $17.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Demolition (P, $20.00) is warmer (85% similar). Sephora Diving in Malaysia (18) (P, $10.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Chocolate (LE, $24.00) is warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NARS London Velvet Liner ($24.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a medium-dark gray with a natural sheen. It had good pigmentation in one pass, which is always nice. This shade had a lot of slip, which gave it a wet-like feel going on and took awhile for it to dry down, so it did migrate into the fine lines underneath my lower lash line in the process. I was able to soften and blend the edges with a pencil brush, and then the color stayed in place for around seven hours. Colour Pop Timber (DC, $6.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Midnight Snack (P, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Lure (P, $20.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Mood (P, $20.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Timber (DC, $5.00) is warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M14 Matte Charcoal Grey (P, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NARS Mambo Velvet Liner ($24.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a medium-dark, reddish brown with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had fairly good pigmentation in one stroke, and it was buildable to full coverage with two layers. The texture was moderately creamy but didn’t take too long to dry down, so it was easy to apply and didn’t require attention after it was applied to fix any migration. This shade wore for seven and a half hours on me. Stila Spice (P, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Via de Martelli (P, $24.00) is warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M60 Matte Dark Brown (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Seasonally Spicy (LE, $16.00) is warmer (85% similar). Make Up For Ever Gypsy (LE, $19.00) is darker, less glossy (85% similar). Colour Pop Call Me (P, $5.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA OVERVIEW | NARS Velvet Liner ($24.00 for 0.04 oz.) is supposed to be creamy, “richly pigmented,” and “softly blendable.” It’s a new, permanent formula for fall, and it is available in eight shades. They are soft enough that they don’t tug or drag on the lash line, and they don’t feel sharp either, despite being a much firmer pencil eyeliner (not waxy like a lot of popular formulas) and tended to be more pigmented in one stroke. Some shades lasted for seven hours, while some lasted closer to nine hours.

NARS Velvet Eyeliner Kaliste
Kaliste
NARS Velvet Eyeliner Last Frontier
NARS Velvet Eyeliner London
London
NARS Velvet Eyeliner Mambo
Mambo

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NARS Fall 2016 Dual Intensity Eyeshadows

NARS Antares Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow
NARS Antares Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow

NARS Antares Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a bright, light pewter with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had semi-sheer coverage applied dry and mostly opaque coverage applied damp. The texture was blendable, a little dry to the touch, but it didn’t look dry or powdery on the skin. The wear was similar regardless of application method, but damp application lasted a half hour longer, until eight hours. Urban Decay Vape (P, $20.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Vex (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Giorgio Armani #19 (LE, $33.00) is darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Verve (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (80% similar). Guerlain Two Stylish #1 (P) is darker (80% similar). Lancome Joie (P, $19.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Dior Etoile (021) (P, $31.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). Giorgio Armani #1 Spring 2012 #4 (LE) is more shimmery, darker (80% similar). Clarins Silver Ivory (04) (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (80% similar). Cle de Peau Pewter Veil #3 (LE) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Hourglass Graphite #5 (P) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Make Up For Ever D552 Crystalline Gray Beige (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NARS Arcturus Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a deep, navy blue with cool undertones and a very pearly sheen. It had semi-opaque coverage applied dry, which lasted for seven and a half hours, and it was more blendable dry than damp. It had richer, more opaque coverage applied damp, but it was moderately difficult to blend it out and tended to look patchy as I blended, though it lasted for eight hours. I also noticed that it faded down more when applied damp but then blended. Tom Ford Beauty Emerald Lust #4 (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Dior Exuberante #4 (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS Giove (P, $29.00) is darker (90% similar). Buxom Nunchucks (P, $18.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I220 Sapphire (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). NARS Dark Rite (P, $24.00) is cooler (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Parisienne #2 (LE) is cooler (90% similar). Le Metier de Beaute Midnight Sky (P, $30.00) is darker (90% similar). theBalm Risque Renee (P, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). bareMinerals Private Isle (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Clinique Massively Midnight (P, $17.00) is cooler (85% similar). Make Up For Ever ME224 Navy Blue (P, $21.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Makeup Geek Ocean Breeze (P, $6.00) is lighter (85% similar). Milani Bella Navy (09) (P, $4.49) is cooler (85% similar). MAC Lunar (P, $20.00) is cooler (85% similar). LORAC Navy #6 (LE, $19.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). MAC Heavy, Black and Pendulous (LE, $16.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NARS Rigel Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a medium, rosy copper with warm undertones and a metallic finish. Applied dry, it had semi-sheer pigmentation and lasted for seven hours on me. Applied damp, it was richly pigmented and fully opaque, while the wear was closer to eight hours. The texture was really smooth, blendable, and easy to work with. bareMinerals Bubbles (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Sweet Heat (P, $20.00) is lighter (90% similar). LORAC Unbelievable (P, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Nude Dip #2 (LE) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Rose (P, $12.00) is warmer (90% similar). Estee Lauder Pink Zinc (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). City Color Homecoming Queen (P, $6.99) is darker, more muted, warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals Bare Skin (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Dame (LE, $14.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Haze (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Nepal (P, $25.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). LORAC Rose Gold (LE, $19.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Summer Haze (LE, $21.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Sparkling Punch (LE) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Sephora Fall Leaves (P, $12.00) is lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Weenie (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Lancome My French #5 (LE) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Pure Bred #2 (LE, $21.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Golden Pink (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). MAC Quite Yummy! (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Antares
Antares
NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Arcturus
Arcturus
NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Rigel
Rigel

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