Saturday, April 5th, 2014

NARS Adult Swim Collection
NARS Adult Swim Collection

Launching April 15th, NARS Adult Swim Collection is a twelve-piece collection that features products for eyes, face, lips, and nails. As NARS will also rollout their reformulated lipgloss, which includes the five Lipgloss shades from this collection, you’ll see reviews for those coming soon, but the rest of the summer collection has now been reviewed in full!

Reviews, Photos, Swatches

Saturday, April 5th, 2014

NARS Hot Sand Illuminator
NARS Hot Sand Illuminator

NARS Hot Sand Illuminator ($30.00 for 1.10 fl. oz.) is described as a “peach champagne.” It’s a light-medium, champagne-shimmered peach with a frosted sheen. MAC Sparkling Rose (LE) is lighter, powder. Urban Decay Glint (LE) is similar but is a powder. Laura Mercier Spellbound (LE, $42.00) is warmer, a bit darker. Tom Ford Beauty Blush Guilt (LE, $58.00) is a smidgen darker. NARS Miss Liberty (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, warmer, powder. bareMinerals The Love Affair (LE, $26.00) is powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It’s very similar in consistency and finish to 413 BLKR, just in a different color (413 BLKR is much, much lighter). The texture is fairly thin, but a little goes a long way, so you won’t need much. I expect a tube will last you quite awhile! Whether you are more inclined to mix with your foundation or pat it along the high planes of the face, you don’t need much to get a glowing, luminous finish. If mixed with foundation, it just breathes life back into the skin if you tend to favor a satin or matte foundation. Applied to the high planes of the face (like cheek bones, down the length of the nose, cupid’s bow, etc.), it has a very high-shine finish that doesn’t emphasize pores but is a noticeable highlighter. This could be nice patted over a warmer blush or bronzer, but I would recommend applying the highlighter first, then the blush/bronzer to avoid displacing the blush/bronzer as the Illuminator tended to push away the powder. It didn’t impact the wear–neither lengthening nor shortening–of my foundation when mixed in with it, and it lasted seven and a half hours on its own before getting somewhat patchy.

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10/10

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8/10

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Saturday, April 5th, 2014

NARS Iraklion Soft Touch Eyeshadow Pencil
NARS Iraklion Soft Touch Eyeshadow Pencil

NARS Iraklion Soft Touch Eyeshadow Pencil ($24.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “smoky rose quartz.” It’s a medium, muted brown with warm undertones and a champagne sheen. Tom Ford Beauty Orchid Haze #2 (P) is a powder. MAC Pink Sensibilities #1 (LE, $21.00) is also a powder. Too Faced Amaretto (P, $16.00) is warmer, darker, powder. Urban Decay Liar (P, $18.00) is a powder. Tom Ford Beauty Platinum (LE, $40.00) is darker, warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Long-time readers will know that this is a formula I struggle with, and while it’s still not a product I’d recommend or reach for, this was significantly better than the last few shades I’ve tested. Instead of being extremely creamy, a little thick, with a lot of slip, it was a drier, thinner texture, which improved longevity but made it less comfortable to apply to the eyelid, lash line, and so forth. It tended to drag, catch, and apply unevenly. I would recommend using a separate brush and applying that way to improve comfort. It had semi-opaque color payoff, but it was buildable to mostly opaque. Longevity on these pencils is usually minutes, not even hours, but this managed four hours on me before it started to crease slightly. The creasing worsened as I wore the pencil until it was fairly significant at the six-hour mark. When used as an eyeshadow base with powder eyeshadow on top to set, I didn’t have visible creasing for five and a half hours.

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5/10

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Saturday, April 5th, 2014

NARS Malacca Eyeshadow
NARS Malacca Eyeshadow

NARS Malacca Eyeshadow ($24.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as an “iridescent peacock.” It’s a medium-dark, plummy brown with a cool-toned green shimmer-sheen and frosted finish. Makeup Geek Insomnia (P, $6.99) is warmer, redder-toned. Kat Von D Queen (LE) is similar. MAC Fireside (LE, $21.00) is similar, less of a sheen. MAC I’ve Got a Crush on You (LE, $32.50) is warmer, more metallic. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

When I first saw it, I was worried it was going to be that bluish-teal-brown duochrome that is gorgeous but has been done by a myriad of brands over the year, but I was pleasantly surprised to find it to be something slightly different–it does have a strong resemblance to those shades, but the cooler undertone makes it stand out a little bit. It has a much more mauve-plum-brown base (that gets more and more mauve-y as it is blended out) with a forest green shimmer-sheen on top–this was especially apparent when I applied it to the lid. It had good color payoff with a soft, smooth texture, but one downside was that the shimmer can “stick” in a place and not cover as evenly (you’ll see it on my eyelid, how only part has a strong sheen). Over a primer, I didn’t have that issue, though (something to keep in mind if you always use a primer). The color wore well for eight hours before starting to fade.

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9/10

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9/10

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9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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4.5/5

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Friday, April 4th, 2014

NARS Lipgloss Relaunch (Summer 2014)
NARS Lipgloss Relaunch (Summer 2014)

With a new formulation, NARS Lip Gloss lavishly coats lips in a full spectrum of shades with sophisticated natural shine — perfect for everyday glamour. The silky texture and new doe-foot applicator provide precise application and longer, more comfortable wear. Nourishing ingredients hydrate and smooth fine lines leaving lips soft and supple, while Sea Lavender helps protect against signs of aging. The comprehensive 30-shade collection includes 7 fashion-forward new shades and 23 iconic favorites for a full range of effects, from sheer shine to bold luster. The newly designed packaging features a clear tube for improved color visibility — allowing the colors to pop off the shelves.

Lipgloss ($26.00) (Permanent)

  • Salamanca Pink flamingo (New)
  • Eternal Red Bright orange-red (New)
  • Quito Bright strawberry pink (New)
  • Priscilla Shocking pink (New)
  • Sixites Fan Pomegranate (New)
  • Istria Pink glace (New)
  • Tasmania Pink cantaloupe (New)
  • Triple X Clear, super-shiny, ultra-wet gloss
  • Sweet Dreams Pink grapefruit with sugary shimmer
  • Scandal Sheer crushed cherry
  • Stella Muted raspberry
  • Turkish Delight Pink sherbet
  • Chihuahua Sheer guava
  • Giza Sheer nectar
  • Orgasm Peachy pink with shimmer
  • Stolen Kisses Sparkling caramel pink
  • Super Orgasm Peachy pink with gold glitter
  • Risky Business Warm raspberry
  • Striptease Candlelight nude
  • Dolce Vita Sheer dusty rose
  • Greek Holiday Sparkling pink sand
  • Supervixen Sheer sparkling mauve
  • Sweet Revenge Sheer pink grapefruit
  • Belize Pink mauve with flecks of gold
  • Ophelia Strawberry nectar
  • Easy Lover Ultra-sheer hot pink
  • Wonder Sheer mandarin orange with pink and gold shimmer
  • Angelika Cotton candy pink with gold particles
  • Misbehave Sheer cherry red with gold shimmer
  • Rose Gitane Sheer sangria

Availability: April 15th at NARS, May 1st, 2014 at Sephora and department/specialty stores

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Friday, April 4th, 2014

NARS Lost Coast Eyeshadow Duo
NARS Lost Coast Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Lost Coast Eyeshadow Duo ($34.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a new, limited edition duo for summer. It’s an interesting mix of shades, but they do work together. One of my favorite aspects to trying out a NARS duo is seeing how the two work together, because you can discover combinations you never thought about before. I was less enamored with this duo as I was Tropical Princess, as the texture was more powdery in both shades here. The left side wasn’t as powdery as the right side, and the left side still applied more smoothly, evenly, and had better color payoff than the right side. I found the right side to be powdery, a little chalky, and a shade that really needs a base underneath to help it hold. The left side lasted for almost eight hours, while the right side was noticeably faded after six hours.

Lost Coast #1 is described as a “golden pewter.” It’s a warm-toned pewter with a bronzy gold sheen and a cooler, taupe-ish color underneath. It had a frosted finish, while the texture was somewhat powdery, though soft and blendable. theBalm #19 (P, $6.50) is very similar. bareMinerals Golden Pear (LE, $14.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Derailed (LE, $18.00) is darker. Dior Constellation (864) #2 (LE) is lighter. MAC Arctic Grey (LE, $15.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Lost Coast #2 is described as a “lilac snow.” It’s a light, pink-toned lavender with a satin finish–matte with a soft shimmer-sheen. It had so-so color payoff, but it was quick to sheer out as the texture was drier, more powdery, so it just didn’t bind together or stick well to the skin. I highly recommend using a primer or cream eyeshadow base underneath this to get better color payoff and to avoid it looking dry/powdery on the skin. MAC Digit (P, $15.00) is cooler-toned, lighter. Inglot #346 (P, $6.00) is slightly darker, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Lost Coast

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8.5/10

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8.5/10

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8/10

Longevity

7.5/10

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4.5/5

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