Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

NARS Coconut Grove Eyeshadow
NARS Coconut Grove Eyeshadow

Get Down & Dirty with Coconut Grove

NARS Coconut Grove Eyeshadow ($23.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a rich, decadent dark chocolate. This is an intense brown–there is no subtly here. It’s one of the darkest browns I’ve seen without veering into black.  I love the pigmentation of it, too.  It doesn’t quiver in its boots!  It charges straight ahead and goes on as dark as it looks in the pan.  You gotta love when an eyeshadow looks exactly the same in the pan as it does in practice.

Unlike Daphne, Coconut Grove has no problem showing up to the party, no matter where it’s at!  It swatches intensely, but more importantly, it applies the same way when used on the eye.  I wore it in this smoky eye, and I had to do some furious blending to keep it from being too dark and sultry (just because I was pairing it with red lips, but it could have easily been left in its stronger form and paired with a nude lip).  If pressed, I’d say this is a cooler brown, but I don’t think it leans very cool, and I liked it against my warmer skin tone as well.

According to NARS, this can be used wet as eyeliner, and since it’s incredibly deep in color and excellent in pigmentation, it could easily emphasize the eyes as eyeliner.  I don’t think you’d have any trouble getting this to look smooth and pigmented in a tight line at all.  From my experience, Coconut Grove is one of the best single eyeshadows by NARS to date.

Don’t forget — use code TEMPTALIA for a free mini lipgloss trio featuring Turkish Delight, Gothika, and Greek Holiday at NARS — expires 8/15.

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  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: For an alternative to black, Coconut Grove would make an excellent multi-tasking “darkening” agent. It’s also lovely on its own!

AVAILABILITY: NARS

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Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

MAC Dare to Wear Collection Available!

The collection is now available for purchase at MAC. I haven’t heard of the free shipping code yet, but I am sure they will offer one soon enough.

I’m sorry I don’t have swatches and reviews for you to peruse over.  I ordered this morning as soon as I saw it on the site and overnighted it, so I hope to have photos, swatches, and reviews for you tomorrow… as soon as humanly possible after it’s delivered.

What are you nabbing?  I fully recommend Atlantic Blue (permanent!) and Going bananas! :)

P.S. – Stereo Rose is back in stock on the MAC website… And it’s sold out again.

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

Lancome Pink Sapphire Lipstick
Lancome Pink Sapphire Lipstick

The Summer Season: Lancome Pink Sapphire Lipstick

Lancome Pink Sapphire L’Absolu Rouge Lipstick ($29.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a rich shade of slightly cooled medium pink with no shimmer, just a glossy sheen.   My favorite part about this particular shade of pink is that it’s not too cool–it’s not severely blue-based, which makes it wearable by both warm and cool skin tones with ease.  It has nearly opaque color pay off, but more importantly, it makes lips look lush, rich, and smooth.  The L’Absolu Rouge formula is silky smooth, creamy, and very moisturizing with nice wear–the more pigmented shades wearing five to six hours for me.

Is this the right pink for you? Would you wear it?

The Summer Season is a series of posts featuring bright, vibrant shades of coral, orange, and pink lipsticks and lipglosses — all perfect for a summer of fun — that runs through July 2010.

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Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

NARS Douceur Blush
NARS Douceur Blush

Douceur… aka Softness!

NARS Douceur Blush ($26.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a new and limited edition shade of dirty neutral pink-brown. This is a hard color to describe, because I think it’s going to take on a lot of the natural tones from each person. It’s not pink on me, at all, and it doesn’t even swatch very pink, but it almost looks pink in the pan. On my skin (warm, yellow undertones, medium in color), it adds just a touch of flush but almost just darkens my cheeks. I love a product that challenges me to describe it, but simultaneously, I get very frustrated since I’m almost at a loss for words. (Almost!)

According to my good friend Google Translate, Douceur means softness in French.  (Thanks for the lessons!) Foreign language, by the way, was never my strong suit (I took five years of French and yet I can’t even translate “douceur” on my own)!

Beyond the dirty neutral pink-brown shade (which is about as close as I think I’m going to get here), this is one of NARS’ least pigmented blushes. It is surprisingly subtle and light; it does not build to something more intense. I think those with medium to dark skin tones may want to try it out in person first. It’s very barely-there on me, so while I think paler beauties will love the near matte finish and subtler coloring of the blusher, darker beauties will find it less useful and maybe even invisible on their skin tone.

By the by, while the NARS imprint is gorgeous, it will disappear within one or two uses!

Don’t forget — use code TEMPTALIA for a free mini lipgloss trio featuring Turkish Delight, Gothika, and Greek Holiday at NARS.

If you want to know more about how products are evaluated, read out Rating System FAQ! :)

  • Product: 26/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: For those with light to light-medium skin, I think this would be a lovely shade to add depth without strong color.

AVAILABILITY: NARS

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Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

Chanel Libertine Lipstick
Chanel Libertine Rouge Allure Lipstick

The Summer Season: Chanel Libertine Lipstick

Chanel Libertine Rouge Allure Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a softened shade of coral-pink with a white shimmer and subtle sheen. This is a very wearable shade of coral, because it gives semi-opaque color coverage, so it’s never overwhelming, bright, or bold. It’s soft and pretty and doesn’t lean too orange, so it’s one of the better shades for those with stronger cool undertones.

Is this the right coral for you? Would you wear it?

The Summer Season is a series of posts featuring bright, vibrant shades of coral, orange, and pink lipsticks and lipglosses — all perfect for a summer of fun — that runs through July 2010.

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Monday, July 26th, 2010

Lancome Fleur de Lis Lipstick
Lancome Fleur de Lis Lipstick

The Summer Season: Lancome Fleur de Lis Lipstick

Lancome Fleur de Lis L’Absolu Rouge Lipstick ($29.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a pretty shade of medium pink with soft lilac-pink shimmer and a glossy finish. It’s semi-sheer with decent color pay off, but your natural lip color will still peek through. It’s very moisturizing, creamy, and feels lovely on lips. I get about three hours of wear with this particular shade, but it fades evenly so it makes for easy reapplication.

Is this the right pink for you? Would you wear it?

The Summer Season is a series of posts featuring bright, vibrant shades of coral, orange, and pink lipsticks and lipglosses — all perfect for a summer of fun — that runs through July 2010.

See photos and swatches… Continue reading →