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NARS Brow Perfectors

NARS Caucase Brow Perfector
NARS Caucase Brow Perfector

NARS Brow Perfector ($22.00 for 0.007 oz.) will be available in four shades that range from blonde to black (but no redhead). The formula is described as “velvety” with a “natural matte finish” and “natural ingredients [that] ensure brows are nourished, soft, and smooth.” That last bit, I couldn’t attest to and don’t actually know what they’re referring to as far as particulars. There’s a lot of focus on the precision tip of the pencil that is oval-shaped.

  • Caucase is described as “brown.” It’s a light-medium, neutral brown with a matte finish.
  • Kalamata is described as “light brown.” It’s a light-medium, slightly warm-toned brown with a matte finish. I could barely tell the difference between this and Caucase, both in the pencil as well as swatched. I triple-checked the names to make sure they were, in fact, two different shades!
  • Salzbourg is described as “blonde.” It’s a pale, peachy beige-brown with a matte finish.
  • Suriname is described as “black.” It’s a blackened brown with subtle, cool undertones and a mostly matte finish.

I used a mix of Caucase and Suriname to fill in the right (your right!) brow, as the first was a bit too light, and the second was too dark. The consistency all four shades was very stiff, slightly waxy, but they’re skip-happy and are best applied with little dashes of product rather than trying to fill in any fluid manner. You’re just not going to get good color payoff in a single stroke, and to get any color at all, you need firm pressure. I normally use powder to fill in my brows, which I find easier, more precise, and infinitely more blendable. These pencils stick where you place them, and they don’t blend together too well. On the upside, the product lasted well for nine hours. The oval shape didn’t seem to give me added precision, but it didn’t seem to complicate matters–if you have finer or thinner brows, it may be an issue, though.

NARS   Brow Perfector

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MAC Harmony Blush

MAC Harmony Blush
MAC Harmony Blush

MAC Harmony Blush ($21.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “muted rose-beige brown [with a Matte finish].” It’s a muted, medium-dark brown with a matte finish. It is slightly warm-toned, but it isn’t orange. NARS Madly is slightly darker and more shimmery. MAC Coppertone is warmer, brighter, more orange. Burberry Earthly is browner, less warm-toned. See comparison swatches.

Harmony has long been used by MAC fans as blush, bronzer, and contour, so it can be a very multi-tasking product in your stash, depending on your skin tone and preferences.  I remember this was my go-to for contouring when I was in college, and I only put it down when MAC came out with Sculpt, which is grayer and more neutral.  It nice, buildable color payoff that went on true-to-pan but could be applied lightly for a softer application.  The texture was smooth, finely-milled, and blendable on the skin.  Harmony wore well for almost eight hours and then started to fade.

MAC Powder Blush Harmony
Harmony
Harmony
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

Zoya Fall 2013 Collections: PixieDust, Cashmeres, and Satins


Pixie Dust – Fall Edition ($9.00)

  • Tomoko Glowing champagne silver
  • Chita Emerald forest green
  • Sunshine Van Gogh navy blue
  • Carter Regal purple
  • Arabella Rich fuchsia pink
  • Dhara Dazzling copper orange

Cashmeres Nail Lacquers ($8.00)

  • Livingston Fall red cream
  • Pepper Brick red cream
  • Sailor Dark navy cream
  • Hunter Dark sea cream
  • Louise Chocolate brown cream
  • Flynn Camel brown nude

Satins Nail Lacquers ($8.00)

  • Channing Rust red copper metallic
  • Mason Red violet “Fandango Pink” metallic
  • Claudine Meteorite gray metallic
  • Neve Sapphire blue metallic
  • Giovanna Lush emerald green metallic
  • Maria-Luisa Sparkling cellophane gold topper

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Hourglass Radiant Light Ambient Lighting Powder

Hourglass Radiant Light Ambient Lighting Powder
Hourglass Radiant Light Ambient Lighting Powder

Hourglass Radiant Light Ambient Lighting Powder ($45.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “golden beige powder.” It’s a subdued, light-medium peach-orange with golden shimmer. Because of the type of product it is, it sheers out considerably to mostly translucent powder that adds warmth and radiance. NARS Miss Liberty has a similar coloring but has larger shimmer/sparkle. Chanel Lucky Stripes is more pigmented and works as a bronzer/highlighter. See comparison swatches.

The texture is very soft and finely-milled; feels like silk and blends out smoothly, but it is a very soft powder so there is some excess powder that gets dislodged while brushing against the surface. Hourglass’ Ambient Lighting Powders are supposed to mimic different types of light, generally giving skin a softer, smoother look with subtle glow Radiant Light is supposed to “[enhance] the overall complexion with believable, subtle warmth.”  That’s exactly what it does:  it gives skin a gentle warmth while having a soft-focus effect that makes skin appear smoother than it actually is.  Because this is a powder, for my normal-to-dry skin, it also sets my foundation and prolongs the wear of my foundation by an hour (like a setting powder), even though it’s not claimed to do so. I suspect on very fair skin that this may be like a soft bronzer.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder Radiant Light
Radiant Light
Radiant Light
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
99%
Total

Chanel Melba (75) Rouge Coco Shine

Chanel Melba (75) Rouge Coco Shine
Chanel Melba (75) Rouge Coco Shine

Chanel Melba (75) Rouge Coco Shine ($34.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a light peach with warm undertones and a glossy shine. It is somewhat like Chanel Gourmandise, which came out alongside this shade, so I don’t think you need both. MAC Luxe Natural is more beige. MAC Woo Me is more opaque. Bobbi Brown Uber Beige is more opaque. See comparison swatches.

As one might expect, given the sheer, shiny color of the Rouge Coco Shine range, Melba had semi-sheer color payoff. On my lips, it lightened and brightened my natural lip color and evened out the color as well as concealed my lip freckle slightly. It has a lightweight, balm-like consistency that’s creamy, slick, and easy to apply. The lipstick glides on without tugging or pulling at the lip, and it is lightly hydrating while worn. The high shine finish lasts about an hour and a half, then it starts to dull, and all of it seems imperceptible after two hours of wear. It has a light floral fragrance.

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lipshine Melba (75)
Melba (75)
Melba (75)
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
6.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

bareMinerals The Power of Neutrals Eyeshadow Palette

bareMinerals The Power Neutrals Eyeshadow Palette
bareMinerals The Power Neutrals Eyeshadow Palette

bareMinerals The Power Neutrals Eyeshadow Palette ($40.00 for 0.28 oz.) contains eight eyeshadows with a neutral color-scheme. They’re part of the bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow range, which means they’re supposed to have rich color with 12-hour long-wear. I wore several shades from the palette, and they wore well for ten hours, but after a full twelve hours, there was some very slight fading. Generally, all of the eyeshadows had good color payoff and were very soft and smooth to the touch–so a couple of shades were just a smidgen powdery but did not look that way on the lid or sheer out too easily.

Boss Lady is described as a “shimmer bronze.” (That’s what the website says, but I think it’s a mistake.) It’s a pale, light peachy-beige with a satin finish and subtle warm undertones. It had excellent color payoff and a soft, smooth texture. theBalm Matt Smith is less shimmery. L’Oreal Promiscuous Pearl is more shimmery. theBalm Adagio is more matte. Urban Decay Anonymous is similar. MAC Phloof is cooler-toned, more shimmery. Dior Fairy Golds #1 is more shimmery. bareMinerals Serendipitous is warmer. Inglot #352 is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Moneymaker is described as a “dusty olive.” It’s a deepened but subdued khaki brown with the merest hint of green and a mostly matte finish. The color payoff was nice, and the texture was soft and finely-milled. theBalm Lead Zeppelin is more shimmery, warmer. Urban Decay Snare is grayer, more shimmery. Dior Khaki Design #1 is darker. Burberry Khaki is warmer, lighter. bareMinerals Utopia is much greener. Make Up For Ever #47 is also much greener. Make Up For Ever #148 is warmer, lighter. See comparison swatches.

Schmooze is described as a “bronze sheen.” It’s a medium-dark bronze brown with a subtle warm, golden champagne shimmer and sheen. The color payoff was fantastic, and the texture had a really soft, buttery feel. Edward Bess Cosmic Bliss #2 is warmer. theBalm Stand-offish is lighter. Urban Decay Spotlight is similar. MAC Cactus Thorn is warmer. Burberry Pale Barley is similar. See comparison swatches.

Boardroom is described as a “deep chocolate.” It’s a dark brown with subtle red undertones and a matte finish. This was the “worst” shade in the palette, as it was a bit dry and stiff compared to the others. The color payoff, as a result, was only so-so, but it does apply better with a fluffier brush and wasn’t difficult to blend out with a brush. Urban Decay Muse is more shimmery. MAC Midnight Flurry is similar. MAC Dance in the Dark is darker. MAC Showstopper is not as warm-toned. MAC Diamond Dove is similar. bareMinerals Foreshadow is also similar. Inglot #363 is lighter. Inglot #326 is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Exec is described as a “polished slate.” It’s a medium taupe with a satin-matte finish–there’s a very hint of sheen but it’s so subtle that it ends up looking more matte. It had nice pigmentation and felt very smooth and soft. MAC Bossa Blue is darker, warmer. Disney Midnight Hour #4 is darker. Disney Kill Joy is similar. Urban Decay Mushroom is darker, more shimmery. MAC Electroplate is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Payday is described as a “light granite.” It’s a pale beige with a gray cast and a mostly matte finish. It had good color payoff and a soft, smooth texture. MAC Rainy Season is very similar. Inglot #350 is cooler-toned. bareMinerals Suspense is darker. See comparison swatches.

Magnate is described as a “nude peach.” It’s a warm-toned, beige-peach with a satin finish. It’s warmer than Boss Lady and slightly darker. Kat Von D Vespertine is brighter. Urban Decay ABC Gum is darker. NARS Night Star is similar. NARS Biarritz is more beige. bareMinerals Stealth is slightly darker and more orange. Inglot #390 is similar, slightly more beige. See comparison swatches.

Get Ahead is described as a “rustic taupe.” It’s a subdued, medium-dark brown with a hint of gray and mostly matte finish. It had good color payoff and applied smoothly and evenly. Kat Von D Wolf is darker. Urban Decay Bewitch is also darker. Urban Decay Faint is more yellow-toned. NARS Self Portrait 3 #1 is redder in tone. Make Up For Ever #17 is warmer, richer. Inglot #360 is warmer. Bobbi Brown Stone is very comparable. See comparison swatches.

bareMinerals READY Eyeshadow Palette The Power Neutrals
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total
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