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MAC At Dusk Extra Dimension Blush

MAC At Dusk Extra Dimension Blush
MAC At Dusk Extra Dimension Blush

MAC At Dusk Extra Dimension Blush ($25.00 for 0.22 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone rose.” It’s a pale, light-medium pink with mostly neutral undertones (it almost has a gray cast) and pale gold shimmer. Bobbi Brown Lilac Rose is more frosted. MAC Stay Pretty is cooler-toned. Illamasqua Naked Rose is pinker and matte. MAC Rosy Outlook is lighter and has no golden shimmer.

If you’ve ever felt like the Extra Dimension Skinfinishes were too shimmery, frosted, or metallic (or else over-the-top), you may appreciate the Extra Dimension Blush formula, which is much, much subtler. The finish is much more like a satin or pearl. At Dusk has good pigmentation, and it is mostly true-to-pan; but by virtue of its coloring, will naturally lend itself to paler complexions. On my medium skin tone (NC25/NC30), it shows up lightly, but I need to layer the color to get it there–and it will work as a subtle, everyday kind of shade on medium skin tones. The texture was soft, finely-milled, and the more you buffed the product into the skin, the prettier the sheen became (more glowing than shimmery). This was the first blush I tested yesterday, and it lasted seven hours but was slightly faded after eight.

MAC Extra Dimension Blush At Dusk
At Dusk
At Dusk
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

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NARS Tender Night Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Tender Night Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Tender Night Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Tender Night Velvet Matte Lip Pencil ($25.00 for 0.086 oz.) is described as an “iridescent lilac.” It’s true-to-description: it’s an iridescent lilac with a shimmering frost finish. MAC Bubble Gum has more of an iridescent lilac feel (but it has more of a golden shimmer than true iridescence). If you have an iridescent lilac eyeshadow, you could pat it over your lips and get a similar effect.

It’s really like a layer of iridescent lilac shimmer more than it is a color or a lipstick, because the color is sheer. I could see this type of color being used maybe as a layering product on top of other products, but I just don’t see it working very well that way–it has a very dry consistency that would make it hard to spread out over another color. Other Velvet Matte Lip Pencils have not only been incredibly pigmented, but they are creamier and have a more emollient texture that enables good glide and application. Tender Night was harder to apply for even, all-over color coverage. It felt like an old school frost lipstick but with a thinner consistency. It wore just under three hours on me, and it was drying (and it looked dry).

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Tender Night

NARS Madness Nail Polish

NARS Madness Nail Polish
NARS Madness Nail Polish

NARS Madness Nail Polish ($19.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as an “electric orange.” It’s a brightened, medium orange with a jelly finish–it has a squishy, slightly translucent quality to the way it looks and applies that is very true to the jelly finish. NARS TV Party is darker and a true cream. Illamasqua Gamma is a bit brighter and also a true cream.

It has semi-opaque color payoff after two coats, and the opacity was consistent of what is expected of a jelly finish (and part of what makes a jelly, well, a jelly!). It has a thicker, squishy look that gives it a plushness. Madness actually looks like candy corn on my longer nails, because the white tips turn to a lighter, more tangerine orange, while the rest of the nail is a deeper orange!   The consistency is on the thicker side (but normal for a jelly), and it flowed well across the nail without bubbling, streaking, or pooling along the edges. NARS’ formula wears very well on me, as it is one of the longer-wearing formulas I’ve come across, and I get a full seven days of wear with very minor tip wear but no chipping.

NARS Nail Polish Madness
Madness

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NARS Barrow Street Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner

NARS Barrow Street Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner
NARS Barrow Street Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner

NARS Barrow Street Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner ($24.00 for 0.02 oz.) is described as a “seafoam green.” It’s a cool-toned, seafoam green with a matte finish. I don’t have too many mint/aqua eyeliners, but NARS Parrot Cay (which I always loved the look of but the wear left a lot to be desired) and Korres #12 are both similar–slightly lighter I would say.

The Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner is supposed to last for twelve hours without smudging or budging, and the formula is supposed to yield “rich, intense color.” It’s also a twist-up pencil with a built-in sharpener. In the past, I’ve found that many shades wear well for eight hours on the lash line, but twelve hours is pushing it–there is usually noticeable fading at that point (where the line of color looks thinner).

Barrow Street had good color payoff in a single stroke, and it was buildable to more opaque color on the lash line. It actually wore incredibly well and may be one of the better-wearing shades I’ve tried; after eight hours, there was still the majority of the color on my water line, and my lash line remained the same. I’ll be testing it again for a full twelve-hours (I only had eight yesterday, and I forgot these are marketed as twelve-hour pencils!), so the longevity rating is tentative (it’s based on prior experience and yesterday’s wear compared to other shades). It can be a bit chalky, though, because of its light but bright base, and it tends to be the nature of the beast (err, this kind of color). I think from afar, it’s rather brightening and eye-opening, and it doesn’t read chalky.  It is lightly creamy, enough that it didn’t feel like it tugged or pulled when I applied it, but it could stand to be slightly softer/creamier.

NARS Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner Barrow Street

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