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NARS Fall 2013 Gifting Collection


NARS introduces three exciting new gifting items for Fall 2013. Two eyeshadow palettes feature top-selling and limited edition shades for endless beauty combinations, while a beautiful cosmetic pochette – designed by NARS Founder & Creative Director François Nars himself – keeps all your favourite beauty essentials close at hand.

Ride Up to the Moon ($45.00)

  • Argentina Metallic gold (Limited Edition)
  • Isolde Frosted ginger (left side of duo)
  • Night Porter Black with pearls
  • Biarritz Perfect, neutral cream colored beige
  • Fez Velvety cocoa
  • Cordura Shimmering sooty dark brown (right side of duo)

Fairy’s Kiss ($45.00)

  • Monosque Shimmering soft pink (Limited Edition)
  • Kalahari Sugared cocoa (right side of duo)
  • Brousse Black violet (right side of duo)
  • Tokyo Lavender (right side of duo)
  • Brumes Matte charcoal (left side of duo)
  • Pandora Matte black (right side of duo)

Pochette ($55.00)

For the organized, but glamorous, makeup aficionado.

Availability: July 15th at NARS and NARS Boutiques

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NARS Fall 2013 Color Collection


For fall 2013, NARS introduces a collection with rich color in signature NARS shades, focusing on the eye and playing with matte textures. Created by Founder & Creative Director Francois Nars, the collectio heralds fall’s arrival with shades ready to make a sultry statement.

Single Eyeshadow ($24.00)

  • Kamchatka Navy smoke
  • Namibia Grey moon
  • Yamal Maple sugar (Limited Edition)
  • Bavaria Deep sea blue

Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner ($24.00)

  • Via de’ Martelli Chocolate
  • Las Ramblas Yellow gold (Limited Edition)

Pure Matte Lipstick ($26.00)

  • La Paz Orchid (Limited Edition)
  • Peloponnese Ginger pink

Velvet Matte Lip Pencil ($25.00)

  • Paimpol Pink chiffon
  • Mysterious Red Crimson red (Limited Edition)

Nail Polish ($19.00)

  • Galathee Dove grey (Limited Edition)
  • Fury Regal purple (Limited Edition)

Availability: July 15th at NARS (some of it is showing available on Sephora now–thanks Kristy!)

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MAC By Request Returns for Spring 2014


Hoop, Tomango, Ashbury, Fiction

You voted. We listened. M•A•C By Request is back for a second year! What’s old is new again, and the most beloved shades from the 90s and 2000s have returned for an encore performance. M•A•C is bringing back highly-requested retro-classic, long-lost lipsticks and eye shadows. Starting on July 8th— vote on Facebook for your favorite shades and the six (3 lipsticks and 3 shadows) with most votes will return in Spring 2014.

Voting begins July 8th and continues through July 21st–stay tuned for a full roster of shades on the voting ballot next week! Anyone remember Hoop or Tomango lipsticks? Ashbury or Fiction eyeshadows? I remember the latter (and happen to own it), but the other three were new-to-me–if Tomango makes it back, it looks like a real vibrant coral!

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Giorgio Armani No. 12 Fluid Sheer

Giorgio Armani No. 12 Fluid Sheer
Giorgio Armani No. 12 Fluid Sheer

Giorgio Armani No. 12 Fluid Sheer ($59.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is a warm-toned, darkened bronze-shimmered reddish-brown. It sheers out to a burnt sienna kind of color with a faint red and bronze shimmer that’s very, very fine so it’s hard to see on the skin (and gives off more of a sheen overall). MAC Stylish Me is similar when this is applied sheer. MAC Hidden Treasure is redder, not as warm-toned. MAC Stratus is more plum, less brown. See comparison swatches.

The Fluid Sheer formula can be worn however you want; it’s a face product, but it could easily be used as a body product, too–highlighter, bronzer, blusher, all-over.  With the intensity of No. 12, it most obviously works as a blush and bronzer, but with just a little amount mixed into foundation or moisturizer can give a slightly sunkissed look all over the face without being too much (but very fair complexions may find it is too strong).  This is a shade that will be exceptional on medium-dark and deeper skin tones.  The consistency is thin, very fluid, and sheers out readily, but a little goes a long way, so be very gentle and slow when pumping out product.   I was able to control the pump enough to get just a drop out a time, but one full pump is likely far more than you’ll need for any small area.  The resulting texture, as it dried down, was slightly dewy, part glowy, that didn’t emphasize my pores and looked like a natural finish.  This shade lasted nine hours on me when I wore it as a blush.

P.S — Giorgio Armani Beauty is also having their Friends & Family sale now through the 30th, so that’s 20% off + free shipping when you spend $75.

Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer No. 12
No. 12
No. 12
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
99%
Total

Chanel French Toffee & Friandise Aqualumiere Glosses

Chanel French Toffee (83) Aqualumiere Gloss
Chanel French Toffee (83) Aqualumiere Gloss

Chanel French Toffee (83) Aqualumiere Gloss ($27.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a warm, champagne-shimmered, golden beige. The base color really doesn’t do much–at best, adds a little warmth–but it does have a noticeable amount of very fine beige and gold shimmers, plus a very glossy shine. MAC Soft Serenade is warmer. Revlon Peach is slightly darker. MAC Sublime Shine is similar. MAC Satin Slip is more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Friandise (82) Aqualumiere Gloss ($27.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a warm-toned, strawberry pink with multi-colored shimmer and sparkle. This had more semi-sheer to semi-opaque color payoff with a noticeable base color that brightened and tinted my natural lip color and a good dosage of shimmer and sparkle. MAC Fever Isle is less shimmery, brighter. Dior Paradise is warmer, less pink. Guerlain Frizzy Mango is less shimmery. Burberry Cameo Pink is more golden. See comparison swatches.

If you aren’t familiar with the Aqualumiere Gloss formula, it’s a high-shine, sheer gloss (in fact, Chanel describes it as a “sheer wash of colour”) that gives the illusion of fuller lips (because of all the shine).  The texture is smooth, non-sticky, and not too thick or too thin.  They’re very comfortable on, and they’re lightly moisturizing.  The downside is really that these don’t wear very long on me, with French Toffee disappearing after less than two hours and Friandise barely making it to three.  They have a brush-type applicator, and I didn’t detect any scent or flavor when I tried these two.

Chanel Aqualumiere Gloss French Toffee (83)
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
5
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total
Chanel Aqualumiere Gloss Friandise (82)
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
7
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

Fyrinnae Hitched & Unicorn Eyeshadows

Fyrinnae Hitched Eyeshadow
Fyrinnae Hitched Eyeshadow

Fyrinnae Hitched Eyeshadow ($8.25 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “bright, metallic satiny warm red.” It’s a vibrant, medium-dark orange-toned red with a subtle, satiny sheen. I applied it dry and then applied over Fyrinnae’s Pixie Epoxy for comparison. I found it entirely unnecessary to use it over Pixie Epoxy, though, as it looks very much the same either way (but certainly no harm using the base with this). It’s incredibly rich in color with a single pass yielding full, opaque color coverage, but despite this richness, it’s still easy to blend and apply. It doesn’t stick unduly, so I had no trouble blending and softening the edges to meet with other products. This shade did stain when worn without a base, and then mildly over Pixie Epoxy, but I didn’t have any signs of creasing or fading after nearly nine hours of wear (no primer). Illamasqua Daemon is more matte. Sugarpill Love+ is brighter, matte. Make Up For Ever #99 is cooler-toned, matte. Inglot #366 is lighter, matte. See comparison swatches.

Unicorn Eyeshadow ($8.25 for 0.07 oz.) is described as an “iridescent lavender filled with multi-color sparkle.” It’s an icy, cool-toned lavender with an iridescent sheen. I applied it alone (dry), and it had good color payoff, and then applied over Pixie Epoxy, the sheen came out slightly more but the pigmentation was buildable to full opacity.  This shade wore well for over eight hours–no creasing or fading–without a base as well as just applied over Pixie EpoxyUrban Decay Aura #2 is lighter. MAC Amethyst is more sparkly. MAC Ready to the Party is more metallic. OCC Datura is slightly purpler. See comparison swatches.

Fyrinnae Pressed Eyeshadow Hitched
Hitched
Hitched
A+

Permanent

10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total
Fyrinnae Pressed Eyeshadow Unicorn
Unicorn
Unicorn
A

Permanent

9.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total

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