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NARS Rotonde High Voltage Blush

NARS Rotonde High Voltage Blush
NARS Rotonde High Voltage Blush

NARS Rotonde High Voltage Blush ($41.00 for 0.45 oz.) is described as a “tiger lily.” It’s a bold, vibrant, medium-dark orange with a matte finish. It’s not NARS Taj Mahal, which is brighter, more golden, and shimmery. Buxom Euphoria is brighter. Illamasqua Expose is more subdued, darker. Make Up For Ever #12 is slightly shimmery and a cream product. NARS Gina is much lighter, softer, and has a satiny sheen.

This is pigmented with a capital P! It’s not a shy color to begin with, and the color payoff is incredibly rich and true-to-pan. There will be no problem with this color showing up on across skin tones. Fairer complexions may want to use a light hand and feathery brush to control how much product they want on (a regular brush will be just fine if you want a bolder cheek color, but a fan or stippling brush is great for getting subtle color without having to buff it out). The gold pattern is an over-spray, and one use will remove the majority of it. Rotonde is soft, finely-milled but not powdery, and it applies beautifully and blends out with ease.  It lasted just over eight hours on me before starting to show subtle signs of fading.

NARS High Voltage Blush Rotonde
Rotonde

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Guerlain Moyen Brunettes (05) Terracotta Four Seasons Bronzer

Guerlain Moyen Brunettes (05) Terracotta Four Seasons Bronzer
Guerlain Moyen Brunettes (05) Terracotta Four Seasons Bronzer

Guerlain Moyen Brunettes (05) Terracotta Four Seasons Bronzer ($75.00 for 0.35 oz.) is medium-dark tan brown with warm undertones and a mate finish. It is the second darkest shade of the Terracotta range (Ebony #08 is the darkest). Burberry Summer Glow is lighter, more yellow. Urban Decay Toasted is darker, redder-toned. MAC Tan Tint is similar but a cream product.

The Four Seasons bronzer range contains “four wonderfully matte shades to blend together to match every desire,s kin, or season for an authentic tan.” The idea is that you can blend the shades together, as needed, for as much bronze as you desire in a particular moment. The powder is soft, velvety smooth, and finely-milled–but not at all powdery–and it blends fairly well. The color payoff is very true-to-pan, and depending on which shades you emphasize, it can be lighter or darker, but it is nicely pigmented so if you are light to light-medium, I’d recommend using a light hand initially.  Moyen Brunettes lasted eight hours when I tried it, and there was no fading or patchiness at that point. I think this is best suited for true medium to dark complexions with warm and olive undertones–it has a reddish-tan undertone that should work well for these skin tones.  I love the texture, payoff, and wear of this bronzer–but it’s definitely not the right shade for my complexion and would look better on someone else!

Guerlain Terracotta Four Seasons Bronzer Moyen Brunettes (05)
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
96%
Total

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Color Club Beyond Nail Lacquer

Color Club Beyond Nail Lacquer
Color Club Beyond Nail Lacquer

Color Club Beyond Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is a deep, warm, smoky gray-black with holographic shimmer. The closest shade I could think of was Rescue Beauty Lounge Anne, which is slightly greener and not-so-holographic.

Beyond applied beautifully–I had no trouble with application at all, and sometimes holographic polishes can be tricky to apply. It went on fluidly, evenly, and didn’t emphasize ridges or anything like that. It didn’t dry as fast as other holographics but did dry faster than the average polish did. The holographic effect is insane–it happens at nearly every angle and there’s plenty go around; you won’t feel like you have to get your nails at just the right angle in just the right light to see it. You’ll be hard-pressed to find an angle where it isn’t shimmering in a rainbow of delight.  It was fully opaque in two coats (and nearly opaque in a single one!) and didn’t pool, bubble, or streak.  I typically get a week of wear out of Color Club’s formula with minor tip wear but no chipping.

Color Club Nail Lacquer Beyond
Beyond
Beyond
A

Permanent

10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

Chanel Daydream (174) Glossimer

Chanel Daydream Glossimer
Chanel Daydream Glossimer

Chanel Daydream Glossimer ($29.50 for 0.19 fl. oz.) is described as an “intense metallic fuchsia.” It’s a fuchsia-red with fuchsia and silver sparkle. Guerlain Cherry Swing is lighter and has gold shimmer, but they are similar applied. MAC Totally Fab is redder. Lancome Sienne Ultime is slightly redder and less shimmery/glossy.

This spring, Chanel’s refreshed the Glossimer range with a few new shades, and Daydream is one of them. The Glossimer range is intended to vary from “simply sheer … to intense” with “subtle sheen to sparkly metallic [finishes].” Beyond that, the formula is supposed to be conditioning  comfortable to wear, and long-wearing. For those who have lamented over the lack of color in Chanel’s recent limited edition Glossimer releases, you’ll appreciate the semi-opaque color coverage of Daydream. It’s richer in color and still has plenty of sparkle to dance and glimmer in the light, while the color itself isn’t too red or fuchsia, and the result is something slightly muted and balanced between the two. Daydream lasted five hours on me, which was an hour above average. It’s lightly hydrating, comfortable to wear, non-sticky, and never gets gritty (and the sparkle doesn’t travel).

Chanel Levres Scintillantes Glossimer Daydream
Daydream
Daydream
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

Guerlain Terra Ora Collection for Summer 2013

Guerlain Terra Ora Collection
Guerlain Terra Ora Collection

Guerlain’s 2013 Terra Ora collection is an invitation to summer. Utilizing white and gold tones, which are showcased through stunning product composition and imagery, the Terra Ora assortment provides an unexpected and gorgeous contrast by playing with light and shadow, maximizing radiance and enhancing the inherent beauty of sun-kissed skin.

Terra Ora ($72.00) (Limited Edition)

Guerlain’s newest signature compact. Terra Ora is composed of a pearly white gold and matte beige which highlight and sculpt the face and décolleté. Terra Ora fits all skin tones, and comes encased in a beautiful wooden mirror case with magnetic closure.

Météorites Perles Les Ors Primer ($71.00) (Limited Edition)

This sheer, luxurious base uses a combination of three different gold pearls to reveal a brighter complexion. White pearls illuminate the skin, while pink and yellow pearls add a rosy glow and a subtle shimmer. The lightweight gel texture makes this primer perfect for setting makeup in warmer weather, or on its own to enhance the skins’ natural radiance.

Khôl Me Kajal ($37.00) (Permanent)

Guerlain’s newest eyeliner is ultra-pigmented to leave a deep, long-lasting impression. The precision tip and ingenious pen shaped design allow for easy manipulation, enabling it to be used as liner or eye shadow.

Loose Powder Eye Shadow ($35.00) (Limited Edition)

The secret for beautiful eyes this summer, Guerlain’s loose iridescent eye shadows give an immediate metallic result with only one light application. Available in two easy-to-wear shades:

  • Cuivre Ora Warm and sensual copper
  • Bronze Ora Timeless bronzed brown

Terra Nerolia ($69.00) (Limited Edition)

This exquisite oversized face and body bronzer showcases a dazzling sun icon comprised of shimmering peach, bronze and gold shades. When marrying the three shades together with each brushstroke, the gold infuses throughout, resulting in a subtle satiny sheen. In line with the Terracotta collection, Terra Nerolia is scented with the alluring tiare flower.

Shine Automatique ($35.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Corail Ora Luminous warm coral shade with gold tone iridescence, offering color that is wearable and on trend.
  • Bianca Ora Semi-transparent white gold that can be worn alone or as a top coat to create a shiny wet effect.

Lingerie de Peau BB Cream, SPF 30 ($51.00) (Permanent)

Guerlain’s first Beauty Booster, Lingerie de Peau BB Cream offers skin protection, hydration, color correction and even tones through a fresh, lightweight texture. Its benefits are proven with staggering results: over 97% experienced fresh and beautiful skin all day long.

Terra Ora Kabuki Brush ($55.00) (Limited Edition)

A brush exclusively designed for Guerlain bronzing powders. Dense and qualitative natural hairs pick up a generous amount of product and smoothes it evenly onto the skin, resulting in flawless, streak-free color.

Availability: Guerlain’s Terra Ora collection will be available beginning May 2013 at select locations of Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus, Sephora and Bergdorf Goodman; the Terra Nerolia bronzer will be available beginning June 2013.

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