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NARS Soulshine Blush Palette

NARS Soulshine Blush Palette
NARS Soulshine Blush Palette

NARS Soulshine Blush Palette ($41.00 for 0.42 oz.) consists of three shades that can be used individually or swirled together. Like Realm of the Senses, the texture of all three shades was very soft and finely-milled; almost buttery, but they were somewhat powdery. Luckily, they don’t look powdery on the skin and blend and sit well on the skin instead. Be careful what brush you use, though, as some will kick up quite a bit of excess powder, which is both messy and wasteful.  This palette is more pigmented than the other one, but fairer complexions may find this one requires more caution and care, as it is easy to over-do the color.  I wore the palette together (swirled as one shade) yesterday, and it had some minor signs of fading after eight hours of wear but hadn’t turned patchy or completely faded away.

Soulshine (Together) is a warm, brightened pink-coral with a golden shimmer. It very slightly emphasized pores due to the high shimmer finish.  It is more orange-toned compared to Realm of the Senses (Together), not as pink. Physicians Formula Warm is lighter. Edward Bess Secret Affair is less shimmery. Tom Ford Lovelust is more orange. NARS Deep Throat is less shimmery, slightly less warm. MAC Fleet Fast is similar. Dior Pink Glow is more matte. See comparison swatches.

Soulshine #1 is a warm-toned, medium-dark pink with golden shimmer. NARS Realm of the Senses (Together) is warmer, less pink. MAC Simmer is a bit darker. NARS Orgasm is lighter.  See comparison swatches.

Soulshine #2 is a warm-toned, golden-shimmered orange with a muted feel–not too bright. Based on the description of “sheer golden apricot,” my guess was this was supposed to be the highlighter shade in the palette, but it’s really not that sheer–it is quite buildable.  This shade did emphasize pores slightly. NARS Gina is more matte, more beige-based. MAC Warmth of Coral is lighter, brighter. MAC Blazing Haute is yellower. NARS Luster is more orange and golden shimmered–more frosted. See comparison swatches.

Soulshine #3 is a reddish-berry with gold sparkle. It’s very pigmented and a little goes a long way.  The sparkle seems to get worked into the skin, as it appeared more as a sheen than an all-out sparkle. NARS Realm of the Senses #2 is warmer, browner. NARS Oasis is darker, more muted, more plum. NARS Dolce Vita is more plum, less shimmery. NARS Outlaw is slightly pinker. Chanel Rouge is bolder, more berry-ish. See comparison swatches.

NARS Cheek Palette Soulshine
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B+

Soulshine #1

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Soulshine #2

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Soulshine #3

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NARS Realm of the Senses Blush Palette

NARS Realm of the Senses Blush Palette
NARS Realm of the Senses Blush Palette

NARS Realm of the Senses Blush Palette ($41.00 for 0.42 oz.) consists of three shades that can be used individually or swirled together. The texture is soft and very finely-milled–almost to the point where it can turn powdery. I recommend using your softest brush, as any brush with stiffer bristles will turn the surface quite powdery. This is especially key if you only want to use the shades individually. The beige-ish shade was the only one that had slightly sheer color payoff, while the other two shades (and then all three swirled together) had good color coverage. One shade in this palette is supposed to be a sheerer, highlighting shade, so that would account for the sheerness in the lighter beige shade here. I’ve been wearing them swirled together for six hours now, and the color is still going strong with no signs of fading. (I will update this post when I’ve wrapped up for the night!) Though there was powderiness in the pan/texture, it didn’t show up on the cheeks; the blushes were easy to blend and sat quite well on the skin without emphasizing pores.

The formula is supposed to be new, and I felt that it was after touching and playing with it. The texture is definitely denser, softer–almost creamier in a way–than NARS traditional powder blushes are. They also seemed more blendable (generally).

Realm of the Senses (Together) is a warm, pink-coral with golden shimmer and subtle golden sparkle. NARS Orgasm is lighter. MAC Simmer is slightly pinker. NARS Deep Throat is similar. NARS Amour is similar in color but is matte. See comparison swatches.

Realm of the Senses #1 is a warm-toned pink with subtle golden shimmer. NARS Orgasm is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Simmer is darker. theBalm Frat Boy is more matte. NARS Amour is darker, matte. MAC Flaming Chic is more muted, less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Realm of the Senses #2 is a warm, reddish plum with a golden sheen. NARS Seduction is darker, more plum. NARS Lovejoy is browner, less plum. MAC Hidden Treasure is warmer, brighter. Illamasqua Allure is more matte. See comparison swatches.

Realm of the Senses #3 is a golden peach with warm, orange undertones and a frosted, champagne-gold sheen. This shade had the weakest color payoff with only semi-opaque coverage–it will be more like a highlighter for most skin tones. MAC Soft & Gentle is lighter, more champagne. MAC Bareness is darker, less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

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Rescue Beauty Lounge Kellie Gonzo & NailsandNoms Nail Lacquers

Rescue Beauty Lounge Kellie Gonzo Nail Lacquer
Rescue Beauty Lounge Kellie Gonzo Nail Lacquer

Rescue Beauty Lounge Kellie Gonzo Nail Lacquer ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright pink coral.” It’s a medium, rosy coral with silver and copper micro-glitter. It was mostly opaque with two coats of polish. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, and I had no issues applying it. It almost looked like a jelly when I initially applied it, but it doesn’t retain the squishy look as it dries. I wish the glitter was denser, because it looks mostly like a cream at a normal viewing distance. Essie Sunday Fun Day is very similar. Rescue Beauty Lounge Smile is darker, redder. Dior Diablotine is darker, redder. See comparison swatches.

NailsandNoms Nail Lacquer ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright orange with periwinkle, pink, and orange shimmer.” It’s a tangerine orange with pink and orange shimmer. It dries to an almost wax-like finish–not quite matte, but a little squishy-looking and satin-like. The polish was mostly opaque after two coats. I didn’t have any problems applying it as it wasn’t too thick or too thin, though the drying time was a little long. The only thing I’d say is that I really couldn’t see much of the shimmer if there wasn’t a ton of direct light hitting the nail. Zoya Beatrix is much sparklier, lighter. MAC Riot Gear is lighter, cream. Dior Mango is yellower, lighter, cream. China Glaze Orange you Hot is yellower. China Glaze Papaya Punch is a ocream. Zoya Arizona is a cream. See comparison swatches.

Rescue Beauty Lounge Nail Lacquer Kellie Gonzo
Kellie Gonzo
Kellie Gonzo
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Limited Edition

9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
93%
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Rescue Beauty Lounge Nail Lacquer NailsandNoms
NailsandNoms
NailsandNoms
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Limited Edition

9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

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Fyrinnae Parental Advisory Eyeshadow

Fyrinnae Parental Advisory Eyeshadow
Fyrinnae Parental Advisory Eyeshadow

Edited: Fyrinnae discontinued Parental Advisory (Loose) in 2011 and reformulated it in 2012, and the current version is closer to the pressed version. (Additionally, from their description of the loose color: “Reformulated in 4-2012 but very close to the original.”) Mine is from 2011–will grab the reformulated version next time I order from Fyrinnae to compare. I unfortunately did not connect the dots that mine was pre-reformulation, so my deepest apologies!

Fyrinnae Parental Advisory Eyeshadow ($6.25 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “vivid shimmery royal purple.” It’s a vibrant, bluish purple with sparkling shimmer. It has strong, blue undertones but still comes out as more purple than blue. Applied damp, it is a slightly softer, less blue purple, and then applied dry over Pixie Epoxy produces a more intense, deeper purple.  The texture is very soft and finely-milled, and a little goes a long way. It wasn’t difficult to blend, but it wasn’t easy as some of Fyrinnae’s other shades. Applied on bare lids, it lasted seven hours well and had some minor fading after eight as well as some noticeable fall out; applied over Pixie Epoxy, and it looked as-applied even after nine hours with no fall out.   I don’t have anything quite like this color; anything with similar brightness is much, much bluer (like Sugarpill Royal Sugar).

Parental Advisory Pressed Eyeshadow ($8.25 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “vivid shimmery royal purple.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark violet purple with subtle cool undertones and a warmer, lavender shimmer. Maybelline Painted Purple is cooler-toned, cream. MAC Pink Union #2 is slightly darker. Inglot #441 is warmer, pinker. See comparison swatches. It was actually just discontinued (as in, yesterday, due to being too fragile in pressed form), but I thought since I already photographed and tested it, I might as well add it into this post as a comparison against the loose formula. The loose eyeshadow is actually more complex and less readily duped, and it has a much cooler, bluer tone to it overall. I walked all around my house to look at the two side-by-side under different lighting, and they really were surprisingly different.  The texture of this one was very soft and smooth, and it was easy to blend and apply on the lid. It lasted eight hours with minor fading but no fall out without any primer, and layered over Pixie Epoxy, it lasted the same length of time.

Fyrinnae Eyeshadow Parental Advisory
A

Permanent

9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4
Application
96%
Total
Fyrinnae Pressed Eyeshadow Parental Advisory
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Discontinued

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

Sugarpill @#$%! Eyeshadow & Asteria ChromaLust

Sugarpill @#$%! Eyeshadow
Sugarpill @#$%! Eyeshadow

Sugarpill @#$%! (Red) Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “vampy pearl red with silver metallic sheen.” It’s a bold, slightly blue-based red with silver shimmer. The color payoff is incredibly rich and decadent–true-to-pan, vibrant, and totally opaque. It can stain the skin, though. Sugarpill Love+ is not as blue-based, matte. Make Up For Ever #99 is matte. Make Up For Ever #158 is darker. Inglot #382 is matte. See comparison swatches.

Asteria ChromaLust Loose Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.19 oz.) is described as a “brilliant, metallic golden coral.” It’s a warm-toned, coppery orange with a frosted, metallic finish. Applied dry, it’s semi-sheer, and then applied damp, it’s opaque and deeper. The texture is very, very finely-milled.  On the lid, it wears well for nearly eight hours and shows some signs of fading just before nine hours of wear.  NARS California is browner, darker. MAC Double Feature #8 #1 is more muted. MAC Star Myth is browner. MAC Hot Paprika is less shimmery. MAC Brash is slightly darker, browner. See comparison swatches.

Both shades are limited edition and have been difficult to secure unless you’ve been a regular at the local trade shows and expos, and now, for a mere thirteen hours, both will be available for purchase online. Sugarpill will also be offering their 12-color pro palette (10% off, making it $90) and expo editions of their Burning Heart, Heart Breaker, and Sweetheart palettes (10% off, making them $30.60). All of these items go up for sale July 24th at 11AM PST.  You can preview the sale here.

Sugarpill @#$%! Eyeshadow

Sugarpill Pressed Eyeshadow @#$%! (Red)
@#$%! (Red)
@#$%! (Red)
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total
Sugarpill Loose Eyeshadow Asteria
Asteria
Asteria
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
97%
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Butter London Color Launches for Fall 2013


Shake up your every day look and disturb the peace with butter LONDON®’s new ROCK YOUR COLOUR Bespoke Colour Cosmetics collection, in stores August 2013.

butter LONDON® has become a cult phenomenon within the nail industry since its inception, bringing custom colour palettes in boisterous shades to a passionate, prismatic allegiance of nail enthusiasts. Founded by British entrepreneur Sasha Muir in 2005, butter LONDON® – which ranked #2 in the nail colour category in 2012 (NPD data) – remains dedicated to bringing carcinogen free formulas to the market so clients don’t have to sacrifice quality for safety: it’s colour without compromise. So much more than nails, a paramount effort has been made in expanding its reach beyond the signature lacquers to include a range of hand and nail treatments, lip products and a pedicure collection. butter LONDON® continues to stay true to their rollicking invasion of bold colour and their dedication to excellence as they unveil a new collection of Bespoke Colour Cosmetics.

“We are an irreverent brand full of contradictions,” says Leslie Freytag, President and CEO of butter LONDON®. “Known for products that consistently deliver beautiful, fashion-inspired results, this new collection of cosmetics ensures our clients continue to experience the level of quality they have come to expect and in a way that lets them showcase their own individual personality.”

Never one to play by the rules, butter LONDON® has worked diligently to create a brand that defies stereotypes while simultaneously paying homage to the trends on hand in both beauty and fashion. butter LONDON® takes initiative to forge new ground and take high-pigmented, long-lasting beauty products to their most vivacious. Their inspiration lies in the audacious, commanding street style of Great Britain and the all-encompassing glamour and reckless abandon of the rock ‘n roll lifestyle.

Carefree, dynamic, and kaleidoscopically colourful, the Bespoke Colour Cosmetics Collection will deliver unparalleled, lasting formulas in a variety of fashion-forward shades that will speak to butter LONDON®’s core audience. This chic-conscious consumer is ripe with defiance for the ordinary and has long been exemplified by her adventurous nature and willingness to play with high-voltage hues. Using colour to express herself and escape the mundane, this collection will provide a new way to do just that – whether she’s going all-out or just adding a pop of colour to her everyday look.

Feeding off impulse from the trends and styles she’s detected from London to New York to Los Angeles, Katie Hughes – the brand’s Global Colour Ambassador and celebrity make-up artist and manicurist– worked closely with the product development team to keep continuity with the innovative formulations that have led the trends in colour and texture. “butter LONDON® is all about fashion driven colour,” says Hughes. “The shades that you’ll see in this collection are true to the brand in that they’re vibrant, unexpected and on trend, whilst simultaneously maintaining the same quality of paraben and phalate-free, highly pigmented shades we’re known for.”

Cheeky Cream Blush ($20.00)

This ultra silky, sheer formula delivers a burst of cheek colour by way of these perfectly portable compacts. The buildable shades can be dabbed onto the cheeks and blended seamlessly for a subtle look or layered for a look that’s a bit more fierce.

  • Naughty Biscuit Rosy nude cream
  • Honey Pie Peach-pink cream
  • Abbey Rose Rose pink cream
  • Pistol Pink Fuchsia pink cream

Lippy Tinted Lip Balm ($20.00)

LIPPY Tinted Balm delivers the moisture of a lip balm with the finish and colour of a lipstick in six subtle shades to highlight the glow of every skin tone. These creamy balms are the perfect accessory for women-on-the-go.

  • Toasted Marshmallow Medium coverage nude cream
  • Axis Kiss Medium coverage punchy pink cream
  • Apricot Sunrway Medium coverage coral cream
  • Abbey Rose Medium coverage rose cream
  • Strawberry Field Medium coverage red cream
  • Black Cherry Medium coverage wine cream

Nail Lacquer ($15.00)

Inspired by butter LONDON’s new WINK Mascara and Eye Pencil shades, these stunning nail lacquers take the guesswork out of matching your eye and nail look. First seen on the runways, the matching trend now takes center stage on the streets, as butter LONDON girls rock their colour.

  • Jaded Jack Opaque, lime green cream
  • Pistol Pink Opaque, magenta pink shimmer
  • Brown Sugar Opaque, copper shimmer with gold glitter
  • Inky Six Medium coverage, deep blue glitter
  • Indigo Punk Full coverage, indigo-purple glitter
  • Union Jack Black Opaque, glossy jet-black cream

Wink Cream Eyeshadow ($18.00)

The lightweight formula in these velvety cream shadows delivers a vibrant wash of colour that dries into a smooth, shimmer finish. The WINK shadows are available in a variety of blendable shades that can be layered to deepen the intensity for a bold burst of colour.

  • Alabaster Gaze Silver shimmer
  • Sun Kiss Muted gold shimmer
  • Jaded Jack Grass green shimmer
  • Pistol Pink Rose-pink shimmer
  • Inky Six Baby blue shimmer
  • Indigo Punk Lavender shimmer

Wink Eye Pencil ($18.00)

This extra soft pencil glides on effortlessly to deliver stunning colour in a precise line that stays put for up to 24 hours. With a high intensity colour payoff, WINK Eye Pencil delivers a stunning flare to any makeup look.

  • Jaded Jack Lime green cream
  • Pistol Pink Magenta pink shimmer
  • Inky Six Cornflower blue shimmer
  • Indigo Punk Violet shimmer
  • Brown Sugar Chocolate brown crea,
  • Union Jack Black Jet black cream

Wink Mascara ($20.00)

With four bright, look-at-me shades, and two basics, this refined mascara delivers perfect application from root to tip adding drama to any makeup look. The highly pigmented buildable formula results in long-lasting, brilliant colour.

  • Jaded Jack Lime green cream
  • Pistol Pink Magenta pink shimmer
  • Inky Six Cornflower blue shimmer
  • Indigo Punk Violet shimmer
  • Brown Sugar Chocolate brown cream
  • Union Jack Black Jet black cream

Availability: August 1st @ ULTA, butterlondon.com

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