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NARS Back Room Nail Lacquer


NARS Back Room Nail Lacquer

There’s One Last Polish in the Back Room!

NARS Back Room Nail Lacquer ($18.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as “black.” It’s a rich, deep dark black with a glossy finish. I know it’s going to sound bizarre, but I don’t have a lot of black cream polishes. MAC Nocturnelle is one of the few I have (and for some reason, I have a few of them). It’s not quite as dark and doesn’t dry down to the same naturally glossy finish. MAC Beyond Jealous is a tiny bit teal but mostly black. What’s your favorite black cream?

love this polish.  You have to wait for it to dry to understand what makes this polish sing, and it actually dries down quickly, and when it does, there’s a beautiful glossy shine. It’s not necessary to apply a top coat if you’re looking to add shine.  The formula was just the right consistency, not being thin or watery, but not too thick either.  It was a cinch to apply the polish, as the fluid flowed across the nail evenly and smoothly. It was almost opaque in one coat, but I did need two for fully opaque color. NARS’ polish wears exceptionally well on me, lasting as long as ten days without chipping and only showing minor tip wear.

NARS Nail Polish Back Room
Back Room
Back Room
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total

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theBalm Balm Jovi Face Palette for Holiday 2012


theBalm Balm Jovi Face Palette for Holiday 2012

With this palette, you’re ready to take center-stage! Featuring shadows, a highlighter, a blush and creamy lip and cheek colors that are sure to top the charts, BALM JOVI is your backstage pass to looking like a rockstar. All of these shadows can be used wet or dry- so “live and let dry”. The headlining highlighter and scene-stealing blush will set the stage, while “Milly” and “Vanilly” will (lip) sync up your look. BALM JOVI is compact and portable, yet it has everything you need to take on tour!

  • Eyeshadows Metal-ica, Adagio, Blink 1982, Iron Maid-in, Allegro, The Stroke, Lead Zeppelin, Moderato, rem, Alice Copper, Presto, Third Eye Blinded
  • Highlighter Solid Gold
  • Blush Don’t You Want Me
  • Creamy Cheek & Lip Colors Milly, Vanilly

Availability: September 5th @ thebalm.com, $39.50

NARS Satellite of Love Highlighting Blush


NARS Satellite of Love Highlighting Blush

Reach to the Stars for a Satellite of Love

NARS Satellite of Love Highlighting Blush ($28.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “sparkling gold sand.” It’s a peachy brown with a hint of orange and pale gold shimmer and sparkle. It adds warmth, a little tan coloring, and noticeable sparkle and sheen to cheeks. Chanel Lucky Stripes is similar but more shimmery than sparkly. NARS Miss Liberty is lighter, more beige. MAC How Beautiful! is very light and beige. Chanel Empreinte de Chanel is more golden, yellower.

The Highlighting Blush formula is supposd to impart a “luminous glow” that can be worn alone or paired with other cheek products.  This particular shade has a bit more sparkle than sheen, though a lot of the sparkle gets lost between the pan, your brush, and your cheek, but it did emphasize my pores just slightly.  It has decent color payoff (it’s about what you see in the pan) and buildable to the color you see in the pan.  Because it is a lighter shade overall, on deeper complexions, it is going to add very subtle warmth but not visible color–more a highlighter than anything else. Lighter complexions can use it as both a highlighter as well as a blusher (well, probably bronzer).  The texture was a bit on the dry side, but it was nice and blendable on the cheek.  It wore for seven hours before there was noticeable fading.

NARS Satellite of Love Highlighting Blush

B
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4
Application
84%
Total

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NARS New York Dolls Nail Lacquer


NARS New York Dolls Nail Lacquer

Be a Doll, Grab That Purple For Me!

NARS New York Dolls Nail Lacquer ($18.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as ” purple.” It’s a dark purple with a subdued quality to it, so it doesn’t have a strong red undertone, and it seems just barely blue-based–but it’s so subtle and changes depending on the lighting conditions. Illamasqua Faux Pas is closest inc olor, but it is lighter and had a rubberized finish. Zoya Mira is lighter and more red-toned. SpaRitual Illume is lighter, bluer-based. Orly Purple Pleather is cooler-toned and has a rubberized finish.

This polish dries down pretty quickly, and the best part is it has a high-shine finish that’s glossy and reflective without need of a top coat at all (swatches show what it looks like with no top coat used). It’s almost opaque in a single coat (90%), so I still applied two swatches, but you could almost get away with just one.  The formula wasn’t too thick or too thin, and it flowed easily and evenly across the nail without pooling along the sides or streaking.  NARS’ polish wears exceptionally well on me, lasting as long as ten days without chipping and only showing minor tip wear.

NARS Nail Polish New York Dolls

NARS 47th Street Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner


NARS 47th Street Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner

It’s a Starry Night on 47th Street

NARS 47th Street Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner ($28.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “black with silver shimmer.” It’s a dark black with chunky silver sparkle–it’s definitely larger than what you’d expect of shimmer. I couldn’t think of anything similar to this (not to say that there aren’t dupes, just nothing I know of). The closest that I could come up with was MAC Black Swan, which is black with more of a blue shimmer-sheen. MAC Smooth Manoeuvre is also black with a couple of bits of silver shimmer but hardly any. Update: A few readers suggested Urban Decay Oil Slick, which is a silver-shimmered black, and it is a softer, lighter black (almost looks gray in comparison), and the sparkle is a lot subtler/smaller, so it’s not quite the same, but it is similar!

It applies well and evenly, with just enough glide to slide on smoothly without tugging, skipping, or pulling but not so much that it impairs the wear.  The black seems to stay put, even after eight hours–no budging or smudging or fading–but some of the silver glitter travels below the lash line where it was originally. It doesn’t appear to travel far and wide, but it does migrate somewhat.  47th Street had good color payoff in a single pass, and it provided a nice dark black line with silver sparkle–not a super intense black, but it’s darker than a soft black. I liked this shade more than some of the past shades I’ve tried in this formula.

NARS Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner 47th Street

Cle de Peau Beaute La Beaute Enigmatique Collection for Fall 2012


Cle de Peau Beaute La Beaute Enigmatique Collection for Fall 2012

Colors that reflect and shine create a velvety softness. A glistening eye expresses the magic of the night as color and texture impart an enigmatic beauty.

Three stunning shades of eye emit a soft and monochromatic spot of light, evoking a sophisticated look. By mixing shades, eyes look deeply mysterious. Rich red lips compliment the eyes with captivating allure.

Satin Eye Color ($45.00) (Limited Edition)

  • 116 Burgundy
  • 117 Blue
  • 118 Taupe

Eyebrow Pencil Cartridge ($25.00)

  • 201 Brown
  • 202 Gray brown
  • 203 Light brown
  • 204 Gray

Extra Rich Lipstick ($60.00)

  • R10 Burgundy
  • T10 Pink

Eyeliner Pencil Cartridge ($25.00)

  • 201 Black
  • 202 Brown
  • 203 Blue
  • 204 Bordeaux (Limited Edition)

Availability: Now @ Nordstrom

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