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NARS Douceur Blush

NARS Douceur Highlighting Blush
NARS Douceur Blush

NARS Douceur Blush

NARS Douceur Blush ($28.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “soft pink brown.” It’s a subtly warm-toned light-medium brown with a pinky sheen. It does look a bit pinker in the pan than on my skin tone (which has yellow undertones), so if you have pink undertones, you might see those pink undertones come through on you more than they did on me. Tarina Tarantino Neopolitan Lane is similar, though a bit more pigmented and matte in finish. MAC Pressed Amber is darker, browner. MAC Darkly My Dear is darker, slightly more plum. Tarte Exposed is pinker. MAC Her Own Devices is lighter, kind of peach. MAC Prim & Proper is darker and more plum.

Douceur is best for light to medium skin tones, as it seems like it will disappear on darker complexions. It might work as a subtle highlight or all-over powder on some deeper skin tones.  I’m a huge fan of this type of blush, because it gives natural color and contour to the cheek in a subtle way.  I often reach for Korres Natural for this purpose, and Douceur can be used in the same fashion.  Finding a blush color like this that works for your skin tone can be challenging, because like a my-lips-but-better color, one size doesn’t fit all (or even most).

This is certainly a softer color. It’s one of the sheerer NARS blushes I’ve swatched so far.  The color isn’t easily buildable; there’s no need to be careful with this one–you don’t need a light-hand at all. It is very easy to use because of that, making it one of the more foolproof blushes.  On lighter complexions, this could be used as a contouring color.  The texture is soft and blendable on the skin, but I did feel like I had to pile it on a bit to get it to show up on my skin tone. The color payoff is on the sheerer side.  Douceur wore six and a half hours on me when I was trialing it, and it was noticeably faded after seven hours.

P.S. — I did write review Douceur previously (two years ago–wow, I swear this came out “recently!”  Time really does fly!

NARS Powder Blush Douceur
Douceur

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Dolce & Gabbana Lace Collection for Summer 2012


Dolce & Gabbana Lace Collection for Summer 2012

This provocative scene symbolizes a never ending contradiction, encapsulating the extremities of immaculate and intimate, pure and passionate. An enduring inspiration to Dolce & Gabbana and a recurrent theme in many of the Designers’ collections over the years, lace inspires the delicate drama of the Dolce & Gabbana Intenseyes new mascara which is the hero of the Lace Collection, offering a powerful sense of seduction tempered with intensely feminine beauty.

Intenseyes ($31.00)

  • Black Intensity

Intense Nail Lacquer ($22.00)

  • Pink (100)
  • Nude (210)
  • Perfection (220)

Ultra-Shine Lipgloss ($32.00)

  • Shimmer (55)
  • Honey (137)
  • Perfection (133)

Sicilian Lace Bronzer ($57.00)

  • Desert (20)

Lace Brush Set ($110.00)

  • Mini Brush Collection

Availability: Dolce & Gabbana intenseyes mascara and Lace Collection are on counter from July 2012 at select Saks Fifth Avenue stores and Saks.com.

Burberry Midnight Blue Eyeshadow

Burberry Midnight Blue Eyeshadow
Burberry Midnight Blue Eyeshadow

Burberry Midnight Blue Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.088 oz.) is a dark, navy blue with a satiny sheen and a barely-there purple tint. There are a few shades that are very similar, like MAC Naval Blue, MAC Blue Storm, and Bobbi Brown Blue Onyx.  There weren’t any distinguishable differences between those three and Midnight Blue, other than it’s pressed (unlike the two MAC products, which are loose pigments) and better quality than Bobbi Brown’s variation.  For those who are afraid of blues, I think purple-tinted blues make it less in-your-face blue and give the color a smokier effect.

The texture of Midnight Blue is a little on the drier side, though it’s still surprisingly blendable and easy to apply.  It has a soft, finely-milled feel, so it smooths out well and doesn’t have any problems with fall out or skipping.  It has good color payoff, but it could be a little more opaque–it applies best with a fluffier brush. The formula works well with and without a primer; when I tested out this shade, I had no problems getting eight hours of wear–no creasing or fading.  The eyeshadow is larger than the average full-sized eyeshadow (0.088 oz. vs. 0.05 oz.) and comes in a gunmetal container with a mirror and sponge-tipped applicator inside.

Burberry Sheer Eye Shadow Midnight Blue
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
4
Application
91%
Total

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Cult Nails I Got Distracted Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails I Got Distracted Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails I Got Distracted Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails I Got Distracted Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “black jelly polish with holographic glitter interrupted by intense green glitter.” It’s an inky black base color with green-teal micro-glitter and holographic shimmer. I couldn’t think of any dupes for this one (not to say there may not be some–I would love your input!), and the closest I could come up with was NARS Night Breed, which is similar in composition, but it’s all silver shimmer/glitter.

Of all the shades, this is probably the one that catches your eye the most. There’s something about that intense, deep dark black base color and the holographic shimmer that grabs you! When I first swatched it, I had to post a quick picture of it on Instagram. It’s even more impressive in person, because you can see the way it really sparkles. It’s nearly opaque in one coat, though I did two swatches in the photos just to be sure (sometimes what looks opaque to me in person is almost opaque in photos!). The polish is on the thicker side, though.

It actually has an interesting finish without a top coat. I took the diffused flash photo with it dry but without a top coat (the other swatches have a top coat). The polish has some texture, so you’d want a thicker top coat for a smooth finish. I thought it looked like asphalt in a very pretty way. It’s shiny on its own, but it doesn’t look as smooth without a top coat. I typically get a full week or more with Cult Nails’ formula, which is absolutely stellar as far as wear goes. I’ve had this shade on my nails for the past five days with almost no noticeable tip wear.

Cult Nails Nail Lacquer I Got Distracted
A

Limited Edition

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

Le Metier de Beaute Pallid Incandescence Kaleidoscope Eye Kit (Bergdorf Goodman Exclusive)


Le Metier de Beaute Pallid Incandescence Kaleidoscope Eye Kit (Bergdorf Goodman Exclusive)

From runways to red carpets, the playful pops of color have made a name for themselves and with summer in full swing it’s safe to say the shades are here to stay. ‘Bright’ on trend, Le Metier de Beaute introduces a new Kaleidoscope Eye Kit that flaunts serious color: Pallid Incandescence. Blending electric and pastel hues, Pallid Incandescence is the ‘go-to’ for a brighter-than-bright must-have look this summer.

Inspired by complexity of light and transforms from pastel days to neon nights, Pallid Incandescence brings with it the summer’s brightest and boldest hues. Each shade playfully reflects on another with just the right amount of luminosity and beam for a sun goddess glow.

“Layer shades for more intensity or wear alone for a softer look,” comments Dustin Lujan, Le Métier de Beauté Resident Artist, Bergdorf Goodman. “Either way, the fierce flash of pop-­‐hued tones will liven up any look this summer season with statement and flair.”

This summer palette includes (top to bottom): Flush, a pastel pop of peach and pink, Lambent, an electric green with lively lime tones, Refulgent, an orangey/pink neon and Ultraviolet, a lightening punch of lilac.

Experience each rich hue through the previous, as all four pigments intertwine to create a prism for the ultimate color contrast with the wearer’s eye shape and color. Using
the Le Métier de Beauté signature eye shadow application technique, “Couches de Couleur” (the layering of color), each shade is selected to evoke one element in a sequence of crescendo: 1. Warm 2. Cool 3. Hot 4. Cold. The combination is famed for increasing the femininity of the eyes, while adding a dash of mystery.

Ladies, it’s time to get your neon on.

A Bergdorf Goodman exclusive, Le Métier de Beauté Kaleidoscope Eye Kit in Pallid Incandescence ($95 USD) will be available in early July 2012. For order information, please call Dustin Lujan at (212) 872-8612.

MAC Betty and Veronica Archie Comics Collaboration


MAC Cosmetics and Archie Comics are collaborating on a full colour cosmetics collection celebrating the iconic looks of Betty and Veronica. Coming Spring 2013.

We want to know who your readers think should win Archie’s heart. They can tell us by texting “Betty” or “Veronica” to 898622 to support their favorite girl. Fans of the winner will be the first to hear when the collection is available online Spring 2013. Msg&Data rates may apply http://bit.ly/OCjeVK.

MAC Cosmetics kicks-off the start of San Diego Comic Con with a special event at our Gaslamp store with celebrated American comic book artist and illustrator, Dan Parent of the famed Archie Comics series, which introduced the world to beloved fictional teenagers Archie, Jughead, Betty and Veronica!

Dan will demonstrate illustrations and provide custom sketches for fans who drop into the MAC Cosmetics location just steps away from the San Diego Convention Center.

A street team of Archie’s will be walking around the streets of San Diego, encouraging fans to meet Dan at MAC Gaslamp.

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