NARS Gaiety Blush

NARS Gaiety Blush ($28.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “bright candy pink.” It’s a light-medium cotton candy pink; it has a strong blue base, so it reads cool-toned. It has decent to good color payoff, but it tends to need layering and building to achieve color if you are light-medium or darker. Compared to some of NARS’ other blushes, which may be considered hyper-pigmented, it is rather soft and you won’t need a light hand with it.  It has a natural matte finish, which means it doesn’t look totally flat but still looks mostly matte against the skin. MAC Azalea Blossom is darker and purpler. I don’t think I own NARS Desire, which seems like it may not be quite as cool-toned. NARS Angelika has less of a blue-base, is more of a medium pink, and includes sparkle.

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NARS Gaiety Blush

NARS Gaiety Blush

B+
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
4
Total
88%

NARS Lhasa Eyeshadow

NARS Lhasa Eyeshadow ($24.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “shimmery lavender-gray.” It’s gray, just slightly brown, with a stormy, smoky purple brewing in it. The color payoff is good, though just a touch sheer, but it has a really silky-smooth feeling to the texture. It also adheres really well to the lid. Urban Decay Bust is browner. theBalm Come Hither Heather is grayer, more cool-toned. Estee Lauder Tempting Mocha is lighter. Bare Escentuals Rowdy is a touch lighter. MAC Shale is similar but a touch darker.

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NARS Lhasa Eyeshadow

NARS Lhasa Eyeshadow

A-
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
90%

NARS Valparaiso Pure Matte Lipstick

NARS Valparaiso Pure Matte Lipstick ($25.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “rich raspberry.” It’s a rich raspberry with a slight emphasis on the berry portion. It has a very slightly frosted sheen. The color provides full coverage in a single pass. Guerlain Nuit d’Amour is redder, less pink. MAC Red Dwarf is less red, pinker. MAC Rebel is more berry-like. Guerlain Bee is purpler. MAC Wild ‘Bout You is redder, less pink.

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NARS Valparaiso Pure Matte Lipstick
NARS Pure Matte Lipstick Valparaiso
A
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
9.5
Application
4.5
Total
94%

Essie Spring 2012 Collection: Navigate Her


Essie Spring 2012 Collection: Navigate Her

This spring, essie pays tribute to the beautiful, ambitious woman of action. Not content to play it safe and hedge her bets during the wintry economic climate, the change in weather perfectly suits her sunnier outlook. In both fashion and finance, she’s ready, willing and able to strike out and try something fresh and new.

Never one to rest on her formidable charms alone, this self-made woman knows what she wants and exactly how to get it. She’s in the driver’s seat navigating her way through life with daring, wit and fashion aplomb. “Fortune favors the bold,” says essie brand founder and global creative director Essie Weingarten. “I am so inspired by women who dream big, go with their instincts and always manage to put their best self forward.”

This supremely feminine collection creates the perfect spring wardrobe for every woman on a mission. With skin-flattering brights and power pastels to suit every occasion, she’s always at the top of her game with essie color. For those in the vanguard, blazing a trail of glory to new heights, there’s olé caliente. For a more gentle touch and soft-sell approach, a crewed interest is sure to post serious profits. Whatever your strategy, choose one of six ingenious colors that means business.

  • Navigate Her New growth green
  • A Crewed Interest Pretty pursuable peach
  • Ole Caliente Spicy scarlet fever
  • Orange, It’s Obvious! Headstrong outspoken orange
  • To Buy or Not to Buy Limitless lilac shimmer
  • Tour de Finance Incandescent fuchsia futures

availability: February 2012 at salons and beauty destinations worlwide, $8.00 each

NARS Christina Lipstick

NARS Christina Lipstick ($24.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “shimmering golden raspberry.” It has a satin finish, so it’s supposed to be long-wearing, comfortable to wear, and moisturizing. It’s a pink-tinted red with golden shimmer and sheen. It yields opaque color coverage and a natural sheen. It’s a more frosted lipstick, but it didn’t feel clingy or drying, like some really frosty shades can be. NARS Petit Monstre is a less red, more orange variation. Bobbi Brown Raspberry Pink is much lighter in pink but has a similar golden shimmer.

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NARS Christina Lipstick