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NARS Spring 2013 Color Collection


NARS Spring 2013 Color Collection

Fresh and fierce, strong and sexy; the Spring 2013 Color Collection introduces a vibrant, ‘90s-esque palette that sets the tone for a season of audaciously feminine looks. Created by Founder & Creative Director François Nars, the collection heralds spring’s arrival with shades ready to make a graphic statement.

Eyeshadow Duo ($34.00)

  • Mad Mad World Cyan and parakeet green
  • Bouthan Soft pink tulle and bright pink with gold shimmer

Single Eyeshadow ($24.00)

  • Persia Matte paprika

Soft Touch Shadow Pencil ($24.00)

  • Corcovado 24-karat gold (Limited Edition)

Blush ($28.00)

  • Seduction Sangria

Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil ($24.00)

  • Cythere Soft metallic rose (Limited Edition)

Lipstick ($24.00)

  • Dressed to Kill Fuchsia rose with gold shimmer

Nail Polish ($18.00)

  • Disco Inferno Iridescent silver green (Limited Edition)

Availability: January 15th @ NARS, February for Sephora, Nordstrom, and other counters

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Wet ‘n’ Wild Rose Champagne Glow To Reflect Shimmer Palette

Wet 'n' Wild Rose Champagne Glow To Reflect Shimmer Palette
Wet ‘n’ Wild Rose Champagne Glow To Reflect Shimmer Palette

Maybe You Won’t Go to Carnaval, But How About a Glow of Rose?

Wet ‘n’ Wild Rose Champagne Glow To Reflect Shimmer Palette ($4.99 for 0.40 oz.) is a melange of light peach, peachy-orange, and medium pink. Blended together, they create a light, rosy-beige with a frosted, metallic finish. MAC Porcelain Pink is lighter. MAC Rhapsody in Two is similar. Bobbi Brown Rose Gold is a touch more beige. MAC Redhead is less pink. Laura Mercier Rose Rendezvous is a smidgen darker.

I suspect of the three shades of To Reflect that I’ve seen from Wet ‘n’ Wild (I’ll post a review for the third one soon), this is likely the one that will have the most universal appeal.  On darker complexions, it will serve as a highlighter, and on the very lightest skin tones, it can work as a blush as well as a highlighter.  I’m medium in color, and it shows up as a highlighter and slight tint of color–there’s definite color, not just shimmer/sheen–on my skin.  The finish has a high-shine, frosted look to it, which did result in emphasis of my pores along my cheeks, so if that’s a major concern for you, then you might want to opt for a subtler highlighter.  This can be used wet for an even more metallic finish, if desired.

It’s a baked product, though it feels almost like a hybrid between traditional powder and baked, because it is smoother than a lot of baked products but still different from regular powder products.  Rose Champagne Glow lasted for six and a half hours on me, and after seven hours, it looked a bit faded and somewhat patchy. It’s on par with the majority of baked products and how long they wear on me, so if you normally get longer wear out of your baked products, this might wear similarly.

Wet ‘n’ Wild Rose Champagne Glow To Reflect Shimmer Palette

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China Glaze Tranzitions Collection for Spring 2013


For Spring: China Glaze Tranzitions

There’s nail art and then there’s China Glaze® nail couture. Reverse French manicure, half moons, ombre, basket weave, dots or racing stripes: nail designs are intricate and multi-colored. China Glaze® introduces a new way to get multi-color, unique nail art with fewer bottles of polish with the new color-changing Tranzitions collection!

China Glaze® Tranzitions’ revolutionary new nail lacquer reacts when a clear top coat is applied, changing the color from one shade to another for a stunning effect. Wear any of the six beautiful, color-shifting shades alone, or allow your creativity to run wild and create intricate nail designs by applying a top coat in specific places. Try different looks using nail art brushes, free-hand designs or nail guides. Because each shade changes color, you get two lacquers in one, creating an entirely new look with just one swipe.

The China Glaze® Tranzitions collection features six shades, though with the color transition, you get 12 unique shades including:

  • Split Person-NAIL-ity Dusty pink shifts to fuchsia
  • Duplicity Mint green shifts to vibrant teal
  • Modify Me Periwinkle blue shifts to indigo blue
  • Altered Reality Teal blue shifts to turquoise
  • Metallic Metamorphosis Silvery grey shifts to bluish-charcoal grey
  • Shape Shifter Smokey violet shifts to dark purple

How It Works:

  • Step 1: Apply a base coat.
  • Step 2: Apply two coats of China Glaze® Tranzitions shade of choice. Allow to completely dry.
  • Step 3: Lastly, apply one coat of clear top coat such as China Glaze® Fast Forward and watch the color change right before your eyes.

Availability: The China Glaze® Tranzitions collection will be available in January 2013 at fine salons and beauty supply stores nationwide.

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Wet ‘n’ Wild Carnaval in Rio To Reflect Shimmer Palette

Wet 'n' Wild Carnaval in Rio To Reflect Shimmer Palette
Wet ‘n’ Wild Carnaval in Rio To Reflect Shimmer Palette

A Bronzy, Baked Powder from Wet ‘n’ Wild

Wet ‘n’ Wild Carnaval in Rio To Reflect Shimmer Palette ($4.99 for 0.40 oz.) is a rich, copper-shimmered bronze. Estee Lauder Topaz Chameleon is darker, browner–less coppery. MAC Glorify is similar, slightly darker. MAC Worldly Wealth is less coppery.

It has a soft consistency, and it feels like a finely-milled baked powder, similar to MAC’s Mineralize Skinfinishes but smoother. It has a high-shine, frosted and metallic finish, so there is a great deal of reflection, but there is also a slight emphasis of pores and any natural imperfections in skin texture. Carnaval in Rio has a lot of warmth coming from the orange and copper hues in it, so it acts a bit like a bronzer or warming glow. I suspect that this is going to be particularly lovely on a deeper, warmer complexions. It lasted seven hours, which is a little longer than I get with many baked products, but a little short of the average blush/bronzer.

Wet ‘n’ Wild Carnaval in Rio To Reflect Shimmer Palette

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Maybelline Inked in Pink Color Tattoo Metal Eyeshadow

Maybelline Inked in Pink Color Tattoo Metal Eyeshadow
Maybelline Inked in Pink Color Tattoo Metal Eyeshadow

A Warm Pink That Works

Maybelline Inked in Pink Color Tattoo Metal Eyeshadow ($6.99 for 0.14 oz.) is a pinky-mauve with a frosted, metallic finish. When it’s sheered out, it loses some of the pinkness as it lays over my naturally warm skin tone (so on cooler complexions, it might look pinker when sheered out). MAC Sweet Acting is lighter. MAC Rose Light is a touch lighter. Urban Decay Provocateur is a bit more mauve and glittery. Urban Decay Bordello is more mauve. MAC Neo Nebula is very comparable.

I wore this alongside Barely Branded, and it lasted a full twelve hours without fading, creasing, or smudging.  It also worked well as a complement to Barely Branded and both were easy to blend into each other so it didn’t look too divided (but I didn’t want to blend too much, as I was primarily testing wear).  It applied with full color coverage without needing to layer the product on, so I would say this is quite pigmented and you’ll want to use less if you intend to sheer it out.  The consistency was creamy and lightweight, and once it dried down, it was set for the day.

Maybelline Inked in Pink Color Tattoo Metal Eyeshadow

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Maybelline Barely Branded Color Tattoo Metal Eyeshadow

Maybelline Barely Branded Color Tattoo Metal Eyeshadow
Maybelline Barely Branded Color Tattoo Metal Eyeshadow

More than Cream: Maybelline Goes Metallic with Barely Branded

Maybelline Barely Branded Color Tattoo Metal Eyeshadow ($6.99 for 0.14 oz.) is a warm, creamy beige with a frosted, metallic finish. MAC Dazzlelight is whiter, less yellow/warm. MAC Brule reminded me of it, just matte and powder. Tarina Tarantino Fantastical was the closest in color–fairly close–but is a powder product. I think MAC Bare Study is whiter, less warm-toned.

I see this shade being very versatile and easily becoming a go-to eyeshadow base for a good portion of people. The shimmer when it sheers out is nice, and what I liked more about it was that it sheered out evenly so it could be easily used as a wash of color for when you’re pressed for time. The best news of all, of course, is that it did in fact wear for a full twelve hours without creasing or fading when I tested it.  It had a nice creamy consistency that made for quick and easy application, and it built up color well–I’d say use less for sheer color, because it is was nicely pigmented. I was able to get opaque color in one layer using a flat, firm brush (like MAC’s 249).  I picked it up at my local Walgreens, but it IS available online NOW! (YAY!) at ULTA. ULTA also has a deal for $10 off any $60 purchase with code 89776.

Maybelline Barely Branded Color Tattoo Metal Eyeshadow

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