Saturday, December 13th, 2014

Marc Jacobs Beauty LoveMarc Lip Gel
Marc Jacobs Beauty LoveMarc Lip Gel

As promised, here are the remaining swatches of the Marc Jacobs Beauty LoveMarc Lip Gel ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) shades. Marc Jacobs Beauty has a deal where you can get any three shades for $70 (instead of $90) (use code LIPKIT, ends 12/16), which I took advantage of when I bought these twelve. I still haven’t heard back whether or not this formula is being discontinued (as Sephora only shows eight of the 17-shade range, and of the eight, five are out of stock).

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It’s a more emollient formula with a fair amount of slip–the darker shades seemed to have the most slip–and I have found that the creamier finishes perform better than the more shimmery ones. I could feel the pearl in Little Pretty, which I wouldn’t describe as gritty, but the consistency was thin enough that it wasn’t smooth (I’d just describe it as textured). Some shades are really pigmented, others are semi-opaque to semi-sheer.  In my experience with the formula (I’ve only tested a handful of shades previously), the formula is typically hydrating and comfortable to wear, and the creamier shades were the best-performing for me.  I haven’t tested any of these.

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Saturday, December 13th, 2014

Chikuhodo Neige Brush Set for Holiday 2014
Chikuhodo Neige Brush Set for Holiday 2014

Neige Brush Set ($135.00) (Limited Edition)

This limited edition Noel Collection Neige Brush Set is a beautiful set of three handcrafted brushes featuring 100% natural, undyed goat hair and deep blue handles with a glimmering silver star Maki-e design. This set includes:

  • Powder Brush (165mm) / Goat
  • Cheek Brush (155mm) / Goat
  • Eyeshadow Brush (127mm) / Goat
  • Silver Pouch

Availability: Now at Beautylish

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Friday, December 12th, 2014

NARSissist Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Palette
NARSissist Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Palette

NARSissist Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Palette ($79.00 for 0.24 oz.) includes eight shades, seven of which are part of the permanent range (Ursa Major is, at this time, exclusive to the palette). Each eyeshadow is 0.03 oz., and full-sized versions are 0.05 oz. for $29, which makes the palette a $139 value in terms of amount of product, and in a more big picture way, to get eight shades would run you $232 (though they would be full-sized, just to be clear). I think this palette is an excellent way to try out NARS’ newer eyeshadow formula without completing breaking the bank. The eyeshadows felt and performed very much in line with their permanent counterparts (thus far) after swatching all of them and wearing about half of them (testing the other half today).

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Friday, December 12th, 2014

Wayne Goss The Holiday Brush Back for December
Wayne Goss The Holiday Brush Back for December

Wayne Goss The Holiday Brush ($85.00) (Limited Edition)

Designed for a quick application with the softest finish. The large size is ideal for applying mineral or powder foundations—or any powder, bronzer, or blush—across the face. The tapered point lets you go into the eye area and do detailed highlighting work. Available with white or black bristles.

Availability: Now at Beautylish

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Friday, December 12th, 2014

Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Eye Palette
Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Eye Palette

Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Eye Palette ($49.00 for 0.53 oz.) contains sixteen eyeshadows, and it is described as a “deeper, warmer version” of the original Chocolate Bar palette. (Why couldn’t they have gone for a deeper, cooler-toned version instead? The first was certainly warm-toned!) The palette is decent overall with a few shades that could be better, but most had a soft, silky consistency that wasn’t too powdery but remained blendable. The formula here is thinner rather than really buttery or dense, but only a few felt dry and thin. I didn’t like the glittery shade included in this palette, as it didn’t adhere well to skin, resulted in fall out all over the place (both during application as well as during wear), and doesn’t layer well over the other eyeshadows so it seemed like a waste to me. If I take out Pink Sugar’s rating (and pretend it doesn’t exist), it boosts the palette’s grade to a higher B (not quite a B+).

If you’ve purchased the original Chocolate Bar palette recently, you may have a thinner version than the ones released initially. If you bought several months back, this palette is noticeably thinner (but the rest of it is the same, so they’ll stack). The magnetic closure felt weaker on the Semi-Sweet palette, which makes me a little wary for traveling, but it seems like it should be okay. Two larger-sized eyeshadows contain less product (0.07 oz. compared to 0.10 oz.) while the standard-sized eyeshadows remained the same (0.03 oz. each). The larger-sized eyeshadows look like they’re not as tall and are just wider than the standard-sized but keep the heights the same.

Here are some comparisons of shades that were reasonably similar between the two palettes:

  • White Chocolate (Original) is slightly darker than Coconut Creme (Semi-Sweet)
  • Gilded Ganache (Original) is a more shimmery, darker version of Cocoa Chili (Semi-Sweet)
  • Milk Chocolate (Original) is a smidgen darker than Mousse (Semi-Sweet)
  • Hazelnut (Original) is slightly less metallic compared to Frosting (Semi-Sweet)

Licorice is a medium-dark black with subtle warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. The texture was slightly thin and stiffer, so the color payoff was decent but not intense. It lasted for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Coconut Creme is a light beige with warm, creamy yellow tones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff, was slightly dusty, and wore well seven and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Nougat is a muted, medium-dark peach with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation and was slightly powdery. It lasted for seven hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Truffled is a medium-dark brown with warm, yellow-ish undertones and a mostly matte finish. It has a bit more of a sheen to it compared to say, Coconut Creme, but it is still more matte than a satin to me. It had good color payoff with a soft, blendable consistency that wore well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Hot Fudgeis a rich, dark brown with a hint of black/gray and a frosted finish. It had nice pigmentation with a soft, smooth texture. It wasn’t really a rich, buttery texture–thinner, firmer–but it was a firmness that made it difficult to use.See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Cocoa Chili is a dark brown with warm, yellow undertones and a mostly matte finish. There’s a sprinkling of gold sparkle, but very little of it transfers to the lid, so it is primarily just a matte finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, silky texture. It wore well for eight hours on me. It is just a fraction darker and less yellow in tone compared to Truffled, but the two are too similar applied I think to merit being in the same palette. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Pink Sugar is a pale pink with subtle yellow undertones (more apparent in the pan than swatched) with a glittery finish. It felt almost wet in the pan, but it was thin and very, very sheer. It seemed more like a glitter top coat, but it didn’t stick to the lid at all, and it wouldn’t stick or layer over the powder eyeshadows in the palette either. I tried to apply it, and all the glitter would fall beneath the eye. I tried using my fingertip, and the glitter stuck to my fingertip and none transferred to my lid. Just an absolute waste of a shade in this palette. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Puddin’ is a muted, medium-dark brown with a faint hint of gray and a matte finish. It was a little faded when swatched and used compared to how it looked in the pan. For me, the color was faded on the lid after seven hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Blueberry Swirl is a faded, very muted, dark blue with a hint of black and purple to it and a soft, frosted finish. It looks a lot lighter and softer than in the pan. It had semi-sheer pigmentation, while the consistency was a little dry but was blendable at least. It lasted seven hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Peanut Butter is a brightened, medium orange with a hint of brown and a matte finish. It had nice pigmentation with a silky, soft texture. It wore well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Frosting is a bronzy brown with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had excellent color payoff with a really smooth consistency, though it felt a little dry. It stayed on well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Rum Raisin is a slightly muted, medium-dark taupe brown with warm undertones and a metallic finish. It had good pigmentation that went on smoothly and was easily blended on the skin. It had a slight dryness to it, but it didn’t seem to impact wear or application. This shade wore well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Mousse is a medium brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It was semi-opaque and a little dusty, and it was faded after seven hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Caramel is a brightened, golden copper with warm undertones and a metallic finish. The consistency felt a little dry, but the color payoff was excellent when swatched. When I applied to the lid, I had a little more trouble getting the color to adhere to the lid, but it was manageable. It started to fade after seven and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bon Bon #2 is a medium copper with a hint of brown and a metallic finish. It had a really soft texture that was almost crumbly, so there was some fall out during application, but it had good color payoff and was blendable. It wore well for seven and a half hours before fading. (There is a shade previously released called Bon Bon, but this isn’t the same.) See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Butter Pecan is a light gold with a hint of peach to it (there’s a little orange vibe I get from it) and a frosted sheen. It had fairly good color payoff, and the texture was soft and silky. It wore well for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Glossover

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Semi-Sweet

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Friday, December 12th, 2014

NARS Gifting for Spring 2015
NARS Gifting for Spring 2015

NARSissist Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Palette ($79.00) (Limited Edition)

Effortless charm with a bottomless makeup bag. One to watch. Eight to swatch. The NARSissist keeps her eyes (and options) open with the Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Palette that change her look, wet or dry, day to night. Double-takes never looked so good. The limited-edition palette features eight dual-intensity eyeshadows with riveting range from delicate peach pink to fierce black orchid and a specially designed wet/dry eyeshadow brush.

  • Europa
  • Himalia
  • Ursa Major
  • Subra
  • Andromeda
  • Lysithea
  • Giove
  • Sycorax

NARSissist Blush, Contour, & Lip Palette ($59.00) (Limited Edition) (Sephora Exclusive)

Always in touch. Never without a touch-up. The NARSissist’s spring arsenal of covetable color keeps her must-haves close at hand in an exclusive blush, contouring, and lip palette that give her more face time—in no time. The limited-edition palette features three must-have blushes and two essentials for contouring, Albatross Highlighting Blush and Laguna Bronzing Powder. Finish the look with Istria Lip Gloss.

  • Enrapture Blush
  • Enthralled Blush
  • Roman Holiday Blush
  • Albatross Highlighting Blush
  • Laguna Bronzing Powder
  • Istria Lip Gloss

Availability: Eyeshadow palette is available January 1st at NARS online and boutiques; February 1st at Sephora, specialty, and department stores; Blush palette available exclusively at Sephora on February 1st and March 15th at NARS online and boutiques

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