Monday, October 13th, 2014

NARS Virtual Domination Blush Palette
NARS Virtual Domination Blush Palette

NARS Virtual Domination Blush Palette ($65.00 for 0.95 oz.) includes a highlighter, three blushes, and a bronzer. It is a Sephora exclusive and launches November 1st. All of these shades have been released before with Sex Fantasy and Final Cut being limited edition, and the other four are part of the permanent range. It’s a decent palette, and I like the value behind it, though I wish the quality was at least as good as the standalone versions that have been released. They don’t fall too short, but in general, the texture had a thinner quality to it that made it less luxurious compared to full-sized blushes. Overall, the palette had good color payoff, blendable textures, and most wore for around eight hours. I felt like the palette was too bulky/heavy for what it was, but it at least doesn’t feel cheap.

NARS blush retails for $30.00 for 0.16 oz., and Bronzing Powder retails for $38.00 for 0.28 oz. This palette has 0.60 oz. of blush, which is a $112.50 worth of blush. Now, go figure, but this palette contains more than a full-sized Laguna (and far more than the one included in the Algorithm palette!) at 0.35 oz. or $47.50 worth of bronzer! The palette contains a total of $160.00 of NARS Blush/Bronzer, so it is a great value. In terms of price, for the cost of just over two full-size blushes, you’re getting five shades (sometimes a better way to think about value if you rarely finish products).

Miss Liberty is described as a “soft shimmering peach.” It’s a light, golden peach with a white sparkle and warm undertones. The way the shimmer and sparkle of this one act, it looks almost like a wet sheen on the face, but there are noticeable sparkles on the skin–it is by no means a particularly subtle highlighter option. It seemed slightly lighter than the permanent version I have, though effect for most skin tones will likely be the same since it is so sheer. It wears for seven hours on me. This shade is part of the permanent range of Highlighting Blush. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Deep Throat is described as a “flirty sheer peach.” It’s a medium, coral with gold shimmer and hints of pink. The texture was soft, a little thinner than the permanent version, but it was blendable and had fairly good color payoff–it just looked a little faded compared to the permanent version. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me. This shade is part of the permanent range. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Laguna is described as a “diffused brown powder with golden shimmer.” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm, yellow undertones and a golden shimmer-sheen finish. It has more buildable color payoff than full-on, rich pigment. The texture was soft, lightweight, and blendable, though it can be a smidgen on the powdery side (which it seems in this particular palette). NARS has a tendency to put this in many of its palettes, so you may find you already have one (or half a dozen), and it is part of the permanent range. See swatches of all dupes of dupes / view dupes side-by-side side-by-side.

Sex Fantasy is described as a “pale lavender pink.” It’s a very light, cool-toned pink with a hint of lavender. It has a totally flat, matte finish. The texture is soft and finely-milled, but it is powdery (more so than the permanent version). On me, it lasted for eight hours. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Final Cut is described as a “peach coral.” It’s a softened, medium coral-orange with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and silky, and it was only a smidgen powdery. It wore well for eight hours on me. See swatches of all dupes
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Virtual Domination

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9/10

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Miss Liberty

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Monday, October 13th, 2014

NARS Modern Future Set
NARS Modern Future Set

NARS Modern Future Set ($49.00 for 0.74 oz.) includes three products in the theme of Roman Holiday, a cool pink. The lipstick and nail polish are full size (0.12 oz. and 0.50 fl. oz. respectively), while the blush’s compact is the same size as a NARS’ single eyeshadow (but it contains 0.12 oz.). The set contains $26.00 of lipstick, $20.00 of nail polish, and $22.50 of blush for a total value of $68.50. The three products come inside a thick, plastic triangular box.

Roman Holiday (Lipstick) is described as a “pretty pastel with the most delicate hint of pink.” It’s a light-medium, cool-toned pink with a luminous finish. It had semi-sheer color coverage but lots of natural lip color will come through, so if you have more pigmented lips, this may look quite different applied. This shade is part of the permanent range for Sheer Lipstick, so the color coverage is as expecte.d The formula had a lot of slip, which made the color look streaky at times (and if you press your lips together, you’ll see “lines”). On me, it wore for two and a half hours. It was neither drying nor hydrating. NARS Marisa (P, $32.00) is more opaque, warmer. NARS Claudia (P, $32.00) is lighter, cooler. Bite Beauty Lavender (P, $24.00) is cooler. Estee Lauder Powerful (P, $30.00) is more opaque. MAC Rose Lily (LE, $16.00) is a lot lighter. NARS Villa Lante (LE, $25.00) is a touch lighter. YSL Fetish Pink (8) (P, $34.00) is more opaque, brighter. Urban Decay Obsessed (P, $22.00) is similar. MAC Asian Flower (LE, $17.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Divine Choice (P, $22.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Roman Holiday (Blush) is described as a “pretty pastel with the most delicate hint of pink.” It’s a brightened, light-medium, cool-toned pink with strong, blue undertones and a matte finish. The texture was soft and finely-milled, though it was a little powdery. It can be applied and buffed into the skin so that it doesn’t look dry or powdery on. It had good color coverage that was buildable and lasted for eight hours on me. MAC I’m a Lover (P, $23.50) is lighter. Makeup Geek Hanky Panky (P, $9.99) is darker. MAC Young at Heart (LE, $20.00) is darker. Maybelline Pink Fever (20) (P, $8.99) is darker, cream, shimmer.Urban Decay Blush (P) is warmer. Milani Delizioso Pink (10) (P, $7.99) is very similar. Givenchy It-Girl Purple (P, $44.00) is lighter, warmer. NARS Mistinguette (LE, $29.00) is much lighter. theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is warmer. NARS Gaiety (P, $29.00) is lighter, cooler-toned. MAC Peony Petal (P, $21.00) is darker. MAC I’m the One (LE, $21.00) is darker. Bobbi Brown Nude Pink (P, $26.00) is slightly warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Roman Holiday (Nail Polish) is described as a “shimmery begonia pink.” It’s a muted, medium pink with very subtle cool undertones (almost a neutral pink, as it sometimes looks warmer on me, against my warmer complexion). There is a very fine shimmer in it, but it is hardly noticeable except up-close and in bright lighting. It was opaque after two coats, and the formula wasn’t too thick or too thin. I usually get seven days of wear out of NARS’ polish. Anna Sui Minnie Mouse Neon Pink (300) (LE, $16.00) is sheerer, more shimmery. Cult Nails Kiss My Rose Bush (P, $12.00) is more matte. MAC Snob (LE, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Silly (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Please Me (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Chanel May (P, $27.00) is similar. Rescue Beauty Lounge Pepto Pink (LE, $20.00) is darker, warmer. Essie Off the Shoulder (LE, $8.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Modern Future

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9.5/10

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Sunday, October 12th, 2014

MAC Silver + Blue Pigments + Glitter Objects of Affection
MAC Silver + Blue Pigments + Glitter Objects of Affection

MAC Silver + Blue Pigments + Glitter Objects of Affection ($35.00 for 0.50 oz.) includes four pigments (each containing 0.09 oz.) and one glitter (containing 0.14 oz.). This set has a cool tone running through it and ranges from white to black to blue and teal. The collection releases online October 27th and in-stores on November 6th.

White is described as a “soft pearl white.” It’s a bright, silvery white with a metallic sheen. Applied dry, it was semi-sheer, and applied damp, it was mostly opaque. It had a soft, silky texture that was easy to use. It wore well for eight hours before creasing slightly. This shade is part of the permanent range. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Blue Noir is described as a “dirty grayish blue.” It’s a muted, medium-dark bluish teal with cool undertones and a metallic sheen. It had fairly good color payoff both wet and dry, though it was smoother and more even when applied damp. The color showed signs of fading after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Dark Soul is described as a “charcoal black smoked with gold.” It’s a muted, medium black with silver sparkle. It had semi-sheer color payoff applied dry, opaque color applied damp. This shade started to fade after eight hours of wear. There was a little bit of fall out from the sparkle. This shade is part of the permanent range. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Grey is described as a “sparkly chunky grey.” It’s a cool-toned, purple-gray chunky glitter. It is not eye or lip safe.

Deep Blue Green is described as a “rich deep bluish green.” It’s a rich, blackened teal with a bluish leaning and frosted finish. It was semi-sheer applied dry and more opaque applied damp. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours before creasing slightly. This shade is part of the permanent range. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The formula is described as a “highly concentrated loose colour powder” that will “adhere to the skin.” They can be used to “create a subtle wash of colour or an intense effect.” The formula is supposed to be “easy to blend and long-lasting.” The majority work best when applied with a dampened brush, as it helps the powder bind and adhere to the skin, though some shades are more pigmented than others for dry application.

MAC now offers “Sized to Go” pigments in select shades, which are the same size as the ones in the set, for $10 ($111.11/oz). Normally, a full-sized jar of pigment is $21.00 for 0.15 oz. ($140/oz.). The set contains $40.00 or $50.40 worth of pigments, depending on which calculation you use. Full-sized glitters are $21.00 for 0.15 oz. ($140/oz.), so there is $19.60 worth of glitter here. All in all, the set contains at least $59.60 worth of product, and on the high end, $70.00. The only annoyance is that the smaller jars can be harder to use, depending on the size of your fingers/hands, but you’ll want to be careful. I usually find the best luck in pouring a little into the cap or onto a metal mixing palette.

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Silver + Blue

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9/10

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9/10

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9/10

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9/10

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9/10

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9/10

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Sunday, October 12th, 2014

MAC Pink + Rose Pigments + Glitter Objects of Affection
MAC Pink + Rose Pigments + Glitter Objects of Affection

MAC Pink + Rose Pigments + Glitter Objects of Affection ($35.00 for 0.50 oz.) includes four pigments (each containing 0.09 oz.) and one glitter (containing 0.14 oz.). This set ranges from light pink to bronze to copper to deeper pink and plum. The collection releases online October 27th and in-stores on November 6th.

Whisper Pink is described as a “soft beige pink with pearl.” It is a light, milky pink with gold shimmer. The texture was very chunky, so it was difficult to apply as an even layer. It applied smoother dry, but it was mostly gold shimmer when used that way. I would take a mixing palette with a damp brush and smooth out the pigment on it, then apply to the lid. On me, it wore well for eight hours before creasing, but there was some fall out during wear. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Tan is described as a “muted pinky brown bronze.” It’s a warm-toned, metallic copper brown with warm, red undertones. The texture wasn’t quite as smooth as I remember it being, but it will smooth out if applied damp. It was semi-sheer applied dry, then more opaque applied damp. It lasted for eight hours on me. This is a permanent shade. See swatches of dupes/ view dupes side-by-side.

Rose is described as a “rose with copper sparkle.” It’s a medium-dark pink with a lot of chunky, gold shimmer. It really needs to be pushed and buffed into the skin to smooth it out, though it was possible, and it was easier to do so if you applied the color with a damp brush. It was semi-sheer applied dry, semi-opaque applied damp. The color wore well for eight hours, but there was some fall out during wear. This is a permanent shade. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Reigning Riches is described as a “soft copper [Glitter].” It’s a copper glitter with small glitter particles (but larger than micro-glitter). It is listed as not safe for usage around the eyes or lips.

Heritage Rouge is described as a “dirty brown plum.” It’s a rich, medium-dark plum with warm undertones and a pearly finish. Applied dry, it was semi-opaque and appeared warmer, and applied damp, it was less brown, more plum, with full opacity. It wore well for eight and a half hours before creasing slightly. This is a permanent shade. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

The formula is described as a “highly concentrated loose colour powder” that will “adhere to the skin.” They can be used to “create a subtle wash of colour or an intense effect.” The formula is supposed to be “easy to blend and long-lasting.” The majority work best when applied with a dampened brush, as it helps the powder bind and adhere to the skin, though some shades are more pigmented than others for dry application.

MAC now offers “Sized to Go” pigments in select shades, which are the same size as the ones in the set, for $10 ($111.11/oz). Normally, a full-sized jar of pigment is $21.00 for 0.15 oz. ($140/oz.). The set contains $40.00 or $50.40 worth of pigments, depending on which calculation you use. Full-sized glitters are $21.00 for 0.15 oz. ($140/oz.), so there is $19.60 worth of glitter here. All in all, the set contains at least $59.60 worth of product, and on the high end, $70.00. The only annoyance is that the smaller jars can be harder to use, depending on the size of your fingers/hands, but you’ll want to be careful. I usually find the best luck in pouring a little into the cap or onto a metal mixing palette.

The Glossover

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Pink + Rose

B

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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4.5/5

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8/10

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Sunday, October 12th, 2014

MAC Gold + Beige Pigments + Glitter Objects of Affection
MAC Gold + Beige Pigments + Glitter Objects of Affection

MAC Gold + Beige Pigments + Glitter Objects of Affection ($35.00 for 0.50 oz.) includes four pigments (each containing 0.09 oz.) and one glitter (containing 0.14 oz.). MAC’s Pigments can be a lot of fun to use, if you like loose eyeshadow, and I’ve always liked them as colored eyeshadow bases. They’re actually designed as a “highly concentrated loose colour powder” that will “adhere to the skin.” They can be used to “create a subtle wash of colour or an intense effect.” The formula is supposed to be “easy to blend and long-lasting.” The majority work best when applied with a dampened brush, as it helps the powder bind and adhere to the skin, though some shades are more pigmented than others for dry application.

MAC now offers “Sized to Go” pigments in select shades, which are the same size as the ones in the set, for $10 ($111.11/oz). Normally, a full-sized jar of pigment is $21.00 for 0.15 oz. ($140/oz.). The set contains $40.00 or $50.40 worth of pigments, depending on which calculation you use. Full-sized glitters are $21.00 for 0.15 oz. ($140/oz.), so there is $19.60 worth of glitter here. All in all, the set contains at least $59.60 worth of product, and on the high end, $70.00. The only annoyance is that the smaller jars can be harder to use, depending on the size of your fingers/hands, but you’ll want to be careful. I usually find the best luck in pouring a little into the cap or onto a metal mixing palette.

Lithe is described as a “peachy nude.” It’s a light-medium gold with warm, yellow-orange undertones and a metallic sheen. Applied dry, it was sheer, and applied damp, it was fully opaque. On me, the color wore well for eight hours before creasing slightly. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

English Gilt is described as a “bright champagne.” It’s a metallic, golden bronze with warm undertones and a high-shine finish. It was a finer pigment, and it yielded semi-sheer color coverage applied dry, and then full coverage applied damp. It wore well for eight and a half hours before creasing. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Pretty It Up is described as a “dirty olive with pearl.” It’s a murky, bronze and gold-shimmered brown with hints of olive/khaki. It had a chunkier texture, so it didn’t apply as smoothly as other shades and is trickier to apply, as there is a lot of fall out. Applied dry, it was semi-sheer, and applied damp, it was mostly opaque. It wore well for eight hours but did have fall out over time. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Gold is described as a “sparkly chunky gold [Glitter].” It’s a chunky, gold glitter. MAC has a warning on the box that says it is not for use around the eye area. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Deep Brown is described as a “dark chocolate brown.” It’s a muted, medium-dark brown with soft, warm undertones and a matte finish. It was very, very finely-milled and silky. Even dry, it is more buildable to opaque color as it layers well. It was semi-sheer applied dry, and it was opaque applied damp (and it seemed to go on okay with a damp brush, despite it being a matte finish). On me, it lasted for eight hours before fading. This shade is part of the permanent range. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

The collection releases online October 27th and in-stores on November 6th.

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Gold + Beige

B+

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

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8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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Lithe

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9/10

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English Gilt

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8.5/10

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9/10

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Sunday, October 12th, 2014

Guerlain Coque d'Or Perfumed Shimmer Powder
Guerlain Coque d’Or Perfumed Shimmer Powder

Guerlain Coque d’Or Perfumed Shimmer Powder ($95.00 for 0.61 oz.) is described as a “silky halo of a golden shimmer.” It’s a fine misting of gold shimmer, just as described. Guerlain says it can be used to “illuminat[e] hair, face, shoulders, and the top of the decollete.” It is a scented powder, which the brand says is a “chypre composition based on bergamot, rose, jasmine, and patchouli.” It’s very subtle when I tried wearing it all-over arms–it’s no substitute for perfume–and I only get a hint of a scent when I have my nose to my skin. It’s warm, sweet, and slightly woody with a little earthiness.

Guerlain’s holiday Shimmer Powders are no doubt a luxury item, and it is most likely going to appeal to collectors. It adds a gorgeous sparkle–that’s finer than glitter but more noticeable than shimmer–to the skin that dances in the light as one moves. I can only imagine that one bottle has many, many uses out of it, as one “spritz” has a fair amount of sparkle (enough for both arms). It’s best applied about six to twelve inches away, and you may want to turn the nozzle, because of the wide, bow-like bottle, the way it arrives means that a lot of the sparkle settles on top of the bottle (instead of on you!). I would also recommend applying a body lotion or moisturizer first, and then spritzing the powder on just before it finishes drying.

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Coque d'Or Perfumed Shimmer Powder

Guerlain's holiday Shimmer Powders are no doubt a luxury item, and it is most likely going to appeal to collectors. It adds a gorgeous sparkle--that's finer than glitter but more noticeable than shimmer--to the skin that dances in the light as one moves.
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