Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Marc Jacobs Beauty New Shades
Marc Jacobs Beauty New Shades

Style Eye-Con No. 7 ($59.00)

  • The Dreamer Neutrals

Lust for Lacquer Lip Vinyl ($28.00)

  • Satisfaction (214) Pinkish mauve with copper sheen (Full)
  • Shooting Stars (316) Berry mauve with shimmer (Full)
  • Shiny (318) Clear (Sheer)
  • Magic (320) Shimmering champagne nude (Sheer)
  • Superstar (324) Shimmering pinkish mauve (Sheer)
  • Pink Diamond (326) Light mauve pink with copper sheen (Sheer)
  • Milkshake (334) Milky light pink (Sheer)
  • Pink Friday (324) Shimmering hot pink (Sheer)
  • Wrecked (332) Shimmering bright red (Sheer)
  • Deeper (328) Shimmering berry purple (Sheer)
  • Rumor (330) Shimmering light reddish brown (Sheer)

Availability: Now at Marc Jacobs Beauty, coming soon to Sephora

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Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

NARS Smokey Eye Kit
NARS Smokey Eye Kit

NARS Smokey Eye Kit ($59.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a limited edition kit for fall. Each eyeshadow is 0.04 oz., and the eyeliner is 0.01 oz. It also comes with a travel-sized contour brush. First, if you purchased NARS’ NARSissist Eyeshadow Palette last spring, then you already have the three shades featured in this kit. On the upside, Bali performed much better in this palette than in the larger one.

In order for this to be a decent offering in terms of pricing, you have to get some use out of the included brush, which NARS prices at $32 for the full-sized version (the travel-sized feels like a cheap, rougher, scratchier, less dense version of the full-sized), and the eyeliner. Otherwise, I feel like you’re really paying for convenience to have these specific shades in a single palette; the larger NARSissist palette contains 0.45 oz. of product for $79 (which works out to be $176/oz.). NARS’ single eyeshadows retail for $25/0.07 oz. and $35/0.14 oz. (duos), which puts the price per ounce somewhere between $250 (duos) to $357 (singles). NARS’ Larger Than Life Eyeliner retails for $24/0.02 oz. (or $1200/oz.), so you’re getting a $12 value in this palette from the pencil alone. If you’re only interested in the eyeshadows, you’re paying $492/oz. All in, you’re getting about $30 (taking the PPO of duos) worth of eyeshadow, $12 worth of eyeliner, and a $32 brush (though I would disagree at this value, as the quality is vastly different from the full-sized), which would be $74. There’s value in having your very favorite shades in a palette for easy access and making it travel-ready, but I feel that this is poorly priced relative to other palettes NARS has done, which is disappointing.

Madrague #1 is described as a “matte cream.” This shade was of good quality in both the larger NARSissist palette as well as in this one, as it was soft, finely-milled, and blendable. On me, the color wore well for eight hours before fading. It’s a more common shade, so there are many, many shades available that are quite close. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bali is described as a “neutral.” It’s a dark, subtly cool-toned brown with a hint of gray and a matte finish. It is much, much better quality in this palette than in the larger palette; here, it is soft, finely-milled, and blendable. It lasted for eight hours on me before fading. Tarte Dream in Chocolate (LE) Too Faced Triple Fudge (P, $16.00) Laura Mercier Espresso (LE, $23.00) Too Faced Dark Chocolate (LE, $16.00) Tom Ford Beauty She Wolf #1 (LE) bareMinerals Boardroom (LE) NARS Bali (P, $24.00) MAC Najm el Lail (LE, $15.00) MAC Dance in the Dark (P, $15.00) MAC Showstopper (LE, $15.00) MAC Diamond Dove (LE, $15.00) Inglot #363 (P, $6.00) See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Mekong is described as an “espresso infused with shimmer.” It’s a dark, subtly warm-toned brown with fine sparkle over a matte finish. It was richly pigmented, and the texture felt soft and smooth, but it could have been more blendable. It lasted for eight hours on me. MAC Midnight Hour (LE, $15.00) is less sparkly. MAC Beluga (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned. Disney by Sephora Cinders (LE) is similar. Guerlain Terra Azzurra #4 (LE) is less sparkly. Dior Night Golds #3 (LE) is lighter. Chanel Topkapi #3 (LE) is less sparkly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Via Veneto is described as a “black.” It’s just that–a matte black. I have reviewed it previously here. It has good color payoff, but it is a stiffer eyeliner to use, so I don’t find it as comfortable to apply. It wears about seven to eight hours on my lower lash line before smudging. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Wide Contour Brush #43 is short-handled, angled eye brush. It has a very sharp, flat angled shape, but the brush is incredibly large. Of all the brushes to provide in a Smokey Eye Kit, it’s hard to imagine how many people will get a lot of use out of it. The only way I could feasibly use it was to finish up any blending all-over the lid, but I felt like this over-blended due to the scratchier, rougher bristles and over-sized shape.

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9/10

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9.5/10

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Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Givenchy Beauty Fall 2014 Collection
Givenchy Beauty Fall 2014 Collection

Palette Extravaganza Lip & Eye ($66.00) (Limited Edition)

Go from glowing and sparkling to extravagant with this palette’s four eye shadow shades. The eye shadows are inspired by the shimmer of pearls, and the palette features a complementary, discreet shade of lipstick. The satiny brown and purple colors define and deepen the eyes, while the burnished gold and shimmering silver hues strengthen their intensity—and the elegant leather-look of the case provides luxe packaging. Includes 4 x 0.14 oz eye shadows in Satiny Brown, Satiny Purple, Burnished Gold, Shimmering Silver and 0.06 oz lipstick in Luminous Pink.

Ombre Couture Cream Eyeshadow ($23.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Or Insolite (12) Gold

Le Rouge Intense Color Sensuously Matte Lipstick ($36.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Framboise Velours (315) Rosy red
  • Rose Plumetis (207) Rose

Blush Memoire de Forme Pop Up Jelly Blush ($37.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Rose Extravagant Rosy hue

Le Vernis Intense Color Nail Lacquer ($20.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Bronze Insense Bronze
  • Parure Scintillante Glittering top coat

Availability: Now at Sephora

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Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Laura Mercier Sensual Reflections Cheek Melange
Laura Mercier Sensual Reflections Cheek Melange

Laura Mercier Sensual Reflections Cheek Melange ($42.00 for TBA oz.) is a light-medium, plummy brown with a soft sheen and neutral-to-warm undertones. Giorgio Armani Light Rose (LE) is darker, more shimmery. NYX Taupe (P, $5.00) is darker, cooler-toned, more matte. NARS Douceur (P, $29.00) is more matte. MAC Baby Don’t Go (P, $23.50) is pinker, more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Launching soon with Laura Mercier’s fall collection, this limited edition Cheek Melange is supposed to “add natural, glowing colour to cheeks … It provides natural radiance to complexion and is designed to complement all skin tones.” If you are light-medium or fairer, you may get slight color out of this, but on my medium complexion, I applied four layers–packed on–and could barely distinguish the color on me. It does, however, add a soft, luminous sheen to the skin without brightening. The powder is somewhat stiff, which contributes to needing to layer it on, though once dislodged from the pan, goes on smoothly and doesn’t look powdery. It seems to add “natural radiance” regardless of skin tone, but it doesn’t add “glowing color” to all skin tones. It doesn’t have any white base to it, so it can be applied to deeper skin tones without looking chalky, but it will be very subtle and produce mostly a soft sheen. The color/sheen lasts for almost eight hours on my skin. There are better, more finely-milled, higher performing highlighters at the $40+ price point, so this left me unimpressed. It’s too bad, because the shade itself is more unusual, so something with more color payoff and a softer texture would have been interesting.

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Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

NARS Zakynthos, Ithaque Nail Polishes
NARS Zakynthos, Ithaque Nail Polishes

These are the last two shades of NARS Nail Polish ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) that I have to review! :) There are a total of 43 permanent shades, and today (July 15th) is the official launch day. Both the formula and the brush have been changed. According to the brand, the formula is supposed to “improve wear and strengthen nails” with a “flexible, high gloss finish.” In the past, I’ve experienced really strong, long-wear (up to ten days with minor tip wear; after seven, tip wear appears very minor). I tested five shades–Thasos, Elbrus, Obscura, Pastorale, and Zakynthos–for wear, and they were fairly consistent with minor tip wear after seven days but no chipping (no top or base coats were used). I really liked the brush, as it wasn’t overly wide; I could still apply polish to my pinky nail (which is my narrowest nail) without getting polish all along the cuticle/skin along the nail. Most shades dried down faster than average, and generally, they applied well without streaking, bubbling, or pooling along the edges with good color coverage.

NARS Zakynthos Nail Polish ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “beige.” It’s a medium beige with subtle, rosy undertones and a cream finish. It was opaque after two coats, and it applied fairly evenly, though it was somewhat streaky initially, leveled quite a bit, but there was still some unevenness. The consistency was on the thinner side, and the brush on this shade was very splayed/uneven. MAC Style Tip (LE, $16.00) is similar. a href=”http://www.temptalia.com/product/rescue-beauty-lounge-nail-lacquer/sheer-nude”>Rescue Beauty Lounge Sheer Nude (LE, $20.00) is warmer. China Glaze Dress Me Up (LE, $7.50) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Ithaque Nail Polish ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “light pink.” It’s a sheer, milky, light pink with a glossy, creamy finish. I wish NARS had thought to include “sheer” in the description, because after two coats, it’s semi-sheer. It was slightly streaky but leveled quite a bit while drying down. MAC Ke Ai (LE, $16.00) is warmer, has shimmer. MAC Delicate (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Confectionary (LE, $16.00) is more opaque. Cult Nails Enticing (P, $12.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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8/10

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6.5/10

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Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lip Crayons for Fall 2014
Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lip Crayons for Fall 2014

BITE Beauty is introducing their Matte Crème Lip Crayon,BITE’s breakthrough matte yet moist formula that delivers a bold wash of color in a range of shades perfect for fall.

Naturally derived orange peel wax is extracted from organic oranges and provides the same benefits to this juicy fruit as it does for lips: naturally protects and seals in moisture while providing a waterproof layer on the surface of lips. These long-wearing creamy crayons boast rich, wearable color while delivering a delicious burst of citrus scent upon application.

Premium triple-milled pigments provide powdery-light, vibrant color, while organic fruit butters, jojoba and castor oil leave lips baby-soft and hydrated. The unique matte finish adds a level of sophistication and versatility to these timeless shades, without drying the lips

Five milligrams of antioxidant rich Resveratrol fights free radicals that cause aging around the lip line. The twist-up pencil and built-in sharpener offers precise application for achieving a one-swipe bold finish. For smoothest finish, exfoliate lips with Whipped Cherry Fruit Scrub prior to pencil application.

BITE Beauty is created with natural and food-grade ingredients for beauty that’s better for you. BITE Beauty lip products do not contain parabens, sulfates, petrochemicals, phthalates and is certified gluten-free.

Matte Creme Lip Crayon (Part 1) ($24.00)

  • Glace
  • Tatin
  • Sucre
  • Peche
  • Fraise
  • Framboise

Matte Creme Lip Crayon (Part 2) ($24.00)

  • Leche
  • Amaretto
  • Cognac
  • Brandy
  • Aubergine
  • Truffle

Availability: Part 1 launches July 15th, 2014 at Sephora; Part 2 launches August 2014 at Sephora

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