Saturday, August 6th, 2011

NARS Bourbon Street Larger Than Life Eyeliner
NARS Bourbon Street Larger Than Life Eyeliner

NARS Bourbon Street Larger Than Life Eyeliner

NARS Bourbon Street Larger Than Life Eyeliner ($23.00 for 0.02 oz.) is described as “purple.” It’s a subtly red-based, medium purple with a very fine misting of reddened purple shimmer. It has a rather faded look to it, overall, because the pigmentation is not as dense as it looks in the pencil. The shade is more of an eggplant purple than a violet or blue-based purple, so it will complement hazel and brown eyes quite well. It’s less plum than many of my other comparable eyeliners, so I wasn’t able to find any that I felt were that similar.

It’s creamy enough that it glides easily across the lash line without tugging or pulling, and the color (even though it’s not as rich as it looks) deposits fairly evenly. In testing NARS’ new eyeliner, I don’t quite get the stellar 12-hour wear as touted, but they wear well for a solid eight to ten hours. It’s still on at the 12-hour mark, but it has worn away noticeably. Make sure to check out my original review, which goes much more in-depth about the formula.

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Bourbon Street

B-
The eyeliner performs well, and while it doesn't last a full 12-hours, it does last for awhile, so it will depend on what your needs are. The color itself is not as pigmented or as opaque as I'd like to see.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

7/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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Saturday, August 6th, 2011

NARS Galion Nail Lacquer
NARS Galion Nail Lacquer

NARS Fall 2011: Galion Nail Lacquer

NARS Galion Nail Lacquer ($17.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “stormy grey.” It’s a rich, creamy navy-tinged, blackened gray. I achieved opaque color in just two coats, and there was no streaking, bubbling, or difficulty in applying the shade onto my nails. The formula flowed evenly without being too thick or thin. This shade looks really crisp on the nails, and despite my nails being too long, it still seems to work on me.  I typically get a week of wear with NARS’ nail polishes.

It’s a little bluer-based (but still very similar) to China Glaze Concrete Catwalk. The way it looks is reminiscent of Zoya Kelly, but they are not dupes–Kelly is much lighter but of the same hue.

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Galion

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This is a very appropriate shade for fall, and it will work well in winter, too. It's such a deep, dark gray without looking black.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Friday, August 5th, 2011

Urban Decay Goddess Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Goddess Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Goddess Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Goddess Eyeshadow ($17.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “midnight blue with lots of electric blue micro-glitter.” It’s a dark, navy blue with lots of blue micro-glitter (more shimmer-like than glitter-like). It has a subtle sheen in its finish.

This is one of the less impressive shades I’ve tried by Urban Decay–it lacks all the hallmarks of why Urban Decay’s eyeshadows are famous. It’s not buttery, soft, or smooth–it’s gritty and stiff to work with. It’s not richly pigmented; instead, it’s patchy, dry, and applies unevenly. The micro-glitter is the least concerning characteristic, even though there is some fall out, it’s not too troublesome–it’s really the poor texture and color payoff that make this shade worth passing on. Try Make Up For Ever #81 is a much better alternative!

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D+
Between poor color payoff, patchy, uneven color, and an overall disappointing texture, it's a shade I'd skip. Urban Decay has many great shades to choose from, but this one was a miss for me.

Product

6/10

Pigmentation

6.5/10

Texture

6/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

3/5

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Friday, August 5th, 2011

Lancome The New Black Eyeshadow
Lancome The New Black Eyeshadow

Lancome The New Black Eyeshadow

Lancome The New Black Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.042 oz.) is described as a “metallic shimmered black.” It’s part of Lancome’s permanent range of Color Design Eyeshadows (which is their individual range). Color Design Eyeshadows have varying finishes, but all of them are supposed to deliver “long-lasting, pigment-packed color [that] stays true for daylong wear.”

It’s a rich, dark black with blue undertones and silver micro-glitter. I did a quick wash of this color on the lid (without primer), and it wore for eight hours before subtly creasing. Over a primer, it wears for twelve hours without any issues.  The texture is smooth, and the color payoff is really true-to-pan–it’s a dark black, and it doesn’t drag or go on patchily, as some blacks do. The glitter is embedded in the powder itself well, but there are the occasional pieces that fall out.

This shade reminded me of Chanel Mirifique, though The New Black has a stronger blue-base. I imagine it’s also similar to MAC Black Tied but more pigmented.

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The New Black

B+
For as heavy on the shimmer/glitter as this shade is, it has very little fall out, but it does have some, so it isn't perfect. The intensity of the pigment is definitely the best part about this shade!

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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Thursday, August 4th, 2011


Zoya Spoons Necklace!

A Conversation with Zoya Reyzis @ Cosmoprof 2011

On Tuesday, I had the opportunity to sit down with Zoya Reyzis, who is the founder (along with her husband, Michael Reyzis) of Art of Beauty, which includes the brands Zoya, Qtica, Smart Spa, and Zoom. I can’t say it was an interview, because it was so much more than that.  She left an indelible impression on me, and it is a rare gift to come away from someone feeling like that, so I am so thankful to have had the chance to sit down with her.

Zoya is, at the very least, an inspiring woman, but she has such a wisdom about life that goes deeper than mere inspiration–it does not feel like a powerful enough word to describe how I felt talking with her.  One feels touched and humbled to be in her presence, and it has very little to do with her founding Zoya, but it is the person she has become as a result of the culmination of all of her experiences. It is the passion she has for the things she does in her life, and her passion is infectious and exciting and exhilarating. It is the best kind of disease to catch.  There is no artifice with her.  She is genuine, warm, and sharp.

I did not expect to have as much time as I did with Zoya, and I had one question I planned to ask, which was what was her level of involvement in the brand today. She gave it some thought, and she confessed that her role is very fluid and certainly nothing like the roles she played in the beginning. Zoya–the brand–is a family-run business.  My goal whenever I interview someone is to come with less planned questions and instead react to their answers to develop a story that is personal and intimate.

Michael is still very active in the business, but Zoya herself remains the founder, the muse, and the well that each person must draw strength from. She is a calming presence. Her voice is soft but strong, her speech melodic and intelligent, and it feels like she can see right through you, but she sees the best in you. Both of her sons work in the business, as do their wives. She spoke of how family get-togethers are not riddled with fights, though she admits that it is difficult for business talk to cease!

Both Michael and Zoya’s hard work has enabled Zoya to pursue her original dream and passion and love: classical piano. Her favorite composer is Bach, though she’s currently working on a Beethoven piece. When Zoya talks about music, it is not just music to her, and it’s so apparent that she is one of the lucky few who understand music on an immensely intimate, emotional level–a level that transcends the sound of the music and pushes into the beauty behind it.  She truly immerses herself in the composer she plays; to understand where the brilliance of the piece developed from.

I took piano lessons for many years when I was younger, and I rarely play now (admittedly, I was spoiled by mother’s personal dream of owning a baby grand piano, which is what I grew up playing on, and electronic keyboards always feel wrong underneath my fingertips). I could not relate to the relationship Zoya clearly had with her music and the people who had composed it. She could hear the life of the composer in the crescendos and decrescendos of the pieces she played, but I left wanting to play, to feel the keys depress and lift, the music flowing and resounding through the room.

It is the same when she approaches Zoya. It is not about nail polish–it is about the feelings evoked by wearing the polish. How does one feel when they wear a color they are confident in? What if they choose one they would normally choose? Does choosing a particular color make someone happy? Cheer them on on a bad day? How does it enable them to express themselves?

This is the Art of Beauty, Zoya says. The creativity and joy of the way color plays with our senses and emotions is what motivates the brand. There is much love that goes into each bottle of polish they fill, and there is something intrinsically satisfying about knowing the people who create the products we love do so with as much love and care and passion as their biggest fans.

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Thursday, August 4th, 2011


Luxeffects Collection

Essie @ Cosmoprof 2011

I met briefly with the very knowledgeable Dominick who walked me through several of Essie’s upcoming collections.  I love that we’ll be seeing less traditional Essie shades for the holidays–it’s nice and refreshing to see something different from the brand.  I love that they will be permanent.

  • Essie’s fall collection is called Carry On, which is inspired by handbags. It includes Carry On, Glamour Purse, Lady Like, Case Study, Very Structured, and Power Clutch.
  • In time for winter, we have Cocktail Bling, which includes six shades, which I don’t have the names for yet!
  • Holiday is a mix of jewel-tones in a collection called Dive Bar. This collection takes three shades from the retail line (Dive Bar, Jamaican Me Crazy, and Troph Wife) and is adding it to the salon line. It also includes three repromotes.
  • Releasing to coordinate with New Year’s and the holidays, Luxeffects is all about layering and bling–and these will all be permanent going forward. Glitter, micro-glitters, and even flakies!

 

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