Monday, August 1st, 2011


NARS Caravaggio Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Caravaggio Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Caravaggio Eyeshadow Duo ($33.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “azalea pink” and “iridescent violet.”

The pink shade is a rich, vibrant raspberry-fuchsia with a pearled sheen–it’s not full-on fuchsia, but it’s not as red or as dark as a raspberry would be (as in the real fruit!). It has such a lovely texture–really dense, smooth, and silky to the touch, plus the color payoff is excellent! The hue is quite similar to Urban Decay’s Woodstock–perhaps the slightest bit darker. MAC Bright Fuchsia is brighter but still similar. MAC Hepcat has a similar base color but has much more purple in it.

The purple shade is a softened, jewel-tone purple with red undertones and a pearled sheen. It, too, has great color opacity with a silky smooth texture that’s rich and dense and a breeze to work with. The color is similar to MAC Double Feature 2 but lighter. MAC Vibrant Grape is also similar but has a much more matte finish.

Per NARS, their eyeshadows are supposed to be long-wearing and crease-resistant. In my experience, they still need to be worn over an eyeshadow base for all-day wear, but alone, they wear seven to eight hours with subtle creasing. They don’t fall apart immediately after application, but an eyeshadow base is recommended for best results.

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NARS Caravaggio Eyeshadow Duo Review, Photos, Swatches

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The most important characteristics of an eyeshadow--color payoff, blendability, and texture--are amazing here. The only downside is NARS' claims these are long-wearing (on their own), and they just aren't on their own.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Monday, August 1st, 2011


Illamasqua Muse Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Muse Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Muse Nail Varnish ($14.00 for 0.5 fl. oz.) is described as a “deep teal blue.” It’s exactly that–at first glance, it’s more blue than teal, but it’s not just blue. There’s teal, blue, and enough depth to call it deep. The finish is creamy, and the color is opaque in two coats (but nearly opaque in just one). I had an easy time with the formula, because it wasn’t too thick or thin, so the lacquer flowed evenly across the nail and didn’t bubble. I typically get a week’s worth of wear out of Illamasqua’s nail polishes.

It reminded me of Cult Nails Let Me Fly without the shimmer. It was a little bluer and darker than Orly Viridian. It is darker compared to Butter London Artful Dodger.

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Teal is always an interesting color, because sometimes it leans blue, other times it leans green. Here's a teal that leans a little blue but not too blue.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Monday, August 1st, 2011


Estee Lauder Pure Color Sensuous Rouge Lip Color

Launch Date: August 2011 at select Estee Lauder counters nationwide, esteelauder.com

Exploring a new sensation in lip color, Estée Lauder and Creative Makeup Director Tom Pecheux introduce the new Pure Color Sensuous Rouge LipColor, changing the modern definition of what a lipstick should be. Two intoxicating formulas are combined to create a luscious, one-of-a-kind elixir that is introduced in 12 delicious shades.

Taking cues from couture fashion, Sensuous Rouge LipColor fuses a creamy, luscious shell with a liquefied core for a lipstick that is truly uniquely decadent while marrying style and performance. Lips will love this succulent, voluptuous formula that drenches in shine and moisture for a euphoric sensorial experience.

Pure Color Sensuous Rouge Lip Color ($28.00)

  • Sultry Caramel
  • Sensuous Nude
  • Decadent Fig
  • Enticing Fuchsia
  • Rose Exposed
  • Pink Seduction
  • Orchid Surrender
  • Wistful Wisteria
  • Plum Fatale
  • Peach Pleasure
  • Curvaceous Coral
  • Cheating Heart

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Sunday, July 31st, 2011


Estee Lauder Modern Mercury Collection for Fall 2011

Launch Date: August 2011 at select Estee Lauder counters nationwide, esteelauder.com

Estée Lauder introduces a new and visionary color trend collection for Fall 2011. The Pure Color Modern Mercury Collection is a limited edition, texturally graphic collection inspired by modern, avant-garde architecture. Molten metallic eyes become the focus on a soft shimmering canvas and are complemented by edgy matte lips and a twisted shade of green on the nails. Estée Lauder Creative Makeup Director Tom Pecheux debuted pieces from the collection at the Derek Lam Fall 2011 show, creating a look reminiscent of rogue femininity combined with modern minimalism that was truly passionate and chic.

In this architectural inspired collection, skin is softly blurred with just a hint of shimmer, eyes are boldly graphic and flaunt the metallic trend of the season while lips are dusted with a matte finish in contagious shades of beige, pink and red.
Nails are finished in a manic shade of green for an unexpected accent.

Pure Color Illuminating Powder Gelee ($40.00) (Limited Edition)

A new “tribrid” system of liquid, powder and gel revolutionizes makeup application and wear with the new Pure Color Illuminating Powder Gelée. This first-of-a-kind, “multi-powder” formula creates a theatrical blur of shimmer on the skin when applied dry and a fierce flush of color when applied wet. The unique suspension of golden pigments and pearls float on top of the skin, resulting in a truly unique sensorial experience for skin. The futuristic powder is flexible and uses a luminosity boosting complex that makes the complexion appear perfectly smooth, sexy and glowing with a polished finish.

Pure Color Long Lasting Lipstick ($24.00)

  • Fuchsia Fever Fuchsia (Limited Edition)
  • Scarlet Siren Red
  • Beige Beige

Pure Color Velvet Lipstick ($24.00)

  • Nude Velvet Raw beige (Limited Edition)
  • Fuchsia Velvet Pretty magenta (Limited Edition)
  • Red Velvet True red (Limited Edition)

Pure Color Eyeshadow Duo ($30.00)

  • Black Chrome (Limited Edition)
  • Modern Mercury (Limited Edition)
  • Platinums (Limited Edition)

Pure Color Liquid Eyeliner ($21.00)

  • Black Quartz (Limited Edition)
  • Graphite (Limited Edition)
  • Silver Zinc (Limited Edition)

Pure Color Nail Lacquer ($19.00)

  • Metallic Sage Green (Limited Edition)

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Sunday, July 31st, 2011


Givenchy Lune Mordoree Les Ombres de Lune

Givenchy Fall 2011: Lune Mordoree Les Ombres de Lune

Givenchy Lune Mordoree Les Ombres de Lune ($58.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a two-in-one product that includes an illuminating powder (for cheeks and eyes) and “intense eyeshadow.” Mordoree is described as a “night blue moon in a golden sky.”

The moon-shaped shade is a dusky navy blue with a hint of purple and a pearled sheen. It had a drier texture than I’d like to see, because drier textures often make for more difficult blending and application. For something that is described as “intense,” I also expected better pigmentation. It reminded me of MAC Later, and I imagine a comparison could be drawn to MAC Contrast as well.

The sky shade is a pale, yellowed gold with a fair amount of sheen in its finish. The texture of this shade is much better–it’s smoother, softer, and silkier. It blends out better and doesn’t have the dryness of the darker shade. It looks a bit like theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer when blended out. It’s darker than MAC Nylon.

Givenchy did an outstanding job on the packaging–the outer packaging reflects what you should expect to see inside, while the product itself is practical in size so that both sections can be used as intended. There is a pull-out drawer with three sponge-tipped applicators, and while they’re softer than super cheap sponge-tipped applicators, they aren’t noteworthy. I’d rather them omit those and make the compact even slimmer. Inside the compact is also a mirror.

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Givenchy Lune Mordoree Les Ombres de Lune Review, Photos, Swatches

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Lune Mysterieuse is the better of the two. The darker shade in this palette has both texture and pigmentation issues, while the lighter shade is better, it is not as smooth or as rich as Lune Mysterieuse was.

Product

7.5/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Sunday, July 31st, 2011


NARS Larger Than Life Lip Gloss

Launch Date:  Now — available exclusively at Sephora

Outrageously lustrous color meets serious shine in this NARS gloss. Its stay-in-place dramatic shade glides on smoothly and evenly for lips that are more luminous and voluminous than ever before. Long-lasting, high-shine hues are infused with ingredients that nourish and fight free radicals while natural lip enhancers pump up with volume. A new, shorter bristle brush delivers the most precise application possible. However you want to express yourself, Larger Than Life Lip Gloss says it boldly, brilliantly, and brazenly.

Larger Than Life Lip Gloss ($26.00)

  • Place Vendome Strawberry pink
  • Norma Cherry red
  • Piree Rosy pink
  • Como Shimmering berry
  • Tiber Cool beige
  • Odalisque Cantaloupe
  • Spring Break
  • Gold Digger Sparkling peach shimmer
  • Coeur Sucre Shimmering bright pink