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Introducing NARS + Temptalia Foundation Matrix! Find Your Shade Match for NARS Radiant Cream Compact Foundation


NARS Radiant Cream Compact Foundation

We’re so excited to unveil the NARS + Temptalia Foundation Matrix to make finding your shade of NARS’ newest Radiant Cream Compact Foundation that much easier. With the power of our Foundation Matrix–which has over 10,000 shades now included–and photos and swatches of the Radiant Cream Compact Foundation and its full twenty-shade range, we know there’s a match for you!  Simply let us know what your current foundation and shade is (any brand!) and out pops your results–like magic!  If you don’t have a foundation to match to, you can view swatches of the full range arranged from lightest to darkest, complete with descriptions, to help you decide.

NARS’ newest foundation is described as a “lightweight formula combines the supple feel of a cream foundation with the weightless coverage of liquid makeup for a truly glowing complexion.” It is “[e]nriched with the NARS exclusive Advanced Emulsion Technology, the velvety cream formula blends seamlessly and uniquely allows for the modern artistic versatility of a wet or dry application.” It’s a buildable, medium to full coverage foundation that comes in a portable compact.

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Full Shade Range

  • Siberia Light with neutral balance of pink and yellow undertones
  • Mont Blanc Light with pink undertone
  • Gobi Light with yellow undertone for Asian skin
  • Deauville Light with neutral balance of pink and yellow undertones
  • Fiji Light with yellow undertone
  • Ceylan Light-medium with yellow undertone
  • Punjab Medium with golden, peachy undertone
  • Vallauris Medium with pink undertone
  • Santa Fe Medium with peachy undertone
  • Stromboli Medium with olive undertone
  • Barcelona Deeper medium with golden, peachy undertone
  • Syracuse Medium-dark with brown undertone
  • Tahoe Medium-dark with caramel undertone
  • Cadiz Medium-dark with caramel and red undertone
  • Macao Medium-dark with deep yellow undertone
  • New Guinea Dark with red undertone
  • Trinidad Dark with warm, yellow undertone
  • New Orleans Dark with yellow undertone
  • Benares Dark with golden undertone
  • Khartoum Dark with espresso undertone
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NARS Hearts LA Set & Blush Palettes for Fall 2013


For Fall 2013, NARS debuts a new limited edition gift set, based on the glamorous city’s top-selling shades. Elevate any look with four evocative Eyeshadow hues and the brand’s iconic Deep Throat Blush and Laguna Bronzing Powder for cheeks – paired with cult favourite Nail Polish and Lip Gloss shades.

NARS Loves Los Angeles Set ($75.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Deep Throat Flirty sheer peach (Blush)
  • Abyssinia Delicate pearl sheen (Eyeshadow)
  • Etrusque Antique (Eyeshadow)
  • Outremer Bright true blue (Eyeshadow)
  • Bali Neutral brown (Eyeshadow)
  • Laguna Brown with golden shimmer (Bronzing Powder)
  • Trouville Seashell pink (Nail Polish)
  • Turkish Delight Pink sherbet (Lip Gloss)

Availability: September 1, 2013 at Barney’s Beverly Hills, Nordstrom (Topanga, Glendale, Westside, Farmers Market, Santa Anita, Santa Monica), Saks Fifth Avenue Beverly Hills, narscosmetics.com

Makeup artists have long used multiple shades of blush to give the face depth and dimension. Now beauty lovers can get creative with their own cheek technique at home, with two new limited edition blush palettes, each featuring four of the brand’s top-selling shades. Sculpt, highlight, and define the face for a variety of bold, modern, and artistic beauty looks.

Adult Content ($49.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Zen Natural beige
  • Miss Liberty Soft, shimmering peach
  • Deep Throat Flirty, sheer peach
  • Desire Cotton candy pink

Killing Me Softly ($49.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Gilda Perfect coral with a hint of red
  • Albatross Luminous glow
  • Orgasm Peachy pink with golden shimmer
  • Outlaw Soft rose tone with golden shimmer

Availability: September 1 at department and specialty stores, NARS boutiques, and narscosmetics.com

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Bobbi Brown Golden Bronze & Sunlight Gold Long-Wear Cream Shadow Sticks

Bobbi Brown Golden Bronze Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick
Bobbi Brown Golden Bronze Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick

Bobbi Brown Golden Bronze Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick ($28.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “deep bronze sugar.” It’s a warm-toned, caramel bronze with pale bronze shimmer. It has a soft, frosted finish–not quite metallic but not just a frost. The consistency was very creamy and emollient–but in a way that didn’t feel too wet or take forever to set when applied to the lid, just in a way that made it apply smoothly and with rich, full color coverage. It sets fairly quickly, so you will want to make sure you work one eye at a time. MAC Brownluxe #4 is darker. Edward Bess Cosmic Bliss #4 is similar. Giorgio Armani #10 #4 is warmer. Le Metier de Beaute Autumn Rust is slightly darker. Bobbi Brown Bronze is similar. Urban Decay Deeper is similar. Chanel Promesse #3 is warmer. bareMinerals Ritzy is darker. See comparison swatches.

Bobbi Brown Sunlight Gold Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick ($28.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “beige gold.” It’s a pale, warm-toned light gold with subtle yellow undertones and a frosted, slightly metallic, finish. It had fairly good color payoff in a single stroke, and it was buildable to mostly opaque color. The consistency was lightly creamy but still sets fairly quickly so work one eye at a time. MAC Vanilla Diamond is more sparkly. Chanel Convoitise is yellower. MAC Pastelluxe #1 is more sparkly. Disney Charming is lighter. Disney Sea Shells is also lighter. Urban Decay Illusion is similar. MAC Dazzlelight is lighter. MAC Halo is similar. Benefit Bikini-tini is very similar. Make Up For Ever #126 is less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Both shades lasted well on me for eight hours; after ten hours, I had some very subtle creasing and slight fading.

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick Golden Bronze
Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick Sunlight Gold

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Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Fragmented Alice Collection for Fall 2013


Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics reveals full ‘Fragmented Alice’ Colour Collection, a collaboration with renowned Symbolist painter Gail Potocki. San Diego Comic Con attendees were able to get a sneak peek of the limited edition collection via ‘Fragmented’, which not only to commemorated OCC’s debut at Comic Con but was also the debut of a brand new Lip Tar texture that blends the glossy transparency of Stained Gloss with the high impact sparkle of Metallic.

‘Fragmented’ will now be available to the public as a part of the ‘Fragmented Alice’ collection, to be released alongside three new Loose Colour Concentrates and two new Nail Lacquers. All products in this collection were inspired by Gail Potocki’s latest series of paintings, “Fragmented Alice” — her uniquely macabre take on Alice in Wonderland.

Gail Potocki gives us the inside scoop on this collaboration, “I’m thrilled with how Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics translated my work into the collection. The colors are a great balance between psychedelic and haunting. This collection is a gorgeous extension of my paintings and a unique way for others to physically inhabit the universe of ‘Fragmented Alice’.”

“OCC has never seen boundaries between art and makeup, and this same transcendence of perceived artistic boundaries is present in the ‘Fragmented Alice’ paintings,” says David Klasfeld, Founder and Creative Director of Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, “we couldn’t be more honored to partner with an artist as visionary as Gail Potocki.”

Lip Tar ($18.00)

  • Fragmented Metallic acid green glaze

Nail Lacquer ($10.00)

  • Severed Bright crimson creme
  • Gryphon Cement grey creme

Loose Colour Concentrates ($14.00)

  • Inflicted Patinaed red/lavender
  • Curved Sky Icy white to iridescent blue
  • NEVAR Dirty golden olive

Fragmented Alice will be available August 17, 2013 online at occmakeup.com and centuryguild.net, as well as in-store at Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics flagship boutique in New York City and Century Guild’s Los Angeles showroom in Culver City.

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Guerlain Amber Silver (05) & Black Jack (01) Eye Pencils

Guerlain Amber Silver (05) Eye Pencil
Guerlain Amber Silver (05) Eye Pencil

Guerlain Amber Silver (05) Eye Pencil ($30.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “silver.” It’s more like a silver-shimmered, brownish taupe color with a frosted, metallic finish. It was creamy and had semi-opaque color payoff in a single pass, and it was buildable to mostly opaque color but not fully opaque. It’s the type of color that looks great on the lower lash line to brighten and open up eyes with something more defining than beige. It lasted well for seven hours, and after eight, it looked slightly thinner but did not gather into the corners or smudge. Urban Decay Stray Dog is much darker, as is Urban Decay Mushroom. MAC Catch My Eye is more silver. See comparison swatches.

Black Jack (01) Eye Pencil ($30.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “black.” It’s a deep black with a semi-matte finish. It had good color payoff in a single stroke, and it was buildable to fully opaque color. The consistency was creamy, so the pencil glided on easily without skipping or tugging at the lash line. It wore well for eight and a half hours, and it even managed the water line for six and a half hours. It started to thin slightly but still looked quite nice after ten hours of wear–and no smudging or migration. It’s a basic black eyeliner, which is essential for each brand to have within their range, but it also means there are plenty of similar shades on the market.

It’s a new (but permanent) formula for fall. It looks like a pencil eyeliner, but it is retractable and comes with a plastic sharpener that pops off on the opposite end of the pencil tip. There is slightly less waste compared to your traditional pencil eyeliner, as you do not have to sharpen the full edge away, but you do get 0.01 oz. (compared to 0.04 oz. of a regular pencil eyeliner).

Guerlain The Eye Pencil Amber Silver (05)
8.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total
Guerlain The Eye Pencil Black Jack (01)
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total

Dior Chimere (821) & Meteore (661) Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadows

Dior Chimere (821) Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow
Dior Chimere (821) Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow

Dior Chimere (821) Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow ($30.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a dirty peach with pink and gold shimmer and a frosted, slightly metallic finish. It had mostly opaque color in one layer, but two layers made it fully opaque. It could also be sheered out for a wash of shimmer. Too Faced Ringleader is lighter, warmer. Aveda Bare Bellis is more matte. theBalm Stubborn is less metallic. theBalm Third Eye Blinded is less pink. Maybelline Inked in Pink is pinker, lighter. MAC Jete is similar. Giorgio Armani #7 is slightly pinker. See comparison swatches.

Meteore (661) Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow ($30.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a warm, shimmering copper with a sparkling, metallic finish. It is opaque when applied in a single layer, but the consistency is lightly creamy and blendable, so a sheerer wash of color can be achieved if desired. LORAC Garnet is less shimmery. Guerlain Cuivre Ora is slightly more orange. NARS Isolde #2 is browner. MAC Faux Gold has a redder tone. MAC Antiqued has a redder tone and is darker. See comparison swatches.

The consistency of both shades was in line with other shades I’ve reviewed (see my original review). It had a spongy texture that was between gel and mousse, which applied and felt like a cream on the lid but set and wore like a powder eyeshadow. Both shades wore without fading or creasing for twelve hours, without a primer, but there was some fall out that was only slightly noticeable after nine hours of wear but somewhat noticeable after twelve hours of wear. With a primer, the fall out is lessened. The shimmer in this formula is very, very fine, so the fall out is less noticeable than it would be with a larger particle size (like glitter).

Dior Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow Chimere (821)
Dior Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow Meteore (661)

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