Saturday, April 5th, 2014

NARS Hot Sand Illuminator
NARS Hot Sand Illuminator

NARS Hot Sand Illuminator ($30.00 for 1.10 fl. oz.) is described as a “peach champagne.” It’s a light-medium, champagne-shimmered peach with a frosted sheen. MAC Sparkling Rose (LE) is lighter, powder. Urban Decay Glint (LE) is similar but is a powder. Laura Mercier Spellbound (LE, $42.00) is warmer, a bit darker. Tom Ford Beauty Blush Guilt (LE, $58.00) is a smidgen darker. NARS Miss Liberty (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, warmer, powder. bareMinerals The Love Affair (LE, $26.00) is powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It’s very similar in consistency and finish to 413 BLKR, just in a different color (413 BLKR is much, much lighter). The texture is fairly thin, but a little goes a long way, so you won’t need much. I expect a tube will last you quite awhile! Whether you are more inclined to mix with your foundation or pat it along the high planes of the face, you don’t need much to get a glowing, luminous finish. If mixed with foundation, it just breathes life back into the skin if you tend to favor a satin or matte foundation. Applied to the high planes of the face (like cheek bones, down the length of the nose, cupid’s bow, etc.), it has a very high-shine finish that doesn’t emphasize pores but is a noticeable highlighter. This could be nice patted over a warmer blush or bronzer, but I would recommend applying the highlighter first, then the blush/bronzer to avoid displacing the blush/bronzer as the Illuminator tended to push away the powder. It didn’t impact the wear–neither lengthening nor shortening–of my foundation when mixed in with it, and it lasted seven and a half hours on its own before getting somewhat patchy.

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Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

 

NARS 413 BLKR Illuminator
NARS 413 BLKR Illuminator

NARS 413 BLKR Illuminator ($30.00 for 1.1 fl. oz.) is described as a “shimmering champagne.” It’s a brightened, light, gold-hued champagne with warm undertones and a frosted, slightly metallic, sheen. NARS Devotee (LE, $29.00) is a powder product, less warm-toned. MAC Sparkling Rose (LE) is warmer, less metallic, powder. Urban Decay Naked (P, $29.00) is more sparkly, powder. Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (P, $44.00) is less shimmery, powder. Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is warmer, powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This is a product where less is more; if you go too heavily, it looks frosted and can start to emphasize pores, but if patted on and sheered out, it gives a dewy, luminous look to the skin (and just barely emphasizes pores). Unlike NARS Adelaide (my first experience with NARS’ Illuminators), this isn’t glittery or sparkly–shimmery, yes–but no over-the-top glittery bits to worry about. It has a thin consistency, so it can also be mixed into liquid or cream foundation for an all-over glow. When you mix a product like this with your foundation, it’s a much subtler effect, and you’ll just notice a more luminous finish overall, compared to your foundation’s normal finish but still understated. I am all about a liquid highlighter mixed into foundation right now, because it is a surefire way to give skin a lit-from-within-glow that makes people ask you what you’re doing to keep your skin so lovely! Wearing this as a highlighter on the cheek bones, it wore well for seven and a half hours before starting to turn patchy.

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Friday, March 28th, 2014

Dior Transalantique Diorskin Nude Tan Golden Shimmer Powder
Dior Transalantique Diorskin Nude Tan Golden Shimmer Powder

Dior Transalantique Diorskin Nude Tan Golden Shimmer Powder ($58.00 for 0.22 oz.) is described as a “soft golden glow.” It’s a brightened, light-medium yellow gold with a frosted, metallic finish. Guerlain Terracotta Sun in the City Illuminating Powder (LE, $70.00) is darker. Chanel Mouche de Beaute Illuminating Powder (LE, $80.00) is very similar. Bobbi Brown Gold (LE, $39.00) is yellower. Bobbi Brown 24 Karat (P, $42.00) is very similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It had very rich color payoff, and in a highlighter that’s as metallic/frosted as this, it makes it a little more difficult to apply as a little goes a long way–and more than a little is a recipe for emphasized pores. I applied this with a stippling brush (MAC’s 131) with a light hand along the tops of cheek bones and down the bridge of my nose, and I still felt like it slightly emphasized the texture of the area. It was quite reflective, though, that seemed to almost mitigate some of that emphasis that I saw when I looked closer in the mirror. The texture of the powder was soft, finely-milled, and smooth; it was also effortless to blend it out on the skin. When I wore it, the highlighter wore well for eight hours before starting to fade slightly.

I bought mine as soon as I saw it online for sale (the 20th), received it on the 26th, and now it’s gone! If it’s something that interests you, it’s a Saks’ exclusive, so you’ll have to track it down in-store.

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Sunday, March 23rd, 2014

NARS Gienah Contour Blush
NARS Gienah Contour Blush

NARS Gienah Contour Blush ($42.00 for 0.28 oz.) features a highlight and contour shade, and they’re supposed to add “natural-looking dimension for the face with a lightweight luminous finish.”  This is the third and final option in the new Contour Blush range, and it’s the darkest of the three, and though any skin tone can wear it, this duo is one that will show up on medium-dark and darker complexions more so than the other two. On fairer skin tones, the highlight shade could be used as a contour or as a subtle bronzer. The finish is far closer to matte than luminous or satin for both shades, and depending on your skin tone and skin type, the more matte highlighter might not read very illuminating on the skin. The contrast on my skin tone did seem to give a slight illuminating effect without the shimmer or sheen, though. Both shades wore well for eight hours on my skin before beginning to fade.

The Highlight shade is a medium-dark, neutral-to-warm-toned brown with a mostly matte finish. The finish almost seemed satiny when built up, but it was still mostly matte. The texture was soft, blendable, and finely-milled. It seemed to take a layer or two before it was a softer powder, as the very top layer was a little drier than what was underneath. NARS Paloma Contour (P) is a smidgen lighter.Chanel Accent (84) (LE, $43.00) is rosier, more shimmery. Kevyn Aucoin Natura (P) is more shimmery, a touch lighter. NARS Madly (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, a little warmer. NARS Douceur (P, $29.00) is cooler-toned, lighter. MAC Harmony (P, $21.00) is a smidgen lighter, warmer. Burberry Earthy (P, $42.00) is a bit darker, more satiny. Bobbi Brown Bahama (LE, $38.00) is more shimmery, slightly rosy. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Contour shade is dark, warm-toned brown with a satin-matte finish. It had more buildable color coverage, and like the other shade, it seemed to get a little softer and more pigmented after I swirled my brush across the uppermost layer of the powder. It was blendable on the skin and sat well–didn’t look powdery at all. MAC Exotic Ember (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery. MAC Richly Honed (LE, $20.00) is a cream product, darker. See comparison swatches view dupes.

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Gienah Highlight

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Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

 

NARS Paloma Contour Blush
NARS Paloma Contour Blush

NARS Paloma Contour Blush ($42.00 for 0.28 oz.) features a highlight and contour shade, and they’re supposed to add “natural-looking dimension for the face with a lightweight luminous finish.”  It’s more of a medium, neutral-toned set of shades, relative to the other two duos available, though I think the textures and finishes will make each duo more versatile and work for multiple skin tones.  The Highlight shade wasn’t as powdery as the shades in Olympia, while the Contour shade was a little drier but luckily did not look dry on the skin.  Both shades wore well for eight hours before starting to fade slightly.

The finish is far closer to matte than luminous or satin for both shades, and depending on your skin tone and skin type, the more matte highlighter might not read very illuminating on the skin. The contrast on my skin tone did seem to give a slight illuminating effect without the shimmer or sheen, though. The powders lasted for eight hours on my skin before beginning to fade.

The Highlight shade is a neutral-to-cool toned, light beige with a matte finish. It had good color payoff, while the texture was soft, finely-milled, and not too powdery. NARS Olympia Highlight (P) is lighter. Chanel Jardin de Camelias (LE, $70.00) is more shimmery, lighter. NARS Nico (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, warmer, darker. See comparison swatches.

The Contour shade is a medium-dark, neutral-to-warm-toned brown with a satin finish. It had decent pigmentation but builds slightly. The texture was fairly soft but seemed a little dry. Too Faced Chocolate Soleil (P) is warmer. Kevyn Aucoin Natura (P) is similar. NARS Madly (P, $29.00) is more shimmery. MAC Harmony (P, $21.00) is similar. Burberry Earthy (P, $42.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

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Friday, March 21st, 2014

NARS Olympia Contour Blush
NARS Olympia Contour Blush

NARS Olympia Contour Blush ($42.00 for 0.28 oz.) features a highlight and contour shade, and they’re supposed to add “natural-looking dimension for the face with a lightweight luminous finish.” The finish is far closer to matte than luminous or satin for both shades, and depending on your skin tone and skin type, the more matte highlighter might not read very illuminating on the skin. The contrast on my skin tone did seem to give a slight illuminating effect without the shimmer or sheen, though. The powders lasted for eight hours on my skin before beginning to fade.

The Highlight shade is a very light–almost white–beige with neutral-to-warm undertones. In the pan and swatched on my skin tone, it has a smidgen of warmth. The texture was finely-milled and soft enough to be a little powdery in the pan, but it didn’t look powdery applied to the skin. It had good color payoff, and it was very true-to-pan. This is not your traditional highlighter–there’s no shimmer to it at all–as it is matte. It is going to resemble more of a very light-toned powder foundation than traditional highlighters — MAC Too Chic (LE, $24.00) is light and beige but much more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

The Contour is a rosy, medium beige-brown with subtle warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. The texture of this shade was soft, blendable, and finely-milled, albeit a little powdery in the pan again, but it didn’t appear powdery applied to the skin. Tarina Tarantino Neopolitan Lane (P, $25.00) is a bit brighter. Kevyn Aucoin Natura (P) is browner. NARS Douceur (P, $29.00) is browner, darker. MAC Blush All Day (P, $23.50) is pinker. MAC Baby Don’t Go (P, $23.50) is a touch darker. Burberry Earthy (P, $42.00) is darker, browner. See comparison swatches.

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