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NARS Khao San Road & Puerta del Sol Larger Than Life Eyeliners

NARS Khao San Road Larger Than Life Eyeliner
NARS Khao San Road Larger Than Life Eyeliner

The NARS Larger Than Life Eyeliner ($24.00 for 0.02 oz.) range has two new shades releasing for spring. Khao San Road is permanent, while Puerta del Sol is limited edition.  They’re both really fun, bright pops of color that are perfect for adding oomph to any look, but I wish they were a little creamier and more pigmented.  They are buildable to varying degrees (Puerta del Sol more so than Khao San Road), and they were both long-wearing and didn’t smudge at any point (but gradually faded/thinned after eight hours).

Khao San Road is described as a “metallic aquamarine.” It’s a brightened, light-medium blue with silver sparkle. It had so-so color payoff in a single stroke and was buildable to mostly opaque color coverage. The formula is just lightly creamy, so it doesn’t smudge easily and dries and sets very quickly. It lasted for eight hours without fading or smudging on me. Sephora Collection Summer Cruise (23) (P, $9.00) is lighter. Chanel True Blue (57) (LE, $30.00) is similar. bareMinerals 4AM (LE, $15.00) is less sparkly. Tarina Tarantino Kanzashi is brighter. See comparison swatches.

Puerta del Sol is described as a “parrot green with shimmer.” It’s a grassy green with warm, yellow undertones and a frosted sheen. It is an eyeliner that really has to be layered and built-up in order to achieve more opaque color payoff. It wore well for eight hours before starting to thin. Ardency Inn Grass (P, $19.00) is warmer with no shimmer. Sephora Collection Indulge Yourself (22) (P, $9.00) is less shimmery. NARS Rue de Rivoli (P, $24.00) is much darker (included here more because it’s in the permanent range). See comparison swatches.

NARS Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner Khao San Road
NARS Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner Puerta del Sol

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NARS China Seas Eyeshadow Duo

NARS China Seas Eyeshadow Duo
NARS China Seas Eyeshadow Duo

NARS China Seas Eyeshadow Duo ($34.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a new and permanent duo just in time for spring that features a teal and plum. While Kauai knocked my socks off, China Seas left me wanting more–pigmentation, softer, smoother textures. It’s a workable duo, and there’s no stiffness despite some of the drier consistencies, so they still blend out without a lot of work. The left side of the duo lasted almost eight hours on me, while the right side of the duo had faded noticeably by seven and a half hours.

China Seas #1 is described as an “iridescent turquoise with gold infusion.” It’s a bluish-teal with a golden sheen and frosted finish. The texture was fairly soft and smooth, but it didn’t have as much pigmentation as I expected–it was a little weak and resulted in more semi-opaque color payoff. It didn’t build up much more than what was there, but if you use it wet and really pack it on, you can get a more true-to-pan color to come forth. Makeup Geek Mermaid (P, $5.99) is very similar. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #9 (LE) is greener. NARS Bavaria (P, $24.00) is surprisingly similar–perhaps a smidgen bluer. theBalm Open to Offers Olwen (LE, $16.00) is brighter, richer. MAC Rain Drop (LE, $32.50) is more metallic, darker. Inglot #413 (P, $6.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

China Seas #2 is described as an “iridescent plum.” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned plum with a sparkly finish that’s just slightly frosted. The texture was somewhat dry, though it didn’t feel stiff so it wasn’t difficult to apply or blend, but it is a drier texture, which resulted in a less color payoff. MAC A Medley of Mauves #3 (P, $21.00) is darker. Tom Ford Beauty Seductive Rose #4 (P) is also a bit darker. Anastasia Pink Sapphire (LE) is warmer. Makeup Geek Last Dance (P, $5.99) is darker. Makeup Geek Enchanted (P, $6.99) is slightly lighter. Sleek MakeUP A Vow in Venice (LE, $9.99) is similar. Urban Decay Last Call (P, $18.00) is more metallic. MAC Star Violet (P, $15.00) is browner. Lancome Colour du Jour (P, $19.00) is similar. Chanel Harmonie du Soir #3 (LE) is slightly lighter. See comparison swatches.

NARS Duo Eyeshadow China Seas
China Seas
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NARS Kauai Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Kauai Eyeshadow Duo
NARS Kauai Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Kauai Eyeshadow Duo ($34.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a new and permanent duo from NARS’ spring collection. Both shades were very, very pigmented with an incredibly soft, almost creamy, texture. The consistency was dense, buttery, and over-the-top metallic. It’s a formula that could also be used wet to bring out the metallic finish even more (though entirely unnecessary, as it is opaque and metallic applied dry). When I wore these shades, both lasted for a full nine hours without creasing or fading.  This is one of the best eyeshadow duos I’ve seen NARS put out from the intensity of the pigmentation to the feel of the powder itself.

Kauai #1 is described as a “gold lame.” It’s a muted, slightly antique-y gold with a rich, metallic sheen and fine gold and antique gold shimmer and sparkle. It was intensely pigmented, and the texture was smooth, soft, and blendable. Too Faced Tinsel (LE) is very similar–a touch warmer. bareMinerals Gold Medal (P, $16.00) is also very similar. See comparison swatches.

Kauai #2 is described as an “iridescent smokey orchid.” It’s a medium-dark purple with subtle violet undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. The texture was dense, buttery, and so, so soft. I actually found that it can be easy to over-apply or load-up the brush with this product, because it is quite soft, so I recommend using less than you think you’ll need. L’Oreal Purple Priority (758) (P, $7.99) is darker, cooler-toned. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #6 (LE) is less intense. Sleek MakeUP Romance in Rome (LE, $9.99) is less violet. Sleek MakeUP Bliss in Barcelona (LE, $9.99) is brighter. Urban Decay Voodoo (LE, $18.00) is cooler-toned, more muted. theBalm All the Way Annie (P, $16.00) is darker, less metallic. Urban Decay Freakshow (P, $18.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Vice (LE, $18.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Gravity (LE, $18.00) is similar but slightly lighter. Urban Decay ACDC (P, $18.00) is lighter. MAC Dusty Desire (LE, $32.50) is slightly cooler-toned. L’Oreal Perpetual Purple (P, $7.99) is darker. See comparison swatches.

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Kauai #1

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L’Oreal Always Pearly Pink, Burst Into Bloom, Priority Purple Infallible Eyeshadows

L'Oreal Always Pearly Pink (756) Infallible Eyeshadow
L’Oreal Always Pearly Pink (756) Infallible Eyeshadow

L’Oreal’s adding six new shades to the Infallible range with their Butterfly collection. As far as I know, these are new and permanent. I know Ulta has them available online, too, if you haven’t had any luck finding them locally. L’Oreal touts these as having 24-hour wear that’s “waterproof, sweatproof, and crease-resistant.” The formula is supposed to be richly pigmented and velvety in feel. I’m not, and I don’t intend, to test these for 24-hours (it’s beyond the call of beauty blogging for me!), but I did test these three for sixteen hours. They look good after sixteen hours, though certainly a little faded with some very faint fall out. I didn’t experience creasing, but I have drier lids, so your mileage may vary if you have oilier lids and try wearing them for this long. They looked nearly the same after twelve hours as they did when I applied them, though. These three are very shimmery and sparkly, and I noticed the minor fall out at the nine hour mark, after that point, it steadily progressed but wasn’t too noticeable.

L’Oreal Always Pearly Pink (756) Infallible Eyeshadow ($7.99 for 0.12 oz.) is a light-medium pink with subtle warm, yellow undertones and a frosted, slightly metallic, finish. Applied dry, it is mostly opaque with a frosted finish, and then applied with a dampened brush, it’s more metallic and fully opaque. The texture was soft, blendable, and easy to use. MAC A Medley of Mauves #1 (P, $21.00) is very similar. Chanel Impulsion (93) (LE, $36.00) is a cream product, pinker. Tom Ford Beauty Seductive Rose #2 (P) is more metallic. Too Faced Marshmallow (LE) is darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Tease #5 (P) is a smidgen lighter. MAC Pinkluxe #2 (P) is pinker. MAC Cheryl Chic (LE, $15.00) is less frosted, slightly darker. MAC Love Power (LE, $18.50) is a cream product. Chanel Harmonie du Soir #4 is similar. (LE) See comparison swatches.

Burst Into Bloom (759) Infallible Eyeshadow ($7.99 for 0.12 oz.) is a fuchsia-plum with a shimmering, sparkling, and metallic finish. Applied dry, it was semi-opaque but still very metallic. Applied with a dampened brush, is was even more metallic but also had full color coverage. It was soft to the touch, applied evenly and blended well. MAC Stylishly Merry (LE, $19.50) is less metallic. Sugarpill Magentric (P, $12.00) is more fuchsia. See comparison swatches.

Purple Priority (758) Infallible Eyeshadow ($7.99 for 0.12 oz.) is a deep, dark–but still vibrant–purple with a warm base but cooler shimmer and sparkle, so it read cooler-toned against my warmer complexion. It might be a bit of a chameleon and play differently depending on your undertones and the undertones of any products paired with it. Applied dry, it was mostly opaque but slightly stiff, so it didn’t go on as evenly as other shades. Applied with a dampened brush, it was intensely pigmented and much smoother. This color had a lot of depth and intensity, despite also being quite dark, which made it harder to dupe. Fyrinnae Because Cats (P, $6.80) is cooler-toned, lighter. Sleek MakeUP Bliss in Barcelona (LE, $9.99) is not as cool-toned, lighter. Urban Decay Voodoo (LE, $18.00) is lighter, more muted. Too Faced Badass (LE) is lighter. Urban Decay Half Truth (LE, $18.00) is more muted.MAC Starless Night (LE, $21.00) is less frosted, darker. L’Oreal Perpetual Purple (P, $7.99) is brighter, less cool-toned. See comparison swatches.

L'Oreal Infallible 24-Hour Eyeshadow Always Pearly Pink (756)
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total
L'Oreal Infallible 24-Hour Eyeshadow Burst Into Bloom (759)
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total
L'Oreal Infallible 24-Hour Eyeshadow Purple Priority (758)
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total

Guerlain Universal Eyebrow Kit

Guerlain Universal Eyebrow Kit
Guerlain Universal Eyebrow Kit

Guerlain Eyebrow Kit ($52.00 for 0.14 oz.) consists of three shades designed to allow you to mix and match for the perfect brow color. There is a fourth shade, which is described as a “pearly pink beige” to be used as a brow bone highlighter. The compact includes a mirror and a double-ended brush; one side has a thin, angled brush, and the other is a spoolie (to comb brows into place, blend/soften color once applied). It’s a good addition to Guerlain’s range, as I don’t think they (at least not presently) have any other brow products. The compact itself is weighty, glossy black, and slim for something that has four shades.  This kit will be best for someone who finds their brows change color over time, or they have medium to dark brows that never seem to match one shade well.

I would, of course, argue that it’s not quite universal, though it surely covers a fair amount of the spectrum. If you have really light or really dark brows, I don’t think it’ll be a good match. The lightest shade is a muted, yellow-toned, medium brown with a matte finish. The medium shade is a medium-dark, red-tinged brown with a matte finish. The darkest shade is a dark brown with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish.  The highlighter shade is a soft, shimmering pinky-peach with a pearled sheen.  These also worked for a quick, neutral-hued eye look in a pinch.

For my brows, I’ve been mixing the medium and dark shades, and then using the highlighter to highlight the brow bone. The more I use it, the more I find that the darkest shade is the one the suits my brows best, with just a little bit of the medium shade mixed in.  All of the brow powders are soft and blendable–they’re easy to apply with the brush included (though it’s so short, I find it more difficult to use than my regular brow brush) and look natural. The highlighter shade is very soft and noticeably powdery; I wish it wasn’t as powdery, because it sometimes looks chalky against my skin tone. On fairer skin tones, I think it would be fine. I saw seven to eight hours of wear with the brow powders, which is about average.

Guerlain   Eyebrow Kit
Eyebrow Kit
Eyebrow Kit
9
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

Wet ‘n’ Wild Naked Truth Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette

Wet 'n' Wild Naked Truth Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette
Wet ‘n’ Wild Naked Truth Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette

Wet ‘n’ Wild Naked Truth Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette ($3.99 for 0.21 oz.) consists of five eyeshadows. These are new–and permanent–beginning January. I found mine at Walgreens about a week ago. The formula is suposed to be “long-lasting, highly pigmented … satiny-smooth for crease resistant wear.” There are five of the 5-pan palettes being added to the permanent range. Recently, I’ve been rather disappointed with Wet ‘n’ Wild’s eyeshadow palettes, so I thought I would start with this neutral-themed one, as neutrals tend to easier to do than bright, bold colors. All five shades are on the softer side and can be powdery, so you’ll want to use a light touch when grabbing color and then pat, rather than sweep, on. I would recommend using an eyeshadow primer underneath these, as alone, they are noticeably faded after six to seven hours.

I don’t think the formula is as good as the now-classic Color Icon Trios and 8-pan palettes–there’s a prevailing dryness/powderiness throughout all of them that makes them harder to work with, prone to fading, and lacking color payoff. It’s not the worst Color Trio palette I’ve tried, but it doesn’t live up to the original formula.  The color combination is nice, and I could see it being a workhorse of a neutral palette for some; I just wish the quality of this was like their original palettes (that are still available–not like I’m pining for shadows from 10 years ago!).

Naked Truth #1 is a light, yellow-toned beige with warm undertones and a soft, frosted finish. This shade was the most powdery of the five, and it had a tendency to sheer out a lot when applied to the lid, as it doesn’t adhere to the skin well. If you applied it over a slightly tacky base, it would be more pigmented and easier to use. Cle de Peau #119 (LE, $45.00) is yellower. Kat Von D Galore (LE) is similar. MAC Femme-Fi (LE, $15.00) is warmer. bareMinerals Mixologist (P) is less warm-toned. Make Up For Ever #126 (P, $20.00) is less yellow, more peach. See comparison swatches.

Naked Truth #2 is a light beige with yellow tones and a matte finish. It had fairly good pigmentation, and it wasn’t too powdery and was blendable on the skin. Kat Von D Countess (LE) is similar. Urban Decay Bleach (LE, $18.00) is lighter. Disney by Sephora Ali Ababwa (LE) is similar. Urban Decay Broken (LE, $18.00) is lighter. MAC Brule (P, $15.00) is warmer. bareMinerals Daydream (P) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Naked Truth #3 is a dark, subtly warm-toned brown with a satin finish–a little sheen that ends up looking more matte than anything else on the lid. The texture was dry, slightly stiff to work with, but it wasn’t too powdery, though these characteristics resulted in semi-opaque pigmentation. Makeup Geek Bada-Bing (P, $5.99) is darker. Chanel Charming #4 (LE) is similar. Guerlain Two Spicy #2 (P) is slightly warmer. MAC Swiss Chocolate (P, $15.00) is warmer. Burberry Dark Spice #2 (P) is darker, warmer. See comparison swatches.

Naked Truth #4 is a warm, medium-dark brown-leaning taupe with a soft, pearly shimmer. This was the best shade in the palette, as it wasn’t too powdery and was nicely pigmented. MAC A Glimmer of Gold #4 (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned, darker. bareMinerals Toasted Espresso (LE, $14.00) is darker. MAC Just Before Dawn (LE, $21.00) is darker. Chanel Mystere #3 (LE) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Naked Truth #5 is a medium brown with warm, coppery tones and gold sparkle over a satiny finish. It had decent color payoff, though the texture was powdery. This shade did give me problems with fall out during wear (not just during application). Makeup Geek Brown Sugar (P, $5.99) is slightly warmer, no sparkle. theBalm C4 (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Inglot #122R Bottom (P, $6.00) is darker, warmer. MAC Lie Low (P, $21.00) is slightly darker, no sparkle. MAC Mulch (P, $15.00) is browner. See comparison swatches.

Wet 'n' Wild Color Icon 5-Pan Eyeshadow Palette Naked Truth
Naked Truth
Naked Truth
7.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
77%
Total
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