NARS Ultimate NARS Lip Pencil Set

NARS Ultimate NARS Lip Pencil Set ($49.00 for 0.21 oz.) includes three full-sized Lip Pencils. Two are part of the permanent range (Biscayne Park and Sex Machine) and one was previously released (but limited edition, Stourhead). This was a less impressive set, unfortunately, as two shades settled into lip lines due to more slippery consistencies.

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NARS Ultimate NARS Lip Pencil Set
NARS Fall 2015 Lip Pencil Set Ultimate NARS
B-
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
7.5
Application
4
Total
80%
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NARS True NARS Lip Pencil Set

NARS True NARS Lip Pencil Set ($49.00 for 0.21 oz.) includes three full-sized Lip Pencils. Two are part of the permanent range (Yu and Luxembourg) and one is limited edition (Provocative Red). I didn’t expect this to sell out online, but it actually has–you may still be able to find it at a Nordstrom near you (it is exclusive to them, at least in the states). The set includes a mini sharpener that fits these pencils, too (which means they aren’t twist-ups–probably the formula’s biggest downfall!). It’s a nice set, though I really wish the container it is packaged in didn’t have such specific slots (to hold the pencils in place), as it is rather bulky and can’t really be reused as a result.

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NARS True NARS Lip Pencil Set
NARS Fall 2015 Lip Pencil Set True NARS
A
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
10
Application
4.5
Total
94%
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NARS Blame It On NARS Blush Palette

NARS Blame It On NARS Blush Palette ($59.00 for 0.56 oz.) includes a highlighter, bronzer, and two blushes, plus a traval-sized ITA brush. I have reviewed most of these shades before, so the list of similar shades is pretty up-to-date, so rather than pull a new link, I’ve included the current lists as they stand. I did test each of these versions for wear, pigmentation, application, and so forth. I think the packaging is really cool, but I wish the compact didn’t feel so bulky. I really like some of NARS’ blushes, but there are a fair amount that have been misses for me. This palette is a bit of a mixed bag, and I find there is too much variance from release to release.

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NARS Blame It On NARS Blush Palette
NARS Fall 2015 Gifting Blush Palette Blame It On NARS
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8
Longevity
7.5
Application
4.5
Total
84%
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Sneak Peek: Anastasia Shadow Couture Palette Photos & Swatches

Anastasia Shadow Couture Eyeshadow Palette
Anastasia Shadow Couture Eyeshadow Palette

Anastasia Shadow Couture Eyeshadow Palette ($30.00 for 0.30 oz.) is a limited edition palette for fall that contains twelve eyeshadows (five are part of Anastasia’s permanent line). Hope to review soon, though I’m sure you can see at least one is going to be a challenge to use!

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MAC Pretty Natural Lip Kit

MAC Pretty Natural Lip Kit ($29.50 for 0.31 oz.) is a pinky-beige set of shades, all in full-size, so this is one of the better value kits from Nordstrom’s Anniversary sale. The set of shades works well together, and for what they are, they are decent. I find MAC’s Lip Pencil formula to be harder to apply as it is quite stiff/firm, and it is quite drying. The lipstick was the best of the set.

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MAC Pretty Natural Lip Kit
MAC Lip Trio Look in a Box: Pretty Natural
B-
Product
8
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
81%
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Laura Mercier Art of Colour Eye & Cheek Palette

Laura Mercier Art of Colour Eye & Cheek Palette ($79.00 for 0.83 oz.) includes eight eyeshadows, one blush, and a full-sized mascara and is a Nordstrom Anniversary Exclusive. It’s a disappointing palette; I think it looks and swatches better than it applies, and it’s a palette that should be used with an eyeshadow primer to minimize some of the issues that I experienced (like adhesion and longevity). Some of the eyeshadows ran a little drier, one was quite firm and difficult to use altogether, while the blush was horrendous. I would have also preferred to see them ditch the mascara and drop the price.

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Laura Mercier Art of Colour Eye & Cheek Palette
Laura Mercier Eye & Cheek Palette Art of Colour
B-
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
7.5
Application
4.5
Total
80%
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