Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Guerlain Perles d'Etoiles Meteorites Illuminating Pearls
Guerlain Perles d’Etoiles Meteorites Illuminating Pearls

Guerlain Perles d’Etoiles Meteorites Illuminating Pearls ($60.00 for 0.88 oz.) is a softened, medium beige with golden shimmer. I expect mine is leaning a bit more obviously beige/warm, since some of the pearls (and it appears the bronzy ones!) were crushed. Cle de Peau Sand Beige (13) (P, $55.00) is more golden. NARS Hot Sand (P, $30.00) is liquid. theBalm Cindy-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is pinker. bareMinerals The Magic Moment (LE, $26.00) is pinker. Becca Rose Gold (LE, $38.00) is more shimmery. Laura Mercier Spellbound (LE, $42.00) is darker, more shimmery. Chanel Lumiere d’Artifices Beiges Illuminating Powder (LE, $65.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

I’m going to refer you to the promotional image for the Meteorites here, as a few pearls in mine were pretty crushed up, which gives mine the appearance of being all gold and bronze pearls. Trying to dust them off was a bit like excavating at a dig site (and didn’t go so well for me). The promotional image shows pearls that range from beige, gold, pink, berry, and bronze (there are supposed to be six, but I could only really see five distinct shades). It comes in a gold case with a “bow” on top and a red pouf. The product that comes off from the pearls once you touch it (whether with the pouf or a brush) is soft, silky, and finely-milled with a low-level sheen without any over-the-top sparkle. The gold and bronze pearls bring a lot of warmth to the party, but it is sheer enough that it can be dusted all-over for a warm, luminous glow. Applied more heavily, it warms up my cheeks and gives off a glow that doesn’t emphasize pores. It wore well for eight hours on me before fading. Meteorites are somewhere between a highlighter and finishing powder, as they can be used all-over or applied more heavily as a targeted highlighter (though they’re subtle applied that way). They seem to give the skin a softer, glowy look that’s more, “Your skin looks great, did you change your skin care?” and less “What highlighter are you wearing?” I was bummed to see this year’s tin only contains 0.88 oz. compared to last year’s 1.05 oz.

Update (10/9/14): I’ve added photos of a second one, where the pearls aren’t crushed (purchased from Sephora).  The effect is still the same applied–a light warmth with soft shimmer–but a smidgen more beige overall.

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Thursday, October 9th, 2014

NARS  Hardwired Lipstick
NARS Hardwired Lipstick

NARS Hardwired Lipstick ($26.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a new, limited edition formula created for the holiday collection that’s supposed to have a “rich texture” while “deliver[ing] brilliant, glossy shine with full coverage.” The formula felt less clingy and more comfortable to wear than NARS’ permanent range, though it isn’t like their Audacious range, which has a lot more slip and is heavier. The finish has a light shine (like a satin), but it’s not what I would describe as glossy. Two of the three shades have good color payoff (but not fully opaque).

NARS Deadly Catch Hardwired Lipstick ($26.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “crimson.” It’s a rich, medium-dark red with cool, blue undertones and a satin finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage, a light creaminess, and lasted for seven and a half hours. It was lightly hydrating while worn. I doubt it’s a real surprise that it being a medium red that there is a slew of dupes out there. Guerlain Rouge Parade (820) (LE, $51.00) is pinker. MAC Sparks of Romance (LE, $16.00) is more muted. MAC Dangerously Chic (P, $23.00) is more muted, darker. MAC Oblivion (LE, $16.00) is slightly pinker. MAC Frank-n-furter (LE, $16.00) is darker. Too Faced Melted Ruby (P, $21.00) is brighter. Estee Lauder Vengeful Red (P, $30.00) is similar. Bite Beauty Rioja (P, $28.00) is more muted. NARS Future Red (LE, $26.00) is a touch glossier. Givenchy Grenat Initie (307) (P, $36.00) is glossier. Marc Jacobs Beauty Neo-Noir (126) (P, $30.00) is brighter. Urban Decay F-Bomb (P, $22.00) is similar. Buxom Provocateur (P, $21.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Femme Fleur Hardwired Lipstick ($26.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “shimmering brick red with gold pearl.” It’s a muted, medium-dark copper brown with warm undertones and a soft dusting of gold shimmer. It had mostly opaque color payoff, which went on evenly and smoothly. The color lasted for five hours, and it was lightly moisturizing over time. Kat Von D Gothica (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Kat Von D Thin Lizzy (P, $21.00) is more metallic, redder. Guerlain Gaetane (16) (P, $51.00) is glossier, lighter. Revlon Sandstorm (LE, $7.99) is more shimmery. Maybelline Maple Kiss (925) (P, $7.49) is lighter. Chanel Synopsis (P, $34.00) is more shimmery. Maybelline Mochachino (P, $7.49) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Adriatic Hardwired Lipstick ($26.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “glistening soft cream.” It’s a light, pink-tinged beige with metallic shimmer. It had semi-opaque color coverage, but this one didn’t apply as evenly as the other two. It didn’t seem to have more slip, but it sure looked as if it did. The color pulls into lip lines over time, so it is a very high maintenance color to wear. It lasted for three and a half hours on me and was neither drying nor hydrating. Kat Von D Agatha (P, $21.00) is more matte, less shimmery. MAC Peach Beige (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, more opaque. MAC Strip Poker (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, more opaque. MAC Siren Song (LE, $16.00) is sheerer. Maybelline Bare All (910) (P, $7.49) is lighter. NYX Fortune Cookie (P, $4.00) is more metallic. MAC Annelie (LE, $22.00) is darker. MAC Crème d’Nude (P, $16.00) is less shimmery. Buxom Nudist (P, $21.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, October 9th, 2014

NARS Nail Polish
NARS Nail Polish

NARS Barents Sea Nail Polish ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “sparkling deep blue.” It’s a metallic, medium-dark blue with very fine medium blue shimmer that runs through it. The metallic finish leaves some threads of shimmer that you can detect, but it the majority fade as it dries down. The formula on this was thicker, and it had a tendency to pool along the edges if you weren’t careful. It took much longer to dry as well, and it dried down to a semi-matte finish. Marc Jacobs Beauty Blue Velvet (132) (P, $18.00) is darker. Chanel Bel-Argus (667) (LE, $27.00) is lighter, brighter. China Glaze Blue Bells (LE, $7.50) is brighter. Zoya Song (P, $9.00) is darker, less metallic. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Algonquin Nail Polish ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “sparkling lilac.” It’s a muted, medium-dark lavender purple with neutral-to-cool undertones and lighter, silvery-lavender flecks of sparkle and shimmer. It had mostly opaque color coverage, but there was visible nail line after two coats. The finish had a light shine to it, but I would recommend a top coat with it, as it isn’t as glossy as other polishes in the range. The formula seemed slightly thicker, though it wasn’t problematic to work with. NARS Kalymnos (P, $20.00) is much lighter and a cream. L’Oreal The Reign of Studs (LE, $6.99) is more glittery, brighter. Rescue Beauty Lounge Forgiveness (LE, $20.00) is lighter, less sparkly. NARS Night Rider (LE, $20.00) is warmer. Cult Nails My Kind of Cool Aid (P, $12.00) is less sparkly. Zoya Nimue (P, $9.00) is darker, finer shimmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Sherwood Nail Polish ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “shimmering violet rose.” It’s a rosy plum with fine rose gold and copper shimmer. It had semi-opaque color coverage after two coats, so there was visible nail line. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, so I think a third coat would be possible without it feeling too thick or taking too long to dry. This shade dried down to a lightly glossy finish, so a top coat wouldn’t be necessary. I couldn’t think of a dupe for this one–everything I considered was much more copper-hued or a cream (Essie Hot Coco has a similar tone but is a cream).

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Thursday, October 9th, 2014

NARS Almeria Blush
NARS Almeria Blush

NARS Almeria Blush ($30.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “tan rose.” It’s a muted, medium-dark reddened plum with subtle, warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. There’s a hint ofvery fine shimmer, but on the skin, it isn’t noticeable. Gucci Beauty Cherry Nectar (P, $49.00) is brighter, warmer. Tom Ford Beauty Contour (Softcore) (LE, $55.00) is lighter. NARS Realm of the Senses #2 (LE, $29.00) is more shimmery. NARS 413 BLKR (LE, $39.00) is a cream producct. NARS Seduction (P, $29.00) is darker. NARS Oasis (P, $29.00) is lighter, more shimmery. NARS Lovejoy (P, $29.00) is warmer, more shimmery. NARS Dolce Vita (P, $29.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Hidden Treasure (LE, $21.00) is slightly warmer, m ore shimmery. Illamasqua Allure (P, $26.00) is lighter, more muted. See comparison swatches/ view dupes.

The texture was soft, silky, and very finely-milled, so it looked nice against the skin–not powdery or dry–and blended easily, which is a real must with a deeper, richer shade like this one. It had good color payoff, which could be a little buildable if you used a very light touch, but it didn’t feel like the lightest touch still yielded a ton of product. I was surprised by how many blushes NARS has that are similar to this–both past and present–so you may find that your stash already has something similar enough that this wouldn’t be a must-have. On my cheeks, the color wore well for eight and a half hours before fading.

This blush is part of NARS’ holiday color collection, which will be available online on October 15th and at retailers on November 1st.

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Thursday, October 9th, 2014

NYX Macaron Lippies
NYX Macaron Lippies

It’ll probably be a bit before I get to testing these in full (they’re permanent, so there’s no rush!), but I thought you might enjoy checking out photos and swatches of NYX Macaron Lippies ($6.00 for 0.15 oz.) in the meanwhile.

Also… Wickied Lippies? I added lip swatches here.

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Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

MAC Make You Mine Pro Longwear Blush
MAC Make You Mine Pro Longwear Blush

MAC Make You Mine Pro Longwear Blush ($26.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “dirty salmon.” It’s a muted, medium copper-plum with a very fine gold shimmer-sheen–it’s more like a soft, satin finish. Gucci Beauty Cherry Nectar (P, $49.00) is darker. Tom Ford Beauty Contour (Softcore) (LE, $55.00) is pinker. MAC Sea Me, Hear Me (LE, $25.00) is lighter. MAC Scene to Be Seen (Inner) (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery. Benefit Rockateur (P, $28.00) is lighter. Bobbi Brown Nude Beach Blush (LE, $26.00) is slightly darker. MAC Ambering Rose (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The texture of this blush is brilliant–soft, silky, smooth–and done so well that it almost feels like a cream product rather than a powder. MAC really nailed the formula here, as it is delivers the promised buildable color, blends easily, and wears for eight hours (exactly as claimed). The finish has a very subtle sheen to it that translates more as your-skin-but-better, so there’s no emphasis of pores, and it’s not really shimmery. That slight sheen keeps it from looking too dull or matte against the skin. And good news, it is permanent! You can purchase it in pan format through MAC and pop it into your empty palette of choice, which will save you $7 (which almost pays for the empty palette!).

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