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NARS Soulshine Blush Palette

NARS Soulshine Blush Palette
NARS Soulshine Blush Palette

NARS Soulshine Blush Palette ($41.00 for 0.42 oz.) consists of three shades that can be used individually or swirled together. Like Realm of the Senses, the texture of all three shades was very soft and finely-milled; almost buttery, but they were somewhat powdery. Luckily, they don’t look powdery on the skin and blend and sit well on the skin instead. Be careful what brush you use, though, as some will kick up quite a bit of excess powder, which is both messy and wasteful.  This palette is more pigmented than the other one, but fairer complexions may find this one requires more caution and care, as it is easy to over-do the color.  I wore the palette together (swirled as one shade) yesterday, and it had some minor signs of fading after eight hours of wear but hadn’t turned patchy or completely faded away.

Soulshine (Together) is a warm, brightened pink-coral with a golden shimmer. It very slightly emphasized pores due to the high shimmer finish.  It is more orange-toned compared to Realm of the Senses (Together), not as pink. Physicians Formula Warm is lighter. Edward Bess Secret Affair is less shimmery. Tom Ford Lovelust is more orange. NARS Deep Throat is less shimmery, slightly less warm. MAC Fleet Fast is similar. Dior Pink Glow is more matte. See comparison swatches.

Soulshine #1 is a warm-toned, medium-dark pink with golden shimmer. NARS Realm of the Senses (Together) is warmer, less pink. MAC Simmer is a bit darker. NARS Orgasm is lighter.  See comparison swatches.

Soulshine #2 is a warm-toned, golden-shimmered orange with a muted feel–not too bright. Based on the description of “sheer golden apricot,” my guess was this was supposed to be the highlighter shade in the palette, but it’s really not that sheer–it is quite buildable.  This shade did emphasize pores slightly. NARS Gina is more matte, more beige-based. MAC Warmth of Coral is lighter, brighter. MAC Blazing Haute is yellower. NARS Luster is more orange and golden shimmered–more frosted. See comparison swatches.

Soulshine #3 is a reddish-berry with gold sparkle. It’s very pigmented and a little goes a long way.  The sparkle seems to get worked into the skin, as it appeared more as a sheen than an all-out sparkle. NARS Realm of the Senses #2 is warmer, browner. NARS Oasis is darker, more muted, more plum. NARS Dolce Vita is more plum, less shimmery. NARS Outlaw is slightly pinker. Chanel Rouge is bolder, more berry-ish. See comparison swatches.

NARS Cheek Palette Soulshine
Soulshine
Soulshine
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total
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B+

Soulshine #1

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B+

Soulshine #2

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B+

Soulshine #3

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NARS Realm of the Senses Blush Palette

NARS Realm of the Senses Blush Palette
NARS Realm of the Senses Blush Palette

NARS Realm of the Senses Blush Palette ($41.00 for 0.42 oz.) consists of three shades that can be used individually or swirled together. The texture is soft and very finely-milled–almost to the point where it can turn powdery. I recommend using your softest brush, as any brush with stiffer bristles will turn the surface quite powdery. This is especially key if you only want to use the shades individually. The beige-ish shade was the only one that had slightly sheer color payoff, while the other two shades (and then all three swirled together) had good color coverage. One shade in this palette is supposed to be a sheerer, highlighting shade, so that would account for the sheerness in the lighter beige shade here. I’ve been wearing them swirled together for six hours now, and the color is still going strong with no signs of fading. (I will update this post when I’ve wrapped up for the night!) Though there was powderiness in the pan/texture, it didn’t show up on the cheeks; the blushes were easy to blend and sat quite well on the skin without emphasizing pores.

The formula is supposed to be new, and I felt that it was after touching and playing with it. The texture is definitely denser, softer–almost creamier in a way–than NARS traditional powder blushes are. They also seemed more blendable (generally).

Realm of the Senses (Together) is a warm, pink-coral with golden shimmer and subtle golden sparkle. NARS Orgasm is lighter. MAC Simmer is slightly pinker. NARS Deep Throat is similar. NARS Amour is similar in color but is matte. See comparison swatches.

Realm of the Senses #1 is a warm-toned pink with subtle golden shimmer. NARS Orgasm is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Simmer is darker. theBalm Frat Boy is more matte. NARS Amour is darker, matte. MAC Flaming Chic is more muted, less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Realm of the Senses #2 is a warm, reddish plum with a golden sheen. NARS Seduction is darker, more plum. NARS Lovejoy is browner, less plum. MAC Hidden Treasure is warmer, brighter. Illamasqua Allure is more matte. See comparison swatches.

Realm of the Senses #3 is a golden peach with warm, orange undertones and a frosted, champagne-gold sheen. This shade had the weakest color payoff with only semi-opaque coverage–it will be more like a highlighter for most skin tones. MAC Soft & Gentle is lighter, more champagne. MAC Bareness is darker, less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

NARS Cheek Palette Realm of the Senses
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Rescue Beauty Lounge Kellie Gonzo & NailsandNoms Nail Lacquers

Rescue Beauty Lounge Kellie Gonzo Nail Lacquer
Rescue Beauty Lounge Kellie Gonzo Nail Lacquer

Rescue Beauty Lounge Kellie Gonzo Nail Lacquer ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright pink coral.” It’s a medium, rosy coral with silver and copper micro-glitter. It was mostly opaque with two coats of polish. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, and I had no issues applying it. It almost looked like a jelly when I initially applied it, but it doesn’t retain the squishy look as it dries. I wish the glitter was denser, because it looks mostly like a cream at a normal viewing distance. Essie Sunday Fun Day is very similar. Rescue Beauty Lounge Smile is darker, redder. Dior Diablotine is darker, redder. See comparison swatches.

NailsandNoms Nail Lacquer ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright orange with periwinkle, pink, and orange shimmer.” It’s a tangerine orange with pink and orange shimmer. It dries to an almost wax-like finish–not quite matte, but a little squishy-looking and satin-like. The polish was mostly opaque after two coats. I didn’t have any problems applying it as it wasn’t too thick or too thin, though the drying time was a little long. The only thing I’d say is that I really couldn’t see much of the shimmer if there wasn’t a ton of direct light hitting the nail. Zoya Beatrix is much sparklier, lighter. MAC Riot Gear is lighter, cream. Dior Mango is yellower, lighter, cream. China Glaze Orange you Hot is yellower. China Glaze Papaya Punch is a ocream. Zoya Arizona is a cream. See comparison swatches.

Rescue Beauty Lounge Nail Lacquer Kellie Gonzo
Kellie Gonzo
Kellie Gonzo
A

Limited Edition

9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total
Rescue Beauty Lounge Nail Lacquer NailsandNoms
NailsandNoms
NailsandNoms
A

Limited Edition

9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

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Fyrinnae Parental Advisory Eyeshadow

Fyrinnae Parental Advisory Eyeshadow
Fyrinnae Parental Advisory Eyeshadow

Edited: Fyrinnae discontinued Parental Advisory (Loose) in 2011 and reformulated it in 2012, and the current version is closer to the pressed version. (Additionally, from their description of the loose color: “Reformulated in 4-2012 but very close to the original.”) Mine is from 2011–will grab the reformulated version next time I order from Fyrinnae to compare. I unfortunately did not connect the dots that mine was pre-reformulation, so my deepest apologies!

Fyrinnae Parental Advisory Eyeshadow ($6.25 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “vivid shimmery royal purple.” It’s a vibrant, bluish purple with sparkling shimmer. It has strong, blue undertones but still comes out as more purple than blue. Applied damp, it is a slightly softer, less blue purple, and then applied dry over Pixie Epoxy produces a more intense, deeper purple.  The texture is very soft and finely-milled, and a little goes a long way. It wasn’t difficult to blend, but it wasn’t easy as some of Fyrinnae’s other shades. Applied on bare lids, it lasted seven hours well and had some minor fading after eight as well as some noticeable fall out; applied over Pixie Epoxy, and it looked as-applied even after nine hours with no fall out.   I don’t have anything quite like this color; anything with similar brightness is much, much bluer (like Sugarpill Royal Sugar).

Parental Advisory Pressed Eyeshadow ($8.25 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “vivid shimmery royal purple.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark violet purple with subtle cool undertones and a warmer, lavender shimmer. Maybelline Painted Purple is cooler-toned, cream. MAC Pink Union #2 is slightly darker. Inglot #441 is warmer, pinker. See comparison swatches. It was actually just discontinued (as in, yesterday, due to being too fragile in pressed form), but I thought since I already photographed and tested it, I might as well add it into this post as a comparison against the loose formula. The loose eyeshadow is actually more complex and less readily duped, and it has a much cooler, bluer tone to it overall. I walked all around my house to look at the two side-by-side under different lighting, and they really were surprisingly different.  The texture of this one was very soft and smooth, and it was easy to blend and apply on the lid. It lasted eight hours with minor fading but no fall out without any primer, and layered over Pixie Epoxy, it lasted the same length of time.

Fyrinnae Eyeshadow Parental Advisory
A

Permanent

9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4
Application
96%
Total
Fyrinnae Pressed Eyeshadow Parental Advisory
A

Discontinued

10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

Sugarpill @#$%! Eyeshadow & Asteria ChromaLust

Sugarpill @#$%! Eyeshadow
Sugarpill @#$%! Eyeshadow

Sugarpill @#$%! (Red) Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “vampy pearl red with silver metallic sheen.” It’s a bold, slightly blue-based red with silver shimmer. The color payoff is incredibly rich and decadent–true-to-pan, vibrant, and totally opaque. It can stain the skin, though. Sugarpill Love+ is not as blue-based, matte. Make Up For Ever #99 is matte. Make Up For Ever #158 is darker. Inglot #382 is matte. See comparison swatches.

Asteria ChromaLust Loose Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.19 oz.) is described as a “brilliant, metallic golden coral.” It’s a warm-toned, coppery orange with a frosted, metallic finish. Applied dry, it’s semi-sheer, and then applied damp, it’s opaque and deeper. The texture is very, very finely-milled.  On the lid, it wears well for nearly eight hours and shows some signs of fading just before nine hours of wear.  NARS California is browner, darker. MAC Double Feature #8 #1 is more muted. MAC Star Myth is browner. MAC Hot Paprika is less shimmery. MAC Brash is slightly darker, browner. See comparison swatches.

Both shades are limited edition and have been difficult to secure unless you’ve been a regular at the local trade shows and expos, and now, for a mere thirteen hours, both will be available for purchase online. Sugarpill will also be offering their 12-color pro palette (10% off, making it $90) and expo editions of their Burning Heart, Heart Breaker, and Sweetheart palettes (10% off, making them $30.60). All of these items go up for sale July 24th at 11AM PST.  You can preview the sale here.

Sugarpill @#$%! Eyeshadow

Sugarpill Pressed Eyeshadow @#$%! (Red)
@#$%! (Red)
@#$%! (Red)
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total
Sugarpill Loose Eyeshadow Asteria
Asteria
Asteria
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

MAC So Supreme Sheen Supreme Lipglass Tints

MAC Sheen Supreme Lipglass Tint
MAC Supreme Lipglass Tint

MAC Sheen Supreme Lipglass Tint ($20.00 for 0.08 fl. oz.) is a new formula launched with the So Supreme collection. There are eight shades in total, all of which are limited edition. They come in click-type tubes with a brush-type applicator. The formula is supposed to have “PH pigments that work with body’s natural temperature to give you a fresh color that’s yours alone.” So, while makeup is inevitably a your-mileage-may-vary proposition, these are even more so (if it helps, my regular body temperature is 96.8 degrees F, yes, 96.8, that’s not a typo!) based on that (and I have no idea what that actually means or how it might work–they seem to tint my lips in some fashion).

The consistency is rather tacky–not quite as tacky as Lipglass and thinner than most Lipglasses–but it was surprisingly tacky. It was also the type of tackiness that developed more and more as the gloss wore on. They also have MAC’s typical vanilla scent (but no discernible taste). Since this is a new type of product, I focused and put the time towards trying these first (which is why the lipsticks will be tested later this week). Their best attribute is that they have a longer wear time from what I’ve tried so far, and they do have a stained effect after two to three hours (the glossiness wears away but the color remains).

However, the longer it wears, the more it migrates and bleeds out of the natural lip line (and I very, very rarely have this issue–even with glossy, vibrant red lipsticks). As it fades away, it fades from the center of the lips first and leaves behind a very obvious ring of color along the outer portion of the lips. The amount of feathering, though, was surprisingly; the color had expanded three milimeters beyond my natural lip line all around my lips. I kind of resembled a toddler who ate a cherry popsicle in a hurry, just slightly more sophisticated. For me, these were also somewhat drying (it was like the cherry on top of an overall disappointing sundae–you know, the one that wasn’t worth the calories!).

Also: I was able to remove the majority of whatever color was left behind with Make Up For Ever’s Aqua’Eyes quite easily, and I would say less than 5% remained, if that. When I tried removing it with a cleansing oil (shu’s) last night, I didn’t have as much luck.

Blushing Berry is described as a “midtonal cool red.” It’s a reddened berry with cool undertones. It had semi-sheer color coverage. This shade wore with most of the color intact for four hours, and then it was more of a ring of stained/tinted color by the fifth hour with significant feathering apparent after three and a half hours that worsened as it continued to wear on. NARS Penny Arcade is not quite as red-toned. MAC Colour Saturation is darker. See comparison swatches.

Bubblegum is described as a “soft warm pink.” It’s a pale pink with subtle warm undertones. When applied, it seemed to turn into a bluer pink, though. It did settle into lip lines, and it was difficult to even this out as it had a milky look and feel. This one darkened considerably on the lips and lost its milkiness within an hour. I did experience some feathering with this shade after three hours, and there was a ring of color after four hours. Edward Bess First Kiss is similar but more opaque. Tom Ford Sugar pink is more neutral. MAC Next Fad is more shimmery. MAC Viva Glam Nicki is brighter, more opaque. MAC Please Me is more opaque. MAC Petite Indulgence is sheerer. See comparison swatches.

Glorious Intent is described as a “warm plum.” It’s a deepened berry with cool undertones. It had semi-opaque color coverage. This shade feathered within the first two hours, and then it worsened over the next three hours that it wore well for (other than the feathering). It left behind that dreaded ring of color after six hours of wear in total. It is a more intense, more opaque version of Blushing Berry. NARS Penny Arcade is not quite as red-toned. MAC Colour Saturation is very similar. See comparison swatches.

Gwi-Yo-Mi is described as a “midtonal raspberry.” It is a slightly muted, medium-dark pink. On my lips, it turns a pinky-raspberry color with semi-sheer color coverage. It seemed to settle into lip lines a bit, too. Revlon Fuchsia Finery is lighter. Revlon Berry Allure is similar. NARS Mexican Rose is pinker. NARS Penny Arcade is similar. MAC Imperial Red is pinker. MAC Colour Saturation is darker. See comparison swatches.

Heart & Seoul is described as a “warm peach.” It’s a light-medium peach with warm brown undertones. On lips, it took on a coral-pink tone with semi-sheer color coverage. It wore well (without feathering or fading) for three hours, and after four hours, there was some feathering and after four and a half hours, the middle area of my lips were without color and there was just an outer ring of color on my lips. Revlon Pink Pop is similar. MAC Kiss & Don’t Tell is lighter, pinker, more opaque. MAC Star Quality is a bit darker, more opaque. See comparison swatches.

Kiss, Kiss is described as a “cool peach cream.” It’s a warm, pinky-coral that turns darker and pinker applied to my lips. It wore well for the first two and a half hours, and then there was noticeable feathering after three and a half hours with a ring of color left on the outer edges of the lips after five hours of wear. Giorgio Armani #519 is brighter, more opaque. MAC Kiss & Don’t Tell is lighter. MAC Star Quality is lighter. MAC Galaxy Rose is darker, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

K-Wow is described as a “soft cool pink.” It’s a light-medium, blue-based, milky pink. On lips, it looks like a cotton candy pink with strong, blue undertones. It does settle into lip lines and doesn’t seem to smooth out/even out. Both NARS Coeur Sucre and MAC Pink Nouveau have similar coloring but are both more opaque that they aren’t that similar. See comparison swatches.

Simply Wow is described as a “midtonal cool mauve.” It’s a cool-toned, pink plum. This was one of the better-applying shades, as it had a very smooth, mostly even appearance on. It had semi-opaque color coverage. I wore this one, and it felt like a gloss for three and a half hours, and then it resembled more of a light stain. It feathered around the edges of my lips by the four and a half hour-mark. I noticed a subtle ring of color left behind after five hours. MAC Mall Madness is more shimmery. MAC Call Me Gorgeous is brighter. See comparison swatches.

Hopefully, some of you who have tried these or will try them will share your thoughts and experiences. I’m very curious to see if anyone else has as much trouble!

MAC Sheen Supreme Lipglass Tint Blushing Berry
5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
6
Longevity
4
Application
71%
Total
MAC Sheen Supreme Lipglass Tint Bubblegum
Bubblegum
Bubblegum
5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
5
Longevity
4
Application
69%
Total
MAC Sheen Supreme Lipglass Tint Glorious Intent
5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
5
Longevity
4.5
Application
72%
Total
MAC Sheen Supreme Lipglass Tint Gwi-Yo-Mi
Gwi-Yo-Mi
Gwi-Yo-Mi
5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
6
Longevity
4.5
Application
72%
Total
MAC Sheen Supreme Lipglass Tint Heart & Seoul
5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
6
Longevity
4.5
Application
72%
Total
MAC Sheen Supreme Lipglass Tint Kiss, Kiss
Kiss, Kiss
Kiss, Kiss
5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
5.5
Longevity
4
Application
70%
Total
MAC Sheen Supreme Lipglass Tint K-Wow
K-Wow
K-Wow
5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
6
Longevity
4
Application
71%
Total
MAC Sheen Supreme Lipglass Tint Simply Wow
Simply Wow
Simply Wow
6
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
6
Longevity
5
Application
79%
Total

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