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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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NARS Sex Fantasy Blush

NARS Sex Fantasy Blush
NARS Sex Fantasy Blush

NARS Sex Fantasy Blush ($29.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “pale lavender pink.” It’s a light, pinky lavender with a matte finish and cool undertones. Givenchy It-Girl Purple (P, $44.00) is pinker. NARS Mistinguette (LE, $29.00) is slightly pinker, brighter. NARS Gaiety (P, $29.00) is cooler-toned, brighter. MAC Unconventional (LE, $21.00) is cooler-toned, lighter. MAC Well Dressed (P, $21.00) is pinker. MAC Full of Joy (LE, $21.00) is more lavender-hued, more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

The blush is very pigmented as it appears very true-to-pan, but because it is such a light shade, it may not translate on deeper skin tones. This is a blush that would work best on fairer complexions. On my medium complexion, it just barely shows up when applied heavily. The texture is soft, incredibly finely-milled, but it is powdery so I would use a soft, feathery brush and a lighter touch so as to not dislodge too much powder from the pan. It blends beautifully, though, and I didn’t have any issues with it looking powdery on the skin. When I wore it yesterday, the color lasted well for almost eight hours and then started to gradually fade.

NARS Powder Blush Sex Fantasy
Sex Fantasy

NARS Wind Dancer Nail Polish

NARS Wind Dancer Nail Polish
NARS Wind Dancer Nail Polish

NARS Wind Dancer Nail Polish ($19.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “cantaloupe.” It’s a light-medium, peachy orange with a jelly-cream finish. Rescue Beauty Lounge NailsandNoms (LE, $20.00) is more orange, shimmery. MAC Riot Gear (LE, $16.00) is yellower, brighter. Chanel June (LE, $27.00) is very similar. See comparison swatches.

Wind Dancer is a new and limited edition shade from the spring collection. Two coats, and it yielded semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage–there was noticeable nail line coming through. It actually made nails look a little like candy corn.  The consistency was slightly thick, as you might expect with a jelly finish polish, but it leveled out on its own, spread evenly, and didn’t streak (which is sometimes a challenge for lighter shades like this). NARS’ polish formula usually wears between seven and ten days on me with minor tip wear and no chipping–it’s one of the longer-wearing formulas for me.

NARS Nail Polish Wind Dancer
Wind Dancer

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NARS New Attitude Blush

NARS New Attitude Blush
NARS New Attitude Blush

NARS New Attitude Blush ($29.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “cherry blossom pink.” It’s a light-medium, blue-based bright pink with a satin-matte finish. Tarte Dollface (P) is less blue-based. Urban Decay Quickie (LE) is brighter. MAC Pure Femininity (LE, $21.00) is similar. theBalm Argyle (P, $22.00) is also similar. Edward Bess Bed of Roses (P, $43.00) is not as cool-toned. theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is lighter. NARS Angelika (P, $29.00) is darker, sparkly. Bobbi Brown Pastel Pink (P, $26.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches

It was nicely pigmented, and the texture was soft, finely-milled, and blendable–but it was a little powdery. On the skin, it didn’t look powdery, though, so just be careful of excess in the pan and before you apply, particularly if you’re on the fairer side. If you are cooler-toned with pink undertones, this blush is going to look pinker and cooler-toned against your complexion. Because of my medium complexion, my yellow undertones really come through when it’s applied to cheeks, which makes the blush appear warmer (this and Love look very similar on me). New Attitude lasted for eight hours on me before showing signs of fading.

NARS Powder Blush New Attitude
New Attitude

NARS Love Blush

NARS Love Blush
NARS Love Blush

NARS Love Blush ($29.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “tea rose.” It’s a rosy pink with neutral-to-warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. Tarte Crave (LE) is pinker, brighter. NARS Day Dream (LE, $29.00) is more shimmery, warmer. Too Faced Melt Into Spring (LE) is brighter. theBalm Frat Boy (P, $21.00) is darker. Illamasqua Naked Rose is lighter, less warm-toned. See comparison swatches.

It applied better than it swatched–it ended up being more buildable as I was applying it to cheeks, than it would seem in the pan. It had moderate pigmentation; it’s not intense like Exhibit A, but it wasn’t difficult to get true-to-pan color. The texture is finely-milled, soft but firm–so it’s not powdery like some matte blushes can be. I’ve always found that mattes often are either really soft, but then a little powdery, or soft but firm, where they often apply better than they initially swatch. Against my warmer skin tone, it looked warmer and less pink than it did in the pan, so I would expect on cooler, more pink-toned complexions, the blush would look truer to how it appears in the pan. I wish it was slightly softer and more pigmented. When I wore it yesterday, it lasted for seven and a half hours on me.

NARS Powder Blush Love
Love

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

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