Thursday, April 28th, 2011

NARS Cap Ferrat Eyeshadow Trio
NARS Cap Ferrat Eyeshadow Trio

NARS Summer 2011: Cap Ferrat Eyeshadow Trio

NARS Cap Ferrat Eyeshadow Trio ($45.00 for 0.17 oz.) has launched an Alpes-Maritimes inspired (and limited edition) trio featuring shades of icy sea form, silver grewen, and icy turquoise. Something that readers complained about before was the composition of NARS’ trios–a gradual fading of light to dark with each section a different size, but here, we have three separate pans with each being the same size. I definitely hope to see this design going forward–I think it is more practical.

Cap Ferrat is my favorite NARS trio to date (I know, there have only been three, including this one), but I think it’s much more in line with NARS’ typical textures. The lightest shade is a very pale, green-tinted silvery white with this very subtle undertone of yellow; it is a little sheer, so it’s not perfect, but it applies smoothly. The middle shade is a seafoam green with a teal pull and a frosted finish with excellent pigmentation and soft, smooth texture. The darkest shade is a vibrant, sea and sky mix of blue with a subtle silvery shimmer and sheen. Like the middle shade, it has beautiful color payoff that’s true-to-pan and a very smooth feel.

One thing I don’t love about the trios is the way they’re priced–usually, the more products in it, the more of a “value” it becomes. Instead, NARS singles are $328.57/oz., duos are $235.71/oz., while the trios are $264.71/oz. NARS’ eyeshadows are supposed to be long-wearing and crease-resistant. When I wear them alone, I tend to get around six hours of wear before there is a faint amount of creasing, so it’s pretty good and isn’t a huge mess, but I’d recommend a primer for all-day wear (especially for those with oilier lids).

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NARS Cap Ferrat Eyeshadow Trio Review, Photos, Swatches

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If we excluded the lightest shade, the trio would earn a full 10 on both product and pigment, but the sheerness of the first shade resulted in the drop (as the score is averaged out). It's a very summer-esque trio channeling ocean blues, and if it's in your budget, definitely something to consider.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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Thursday, April 28th, 2011

NARS New Order Highlighting Blush
NARS New Order Highlighting Blush

NARS New Order Highlighting Blush

NARS New Order Blush ($27.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “soft pink with gold and silver glitter.” It’s actually listed as a “Highlighting Blush Powder,” which is important to note because then the pigmentation level here will be “soft” as described, rather than the intense pigment expected of NARS’ blushes. When NARS says glitter, they really mean it–the glitter flecks here are large and in charge. I found them incredibly noticeable on my cheeks, and later on, I found glitter in my brows and on my chin.

While a couple particles escaping wouldn’t have been a major cause for concern, the way the glittery bits just laid on the skin wasn’t flattering. It was obvious and accentuated any roughness in the texture of your skin. Instead of the glowy, luminous sheen of Albatross (which is NARS only other Highlighting Blush Powder), we have chunky glitter doing the reflecting–less glow, more disco ball, I suppose! The color of the product is a soft, cool-toned pink, and I was able to get some color on cheeks, though I would expect those with dark skin tones to find it too light. I found the texture to be on the powdery side, too.

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NARS New Order Blush Review, Photos, Swatches

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The texture is a miss--a little powdery, traveling glitter--and make it less appealing. I don't think the chunky glitter really does a good job highlighting or adding sheen/glow to the skin, either; it just seems to sit there and look just like... glitter. The blush lacks refinement, and from NARS, it's something unexpected.

Product

6.5/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

5.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4/5

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Thursday, April 28th, 2011

Video Review: MAC Flighty – Big Bounce Shadows

Video review and swatches of the new Big Bounce Shadows from MAC! :)  There’s even a guest star in this one… ha!

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

MAC Big Bounce Shadow
MAC Big Bounce Shadows

MAC Big Bounce Shadow: Photos/Swatches, Part 2

Make sure you read my original, in-depth review for these eyeshadows here. This post only contains photos and swatches of the second half of the shades that will launch on May 5th. Each retails for $16.50.  I just did heavier swatches here (I just used whatever stuck to the spatula I used to fish each shade out), but these can go from sheer to medium coverage.

  • My Next Indulgence is a dark forest green with a blackened base.
  • Reward Yourself is a muted copper with a golden champagne shimmer-sheen.
  • Rich, Sweet is a dark, rich chocolate brown with a bronzy-brown sheen.
  • Rich Thrills is a purple-tinged, silvery gray.
  • Sizzlin’ Diva is a darkened, bronzed copper with a metallic sheen.
  • Spread the Wealth is a dirty olive green with multi-colored micro-shimmer and metallic sheen.
  • Trophy is a pinky champagne with a metallic sheen.
  • Up the Ante is a rich, coppery shade with micro-glitter (the texture is like Impeccably Rich).

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MAC Big Bounce Shadow Swatches, Photos (Part 2)

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It's really too bad that there is so little wear time when worn alone (Reward Yourself had maybe a half hour of nice wear, but the others I tried were done in fifteen minutes), because I feel like these don't deserve such a low score. If you intend to set with powder shadow, these perform much, much better and would see a B- rating instead.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

/10

Application

3.5/5

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Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

MAC Big Bounce Shadow
MAC Big Bounce Shadow

MAC Big Bounce Shadow: Photos/Swatches, Part 1

Make sure you read my original, in-depth review for these eyeshadows here. This post only contains photos and swatches of the first half of the shades that will launch on May 5th. Each retails for $16.50. I just did heavier swatches here (I used whatever stuck to the spatula I used to fish each shade out), but these can go from sheer to medium coverage.

  • Black Diamond is a dark charcoal black with teal and silver shimmer.
  • The Cool Elite is a brightened white with a shimmery finish.
  • Count Your Assets is a cool-toned purple with silver and gray.
  • Extra Charged is a medium-dark green with teal leanings.
  • Free as Air is a metallic, light sky blue with iridescent silver shimmer.
  • Good Fortune is a light, airy pink with red and gold shimmer.
  • Impeccably Rich is a metallic, muted yellow gold with gold and coppered gold micro-glitter/shimmer. It has a coarser texture than the others, which is why I think it might have more glittery particles than regular shimmer.
  • Luxury Touch is a raspberry plum with red undertones.

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MAC Big Bounce Shadow Swatches, Photos (Part 1)

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It's really too bad that there is so little wear time when worn alone (Reward Yourself had maybe a half hour of nice wear, but the others I tried were done in fifteen minutes), because I feel like these don't deserve such a low score. If you intend to set with powder shadow, these perform much, much better and would see a B- rating instead.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

/10

Application

3.5/5

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Wednesday, April 27th, 2011


MAC Fashion Flower: Overall & Recommendations

Fashion Flower feels like a nice-sized collection–enough to mix and match, but it’s not so large that it’s overwhelming.  MAC’s matte eyeshadows can be great, but they have a few duds in the mix and some that just work infinitely better when applied to the eye with a brush than in a mere arm swatch–and this is true with the mattes in this launch.

I did feel that Aqua and Free to Be seemed stiffer here than the pans I have (as both are permanent), so you might consider getting the non-imprinted ones if that’s the case.  Lucky Green is also permanent, but it’s definitely the standout shade–luxuriously smooth and richly pigmented; it represents when MAC really nails an eyeshadow.

The lipgelees felt a bit sticky this time around, with Now in Season feeling quite tacky, which was unexpected (as lipgelees are known for being non-sticky!).  Ever Hip, as a coral, will sell well, while Summer Shower will add depth as a layering lip product.  Mlle and Growing Trend are more similar to existing permanent shades out of the four lipsticks in the launch.  If you missed out on Ever Hip on MAC’s website, Nordstrom still has it in stock ($5 shipping on $50+ beauty purchases).

Both beauty powders felt powdery to me, so I didn’t think they were exceptional, based on texture.  Alpha Girl works better applied (more color shows up) than when swatched, but both Alpha Girl and Light Sunshine are more suitable for lighter skin tones because of their light/sheer color.

P.S. — Ignore the mascaras, they’re part of Flighty.  That’s what happens when you don’t have coffee in the morning!

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