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NARS Lodhi Satin Lip Pencil

NARS Lodhi Satin Lip Pencil
NARS Lodhi Satin Lip Pencil

NARS Lodhi Satin Lip Pencil ($25.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “vibrant coral.” It’s a brightened, orange-coral with warm undertones and a creamy, satiny finish. MAC Style Surge is very similar, but it is more pink-tinted. MAC Vegas Volt is darker and has some pink/red tinge. OCC Electric Grandma is more orange and shimmery.

It had rich, opaque color coverage, and it applied evenly, smoothly, and easily onto the lips. Lodhi had a creamy, lightweight texture that glided across lips with ease–no tugging or pulling–and felt comfortable to wear during the five and a half hours this wore for. So far, this is the most hydrating shade I’ve tried from NARS’ new range. I’d actually describe it as hydrating, rather than just slightly!  It’s packaged in pencil form, and it does require sharpening. It is not nearly as soft as the Velvet Glosses but a touch softer than the Velvet Mattes.

NARS Satin Lip Pencil Lodhi
Lodhi

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NARS Rikugien Satin Lip Pencil

NARS Rikugien Satin Lip Pencil
NARS Rikugien Satin Lip Pencil

NARS Rikugien Satin Lip Pencil ($25.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “rose pink.” It’s a softened, muted rose with a hint of red and a frosted finish. It has warmer undertones, and when applied, looks less pink on. Revlon Pink Truffle is creamier, darker, less warm-toned. MAC Shanghai Spice is lighter. MAC Gem of Roses is slightly more plum. Guerlain Cherry Blossom is pinker. Rimmel Latino is cooler-toned.

It had mostly opaque color coverage, but compared to other shades in the range, it’s slightly less pigmented–it’s more of a buildable color. The texture is creamy to the touch–when you apply it, it melts against the warmth of your lips, and it delivers a thin, even layer of color that doesn’t feel heavy. It definitely feels creamier than it looks. Rikugien was neither drying nor hydrating, and it lasted for four and a half hours (which I’d say is short of long-wearing, as the average lipstick lasts four hours on me).  I’m not overly surprised, as frostier shades tend to be less hydrating compared to their creamier counterparts.

NARS Satin Lip Pencil Rikugien
Rikugien

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NARS Yu Satin Lip Pencil

NARS Yu Satin Lip Pencil
NARS Yu Satin Lip Pencil

NARS Yu Satin Lip Pencil ($25.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “shocking pink.” It’s a bright, bold shade of blue-based, medium pink with cool undertones and a soft, natural sheen. MAC Pink Pigeon is less pink, more magenta. MAC Lickable is slightly redder. NARS 413 BLKR is redder, darker, and matte. MAC Gulabi is very similar. MAC Catharina has a glossier sheen. NARS Schiap is more magenta.

The new formula is based on NARS’ Velvet Matte Lip Pencils, but the finish is satin, so it has more of a sheen, but it is still supposed to deliver “high-impact color” with a “long-wearing, vitamin-enriched formula” and “decadent moisture.” Yu is fully opaque, and it takes very little product yield full color coverage. It wore for a lengthy six and a half hours, and it did stain.  The texture is interesting; it feels creamier and softer than it actually appears on lips. Initially, I thought that was a result of all my hot lighting equipment, but all of the shades made me do a double-take in regards to the texture. Press it to your lips, and it feels almost like it’s melting against them, but look in the mirror, and it’s a lightweight, thin layer of opaque color with a very subtle sheen (no glossiness in sight). This formula felt just slightly hydrating, and it was more comfortable to wear overall compared to the Velvet Matte Lip Pencils.

The biggest downside is that it is packaged in a pencil you haven to sharpen (like NARS’ other Lip Pencils), which means product will get wasted. The waste is on par with the Velvet Mattes (the Velvet Glosses are a lot more), and it’s just a problem inherent in pencil packaging. It’s clear, though, that the industry is able to use twist-up packaging (Clinique and CoverGirl, for example).

NARS Yu Satin Lip Pencil

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

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Bobbi Brown Vanilla Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick

Bobbi Brown Vanilla Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick
Bobbi Brown Vanilla Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick

Bobbi Brown Vanilla Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick ($28.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “warm cream.” It’s a warm-toned beige with a creamy, mostly matte finish. Estee Lauder Halo is a touch lighter and frosted. Maybelline Barely Branded is also lighter and more frosted. MAC Soft Ochre is less warm-toned (more neutral).

Of the shades released, Vanilla is best-suited for a (mostly) universal base for your favorite eyeshadows.  On lighter lids, it can also work simply to brighten.  It has a very creamy finish, and it goes on with opaque color coverage without needing to build up the color.  The texture is lightly creamy; enough creaminess to help it glide on without pulling or tugging on the lid but not so much that it creases.  It does set a bit faster than other shades, so work quickly if you want to blend out the edges or blend it with other shades.  Even after ten hours, the color remained opaque and crease-free (and it’s rated to last for eight).

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick Vanilla
Vanilla

KBShimmer Spring Training Nail Lacquer

KBShimmer Spring Training Nail Lacquer
KBShimmer Spring Training Nail Lacquer

KBShimmer Spring Training Nail Lacquer ($8.75 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “soft mint green polish filled with a palette of floral colored glitters.” It has a pale, pastel green base with subtle warm undertones (at least, it reads just slightly warm-toned on me) paired with a variety of coral, yellow, and blue glitters; some small, some hexagon-shaped and larger. It is lighter and less cool-toned (in base) compared to Illamasqua Mottle, which I recently reviewed. The base color is a bit warmer than Butter London Fiver. Nubar Baby Sprout is a bit brighter but very close to the base color.

One of the things I really like about KBShimmer’s polishes is that you can find more opaque glitter polishes within the range, so you don’t have to worry about finding the right pairing for it. It has a creamy, slightly jelly-like finish–again, there’s a squishy look to the nails after two coats–but it has a fair amount of creaminess. It was mostly opaque after two coats, and the consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin. The glitter dispersed evenly across the nail, and I didn’t have to push, pull, or fish for glitter.  I typically get a week of wear out of KBShimmer’s formula with minimal tip wear but no chipping.  This polish is scented with freesia, and I was able to smell once the polish dried (so whether that’s for you depends on if you like freesia!).

KBShimmer Spring Training Nail Lacquer

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

NARS Oasis Blush (2013)

NARS Oasis Highlighting Blush
NARS Oasis Blush

NARS Oasis Highlighting Blush ($29.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “sparkling pink champagne.” It’s a softened, reddish-plum with a hint of golden shimmer that translates to a shimmer-sheen when applied to the skin. NARS Debbie Harry #1 is similar but has silver sparkle. theBalm Cabana Boy is slightly less red (more plum).

This blush is nicely pigmented, and you should have no trouble building up color to true-to-pan payoff or going for something softer and sheerer. There are a few bits of golden sparkle but they seem to get lost before they even hit the skin, as I couldn’t detect them on the skin. Instead, there was a faint golden sheen that was quite lovely on the skin as it did not emphasize pores.  Oasis should be flattering across skin tones, because it’s not too dark or too light, not too warm or too cool-toned.  The texture is soft, finely-milled, and very blendable on the skin.  It applies evenly and sits well on the skin, and then it wears well–a solid eight hours and only minimal fading after nine hours.

NARS Powder Blush Oasis
Oasis

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