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NARS Madness Nail Polish

NARS Madness Nail Polish
NARS Madness Nail Polish

NARS Madness Nail Polish ($19.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as an “electric orange.” It’s a brightened, medium orange with a jelly finish–it has a squishy, slightly translucent quality to the way it looks and applies that is very true to the jelly finish. NARS TV Party is darker and a true cream. Illamasqua Gamma is a bit brighter and also a true cream.

It has semi-opaque color payoff after two coats, and the opacity was consistent of what is expected of a jelly finish (and part of what makes a jelly, well, a jelly!). It has a thicker, squishy look that gives it a plushness. Madness actually looks like candy corn on my longer nails, because the white tips turn to a lighter, more tangerine orange, while the rest of the nail is a deeper orange!   The consistency is on the thicker side (but normal for a jelly), and it flowed well across the nail without bubbling, streaking, or pooling along the edges. NARS’ formula wears very well on me, as it is one of the longer-wearing formulas I’ve come across, and I get a full seven days of wear with very minor tip wear but no chipping.

NARS Nail Polish Madness
Madness

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NARS Barrow Street Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner

NARS Barrow Street Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner
NARS Barrow Street Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner

NARS Barrow Street Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner ($24.00 for 0.02 oz.) is described as a “seafoam green.” It’s a cool-toned, seafoam green with a matte finish. I don’t have too many mint/aqua eyeliners, but NARS Parrot Cay (which I always loved the look of but the wear left a lot to be desired) and Korres #12 are both similar–slightly lighter I would say.

The Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner is supposed to last for twelve hours without smudging or budging, and the formula is supposed to yield “rich, intense color.” It’s also a twist-up pencil with a built-in sharpener. In the past, I’ve found that many shades wear well for eight hours on the lash line, but twelve hours is pushing it–there is usually noticeable fading at that point (where the line of color looks thinner).

Barrow Street had good color payoff in a single stroke, and it was buildable to more opaque color on the lash line. It actually wore incredibly well and may be one of the better-wearing shades I’ve tried; after eight hours, there was still the majority of the color on my water line, and my lash line remained the same. I’ll be testing it again for a full twelve-hours (I only had eight yesterday, and I forgot these are marketed as twelve-hour pencils!), so the longevity rating is tentative (it’s based on prior experience and yesterday’s wear compared to other shades). It can be a bit chalky, though, because of its light but bright base, and it tends to be the nature of the beast (err, this kind of color). I think from afar, it’s rather brightening and eye-opening, and it doesn’t read chalky.  It is lightly creamy, enough that it didn’t feel like it tugged or pulled when I applied it, but it could stand to be slightly softer/creamier.

NARS Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner Barrow Street

Sneak Peek: MAC Baking Beauties Collection – Photos + Swatches

MAC In for a Treat Pearlmatte Face Powder
MAC In for a Treat Pearlmatte Face Powder

I do not have the full collection at this time–this is all that I received–but I will make sure to purchase missing items when they’re available for sale. These are sneak peek swatches to hold you over while I test the products and write-up reviews! Please hold all questions until I’ve had a chance to write the full review 🙂 Thank you!

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MAC Lightscapade Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Lightscapade Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Lightscapade Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Lightscapade Mineralize Skinfinish ($30.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “soft candlelight beige with multi-dimensional shimmer.” It’s a pale, neutral-to-warm-toned white with a frosted, shimmering finish. Chanel Poudre Signee de Chanel is more golden but similar. Too Faced Spun Sugar is cooler-toned. Giorgio Armani Moonlight Beige is lighter. theBalm Promiscuous Pearl is more beige. MAC Snowglobe is more frosted. Chanel Beiges Ombres Tissees is more beige and frosted.

Now, last I remember, Lightscapade was supposed to join the permanent range, and it is still available at retailers like Nordstrom but doesn’t exist on MAC’s website when I searched just now. It is set to launch with the MAC x Hayley Williams collaboration on April 9th (but hardcore fans may want to start stalking a little earlier).

What I like about Lightscapade is that it highlights and adds glow wherever you put it, and it doesn’t emphasize the skin’s natural texture or pores. My continuing issue with Lightscapade (and MAC’s Mineralize Skinfinishes in general) is that they don’t wear well or long at all–by eight hours, it’s nearly invisible, and there’s noticeable fading after four to five hours. The texture is soft, finely-milled, but there is a smidgen of powderiness so it doesn’t have fantastic color payoff (it takes some building to get an even layer of color). This year’s Lightscapade is very similar to the one I had in 2012, but it has a lot less veining (more beige/white) than the one I have from 2011.

MAC Lightscapade Mineralize Skinfinish

B-
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
6
Longevity
4
Application
81%
Total

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