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Burberry Pink Amber (306) Lip Velvet

Burberry Pink Apricot Lip Velvet
Burberry Pink Amber (306) Lip Velvet

Burberry Pink Amber (306) Lip Velvet ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium-dark, pink-coral with brightness that’s vibrant without being neon or too intimidating. It has warm undertones, but it doesn’t turn orange. Chanel Enjouee is pinker. Guerlain Gracy is brighter, pinker. Guerlain Chamade is a smidgen pinker, and it has a glossier finish (it looks a bit different on). Guerlain Bal de Mai has gold shimmer. Chanel Flamboyante is redder. Burberry Blush is more muted, less vibrant, and pinker.

The new Lip Velvet formula is touted as long-wearing, having a velvet-matte finish, comfortable to wear, and providing hydration while worn.  It’s one of the most comfortable matte formulas I’ve come across.  Pink Amber wore for six and a half hours, and it was comfortable the entire time and never left my lips feeling dry.  There’s a perfect amount of glide in the consistency; it has a good base that it glides on lips and deposits an even amount of color without pulling or tugging.  It doesn’t feel thick or heavy on, so it doesn’t move around easily, but it doesn’t feel like it’s clinging on, either.  It has a sweet, fruity scent but no taste.

Burberry Lip Velvet Pink Amber (306)
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total

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NARS Beautiful Liar Lipstick

NARS Beautiful Liar Lipstick
NARS Beautiful Liar Lipstick

In Other News: NARS Can Be Beautiful

NARS Beautiful Liar Lipstick ($24.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “sheer spiced coral.” It’s a vibrant coral-orange with coppered gold shimmer and a soft, frosted sheen. CoverGirl Temptation is more orange. Guerlain Bal de Mai is several shades pinker. MAC Hibiscus is brighter. MAC Drive Me Wild has more gold shimmer. Dior Belle de Nuit is redder, darker.

It’s semi-opaque on lips (doesn’t quite cover my lip freckle entirely) with a glide-on consistency that’s just creamy enough to deposit an even layer of color but not so creamy that it feels thick or moves around easily. The formula is lightweight, comfortable to wear, and Beautiful Liar lasted five and a half hours on my lips.  It was just a wee bit hydrating but definitely not drying.  The lipstick was scent- and taste-free.

Now, the only “downside” is that this is a lot more pigmented than described.  The hue is part of NARS’ Sheer Lipstick range, and while some shades are sheer and translucent as described, Beautiful Liar isn’t the only one that’s far more pigment-packed than you’d expect.  So, for those who prefer more opaque lipsticks, you’re in luck.  If you’re on the hunt for a sheer coral, you’ll want to keep looking.

NARS Sheer Lipstick Beautiful Liar

NARS Debbie Harry Eye & Cheek Palette

NARS Debbie Harry Eye & Cheek Palette
NARS Debbie Harry Eye & Cheek Palette

Another Disappointment from the NARS & Andy Warhol Collection

NARS Debbie Harry Eye & Cheek Palette ($65.00 for 0.42 oz.) consists of one blush, one highlighter, and four eyeshadows, tucked into a matte black palette with a full-size mirror on the interior. Each shade sits in its own pan and well.

Shimmering Pink Champagne is a soft, rosy plum with silver sparkle. The sparkle is very, very loose and doesn’t bind at all to the underlying color, so it either doesn’t translate to the cheek or disappears throughout the day. It had a very dry, stiff texture, though the color payoff was so-so. It wore for seven hours when I tested it. NARS Oasis is a bit more muted, less pink. theBalm Cabana Boy has a soft sheen. MAC Plum Foolery is less pink, more frosted.

Brilliant Cream is a shimmery, pale beige. It had good color payoff, and it wasn’t dry–a little powdery–but not dry, at least. It was also blendable on, and it lasted for six and a half hours. NARS Albatross has a golden sheen. theBalm Promiscuous Pearl is more beige. MAC Snowglobe is similar.

Twinkling Purple is an eggplant purple with a matte finish. It was dry, powdery, and had dismal color payoff. Tarte Napa Grapes is more intense. Guerlain Boulevard du Montparnasse has a satiny sheen. BareMinerals Nightcap is very similar (more pigmented). MAC Fig. 1 is purpler (also more pigmented).

Sparkling Turquoise is an aqua-green with a satiny sheen. It had so-so color payoff, but this one was such a pain in the behind to use. It was very soft, powdery, and prone to pulling a disappearing act if you made any attempt to blend it. Sugarpill Mochi is very similar in color.

White Shimmer is a shimmery white with silver sparkle (that doesn’t bind with the base color, so it gets lost). There are so many shimmery white eyeshadows on the market, so there is no shortage of dupes. MAC She’s Got Class, Cinderella Ball Gown, MAC How to Marry, and MAC Crystal Avalanche are all very similar–just to name a few.

Starry Black is a matte black (with silver sparkle, but it never shows up and doesn’t even make it onto the swatch!). This shade had the best payoff of the four eyeshadows! It was stiff and a bit dry, but it wasn’t powdery. Like the white eyeshadow, matte black eyeshadows are numerous (it’s a classic, basic shade, and everyone should have at least one!). When you put out core/basic shades, you have to do them well, because there are too many options available to settle for less.

Technically, all four eyeshadows had silver sparkles in them, but they come loose as soon as the brush hits the pan–they just flake away or get caught in the bristles of your brush. It was a disappointing palette and not worth the $65 I spent on it. I had hoped that this palette would be better than the other Warhol palettes, because each product was in a separate well, but it was not meant to be. It’s hard for me to comprehend how the textures and payoff throughout the collection were so far off the norm for NARS.

Dry and powdery is one of the more frustrating textures to work, because you don’t even get the blendability and payoff that really soft eyeshadows (which can be powdery) have to their advantage.  The highlighter was the best product in the palette, but there was a general theme: poor color payoff, dry/stiff/powdery textures, and fading throughout the day.  Despite layering the eyeshadows over NARS’ own eyeshadow primer, these were looking very faded after eight hours (and without a primer, they had disappeared after six and a half).

P.S. — There is no step-by-step for this palette, because I tested and took photos prior to starting those!

NARS Debbie Harry Eye & Cheek Palette

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5
Product
5
Pigmentation
6
Texture
6
Longevity
2.5
Application
54%
Total

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Dior Pasteque (658) Nail Lacquer

Dior Pasteque (658) Nail Lacquer
Dior Pasteque (658) Nail Lacquer

Sink Your Teeth Into This Watermelon Pink

Dior Pasteque (658) Nail Lacquer ($23.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “rich and voluptuous high-shine pink.” It’s a vibrant reddened pink with a cream finish and warm undertones. It’s pinker than L’oreal The Queen’s Might. Seche Opulent is a darker pink. NARS Anardana is pinker. Illamasqua Collide is less warm-toned and pinker.

It might be winter where you are, but you can breathe a little warmth into your holiday with Pasteque, which was a fantastic polish from start to finish.  It was very nearly opaque in a single coat, but two cinches it.  The formula is flawless, as it’s not too thick or too thin, spreads evenly across the nail, and dries down quickly.  The finish is naturally shiny, so you could skip the top coat if desired.  If only all polishes were this good!  I typically get a full week of wear out of Dior’s formula with minor tip wear but no chipping.

Dior Vernis Pasteque
Pasteque

Make Up For Ever #302 Holodiam Powder

Make Up For Ever #302 Holodiam Powder
Make Up For Ever #302 Holodiam Powder

Not Everything is How It Appears

Make Up For Ever #302 Holodiam Powder ($25.00 for 0.035 oz.) is described as “plum with pink, purple, and turquoise highlights.” Alone, it has a strong reddish copper base with flecks of pink and teal sparkle. When I layered it over a black eyeliner, it appeared as a blue-teal. Ultimately, how it looks and what color comes out depends on the base, so it will take on different characteristics over different colored bases as well as with different viewing angles.

Because of its duo- (or triple) chrome finish, it’s a very versatile product.  It’s described as an “extremely fine loose powder with a pearlescent finish.”  Make Up For Ever recommends it for use on eyes and cheeks and used dry for a softer effect and wet for something more intense.  They do advise using some sort of setting/fixing spray or sealer.  It is a very fine micro-glitter; it feels larger than shimmer or powder (more texture than the Star Powders but finer than traditional glitter).

Bobbi Brown 24 Karat Shimmer Brick

Bobbi Brown 24 Karat Shimmer Brick
Bobbi Brown 24 Karat Shimmer Brick

Bobbi Brown 24 Karat Shimmer Brick ($42.00 for 0.40 oz.) is described as “gold pearlescent shimmer” to give the skin a “lit-from-within glow.” It’s a warm, champagne-shimmered gold that’s just a little muted by beige hues, so it’s not a strong, yellow-toned gold, but it is still very warm. The individual shades are shimmering white, golden beige, slightly darker golden beige, pale gold with orange tint, and warm rose–all five shades have a high frost finish. Tarte Angelic is lighter, more of a white gold. theBalm Solid Gold is similar but lighter, less beige, more gold. Chanel Shimmering Tweed is a darker gold. Bobbi Brown Beach is a little darker–a touch of bronze. I don’t have it, but I’m thinking that Bobbi Brown’s Beige Shimmer Brick might compare well with this, too.

Shimmer Bricks are incredibly shimmery highlighters–quite literally, they are compact bricks chocked full of shimmer!  If you prefer your highlighters with subtle, barely-there shimmer, this product line is not for you. On the other hand, if you’re all about shimmer, glitz, and glam…  Because of the heavy frost content, these do emphasize pores and texture just slightly, but they give off a very beautiful and exceptional glow–it’s the kind of trade-off where you’ll still come out looking absolutely radiant, because the only one who’ll notice the emphasis is you when you have your face four inches away from the mirror.

On my skin tone, 24 Karat is very my-skin-but-better as a highlighter.  It adds a little warmth, but it also evens out my coloring a bit.  On lighter complexions, I could see it adding more of a bronzy glow–not too bronzy, though–and on darker complexions, a very gilded highlight.  If you have a lot of natural pink in your complexion and often find gold turns to orange on you, I fear this might do the same, you may want to try it in person first.  As a bonus, Shimmer Bricks can also be used as eyeshadows if desired.  When I wore this, it lasted for just over seven hours well; by the eighth hour, it was a little faded in places.  The texture was soft and finely-milled; these always feel so much smoother than you’d imagine.

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick 24 Karat
24 Karat

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