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NARS Douceur Blush

NARS Douceur Highlighting Blush
NARS Douceur Blush

NARS Douceur Blush

NARS Douceur Blush ($28.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “soft pink brown.” It’s a subtly warm-toned light-medium brown with a pinky sheen. It does look a bit pinker in the pan than on my skin tone (which has yellow undertones), so if you have pink undertones, you might see those pink undertones come through on you more than they did on me. Tarina Tarantino Neopolitan Lane is similar, though a bit more pigmented and matte in finish. MAC Pressed Amber is darker, browner. MAC Darkly My Dear is darker, slightly more plum. Tarte Exposed is pinker. MAC Her Own Devices is lighter, kind of peach. MAC Prim & Proper is darker and more plum.

Douceur is best for light to medium skin tones, as it seems like it will disappear on darker complexions. It might work as a subtle highlight or all-over powder on some deeper skin tones.  I’m a huge fan of this type of blush, because it gives natural color and contour to the cheek in a subtle way.  I often reach for Korres Natural for this purpose, and Douceur can be used in the same fashion.  Finding a blush color like this that works for your skin tone can be challenging, because like a my-lips-but-better color, one size doesn’t fit all (or even most).

This is certainly a softer color. It’s one of the sheerer NARS blushes I’ve swatched so far.  The color isn’t easily buildable; there’s no need to be careful with this one–you don’t need a light-hand at all. It is very easy to use because of that, making it one of the more foolproof blushes.  On lighter complexions, this could be used as a contouring color.  The texture is soft and blendable on the skin, but I did feel like I had to pile it on a bit to get it to show up on my skin tone. The color payoff is on the sheerer side.  Douceur wore six and a half hours on me when I was trialing it, and it was noticeably faded after seven hours.

P.S. — I did write review Douceur previously (two years ago–wow, I swear this came out “recently!”  Time really does fly!

NARS Powder Blush Douceur
Douceur

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Burberry Midnight Blue Eyeshadow

Burberry Midnight Blue Eyeshadow
Burberry Midnight Blue Eyeshadow

Burberry Midnight Blue Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.088 oz.) is a dark, navy blue with a satiny sheen and a barely-there purple tint. There are a few shades that are very similar, like MAC Naval Blue, MAC Blue Storm, and Bobbi Brown Blue Onyx.  There weren’t any distinguishable differences between those three and Midnight Blue, other than it’s pressed (unlike the two MAC products, which are loose pigments) and better quality than Bobbi Brown’s variation.  For those who are afraid of blues, I think purple-tinted blues make it less in-your-face blue and give the color a smokier effect.

The texture of Midnight Blue is a little on the drier side, though it’s still surprisingly blendable and easy to apply.  It has a soft, finely-milled feel, so it smooths out well and doesn’t have any problems with fall out or skipping.  It has good color payoff, but it could be a little more opaque–it applies best with a fluffier brush. The formula works well with and without a primer; when I tested out this shade, I had no problems getting eight hours of wear–no creasing or fading.  The eyeshadow is larger than the average full-sized eyeshadow (0.088 oz. vs. 0.05 oz.) and comes in a gunmetal container with a mirror and sponge-tipped applicator inside.

Burberry Sheer Eye Shadow Midnight Blue
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
4
Application
91%
Total

Cult Nails I Got Distracted Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails I Got Distracted Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails I Got Distracted Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails I Got Distracted Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “black jelly polish with holographic glitter interrupted by intense green glitter.” It’s an inky black base color with green-teal micro-glitter and holographic shimmer. I couldn’t think of any dupes for this one (not to say there may not be some–I would love your input!), and the closest I could come up with was NARS Night Breed, which is similar in composition, but it’s all silver shimmer/glitter.

Of all the shades, this is probably the one that catches your eye the most. There’s something about that intense, deep dark black base color and the holographic shimmer that grabs you! When I first swatched it, I had to post a quick picture of it on Instagram. It’s even more impressive in person, because you can see the way it really sparkles. It’s nearly opaque in one coat, though I did two swatches in the photos just to be sure (sometimes what looks opaque to me in person is almost opaque in photos!). The polish is on the thicker side, though.

It actually has an interesting finish without a top coat. I took the diffused flash photo with it dry but without a top coat (the other swatches have a top coat). The polish has some texture, so you’d want a thicker top coat for a smooth finish. I thought it looked like asphalt in a very pretty way. It’s shiny on its own, but it doesn’t look as smooth without a top coat. I typically get a full week or more with Cult Nails’ formula, which is absolutely stellar as far as wear goes. I’ve had this shade on my nails for the past five days with almost no noticeable tip wear.

Cult Nails Nail Lacquer I Got Distracted
A

Limited Edition

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

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Revlon Pink Truffle Colorburst Lip Butter

Revlon Pink Truffle Colorburst Lip Butter
Revlon Pink Truffle Colorburst Lip Butter

Revlon Pink Truffle Colorburst Lip Butter

Revlon Pink Truffle ColorBurst Lip Butter ($7.49 for 0.09 oz.) is a warm rosy pink with subtle white micro-shimmer and a naturally glossy finish. MAC Venus is pinker. Bobbi Brown Nude Rose is a little rosier. Thierry Mugler Feeling is redder and more frosted. Guerlain Cherry Blossom is similar in color but has a frosted finish, so it appears a smidgen lighter.  It’s a nice everyday-appropriate shade with a little more oomph–still, natural-looking and the finish only adds to how effortless it looks.

The color coverage is mostly opaque, though there is some translucency to the color, as you can still see my lip freckle peeking through. This formula is supposed to have sheer to medium color coverage, so this is a wee bit over but not by much.  Lip Butters have a divine consistency that’s really creamy, slick, and easy to apply, but it often comes at the expense of wear.  Pink Truffle was one of the longer-wearing shades I’ve tested from this range–three hours–which is only a little shy of my more typical four hour average for lipsticks. It contains a little less product than the average lipstick (typically 0.10 to 0.12 oz.) and requires more frequent reapplication, but it is a more moisturizing formula.

Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter Pink Truffle
Pink Truffle
Pink Truffle
A-

Permanent

9
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

Chanel Lumiere d’Artifices Beiges Illuminating Powder

Chanel Lumiere d'Artifices Beiges Illuminating Powder
Chanel Lumiere d’Artifices Beiges Illuminating Powder

Chanel Lumiere d’Artifices Beiges Illuminating Powder ($65.00 for 0.63 oz.) is designed to be a beige-based highlighter with an iridescent finish. It’s a soft peachy beige with a very fine shimmer-sheen. It has a glitter overlay that doesn’t seem to go all the way through, so while you might see some sparkles on the initial swatch or application, they’re not there going forward. NARS Miss Liberty is more shimmery but still similar. MAC How Beautiful is more beige. MAC Rose Ole is slightly darker and less peach.

The texture of the powder is very finely-milled, but it does err on the side of powdery–a lot of excess powder is loosened the moment your brush makes contact with it. The powderiness translated on the cheeks, too, but can be taken down by spritzing water (true with most powdery finishes).  It does feel so soft and silky, though, so I was disappointed by how it did look powdery when applied.  If you like a really subtle highlighter, the way this reflects light is minimal but noticeable–it’s one of the subtler highlighters I’ve come across in the past few months.  When I tested the wear on my cheeks, it managed around seven hours before looking a little faded (it was hard to tell, since this is so skin-colored against my complexion).

Chanel Lumiere d’Artifices Beiges Illuminating Powder Lumiere d'Artifices Beiges Illuminating Powder

Chanel Frenzy Le Vernis / Nail Lacquer

Chanel Frenzy Le Vernis / Nail Lacquer
Chanel Frenzy Le Vernis / Nail Lacquer

Chanel Frenzy Le Vernis / Nail Lacquer ($26.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “lilac grey.” It’s a light taupe with a cream finish. There’s a little brown, little gray in it. Looks like the inside of a mushroom to me (aka it’s sooo taupe!). Zoya Farah is a little darker, browner. Essie Sand Tropez is very similar but a smidgen lighter. MAC Inert is grayer, a little darker.  It’s the new nude; not beige, not mannequin hands–sophisticated and elevated. Why is taupe always so lovely? I could see this being a really nice go-to for office-appropriate nails.

It’s mostly opaque in two coats, but there is some visible nail line coming through. It does apply fairly well, though.  I was expecting major streaking, but it was mostly even and very easy to control.  The consistency was a nice balance of thick and thin, not going too far in either direction, so I didn’t have problems with bubbling or pooling, either.  I felt like it took a little long to dry but not too much longer than usual.  With Chanel’s formula, I usually get a week of wear with minor tip wear but no chipping–but very few formulas chip on me (and none really come to mind, other than matte polishes without a top coat).

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour Frenzy
Frenzy
Frenzy
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total

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