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Monday, July 14th, 2014

Surratt Beauty Se Pomponner Artistique Blush
Surratt Beauty Se Pomponner Artistique Blush

Surratt Beauty Se Pomponner Artistique Blush ($32.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as a “dolly pink.” It’s a rich, vibrant magenta pink with cool, blue undertones and a soft, satin finish. Urban Decay Savage (P) is darker. NARS Coeur Battant (LE, $29.00) is darker, redder. NARS Desire (P, $29.00) is similar. MAC Florida (LE, $21.00) is a cream product. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Se Pomponner is one of the more vibrant and bolder shades in the Surratt blush range, but even so, it is still a shade that builds easily or can be buffed/blended away if you feel you’ve applied too much, due to the incredibly soft, finely-milled texture. The powder has such a silky feel that it almost has the texture of a cream product–it’s that smooth. It has a satin finish, so there’s a touch of sheen that becomes more luminous as the blush gets buffed into the skin, but it never emphasizes pores. On me, this shade lasted for almost eight hours before fading.

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Monday, July 14th, 2014

Rant & Rave

Share: Tell us what you love and hate about Waterproof Eyeliner!

my answer: The formula is often harder and less creamy, so it can be less comfortable to apply, but then they often stay on longer and better with less smudging. Sometimes taking them off can be a real pain!

Monday, July 14th, 2014

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick for Fall 2014
Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick for Fall 2014 — Sexer, Lullabye, L.U.V., Wonderchilde, Coven

This hybrid lipstick is formulated with Color Cushion Technology, which combines 10-hour budge-proof wear with vibrant color. Featuring a color spectrum for every skin tone, this lipstick lets you glide on velvety-soft comfort and eye-popping colors that range from classic everyday neutrals to bright shades.  Sephora exclusive.

Studded Kiss Lipstick ($21.00) (New, Permanent)

  • Noble Matte petal pink
  • Agatha Matte pink nude
  • Lovecraft Matte berry beige
  • Lolita Matte dusty rose
  • Cathedral Matte coco rose
  • L’Ecole des Femmes Matte salmon pink
  • A Go Go Matte bright orange
  • Countess Matte hot coral red
  • Adora Metallic candy apple red
  • Underage Red Matte bright crimson
  • Hexagram Matte blood red
  • Archangel Matte rusty red
  • Hellbent Matte fire engine red
  • Bachelorette Matte dark reddish fuchsia
  • Backstage Bambi Matte vivid hot pink
  • Sexer Matte fluorescent pink
  • Lullabye Matte magenta violet
  • L.U.V. Matte rich violet
  • Wonderchilde Iridescent neon lilac
  • Coven Matte lavender
  • Wolvesmouth Metallic berry
  • Prayer Matte deep mauve
  • Bauhau5 Matte deep raspberry
  • Vampira Matte deep reddish burgundy
  • Homegirl Matte black cherry
  • Motorhead Matte black red
  • Poe Shimmer navy
  • Slayer Matte pitch black
  • Thin Lizzy Sparkling brick copper
  • Gothica Shimmer bronze

Availability: Now at Sephora

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Monday, July 14th, 2014

NARS Torre del Oro, Shameless Red, Blow-up Nail Polishes
NARS Torre del Oro, Shameless Red, Blow-up Nail Polishes

Here are three bold, bright shades of NARS Nail Polish ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.), which will have a total of 43 permanent shades. The official launch is July 15th, and both the formula and the brush have been changed. According to the brand, the formula is supposed to “improve wear and strengthen nails” with a “flexible, high gloss finish.” In the past, I’ve experienced really strong, long-wear (up to ten days with minor tip wear; after seven, tip wear appears very minor). I tested five shades–Thasos, Elbrus, Obscura, Pastorale, and Zakynthos–for wear, and they were fairly consistent with minor tip wear after seven days but no chipping (no top or base coats were used). I really liked the brush, as it wasn’t overly wide; I could still apply polish to my pinky nail (which is my narrowest nail) without getting polish all along the cuticle/skin along the nail. Most shades dried down faster than average, and generally, they applied well without streaking, bubbling, or pooling along the edges with good color coverage.

NARS Torre del Oro Nail Polish ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “cherry red.” It’s a bright, medium-dark, blue-based red with a cream finish. It was very nearly opaque after two coats of the polish. The consistency was slightly thin but not watery or difficult to work with. It dried down to a glossy finish. This type of red is always beautiful, but it is also quite common: see comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Shameless Red Nail Polish ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “pink flamingo.” It’s a brightened, pink-coral with subtle, warm undertones and a glossy, creamy finish. It was fully opaque after two coats of polish, and it applied evenly, smoothly, and without streaking. Chanel Tutti Frutti (P, $27.00) is lighter. Chanel Tapage (605) (P, $27.00) is redder. Chanel Elixir (589) (P, $27.00) is more muted. Rescue Beauty Lounge Smile (LE, $20.00) is darker. MAC Vivid Effect (LE, $16.00) is more orange. MAC Impassioned (LE, $16.00) is lighter, more orange. Guerlain A La Parisienne (P, $23.00) is redder. Chanel Fracas (LE, $27.00) is very similar. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Extravaganza (P, $10.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Blow-up Nail Polish ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “mandarin orange.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark orange with warm, reddish undertones and a cream finish. It was richly pigmented and had opaque coverage in two coats. It dried down to a high-gloss finish without the need of a top coat. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, so it applied easily. MAC Bougainvillea (LE, $16.00) is lighter. NARS Libertango (LE, $20.00) is similar. NARS Lal Mirchi (LE, $20.00) is slightly redder. MAC Oriele Orange (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Ablaze (LE, $16.00) is redder. Guerlain Nahema (P, $23.00) is redder. Chanel Holiday (LE, $27.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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8.5/10

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Monday, July 14th, 2014

Urban Decay Pulp Fiction Collection
Urban Decay Pulp Fiction Collection

Urban Decay Pulp Fiction Collection launches on July 16th (per Urban Decay’s Twitter account)–most likely appearing on their website first, then releasing elsewhere–and will be launched at Sephora, ULTA, Macy’s, beauty.com and urbandecay.com. It’s a small, edited collection, and in general, it is dupable, though the quality is there in the majority of the products.

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Monday, July 14th, 2014

Deal Sites/Rebates

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