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NARS NARSissist Velvet Lip Glide Set for Summer/Fall 2017 (Ulta Exclusive)

NARS NARSissist Velvet Lip Glide Set
NARS NARSissist Velvet Lip Glide Set

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Lip locked and loaded. Glide and go with new, limited edition NARSissist Velvet Lip Glide Set. Confident color now in six new shades: Rapture, Night Together, Californication, Immoral, Staying Alive, and Burning Love.

Velvet Lip Glide is an innovative hybrid lip formula that delivers highly saturated color with extraordinary comfort. Designed to glide like a gloss with the coverage of a lipstick. Opaque semi-matte finish ensures long-lasting color that stays supple, and never sticky. Oil Infusion Complex delivers saturated pigment with extraordinary comfort. Water Lily Flowers and White Tea Extract work together to provide antioxidant protection. The plush, doe-foot applicator allows for smooth product application.

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NARSissist Velvet Lip Glide Set, $45.00 (New, Limited Edition (Ulta Exclusive))

  • Rapture Pink coral
  • Night Together Rose pink
  • Californiacation Pink mauve
  • Immoral Fuchsia pink
  • Staying Alive Orchid pink
  • Burning Love Cherry red

NYX Pale Pink, Couture, Hippie Chic Matte Lipsticks

01/06

NYX Pale Pink Matte Lipstick

NYX Pale Pink Matte Lipstick

NYX Pale Pink Matte Lipstick

NYX Pale Pink Matte Lipstick

NYX Pale Pink Matte Lipstick

NYX Pale Pink Matte Lipstick

Pale Pink

NYX Pale Pink Matte Lipstick ($5.99 for 0.16 oz.) is a brighter, light-medium pink with subtle, cool undertones and a satin finish. It had good color coverage that applied without streaking, but the slightly denser, thicker texture seemed prone to sitting in my lip lines, especially within an hour of wear. The lipstick applied without tugging and felt lightly creamy, so a lip liner might help alleviate some of the settling issues with this shade. It wore well for four hours and was lightly drying.

The Matte Lipstick is supposed to be “highly pigmented” and have a “velvety, non-glossy” finish. In general, the formula has semi-opaque to opaque color coverage with a velvety texture that glides on without tugging but doesn’t have a lot of slip, so the lipstick won’t slide around while worn. The formula varied from non-drying to moderately drying with wear times that ranged from four to over six hours (deeper, reddish shades lasted quite long). It has a mint scent and no discernible taste. I noticed that the packaging had a tendency to twist up the lipstick too easily (even barely holding it) and sometimes would twist down as I would apply it directly from the tube.

NYX Matte Lipstick Pale Pink
Pale Pink
Pale Pink
8
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total

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Sephora Warm PRO Eyeshadow Palette

01/15

Sephora Warm PRO Eyeshadow Palette

Sephora Warm PRO Eyeshadow Palette

Sephora Warm PRO Eyeshadow Palette

Sephora Warm PRO Eyeshadow Palette

Sephora Warm PRO Eyeshadow Palette

Sephora Warm PRO Eyeshadow Palette

Sephora Warm PRO Eyeshadow Palette

Sephora Warm PRO Eyeshadow Palette

Sephora Warm PRO Eyeshadow Palette

Sephora Warm PRO Eyeshadow Palette | Look Details

Sephora Warm PRO Eyeshadow Palette | Look Details

Sephora Warm PRO Eyeshadow Palette | Look Details

Sephora Warm PRO Eyeshadow Palette | Look Details

Sephora Warm PRO Eyeshadow Palette | Look Details

Sephora Warm PRO Eyeshadow Palette | Look Details

Warm

Sephora Warm PRO Eyeshadow Palette ($68.00 for 1.12 oz.) contains 28 eyeshadows in a “warm” color story. I would agree with that description–it is definitely a warm-toned palette–with a lot of mid-tone and medium-dark neutrals in shades of brown and more brown. There were two major misses in the palette (one of which was bizarre that it was a miss) with some that were easy to work with and others that were somewhere in the middle.

The formula is supposed to feature “high pigment, high performance” with long wear and better adhesion. The matte shades were often powdery with some seeming chalky–I had a lot of looks turn a bit gray or muddy along the edges after using a shade above the crease or on the brow bone. The shimmers varied from smooth, creamy, and dense (with noticeable silicone) or drier, looser, and there were some glitter shades that felt more like loose sand than usable product. The latter was barely salvage with a glitter adhesive, but they could not be solved with fingertips or a damp brush.

I know there has been a lot of buzz about the new Sephora PRO palettes, but I did not find the eyeshadow formula to be that easy to work with as quality varied too much between shades, they applied lighter/darker than they appeared in the pan, and there was considerable fallout (and yes, I did tap off excess product prior to applying!). Even when I tried the formula over a primer, I was less impressed; sometimes, I felt like the eyeshadows were easier to control over bare skin! I’ve actually been a fan of Sephora’s Colorful Eyeshadows since they released them several years ago, including the reformulation, but these are substantially different (which some may prefer).

$68 is a higher price point for palettes, but for most mid-end brands, it seems in line with the size of the palette–each shade is almost as much the average single, full-size eyeshadow. Sephora’s house brand isn’t high-end, and it sometimes comes in lower than mid-end with respect to product pricing, but it seems to float around there. Using Sephora’s Colorful Eyeshadow (different formula) as a point of comparison, each shade retails for $10.00 and contains 0.07 oz. or $142.86/oz. The palette retails for $68.00 and contains 1.12 oz. or $60.71/oz. Here are some other pricing comparisons of a few mid-end/high-end palettes:

  • Sephora PRO Eyeshadow Palette: $68.00 for 1.12 oz. or $60.71/oz.
  • Too Faced Natural Love: $59.00 for 0.90 oz. or $65.56/oz.
  • Tarte Tarteist Palette: $53.00 for 0.70 oz. or $75.71/oz.
  • Ciate Pretty, Fun, & Fearless: $42.00 for 0.52 oz. or $80.77/oz.
  • Too Faced Sweet Peach: $49.00 for 0.54 oz. or $90.74/oz.

Sephora PRO Eyeshadow Palette Warm
Warm
Warm
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
82%
Total

Marc Jacobs Beauty Smartorial Eye-Conic Eyeshadow Palette

01/09

Marc Jacobs Beauty Smartorial Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette

Marc Jacobs Beauty Smartorial Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette

Marc Jacobs Beauty Smartorial Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette

Marc Jacobs Beauty Smartorial Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette

Marc Jacobs Beauty Smartorial Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette

Marc Jacobs Beauty Smartorial Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette

Marc Jacobs Beauty Smartorial Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette

Marc Jacobs Beauty Smartorial Palette | Look Details

Marc Jacobs Beauty Smartorial Palette | Look Details

Smartorial

Marc Jacobs Beauty Smartorial Eye-Conic Eyeshadow Palette ($49.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a mix of gray, blues, and neutrals with assorted finishes. It featured seven shades with four different finishes (velvet, satin, silk and lamé). The eyeshadow formula is supposed to have “lasting, velvety-rich pigment.” The brighter blue was more of a struggle to work with compared to the other six shades in the palette, as it did not blend out as well and was not as buildable/pigmented as other shades.

A few obvious differences between the new Eye-Conic palettes and the previous Style Eye-Con No. 7 palettes: they actually decreased by $10 in price (they used to be $59) with only a slight decrease in quantity (0.21 oz. vs. 0.25 oz.), and each eyeshadow has been named. The ingredient lists differ from shade to shade, which makes it harder to really compare easily, and I saw a lot of similar ingredients but order often varied; they seemed similar to me just by touching, wearing, and applying with maybe slightly higher dimethicone quantities in the shimmery shades and a slightly firmer press (but not stiff) for more matte shades (so less powder kicked up in the pan).

Marc Jacobs Beauty Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette Smartorial
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total

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