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Monday, October 13th, 2014

The Hit List

What’s the Best Powder Brush that you’ve tried?

Share your pick!  And don’t forget to share why :)

I love Make Up For Ever’s 128 brush as well as SUQQU’s Face Brush! (You can read about them here in my brush must-haves post!)

Thanks to Ammara for today’s topic!

Monday, October 13th, 2014

Rant & Rave

Share: Tell us what you love and hate about Matte Lipstick!

my answer: A lot what I don’t like is about how they feel on lips–dry, clingy–and that they can be very drying! I love that they’re long-wearing, though.

Monday, October 13th, 2014

NARS Virtual Domination Blush Palette
NARS Virtual Domination Blush Palette

NARS Virtual Domination Blush Palette ($65.00 for 0.95 oz.) includes a highlighter, three blushes, and a bronzer. It is a Sephora exclusive and launches November 1st. All of these shades have been released before with Sex Fantasy and Final Cut being limited edition, and the other four are part of the permanent range. It’s a decent palette, and I like the value behind it, though I wish the quality was at least as good as the standalone versions that have been released. They don’t fall too short, but in general, the texture had a thinner quality to it that made it less luxurious compared to full-sized blushes. Overall, the palette had good color payoff, blendable textures, and most wore for around eight hours. I felt like the palette was too bulky/heavy for what it was, but it at least doesn’t feel cheap.

NARS blush retails for $30.00 for 0.16 oz., and Bronzing Powder retails for $38.00 for 0.28 oz. This palette has 0.60 oz. of blush, which is a $112.50 worth of blush. Now, go figure, but this palette contains more than a full-sized Laguna (and far more than the one included in the Algorithm palette!) at 0.35 oz. or $47.50 worth of bronzer! The palette contains a total of $160.00 of NARS Blush/Bronzer, so it is a great value. In terms of price, for the cost of just over two full-size blushes, you’re getting five shades (sometimes a better way to think about value if you rarely finish products).

Miss Liberty is described as a “soft shimmering peach.” It’s a light, golden peach with a white sparkle and warm undertones. The way the shimmer and sparkle of this one act, it looks almost like a wet sheen on the face, but there are noticeable sparkles on the skin–it is by no means a particularly subtle highlighter option. It seemed slightly lighter than the permanent version I have, though effect for most skin tones will likely be the same since it is so sheer. It wears for seven hours on me. This shade is part of the permanent range of Highlighting Blush. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Deep Throat is described as a “flirty sheer peach.” It’s a medium, coral with gold shimmer and hints of pink. The texture was soft, a little thinner than the permanent version, but it was blendable and had fairly good color payoff–it just looked a little faded compared to the permanent version. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me. This shade is part of the permanent range. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Laguna is described as a “diffused brown powder with golden shimmer.” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm, yellow undertones and a golden shimmer-sheen finish. It has more buildable color payoff than full-on, rich pigment. The texture was soft, lightweight, and blendable, though it can be a smidgen on the powdery side (which it seems in this particular palette). NARS has a tendency to put this in many of its palettes, so you may find you already have one (or half a dozen), and it is part of the permanent range. See swatches of all dupes of dupes / view dupes side-by-side side-by-side.

Sex Fantasy is described as a “pale lavender pink.” It’s a very light, cool-toned pink with a hint of lavender. It has a totally flat, matte finish. The texture is soft and finely-milled, but it is powdery (more so than the permanent version). On me, it lasted for eight hours. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Final Cut is described as a “peach coral.” It’s a softened, medium coral-orange with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and silky, and it was only a smidgen powdery. It wore well for eight hours on me. See swatches of all dupes
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The Glossover

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Virtual Domination

B+

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Miss Liberty

B+

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4/5

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9.5/10

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9.5/10

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9/10

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8/10

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Monday, October 13th, 2014

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Just to wish you a lil’ happy October, I’m giving away this Tarte Pin-up Girl Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush Palette that I bought just for one lucky reader — good luck, because it could be you! :)

Monday, October 13th, 2014

NARS Modern Future Set
NARS Modern Future Set

NARS Modern Future Set ($49.00 for 0.74 oz.) includes three products in the theme of Roman Holiday, a cool pink. The lipstick and nail polish are full size (0.12 oz. and 0.50 fl. oz. respectively), while the blush’s compact is the same size as a NARS’ single eyeshadow (but it contains 0.12 oz.). The set contains $26.00 of lipstick, $20.00 of nail polish, and $22.50 of blush for a total value of $68.50. The three products come inside a thick, plastic triangular box.

Roman Holiday (Lipstick) is described as a “pretty pastel with the most delicate hint of pink.” It’s a light-medium, cool-toned pink with a luminous finish. It had semi-sheer color coverage but lots of natural lip color will come through, so if you have more pigmented lips, this may look quite different applied. This shade is part of the permanent range for Sheer Lipstick, so the color coverage is as expecte.d The formula had a lot of slip, which made the color look streaky at times (and if you press your lips together, you’ll see “lines”). On me, it wore for two and a half hours. It was neither drying nor hydrating. NARS Marisa (P, $32.00) is more opaque, warmer. NARS Claudia (P, $32.00) is lighter, cooler. Bite Beauty Lavender (P, $24.00) is cooler. Estee Lauder Powerful (P, $30.00) is more opaque. MAC Rose Lily (LE, $16.00) is a lot lighter. NARS Villa Lante (LE, $25.00) is a touch lighter. YSL Fetish Pink (8) (P, $34.00) is more opaque, brighter. Urban Decay Obsessed (P, $22.00) is similar. MAC Asian Flower (LE, $17.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Divine Choice (P, $22.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Roman Holiday (Blush) is described as a “pretty pastel with the most delicate hint of pink.” It’s a brightened, light-medium, cool-toned pink with strong, blue undertones and a matte finish. The texture was soft and finely-milled, though it was a little powdery. It can be applied and buffed into the skin so that it doesn’t look dry or powdery on. It had good color coverage that was buildable and lasted for eight hours on me. MAC I’m a Lover (P, $23.50) is lighter. Makeup Geek Hanky Panky (P, $9.99) is darker. MAC Young at Heart (LE, $20.00) is darker. Maybelline Pink Fever (20) (P, $8.99) is darker, cream, shimmer.Urban Decay Blush (P) is warmer. Milani Delizioso Pink (10) (P, $7.99) is very similar. Givenchy It-Girl Purple (P, $44.00) is lighter, warmer. NARS Mistinguette (LE, $29.00) is much lighter. theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is warmer. NARS Gaiety (P, $29.00) is lighter, cooler-toned. MAC Peony Petal (P, $21.00) is darker. MAC I’m the One (LE, $21.00) is darker. Bobbi Brown Nude Pink (P, $26.00) is slightly warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Roman Holiday (Nail Polish) is described as a “shimmery begonia pink.” It’s a muted, medium pink with very subtle cool undertones (almost a neutral pink, as it sometimes looks warmer on me, against my warmer complexion). There is a very fine shimmer in it, but it is hardly noticeable except up-close and in bright lighting. It was opaque after two coats, and the formula wasn’t too thick or too thin. I usually get seven days of wear out of NARS’ polish. Anna Sui Minnie Mouse Neon Pink (300) (LE, $16.00) is sheerer, more shimmery. Cult Nails Kiss My Rose Bush (P, $12.00) is more matte. MAC Snob (LE, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Silly (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Please Me (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Chanel May (P, $27.00) is similar. Rescue Beauty Lounge Pepto Pink (LE, $20.00) is darker, warmer. Essie Off the Shoulder (LE, $8.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Glossover

palette

Modern Future

B

Product

8.2/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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Roman Holiday

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Product

8.5/10

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9/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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Monday, October 13th, 2014

Giorgio Armani Beauty (Loreal USA)

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