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NARS Night Breed Eyeshadow


NARS Night Breed Eyeshadow

NARS Night Breed Eyeshadow

NARS Night Breed Eyeshadow ($23.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “black with silver glitter” and that is an apt description. It has a matte, black base with silver micro-glitter strewn through the color. The way it’s placed makes it noticeable but not shimmery or over-the-top. It’s a dark black, though not quite the most intense black, but it certainly does not venture near soft blacks. Lancome The New Black is more intense, but it also has more silver flecks, and even the base has more of a satiny look in comparison.

NARS Eyeshadows are described as “ultra pigmented, long-wearing, [and] crease-resistant” that can be applied wet or dry. I get around eight hours of wear before I notice subtle creasing, so I would still wear an eyeshadow primer if I wanted all-day wear. The packaging is slim and compact with matte black rubberized packaging that absorbs impact better than a harder plastic. There is a mirror inside the compact as well.

The formula of Night Breed is nice, but the flecks of micro-glitter don’t always show up on the lid.  If you want the glitter to appear, make sure to pat on the product and use a stiffer brush, because fluffy brushes tend to catch the glitter between bristles rather than depositing them on the lid.  Night Breed has a soft, smooth texture that’s silky and easy to blend.  There is very little chalkiness and drag with this shade, which can be issues for matte textures.

NARS Night Breed Eyeshadow

B+
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4
Application
89%
Total

Charlotte Ronson Beauty @ Sephora


Charlotte Ronson Beauty @ Sephora

Inspired by the concept of effortless beauty, under any spotlight, The Charlotte Ronson Beauty collection products are created with Light Filter Technology™ to diffuse and filter light. Like your own personal “lighting guy,” these formulas automatically adjust to changing light, giving your skin radiance and flawlessness under any spotlight. Charlotte Ronson also collaborated with her celebrity friends and muses, like Nicole Richie, and sister, Samantha Ronson, to ensure products met the needs of a fast-paced lifestyle. They asked for it and she created it: portable packaging, buildable formulas and universal colors that are flirty and feminine with a decidedly downtown feel. Experience Charlotte Ronson Beauty, presented exclusively at Sephora.

3x a Charm Luminizer, Blush, Bronzer ($28.00)

It’s a whole new wardrobe for your cheeks: mix and match this trio of colors to create a range of looks. Each features LFT™ (Light Filter Technology) to automatically adjust its pigments based on your lighting. The result is the perfect glow under any light, day or night. Made with long-lasting, jet-milled talc, these three silky powders glide on evenly to create a natural, healthy-looking glow. Moisturizers and vitamins calm and soothe thirsty skin.

All Eye Need Eyeshadow Palette ($22.00)

  • Dani Pink, plum, lavender, purple
  • Henrietta Beige, peach, brown, dark brown
  • Nicole Gold, brown, pink, dark brown
  • Drea Beige, peach, blue, gray

A Perfect Kiss Lipgloss ($14.00)

  • Annabelle Sheer red
  • Eleanor Pearlized pink brown
  • Hilary Shimmering plum
  • Samantha Pale shimmery pink
  • Sophia Creamy coral
  • Tessa Shimmering blue-pink

A Perfect Mess Beach Hair ($20.00)

This styling spray helps you achieve Charlotte’s signature beach-chic tousled hairstyle. To develop waves and texture, spray it throughout wet or moist hair. Marine botanicals give hair bounce, flexibility, and long-lasting hold. Infused with LFT™ (Light Filter Technology), it delivers an unbeatable beach shine that automatically adjusts based on your lighting. Plus, its light scent is reminiscent of a perfect beach day—taking you back to summer, all year long.

Camo Clutch Makeup Bag ($28.00)

Designed for versatility, this camo clutch is small enough to fit in a handbag yet large enough to use as a purse for a night on the town.

Closer Finishing Powder ($20.00)

Get ready for your close-up with a finishing powder that neutralizes skin imperfections for a flawless complexion. Like your own personal lighting guy, this powder’s LFT™ (Light Filter Technology) has pigments that self-adjust based on your lighting. Available in just one shade, its translucent coverage adjusts to you and your complexion. The convenient brush dispenser is perfect for touch-ups when on the go.

A Summer’s Kiss Face & Body Glow ($18.00)

This weightless bronzer gives skin a shimmery, sun-kissed glow while evening and brightening the complexion. Like having your own personal lighting guy, its LFT™ (Light Filter Technology) adjusts to absorb and reflect light, creating exceptional glowing effects under any light. Enhanced with vitamins C and E, these ingredients help skin look luminous—never flat or dull. Its soothing and moisturizing formulation is oil-free.

availability: September 2011 at Sephora

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This Week’s Sales for August 15th, 2011


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  • HAUTELOOK:  Philosophy (8/15), Jean-Michelle Cosmetics (8/16), Corioliss (8/17), Hairdo by Jessica Simpson (8/18), GO SMiLE (8/19)
  • IDEELI: Senna Cosmetics (8/16)
  • EBATES:  Elizabeth Arden (15%), Pur Minerals (10%), Beauty.com (8%), drugstore.com (8%), Sephora (8%)
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  • BENEFIT: Free shipping on $50+ purchases with code PRETTY50, expires 10/26. Free international shipping with $115+ purchases with code WORLD115, expires 10/26.  Free total moisture mini with $35+ order with code LK4SUMMER (make sure to add product to bag), expires 8/15.
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  • BLISS:  20% off sets of 2 with code BACK2SETS, expires 10/31. $20 off $100+ purchase with code SAVEME20, expires 8/16.
  • BOBBI BROWN: Free shipping on $65+ orders.  Complimentary Crystal Lipgloss Deluxe Sample + free shipping with $65+ orders with code GLOSS11, one time use, expires 9/29.  Complimentary full-size Tea Rose Lip Color + free shipping with $65+ orders with code TEA11, one time use, expires 9/1.  Complimentary full-size Buff Glitter Lipgloss + free shipping with $65+ orders with code BUFF11, one time use, expires 9/29.
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  • KIEHLS:  Receive 2 deluxe travel-ready Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing serum and Super Fluid UV on purchases of $40+ with code ESSENTIALS, expires 8/21.
  • LANCOME: 4 piece sample + free shipping with $45+ order with code LANAUG, expires 8/31. 2 piece sample + free shipping on any order, expires 8/21.
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Lancome Zip Me Up Eyeshadow

Lancome Zip Me Up Eyeshadow
Lancome Zip Me Up Eyeshadow

Lancome Zip Me Up Eyeshadow

Lancome Zip Me Up Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.042 oz.) is described as a “metallic eggplant purple.” It’s part of Lancome’s permanent range of Color Design Eyeshadows (which is their individual range). Color Design Eyeshadows have varying finishes, but all of them are supposed to deliver “long-lasting, pigment-packed color [that] stays true for daylong wear.”

It’s a subtly cool-toned, medium-dark purple with a hint of burgundy-red. The color payoff is average at best but more along the lines of mediocre, because it’s patchy and uneven. The poor pigmentation is the result of a dry, stiff texture that has a slightly rough consistency. I’ve worn several of Lancome’s metallic-finished eyeshadows to test out the wear (but not this particular one), and I typically get eight hours of wear (without a primer) before there is subtle creasing.

Bare Escentuals Encore is brighter., while Milani Purr-fect Purple is slightly lighter, and theBalm All the Way Annie is more vibrant.

Lancome Color Design Eyeshadow Zip Me Up
Zip Me Up

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