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NARS Isolde Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Isolde Eyeshadow Duo
NARS Isolde Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Isolde Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Isolde Eyeshadow Duo ($33.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as “frosted ginger” and “shimmering copper.” This is one of the best NARS duos I’ve tried when it comes to quality, but I will readily admit that as far as the shades themselves go, they’re not unique, so you may already own similar shades. It’s a great basic duo for someone who hasn’t already added a few coppers to their stash, though! This is part of the brand’s permanent range, so I think it’s a nice core product to have.

The left side of Isolde is a medium copper with a frosted gold sheen. It has an incredibly soft, smooth texture that’s buttery and dense without being powdery. It delivers excellent color payoff, too! This shade is similar to: Bare Escentuals Louder, MAC Amber Lights, and theBalm Meep Meep.

On the right side, there is a deeper copper with burnished brown undertones and a frosted golden sheen. Like the left side, the texture is amazing–soft, smooth, rich–with intense pigmentation. It’s has more copper compared to Make Up For Ever #12, while MAC Bronze is too brown. Giorgio Armani #5 comes closest but is a touch browner.

Isolde adhered really well to the lid without base, and it wore longer than most of NARS’ eyeshadows do for me–I was able to get eight hours without creasing and to ten with very faint creasing, which is really good. Of course, with a base, there wasn’t any issues at the twelve-hour mark.

NARS Isolde Eyeshadow Duo

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

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Burberry Heather Rose Lip Cover Lipstick

Burberry Heather Rose Lipstick
Burberry Heather Rose Lip Cover Lipstick

Burberry Heather Rose Lip Cover Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a natural shade of rosy brown with peach shimmer. This is a beautiful shade for everyday wear, and it also pairs well with a more dramatic eye (especially if you need some warmth). MAC Sweet Ever After is a bit similar but less pink. Chanel Delicieuse is more orange. Maybelline Caramel Kiss is less peach and more frosted.

The color coverage is opaque, and Burberry’s Lip Cover is a very creamy, lightweight formula that is really comfortable to wear. It’s hydrating enough to leave lips feeling soft after wear, and Heather Rose wore for four hours. I like how easily it glides on while depositing even color in a single pass. Burberry has a few extra touches I also appreciate in their product, which are the imprinted design on the actual lipstick itself as well as the magnetic case (so the top slides into place).  Burberry also gives you more lipstick than most brands at 0.13 oz. (the average is 0.10 to 0.12 oz.).

Burberry Lip Cover Heather Rose
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

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Bare Escentuals High Shine Trio

Bare Escentuals High Shine Trio
Bare Escentuals High Shine Trio

Bare Escentuals High Shine Trio

Bare Escentuals High Shine Trio ($36.00 for 0.15 oz.) includes three shades of the High Shine eyeshadow: Flare, Pewter, and Polished. This kit is an Ulta exclusive.  High Shines are loose eyeshadows that are designed to have a really bright, foil-like finish.  They’re really nicely pigmented and definitely deliver on that high shine finish.  I’ve also had really good wear out of these–eight hours without a base (and no creasing!).  The pigmentation of these three is good, but they seem a little less intense than previous shades I’ve tested.

  • Flare is a champagne-shimmered beige-brown with a frosted-metallic finish. It’s an interesting color, because I want to say it’s copper at a glance, but it’s not orange enough, and the champagne shimmer throws it off. The only shade that I could think of that was similar was Urban Decay Spotlight, which is less golden and more beige.
  • Pewter is a silvered pewter with a frosted-metallic finish. It’s cooler-toned and more silver than gold compared to Bobbi Brown Pewter. Similarly, MAC Dalliance is much more golden.
  • Polished is a medium pink with yellow undertones and a bright, frost-metallic finish. It’s lighter but similar in tone to Giorgio Armani #7.

I really love the pigmentation, texture, and formula of the High Shines, but the packaging leaves a lot to be desired. I reviewed them here earlier this year, and everything received top marks–except packaging, which was a major bust for me.  It’s clunky and needs a redesign.  I know other readers have suggested to cut off the sponge-tipped applicator, but really, it should just come in better packaging.  I recommend opening these slowly and gently tapping away excess product before extracting the applicator–though expect some fall out nonetheless.

Bare Escentuals High Shine Trio

A
10
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
4
Application
96%
Total

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