Estee Lauder Peach Nuance Blush

Estee Lauder Peach Nuance Blush

Peach Nuance is incredibly close, but I found it was a little lighter and a smidgen pinker–it also doesn’t have the shimmer-sheen of Ripe Peach. It’s close, truly, but it’s not a perfect dupe to me. When worn on the cheeks, the difference is much, much subtler, but when swatched, the difference is more noticeable. Peach Nuance is a lightened coral-pink with a very silky, nearly matte finish. If you want to get closer to Ripe Peach, stay more on the coral side of the blush and avoid the lighter side, which does most of the lightening.

This is all to say that Peach Nuance is a lovely color, worth getting if you missed out on Ripe Peach and would love a gradated coral blusher. (Estee Lauder also carries several other Nuance shades, which seem to all have the gradated look.) It’s smooth and easily blended, though the color is soft and sheer and needs to be built up for a more intense look. It’s a great coral for both cool and warm skin tones, though, so it’s a very universal shade.  It could be a little more pigmented, but it’s on par with the pigmentation of Ripe Peach.

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Recommendation: Completely worth picking up if you’ve been trying to find your own Ripe Peach or refuse to pay $70 for one on eBay. Worth picking up if you’re a coral fiend, period!

Availability: Nordstrom

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MAC Digi-Pops Collection (Nordstrom Exclusive) for Summer 2010

MAC Digi-Pops

MAC Digi-Pops Collection (Nordstrom Exclusive)

Digi-Pops is Nordstrom’s Anniversary Collection, which is also available at The Bay (in Canada), but will not launch elsewhere as far as I know. It has several portions, so check the launch date on each, because the dates are a little all over the place! Edit: It’s supposed to release internationally in August.

Digi-Pops: Lip Server

Launch Date: July 15th, 2010 at Nordstrom and The Bay

Dazzle Lipstick ($14.00 U.S . / $16.50 CDN)

  • Liquid Lurex Tarnished golden (Pearl) (Limited Edition)
  • Smash Hit White beige (Pearl) (Limited Edition)
  • Infused with Glam Copper brown (Pearl) (Limited Edition)
  • Wham Plum brown (Pearl) (Limited Edition)
  • Glaringly Hip Light Peach (Pearl) (Limited Edition)
  • Sweet Bits Light lavender pink (Pearl) (Limited Edition)
  • Hot Sass Bright orange (Pearl) (Limited Edition)
  • Win-Win Light pink (Pearl) (Limited Edition)
  • Naughty You Neon Pink (Pearl) (Limited Edition)
  • Troublemaker Magenta (Pearl) (Limited Edition)
  • Snazzy Deep plum (Pearl) (Limited Edition)
  • Hellraiser Light lavender (Pearl) (Limited Edition)
  • Baby’s On Fire Deep Red (Pearl) (Limited Edition)

Dazzleglass ($18.50 U.S. / $21.50 CDN)

  • Glamour OD Bright Coral Red (Frost) (Limited Edition) (Repromote)
  • Spanking Rich Raspberry Pink (Frost) (Limited Edition) (Repromote)
  • Boys Go Crazy Deep amthyst (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • Fabulous Fun Rich magenta (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • Hi-Falutin’ Light yellow pink (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • You Got the Look Yellow nectarine (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • Utterly Posh Mid-tone orange (Frost) (Limited Edition) (Repromote)

Check out the Digi-Pops: iPalette, Digi-Pops: Brush Browser, and Look in a Box Collections!

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NARS Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base Review, Photos, & Swatches

I picked up a sample tube of the primer with a recent Sephora order, and the sample tube allowed me about four or five uses. From the images I’ve seen online, the packaging is similar–just a longer tube for the full-size version. They both have a doe-foot applicator (like the kind you see in lipgloss). It has an incredibly thin, slightly creamy consistency. When applied, it looks white on the applicator, but it is virtually colorless. This colorlessness is actually my only–albeit marginal and nitpicky–complaint.

It’s so colorless, even from the get-go, that it is difficult to determine where you’ve applied the primer. This makes covering the entire lid a little more difficult than when one would use a colored, even subtly so, primer. I’ve noticed that if I’ve missed an area, that area will look duller and flake, since there is no primer there. The problem is just it’s really difficult to tell if you’ve missed an area!

Aside from that, if you’ve covered your entire lid, it works really well. It lives up to all the claims NARS makes about it: lightweight, extends the wear, smooths the surface, and maximizes color. I didn’t experience any budging, smudging, creasing, or migration when I used this as a primer underneath my eyeshadows. It is a clear, matte primer that merely smooths over the lid and acts to hold and bond all the eyeshadow together. Colors definitely didn’t look muted at all, and they held their intensity throughout the day.

NARS Smudgeproof is most comparable to Urban Decay Primer Potion and Too Faced Shadow Insurance. The consistency is very similar–they are all very thin and a little creamy.  However, NARS definitely feels more velvety once it dries–which is very quickly.  They are all nearly colorless, though NARS is definitely truly colorless–UDPP has a slight nude tone to it and TFSI even less nude. I’ve always found that UDPP seemed to have a slight shimmer to it, and NARS is completely matte (which is a good thing, if you want to keep your matte eyeshadows matte!). Of course, the major difference between the two is the price — UDPP goes for $18 for 0.34 oz. while NARS is $24 for 0.26 oz and TFSI is $17 for 0.35 oz.

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Summer Makeup: Molten Lava Goes To the Beach, v. 2

Summer Makeup: Molten Lava Goes To the Beach, v. 2

I had a few tutorial requests for a coppery look I did last week, so I decided to modify it a bit so it used only permanent products on the eyes rather than limited edition ones.  This is the modified version, and the tutorial should be up on YouTube shortly :)  I layered Free to Be and Coppering to get pretty close to Firecracker–though you could certainly use one or the other and still get something quite pretty out of it!  I was also all out of the NARS base I had used in the original look, so I used UDPP instead.

By the by, theBalm will be featured on MTV’s Hired tomorrow at 6:30pm!  I’m kind of excited, because it would be fun to see the inner-workings of a beauty brand.  theBalm will be looking at three final applicants to fill the role of their office assistant.

You will need the following…

For eyes, start by applying Primer Potion as your eyeshadow base all over the eye area with the 249. Using the 239, apply Free Love eyeshadow on the inner half of the lid and blend upwards into the tearduct. Lightly blend Free to Be eyeshadow on the middle of the lid with the 239, then layer Coppering eyeshadow on top to darken. With the 239, apply Amber Lights eyeshadow into the lower crease and then blended towards the outer corner and lid.Next, apply Bronze eyeshadow into the crease with the 226, lightly blending outwards and upwards to fade to the brow bone.  Blend Nylon eyeshadow with the crease shade and highlight the brow bone. Bring everything together by applying Lucky eyeliner on the lower lash line and Black Black pencil on the lower waterline. Line the upper lash line with Rich Ground fluidline applied with the 208; then pat Goldmine eyeshadow on top to lighten. Finish by sweeping lashes with Plushlash mascara.

For cheeks, apply Get-Away Bronze blush on the apples of the cheeks and sweep upwards towards the temple with the 116.

For lips, apply Thrills lipstick first, and then layer Flurry of Fun lipglass for a complementing lip.

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