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Sunday Link Love, Volume #072

Happy Sunday!

I hope you’ve had a lovely weekend and still have a few fun things left to do before we start the week anew. Perhaps a Halloween party or two? 🙂 My plan today is to write a few posts, go through a bunch of photos and get them ready for posting, but hopefully I’ll do those things on the couch with Mellan by my side!

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5 Deep, Dark Vampy Nail Polishes

5 Deep, Dark Vampy Nail Polishes

We have to finish out the theme; we looked at vampy lipsticks and glosses, and now we have to take a look at five deep, dark shades of polish.

What’s your favorite vampy nail polish?

NARS Albatross Lipgloss

NARS Albatross Lipgloss
NARS Albatross Lipgloss

NARS Holiday 2011: Albatross Lipgloss

NARS Albatross Lipgloss ($24.00 for 0.28 oz.) is supposed to yield a “luminous glow” once slicked onto lips. I can get down with that; it’s virtually colorless but has a fair amount of white gold shimmer that deposits on the lips to give it a very glossy, shimmery look. It’s not quite as white as MAC Almondine or MAC A Quiet Roar.  It’s the kind of gloss I’d stow in a makeup bag for a quickie enhanced lip if I had nothing else on or add warmth and glow to a deeper shade (think red or berry).

While NARS describes their gloss formula as comfortable, glossy, and non-sticky, I can’t agree that they’re non-sticky. They’re not thick and sticky like some other glosses, but there is noticeable tackiness. They are comfortable to wear, though, and the gloss spreads evenly across the lips without being drying. In the past, some of NARS’ glosses have had a plastic-like scent, but I haven’t had that issue in the past six months or longer of their glosses (so maybe they fixed that under the radar!). With a lighter shade like Albatross, I get about two hours of wear before it needs a reapplication.

NARS Albatross Lipgloss

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NARS Mandchourie Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Mandchourie Eyeshadow Duo
NARS Mandchourie Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Holiday 2011: Mandchourie Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Mandchourie Eyeshadow Duo ($33.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a new shade for the holidays described as a “gold-infused denim” and “rich navy.” It will be added to the brand’s permanent range. NARS line of pressed powder eyeshadows are supposed to be “highly pigmented, long-wearing, and crease-resistant.” They don’t wear all day on me without a primer, though some perform better than others. I typically get around eight hours with subtle creasing and marginal fading, but the usage of a primer will get me to twelve hours without any creasing or fading.

The first shade is a medium-dark navy blue with indigo undertones and golden shimmer. It had decent color payoff, but it wasn’t perfectly opaque, though the softness of the powder itself made it extremely easy to blend. The hue reminded me instantly of MAC Blue Spruce, though the two are noticeably different; Blue Spruce is greener and has more of a copper-colored sparkle, whereas Mandchourie is golden and distinctly blue.

The other shade is a dark navy blue with subtle indigo undertones and a matte finish. Make Up For Ever #147 is the only shade that seemed to compare at all, but it is shimmery and not quite as dark. Like the first shade, the texture is silky soft and smooth, but it is so soft that it is a little powdery. It blends easily, and you can tap it on for better color payoff on the lid, but be wary of fall out. I’d recommend doing the eyes first and foundation after when using this particular duo.

NARS Mandchourie Eyeshadow Duo

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What We’re Wearing, Vol. 039

What We’re Wearing, Vol. 039

This week has been all about testing new formulas (or ones I haven’t tried before) of longer-wearing products, so I haven’t been able to really do many full blown looks.  It’s mostly a single eye product on the eye and waiting to see if it creases!  Most disappointing was NARS Ponderosa, which I noted already, but the shade is so beautiful, so boo!! 🙁

What was your favorite look you wore this week?

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