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NARS Consuming Red & Infatuated Red Velvet Matte Lip Pencils

NARS Consuming Red Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Consuming Red Velvet Matte Lip Pencil ($26.00 for 0.086 oz.) is a deep red with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had very nearly opaque color coverage that applied with smooth, even color. The pencil felt smooth and velvety along the lips, and it was easy to maneuver around the edge of the lips as well as to fill in the color. The texture is thin, and if my lips are at all dry or flaky, I find the formula can highlight those imperfections noticeably, but if you exfoliate prior to applying, it should look much smoother. The color wore well for six hours, but it was somewhat drying after four and a half hours. NARS Amsterdam (P, $26.00) is glossier (90% similar). MAC Viva Glam I (P, $17.00) is glossier (90% similar). NARS Infatuated Red (LE, $25.00) is brighter, cooler (90% similar). NARS 413 BLKR (LE, $28.00) is glossier (90% similar). Colour Pop Avenue (P, $6.00) is less glossy (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M402 (P, $22.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Kat Von D Nosferatu (P, $20.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). MAC Kiss Me Quick (P, $19.50) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). MAC Deeply Adored (LE, $17.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier (80% similar). MAC Studded Kiss (P, $17.00) is warmer, glossier (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NARS Infatuated Red Velvet Matte Lip Pencil ($26.00 for 0.086 oz.) is a medium-dark red with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had nearly opaque color coverage with a smooth, velvety consistency that glided on easily and didn’t tug on the lips. The texture is thin, so it feels clingier on the lips than some formulas, but it didn’t feel tight or drying initially. The color wore for six hours, and at the four-hour mark, it felt a bit drying. MAC Viva Glam I (P, $17.00) is glossier (95% similar). NARS Consuming Red (P, $25.00) is more muted, warmer (90% similar). NARS VIP Red (P, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Avenue (P, $6.00) is cooler, less glossy (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M402 (P, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Nosferatu (P, $20.00) is warmer, less glossy (90% similar). MAC Retro Rouge (LE, $18.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Kiss Me Quick (P, $19.50) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). MAC Deeply Adored (LE, $17.00) is cooler, glossier (80% similar). Colour Pop TGIF (LE, $5.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Consuming Red
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NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Infatuated Red
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Cream Highlighters

They are usually too subtle for my personal preference, but I like how easy they blend out, and they very rarely emphasize pores/skin texture, so they are nice for those who find powder to be too prone to doing those things. I like them mostly for layering with powder highlighters, though.

-- Christine

Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty / Dolce Vita Instant Look Palette

Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty Instant Look in a Palette

Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty Instant Look in a Palette ($75.00 for 0.77 oz.) is a neutral-hued eye and cheek palette that features three eyeshadows and four cheek/face products. I think if you have a good arsenal of neutrals, this will be dupable for you, but they are still a nice set of neutrals that work well together and would be travel-friendly. If you prefer more mattes or less shimmery eyeshadows, though, this one may be limiting. All in all, the palette was easy to use; there was no real fuss, and the more quality-related issue I had was how soft the bronzer was, but it looked great applied, which is where it counts the most.

It is currently listed as unavailable online, but some physical stores may still have stock (really not sure, you’d have to check with your local store!). I actually think that the brand’s Instant Look palettes would be excellent permanent items – I feel like they’re a good value, travel-friendly, and seem to be a good introduction to what the brand has to offer.

Seductive Beauty (Brighten) is a light peachy-beige with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had a really soft, finely-milled consistency that was a bit loose in the pan, but it applied well to the skin and had an almost “melted” appearance on (a sort of lived-in shimmer look) that was very reflective. The pigmentation was fully opaque, and the color wore well for eight hours before creasing. YSL Scandal #2 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). theBalm D2 (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). NYX Girl Talk (P, $6.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Champagne Bubble Bath (LE) is lighter (95% similar). YSL Indie Jasper #1 (LE) is warmer (95% similar). theBalm Dream Boat (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Kat Von D Precious (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC A Natural Flirt (P, $20.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Hello Kitty Apple Pie (LE) is cooler (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Lover #2 (LE) is cooler (90% similar). Stila Rose Quartz (P) is cooler (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #15 (P) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Jest (P, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). City Color Bubble Bath (P, $6.99) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Orchid Haze #1 (P) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Summer Honey (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Cle de Peau Baby Universe #2 (P) is darker (90% similar). Chanel Tisse d'Automne #2 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Sellout (P, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Bouffant (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Seductive Beauty (Enhance) is a medium-dark taupe-brown with subtle, warmer undertones and a frosted finish. It had excellent pigmentation with a soft, smooth, and blendable consistency that sat well on the skin and was easy to work with. The color started to crease after eight hours of wear on me. LORAC Chrome (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Divergent Abnegation Stone (LE) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Naked Truth #4 (P, $2.29) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Burberry Pale Barley (102) (P, $29.00) is lighter (90% similar). Laura Mercier Amethyst (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Happy Place (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Charged Up (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Satin Taupe #2 (P, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Magnetism (P) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Clinique Hazy (P, $15.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Angel (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Burberry Pale Barley (P, $29.00) is warmer (85% similar). Clarins The Essentials #5 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Viseart Grand-Palais (P) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Clarins Garden Escape #6 (LE) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Gucci Beauty Tuscan Storm #2 (P) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Juju (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). Natasha Denona Satin Tan (58P) (P, $29.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Urban Decay Sidecar (P, $19.00) is warmer (80% similar). Tarte Reef (LE) is darker (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette Seductive Beauty
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NARS Melina Contour Blush Duo

NARS Melina Contour Blush

NARS Melina Contour Blush ($42.00 for 0.28 oz.) is one of two new, permanent highlighting/contour duos for fall. The highlighting shade in the duos tends to be mostly matte, so it is not your typical shimmery, glowy highlighter. This is one of the deeper duos, so it should be good for someone who wants a more dramatic contour or for someone with a medium or darker skin tone.

Melina (Highlight) is a muted, medium tan with warm, yellowish undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-sheer, buildable coverage that was fairly blendable and soft on the skin without looking dry or powdery. The color lasted for eight hours on me. bareMinerals The Ocean View (LE, $24.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Bon Voyage (P, $8.00) is darker (90% similar). Givenchy Ambre Saison (P, $52.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (03) (P, $40.00) is darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Skinny Dip (P, $8.00) is darker (85% similar). Kat Von D Shadowplay (P) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (01) (P, $40.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is darker (80% similar). MAC Aphrodite's Shell (LE, $33.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Desert Days (P, $48.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). Tarte Contour Soft (Tarteist) (LE) is darker, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Melina (Contour) is a deep, dark brown with neutral-to-warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. The texture was soft, smooth, and blendable, while it had really rich color payoff. This should work on medium-dark and darker skin tones (I’ll be curious to hear if this works on very deep skin tones–do let me know if you’ve tried it!) better than other contours. On me, a little went a long way, but it was blendable enough that I could use it as a more dramatic contour. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours. MAC Naturally Enhanced (LE, $32.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Billionaire Bronze (LE, $29.50) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Raizin (P, $22.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Swiss Chocolate (P, $22.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Makeup Geek Chivalry (P, $10.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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This Week’s Sales for July 25th, 2016

Cash Back/Rebates

When you join one of the below websites, you can earn cash back on orders made at thousands of retailers. For example, if you place a $50 order at a retailer with 10% cash back, you’ll receive $5 in cash back. Below you’ll find the best beauty-related retailers to earn cash back this week:

  • EbatesPUR (10%), Joyus (10%), Elizabeth Arden (10%), ends 7/31.
  • Mr. RebatesOscar Blandi (15%), Murad (12%), Foreo (12%), Verseo (10%), BH Cosmetics (10%), Stila (8%), Kiehl's (8%), Smashbox (8%), ends 7/31.

Flash Sales/Deals

Flash sales/deals sites offer a limited selection of products from particular brands, sometimes recently discontinued or excess stock from limited edition items, and occasionally, you’ll find popular gems that are part of the current/permanent line. These sites typically have more flash sales on fashion and home than beauty, but below you’ll find beauty-related sales noted for the week:

  • HautelookNest (7/25), Crown Brush (7/26), Verseo (7/26), Korean Beauty (7/27), Mirenesse Australia (7/28), ends 7/31.

Retailer Sales/Deals

  • b-glowing20% off Skincare Category orders $60 or more with code SKINCARE20, ends 7/27. 20% off Paul & Joe Beaute orders $60 or more with code 20PJB, ends 7/27.
  • bareMinerals UKGet on the beauty list and we’ll give you 10% off your next purchase, ends 1/26.
  • Beauty.comGet your sweetheart the perfect gift and get $15 off all orders over $75 with code BEAUTY15, ends 8/27.
  • Benefit (UK)Free delivery on any order over £40 at Benefit, ends 10/03.
  • Bergdorf GoodmanFree Shipping and Returns, every day, ends 10/01.
  • BH CosmeticsExtra 10% OFF 36 Pc Ultimate Brush Set with code ULTIMATE, ends 7/31.
  • BirchboxJoin Birchbox's email list and get 10% off your first purchase of $35+, ends 11/17.
  • Bobbi BrownReceive the Summer Skincare Trio + Free Shipping with a $50 purchase with code SUMMERGLOW, ends 7/31. Enjoy 15% off your first purchase using code WELCOME15, ends 11/06.
  • Bobbi Brown (UK)
    • Mini Dual-Ended Concealer Blending Brush with Any Corrector & Concealer, ends 7/28.
    • Pink Shimmer Trio with Mini Pot Rouge With Every £50+ order, ends 7/28.
    • Deluxe Lip Color Set with Any £60+ Order, ends 8/02.
  • CaudalieReceive a 3-pc skincare gift with $100 purchase! Gift includes: Premier Cru The Eye Cream 7ml, Vinoperfect Radiance Serum 10ml, Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet 10ml with code CULTFAVE, ends 8/02.
  • City Color30% off Sitewide PLUS a Free Gift on every $50 purchase, plus additional 10% off with code TEMPTALIA, starts 7/27 and ends 8/02. 10% off with code TEMPTALIA, ends 12/31.
  • ClarisonicBuy any 2 devices and save 10% with code PAIRS, ends 1/01. Enjoy 10% off your next purchase when you sign up for email with Clarisonic, ends 1/01.
  • CliniqueChoose a Free 3-Step kit with any $40 purchase, ends 7/29. Receive a 3-piece Pretty Kit with a $55 purchase with code PRETTY, ends 7/30.
  • DarphinEnjoy a travel size duo and mirror with a $100 purchase! Includes the Intral Redness Relief Cream (15ml), the 8-flower oil (4ml), and the Antoinette Poison yellow mirror with code SUMMER, ends 7/31.
  • Drugstore.com20% off your first order through this link, ends 8/31.
  • Gilt CityFree for members: get $30 credit towards $75+ purchase at Clarins, ends 9/03.
  • Giorgio Armani BeautySign up for the Giorgio Armani Beauty Newsletter to Receive 10% off Your First Purchase, ends 1/01.
  • GlamglowBuy any full size product, and get the travel size for free with code TRAVEL, ends 7/26. Spend $49+, receive a FREE 15g POWERMUD DUAL CLEANSE TREATMENT deluxe tube, ends 8/01.
  • GlossierFREE TOTE BAG with purchase of Phase 1 Set, ends 1/12.
  • HSN$5 off your next beauty purchase of $25 or more + free shipping, ends 7/31.
  • Kate SomervilleCustomers will receive a Nourish Balancing Trio with any $120+ purchase, ends 7/31.
  • Kiehl's (Canada)Enjoy $10 OFF $50 + FREE Shipping when you spend $60 with code SUPER10, ends 7/31.
  • KIKO5 eyeshadows for $15 with code FIFTY, ends 7/30. 20% off the Beauty Games collection with code PLAY2WIN, ends 8/31.
  • LancomeEnjoy 4 deluxe samples and free shipping with your order of $49 or more, and a bonus sample with $75 or more with code SUMMER, ends 7/31. 10% off Lancome's top 5 Serums with code SERUM, ends 7/31.
  • Laura MercierHand-Pick your Gift-with-Purchase and enjoy Free Ground Shipping with any $85 purchase with code JULYGIFT, ends 7/29.
  • MAC Cosmetics30% off select MAC products (mostly limited edition shades) at Nordstrom and Macy's, ends 7/29.
  • Marcelle10% off your 1st Korean cosmetics purchase with code 101SMILES, one time use only, ends 12/31.
  • NARSReceive a complimentary mini Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dolce Vita plus, free Shipping with purchase of the NARSissist Dual-Intensity Blush Palette with code CHEEK2CHIC at checkout, ends 7/31.
  • NordstromAnniversary Sale now open to all! Check out Beauty Exclusives, sale items for Women and Men, ends 8/07.
  • Paula's Choice15% Off Antioxidant Serums, ends 8/02.
  • Paula's Choice (UK)10% Off Everything, ends 7/31.
  • REN20% off with code RENVIP20, ends 7/26. 10% off your first order, starts 10/31 and ends 12/31.
  • Sephora
    • Receive a FREE Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 deluxe sample with code TINTIME, ends 7/25.
    • Delxue sample of Marc Jacobs O!Mega Bronzer Perfect Tan in Tantric with $35+ purchase with code VIBOMEGA (VIB/VIB Rouge exclusive), ends 7/30.
    • Choose 1 of 4 deluxe samples with any $25 purchase with code SPARKLE, ends 7/31.
    • Receive a FREE Frist Aid Beauty 5 in 1 Bouncy Mask deluxe sample with $25+ purchase with code BOUNCY, ends 7/31.
    • Pick a Fresh Trio deluxe sample with any $35 purchase with code 3FORVIB, ends 8/06.
    • Receive a Drybar Mai Tai Sea Spritzer Sea Salt Spray deluxe sample with $25+ purchase with code INSTAWAVE, ends 8/08.
    • Choose 1 of 3 Hair Mini deluxe samples from Madam C.J. Walker with any $25 purchase with code CURLPOWER, ends 8/09.
    • Receive a FREE L'Occitane Shea Light Comforting Cream deluxe sample with any $25 purchase with code INTENSIVE, ends 8/11.
    • Receive a FREE Ole Henriksen Power Bright deluxe sample with any $25 purchase with code OLEBRIGHT, ends 8/12.
    • Choose 1 of 3 Ciate Liquid Velvet deluxe samples with any $25 purchase with code VELVETLIP, ends 8/14.
    • Receive a FREE REN Beauty Shot deluxe sample with any $25 purchase with code BEAUTYSHOT, ends 8/15.
    • Receive a FREE Lancôme Énergie de Vie The Smoothing & Glow Boosting Liquid Care deluxe sample with any $35 purchase with code GLOWBOOSTER, ends 8/15.
    • Receive a FREE Skin Care Sample bag with any $25 purchase with code SCOUTED, ends 8/18.
    • Choose 1 of 4 Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer deluxe samples with any $25 purchase with code LOCKITUP, ends 8/20.
    • New sale items, like UD Spectrum for $29, Smashbox Double Exposure for $29, select Sephora Contour Eye Pencils (and lots more), ends 7/30.
  • Space NK$20 off $100+ orders with code EXPLORE60, ends 8/02.
  • Tarte30% off with code FNF, ends 7/28.
  • The Body Shop
    • Buy 3 Get 3 or Buy 2 Get 1 Free + Free Shipping with Any Purchase, ends 7/25.
    • 20% off skincare with code SUMMERSKIN, ends 7/25.
    • 40% off sitewide, ends 7/31.
    • 40% OFF Your Purchase online exclusive + Free Summer Essential gift with purchase @ $50 online exclusive, ends 7/31.
  • Too Faced15% off lip products with code TFKISSES, ends 7/29.
  • TriaTake Up to 15% off with the Tria Beauty Olympic Buy More, Save More event, ends 9/13.
  • Urban Decay Canada25% off Lip Vault with code LIPVAULT, ends 7/31.
  • YSLComplimentary engraving on purchases of Vinyl Cream Lip Stains, ends 7/30.