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Sunday, August 24th, 2014

NARS Fanny, Vera, Charlotte, Audrey, Anna Audacious Lipsticks
NARS Fanny, Vera, Charlotte, Audrey, Anna Audacious Lipsticks

Next up, five of the more berry-hued shades from the new NARS Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) formula. You can see reviews for other shades here. I almost have the next set of five finished for testing (these deeper shades wear long-er-I’m lucky to test two shades in a day!), so stay tuned for the rest of the reviews. Thank you for your patience!

NARS Fanny Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “rich berry.” It’s a cool-toned, medium-dark berry pink with a soft sheen. It had mostly opaque color coverage that went on evenly and smoothly. The color wore well for six hours and was neither drying nor hydrating on me. NARS Janet (P, $32.00) is brighter, shimmery. Givenchy Framboise Velours (315) (LE, $36.00) is warmer. MAC Splurge (LE, $22.00) is sheerer. Marc Jacobs Beauty Headliner (608) (P, $28.00) is redder. Too Faced Melted Berry (P, $21.00) is darker. YSL Forbidden Burgundy (12) (P, $34.00) is darker. Revlon Plum Velour (P, $7.99) is sheerer. Marc Jacobs Beauty Seduce Me (128) (P, $30.00) is slightly brighter. MAC Rebel (P, $16.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Vera Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “bright raspberry.” It’s a berry pink with subtle, warm undertones and a soft sheen. It had good color coverage with smooth, even application. The color stayed on well for five and a half hours while staining. I didn’t find it drying or hydrating while worn. Givenchy Framboise Velours (315) (LE, $36.00) is cooler-toned, lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Headliner (608) (P, $28.00) is brighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Cabaret (146) (LE, $30.00) is more muted. Too Faced Melted Berry (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned. YSL Exquisite Plum (22) (P, $34.00) is similar. Guerlain Madame Batifole (860) (LE, $51.00) is brighter, more shimmery. Marc Jacobs Beauty Seduce Me (128) (P, $30.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Charlotte Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “oxblood burgundy.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark red with subtle cool undertones. It looks almost warm on me, though it swatches with a cool, pink undertone. It had mostly opaque color payoff, but the consistency is a little thinner with a touch more slip than other shades. The color lasted for six hours and was neither hydrating nor drying. Urban Decay Mrs. Mia Wallace (LE, $22.00) is brighter. MAC Roxo (LE, $16.00) is more muted. Urban Decay Gash (LE, $22.00) is similar. Chanel La Desiree (327) (LE, $34.00) is more matte, brighter. MAC Just a Bite (LE, $16.00) is similar. NARS Mascate (P, $26.00) is more matte. Make Up For Ever #48 (P, $19.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Audrey Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “red currant.” It’s a muted, warm-toned reddish-plum with a luminous finish. It had full color coverage, and it applied beautifully for an even, smooth result. On me, the color wore well for five hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. The muted quality to the color made it more unique. Urban Decay Manic (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Anna Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “smokey rose.” It’s a cool-toned, muted, medium-dark pink with a semi-matte finish. It had full color coverage, which applied fairly well, but I felt like the consistency was a bit drier than other shades in the formula, so it didn’t leave lips looking as smooth. The color wore well for four hours, but it was somewhat drying. Buxom Centerfold (LE, $21.00) is warmer, lighter. Chanel Rendez-vous (87) (P, $34.00) is brighter, sheerer. MAC Please Me (P, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Hot Gossip (P, $16.00) is more shimmery, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Sunday, August 24th, 2014

Giorgio Armani Organica Eyeshadow Palette
Giorgio Armani Organica Eyeshadow Palette

Giorgio Armani Organica Eyeshadow Palette ($88.00 for 0.177 oz.) is a set of two shades, so more of a duo than a palette. It contains almost the equivalent of four, average-sized full-sized eyeshadows. I wish I could figure out why Giorgio Armani’s compacts are so pricey, because their single eyeshadows, lipsticks, blushes, etc. are all in line with other designer brands (Chanel, Dior, and so on), but their eyeshadow palettes are totally out of step price-wise.

The way the formula is described is confusing per the press release, as the brand describes it as “discreet and muted or more intense, but ever sheer and luminous with lasting hold,” yet it “can be adjusted to customize the makeup look.” On Giorgio Armani’s website, it says the “collection creates a transparent and lightness effect,” while the blurb for this palette simply says “light and shadow is intensified with a black pearl and shimmery nude … long lasting color with no makeup feel.” It seems like the texture is weightless or sheer (“no makeup feel”), more than the color, though it seems the pigmentation is billed as buildable (“can be adjusted” and “discreet and muted or more intense”). Both shades are intensely pigmented; there is no buildable color here, just very, very richly pigmented eyeshadows with phenomenal textures–soft, smooth, and velvety–that blend easily and go on beautifully. They’re blendable, so you can sheer out each shade if you use the tiniest amount and a good, fluffy blending brush to do so (but basically you can do that with any eyeshadow; there’s nothing about the formula that one would describe as buildable).

Organica (Left) is described as a “black pearl.” It’s a gray-ish purple with subtle cool tone underneath and a sparkling, multi-colored pearl where violet and teal dominate. In the pan, it looked lighter and warmer, but it swatched rather cool-toned. It had excellent color payoff, while the consistency was soft, dense, and buttery. The color wore well for nine hours before fading. It wasn’t, however, all that adjustable or buildable, because a little went a long way. Chanel Tisse Gabrielle #3 (P) is warmer, browner. Too Faced Nashville (P, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Fathoms Deep (LE, $19.50) is purpler. Laura Mercier Violet Steel (LE, $23.00) is warmer. MAC 2x Dare #3 (LE) is more sparkly. MAC Graphic Style (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery. MAC Dynamic Duo 3 #1 (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery. MAC Moth Brown (LE, $15.00) is darker, less shimmery. MAC Electroplate (LE, $21.00) is a cream product. Giorgio Armani #4 (P, $33.00) is grayer. Giorgio Armani #3 (P, $33.00) is purpler. Chanel Illusoire (P, $36.00) is a cream product. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Organica (Right) is described as a “shimmery nude.” It’s a yellowed orange with a frosted, metallic finish. It was intensely pigmented with a soft, buttery texture that applied evenly and blended easily. The color didn’t start to fade until after nine hours of wear. Tarte Up to No Gold (LE) is yellower. LORAC Undiscovered (P) is similar. Sleek MakeUP Gates of Eden (P, $9.99) is darker. Makeup Geek Gold Digger (P, $5.99) is darker, more orange. bareMinerals Gold Nugget (LE, $18.00) is slightly darker, less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

Temptalia Asks You


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Temptalia's AnswerMAC! I want to be a fly on the wall of their forecasting meetings when deciding how much to create of each shade.

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Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

MAC x The Simpsons Collection
MAC x The Simpsons Collection

MAC x The Simpsons Collection will pop up online on August 28th and head to stores and counters on September 4th. It’s a smaller collection, and it wasn’t particularly impressive. A lot of the shades were dupable, and the quality wasn’t always there. I wish MAC had included lipsticks with this launch, and since this is such an iconic collaboration, I was surprised not to see more merchandise (mirrors, makeup bags/totes, brushes, and so on).

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Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

Though we’ve been knee-deep in fall color collections since July, now that we’re nearing September, the idea of fall doesn’t seem so far away. Here are a few of my favorite plum blushes. I’d love to hear yours!

  1. theBalm Cabana Boy — a medium-dark, cool-toned plum
  2. MAC Plum Foolery — a shimmery, medium-dark plum
  3. NARS Oasis — a gold-shimmered, medium-dark plum
  4. NARS Dolva Vita — a bolder, reddish plum
  5. bareMinerals The Indecent Proposal — a soft, satiny warm plum

>> See side-by-side swatches! <<

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

MAC Artificially Wild Collection
MAC Artificially Wild Collection

MAC Artificially Wild Collection launches online on August 28th and on counters/in-stores on September 4th. It’s a limited edition set of shades that sees the limited return of some 90s favorites from the past. These shades are more unique than a lot of the other colors we see in MAC collections, but some of them may feel harder to wear than others. I think they’ll be nice to incorporate with other products you already own, though they do work together.

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