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Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

NARS Night Bird Eyeliner
NARS Night Bird Eyeliner

NARS Night Series Eyeliner ($24.00 for 0.02 oz.) is a new set of eyeliners available in four shades debuting this fall. They are being added to the permanent range, and they are black-based with colored pearl. The consistency of these was stiff, so they did tug somewhat at the lash line and didn’t apply with rich, opaque color coverage. They required three to four passes if you wanted a really solid line, though I found short, back-and-forth strokes to be the best application method for these due to the stiffer consistency. All four wore up to ten hours on me before I saw some very slight fading and a little migration to the outer corner of the lid, but they were quite long-wearing once they were on. At the price, I’d recommend checking out NARS Eye Paints, as it is a better formula with far more product (and $1 more), and three shades are similar to three of the pencils here.

NARS Night Bird Night Series Eyeliner ($24.00 for 0.02 oz.) is described as a “black with purple pearl.” It’s a medium-dark black base with violet and plum shimmer. It was sheer and more of a faded, warm-toned black with a couple of bits of purple shimmer here and there in one stroke. When I tried to layer it, I was able to semi-opaque color, but it didn’t layer evenly, so it doesn’t give a really rich, solid line of color. Urban Decay Delinquent (P, $19.00) is very similar. MAC Permaplum (P, $16.00) is less shimmery. MAC Designer Purple (P, $15.00) is lighter. NARS Tatar (P, $25.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Night Clubbing Night Series Eyeliner ($24.00 for 0.02 oz.) is described as a “black with gold pearl.” It’s a softened, medium black with warm undertones and a very, very slight gold shimmer (which is almost imperceptible once applied). It was semi-sheer when applied in one stroke, but this one built up better and layered to mostly opaque coverage. MAC Local Wares (LE, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Avenue (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Night Flight Night Series Eyeliner ($24.00 for 0.02 oz.) is described as a “black with cobalt blue pearl.” It’s a dark black with navy blue shimmer, so it looks more like a pearly, blackened blue. It was semi-sheer when applied in one go, and then it built up to mostly opaque coverage, though it was a bit uneven. Buxom Pick Me Up (P, $17.00) is lighter. MAC Night Trail (P, $20.00) is similar. MAC Blue Stripe (LE, $16.00) is is lighter. NARS Ubangi (P, $25.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Night Porter Night Series Eyeliner ($24.00 for 0.02 oz.) is described as a “black with green pearl.” It’s a medium-dark black with subtle warm undertones and cool-toned, emerald green shimmer. It had sheer color payoff in one stroke, and it was buildable to semi-opaque color coverage that was uneven. MAC Devotion (P, $20.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Loaded (P, $19.00) is darker. MAC Dark Envy (LE, $16.00) is lighter, less sparkly. NARS Snake Eyes (P, $25.00) is very similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

NARS Mauritanie Matte Multiple
NARS Mauritanie Matte Multiple

NARS Mauritanie Matte Multiple ($39.00 for 0.26 oz.) is described as a “strawberry red.” It’s a brightened, copper-orange with warm, rusty red undertones and a semi-matte finish. NARS Exumas (P, $39.00) is lighter. Make Up For Ever #420 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is lighter. MAC Bad Girl Gone Good (LE, $21.00) is more orange, powder. theBalm Swiss Dot (P, $22.00) is brighter, powder. NARS Liberte ($29.00) is a powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes. On lips, it looks even more matte and has a lighter, less reddish tone. If you’re trying to replicate the color, here are some comparison swatches.

The Matte Multiple formula can be used dry or wet (dry for more opaque color, wet for sheerer color) on lips and cheeks. Mauritanie is a new and limited edition shade from the fall collection. There’s certainly no shortage of pigment in this shade–it’s incredibly rich and yields one-stroke full color coverage. The consistency is smooth and velvety (feels like a silicone-based primer almost). I like to apply it with a stippling brush, so I can control the intensity better, as a little goes a long way. On me, it lasted for seven and a half hours as a blush. The color lasted for five hours on lips, but it’s uncomfortable to wear on lips, as it clings to the surface, which both highlighted imperfections as well as made lips look drying. It was also quite drying on lips when worn.

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Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Bobbi Brown Surf & Sand Collection
Bobbi Brown Surf & Sand Collection

Sand Eye Palette ($65.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Pale Cream Warm porcelain (Matte)
  • Blazing Star Peach opal (Sparkle)
  • Gold Soft pale gold (Sparkle)
  • Bikini Bronze Warm copper sparkle (Metallic)
  • Frappe Medium ash beige (Matte)
  • Sand Pale tan (Matte)
  • Golden Copper Golden bronze (Metallic)
  • Saddle Dark grey brown (Matte)

Surf Eye Palette ($65.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Cream Creamy beige (Matte)
  • Bikini Bronze Warm copper sparkle (Metallic)
  • Pink Quartz Shimmering soft pink (Metallic)
  • Surf Soft aqua blue (Sparkle)
  • Sunshine Golden beige (Metallic)
  • Sea Foam Soft pastel green (Sparkle)
  • Sunny Gold Warm gold shimmer (Metallic)
  • Oyster Warm silver (Sparkle)

Sheer Lip Color ($26.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Peach Sorbet Nude peach
  • Pink Taffy Soft pink
  • Summer Nude Light beige
  • Sunlit Pink Midtone bronze

Long-Wear Eye Pencil ($24.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Bronze Golden bronze
  • Black Chocolate Dark chocolate

Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick ($28.00)

  • 24 Karat Gold (New, Permanent)

Brightening Blush ($45.00)

  • Bronze Sun-kissed glow
  • Pink Flushed glow

Availability: Now at Bobbi Brown

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Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Temptalia Asks You


Do you enjoy applying makeup to others? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerIt can be fun, but it has to be the right setting/tone – playing around is fun, but doing someone’s makeup for a special event or occasion can be stressful!

Thanks to reader Daniel for today’s question idea Do you have a question idea? Submit yours here.

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

NARS Dolomites Eyeshadow Duo
NARS Dolomites Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Dolomites Eyeshadow Duo ($35.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a warm-toned set of hues from NARS’ upcoming fall collection, which launches online July 15th on NARS (everywhere else on August 1st). This is another limited edition duo (like Jardin Perdu), and the texture, again, was reminiscent of Kauai, with its really dense, buttery feeling. Dolomites works particularly well together for a quick eye that needs no other products to complete (I don’t find all NARS’ duos to be as naturally complementary).

Dolomites (Left) is described as a “shiny rose quartz.” It’s a muted, medium plum with warm, pink undertones and a metallic sheen. It had decent to good color payoff, but it’s a shade that works better built up or applied with a slightly dampened brush to really sing. The texture feels soft, almost creamy, and very smooth (not powdery or loose at all). On me, the color stayed true for eight and a half hours before fading. Sleek MakeUP Eve’s Kiss (P, $9.99) is less metallic. MAC Great Beyond #1 (LE, $21.00) is darker, less shimmery. bareMinerals Violet Spell (LE, $14.00) is less shimmery. Makeup Geek Twilight (P, $5.99) is less shimmery. MAC Performance Art (LE, $15.00) is more golden. MAC Daylight (LE, $21.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Dolomites (Right) is described as a “chocolate.” It’s a medium-dark, red-toned brown with a satiny shimmer over a mostly matte finish. The texture was incredibly soft and finely-milled, but this shade was on the powdery side, so you’ll want to use a lighter touch with it when grabbing the color or tap off excess prior to applying it to the eyelid. It had really nice pigmentation, though, and it wore well for nine hours before showing signs of fading. LORAC Untamed (P) is lighter, less red. Dior Sundeck #5 (LE) is darker. Divergent Burnt Mahogany (LE) is lighter. Sleek MakeUP Flora (P, $9.99) is more muted. MAC Dark Brew (P, $15.00) is less red. NARS Naiade (P) is much lighter. Inglot #122R Bottom (P, $6.00) is warmer. NARS Surabaya #1 (P, $24.00) is very similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

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If you missed out on the recently limited edition, quick-to-sell-out (but of course!) MAC Cheeky Bugger Blush, which is a light-medium pink, hopefully one of these permanent options will ease the pain. You can see even more dupes over at The Dupe List.

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