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Sunday, August 17th, 2014

NARS Audacious Lipstick -- Vanessa, Julie, Marisa, Kelly, Carmen
NARS Audacious Lipstick — Vanessa, Julie, Marisa, Kelly, Carmen

Here are five of the ten Barneys’ exclusive shades of NARS Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.), which are also available online at narscosmetics.com. These also launched early, so you can purchase them online now. The new formula is supposed to be highly pigmented with a formula that makes lips appear smoother while also hydrating. The consistency has a light creaminess to it that enables it to glide on evenly and smoothly. It seemed particularly forgiving when applied, as it didn’t catch on imperfections, yet it doesn’t slide around easily. The formula wears longer on me than the average lipstick, and they’re really comfortable to wear for most of the time–it’s the last hour or so of wear that seems drier, though often not drying, just dry in feel. I have found a couple of shades to be a little drying with few actually being hydrating. They’re scent- and taste-free.

Vanessa Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “mauve nude.” It’s a neutral-to-warm-toned, muted pink with a satin finish. It had rich, opaque color coverage that went on smoothly and evenly without bunching up at all. It wore well for five hours, and it was neither drying nor hydrating. NARS Anita (P, $32.00) is slightly warmer, but the two are surprisingly similar. Guerlain Rosy Boop (369) (P, $37.00) is lighter. Givenchy Nude Guipure (106) (P, $36.00) is warmer. Givenchy Rose d’Exception (206) (LE, $36.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Julie Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “nude pink.” It’s a brightened, coral-pink with warm undertones and a soft shine. It had mostly opaque color coverage, but the consistency had more slip compared to other shades in the formula, which made it apply not quite as evenly. You will get faint “lines” if you press your lips together as the product moves around more. On me, this shade wore well for four hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. NARS Brigitte (P, $32.00) is slightly darker but similar. MAC Modern Wow! (LE, $16.00) is brighterr. MAC Reel Sexy (LE, $16.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Marisa Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “warm pink.” It’s a medium pink with cool, blue undertones (it doesn’t look warm at all) and a satin finish. It had intense color payoff in one stroke, while it applied evenly and smoothly. The color lasted for five hours, and it was neither drying nor hydrating. MAC Boutique Pink (LE, $22.00) is cooler-toned. Marc Jacobs Beauty Pop-arazzi (606) (P, $28.00) is more matte, brighter. Givenchy Hibiscus Exclusif (302) (P, $36.00) is warmer. Givenchy Rose Perfecto (209) (P, $36.00) is brighter. Guerlain Geraldine (77) (P, $51.00) is more shimmery. Estee Lauder Powerful (P, $30.00) is lighter. L’Oreal Pink Flamingo (180) (P, $8.95) is a touch darker. NARS Goodbye Emmanuelle (LE, $26.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Kelly Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “coral hibiscus.” It’s a bright, coral-red with warm undertones and a satiny sheen. It had fully opaque color coverage in a single pass, while the color stayed on well for six hours and left a slight stain behind. It was neither drying nor hydrating over time. NARS Grace (P, $32.00) is brighter. Guerlain Rouge Kiss (325) (P, $37.00) is darker. Chanel La Malicieuse (46) (P, $34.00) is brighter, cooler-toned. Estee Lauder Defiant Coral (P, $30.00) is brighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Shout (138) (LE, $30.00) is pinker. Chanel Melodieuse (136) (P, $34.00) is pinker. Givenchy Rose Dentelle (203) (P, $36.00) is warmer, more muted. Maybelline Shocking Coral (P, $7.49) is pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Carmen Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “geranium.” It’s a bright, medium red with subtle, warm undertones and a glossy sheen. It had incredibly rich color payoff, and the consistency of this shade had more slip (and resulting shine) than others in the formula. It applied very evenly, and the color wore well for eight hours overall, but I found it a bit drying over the last two hours of wear. NARS Rita (P, $32.00) is darker, more muted. NARS Annabella (P, $32.00) is a smidgen more muted. Bite Beauty Grandifolia (LE, $28.00) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Showstopper (134) (P, $30.00) is darker, browner. NARS Future Red (LE, $26.00) is similar. Maybelline Infra-red (LE, $7.49) is similar. Giorgio Armani #402 (P, $32.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Sunday, August 17th, 2014

Happy Sunday!

How’s your weekend going so far? I meant to go to the farmers’ market yesterday, but we ended up meeting my parents for dim sum instead, and then doing some grocery shopping. I took a little break from blogging yesterday to play the recently updated Sim City (anyone else a fan? Always loved this game), which was a fun way to spend an hour! No plans for today other than to work on posts for next week. Hope you’re having a lovely Sunday!

Sunday, August 17th, 2014

Unlike cool-toned browns, there’s no shortage of warm-toned browns (seriously, check out this gallery), but here are a few of my very favorites that you can individually and any time you want. I’d love to hear your warmer brown must-haves!

  1. Make Up For Ever D623 Celestial Earth — a rich, bronzy brown with a frosted finish
  2. NARS Fez — a brightened, reddish-orange brown
  3. Laura Mercier Cafe au Lait — a medium, softly warm-toned brown with a matte finish
  4. Makeup Geek Homecoming — a light-medium bronzy brown
  5. Inglot #422 — a rich bronze

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

Sunday, August 17th, 2014

Makeup Geek Jackpot Pigment
Makeup Geek Jackpot Pigment

The upcoming Vegas Collection also features two new shades of Makeup Geek Pigments ($6.99 for 0.05 oz.) as well as three shades that are already available (Liquid Gold and Vegas Lights, which I’ve reviewed previously; and Night Life, which is included below).

Jackpot is described as a “pale shimmery yellow with just a hint of glitter.” It’s a light-medium, yellow gold with a frosted, metallic finish and chunky sparkle. It had fairly good color payoff, but the texture is rather chunky, which made it difficult to apply. Applied dry, it didn’t bind well or go on smoothly over the skin, and applied damp, it tended to chunk and thicken in places so it was uneven. The color wore well for nine hours, but I had noticeable fall out throughout the day. MAC Amberluxe #2 (P) is less sparkly. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #4 (LE) is smoother. theBalm #40 (P, $6.50) is less sparkly. theBalm #12 (P, $6.50) is lighter. MAC Golden Hours #3 (LE, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Lemon Tart (P, $15.00) is lighter, less sparkly. Makeup Geek Yellow Brick Road (P, $5.99) is slightly brighter. theBalm D1 (LE, $16.00) is less sparkly. bareMinerals Rising Star (LE) is a touch cooler-toned. Inglot #403 (P, $6.00) is less sparkly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Poker Face is described as a “medium golden bronze.” It’s a medium-dark bronze brown with warm, coppery-gold shimmer and a metallic sheen. Applied dry, it was a little less copper-toned but still had good color payoff, and it had a very finely-milled texture. Applied damp, it was smoother, richer, and more molten-looking. When I tested it, the color lasted for ten hours. YSL Fetiche #1 (LE) is darker, less metallic. LORAC Nude #6 (LE) is darker. Too Faced Tiger’s Eye (LE, $16.00) is more coppery. Dior Sundeck #4 (LE) is similar. Chanel Mirage (95) (P, $36.00) is a cream. Dior Golden Flower #4 (LE) is similar. Too Faced Buttered Rum (LE, $16.00) is similar. Too Faced Gangsta (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Cognac (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Museum Bronze (P, $21.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Night Life is described as a “light shimmery rose brown taupe.” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm undertones and a taupe-hued, metallic sheen. Applied dry, it was a little dusty but very finely milled, and applied damp, it was more metallic but easier to work with and smoother against the skin. It wore well for nine and a half hours without fading. LORAC Mocha (P) is darker, less metallic. Tom Ford Beauty Orchid Haze #2 (P) is less metallic. Sleek MakeUP Python (P, $9.99) is darker. MAC Pink Sensibilities #1 (LE, $21.00) is darker, less metallic. Urban Decay Liar (P, $18.00) is less metallic. Tom Ford Beauty Platinum (LE, $40.00) is darker, cream. MAC Sable (P, $15.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Sunday, August 17th, 2014

NARS Velvet Lip Liner for Fall 2014
NARS Velvet Lip Liner for Fall 2014

NARS Cosmetics introduces a new era for lips with Velvet Lip Liner. As the perfect complement to the Audacious Lipstick Collection or any lipstick, the new formula defines lips with pigment-rich color that perfectly frames, fills and prevents feathering. The upgraded propel/repel design allows for precise application with a smooth, sharp finish.

The twelve shade color range perfectly coordinates with NARS’ expansive lip category – match to your lipstick for dramatic depth or fill in lips completely for long-wear color.

Velvet Lip Liner ($24.00) (New, Permanent)

  • Playa Dorado Vibrant orange red
  • Nihiwatu Cardinal red
  • Costa Smeralda Shocking pink
  • Anse SoleilCoral pink
  • El Agua Lavender rose
  • Belle Mare Sangria
  • Waimea Nude peach pink
  • Patong Beach Pink rose
  • Medano Beach Spiced wine
  • Mirihi Island Beach Plum rose
  • Lanikai Burgundy
  • Karekare Bright rose

Availability: Now at NARS; September 1st at Sephora, department/specialty stores

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Saturday, August 16th, 2014

Temptalia Asks You


If you could create your own blush right now, what would you create? What color? Finish? Type? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerI’d love a cream-to-powder version of Tom Ford’s Love Lust! So a warm coral with a luminous sheen, but in a cream-to-powder formula (like Chanel Le Blush Creme de Chanel or MUFE HD Blush).

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