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Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

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Are there types of products you splurge on that you feel most save on? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerLip balm, body wash. I don’t think I’m necessarily extravagant on either, but I’m more mid-to-high-end on both.

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Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

NARS Eye-Opening Act Collection
NARS Eye-Opening Act Collection

Velvet Shadow Stick ($28.00) (Limited Edition)

The Velvet Shadow Stick defines, intensifies and shades, drawing unscripted drama with potent matte pigments. It adds dimension to your eyes for a gorgeous matte look that turns heads.

  • Dark Angel Brown
  • Flibuste Black
  • Glenan Blue
  • Nunavut Purple
  • Reykjavik Gray

Yeux Irresistible Eyeshadow Palette ($48.00) (Limited Edition)

The Eyeshadow Palette is depth-defyingly versatile and born to upstage. Light goes dark, warm blurs cool and soft turns saturated in one sweeping performance.

  • All About Eve Flesh toned neutral with shimmer
  • Jezebel Shimmery sable
  • Thunderball Midnight gray
  • Colombo Vintage gold shimmer
  • Brousse Sable
  • Coconut Grove Deep brown infused with reflections

Inoubliable Coup d’Oeil Eyeshadow Palette ($48.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Dalliance Dusty lilac stone
  • Pyla Smoky hunter green
  • Sidi Bou Said Blackened grape
  • Pandora Sheer white shimmer
  • Luberon Iridescent sand with rose gold sheen
  • Pandora Matte black

The Multiple ($39.00) (Limited Edition)

  • St. Lucia Champagne

Availability: Now, exclusively at Nordstrom; available on March 15th at NARS Boutiques and narscosmetics.com

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Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

MAC Beautiful Moves Mineralize Glass
MAC Beautiful Moves Mineralize Glass

MAC Lightness of Being Mineralize Glass ($22.00 for 0.20 fl. oz. each) includes five new, limited edition shades. MAC released this formula (as part of the permanent range) earlier this year, and there wasn’t a whole lot of information on them regarding color coverage then (Nordstrom lists a description of “delivers luscious color” now), but they consistently ran semi-sheer to semi-opaque with noticeable color and coverage. These are all quite sheer, and with the exception of On Cue, they look nearly the same applied aside from shimmer level. They’re inconsistent with the permanent formula and its 12-shade range. All five shades disappeared within two hours of wear and had a lightly tacky, neither drying nor hydrating formula that was vanilla-scented but had no discernible taste. Sheer gloss may not be everyone’s cup of tea (which is why I think it’s important brands distinguish sheer vs. medium vs. opaque shades and formulas well), but it is surprising to see five shades at this level of sheerness.

MAC Beautiful Moves Mineralize Glass ($22.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “pale mint with pearl.” It’s a cool-toned, ultra-sheer milky white with pearl. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Boundless Energy Mineralize Glass ($22.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “violet pink.” It is a very, very lightly pink-tinted clear gloss with a subtle milky quality to it. It looks like clear gloss on, so any clear gloss would easily replicate the look. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Loose & Lively Mineralize Glass ($22.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “peachy orange.” It is a very light, milky peach with sheer color coverage that goes on a bit unevenly and settles slightly into lip lines. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC On Cue Mineralize Glass ($22.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “gold pearl.” It’s a gold-shimmered, mostly clear gloss. The shimmer has a slight grit to it after an hour of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Poetic Mineralize Glass ($22.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “pale champagne pink with pearl.” It’s a really light, white-peach with soft pearl. It had sheer color coverage–more so than other shades here–and settled into lip lines. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

MAC Lightness of Being Nail Lacquer
MAC Lightness of Being Nail Lacquer

MAC Lightness of Being Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “pale beige.” It’s a light, warm beige with a jelly-cream finish. There’s a plushness to it, while it’s still a milkier color. It had semi-sheer color coverage after two coats (and the polish is thick enough that I don’t think a third will work easily). It’s a little streaky and doesn’t level out completely, unfortunately. I typically get good wear out of MAC’s formula–a week with minor tip wear–but the application on this shade was tricky. Chanel Secret (625) (P, $27.00) is more opaque. MAC Thimbleweed (LE, $16.00) is more opaque. Tom Ford Beauty Sugar Dune (01) (LE, $32.00) is more opaque. Rescue Beauty Lounge Thank You (LE, $20.00) is darker. MAC Sandpiper (LE, $16.00) is a smidgen darker. MAC Muscle Tone (LE, $16.00) is more opaque. MAC Hangin’ Loose (LE, $16.00) is warmer, darker. Chanel Beige Petale (LE, $27.00) is sheerer. Rescue Beauty Lounge Medium White (LE, $20.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Modern Movement Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as “pale lavender.” It’s a a muted, pink-tinged lavender with a little gray cast and a cream finish. It had opaque pigmentation, but the consistency was slightly thick and not fully self-leveling. The first coat was streaky, but the second covered the majority of streaks. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Vapid (P, $10.00) MAC Inert (LE, $16.00) See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

Tom Ford Rory, Diego, Alejandro, Luciano, Leonardo Lip Colors
Tom Ford Rory, Diego, Alejandro, Luciano, Leonardo Lip Colors

Tom Ford Lips & Boys Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is segmented into color families, and this post features the “reds.” Rory was a total miss (and not at all a red!), while the other four were more promising. I was surprised that none of the reds was truly full coverage!

Presently, Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, and Saks are both accepting pre-orders for the Lips & Boys collection; they officially release on December 26th (and will also be at other retailers and Tom Ford’s website at that time). Nordstrom also put up various trios (no savings, they’re $96 each) for pre-order. Neiman Marcus has a gift card event thorugh 12/16 that includes the Lips & Boys.

The Lips & Boys shades seem a lot smaller than the full-sized Lip Colors in their tubes, but in terms of actual product, it’s 0.07 oz. vs. 0.10 oz. These are actually cheaper by the ounce at $457.14/oz. compared to $500/oz. for full-size. I liked that the packaging felt the same as full-sized, just smaller, but it didn’t feel cheapened. The bullet of lipstick itself was also wide enough at the base that it didn’t feel really skinny or difficult to use, and it wasn’t prone at breaking at the base as some miniature-sized lipsticks are.

Rory Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a heavily gold-shimmered peach with a metallic finish. The underlying base color is more of a light, peachy-nude, but there is a lot of gold shimmer in it, which takes center stage. This one applied poorly, as it tended to bunch up on itself and looked chunky–instead of lips looking smoother, they looked rough. It had semi-opaque color payoff, but it’s something that is probably better mixed or layered with another lip product. It lasted for three hours on me and was lightly drying. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Diego Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a brightened, coral-red with warm, orange undertones and a luminous sheen. It had mostly opaque pigmentation, but there’s a veil of translucency apparent that will let the natural lip color come through slightly. The consistency had some slip, but it didn’t feather or bleed on me over the six hours it lasted. I found the formula on this shade to be a bit hydrating. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Alejandro Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a medium-dark, fuchsia-red with cool, blue undertones and a very fine shimmer. It had semi-opaque color coverage, which went on evenly and looked smooth on the lips, but the natural lip color will come through. It lasted for six hours and was hydrating while worn. Alejandro is the same as Slander. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Luciano Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a brightened, medium red with cool, blue undertones and a luminous finish. It had mostly opaque pigmentation with slight translucency. The consistency was lightweight, creamy, and easy to apply. On me, it wore well for five and a half hours and was lightly hydrating over time. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Leonardo Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a medium-dark, cool-toned red with very fine ruby shimmer. It had semi-opaque color payoff that went on smoothly and evenly, but it definitely wasn’t a full coverage lipstick. The consistency was thinner with more slip compared to some shades in the Lip Color family (particularly permanent shades). This shade wore well for almost five hours on me and was hydrating while worn. Leonardo is also the same shade as Smoke Red. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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