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Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

NARS Valhalla Eyeshadow
NARS Valhalla Eyeshadow

NARS Valhalla Eyeshadow ($25.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “soft shimmering pink peach.” It’s a pop of golden peach with a frosted sheen. It doesn’t read very pink against my skin tone, but it might if you have stronger pink undertones (though even in the pan, it seems more peach thank pink). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma #7 (P) is darker. Tarte Rose Champagne (LE) is similar. bareMinerals Ball Gown (V2) (P) is yellower. Make Up For Ever I520 Pinky Sand (P, $21.00) is similar. theBalm #7 (P, $6.50) is more beige. bareMinerals Ball Gown (LE) is similar. Too Faced Cheers! (LE, $16.00) is similar. Disney by Sephora Splendid (LE) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Even though most of are likely swimming in a sea of neutrals, there’s always room for a good-performing one–especially one that’s permanent. I can see this being a go-to for some, and certainly a shade that others have half a dozen near-dupes for, too. The consistency was soft, finely-milled, and buttery with a slightly denser texture than the average NARS’ eyeshadow, though not as thick or as dense as something like the Kauai duo. It was easy to blend on the skin, and it applied well to bare skin. It only lasted for seven hours before creasing on me, which was really its only downfall.

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Application

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Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

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Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

It’s Luxury Week at Ebates!  What better way to celebrate than partnering with Ebates to give away some of my all-time favorite luxury beauty indulgences.   If you haven’t joined Ebates, now’s a great time to join — it’s free to join and free to use. The way Ebates works is you sign-up, and when you shop with Ebates, you can get a percentage of your order total in the form of cash back. They’ll send you a check or pay you via PayPal each quarter! For instance, if you shop at Sephora and spend $50 today, you’ll get $4 in cash back!

Check out double cash back at these luxury retaileres!

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The grand prize winner will win five of my favorites (a value of $198):

  1. Cle de Peau Sand Beige Luminizing Face Enhancer (with case) ($95 value)
  2. Givenchy Rose Dressing Le Rouge ($36 value)
  3. Hourglass Lip Treatment Oil ($42 value)
  4. Marc Jacob Beauty Intro(vert) Gel Eyeliner ($25 value)

And there are three (3) runner-up prizes!

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

MAC Bellgreens Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Bellgreens Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Bellgreens Eyeshadow Palette ($44.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a green-hued set of shades. The palette contains six shades in total, with two shades being part of the permanent range (Gorgeous Gold and Charcoal Brown). There was only dud in the palette, while the other five were very easy to work with and performed well. Even the miss of the palette was still blendable enough on the lid that it was still usable, but it will take a little extra effort to get the right level of intensity and diffusion. I was very surprised to see that the palette only contained 0.10 oz. worth of product, which is the equivalent of two full-sized eyeshadows. Despite the size of the palette, it really doesn’t have much product. MAC’s eyeshadow quads typically contain 0.19 oz. almost double what’s inside this one.

Fresh Blade is described as a “pale frosted yellow [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a brightened, golden yellow with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had fantastic pigmentation with a soft, smooth consistency that was dense and buttery. It wore well for eight and a half hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Gorgeous Gold is described as a “muted yellow gold [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a green-tinged, light-medium gold with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. There is a green-gold duochrome to it, but it is subtle. The eyeshadow had good color payoff with a soft, blendable texture. This shade also lasted for eight and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Vicuna is described as a “light neutral olive [with a Frost finish].” It’s a muted, medium golden brown with a pearly sheen. It had really nice pigmentation with a blendable texture that was a smidgen powdery at times, but it was just barely powdery. This shade showed signs of fading after eight and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Savant is described as a “mid-tone mustard lime [with a Satin finish].” It’s a medium-dark, dirty olive green–it really is like mustard and lime together–with a mostly matte finish. It was really velvety with a smooth, soft texture that blended well but still adhered well with good color payoff to bare skin, which was a happy surprise. It wore well for eight hours on me. I couldn’t think of any really great dupes for this shade, because it’s darker and not a brighter, more typical chartreuse-like green. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Charcoal Brown is described as a “muted taupe brown [with a Matte finish].” It’s a muted, medium-dark taupe brown with a matte finish. It had good color payoff that was fairly blendable. The texture was soft, finely-milled, and almost felt like a Matte2 with how velvety and blendable it was. On me, the color wore well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sushi Green is described as a “charcoal olive with multi-dimensional pearl [with a Velvet finish].” It’s a dark brown with subtle, olive undertones and a slight gold sparkle. It was a firmer, stiffer shade that had semi-opaque pigmentation that was harder to work with. My best advice is to apply using a fluffier brush to minimize how work it will take to diffuse and blend out. It lasted for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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9/10

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9/10

Longevity

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Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

 

Marc Jacobs Beauty Spring 2015 Collection
Marc Jacobs Beauty Spring 2015 Collection

Le Marc Lip Creme ($30.00) (New, Permanent)

Introducing a luxury lipstick that lasts, finally. Marc is changing the landscape with an iconic, indulgent lipstick featuring a rich, buttery texture and a lavish and lasting (ten-hour!) punch of pigment. A proprietary peptide complex that stimulates collagen is combined with ultra-hydrating, Meranti and Cocoa Butters for lips that are firmer, smoother and more defined. Available in a selection of 20 irresistible, color-drenched shades inspired by the women (and men) that have influenced Marc over the years.

  • Je t’aime (238) Rosy red
  • So Sofia (236) Bright coral red
  • Core Cora (234) Orange red
  • Mahogany (232) Chocolate mahogany
  • J’Adore (230) Light mocha
  • Infamous (228) Muted warm pink
  • Scandal (226) Eggplant purple
  • Magenta (224) Dark plumed magenta
  • Boy Gorgeous (222) Dark magenta red
  • Jolly Molly (220) Coral pink
  • Clara (218) French rose pink
  • Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (216) Dusty rose
  • Georgie Girl (214) Neutral pink
  • Rie of Light (212) Deep sienna orange
  • Blow (210) Burgundy red
  • Miss Scarlet (208) Deep brick red
  • Dashing (206) Red with cool undertone
  • Amazing (204) Warm red
  • Goddess (202) Classic red
  • Oh Miley (200) Bright red with cool undertone

New Nudes Sheer Lip Gel ($30.00) (New, Permanent)

The perfect nude, every time. A first-ever selection of seven, expertly curated, neutral lip shades offer gorgeous, covetable color for all skin tones and makeup looks. These weightless lipsticks have a new irresistibly nourishing formula with moisturizing Monoi Butter, a decadent vanilla scent and a sleek, shiny finish.

  • Eat Cake (150) Neutral medium rosy pink
  • Understudy (114) Neutral coral
  • Anais (146) Brownish nude
  • Have We Met? (108) Neutral coral pink
  • Role Play (110) Neutral dusty rose
  • Moodie Margot (106) Pale pinky nude
  • Strange Magic (102) Neutral pale pink

(P)outliner Longwear Lip Pencil ($24.00) (New, Permanent)

This marks the beginning of a lip liner revolution. Long gone are the days of matching lipstick to liner. These three gel-based shades were developed to match natural lip color while luxuriously lining, defining and shaping lips, creating the perfect longwearing canvas for any lip color – no matter how light, bright or bold. Formulated with collagen to help fill in lines and further prevent bleeding, these three colors work seamlessly across the full spectrum of Le Marc and New Nudes shades.

  • (Nude)ist Cafe au lait
  • Prim(rose) Rosy nude
  • Honey(bun) Cocoa spice

#Instamarc Filtering Contour Powder ($49.00) (New, Permanent)

See yourself through Marc’s lens with #Instamarc, the first-ever skin perfecting filter in a compact. This plush luxury powder duo contains jet-milled pigments infused with botanicals and pomegranate extract to transform in a flash, blurring imperfections and sculpting definition where you want it. The compact’s oversized infinity mirror allows you to see the entire face for achieving complexion perfection. Available in three shade duos inspired by past themes of Marc’s runway shows and the creative vision that he had for the models.

  • Mirage Filter Light gold/light bronze
  • Dream Filter Soft pink/medium bronze
  • Hi-Fi Filter Warm peach/deep bronze

The Shape Contour and Blush Brush No. 15 ($44.00) (New, Permanent)

This super-soft, flat-shaped brush has densely packed bristles with an innovative waved surface to pick up just the right amount of color. Designed for use with #Instamarc, the brush offers both wide and narrow sides to hug contours and smooth over rounded areas for endless blushing, bronzing, and highlighting capabilities.

Availability:  Now at Marc Jacobs Beauty and Sephora

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