Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

NARS Final Cut Collection
NARS Final Cut Collection

The new-for-spring NARS Final Cut Collection, which is exclusively available at Nordstrom (in the U.S.), Selfridges (UK), and Holt Renfrew (Canada), is here!  It has an official release date of February 1st, though.  On March 1st, it will also be available at narscosmetics.com and NARS Boutiques. There is an additional blush, Final Cut, that I don’t have, so I wasn’t able to review it for you, but the rest of the collection has been reviewed in full and is linked below.  My personal favorites were Descanso and Villa Lante Satin Lip Pencils.

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Sunday, January 12th, 2014

NARS Adelaide Illuminator
NARS Adelaide Illuminator

NARS Adelaide Illuminator ($30.00 for 1.10 fl. oz.) is described as a “shimmering lavender pink.” It’s a lightly cool-toned, light-medium pink with pink and white shimmer/sheen, plus silver glitter. Giorgio Armani No. 08 (P, $59.00) is similar in type (also a liquid) but is a smidgen lighter and has no glitter. NARS New Order (P, $29.00) is a powder and appears lighter swatched, but the effect is similar on. Bobbi Brown Lilac Rose (LE, $42.00) is also a powder and is a darker, more noticeable rose with a stronger metallic sheen. See comparison swatches.

If you’re unfamiliar with NARS’ Illuminators, they’re supposed to “light the skin from within.” They’re “deceptively sheer, decidedly luminous.” The formula can be applied all-over the face, used as traditional highlighter, and can be worn mixed with, over, or under foundation. With the amount of glitter (plus, the size), I didn’t like it mixed with foundation, because the bits of glitter all over the face looked more like random dirt particles at a glance–unless you stood in the sunlight, and then you twinkled here and there. In order to keep the color from adding a pink tint, you use just a very, very little amount. I had the best results when patted over cheeks with my fingertip and blended, as it gave a very light pink flush, luminous sheen, and then glittery sparkles. There was some emphasis of pores. If you don’t like glitter in your blush or highlighter, then I would skip this shade, because it is a noticeable amount. On cheeks, it remained apparent for six hours and then started to disappear.

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8.5/10

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10/10

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8.5/10

Longevity

7/10

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Saturday, January 11th, 2014

NARS Final Cut Collection
NARS Final Cut Collection

NARS Final Cut Satin Lip Pencils ($25.00 for 0.07 oz. each) includes four limited edition shades that are exclusive to Nordstrom (in the U.S.; Holt Renfrew in Canada, Selfridges in the UK). If you like Satin Lip Pencils, I see no reason why you wouldn’t like the formula of these, with the exception of Stourhead, which will require significant prep work, patience, and reduced expectations. They’re nicely pigmented, fairly comfortable to wear, and have a good wear time. I wish they were as hydrating as they claim, but they’re not drying at least.  I wish that there was a bigger difference between Descanso and Torres del Paine, as they look surprisingly similar for shades included in a single collection.

Descanso is described as a “tea rose.” It’s a light-medium, rosy peach with a satin finish and warm undertones. It looks pinker on the lips than it does when swatched on the skin. The consistency was lightweight, creamy, and easy to apply. It had opaque color coverage, didn’t settle into lip lines, and was even. It lasted four hours on me and was lightly hydrating. Chanel Interlude (P, $34.00) is slightly darker. NARS Dolce Vita (P, $25.00) is darker, more matte. NARS Montego Bay (P, $26.00) is darker. MAC Reel Sexy (LE, $16.00) is slightly lighter, pinker. MAC Razzledazzler (LE, $16.00) is a touch warmer. Estee Lauder Naked (LE, $25.00) is more matte, lighter. Burberry Devon Sunset (P, $30.00) is glossier. See comparison swatches.

Stourhead is described as a “pale lavender pink.” It’s a pale, pink-tinted lavender with a satin finish and cool, blue undertones. The consistency wasn’t dry as I feared, and it felt lightweight, creamy, and seemed easy enough to apply, but it was difficult to apply evenly. It also settled into lip lines slightly from the initial application, but after an hour and a half of wear, it really migrated into all of my lip lines and looked a little like dry, cracked lips. It lasted two and a half hours on me. It had semi-opaque color coverage but was not as pigmented as the other three. Chanel Radieuse (217) (LE, $34.00) is warmer, darker. MAC Beauty (LE, $16.00) is lighter, less pink. MAC Raspberry Swirl (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler-toned. Chanel Candeur (P, $34.00) is similar. Bobbi Brown Orchid Pink (LE, $23.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches.

Torres del Paine is described as a “peach coral.” It’s a light-medium peachy orange with a satin finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and the consistency was lightly creamy and applied evenly. The color wore well for four hours and was slightly moisturizing. And no, your eyes aren’t deceiving you, this is strangely similar to Descanso; this shade being slightly warmer with no rosy tone to it. MAC Touche (LE, $20.00) is sheerer. MAC Gotta Dash! (P, $16.00) is very similar. Edward Bess Forbidden Flower (P, $32.00) is slightly lighter. Burberry Pink Apricot (301) (P, $30.00) is more muted, matte. NARS Lodhi (P, $25.00) is darker, brighter. MAC Style Surge (P, $22.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Villa Lante is described as a “cherry blossom pink.” It’s a cool-toned, medium pink with strong, blue undertones and a satin finish. This shade had mostly opaque color coverage, and it applied evenly for the most part. It lasted for four hours on me and was neither drying nor hydrating. NARS Goodbye Emmanuelle (LE, $26.00) is brighter, darker. MAC Steady Going (LE, $16.00) is more matte but very close in color. MAC Playtime (LE, $16.00) is brighter. Urban Decay Obsessed (P, $22.00) is less blue-based. MAC Raspberry Swirl (LE, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Divine Choice (P, $22.00) is very similar. MAC Pink Nouveau (P, $16.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Naughty Saute (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

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Longevity

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Saturday, January 11th, 2014

NARS Sex Fantasy Blush
NARS Sex Fantasy Blush

NARS Sex Fantasy Blush ($29.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “pale lavender pink.” It’s a light, pinky lavender with a matte finish and cool undertones. Givenchy It-Girl Purple (P, $44.00) is pinker. NARS Mistinguette (LE, $29.00) is slightly pinker, brighter. NARS Gaiety (P, $29.00) is cooler-toned, brighter. MAC Unconventional (LE, $21.00) is cooler-toned, lighter. MAC Well Dressed (P, $21.00) is pinker. MAC Full of Joy (LE, $21.00) is more lavender-hued, more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

The blush is very pigmented as it appears very true-to-pan, but because it is such a light shade, it may not translate on deeper skin tones. This is a blush that would work best on fairer complexions. On my medium complexion, it just barely shows up when applied heavily. The texture is soft, incredibly finely-milled, but it is powdery so I would use a soft, feathery brush and a lighter touch so as to not dislodge too much powder from the pan. It blends beautifully, though, and I didn’t have any issues with it looking powdery on the skin. When I wore it yesterday, the color lasted well for almost eight hours and then started to gradually fade.

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9/10

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Friday, January 10th, 2014

NARS New Attitude Blush
NARS New Attitude Blush

NARS New Attitude Blush ($29.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “cherry blossom pink.” It’s a light-medium, blue-based bright pink with a satin-matte finish. Tarte Dollface (P) is less blue-based. Urban Decay Quickie (LE) is brighter. MAC Pure Femininity (LE, $21.00) is similar. theBalm Argyle (P, $22.00) is also similar. Edward Bess Bed of Roses (P, $43.00) is not as cool-toned. theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is lighter. NARS Angelika (P, $29.00) is darker, sparkly. Bobbi Brown Pastel Pink (P, $26.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches

It was nicely pigmented, and the texture was soft, finely-milled, and blendable–but it was a little powdery. On the skin, it didn’t look powdery, though, so just be careful of excess in the pan and before you apply, particularly if you’re on the fairer side. If you are cooler-toned with pink undertones, this blush is going to look pinker and cooler-toned against your complexion. Because of my medium complexion, my yellow undertones really come through when it’s applied to cheeks, which makes the blush appear warmer (this and Love look very similar on me). New Attitude lasted for eight hours on me before showing signs of fading.

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9/10

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9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

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Friday, January 10th, 2014

NARS Love Blush
NARS Love Blush

NARS Love Blush ($29.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “tea rose.” It’s a rosy pink with neutral-to-warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. Tarte Crave (LE) is pinker, brighter. NARS Day Dream (LE, $29.00) is more shimmery, warmer. Too Faced Melt Into Spring (LE) is brighter. theBalm Frat Boy (P, $21.00) is darker. Illamasqua Naked Rose is lighter, less warm-toned. See comparison swatches.

It applied better than it swatched–it ended up being more buildable as I was applying it to cheeks, than it would seem in the pan. It had moderate pigmentation; it’s not intense like Exhibit A, but it wasn’t difficult to get true-to-pan color. The texture is finely-milled, soft but firm–so it’s not powdery like some matte blushes can be. I’ve always found that mattes often are either really soft, but then a little powdery, or soft but firm, where they often apply better than they initially swatch. Against my warmer skin tone, it looked warmer and less pink than it did in the pan, so I would expect on cooler, more pink-toned complexions, the blush would look truer to how it appears in the pan. I wish it was slightly softer and more pigmented. When I wore it yesterday, it lasted for seven and a half hours on me.

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8.5/10

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8.5/10

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8.5/10

Longevity

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Application

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