Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

NARS Taos Blush
NARS Taos Blush

NARS Taos Blush ($29.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “desert rose with shimmer.” It’s a warm-toned, burnt rose with a subtle golden shimmer/sheen. Illamasqua Allure is more muted, not quite as red. MAC Hidden Treasure is darker. Tom Ford Savage is lighter, less red/more brown. MAC Fleet Fast is lighter, less reddened.

Taos is incredibly pigmented–a little goes a long way–so a light hand and a feathery brush are must-haves if you want a subtle look. It has a soft, silky-smooth, and very finely-milled texture that sits well on the skin and blends out as desired. The delicate gold shimmer, once blended, looked like a satiny, golden sheen that didn’t emphasize pores.  It lasted nine hours well, and I didn’t notice any fading until ten hours, so Taos is one of the longest-wearing blushes I’ve tried from NARS.

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Taos

A+

It's not going to be a blush that appeals to everyone, but it is a great blush if it's a color you've been searching for. It will be stunning on deeper complexions in particular!

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10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

MAC Eclair Pro Longwear Paint Pot
MAC Eclair Pro Longwear Paint Pot

MAC Eclair Pro Longwear Paint Pot ($18.50 for 0.17 oz.) is described as a “light chocolate with gold pearl.” It’s a warm-toned, bronzy brown with copper and bronze shimmer. MAC Indianwood is more golden, less red-toned. Chanel Intuition is more frosted and a powder product. MAC Mulch is slightly less red-toned and a powder eyeshadow. Giorgio Armani #28 is browner. Benefit Dandy Brandy is less warm-toned and a powder eyeshadow.

Now, THIS is the kind of shade that embodies what made MAC Paint Pots famous in the first place. Eclair is creamy without being too thin or too thick–creamy without being slick, slippery, or so creamy that the color creases before it has a chance to set. It sets quickly, but it has just enough give to be blendable along the edges. The color payoff is top notch with full color coverage–and if you really want subtler color, apply very little and blend with a fluffy brush or fingertip (which tends to be better, as the warmth of your finger keeps the product more movable). It lasted ten hours without creasing or fading (no primer).

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Eclair

A+
Eclair is all that is right and good about MAC's Paint Pot formula. It's creamy, blendable, highly-pigmented, and long-wearing.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, April 4th, 2013

NARS Taj Mahal Blush
NARS Taj Mahal Blush

NARS Taj Mahal Blush ($29.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “blazing burnt orange with golden shimmer.” It’s a bold, vibrant orange with a hint of red and a golden shimmer-sheen. Wet ‘n’ Wild Golden Goddess is more subdued, browner. MAC Center of the Universe is also more muted and browner. MAC My Paradise is more coral/red. Jasmine Rajah (which is an eyeshadow) is very similar but has a subtler golden sheen.

Oh, this is a bold, vibrant shade of blush. There’s no shying away from that! It’s undeniably warm-toned and just brings forth every image of summer. With a very, very light hand, it works as a golden orange gleam, and the more color you use, the deeper and more reddened the color gets.  The pigmentation is insane; incredibly rich that deeper complexions will not need to build up the color to see it show up on their skin tones, while fairer complexions will have to use feathery touches and, perhaps, a stippling brush, to yield softer color.  Taj Mahal had a soft, finely-milled texture that applied smoothly and blended out easily.  This blush wore for nine hours without fading–which makes it one of the best NARS’ blushes I’ve tried.

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Taj Mahal

A+
It's one of the best-performing blushes by NARS. Taj Mahal has intense color payoff, long-wear, and a beautiful texture.

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10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

Urban Decay Easy Baked Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Easy Baked Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Easy Baked Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “light bronze shimmer.” It’s a warm-toned, golden copper with a frosted finish. Urban Decay Moonflower is a smidgen more orange/brown. Jasmine Cosmic is more metallic. Urban Decay Penny Lane is very similar–slight more orange. theBalm Mischievous Marissa is comparable. Urban Decay Half Baked is a touch darker, more golden.

The texture is lovely: buttery, creamy, and dense, which yielded rich, opaque color coverage and so little product required to achieve that kind of result. It smooths out beautifully on the lid and blends out easily.  Easy Baked feels like the very best of the brand’s formula; not so soft that it turns powdery (or crumbly) but soft enough that it just works well and sits nicely on the skin with excellent pigmentation.  I wore it yesterday, and it lasted for nine hours without fading or creasing.

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Easy Baked

A+
Easy Baked has a fantastic texture that's silky smooth and finely-milled paired with true-to-pan color payoff.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

Guerlain Rouge d'Enfer (121) Le Vernis
Guerlain Rouge d’Enfer (121) Le Vernis

Guerlain Rouge d’Enfer (121) Le Vernis ($23.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is bold, brightened medium red with warm, orange undertones and a cream finish. Cult Nails Evil Queen is cooler-toned. Rescue Beauty Lounge Poppy has a pearly shimmer and is more orange. China Glaze Poinsettia is as warm-toned. Essie Meet Me at Sunset is a touch more orange.

Like Champs-Elysees, Rouge d’Enfer performed extraordinarily well. It applied flawlessly with rich, opaque color in two coats (I used just one on my pinky nail, and it looks opaque there, too). The formula isn’t too thick or too thin, and it flowed well across the nail without streaking, bubbling, or pooling along the edges of the nail. It dried down faster than the average polish, and the resulting finish is incredibly glossy and shiny without a top coat. I’ve only fully tested one shade from the latest release of colors, but I’m in the process of testing another shade (one of the shimmery ones). I had no trouble getting to a full seven days with very minor tip wear (but no chipping) with Champs-Elysees.

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Rouge d'Enfer

A+
It is a classic shade of warm red, so while lovely in so many ways, it is also a shade you may already have in your stash.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

5/5

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Monday, April 1st, 2013

Illamasqua Daemon Eyeshadow
Illamasqua Daemon Eyeshadow

Illamasqua Daemon Eyeshadow (£15.50 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “bright scarlet red.” It’s a bold, medium red with subtle orange undertones–it’s almost neutral but does appear slightly warm-toned against my warmer complexion. Wet ‘n’ Wild Enter a New Realm #3 is slightly darker. Make Up For Ever #158 is cooler-toned. Make Up For Ever #99 is cooler-toned and darker.

This eyeshadow had rich, intense color payoff that was very true-to-pan, and you really didn’t need much to get opaque color. It has a phenomenal texture that’s soft but not powdery, buttery and dense, and blends out easily. This shade will stain if you apply it directly to the lid or over a thin base, so I’d recommend layering a cream eyeshadow on first, then applying this shade, if you are concerned about staining. Though for testing, I wore it alone, and it lasted for eight hours without creasing or fading.

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Daemon

A+
If you've been on the hunt for a bold, pigmented red eyeshadow, Illamasqua's Daemon is an excellent option to consider.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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