Thursday, December 9th, 2010

NARS Bad Influence Nail Polish
NARS Bad Influence Nail Polish

NARS Holiday 2010: Bad Influence

NARS Bad Influence Nail Polish ($16.00 for 0.5 fl. oz.) is a mushroom brown. It is one of two limited edition nail polishes from NARS for the holidays (the other being Pokerface). I have heard others compare this shade to Chanel Particuliere, but I find Particuliere grayer and less brown (I don’t comparison swatches, because I gave mine away). The are definitely similar, more so in natural lighting, perhaps 90% similarity. I only needed two coats to get creamy, opaque color.

I’ve had good luck with NARS polish in terms of wear–about a week with just minor tip wear but no chipping. Bad Influence wasn’t too thick or thin (but it is on the thinner side), and I didn’t experience any bubbling.

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  • Product: 28/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: If Particuliere wasn’t in your budget, NARS is a good alternative that’ll save you a few bucks.

AVAILABILITY: NARS

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Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

NARS Petit Monstre Lipstick
NARS Petit Monstre Lipstick

NARS Holiday 2010: Petit Monstre Lipstick

NARS Petit Monstre Lipstick ($24.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a softened coral-red with subtle copper shimmer. This shade is a limited edition hue featured in NARS’ Holiday collection. It is similar to MAC Rose Maiden (which seems a little brighter), MAC Thrills Lipstick (which has a much more obvious and reflective copper-gold sheen). It really is a beautiful shade, and it is particularly flattering on neutral and warmer skin tones, but the subtle copper shimmer makes it a shade that can be worn by cooler skin tones, too.

NARS Lipstick typically wears four to six hours, with a shade like this lasting about five. It has a creamier texture that’s moisturizing, and this particular shade is more opaque (some shades can be quite sheer). I didn’t notice any waxy scent, as NARS lipsticks are typically unscented but may have the waxy base come through.

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  • Product: 28/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: This is such a great fall/winter lip, and it can even work well for summer trends, too–because a little gold gloss can really brighten it up and make it a perfect summer coral.

AVAILABILITY: NARS

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Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

NARS Downtown Lipgloss
NARS Downtown Lipgloss

NARS Holiday 2010: Downtown

NARS Downtown Lipgloss ($24.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a darkened mauve-plum with brightened fuchsia-plum shimmer. It has a high gloss shine, and it is surprisingly thick. I actually found this gloss to be rather thick and tacky, while NARS’ Lipglosses are known for their non-sticky texture. Stickiness aside, I really loved this shade–it seemed different than the usual plums. I loved that it was opaque, but the shimmer and shine almost made it seem metallic when worn.

The texture of this particular gloss felt so different from other NARS’ Lipglosses; the stickiness was one thing, but this was very thick, too.  I don’t mind a tacky gloss myself, but if non-sticky is a must-have, I would pass on this or else try it in-store first.  I did not notice any scent (plastic, wax, or otherwise), though.

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  • Product: 28/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: If you can handle very tacky gloss, this is a color worth checking out. It’s flattering on both warm and cool skin tones as well as paler and darker skin tones.

AVAILABILITY: NARS

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Monday, December 6th, 2010

Dolce & Gabbana Cosmopolitan Lipstick
Dolce & Gabbana Cosmopolitan Lipstick

Dolce & Gabbana Does Coral for Fall

Dolce & Gabbana Cosmopolitan (237) Classic Cream Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a vibrant coral with a softer orange undertone–it’s almost a true coral. It has a creamy finish and feel accompanied by a glossy shine. It applies easily and evenly with opaque color in a single layer. This shade would be flattering on warmer skin tones, especially those with yellow undertones.

I get an average of four hours of wear with Dolce & Gabbana’s Classic Cream Lipsticks, and I find them comfortable to wear, but I would not describe them as moisturizing (but not drying either). All Dolce & Gabbana’s lipsticks are heavily rose-scented, and I do consider them some of the heaviest scented products I’ve come across. If you aren’t keen on roses, you may find these too strong.

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  • Product: 28/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: Though it feels like a color that is really more suited for summer, Dolce & Gabbana seem to think otherwise, which gives me an excuse to rock coral even as the temperatures drop.  This is a shade that would work best on warmer skin tones, even better on darker skin tones.

AVAILABILITY: Saks

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Monday, December 6th, 2010

Urban Decay Greed Primer Potion
Urban Decay Greed Primer Potion

Urban Decay Spring 2011: Greed Primer Potion

Greed ($18.00 for 0.34 oz.) is new and not new — it is new because it is the first time it has been available on its own (and full-sized), but it was originally launched as part of Urban Decay Little Sins Eyeshadow Primer Potion Set.

  • Greed is a shimmering slightly pale gold with yellow undertones.

Even though I tested Greed previously for wear, I found the full-size version to be more pigmented and the overall finish of the product seemed different to me. I tested and photographed Greed just this past October, but the full-sized version has more of a metallic finish with a stronger sheen.

The finish is quite similar to Sin’s, but I specifically mentioned in the previous post on Greed that it had more of a shimmer than frost finish. Because Greed has more of a metallic finish, it reflects more light, but the color itself is still a beautiful pale yellow gold. I was, however, still able to wear Greed all day on its own or as an eyeshadow base without creasing.

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  • Product: 28/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: I think warm-toned beauties will find this works really well as a base or an all-over color for quick looks.

AVAILABILITY: January 2011 at urbandecay.com, early February 2011 at Beauty.com, Macy’s, Sephora, ULTA

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Sunday, December 5th, 2010

Shiseido PK 327 Lipstick
Shiseido PK327 Lipstick

Going Natural: Shiseido PK327 Lipstick

Shiseido Tender (PK327) Perfect Rouge Sheer Lip Color ($25.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a beautiful petal pink with yellow undertones. Despite being part of Shiseido’s “Sheer” line, it adds quite a bit of pink to my natural lip color, plus a glossy shine. It’s by no means opaque, but the color itself is definitely there. It’s moisturizing and applies evenly, though it wears for about three hours before beginning to fade. It is also scent- and taste-free.

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  • Product: 28/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: For a soft, everyday kind of pink, PK327 works perfectly!

AVAILABILITY: Nordstrom

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