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10 Eye Products to Try at Sephora

Here are some of my personal recommendations for eye products to pick up while Sephora’s offering 15% off! Beauty Insiders use code TICKET, VIBs use code VIBTICKET, and Rouges use code ROUGETICKET. 🙂 Feel free to share your recommendations for other readers to try!

  1. Urban Naked Palettes (review) if you’re a big fan of various hues of neutrals that tend to lean more shimmery. I’ve enjoyed all three palettes enormously, and I usually take one along with me when I travel. (Pictured: Naked3)
  2. Too Faced Pretty Rebel Eyeshadow Palette (review) is one of the best eyeshadow palettes ever–perfect if you love rich, pigmented eyeshadows with frosted finishes.
  3. bareMinerals Power Neutrals Eyeshadow Palette (review) is a nice option for a neutral palette with a variety of finishes.
  4. Sephora 10 Shades of Samba Set (review) has ten shades of one of my favorite eyeliner formulas (Sephora’s Eye Contour Pencils) in several colorful hues. (Pictured: Romantic Comedy)
  5. NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base (review) is my very favorite eyeshadow primer–colorless, works well across brands and finishes, and keeps my eyeshadow on extra long.
  6. Dior Fusion Mono Eyeshadows (review) are my newest favorite for cream eyeshadows! So versatile, long-wearing, and sparkling. (Pictured: Hypnotique)
  7. Marc Jacobs Intro(vert) Highliner (review) is an eyeliner I get complimented on all the time–it’s a cooler-toned, brighter teal that is harder to dupe.
  8. Urban Decay Ocho Loco 2 (review) is a set of eight full-sized eyeliners from black to teal–I’m constantly reaching for the shades in this one–and bonus, it comes with Grind House as well!
  9. Urban Decay Grind House (review) is my go-to for all my eyeliner sharpening needs!
  10. Marc Jacobs Brow Tamer (review) works nicely to keep brows in place without giving them a hard, crunchy feeling. I just picked up my second one this time around, actually!
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NARS Belize, Stolen Kisses, Risky Business, Supervixen, Istria Lipglosses

NARS Lipgloss – Sweet Dreams, Belize, Stolen Kisses, Risky Business, Supervixen, Istria
NARS Lipgloss – Sweet Dreams, Belize, Stolen Kisses, Risky Business, Supervixen, Istria

Belize is described as a “pink mauve with flecks of gold.” It’s a medium, muted rosy pink with a light dusting of gold sparkle and warm undertones. It had mostly opaque color coverage (you can barely make out my lip freckle), but there was enough translucency that if you have really pigmented lips, the shade might look somewhat different on your lips. This shade wore well for four hours on me. Urban Decay Flushed (P, $19.00) is less glossy, less shimmery. Maybelline Caramel Infused (065) (P, $8.99) is less shimmery. MAC Floating Lotus (LE, $20.00) is less pigmented, more muted. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Stolen Kisses is described as a “sparkling caramel pink.” It’s a rosy, medium brown with fine pink shimmer and larger white sparkle. It had semi-opaque color coverage–similar to that of Belize–where some of the natural lip color peeks through. It lasted for four and a half hours on me. MAC Be Nice (P, $22.00) is lighter, sheerer. Marc Jacobs Beauty Heart Shaped (308) (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, warmer. NARS Viva (LE, $26.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Risky Business is described as a “warm raspberry.” It’s a muted, coppery-red with pink and white shimmer. It had semi-sheer pigmentation, and it noticeably darkened the natural lip color and added a lot of shimmer. The application was mostly even, though I could slightly feel the texture of the shimmer. The color lasted for three and a half hours on me. MAC Flash of Flesh (LE, $15.00) is lighter. Dior Ambre Lumiere (227) (P, $29.50) is darker, warmer. Chanel Daydream (P, $29.50) is redder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Supervixen is described as a “sheer sparkling mauve.” It’s a warm-toned, medium-dark plummy brown with bronze shimmer. It had semi-sheer color payoff with plentiful shimmer. It lasted for three hours on me, though I didn’t notice the texture of the shimmer in this shade. Illamasqua Culminate (LE, $24.00) is warmer. Dior Etincelante (432) (P, $29.50) is more muted. Revlon Rosegold (DC, $7.49) is pinker. MAC Blessedly Rich (LE, $15.00) is darker. Dior Ambre Lumiere (227) (P, $29.50) is similar. Chanel Attirance (LE, $32.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Istria is described as a “pink glace.” It’s a light-medium, cool-toned pink with blue undertones and soft, white shimmer. It had semi-sheer color coverage that did not apply evenly, so it looked somewhat splotchy on the lips. It also settled into lip lines. The color wore well for three and a half hours on me. MAC Tender (P, $22.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Lovechild (P, $20.00) is less cool-toned. Urban Decay Obsessed (P, $19.00) is a touch lighter. NARS International Velvet (LE, $26.00) is lighter, less cool-toned. MAC Petite Indulgence (LE, $20.00) is darker. MAC Pagoda (LE, $20.00) is lighter. MAC Going Casual (LE, $20.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Lipgloss ($26.00 for 0.18 fl. oz.) has been reformulated, and the new formulation will launch on April 15th with 30 permanent shades–seven are new and permanent, 23 are shades that were available in the previous formula. NARS says the new formula is supposed to have “longer, more comfortable wear,” while being hydrating and smoothing with a “silky texture.” The texture is thin, somewhat tacky (the more shimmery shades seemed slightly tackier than the creamier ones), unscented (and no signs of a plastic, waxy, or crayon-like scent), with two to five hours of wear time, and is moderately hydrating. The formula is thinner and less sticky (5 or 6, compared to an 8 on the original formula, on a 10-point scale), and I found it more comfortable to wear overall. Note, the reformulated glosses are more expensive and contain less product.

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NARS Triple X, Striptease, Greek Fantasy, Giza, Sweet Dreams Lipglosses

NARS Lipgloss – Triple X, Striptease, Greek Holiday, Giza, Sweet Dreams
NARS Lipgloss – Triple X, Striptease, Greek Holiday, Giza, Sweet Dreams

NARS Lipgloss ($26.00 for 0.18 fl. oz.) has been reformulated, and the new formulation will launch on April 15th with 30 permanent shades–seven are new and permanent, 23 are shades that were available in the previous formula. NARS says the new formula is supposed to have “longer, more comfortable wear,” while being hydrating and smoothing with a “silky texture.” In regards to pigmentation, it sounds like a variety: “for a full range of effects, from sheer shine to bold luster.” Several shades have descriptions that include “sheer,” so I’m really trying to glean from the descriptions the intended opacity, but I warn you now that some of the ones described as “sheer” aren’t really sheer, some that don’t have “sheer” as part of the description are sheer.

So far, my experience with formula (I’m about halfway through testing the range) is that pigmentation varies from sheer to opaque with plenty of shades falling somewhere in-between, while the texture is thin, somewhat tacky (some shades are more or less sticky, and they develop more tackiness as they wear on). It’s a very comfortable formula to wear, and it is moderately hydrating. The wear varies as wildly as the pigmentation does with some shades lasting as short as two hours and others lasting almost five hours. It’s not a long-wear formula, though, so keep that in mind. With some of the more sparkly shades, I could feel the grit of the sparkle, though it was not overly rough, just noticeable, due to the thinner consistency.

With respect to the previous formula, the new formula is definitely thinner, less tacky (if the previous formula was an eight on the stickiness scale, these vary between five and six), and none of the thirty shades were scented (and no plastic, crayon, etc. scent, which some of the older glosses had–my experience was some had this problem, others were unscented). I didn’t detect any taste while wearing them. I also found these to be more hydrating on the whole and generally more comfortable to wear. The pigmentation seems higher on the older glosses, but I don’t have all the original shades to compare. I will have side-by-side swatches of the few I have from the previous formula against the new shades soon.

Triple X is described as a “clear, super-shiny, ultra-wet gloss.” It’s a high-shine, clear gloss with a thin consistency and no shimmer. There’s not a lot to say about this, as it is colorless just as intended, so this would be a way to add the high-shine finish of a gloss to your favorite lip color without altering the actual color of it. On its own, the glossiness and feel of the gloss lasted for three hours on me.

Striptease is described as a “candlelight nude.” It’s a light, creamy peach with gold shimmer. It had semi-sheer color coverage, which applied somewhat evenly but had room for improvement. The thinner consistency kept it from settling too noticeably into lip lines. It lasted three hours on me. Divergent Supreme Ritual (LE) is lighter. NARS Bimini (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, less warm-toned. YSL Nude Carat (No. 20) (P, $32.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Summer Sweetheart (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery, pinker. MAC Double Happiness (LE, $20.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Greek Holiday is described as a “sparkling pink sand.” It’s a light-medium, golden peach with gold sparkle. It had sheer color payoff and introduced warmth, slightly darkened my natural lip color, but primarily added shine and sparkle. It wore well for three hours. MAC Revved Up (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, less glossy. Urban Decay Freestyle (P, $20.00) has finer shimmer, slightly darker. Revlon Peach (P, $7.49) is similar. MAC Sublime Shine (LE, $20.00) is warmer. MAC Satin Slip (LE, $20.00) is a touch lighter. MAC Imperial Light (LE, $20.00) is warmer. Hourglass Verse (P, $28.00) is less warm-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Giza is described as a “sheer nectar.” It’s a medium, slightly muted, peachy-orange with a creamy, glossy finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff, which meant that the natural lip color influenced the outcome of the gloss–on me, that meant that some of the orange was lost and the gloss looked more like a pinky-peach. It wore well for four hours. MAC Ray of Sunshine (P, $22.00) is darker, warmer. MAC Lovingly Yours (P, $22.00) is lighter, pinker. MAC Cheerful (P, $22.00) is darker, warmer. MAC Be Nice (P, $22.00) is pinker, less warm-toned. Bobbi Brown Nectar (LE, $24.00) is much lighter, cooler-toned. Urban Decay Rule34 (P, $20.00) is sheerer. MAC Persistent Peach (P, $19.50) is lighter, more opaque. MAC Everlasting Nude (LE, $19.50) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sweet Dreams is described as a “pink grapefruit with sugary shimmer.” It’s a muted, pinky-beige base with champagne shimmer and fine sparkle. This shade is very “lip-colored,” so it doesn’t really add a lot of visible color since it blends in with the natural lip coloro. What is visible is mostly sparkle/shimmer, but I would still describe this as sheer. It lasted for two and a half hours. MAC Revved Up (LE, $20.00) MAC Nectarsweet (LE, $20.00) bareMinerals Dazzler (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery. Chanel French Toffee (83) (LE, $27.00) is slightly warmer. MAC Soft Serenade (LE, $15.00) is warmer. Hourglass Verse (P, $28.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Round-up: NARS Adult Swim Collection

NARS Adult Swim Collection
NARS Adult Swim Collection

Launching April 15th, NARS Adult Swim Collection is a twelve-piece collection that features products for eyes, face, lips, and nails. As NARS will also rollout their reformulated lipgloss, which includes the five Lipgloss shades from this collection, you’ll see reviews for those coming soon, but the rest of the summer collection has now been reviewed in full!

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NARS Hot Sand Illuminator

NARS Hot Sand Illuminator
NARS Hot Sand Illuminator

NARS Hot Sand Illuminator ($30.00 for 1.10 fl. oz.) is described as a “peach champagne.” It’s a light-medium, champagne-shimmered peach with a frosted sheen. MAC Sparkling Rose (LE) is lighter, powder. Urban Decay Glint (LE) is similar but is a powder. Laura Mercier Spellbound (LE, $42.00) is warmer, a bit darker. Tom Ford Beauty Blush Guilt (LE, $58.00) is a smidgen darker. NARS Miss Liberty (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, warmer, powder. bareMinerals The Love Affair (LE, $26.00) is powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It’s very similar in consistency and finish to 413 BLKR, just in a different color (413 BLKR is much, much lighter). The texture is fairly thin, but a little goes a long way, so you won’t need much. I expect a tube will last you quite awhile! Whether you are more inclined to mix with your foundation or pat it along the high planes of the face, you don’t need much to get a glowing, luminous finish. If mixed with foundation, it just breathes life back into the skin if you tend to favor a satin or matte foundation. Applied to the high planes of the face (like cheek bones, down the length of the nose, cupid’s bow, etc.), it has a very high-shine finish that doesn’t emphasize pores but is a noticeable highlighter. This could be nice patted over a warmer blush or bronzer, but I would recommend applying the highlighter first, then the blush/bronzer to avoid displacing the blush/bronzer as the Illuminator tended to push away the powder. It didn’t impact the wear–neither lengthening nor shortening–of my foundation when mixed in with it, and it lasted seven and a half hours on its own before getting somewhat patchy.

NARS Iraklion Soft Touch Eyeshadow Pencil

NARS Iraklion Soft Touch Eyeshadow Pencil
NARS Iraklion Soft Touch Eyeshadow Pencil

NARS Iraklion Soft Touch Eyeshadow Pencil ($24.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “smoky rose quartz.” It’s a medium, muted brown with warm undertones and a champagne sheen. Tom Ford Beauty Orchid Haze #2 (P) is a powder. MAC Pink Sensibilities #1 (LE, $21.00) is also a powder. Too Faced Amaretto (P, $16.00) is warmer, darker, powder. Urban Decay Liar (P, $18.00) is a powder. Tom Ford Beauty Platinum (LE, $40.00) is darker, warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Long-time readers will know that this is a formula I struggle with, and while it’s still not a product I’d recommend or reach for, this was significantly better than the last few shades I’ve tested. Instead of being extremely creamy, a little thick, with a lot of slip, it was a drier, thinner texture, which improved longevity but made it less comfortable to apply to the eyelid, lash line, and so forth. It tended to drag, catch, and apply unevenly. I would recommend using a separate brush and applying that way to improve comfort. It had semi-opaque color payoff, but it was buildable to mostly opaque. Longevity on these pencils is usually minutes, not even hours, but this managed four hours on me before it started to crease slightly. The creasing worsened as I wore the pencil until it was fairly significant at the six-hour mark. When used as an eyeshadow base with powder eyeshadow on top to set, I didn’t have visible creasing for five and a half hours.

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