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NARS Loves Miami Gift Set for Holiday 2013


NARS Loves Miami Gift Set

For Holiday 2013, NARS debuts a new limited edition gift set, based on the exciting, sensual city’s top-selling shades. Elevate any look with four evocative Eyeshadow hues, and the brand’s iconic Orgasm Blush and Laguna Bronzing Powder paired with cult favourite Nail Polish and Lip Gloss shades. The set retails for $75.00.

Eye & Cheek Palette

  • Orgasm (Blush) Peachy pink with golden shimmer
  • Fathom (Single Eyeshadow) Pink tulle with shimmer
  • Kalahari (Eyeshadow Duo, Right) Sugared cocoa
  • Daphne (Single Eyeshadow) Matte deep violet
  • Cordura (Eyeshadow Duo, Right) Shimmering sooty dark brown
  • Laguna (Bronzing Powder) Brown with golden shimmer

Nail Polish & Lip Gloss

  • Orgasm (Nail Polish) Peachy pink with shimmer
  • Orgasm (Lipgloss) Peachy pink with shimmer

Availability: The NARS Hearts Miami Gift Set is currently available at Bloomingdale’s Boca Raton, Nordstrom (West Palm Beach, Dadeland, Aventura Mall, Boca), Saks Fifth Avenue Bal Harbour.  $75, limited edition.

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NYX Cosmo & Sunrise Mega Shine Lipgloss

NYX Cosmo Lipgloss
NYX Cosmo Lipgloss

NYX Cosmo Lipgloss ($4.99 for 0.53 fl. oz.) is a shimmering rose gold–a lovely mix of pale pink, copper, and light copper. Applied, it looked lighter, softer, and not as warm-toned–more pink than copper came through. The finish was nearly metallic; incredibly sparkling and reflective.  It had semi-sheer coverage in terms of color, but there was so much shimmer in it, that the end result was more semi-opaque. This shade lasted three and a half hours on me and was neither hydrating nor drying.  As this one is so shimmer-packed, I do feel little bits of shimmer towards the end of wear.  Dior Paradise (732) (P, $29.50) is more coral, darker. Revlon Rosegold (DC, $7.49) is lighter. Urban Decay Naked is more pearly, less shimmery, pinker. (P, $19.00) MAC Social Light (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Blessedly Rich (LE, $15.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Sunrise Lipgloss ($4.99 for 0.53 fl. oz.) is a medium, warm-toned red with coppery gold micro-shimmer. It had semi-opaque color coverage–it adds plenty of color to lips, but there is some translucency where the natural lip color comes through. I had some minor settling of the color into lip lines, but in general, it’s not easily noticed. It lasted well for four hours and was lightly hydrating. Revlon Fatal Apple (P, $7.99) is sheerer, less shimmery. MAC Mango Sheen (LE, $19.00) is also sheerer. L’Oreal Sparkle Frenzy (LE, $9.99) is darker, redder. See comparison swatches.

The Mega Shine Lip Gloss formula is supposed to “[deliver] shine, moisture and softness and [envelop] lips with glistening color.” It has a light-medium-weighted consistency that spreads evenly and easily across the lips. The texture is mostly non-sticky with some very light tackiness developing over time. I find that the scent of the formula varies from tube to tube, as some arrive with no scent, some smell almost like plastic, and then some smell like cherry cough syrup.  I didn’t notice the scent once the gloss is applied, only when I smelled the applicator or the product in the tube, and there wasn’t any noticeable taste.

Cosmo
Cosmo
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total
Sunrise
Sunrise
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

Charlotte Tilbury Kissing Lipstick

Charlotte Tilbury Coachella Coral Kissing Lipstick
Charlotte Tilbury Coachella Coral Kissing Lipstick

Charlotte Tilbury Coachella Coral Kissing Lipstick (£23.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a brightened, medium coral-pink with a satin finish. It had rich, opaque color coverage, and the color applied evenly and smoothly. It wore well for four and a half hours, and it was neither drying nor hydrating when worn.  Urban Decay Streak (P, $22.00) is lighter. Givenchy Rose Dressing (202) (P, $36.00) is a bit darker, less matte. MAC Elegant Accent (P, $22.00) is very similar. MAC Watch Me Simmer (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Heart to Heart (LE, $15.00) is pinker. Guerlain Giulette (P, $49.50) has a golden shimmer. Chanel Genial (LE, $34.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Velvet Underground Kissing Lipstick (£23.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a bold, brightened fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a satin finish. It was incredibly pigmented, and it applied and wore beautifully for a solid six and a half hours, plus it left behind a stain that lingered for a couple more hours. It was neither drying nor hydrating while worn; it seemed slightly moisturizing initially but at the four-hour mark, it just seemed neither drying nor hydrating. MAC Pleasure Bomb (LE, $15.00) is more matte, redder. Givenchy Fuchsia Irresistible (205) (P, $36.00) is slightly darker. NARS Carthage (P, $26.00) is pinker. MAC Rare Exotic (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Moxie (LE, $15.00) is more matte. MAC Impassioned (P, $15.00) is slightly redder. MAC Girl About Town (P, $15.00) is a touch bluer-based. See comparison swatches.

The formula is supposed to have rich, buildable color, not feather or bleed, and leave lips “soft, pert, soothed and hydrated.”  Both shades were lightly creamy–just enough to allow the lipstick to glide over the lips without catching or tugging and still keep the finish on the more satin side.  The finish of Coachella Coral was more of a true satin, where there was a soft sheen but still had a matte-ness to the look, whereas Velvet Underground was a more luminous satin but did become a truer satin after two hours of wear.  I didn’t find it to be a very hydrating formula, though it was not drying.  The formula is lightly scented with sweet vanilla but neither had a discernible taste when I wore them.

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Zoya Naturel Collection

Zoya Naturel Collection
Zoya Naturel Collection

The natural nail only better… The Zoya Nail Polish Naturel collection masters delicate tone on tone color with six new, full-coverage (opaque) neutral nudes with a pink undertone, that can be worn beautifully alone or stunningly together to create modern tonal accents.

The Look: It’s not about matching – it’s about coordinating colors with slight tonal differences to create interest.

  • Chantal French vanilla cream
  • Taylor Light toffee cream
  • Rue Boudoir blush cream
  • Brigitte Bombshell mauve cream
  • Odette Sultry maroon cream
  • Normani Sable mauve cream

Availability: January 2014 at zoya.com, $9.00 each

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YSL Corail Aquatique (7) & Pink Taboo (103) Glossy Stains

YSL Corail Aquatique (7) Glossy Stain
YSL Corail Aquatique (7) Glossy Stain

YSL Corail Aquatique (7) Glossy Stain ($34.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a light-medium, orange-coral with a glossy shine. It had mostly opaque color coverage, applied evenly overall, and wore for six and a half hours when I tested it. While worn, it was lightly hydrating. YSL Corail Fauve (12) (P, $34.00) is darker, redder. YSL Corail Hold Up (105) (P, $34.00) is shimmery.Marc Jacobs Beauty Paint It (202) (P, $28.00) is pinker. Revlon Kiss Me Coral (P, $7.99) is slightly pinker. MAC Whoops (P, $19.50) is more muted. MAC Geo Pink (LE, $20.00) is shimmery. Guerlain Candy Stripe (P, $30.00) is pinker. Burberry Brick Red (P, $27.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

YSL Pink Taboo (103) Rebel Nudes Glossy Stain ($34.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a medium, reddish coral with fuchsia and copper shimmer. It had semi-opaque color coverage, and it wore well for six and a half hours, but it was a little drying towards the last few hours of wear. YSL Fuchsia Fugitive (109) (P, $34.00) is more fuchsia-hued. Guerlain Candy Stripe (P, $30.00) is lighter, less shimmery, less red. See comparison swatches.

YSL’s Glossy Stains have a watery consistency initially, which develops into a slightly thicker, more gel-like texture that hugs onto lips–and they tend to darken as they “set” (usually within five minutes, but I wait about twenty to thirty minutes before photographing). Their biggest advantage is that they tend to have a lot of color coverage and wear for hours and hours, as they are a stain. These absolutely stain; if you swatch them on your arm or hand, you’ll instantly have a stain that doesn’t go away for hours (for me, it takes a day or longer to get rid of them!). On lips, that stain doesn’t last a day, but it does last for quite a long time, even after the glossiness and majority of the color has worn away, my lips remain somewhat tinted for a few more hours. They’re lightly tacky once they turn into a gel consistency, and they do have a grape-like scent that may be off-putting for some. They scent fades as it dries down, but from the tube initially, the scent is fairly strong.

Maybelline Signature Scarlet, Mauve Mystique, Couture Color Elixir Lipglosses

Maybelline Signature Scarlet (020) Color Elixir Lip Color
Maybelline Signature Scarlet (020) Color Elixir Lip Color

Today, I have three more shades from Maybelline’s Color Elixir Lip Color ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) range. It’s a new and permanent formula introduced this winter, and it’s supposed to have rich color payoff with a plush feel, hydration, and high-gloss shine. Some shades are nice, others apply somewhat streakily, as the consistency is more medium to medium-thick. Sometimes, if you press your lips together, you can see a “line” appear where the color has moved and bunched up. The gloss is non-sticky when first applied, but it does develop a slight tackiness while worn–it never becomes really sticky, though. It has a sweet, creme brulee scent and a perfume-y taste. I notice the taste more with the brighter and darker shades than the lighter ones. They are moderately moisturizing.

Signature Scarlet (020) Color Elixir Lip Color ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a warm-toned, orange-based medium red with a creamy, glossy finish. It’s nearly opaque (there’s just a hint of translucency), and the consistency is medium-weight and applies evenly. It wears for five hours on me. Revlon Fire (P, $7.49) is similar. NARS Wonder (LE, $25.00) is more orange, more muted. NARS Hollywoodlawn (LE, $26.00) is slightly more muted. Chanel Exces (P, $32.00) is less opaque–the colors are very similar but Maybelline’s is better with respect to performance. See comparison swatches.

Mauve Mystique (025) Color Elixir Lip Color ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a pinky-plum with a creamy, glossy finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage with some of the natural lip color coming through. It applied evenly for the most part, but there were some areas where you could see the color was somewhat streaky. I would apply less rather than more, as this was a color that tended to bunch up if you pressed or moved your lips together too much. It lasted for four hours on me. L’Oreal Florid Pink (LE, $7.99) is brighter. Edward Bess First Kiss (P, $30.00) is lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Sugar Pink (P, $45.00) is more muted. Urban Decay Lovechild (P, $19.00) is a bit pinker, less glossy. Urban Decay Flushed (P, $19.00) is more muted, more mauve. MAC Viva Glam Nicki (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Curvaceous (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned. Chanel Insolence (P, $32.00) is similar but sheerer. See comparison swatches.

Caviar Couture (050) Color Elixir Lip Color ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a cool-toned, reddened berry with faint fuchsia shimmer. It had semi-opaque color coverage, and as you might have guessed, it doesn’t apply flawlessly. There is some settling into lip lines, but it has a somewhat splotchy appearance on the lips. It’s not the worst I’ve encountered, but it’s not as opaque as Maybelline would have you believe and can be a high maintenance color to wear. On me, it wore for four and a half hours. MAC Lust for Life (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery. Chanel Crushed Cherry (P, $29.50) is redder. NARS Penny Arcade (LE, $26.00) is pinker, lighter, less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total
7.5
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
9
Longevity
3.5
Application
77%
Total