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NARS Tropical Princess Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Tropical Princess Eyeshadow Duo
NARS Tropical Princess Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Tropical Princess Eyeshadow Duo ($35.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a new, limited edition duo for summer. If you really liked the texture and application of Kauai, I think you’re going to be pleased with this duo as well! It felt very similar to me; soft, smooth, buttery, and silky with excellent color payoff. Both shades from this duo wore well for almost eight hours before starting to crease slightly (no primer). I would say this duo felt a little softer and not quite as “thick,” and it didn’t wear for quite as long as Kauai, but the texture is really lovely to work with (Kauai was just perfect!). This duo is slated for release on NARS’ website on April 15th, then it will roll out to other retailers beginning of May.

Tropical Princess #1 is described as a “neon lemon lime.” It’s a bright pop of chartreuse that leans green (not yellow) with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. The pigmentation was very nice and true-to-pan, while the texture was soft and buttery and very easy to use. MAC Chartreuse Bouquet (LE, $21.00) is slightly darker, less metallic. Kat Von D Birdcage (LE) is more muted. CoverGirl Lime Light (310) (LE, $4.99) is slightly greener. NARS Rated R #1 (P, $24.00) is less shimmery. Dior Garden Pastels #1 (LE) is darker, greener. Make Up For Ever #304 (P, $20.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tropical Princess #2 is described as an “icy lavender.” It’s a very light, lavender-tinged white with a metallic finish. It applies a lot lighter than it looks in the pan due to the incredibly reflective, metallic sheen it gives off–it brightened the lid well, but on me, the “lavender” part of the color tended to get lost. On cooler complexions, or if paired with cooler eyeshadows, I think it may be more prominent. The color payoff was great, though, and the texture felt like butter and silk. Tarina Tarantino Diamond Dusk #1 (LE) is darker. Urban Decay Aura #2 (LE, $18.00) is similar. MAC Fresh Ice (LE, $21.00) is less metallic. bareMinerals Flash (P, $16.00) is darker, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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NARS Baalbek Eye Paint

NARS Baalbek Eye Paint
NARS Baalbek Eye Paint

NARS Baalbek Eye Paint ($25.00 for 0.08 oz.) is described as “bronze.” It’s a blackened-brown with warm, olive undertones and dirty gold and bronze shimmer. MAC Past Twilight (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned, less shimmery. Sephora Collection Diving in Malaysia (18) (P, $9.00) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Crave (P, $19.00) has no shimmer. Urban Decay Corrupt (P, $19.00) is lighter. MAC Orpheus (LE, $16.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS’ Eye Paint formula is supposed to be richly pigmented, smooth, quick-drying, long-lasting gel eyeliner. I was really impressed with the formula when it first released, because they can also be used as cream eyeshadows and have a consistency that works exceptionally well as an eyeliner and as a cream eyeshadow–and they wear long and hard. Baalbek is intensely pigmented, so a little goes a very long way, and it applies smoothly and evenly. It wore well for over twelve hours and didn’t budge or fade (it could have kept going!) as an eyeliner, and as an eyeshadow, it held up without creasing or fading for nine hours (then it slightly creased). It’s a new (and permanent) shade from NARS’ Adult Swim collection, which launches April 15th.

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NARS 413 BLKR Illuminator

 

NARS 413 BLKR Illuminator
NARS 413 BLKR Illuminator

NARS 413 BLKR Illuminator ($30.00 for 1.1 fl. oz.) is described as a “shimmering champagne.” It’s a brightened, light, gold-hued champagne with warm undertones and a frosted, slightly metallic, sheen. NARS Devotee (LE, $29.00) is a powder product, less warm-toned. MAC Sparkling Rose (LE) is warmer, less metallic, powder. Urban Decay Naked (P, $29.00) is more sparkly, powder. Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (P, $44.00) is less shimmery, powder. Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is warmer, powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This is a product where less is more; if you go too heavily, it looks frosted and can start to emphasize pores, but if patted on and sheered out, it gives a dewy, luminous look to the skin (and just barely emphasizes pores). Unlike NARS Adelaide (my first experience with NARS’ Illuminators), this isn’t glittery or sparkly–shimmery, yes–but no over-the-top glittery bits to worry about. It has a thin consistency, so it can also be mixed into liquid or cream foundation for an all-over glow. When you mix a product like this with your foundation, it’s a much subtler effect, and you’ll just notice a more luminous finish overall, compared to your foundation’s normal finish but still understated. I am all about a liquid highlighter mixed into foundation right now, because it is a surefire way to give skin a lit-from-within-glow that makes people ask you what you’re doing to keep your skin so lovely! Wearing this as a highlighter on the cheek bones, it wore well for seven and a half hours before starting to turn patchy.

NARS Illuminator 413 BLKR
413 BLKR

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NARS 413 BLKR Blush

NARS 413 BLKR Blush
NARS 413 BLKR Blush

NARS 413 BLKR Blush ($30.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as “rosebud.” It’s a medium-dark, slightly muted, rosy pink with cool undertones and a matte finish. Milani Tea Rose (08) (LE, $7.99) is quite a bit lighter. Milani Bella Rosa (11) (P, $7.99) is a little brighter. Kevyn Aucoin Neolita (P, $37.00) is darker, warmer, more shimmery. Bobbi Brown Berry (LE, $26.00) is darker. NARS Mata Hari (P, $29.00) is lighter. MAC Mocha (P, $21.00) is slightly warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It was a richly pigmented blush that applied with true-to-pan color. Deeper skin tones will have no trouble getting this to show up on their skin tone, while fairer skin tones will have to use a lighter hand when building up the color, it doesn’t feel “too pigmented” where the merest brush of your bristles is product overload! The texture was soft, finely-milled, and silky against the skin, which made it easier to achieve smoother, even color during application. When I applied the blush, it was fairly easy to blend out the edges. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me, which is a bit longer than average.

NARS Powder Blush 413 BLKR
413 BLKR

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Dior Rivage (264) Transatlantique Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Rivage (264) Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Rivage (264) Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Rivage (264) Eyeshadow Palette ($60.00 for 0.21 oz.) consists of five shades ranging from pale gray to navy blue–four of the shades are cool-toned, lean bluish, while one is a warm-toned gold. The palette is part of the Saks-exclusive Transatlantique collection and is available online and in-store. At this point, I feel like I should know better than to buy Dior’s more “vibrant” palettes, because I usually find them disappointing, and true to form, this one is a miss as well. (Unless they bring back last year’s Mystic Metallics formula.) The application is difficult due to the powdery, almost chalky, base of the majority of the shades, so it looks dry, powdery, and gets muddied quickly on the lid. It’s a palette that desperately needs to be paired with a slightly tacky, creamy base (it needs more than a regular, invisible primer), and I highly recommend applying it prior to your base products as there is a lot of excess fall out (and yes, I tap excess off my brush prior to applying). The shades started off more faded applied than they looked in the pan, but it had noticeably faded even more after six hours of wear.

Rivage #1 is a muted, periwinkle blue with a silvered, frosted finish. It had decent color payoff, and the texture was slightly powdery but soft to the touch. Sleek MakeUP Acid #5 (P, $9.99), Tarina Tarantino Violet Storm #3 (LE), Sephora Collection My Boyfriend’s Jeans (19) (P, $13.00), and NARS Rated R #2 (P, $24.00) are all significantly darker. MAC Moon’s Reflection (P, $15.00) is lighter, warmer in a way. MAC Wintersky (LE, $32.50) is darker, more frosted. Chanel Destination (LE, $36.00) is grayer, cream. Inglot #429 (P, $6.00) is lighter with a more metallic sheen. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Rivage #2 is a pale, gray-ish white with a soft, pearly finish. This shade was dry, chalky, powdery, and ultimately, semi-sheer at best in regards to coverage. Tom Ford Beauty Ice Queen #1 (P) is more frosted, brighter. Tarina Tarantino Glinda’s Kiss (LE) is yellower. MAC A Waft of Grey #1 (P, $21.00) is similar. Dior Golden Snow #1 (LE) is brighter. theBalm A3 (LE, $16.00) is grayer. NARS Vent Glace #1 (P, $24.00) is similar. Dior Night Golds #1 (LE) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Rivage #3 is a light-medium, sky blue with a metallic sheen. It had so-so color payoff, but at least the texture wasn’t powdery. Sleek MakeUP Acid #6 (P, $9.99) is slightly darker. NARS South Pacific #2 (P, $24.00) is darker, less metallic. MAC Dimensional Blue (LE, $19.50) is cooler-toned, more muted. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Rivage #4 is a medium gold with warm, yellow-orange undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. It had fairly good pigmentation, and the texture had an almost wet feel to it, but it had some chunkier glitter, so there was some fall out during wear along with the shorter wear-time of the color in general. bareMinerals Stay Golden (LE, $14.00) is darker, less sparkly. Dior Golden Snow #2 (LE) is chunkier. MAC Until Dawn #2 (LE, $21.00) is more muted. Sleek MakeUP Meet in Madrid (LE, $9.99) is less sparkly. Milani Drenched in Gold (P, $6.99) is warmer. MAC Retrospeck (P, $15.00) is similar. L’Oreal Eternal Sunshine (P, $7.99) is yellower. Lancome Eternal Gold (P, $24.50) is yellower. Dior Night Golds #4 (LE) is less metallic.Dior Fairy Golds #2 (LE) is less warm-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Rivage #5 is a rich, deep blue with a frosted finish. It seemed to have excellent color payoff, but the texture was noticeably powdery, and when I worked with it on the eyelid, it looked incredibly faded and muted. I tried to layer and build the color up in the crease to no avail. The one shade that seemed promising ended up disappointing as well. Sleek MakeUP Acid #5 (P, $9.99) is lighter. Wet ‘n’ Wild I’m His Breezey #5 (P, $2.29) is less shimmery. Tarina Tarantino Violet Storm #3 (LE) is brighter. Wet ‘n’ Wild I Don’t Do Camouflage #3 (LE, $2.29) is less frosted, more muted. Sephora Collection My Boyfriend’s Jeans (19) (P, $13.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette Rivage (264)
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Dior Sailor Vernis

Dior Sailor Vernis
Dior Sailor Vernis

Dior Sailor Vernis ($30.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is a rich, cobalt blue with a jelly-cream finish. MAC Breezy Blue (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Blue Gaze (LE, $16.00) is darker. Illamasqua Force (P, $17.00) is slightly darker. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Pond (P, $10.00) is a smidgen more muted. China Glaze Ride the Waves (LE, $7.50) is lighter. China Glaze Manhunt (LE, $7.50) is darker. Deborah Lippmann I Know What Boys Like (LE, $19.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It’s one of three shades available in the Saks-exclusive Voyage Transatlantique collection, and with my luck, it just sold out online. You may be able to track it down in store if you happen to be near a Saks (or know of one to call–I’m sure they’ll ship it to you as well). There are two other shades–Captain and Yacht–but I didn’t purchase either, so I won’t have any insight into them. Each shade is paired with nail stickers that can be applied to the nail. Sailor applied beautifully with mostly opaque color coverage (just enough translucency so that it had that squishy, jelly look) in two coats. I didn’t have any issues with the consistency, as the polish flowed evenly and smoothly across the surface of the nail without bubbling, streaking, or pooling along the edges. It dried down at an average speed but finished with a glossy shine. I typically get a week of wear out of Dior’s formula with no chipping, just minor tip wear.

Dior Vernis Sailor
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