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NARS Taj Mahal Blush

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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Guerlain Candy Stripe (468) Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shine

Guerlain Candy Stripe (468) Gloss d'Enfer Maxi Shine
Guerlain Candy Stripe (468) Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shine

Guerlain Candy Stripe (468) Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shine ($30.00 for 0.25 fl. oz.) is warm, coral-red with a very dusting of gold pearl (it looks mostly like a cream applied the shimmer is so fine and sparse). Korres Pomegranate is a touch lighter. Revlon papaya is pinker but similar. MAC Geo Pink has more shimmer. Revlon Strawberry is pinker. Hourglass Nectar is brighter. MAC Viva Glam Cyndi is lighter. Illamasqua Mistress is brighter and bolder.

It had semi-opaque color coverage with some translucency. Candy Stripe applied evenly and smoothly, and it didn’t settle into lip lines because it has such a thin consistency. The gloss feels thin, nearly weightless, and non-sticky. It lasted for four hours well, which is about average. It feels almost gel-like when it’s on, and it has slip, but it doesn’t slide around. My lips, consistently, feel more hydrated after wearing one of Guerlain’s new glosses, and Candy Stripe was no exception. They have a floral-like scent and come in a flat, clear tube with a slanted doe-foot applicator. It has good shine but not quite enough glossiness that it gives lips a fuller appearance.

Hare Polish Party Palace Nail Lacquer

Hare Polish Party Palace Nail Lacquer
Hare Polish Party Palace Nail Lacquer

Hare Polish Party Palace Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright fuchsia jelly with small hot orange hexes, white squares, fuchsia micro-glitter, and blue shimmer.” It’s a vibrant, blue-based fucshia pink with white square-shaped glitter, orange hexagonal-shaped glitter, blue and white shimmer all suspended in a squishy, jelly base. I don’t have anything similar to the polish overall; Deborah Lippmann Makin’ Whoopee is similar to the base color, and Illamasqua Obsess is also similar but has no shimmer/sheen at all.

It’s very nearly opaque in two coats but there’s a very subtle translucency that allows it to retain its jelly finish and composition. It’s bold, bright, and complex with multi-sized particles and colors. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, and it flowed well over the nail without bubbling or pooling along the edges. All of the components of the polish dispersed evenly across the nail and didn’t require any pushing or pulling to distribute. I get a week of wear out of Hare’s formula with minor tip wear but no chipping.

Hare will be restocking their spring collection in the next couple of weeks, so my goal is to get reviews for the new collection out before that happens 🙂 This was the very first shade that caught my eye but more to come!

Hare Polish Party Palace Nail Lacquer

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Urban Decay Laced Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Laced Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Laced Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Laced Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “pinky-taupe matte.” It’s a pinky beige with mostly neutral undertones and a matte finish. You may already have this shade if you have the Vice palette. Inglot #344 is several shades darker. MAC Bloom On is slightly lighter and pinker. Bobbi Brown Dusty Lilac is darker.

Laced was one of my favorite shades from the Vice palette, because it’s not a shade that I have half a dozen similar shades of, and it’s a very versatile neutral.  How it might be used depends on your skin tone and what you pair it with, but it can be used as an all-over lid shade to even out the tone, to mattify any frost, to help in blending out another shade, as a highlighter, or as a softly defined crease for those with really pale complexions.  The texture was soft, finely-milled, and smooth–not at all powdery–and easy to blend and apply. The color payoff is true-to-pan, and it’s fully pigmented.  I wore alongside Easy Baked and Desperation, and it lasted a full nine hours without fading or creasing.

Urban Decay Laced Eyeshadow

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Urban Decay Desperation Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Desperation Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Desperation Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Desperation Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “grayish taupe brown matte-satin.” It’s a darkened gray with brown undertones and a dusting of teal micro-shimmer with satin finish. This shade was in the Vice palette, but this seemed to apply a bit darker. Wet ‘n’ Wild Desert Festival #5 is slightly browner. Benefit Holy Smokes is similar in color but a cream product. bareMinerals Undercover is lighter. MAC Nebula is a touch browner. MAC Keep Your Cool is browner. Urban Decay Pistol is warmer, lighter.

At first glance, it appears to have a satin finish, but the more it is blended out, the more matte the finish becomes. The sheen of the slight pearl included in it is very, very subtle. I was thrown by Urban Decay’s “matte-satin” description initially, but it really does make sense. The texture of this shade was slightly dry, so it tends to apply better with a fluffier brush and with light, feathery strokes.  Desperation had good color payoff, and it was buildable to mostly opaque color on the lid.  It’s good, just not perfect; the slightly drier texture made the payoff less intense and not as easily blended as the best of Urban Decay’s eyeshadows.

Urban Decay Desperation Eyeshadow

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Urban Decay Easy Baked Eyeshadow

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.

Easy Baked
Easy Baked
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Longevity
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