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NARS & Andy Warhol Gift Set Collection for Holiday 2012


NARS & Andy Warhol Gift Set Collection for Holiday 2012

All limited edition.

Eyeshadow Palettes ($55.00)

November 1st @ exclusively at Department and Specialty stores, NARS Flagship Boutiques, and on narscosmetics.com

  • Self Potrait 1 Black, bright periwinkle blue, vibrant green
  • Self Potrait 2 Black, white, silver
  • Self Potrait 3 Dark brown with shimmer overspray, rose pink, and heather blue

Silver Factory Gift Set ($200.00)

November 1st @ select doors only

  • Silver Factory Multiple Aluminum
  • Shadows Trio Eyeshadow Aluminum, bright deep purple, matte black
  • Chelsea Girls Pure Matte Lipstick Innocent, flesh-toned beige
  • Desire Blush Delicate bright pink
  • Via Veneto Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner Black
  • #13 Brush Large Domed Eyeshadow Brush
  • #8 Brush Blush

Edie Gift Set ($75.00)

November 1st @ narscosmetics.com

  • Film Star Pure Matte Lipstick 60s nude pink
  • Edie Eyeshadow Cream with a little bit of shimmer
  • Carpates Eyeliner Stylo Black
  • Deep Throat/Amour Blush Duo Shimmering sheer peach / matte peachy pink

Beautiful Darling Gift Set ($49.00)

November 1st @ narscosmetics.com

  • Candy Darling Nail Polish Electric pink
  • Femme Fatale Duo Eyeshadow Sheer white shimmer / fresh mint green
  • Woman in Revolt Larger Than Life Lipgloss Hot pink

Photo Booth Gift Set ($35.00)

November 1st @ narscosmetics.com

  • Back Room Black
  • Soup Can Perfect red
  • Chelsea Girls Innocent, flesh-toned beige
  • Silver Factory Aluminum

Availability: November 1st @ exclusively at Department and Specialty stores, NARS Flagship Boutiques, and on narscosmetic.com

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NARS & Andy Warhol Pop Collection (Sephora) for Holiday 2012


NARS & Andy Warhol Pop Collection (Sephora) for Holiday 2012

All limited edition.

Eyeshadow Palette ($55.00)

  • Flowers 1 White, brown rose, dark lavender, and gold against a shimmering lavender
  • grey background and black overspray
  • Flowers 2 White and heather blue against a shimmering lavender grey background and black overspray
  • FLOWERS
  • Flowers 3 White, pink champagne, and dark brown against a shimmering lavender
  • grey background and black overspray

Debbie harry Eye & Cheek Palette ($65.00)

  • Eyeshadow Shades White shimmer, sparkling turquoise, starry black, twinkling purple
  • Blush Shades Brilliant cream, shimmering pink champagne

Kiss Gift Set ($55.00)

  • Silver Factory Aluminum
  • Drella Ultra-sheer hot pink
  • Chelsea Girls Innocent, flesh-toned beige
  • Blue Movie Pink sherbet
  • Myths Rosy pink

Walk on the Wild Side Gift Set ($39.00)

  • Silver Factory Illuminator Aluminum
  • It Nail Polish Black violet
  • Orgasm Larger Than Life Lipgloss Peachy pink with golden shimmer

Availability: October 1st @ Sephora

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Illamasqua Aurora Gleam Highlighting Cream

Illamasqua Aurora Gleam Highlighting Cream
Illamasqua Aurora Gleam Highlighting Cream

A Little Light Goes a Long Way

Illamasqua Aurora Gleam Highlighting Cream ($24.00 for 0.23 oz.) is described as a “champagne.” It’s a soft, warm ivory champagne with a strong shimmer-sheen. The shimmer is fairly fine, but it has a strong sheen that’s almost metallic depending on how much product you use. Benefit Watt’s Up! is similar, though a bit less warm-toned. NARS Albatross is similar in color but a bit lighter because the white base is stronger. MAC Truth & Light is lighter.

The Gleam formula is supposed to be lightweight with an iridescent finish to highlight both the face and body. It’s very creamy and slides right over the skin, and it doesn’t take a lot of product to highlight the higher planes of the face. I used some on the top of my cheekbones, along the bridge of my nose, and above my cupid’s brow. I used a clean spatula to take a little product out of the pan, and then I used my fingertips to pat it on. (Bonus: you can see it live in this video.) It does emphasize pores somewhat, because it does have a strong sheen that almost looks metallic, depending on the lighting.

This is a true cream, as it doesn’t dry down or set over time, so the wear time wasn’t stellar.  I managed about five hours of decent wear (and I have normal-to-dry skin), and after a little over six hours, a lot of it had faded/separated. It’s a product I’d consider setting lightly with translucent powder, which would help to set it as well as tamp down some of the high sheen finish (if you prefer a subtler highlight).

Aurora
Aurora
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4
Application
84%
Total

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Illamasqua Wisdom Precision Ink Liquid Eyeliner

Illamasqua Wisdom Precision Ink Liquid Eyeliner
Illamasqua Wisdom Precision Ink Liquid Eyeliner

Antique Gold May Be the Color of Wisdom

Illamasqua Wisdom Precision Ink Liquid Eyeliner ($27.50 for 0.06 oz.) is described as an “antiqued gold.” It has a deep olive brown base with antique gold and copper micro-shimmer. When it’s applied and seen from a distance, it does resemble antique gold more than it seems when you first swatch it. Chanel Khaki Dore is much lighter. When applied, MAC Buried Treasure is comparable. Urban Decay Stash is greener. MAC Blackline looks greener. MAC Desires & Devices and Stila Flash are much greener. MAC Defiantly Feline is more coppery.

The Precision Ink formula is supposed to be an “intense, waterproof liquid eyeliner” that’s long-wearing and “dries within seconds.”  If you’re familiar with MAC Superslick Eyeliners, Make Up For Ever Aqua Liners, or Stila Sparkle Liners–this formula is very much like those. There’s no real distinction between them, other than they vary in color range, some are just a wee bit thinner or more watery. But the reality is they perform and wear and feel very much the same across the board. In this instance, that’s a good thing, because they all wear like iron.

Precision Ink does dry down quickly (about 20 seconds) and sets into place; no smudging, budging, fading, or the like happens until I remove it (which was 10 hours with Wisdom). When I use a cleansing oil, it removes easily. I can take a shower or swim with this formula on and not experience any problems. It applies mostly opaque in a single go, though a second go-through might be necessary for a really crisp line.

Wisdom
Wisdom
9.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
4
Application
93%
Total

Most Overrated & Underrated Tweezers

Over & Under: Most Overrated & Underrated Tweezers

There are always products that receive endless raves, but they don’t always live up to our expectations or work out as well as they do for others.  Share your picks for most overrated and underrated TWEEZERS.  Don’t forget to share your whats and whys as to your choices!

  • Most Overrated: [answer]
  • Most Underrated: [answer]

My Picks

  • Most Overrated: I couldn’t say… Tweezerman is the only really widespread brand that I can think of, but I really like their tweezers!
  • Most Underrated: Slice – I love the grip of them!