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NARS Rouge Tribal Larger Than Life Lipgloss

NARS Rouge Tribal Larger Than Life Lipgloss
NARS Rouge Tribal Larger Than Life Lipgloss

NARS Fall 2012: Rouge Tribal Larger Than Life Lipgloss

NARS Rouge Tribal Larger Than Life Lipgloss ($26.00 for 0.19 fl. oz.) is described as a “metallic burgundy.” It’s a burgundy-red with strong brown undertones and subdued ruby red shimmer. MAC Lasting Achievement is a dark berry with no real brown. MAC Gertruyd is similar but much sheerer, so it appears lighter. Illamasqua Hermetic is a much more intense and opaque version. NYX Vixen is a little less brown. Bobbi Brown Midnight Violet is a little more plum, less red.

It has semi-opaque color coverage; it yields very noticeable color, but there’s a translucency that shows a fair amount of the natural lip color. The redder your natural lip color is, the more ruby-red-slippers-like this is going to look on you–but it will still have some depth because of the burgundy coloring. For a dark shade like this, it doesn’t settle into lip lines very noticeably, though it can bunch of and show “lines” where the gloss has layered over itself (this happens especially if you press your lips together).

The Larger Than Life formula is supposed to have “outrageously lustrous color” with “high-impact shine” that stays in place and is long-lasting.  Rouge Tribal actually bleeds a bit on me, and I rarely have trouble with lip color bleeding or feathering, but I did see some migration of color after two hours along the upper lip line.  It wore for five hours, which is better than the average lipgloss but still stops short of long-wear.  While it is non-sticky initially, it gets tackier as you wear it; after a half hour or so, it is noticeably tacky (I don’t have a problem with sticky glosses, but I know it’s a deal-breaker for some).  It’s hydrating, scent- and taste-free, and feels comfortable on with its gel-like consistency.

I continue to be less-than-impressed with NARS’ applicator on this gloss range; it’s so, so small. I just don’t find it to be as precise as it should be for its size, and it’s difficult to blend out any lines of the gloss with the brush-type applicator.

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Win It! Nexxus Salon Hair Care Pro Mend Gift Box!

Nexxus was the first official beauty sponsor of The Tony Awards, and 20 lucky Temptalia readers will win a Nexxus Salon Hair Care gift box (the same gift that the Broadway stars received at the award show) containing: Nexxus ProMend Split End Treatment Daily Shampoo ($9.99), Nexxus ProMend Split End Binding Daily Conditioner ($15.99), Nexxus ProMend Split End Binding Bodifying Mousse ($11.99), and Nexxus ProMend Split End Binding Smoothing Shine Serum ($11.99).

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Chanel Suspicious Le Vernis / Nail Lacquer

Chanel Suspicious Le Vernis / Nail Lacquer
Chanel Suspicious Le Vernis / Nail Lacquer

Chanel Suspicious Le Vernis / Nail Lacquer ($26.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described simply as “fuchsia.” It’s a pinky-red–a little more red than raspberry red to me, though it seemed like it was going to be raspberry-colored based on the bottle. NARS Anardana is warmer, less red. MAC Toco Toucan is pinker. China Glaze Ahoy! is darker, more raspberry. Chanel April is dustier, less red. Butter London Blowing Raspberries is a smidgen darker, pinker.  It’s a little summery, even though it’s new for fall.

The formula on this is insanely good!  It’s thin without being watery or anything like that; just thin and extremely pigmented. One coat almost produces opaque results, but I did swatches with two coats just to be sure!  The coverage is top notch, while it just applies so easily and beautifully–no pooling, bubbling, or streaking. It even has a semi-shiny finish when it dries down, though for anyone who loves a high-shine finish, I’d still opt for a top coat.  I typically get a week of wear with Chanel’s formula; no chipping, just minor tip wear.  Suspicious is not the most unique shade out of the three shades in the collection, but the quality is impressive.

Estee Lauder Beyond Black & Metal Mania Nail Lacquer Collections for Fall 2012


Estee Lauder Beyond Black & Metal Mania Nail Lacquer Collections for Fall 2012

Estée Lauder and Creative Makeup Director Tom Pecheux introduce NEW Pure Color Nail Lacquer Beyond Black and Metal Mania Collections – two mini-shade statements that evoke the seduction, beauty and fantasy of the City of Lights at night. This dramatic palette of intriguing shades, textures and finishes expresses confident style and attitude with unprecedented color and impact.

“When creating this collection,” said Pecheux, “I wanted to capture the intensity and naughty side of Paris when it truly comes alive…at night!” NEW Pure Color Nail Lacquer Beyond Black and Metal Mania Collections include smoldering and amplified hues that capture the raw energy and sexiness of the City of Lights under a dark Parisian sky. Beyond Black is defined by five deep shades that saturate nails in rich and dramatic color, capturing the allure of the Parisian Femme Fatale. Metal Mania dresses nails in glam glitters for a modern metallic finish, enticing women to experiment, with daring effect.

Beyond Black Pure Color Nail Lacquer ($20.00)

  • Caviar Gray
  • Bete Noire Purple
  • Blue Blood Blue
  • Black Plum Plum
  • Viper Green

Metal Mania Pure Color Nail Lacquer ($20.00)

  • Nouveau Riche Gold
  • Explosif Taupe
  • Chaos Gray
  • Smashed Purple
  • Fiery Hot Red

Availability: Now @ Nordstrom; August 2012 at Estee Lauder counters nationwide and esteelauder.com

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