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NARS Blushes — Preview Photos

NARS Blush
NARS Blush

NARS Blushes — Preview Photos

I’m planning to review the majority NARS’ permanent blushes, which as you can see above, number at 27 (I know I am missing Zen). I also have cream blushes and bronzers in the works, too. 🙂 But for now, enjoy some blush photos!

  • Row 1: Albatross, Amour, Angelika, Deep Throat, Desire, Dolce Vita, Douceur;
  • Row 2: Exhibit A, Gaiety, Gilda, Gina, Lovejoy, Luster, Madly;
  • Row 3: Mata Hari, Miss Liberty, New Order, Nico, Oasis, Orgasm, Sex Appeal;
  • Row 4: Silvana, Sin, Super Orgasm, Taj Mahal, Taos, Torrid

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NARS Albatross Highlighting Blush

NARS Albatross Highlighting Blush
NARS Albatross Highlighting Blush

NARS Albatross Highlighting Blush

NARS Albatross Highlighting Blush ($28.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “sheer, light golden sheen.” The base color is a a pale, almost cool-toned ivory and then it has a healthy dose of light-medim gold shimmer-sheen. MAC Lightscapade doesn’t have as strong of a golden sheen, and it has a slightly pinker base color. MAC Chez Chez Lame is more golden and beige. MAC Too Chic is more beige and uniform. theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer is much more golden.

I swear, I thought I reviewed this product previously, but I couldn’t find one! I’m in the process of reviewing all of NARS’ permanent blushes (including re-reviewing some shades), and Albatross is the first one up. It’s part of the Highlighting Blush series, which are blushes designed to illuminate the skin rather than add lots of color. This shade has won numerous distincts, even winning awards in Temptalia’s Readers’ Choice Awards over the years, for its highlighting prowess.

On my skin tone (about medium in color with warmer, yellower undertones), Albatross isn’t the most flattering on its own–that cooler ivory base color gives me a washed out look. On the flip side, cooler skin tones from light to medium could wear this alone and have it be much more flattering. When it’s paired with another blusher, it is more flattering across a greater number of skin tones, because that lighter base color mixes with your blush color, so it doesn’t look as pale or as cool-toned.

There’s a nice balance of glow and sheen without emphasizing pores and the natural texture of the skin.  The way it reflects gives it a very creamy, luminous look–definitely more along the lines of a sheen than a frosted or shimmery look.  It can be used as a barely-there highlighter or more intensely, depending on whether you’re going for a low-key cheek or wearing it alone.  When I wore Albatross to test out the wear, it managed seven and a half hours of excellent wear and looked a bit faded after eight and a half hours.

The texture is soft and silky without being too dense or dry–you don’t have excess powder being kicked up when you go to use it, but you don’t have to stab at it to get enough product onto your brush.  I like using a small stippling brush to apply it lightly, or a small, tapered face brush for a more concentrated application.

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Bobbi Brown Smoky Topaz Long-Wear Cream Shadow

Bobbi Brown Smoky Topaz Long-Wear Cream Shadow
Bobbi Brown Smoky Topaz Long-Wear Cream Shadow

Bobbi Brown Smoky Topaz Long-Wear Cream Shadow

Bobbi Brown Smoky Topaz Long-Wear Cream Shadow ($24.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “golden shimmer pewter.” This is a sparkling purply taupe with golden copper, dark copper, and purple sparkle. Giorgio Armani #4 is much darker, more taupe. Chanel Illusoire is smokier, grayer. NARS Lhasa is similar but without the sparkle. Wet ‘n’ Wild We’re Blasting Off is lighter and doesn’t have the sparkle. Bare Escentuals Romp is purpler. MAC Shale is a bit browner and doesn’t have the sparkle.

The texture of Smoky Topaz isn’t as smooth as some of the other recently released shades, because it has more of a sparkle finish, which means the finish comes out more metallic, more frosted. It can be sheered down quite a bit, so it can look like a delicate dusting of sparkle without a whole lot of color once you blend out the color (I like fingertips or a fluffy brush for this). It’s really pretty when layered, as that is when the purply taupe hue becomes noticeable. Smoky Topaz had a wetter texture, more slip, compared to the other shades, too.

Bobbi Brown’s Long-Wear Cream Shadow is supposed to be a smooth, easy-to-apply cream eyeshadow that will last all day long without creasing or smearing. When I tested Smoky Topaz, it wore for about seven hours without creasing but there was some fading after eight hours and a few flecks of fallout, without a primer. With a primer, it was a little better, but there was still a touch of fading after eight hours.

Bobbi Brown Smoky Topaz Long-Wear Cream Shadow

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Free for Haul Friday, Volume #137

Welcome to Free For Haul Friday!

  • Haul:  No makeup — far too many earrings!
  • Weekend plans: Celebrating Father’s Day!  Last weekend, my sister graduated, so rather than try to have a halfway Father’s Day (since we were helping her move back home), we decided to postpone it by a week.
  • What’s the one thing you can cook superbly?: Fettuccine alfredo!

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China Glaze On Safari Collection for Fall 2012


China Glaze On Safari Collection for Fall 2012

China Glaze® nail lacquer invites you to take an exotic expedition with its Fall 2012 collection, On Safari. Be captivated by the earthy tones, rich plums and celestial sparkles that make up this adventurous assortment of polishes.

  • Kalahari Kiss Light sand brown
  • I’m Not Lion Glistening gold and multi-color glitter
  • Call of the Wild Beautiful chocolate brown-dark cherry blend
  • Adventure Red-y Vivid red
  • Desert Sun Delicious caramel
  • I Herd That Brilliant copper glitter
  • Man Hunt Bold cobalt blue
  • Exotic Encounters Lush green creme with blue undertones
  • Elephant Walk Cool graphite gray
  • Jungle Queen Smoky violet
  • Purr-fect Plum Bold burgundy
  • Prey Tell Daringly dark red

Availability: At fine salons and beauty supply stores nationwide in July 2012; individual polishes retail for $7.00

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