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Sunday Link Love, Volume #099

Happy Sunday!

How’s your weekend been going?  So far, mine has been lovely, though hectic.  Yesterday, we spent the afternoon and evening at my parents’ house to celebrate Father’s Day (we postponed it by a week, as my sister graduated last weekend)… and in my family, that means with a feast in the style of Thanksgiving. Yep, that’s right–turkey, stuffing, gravy, and all the usual fixings.

Most Overrated & Underrated Blush Formula

Over & Under: Most Overrated & Underrated Blush Formula

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 BLUSHES.  Don’t forget to share your whats and whys as to your choices!

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

My Picks

  • Most Overrated: NARS and Tarte; while I like both, neither wears all-day long on me. I had higher expectations for both!
  • Most Underrated: Le Metier de Beaute’s blush formula is really soft, smooth, and long-wearing–I wish they had more shades. Tom Ford’s range is excellent, too, though I see enough raves on it that I don’t think it’s underrated.
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NARS Amour Blush

NARS Amour Highlighting Blush
NARS Amour Blush

NARS Amour Blush

NARS Amour Blush ($28.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “peachy pink.” It’s a darkened pink-tinted coral. It doesn’t read peachy-pink to me, which tends to be a lighter, warmer color. The finish is matte. Illamasqua Dixie is brighter, less pink. Tarte Blissful is more orange, slightly lighter/softer. theBalm Frat Boy is slightly lighter. MAC Posey is very close, perhaps pinker. MAC Fleet Fast is more coral and has golden orange shimmer. On my cheeks, it looks more pink than coral, but it’s not strictly pink.

The texture of this is drier, stiffer–not really difficult to work with, it just has a thinner, drier texture, so it’s not a really dense blush. You wouldn’t describe it as buttery, for instance. Some powders are really buttery and dense, others are still soft and finely-milled, but they’re thin and feel drier. Amour is the latter.  It packs plenty of pigment, so you can go from subtle tint to full-on color with a tap of the brush, but you won’t have to worry about applying too much too quickly (not like Exhibit A).  The drier texture does mean that you need to spend a little more time blending the color, and because of the matte texture, it can be easier to apply over completely dry foundation (if you’re using liquid).  When I tested Amour to see how long and well it would wear, I was able to get seven hours of good wear; after eight hours, there was some fading along the tops of my cheeks.

NARS Amour Blush


Le Metier de Beaute Indian Summer Collection for Summer 2012

Le Metier de Beaute Indian Summer Collection for Summer 2012

Just when summer seems to be winding down, there it is again, making a final attempt to keep the temperatures up and the days from getting shorter. Indian Summer, when summer and fall meet for a brief, but gorgeous moment, the inspiration for Ken Downing’s Indian Summer Collection with Le Métier de Beauté for summer 2012.

“There is just something about the seasons mingling, when the nights begin to cool and the dog days of summer have gone to rest – bronzed skin lingers, but the shades of fall make their debut.” explains Ken Downing, Neiman Marcus’s Fashion Director. “It always brings me back to that Bianca Jagger, 1970’s Halston moment. It wasn’t just the clothing, it wasn’t just the makeup, it was how it all came together, so carefree, bohemian and easy. That is Indian Summer.”

This sultry mix is the inspiration for Ken Downing’s summer collection with Le Métier de Beauté, Indian Summer. “A summer dress with tawny, coral makeup – it’s so simple and perfect” says Downing. “Shades of bronze, orange, gold, they look gorgeous on every woman and every skintone”

Ken Downing’s Indian Summer hues evoke the warm, dreamy feel of the end of the season. Coat fingers and toes in Penny Lane Nail Lacquer ($18), a bold burnt orange reminiscent of the dark skin tones of women sun bathing in Ibiza, or drench nails in the brighter-than-bright Wild Ginger Nail Lacquer to liven up a sleepy July afternoon.

KEN DOWNING FOR LE METIER DE BEAUTE COLLECTIONS ARE available at exclusively at Neiman Marcus, neimanmarcus.com and Bergdorf Goodman.