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NARS Kutki Nail Lacquer

NARS Kutki Nail Lacquer
NARS Kutki Nail Lacquer

NARS Kutki Nail Lacquer

Thakoon for NARS will debut on May 1st at NARS’ website, and the collection features six shades.   NARS Kutki Nail Lacquer ($18.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “powder blue.” It’s a pale, pastel sky blue–a little more muted than the perfect sky blue, I’d say–it does have a powdery/dusty quality to it. Nubar Blue Hydrangea is a richer blue, less white in its base. Chanel Riva is very similar in color, but it is more translucent and has shimmer.

Kutki is mostly opaque after two coats, but it is streaky, and even after two coats, it’s still noticeable in places, so I would recommend a third coat or ensuring your second coat was on the thicker side.  For me, it was one of the worst performers in the six-shade collection.  The consistency was just a smidgen on the thicker side, but I wouldn’t describe as thick.  It flowed easily across the nail and didn’t pool–just streaked.  The drying time was about average.  NARS nail polishes typically last a week on my nails with minor tip wear but no chipping.

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5 Deep Brown Eyeshadows

5 Deep Brown Eyeshadows

I love a rich, deep brown–they can look so luxurious!

  1. Make Up For Ever #162 — deep red-toned brown with a matte finish
  2. Bare Escentuals Foreshadow — deep, dark chocolate brown
  3. Tarina Tarantino Dreamy — deep, dark black-brown with gold shimmer
  4. MAC Embark — matte red-toned dark brown
  5. MAC Legendary Black — dark gray-tinted brown

What’s your favorite deep brown eyeshadow?

MAC Lips & Tips / Fashion Sets Collection for Summer 2012


MAC Lips & Tips / Fashion Sets Collection for Summer 2012

availability: May 3rd, 2012 (North America), May 2012 (International; shades may vary)

Rebel in New York, Russian Red in Dubai, Snob in Sao Paulo, Saint Germain in Tokyo, Morange in Paris: these must-have lip shades so coveted by M∙A∙C fans around the world, that we created 3-piece mini-collections of Lipstick, Lipglass, and Nail Lacquer trios in 7 classic palettes. Perfectly coordinated, regionally inspired.

MAC Fashion Sets Collection for Summer 2012

Lipstick ($14.50 U.S. / $17.50 CDN)

  • Saint Germain Light cool pink (Permanent)
  • Myth Light neutral nude (Permanent)
  • Angel Light warm pink (Permanent)
  • Razzledazzler Light cream peach (Limited Edition)
  • Snob Light neutral pink (Permanent)
  • Please Me Mid-tone warm pink (Permanent)
  • Pink Nouveau Mid-tone cool pink (Permanent)
  • Ravishing Mid-tone neutral peach (Permanent)
  • Peachstock Light peachy nude (Permanent)
  • Impassioned Bright warm pink (Permanent)
  • Morange Bright cream orange (Permanent)
  • Spice Mid-tone neutral nude (Limited Edition)
  • Girl About Town Bright blue fuchsia (Permanent)
  • Russian Red Mid-tone neutral red (Permanent)
  • Rebel Mid-tone cream plum (Permanent)
  • Chestnut Rich chocolate brown (Limited Edition)

Lipglass ($14.50 U.S. / $17.50 CDN)

  • Saint Germain Light cool pink (Limited Edition)
  • Myth Light neutral nude (Limited Edition)
  • Angel Light warm pink (Limited Edition)
  • Razzledazzler Light cream peach (Limited Edition)
  • Snob Light neutral pink (Limited Edition)
  • Please Me Mid-tone warm pink (Limited Edition)
  • Pink Nouveau Mid-tone cool pink (Limited Edition)
  • Ravishing Mid-tone neutral peach (Limited Edition)
  • Peachstock Light peachy nude (Limited Edition)
  • Impassioned Bright warm pink (Limited Edition)
  • Morange Bright cream orange (Limited Edition)
  • Spice Mid-tone neutral nude (Limited Edition)
  • Girl About Town Bright blue fuchsia (Limited Edition)
  • Russian Red Mid-tone neutral red
  • Rebel Mid-tone cream plum (Limited Edition)
  • Chestnut Rich chocolate brown (Limited Edition)

Nail Lacquer ($16.00 U.S. / $19.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Saint Germain Light cool pink (Limited Edition)
  • Myth Light neutral nude (Limited Edition)
  • Angel Light warm pink (Limited Edition)
  • Razzledazzler Light cream peach (Limited Edition)
  • Snob Light neutral pink (Limited Edition)
  • Please Me Mid-tone warm pink (Limited Edition)
  • Pink Nouveau Mid-tone cool pink (Limited Edition)
  • Ravishing Mid-tone neutral peach (Limited Edition)
  • Peachstock Light peachy nude (Limited Edition)
  • Impassioned Bright warm pink (Limited Edition)
  • Morange Bright cream orange (Limited Edition)
  • Spice Mid-tone neutral nude (Limited Edition)
  • Girl About Town Bright blue fuchsia (Limited Edition)
  • Russian Red Mid-tone neutral red (Limited Edition)
  • Rebel Mid-tone cream plum (Limited Edition)
  • Chestnut Rich chocolate brown (Limited Edition)

Note: North America includes lipstick, lipglass, and nail lacquer for these top-selling shades: Myth, Snob, Spice, Girl About Town, Russian Red, Rebel, and Chestnut.

For Asia Pacific, Peachstock, Razzledazzler, Ravishing, Angel, Saint Germain, Morange, and Impassioned.

For Europe/Africa, Myth, Spice, Saint Germain, Morange, Impassioned, Russian Red, and Rebel.

For Latin America/Middle East, Snob, Please Me, Pink Nouveau, Morange, Impassioned, Girl About Town, and Russian Red.

All sixteen shades for each product type are available online at maccosmetics.com here.

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Introducing Livefyre Commenting System

Introducing Livefyre Commenting System

We are currently trialing Livefyre’s commenting system, which we chose because we believe it offers some really key features that will improve engagement and interaction.  If you haven’t seen Livefyre before, you may be more familiar with its competitor, Disqus.  At its simplest, they’re both similar (but they are different overall)–they’re another commenting platform that allows for more features/options than the natural WordPress commenting platform.  There are several ways to login using existing IDs you may have around the web as well as a guest (or anonymous) option.  You can follow conversations, get notified of replies to your comments, tag other users in your comments, share with friends, like/flag comments, and more!

We hope you’ll enjoy the additional features, and we’ll be following the process carefully to ensure it’s a good fit for our readers! 🙂

Update:  Livefyre has addressed some of our concerns about features, which will be added very shortly, so we’ve re-enabled it 🙂  See, ask and you shall receive!

P.S. — With 700,000+ comments, the import process may take up to three days.  The most recent comments are being imported first, so there should be little disruption overall.

NARS Odalisque Larger Than Life Lipgloss

NARS Odalisque Larger Than Life Lipgloss
NARS Odalisque Larger Than Life Lipgloss

NARS Odalisque Larger Than Life Lipgloss

NARS Odalisque Larger Than Life Lipgloss ($26.00 for 0.19 fl. oz.) is described as “cantaloupe.” It’s a beige peach with a creamy, almost milky, finish. MAC Woo Me is pinker. MAC Super is browner, darker. MAC Lust is a bit darker. MAC Pretty Quick is warmer, peachier.

It’s in the nude family, but it’s very different from Spring Break. This is actually a more wearable nude because it is darker–less pastel, less pale. So while the color is lovely and a nude that suits a lot of skin tones, the way it looks and applies leaves something to be desired. Because of the creamy/milky finish, it settles into lip lines quite a bit, and there is some streakiness to the application.  I think this gloss is best worn over a lipstick than it is on its own, because it just doesn’t look that great alone.

This particular shade had a slightly thicker consistency, though still best described as gel-like, as it slides around and feels smooth. It develops a tackiness over time (non-sticky for the first half hour or less, then progressively stickier as it wears). Odalisque wore for four and a half hours. It’s scent- and taste-free.  The color coverage is semi-opaque, and it’s really the overall streaky feel that gives it that less-than-opaque look.  It is hydrating while worn, though, as my lips never feel like they’re in need of balm post-wear.

This lipgloss formula has a really small brush-type applicator, which I find to be too small–I’d have liked to have seen a smaller brush, sure, but I think it could have met in the middle, rather than going to the opposite extreme. The idea behind the smaller applicator was to make application more precise, which it does, but the trade-off is that it takes much, much longer to apply it. I can’t apply this gloss nearly as well without a mirror as I can with others, and I feel like I’m going back three to five times to get enough color to cover my lips.