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NARS Concealer Launches with New Shades

NARS Concealer (Re)Launches

NARS Concealer boasts a lightweight, creamy texture enriched with Vitamin E for crease-resistant coverage that stays in place all day. Aside from new slim packaging, the formula will grow its shade range from a total of six shades to ten to help achieve a NARS Immaculate Complexion. Whether applied to camouflage darkness under the eyes or to reduce the appearance of redness and skin imperfections, the new range reaches a broader scope of skintones and is targeted to more closely match NARS’ Sheer Matte & Sheer Glow Foundation shades. Apply with a brush for even application and precise spot coverage.

Concealer ($22.00)

  • Chantilly For fairest of complexions, true ivory
  • Vanilla For fair complexions, tiny cast of pink tones
  • Honey For light to medium complexion, warm peach tones
  • Custard For light to medium complexions, yellow tones
  • Ginger For medium complexions, golden tones
  • Biscuit For medium to dark complexions, natural balance of pink and yellow tones
  • Caramel For medium to dark complexions, yellow and golden tones
  • Amande For medium to dark complexions, golden olive tones
  • Café For dark complexions, warm red tones
  • Cacao For dark complexions, deep-gold-brown tones

Duo Concealers ($30.00)

  • Vanilla/Honey
  • Custard/Ginger
  • Caramel/Amande

availability: September 1st @ narscosmetics.com

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bareMinerals Afterparty Eyeshadow Quad

bareMinerals The Afterparty Eyeshadow Quad
bareMinerals The Afterparty Eyeshadow Quad

bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow Quads: The Afterparty

bareMinerals The Afterparty Eyeshadow Quad ($30.00 for 0.17 oz.) contains four shades: Cheers, Mingle, Rowdy, and Lights Down.  This quad launches in October, and it’s touted as a solid eyeshadow with SeaNutritive Mineral Complex that is “creamy, silky smooth” with “seamless blendability” and “stay-true color” that is long-wearing when worn alone without creasing or budging. When worn alone, I was able to wear several of the new duos (which have the same formula for pressed eyeshadows) for 10 hours without an eyeshadow primer. For more details on packaging, please read my original review.

Cheers is a white with a soft, frosted finish. It has a reallyd ense, buttery texture that gives it great color payoff and smooth application. It’s not a particular unique shade, though, and as such, it is similar to several other white eyeshadows like: Cumulus and theBalm Lab Coat.

Mingle is a subtly blue-toned, light-medium gray with a silvery sheen. It has pretty good pigmentation, but the texture isn’t as dense or as buttery as Cheers–it’s still very soft and easy to work with. It’s a touch lighter than Inglot #448, lighter and less metallic compared to Deja Vu. It is closest to Inglot #324 but that has a matte finish.

Rowdy is a brown-gray-plum with a pearly sheen. It looks grayer swatched than it does in the pan. The texture is soft but less dense and creamy compared to Cheers (expected, given the more matte-like finish), but the color payoff is good. Generally, you want a matte eyeshadow that’s soft and pliable, so it’s not dry and stiff, but you don’t want it so soft that it becomes powdery, as this can often lead to chalky or uneven application. This hits a good balance between softness and blendability. It’s grayer than MAC Tendersmoke, but I couldn’t find anything else in the gallery that seemed to be very close.

Lights Down is a mostly matte black base with silver sparkle. The texture is good, and the matte base has nice color payoff. As expected, the silver sparkle doesn’t translate so much on the eye–it tends to get lost. This is the kind of color (and concept) that a lot of brands have done–think NARS Night Breed, Lancome The New Black, MAC Black Tied, etc. For as much shimmer as there is in the pan, you can see how there is very little visible in the swatch. The good part about that is there is less worry about fall out, since it doesn’t even make it to the eye!

Rowdy is one of the more unique shades in the quad, but it may be the odd one out, too–I can easily see the combination of white, gray, and black working, but Rowdy throws a wrench in there. It’s a blend of brown, plum, and gray but none of those really dominate. It’s almost like a burgundy-taupe. I like that included a variety of finishes in the quad, and as several of the other duos/quads have been, these are more basic, core colors than revolutionary shades (which is fine!).

bareMinerals Afterparty Eyeshadow Quad


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Juicy Couture with Deborah Lippmann & Troy Surratt Holiday 2011

Juicy Couture with Deborah Lippmann & Troy Surratt Holiday 2011

Fill your stocking with everything for luxe nails and flawlessly luscious lips this holiday season. For Holiday 2011 Juicy Couture introduces exclusive collaborations with the creative force behind the fashion industry’s hottest nail looks, Deborah Lippmann, and make-up artist to the stars, Troy Surratt. These beauty collections are must-haves under the mistletoe for every Juicy girl to sparkle and shine.

Deborah Lippmann, the first name in fashion-setting nails, collaborates with Juicy Couture for a dazzling holiday collection. Featuring two exclusive regal Deborah Lippmann nail lacquers and four classic shades, the Deborah Lippmann and Juicy Couture collection offers chic holiday hand looks for every glamour girl.

“Just like Deborah Lippmann nail lacquer, Juicy Couture’s trendsetting style makes fashion fun—each collection has a playful twist. A collaboration between the two celebrity cult favorites just made perfect sense,” says Deborah Lippmann.

Hand Warmer Gift Set ($68.00)

Keep hands happy this winter without covering up your gorgeous nail color with limited edition Deborah Lippmann polish and Juicy Couture hand warmer sets:

  • Jewel in the Crown A Juicy Couture and Deborah Lippmann shade exclusive, this shimmering pewter is made for the modern matriarch.
  • Believe Inspired by the queen of onstage glam, Cher, this glimmering gold beige gets nails holiday-ready in an instant.

Precious Metals ($48.00)

  • Here Comes the Queen Juicy Couture & Deborah Lippmann shade exclusive; sheer glaze infused with ultra-glam gold
  • Jewel in the Crown Juicy Couture & Deborah Lippmann shade exclusive; shimmering pewter
  • Believe Glimmering gold beige created with Cher

Shimmer and Shine ($48.00)

  • Bring on the Bling Divine shimmer containing virgin diamond powder
  • Whatever Lola Wants Sassy, sparkling lavender
  • Since I Fell For You Shining shiraz

Celebrity make-up artist Troy Surratt creates delectable sliding lip gloss tins in Raspberry, Strawberry and Vanilla Shake flavors. These vibrant glosses are the perfect complement to every Holiday occasion, adding soft, sultry shine for a perfect pout.

The Troy Surratt and Juicy Couture collection includes:

Individual Sliding Lip Tin ($12.00)

  • Available in raspberry, strawberry, vanilla shake

Set of 3 Sliding Lip Gloss Tins ($36.00)

  • Available in raspberry, strawberry, vanilla shake

Snow Globe Charm Lip Gloss Wand ($18.00)

  • Available in marshmallow

availability: October/November 2011

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Guerlain Girly (71) Rouge G Lipstick

Guerlain Girly Rouge G Lipstick
Guerlain Girly Rouge G Lipstick

Guerlain Girly (71) Rouge G Lipstick

Guerlain Girly Rouge G Lipstick ($47.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “pink.” There is more fancy marketing-speak than color description in the press release. It’s pink–oh, yeah–it’s a vibrant, nearly glowing, pink-red.  It has more of a cream finish with opaque color coverage and a glossy shine. It is redder than Guerlain Champs-Elysees but darker than OCC Queen. It’s a touch darker compared to Estee Lauder Wild Violet, which also has shimmer.

This is one of my favorite lipstick formulas, and I’m excited whenever they release new shades (my wallet less so!), so I had to pick this one up as soon as they launched online. The shades they’ve been putting out recently have had really lush finishes to them–they make lips look so smooth. Girly was everything Gigolo is/was, so I’m repeating what I wrote in that review here: Guerlain’s Rouge G formula is one of my favorites, because of the excellent color payoff but even better texture and feel. They are comfortable to wear, long-wearing (I am able to get six hours of great wear with Girly and about 80% of color remains after eight hours plus a meal), and moisturizing. They are violet-scented (but not too heavily–less so than some of their powders) and come in heavy, silver metal cases with a flip out mirror.

I do feel you pay a chunk of change for the packaging, which while decadent, does hold fingerprints, doesn’t store as easily, and the small text of the shade on the back is hard to read. I really hope they sell refills someday.