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Nars Dual Intensity Blush: Swatches of Craving, Jubilation, Adoration, Frenzy, Fervor and Panic

May 4, 2015

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Here they are! As you know, genius Francois Nars has a line of wonderful, complex, pressed powder blushes. Those are the gold standard for so many shades. Still, never shy of looking at the world through fresh eyes, the Nars Dual Intensive Blushes ($45 each) use a unique formula for those of us that love to shake things up a bit. Who doesn’t?  These are currently available from Nars online, Barneys New York, Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus, Sephora, and Nordstrom.

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These blush duos can be worn wet or dry. Generally, dry application gives the highest pigment level. A dampened brush gives a pretty watercolor effect that melts into the skin with a really pretty stain. Like the Dual Intensity eyeshadows, these duo-blushes have a magical texture and formula that gives a beautiful glow and dimension.

Nars Dual Intensity Blush swatches

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NARS Reckless Blush Review

March 18, 2015

Nars Reckless 1NARS Reckless Powder Blush ($30) is a shimmery soft warm very light pink. This is an unusual shade, and I think in many lines this might be considered a soft highlighter. Of course, this fairy-sparkle shade fits perfectly with the modern nude theme of Nars Spring 2015. NARS Reckless Blush is available at Nordstrom, Nars online, Sephora, Barneys New York, Bloomingdales, and Neiman Marcus.
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On my skintone, Reckless actually seems to neutralize color because of the light tones, while adding a touch of shimmer and sparkle. It’s very Ice Queen. Here it is, swatched next to Nars Valhalla Eyeshadow single and Porto Venere Eye Paint.

NARS Porto Venere 41To get a sense of the color, I’ve swatched this next to MAC Bao Bao Wan Summer Opal, Laura Mercier’s Baked Powder Highlighter and Bobbi Brown’s Nude Shimmerbrick. As you can see, Reckless is a very light, cool nude with micro sparkle.

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One more, slightly different order (but same comparisons).

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NARS Reckless blush seems like is a powder version of a Cococabana, or other cool highlighter. A niche cool nude shade, it evokes an edgy vibe. It’s going to glow perfectly and naturally on some skin tones.reckless1984

NARS Reckless Blush is available at Nordstrom, Nars online, Sephora, Barneys New York, Bloomingdales, and Neiman Marcus.

Nars Cosmetics sent this blush to Cafe Makeup for consideration for review. This post contains affiliate links (for more information see About Cafe Makeup

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NARS Dual Intensity Blush Preview

February 22, 2015

Nars blushes1I’ve been dying to get a look at these. I was able to take several pictures today, so I thought I’d share these to get the party started. These are set to be released through Nars online and boutiques, as well as Sephora, on March 4th. Everywhere else April 1st. I’ll be doing a full review with swatches soon. This collection also features a beautiful new brush.

According to the line:

For Spring 2015, NARS Cosmetics introduces the new Dual-Intensity Blush. Featuring NARS’ exclusive Translucent Prismatic Technology, the newly-imagined formula allows for multi-dimensional effects with a uniquely weightless, luxurious texture. Six modern shade pairings curated by François Nars offer a universal spectrum of hues that works across all skintones. Sweeps on dry for a bold flush or wet for a translucent wash of color. Dry pigments impart a natural glow that warms the complexion and fuses weightlessly. Dampen NARS’ exclusive Wet/Dry Blush Brush before application for a watercolor effect—dab over the apples of the cheeks and swirl in a circular motion to paint on a subtle tint. Designed in a sensorial, soft-touch square case with a modern magnetic closure, six luxuriously embossed duos heighten the art of transformation.

 

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MAC Spring Trend Eye & Lip and Cheek Palettes Swatched

January 8, 2015

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MAC’s Spring Trend ’15 palettes have been released for a few months now, but in this deep cold weather I thought it would be fun to post some swatches to remind myself that Spring is just around the corner. These are both available on maccosmetics.com.

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The MAC Spring ’15 Lip and Cheek palette ($40) is an outstanding combination of flattering shades from almost every color family. How beautiful is this? The formula works for both lip color and blush.

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How yummy is this? I cannot wait to wear this as the sun starts to peek through the sky once again. Swatches:

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The MAC Spring ’15 Trend palette ($40) seems a little more mixed, but I still thought it worth the price. I think that I’ll love using some of the shades, although the light green and blue look a little challenging to me.

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The neutral urbanist, coupled with the brown-burgundy power player and eggplant night walk look outstanding to me. This will be fun to dig into soon.

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Swatches of MAC’s Spring Trend eye palette:

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Both palettes use a cream formula. Although I haven’t had much time to play with these yet, these look like the perfect play palettes once the weather starts warming.

Mac Spring trend palette swatches09To everyone suffering through challenging weather right now, my thoughts are with you. Hopefully as you read this you are safe, warm and comfortable. Cheers!

 

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NARS Modern Future Roman Holiday Lip, Cheek and Nail

October 30, 2014

Nars Roman Holiday Gifting1Nars Modern Future Set ($49) includes three coordinated products based on the ultra feminine, universal pink, classic Roman Holiday. The set is housed in a modern, transparent triangular box embossed with a lacy pattern inspired by architectural designer Chris Kabatsi’s digitally-rendered Nebula print. This is currently available at NARS online and will be available at other NARS sources beginning November 1st.

Nars Roman Holiday Gifting3This beautiful presentation gives the illusion that the products are floating in the box, which is a very fun and sort of cool effect. Inside are:

  • Roman Holiday Lipstick
  • Mini Roman Holiday Blush (Limited Edition)
  • Roman Holiday Nail Polish (Limited Edition)

Nars Roman Holiday Gifting4 copy copy copyThe nail polish and lipstick are full size, and the blush is a mini (the size is rated at 0.12 oz., while a typical Nars blush are marked at 0.16 oz.). The blush size is roughly the same as a Nars eyshadow single.

Nars Roman Holiday Gifting5These colors are outstandingly beautiful, universally flattering pinks.

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How pretty are these?  The NARS Modern Future set is currently available at NARS online and will be available at other NARS sources beginning November 1st. I can think of two or three friends that would love this.
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Cafe Makeup Plays with Temptu Airbrush System

August 9, 2014

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We’ve always been curious about using airbrush makeup systems. Whether watching a pro, or watching a live demonstration, Liz and I have wondered whether airbrush system give a better result and how manageable such systems are. When Temptu offered us a chance to try their system, we took the chance. We opened up the Temptu Flawless Complexion Kit ($170). The company included two foundation colors (the lighter Ivory and medium Beige), Washed Rose Blush, and Champagne Highlighter.

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Neither of us had any experience with airbrush systems, but the Temptu was quite easy to put together.

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Basically, the air compressor (which runs from the power from the AC Adapter) pushes air through the brush’s nozzle, to give you a extremely even, controllable application. The air compressor has a hose which is stuck into the brush:

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The hose connection to the brush:

Temptu AIrbrush System6Liz had things up and running in just a few minutes. The next step was to connect the Ivory foundation to the brush/nozzle by placing it into the brush device.

Temptu AIrbrush System7There was a little cap on the foundation that had to be removed, which allows the liquid foundation to flow from the pod into the brush.

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The same procedure works for the blush and highlighter.

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All together now.

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Liz found the brush surprisingly easy to use. Se was able to control the application and color very intuitively.

Temptu AIrbrush System review04This was our very first attempt. Liz used the darker Beige foundation color to contour. The highlighter and blush were a breeze.

Temptu AIrbrush System review05Liz swapped out the blush and highlighter pretty easily. The final results:

Temptu 5Considering that this was Liz’s first try, I think the results are quite flawless.  Overall, although the Temptu is used by professionals, we thought that it delivered excellent, perfected results by a non-pro. The colors were light, layerable, and delivered true airbrushed results.  These units are available at Temptu’s website.

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: Nars Summer Gifting Sets

July 9, 2014

Note: Shop the NORDSTROM Anniversary Sale for Beauty Exclusives. Plus, get free shipping & returns on every order. To see them prior to July 18th, you might sign into your account linked to a Nordstrom charge card.

Nars Nordstrom Anniversay 2014NARS is offering three Summer Gifting sets as part of the Nordstrom Anniversary Event. If you are a Nordstrom cardholder, you’ll get access to these items (and the rest of Nordstrom’s Anniversary Event items) on July 10th. For everyone else, the event begins the following week.

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NARS Uninhibited Set: $52: A trio of intrigue and seduction – Dolce Vita Lipstick, Lip Gloss and limited edition Nail Polish presented in a sleek black lacquered box. I must admit, Dolce Vita is a perfect color for so many people. This would make an excellent gift, because these shades are so universal.

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NARS Climax Set, $52: A fantasy of shocking pink in the legendary Schiap – featuring a Lipstick, limited edition Lip Gloss and Nail Polish housed in a matching pink, lacquered box. Is there a woman who doesn’t need Schiap? This entire set looks so confident, summer-ready, and beautiful.

Nars Domination Palette

NARS Domination blush palette, $49 A rush of blush – delivering insatiable glamour for cheeks, this exclusive palette features three signature Blush shades (Orgasm, Laguna and Mistinguette) and Devotee Highlighting Blush. I was fortunate enough to receive this item from NARS for review, and as usual the quality is absolutely stellar. This is a perfect palette for a sculpted cheek, with a touch of bronze, highlighter, and two beautiful blush shades. In sun:

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In shade:

Nars Domination Palette 3Here are swatches of the beautifully formulated palette:

Nars Domination Palette 4I think if I had to choose, I’d give the Dolce Vita set to my good friend (who is a bit conservative), Domination as a gift for my niece, and keep the Schiap for myself. What would you do?

Shop the NORDSTROM Anniversary Sale for Beauty Exclusives. Plus, get free shipping & returns on every order. To see them prior to July 18th, you might sign into your account linked to a Nordstrom charge card.

This post contains a product sent by Nars for consideration for review. This post contains affiliate links (for more information, see About Cafe Makeup).

 

 

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Becca Beach Tint Shimmer Souffle in Raspberry/Opal and Fig/Opal Review

June 25, 2014

Becca Tint Shimmer Souffle1I’ve been playing with Becca Beach Tint Shimmer Souffles  ($27) in Raspeberry/Opal and Fig/Opal. These are from a new series of glowy creams that mix blush and highlighters.

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These are beautiful once applied. The blush mixes with the gold highlighter, so the colors are not true to the rich tones that you see in the glass pots. Raspberry/Opal mixes with the gold to become a rich red-coral, and Fig is a mauve-nude.

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Although the swatches have some sparkle, on the cheeks these have a gorgeous highlighter sheen. Another:

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I have become addicted to Fig Opal, it’s the prettiest nude color. Fortunately, these are foolproof to use. Unlike some creams which require laser attention–either “where’s the color?” or “oh, no, doll cheeks!”–these are easy to use. A single layer gives soft color, and they can be layered up easily and blended for a more intense look.  I’m loving both of these on my MAC NC15/Chanel Ivoire skin tone. After using these for a few weeks, I’m really loving these.

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The Becca Beach Tint Shimmer Souffles  ($27) are available at Sephora.

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Perricone MD No Makeup Makeup Skin Care: My Thoughts on the Blush, Concealer, Bronzer and Mascara

June 14, 2014

Perricone MD has a full line of No Makeup Skincare: A Revolutionary Approach to Color, and the base products have already been reviewed here and here. This line of products is available at Sephora and Perricone MD’s website.

Perricone MD Foundation Bronzer Concealer Mascara BlushThis entire incorporates anti-aging skincare, to repair, restore, and to ensure that the overall look is youthful. In addition to antioxidants, DMAE, and neuropeptides, the line is formulated with high pigment that sits lightly on the skin, which can be built up, sculpted, modified, mixed and blended to achieve a look that is healthy, natural, and with a youthful look. As I said in my prior posts, I loved several of these products. However, I loved, loved, loved the products together as a set.  First, I was shocked at how quickly I could do a face with this set. It’s no brushes required. The products are essentially fool-proof once I got comfortable with the format. They blend beautifully together, and their textures are ideal for layering. They are designed for very intuitive application. Although it is easy to layer them up to increase coverage, it seems impossible to over-do them. There is a real synergy in the design and formulation for use as a set. 

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This review considers the remaining products in the line:

  • No Bronzer Bronzer
  • No Blush Blush
  • No Concealer Concealer
  • No Mascara Mascara
  • No Lipstick Lipstick

There were a few products that were true standouts. One was the Perricone MD No Bronzer Bronzer ($35/.03 oz.). This liquid bronzer has some lovely qualities, including the ability to bronze, darken foundation shades, contouring, and to meld beautifully with the skin when blended.

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The No Bronzer Bronzer has some skincare ingredients in the mix:

– Vitamin C Ester to help brighten the skin and address visible sun damage.
– Non-chemical, mineral-based SPF 30 with Zinc oxide to protect from UVA and UVB rays

I consider these a nice plus, because I am not sure that I’ll personally use the No Bronzer Bronzer in a sufficient quality to derive large benefits from these. However, I do appreciate the well-formulated serum texture, which makes the product easy and intuitive to control. It reminds me a bit of Giorgio Armani’s Liquid Summer serum bronzer.

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The ingredient list for the No Bronzer Bronzer is here (click to enlarge):

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Here are some quick comparisons between the Armani Liquid Summer Bronzer and Perricone MD’s No Bronzer Bronzer…

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Another set (blended out):

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The Perricone MD No Blush Blush ($35/0.3 oz), is a pretty universal rose color that seems to work well with both cool and warm skin tones. It also adds a touch of natural pink to a bronzed cheek to make a sun kissed look. According to the line, this blush includes DMAE (to help to firm and tone the skin, restoring the appearance of lift and contour along cheekbones) and non-chemical, mineral-based SPF 30 with Zinc oxide (to protect from UVA and UVB rays).

Perricone MD No Makeup Skincare07aThis liquid blush is remarkably easy to use, and very hard to over-do. I dabbed on 1-3 touches of the doe foot applicator on each cheek, and blended for a natural look. Unlike liquid stains, the Perricone No Blush Blush was forgiving and did not require lightning reflexes to avoid a dotted cheek–foolproof, truly.

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Here is the ingredient list for the No Blush Blush (click to enlarge):

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The Perricone MD No Concealer Concealer ($35) is released in shade #2, a light creamy medium-coverage color that blends nicely, doesn’t crease and has good lasting power.

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I’ve used the prior version extensively, and I’ve been pleased with the skin care ingredients. It’s very good.

– Vitamin C Ester for brightening and collagen boosting
– Phospholipids create a barrier to protect against environmental aggressors
– Microcirculatory agents help treat dark circles
– Non-chemical, mineral-based SPF 30 with Zinc oxide to protect from UVA and UVB rays

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If you are familiar with the prior version, this is the same formula but in a more convenient format.

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The Perricone MD No Mascara Mascara ($30) is a lash treatment and mascara. According to the line, this includes:

– Neuropetides help regenerate, condition and nourish lashes.
– Biotin improves the healthy and quality of lashes with each application
– Tocotrienols condition and smooth lashes

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This color is a dark brown-black (see swatch for color, below), and delivers a very clean, lengthened lash, adding slight volume. There is zero clumping, instead the look tends toward a natural, uplifted, and long look. It’s very pretty, and the fact that is is nourishing is a lovely plus.

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The Perricone MD No Lipstick Lipstick ($30) is another product that I fell in love with. The color is a pretty, soft pink that’s highly wearable by those with many different skin tones. It’s a soft of “all occasion pink.” The texture was absolutely lovely–it’s very hydrating and seemed to soften the texture of my lips.

Perricone MD No Makeup Skincare12a According to the line, the No Lipstick Lipstick:

– Mimics the natural, rosy color of youthful lips and vermillion zone.
– Smoothes vertical lip lines and restore suppleness and fullness while protecting with a broad spectrum,  mineral SPF 15.
– Solid to serum texture allows for sheer, buildable coverage while hydrating and nourishing.

 This feels lovely, and makes my lips look years younger. I hope that more colors of this formala are released. I’m including swatches of all shades here:

Perricone MD No Makeup Skincare19As you can see, the serum color is a near-match for the No Foundation Foundation in #2. I did a quick finger-blend of the swatches, above, without being very precise or careful. On the skin, a proper blending job delivers smooth and lovely results.

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Overall, I loved using these products. These are extremely easy to use, impressively long-wearing, and allowed me to get ready in less than five minutes. My skin looked beautifully natural, and I loved the fact that the product have skincare benefits. Although I wear my standard SPF 50 sunscreen, I appreciated that there is sunscreen woven into the formulas.

The Perricone MD No Makeup Makeup: A Color Revolution is available at Sephora, and Perricone MD’s website.

 

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NARS Contour Blush: Olympia, Paloma and Gienah

June 11, 2014

Nars Contour Powders01Who doesn’t love a little sculpting?  I love the fact that the three new NARS Contour Blushes in Olympia (light), Paloma (medium) and Gienah (deep) ($42 each) include both a contour and a highlight shade in one palette. Nars Contour Blushes are available at Barneys.com, Nars online, Nordstrom.com, and Sephora.

Nars Contour Powders03As you would expect, all three powders are excellent quality, and beautifully formulated and coordinated. We found that the colors were easy to use, especially when using the NARS Contour Brush #21 ($42), which is perfectly shaped to work with these powders.

Nars Contour blush 21eNARS Olympia is the lightest shade for a very subtle effect on light skin tones. This is the best color for Liz and my MAC NC15/ NARS Deauville/Chanel Ivoire skin tone depending on the desired effect.

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NARS Paloma are two medium tones.

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NARS Gienah is for deeper skin tones.

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Here are swatches of all three:
Nars Contour Powders Swatches2Another set:

Nars Contour Powders Swatches4 Here is NARS Olympia on Liz:

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Liz is wearing Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet in B20 with Dior Fluid Stick in Pandore, Nars Lost Coast eyeshadow duo, and Nars Olympia Contour Blush. One more (same items used):

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Overall, these are remarkably easy, extremely high quality and can be counted on to give professional results. Nars Contour Blushes are available at Barneys.com, Nars online, Nordstrom.com, and Sephora.

Nars provided these blushes to Cafe Makeup without change for consideration for review. This post contains affiliate links (for more information, see About Cafe Makeup)

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