From a NARS Press Release:
NARS Cosmetics introduces Kohliner – Audacious Mascara’s partner in line.
NARS has released some new Velvet Shadow Sticks ($28 each). Here, I’m testing four colors: Glenan (deep blue), Filbuste (deep black), Nunavet (violet/purple) and Reykjavik (a steely grey). These are currently available at Nars Cosmetics online, and Nordstrom,
These have a very rich, intense pigment that sets within about a minute or two and lasts all day. The deep color can be smudged out beautifully. You can use these to amp up a shadow by applying them as an all-over dark matte base on the lid. For a more subtle effect, I’ve been applying these along the lash line, then smudging them into a gorgeous line with the Nars #45 smudge brush.
I’ve been pairing them with a shimmery or metallic neutral all-over the lid, for example using Nars Eye Paint (pictured below), or Tom Ford’s cream eyeshadow in Platinum.
The longevity of Nars Velvet Shadow sticks is excellent–I remove them with an oil cleanser at the end of the day. They don’t budge. Of course, NARS Velvet Shadow Sticks look awesome with the Nars eyeshadow palettes designed as part of this All About Eyes collection. This includes the NARS Unforgettable Eyes palette (reviewed here).
….as well as the NARS Irresistible Palette (reviewed here):
As you can see, these are pigmented, creamy mattes. I find them convenient because they have the impact of a gel liner, but without the need for an application brush (these can be smudged with a finger). I love the colors–of course, the black and gray and standards in my repertoire. The purple and deep blue are jewel-toned flattering colors that really can set off the white’s of one’s eyes.
Bottom line: highly recommended.
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In addition to our giveaway for the Sephora Holiday Festival Blockbuster palette, there is another one for those who love their eye color–how awesome is that? Cafe Makeup is sponsoring a second giveaway, this one for the Sephora Chroma Color Eye Palette (retail price $65). Sephora sent both of these lovelies to Cafe Makeup for a giveaway to our U.S. readers.
If you’d like to enter, please leave me a comment on this exact post, saying “enter me” or something similar (I’m sorry, I can’t track entries left on social media). If you’d like to enter the other Cafe Makeup/ Sephora giveaway, go for it! Just only enter once per giveaway. This contest for the Sephora Chroma Color Eye Palette will end Wednesday November 5th at midnight. This giveaway is limited to U.S. residents only. Good luck, lovelies!!
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Whenever I’ve played with the Marc Jacobs Highliners, I’ve always been tempted to pick up a few. They glide, they lay down a smooth layer of pigment, and they last, last, last. Yet somehow I always held off, hoping for a holiday set. Imagine the delight when the line released the Marc Jacobs Sky-Liner 7 Piece Highliner Collection ($45) (available at Sephora and Marc Jacobs online).
There’s some beautiful deep tones in this set:
I’ve used a few of these, and find that lightly moving them a few times back and forth across my lash line works beautifully. The pigment lays down very smoothly without any pulling or tugging. These are all beautifully formulated. Yes, yes, a thousand times “yes.” This set’s a winner.
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I have a number of NARS items to share with you, and I’m starting with the NARS Night Series Pencils ($24/each at Nordstrom, ). Something seriously good is happening with this line–so many new formulations, and fun/gorgeous colors! These pencils riff off of the NARS famous Night Series eyeshadows, which have deep, deep colors and a bit of sparkle and shine. These are available at Nordstrom, Sephora, Neiman Marcus, Barneys New York, Nars online and Saks Fifth Avenue.
The Night Series Eyeliners are offered in these shades:
NARS Night Flight Eyeliner: Black with cobalt blue pearl
Night Bird Eyeliner: Black with purple pearl
Night Clubbing Eyeliner: Black with gold pearl
Night Porter Eyeliner: Black with green pearl
These are sort of awesome. I love the rich color, which applies best on the eye. I found that my arm swatches did not do these justice, so I include one quick eye shot so you could get a better sense. Please be gentle, I’m learning. Here are paper swatches:
If I had to narrow my choices, it would be Night Flight and Night Porter, the most vibrant shades that give a flash of color. Arm swatches:
Overall, I love the rich, dark tone of these and the little bit of sparkle that catches the light. These colors are deep enough to be a true eyeliner color, so hat there is no need to apply these over a black (although you could if you like). These are well worth a look. Beautiful.
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Over the past few months, Yves Saint Laurent has been quietly reinventing several beauty items, including these Yves Saint Laurent Couture 5-Color Eyeshadow Palettes ($60 each). After falling in love with the Yves Saint Laurent Fetiche palette reviewed here, I’ve also found time to play with these two new additions. These are available at Nordstrom.com, Bloomingdales, Saks Fifth Avenue, Net-a-Porter and Yves Saint Laurent online.
I’ve never bought Yves Saint Laurent eyeshadow palettes with any regularity in the past. I believe this new formulation is worth a look. These are lovely, easy to use palettes which apply really easily with a tapered crease brush. I purchased YSL Saharienne #4 because I loved the beautiful, natural look that it gives with a touch of pearl. I never feel the need to wear all five colors at one. Either the top left peach, or the bottom taupe is a nice lid color, and eiher the middle and bottom right shades make lovely crease and liner shades. The top right pearl is a lovely brow bone and inner corner highlighter. Swatches:
Here is YSL Saharienne #4 on Liz:
Yves Saint Laurent Parisienne #7 is a pearly everyday palette that is based on cranberries and that beautiful taupe that is on the upper left.
Here, she’s also wearing the Nars Dual Intensity Eyeshadow in Sycorax ($29) applied wet with Nars Angled Eyeliner Brush#27 ($28). I found this video helpful to understand more about Yves Saint Laurent’s Couture line:
Overall, I found the Yves Saint Laurent Couture palettes a step in the right direction for the line. These are lovely, very easy to use, and are nice everyday go-to’s for a professional, polished look that can be amped up for a more glamourous look. The pigmentation was lovely–not super pigmented, but layerable and controllable. These two have beautiful, pearly texture that is still appropriate for day and can be worn on a wide age range. Overall, these are well worth a look.
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Rich, aquatic and anchored in glamour. The NARS Spring 2014 Collection kicks off the season with provocative appeal leaving winter in the wake. Eyes sizzle in gold lamé and iridescent smoky orchid, while cheeks glisten with a splash of shimmering rose peach. Gleaming cantaloupe for nails and a refreshingly glossy pout in guava and violet evoke a cool burning attitude with this fashion forward collection.
The items are listed with their images below.
China Seas Duo Eyeshadow ($34): Iridescent turquoise with gold infusion and iridescent plum
Kauai Duo Eyeshadow ($34): Gold lamé and iridescent smokey orchid
Annees Folles Larger than Life Lip Gloss ($26): Sheer violet
Bimini Larger than Life Lip Gloss ($26): Sheer pink guava
Timanfaya Satin Lip Pencil ($25): Mandarin Red
Khao Road Larger than Life Long Wear Eyeliner ($24): Metallic aquamarine
Puerta Del Sol Larger than Life Long Wear Eyeliner ($24): Parrot green with shimmer
Wind Dancer Nail Polish ($19): Cantaloupe
Na Pali Coast Multiple ($39): Shimmering rose peach
This is slated to release on Narscosmetics.com and NARS boutiques on January 15, 2014.
There is a new eye pencil on the market–Burberry Effortless Eye Kohl in Poppy Black ($30/0.07 oz.). This roughly 4 inch pencil is a smooth, well-pigmented and long-lasting eye kohl. The pencil glides easily and leaves plenty of dark, rich color. Burberry has packed a sharpener with the pencil.
I had the best results using this pencil in true kohl style–pulling the pencil sideways against the lash line. This avoided any tendency to skip and minimized any unevenness that could be introduced by a minor shake of the hand. This also minimizes the need to sharpen the tip, because the tip is not the primary application point using this side-to-side method. I’ve been using Poppy Black for almost two weeks without sharpening by pulling it sideways along my lash line, whereas with a more traditional point-first application, I’m sure I would have had to sharpen it once or twice already.
I liked the Burberry pencil quite a bit–you have just a short 20-30 second timeframe to smudge it if you like. It works beautifuly. I found that this long-wearing, non-irritating pencil was a welcome addition to the Burberry line. I kept reaching for it day after day, and I enjoyed the results.
Is Burberry Eye Kohl in Poppy Black a must-have? If you are looking for an elegant, well-formulated pencil from a premium line, you should give it fair consideration. I mean, I love mine. However, as you might guess, the results of one black pencil over another is marginal. Above is a casual, non-scientific swatch of two other black pencil liners–Chanel Ebene ($30) and Prestige Deepest Black (about $5 from the drugstore). In application, the results are not terribly distinctive. Liz is wearing the Burberry Eye Kohl in Poppy black in the image in this post, but it’s very difficult to tell whether it’s this Burberry or the Prestige which she typically wears.
Nonetheless, I’m very happy find the high quality of this pencil in Burberry’s line. At present, I’d recommend the formula and I’m excited to see whether Burberry will be releasing any unique and interesting colors in the future.
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For Holiday 2013, NARS is releasing the NARS Voyeur set ($49) at all department and specialty stores, Nars online and Nars boutiques. This set comes with a generous 7 1/2″ by 5″ vinyl zippered cosmetic bag, and five mini versions of the Nars Larger than Life eyeliner pencils. This set is also called the Nars Guy Bourdin Larger than Life Eyeliner Coffret.
The Nars Voyeur set includes Via Appia (a coppery brown), Most Wanted (a new shade that a vibrant violet), Blue Dahlia (a bright cyan blue), Santa Monica BLVD (matte white), and the deep black Via Veneto.
These pencils are long wearing, high pigment, high quality pencil liners. As with all Larger than Life pencils, the points of these can be brought back into shape with small sharpeners built in the removable tops of each. Swatches:
The Nars Voyeur set is a nice way to try out a variety of this great line of pencils. The pouch is well made, and an excellent size for a generous supply of makeup that could accommodate a day-to-night switch, or an entire weekend.
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Here are a few preview images of the products that I selected from Chanel Holiday 2013. More detailed reviews will follow as we’re able to play with the products.
First, Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in La Precieuse, a stunning matte red ($34).
Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in La Desiree ($34), a matte burgundy red.
Chanel Rouge Allure Le Rouge Intense in Radieuse, a beautiful cool pink ($34).
Chanel Le Vernis in Rouge Rubis nail polish, a vivid red ($27).
I’m so excited to start playing with these! Have you selected anything from this Holiday’s Chanel collection?
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