Mar 252015
 

Nars Glenan Flibuste Nunavet Reykjavik Velvet Shadow sticks narsNARS 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, 

Nars Glenan Flibuste Nunavut Reykjavik Velvet Shadow sticksThese 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.

Nars Smudge 45

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.

Nars Eye Paints Swatches allThe 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).

Nars Eyeshadow Palettes04….as well as the NARS Irresistible Palette (reviewed here):

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Nars Velvet Shadow Stick

Swatches:

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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.

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Bottom line:  highly recommended.

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Oct 272014
 

Sephora Chroma Color Giveaway2 copyIn 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.

Sephora Chroma Color GIveaway two1 copyThis rather impressive gift has 54 eyeshadows, 12 full size pencils, and a double side eyeshadow brush. This is some serious fun!

Sephora Chroma Color Giveaway5 copyHere’s a close up of a few of the full sized pencils and the double sided brush:

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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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Oct 262014
 

Marc Jacobs Pencil Liner Set4Whenever 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).

Marc Jacobs Pencil Liner Set1Beautifully packaged in a giftable box, this set comes in a black coffret that holds all seven mini-pencils with the sleek, modern look used in the rest of the line.

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There’s some beautiful deep tones in this set:

  • O(vert) (forest green)
  • Brown(out) (bronze with shimmer)
  • Th(ink) (deep navy)
  • (Plum)age (vivid purple)
  • Blacquer (black)
  • Sunset (golden bronze shimmer)
  • Midnight in Paris (inky indigo blue)

Marc Jacobs Pencil Liner Set7Swatches:

Marc Jacobs Pencil Liner Set8I’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.

The Marc Jacobs Sky-Liner 7 Piece Highliner Collection ($45) (available at Sephora and Marc Jacobs online).

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Aug 272014
 

Nars night series pencils1

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.Nars night series pencils2

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:

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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:

Nars night series pencils5Here’s a quick swatch of NARS Night Flight on the eye:

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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.

These are available at Nordstrom, Sephora, Neiman Marcus, Barneys New York, Nars online and Saks Fifth Avenue.

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Jul 272014
 

YSL Saharienne and Parisian 5 Couture Eyeshadows01Over 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.

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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:


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Here is YSL Saharienne #4 on Liz:

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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.

YSL Saharienne and Parisian 5 Couture Eyeshadows02Swatches:

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Here is YSL Parisienne on Liz:

YSL Parisienne 2Here, 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.

These are available at Nordstrom.com, Bloomingdales, Saks Fifth Avenue, Net-a-Porter and Yves Saint Laurent online.

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