Dec 232013
 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Oct 312013
 

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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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Oct 052013
 

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).

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Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in La Desiree ($34), a matte burgundy red.

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Chanel Rouge Allure Le Rouge Intense in Radieuse, a beautiful cool pink ($34).

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Chanel Le Vernis in Rouge Rubis nail polish, a vivid red ($27).

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Chanel Ligne Graphique de Chanel in Bronze ($34).

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There are two new Chanel Illusion D’Ombres in Initiation (the bottom platinum bronze) and Fatal (the top silver purple)($36 each).

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Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Accent ($43).

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I’m so excited to start playing with these!  Have you selected anything from this Holiday’s Chanel collection?

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Aug 302013
 

Nars Fall 2013 has a number of lip products and pencils that are an eclectic mix of colors (previously, the new Nars single eyeshadow colors were reviewed and swatched here). First, there are two new Nars Larger than Life Eyeliners. Via De’ Martelli is a chocolate brown.

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 The color is a neutral matte.

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Las Ramblas is a shimmery yellow gold.

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The Las Ramblas is a good inner-eye brightener or under-eye liner, and is quite warm.

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Swatches of both Via De’ Martelli and Las Ramblas:

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There are two new Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencils ($25 each). Nars Mysterious is a matte crimson red.

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This color is highly pigmented, and requires a bit of care when applying. It’s a striking shade so you want get it right. We exfoliated before, and watched our placement carefully. A bit of balm underneath is always a good idea. The image below (on Liz) does not have any balm–it’s a straight application of the pencil directly onto the lips.

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Nars Paimpol is an edgy “pink chiffon”–a cool matte light pink that looks really ’60’s inspired (or maybe a punk ’80’s). We had a bit of a tough time getting smooth coverage–you might wish to do several passes to build up the color for full effect if this is a shade that you love. 

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There is shimmer added to the matte formula.

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Again, no balm so that you can see how the pencil looks applied directly to the lips.

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Swatches of Mysterious Red and Paimpol:

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There are two new Nars Pure Matte Lipstick shades ($26 each). La Paz is an orchid pink.

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This color is limited edition, and quite unusual.

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Despite the “pure matte” name, the shimmer gives a sort of wet, moisturized look.  On Liz:

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Peloponnese is a ginger pink that translates into a warm honey nude.

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Like La Paz, there is shimmer within the formula.

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On Liz, you can see that this shimmer and color adds a touch of life to this understated color:

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Swatches of La Paz and Peloponnese:

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Overall, this eclectic mix has a lot of edgy and traditional shades. Does anything catch your eye?

Available at Nordstrom and other Nars sources.

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Aug 042013
 

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Quite unexpectedly, my favorite item from the Marc Jacobs Beauty preview was the Marc Jacobs Magic Marc’er Precision Pen Eyeliner in Blacquer ($30). The pen was as delightfully well-balanced as a Mont Blanc (though, thankfully, not as heavy). It has an expensive well-made feel and is a pleasure to use.

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The cap is a pull-on, pull-off with a satisfying, secure ‘click.’  The color flows from the tip with the perfect amount of cool black. You can go heavy or extraordinarily thin and light. The tip of the pen is quite small and sharp. It delivers a a very predictable flow, which is a very good quality when you are working close to the all-important eye area.  This has excellent staying power–the color never flakes, fades, or moves all day until I hit it with my oil cleanser.

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I’m a fan of liquid liners. I love that you don’t need an extra brush (unlike a gel), and that you get no pulling, tugging, sharpening, or sometimes too-light pigmentation (as with some pencils). I’m looking for good, dependable, beautiful color and that is what the Marc Jacobs Magic Marc’er delivers.

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The shape of the Marc Jacob’s Magic Marc’er is perfect for those mornings when you haven’t had enough coffee, or too much. On those days, it’s just too daunting to use the sharp tip all across the lash line–the possibility for shakes and wiggles is too great (really? we have to start over now? argggggh!). I mean, you can do it perfectly with a “go in confident” and “I’m in control, here!” attitude. But we don’t always wake up in perfect condition, do we?

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 With the Magic Marc’er, sometimes I use the long tip sideways, horizontally across the lash line and pull it along. That allows the long side of the tip to be guided by the natural ridge above the lashes.  Pull, pull, pull, as gently or a heavily as you like. Then, I fill in the inner corner areas with the very precise small tip.

Another good technique is to do a series of feathery horizontal lines that you connect by overlapping them. That way, the pen is only in contact with the lash line for a very short stroke. This works really well too.

Here’s a comparison with two lines of the Marc Jacobs Magic Marc’er in Blackquer. This is next to an admittedly well-worn, year-old Le Metier de Beaute Precision liquid liner ($42) (it’s used it so much that the pigment is starting to suffer, so the comparison isn’t really good but it’s the only other liquid liner I had on hand). Also, there is Chanel Ebene, an off-black and a Prestige Total Intensity black pencil liner that we buy at our local drugstore.

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One more, same:

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I was surprised to find that the Marc Jacobs Magic Marc’er was the highlight of my beauty routine this past week. I’ll be taking it on the road next week, and hoping that it holds up to the rigors of air travel (I’ll report back). As with other liquid liners, you’ll want to pull the cap straight up-and-down on so you don’t bend the brush.

The Marc Jacobs Beauty Magic Marc’er Precision Pen in Blacquer will be available at Sephora starting August 9th.

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