Feb 142014
 

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NARS is set to release a set of seven matte Multiples ($39 each). These are a mix of bronzy and vibrant colors for lips and cheeks. These are said to have build able, long-lasting hydrating color that can be applied either dry (for a soft yet vibrant matte effect) or wet (for a vivid finish that melts into skin). These will be online at Nars.com and Nars Boutiques. These should be at other stores later on.

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  • ANGUILLA Ginger pink
  • EXUMAS Pink apricot
  • SIAM Poppy red
  • LAOS Rose coral
  • ALTAI Rose bronze
  • VIENTIANE Copper bronze
  • CAPPADOCE Golden bronze

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Some of these have been used during the recent New York Fashion Week. For example, Anguilla Matte Multiples was used at Rodarte F/W ’14 together with a not-yet-released Fall Nars Unlawful blush.

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And here’s a little video to get us all psyched for the release:

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Jan 212014
 

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NARS Final Cut collection includes a new shimmering, sparkling illuminator called NARS Adelaide Illuminator ($3o), a cool lavendar pink with a transparent glitter. Unless you use the very tiniest bit on the upper cheekbone, NARS Adelaide is a color for the confident wearer. Be ready to be noticed–this is a stunning, glamorous shade.

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Like the other NARS Illuminators, Adelaide has an easily blended texture applies with a weightless feel. No tackiness, no oiliness, no messing around. Like a good luxury product, this is done right. Unlike the other shades in the line, NARS Adelaide is more opaque in its color. Although it can be sheered down and mixed with other textures, the decidedly cool cast and stronger color of this shade sets it apart. This means that it mixes well with foundations, but it will darken and add a strong candy pink cast to the foundation. In addition, Adelaide will  suffuse it with both glow and rich micro-sparkle. For that reason, I suspect that most will use this as a stunning upper cheek highlighter for evening, or even for beachy days. It’s a fresh color shade, but not for the wallflower. Someone who loves Adelaide does not mind a bit of attention.

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Here’s an arm swatch of Nars Adelaide alone, below. This is going to look fabulous on tanned skin.

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NARS Adelaide fits in well with the rest of the Nars Final Cut collection. Here, you can see a little different angle of Nars Adelaide next to swatches of NARS Villa Lante and Nars Stourhead Lip Pencils:

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Here, Liz applied Nars Adelaide over Nars Final Cut blush to add a little glow:

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Here is Nars Adelaide on the upper cheek over Nars Sex Fantasy blush (applied heavily):

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Overall, Nars Adelaide is a standout shade for those who love to stand out. It fits well within the cool lavender trend that we’re seeing from other lines, perhaps a more sophisticated version of Benefit’s Lollitint. Nars Adelaide also fits well within the entire Nars Final Cut series of fresher, more modern colors for Spring 2014. NARS Adelaide’s texture is beautiful, sparkling and very rich in tone.

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Jan 062014
 

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Becca is well known for its liquid Shimmering Skin Perfectors–their legendary, sophisticated glow sets a beautiful standard for the perfect highlighter. Recently, Becca released a pressed powder version for those who prefer their glow from a pan. To complement my recent rose gold obsession, I tried the limited edition (and still momentarily available)  Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Rose Gold ($38).

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I’ve looked at various swatches of the Becca Rose Gold highlighter online, and I wasn’t sure how it would work on paler skin tones. MAC’s Riri Diamonds is a rose gold highlighter that is relatively sheer, however the pan of Becca’s Rose Gold Shimmering Skin Perfector seemed deeper in tone, akin to a neutral blush.

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As I suspected, Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Rose Gold applies as a soft peach-gold blush on my light skin tone. I have been using it with a touch of bronzer-as-blush to provide a soft touch of warmth, then use Becca’s Rose Gold on the upper cheeks, chin, and around the temples.

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Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Rose Gold is absolutely gorgeous. It’s a bit hard to capture on camera, but it really modulates with the light. It shows as a soft glowing color, then (gasp!) this lovely sheen appears just when the light hits it right. It’s so pretty.

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Here are some comparisons.  First on the left, Laura Mercier Matter Radiance Baked Powder in Highlight #1 (golden nude) is a pressed powder with a much softer color.  The Laura Mercier lacks Becca’s Rose Gold stronger peachy cast. MAC Superb Extra Dimension Skinfinish is more metallic with a stronger highlight effect. MAC Diamonds (part of the Riri collection) is a cream finish, with a high shine but very little color.

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Here is the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Rose Gold on Liz’s upper cheeks. She is wearing this with Guerlain Crazy Terracotta bronzer underneath. The reflective quality is a little hard to capture on camera but we did our best. Ingredient list (click to enlarge):

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Overall, I like Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Rose Gold. It gives a very sophisticated glow, a pretty soft peach-bronzy wash of color, and a very pretty overall look.

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Dec 142013
 

Burberry Nude Glow highlighter05This is a review of the Burberry Nude Radiance Fresh Glow Powder ($48), the sister of the Burberry Golden Radiance powder (reviewed here). As you might expect, Burberry’s Nude Radiance is the powder version of the liquid Burberry Fresh Glow Fluid Base (a product that can be used as either a primer or a highlighter, reviewed here). The powder version is a soft glowing highlighter.

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As you might expect, Burberry Nude Glow works beautifully with the cool toned shimmery Golden Radiance. We found that, applied with one of our favorite large, soft brushes, the powder gave a slightly cool toned glow. You will want to use a brush with plenty of soft flex. I thought that the brush that was included with the product–although quite respectable quality for a give-away–applied the product a little too heavily to the point of frosting up a touch.

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 Subtle highlighters are a bit difficult to capture in a photograph. Here, I tried to capture the liquid Burberry Fresh Glow next to the powder Nude Radiance. As you can see, the tonality of both is quite similar. Unsurprisingly, the liquid has a more pronounced glow and can be mixed directly with a foundation. The powder is more subtle, but might be preferred by those who prefer that medium. Both are more subtle compared to Kevyn Aucoin’s Candlelight (reviewed here), but more pronounced than the subtle Poudre Signe de Chanel.

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Here is Liz wearing Burberry Nude Radiance on her upper cheek and forehead, and Burberry Golden Radiance on her lower cheek. She’s also wearing Guerlain Crazy Terracotta as a blush, Burberry Lip Mist in Oxblood. She’s styled her fair with the T3 Bodywaver (also available at Sephora), Alterna CC Caviar Cream and Alterna Luminous Shine Mist. She’s used the same look in the picture below, but with Guerlain Paresse on lips (in softer light):

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There is a nice glow with Burberry Nude Radiance. Even close up, applied with a soft brush, we detected only very subtle sparkle in direct sun. If you prefer this look without sparkle, go for the liquid Burberry Fresh Glow instead.

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I’m loving the pairing of Burberry’s Nude and Golden Radiance for a winter glow. The cool tone for both makes these are wonderful, unique option for those with cooler skin tones, or those looking for a cold-month version of a summer highlighter/bronzer combination.

Both are available at Nordstrom and other Burberry sources.

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Dec 112013
 

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Burberry’s line has a notably original product called the Burberry Fresh Glow Golden Radiance Powder ($48). This is part of last summer’s release. However I’m finding that this particular powder works beautifully for winter, at least for me.

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The items come packaged in the heavy, luxurious Burberry plaid-embossed packaging, a soft outer case and a slim wide brush.

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Here are the two powders (a review of the Nude Radiance will follow soon):

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Despite its name, the Burberry Gold Radiance powder applies as a cool-toned, shimmery powder that reminds me of a soft, glowing taupe. I expect that those with cool skin tones should take a look at the powder, so long as they are up for some radiant shimmer. I found this powder works beautifully for  the gray-skied winter months, when my overall color palette in clothing and makeup is more subdued and neutral, because it leaves a sort of silver-taupe impression. If you are a bronzer aficionado, you’ll immediately notice that this “radiance powder” is distinctly different. Consistent with this gorgeous, unique quality, Burberry Fresh Glow Golden Radiance Powder is not sold as a bronzer. As Liz identified, there is something distinctly Burberry about this powder.

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I originally tried this when a Burberry sales associate tried it on me in August, paired with the Nude Radiance powder at the same time. The products do coordinate beautifully together and give a beautiful glow.

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Here are swatches of two bronzers–the warm amber Chanel Terra Ambre and more neutral Nars Laguna. In addition, I’ve swatched MAC Taupe Shape blush (limited edition and no longer available) so that you can compare the cool qualities of Burberry Fresh Glow Golden Radiance Powder:

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Another (different lighting):

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Here is Burberry Fresh Glow Golden Radiance Powder on Liz, which is most evident on the lower part of her cheeks. She is also parring this with Burberry Fresh Glow Nude Radiance Powder (above her brows, on upper cheek, and on her chin) and Guerlain Crazy Terracotta on the upper cheek as a blush:

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Another wearing Burberry Fresh Glow Golden Radiance Powder on the lower cheek, anBurberry Fresh Glow Nude Radiance Powder on her upper check, chin and above her eyebrows and with different lighting:

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You can see that Burberry Golden Radiance gives a soft cool quality to the skin, and the Nude Radiance adds a lovely fresh and lovely glow to her skin. She’s also wearing Guerlain Crazy Terracotta as a blush. In this picture, she’s wearing my new winter love, Burberry Lip Mist in Oxblood. She’s styled her fair with the T3 Bodywaver (also available at Sephora), Alterna CC Caviar Cream and Alterna Luminous Shine Mist.

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Although the weather’s turned colder, I still can’t give up adding a touch of color and dimension to my beauty routine. Burberry Fresh Glow Golden Radiance Powder has become one of my go-to’s (paired with Nude Radiance). I absolutely love it. The product is unique, not fitting comfortably within the bronzer or highlighter category. Instead, Burberry is creating a niche of its own.

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