Oct 312013
 

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Like the NARS One Night Stand blush palette (have I mentioned my obsession with this palette yet?), the NARS Promiscuous Set ($45) released for Holiday 2013 will be available at Sephora exclusively (based on the materials that I’ve received). This set comes with a large cosmetic pouch, approximately  7 1/2 by 5 inches. It also happens to come with some of my favorite pencil shades from NARS incomparable line.

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This pouch is a tough, good quality vinyl and should provide years of use. I love a bag with a decent zipper, this one has one that is both robust and attractively integrated into the design.

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Unlike many lip pencils which provide a color base for lipsticks or gloss, NARS pencils of this type are meant to be used as  the main event–they are complex colors and thoughtfully designed textures used to create the lip look on their own.

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The NARS Promiscuous set contains mini versions of Cruella Matte Velvet, Sex Machine Velvet Matte, Dolce Vita Velvet Matte, Never Say Never Velvet Matte, and New Lover Velvet Gloss. These are some of my favorites, so I think this is a well-chosen, nicely wearable and versatile selection.

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Swatches of all shades:

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One more set:

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If you haven’t tried NARS pencils, the Nars Promiscuous set is a wonderful place to start. The pouch is a nice addition–the size is excellent for keeping things together in your office desk, weekend bag, the gym, or your purse for those necessary touch-ups.

Note: The Cruella, Sex Machine, Dolce Vita, and Never Say Never Pencils are listed as 0.06 oz, and New Lover as 0.08 oz in size. These measure roughly 3 3/4″ in size each.

NARS Cosmetics provided this set to Cafe Makeup without charge for consideration for review. This post contains affiliate links (for more information, see About Cafe Makeup)

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Oct 312013
 

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The NARS Crime of Passion palette ($59) packs some beautiful, highly wearable colors together in a remarkably compact space. This system is well-designed to accommodate a nice range of neutral looks, with high quality products that accommodates a wide range of skin tones and looks. This will be widely available at all Nars sources, and currently available on Nordstrom.com.

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Also called the NARS ‘Guy Bourdin – Crime of Passion’ Eye, Cheek & Lip Palette, the size of NARS Crimes of Passion is a small 3 1/2″ by 3″ size, and about 1″ deep.

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The top layer includes three eyeshadows, which are all new shades. First a new light shimmery Jezebel, a new metallic rose-brown Naiade, and a super pigmented black matte Pandora. There is also a mini Deep Throat Larger than Life Lip Gloss (another new shade). This layer flips up to reveal a pan of Deep Throat blush, and a Laguna Bronzing powder.

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The design of the Nars Crimes of Passion set is aesthetically pleasing, functional, and efficient. And, let’s face it, these are great colors for a gorgeous, neutral look.

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Inside:

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Swatches of all colors:

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Another:

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NARS Crime of Passion is genius.  I love a good neutral palette with versatility–this is certainly a well-chosen range of classic colors that is highly wearable. I was surprised to find this treasure has such a nice range of product in such a well-packaged, compact space.

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Aug 032013
 

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Marc Jacobs Beauty Lust For Lacquer Lip Vinyl ($28 each) have a high-shine formula and lovely, highly wearable color. The packaging is pure Marc Jacobs “sophisticated/fun.” The black applicator side is practical, there’s just no dropping this one with that big paddle. Still, there’s something cute and modern about it too. In other words, very Marc.

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I tried two shades–the warm pink Kissability and the cool burgundy Studded Kiss. On application, there’s a sweet vanilla scent with the faintest touch of floral scent. Within about 30 seconds, the scent transforms in a breath-freshening peppermint that’s delightful. The peppermint scent lingers for a good 20-30 minutes, and gives the gloss an ever-so-slight tingle. The fun shape of the tube, the lovely color, and the scent made these slightly addictive to use. I kept reaching for them all week, I just love that touch of peppermint.

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Kissability is a warm pink-rose infused with gold. This is one of those crowd-pleasing, goes-with-everything colors that can be used up because it’s such a good, staple color. It’s medium-sheer. On Liz, the color is quite sheer–her lips are lightly pigmented.

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The color looks deeper and more rose on me, because my lips have more pigment. It’s my lips but better, and because of the shine it’s also my lips but wetter. Here is Liz wearing Kissability:

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Here, Liz is wearing Kissability with:

Here are some swatches using Marc Jacobs Kissability, using other shades to orient the color among others (not as possible dupes). Burberry Nude Rose is a light cream. Nars Dolce Vita has no shimmer, and is not as pink. Chanel Paillettes is a sheer shimmery gloss.

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Studded Kiss is a pigmented burgundy infused with deep red-violet with a high-lacquer shine.

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 On Liz:

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Here’s Marc Jacob’s Studded Kiss on Liz:

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As you can see, Marc Jacobs Studded Kiss doesn’t have a duplicate in my stash. Chanel Ironic Tonic is warmer. Buberry Hibiscus is a sheer cream, with more red. Le Metier de Beaute In the Know Bordeaux is deeper and more burgundy.

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Overall, I loved these new Marc Jacobs Lust for Lacquer Lip Vinyls. If you are sensitive to peppermint, you’ll want to pass these by. I found them really pleasant, and kept reaching for them. I’ll definitely be looking for more now the full line is released.

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Jun 262013
 

Nars Summer Shock

Nars Summer Shock 2013 includes a number of edgy products that are worth a look. The collection is available at Nars online, Nordstrom, Sephora and other Nars sources.

As an artist’s line, I always love to see Nars’ take on the cutting edge to see whether there are a few items that I might use to update my own beauty routine.

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The collection contains:

Madness Nail Polish ($19)

Paris Follies Larger Than Life Lip Gloss ($26)

Tolede Satin Lipstick ($24)

Fashion Rebel Duo Eyeshadow ($34)

Euphrate Single Eyeshadow ($24)

Puerto Vallarta Multiple ($39)

Tender Night Velvet Matte Lip Pencil (Limited Edition, $25)

Barrow Street Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner ($24)

Swatches of all products:

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Here are some thoughts on the individual products.  First, Nars Madness ($19) is a bright orange cream that is the typical, well-executed Nars formula.

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 Nars Madness was the brightest of all of my oranges–here, OPI A Roll in the Hague, Nars Lal Mirchi, Deborah Lippman’s Lara’s Theme, and L’Oreal L’Orange:

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Nars Madness has a slightly less glossy finish compared to the rest (although you can add a topcoat if you prefer to do something other than this satiny finish).

Nars Paris Follies Larger Than Life Lipgloss is a sheer strawberry red:

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Liz fell in love with this one immediately, as a light, summer, easy everyday color (applied full force, although this can be patted on lightly for a soft pink):

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Nars Tolede Satin Lipstick ($26) is a sheer pink with a slight touch of warm coppery brown.

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Nars Tolede is somewhat sheer. On Liz’s very light lips, the color applies as a soft warm pink. On my darker toned lips, the color is much darker.

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Here are some Nars Tolede comparisons with Nars Bilboa, Nars Autumn Leaves, Burberry Rosewood, and Burberry Lip Mist in Copper.

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Nars Fashion Rebel is a striking yellow and violet combination.

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I have to hand it to Nars–”Fashion Rebel” is well named.

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On Liz, who quickly created an eye (no base, using Edward Bess Luxury Eye Brush):

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I suspect with bases and layering, you could get more vibrancy. As applied here, it reminds me of a flower.

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Nars Puerto Vallarta is a shimmery soft peach cream.  It’s more subtle than some of the corals and oranges we’ve seen during the year, and would work beautifully for a subtle touch of color. Here is a comparison with Nars Puerto Vallarta (two swipes), Nars South Beach Multiple (two swipes), Nars Sex Appeal powder blush (piled on and it’s still subtle), and Chanel Frivole (2 swipes):

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Tender Night Velvet Matt Lip Pencil ($25) (swatched above) is quite sheer–it is nearly invisble on my pigmented lips.

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 Nars Barrow Street Larger than Life Longwear Eyeliner ($24) is a light creamy mint.

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This is going to look amazing on a cool toned person as a lower waterline color, especially with Euphrates eyeshadow single on the eye and the Puerto Vallarta multiple on the cheek.

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There is a full review of my new love, the Euprhate eyeshadow single, here.

The collection is available at Nars onlineNordstromSephora and other Nars sources.

Here’s a lovely video with application suggestions:

 

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Jun 252013
 

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Tatcha’s Gold Camellia Nourishing Lip Balm ($36/ 0.28 oz.) (available here on Tatcha’s website and Barney’s New York) is a best-in-class, luxury lip balm. The texture is quite moisturizing, the presentation elegant and the ingredients are pure, beautiful and simple.

Tatcha camillia lip balm03a This little treasure comes with a nice touch. Once the understated box is opened, and the little drawer pulled out, you will see a letter that describes the product’s heritage on artisan paper.

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The jar is a heavy glass with a plastic lid. Inside, you can see a thin sheet of 24 karat gold that lends a beautiful touch to the presentation.

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 Once opened, one dips in.  Go ahead. It’s an amazing product and meant to be enjoyed. The instructions read:

Scoop a small amount of the lip balm, tearing part of the gold leaf. Gently dab onto lips, allowing the gold to crush and create a subtle gleam.

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Once the gold sheet is broken, the gold mixes in with the product and essentially dissolves into the luxurious clear balm underneath.

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The balm has a slight natural floral scent that has a touch of woodsy lemon. It’s gorgeous and fresh, very sophisticated.  It makes my lips feel really amazing–soft, moisturized. The balm has enough weight to last for a very long time.  It’s a lovely conditioner. 

Bottom line–Tatcha Gold Camellia Nourishing Lip Balm is an elegant treat. It’s large enough to last, and luxurious enough to use everyday (or evening for an overnight treatment). Love.

Ingredient list (click to enlarge):

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