Jan 022015

Nars Audacious overview

NARS Audacious lipsticks ($32 each) are pigment rich, opaque in a single stroke shades. I’m currently working with the set, and in the meantime wanted to provide you with this reference of all shades. Here, these are presented in not-quite alphabetical order. Please leave me suggestions in the comments if you’d like to see certain shades swatched next to each other. I’m currently planning on swatting these in color-story format (pinks, reds, nudes), but would love feedback on which shades you find close enough to need comparisons.I am also working on lip-swatching all shades.

Each is packaged in a sturdy rectangular black-on-black package with a serious magnetic closure. These are fingerprint resistant (assuming that the fingers are clean and dry).

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These are currently available at NARS online, Nordstrom, Barneys New York, Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, and of course Sephora. Note that some shades are only available at Barneys New York and Nars online (these are noted, below, and for reference, these are Vanessa, Julie, Marisa, Kelly, Carmen, Dominique, Silvia, Vivien, Sandra, and Ingrid.

Nars Anita Angela Anna Annabella Audrey 4

Anita is described as an antique rose.

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Angela is a pink orchid.

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 Anna is a smokey rose.

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Annabella is poppy red.

Nars Annabelle 1Audrey is red currant.

Nars Audrey

Swatches of Angela, Anita, Anna, Annabella, and Audrey:

Swatches Nars Angela Anita Anna Annabella Audrey

Here are Barbara, Bette and Brigitte:

Nars Barbara Bette Brigitte all

Barbara is tan rose.

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Bette is bordeaux.

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 Brigitte is tan rose.

Nars Brigitte bullet Swatches of Barbara, Bette, and Brigitte.

Nars swatches Barbara bette brigitte 1

NARS Carmen, Catherine, Charlotte and Claudia:

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Carmen is geranium and is exclusive to Barneys New York and Nars online.

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Catherine is sunny guava.

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Charlotte is oxford burgundy.

Nars Charlotte bullet Claudia is cool pink.

Nars Claudia bullet

Swatches of Carmen, Catherine, Charlotte, and Claudia:

Nars Swatches carmen Catherine Charlotte Claudia 1

Introducing Deborah, Dominique and Fanny:

Nars Deborah Dominique FannyDeborah is chestnut:

Nars Deborah

Dominique is pink lilac and is available at Barneys New York and Nars online:

Nars DominiqueFanny is rich berry:

Nars Fanny

Swatches of Fanny, Dominique and Deborah:

Nars Fanny Dominique Deborah 2 copy

Here we have Geraldine, Grace and Greta:Grace Geraldine Greta 1Geraldine is tangerine.

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Grace is bright pink coral.

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Greta is wild azalea.

GretaSwatches of Geraldine, Grace and Greta:

Nars swatches geraldine grace greta 1

Here are the lovely NARS Ingrid, Jane, Janet, Jeanne, Julie, and Juliette:

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Ingrid is merlot and is at Barneys New York and Nars online.

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Jane is terracotta rose:

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Janet is deep magenta:



Jeanne is described as cherry red, to me it is a deep warm red.

Jeanne 2

Julie is nude pink available at Barneys New York and Nars online.

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Juliette is pink coral.

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Swatches of NARS Ingrid, Jane, Janet, Jeanne, Julie and Juliette:

Nars swatch ingrid jane janet jeanne julie juliette 2


Nars swatches ingrid jane janet jeanne julie juliette 3

Introducing NARS Lana, Marisa, Marlene and Michiyo.Nars Lana Marisa Marlene Michiyo 2

Lana is vivid orange red.


Marisa is warm pink and exclusive to Barneys New York and Nars online.

Nars MarisaNars Marlene is red brick:

Nars Marlene

Michiyo is shocking pink:

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Swatches of NARS Lana, Marisa, Marlene and Michiyo.

Nars swatches lana marisa marlene michiyo 2

 NARS Kelly, Leslie and Liv:

Nars Kelly Leslie Liv 3Kelly is coral hibiscus and exclusive to Barneys New York and Nars online.

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Leslie is cherrywood.

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Liv is deep aubergine.

Nars Liv

Swatches of Liv, Kelly and Leslie:

Nars swatches liv kelly leslie 1

Here are NARS Natalie, Olivia, Raquel and Rita:

Nars Natalie Olivia Raquel Rita 1

Natalie is flamingo.

DSC_0283 Natalie 3Olivia is garnet.

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Raquel is pink beige.

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Rita is scarlet.

DSC_0295 RitaSwatches of NARS Natalie, Olivia, Raquel and Rita:

Nars swatches natalie olivia raquel rita 1

Natalie swatches natalie olivia raquel rita 3Here are Sandra and Silvia:

Nars Sandra SilviaNARS Sandra is rosewood and available at Barneys New York and Nars online.

Nars SandraSilvia is radiant orchid and available at Barneys New York and Nars online.

Nars Silvia

Swatches of Sandra and Silvia:

Nars swatches silvia sandra 1 Introducing Vanessa, Vera and Vivien:Nars Vanessa Vera Vivien

Vanessa is mauve nude. This is available at Barneys New York and Nars online.

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Vera is bright raspberry:

DSC_0308 veraVivien is red plum and exclusive to Barneys New York and Nars online.

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Swatches of Nars Vanessa, Vera and Vivien:

Nars Swatches Vanessa Vivien Vera 1

Unless otherwise noted, NARS Audacious lipsticks are currently available at NARS online, Nordstrom, Barneys New York, Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, and of course Sephora.

Nars Audacious Overview 2

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Dec 092014

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Chanel Rouge Allure Lip Gloss ($34 each) (sometimes called Chanel Rouge Allure Colour & Shine Lip Gloss) is the latest from the line famous for the “click click” heavy luxury packaging and its delightful, depth-filled sheer Glossimers. This new line sits somewhere in between–the packaging is pared down a bit from the Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss, and opacity is amped-up from the Glossimer line.  I see that the Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss is no longer showing for sale on Chanel.com, so I am assuming that this line is the replacement (I’ve  had no official word). These are available at Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, and other Chanel sources.

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I tried a range–the nude Sensuel, the red Seduction, and the coral-pink Affriolant. These use the “click click” mechanism, rather than the screw-opening of the Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss, and the packing feels lighter in weight. The texture of the three that I tried do not seem to have quite the complexity as some of my favorite Extrait de Glosses. These new Rouge Allure Colour and Shine Lip Glosses have a noticeable perfumed scent, which fades after several minutes.

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My favorite of these was the gorgeous red Seduction.

Chanel Seduction1 copy copyHere is the nude Sensuel.  Here, I notice that Chanel has worked its magic by formulating a perfect nude. Chanel seems to be a genius formulating colors with both warmth and coolness. I’ve seen it in their blushes for years, and now it brings this talent to Sensuel. Also, Sensuel seems to be a nude that will work for many, many skin tones. How do they keep doing it? This color can be built up to a good opacity.

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Affriolant seems to bring its own version of warmth. Now that winter is taking hold, I have to say I enjoy the subdued brightness of this color. It looks beautiful with greys, forest greens, navy, and other colors that seem to be popular in winter. I suspect it will be beautiful in the summer sun as well.

chanel affriolant lipsOverall, I’m looking forward to wearing these, and to more releases in this line. Sometimes we need a glossy look with some opacity, and the new line of Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss well worth exploring. The colors are simple, edited, and perfect.

These are available at Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, and other Chanel sources.

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Jul 092014

Note: Shop the NORDSTROM Anniversary Sale for Beauty Exclusives. Plus, get free shipping & returns on every order. To see them prior to July 18th, you might sign into your account linked to a Nordstrom charge card.

Nars Nordstrom Anniversay 2014NARS is offering three Summer Gifting sets as part of the Nordstrom Anniversary Event. If you are a Nordstrom cardholder, you’ll get access to these items (and the rest of Nordstrom’s Anniversary Event items) on July 10th. For everyone else, the event begins the following week.


NARS Uninhibited Set: $52: A trio of intrigue and seduction – Dolce Vita Lipstick, Lip Gloss and limited edition Nail Polish presented in a sleek black lacquered box. I must admit, Dolce Vita is a perfect color for so many people. This would make an excellent gift, because these shades are so universal.


NARS Climax Set, $52: A fantasy of shocking pink in the legendary Schiap – featuring a Lipstick, limited edition Lip Gloss and Nail Polish housed in a matching pink, lacquered box. Is there a woman who doesn’t need Schiap? This entire set looks so confident, summer-ready, and beautiful.

Nars Domination Palette

NARS Domination blush palette, $49 A rush of blush – delivering insatiable glamour for cheeks, this exclusive palette features three signature Blush shades (Orgasm, Laguna and Mistinguette) and Devotee Highlighting Blush. I was fortunate enough to receive this item from NARS for review, and as usual the quality is absolutely stellar. This is a perfect palette for a sculpted cheek, with a touch of bronze, highlighter, and two beautiful blush shades. In sun:

Nars Domination palette 2

In shade:

Nars Domination Palette 3Here are swatches of the beautifully formulated palette:

Nars Domination Palette 4I think if I had to choose, I’d give the Dolce Vita set to my good friend (who is a bit conservative), Domination as a gift for my niece, and keep the Schiap for myself. What would you do?

Shop the NORDSTROM Anniversary Sale for Beauty Exclusives. Plus, get free shipping & returns on every order. To see them prior to July 18th, you might sign into your account linked to a Nordstrom charge card.

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Jun 302014

Marc Jacobs Love Lust02Free Marc Jacobs? Sign me up. I put the Sephora Beauty Insider Marc Jacobs Love and Lust set (1000 points) into my cart when this promotion went live. Marc Jacobs Love Lust03Inside, there is a booklet that introduces the line, as well as full sized Marc Jacobs Beauty Lovemarc lip gel in #146 Cabernet ($30), a new limited edition shade that is currently exclusive to Sephora VIB Rouge members.  There is also a full sized Marc Jacobs Beauty Lust for Laquer Lip Vinyl in #316 Shooting Stars ($28). Marc Jacobs Lust Life1 Cabernet is a wine plum. Shooting Stars is a warm red, with a touch of rust and soft sparkle. Hit me like a ray of sun, Shooting Stars. As with Marc’s other glosses, this one is refreshingly mint-scented. Marc Jacobs Love Lust10The gloss was our favorite by far. Here is Shooting Stars on Liz: MARC JACOBS LIPGLOSS1 If you’ve been saving your Sephora points, this set is definitely worth a look. Marc Jacobs Love Lust05   Marc Jacobs Love Lust08   Marc Jacobs Love Lust06   Marc Jacobs Love Lust04

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Jun 142014

Perricone MD has a full line of No Makeup Skincare: A Revolutionary Approach to Color, and the base products have already been reviewed here and here. This line of products is available at Sephora and Perricone MD’s website.

Perricone MD Foundation Bronzer Concealer Mascara BlushThis entire incorporates anti-aging skincare, to repair, restore, and to ensure that the overall look is youthful. In addition to antioxidants, DMAE, and neuropeptides, the line is formulated with high pigment that sits lightly on the skin, which can be built up, sculpted, modified, mixed and blended to achieve a look that is healthy, natural, and with a youthful look. As I said in my prior posts, I loved several of these products. However, I loved, loved, loved the products together as a set.  First, I was shocked at how quickly I could do a face with this set. It’s no brushes required. The products are essentially fool-proof once I got comfortable with the format. They blend beautifully together, and their textures are ideal for layering. They are designed for very intuitive application. Although it is easy to layer them up to increase coverage, it seems impossible to over-do them. There is a real synergy in the design and formulation for use as a set. 

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This review considers the remaining products in the line:

  • No Bronzer Bronzer
  • No Blush Blush
  • No Concealer Concealer
  • No Mascara Mascara
  • No Lipstick Lipstick

There were a few products that were true standouts. One was the Perricone MD No Bronzer Bronzer ($35/.03 oz.). This liquid bronzer has some lovely qualities, including the ability to bronze, darken foundation shades, contouring, and to meld beautifully with the skin when blended.

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The No Bronzer Bronzer has some skincare ingredients in the mix:

– Vitamin C Ester to help brighten the skin and address visible sun damage.
– Non-chemical, mineral-based SPF 30 with Zinc oxide to protect from UVA and UVB rays

I consider these a nice plus, because I am not sure that I’ll personally use the No Bronzer Bronzer in a sufficient quality to derive large benefits from these. However, I do appreciate the well-formulated serum texture, which makes the product easy and intuitive to control. It reminds me a bit of Giorgio Armani’s Liquid Summer serum bronzer.

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The ingredient list for the No Bronzer Bronzer is here (click to enlarge):

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Here are some quick comparisons between the Armani Liquid Summer Bronzer and Perricone MD’s No Bronzer Bronzer…

Bronzer swatches Perricone Armani1


Another set (blended out):

Bronzer swatches Perricone Armani2

The Perricone MD No Blush Blush ($35/0.3 oz), is a pretty universal rose color that seems to work well with both cool and warm skin tones. It also adds a touch of natural pink to a bronzed cheek to make a sun kissed look. According to the line, this blush includes DMAE (to help to firm and tone the skin, restoring the appearance of lift and contour along cheekbones) and non-chemical, mineral-based SPF 30 with Zinc oxide (to protect from UVA and UVB rays).

Perricone MD No Makeup Skincare07aThis liquid blush is remarkably easy to use, and very hard to over-do. I dabbed on 1-3 touches of the doe foot applicator on each cheek, and blended for a natural look. Unlike liquid stains, the Perricone No Blush Blush was forgiving and did not require lightning reflexes to avoid a dotted cheek–foolproof, truly.

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Here is the ingredient list for the No Blush Blush (click to enlarge):

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The Perricone MD No Concealer Concealer ($35) is released in shade #2, a light creamy medium-coverage color that blends nicely, doesn’t crease and has good lasting power.

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I’ve used the prior version extensively, and I’ve been pleased with the skin care ingredients. It’s very good.

– Vitamin C Ester for brightening and collagen boosting
– Phospholipids create a barrier to protect against environmental aggressors
– Microcirculatory agents help treat dark circles
– Non-chemical, mineral-based SPF 30 with Zinc oxide to protect from UVA and UVB rays

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If you are familiar with the prior version, this is the same formula but in a more convenient format.

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The Perricone MD No Mascara Mascara ($30) is a lash treatment and mascara. According to the line, this includes:

– Neuropetides help regenerate, condition and nourish lashes.
– Biotin improves the healthy and quality of lashes with each application
– Tocotrienols condition and smooth lashes

 Perricone MD No Makeup Skincare10a

This color is a dark brown-black (see swatch for color, below), and delivers a very clean, lengthened lash, adding slight volume. There is zero clumping, instead the look tends toward a natural, uplifted, and long look. It’s very pretty, and the fact that is is nourishing is a lovely plus.

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The Perricone MD No Lipstick Lipstick ($30) is another product that I fell in love with. The color is a pretty, soft pink that’s highly wearable by those with many different skin tones. It’s a soft of “all occasion pink.” The texture was absolutely lovely–it’s very hydrating and seemed to soften the texture of my lips.

Perricone MD No Makeup Skincare12a According to the line, the No Lipstick Lipstick:

– Mimics the natural, rosy color of youthful lips and vermillion zone.
– Smoothes vertical lip lines and restore suppleness and fullness while protecting with a broad spectrum,  mineral SPF 15.
– Solid to serum texture allows for sheer, buildable coverage while hydrating and nourishing.

 This feels lovely, and makes my lips look years younger. I hope that more colors of this formala are released. I’m including swatches of all shades here:

Perricone MD No Makeup Skincare19As you can see, the serum color is a near-match for the No Foundation Foundation in #2. I did a quick finger-blend of the swatches, above, without being very precise or careful. On the skin, a proper blending job delivers smooth and lovely results.


Overall, I loved using these products. These are extremely easy to use, impressively long-wearing, and allowed me to get ready in less than five minutes. My skin looked beautifully natural, and I loved the fact that the product have skincare benefits. Although I wear my standard SPF 50 sunscreen, I appreciated that there is sunscreen woven into the formulas.

The Perricone MD No Makeup Makeup: A Color Revolution is available at Sephora, and Perricone MD’s website.


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