Jan 242013
 

Nars Translucent Crystal 1a

Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder ($34/ 0.24 oz) has just become available on Sephora.com. This compact is a generous size (the compact is roughly 3 1/2 inches by over 2 1/2 inches), also slim and sturdy enough to fit into a clutch.

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The compact comes in a protective fabric pouch with an elastic closure (no brush, but any face powder brush will do).

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There’s a little white flat applicator that slips into its own individual pocket in the cloth holder:

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This product is fascinating to me– here is the company’s description:

NARS Light Reflecting Complex utilizes a blend of pure ingredients that work in synergy to transform light like a prism. Light-active micro-prisms are combined with algae extract and Polynesian seawater to optimize light reflection on the skin.

The photograph-friendly Photochromic technology reduces the “washed out/chalky” appearance that can occur when makeup products are exposed to sunlight or flash photography. This unique powder assures a healthy, natural-looking complexion in any light. When makeup products are exposed to sunlight or flash photography, the powder actually becomes darker to prevent the complexion from looking washed out. The Photochromic technology is a hybrid powder developed from Shiseido’s Advanced Ceramic Technology. The hybrid consists of both Titanium Dioxide (which is white in color) and Iron Oxide (which is red in color). When exposed to sunlight, the UV rays have an effect on this dynamic and the darker shade from the Iron Oxide becomes more pronounced—resulting in the powder taking on a more natural tone and not looking washed out or chalky. Once out of the sunlight, the powder will revert back to the original color.

For me, this product is “photoshop” in real life. It blurs imperfections without changing the color. Although if you look microscopically close in a mirror (Liz and I do that squinting!), you’ll see the powder ever so slightly in real life, but back even just a bit and it disappears, along with lots of the textural imperfections (pores, fine lines, tiny scars) of our complexions. It diffuses and makes our foundation last longer throughout the day. Another interesting thing is that the powder doesn’t feel (or look) dry– the product description says that it contains glycerin and antioxidant vitamin E to help guard against dryness.

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This finishing powder is completely clear, adding no color. Although a slight shimmer is perceptible in the pan, Liz and I agree that this does not translate to the face when applied.

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Here’s a quick comparison of Liz, taken while were were testing out some lip products. In the earlier picture, we were getting a bit of glow from her Chanel Vitalumiere liquid foundation (you can see it on her forehead with the flash image on the left). After we changed the lips, she brushed on Nars Light Reflecting powder. These pictures were taken within a few minutes of each other. This isn’t a scientific comparison (the clouds were moving and the light was changing quickly, and I adjusted the flash and lens), but I think it shows the difference (the Nars powder was used on the right, no powder on the left).

Nars Translucent Crystal Comparison

You can see how the powder softens the “glow” from Chanel Vitalumiere’s foundation and the overall texture of Liz’s skin. It photographs beautifully. Incidentally, Liz is wearing the blue shade from Nars Spring 2013 Mad, Mad World eyeshadow duo under her eyes.  Her lip color on the left is Chanel Rouge Allure in Eclatante (reviewed here, where you can see Liz wearing the powder also) and on the right is Chanel Rouge Allure Suidisante (reviewed here).

Nars Translucent Crystal

Overall, I believe we have a winner. I do not want my picture taken without this powder.

Nars Light Reflecting Setting Pressed Powder in Translucent Clear is available now on Sephora.com. Review of the loose powder is here on Beautylish.

Ingredient list (from Sephora):

  • Reflecting Complex™ (Sea Water, Ascophyllum Nodosum Extract, Barium Sulfate, Titanium Dioxide, Mica, Aluminum, Iron Oxides): Transforms light like a prism; optimizes light reflection on the skin.
  • Glycerin/Vitamin E Mineral Powder (Glycerin, Tocopherol, Silica): Allows for targeted release on the skin; gives a soft-focus effect on the skin; guards against dryness and leaves the skin feeling comfortable; offers antioxidant benefits.
  • Advanced Smooothing Blend of Spherical Powders and Polymers: Gives a perfect glide, easy blending ability, and silky feel.
  • Photochromic Technology (Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxide): Alters the tone of the complexion according to the intensity of the light.

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Sep 052012
 

Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lipstick in Séduisante ($34 /#91) is a medium pink lipstick with a slight pearl. This new formula is highly moisturizing, and it seems to have a softening effect that makes one’s lips look fabulous.

When I ordered this, the color was described as similar to “a Rouge Allure version of Chanel Rouge Coco in Magnolia,” a color that I really love. I concur in this description. Chanel Rouge Allure in Séduisante is a pretty, glowing medium, slightly warm, pink that one can wear almost anywhere.

Below, Sèduisante is on the far left. As usual with the Chanel Rouge Allure line, arm swatches do not tell the whole story. Séduisante looks quite light here. This is due to to at least two factors. First,  the other colors swatched here are quite intense.  Second, the color does shift as you apply it. I’m used to that occurring, the former Rouge Allure line did so as well. Although Liz has relatively light lip color without wearing anything, Séduisante applied on her with a medium pink tone. As with a fine perfume, trying before you buy on your individual skin will give you the most accurate view of the color for you.

Close up on Liz:

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I loved the slight moisturizing glow of this formula. You should know that Liz and I had just spent the weekend in very dry air, boating, and sun, and our lips were not in the best condition before application. The Rouge Allure formula seemed to soften and plump, giving a very lovely effect. When she applied it, Liz started laughing and said, “this is ridiculously moisturizing–wow, look at my lips!” There is some sort of magic in there.

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Bottom line- we both loved Séduisante. Almost anyone can pull off this flattering color, which seems suited for all skin tones. Liz had to have it (model’s choice!), so I’ll be re-ordering my own replacement soon.

Edit: Some have asked about Liz’s eye makeup, above. She’s wearing Nars Warhol Flowers 3 palette, together with Nars Soft Touch Shadow Pencil in Heat. Both of those products were sent to Cafe Makeup without charge for consideration for review. You’ll be seeing full reviews of the products soon. Suffice it to say that Liz insisted on keeping Nars Soft Touch in Heat, but I’ll be using Flowers 3 for now. I suspect Liz will have it eventually, she’s very persistent (I wonder where she gets that from). She’s also lined her inner rims with an Armani black eyeliner pencil.

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