Apr 072011
 

Nars Velvet Gloss Pencil in Baroque ($24) is a deep blue-based red that adds a sheer wash of glossy gorgeousness.

If you aren’t sure you were meant to wear reds, trying a sheer red like Nars Baroque will give you a good chance to experiment.  It will allow some of your natural colors show through.  The deeper color looks great with both fair and deep skin tones.  The touch of blue helps whiten teeth just a touch.

On Liz:

This is one of my favorite sheer reds.  I love the pencil format.  Although it has a slight crayon scent (which I believe is the packaging and not the gloss), these are so easy to use.  A nice, fool-proof burgundy red.

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Apr 062011
 

As my time in Paris comes down to a few hours, I’m posting a very few quick pictures of the two five eyeshadow palettes for Summer 2011 for the Electric Tropics collection, in Rosy Nude ($58 #534) and Rosy Tan ($58 #754).

Rosy Nude is a light toned palette, which will look beautiful for daytime for a summer look:

Another of Rosy Nude:

Here is Rosy Tan, which has the deeper tones that can be used for evening or for a more intense day look:

One last one of Rosy Tan:

I played with these at the Dior boutique, and the pigmentation seems quite good although I did not do a full swatch of all of the shades. I’ll do my best to swatch these next week.  In the meantime, hopefully you will find these helpful.

 

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Apr 062011
 

NARS Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil in Happy Days ($24) is a sweet coral with a tiny gold twist.

These Velvet Gloss Pencils are so easy to use and apply.  There’s enough color and shine to add some pretty, but they are not so opaque that you have to be super careful with the application.

Swatch:

This is a great, easy summer color.  On lips, it adds just a touch of shine and peachiness to Liz’s naturally pink lips:

Note that, because of its sheerness, Happy Days will look different on different lip tones.

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Mar 012011
 

Nars Spring 2011 collection includes the Bateau Ivre eyeshadow duo ($33), a combination of two ruthless blues.  This includes a lighter periwinkle with a subtle sheen and a deeper matte gray-blue.  There’s no question that this a duo outside our comfort zone, although it looks fabulous here on Lipglossiping’s website.  From these pictures, you can see that Bateau Ivre delivers plenty of pigment, if that’s the look that you want.

We wanted to try something different with these two intimidating shades.

Liz and I wondered how we could make these deep, intense colors work with the soft Spring neutrals that we’re seeing from top designers.  These looks are soft, light and the makeup is minimal.  We weren’t sure we could make Bateau Ivre work into these types of looks applied full force.  Although color blocking Bateau Ivre might work, I wondered whether it would overwhelm those with small features.

We both felt that the intense color and texture had to be broken up, perhaps with an eye gloss or other texture-breaking product.  Liz had the inspiration to use the lightest shade in Chanel’s Ombres Perlees palette (reviewed here).  Because this is a powder, we knew we could create stability that would last all day.   Cream glosses might work, but could crease.  Here’s Liz’s step-by-step:

  • Lay down a wash of the lightest color from Ombre Perlees all over the lid
  • Apply a soft layer of the lightest shade of Bateau Ivre on the lid, using a MAC 226 brush
  • Work in the darker shade of Bateau Ivre near the lashline, both over and under the eye, using a small smudge brush
  • Add some of the lighter shade of Bateau Ivre under the eye, using the smudge brush
  • Layer more of the lightest shade of Ombre Perlees over the top of all of the work, blend and smudge

Here’s our result:

Another, both eyes:

If you are worried about buying shades that might seem too intense for pale skin, or threaten to look dated if not applied well, give this a try.  We thought this non-traditional application increased its versatility and helped modernize the look for Spring.  No color blocking required, this palette can provide a gorgeous, subtle look with some willingness to play.

 

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Feb 152011
 

One of the most edgy items from Nars Spring 2011 collection is Nana Lip Glosss ($24), described as a “deep black grape” that is “quintessentially French.”  As anyone who loves Chanel Rouge Noir as much as I do knows, a deep vampy lip is an essential part of a women’s color wardrobe.  My question was whether this gloss had the same power as the famous deep red-black lipsticks.  You can see a runway deep lip on pale models at this recap of Theyskens’ Theory show earlier this week at New York Fashion Week (MAC was used there).  Could Nars Nana let the deep lip translate to women in the real world?

I have to admit, the tube of the NARS Lip Gloss looks pretty cool.  It’s rare to see a lipgloss with that deep pigmentation in a department store line:

“Deep purple grape” certainly describes how the product looks in the tube, although I found more red in the color when applied:

Nars Nana absolutely fits within the vampy dark lipstick category.  Here, swatches compare with Guerlain Rouge G in Bee (reviewed here), and Chanel Hydrabase in Rouge Noir and Rouge Coco in Rouge Noir (both here).

My thoughts:

  • Nana is a gorgeous deep wine color.
  • It applies with a cushiony gel feel, with minimal stickiness.
  • It is super pigmented,  you can get the super-pigmented deep vampy lip pretty easily.
  • It is relatively long-lasting for a gloss (a few hours with sips).
  • The texture is very high gloss, in a good way.
  • One point of caution–this sinks into liplines.  It shows it all.  There are glosses that skim over the texture, Nana is not one of them.
  • Another point of caution–the super pigmented gloss is unforgiving when you apply it.  Small mistakes show.  Be ready for clean up.
  • Third point of caution-it’s a little tough to spread this evenly.  It grabs and pulls as you put it on, even when your lips are newly exfoliated.

If you want my advice, use a lipliner with this gloss. I grabbed Chanel Beige, and it created a little cushion fill between my lips and the gloss.  Although Chanel Beige diluted the strong color, you won’t have that effect with a deeper lipliner.

Here’s Nana on Liz with no lipliner (just Nana gloss, nothing else):

You might say that Liz is quite an expert at applying gloss by now, she’s been wearing Chanel Glossimers since she was thirteen (not a typo). The uneveness that you see is not because she isn’t applying it properly-she knows how to apply lipgloss (it’s a lip. gloss.) and this is still our result.  I found that the gloss applies much, much smoother over a lipliner.  But we wanted to give you the straight up pure gloss version, ’cause that’s how we roll.

Here’s Nana over Nars Pure Matte Lipstick in Madere (reviewed here):

As with Madere, Nars Nana is a niche product that requires some thought and care.  Not for everyone.  If you’re into the vampy look, and go with a good lipliner, you’ll adore Nana.

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