Product Reviews – Makeup and Beauty Blog | Makeup Reviews, Swatches and How-To Makeup http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com A beauty blog blooming with fresh makeup reviews, swatches and beauty tips from your friendly neighborhood beauty addict Wed, 07 Dec 2016 18:00:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.4 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/cropped-makeupandbeautyblog-amp-site-icon-v3-2016-32x32.jpg Product Reviews – Makeup and Beauty Blog | Makeup Reviews, Swatches and How-To Makeup http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com 32 32 ChapStick Total Hydration Moisture + Tint Is Giving Me ChapStick Nostalgia http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/product-reviews/chapstick-total-hydration-moisture-tint-giving-chapstick-nostalgia/ http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/product-reviews/chapstick-total-hydration-moisture-tint-giving-chapstick-nostalgia/#comments Thu, 27 Oct 2016 03:28:32 +0000 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/?p=204703 When I was in elementary school, I wasn’t one of the cool girls. I didn’t have Bonnie Bell Lip Smackers or anything fancy like that. I had a tube of ChapStick, but believe me, for a while, that ChapStick was my most coveted possession in the whole wide world. I loved it to bits because […]


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Big kiss!

When I was in elementary school, I wasn’t one of the cool girls. I didn’t have Bonnie Bell Lip Smackers or anything fancy like that. I had a tube of ChapStick, but believe me, for a while, that ChapStick was my most coveted possession in the whole wide world. I loved it to bits because it was as close as I was allowed to get to wearing makeup, and these new $4.99 ChapStick Total Hydration Moisture + Tints kinda make me feel the same way.

I mean, they’re totally different, but eight-year-old me probably would have passed out if I’d been given one of these, feeling like, “Oh, forbidden lipstick!”

There are three shades — Merlot, Coral Blush and Rose Petal — and they’re billed as 100% natural. I see lots of oils and butters in the ingredient list, like sunflower oil and jojoba, and I like that they’re all the way up at the top.

I wear these to work out, which is nothing compared to the glamorous ladies who go to my exercise class. They wear full-on jewelry with a full face of makeup and their hair done. I just put on a little bit of ChapStick, but it’s enough to make me not feel like death warmed over when I see myself in the mirror. 🙂

They’re very similar to Burt’s Bees, so if you like Burt’s, you might like these too.

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From the left: Merlot, Coral Blush and Rose Petal

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Ingredients

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Wearing Rose Petal

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From the left: Coral Blush, Rose Petal and Merlot

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Even the packaging is pretty cute

The formula feels light on my lips, not sticky at all, and you can kind of move ’em around. Flavor-wise, they taste a little like oranges, but it’s barely noticeable and fades fast.

I mean, they’re ChapStick. It’s not like we’re reinventing the wheel or anything, but if you have fond ChapStick memories like I do, they’re a quick trip down memory lane.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen


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The MAC Nutcracker Sweet Holiday 2016 Collection http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/product-reviews/the-mac-nutcracker-sweet-holiday-2016-collection-swatches-review/ http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/product-reviews/the-mac-nutcracker-sweet-holiday-2016-collection-swatches-review/#comments Thu, 13 Oct 2016 00:56:39 +0000 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/?p=204091 M∙A∙C Nutcracker Sweet Available online October 20, 2016 Available in stores on October 27, 2016 through December 8, 2016 #MACNutcrackerSweet This is gonna sound pretty band-geeky of me (well, I was a band geek), but some of the best flute parts EVER are in the MAC… Wait — the MAC? I almost said “in the […]


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From the MAC Nutcracker Sweet holiday 2016 collection, the Eye Kohls in Powersurge (as a base all over my lids), Feline (upper lash and water lines) and Prunella (lower lash and water lines), Magic Dust Eye Shadows in Dark Lullaby (lids), Mustache (upper lash line), Rabblerouser and Pretty Dainty (crease), Forward March (just underneath my inner brow bones) and Dance Flowers Dance (tear duct)! The lipstick is Saucy Little Darling.

M∙A∙C Nutcracker Sweet
Available online October 20, 2016
Available in stores on October 27, 2016 through December 8, 2016
#MACNutcrackerSweet

This is gonna sound pretty band-geeky of me (well, I was a band geek), but some of the best flute parts EVER are in the MAC…

Wait — the MAC?

I almost said “in the MAC Nutcracker Sweet,” what!

I meant to say, “in the [actual] Nutcracker Suite,” as in the piece of music from the ballet, and I know this because I played it in high school.

Nutcracker Sweet! In MAC’s case, it’s spelled S-W-E-E-T, and if that doesn’t get your attention, I don’t know what planet you’re from. 🙂 Because I love sweet things, and this collection is definitely sweet.

MAC always goes big for the holidays. This post is just about the color collection. There are also a bunch of kits and sets which I’ll be wearing and testing over the next week.

So what do you think of the limited edition packaging?

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MAC Nutcracker Sweet for Holiday 2016

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Eye Kohls in Powersurge (as a base all over lids), Feline (upper lash and water lines) and Prunella (lower lash and water lines); Magic Dust Eye Shadows in Dark Lullaby (lids), Mustache (upper lash line), Rabblerouser and Pretty Dainty (crease), Forward March (just underneath inner brow bones) and Dance Flowers Dance (tear duct)

I think it’s SO pretty — the bright pink, plum and those touches of gold. Right away, my eyes went BIG, and not just because I spotted three of my favorite liners of all time — Prunella, Powersurge (don’t even get me started about Powersurge) and Feline. Yes, they’re re-promotes, I know, but there are also some new things in this collection, like the Magic Dust Eye Shadows, which are indeed magically dusty, but not in a bad way. More like magic makeup fairy dust.

Seriously, why aren’t all MAC eyeshadows like these? They’re smooth, sensationally soft, and when I was swatching them, I kid you not, I just kept going ooh, ah, give it to me…

OK, that sounded kind of nasty…

Let’s just start with the lip products, shall we?

Lips…

Cremesheen Lipstick in Kingdom of Sweet ($18)

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Cremesheen Lipstick in Kingdom of Sweets

WHAT IS IT? I usually shy away from creamy, pale pastel pinks like Kingdom of Sweets because they’re infinitely difficult to wear, especially if you have dry lips. They settle into my fine lip lines, but Kingdom of Sweets doesn’t.

SHOULD YOU GET IT? Yes. Hell, yes. I hardly ever wear colors like this, but I want to wear this one right now. It’s smooth, comfortable and easy to use, which are all the things I want from a pale pastel pink lipstick.

Matte Lipstick in Flamboyish ($18)

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Matte Lipstick in Flamboyish

WHAT IS IT? I wanna be Flamboyish! This hot pink is BRIGHT, and it reminds me a lot of Candy Yum Yum, which, I believe, is slightly lighter.

SHOULD YOU GET IT? I’m on the hot pink train, toot-toot! Destination Hot Pink Matte Lipstick-ville. So yes, I would hop on the Flamboyish train. It’s smooth for a matte, which, as you know, can be difficult to wear. It’s also opaque.

Amplified Creme in Saucy Little Darling ($18)

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Amplified Creme in Saucy Little Darling

WHAT IS IT? Did they name this one after my daughter? They might’ve. Saucy Little Darling is a deep coral red — more coral than red — and I LOVE the MAC Amplified finish.

SHOULD YOU GET IT? I say yes. Well, I’m a coral fiend, but I’m very particular about my corals. This one has a happy brightness to it that I like.

Matte Lipstick in So Good For You ($18)

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Matte Lipstick in So Good For You

WHAT IS IT? If cool-toned reds are good for you, this one should be SO good for you.

SHOULD YOU GET IT? Hmm… There are so many fabulous MAC reds, and this one really pops, but I don’t know if it’s different enough than classic reds like MAC Russian Red and MAC Red.

I think it’s cool, but if you already have an extensive MAC red collection, you might not need this one.

Matte Lipstick in Leap of Delight ($18)

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Matte Lipstick in Leap of Delight

WHAT IS IT? Leap of Delight is a tube of deep, dark plummy lusciousness…

SHOULD YOU GET IT? Leap of Delight isn’t a color I would normally wear out of the house, because of how dramatic and opaque it is, but if want a dark purple that makes you feel like a bad-@ss while you do housework, this is the one to get. I wore it around the house while folding towels the other day.

Oh, it’s also a little drying.

Eyes…

Magic Dust Eye Shadow in Dance Flowers Dance ($23)

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Magic Dust Eye Shadow in Dance Flowers Dance

WHAT IS IT? Incidentally, shimmery light pink Dance Flowers Dance does make me want to dance with flowers. It’s one of the new Magic Dust Eye Shadows, which are super soft and fine.

They feel a lot like the MAC Extra Dimension Eye Shadows but are even softer, if you can imagine that, and I love the finish. They have a lovely satiny sheen that’s noticeably softer than a frost.

SHOULD YOU GET IT? I think you should. It’s always good to have light pinks around, especially to use in your inner corners to brighten your eyes. Because this one isn’t too frosty, it won’t emphasize any fine lines that might be lurking in that area.

Magic Dust Eye Shadow in Pretty Dainty ($23)

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Magic Dust Eye Shadow in Pretty Dainty

WHAT IS IT? Pretty Dainty is a dainty coral pink with subtle shimmer in it. It looks a little like MAC Sushi Flower.

SHOULD YOU GET IT? Well, if you don’t have Sushi Flower. 🙂 It’s very easy to blend, and I like how it brightens my eyes. I’m wearing it in my crease in some of these pics.

It’s a great transition shade, too, if you want to use something other than a brown.

Magic Dust Eye Shadow in Rabblerouser ($23)

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Magic Dust Eye Shadow in Rabblerouser

WHAT IS IT? Rabblerouser is an intensely bright hot pink, but it isn’t as shiny as the other Magic Dust shadows in the collection. I’d say it’s closer to a satin…

SHOULD YOU GET IT? If you’re tired of wearing browns in the crease, yes, Rabblerouser is a fun alternative. It sounds like it would be the thug of the collection, but it’s not! It gets along well with the other colors.

Hot pink can be difficult to wear on your lids, but Rabblerouser isn’t.

Magic Dust Eye Shadow in Forward March ($23)

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Magic Dust Eye Shadow in Forward March

WHAT IS IT? Forward March is a peachy golden shimmer that reminds me of a pressed version of MAC Melon Pigment.

SHOULD YOU GET IT? I think you should. It really looks lovely with browns, golds and purples. If you’re a warm eyeshadow person, it’s a must.

Magic Dust Eye Shadow in Dark Lullaby ($23)

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Magic Dust Eye Shadow in Dark Lullaby

WHAT IS IT? Dark Lullaby is a deep purple with a hint of subtle shimmer. It’s a little like MAC Trax, but without the patchiness or the gold flecks.

SHOULD YOU GET IT? Yes, if you like gorgeous purples that are super soft, easy to blend and easy to work with.

Magic Dust Eye Shadow in Mustache ($23)

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Magic Dust Eye Shadow in Mustache

WHAT IS IT? Mustache is a deep black with tiny flecks of gold glitter.

SHOULD YOU GET IT? Mustache deposits more fallout than the other shadows in the collection, but it’s not a big deal. It’s still easy to blend.

Of all the shadows in the collection, though, it’s probably the toughest one to work with for me.

Kohl Power Eye Pencil in Feline ($16.50)

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Kohl Power Eye Pencil in Feline

WHAT IS IT? Feline is a super dark and smudgy black kohl liner with a fantastic name. 🙂 Love it.

SHOULD YOU GET IT? Yes, you should get it right meow, especially if you like smudgy liner looks, because this cat likes to move.

Eye Kohl in Prunella ($16.50)

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Eye Kohl in Prunella

WHAT IS IT? Prunella is a plummy purple.

SHOULD YOU GET IT? Yes, if you don’t have it already, and particularly if you have brown eyes, because it does werk with brown eyes.

Eye Kohl in Powersurge ($16.50)

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Eye Kohl in Powersurge

WHAT IS IT? Powersurge is a bronzed brown with golden shimmer.

SHOULD YOU GET IT? Well, I have, like, three of these in my makeup bag right now. Yes, you should get Powersurge. I recommend it to people all the time. I love using it to define my eyes on my lower lash line because it doesn’t make my eyes look smaller like a lot of darker liners do.

Cheeks…

Magic Dust Powder in Yum Yum Yum ($23)

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Magic Dust Powder in Yum Yum Yum

WHAT IS IT? Magic Dust Powder in Yum Yum Yum is a soft pink powder with super fine golden pearl.

SHOULD YOU GET IT? Oh, yeah. Another happy pink, Yum Yum Yum is kind of like getting a blush and highlighter in one.

Magic Dust Powder in Sweet Vision ($23)

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Magic Dust Powder in Sweet Vision

WHAT IS IT? Magic Dust Powder in Sweet Vision is a pinky peach with golden pearl.

SHOULD YOU GET IT? You should! — if you like gold and NARS Orgasm, because it’s like a golden Orgasm. It’s a little disco, but I love it.

Swatches…

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Magic Dust Eye Shadow swatches

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Dark Lullaby Eye Shadow

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Lipstick swatches

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Magic Dust Powder swatches

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Eye Kohl swatches

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Kingdom of Sweets Lipstick

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Flamboyish Lipstick

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So Good For You Lipstick

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Leap of Delight Lipstick

This collection makes me wanna dance. I love the plums, peaches, purples and the touches of gold, and most of it’s easy to wear.

Next up? The holiday kits and sets.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen


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Sarah Moon for NARS Holiday 2016 Collection: The $69 NARS Give In Take Dual-Intensity Eye and Cheek Palette http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/product-reviews/sarah-moon-nars-holiday-2016-collection-69-nars-give-take-dual-intensity-eye-cheek-palette/ http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/product-reviews/sarah-moon-nars-holiday-2016-collection-69-nars-give-take-dual-intensity-eye-cheek-palette/#comments Sat, 08 Oct 2016 14:54:40 +0000 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/?p=203935 Rise and shine, pal o’ mine! Happy Caturday. 🙂 I hope you slept well. I’m still working my way through the NARS Holiday 2016 Collection LE palettes, and the one I’m looking at this morning is the $69 Give In Take Dual-Intensity Eye and Cheek Palette (coming to Sephora Nov. 1st). Whether you’re warm-toned, cool-toned, […]


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Wearing the NARS Sarah Moon for NARS Holiday 2016 Collection Give In Take Dual-Intensity Eye and Cheek Palette ($69)

Rise and shine, pal o’ mine! Happy Caturday. 🙂 I hope you slept well. I’m still working my way through the NARS Holiday 2016 Collection LE palettes, and the one I’m looking at this morning is the $69 Give In Take Dual-Intensity Eye and Cheek Palette (coming to Sephora Nov. 1st).

Whether you’re warm-toned, cool-toned, Hypercolor-toned or scaly-toned like an alien lizard, you can wear the new $69 NARS Give In Take Dual-Intensity Eye and Cheek Palette, another one of the several palettes in the Sarah Moon for NARS Holiday 2016 Collection.

If I were a humanoid reptile, I’d wear it…but I’m getting sidetracked. Bottom line: You can wear cool-toned shades like these even if you aren’t cool-toned. That’s my personal belief. These shades are very cool-toned — cooler than I expected them to be — but that can be a good thing, even if you’re a warm-toned person like me.

These powders, which are all in the NARS Dual-Intensity formula, don’t have a problem with fallout, and they’re delightfully easy to blend.

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Wearing the Give In Take Eyeshadows in IV, V and VI on my lids and the Blushes in I, II and III on my cheeks

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Closeup of the Give In Take Dual-Intensity Eyeshadows

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Closeup of the Give In Take Dual-Intensity Blushes

They look super pigmented in their pans, and a few of them look very dark, but applied dry they look pretty natural.

That’s the thing about the NARS Dual-Intensity formula. You can wear them wet or dry, but if you apply them with a dry brush, they look quite Bobbi Brown-esque, whereas applied with a wet brush, you get more of that NARS glam.

If you don’t have many wrinkles and fine lines, you might not think about this, but I’ve got some fine lines, and one of the reasons I like the Dual Intensities is that they don’t make my fine lines look…more fine line-y. I feel like I look a little younger and less haggard when I wear them.

I think the blushes are great, too. They aren’t super BAM! like the darker standalone blushes in the Sarah Moon collection.

WHAT IS IT? The $69 Give In Take Dual-Intensity Eye and Cheek Palette from the Sarah Moon for NARS Holiday 2016 Collection

SHOULD YOU GET IT? If you like cool-toned eyeshadows and the NARS Dual-Intensity formula and you DON’T like fallout, I bet you’ll love this palette. Also, if you have any fine line action and don’t like it when your eyeshadow looks heavy, give it a try.

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The Give In Take Palette next to full-sized pans of NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow and Blush

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The NARS Give In Take Palette Box with one of Sarah Moon’s photographs (Question: Would you wear this outfit?)

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The Give In Take Palette with an iPhone 6S Plus for scale (case is the Lipstick Love Lattes case)

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In other news…you wanna know something weird? I was watching a good movie on TV last night called The Ones Below. It’s a suspenseful drama about these two couples who live in the same two-story apartment building. The main character has a baby, and the other woman in the other couple also has a baby, but anyway… I don’t want to give too much away (seriously, it’s good!). Needless to say, something scary happens involving the babies, and it was just too much for me. It was a good movie (it even stars the Governor from The Walking Dead!), but I had to turn it off.

El Hub didn’t believe me at first, but then I was like, “No, really. I don’t think I can watch this.” So we turned it off.

I’m emo now when it comes to anything having to do with babies and pregnancy. I even get hospital flashbacks.

Am I just weird? Does that ever happen to anyone else?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen


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Sarah Moon for NARS Holiday 2016: The Mind Game Velvet Lip Glide Coffret http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/product-reviews/sarah-moon-nars-holiday-2016-mind-game-velvet-lip-glide-coffret/ http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/product-reviews/sarah-moon-nars-holiday-2016-mind-game-velvet-lip-glide-coffret/#comments Sat, 08 Oct 2016 00:33:29 +0000 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/?p=203946 Welcome to the Dark Side! — and by “Dark Side,” I don’t mean Darth Vader’s neck of the woods. I’m talking about the $45 NARS Mind Game Velvet Lip Glide set (a Sephora exclusive, coming November 1st), one of several NARS sets in the Sarah Moon Holiday 2016 Collection. It comes with six mini Lip […]


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Wearing the shade Plato’s from the NARS Mind Game Mini Velvet Lip Glide Coffret ($45)

Welcome to the Dark Side! — and by “Dark Side,” I don’t mean Darth Vader’s neck of the woods. I’m talking about the $45 NARS Mind Game Velvet Lip Glide set (a Sephora exclusive, coming November 1st), one of several NARS sets in the Sarah Moon Holiday 2016 Collection.

It comes with six mini Lip Glides, and I’ve talked about the Lip Glides before.

Basically…I think they’re awesome.

They’re liquid lipsticks that feel like glosses, but unlike your typical liquid lipsticks, they’re comfortable. They also shouldn’t make your lips dry or make them look like a cat butt after a few hours. They stay nice and creamy, but they aren’t so malleable that they end up all over your face. I think they’re lovely and really great.

These have the same light vanilla flavor and scent as the ones in the permanent line and the same flat doe-foot applicator, which comes in really handy with the dark colors.

These aren’t high maintenance to wear or apply, and you can get nice, crisp, clean lines with the doe foot. A lip pencil or lip brush isn’t necessary.

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The Sarah Moon for NARS Mind Game Mini Velvet Lip Glide Coffret ($45)

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The six Mini Lip Glides in the set

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Next to a full-sized NARS Velvet Lip Glide for scale

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Plato’s

Obviously, if you aren’t a dark lips person, this won’t be the set for you, because five of the shades are dark. It’s a dramatic look — more high fashion-y than goth, in my opinion.

Three of the shades are in the permanent line (Bound, Unspeakable and Toy), and I’m pretty sure that the other three are re-promotes (No. 675, Chez Claude and Plato’s).

Oh! — about wear time, I almost forgot. Liquid lipsticks are famous for lasting hours upon hours upon hours and through meals, but these don’t, because the formula is lighter like a gloss. They last on my lips about three hours but won’t last through a meal.

WHAT IS IT? The Mind Game Velvet Lip Glide Coffret
SHOULD YOU GET IT? Yeah, I think so. It’s a great deal, especially if you like dark lip colors. You get to try a bunch of NARS Velvet Lip Glides for $45, and I think the Velvet Lip Glides are some of the best lip products in the entire line.

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Unspeakable

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Chez Claude

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No. 675

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Bound

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No. 675

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Chez Claude

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Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen


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Smoky Eyes and Red Lips: The Sarah Moon for NARS Holiday 2016 Collection http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/product-reviews/smoky-eyes-red-lips-sarah-moon-nars-holiday-2016-collection/ http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/product-reviews/smoky-eyes-red-lips-sarah-moon-nars-holiday-2016-collection/#comments Thu, 06 Oct 2016 23:18:42 +0000 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/?p=203865 This is the first NARS holiday collection in a very long time where — I know this is going to sound strange, but where I haven’t felt threatened or scared. I know that’s weird, but think about it. Last year there was a kit with leather-clad man junk on the front. You get an official […]


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Wearing the new Sarah Moon for NARS Holiday 2016 Collection on my eyes, cheeks and lips (the lip is Rouge Indiscret)

This is the first NARS holiday collection in a very long time where — I know this is going to sound strange, but where I haven’t felt threatened or scared.

I know that’s weird, but think about it. Last year there was a kit with leather-clad man junk on the front.

You get an official Cool Kids card if you actually knew who Sarah Moon is, because I had no idea. I had to Google her, and she seems like a cool chick. She’s a French fashion photographer, and I mean, when you put those words together, “French” and “fashion photographer,” inevitably you get something cool.

From what I’ve seen of her work, there’s often a woman in her photographs who looks like she’s from another time, like the 1920s, and many of them are black and white. It looks like she uses filters to make things look old and kind of scratched up. They’re like pictures you’d find in your aunty’s basement of her in scandalous clothing from the ’20s.

Well, do I think that a 1920s screen starlet would wear this makeup?

Answer: Yes, I can see the ladies in Sarah Moon’s photographs reaching for these eyeshadows and lipsticks.

These pieces here are from the color collection, which is part of the larger Sarah Moon NARS holiday launch. There are also a bunch of sets, which we’ll get into later, but for now, here are the eyeshadows, the blushes, the lipsticks, the liners and the false lashes.

There are also three nail polishes (Never Tamed, Flon Flons and La Dame En Noir) which aren’t shown here.

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Sarah Moon for NARS

Everything is limited edition, as you can tell from the packaging, and can we please just take a moment to appreciate the negative space in the serif lettering? As a font/typography person, I think it’s awesome.

Now let’s take a closer look at the blushes…

Impudique Blush ($30)

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Impudique Blush ($30)

WHAT IS IT? Pigmented pinkish red Impudique Blush is one of two limited edition powder blushes in the collection, and I can see a little bit of pearl in it from some angles.

SHOULD YOU GET IT? Only if you want to wear the same color for the next 40 years. It’s SO pigmented and would probably last that long. We’re talking crazy pigmented.

Get this one only if you feel confident about your blush blending skills. It’s a little like winged liner in that it can sense your fear… If you aren’t careful, you’ll end up with two little dolly red circles on your cheeks.

Isadora Blush ($30)

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Isadora Blush ($30)

WHAT IS IT? Isadora is the other blush in the collection. It’s a pearlescent lavender pink, and it’s also limited edition.

SHOULD YOU GET IT? Well, yeah, obviously. Not every blush in the world needs to be a dainty golden peach or pinkish brown. You might think that a lavender blush would be hard to wear, but it’s not. This one’s more of a pink tinged with lavender, so you get that rosy, happy, like, “Oh! You can’t catch me!” look to your cheeks.

Moon Matte Lipstick in Indecent Proposal ($28)

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Moon Matte Lipstick in Indecent Proposal ($28)

WHAT IS IT? Moon Matte Lipstick in Indecent Proposal is a matte nude rose with a lightweight texture and comes in a slim case, which you can just tuck away into your pocket for touchups.

SHOULD YOU GET IT? Well, how many nude lipsticks do you have in your bag? Do you have zero? If I go in there, and I don’t find anything at all, I’d say, “hey, go for it,” but if I walk over to your bag right now and 20 nude lipsticks come pouring out, I don’t think you need one more.

Moon Matte Lipstick in Rouge Improbable ($28)

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Moon Matte Lipstick in Rouge Improbable ($28)

WHAT IS IT? Blood red Rouge Improbable closely resembles Rouge Indiscret but is slightly warmer and brighter.

SHOULD YOU GET IT? Well, you know I love a good red. You and I could sit here and easily paint you for days with all of the different reds that I love, but these red lipsticks, I have to be honest, the subtlety among them… I don’t think most people will be able to see the differences. If you swatch them all together on the back of your hand, I don’t think you’d see the differences unless you looked really, really, really closely.

Not to sound morbid, but Rouge Improbable does look very much like blood to me. Like dried blood. Like sexy vampire blood.

I’m not saying at all that I don’t like it. I think it’s a classic red that you could wear with everything, but is it a red that’s going to stop traffic and haunt you at night? I don’t think so.

Moon Matte Lipstick in Fearless Red ($28)

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Moon Matte Lipstick in Fearless Red ($28)

WHAT IS IT? Fearless Red is the next of the three matte red lipsticks in the collection. It’s the one with the most brown. Technically, it’s a fire brick red, but I would call it more of a ’90s red because of the brown.

SHOULD YOU GET IT? Sure, if you want to take a trip back to 1998 with me.

Hey, that was a good era, with the dark matte lips and all the variations on brown. Of course, this one isn’t a pure brown. It’s mostly red with a tinge of brown.

You know the whole reddish brown on eyelids movement right now, especially in the crease? Well, this would look great paired with one of those shades, especially if you did matte eyes and matte lips.

Ah… Take me back to the ’90s please.

Of course, with matte lipsticks, you have to be very picky, because when mattes go wrong, they GO WRONG, but formula-wise, I think these Moon Mattes are right in all the right ways. They’re smooth across the board, so if you don’t want to put in a lot of time and you just don’t want any matte trouble, these are some of the easiest around to work with.

Moon Matte Lipstick in Rouge Indiscret ($28)

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Moon Matte Lipstick in Rouge Indiscret ($28)

WHAT IS IT? This ruby red is Rouge Improbable’s kissing cousin. It’s slightly bluer and cooler toned.

SHOULD YOU GET IT? Only if you don’t plan to get one of the other reds because…they do look very similar, but I think this one’s the peppiest of the three.

And here’s something fun: The blue undertone should also make your teeth look whiter.


Duo Eyeshadow in Quai Des Brumes

($35)

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Duo Eyeshadow in Quai Des Brumes ($35)

WHAT IS IT? Limited edition Quai Des Brumes is a powder eyeshadow duo. One half is a very frosty, cool-toned shimmery lavender grey, and the other half is a matte charcoal with golden shimmer. But I wouldn’t call it a shimmery shadow. It’s more like a matte with golden sprinkles.

SHOULD YOU GET IT? Yeah, man, and when you do, mix both of the shades together with a brush, with a finger — heck, with a spatula — and put them all over your lids, because it’s smoky magic. I just did it right now, and I’m smiling. 🙂

The two shades are greater than the sum of their parts, because when I swatch them individually, I’m kind of like, “Meh,” but when I mix them together, it creates a lovely purplish, gunmetal-ly, slightly frosty (but not overly so) combined color with little glitter pieces peeking through.

Duo Eyeshadow in Indes Galantes ($35)

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Duo Eyeshadow in Indes Galantes ($35)

WHAT IS IT? One side of the limited edition Indes Galantes duo has a deep, shimmery gunmetal, and the other side has a matte brownish plum that looks more brown on the skin than it does in the pan.

SHOULD YOU GET IT? You know, I like this a lot more than I thought I would. Both sides seemed intimidating to me — surprise, I only gave myself 15 minutes to use them in a look, and I stuck to it, and even though both colors are dark and intense, they’re easy to work with.

The matte’s smooth, easy to blend and surprisingly flattering, and the shimmer is… I’ve only worn it as a liner so far, but the powder feels finely milled, and I like that it isn’t too frosty.

Kohliners in Sichuan and Witching Hour ($29 each)

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Kohliners in Sichuan and Witching Hour ($29 each)

WHAT IS IT? These are both twist-up pencil liners that have a gel-like consistency. Witching Hour is an iridescent charcoal, and Sichuan is a rusty brown.

SHOULD YOU GET IT? I think if you’re gonna spend $29 on a liner, throw in a few more bucks and get a Chanel Stylo Yeux. These are smooth and pigmented, but they don’t hang onto my water line.

Eyelashes in Numero 10 ($20)

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Eyelashes in Numero 10 ($20)

WHAT IS IT? These false lashes are denser on the outer half than the inner half.

SHOULD YOU GET IT? NARS false lashes are expensive compared to drugstore lashes, but I find that I can reuse them an obscene number of times. They’re generally some of the easiest false lashes to apply.

Eyelashes in Numero 9 ($20)

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Eyelashes in Numero 9 ($20)

WHAT IS IT? These false lashes are longer in the center than they are on the sides, and they’re made up of little bundles of staggered length.

SHOULD YOU GET IT? Yes, I think they’re lovely.

The 15-minute look I did for this post, believe it or not, included these lashes, because I just stuck ’em on.

If only it were always that easy, but it’s not. But these were.

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Moon Matte Lipstick in Rouge Improbably, Blush in Isadora, Duo Eyeshadow in Indes Galantes, Kohliners in Rust Brown and Iridescent Charcoal and Numero 9 Eyelashes

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Moon Matte Lipstick in Fearless Red

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Moon Matte Lipstick in Indescent Proposal

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Blushes and Lipsticks

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Eye Shadow Duos and Liners

Smoky eyes and red lips — what’s not to love? And now I also know about a new photographer. Thanks, NARS. 🙂

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen


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