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NARS Olympia Contour Blush Review & Swatches

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NARS Olympia Contour Blush

NARS Olympia Contour Blush

Good morning! I saw this morning that NARS has released information about their new Contour blushes. There are three shades, and each retails for $42; they’re currently available for pre-order at Nordstrom. Here’s a little collage of the shades so you can see them side by side (images from Nordstrom).

NARS contour blush

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I was lucky enough to recieve Olympia at The Makeup Show – I’ve actually been waiting to hear more about the product before posting this – and have swatches and a review for you today! Continue reading

NARS Laos Matte Multiple Review & Swatches

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NARS Laos Matte Multiple

NARS recently released six shades of the matte multiple, which is a new product (the formula is different than the regular multiple, which I’ve never tried). First, let’s talk about the size – the original multiple is .5oz for $39, while the matte multiple is .26oz – about half the size – for the same price. It’s disappointing that they halved the size while keeping the price the same, but the matte multiple is actually a decent size. As  a comparison, Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge is .13 oz, Illamasqua cream blush is .14oz, and MAC Cremeblend blush is .19oz. On the budget side, NYX stick blush is .21oz and NYX cream blush is 12oz. So, I think the size of the matte multiple is fair, though I do think the price is a little high for NARS. Continue reading

NARS Palais Royal Satin Lip Pencil Review & Swatches

Nars Satin Lip Pencil - Palais Royal-2

A few days ago, I posted swatches of all of the new NARS Satin Lip Pencils — and I know several of you have been waiting for this review since!

Note: As of 3/6, these are now available for purchase on!

First, some details – per the NARS facebook page, the pencils will become available on on March 7th; I believe they will show up at other online retailers and in stores a little later, but I don’t know the exact dates. They will sell for $25, which is the current price of the similarly-packaged Velvet Matte and Velvet Gloss pencils. At the moment, you can purchase them through Pinterest; details on that on the NARS Facebook page, here.

Nars Palais Royal Satin Lip Pencil Swatch-2

Palais Royal Satin Lip Pencil

This review is for the shade Palais Royal, which is a gorgeous deep berry. It’s incredibly pigmented – the thinner line on the left is just one pass of the pencil, and I didn’t press hard at all; just a light touch yields that kind of color payoff. The pencils are quite soft, but not so soft I had trouble sharpening mine (it wouldn’t have needed sharpening, but I wanted to test it out). Here’s the sharpened tip:

Nars Satin Lip Pencil - Sharpened

You can see that there was no issue. I used my Urban Decay Grindhouse sharpener because I pulled it out of the drawer first, but Essence’s dupe is just as good.

The texture of this product is different than other products I have tried. It applies very smoothly, and at first it feels like a very glossy lipstick or a gloss/lipstick hybrid – sort of like Revlon’s lip butters, or maybe a lip butter crossed with a non-sticky gloss. Note that the glossier the finish is.  Here is a freshly applied swatch with a moderate amount of product – I could have easily used more for a higher gloss finish.

Nars Palais Royal Satin Lip Pencil Swatch

Palais Royal

After about 30-45 minutes, the product sort of dries down and melds into my lips, and starts to have more of a natural finish / satin finish.  It absolutely does not create a film like some long-wearing lipsticks do – this is more like the glossiness just wears off, and you’re left with all the color and less of the shine.

It’s hard for me to give a wear time in terms of hours, because lipsticks last so differently from person to person and it also depends on whether you’re eating or drinking (and I’m using sipping on something).  This Satin Lip Pencil was moderately long-wearing on me; the product itself lasted a few hours, and then it left a stain on my lips which hung around for another few hours (and faded evenly – no ring around the lips!). It wasn’t one of the longest wearing products I’ve tried, but it wore longer than the average lipstick. I personally did not find it either hydrating or drying, but I rarely find any lipstick drying, so I’ll be curious to see what others think!

Here’s a half-face shot, so you can see the color better with my skintone – it’s really a gorgeous shade.

Nars Palais Royal Satin Lip Pencil Swatch-3


Overall, I think this is a lovely product and a great new offering from NARS.  I absolutely love this color, and think they did an exceptionally good job with the shade range.  I’m not sure that it will become one of my go-to products, both because I tend to prefer something that transfers less (this does transfer to coffee cups, etc. significantly, especially when freshly applied) and because I usually prefer a very long-wearing lip product.  But, those are just personal preferences – this is a high quality product, and worth checking out once it launches!

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New NARS Satin Lip Pencil Swatches

NARS Satin Lip Pencil - Palais Royal

NARS Satin Lip Pencil – Palais Royal

I’ve been hanging out at The Makeup Show Los Angeles, which is a pro-only beauty show, and I have so many pictures and lots of information to share with you all. I’m going to start with one of the most exciting things – swatches of all of NARS’s Satin Lip Pencils, which are new for Spring 2013 – I believe they launch in the U.S. on March 7th, and worldwide on April 1st, though they are available for purchase at The Makeup Show (& I did buy one, which I will review once I have the chance to test it out – review is here).

Note: As of 3/6, these are now available for purchase on!

They’re packaged just like NARS’s Velvet Matte and Velvet Gloss pencils – a jumbo pencil that you sharpen – and they come in 13 shades; 12 will be sold at all the usual places, and one shade, Jardin Des Plantes, is exclusive to the freestanding NARS boutiques.

NARS Satin Lip Pencils

NARS Satin Lip Pencil display at The Makeup Show

The following photos were taken with flash; you can see how glossy the pencils are! Note that the darker colors all left a persistent stain on my arm, and the lighter colors (the nudes) did not leave stains.  I’m guessing that these are going to be quite long-wearing, but I’ll get back to you on that.

NARS Satin Lip Pencil Swatches - Hyde Park Majella Golshan Palais Royal

Hyde Park // Majella // Golshan // Palais Royal

NARS Satin Lip Pencil Swatches - Biscayne Park Isola Bella Floralis Het Loo

Biscayne Park // Isola Bella // Floralis // Het Loo

NARS Satin Lip Pencil Swatches - Rikugien Luxenbourg Lodhi Yu

Rikugien // Lodhi // Luxembourg // Yu

Please note that the shade names Lodhi & Luxembourg were switched for the first hour or so this post was up; I apologize for the mistake! I am reasonably sure the rest are correct (I double checked my notes) – but if you think there’s something wrong, please let me know!

And finally, Jardin Des Plantes – this one (again), is the boutique exclusive. I believe that boutique exclusives are generally available on, but not at other retailers.

NARS Satin Lip Pencil Jardin des Plantes Swatch

Jardin Des Plantes


Here’s the full set:

NARS Satin Lip Pencil Swatches

NARS Satin Lip Pencil Swatches – with flash – click to enlarge

NARS Satin Lip Pencil Swatches

NARS Satin Lip Pencil Swatches – overcast natural light – click to enlarge

These are in the same order as above:

  • Hyde Park
  • Majella
  • Golshan
  • Palais Royal
  • Biscayne Park
  • Isola Bella
  • Floralis
  • Het Loo
  • Rikugien
  • Lodhi
  • Luxembourg
  • Yu
  • Jardin Des Plantes

Again, these haven’t launched yet – but I’ll update this post when they do! See anything you like? I’m very excited to test out the one I bought, Palais Royal, and I also love the look of Isola Bella!

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Dupe Alert! NARS Stormbird and Sinful Colors Smokin’

Almost dupes: NARS Stormbird and Sinful Colors Smokin'

Almost dupes: NARS Stormbird and Sinful Colors Smokin’

When I first saw a swatch of NARS Stormbird, I instantly fell in love with it’s blue toned deep gray.   However, it retails for $18, which is a lot to pay for a simple creme polish – or any polish.  So, I was thrilled when I realized that Sinful Colors Smokin’ (from the Enchanted Collection)  is almost identical.

They aren’t completely identical; Stormbird has a touch more blue – but they’re definitely close enough to satisfy me.


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MAC Moth Brown Eyeshadow Swatches, Comparisons, Dupes

NARS Lhasa, MAC Moth Brown, Urban Decay Mushroom

Possible dupe ideas: NARS Lhasa, MAC Moth Brown, Urban Decay Mushroom

I try not to get pulled in by the MAC limited edition product hype, but I do love my purple/taupes, so when the recent MAC by Request collection was released, I ordered one product – the eyeshadow Moth Brown.   It’s already sold out (though available overpriced on Ebay) so instead of a review, I have comparison swatches for you today.   The two most similar shades in my stash are – luckily – both permanent: NARS Lhasa, and Urban Decay Mushroom.
Swatches are done without primer, with a sponge – tipped applicator. Click to enlarge.

swatches - NARS Lhasa, MAC Moth Brown, Urban Decay Mushroom - sunlight

NARS Lhasa, MAC Moth Brown, Urban Decay Mushroom – sunlight

As you can see, the color family is the same, and the shade is very similar in all three eyeshadows. The biggest difference is the level of pigmentation – Lhasa is fairly sheer, Moth Brown has medium pigmentation, and Mushroom is very pigmented.  If you apply Lhasa or Moth Brown over primer they will – of course – appear more opaque and pigmented.

Everyone has different ideas of what is close enough to constitute a dupe, but I personally would consider Lhasa and Moth Brown almost-dupes; different in swatches, but identical on the eye.  Because Mushroom is more pigmented (and has more metallic shine), I don’t think it’s a dupe, though they might be close enough that you don’t want to own both.

Would you consider any of these three eyeshadows dupes?

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