Tuesday, July 22, 2014

NARS Night Caller Fall 2014 Color Collection | Satin Lip Pencil in Bansar and Blush in Unlawful

Just a quick post to share some thoughts, photos & swatches of two pieces from NARS' nine piece Night Caller Collection for Fall. I have here Unlawful blush ($30; narscosmetics.com), a medium pink with silver shimmer and Satin Lip Pencil in Bansar ($25; narscosmetics.com), a creamy rose brown. *New info from NARS - unfortunately, the Matte Multiple in Mauritanie will not be included as part of the collection, due to a production issue. For a similar look, NARS suggests trying out the ‘Nā Pali Coast Matte Multiple!* *Press Samples

Unlawful is a rather nice color for most skin tones. Although quite sheer for NARS' blush standards, the intensity is buildable. There is quite a bit of shimmer in there, but the texture is still nice and easy to blend without any patchiness. The color is quite effortless to wear, doesn't need to be toned down too much and adds a light wash of pink to my cheeks. I used it with NARS' Yachiyo brush and the finish was quite nice with very little to no glitter being translated onto my cheeks. 

Bansar is quite a deep, brownish rose with a super creamy formula and great color payoff. It does look a little more brown than rose on my skintone. The formula is great though - I love NARS' Satin Lip pencils in general. I prefer Bansar as a sheer wash than how it looks when applied directly on the lips. That said, I think its the perfect fall rose-brown and a fabulous pick for most medium/dark skin tones!

NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Bansar, Blush in Unlawful

Wearing the NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Bansar, Blush in Unlawful

What are your thoughts on NARS' Fall Night Caller Collection?

NARS Re-Formulated Nail Polishes in Delos and Elbrus

NARS has recently re-formulated their Nail polish ($20; narscosmetics.com) line with 19 new colors with 24 fan favorites, a total of 43 amazing shades in a mix of cremes, shimmers and metallic finishes. The upgraded formula is designed to improve wear and strengthen nails, while the removable cap and specially designed flat and curved brush allows easy application.The polishes that were launched as part of the Phillip Lim launch were the same, newer formula and from the recent launch, I tried out Elbrus, a dark, purple plum creme and Delos a shimmery copper brown. *Press Samples

Both colors are just right for fall and are completely opaque in two coats. Elbrus was a tad easier to work with compared to Delos, which left a few brush strokes. Plus the brush on my Delos was a little splayed compared to the one on Elbrus. Both polishes dried fast and had no issues with bubbling or pooling near the cuticle, which was mostly due to the brush than my application itself. I do think the range has some amazing shades to offer and the cremes seem to be quite rich in terms of color payoff. I'll definitely be checking out more colors with Pastorale being one that is on top of my list!

Have you tried any of NARS' new, reformulated nail polishes yet?

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Laura Mercier Cheek Melange and Creme Eyeliner in Envy | Sensual Reflections Fall 2014 Collection

I have two pieces from Laura Mercier's Sensual Reflections Fall 2014 Collection - the Cheek Melange ($42; limited edition, lauramercier.com) and the Creme Eyeliner in Envy ($23; limited edition, lauramercier.com). Sensual Reflections features rich, dark hues and some very beautiful lip colors in brick reds and vampy plums.  *Press Samples

The Cheek Melange, called Sensual Reflections is a sheer blush that features a mix of a light pink and a sheer plum that when mixed together, add some color and a little bit of a glow. The design is beautiful - I've used this blush quite a few times and the design still looks intact for the most part, although I'm not sure if it would be the same overtime. The color is more of a lighter pink on my skintone, with very finely milled shimmer that is almost invisible. Its a gorgeous color for lighter skin tones and on my skintone its something I would reach out to when I can't be bothered with too pigmented blushes. The Cheek Melange is something I could just swipe and go - the color is very light, but also very natural looking and the texture is very easy to work with and blend out.

The Creme Eye Liner in Envy is a matte, slightly dark green that I absolutely love and think it's a must have. I do love Laura Mercier's Creme Eye Liner Formula a lot and this one just as smooth, creamy and pigmented as the others I've tried. Envy is just beautiful along the lash lines, the green actually shows up pretty well. Its not too bright, neither is it too dark just so it looks like just another black eyeliner. Its also a great base for smokey looks and smudges out beautifully before completely setting. The formula is very waterproof and requires a heavy duty remover to get off. If there's one thing I'd recommend from the Sensual Reflections Fall Collection, its the Envy creme eyeliner!

Wearing the Cheek Melange in Sensual Reflections and Envy Creme Eyeliner.