Review: NARS Dolomites Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Dolomites Eyeshadow Duo 3

Lately I’ve been having a bad case of “I NEED THAT” and it all started with the NARS Dolomites Duo from their Night Caller Fall 2014 Color Collection. Night Caller is hands down my favorite fall collection this year. I mean, have you seen how gorgeous the Bansar Satin Lip Pencil looks in the promo images?

The NARS Dolomites Duo Eyeshadow ($35) contains a pair of highly pigminted, long-wearing, and crease resistant eyeshadows that can be used wet or dry for “subtle or smoldering” looks.

NARS Dolomites Eyeshadow Duo 2

NARS Dolomites – shiny rose quartz (L) and chocolate (R)

The left shade is described as “shiny rose quartz” and is a metallic light plum-pink.
I was impressed by the texture of both shadows, but was blown away with how smooth and buttery the “rose quartz” shade was. Swatching it almost feels like dipping your finger into a cream. Despite the high amount a shimmer, I experienced little to no fallout and the color packed on and blended very easily for over 8 hours of wear.

The right shade is described as “chocolate” and is a medium red-brown with a slightly satin finish. When blended onto the eye the satin texture takes on more of the rose quartz’s metallic finish, so I do wish this shadow was slightly more matte to “ground” the look – that is just a personal preference though. The texture reminded me of MAC’s Matte² – very smooth, easily blendable, and buildable with minimal “powderyness”.

NARS Dolomites Eyeshadow Duo on NC40

NARS Dolomites – shiny rose quartz (L) and chocolate (R)

NARS Dolomites on Eye

NARS Dolomites Duo on Eye 2

NARS Dolomites – rose quartz (lid), chocolate (outer corner and crease)

Should you pick up Dolomites? Yes! The duo isn’t a permanent addition to the NARS collection, so get it while you can. It’s currently available at NARS (online and counters) and will be more widely available through retailers on August 1st.

What are your choices from the NARS Night Caller collection? What is your favorite Fall 2014 collection so far?

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Review: Bobbi Brown Brightening Blush in Pink and Bronze

Bobbi Brown Brightening Blush
Bobbi Brown recently launched her summer Surf and Sand collection featuring sheer washes of color for effortless looks and warm bronze-hues for beachy, sun-kissed skin. While the eyeshadow palettes and lip colors didn’t catch my eye, the two new Brightening Blushes certainly did.


Review: Tarte Rainforest After Dark Colored Clay Eye & Cheek Palette

Tarte Rainforest After Dark Colored Clay Eye and Cheek Palette Packaging

I always get excited when Tarte comes out with a new eye and cheek palette; Coral Crush is still a palette I use to this day. At first glance the Tarte Rainforest After Dark Colored Clay Eye & Cheek Palette is very reminiscent of the Tarte Fall 2012 Amazon Escape palette, but the addition of more plums and softer pinks really sets it apart.


Review: Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick Packaging

Kat Von D recently released her Studded Kiss Lipstick line which consists of 30 gorgeous shades ranging from everyday nudes to iridescent neons. After seeing the press release on Temptalia I (predictably like the lipstick addict I am) instantly threw the first shades that struck my eye into my Sephora shopping e-cart with reckless abandon: Homegirl, Prayer, Vampira, Slayer, Cathedral, Lolita, and Hexagram. Luckily the formula is fantastic, so no regrets!


Review: Chanel Perfection Lumière Velvet Foundation

Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet
Liquid foundation has to be the one product that rarely deviates within my makeup collection… so little in fact that in the past six years or so I’ve used and repurchased the same three products: MAC Studio Sculpt, Estée Lauder Double Wear, and Laura Mercier Silk Creme. Do you see a trend there? All full coverage. I figure it’s about time for me to embrace my skin and explore lighter options.

I had no intention of buying foundation when I stopped by the Chanel counter this weekend (I was on the hunt for blush thanks to Carolyn), but after a bit of browsing I got curious enough to ask the beauty advisor to help me find something I might like. I told her I loved how lightweight Chanel Vitalumière Aqua felt on my skin but hated how it made me look like you could fry chicken on my face, so she suggested its sister: Perfection Lumière Velvet.

Review: BECCA Lowlight Sculpting Perfector

BECCA Lowlight Sculpting Perfector

It’s always weird when a brand “silently” rolls out a new product (I always end up thinking I was just late to the party) but that seems to be the case with BECCA Lowlight Sculpting Perfector. But hey, it somehow found its way to me so I guess it doesn’t really matter.


Review: Tarte MultiplEYE Lash Enhancing Primer

Tarte MultiplEYE Lash Enhancing Primer
So I get face primers, but eyelash primers? Not so much.

When you have hundreds of mascaras out there that are waterproof, volumizing, and lengthening (or claim to be) what’s the point of the extra step? I understand that some people use eyelash primers to boost the performance of their favorite mascara – whether it be increasing wear-time or minimizing flakiness – but personally I’m a bit too picky to wear any mascara that fickle. However, I do like the idea of a primer that enhances my own eyelashes’  natural length/fullness and promotes growth using natural ingredients. If it happens to instantly make my lashes look fuller in the meantime, great, but I already have a mascara that does that for me (Guerlain Maxi Lash) so it would just be a small perk.

Either way, I wanted to test out the all the claims of Tarte MultiplEYE Lash Enhancing Primer by using a mascara that has been known to not really work for me, Covergirl Clump Crush.


Review: Commodity Goods Women’s Fitting Kit

Commodity Goods Fitting Kit 1

For the last 10 days I’ve been sampling the fresh and unique scents Commodity Goods has to offer through their try-at-home Fitting Kit. Typically my go-to scents are DKNY Be Delicious and Bath & Body Works Midnight Pomegranate, but ever since Midnight Pomegranate was discontinued in stores I’ve been on the hunt for a new signature fragrance just in case B&BW discontinue it altogether.


Review: YSL Couture Palette 03 Afrique

YSL Couture Palette 03 Afrique

I typically see sales as a time to stock up on staples or repurchase old favorites, but during the YSL Friends and Family sale I decided to splurge a little and try out their new Couture Palettes.

The YSL Couture Palettes ($60) contain five intense, long-wearing, crease-proof, “ready-to-wear” eyeshadows in a combination of matte and satin finishes. Out of all 11 palettes I thought I’d get the most use out of 02 Fauves or 03 Afrique (big surprise there). Both palettes are rather neutral, but I opted for 03’s rose gold and copper shades over the warm browns of 02.


Review: Urban Decay Naked Flushed Palette in Strip

Urban Decay Naked Flushed Palette in Strip
Naked. Flushed. Strip. Oh I see what you did there Urban Decay, so naughty. Now fortunately for you, your blush and bronzer shades reeled me in and allowed me to overlook your cheeky innuendos… but only just this once. Actually who am I kidding, you could name a line of lip glosses “Lube Tubes” and I’d still buy them.


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