Thursday, October 23, 2014

NARS Audacious Lipstick: Swatches and Review

NARS has a brand new lipstick formula, and I am a big fan. Audacious lipsticks have full coverage, a satin finish, and a beautiful range of colors. The packaging is a heavy metal rectangle with a magnetic closure.

It does show fingerprints easily, but the overall feeling is much more robust than the older lipstick packaging. The above picture will help you know if you have OCD or not. The magnetic closure either repels or attracts the other tubes.

I have a beautiful lipstick rainbow of neutrals along with a couple bolder colors.

These swatches were mostly one swipe only. They are full coverage without being too heavy. The formula does well on healthy lips but isn't quite as forgiving on dry lips. Make sure you start with moisturized and exfoliated lips.

The wear time is between 4-6 hours depending on the shade. No bleeding or uneven fading.

I have a few full face pictures to share, which usually help give a better idea of the color.





I am totally loving NARS Audacious lipsticks! I have been wearing them non-stop for the past month, and I am so happy with the formula and color range.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Wet N Wild Smoke and Melrose Palette: Swatches and Review

I am moving from an expensive disappointment (Chanel Poesie), to bargain success. I love ending August on a good note!

Smoke and Melrose is part of the Wet N Wild fall collection. I hadn't planned to look for these new palettes, but the color scheme got me. I love mauve!

Inside are five different shades with somewhat odd placement suggestions. You can't tell me what to do Wet N Wild.

The colors are amazing! All of them have great pigmentation, and there are a variety of finishes. None of them are overly frosty or shimmery either.


The main comparison that popped into my head was Urban Decay Naked 3. It has a similar color theme- pink toned neutrals.


Urban Decay Dust has much more shimmer than the light pink Wet N Wild shade. Urban Decay Burnout is more shimmery and pink than the Wet N Wild. Urban Decay Limit is lighter than the matte mauve Wet N Wild shade, but Nooner is pretty close.

Urban Decay Trick is similar to the Wet N Wild peach color, but much more sheer.

The Wet N Wild taupe is less shimmery and more brown than Urban Decay Liar. Urban Decay Mugshot is cooler toned than the Wet N Wild taupe shade. The Wet N Wild burgundy color is not similar to Urban Decay Blackheart.

Here is a look with Wet N Wild Smoke and Melrose. I used NARS Love blush and Rikugien Satin Lip Pencil.


I am absolutely in love with this Wet N Wild palette! It has a beautiful color combination with excellent quality. I already have a backup with plans to hoard more.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Lancome Olive Amour Palette: Swatches, Review, and Look

I haven't tried a Lancome palette in years- probably before the new palette design. I always have a spot in my heart for the brand though, since it was the first higher end brand that I purchased with my own money.

The packaging of Lancome palettes are very sleek, with a simple rose on the corner.

Olive Amour has an unexpected pairing of golden olive and jewel toned purples.

All of the colors have shimmer, and the olive color on the right has some sparkle.

The colors are so soft and full of pigment. If I had one tiny criticism, I would say that this palette needs a matte color for depth.

The colors work really well together, creating a smoky olive combination. The purple adds a tiny bit of brightness to keep things fresh.

I don't own a ton of purple or olive shades, but here are a couple for comparison:

Rouge Bunny Rouge Abyssianian Catbird is more bronze than Olive Amour. Dior Constellation is more sheer and sparkly.

Here is a look with the palette using all of the colors. Both olive colors are layered on my lid, the lighter purple is in my crease, and the cream color is on my inner corners. I used the deep purple on my lower lash line. My lip color is Bite Sophie matte lip crayon, which is a Jcrew exclusive color.


I am very pleased with my first Lancome palette! Olive Amour is exactly what I will be reaching for this fall, and I will be looking for more colors to try soon.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Dior Trafalgar Looks

Here are two recent looks I did with the Dior Trafalgar palette.


For this golden look, I started with Laura Mercier Gilded Gold Caviar Stick. I used the gold in Dior Trafalgar on the inner lid and applied the red all over the rest of the lid into the crease. I used the brown in the outer V and crease, and the cream color on my inner corners. My blush in NARS Day Dream, and the lip is a combination of Bite Matte Lip Crayon in Amaretto and Dior Mirage Addict Extreme.

For this look, I used the red all over the lid. I added Laura Mercier Pink Opal Caviar Stick to the inner corners and used the light pink in Trafalgar over it. I used the brown color in my crease and outer V. The cheek color is NARS Day Dream, and my lip color is Bite Amaretto Matte Lip Crayon with Dior Incognito Addict Extreme on top.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Dior Trafalgar Eyeshadow Palette: Swatches, Review, and Comparisons

Dior has reformulated their quints and released some new color combinations. I picked Trafalgar, which will be perfect for fall.

Trafalgar has a gorgeous red surrounded by soft neutrals.

All of the shades are shimmery, but the brown and red are a satin finish.

Along with the new formula, Dior packaging got a sleek new upgrade.

Old, on the left, are thicker. They also did away with the pretty reflective initials on the front of the compact.

The inside of the compact appears to be the same, with the new Trafalgar on the left. Isn't the Constellation quint from last year amazing? I love the beautiful star embossing.

Now on to the swatch part!
The top two colors are pretty sheer, especially the light pink. The cream color has a bit more pigment, and a lovely golden pink duo chrome effect.

The red, gold, and brown are the real stars of this palette. They have a wonderfully soft texture and full pigment in a swipe.

Here are a couple comparisons:

The red in Marc Jacons The Siren is warmer and more sheer. The gold is lighter, warmer, and more reflective than Dior's gold color.

The gold in Chanel Topkapi has more shimmer and is lighter. The light brown in Topkapi is more cool toned and lighter than the Dior brown. The dark brown in Topkapi is deeper and more matte than the Dior.

I am very pleased with Dior Trafalgar. I will be using the gorgeous red a lot for fall, and the other colors compliment it perfectly!