NARS Cosmetics Undercover 2016 Summer Collection Review & Swatches

Thursday, August 25, 2016

I'm pretty new to NARS! Say whaaat? Yes! I've had some deluxe samples, but I've never owned anything from the brand. When I saw the NARS Undercover 2016 Summer Collection (STILL AVAILABLE LOL), I knew this collection was for me (or at least I hoped it was for me...HaHaHa). I instantly fell in love with the outer packaging (designed by contemporary artist Konstantin Kakanias). I loved the fact that each product was packaged differently, featured women of different ethnicities and had a colorful & tropical Summer theme. NARS is pretty pricey! So I tried to be very careful when picking colors. I think I did really well with my selections. My thoughts on each and review is below.


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NARS TOPLESS Dual Intensity Eye Shadow - Sweet

NARS Dual Intensity eye shadows are nothing new! There are a bunch of them! The only difference is that FOUR shades were selected for this special 2016 Summer Collection/Collaboration packaging. Plain English Kim! Plain English! You can still get Topless once the Limited Edition packaging sells out. HaHaHa The eye shadow palette is not big at all. It fits in the center of your hand, with plenty of room to spare. It also has a mirror. This eye shadow can be used either dry or wet. I used my MAC Fix + Spray to intensify the color. See my swatches below. Usually very light colors such as Topless are very chalky on me, but it applied nicely to my eyelids (even dry). I love the picture of the girl with her chunky bracelets on, sun hat & scarf underneath, surrounded by luscious leaves. I will be displaying this packaging in my makeup room. I think it's a really good eye shadow. But it is PRICEY! I included the other colors & special packaging they come in below.


NARS LIBERATION Dual Intensity Blush - Supersweet

When I initially swatched LIBERATION, I was like "I don't know about this!" LOL The formula was excellent, but I was worried about the colors! One side was a pinky peach, but more pink. The other side was a muddy, rusty brown. Well, when I show it to you on my face below, you'll see how pretty both turned out. You can even COMBINE them and it gives a pretty color on the cheeks. I want to get a second one! LOL Now, from what I can see on NARS website...LIBERATION is NOT OFFERED except through this Limited Edition Collection. So ummm, YEAH! LOL I love the packaging for this one as well. A black, one shoulder cut out bathing suit and palm trees in the background!?! Yes, please! LOL

NARS Lipcover (Liquid Lipstick) in Get Dirty (Pink) & Overheated (Brown) - Supersweet

Two products that I knew would work (after swatching them), were Get Dirty & Overheated! I love pinkish brown lipsticks. This has to be the richest & prettiest one I own. I've also been dabbling with browns. Some have worked and others haven't. NARS gets it right! This brown is beautiful. These liquid lipsticks give you awesome color and they feel good to the lips. They're so creamy! I didn't mention this about the blush, but it is buildable (color) as well as these liquid lipsticks. So if you want to intensify, just keep adding. Now with the solid black packaging its really hard to tell how much product is left. I don't know why they did this, because their other glosses & liquid lipsticks are offered in a see-through tube. It's also a NARROW tube, so it doesn't give you a whole lot. These shades are ALSO NOT OFFERED in their regular collection. So ummm, YEAH! LOL The other two are in the red family.


So How Does Everything Look? 

Below I am wearing TOPLESS (eye shadow), the pink side of LIBERATION (blush) 
and GET DIRTY (liquid lipstick).

And here I'm wearing TOPLESS (eye shadow), the brown side of LIBERATION (blush)
and Overheated (liquid lipstick).
My Final Thoughts: I'm really impressed with NARS! Their makeup is very soft & appealing. Overall, their makeup creates a beautiful look. Their prices are very high! I took a chance by ordering these online, but if possible try to swatch their makeup before making a purchase. But you should be pleased with the quality. Also...and you probably already know this...their black packaging starts off superb! However, as soon as you take it out...it EASILY collects dust, dirt, smudges etc. I don't think cleaning it will help. LOL So expect it to remain dirty (unless someone can tell me a trick below). But I'm very pleased with this collection and would recommend it. Their Fall Audacious collection is already out! I'll definitely be purchasing more NARS in the future (but slowlyyy HaHaHa).



Lottie London Makeup Brushes & Tools And Catseye London Makeup Bag Review

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

It was love at first sight when I saw these Lottie London makeup brushes! The colors were beautiful and they made me SMILE. If anything or anyone makes you SMILE, you should get it or keep them! HaHaHa It's funny! My wardrobe is filled with black, navy & browns. My home is beige, brown & black. The only COLOR that comes into my life is pretty much makeup, makeup tools and food LOL. I knew these makeup brushes LOOKED GOOD, but I didn't know about their quality. It also didn't help that they were only available at Superdrug (yes, that would be in the UK & Republic of Ireland). HaHaHa So it would be hard to reach out and touch them! LOL But I looked a little further on the Lottie London website and it mentioned they were also available at ASOS! I ALWAYS forget ASOS carries International beauty products. So I checked and the entire collection was there. I ordered all the brushes & kept my fingers crossed that they were good. I'm happy to say they are! There's nothing kiddie about these brushes at all except for the beautiful colors! You guys, the handles are sturdy, they're very well made and the bristles to each brush are super soft. What I also like, is that this brand is CRUELTY FREE. I've included the description for each brush below. I also ordered their tweezers. They're super sharp, but work really good. Another thing I ordered while on ASOS, was a Catseye London pouch with a lady holding colorful balloons in front of the Eiffel Tower (no longer available). Catseye makes the cutest pouches. This one is small! It fits into the palm of my hand, but holds a couple of lipsticks & compact. Catseye is available at Nordstrom, but I find them to be cheaper on ASOS (you may not find the entire collection there). So that's it! I just wanted to show you these, tell you how pleased I was and to not be afraid to order in case you're interested. I'll be wrapping up Summer the next two weeks, by showing you what's left of my Summer makeup stash.

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Catseye London Makeup Bag is Sweet
  Lottie London Makeup Brushes are Sweet
 

Best Of The Brushes Collection

This set includes their Powder Power Powder Brush (ideal for applying loose & pressed powder), Shade & Shadow Angle Brush (for shaping, smudging and lining eye shadow), All Eyes On You Eye Shadow Brush (flat brush head ideal for blending & buffing color; can be used for applying cream or powder based eye shadow), Blend In Eye Shadow Brush (blending eye shadow), Flawless Babe Foundation Brush (flat tapered brush head ideal for applying foundation).

Make Me Blush Brush

Ideal for building color; Super long loose bristles.

Tan Time Brush

Ideal for applying bronzer powder; Super wide brush head

Studio Star Stippling Brush

Ideal for applying liquid & cream foundations; Angled flat top brush; 

Buff & Blend Blush

Ideal for applying finishing powders; Angled flat top brush; Softens harsh blush and contour lines

Contour Queen Brush 

Ideal for applying creams & powders; Angled flat edge brush; 
Creates sharp contoured and sculpted lines.

Kabuki Babe Brush

Ideal for applying finishing powder; Compacted bristle brush


Conceal It Brush

Ideal for applying or sculpting concealer; Flat angled brush head  

Perfectly Precise Brush 

Small Eyeshadow Brush

Brow Babe

Angled tips for precision; Curved design; Grooms & shapes the brows

Catseye London Pouch