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NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Reviews, Swatches and Photos

June 24th, 2014

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This summer, NARS Cosmetics turns up the heat with its very first wet/dry shadow, Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow. Designed to be used both wet and dry without damaging the texture, the Dual-Intensity Eyeshadows can be applied dry for a sheer, airbrush-like finish with a luminous sheen or with a dampened brush for high-impact and intense, opaque color.

NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Review

NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Reviews

The Dual-Intensity Eyeshadows come in a square-shaped magnetic compact about 1.5 inches by 1.5 inches and contains 0.05 oz/1.5 g of product. For reference, a NARS regular Single Eyeshadow ($25) contains 0.07 oz of product.

There are 12 colors available that range from the lightest pinks and beiges to the darkest blacks:

* Andromeda is a shimmery white gold color.

* Europa is a shimmery light warm peachy pink.

* Dione is a metallic taupe.

* Cassiopeia is a shimmery white with bluish pink sparkles.

* Callisto is a frosty silvery pink.

* Desdemona is a shimmery burgundy.

* Himalia is a shimmery topaz. It is darker and warmer than Dione.

* Lysithea is a metallic grey.

* Sycorax is a black and the least shimmery color out of them all.

* Phoebe is a plummy color with blue sparkles.

* Giove is a shimmery dark navy.

* Subra is a shimmery dark brown with just a hint of plum.

While the colors were all pretty and very wearable, I wish the variety could be a bit better. Some of the colors were pretty similar and it would be nice to see some greens and bronzes instead.

Texture-wise though, there was nothing I could pick on. The shadows felt super creamy and soft and blended like a dream. When used dry, they applied with good pigmentation and left behind a shiny finish; while using them damp instantly intensified that effect and made the color pop even more.

Lastly, the wear was phenomenal too! Even when worn dry with no primer underneath, the shadows stayed on 8 hours without creasing or fading the slightest bit. More colors in this formula please!

Quick Tip on using the shadows wet from NARS Cosmetics artist Justin Heslop:- To get your brush perfectly damp and not soaking wet, wet a makeup sponge then push the brush into it before dipping into the shadow.

NARS Giove Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Review

NARS Giove Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow

NARS Sycorax Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Review

NARS Sycorax Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow

NARS Phoebe Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Review

NARS Phoebe Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow

NARS Desdemona Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Review

NARS Desdemona Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow

NARS Subra Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Review

NARS Subra Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow

NARS Lysithea Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Review

NARS Lysithea Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow

NARS Dione Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Review

NARS Dione Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow

NARS Himalia Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow

NARS Europa Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Review

NARS Europa Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow

NARS Andromeda Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Review

NARS Andromeda Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow

NARS Cassiopeia Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Review

NARS Cassiopeia Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow

NARS Callisto Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Review

NARS Callisto Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow

NARS Andromeda, Callisto, Europa and Himalia Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Swatches

NARS Cassiopeia, Phoebe, Desdemona and Subra Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Swatches

NARS Dione, Lysithea, Giove and Sycorax Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Swatches


NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Applied Dry vs Damp

Below I used Desdemona all over the lid and lower eye, Himalia lightly on the crease and Europa on the center of the lid and on the lips. I was also wearing Laneige Snow BB Soothing Cushion SPF 50+ PA+++ in #21 Natural Beige, Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Black and Jealousness U.S.A. False Lashes in JS-507.

Wearing NARS Desdemona, Himalia and Europa Dual-Intensity Eyeshadows

NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow is available at for $29.

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Make Up For Ever Neutral 12 Flash Color Case Review, Swatches and Photos

October 20th, 2013

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During my trip to New York for Spring/Summer 2014 Fashion Week, I was finally able to pick up the new version of Make Up For Ever Classic 12 Flash Color Case, a gorgeous compact with 12 wearable shades of neutrals geared towards professional makeup artists.

Make Up For Ever 12 Flash Color Case

Like the original Flash Color Case, this comes in a clear case. The colors are more muted and while they might not be as versatile as the primary colors you get in the original, I personally love them more (those lip shades are just to die for!) Again, certain colors are not recommended on the eye or lip areas. For instance, Kaki and most of the pink shades are not meant to be applied close to the eyes, whereas the darker colors are not meant for the lips.

* Grey 029 is a muted bluish gray.
* Neutral Brown 039 is a medium brown.
* Purple Grey 037 is a muted purple.
* Rosewood 032 is a medium warm brown with pink undertones.
* Dark Antique Pink 033 is a light neutral pink.
* Ivory 030 is a pale ivory.
* Livid 016 is a very light green with gray undertones.
* Kaki 028 is a dark khaki green.
* Pink Brown 034 is a rose with brown undertones.
* Fresh Pink 031 is a bright pink.
* Sienna 035 is a nude with brown undertones.
* Rusty Brown 036 is a warm red with brown undertones.

The colors applied with a creamy texture and excellent color payoff. I love using the pinks and nudes as lip colors and blushes, while the remaining colors are great as a wash of color on the lid. Will post a look using this next week!

Overall Rating:

Make Up For Ever Neutral 12 Flash Color Case is available at Make Up For Ever Boutiques for $99.

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FOTD: Tropical Eye Makeup and Glitter Fuchsia Lip with Adriana

July 29th, 2011

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Over the weekend, I met with Bulgarian beauty Adriana for a shoot. She was super cool and open to colors, and when she picked out a pair of blue polka-dot lashes from my Halloween collection, I decided to go all the way with a glitter fuchsia lip and tropical colors on the eyes. Definitely not your everyday look but fun and great for the summer nonetheless. Thanks so much for the good time Adriana! =)

• Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation in #127
• Cinema Secrets Concealer Palette in Kit #1
• Ruby Kisses HD Set N’Forget HD Setting Powder in #01
• MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Petticoat
• MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Stereo Rose
• Smashbox Step-by-step Contour Kit

• NARS Pro Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base
• Yaby Eyeshadow in Olivetini
• Yaby Eyeshadow in Emerald Sea
• Yaby Eyeshadow in Butterfly Blue
• MAC Eyeshadow in Pollen
• Kiss Me Heroine Make Smooth Liquid Eyeliner
• Blue polka-dot fake lashes
• CoverGirl Natureluxe Mousse Mascara in Very Black
• Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Buck on eyebrows

• CoverGirl LipPerfection Liner in #230 Radiant
• OCC Lip Tar in Anime
• OCC Glitter in Beige

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Jealousness Waterproof Gel Eyeliner Review, Swatches and Photos

July 21st, 2011

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Want the longevity of a gel eyeliner but the ease of a pencil? Then check out Taiwanese-based Jealousness Waterproof Gel Eyeliner, which has already stirred up quite some buzz in Asia!

Jealousness Gel Eyeliner
Jealousness Gel Eyeliner
With a cute pink and gold packaging, the Waterproof Gel Eyeliner boasts a formula that is both waterproof and smudgeproof. It measures roughly 12.5cm long, which is a little shorter than MAC eyeliners.

There are 8 colors to choose from, including your regular black and brown in both cream and shimmer finishes, along with white, purple, silver and navy.

I was sent the Diamond Heart and Electric Eye Gift Box Set to try out, which contains a sharpener and 3 colors:

BKS Diamond Black, an intense black with tiny specks of gold.
BK Smoked Black, a charcoal with tiny shimmer.
BNS Sparkling Brown, a chocolate brown with tiny specks of gold.

Jealousness Gel Eyeliner BKS, BN and BNS
Jealousness Gel Eyeliners in BKS, BK and BNS

The colors are all versatile and will work on any eye color. I like using BKS and BK along the upper lashline, while BNS is perfect on the lower lid for a bit of definition without being harsh. They are also nicely pigmented, with my only gripe being that the glitter did not show up as much I wanted it to.

Swatches of Jealousness Gel Eyeliner
Swatches of BKS, BNS and BK

Thanks to its gel core, the pencil has an uber soft texture. It applies smoothly without scratching my eye and is easy to use, even for beginners.

The pencils are also truly waterproof. Once the color sets, it will not budge even if you run water over it. On my dry skin, it also manages to stay on all day until I remove it with an oil-based remover. But on a friend who has oilier skin, the color did seem to migrate a little after a few hours.

Onto pictures of me wearing the different colors:

Wearing Jealousness BK Smoked Black
Wearing BK Smoked Black

Wearing Jealousness BNS Brown Sparkling Brown
Wearing BNS Sparkling Brown

Wearing Jealousness BNS Brown Sparkling Brown
Wearing BKS Diamond Black

Overall Rating:

Jealousness Waterproof Gel Eyeliner is available in Taiwan, Hong Kong and for $13 each.

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Sula Beauty Makeup Range Review, Photos and Giveaway

July 8th, 2011

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Eco-friendly Canadian brand Sula Beauty has finally made its way to the US!

Sula Beauty Makeup Range
The 7-piece makeup collection contains a variety of products for the eyes, cheeks and lips, including Lipstick, Lip Gloss, Lip & Cheek Tint, Blush, Eyeshadow, Eye Crayon and Creaseless Cream Shadow. All products are made with natural ingredients including jojoba oil and Shea butter, along with vitamin E and pro-vitamin B5 to fight against free radicals. They are also free of parabens, phthalates, silicones and petroleum byproducts and are cruelty-free.

The first thing that caught my eye was the white with floral print packaging. It is one of the prettiest I have ever seen, especially for a drugstore brand. There is also a nice, wearable range of colors that are suitable for different skin tones. The lip and cheek products come in mostly peaches, corals, pinks and reds while the eye products cover a wider range of colors like silver, gold, purple, teal, blue, pink and green.

The Lip Gloss is handsdown my favorite product from the line. It applies smoothly and has a creamy texture that feels moisturizing and non-tacky, just like MAC Cremesheen Glass. Pigmentation is also excellent and the color shows up exactly like what you see in the tube.

Sula Lip Gloss in Secret Crush, Summer Fling, First Kiss and In Disguise
Sula Lip Gloss in Secret Crush, Summer Fling, First Kiss and In Disguise
Sula Lip Gloss in Secret Crush, Summer Fling, First Kiss and In Disguise

The Creaseless Cream Eye Shadow has a slightly drier texture and goes on semi-sheer, giving a buildable wash of color. While I like the softer effect it gives, it does have a tendency to crease and fade after a few hours.

Sula Creaseless Cream Shadow in Time For a Change
Sula Creaseless Cream Shadow in Time For a Change

The same goes for the Eye Crayon. It goes on sheer just like the cream shadow and does fade a bit. But I do the fact that it glides on so easily without tugging the skin.

Sula Eye Crayon in Partner In Crime

Finally, the Blush is a gorgeous powder with very fine shimmer. It goes on really silky with great pigmentation and the best part? The color stays on all day.

Sula Blush in Almost Famous

Overall, I think Sula Beauty is a great line with wearable colors and I highly recommend their Lip Gloss and Blush. Oh and did I mention, everything only costs $8 a pop?

To share my love for this brand, I am now giving away a Lip Gloss in Summer Fling (a coral with gold shimmer) and First Kiss (a medium pink) to two lucky readers. All you have to do is leave a comment with your name and e-mail by July 10th. The giveaway is open to everyone.

Sula Beauty is now available at Ulta stores and

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