nars x sarah moon holiday 2016

November 5, 2016  |  NARS, New Launches, Product Reviews  |  2 Comments

I briefly mentioned the NARS x Sarah Moon collection a couple weeks ago on Instagram, but it’s just so pretty that I wanted to put up all the rest of my photos from the media preview last month as well as some swatches I’d taken. The preview party was hosted in an art gallery, which was the perfect venue to display large-scale prints of Sarah Moon’s photographs as well as the makeup itself.

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I think all attendees would agree that the gifting sets stole the show. The lucite box sets especially were like little art pieces themselves! I didn’t get a good shot of them at the gallery, but here’s a group shot with my Get Real Lip and Eye Set, featuring a tube of Black Moon Audacious Mascara as well as 2 limited edition mini Audacious lipsticks in Leslie and Bette (swatches below):

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The other lucite box set on display was the Glass Metropolis Audacious Lipstick Coffret, featuring 8 mini Audacious lipsticks in (L-R) Sarah, Anita, Marlene, Rita, Olivia, Sandra, Charlotte and Bette.

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Other gifting sets included the Give In Take Dual-Intensity Eye & Cheek Palette

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…the Look Closer Eyeshadow Palette which includes 4 neutral eyeshadows and a Larger Than Life Eyeliner in Via Veneto..

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…two Cheek/Lip Palettes in Recurring Dare (behind) and True Story (in front, swatched below) which each contained 3 blush shades, a highlighter and a Velvet Matte Lip Pencil…

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…and a mini Velvet Lip Glide Coffret that includes 3 limited edition shades (Chez Claude, Plato’s, No 675) as well as 3 permanent ones (Bound, Unspeakable, Toy).

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If you’re not into sets or palettes, there are also individual items from this collection: eyeshadow duos, nail polish, blush, falsies, kohliner and Moon Matte lipsticks, all of which are limited edition.

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I was most intrigued by the Moon Matte Lipsticks, which are fomula-wise entirely new to NARS. These are probably the most matte-matte bullet lipsticks I’ve tested in a long time that weren’t horribly drying and uncomfortable to wear. They’ve been getting great reviews from other bloggers too, so I hope NARS makes this formula permanent one day! Currently, there are only 4 colours available – 3 shades of red and 1 brownish-nude.

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The other standout amongst the collection’s individual items was the Indes Galantes eyeshadow duo. Both duos are beautiful, with Quai Des Brumes having the prettier and more complex shimmer shade (in my opinion), but Indes Galantes takes the cake for overall being the more unusual/creative colour pairing. They’re swatched here alongside the 2 limited edition Sarah Moon Blushes in Isadora and Impudique.

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And lastly, if I had to choose between all the sets, I would probably pick the Velvet Lip Glide Coffret because I’m so in love with the ones I already own! Hope this was helpful to anyone looking for more information on the collection. I’d love to hear what you’ve tried/are eyeing up from it, now that everything is finally available in stores.

 
 
 
Some of the products in this post were provided as press samples, however all opinions and observations are my own and not influenced by the brand(s) or their PR team(s). This post contains affiliate links.

new launch: make up for ever artist rouge lipsticks

August 19, 2016  |  New Launches  |  2 Comments

For those who haven’t already seen my Instagram story, Make Up For Ever Singapore threw a hoppin’ party last night to celebrate the launch of their new range of Artist Rouge Lipsticks.

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The new line includes 45 stunning colours in two finishes: 31 lustrous (satin) and 14 matte. As you can see, the range of colours is vast: the nudes, pinks, corals and reds we all rely on are there…

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…but so are some really creative options like black, white, blue and more. I wish I had better photos, but the event was in a nightclub so you can imagine what the lighting was like!

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There were body-painted models roaming around for photos, live music performances, cool DJs and a screening of the Icona Pop x Make Up For Ever music video which is essentially makeup porn set to the catchiest beat ever. Good job, marketing team.

And for anyone who wanted their own pop star lips, the event featured a row of makeup artists doing lip makeovers.

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When it was my turn I told the artist to decide for me. Because what’s the fun in picking something I already know I like right?

This is me before…
P.S. the photo I was taking here is on my Instagram Stories feed

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During…

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And after.

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I LOVED it. This is actually one of the two signature Icona Pop shades from the collection, with glitter on top. I’d never have thought to try dark blue lipsticks before this, but I’m totally sold now. I foresee many more navy lip FOTDs in the near future.

Thanks for the fun night and all the new beauty inspiration. I’m off to figure out what kind of eye makeup matches dark blue lipstick! (And if you have suggestions, I’m all ears)

new launches: nars fall 2016

August 11, 2016  |  New Launches  |  2 Comments

Note: You’ll notice I’ve created a new category for this post, which is essentially a quick preview of upcoming product launches and features iPhone snaps instead of proper product shots. Frankly the messiness of these photos makes me cringe a little, but I’m trying to embrace a more spontaneous approach in the hopes that it’ll allow me to share sneak peeks of new products more immediately.

I had the pleasure of meeting the lovely ladies from NARS Singapore last week and got to preview the many, MANY new products that NARS is launching this fall. Anything linked in this post is already available, but everything else will be split between 2 more launches between now and October. I didn’t have time to play with and swatch everything, but I like to think I covered the standouts!

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New colour additions to their existing lines include:
3 Dual Intensity Eyeshadows – Antares (warm white), Arcturus (dark blue) and Rigel (rose gold)
2 Contour Blushes – Melina and Talia, for medium-deep skin tones
2 Velvet Matte Lip Pencils – Infatuated Red (true deep red) and Consuming Red (bordeaux)
5 Audacious Lipsticks

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There are also some entirely new items, which are really exiting. Look – brow cream pots!

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New items include:
4 Brow Defining Creams
9 Velvet Eyeliners
1 Dual-Intensity Cheek Palette
12 Velvet Lip Glides (click the swatch photo to enlarge)

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I’m most excited about the Velvet Lip Glides because they’re such a neat texture – though they’re technically liquid lipsticks and quite pigmented, they have a finish that is more satin/glossy which is so much more flattering on lips than matte liquid lipsticks. Props to NARS for bucking the trend and making a product that works on people other than teenaged instagrammers!

I was generously gifted with some of the products you see here (which you can see on my Instagram) so if there are swatches, reviews or FOTDs you’d like to see with anything please leave me a comment and I will try my very best to accommodate your requests.

 

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