For Summer 2015, NARS partnered with designer Christopher Kane to create – NEONEUTRAL, a limited edition collection of unexpected shades and formulas inspired by the nature of neon and the nude shades that complement them. The collection features a ten, limited edition products. There’s something for everyone as it’s a full line of eyeshadows, blushes, multiples and lip glosses.
I received samples of two products: Outer Limits Single Eyeshadow and Quantum Illuminating Multiple. Outer Limits Single Eyeshadow ($25) is an iridescent rose gold with flecks of pink and gold sparkle. It has a soft texture, so soft that it tends to fall apart or break apart when applied. There is a lot of fall out so this is when I’d recommend applying your eye makeup BEFORE foundation. When it’s applied dry I notice that it’s hard to blend but if you spray your brush with a bit of Fix+ it’s much easier to apply. Also it’s best when patted versus swiped across the lid.
The Quantum Illuminating Multiple ($39) is a sheer iridescent magenta that’s exclusive to NARS boutiques and narscosmetics.com. I rarely (never) wear or use NARS multiples because I much prefer powder on my cheeks but this is one shade that I absolutely HAD to have.
It’s quite sheer but easily buildable if you’re looking for a more intense shade. When first applied, I noticed how dry the formula was but a bit velvety. I would use this solely as a blush. Although multiples can be used on cheeks and lips but this formula isn’t one that would perform well on your lips.
The collection is available at NARSCosmetics.com and NARS boutiques now, then at department and specialty stores on May 1, 2015. I definitely have my eye on the Starscape blush because it’s just so intense that you’d be a fool ot to get it if you have a deeper skin tone (plus if you’ve seen my top blushes video you’ll know I can’t say no to a hot pink blush).
We’ve spoken about neutrals but now it’s all about the brights!Nail guru and all around awesome person Jin Soon Choi collaborated with designer Tamara Taichman of Tila March to create a beautiful collection of nail lacquers. The five shades range moody greens to pale pinks to neon lime-yellow. The colors last a looonnnngg time and are pretty fantastic. I am a major fan of Jin Soon polishes because the pigment is there with one or two coats (although Charme requires a third coat to be really intense). They’re not streaky and dry down pretty quickly.
All JINsoon formulas are 5-free and formulated without harsh chemicals such as formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, formaldehyde resin and camphor. The Jin Soon x Tila collection is available at Sephora now.
So Benefit goes hard when it comes to promoting their new releases. Like, they don’t play ANY games. Me being me, I fall for it every. damn. time. I’m a marketer’s wet dream because I will buy (almost) anything for the sake of beauty. Which brings me to their latest launch… Roller Lash ($24) promises to not only lift and curl lashes, but the “instant curve-setting formula holds for 12 hours.” It contains provitamin B5 and serine, known for their lash-conditioning benefits, according to the brand. It has a curved plastic wand which makes applying pretty easy.
As someone with naturally curly lashes I do notice that my lashes look super curled and a bit longer. But only by a smidge. The more I use it, it tends to clump on me. The curls didn’t last long and by mid-morning, I noticed my lashes looking pretty regular.
It’s the basic bitch of mascaras.
I wanted to love this so much. Desperately so after all of the hype and positive reviews from the blogosphere and YouTube universe (YouTubeverse? Not a word). It just didn’t cut it for me, especially when there are so many other mascaras out there that WOW me. It’s okay but not great. I much prefer my mark. Lash Act Build and Define Mascara ($12). Now that’s a mascara.
If you’re keen on trying it, I say pick up a sample at Sephora if you have the chance. Benefit Roller Lash Mascara is available at Sephora and Benefit boutiques.
When NARS releases a new foundation, my ears perk up and I start listening. Intently. It’s rare for me to be disappointed so I fully trust them as a brand.
The new(ish) All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation caught my eye because of their promise: an oil-free foundation that delivers full, natural-looking coverage with one drop. If you’re telling me that ONE DROP is going to make me look ***flawless for 16-hours, I will gladly hand you my coins (in this case NARS took ALL of them – $48!)
Now, NARS recommends applying this with your fingers and when I did that, I hated it. Perhaps it’s my hatred of applying anything with my fingers but I did not like the coverage. The one drop thing also didn’t go over well with me. Now when I applied two drops with a flat top kabuki brush– bellissima!
See. I told you. Gorgeousness all on your computer/mobile screen.
What I loved most was how lightweight this foundation felt. It glided on and although it gave me a full coverage look, I did not look cakey and my skin didn’t feel like it was trapped under a layer of paint. I purchased the shade New Orleans—after going back and forth between it and Benares— since it’s more of a yellow undertone and meshes well with my undertone. I have oily skin and never did I see this break apart on my skin.
Does it last 16 hours? How the hell would I know! I don’t wear my makeup that long but it did last me a decent 10 hours (from work to play) without looking dull or requiring much touch ups. Since I am oily, I noticed a bit of shine along my forehead by the end of the night but I actually liked it since it was more of a glow than straight up oil factory.
Once again I’ve fallen and I can’t get up because of NARS. I actually am replacing my NARS Sheer Matte with this simply because of the lightweight texture. The All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation is available now in stores and online.
Perhaps it’s all of the Coachella Instagram pics and snaps that’s making me reach for Deborah Lippmann’s newest collection for Summer 2015. While most brands are releasing neons and brights for the summer, Lippmann’s Painted Desert ($18 each) consists of four earthy, creamy shades that’ll kick your neutral tone mani up a notch.Inspired by the beauty of the Sahara Desert, these four shades are full coverage with one to two coats and are consistent with Lippmann’s amazing formula. I get a solid 5-6 days wear before I start noticing any chips (I live and die by Seche Vite). The line includes Shifting Shades, a light khaki; Terra Nova, a warm caramel; Desert Moon, a pebble gray; and Love in the Dunes, a purple mauve.
The collection is available now on Deborahlippmann.com. It’ll be available in May on HSN.com, Nordstrom.com and Sephora.com.
Disclosure: samples provided for editorial consideration.