I haven’t been keeping up with the holiday collections at all lately (let’s face it- I’ve never been good at that), so when I had a look/swatch at the NARS stand over the weekend, it was the first time I had seen any of the ‘Laced With Edge’ holiday 2014 collection. When I swatched Gabon, it was instant love.
NARS says.. ” A new formulation in limited edition shades, created exclusively for the NARS LACED WITH EDGE Holiday Color Collection, Hardwired Eyeshadow redesigns NARS’ iconic powdered pigments with intense iridescence for a new feminine dimension.”
Gabon is a powder eyeshadow with a dark greyish khaki base, a metallic olive sheen, and some gold micro glitter that looks beautiful when it catches the light. I found it difficult to capture the complexity of Gabon with the available lighting in my apartment, so you’ll just need to use your imagination here.
Swatches of various shimmery olive eyeshadows for comparison: (from left)- NARS Gabon, Urban Decay Dark Horse, olive shade from the Dior Bonne Etoile quad, MAC Sumptious Olive.
Pigmentation is excellent, and Gabon applies fairly easily onto the lid – it’s not quite as buttery as the shadows in Surabaya Duo, but softer than many of NARS’ other offerings (e.g. the rose colour in Grand Palais Eyeshadow Duo, and the dark colour in NARS Dogon Eyeshadow Duo) . The gold microshimmer disappears a little after blending, so I like to pat a little bit more product with a flat brush right at the end.
Longevity is about average for a powder eyeshadow on my oily lids, and crease resistance is above average. Slight fading after about 4 hrs, noticable fading after 6hours; slight creasing at 6-8 hours.
Read more after the jump!myfunnyvalentine on Mar 2nd, 2015 in Eye shadow, FOTD, NARS, Reviews, Swatches | 110400 comments. NARS+Gabon+Hardwired+Eyeshadow+Review+and+FOTD2015-03-01+23%3A58%3A24myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D11040
“Lancôme went in search of colour where it expresses its purest radiance, at the heart of roses, by developing a colorimetric extraction technique to recreate their vibrant colours in lipstick. Radiantly luminous and pigment-infused colour is “extracted” from the very heart of each flower. Thus the world’s most beautiful flowers become a genuine source of lipstick shades
Each petal undergoes chromatic analysis to reproduce its exact shade using a spectrophotometer, which is a photosensitive cell coupled with a computer, recording the light reflected by the rose petals. Thus converted into colorimetric values, this data is then used to faithfully reproduce the roses’ true colours.”
The Mythical Roses collection from Lancôme was released at the end of January this year, and I was fortunate enough to try one of the 10 shades from this collection ahead of release. Bengale Rose looks like a straight up true red in the tube, but on the lips it’s a bright corally tangerine. It has a glossy, slightly translucent finish- which makes it very much a spring/summer colour. I think it would spectacular on pale, cool toned complexions- on my Asian olive skin it has a bit of a k-pop feel to it (I’m not a fan of the k-pop look on myself, but there are plenty who will love this look).
The L’Absolue Rouge in Bengale Rose is surprisingly long wearing- the glossiness wears off after about an hour, but a persistent (and fairly waterproof) coral stain that stays put for 4+ hours, so this would work quite well on days when you don’t have time to reapply. On the lips, it feels lightweight and is non-drying.
I love the look of Comtesse de Ségur Rose (dusty rose pink), Amnésia Rose (taupish rose), Black Pearl Rose (deep crimson)- will need to have a play with these in person.
Swatches from left: Illamasqua Box (close to true red- for comparison), Lancome Bengale Rose, NARS Heat Wave, Illamasqua Soaked lipstick.
Keep reading after the jump!myfunnyvalentine on Feb 16th, 2015 in Lipstick, Reviews | 110200 comments. Lanc%C3%B4me+L%27Absolue+Rouge+Mythical+Roses%3A+Bengale+Rose+review2015-02-16+01%3A21%3A00myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D11020
The Daniel O’Connell gastropub in North Adelaide takes the concept of traditional Irish fare with a creative twist to daring lengths. They also went to town with their drinks menu- their ‘Old Fashioned’ uses bacon infused bourbon, and their ‘A Sangre Fria’ Mary uses vintage sirloin washed vodka (I enjoyed that! Like a chilled raw soup in a glass. Strange, but delicious,).
Phil and our friend Jeff shared a Sunday Roast for two, and I ordered the vintage sirloin with leeks, spring onions, and whipped fat. The boys picked the hits, and I picked a miss. Bugger. Their roast beef was perfect. I picked the more interesting dish, but found that the flavours didn’t sit well with me- pickled spring onions (supposed to be inspired by kimchi), smelt like feet; and the cold whipped fat tasted was exactly as it sounds, now that I think about it.
Apart from my meal, everything else was gorgeous. The interiors, the atmosphere, the service, the interesting drinks- all thumbs up.
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