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
Mineralogie Mineral Makeup launched their Spring collection for 2014 in August, and I’ve been test driving these products since then.
The collection features two blush duos (Sunset & Riviera, and Harmony & Wallflower), Hustle pressed eyeshadow (a shimmery bronze), Orchid eyeshadow (velvet finish pale lavender), and an unusual lipstick colour for a Spring release- Purple Velvet. There’s a bit of unexpected Vivienne Westwood in this collection I think!
This is the first time I have tried the brand, and I’m pretty happy with the quality so far.
Hustle is a rich bronze with subtle shimmer. It has a soft, finely milled texture and excellent colour payoff. I have worn this as a single eyeshadow blended on the upper lid, as well as part of a night time bronzey smoky eye- it works well both ways and I feel it is quite a versatile product.
It reminds me of the bronzey side of NARS Surabaya Duo, but Hustle is lighter and warmer.
Orchid is one of those eyeshadows that looks very different on an arm swatch compared with what it looks like blended on the eyelids. On the arm, it looks like a super bright lilac pastel. On the eyes it is a more subdued grey lilac- sheer but buildable pigmentation. This makes it a lot more within my comfort zone!
A good shade for Radiant Orchid 2014 Pantone Colour of the Year.
Both Hustle and Orchid stay vivid the entire day on top of my usual Too Faced Shadow Insurance. There is some creasing with Hustle at the 4-5hr mark but otherwise I’m impressed with the longevity and performance of both shadows on my oily lids.
Stay tuned for my review of the Mineralogie Blush Duos and their Purple Velvet lipstick from this collection! Due to be posted 2 days from now.
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Posted by myfunnyvalentine on Sep 23rd, 2014 in Blush, Eye shadow, FOTD, Reviews, Swatches | 107860 comments. Mineralogie+Spring+Collection%3A+Hustle+and+Orchid+Eyeshadow+Review2014-09-23+05%3A30%3A37myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D10786
I was reading this post on one of my favourite beauty blogs ‘Anatomy of Beauty’ last week, and I loved the bright zesty pop of green that Blanka used, made so wearable by the neutral taupe in the crease. I realised that I had not yet touched my MAC Bitter eyeshadow that I had purchased quite some time ago, and decided to take Bitter for a spin on Friday.
Bitter is a velvet finish citron-chartreuse, with sheer to medium pigmentation. I find that I need a matte white base for Bitter to show up properly on the lids- which surprised me after seeing so many super pigmented swatches of Bitter around the internetz. It’s a gorgeous colour, though, and if you’re looking for a delicate chartreuse for Spring- Bitter works wonderfully.
Keep reading after the jump!myfunnyvalentine on Aug 26th, 2014 in Chanel, Eye shadow, FOTD, MAC | 107150 comments. Citron+Pop+with+MAC+Bitter+%2B+Neutral+Face+FOTD2014-08-26+05%3A35%3A58myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D10715
I seem to be having an ongoing love affair with warm eyeshadows this year- since getting my hands on the Charlotte Tilbury The Dolce Vita eyeshadow quad, and the NARS Surabaya Eyeshadow duo, I feel like wearing nothing else but variations on reddish burgundy.
– Too Faced shadow Insurance to prime.
– Matte camel shade from Tom Ford Cocoa Mirage Quad applied all over the top lid with a fluffy brush.
– Becca Eye Tint in Gilt applied to the inner 2/3 of the upper lid, stopping before the crease.
– Yellow toned copper shade from NARS Surabaya Duo (left side) packed on to the inner 1/2 of the upper lid, and blended under inner 1/2 of the bottom lashline.
– Burgundy bronze shade from the right side of Surabaya applied heavily to the outer V, taking colour further out towards the temple, and lightly blended in crease.
– Same burgundy bronze blended under bottom lashline, concentrating colour on the outer 1/2 of bottom lid and connecting to the colour on the top lid.
– Bobbi Brown Espresso Ink Gel Eyeliner to line upper and lower lashline and waterlines.
Chanel Revelation Le Blush Creme de Chanel
Lips:myfunnyvalentine on Aug 20th, 2014 in Eye shadow, FOTD, NARS | 107080 comments. Copper+and+Burgundy+Warm+Smoky+Eye%3A+NARS+Surabaya+FOTD2014-08-20+01%3A11%3A06myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D10708
I feel like it’s been awhile since I’ve done a FOTD makeup post outside of a review, and I think part of that is because I’ve had most of my stash in boxes for the last 6 months.
It’s good to be finally settled in and unpacked after such much moving around. The majority of my beauty things kept in boxes in Sydney have arrived safely, and I’ve got my makeup essentials/favourites arranged neatly in my new Makeup Box Shop acrylic organiser.
There is a tragic side to this story, unfortunately. My favourite lip products (shown together in this post) have gone missing. I painstakingly packaged them in bubble wrap with some other valuables- my backup external hard drive, Phil’s point and shoot camera- and it has all been lost in the move between Melbourne to Canberra (via Sydney). I suppose there’s no point in fretting- don’t lip products have a 2 year expiry anyway?
Do you guys throw out lip products after a certain period, or do you tend to keep your favourite items for years longer than recommended like I do (my working theory is- that if it looks ok and smells ok then it stays).
Keep reading after the jump!Posted by myfunnyvalentine on Jul 7th, 2014 in BECCA, Eye shadow, FOTD, MAC | 105780 comments. Radiant+Orchid+inspired+FOTD%3A+Purple%2C+pink%2C+grey+and+gold.+2014-07-07+07%3A20%3A17myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D10578
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