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.
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Hope you’ve all been well. I’ve just come back from an (awesome) holiday in Thailand and Cambodia- and now facing the madness of work, study, and what my friend Arjun calls “life admin”. It’s about time I did another makeup post!
This look is a work appropriate way to wear a little bit of colour for the neutral lovers amongst us. The green shade and little pop of gold also makes it a nice way to sneak in some Christmas colours- pair with a glossy red if you are feeling particularly festive.
MAC Flourishing e/s
MAC Omega e/s
Benefit Stay Don’t Stray
MAC Bronzing Powder in Bronze
Hope you all have a great Christmas and New Years! xPosted by myfunnyvalentine on Dec 10th, 2014 in FOTD | 109871 commentKhaki%2C+gold%2C+rose-+work+appropriate+Christmas+makeup+FOTD2014-12-10+01%3A31%3A53myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D10987
As you can probably tell from my knit on knit attire, it was not spring at the time that I took these FOTD photos- it was in the middle of winter, making it 2 months floundering in my drafts folder (bad, bad blogger!). The colours are good for spring/summer though! Molten metallics aren’t part of my usual neutral (*ahem* boring) repertoire, so I thought it would be fun to try something like the golden burgundy reddish eye look that Pat McGrath created for Gucci Spring/Summer 2014 fashion week.
I adapted it to be more wearable for every day by adding eyeliner and using a slightly more muted shade of reddish burgundy.
- Too Faced Shadow Insurance to prime
- MAC pigment in Gold applied with a flat brush to the central upper lid area, stopping before the crease, then blended inwards.
- Charlotte Tilbury The Dolce Vita quad: I used the burgundy shade blended in the outer V and dragged outwards towards the temples. I also applied some of this shade in the outer 1/3rd of the bottom lashline.
- MAC Mystery eyeshadow (dark matte brown) blended just above the lashline on the top lid, and just below the lashline on the bottom lid in the outer third to deepen the colour in the outer V area.
- light dusting of Illamasqua Naked Rose blusher
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Sunset/Riviera- Sunset is a apricot toned brown shade with medium pigmentation. It works well as a bronzer and for contouring. Riviera is a pale peach colour with sheer pigmentation.
Harmony/Wallflower- Harmony is a pale matte pink which leans cool. It has sheer pigmentation. Wallflower is a medium coral pink with high pigmentation.
Sunset and Wallflower both have great longevity and pigmentation- I have been wearing these together (Sunset to contour and Wallflower on the apples of my cheeks) for long days at work and they’ve both lasted really well to the end of the day. This combo is worn on the full face image above.
Mineralogie Purple Velvet lipstick (RRP $38.00)is not for the faint of heart. It is a full on dark grape purple with a metallic finish- wear it with confidence or don’t wear it at all. Personally, I don’t think I could pull off this lippy- perhaps to a 90s dress up party, but not for everyday.
Pigmentation is medium but buildable- although it does tend to apply a little patchy, particularly if you’re lips are a bit dry- this is one of those lipsticks that you need to prep your lips for.
Purple Velvet is a limited edition release.
For a review of the rest of the Minerologie Spring 2014 Collection, see my previous post.
note: these products were sent by PR for review. For more details on my editorial policy see PR tab.Posted by myfunnyvalentine on Sep 25th, 2014 in FOTD, Reviews, Swatches | 108511 commentMinerologie+Spring%3A+New+Blush+Duos+and+Purple+Velvet+Lipstick2014-09-25+02%3A51%3A44myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D10851
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.
note: products were provided for consideration by PR.
note: these products were sent by PR for review. For editorial policy see PR tab.
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
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