Makeup


Nars Exposed Collection is giving me Spring feels, I know there is snow prediction this coming weekend (hopefully the last one for this season) before I start wearing bright and beautiful colors – both for outfits and my makeup. Nars Exposed Collection is just in time to be ready for spring and summer. The collection is just so beautiful, the packaging is beyond gorgeous. Nars Exposed Collection is a limited edition collection comprising of Exposed Cheek Palette and three Explicit Color Lip Duo.

Nars Exposed Cheek Palette, Explicit Color Lip Duo

Exposed Cheek Palette has six universally flattering shades with sheer-to-buildable coverage. The palette has a beautiful collection of luminous neutral and bright shades which will look beautiful on all skin tones, just a little different on how it shows on different skin tones.

Nars Exposed Cheek Palette, Explicit Color Lip Duo

The formula is lightweight, applies smoothly, and blends in easily. The formula is pigmented, I would recommend starting with a light hand then build it as per the finish needed. The shades and formula do not look flat but vibrant and fresh on the skin. The formula can also be worked as dry or wet, based on how intense finish you need. The finish is satiny radiant fresh complexion with a hint of colour.

Nars Exposed Cheek Palette, Explicit Color Lip Duo

All six shades in the palette are new. The shades from top left to right are described below:

Tell All – Pearlescent golden pink

Now Or Never – Satin terracotta

Give It away – Satin nude

Make You Mine – Satin peach

Come Hither – Satin watermelon

New Fling – Satin fuchsia

Nars Exposed Cheek Palette, Explicit Color Lip Duo

Explicit Color Lip Duo is a limited edition mini lip duo featuring Velvet Matte Lip Pencil and Glossy Lip Tint. I love Velvet Matte Lip Pencil formula in general and do have few shades in my bag, they are comfortable to wear, the formula is quite pigmented and good staying time.

Nars Exposed Cheek Palette, Explicit Color Lip Duo

Glossy Lip Tint is something I have not tried before, it feels like a glossy tinted lip balm which is sheer and compliments pretty well over the velvet matte lip pencil. The duos have one to one match of shades, means there are three ways the duos can be used, each alone or together. The lip duos in pink, nude and red schemes featuring classic shades Sex Machine, Intriguing and Dragon Girl.

Sex Machine – Pink Mauve

Intriguing – Rose Pink

Dragon Girl – Vivid Siren Red

Nars Exposed Cheek Palette, Explicit Color Lip Duo

The Dragon Girl duo is the boldest shade in the collection, Intriguing and Sex Machine look beautiful for everyday wear.

Nars Exposed Cheek Palette, Explicit Color Lip Duo

Overall, an amazing collection with very much wearable products and shades, perfect for spring and for all year round. Exposed Cheek Palette is available at Sephora, Hudson’s BayNordstrom,  Murale, and narscosmetics.ca while Explicit Color Lip Duo is available at Nordstrom and narscosmetics.ca

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Laura Mercier Flawless Lumière Radiance-Perfecting Foundation is the new foundation from Laura Mercier which launched this year. I am all about glow when it comes to base makeup, the glowy, dewy skin is my go-to always. I do like Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Ultra-Longwear Foundation which I reviewed in the past here. If you see the packaging of both foundations, the striking difference is the cover of the foundation. The shape and size of the foundation bottle are the same. The bottle of the Flawless fusion ultra-long wear foundation is matte glass with brown cover while the Flawless Lumiere is a glossy shiny bottle with shiny nickel cover. Both foundations feel very lightweight and the coverage is amazing while the major visible difference is the finish.

Laura Mercier Flawless Lumière Radiance-Perfecting Foundation

Laura Mercier Flawless Lumière Radiance-Perfecting Foundation is a lightweight foundation which gives medium coverage buildable to full coverage. The finish of the foundation is naturally luminous. I use a pump or two of the foundation for a medium coverage which I usually prefer most of the days when I am working. The foundation blends in beautifully into the skin and looks like second skin. It does not look or feels cakey or heavy on my combination skin. It does not accentuate my dry areas on the skin but is hydrating.

Laura Mercier Flawless Lumière Radiance-Perfecting Foundation

The staying time of the foundation is impressive, almost same as the flawless fusion ultra long wear (which has a matte finish). For me, the foundation stays good with a light touch up of powder on my oily areas, which I usually don’t do much, for over 10 hours which I have tested it for. I did not notice any oxidization of the foundation on my skin tone. It lasted well on my skin with or without primer, there was no major difference in the time. My shade is Tawny 4W1.5 which is for medium skin tones having warm undertones.

Laura Mercier Flawless Lumière Radiance-Perfecting Foundation

The shade range has 30 shades ranging from light to dark and with cool, neutral, and warm undertones. I have swatched all the shades of the foundation in the pictures below and also described them below:

1C0 Cameo – very fair with cool undertones

1C1 Shell – fair with cool undertones

1N1 creme – fair with neutral undertones

1N2 Vanille – fair to light with neutral undertones

1W1 Ivory – fair with warm undertones

2C1 Ecru – light with cool undertones

2N1 Cashew – light with neutral undertones

2N1.5 Beige, 2N2 Linen – light with neutral undertones

2W1 Macadamia – light with warm undertones

2W1.5 Bisque – light with warm undertones

2W2 Butterscotch – light with warm undertones

Laura Mercier Flawless Lumière Radiance-Perfecting Foundation

3C1 Dune – medium with cool undertones

3N1 Buff – medium with neutral undertones

3N1.5 Latte – light-medium with neutral undertones

3N2 Honey – medium with neutral undertones

3W1 Dusk – medium with warm undertones

3W2 Golden – medium with warm undertones

4C1 Praline – medium with cool undertones

4N1 Suntan – tan with neutral undertones

4W1 Maple – tan with warm undertones

4W1.5 Tawny – medium with warm undertones

4W2 Chai – tan with warm undertones

Laura Mercier Flawless Lumière Radiance-Perfecting Foundation

5C1 Nutmeg – medium deep with cool undertones

5N1 Pecan – medium deep with neutral undertones

5N2 Hazelnut – medium-deep with neutral undertones

5W1 Amber – medium-deep with warm undertones

6N1 Truffle – deep with neutral undertones

6N2 Espresso – deep with neutral undertones

6W1 Ganache – deep with warm undertones

Laura Mercier Flawless Lumière Radiance-Perfecting Foundation

The foundation applies nicely with a buffing brush, makeup sponge, especially the one newly launched by the brand called Flawless Finish Makeup Sponge which is an s-shaped sponge that is designed to provide an even laydown for flawless application. I have noticed the absorption of the product is pretty less with this makeup sponge.

Laura Mercier Flawless Lumière Radiance-Perfecting Foundation vs ultra long wear

The shape of this sponge allows easy application of the foundation around the edges of the nose, and apply concealer under eyes smoothly. It can be used for multiple purposes in the makeup application routine after applying foundation with it, to blend concealer, apply powder over concealer or for baking, blending the contour.

Laura Mercier Flawless Lumière Radiance-Perfecting Foundation

The foundation and sponge duo are definitely amazing launches from Laura Mercier that you need to check. Laura Mercier products are available at Sephora Canada, Sephora, Holt RenfrewSaks Fifth AvenueNordstromSpaceNK, and Net-A-Porter.

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Marc Jacobs Beauty is one of the brands which I have on rotation in my everyday routine, whether it is their highliner, lipstick, eye primer, or mascara. I have few products which I have been testing on and off since last few weeks. They include the new Velvet Primer- Epic Lash Primer, Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara, Le Marc Lip Creme, Eye Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette, Under Cover Eye Perfecting Coconut Eye Primer, Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter and ‘The Face III’ Buffing Foundation Brush.

Velvet Primer- Epic Lash Primer is the newest launch from the brand which you might have seen all over Instagram. It is defined as an ultra-plush lash primer with a conditioning base that maximizes the benefits of any mascara for lashes that look longer, fuller and more dramatic. This is an interesting product for me, I have tried many face primers, eye primers, but this is a first for me to try an eyelash primer. This primer gives full treatment for lashes that feel luxuriously soft and healthy, not brittle or dry. It also helps prevent your mascara from flaking.  I have used it a few times and it does work, it makes my long lashes even longer like I am wearing false lashes. It does not work alone but with mascara on top. The wand works nicely to apply this primer.

Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara is not something I have used for the first time but have used it in the past and I like it. With the Velvet Primer for lash, the duo gives volumized look and dramatic finish to the lashes. This lash-maximizing, curvy brush in this volumizing mascara places the most volume at the hard-to-reach centre lash line, and the defining tip styles lashes for major drama. The ultra-concentrated black pigment delivers the greatest visual impact, and the flash volume complex creates instant, smudge-free length and volume in three strokes or less. The colour is a rich velvety black which I like.

Le Marc Lip Creme is the same creamy, moisturizing, long-lasting formula which I reviewed in the past and also in the post here. The shades I have swatched are below:

202 Goddess – Classic Red

210 Blow – Burgundy Red

286 Sugar and Spice – Bold Berry Red

Eye Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette in Fantascene 790 – Sensual Nudes and Shimmering Pops has a long-wearing eyeshadow formula as the other Marc Jacobs Beauty eyeshadow palettes, the last I reviewed here. The eyeshadow formula is very easy to work with, is very smooth, and pigmented. It blends easily, even the matte shades. The shades are buildable to high intensity.  This is one of my favourite palettes with a gorgeous collection of shades. It will be suitable for most of the skin tones and ages, to create a simple neutral to glamorous eye looks.

Under Cover Eye Perfecting Coconut Eye Primer is a luxurious, crease-proof eye primer formulated with coconut extracts to lock in colour for up to 12 hours. For my oily lids, I do enjoy this eye primer. It glides on effortlessly with a creamy, lightweight texture, and helps even skin tone, intensifying eyeshadow for gorgeous payoff in every stroke. A little dot is all you need for both eyes, dries quickly, and the packaging is so beautiful. I have noticed minimal end-of-the-day creasing on my eyelids.

‘The Face III’ Buffing Foundation Brush is a brush for buffing the liquid foundation onto the skin to give a natural flawless airbrushed finish. The brush is so soft and works nicely for all creamy liquid products, it may be a primer or foundation. The innovative brush head and its blend-friendly synthetic bristles sweep foundation evenly across skin’s curves and contours for an expert, full-coverage finish. I have experienced no shedding of the bristles.

Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter is inspired by Marc Jacobs’s love of coconut water and the glow of youthful, radiant, well-hydrated skin, this luminous gel-cream instantly lights up the complexion. It can be used to highlight skin directly or mix this concentrated luminizer with foundation and primer to transform them into illuminating elixirs. This gel highlighter builds for the ultimate sheen, and the sensual golden-peach hue flatters all skin tones with warm radiance.

Apart from all the glow, it does nourish the skin with some nice hydrating ingredients. For me, it is perfect for the evening parties or weekends when applying directly on top of my makeup. Mixing a drop with my primer and then applying foundation over it gives a glowy base which does work out for the day application. And for sure I can not wait to take this highlighter with me on my next holiday.

The products are definitely worth checking out, be their formula, comfort and ease of use or the packaging. Marc Jacobs Beauty is available at Sephora.ca, Sephora, NordstromNeiman Marcus.

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