Product Reviews by Bloodorange

Lipstick - NARS Cosmetics - Audacious Lipstick - Barbara

2.0
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Jul/25/2018

This lipstick reminded me why I generally steer clear of Nars lippies.

Much like the acclaimed Dolce Vita shade years ago, Barbara pulls darker on me than expected, a lot warmer and very muddy. On top of that, although not labeled as a matte, this stuff has a very matte finish despite its creamy feel and therefore accentuates lines.

If you like your "nudes" a bit …
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Eye Shadow - MAC Cosmetics - Eye Shadow - Vanilla

2.0
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Oct/23/2016

This shade should do great things for my eyeshadow palette giving my coloring (NW20 or a bit lighter), even better than my HG Blanc Type, which makes a great base shadow, highlight or all-round cleaner-upper of other shadows when they get muddy or blah.

But Vanilla itself goes on barely visible; to make any impact requires too much product and looks very powdery. Not worth the purchase …
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Liquid - Giorgio Armani - Luminous Silk Foundation

3.0
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Oct/22/2016

I certainly wanted to love this, after dabbling in Armani lipsticks and being blown away by the Fluid Sheer liquid highlighter. (Tip to cool, fair girls: it works on its own!)

The coverage is good--a bit more than medium, I'd say. The finish is neither chalky nor greasy, but given the heaviness of this product, I wouldn't want to wear it every day.

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Eye Shadow - MAC Cosmetics - Eyeshadow - Blanc Type

5.0
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Oct/21/2016

OK, now I'm really mad at MAC. Many of their shadows look great in the pan but go on blotchy or blah. This one goes one smooth, creamy and true, and is the top performer of my MAC palette, which I pull out all the time for use with other palettes too ... as a shadow base for my light, cool lids, or to brighten/clean up other shadows.

I recently dropped the palette and this one …
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Eye Shadow - MAC Cosmetics - Pro Longwear Paint Pot - Painterly

4.0
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Oct/12/2016

Excellent product as a "canvas" for eyeshadow, or even on its own to brighten the eyelids. Until I tried this product under powder shadow, I never truly realized how much upper lid color imperfections detracted from the impact of shadow applied to my deepset eyes. I'm about an NW20 and the tone is perfect used either way.

My only criticism was also mentioned by a …
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Palettes - NARS Cosmetics - And God Created the Woman Set (LE) [DISCONTINUED]

4.0
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Jul/08/2016

Broke down and bought this for a reasonable price on Amazon, after hesitating based on various Nars palette reviews warning that color payoff can be reduced compared to the singles & duos.

Well, not in this case. This is a great set, with each shade offering reasonable coverage and delightful texture. As others have noted, there's a good balance of matte and shimmer, warm-ish …
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Lipstick - Dior - Rouge Dior Nude 263 Swan

4.0
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Nov/03/2014

This product occupies a wonderful place in the color spectrum of lipstick--light and cool without veering into the purple realm. I think of it as simply pale and pink rather than nude because it's not at all beige and one swipe reliably brightens my face, even without dramatic eyes to balance the "nude." For reference I'm between MAC NW20 and NW25.

The texture is …
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Blush - Laura Mercier - Second Skin, Barely Pink

3.0
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Nov/03/2014

I was disappointed with this color. I have the Second Skin in Rose Petal and was looking for something lighter, and hoping for something cooler. For reference I'm between MAC NW20 and NW25.

The surprise after reading many reviews of this product, looking at swatches, seeing it in the pan, etc. is that after wearing for a couple of days and looking at the results in different …
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