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Holiday 2010 Eye Palette – NARS vs. Dior

Posted by anotherbeautyblogger on October 26, 2010

All week I’ve been planning a post declaring my love for the new Dior Holiday Collection Makeup Palette For The Eyes.  And then last night I came across the new NARS 2010 Holiday Collection and was surprised to see that their new Holiday 2010 Trio Eye Shadow in Okinawa was strikingly similar to the Dior palette.  So I thought we should do a side by side comparison of the two.

As part of their Holiday 2010 Collection, Dior has released Holiday Collection Makeup Palette For The Eyes.  Similar in format to past seasons’ palettes for the eyes, this season’s Palette For The Eyes features 4 iridescent eyeshadows packaged in a simple black compact with stylish quilted stitching.  Colors include shades of midnight blue, gunmetal silver, and white.  Each shadow pan is 0.06 oz (for a total of 0.24 oz).  It’s priced at $44.

For the NARS Holiday 2010 Collection, they have released a Trio Eye Shadow in Okinawa.  Okinawa features bold, pigmented shadows in silver, deep cobalt blue, and black onyx.  It is housed in NARS’ signature black eye shadow compact with a mini mirror.  The total weight on NARS Trio Eye Shadow is 0.17 oz.  It’s priced at $45.

As you can see, both of the palettes from Dior and NARS offer similar shades.  Both can create a beautiful smoky eye.  Both palettes are from prestigious brands and made of quality ingredients.  But there are some differences.

If you’re looking for something with some sparkle or shimmer (and who isn’t during the holiday season), Dior is the way to go.  The iridescent shadows give a sophisticaed shimmer and glow to your look.  NARS, on the other hand, has more of a matte finish.  Definitely not as shimmery, the finish is more flat.  Mind you, it’s not a total matte finish, it’s just not as shimmery as Dior.

Unlike the NARS palette, the Dior palette includes a highlighter.  While the silver shade in the NARS Okinawa palette can certainly be used as a highlighter, I like that the Dior palette offers a highlighter in addition to a silver shade.  I also like the fact that the highlighter in the Dior palette is a white shade.  Silver is beautiful, but a white highlighter has a more substantial impact.

Finally, let’s look at the price.  The NARS Trio Eye Shadow in Okinawa is priced at $45 for 0.17 oz. of product while the Dior Holiday Collection Makeup Palette For The Eyes is priced at $44 for 0.24 oz. of product.  Not only is the Dior palette cheaper, you also get more product.

Ultimately, you can’t go wrong with either the NARS or the Dior palettes.  Both palettes contain similarshades, high quality products, and come from prestigious brands.  I’m sure NARS loyalists will stick with the NARS palette and Dior loyalists will stick with the Dior palette.

Personally, I would have to go with the Dior palette.  I absolutely love Dior’s eye shadows (minus their price).  They offer the perfect amount of shimmer so that they look sophisticated and not cheap.  And the price is right on this palette.  Normally, individual pans of Dior eye shadow (0.07 oz.) are priced at $28 a piece.  So the $44 price tag on this palette really is a deal.

What do you think?  Would you pick the NARS palette or the Dior palette?  Or do you dislike both of them?


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Top Five Thursdays – Top Five Mascaras

Posted by anotherbeautyblogger on June 17, 2010

Happy Thursday!  Just one more day until the weekend.  Thursdays at are Top Five Thursdays.  Every week I’m going to put up a top five list of my favorite beauty products, cosmetics lines, skin care products, eye shadow colors…you get the picture.  These lists are based on my own humble opinion based on my experiences trying tons and tons of beauty products over the years.  So here we go!  I present my Top Five Mascaras.

1.  Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes! – This has been my go-to mascara for at least six years.  This 4-in-1 mascara has been referred to as a “push-up bra for lashes” thanks to its ability to lengthen, curl, volumize, and condition.  No other mascara that I’ve tried has been able to give me such dark, full, and sexy lashes.  It also makes it look like I’m wearing mascara.  Added bonus:  all natural ingredients.

2.  Dior DiorShow – Often touted as the holy grail amongst beauty addicts, every make-up obsessed gal has this weapon in her beauty arsenal.  This mascara lengthens, separates, and voluminizes every lash.  It’s the closest thing to false eyelashes that I have ever tried.  Added bonus:  available in three colors (black, brown, blue).

3.  Bare Escentuals Buxom Mascara – The first thing that caught my attention with this mascara is the brush.  It looks like a catepillar…it’s long, thin, and has lots of little “legs”.  Buxom promises to volumize lashes up to 300% and boy does it deliver.  My lashes look so much longer and fuller with just one coat of Buxom.  It lasts all day with no clumping or flaking.  Added bonus:  all natural ingredients.

4.  Lancome Definicils – The thinner brush in this mascara helps to evenly distribute clump free mascara.  My lashes are very defined whenever I use this mascara.  One minor problem is that sometimes this mascara goes on a little wet.  Couple that with the fact that this mascara is definately a lengthening product and the result is sometimes the wet lashes hit my skin and leave little marks.  Not that big of a deal, just make sure you let your lashes dry before you open your eyes wide.  Added bonus: available if five shades (two blacks, two browns, blue).

5.  Too Faced Lash Injection – Truthfully, I may not have tried this mascara had it not been for a sample that I received at Sephora.  When you hear “Lash Injection” you may be thinking that you’re going to get overly dark, dramatic, sexy eyes.  You would be wrong.  The look you’re left with is a very natural look.  The black shade is not extremely dark.  Your lashes do get lenghtened and are extremely defined, but it’s not a vixeny look.  It is clump-free, flake-free mascara that even withstood a dip in the pool.  Added bonus: the mascara forms little tubes around each eyelash that you can actually see when you take the mascara off.

So there you have it, my top five mascaras at the moment.  What do you think?  Did I leave out your favorite mascara?  Do you hate one of my top fives?  Got an idea for the next Top Five Thursday?  Leave a comment and let me know!

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