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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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NARS Pure Sheer SPF Lip Treatment

Posted by anotherbeautyblogger on June 22, 2010

Summer is here and the fresh-faced less make-up look is everywhere.  Unless you’re a cast member of Jersey Shore, Jerseylicious, or Jersey Couture and you don’t understand what subtle make-up means.  Off topic…did you see that episode of Jerseylicious where two of the girls were unknowingly sent for make-unders, but as soon as they got them they went back to the hotel and proceeded to put pounds of foundation, eyeliner, and bronzer on?  It was too funny.  Okay, back to the post.  One of the things that I love about summer is that cosmetics companies often release new summer friendly products to help create that natural look.  Although, isn’t it funny that we need make-up to create the natural look?  Anyways, NARS has come out with a new summertime lip product to help create the natural look – NARS Pure Sheer SPF Lip Treatment.

Available in six sheer shades (Aurore – Seashell Pink, Paloma – Cantaloupe, Angelique – Strawberry, Greta- Mauve, Lara – Pastel Pink, and Bianca – Pearl), NARS Pure Sheer SPF Lip Treatment is a great summer lip color product.  The sheer shades offer just a hint of color, but the texture is so smooth and creamy that it makes your lips appear more supple.  It is the perfect complement for the natural summertime look.

As I have already said, these are definately sheer shades.  Depending on the natural color of your lips, some of these shades are harder to see on your lips than others.  When I was testing the swatches in the store, many looked gorgeous on my arm but were much more faint on my lips.  Just something to keep in mind, especially if you have naturally darker toned lips.

The staying power of Pure Sheer is below average in my opinion.  I was able to see the color on my lips for about two or three hours.  After that it was time to reapply.  To me, that is not enough staying power to justify the $25 price tag.  Two to three hours is the staying power I expect from a more affordable drugstore brand, not a $25 lip product.

As for the “treatment” claim of this product.  I don’t think it really lives up as a treatment.  While it felt nice on my lips, my lips don’t feel any more moisturized or soft as a result of NARS Pure Sheer SPF Lip Treatment.  My lips weren’t that dry to begin with, so I can’t see this being a saving grace to a chronic dry/chapped lips sufferer.

If you’re a loyal NARS follower, I’m sure you’ll be all over Pure Sheer SPF Lip Treatment.  But at $25 a pop, I think these are a little pricey when there are a number of products that will offer similar results at a fraction of the cost.  I did love the sheer natural color that was left on my lips, but still don’t think that was enough to justify the cost.

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