Hi guys! Today I have a FOTD and two mini-reviews. I usually don’t like to do reviews on color cosmetics if I only have one of an item, but sometimes it’s hard to accumulate more than one of something (or I don’t want to lol) but then I feel like it’s somewhat unfair to do a full blown review without having tried other products of the same type and line. Does that make sense? Maybe I’m just being silly LOL. Anyway, I had to try out the NARS Torrid blush that Thao sent me recently.
|Eyes: MAC Cocomotion, Museum Bronze, Blond’s Gold, UD 24/7 Bourbon; Cheeks: NARS Torrid, Laura Mercier Gilded Garden Shimmer Bloc; Lips: Chanel Egerie|
I forgot to curl my lashes and put on mascara! LOL! I didn’t even realize when I was checking my FOTD pictures on my camera. I just thought “hm, weird, my eyes look less defined and softer than normal today.” LMAO. Does anyone else ever forget to put on mascara?
And so here are the mini reviews for NARS Torrid and Chanel Egerie:
|NARS Torrid blush & swatch|
|NARS Torrid blush||NARS Torrid blush label|
I only have two NARS blushes, and after my first one (Sin), I was not really all that impressed. It seems like I am the only person who isn’t totally enamored of NARS blushes, LOL! I found Sin to be a little chalky and hard to apply evenly. At first I thought it might be the MAC 188 brush I got at the same time, but that works beautifully with all my other blushes, so I guess it must just be Sin. I also tried Orgasm (too shimmery for me) and Deep Throat (too flat for me) and I wasn’t very impressed by them either. I am happy to report that Torrid is much better! It’s really smooth, smoother than Orgasm and Sin by far, and it just glides on with my MAC 188 instead of being patchy. Also, despite the shimmer in the pan, it’s actually not frosty at all on the face, like Orgasm was for me. It restores my faith in NARS blushes and now I want to check out some other colors like Mata Hari and Taj Mahal. Again, thank you so much, Thao! :D
And Chanel Egerie… I love the color of Egerie, I really do. I have been searching for a color like this practically since I started wearing lipstick in Nov. of ’08.
Unfortunately, the Rouge Coco lipsticks really don’t live up to the hype for me. I tried on several of them at Nordstroms when I bought Egerie, and I swatched almost all of them, so I have no reason to believe that the formula of Egerie is significantly different than any of the others. The Rouge Coco lipsticks were marketed as a silky smooth, moisturizing lipstick with a semi-matte finish (at least this was my impression).
I find the Rouge Cocos to be mostly be semi-frosts and much more drying than either of my favorites (the Laura Mercier Stickglosses and Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimiteds, though granted, they’re glossy lipsticks). I *have* to wear balm underneath Egerie and I can only wear it for a few hours before I have to touch up, not because the color fades all that fast but because my lips are drying out. The formula also sinks into my liplines a bit more than I’d like, but it does photograph really well, like the Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimiteds. I definitely prefer not to wear Egerie when my lips are already dry though, as it really emphasizes my lines, and I have chosen not to buy any more Rouge Cocos for the same reason. That being said, I do like how opaque they are (at least most of the ones I tried, including Cambon, Legende, Organdi Rose, etc) and I don’t mind the light rose scent. I would rank these just slightly above the MAC Amplified Cremes, but below the Dior Addict High Shines and Jane Iredale PurMoist Lipsticks in terms of dryness and wear.