FOTD: NARS Torrid & Chanel Egerie

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

Chanel Egerie

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.

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29 Responses to “FOTD: NARS Torrid & Chanel Egerie”

  1. amynaree says:

    love your FOTD, very cute and fresh! i hate it when i forget a step in my FOTD as well, it’s usually mascara for me too! sorry the Rouge Coco’s didn’t live up to the hype for you but I guess that’s a good thing because they are pretty pricey for a lipstick :)
    .-= amynaree´s last blog ..Review: Diorskin Nude Skin Perfecting Hydrating Concealer and possible dupe! =-.

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    Catherine responds:

    Thanks! And LOL, I’ve totally done it a ton of times before but usually I catch myself before I leave the apartment hahaha.

    & yeaaaaa. It’s ok. Lots of things don’t work out for me but Egerie is pretty enough to keep since it’s the exact color I’ve been wanting. I hear the Rouge Allures are much more moisturizing though…..

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  2. jen says:

    The lipstick has that “dewiness’ to it. I know people usually describe dewy in terms of on the skin but it has that slight sheen to it, which i love :) It’s hard to compare Chanel to any drugstore lipsticks because of that extra oil they have. I really like the shade too :) So feminine, and pretty.

    The blush is also so gorgeous! :)
    .-= jen´s last blog ..Pacific Blues =-.

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    Catherine responds:

    Haha. Well, the Chanel lipstick is actually quite dry in texture (though not nearly as drying as it feels at first). Most of the shades have a good amount of frost though, which I think is what makes them photograph so dewy and smooth.

    And oh, I didn’t compare the Rouge Cocos to any drugstore lipsticks. All the ones I compared it to are high end or boutique. Though I have to say… I liked the formula of the Covergirl Trushines better than a LOT of lipsticks I have! I wish they weren’t discontinued!

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  3. Fantastic photo!! I need to revisit Torrid. As for Rouge Cocos, I have fallen for the hype and you do bring up good points. They are not super moisturizing as advertised. That said, I do really love them and am a bit addicted (my wallet is crying). Love reading your reviews!!
    .-= Michelle (LipstickRules)´s last blog ..This is why I love lipstick =-.

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    Catherine responds:

    Thanks Michelle! Torrid is so pretty! It’s a perfect spring color. I want to see a FOTD from you. =P

    & hahaha, no I think I am just particularly unfortunate to have SUCH DRY LIPS!! I’m sure most people will wear them just fine since I even find MAC lustres to be ridiculously drying. But hehe, which ones have you picked up so far? And have you tried out the Rouge Allures yet? I’ve heard those are more moisturizing…

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  4. Jess says:

    First of all, I really enjoy your way of reviewing a product. They are always so well written, and discuss various aspects, which I wouldn’t have thought of, but really points out the main issue! Keep up the great work, Catherine!

    Next, I love your FOTD a lot! The gold/brown combo looks so pretty and Chanel Rouge Coco Egerie completes the look perfectly, somehow brightening your whole complexion! Egerie really looks amazing on you!

    I’ve also swatched all Rouge Cocos, and also tried on quite a few, but at the end, there was no single color that was able to convince me. I don’t know, all the shades looked kinda flat on me, and makes me look super old-fashioned, haha… You are right, the texture is not as good as Chanel claims, haha…
    .-= Jess´s last blog ..Love from Catherine + FOTD : Soft Vintage Chic + Outfit Of The Day =-.

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    Catherine responds:

    Thanks! I try to be thorough. =)

    & thank you! I don’t love the formula, but I do really really love the color of Egerie. It’s so perfect – I had been searching high and low for this exact color for over a year! Can you believe it?

    & ITA. Have you tried out the Rouge Allures? I haven’t yet, but I’ve heard that they’re more moisturizing than the Rouge Cocos.

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  5. Nikki says:

    I always forget to curl my lashes and put on mascara. Once I was doing this tutorial for a look and there I went taking photos mINUS the curled lashes and mascara!! !:)
    .-= Nikki´s last blog ..AMW Reviews: Maybelline Volum’ Express Magnum Waterproof Mascara =-.

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    Catherine responds:

    Hehehe, I do it all the time too! But usually I catch myself before I actually leave the apartment LOL!

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  6. I love your posts, you always put so many pretty pictures in them! Nars Torrid looks very good on you, I think my fave blush on you is still Parasol lol. that one was supa gorgeous. I love your EOTD, idk if it’s my computer screen doing this, but the gold and brown has this almost olive tone which looks cool. I always have that issue with lipsticks. Even with the moisturizing ones, I eventually have to wipe it off, reapply lipbalm, and then reapply the lipstick because my lips get dry.
    .-= makeup morsels´s last blog ..Miscellaneous Monday Morsels 5/10 =-.

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    Catherine responds:

    Hahaha, thanks! I actually feel like I never have enough pictures! I know I’m very verbose so I try to break up the text with pictures as much as possible so I’m not too much of a bore LOL.

    & you’re right! I think Museum Bronze definitely has an olive tone in it. I really like wearing it with taupes too. :D

    & … so I will send you something you need to try in the somewhat near future. =)

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    makeup morsels responds:

    nopee you’ve got a good balance of pics+words going on there. hehehe very vague! I will respond with a vague mmmmm :)
    .-= makeup morsels´s last blog ..Fave Face Brush =-.

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  7. Lulu says:

    haha yes that’s me! forget mascara all the freaking time, sometimes i wonder why i bother buying mascara! hahahahaha

    I have never tried chanel lippies before, must get my hands on one one day, hahaha
    .-= Lulu´s last blog ..Finished Products in April =-.

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    Catherine responds:

    LOL! I do it all the time too but usually I catch myself before I walk out the door! I couldn’t believe I TOTALLY forgot this time!

    & heeheehee. I think most people will love the Rouge Cocos. I have really dry lips so I’m particularly picky. =)

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  8. Dina (XYYan) says:

    Sometimes I even purposely don’t curl my eyelashes and put on mascara, haha… I’m just too lazy :p
    The blush looks so natural on you!
    .-= Dina (XYYan)´s last blog ..Weekend in Singapore =-.

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    Catherine responds:

    LOL! I admit I can’t really go without mascara. As you can see, my lashes point straight down!

    & thanks! I was afraid it might be too shimmery at first, but it’s not at all!

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  9. fuz says:

    Agree Chanel lipsticks don’t live up to the hype, I was disappointed when I got them. Love Torrid on you!!!
    .-= fuz´s last blog ..♥ Fleur de Lis ♥ =-.

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    Catherine responds:

    Hey Fuz! Have you tried the Rouge Allures yet? I’ve heard they’re nicer than the Rouge Cocos… I haven’t tried any yet. & thanks! :D

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    fuz responds:

    Yes, I’ve tried that before, also not that great… at least I think they’re way worse than Dior’s lippies. :P
    .-= fuz´s last blog ..♥ Fleur de Lis ♥ =-.

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    Catherine responds:

    ORLY? Aww, I wasn’t even that impressed by Dior’s lol. Thanks for letting me know! :D

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  10. may says:

    I really like you FOTD, very pretty and great for the summer:) Egerie is such a beautiful color but, too bad Chanel lipicks don’t live up to the hype. What a bummer!
    .-= may´s last blog ..Happy New Year! =-.

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    Catherine responds:

    Thanks! :D

    Yea, the only reason I’m keeping Egerie is because it is the most perfect coral I’ve been looking for for FOREVER!! (Well, at least over a year!) Otherwise I don’t think the formula is worth $32+tax. But, I will say, I have ridiculously dry lips and am extremely picky about my lip products so I think most people will really like them lol. I can’t wear MAC lustres at all, so that gives you an idea of how sensitive my lips are. =/

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  11. Jian says:

    Thanks for letting us know about the Chanel lippie! It’s so pretty though..sorry to hear it didn’t live up to your expectations!

    Your FOTD is really pretty. The blush really suits you! And actually I agree, your eyes do look softer!!

    I don’t forget to wear mascara. I make a conscious decision not to apply it most days since I wear glasses and there is nothing I despise more than those little black flakes on the inside of my glasses. They get stuck between the lens and the plastic frame and are a pain in the arse to remove..I don’t know if you understand my pain?

    However, if I’m not wearing glasses, I can’t not wear lashings of mascara and plenty of eyeliner otherwise I look like I have no eyes!
    .-= Jian´s last blog ..Review: MAC Studio Finish Concealer SPF 35 in NC20 & Video Review of Clarisonic PLUS =-.

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    Catherine responds:

    Hahaha, well I should add the disclaimer that I do have ridiculously dry, sensitive lips so I’m a bit more picky about my lip products than most people. I can’t wear MAC lustres at all and I know a lot of people love them and think they’re wonderfully moisturizing lol.

    Thanks! I am really loving coral blush lately. :D

    & aww. What mascara are you using? I wear glasses everyday, but I’ve actually never had flaking with any mascara… o_O;

    & LOL. You’re too hard on yourself – I’m sure your eyes are beautiful. =)

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  12. Blair says:

    Yes, I ALWAYS forget to wear mascara!!!

    I need me some NARS blushes! Terrible that we don’t NARS here (it seems that I always complain that something isn’t sold here =.=) :(

    Torrid looks gorgeous on you! :)
    .-= Blair´s last blog ..Japan & US Love =-.

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    Catherine responds:

    Dude! LOL! I do it all the time actually, but usually I catch myself before I walk out the door in the morning! LOL!

    & hahaha, awwwww. Sorry about the NARS. Hope you can try them – some of the colors are really gorgeous even though I think the textures are a little hit or miss.

    Thank you! :D

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  13. sarah says:

    sad that the chanel lipsticks aren’t so great as they seem to be.. ah.. well. at least the nars blush worked out for you! :)
    .-= sarah´s last blog ..Canadian Brand Makeup =-.

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    Catherine responds:

    Yea, I’ve heard the Rouge Allures are much more moisturizing. I do have ridiculously stupid dry lips though… haha.

    & dude I’m so happy the NARS blushes finally clicked for me! :D

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