Top Beauty Items of 2013.

Top Beauty Items of 2013.

Top Beauty Items of 2013.

Another year has flown by and we are always left with this overwhelming feeling of contemplation. Reflection, regret and resolutions seem to dominate our consciousness during this time of year.  However, when it comes to beauty purchases, reflection can be helpful, regret is useless and I solemnly swear to be a resolute consumer of all beauty items that make me smile 🙂  I hope you enjoy my Top Beauty Items of 2013.

Top Facial Primer:

Koh Gen Do Makeup Color Base in Yellow.

Koh Gen Do Makeup Color Base in Yellow (photo courtesy of sephora.com) here.

Top Foundation:

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation in 3N1 (here).

Top Setting/Finishing Powder:

Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder .

Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder (here).

Top Powder Bronzer:

Laura Mercier Ritual Bronzer.

Laura Mercier Ritual Bronzer (LE) (here).

Top Cream Bronzer:

RMS Beauty Buriti Bronzer.

RMS Beauty Buriti Bronzer (here).

Top Powder Highlighter:

Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder in Highlight 01 swatched heavily and blended out.

Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder in Highlight 01 swatched heavily and blended out (here).

Top Cream Highlighter:

RMS Beauty Living Luminizer.

RMS Beauty Living Luminizer (here).

Top Powder Blush:

Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush 10 Beige.

Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush 10 Beige (here).

Top Cream Blush:

Chanel Destiny 61 Le Blush Creme de Chanel.

Chanel Destiny 61 Le Blush Creme de Chanel (here).

Top Liquid Liner:

Top Cream Eyeshadows/Liners:

Long Wearing Cream Formulas L-R:  L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Bottomless Java, Estee Lauder Double Wear Bronze Cream Shadow, Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill in #6, Laura Mercier Eye Canvas in EC-3, YSL #7 Cream Liner, Bobbi Brown Cobalt Ink gel liner (reviewed here), Clinique Black Honey Gel Liner, Inglot #90, Chanel Stylo Eyeshadows in Moon River (reviewed here) and Black Stream, MAC Powerchrome Pencils in Life’s Luxery (reviewed here) and Copper Strip (reviewed here).

Long Wearing Cream Formulas L-R:
L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Bottomless Java (here), Estee Lauder Double Wear Bronze Cream Shadow, Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill in #6, Laura Mercier Eye Canvas in EC-3 (here), YSL #7 Cream Liner, Bobbi Brown Cobalt Ink gel liner (here), Clinique Black Honey Gel Liner, Inglot #90, Chanel Stylo Eyeshadows in Moon River (here) and Black Stream, MAC Powerchrome Pencils in Life’s Luxury (here) and Copper Strip (here).

Top Mascara:

L'Oreal Telescopic Mascara.

L’Oreal Telescopic Mascara.

Top Lipstick Formula:

Shiseido Lacquer Rouge: L-R:  RD501, RD305, RS404, RD314, RD702, RD203.

Shiseido Lacquer Rouge:
L-R: RD501, RD305, RS404, RD314, RD702, RD203 (here).

Top Nail Color:

Dior Minut Diorific Vernis Nail Polish.

Dior Minut Diorific Vernis Nail Polish (here).

Top Brushes:

Top Brushes 2013: Tom Ford Bronzer Brush, Tom Ford Cheek Brush, Tom Ford Foundation Brush, Philosophy Supernatural Airbrush Brush, Wayne Goss Brush 02, Billy B. Brush Set.

Top Brushes 2013:
Tom Ford Bronzer Brush (here), Tom Ford Cheek Brush (here), Tom Ford Foundation Brush (here), Philosophy Supernatural Airbrush Brush, Wayne Goss Brush 02 (here), Billy B. Brush Set (reviewed here).

Top Original Set:

Nars Guy Bourdin Fling Lip Set Content:  Damage Lipstick, Roman Holiday Lipstick, Dolce Vita Velvet Matte Lip Pencil, Baroque Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil.

Nars Guy Bourdin Fling Lip Set Content:
Damage Lipstick, Roman Holiday Lipstick, Dolce Vita Velvet Matte Lip Pencil, Baroque Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil (here).

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you 2013 was a stellar year for makeup and I look forward to the many more cosmetics goodies in 2014.  What are some of your favorite products from this past year?   In the meanwhile, I would like to wish each and everyone a very Happy and Healthy New Year!  Be well and stay safe.

-Maria

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Nars Fling Lip Set review and photos.

Nars Guy Bourdin Fling Lip Set.

Nars Fling Lip Set.

Nars Guy Bourdin Fling Lip Set Content:  Damage Lipstick, Roman Holiday Lipstick, Dolce Vita Velvet Matte Lip Pencil, Baroque Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil.

Nars Fling Lip Set Content:
Damage Lipstick, Roman Holiday Lipstick, Dolce Vita Velvet Matte Lip Pencil, Baroque Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil.

What holiday collection would be complete without some form of red lips thrown into a campaign?  Nars has taken that cliché and run amok with the Nars Fling Lip Set ($49 US).  The collection is named after fellow Frenchman and photographer, the late Guy Bourdin.  Some of Monsieur Bourdin’s work was very controversial, however I find most artist, including Francois Nars himself, thrive off of controversy.  Regardless, our focus will remain on the lip set not the artist.

The red lip-shaped lacquered box (really acrylic) is very well made and sturdy, I can predict most sales of this set will be due to this unique item (it was for me).  Another lovely feature, are the two full size lipsticks and two lip pencils included.  If you are a fan of Nars lip products or know someone in need of a quality makeup gift for the holidays (or anytime), then do not hesitate and purchase this limited edition lip set.  No, I am not affiliated with Nars in any way, shape or form..I just really like this set 🙂

Nars Guy Bourdin Fling Lip Set content and ingredient list.

Nars Fling Lip Set content and ingredient list.

Nars Guy Bourdin Fling Lip Set lacquered box size.

Nars Fling Lip Set lacquered box size compared to my paperback book.

Nars Fling Lip Set Contents:

  • Red Lip-Shaped Lacquered Case:  Excellent quality–solid mold casing all around without any seams in sight.
  • Roman Holiday Lipstick:  Full size (3.4 g) cool tone pink color housed in a smaller case.
  • Damage Lipstick:  Full size (3.4 g) pink/brown/mauve color housed in a smaller case.
  • Dolce Vita Velvet Matte Lip Pencil:  Not full size (1.7 g) sheer dusty rose color.
  • Baroque Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil:  Full size ( 2.5 g) raspberry sorbet color.

Swatches of Lip Colors:

Nars Roman Holiday Lipstick swatch.

Nars Roman Holiday Lipstick swatch.

Nars Damage Lipstick swatch.

Nars Damage Lipstick swatch.

Nars Dolce Vita Matte Velvet Lip Pencil swatch.

Nars Dolce Vita Velvet Matte Lip Pencil swatch.

Nars Baroque Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil swatch.

Nars Baroque Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil swatch.

My preferred combo:   MAC Red Enriched with Nars Baroque Velvet Glossy Lip Pencil.

My preferred combo: MAC Red Enriched with Nars Baroque Velvet Glossy Lip Pencil.

All lip products were creamy, smooth and sheer.  Perfect for the woman who prefers subtle colors on her lips.  Personally, all the colors were a little too sheer and pink based for my liking, so I paired MAC Red Enriched Lip Pencil with Nars Baroque Lip Pencil and the results were simply stunning; similar to my lacquered box 🙂

Nars Fling Lip Set Red Lip-Shaped Lacquered Box.

Nars Fling Lip Set Red Lip-Shaped Lacquered Box.

My criticism lies with the absence of a holiday red included in this set.  Cruella or Dragon Girl Lip Pencil would have been a more fitting selection as one of the pencils offered.  Something else to note, Dolce Vita Velvet Matte Lip Pencil contains parabens.  Both Lip Pencils do not have a twist-up mechanism, I use my trusty Slice sharpener (reviewed here) to renew the point.

The box itself is not too small it renders itself useless, on the contrary, it holds a sizable amount of products.  This box would also make a handy jewelry box, candy box, etc..

Nars Guy Bourdin Fling Lip Set red lip-shaped lacquered box.

Nars Fling Lip Set red lip-shaped lacquered box.

Nars Guy Bourdin Fling Lip Set lacquered box.

Nars Fling Lip Set lacquered box.

Nars Guy Bourdin Fling Lip Set is sold at Nordstrom, Lord & Taylor, Saks, Narscosmetics.com, and Beauty.com.

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you to buy Nars Fling Lip Set.  Treat yourself or a loved one to this useful set.  The colors and textures of the lip products and the beautiful lacquered box work synergistically to make an impressive statement.  These gorgeous lips will be a sure hit as a stocking stuffer, a Secret Santa gift, a young lady’s first lip product set, or sitting casually on top of a stack of magazines on your coffee table.  I already bought an extra set to give as a Christmas present…Yeah, I’m one of those crazy ladies that has her holiday shopping done by November 29th….Be well and stay safe.

-M-

*Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com is not affiliated with any brands mentioned, all products were purchased by me.  Compensation is not given for any reviews.  Click on each photo to enlarge. *Click on the rose highlighted words to take you to a direct link to each product. *All photos are property of Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com unless otherwise noted.