Black Friday Makeup Finds.

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My sincere wish is that everyone had a wonderful holiday with their loved ones.  My family and I had a spectacular day surrounded by laughs and delicious food.  Needless to say, the night ran quite late and shopping was the last thing on my mind come Black Friday morning.  But try as I must, I simply could not resist Lord & Taylor’s $20 doorbusters event.  Honestly, who can resist $20 off a $40 minimum purchase–including cosmetics?  Not me!  Unraveling the mass of curls on top of my head, I threw on some fresh clothes and I applied the fastest makeup look possible in 10 minutes.  Black Friday Makeup Finds here I come; awake and ready to shop..well, as awake as any person can be on three hours worth of sleep 🙂

Black Friday Makeup Find #1:  Nars Palais Royal

Black Friday Makeup Finds: Nars Parais Royal Satin Lip Pencil.

Black Friday Makeup Finds:
Nars Palais Royal Satin Lip Pencil.

Black Friday Makeup Finds: Nars Parais Royal Satin Lip Pencil.

Black Friday Makeup Finds:
Nars Palais Royal Satin Lip Pencil.

Nars Palais Royal ($25 US/ 2.2g) is a beautiful bordeaux color that does not translate as being too harsh on the lips.  The Satin Lip Pencils are creamy and smooth and last for 3-4 hours depending on your lip activities.  In my experience, the formula was not drying, but the dry-down color was not super moisturizing either.  The color easily transferred if I happened to drink, eat or smooch.  Palais Royal also feathered into my fine lines; a lipliner is a must with this color.  Unfortunately, adding a lipliner defeats the purpose of lipstick-in-a-pencil-form concept.  Regardless, the no paraben, fragrance and flavor-free factor is appealing… plus, I love the color so I will endure.

Black Friday Makeup Find #2: Shiseido RD413 Lacquer Rouge.

Black Friday Makeup Finds: Shiseido RD413 Lacquer Rouge.

Black Friday Makeup Finds:
Shiseido RD413 Lacquer Rouge.

Black Friday Makeup Finds: Shiseido RD413 Lacquer Rouge.

Black Friday Makeup Finds:
Shiseido RD413 Lacquer Rouge.

Do I need to talk about Shiseido’s Lacquer Rouge fabulousness any further?  As you know, I love this formula.  Shiseido RD413 ($25 US/ 6g) is a warm orange-red, the consistency of this color differs from my other Lacquer Rouge (reviewed here).  The texture of RD413 has a gel-like feel, it is not as densely pigmented as my other Lacquer Rouge.  I find the orange-red color very flattering on warm skin tones, and a perfect topper shade to add dimension to any darker colors.  I paired RD413 with Paris Royal and the resulting color was stunning!  The shine and color of RD413 gave Palais Royal a unique dimension.

Nars Parais Royal Satin Lip Pencil with Shiseido RD413 in the center.

Nars Palais Royal Satin Lip Pencil with Shiseido RD413 in the center.

Swatches L-R: Nars Parais Royal, Shiseido RD413 Lacquer Rouge.

Swatches L-R:
Nars Palais Royal, Shiseido RD413 Lacquer Rouge.

Wearing Nars Parais Royal with Shiseido RD413 Lacquer Rouge.

Wearing Nars Palais Royal with Shiseido RD413 Lacquer Rouge.

Black Friday Makeup Find #3:  Clarins “The Essentials” Eyeshadow Palette:

Clarins "The Essentials" Eyeshadow Palette.

Clarins “The Essentials” Eyeshadow Palette.

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Chanel Ombes Matelassees Eyeshadow Palette.

Chanel Ombes Matelassees Eyeshadow Palette.

Clarins “The Essential” Eyeshadow Palette ($45 US/10 x 1.3 g) won me over immediately as soon as I felt the texture of the shadows.  The combination of matte, satin and shimmer eyeshadows is all one would need to create any eye look.  It’s competition, Chanel Ombres Matelassees Eyeshadow Palette ($80 US) was nice, but I could not justify the price for the amount offered.  Chanel’s colors were very basic with the first two lighter shades barely visible on my skin tone.

Clarins colors were buttery smooth with the exception of the first lighter shade that was chalky.  Clarins eyeshadows can also be used wet to intensify the pigmentation and the accompanying brush is a rather convenient addition.  The price of the Clarin’s palette was also very attractive (especially after my $20 discount).  After testing both palettes, Clarins won in terms of texture, colors, and value.  Clarins’s packaging is also reusable, after you are done with the eyeshadows you can use the case to store whatever you like.  I am unable to swatch the colors, because the palette I purchased is intended to be given as a gift.  However, you can see this palette in action (here).  If you know someone who loves neutral eyeshadows, they will love this palette.

According to Nordstrom:

The Essentials eye makeup palette by Clarins features 10 ultrasoft beige, taupe and brown eyeshadow shades in a variety of finishes designed to contour and highlight eyes. The palette was created as part of Clarins’ initiative to minimize environmental impact. It features carefully selected materials and reusable packaging. Clarins has also joined forced with Pur Project and has committed to planting 10,000 trees for medical or cosmetic use, which will help revive the Kuntanawa culture (Amazonia).

If that is not enough reason for anyone to purchase this palette, I don’t know what is…

Nars Cosmetics, Shiseido Cosmetics and Clarins Beauty can be found in Lord & Taylor (were I purchased these products), Nordstrom, Sephora, Bloomingdale, Saks, etc..

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

Makeup would tell you to purchase gifts for others, you would use yourself.  I did take advantage of the sales on Black Friday, but found restrain in purchasing other items simply for the sake of being on sale.  I had lovely conversations with the sale associates and found them to be more pleasant when I asked how their day was going.  Remember, be courteous, remain focused and more importantly, have fun shopping.  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.  Clarins “The Essential” Eyeshadow Palette photo and Chanel Palette photo courtesy of Nordstrom.com.

 

About Maria Pia

A blog about beauty (what else), what makes me smile and life with two boys and a dog. This blog is about positivity and inspiration sewn in with a little humor. Makeup is not serious, but how we feel after we apply it, is no joking matter!!! I'm here to share my tips and tricks I have learned on my own for the past %&^$% years :) Enjoy my lovelies.

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