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posted by on Bourjois, Lipsticks, Make-Up

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If you’ve not caught the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Matte bug, then all I can ask is why the hell not?

The matte lip colours released a few months back are nothing short of fantastic. In fact they are a dream come true. Bold shades with matte finish and long-lasting colour that do not crack or peel in the slightest. They are unbelievably light on the lips with a velvety texture and non-drying formula and they don’t smudge either.

Grand Cru* (a dark burgundy red with pink undertones) and Nude-ist* (a rosewood, naturally looking nude) are two ‘new’ shades for the summer. Actually they aren’t completely new as they were both available exclusively at online retailer Very.co.uk but now they have been reunited with the Rouge Edition Velvet Matte family making it an even eight shades collectively.

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I want to draw your attention to Grand Cru. You know me, I am a wreck when I’m presented with a crimson red lip colour and Grand Cru ignites that familiar feeling within me (no, not that). Some of the other shades require layering for optimum colour but Grand Cru rolls deep – just the way I like it.

(This picture was taken on my phone – the mess behind adds to the effect of a spontaneous shot taken for the blog.)

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In one coat it’s deliciously bold. The wonderful thing with these matte lip colours are they are buildable without drying or flaking during application. I also don’t bother with a lip liner – there’s no feathering with this baby. Grand Cru definitely turned a few heads when I was out on my grocery food shopping adventures in the day and stayed on my lips till 1 in the morning.

Do you know something else? Grand Cru is a deadly dupe for Hourglass’s Icon (my favourite red!) except it will only set you back £8.99 to Icon’s £21 price tag.

I will always love Bourjois for bridging the gap between high-end quality and high street, and for bringing cat-walk trends down to earth. These new releases push them further up the scale.

The Rouge Edition Velvet lip colours are available from Boots and Superdrug stores nationwide and online.

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posted by on Eyeshadows, Make-Up, NARS, Space NK

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I don’t like Mondays but this Monday gone put a smile on my face when I dropped into NARS’ EYEconic Pop-Up Studio at Space NK’s boutique on Broadwick Street for the launch of the new Dual Intensity Eyeshadow*.

There are 12 flattering shades to reel you in and the ‘dual’ purpose comes from a new dual-application formula that you can apply dry for a sheer, airbrush-like finish with a luminous sheen or wet with a dampened brush for high-impact and intense opaque colour. 

The texture is cream yet they dry to a powdery finish and by adding a drop of H2O it intensifies the colours even more. They’re pigmented enough when dry so imagine how insane they are when wet plus the product is blendable when damp too. And one more thing…no eyeshadow primer needed.

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The Dual Intensity eyeshadows are so easy to work with and hardly need any pressure to pack the colours on the lids, as I discovered when a NARS make-up artist demonstrated the product on me.

Normally I’ve found cream-to-powder eyeshadows’ pay out to be pretty meek but NARS’ Dual Intensity eyeshadows really do live up to the name and you can achieve a dramatic, smokey look just with dry application.

The complete range of shades are:

♥ Andromeda (alabaster)
♥ Europa (gossamer pink peach)
♥ Dione (metallic champagne beige)
♥ Cassiopeia (iridescent electric pink)
♥ Callisto (icy pink silver)
♥ Desdemona (rich shimmering burgundy)
♥ Himalia (shimmering topaz)
♥ Lysithea (shark grey)
♥ Sycorax (black)
♥ Phoebe (deep shimmering amethyst)
♥ Giove (navy)
♥ Subra (black orchid)

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The packaging is solid, secure and sexy but then again this is nothing new with NARS because the packaging is always the bomb. The difference with these babies are they contain a magnet within to shut the lids down firmly so you needn’t worry about them accidentally opening up in your make-up bag.

It adds a nice touch when the product looks and feels good to touch but unlike some big named brands, NARS (in my experience) has never compromised on product quality. I just know these are going to a hit.

The eyeshadows (£21) with a special Wet/Dry Eyeshadow Brush designed for use with these (£23) are exclusive to Space NK now and until 8th July the NARS’ Artistry Team will be hosting a series of events and demonstrations on Broadwick Street. If you would like to try the new shadows, you can book an appointment at the NARS EYEconic Pop-Up Studio on 020 7734 3734.

From 1st August these Dual Intensity Eyeshadows will be available nationwide and also from www.narscosmetics.co.uk.

If you want to see how these look, I’ll be post the results very soon. Make sure you’re following me on Twitter, Bloglovin’ or Pippet so you don’t miss it!