Nov 28, 2016

Elizabeth and James Nirvana Rose and Nirvana Bourbon

Elizabeth and James Nirvana Rose Parfum Spray - Fragrance Review
Elizabeth and James Nirvana Rose Parfum Spray at Sephora
Fragrance Notes:  Rose de mai, geranium, vetiver
Style: Confident, refined, seductive

The first Elizabeth and James perfume launched a while back with Nirvana Black and White duo, and this year, the Olsen twins added another duo to their perfume line with Nirvana Rose and Nirvana Bourbon.  The bottle design is similar to the original Nirvana perfume, and the perfumes are housed in scarlet (Rose) and amber-colored (Bourbon) see-through dark glass bottles with gold accents.  I love the slim, modern, stylish design of these bottles.

Elizabeth and James Nirvana Rose is described as a sultry, refined scent that blends deep rose notes with vetiver and geranium to create a sophisticated perfume.  The perfume is housed in a beautiful scarlet-toned bottle with gold accents.  On my skin, the perfume opens with deep rose notes which gradually settle down and earthy vetiver notes start to shine through.  Within about half an hour, the perfume morphs to a grassy, earthy fragrance with floral rose notes lurking in the background.  While I generally delegate rose-based fragrances to the summers, Nirvana Rose with its interesting vetiver twist would work well as an all-year-round perfume.  The perfume also has amazing lasting power and stays all day even on my dry skin.

Fall/Winter Makeup: Dark Lips and Soft Copper Eyes

Fall/Winter Makeup: Dark Lips and Soft Copper Eyes

Every year, fall makeup collections and trends feature dark vampy colors (as well as gorgeous reds) which I sigh and admire on others but never ever dare to try out on myself.  Well, dare might be the wrong word - more like, I couldn't find a color that would work for me.  This year, though, I found the perfect dark vampy color - Urban Decay Vice lipstick in Blackmail. I have been living off a Sephora sampler of these lipsticks which has a couple of dark shades in it - Blackmail being one of them.  My favorite way to wear this dark lip is pairing it with soft eye makeup - sheer wash of color on the lids, copper shadow used as a liner, and tightlining to define the lashline without looking too harsh.  Here's what I used for this makeup look and an easy how-to.

Fall/Winter Makeup: Dark Lips and Soft Copper Eyes - Easy Steps Tutorial
Fall/Winter Makeup: Dark Lips and Soft Copper Eyes - Products Used for the Eyes
Bobbi Brown Longwear Cream Shadow Stick in Taupe
MAC Eyeshadows - Shale | Coppering
DHC Eyeliners* - Liquid eyeliner in Black* | Gel Eyeliner Pencil in Brown*
Mascara - Diorshow in Black
Fall/Winter Makeup: Dark Lips and Soft Copper Eyes - Easy Step by Step How To Tutorial
1.  Bobbi Brown cream shadow stick in Taupe applied all over lid - helps cancel out discoloration and works great as a long-lasting base/primer.
2.  MAC Shale applied all over lid with a fluffy eyeshadow brush  - blend out along the edges towards brow bone.
3.  MAC Coppering applied as a soft liner along lashline with a smudging brush - this gives a softer application and thicker line.  Also apply along lower lashline.
4.  DHC Liquid Eyeliner pen used to tightline along upper lashline.  The fine tip of this eyeliner is perfect for applying color between the lashes, depositing color between the lashes and giving a defined look without a visible harsh line.  DHC Gel Eyeliner Pencil in Brown used to line waterline.  Finish with mascara of choice - mine is Diorshow Mascara in Black.

For the rest of the face, I used my usual combination of foundation and concealer - Diorskin Nude Air Serum foundation (I use a combination of shades #30 and #40), YSL Touche Eclat, and Cle de Peau concealer.  For the blush, my winter staple is a now-discontinued cream blush by NARS - Montenegro.  The creamy dark berry shade adds a healthy glow to the skin (I use a Real Techniques stippling brush to apply).  For the lips, I have used Urban Decay lipstick in Blackmail.  This is a comfort matte formula that feels amazing on the lips and is incredibly pigmented.  Use over a lipliner for more opaque/complete coverage, but I couldn't find one and so skipped!  The lip color doesn't feather or spread even when applied on its own (with a lip brush), but this is one of those colors that does show the underlying lip texture unless used with a lipliner.  Anywho, scroll on for swatches of what I used and the finished product look.

Makeup Swatches - Bobbi Brown Taupe - MAC Coppering Shale Eyeshadows - DHC Eyeliner - NARS Montenegro Cream Blush - Urban Decay Vice Lipstick Blackmail
Fall/Winter Makeup: Dark Lips and Soft Copper Eyes

For a week or two, this has been my go-to makeup look, and I am so glad I got around to trying out this fall makeup trend.  I think the key has been finding the right "dark" lipstick for my skin tone, and I got really lucky getting the UD Vice sampler to try.  Blackmail is admittedly quite scary to look at in the tube, especially for a neutrals-only person like me, but it's also surprisingly easy to apply in sheer layers because of the fabulous comfort matte formula.

In other news, I have been waiting...and waiting.....and waiting for my new laptop to arrive, and it's beginning to look like I will be waiting until 2017 for the thing to land here 😒  Of course, that also meant I could only stroll around window shopping over the weekend, but I did feel much better after I went to the Apple store to scowl at everything there.  Did you pick up anything over the weekend shopping madness?  Do share!

*products provided c/o DHC.

Nov 27, 2016

NARS Give In Take Dual-Intensity Eye and Cheek Palette

NARS Give In Take Dual-Intensity Eye and Cheek Palette - Swatches - Sarah Moon Holiday Gifting Collection
NARS Give In Take Dual-Intensity Eye and Cheek Palette at Sephora

NARS Give in Take Eye and Cheek Palette is part of the NARS Holiday - Sarah Moon collection and features a combination of blush and eyeshadows in the dual-intensity formula.  These can be used wet or dry - transforming from soft sheer washes of color when used to dry to more pigmented intense colors when used wet.  The eyeshadows are cooler/neutral-toned soft greys and browns.  The cheek colors can be used as blush and/or highlighter or shimmery bronzer depending on skin tone (that's how the shades appear on my medium-dark skin tone).  Scroll on for swatches.

NARS Give In Take Dual-Intensity Eye and Cheek Palette - Swatches - Eyeshadows
NARS Give In Take Dual-Intensity Eye and Cheek Palette - Swatches - Eyeshadows
NARS Give In Take Dual-Intensity Eye and Cheek Palette - Swatches - Eyeshadows
NARS Give In Take Dual-Intensity Eye and Cheek Palette - Swatches - Eyeshadows
NARS Give In Take Dual-Intensity Eye and Cheek Palette - Swatches Blush/Bronzer/Highlighter shades
NARS Give In Take Dual-Intensity Eye and Cheek Palette - Swatches
Blush/Bronzer/Highlighter shades

I have never been a fan of the NARS dual-intensity formula.  I just prefer regular pigmented eyeshadows, and I hate using a damp brush on products, but that's just my personal preference.  If you are anything like me, then don't bother with this palette.  The swatches above are what the colors would look like when used dry.  The dual-intensity formula works best when used as described - use dry for a soft, semi-sheer wash of color and for more intense pigmentation, use a damp brush.  You could also layer the eyeshadows on a creamy base for more depth of color if you don't want to risk dampening the product (which is what I usually end up doing with a wet-dry formula), but I do think the complex color and shimmer in these shadows show up best when used wet/damp.  The NARS Give in Take Eye and Cheek Palette is a good pick for those who know and love the NARS dual-intensity formula.  The eyeshadow colors are good for softer makeup looks and can be built up for more intense smokey eye looks, making this a very versatile makeup palette.  The blush/highlighter/bronzer shades are soft colors that would work well with most makeup looks, and again, depending on how much color payoff you wish for, these too can be used damp or dry. 

The NARS Give in Take Eye and Cheek palette has a good amount of product, and for $69, it is a fabulous buy but only if you love the NARS dual-intensity formula.

Nov 26, 2016

Tom Ford Soleil Lip Foils & Eye and Cheek Palettes

Tom Ford Soleil Winter 2016 Makeup Collection - Lip Foil - Eye Cheek Palettes - Swatches
Tom Ford Soleil - Winter 2016 Makeup Collection at Nordstrom

Tom Ford's makeup offerings are always a beautiful combination of luxurious packaging and fabulous quality, making them a must-have for those who love to add a touch of luxe to their makeup routine.  This year, though, the Tom Ford Soleil makeup collection for winter 2016 stands apart not just for all those reasons but also because, unlike every other holiday collection, this makeup collection is a celebration of summer.  The collection, which features gold and white packaging and shimmery finishes, is inspired by the island resorts where it's summer all year.  Not surprising, then, that the collection includes a dry oil spray, a broad-spectrum SPF lotion, and a beautiful makeup brush set.  The collection also features a new lipstick formula - Tom Ford Soleil Lip Foils - as well as two limited edition eye and cheek palettes.  The Soleil Lip Foils have a reflective, metallic finish and are available in 6 colors.  Scroll on for more swatches.

Tom Ford Soleil Winter 2016 Makeup - Lip Foil lipsticks - Swatches Private Life - Spanish Flame - Aperture - Creme Conque
Tom Ford Soleil Winter 2016 Makeup - Lip Foil lipsticks - Swatches
Private Life - Spanish Flame - Aperture - Creme Conque
Tom Ford Soleil Winter 2016 Makeup - Lip Foil lipsticks - Swatches  Venus Rising - Creme Conque
Tom Ford Soleil Winter 2016 Makeup - Lip Foil lipsticks - Swatches
Venus Rising - Creme Conque

The Tom Ford Soleil Lip Foil lipsticks have a soft creamy texture and a metallic, frosty finish.  This isn't really a formula that appeals to me - I much prefer creamy satin/matte finishes or just plain glosses without any shimmer to them - but the lipstick feels quite smooth and light.  While the color payoff is quite good, I do think that the underlying skin/lip pigmentation would effect how the color would look like when applied.  

On to the cheek and eye palettes, the Tom Ford Soleil Eye and Cheek palettes are housed in a beautiful white and gold case.  The palettes include a blush, a highlighter, and 4 eyeshadows (similar to a regular Tom Ford eyeshadow quad), and are available in a cool and a warm-toned set.  Scroll on for more photos and swatches. 

Tom Ford Soleil Eye and Cheek Palette - Cool - Swatches
Tom Ford Soleil Eye and Cheek Palette (Cool)
Tom Ford Soleil Eye and Cheek Palette - Cool - Swatches
Tom Ford Soleil Eye and Cheek Palette (Cool) - Swatches
Tom Ford Soleil Eye and Cheek Palette - Warm - Swatches
Tom Ford Soleil Eye and Cheek Palette (Warm) 
Tom Ford Soleil Eye and Cheek Palette - Warm - Swatches
Tom Ford Soleil Eye and Cheek Palette (Warm) - Swatches

The Tom Ford Soleil Eye and Cheek palettes would be my favorite from this collection (okay, the makeup brush set too).  The palettes are perfect for travel, and the colors included are great whether you want a soft neutral look or a slightly smokier/darker makeup look.  I liked both the warm as well as the cool-toned palette, though I might like the cool-toned palette just a teeny bit more.

Overall, the Tom Ford Soleil Winter 2016 makeup collection is a great pick, especially if you are looking for a luxurious makeup gift.

Nov 21, 2016

Giorgio Armani Holiday Night Light Eye and Face Palette

Giorgio Armani Holiday 2016 Makeup - Night Light Eye and Face Palette - Swatches
Giorgio Armani Holiday Night Light Eye and Palette ($140) at Nordstrom

Every year, Giorgio Armani comes out with a gorgeous holiday makeup set, and the trend continues this year with the Giorgio Armani Holiday Night Light Eye and Face Palette.  The packaging is fabulous - the palette is housed in a glossy black lacquered case with the Armani signature in gold over it, and it comes tucked inside in an elegant suede-like pouch.   Inside the case, the palette is arranged in 2 tiers.  The top tier houses the eyeshadows while the bottom tier includes the face products - a Luminous Silk Compact Powder and 2 shades of Maestro Fusion.  The eyeshadows are a mix of shimmer and matte shades in brown, gold, and taupe shades along with an always useful matte black.  Scroll on for more photos and swatches.

Giorgio Armani Holiday 2016 Makeup - Night Light Eye and Face Palette - Swatches
Giorgio Armani Holiday Night Light Eye and Face Palette - Face products
Giorgio Armani Holiday 2016 Makeup - Night Light Eye and Face Palette - Swatches
Giorgio Armani Holiday Night Light Eye and Face Palette
Giorgio Armani Holiday 2016 Makeup - Night Light Eye and Face Palette - Swatches
Giorgio Armani Holiday Night Light Eye and Face Palette - Eyeshadow Swatches
Giorgio Armani Holiday 2016 Makeup - Night Light Eye and Face Palette - Eyeshadow Swatches
Giorgio Armani Holiday Night Light Eye and Face Palette - Eyeshadow Swatches
Giorgio Armani Holiday 2016 Makeup - Night Light Eye and Face Palette - Eyeshadow Swatches
Giorgio Armani Holiday Night Light Eye and Face Palette - Eyeshadow Swatches

I have mixed feeling about the Giorgio Armani holiday palette.  It is beautifully designed and packaged, and the quality extends down into the products included in this palette.  The eyeshadows are a lovely mix of neutral shades, and I love that there are matte shades included in this palette.  These would be  perfect for doing soft, neutral makeup looks (even using only matte shades) but could also just as easily be used to whip up a darker smokey eye or a shimmery gold holiday eye makeup look.  The eyeshadows are smooth and pigmented and seem easy to blend.  The face products included in the palette, though, limit the usefulness of the palette, making it ideal for lighter skin tones but not quite as useful for someone with darker skin tone like mine.  Still, I wouldn't complain too much if somebody decided to gift me one! :D

For those who can put the face palette products to good use, I think this palette would make a fabulous pick.

Giorgio Armani is currently having a 20% off sale (use code ARMANI20), so this would be a good time to buy this palette.


 

Nov 20, 2016

Rouge Dior Lipsticks (2016) - Swatches

New Rouge Dior Lipsticks 2016 - Swatches
Rouge Dior Lipsticks ($35 each) at Nordstrom

Dior recently reformulated/relaunched the Dior Rouge lipsticks, and the collection now includes a mix of satins and mattes, with some very intresting colors added in - a pale grey and an almost blackish blue lipstick, for instance.  The longlasting formula is enriched with mango butter and hyaluronic acid spheres to moisturize and plump lips.  The packaging is similar to older Rouge Dior lipsticks with a tiny little detail - the inside of the caps is red (as shown in the pic above).   In comparison to the older version of the Rouge Dior lipsticks (click for swatches), these reformulated lipsticks seem a lot more pigmented.  Scroll on for swatches.

Rouge Dior Lipsticks Swatches 634 Strong Matte 028 Actrice 642 Ready 776 Soiree A Rio 555 Dolce Vita 844 Trafalgar 854 Concorde 439 Why Not
Rouge Dior Lipsticks - Swatches
634 Strong Matte - 028 Actrice - 642 Ready - 776 Soiree A Rio - 555 Dolce Vita
844 Trafalgar - 854 Concorde - 439 Why Not
Rouge Dior Lipsticks Swatches 047 Miss 080 Red Smile 263 Hasard 683 Rendezvous 962 Poison Matte 775 Darling 762 Opera 277 Osee 250 Bal
Rouge Dior Lipsticks - Swatches
047 Miss - 080 Red Smile - 263 Hasard - 683 Rendez-Vous - 962 Poison Matte
775 Darling - 762 Opera - 277 Osee - 250 Bal
Rouge Dior Lipsticks Swatches 644 Sydney 772 Classic Matte 672 Adoree 976 Daisy Plum 683 Rendezvous 988 Rialto 361 Rose Baiser 856 Celebre
Rouge Dior Lipsticks - Swatches
644 Sydney - 772 Classic Matte - 672 Adoree - 976 Daisy Plum - 683 Rendezvous
988 Rialto - 361 Rose Baiser - 856 Celebre
Rouge Dior Lipsticks Swatches 743 Rouge Zinnia 852 Plaza 772 Classic Matte 602 Visionary Matte 789 Superstitious Matte 787 Exuberant Matte
Rouge Dior Lipsticks - Swatches
743 Rouge Zinnia - 852 Plaza - 772 Classic Matte - 602 Visionary Matte
789 Superstitious Matte - 787 Exuberant Matte
Rouge Dior Lipsticks Swatches 772 Classic Matte 576 Pretty Matte 897 Mysterious Matte 207 Montaigne Matte 652 Euphoric Matte 756 Panache 964 Ambitious Matte
Rouge Dior Lipsticks - Swatches
772 Classic Matte - 576 Pretty Matte - 897 Mysterious Matte
207 Montaigne Matte - 652 Euphoric Matte - 756 Panache - 964 Ambitious Matte
Rouge Dior Lipsticks - Swatches 787 Exuberant Matte - 771 Radiant Matte - 999 Matte
Rouge Dior Lipsticks - Swatches
787 Exuberant Matte - 771 Radiant Matte - 999 Matte

Unlike in the world of fragrances, makeup reformulations are almost always a welcome change, and the new Rouge Dior lipsticks are no exception.  While I did like the older versions, they did seem a bit on the sheer side, and I didn't find the creamy glossy finish very unique.  These newer versions are available in matte, satin, as well shimmer finishes, and all of them are packed with pigment.  The texture feels smooth and light, and I love the range of colors included in this range.  There are softer nude/neutral shades as well as deeper reds and plums, and for the more adventurous lot, there are also a grey and a bluish black matte shade.   Overall, the new Rouge Dior lipsticks are a welcome update!

Urban Decay Full Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Full Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette - Swatches
Urban Decay Full Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette ($55) - available at Sephora

Urban Decay is probably more famous for the many variations of naked and neutral palettes put out every year, but when I first came across this brand, what stood out to me were their brightly colored, superpigmented eyeshadows.  The bright blues and yellows are not colors that I reach for, but I have to admit, there's something so cheerful about all that color.  For those of you who do love a splash of color in your makeup routine, Urban Decay has the perfect holiday palette - the Urban Decay Full Spectrum Palette.  This limited edition set features 21 eyeshadows organized by color family creating an ombre effect.  The colors range from bright yellows and greens to pure whites and in finishes varying from shimmery to matte.  The palette is housed in a glamorous black case, has a huge mirror inside, and includes a dual-ended brush that can be used to place eyeshadows as well as blend them out.  Scroll on for swatches.

Urban Decay Full Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette - Swatches - Alchemy Warning Midnight Blaze Hundred Minx Delirious
Urban Decay Full Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette - Swatches
Alchemy - Deep fuchsia satin
Warning - Deep metallic coppper
Midnight Blaze - Matte black with gold pearl
Hundred - Deep metallic forest green
Minx - Deep navy with blue pearl
Delirious - Matte plum with floating pearl (seems plain matte on my skin)
Urban Decay Full Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette - Swatches - Platonic Gossip Seize Calavera Hatter Blindsided Sketch Iced
Urban Decay Full Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette - Swatches
Platonic - Matte black with iridescent glitter
Gossip - Bright metallic pink with subtle pearl
Seize - Bright metallic coral with subtle pearl
Calavera - Vibrant yellow
Hatter - Vibrant green with micro-sparkle
Blindsided - Matte bright teal blue with floating pearl
Sketch - Metallic medium purple
Iced - Shimmery oyester
Urban Decay Full Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette - Swatches - Paranoia Jones Goldmine Mean Metamorphosis Faded Bump
Urban Decay Full Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette - Swatches
Paranoia - Metallic lavender pink
Jones - Metallic orange with pearl
Goldmine - Metallic yellow gold
Mean - Bright metallic lime green
Metamorphosis - Vibrant periwinkle blue with microsparkle
Faded  - Lavender with gold shimmer
Bump - Matte white

I am a neutral-eyeshadow/makeup person, and my definition of a bold makeup look would rarely venture beyond a purple or plum eyeshadow.  Needless to say, the Urban Decay Full Spectrum eyeshadow palette is not marketed toward someone like me.  Sure, I could see myself puttting some of the colors in there to good use - the golds, coppers, and definitely the deeper greens, black and navy.  For the most part, though, this is the palette for those who love adding bright colors in their makeup looks.  The eyeshadows themselves are not too bad, reasonably pigmented, though a few do seem a bit soft/powdery.  I never use eyeshadows on their own, without a primer or base of some kind, so this is never an issue for me, and the eyeshadows in the Urban Decay Full Spectrum palette do seem like they should be easy to blend.  The colors could be used for a ton of makeup looks, from softer neutrals, darker smokey eyes, and of course bright pops of color.  It's a very versatile palette, especially for those who love to try out different colors.  For the price point, and going by the quality of the eyeshadows, I think it's a good buy.

Nov 19, 2016

Marc Jacobs Beauty Makeup Gift Sets - Object of Desire, Up All Night, About Last Night

Marc Jacobs Object of Desire Face and Eye Palette
 Marc Jacobs Object of Desire Face and Eye Palette

Every year, holiday makeup collections across brands carry a similar theme - dark red or plum lips, glosses, shimmer, and sparkles.  While that holds true this year too, there's another welcome trend I have noticed, and that's coming up with more palettes, lip-cheek-eye combinations with beautiful packaging, as well as a lot of mini-sized lipsticks and eyeliners.  The Marc Jacob Beauty holiday makeup collection - About Last Night - features quite a few of such palettes, all in shiny gold and pink packaging.  Here's a look at some of the pieces from this collection.  First up is the Object of Desire Face and Eye Palette (photo above).  The palette is housed in a tasseled gold pouch and includes O!Mega Bronzer in the shade Tantric, a blush (Exhibitionist), and 6 eyeshadows (Lights On, Candlelight, Dimmer, Violet Hour, Twilight, and In the Dark).

Marc Jacobs Object of Desire Face and Eye Palette - Swatches
Marc Jacobs Object of Desire Face and Eye Palette - Swatches

The eyeshadows in the palette are perfect for creating soft neutral looks as well darker smokey eye looks.  They are reasonably pigmented and should work great over a primer/base.  Overall though, the colors don't stand out much for my skin tone.

Next up in the holiday collection is the Up All Night 5-piece set of petite Le Marc Lip Cremes.  These lipsticks have a creamy matte finish and a lightweight formula.  There is a nice mix of colors here with neutrals/nudes as well as darker shades.  This set too comes packaged in a tasseled pouch, a metallic pink one.

Marc Jacobs Up All Night Le Marc Lip Creme Lipsticks Set
Marc Jacobs Up All Night Le Marc Lip Creme Lipsticks Set
Marc Jacobs Up All Night Lip Le Marc Lip Creme Set - Swatches

The Style Eye-Con No. 20 eyeshadow palette - About Last Night - is my favorite among the holiday offerings.  This came out a while back, but it would make a great holiday gift, so I am adding it here.  This huge palette comes with 20 shades, all housed in a large gold case.  From warm browns to dark charcoal greys, and shimmers and mattes, this palette has a great mix of shades and formula, and the quality of the eyshadows is very good.  Almost all the eyeshadows are pigmented, smooth, and seem quite easy to blend.

Marc Jacobs About Last Night Style Eye-Con No. 20 Eyeshadow Palette
Marc Jacobs About Last Night Style Eye-Con No. 20 Eyeshadow Palette
Marc Jacobs About Last Night Style Eye-Con No. 20 Eyeshadow Palette - Swatches
Marc Jacobs About Last Night Style Eye-Con No. 20 Eyeshadow Palette - Swatches
Marc Jacobs About Last Night Style Eye-Con No. 20 Eyeshadow Palette - Swatches
Marc Jacobs About Last Night Style Eye-Con No. 20 Eyeshadow Palette - Swatches
Marc Jacobs About Last Night Style Eye-Con No. 20 Eyeshadow Palette - Swatches
Marc Jacobs About Last Night Style Eye-Con No. 20 Eyeshadow Palette - Swatches

Among the pieces I have tried from the Marc Jacobs holiday makeup range, my favorites are the Lip Creme set and the Style Eye-Con eyeshadow palette.  There are also eyeliner sets, with a couple of the Marc Jacobs gel eyeliner pencils, and I am sure those would be a great pick too.  They would make perfect gifts (also because of the pretty packaging) but also are great if, like me, you like to try out smaller-sized products.

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NARS Sarah Moon Holiday Color and Gifting Collection

NARS Sarah Moon Holiday Color Gifting Collection - Swatches
NARS Sarah Moon Holiday Color - Gifting Collection at Nordstrom

This year's holiday collection by NARS features a collaboration between Francois Nars and fashion photographer Sarah Moon.  The collection features a lot of the darker plum and grey shades for the eyes as well as deep reds for the lips.  The are also quite a few palettes and sets rwith a good mix of colors and products.  Scroll on to see more swatches and photos of products from this collection.

NARS Sarah Moon Holiday Color Collection - Eyeshadow Indes Galantes Quai de Brumes - Kohliners Sichuan Witching Hour
NARS Sarah Moon Holiday Color Collection - Swatches
Indes Galantes Eyeshadow Duo (Indigo smoke / Mulberry) 
Quai de Brumes Duo Eyeshadow (iridescent lavender smoke / charcoal with gold shimmer)
Kohliners - Sichuan (rust brown) - Witching Hour (iridescent charcoal)
NARS Sarah Moon Holiday Color Collection - Swatches Moon Matte Lipsticks Fearless Red - Rouge Indescret - Indecent Proposal - Rouge Improbable - Blush - Impudique - Isadora
NARS Sarah Moon Holiday Color Collection - Swatches
Moon Matte Lipsticks:  Fearless Red - Rouge Indescret - Indecent Proposal - Rouge Improbable
Blush - Impudique - Isadora
NARS Sarah Moon Holiday Color Collection - Swatches Moon Matte Lipsticks Fearless Red - Rouge Indescret - Indecent Proposal - Rouge Improbable
NARS Sarah Moon Holiday Color Collection - Swatches
Moon Matte Lipsticks:  Fearless Red - Rouge Indescret - Indecent Proposal - Rouge Improbable
NARS Sarah Moon Holiday Gifting Collection
NARS Sarah Moon Holiday Gifting Collection
NARS Recurring Dare Cheek and Lip Palette - Thoursand Worlds Lips and Nail Set
NARS Shadow Side Eye Set - NARS Look Closer Eyeshadow Palette - Get Real Lip and Eye Set
NARS Sarah Moon Holiday Gifting Collection - Recurring Dare Cheek and Lip Palette - Swatches
NARS Recurring Dare Cheek and Lip Palette
Four blushes - Albatross, Sex Appeal, Illusive, Make Believe
Velvet Matte Lip Pencil - Golshan
NARS Sarah Moon Holiday Gifting Collection - Audacious Lipsticks - Bette Leslie Codie Eva - Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Golshan
NARS Sarah Moon Holiday Gifting Collection - Lip Colors - Swatches
Bette - Leslie (Get Real Audacious Lip and Eye Set)
Codie - Eva (Thousand Worlds Audacious Lip and Nail Set)
Golshan Velvet Matte Lip Pencil (Recurring Dare Set)
NARS Shadow Side Eye Set - Sarah Moon Holiday Gifting Collection
NARS Shadow Side Eye Set - Includes 3 mini Velvet Eyeshadow Sticks (Real Surreal, Lucid Dream, Nunavut)
Black Moon mini Audacious Mascara 
NARS Look Closer Eyeshadow Palette - Sarah Moon Holiday Gifting Collection
NARS Look Closer Eyeshadow Palette
NARS Sarah Moon Holiday Gifting Collection Swatches NARS Shadow Side Set Look Closer Eyeshadow Palette
NARS Sarah Moon Holiday Gifting Collection - Swatches
NARS Shadow Side Set - NARS Look Closer Eyeshadow Palette


There's a lot that I love about this collection.  NARS eyeshadows are among my favorites, and both Indes Galantes as well as Quai de Brumes eyeshadow duos are the sort of colors that I reach for, especially during the fall-winter months.  They are quite pigmented, and the shadows seem easy to blend.  The mini Velvet Shadow sticks set is another great pick, especially for those who love these easy-to-blend eyeshadow sticks.  There are so many palettes and gift sets in this collection, and any of those would be lovely to give as gifts (or stock up for yourself).  The lip colors are overwhelmingly dark colors and deep reds - perfect colors for the holiday season - but I do wish there were a couple more neutral/nude lip options.  As someone who rarely manages to use up a lipstick or eyeshadow palette before it expires, I definitely appreciate the mini lipsticks and eye palettes included in this collection.

Overall, a lovely holiday collection with quite a few palettes to choose from.