There’s more than one of everything | Or, things that exist in many forms

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Flankers - Chanel Coco Mademoiselle Noir

I was thinking the other day (on very little sleep, might I add) about product ranges that stretch beyond a single product: more specific than a brand’s entire lineup, and a far cry from products that are simply offered in different shades.

You know — the products that all fall under the same name, or series, but that aren’t actually the same formula at all. The flankers of the cosmetic world, if you will; the long-stretching follow-up to a product that’s done particularly well for the brand.

shu uemura cleansing oil range

The big three

What got me thinking about this post initially was a Shu Uemura cleansing oil post that I was working on. Different in scent, formula, and targeted concerns, the oils are far more extensive than your usual product X for daytime wear/nighttime wear. The more I thought about it, though, the more I realized that this wasn’t an isolated incident at all.

Lancome Hypnose mascara range

Take Lancôme’s classic Hypnôse mascaras, for instance. With the same name as their Hypnôse fragrance (fun fact: Daria Werbowy’s campaign for the fragrance was the first time that I paid any attention to perfume, packaging, or models), the line now composes of seven different mascaras, all “Hypnôse” but all completely different.

Laura Mercier tinted moisturizers, primers range

Or, in an even more recent example, the nigh-iconic Laura Mercier Foundation Primers & Tinted Moisturizers. There weren’t a lot of tinted moisturizers on the market before Laura came along (or was it simply that no one paid them any heed, prior to?), but they didn’t just show up on the scene — they exploded onto it.

Both lines now contain quite a range of formulas, from Illuminating to Oil-Free, and the Tinted Moisturizer has even recently branched out into a solid (crème) format.

Two more (give me some lip)

YSL Rouge Volupté vs Dior Addict

In the lip world, there are two main formulas that I can think of which always confuse me. You’ve got the YSL Rouge Volupté lineup, in everything from the full-finish Rouge Volupté lipsticks to the sheer shine of the Rouge Volupté Sheer Candy balms, and then you have the Dior Addict lipsticks and glosses — Addicts, Addict Extremes, Addict Lip Glows, Addict Glosses, Addict Lip Maximizers, Addict Lip Polishes

I can never decide if ranges like these are a great showing of brand coherency or just the beginnings of a really bad headache. (I think I’m going with the former, though!)

And that awkward shade that just won’t go away

NARS Orgasm lineup launches history

It has to be said: NARS Orgasm. This one shade, NARS’ glistening crown jewel, exists in so many forms that I find myself often alarmed — from polish to illuminator, and (of course) all of its Super Orgasm incarnations. But, then again, perhaps I would feel differently if it was simply a different finish, or a different name, or a different shade altogether.

One that I liked, preferably.

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Don’t miss this » Camel lids + sculpted skin at Joy Cioci (A/W12)

Monday, October 8, 2012

It’s not all that often that I do a runway-inspired makeup look that I really love, but this one’s a bit of an exception to the rule. Based on the makeup created by the NARS camp for the Joy Cioci AW12 presentation, here’s a look with camel brown lids, soft black liner, and super-sculpted cheeks. 

Paired with semi-sheer nude lips and really well-defined (but not overfilled or overdrawn) brows, the NARS + Joy Cioci look is incredibly easy to wear — polished, but not too done-up.

It goes with any hairstyle, really, but I liked the casual, slightly messy hair at Joy Cioci. (Try letting your hair air-dry for this, and add soft curls or a thick partial French braid on one side of your hair to keep it out of the way.)

Read the full tutorial here on She Said Beauty.

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New 05/02/11

Sunday, February 5, 2012

P.S. Kevyn Aucoin at Norstrom, + NARS Spring…

The poor girl’s NARS Outremer | FaceFront Tokyo Future shade comparisons

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Alright, so it’s a few days late, but here are a handful of Tokyo Future comparison swatches. I’ve been running about attending far more courses than is generally advisable in order to sort out my schedule, so I apologize for the artificial lighting – by the time I get home, the sun’s already set. (Incidentally, it is likely that this will continue for the remainder of the season. My pre-emptive apologies; looks like photo-taking is going to be reserved for the weekends!)

From my stash, I found that Digital Dragon (the shade I unexpectedly fell a bit in love with) had the most dupes out of this bunch – nothing perfect, and nothing quite as densely molten-metal, but the Ellis Faas 303 Light would give the same effect. Something like Illamasqua Liquid Metal in Solstice might be close, too; if not in shade than at least pigment density and finish.

Secret Samurai reminded me a bit of ULTA Mystique and MAC Satin Taupe, but it’s a bit darker than the former and lighter than the latter. It also has quite a bit more red in the base – I thought it leaned just slightly red, but when compared to other taupes, the difference is more obvious. If you find taupes tend to lean too yellow on you, don’t miss this one.

I didn’t even bother looking for Lost in Nishitama dupes (maybe, like, MAC Spicy Smoke?), and the closest I had to the semi-matte Shallow Depth was Annabelle Lagoon – limited edition a while back, though, and not as much of an intense, straight-up blue. Shallow Depth is the low-budget NARS Outremer, in my head, though I do think the FaceFront pigment is more muted; darker. Perhaps more similar to something like Inglot #388?

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New 14/05/11 + NARS Makeup Your Mind

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Masques, sets, and BB creams… oh my!

And don’t miss: the new NARS Makeup Your Mind: Express Yourself book! I don’t actually have the first one (pictured below the widget), but I did check it out of the library ages ago – and, of course, just loved it. I mean, the clear product page? Absolutely brilliant!

ETA: a few photos of the first Makeup Your Mind, in case you didn’t quite get the whole “clear product page” thing. Very simple in practice, but more confusing to explain with just words :P

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NARS Summer 2011: now online

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Alright, so I know that we don’t usually post about collection launches – but this is one of the exceptions, mmkay?

I’ve recently become fixated on the new NARS hilighter, New Order. With the cult-fave Albatross, it’s one of just two products listed on the NARS “Hilighting Blush Powder” page, but it sounds so very… blush-like!  It’s listed as a soft pink with gold and silver shimmer, and because I haven’t seen any swatches yet, I really have no idea what effect it would give (though my guess is that it will look somewhat like a more finely-milled version of Lancome Glowy Ballerine).

In and of its own, I don’t actually think it’s that interesting – but I do think it’s a rather curious choice to be NARS’ only other hilighter. I would have expected something more a long the lines of a gold or a peach, first, though I suppose they do have quite a range of liquid and creme illuminators for that purpose.

Anyhow. Curious!

P.S. Here’s the rest of the NARS Summer 2011 details:

  • EYES: Trio Eyeshadow in Cap Ferrat, Duo Eyeshadow in Dogon and Exotic Dance, and Soft Touch Shadow Pencil in Queen
  • LIPS: Lipgloss in Wonder, Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Bolero, Pure Matte Lipstick in Carthage, and Lipstick in Mayflower
  • CHEEKS: Blush in New Order
  • NAILS: Nail Lacquer in Écume and Kismet

The eye and nail products are all limited edition, the lip products are all permanent, and the hilighting blush is being introduced as a new permanent item.

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