AERIN Winter Color Palette from the Midnight Color Collection – Photos, Swatches, and Review

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The AERIN Winter Color Palette reflects the effortless and classic beauty of Midnight Color .

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The compact is the standard sleek gold AERIN packaging. It comes in the prettiest soft pink suede pouch.

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The palette includes Quartz, a really lovely soft rose tan blush that is very pigmented and smooth. Then there is Brocade which is a really pigmented and buttery shimmering gold champagne eyeshadow. Midnight Lace is a deep brown cream eyeshadow. So nice to have a mix of cheek and eye products and powder and cream products in one palette! Midnight Lace is somewhat sheer but really blends beautifully making it possible to blend it out into your crease into a soft haze. Emerald is a stunning deep yet brilliant green that reminds me of the green in my beloved Le Metier de Beaute Penelope Kaleidoscope.  It has great pigmentation and works beautifully with this colour palette.

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I have been really enjoying this palette. The quality is excellent and the look it creates is both beautiful and versatile. I will be sharing an AERIN Midnight Color Collection look with you soon.

AERIN MIDNIGHT COLOR collection will be available for a limited time beginning November 2013 at Holt Renfrew Toronto Bloor Street, Yorkdale, Calgary, Vancouver and online at

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Hard Candy Fall 2013 – The Eyes – Photos, Swatches, and Reviews

The Fall 2013 Hard Candy Collection is available exclusively at Walmart and includes 5 new Mod Quad baked eyeshadow palettes as well as new shades in many of their existing products. Lets start with the Poppin Pigments ($6 US) in Violets and Roses. These are available as a duo and are 1.8g each. They have little shaker tops and have good decent pigmentation. They have a beautiful shimmery finish that isn’t too glittery.
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The Shadow Dancers in Private Party ($6 US) are a cream to powder eyeshadow. The silver end is quite sheer but the other end is the most gorgeous pink to dusky mauve duo chrome shade.

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Swatches in natural light.

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Hard Candy Shadow Dancers in Private Party and Poppin Pigments in Violets and Roses

The new Mod Quad baked eyeshadow quads ($6 US) are really lovely to behold in their packaging but the beautiful shades in the baked raised dome palettes are very sheer and don’t translate to the skin. Dry these eyeshadows are very, very sheer. Applied wet you can increase the payoff a bit.

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Pink Interlude:

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Stay tuned for some Hard Candy Fall 2013 lip glosses!

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NARS Eye Paint in Snake Eyes, Transvaal, Mesopotamia and #38 Angled Eyeliner Brush – Photos, Swatches, Review

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NARS Eye Paints. A lot of hype or a lot of awesomeness? Well, I may have tested only three of the available ten shades, but from my experience these are pretty darn amazing.

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The NARS Eye Paints ($29 CAD) are pots of highly pigmented and creamy gel colour that can be used as both an eyeshadow (preferably applied with a finger so your body’s warmth aids in blending) or as an eyeliner. When applying as an eyeliner you can pair them with the new #38 Angled Eyeliner Brush ($30 CAD) for a perfectly defined eye.

The shades I have tested are:

  • SNAKE EYES: Black with green shimmer
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NARS Eye Paint Snake Eyes

Snake Eyes is a rich black with green microshimmer. It is dark and black enough to be “conservative” while the green shimmer gives it extra depth and interest. LOVE it!

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NARS Eye Paint Transvaal

Transvaal is a dark matte grey. At first I thought it might be a bit too light and look odd but it is darker once applied. It is a fabulous and modern take on a neutral.

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NARS Eye Paint Mesopotamia

Mesopotamia is a rich dark brown. It is super dark so it gives the intensity to the lashline that I love. Sometimes I find browns can be a little too soft and I find myself just reaching for black but Mesopotamia is perfect.

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NARS #38 Angled Eyeliner Brush

The NARS Eye Paints are richly pigmented. There’ll be no need for multiple passes with this stuff. Even applied as a cream eyeshadow it applies opaque and you can blend out to a soft edge. They set relatively quickly but to avoid creasing when used as an eyeshadow your best to keep yours eyes closed for a few seconds to avoid creasing and performance is of course enhanced when topped with a powder eyeshadow. As a liner they apply smoothly and evenly. While the NARS #38 Angled Eyeliner Brush is larger than I typically reach for it actually does an excellent and precise application. I was pleasantly surprised.

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NARS Eye Paint in Snake Eyes, Transvaal, Mesopotamia

The other available shades are:

  • SOLOMON ISLANDS: Turquoise blue
  • TATAR: Black with purple shimmer
  • UBANGI: Black with blue shimmer
  • ISKANDAR: Gold

NARS has also released some great how to videos to help make the most of your experience with the NARS Eye Paints. You can watch them here:

These are available now at Holt Renfrew, The Bay, Sephora and MURALE locations, and

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