True to the name, this has a creamy texture that blends into the skin nicely and doesn't settle into fine lines. Be sure your eye area is well-moisturized though, or it can look a bit dry. I'd say it's a highly pigmented, full-coverage concealer that can be sheered out according to your preferences/ needs. Compared to the MUFE Full Cover Concealer, NARS RCC has equally good coverage.
The shade "Custard" is a bit darker than my skin tone and more yellow. It works well to correct the blueish darkness under my eyes and doesn't give me that ghostly glowing eye socket look I try to avoid. I can also use this around my nose to counteract redness.
The doe-foot applicator is not my favorite in terms of hygiene (I prefer squeeze tubes), but I just dab what I need on the back of my clean hand, then apply. It's $28 for 0.22 oz/ 6ml of product which is not exactly cheap, but I feel that this is so good that it's worth it. In general, good base products like concealer and foundation are worth the investment!
BECCA Beach Tint in Raspberry
This has an almost gel-like consistency that is absorbed into the skin for a lit-from-within flush of color. There is a slightly fruity scent that dissipates after a few minutes, and there's also a barely noticeable, fruity taste.
On the lips it appears matte but has a slightly tacky feel. The pigmentation is medium-sheer and buildable; Raspbery is true to its name. Lasting power is decent but not impermeable. It starts to fade away after a few drinks (non-alcoholic, from my experience so far) or a meal. It lasts through light snacking.
I enjoy the portable packaging and the sophisticated design, but the little silver cap feels like very cheaply made plastic. If you drop and lose the tiny cap, you're pretty much screwed. For $25 you get 0.24 oz/ 7ml of product, which will last forever if you only use this on the lips. Still, it's pricey, so I highly recommend going on eBay or allcosmeticswholesale.com. I picked this one up for $12. #frugal
BECCA Lost Weekend Eyeshadow Palette
This is absolutely stunning. I've never owned eyeshadows like these
before. The texture and pigmentation is outstanding. Very few products I own are as rich, smooth, and
perfectly formulated as these.
They are creamy to the touch and soft with high pigmentation and excellent color payoff. Fallout can be a minor issue but doesn't affect the way these apply.
This palette contains: Moleskin, Chino, and Moire.
Moleskin is a
matte dusty taupe with mauve undertones, Chino is a matte neutral
chocolate brown, and Moire is very similar to Moleskin but a bit darker with more
pink and fine silver shimmer throughout.
I sweep Moleskin across my entire lid, darken the outer V with Chino,
and rim my lower lashline with Moire. Instant defined, natural, everyday
eye. I always use a primer (NARS Pro-Prime) since I have oily lids, and the colors stay true without fading or creasing throughout the day.
The packaging is beautiful inside and out. The feel of it has a satiny finish similar to NARS packaging, which, like NARS, can get a bit gummy over time. The three shadows are 1.6g each and the palette retails for $49. Is it worth it? To me, hell yes, because the shades flatter me and I will reach for this often and get a lot of use out of it.
NEST Fragrances Dahlia and Vines Hand Cream
This hand cream absorbs quickly, feels silky, and
doesn't leave any greasy feel. I can tell it actually hydrates my skin
too because my dry cuticles disappear after I rub this in. The beautiful fragrance lingers for a decent amount of time, which I wholly appreciate because I have been obsessed with this scent. It's extremely feminine, alluring, and uplifting. Think Jo Malone's Peony and Blush Suede but with a noticeably fresh, green base.
The notes are listed as: "Bergamot, Lychee, Pink Pepper, Peony, Rose, Daffodil, Green, Vanilla, White Amber. Raspberry.
" I can really detect the notes of peony, rose, and lychee. Essentially, this is a soft, fruity, floral that I think is wearable all-year-round.
This came in a set of five 1oz hand creams of various NEST fragrances. I picked it up on the Sephora site for $38 and the official description reads: "Indulge your skin with all five scents from the NEST Collection with
this luxurious hand cream set. Each travel-size hand cream contains
white tea extract and shea butter to help soothe and nourish the skin
while providing antioxidant benefits. Enriched with vitamin E and
jojoba oil, this luxurious, lightweight cream absorbs quickly, leaving
skin feeling soft and hydrated.
To me, it's a good buy because it's cheaper than L'Occitane, equally good quality, better scents, has more convenient packaging (flip-top), and has a prettier aesthetic. I've promptly purchased the rollerball version of this fragrance too because I am a zombie consumer with no willpower.
Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Rush
The formula is creamy, hydrating, pigmented, and long-wearing. There's no taste but the bullet has a slight lipstick scent (a la L'Oreal lipsticks).
"Rush" is a rosy, muted, mauve-pink that's a rosy nude appropriate for any look or occasion. The sleek metallic packaging is badass and beautiful. You pay $22 for .09oz or 2.5g, which I believe is significantly less product than standard. However, the formula is richly pigmented so you need only a swipe or two for full-on color.
The only gripe I have is the fact that the bullet rattles around slightly in the tube. I've read other reviews noting the same thing so I know I didn't just get a dud. It's a tad irksome, but I'm pretty sure I'll live.
From left to right: NARS RCC in Custard, BECCA Beach Tint in Raspberry, BECCA Lost Weekend Palette (Moleskin, Chino, Moire), UD Revolution Lipstick in Rush.
BECCA Beach Tint was swiped once then patted in. The BECCA eyeshadows were swatched without any primer; one swipe each. UD lipstick is two swipes and appears a bit more saturated here than in real life.
For reference, I am about an NC15 in MAC and nearly transparent. The patchiness in the picture is just my capillaries. Sorry.