Sunday, January 31, 2016

NEW Blush Palettes! Urban Decay X Gwen Stefani vs. NARS Studio Cheek Palette

This is going to be a blush palette showdown!  In January, both Urban Decay and NARS launched blush palettes.  The NARS palette that I have is actually the Steven Klein collaboration from the 2015 holiday collection; however, it is ALMOST the same as the new NARS NARSissist Studio Cheek Palette that launched in January.  The only difference are the differences in shades of blush color, which I will explain.  The Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani collaboration blush palette also launched at the end of January.

As you can see, both come in really nice sturdy packaging.  The Urban Decay palette is slightly larger and bulkier.

The NARS palette is $65.00 USD and comes with four blushes, a bronzer, and two other shades for highlight and contour.  The Urban Decay palette comes in cheaper at $45, but has blushes, two highlights and two contour shades.  So with NARS, you get a total of 8 shades and with Urban Decay, you get a total of 6.

NARS Palette

The Steven Klein Studio Cheek Palette comes with the following shades show above from top left to right are Paloma (highlight and contour), Laguna (bronzer), and four blush shades on the bottom from left to right: Robotic, Blasphemy, Luster and Dolce Vita.

The difference between the Steven Klein palette and the current NARSissist Studio Cheek Palette are the four blush shades, which are Icy Lilac, Sausalito Sunset, Shimmering Rose Peach, and Fleshy Pink.

None of these blush colors, with the exception of Dolce Vita and Luster, are part of NARS's regular collection.  Therefore, in my opinion, it's better to get the new NARSissist Studio Cheek palettes if you want to have the limited edition colors!  As for the colors themselves in both these palettes, though the names are different, the colors are very much the same. From left to right, both palettes have a soft pink, muted light-medium pink, golden apricot and dusty rose.

It's also good to note that you get a fair amount of product in this palette with the blushes coming in at 0.12 oz (regular has 0.16 oz), and 0.29 oz of the Laguna bronzer (regular has 0.28 oz.!) and 0.12 oz of the Paloma contour blush (regular has 0.28 oz.).

Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Blush Palette

It's good to start off by noting that Urban Decay calls this a blush palette, but if you read the back of the box, it actually says that these are Gwen Stefani's favorite blushers, highlights and bronzers, so they are not all blushes.  However, it being powders, you can use them however way you want!

The top row has the more pink toned colors starting with Cherry (soft pink), Easy (shimmering dusty rose), and Angel (champagne nude).  The bottom row has your more brown tones with Lo-Fi (soft bronze matte), Hush (shimmering medium pink), and OC (soft pink with peach shift).  Lo-Fi is the official bronzer and OC is the official highlight.

These blushers are highly pigmented, especially Cherry and Easy.  A little bit goes a long way.  I made the mistake of dabbing too much on my brush the first time I used this, and holy smokes, was it bright!  You get 0.09 oz. of product in this palette per color.

What is a better value?

So if you're wondering what the better value is, it is obviously the NARS palette since it comes with a total of 1.01 oz. of product and the Urban Decay palette has a total of 0.54 oz.  At $65 you get double the amount of product in the NARS palette than the Urban Decay palette at $45.  For the same amount of product, the Urban Decay palette would actually cost you around $90.  

I also feel that you get more of a selection with the NARS palette.  The blush tones are pretty similar in both palettes, but I like that the NARS palette has the extra contour shade so you're not using a bronzer to contour, as I like using cool tones to contour versus warmer shades.

Have you tried either of these palettes?  Let me know what your thoughts are on these!

Saturday, January 9, 2016

New Year, New Stitch Fix! January Stitch Fix Unboxing!

So... Stitch Fix and I are not starting off on the right foot for 2016.  We went from an amazing December fix to almost a dud for the new year.  Most of the pieces were actually good from a style perspective, but just didn't fit properly or weren't really worth the money.  Check out my unboxing video!