Jul 262012
 

Nars Foreplay Blush Palette ($49/Sephora Exclusive) is a deconstructed version of the iconic Orgasm blush. This includes the original Orgasm blush (bottom right), together with the individual elements of the original–a matte fuchsia pink, a matte coral, and the shimmery gold highlighter.

The palette is a crowd-pleasing mix of colors that allows you to customize this universally flattering shade as you like. Personally, I’m so attached to cool pinks, I love popping a little bit of the fuchsia on my upper cheek, with the Orgasm down below. Here’s a swatch of all of the shades (softly on the left, more dense on the right):

A few close-ups of the colors:

More:

When I first saw the press for Nars Foreplay, I wasn’t sure as I hadn’t used my original Orgasm in a while (no double entrendre intended). Now that I’ve played with Nars Foreplay, I see its genius. I frequently layer blush in other lines, and having the ability to control the separate elements is sort of awesome. I love adding Fuchsia to Orgasm. It makes the whole color new. Here’s one look on Liz, playing with the colors:

Here, she started with Orgasm as the base shade, then added the fuchsia and coral separately, adding the gold as a highlighter at the end.

Bottom line–The price is right, the package is extremely convenient (especially if you live on the road as I do at times). Awesome, consistent Nars quality. You can get infinite looks easily. This gives a brightening glow. Love.

The Nars Foreplay Palette was sent to Cafe Makeup without charge for consideration for review.

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Jul 252012
 

Nars Fall 2012 has a number of contrasting deep and light shades, playing with texture and light. Nars Storm Bird ($18) is a deep gray cream nail polish with a high-shine finish. Storm Bird compliments the rest of the collection well.

Nars Storm Bird reminds me of a standard photographic color called “18% grey,” which was intended to standardize black and white photographs across the tonal spectrum  (non-photographers won’t get this reference, but you might find something familiar about Storm Bird nonetheless as it reflects deep winter shadows).

It is a high-shine urban color–I actually own shirts and a scarf in this color. It makes lighter warm skin tones really stand out, because it is a cool deep contrasting color. Cooler skin tones will find it harmonizes well. Everyone will find it a universal color that looks good with a wide variety of winter clothing–blacks, sage, burgundy, and some blues.

I think most companies go to shades in nudes and browns, and perhaps taupes, when formulating neutral nail colors. Here, Nars has taken a bolder step and gone with a very modern, edgy gray. I don’t have any other grays in this color category for comparison. I can say that NARS formula is consistently excellent–this is two coats to full opacity, no visible nail lines. There is no topcoat there, the formula is providing the shine.

Nars Storm Bird was sent to Cafe Makeup without charge for consideration for review.

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Jul 242012
 

Nars Undress Me Multiple ($39) is a pink nude highlighter shade with a wash of fairy glitter. Right now many of the high concept fashion collections are playing with surface textures in a modernist framework. It seems to me that Nars Fall 2012 collection is made in this same tradition. The items have a beautiful internal connection, they bring something new to the innovative makeup realm. As with many new and inventive textures, these are not traditional. Undress Me fits within this framework–my guess is that very few readers have any duplicates that are close to NARS Undress Me.

This soft, glitter-rich color will act as a highlighter on all but the very lightest skin tones. Here is a comparison between Nars Undress Me Multiple, Nars Angelika Mutliple, and Nars Copacabana Multiple. In this case, I think that the picture tells the entire story, readers will either be entranced and delighted with the gorgeous sheen, and others may find that this does not fit within their personal sensibility:

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Jul 232012
 

Nars has released four (4) new lip product for Fall 2012, all in shades that mesh beautifully with the rest of the collection:

  • More Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil ($24), a honey-brown glossy pencil
  • Autumn Leaves Lipstick ($24): A golden warm sheer lipstick
  • Amsterdam Pure Matte lipstick ($25), a deep brick-red matte pigmented lipstick
  • Rouge Tribal Larger than Life Lipgloss ($26), a deep ruby-jewel, high-shine gloss with sparkles
Here are swathes of all four:
NARS Autumn Leaves lipstick looks red and shimmery in the tube, but applies with a strong golden tone:
Here’s Nars Autumn Leaves on Liz:
More Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil is a soft honey brown:
Close up:
Here is a comparison with Nars Velvet Gloss Pencils in More, Burenos Aires and Hopi:
Here is the deep matte Amsterdam Velvet Lipstick:
Here is a comparison with some other deep reds. First, Nars Amsterdam and Nars 413 Bleecker. Then Chanel Rouge Coco lipsticks in Rivoli and Vendome:
Nars Rouge Tribal Larger than Life Lipgloss is an amazingly dramatic jewel. Not for the color-shy, this color is absolutely gorgeous for a dramatic impression:
Another:
Overall, NARS has some dramatic and unusual shades in its Fall 2012 collection. Overall, each of the colors is dramatic and works with the overall deconstructed theme of the collection.
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Jul 212012
 

Nars Fall 2012 brings us two new eyeshadow palettes. Nars High Society Eyeshadow Trio ($45/ limited edition) is a deep mix of three medium-to-deep jewel tones.  Nars Vente Glace Eyeshadow Duo ($34) is a light-toned cool silver and light green which act as shimmery light tones. Both palettes are deconstructed, unconventional and edgy. Unlike many multi-toned palettes, High Society has three deep tones. Nars Vent Glace has two shimmery light tones. I found that the palettes work well together–sisters, of a type–and so I’m reviewing them together.

Here are the deep swatches of Nars High Society, which is the star product of the Nars Fall 2012 collection:

Another:

 

The Nars Vent Glace duo is in the familiar palette format with two light shades. This reminded me of the Nars All About Eve duo, in that it’s geared to give a tonal effect. Both shades of Nars Vent Glace are light and shimmery:

Here are swatches of the Nars Vent Glace duo. Here, I compare it to a more traditional, multi-tonal duo, the Chanel Khaki Clair. I also found the closest colors in my collection were some discontinued Shu Uemura singles (a cool silver ME Silver 950 and a shimmery mossy green ME Silver 851):

Another, same order:

 

Here, we combined the two palettes in this look on Liz.  We used the left (silvery) side of Vent Glace on the inner portion of the eye, together with the violet shade on the outer corners of the eye:

Steps:

  • Nars Undress Me Multiple as an eyeshadow base, up to the brows
  • Left side of Vent Glace duo on the inner half of the eye, blended with the Edward Bess Luxury Eye Brush
  • Violet color of Nars High Society trio, blended on the outer half of the eye with the Edward Bess Luxury Eye Brush

Here’s a overall look with the same eyeshadow combination. We also used other products from the Nars Fall 2012 collection, including Nars Outlaw Blush, Nars Undress Me Mutliple, and Autumn Leaves lipstick.

The Nars High Society Eyeshadow Trio, Outlaw blush, Nars Undress Me Multiple, Autumn Leaves Lipstick, and Vent Glace Duo were sent to Cafe Makeup without charge for consideration and review.

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