May 312017
 

It Cosmetics sent over their line of three Confidence in Your Glow Palettes ($32 each), which are all-in-one palettes that include a highlighter, blush and bronzer in three coordinated shades. Although this isn’t a brand I know extensively, I thought it best to post these as they may be of interest. These are available at Ulta Beauty and QVC online.

As we launch into the summer months, I’ve been craving a bronzer that gives me that natural flush of pink, red or warmth that mimics the look of skin that’s seen some a kiss of sun . Of course, no single powder can do all that. A separate blush and bronzer is the only way to give a natural looking effect. Pop a highlighter in there and you are good to go. The packaging is reinforced cardboard, which isn’t ideal for traveling but serviceable for home use. Notice that the One Sweep Wonder Brush ($48) (above) has a flat, duo-fiber soft and feathery head that is designed to lightly pick up the very soft, merged powder of these products. This is Instant Warm Glow:

This format is similar to Kevin Aucoin’s The Neon Bronzer ($58), with the highlight on the left, the blush in the middle and the bronzer on the right. The One Sweep Wonder Brush is narrow enough to pick up each shade individually, although a small-headed brush of another type (a typical highlighter brush) would do as well. Here are all three shades–Instant Warm Glow, Instant Natural Glow, and Instant Nude Glow.

The texture of these is extremely soft and pigmented. Using a typical blush brush picks up more product than I’m used to–I can see why the One Sweep Wonder Brush has duo-fiber styled bristles. You do not need much to get significant color, at least on my fair skin tone. Also, the powder is very, very soft. The colors are summer-wonderful. My favorite was Nude Glow, but all of them gave that “day in the sun” glow. The highlighter shades were fabulous. Swatches:

So pretty!! Once applied to the skin, the texture of these was quite nice. They weren’t the most super-finely milled, but extremely nice. The colors are gorgeous.

These are available at QVC online and Ulta Beauty.

These were sent without charge for consideration for review.

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Jan 272017
 

Last year, NARS introduced their Pro Palette line of products and palettes , a way to pack an incredible way to re-experience the brand. Although I’ve always loved the brand, having the option to fill these slim, travel-ready palettes opens up the usability of their line exponentially.

The palettes themselves are very slim. They come in two sizes, small and large, and together you can take enough options to last you for months and months. Their magnetized backing allows you to re-arrange the items, so that you can select your favorites and take only one if you choose. I typically slip two of them into the same padded slot in bag as my Apple MacBook Pro, side by side. Easy, easy, easy.

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Review: NARS Unfiltered Blush Palettes

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Dec 072016
 

One of NARS hero products are its buttery soft, complex powder blushes. The NARSISSIST Unfiltered Blush Palettes ($59 each) pack six (6!) shades into each. A traveller’s dream, these two should have you covered no matter what your future holds. These are currently available at Nordstrom, Sephora, Barneys New York, and Nars online.

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May 302016
 

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It feels like this weekend has turned the corner from spring to summer. This is the perfect time to stock up on some summertime staples, NARS Hot Sand  – Orgasm and Hot Sand – Laguna powder duos. ($42 each). These slim compacts are full of summer goodness. Typically, I think of NARS staple highlighter as Albatross. For me, Hot Sand has a warmer, softer color that’s beautiful and very flattering. Of course, Laguna is an amazing bronzer that looks wonderful on a wide range of skin tones.  Of course, Orgasm is a glowing, flatter shade.

The formulations on these powders is superb.  As I go about my summer travels, these two will definitely be slipped into my carryon.  They’re gorgeous.

NARS Hot Sand  – Orgasm is available at Nordstrom and NARS online.

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To go with these beautiful powders, this collection includes a limited edition brush, the NARS Hanamachi Kabuki Brush ($42). This fluffy, dense brush is designed to work with the Hot Sand palettes. It’s gorgeous, easy to work with and control. Here’s a comparison with the gigantic Givenchy Bronzer Kabuki ($50) and the MAC 182 brush ($53) (this one, from the Catherine Deneuve collection from several years ago).

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The same brushes, set on their sides:

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As you can see, NARS is a comfortable travel size but large and fluffy enough to provide a beautiful, diffused and blended looks.

The NARS Hanamachi Kabuki Brush ($42) is available at Nordstrom and Nars online.

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Photos: NARS Biggest Orgasm Blush

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May 132016
 

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NARS Limited Edition Orgasm blush ($39) is a wonderfully giftable item (or something that you might like to gift to yourself!). Essentially, this big beautiful compact holds 3.04 ounces of NARS’ classic at $39, compared with 1.92 ounces for the $30 regular-sized version. Of course, this blush has a well-deserved reputation for looking good on virtually everyone. Perfect for year-round wear, Orgasm is a soft pinky-peach with soft shimmer that gives beautiful light and color to wake up almost all skin tones. It’s lovely.

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NARS Limited Edition Orgasm is available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Sephora, Nordstrom, Nars Boutiques, and Nars online.

The outer sleeve is beyond adorable with the summer sunglass theme, which is repeated on the plastic protector that protects the blush during shipment.

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The full-size mirror has “#what makes you blush” inscribed to make you smile.

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I can think of one or two girlfriends that will love this as a gift. As always, I love the travel-friendly packaging, the oversize mirror, the glorious texture, and the gorgeous flush of color. The formulation is superb. This big Orgasm is one yes, yes, YES!.

NARS Limited Edition Orgasm is available at Sephora, Nars BoutiquesNars online, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Nordstrom.

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Apr 172016
 

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I picked up two items from Tom Ford Summer this year–first, a refill of Tom Ford Gold Dust Bronzer ($98) as a replacement for one that I’ve used to pan. But the new item that created the most excitement is Tom Ford Bicoastal Blush ($78). I find this formula, which echoes the same from the Moonlight Sculpting duo, to be excellent. As others have warned, I’m sure that Tom Ford Bicoastal will sell out quickly. Please move quickly.

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Tom Ford Bicoastal is currently available at Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Sephora (this goes in and out of stock here).

Tom Ford Bicoastal includes a highly pigmented deep pink-red blush that applies with virtually no powdery texture. It melds beautifully to the skin to delivery a soft healthy glowing color. As its name suggests, there is an additional soft pink highlight shade included that provides a highly sophisticated cool shimmer. I absolutely adore Bicoastal–to me, this is going to make a top ten list of 2016. The soft glowing look that it imparts gives life and youth, and these are beautiful colors that are face-brigtening to an entire range of skin tones. Yes, you need this one.

Of course, I’m a big fan of Tom Ford Gold Dust as well. Liz has worn this in countless photographs on this blog, and in her real life. I find myself reaching for Gold Dust on my high-stress days, when I know I want to look cool, confident, and softly tanned. I love it.

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I’ll look at Tom Ford Summer at least one more time before I decide whether I’ve gotten everything that I love from it. However, I knew that Bicoastal blush was a must-have, given my love for this incredible texture. This is well worth your attention. Please do not hesitate on this one–it’s beautiful.

Tom Ford Bicoastal is currently available at Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Sephora (this goes in and out of stock here).

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Feb 022016
 

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MAC Cosmetic’s Flamingo Park blushes ($22 each) released late last week, and so I thought I’d put up a few swatches before leaving town. Because most of these are so pigmented, I also ordered the MAC 184 duo-fibre fan brush ($25) to use the bolder colors more gently on my fair skin tone. I find this blush collection welcome, because MAC does blushes very well and these in particular are quite good. The powder is nicely milled, the colors last well, and the colors are fun and Spring-like. I love a nude look, but I also love beautiful wash of color. Some of these shades integrate more complex tones, such as Oh My!’s dash of red/pink and Life’s a Picnic red/coral.

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The two lighter shades–What I Fancy and Spring Flock–are both easy to wear colors that do not require special care in application for those in the medium to light skin tones. However, the more nuclear-pigmented shades (This Could Be Fun, Let’s Be Friends, Life’s a Picnic, and Oh My!) definitely require a fan brush. I found the duo-fibre MAC 184 fan up to the task–it’s baby’s whisper application allowed me to apply Let’s Be Friends without any problem when these arrived this morning.

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Keep in my that Oh My! is a MAC exclusive. The rest are easy-breezy to pick up at Nordstrom, Macy’s, Bloomingdales, and other MAC sources.

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If you are looking to keep your blush game strong, this is a collection well worth your time. Of course, care is needed with the deeper shades on fair skin, but nothing that a good brush can’t solve. Remember, Oh My! is a MAC exclusive. The rest are at Nordstrom, Macy’s, Bloomingdales, and other MAC sources.

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NARS Fall 2015: Tribulation Blush, Pasiphae and Teslesto Dual Intensity Eyeshadows

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Sep 192015
 

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NARS Private Screening Fall 2015 brings some outstanding limited edition products worth highlighting.  The first is Tribulation Blush, a glowing nude.  This makes a beautiful skin-finishing highlighter on many skintones or can be worn as a nude blush on those in the NC10-25 range. It’s so unique, I don’t know of any other blushes that come close to Tribulation.  The finish is so gorgeous.

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These products are available at Nordstrom, Sephora, Nars online, Barneys New York (Tribulation blush, Parsipahe  and Teslesto), Neiman Marcus, and Saks Fifth Avenue.

NARS Private Screening Fall 2015 also includes two new, limited edition shades of the Dual Intensity Eyeshadows:  Pasiphae and Telesto. Frequent readers of this blog know that I am head-over-heels for this format. Pasiphae is a extraordinary, unusual shade that evokes the many complex colors of a peacock feather.  Telesto is a shimmering brown with a slightly metallic edge.

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These products can be used to give a glowy, intense gorgeous Fall look.

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These products are available at Nordstrom, Sephora, Nars online, Barneys New York (Tribulation blush, Parsipahe  and Teslesto), Neiman Marcus, and Saks Fifth Avenue.

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Sep 052015
 

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As a leader and authority in makeup artistry, NARS Cosmetics is excited to introduce the NARSPro Palette – the first offering in a line of products designed especially for the professional makeup artist community. The ultimate tool for makeup artists on-the-go and backstage, NARS invites you to curate your very own palettes with over 64 refill shades now available for purchase at NARS’ freestanding boutiques and on E-Commerce. Mix and match the artistry essential shades of eyeshadows, blushes, bronzers and pressed powders in one palette or create a comprehensive palette of blushes or eyeshadows. Pop in color, open up your inner artist.

Empty large palette: $18

Empty small palette: $14

Blushes: $21

Duo Eyeshadows: $25

Single Eyeshadows: $18

Pressed Powder: $25

Bronzer: $27

Contour duos: $30

On Nars website, you can choose from a suggested version, or play with the easy to use palette-creator to make your own.

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Blame It on Nars Blush Palette Re-stock

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Aug 192015
 

Do you ever want something and then miss out? I was in Paris during most the Nordstrom Anniversary sale, but I thought it would be best to pick the Blame It On Nars palette as a gift for a friend. To my delight, I’ve found it. In case you missed out too, the item restocks here. I’ve seen it for the past few days, hopefully it stays around. It’s a beautiful combination of these:

  • Highlighting Blush in Satellite of Love (0.14 oz.)
  • Blush in Day Dream (0.14 oz.)
  •  Blush in New Attitude (0.14 oz.)
  • Bronzing Powder in Casino (0.15 oz.)
  • Travel-size Ita Kabuki Brush

Here’s the original Nars Day Dream on Liz:

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