Feb 142014
 

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NARS is set to release a set of seven matte Multiples ($39 each). These are a mix of bronzy and vibrant colors for lips and cheeks. These are said to have build able, long-lasting hydrating color that can be applied either dry (for a soft yet vibrant matte effect) or wet (for a vivid finish that melts into skin). These will be online at Nars.com and Nars Boutiques. These should be at other stores later on.

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  • ANGUILLA Ginger pink
  • EXUMAS Pink apricot
  • SIAM Poppy red
  • LAOS Rose coral
  • ALTAI Rose bronze
  • VIENTIANE Copper bronze
  • CAPPADOCE Golden bronze

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Some of these have been used during the recent New York Fashion Week. For example, Anguilla Matte Multiples was used at Rodarte F/W ’14 together with a not-yet-released Fall Nars Unlawful blush.

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And here’s a little video to get us all psyched for the release:

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Jan 202014
 

NARS Final Cut Blush08aThe release of a new NARS blush is always cause for celebration, especially when it is wearable and beautiful. NARS Final Cut collection includes four new blushes–in Final Cut, New Attitude, Love and Sex Fantasy ($29 each). I’m overwhelmed, delighted, and happy to share our thoughts about them.

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This lovely set of highly wearable shades mirrors the Nars Final Cut Satin Lip Pencils (reviewed here), and of course they look lovely when coordinated together. Yet these blushes are universal in their appeal, and should coordinate nicely with numerous types of makeup combinations. These brightening, fresh shades are a beautiful addition to our Spring calendar, but honestly they are so universal and gorgeous they should work year round.

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Nars Love blush ($29) is called “tea rose.” In my mind, it’s a soft misty rose, with a touch of gray and mauve. It’s one of those universal shades that looks amazing applied softly with a strong lip, or built up for a slightly bolder cheek.  Here is Nars Love on Liz (over foundation and Tom Ford Gold Dust Bronzer, with Nars Stourhead on her lips):

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NARS New Attitude ($29) is a “cherry blossom pink.” It is a lovely, build able color that amps up nicely for a clear, beautiful pink with a hint of red. This looks a bit cool, but this is far softer and more neutral than some cooler NARS blushes (such as Angelica).

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Here is New Attitude on Liz (she’s wearing the Guerlain Les Tendres eyeshadow quad on her lid):

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NARS Final Cut blush is peach coral. This is a color that looks lovely with warm tones, including mixing well with bronzers. Surprisingly, these shades can play well with some reds.

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Here is Nars Final Cut on Liz:

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Like the NARS Stourhead lip pencil, NARS Sex Fantasy is a cool light pink. Although this shade kicked up some dust when we dipped our Hakuhodo brush into it, we found that the application was smooth and beautiful.  NARS Sex Fantasy is the most lightly pigmented on the Final Cut group, but the color is quite build able for a stronger, cool uber-light pink.

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NARS Sex Fantasy is the type of color that you are quite sure exists somewhere, but then when you go to find it there doesn’t seem to be anything around. Thankfully, NARS keeps these edgy, rule-breaking colors available. NARS Sex Fantasy reminds me of a pink version of light peachy NARS Sex Appeal. On some, this will be quite subtle.  Here it is on Liz applied very heavily so that we could get some of the cool pink color. She really worked in quite a bit of product here, much much more than would be typical. Despite our heavy application, and the powder dust that our brush kicked up, the application looks quite nice and smooth.

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Like a dozen roses, NARS Final Cut has brought out some beautiful, brightening shades. This gorgeous collection is currently available on Nordstom.com, and will be available on Nars online site and Nars boutiques beginning March 1, 2014.

NARS Cosmetics provided Sex Fantasy, Love, and New Attitude to Cafe Makeup without charge for consideration for review. This post includes affiliate links (for more information, see About Cafe Makeup)

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Dec 162013
 

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A new blush is always cause for celebration, and we are celebrating Chanel Joues Contrast Emotion #87 ($43) (designated as “87″ on Nordstrom’s site). This has the Chanel Powder texture and is made in France. Note that The Beauty Look Book’s reviews and comparisons are here.

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Part of the reason that this blush is celebratory is its universality. It has enough color and tone to look good on a variety of skin-tones, from light to deep, as well as cool and warm. Also, the medium pink color will look good with a variety of looks and various situations.

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Chanel Emotion is a deep pink-rose:

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Chanel Emotion on Liz:

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I do not have anything quite the same in my collection, so I did some random swatches so that you can place the color between plums and pinks. Here is Chanel Emotion compared to Chanel Plum Attraction, Illamasqua Chased, and Chanel Rose Temptation:

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Overall, we’re applauding Chanel Emotion as a new addition to Chanel’s Joues Constraste line. True love!

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Dec 082013
 

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Nars has released a series of three blushes with the NARS Guy Bourdin Holiday Collection ($29 each).  Two are new   limited edition shades (Coeur Battant and Day Dream). The third–NARS Exhibit A–is a repromote  from the permanent Nars line. I’m assuming that this third piece has been added because it shares the same name as a book authored by the collection’s inspiration, Guy Bourdin’s Exhibit A.

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NARS Coeur Battant is a bright fuchsia cool pink that rivals Tom Ford’s Narcissist in pigmentation and impact.

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Here are comparisons with Tom Ford Narcissist, Nars Coeur Battant–as you can see, they are quite similar. By comparison, Chanel Tubulent looks quite pink and well behaved. I’ve included two plums for comparison as well–Chanel Plum Attraction and MAC Lavish Living–to show you that Nars Coeur Battant is not as purple as it might appear.

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Although NARS Coeur Battant looks very bright in the pan–fear not–it can be worn beautifully on the cheek. Here is Nars Coeur Battant on Liz:

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As you can see, NARS Coeur Battant is a beautifully fresh pink. It will certainly work for both warm, cool, light, and deep skin tones. By comparison, Nars Day Dream is a soft peach-pink.

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For me, Day Dream seems like a more sophisticated, updated version of a soft blush that can be worn with a strong lip shade, or simply for an understated soft flush of color. The pigmentation is even, satin, and quite good. Of course, Nars Day Dream does not have the impact of Nars Coeur Battant (few blushes do!). Also, Nars Day Dream lacks the strong pink and shimmer of NARS Orgasm. Although they look similar in the pan, they are certainly not duplicative of each other.

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Day Dream has more color than the extremely subtle Tom Ford Frantic Pink, and has more life than the soft Chanel Rose Ecrin.

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Above, is Nars Day Dream on Liz–it’s a soft, well-behaved shade that looks beautiful in almost any situation.

Nars Holiday Blushes06NARS Exhibit A, as a permanent long-timer in the NARS collection, has been reviewed more times than I could possibly count. It’s a vibrant red-orange that looks incredible for summer wear, with a tan or on deeper skin tones. Here are swatches of all three of the Nars holiday blushes:

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Overall, I like both Coeur Battant and Day Dream, for entirely different reasons. Nars Coeur Battant gives a pretty flush of soft, skin-brightening color and (unless you own Tom Ford’s Narcissist, or a few from the MAC world) is unlikely to already exist in your blush stash. Day Dream is one of those blushes that you don’t think you need, until you find that it coordinates so well with everything else that you end up using it most of all.

Available at Nars.com online, Nordstrom, Sephora.com and other Nars sources.

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Nov 222013
 

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Holiday 2013 brings us the limited edition Giorgio Armani Eccentrico Face Palette ($88), a confection of light colors that blend to make a beautiful highlighting blush. As you can see, the palette comes housed in a red variation of Armani’s classic travel-friendly classic shape. Inside, the presentation could not be more lovely. Although the overspray wipes away with a few brushstrokes, its ephemeral and multi-dimensional beauty makes this a joy to use and a pleasure to gift. Here’s a close up with the  stunning overspray, which changes tonality and coloration depending on how the light strikes it:

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Another showing a more wintry and delicate frost from a different angle of light:

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Without the overspray, the palette is a melange of color pink, lavender, peach and white highlight:

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Underneath the color pan is compartment with a flat brush:

armani eccentrico81With my light warm, NC15/ Chanel Cameo-Ivoire/ Armani #5 coloring, this product is a light pretty, candy-coral very light blush color with shimmer and micro-sparkle. Here is an arm swatch of all colors, in the middle is a mix of all of the shades of the Armani Eccentrico Face Palette:

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You’ll get more of a highlighter or a color effect depending on where you place your brush on the palette. Liz used the Armani Eccentrico Face Palette on her cheek, brow bone and above her brow on this picture, focusing mostly on the highlightsr portion. I’ve been wearing Armani Eccentrico as a light shimmery blush (light bit of micro-glitter are visible in direct sun, so if you dislike that effect you will want to reserve this strictly for evening wear). Alternatively, I’ve used a very soft, light brush as an all-over complexion brightener.

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She’s also wearing the Guerlain Crazy Paris Terracotta to give her a sunny glow, and Guerlain Rouge G L’Extrait Lip Color in Paresse on her lips (reviewed here).

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Overall, we enjoy the Armani Eccentrico Palette–the presentation could not be more lovely. The colors can be used as a sublet, buildable blush or a (applied very lightly) a soft wash of all-over color.  The color is so pretty, and it should carry us all the way through Spring and Summer quite easily.

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