NARS’ Guy Bourdin collection provides to be both extensive and epic. Beginning November 1st, NARS is releasing a rather fabulous looking blush palette exclusively at Sephora and Sephora.com. This NARS One Night Stand Palette ($65) includes three entirely new shades together with some useful staples.
I definitely have my eye on this one. The shade names are:
Devotee Highlighting Blush: New Shade/Alabaster Glow
Mistinguette Blush: New Shade/Bright Pink
Goulue Blush: New Shade/Fleshy Pink
Laguna Bronzer: Brown Powder with Golden Shimmer
Orgasm Blush: Peachy Pink with Golden Shimmer
Deep Throat Blush: Sheer Peach
The NARS Promiscuous set of lip pencils ($45) will also be sold exclusively at Sephora.The pouch for this set:
This includes five Nars Lip Pencils of different formulas.
The colors are:
Cruella Mini Velvet Matte Lip Pencil: Passionate Scarlet Red:
Sex Machine Mini Velvet Matte Lip Pencil: Innocent Pink Mauve
Dolce Vita Mini Velvet Matte Lip Pencil: Dusty Rose
Never Say Never Mini Velvet Matte Lip Pencil: Pink Lilac
New Lover Mini Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil: Gold Infused Strawberry Pink (reviewed here)
Nars has released two oversized Sephora-exclusive blush palettes, Soulshineand Realm of the Senses ($41 each). These are the same large size as the Nars Pierre Hardy blushes released earlier this year. Note that the texture of the blushes are quite different. Specifically, the Nars Pierre Hardy blushes gave a sheer wash of a single near-matte color. In contrast, Soulshine and Realm of the Senses give a mix of more shimmery, complex color that tends to be darker on the tonal scale. The results with Soulshine and Realm of the Senses varies depending on how you dip your brush on the large face of these newly released palettes.
Despite the relatively high 0.41 oz. size, the compacts are travel-ready as the palettes are slim and sturdy. Realm of the Senses includes a sheer peach, a shimmering bronzed rose, and a sparkling gold sand.
Swatches of the colors individually from Realm of the Senses:
As you can see, these are very flattering colors with a high “glow” factor. Of these two, Realm of the Senses is Liz’s favorite.
Nars Soulshine has a gold shimmer, a sheer golden apricot, and a soft rose tone with golden shimmer.Overall, it has a darker, more red impression compared to Realm of the Senses. Between the two, I preferred Soulshine because I love deeper tones in Fall and found this palette more unusual.
Here is Soulshine on Liz. Soulshine has a more red impression, compared to the fresh peachy tone of Realm of the Senses.
Here’s a swatch of both colors side by side (the colors blended across the palette for each). Realm of the Senses has a stronger peach note (particularly obvious at the top of the swatch), while Soulshine leans more rose.
Nars Soulshine and Realm of the Senses are excellent, versatile palettes that carry lots of pretty, glowing color. Fortunately, Liz favors Realm of the Senses and I the other Soulshine, so we’ll have some chance of using these up over the next several months. Because of the large palette size, it allows us to use a small-headed brush blush to custom-mix and blend the color–and isn’t that the whole fun of makeup in the first place?
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Nars is releasing two new limited edition palettes ($41 each) to sculpt, highlight, and define the face. According to the line, these “exclusive design exudes the NARS signature mix of sophistication and playfulness, while a new silky-textured formula blends to a smooth, even finish.”
Soulshine has a peachy pink blush tone with gold shimmer, a sheer golden apricot, and a soft rose tone with golden shimmer.
Realm of Senses has a sheer peach, a shimmering bronzed rose (yay!) and a sparkling gold sand.
Nars Summer Shock 2013 includes a number of edgy products that are worth a look. The collection is available at Nars online, Nordstrom, Sephora and other Nars sources.
As an artist’s line, I always love to see Nars’ take on the cutting edge to see whether there are a few items that I might use to update my own beauty routine.
The collection contains:
Madness Nail Polish ($19)
Paris Follies Larger Than Life Lip Gloss ($26)
Tolede Satin Lipstick ($24)
Fashion Rebel Duo Eyeshadow ($34)
Euphrate Single Eyeshadow ($24)
Puerto Vallarta Multiple ($39)
Tender Night Velvet Matte Lip Pencil (Limited Edition, $25)
Barrow Street Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner ($24)
Swatches of all products:
Here are some thoughts on the individual products. First, Nars Madness ($19) is a bright orange cream that is the typical, well-executed Nars formula.
Nars Madness was the brightest of all of my oranges–here, OPI A Roll in the Hague, Nars Lal Mirchi, Deborah Lippman’s Lara’s Theme, and L’Oreal L’Orange:
Nars Madness has a slightly less glossy finish compared to the rest (although you can add a topcoat if you prefer to do something other than this satiny finish).
Nars Paris Follies Larger Than Life Lipgloss is a sheer strawberry red:
Liz fell in love with this one immediately, as a light, summer, easy everyday color (applied full force, although this can be patted on lightly for a soft pink):
Nars Tolede Satin Lipstick ($26) is a sheer pink with a slight touch of warm coppery brown.
Nars Tolede is somewhat sheer. On Liz’s very light lips, the color applies as a soft warm pink. On my darker toned lips, the color is much darker.
Here are some Nars Tolede comparisons with Nars Bilboa, Nars Autumn Leaves, Burberry Rosewood, and Burberry Lip Mist in Copper.
Nars Fashion Rebel is a striking yellow and violet combination.
I have to hand it to Nars–”Fashion Rebel” is well named.
On Liz, who quickly created an eye (no base, using Edward Bess Luxury Eye Brush):
I suspect with bases and layering, you could get more vibrancy. As applied here, it reminds me of a flower.
Nars Puerto Vallarta is a shimmery soft peach cream. It’s more subtle than some of the corals and oranges we’ve seen during the year, and would work beautifully for a subtle touch of color. Here is a comparison with Nars Puerto Vallarta (two swipes), Nars South Beach Multiple (two swipes), Nars Sex Appeal powder blush (piled on and it’s still subtle), and Chanel Frivole (2 swipes):
Tender Night Velvet Matt Lip Pencil ($25) (swatched above) is quite sheer–it is nearly invisble on my pigmented lips.
Nars Barrow Street Larger than Life Longwear Eyeliner ($24) is a light creamy mint.
This is going to look amazing on a cool toned person as a lower waterline color, especially with Euphrates eyeshadow single on the eye and the Puerto Vallarta multiple on the cheek.
There is a full review of my new love, the Euprhate eyeshadow single, here.
Fall 2013 brings these six Le Blush Creme de Chanel ($38 each/.09 oz), a entirely new format of cream blushes by Chanel. It has been more than a decade since we’ve seen Chanel release cream blushes, and these bear little resemblance to those created with former technology. Instead, these have excellent, controllable pigmentation. If you like to wear your blush with a water-color whisper lightness, or as a bright statement (or anything in between), Chanel has got you covered with these. These have a bit of slip and a silicone feel, as you can see from the ingredient list posted below.
Cafe Makeup will have more information up tomorrow regarding the new Le Blush Creme de Chanel blush formulations for Fall 2013. Please stay tuned! In the meantime, please enjoy this image of all six, Chanel Présage, Inspiration, Revelation, Destiny, Fantastic and Affinité.
In the earlier part of this millennium, I used to wait for the May releases of MAC collections with anticipation. I loved D’Bohemia way back when, and more than a few others. These days, I don’t buy from many MAC collections, but the Temperature Rising collection (just released last week) is the exception. We bought a few items, and took a (very) few (very) quick pictures to put together a sketchbook of our first impressions so that you can see our favorites before it runs out.
Some of the products are still online at Nordstrom.com, and other MAC sources like Belk, Macy’s and even some at Mac Comsetics.com (there’s always hope for a restock, but who knows?). I had the best luck at counters and MAC stores, however.