Sep 062015
 

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Nars Velvet Shadow Sticks ($28) are new, creamy eyeshadow pencils that can be worn either as an eyeshadow or smudged liner. The colors apply with buttery smoothness, and they set for long-term wear. I’ve been using a few of these colors blended together, and they’ve been giving my lovely, all-day wear.

I am assuming that these Nars Velvet Shadow Sticks are newly formulated replacements of the former Nars Soft Touch Shadow Pencils, which are listed under the “discontinued favorites” on Nars’ website.  I know that the Soft Touch Pencils had less-than-stellar reviews.

I’ve found that these new Nars Velvet Shadow Sticks have the longevity that the former soft touch pencil liners seemed to lack.

Nars Velvet Shadows are available at Nars online, Nordstrom, Sephora,  Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and Barneys New York.

 

The colors show here are:

  • Aigle Noir – Black infused with gold shimmer
  • Glénan – Navy
  • Goddess – Pink Champagne
  • Oaxaca – Quartz (shimmery taupe)
  • Sukhothai – Shimmering Peacock
  • Flibuste – Black
  • Reykjavik – Grey

Nars Velvet Shadow Stick Swatches

 

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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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Jul 112015
 

In addition to the surprisingly lovely Nars + Christopher Kane Quantum and Violet Atom (reviewed here), there are a few more items that you shouldn’t miss considering.

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Jun 232015
 

MAC Le Disko eyeshadow 01I picked up a few Dazzleshadow eyeshadows from the MAC Le Disko collection. At $20 each, I thought it worth spending a few minutes discussing these somewhat unique shadows. Although NARS has brought us a few shades with a similar multi-dimensional qualities, there are few other products out there like these. MAC Le Disko is currently available at Nordstrom, Macy’s, Bloomingdales, and other MAC sources.

MAC’s Le Disko eyeshadows have an insane amount of duochrome, sparkle, and a widely different look depending on the technique, base, and brush used. Really, the duo chrome effect is strong with these, my friends.  As you move your eyes in the light, these will give you a stunning variation. These are challenging eyeshadows to work with, but really crazy beautiful. If you’ve got some experience, patience and decent tools, I’d prepare to pick up at least two or three. Here are the shades that I got.

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Jun 092015
 

LE DISKO_BEAUTY_300aMAC is set to release Le Disko Collection: where glitter and glamour intoxicate and colour gets physical. It’s all see and be scene as the crowd converges under a sparkling aura of lights and erupts into a dazzling sea of eyes and lips. Feel the fever with Dazzle Eye Shadow in riotous hues, while Dazzleglass drops it like it’s hot for colour-popped lips that’ll make the boys go crazy. It’s a full on colour disco, and you’re the reigning queen.”  These should go online this Thursday  June 11th, 2015, and be in-stores on June 18th, 2015 (US and Canada).

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Mar 252015
 

Nars Glenan Flibuste Nunavet Reykjavik Velvet Shadow sticks narsNARS has released some new Velvet Shadow Sticks ($28 each). Here, I’m testing four colors:  Glenan (deep blue), Filbuste (deep black), Nunavet (violet/purple) and Reykjavik (a steely grey).  These are currently available at Nars Cosmetics online, and Nordstrom, 

Nars Glenan Flibuste Nunavut Reykjavik Velvet Shadow sticksThese have a very rich, intense pigment that sets within about a minute or two and lasts all day. The deep color can be smudged out beautifully. You can use these to amp up a shadow by applying them as an all-over dark matte base on the lid. For a more subtle effect, I’ve been applying these along the lash line, then smudging them into a gorgeous line with the Nars #45 smudge brush.

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I’ve been pairing them with a shimmery or metallic neutral all-over the lid, for example using Nars Eye Paint (pictured below), or Tom Ford’s cream eyeshadow in Platinum.

Nars Eye Paints Swatches allThe longevity of Nars Velvet Shadow sticks is excellent–I remove them with an oil cleanser at the end of the day. They don’t budge. Of course, NARS Velvet Shadow Sticks look awesome with the Nars eyeshadow palettes designed as part of this All About Eyes collection. This includes the NARS Unforgettable Eyes palette (reviewed here).

Nars Eyeshadow Palettes04….as well as the NARS Irresistible Palette (reviewed here):

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Swatches:

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As you can see, these are pigmented, creamy mattes. I find them convenient because they have the impact of a gel liner, but without the need for an application brush (these can be smudged with a finger). I love the colors–of course, the black and gray and standards in my repertoire. The purple and deep blue are jewel-toned flattering colors that really can set off the white’s of one’s eyes.

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Bottom line:  highly recommended.

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Mar 132015
 

Nars St Paul de Vemce Duo 1Part of NARS Spring 2015 collection is the NARS St-Paul-De-Vence Eyeshadow Duo ($35), a “neutrals with a twist” that sort of evokes this year’s marsala theme but leans toward the warmer side of it. To me, some colors in Nars’ line are instant classics–they are unusual enough because the shades are complex–but they are universal enough to fit within the makeup that one already owns. Paired with a soft peach or coppery blush, and I’m good to go.  NARS St-Paul-De-Vence is currently available at Nordstrom, Nars online and Nars boutiques, Sephora, Barneys New York, and Neiman Marcus.

NARS St. Paul de Venice 1 copyI’ve been reaching for this so often–it’s not the same old, same old brown and beige “work friendly” combination but it raises the fashion factor just enough. Still, it’s not a super vibrant color. St-Paul-De-Vence is daytime friendly. In addition to spring, this one is one of those great August-September transition to Fall colors that helpful to have.

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The shade on the left is described by NARS as a shimmering nectarine. This is redder than many soft shimmers that tend to be either beige or pink. On the right is a wonderfully formulated matte chestnut, that is a red-brown without being too much of either. These are applied softly here in these swatches, of course they can be layered for more intensity.  Sometimes I hold off on interesting basics like these, it took me months to by Nars All About Eve. The funny thing is, once you have them you use them because these are beautiful, everyday shades that enhance the eye color, are effortless to wear, and are just quite pretty.  I’ve been wearing the shimmer shade as a lid wash, with the deeper right shade in the outer corner and crease. I top these with a black liquid eyeliner. Reddish browns, in the range of MAC Dubonnet, look fabulous with these tones. Of course, the sheer shimmer Liguria lipstick (also part of NARS Spring ’15) works beautifully as well–the colors can of course be worn beautifully together.

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As far as NARS St-Paul-De-Vence? This is one of the good ones, gorgeous. Highly recommended. NARS St-Paul-De-Vence is currently available at Nordstrom,Nars online and Nars boutiques, Sephora,Barneys New York, and Neiman Marcus.

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Mar 112015
 

Nars Spring  2015 Overview

One thing about NARS collection designs, they show tremendous aesthetic range. One year, it’s a bright blue and green paint-like eyeshadow. For NARS Spring 2015, it’s a collection that seems designed precisely for Tilda Swinton–the most subtle light nudes ever.

nars-tilda-swinton-embed-vHave you ever seen someone with porcelain cool lids, that had a slight natural gleam? Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have them yourself? NARS Porto Venere eye paint ($25) delivers precisely that look–a clean, soft cool pearl color that looks clean, fresh, and pretty worn alone. It can also be used as a lovely neutral base for eyeshadows.

Nars Porto Venere II’ve been using NARS Porto Venere for about a week, either alone or as an eye base. It lasts beautifully, applies nicely with either a synthetic brush or finger, and gives all-day wear. Here is a swatch on the right, below:

NARS Porto Venere 41Porto Venere is a lovely addition to an already extraordinary range of cream eye colors. If this is something that you can see using, I recommend it highly. NARS Porto Venere is available at Nordstrom, Barneys New York, NARS online (and Nars boutiques), and Neiman Marcus,  I’ll be posting more reviews of NARS Spring ’15 over the coming days.

 

 

 

 

 

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