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NARS Matte Lip Pencil Coffret: An Abnormal Female Swatches

December 31, 2015

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Sometimes packaging design goes beyond functional and the design becomes an entirely new facet of the product. The NARS x Steven Klein An Abnormal Woman matte velvet lip pencil coffret ($65) is in that category. Honoring the edgy work of photographer Steven Klein (some of his images are to the right), this metallic bullet-shaped container has a burnished warm finish and plenty of edge. This set combines three (3) Velvet Matte Lip Pencils (typically sold at $26 each), which are some of the absolute best in the business in their high-concept packaging. The weight and metallic glow of the coffret is substantial and interesting.

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An Abnormal Woman comes with these universal colors in the Velvet Lip Pencil: Sex Machine,  Dragon Girl, and 413 BLKR. 

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Liz is wearing 413 Blkr Street.

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One attribute that sets NARS as a company apart is its willingness to go all-in on its special packaging. Some of my all-time favorite makeup items of all time are the NARS Andy Warhol items (some are featured here) and the Guy Bourdin items. This Steven Klein collaboration has all of the same brilliance and excellent execution.

This limited edition item is available at Nars online.

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NARS Digital World Lip Pencil Set Reviewed and Swatched

October 31, 2014

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Sometimes it’s hard to choose, isn’t it? Nars makes such beautiful and versatile lip pencils, and they’re all such amazing colors. Which to invest in? Holiday sets solve this dilemma beautiful. Nars Digital World Lip Pencil Coffret ($49) is ideal for those locking for a little range of colors at a lovely, usable size, without too much commitment to any single color. This set gives five different colors (two different textures) at a modest $49 price point. This is currently up for sale on Nars online, as well as Sephora.com. It will soon be available at other Nars sources.

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The set three satin pencils, including NARS Descanto–a Cafe Makeup favorite! Seriously, both Liz and I have plenty of these between us. A perfect nude.

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You can see both Descanto and Torres del Plaine reviewed here.

Nars Holiday Pencil Set09 copyNars Yu is a beautiful, rich pink.

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In addition, there are two matte velvet shades–Iberico and Cruella. Beautiful! Here are swathes:

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One more set:

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This is one of my favorite holiday sets this entire season. Definitely worth picking up!!Nars Holiday Pencil Set10 copyBeautiful colors, great-reusable, modern packaging, a perfect range of shades. Love. Nars Digital World Lip Pencil Coffret is currently up for sale on Nars online, as well as Sephora.com. It will soon be available at other Nars sources.

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This product was sent to Cafe Makeup without charge for consideration for review. This post contains affiliate links (for more information, see About Cafe Makeup). The pictures of Liz, above, are from our prior reviews of the full sized versions of the pencils.

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NARS Modern Future Roman Holiday Lip, Cheek and Nail

October 30, 2014

Nars Roman Holiday Gifting1Nars Modern Future Set ($49) includes three coordinated products based on the ultra feminine, universal pink, classic Roman Holiday. The set is housed in a modern, transparent triangular box embossed with a lacy pattern inspired by architectural designer Chris Kabatsi’s digitally-rendered Nebula print. This is currently available at NARS online and will be available at other NARS sources beginning November 1st.

Nars Roman Holiday Gifting3This beautiful presentation gives the illusion that the products are floating in the box, which is a very fun and sort of cool effect. Inside are:

  • Roman Holiday Lipstick
  • Mini Roman Holiday Blush (Limited Edition)
  • Roman Holiday Nail Polish (Limited Edition)

Nars Roman Holiday Gifting4 copy copy copyThe nail polish and lipstick are full size, and the blush is a mini (the size is rated at 0.12 oz., while a typical Nars blush are marked at 0.16 oz.). The blush size is roughly the same as a Nars eyshadow single.

Nars Roman Holiday Gifting5These colors are outstandingly beautiful, universally flattering pinks.

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How pretty are these?  The NARS Modern Future set is currently available at NARS online and will be available at other NARS sources beginning November 1st. I can think of two or three friends that would love this.
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Nars High Seize Spring 2014: Annees Folles, Bimini, Timanfaya and Na Pali Coast

February 20, 2014

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We have a few more Nars Spring 2014 items to review, so we’re doing a consolidated post for the following:

First up, Bimini Larger Than Life Lipgloss is a sheer orange shimmer.

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On Liz:

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Annees Folles is a sheer cool lavendar shimmer with a high gloss finish.

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This gloss has a brightening effect:

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Swatches of Bimini and Annees Folles:

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Timanfaya Satin Lip Pencil is a bright statement orange with a glowing finish:

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On Liz:

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Liz played with layering Timanfaya lip pencil and Bimini lip gloss, which gave her an intense statement lip:

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I really loved the new Na Pali Coast Multiple. Although it’s easy to overlook this one among the variety of winning products from Nars this year, you really shouldn’t. Na Pali Coast has a gorgeous sheen and just a touch of red, which looks amazing and sun-kissed when applied.

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Here is a swatch of Na Pali Coast, together with some of the coordinating lip products:

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Overall, these are all excellent quality. If these colors are something that appeal, you really should check them out. Our favorites are the Na Pali Coast Multiple and Bimini Larger Than Life Lip Gloss–both are beautiful, brightening and elegant colors for Spring.

Available at Nordstrom.com, Barney’s, Nars Cosmetics and other sources.

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Nars Final Cut Lip Pencils Review and Swatches: Stourhead, Villa Lante, Descanso, Torres del Paine

January 20, 2014

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NARS has introduced an extensive collection for Spring 2014. Part of this is the Final Cut collection, which includes four satin lip pencils–Stourhead, Villa Lante, Descanso, and Torres del Paine ($25 each). The satin formula leaves a glowy finish, with more shine than a matte but not as much as a gloss. These are all nicely pigmented, and applied evenly and smoothy. These are available February 1, 2014 at Nordstrom and beginning March 1, 2014 at NARS boutiques, and on narscosmetics.com.

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As with all NARS satin pencils, these are encased in black wood and come with tenacious little black caps.

Stourhead is a light cool pink, called a “pale lavender pink”

Villa Lante is a medium bright fresh pink, called a “cherry blossom pink”

Torres des Plaine is a bright peach coral

Descanso is “tea rose,” in my view a grayed-down soft peachy terracotta

Swatches:

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Another set:

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Although some of these seemed right for Spring and Summer, we found some were lovely for year-round wear.

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Surprisingly, Descanto was a favorite for Liz and I. We loved its sophisticated tone that made it appropriate for our coloring for almost every occasion.

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Descanso on Liz:

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Torres del Paine is slightly brighter and with a flush of red throughout the subdued color.

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Torres del Paine on Liz:

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Villa Lante won our hearts as a beautiful medium pink:

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Villa Lante on Liz:

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Stourhead is perhaps the most unusual of the set.  The light lavendar is fresh and fun, but won’t be for everyone or every occassion.

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Stourhead–as a pastel color– tended to be a little difficult because of its light tone.

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Overall, we were really pleased with this fresh set of pencils. Our favorites were Descanso and Villa Lante.  These pencils–Stourhead, Villa Lante, Descanso, and Torres del Paine are available February 1, 2014 at Nordstrom and beginning March 1, 2014 at NARS boutiques, and on narscosmetics.com.

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Preview: NARS Spring 2014 Color Collection

January 6, 2014


Spring 2014 is quickly approaching. One collection on my radar is NARS because (have you heard?) there’s a new multiple launching. The eyeshadows look fabulous as well. The details of the collection are as follows:

Rich, aquatic and anchored in glamour. The NARS Spring 2014 Collection kicks off the season with provocative appeal leaving winter in the wake. Eyes sizzle in gold lamé and iridescent smoky orchid, while cheeks glisten with a splash of shimmering rose peach. Gleaming cantaloupe for nails and a refreshingly glossy pout in guava and violet evoke a cool burning attitude with this fashion forward collection.

The items are listed with their images below.

China Seas Duo Eyeshadow ($34):  Iridescent turquoise with gold infusion and iridescent plum

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Kauai Duo Eyeshadow ($34): Gold lamé and iridescent smokey orchid

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Annees Folles Larger than Life Lip Gloss ($26): Sheer violet

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Bimini Larger than Life Lip Gloss ($26):  Sheer pink guava

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Timanfaya Satin Lip Pencil ($25):  Mandarin Red

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Khao Road Larger than Life Long Wear Eyeliner ($24):  Metallic aquamarine

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Puerta Del Sol Larger than Life Long Wear Eyeliner ($24):  Parrot green with shimmer

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Wind Dancer Nail Polish ($19):  Cantaloupe

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Na Pali Coast Multiple ($39):  Shimmering rose peach

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This is slated to release on Narscosmetics.com and NARS boutiques on January 15, 2014.

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Nars Guy Bourdin Fling Set Review and Swatches

November 1, 2013

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There are some makeup products that have such outstanding concepts that they defy categorization. The NARS Fling Set ($49) for Holiday 2013 is one of those items.

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First up, the set is housed in a highly re-usable molded red lip box that’s mostly genius with a dash of insanity. This outrageous, vibrant red sculpture can’t be touched by anything out there right now.

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At the widest part, the Nars Fling box measures approximately 7 inches across, so it is large enough to keep you your table for rings, hair accessories, and other necessities that require attractive storage (the outside depth is roughly 1 1/2 inches, the inside bottom depth is just over 1/2 inch. The inner lid depth for the top piece is hard to measure–the best I can do is to say that it is between 1/4 and 1/2 inch).

Although the packaging is not conservative, the lip choices are all crowd-pleasing beauties. This includes Nars Damage lipstick:

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Nars Roman Holiday:

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Nars Baroque Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil (mini) (full sized reviewed here):

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Here’s Nars Baroque from our review of the full sized version:

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Also, the set includes the classic Nars Dolce Vita Velvet Matte Lip Pencil (mini):

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In the NARS Fling Set, the lipsticks are the full size 0.12 oz standards that we’ve come to know and love. Dolce Vita is lised as .06 oz. and Baroque is listed at 0.008 oz. As with the other lip pencils in the Promiscuous kit, these  pencils are approximately 3 1/2 inches in length. Swatches:

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For me, the selling point of this kit is the laquered box–it’s nicely made without seam lines, gloriously glossy, and indisputably fun.  The lip products are awesome, classic colors with a dash of the high-spirited Roman Holiday thrown in for good measure. All of these have the great Nars lip formula, and perfect for readying you from Winter through Spring.

Now available at Nordstrom, and soon available everywhere Nars is sold.

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Nars Promiscuous Lip Pencil Set Review and Swatches

October 31, 2013

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Like the NARS One Night Stand blush palette (have I mentioned my obsession with this palette yet?), the NARS Promiscuous Set ($45) released for Holiday 2013 will be available at Sephora exclusively (based on the materials that I’ve received). This set comes with a large cosmetic pouch, approximately  7 1/2 by 5 inches. It also happens to come with some of my favorite pencil shades from NARS incomparable line.

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This pouch is a tough, good quality vinyl and should provide years of use. I love a bag with a decent zipper, this one has one that is both robust and attractively integrated into the design.

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Unlike many lip pencils which provide a color base for lipsticks or gloss, NARS pencils of this type are meant to be used as  the main event–they are complex colors and thoughtfully designed textures used to create the lip look on their own.

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The NARS Promiscuous set contains mini versions of Cruella Matte Velvet, Sex Machine Velvet Matte, Dolce Vita Velvet Matte, Never Say Never Velvet Matte, and New Lover Velvet Gloss. These are some of my favorites, so I think this is a well-chosen, nicely wearable and versatile selection.

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Swatches of all shades:

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One more set:

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If you haven’t tried NARS pencils, the Nars Promiscuous set is a wonderful place to start. The pouch is a nice addition–the size is excellent for keeping things together in your office desk, weekend bag, the gym, or your purse for those necessary touch-ups.

Note: The Cruella, Sex Machine, Dolce Vita, and Never Say Never Pencils are listed as 0.06 oz, and New Lover as 0.08 oz in size. These measure roughly 3 3/4″ in size each.

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NARS Guy Bourdin Holiday Gift Sets Preview

October 1, 2013

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In addition to the NARS Guy Bourdin Sephora Gift Items (previewed here), and the NARS Guy Bourdin Color Collection (previewed here), NARS is releasing additional gift sets online and at select department stores. Below is all of the information that I have for these. These are due out beginning on November 1st.

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This NARS Crimes of Passion palette ($59) is something that is certainly on my radar. This will be available at NARS boutiques, NARS online, and department/specialty stores.

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NARS Crimes of Passion includes:

  • Deep Throat Larger Than Life Lip Gloss: New Shade, Shimmering Sheer Peach
  • Jezebel Eyeshadow: New Shade, Shimmering Sable
  • Naïade Eyeshadow: New Shade, Metallic Rose Mist
  • Pandora Eyeshadow: Rich Black Matte
  • Deep Throat Blush: Sheer Peach
  • Laguna Bronzing Powder: Brown Powder with Golden Shimmer

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The NARS Voyeur eye pencil set ($49) will be available at NARS boutiques, NARS online, and department/specialty stores. The pouch:

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The NARS Voyeur pencil set includes:

  • Via Appia Mini Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner: Copper Brown
  • Most Wanted Mini Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner: New Shade, Cyan Blue
  • Blue Dahlia Mini Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner: New Shade, Deep Violet
  • Santa Monica BLVD Mini Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner: White
  • Via Veneto Mini Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner: Jet Black

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NARS Beautiful Stranger ($35) includes four nail polish colors and will be available at NARS boutiques, NARS online, and department/specialty stores.

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The shades are:

  • Lost Red Nail Polish: Bright Red
  • Shameless Red Nail Polish: Bright Pink
  • Dance Dance Dance Nail Polish: Bright Purple
  • Manosque Nail Polish: Deep Smoky Lavender

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The NARS Splendor in the Grass Palette ($49) is a blush palette that will be available at NARS Boutiques, NARS online, and select retailers.

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Splendor in the Grass includes Sex Appeal (matte soft peach), Albatross Highlighting blush (luminous glow), Dolce Vita blush (matte dusty rose), and Angelika blush (cotton candy pink).

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The NARS Cosmetic Pochette ($75) is available at NARS Boutiques, NARS online, and select retailers. The outside box:

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The pouch:

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The NARS Fling Lip set ($49) has two pencils and two lipsticks will be available at NARS Boutiques, NARS online, and department stores/select retailers.

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The Fling pouch:

Fling Lacquered Lip Case

The lip items include:

  • Dolce Vita Mini Velvet Matte Lip Pencil: Dusty Rose
  • Baroque Mini Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil: Raspberry Sorbet
  • Roman Holiday Lipstick: Pretty Pastel with Delicate Hint of Pink
  • Damage Lipstick: Sheer Muted Grape

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Nars Holiday Gifting for Sephora Preview

October 1, 2013

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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.

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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

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The NARS Promiscuous set of lip pencils ($45) will also be sold exclusively at Sephora.The pouch for this set:

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 This includes five Nars Lip Pencils of different formulas.

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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)

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