Nov 012013
 

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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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Oct 312013
 

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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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Oct 012013
 

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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:

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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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Oct 012013
 

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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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Aug 302013
 

Nars Fall 2013 has a number of lip products and pencils that are an eclectic mix of colors (previously, the new Nars single eyeshadow colors were reviewed and swatched here). First, there are two new Nars Larger than Life Eyeliners. Via De’ Martelli is a chocolate brown.

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 The color is a neutral matte.

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Las Ramblas is a shimmery yellow gold.

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The Las Ramblas is a good inner-eye brightener or under-eye liner, and is quite warm.

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Swatches of both Via De’ Martelli and Las Ramblas:

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There are two new Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencils ($25 each). Nars Mysterious is a matte crimson red.

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This color is highly pigmented, and requires a bit of care when applying. It’s a striking shade so you want get it right. We exfoliated before, and watched our placement carefully. A bit of balm underneath is always a good idea. The image below (on Liz) does not have any balm–it’s a straight application of the pencil directly onto the lips.

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Nars Paimpol is an edgy “pink chiffon”–a cool matte light pink that looks really ’60’s inspired (or maybe a punk ’80’s). We had a bit of a tough time getting smooth coverage–you might wish to do several passes to build up the color for full effect if this is a shade that you love. 

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There is shimmer added to the matte formula.

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Again, no balm so that you can see how the pencil looks applied directly to the lips.

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Swatches of Mysterious Red and Paimpol:

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There are two new Nars Pure Matte Lipstick shades ($26 each). La Paz is an orchid pink.

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This color is limited edition, and quite unusual.

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Despite the “pure matte” name, the shimmer gives a sort of wet, moisturized look.  On Liz:

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Peloponnese is a ginger pink that translates into a warm honey nude.

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Like La Paz, there is shimmer within the formula.

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On Liz, you can see that this shimmer and color adds a touch of life to this understated color:

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Swatches of La Paz and Peloponnese:

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Overall, this eclectic mix has a lot of edgy and traditional shades. Does anything catch your eye?

Available at Nordstrom and other Nars sources.

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