May 152015
 

Nars multiple - 2

The Nars St. Lucia Multiple ($39) is all about peachy-bronze illumination. I’m loving this color these days over bronzer (or lightly bronzed skin).  Catching my reflection in a mirror confirms that this color gives a healthy, intriguing softly glowing cheek. Gorgeous!

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A quiet little classic, Nars St. Lucia is one of those colors that you can be fooled into thinking exist everywhere, when in fact it’s a very complex shade that is difficult to just this right. I never know what to say when people seek duplicates for shades that are formulated with the exactly right combination of sheen, texture, color, and reflectivity. I think duplicates are almost impossible find, because someone has to be really, really knowledgeable about skin, light, and color to get a multiple done this perfectly. On my fair skin this is a blush. On deeper skintones, this is going to be a beautiful illuminating highlighter.

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It’s rare to find a bronze-peach that doesn’t get weighted down with an extra hint of brown, or one that doesn’t get too bright and shrill.  There isn’t a hint of brown or gold that weighs it down. If there were such a thing as a cool silvery peach, St. Lucia Multiple is it. Perfect for Spring or Summer, this is also the perfect cool neutral that’s going to look modern in winter too. Lovely, and highly recommended–you can even say it glows.  Available at Nars online.

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Nars Dual Intensity Blush: Swatches of Craving, Jubilation, Adoration, Frenzy, Fervor and Panic

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May 042015
 

Nars Dual Instensity blushes all - 1

Here they are! As you know, genius Francois Nars has a line of wonderful, complex, pressed powder blushes. Those are the gold standard for so many shades. Still, never shy of looking at the world through fresh eyes, the Nars Dual Intensive Blushes ($45 each) use a unique formula for those of us that love to shake things up a bit. Who doesn’t?  These are currently available from Nars online, Barneys New York, Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus, Sephora, and Nordstrom.

Nars Dual Instensity Blush - 2

These blush duos can be worn wet or dry. Generally, dry application gives the highest pigment level. A dampened brush gives a pretty watercolor effect that melts into the skin with a really pretty stain. Like the Dual Intensity eyeshadows, these duo-blushes have a magical texture and formula that gives a beautiful glow and dimension.

Nars Dual Intensity Blush swatches

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Group Project and Chance to Win NARS Christopher Kane Collection

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Apr 142015
 

NARS Christopher Kane Breakthrough RenderingOn April 15th, US and UK fans of the brands can enter for a chance to win the entire NARS Christopher Kane Collection, along with a new accessory from Christopher Kane’s Spring 2015 Collection (open to US and UK residents only).

· To enter to win the NARS Christopher Kane Breakthrough for US residents, fans should tweet using #NARSChristopherKaneUS.
· To enter to win the NARS Christopher Kane Breakthrough for UK residents, fans should tweet using #NARSChristopherKaneUK.
· The contest will kick off at 11:00AM GMT on April 15th in UK time, as well as 1:00PM EST April 15th in US time.
· Fans will be able to watch the Breakthrough livestreamed on NARSCosmetics.com & NARSCosmetics.co.uk on April 15th until a winner is revealed.

How will it work? Like a high-tech, modern makeup piñata that’s been designed by a genius. This video explains:

In other words, every #NARSChristopherKaneUS or #NARSChristopherKaneUK hashtag to hit Twitter automatically triggers a strike on the orb. As hashtags get published, watch the spears chip away until the designer giveaway is revealed. The final tweet to break the orb wins. How cool is that?

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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.

Nars Smudge 45

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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Nars Velvet Shadow Stick

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 182015
 

Nars Reckless 1NARS Reckless Powder Blush ($30) is a shimmery soft warm very light pink. This is an unusual shade, and I think in many lines this might be considered a soft highlighter. Of course, this fairy-sparkle shade fits perfectly with the modern nude theme of Nars Spring 2015. NARS Reckless Blush is available at Nordstrom, Nars online, Sephora, Barneys New York, Bloomingdales, and Neiman Marcus.
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On my skintone, Reckless actually seems to neutralize color because of the light tones, while adding a touch of shimmer and sparkle. It’s very Ice Queen. Here it is, swatched next to Nars Valhalla Eyeshadow single and Porto Venere Eye Paint.

NARS Porto Venere 41To get a sense of the color, I’ve swatched this next to MAC Bao Bao Wan Summer Opal, Laura Mercier’s Baked Powder Highlighter and Bobbi Brown’s Nude Shimmerbrick. As you can see, Reckless is a very light, cool nude with micro sparkle.

Nars Reckless Blush swatches comparisons1b

One more, slightly different order (but same comparisons).

Nars reckless blush swatches6a

NARS Reckless blush seems like is a powder version of a Cococabana, or other cool highlighter. A niche cool nude shade, it evokes an edgy vibe. It’s going to glow perfectly and naturally on some skin tones.reckless1984

NARS Reckless Blush is available at Nordstrom, Nars online, Sephora, Barneys New York, Bloomingdales, and Neiman Marcus.

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