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Nars Christopher Kane Collection: Quantum and Violet Atom Multiples

June 6, 2015

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The Nars Christopher Kane collection is based on the concept of neon neutrals. There are a few surprising, never-seen-before colors and textures in this collection that you shouldn’t miss. A little background on fashion designer Christopher Kane:

The designer has always been acknowledged as both a precocious and truly gifted talent. Christopher Kane has quickly matured and grown to become one of the powerhouse labels of British fashion with one of the biggest international profiles. The catwalk shows, held during London Fashion Week, are a widely acknowledged highlight of the international fashion calendar. Developing his highly creative and playful signatures of constant innovation, rebellious femininity and extraordinary skill, his clothes continue to surprise and seduce with their ineffable sense of chic.

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Two truly unique, over-the-moon items that I’ve never seen before from any line Nars Multiples in Violet Atom and Quantum ($39 each). Please be very, very careful about missing these. We aren’t likely to see something this special in a high-end line very often–these are well-executed special edition items. Quantum is exclusive to Nars online (and Nars boutiques), which has the full collection. Violet Atom is currently available at Nordstrom, BarneysNeiman Marcus, Bloomingdales, and Saks Fifth Avenue.
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I’ve been reaching for Quantum as a summer blush nearly every day. It’s gorgeous applied, although it may look a little intimidating in the tube. Before I say more, here are too-heavy swatches of each:

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Here’s the surprise– Quantum sheers out to the prettiest duo-chrome pink/violet that looks stunning on both warm and cool skin. It’s amazing over a bronzer–it gives that perfect summer pink that looks heaven-sent. There’s a glow and luminosity to it that I’ve never been able to obtain from any other cool pink blush:

Nars Violet Chris Kane - 1aViolet Atom is a must for anyone that loves unusual highlighters and/or has cool skin. There’s a violet undertone to it that’s very unusual. I would think it’s going to look amazing on deeper skin tones. Here’s a video featuring Violet Atom so you can see it (applied heavily) on lighter skin:

Of the two, Quantum is the one not to miss. If you can, both are well worth a look. Quantum is exclusive to Nars online (and Nars boutiques), which has the full collection. Violet Atom is currently available at Nordstrom, BarneysNeiman Marcus, Bloomingdales, and Saks Fifth Avenue.


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Lipstick NARS

Nars Audacious Lipstick in Carmen

June 1, 2015

Nars Carmen 2aLiz had a great time working with Nars Audacious lipsticks, including Nars Audacious in Carmen ($32). Producer/director and digital genius @JaredFrazer took these images and made the accompanying video.

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I think Liz’s skin looks great here–she’s been using Chanel Hydra Beauty Gel Creme as well as Chanel Lift Lumiere Foundation (shade: Ivoire). Also, she’s lined her eyes with Nars Dual Intensity Eyeshadow in Sycorax ($29) applied with with the Nars #47 Angled Eyeshadow Brush ($28).

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Liz chose Nars Audacious Carmen because it’s amazing (original review and swatches are here).
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A preview of the shade:

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The video is here:

Where to buy:

Nars Audacious Lipstick in Carmen ($32) is available at Nars online and Barneys New York (free ship with all purchases, no code required). It’s also in the Nars Vault sold at Sephora ($500).

Other products used:

Chanel Hydra Beauty Gel Creme Hydration is available at,, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Bergdorf Goodman.

Chanel Lift Lumiere foundation is available at,, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Bergdorf Goodman.

Nars Dual Intensity in Sycorax ($29) is available at Nars online, Nordstrom, Barneys New York, Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Sephora, and Bergdorf Goodman. Sycorax is also featured in the Nars Dual Intensity eyeshadow palette (why don’t you already own this?)

Nars Angled Eyeliner Brush #47 ($28) is available at Nars online, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Barneys New York, and Sephora.

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Nars St. Lucia Multiple Review

May 15, 2015

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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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Blush NARS

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

May 4, 2015

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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.

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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.

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Group Project and Chance to Win NARS Christopher Kane Collection

April 14, 2015

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 & 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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