Mar 012015
 

Nars powders2The new NARS Soft Velvet Loose Powders ($36 for 0.35 ounces) are winning my heart. These very finely milled powders provide a perfect finish,  perfect my foundation for all-day wear, eliminate any “glow” that typically happens at the end of the day and add just a touch of natural color. These are available at Nordstrom, Barneys New York, Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus, and Saks Fifth Avenue.

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Designed to be worn alone or over foundation, the line describes:

NARS Soft Velvet Loose Powder sets foundation, controls oil and smoothes the texture of your skin while giving it a soft-focus finish. Infused with hyaluronic acid bonded powder, the non-drying, innovative formula visibly blurs the appearance of fine lines and pores while wearing comfortably all day. Photochromic technology keeps your skin looking naturally polished in every source of light.

The powders come in eight shades, from a near-white Snow to the deeper Valley:

Snow: For fair skintones

Flesh: For fair skintones

Eden: For warm medium skintones

Desert: Light rose undertones to enhance medium skintones

Beach: For deep yellow medium skintones

Mountain: For deep reddish-brown skin tones

Heat: For the deepest true brown skin tones

Valley: For the deepest neutral skin

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These have a similar melt-into-your-skin effect of the Nars Light-Reflecting Setting Powder, but add a light color coverage. I’m MAC NC15/20, Chanel Cameo and match well to Eden. Flesh can work for me, but it’s a little rose-toned and emphasizes my winter paleness. Eden makes me look a little more alive and matches my neck more closely. For the NARS genius factor, I’ve been adding Mountain to contour. It looks incredibly natural and adds just the right touch of dimension.

Nars powders1Here are some heavy swatches (applied very heavily so that you can see the color well):

Nars Soft Velvet Powder4Of course, these swatches look powdery because they are heavy, heavy, heavy.  You’d never wear them this heavy, but these just blend too much into my skin tone to see if I apply them naturally (especially Flesh, Eden and Desert). Also, I’m using one of the sharpest lenses on the planet literally. Liz calls this my “scary lens.” Another:

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Here are more:

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If you are trying to decide on a powder, I have to say that these are gorgeous and as lovely as some of the higher-priced French lines. I love that the shade range is so complete–some companies appear to ignore the very light and deep skin tones. Also, it’s a bit unusual (and welcome!) to see a line that acknowledges those crucial warm-cool skin tone differences. As far as brushes, I’ve been using a duo-fiber Chanel or MAC 187. I’ve also used the NARS Loose Powder Brush #10–this is also a good brush to just sweep all over the face to remove any excess powder.

These are available at Nordstrom, Barneys New York, Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus, and Saks Fifth Avenue. If you are trying to decide between these and the NARS Light Reflecting Loose, they are two different products.  The Light Reflecting Loose adds no color, but the Soft Velvet do.

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Feb 222015
 


Nars powders3 copy2This is a quick preview of the NARS Soft Velvet Loose Powders ($36 each).  I’ll be doing a full post with swatches soon, but could not keep these beautiful colors from you a moment longer. These are available at Nordstrom, Barneys New York, Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus, and Saks Fifth Avenue.

According to the line:

NARS Soft Velvet Loose Powder sets foundation, controls oil and smoothes the texture of your skin while giving it a soft-focus finish. Infused with hyaluronic acid bonded powder, the non-drying, innovative formula visibly blurs the appearance of fine lines and pores while wearing comfortably all day. Photochromic technology keeps your skin looking naturally polished in every source of light.

How to use: Use alone or to set foundation and concealer. If using a brush, dip into the powder then tap off the excess powder. Apply to the face using circular motions starting in the center of your face to absorb shine and working your way out until blended. If using a puff, dip it into the powder then tap off the excess powder. Apply by pressing and rolling the puff onto the skin.
0.35 oz.
Alcohol-free; oil-free; fragrance-free.
Dermatologist-tested.
Non-comedogenic.
By NARS.

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Feb 222015
 

Nars blushes1I’ve been dying to get a look at these. I was able to take several pictures today, so I thought I’d share these to get the party started. These are set to be released through Nars online and boutiques, as well as Sephora, on March 4th. Everywhere else April 1st. I’ll be doing a full review with swatches soon. This collection also features a beautiful new brush.

According to the line:

For Spring 2015, NARS Cosmetics introduces the new Dual-Intensity Blush. Featuring NARS’ exclusive Translucent Prismatic Technology, the newly-imagined formula allows for multi-dimensional effects with a uniquely weightless, luxurious texture. Six modern shade pairings curated by François Nars offer a universal spectrum of hues that works across all skintones. Sweeps on dry for a bold flush or wet for a translucent wash of color. Dry pigments impart a natural glow that warms the complexion and fuses weightlessly. Dampen NARS’ exclusive Wet/Dry Blush Brush before application for a watercolor effect—dab over the apples of the cheeks and swirl in a circular motion to paint on a subtle tint. Designed in a sensorial, soft-touch square case with a modern magnetic closure, six luxuriously embossed duos heighten the art of transformation.

 

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Feb 222015
 

The latter parts of last week brought two spectacular beauty looks that I could not resist featuring. Tom Ford’s Los Angeles event (which can be seen here) was a huge success from a beauty perspective. Can I just say “thank you” to Tom Ford for bringing lush lashes back? Not that I don’t love a minimalist look, but some natural lash looks on the runway have me wondering whether there’s a mascara shortage in the New York City area.  Here are some looks from Tom Ford’s backstage beauty.

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Tom Ford Illuminating Primer (I just picked this up on Friday) gave a hint of sheen under Tom Ford’s Traceless Perfecting Foundation.  The Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate Duo #2 was used on some models (Joan Smalls and Karlie Kloss). The focal point was the seductive but softened smoky eye, created using the Cocoa Mirage shadow quad (or the Ripe Plum shadow duo on darker skin tones). The shadow was beautifully blended into skin by gently applying Deep Mink lipstick to the brow bone, the outside quarter of the lid, and delicately along the lower lashes.

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Tom Ford’s Brow Sculptor was used on brows, together with clumpy, black mascara. a. The rest of the face was kept neutral for balance, with lips well moisturized and covered only in foundation for a barely-there pout.

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Nails were coated with a champagne shade called Toasted Sugar.

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So good.

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On the runway:
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Francois Nars designed the makeup for Marc Jacobs AW ’15.

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The founder and creative director used a very high-concept design, stating, “Marc wanted a very strong, elegant and sophisticated woman this season – a Diana Vreeland type. I looked to the swans of the 50’s and 60’s – like Babe Paley or Jacqueline de Ribes, to inspire the look. Matte skin and a defined brow bring a nice structure to the face, balancing the greige gloss of the lid with the matte, velvety eggplant color of the lip.”
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To prep skin, Nars used the NARSskin Multi-Action Hydrating Toner and NARSskin Luminous Moisture Cream. The complexion was enhanced with Sheer Glow Foundation, the Radiant Creamy ConcealerStick Concealer, and Soft Velvet Loose Powder.

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The shadows included the left side of the Nars Paris Eye duo, and Bali single eyeshadow.

NARS-Marc-Jacobs-AW15-Beauty-Look-1Of course, the most distinctive part of the beauty design was the Train Bleu Velvet Matte Lip Pencil. On darker skin tones, the NARS Black Moon Eyeliner Pencil was used on lips. These lips are so beautiful on the Marc Jacobs show runway:

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Feb 152015
 

A few things from last week’s New York Fashion Week…

Artist Lee Ashley Davidson posted this photo from Nicole Miller using new MAC Cosmetics pure pigment wet/dry eyeshadows and Retromatte liquid lipstick.

Madeline Poole, Christian Louboutin Beauté Nail Consultant, used a square motif at Cushnie et Ochs. “We went with two coats of “Sweet Charity” with square detailing in navy blue “Wherever” and teal green “Ni Toi Ni Moi.”

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NARS at Creatures of the Wind used a simple look with perfect skin with an emphasis on lashes and brows.

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James Boehmer, NARS Director of Global Artistry, used the following:

All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation
Soft Velvet Loose Powder
Radiant Creamy Concealer
Audacious Mascara (New for Fall 2015)
Oural Brow Gel

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Maud Laceppe for NARS Cosmetics created the look for the Rachel Comey AW ’15, which is a “dewy, almost wet look. A fresh and effortless girl, but still sexy.”

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COMPLEXION
Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer
Soft Velvet Loose Powder
Copacabana Multiple

CHEEKS
Contour Blush
Copacabana Multiple
Tribulation Blush (New for Fall 2015, for now try Nico Blush)

EYES
Copacabana Multiple
Tribulation Blush (New for Fall 2015, for now try Nico Blush)
Reykjavik Velvet Shadow Stick (New for Fall 2015)

LIPS
Chelsea Girls Lip Gloss (not yet released)

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