Jan 212015
 

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NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation ($48) has just been released in twenty new shades. This new fluid is said to give “full coverage in a single, weightless drop.” I’m in the process of testing this out, but I did want to post some images for those who are considering the product. I will say that so far, the promise of lightweight, all-day, excellent coverage has been holding true. All signs so far point to “yes,” if you love a skin-like, satin-to-matte finish. NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation is available at Nars online, Sephora, Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue, and will soon be available elsewhere estimated on February 1st.

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True to the Francois Nars aesthetic, the bottles are absolutely gorgeous. Designed by the New York Design firm Baron & Baron, it features an all-new pump design that gives you “the exact amount of product to perfect the entire face.” Again, I have to attest that it really does.  This dispenses less than a traditional foundation pump, and one smooth motion gives you just that perfect amount of dime-sized drop to perfect my skin. The elegant glass bottle, well, oh my, you could even say it glows.

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Although the sample bottles do not come with ingredients list, the enclosed sheet states that the product is free of fragrance, paraben, alcohol and oil.  This formula must be shaken before each use.

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Also, the formula uses Even Tone Technology to neutralize redness, dullness and discoloration, and to improve skin’s appearance over time. Here are 19 of the 20 shades (I didn’t receive the lightest shade Siberia, but am hoping to track it down soon),

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Swatches:

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Another set:

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One more:

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I hope these are a helpful start. NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation is available at Nars online, Sephora, Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue, and will soon be available elsewhere estimated on February 1st.

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Here is quick comparison of my shade Deauville in both this new All Day Luminous compared with my year-old bottle of Nars Sheer Glow in Deauville. I cannot tell the difference in tonality and color when applied to my face, of course the texture, coverage, and formula is very different.Nars All Day Luminous08

These samples were sent to Cafe Makeup without charge for consideration for review. This post contains affiliate links (for more information, see About Cafe Makeup). 

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Jan 202015
 

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The geniuses at NARS have released a palette of a selected number of their incredible dual-intensity eyeshadows–the Narsissist Dual-Intensity Palette ($79) (limited edition). This lovely palette comes in a modern, minimal shape with a mirrored top (as well as a full size mirror inside the case). This formula was previously reviewed here. Available at Nars online and Saks Fifth Avenue. This one is limited edition, so please don’t wait long.

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This palette includes:

  • Europa – Gossamer Pink Peach
  • Himalia – Shimmering Topaz
  • Ursa Major – Chocolate Glaze
  • Subra – Black Orchid
  • Andromeda – Alabaster
  • Lysithea – Shark Grey
  • Giove – Navy
  • Sycorax – Black

A closer look at the four left shades– Europa, Himalia, Andromeda, Lysithea:

Nars dual intensity eyeshadows07The four right shades– Ursa Mijor, Subra, Giove and Sycorax.

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As you likely know, the formula can be used dry for a more subtle effect, or wet for more intensity. As you can see from this previous post, this formula has gorgeous dimension.  The pigment plays with the light in a lovely, flattering way. Here are the shades applied dry:

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I think that the colors for this palette are extremely well-chosen. This palette includes a lovely range–from glowy light colors to deep ones that can be used as a liner or crease. I just love the way that this formula catches the light. It relies on a thin, impact-full formula. Drama with elegance–not glitter!  Just that beautiful, pearly sheen.

Overall, I love the fact that those who do not want to invest in several singles can get a great selection in a single package. There is a range of neutrals, but enough beautiful jewel-deep colors that can be used for chic drama. With both wet and dry application options, this makes a beautiful option to add beautiful interest to the eyes.

Ingredients (click to enlarge):

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Bottom line:  highly recommended. Available at Nars online and Saks Fifth Avenue. This one is limited edition, so please don’t wait long.

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Jan 122015
 

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Francois Nars is on another creative streak–his capacity for innovation constantly amazes me.

At last night’s Golden Globes, NARS artists showcased some of his new products (including these very cool-looking blushes).  For example, the lovely Laura Carmichael had this gorgeous fresh glow through the talents of celebrity makeup artist Fabiola.  The key products used included the new All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation (previewed here), Lysithea Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow (swatched here), and the new Adoration Dual-Intensity Blush (all  pictured below).

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The amazing Claire Danes was made up by Matin, wearing a Valentino gown, together with NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation, Fervor Dual-Intensity Blush, and Giove Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow (swatched here).

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You can see the new Fervor pictured here:

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Jan 092015
 

This is just a quick teaser post of some Nars items that arrived.  This box contains the new series of Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation, several Soft Velvet Loose Powders, Eyeshadow palettes, eye pencils, a new lipgloss, a more.  Please keep in mind that this is just an “open the box” style post. These pictures are not color-accurate as I have not set up the correct lighting.  Still, so exciting!  I can feel my heart beat faster and faster….

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Jan 022015
 

Nars Audacious overview

NARS Audacious lipsticks ($32 each) are pigment rich, opaque in a single stroke shades. I’m currently working with the set, and in the meantime wanted to provide you with this reference of all shades. Here, these are presented in not-quite alphabetical order. Please leave me suggestions in the comments if you’d like to see certain shades swatched next to each other. I’m currently planning on swatting these in color-story format (pinks, reds, nudes), but would love feedback on which shades you find close enough to need comparisons.I am also working on lip-swatching all shades.

Each is packaged in a sturdy rectangular black-on-black package with a serious magnetic closure. These are fingerprint resistant (assuming that the fingers are clean and dry).

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These are currently available at NARS online, Nordstrom, Barneys New York, Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, and of course Sephora. Note that some shades are only available at Barneys New York and Nars online (these are noted, below, and for reference, these are Vanessa, Julie, Marisa, Kelly, Carmen, Dominique, Silvia, Vivien, Sandra, and Ingrid.

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Anita is described as an antique rose.

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Angela is a pink orchid.

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 Anna is a smokey rose.

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Annabella is poppy red.

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Swatches of Angela, Anita, Anna, Annabella, and Audrey:

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Here are Barbara, Bette and Brigitte:

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Barbara is tan rose.

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Bette is bordeaux.

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 Brigitte is tan rose.

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NARS Carmen, Catherine, Charlotte and Claudia:

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Carmen is geranium and is exclusive to Barneys New York and Nars online.

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Catherine is sunny guava.

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Charlotte is oxford burgundy.

Nars Charlotte bullet Claudia is cool pink.

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Swatches of Carmen, Catherine, Charlotte, and Claudia:

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Introducing Deborah, Dominique and Fanny:

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Dominique is pink lilac and is available at Barneys New York and Nars online:

Nars DominiqueFanny is rich berry:

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Swatches of Fanny, Dominique and Deborah:

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Here we have Geraldine, Grace and Greta:Grace Geraldine Greta 1Geraldine is tangerine.

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Grace is bright pink coral.

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Greta is wild azalea.

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Here are the lovely NARS Ingrid, Jane, Janet, Jeanne, Julie, and Juliette:

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Ingrid is merlot and is at Barneys New York and Nars online.

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Jane is terracotta rose:

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Janet is deep magenta:

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Jeanne is described as cherry red, to me it is a deep warm red.

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Julie is nude pink available at Barneys New York and Nars online.

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Juliette is pink coral.

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Swatches of NARS Ingrid, Jane, Janet, Jeanne, Julie and Juliette:

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Another:

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Introducing NARS Lana, Marisa, Marlene and Michiyo.Nars Lana Marisa Marlene Michiyo 2

Lana is vivid orange red.

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Marisa is warm pink and exclusive to Barneys New York and Nars online.

Nars MarisaNars Marlene is red brick:

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Michiyo is shocking pink:

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Swatches of NARS Lana, Marisa, Marlene and Michiyo.

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 NARS Kelly, Leslie and Liv:

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Leslie is cherrywood.

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Liv is deep aubergine.

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Swatches of Liv, Kelly and Leslie:

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Here are NARS Natalie, Olivia, Raquel and Rita:

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Natalie is flamingo.

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Raquel is pink beige.

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Rita is scarlet.

DSC_0295 RitaSwatches of NARS Natalie, Olivia, Raquel and Rita:

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Natalie swatches natalie olivia raquel rita 3Here are Sandra and Silvia:

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Nars SandraSilvia is radiant orchid and available at Barneys New York and Nars online.

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Swatches of Sandra and Silvia:

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Vanessa is mauve nude. This is available at Barneys New York and Nars online.

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Vera is bright raspberry:

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Swatches of Nars Vanessa, Vera and Vivien:

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Unless otherwise noted, NARS Audacious lipsticks are currently available at NARS online, Nordstrom, Barneys New York, Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, and of course Sephora.

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