Jun 062015
 

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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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Jun 012015
 

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 Chanel.com, Nordstrom.com, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Bergdorf Goodman.

Chanel Lift Lumiere foundation is available at Chanel.com, Nordstrom.com, 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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May 152015
 

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

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May 042015
 

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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

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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
 
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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.

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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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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.

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

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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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Mar 152015
 
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NARS lip glosses in Guyane and Vent Sale ($26 each) are unusual shades in the makeup world. Although they look like quiet neutrals in the tube, both have a high pearl quality. The soft seashell beige-pink Guyana, and the white high-shine Vent Sale, are high-concept. Most will find that these are perfect for a “highlight” sheen on the center of the lip, perhaps over a matte or deep satin red. These are available at Nars online, Nordstrom, Barneys New York, and Neiman Marcus.

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NARS Guyana is a warm beige with a pearly sheen. This shade has so much shine and pearl that I find it difficult to wear alone. It’s amazing over a neutral or peach lipstick, like Chanel Patchouli or any peach/ coral.

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NARS Vent Sale is a white silver highlight shade.

Nars Vent Sale Lip Gloss 1aThis applies a white metallic white pearl. If applied all over the lip, you will have a very high-fashion ’60’s runway look. I prefer to use this as NARS describes in its literature, a highlight in the center bottle lip while wearing lipstick.

Nars Vent Sale Lip Gloss 2aThese colors are the magic touch that we leave most wondering “how does she get that look?” The art is in the details, as all makeup lovers know. and NARS Guyana and Vent Sale glosses are those extra touches that make the look. Swatches:

NarsVent Sale1Here’s a swatch comparing the unusual NARS Vent Sale, compared to the only other “highlight” gloss that I have in my drawer–MAC Mirror from the Pedro Loucenco collection released last summer. As you can see, Mirror is more of a true silver, while NARS Vent Sale is a pearly silver white.

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I did a quick lip with Nars Vent Sale over Chanel Manic on the bottom lip so you can see how the highlight looks when applied over a darker shade.

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Bottom line, both NARS Guyana and Vent Sale are going to add a touch of artistry to your makeup stash. These are high fashion shades, and should be used carefully to enhance your look. Honestly, they are completely unique in my opinion–I don’t know of any other shade that has such as stunning dimension.

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Nars Guyane and Nars Vent Sale Lip Glosses are available at Nars online, Nordstrom, Barneys New York, and Neiman Marcus.

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Mar 132015
 

Nars St Paul de Vemce Duo 1Part of NARS Spring 2015 collection is the NARS St-Paul-De-Vence Eyeshadow Duo ($35), a “neutrals with a twist” that sort of evokes this year’s marsala theme but leans toward the warmer side of it. To me, some colors in Nars’ line are instant classics–they are unusual enough because the shades are complex–but they are universal enough to fit within the makeup that one already owns. Paired with a soft peach or coppery blush, and I’m good to go.  NARS St-Paul-De-Vence is currently available at Nordstrom, Nars online and Nars boutiques, Sephora, Barneys New York, and Neiman Marcus.

NARS St. Paul de Venice 1 copyI’ve been reaching for this so often–it’s not the same old, same old brown and beige “work friendly” combination but it raises the fashion factor just enough. Still, it’s not a super vibrant color. St-Paul-De-Vence is daytime friendly. In addition to spring, this one is one of those great August-September transition to Fall colors that helpful to have.

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The shade on the left is described by NARS as a shimmering nectarine. This is redder than many soft shimmers that tend to be either beige or pink. On the right is a wonderfully formulated matte chestnut, that is a red-brown without being too much of either. These are applied softly here in these swatches, of course they can be layered for more intensity.  Sometimes I hold off on interesting basics like these, it took me months to by Nars All About Eve. The funny thing is, once you have them you use them because these are beautiful, everyday shades that enhance the eye color, are effortless to wear, and are just quite pretty.  I’ve been wearing the shimmer shade as a lid wash, with the deeper right shade in the outer corner and crease. I top these with a black liquid eyeliner. Reddish browns, in the range of MAC Dubonnet, look fabulous with these tones. Of course, the sheer shimmer Liguria lipstick (also part of NARS Spring ’15) works beautifully as well–the colors can of course be worn beautifully together.

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As far as NARS St-Paul-De-Vence? This is one of the good ones, gorgeous. Highly recommended. NARS St-Paul-De-Vence is currently available at Nordstrom,Nars online and Nars boutiques, Sephora,Barneys New York, and Neiman Marcus.

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Mar 112015
 

Nars Spring  2015 Overview

One thing about NARS collection designs, they show tremendous aesthetic range. One year, it’s a bright blue and green paint-like eyeshadow. For NARS Spring 2015, it’s a collection that seems designed precisely for Tilda Swinton–the most subtle light nudes ever.

nars-tilda-swinton-embed-vHave you ever seen someone with porcelain cool lids, that had a slight natural gleam? Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have them yourself? NARS Porto Venere eye paint ($25) delivers precisely that look–a clean, soft cool pearl color that looks clean, fresh, and pretty worn alone. It can also be used as a lovely neutral base for eyeshadows.

Nars Porto Venere II’ve been using NARS Porto Venere for about a week, either alone or as an eye base. It lasts beautifully, applies nicely with either a synthetic brush or finger, and gives all-day wear. Here is a swatch on the right, below:

NARS Porto Venere 41Porto Venere is a lovely addition to an already extraordinary range of cream eye colors. If this is something that you can see using, I recommend it highly. NARS Porto Venere is available at Nordstrom, Barneys New York, NARS online (and Nars boutiques), and Neiman Marcus,  I’ll be posting more reviews of NARS Spring ’15 over the coming days.

 

 

 

 

 

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