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Review and Swatches: Nars Dead of Summer Palette

December 9, 2015

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NARS Steven Klein Dead of Summer palette ($49), is a four-pan presentation of Dual Intensity Eyeshadows designed to be worn either wet or dry, together with a mini black eyeliner. I love the Dual Intensity formula, in the singles some of the shades are remarkably complex and beautiful. Nars Steven Klein Dead of Summer includes:

Studly Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow
Stag Film Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow
Subra Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow
Blackmail Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow
Mini Via Veneto Larger Than Life Eyeliner

These colors work beautifully together. The soft light gold is an ideal highlight for the inner corner. The soft rose and burgundy compliment each other beautifully. Of course, the deep black is a must to create a dramatic look, or to strengthen the liner color for an ultra-black line.

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This is a brilliantly designed palette in terms of the coordination of colors, uniqueness, and usability. Once again, the NARS brilliance shines through. There’s always something so useful, yet unexpected. The formula of the eyeshadows was a touch more rigid and stiff compared to the Dual Intensity eyeshadow singles, and some lacked complexity. At this price point, however, Nars Dead of Summer is a beautiful, artistic find that remains eminently usable throughout the year. The pigmentation and color is excellent.

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I’m growing very fond of this palette format. Although NARS has always provided packaging that packs and travels well, this recent release of this more squared version has a straight and portability that wins my heart.

Nars Dead of Summer is available at Nars online, Nordstrom, Barneys New York, Bloomingdales, Lord and Taylor, and Neiman Marcus

Press sample. Opinions are my own. Affiliate links.

 

 

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NARS Fall 2015: Tribulation Blush, Pasiphae and Teslesto Dual Intensity Eyeshadows

September 19, 2015

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NARS Private Screening Fall 2015 brings some outstanding limited edition products worth highlighting.  The first is Tribulation Blush, a glowing nude.  This makes a beautiful skin-finishing highlighter on many skintones or can be worn as a nude blush on those in the NC10-25 range. It’s so unique, I don’t know of any other blushes that come close to Tribulation.  The finish is so gorgeous.

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These products are available at Nordstrom, Sephora, Nars online, Barneys New York (Tribulation blush, Parsipahe  and Teslesto), Neiman Marcus, and Saks Fifth Avenue.

NARS Private Screening Fall 2015 also includes two new, limited edition shades of the Dual Intensity Eyeshadows:  Pasiphae and Telesto. Frequent readers of this blog know that I am head-over-heels for this format. Pasiphae is a extraordinary, unusual shade that evokes the many complex colors of a peacock feather.  Telesto is a shimmering brown with a slightly metallic edge.

Nars Fall 2015 Eyeshadow

These products can be used to give a glowy, intense gorgeous Fall look.

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These products are available at Nordstrom, Sephora, Nars online, Barneys New York (Tribulation blush, Parsipahe  and Teslesto), Neiman Marcus, and Saks Fifth Avenue.

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Products sent without charge for consideration for review

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Review: NARSissist Matte/Shimmer Eyeshadow Palette

September 17, 2015

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The NARSissist Matte/Shimmer Eyeshadow Palette ($65) represents a well thought-out all-purpose product that’s going to be perfect from Fall through the Winter.
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This mix of on-trend and classic powder eyeshadows includes a top row of Day Series eyeshadows that is easy for a grab-and-go neutral look. These mattes and satins are very nice quality, and applied very well with my Tom Ford Eyeshadow Brush. These include:

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  • Nassau, a base shade that leans neutral and nearly matches my skin color
  • Maya Bay, an all-purpose soft brown that can be used as a beautiful neutral crease color
  • Ithaca, a satin brown that works well in the outer corner
  • Dogon, a deep charcoal gray

The Night Series eyeshadows (bottom row) are beautiful, especially the three toward the left. Buttery soft and gorgeously pigmented, these shimmery shades apply in a gorgeous, pigmented way. These include

  • Mandchourie, a gray-blue shot through with a touch of gold
  • Bonifacio, a shimmery peach
  • Zagreb, an rich chestnut red-brown
  • Heraldion, a near-black charcoal with microsparkle

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The NARSissist Matte/Shimmer Eyeshadow palette comes with a mini version of the Night Clubbing Night Series Eyeliner.

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Here’s a swatch next to the soft matte black Nars Kohl Liner in Minorque, so you can see how Night Clubbling shines.

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Overall, this is a gorgeous, well designed set. Much love! The NARSissist Matte/Shimmer Eyeshadow Palette ($65) is available at Sephora.

Affiliate links. NARS sent this palette to Cafe Makeup for consideration for review.

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Review: NARSissist Hardwired Eye Kit

September 8, 2015

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The NARSissist Hardwired Eye Kit ($59) is fast becoming a go-to beauty item for Fall. The beautiful softness of the eyeshadows, all in beautiful neutrals with a rich green accent shade, gives a lovely mink-with-metal combination that’s sexy and striking. The set comes with the six-pan eyeshadow palette, a travel sized eye brush, and a travel sized deep bronzy-brown eyeliner.

The NARSissist Hardwired Eye set is available at Neiman Marcus (don’t forget–it’s beauty event week!), NARS online, Nordstrom.com, Saks Fifth Avenue, Barneys New York, Lord & Taylor,

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The NARSissist Hardwired Eye Kit comes with this six-color palette:

The set includes:

  • A creamy matte that can be used as a soft base
  • A minky matte taupe
  • A rich shimmery bronze brown
  • A shimmering cream
  • A rich shimmery green with a touch of metal
  • A soft matte charcoal

This set also includes a travel size #43 contour eye brush, and a travel sized Via De’Martelli Larger than Life eyeliner.  Perfect for Fall travel, or just to keep on the side of your makeup counter for the coming months.

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Affiliate links. This item was sent to Cafe Makeup without charge for consideration for review.

 

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Nars Fall 2015: Nars Velvet Shadow Sticks

September 6, 2015

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Nars Velvet Shadow Sticks ($28) are new, creamy eyeshadow pencils that can be worn either as an eyeshadow or smudged liner. The colors apply with buttery smoothness, and they set for long-term wear. I’ve been using a few of these colors blended together, and they’ve been giving my lovely, all-day wear.

I am assuming that these Nars Velvet Shadow Sticks are newly formulated replacements of the former Nars Soft Touch Shadow Pencils, which are listed under the “discontinued favorites” on Nars’ website.  I know that the Soft Touch Pencils had less-than-stellar reviews.

I’ve found that these new Nars Velvet Shadow Sticks have the longevity that the former soft touch pencil liners seemed to lack.

Nars Velvet Shadows are available at Nars online, Nordstrom, Sephora,  Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and Barneys New York.

 

The colors show here are:

  • Aigle Noir – Black infused with gold shimmer
  • Glénan – Navy
  • Goddess – Pink Champagne
  • Oaxaca – Quartz (shimmery taupe)
  • Sukhothai – Shimmering Peacock
  • Flibuste – Black
  • Reykjavik – Grey

Nars Velvet Shadow Stick Swatches

 

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Affiliate links. Nars Cosmetics sent these pencils to Cafe Makeup without charge for consideration for review.

 

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Nars Audacious Lipstick: Claudia

September 5, 2015

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Nars Claudia was sent to Cafe Makeup without charge for consideration for review.

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Nars Audacious Lipstick in Claudia is a beautiful standout pink. Like the others in the line, Nars Claudia is opaque in one swipe, long-wearing, and non-drying. Perfection.

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Nars Claudia is available at Nordstrom, SephoraBarneys New York, Nars Cosmetics online, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Bloomingdales,

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Preview: Nars Pro Palettes

September 5, 2015

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As a leader and authority in makeup artistry, NARS Cosmetics is excited to introduce the NARSPro Palette – the first offering in a line of products designed especially for the professional makeup artist community. The ultimate tool for makeup artists on-the-go and backstage, NARS invites you to curate your very own palettes with over 64 refill shades now available for purchase at NARS’ freestanding boutiques and on E-Commerce. Mix and match the artistry essential shades of eyeshadows, blushes, bronzers and pressed powders in one palette or create a comprehensive palette of blushes or eyeshadows. Pop in color, open up your inner artist.

Empty large palette: $18

Empty small palette: $14

Blushes: $21

Duo Eyeshadows: $25

Single Eyeshadows: $18

Pressed Powder: $25

Bronzer: $27

Contour duos: $30

On Nars website, you can choose from a suggested version, or play with the easy to use palette-creator to make your own.

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Nars Bronzy Summer Look

August 25, 2015

Nars Luxenbourg Satellite of Love Casino

Liz created this beautiful late-summer look with Nars Casino Bronzer and Satellite of Love highlighting blush to sculpt her cheeks. She placed a bit of the Casino bronzer in the hollows of her cheek, then topped Satellite of Love highlighting blush on her upper cheek.

She completed the look with  Nars Luxembourg lip pencil.

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Such a simple look.  So simply beautiful.

liz

Nars Casino bronzer is available at Nordstrom, Nars online, Saks Fifth Avenue, Barneys New York, and Neiman Marcus.

Nars Satellite of Love highlighting blush is available at Nordstrom, and Nars online,

Nars Luxembourg Satin lip pencil is available at Nordstrom,  Nars online, Sephora, Bloomingdales, Lord and Taylor, Saks Fifth Avenue, Barneys New York, Selfridges, and Neiman Marcus.

 Affiliate links. These products were originally sent to the blog for consideration for review.

 

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Blame It on Nars Blush Palette Re-stock

August 19, 2015

Do you ever want something and then miss out? I was in Paris during most the Nordstrom Anniversary sale, but I thought it would be best to pick the Blame It On Nars palette as a gift for a friend. To my delight, I’ve found it. In case you missed out too, the item restocks here. I’ve seen it for the past few days, hopefully it stays around. It’s a beautiful combination of these:

  • Highlighting Blush in Satellite of Love (0.14 oz.)
  • Blush in Day Dream (0.14 oz.)
  •  Blush in New Attitude (0.14 oz.)
  • Bronzing Powder in Casino (0.15 oz.)
  • Travel-size Ita Kabuki Brush

Here’s the original Nars Day Dream on Liz:

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These items were sent to Cafe Makeup for consideration for review. Affiliate links

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New Jersey: Nars Boutique Opening August 14

August 3, 2015

NARS Garden State Plaza Boutique - Store Front Rendering

NARS Cosmetics is excited to announce the opening of its seventh boutique, located at the luxurious Westfield Garden State Plaza mall. The 700 square-foot boutique features sharp lines and modern amenities with a luxuriously sleek design conceived by Founder and Creative Director François Nars in conjunction with Fabien Baron, of New York design firm Baron & Baron. Features:

  • 700-square-foot retail space featuring stark white walls with accents and fixtures which are reminiscent of the brand’s signature packaging
  • Full height illuminated visual showcases the latest campaign images (shot by François Nars)
  • The sales area features 4 permanent makeup stations with full height mirrors and integrated lighting, and 4 large screens featuring rotating short films created by NARS
  • Boutique cash wrap in a red, high-gloss lacquer – the same shade as the brand’s iconic Jungle Red Lipstick (!)
  • Linear lighting details accentuate the architectural elements of the space
  • Boutique makeup artists personally trained by François Nars (!)
  • Music mix created for the boutique by renowned French DJs Les Jumeaux
  • Unique 413 BLKR products –named for the first NARS boutique– to be sold at this location as well as narscosmetics.com

NARS Garden State Plaza Boutique - Interior RenderingGRAND OPENING: August 14, 2015

LOCATION: One Garden State Plaza, Paramus

TELEPHONE: 201-851-4795

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