Feb 082013

Nars 413 Blkr 2

Continuing its tradition to offer beautiful products in celebration of Nars flagship store, Nars has just released the Nars 413 BLKR Multiple ($39). As with Nars other 413 Blkr products, this is only available on Nars’ website and its New York City and Los Angeles boutiques.  This is not available online or counters at department stores or Sephora.

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Nars 413 Blkr multiple has the beautiful red-brick-blue color that mimics the storefronts along Bleecker Street, where Nars has created an oasis just next to several Marc Jacobs’s boutiques. This color is nicely pigmented–I applied this with a foundation brush on my cheeks, eyelids and lips. On lips,  I dabbed on the color with the foundation brush to create a deep red stain. The formula felt slightly moisturizing. On cheeks, the formula is highly blendable, mixing nicely with the powder bronzer that I had already applied. On lids, the deep cool brick made my eyes look slightly greener than usual. This is one of those universal, interesting reds that should work nicely on various skin tones. Here is Nars 413 Blkr swatched lightly and heavily (using a clean foundation brush):

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Here are swatches of Nars 413 Blkr Street Multiple (applied heavily), compared to Nars G Spot and Maui Multiples and Nars Seduction blush (powder). As you can see, Seduction is a tad darker but in the same neighborhood. Nars G Spot is more pink and lighter in tone. Malibu has brownish tawny tones.

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Verdict: modern love. On very long days when I have a late meeting or party, this is going into my bag when I do a foundation re-do. I love the convenience, and the gorgeous rich color.

Now available on Nars Cosmetics.com.

Nars sent the 413 Blkr Multiple for consideration for review. This post contains affiliate links. For more information, see “About Cafe Makeup”

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Apr 062012

NARS 413 BLKR ($24) is designed and named for its beautiful New York City boutique at that same address, 413 Bleecker Street. It’s a soft shimmering gray-mauve that exemplify that mix of gray and brick, and the general universal attitude, of the boutique. If you haven’t been there, you really should go. Not only is the space a beautiful oasis of luxury, with an elegant and classic design, but the area is scattered with numerous Marc Jacobs boutiques and a Magnolia Bakery.  It makes for a very pleasant area to explore and shop.

The boutique features the entire NARS line, including some products that are available only at this boutique and online at Narscomsetics.com.

This includes NARS 413 BLKR eyeshadow:  

 This is packaged in the traditional NARS single format, with a small mirror and rubberized black exterior.

 The color is a shimmery mauve-silver-gray neutral that is medium to light in tone.

Here’s a pan comparison between NARS 413 BLKR and NARS Lhasa, released for Spring 2012 (reviewed here). Essentially, NARS Lhasa is deeper and more brown/gray in tone.

I also lined up a few more of my mauve-taupe eyeshadows to compare. Here are NARS 413 BLKR, NARS Lhasa, MAC Moth Brown, Chanel Gris Exquise (reviewed here), and Chanel Fauve (reviewed here).

Here are these items swatched (I’ve also added Chanel Taupe Grise (reviewed here). As you can see, Chanel Gris Exquis is a true gray matte, not a dupe at all.  Chanel Fauve is closer, but with more obvious shimmer.  NARS Lhasa is deeper in tone, slightly less shimmery and with more brown/gray tones.

As  you can see, none of these are a match for NARS 413 BLKR.  All are deeper in tone, and have more gray. NARS 413 BLKR actually makes a beautiful lid color, to wear with NARS Lhasa in the crease, particularly for those with pale skin. There’s a nice compliment of tones between them. This would be true of any other deeper taupe in in the lineup.

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