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NARS Tainted Love set ($59) is a limited edition Valentine’s Day set of three items based on three gorgeous cool, saturated pinks:

  • Angelika Multiple (0.5 oz)
  • Angelika Lipgloss (.28 oz)
  • Schiap Nail Polish (.5 oz)

Together, these items total roughly $80 if purchased at full retail, so the price is right.  The Angelika Multiple is only available in this set right now. The Angelika Lipgloss ($24) is available separately (NARS, Nordstrom.com, Sephora.com).  NARS Schiap nail polish ($17) has been available separately since last year (it’s on NARS site now).

Besides being named after the greatest break-up song of all time, the set provides a striking set of coordinated colors.  I love cool pinks on my warm, fair skin tone–one of my favorite blushes is Chanel Turbulent–so when this went up for sale on Nordstrom.com, I ordered.

Although I found NARS powder blush in Angelika too cool and sparkly (mine was gifted to Liz), I found the Angelika Multiple far more wearable.  It’s a creamy blue-pink with subtle sparkles, and gives a really pretty in-from-the-cold glow.  But I also think that this one will look good all year round.

How gorgeous is this color over a Summer bronzer?  Love it!!  I drew it on my cheeks and blended with my fingers.  Some women prefer to apply creamy products with a foundation brush, which would work well for this product if you fit that category.

Here is Nars Multiple swatched next to Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge in Pale Pink, Make Up For Ever in #4 Walk of Shame, and NARS Multiple Pink in Cadaques.  You can see how sheer the NARS Multiple Tint is compared to the creamy Angelika Multiple:

Although this set just arrived, I popped the Angelika Multiple on and found it very workable, and quite pretty.  I found if much more wearable than the powder blush version, which had much more obvious sparkle and seemed too cool and powdery-looking for me.

NARS Angelika Lipgloss is a very cool bright pink, but rather sheer.  I found it added a pretty pink with a touch of lavender color to my pigmented lips, but did not cover them with color.  The sheerness keeps it very fresh and wearable on my warm skin tone.

Here is NARS Angelika lipgloss compared to:

  • Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss in Imaginaire
  • Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss in Confidence
  • Chanel Glossimer in Courtisane
  • Chanel Aqualumiere Gloss in Diamond Rose
  • Chanel Glossimer in Nakkar
  • Chanel Glossimer in Pink Teaser
  • Chanel Glossimer in Pink Pulsion

Very cool pink compared to the others:

NARS Schiap nail polish is a sweet cool pink polish that evokes Chanel Boa and Riviera.  Schiap Nail Polish has been released before, and because of the late hour, I’m going to link to The Beauty Look Book’s comparisons that seem color accurate to my eye.  For fun, I’m including these bottle pictures.  I found this formula was thinner than Chanel Riviera.  NARS Schiap looks pretty good with two coats, but really needs three to eliminate the visibility of my nail line.  It’s got a nice shine, but really starts to sing with a topcoat, so I’d recommend using one (I’ve used Poshe, but others will do).

For me, this set has two great products (the lipgloss and multiple) and a fairly nice nail polish.  The price is good, and I find this bright pink color irresistible.  I’ve never been big on candy or flowers as a gift-this sweet little set will keep you looking pretty for months and so makes a much better gift.

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