Dec 282015

Nars Spring Instagram

Lis put this beautiful look together using Nars Nouvelle Vogue collection, including the Nars Hammamet Eyesdhadow Duo, Impassioned blush and Vida Loca lipgloss..

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NARS has just released its Nouvelle Vogue Spring 2016 Color collection (now up at Nordstrom) at its online store and its boutiques (elsewhere February 1st), using the theme Nouvelle Vogue:

The new wave of chic. Seasonal shades suit up for resort mode with high-sun and high-style. For Spring 2016, NARS debuts a fresh and modern mix of seasonal shades and innovative textures for eyes, cheeks and lips. Orchid blush radiates from a natural, matte complexion and lips captivate in shimmering apricot, rose and mulled wine. Eyes mesmerize in icy mint, matte beige and bronzed rose tones paired with a bold, winged liner.

Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow in a sumptuous, versatile spectrum that can be applied dry for a sophisticated sheer effect, or wet for a dramatic, high-shine finish ($29 each)

  • Tarvos Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow: Icy Mint
  • Cressida Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow: Shimmering midnight blue
  • Kari Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow: Soft rose pink

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Instant Crash Lip Gloss ($26) Soft shimmering apricot Vida Loca Lip Gloss ($26) Guava Rosecliff Lipstick, $28 (Soft rose) Banned Red Lipstick, $28 (Mulled wine) Hammamet Duo Eyeshadow, $35 (limited edition)

  • Left: Matte beige
  • Right: Bronzed rose; limited edition

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Impassioned Blush, $30 (Pink orchid)

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This collection is currently available at Nordstrom, Barneys New York and Nars online.

NARS Banned Red and Rosecliff lipsticks were some of the loveliest products of this collection. Liz and I had another arm-wrestling match over Rosecliff, one of those perfect pinks that looks amazing with everything (Liz won). Absolutely universal, unique and lovely.

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NARS Instant Crash Lip Gloss, a shimmering apricot and Vida Loca in a soft beige Guava, are both limited edition.  I’ve noticed that these glosses need two layers to get the best look. Nars Vida Loca 1
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Liz is wearing Vida Loca in this lip swatch.

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I love the Hammamet Duo Eyeshadow. These two near-neutrals have a sophisticated look that is a lovely variation of All About Eve, arguably one of the most brilliant neutral eyeshadow palettes of all time. You need this one.

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The NARS Nouvelle Vogue collection is rounded out by a neutral pink blush called Impassioned. This is a softly pigmented color that will work for the palest beauties, and perhaps as an accent shade on those with darker skin tones. Impassioned is a pink version of Nars Sex Appeal blush–its very soft and ethereal. If you are looking for something with more punch, there are other blushes that would better fit that criteria. Many neutral collections benefit from a few touches of color, and NARS Spring delivers in two colorful Dual Intensity eyeshadows–the icy mint Tarvos and the midnight blue Cressida.

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I adore this formula, and both of these are gorgeous, soft, shimmery jewels. Both very Spring-appropriate colors which should add interest to a neutral look. Kari is a soft rose pink eyeshadow in the Dual Intensity formula (swatched above). It’s softer–not as shimmery–as Tarvos or Cressida.  If you are interested in the Hammamet Duo, Kari coordinates beautifully with it. Liz is wearing Rosecliff lipstick in this close-up.

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Overall, NARS created an amazing, unique and wearable collection for Spring ’16.  It’s beautiful. The formulae, the textures, the colors, and the overall coordination is perfection.This collection is currently available at Nordstrom, Barneys New York and Nars online. In the above images, you can also see a preliminary image of the NARSissist L’Amour Toujours L’Amour Palette (reviewed here).

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

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Sep 192015

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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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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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Aug 092013

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Nars has released two oversized Sephora-exclusive blush palettes, Soulshine and Realm of the Senses ($41 each). These are the same large size as the Nars Pierre Hardy blushes released earlier this year.  Note that the texture of the blushes are quite different. Specifically, the Nars Pierre Hardy blushes gave a sheer wash of a single near-matte color. In contrast, Soulshine and Realm of the Senses give a mix of more shimmery, complex color that tends to be darker on the tonal scale. The results with Soulshine and Realm of the Senses varies depending on how you dip your brush on the large face of these newly released palettes.

Nars Fall 2013 Realm of the Senses

Despite the relatively high 0.41 oz. size, the compacts are travel-ready as the palettes are slim and sturdy. Realm of the Senses includes a sheer peach, a shimmering bronzed rose, and a sparkling gold sand. 

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Swatches of the colors individually from Realm of the Senses:

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As you can see, these are very flattering colors with a high “glow” factor. Of these two, Realm of the Senses is Liz’s favorite.

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Here, Liz is also wearing the Marc Jacobs The Starlet Palette and Marc Jacobs Kissability Lust for Lacquer Lip Vinyl (which has become my standard go-to gloss every day since the day it arrived-I just love it).

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Nars Soulshine has a gold shimmer,  a sheer golden apricot, and a soft rose tone with golden shimmer. Overall, it has a darker, more red impression compared to Realm of the Senses. Between the two, I preferred Soulshine because I love deeper tones in Fall and found this palette more unusual.

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Here is Soulshine on Liz. Soulshine has a more red impression, compared to the fresh peachy tone of Realm of the Senses.


Here’s a swatch of both colors side by side (the colors blended across the palette for each). Realm of the Senses has a stronger peach note (particularly obvious at the top of the swatch), while Soulshine leans more rose.

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Nars Soulshine and Realm of the Senses are excellent, versatile palettes that carry lots of pretty, glowing color. Fortunately, Liz favors Realm of the Senses and I the other Soulshine, so we’ll have some chance of using these up over the next several months. Because of the large palette size, it allows us to use a small-headed brush blush to custom-mix and blend the color–and isn’t that the whole fun of makeup in the first place?

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Jul 182013

Nars is releasing two new limited edition palettes ($41 each) to sculpt, highlight, and define the face. According to the line, these “exclusive design exudes the NARS signature mix of sophistication and playfulness, while a new silky-textured formula blends to a smooth, even finish.”

NARS Soulshine Blush Palette Sephora

Soulshine has a peachy pink blush tone with gold shimmer,  a sheer golden apricot, and a soft rose tone with golden shimmer.

NARS Realm of Senses Blush Palette Sephora

Realm of Senses has a sheer peach, a shimmering bronzed rose (yay!) and a sparkling gold sand.

Available beginning (approximately) August 1st at Sephora online and stores.

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Jan 312013

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Spring 2013 brings Nars Seduction blush (now available on and, called a Sangria color. This deep burgundy applies with a very slight sheen when applied  (it’s just enough to keep the color from going completely matte, without adding shimmer).

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Sep 302012

Sephora has begun stocking some of the Nars Andy Warhol collection, include the Nars Andy Warhol Satellite of Love Highlighting Blush ($28). This is a nearly-nude shade, which is very sheer. When worn, it gives a nearly-nude finish with sparkling glitter. Essentially, this is a “chilled and party ready” glimmer powder.

Here is a comparison with another Nars Nude, which is far more pigmented and shimmery (rather than glittery), Nars Lustre:

Unlike Lustre, which gives me a bronze-peach glow, Satellite of Love is a sheer wash that imparts very little color and a touch of sparkle. Here’s is Satellite of Love on Karen at Makeup and Beauty Blog, who has a skin tone deeper than mine. As you can see, the sheerness of the blush does not impart a strong color on her skin tone either.

Bottom line, Satellite of Love Highlighting Blush is a sparkling highlighter. Like much of the collection, the blush is lovely in concept. Unlike Lustre, which seems to go anywhere, Satellite of Love is perfect for an evening look. You’ll want to be careful for day, and unless you are going for a nude look, pair this with a warm blush, bronzer, or contour.

Nars Cosmetics sent Satellite of Love Highlighting Blush to Cafe Makeup without charge for consideration for review.

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Apr 162012

NARS Summer 2012 includes NARS Liberte blush ($28), which has just gone online for sale. The shade is described as a “burnished apricot.”  Francois Nars’ blush imagination always stuns me–the colors are original, complicated, and almost universally flattering. I can see this color working on every woman from a cool-toned redhead to a deep-toned beauty. It’s exactly the color that one craves to wear during the warm summer months, even though Liberte is a color that I have never imagined existed before.

NARS Liberte is a pigmented matte terracotta red that fits in beautifully with the rest of the NARS Summer 2012 collection. Here is Liz wearing the blush, applied very lightly on cheeks, together with the NARS Ramatuelle Eyeshadow Trio (review soon!), and the Moscow Pure Matte Lipstick (review soon!) topped with NARS Hopi Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil for  touch of shine.

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Here, Liz applied NARS Liberte with a standard Chanel blush brush to get a natural look. Later this summer, she’ll likely build up the intensity for a deeper cheek tone. Below are some comparison swatches of NARS Liberte with NARS Lustre, Nars Madly, and NARS Lovejoy.

Final verdict:  Yes, you need it. Seriously. Perfect summer blush. Plus, you are going to be reaching for this well into the Fall because it’s going to coordinate with colors like camel, forest greens, deep blues and (yes), even metallics. Sophisticated, easy to wear, modern, flattering and finely milled.

NARS Liberte, NARS Ramatuelle Eyeshadow Trio, and NARS Moscow were sent to Cafe Makeup by NARS for consideration for review.

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