Feb 212014

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It was dark when I came home from dinner to find the NARS Matte Multiples ($39 each) had arrived. Although it’s too dark to take proper swatch pictures, I thought it would be useful to post a few pictures of the collection for you.

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The colors are:

  • ANGUILLA Ginger pink
  • EXUMAS Pink apricot
  • SIAM Poppy red
  • LAOS Rose coral
  • ALTAI Rose bronze
  • VIENTIANE Copper bronze
  • CAPPADOCE Golden bronze

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These are currently up for sale on Sephora.com, Nars online site (and Nars Boutiques), and will be available elsewhere soon.

These products were sent to Cafe Makeup without charge for consideration for review. This post contains affiliate links (for more information, see About Cafe Makeup)

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Oct 102011

This Fall, I’ve begun to notice a heavily contoured cheek used on the runway and in magazines.  For example, look at this look from last week’s Paris runway show of Louis Vuitton Spring Summer 2012:

I noticed another heavily contoured look in this feature from the October ’11 Vogue in this androgynous take on the trend:

I was tempted to try this look, because I love nude blushes, light bronzers and highlighters and have several in my stash.  However, I did not want to apply the product so heavily and dramatically because the heavy application that you see in these examples seem best suited for a runway or fashion studio.  Some ways that I played with the look include using a deeper foundation shade on the lower cheek, and a subtle highlighter on the upper cheek.  This is the most subtle version of the contoured cheek that I can create.

Another is to use a deep blush and highlighter combination, such as the Chanel Soho blush/ highlighter that was released last Fall (limited edition)

If you prefer a cream version of the colors in the Chanel Soho palette, Nars Multiples in Maui and Luxor is a good substitute (swatches below).  I bought the Nars multiples as mini’s in this Sweet Disposition set.
A third way is a highlighter/combination, including this Hourglass Illume Creme-to-Powder Bronzer Duo in Bronze Light ($40), which is sold at Sephora.  On the top of the compact, there is a champagne gold sheer highlighter.  On the bottom, the compact holds a warm-toned cream bronzer that runs to a medium-toned depth.  The top mirror keeps the compact sleek when stored, but can be swiveled up so that the large mirror can be used.
This Hourglass duo can be worn with the two tones applied separately to create a defined, contoured cheek.
Alternatively, I can wear the bronzer more traditionally with the highlighter all over the cheek and on the brow bone. The Hourglass Bronzer duo holds one of the deepest bronzers that I can get away with, and I have to apply it sheerly to get it to work.  If you have a medium warm skin tone, you can be more liberal with the use of this bronzer. Those with cooler skin tones may find this duo is too warm.
I also own Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronzing Makeup Base ($48) (swatched below).  The Hourglass bronzer is a traditional creamy texture that dries down to a powder on the skin and can be beautifully sheered out.  Chanel’s cream bronzer feels drier in the tub, and feels as though it contains some silicon.  Chanel’s is lighter in tone than the Hourglass.  The Chanel tub is a rather enormous 1.0 ounce;  the Hourglass duo holds .39 ounces of product in total (both bronzer and highlighter).
Here is a comparison of Nars Multiples in Luxor and Maui, the two shades from the Hourglass Illume Bronze Light compact, and a combination that I created the Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronzing Makeup Base and Edward Bess All Over Seduction in Sunlight ($38) (reviewed here).
 Have you played with a contoured cheek?  What are your thoughts?

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Feb 032011

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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Oct 252010

NARS Sweet Disposition ($40/Nordstrom) is a set of three mini-multiples for eyes, lips and cheeks:  Malibu, Orgasm and Luxor.  At .14 ounces each, these mini’s make an adorable, gift-able way to play.  I was so excited when these arrived that I couldn’t wait to open the box.  First, they are mini’s and therefore automatically adorable beyond belief.  Second, these are products that I’ve always wanted to play with, but could never commit to just one.  Sweet Disposition gives me three options–a deep shade (Malibu), a medium shade (Orgasm) and a light shade (Luxor).  How could I not love this set?

I assume that this set is limited edition for Holiday 2010. If you prefer, each of these colors is available in a full sized version (.50 oz.) for $38 each.  One thing that I love about NARS is that their use of limited editions are very restrained. There is no tricky hook shade in this collection that is only in this set and then it is gone forever, leaving you with a lingering feeling that you needed to buy the whole set or be forever haunted that you didn’t.  Instead, NARS played it straight and thereby earns my undying loyalty (once again!).

The above picture shows the difference in size between the three mini’s in Sweet Disposition compared to the larger Cadaques Multiple Tint reviewed here.  The mini’s are packaged in similar matte black packaging as their larger sisters, although the smaller ones do not have the same rubberized cushiony feel.

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