Nov 012013
 

NARS Beautiful Stranger31

This is a short review of the Nars Beautiful Stranger Mini Nail Set ($35) so that you have a complete picture of all of Nars Holiday sets before deciding which are your personal must-haves. This set contains small bottles of four shades: the violet-purple Dance, Dance, Dance, a coral red Shameless Red, the lavender taupe Manosque, and the vibrant, assertive Lost Red. Each has 0.25 ounces (a standard bottle of Nars polish has 0.50 ounces).

NARS Beautiful Stranger32

Here are some quick swatches so that you can see the color. I did a few nail looks with Manosque and Lost Red, and found the formula typical of Nars cream formula–very nice coverage in two coats, medium shine, and smooth, fuss-free application.

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According to the literature provided by the company, this set will be available at all Nars sources as of November 1st.  It is currently available on Nordstrom.com.

Nars Cosmetics provided this set 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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May 252013
 

Nars Pierre Hardy Nail2a

Nars Pierre Hardy collaboration includes six sets of nail polish colors ($29 per set) that are pre-coordinated for your tips and toes. These are fun for summer, when sandal season brings our bright-colored nails out in the open. These bottles are marked as containing 0.5 ozs., and are packed in shoe-box styled packaging that includes a little shoe-type dust bag, all of which evoke Hardy’s core reputation as a shoe designer.

Nars Pierre Hardy Nail3a

Taking the shoe theme on step further, each bottle has a theme with each bottle named “left” or “right.” How you choose to wear the colors is, of course, entirely up to you. I love the concept, and it’s as well-executed as any that I’ve seen.

Nars Pierre Hardy Nail4

Here’s an overview of all pairs, each swatched with two coats on my nails. All nail pictures were taken with a top coat (Dior Gel Coat), unless otherwise noted.

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Jul 252012
 

Nars Fall 2012 has a number of contrasting deep and light shades, playing with texture and light. Nars Storm Bird ($18) is a deep gray cream nail polish with a high-shine finish. Storm Bird compliments the rest of the collection well.

Nars Storm Bird reminds me of a standard photographic color called “18% grey,” which was intended to standardize black and white photographs across the tonal spectrum  (non-photographers won’t get this reference, but you might find something familiar about Storm Bird nonetheless as it reflects deep winter shadows).

It is a high-shine urban color–I actually own shirts and a scarf in this color. It makes lighter warm skin tones really stand out, because it is a cool deep contrasting color. Cooler skin tones will find it harmonizes well. Everyone will find it a universal color that looks good with a wide variety of winter clothing–blacks, sage, burgundy, and some blues.

I think most companies go to shades in nudes and browns, and perhaps taupes, when formulating neutral nail colors. Here, Nars has taken a bolder step and gone with a very modern, edgy gray. I don’t have any other grays in this color category for comparison. I can say that NARS formula is consistently excellent–this is two coats to full opacity, no visible nail lines. There is no topcoat there, the formula is providing the shine.

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

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Apr 232012
 

NARS Trouville Nail ($18) is a soft, flattering pink that should look lovely on both pale and deep complexions.

It’s much softer than some of the Pepto cool pinks we’ve been seeing this summer. I found the formula good, although sheer. It took me 3-4 coats to build the color to make the nail line disappear.

Verdict:  Pretty, soft and highly wearable. One of those all-purpose shades when you want to look polished and elegant.

Nars sent Trouville to Cafe Makeup for consideration for review.

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Sep 072011
 

Nars Cosmetics now has the Fashions Night Out 2011 online for sale.  Two items are this collection, which is called Silver Odyssey:

First, a Larger Than Life Eyeliner in Via Crispi ($23)

Second, Space Odyssey Nail Polish ($17)

These are swatched here at Karlasugar.net.

Both were inspired by this famous image by famed photographer Guy Bourdin.  One of the most significant fashion photographers of the 20th Century, Bourdin is a favorite of NARS Founder and Creative Director, François Nars.

NARS Charity Contribution:   On Thursday, September 8, NARS will post Bourdin’s arresting image on its Facebook wall and encourage fans to “Like” the image. While on Twitter, followers of NARS can tweet their support with the hashtag #SilverOdyssey.  On behalf of all who participate, NARS will make a donation to the New York City AIDS Fund, the official charity of FNO.

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