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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Feb 032013
 

Nars Dressed to Kill1

Spring 2013 brings Nars Dressed to Kill Lipstick ($ 26 and the Nars Mad Mad World Duo eyeshadow. 

Nars Dressed to Kill is a richly pigmented complicated shade described as a “fuchsia rose with gold shimmer.” This gives a glowy look when applied that combines the gold with the deeper rose berry. This is now available at Nordstrom.comSephora.com and Nars Cosmetics.com, as well as store counters and Nars boutiques (coming soon to San Francisco!).

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Jan 312013
 

Nars Seduction2a

Spring 2013 brings Nars Seduction blush (now available on Narscosmetics.com and Nordstrom.com), 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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Jan 242013
 

Nars Translucent Crystal 1a

Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder ($34/ 0.24 oz) has just become available on Sephora.com. This compact is a generous size (the compact is roughly 3 1/2 inches by over 2 1/2 inches), also slim and sturdy enough to fit into a clutch.

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The compact comes in a protective fabric pouch with an elastic closure (no brush, but any face powder brush will do).

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There’s a little white flat applicator that slips into its own individual pocket in the cloth holder:

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This product is fascinating to me– here is the company’s description:

NARS Light Reflecting Complex utilizes a blend of pure ingredients that work in synergy to transform light like a prism. Light-active micro-prisms are combined with algae extract and Polynesian seawater to optimize light reflection on the skin.

The photograph-friendly Photochromic technology reduces the “washed out/chalky” appearance that can occur when makeup products are exposed to sunlight or flash photography. This unique powder assures a healthy, natural-looking complexion in any light. When makeup products are exposed to sunlight or flash photography, the powder actually becomes darker to prevent the complexion from looking washed out. The Photochromic technology is a hybrid powder developed from Shiseido’s Advanced Ceramic Technology. The hybrid consists of both Titanium Dioxide (which is white in color) and Iron Oxide (which is red in color). When exposed to sunlight, the UV rays have an effect on this dynamic and the darker shade from the Iron Oxide becomes more pronounced—resulting in the powder taking on a more natural tone and not looking washed out or chalky. Once out of the sunlight, the powder will revert back to the original color.

For me, this product is “photoshop” in real life. It blurs imperfections without changing the color. Although if you look microscopically close in a mirror (Liz and I do that squinting!), you’ll see the powder ever so slightly in real life, but back even just a bit and it disappears, along with lots of the textural imperfections (pores, fine lines, tiny scars) of our complexions. It diffuses and makes our foundation last longer throughout the day. Another interesting thing is that the powder doesn’t feel (or look) dry– the product description says that it contains glycerin and antioxidant vitamin E to help guard against dryness.

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This finishing powder is completely clear, adding no color. Although a slight shimmer is perceptible in the pan, Liz and I agree that this does not translate to the face when applied.

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Here’s a quick comparison of Liz, taken while were were testing out some lip products. In the earlier picture, we were getting a bit of glow from her Chanel Vitalumiere liquid foundation (you can see it on her forehead with the flash image on the left). After we changed the lips, she brushed on Nars Light Reflecting powder. These pictures were taken within a few minutes of each other. This isn’t a scientific comparison (the clouds were moving and the light was changing quickly, and I adjusted the flash and lens), but I think it shows the difference (the Nars powder was used on the right, no powder on the left).

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You can see how the powder softens the “glow” from Chanel Vitalumiere’s foundation and the overall texture of Liz’s skin. It photographs beautifully. Incidentally, Liz is wearing the blue shade from Nars Spring 2013 Mad, Mad World eyeshadow duo under her eyes.  Her lip color on the left is Chanel Rouge Allure in Eclatante (reviewed here, where you can see Liz wearing the powder also) and on the right is Chanel Rouge Allure Suidisante (reviewed here).

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Overall, I believe we have a winner. I do not want my picture taken without this powder.

Nars Light Reflecting Setting Pressed Powder in Translucent Clear is available now on Sephora.com. Review of the loose powder is here on Beautylish.

Ingredient list (from Sephora):

  • Reflecting Complex™ (Sea Water, Ascophyllum Nodosum Extract, Barium Sulfate, Titanium Dioxide, Mica, Aluminum, Iron Oxides): Transforms light like a prism; optimizes light reflection on the skin.
  • Glycerin/Vitamin E Mineral Powder (Glycerin, Tocopherol, Silica): Allows for targeted release on the skin; gives a soft-focus effect on the skin; guards against dryness and leaves the skin feeling comfortable; offers antioxidant benefits.
  • Advanced Smooothing Blend of Spherical Powders and Polymers: Gives a perfect glide, easy blending ability, and silky feel.
  • Photochromic Technology (Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxide): Alters the tone of the complexion according to the intensity of the light.

This product was sent to Cafe Makeup without charge for consideration for review. This post includes affiliate links (for more information, see “About Cafe Makeup”) 

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