Dec 092014
 

NARS Holiday Face Compact01 copyThe Nars Laser Cut Eye, Cheek, and Lip Palette ($59) has some outstanding products within it, as well as some staples that are lovely to have on the road. As I prepare for an upcoming cruise, you can bet that this little party-in-a-palette will be sailing along with me.

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I love the clean format of this palette-it looks so gorgeous, like a lacquered box suitable for an end table. The wintry pattern, and the stark black sides, are so simple and timeless.

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Inside are some truly spectacular eyeshadows. Usually I’m wary of palette eyeshadows. But here the center shade is gasp-worthy–it is complex and does lovely, shimmery things in the light. The other two shades are very good matte neutrals. Yes, I know mattes in other lines can be patchy and difficult, but Nars has these two nailed down just right. The neutral vanilla is a nice All About Eve type color (a little more beige) that melts into the lid. I can use the matte army green as a liner or a outer corner shade. It’s a very good matte green, in a world that is full of other companies’ not-so-good ones.

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Inside are respectably large sized pans of Day Dream blush (reviewed here) and the lovely standard Laguna bronzer. Also, there’s a diminutive neutral Dolce Vita gloss, on of those colors that I’ve used all the way to the end.  It’s a perfect “my lips but better” shade.
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Nars face palette swatches1 copyOverall, this is a highly useful and well-executed palette. If you are on the edge, I’d have to say that the shimmery cafe au lait would put you over the top if you saw it in person. Plus, Day Dream is such a lovely blush (I’m so happy to see it in this palette!). In case you’d like to gift it, take it on vacation with you, or simply tuck it into your drawer for a perfect everything-palette, it is available at Nars online, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Barneys.

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Dec 082014
 

Nars lipgloss1 copyJust a quick post tonight to take a quick look at the beautiful little NARS Tech Fashion Lip Gloss Coffret ($39). This is perfect for those gloss-a-holics in your life (or to treat yourself). This is limited edition and currently available at NordstromNars online, Barneys, Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus, and Saks Fifth Avenue.

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This pretty little set of four mini’s uses Nars reformulated glosses. The shades are a light peach, pretty sheer red, deep burgundy, and shimmery nude.

Nars lipgloss5 copy As with all of the new Nars glosses, these use a doe-foot. Swatches:

Nars Laced with Edge LipglossOverall, this is a lovely set with a wide range of widely-flattering, sheer and flattering colors. Highly recommended.

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These are now available at NordstromNars online, Barneys, Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus, and Saks Fifth Avenue.

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Oct 312014
 

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Sometimes it’s hard to choose, isn’t it? Nars makes such beautiful and versatile lip pencils, and they’re all such amazing colors. Which to invest in? Holiday sets solve this dilemma beautiful. Nars Digital World Lip Pencil Coffret ($49) is ideal for those locking for a little range of colors at a lovely, usable size, without too much commitment to any single color. This set gives five different colors (two different textures) at a modest $49 price point. This is currently up for sale on Nars online, as well as Sephora.com. It will soon be available at other Nars sources.

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The set three satin pencils, including NARS Descanto–a Cafe Makeup favorite! Seriously, both Liz and I have plenty of these between us. A perfect nude.

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You can see both Descanto and Torres del Plaine reviewed here.

Nars Holiday Pencil Set09 copyNars Yu is a beautiful, rich pink.

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In addition, there are two matte velvet shades–Iberico and Cruella. Beautiful! Here are swathes:

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One more set:

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This is one of my favorite holiday sets this entire season. Definitely worth picking up!!Nars Holiday Pencil Set10 copyBeautiful colors, great-reusable, modern packaging, a perfect range of shades. Love. Nars Digital World Lip Pencil Coffret is currently up for sale on Nars online, as well as Sephora.com. It will soon be available at other Nars sources.

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Oct 292014
 

NARS Holiday Brush Set01 copyNars has outdone itself this year for its Holiday gifting offerings. This is a look at the Nars Kabuki Brush Set ($125), a beautifully packaged, modern, and wonderfully made set that would be an amazing gift to give or receive. This is currently available at NARS online, and will come available at other Nars locations on November 1st.

NARS Holiday Brush Set03The three included artisan brushes appear to be magically suspended in a modern clear crystal lace pattern is adapted from architectural designer Chris Kabatsi’s digitally-rendered Nebula print. This cube is reusable for storing other items throughout the rest of the year.

NARS Holiday Brush Set06 copyInside are three brushes that have amazing performance, elegant design, and are a pleasure to use. These are:

  • MIE KABUKI BRUSH Ideal for soft, all-over face application of loose and pressed powders. Luxuriously layered with a double-dome design that deposits product evenly.
  • MIZUBAKE KABUKI BRUSH Contour and sculpt blush and bronzer with this distinct design for controlled application and precise definition.
  • KABUKI EYE BRUSH Blend and diffuse eyeshadows for a soft-focus, seamless effect with this limited edition domed eyeshadow brush.

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With the brush protectors taken off:

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I love the eye brush–it’s perfect for a lovely wash of color.

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Here is the amazing Mie Kabuki brush, which is a wonderful brush for all-over powders or the soft application of bronzer. Also the Mizubaki brush, which has a smaller head for contouring or precise highlight placement.

 

NARS Holiday Brush Set19 copyOverall, this is an amazing, well-priced and high quality brush set that is beautifully packaged and ready for gifting (or using for own makeup application).  Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!!! It’s already up for sale on Nars online, and will be available at other locations soon.

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Oct 042014
 

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NARS’ exclusive Laced with Edge Holiday 2014 Gifting Collection exposes a world of color, where technology is seduced by fashion and femininity smolders in a disruptive new dimension. Swathed in digital lace, the keepsake collection brings fashion to the forefront with abstract white webs and hints of sleek red foil popping through. Translucent outer packaging creates futuristic illusions, seducing the eye in to a paradigm of color and pattern.

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The custom packaging adapts architectural designer Chris Kabatsi’s digitally-rendered Nebula print into a dynamic yet delicate depiction. The intricate web of black gloss grips the signature soft-touch packaging in a modern take on lace. Slip into something transfixing—undress the part. The algorithmically generated pattern of the Nebula explores the formation and organization of the cosmos.

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Algorithm Laguna Bronzer ($89)  Golden ratio redux. The iconic NARS bronzer, Laguna, recoded into a geometric fantasy—logically aligned with a mobile take on the classic Ita brush. Here is the compact:

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Laser Cut ($59)  A futuristic vision for eyes, cheeks, and lips in a tech-chic double layer compact. Enter a continuum of cutting-edge color, coded for endless beauty.

  • EYESHADOW I Perfect neutral vanilla
  • EYESHADOW II Shimmering café au lait
  • EYESHADOW III Matte army green
  • DAY DREAM BLUSH Flirty sheer peach
  • LAGUNA BRONZER Diffused brown powder with golden shimmer
  • DOLCE VITA LIPGLOSS Sheer dustry rose

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Modern Future ($49)  The apex of femininity: NARS’ iconic pink tone, Roman Holiday, cloned into a prism of pigments for cheeks, lips, and nails.

  • ROMAN HOLIDAY LIPSTICK Pretty pastel with the most delicate hint of pink
  • ROMAN HOLIDAY BLUSH Pretty pastel with the most delicate hint of pink
  • ROMAN HOLIDAY NAIL POLISH Shimmery begonia pink

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TECH FASHIONA ($49) seductive shift into a realm of cutting-edge color. Four megawatt miniatures of Larger Than Life® Lipgloss multiply future chic into polished possibilities.

  • LIPGLOSS I Shimmering peach sorbet
  • LIPGLOSS II Shimmering sheer fig
  • LIPGLOSS III Shimmering sheer raspberry
  • LIPGLOSS IV Sheer ruby

 

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KABUKI BRUSH SET ($149) Transcend. Transform. Transfix. Face your future femme with three iconic NARS Kabuki brushes to sculpt, contour, define—and defy color conventions.

  • MIE KABUKI BRUSH Ideal for soft, all-over face application of loose and pressed powders. Luxuriously layered with a double-dome design that deposits product evenly.
  • MIZUBAKE KABUKI BRUSH Contour and sculpt blush and bronzer with this distinct design for controlled application and precise definition.
  • KABUKI EYE BRUSH Blend and diffuse eyeshadows for a soft-focus, seamless effect with this limited edition domed eyeshadow brush

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VIRTUAL DOMINATION ($65) (available at Sephora)  Submit to an altered state of seduction with this high-density powdered blush and bronzer palette, decoded into a laser-chic rush for cheeks.

  • LAGUNA BRONZER Diffused Brown Powder with Golden Shimmer
  • MISS LIBERTY BLUSH Soft shimmering peach
  • DEEP THROAT BLUSH Flirty sheer peach
  • SEX FANTASY BLUSH Pale lavender pink
  • FINAL CUT BLUSH Peach coral

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DIGITAL WORLD ($49) (available at Sephora) Abandon protocol. Pencil-in a new code of sensuality by dressing lips with a circuit of rich, multidimensional color.

  • CRUELLA passionate scarlet red
  • IBERICO Intense coral
  • YU Shocking pink
  • DESCANSO Tea rose
  • TORRES DEL PAINE Peach coral

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Available November 1, 2014

 

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