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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This product was sent to Cafe Makeup without charge for consideration for review. This post contains affiliate links (for more information, see About Cafe Makeup). The pictures of Liz, above, are from our prior reviews of the full sized versions of the pencils.

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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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Oct 042014
 

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Cutting-edge color—anything but straightlaced. For Holiday 2014, François Nars projects a bold new design for the future femme. Decoding the thrill of seduction, this captivating collection exposes a full range of colors and textures with dramatic dimension.

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.

NARS Hardwired lipsticks (new formula) ($26 each).  This newly formulated lipstick fuses cutting-edge pigments with rich texture. Three seductive shades deliver brilliant, glossy shine with full coverage.

  • DEADLY CATCH Crimson
  • FEMME FLEUR Shimmering brick red with gold pearl
  • ADRIATIC Glistening soft cream

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NARS Hardwired Eyeshadow (new formula) ($25) A new formulation in limited edition shades, created exclusively for the NARS Laced with Edge Holiday Color Collection, Hardwired Eyeshadow redesigns NARS’ iconic powdered pigments with intense iridescence for new feminine dimension in three captivating colors.

  • CANBERRA Shimmering lavender
  • OPAL COAST Iridescent white
  • GABON Bronzed green

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NARS Holiday 2014 Gabon Hardwired Eyeshadow -jpegNARS Lipgloss ($26 each) NARS Lip Gloss lavishly coats lips with futuristic sheen. The silky texture and new doe-foot applicator provide precise application and longer, more comfortable wear. Create the perfect pair by layering over Hardwired Lipstick or wear on its own for sheer shine.

  • BURNING LOVE Bright Ruby with subtle shimmer
  • CORSICA Shimmering pink raspberry
  • SOLEIL D’ORIENT Shimmering pink champagne

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NARS Nail Polish $20  Complete your look with three must-have metallic shades for nails. NARS Nail Polish boasts a high-gloss, flexible finish that delivers a freshly-painted look that’s lasts. The upgraded formula is designed to improve wear and strengthen nails, while the removable cap and specially designed brush allow for easy application.

  • BARENTS SEA Sparkling deep blue
  • ALGONQUIN Sparkling lilac
  • SHERWOOD Shimmering violet rose

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NARS Almeria Blush ($30) (tan rose)  This limited edition formula delivers a combination of extreme comfort and color purity for the ultimate in powder perfection. The micro-fine pressed powder in tan rose blush brings an electrifying wash of color to cheeks for the winter months.

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GET THE LOOK in the promotional picture:

Created and developed by Founder and Creative Director François Nars, the Holiday 2014 Collection heralds a season of modern seduction with riveting reds, neo-neutrals and molten metallics. The campaign—photographed by François Nars—features model Daria Strokous in an image that fuses futurism, design and beauty.

To achieve the campaign look from the NARS Holiday 2014 Collection, prepare skin with Light Optimizing Primer SPF15 to create a seamless canvas. For a luminous complexion, gently press Siberia All Day Luminous Powder Foundation into skin. Dust away excess powder with the Loose Powder Brush #10. Apply Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla under eyes or where needed to blur imperfections, blend using the Cream Blending Brush #12 to even out skin tone. Using the Blush Brush #20, lightly sweep Almería Blush in the hollows of the cheeks to warm the complexion. Press Opal Coast Hardwired Eyeshadow over the eyelids, blending up toward the browbones for an iridescent white base. Apply Interstellar Eye Paint to the inner corners of the eyes using the Cream Blending Brush #12. Dab the excess eye paint along the lower lash lines. Define the upper lash lines with Via Veneto Larger Than Life® Long Wear Eyeliner. Finish the eyes with two coats of Larger than Life® Volumizing Mascara. Line and fill the lips with Nihiwatu Velvet Lip Liner for a rich base. Outline and coat lips with Deadly Catch Hardwired Lipstick, blend using the Precision Lip Brush #30.

This collection is available beginning October 15, 2014 at NARS boutiques and narscosmetics.com and at department and specialty stores beginning November 1, 2014.

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Sep 132014
 

1q1u_NARSMarcJacobsSS15FrancoisNars_2 NARS created the look for the Marc Jacobs SS ‘15 runway show. François Nars, Founder & Creative Director, described:

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“The look for the show features no makeup – we only applied moisturizer. With Marc we always take it to the extreme, we’ve done bold looks in the past, but this season we wanted to make a statement by not applying anything.

This goes back to one of the looks that I’ve always loved – bare skin, nothing on the face, lips or eye, just beautiful skin – I love makeup but I also love seeing women without makeup. To me, it’s a great way to show fashion. It works so well with the clothes and the hair. Who knows, maybe next season we will go back to a full face of makeup. I love having the flexibility to do this, we are not locked into applying makeup. I like the idea that what you see is what you get.”

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