Feb 142013


NARS is releasing its new NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer line on February 20th on Narscosmetics.com and at NARS flagship boutiques (everywhere else on March 1).  We’ve seen this used in a few of Nars backstage work during New York Fashion Week for Fall 2013 over the past week, finally it is being released to all.

According to NARS:

Ideal for all skin types, new NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer boasts a luxuriously smooth texture enriched with hydrating skincare benefits. When applied to camouflage darkness under the eyes and reduce the appearance of redness and skin imperfections, the multi-action formula provides medium to high buildable coverage in a natural, radiant finish with long-lasting results. A single stroke keeps complexion looking fresh and creaseless all day – going on smoothly and blending easily. Light diffusing technology blurs imperfections and fine lines, and evens skin tone without masking skin’s natural coloring. Skin glows with new radiance over or under foundation – and looks beautiful even when bare.

Perfect as a complement to Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF30 or layered with Sheer Matte & Sheer Glow Foundation. Crease-proof. Long-wear. Non-comedogenic. Dermatologist tested. Paraben-free. Alcohol-free. Fragrance-free.

Nars Concealer

Color range:

CHANTILLY: True ivory shade for fairest complexions

VANILLA: Tiny cast of pink for the fair complexion

HONEY: Warm peach tone for light to medium complexion

CUSTARD: Yellow tone for light to medium complexion

GINGER: Golden undertone for medium complexion

BISCUIT: Medium dark natural balance of pink and yellow undertones

CARAMEL: Medium dark yellow and golden undertones

AMANDE: Medium dark with golden olive undertones

CAFÉ: Dark shade with warm red undertones

CACAO: Dark shade with deep gold-brown undertones

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Feb 082013

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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.

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Feb 082013

Nars at Creatures of the Wind previews a new Creamy Concealer and Brow Gel to be introduced in the coming months….

NARS AW13 Creatures of the Wind beauty look 1 - lo res


James Boehmer, NARS Director of Global Artistry created this look which adds “pearl on their cheeks, and an angular line that almost makes the look hard and not so feminine, like a Teddy girl in the UK after World War II.  I also wanted to balance [Creature of the Wind's] Chris and Shane’s inspiration of artificiality, and candy, by creating a look that had a combination of matte and pearl but no real sense of contour, depth or color.”
NARS AW13 Creatures of the Wind artist in action 1 - lo res
·        Loose Powder
·        Radiant Creamy Concealer (New for Spring 2013) Available: US – February 15 2013 / Global – March 1 2013
·        Maldives Multiple
·        Copacabana Multiple
·        Loose Powder
·        Brow Gel  Available: US / Global – August 1 2013

All products, except where noted, are available at narscosmetics.com.


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Feb 062013

I love these press releases because they give us a little look into Nars Fall collections..

NARS AW13 Tia Cibani beauty look - lo res

The lead artist is Uzo, NARS International Lead Makeup Stylist. She says, “I love the 1920s feel to the collection, the nod to Art Deco, and the inspiration from Man Ray portraiture.”  “I wanted a look that celebrated the beauty standard of that era but still keep things fresh and modern by pairing the bold lip with healthy, luminous skin.”
NARS AW13 Tia Cibani artist in action - lo res
·        Sheer Glow Foundation
·        Maldives / Copacbana Multiple (Palm Beach / South Beach Multiple for darker skin)
·        Namibia Single Eyeshadow (New for Fall 2013)
Available: US – July 15 2013 / Global – August 1 2013
For a similar effect, try 413 BLKR Single Eyeshadowdow


·        Blondie / Bali Single Eyeshadow
·        Brow Perfector (New for Fall 2013)
Available: US/Global – August 1 2013
For a similar effect, try Eyebrow Pencil
·        Vendanges Lipstick
·        Funny Face Lipstick
·        La Paz Pure Matte Lipstick (New for Fall 2013)
Available: US – July 15 2013 / Global – August 1 2013
For a similar effect, try Shrinagar Lipstick
On the runway:

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Feb 032013

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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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