Mar 112015
 

Nars Spring  2015 Overview

One thing about NARS collection designs, they show tremendous aesthetic range. One year, it’s a bright blue and green paint-like eyeshadow. For NARS Spring 2015, it’s a collection that seems designed precisely for Tilda Swinton–the most subtle light nudes ever.

nars-tilda-swinton-embed-vHave you ever seen someone with porcelain cool lids, that had a slight natural gleam? Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have them yourself? NARS Porto Venere eye paint ($25) delivers precisely that look–a clean, soft cool pearl color that looks clean, fresh, and pretty worn alone. It can also be used as a lovely neutral base for eyeshadows.

Nars Porto Venere II’ve been using NARS Porto Venere for about a week, either alone or as an eye base. It lasts beautifully, applies nicely with either a synthetic brush or finger, and gives all-day wear. Here is a swatch on the right, below:

NARS Porto Venere 41Porto Venere is a lovely addition to an already extraordinary range of cream eye colors. If this is something that you can see using, I recommend it highly. NARS Porto Venere is available at Nordstrom, Barneys New York, NARS online (and Nars boutiques), and Neiman Marcus,  I’ll be posting more reviews of NARS Spring ’15 over the coming days.

 

 

 

 

 

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Mar 082015
 

Nars Eyeshadow Palettes01Compared to the Nars Inoubliable Coup D’Oeil eyeshadow palette which has an overall cool impression, the Nars Yeux Irresistible Palette ($48) has an overall rich, warm look. In addition to the neutrals and jewel tones, this NARS Irresistible Eyes palette has one of the smoothest, most finely-milled golds that I’ve seen in a pre-made palette. These soft, pigmented, layerable shades apply and blend beautifully. This NARS Yeux Irresistible palette is available exclusively at Nordstrom.

Nars Eyeshadow Palettes12a copyThe six colors in the palette include the classic light natural shimmer All About Eve, the shimmering marsala-brown Jezebel, midnight blue-gray Thunderball, the beautiful metallic shimmery gold Colombo, the soft satin neutral sable Brousse, and the rich deep brown Coconut Grove.

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Swatches:

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The Irresistible Eye works with the neutral browns nicely, then I can add either Jezebel or Thunderball in the crease or as a liner to add a slight splash of rich color. So pretty–it really makes one’s natural eye color looking amazing.

Nars Eyeshadow Palettes13a A true “100”–NARS has knocked it out of the park with this one. Nars Irresistible palette is … irresistible. This is available exclusively at Nordstrom.

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Mar 082015
 

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NARS Inoubliable Coup D’Oeil Palette (which translates to “Unforgettable Eyes”)($48) is a beautifully formulated neutrals-with-a-twist that is both work-friendly and suitable for a smokey evening eye. It’s a matte-lover’s dream. The pigmentation is gorgeous. These six shades pull from the black-and-white Pandora eyeshadow duo (on the bottom row, left and right) and add some beautiful deep shades for versatilithis is available exclusively at Nordstrom.

Nars Eyeshadow Palettes07Dalliance is the soft grey/taupe in the top left, an excellent matte with a quality that is rare to see in a palette.  Pyla is a smokey matte mossy green. Sidi Bou Said is a rich, vibrant violet-purple matte that leans slightly red. The satin white from Pandora (Pandora I), and the matte black from Pandora (Pandora II) are beautifully formulated. Luberon is the soft satin peach in the center bottom, which makes an excellent all-over lid shade. Here are swatches (except the bottom shades are on the top, and vice versa):

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Beautiful!

Nars Eyeshadow Palettes09bPackable, beautiful, and applies like a dream. This is available exclusively at Nordstrom.

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Nars Soft Velvet Loose Powder Swatches

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Mar 012015
 

Nars powders2The new NARS Soft Velvet Loose Powders ($36 for 0.35 ounces) are winning my heart. These very finely milled powders provide a perfect finish,  perfect my foundation for all-day wear, eliminate any “glow” that typically happens at the end of the day and add just a touch of natural color. These are available at Nordstrom, Barneys New York, Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus, and Saks Fifth Avenue.

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Designed to be worn alone or over foundation, the line describes:

NARS Soft Velvet Loose Powder sets foundation, controls oil and smoothes the texture of your skin while giving it a soft-focus finish. Infused with hyaluronic acid bonded powder, the non-drying, innovative formula visibly blurs the appearance of fine lines and pores while wearing comfortably all day. Photochromic technology keeps your skin looking naturally polished in every source of light.

The powders come in eight shades, from a near-white Snow to the deeper Valley:

Snow: For fair skintones

Flesh: For fair skintones

Eden: For warm medium skintones

Desert: Light rose undertones to enhance medium skintones

Beach: For deep yellow medium skintones

Mountain: For deep reddish-brown skin tones

Heat: For the deepest true brown skin tones

Valley: For the deepest neutral skin

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These have a similar melt-into-your-skin effect of the Nars Light-Reflecting Setting Powder, but add a light color coverage. I’m MAC NC15/20, Chanel Cameo and match well to Eden. Flesh can work for me, but it’s a little rose-toned and emphasizes my winter paleness. Eden makes me look a little more alive and matches my neck more closely. For the NARS genius factor, I’ve been adding Mountain to contour. It looks incredibly natural and adds just the right touch of dimension.

Nars powders1Here are some heavy swatches (applied very heavily so that you can see the color well):

Nars Soft Velvet Powder4Of course, these swatches look powdery because they are heavy, heavy, heavy.  You’d never wear them this heavy, but these just blend too much into my skin tone to see if I apply them naturally (especially Flesh, Eden and Desert). Also, I’m using one of the sharpest lenses on the planet literally. Liz calls this my “scary lens.” Another:

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Here are more:

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If you are trying to decide on a powder, I have to say that these are gorgeous and as lovely as some of the higher-priced French lines. I love that the shade range is so complete–some companies appear to ignore the very light and deep skin tones. Also, it’s a bit unusual (and welcome!) to see a line that acknowledges those crucial warm-cool skin tone differences. As far as brushes, I’ve been using a duo-fiber Chanel or MAC 187. I’ve also used the NARS Loose Powder Brush #10–this is also a good brush to just sweep all over the face to remove any excess powder.

These are available at Nordstrom, Barneys New York, Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus, and Saks Fifth Avenue. If you are trying to decide between these and the NARS Light Reflecting Loose, they are two different products.  The Light Reflecting Loose adds no color, but the Soft Velvet do.

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Jan 212015
 

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NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation ($48) has just been released in twenty new shades. This new fluid is said to give “full coverage in a single, weightless drop.” I’m in the process of testing this out, but I did want to post some images for those who are considering the product. I will say that so far, the promise of lightweight, all-day, excellent coverage has been holding true. All signs so far point to “yes,” if you love a skin-like, satin-to-matte finish. NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation is available at Nars online, Sephora, Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue, and will soon be available elsewhere estimated on February 1st.

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True to the Francois Nars aesthetic, the bottles are absolutely gorgeous. Designed by the New York Design firm Baron & Baron, it features an all-new pump design that gives you “the exact amount of product to perfect the entire face.” Again, I have to attest that it really does.  This dispenses less than a traditional foundation pump, and one smooth motion gives you just that perfect amount of dime-sized drop to perfect my skin. The elegant glass bottle, well, oh my, you could even say it glows.

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Although the sample bottles do not come with ingredients list, the enclosed sheet states that the product is free of fragrance, paraben, alcohol and oil.  This formula must be shaken before each use.

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Also, the formula uses Even Tone Technology to neutralize redness, dullness and discoloration, and to improve skin’s appearance over time. Here are 19 of the 20 shades (I didn’t receive the lightest shade Siberia, but am hoping to track it down soon),

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Swatches:

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Another set:

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One more:

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I hope these are a helpful start. NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation is available at Nars online, Sephora, Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue, and will soon be available elsewhere estimated on February 1st.

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Here is quick comparison of my shade Deauville in both this new All Day Luminous compared with my year-old bottle of Nars Sheer Glow in Deauville. I cannot tell the difference in tonality and color when applied to my face, of course the texture, coverage, and formula is very different.Nars All Day Luminous08

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Jan 202015
 

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The geniuses at NARS have released a palette of a selected number of their incredible dual-intensity eyeshadows–the Narsissist Dual-Intensity Palette ($79) (limited edition). This lovely palette comes in a modern, minimal shape with a mirrored top (as well as a full size mirror inside the case). This formula was previously reviewed here. Available at Nars online and Saks Fifth Avenue. This one is limited edition, so please don’t wait long.

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This palette includes:

  • Europa – Gossamer Pink Peach
  • Himalia – Shimmering Topaz
  • Ursa Major – Chocolate Glaze
  • Subra – Black Orchid
  • Andromeda – Alabaster
  • Lysithea – Shark Grey
  • Giove – Navy
  • Sycorax – Black

A closer look at the four left shades– Europa, Himalia, Andromeda, Lysithea:

Nars dual intensity eyeshadows07The four right shades– Ursa Mijor, Subra, Giove and Sycorax.

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As you likely know, the formula can be used dry for a more subtle effect, or wet for more intensity. As you can see from this previous post, this formula has gorgeous dimension.  The pigment plays with the light in a lovely, flattering way. Here are the shades applied dry:

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Nars dual intensity1Here are the shades applied wet:

Nars dual intensity3Another set applied wet:

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I think that the colors for this palette are extremely well-chosen. This palette includes a lovely range–from glowy light colors to deep ones that can be used as a liner or crease. I just love the way that this formula catches the light. It relies on a thin, impact-full formula. Drama with elegance–not glitter!  Just that beautiful, pearly sheen.

Overall, I love the fact that those who do not want to invest in several singles can get a great selection in a single package. There is a range of neutrals, but enough beautiful jewel-deep colors that can be used for chic drama. With both wet and dry application options, this makes a beautiful option to add beautiful interest to the eyes.

Ingredients (click to enlarge):

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Bottom line:  highly recommended. Available at Nars online and Saks Fifth Avenue. This one is limited edition, so please don’t wait long.

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Jan 092015
 

This is just a quick teaser post of some Nars items that arrived.  This box contains the new series of Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation, several Soft Velvet Loose Powders, Eyeshadow palettes, eye pencils, a new lipgloss, a more.  Please keep in mind that this is just an “open the box” style post. These pictures are not color-accurate as I have not set up the correct lighting.  Still, so exciting!  I can feel my heart beat faster and faster….

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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.

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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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