Mar 182015
 

Nars Reckless 1NARS Reckless Powder Blush ($30) is a shimmery soft warm very light pink. This is an unusual shade, and I think in many lines this might be considered a soft highlighter. Of course, this fairy-sparkle shade fits perfectly with the modern nude theme of Nars Spring 2015. NARS Reckless Blush is available at Nordstrom, Nars online, Sephora, Barneys New York, Bloomingdales, and Neiman Marcus.
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On my skintone, Reckless actually seems to neutralize color because of the light tones, while adding a touch of shimmer and sparkle. It’s very Ice Queen. Here it is, swatched next to Nars Valhalla Eyeshadow single and Porto Venere Eye Paint.

NARS Porto Venere 41To get a sense of the color, I’ve swatched this next to MAC Bao Bao Wan Summer Opal, Laura Mercier’s Baked Powder Highlighter and Bobbi Brown’s Nude Shimmerbrick. As you can see, Reckless is a very light, cool nude with micro sparkle.

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One more, slightly different order (but same comparisons).

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NARS Reckless blush seems like is a powder version of a Cococabana, or other cool highlighter. A niche cool nude shade, it evokes an edgy vibe. It’s going to glow perfectly and naturally on some skin tones.reckless1984

NARS Reckless Blush is available at Nordstrom, Nars online, Sephora, Barneys New York, Bloomingdales, and Neiman Marcus.

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Mar 152015
 
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NARS lip glosses in Guyane and Vent Sale ($26 each) are unusual shades in the makeup world. Although they look like quiet neutrals in the tube, both have a high pearl quality. The soft seashell beige-pink Guyana, and the white high-shine Vent Sale, are high-concept. Most will find that these are perfect for a “highlight” sheen on the center of the lip, perhaps over a matte or deep satin red. These are available at Nars online, Nordstrom, Barneys New York, and Neiman Marcus.

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NARS Guyana is a warm beige with a pearly sheen. This shade has so much shine and pearl that I find it difficult to wear alone. It’s amazing over a neutral or peach lipstick, like Chanel Patchouli or any peach/ coral.

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NARS Vent Sale is a white silver highlight shade.

Nars Vent Sale Lip Gloss 1aThis applies a white metallic white pearl. If applied all over the lip, you will have a very high-fashion ’60’s runway look. I prefer to use this as NARS describes in its literature, a highlight in the center bottle lip while wearing lipstick.

Nars Vent Sale Lip Gloss 2aThese colors are the magic touch that we leave most wondering “how does she get that look?” The art is in the details, as all makeup lovers know. and NARS Guyana and Vent Sale glosses are those extra touches that make the look. Swatches:

NarsVent Sale1Here’s a swatch comparing the unusual NARS Vent Sale, compared to the only other “highlight” gloss that I have in my drawer–MAC Mirror from the Pedro Loucenco collection released last summer. As you can see, Mirror is more of a true silver, while NARS Vent Sale is a pearly silver white.

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I did a quick lip with Nars Vent Sale over Chanel Manic on the bottom lip so you can see how the highlight looks when applied over a darker shade.

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Bottom line, both NARS Guyana and Vent Sale are going to add a touch of artistry to your makeup stash. These are high fashion shades, and should be used carefully to enhance your look. Honestly, they are completely unique in my opinion–I don’t know of any other shade that has such as stunning dimension.

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Nars Guyane and Nars Vent Sale Lip Glosses are available at Nars online, Nordstrom, Barneys New York, and Neiman Marcus.

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Mar 132015
 

Nars St Paul de Vemce Duo 1Part of NARS Spring 2015 collection is the NARS St-Paul-De-Vence Eyeshadow Duo ($35), a “neutrals with a twist” that sort of evokes this year’s marsala theme but leans toward the warmer side of it. To me, some colors in Nars’ line are instant classics–they are unusual enough because the shades are complex–but they are universal enough to fit within the makeup that one already owns. Paired with a soft peach or coppery blush, and I’m good to go.  NARS St-Paul-De-Vence is currently available at Nordstrom, Nars online and Nars boutiques, Sephora, Barneys New York, and Neiman Marcus.

NARS St. Paul de Venice 1 copyI’ve been reaching for this so often–it’s not the same old, same old brown and beige “work friendly” combination but it raises the fashion factor just enough. Still, it’s not a super vibrant color. St-Paul-De-Vence is daytime friendly. In addition to spring, this one is one of those great August-September transition to Fall colors that helpful to have.

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The shade on the left is described by NARS as a shimmering nectarine. This is redder than many soft shimmers that tend to be either beige or pink. On the right is a wonderfully formulated matte chestnut, that is a red-brown without being too much of either. These are applied softly here in these swatches, of course they can be layered for more intensity.  Sometimes I hold off on interesting basics like these, it took me months to by Nars All About Eve. The funny thing is, once you have them you use them because these are beautiful, everyday shades that enhance the eye color, are effortless to wear, and are just quite pretty.  I’ve been wearing the shimmer shade as a lid wash, with the deeper right shade in the outer corner and crease. I top these with a black liquid eyeliner. Reddish browns, in the range of MAC Dubonnet, look fabulous with these tones. Of course, the sheer shimmer Liguria lipstick (also part of NARS Spring ’15) works beautifully as well–the colors can of course be worn beautifully together.

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As far as NARS St-Paul-De-Vence? This is one of the good ones, gorgeous. Highly recommended. NARS St-Paul-De-Vence is currently available at Nordstrom,Nars online and Nars boutiques, Sephora,Barneys New York, and Neiman Marcus.

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Mar 112015
 

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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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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
 

NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation is available here at Nordstrom.com.

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NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation ($48) is available at Nordstrom 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 NordstromNars online, Sephora, Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue.

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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 of Nars Luminous All Day Foundation (which is your shade?):

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I hope these are a helpful start. NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation is available at NordstromNars 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:

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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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