Jan 212014
 

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NARS Final Cut collection includes a new shimmering, sparkling illuminator called NARS Adelaide Illuminator ($3o), a cool lavendar pink with a transparent glitter. Unless you use the very tiniest bit on the upper cheekbone, NARS Adelaide is a color for the confident wearer. Be ready to be noticed–this is a stunning, glamorous shade.

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Like the other NARS Illuminators, Adelaide has an easily blended texture applies with a weightless feel. No tackiness, no oiliness, no messing around. Like a good luxury product, this is done right. Unlike the other shades in the line, NARS Adelaide is more opaque in its color. Although it can be sheered down and mixed with other textures, the decidedly cool cast and stronger color of this shade sets it apart. This means that it mixes well with foundations, but it will darken and add a strong candy pink cast to the foundation. In addition, Adelaide will  suffuse it with both glow and rich micro-sparkle. For that reason, I suspect that most will use this as a stunning upper cheek highlighter for evening, or even for beachy days. It’s a fresh color shade, but not for the wallflower. Someone who loves Adelaide does not mind a bit of attention.

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Here’s an arm swatch of Nars Adelaide alone, below. This is going to look fabulous on tanned skin.

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NARS Adelaide fits in well with the rest of the Nars Final Cut collection. Here, you can see a little different angle of Nars Adelaide next to swatches of NARS Villa Lante and Nars Stourhead Lip Pencils:

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Here, Liz applied Nars Adelaide over Nars Final Cut blush to add a little glow:

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Here is Nars Adelaide on the upper cheek over Nars Sex Fantasy blush (applied heavily):

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Overall, Nars Adelaide is a standout shade for those who love to stand out. It fits well within the cool lavender trend that we’re seeing from other lines, perhaps a more sophisticated version of Benefit’s Lollitint. Nars Adelaide also fits well within the entire Nars Final Cut series of fresher, more modern colors for Spring 2014. NARS Adelaide’s texture is beautiful, sparkling and very rich in tone.

Nars sent Adelaide to Cafe Makeup without charge for consideration for review. This post contains affiliate links (for more information, see About Cafe Makeup).

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Jan 202014
 

NARS Final Cut Blush08aThe release of a new NARS blush is always cause for celebration, especially when it is wearable and beautiful. NARS Final Cut collection includes four new blushes–in Final Cut, New Attitude, Love and Sex Fantasy ($29 each). I’m overwhelmed, delighted, and happy to share our thoughts about them.

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This lovely set of highly wearable shades mirrors the Nars Final Cut Satin Lip Pencils (reviewed here), and of course they look lovely when coordinated together. Yet these blushes are universal in their appeal, and should coordinate nicely with numerous types of makeup combinations. These brightening, fresh shades are a beautiful addition to our Spring calendar, but honestly they are so universal and gorgeous they should work year round.

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Nars Love blush ($29) is called “tea rose.” In my mind, it’s a soft misty rose, with a touch of gray and mauve. It’s one of those universal shades that looks amazing applied softly with a strong lip, or built up for a slightly bolder cheek.  Here is Nars Love on Liz (over foundation and Tom Ford Gold Dust Bronzer, with Nars Stourhead on her lips):

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NARS New Attitude ($29) is a “cherry blossom pink.” It is a lovely, build able color that amps up nicely for a clear, beautiful pink with a hint of red. This looks a bit cool, but this is far softer and more neutral than some cooler NARS blushes (such as Angelica).

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Here is New Attitude on Liz (she’s wearing the Guerlain Les Tendres eyeshadow quad on her lid):

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NARS Final Cut blush is peach coral. This is a color that looks lovely with warm tones, including mixing well with bronzers. Surprisingly, these shades can play well with some reds.

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Here is Nars Final Cut on Liz:

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Like the NARS Stourhead lip pencil, NARS Sex Fantasy is a cool light pink. Although this shade kicked up some dust when we dipped our Hakuhodo brush into it, we found that the application was smooth and beautiful.  NARS Sex Fantasy is the most lightly pigmented on the Final Cut group, but the color is quite build able for a stronger, cool uber-light pink.

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NARS Sex Fantasy is the type of color that you are quite sure exists somewhere, but then when you go to find it there doesn’t seem to be anything around. Thankfully, NARS keeps these edgy, rule-breaking colors available. NARS Sex Fantasy reminds me of a pink version of light peachy NARS Sex Appeal. On some, this will be quite subtle.  Here it is on Liz applied very heavily so that we could get some of the cool pink color. She really worked in quite a bit of product here, much much more than would be typical. Despite our heavy application, and the powder dust that our brush kicked up, the application looks quite nice and smooth.

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Like a dozen roses, NARS Final Cut has brought out some beautiful, brightening shades. This gorgeous collection is currently available on Nordstom.com, and will be available on Nars online site and Nars boutiques beginning March 1, 2014.

NARS Cosmetics provided Sex Fantasy, Love, and New Attitude to Cafe Makeup without charge for consideration for review. This post includes affiliate links (for more information, see About Cafe Makeup)

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Jan 202014
 

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NARS has introduced an extensive collection for Spring 2014. Part of this is the Final Cut collection, which includes four satin lip pencils–Stourhead, Villa Lante, Descanso, and Torres del Paine ($25 each). The satin formula leaves a glowy finish, with more shine than a matte but not as much as a gloss. These are all nicely pigmented, and applied evenly and smoothy. These are available February 1, 2014 at Nordstrom and beginning March 1, 2014 at NARS boutiques, and on narscosmetics.com.

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As with all NARS satin pencils, these are encased in black wood and come with tenacious little black caps.

Stourhead is a light cool pink, called a “pale lavender pink”

Villa Lante is a medium bright fresh pink, called a “cherry blossom pink”

Torres des Plaine is a bright peach coral

Descanso is “tea rose,” in my view a grayed-down soft peachy terracotta

Swatches:

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Another set:

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Although some of these seemed right for Spring and Summer, we found some were lovely for year-round wear.

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Surprisingly, Descanto was a favorite for Liz and I. We loved its sophisticated tone that made it appropriate for our coloring for almost every occasion.

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Descanso on Liz:

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Torres del Paine is slightly brighter and with a flush of red throughout the subdued color.

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Torres del Paine on Liz:

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Villa Lante won our hearts as a beautiful medium pink:

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Villa Lante on Liz:

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Stourhead is perhaps the most unusual of the set.  The light lavendar is fresh and fun, but won’t be for everyone or every occassion.

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Stourhead–as a pastel color– tended to be a little difficult because of its light tone.

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Overall, we were really pleased with this fresh set of pencils. Our favorites were Descanso and Villa Lante.  These pencils–Stourhead, Villa Lante, Descanso, and Torres del Paine are available February 1, 2014 at Nordstrom and beginning March 1, 2014 at NARS boutiques, and on narscosmetics.com.

Nars Cosmetics sent these pencils to Cafe Makeup without charge for consideration for review. This post contains affiliate links (for more information, see About Cafe Makeup)

 

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Jan 182014
 

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NARS is adding to its Pro-Prime line, which has already brought us some lovely facial primers and a highly effective eye primer. New to the line is NARS Pro-Prime Instant Line & Pore Perfector ($28/0.05 oz.). Do you have large pores on your cheeks that prevent you from wearing shimmery blushes?  Well, now you don’t. This small tube acts as a “magic wand” to provide a smooth, pore-less finish. With a bit of time, this product also minimizes very fine lines.

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According to NARS, this new “targeted primer features an advanced, lightweight formula that smoothes and preps skin in a single stroke, creating the ideal canvas for makeup application.

Line and pore-filling microspheres with hyaluronic acid instantly smooth and provide a gentle plumping effect to fine lines

Spherical Line Smoothing Powder visibly reduces the appearance of wrinkles to create a seamless look. The spherical shape and innovative optical technology reflect light evenly to brighten the dark areas within wrinkles

The angular stick format provides artistic precision and convenience for touch-ups, while the non-greasy formula absorbs oil and mattes out shine without drying the skin.

Vitamins A, C and E help provide antioxidant protection. Dermatologist & ophthalmologist tested.”

Notice, although the effect of this primer is temporary, there are some anti-oxidants also provides some skin-care benefits. This product has a highly effective, magic wand quality against pores. Now you see them, now you don’t. The pore-elminating effect is immediateMy one request is to increase the size of the tube, because after I saw how wonderful this made my skin look I sort of wanted to use it over my entire body. I sort of wanted to take a bath in it, actually. However, to help manage your expectations, the tube is small–about the same size as a NARS Pure Matte Lipstick.

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Here is a comparison of two images on which I used the product on my arm. Both images are the same, but with one I’ve outlined the area where the primer is applied (no photoshopping):

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Another with the same format. These are the same unretouched image, but one has the area marked where the NARS Pore Perfector has been used:

NARS Pore Perfector before and after 3 NARS also intends this product to be a line-filler. As you can see from these images, the tiny lines on my hand are arm are, in fact, softened and in some cases erased. As you might expect, this does not eliminate deep creases and expression lines, for which you would typically go to a dermatologist for an injectable or surgery. Also, the results for fine lines take a bit more time to appear–I would give it a full minute, or even five minutes, for the product to warm and work. I tried to do a little experiment on the bottom part of some fingers to show you. I’m not sure how successful this experiment is, but I thought it best to post it.

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 Overall, I applaud NARS for the pore-reducing and line-softening properties of this effective primer. NARS Pore Perfector is another well-formulated, workhorse product from this innovative line.

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Jan 172014
 

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NARS is knocking it out of the park right now. This is a first look at the Narsissist Eye Palette ($79/0.03 oz.), an incredible palette of 15 high-quality, NARS-quality shades. This is currently for sale now sold out on Nars website, and will soon be available from other Nars sources. The official release date for department and speciality stores is February 1st. I’m so glad that this palette exists–this is so beautiful and well done. Yes, I know that we’re seeing a wealth of neutral palettes right now from Smashbox, MAC, Urban Decay. But since I first dipped a brush into All About Eve, I’ve loved the quality of Nars eyeshadows and this palette delivers a rich source of beautiful neutrals all in one place, at a remarkably low price point (given the high quality level). The press materials list this as limited edition.

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I’ve been playing with this for a few days, and I’ve fallen in love with it. How easy is it to use this palette every morning, 4-5 days a week? Which palette should I take to that multi-day conference, where there are both daytime and evening events? Which single eyeshadow item is going to slide into the side of a carryon, yet is sturdy enough to arrive safely, uncrushed? (The outer dimensions are roughly 6 1/2″ x 3 1/4″) In addition to the ultra-large mirror, there really cannot be a question–the Narsissist palette delivers it all.

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  Some might think that the lighter shades are too light (or nude), and the darker shades too dark. Keep in mind that Nars truly does design from all skin tones, as the line that brought us everything from All About Eve to the deep Brousse, and so many shades in between. I believe that 100% of the users of this palette will be able to use 80-100% of the shades.

Narsissist Palette14The shades included are NARS neutral classics, which are:  All About Eve, Madrague, Fez, Bali, Coconut Grove, Madrague ll, Nepal, Ashes to Ashes, Brousse, Mekong, Bellissima, Lhasa, Bad Behavior, Dogon, and Pandora.

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 Here are swatches of the top row, a highly usable set of almost every shade of browns. Many of these run warm:

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The second row, which has some unbelievable cool shades. So pretty!:

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The bottom row, which has some epic shades with beautiful depth:

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These swatches aren’t ideal, as they were taking as the sun was getting low and the lighting is warm. Nonetheless, the swatches show the beautiful range and depth of this palette. Really, this is epic. I’m hoping to post some updates soon. The release date for department and specialty stores is February 1st. For now, the palette is up for sale on Nars website, Right now there is free shipping with any order, and this palette is over the minimum for free ship on the site year-round. Up until February 1, 2014, you can get a free mini Super Orgasm blush with the code JANMINI14.

 NARS sent this palette to Cafe Makeup without charge for consideration for review. This post contains affiliate links (for more information, see About Cafe Makeup)

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