Monday, July 6th, 2015

NARS Tribulation Blush
NARS Tribulation Blush

NARS Tribulation Blush ($30.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “shimmery rosy sand.” It’s a light-medium gold muted slightly by hints of beige paired with a luminous, shimmer-sheen finish.
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The texture of this was soft, smooth, and denser than most NARS blushes; it felt the softest and smoothest, without being powdery, of all the NARS cheek products I have ever tried. It blended out beautifully without losing its color or sheen, and the more you buffed it into the skin, the more the glowing finish came out. The shimmer didn’t emphasize pores or the skin’s natural texture either, but this is not a subtle highlighter, so it is better suited for someone who likes a noticeable sheen to their highlighters. I was surprised that NARS didn’t call this out as a “Highlighting Blush” (like Albatross), as it is more highlighter on light to dark skin tones, while very fair to fair skin tones will see slight warmth/beige color, plus the sheen. On me, the color lasted for eight hours before fading slightly.

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Monday, July 6th, 2015

NARS VIP Red Lipstick
NARS VIP Red Lipstick

NARS VIP Red Lipstick ($27.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “dark brique.” It’s a medium-dark red with soft, warm undertones and a satin finish. It’s not strongly orange-toned–it has deeper, almost orange-brown tones to it that keep it from being a brighter red, but it isn’t a dark burgundy either. The finish will wear to more of a traditional matte finish within an hour of wear.
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NARS’ lipstick is supposed to be richly pigmented, long-wearing, and comfortable to wear. I typically have good luck with their pigmentation and wear, but the hydration/comfort tends to be the area the formula misses more on. VIP Red is mostly opaque with a barely creamy consistency that just slightly tugs on the lips, though it doesn’t drag or skip, but it is best applied in shorter strokes rather than one continuous glide. The texture is light-medium in weight, clings without being painfully clingy, and wears for over six hours while leaving behind a stain. It was slightly drying after four hours of wear on me. There was no discernible scent or taste from the formula.

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Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

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Friday, July 3rd, 2015

NARS Fall 2015 Collection
NARS Fall 2015 Collection

NARS Fall 2015 consists of eight Velvet Shadow Sticks, two Dual Intensity Eyeshadows, one Lipstick, two Lipglosses, and one Blush. Here’s a sneak peek of all of those shades! Working on testing and getting reviews up soon! :)

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Friday, July 3rd, 2015

NARS NARSissist Day & Night Series Palette
NARS NARSissist Day & Night Series Palette

Here’s an early look at the two palettes for fall: the NARS NARSissist Day & Night Series Palette ($65.00 for 0.41 oz.) and NARS Hardwired Eye Kit ($59.00 for 0.24 oz.).

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Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

NARS NARSissist Day & Night Series Eye Palette
NARS NARSissist Day & Night Series Eye Palette

NARSissist Day & Night Series Eye Palette ($65.00) (Limited Edition) (Sephora Exclusive)

From day to night, these eight eye shades take looks from work day to evening. Featuring four matte and four shimmer shadows, this palette includes the mini Night Series Eyeliner in a Night Clubbing—a standout, black shade with gold pearls for head-turning looks.

  • Nassau Creamy French vanilla
  • Maya Bay Rosy clay
  • Ithaca Warm nougat
  • Dogot II Charcoal black
  • Mandchourie I Golden-infused denim
  • Bonifacio Pink sand with shimmer
  • Zagreb Chocolate-infused with raspberry shimmer
  • Heraklion Starry night
  • Night Clubbing Black with gold pearls (Night Series Eyeliner)

Availability: Exclusively at Sephora (early access for VIB Rouge/VIB)

Sunday, June 28th, 2015

Next in our brand focus: NARS! Another brand with a massive permanent range to choose favorites from, which always makes it a challenge. It was particularly frustrating to only pick a few from the Audacious lipstick range, as there are so many great shades in it! Here’s where I started to narrow down to my final top ten (at the moment!). What are your favorites from NARS?

  1. NARS Kauai Eyeshadow Duo
  2. NARS Vivien Audacious Lipstick
  3. NARS Thasos Nail Polish
  4. NARS Subra Dual Intensity Eyeshadow
  5. NARS Dominique Audacious Lipstick
  6. NARS Transvaal Eye Paint
  7. NARS Anna Audacious Lipstick
  8. NARS Dolce Vita Blush
  9. NARS Kelly Audacious Lipstick
  10. NARS Lovejoy Blush

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