NARS Cheek Studio Blush Palette (Spring 2016)

NARS Cheek Studio Blush Palette ($65.00 for 1.01 oz.) includes a highlighting/contour duo, bronzer, and four blushes. Three of the blushes are exclusive to the palette with one blush being part of an exclusive offering for Sephora VIB Rouge members (as a single). Strangely, the Paloma duo, which is available in the permanent range (see my original review here), was very chalky and clumpy in the palette–it felt smooth and soft to the touch, but it looked dry and chalky on the skin. I wish NARS (and other brands guilty of it) wouldn’t include one-size-fits-all contouring products; matte highlighters are also difficult to make inclusive (without the shimmer, it is hard to salvage one that really doesn’t work for one’s skin tone).

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NARS Cheek Studio Blush Palette
NARS Cheek Studio Palette Spring 2016
C
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7
Longevity
7.5
Application
4.5
Total
76%
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Introduction to NARS

Introduction to NARS Cosmetics

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Introduction to NARS Cosmetics

NARS Hammamet Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Hammamet Eyeshadow Duo ($35.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a new, limited edition neutral-hued duo for spring (January 15th at NARS, February 1st at all other retailers). It’s a nice set of shades that performs well, though they’re more dupable than not.

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NARS Hammamet Eyeshadow Duo
NARS Duo Eyeshadow Hammamet
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
89%
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NARS Instant Crush & Vida Loca Lipglosses

NARS Instant Crash Lipgloss ($26.00 for 0.18 fl. oz.) is described as a “soft shimmering apricot.” It’s a light-medium peach with hints of warm, brown and fine white shimmer. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque pigmentation with a light-to-medium-weight consistency that was mildly sticky but not thick or gluey. It didn’t appear streaky, but the color emphasized and sat in lip lines heavily, so it was less flattering worn alone. This shade wore for four hours on me. Sephora Collection Cappuccino (02) (P, $14.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Ultimate Dish (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Sephora Collection Perfect Nude (04) (P, $14.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Divergent Supreme Ritual (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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NARS Instant Crash Lipgloss
NARS Lip Gloss Instant Crash
C+
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
4
Total
78%
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NARS Impassioned Blush

NARS Impassioned Blush ($30.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “rich orchid.” It’s a muted, light-medium rosy pink with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. Burberry S/S15 Runway (LE, $65.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Pink Cult (LE, $22.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Modest Blush (LE, $27.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Benefit Dandelion (P, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). Burberry Misty (P, $42.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Pink Sprinkles (LE, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC The Perfect Cheek (LE, $22.00) is darker (85% similar). Illamasqua Naked Rose (P, $26.00) is darker (85% similar). NARS New Attitude (LE, $30.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar). Chanel Jardin de Chanel (LE, $55.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Stila Dusty Rose (LE) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Urban Decay Overexposed (LE) is warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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NARS Impassioned Blush
NARS Powder Blush Impassioned
B-
Product
8
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
8
Application
5
Total
82%

NARS Cressida, Kari, Tarvos Dual Intensity Eyeshadows

NARS Cressida Dual Intensity Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “shimmering midnight blue.” It’s a bright, medium-dark blue with a frosted finish. It is more muted and semi-opaque when applied dry, and it wore for seven and a half hours on me. When I applied it damp, the color was fully opaque and brighter, while longevity came in at eight and a half hours. The texture was a little drier and harder to blend out dry, and it was somewhat easier when applied damp, but it tended to dry unevenly. Make Up For Ever I218 Indigo Blue (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Sephora Collection Aja (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Danger (LE, $18.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Colour Pop Kimono (P, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). LORAC Blue Quartz (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Buxom Bulldog (P, $18.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever D222 Night Blue (P, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). Anastasia Azure (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery, lighter, more muted (90% similar). Inglot #428 (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). NYX Kiss in Casablanca (P, $4.50) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Make Up For Ever ME216 Electric Blue (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Radium (P, $18.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Moon is Blue (LE, $22.00) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Tonight's Temptation #1 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Le Metier de Beaute Lapis (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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NARS Cressida Dual Intensity Eyeshadow
NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Cressida
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
8.5
Application
4
Total
84%
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