Thursday, October 9th, 2014

NARS Nail Polish
NARS Nail Polish

NARS Barents Sea Nail Polish ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “sparkling deep blue.” It’s a metallic, medium-dark blue with very fine medium blue shimmer that runs through it. The metallic finish leaves some threads of shimmer that you can detect, but it the majority fade as it dries down. The formula on this was thicker, and it had a tendency to pool along the edges if you weren’t careful. It took much longer to dry as well, and it dried down to a semi-matte finish. Marc Jacobs Beauty Blue Velvet (132) (P, $18.00) is darker. Chanel Bel-Argus (667) (LE, $27.00) is lighter, brighter. China Glaze Blue Bells (LE, $7.50) is brighter. Zoya Song (P, $9.00) is darker, less metallic. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Algonquin Nail Polish ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “sparkling lilac.” It’s a muted, medium-dark lavender purple with neutral-to-cool undertones and lighter, silvery-lavender flecks of sparkle and shimmer. It had mostly opaque color coverage, but there was visible nail line after two coats. The finish had a light shine to it, but I would recommend a top coat with it, as it isn’t as glossy as other polishes in the range. The formula seemed slightly thicker, though it wasn’t problematic to work with. NARS Kalymnos (P, $20.00) is much lighter and a cream. L’Oreal The Reign of Studs (LE, $6.99) is more glittery, brighter. Rescue Beauty Lounge Forgiveness (LE, $20.00) is lighter, less sparkly. NARS Night Rider (LE, $20.00) is warmer. Cult Nails My Kind of Cool Aid (P, $12.00) is less sparkly. Zoya Nimue (P, $9.00) is darker, finer shimmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Sherwood Nail Polish ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “shimmering violet rose.” It’s a rosy plum with fine rose gold and copper shimmer. It had semi-opaque color coverage after two coats, so there was visible nail line. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, so I think a third coat would be possible without it feeling too thick or taking too long to dry. This shade dried down to a lightly glossy finish, so a top coat wouldn’t be necessary. I couldn’t think of a dupe for this one–everything I considered was much more copper-hued or a cream (Essie Hot Coco has a similar tone but is a cream).

The Glossover

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Barents Sea

B

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

6.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Algonquin

B+

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

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Sherwood

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Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, October 9th, 2014

NARS Almeria Blush
NARS Almeria Blush

NARS Almeria Blush ($30.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “tan rose.” It’s a muted, medium-dark reddened plum with subtle, warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. There’s a hint ofvery fine shimmer, but on the skin, it isn’t noticeable. Gucci Beauty Cherry Nectar (P, $49.00) is brighter, warmer. Tom Ford Beauty Contour (Softcore) (LE, $55.00) is lighter. NARS Realm of the Senses #2 (LE, $29.00) is more shimmery. NARS 413 BLKR (LE, $39.00) is a cream producct. NARS Seduction (P, $29.00) is darker. NARS Oasis (P, $29.00) is lighter, more shimmery. NARS Lovejoy (P, $29.00) is warmer, more shimmery. NARS Dolce Vita (P, $29.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Hidden Treasure (LE, $21.00) is slightly warmer, m ore shimmery. Illamasqua Allure (P, $26.00) is lighter, more muted. See comparison swatches/ view dupes.

The texture was soft, silky, and very finely-milled, so it looked nice against the skin–not powdery or dry–and blended easily, which is a real must with a deeper, richer shade like this one. It had good color payoff, which could be a little buildable if you used a very light touch, but it didn’t feel like the lightest touch still yielded a ton of product. I was surprised by how many blushes NARS has that are similar to this–both past and present–so you may find that your stash already has something similar enough that this wouldn’t be a must-have. On my cheeks, the color wore well for eight and a half hours before fading.

This blush is part of NARS’ holiday color collection, which will be available online on October 15th and at retailers on November 1st.

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Almeria

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Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

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Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

NARS Holiday 2014 Color Collection
NARS Holiday 2014 Color Collection

NARS Holiday 2014 Color Collection features three lipsticks, three lipglosses, three eyeshadows, three nail polishes, and one blush. All of the shades are limited editoin, and there is a lace etching on the compacts/tubes. The lipstick and eyeshadow use a new formula (Hardwired). The collection launches on October 15th at NARS and then rolls out to other retailers on November 1st. Full reviews to come! Enjoy the sneak peek.

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Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

NARS Holiday 2014 Gifting Collection
NARS Holiday 2014 Gifting Collection

NARS’ exclusive Laced with Edge Holiday 2014 Gifting Collection exposes a world of color, where technology is seduced by fashion and femininity smolders in a disruptive new dimension.

Swathed in digital lace, the keepsake collection brings fashion to the forefront with abstract white webs and hints of sleek red foil popping through. Translucent outer packaging creates futuristic illusions, seducing the eye in to a paradigm of color and pattern.

Algorithm ($59.00) (Limited Edition)

The iconic NARS bronzer, Laguna, recoded into a geometric fantasy—logically aligned with a mobile take on the classic Ita brush.

Laser Cut ($59.00) (Limited Edition)

A futuristic vision for eyes, cheeks, and lips in a tech-chic double layer compact.

  • Eyeshadow I Perfect neutral vanilla
  • Eyeshadow II Shimmering cafe au lait
  • Eyeshadow III Matte army green
  • Day Dream Blush Flirty sheer peach
  • Laguna Bronzer Diffused brown powder with golden shimmer
  • Dolce Vita Lipgloss Sheer dusty rose

Modern Future ($49.00) (Limited Edition)

The apex of femininity: NARS’ iconic pink tone, Roman Holiday, cloned into a prism of pigments for cheeks, lips, and nails.

  • Roman Holiday Blush Pretty pastel with the most delicate hint of pink
  • Roman Holiday Lipstick Pretty pastel with the most delicate hint of pink
  • Roman Holiday Nail Polish Shimmery begonia pink

Tech Fashion ($49.00) (Limited Edition)

A seductive shift into a realm of cutting-edge color. Four megawatt miniatures of Larger Than Life® Lipgloss multiply future chic into polished possibilities.

  • Lipgloss I Shimmering peach sorbet
  • Lipgloss II Shimmering sheer fig
  • Lipgloss III Shimmering sheer raspberry
  • Lipgloss IV Sheer ruby

Kabuki Brush Set ($149.00) (Limited Edition)

Transcend. Transform. Transfix. Face your future femme with three iconic NARS Kabuki brushes to sculpt, contour, define—and defy color conventions.

  • Mie Kabuki Brush
  • Mizubake Kabuki Brush
  • Kabuki Eye Brush

Virtual Domination ($65.00) (Limited Edition) (Sephora Exclusive)

Submit to an altered state of seduction with this high-density powdered blush and bronzer palette, decoded into a laser-chic rush for cheeks.

  • Laguna Bronzer Diffused brown powder with golden shimmer
  • Miss Liberty Blush Soft shimmering peach
  • Deep Throat Blush Flirty sheer peach
  • Sex Fantasy Blush Pale lavender pink
  • Final Cut Blush Peach coral

Digital World ($49.00) (Limited Edition) (Sephora Exclusive)

Abandon protocol. Pencil-in a new code of sensuality by dressing lips with a circuit of rich, multidimensional color.

  • Cruella Passionate scarlet red
  • Iberico Intense coral
  • Yu Shocking pink
  • Descanso Tea rose
  • Torres del Paine Peach coral

Availability: This collection is available beginning October 15th, 2014 at NARS boutiques and narscosmetics.com and at department and specialty stores. (Note, Sephora exclusives will only be available at Sephora.)

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Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

NARS Holiday 2014 Color Collection
NARS Holiday 2014 Color Collection

Cutting-edge color—anything but straightlaced. For Holiday 2014, François Nars projects a bold new design for the future femme. Decoding the thrill of seduction, this captivating collection exposes a full range of colors and textures with dramatic dimension.

The custom packaging adapts architectural designer Chris Kabatsi’s digitally-rendered Nebula print into a dynamic yet delicate depiction. The intricate web of black gloss grips the signature soft-touch packaging in a modern take on lace.

Availability: This collection is available beginning October 15, 2014 at NARS boutiques and narscosmetics.com and at department and specialty stores beginning November 1, 2014.

Hardwired Lipstick ($26.00) (New Formula) (Limited Edition)

  • Adriatic Glistening soft cream
  • Deadly Catch Crimson
  • Femme Fleur Shimmering brick red with gold pearl

Hardwired Eyeshadow ($25.00) (New) (Limited Edition)

  • Canberra Shimmering lavender
  • Opal Coast Iridescent white
  • Gabon Bronzed green

Lipgloss ($26.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Soleil d’Orient Shimmering pink champagne
  • Burning Love Bright ruby with subtle shimmer
  • Corsica Shimmering pink raspberry

Nail Polish ($20.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Barents Sea Sparkling deep blue
  • Algonquiun Sparkling lilac
  • Sherwood Shimmering violet rose

Blush ($30.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Almeria Tan rose

Availability: This collection is available beginning October 15, 2014 at NARS boutiques and narscosmetics.com and at department and specialty stores beginning November 1, 2014.

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Saturday, September 20th, 2014

One common color combination I feel I’ve been seeing more often as we get into autumn is a mix of copper, gold, and plum. Here’s my current favorite mix of shades in that vein! :) These could all be worn together or as three or four shades.  Subra is great for making the look appear smokier, cooler, while Goddess and Deep Damson create dimension with their less frosted finishes.  I’d love to hear what shades you’re using to recreate the combination as well.

  1. Make Up For Ever ME728 Copper Red — a metallic, golden copper
  2. Makeup Geek Goddess — a satiny, orange with hints of brown
  3. Make Up For Ever ME654 Cauldron — a rich bronze with a frosted sheen
  4. MAC Deep Damson — a matte, plummy burgundy
  5. NARS Subra — a deepened yet muted purpled burgundy with a soft, frosted finish

>> See side-by-side swatches! <<