Monday, July 7th, 2014

NARS Fall 2014

Launching online on July 15th, the upcoming NARS Fall 2014 Collection features ten products for eyes, face, lips, and cheeks. Here’s a quick sneak peek of the products — full reviews to come! :)

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Monday, July 7th, 2014

NARS Fall 2014 Color Collection
NARS Fall 2014 Color Collection

A bold, yet tender palette, dramatic enough to seduce the darkest hour – NARS Cosmetics introduces the captivating scene of the Fall 2014 Color Collection and the new Night Series Eyeliners.

Eyes shine in amethyst and quartz shadows while intense black liners flecked with rich purple, gold, and green pearl provide intriguing depth. Lips smolder in warm reds and cheeks are softened with a wash of glistening pink.

The Night Series eyeliners glide on smooth with ultra-saturated color in a single swipe while luminous micro-pearls set in jet black color light up the night.

Duo Eyeshadow ($35.00)

  • Jardin Perdu Metallic dove grey / Metallic amethyst (Limited Edition)
  • Dolomites Shiny rose quartz / Chocolate (Limited Edition)

Satin Lip Pencil ($25.00)

  • Bansar Rose brown (New, Permanent)
  • Mondore Cranberry (Limited Edition)

Matte Multiple ($39.00)

Mauritanie is no longer being released due to production issues. NARS suggests trying Na Pali Coast in lieu of Mauritanie.

  • Mauritanie Strawberry red (Limited Edition)

Blush ($30.00)

  • Unlawful Amber pink with silver pearls (New, Permanent)

Eyeliner ($24.00)

  • Night Flight Black with cobalt blue pearl
  • Night Bird Black with purple pearl
  • Night Clubbing Black with gold pearl
  • Night Porter Black with green pearl

Availability: July 15th at NARS boutiques and narscosmetics.com; August 1st at all other retailers/stores

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Friday, July 4th, 2014

NARS Nail Polish
NARS Nail Polishes

On July 15th, 43 shades of NARS Nail Polish will debut. Some are old favorites, others are new. It has been reformulated and now comes with a wider brush. I’m testing out wear at the moment, but for now, here are some sneak peek swatches… (FYI, I don’t have all 43 shades, just the 14 shown here.)

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Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

NARS Nail Polish for July 2014
NARS Nail Polish for July 2014

Introducing NARS new Nail Polish, a brilliantly curated palette of enamels featuring a flexible, high gloss finish for a freshly-painted look that lasts. With a unique combination of resins and polymers, the upgraded formula is designed to improve wear and strengthen nails, while the removable cap and specially designed brush allow for easy application.

The comprehensive 43-shade collection includes 19 new shades and 24 fan favorites for a full range of lacquered looks. Base and Top Coats complete the chip-defying, color-enhancing trifecta for an iconic nail look with serious staying power.

Nail Polish ($20.00) (Permanent)

  • Top Coat Clear
  • Base Coat Clear with light blue/green tint
  • 413 BLKR Navy blue (NARS Boutique Exclusive)
  • Arabesque Sheer pink with pink glitter
  • Back Room Black
  • Bad Influence Smoky taupe
  • Chinatown Blood red
  • Dovima Tomato red
  • Ecume White
  • Endless Night Black grape
  • Hunger Mandarin red
  • Jungle Red Bright red
  • L’Avventura Lilac
  • Manosque Deep smoky lavender
  • Night Breed Black with silver glitter
  • Night Flight Black with cobalt blue pearls
  • Night Porter Black with green pearls
  • Mash Army green infused with gold
  • Orgasm Peachy pink with shimmer
  • Purple Rain Gothic purple
  • Schiap Shocking pink
  • Shameless Red Pink flamingo
  • Soup Can Bright red
  • Trouville Seashell pink
  • Amarapura Silver chrome
  • Blow-up Mandarin orange
  • Delos Copper brown infused with gold
  • Elbrus Plum
  • Fearless Bright pink violet
  • Ikiru Light blue
  • Ithaque Light pink
  • Milos Rich gold
  • Kalymnos Lilac
  • La Notte Navy
  • Mots Bleus Storm blue
  • Night Out Bright rue blue
  • Obscura Lavender charcoal
  • Paradiso Strawberry pink
  • Paros Red brown
  • Pastorale Rose gold
  • Thasos Mint green
  • Torre del Oro Cherry red
  • Zakynthos Beige

July 15th at NARS, August 1st at Sephora and department stores

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Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

NARS Dark Room, Shutter, Wrong Turn Nail Polishes
NARS Dark Room, Shutter, Wrong Turn Nail Polishes

Here are the last three shades from the upcoming nail collaboration between 3.1 Phillip Lim and NARS (official info here). If you missed the other posts, check here and here. In general, I find NARS’ lacquer formula to be underrated–it’s really quite good, both in terms of color payoff, consistency, as well as with respect to wear. I usually get seven to ten days of wear with very minor tip wear out of this formula.

NARS Dark Room Nail Polish ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “blue denim.” It’s a muted, navy blue with a cream finish. There’s a slight warmth to it (though it is a cool-toned color) compared to a true blue polish. It had a slightly thinner consistency, but it wasn’t watery or streaky. Application was pretty easy as the color didn’t bubble or pool along the edges, and it was opaque after two coats. I did have noticeable staining after swatching this, so I would recommend a good base coat to prevent staining of the natural nail during wear. Chanel Magic (LE, $27.00) is slightly lighter. NARS Superstar (LE, $20.00) is very similar. Chanel Blue Rebel (LE, $27.00) is cooler-toned. Zoya Natty (P, $9.00) is slightly cooler-toned, lighter. Essie Go Overboard (LE, $8.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Shutter Nail Polish ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “black sea green.” It’s a blackened green–there is just a tint of green, but it is a very dark shade that looks nearly black in some lighting. It was opaque after two coats, and the consistency was similar to Dark Room as it was slightly thin but not problematic for application. I would also recommend using a good base coat to prevent possible staining from wearing this shade. Deborah Lippmann Billionaire (LE, $19.00)is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Wrong Turn Nail Polish ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “graphite.” It’s a dark, slightly metallic gray with cool undertones and a pearly shimmer. It was nearly opaque after one coat, but two coats were still needed for full color coverage. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, so it flowed well across the nail and was easy to apply. It dried down faster than other shades in the collection, due to the more metallic-like finish. Once dry, it had almost no visible brush strokes. MAC Grey Friday (LE, $16.00) is darker. China Glaze Stone Cold (LE, $7.50) is darker, more matte. Zoya Tao (P, $9.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Monday, June 23rd, 2014

NARS Anarchy, Gold Viper, Insidious Nail Polishes
NARS Anarchy, Gold Viper, Insidious Nail Polishes

Here are three more shades from the upcoming nail collaboration between 3.1 Phillip Lim and NARS (official info here). If you missed the first three, check this post. In general, I find NARS’ lacquer formula to be underrated–it’s really quite good, both in terms of color payoff, consistency, as well as with respect to wear. I usually get seven to ten days of wear with very minor tip wear out of this formula.

NARS Anarchy Nail Polish ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as an “angora.” It’s a light, buttery beige with warm, yellow undertones and a cream finish. For this type of color, it applied quite well, but there was slight streakiness, even after two coats, though the color was opaque in general after two coats. The consistency leaned on the thicker side but didn’t pool along the edges of the nail. MAC Near Beth Experience (LE, $16.00) is yellower, brighter. Zoya Cho (P, $9.00) is less yellow. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Gold Viper Nail Polish ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “champagne.” It’s a light-medium, muted tarnished gold with a metallic finish. It had very lightly visible brush strokes, but the wider brush helped apply them in a straight line, rather than have them look wobbly. The polish had good coverage and was opaque after one coat, but I applied two coats for swatches. The formula on this shade dried down fairly quickly. Revlon Gold Coin (P, $4.99) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler-toned. Illamasqua Swinger (P, $17.00) is cooler-toned, more shimmery. China Glaze Midnight Kiss (LE, $7.50) is more gold. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Insidious Nail Polish ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “black bronze.” It’s a deep, dark olive brown with murky gold and bronze pearl. It was intensely pigmented and was nearly opaque in one coat, though I applied two for swatches. The formula wasn’t too thick or too thin, so it applied beautifully and didn’t streak, bubble, or pool along the edge of the nails. I don’t think this looks like NARS Mash, which is much greener, less olive/brown, but it was a shade I had in mind initially. Chanel Mysterious (601) (P, $27.00) has no shimmer. Rescue Beauty Lounge Scrangie 2.0 (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Dior Czarina Gold (LE, $24.00) has larger shimmer. SpaRitual Lithophonic (LE, $10.00) is greener. China Glaze Midtown Magic (LE, $7.50) is browner. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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