Wednesday, November 7th, 2012


NARS Gentle Cream Cleanser

A Truly Gentle Cleanser

NARS Gentle Cream Cleanser ($29.00 for 4.2 fl. oz.) is supposed to be a “gentle, non-drying cream cleanser with a luxurious lather designed to pamper the skin while washing away makeup and surface impurities.” NARS says it is best for normal, dry, and seasonally dry skin, and it is “synthetic fragrance, paraben, and alcohol” free.

I’ve been using this for the past two and a half months as my morning cleanser (though I have also used in the evenings on occasion). It’s lightweight, incredibly gentle, non-drying, and a little goes a long way. I don’t even think I’m half-way through the tube, even though I consistently use it every morning. It lathers up quickly, but it’s not at all drying. I tend to have normal-to-dry skin, which is more normal than not during the spring/fall, but it gets drier as we head into winter. What I like most about the cleanser is really how genuinely gentle it is; there’s no stinging or burning sensations if this gets into your eyes at all. It doesn’t cloud your eyes or anything like that either.

It cleans well, and for something marketed as “gentle,” it is surprisingly effective at removing makeup. It won’t get long-wearing products off fully, but it did break down my liquid foundation well.  I like how it leaves my skin post-cleanse, which is soft and supple–my skin never feels stripped or dried out. Given how long I’ve been using it, and how much is left, the price tag stretches out a bit.

I have one complaint, though, and for me, it’s enough to look for something else:  the packaging.  It looks sleek, and just looking at it, everything seems in order.  Using it, however, is another matter.  It leaks cleanser, mostly into the cap, but unscrewing the cap will leave you with half an inch of cleanser just sitting inside the cap.  More leaks out as you unscrew the cap, so then the cleanser runs over and down the sides.  A little goes a long way, and it’s hard to get just a little out, because it has such a fluid consistency.   I feel like a lot of cleanser has gotten washed down the drain as a result, and it keeps the tube perpetually slippery and sudsy.  It might be better with a pump or if you could stand it on the opposite side (the tapered end).

Bottom Line: I really enjoyed the cleanser itself, but the packaging made it hard to use and wasted product.

Saturday, November 3rd, 2012

NARS Mitzi Lipstick
NARS Mitzi Lipstick

One Sheer, Shimmery Lipstick Coming Right Up!

NARS Mitzi Lipstick ($24.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “sheer muted strawberry pink with soft shimmer.” It’s a soft, rosy brown with a natural sheen. Chanel Superstition looks similar on the lips, though it more golden-shimmered and less pink-toned. Clarins Rosewood is more opaque. MAC Viva Glam V is pinker. Guerlani Rose Ensoleille is darker, pinker.

This shade is part of NARS’ Sheer lipstick range, which is designed as sheer color with long-wear and has a hydrating formula. Mitzi is lightweight, sheer, and wears three and a half hours on me, which isn’t bad for such a sheer shade. This particular lipstick imparts more shimmer than actual color, so the more pigmented your lips are, the less you’ll notice your lip color changing, but you will see a soft, frosted sheen/shimmer on them instead. It was lightly hydrating but not a full-on moisturizing lipstick; after wearing it twice in a row, I needed lip balm an hour later.  It is scent- and taste-free.

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Depending on your natural lip color, this might be a great everyday shade or may just get lost.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

NARS 413BLKR Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS 413BLKR Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

One Vibrant Fuchsia in Pencil Form

NARS 413BLKR Velvet Matte Lip Pencil ($24.00 for 0.086 oz.) is described as a “fuchsia.” It’s a vibrant fuchsia-red with the barest flecks of iridescent blue sparkle that just peek through the color. Tom Ford Aphrodisiac is less matte and has no sparkle. MAC Moxie is similar, but it is completely matte and less blue-based. Illamasqua Atomic is extremely comparable–it even has the iridescent shimmer; it appears to have more of it.

NARS’ Velvet Matte Lip Pencil is supposed to combine the convenience of a pencil with the application of a lipstick . The formula is meant to be rich in color, long-wearing, non-drying, and have a “velvety matte finish.” It can be used for lining, all-over lip color, or paired with another lip product.  It has opaque color coverage, and the finish is definitely matte–there’s a tiny sheen from the sparkle, but it really looks rather matte on.  I found this particular shade a wee bit drying.  It wore for six hours on and left behind a slight stain, but my lips were parched after wearing it.  The pencil itself did tug and pull at lips during application, so getting even color took more effort than your typical lipstick would have.

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The consistency was on the drier side, and the formula itself was somewhat drying when I tested it. It wears long, and it has good color payoff, it just doesn't feel as comfortable to wear or as easy to use as expected.

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7.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Saturday, October 6th, 2012


Exclusive NARS Offer for Temptalia Readers!

We have an exclusive bundle of complimentary samples when you spend $75 or more at NARS Cosmetics! You will receive a NARSkin sample set in a drawstring bag that features sample sizes of NARS’ recently launched skincare range. Use code TEMPTALIA, expires 10/15.

Friday, September 28th, 2012

NARS Andy Warhol Collection @ Sephora!

Sephora has NARS Andy Warhol Collection up! :) Both the Sephora-exclusive Pop Collection as well as the holiday color collection.

Saturday, September 22nd, 2012

NARS 413BLKR Eyeshadow Duo
NARS 413BLKR Eyeshadow Duo

Beautiful Combination, Less Lovely Execution

NARS 413BLKR Eyeshadow Duo ($34.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “shimmering amethyst” and “black with red pearl.” This duo was launched to celebrate Fashion’s Night Out this year.

The shade on the left is a grayish-mauve with a satiny sheen. The color payoff is so-so to good; it seemed to have more color when applied to the lid, but it wasn’t quite fully pigmented. The texture, however, was very soft and finely-milled. NARS Flower 1 is a bit less plum, more purple. Giorgio Armani #27 is more metallic and darker. MAC Universal Appeal is warmer, pinker. NARS Charade is darker and more matte. MAC Hypnotizing is a smidgen grayer. Tarina Tarantino Fantastical is very similar. NARS Lhasa is darker. Wet ‘n’ Wild We’re Blasting Off is similar.

The shade on the right is a blackened burgundy with red sparkle. The base color has a matte finish, and the sparkles get lost between the pan, your brush, and your eye for the most part. It has a slightly dry, stiff texture that doesn’t make blending effortless–it takes some work, but it’s doable–and the color tends to look browner the more you blend it out. Tarina Tarantino Saw Dust Heart is quite similar when applied. Wet ‘n’ Wild We’re Blasting Off is similar. Giorgio Armani #2 has a similar composition, but it has a lot more shimmer.

It’s saddening that both shades were somewhat problematic (but the darker one was more so), because they look stunning together in the compact. There’s a lot of contrast but still common threads between both shades, so they would work well for a plummy smoky eye.  It’s decent but not the best duo by NARS.  I wore both shades together, and I had minor fading with the darker shade after eight hours without a primer (but the lighter shade was fine).  When I used a primer, both shades wore without fading or creasing for eight hours.

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It's saddening that both shades were somewhat problematic (but the darker one was more so), because they look stunning together in the compact. There's a lot of contrast but still common threads between both shades, so they would work well for a plummy smoky eye. It's decent but not the best duo by NARS.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4/5

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