Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

NARS Lovejoy Highlighting Blush
NARS Lovejoy Blush

Celebrate the Joy of Love with NARS!

NARS Lovejoy Blush ($28.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “shimmering bronzed rose.” It’s rosy-red with a little brown thrown in paired with a golden shimmer-sheen. MAC Ring of Saturn is more orange-red, brighter–the two look a little more similar if used softly. Tom Ford Savage is similar but seems a smidgen lighter and has a mostly matte finish. MAC Buddy Up seems fairly close but doesn’t have the golden sheen. MAC Stratus is darker, a little redder.

The finish is noticeably sparkly and has a bit more shimmer than some of the more recent shades we’ve looked at. It did emphasize pores just slightly; not enough where it was too noticeable or really took away from the finish. Though there is a subdued quality to the overall color, there is enough red in it that it may give some skin tones a sunburned look. It had a slightly dry texture, but the color payoff was still good, and the color was blendable and buildable during application. This shade wore for seven full hours and started to have noticeable fading after eight hours.

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Lovejoy

B+
Though there is a subdued quality to the overall color, there is enough red in it that it may give some skin tones a sunburned look.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

4/5

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Monday, August 27th, 2012


NARS & Andy Warhol Color Collection for Holiday 2012

All limited edition.  Info for: Department/Specialty Gift Sets + Sephora Pop Gift Sets.

Larger Than Life Lip Gloss ($26.00)

  • Penny Arcade Raspberry
  • International Velvet Pink glace
  • Viva Rich rose
  • Candy Says Shimmering strawberry pink
  • Hollywoodlawn Bright orange-red

Soft Touch Shadow Pencil ($24.00)

  • Empire Black
  • Trash Vivid purple
  • Silver Factory Aluminum
  • Heat Teal

Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner ($23.00)

  • 47th Street Black with silver shimmer

Highlighting Blush ($28.00)

  • Satellite of Love Sparkling gold sand

Nail Polish ($18.00)

  • Back Room Black
  • New York Dolls Purple
  • Sueprstar Teal
  • 15 Minutes Lemon yellow
  • TV Party Vivid orange

Availability: October 1st @ Sephora

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Monday, August 27th, 2012


NARS & Andy Warhol Gift Set Collection for Holiday 2012

All limited edition.

Eyeshadow Palettes ($55.00)

November 1st @ exclusively at Department and Specialty stores, NARS Flagship Boutiques, and on narscosmetics.com

  • Self Potrait 1 Black, bright periwinkle blue, vibrant green
  • Self Potrait 2 Black, white, silver
  • Self Potrait 3 Dark brown with shimmer overspray, rose pink, and heather blue

Silver Factory Gift Set ($200.00)

November 1st @ select doors only

  • Silver Factory Multiple Aluminum
  • Shadows Trio Eyeshadow Aluminum, bright deep purple, matte black
  • Chelsea Girls Pure Matte Lipstick Innocent, flesh-toned beige
  • Desire Blush Delicate bright pink
  • Via Veneto Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner Black
  • #13 Brush Large Domed Eyeshadow Brush
  • #8 Brush Blush

Edie Gift Set ($75.00)

November 1st @ narscosmetics.com

  • Film Star Pure Matte Lipstick 60s nude pink
  • Edie Eyeshadow Cream with a little bit of shimmer
  • Carpates Eyeliner Stylo Black
  • Deep Throat/Amour Blush Duo Shimmering sheer peach / matte peachy pink

Beautiful Darling Gift Set ($49.00)

November 1st @ narscosmetics.com

  • Candy Darling Nail Polish Electric pink
  • Femme Fatale Duo Eyeshadow Sheer white shimmer / fresh mint green
  • Woman in Revolt Larger Than Life Lipgloss Hot pink

Photo Booth Gift Set ($35.00)

November 1st @ narscosmetics.com

  • Back Room Black
  • Soup Can Perfect red
  • Chelsea Girls Innocent, flesh-toned beige
  • Silver Factory Aluminum

Availability: November 1st @ exclusively at Department and Specialty stores, NARS Flagship Boutiques, and on narscosmetic.com

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Monday, August 27th, 2012


NARS & Andy Warhol Pop Collection (Sephora) for Holiday 2012

All limited edition.

Eyeshadow Palette ($55.00)

  • Flowers 1 White, brown rose, dark lavender, and gold against a shimmering lavender
  • grey background and black overspray
  • Flowers 2 White and heather blue against a shimmering lavender grey background and black overspray
  • FLOWERS
  • Flowers 3 White, pink champagne, and dark brown against a shimmering lavender
  • grey background and black overspray

Debbie harry Eye & Cheek Palette ($65.00)

  • Eyeshadow Shades White shimmer, sparkling turquoise, starry black, twinkling purple
  • Blush Shades Brilliant cream, shimmering pink champagne

Kiss Gift Set ($55.00)

  • Silver Factory Aluminum
  • Drella Ultra-sheer hot pink
  • Chelsea Girls Innocent, flesh-toned beige
  • Blue Movie Pink sherbet
  • Myths Rosy pink

Walk on the Wild Side Gift Set ($39.00)

  • Silver Factory Illuminator Aluminum
  • It Nail Polish Black violet
  • Orgasm Larger Than Life Lipgloss Peachy pink with golden shimmer

Availability: October 1st @ Sephora

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Friday, August 24th, 2012


NARS x Andy Warhol Collection – Sneak Peek

I will not have full information, photos, etc. until NARS releases the information next week.

According to WWD, Sephora exclusive pieces will launch October 1st. Additional products will be available at department and specialty stores on November 1st.

Sephora’s collection will be an ode to Warhol’s Pop Art with products like a Debbie Harry Cheek & Eye Palette ($65), Kiss Mini Larger Than Life Lip Gloss Coffret ($55) which features Silver Factory, Drella, Chelsea Girls, Blue Movie, and Myths, Walk on the Wild Side Set ($39), and three eyeshadow palettes (Flowers 1, Flowers, 2, Flowers 3, each $55).

For department and specialty stores, they will see a Silver Factory Set ($200) that includes a Silver Factory multiple, new Eyeshadow Trios, Chelsea Girls Pure Matte Lipstick, Desire Blush, Via Veneto Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner, and a large domed eyeshadow and blush brush. The Edie Set ($75) contains Film Star Pure Matte Lipstick, Edie Eyeshadow, Carpates Eyeliner Stylo, and Deep Throat/Amour Blush DuoShadow. The Beautiful Darling Set ($49) contains Candy Darling Nail Polish, Femme Fatale Duo Eyeshadow, and Woman in Revolt Larger Than Life Lip Gloss. The Photo Booth Set ($35) contains a mini nail polish lineup with Back Room, Soup Can, Chelsea Girls, and Silver Factory. Three different eyeshadow palettes (Self Portrait 1, Self Portrait 2, Self Portrait 3, each $55) will have new shades.

There is an additional 16-piece holiday color cosmetics collection sold at both Sephora and department/specialty locations and features five nail polishes ($18 each), Satellite of Love Highlighting Blush ($28), 47th Street Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner ($23), four Soft Touch Shadow Pencils ($24 each), five new Larger Than Life Lip Glosses ($26 each).

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Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

NARS Gina Highlighting Blush
NARS Gina Blush

Fresh-Squeezed with Gina

NARS Gina Blush ($28.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “true tangerine.” It’s a softened orange with a satiny sheen. It’s not vibrant, not an intense orange, but it’s much more orange and richer than peach (hm, I am amused that all descriptions are fruit-related!). This is actually one of the closest shades I’ve seen to Illamasqua Expose, which is darker, richer–but when worn softly, they look nearly the same. Illamasqua Lover is lighter, brighter. MAC Solar Ray is more shimmery and golden-tinged.

I really liked the texture of this shade, as it was so soft, smooth, and finely-milled without being powdery.  The color was true-to-pan, and it’s a buildable blush.  A light tap of product gives a warm cloak of color, while a swirl of the brush in the blush (say that five times fast!) yields full color.  The softness lends to effortless blending on the skin, and the subtle sheen is both glowy and natural so it doesn’t emphasize pores.  The lightness inherent in the shade keeps it from looking red-toned or burnt on the cheeks.  Gina wore well for eight hours and started to have noticeable fading after nine hours.

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Gina

A+
Quality-wise, one of the best NARS blushes I've come across. The texture is soft and blendable, while the color is buildable and true-to-pan with excellent color payoff. It wears particularly well to boot!

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

5/5

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