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NARS Artistry Brushes Launching April 1st, 2014

NARS Artistry Brushes
NARS Artistry Brushes

NARS Cosmetics leverages its makeup artistry heritage with a 16 piece Artistry Brush Collection. From base to bristle, this comprehensive collection features an exquisite design conceived by Founder and Creative Director François Nars and Fabien Baron, of New York design firm Baron & Baron. Each brush is designed with the finest quality hairs and delicately weighted to provide the necessary balance for a professional and precise makeup application. The custom brush and packaging feature the iconic matte black finish with sharp debossed logo and signature pop of red.

“You cannot achieve good makeup without good tools.” – François Nars

Powder Brush #10 ($52.00)

Blends, buffs, and diffuses loose powder for a lustrous finish. Double domed with layers of full, soft hair to pick up and deposit powder evenly.

Bronzing Powder Brush #11 ($52.00)

An artist essential for controlled application. The dense concentration of soft, natural hair holds and applies product for an even, all-over glow.

Cream Blending Brush #12 ($28.00)

A versatile, multi-use brush for face and eyes. Designed for gentle application of concealer around the eyes and effortless blending of cream textures.

Precision Blending Brush #13 ($26.00)

For precision application of concealer. Ideal for focused use on spots, pigmented areas, or around the eyes and nose.

Blush Brush #20 ($42.00)

Professional domed shape deposits blush pigments perfectly. Diffuses as it blends for smooth, effortless application.

Contour Brush #21 ($42.00)

Expertly angled for sculpting and highlighting the cheekbones. An artist essential to define and blend with controlled application.

Eye Shadow Brush #40 ($32.00)

Deposits the perfect amount of pigment for a masterful sweep of all-over shadow.

Diffusing Brush #41 ($32.00)

A must-have for blending and creating the smoky eye. Lush bristles softly apply shadow for a light veil of color.

Blending Eyeshadow Brush #42 ($32.00)

Ideal tool for applying high-shimmer shadows and effortless blending for a soft-focus effect due to softer, longer hair design.

Wide Contour Eyeshadow Brush #43 ($32.00)

The go-to artist essential that does it all: tap, blend, or sweep shadow with ease. Angled shape allows for all-over or precise application.

Precision Contour Brush #44 ($28.00)

The firm, flexible hair design of this brush is ideal for applying concentrated color in the eye crease.

Smudge Brush #45 ($28.00)

The smoky eye artist essential. Expertly deposits color along the lash line and diffuses and softens eyeliner.

Push Eyeliner #46 ($28.00)

Transforms any cream or powder eyeshadow into an eyeliner for a smooth, fine line at the base of the lashes. Use wet to apply powders for stronger color impact.

Angled Eyeliner Brush #47 ($28.00)

Designed for impeccable glide when applying liquid and cream textures along the lash line. Perfect for use with NARS Eye Paint to create a variety of effects, from natural to dramatic.

Brow Defining Brush #48 ($26.00)

Define, shape and fill in sparse brows. Firm bristles provide control and deposit powder for a hair-like effect.

Precision Lip Brush #30 ($26.00)

Designed with a wide, flat surface to evenly apply lipstick with precision.

Availability: April 1st, 2014 @ NARS; April 2014 at other retailersand NARS Boutiques, April 1st at all other retailers

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NARS Contour Blush for Spring 2014

NARS Contour Blush
NARS Contour Blush

NARS Cosmetics introduces Contour Blush, the ultimate essential in makeup artistry and the secret weapon to creating natural-looking definition with a luminous finish. The beautifully balanced duos feature a lighter shade to illuminate the highpoints of the face and a deeper shade to enhance definition. Ultra-smooth, lightweight texture lends itself to a luminous finish and the specially designed contouring formula visual depth and dimension in a single swipe. To create the perfect contour on cheeks, apply the deeper shade of the Contour Blush to the hollows of the cheek and along the hairline, sweep the light shade across the cheekbone toward the temple to soften and highlight. Finish the look with a pop of your favorite blush shade on the apples of the cheek.

Contour Blush ($42.00) (New, Permanent)

  • Gienah Honey/amber
  • Olympia Ivory/rose
  • Paloma Pink beige/deep rose

Availability: Now available for pre-order @ Nordstrom, March 15th @ NARS and NARS Boutiques, April 1st at all other retailers

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5 Very Berry Lipglosses

Finding a rich, deep pink or berry lipgloss that doesn’t settle into lip lines or look like a splotchy mess is harder than you’d think, but here are five of my top picks that won’t give you such a hard time! What are your favorite deep pink and berry lip glosses?

  1. Revlon Adorned — a bold, fuchsia-red
  2. Giorgio Armani #523 — a vivid, pink-red with cool undertones
  3. Marc Jacobs Beauty Studded Kiss — a shimmering, muted berry
  4. Illamasqua Belladonna — a muted, fuchsia pink
  5. NARS Mexican Rose — a soft, raspberry pink

Round-up: NARS Matte Multiples Reviews & Comparison Swatches

NARS Matte Multiples

The new NARS Matte Multiples ($39.00 for 0.26 oz.) are fairly consistent in how they perform and feel across all seven shades. They all had a velvety, smooth consistency that wasn’t dry, but it wasn’t slick or slippery like some cream blushes, and the texture felt like it had a lot of silicones in it. All seven shades were very rich in pigmentation and a little goes a long way for each color. I had some staining with Laos and Siam on the skin, but the other five did not stain the skin. I did not like these as lip products, as they were all uncomfortable and clingy to wear, as well as drying over time. As cream blushes, they performed better with wear between seven and nine hours, and they were easy to blend and apply over and under foundation as well as on bare skin (with the exception of Siam being trickier to work with).  If you only intended to use these on cheeks, they’re worth checking out, especially if you prefer very pigmented blushes.

Reviews, Photos, Swatches

  1. Altai
  2. Anguilla
  3. Cappadoce
  4. Exumas
  5. Laos
  6. Siam
  7. Vientiane

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NARS Vientiane Matte Multiple

NARS Vientiane Matte Multiple
NARS Vientiane Matte Multiple

NARS Vientiane Matte Multiple ($39.00 for 0.26 oz.) is described as a “copper bronze.” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm, orange-yellow undertones and a satin finish. It is surprisingly similar to NARS Cappadoce (P, $39.00), except Vientiane appears and applies darker on cheeks/lips. Guerlain Moyen Brunettes (05) (LE, $75.00) is a powder. Too Faced Sun Bunny #1 (P) is more shimmery, powder. Clarins Splendours (LE, $35.00) is brighter. Le Metier de Beaute Sun Drenched (P, $55.00) is very similar but a powder. See comparison swatches.

The finish of Vientiane seemed more like a true satin than a satin-matte or matte–there was a bit more sheen there. It was richly pigmented in a single swipe; there’ll be no trouble getting true-to-tube color with this shade. The formula is very much like the other six; velvety in feel, blendable, and not at all tacky. It dries down in two to three minutes giving you enough time to work with it to blend and sheer out as desired but not so long that it slips or slides on the skin. This shade wore well for almost eight hours (as a blush) and four hours (as a lip color) before starting to show signs of fading on me. It was moderately drying when worn as a lip color. For more of an overview of the Matte Multiple formula, check out this post.

NARS Matte Multiple Vientiane
Vientiane

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