Monday, July 9th, 2012

NARS Dolce Vita Highlighting Blush
NARS Dolce Vita Blush

NARS Dolce Vita Blush

NARS Dolce Vita Blush ($28.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “matte dusty rose.” It’s a dark berry rose-red. It’s red, but it’s not red-red; it’s pink, but it’s not your average pink–there’s a muted quality, but there’s still depth. MAC Supernova is pinker, less red. MAC Mocha is a bit lighter, but it’s similar, especially when worn. NARS G-Spot is more orange/warm.  I kind of feel like Dolce Vita is a very underrated NARS blush; it’s one of my favorites, because it’s low-key but dramatic. It’s everyday with a twist.  It can be a barely-there rosy blush with a flick of the brush or kind of a plummy-berry-rosy-red shade when built up.

The color payoff is rich and you can true-to-pan color with little product, but it doesn’t feel like you have to be as careful as you have to be with some other blushers. It’s a bit more foolproof.  Dolce Vita has a supremely flattering finish, because it has a subtle sheen that’s not shimmery or frosty, but it doesn’t give a flat look because it’s too dusty or matte.  If you love your skin-but-better, this is that type of finish.  I think the color is suitable across skin tones and under tones, and the only comment I’d make about wearability is that those with a lot of natural redness in cheeks might find this accentuates it.

It has a soft, finely-milled texture that applies smoothly against the skin, and it is beautifully blendable with a fluffy or stippling blush brush. I didn’t have any stiffness or difficulty diffusing and blending out the color once I applied the initial payoff.  When I tested out Dolce Vita for wear, it managed eight hours well with some minor fading along the edges after eight and a half hours.

 

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NARS Dolce Vita Blush Review, Photos, Swatches

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If you love your skin-but-better, this is that type of finish. I think the color is suitable across skin tones and under tones, and the only comment I'd make about wearability is that those with a lot of natural redness in cheeks might find this accentuates it.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Friday, July 6th, 2012

NARS Desire Highlighting Blush
NARS Desire Blush

NARS Desire Blush

NARS Desire Blush ($28.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “delicate bright pink.” It’s a vibrant blue-based magenta pink with a mostly matte finish. MAC Peony Petal is lighter, more bubblegum pink. MAC Florida is very similar, perhaps a little less pink. Tarte Amused is pinker. MAC Amazon Princess is not as vibrant and more purple. Make Up For Ever #3 is pinker, darker.

This is an intensely pigmented product–you will have no problems getting this to show up your complexion. If you’re light to medium, you may have a wee bit figuring how little you actually need for a moderate blusher. This is one of the reasons NARS’ blushes are so famous (their pigmentation), so this is one of those shades to use a lighter touch with. I recommend using a stippling brush or barely tapping a blush brush onto the pan and then tapping the brush against your wrist to shake loose some excess. I then recommend lightly tapping along the area you want the color concentrated on, and then blend out as desired.  If you really go overboard, pat a little foundation (liquid or powder) over to help diffuse.

Desire was more blendable than Amour, but it is a little drier than some of the more shimmery shades (which is common in a matte or more matte finish).  It was soft, finely-milled, and not powdery.  When I trialed Desire on the cheeks, it wore well for seven and a half hours and was slightly faded after eight or so.  I didn’t experience any separation, though, which I think is much worse than just fading–you might be the only one who really knows the blush has faded (rather than you were going for a subtle look), while you can really see separation, which looks just gross.

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Desire

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If you have trouble finding blushes that show up on your skin tone, this one definitely will. If you love bolder cheek color, Desire is right up your alley. It wears pretty well, packs plenty of pigment, and blends fairly easily.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4/5

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Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

NARS Deep Throat Highlighting Blush
NARS Deep Throat Blush

NARS Deep Throat Blush

NARS Deep Throat Blush ($28.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “flirty, sheer peach.” It’s a warm coral with a hint of pink and a golden shimmer-sheen. NARS Amour is darker, more vibrant, and has no shimmer. MAC Fleet Fast is slightly darker, more orange. Tarte Glisten is very comparable, though it has a stronger gold shimmer. NARS Orgasm is a touch lighter and more shimmery. theBalm Frat Boy is like a matte version–the colors are very, very similar.

Deep Throat is often the recommended alternative to those who didn’t like Orgasm.  It’s not as shimmery, and I think the shimmer is a little more subdued in a way in Deep Throat–more of a sheen than a full-on shimmer.  It’s warm without being too orange or red, so it won’t make cheeks look burnt. It’s an excellent color for everyday wear, because it has buildable color–it can be soft, barely there and used more as a soft warm glow or intensified for a pop of coral on the cheek.  The texture is soft and smooth, and as described, it’s one of the “less” pigmented blushes NARS makes–but you can get to pan color if desired. It’s just not like Exhibit A where you have to use a feathery touch when applying.  Deep Throat wore well for seven hours, and I noticed some fading along the top of my cheeks after seven and a half hours.

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Deep Throat is often the recommended alternative to those who didn't like Orgasm. It's not as shimmery, and I think the shimmer is a little more subdued in a way in Deep Throat--more of a sheen than a full-on shimmer.

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012


NARS Fall 2012 Collection

Designed by founder and Creative Director François Nars, the Fall 2012 Color Collection features a blend of bold, modern shades and celestial shimmers. For the campaign, Nars chose to photograph iconic ‘90s supermodel Kristen McMenamy. Having worked with Kristen in the past and for his first book, “X-Ray,” he felt that her beautiful, often otherworldly look completely epitomized the fall collection.

To achieve the makeup look featured in the campaign image, Kristen’s skin was perfected with Siberia Sheer Matte Foundation and set with Snow Loose Powder to create an immaculate complexion. Next, the Undress Me Multiple was applied to the hollows of the cheeks and blended toward the temples with fingertips.

Kristen’s top and bottom lashes were thickly lined in Black Moon Eyeliner Pencil. Next, the entire lid was colored in with the pencil in a half moon shape, from the lash line to the base of the brow bone and out towards the temple. The pencil color was then blended with a fingertip to create a smooth base. Next, the iridescent amethyst shade of High Society Trio Eyeshadow was applied to the lid and the color extended to the brow bone and towards the outer corner of the brow. The edge of this shade was blended into the lavender shade of High Society Trio Eyeshadow, then both sides of Vent Glacé Duo Eyeshadow were combined and applied to the lower lash line atop Black Moon. The eyes were lined with Via Veneto Larger Than Life® Long-Wear Eyeliner and finished with two coats of Larger Than Life Volumizing Mascara.

Kristen’s lips were lined and filled in with cinnamon Papua Lip Liner Pencil, blended for a softer effect, and topped with Belize Lip Gloss. Storm Bird Nail Polish on nails completed the look.

Trio Eyeshadow ($45.00)

  • High Society Lavender, matte forest green, iridescent amethyst (Limited Edition)

Multiple ($39.00)

  • Undress Me Nearly nude pink with silver shimmer

Nail Polish ($18.00)

  • Storm Bird Moody grey (Limited Edition)

Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil ($24.00)

  • More Universally flattering auburn

Duo Eyeshadow ($34.00)

  • Vent Glace Platinum / silver smoke

Sheer Lipstick ($24.00)

  • Autumn Leaves Translucent glistening brandy

Blush ($28.00)

  • Outlaw Soft rose with golden shimmer

Larger Than Life Lipgloss ($26.00)

  • Rouge Tribal Metallic burgundy

Pure Matte Lipstick ($24.00)

  • Amsterdam Garnet red

Availability: July 15th @ narscosmetics.com

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Monday, July 2nd, 2012


NARS Foreplay Palette for Sephora

A chic cheek palette featuring four dazzling shades based on the bestselling Orgasm blush.

The gorgeous afterglow of classic Orgasm is reinvented in this quad that combines Orgasm blush plus vivid shades of pink and peach and a shimmering gold to create your own signature glow.

Shades

  • Peach matte blush
  • Gold highlighter blush
  • Orgasm blush
  • Pink matte blush

Availability: $49 @ Sephora

Sunday, July 1st, 2012


NARS Creates the Looks for Don Giovanni

James Kaliardos for NARS Cosmetics collaborated with designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte who custom designed all of the costumes for this production to create the beauty looks for the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s production of the famed opera Don Giovanni, which opened Friday, May 18th.

The renowned Gustavo Dudamel conducts the opera, and architect Frank Gehry designed the set at the landmarked Walt Disney Concert Hall, a building of his own design.

“The makeup is abstracted but rooted in classical theatre,” said James Kaliardos for NARS Cosmetics who created the exclusive looks for the eight principle characters and 24 member choir. “Everything about the space – both on stage and in the concert hall’s structure – is about angled planes, no straight walls. So I created a facial architecture as a base, letting the characters drive each look. We chose a stony palette and strong lip color for each of the female leads.

NARS gave us a great platform of color and texture to leap off of onto the stage. It’s totally different than fashion work.”

“Working with NARS and makeup artist James Kaliardos for Don Giovanni has been an exciting collaboration,” said Laura and Kate Mulleavy. “The brand’s depth of products and line of colors, in addition to James’ talent, has helped bring our vision to life!”

Donna Zerlina

  • Skin: Siberia Sheer Glow Foundation
  • Eyes: Lili Marlene Cream Eyeshadow/ Lhasa Eyeshadow/ Nuits Blanches Eyeliner Stylo
  • Lips: Amazon Lip Liner Pencil/ Train Bleu Velvet Matte Lip Pencil/ Damned Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
  • Cheeks: New Order Highlighting Blush/ Blondie Eyeshadow
  • Act 2: Add Damned Velvet Matte Lip Pencil to eyes

Donna Anna

  • Skin: Siberia Sheer Glow Foundation
  • Eyes: Pandora Duo Eyeshadow/ Nuits Blanches Eyeliner Stylo/ Zardoz Eyeshadow/ Santa Monica Blvd. Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner
  • Lips: Damned Velvet Matte Lip Pencil/ Red Lizard Semi Matte Lipstick/ Amazon Lip Liner Pencil
  • Cheeks: Blondie Eyeshadow
  • Act 2: Add Zardoz Eyeshadow to lids, and Train Bleu Velvet Matte Lip Pencil to lips

Donna Elvira

  • Skin: Siberia Sheer Glow Foundation
  • Eyes: Zardoz Eyeshadow/ Pandora Duo Eyeshadow/ Nuits Blanches Eyeliner Stylo/ Damned Velvet Matte Lip Pencil/Santa Monica Blvd. Larger Than Life(R) Long-Wear Eyeliner
  • Cheeks: Blondie Eyeshadow
  • Act 2: Add Zardoz Eyeshadow across the nose as a mask

Photo credit: LA Phil’s production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni at Walt Disney Concert Hall led by Gustavo Dudamel, in collaboration with Frank Gehry, Rodarte and Christoper Alden. Images by Autumn de Wilde

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