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NARS Realm of the Senses Blush Palette

NARS Realm of the Senses Blush Palette
NARS Realm of the Senses Blush Palette

NARS Realm of the Senses Blush Palette ($41.00 for 0.42 oz.) consists of three shades that can be used individually or swirled together. The texture is soft and very finely-milled–almost to the point where it can turn powdery. I recommend using your softest brush, as any brush with stiffer bristles will turn the surface quite powdery. This is especially key if you only want to use the shades individually. The beige-ish shade was the only one that had slightly sheer color payoff, while the other two shades (and then all three swirled together) had good color coverage. One shade in this palette is supposed to be a sheerer, highlighting shade, so that would account for the sheerness in the lighter beige shade here. I’ve been wearing them swirled together for six hours now, and the color is still going strong with no signs of fading. (I will update this post when I’ve wrapped up for the night!) Though there was powderiness in the pan/texture, it didn’t show up on the cheeks; the blushes were easy to blend and sat quite well on the skin without emphasizing pores.

The formula is supposed to be new, and I felt that it was after touching and playing with it. The texture is definitely denser, softer–almost creamier in a way–than NARS traditional powder blushes are. They also seemed more blendable (generally).

Realm of the Senses (Together) is a warm, pink-coral with golden shimmer and subtle golden sparkle. NARS Orgasm is lighter. MAC Simmer is slightly pinker. NARS Deep Throat is similar. NARS Amour is similar in color but is matte. See comparison swatches.

Realm of the Senses #1 is a warm-toned pink with subtle golden shimmer. NARS Orgasm is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Simmer is darker. theBalm Frat Boy is more matte. NARS Amour is darker, matte. MAC Flaming Chic is more muted, less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Realm of the Senses #2 is a warm, reddish plum with a golden sheen. NARS Seduction is darker, more plum. NARS Lovejoy is browner, less plum. MAC Hidden Treasure is warmer, brighter. Illamasqua Allure is more matte. See comparison swatches.

Realm of the Senses #3 is a golden peach with warm, orange undertones and a frosted, champagne-gold sheen. This shade had the weakest color payoff with only semi-opaque coverage–it will be more like a highlighter for most skin tones. MAC Soft & Gentle is lighter, more champagne. MAC Bareness is darker, less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

NARS Cheek Palette Realm of the Senses
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NARS Radiant Cream Compact Foundation for Fall 2013 (August 1st)


Expanding its foundation lineup, NARS introduces Radiant Cream Compact Foundation. This lightweight formula combines the supple feel of a cream foundation with the weightless
coverage of liquid makeup for a truly glowing complexion.

Enriched with the NARS exclusive Advanced Emulsion Technology, the velvety cream formula blends seamlessly and uniquely allows for the modern artistic versatility of a wet or dry application. The buildable formula delivers medium to full coverage and sets in seconds, leaving skin soft, smooth, and glowing — all with the ease of a portable compact.

Radiant Cream Compact Foundation ($38.00)

  • Siberia Light with neutral balance of pink and yellow undertones
  • Mont Blanc Light with pink undertone
  • Gobi Light with yellow undertone for Asian skin
  • Deauville Light with neutral balance of pink and yellow undertones
  • Fiji Light with yellow undertone
  • Ceylan Light-medium with yellow undertone
  • Punjab Medium with golden, peachy undertone
  • Vallauris Medium with pink undertone
  • Santa Fe Medium with peachy undertone
  • Stromboli Medium with olive undertone
  • Barcelona Deeper medium with golden, peachy undertone
  • Syracuse Medium-dark with brown undertone
  • Tahoe Medium-dark with caramel undertone
  • Cadiz Medium-dark with caramel and red undertone
  • Macao Medium-dark with deep yellow undertone
  • New Guinea Dark with red undertone
  • Trinidad Dark with warm, yellow undertone
  • New Orleans Dark with yellow undertone
  • Benares Dark with golden undertone
  • Khartoum Dark with espresso undertone

Availability: August 1st @ NARS Boutiques, narscosmetics.com

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NARS Blush Palettes Exclusively for Sephora for Fall 2013


Pop! Contour! Sculpt! Makeup artists know that using multiple shades of blush lends depth and dimension to the face. Now, beauty lovers can achieve their own elevated levels of artistry at home, thanks to two new blush palettes from NARS.

Available exclusively at Sephora, these limited edition palettes of exclusive shades help to sculpt, highlight, and define the face for a variety of bold, modern, and artistic beauty looks. An exclusive design exudes the NARS signature mix of sophistication and playfulness, while a new silky-textured formula blends to a smooth, even finish.

Realm of the Senses ($41.00) (Limited Edition)

Flirty, sheer peach, shimmering bronzed rose, and sparkling gold sand.

Soulshine ($41.00) (Limited Edition)

Peachy pink with gold shimmer, sheer golden apricot, and soft rose tone with golden shimmer.

Availability: August 1st at Sephora

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NARS Brow Perfectors

NARS Caucase Brow Perfector
NARS Caucase Brow Perfector

NARS Brow Perfector ($22.00 for 0.007 oz.) will be available in four shades that range from blonde to black (but no redhead). The formula is described as “velvety” with a “natural matte finish” and “natural ingredients [that] ensure brows are nourished, soft, and smooth.” That last bit, I couldn’t attest to and don’t actually know what they’re referring to as far as particulars. There’s a lot of focus on the precision tip of the pencil that is oval-shaped.

  • Caucase is described as “brown.” It’s a light-medium, neutral brown with a matte finish.
  • Kalamata is described as “light brown.” It’s a light-medium, slightly warm-toned brown with a matte finish. I could barely tell the difference between this and Caucase, both in the pencil as well as swatched. I triple-checked the names to make sure they were, in fact, two different shades!
  • Salzbourg is described as “blonde.” It’s a pale, peachy beige-brown with a matte finish.
  • Suriname is described as “black.” It’s a blackened brown with subtle, cool undertones and a mostly matte finish.

I used a mix of Caucase and Suriname to fill in the right (your right!) brow, as the first was a bit too light, and the second was too dark. The consistency all four shades was very stiff, slightly waxy, but they’re skip-happy and are best applied with little dashes of product rather than trying to fill in any fluid manner. You’re just not going to get good color payoff in a single stroke, and to get any color at all, you need firm pressure. I normally use powder to fill in my brows, which I find easier, more precise, and infinitely more blendable. These pencils stick where you place them, and they don’t blend together too well. On the upside, the product lasted well for nine hours. The oval shape didn’t seem to give me added precision, but it didn’t seem to complicate matters–if you have finer or thinner brows, it may be an issue, though.

NARS   Brow Perfector

NARS Nordstrom Anniversary Exclusives (2013)


Baiser de Feu Lip Bag ($49.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Damage Lipstick (Full-sized) (Permanent)
  • Como Larger Than Life Lipgloss (Mini) (Permanent)
  • Damned Velvet Matte Lip Pencil (Mini) (Permanent)
  • Tote Bag (Limited Edition)

Some Like It Hot Lip Bag ($49.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Pago Pago Lipstick (Full-sized) (Permanent)
  • Gold Digger Larger Than Life Lipgloss (Mini) (Permanent)
  • Bettina Velvet Matte Lip Pencil (Mini) (Permanent)
  • Tote Bag (Limited Edition)

Voulez Vous Cheek & Eye Palette ($59.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Molokai (Eyeshadow) (Limited Edition)
  • Antananarivo (Eyeshadow) (Limited Edition)
  • Rangoun (Eyeshadow) (Limited Edition)
  • Lhasa (Eyeshadow) (Permanent)
  • Deep Throat (Blush) (Permanent)
  • Dolce Vita (Blush) (Permanent)

Availability: Early access for Nordstrom Cardholders now, July 19th, exclusively at Nordstrom

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