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Sneak Peak: NARS Spring 2014 Collection Photos & Swatches

NARS Spring 2014 Collection
NARS Spring 2014 Collection

Launching January 15th, NARS’ Spring 2014 Collection includes nine new shades, with two being limited edition (Puerta del Sol and Wind Dancer).  The rest are new and will be added to the permanent range. I’m working my way through writing reviews and testing everything for wear, so you’ll see reviews going up shortly.  For now, here are some sneak peek swatches to hold you over.  As always, if you could hold off on questions until I’ve had a chance to post my review, I would greatly appreciate it!

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NARS New Attitude Blush

NARS New Attitude Blush
NARS New Attitude Blush

NARS New Attitude Blush ($29.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “cherry blossom pink.” It’s a light-medium, blue-based bright pink with a satin-matte finish. Tarte Dollface (P) is less blue-based. Urban Decay Quickie (LE) is brighter. MAC Pure Femininity (LE, $21.00) is similar. theBalm Argyle (P, $22.00) is also similar. Edward Bess Bed of Roses (P, $43.00) is not as cool-toned. theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is lighter. NARS Angelika (P, $29.00) is darker, sparkly. Bobbi Brown Pastel Pink (P, $26.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches

It was nicely pigmented, and the texture was soft, finely-milled, and blendable–but it was a little powdery. On the skin, it didn’t look powdery, though, so just be careful of excess in the pan and before you apply, particularly if you’re on the fairer side. If you are cooler-toned with pink undertones, this blush is going to look pinker and cooler-toned against your complexion. Because of my medium complexion, my yellow undertones really come through when it’s applied to cheeks, which makes the blush appear warmer (this and Love look very similar on me). New Attitude lasted for eight hours on me before showing signs of fading.

NARS Powder Blush New Attitude
New Attitude

NARS Love Blush

NARS Love Blush
NARS Love Blush

NARS Love Blush ($29.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “tea rose.” It’s a rosy pink with neutral-to-warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. Tarte Crave (LE) is pinker, brighter. NARS Day Dream (LE, $29.00) is more shimmery, warmer. Too Faced Melt Into Spring (LE) is brighter. theBalm Frat Boy (P, $21.00) is darker. Illamasqua Naked Rose is lighter, less warm-toned. See comparison swatches.

It applied better than it swatched–it ended up being more buildable as I was applying it to cheeks, than it would seem in the pan. It had moderate pigmentation; it’s not intense like Exhibit A, but it wasn’t difficult to get true-to-pan color. The texture is finely-milled, soft but firm–so it’s not powdery like some matte blushes can be. I’ve always found that mattes often are either really soft, but then a little powdery, or soft but firm, where they often apply better than they initially swatch. Against my warmer skin tone, it looked warmer and less pink than it did in the pan, so I would expect on cooler, more pink-toned complexions, the blush would look truer to how it appears in the pan. I wish it was slightly softer and more pigmented. When I wore it yesterday, it lasted for seven and a half hours on me.

NARS Powder Blush Love
Love

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Sneak Peek: NARS Final Cut Blushes & Illuminator Photos & Swatches

NARS Final Cut Collection
NARS Final Cut Collection

The new NARS Final Cut Collection is available now exclusively at Nordstrom (for the U.S.; it is also at Selfridges in the UK).  The collection consists of four Satin Lip Pencils, an Illuminator, and four blushes–all limited edition, of course.  I have three of the blushes (missing Final Cut, which NARS hopes to have to me in the next week or so) and the Illuminator to share with you.  I’m testing Love and New Attitude today, and I’ll be working on Sex Fantasy and Adelaide tomorrow, so keep checking back for reviews.  For now, here are some sneak peek swatches to hold you over!  Please hold onto your questions for when I’ve finished testing and have published a review – thank you!

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NARS Final Cut Collection for Spring 2014

NARS Final Cut Collection for Spring 2014
NARS Final Cut Collection for Spring 2014

A new attitude in pink. Provocative, soft and sensuous shades for cheeks and lips, available online and in stores for a limited time only.

“Rethink pink.” —François Nars

Final Cut Blush ($29.00) (Nordstrom Exclusive) (Limited Edition)

  • Final Cut Peach coral
  • Love Tea rose
  • New Attitude Cherry blossom pink
  • Sex Fantasy Pale lavender pink

Final Cut Satin Lip Pencil ($24.00) (Nordstrom Exclusive) (Limited Edition)

  • Descanso Tea rose
  • Stourhead Pale lavender pink
  • Torres del Paine Peach coral
  • Villa Lante Cherry blossom pink

Final Cut Illuminator ($30.00) (Nordstrom Exclusive) (Limited Edition)

  • Adelaide Shimmering lavender pink

Availability: Now @ Nordstrom; if you’re in the UK, Selfridges carries it exclusively

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