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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

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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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NARS Spring 2014 Collection

NARS Spring 2014 Collection
NARS Spring 2014 Collection

Rich, aquatic and anchored in glamour. The NARS Spring 2014 Collection kicks off the season with provocative appeal leaving winter in the wake. Eyes sizzle in gold lamé and iridescent smoky orchid, while cheeks glisten with a splash of shimmering rose peach. Gleaming cantaloupe for nails and a refreshingly glossy pout in guava and violet evoke a cool burning attitude with this fashion forward collection.

Eyeshadow Duo ($34.00)

  • China Seas Iridescent turquoise with gold infusion / Iridescent plum
  • Kauai Gold lame / Iridescent smokey orchid

Larger Than Life Lipgloss ($26.00)

  • Annees Sheer violet
  • Bimini Sheer pink guava

Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner ($24.00)

  • Khao San Road Metallic aquamarine
  • Puerta del Sol Parrot green with shimmer (Limited Edition)

Satin Lip Pencil ($25.00)

  • Timanfaya Mandarin red

Nail Polish ($19.00)

  • Wind Dancer Cantalope (Limited Edition)
  • Dovima (Repromote In-Stores)

Multiple ($39.00)

  • Na Pali Coast Shimmering rose peach

Pro-Prime Instant Line & Pore Perfector ($28.00)

NARS introduces Pro-Prime Instant Line & Pore Perfector – the latest innovation and the newest addition to NARS’ complexion offering. This targeted primer features an advanced, lightweight formula that smoothes and preps skin in a single stroke, creating the ideal canvas for makeup application. Available February 1, 2014 at NARS boutiques and narscosmetics.com.

Availability: Get your hands on these shades beginning January 15th at NARS boutiques and on narscosmetics.com and in select stores on February 1st.

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Top 10 of 2013: Best Eyeshadows (Cream & Powder)

When it comes to eyeshadows, by and large, most of the ones covered these days are found in palettes! There are definitely plenty of reviews of singles, but palettes outnumber them easily. To compile this list, though, I only think it’s fair to focus on the singles (that’s why there’s a whole top ten for palettes, so they’re not left out!) that made my heart pitter-patter and go all aflutter.  As always, I tried to go across formulas and colors, picking the best of the best, though I couldn’t help myself from choosing two from Dior’s new cream formula.

What eyeshadows captured your attention this past year?

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