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5 Shimmering Shades of White

Pure, snow white–in a variety of finishes, plus a highlighter that looks almost white in the pan but is a little warmer and golden than that. I wanted to include a white polish, but there weren’t many permanent ones to choose from (that I’ve covered and were good) — what white polishes have you found to work best? You can check out comparison swatches of my picks, too 🙂

  1. Inglot #453 — bright, metallic white (and not too cool-toned)
  2. Sugarpill Tako — matte white
  3. Maybelline Too Cool — creamy, cool-toned white
  4. NARS Albatross — a dusting of shimmer and sheen
  5. NARS Santa Monica Blvd. — bright white for your lash line

What’s your favorite white-hued beauty product?

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NARS Launches Brow Gel and Brow Perfector

NARS Brow Gel ($22.00)

NARS is excited to introduce Brow Gel — a glossy, easy gliding gel to tame and groom eyebrows. Achieve new levels of artistry with a simple brush of the brows from this innovative new category offering.

Keep brows in place with a unique precision-tapered brush that adds shape and definition to every angle while creating a fuller, smoother brow look to perfectly set the symmetry of the face.

  • Oural Clear
  • Athens Blond
  • Piraeus Medium brown
  • Kinshasa Dark brown

Brow Perfector ($22.00)

NARS debuts Brow Perfector—a velvety eyebrow pencil for seamless definition of the eyebrows with precision and ease. This highly-anticipated addition to the brand’s brow category offering helps beauty lovers achieve even, elegant brows and every desired angle of arch.

A propel/repel pencil allows you to reshape, fill, and design brows for a full and flawless, natural matte finish, while an innovative oval shape gives complete control over brow shape, angle, and size. Natural ingredients ensure brows are nourished, soft, and smooth.

  • Salzbourg Blonde
  • Caucase Brown
  • Kalamata Light brown
  • Suriname Black

Availability: July 15th at NARS Boutiques and online at NARScosmetics.com

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NARS Fall 2013 Gifting Collection

NARS introduces three exciting new gifting items for Fall 2013. Two eyeshadow palettes feature top-selling and limited edition shades for endless beauty combinations, while a beautiful cosmetic pochette – designed by NARS Founder & Creative Director François Nars himself – keeps all your favourite beauty essentials close at hand.

Ride Up to the Moon ($45.00)

  • Argentina Metallic gold (Limited Edition)
  • Isolde Frosted ginger (left side of duo)
  • Night Porter Black with pearls
  • Biarritz Perfect, neutral cream colored beige
  • Fez Velvety cocoa
  • Cordura Shimmering sooty dark brown (right side of duo)

Fairy’s Kiss ($45.00)

  • Monosque Shimmering soft pink (Limited Edition)
  • Kalahari Sugared cocoa (right side of duo)
  • Brousse Black violet (right side of duo)
  • Tokyo Lavender (right side of duo)
  • Brumes Matte charcoal (left side of duo)
  • Pandora Matte black (right side of duo)

Pochette ($55.00)

For the organized, but glamorous, makeup aficionado.

Availability: July 15th at NARS and NARS Boutiques

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NARS Fall 2013 Color Collection

For fall 2013, NARS introduces a collection with rich color in signature NARS shades, focusing on the eye and playing with matte textures. Created by Founder & Creative Director Francois Nars, the collectio heralds fall’s arrival with shades ready to make a sultry statement.

Single Eyeshadow ($24.00)

  • Kamchatka Navy smoke
  • Namibia Grey moon
  • Yamal Maple sugar (Limited Edition)
  • Bavaria Deep sea blue

Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner ($24.00)

  • Via de’ Martelli Chocolate
  • Las Ramblas Yellow gold (Limited Edition)

Pure Matte Lipstick ($26.00)

  • La Paz Orchid (Limited Edition)
  • Peloponnese Ginger pink

Velvet Matte Lip Pencil ($25.00)

  • Paimpol Pink chiffon
  • Mysterious Red Crimson red (Limited Edition)

Nail Polish ($19.00)

  • Galathee Dove grey (Limited Edition)
  • Fury Regal purple (Limited Edition)

Availability: July 15th at NARS (some of it is showing available on Sephora now–thanks Kristy!)

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NARS Hearts New York Set

NARS Hearts New York Set
NARS Hearts New York Set

NARS Hearts New York Set ($75.00) includes Amour (peachy pink), Laguna (diffused brown powder with golden shimmer), Biarritz (perfect, neutral cream colored beige), Nepal (soft, sheer rose), New York (plum brown), Galapagos (bitter chocolate infused with gold), Dolce Vita (sheer, dusty rose), and Chinatown (blood red). It contains 0.17 oz. of blush, 0.15 oz. of bronzer, 0.12 oz. of eyeshadow, 0.284 fl. oz. of lipgloss, and 0.50 fl. oz. of nail polish. The shades chosen for the set are the city’s most popular shades; all of the shades are available individually and are part of the permanent range.

Amour Blush is a subtly warm-toned, medium pink with a matte finish. I reviewed this previously here. I didn’t notice any differences between the full-size version and the one included in the palette (and the one in the palette is actually bigger at 0.17 oz. compared to 0.16 oz. for the permanent shade).  Chanel Rose Initale is pinker. MAC Posey has a more luminous finish, as it is a cream blush. MAC Flaming Chic is lighter, pinker. MAC Fleet Fast is more coral. MAC Mocha is darker. theBalm Frat Boy is very similar. See comparison swatches.

Biarritz Eyeshadow is a pale beige with a matte finish and subtle, warm undertones. It had good color payoff, though it may be hard to see, given that it is very close to my natural skin color (so it disappears). There are a fair number of comparable shades to this one that you may already have. theBalm Adagio is very similar. Urban Decay Anonymous has a satiny sheen. Urban Decay Walk of Shame is not as warm-toned. MAC Vanilla is lighter, satiny. MAC Blanc Type is less beige. MAC Bisque is very similar. L’Oreal Endless Pearl is lighter, less warm-toned. Benefit Call My Bluff is warmer and satiny. Bobbi Brown Ivory is slightly lighter. See more comparison swatches.

Nepal Eyeshadow is a warm-toned, peachy tan with a pearly sheen. It had so-so to decent color payoff, but it was buildable on the lid to mostly opaque color coverage. The texture was soft but a bit powdery. theBalm Third Eye Blinded is more frosted, slightly pinker. MAC Bare Minimum is less shimmery. Benefit It’s Complicated has a golden sheen. bareMinerals Peace is similar. Inglot #397 is more reflective, so it appears lighter. See comparison swatches.

New York Eyeshadow is a warm, dark plum with a matte finish. It had so-so color payoff and was a bit powdery to work with, but it did build up color when applied to the lid. Make Up For Ever #141 is shimmery. NARS Grand Palais #2 is a touch warmer. MAC Festive Delight is darker, redder. MAC Trax is shimmery, slightly purpler. Lancome Colour du Jour has golden shimmer. Illamasqua Forgiveness is very similar–a smidgen more plum. Chanel Harmonie du Soir #3 is frosted. Make Up For Ever #39 is more intense and redder. See comparison swatches.

Galapagos Eyeshadow is a lightly warm-toned, yellow-toned, medium-dark brown with gold sparkle. It has good color payoff, and the sparkle somewhat translates to the lid but there is some minor fall out during wear. The texture was soft and blendable. Bobbi Brown Chocolate is a darker brown with less yellow in it. MAC Friendly is more frosted, darker. NARS Surabaya #2 is very similar, slightly warmer. MAC Lie Low is lighter. MAC Swiss Chocolate is similar in the base color, though slightly yellower in tone, but has no sparkle. MAC Roasted Chestnut is more metallic. Chanel Ebloui is redder and a cream product. Inglot #327 is very similar to the base color but is matte. See comparison swatches.

Laguna Bronzer is a medium-dark tan brown with warm, orange-yellow undertones and a golden shimmer-sheen finish. It had good color payoff with buildable, blendable color and a fairly soft texture. It applied well and didn’t emphasize pores. I felt like the permanent version was slightly better in color payoff and a silkier texture. It lasted eight hours well on me with light fading apparent after nine hours. Urban Decay Toasted is darker, browner. MAC Lush Light Bronze is warmer. MAC Refined Golden is browner, darker. MAC Soft Sand is slightly warmer, lighter. Burberry Summer Glow is more yellow-toned. See comparison swatches.

Dolce Vita Lip Gloss is a warm, rosy plum with a creamy finish. This is a color that always seems to appear more saturated/brighter in photos than it does in real life; it’s one of those tricky, hard-to-photograph shades. Though it is described as sheer, it’s rather opaque applied. It applies evenly and smoothly, but I did detect a rather plastic-like scent from the tube. NARS Oasis was the only shade that seemed somewhat similar, but it is less pink, sheerer, and has shimmer. See comparison swatches.

Chinatown Nail Lacquer is a darkened, brown-based red with a cream finish. It was mostly opaque, but at certain angles in brighter light, there was a shadow of visible nail apparent. MAC Vintage Vamp is a bit darker. MAC Underfire is very similar. MAC Dangerously Fun is somewhat warmer. Chanel Rouge Fatal is similar. China Glaze Merry Berry is lighter, not as brown. See comparison swatches.

It’s a good palette overall, and it offers a good value for the amount and breadth of products you receive. It’s a more neutral palette, so it should be versatile and has a good amount of contrast for a variety of looks.

NARS Hearts New York Set

NARS Eyeshadow Biarritz
NARS Eyeshadow Nepal
NARS Eyeshadow New York
New York
NARS Eyeshadow Galapagos
NARS Powder Bronzer Laguna
NARS Lip Gloss (Discontinued Formula) Dolce Vita
Dolce Vita
NARS Nail Polish Chinatown
NARS Powder Blush Amour

NARS Taos Blush

NARS Taos Blush
NARS Taos Blush

NARS Taos Blush ($29.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “desert rose with shimmer.” It’s a warm-toned, burnt rose with a subtle golden shimmer/sheen. Illamasqua Allure is more muted, not quite as red. MAC Hidden Treasure is darker. Tom Ford Savage is lighter, less red/more brown. MAC Fleet Fast is lighter, less reddened.

Taos is incredibly pigmented–a little goes a long way–so a light hand and a feathery brush are must-haves if you want a subtle look. It has a soft, silky-smooth, and very finely-milled texture that sits well on the skin and blends out as desired. The delicate gold shimmer, once blended, looked like a satiny, golden sheen that didn’t emphasize pores.  It lasted nine hours well, and I didn’t notice any fading until ten hours, so Taos is one of the longest-wearing blushes I’ve tried from NARS.

NARS Powder Blush Taos

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