Thursday, October 13th, 2011


NARS Holiday 2011 Collection

Created and photographed by NARS Founder and Creative Director, François Nars, the NARS 2011 Holiday Collection features model Mariacarla Boscono as the face of the season.

Mariacarla’s skin was prepared with PRO-PRIME™ Pore Refining Primer, evened with Siberia Sheer Matte Foundation, and set with Snow Loose Powder to create an immaculate complexion.

G-Spot Multiple was swiped onto the cheeks and blended toward the temples. To impart a fresh glow, Miss Liberty Highlighting Blush was swept softly across the cheeks and hairline, and down the bridge of the nose.

A light wash of Zardoz Cream Eyeshadow was dabbed across the lid, from lash to brow, and blended to a fresh finish. Next, the black with gunmetal shimmer of Arabian Nights Trio Eyeshadow was swept over the lid from lash to brow and along the lower lash line. The black with red pearls shade was blended into the outer corner, and the black with purple pearls hue was brushed across the lid and into the inner corner of the eye. The silver shimmer of Paris Duo Eyeshadow was applied to the brow bone and softly blended into where it met Arabian Nights. Lashes were curled with an Eyelash Curler and enhanced with two coats of Larger Than Life™ Volumizing Mascara. Eyebrows were bleached for a modern, dramatic effect.

Finally, Mariacarla’s lips were lined and filled in with Jungle Red Lipliner Pencil and blended with a fingertip to soften the color. The look was finished with Joyous Red Lipstick, applied to the lips directly from the tube.

Eyeshadow Trio ($45.00)

  • Arabian Nights Black with gunmetal shimmer, black with purple pearls, black with red pearls (Limited Edition)

Cream Eyeshadow ($23.00)

  • Ponderosa Mink brown (Limited Edition)

Eyeshadow Duo ($33.00)

  • Manchourie Golden-infused denim with rich navy (New, Permanent)

Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner ($23.00)

  • Campo de Fiori Antique brass (New, Permanent)
  • St. Mark’s Place Bright violet (New, Permanent)

Blush ($27.00)

  • Miss Liberty Soft, shimmery peach highlighting blush (New, Permanent)

The Multiple ($39.00)

  • G-Spot Rich, gold-infused rose tone (New, Permanent)

Lipgloss ($24.00)

  • Albatross Luminous glow (Permanent)

Lipstick ($24.00)

  • Joyous Red Perfect, party-ready amber red (Semi-Matte) (Limited Edition)

Nail Lacquer ($17.00)

  • Space Odyssey Metallic aluminum (Limited Edition)
  • Endless Night Black-grape (Limited Edition)

availability: October 15th, 2011 @ NARS Cosmetics

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Sunday, October 2nd, 2011

NARS California Eyeshadow
NARS California Eyeshadow

NARS California Eyeshadow

NARS California Eyeshadow ($23.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “rich copper.” It’s a warm, reddish copper with a frosted finish. The color payoff is good, though the texture seems on the drier side–but luckily, it still comes together with a smooth feel and even color. It seems a touch redder and deeper compared to MAC Mythology but not as red as MAC Coppering.

According to NARS, their eyeshadows are supposed to be long-wearing and crease-resistant. In my experience, they still need to be worn over an eyeshadow base for all-day wear, but alone, they wear seven to eight hours with subtle creasing. They don’t fall apart immediately after application, but an eyeshadow base is recommended for best results.

Oh, and p.s.? It’s available for $8 at Sephora.com.  Talk about perfect timing! :)

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California

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It's a lovely shade for autumn; burnt around the edges, fiery without being aflame, and rich in color. It won't wear all day without some noticeable wear, but over a primer, it's quite nice..

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4/5

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Friday, September 30th, 2011

NARS Rated R Eyeshadow Duo<
NARS Rated R Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Rated R Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Rated R Eyeshadow Duo ($33.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “shimmering chartreuse” and “electric cobalt blue.” This is the first NARS product I ever looked at–back when I just started getting into makeup–though I did not purchase it at the time. I remember feeling like if you wanted to wear bright eye makeup, you had to have this.

The chartreuse is light-medium mix of yellow and green with a yellowy gold shimmer. It reminded me of MAC Double Feature 2 and Inglot #343 (this is matte). The color payoff is good, and the texture is very soft and finely milled.  The cobalt shade is described well by NARS; it’s blue, it’s purple–no, it’s a harmonious blend of the two with an icy blue shimmer. It is on the sheerer side and has a dusty feel, which is a bit of a bummer. It’s not as blue as Inglot #369 or MAC Winkle. On the other hand, MAC Cobalt is darker and purpler.

Per NARS’ website, their eyeshadows are supposed to be long-wearing and crease-resistant. In my experience, they still need to be worn over an eyeshadow base for all-day wear, but alone, they wear seven to eight hours with subtle creasing. They don’t fall apart immediately after application, but an eyeshadow base is recommended for best results.

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NARS Rated R Eyeshadow Duo Swatches, Photos, Review

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Both shades are extremely vibrant and more in-your-face kind of shades, and while they can be used together, you could definitely pair them with other shades in your stash! I wish the cobalt shade was better, because it falls short of good.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4/5

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Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

NARS @ Daryl K S/S 2012
NARS @ Daryl K S/S 2012

NARS @ Daryl K S/S 2012

“The Spring 2012 collection is an expression of fluidity and softness and modernity in terms of fabrics and shapes and styling,” said designer Daryl Kerrigan. “This season also marks a continuation of my exploration into prints through a collaboration with artist Spencer Sweeney.”

“It complements Daryl’s collection without overpowering it,” said Uzo, NARS International Lead Makeup Artist. “A subtle swipe of blue along the lash line creates a playful affect but the strong brow and radiant skin add confidence.”

Beauty Breakdown

  • Face: Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer – new for Spring 2012; for a similar affect try a light application of Sheer Glow Foundation, Bilbao Lipstick – new for Spring 2012; for a similar affect try Pago Pago Lipstick, Cactus Flower Cream Blush
  • Eyes: Goddess Soft Touch Shadow Pencil, Alhambra Duo Eyeshadow, Dark Rite Soft Touch Shadow Pencil – new for Spring 2012; for a similar affect try Rue Saint Honore Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner, Lhasa Single Eyeshadow – new for Spring 2012; for a similar affect try Ondine Eyeshadow, Larger Than Life Lengthening Mascara, Larger Than Life Volumizing Mascara
  • Lips: Mexican Rose Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil – new for Spring 2012; for a similar affect try a light application of Place Vendome Larger Than Life Lip Gloss, available at Sephora, Bettina Velvet Matte Lip Pencil, Tonga Lip Liner Pencil, Papua Lip Liner Pencil

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Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

NARS @ Creatures of the Wind S/S 2012
NARS @ Creatures of the Wind S/S 2012

NARS @ Creatures of the Wind S/S 2012

“We had in our minds this idea of moving objects coming to life,” said designers Shane Gabier and Chris Peters. “It’s quite psychedelic, a little triply with the acid greens and purples.”

“We didn’t want to see the makeup before seeing the clothes but still wanted a strong look,” said James Boehmer, NARS Director of Global Artistry. “It’s very chalky and very 90′s. To balance the chalkiness in the eyes, we gave a luminosity to the cheekbones.”

Beauty Breakdown

  • Face: Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer – new for Spring 2012; for a similar affect try a light application of Sheer Glow Foundation, Bilbao Lipstick – new for Spring 2012; for a similar affect try Belle de Jour Lipstick
  • Eyes: Pastel blue created specifically for this look and not yet available – for a similar affect, try Heart Of Glass Single Eyeshadow, Bolero Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
  • Lips: Tashkent Pure Matte Lipstick

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Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

NARS @ HONOR S/S 2012
NARS @ HONOR S/S 2012

NARS @ HONOR S/S 2012

“Someone said that my collection was really girly,” said designer Giovanna Randall. “So I decided to go all the way and make it ultra feminine, but also with something slightly ‘off.’ I had a vision of creating an army of angry dolls that had been played with too much, not precious dolls that sit on a shelf.”

“The look is reminiscent of Penelope Tree, and Catherine Deneuve,” said James Boehmer, NARS Director of Global Artistry. “The eyelashes are messy and drawn on, with a lot of mascara. Everything else is perfect – the skin is porcelain, and the lip color is like lips that have been bitten. The key to the look is really the lashes. When you think you’ve got enough mascara, add two more coats.”

Beauty Breakdown

  • Face: Tinted Moisturizers – new for Spring 2012! (for now, try a light application of Sheer Glow Foundation), Loose Powder
  • Eyes: Santa Monica Boulevard Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner, Black Moon Eyeliner Pencil, Rue Bonaparte Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner, Douceur Blush, Larger Than Life Volumizing Mascara, Larger Than Life Lengthening Mascara
  • Lips: Valparaiso Pure Matte Lipstick – new for spring 2012! (for now, try Terre de Feu Pure Matte Lipstick)

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