Saturday, January 17th, 2015

NARS Spring 2015 Collection
NARS Spring 2015 Collection

The NARS Spring Collection is short and sweet featuring mostly orange-toned neutrals in a variety of finishes. Full reviews to come, but here are some swatches to hold you over in the meanwhile :)

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Friday, January 16th, 2015

NARS Spring 2015 Color Collection
NARS Spring 2015 Color Collection

The Spring 2015 Color Collection features Tilda Swinton in the second of four ‘Portraits by The Artist’, a seasonal series of acts created by NARS Founder and Creative Director François Nars. Act 2, is a nude scene– daring, baring, anything but neutral.

Disrobed tones in spectral effects expose a new natural state. The look begins with a provocative pink shimmer on cheeks. The barely-there effect extends to eyes, where a bold beige base sets the stage for burnished neutrals with lucid depth. Lips are undone in tan pigments topped with a whisper of opalescent gloss.

Eye Paint ($25.00)

  • Porto Venere Soft pale pink

Blush ($30.00)

  • Reckless Sheer pink shimmer

Shimmer Eyeshadow ($25.00)

  • Valhalla Soft shimmering pink peach

Sheer Lipstick ($26.00)

  • Liguria Nude caramel

Duo Eyeshadow ($35.00)

  • St-Paul-de-Vence Shimmering nectarine / Chestnut (Limited Edition)

Lip Gloss ($26.00)

  • Guyane Seashell pink
  • Vent Sale Silver highlight (Limited Edition)

Availability: Now at narscosmetics.com,February 1st at other retailers

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Thursday, January 1st, 2015

NARSissist Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Palette
NARSissist Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Palette

The palette popped up on NARScosmetics.com today, and it will be available at Sephora on February 1st. You can read my review here.

NARSissist Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Palette ($79.00) (Limited Edition)

Effortless charm with a bottomless makeup bag. One to watch. Eight to swatch. The NARSissist keeps her eyes (and options) open with the Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Palette that change her look, wet or dry, day to night. Double-takes never looked so good. The limited-edition palette features eight dual-intensity eyeshadows with riveting range from delicate peach pink to fierce black orchid and a specially designed wet/dry eyeshadow brush.

  • Europa
  • Himalia
  • Ursa Major
  • Subra
  • Andromeda
  • Lysithea
  • Giove
  • Sycorax
Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

NARS Eye-Opening Act Collection
NARS Eye-Opening Act Collection

Velvet Shadow Stick ($28.00) (Limited Edition)

The Velvet Shadow Stick defines, intensifies and shades, drawing unscripted drama with potent matte pigments. It adds dimension to your eyes for a gorgeous matte look that turns heads.

  • Dark Angel Brown
  • Flibuste Black
  • Glenan Blue
  • Nunavut Purple
  • Reykjavik Gray

Yeux Irresistible Eyeshadow Palette ($48.00) (Limited Edition)

The Eyeshadow Palette is depth-defyingly versatile and born to upstage. Light goes dark, warm blurs cool and soft turns saturated in one sweeping performance.

  • All About Eve Flesh toned neutral with shimmer
  • Jezebel Shimmery sable
  • Thunderball Midnight gray
  • Colombo Vintage gold shimmer
  • Brousse Sable
  • Coconut Grove Deep brown infused with reflections

Inoubliable Coup d’Oeil Eyeshadow Palette ($48.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Dalliance Dusty lilac stone
  • Pyla Smoky hunter green
  • Sidi Bou Said Blackened grape
  • Pandora Sheer white shimmer
  • Luberon Iridescent sand with rose gold sheen
  • Pandora Matte black

The Multiple ($39.00) (Limited Edition)

  • St. Lucia Champagne

Availability: Now, exclusively at Nordstrom; available on March 15th at NARS Boutiques and narscosmetics.com

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Saturday, December 13th, 2014

NARSissist Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Palette
NARSissist Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Palette

NARSissist Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Palette ($79.00 for 0.24 oz.) includes eight shades, seven of which are part of the permanent range (Ursa Major is, at this time, exclusive to the palette). The Dual-Intensity formula is supposed to give eight-hour, can be used wet or dry (dry for “sheer soft touch of sensual color” and wet for “high-impact finish”). They are sheerer applied dry, but I find them surprisingly buildable dry as well, so it takes two to three layers, and it doesn’t take real packing on, just going back for a little more product. They will be more intense right off the bat if applied with a damp brush, though, which is as described. The formula has a soft, finely-milled feel to it, and they’re very smooth and easily blended on the skin. The only downside is the wear varies anywhere from six to nine hours, and dry application seems to consistently wear between six and seven hours before creasing, whereas damp application lasts slightly longer with seven to nine hours of wear. The eyeshadows felt and performed very much in line with their permanent counterparts, but some of the under-performers from the original launch seemed improved in this palette, which is very rare to see.

Each eyeshadow is 0.03 oz., and full-sized versions are 0.05 oz. for $29, which makes the palette a $139 value in terms of amount of product, and in a more big picture way, to get eight shades would run you $232 (though they would be full-sized, just to be clear). I think this palette is an excellent way to try out NARS’ newer eyeshadow formula without completing breaking the bank. All but Ursa Major are part of the permanent range. The palette launches at NARS on January 1st but will head to other retailers and stores that carry the brand on February 1st as well.

Europa is a pink-tinged peach with warm undertones and a soft frosted finish. It had semi-sheer pigmentation applied dry and full opacity applied damp. The version in the palette actually performed better than the single I have–it feels almost smoother and softer (my single felt a little dry). It wore well for six and a half hours dry, seven hours damp. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Himalia is a medium-dark golden brown with a frosted, metallic sheen. It had semi-sheer coverage applied dry that made the color appear softer and lighter, compared to the damp application, where the color was fully opaque and richer-looking overall. This shade wore well for almost seven hours dry, eight hours when applied damp. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Ursa Major is a dark brown with subtle, warm undertones and a slight gray tint. It had more of a pearly sheen, though it lookst more satin-like in the pan. It had sheer color payoff applied dry, which intensified to opaque payoff applied damp, though the color seems lighter applied than it appears in the pan. It wore well for six hours when I tried it dry, and it was slightly better applied damp with seven and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Subra is a rich, burgundy purple with subtle, warm undertones and a pearl finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation dry and was fully opaque applied damp. It wore well for just over seven hours when I wore it dry, but it lasted for almost nine hours when applied damp. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Andromeda is a light beige with a golden shimmer-sheen finish. It had fairly opaque color both wet and dry, though it was brighter when applied with a dampened brush. It started to crease after six and a half hours applied dry, seven and a half hours applied amp. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Lysithea is a gray-ish pewter with a hint of olive and gold in it and a metallic sheen. It was sheer applied dry and nearly opaque applied damp. I was able to wear this for six hours before it creased applied dry, and the wear extended to eight hours if I applied it with a dampened brush. This one was also better in the palette, as it actually had color when applied dry. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Giove is a blackened navy blue with a soft, frosted finish. It had semi-sheer pigmentation applied dry and appeared darker, while applying it with a dampened brush yielded good color payoff and a stronger, brighter blue coloring. It wore well for six and a half hours when I applied it dry, but it lasted for eight hours applied with a damp brush. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sycorax is a dark black with a satin finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff when I tried using it dry, and it was very nearly opaque applied damp (and it appeared richer, too). I thought it was softer in the palette than the single. This shade started to crease after six hours of dry wear, and eight hours of wear when applied damp. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Friday, December 12th, 2014

NARSissist Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Palette
NARSissist Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Palette

NARSissist Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Palette ($79.00 for 0.24 oz.) includes eight shades, seven of which are part of the permanent range (Ursa Major is, at this time, exclusive to the palette). Each eyeshadow is 0.03 oz., and full-sized versions are 0.05 oz. for $29, which makes the palette a $139 value in terms of amount of product, and in a more big picture way, to get eight shades would run you $232 (though they would be full-sized, just to be clear). I think this palette is an excellent way to try out NARS’ newer eyeshadow formula without completing breaking the bank. The eyeshadows felt and performed very much in line with their permanent counterparts (thus far) after swatching all of them and wearing about half of them (testing the other half today).

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