5 Faves: Matte Lipsticks for Fall 2015

For the last few weeks, the picks have revolved around eyeshadows, so it seemed like a good time to change gears and feature some of my favorites for fall! To start, here are my personal picks for a matte lip this season!

  1. NARS Train Bleu — a deep purple
  2. Kat Von D Double Dare — a matte dusty coral
  3. Kat Von D Chula — a copper-red
  4. ColourPop Trap — a muted, lavender mauve
  5. MAC Stone — a taupe brown

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NARS Single Eyeshadows Photos & Swatches

NARS Eyeshadows
NARS Eyeshadows

You’re now able to purchase pan-only versions of several of NARS Eyeshadows ($18.00 for 0.07 oz. each) from the permanent range. There are nineteen showing as available on NARS’ site, and I have eighteen to share with you. The palettes that you can purchase are available in either Large ($18.00) or Small ($14.00); these palettes have a linen-like finish but otherwise seem like moderately-thick cardboard. I am somewhat worried about the durability of the palette, as it has a book-like spine and I can see/hear it to some degree when I open the lid. The magnetic bottom holds everything in well, and I didn’t have any issues with the pans loosening within the palette. The exterior catches all dirt and debris easily (if you thought the rubber packaging was hard to keep clean, this seems nearly impossible!). You might want to consider using another freestyle palette system to hold any NARS pan products you purchase!

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NARS Pro Palettes for September 2015

NARS Pro Palette
NARS Pro Palette

As a leader and authority in makeup artistry, NARS Cosmetics is excited to introduce the NARSPro Palette – the first offering in a line of products designed especially for the professional makeup artist community. The ultimate tool for makeup artists on-the-go and backstage, NARS invites you to curate your very own palettes with over 64 refill shades now available for purchase at NARS’ freestanding boutiques and on E-Commerce. Mix and match the artistry essential shades of eyeshadows, blushes, bronzers and pressed powders in one palette or create a comprehensive palette of blushes or eyeshadows. Pop in color, open up your inner artist.

Palettes

  • Large Palette ($18.00)
  • Small Palette ($14.00)

Single Eyeshadow Refill ($18.00)

  • Galapagos Bitter chocolate infused with gold
  • Ashes to Ashes Shimmery violet based brown
  • Abyssinia Delicate pearl sheen
  • New York Plum brown
  • Night Star Sheer peach shadow with pearls
  • Persia Paprika
  • Nepal Soft, sheer rose
  • Daphne Matte deep violet
  • Bali Neutral
  • Outremer Bright true blue
  • Blondie Neutral, soft matte
  • Fathom Pink tulle with shimmer
  • Mekong Expresso infused with gold
  • Sophia Cool brown
  • Biarritz Rich chocolate brown
  • Kamchatka Navy smoke
  • Bengali Rich chocolate brown
  • Goldfinger 24 karat shimmer
  • Coconut Grove Deep brown infused with reflections
  • Night Porter Black with pearls

Duo Eyeshadow Refill ($25.00)

  • Alhambra Metallic rose mist / Golden champagne
  • All About Eve Flesh-toned neutrals / One with shimmer
  • Bellissima Shimmering beige with subtle glitter / Matte gray-brown
  • Sugar Land Sparkling apricot / Gilded orchid pink
  • Kalahari Gold confection / Sugared cocoa
  • Mad Mad World Vivid cyan / Parakeet green
  • Madrague Matte cream / Matte caramel
  • Rated R Electric cobalt blue / Shimmering chartreuse
  • Kuala Lumpur Rose gold / Boysenberry infused with gold
  • Kauai Gold lame / Iridescent smokey orchid
  • Silk Road Icy pink / Rose gold with golden flecks
  • Bouthan Soft pink tulle / Bright pink with gold shimmer
  • Isolde Frosted ginger / Shimmering copper
  • Pandora Sheer white shimmer / Matte black
  • Cordura Shimmering warm rich brown / Shimmering sooty dark brown

Blush Refill ($21.00)

  • Orgasm Peachy pink with golden shimmer
  • Outlaw A soft rose tone with golden shimmer
  • Deep Throat Flirty, sheer peach
  • Seduction Sangria
  • Super Orgasm Peachy pink with gold glitter
  • Desire Cotton candy pink
  • Amour Peachy pink
  • Exhibit A Matte red blush
  • Torrid Warm coral with golden shimmer
  • Taj Mahal Blazing burnt orange with golden shimmer
  • Dolce Vita Matte dusty rose
  • Angelika Cotton candy pink with gold and silver sparkle
  • Luster Sheer golden apricot
  • Gaiety Bright candy pink
  • Sin Berry tone with gold shimmer
  • Sex Appeal Soft peach
  • Lovejoy Shimmering bronzed rose
  • Mata Hari Pink with a race of crimson

Highlighting Blush Refill ($21.00)

  • Albatross Luminous glow
  • Miss Liberty Soft, shimmering peach
  • New Order Sheer highlighter with golden shimmer

Contour Blush Refill ($30.00)

  • Paloma Pink beige / Deep Rose
  • Olympia Ivory / Rose

Pressed Powder Refill ($25.00)

  • Beach For deep reddish-brown skin tones
  • Desert Light rose undertones to enhance medium skintones
  • Mountain For the deepest true brown skin tones
  • Flesh To complement fair skin tones

Bronzing Powder Refill ($27.00)

  • Laguna Diffused brown powder with golden shimmer
  • Casino A diffused deep brown powder with golden shimmer

AVAILABILITY | September 2015 at NARSCosmetics.com and NARS Boutiques

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Top 5: Plum Blushes for Fall 2015

Plum is one of my favorite cheek colors to wear (right after coral!), because they can run cool or warm in tone, so they work with a lot of looks. It’s also a great shade to pair with the deeper lip colors that we often see in fall and winter. What are your favorites?

  1. Urban Decay Rapture — a purply-plum with subtle pearl
  2. theBalm Cabana Boy — a cooler-toned plum with sheen
  3. IT Cosmetics Radiant in Rose — a rosy plum with a luminous finish
  4. Sleek Pomegranate — a brightened, berry-plum with a frosted sheen
  5. NARS Oasis — a warm plum with gold pearl

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NARS 413 BLKR Blush Duo

NARS 413 Blkr Blush Duo ($42.00 for 0.35 oz.) is supposed to have a “soft highlight” and a “pop of pink” that can each be worn on their own or layered for a “natural flush.” It is exclusive to NARS’ boutiques and their website. It is larger than a full-size blush in terms of the compact’s size, but it is also over double the amount of product, so you’re actually getting over two full-sized blushes in this compact. Both shades were dusty and a little powdery to work with, so they didn’t sit as well on the skin as I would have liked. Both shades were blendable, at least, but I wish they lasted longer.

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NARS 413 Blkr Blush Duo
NARS Blush Duo 413 BLKR
C
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
7
Application
4.5
Total
76%
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NARS Ultimate NARS Lip Pencil Set

NARS Ultimate NARS Lip Pencil Set ($49.00 for 0.21 oz.) includes three full-sized Lip Pencils. Two are part of the permanent range (Biscayne Park and Sex Machine) and one was previously released (but limited edition, Stourhead). This was a less impressive set, unfortunately, as two shades settled into lip lines due to more slippery consistencies.

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NARS Ultimate NARS Lip Pencil Set
NARS Fall 2015 Lip Pencil Set Ultimate NARS
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Product
7.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
7.5
Application
4
Total
80%
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