Beautiful Beginnings with NARS

Beautiful Beginnings with NARS

What was the first NARSproduct you ever tried?  Did it pave way for a real romance or did it put you off the brand entirely?  What was the first NARSproduct you purchased?  Did you love it? Hate it? Still own it?

my answer:  One of the first NARS products I ever reviewed was actually their skincare, which is surprisingly good (but less surprising, when you realize they’re owned by Shiseido, which is a brand that really knows skincare!). I still love their Hydrating Moisture Cream! There are some great NARS products, but I’ve also tried several products that I really haven’t liked (Shadow Pencils, I’m looking at you!). My all-time favorite product is their Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Primer, though!

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NARS Surabaya Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Surabaya Eyeshadow Duo ($34.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “brown sugar” and a “chestnut.” This is an interesting duo that desperately needs to be swatched! I can’t emphasize that enough, because it looks very, very different swatched and in practice than it does in its pretty pans. Both shades are much darker–so much so that not only did I swatch this duo twice, but I googled and looked through dozens of other images and saw similar results. In my old school NARS Duo product photos and swatches, the products look lighter than they do when swatched.

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NARS Surabaya Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Surabaya Eyeshadow Duo

A
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
98%

NARS Demon Lover Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Demon Lover Eyeshadow Duo ($34.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a duo of “iridescent storm blue” and “deep matte indigo.” It’s part of NARS’ permanent range of eyeshadow duos.  NARS’ eyeshadow formula is supposed to be long-wearing, highly pigmented, and crease-resistant.  They can also be used wet or dry.  I never get quite crease-resistant, long-wear out of NARS’ eyeshadow formula–typically about six to seven hours of good wear, but slight fading and/or creasing after eight hours.  I don’t have any problems over a primer, though.

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NARS Demon Lover Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Demon Lover Eyeshadow Duo

B+
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
4
Total
88%

5 Bold Blushes to Try

5 Bold Blushes to Try

Want a blush that really packs a punch? Here are five outrageous blushes that will give you a bold cheek look!

  1. NARS Exhibit A — rich, matte orange-red
  2. Make Up For Ever Truth or Dare — creamy fuchsia-pink
  3. Make Up For Ever #75 — bright, nearly neon fuchsia-pink
  4. Make Up For Ever #99 — matte red
  5. MAC Full Fuchsia — brightened pink

What’s your favorite bold blush to wear?

NARS Night Rider Nail Lacquer

NARS Night Rider Nail Lacquer
NARS Night Rider Nail Lacquer

NARS Night Rider Nail Lacquer

NARS Night Rider Nail Lacquer ($17.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “soft plum with silver glitter.” It’s a pink-plum with silver glitter–but the way the glitter sits against the pink-plum makes it appear almost like a really pale, silvered lilac. I couldn’t think of any good dupes for it, but Nubar Treasure Nail (darker purple) and Milani Hi-Res (holographic, darker) were the closest–I wouldn’t say they’re close, though.

Night Rider is opaque in two coats and requires no patience at all during application, because the formula balances consistency with pigmentation, so it applies evenly, fluidly, and without a hitch.  I typically get a week of wear out of NARS’ formula with minor tip wear but no chipping.  I’m not unforgiving to my nails, but I don’t make any attempts to preserve a manicure, so I definitely use my nails as tools!

NARS Nail Polish Night Rider
A+
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
100%

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NARS Night Porter Nail Lacquer

NARS Night Porter Nail Lacquer ($17.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as “black with green pearls.” The base is definitely very dark, more like deep, dark forest green, but there is a lot of emerald green, olive green, and copper-gold shimmer, so it ends up looking like a very dark, sleek forest green with multi-colored shimmer. China Glaze Glittering Garland is more of an emerald green with more yellow undertones. Zoya Edyta is similar but has more of a metallic finish. Nubar Verde is similar but, again, has a metallic finish, which gives it a much more reflective sheen. The shimmer in the previously two mentioned shades is larger, not as fine as in Night Porter.

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NARS Night Porter Nail Lacquer
NARS Nail Polish Night Porter
A+
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
100%