NARS True NARS Lip Pencil Set

NARS True NARS Lip Pencil Set ($49.00 for 0.21 oz.) includes three full-sized Lip Pencils. Two are part of the permanent range (Yu and Luxembourg) and one is limited edition (Provocative Red). I didn’t expect this to sell out online, but it actually has–you may still be able to find it at a Nordstrom near you (it is exclusive to them, at least in the states). The set includes a mini sharpener that fits these pencils, too (which means they aren’t twist-ups–probably the formula’s biggest downfall!). It’s a nice set, though I really wish the container it is packaged in didn’t have such specific slots (to hold the pencils in place), as it is rather bulky and can’t really be reused as a result.

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NARS True NARS Lip Pencil Set
NARS Fall 2015 Lip Pencil Set True NARS
A
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
10
Application
4.5
Total
94%
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NARS Blame It On NARS Blush Palette

NARS Blame It On NARS Blush Palette ($59.00 for 0.56 oz.) includes a highlighter, bronzer, and two blushes, plus a traval-sized ITA brush. I have reviewed most of these shades before, so the list of similar shades is pretty up-to-date, so rather than pull a new link, I’ve included the current lists as they stand. I did test each of these versions for wear, pigmentation, application, and so forth. I think the packaging is really cool, but I wish the compact didn’t feel so bulky. I really like some of NARS’ blushes, but there are a fair amount that have been misses for me. This palette is a bit of a mixed bag, and I find there is too much variance from release to release.

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NARS Blame It On NARS Blush Palette
NARS Fall 2015 Gifting Blush Palette Blame It On NARS
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Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8
Longevity
7.5
Application
4.5
Total
84%
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NARS Hardwired Eye Kit

NARS Hardwired Eye Kit ($59.00 for 0.25 oz.) includes six eyeshadows (0.04 oz. each) and a travel-sized eyeliner and #43 brush. As you might have discerned from the rating alone, this was a major miss for me. I’m not a fan of the Hardwired eyeshadow formula, as I find that for all its softness, it is an incredibly powdery formula that is prone to fading, sheering out during application, and often blends unevenly. The more shimmery finishes in the formula are easier to use, but the satin/matte finishes need some sort of tacky base to even have a chance of working.

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NARS Hardwired Eye Kit
NARS Fall 2015 Eye Kit Hardwired Eye Kit
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Product
6.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
6.5
Longevity
5.5
Application
3.5
Total
64%
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NARS NARSissist Day & Night Series Eyeshadow Palette

NARS NARSissist Day & Night Series Palette ($65.00 for 0.41 oz.) is a medium-sized (but thicker) palette that houses eight eyeshadows and a travel-sized eyeliner. The first row of eyeshadows are matte, while the second row of eyeshadows are shimmery. Long-time readers will know that I find NARS eyeshadows to be extremely hit or miss with more misses than hits, and I’m not a big fan of this palette either. The formula is described as “highly pigmented, long-wearing, crease-resistant” and that they “blend effortlessly.” They are generally semi-sheer to semi-opaque and run either a little powdery or stiff enough that they’re uneven and harder to blend. The darker mattes tend to look patchy applied, no matter what tool I use to blend.

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NARS NARSissist Day & Night Series Palette
NARS NARSissist Night Palette (2015) NARSissist Day & Night Series
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Product
7.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
7.5
Application
4.5
Total
78%
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NARS Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Exclusives for 2015

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Highlights -- NARS Cosmetics
Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Highlights — NARS Cosmetics

Here are the Nordstrom Beauty Exclusives for NARS! You can view all of Nordstrom’s exclusives here.

Blame it on NARS Cheek Palette ($59.00) ($152.00 value) (Nordstrom Exclusive) (Limited Edition)

  • Satellite of Love (Highlighting Blush) (Permanent)
  • Day Dream (Blush) (Previously Released as Limited Edition Shade)
  • New Attitude (Blush) (Previously Released as Limited Edition Shade)
  • Casino (Bronzing Powder) (Permanent)
  • Ita Kabuki Brush (Travel-sized)

Ultimate NARS Lip Pencil Set ($49.00) ($81.00 Value) (Nordstrom Exclusive) (Limited Edition)

  • Biscayne Park Pink guava (Permanent)
  • Stourhead Pale lavender pink (Previously Released as Limited Edition Shade)
  • Sex Machine Must-have mauve (Permanent)

True NARS Lip Pencil Set ($49.00) ($81.00 Value) (Nordstrom Exclusive) (Limited Edition)

  • Yu Shocking pink (Permanent)
  • Luxembourg VIvid watermelon (Permanent)
  • Provocative Red Fuchsia rose (Limited Edition)

Availability: Early access for Nordstrom cardholders; July 17th for everyone

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NARS Velvet Shadow Sticks

NARS Velvet Shadow Stick ($28.00 for 0.05 oz.) is supposed to be a “long-wearing, crease-proof” formula with a “velvety matte finish” that “glides smoothly” with “high impact.” The formula is certainly an improvement from the Soft Touch Shadow Pencils, which were some of the fastest-creasing products I have ever tested. This formula doesn’t crease as quickly, though wear is only five to six hours, which isn’t stellar.

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NARS Velvet Shadow Stick
NARS Velvet Shadow Stick Aigle Noir
D+
Product
6
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
6.5
Application
3.5
Total
69%
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