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NARS Dual-Intensity Blush Palette

NARS Summer 2016 Dual-Intensity Blush Palette
NARS Summer 2016 Dual-Intensity Blush Palette

NARS Summer 2016 Dual-Intensity Blush Palette ($59.00 for 0.32 oz.) includes four, limited edition powder blushes (one is more of a highlighter shade for most skin tones). The three blushes shades are richer shades, and two of the shades are quite deep, so I can see this working on a variety of skin tones. When working with the formula dry, I find it easy to apply and blend out, and they perform well overall. Damp application is harder to work with on my skin, as it doesn’t blend out as easily; it is better patted on with a damp fingertip or on bare skin (something about the damp brush/powder seems to disturb any base products more often than not for me). The wear ranged from seven to nine hours for me with damp application lasting longer overall.

I reached out to NARS recently for clarification with respect to the formula, because summer’s duos had contrary claims compared to the permanent duos. So, per that conversation: the Dual Intensity Blush formula is a wet/dry formulation that yields a “natural looking glow” with a dry application, whereas as damp application gives a “high-impact finish,” and the more water you have on your brush, the more “watercolor-like” the pigment will appear and with less water, it is “more saturated.” It seems like 1) the finish is more metallic/frosted with damp/wet application, and 2) the color will sheer out with a lot of water but appear more intense if just used with a damp brush. The best I can interpret is that there is just more leeway now with damp application not being specifically sheer/translucent from the get-go. I tried, and you really have to have a near-sopping wet brush before the blushes start resembling watercolors. My experience remains: it really is just medium to full coverage with a more frosted/shimmery finish applied dry, and then richer, deeper, and often more opaque color with a smoother sheen applied damp.

Summer Dual Intensity Blush I is a pale, silvery pink with cool, iridescent shimmer. It had semi-sheer coverage applied dry, and semi-opaque applied damp, while the finish goes from frosted to metallic. It wore well for seven and a half hours dry, eight and a half hours damp. I think the lighter color and sheerer nature of this shade made it easy to apply even damp. NYX Ice Queen (P, $5.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Where the Dreamers Go (LE, $2.99) is less shimmery (95% similar). Giorgio Armani No. 07 (P, $62.00) is cooler (95% similar). Burberry No. 01 White (LE, $68.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Laura Geller Charming Pink (P, $24.00) is darker (95% similar). Looxi Beauty Pandora (P, $7.50) is more shimmery (90% similar). L'Oreal Ice (P, $12.99) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Aura (P, $26.00) is cooler (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Summer Dual Intensity Blush II is a slightly muted, medium-dark rosy plum with warm undertones and gold, frosted shimmer. It is like a deeper, richer take on the brand’s signature Orgasm blush (but it is warmer, less pink-based). It had opaque coverage both wet and dry, but damp application had a stronger metallic finish and appeared darker. It wore well for eight hours dry and nine hours damp. MAC Love Thing (P, $27.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Sweet Vision (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Glow #5 (LE, $55.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Simmer (LE, $27.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). NARS Realm of the Senses (Together) (LE, $30.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Sweet Samba (LE, $27.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Gleeful (P, $27.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Laura Geller Tropic Hues (P, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Stila Berry Shimmer (LE) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Benefit Bella Bamba (Palette) (P, $28.00) is lighter (85% similar). Becca Snapdragon (P, $34.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Laura Geller Pink Buttercream (P, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Bridal Rose (LE) is more muted, warmer (85% similar). NARS Panic (Right) (P) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). Surratt Beauty De Cherubique (P, $32.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). NARS Soulshine (Together) (LE, $30.00) is warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Summer Dual Intensity Blush III is a deep, fuchsia-berry with cool undertones and a frosted sheen with slight sparkle. It is slightly sheerer and more muted applied dry than it is damp, though I find they look similar once blended on the cheeks. The texture of this shade was firmer and denser, and it seemed to make blending it out harder, so this one took some effort to even out on the skin, even dry. It wore well for eight hours dry, nine hours damp. NARS Panic (Left) (P) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Laura Geller Plumberry (P, $26.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Supernova (LE, $27.00) is warmer (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Summer Dual Intensity Blush IV is a medium-dark, rosy brown with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It was richly pigmented both dry and damp, but the damp application made the color appear a few shades darker and more metallic. The consistency was very smooth and blendable dry, and it was fairly blendable damp, but it did need extra effort/patience. This shade lasted for eight hours applied dry and closer to nine hours applied damp. MAC Love Joy (P, $27.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Chanel Alezane (260) (P, $45.00) is more muted (85% similar). Laura Geller Golden Apricot (P, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Climax (P, $40.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). NARS Fervor (Right) (P) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). Clinique Fig Pop (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). NYX Bronzed (P, $6.50) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). NARS Cheek Studio III (LE, $30.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Edward Bess Ciao (P, $45.00) is lighter (80% similar). Tarte Muse (LE, $30.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Sneak Peek: NARS Fall 2016 Collection Photos & Swatches

NARS Rigel Dual Intensity Eyeshadow
NARS Rigel Dual Intensity Eyeshadow

Debuting July 15th online and at NARS Boutiques, the NARS Fall 2016 Collection has a little bit for eyes, cheeks, and lips. Only one shade (Infatuated Red) was noted as limited edition in the press release, so everything else should be permanent. It is great to see additional Contour Blushes for deeper skin tones.

NARS Fall 2016 Collection

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NARS Powerfall Collection for Fall 2016

NARS Powerfall Collection for Fall 2016
NARS Powerfall Collection for Fall 2016

Created by NARS Founder and Creative Director, François Nars, the Fall 2016 Color Collection debuts a refined combination of seasonal shades, signature colors and state-of-the-art textures for eyes, cheeks and lips.

Cheeks are sculpted to new heights by complexion-enhancing hues from light caramel to espresso. Lids shimmer with shades of iridescent white, rose gold, and deep indigo, while lips go matte in saturated tones of garnet and bordeaux. New Velvet Eyeliners add rich dimension with pigments that glide on smooth and blend evenly, creating the perfect base for smoky lids or a fine line for a bold look.

Availability

July 15th, 2016 at NARS; August 1st at all other retailers

The Details

Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow | $29.00 | New, Permanent

  • Antares Iridescent white gold
  • Arcturus Shimmering deep indingo
  • Rigel Shimmering rose gold

Contour Blush | $42.00 | New, Permanent

  • Melina Cafe au lait / Espresso
  • Talia Light caramel / Nutmeg

Velvet Eyeliner | $24.00 | New, Permanent

  • Black Moon Black
  • Mambo Riche hazelnut
  • Curacao Turquoise blue
  • Kaliste Teal
  • London Stormy grey
  • Blue Lotus Periwinkle
  • Last Frontier Espresso
  • Las Pozas White pearl
  • Darklight Navy

Velvet Matte Lip Pencil | $26.00

  • Consuming Red Bordeaux (New, Permanent)
  • Infatuated Red Garnet (Limited Edition)

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NARS Dual-Intensity Cheek Palette & Survival Kits for Summer 2016

NARS Dual-Intensity Cheek Palette & Survival Kits for Summer 2016
NARS Dual-Intensity Cheek Palette & Survival Kits for Summer 2016

New gifting and palettes arrive shortly for NARS fans!

Availability

July 1st

The Details

Dual-Intensity Blush Palette | $59.00 | Limited Edition

Work your angles with this limited edition, all-in-one Dual-Intensity Cheek Palette. Four new shades including a highlighter, blush, and two contouring tones double up with a dimensional, wet/dry formula. Universally flattering. Ultra-versatile. Cheek to chic and back again. July 1st at NARS Boutiques and narscosmetics.com; August 1st at Sephora, department and specialty stores.

  • Soft Tulle
  • Damask with Gold Sheen
  • Peony
  • Titian

Cult Survival Kit | $325.00 | Limited Edition, Nordstrom Exclusive

  • Pandora Duo Eyeshadow
  • Exhibit A Blush
  • Orgasm Blush
  • Laguna Bronzing Powder
  • Schiap Lipstick
  • Cruella Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
  • Turkish Delight Lip Gloss
  • Via Veneto Larger Than Life Eyeliner
  • Black Moon Audacious Mascara
  • Light Reflecting Setting Powder – Pressed
  • Monoï Body Glow II.

Survival Kit 1 | $59.00 | Limited Edition, Nordstrom Exclusive

  • Naïad Eyeshadow
  • Kalahari II Eyeshadow
  • Off Limits Eyeshadow
  • Mata Hari Blush
  • Party Girl Lip Gloss
  • Black Moon Audacious Mascara.

Survival Kit 2 | $59.00 | Limited Edition, Nordstrom Exclusive

  • Tokyo II Eyeshadow
  • Galapagos Eyeshadow
  • Modesty Blush
  • Day Dream Blush
  • Phantasia Lip Gloss
  • Black Moon Audacious Mascara.

NARS Long Hot Summer Collection for Summer 2016

NARS Long Hot Summer Collection
NARS Long Hot Summer Collection

For Summer 2016, NARS Cosmetics introduces the limited edition Long Hot Summer Collection created exclusively for NARS boutiques.

Availability

June 1st

The Details

Long Hot Summer Eyeshadow Palette | $48.00 | Limited Edition, NARS Exclusive

  • Long Hot Summer I Shimmering cream
  • Long Hot Summer II Bronze taupe
  • Bellissima II Matte grey brown
  • Long Hot Summer III Shimmering copper
  • Long Hot Summer IV Shimmering warm brown
  • Bengali Rich chocolate brown

Laguna/Casino Bronzing Duo | $42.00 | Limited Edition, NARS Exclusive

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

413 BLKR Cheek & Lip Palette | $59.00 | NARS Exclusive

NARS Cosmetics introduces the limited edition 413 BLKR Cheek & Lip Palette –the latest addition to the exclusive NARS 413 BLKR Collection. Paint the town pink with a glowing gradient of sheer, blendable blushes and iconic Laguna Bronzer paired with the essential fuchsia 413 BLKR Velvet Matte Lip Pencil. Go block by color block or master a full-spectrum touch-up in a New York minute.

Round-up: NARS Under Cover Summer 2016 Collection Overview

NARS Under Cover Summer 2016 Collection
NARS Under Cover Summer 2016 Collection

NARS Under Cover Summer 2016 Collection just launched online, and I’ve wrapped up reviewing all pieces — so let’s see how they did…
01

NARS Members Only Lip Cover

LELimited Edition. $28.00/0.22 oz.

NARS Members Only Lip Cover ($28.00 for 0.28 fl. oz.) is described as a "crimson." Read full review.

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Vanity

02. NARS Do Not Disturb Lip Cover

NARS Do Not Disturb Lip Cover ($28.00 for 0.28 fl. oz.) is described as a "vivid orange-red." Read full review.

A-

03. NARS Get Dirty Lip Cover

NARS Get Dirty Lip Cover ($28.00 for 0.28 fl. oz.) is described as a "desert rose." Read full review.

A-

04. NARS Liberation Dual-Intensity Blush Duo

Liberation (Right) is described as a "caramel rose." It's a medium, rosy bronze with warm undertones and a soft, frosted shimmer-sheen finish. Read full review.

A-

05. NARS Sexual Content Dual-Intensity Blush Duo

Sexual Content (Right) is described as a "soft raspberry." It's a soft, medium-dark rosy pink with subtle, warm undertones and a frosted sheen. Read full review.

B+

06. NARS Overheated Lip Cover

NARS Overheated Lip Cover ($28.00 for 0.28 fl. oz.) is described as a "deep dusty rose." Read full review.

B+

07. NARS Topless Dual Intensity Eyeshadow

NARS Topless Dual Intensity Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a "seashell pink." It's a very light, pinky-peach with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. Read full review.

B+

08. NARS Tan Lines Dual Intensity Eyeshadow

NARS Tan Lines Dual Intensity Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a "rich hazelnut." It's a medium-dark brown with soft, warm undertones and a frosted sheen. Read full review.

B

09. NARS Pool Shark Dual Intensity Eyeshadow

NARS Pool Shark Dual Intensity Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as an "iridescent periwinkle." Read full review.

B-

10. NARS Deep End Dual Intensity Eyeshadow

NARS Deep End Dual Intensity Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a "shimmering teal-green." Read full review.

C+

Glossover Breakdown

88%

Average Score
A
4
B
5
C
1
D
0
F
0
Glossover Averages
product
8.5
pigmentation
9.5
texture
8.5
longevity
8
application
4.5
Total
88%
product
8.5
pigmentation
9.5
texture
8.5
longevity
8
application
4.5
Total
88%

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