With over a thousand reviews and swatches, I’ve tested my way through the majority of NARS products and releases, both past and present, so I have a good idea of what NARS best products are! In the last two years, NARS has revamped some of their core products, too, like their standard Lipsticks (now with 72 shades!) and standard Eyeshadows, which means that it’s a good time to update our guide to the best NARS products!
You’ll find some resources we have on Temptalia to quickly access our NARS reviews and swatches. I’ve also included some quick links to the top rated NARS products along with more detailed descriptions about why each formula made its way onto the list.
What are your favorite products from NARS? Are there any must-have NARS products from your experience?
Our Resources for NARS Products
- Overview of NARS | Overview of the brand, the most wanted NARS products, most loved products by readers, editor’s top rated products, and most recently reviewed.
- NARS Swatches | Browse every swatch we’ve ever added to the Swatch Gallery from NARS. You can sort the results by things like date, color, rating, price, and so forth, but you can also refine the results and drill down by color, type, finish, availability, undertone, and more.
- NARS Reviews | Browse almost 1,000 NARS products that we’ve reviewed from highest rated to lowest rated. You can also sort the products we’ve reviewed or refine results to see things like just eyeshadow or lipstick.
Top 10 NARS Products
You can jump to any of the products mentioned by clicking one of the below links, or you can keep scrolling down for more detailed explanations about each product we’ve featured!
- NARS Audacious Lipstick
- NARS Velvet Lip Glide
- NARS Eyeshadow
- NARS Dual Intensity Blush
- NARS Satin Lip Pencil
- NARS Lipstick
- NARS Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base
- NARS Powder Blush
- NARS Highlighting Powder
- NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment
NARS Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is supposed to be a richly pigmented, creamy, hydrating, and long-wearing formula. In my experience, the formula is typically opaque in a single stroke, lightweight, moderately to very creamy with four to six hour wear. It feels lightly hydrating to mostly non-drying overall. There is no noticeable scent or taste, and they are very comfortable to wear. Some of my favorite shades are: Apoline, Natalie, Anna, and Audrey.
NARS Velvet Lip Glide ($26.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is supposed to be a hybrid between lipstick and lipgloss that is hydrating, richly pigmented, and comfortable to wear. They have stronger color payoff, a non-tacky consistency, and a smoothness to their consistency that is a lot like a good lipstick, while they have a plusher, thicker texture that gives lips a plumper, fuller look along with a glossy sheen that is more like a gloss. Some of my favorite shades are: Unspeakable, La Maine Bleue, and Bound.
NARS Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.04 oz.) comes in an assortment of shades available as singles as well as in duos (which retail for $35 each). The brand completely redid their eyeshadow range in 2018, so they feature new packaging, new formula, and new shades (plus returns of old favorites!). They’ve definitely improved the range over time with the more satin to pearl shades having the most standout formula and look applied to the skin. Some of the brighter pops of color could still be improved, and the more sparkly shades are best for someone who doesn’t mind applying the products with a dampened brush.
NARS Dual Intensity Blush Duo ($45.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a powder-based blush that can be used wet or dry, though it is plenty pigmented, blendable, and long-wearing used dry so don’t think that it has to be used wet to achieve coverage. The formula will suit someone who prefers their blush to have a stronger shine or metallic finish. Some of my favorite shades are Panic and Fervor.
NARS Satin Lip Pencil ($27.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a pigmented, long-wearing, and velvety over-sized pencil that is easy to keep in a bag and touch-up on the go. Some of my favorite shades are Lodhi, Luxembourg, and Yu, ,.
NARS Lipstick ($26.00 for 0.12 oz.) is now available in 72 shades–that’s a mega range!–across three finishes: Matte, Satin, and Sheer. Shades in the satin finish family are our favorites because they’re smooth, pigmented, and sit well on lips (doesn’t emphasize lip lines) and has good adhesion for better longevity. Some of the Sheer shades are delightful with their more luminous, lightly glossy finish, but we’d say that most of the shades are more medium coverage than truly sheer!
NARS Pro Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base ($24.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a smoothing, velvety primer that works exceptionally well at intensifying pigmentation in eyeshadow, extending the wear, and making everything blend more easily.
NARS Powder Blush ($30.00 for 0.15 oz.) is available in a slew of shades and has been one of the most popular blush formulas in the market for years. The range encompasses quite a few types of colors from barley-there to deeply pigmented, bold shades with finishes that range from matte to sparkly. Some of my favorite shades are Luster, Blissful, Deep Throat, Oasis, and Lovejoy.
NARS Highlighting Powder ($38.00 for 0.49 oz.) is a mega-sized powder highlighter that introduced a new, permanent formula to the brand’s portfolio of cheek products. For anyone who wants a smoother, more luminous (but less overtly shimmery) highlighter, this is one worth checking out. They’re very large, so the price point seems fitting, but keep an eye out for holiday sets as they often are sold as minis (with a blush or lip product).
NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment ($26.00 for 0.18 fl. oz.) is the brand’s take on matte liquid lipstick. The line-up includes a lot of deeper, richer shades with matte finishes. The formula has a very fluid consistency that is thin, smooth, but not at all watery, and the majority of shades were nearly opaque or opaque in a single layer. Some of my favorites are Save the Queen, Get Up Stand Up, and Wild Night.