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NARS 413 BLKR Illuminator

 

NARS 413 BLKR Illuminator
NARS 413 BLKR Illuminator

NARS 413 BLKR Illuminator ($30.00 for 1.1 fl. oz.) is described as a “shimmering champagne.” It’s a brightened, light, gold-hued champagne with warm undertones and a frosted, slightly metallic, sheen. NARS Devotee (LE, $29.00) is a powder product, less warm-toned. MAC Sparkling Rose (LE) is warmer, less metallic, powder. Urban Decay Naked (P, $29.00) is more sparkly, powder. Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (P, $44.00) is less shimmery, powder. Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is warmer, powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This is a product where less is more; if you go too heavily, it looks frosted and can start to emphasize pores, but if patted on and sheered out, it gives a dewy, luminous look to the skin (and just barely emphasizes pores). Unlike NARS Adelaide (my first experience with NARS’ Illuminators), this isn’t glittery or sparkly–shimmery, yes–but no over-the-top glittery bits to worry about. It has a thin consistency, so it can also be mixed into liquid or cream foundation for an all-over glow. When you mix a product like this with your foundation, it’s a much subtler effect, and you’ll just notice a more luminous finish overall, compared to your foundation’s normal finish but still understated. I am all about a liquid highlighter mixed into foundation right now, because it is a surefire way to give skin a lit-from-within-glow that makes people ask you what you’re doing to keep your skin so lovely! Wearing this as a highlighter on the cheek bones, it wore well for seven and a half hours before starting to turn patchy.

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NARS 413 BLKR Blush

NARS 413 BLKR Blush
NARS 413 BLKR Blush

NARS 413 BLKR Blush ($30.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as “rosebud.” It’s a medium-dark, slightly muted, rosy pink with cool undertones and a matte finish. Milani Tea Rose (08) (LE, $7.99) is quite a bit lighter. Milani Bella Rosa (11) (P, $7.99) is a little brighter. Kevyn Aucoin Neolita (P, $37.00) is darker, warmer, more shimmery. Bobbi Brown Berry (LE, $26.00) is darker. NARS Mata Hari (P, $29.00) is lighter. MAC Mocha (P, $21.00) is slightly warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It was a richly pigmented blush that applied with true-to-pan color. Deeper skin tones will have no trouble getting this to show up on their skin tone, while fairer skin tones will have to use a lighter hand when building up the color, it doesn’t feel “too pigmented” where the merest brush of your bristles is product overload! The texture was soft, finely-milled, and silky against the skin, which made it easier to achieve smoother, even color during application. When I applied the blush, it was fairly easy to blend out the edges. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me, which is a bit longer than average.

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NARS Adult Swim Collection for Summer 2014

NARS Adult Swim Collection for Summer 2014
NARS Adult Swim Collection for Summer 2014

Sleek bikinis, towering stilettos – a cosmopolitan catwalk. Dive into this sexy poolside setting with the NARS Summer 2014 Collection – powerfully provocative and daring.

Eyes pop with perfectly synchronized eyeshadows including neon lemon lime and icy lavender while smoky rose quartz and bronze add depth and definition. Feel the heat with a soft and sultry peach champagne for cheeks and a bold geranium for nails.

Duo Eyeshadow ($34.00)

  • Tropical Princess Neon lemon lime/Icy lavender (Limited Edition)
  • Lost Coast Golden pewter/Lilac snow (Limited Edition)

Single Eyeshadow ($24.00)

  • Malacca Iridescent peacock

Soft Touch Shadow Pencil ($24.00)

  • Iraklion Smoky rose quartz

Eye Paint ($25.00)

  • Baalbek Bronze

Nail Polish ($19.00)

  • Libertango Geranium (Limited Edition)

Lip Gloss ($26.00)

  • Orgasm Peachy pink with shimmer
  • Priscilla Shocking pink
  • Salamanca Pink flamingo
  • Turkish Delight Pink sherbet
  • Wonder Sheer mandarin orange with pink and gold shimmer

Illuminator ($30.00)

  • Hot Sand Peach champagne

Availability: April 15th NARS, May 2014 at other retailers

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NARS 413 BLKR Blush & Illuminator for April 2014

NARS 413 BLKR Blush & Illuminator
NARS 413 BLKR Blush & Illuminator

With spring in full bloom, this rosebud blush provides a rich, pop of pink while the shimmering champagne illuminator adds a soft pearlescent sheen to cheeks and face, wear them layered to create a multi-dimensional cheek look or on their own for a softer, ethereal effect.

Named for the brand’s first flagship address in New York City’s West Village neighborhood, Founder and Creative Director François Nars drew inspiration from the fast-paced city when creating the 413 BLKR Collection. He wanted to introduce shades in each category that were ‘quintessentially NARS’. Available exclusively at NARS boutiques and on narscosmetics.com, the latest debuts are modern, bold and timeless – just like the city itself.

Blush ($30.00)

  • 413 BLKR Rosebud

Illuminator ($30.00)

  • 413 BLKR Shimmering champagne

Availability: April 1st NARS

NARS Gienah Contour Blush

NARS Gienah Contour Blush
NARS Gienah Contour Blush

NARS Gienah Contour Blush ($42.00 for 0.28 oz.) features a highlight and contour shade, and they’re supposed to add “natural-looking dimension for the face with a lightweight luminous finish.”  This is the third and final option in the new Contour Blush range, and it’s the darkest of the three, and though any skin tone can wear it, this duo is one that will show up on medium-dark and darker complexions more so than the other two. On fairer skin tones, the highlight shade could be used as a contour or as a subtle bronzer. The finish is far closer to matte than luminous or satin for both shades, and depending on your skin tone and skin type, the more matte highlighter might not read very illuminating on the skin. The contrast on my skin tone did seem to give a slight illuminating effect without the shimmer or sheen, though. Both shades wore well for eight hours on my skin before beginning to fade.

The Highlight shade is a medium-dark, neutral-to-warm-toned brown with a mostly matte finish. The finish almost seemed satiny when built up, but it was still mostly matte. The texture was soft, blendable, and finely-milled. It seemed to take a layer or two before it was a softer powder, as the very top layer was a little drier than what was underneath. NARS Paloma Contour (P) is a smidgen lighter.Chanel Accent (84) (LE, $43.00) is rosier, more shimmery. Kevyn Aucoin Natura (P) is more shimmery, a touch lighter. NARS Madly (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, a little warmer. NARS Douceur (P, $29.00) is cooler-toned, lighter. MAC Harmony (P, $21.00) is a smidgen lighter, warmer. Burberry Earthy (P, $42.00) is a bit darker, more satiny. Bobbi Brown Bahama (LE, $38.00) is more shimmery, slightly rosy. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Contour shade is dark, warm-toned brown with a satin-matte finish. It had more buildable color coverage, and like the other shade, it seemed to get a little softer and more pigmented after I swirled my brush across the uppermost layer of the powder. It was blendable on the skin and sat well–didn’t look powdery at all. MAC Exotic Ember (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery. MAC Richly Honed (LE, $20.00) is a cream product, darker. See comparison swatches view dupes.

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NARS Paloma Contour Blush

 

NARS Paloma Contour Blush
NARS Paloma Contour Blush

NARS Paloma Contour Blush ($42.00 for 0.28 oz.) features a highlight and contour shade, and they’re supposed to add “natural-looking dimension for the face with a lightweight luminous finish.”  It’s more of a medium, neutral-toned set of shades, relative to the other two duos available, though I think the textures and finishes will make each duo more versatile and work for multiple skin tones.  The Highlight shade wasn’t as powdery as the shades in Olympia, while the Contour shade was a little drier but luckily did not look dry on the skin.  Both shades wore well for eight hours before starting to fade slightly.

The finish is far closer to matte than luminous or satin for both shades, and depending on your skin tone and skin type, the more matte highlighter might not read very illuminating on the skin. The contrast on my skin tone did seem to give a slight illuminating effect without the shimmer or sheen, though. The powders lasted for eight hours on my skin before beginning to fade.

The Highlight shade is a neutral-to-cool toned, light beige with a matte finish. It had good color payoff, while the texture was soft, finely-milled, and not too powdery. NARS Olympia Highlight (P) is lighter. Chanel Jardin de Camelias (LE, $70.00) is more shimmery, lighter. NARS Nico (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, warmer, darker. See comparison swatches.

The Contour shade is a medium-dark, neutral-to-warm-toned brown with a satin finish. It had decent pigmentation but builds slightly. The texture was fairly soft but seemed a little dry. Too Faced Chocolate Soleil (P) is warmer. Kevyn Aucoin Natura (P) is similar. NARS Madly (P, $29.00) is more shimmery. MAC Harmony (P, $21.00) is similar. Burberry Earthy (P, $42.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

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