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Round-up: NARS Final Cut Collection

NARS Final Cut Collection
NARS Final Cut Collection

The new-for-spring NARS Final Cut Collection, which is exclusively available at Nordstrom (in the U.S.), Selfridges (UK), and Holt Renfrew (Canada), is here!  It has an official release date of February 1st, though.  On March 1st, it will also be available at narscosmetics.com and NARS Boutiques. There is an additional blush, Final Cut, that I don’t have, so I wasn’t able to review it for you, but the rest of the collection has been reviewed in full and is linked below.  My personal favorites were Descanso and Villa Lante Satin Lip Pencils.

Reviews, Photos, Swatches

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Sneak Peek: NARS NARSissist Eye Palette Photos & Swatches

NARS NARSissist Eyeshadow Palette
NARS NARSissist Eyeshadow Palette

Here’s a sneak peek at the new NARS NARSissist Eye Palette which launches January 15th online at narscosmetics.com, February 1st at department stores/specialty retailers.  Except, Nordstrom already has it online for purchase. Full review to come — please hold questions until the review is up – I would greatly appreciate it! Thank you!  🙂

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NARS Spring 2014 Gifting: NARSissist Eye & Cheek Palettes

NARS Spring 2014 Gifting
NARS Spring 2014 Gifting

Are you a NARSissist? NARSissist (NARS∙is∙sist) (n.) – lives by her own rules, not afraid to express herself in every look, mood or attitude. Effortlessly captivating with a bottomless makeup bag.

NARSissist Eye Palette ($79.00) (Limited Edition)

NARS Cosmetics introduces the NARSissist Eye Palette, named for and inspired by the brand’s devoted fans and cult followers, this inaugural palette will set the stage for future NARSissist products to come. The limited-edition palette features 15 of the NARSissist community’s most beloved and inspiring shades in one compact, ready-to-wear every day, every way. Wear one shade on its own for captivating color or play with the possibilities by layering different shades for an unlimited range of effects. Available January 15th on narscosmetics.com and NARSissist followers; February 1st for NARS Boutiques and department/specialty stores.

  • All About Eve I Flesh-toned neutrals (Part of a Permanent Duo)
  • Madrague II Matte caramel (Part of a Permanent Duo)
  • Fez Velvety cocoa (Permanent)
  • Bali Neutral (Permanent)
  • Coconut Grove Deep brown infused with reflections (Permanent)
  • Madrague l Matte cream (Part of a Permanent Duo)
  • Nepal Soft, sheer rose (Permanent)
  • Ashes to Ashes Shimmery violet based brown (Permanent)
  • Brousse II Black violet (Part of a Vintage Duo)
  • Mekong Espresso infused with shimmer (Permanent)
  • Bellissima I Shimmering beige with subtle glitter (Part of a Permanent Duo)
  • Lhasa Lavender grey (Permanent)
  • Bad Behaviour Deep pewter (Limited Edition/Repromote)
  • Dogon II Charcoal (Part of a Permanent Duo)
  • Pandora II Matte black (Part of a Permanent Duo)

NARSissist Cheek Palette ($49.00) (Sephora Exclusive) (Limited Edition)

NARS Cosmetics is bringing out your inner NARSissist with the introduction of the NARSissist Cheek Palette. Named for and inspired by the brand’s devoted fans and cult followers, this inaugural palette showcases the brand’s most iconic products and beloved shades for cheeks. This limited edition set features three must-have shades for Spring and a newly designed mini blush brush for easy application on the go.  Available February 1st at Sephora and sephora.com.

  • Devotee (Highlighting Blush)
  • Orgasm (Blush)
  • Laguna (Bronzing Powder)
  • Mini Blush Brush (Brush)

Availability: Eye Palette online at narscosmetics.com January 15th, in NARS boutiques and department/specialty retailers on February 1st. Cheek palette at sephora.com and Sephora stores on February 1st. NOW ONLINE AT NORDSTROM!

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Round-up: NARS Spring 2014 Collection

NARS Spring 2014 Collection
NARS Spring 2014 Collection

Here’s the round-up of our coverage for NARS new spring collection (in case you missed a post!), which is available online now at Nordstrom and will be officially released January 15th at narscosmetics.com.  February 1st is the official in-store date (says “at select stores”). You can read the official information here.

My personal favorites were the Kauai Eyeshadow Duo (which received an A+ and a recommendation from me) and Timanfaya Satin Lip Pencil (which is high quality but a little dupeable).

Reviews, Photos, Swatches

Any favorites? Any must-haves or items you plan to check out?

NARS Na Pali Coast Multiple

NARS Na Pali Coast Multiple
NARS Na Pali Coast Multiple

NARS Na Pali Coast Multiple ($39.00 for 0.50 oz.) is described as a “shimmering rose peach.” It’s a gold and bronze-shimmered reddish bronze with strong, warm undertones and a frosted sheen. Chanel Accent (84) (LE, $43.00) is more muted, powder, and less warm-toned. MAC Sweet As Cocoa (P, $21.00) is browner, less red-toned, powder. MAC Stylish Me (LE, $21.00) is very similar but a powder product. MAC Stratus (LE, $25.00) is redder, powder. See comparison swatches.

If you’ve been a reader for awhile, you’ll know that my biggest issue with Multiples is that they’re not usually a great multi-tasker. They’re nice on cheeks, sometimes on brow bones, but they tend to be a disappointment on the lips. In all honesty, I have considered rating them purely as a cheek product, but for now, I’m continuing to review them exactly as they’re marketed: a “multi-purpose stick for eyes, cheeks, lips, and body.” Multiples are supposed to give “sheer allover color, shimmering accents, contours and dynamic highlights.”

Na Pali Coast worked best for me as a cheek color, though with a really, really sheer and blended application, it could be used as a warming highlighter, too.  The color is sheer but buildable. I patted it onto cheeks using a stippling brush, and it looked luminous without emphasizing pores. As a blush, it wore well for six and a half hours on me before starting to look a little patchy. It worked well over foundation or on bare skin, but on bare skin it is easier to apply. As an eye product, it creases after six hours on me if applied on the actual lid, and then lasts almost seven hours on the brow bone. As a lip product, it’s extremely uncomfortable and unforgiving; it seems to crumble at times as it is applied, so it leaves lips looking flaky and dry (as the product clings). It is also quite drying as a lip color and wears about two hours. The consistency is just lightly creamy with a silicone-like feel, and it does dry down (it is a cream-to-powder product), so it doesn’t look too dewy/wet on the skin.

NARS Khao San Road & Puerta del Sol Larger Than Life Eyeliners

NARS Khao San Road Larger Than Life Eyeliner
NARS Khao San Road Larger Than Life Eyeliner

The NARS Larger Than Life Eyeliner ($24.00 for 0.02 oz.) range has two new shades releasing for spring. Khao San Road is permanent, while Puerta del Sol is limited edition.  They’re both really fun, bright pops of color that are perfect for adding oomph to any look, but I wish they were a little creamier and more pigmented.  They are buildable to varying degrees (Puerta del Sol more so than Khao San Road), and they were both long-wearing and didn’t smudge at any point (but gradually faded/thinned after eight hours).

Khao San Road is described as a “metallic aquamarine.” It’s a brightened, light-medium blue with silver sparkle. It had so-so color payoff in a single stroke and was buildable to mostly opaque color coverage. The formula is just lightly creamy, so it doesn’t smudge easily and dries and sets very quickly. It lasted for eight hours without fading or smudging on me. Sephora Collection Summer Cruise (23) (P, $9.00) is lighter. Chanel True Blue (57) (LE, $30.00) is similar. bareMinerals 4AM (LE, $15.00) is less sparkly. Tarina Tarantino Kanzashi is brighter. See comparison swatches.

Puerta del Sol is described as a “parrot green with shimmer.” It’s a grassy green with warm, yellow undertones and a frosted sheen. It is an eyeliner that really has to be layered and built-up in order to achieve more opaque color payoff. It wore well for eight hours before starting to thin. Ardency Inn Grass (P, $19.00) is warmer with no shimmer. Sephora Collection Indulge Yourself (22) (P, $9.00) is less shimmery. NARS Rue de Rivoli (P, $24.00) is much darker (included here more because it’s in the permanent range). See comparison swatches.