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NARS Blush Palettes Exclusively for Sephora for Fall 2013

Pop! Contour! Sculpt! Makeup artists know that using multiple shades of blush lends depth and dimension to the face. Now, beauty lovers can achieve their own elevated levels of artistry at home, thanks to two new blush palettes from NARS.

Available exclusively at Sephora, these limited edition palettes of exclusive shades help to sculpt, highlight, and define the face for a variety of bold, modern, and artistic beauty looks. An exclusive design exudes the NARS signature mix of sophistication and playfulness, while a new silky-textured formula blends to a smooth, even finish.

Realm of the Senses ($41.00) (Limited Edition)

Flirty, sheer peach, shimmering bronzed rose, and sparkling gold sand.

Soulshine ($41.00) (Limited Edition)

Peachy pink with gold shimmer, sheer golden apricot, and soft rose tone with golden shimmer.

Availability: August 1st at Sephora

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NARS Brow Perfectors

NARS Caucase Brow Perfector
NARS Caucase Brow Perfector

NARS Brow Perfector ($22.00 for 0.007 oz.) will be available in four shades that range from blonde to black (but no redhead). The formula is described as “velvety” with a “natural matte finish” and “natural ingredients [that] ensure brows are nourished, soft, and smooth.” That last bit, I couldn’t attest to and don’t actually know what they’re referring to as far as particulars. There’s a lot of focus on the precision tip of the pencil that is oval-shaped.

  • Caucase is described as “brown.” It’s a light-medium, neutral brown with a matte finish.
  • Kalamata is described as “light brown.” It’s a light-medium, slightly warm-toned brown with a matte finish. I could barely tell the difference between this and Caucase, both in the pencil as well as swatched. I triple-checked the names to make sure they were, in fact, two different shades!
  • Salzbourg is described as “blonde.” It’s a pale, peachy beige-brown with a matte finish.
  • Suriname is described as “black.” It’s a blackened brown with subtle, cool undertones and a mostly matte finish.

I used a mix of Caucase and Suriname to fill in the right (your right!) brow, as the first was a bit too light, and the second was too dark. The consistency all four shades was very stiff, slightly waxy, but they’re skip-happy and are best applied with little dashes of product rather than trying to fill in any fluid manner. You’re just not going to get good color payoff in a single stroke, and to get any color at all, you need firm pressure. I normally use powder to fill in my brows, which I find easier, more precise, and infinitely more blendable. These pencils stick where you place them, and they don’t blend together too well. On the upside, the product lasted well for nine hours. The oval shape didn’t seem to give me added precision, but it didn’t seem to complicate matters–if you have finer or thinner brows, it may be an issue, though.

NARS Nordstrom Anniversary Exclusives (2013)

Baiser de Feu Lip Bag ($49.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Damage Lipstick (Full-sized) (Permanent)
  • Como Larger Than Life Lipgloss (Mini) (Permanent)
  • Damned Velvet Matte Lip Pencil (Mini) (Permanent)
  • Tote Bag (Limited Edition)

Some Like It Hot Lip Bag ($49.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Pago Pago Lipstick (Full-sized) (Permanent)
  • Gold Digger Larger Than Life Lipgloss (Mini) (Permanent)
  • Bettina Velvet Matte Lip Pencil (Mini) (Permanent)
  • Tote Bag (Limited Edition)

Voulez Vous Cheek & Eye Palette ($59.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Molokai (Eyeshadow) (Limited Edition)
  • Antananarivo (Eyeshadow) (Limited Edition)
  • Rangoun (Eyeshadow) (Limited Edition)
  • Lhasa (Eyeshadow) (Permanent)
  • Deep Throat (Blush) (Permanent)
  • Dolce Vita (Blush) (Permanent)

Availability: Early access for Nordstrom Cardholders now, July 19th, exclusively at Nordstrom

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NARS Galathee & Fury Nail Polishes

NARS Galathee Nail Polish
NARS Galathee Nail Polish

NARS Galathee Nail Polish ($19.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “dove grey.” Dove grey is the perfect descriptor for this color; it’s a light-medium gray with nearly neutral undertones that lead only slightly blue. The consistency was slightly thick, and this is a polish that would be best applied with two thin coats and a third slightly thicker coat. It was just slightly streaky, and I was only able to see the slight streakiness at a couple of angles but it often looked just fine (you can even see the same is true in the photos). Two coats was mostly opaque with a hint of visible nail line coming through when in a well-lit area. Illamasqua Raindrops is similar in color but has flecks of sparkle. Illamasqua DWS is several shades darker. Rescue Beauty Lounge Stormy is even darker than DWS. See comparison swatches.

Fury Nail Polish ($19.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “regal purple.” It’s a rich, deep purple with slightly cool undertones and a cream finish. I applied just one coat of the polish on my pinky nail so you could see just how nice the pigmentation was, but I did two coats on the others for full color coverage. It had a nice shiny dry down, and the consistency of the polish was slightly thin but very rich in pigment and easy to maneuver on the nail. Dior Shadow is warmer, darker. Cult Nails Spontaneous is warmer, shimmery, lighter. Zoya Suri is much cooler-toned, lighter. See comparison swatches.

NARS’ polish formula wears exceptionally well on me lasting a full week with very minor tip wear and no chipping.  Most formulas do not chip on me, but this formula does wear slightly better and longer than most on me.  I wish Galathee applied better overall, but it is manageable and for some, for the color, worth the extra effort and patience.

NARS Bavaria, Kamchatka, Namibia, Yamal Eyeshadows

NARS Bavaria Eyeshadow
NARS Bavaria Eyeshadow

NARS Bavaria Eyeshadow ($24.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “deep sea blue.” It’s a muted, bluish-teal with a pale gold shimmer-sheen. It had decent color payoff, but it definitely needs to be patted on and built up on the lid. The texture was slightly stiff to work and didn’t blend easily with the other matte shades in this launch. theBalm Open to Offers Olwen is more intense, brighter. MAC Sky is similar. MAC Rain Drop is darker, greener. L’Oreal Endless Sea is very comparable. Guerlain Les Aquas #2 is lighter. Dior Blue Lagoon #4 is similar. Inglot #413 is more metallic, brighter. See comparison swatches.

Kamchatka Eyeshadow ($24.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “navy smoke.” It’s a muted, purplish navy blue with a matte finish. The texture was soft, blendable, but a little powdery so it had a tendency to sheer out quickly. I found the best payoff occurred by placing the color with pats and very, very lightly blending only the edges. I tried it over NARS’ Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Primer, and it still didn’t want to take well. theBalm The Stroke is darker, more shimmery. Le Metier de Beaute Sapphire is bluer, more shimmery. Urban Decay Half Truth is purpler. NARS Demon Lover #1 is lighter, more shimmery. MAC Naval is similar. OCC Technoir is bluer and shimmery. Inglot #332 is bluer, bolder. Inglot #321 is bluer, much darker. See comparison swatches.

Namibia Eyeshadow ($24.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “grey moon.” It’s a light-medium, neutral gray with a matte finish. It had decent color payoff, and the texture was soft and blendable though very slightly powdery. MAC Fabulous Fit is darker. MAC Silver Gull has slight sparkle. MAC Courtly Grey is a touch darker. Giorgio Armani Moonlight White #2 is more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Yamal Eyeshadow ($24.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “maple sugar.” It’s a medium brown with very subtle warm undertones–a little caramel-like but it’s not overly warm–and a matte finish. The color payoff was decent, and it was the easiest of the four to apply and use. I applied this in the crease and above the crease, and it didn’t sheer out like Kamchatka did. theBalm Allegro is warmer. MAC Caramel Sundae is warmer, shimmery. MAC Moleskin is warmer. bareMinerals Namaste is darker. Inglot #342 is much darker. Bobbi Brown Stone is darker. Urban Decay Naked is very similar. See comparison swatches.

If you tend to like your colors semi-sheer and matte, you may enjoy the shades in this launch, as they all lend themselves to a softer application overall.  If you’re really determined to get really rich, dense pigmentation, you might be disappointed.  When I wore them yesterday, I had noticeable fading–even over NARS’ primer (!)–after seven hours.  I actually thought it looked better applied over bare skin, because the natural oils (though I have normal-to-dry lids) took down the powderiness of Kamchatka.  Originally, I tried layering Kamchatka over Yamal (I used this shade all over the crease and blended almost halfway to the brow bone as a fading color, as I intended to use Kamchatka to darken the inner portion of the crease), and it really didn’t want to blend with Yamal.  They can be blended with each other side-by-side, but they didn’t do well with more overlap as Kamchatka really needs every bit of help to stick to the lid, so when another powder eyeshadow is already underneath, it doesn’t adhere well.