NARS x Man Ray Hot Sand/Rita Love Triangle Review, Photos, Swatches

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NARS Hot Sand/Rita Man Ray Love Triangle
NARS Hot Sand/Rita Man Ray Love Triangle
NARS Hot Sand/Rita Man Ray Love Triangle
NARS Hot Sand/Rita Man Ray Love Triangle
NARS Hot Sand/Rita Man Ray Love Triangle
NARS Hot Sand/Rita Man Ray Love Triangle
NARS Hot Sand/Rita Man Ray Love Triangle
NARS Hot Sand/Rita Man Ray Love Triangle
NARS Hot Sand/Rita Man Ray Love Triangle

Hot Sand/Rita

NARS Hot Sand/Rita Man Ray Love TriangleNARS Hot Sand/Rita Man Ray Love Triangle ($24.00 for 0.17 oz.) contains a peachy highlighter and a vibrant, warm red lipstick. The highlighter actually seemed better than I remember the full-sized version being, while the lipstick was consistent with the full-sized version.

Value

A full-sized blush retails for $30.00 and contains 0.16 oz. or costs $187.50/oz. A full-sized Audacious lipstick retails for $34.00 and contains 0.14 oz. or costs $242.86/oz. The set contains $15.00 worth of blush and $19.43 worth of lipstick for a total value of $34.43.

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NARS Hot Sand Powder Blush
NARS Hot Sand Powder Blush
NARS Hot Sand Powder Blush
NARS Hot Sand Powder Blush
NARS Hot Sand Powder Blush
NARS Hot Sand Powder Blush
NARS Hot Sand Powder Blush
NARS Hot Sand Powder Blush
NARS Hot Sand Powder Blush
NARS Hot Sand Powder Blush
NARS Hot Sand Powder Blush
NARS Hot Sand Powder Blush
NARS Hot Sand Powder Blush
NARS Hot Sand Powder Blush
NARS Hot Sand Powder Blush
NARS Hot Sand Powder Blush
NARS Hot Sand Powder Blush
NARS Hot Sand Powder Blush

Hot Sand

Hot Sand is a light-medium, yellowed peach with warm undertones and a luminous finish. It had excellent pigmentation with a smooth, blendable texture that was almost creamy-like as it was soft without being powdery. The powder applied evenly to the skin, blended out nicely, and did not emphasize my skin’s natural texture. It lasted well for eight hours on me.

FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

Formula Overview

$30.00/0.16 oz. - $187.50 Per Ounce

From NARS’ website, their blush formula is described as “beautifully pigmented” and “soft [and] blendable.” NARS' blushes, since they've been released in such a massive range of shades over the years, can vary from shade to shade to some degree. Most shades are pigmented with firmer, slightly stiffer consistencies that can also run on the thinner side, which allows greater control when picking up product but some of the more matte shades could be a bit more blendable or easier to work with.

Some of the more newly-released shades have softer, more yielding textures that are a bit creamier and are easier to blend out, though most of NARS' blushes are fairly blendable. The wear typically ranges from eight to nine hours with a few shades falling above or below this range.

Browse all of our NARS Powder Blush swatches.

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NARS Rita Audacious Lipstick
NARS Rita Audacious Lipstick
NARS Rita Audacious Lipstick
NARS Rita Audacious Lipstick
NARS Rita Audacious Lipstick
NARS Rita Audacious Lipstick
NARS Rita Audacious Lipstick
NARS Rita Audacious Lipstick
NARS Rita Audacious Lipstick
NARS Rita Audacious Lipstick
NARS Rita Audacious Lipstick
NARS Rita Audacious Lipstick
NARS Rita Audacious Lipstick
NARS Rita Audacious Lipstick
NARS Rita Audacious Lipstick
NARS Rita Audacious Lipstick
NARS Rita Audacious Lipstick
NARS Rita Audacious Lipstick

Rita

Rita is a rich, medium-dark red with neutral-to-warm undertones and a satin finish. It had opaque color coverage in a single layer. The lipstick was lightly creamy without too much slip, so it stayed in place well and did not gather in my lip lines over time. This shade wore well for over six hours and was lightly moisturizing.

FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

Formula Overview

$34.00/0.14 oz. - $242.86 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to have "one-stroke, full-coverage" pigmentation with a "soft matte finish" that is "long-lasting" and "hydrating." The formula is best characterized by its texture: creamy, smooth, and slightly denser/thicker on (but not heavy) compared to the typical lipstick formula. Most of the shades are opaque, while "weak" shades are more semi-opaque. The majority of the colors I've tested have applied evenly and smoothly with good glide and feel comfortable on my lips. They tend to last between four and six hours and was lightly hydrating to non-drying. There was no noticeable scent or taste.

Browse all of our NARS Audacious Lipstick swatches.

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Makeup Look
On face:
  • Guerlain Parure Gold Foundation
  • Laura Mercier Loose Translucent Powder
  • Chanel Burnt Coral Joues Contraste Blush
  • MAC Show Gold Extra Dimension Skinfinish
On eyes:
  • Tarte Toasted Eyeshadow Palette
  • Urban Decay Twice Baked 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil
On lips:
  • NARS Barbara Audacious Lipstick
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Reviewer

Christine Mielke is the editor-in-chief and has been reviewing products for over 14 years.

She has normal-to-dry skin with occasional dryness on cheeks and nose. She has a light plus skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones (view her foundation matches here).

Learn more about her review process here.

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I want the hot sand mini/highlight. Butch already have a full size of Rita (I got as a gift), which I rarely wear as I have already found my HG red lip.

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